Saatva Vs Leesa – Which Will You Choose?

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If someone is trying to decide between the Saatva mattress and Leesa mattress, they are in luck. While these mattresses are quite different, people still might be having trouble deciding between these two popular mattresses.

This comparison will breakdown the construction of both mattresses, highlight the main similarities and differences between them, and attempt to provide insight into which one people should get.

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Key Similarities

  • The Saatva and Leesa are both very popular mattresses and have been very successful.
  • They both have great customer service terms, warranties, and sleep night trials.
  • These mattresses have generally similar firmnesses.

Key Differences

  • The Leesa is more affordable than the Saatva by a noticeable amount.
  • They incorporate some very different materials in their construction that give the mattresses different feels.
  • The Leesa has a balanced foam feel, while the Saatva has a traditional pillow top spring feel that resembles what one would find with a hotel mattress.
  • The Saatva has three different firmness options, but the Leesa has only one option.

A side view of a mattress.

Saatva Construction

  • The custom slim Luxury Firm version is 11.5” tall and features multiple foam and coil layers.
  • The cover is quilted with foam to create a Euro Top and provides softness and pressure relief.
  • The next layer is a thin memory foam layer that provides additional body contouring on the lumbar area.
  • This is followed by a layer of individually wrapped micro-coils that provides breathability and enhanced support.
  • Finally, high-grade coils make up the bottom layer and are highly supportive, durable, and breathable.
  • There is a foam encasement that helps with edge support.

Read the full breakdown and Saatva mattress review, available here.

A foam mattress is opened to show its construction.

Leesa Construction

  • The Leesa is 10” tall and features four separate foam layers
  • The cover is soft and thin and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
  • The first layer is 2” of a proprietary LSA-200 foam, which is soft, bouncy, and very responsive.
  • This is followed by 2” of a contouring memory foam, which gives the mattress extra pressure relief.
  • The final layer is 6” of a Core Support Foam, which is a pretty standard base layer in the industry.

Read the full breakdown and Leesa mattress review.

Construction Differences/Notes

  • The Saatva has a nice balance of comfort and support. It has one layer of coils which helps keep people supported and then a layer of microcoils that helps with contouring; the pillow top relieves pressure and has a nice fluffy feel overall.
  • The Saatva has a thin layer of memory foam in the middle, which is designed to provide extra lumbar support – if someone suffers from back pain or wants to prevent it, the Saatva could be an excellent choice.
  • The Leesa has a layer of memory foam in the second layer and a responsive latex-like LSA-200 foam in the top layer. This makes it so people get nice pressure relief, but it is still quite easy to move around on the mattress.
  • With its two sets of coils, the Saatva should be the more supportive mattress. The coils won’t let people sink too far into the mattress and they should be able to support people of larger weight.
  • The mattresses should be about equal in terms of breathability, but Saatva may have a slight advantage. The foams in the Leesa help dissipate heat, and the multiple sets of coils in the Saatva allow for a good amount of airflow.
  • The Saatva should be the more durable mattress, because the coils and high-density foams should make this a longer-lasting mattress.

Firmness/Feel Differences

In terms of firmness, the Saatva feels like a 7/10, and the Leesa feels like a 6.5/10. Their firmness is very close, but the Saatva is just a bit firmer and most should agree.

Back sleeping on the Saatva, I feel very well supported, my hips sink into pillow top, and I feel the top layer pressing up into the lumbar area. The microcoils conform to the curves of the body, and the next layer of coils keeps me from sinking in too far.

Lying on my side on the Saatva, I feel nice pressure relief. I sink into the pillow top and feel little pressure on my shoulders and hips.

On my stomach, I feel decent support, but I would say I need just a bit firmer mattress. Between the two, I would pick the Saatva for stomach sleeping, but it might be too soft for some stomach sleepers.

When I am on my back on the Leesa, I also feel some good support. My hips sink in but not too far and the LSA-200 foam does support my lumbar area. However, I will say I prefer the more supportive Saatva.

Side sleeping on the Leesa, the mattress feels fantastic, because I press into the foam layers and feel almost no pressure on my shoulders and hips. I definitely prefer the Leesa for side sleeping. At the same time, the mattress is much too soft for me when I am on my stomach.

The Saatva has an innerspring feel with a pillow top. Even with the pillow top, people can feel the bounce of the springs. While the mattress does relieve pressure quite well, people won’t sink in too far. It is more like sleeping on top of the mattress rather than in it.

