We have received a number of emails asking me to compare Saatva to Stearns and Foster. They Saatva mattress does compare pretty well to the Stearns and Foster line of mattresses, so it makes sense that a lot of people would look pretty hard about both of these companies. In this article, I’ll go through the main similarities and differences to try to help you make a more informed decision.
The picture below shows off the feel of the Saatva and one model from the Stearns and Foster Estate Collection. You should note that because S&F has so many different models, you can find feels of all types, including ones that will feel more like the Saatva. In this particular case, the S&F has a large comfort layer and pillow top, so it has a slower-moving, sinking in feel, while the Saatva has a more resilient “on” the mattress feel.
This is where I believe the Saatva takes the lead. While you can make arguments about which construction is “better,” the main point is that the construction of the Saata and Stearns and Foster is not all that dissimilar. However, the Saatva is priced much lower than any of the S&F mattresses. This is simply because it only sells online and doesn’t have any of the costs or markups that are associated with retail stores. For this reason, I think the value of the Saatva is going to be greater.
Saatva has one model and they are very transparent about their specifications. When buying a S&F, you may get confused because models are called by different names at different retail stores. That makes it very difficult to comparison shop across models and across different stores because you will never see the same model name twice. I’m not a fan of this practice because it makes things much more complicated than they need to be and it’s not consumer-friendly. For that reason, I give Saatva a few extra points for making the process simple and transparent.
Ultimately, I think these are two good companies that provide a luxury experience with their mattresses. It’s my opinion that the Saatva is a better value and I think they have more consumer-friendly business practices.
Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.