Leesa Mattress Review

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Value-wise, the Leesa bed’s competition has largely matched it in terms of product, pricing and delivery, but Leesa has a bonus: you can try its beds in select Pottery Barn and West Elm stores, making it possible to try before buying.

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Note: Among companies selling mattresses directly online, Leesa is one of the competitors with a longer track record, going back to 2014. Along with Casper, Leesa helped pioneer the free trial/free shipping policies that are now standard. And with the exception of its sister brand, Sapira (which we have also reviewed), the Leesa bed comes only in one version, so there are no decisions to make regarding comfort level.  

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Leesa mattress video review above.

Synopsis

Key Facts – Leesa Mattress

Mattress Type

Comfort Foam + Memory Foam over Foam

Price (Queen)

$995

Delivery

Free delivery

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

10 years. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

10 inches

Weight (Queen)

71 pounds

 

GoodBed's Take – Who is the Best Match for a Leesa Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Are primarily a back sleeper
  • Like just a bit of slow-responding memory-foam feel
  • Want the option to try in a store before buying
  • Like a little bounce in your mattress
  • Are sensitive to movements of a partner
  • Like to sleep on the edge of your bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer to sink deeply into a mattress
  • Are very heavy (250+ lbs.)
  • Are very light (less than 100 lbs.)
  • Have acute pain/pressure point issues

 

FEEL Classifications

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5 Medium
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
8 Quick recovery

 

BACK SUPPORT Rating (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 5 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 7 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9 8
Heavier >250 lb 9 8 7

 

PRESSURE RELIEF Rating (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 7 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 7 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 6
Heavier >250 lb 6 5

 

OTHER GoodBed Ratings

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 9 Excellent
Stays 'Cool' 8 Good for memory foam
Edge Support 8 Very good
Ease of Repositioning 9 Excellent
Green Features 6  Company has some eco-initiatives
Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 Good compatibility
Overall Value 8 Very good value

 Leesa Mattress

Overview: Leesa Mattress

Last Updated: July 2018

The Leesa Mattress is a 10”, three-layer, all foam mattress. The first layer of foam is the company’s proprietary “Avena” foam that in our estimation is a sort of synthetic latex foam. The middle layer is memory foam, and the support layer is a block of standard polyurethane foam.

In our evaluations, we found the Leesa mattress to have a Medium softness level, a blend of your heavier parts sinking into the mattress while lighter or concave parts float on top. In our tests, we found the Leesa bed to offer very good support and spinal alignment, particularly for those who sleep primarily on their backs. Hips sunk into the mattress just enough to create a neutral spinal position, and our tester felt the mattress reaching up to support his lumbar area.

The Leesa mattress also excelled in our tests for motion isolation, yet the mattress does have a small amount of bounce; those two characteristics don’t normally go hand in hand. If not feeling your partner’s movements is important, but you do like a mattress with just a little bounce, the Leesa is worth a look.

While the Leesa bed does have a small amount of memory foam, we would not call it a memory foam mattress, as it has very little of that slow-melting-into-the-bed feel that we associate with memory foam. Rather, the Leesa bed was quick-responding, and recovers its shape very quickly after being compressed. For a foam mattress with no special edge support features, we were pleased to find that the Leesa mattress was very stable, both when sitting on the edge, and when laying right on the edge. I you find yourself frequently pushed to the edge of the bed by kids or pets, the Leesa would be a good choice based on our evaluation.

Value-wise, the Leesa bed’s competition has largely matched it in terms of product, pricing and delivery, but Leesa has a bonus: you can try its beds in select Pottery Barn and West Elm stores (find locations), making it possible to try before buying.  

Among our concerns: After our sleep testing, we felt that there are better choices out there if pressure relief is a concern for you. Our tester didn’t experience problems, but we did question whether those with acute needs would find relief especially while sleeping on their sides. And we also had concerns that heavier (250+ lbs.) individuals might sink through the two comfort layers and bottom out on that firm support layer; to be fair this is a generally a concern or ours when we’re talking about mattresses with just 4” of comfort foam up top.

