The Leesa Hybrid mattress combines gentle foams with pocketed coils for a one-two punch of pressure relief and support. But is the bouncy bed actually as cozy as its construction would make it seem?
I personally test drove this bad boy to find out, putting it through the ringer as I assessed everything from its design to its firmness, pressure relief, and motion transfer. And I gotta say, I was pretty surprised by what I uncovered.
Curious to hear my thoughts? Well then keep on reading for my full Leesa Hybrid mattress review! Or you can take a shortcut and go straight to my review summary.
Founded in 2015 by David Wolfe and Jamie Diamonstein, Leesa Sleep has grown into one of the most popular brands on the market. Not only does the company purvey mattresses (the Leesa Hybrid and all-foam Leesa), but it also sells bed frames, adjustable bases, pillows, mattress protectors, and more! Additionally, Leesa’s got a fantastic social impact program in which one out of every ten mattresses sold is donated to someone in need.
While we won’t sink our teeth into all of this great stuff today, we will take a moment later on to compare the Leesa Hybrid and all-foam Leesa mattresses. We’ll also see how the Leesa Hybrid holds up against some of its fiercest competition in the game: the Casper Hybrid and Bear Hybrid.
But before we do any of that, we’ve gotta see what’s going on underneath the covers of the Leesa Hybrid!
What’s the Leesa Hybrid Made of?
The Leesa Hybrid features a five-layer design of performance foam, memory foam, poly foam, and pocketed coils. This combination of materials is intended to produce a bouncy yet pressure-relieving structure, full of comfort and mobility.
But does the construction pull this off? Let’s dive into the layers to find out!
Cover – The cover is made of a Polyester and Lycra blend, so is stretchy and soft to the touch.
Comfort – Leesa kicks things off with a 1.5” inch section of Premium Foam. This is a pretty lively material, so has a quick response to pressure that should keep you positioned more on top of the bed than it. That being said, it’s also quite gentle, so should bring some nice comfort to the shoulders and hips.
Contour – Under the Performance Foam layer, you’ll find a 1.5” one of memory foam. Unlike the material above it, this foam has a slow response to pressure, allowing for some sinkage and body contouring. Its position under the comfort layer ensures that you get to experience all the aforementioned benefits of memory foam without feeling too “stuck” in the mattress. Additionally, the Premium Foam works to curb memory foam’s tendency to overheat.
Transition – Up next, you’ll hit a thin transition layer of poly foam. This material is mostly here to help ease the sleeper from the soft foams up top into the firmer pocketed coils below.
Support – The main support system of the mattress is made up of this 6” layer of pocketed coils. These bad boys are firm and bouncy, working to lift the sleeper up and out of the structure. They’re also individually wrapped, which helps with motion isolation i.e. you shouldn’t be too bothered by your partner’s tossing and turning at night. Another feature I like about this section is that it’s got some added edge support, effectively maximizing the usable space of the bed.
Base – To round things out, Leesa’s snuck in a thin layer of high-density poly foam. This section is really just here to give the coils something upon which to bounce and react.
Thoughts – The construction here is super lively, so tells me that folks are likely to feel more on top of the structure than in it. A lot of people will enjoy this mobility, but perhaps none more than combo sleepers who need to move around and change positions at night.
How Firm is the Leesa Hybrid?
Construction specs aside, let’s get into how this mattress feels, starting with firmness.
As with any feel factor, firmness is subjective and can change a lot depending on one’s body size, weight, and shape. To address that issue, I invited three of my coworkers to test the Leesa Hybrid along with me. Below, you’ll see the average of our personal firmness ratings of the bed on a 1 (soft) to 10 (firm) scale.
We were all pretty much in agreement with the firmness of the Leesa Hybrid, landing on an average rating of 6.5, which syncs up perfectly with the industry standard for medium firmness.
The Leesa Hybrid got a 6.5 from me because I experienced a nice balance between pressure relief and support as I stretched out on the bed. Though I could feel the top layers of foam filling in the space at my lower back and slightly hugging my shoulders and hips, I never felt stuck in the structure; in fact, I felt nicely positioned on top of it. I think combo sleepers would really like this vibe, as it provides relief over a variety of positions and also makes it easy to switch between those positions.
Testing out the Leesa Hybrid Mattress
Sure, I could keep describing my experience with the Leesa Hybrid in words, but I’d much rather show you what I’m talking about. Below, I’ll walk you through a couple of tests I use to examine a bed’s Pressure relief and Motion Transfer.
Here, pressure relief refers to a bed’s capacity for relieving pressure at sensitive spots along the body, such as the shoulders, hips, and lower back.
