Are you one of those people that starts on one side of the bed and then ends up on the other side, flipped over, and wrapped up in the sheets wondering what in the world happened last night?
Okay, maybe you don’t move around that much, but you like to sleep in a variety of positions. Designed with Universal Adaptive Feel™, Leesa’s premium foam mattress adapts to nearly every size and type of sleeper, as you’ll read in our Leesa mattress review.
One of the original bed-in-a-box companies, Leesa has grown in prominence and popularity since launching in 2014. While their business started almost exclusively online, they now have partnerships with West Elm, Pottery Barn, Macy’s, and a gallery in New York City.
Our review will cover the basics from construction to support so that you can decide whether this is your next sleep haven. Short on time? Read our summary here.
Who Do We Think Matches With Leesa?
- Memory foam lovers that sleep hot – Traditional memory foam tends to trap heat, which can make it uncomfortable. By placing the memory layer underneath an airflow-centric first layer, the temperature stays more regulated at night.
- Combo sleepers – This model has a medium-level firmness, which caters to the widest range of individuals. It works especially well for combination sleepers and partners who have different patterns.
- Socially conscious folks – The company has three core initiatives. They plant 1 tree for each order in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, volunteer in local communities, and donate 1 mattress for every 10 they sell. To date, they have donated over 39,000 mattresses and planted 255,000 trees. These are among some of the fantastic initiatives that are often seen in the bedding industry leaders.
Possible Leesa Complaints:
- It doesn’t have a classic innerspring feel. – This foam brand does not include innersprings in its design. However, there is a bounce to its surface and it has the advantage of memory materials with pressure relief (which traditional innersprings forego).
Construction: What’s inside Leesa?
Leesa mattress is a foam bed that is delivered to your door compressed in a box. It is designed for use with a variety of foundations, including solid platforms, solid box springs/foundations, Bunkie boards on box springs, and slatted foundations. The company sells its own foundation on its site.
The iconic gray cover has four white stripes on its lower third that is easily identifiable as a Leesa. It is thicker than quite a few other covers and zips off for easy spot cleaning.
Three layers make up the bed’s 10-inch height.
- The mattress starts with 2 inches of Avena® foam, which helps with airflow and cooling. The pin core holes and convoluted (egg crate) surface underneath helps to further these properties. Although the foam has many latex-like qualities, it is more durable than latex.
- Following is 2 inches of memory foam. It supplies pressure relief and contouring. Unlike the top layer that has quick responsiveness, it has a slow responding quality.
- Rounding it all out is 6 inches of dense poly foam for support. It gives the mattress its shape and durability.
First Impression: How Does It Feel?
Once your mattress arrives, you can tear open the box, cut through the plastic covering, unroll it, and watch as it inflates to full size. Leesa mattress has an attractive appearance—the cover is a gray knit with four white stripes near the bottom. It looks so cozy that you might want to climb right into bed without even putting on the sheets!
Leesa mattress is soft and springy to the touch. The top Avena® layer responds quickly like latex, but pushing deeper into the memory foam layer reveals a slower response time. While there is medium-level sinkage while lying down, the Avena® layer makes repositioning easy and there is a bit of bounce to the bed.
Firmness Scale: 5.5/10
Your body takes a lot of abuse throughout the day, and sleeping is a great time to recuperate. Unfortunately, your bed might not be doing you any favors if it doesn’t relieve pressure in all the right places. You could wake up with more aches and pains than when you went to sleep.
Foam has excellent pressure relieving qualities, and memory foam is even better. Leesa mattress combines both materials in its makeup, and they work together to melt to your body and comfort the spots that need it, like the neck, shoulders, hips, and lumbar area in a gentle hug. Because it is a malleable material, it molds to the exact shape it needs to be so that your body doesn’t have to work as hard.
The top foam layer is pretty responsive, meaning it will pop back into place quickly after you press down on it. This will help you to not feel like you are stuck in bed and reposition a little bit easier during the night.
In addition to pressure relief, your bed has to be supportive too. This assures that your spine stays in a neutral position and that you aren’t straining yourself. The key to Leesa mattress is the adaptable foams that should contour to your body to fill in the gaps that a traditional mattress might not offer.
The middle memory layer should give deeper support, which is ideal for the heavier parts of the body—such as the lumbar area—that can give back and stomach sleepers some issues. The upper layer is a bit more responsive and adds a little bit of bounce; those that toss and turn throughout the night should appreciate that feature.
