leesa vs tuft and needle mattress review

Leesa vs Tuft and Needle Mattress

Two popular mattresses compared in this Tuft & Needle vs Leesa review

The mattress-in-a-box craze has caught fire over the last several years in large part due to innovative companies like Tuft & Needle and Leesa, who were two of the early entrants in the category. In this post, we'll compare the pros and cons of each bed so you can make a more informed decision on your next mattress purchase.
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The flagship Leesa is a three layer all-foam mattress that has a soft, neutral-foam feel.
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Check Current OffersThe Tuft & Needle mattress is a two layer all-foam bed that has a neutral-foam feel and an affordable price tag.

Leesa Mattress vs Tuft & Needle Quick Synopsis

As you will find out below, Leesa and Tuft & Needle share quite a few similarities. If you don’t feel like reading a ton, though, here’s the skinny on the major differences between the two:

  • Price — This is the biggest difference between the two beds. Tuft & Needle is just much more affordable.
  • Sleeper Type — At the end of the day, both beds will work for all types of sleepers. However, we’d give Leesa the slight edge when it comes to primary side sleepers.

Those are just the headlines items—there’s more to know than we could fit into a single video. Keep reading below to dig a little deeper on Leesa and Tuft & Needle.

Company Policies (Shipping, Returns, Trial Periods, and Warranties)

Part of the reason the bed-in-a-box concept has caught on so quickly is due to the value proposition most of these online mattress companies offer. They’ve found a way to get around the whole trying a bed in your local mattress store before buying process. They do this by offering very friendly customer policies. What exactly does this mean? Let’s find out.

The Leesa mattress ships for free and arrives at your home rolled-up and compressed in a box. The box is fairly easy to move and it will take about 10-15 minutes to unpackage, unroll and set up the bed.

Setting up the Leesa mattress

Once the bed arrives, Leesa gives you 100 nights to test out the bed risk-free. Basically, if you decide you don’t like the mattress for any reason during the trial period, no worries, just contact customer support and they’ll arrange for it to be picked up free of charge. Once you email proof the mattress has been picked up, the company will refund your money. The whole return process normally takes anywhere from a week to two weeks.

In addition, Leesa backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. You can read more about the warranty on the company’s website. The company also offers white glove delivery (someone will deliver the mattress and set it up for you) for a $100 fee if you would like help.

Tuft & Needle pretty much matches Leesa when it comes to all these company policies. They too offer free shipping, a 100-night trial period, free returns, and a 10-year warranty. Just so you know, these policies are pretty standard for the bed-in-a-box industry. The majority of industry participants offer the same.

Leesa Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • People who prefer a neutral-foam feel
  • Small and medium sized individuals
  • Back, stomach, and side sleepers
  • Folks looking to spend around $800-$1,000
  • Social-conscious shoppers (Leesa donates 1 in every 10 beds sold)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Heavy individuals (250+ lb)
  • Folks on an extremely tight budget

Before we dig into these beds, I just want to state that this comparison was one of the tougher ones to complete. As you will find out, both beds are actually quite similar in terms of construction, feel, and sleeper type. However, we’ll do our best to break down each mattress. We’ll give a quick overview of each bed and then reveal our verdict at the end. So without further adieu, let’s get into it.

The Leesa mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed that is comprised of three layers. It starts with a dense layer of support foam on the bottom (that’s very common) and then follows with a layer of memory foam in the middle and a layer of LSA200 foam on top.

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Inside the Leesa mattress

The layer of LSA200 foam, which is a proprietary foam, gives the bed a neutral-foam feel. In other words, you really don’t feel much of that memory foam second layer. The top layer is comfortable and soft to the touch, but it doesn’t quite contour or hug your body the way memory foam does. Some people like the feel of memory foam and some people don’t. That’s why we call it more of a neutral-foam feel.

What’s also nice about neutral-foam is that you don’t get any of that stuck-in-the-mud sensation that memory foam is sort of known for. Leesa’s LSA200 foam is very responsive and pops back quickly after releasing pressure. This means restless sleepers will find it quite easy and effortless to switch between sleeping positions throughout the night.

In terms of firmness, we found that the Leesa mattress lands right around a medium on the firmness scale. It strikes a nice balance between pressure relief for side sleepers and support for back and stomach sleepers.

Overall, we think both beds will work for all types of sleepers. However, if you pressed us hard we’d say the Leesa mattress is slightly more preferable for strict side sleepers than Tuft & Needle. The Leesa mattress is just a hair softer and provides a bit more pressure relief.

