The Saatva and Beautyrest Black are both sturdy mattresses with innerspring builds. True to innerspring form, they’re supportive, bouncy, and ideal for folks who prefer a traditional feel. That being said, they’re also quite different, and appeal to different types of sleepers.
So, which of these mattresses will help you drift off to dreamland? Let’s find out by comparing the Saatva vs. Beautyrest Black head-to-head, including these mattresses’ similarities, differences, and unique features!
What do the Saatva and Beautyrest Black have in common? Let’s take a look:
- Innerspring construction – Both mattresses feature a pocketed coil support system that’s reminiscent of traditional innerspring mattresses. The Saatva takes things up an extra notch with a coil-on-coil construction.
- Support and bounce – Much like conventional innersprings, the Saatva and the Beautyrest Black both offer great support and bounce, which makes it easy to change positions on these beds. Sleepers should feel like they’re sleeping on top of both of these mattresses.
- Delivery policies – Both companies offer Free White Glove Delivery, which means they’ll deliver and set up a new mattress and remove an old mattress at no extra charge.
It’s worth noting that both Saatva and Beautyrest sell multiple models (we’re focused on the standard Saatva and Beautyrest Black in this review), so the level of support and bounce can vary a bit. But because all of those models incorporate coils, they have a decent amount of bounciness and support.
The Saatva and Beautyrest Black do have a few similarities, but they also have several differences! Let’s go through these beds layer by layer to identify the materials in these beds and how they affect the feel of each mattress.
Below, I’ll provide a breakdown of their individual constructions, but for more information make sure to check out our full Saatva and Beautyrest Black reviews.
Saatva makes several models, and their makeup varies a bit. Here’s an overview of what’s inside the standard Saatva mattress:
Cover – First up is an organic cotton cover with a cozy feel. It’s quilted with a bit of memory foam, so sleepers sink in just a little bit to enjoy some nice comfort right off the bat.
Pillow top – Next, you’ll land on a pillow top that’s made from a thin layer of foam on top of individually wrapped coils. The coils offer some great bounce and mobility, and they’re zoned to provide extra support in the lumbar area. This means they help keep the hips elevated and the spine aligned.
Pocketed coils – The main support layer of the mattress is a section of individually wrapped, steel pocketed coils. Because they’re individually wrapped, they do a better job of isolating motion than traditional springs. That could be good news for folks who sleep with a partner.
Edge support – Wrapped around the entirety of the mattress is a high-density poly foam layer. This makes the bed feel a touch bigger, which might appeal to couples because they can maximize its full surface.
Thoughts: The Saatva has a coil-on-coil innerspring construction that lends the mattress a ton of bounce and support and makes it easy to move around on the bed. Because the coils are paired with a touch of memory foam, the mattress offers a blend of support and comfort that might appeal to combo sleepers. Couples might also appreciate this mattress for two reasons: The individually wrapped coils help minimize motion transfer, and the edge support layer lets partners sleep all the way to the edge of the bed.
The Beautyrest Black boasts an innerspring build with the following components:
Cover – The cover is made from a blend of polyester and rayon, which is breathable and helps the bed sleep a little cooler. It’s quilted with two layers of polyfoam, so sleepers can sink into the mattress just a bit right off the bat.
Comfort layer – Next is a thin layer of gel-infused memory foam. It offers a touch of pressure relief without swallowing up a sleeper or detracting from the bed’s overall support. The gel infusion helps draw heat away from a sleeper’s body, which could be useful for folks who tend to sleep hot but like the feel of some memory foam.
Transition layer – Beneath the comfort layer is a transition layer made of poly foam, which is a bit firmer than the memory foam above it. This layer helps ease the transition from the memory foam to the firmer pocketed coils.
Support layer – The support layer of the mattress is comprised of pocketed coils. Much as with the Saatva, the coils give the mattress its bouncy and supportive feel. But while the Saatva features two layers of coils on top of each other, the Beautyrest Black just has one layer.
Edge support – Like the Saatva, the Beautyrest Black is wrapped with a high-density polyfoam layer that boosts edge support and lets individuals and couples utilize the full surface of the bed.
Thoughts: The Beautyrest Black is a supportive mattress thanks to its pocketed coils, firm polyfoam transition layer, and thin comfort layer. While that comfort layer does offer a touch of pressure relief, it’s thin enough that it doesn’t let the hips sink too far into the mattress. That could be good news for back and stomach sleepers, who need plenty of support to keep their spines aligned all night.
Saatva vs. Beautyrest Black
Now that you have a sense of how these mattresses are constructed, it’s time to compare them even more directly. Contrasting the constructions of these two beds will help us determine how they might feel for different sleeping styles.
