These days, it seems like every mattress company is producing a mattress for larger people. This is by no means a bad thing. Personally, as a larger person, I love that there are so many options to choose from.
Two of the more recent large people mattresses to enter the market are the Saatva HD and the Titan from Brooklyn Bedding. When I reviewed these mattresses, I enjoyed my experience with both.
If you are having a hard time choosing between the Saatva HD and Titan, you’ve come to the right place. We have the information you need to understand the similarities and differences between these two mattresses. We’ll also talk about which mattress is best for different types of sleepers.
Which mattress is right for you? Read on for my full comparison.
- These are both supportive mattresses that are designed to handle heavier weights, and both are very breathable mattresses that won’t heat up hot sleepers.
- They are both hybrid mattresses and contain coils and softer comfort layers that make them an excellent balance of comfort and support.
- They are both durable mattresses that should represent excellent long-term investments.
- The Saatva HD is taller, softer and plusher, and significantly more expensive than the Titan mattress.
- The Saatva HD contains latex and zoned construction, while the Titan does not.
- The feel is different; the Saatva HD features a pillow-top, while the Titan has a flatter, firmer innerspring overall feel.
Saatva HD Construction
- The Saatva HD is 15.5″ tall, and consists of give separate layers if the quilting layer is included.
- The cover is made of organic cotton, tufted and quilted with comfort foam to add some softness and pressure relief to the mattress.
- The top also contains Guardin, a treatment that is antimicrobial.
- Then there is a layer of ventilated, zoned Talalay latex foam, which adds some springiness and responsiveness to the mattress, as well as breathability. See our best latex mattresses article to see how this material really works.
- Below this is a layer of memory foam, which provides additional pressure and contouring.
- Next, there is a layer of support foam that acts as a buffer between the comfort layers and the support coils underneath.
- In the support layer, there are 12.5 gauge tempered steel coils, which are highly supportive and also highly durable for people of all weights.
- The Titan is 11” tall and is comprised of four separate layers if the quilting layer is included.
- The polyester is quilted with 1” of gel memory foam to add some nice softness and pressure relief to the mattress.
- Below that, there is a 2” layer of TitanFlex foam, which adds some breathability and bounce to the mattress.
- Next, there are 6” of TitanCaliber coils, which are very supportive, breathable, and durable.
- Finally, there are 2” of a high-density foam on the bottom of the mattress that serves as the foundation of the mattress.
- As stated above, the Saatva HD and Titan mattresses are both made with larger people in mind. They contain supportive coils and high-density foams that are designed to handle heavier weights. They are two of the best mattresses for heavy people.
- The Saatva HD features zoning in two of its layers. The Talalay latex foam has five zones with different firmnesses. This is meant to give extra support under key areas such as the lumbar area and upper back. In addition, the zoning in the coil layer provides even more lumbar support.
- The Saatva HD has more complex construction. The zoning, ventilation, and sheer number of layers make the Saatva HD a more high-end, luxury mattress.
- While both mattresses should be durable, the Saatva HD will most likely be the longer-lasting mattress. Again, the extra layers, the addition of a latex layer, and thicker coils should make the Saatva HD the better long-term investment.
- Both mattresses are going to be quite breathable. The Saatva HD’s coils and ventilated latex layer should allow for a good amount of airflow. The Titan’s coils should also promote airflow throughout the mattress.
- If you are very worried about sleeping hot, the Titan might be the better option. The gel memory foam in the top layer makes the mattress more cool to the touch. In addition, you can add a cooling panel to the top of your Titan if you want to sleep even cooler.
When we talk about mattress firmness, it is, of course, subjective. I am only 230 lb, and these mattresses are rated for 300 to 500 lb. Just keep in mind that this is my specific experience and, if you are heavier than me, you could find these mattresses to be firmer or softer than I did.
For me, the Titan was the firmer of these two mattresses. It felt like an 8.5 or 9/10, while the Saatva HD felt closer to an 8/10.
Here is how it feels while sleeping on the Saatva HD:
- Lying on my back, the Saatva HD feels fantastic. My hips sink in just the right amount, and I feel the zoning in the latex and coil layers supporting my lumbar area.
