If you are a larger person like me, you might have trouble finding a mattress to meet your needs. Heavier people need much more support than lighter people do. In addition, they need a mattress that won’t sag under their weight.
When I found out that Saatva was releasing a mattress tailored to larger sleepers, I was very excited to try it out. I have been a fan of Saatva’s many other mattresses, so I was interested to see how the Saatva HD would work for me.
Is the Saatva HD a great fit for heavier people? Read on for my full review.
You Might Want To Pick The Saatva HD If …
- You are a larger person. The Saatva HD is made specifically for people who weigh between 300 and 500 lb. It features extra supportive coils, high-density memory foam, and zoned latex foam. Larger people should get the proper amount of support on the Saatva HD, and the mattress shouldn’t sag under their weight.
- You are a hot sleeper. If you worry about overheating at night, the Saatva HD might be a good option. The cover is breathable, and the latex is ventilated for more airflow. In addition, the coils should promote airflow throughout the mattress. Overall, the mattress shouldn’t trap heat and should be a good match for hot sleepers.
- You are looking for a long-term investment. The Saatva does cost a bit up front, but it’s a very durable, luxury mattress. It features some high-quality materials that should stand up to years of use. It should be a longer-lasting mattress that is well worth the investment.
You Might Not Want To Pick The Saatva HD If …
- You are a light- or medium-weight person. The Saatva HD is made for people between 300 and 500 lb. If you aren’t a larger person, the Saatva HD probably isn’t the best option. While it might be a good fit for most stomach sleepers, it is still very firm. If you aren’t a larger person, consider the original Saatva mattress.
- You are looking for a budget-friendly mattress. The Saatva HD is a luxury mattress with premium materials. Because of this, the mattress does come with a higher price tag. It has a lot to offer, but it might be too pricey for some. If you want something more affordable, there are other options out there.
- You prefer the classic memory foam feel. If you like to lie down on your mattress and slowly sink in, the Saatva HD might not be the best option for you. The Saatva has a pillow-top feel with some firm layers beneath. If you want that quicksand feeling, look at something with soft memory foam on top.
- The Saatva HD is 15.5″ tall.
- The cover is breathable and woven with organic cotton.
- The cover is tufted and quilted with comfort foam.
- The top also features Guardin, an antimicrobial fabric treatment.
- The layer beneath that is zoned Talalay latex foam. It is also ventilated.
- Then you have a layer of memory foam.
- This is followed by a layer of support foam.
- Finally, you have 12.5 gauge tempered steel coils.
- A foam encasement surrounds the coils.
- The Saatva HD is made in the USA.
- Saatva recommends you pair your Saatva HD with one of its HD foundations. You can choose from the 4.75″ or 8.75″ foundation.
- Both the latex and coils are zoned. The Talalay latex features five zones, so the mattress varies in firmness across this layer. The coils are firmer toward the center of the mattress to ensure proper lumbar support. This makes the mattress a supportive option for heavier people.
- The Saatva HD should be a very durable mattress. Latex is a very durable material that shouldn’t sag as quickly as some memory foams. In addition, the other foams are higher density and the coils are high grade. This should be a longer-lasting mattress.
- The mattress should be quite breathable. The latex is ventilated to allow for airflow, and the coils also promote airflow throughout the mattress. In addition, latex is naturally cooling. All in all, you shouldn’t be sleeping hot on the Saatva HD.
- The organic cotton and latex are green materials. If you are looking for an eco-friendly mattress, the Saatva should work for you.
- The Saatva HD is also a luxury mattress. It contains premium materials and sports a hotel-style pillow-top. If you want something luxurious, the Saatva HD could be a good option.
How Does The Saatva HD Compare To The Original Saatva Mattress?
If you’re considering the Saatva HD mattress, you might be wondering how it compares to the original Saatva mattress. First off, there are some notable construction differences:
- The Saatva HD contains a zoned latex layer, while the Saatva does not.
- The original Saatva features two sets of steel coils, while the Saatva HD does not.
- The Saatva HD’s coils are firmer and more supportive than what you find in the original Saatva.
- With the original Saatva you can choose from three firmness options. You cannot choose your firmness with the Saatva HD.
Overall, the Saatva HD should be a much more supportive mattress than the original Saatva. It is designed to support much heavier weights than the original Saatva is.
In addition, the Saatva HD should be more durable and last longer than the original Saatva. The latex and high-grade coils should ensure the mattress does not sag too quickly.
If you are a larger person between 300 and 500 lb, the Saatva HD should be the way to go. However, if you are light- or medium-weight, the Saatva should give you everything you need.
Firmness And Feel
In terms of firmness, I thought the Saatva HD felt close to an 8/10, or firmer than average.
However, I will note that I am only 230 lb. The mattress is rated for much heavier weights, so I believe larger people might press in a bit more and find the mattress to be softer than I did.
Here is how I felt in different sleeping positions:
- While lying on my back, the Saatva HD is a nice match for me. I feel that extra lumbar support from the coils and latex layer. My hips also press in just the right amount.
- When I move to my side, I am feeling some pressure on my shoulders and hips. Still, I feel some decent pressure relief, and I believe that larger people should feel even better pressure relief.
- On my stomach, I feel great support with the Saatva HD. My hips don’t sink in whatsoever, and I feel properly aligned.
The Saatva HD has a firm, hybrid feel. You get some soft give from the pillow-top, but then you have some very supportive layers beneath that.
The latex and coils also give the mattress some bounce, so it shouldn’t be difficult to move around on the mattress.
If you sleep with a partner, it’s worth thinking about how well your mattress handles motion transfer. If you or your partner move around, will that movement transfer across the mattress or not?
To test out the motion isolation of the Saatva HD, I placed a glass of water on top of the mattress. I pressed into the other areas of the mattress, and I did see some disturbance in the water.
While there is latex near the top of the mattress, there is also a layer of memory foam beneath that. Latex isn’t always the best when it comes to motion transfer, but the memory foam is probably absorbing some motion.
If you are looking for a mattress for couples, it is worth noting that you could feel some of your partner’s movements on your side of the mattress.
If you want a mattress for couples, you should also think about edge support. If you sit or lie down near the edge of your mattress, will you be secure or will you feel like you’re going to fall off?
While sitting near the edge of the Saatva HD, I feel very secure. The coils and foam encasement make it so the mattress barely collapses when I am sitting. Also, when I lie down near the edge, I don’t feel like I am going to roll off the Saatva HD.
Overall, the Saatva HD has excellent edge support.
What Makes The Saatva HD Stand Out?
- The mattress should be able to support very heavy weights. It is a great option for larger people.
- The Saatva HD is a breathable mattress and should be a good match for hot sleepers.
- It should be a very durable, luxury mattress. It features premium materials that should last for many years.
- The mattress contains organic, eco-friendly materials including Talalay latex and organic cotton.
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In the end, the Saatva HD should be a great match for heavier people, hot sleepers, and those who are looking for a long-term investment. However, lighter people and those who want to save some money might need to look elsewhere.
The Saatva HD comes with a 120-night sleep trial, 20-year warranty, free shipping, and free in-home setup. Financing is available. Saatva also offers models including the Loom & Leaf, Zenhaven, and Solaire.
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