Memory foam mattresses and innerspring mattresses are two vastly popular present-day sleep solutions that are at the forefront of providing deeply relaxing, pressure-relieving comfort and support to consumers through research and innovation.
There are several well-established names in the mattress industry, and Tempurpedic is one that is synonymous with luxurious viscoelastic bedding in the American household. On the other hand, the online-exclusive sale model that foregoes retail stores in the favor of direct-to-home delivery has also gained traction recently, and Saatva is one viscoelastic innerspring hybrid brand that has made a name for itself out of that strategy. The purpose of this Saatva vs Tempurpedic debate is to give you an idea on how the mattress industry has recently evolved so that consumers who previously could not enjoy luxury bedding because of the exorbitant costs are now able to do so.
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A pure organic cotton cover encapsulates the foam layers of the Saatva, and it exudes an airy, silky surface feel.
A 1.25” deep Euro pillow top is installed right under the cover and is attached flush with the rest of the mattress. Not only does it cushion the initial impact in a luxurious manner, it also adds a flair of elegance to the overall product.
The uppermost layer is made out of 3/8” of a viscoelastic foam that lets it conform to your sleep style. Since it is so thin, however, the adaptiveness does not force you to deal with the signature ‘sinking’ feeling ascribed to this material. The dead response of this layer is also responsible for countering some of the springiness of the lower layers so that it doesn’t feel like you’re completely floating on your bed
The next layer is made from individually wrapped pocketed coils – 4” deep, 14-gauge thick – that are responsible for yielding pressure relief and additional contouring for your body while improving quickening the support response, too. These coils are wrapped in edge support foam to ensure that you don’t sink in while sitting at the bedside. Here’s a quick comparison between pocketed coils and regular coils:
This is another spring coil layer, but instead of being independently wrapped, the coils are connected through a helical metal wire. They are also thicker and longer at 13-gauge and 5.5” respectively, since the layer is intended to support your whole weight throughout the night to ensure a properly aligned spinal structure.
Edge Support Boundary
A foam boundary is placed around the lower spring layers of the mattress that keeps these springs from compressing too deeply when pressure is applied on the sides of the bed.
Firmness and Feel
The Saatva is available in three separate firmness levels. Note that the manufacturer discusses firmness relative to a scale ranging from 1 to 10, with 1 being extremely soft (e.g. quicksand) and 10 being extremely hard (e.g. wooden floor or tabletop).
Comfort and Support
The plush firmness level has an ILD value of 18 and a 3 rating on the 1-10 scale, making it soft and contouring but not so much that you sink right through to the bottom after a few hours. The conforming nature of this variant makes it superb at motion isolation and pressure relief.
This is the most popular variant of the mattress, designed for the average sleeper who isn’t picky about their sleep requirements. It harmonizes springy responsiveness and plush conformity for this purpose. Unfortunately, Saatva doesn’t mention an exact value for its ILD (since they regard this as their ‘flagship’ model that other manufacturers may try to imitate). That said, they say its firmness lies between 5 and 7 on the 1 – 10 scale.
Its firm model is crafted with a bias towards spring and resilience, so its viscoelastic layer does the least to muffle the response of the underlying innerspring coils. With an ILD of 30, the mattress is able to give a certain amount of ‘push-back’ towards your body, which helps deal with back pain for some sleepers. Naturally, you can still expect some amount of plushness from the upper memory foam layer, so it won’t feel like you’re sleeping on wood either.
Thanks to the inclusion of multiple dedicated edge support enhancing features (i.e. an edge support boundary and edge support foam packing for the upper coil layer), the Saatva will hold your weight while you sit on the edge quite reliably.
The spring layers do set up a respectable amount of ventilation, however, since the Euro pillow top and the topmost comfort layer utilizes viscoelastic foam, it is not completely effective at thermal venting. As a result, you may find that it sleeps just a little bit hot, but this phenomenon is not as pronounced as it is in the case of Tempurpedic.
One would expect a considerable amount of motion to be transmitted around the bed, given the bouncy, resilient response of the mattress. However, as mentioned before, the upper foam layers buffer some of this spring so that it isn’t terribly noticeable in case of random movements that you or your partner may make whilst sleeping.
Combines springy response with viscoelastic contouring
Since the Saatva is a hybrid that has both viscoelastic and innerspring layers (two of the latter, in fact!), it is able to yield an initial response that adheres to the shape of your body, while also ensuring the quick-responding deep support that is typical of innerspring mattresses.