The Leesa mattress’s price is competitive; free shipping is included, but just as with any other package, it’s left at the door. A ‘white glove’ service is available as an upgrade for $100; that means the bed would be delivered and set up in the room where you want it. If you want your old bedding removed, that’s another $50. A Leesa 100-day trial is included, with free shipping both ways if you return the mattress.

Note that the Leesa mattress does not come with a box spring (nor does it need one). You can place the Leesa mattress atop the support of your choice, including a separately purchased box support, a bed frame, platform bed, or adjustable bed frame. Leesa sells its own bed frame and adjustable frame, but neither are required purchases.  

Overall, the Leesa mattress performed well in our testing and evaluations especially for back sleepers. But the competition has largely now caught up with Leesa, and it’s not the only $995-ish queen size foam bed on the market, and is no longer the most innovative either.

Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests.

 

Construction

Mattress type:  Comfort Foam + Memory Foam over Foam

Made In:  United States

Mattress Thickness:  10"

Mattress Weight:  71 pounds (queen size)

 

Layers

The Leesa mattress is a 10″ thick mattress comprised of 3 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 2” ‘Avena’ polyurethane foam, 3.6lb. density
  • 2” memory foam, 3 lb. density
  • 6” polyurethane foam support layer, 1.8-lb density

The Leesa mattress is made of three layers of foam. The top layer is a polyurethane foam called “Avena” foam and is proprietary to Leesa. Although not made of latex, it has properties of synthetic latex, and its punctured throughout with pin-core holes, much like latex. The top of this layer is flat, but the bottom of the Avena foam layer is convoluted—you will recognize it as an egg-crate foam. You can read more about the Avena foam, and see more pictures, on the Leesa website.

Under the Avena layer is two inches of memory foam in a 3-lb. density. The 6” support layer is a fairly standard polyurethane foam in a 1.8-lb density.

Although the Leesa mattress does contain a small amount of memory foam, we would consider the Leesa bed a foam bed, rather than a memory foam mattress. There were times when we felt the presence of the memory foam; more details on that further in this review.

Leesa Mattress Layers

 

Cover

The foam layers of the Leesa are wrapped in a fire sock (required by law as a flame retardant) and enclosed in a zippered cover. The cover is relatively flat and doesn’t add much extra loft to the bed. We tugged and twisted the cover and felt sturdy and well made.

 Leesa Mattress Cover

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness ( what’s this )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

We classify the Leesa mattress as a Medium mattress. It represented, for us, a blend of sinking into the mattress (the heavier parts of your body) and floating on top of it (the lighter parts).  

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged by your mattress; how far you sink into it. For our tester the Leesa mattress was right in the middle/average. While you sink a bit, it’s certainly not enough to feel enclosed or snuggled.  

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5 Medium cushioning

 Leesa Mattress Cushioning Depth

Responsiveness ( what’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

While the Leesa mattress does have a 2”” layer of memory foam (the second layer of the mattress), it really does not have much of that recognizable memory-foam feel, where after compressed, your handprint takes several seconds to disappear (some describe this as a slow, melting into the mattress feeling). Rather, the Leesa mattress is fairly bouncy on top, owning to the top layer of Avena foam, it recovers its shape quickly; not as quickly as an innerspring mattress might do, but definitely a lot faster than a mattress with a few inches of memory foam on top. When we pressed down hard into the mattress, we could see a bit of the memory foam effect from that second foam layer, with our handprint lingering just briefly.

Responsiveness also translates to bounce. Similarly, this mattress behaved more like a latex mattress, with a little bit of bounce but not much. If you’re a fan of a bouncy mattress, foam beds in general might not be right for you.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
8 Quick recovery

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

In our evaluations, the Leesa mattress afforded very good back support and spinal alignment, particularly for back and side sleepers.

 

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Leesa mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 5 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 7 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9 8
Heavier >250 lb 9 8 7

 

Back Sleepers:

While our tester was on his back, he noted that his hips sank just deeply enough to create a very neutral spine, while he felt the mattress did a nice job reaching up to support his lumbar curve. We feel that sleepers of a wide weight range would have a similar experience.

