Saatva vs WinkBeds Mattress Comparison

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how Saatva compares to WinkBeds, so I thought I’d put this comparison together since I’ve spent a good amount of time on them both (start with my Saatva review and WinkBeds review).

Saatva has been around longer, has more reviews, and is the larger and more established business. WinkBeds is the  relative newcomer attracting a lot of interest. So which should you buy?  The differences are subtle, but I’ll try to go through everything you should think about in order to help you make a more informed decision.

Overall Construction
With an innerspring mattress there are several key aspects of construction to consider:

  • Coil count.
  • Thickness of cushioning on the top layer.
  • Types of coils used (pocketed vs. bonnell)

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Here is a quick sketch that roughly illustrates each bed’s overall construction:

Saatva vs WinkBeds

Top Layer of Foam

WinkBedsSaatva
2" top layer. 1" of hypersoft foam and 1" of cooling gel foam, each of 1.5 lb density.1" top layer .625" soft foam and .375" visco memory foam. 1.2 - 2 lb density.

Both mattresses feature a high quality euro-top style sleep surface. You can see that WinkBeds has more foam on top, but in terms of the feel, I found them to be pretty similar. Saatva is a little softer because of the visco foam, while WinkBeds is more responsive with its hypersoft/gel foam blend. If you like the sink-in of memory foam, Saatva has more of that type of feel on its top layer. If you want the foam to respond right away when you move around (i.e. no body impressions), WinkBeds is more like that.

Individually Wrapped Coils

WinkBedsSaatva
2.4" layer of individually wrapped micro AirSprings (1722/King).4" layer of individually wrapped coils (1088/King)

Both mattresses use individually wrapped coils in the top layer. This is an advanced feature as each coil can contour on its own to the shape of your body, and is definitely the preferred type of coil. WinkBeds has the higher coil count at about 600 more coils per king mattress. Theoretically, more coils should mean more individual contouring to your body shape. In practice though, it’s hard to tell how much of a difference the added coils really make. I found the difference in feel to be subtle.

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Mattress Support Core

WinkBedsSaatva
1054/King individually wrapped 8" high profile pocket coils. High gauge wire of 17. Support core is encased along the edges by a 4.5" layer of foam and along the top using a 0.5" layer of pre-compressed densified cotton.520/King 7" Bonnell Coil Innerspring with 13 gauge wire and foam encasement. Steel edge guards and 1/2" Loft Pad + 7/8" Fiber Pad Bottom.

The support cores between the two mattresses is where we start to see some differentiation. Saatva uses heavy duty Bonnell coils, while WinkBeds uses the taller and thinner high profile pocket coils. Because of the way the coils are constructed, WinkBeds is able to fit about twice as many coils in the support core. I’m not sure that more coils equals more support, but it is worth noting the difference. During my testing, I found both mattresses to be extremely supportive. Also, because of the spring coil interiors, these two mattresses have a very healthy bounce.

For edge support, Saatva uses steel edge guards while WinkBeds uses a high density foam. Saatva’s edge guards are definitely firmer than WinkBeds, which comes in handy if you are sitting on the side of your mattress. On the other hand, WinkBeds’ foam edge guards allow for use with an adjustable frame while Saatva’s edge guards do not.

Durability Factors

WinkBedsSaatva
1054/King individually wrapped 8" high profile pocket coils. High gauge wire of 17. Support core is encased along the edges by a 4.5" layer of foam and along the top using a 0.5" layer of pre-compressed densified cotton.520/King 7" Bonnell Coil Innerspring with 13 gauge wire and foam encasement. Steel edge guards and 1/2" Loft Pad + 7/8" Fiber Pad Bottom.

Saatva has been around a bit longer and has strong reviews when it comes to durability, so it’s a pretty safe bet. Since WinkBeds is still relatively new, you can’t tell for sure how well the mattress will hold up until it has been used by consumers for a few years – though I do like that they had their mattress thoroughly tested for durability.

Price
WinkBeds comes in at $1100 for a queen (including shipping) while Saatva comes in at $900 (not including shipping). Thus Saatva wins on price, though note in the specs section WinkBeds can probably justify the higher cost.  Both mattresses are priced well below similar mattresses sold through traditional retailers (most similar would be the Simmons Beautyrest line). Saatva also offers some additional add-on options that might increase price (and convenience) such as frame, foundation, and mattress removal options.

Firmness Preference
One difference to note is firmness preference. Saatva has three options, Plush Soft, Luxury Firm (medium), and Firm. WinkBeds only has one firmness option, which would be most comparable to Saatva’s Luxury Firm. The “medium” option fits 90% of sleepers in my experience, but if you happen to strongly prefer a soft or firm sleeping surface, you will need to go with Saatva.

Final Recommendation

I have recommended both of these mattresses to people with great success. Saatva has been around a little bit longer and has the lower price, while WinkBeds has the slight edge on some of the technical components. If you know you want an innerspring mattress, both are great choices and a far better choice than the over priced in-store brands!

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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.