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A comfy bed is vital to achieving a great night's sleep, but it can be difficult to choose the right mattress. At the Good Housekeeping Institute, we take mattresses seriously, testing mattresses of all kinds — from online mattresses to cooling mattresses to hybrid mattresses and every bed in between — so that we can help you find the mattress of your dreams. Through all of our evaluations, Saatva's Classic Mattress has proven to be one of our favorite beds in several categories and is our current "best overall" mattress. It consistently scores exceptionally well for comfort and quality of sleep and was even dubbed the "best mattress ever" by one user.
In just over a decade, Saatva has proven itself to be at the top of the mattress game. The direct-to-consumer brand excels at offering luxury mattresses for a more affordable price, and we're especially impressed by the Classic mattress model. For this article, we worked directly with Saatva brand representatives to learn more about all of the features the Classic mattress has to offer. We also evaluated previous mattress testing data and recently surveyed our panel of product testers, who shared with us their personal experiences sleeping on Saatva's mattresses. Over 100 panelists responded to our survey, providing us with more than 3,000 data points for analysis — valuable feedback from real users about sleeping on the Classic mattress. Plus, one of our Textiles Lab analysts was able to test out the bed herself for firsthand expertise.
Here's everything you need to know about the Saatva Classic Mattress including sizing, pricing, delivery, material and real-user feedback.
Saatva Classic Mattress overview
• Height: 11.5 or 14.5 inches
• Weight: 110 pounds for the 11.5-inch mattress; 120 pounds for the 14.5-inch mattress
• Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King and Split California King
• Firmness level: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm
• Mattress type: Innerspring with memory foam
• Price range: $687 for a Twin to $2,146 for a Split California King
Who is the Saatva Classic Mattress best for?
Saatva's Classic Mattress is our best overall mattress pick and a Good Housekeeping 2022 Best Bedding Awards winner, loved by our survey panelists, testers and Lab experts. Although we think it's a great pick for most sleepers, here's who we think will especially love it:
Value shoppers: With Saatva's mattresses, you don't have to sacrifice quality for a more moderate price. Because Saatva operates online as a direct-to-consumer brand, it's able to avoid wholesale markups and retail store expenses, so the Classic mattress costs just $1,770 for a Queen model (and it’s often lower with discounts!), regardless of firmness level or height. Our survey panelists who purchased the bed say it's a "great value for the price." It's designed similarly to a traditional luxury innerspring bed but is more affordable, and it comes with free white-glove delivery and setup, along with old mattress removal.
It is important to note that the Classic mattress has been subject to regular price increases, which the brand claims are because of increases in material costs. A Saatva representative told us that, at this time, the brand does not foresee any further price increases. That being said, Saatva consistently offers discounts and sales, so there are plenty of opportunities to buy the mattress for less than retail price.
Pain sufferers: The Saatva Classic is constructed with pressure-relieving foam and supportive coils that are ergonomically designed to target your lower back for pain relief. Plus, there's a layer of structured foam around the edge of the mattress that makes getting in and out of bed easier.
Our testers with back pain give this model glowing reviews, with one raving, "I wake up with no low back pain!" and another sharing that their back pain "has much improved" since sleeping on the mattress.
Sweaty sleepers: Although the mattress isn't designed with any special cooling features, it is constructed with coils that are inherently more breathable than solid foam, allowing you to stay cool while you sleep.
One Lab analyst who slept on a memory foam mattress before switching to the Saatva Classic is "blown away" by the drastic difference in temperature she feels. She and her partner are able to sleep soundly through the night without waking up damp from sweat or having to move around on the mattress to escape the absorbed heat. Our survey panelists agree, with most of them stating that they sleep at a comfortable temperature with the Saatva Classic mattress and many sharing that they don't get as hot at night with this mattress as they did with their all-foam beds.
Online shoppers: Saatva provides the convenience of an online mattress retailer, but it’s one of the few that’s not offering a mattress in a box. So if you prefer to browse models on a website rather than in a store and you don’t want a boxed mattress, Saatva is the perfect fit.
