Torn between the Avocado and Saatva mattresses? I’m here to help.
I tested hundreds of beds, and I have some opinions on these two.
By the end of this article, you’ll know exactly what makes these two beds different. But more importantly, you’ll know which one works best for you.
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So right off the bat, I’m going to let you know what these two beds have in common. You’ll know what you won’t have to compromise on if you choose one of these options.
Both of these are hybrid mattresses, which means that they have coils in the support core, making them more bouncy, breathable and durable than other types of mattresses.
Both of these hybrids fall right around the same price. Also, both of these beds sleep cool thanks to those breathable layers. So if you’re a hot sleeper, either option could work.
And finally, combination sleepers really enjoy the responsiveness that the coils on both of these mattresses give. So if you toss and turn, both mattresses are a good option.
Here’s where things start to deviate.
The first difference is that Avocado has more generous policies than Saatva.
Saatva gives you 180 nights. Avocado gives you a full year. Saatva offers a 15 year warranty. Avocado offers 25.
However, Saatva offers free white glove delivery and old mattress removal. You can get that same service with Avocado, but you’ll have to pay an extra fee.
And finally, Avocado is a natural and organic mattress made from wool, cotton, latex and steel coils, while Saatva is your traditional foam coil hybrid.
All of the differences stem from one thing, mattress construction. So let’s take a look at the Avocado and Saatva mattresses layer by layer to gauge the differences in performance.
First up, the comfort layers.
Avocado starts out with the layer of Dunlop Latex Foam. Dunlop Latex is denser and firmer than other types, so it provides more support and is more durable.
Saatva’s comfort layer is a three inch Euro pillow top with a gel foam infusion. Long story short, Saatva’s comfort layer will do a good job at keeping you aligned, is cooling and relieves pressure.
Next up, the support layer.
Avocado has 1414 coils that offer zone support for an even distribution of weight, breathability and support, while Saatva uses 884 pocketed coils reinforced by a layer of inner spring coils beneath to do the same.
Both of these mattresses have really simple constructions.
Firmness and Feel
We rate firmness on a scale of one to ten, with ten being rock solid.
The Avocado is a seven out of ten on the scale, which is medium firm and that works best for back and stomach sleepers. But if you want something a little softer, you can opt to add a pillow top for an additional fee.
Saatva has three firmness options to choose from soft, which is three out of ten, luxury firm, which is six out of ten, and firm, which is a solid eight out of ten. So Saatva will work well for all sleeping positions.
And when it comes to feel, the Avocado has a bouncy surface that feels cushiony yet firm. You will float on top of the Saatva surface while the Euro pillow top hugs around your body.
If you take nothing else away from this article, know that knowing your primary sleeping position is crucial when it comes to shopping for a bed.
A bed will perform way differently based on whether you sleep on your side, your back or your stomach. So let’s start with the Avocado.
Back sleepers of all shapes, sizes, and weights will feel really comfortable and supported on the Avocado because of those dense latex foams. You’ll feel really supported and aligned on this mattress.
It’s the same thing for stomach sleepers. It’s a firmer feel that allows your hips to stay elevated and for you to stay aligned.
When it comes to side sleeping, you need a mattress that aligns your spine, keeps it in a straight line, and something that relieves pressure from the hips and the shoulders.
The Avocado has great alignment and great pressure relief. However lighter to average weight side sleepers may not prefer the firmer feel of Avocado.
Onto the Saatva, we got three firmness options, so it’s a little bit simpler.
If you sleep on your side, you like the soft or the luxury firm option. If you sleep on your back or your stomach, go for the luxury firm option or the firm option.
If you’re shopping for a mattress to relieve your aches and pains, how well either of these beds release pressure could be a game changer.
I rolled out the Pressure Relief map, which uses heat mapping technology to indicate pressure distribution along the body.
Blues and greens are good and reds, oranges and yellows are not.
So let’s take a look at our results, starting with the Avocado.
On the side map, I see blues and greens all around for both the light and the heavier side sleeper. And the same thing is for the back map. I see blues and greens all around, so Avocado released pressure really well.
On the Saatva we have similar results. On the back map, there’s a little tinge of pressure on the hips, but nothing too concerning. And when you go to the side map, same thing, little touch on the shoulders and hips, but overall the Saatva does a good job at relieving pressure.
Motion Isolation and Edge Support
There are two key factors in determining if the mattress is going to work well for you if you sleep in pairs.
Motion isolation is a bed’s ability to stifle motion at the source to keep it from transferring across the mattress and waking up your partner. Neither bed is terribly great at this.
Edge support is how supportive the perimeter of your bed is. So if you like to sleep on the end of the bed, just want a little bit more space for your partner or you use the edges to get in and out, edge support will be important to you.
While both of these beds have a strong supportive edge, Saatva excels in this category.
Who Should Get The Avocado Mattress?
Those who love to keep Mother Earth in mind while shopping. You didn’t already know it’s an organic bed?
Next up combination sleepers should really enjoy the responsiveness of the Avocado.
And finally, people with aches, pains, morbidity issues should feel really comfortable and supported on the Avocado.
Who Should Get The Saatva?
First, anyone who wants to pick the firmness they want without compromising on mattress materials.
Second, back sleepers will love the pressure relief on the Saatva and how it aligns your Spine.
And finally, seniors will love Saatva’s free White Glove delivery and its fantastic edge support.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.