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You can get anything on the internet, but as Bobby Berk wisely said on the new Queer Eye, you shouldn’t buy a used mattress on Craigslist. And there’s really no need to because there are so many bed-in-a-box options that you can choose from online and have delivered right to your door.
DreamCloud and Saatva are two of those options and this post is intended to help you decide which one is better for you. (Maybe it’s neither, in which case, take a spin through our innumerable mattress write-ups to find something that suits your sleeping needs: RIZKNOWS Mattress Reviews)
DreamCloud vs Saatva – Construction
These are both hybrid mattresses, which means with either option you’re going to get both foam and coils. One of their differences is that Saatva has an extra layer of coils near the top and that extra layer is going to give it a bit more bounce, but we’ll discuss feel a little later.
The DreamCloud is a thick mattress, measuring in at 15″. The Saatva mattress actually has two height options – there’s the slim Saatva that is only 11.5″ or you can just about match the DreamCloud if you go with the premier luxury 14.5″ Saatva. Saatva says they feel the same and the difference is purely aesthetic, but of course, having more mattress between you and the frame can be a plus if you’re concerned about bottoming out.
For a more detailed look at the construction of each bed, check out our individual review for each:
DreamCloud and Saatva are great options for heavier individuals
Both the DreamCloud and Saatva are solid options for heavier individuals. Like we mentioned above, these are thick mattresses, which is going to prevent you from bottoming out. They’re also durable mattresses, so they aren’t going to have early onset sagging issues. Another characteristic that makes the DreamCloud and Saatva good beds for heavier people is that they’re on the firmer side and their construction works to prevent sinkage.
The DreamCloud comes in around a 5.5 to 6.5 on the firmness scale
The luxury firm Saatva is about the same as the DreamCloud
Neither of these beds are particularly impressive when it comes to temperature regulation. That’s not to say that they are bad by any means, it’s just that they aren’t noticeably cool.
We call both the DreamCloud and Saatva temperature neutral. Basically, if you generally sleep at a comfortable temperature, they’ll both be just fine. If you tend to sleep hot, though, and are looking for a mattress that’s going to help you combat that, there are better options out there. You might want to try one of these: Best Cooling Mattress – Our Top 5 Beds.
When it comes to motion transfer control, the DreamCloud and Saatva are both good, but we wouldn’t call them great. Considering they both incorporate coils in their construction, they do a pretty good job of limiting cross-bed motion. However, a lot of all-foam mattress are going to outperform them here.
This may or may not be an issue for you. If you’re buying a mattress for just yourself, you most likely won’t be bothered by a little motion transfer. It’s really couples that ought to consider this, especially if one of you moves around a lot during the night. If that’s the case, the other partner may feel a bit of the jostling and if they’re a light sleeper, that may be bothersome. Ultimately, though, the DreamCloud’s and Saatva’s motion transfer control isn’t bad, it’s just not the best we’ve tested.
Saatva vs DreamCloud – Edge Support
One area where both the DreamCloud and Saatva excel is edge support. The DreamCloud does an excellent job of maintaining support around its perimeter. You can literally lie right on the edge and it barely compresses. That’s ideal if you’re a couple sharing a smaller bed, like a full or queen, or if you like to sit on the edge of the bed to put your shoes on or something. With DreamCloud, you’re not going to get any of that roll-off feeling.
Solid Edge Support With DreamCloud
Saatva is a similar story in terms of edge support. The perimeter of the Saatva mattress is foam-encased for exactly this reason. It keeps the sides from compressing too much under your weight, so again, no roll-off feeling. We’d actually say that these two beds are some of the best we’ve tested in this department.
DreamCloud vs Saatva – Shipping, Returns, etc.
As per industry standard, Saatva offers free shipping and returns, but they step it up a little. For one, they offer white glove delivery, which means they’ll set up your mattress for you. They also one-up most of the competition when it comes to their trial period and warranty. Most bed-in-a-box companies offer a 100-night trial period and a 10-year warranty, but Saatva’s trial period is 120 nights and their warranty is 15 years. In the first two years of ownership, Saatva will replace the mattress no questions asked if any material defects are found. In years 3-15, Saatva will repair or re-cover the mattress, but you have to pay the shipping fee each way.
Despite being better than average, Saatva is still behind DreamCloud. DreamCloud also includes free white glove delivery and free returns within the trial period, but the trial period is 365 nights — significantly longer than is standard, as well as significantly longer than Saatva’s. And then they back their beds with what they call an “Everlong” warranty. Basically, in years 1-10, DreamCloud will replace your mattress if any material defects are found, and then in years 10+, they’ll repair or re-cover your mattress if any defects are found. It’s a pretty good deal, so DreamCloud takes the cake here.
Soft foam feel with DreamCloud
The DreamCloud is comprised of eight different layers – you’ve got coils near the bottom of the bed and then a ton of different density foam layers. As a result, the DreamCloud has a soft foam feel to it and we’re calling that an advantage because some people prefer that feeling to the more traditional innerspring feel. However, we get that mattress feel is a person by person preference thing, so we’re not saying Saatva is worse, we’re just saying that DreamCloud has a soft foam feel because at the end of the day, a lot of people prefer that type of feel over the more hard, innerspring feel that Saatva provides.
DreamCloud Has A Nice Foam Feel
DreamCloud is better for side sleepers
Technically, this is true. DreamCloud will give a bit more pressure relief for people who sleep on their side. However, it’s still a firm mattress and it really isn’t the best option out there for side sleepers, it’s just a better option than Saatva (luxury firm model), which offers even less pressure relief. If you’re looking for a good side-sleeper bed, you’d be better off trying one of these: Best Mattress For Side Sleeper 2018 – Our Top 5 Picks.
Of course, while the DreamCloud has some major advantages, Saatva has its own bonus points as well.
Saatva Mattress – Model Options
The DreamCloud is a one-trick pony. It’s the DreamCloud, not a DreamCloud, because there’s only one option. Saatva, on the other hand, is available in three different models and two different heights, so you get a little bit of customization. First, you can choose the feel you want – Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, or Firm. Saatva says that most people opt for the Luxury Firm (that’s the model we tested, so keep that in mind while you make your considerations). If you’re a strict side sleeper, you may want to give the plush version a try. If you’re a back or stomach sleeper though, you’re probably going to want to go with the luxury firm or firm version depending on how much lumbar support you want. And as we mentioned earlier, you can choose the height of the mattress as well (either 11.5″ or 14.5″) but that doesn’t affect the feel of the mattress. The height difference is in the bottom steel coil support system and is purely for aesthetic purposes.
We talked before about the DreamCloud’s soft foam feel and how some people may prefer that. In the same vein, Saatva has a more traditional innerspring feel that you might be used to. Again, it all comes down to preference, but if you aren’t a fan of the soft foam feel, then Saatva is the better option for you.
More Of A Traditional Innerspring Feel With Saatva
Saatva provides more lumbar support
If you’re a person who sleeps on your back or stomach, you’re likely looking for some good lumbar support and Saatva’s got you covered. DreamCloud is actually a good option for back and stomach sleepers as well, but Saatva is a bit better. Both mattresses are firm and there’s pretty much no sinkage, so they’re both going to give you the support you need around your hips and lower back. Really, you’re not going to go wrong with either of these beds, but we’re giving this one to Saatva because DreamCloud does have a slightly softer feel.
DreamCloud vs Saatva – Price
There’s not a whole lot to say here other than Saatva is cheaper. You can see a breakdown of the prices in the table below.
But don’t fret if you’ve got your heart set on the DreamCloud because our coupon code really does help.