Solaire Bed Mattress Review 2021Updated on August 14, 2019 While all product recommendations are chosen independently, we may receive compensation for purchases made through our site. Learn more about how we make money here.
The Solaire airbed is made by Saatva, one of the very first online mattress retailers. The mattress features no less than 50 firmness settings that can be adjusted by inflating or deflating the air chambers.
Saatva built its reputation on its flagship mattress, a luxury innerspring mattress that sells for about half the price of a comparable mattress bought in a store. Saatva has branched out since its inception and now offers mattresses for a variety of sleeping styles. The company also makes the Loom & Leaf memory foam mattress, the Zenhaven Talalay latex mattress, and the Saatva HD mattress for heavier sleepers.
The Solaire is Saatva’s first airbed. It features two comfort layers and a quiet inflation mechanism for a functional yet elegant feel. Like Saatva’s other mattresses, the Solaire airbed is handcrafted in the USA using eco-friendly materials.
Wondering if this could be the mattress you’re looking for? Read our Solaire mattress review to find out everything you need to know about the Solaire mattress.
In-depth Saatva Solaire Mattress Review
Mattress Sizing and Pricing
The Solaire’s twin XL and full mattress sizes come with a single air chamber, while bigger sizes come with an individual air chamber on each side of the bed. The Solaire mattress is not available in a twin size. Upper Flex beds come with a free set of Lofton Organic Cotton sheets.
Solaire mattress prices include applicable remotes. Saatva offers no discounts apart from a $50 military discount.
|Twin||39″ x 75″||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Twin XL||39″ x 80″||13″||85 lbs||$1,195||N/A|
|Full||54″ x 75″||13″||106 lbs||$2,595||N/A|
|Queen||60″ x 80″||13″||114 lbs||$2,695||$3,295|
|King||76″ x 80″||13″||135 lbs||$3,195||$3,895|
|California King||72″ x 84″||13″||135 lbs||$3,195||N/A|
|Split King||38″ x 80″ (x2)||13″||135 lbs||$3,895||N/A|
Mattress firmness refers to how soft or hard a mattress feels, often described in terms of plush vs. firm. Ideally, a mattress will be plush enough to reduce pressure points and firm enough to provide spinal support.
Depending on your weight, sleeping position, and other factors, you may want a firmer or softer mattress. Everybody has their own individual taste when it comes to mattress firmness, and what works for one person might not feel right for another.
To better pinpoint the firmness of a mattress we usually assign it an approximate rating out of 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. The Saatva Solaire mattress has 50 firmness options to choose from. These range from about a 4 to an 8 on the subjective firmness scale. Firmness is adjusted by inflating or deflating the air chambers, and it’s measured in mm/Hg, a precise pressure rating. The firmness will also change depending on whether you have the plush memory foam or the firmer latex on top.
It may take you a few nights to find the firmness that works best. In general, side sleepers and lighter sleepers prefer a plusher mattress that will reduce pressure points. Heavier sleepers and stomach sleepers usually prefer a firmer mattress that won’t sag too much in the hip area. Back sleepers and average weight sleepers will likely fall somewhere in between.
The Saatva Solaire mattress only ships to the contiguous US. Currently, the Solaire mattress is only available for purchase on Saatva’s website.
In total, the Saatva Solaire mattress has six layers. The memory foam and latex comfort layers can be flipped according to whether you prefer more of a “hug” or a “bouncy” feel.
The organic cotton Euro pillow top has an organic gold damask trim and an organic cotton cover for added breathability.
The first comfort layer is 1 inch tall and is made of Talalay latex with 5-zone back support, featuring a denser latex in the middle third of the mattress. Talalay latex is resilient and breathable, as well as naturally hypoallergenic.
A second comfort layer made of gel-infused memory foam provides contouring pressure relief and spinal support. The gel also helps ensure a cooler sleeping experience compared with traditional memory foam. This layer is 2 inches tall.
