Last Updated on January 1, 2023
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It’s been 6 weeks now that I have been using the Leesa mattress, and I think it’s about time I wrote up my findings. It’s a review that I have been very excited about putting forward because as Leesa Sleep becomes increasingly established in this industry, people’s curiosity about their products increases too, therefore creating the necessity of an independent, extensive and unbiased Leesa mattress review.
I know plenty of people who aren’t as enthusiastic as I am about shopping for a new mattress. It can be confusing weighing all the options, especially when some brands have several models to test.
Many people spend time searching for what they believe is the best mattress for the money, without knowing for sure if they want a specific material, and whether or not they need a soft or firm bed. It’s important to understand the difference because the type of material and firmness can make or break your comfort level throughout the night and into the morning. More important to note is the fact your mattress has a strong correlation between the quality of sleep or lack of it.
Although not every all-around mattress like the Leesa on review here will be a good fit for everyone, I was intrigued when I read about how many people got a peaceful night’s sleep on it, and I was eager to check this out for myself.
Before we get into the bread and butter of the review, here are a few brief pointers of the Leesa to summarize some of the most important factors when it comes to choosing a mattress:
- Feel: This is a good choice for those who like a medium-firm surface to sleep on. Not too hard to cause discomfort, and not too soft to sink in. Those who are after a plush mattress will need to look for an alternative.
- Material: Made with Avena® and memory foam, the two materials combine to make a neat blend of three layers which form the inner core.
- Sleep Position: Perfect for sleeping on your side or back, being an all-round solution which appeals to the masses, the Leesa Mattress has been cleverly designed to suit the two most common sleeping positions.
- Budget: Leesa falls on a mid-range pricing level which may be on the higher end of the budget for some, but costs less than many other top mattress brands.
- Warranty and Trial Period: Leesa Sleep gives customers 100 nights to test their new bed-in-a-box purchase, which is better than the 20 minutes or so that you may spend in a showroom. Also, each Leesa Mattress will be covered by a 10-year warranty, which is comparable to other top brands.
A Little About Leesa
Leesa Sleep is a US-based company that has been established since 2014. They specialize in not just mattresses, but most other areas of bedding too. Their products include an adjustable base, foundation, hybrid pillow, sheets, blankets, and more.
At the moment Leesa Sleep has two mattresses in their entire range. The mattress on review here is simply known as Leesa. The other is known as the Sapira, which is a much newer hybrid mattress that we hope to review in the near future.
At this time, Leesa Sleep only ships within the United States, Canada, Germany, and the UK.
Ordering and Shipping
Some people may wonder why this section should be in a mattress review. However, I feel it necessary to include because the whole experience is more than just the mattress we sleep on once it arrives. Factors such as customer service (before and after purchasing), ease of ordering, and delivery should all be scrutinized in order to evaluate and review a product.
From the outset, ordering my Leesa Mattress online was a breeze. Their website is fast, informative, easy to navigate and has all the information required for the average consumer to learn enough about why they should order one. Sizes and prices are clear, and so is their FAQ section. The live chat works well; I was connected to an analyst within seconds of initiating a chat (there were a few questions I had, which were answered accurately and quickly.
My order confirmation said it would take 4 – 7 business days to build, compress, and box the mattress before shipping it directly to me. However, from placing the order, to having it delivered to my door was just 3 days. I wasn’t home when UPS came to deliver, but luckily it was left with my trusted neighbor.
Leesa offers a “bed-in-a-box” solution, which is a very popular option for manufacturers nowadays. As you can see from the inset image, it comes delivered straight to the front door and is easily carried into place. The box wasn’t damaged at all. I stress this fact because the last mattress I ordered which came in a box, was more like half of a box. Most of it was torn and hanging, making it harder to maneuver around the house. However, the Leesa box was still fully intact, meaning the carry handles were actually usable.
Setting It Up
If you have never purchased or seen a bed-in-a-box mattress, you may be wondering how to set things up. After all, if you have purchased a King size and on delivery day you see a small oblong box arrive, it could be somewhat confusing, to say the least. Not to worry, provided your box arrives intact you will see setup instructions on the inner lid. If you don’t, here they are below:
Unbox – Carefully disassemble the box whilst on its side to reveal the rolled up package within. Below you can see an image of the compressed and rolled mattress with all of its packaging and in its upright position.
