Comprehensive Saatva Youth Mattress Review

The Saatva Youth mattress is layered with supportive foam, dual-sided coils, and zoned support for a luxury feel you probably will not be able to find in another children’s mattress.

The addition sizes such as the Full-size help make this a youth mattress that your child can grow up with.

This is a good mattress to lead your children into premium mattresses down the road like the Saatva Classic and Saatva Solaire!

The Saatva Youth is extremely durable and should last your child for a long time.

What Type of Mattress is the Saatva Youth Mattress?

View of the saatva youth mattress with a child on it

It can be hard finding a mattress for children that is made durably and built with natural materials (with no harsh chemicals).

The Saatva Youth provides a strong construction made of organic cotton and strong coils.

The mattress will not sag or deteriorate before it is time to get a new one for your child.

How Firm is this Mattress?

The dual-sided Saatva Youth mattress has differing levels of firmness depending on the side you are using.

The side built for younger children is plush and softer for more comfortable support.

On the other side is a firmer design because it uses a thicker foam for better support.

This mattress is made for any type of sleeper since children tend to move around a lot while sleeping.

How Many Layers Does it Have?

The Saatva Youth includes four layers in its design.

Starting with the base layer of high-density foam, this is the same foam that is used in Saatva’s adult mattresses for support.

The next layer is made up of strong coils interwoven with active wire to promote better sleep posture.

Onto the next is a 5-zone layer of support (as found in the Saatva HD as well) to better contour the pressure points of a sleeping child.

The last layer is a 100% organic cotton layer that provides breathability.

This top layer is water-resistant and provides a waterproof barrier inside of it.

View of the saatva youth mattress layers

In summary:

  1. High-density support foam.
  2. Dual-sided coil unit.
  3. 5-zone support layer.
  4. Organic cotton cover.

Does the Saatva Youth Mattress Sleep Hot?

Because of its breathable cotton and interwoven coils, the Saatva Youth is a suitable option for children that overheat at night while sleeping.

This mattress is water-resistant and is naturally cool to better maintain a neutral sleeping temperature to keep your child sleeping throughout the night.

In all reality, this mattress sleeps cooler than most mattresses. 

How is Motion Transfer and Sinkage?

View of the saatva youth mattress with the printed logo

Surprisingly, even though the mattress has a fairly thick layer of coils, motion transfer is fairly limited.

This is a good feature, as children tend to move around a lot at night.

Because the mattress is built to be flipped at a certain point, there is also limited sinkage – just enough to be comfortable, but not enough that your child will feel stuck in the mattress.

Additionally, the support of the mattress lends to good edge support as well.

Does the Saatva Youth Mattress Smell When New?

The Saatva Youth is made with no harmful chemicals and covered with organic cotton – that means there will never be a time that the mattress will need to off-gas.

Most mattresses are wrapped in layers of plastic and decompressed so much that they retain the fumes for days after they have been opened.

Thankfully, this is never something you need to worry about with the Saatva Youth.

Does it Require a Foundation?

It is always a good idea to use some sort of foundation for a mattress.

The Saatva Youth works well with box springs, platform beds, or even adjustable bases.

If you are looking to stay within the Saatva family, they offer two foundation options based on height for the Saatva Youth.

What Type of Cover does it Have?

The Saatva Youth utilizes an organic cotton topping that is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial for a cover.

It is breathable and soft, with a waterproof barrier on the inside and water-resistant finish to protect from spills or accidents.

However, we would still recommend using a mattress protector for children!

The Saatva Youth’s hypoallergenic and antimicrobial cover protects your child from dust and mold, as well as being water-resistant and internally waterproof.

How Durable is the Saatva Youth Mattress?

Children can be extremely hard on their mattresses.

That being said, the Saatva Youth is built to last this wear and tear and is very durable.

Instead of needing to replace your child’s mattress every few years, you should have no issues with the Saatva Youth mattress lasting a long time.

Not to mention, it is created with no harmful chemicals like many other mattresses.

Warranty & Trial Period of the Saatva Youth Mattress

View of the saatva youth mattress with a teddy bear on it

With its 15-year warranty, you do not have to worry about defects either!

Since children can be picky, it is also nice that they have 180-nights to decide whether or not they like the mattress feel and support.

Or, as a parent, you can decide for them!

This mattress also comes with free delivery and white-glove in-home setup!

How Much Does the Saatva Youth Mattress Cost?

The following is the price list as of today:

Compared to the amount of money you might spend on replacing cheaper mattresses through the years for your child, we think this is a fair price on the Saatva Youth.

Although the sizes do not go past the full size, your child may not actually need a bigger bed before they move out of the house!

Pricewise, we think that it is a good deal for all the benefits that come with the Saatva Youth for not only your child but your peace of mind as well.

Saatva Youth Mattress Review – Our Verdict

As children are growing, their sleeping habits can change a lot through each phase.

Because of this, you need a responsive mattress that will stick around for the long haul – and the Saatva Youth is a decent option for it.

Its multiple layers and rather complex design (especially for a children’s mattress), it offers comfort and support while your child figures out its sleeping habits through each developmental phase.


Sam Fisher

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Sam Fisher

Updated at August 11, 2020