Saatva Classic Mattress material
The Saatva Classic Mattress is an innerspring mattress that’s made primarily of coils and is crowned by a plush pillow top, all of which you can see broken out in the graphic below. The layers of material do vary slightly between the firmness levels, which are Plush Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm. Here's a breakdown of the materials used, starting with the bottom layer:
Base coils: Each mattress has steel base coils, which add durability and help prevent the mattress from sagging over time. Plus, the coils allow for airflow, keeping the mattress cooler. According to the brand, a "spinal wire" is attached to the coils around the lumbar zone of the bed for added spinal support.
Foam rails: Surrounding the base coils are "rails" of high-density foam, which add structure around the perimeter of the bed, making it easier to get into and out of. This is a favorite design element of our survey panelists and testers, who often highlight the bed's superior edge support. One panelist added, "I can sleep on the very edge and not worry about rolling off because the edges stay firm."
Pocketed coils: On top of the initial base coils are individually pocketed steel coils that are ergonomically designed to be stronger in the center of the mattress for added lumbar support, which can help to prevent and alleviate back pain.
Memory foam: Next is a thin layer of high-density memory foam for pressure relief and comfort. The Plush Soft option has more padding and is softer than the Luxury Firm, while the Firm option is made with the firmest, most structured foam.
Pillow top: The mattress is finished off with a tufted, quilted pillow top for a comfortable feel. The Plush Soft mattress has the fullest, softest pillow top; the Firm option has more minimal foam fill. Pictured here is the "Luxury Firm" pillow top, which has slightly more cushion than the "Firm" option but still maintains a medium-firm feel.
Cover: All of the layers are encased in a breathable organic cotton cover. Note that one Lab analyst who tried the mattress noticed significant fraying and loose threads coming from the mattress cover after just a few nights of sleep, and one survey panelist (of over 100 respondents) also noted experiencing this issue.
Saatva Classic Mattress ordering and delivery
Saatva is a direct-to-consumer business, so it uses an online platform to sell its mattresses, cutting out the storefront to save on some expenses. Unfortunately, this means you're unable to test the mattress out in person beforehand unless you live in New York City and can get to the brand's flagship showroom. But Saatva's online interface is user-friendly, and according to our survey panelists and testers, its customer service is "superb," with one raving, "[It's] the best customer service I have ever seen. Everyone at Saatva is so knowledgeable and kind." The brand is willing to work with you to pick out your perfect mattress.
When it comes to delivery, Saatva offers white-glove service and setup, along with old mattress removal, which our panelists overwhelmingly rated with perfect scores for being quick and simple. Here's what you need to know:
Delivery: Mattress delivery is free! Saatva works with delivery partners who will contact you after you've made a mattress purchase to schedule a delivery date. The day before your scheduled delivery date, you'll receive a four-hour window for the mattress to be delivered. You can always adjust your time and date or cancel your delivery for no additional fees.
Setup: The delivery partners do all of the heavy lifting, so you don't have to. They'll bring your mattress and any additional accessories, like a bed frame or base, into your room and will assemble everything for you. Plus, when they're done setting up your brand-new bed, they'll remove your old mattress and foundation for free (though note that conditions apply).
Trial and returns: Good news: You can test the Saatva Classic Mattress out before fully committing. It can be difficult to commit to such a large and important purchase without being able to experience it first. Saatva offers a 365-night trial period, so you can sleep on the mattress for up to a year before deciding if it's the perfect pick for you. If you decide the mattress isn't the mattress for you, or if you want to switch to another firmness level, you can receive a refund — minus a $99 return fee. Saatva will send movers to your home to retrieve the unwanted mattress, and they'll replace it with a new mattress if you choose.
Which Saatva Classic Mattress firmness level is best for my sleep position?
Although there's more to choosing a mattress than sleep position alone, it can be helpful to consider when making your decision. Saatva's Classic Mattress is available in three firmness levels, and some are more comfortable for stomach, back and side sleepers:
Firm: The Firm mattress is meant to feel like you're sleeping on top of the mattress, rather than sinking into it, which is great for a stomach sleeper who needs structure. The sturdier foam helps to align your spine, hips and shoulders while you're sleeping. This is also a good choice for those with a higher body weight.
