Sapira Mattress Review

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The Sapira mattress by Leesa is a hybrid foam-over-pocketed-coil mattress that competes with many other online mattresses. How did it perform in our evaluations?

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Note: Among companies selling mattresses directly online, Leesa has one of the longer track records, going back to 2014. See our Leesa mattress review, where we cover the company's signature mattress, an all-foam bed. In this report, we examine the company's Sapira mattress, a hybrid bed with latex and memory foam over pocketed coil construction.

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

Synopsis

Key Facts – Sapira Mattress

Mattress Type

Comfort Foam and Memory Foam over Pocketed Coils

Price (Queen)

$1,595

Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

10 years. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

11 inches

Weight (Queen)

115 pounds

 

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

BEST if you:

  • Are primarily a back or stomach sleeper
  • Are heavier (250+ lbs.)
  • Prefer a firmer 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 a lighter or curvier side sleeper
  • Enjoy sinking deeply into your mattress

 

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)
4 Medium Firm
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Shallower than average
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
7 Quick recovery with a little bounce

 

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 6 6 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 7 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 8 9

 

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 6 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 7 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 9

 

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 10 Exceptional
Stays 'Cool' 9 Excellent
Edge Support 10 Exceptional
Ease of Repositioning 10 Exceptional
Green Features 7 Company has some eco-initiatives
Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 Good compatibility
Overall Value 7 Good value

 Sapira Mattress

Overview: Sapira Mattress

Last Updated: September 2018

The Sapira mattress by Leesa is an 11" hybrid mattress using foam over pocketed coil construction. This is a fairly common type of mattress these days, so we were interested to see how the Sapira bed stands out.

The Sapira bed has five total layers, including Leesa's latex-like proprietary Avena foam; we did find that it had properties similar to latex, including good pressure-relieving characteristics. The main support portion of the mattress is a pocketed coil unit with firmer, slimmer coils around the edges of the bed. Edge support was a highlight in our testing, and we felt the Sapira bed would be a good choice for those who sleep right on the edge of their bed.

We judged the Sapira mattress a Medium Firm bed on our softness scale. In our tests, it proved supportive and promoted very good spinal alignment for our 200-lb. tester particularly in back sleeping and stomach sleeping positions. We felt it would be similarly supportive for those around our tester's weight and heavier. We did have some questions about those much lighter than our tester, who might not be heavy enough to sink into the mattress to create the good spinal alignment our tester experienced.

For side sleeping, our tester felt his shoulders could have sunk a little more into the mattress; again, we felt the Sapira might be too firm for lighter sleepers, but find for heavier speakers. Overall, we felt this mattress would suit a wide range of individuals.

While the Sapira 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 Sapira bed was quick-responding, and recovers its shape very quickly after being compressed. Cushioning depth is little shallower than average, and we felt it would be a good match for those who prefer a feeling of floating on top of the mattress as opposed to sinking in deeply.

Value-wise, the Sapira bed has a lot of competition among other online mattresses, 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 a Sapira bed before buying.  

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 Sapira mattress does not come with a box spring (nor does it need one). You can place the bed 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.  

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 and Memory Foam over Pocketed Coils

Made In:                           United States

Mattress Thickness:        11"

Mattress Weight:             115 pounds (queen size)

 

Layers

The Sapira mattress from Leesa is an 11″ thick mattress comprised of 5 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 1.5” ‘Avena’ polyurethane foam, 3.75 lb. density
  • 1.5” visco-elastic memory foam, 4 lb. density
  • 1"    polyurethane foam, 2 lb. density
  • 6”    pocketed coil unit
  • 1"    polyurethane foam, 2 lb. density

The Sapira bed is a hybrid mattress: part traditional coils, and part modern foams. The top layer is Leesa's proprietary "Avena" foam, a polyurethane foam that has latex-like properties. This is a quick-responding foam that's pierced with pin-core holes, much like traditional latex. Next is a 1.5" layer of memory foam in a 4 lb. density (memory foams typically used in mattresses range from 2 to 5 lbs. higher is better). After that is an inch of regular polyurethane foam; this foam doesn't serve a major comfort purpose, it's more of a transition between the foam and coil layers. The main pocketed coil unit is 6" tall. Two sets of narrower coils surround the edge. Lastly, there's another inch of polyurethane foam.

