Big Fig and Saatva are both combination coil and foam mattresses. What most differentiates them is the weight they support.
Big Fig is uniquely constructed to provide firm support for people who weigh more than 300 pounds. Saatva may also be a good option for heavier folks depending on specific needs. We’ll compare the two here.
- Both sellers have firm options.
- Both sellers offer thicker options.
- Both mattresses contain coils.
- Both sellers offer free shipping.
- Both mattresses use special materials that are supposed to be better for the environment.
- Both mattresses are good options for people who weigh more.
- Both sellers offer trials of similar length.
- Saatva offers different levels of firmness.
- Saatva contains memory foam.
- Big Fig costs more ($599 to $1,399 for Saatva, about $1,299 to $1,999 for Big Fig).
- Saatva offers different thickness options. (Big Fig is 13″ tall; Saatva offers thicknesses of 14.5″ and 11.5″.)
- Saatva has two layers of coils, while Big Fig has one layer.
- Saatva has a somewhat longer trial at 120 nights, compared to 101 nights for Big Fig.
- Big Fig uses CertiPUR-US® certified foams, which are more eco-friendly than conventional mattress materials.
- Saatva incorporates organic cotton, which is more environmentally friendly than non-organic materials.
- Big Fig is firmer.
- Big Fig supports more weight.
Big Fig Construction
- Big Fig’s tufted cover is quilted with 1” of ThermoGel foam.
- The top layer is ½” of gel-infused latex foam.
- Three consecutive 1” layers of polyfoam come next, providing extra support.
- A 7” layer of individually wrapped coils adds additional support and durability so that the mattress is extra supportive for heavier people.
- The base is a 1.5” layer of high-density polyfoam.
- Saatva offers three firmness levels, each with similar constructions.
- Saatva has an organic cotton cover. A Euro-top-style pillow-top provides extra cushion on the mattress surface.
- In the middle of the mattress, individually wrapped comfort coils and a layer of memory foam adapt to the contours of your body and provide pressure relief.
- Next, a steel coil base made with tempered steel coils gives the mattress support and durability and prevents sagging. This is the second coil layer.
- A supportive foam encases the edges of the mattress, enhancing the edge support and reinforcing the structure and durability of the mattress.
- Saatva has an extra layer of coils.
- Saatva has special edge support.
- Saatva uses memory foam.
- Saatva has more firmness and thickness options.
- Both have luxury features.
- Big Fig is firmer.
- Big Fig supports more weight and is constructed with people who weigh more than 300 lb in mind.
These videos demonstrate the firmness of the Big Fig and Saatva’s “luxury firm” option, which is its firmest model. Both mattresses are responsive and return to shape quickly, but Big Fig is firmer.
Motion Transfer Differences
Saatva’s firmest option and Big Fig are comparable in terms of preventing motion transfer, and each does a good job at keeping movement (mostly) isolated. Softer mattresses tend to do a better job isolating motion, so keep that in mind if you sleep with a partner.
Pick Big Fig If …
- You want an extra-firm mattress. Big Fig is very firm and is comparatively firmer than Saatva.
- You weigh more than 300 pounds. Big Fig is uniquely constructed to support more weight. In fact, its contouring support doesn’t really activate for sleepers who weigh less than 300 lb.
Pick Saatva If …
- You weigh less than 300 pounds. While Saatva also offers good support for people who weigh more, folks who weight over 300 pounds may prefer the extra support of Big Fig. Slightly lighter folks might prefer the relative softness of the Saatva.
- You sleep on your side. Saatva is softer than Big Fig, which means it offers better pressure relief for side sleepers. If you sleep on your side (even if you weigh more), you might prefer Saatva.
Both brands are supportive and may appeal to heavier-weight sleepers, but ultimately each offers unique features. Hopefully this comparison has helped you determine which is the better option for you. Please leave any specific questions about either brand in the comments.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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