Underneath this is a moisture barrier that protects the internal components against bacteria, increasing the longevity of the mattress and making sure you have the healthiest sleep environment possible.
Then come the air chambers. By letting more or less air into the chambers, the firmness increases or decreases. This is an almost silent process and the pump is not visible. There are a total of 50 firmness layers, measured in mm/Hg.
The air chambers are constructed with vulcanized rubber, which is extra-strong and capable of withstanding multiple inflations and deflations. Thanks to the multi-directional box baffle design, the mattress provides consistent support all across its surface area and perimeter no matter what the firmness level. Twin XL and full mattresses have a single air chamber, while bigger mattresses have separate air chambers on each side.
The base layer is composed of a power edge enclosure with a layer of HD polyfoam and an in-rail air inflator. This built-in design keeps the inflation mechanism out of sight and allows the air chambers to be inflated and deflated with minimal noise.
The firmness is controlled with a wired remote. Beds with more than one air chamber are individually controlled with a separate remote for each side. Only one remote can be used at a time. Aside from “firmer” and “softer” options the remote also has a “bedfill” button, as well as a memory button that stores your favorite firmness level so you can easily return to it.
With the queen and king sizes, there’s also the option of buying an “upper flex” model. Upper flex mattresses are split down the middle, and the upper half of each side of the mattress can be raised and lowered separately. This option is meant to be paired with an adjustable base, such as Saatva’s Lineal base. Regardless of whether you choose upper flex or not, queen and king-size mattresses will always have two air chambers with individually controlled firmness levels.
Solaire mattresses come with free White Glove delivery in the contiguous US. Saatva also offers the option for old mattress removal at no additional cost – just select this option at checkout.
Mattresses are made to order. After making the mattress, Saatva will call to schedule delivery of the mattress (and foundation, if applicable) to your house. Shipping times vary according to location but you should expect to receive your mattress around 7-15 days after placing your order. Saatva works with 145 fulfillment centers across the US.
The mattress comes shrink-wrapped and rolled up in a box. If you selected White Glove delivery, Saatva will take care of the complete setup, including filling the air chambers. After this, the mattress is ready to go and all you need to do is find your ideal firmness level.
Saatva provides 24/7 phone and chat support.
The Solaire mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial. You can return the mattress if you don’t like it for any reason during this period. Saatva will come to pick up the mattress and give you a full refund, minus a $99 fee to cover labor and gas.
Saatva offers a 25-year pro-rated warranty on the Solaire mattress. In the first five years all parts and labor costs are covered; for years 5-15 the labor costs are still covered. After their fifth year owning the mattress,, transportation costs will be charged to the customer, as will a percentage of the value of the replacement parts.
If they prefer, customers can opt for the Fairness Replacement Option whereby the company will replace the mattress for a percentage of the original price. In this case, Saatva charges no extra transportation or delivery fees. For more details on the Solaire mattress warranty, click here.
The plush pillow top and memory foam layer provide contouring and pressure relief. The 5-zone latex enhances lumbar support and prevents the hips and shoulders from sinking in too far and throwing your spine out of alignment. This enhanced lumbar support design has a seal of approval from the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations.
The pillow top cover and memory foam comfort layer give the mattress a plush feel, regardless of the firmness level you choose. Memory foam is known for its ability to conform exactly to the shape of your body. Although it’s buried beneath the pillow top cover, the memory foam comfort layer will help with pressure relief. You can increase the conforming properties of the mattress by putting the memory foam layer on top of the latex.
The breathable cotton cover, gel-infused memory foam, and ventilated Talalay latex help the mattress sleep cool.
Saatva uses high-quality materials in the Solaire mattress. The moisture barrier protects the internal components, which will increase the longevity of the mattress.
Suitability for Sex
The latex comfort layer provides some bounce to counteract the contouring effects of the memory foam. Most people will have no trouble moving around on top of this mattress. Putting the latex comfort layer on top of the memory foam will increase resilience.
