Saatva has been designing and manufacturing mattresses since 2010, with a focus on eco-friendly construction, back pain relief, and full-body support. The company offers seven mattress designs with different materials and construction: the Saatva Classic, the Saatva HD, the Saatva Latex Hybrid, the Saatva Youth, the Loom and Leaf, The Zenhaven, and the Saatva Solaire. This review focuses on the Saatva Solaire mattress, which is Saatva’s airbed mattress.
The Saatva Solaire is unique in that it has 50 adjustable firmness settings, measured in mm/Hg. Dual air chambers in the queen and king size allow you to individually adjust each side to your preferred firmness, making this an ideal choice for couples. In addition to air chamber support, the Solaire mattress has comfort layers of organic cotton, zoned natural latex, and gel-infused memory foam.
We’ll break down the construction of the Saatva Solaire mattress and what it feels like. The adjustable firmness of the Solaire mattress helps it accommodate a wide range of preferences. We’ll also cover how your sleeping position and body weight impact the performance of the mattress and what to consider before making a purchase.
Saatva Mattresses At-A-Glance
|Saatva Solaire||Saatva Classic||Saatva HD|
|Firmness||6 (Medium Firm)
|Height||13"||11.5 or 14.5"||15.5"|
Saatva Solaire Mattress Review: Our Verdict
The Saatva Solaire mattress is one of the best airbed mattresses on the market. It has an enhanced comfort system with luxe details and vulcanized air chambers that increase the durability of the mattress. The Solaire mattress relieves pressure points, regulates temperature, and has a wide range of firmness options.
For couples, the Saatva Solaire allows each person to choose their preferred firmness level without having to compromise. This is a game changer for couples with different preferences, body types, and sleeping positions.
If you are shopping with a smaller budget, Saatva offers other mattresses that are more affordable. The high price point of the Saatva Solaire is to be expected, since the mattress is made with a complex construction that includes premium materials and adjustable air chambers.
Saatva offers a 120-night sleep trial with free White Glove Delivery. For indecisive shoppers, the $99 return transportation fee may be a drawback.
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How Much Is the Saatva Solaire Mattress?
The Saatva Solaire mattress costs $2,695 for a queen size. This is on the higher end for an airbed, though the Solaire is made with a complex construction and luxe touches. The vulcanized air chambers, natural Talalay latex, and organic cotton also affect the price of the mattress.
If you want to pair the Solaire mattress with an adjustable base that raises and lowers each side individually, there is an option to upgrade to the Solaire Upper-Flex. This more expensive option has a split top.
Though discounts on the Saatva Solaire mattress are rare, the company occasionally offers seasonal promotions.
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 13”||85 lbs||$1,995|
|Full||54” x 75” x 13”||106 lbs||$2,595|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13”||114 lbs||$2,695|
|King||76” x 80” x 13”||135 lbs||$3,195|
|California King||72” x 84” x 13”||135 lbs||$3,195|
|Split King||38” x 80” x 13” (2pcs)||135 lbs||$3,895|
How Does the Saatva Solaire Mattress Feel?
The Saatva Solaire mattress has a unique construction with an organic cotton pillow top. Since the firmness of the mattress is adjustable, you can set it to feel as soft or as firm as you prefer. Whether or not you sink into the mattress depends heavily on the firmness level you choose. The softer the mattress is, the more you will sink into it when you lay down.
That being said, the comfort system of the Saatva Solaire mattress also determines how the mattress feels. The cotton pillow top is plush, while the layer of latex underneath is buoyant and resilient. The latex offers moderate contouring, which you feel as you lay down on the mattress. This layer also has targeted support with a firmer feel underneath your lower back. Memory foam beneath conforms to the shape of your body and cushions pressure points.
The vulcanized air chambers inflate or release air to adjust to your preferred firmness. The 50 settings cover a wide range, from soft (2) to firm (8). The firmness is measured in mm/Hg, a scientific standard of pressure, and each side is controlled by a remote.
What Is the Saatva Solaire Made Of?
The Saatva Solaire mattress is made with an eco-friendly construction, including natural latex, organic cotton, and CertiPUR-US certified memory foam. The mattress is also designed to help alleviate back pain and support proper spinal alignment. As a result, it is endorsed by the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations.
The cover of the Solaire mattress is made with organic cotton. The pillow top is tufted with a breathable cotton fill and finished with a gold damask trim. It is also treated with Guardin, an antimicrobial fabric treatment.