You don’t have to worry about scheduling delivery with movers when you purchase this bed—it ships conveniently packed in a cardboard box straight to your doorstep.
Leesa mattress is built to combat heat buildup that is common in memory foam mattresses. By strategically placing its memory materials in the middle of the bed below its cooling foam, your body shouldn’t come into contact with heat-retaining foams.
Great Motion Isolation
Both memory foam and polyfoam materials work together to curb motion transfer. There is minimal movement across the surface of the mattress, and we feel confident that light sleepers will not be disturbed.
Adjustable Base Compatible
Want a base that can move up and down? No problem. Leesa mattress works on the adjustable base you may have already at home, or if you’re in the market for a new mattress, the company sells them specifically designed for its products online.
The company has three initiatives. For every 10 Leesa beds sold, the company donates 1 to someone in need. In addition, they plant trees with each product sold and volunteer in local communities.
Handcrafted in the USA
Made with a process that reduces ozone depleters and unsafe amounts of toxic chemicals, Leesa maintains strict requirements that help make its product eco-friendly.
One of the original bed-in-box brands, Leesa offers a quality product with a high level of versatility.
Side sleepers have further needs for pressure relief than stomach and back positions. This is because they have more weight distributed over a smaller area. Most will benefit from the memory layer that provided pressure relief for shoulders and hips.
Spinal alignment is one of the most important aspects for back sleepers. Spines should maintain neutral alignment and there should be plenty of support in the lumbar region for most sleepers.
Stomach sleepers should also notice proper alignment. Even though memory foam can make sleepers sink down, the base and latex-like layers offer support to keep hips on top of the mattress instead of digging into the bed. There should be no uncomfortable arching of the back.
Those that move around quite a bit should appreciate the neutral feel and responsive Avena® foam layer that gives the bed a small amount of bounce. This should make adjusting effortless, and combo sleepers should remain comfortable in all sleeping positions.
Due to the versatility of this bed, couples—even those that have different preferences—should both find it to fit their needs. The foam should insulate the motion that may come across the surface, leaving you undisturbed as your partner gets up to go to the bathroom in the night. The edges may compress a bit, but most won’t be bothered by this.
While we believe most people will be a good fit for this bed, significantly heavier individuals may need medium-firm to firm support for their backs, necks, and hips. The manufacturer recommends a 300-pound weight limit.
Lighter folks should find this mattress comfortably supportive due to the gradual firmness and softer top. However, some extremely lightweight individuals that are exclusively side sleepers may need a softer bed for adequate pressure relief.
Leesa’s premium foam mattress works wonders for sleepers of all sleeping positions. With medium firmness, solid support, and the pressure relief of memory foam, there is something for everyone with this bed. The cost of this product is much lower than you would see in a traditional brick-and-mortar, and the charitable initiatives the company spearheads should make it even easier to get a good night’s rest knowing a portion of your purchase is going to a good cause.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes the Leesa so great?
For a budget mattress, the Leesa brand offers a lot of value. It has been said that it offers just the right amount of “sink”— not too firm, not too soft. The Leesa offers a memory foam and hybrid model, offering a balanced foam feel firm, yet comfortable.
Is it good for couples?
The Leesa mattress is excellent for couples, particularly those who sleep warm at night. The mattress uses premium foam with pocketed coils, so there is adequate airflow to keep the product cool. Additionally, polyfoam tops the bed to keep the memory foam from trapping heat, and the coils regulate ventilation.
Does it come in a box?
Leesa mattresses come packaged in a box for ultimate convenience. The company has removed the middleman, passing on this savings to the consumer to provide a quality mattress at an excellent value. Further, shipping directly to the customer saves buyers the hassle of moving the bed themselves, making a win-win for everyone.
Is it soft or firm?
Leesa mattresses land at about a 5.5 on the firmness scale, depending on who is judging. It’s suitable for all types of sleepers; however it’s particularly excellent for heavier or stomach sleepers or for those who need extra support.
Is there a trial period?
Leesa stands behind their products with assurance and offers a 100-night sleep trial, letting you purchase without worry. If you don’t like your bed before this time, they will coordinate a return for you. Additionally, returned mattresses are donated to a charity to provide a quality bed to those who need one— a bonus for all.