Contents of Article
- About the Brands
- DreamCloud and Saatva Comparison
- And the Winner Is…
You may not realize that the internet is directly responsible for companies stepping up their mattress game, but it is. A whole host of companies have joined in the fight against overpriced mattresses, shady retail mark-ups, and sleazy salespeople. That showroom that makes you dizzy? It’s a thing of the past.
We’ve got two luxury mattress companies who have joined in the cause of bringing you ultimate luxury mattresses for prices you can afford. No payments until you die or the life of your firstborn in exchange for a good night’s sleep for you. Which one is your luxury mattress? Let’s take a look and find out. It’s a DreamCloud versus Saatva showdown.
About the Brands
First, let’s hit you with some quick facts about each brand so you’ve got a good starting point.
DreamCloud Recap Full Review
What To Like
- 365-day sleep trial
- excellent warranty
- eight-layer mattress construction
- excellent edge support
What Not To Like
- no firmness options
- slightly more expensive than Saatva
Saatva Recap Full Review
What To Like
- three firmness options
- excellent edge support
- dual coil construction for excellent responsiveness
- good warranty
What Not To Like
- sleep trial isn’t as long as DreamCloud
- only five layers (four if you don’t count the edging as a layer)
DreamCloud and Saatva Comparison
For two technology revolution, luxury mattress companies, these two companies have some pretty critical differences that set them apart. We’ll get to the good stuff in a minute.
How Are DreamCloud and Saatva Similar?
Let’s take a look at how they’re alike first.
Both companies have a mission. They want to bring you all the benefits of a genuinely luxury mattress at a price that isn’t artificially inflated to line the pockets of retailers. They do an excellent job of it, too.
Both of them make hybrid mattresses, which is a mattress type that uses different kinds of layers to accomplish a particular purpose than a single core and topper. These mattresses are better able to meet the unique sleep needs of the human body.
In the past, mattresses were primarily a single material for the core, usually inner springs, and a thin topper to make things somewhat comfortable. They didn’t do a good job of conforming to the body. Often, it was the other way around. They forced your body into a position that wasn’t natural, and you’d wake up with pain.
Hybrid mattresses use different layers of materials that both contour and support. The top layers give way to your curves, such as the shoulders, and allow the body to sink into a much more natural position.
To keep you from sinking completely and overextending your spine, the bottom layers are support layers. They push back to keep your spine aligned and provide structural integrity for the mattress itself.
Part of the structural integrity is edge support. Traditional memory foam mattresses collapsed towards the sides making it feel like you were going to fall off. Using all of the bed was hard.
Both DreamCloud and Saatva’s hybrid system provides excellent edge support. You can sit on the side of the mattress without falling off, and you can also sleep near the edge comfortably. Good news if you’re sharing the bed with someone else.
Speaking of sharing the bed, do you know how sometimes your partner jostles you awake in the middle of the night? Don’t you hate that? If your partner is restless and you can’t sleep because of it, both of these companies provide options that isolate motion to the location of the movement.
Through the use of different layers of foams and pocketed coils, movement restricts, and you won’t feel all the tossing and turning nearly as much as you would on a conventional mattress.
Another benefit of motion transfer is that if one partner is heavier than the other, the mattress is less likely to create that dip that causes everyone to roll towards it. You get a flat surface, and your partner does as well regardless of weight difference.
Unfortunately, we aren’t blown away by the temperature regulation of these mattresses. Some of Saatva’s targeted brands have pretty good regulation, but overall, we were decidedly neutral about it.
They don’t sleep hot. However, if you tend to sleep hot, these aren’t going to do much to alleviate that problem. If you tend to be comfortable during the night, it might not be as much of an issue. We wouldn’t disregard these mattresses strictly because of temperature regulation, but if you’re seriously sweaty, you might want to look elsewhere.
Both companies offer white glove delivery. If you need someone around to help you unpack the mattress and put it in place, this is excellent news. You can also opt to have them remove your old mattress for a seamless transition.
Manufacturing and Customer Service
Both companies manufacture their mattresses in the United States. Although they haven’t been in business as long as some of the traditional mattress companies, they do concentrate their production here. You’ll be supporting companies that contribute to the US economy and don’t take forever to ship from overseas.
Their customer service representatives appear to be located in the United States as well. It can be annoying to talk to overseas representatives because of language barriers and lack of understanding, but these companies shouldn’t be an issue.
Both companies have good ratings with the Better Business Bureau and overall customers seem happy with their customer service experiences. As (relatively) new businesses, they have a lot riding on these experiences.
If you can’t quite swing the full cost of a mattress, both companies have financing options that you can choose right on their purchase pages. You’ll receive a decision within minutes and can check out as usual.
Neither company has a full line of accessories, but they both offer foundation options. With DreamCloud you can get a regular, slat-style platform frame or an adjustable base. Saatva offers an adjustable base. You can purchase both together and have the delivery person help you set things up.
How are DreamCloud and Saatva Different?
Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. The good stuff.
Both companies concentrate on a single mattress that they’ve perfected to be as good as it can get.
The DreamCloud features eight different layers of adaptable materials. That’s right, eight. The cover is a tufted cashmere blend that feels soft but allows air to pass through, so you don’t feel hot during the night.
