You’ve probably heard of Leesa—it’s one of the top five brands in the online mattress shopping space. Leesa helped create the standards you see in almost every other brand, all while offering comfortable beds that can be delivered to your home’s doorstep. The flagship Leesa mattress has a lot of fans because of its comfort, quality, and accommodating features that make it ideal for all sleeper positions (back, stomach, side, and combo).
What we love about the Leesa bed:
- Leesa is a solid, all-foam mattress that we think is pretty comfortable.
- It’s a jack-of-all-trades bed. There aren’t a lot of the fancy bells and whistles, but it’s a solid, dependable mattress.
Things to keep in mind:
- Since the Leesa bed is a foam mattress, heavier people might not get the amount of support they need.
- It’s not the cheapest bed-in-a-box out there. But we still think it’s really affordable for the quality.
So, is the Leesa mattress worth it? Keep reading to find out.
Honest Leesa Mattress Video Review
Lessa Mattress Firmness And Feel
How firm is the Leesa mattress?
In our firmness analysis, we thought the Leesa bed was right down the middle in terms of firmness. It’s a medium on the soft/firm spectrum and will, therefore, be suitable for the greatest number of people.
Medium beds are sought out so much because they are a good balance between comfort and support. Because Leesa is an all-foam mattress, it’s not the most supportive mattress in the world. But it’s still pretty good, and really comfortable.
How does the Leesa mattress feel?
Because Leesa uses a combination of foams, overall, it has more of a neutral, classic foam feel. You won’t experience that all-consuming memory foam feels like Tempurpedic. Leesa does use memory foam, but Leesa doesn’t feel at all like a memory foam mattress.
Instead, it feels like a bed made of a general, soft foam. The top layer of Leesa is airy and light, almost like a marshmallow. This means you will never get that stuck-in-the-mud feeling with the Leesa mattress. You can effortlessly rotate between sleeping positions without feeling slowed down by the mattress.
To be honest, the Original Leesa feels bland and kind of boring, but we think that’s a good thing, oddly enough. This is a highly accommodating, universally comfortable bed that few people will take a hard stance against. If you want a safe pick, the Original Leesa is the way to go.
Leesa Mattress Construction
At a high level, the Original Leesa bed has a similar design to many other mattresses that we’ve reviewed. It’s 10” thick, constructed entirely of foam, and has three layers:
- Base layer — The base of the Leesa mattress is 6″ of dense polyurethane foam. It provides the foundation and bulk of the support for the mattress.
- Transition layer — The 2” transition layer of memory foam of the Leesa bed provides pressure relief and stops you from feeling the dense, more harsh base layer.
- Comfort layer — The top layer of Leesa is a proprietary foam called LSA200. It feels more neutral and is soft to the touch. The LSA200 foam offers great pressure relief and is comfortable to lay on. It’s what you will feel most and it’s what makes this mattress so accommodating.
- Mattress cover –– The cover on the mattress is made mostly of polyester, viscose, and lycra. It’s very soft and has a striped texture that makes it comfortable to lay on. Technically, the cover is removable, but it’s not worth it because it’s not machine washable. If you need to clean it, you should spot clean with a dab of light detergent and warm water.
We see a similar design with the Casper Element mattress, Cocoon by Sealy, and plenty of others. Even so, the feel and design of the Leesa mattress are nice.
Leesa Reviews Sleeper Type Analysis
- Back And Stomach Sleepers
Back and stomach sleepers want firmer mattresses that keep your spine in a neutral position. You still want compression so the bed contours to your body, but you want it firm and supportive enough that you don’t feel any excess pressure in your lower back. With this in mind, Leesa will do just fine for you. It’s not the most supportive mattress, so depending on your body type, it might be better or worse. But in terms of cushion and comfort, Leesa has it covered.
- Side Sleepers
The Original Leesa mattress is a great pick for side sleepers. It offers a good amount of pressure relief, particularly for your hips and shoulders. Now, if the bed feels a hair too firm initially, remember that it will soften up over time. It’s only a medium on our firmness scale, so pretty much any side sleeper will be comfortable on it.
- Combination Sleepers
Combination sleepers typically want a neutral, responsive bed that’s anywhere from a medium-soft to medium-firm on the soft/firm spectrum. That’s Leesa. This is a nice bed for anyone who tosses and turns throughout the night.
Body Type Analysis
You should take your weight and sleeping position into consideration when you’re looking for a new mattress.
