Leesa Mattress Review
Leesa company policy
Leesa is one of the most popular, bestselling bed-in-a-box mattress brands on the market. Founded in 2014, they set out to build a direct-to-consumer brand aimed at giving people the best possible night’s sleep. Every mattress from Leesa is made to order – but it also makes a difference.
The guys at Leesa understand that a good night’s sleep can be life-changing – and so they have donated over 36 000 mattresses to children and families in need. They are B Corp certified, which means they adhere to high social and environmental standards. In addition to their social projects, they also utilize recycled materials where they can, their headquarters are powered by renewables, their mattresses feature organic materials, and they are conscientious around delivery distances. Now, these are the kinds of things that help you sleep at night!
Shipping: You get free shipping across all 50 states using FedEx Ground. Mattresses are made to order, so allow two to three business days for it to be made and packaged and an additional three to six business days from when it leaves the warehouse. If you opt to go for white-glove delivery at an additional fee, shipping may take a bit longer.
Old mattress removal: Leesa offers white-glove delivery and old mattress removal for a fee.
Payment accepted, financing: Leesa has six, 12, or 18-month financing options available on their website – powered by Affirm.
Returns and refund: Leesa offers free returns if you decide you don’t want to keep your mattress within the 100-night trial period. They will arrange collection and donation of your mattress and a full refund.
Sleep trial period: Leesa has a 100-night trial period attached to each of their mattresses. They require you to sleep on your new mattress for at least 30 days, however, to give your body time to adjust to the new feel of the bed.
Warranties: If you decide that your new Leesa mattress is for you, all mattresses in the range come with a ten-year warranty.
Packaging and unpacking: No matter which size or model you go for, your Leesa mattress will arrive in a cardboard box. The mattress will be wrapped in plastic, compressed, and rolled and you simply need to remove the packaging, lay it out, and wait for it to take shape.
Smell (off gassing), harmful chemicals: Any compressed bed-in-a-box mattress will release a smell upon unpacking which is called off gassing. We noticed a faint smell with each model, which shouldn’t be too imposing depending on your sensitivity to smell. Keeping your bedroom well-ventilated and with a fan running can help to move the smell along. The foams in these mattresses are also CertiPUR-US certified for safety.
Where are the mattresses made? Leesa mattresses are made in the United States.
Leesa mattress measurements and pricing
- Leesa Original
- Leesa Hybrid
- Leesa Legend
Leesa mattress performance review
The three Leesa mattresses in this review range from the entry-level, all-foam Leesa Original through to the Leesa Hybrid and the top-tier luxury Leesa Legend. They offer three different firmness levels, giving sleepers relatively clear preferences according to sleeper type amongst the three models.
Leesa is remarkably popular. This could come down to the accommodating feel of these beds – with different features. Leesa’s take on the all-foam bed is a responsive mattress with almost a latex-like feel. Love memory foam? It’s got oodles of it with all the benefits of foam – but without that traditional foam feeling.
As you move up to the hybrid models, you continue to get that notch-above-the-rest feeling. Each model will have something to appeal deeply to different sleeper types, with the top model, the Legend, boasting just enough innovation to really grab the attention of the luxury mattress shoppers out there.
Construction layers and materials used
The Leesa Original is one of the top players when it comes to durable all-foam mattresses. This is all about materials. The mattress has a six-inch high-density foam base, with two inches of memory foam for pressure relief and comfort. The top layer of foam, called LSA200 foam, gives the bed its latex-like feel and has open-cell construction for ventilation. There is two inches of this, topped with a twill cover.
Starting from the ground up, the Leesa Hybrid mattress has one inch of high-density polyfoam at its base, followed by six-inch pocketed coils. There are over 1 000 coils in this section of the bed and, while they are bound together for less of that seasick, innerspring motion, they still move independently of each other, which plays a role in isolating motion. Next up is a one-inch layer of transitional foam, which acts as a buffer between the foam layers and coils. The 1.5 inches of memory foam and the top layer of 1.5 inches of cooling premium foam work together to give memory foam’s pressure relief and support with a touch of added responsiveness.
One of the outstanding features of the Leesa Legend is its zoning-type construction within the comfort layers, working together with a dual core design. It is the construction of this bed that gives it its luxury status. Let’s take a closer look.
The foundation of this mattress is one inch of high-density polyfoam and six-inch, 15-gauge pocketed springs. One inch of transitional foam is sandwiched between coils. This mattress has a second layer of 1.5-inch micro-coils, which is zoned with exclusive foam. On top of this is one inch of memory foam and the mattress is capped with Legend’s exclusive comfort foam.
The cover is sustainable, hypoallergenic, and wicks moisture. It is made from Merino wool, organic cotton, and a fiber generated from recycled water bottles (there are 60 recycled bottles that go into a queen-sized Leesa Legend rather than going into the ocean or landfills).