To assess this capacity, I like to stretch out on a handy dandy pressure map! As I move around the bed, the map captures the force exerted by my body in real time, and then creates a “map” to illustrate that force. Areas of low pressure are indicated in blue and areas of high pressure are in red.
Back – Lying on my back was super comfortable! I could feel the top layers of foam filling in the space at my lower back for some nice relief, but didn’t feel stuck in the structure. In fact, it was easy to move around and change positions.
Side – Turning onto my side, I felt okay. The premium and memory foam layers worked to bring some pressure relief to my shoulders and hips, but the firm support of the pocketed coil system did make for a bit of discomfort in those areas. If you’re a combo sleeper who shifts between your back and side in the night, I think you’d be fine here, but strict side sleepers may want to snag a softer mattress.
Stomach – The discomfort continued as I rolled onto my stomach. Though the pocketed coils are firm, they weren’t quite supportive enough to keep my hips from sinking out of alignment with my shoulders. Strict stomach sleepers should look out for a firmer structure, which will better bolster the spine and prevent any sort of bowing at the lower back.
Next, I’ll be testing out the Leesa Hybrid’s motion transfer, or the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. This section is important for all folks, but could be especially pertinent for those who share a bed with a partner, as it’ll clue you into how bothered you’ll be by their tossing and turning in the night.
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
These are pretty good motion transfer results, considering how bouncy the mattress is. I’d attribute this to the fact that the coils are individually wrapped, which helps to dampen some of the disturbance you might otherwise feel.
Leesa Hybrid Vs.
Now that we’ve gone over the Leesa Hybrid with a fine-tooth comb, let’s see how it fares against some of its competitors on the market, namely the Casper Hybrid and Bear Hybrid.
- The Casper Hybrid is also a bed-in-a-box hybrid, built with layers of gentle foam and pocketed coils.
- One big difference between these two beds is that the Casper Hybrid has Zoned Support for targeted pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
- Overall, I’d say it has a medium firm feel that I like for back and combo sleepers.
- When it comes to cost, the Casper Hybrid is less expensive starting at $795 vs. the Leesa Hybrid’s starting point of $1,095.
- Read my full Casper Hybrid review.
- Another bed-in-a-box hybrid, the Bear Hybrid is just a touch softer than either the Casper or Leesa models.
- Thanks to its gentle memory foam layers, the bed has a soft-medium firm feel with plenty of lift, which could be great for those after a little extra mobility.
- That being said, I was quite impressed with the bed’s capacity for pressure relief, so would also recommend it to side sleepers.
- Starting at $1,090, it’s comparably priced to the Leesa Hybrid.
- Get all the details at my full Bear Hybrid review.
But the Leesa Hybrid isn’t just facing competition from the outside world — it also has to contend with its all-foam sister, the Leesa.
- The Leesa is an all-foam bed-in-a-box, built with three layers of foam (the top two of which are the same as the ones we see in the Leesa Hybrid).
- By putting the brand’s performance LSA 200 foam over memory foam, the Leesa is able to offer pressure relief with some fantastic mobility.
- This makes for a pretty uniformly medium firm feel, which I’d recommend for back or combo sleepers.
- Pricewise, it starts at $595, which is much less expensive than the Leesa Hybrid.
- Wanna learn more? Skip on over to my full Leesa mattress review.
Well y’all, that about does it for this review! We’ve gone over the Leesa Hybrid’s construction, investigated its feel, and even sized it up against some of its biggest competition on the scene, but the question remains: Is it the right mattress for you? Unfortunately, I can’t say, but I can leave you with a few final thoughts to help you make up your mind.
Leesa Hybrid Recommendations
- The Leesa Hybrid is super bouncy, which means it could be a great fit for combo sleepers who need to change positions in the night.
- I also think it could be a good fit for couples, who will benefit from its solid edge support and low motion transfer.
- But truly, if you want some powerful lift, you can’t go wrong with the Leesa Hybrid!
Leesa Hybrid Complaints
- Though there is some nice lift to the Leesa Hybrid, it’s probably just a touch too soft for strict stomach sleepers.
- And if you’re looking for more of a plush feel, I’m not sure this is the bed for you!
- Trial – 100 Nights
- Warranty – 10 Years
- Shipping – Free and Compressed
How Much Does the Leesa Hybrid Cost?
|Twin||38” x 75" x 11"||75 lbs||$1,099|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 11"||80 lbs||$1,199|
|Full||53” x 75" x 11"||96 lbs||$1,499|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 11"||115 lbs||$1,799|
|King||76” x 80” x 11"||142 lbs||$1,999|
|California King||72” x 84” x 11"||142 lbs||$1,999|
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