- Heavy Individuals
We can’t recommend Leesa, or any 10” all-foam mattress, for heavier people. If you’re over 250 lb or so, you will apply more pressure to the bed, so it won’t provide enough support and it will deteriorate faster. If that’s the case, you should consider more supportive, thicker mattresses.
We generally advise that heavier individuals first consider innerspring mattresses when they’re searching for a new bed. The fact of the matter is that coil mattresses tend to be more supportive and last longer. We’ve put a list together of the best mattresses for heavy people to give you a head start on options.
- Average Individuals
If you’re under 250 lb, you have a lot more leeway with the mattress that you select, and we think you should be just fine with the Leesa bed. We think it will be perfectly supportive and durable for you.
- Petite Individuals
Keep in mind that the less you weigh, the firmer the mattress will feel. That said, the Leesa mattress is only a medium on our firmness scale. We think petite sleepers will have no trouble sleeping on the Original Leesa mattress.
What Does The Leesa Mattress Cost?
Leesa is one of the heavyweights in the bed-in-a-box industry, and part of its success is due to the price of the mattress. We’ve tested out cheaper, budget mattresses, but the Leesa Mattress cost is pretty affordable. Here’s a breakdown of the MSRP for the Leesa mattress:
Leesa Mattress Performance
We really like the Leesa mattress for it’s pressure relief. It’s an all-foam bed, so to start it gets high marks in the pressure relief department. Facor in the top layer of proprietary foam called LSA200 and you’ve got a nice, classic foam feel that’s universally comfortable. The bottom line is the Leesa bed is an accommodating mattress that offers enough pressure relief for anyone to sleep on it.
The Leesa Original mattress does not sleep hot, despite being an all-foam mattress. Foam beds are not known for their superior airflow. Still, Leesa does a nice job of wicking heat away from your body while you sleep.
We wouldn’t consider it particularly hot or cold. Lighter folks will typically find that it sleeps cooler because they sink in less. The opposite is true for heavier people. Though, to be fair, this dynamic applies to all mattresses.
See also: Best Cooling Mattress
The Leesa mattress is about as durable as any of the other bed-in-a-box foam beds on the market. It doesn’t exactly stand out from the rest, but it’s on par. So if you’re looking specifically for an all-foam bed, you can’t go wrong with Leesa.
A foam bed is never going to be as durable as a hybrid or innerspring bed. You should expect your Leesa bed to last around 6-8 years, which is average for most foam mattresses.
Edge support often goes overlooked but is key if you plan to share a twin XL or full size mattress. With these smaller size beds, space is limited, so you want to be able to access the entire surface area of the bed, including the perimeter. If the edges compress too much, you can get a roll-off sensation.
Leesa has okay edge support, which is common for all-foam beds. We’ve seen worse, but we’ve also seen much better edge support. Edge support is not a reason to get Leesa, but it shouldn’t be a major deterrent either.
Motion isolation is important with any mattress, but it’s acutely important when one partner is (1) active in their sleep and/or (2) is a huge fan of getting up for a midnight snack. Usually, all-foam beds are good at limiting motion transfer and Leesa is no different.
The Leesa bed does a good job of absorbing and isolating the movement. This is basically the LSA200 foam and memory foam working in tandem to deaden cross-mattress motion. We even bounced around on the bed and hardly any of that motion travels through the bed—impressive stuff.
Is Leesa a good mattress for couples?
Edge support and motion isolation are two important elements that you should consider with your new bed if you’re sleeping with a partner. We think couples can enjoy sleeping on a Leesa mattress. The bed’s motion isolation is really good, as we expected. The edge support is not so great, as we expected. Ultimately, Leesa performs in line with most other foam mattresses. So if you’ve slept on one before and enjoyed it, you can expect to enjoy Leesa too.
Leesa Mattress Review Verdict
We can see why Leesa beds are so popular: it’s a quality bed that doesn’t over-complicate things. You don’t have any special bells and whistles, no cooling textiles, no coils, and nothing to turn off the average consumer. We like it for myriad reasons, but probably the most impressive thing is that it’s a jack of all trades. It’s a good bed.
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By the end of this Leesa mattress review, we bet you’re wondering, should I buy a Leesa mattress? Fair question.
Buy a Leesa mattress if:
- You’re looking for an affordable, jack-of-all-trades mattress that’s comfortable.
- You’re a hot sleeper who wants a foam mattress. Remember, it doesn’t actively cool you, but you won’t heat up on the Leesa bed.
- For people who don’t like the slow-responding memory foam feel, but still want a foam bed, you’ll like the feel of the Leesa bed.