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Leesa is a safe pick for all sleeping positions

However, given it is a 10″ thick bed made entirely of foam, we wouldn’t recommend this mattress for heavy folks (250+ lb). Honestly, we say this about the vast majority of all-foam beds out there. Generally, we recommend big people go with a hybrid bed that contains coils, whether they’re individually pocketed or part of an innerspring system. Coils provide more support and are just better equipped to handle the pressure bigger sleepers exert on a mattress.

Moving on to temperature regulation, we think the Leesa mattress sleeps neutral. The bed won’t actively keep you at a chilly temperature throughout the night, but it also won’t heat up and cause you to start sweating. Rather, external factors (i.e. AC level, what kind of sheets you use, where you live) will play more of a factor than the Leesa mattress when it comes to coolness.

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Hard to find much that we don’t like with Leesa

Lastly, we found that the Leesa mattress performed well in terms of edge support and motion isolation. These are two important factors for couples to consider. The less motion that gets transferred from one person to the other throughout the night will generally lead to a more restful night’s sleep. Good edge support equates to more useful surface area for couples that like to spread out (bye, bye cuddling).

In terms of pricing, the Leesa mattress is about average for the bed-in-a-box industry. However, Leesa tends to be pretty aggressive with coupon codes and sales. You can check out their current offers above in the table or in the discount box on the right hand side of the screen.

Tuft & Needle Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Folks that like a neutral-foam feel
  • Individuals on a tight budget
  • Petite and average sized sleepers
  • Back, stomach, and combo sleepers
  • Couples (solid edge support and motion isolation)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Big folks
  • Memory foam lovers
  • Super hot sleepers

First up, let’s just address price. This is perhaps the best part about Tuft & Needle. It’s a very affordable mattress. I think it was even rated as Consumer Reports’ top value mattress a couple years back. Last we checked, you could snag a king size for around $750. Enough about price, though, let’s dig into the actual bed.

The Tuft & Needle is a 10″ thick mattress that is comprised of just two layers. The company believes extra layers unnecessarily complicate the mattress and hurt airflow (or maybe they’re trying to keep costs low). Regardless, the mattress starts with a thick layer of dense foam for support and then has a layer of T&N Adaptive foam on top. Like Leesa, the T&N Adaptive foam is a proprietary foam.

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A peek inside the Tuft & Needle mattress

Therefore, as you might guess, the Tuft & Needle mattress has a neutral-foam feel, as well. Also, like Leesa, the Tuft & Needle mattress comes in around a medium on the firmness scale. It too finds a nice balance between comfort and support. The bed will work for all types of sleepers. However, as we mentioned above, we’d say Leesa is slightly more ideal for primary side sleepers.

Still, keep in mind that all mattresses soften over time so Tuft & Needle will become more accommodating for side sleepers as time passes.

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Dillon must really like the Tuft & Needle mattress

Like Leesa, though, given it is a 10″ thick all-foam mattress, the Tuft & Needle bed is not the most ideal choice for heavy body types. Again, big folks would be better off with a hybrid or innerspring mattress. If you fall into this weight category, you should check out our Best Mattresses For Heavy Sleepers list.

In terms of coolness, we’d put T&N in the same category as Leesa (i.e. we think this bed sleeps temperature neutral). If you’re a hot sleeper or you just live in a hot climate and don’t like to use your air conditioner, you may want to check out our Best Cooling Mattresses list.

tuft and needle mattress review edge support
Not bad edge support considering it’s just foam

Lastly, like Leesa, we think the Tuft & Needle mattress is a viable option for couples. As you approach the edge of T&N, you notice a little compression, but you never feel like you’re going to roll right off the bed. Additionally, the bed passed our motion transfer tests easily. We barely noticed any cross-bed motion.

Review Verdict: Tuft & Needle Mattress vs Leesa

Man, this was a tough one. If you’ve read this far, you now know that both mattress are 10″ thick all-foam beds, both have an accommodating neutral-foam feel, and both sleep temperature neutral. Really, there are only two major differences you can point to in order to make a decision.

First and foremost, the main decision point comes down to price. If you’re on a tight budget, Tuft & Needle wins, although Leesa isn’t really that expensive either, in the grand scheme of things.

Next, do you spend a lot of time on your side? If you do, Leesa is slightly better. It just offers a tad bit more pressure relief.

There are a few other tiny differences that may impact your decision, as well. One is that we like the cover on the Leesa mattress a little better. The other is that Leesa is really committed to making a positive social impact; They donate one bed for every ten they sell.

We hope this comparison was helpful. Thanks for reading this far.

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

JD

JD Christison

Combo Sleeper

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