I want to start this review of the Sapira mattress a bit differently than most reviews I do. Yes, I love this mattress, and the review will be overwhelmingly positive, but I want to begin focused on the fact that Sapira not only makes a great mattress but also does good in the world as part of their corporate mission.
In recent years, I’ve become increasingly committed to trying to have my money match my commitments. In other words, I have been increasingly committed to doing business with companies whose corporate ethos reflect my values. More pointedly, I have frequently resisted making purchases from firms that do not reflect my values. So when I saw the corporate commitments that are actively pursued by Sapira I was immediately inclined toward this company.
9,000+ Mattresses Donated & Counting
On the product website, the company proudly states, “We are proud to join Leesa Sleep’s industry leading social impact programs. We donate one mattress for every ten we sell. We partner with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every mattress we sell. We donate our time and resources to help support local, national, and international non-profits. We “meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems” to further our mission to provide a better place to sleep for everybody.
David Wolfe, CEO of Leesa Sleep sums up the rationale for this remarkable corporate approach stating, “Giving back to our community is a privilege we never take for granted. It adds a sense of purpose to our goals.”
In a nation where 3.5 million Americans will experience homelessness this year. This is the kind of corporate commitment that I can respect. It is the type of company I am happy to help promote… so long as the products they sell are worth supporting. The good news is, the Sapira mattress is.
Greg and I have previously reviewed some “beds in a box.” They have all received positive reviews because they have all be quality mattresses. As is the case with the previously reviewed mattresses, the Sapira mattress comes in a box. It, however, takes a different approach than what I have seen in the past. You see, while the other mattresses are a combination of foam and other materials. The Sapira is what I would refer to as a hybrid mattress. Yes, it makes good use of memory foam. Unlike the other mattresses, however, the Sapira also has pocket springs.
So the Sapira mattress comes compressed in a box but, like the traditional mattresses I have had in the past, the Sapira mattress also has springs. I couldn’t imagine how this was possible, after all, the thing comes in a box!!- but Sapira found a way to make it work.
So we have a company that does good in society, ships beds in a box AND found a way to make the bed-in-a-box also have springs for extra comfort and support. But there is more. The Sapira mattress was entirely designed, and is manufactured, in America!
So let’s take a look at how the Sapira mattress is made and then talk about the mattress’ comfort.
The company factory in Mississippi and was “purposefully built.” Having a plant of their own design right here in the US isn’t just about the positive PR of being “built in America.” It is, to my mind, a positive but is also means the company can control the entire process in a hands-on manner. It also means the mattresses don’t need to be shipped from overseas. That saves money AND resources. The result is that they can keep prices down and pass those savings along to the consumer.
The first step in creating the mattress has to do with the springs. They take thousands of tons of scrap steel that is brought in on rail cars and send it to the Illinois to be processed in the largest furnace in North America. (It is worth noting that almost half of the steel they use is made from recycled automobiles.) The furnace heats the tons scrap metal to over 3000 degrees and creates a molten steel. (How hot is that!?!)
The molten steel is then turned into billets which, in turn, are milled into rods. The rods are then passed through a series of dies in order to stretch them into increasingly thin lengths of wire. This is not, however, any old wire. No, the company spent significant time experimenting with various sizes in order to arrive at the perfect gauge for their purpose. They note that a 20-foot billet of solid compressed steel can be turned into coiled wire that is over 181,000 feet long. (For those of you playing at home that is just over 34 miles!!)
The coiled wire is then processed by a special machine that gives it a final deep cleaning, coats it and then tests it for strength and continuity. After this process is completed, the processed wire is machined into the springs. A 20-foot billet of recycled steel billet can create about 10,000 springs.
Once the pocket brings are done, they are used to create a spring core that will be the primary structure of the mattress. Even here Sapira found a way to innovate, however. As they explain,
A standard mattress construction would feature a foam encasement which can leave the edges with less support and integrity. Our pocket spring technology takes the springs right to the edge of the mattress. This means that the mattress feels the same whether you’re sleeping on it or sitting right on the edge providing good edge support.
I tested this out and found it to be true. When sitting on the edge of the bed, you still get decent support rather than the sag that is common at the edge of most mattresses.
The pocket springs are only one part of the mattress, however. Sapira also uses performance foams. The foam, like the coil springs, is manufacturer right here in the good ol’ USA.
Once the springs and the foam are married together the mattress is wrapped in fabric. It will come as no surprise at this point that the fabric is 100% USA made. What may come as a surprise is the fact that, for consistency and comfort sake a single length of fabric is used. It is “beautifully knitted and tailored to hug the mattress and your body.” Then, as an added touch, the fabric is quilting and a “signature ‘pattern’ of life stripes” is added. Sapira notes that the quilting and life stripes add “to the elegance and comfort that connoisseurs of life cherish.” Honestly, this marketing speak goes a bit too far for me. After all, the “life stripes” are covered by a mattress cover and sheets, so I honestly don’t see the point. But… to each his or her own!
The mattress is, as you see, a complex system of layers that are designed to create a premium mattress at a reasonable price. As Sapira explains:
The combination of an exclusive pocket spring core, memory foam, and a highly responsive top layer creates the comfort and support you need.
It is also worth noting that the Sapira mattress can be used with a solid platform, a solid box spring or foundation, a bunkie board on a traditional box spring or a slatted base. That kind of flexibility means you can fit the Sapira into whatever your current bedroom setup may be.
Okay, so that’s all about how the mattress is made. Let’s talk about the experience.
The mattress arrived in a large box. I had recently broken two ribs and punctured a lung, so I was not about the wrestle it into my house. A few neighbors came over and hoisted the box upstairs and set it on the bed frame. I cut open the box and then released the mattress from the plastic that was compressing it.
It quickly increased in size and, before I knew it, there was a king mattress where, just minutes before, there had been a box. It is worth noting that, for some reason, the Sapira mattress achieved its full size far more quickly than the previous beds-in-a-box I have reviewed.
It also did not have the pungent chemical odor that I experienced with previous mattresses.
I positioned the mattress, put the mattress cover on it, and then made the bed.
The first time I sat on it, I could tell the difference. The Sapira of soft and comfortable but offers plenty of support. Clearly, the combination of steel coils AND foam makes a difference. The first night sleeping on it was great. I slept like a baby. And that had been my experience since. I love this mattress. Raina, on the other hand, likes it a lot more than the one we had previously but is still on the fence about it. It is not that she doesn’t like the mattress, she does, but, she isn’t gushing about it the way I am.
The Sapira is a premium product. As a result, while it is still less expensive than most other premium mattresses currently on the market, it is priced higher than many, if not all, if the other “bed-in-a-box products that are currently available. Twin has a regular price of $975. The queen is $1475. And the king is $1775. The company offers a few other sizes as well, and there are frequent sales that can save you a few bucks. You can check them out here.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the Sapira Mattress
What I Like: Comes in a box within a few days; Free trial to determine if you like it or not; Premium materials combine to create a premium mattress; Comfortable — I love it, Raina likes it; Company does serious good as it grows its bottom line
What Needs Improvement: Not sure about the Life Stripe thing; Priced higher than many other mattresses that might be considered direct competitors (I don’t see them as entirely comparable.)