Position – If you have ever needed to transport a mattress you’ll remember how heavy they are – and this one is no different. The Queen size weighed at least 50kg. It took two people to position out of the box and onto my relatively low lying wooden slats.
Unwrap – Unfold and roll out the mattress across the bed base, ensuring the white stripes are facing towards your feet (unlike in the picture below. We did swap around after realizing it was supposed to be the other way round). You will need something sharp to cut away the vacuum packaging. We used scissors, but be careful not to cut the fabric cover.
Expand – Slowly you will see the new mattress rise and expand into its full glory. The Leesa is supposed to be 10 inches thick. Mine expanded to its full height within about 30 mins. However, it’s normal to wait much longer. At this point, you will notice a strong smell. This is known as off-gassing and is entirely normal for foam mattresses. Leave a window open, and the smell will quickly be forgotten about.
Sleep – It’s best to wait several hours before sleeping on any foam mattress, but I didn’t see this clarified anywhere regarding the Leesa.
Features & Benefits Of A Leesa Mattress
Now that we have covered the basics, let’s discuss more in-depth the mattress on review here.
The Leesa is one that has gained a lot of attention in recent years. The brand has two in its range that’s meant to provide comfort and a better night’s sleep to a majority of people, which is unlike other brands who have several types with different firmness levels that cater to individual needs. For some, this may seem like a restrictive brand or approach, but, the Leesa Mattress uses Universal Adaptive Feel technology that’s meant to cater to most body types and sleeping needs, and does so very well.
This isn’t the first Leesa Mattress review online to state the comfort and quality is comparable to luxury mattresses from top brands. Although the main factors mentioned above may not appeal to everyone, there are many benefits to this mattress that makes it stand out among its competitors, which we discuss below:
10″ Of Foam Layers With Innovative Construction
The Leesa Mattress is made entirely with foam layers, albeit the Avena® is comparable to latex and a cheaper alternative, but it may not be the perfect fit for people who prefer latex mattresses. The innovative construction of its layers makes the 10″ thick mattress not only comfortable with just the right amount of sinking, but also more breathable and supportive than many others in the arena. The three different layers that create the mattress are as follows:
Made of high-density foam, the 6″ thick bottom layer is the largest and acts as the base to help support your body and keep the bed stabilized.
The middle layer is a 2″ thick memory foam material that helps relieve pressure points by providing the perfect amount of sinking and support.
The 2″ top layer has channels that help the bed have a bouncy yet supportive feel, and to retain shape during and after usage. Additionally, these channels allow air to circulate through the construction to keep you cooler through the night. This top layer is Avena foam, which is CertiPUR-US Certified, hypoallergenic, and maybe more durable than other foams and materials, like latex.
The three layers together help create the Universal Adaptive Feel on which Leesa Sleep prides itself and its product. This innovative design and construction help support a broad range of body weights, body types, and sleep positions for ultimate comfort throughout the night. Also, Avena® foam is flame-retardant and eco-friendly, so you may sleep better knowing your mattress is safe for you and the environment.
Motion Transfer Isolation
One of the most important things to consider when choosing a new mattress is whether you or your partner will be able to feel the movement of each other through the night. Motion transfer isolation is an important feature when it comes to choosing the best mattress for couples, as motion can seriously disrupt your sleep.
The Leesa bed is an excellent option for sharing couples because of its ability to reduce the amount of feedback or movement you feel. The motion transfer isolation capabilities overall make you less able to feel your partner’s movement. Memory foam mattresses tend to outshine innerspring in this area, but Leesa Sleep’s innovative foam layer construction helps reduce the feeling of movement further.
Part of Leesa’s ability to keep you still through the night is its thick, stabilizing supportive bottom layer. Unlike innerspring mattresses that tend to create a flow of movement across the surface when one person moves, the Leesa Mattress allows you to move freely on your side without affecting the other.
When you move, the bottom layer keeps everything stable while movements get absorbed by the middle and top layers, keeping the other end of the bed still. The additional Avena® top layer helps provide the bounce expected from a memory foam mattress, but keeps the bounce isolated from the rest of the bed.
The outer cover may not seem like a feature that’s very important to consider when purchasing a mattress, but, having one can extend the mattress lifespan, reduce allergens by keeping it cleaner and protect against sweat and other liquids.
