Here’s the very brief, condensed version of the different information you’ll be learning throughout this comparison:
- Feel — Awara has more of a cushiony innerspring mattress feel while Leesa feels like general neutral-foam.
- Firmness — Awara’s medium-firm rating versus Leesa’s medium.
- Construction — Awara has a hybrid construction and Leesa is all-foam.
- Sleeper Type — Given their differences in firmness, there’s also a difference in terms of approved sleeping positions.
- Body Type — Heavy individuals will probably want to stick with the Awara mattress.
Now that you get the gist, let’s get right into it, shall we?
Introducing Awara And Leesa
If you’re not familiar with either of these brands, we want to give you a little insight into who they are and what they’re all about. For starters, Awara is a bedding company that’s centered around eco-friendly branding, and that sentiment is reflected in all aspects of their company.
Not only do they utilize natural and organic materials to manufacture their mattress, but they’ll also plant 10 trees for every bed they sell. So if you’re particularly environmentally-conscious, we have a feeling you’ll really like Awara.
Leesa, on the other hand, is appealing for people who want to skip all the extra hooplah for a bed that’s simply accommodating and comfortable. Out of all the bed-in-a-box brands on the internet, Leesa is definitely among the top 10 most popular. It has a fair price, it’s a comfortable mattress, and it works for a wide range of sleepers.
Like Awara, Leesa also values philanthropy and helping the community. In this case, they partner with One Good Bed Promise to help provide beds for children who are living in poverty. This will be a huge highlight for individuals who are passionate about helping out those who are in need.
We’ll be focused on Leesa’s original mattress in this comparison, but feel free to check out the other beds they have to offer in our detailed mattress reviews.
Awara’s Natural And Organic Materials
You won’t find your average memory foam or poly foam materials inside the Awara mattress. Instead, it’s made with materials brought to you by mother nature herself.
Starting from the bottom, is a 9” thick system of pocketed coils which work independently from one another to help isolate movement throughout the bed (i.e. when your partner gets up in the middle of the night to use the restroom).
On top of that is a 4” slab of natural Dunlop latex foam sourced from Hevea brasiliensis, otherwise known as a rubber tree. Latex foam is a sponge-like substance that’s more breathable and durable than memory foam or poly foam. It’s also hypoallergenic! Given this layer, Awara can be classified as a natural latex mattress.
Tying everything together is the bed’s organic cotton and New Zealand wool Euro-top cover. It’s soft, natural, and has somewhat of an earthy smell to it which beats the off gassing smell of non natural beds like Leesa.
The one downside, however, is that this cover is neither removable nor machine washable. If you spill coffee or a bit of breakfast in bed on the mattress, you’ll need to spot clean with warm water and a mild detergent. Just make sure you dab instead of scrub!
Awara Is On The Firm End Of The Spectrum
Considering Awara’s simple 2-layer construction using two particularly bouncy and responsive materials, we’d describe the feel as an innerspring bed with a layer of cushioning at the top. It has good airflow, it bounces back quickly to pressure, and it’s more towards the firmer end of the firmness spectrum.
On a scale from soft to firm, we rated it at a medium-firm. We think it’s a great mattress for back and stomach sleepers because it offers ample support for their back and trunk, and some combo sleepers who don’t sleep on their side. Strict side sleepers, however, probably won’t love this mattress, unless, of course, they prefer a firm mattress.
Typically, side sleepers want something that’ll cradle the curves on the sides of their body, not push against them. If you sleep a majority of the night on your side, consider Leesa or check out our post on the best plush mattresses.
Heavy Sleepers Should Choose Awara
If you’re read some of our posts before, you might’ve seen us mention that weight plays a large role in how a bed feels to an individual. As a rule of thumb, the heavier you are, the softer a mattress is going to feel to you. It makes a lot of sense if you think about it, your 5-year-old nephew doesn’t exert nearly as much pressure into a bed as your 50-year-old sibling.
Accordingly, if you weigh over 250 lbs, an all-foam bed like Leesa probably won’t feel as supportive as it should. Awara, on the other hand, has a strong system of pocketed coils which give the mattress bi-directional support and durability. Therefore, we suggest that anybody with a heavier frame consider Awara over the original Leesa. Leesa does, however, offer a hybrid mattress which you can certainly look into as well.
