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Once upon a time, a princess knocked on a castle door to get out of a storm. She was taken to a room with at least 20 mattresses piled high.
She thought it was super weird but was dead tired, so she (literally) climbed into bed and had the best night’s sleep she had ever had because the King and Queen checked Healthline before they bought their mattresses.
OK, so that’s not the story you were expecting, but the point is that we’re no strangers to reviewing mattresses.
In this post, we’re going to compare the Leesa Hybrid (formerly called Sapira) and the Luxury Firm Saatva. We’ll break it all down to help you make the best choice for you.
Leesa mattresses are good for:
- people who want a “safe” pick
- all sleeping styles and body types
- free shipping and returns
- 100-night trial period
- 10-year warranty
- made in the United States
Soft foam feel with Leesa
The Leesa Hybrid has a neutral hybrid feel. By that, we mean it has a soft foam feel — though it’s more of a neutral foam feel (not memory foam) — as well as a bit of that innerspring bounce you may be used to.
Altogether, it’s really nice. We think of it as an upgraded Leesa mattress. It’s in a solid middle ground where you get the soft feel of foam (without any stuck-in-the-mud feeling) and the bounce and added support of coils.
Leesa Hybrid is better for side sleepers
Here, we rate the softness/firmness of a bed on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being a cotton ball and 10 being Bruce Banner when he’s angry). We put the Leesa Hybrid at around a 5 to 6.
Of course, the exact number is going to depend on your weight. The higher your body weight, the softer the bed will feel, and vice versa.
The Leesa Hybrid offers a nice balance of support and pressure relief (more than the Saatva), and as such, we think it’s a pretty good option for side sleepers, and an even better option for combo sleepers.
When you’re on your side, the bed does a good job of accommodating and cradling your pressure points (i.e., your hips, trunk, etc.). The Saatva mattress (luxury firm version), on the other hand, is quite a bit firmer than the Leesa Hybrid and doesn’t offer as near as much pressure relief.
As such, we think it’s a no-brainer for side sleepers to choose the Leesa Hybrid over Saatva.
Saatva mattresses are good for:
- consumers seeking a supportive innerspring mattress
- individuals who want multiple firmness options to choose from
- free shipping and returns
- 180-night trial period
- 15-year warranty
- made in the United States
Saatva model options
While the Leesa Hybrid is a great mattress, you have to accept it just as it is. With the Saatva, you get a little room for customization. We tested the Luxury Firm Saatva, which is its most popular model, but it might not be just right for you.
You may opt for the Plush Soft or the Firm feel instead. You can also choose between two mattress heights — the 11.5-inch custom slim model or the 14.5-inch premier luxury model.
Saatva states the two options feel identical and that the difference is only aesthetic purposes (height difference is made up in the bottom steel coil support system).
Saatva is less expensive
Saatva is the cheaper of these two mattresses. In fact, the Leesa Hybrid isn’t just more expensive than the Saatva; it’s expensive period. You can see a breakdown of the prices in the table below:
Saatva doesn’t really offer many coupon codes, but it does (once in a long while) run sales (check current Saatva sales and promos). You can, however, get 15 percent off the Leesa Hybrid Mattress with code RIZKNOWS at checkout.
Saatva is better for back and stomach sleepers
On our soft to firm scale, we put the Saatva around a 5.5 to 6.5. It’s not technically a whole lot firmer than the Leesa Hybrid, but it has a firmer feel to it, and it offers more support where the Saatva offers more pressure relief.
The Saatva has more of a traditional innerspring feel due to the two layers of coils. The multiple layers of coils also give the bed more bounce and stability.
That extra support is what makes the Saatva the better option for back and stomach sleepers who need more lumbar support. If that’s you, you don’t want a bed that’s too soft, because you need support around your hips, lower back, and trunk area.
See more details about the Saatva Mattress.
Both of these beds are hybrid mattresses, but their constructions are actually quite different.
The Leesa Hybrid (as the name implies) includes both foam and coils. It has five layers, starting with 1 inch of stabilizing foam and followed by a 6-inch pocketed coil system.
On top of the coils is another layer of 1-inch stabilizing, support foam. Then you have 1.5 inches of memory foam. And finally, the top layer is 1.5 inches of aerated premium foam.
Saatva also makes a hybrid mattress, although it incorporates multiple layers of coils.
It starts with a steel coil base system, followed by a layer of foam encased in individually wrapped comfort coils, then a layer of memory, all encased by a dense perimeter of foam for edge support, and topped by a Euro pillow top and organic cotton cover.
When it comes to temperature regulation, both the Leesa Hybrid and Saatva perform well but aren’t particularly impressive. We call them temperature-neutral.
Basically, don’t expect either of these beds to actively keep you cool if you’re a hot sleeper. However, they’re not going to be the reason you overheat at night either.
So, if you sleep at a comfortable temperature, these will both be just fine for you, but if you tend to sleep hot, you may want to check out one of these as a cooler alternative: 5 best cooling mattresses for people who run hot.
Because these are both hybrid mattresses, they aren’t going to be the absolute best at controlling motion transfer.
They don’t perform quite as well as some all-foam beds we’ve tested in the past, but both the Leesa Hybrid and Saatva beds do pretty well in this category despite their coils.
When we tested them by jumping and rolling around on one side of the mattress, there was very little cross-bed motion.
So, unless you or your partner is a very light sleeper and the other reenacts the climactic battle from “300” in their sleep, you won’t have a problem with bothersome jostling.
We were impressed with the edge support on both the Leesa Hybrid and the Saatva.
No one wants to feel like they’re falling off the side of the bed when they migrate toward the edge during the night, and you won’t get that roll-off feeling with either of these mattresses.
We always like to note that edge support is especially important for couples sharing a smaller bed, like a Full or Queen, where mattress space is limited.
It’s also something to think about if you’re an active sleeper, or if you like to sit on the edge to put on your socks in the morning.
The bed-in-a-box industry standard is free shipping, free returns, a 100-night trial period, and a 10-year warranty. Leesa offers all of that with its hybrid mattress. Saatva, however, takes it all up a notch.
With Saatva, you get free white glove delivery, which means they’ll set up the mattress for you when it arrives. They also have a 180-day trial period but take $99 off the refund as a transport fee.
On top of that, Saatva’s warranty is good for 15 years.
In the first 2 years of ownership, Saatva will replace the mattress, no questions asked, if any material defects are found.
In years 3 to 15, Saatva will repair or re-cover the mattress, but you have to pay the shipping fee each way.
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