It’s important to note that Leesa does not recommend removing their polyester zippered cover to wash it (even though it is removable). If washed in a machine, the cover could lose its shape or shrink and may be difficult, or impossible, to put back on. Instead, you can clean by spot-treating it with a mild detergent and a small amount of water. If you want a washable and removable cover, you can place a mattress pad or protector over the Leesa for added hygiene and protection. Just be sure to look for something that’s hypoallergenic to protect your health through the night.
The four stripe iconic cover still acts as a protective barrier between the mattress and the outside world, keeping the foam free from sweat, spills, and other damaging particles that can live inside your mattress core.
The cover is soft to the touch, and its ribbed design provides extra comfort in addition to the already comfortable foam layers. The sleek, striped look of the cover is no doubt popular and stands out among the plain white designs of other mattresses. You can also choose from the ArtLifting Limited Edition cover, designed by artist Scott Benner. A portion of the proceeds from this option goes toward ArtLifting, an organization that helps those in poverty.
Cool, Breathable Construction and Technology
Thanks to the 3-layer foam design and utilization of an Avena® top layer, the Leesa Mattress provides a cooling experience throughout the night. The Avena® channels help air circulate through the uppermost portion where you feel heat retention the most. Thankfully, that means your mattress will be less likely to retain any body heat because the open channels will help more cooling air through the layers.
The top of the Avena® foam layer also has indents to help further cool air working its way through the bed to keep you from overheating. With the addition of the polyester cover that stays cool to the touch, you may find the Leesa Mattress feels much cooler from the night’s start to finish than other similar foam mattresses.
Dedicated To Giving Back
Another positive note is the Leesa One-Ten program. I was intrigued when I saw that they are dedicated to giving back to the community by donating one mattress to organizations that help the homeless and less fortunate out of every ten mattresses it sells to customers.
Leesa also partners with non-profit organizations that help at-risk youth and adults start a better life for themselves by getting them off the streets and into good homes and jobs. Non-profit organizations can apply to become a part of Leesa’s donation community if they are 501(c)(3) non-profits. Chosen organizations will receive custom-made mattresses from Leesa, which is made possible because customers make Leesa purchases.
Mattress donations aren’t the only way Leesa provides support for communities. The company also partners with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees where they’re needed most. Every time a customer orders a mattress, Leesa donates one tree to the organization. Additionally, they even support local organizations through volunteering their time and resources.
Although Leesa’s giving nature doesn’t affect the feel of your mattress, it could help you decide between similar brands on the market. There is a certain element of respect for businesses that give back to the community, especially when brands of similar price point and caliber are not engaging in this type of help.
If after reading this review you’re still not sure that this mattress can meet your needs, you can always give the Leesa Mattress a try for 100 nights, risk-free.
Some brands don’t have trial offers, and those who do are often less than Leesa Sleep’s trial. A long in-home trial gives you plenty of time to see if the purchase meets your needs long-term, as many mattresses can feel completely different 30-60 days after the first night’s sleep.
Leesa Mattress Alternatives
If you’re like me, you like to do a little bit of digging before you settle on one brand of anything when you shop, especially for big purchases like a mattress. Since I like to know some comparable brands and products to what I’m searching for, I thought I’d give you some information about good alternatives to the Leesa Mattress.
These companies offer popular choices that may be good for people who haven’t sold themselves on the Leesa Mattress, or just want to do a bit more research before deciding:
Tuft and Needle
Like Leesa, Tuft and Needle have two types of mattresses in different sizes to fit your bed. The Tuft and Needle mattress (known as the T&N Original) is also meant to fit most body types and sleep positions, but it’s a bit firmer than Leesa, so it may not provide enough sinking for stomach sleepers.
- Materials: Leesa has the upper hand by using Avena® memory foam to keep its mattress cool, breathable, and comfortable. Tuft and Needle’s mattress has a bit less foam, but it’s all GreenGuard certified for a healthy indoor environment.
- Variety: Leesa Sleep has two mattresses to offer, and as of recent Tuft and Needle only had one. However, T&N have recently released their new Tuft and Needle Mint. Both brands offer different sizes, from Twin to California King.