Euro pillow top
The Saatva incorporates a seamless Euro top layer underneath its cover that adds to its plushness and pressure relief, and it also gives it a serious aesthetic appeal.
The cover is made from pure organic cotton, which may appeal to those who are particular about the origins of the bedding materials they sleep on as well as traditionalists. The Tempur mattress, on the other hand, has a blended fabric cover which may have benefits of its own, but it definitely does not have the classic feel of cotton.
Significantly lower price tag
The Saatva has done away with cost-raising redundancies through its online-only sales model that ships it straight to your home, thereby providing you with a true luxury product that costs much less than traditional high-end brands like Tempur, where the product changes ‘hands’ several times from production to retail, so that its price is quite bloated by the time it is available to the consumer.
More generous warranty and return policy
The Saatva comes with a 15-year limited warranty and a 180-day trial (as compared to Tempurpedic’s 10-year warranty and 90-day trial) during which you can return the mattress and get your money back if you’re not satisfied with how it performs.
I’ll be discussing the TEMPUR-Cloud line of mattresses from Tempurpedic, this being the manufacturer’s flagship offering that packs all their advancements in sleep technology and claims to offer the adaptive, pressure-relieving benefits of memory foam alongside ample thermal dissipation. The TEMPUR-Cloud lineup actually consists of 7 different mattresses that differ in the level of firmness they yield, but I’ll stick to discussing the Medium level Cloud Supreme Breeze model since it is most comparable to the Saatva’s medium-firm flagship model.
The Cloud Supreme Breeze is made entirely out of foam – four layers of the stuff in fact – and encased in a polyester/spandex blend cover. Collectively, the mattress has a height of 11.5 inches, same as Saatva.
The blended fabric of the cover is soft and bears a sleek, classy design that is fit for a mattress this expensive. The top of the cover incorporates special Breeze fabric, providing a surface that transports heat away as your body touches the bed.
The upper layer is made from two inches of viscoelastic foam and provides a cushioned initial response that hugs your body in a typical memory foam fashion.
The next layer creates a smooth change between the upper comfort layer and the two subsequent support layers. It is comprised of a stiffer layer of viscoelastic that adds some resistance to the weight of your body so that it doesn’t sink all the way through like it does with the first layer.
This is the first of the two support layers, consisting of 4 inches of polyurethane foam bearing an egg-crate-like construction. This layer holds the weight of your body and pushes back against it, preventing further sinkage.
The last layer uses a denser 3.5” slab of convoluted polyfoam for deep support that completely sustains your mass and optimally aligns your spine, resulting in a comfortable, well-supported sleep experience throughout the night.
Firmness and Feel
Comfort and Support
Since the Tempurpedic is a memory foam mattress, you can count on it to have a high degree of contouring pressure relief. Naturally, a consequence of this kind of conformity is that your body sinks into the upper layers of the mattress, resulting in an ‘enveloping’ feel – depending on your sleep characteristics, you may find this enjoyable or irritating.
Fortunately, in the case of the Cloud Supreme mattress, there is a reasonably firm support core that keeps your body from sinking all the way through into the mattress, so that you get both the adaptive comfort of memory foam as well as adequate support for your body. Remember that you can always choose a model from among the remaining six whose firmness level may better suit your sleep preferences.
The Tempurpedic is unable to yield satisfactory edge support because of its soft, sinking upper layers (consider that it develops a 3-inch depression for a person with normal weight!) so be prepared to sink right down as you sit on the edges (much as anywhere else on the mattress).
I should point out that Tempurpedic mattresses do not openly advertise the densities of the foams used in their construction, which means there is no way to concretely predict the lifetime use of the product.
The TEMPUR Breeze material woven inside the cover fabric enables passive heat dissipation from the surface towards the lower layers. Both support core layers have an egg-crate-like design that promotes airflow, thus transporting the heat out of the mattress. That said, Tempurpedic mattresses often receive complaints of excessive heat retention (because, after all, they make liberal use of memory foam, a material that is inherently heat retentive). In the case of the Cloud Supreme Breeze though, these complaints have been relatively sparse, which might mean that this particular model is able to achieve adequate cooling. Still, you should know that the manner in which a viscoelastic mattress hugs your body can lead to heating on its own – a considerable part of your skin is now in contact with artificially made foam instead of air!
