The classic innerspring mattress dominates the sleep market for good reason. It has the springy, responsive quality that, for many people, is what a mattress should feel like. Today’s versions of this traditional style are also souped up with the latest mattress technology, including memory foam, cooling gel, and pillow top layers to accommodate a wide variety of sleep preferences. That means there’s something for everyone—but along with those options comes the potential for confusion. How are you supposed to decide which innerspring mattress is best for you?
Here, we break down the key differences between two popular innerspring mattresses: the Saatva Classic and the Simmons Beautyrest Black Desiree™ innerspring mattress, starting with how they feel.
Comfort is a tricky thing. What feels good to one person may not feel all that great to another. Most manufacturers place their “comfort levels” on a numerical scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 the firmest—though it’s important to note that no two manufacturers’ scales are exactly the same. (Simmons flips its comfort scale, with 10 the softest and 1 the firmest.) Overall, what makes one innerspring mattress more comfortable than another is a function of the type of springs, how they are arranged, and the materials and construction of other layers in the mattress.
Do I have a choice of comfort levels?
Saatva: Three (plush soft, luxury firm, and firm)
Simmons Beautyrest: Two (plush and luxury firm)
The bottom line: The more comfort levels you have to choose from, the better the chance of finding your perfect innerspring mattress match. Saatva has a choice of three comfort levels, ranging from soft to firm on the comfort scale. Beautyrest Black Desiree has two comfort levels, one soft, the other medium firm. (Need some help deciding the right comfort level for you? Here’s how to choose based on your sleep style and body type.)
What kind of springs are in the mattress?
Saatva: A “coil on coil” system, consisting of a steel coil support base, plus a second unit of individually wrapped comfort coils
Simmons Beautyrest: Advanced Pocketed Coil™ technology
The bottom line: The most important feature when it comes to the performance of an innerspring mattress is, well, the springs. The Saatva Classic is made with “coil on coil” construction. A support base made of tempered recycled steel coils provides durability and resistance to sagging. A second layer of individually wrapped coils in the top portion of the mattress adds contouring ability and reduces motion transfer (so one bed partner isn’t jostled when the other shifts position or gets up during the night). The top layer of coils is encased in foam for increased edge support, better durability, and more sleep surface.
Beautyrest’s Advanced Pocketed Coil™ technology uses three strands of wire twisted to form coils that are then wrapped in individual fabric pouches. The Black Desiree features alternating rows of coils of different thicknesses (see coil gauge, below). The single layer of coils is encased in a ventilated foam edge.
What kind of lumbar support does the mattress have?
Saatva: A ½-inch layer of memory foam in the lumbar region
Simmons Beautyrest: No added reinforcement in the lumbar region
The bottom line: The Saatva Classic offers extra lumbar support in the center third of the mattress, where body weight is concentrated. Adding memory foam in the lumbar region does two things: the cushioning foam provides a layer of pressure relief, while the extra support helps maintain healthy spinal alignment. (Here’s how to find the best mattress if you suffer from back pain.)
The Beautyrest Black Desiree does not have targeted lumbar zone reinforcement. Support and pressure relief come from layers of comfort foam and memory foam above the single layer of coils.
What kind of pillow top does the mattress have?
Saatva: Euro pillow top
Simmons Beautyrest: No pillow top
The bottom line: Most premium innerspring mattresses have a layer of cushioning material on top to enhance comfort and add extra contouring and support. The Saatva Classic has a Euro pillow top. Unlike a conventional pillow top, which is sewn onto the top surface of the mattress, the padding of a Euro pillow top is inserted underneath the mattress cover, flush with the mattress edges. That creates a cleaner look and a more durable pillow top that won’t shift around or lose its shape.
The Beautyrest Black Desiree is not a pillow-top mattress. It still features a cushioned top layer, consisting of micro-diamond-infused memory foam under a quilted cover.
You’re going to be spending a lot of time—and money—on your mattress, so you want one that’s built to last. Beyond mere comfort, you’ll need to consider the factors that affect mattress quality and longevity, such as coil thickness, edge support, and eco-friendly materials.
What is the coil gauge?
Saatva: 13 gauge in the support layer of coils, 14.5 gauge in the top layer of coils
Simmons Beautyrest: 17 gauge in the Advanced Pocketed Coils, which alternate with 14.75 gauge coils (plush) and 13.5 gauge coils (luxury firm)
The bottom line: Coils come in different thicknesses, known as gauge. The higher the gauge number, the thinner and more flexible the coil. The lower the number, the thicker and more supportive. A premium mattress should have a coil gauge between 12 and 15. Saatva’s base layer of coils is made of thicker tempered steel for durability; the individually wrapped comfort coils are thinner and more flexible so they can respond and contour.
