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Solaire

Mattress Type: Airbed

Firmness: Soft (2) to Firm (8) range

$2,795 See Discount Price

The Saatva family of brands includes Saatva, Loom & Leaf, and Zenhaven. All of the Saatva brands focus on selling direct-to-consumer luxury mattresses, but mattress constructions vary between models. The Saatva uses a hybrid design, the Saatva HD uses a hybrid design intended to accommodate larger individuals, the Saatva Youth Mattress is an innerspring designed for children, the Loom & Leaf is constructed of foam, the Zenhaven is made of latex.  

As an airbed, the Saatva Solaire is unique among Saatva’s offerings. The Solaire uses a pillow top, a layer of latex, a layer of memory foam, a moisture barrier, vulcanized air chambers, and a power edge enclosure. The air chambers can be emptied and filled to adjust the mattress’s firmness.

Its advanced design and air chamber technology make the Solaire more expensive than other models by Saatva. However, the Solaire also has a longer warranty, with coverage for 25 years.

This review will discuss the Solaire’s pros and cons, construction, pricing, performance, and more to help you decide if the Solaire is a good match for your sleep style.

Ideal for:

  • Partners with different firmness preferences
  • People whose firmness preferences may vary over time
  • Individuals from any weight group with any position preference
  • Those who tend to sleep hot

Considerations:

  • Shoppers on a tight budget
  • Individuals who are easily awoken by mattress noises.
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Saatva Solaire Mattress Review Breakdown

The Saatva Solaire is an airbed constructed of multiple layers of mixed materials.

The innovative bed is topped by a pillow-top that adds surface-level cushioning and a ‘plush’ feel. The mattress cover uses breathable organic cotton to allow air circulation, while a 2-inch layer of polyfoam is quilted into the cover for extra softness.

Next, a 1-inch layer of Talalay latex gives the surface more buoyancy and responsiveness. This layer is zoned to provide targeted support around the hips and promote better spinal alignment. A 2-inch layer of 2.5 pounds per cubic foot (PCF) gel-infused memory foam contours to the sleeper’s body to relieve pressure points while redistributing excess heat. This PCF rating indicates a relatively low-density memory foam. Foams in this density range tend to be more breathable and bouncier than higher-density foams, but they also tend to be less durable.

A moisture barrier uses PVC sheeting and 1 inch of polyfoam to protect the air chambers from potentially damaging moisture.

The mattress’s support core uses vulcanized air chambers that are around 6 inches tall. These chambers have a multi-directional box baffle design to provide even support throughout the mattress by ensuring the air is well distributed. The vulcanization process strengthens the rubber for lasting durability. Queen and king sizes use two different chambers, allowing each side of the mattress to be adjusted separately. The smaller sizes come with one remote to control the firmness, while the larger sizes have two.

Wrapping around the outer perimeter of the mattress, there is a power edge enclosure. This layer reinforces the edge while discreetly housing the air inflator system.

The Solaire’s firmness level can be adjusted by emptying or filling the air chambers using the mattress’s remote. Sleepers can select a firmness ranging from soft (2 on the 10-point firmness scale) to firm (8).

In addition to the standard version of the mattress, an upper-flex option is also available. This option is split at the head end of the mattress so that each side can operate independently with an adjustable base.

At 13 inches thick, the Saatva Solaire can be considered a high-profile model, so it may need extra deep sheets.

Saatva Solaire Mattress Review Breakdown

Firmness

Mattress Type

Medium Firm – 6 [Adjustable – 2 (Soft) to 8 (Firm)]

Airbed

Construction

The Saatva Solaire uses five main layers. These layers include polyfoam, latex, memory foam, PVC sheeting, and vulcanized rubber air chambers.

Cover Material:

Organic Cotton

Comfort Layer:

Organic Cotton in Pillow Top 5-Zone Talalay Latex Memory Foam (Gel-Infused) Thin Moisture Barrier

Support Core:

Vulcanized Rubber Air Chambers with Reinforced Edges

Mattress Prices and Sizing

Airbeds tend to be among the most expensive types of mattresses, and the Solaire Mattress’s price is higher than average for airbeds. However, it uses high-quality materials and can adjust to a wide range of firmness options, so it may be worth the added expense for some shoppers.

The queen and king size mattresses are available in two options: standard and upper-flex. The upper-flex option has a split area at the head end of the bed to work with an adjustable base. This option tends to cost several hundred dollars more than the standard version.

While the Saatva Mattress is available in most standard mattress sizes, it is not available in twin size. However, split king and split California king sizes are available.