The Solaire mattress has two comfort layers. An aerated layer of natural Talalay latex adds breathability to the top of the mattress. This layer has 5 zones for customized support and is denser in the center. This offers lumbar support and helps keep the spine aligned. Latex is naturally buoyant, so it helps facilitate movement while relieving pressure points. A layer of gel-infused memory foam contours to the shape of your body while supporting the spine and cushioning areas like the hips and shoulders. Between the comfort layers and support core is a moisture barrier, which protects the air chambers and prevents the growth of bacteria.
Support in the Solaire mattress comes from vulcanized air chambers. In the queen and king sizes, there are dual air chambers so that each side can be adjusted individually. The air chambers are vulcanized to prevent leaking. The support core has a multidirectional box baffle design that reinforces support from edge to edge. A power edge enclosure reinforces the perimeter of the mattress. The in-rail air inflator is hidden within this enclosure, so you don’t see the air pump or hoses outside of the mattress. A remote control is attached to each side of the mattress to adjust the air chambers.
Does the Saatva Solaire Isolate Motion?
The Saatva Solaire mattress isolates motion relatively well. Airbed mattresses often differ in terms of motion isolation, depending on what materials are used in the comfort system. The Solaire mattress has a plush comfort system with memory foam that absorbs movements and minimizes motion transfer. Additionally, the queen and king size mattresses have dual chambers with a split construction that helps keep movements from transferring from one side of the bed to another.
If you share the bed and are a light sleeper, there is the possibility you will feel some of your partner’s movements. However, there is less motion transfer than would be expected in an innerspring mattress or airbed without memory foam in the comfort system.
Does the Saatva Solaire Sleep Cool?
The Saatva Solaire mattress sleeps exceptionally cool. Each layer in the comfort system works together to draw heat away from the body and regulate temperature throughout the night. The tufted cover is made with organic cotton, which wicks away heat and moisture. In general, natural latex regulates temperature better than synthetic foam. The natural Talalay latex layer of the Solaire mattress is especially breathable, as it is aerated for better air circulation. Though memory foam tends to retain heat, Saatva uses gel-infused memory foam that draws heat away from the body. Additionally, the Saatva Solaire mattress offers gentle contouring, so airflow around your body is not as restricted as it would be with a traditional memory foam mattress.
Will It Sag Along the Edges?
The Saatva Solaire mattress has a power edge enclosure that prevents sagging along the edges. This enclosure reinforces the perimeter and offers a baseline of edge support for the Solaire mattress. However, the firmness level you choose for the mattress can affect how supportive the edges feel. A softer setting can make the edges feel less supportive, while a firmer setting can increase the level of support.
If you are prone to sleeping near the edge of the bed, you may prefer a firmer setting to prevent the feeling of sinking in. Since the firmness level can be adjusted at any time, you can also make it firmer for sitting on the edge of the bed as you get ready in the mornings.
The comfort layers of the Saatva mattress prevent sagging along the edges over time. The natural latex layer is buoyant and returns to its original shape quickly. This layer adds durability to the mattress.
Is It Good for Sex?
The Saatva Solaire mattress has several components that make it ideal for couples and sexual activity. The comfort layer of Talalay latex helps facilitate movement, so it is easy to change positions as needed. The reinforced perimeter increases the usable surface area of the bed.
However, the mattress does not have coils for added bounce, and the comfort layer of memory foam can restrict movement to a certain extent. This is most noticeable on the softer settings. You can adjust the firmness for better ease of movement and edge to edge support.
What About Off-gassing?
There is an initial odor when the Saatva Solaire mattress is unboxed. Off-gassing is the result of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) being released into the air. It is often amplified when the mattress is vacuum-sealed and wrapped in plastic. Synthetic foams are most likely to off-gas, and the Solaire mattress has a layer of memory foam in its comfort system. However, the memory foam used is CertiPur-US certified and low in VOCs. Any initial off-gassing for the Solaire mattress is not considered harmful and any odor should dissipate within a few days.
What Type of Sleeper Is the Saatva Solaire Mattress Best for?
The Saatva Solaire mattress is good for all sleeping positions and body types. The firmness of the mattress can be adjusted to suit your personal preferences and ensure that you are getting the support and pressure point relief that you need. Additionally, the comfort layers are designed to help keep the spine aligned and support the body regardless of sleeping position. That being said, there are special considerations for each sleeping position that we’ll break down here.
