Sapira is a mattress made by Leesa Sleep, which makes the eponymous Leesa mattress (you can see my Leesa review here). The Sapira was designed to be a luxury model; higher quality at a higher price. But is it worth it? In this article, I’ll go over the construction, quality, feel and price of the Sapira followed by a comparison with their lower-priced Leesa mattress.
(This part can get a little technical, so feel free to skip it.)
The Sapira mattress is a “hybrid” mattress, meaning it is a combination of an innerspring mattress and a foam mattress. It has quilt and comfort layers on top like an all-foam mattress, but instead of a high density foam support layer, it uses individually wrapped coils.
The top layer is a thin quilted cover over 1.5 inches of what they call “performance foam.” It’s a type of high density poly foam somewhat similar to memory foam, but it’s bouncier and feels a little more like latex. It’s also ventilated (it has a lot of little holes going vertically through it) to help air flow so it won’t get as warm as other foam.
The next layer is 1.5 inches of 4 pound density memory foam. This is a softer foam designed to contour to your body to help prevent tossing and turning due to pressure. The 4 pound density used is higher than average, which means the foam should be long-lasting.
Below that is the support layer. It’s a 1,000 coil count individually wrapped coil system. (Note: coil count isn’t a terribly important number by itself, but that’s still a respectable number of coils. The coils are 14 gauge, which is also respectable.) Individually wrapped coils are great at contouring to your body from the support level. In mattresses with old-school coils in which the coils are all tied together, the support is more rigid, and it’s up to the foam to take the shape of your body.
The coils around the edge are smaller but packed in more densely to give more edge support (for when you sit on the side of the bed or sleep near the edge).
Above and below this coil system are 1 inch layers of high resiliency poly foam, which is the type of foam that’s generally found in all-foam mattresses in the bottom layer.
So in all, you have 3 inches of specialty foam, 2 inches of support foam, and an individually wrapped coil unit. The foams used are all high density and should be more durable than the average mattress you’d purchase from a big name brand. The Sapira comes with a 10 year warranty, and I’d expect it to keep its comfort level for most of that 10 year period.
The mattress and its components are made in the USA, and the foams used are CertiPUR-US certified, which means it’s free of a list of harmful ingredients (you can see the technical guidelines from CertiPUR here).
How it feels
The Sapira is a medium-firm mattress. On a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 is the firmest, this is about a 3. On the surface, it feels like an all-foam mattress, but it’s much bouncier underneath, so it’s easy to turn around in. Despite being bouncy, it doesn’t really transfer motion from side to side of the bed. Individually wrapped coils are good at preventing motion from traveling horizontally across the bed. It’s not quite as good at separating motion as an all-foam mattress, but it’s close.
If you need an extra-firm or extra-soft mattress, this mattress is not for you. Luckily, most people need something in between, so it should be fine for a large percentage of the population.
Who the Sapira is good for depends on your sleeping position.
- Back sleepers. This mattress should be good for most back sleepers, unless you’re on the light side and have prominent curves in your body. For example, if your lumbar curve is pronounced, but you’re thin, you might not be heavy enough for the mattress to come up to meet your back.
- Stomach sleepers. The Sapira should be good for all but the heaviest stomach sleepers. If you’re very heavy and sleep on your stomach, the Sapira might not be firm enough. Otherwise, most stomach sleepers will be properly supported
- Side sleepers. If you’re average weight or heavier and sleep on your side, the Sapira should work for you by contouring around your shoulder. This is the category I personally fit in, and the Sapira is able to contour around my shoulder and hip without causing pressure. If you’re thin, the Sapira is likely too firm on your side since you won’t have the weight to push in your hip and shoulder enough to keep you in alignment.
The Sapira is more of a luxury mattress and is more expensive than most “mattress in a box” companies out there. It starts at $975 for a twin and goes up to $1775 for a king. A queen comes in at $1475. They have 0% interest financing available through Affirm at checkout if that’s a bit much to spend all at once. (Also, until 10/31, get $100 off with coupon code MATTRESSNERD100)
Most direct-to-consumer mattresses are under $1000 for a queen, so this is certainly more expensive, but it’s also higher quality. Whether that extra money is worth it to you depends entirely on your budget.
The price is for just the mattress. You’ll need your own foundation. You can use a platform bed, rigid boxspring (not the kind with actual springs in it), or adjustable base. You can also use the floor if you’d like.
Sapira has two delivery options.
- Free shipping via UPS My Choice. The mattress comes compressed in a box and delivered to your door. It’s then up to you to unbox and set up the mattress. Keep in mind though that this mattress is very heavy. My queen sized sample they sent me to review weighed almost 120 pounds. Once it’s in place, setting it up is quick and easy; but getting it in place might take two people.
- “White Glove” delivery for $99. They will send a two-person team to set up your mattress on your existing frame or boxspring and remove the packaging. If you want your old mattress hauled away or moved to another room, it’s $50. They will also move up to two pieces of foundation for you (e.g. boxspring and frame).
The Sapira has a 100 night free return policy, so it’s a low risk purchase. You can buy it, try it out for a couple months, and if it doesn’t work, they send somebody to pick it up for you and give you a full refund. The old mattress is either donated or recycled, depending on what’s available in your area. (You do not have to send the mattress back yourself).
After that, Sapira has a 10 year full replacement warranty against any physical defects, such as sagging. If the mattress sags at least an inch within 10 years, they will replace it for free (except the shipping cost). This is a pretty standard warranty; many of the big name brands require the mattress to sag 1.5 inches, so Sapira’s warranty is an improvement over that.
Comparison with Leesa
As I stated above, the Sapira is made by the same company who makes Leesa. The Leesa is another “mattress in a box,” but it costs a few hundred less dollars. So is it worth the extra money? Well, that depends. Here are some factors to consider.
- The Sapira is slightly firmer than the Leesa. There isn’t a big difference in firmness, but it’s there.
- The Sapira uses stronger materials than the Leesa. The Sapira uses higher density foams in the top layer than Leesa, and the coils in the Sapira will be more durable than the base foam that Leesa uses. So if you plan on keeping this mattress for 10 years, the Sapira will feel more like it does now in 10 years time.
- The Sapira is an innerspring mattress, and is slightly bouncier than the Leesa. This is also not a big difference, since the individual coils and layers of foam keep most of the motion from transferring horizontally across the mattress, but there is slightly more motion than the all-foam Leesa.
- Depending on the size you want and the exact coupon being offered at the time, the Leesa is about $600 less expensive than the Sapira.
So taking all that into consideration, the Sapira is a better mattress than the Leesa. Is it $600 better? That’s tough to say. Not everybody values money the same.
If that extra $600 or so will put a big dent in your budget or put you in an uncomfortable situation, I’d recommend the Leesa instead. If you won’t really notice the extra $600, the Sapira is the better choice.
The Sapira is a heavy duty, comfortable luxury mattress made by one of the bigger companies in the direct-to-consumer mattress space. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of shopping for mattresses in stores, the Sapira is a valid alternative. It’s a low-risk purchase because if you don’t like it, you can return it for a full refund and iterate from there. If you do like it, it’s a high quality mattress.
If you find the price tag to be a little much for you, consider getting a Leesa instead.
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