The Saatva has a coil-on-coil construction that’s bouncy and supportive. It’s zoned to offer extra support around the hips and a little more give around the shoulders, which helps the sleeper maintain healthy spinal alignment in multiple positions. The memory foam above the coils lends a touch of comfort and pressure relief, which further suggests the bed could appeal to combo sleepers who need support and comfort in multiple positions. The Saatva also has a few factors that might appeal to couples like reinforced edge support (which makes the bed feel a little bigger) and individually wrapped coils (to help minimize motion transfer).
The Beautyrest Black features one supportive layer of pocketed coils. As with the Saatva, the springs lend the mattress bounciness and support. A thin layer of memory foam adds a smidge of pressure relief, but sleepers are unlikely to sink into the mattress. This means a sleeper’s hips should stay elevated and their spine aligned when they’re on their back and stomach. Back and stomach sleepers aren’t the only people who might like this bed; it could also be a good option for folks who tend to sleep hot. The cover is breathable, and the gel infusion in the memory foam helps draw heat away from a sleeper’s body.
After looking closely at these mattresses’ constructions, standout features include the coil-on-coil construction on the Saatva and the supportiveness of the Beautyrest Black. Both mattresses offer support, bounce, and a touch of pressure relief. The Saatva is likely to offer more comfort than the Beautyrest Black, so it could be the better option for combo sleepers. Meanwhile, the Beautyrest Black should be supportive enough for strict back or stomach sleepers. Hot sleepers might like the cool sleep offered by the Beautyrest Black, while couples might appreciate the edge support on either mattress.
Which Mattress Has the Best Feel?
Okay, so we’ve analyzed the constructions of the Saatva and Beautyrest Black and have looked at how these different constructions might align with various types of sleepers. Now it’s time to look more closely at how it might feel to sleep on top of these beds! I run a bunch of tests to explore this question, most notably my Firmness test.
The test is scored on a scale from 1 (extra-soft) to 10 (extra-hard), with 6.5 serving as the industry standard for medium firmness. Of course, this range is somewhat subjective, because everyone perceives firmness differently based on their body type, preferences, and so on. The numbers below reflect how the mattresses felt to me, but note that not everyone will feel exactly the same way.
The Saatva mattress comes in three different firmness levels: Plush, Luxury Firm, and Firm. The Plush version is by far the softest model; I ranked it around a 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The Luxury Firm model is right around medium firm; I ranked it around a 6.5 or 7. The Firm model is (not surprisingly!) the firmest of the three, coming in around an 8 out of 10.
Because it’s around medium firm, the Luxury Firm model is most likely to appeal to the widest range of sleepers. It offers a nice mix of support and pressure relief in multiple positions. When I’m on my back, I feel supported and like my spine is well positioned. I feel as though I’m lying on top of the mattress (rather than “in” it), and it’s easy to change positions.
Moving to my side, I feel a bit of pressure relief around my shoulder. I don’t sink in a lot, because the mattress isn’t super plush, but combo sleepers who only spend part of the night on their side should do okay here. Meanwhile, stomach sleepers should find decent support at the hips, though they’ll probably want to seek out the firmest version to ensure they’re getting proper spinal support.
I ranked the Beautyrest Black around an 8 out of 10, which is definitely in the firm range. The pocketed coils and firm poly foam transition layer lend the mattress a ton of support, and the memory foam comfort layer is thin enough that it doesn’t neutralize the mattress’s firmness.
Because the mattress is so firm, it will probably work best for back or stomach sleepers. It does a nice job of preventing the hips from sinking in too far, which helps maintain healthy spinal alignment in these positions. That said, side sleepers are likely to find this mattress too firm as they might experience jamming in the shoulders. Strict side sleepers might want to look to the Beautyrest Hybrid to get more of a blend of pressure relief and support.
While I’ve focused much of this comparison on the standard Luxury Firm Saatva and Beautyrest Black, it’s worth noting that both brands also sell other models. Comparing the standard mattresses to other versions helps underscore the characteristics of each bed. So let’s get to it!
Loom & Leaf
- The Loom & Leaf is an all-foam, memory foam bed from Saatva.
- The mattress has a pretty classic memory foam feel. The foams allow plenty of room for sleepers to sink into the mattress and enjoy some body-contouring and pressure relief.
- Because the foams offer pressure relief and conform to a sleeper’s body, this mattress might be well-suited to side sleepers. They should find that the mattress helps them avoid feeling jammed up around the shoulder.
- Learn more in the full Loom & Leaf review
- The Zenhaven is another model from Saatva that uses latex in lieu of memory foam.
- This is a good pick for folks who want a mattress that uses natural materials. It has an organic cotton cover and uses natural Talalay Latex.
- The mattress has a flippable design: It’s medium-firm on one side and firm on the other, so users get two firmness options in one mattress.
- Check out our review of the Zenhaven
- The Saatva HD is designed specifically with the needs of heavier folks in mind.
- It’s a sturdy mattress that offers firm support, a strong build, and durable materials that should hold up well over the long term.
