If you are trying to decide between the Saatva mattress and Leesa mattress, we’ve got your back. While these mattresses are quite different, you still might be having trouble deciding between these two popular mattresses.
A big part of the decision comes down to whether you prefer spring or foam mattresses. If you’re not sure which is a better fit for you, fear not, I have all the information you need to make the right decision for you.
Which will it be? The innerspring Saatva or the all-foam Leesa? Read on for my full review.
- They are both very popular mattresses.
- They both have great customer service terms.
- They have similar firmnesses.
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- The Leesa is more affordable than the Saatva.
- They incorporate some very different materials in their construction.
- The Leesa has a balanced foam feel, while the Saatva has a traditional pillow top spring feel.
- The Saatva has three different firmness options, but the Leesa has only one.
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- The custom slim Luxury Firm version is 11.5” tall.
- The cover is quilted with foam to create a Euro Top.
- The next layer is a thin memory foam layer.
- This is followed by a layer of individually wrapped microcoils.
- Finally, high-grade coils make up the bottom layer.
- There is a foam encasement which helps with edge support.
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- The Leesa is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft and thin.
- The first layer is 2” of a proprietary LSA-200 foam.
- This is followed by 2” of a contouring memory foam.
- The final layer is 6” of a Core Support Foam.
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- The Saatva has a nice balance of comfort and support. It has one layer of coils which helps keep you supported. Then, a layer of microcoils helps with contouring. Finally, the pillow top relieves pressure.
- The Saatva has a thin layer of memory foam in the middle. This is designed to provide extra lumbar support. If you suffer from back pain or want to prevent it, the Saatva could be a great 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 you get nice pressure relief, but it is still 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 you sink too far into the mattress.
- The mattresses should be about equal in terms of breathability. The foams in the Leesa help dissipate heat, and the coils in the Saatva allow for a good amount of airflow.
- The Saatva should be the more durable mattress. The coils and high-density foams should make this a longer-lasting mattress.
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.
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 my lumbar area. The microcoils conform to the curves of my 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. However, 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. 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, you can feel the bounce of the springs. While the mattress does relieve pressure quite well, you don’t sink in too far. It is more like you are sleeping on top of the mattress.
The Leesa has more of a balanced foam feel. You 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, you will sleep more in the mattress when you compare the Leesa to the Saatva.
See more about the Saatva’s innerspring feel.
See what I thought of Leesa’s balanced foam feel.
Motion Transfer Differences
If you sleep with a partner, you want to think about whether their movements will disturb you 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. 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. Also, when I asked Marten to move around on the other side of each mattress, I barely felt his movements on the Leesa.
You should feel less of your partner’s movements on the Leesa.
Watch how the Saatva performed in my motion transfer tests.
Now, compare this to the Leesa.
Edge Support Differences
Also, if you sleep with a partner, how close can you sleep to the edge of your mattress? Can you sit and lie down near the edge securely, or will you feel like you 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.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He 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:
I said the Leesa was a 6.5/10 and the Saatva was 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. 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 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. I feel a bit of firmness but, overall the pressure relief is nice. On my stomach, the mattress is a little soft for me. I am bowing in at the hips somewhat.
If you are a heavier back or side sleeper, both mattresses could work for you. If you are a heavier stomach sleeper, I would 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.
Pick Saatva If:
- You want a more supportive mattress. If you have extra support needs or just like 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.
- You are a heavier person. Between the two mattresses, the Saatva is the more supportive mattress. It has two steel coils layers as well as some high-density foams. If you a larger person, you should get the support you need on the Saatva mattress.
- You sleep on your back and stomach. Again, being the more firmer and more supportive mattress, the Saatva is a better pick for back and stomach sleepers. On your back, the mattress lets your hips sink in a bit while also supporting the rest of your body. When you are on your stomach, you shouldn’t feel like you are bowing into the mattress.
Pick Leesa If:
- You are a side sleeper. Between the two mattresses, I found the Leesa had better pressure relief. The top two foam layers relieve pressure on the shoulders and hips, so you should feel very comfortable side sleeping on the Leesa mattress.
- You like to balanced foam feel. The Leesa combines memory foam and latex qualities. This gives you that soft foam feel while still letting you move around easily on the mattress. You should feel nice pressure relief without getting stuck.
- You want to sink into your mattress. While the Leesa has a balanced foam feel, it still allows you sink a bit. Compared to the Saatva, you sleep more in the Leesa. If this is the feel you prefer, the Leesa should work for you.
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.
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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