- Leesa Original
- Leesa Hybrid
- Leesa Legend
- Twill Cover
- 2" LSA200 Foam
- 2" Memory Foam
- 6" Polyfoam Foundation
- Hybrid Cover
- 1.5" Cooling Premium Foam
- 1.5" Memory Foam
- 6" Pocketed Coils
- 1" Support Foam
- Merino Wool / Organic Cotton / Recycled Plastic Fiber Cover
- 1" Legend’s Exclusive Comfort Foam
- 1" Memory Foam
- 1.5" Zoned Micro-Coil Layer
- 1" Transitional Foam
- 6" 15-Gauge Pocketed Coils
- 1" High-Density Polyfoam Foundation
Leesa mattresses firmness
Across the board at Leesa, these three mattresses are not going to offer a true soft or a true firm. What does that mean for you? This is something to keep in mind if you have specific needs around spinal alignment when on your back or stomach (this would normally come with a firmer mattress) or pressure relief if you are a side sleeper (who usually enjoy something a little softer.
The firmness profiles of these mattresses, however, are pretty accommodating – skirting the medium mark. This, of course, comes down to your weight, with mattresses feeling a bit firmer to petite people and softer to larger folks.
The Leesa Original is a medium for most average-sized people. It combines the bounce and responsiveness of the top layer with the memory foam characteristics of the second layer to work for just about everyone.
The Leesa Hybrid is between a medium and medium-firm, with the foam offering a margin of pressure relief and the layers working together to be ultra-supportive. It is also really responsive for ease of motion through the night.
The Leesa Legend is between a medium and medium-soft and is phenomenally pressure relieving – with the foam layers, dual-coil system, and zoned design contributing to the softer feel.
MATTRESS FIRMNESS SCALE
|Soft||Medium Soft||Medium||Medium Firm||Firm|
Sleep position, pressure relief and body type
Back Sleepers – If you are a strict back sleeper, your best option will be between the Leesa Original and Leesa Hybrid, with the Leesa Hybrid being the better of the two for someone who sleeps on their back throughout the night – and back sleepers who may be a little heavier. These mattresses are firm enough for support in this position.
Side Sleepers – If you are a strict side sleeper, your primary concern will be pressure relief for your shoulders and hips. The Leesa Original should be just fine for most side sleepers, with the pressure relief of foam doing its job well here. Being a little firmer, strict side sleepers probably won’t find the Leesa Hybrid ideal for their needs. The Leesa Legend, however, is by far the best of the bunch for side sleepers, designed in every way to offer effective, soothing pressure relief to the shoulders and hips – especially through the zoned micro-coil layer.
Stomach Sleepers – Strict stomach sleepers also tend to prefer firmer mattresses. The tendency for the hips to dip into to the mattress in this position can be painful over time on the wrong mattress. The Leesa Original and Leesa Hybrid both provide enough firmness and spinal alignment for stomach sleepers. The Leesa Hybrid performs best here for stomach sleepers.
Combination Sleepers – Depending on your primary sleeping position, all three mattresses work for combination sleepers. The Leesa Original works for all sleeping positions, so combination sleepers of all types will be comfortable across all positions. Being firmer, the Leesa Hybrid works best for back, stomach, and combination sleepers. The Leesa Legend is the best fit for side and combination sleepers.
Heavy Sleepers – Heavy sleepers will find all the Leesa mattresses maybe a bit softer than the firmness profiles outlined above. This is something to think about if you require a mattress with a firmer feel for back and stomach sleeping. While the Leesa Original is one of the best all-foam mattresses for heavier people, a hybrid is still a top choice if you weigh more – offering extra support. Depending on your weight, you should get more than enough pressure relief for side sleeping from the Leesa Original and Legend – and even from the Hybrid, which we wouldn’t say is a great choice for strict side sleepers in the average weight category.
Petite Sleepers – The smaller you are, the firmer the Leesa mattresses will feel. This won’t be a problem if you are on the lookout for firmness as a back, stomach, or combination sleeper. However, it is a crucial consideration for side sleepers. Honing in on the Leesa Hybrid here, strict side sleepers will almost certainly find the mattress too firm; not offering enough pressure relief for shoulders and hips. If you are especially small, this is something to bear in mind for the all-foam Leesa Original too – although we don’t think most people will have any trouble with the pressure relief offered by this mattress. The Leesa Legend would probably be the top option for petite side sleepers and you shouldn’t encounter any issues as a side sleeper here.
Leesa mattress edge support
Edge support is important if you are sharing a bed or if you tend to sleep right on the edge of the mattress. The Leesa Hybrid has the best edge support of the three mattresses in the range and is very good relative to other mattresses on the market. The Leesa Original has average edge support, with a bit of that collapsing feeling when you are right on the side of the mattress. The Leesa Legend has good edge support and you should feel comfortable on the edges of this mattress.
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Leesa mattress temperature regulation
The good news is that you won’t sleep hot on any of these three Leesa mattresses. All three maintain a neutral temperature as you sleep. If you are a hot sleeper, note that they are not actively cooling like some other mattresses on the market, but they do have some features to keep the majority of people at a comfortable temperature.