- The mattress features a fairly complex construction that includes an organic cotton cover, a bouncy latex pillow top, a memory foam comfort layer, a poly foam transition layer, and steel coils in the support layer.
- Click here to read the Saatva HD Review
- The Saatva Solaire is an adjustable air chamber bed. It lets users inflate and deflate the chambers to customize the feel to their personal preferences.
- The Solaire isn’t a typical air bed. It incorporates layers of memory foam, latex, and polyfoam above and below the air chambers. These layers lend the mattress extra pressure relief, comfort, and support.
- Sizes Queen and up incorporate two connected air chambers, which lets partners customize each side of the mattress to their individual preferences.
- Learn more about the Saatva Solaire in our review
- The Beautyrest Hybrid has a similar construction to the Beautyrest Black. It offers a solid build and nice support.
- The primary difference between the Beautyrest Hybrid and Black is that the Hybrid has a softer feel. I ranked the Beautyrest Black around an 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale, and the Hybrid is more like a 6.5. While the Black is best-suited to back and stomach sleepers, the extra plushness on the Hybrid means it should appeal to combo sleepers who need a balance of comfort and support.
- Like the Beautyrest Black, the Beautyrest Hybrid does a nice job of sleeping cool.
- Check out the Beautyrest Hybrid review to learn about their other mattress offering
Which Mattress is the Winner?
Whew! We’ve covered the construction, firmness, and feel of both of these beds, and we’re nearly to the end of our Saatva vs. Beautyrest Black comparison! Just one question remains: Which mattress is the one for you? I can’t answer that, but the sections below should help with the decision!
The standard Saatva comes in three firmness levels: Plush (soft), Luxury Firm (medium firm), and Firm (shockingly: firm). Thanks to the coil-on-coil construction, all of these versions offer a certain amount of bounce and mobility. The Luxury Firm model is likely to appeal to the widest array of sleepers. It’s especially well-suited to combo sleepers, because it offers a balance of comfort and support in multiple positions. And because the bounciness lends the bed a lot of mobility, it’s easy to move from one position to another. Strict side sleepers will probably prefer the Plush model, while strict back or stomach sleepers might want to opt for the Firm model.
The Beautyrest Black is a firm mattress with a pocketed coil support system. Like the Saatva, it has a bouncy and supportive feel. Because it’s so firm, the Beautyrest Black will probably work best for back and stomach sleepers, who need plenty of support to keep their hips and spine aligned. Those looking for a softer sleeping experience (such as side or combo sleepers) might want to check out the Beautyrest Hybrid, which is a bit softer than the Black. Both the Beautyrest Hybrid and the Beautyrest Black do a good job of sleeping cool, so they might be a good option for folks who are worried about sleeping hot.
Bottom line? Combo sleepers might really appreciate the Saatva (especially the Luxury Firm version), while back and stomach sleepers might feel at home on the Beautyrest Black. Couples might like the Saatva’s reinforced edge support and individually wrapped coils, which help limit motion transfer. Meanwhile, folks who sleep hot might like the breathable cover and gel-infused memory foam on the Beautyrest Black, which keep the mattress sleeping cool.
Still trying to choose between the Saatva vs. Beautyrest Black? Let’s support those deliberations with an overview of a few of the most important takeaways from this review!
- The Saatva’s Luxury Firm version is especially well suited to combo sleepers. It offers a balance of comfort and support in multiple positions, so it should allow for a mixture of both pressure relief and healthy spinal alignment. And because the bed is bouncy, it’s easy to switch positions during the night.
- This mattress could also be a great choice for couples thanks to the reinforced edge support and individually wrapped coils, which help minimize motion transfer from one side of the bed to the other.
- Because it’s very firm and supportive, the Beautyrest Black is well-suited to back and stomach sleepers, who need plenty of support to keep their hips and spine in healthy alignment.
- This mattress could also be a good fit for folks who are worried about sleeping hot. The breathable cover and gel-infused memory foam help this mattress sleep cool.
What is the difference between the Saatva mattress and the Simmons Beautyrest Black mattress?
The Simmons Beautyrest Black mattress uses a foam and coil hybrid construction while the Saatva mattress is constructed of a thick coil-on-coil system. The Simmons Beautyrest Black mattress also costs more than the Saatva mattress.
Where can a consumer purchase the Saatva mattress and the Simmons Beautyrest Black mattress?
The Saatva mattress is not sold in stores and can only be purchased online. The Simmons Beautyrest Black mattress can be purchased at many big-box retailers such as Mattress Firm.
Do the Saatva or the Beautyrest Black offer trial periods?
Yes, both allow you a trial period to try out the bed and make sure it is the best option for you. Saatva offers 120 nights to sleep on their mattress while the Beautyrest Black allows 100 nights to try it out.
Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan has perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole. When he’s not hopping on a new bed or working with our editorial team to whip up an engaging sleep education guide, you can find him reading books on world history, walking his dog Pepper, or searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.