Saatva Mattress Topper Review – Great For Side Sleepers?

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As a heavier side sleeper and a hot sleeper, I often have two issues with memory foam mattress toppers. First, I tend to drop through soft memory foam and rarely feel the best pressure relief and, second, memory foam often causes me to overheat at night.

Because of these issues, I was very excited to try out the Saatva Mattress Topper. Saatva offers a model that features a transition layer as well as graphite-infused memory foam, which can theoretically help side sleepers feel more comfortable and help prevent overheating. I was interested to see if this topper would be a good fit for my sleeping preferences.

Is this a cooler-sleeping mattress topper for side sleepers? Read on for my full review.

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The Saatva mattress topper is a comfortable option for back sleepers, side sleepers, and hot sleepers

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I’ve tested the Saatva mattress a number of times, and thus find it very valuable to see first hand how its topper can impact your sleep experience.

The Saatva Might Work For …

  • Back sleepers. The Saatva is a great option for those who sleep primarily on their backs because the memory foam conforms to the shape of the body, and the top layer presses up into the lumbar area. In addition, the transition layer keeps the hips from sinking in too far, making this topper a great match for back sleeping.
  • Side sleepers. The Saatva should work for those who sleep primarily on their sides because it softens the mattress quite a bit, improving pressure relief on the shoulders and hips. Also, the transition layer should keep people from bottoming out, making this a good fit for heavier side sleepers as well.
  • Hot sleepers. A major drawback of memory foam is that it can trap heat and, while the Saatva does contain memory foam, it did not sleep hot for me. The graphite in the memory foam helps with cooling and dissipates heat, while the cover is breathable and allows for some air to flow through the topper. It won’t necessarily cool you people while they sleep, but it shouldn’t have them sleeping hotter.

Saatva Mattress Topper Feel

The Saatva Might Not Work For …

  • Those who don’t like the memory foam feel. If someone isn’t a fan of slower-moving memory foam and its sinking feel, this Saatva topper might not be the best choice. Saatva also offers a thinner, high-density foam topper as well as a latex topper, so those who don’t like that slow, sinking feeling might want to consider one of those models.
  • Those who are worried about getting stuck in their mattress. While the Saatva isn’t the least responsive memory foam mattress topper I have tried, it still makes it more difficult to move around on the mattress. If someone already has trouble changing positions at night, this might not be the best option. Those who have issues moving around at night should consider the more responsive Saatva latex mattress topper.
  • Those who are looking for a budget-friendly mattress topper. When we consider the quality of the Saatva mattress topper, it really is a good value. However, customers will have to spend some money upfront. There are much more affordable memory foam mattress toppers out there that might not last as long, but customers Sawill save in the short term.

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Construction And Options

  • The Saatva graphite-infused memory foam mattress topper is 3″ tall.
  • The cover is made of organic cotton that is soft and very breathable.
  • The top layer contains a soft, graphite-infused memory foam which is designed to dissipate heat.
  • Then there is a layer of transition foam that is a bit firmer than the top layer and transitions sleepers from the soft top layer down to the mattress.
  • The Saatva includes four anchor straps that help keep the topper secured to the mattress.
  • The topper is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
  • Saatva also offers a latex topper as well as a 1.5″ high-density foam model.
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The Saatva mattress topper is a comfortable option for back sleepers, side sleepers, and hot sleepers

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My Experience

When I first received the Saatva mattress topper, I took it out of the plastic and laid it on my bed. Memory foam mattress toppers usually have a strong chemical odor when I first unpack them but, this time, I barely noticed a smell.

In addition, the topper was almost immediately ready for use while other toppers I have reviewed have taken longer to expand.

To test out the firmness of the Saatva, I placed it on a mattress with a firmness of approximately 8/10, and it made the mattress feel more like a 6.5/10.

Here’s how the mattress topper felt in the different sleeping positions:

  • While lying down on my back, I felt some additional contouring as the memory foam took the shape of my body and even pressed up into my lumbar area. Also, the transition layer didn’t let my hips sink in too far, improving the mattress in regards to back sleeping.
  • Moving to my side, I felt some fantastic pressure relief. The issue I often have with softer memory foam toppers is that I press right through them. However, the transition layer helped stop me from bottoming out, so I feel some extra pressure relief without dropping into the mattress.
  • While most memory foam mattress toppers make it worse for me when I sleep on my stomach, this does not apply to the Saatva. The transition layer prevents my hips from sinking in too far and taking my spine out of alignment.

Saatva Mattress Topper for Side Sleepers

The Saatva mattress topper has that soft, slow-moving memory foam feel, but it does feel a bit different from other memory foam mattress toppers in that it has a transition layer as well. The top layer is very soft and quick-sandy, but then I get down to a firmer transition layer.

The topper also does a nice job of not trapping heat because the cover is breathable, and the top layer is infused with graphite. While I wasn’t sleeping cold, the Saatva did not add heat to the mattress.


All in all, the Saatva mattress topper should be a great match for back sleepers, side sleepers, and hot sleepers. Those who don’t like the memory foam feel might want to check out the Saatva latex mattress topper.

The Saatva comes with free shipping and a 120-night trial.

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Marten is a staff writer for Mattress Clarity News. He covers the mattress industry as well as sleep science news. He is specifically interested in the connection between sleep and overall health.Marten has written for media publications like Consequence of Sound and received a master’s degree in Film Studies from Emory University.He comes from Franklin, Indiana, and spends all the time he can writing, directing, and acting in films. He has directed genre short films and features. His newest film, Starlets, recently premiered at the River Town Film Festival in Clinton, NJ. He also stars in the upcoming thriller, Sour Bear. His next film, At The Hop, is a hot rod actioner with a horror twist.
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