Side Sleepers:

The Leesa mattress performed well for our testing in the side-sleeping position. Here, he could feel the memory foam kick in after 30 seconds or so, once the heat of his body began to warm the gel in the foam. This allowed his shoulders and hips to sink appropriately into the mattress, creating a good neutral spine position for our tester.

We would be concerned about significantly lighter (less than 100 lbs.) side sleepers, who might not be heavy enough to compress the foam with their shoulders or hips.

Stomach Sleepers:

Achieving good spinal alignment for stomach sleepers can often be trickier as the hips can tend to sink down too far with some mattresses, but our tester felt well supported in this position as well. We did have concerns, as we do with many all-foam beds, that heavier (200+ lbs.) stomach sleepers could sink too deeply into the bed, which can lead to an over-arched back, which in turn could lead to back pain.

 

Pressure Relief

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Leesa mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 7 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 7 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 6
Heavier >250 lb 6 5

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the Leesa mattress to be good. Our tester didn’t experience any specific issues, and he didn’t feel that he ‘bottomed out’ or pushed through the mattress’s comfort layers and into the firmer support foam layer. However, we do wonder about heavier or curvier people, whose hips and shoulders could possibly sink through those top layers to the harder support layers of foam.

While our tester didn’t experience any pain or serious issues, if pressure relief is a major concern for you, there are other mattresses that do a better job.

Leesa Mattress Side Sleeping 

Other Characteristics

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation ( what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Leesa bed, we tested motion isolation first by applying manual pressure (our tester pushed into the mattress with his arm), then by our tester dropping his weight onto the bed. 

Either way, there was almost no movement from our bowling pin, which leads us to conclude that the Leesa mattress would be a very good choice for those sensitive to a partner’s movements in bed.

Motion Isolation Rating
9 /10 Excellent

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

For most people, we do not think the Leesa mattress will feel hot. Memory foam has a reputation for heat retention, but in the case of the Leesa bed, the memory foam layer is not on top. Furthermore, the bed’s top Avena foam layer has a couple of features to help regulate heat. First, the foam’s pin-core holes piercing the top layer help promote airflow. And the convoluted/egg crate design of the Avena foam also helps promote air flow.

If overheating in bed is an issue for you, and you’ve experienced it with other mattresses, you might want to explore other models, or consider going with an innerspring mattress, but for a foam mattress, we don’t think the Leesa bed will feel hot to the majority of people.

Stays "Cool" Rating
8 /10 Good for memory foam

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

Foam mattresses aren’t typically very supportive along the very edge of the mattress—important if you like to sit on the edge of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. With the Leesa mattress, our tester did experience a substantial amount of dip when sitting on the edge of the mattress, but he did feel stable.

When laying on the very edge of the mattress, our tester also felt stable, and didn’t feel he was slipping or leaning at all. Especially for a foam mattress, the Leesa had very good edge support despite not having any specifically designed features to address this issue.

Edge Support Rating 8 /10 Very good

 Leesa Mattress Edge Support

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

One of the highlights of the Leesa mattress, for our tester, was ease of movement. Mattresses with memory foam don’t have the best reputation when it comes to how easy it is to roll into different positions. However, the memory foam in the Leesa bed is two inches down, and the top Avena layer is a very responsive foam we felt had many behavioral qualities of latex. Our tester felt that changing positions was very easy. An all-natural latex bed might be even better.

Repositioning Rating
8 /10 Very good

 

Green Features ( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

In the case of the Leesa mattress, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials, however all of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC.

The company does have some other social initiatives. For every 10 mattresses sold, Leesa donates one mattress to charity. The company says that it has donated more than 30,000 mattresses so far to disaster recovery, homeless and women’s shelters, and Habitat for Humanity. Read more about Leesa's social initiatives on its website.

The company also says it plants a tree for each mattress sold.

