Contents of Article
- Construction Comparison
- DreamCloud Construction
- Firmness Comparison
- Price Comparison
- Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
- Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
- Should I Buy A DreamCloud Or Saatva bed?
Today we’re going to take a look at the DreamCloud and Saatva mattresses and put them head to head through our impartial review process.
We’re going to look at each mattress layer by layer to see quite literally what they’re made of. We’re also going to assess things like firmness, price, sleeping positions, and cooling capabilities before providing you with our overall recommendations about both products.
Let’s get started.
- Both products cost about the same amount
- They’re both hybrid products
- They are both cool sleeping surfaces
- The Saatva uses coils instead of foam
- The DreamCloud has more layers of material
- The Saatva comes in 3 firmness levels (the DreamCloud comes in one)
It’s a good idea to start off these reviews with the construction comparison section. It’s here that we will learn about what you’re getting for your money, and how the mattress works.
Both products are hybrid mattresses, which means that they have different layers of different materials to give the product their various different properties. Hybrid products are standard these days (across all price brackets) and we’d probably struggle to recommend a product that doesn’t use a hybrid design.
The DreamCloud is one of the thickest mattresses on the market in this price bracket and has a massive 8 layers of material that make up its overall 15 inches of thickness. This thickness gives the product an undeniable feeling of luxury that’s always well received.
Cashmere Blend Euro Top
The padded Euro Top design of this product is what gives it the “resort like feel” that it’s well known for. It’s a completely enclosed stitched on section that’s been filled with a cashmere wool blend of the highest quality. You literally feel like you’re sleeping on top of a fluffy supportive cloud (without it being too soft).
Cooling Gel Memory Foam
The first foam layer in this product is made from memory foam, which might set some alarm bells off for some people. Memory foam is known to be one of the warmest materials used in mattress design, and it has a (probably deserved) reputation for becoming uncomfortably hot throughout the night.
That’s why engineers came up with the idea of infusing memory foam with a variety of materials that are excellent thermal conductors – called cooling gels.
Non-cooling gel standard memory foam gets warm because inside the material are lots of little microscopic cells of air. These cells are required to give the material the support and shaping properties that make it such a good choice for mattress design in the first place. The cells are completely enclosed, and the air inside them heats up from your body heat. As the air cannot escape the cells, hotspots form underneath the sleeper and the mattress becomes uncomfortable.
Cooling gel works by trying to capture the heat before it makes its way into the cells. As it’s a good thermal conductor it spreads the heat out throughout the entire sleeping surface – resulting in fewer hotspots and a cooler sensation despite there being the same amount of heat in the mattress.
It works exceptionally well and is as cool as (or cooler than) many other non memory foam materials.
Quilted Memory Foam
This is another layer that’s mainly about comfort instead of support (although it’s memory foam, so it does provide some support).
This quilted memory foam layer is one of the plushest most luxurious memory foams we’ve ever seen. It’s slightly padded on the top which provides additional loft and cushioning for the sleeper. Because it’s the second layer down the effect it produces is extremely noticeable – it literally transforms the mattress in our opinion.
Latex is one of the most universally loved materials that’s used in mattress design. All natural latex foam is great for the environment, but it also has some very important comforting and supportive properties too.
Because latex foam is naturally ventilated, it allows air to flow freely throughout the layer. This provides a route for body heat that has made it deep down into the mattress to escape through. It also adds a huge amount of responsiveness to the mattress and provides a little bounce (and a bit of give) when you move positions throughout the night.
Dream Plush Supporting Memory Foam
This is a reasonably standard memory foam that’s made with a closed cell design and without cooling gel. It’s a decent high-quality foam, and its main job is to provide a little support and soften the gradient to the firmer layers below
Super Dense Super Soft Memory Foam
Again, this is another standard layer that’s almost identical to the layer above. The only difference is that it’s a little bit firmer to continue the gentle gradient into the firm coil layer below.
Best Rest Coils
We love this coil layer, and customers do too. It’s a layer of pocketed coils that are independent of one another, which means they contour to your body shape well (instead of creating a general dip like innerspring mattresses do).
The clever thing about this layer is the way that DreamCloud have separated it into 5 different zones. Each zone has a different coil firmness which allows them to customize the support of the mattress, giving you support where you need it, and less support where you don’t. It’s set up to be optimal for side sleepers, but other sleeping positions will be equally as happy with it too.
High-Density Memory Foam
We’re not sure why memory foam was used for this supportive base layer – it’s almost certainly not needed. This is a firm support layer that does nothing more than provide a strong and stable base for all the awesome technology on the layers above to rest on. It’s high quality, it’s durable, and it’s boring.
The Saatva has 5 distinct layers in their mattress, and it’s quite honestly a little difficult to figure out the order they are layered in from their website alone.
It’s available in two thickness levels of 11.5” or 14.5” and the only difference between the two is the foundation layer. Changing the thickness is purely aesthetic and both products feel identical (according to Saatva themselves).