Sizes Dimensions Height Weight Price
Twin XL 38" x 80" 13" 85 lbs. $2,095
Full 54" x 75" 13" 106 lbs. $2695
Queen 60" x 80" 13" 114 lbs. $2795
King 76" x 80" 13" 135 lbs. $3295
Split King 76" x 80" 13" 2 pieces - 85 lb. each $3995
California King 72" x 84" 13" 135 lbs. $3295
Split California King 72" x 84" 13" 2 pieces - 85 lb. each $3995
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Mattress Performance

  • Motion Isolation

    Thanks to its relatively thick comfort system, the Saatva Solaire isolates motion to a greater degree than many airbeds on the market.

    The pillow top absorbs a significant amount of motion, so sleepers might not feel motion transfer across the surface of the mattress when their partner moves during the night. A moderate amount of motion is also absorbed by the Talalay latex layer, but its bouncy feel could transfer some vibrations. Most sleepers are unlikely to find this motion transfer significant enough to interfere with their sleep.

  • Pressure Relief

    The Saatva Solaire’s wide range of firmness options and its substantial comfort system give it more pressure-relieving potential than many airbeds on the market.

    Because of its adjustable air chambers, the Solaire’s firmness can range from 2 to 8 on the 10-point firmness scale. This means it can feel soft, firm, or somewhere in between. The adjustable firmness allows individuals to modify their sleep surface so that it provides pressure relief that accommodates their weight and sleep position. Sleepers who weigh under 130 pounds can use a softer setting so that they sink in and experience more cradling and pressure relief. Individuals who weigh over 230 pounds may prefer a firmer setting to prevent them from sinking in too deeply.

    With a relatively thick comfort layer, the Solaire also has more surface-level cushioning and contouring than many airbeds on the market. The layers of Talalay latex and memory foam are particularly beneficial for pressure relief. These materials adjust to the shape of the sleeper and spread their weight out over a wider area to take pressure off from their hips and shoulders.

  • Temperature Control

    The Solaire’s exceptional temperature-regulating features allow it to sleep cooler than many airbeds on the market.

    Since the mattress has a breathable organic cotton cover, air can circulate into and out of the mattress surface. The layer of latex promotes additional cooling. Latex has an open-cell structure that allows more airflow than memory foam, so the sleeper’s body heat can dissipate. A layer of gel-infused memory foam further helps the Solaire sleep cool. This material is crafted to redistribute heat rather than trapping it against the sleeper’s body.

  • Edge Support

    A power edge enclosure wraps around the perimeter of the mattress, giving extra support while hiding the air inflator system. This extra support gives the Solaire’s edge a sturdier feel than many airbed edges.

    The Solaire’s strong edge support can make it easier to use the full surface of the mattress, including sitting and sleeping near the perimeter. With minimal edge sinkage, most individuals are likely to feel secure anywhere on the bed.

  • Ease of Movement

    Overall, most sleepers are likely to find the Solaire easy to move on, which may make it easier to change position during the night.

    Like other airbeds, the ease of movement on the Solaire mattress is determined partially by the firmness setting the sleeper selects. However, the construction of the Solaire’s comfort system can also play a role.

    Since softer firmness settings allow sleepers to sink in more deeply, individuals may have a harder time changing positions when using these settings. The firmer settings do not permit as much sinkage, which may make it easier to move around on the surface of the bed.

    The Solaire’s thicker comfort system allows sleepers to sink in more deeply than the comfort system’s of some airbeds. However, the use of springy, responsive Talalay latex helps the comfort system regain its shape relatively quickly, so sleepers are unlikely to feel “stuck in the bed.”

  • Sex

    Couples looking for responsiveness and traction from an airbed may appreciate the Solaire’s blend of features.

    Many airbeds do not have a significant comfort system. The Solaire includes multiple layers crafted for contouring and pressure relief. This contouring can give couples traction, which may be beneficial for sexual activity. Additionally, the Talalay layer gives the Solaire extra bounce, which many couples enjoy. 

    The mattress’s overall performance for sex may also be impacted by the firmness setting the user selects. A softer setting is likely to provide more traction but less bounce. A firmer setting should provide less traction and more bounce. Since the firmness is easy to adjust, couples may select a different firm setting for sexual activity than they ordinarily use for sleep. 

  • Off-Gassing

    Any mattress may have an odor when first introduced into your home. In many cases, this odor is a result of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from manufacturing. VOCs are most often associated with synthetic foams. They are not usually thought to be harmful.

    The Solaire Mattress may emit some slight odors. However, all of Saatva’s foams are shipped stable to the manufacturing facilities, so they should have completed the off-gassing process before being introduced into the mattress. Additionally, the Solaire uses a limited amount of synthetic foams compared to many models. The breathability of the mattress should also allow any potential odors to dissipate relatively quickly.

