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Leesa vs. Saatva Mattress Comparison

Deciding between the Saatva and the Leesa? Learn everything you need to know in this in-depth mattress review and comparison.

Comparing Saatva Mattress & Purple Mattress

The Saatva is a luxury coil-on-coil innerspring mattress that’s available in three firmness levels and two heights. The Leesa is a three-layer, mixed foam, online mattress with a medium-firm feel. The Saatva can suit a wide variety of body types, but it’s best for sleepers who like a bouncy, responsive feel or who sleep very hot. The Leesa is best for average-weight sleepers who enjoy foam beds that don’t sleep hot or sink too deeply.

Choosing between the Saatva and the Leesa can feel like choosing between apples and oranges. These mattresses are quite different, from style to price, construction and firmness. Keep reading to learn how each stacks up for various sleeping styles, body types and preferences.

Differences

  • The Saatva can suit a wider variety of sleeping styles and body types, given that it comes in three firmness levels and two heights.
  • Though the Saatva’s euro-pillow top cover is comfortable, the Leesa offers a deeper hug from its memory foam comfort layers.
  • Heavyweight and stomach sleepers won’t get the support they need on a Leesa, but most in those categories should feel supported on the Saatva.
  • The Leesa ships free rolled and compressed as a bed-in-a-box; the Saatva ships free via white glove delivery.

Similarities

  • Though made from different materials, the support cores in the Saatva and the Leesa provide lift and durability to prevent excessive sinkage.
  • Neither bed gives you a “stuck” feeling; the Leesa’s comfort foam is easy to move around on, and the Saatva’s coil-on-coil design offers bounce and mobility.
  • Both beds have cooling features. The Saatva’s innerspring design gives it excellent airflow, and the Leesa’s proprietary foam allows it to sleep cooler than a standard memory foam mattress.

Saatva Classic

Who Should Buy this Mattress? 

  • Couples who prioritize edge support
  • Hot sleepers
  • Shoppers who want a luxury, high-value, innerspring mattress 
  • People who like the sensation of sleeping “on” their mattress
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Firmness

6.5

Trial period

180 nights

Warranty

15 year

Price

$$$

Who the Saatva Mattress is Best For 

Best For…

  • Couples who prioritize edge support: If you and your partner are not sensitive to movement but appreciate a mattress that lets you use the full surface area for sleeping, the Saatva offers excellent edge-to-edge support.
  • Hot sleepers: Two layers of coils give the Saatva great airflow. The organic cotton cover also feels cool to the touch, and the foam layers aren’t thick enough to trap much heat.
  • Shoppers who want a luxury, high-value innerspring mattress: This is a great value mattress for people seeking the comfort of a luxury bed without a sky-high price. It has a luxury look and feel and comes with free white glove delivery and a lengthy sleep trial.
  • People who like the sensation of sleeping “on” their mattress: The three firmness options of the Saatva Classic have different levels of conforming, but all offer the sensation of sleeping “on” the mattress.

May Not be Best For…

  • People who like very plush foam mattresses: Though the pillow top is soft on the Saatva, the dual layers of coils are firmer. You won’t feel a deep hug on this bed.
  • Very petite or lightweight sleepers: Though lightweight sleepers can technically feel supported in any sleeping position on the Saatva, some many find even the softest firmness option too firm.
  • Couples who are sensitive to movement and sound: The Saatva’s coil-on-coil design won’t absorb much motion, one of the qualifications for the best mattresses for couples.

Read our full Saatva Mattress Review to learn more! 

Leesa

Who Should Buy this Mattress?

  • Couples who prioritize motion isolation
  • People who want a foam bed that doesn’t sleep too hot
  • Sleepers who need pressure relief and cradling
  • Foam bed shoppers who don’t want to feel stuck in the mattress
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Firmness

6

Trial period

100 days

Warranty

10 years

Price

$$$

Who the Leesa Mattress is Best For 

Best For…

  • Couples who prioritize motion isolation: An all-foam construction absorbs a significant amount of motion for couples who are easily distrubed by one another’s movements at night.
  • People who want a foam bed that doesn’t sleep too hot: The LSA200 foam is designed to mimic the breathable quality of latex, preventing heat retention for sleepers who normally feel hot on all-foam beds.
  • People who need moderate pressure relief: The LSA200 and memory foam combination in the top layers cradle the body’s sensitive spots without too much sinkage.
  • Foam bed shoppers who don’t want to feel stuck in the mattress: Leesa strategically placed LSA200 on top of the memory foam layer so that the bed still has a viscous, conforming quality, but the quick-to-respond nature of the LSA200 foam prevents you from feeling stuck in the mattress..