The Solaire won’t perform as well as an all-foam mattress on motion isolation. However, it does fairly well. The memory foam helps absorb motion, and the separate air chambers for each side on queen and king beds help keep motion on one side of the bed.
The baffle design in the air chambers helps distribute the air evenly and ensures support around the perimeter of the bed. The HD polyfoam and power edge enclosure on in the base layer lend extra support to the perimeter.
Even on the lower firmness settings, the edge support is decent when lying in bed. You may feel the edges collapse a tiny amount when you’re sitting on the edge of the bed on a softer setting. For better edge support, choose a higher firmness level.
Saatva is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. The cover of the Solaire airbed is made with hypoallergenic 100% organic cotton and treated with Guardin® antimicrobial fabric treatment. The eco-friendly Talalay latex carries the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification, which guarantees it to be free from harmful substances. All foams are CertiPUR-US certified, meaning they are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and free from PBDEs, ozone depleters, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, and other heavy metals. You may notice some slight off-gassing odors when the mattress arrives, but these should dissipate quickly and are not harmful.
Like most airbeds, the Solaire will make a little noise when inflating and deflating. This should be mitigated by the integrated rail system, but very sensitive sleepers will want to keep this in mind.
How Do Customers Rate the Solaire?
As the Solaire was launched just this year, reviews are still coming in and it will be a bit until we have longer term feedback on how the bed performs over time.
|Saatva.com||4.9/5 (though Saatva does not specify if this rating average is for the Solaire or all Saatva mattresses)|
What Type of Sleeper Is Well Suited to a Saatva Solaire?
Side Sleepers: Side sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds will find the Solaire mattress provides good pressure relief. Lightweight and average weight sleepers may find the mattress a little on the firm side. It may help to put the memory foam layer on top.
Back Sleepers: The Solaire mattress reduces pressure points under the hips when sleeping on your back, while the 5-zone latex ensures good lumbar support. This holds true across all weight categories.
Stomach Sleepers: Lightweight and average-weight stomach sleepers may find they sink into the comfort layers. Putting the latex on top may help. Heavyweight stomach sleepers who choose a firm setting should have a comfortable experience.
|Under 130 lbs||130-230 lbs||Above 230 lbs|
|Side Sleepers||Fair||Good||Very Good|
|Back Sleepers||Good||Very Good||Very Good|
Customer Service: In general, customers are very satisfied with Saatva’s customer service. Agents do not earn a commission, so they are less likely to pressure you into buying a mattress. Problems tend to be solved in a satisfactory manner and customers leave happy.
Reputation: Saatva built its reputation on providing its flagship innerspring mattress for about half the price of comparable in-store luxury mattresses. It continues to be one of the leading online mattress retailers today.
BBB Rating: Saatva has been BBB accredited since 2011 and has an A+ rating.
Years in Business: Saatva launched its first mattress in 2010. The Solaire mattress was launched in 2019.
Physical Stores: Saatva does not have any physical stores or showrooms. The company maintains that trying a mattress for five minutes is not an effective way of knowing how it will feel to sleep on it.
The Solaire mattress is priced very reasonably for an airbed. The plush pillowtop and memory foam comfort layer give the mattress some contouring, while the air chambers and latex comfort layer provide resilience for sex or changing sleeping positions.
The Solarie also sleeps cool and Saatva has made an effort to be eco-friendly in its choice of materials. Although it’s a new product, the 25-year warranty and quality materials indicate the Solaire airbed should have a long lifespan.
With its superior motion isolation and individually controlled air chambers in the queen and king sizes, the Solaire mattress is the perfect choice for couples. The ability to change firmness levels may also be convenient for people who foresee their preferences changing, such as pregnant women.
Saatva prides itself on its customer service, and the generous 120-night sleep trial should give you ample time to determine whether the Solaire mattress is right for you.