Sapira Mattress Layers

 

Cover

The layers of the Sapira mattress are wrapped in a non-removable fabric cover. We liked the cover: it's very smooth and stretchy; it feels good to the touch. We pulled and tugged at it in our tests and found it to be well made and sturdy.

Sapira 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 Sapira mattress as a Medium Firm bed on our scale. Compared to the company's other mattress, the Leesa, this is a firmer bed.

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

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
4 Medium-Firm

 

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. The Sapira mattress has a shallower than average cushioning depth, so the feeling on this mattress is more floating-on-top than sinking in deeply.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Shallower than average cushioning

 Sapira 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?

The Sapira mattress does have a layer of memory foam, but it isn't the top layer. When we pressed down on the mattress, we did notice some delay in returning back to shape, but when laying on the mattress, we really did not notice much of that memory feel. Overall, we would call this a fast-responding bed.

Responsiveness also translates to bounce. Many mattresses with a coil unit have quite a bit of bounce, but in the Sapira mattress, the memory foam layer tends to absorb any bounce that might be generated by the pocketed coils. The net effect is a mattress with less bounce than we expected.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
7 Quick recovery with a little bounce

 

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 Sapira mattress from Leesa afforded very good back support and spinal alignment, particularly for back and stomach sleepers. We also felt it would be a good choice for heavier individuals, even heavier stomach sleepers, which can have a harder time finding a mattress that's supportive enough. We did have some questions about its suitability for very light persons, who might not sink into the mattress enough.

 

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 Sapira mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 6 6 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 7 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 8 9

 

Back Sleepers:

In our evaluation, we felt the Sapira bed would be an excellent choice for most back sleepers. Our 200-lb. tester felt his hips sinking into the mattress just the right amount, even while he felt the mattress reaching up to support his lumbar area. We felt the Sapira bed would be a good choice for most back sleepers of average weight, including those who might be heavier than our tester. We did question whether the Sapira mattress might be too firm for those much lighter than our tester, because persons weighing less than 100 or 150 lbs. might not be heavy enough to compress the mattress enough to create appropriate spinal alignment.

Side Sleepers:

The Sapira mattress is a firm bed, and that can make side sleeping tricky; a bed must be soft enough in order for shoulders and hips to sink into the mattress enough to create a neutral spinal position. For our 200 lb. tester, he felt his shoulder not quite able to sink enough into the mattress, resulting in an upward tilt to his spine. We felt that persons heavier than our tester would likely be fine in a side-sleeping position, as they would be able to sink a bit more into the mattress.

We would be concerned about significantly lighter 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 on the Sapira mattress, and felt that stomach sleepers of any weight would also be well supported.

 

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 Sapira mattress from Leesa:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 6 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 7 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 9

 

Even though our 200-lb. tester felt his shoulders were not sinking quite enough into the mattress, he didn't feel any issues with pressure points or joints. We felt that those around our tester's weight, and heavier, would also experience very good pressure relief on the Sapira mattress. We questioned pressure relief for lighter persons, and for those who are curvier (e.g. those with broad shoulders or hips), who may find the Sapira bed too firm.

 Sapira Mattress Side Sleeping and Pressure Relief

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 Sapira bed, we tested motion isolation first by dropping our 16-lb. bowling ball on the bed, then with our tester dropping his body weight on the bed.

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

Innerspring and pocketed coil mattresses often are not the best at motion isolation, but the Sapira is doing a very good job at that; the memory foam on top of the pocketed coil layer seems to help dampen any movement transferred by the coil unit.