May Not be Best For…

  • Most stomach sleepers: The Leesa’s medium firmness scale setting (6/10) simply isn’t firm enough for most stomach sleepers who need firm lift at the hips to prevent bowing in the low back.
  • Most heavyweight sleepers: Similarly, most heavyweight sleepers who are not strict side sleepers may find themselves sinking too deeply into the Leesa’s foam layers. The lack of support could cause pain over time.
  • Shoppers who want a very bouncy or very conforming bed: Designed to be a middle-of-the-road mattress that’s pressure relieving yet lightly responsive, the Leesa won’t appeal to avid fans of very bouncy innerspring mattresses or very viscous memory foam beds

Read our full Leesa Mattress Review to learn more! 

Deciding Between Saatva & Leesa

Firmness / Feel

The Saatva comes in three firmnesses, plush soft (4/10), luxury firm (6/10) and firm (7.5/10). The plush soft is best for lightweight and strict side sleepers, the luxury firm is well-suited for average-weight sleepers, and the firm will work for strict stomach sleepers and some plus-size sleepers. All three models feel sturdy and bouncy while offering a light yet comfortable cradle. 

The Leesa, on the other hand, is a close-conforming, all-foam mattress with a medium firmness level (6/10). You’ll notice immediate relief around pressure points and a body-hugging feel. Unlike most mattresses that incorporate memory foam, the Leesa conforms to the body without deep sinking or sagging, so you’ll experience a balanced sensation of sleeping “in” and “on” the mattress.

Saatva Performance By Sleeping Position:
Body Type: BACK SLEEPERS STOMACH SLEEPERS SIDE SLEEPERS
Lightweight (< 130 lbs.): 5 5 3
Average weight (130 – 230 lbs.): 5 5 4
Heavyweight (> 230 lbs.): 4 3 4
Leesa Performance By Sleeping Position:
Body Type: BACK SLEEPERS STOMACH SLEEPERS SIDE SLEEPERS
Lightweight (< 130 lbs):  4 3 4
Average weight (130 – 230 lbs): 4 3 5
Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):  2 2 2

1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent

Motion Isolation

The Leesa is by far the winner in this category, as its all-foam construction will deaden almost all motion for couples and co-sleepers. The Saatva’s coil-on-coil innerspring design will absorb more motion than a traditional innerspring mattress, but couples will still detect large movements across its surface.

Edge Support

The Saatva outpaces the Leesa in the edge support category. Its two layers of coils provide durability and support near the edges on their own, but the mattress also has a dedicated layer of high-density foam around its perimeter to further prevent any roll-off effect at its edges. As is the case with most all-foam beds, you’ll notice significant sinkage underneath your weight on the edges of the Leesa.

Pressure Relief 

The Saatva’s coil-on-coil design and pillow top allow it to conform more closely and offer greater pressure relief than most traditional innerspring beds, but it doesn’t offer the deep-sinking, viscous hug that many people with aches and pains look for in a mattress. The Leesa’s combination of latex-like LSA200 foam and memory foam allow it to give a body-hugging cradle that doesn’t prevent mobility: a main characteristic of the best mattresses for side sleepers. You’ll experience excellent pressure relief while still being able to change positions on the mattress as a combination sleeper.

Durability 

Mattresses with coil support cores are typically more durable than beds with foam cores. The Saatva’s coil-on-coil design should allow it to last up to 10 years with minimal sinkage or sagging. The Leesa’s firmness setting and high-density foam base layer should help prevent sagging for several years, but indentations and impressions can occur on all-foam beds over time. And keep in mind, if you’re looking for a durable mattress that can handle anything kids throw at it, the flippable Saatva Youth could work for your family. 

Temperature 

Both beds are cooling in their own right, but the degree to which you need airflow and breathability will help you decide between the two. If you sleep mildly warm on most all-foam mattresses, the Leesa’s breathable twill cover and latex-like LSA200 foam should help mitigate some of that heat retention. If you sleep very hot, the Saatva’s coil core and coil transition layer will do a much better job at actively cooling you by allowing ample airflow throughout the night.

Saatva Mattress Construction

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Cover Organic cotton euro-top cover

1.25-1.5” Polyfoam

.75” Dacron fibers

Comfort Layer  1” Memory foam
Transitional Layer Individually wrapped coils
Support Layer Steel coils

Perimeter foam

Mattress Thickness  11.5” or 14.5”

The Saatva’s comfort system consists primarily of the bed’s Euro-top cover, which has polyfoam sewn in for a fluffy, plush feel. The Euro-top gives you a moderate amount of cushion when you first lie down, especially on the plush soft version, but you won’t sink deeply. Beneath the Euro-top is a thin layer of memory foam, which adds gentle—but hardly noticeable—contouring to the mattress’s feel.

The transition layer is 4” pocketed coils with a 14.5 gauge, or mid-level thickness. These give the mattress some responsiveness without making it as springy as a traditional innerspring mattress. The pocketed component helps them distill motion and provide a bit of conforming for sleepers.

The support core, or base layer, of the mattress is recycled steel Bonnell coils, which are thick and measure 4” or 7”, depending on the mattress height you choose. The coil-on-coil construction of the bed makes it responsive yet comfortable and provides ample airflow for hot sleepers.