As a typical viscoelastic mattress, the Tempurpedic completely cancels out any motion between sleep partners and does not have any noticeable bounce – this is referred to as ‘dead’ support.
High degree of pressure relief and conformity
The generous use of memory foam in the construction of the Tempurpedic means that it can fully adjust itself to the posture you sleep in, doing away with virtually all pressure points- provided that you choose the correct firmness level for your weight class.
No motion transfer
Being a memory foam mattress, the Tempurpedic is able to fully block out sudden impacts, including any movements you or your partner make during the night. The Saatva, on the other hand, offers some bounce because of its underlying innerspring layers.
Lots of Options
With 7 different variants based on firmness to choose from, the Tempurpedic line definitely gives a lot of freedom to consumers with particular sleep preferences.
The Tempurpedic mattress has a removable top cover for easier maintenance in case you have a household where accidents are likely.
Which One To Get?
Get the Saatva if:
- You want a mattress that responds quickly to changes in your posture: Thanks to its dual spring coil layers, the Saatva is able to quickly adjust itself to changes in your sleep position – this is great for people who don’t have a definite way of sleeping throughout the night.
- You want more time to try the product out: If you’re uncertain about whether a luxury mattress is a right choice for you or not, the ten extra days that Saatva’s sleep trial offers will give you a larger window to make up your mind. Pragmatically speaking, this also gives you more time to test the product out for flaws and get your money back in case you do find any.
- You’re a back/stomach sleeper or are heavyweight: The resistance offered by the steel coils present in the Saatva makes it a viable option for those who find themselves sinking down into softer sleep surfaces.
- You want an easier time choosing: If you don’t have the time to look between lots of firmness levels to decide which one is better for you (a la Tempurpedic), the Saatva’s relatively simple plush, luxury-firm, and firm designation makes for an easier decision-making process, especially if you don’t have specific sleep requirements.
- You prefer the luxury that a Euro top layer brings: It goes without saying that both mattresses offer elegance and luxury, but a Euro top does give the Saatva a certain edge, in my opinion, thanks to how it blends comfort with a wholesome design that makes it look like something out of a presidential suite at a five-star hotel.
- You sleep with a partner: The blend of resilience and adaptiveness present in Saatva is a safe bet if you and your partner have vast differences in your sleep preferences. It may not be exactly what both of you may want, but it will most likely be a more than tolerable compromise for both.
Here are some situations where getting the Tempurpedic mattress makes more sense:
- You want more choice in firmness levels: Some of us are quite particular about the bed we sleep on and how it complies to our preferences – with the multitude of firmness levels it has to offer, the Tempurpedic line is better suited to individuals who want to fine-tune their sleeping experience.
- You’re a lightweight sleeper with an awkward posture: Despite the fact that the Saatva mattress is responsive and contouring in its own way, the fact remains that underweight people and innerspring cores don’t go together very well. If this is the case with you, the extra-soft viscoelastic response of the Tempurpedic mattress will suit you better, especially if you’re a side sleeper.
- You enjoy the plush, contouring feel of viscoelastic: Through a comfort layer made entirely from this material, Tempurpedic mattresses achieve extreme contouring and pressure relief without any motion transfer whatsoever, which is something lightweight individuals and side sleepers often crave.
- You have a restless sleep partner: If you or your sleep partner tend to move around in their sleep to the point that the other person gets woken up, the Tempurpedic will be a sound choice, thanks to its ability to completely block out sudden motion.
- You want more brand recognition: Being one of the pioneers of the memory foam mattress revolution, Tempurpedic has been around for decades and therefore is a much more established name as compared to the relatively nascent Saatva – if you want bragging rights (although I don’t recommend it), Tempur is the way to go.
I hope you found this comparison useful – I’ve tried to cover all bases as objectively as possible. However, if you have any queries or suggestions, leave them in the comments section, and I’ll address them promptly. Also, do remember to share this with friends and family members who are looking for a new luxury mattress.
Saatva vs Tempurpedic Comparison
|Height||11.5 inches / 14.5 inches||11.5 inches for Cloud Supreme|
|Firmness||Soft, Medium-Firm, Firm||Medium|
|Breathability||Slightly below average||Slightly below average|
|Shipping||Free across the US||Free|
|Discount||None at present|