Leesa Mattress Review 2020 – Should You Buy It?

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    The Hybrid

    Great hybrid option for back and side sleepers who are looking for a cooling mattress.

    Mattress Performance
    Firmness 70%
    Edge Support 85%
    Temperature Regulation 90%
    Sinkage 85%
    Motion Isolation 100%
    Noise Control 100%
    Overall Rating 90%

    Imagine a bed that can surround the shape of your body each night with optimal pressure-point relief. It’d be nice if that existed, wouldn’t it? Luckily, Leesa mattresses are ideal for sleepers who often suffer from disrupted sleep because of pain points. If you live with a condition that creates aches and pains throughout your body, or if you tend to have restless sleep because of constant strain on your muscles, then you know how difficult it can be to get a decent night’s rest. You likely also know how important it is to sleep on a mattress that will improve your body’s aches and pains.

    Leesa mattresses prioritize mattress structures that relieve pressure throughout your body. With multiple layers of different types of foam, and often coils, you’ll begin to feel the material at work relieving your aches and pains. These mattresses come with firm support, and out of the three mattress models, two are hybrid. Hybrid mattresses are famous for providing springy support with minimal motion transfer.

    As a brand, Leesa does well when it comes to social impact, too. As a Certified B Corporation, the company donates a Legend mattress for every one they sell. The company also offers a White Glove Delivery service for customers who’d prefer not to assemble the mattress alone. Plus, the foam Leesa uses is CertiPUR-US certified for optimal comfort. Bottom line: if you appreciate firm mattresses, but also want a hybrid option to reduce movement, Leesa has some great options.

    Leesa Pros and Cons at a Glance

    Pros

    – Super-soft outer cover

    – Excellent pressure-point relief

    – Hybrid options

    Cons

    – Not ideal for couples

    – Can be too firm for some sleepers

    Best For...

    – Temperature regulation

    – Hybrid mattress shoppers

    – Sleepers who prefer a firm mattress

    The Leesa mattress is a great option for back and side sleepers with a medium firmness and great temperature regulation.

    Leesa Overview
    Mattress Type Foam, Hybrid
    Models Leesa Original, Leesa Hybrid, Leesa Legend
    Shipping Free
    Returns $49 Adoption Fee
    Ships in... Varies
    Trial Period 100 Nights
    Firmness Level Varies
    Sleeper Type Varies
    Warranty 10 Years
    Certifications CertiPUR-US

    Model Types

    Leesa currently offers three mattress types for customers to choose from. With each model comes more targeted support for various pressure points on your body. The overall feeling of a Leesa mattress is a medium firmness. These foam and hybrid mattresses offer a unique approach to alleviating body aches: layer upon layer of different foams topped with fabric soft enough to fall asleep on without sheets. Plus, if you choose a hybrid Leesa mattress, you’ll benefit from the added coil support, which works to prevent too much movement.

    Each Leesa model comes with a cover, a comfort layer and a memory foam recovery layer. As you scale up from the Original to the Legend, though, you’ll notice added support layers. We’ll break those down for you.

    Leesa Original Mattress (3-Layer)

    A tri-layer foam mattress with a gray and white striped outer cover and a turquoise tag.

    The Leesa mattress is a great option for back and side sleepers with a medium firmness and great temperature regulation.

    Among the three models, the Leesa Original is the only model made with all foam. This non-hybrid option offers the best cooling capacity of the three. Plus, it comes with a supportive base that promotes support for all sleeping positions.

    The first layer you’ll feel on the Original model is a layer of soft twill fabric that covers the entirety of the mattress. Beneath the fabric is a layer of extremely breathable foam that generates air flow above the memory foam layer below it. Here is where you’ll feel the mattress’s bounce.

    If you struggle to fall or stay asleep due to various pressure points in your body, you can take comfort knowing the memory foam recovery layer and the final support layer will create a soft, contouring support system aimed to relieve any pain that accompanies your sleep time. The memory foam will shape around your body, while the support layer prevents you from sinking too far into the mattress.

    Notable layer: Support layer. The bottom layer gives a firm, foam base for your mattress.

    The Leesa Original at a Glance

    • 10”
    • 3 layers
    • Ideal for all sleeping positions

    How much does the Leesa Original cost?

