The Saatva Classic and Leesa Original are both highly rated, well-loved mattresses. Upon completion of our lab evaluations, both mattresses received an average score of 9/10.
On paper, these two beds are significantly different from each other. Saatva is an eco-friendly luxury mattress company. Leesa is a socially-committed bed-in-a-box company. The Saatva mattress’s construction features dual coil layers, a memory foam layer, and euro pillow-top. Leesa’s namesake mattress is built of proprietary all-foam layers.
So which one should be your new mattress? Read on to learn how these two beds line up on comfort, pressure relief, sleep trial, cost, and more.
Leesa vs Saatva
Saatva Mattress Review Highlights
- The Saatva topped our charts for spinal alignment, with a score of 10/10. Healthy posture while sleeping is vital for overall health and can prevent or reduce headaches, back pain, and joint pain.
- Hybrid mattresses tend to run cool, and the Saatva is no exception, scoring 9/10 on our cooling assessment. Coil layers also improve airflow and breathability.
- A steel coil system drastically improves the long-term resilience of this mattress. We ranked the Saatva a perfect 10/10 for durability.
- Since Saatva is an eco-friendly company, you get to enjoy organic cotton, recycled steel, and no harmful chemicals or off-gassing from your Saatva mattress.
- With 3 firmness options, you can select the comfort level that best suits your sleep needs and preferences.
- Saatva offers free white glove delivery with all of their mattress purchases, meaning their delivery team will bring your mattress into your home and set it up on your bed frame.
Leesa Mattress Review Highlights
- While it works well for all sleep positions, combination sleepers fare especially well due to Leesa’s proprietary LSA200 Foam Technology™ which provides exceptional responsiveness. Pressure-relieving properties from this technology also make it a great bed for side sleepers.
- While some memory foam mattresses form deep impressions over time, Leesa’s mattress lost no height after a test simulating 10 years of use.
- The Leesa scored 9/10 on motion transfer, meaning it neutralizes motion so you don’t feel movement from partners, pets, or children.
- Spinal alignment is crucial for reducing morning aches and stiffness. The Leesa scored 9/10 in this category, meaning it keeps your spine in a straight line from neck to tailbone.
Compare Saatva vs Leesa Sizes
Take a look at what’s inside both of these uniquely constructed mattresses.
Inside the Saatva Mattress
Saatva uses 5 layers of high-quality materials in their mattress, including 2 supportive coil layers and 3 foam or pillow top comfort layers. Choose from 3 firmness options: plush soft, luxury firm, or firm.
- Euro Pillow Top: An organic cotton cover and cozy pillow top sewn right into the top layer for a sleek, uniform appearance.
- Pocketed Coils: The first of 2 layers of coils, designed for maximum contouring and responsiveness. Also absorbs the initial impact of movement, reducing motion transfer.
- Dense Edge Support: Thick foam frames the perimeter of the mattress, providing great support for edge sleepers and those concerned about sinkage.
- Memory Foam: A contouring all-foam layer that cushions your curves to provide pressure relief. Also features an active wire Lumbar Zone frame for extra lower back support.
- Steel Coil Base: This durable foundation keeps your bed from sagging and supports the full weight of your body. It also improves airflow, so you have a cooler night’s sleep.
Inside the Leesa Mattress
In contrast to the Saatva mattress construction, the Leesa memory foam mattress has a fairly simple body. This involves 3 foam layers each serving a unique purpose in supporting and cushioning your body so you sleep soundly.
- Twill Fabric Cover: A soft, seamless cover with a simple, attractive pattern.
- Top Layer: This layer includes 2” of cooling foam to cradle your body, so you feel fully supported. It also promotes airflow, which is unique for memory foams.
- Middle Layer: Another 2” of contouring memory foam. This layer lifts pressure from your shoulders and hips, providing noticeable pressure relief.
- Bottom Layer: A thick layer of high-density foam forms a durable base that supports your weight.
Verdict: Which Is the Best Mattress?
