Novosbed vs Leesa Mattress
If you really like memory foam, Novosbed might be your pick. If not, Leesa is a fantastic mattress
Last Updated: September 9, 2020
Novosbed and Leesa both produce high-quality mattresses that are very accommodating. In this post, we cover why you would get Leesa over Novosbed and vice versa. We cover feel, firmness, sleeper type, and more.
Novosbed Mattress vs Leesa Synopsis
For those of you who want to get right down to business, here is a quick summary of the differences between these two mattresses.
- Feel — The Leesa mattress has what we consider to be a neutral-foam feel, while Novosbed has a dense memory foam feel.
- Price — The Leesa mattress is more affordable than Novosbed by about $100-$150 (after discounts).
- Firmness Options — Novosbed is available in multiple firmness profiles. The Leesa mattress comes in just one firmness option (medium).
- Cover — This might be a small point, but Novosbed has a machine washable cover (the Leesa mattress does not).
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.
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).
Memory Foam Feel
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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Multiple Firmness Options
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.
Machine Washable Cover
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.
Better For Large Individuals (Sort Of)
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.
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.
Leesa Is More Affordable
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 for a queen size), however, don’t pay too much attention to the MSRP prices. That’s because Leesa is aggressive when it comes to sales and promotions. You can usually expect to receive a 10-15% discount. 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.
Soft, Neutral-Foam Feel
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.
What Leesa & Novosbed Have In Common
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.
Both Beds Accommodate All Sleeper Types
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.
Leesa Mattress vs Novosbed Review Verdict
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-$150 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.