    To air out a new mattress, you can leave it in a well-ventilated room. It should air out within a few hours to a few days.

Sleeping Style and Body Weight

Like all mattresses, the Saatva Solaire works better for some people than others. Two key factors that can affect who gets the best results from the Saatva Solaire are sleeping position and body weight.

Side Sleepers:

Thanks to the Solaire’s relatively thick comfort system and adjustable firmness, most side sleepers should be able to find a setting that balances contouring and support.

The mattress’s pillow top cushions a side sleeper’s curves. The layers of latex and memory foam contour more deeply to spread out their body weight and relieve the pressure that tends to build up around the shoulders and hips.

Softer settings allow side sleepers under 130 pounds to sink in a little more deeply for better pressure relief. Medium settings may appeal to sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. Firmer settings will likely be the best match for side sleepers over 230 pounds.

While the Solaire uses a thicker comfort system than many airbeds on the market, it may not be thick enough to allow some side sleepers who weigh over 230 pounds to sink in without reaching the air chamber support core. Side sleepers in this weight group are still likely to find the firmer settings of the Solaire quite comfortable, but they might not experience as good of a balance between contouring and support as sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds.

Back Sleepers:

The Solaire’s even support can help support the natural spinal alignment of most back sleepers.

Many back sleepers suffer from aches and pains if their mattress sags in the midsection. Because people tend to carry more weight near the middle of their bodies, the extra force on the mattress can cause a back sleeper’s hips to sink in too deeply, putting their spine out of alignment. Over time, many mattresses develop permanent dips or sagging near the center of the bed, making it difficult for back sleepers to maintain proper alignment.

Because of the Solaire’s air chamber system, the bed should be able to provide lasting support without sagging. Additionally, if a back sleeper notices their hips are sinking too deeply into the bed, they can adjust the firmness for more support.

Stomach Sleepers:

Stomach sleepers may also benefit from the stable, even sleep surface that the Solaire can provide.

Since many individuals have most of their weight centered around the middle of their bodies, a stomach sleeper’s hips and belly may sink too deeply into some mattresses. This could put a strain on the sleeper’s spine.

The air chambers’ multi-directional box baffle leads to even support throughout the mattress, which should prevent excessive sagging around the middle of the bed. Stomach sleepers may experience more sinkage near their hips when they have the bed on softer settings. This can be easily adjusted by increasing the firmness.

Under 130 lbs. 130-230 lbs. Above 230 lbs.
Side Sleepers Good Excellent Good
Back Sleepers Excellent Excellent Good
Stomach Sleepers Excellent Excellent Good
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Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

  • Availability

    The Solaire ships within the contiguous United States. The mattress can also be shipped to select locations in Canada.

    This mattress sold through the Saatva website. The Saatva Viewing Room and the SleePare showroom in New York City also display Saatva mattresses in person.

  • Shipping

    The Solaire Mattress ships within the contiguous United States and to some parts of Canada.

    White Glove delivery is free with the purchase of the Solaire Mattress. This service includes a team bringing the mattress to your room of choice, assembling it, and showing you how to use the remote. The team can also remove your old mattress at no additional charge.

    Since Saatva mattresses are generally assembled after an order is placed, arrival dates may vary.

  • Additional Services

    White Glove delivery and old mattress removal are included at no additional cost within the contiguous United States.

  • Sleep Trial

    The Solaire comes with a 180-night sleep trial, which begins the day the mattress is delivered. Within the trial period, customers can return the mattress for a refund of the purchase price minus a $99 transportation charge. Saatva will arrange to remove the mattress.

  • Warranty

    The Solaire comes with a 25-year limited warranty. This warranty applies to the original purchaser of the mattress assuming the mattress is used with a proper foundation and free of abuse.

    During the first 5 years of the warranty period, defective mattresses are eligible for repair at no cost to the customer.

    Between years 6 and 10, the customer is responsible for 50% of the cost of parts and transportation, while Saatva will cover the labor costs.

    From years 11 through 15, the customer is responsible for 75% of the cost of parts and transportation. Saatva covers labor costs.

    During years 16 through 20, the customer is responsible for labor and transportation expenses and 85% of the cost of parts.

    Between years 21 through 25, the customer is responsible for the cost of labor and transportation and 90% of the expense of parts.

    Saatva also offers a “Fairness Replacement Option” for defective mattresses. With this option, customers can keep the original mattress and purchase a new mattress at a reduced cost. The price reduction will be based on how long you had your mattress.

    Additional terms and conditions apply.