Don’t buy a Leesa mattress if:
- If you’re taller and heavier, the Leesa hybrid mattress is likely a better fit. The Original Leesa bed is all-foam, so it probably won’t give you enough support.
- For those with joint issues, the Leesa Original bed is good. That said, the Leesa Legend rivals many of their competitors in providing the necessary comfort and support for your aching joints.
Leesa Mattress vs Other Brands
|Mattress Type||Firmness||Temp||Body Type||Thickness||Starting Price|
|Leesa Original||Soft Foam||Medium||Neutral||Under 230 lb||10inch||$1199* *Queen mattress|
|Tuft & Needle Original||Soft Foam||Medium||Neutral||Under 230 lb||10inch||$895* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
|Purple Original||Unique||Medium||Breathable||Under 230 lb||9.5inch||$1299* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
|Saatva Classic||Pillow Top||All||Neutral||All Body Types||11.5inch, 14.5inch||$1795* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
Leesa Company Policy Information
The Leesa mattress—like Purple, and many others bed in a box mattresses come with several company policies to sweeten the deal of you buying a mattress.
Like basically every other brand in the game, shipping and returns are free. With Leesa you do have the opportunity to update to white glove delivery for $150. In terms of your trial period, Leesa offers a 100-night period for you to try out your mattress. That’s pretty standard, it’s not the longest trial, but it’s plenty of time to decide if the bed is right for you.
Other Beds From Leesa
You should know, there are other beds from Leesa. At a high level, there are three big differences between the three Leesa mattresses: price, construction, and firmness level. Leesa mattress reviews tend to be positive, but you might find that one suits your needs more than the others.
- Leesa vs Leesa Hybrid
The formerly-called Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress, now just Leesa Hybrid, has increased edge support while still keeping a neutral foam feel. You end up laying more on top of Leesa’s hybrid beds, whereas the Original Leesa mattress allows you to sink in a little more. The hybrid versions will cost more.
- Leesa vs Leesa Legend
The Leesa Legend bed is a luxury-tier mattress. It has two layers of pocket coils for extra support for heavier individuals. It is also a lot more expensive than the original all-foam Leesa mattress.
How We Test The Mattresses
- My Slumber Yard
My Slumber Yard has been around since the beginning of the bed in a box craze. Our team has personally tested and reviewed over 175 mattresses so far, and we keep more than 150 beds in our office so we can compare them (and take afternoon naps).
When testing mattresses, we evaluate the following factors:
Construction: We cut beds open to see what’s inside and how it’s made.
Feel: We check if it has a stuck-in-the-mud memory foam feel, or if it’s more of a neutral foam or a plush pillow top, etc.
Firmness: We have our own firmness scale and evaluate how that may vary depending on your body and sleeper type.
Pressure Relief: We test what’s the sweet spot for different body and sleeper types.
Support: How that changes by body/sleeper type
Edge Support: This is important for couples who share a bed. Would you roll out of the bed, or can you sleep confidently close to the edges?
Motion Isolation: We use the water glass test to see how the bed fares with motion transfer. This is another important factor for couples who don’t want to wake up when they move.
Temperature Regulation: We use a temperature gun to evaluate if the bed warms up, stays neutral or actively cools while you sleep.
Noise: This could be an issue in beds with coils or innerspring.
Off-Gassing: Some beds could have a smell for a few weeks after unpacking, and we try to warn you about it.
Company Policies: We also take into account policies such as shipping, returns, trial period and warranty.
Value: We look at a bed’s price in the context of what it offers in terms of features and quality of materials and construction.
Yes! Like other all-foam bed-in-a-box mattresses, the Leesa mattress will soften over time. Not a ton, not enough to move it from a medium firmness to a soft on our scale. It’s more like a slight increase in pressure relief.
We think that the Leesa mattress is a good option for most side sleepers. The proprietary foam that Leesa uses for the top layer of the bed is soft to the touch and provides a nice amount of pressure relief. The Leesa bed is best for medium to petite side sleepers. Heavier side sleepers (over 250 lbs) might find they press too far into the mattress.
We think Leesa is a really good brand in the mattress industry. In fact, Leesa helped set many of the standards we now enjoy from other brands. Sure, you might not get all the bells and whistles that you would from other brands, but Leesa sells dependable beds for affordable prices.
We don’t think the Original Leesa mattress is hot. Foam mattresses are known for their tendency to trap heat. Leesa doesn’t do that, instead, it wicks heat away from you when you sleep. Overall, we think it’s a temperature neutral bed. It won’t cool you, but most people won’t wake up sweaty on a Leesa bed.
The Review Team