    • Twin: $349
    • Twin XL: $449
    • Full: $749
    • Queen: $849
    • King: $1,049
    • California King: $1,049
    1. Soft Twill Cover
    2. 2″ Cooling Top Foam
    3. 2″ Contouring Memory Foam
    4. 6″ Base Support Foam

    Leesa offers three levels of firmness and two hybrid models to fit the needs of all sleeper types.

    The Leesa Hybrid model offers a bit more pressure relief with a lower layer of over 1,000 pocket springs that rest at the bottom portion of the mattress. These pockets systematically contour to your body’s movements. They also decrease the mattress’s overall motion transfer and increase edge support, which are ideal factors if you share your bed with a partner.

    The immediate foam layer below the hybrid cover is hole punched to allow even more breathability than the Original model. It also supports optimal temperature regulation so you don’t have to worry about too much heat building up when you’re asleep.

    Just before the pocket spring layer comes a sheet of memory foam that provides quality pressure relief to every inch of your body. Have pain that keeps you up at night? Here’s where you’ll find relief.

    Notable layer: Quick Response layer. This is where hybrid support comes in. With over 1,000 pocket springs, you’ll find less movement than the Original model, plus more support on each edge. Take note that the Quick Response layer also appears in the Legend model.

    The Leesa Hybrid Mattress at a Glance

    • 11”
    • 5 layers
    • Ideal for side and back sleepers

    How much does the Leesa Hybrid cost?

    • Twin: $899
    • Twin XL: $999
    • Full: $1,299
    • Queen: $1,599
    • King: $1,799
    • California King: $1,799
    1. Soft Twill Cover
    2. 1.5″ Cooling Foam
    3. 1.5″ Contouring Memory Foam
    4. 1″ Core Support Foam
    5. 6″ Pocket Springs with Perimeter
    6. 1″ Core Support Foam

    The Leesa Hybrid provides firm support to all sleepers.

    A hybrid mattress with yellow and blue foam and wrapped coil springs.

    Of all the three, Leesa Legend is the softest. The Legend is also at the top end of Leesa’s mattresses, mainly for its multi-layer durability and comfort system. The Legend is made with an inch or two of more foam, depending on which Leesa mattress you’re comparing it too, which gives it the feeling that you’re sleeping higher off the floor.

    The best part about this mattress? It offers an extra layer of pocket springs, only this time, the springs are miniature and specifically target your hips and shoulders. This allows for better spine alignment. Plus, you’ll enjoy the overall edge support, which accommodates sleepers of all shapes, sizes and preferred sleeping positions.

    What’s particularly amazing about the Legend is the amount of recycled material that goes into making it. For a queen Legend mattress, for example, approximately 60 plastic bottles help put the mattress together.

    Notable layer: Relief & Stability layer. This is the “extra” hybrid layer, only with miniature pocket springs wrapped in foam to act on pressure points throughout your body. If you’re sharing a bed, this is the mattress option you want to aim for. Out of the three, it has the least amount of motion transfer.

    The Leesa Legend at a Glance

    • 12”
    • 6 layers
    • Ideal for side and back sleepers

    How much does the Leesa Legend cost?

    • Twin XL: $1,799
    • Full: $2,099
    • Queen: $2,299
    • King: $2,799
    • California King: $2,799
    1. Soft Knit Cover
    2. 1″ Hole-Punch Foam
    3. 1″ Pressure-Point Relieving Memory Foam
    4. 1.5″ Micro Springs
    5. 1″ Transition Support Foam
    6. 6″ Pocket Springs
    7. 1″ Core Foam Base

    The Leesa Legend comes with an extra layer of coil springs.

    Material

    The material of your Leesa mattress will depend on which model you choose. If you’re looking for a mattress that includes multiple kinds of support (i.e. a hybrid mattress), you should look to the Leesa Hybrid Mattress or the Leesa Legend Mattress, both of which include foam and coils. If you prefer a mattress strictly made with foam, the Leesa Original Mattress is for you.

    Generally speaking, all Leesa mattresses come with at the minimum: top-layer foam, inner memory foam that shapes to your body and works to relieve pain throughout and a foam base, which creates an overall firm support. You’ll notice the major difference in material once you look at the two hybrid models, which both include layers of pocket springs plus foam layers unique to their own model.