Check out our list of the best mattresses for heavy and obese people. That has even more detail on what you should be looking for with a supportive mattress.
Leesa Will Cost You Less
When we talk about price in our comparisons, we usually discuss it in terms of MSRP and the price after discounts, since many online brands are constantly running promotions all year. A queen size Awara mattress retails at about $1,500, while a queen size Leesa mattress has an MSRP that’s just a touch under $1,100.
As you can see, Leesa has a more wallet-friendly price tag. But Awara isn’t necessarily an expensive mattress — especially compared to other natural and organic mattresses like Zenhaven.
After you apply discounts, Leesa usually comes out to $950-$1,000, while the price usually drops down to $1,200 for an Awara mattress. This means buying a Leesa mattress is usually about $200-$300 less expensive. You can check Leesa.com and AwaraSleep.com for current deals and promotions.
The monetary difference may not be hugely significant for everyone, but that extra $200 is a big deal to some shoppers. We think the decision all depends on where you see value — either in natural materials, or in accommodating materials.
Leesa’s All-Foam Construction
Unlike Awara, Leesa is a 10” thick all-foam mattress made from different poly foam materials. The first layer is a dense 6” slab of polyurethane foam to act as a solid base for the remaining mattress layers.
Next is 2” of memory foam which works as a transition layer to break up the harsh feel of the bed’s base, and to offer some pressure relief too.
Topping the mattress is a 2” thick layer of LSA200 foam, which is basically just the brand’s own light neutral-foam. We’ll get into the feel in a moment, but we want to make sure we discuss the bed’s cover.
Leesa’s cover is mainly a blend of polyester, viscose, and lycra. Appearance wise, it’s grey with two white stripes at the bottom which sort of reminds us of a baseball sock.
It’s removable, but not machine washable. So make sure to spot clean with hot water and a mild detergent if you happen to get a spill on it.
Leesa Has A Neutral Feel
As we said before, the bed’s top layer is made with a light neutral-foam that’s unique to Leesa. It feels light and airy, kind of like a marshmallow. It’s pretty nice, and we’re fans here at The Slumber Yard.
In fact, we bet almost anyone who lays on this bed will be a fan. It’s just a comfortable foam mattress that’s hard to stick your nose up at — kind of like puppies or pizza. It’s hard not to like it.
On a scale from soft to firm, we rated it right in the middle. We think it has pressure relieving qualities, but it’s also supportive enough for petite to medium sized individuals.
With that in mind, we think back, stomach, side, and combo sleepers will all enjoy this mattress.
In a nutshell, when you’re trying to decide between the natural and organic Awara mattress or the popular and accommodating Leesa mattress, these are the main ideas you need to consider.
- Most side sleepers will prefer Leesa from the get-go.
- Back and stomach sleepers will probably enjoy Awara.
- Leesa is best for those trying to save money.
- Awara will be more supportive for those over 250 lbs.
- Leesa has a light and airy feel.
- Awara has a bouncy, supportive feel with a little cushion.
- Awara uses natural and organic materials.
Thanks for visiting The Slumber Yard, we hope you found this content helpful. We have a lot more sleep-related content on our site including full-length reviews, just in case you want to learn a little more about each bed.
Company Policies: Awara And Leesa
If you’ve never purchased a bed-in-a-box mattress before, you may not be familiar with the several different policies they offer. First of all, you’ll get free shipping and free returns from both Awara and Leesa.
Additionally, to ensure you’re completely satisfied with your purchase (since you’re buying it before you physically feel it) they each give you a lengthy risk-free trial. You’ll get a 100-night trial from Leesa, and Awara offers an entire year, which is definitely longer than most in the industry.
If by the end of the trial you decide you don’t like your bed, you can visit their website to find out how to contact customer service. Once you reach out to them, they’ll help you get the ball rolling on your new mattress. If you decide you love it, on the other hand, your bed will be backed by a company warranty. Leesa offers 10 years while Awara covers your bed for an entire lifetime.
To find out more about any aspect of either of these brands’ company policies, head over to Leesa’s official website or Awara’s website.