Saatva Classic vs Leesa Sapira: Which luxury hybrid mattress should you buy in Memorial Day sales?

In this Saatva Classic vs Leesa Sapira Hybrid comparison image, the Saatva is seen on the left hand side of the image and the Leesa is seen on the right
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Saatva and Leesa are two luxury brands behind some of the best hybrid mattresses on the market today. The Saatva Classic and Leesa Sapira Hybrid are two best-selling luxury hybrid mattresses that both offer the pressure relieving comfort of memory foam, combined with the responsive feel of an innerspring — but which bed best suits your sleeping style? 

The Saatva Classic tops our best mattress buying guide, while the Sapira comes highly recommended by our wider mattress testing panel. In this Saatva Classic vs Leesa Sapira Hybrid comparison ,we’ll explore the key differences between the two beds so you can decide which mattress is right for you. 

Like most of the major mattress brands, you’ll never pay full MSRP for either bed, and both are currently discounted in the Memorial Day mattress sales. Tom's Guide's exclusive Saatva sale access (just follow the link below) means you can buy a queen size Saatva Classic for $1,695 at Saatva (was $2,095). Meanwhile, the Sapira comes in slightly cheaper again - you can buy queen Leesa Sapira Hybrid for $1,399 at Leesa (was$1,999). Is the Saatva worth the price hike? Let's find out... 

Saatva Classic mattress:

Saatva Classic mattress: Was from $1,395 | now from $995 with our exclusive sale access
Our exclusive Saatva sale access means you can take $400 off every size of the Saatva Classic, with prices starting from just $995. Just click on then link below in order to access this saving. Without it, savings range between $200-$300, with the latter reserved for the biggest beds. Our exclusive $400 off discount is the best Saatva sale we've seen since Presidents' Day and well worth capitalising on before it ends.

Leesa Sapria Hybrid:  | now from $944 at Leesa

Leesa Sapria Hybrid: Was from $1,349 | now from $944 at Leesa
Right now there's 30% off the Leesa Sapira mattress,  which translates to a healthy saving of up to $690 off. Leesa discounts tend to hover around up to $400 off, so this is an excellent saving well worth capitalising on. It's a medium to medium-firm, it's best for lightweight to average weight sleepers, most side sleepers, and select back sleepers. It's also a winning choice for co-sleepers given its excellent motion isolation properties. 

Saatva Classic vs Leesa Sapira Hybrid Mattress: Specs

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Saatva ClassicLeesa Sapira Hybrid
Type: HybridHybrid
Firmness (1-10): 3, 5-7, 86
Height:11.5" or 14.5"11"
Trial:365 nights100 nights
Warranty:Lifetime10 years
Price: From $1,395From $1,349

Saatva Classic vs Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress: Price & trial

  • A Tom' Guide Saatva sale exclusive takes $400 off all sizes of the Classic
  • The Leesa Sapira Hybrid currently has 30% off, also with a free sleep bundle
  • The Saatva has more generous benefits than the Leesa

You shouldn’t expect to ever pay full MSRP for either the Saatva or the Leesa. Saatva sales usually range between 12-15% off its mattresses, with savings increasing with the size of the mattress. However, our exclusive  Saatva sales means you can take $400 off every size of the Saatva Classic, witch prices starting at just $995 for a twin. This beats the current standard Saatva sale, which takes up to $350 off.  

Leesa Sapira mattress

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Leesa generally also offer tiered discounts on its mattresses, with the usual maximum discount being 25%. But this Memorial Day Leesa is knocking 30% off all sizes of the Sapira Hybrid, which is one of the most generous discounts we’ve seen from the brand. The brand is also throwing in a free sleep bundle, which consists of pillow and a sheet set. With the discount you can pick up a queen Sapira Hybrid for $1,399.

You’ll get more generous extras with Saatva, with the mattress coming with a 365-night trial, lifetime warranty and free white glove delivery. The Leesa comes a 100-night trial, 10 year warranty and free shipping, but you’ll have to pay $199 to upgrade to the white glove service. However, Leesa returns are free, whereas Saatva charge $99.

Saatva Classic vs Leesa Sapira Hybrid Mattress: Materials & Design

  • The Saatva Classic comes in two heights – 11.5” and 14.5”
  • The Leesa Sapira Hybrid is 11” in height 
  • Both mattresses are hybrids, but the Saatva is an innerspring hybrid

Underneath the 3” thick Euro pillow top of the Saatva Classic, made with organic cotton and zoned quilting in the middle for extra lumbar support, you’ll find a CertiPUR-US certified memory foam layer that’s specifically geared towards healthy spinal alignment. Next up, a layer of individually wrapped 14.5-gauge recycled steel coils sit on top of a support base made up of 13-gauge tempered steel support coils. This is all wrapped up in a foam encasement around the perimeter to stabilize the whole mattress. The different heights are offered by different height springs.

What is an orthopedic mattress, using the Saatva Classic as an example of how it's constructed

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The Leesa Sapira Hybrid is made up of six layers and is 11 inches thick. The mattress starts with a breathable cover made of ultra-fine viscose and plant-based rayon, which sits on a 1.5 inch layer of comfort foam, with air channels to avoid overheating and provide some body contouring.