    It’s important to note that Leesa mattresses are CertiPUR-US certified, and their materials do not include harmful materials, like heavy metals or ozone depleters. All Leesa mattresses include soft covers with fire retardants. The covers are neutral-colored in white and gray and are soft to the touch.

    Leesa Report Card

    The Original The Hybrid The Legend
    Noise A A A+
    Temperature Regulation A+ A+ A+
    Sinkage A A+ A+
    Motion Isolation B A- A-
    Edge Support A+ A+ A+

    How did Leesa earn these scores? Check out our breakdown below.

    The Leesa mattress is a great option for back and side sleepers with a medium firmness and great temperature regulation.

    Best Sleeping Positions

    Before determining which sleeping positions Leesa mattresses work best with, it’s important to determine your bed’s support system. Leesa mattresses work on most, if not all, bed frames, but they are ideal for beds with firm foundations, especially platform beds that support mattresses with sturdy slats. Leesa mattresses also work with beds that have a solid base, or, in other words, a base with no slats.

    If you don’t already have a bed base that matches these descriptions, don’t worry. You can easily adjust your bed’s support by adding a different kind of support base, whether it be a bunkie board, a solid platform or a slatted base. Leesa offers various bases on their website to choose from, as needed.

    In the meantime, here’s a basic breakdown of which mattress will work best for you, based on your sleeping position:

    Leesa Original Mattress: comfortable for all sleep positions

    Leesa Hybrid Mattress: ideal bed for side and back sleepers

    Leesa Legend Mattress: ideal bed for side and back sleepers, with an extra inch of foam

    If you share a bed with a partner who frequently moves around during sleep, a Leesa Original mattress, which is made with all foam, may not be ideal. Though the edge support is great, you’ll likely have to look past feeling your partner’s movements throughout the night. For partners, a Hybrid or Legend model is best.

    If you’re looking for the best back support, opt for the Leesa Legend. The Leesa Hybrid provides back support, too, just without the added inch of extra memory foam. All in all, Leesa mattresses are ideal for back sleepers who tend to require firm support all night long.

    Temperature Regulation

    Each Leesa mattress comes with a top cooling layer so that the foam beneath it doesn’t give off an uncomfortably hot temperature.

    For added breathability, the Leesa Hybrid Mattress and the Leesa Legend Mattress include coils in their structure. The coils create a movement system that prevents your body from “sinking” too far into the mattress, which often results in heat buildup. It’s safe to say that Leesa mattresses are suitable for hot sleepers.

    Motion Transfer

    Depending on which Leesa mattress model you choose, the level of motion transfer will differ. Unfortunately, Leesa mattresses have a significant amount of motion transfer in their Original model. Because the Original models are made with all foam, some moveability is nearly inevitable.

    If you’re sharing a bed, you’ll want to choose either the Leesa Hybrid, whose coils help reduce movement, or the Leesa Legend, which has two full layers of coils. Leesa mattresses are firm, but not to the extent that you’ll feel zero movement. They are soft enough that you will likely feel movement, especially if you share your bed. The hybrid addition allows for a decrease in motion transfer, though.

    Sinkage

    Sure, the top couple of layers on each Leesa mattress are soft enough that your body will conform with them. These mattresses, however, do not have high sinkage rates overall. This is particularly true for the Leesa Hybrid Mattress and the Leesa Legend Mattress, both of which contain coils as part of their structures. These coils prevent too much sinking from occurring, along with minimal motion transfer. Minimum sinkage rates also helps with maintaining a cool temperature on your mattress throughout the night.

    Edge Support

    Leesa’s hybrid mattresses are famous for providing good edge support. Even though the multiple layers of foam allow your body to sink into support, the edges hold up your weight so that you won’t slip off the edge.

    Leesa also offers two hybrid mattress options: the Leesa Hybrid Mattress and the Leesa Legend Mattress. The Legend includes an extra layer of coils for even more edge support. The coils are zoned so that the chance of your body slipping off the edge is reduced. If you like the idea of multiple kinds of support in your mattress, one of the hybrid options is the way to go. A hybrid option will also help reduce motion transfer.