As we’ve seen, the Saatva and Leesa original mattresses both offer unique comfort technologies that are well received by consumers. If you are still deliberating, consider the pros and cons for each model, your sleep position, sleep environment, and preferred buying experience.
Pros & Cons
First, we’ll review the strengths and weaknesses of the Saatva mattress. Saatva champions eco-friendly materials and production, including hypoallergenic materials. This makes them a great choice for those with allergies. They also score sky-high on spinal alignment, so you can count on good spinal health while sleeping on their bed.
On the other hand, Saatva scored slightly above average on motion transfer, meaning that it may not offer top-tier motion isolation for couples and parents who co-sleep. It’s also not very responsive, which can make it difficult for combination sleepers to change positions when they sleep.
When it comes to the Leesa mattress, responsiveness is a high point. It scored a whopping 9.5/10, making it an excellent choice for those who often move around at night. It also scored high for a memory foam mattress in the cooling category. With a score of 8.5/10, you won’t need to worry about kicking off your comforter in the middle of the night.
On the flip side, our lab testers noticed a slight off-gassing smell during setup, which may be a problem for those who are wary of off-gassing from memory foam. It also requires a fairly specific bed frame. Your standard metal won’t work for a memory foam mattress; instead, you’ll need to invest in a platform bed or slat bed with gaps no wider than 3″.
Both of these mattresses claim to provide comfort for all sleeping positions. When you look closer at customer reviews, you can get a clearer picture of which mattress works best for each sleep position. Referencing the mattress’s place on the firmness scale is also helpful. The Leesa is medium-firm, or 5-7/10 on the firmness scale. Saatva offers 3 firmness options for their euro top, ranging from plush soft to firm.
So which mattress is best for each sleep position? We think that the Leesa is a very well-rounded option. Memory foam provides enough support for back sleepers and enough pressure point relief for side sleepers. It also provides the cushioning and spinal alignment that is important for stomach sleepers. Its high scores for responsiveness mean it quickly adjusts to the movements of combination sleepers.
The Saatva also supports a wide range of sleep positions. Innerspring mattresses are usually best for back sleepers since they run firm, but the euro top can be adjusted to add more cushion. We recommend the firm option for back sleepers, the luxury firm for stomach sleepers, and the plush soft for side sleepers.
Another consideration when choosing a mattress is your sleep environment. Sleepers can run hot or cold, depending on their body type and the temperature of their home. The Saatva and Leesa mattresses both scored high on cooling in our lab evaluation, meaning that they will keep hot sleepers comfortable throughout the night. The 8.5/10 ranking is especially unique for the Leesa since memory foam mattresses can run hot.
Finally, both mattress companies offer different sleep trials, refund policies, and warranties. Saatva gives you 365 days to try their mattress. If you discover it’s not the right fit, they will issue a full refund, minus a $99 transportation fee. The same fee applies for exchanges, and you’ll also pay any difference in value between the two models.
They offer a lifetime warranty. During the first 2 years under warranty, you can receive a replacement mattress. For years 3-15, Saatva will repair and re-cover your mattress with no extra labor costs. The $99 transportation fee also applies to replacements and repairs under warranty.
Additionally, Saatva offers a Fairness Replacement Option, which enables you to replace your mattress any time during years 3-15 for a percentage of the original cost. You also get to keep your original Saatva mattress.
Leesa offers a 100-night trial period, which is almost a third the length of Saatva’s. If you are not satisfied during that time, they’ll give you a full refund, minus any discounts you received. They also include a 10-year warranty with each mattress purchase, during which they will repair or replace your mattress at no extra cost. If trial period and warranty length are a top priority for you, Saatva is your best option.
Hopefully, this comprehensive comparison has given you confidence about which is the best mattress for you. Whichever you choose, we wholeheartedly believe you won’t be disappointed!
Lead Product Tester
Loren is the Lead Reviewer at Sleep Advisor. She has prioritized sleeping for as long as she can remember, rarely deviating from seven to nine hours each night.
Education & Credentials
- Certified Sleep Science Coach