Next up is a 1.5 inch memory foam recovery layer for further contouring and pressure relief. A 1 inch transition foam layer sists on top of a 6 inch responsive support layer with over 1,000 pocket springs to minimize motion transfer, with the mattress sitting on a 1 inch base layer to keep the mattress stable and supportive. Again, all the foams are CertiPUR-US certified, with Leesa using dense foams that are of higher quality and designed to be more durable.

Saatva Classic vs Leesa Sapira Hybrid Mattress: Comfort & Support

  • The Classic is available in three firmness options and two depths 
  • The Sapira Hybrid is rated 6/10, with a medium to medium firm feel
  • Both mattresses offer excellent lumbar support

The Saatva Classic is available in three firmness options and two heights (the only difference here is the height of the springs). We tested the Luxury Firm in our Saatva Classic mattress review, which is the brand’s most popular comfort level and is, according to Saatva, designed to suit all sleeping positions. We’d agree with this, rating it as one of the best mattresses for back pain and a comfortable choice for most sleepers. 

Lightweight side sleepers may find it a little too firm though. At the softer end of the scale, the Plush Soft is one of the best mattresses for side sleepers who will feel cushioned at their pressure points of hips and shoulders, while the Firm option is one of our best firm mattresses picks and ideally suited for heavier builds and stomach sleepers. Overall, the Saatva Classic offers excellent pressure relief, keeping the spine aligned and offering plenty of cushioning comfort.

Leesa Sapira Hybrid Mattress

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The Sapira Hybrid is rated as a medium to medium firm mattress, although in our Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress review our testers felt it slept as a medium (rating it at 6/10). There’s mild contouring to your body shape, but you won’t sink into this mattress as it’s got a bit of bounce. Top layers spring back into place very quickly when weight is removed from the mattress.

There’s plenty of support and comfort at the shoulders and hips for side sleepers, while back sleepers will find their lower backs well supported as well. However, stomach sleepers will find this mattress too soft, with too much sinkage around the hips throwing the spine out of alignment. Motion isolation on the Sapira is exceptional – we rate it as the best mattress for those sharing their bed with a restless partner. But sadly, edge support is a little disappointing.

Saatva Classic vs Leesa Sapira Hybrid Mattress: Temperature Regulation

  • The Saatva has a breathable cover and a double layer of coils for air circulation 
  • The Sapira has a comfort foam layer punctured with air channels 
  • You can upgrade to an Ultra Cool mattress protector with the Leesa

The best hybrid mattresses generally sleep cooler than their memory foam counterparts, with the coils allowing more air to circulate. This is certainly true with the Saatva Classic, which never made any of our testers hot at night. As well as the coils, the Saatva also has a breathable cover and very little foam in its construction, all of which help to keep sleepers cool and comfortable at night. 

The Leesa Sapira Hybrid also has a breathable cover that feels cool to the touch, and the foam layers are perforated to prevent heat from building up overnight. Coils are also well-spaced to promote airflow. There’s also the option to upgrade to an Ultra Cool mattress protector if you’re a particularly hot sleeper. 

Our tester slept on the Sapira Hybrid in the height of summer in Southern California and, as a hot sleeper, didn’t find the temperature regulation to be exceptional. However, they did feel the mattress was breathable and we feel that with the addition of the cooling protector, it would be more comfortable for hot sleepers. Of course, if you do struggle to keep cool at night, you’ll probably want to invest in one of our best cooling mattress recommendations to ensure you don’t overheat.

Saatva Classic vs Leesa Sapira Hybrid Mattress: Which should you buy?

Buy the Saatva Classic if...

✅  You suffer from back pain: The Saatva Classic does an excellent job of keeping the spine perfectly aligned and there’s extra support in the lumbar region.  

✅  You want to customize your mattress: With three different firmness ratings and two heights, the Saatva allows sleepers to choose the mattress that’s right for their specific sleeping style.

✅  You prefer a traditional feel: The Saatva Classic feels like a traditional innerspring mattress, with a luxurious feel that’s like sleeping on a hotel mattress. 

Buy the Leesa Sapira if...

✅  You share your bed: Motion isolation on the Sapira Hybrid is exceptional, meaning you’re not going to be disturbed by a partner moving about through the night. 

✅  You sleep on your back or side: The Sapira is particularly suited to these sleeping positions, offering excellent lumbar support and keeping the spine aligned at all times – as long as you’re of a lightweight to average build. 

✅  You have a smaller budget: It’s not a cheap mattress, but the Sapira is still cheaper than the Saatva Classic. 

Jo Plumridge
Mattress tester and sleep writer

Jo Plumridge is an experienced mattress reviewer with several years' experience covering all things mattresses and sleep, and who tests memory foam, hybrid and organic mattresses. What Jo doesn't know about a boxed mattress isn't worth knowing, so naturally we tasked her with producing a series of features for Tom's Guide looking at all aspects of mattresses, from how to pick between latex and memory foam (it's a tricky one), to the seven mistakes people make when buying a mattress for the first time. When testing the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid for Tom's Guide, Jo said: "I loved the back support and pressure relief it offered. Plus, it looks far more expensive than it is." When she isn’t writing about sleep, Jo also writes extensively on interior design, home products and photography.