Green Rating 7 /10 Company has some eco initiatives

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

We did not have an opportunity to test the Leesa mattress with an adjustable base. However, the company does sell its own adjustable base that can be used with the Leesa bed, and using an adjustable base (either Leesa’s adjustable base or another brand’s) will certainly not void the warranty. Given what we know about the construction of this mattress and the fact that the company explicitly endorses the use of an adjustable base with this mattress, we assume that its compatibility is likely very good.

Adjustable Base Use Rating
8 /10 Very compatible

 

Price, Value & Longevity

What It Costs

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.


Size Dimensions Mattress Std. Foundation / Adj. Base GoodBed Discount
Twin 39" x 75" x 10" $599 $159 / $1,199 $130 off
Twin XL 39" x 80" x 10" $699 $159 / $1,249 $130 off
Full (Double) 53" x 75" x 10" $899 $209 / $1,299 $130 off
Queen 60" x 80" x 10" $999 $259 / $1,399 $130 off
King 76" x 80" x 10" $1,399 $318 / $2,498 $130 off
California King 72" x 84" x 10" $1,399 $318 / $2,498 $130 off

 

What You’re Getting

The Leesa is a 10-inch mattress made of polyurethane foam with varying densities, along with a 2” layer of memory foam sandwiched as the second layer. Leesa was one of the first companies selling mattresses online back in 2014, so the company has a longer track record than most. Leesa now sells its mattress at select Pottery Barn and West Elm stores, so if you aren’t comfortable buying a mattress sight unseen, that gives you an opportunity to try it out first.

 

How Long We Think It Will Last

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the Leesa mattress, the lower support layer made of 1.8-lb density foam is fairly standard. It’s the top two comfort layers that are more of an unknown. The middle memory foam layer is of 3-lb. density; that’s a little lower than we like to see for memory foam (higher densities in the 4 to 5-lb. range are likely to be more durable, we believe). The top Avena foam layer is even more unproven since it isn’t used in other brand’s mattresses. Leesa has been selling this mattress since 2014, so even the oldest Leesa beds out there are just four years old.

Overall, we think the materials used in the Leesa bed are just okay. There’s simply no track record yet for that Avena foam.

 

Overall Value

Pricing for the queen size Leesa bed is $995, a price that’s right in line with many (if not most) of its online competitors, some of which offer more sophisticated mattresses for the same price. While the Leesa bed was an exceptional value when it debuted, it doesn’t stand out quite as much for value as it once did. Even so, it still compares favorably to foam beds you’ll find in mattress stores.

Value Rating
8 /10 Very good value

 

Delivery, Returns, & Warranty

Delivery

  • Free delivery

Leesa includes free delivery via common carrier (typically UPS), which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. For an extra $100, you can opt for their VIP or ‘white glove’ service, where the mattress is delivered and set up in the room where you want it, and the packaging is removed. Removal of your old bedding is another $50 option.

 

Returns

  • 100-day trial period
  • Full refund, including free pickup within trial period

Leesa offers buyers a 100-day trial period. Returns within the trial period are free, with pickup of the mattress included. Returned mattresses will be donated to charity, according to the company.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 10 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 1” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for mattresses is generally between ¾” and 1.5”. Leesa has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection. Full details on Leesa's warranty and returns policy.

Should you require warranty service, however, you are responsible for shipping both ways.

 

Summary: Is the Leesa Mattress Right for You?

We found a lot to like about the Leesa mattress, and think it will suit a wide variety of people. Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our evaluations.

BEST if you:

  • Are primarily a back sleeper
  • Like just a bit of slow-responding memory-foam feel
  • Want the option to try in a store before buying
  • Like a little bounce in your mattress
  • Are sensitive to movements of a partner
  • Like to sleep on the edge of your bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer to sink deeply into a mattress
  • Are very heavy (250+ lbs.)
  • Are very light (less than 100 lbs.)
  • Have acute pain/pressure point issues


Is the Leesa bed right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for a little more on the Leesa mattress? Visit Leesa.com.

 

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