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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’d ever had because the King and Queen checked RIZKNOWS before they bought their mattresses.
Okay, so that’s not the story you were expecting, but the point is that we’re no strangers to reviewing mattresses and in this post, we’re going to compare the Sapira by Leesa and the Luxury Firm Saatva. We’ll break it all down to help you make the best choice for you.
Sapira vs Saatva – Construction
Both the Saatva luxury mattress and the Leesa Sapira are hybrid mattresses but their constructions are actually quite different. For a more detailed discussion of the construction of each mattress, check out our individual reviews:
The Sapira is a hybrid mattress, which means it includes both foam and coils. It has five layers, starting with 1″ of stabilizing foam and followed by a 6″ pocketed coil system. On top of the coils is another layer of 1″ stabilizing, support foam. Then you have 1.5″ of memory foam. And finally, the top layer is 1.5″ of aerated Avena foam.
Saatva also makes a hybrid mattress, although theirs incorporates multiple layers of coils. It starts with a steel coil base system, followed by a layer of foam encased individually wrapped comfort coils, then a layer of memory, all encased by a dense perimeter foam for edge support, and topped by a Euro pillow top and organic cotton cover.
Saatva has coils closer to the surface
When it comes to temperature regulation, both the Sapira and the Saatva perform well, but are not 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: Best Cooling Mattress – Our Top 5 Beds.
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 Sapira and the Saatva 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.
Sapira Motion Transfer Test
Good edge support with Sapira and Saatva
We were impressed with the edge support on both the Sapira and the Saatva. No one wants to feel like they’re falling off the side of the bed when they migrate towards the edge during the night and you won’t get that roll-off feeling with either of these mattresses.
Pretty Good Edge Support With Sapira
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.
Soft foam feel with Leesa Sapira
The Sapira is a hybrid mattress that actually has sort of a 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 that 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.
Here at RIZKNOWS, we rate the softness/firmness of a bed on a scale from 1-10 (1 being a cotton ball and 10 being Bruce Banner when he’s angry). We put the Sapira at around a 5 to 6. Of course, the exact number is going to be dependent on your weight. The heavier you are, the softer the bed will feel, and vice versa.
The Sapira 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 hips, trunk, etc.). The Saatva mattress (luxury firm version) on the other hand is quite a bit firmer than Sapira and doesn’t offer as near as much pressure relief. As such, we think it’s a no brainer for side sleepers to choose Sapira over Saatva.
The Luxury Firm Saatva has just as much to offer as the Sapira, just in different areas.
Sapira vs Saatva – Shipping, Returns, etc.
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 the Sapira 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 offer free returns if you decide you don’t want the bed sometime within their 120-night trial period. On top of that, their warranty is good for 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.
While the Sapira 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 their 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″ custom slim model or the 14.5″ 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).
We Tested The Luxury Firm Model
Sapira vs Saatva – Price
Saatva is the cheaper of these two mattresses. In fact, the Leesa Sapira isn’t just more expensive than the Saatva; it’s expensive period. You can see a breakdown of the prices in the table below.
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 Sapira, but it has a firmer feel to it and it offers more support where the Sapira offers more pressure relief. The Saatva has more of a traditional innerspring feel to it 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.
Saatva is better for heavier people
With its extra layer of coils, thick size, and ample support, the Saatva is the better option for heavier individuals. The Sapira isn’t bad, but the Saatva is a bit firmer, a bit more durable and as we mentioned, and the thicker option has 3.5″ on the Sapira. All of that is going to help the mattress keep it’s shape over the long haul and prevent it from ever bottoming out, even for people 250+ pounds.