The next two layers are memory foam. The first has gel infused beads that help keep things a little bit cooler, and then a layer of memory foam that’s quilted for a softer, contouring feel. The layer underneath these is a latex layer that offers durability and counteracts that “dead foam” feel of traditional memory foam mattresses.
The next two layers help transition your body from the contouring layers to the support layer underneath. First, there’s a dense memory foam that adjusts to your position as you sleep, and then a layer of ultra-dense foam that helps support and keep your spine in alignment.
The base layers are made of pocketed micro-coils that provide more bounce and response while pushing back against your body to support your spine. The bottom layer is another layer of dense foam that helps isolate motion and support edges.
It’s available in one medium-firm option that’s about a six and a half on a ten point firmness scale. It has one thickness option at around 14.5 inches.
Saatva’s mattress uses five layers of materials designed to improve your sleep and prevent the bed from ever sagging.
The cover material is organic cotton for durability and maximum airflow. It has a European style pillow top for softness. The layer underneath is a contouring memory foam that allows your curves to sink into the mattress where you need. It fills in the lumbar region and allows the spine to decompress.
Directly underneath is a layer of micro-coils. They’re individually pocketed for better motion isolation. Using micro coils provides a more responsive surface that’s still very supportive. The fourth layer is a standard coil layer that provides structural integrity to the mattress. This makeup is less likely to sag than traditional memory foam or conventional inner springs. They use a tempered steel base that’s durable and very supportive.
The final layer is located around the edge of the mattress. It uses dual edge support so that the entire bed is supportive and useable right up to the sides.
The Saatva mattress has three firmness levels. The plush level is rated at about a three and a half on a ten point firmness scale. The flagship mattress is a medium that’s about a six and a half on the scale, and the firm is about an eight.
Saatva also has two thickness options, around 11.5 inches and about 14.5 inches with no difference in price.
There’s a slight difference in price between the two. Honestly, it isn’t enough to be a deciding factor, but if you’re watching every penny, the Saatva is cheaper.
Saatva starts at about $600 for a twin and goes up to around $1400 for a California King. The DreamCloud is also approximately $600 for a twin (although the twins seem perpetually sold out) and goes up to around $1500 for a California King.
It’s essential that you be able to try out the mattress to decide if you like it. It can take time for the body to adjust to a new bed, so this isn’t something you can figure out overnight.
Saatva gives you 120 nights to try out your mattress before offering a free return. DreamCloud gives you a full year to sleep on your mattress before initiating a return. Plenty of time to figure things out, but DreamCloud is the winner here by far.
DreamCloud offers customers an initial ten-year mattress defect warranty. They will replace the mattress at no cost to you. The bed must be supported and not used in abnormal circumstances (no sleeping outside). After ten years, if the mattress requires repair, they will recover or repair (or both) your mattress or replace it. If the problem is considered a defect, it happens at no cost to you.
Saatva offers a 15-year warranty for mattress defects. During the first two years, Saatva will replace your mattress for free. In years 3-15, they’ll replace the bed for a $99 transportation fee. You can also choose a “Fair Replacement Option” that allows you to replace your mattress at prorated costs (30% of the original price in years 3-5, 50% years 6-10, and 75% years 11-15) plus you get to keep your original mattress.
We think DreamCloud has a slight edge here although it’s hard to argue with getting to keep your original mattress.
And the Winner Is…
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We’re confident recommending Saatva as the best choice based on our analysis of key factors that an average, discerning mattress shopper would care most about.
This decision was a tough one because these mattresses both had some excellent points. However, it comes down to the fact that Saatva is a tiny bit cheaper, it has a reinforced structure to reduce sagging, and we had a choice of firmness options.
The DreamCloud probably would have been our choice if Saatva still had only their flagship model, but with the introduction of these choices, we’re going with Saatva.
- Quality – Tie
- Price – Saatva
- Reputation – Tie
- Sleep Trial – DreamCloud
- Warranty – Tie
- Customer Support – Tie
- Product Selection – Saatva
For sleepers with specific needs…
Side Sleepers: Choose Saatva
Here’s why. The soft and medium options for Saatva should cradle side sleepers, plus give them a choice for exactly how much cradling they need.
Stomach Sleepers: Choose Saatva
Here’s why. Saatva’s very firm option is an excellent choice to support stomach sleepers and keep the spine from overextending.
Back Pain: Saatva
Here’s why. Both the medium and the firm choices give back sleepers the support they need to keep lumbar pain at a minimum.
Heavy People: Choose Neither
Here’s why. These are thicker mattresses, so they aren’t as disappointing for heavy sleepers, but we think that mattresses built for heavy sleepers’ unique needs are better (Winkbeds Plus, anyone?)
Couples: Choose Saatva
Here’s why. Saatva’s dual coil construction provides good bounce for couple’s activities, but when it’s time to sleep, the mattress has excellent motion isolation.
Saatva barely edges out DreamCloud because we like having a little bit of choice in the mattresses we buy. Both are solid luxury mattresses, but for us, Saatva checks off nearly all the boxes. If DreamCloud comes out with firmness variations, we may revisit this decision in the future.
Are you part of the broad audience of sleepers that prefers a medium mattress, or do you fall to a softer/firmer side? Let us know in the comments.