- Side Sleepers: Side sleepers often prefer a softer setting for the Solaire mattress, since they are prone to pressure points at their hips and shoulders. This allows the mattress to cushion these areas and keep the spine aligned. The soft pillow top and latex and memory foam comfort layers contour to the shape of the body for additional comfort and support.
- Combination Sleepers: Combination sleepers typically prefer a firmer mattress, as this makes it easier to change positions. Since the Solaire mattress has a resilient layer of latex, the mattress facilitates movement well for combination sleepers who shift positions throughout the night. Regardless of whether you sleep on your side, stomach, or back, the Solaire mattress alleviates pressure points and prevents misalignment of the spine and joints.
- Back Sleepers: The Saatva Solaire mattress offers impressive back support. The zoned Talalay latex layer is firmer underneath the lumbar region, which helps keep the spine aligned. It also takes pressure off the lower back and reduces the likelihood of aches and pains for back sleepers.
In addition to sleeping position, body weight can impact the overall feel and performance of the Solaire mattress and should be considered.
How Does Body Weight Impact the Saatva Solaire Mattress's Performance?
The Saatva Solaire mattress is supportive, breathable, and pressure-relieving for people of all body types. The adjustable firmness settings ensure that you can select the comfort level that is best suited for your weight. Additionally, the unique comfort system promotes spinal alignment and pressure point relief.
For those who weigh less than 130 pounds, the pillow top and comfort layers cushion areas like the shoulders, chest, and hips. People in this weight category tend to choose a softer firmness setting, since they put less pressure on the mattress. For back and stomach sleepers, the Solaire mattress keeps the lower back and hips properly supported. For side sleepers, it contours to the shoulders and hips to keep the spine aligned.
People who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds have also found that the Saatva Solaire mattress balances pressure point relief with full-body support. The mattress is ideal for all sleeping positions in this category.
Heavier sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds benefit from the firm settings of the Solaire mattress. This prevents spinal misalignment from sinking into the mattress too deeply. The reinforced perimeter ensures edge to edge support. The Solaire mattress is also durable and resists sagging over time.
Is the Saatva Solaire Mattress Good for Couples?
Since the Solaire mattress works for different body types and comfort preferences, it is an ideal choice for couples. More than that, the Solaire mattress also performs well when it comes to motion isolation, ease of movement, edge support, and temperature neutrality. Those are the key elements we consider when determining whether or not a mattress is good for couples.
Each side of the Solaire mattress can be adjusted, making it suitable for couples who want a customized feel. The split sides also help minimize motion transfer and prevent sleep disturbances for people who share the bed.
The top layer of latex helps facilitate movement and prevents sinking in too deeply, which is an important consideration for sex. The reinforced perimeter also ensures that couples can use the entire surface area of the bed. The firmness can also be adjusted for ample support.
For couples who tend to sleep hot, the Saatva Solaire has impressive temperature regulation. Each layer offsets heat retention to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.
Saatva's Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
|Availability||The Saatva Solaire mattress is exclusively available through Saatva, online and in-store. Saatva operates one showroom in New York City. The company offers shipping within the contiguous United States.|
|Shipping||Saatva offers free White Glove Delivery for purchases within the contiguous United States. Though they are not able to ship directly to Hawaii or Alaska, the company can offer referrals to logistics companies for delivery. Saatva must be contacted directly for arrangements. International shipping is not available.
The Saatva Solaire mattress is made to order and hand-delivered by a shipping partner. Transit time varies by location, and estimates are available on the Saatva website based on the destination zip code.
The White Glove Delivery team unboxes the mattress onto your bed frame and fills both air chambers.
|Additional Services||White Glove Delivery and old mattress removal are included with the Saatva Solaire mattress. These services are free of charge. The Saatva delivery team contacts you to schedule a date for delivery once your mattress is ready. The day before delivery, the shipping partner will contact you to confirm a 4-hour delivery time frame window. Delivery and set-up takes 20 minutes on average.|
|Sleep Trial||Saatva offers a 120-night sleep trial with no break-in period. This means you can try out the Saatva mattress and initiate a return at any point during the trial period if you decide it is not right for you.
Returns are subject to a $99 return transportation fee. Saatva coordinates the pick-up and return of your mattress. Returned mattresses are often donated but never resold.
|Warranty||Saatva protects the Solaire mattress with a 25-year prorated warranty. This warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship and is divided into 5 sections:
For years 3 through 15 of the warranty, Saatva also offers a Fairness Replacement Option. If you choose this option, you keep your original mattress and purchase a new mattress at a discounted rate.