Firstly, the use of open-cell foams promotes airflow throughout the mattresses. In conjunction with the coils, the hybrid models perform a bit better here and are particularly well-ventilated. The Leesa Legend also has that special cover, with naturally wicking and breathable Merino wool.
Across all three mattresses, the responsiveness also plays in favor of cooling. The more on top of your mattress you sleep, the less contact is made with the materials of the bed – and so the cooler it is. For most average and petite people, this will be a subtle additional advantage to the feel of the bed.
MATTRESS TEMPERATURE SCALE
|Cool||Medium Cool||Medium||Medium Warm||Warm|
Motion isolation and noise
While the Leesa Original was almost completely silent, we did pick up on a slight noise from the Hybrid. We don’t think most people will be disturbed by this at all, but it is worth remembering if you are easily disturbed during the night. The Leesa Legend was almost completely silent.
Motion transfer – In the past, innerspring mattresses would rock motion from one side of the bed to the other. The pocketed coils of the Leesa hybrid models has none of this, with the Leesa Legend a truly impressive mattress for motion isolation.
All-foam mattresses are traditionally very good at isolating motion – and the Leesa Original is no exception. It does a great job on this front, which is a little eyebrow-raising considering how responsive it is.
Is Leesa suitable for couples and sex?
The fact that Leesa mattresses are all pretty quiet and perform well when it comes to motion isolation is a plus for couples. The responsiveness of the foams in these mattresses is also beneficial for sex, making for ease of motion as you change positions. The coils in the hybrid models give you extra bounce, so they have the edge in this department.
Durability and longevity
Are you going to sleep on your mattress every night? Are you and/or your partner in a heavy weight category? If so, these factors – together with some others – will affect how many years you will get out of your mattress. There are a few universal truths around longevity: quality matters and coils are always a good idea.
The Leesa Original is a top player when it comes to durability. This is directly related to the quality and densities of the foams used. The Hybrid and Legend models take quality foams and give the added durability of coils. Keep in mind that your well-used mattress is going to age like anything else, so there is the possibility of sagging – as there would be with any mattress. Considering the materials and construction of these mattresses, they should all last within the average lifespan of high-quality mattresses: around seven years.
Leesa recommends a strong, solid frame for their mattresses. While they offer in-house bed frames on their website, they should work perfectly well on most existing foundations. Always check the warranty policy to ensure your frame doesn’t affect your warranty.
COMPATIBLE WITH THESE BED BASES
*Recommended not more than three inches apart
Leesa mattress complaints
- Some online customer complaints relate to the warranty policy, with some customers stating that Leesa did not live up to their warranty promises.
- We also found a few reports of poor customer service, with customers not getting the feedback they required in response to warranty and return queries.
About the Studio Mattress by Leesa
If you are shopping on a budget and you’re a fan of memory foam, the latest release from Leesa called the Studio. This ten-inch all-foam mattress has a simple, three-layer design. It differs from the Leesa Original in a few key ways. The first one you will notice as you shop is price.
The second difference will be the feel. The Original has a latex-like, responsive feel. The Studio, on the other hand, has a top layer of memory foam and so you can expect more of a lush memory foam feel. That means just enough contouring without the total sinking feeling you can experience on some memory foam mattresses.
The Studio by Leesa is best for petite and medium-sized people and can be classed as a medium on the firmness scale. This is a good fit for most people across all sleeping positions, providing a good balance of pressure relief and support. As always, take your weight into account when researching the firmness of mattresses online – with petite people experiencing mattresses a bit firmer and heavier people a little softer.
Our final verdict: Do we recommend the Leesa mattress brand?
The Leesa Original and Casper mattresses are very similar in a number of ways. Sleeper preference will determine which is better for you. The Casper has a neutral foam feel, while Leesa offers a bit more latex-like responsiveness. The Casper also has zoned panels in its construction for additional support under the hips and torso.
Leesa mattresses are some of the most popular, bestselling online mattresses you can buy – and they have earned that reputation from real customer experience. From their entry-level all-foam mattress to their luxury top-tier mattress, Leesa manufactures high-quality beds designed to give people a restful night’s sleep.
Leesa mattresses offer impressive durability and you can expect the Leesa Original, Leesa Hybrid, and Leesa Legend to last around seven years.
No. Leesa mattresses are constructed with support layers at the bottom and comfort layers at the top.
No. The Leesa Original, Leesa Hybrid, and Leesa Legend are all temperature neutral. While not active cooling mattresses, they have some features which will keep most sleepers at a comfortable temperature during the night.
Leesa recommends allowing your mattress to decompress before you sleep on it. 24 hours should do the trick. While you probably could sleep on it a few hours after unboxing, you certainly shouldn’t make up your mind about the feel of it straight off the bat. It will take about 24 hours for it to reach its proper firmness