Motion Isolation Rating
10 /10 Exceptional

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

For most people, we do not think the Sapira mattress will feel hot. Memory foam has a reputation for heat retention, but in the case of the Sapira bed, the memory foam layer is not on top. Furthermore, the bed’s top Avena foam layer has pin-core holes piercing the top layer to help promote airflow.

The largest portion of the bed is comprised of the pocketed coil unit, which is made of steel, thin fabric pockets, and air, so naturally air should flow well. Some innerspring mattresses have a foam edge support, but the Sapira features two rows of firmer coils around the edge, so air can move in and out of the sides of the mattress.

Lastly, the shallower cushioning depth of the Sapira mattress means that less of your body is exposed to air.

Stays "Cool" Rating
9 /10 Excellent

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

The pocketed coil unit of the Sapira mattress has two rows of narrower, firmer coils around the edge specifically for edge report. In our testing, this edge support worked very well. While sitting on the edge of the bed, our tester felt very 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. If you tend to sleep on the edge of your bed, or find yourself pushed there by kids and pets, we think the Sapira mattress would be an excellent choice.

Edge Support Rating 10 /10 Very good

 Sapira Mattress Edge Support

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

One of the highlights of the Sapira by 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 Sapira 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.

Repositioning Rating
10 /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 Sapira 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 coils are made of steel, which does not off-gas.

The company does have some 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 specifically test the Sapira bed with an adjustable base. However, the company sells its own adjustable base that can be used with its beds, and using an adjustable base (either Leesa’s adjustable base or another brand’s) will not void the warranty. Since the company endorses use of adjustable bases, we assume that compatibility is likely 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 11" $995 $159 / $1,199 $205 off
Twin XL 39" x 80" x 11" $1,095 $159 / $1,249 $205 off
Full (Double) 53" x 75" x 11" $1,295 $209 / $1,299 $205 off
Queen 60" x 80" x 11" $1,595 $259 / $1,399 $205 off
King 76" x 80" x 11" $1,795 $318 / $2,498 $205 off
California King 72" x 84" x 11" $1,795 $318 / $2,498 $205 off

 

What You’re Getting

The Sapira is an 11-inch hybrid mattress made of foam over pocketed steel coils, with three inches of premium comfort materials, including Leesa's proprietary latex-like Avena foam, along with visco-elastic memory foam. The pocketed coil unit features a firmer two row of slimmer coils as edge support. The bed is covered in a sturdy, stretchy, nice-feeling cover.

 

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 Sapira mattress, the top Avena foam is of 3.75 lb. density, with the memory foam a 4 lb. density. Both are high densities that indicate high-quality materials. Steel coils have a long track record for durability. Overall, we did not notice any red flags in terms of durability for the Sapira mattress.

 

Overall Value

Pricing for the queen size Leesa bed is $1,595, a price that’s higher than many of its online-mattress competitors. The advantage, in our view, is Leesa's transparency with respect to the densities of the foams and gauge of the steel. That's information that likely won't be available when shopping in a mattress store. So compared to what you might find in a local store, we think the Sapira mattress is a good, but perhaps not an exceptional value.

If you prefer to try a mattress in a store, you can find Leesa and Sapira beds in select Pottery Barn and West Elm stores (check the Leesa store locator), which could be very reassuring for those hesitant about ordering online before trying the bed.

Value Rating
7 /10 Good value

 

Delivery, Returns, & Warranty

Delivery

  • Free delivery

Leesa includes free delivery via common carrier (typically UPS) for the Sapira mattress, 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 of the Sapira mattress 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 Sapira Mattress Right for You?

We found the Sapira by Leesa mattress to be of high quality. Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our evaluations

BEST if you:

  • Are primarily a back or stomach sleeper
  • Are heavier (250+ lbs.)
  • Prefer a firmer 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 a lighter or curvier side sleeper
  • Enjoy sinking deeply into your mattress

 

Is the Sapira 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 Sapira mattress from Leesa? Visit Leesa.com.

 

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