Beautyrest’s Advanced pocketed Coils are made of three strands of steel that together form a 17 gauge spring and alternate with rows of coils of varying thickness depending on comfort level.
What kind of edge support does the mattress have?
Saatva: Foam-encased coils
Simmons Beautyrest: Foam-encased coils
The bottom line: Edge support makes it possible to sit or lie on the edge of the bed without the mattress collapsing. Saatva and Simmons Beautyrest both use a foam border for solid edge support.
What is the flame retardant made of?
Saatva: Natural plant-based thistle
Simmons Beautyrest: Synthetic fibers
The bottom line: All mattresses are required by law to have a flame retardant. The Saatva Classic’s fire barrier is made from all-natural material, chiefly thistle pulp, and is free of harmful chemicals. The Beautyrest Black Desiree’s flame barrier is made with heat-resistant Kevlar® synthetic fibers.
Is the mattress cover organic?
Simmons Beautyrest: No
The bottom line: The Saatva Classic innerspring mattress is covered in 100% organic cotton treated with Guardin®, a plant-based antimicrobial that inhibits bacteria and prolongs the life of the fabric. (Learn more about why natural, breathable organic cotton is a healthy choice for you and for the environment.) The Beautyrest Black Desiree has a polyester cover over a layer of SurfaceCool Plus fiber for temperature regulation. The cover is not organic.
When you’re buying a new mattress, cost is often one of the biggest factors. But to determine whether you’re truly getting the most for your money, look beyond what’s printed on the price tag to value-adds such as comfort guarantees, delivery policies, warranty terms, and customer service.
How much does the mattress cost?
Saatva: $599 for a twin, $749 for a twin XL, $999 for a full, $1,099 for a queen, $1,499 for a king or Cal king
Simmons Beautyrest: The manufacturer’s suggested price for a queen starts at $2,099, but prices for all sizes vary by retailer
The bottom line: Because it’s sold exclusively online, direct from the manufacturer to you, the price of a Saatva Classic innerspring mattress never varies. The direct-to-consumer business model eliminates store overhead and inventory costs, which means those savings can be passed on to consumers in the form of everyday lower prices.
Beautyrest sells its mattresses through third-party retailers, so prices vary widely depending on where you make the purchase. (Learn more about the pros and cons of buying a mattress online.)
How is the mattress delivered?
Saatva: Free white glove delivery, which includes delivery and setup of the mattress and free removal of your old mattress.
Simmons Beautyrest: Varies by retailer
The bottom line: Saatva’s free white-glove delivery policy comes standard with every mattress the company sells. A Beautyrest retailer may charge for delivery, as well as removal of old bedding. At Raymour & Flanigan, for example, you could pay anywhere from $150 to $230 in delivery fees, depending on your location and the total amount of your purchase.
How long is the risk-free trial period?
Saatva: 120 days
Simmons Beautyrest: Varies by retailer
The bottom line: All new mattresses have a break-in period. With the Saatva classic innerspring mattress, you get 120 days to try the mattress at home and see if it’s right for you. If you are not fully satisfied, you can exchange or return the mattress for a $99 transportation cost.
With Simmons Beautyrest, the home trial depends on where you buy the Black Desiree mattress. Each retailer, whether an online outlet or physical store, will have a different free trial and return policy. Most in-store retailers don’t offer pickup for returned mattresses—you’ll have to bring the mattress back to the store yourself. At Raymour & Flanigan, you can’t return your Beautyrest mattress once it’s been delivered.
How long is the warranty?
Saatva: 15 years
Simmons Beautyrest: 10 years
The bottom line: The Saatva Classic innerspring mattress carries a 15-year nonprorated warranty. The warranty works like this: If a mattress is deemed defective during the first two years, Saatva will replace it with a brand new mattress, free of any charges. After that, the company will repair and recover the mattress for the cost of transportation ($99 each way).
Beautyrest offers a limited 10-year warranty on its mattresses, valid only if the mattress is purchased from an authorized Simmons Bedding Company dealer. If the mattress is deemed defective, the company will replace it free of charge. Customers are responsible for the cost of transportation, inspection, and removal of the mattress (except in California).
What about customer support?
Saatva: Noncommissioned sleep guides are available in Saatva’s New York operations center to answer questions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Simmons Beautyrest: Beautyrest representatives are available Monday through Thursday during business hours and until 2:30 p.m. EST on Fridays.
The bottom line: Concierge service is the Saatva standard. Call or chat with us anytime, day or night. Our representatives are always at the other end of the line.