Luxury Firm: This is the most popular firmness level. If you sleep on your back, the Luxury Firm level is firmer than a standard medium-firmness level mattress, which means it will provide adequate support. It's also the brand's recommendation for combination sleepers who find themselves sleeping on their stomach, back and sides. While it's firm enough to support you while you're on your back or stomach, it's also just plush enough for you to comfortably sleep on your side. A brand representative shared that it's "great for couples who can't agree on firmness," as well.
Plush Soft: Side sleepers, especially lightweight side sleepers, can benefit from sleeping on a mattress with more cushioning because it allows the shoulders and hips to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. Some of our panelists and testers found even the Plush Soft model to be too firm, so keep that in mind if you prefer a mattress with more cradling cushion.
Note: If you weigh more than 250 pounds, you may not get the support you need from the foams and coils used in Saatva's Classic mattress. Instead, you may be interested in trying Saatva's HD mattress, designed specifically to provide support for "bigger bodies."
Pro tip: When it comes to choosing a firmness level, don't second-guess yourself. It can be tempting to pick the most popular Luxury Firm mattress, but several users told us that they initially went for the popular option and wished they had gone with their gut and picked either the Plush Soft or Firm level instead.
How long does a Saatva Classic Mattress last?
According to a brand representative, with proper maintenance, a Saatva Classic Mattress can last for 10 to 15 years. In our latest survey of over 100 Saatva mattress users (some of whom have had their beds for nearly a decade), many respondents reported that the beds maintain their quality and firmness, even after years of nightly use. The brand does offer a lifetime warranty and will replace or repair defective mattresses under certain conditions.
Of the over 100 users surveyed, two spoke of the foam "rails" around the edge losing structure with use, and three respondents — one who has been sleeping on the mattress for just seven months, one for two years and one for seven years — complained specifically of mattress depressions and sagging. According to our panelists and testers with these issues, Saatva's customer service team is efficient at helping to resolve their problems. If you experience significant depressions in your mattress or sagging, it could be the result of the base you use. Here are some tips for handling mattress sagging:
Use a quality foundation: Not every mattress requires the same style of base or foundation, so it's best to check with the brand to determine which style of base you should use. If you choose a slatted base, make sure the slats are fairly close together so the mattress doesn't sink, and look for a foundation with additional legs in the middle of the bed for extra support. Saatva offers its own foundation and bed frames that are compatible with its mattresses and recommends using a base with "slats spaced less than four inches apart and a center support for queen and larger sizes."
Rotate your mattress: Sleeping in the same position night after night creates pressure in targeted areas of a mattress that can eventually lead to dips or sagging. Rotating your mattress, or switching the direction of the foot and head of your mattress, every six months can help to maintain the longevity of the mattress by distributing the pressure across different areas.
Add a topper: A mattress topper evens out your sleeping surface, so it can serve as an extra layer of protection for your mattress and an extra layer of support for you. If your mattress is already sagging, adding a topper isn't going to resolve the issue fully, but it can help you to sleep more comfortably and may prevent further sagging.
Pro tip: Remember to regularly clean and care for your mattress according to the manufacturer's instructions to elongate the life of your mattress and keep it in tip-top shape.
Final verdict: Is the Saatva Classic Mattress worth buying?
Although there's no one perfect mattress for everyone, this is as close to perfect as our Textiles Lab experts have found. The Saatva Classic Mattress is an incredible value: $1,770 for a Queen model made with high-quality materials that are breathable, supportive and helpful at providing pain relief. Plus, the Classic continues to receive excellent ratings from our testers and survey panelists for comfort and overall sleep quality. Because it's primarily constructed with innersprings and only one layer of pressure-relieving foam, it may not be the mattress for you if you prefer the soft, conforming cushion of a memory foam bed. If you're on the fence, you can always test out the Saatva Classic Mattress for a whopping 365 nights before committing.
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Why trust Good Housekeeping?
Amanda Constantine joined the Good Housekeeping Institute in 2022 as a Home & Apparel Reviews Analyst. She has reviewed other mattresses for the Good Housekeeping Institute, including Tempur-Pedic's collection of mattresses, and written about bedding like duvet covers, comforters and waterproof mattress protectors. For this article, she tested out the Saatva Classic Mattress, analyzed the Textile Lab's mattress testing and survey data regarding the Saatva Classic Mattress, spoke with representatives from the Saatva brand and worked with Textiles Lab Executive Director Lexie Sachs for more insight.
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