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|The Novosbed mattress has a memory foam feel and is available in multiple firmness profiles. It also comes with a machine washable cover.|
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|The popular Leesa mattress is a three-layer all-foam bed that has a soft, neutral-foam feel. The bed accommodates all types of sleepers.|
For those of you who want to get right down to business, here is a quick summary of the differences between these two mattresses.
Those are the primary points of differentiation between the two beds, but obviously there’s a lot more detail behind each point you should know. Keep reading to learn more.
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Novosbed is a Canadian based online mattress company, but don’t worry, they serve United States residents, as well. The company was founded in 2009 and offers one mattress model (as of the date of this post).
The Novosbed mattress is comprised of three layers of foam, the top two of which are memory foam. Given this, as you might guess, the bed has a prototypical memory foam feel. As you lay down on the surface of the mattress, you slowly sink in a little and the top two layers start to conform and mold to your body.
This is obviously good news for anybody out there that digs memory foam. There are a lot of consumers that swear by the deep, contouring sensation that memory foam provides. If you’re not a big fan of memory foam, though, you’ll probably like the Leesa bed-in-a-box a little more. As you will find out later, the Leesa mattress has more of a neutral feel.
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Unlike the Leesa mattress, which comes in just one firmness profile, you can choose between a Soft, Medium, or Firm version with Novosbed. Depending on which model you select, the company makes slight tweaks to the top two layers of the mattress. For example, the Soft version uses a medium-soft transition foam and a layer of gel memory foam on top. The Medium version uses a medium transition foam (who would have guessed) and “next generation” memory foam for the top layer. The Firm version continues this trend with slightly firmer top foam layers. Here’s where we think each model lands along the firmness scale.
Obviously, more options are typically a good thing for consumers. In this case, it means every type of sleeper will be able to find a model that best suits their particular sleeping habits. Overall, we’d recommend primary side sleepers go with the Soft option and everyone else go with either the Medium or Firm options, depending on how much support you need/want.
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Also, don’t worry if you select one of the models and it turns out to be too soft or firm for your liking. If that happens, just contact the company and they’ll send you their Comfort+ kit. Essentially, it’s just a layer of foam that is designed to either soften or firm up the bed. Here’s a look at the Slumber Yard team putting on the Comfort+ kit.
Alternatively, you could just use the free returns card (as long as you’re within the trial period) and exchange the bed for a different model. Keep in mind, memory foam softens and firms up depending on temperature. It you live in a cold climate, the memory foam will likely feel firmer. On the other hand, if you live in a warm climate, the memory foam will feel softer. You can learn more about the Comfort+ Kit on Novosbed’s website.
This might be a minor point for some people, but the Novosbed mattress comes with a machine washable cover. Yes, you can actually unzip the cover and throw it in the wash if it happens to get dirty.
Most bed-in-a-box mattresses (Leesa included) do not have machine washable covers (even if they are removable). With most beds, you’re stuck spot cleaning the dirty area. YogaBed and Eve are the only other beds that come to mind that have machine washable covers.
If given the choice between Leesa and Novosbed, we’d have to give the edge to Novosbed when talking about large individuals (250+ lb). We say that for two reasons. First, Novosbed is the thicker mattress out of the two. Generally speaking, thicker beds are preferable for heavy people since they’re more difficult to bottom out.
Second and more importantly, Novosbed is firmer than Leesa (Medium and Firm options). This is important because heavy people place a large amount of stress on a mattress and as a result, tend to sink further into the top layers compared to petite and medium sized individuals. As such, firmer beds are typically more ideal for heavier folks since they’ll sleep more top of the mattress rather than in it, which in turn helps to keep their spines in proper alignment.
However, with that in mind, we wouldn’t put Novosbed on our list of the Best Beds For Heavy People. We almost always recommend heavy folks choose a mattress that contain coils or innerspring units. Broadly speaking, coils are more durable and provide more support than the dense foams that all-foam beds (like Leesa and Novosbed) use for their foundations. Given this, hybrid and coils beds are just better suited to handle the force big people exert on a mattress throughout the night.
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Leesa was founded five years after Novosbed, but the company has quickly become one of the most well-known online mattress brands in the industry. In addition to the Original Leesa mattress (the focus of today’s post), the company also offers the Leesa Hybrid / Sapira mattress. The Sapira model is the company’s more premium option and uses individually pocketed coils for its primary support structure.
For a lot of folks out there, this is going to the biggest advantage that Leesa has to offer. The Leesa mattress is just simply more affordable than the Novosbed mattress.
Both beds have similar MSRPs ($1,000-$1,100 for a queen size), however, don’t pay too much attention to the MSRP prices. Both companies regularly run sales and offer discounts. With Novosbed, you can usually expect to receive a $100 discount. You can check Novosbed.com to make sure that promotion is still live.
Leesa is a little more aggressive, though. You can usually expect to receive a 10-15% discount. Again, it’s probably a good idea to check Leesa.com to see what kind of promotion they’re currently running.
If both of these beds are out of your price range, be sure to check out our list of the Best Budget Mattresses.