    Warranty, Trial Length & Return Process

    Leesa offers a 10-year limited warranty for their mattresses, so long as they are located in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom. Their warranty applies to any flaws on the manufacturing side or deterioration that measures more than one inch. To avoid deterioration from ruining your mattress, Leesa recommends providing a strong base support, as we’ve mentioned previously in our review.

    To ensure you choose the correct mattress, Leesa offers a 100-night mattress trial. It’s important to remember that it generally takes more than a week or two to fully get used to a new mattress. After all, the mattress has to adjust to you, too.

    Returns apply to mattresses used within 100 days of purchase. If you need to return your mattress, Leesa will pick it up at your home and refund you your money. Make sure that the mattress you plan to return is free from any damage, which includes stains or tears.

    Once the mattress is removed from your home, Leesa will try to donate it to an organization that specifically helps kids in need. Leesa asks for a $49 Bed Adoption Fee on returns, which helps cover costs for the return team to locate an appropriate donation spot for the used mattress. If Leesa is unable to find a new home for your returned mattress, they will happily look for a place to recycle it. The fee also helps in recycling efforts.

    Shipping & Set Up Process

    Shipping is free. Leesa offers a White Glove Delivery service for customers who would prefer someone else to assemble the mattress in your chosen room. The service costs $150 and includes the delivery and set up of your mattress and/or bed frame and the disposal of the shipping materials outside your home.

    If you’d rather set up your new Leesa mattress on your own, no worries. Start by unboxing the mattress and setting it on your bed’s foundation. Remember, a Leesa mattress works best with a firm foundation, whether that means slatted, solid or platform. Once you’ve unboxed the mattress, remove the first layer of plastic that surrounds it. Carefully fold the mattress out onto your bed and remove the next layer of plastic. In a short time, your new mattress will fit the edges of your bed frame. Expect it to take a few days for your mattress to fully expand, but by then, you should start adjusting to the new feel.

    The Leesa mattress is a great option for back and side sleepers with a medium firmness and great temperature regulation.

    Review Summary & Ideal Customer Breakdown

    Leesa has a great advantage in creating three different firm mattress options, but it can be confusing to decide whether or not a Leesa mattress will meet your sleeping needs. That’s why we’ve laid out what a Leesa customer will look like, based on the most common sleeping needs.

    We think you’d enjoy a Leesa mattress if you:

    • Prefer medium support.
    • Sleep hot.
    • Need pressure relief during sleep time.
    • Want a hybrid option available when mattress shopping.
    • Generally sleep on your back or stomach.

    A Leesa mattress may not be the best for you if:

    • Pressure-point relief isn't your main concern.
    • You share a bed with a partner who moves around a lot during sleep.
    • You don't want a firm-feeling mattress.

    Points to Consider Before You Buy

    If your answer is “yes,” then consider purchasing the Leesa Hybrid Mattress or the Leesa Legend Mattress, both of which offer hybrid support. Again, a hybrid mattress is ideal if you share a bed with someone because of low-motion features. Looking for the hybrid mattress with the most coil support? Choose the Leesa Legend, the model with the extra layer of miniature coils. If you’d prefer the all-foam feel, you will want to look into the Leesa Original Mattress.

    If so, the Leesa Legend Mattress is the thickest mattress of the three. With 12 inches of foam, the mattress provides the most elevated sleeping experience from Leesa.

    As we’ve covered, Leesa offers three different mattresses, all of which provide a medium firm support for your night’s rest. The prices, however, will vary.

    Start by looking at the Leesa Original Mattress if your budget is on the lower end. It’s safe to say you’ll still be getting plenty of back support with this model-ten inches to be exact. If you’re more particular with your mattress’s composition, check out the next two models. Each will offer an extra layer of foam, plus support from coils.

    FAQ

    Most frequent brand questions

    The cost of your new Leesa mattress will depend on which size and model you choose. Leesa mattresses start as low as $349 with an Original twin mattress and reach up to $2,849 with a Legend king mattress.

    The short answer is no, you do not need a box spring with a Leesa mattress. Leesa recommends placing their mattresses on platform beds or slat support systems. You can even place their mattresses on solid foundations, so long as the mattress has a solid support system that won’t allow it to seep through.

    Leesa offers three levels of firmness and two hybrid models to fit the needs of all sleeper types.

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