Our Leesa Bed Review For 2019 – Should You Buy It?

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Are you looking for a mattress that works for a variety of sleeping positions?

Designed with Universal Adaptive Feel™, Leesa’s premium foam mattress adapts to nearly every size and type of sleeper.

One of the original bed-in-a-box companies, Leesa has grown in prominence and popularity since launching in 2014. While their business is almost exclusively online, they have a partnership with West Elm and a gallery in New York City.

This in-depth review of Leesa is based on our scoring system that includes characteristics such as value, support, and quality.

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You will love Leesa if you:

  • Need a mattress that accommodates multiple positions – 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.
  • Sleep hot but want a memory foam feel – 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.
  • Want to order from a company with positive initiatives – Leesa 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 23,000 mattresses and planted 135,000 trees. These are among some of the fantastic initiatives that are often seen in the bedding industry leaders.

You might not like Leesa if you:

  • Prefer innerspring mattresses – 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 (Materials & Quality)

Leesa 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.leesa mattress foam layers image

  • The first layer consists of 2-inch Avena® foam, which helps with airflow and cooling. The pincore 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.
  • The second layer 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.
  • The base layer is 6 inches of dense poly foam for support. It gives the mattress its shape and durability.

Firmness (Support & Feel)

Most people get a great night’s sleep on a mattress with medium-level firmness. We have rated Leesa a 5.5 out of 10 on our scale, with 10 being the firmest. This is why we believe individuals of all types will enjoy their time on this bed.

Leesa 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.

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.

firmness scale for leesa

Stomach sleepers should also noticed 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.

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.

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. However, extremely lightweight individuals that are side sleepers may need a softer bed for adequate pressure relief.

Not sure if this brand is the right fit? Use the 100-night risk-free trial to help you decide.

Motion Transfer

Edge Support

Edge support is of varying importance, depending on whether or not buyers spend long amounts of time sitting or sleeping on the edge.

It is something to consider, though rarely a reason people do not buy a mattress. Bed-in-box models tend to have less edge support than innerspring mattresses or those that have edge reinforcement with dense polyurethane.

There is noticeable compression while sitting on the edge. However, there is good support while lying on the edge. Unlike other beds that push sleepers out along the edge, you should feel well supported.

Other Considerations

  • Trial Period – 100-night risk-free trial.
  • Warranty – 10-year limited warranty.
  • Free Shipping – Free shipping and returns in the USA, Canada, UK, and Germany. Alaska and Hawaii customers are subject to a $100 return fee.
  • CertiPUR-US® CertifiedMade with a process that reduces ozone depleters and unsafe amounts of toxic chemicals, Leesa maintains strict requirements that help make their product eco-friendly.
  • Social Impact Initiatives – 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.
  • Adjustable Base Compatible
  • Made in the USA

Final Thoughts


9.1 Total Score
Amazing

One of the original bed-in-box brands, Leesa continues to produce a quality product with a high level of versatility.

9.1Editor's score
Materials & Quality
9
Support & Comfort
9.2
Cooling
9.2
Edge Support
8.7
Value for Money
9.3
9.2User's score
Materials & Quality
9.6
Support & Comfort
9.6
Cooling
9.1
Edge Support
9.8
Value for Money
8
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Note: We did not include Trial/Warranty scores due Amazon Associates Program stipulations.

Leesa’s premium foam mattress works wonders for sleepers of all positions. With medium firmness, solid support, and the pressure relief of memory foam, there is something for everyone with this bed.

Avena® foam with pincore holes and an egg crate-shaped bottom help to keep sleepers cool and comfortable all night. While this can be a challenge for foam beds, Leesa has innovated and integrated cooling features right into their product.

We are impressed with the brand’s commitment to giving back to communities through donating 1 bed for every 10 they sell. In addition, they partner with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree for each product they sell and their employees spend time volunteering.

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Author: Jill Thompson

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8 Comments
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  1. Reply
    ADG February 17, 2018 at 4:07 pm
    5
    Materials & Quality
    100
    Support & Comfort
    100
    Cooling
    100
    Edge Support
    100
    Trial/Warranty
    100
    Value for Money
    100

    I love your review and thank you for all the time invested in preparing it. I’m a super light sleeper and due to this very seldom sleep an entire night and pain-free. I needed a new mattress and after excessive research selected a Queen Leesa. It arrived on 03 Nov 2017 and since that night, I sleep in heaven. It has exceeded my expectations. Just for the record, I’m a back and side sleeper and have no issues whatsoever. I’m 5’1, 135 lbs., so it works great for those my size.

  2. Reply
    Christine Fenner April 25, 2018 at 11:34 am
    4.6
    Materials & Quality
    100
    Support & Comfort
    80
    Cooling
    90
    Edge Support
    90
    Value for Money
    100

    I am a side sleeper and it’s a bit too firm for me, but it still feels way better than my old one. My husband is absolutely thrilled, so I guess that counts too.

  3. Reply
    Phyllis Lynch May 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm
    4.2
    Materials & Quality
    80
    Support & Comfort
    100
    Cooling
    60
    Edge Support
    100
    Value for Money
    80

    I think it has the best motion transfer reduction ever! I am a very light sleeper and I wake up on slightest noise or motion. Me and my partner were sleeping in separate beds until I discovered Leesa.

  4. Reply
    Rick Johnson June 19, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks for review guys, it’s very helpful, I think I found my new mattress. I simply hate my innerspring.

    • Reply
      Sarah Cummings June 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Glad to be of help, Rick! That’s what we’re here for. If you end up going with Leesa, write us back and let us know how you like it. We love hearing feedback from customers.

  5. Reply
    Steven Curtis July 20, 2018 at 3:32 pm
    5
    Materials & Quality
    100
    Support & Comfort
    100
    Cooling
    100
    Edge Support
    100
    Value for Money
    100

    I’m sleeping on my new Lessa about 3 weeks now, and it feels unbelievably comfy so far. I don’t know if it’s that particular mattress is so good or I just haven’t changed a mattress in a long time, but I have never felt better in my life.

  6. Reply
    Susan Harris August 22, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Where in Enfield, CT can I visit to check out the Leesa bed before I buy one?

  7. Reply
    cpl January 13, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Having slept on an old mattress for years, I was excited to find one that was supportive without being too firm. I also love that the platform bed has a USB plug on both sides.

    The white glove delivery process, however, was unacceptable. The delivery men didn’t know how to assemble the platform, which then turned out to be defective. When I asked Leesa to help me reschedule the white-glove delivery of a new platform, they redelivered the same broken product – without notifying me – to my apartment without delivery men. It sat for nearly a week in my apartment lobby while I was out of town on a work trip.

    Not only did I then have to carry the platform up five flights of stairs and assemble it after paying for white glove service, Leesa gave me the run-around at every phase of the process.

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