Like Novosbed, the Leesa mattress is comprised of three foam layers. Most notably, it uses a layer of memory foam in the middle and the company’s proprietary LSA200 foam on top. Since the layer of memory foam is sandwiched in the middle, you really don’t feel much of it. It’s more so there for deep pressure relief. Instead, you feel more of the company’s special LSA200 foam, which has what we consider to be a soft, neutral-foam feel. By “neutral,” we mean the top layer doesn’t really hug or conform to your body like traditional memory foam. It’s still soft and comfortable, just don’t expect the same contouring sensation that memory foam provides.
Keep in mind, there are no winners or losers when talking about feel. Every sleeper has different preferences. Bottom line, if you like memory foam, Novosbed is the better option, and if you don’t, then Leesa is the clear choice.
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This is a small point, but the LSA200 foam top layer on the Leesa mattress is more responsive than the top layer of memory foam on the Novosbed mattress. As you can see below, the LSA200 foam snaps back to position quickly after pressure is released off the surface of the mattress.
Really, all this means is that active and combo sleepers will likely find it much easier to switch between positions on the Leesa mattress than on Novosbed. In other words, you don’t really get any sort of that stuck-in-the-mud feel with the Leesa mattress. With Novosbed, you will get a bit of that stuck-in-the-mud feel, which is common among memory foam beds.
Above we described the areas in which the two beds differ, but you might also be wondering about some of their similarities. Let’s cover that next.
All in all, we think both beds will work for all types of sleepers. With Novosbed, as we mentioned above, you’ll have to choose the firmness level that bests matches your primary sleeping position. Side sleepers will want to go with the Soft option, combo sleepers will likely want to go with the Medium option, and back and stomach sleepers will want to go with either the Medium or Firm options.
The Leesa mattress, despite coming in only one firmness option, will be good for all sleeper types, as well. Overall, we think it lands around a medium on the firmness scale (i.e. it’s not too firm or too soft). The bed strikes a nice balance between support, comfort, and pressure relief. As such, we think all types of sleepers will find the Leesa mattress to be comfortable and accommodating.
Thanks for sticking with us to the very end. We hope you now have a better understanding of how these two bed-in-a-box mattresses differ. If you’re still stuck on which bed to purchase, though, let’s quickly review the two primary decision points.
Feel — This is a personal preference decision. If you like the feel of memory foam, then Novosbed is the answer. If you don’t, play it safe and go with Leesa.
Budget — If price is of the utmost concern, then Leesa is the clear choice. Leesa beds are typically ~$100 cheaper than Novosbed mattresses. Be sure to check the discount box at the top of the page for coupon codes.
That’s all we have for you. Check out our Mattress Finder Quiz if you’re still not sure which mattress is right for you.
Novosbed and Leesa both offer extremely friendly customer policies. Let’s discuss exactly what each company offers, starting with Novosbed.
First, the Novosbed (like pretty much all bed-in-a-box mattresses) comes with free shipping as long as you live in Canada or the continental United States. The bed will arrive at your door rolled up in plastic and stuffed in a box. Once you see the box has arrived, grab a friend or family member and move it to the room of your choice. From there, just cut the plastic, unroll the bed, and watch it inflate. The whole process shouldn’t take longer than 5-10 minutes. Here’s a look at the Slumber Yard team setting up the mattress.
From the date of delivery, Novosbed offers customers a 120-night risk-free trial period to test out the mattress. If, after 30 nights, you decide the bed is too soft or too firm, the company will send you a Comfort+ kit to remedy the situation. If that doesn’t do the trick and you’re still unsatisfied with the bed, the company will then issue you a full refund after 60 days. All you have to do is contact the Novosbed customer support team and they’ll schedule a time for the bed to be removed from your home. Once the mattress has indeed been removed, just email the company a picture of the pick-up receipt and you’ll get your money back. The Novosbed mattress also comes backed by a 15-year warranty. You can check out the details about the warranty on the company’s website.
Leesa, on the other hand, follows the bed-in-a-box industry standards in regards to policies. They offer free shipping, a 100-night trial period, free returns, and a 10-year warranty. Again, you can read more about the Leesa mattress warranty on the company’s website.
Lastly, we think both mattresses will work just fine for couples. Both beds perform well when it comes to motion isolation and edge support.
First, the beds do a great job of deadening movement. This is important for people who share a mattress with an an active sleeper that likes to move around a lot during the night. Luckily, with both of these beds, you hopefully won’t feel too much of your partner’s movements, which should allow you to get a restful night of sleep.
In terms of edge support, both beds are solid enough around the perimeter to get the job done. Most couples shouldn’t experience any issues in this department. Edge support is particularly important if you share a smaller sized mattress, like a full or queen. The better the edge support, the more useful surface area there is for both partners to spread and get comfortable while still feeling properly supported.
Overall, we think both mattresses sleep temperature neutral. In simple terms, this means the mattresses themselves won’t be the primary reason why you warm up or cool off during the night. Instead, we think external factors will play more of a role in determining your sleeping temperature on these beds. To be specific, we’re talking about factors like what temperature you set your air conditioner/heating unit at, what kind of sheets and blankets you use, and where you live (warm or cold climate).