Saatva uses an unusual dual coil system in this mattress – which got us very excited when we started taking this thing apart. But then after closer inspection, we were a little bit disappointed, to be honest.
The top layer of this product is a euro top (like the DreamCloud above) however, this isn’t a cashmere blend layer, instead, it’s organic cotton. It adds a little bit of luxury and comfort to the product that non euro top products struggle to achieve.
The first solid layer in this product is made from standard memory foam. This set off a few alarm bells for us, as a closed cell memory foam top layer without cooling gel is almost always a bad idea due to overheating. However, the Saatva gets a pass on this from us because this is a super thin layer that’s sole purpose is to provide a little lumbar support and to aid the transition to the first coil layer below.
(But we’d prefer some cooling tech in this layer if we’re being totally honest)
This layer is very similar to the pocketed coils of the DreamCloud we talked about earlier. They’re still disconnected from one another and they’re going to isolate motion and contour to your body to provide support. Saatva claims that they are the most advanced coils in the luxury mattress market, but we can see nothing to back this claim up.
They’re high quality, they’re comfortable, they’re supportive – but they’re nothing special.
Saatva tries to talk this layer up to make it sound super advanced, but it’s not. This is a standard innerspring that’s being used for the bulk of the support of the mattress. We will give Saatva a little credit here, the innerspring combined with the pocketed coil layer above is a “unique” design.
But honestly this is 2019, there’s simply no need for innersprings in mattresses anymore. It’s reasonably responsive and provides a little bounce, but we’re less than impressed.
Edge Comfort System
This layer is actually a covering that surrounds the bottom innerspring layer entirely. It serves the purpose of separating the pocketed coils from the innerspring layer, and it forms the base of the mattress too.
It’s a high quality reasonably high-density foam that is most notable for the edge support it provides. One of the problems with sprung mattresses is that they can be a little wobbly towards the edges and struggle to keep their shape when pressure is applied there.
By using foam here to box the springs in, the issue is more or less resolved and the mattress doesn’t wobble or lose its shape at all.
The DreamCloud mattress is only available in one firmness level – medium firm (or 6.5 on the firmness scale).
Saatva produces their mattresses in 3 different firmness levels. They’ve got the same 6.5 medium firm as DreamCloud, but they’ve also got super soft (3 out of 10) and firm (8 out of 10) products too.
A Word Of Advice: Be 100% sure you want a really firm or a really soft mattress before you order a soft/firm product – 3/10 and 8/10 on the firmness scale are too soft/firm to be comfortable for most people’s tastes.
These two products are more or less the same price. In some sizes the Saatva is $100 or so cheaper, in other sizes, the DreamCloud is slightly cheaper. There’s not much in it.
Dream Cloud Prices
- Twin $599
- Twin XL $799
- Full $799
- Queen $1,199
- King $1,299
- California king $1,299
- Twin $599
- Twin XL $699
- Full $899
- Queen $999
- King $1,399
- California King $1,399
Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
This is quite a hard one to call.
The Saatva has a top layer of standard memory foam without any cooling technology inside of it (which is prone to overheating). However, the two coiled layers are mainly wide open space which provides ventilation on a scale that foam mattresses can only dream of.
The DreamCloud has a high-quality cooling gel-infused memory foam top layer which dissipates and distributes heat effectively. It also has a latex layer deep inside the mattress to provide internal ventilation too.
While both products are cool, the DreamCloud is probably going to be a little bit cooler. The impressive ventilation of the coiled layers is good, but we just can’t get past the standard memory foam top layer – it’s a huge error on their part.
Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
The DreamCloud is hands down the best bed for a side sleeper – it has been custom-made for people who sleep in the position (as it’s the most popular position).
The zoned support of the DreamCloud ensures that optimal spinal alignment is maintained for side sleepers throughout the night – non zoned products simply cannot compete with it.
Should I Buy A DreamCloud Or Saatva bed?
We like to usually play devils advocate here and suggest situations where both products might be suitable – but that’s not happening today.
We recommend the DreamCloud.
The Saatva is an expensive innerspring mattress that has some serious design flaws. We like the coil on coil design in terms of ventilation, but apart from that, there’s not much good to say about it (considering the price).
The standard memory foam top layer was the icing on the cake for us. The thickness of that layer is so thin that the cost increase of using a more advanced foam would have been negligible. But they didn’t bother.
On the other hand, you’ve got the DreamCloud – which consists of 8 layers of expertly chosen materials of the highest quality (working in perfect harmony with one another).
It’s a no-brainer.
So there you have it, that’s what we think about the Saatva and the DreamCloud.
We can’t think of any reason why you’d pay this much for the Saatva, it’s horribly overpriced in our opinion. If you enjoy the feel of a coiled product, then there are far better options out there for a much cheaper price.
The DreamCloud is the clear winner today.