- Side sleeping on the Saatva HD, the mattress is too firm for me. I am feeling a lot of pressure on my shoulders and hips. However, if you are larger than me, you could have a different experience. You could press farther into those top layers and feel better pressure relief than I did.
- When I stomach sleep on the Saatva HD, the mattress is a good match. I don’t feel like my hips are sinking into the mattress, and the Saatva HD stays flat and supportive across my entire body.
Here is how it feels while sleeping on the Titan:
- When I back sleep on the Titan, the mattress is a bit too firm for me. When you’re back sleeping, you want your hips to sink in a bit, and this didn’t happen for me. However, I am 230 lb, so it’s possible that larger people could feel their hips sink in farther.
- Moving to my side, the Titan is also too firm. Without the pillow-top that you find on the Saatva, there is definitely some more pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- Stomach sleeping on the Saatva HD, the Titan is a good fit. I feel even more supported when I am in this position on the Titan.
See more of what I thought about the Saatva HD’s firmness and feel in the video below.
And here is what I thought of the Titan’s firmness and feel.
Motion Transfer Differences
It’s always important to think about motion transfer when you’re picking out a mattress. It is even more important for larger people. You want to ensure your movements are not disturbing a partner sleeping on the other side of the mattress (and vice versa!).
While testing out both mattresses, I saw less disturbance on the Titan mattress. The latex in the top of the Saatva HD is not absorbing much motion, while the gel memory foam on top of the Titan is absorbing quite a bit.
If someone needs the best mattress for couples, they could be better off with the Titan mattress.
See how well the Saatva HD handles motion transfer in the video below.
Now, compare this to the Titan’s motion transfer in the video below.
For those of you who sleep with a partner, it is also smart to think about edge support. Will you both be able to sleep toward the edges of the mattress, or will you both have to sleep close together in the center of the mattress?
While I thought the Titan was firmer than the Saatva HD, the Saatva HD featured better edge support. While sitting near the edge, the mattress barely compresses at all, and while lying down near the edge of the Saatva HD, I feel very secure and comfortable.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Pick Saatva HD If …
- You are a heavier back sleeper- Between these two mattresses, the Saatva HD is the best mattress for back sleepers. The pillow-top will allow your hips to sink in a bit, while the zoned latex and coil layers provide extra lumbar support. People should feel both comfortable and supported when they are on their back, especially if they are a larger person.
- You are looking for a luxury, durable mattress- While the Saatva HD does cost more than the Titan, it really is a good investment. The latex, high-density foams, and extra supportive coils mean the Saatva HD is worth the money. It even has a more luxurious look and feel if people want a high-end hotel mattress experience.
- You prefer a pillow-top- One of the main differences between these two mattresses is that the Saatva HD has a pillow-top feel, and the Titan has a feel you find with some of the best innerspring mattresses. If people like a plusher pillow-top feel on top of their mattress, the Saatva HD should be the way to go.
Pick Titan If …
- You are a heavier stomach sleeper- I personally felt well supported when I was stomach sleeping on both these mattresses. However, if you are in the 300 to 500 lb weight range and sleep primarily on your stomach, the Titan should be a better choice. It is the firmer mattress and should provide better support on your hips.
- You are looking for a more affordable option- Price is also a consideration when you are mattress shopping. Looking specifically at price, the Saatva HD costs over $1,000 more than the Titan. Because of this, the Saatva HD might be outside of some people’s budgets, making the Titan a more affordable mattress.
- You like an innerspring feel- Even with the gel memory foam and TitanFlex foam in the top layers, the Titan has more of an innerspring feel. While lying down, you should definitely feel the coils beneath you. If you are a fan of traditional spring mattresses, this could work for you.
In the end, both mattresses should be a good match for heavier people, so consumers can’t go wrong either way.
However, someone is a heavier back sleeper and wants a more luxury mattress, the Saatva HD should be a better choice. Larger stomach sleepers and those looking to spend less money should take a look at the Titan. Consumers should take a look at this article multiple times, assess their own needs and preferences, and then they can make a more informed purchasing decision.