The Leesa has more of a balanced foam feel, where people will get the softness of memory foam and the bounce and response of latex. So there is nice pressure relief without the feeling of getting stuck. Also, people will sleep more in the mattress when they compare the Leesa to the Saatva.

See more about the Saatva’s innerspring feel in the video below.

See what I thought of Leesa’s balanced foam feel with the video below.

Motion Transfer Differences

If someone sleeps with a partner, they want to think about whether their movements will disturb them during the night. Basically, how well does each mattress absorb this motion transfer?

Between the two mattresses, the Leesa handles motion transfer much better than the Saatva, because it has memory foam in its second layer, a material known for its fantastic motion isolation.

During my tests, I saw fewer disturbances on the Leesa, and when I asked Marten to move around on the other side of each mattress, I barely felt his movements on the Leesa.

Watch how the Saatva performed in my motion transfer tests in the video below.

Now, compare this to the Leesa’s motion transfer in the video below.

Edge Support Differences

Also, if someone sleeps with a partner, how close can they sleep to the edge of their mattress? Can they sit and lie down near the edge securely, or will they feel like they are going to roll off?

Between these two mattresses, the Saatva features better edge support. Those two layers of coils keep the mattress from compressing too much as I sit near the edge. Also, there is a foam encasement which adds even more edge support.

Lying down, I also feel much more stable on the Saatva. I feel like I can lie down near the edge without being ejected from the bed.

People can see the edge support differences in the photos below.

A man sits on his mattress.

Marten’s Take

Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:

I said the Leesa was a 6.5/10 and the Saatva was approximately a 7/10.

Back sleeping on the Leesa, I feel really nice overall support. I feel the top foam layer pressing up into my lumbar area, and my hips don’t sink in too far, so I feel well supported overall. On my side, I feel good pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. Moving to my stomach, I do need more firmness and support because I am bowing in at the hips.

Over on the Saatva, I feel great support on my back. My hips sink into the pillow top, and I am supported overall. On my side, I am surprised by how good the pressure relief is because of the pillow top. I feel a bit of firmness but, overall the pressure relief is pretty nice. On my stomach, the mattress is a little soft for me, and I am bowing in at the hips somewhat.

If someone is a heavier back or side sleeper, both mattresses could work for them. If someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, they should look for a firmer mattress overall.

It appears Marten and I had very similar experiences on the Saatva and Leesa. We both felt good back support and pressure relief on the Saatva and Leesa. However, Marten needed even more support on his stomach when he was on the Saatva. I needed a bit more support as well, but a stomach sleeper of Marten’s size will definitely need a more supportive mattress overall.

Who Should Pick Saatva:

  • Those who want a more supportive mattress- If someone has extra support needs or just likes to be more supported, the Saatva is the better option; with two sets of steel coils, it is firmer and more supportive than the Leesa.
  • Heavier people- Between the two mattresses, the Saatva is the more supportive mattress and more appropriate for heavy people – it has two steel coils layers as well as some high-density foams, so if someone is a larger person, they should get the support they need on the Saatva mattress.
  • People who sleep on your back and stomach- Again, being the firmer and more supportive mattress, the Saatva is a better pick for back and stomach sleepers. On a person’s back, the mattress lets their hips sink in a bit while also supporting the rest of their body; when they are on their stomach, they shouldn’t feel like they are bowing into the mattress.

Who Should Pick Leesa:

  • Side sleepers- Between the two mattresses, I found the Leesa had superior pressure relief. The top two foam layers relieve pressure on the shoulders and hips, so people should feel very comfortable side sleeping on the Leesa mattress.
  • Those who like to balanced foam feel- The Leesa combines memory foam and latex qualities. This gives sleepers that soft foam feel while still letting them to move around easily on the mattress; they should feel nice pressure relief without getting stuck.
  • People who want to sink into their mattress- While the Leesa has a balanced foam feel, it still allows you sink a bit. Compared to the Saatva, one sleeps more in the Leesa; if this is the feel someone prefers, the Leesa should work for them.

Overall

If you keep this information in mind, it shouldn’t be too hard to choose between the Saatva mattress and Leesa mattress. Heavier sleepers and those who need more support will most likely prefer the Saatva. Side sleepers who want a bit of that foam feel should like the Leesa. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Saatva or the Leesa in the comment section below.

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Joe Auer

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.