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Saatva HD vs. Big Fig Mattress

October 3, 2019
Saatva HD vs. Big Fig Mattress

Overview

The Big Fig Mattress is the first mattress made specifically for bigger figures. At Big Fig, we are deeply committed to providing better sleep to the plus size and big & tall community. It is the singular mission and objective of our company and the products we make. 

With thousands of satisfied customers and 5-star reviews, we’re not afraid of the new competition. While Saatva HD claims to be a luxurious mattress for bigger figures, we know their mattress falls short in meeting the needs of heavier sleepers. However, we’ll let you decide for yourself. Read on to see how the Saatva HD stacks up against the Big Fig.

 

Weight Stress Test

At Big Fig Mattress, we’ve developed several special techniques to internally test and validate our mattress. We first used these techniques in the R&D phase before launching our mattress to the general public. 

We utilize simple 45 lb. plate weights that are stacked to show the impact and support when up to 270 lbs. of weight is placed on the mattress. This 270 lbs. represents approximately the same “pounds per square inch” of a 550 lb. individual sitting on the edge of the mattress. (note: 550 lbs. is Big Fig’s maximum weight capacity per sleeper). 

We tested the Saatva HD against the Big Fig Mattress. The difference in quality between each mattress can be seen in our head to head comparison below.

The weight stress test shows the Big Fig supporting the weight without significant compression. The Saatva HD is compressed significantly, halfway down to the foundation. The foam is flattened and the springs are almost fully compressed.

 

Saatva HD: LOSER

Big Fig Mattress: WINNER

 

Foundation

As shown below, the Big Fig Foundation is without a doubt one of the strongest foundations available on the market with 18 2.5” slats and 2 center beams. The Saatva HD foundation pales in comparison with 60% fewer slats (7 versus 18) and only 1 cross beam support. As seen in the GIF above, the Saatva HD foundation bows under the added weight, unable to properly support 270 lbs. It simply cannot support two bigger figured sleepers or the Saatva HD’s supposed weight limit of 1,000 lbs. 

Saatva HD: LOSER

Big Fig Mattress: WINNER

 

Edge Support

The Big Fig is constructed with our high density foam rails along the edges to keep you feeling secure in bed. The Saatva HD is a very soft, unsupportive mattress. The soft foam layers are so thick above the edge support foam, that it simply does not perform. The edges of the bed are just as soft as the center.

In our comparison below, we’ve placed 270 lbs. right at the edge of the mattress. The circumference of these weighted plates represents the same amount of pressure as a person who weighs nearly twice that at ~550 lbs. We placed the same weight on both the Big Fig and Saatva HD. As seen below, the Saatva HD collapses in half under the weight while the Big Fig supports it easily. Imagine trying to lift yourself off the edge of the Saatva HD. There is simply no support to help you stand up from off the edge of the bed.

Saatva HD: LOSER

Big Fig Mattress: WINNER

 

Coil Count & Quality

In today’s mattress market, most premium innerspring mattresses use individually wrapped coils such as those shown in the Big Fig Mattress below. However, the Saatva HD uses one of the cheapest spring units available with just 400 coils. The Big Fig Mattress is constructed with 1,200 individually wrapped coils within a queen mattress, allowing them to move independently of one another. The Saatva HD’s interconnected spring unit leads to motion transfer. When one coil moves, they all move. When your partner comes to bed late or gets up in the middle of the night, you will feel it on the other side of the mattress. 

Saatva HD: LOSER

Big Fig Mattress: WINNER

 

Foam Quality

In a mattress, high-density & high-quality foam is far more important than the quantity of foam. The Saatva HD attempts to compensate for their cheaper spring unit with multiple layers of foam, but this foam is not supportive for heavier sleepers and will breakdown over time, causing premature sagging. The foams used to construct the Big Fig Mattress are 50% more dense than those used in a standard mattress, including 3 inches of high-density foam cushioning with densities ranging from 1.8 to 2.5 pcf (pounds per cubic foot). Big Fig’s high-density foam prevents mattress sag, providing the same level of comfort and support throughout 20 years. 

Saatva HD: LOSER

Big Fig Mattress: WINNER

  

Sleep Cool Features 

The Big Fig Mattress utilities ThermoGel cooling technology built just beneath the luxurious mattress surface. This technology actively cools your body temperature while sleeping. In addition, the Big Fig utilizes a layer of perforated gel-infused foam (the green foam shown above) to promote airflow throughout the night. The Saatva HD has nothing more than a cotton fabric on the top surface of the mattress. Cotton simply does not provide the cooling features that hot sleepers need to stay cool throughout the night. 

Saatva HD: LOSER

Big Fig Mattress: WINNER

 

Shipping Time

At Big Fig, we want you to start sleeping better as soon as possible. Therefore, the Big Fig is made to order in our factory and delivered to your doorstep in just 3-5 business days. On average, the Saatva HD takes a full 2 weeks to be delivered. 

Saatva HD: LOSER

Big Fig Mattress: WINNER

  

Warranty

The Big Fig Mattress is guaranteed for 20 years with an unmatched,  full repair and replacement warranty at no additional charge. Saatva HD claims to have a 20 year warranty, but after reading the fine print you will quickly discover they only offer a free replacement warranty for 2 years after initial purchase. After 2 years, repair coverage comes with transportation fees and replacement coverage is prorated. Additionally, the use of an adjustable base completely voids the Saatva HD warranty. 

Saatva HD: LOSER

Big Fig Mattress: WINNER

  

Published Test Results 

Saatva HD claims to have long-lasting support but does not publish any test results to support their claim. The Big Fig Mattress was subjected to rigorous testing at a third party facility with a focus on durability and longevity under heavy weight conditions. The Big Fig passed with flying colors and we share the detailed test results on our site.

Saatva HD: LOSER

Big Fig Mattress: WINNER