- Warranty and Trial: Tuft and Needle and Leesa offer excellent trial policies where you can test your new mattress in your home for 100 nights to ensure that it’s a good fit. They both have 10-year warranties, which are standard for many mattress companies.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly alternative to the Leesa Mattress, this option is certainly a good choice.
As well as mattresses, Purple offers several sleeping products, from bed frames to pillows. Like Leesa and the T&N, the Purple Bed is a universal mattress with sizes from Twin XL to California King. But, unlike traditional memory foam or spring mattresses, Purple uses Hyper-Elastic Polymer to create pressure-relieving comfort on your joints throughout the night.
This material helps support bodies of many shapes and sizes by stretching itself and distributing weight evenly. Purple uses the innovative material on the top layer, which also remains temperature-neutral to keep you cooler at night. Underneath the top layer is two layers of high-density foam to cushion, support, and stabilize the bed.
- Materials: The Leesa bed consists of memory foam and a unique Avena® top layer for comfort and breathability. The Purple Mattress has a unique Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer designed to outlast the competition and keep your mattress from sagging.
- Variety: Both brands offer two types of mattresses, in various sizes. Purple has recently released their All-New Purple mattress, which is a hybrid addition.
- Warranty and Trial: Leesa and Purple both offer a 100-night trial and a 10-year warranty. They will replace your mattress for free if there’s a manufacturing error.
Purple may be a good choice if you’re looking for something different than memory foam or a spring mattress. Purple’s unique top layer may give you the fast response you want when you climb in or out of bed. There’s no harm in trying the 100-night trial to see if you like it.
Leesa vs Ghostbed
Ghostbed is another brand offering a universal mattress to customers. At 11 inches, the Ghostbed Mattress is one-inch thicker than Leesa, which could be a pro or con, depending on how high your bed frame is. Both mattresses have a medium-firm feel that may be ideal for back and side sleepers to provide comfort while supporting the joints. The Ghostbed has a bit more support in its latex and dense foam layers, which could be best for large body types and higher weights.
- Materials: Comparing Leesa vs Ghostbed will indicate they have a similar construction with three layers. Ghostbed’s top layer is a 1.5 inch of natural latex provides extra support and cushion, whereas Leesa utilizes specialist foam on its top layer for cushion, bounce, and breathability.
- Variety: Both brands offer two mattresses in various sizes. Ghostbed has recent,y released the new GhostBed Luxe, which unlike the All-New Purple or Leesa’s Sapira, the Luxe is a gel foam mattress focussed heavily on cooling.
- Warranty and Trial: Offering 101 nights, Ghostbed provides one extra night over Leesa’s 100-night trial and double the warranty at 20 years, which is one of the best warranties around.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Leesa that may help support a large frame while still offering plenty of comfort and bounce, I recommend trying out the Ghostbed Mattress, at least for its 101-night trial. The likelihood is that you will not be disappointed.
The Leesa attempts to solve the problem of finding the perfect mattress for different sleeping positions and body types. This can be difficult to achieve for couples, especially to find a bed that each partner finds comfortable. However, based on my own sleep trial and findings, the Leesa Mattress may be one of the best choices to meet the needs of both partners.
Leesa’s not only a socially-conscious brand by donating time and products to those in need, but more importantly, it’s incredibly focused on helping you sleep better. By using quality materials like Avena® foam, the mattress provides support, cooling technology, and ultimate comfort to a broad range of sleepers. The adaptive feel contours and support gloriously throughout the night. It’s been a hot summer, and I can safely say the cooling properties this one provides is working fine too.
Shopping for the perfect mattress may become much easier if you decide to take a chance with the Leesa mattress. The right purchase can leave you feeling more comfortable through the night, allowing you to sleep longer and without disturbances, helping you get up in the morning with fewer aches, pains, and stiffness.
If you think the Leesa Mattress may be the one you’ve been looking for, be sure to check the latest Leesa coupons and codes for huge savings off your next purchase.
Leesa Mattress Ratings
- Good motion isolation
- Great support for back and side sleepers
- Lovely soft, removable and washable cover
- Leesa donate returns to children in need
- Friendly customer care team
- A tad firm for stomach sleepers
Lindsay is a contributor and the senior editor of all content posted on this site. She is in this role due to her somewhat unrivaled expertise through previous retail experience in the mattress and bedding industry.