Leesa Mattress Construction

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Cover Gray twill fabric cover
Comfort Layer  2” LSA200 foam

2” Memory foam

Transitional Layer N/A
Support Layer 6” High-density polyfoam
Mattress Thickness  10”

The bed’s three foam layers are encased in a soft gray and white twill cover that feels soft to the touch. Twill is known for being breathable and easy to clean.

The Leesa has a two-layer comfort section that includes the brand’s proprietary LSA200 foam atop a layer of traditional memory foam. The LSA200 is like latex in that it combines a gentle hug with light bounce and sleeps cool. The memory foam layer beneath it provides pressure relief and contouring for sensitive areas, like the back, hips and shoulders. However, since the memory foam sits underneath the bouncier LSA200, you won’t get too much of the viscous sensation that’s often associated with memory foam.

The support foam of the Leesa is a simple slab of high-density polyfoam. It doesn’t provide too much in terms of edge support for the mattress, but it does adequately support the foam layers and provide durability for the bed as a whole.

Sizing & Price Comparisons 

Mattress Size  Saatva Classic Price Leesa Price
Twin $849 $699
Twin XL $1,049 $749
Full $1,399 $899
Queen $1,499 $999
King $1,899 $1,199
Cal King $1,899 $1,199
Split King $2,098 N/A
Split Cal King N/A N/A

For the best price on a new mattress, see our Saatva Mattress Coupons and Leesa Mattress Coupons.

Shipping and Returns for Saatva & Leesa

Saatva Mattress

The Saatva mattress comes with the brand’s signature free white glove delivery, which is available in the contiguous U.S. White glove delivery includes in-home setup and free removal of an old mattress and foundation upon request. You’ll choose your delivery date, and Saatva will contact you with a four-hour time window the day before the scheduled delivery. Saatva currently does not ship the Saatva Classic (nor any other Saatva models) to Alaska or Hawaii, but the brand may be able to arrange delivery through a freight forwarder.

The Saatva Classic comes with a 180-night sleep trial, so you’ll have about six months to try the mattress in your home and decide if it’s right for you. If you decide it isn’t, you can return or exchange the mattress for a full refund less a $99 transportation fee and any difference between mattress costs (for exchanges).

If you decide to keep the Saatva Classic, it’s protected by a 15-year warranty. During the first two years, Saatva will replace a mattress that’s defective at no extra charge. For the remaining Saatva mattress warranty period, Saatva will repair and re-cover your Saatva mattress for a flat fee of $198 ($99 shipping fee both ways).

Leesa Mattress

The Leesa mattress ships free via FedEx to all 50 states. You’ll receive a tracking email once your Leesa has shipped, and it may take up to 14 business days to receive the mattress because Leesa beds are made to order. In-home delivery, which includes unboxing and setup, can be added for $150. Mattress removal is included with the in-home delivery service upon request. In-home delivery is only available in select areas.

The mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial that includes a mandatory 30-night break-in period. After sleeping on the bed for 30 nights, you can contact Leesa to initiate a return. Leesa will pick up the mattress and provide a full refund.

If you keep the mattress, it’s protected by a 10-year warranty. During the warranty period, Leesa will replace any mattress with defects. Customers must pay shipping and handling charges associated with mattress repairs and replacements.

More Saatva Mattresses

Saatva HD

A hybrid model designed especially for plus-size sleepers, the Saatva HD is similar to the Classic but contains zoned latex, high-density memory foam and even thicker Bonnell coils. The price point, however, is almost double the Saatva Classic’s.

saatva hd mattress

See our Saatva HD Mattress Review to learn more.

Loom & Leaf

The Loom & Leaf is Saatva’s version of a high-quality memory foam mattress. It has two memory foam comfort layers, a high-density foam base, offers close conforming and makes you feel like you’re sleeping “in” the mattress. 

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Read our Loom & Leaf Mattress Review for more information.

More Leesa Mattresses

Leesa Hybrid

Designed to be the luxury offering from Leesa, the Leesa Hybrid is a bit softer than the original Leesa and offers a blend of pressure relief and support. It has better cooling than the original Leesa and more bells and whistles, but it’s also more expensive.

Hybrid 3

Check out our Leesa Mattress Review to learn more.

Our Final Take

Though the Leesa and the Saatva are constructed from different materials, they’re both available at below-average price points. If you enjoy sleeping “on” your mattress or enjoy traditional innerspring beds, you’ll definitely want to go with the Saatva. The coil support core also makes the Saatva a better pick for those who sleep very hot or have concerns with edge support or durability

The Leesa is a better option for sleepers who love foam beds but normally sleep a little hot on them. It also offers closer conforming, making it our pick for people with pressure points or back pain. Side sleepers and back sleepers can feel comfortable on either mattress, but the Saatva is the only option of the two that’s firm enough for stomach sleepers.

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