Founded as the hybrid mattress for industry vet Leesa, the Leesa Hybrid takes the pressure-relieving benefits of the Leesa foam mattress and combines them with the support of a traditional innerspring for a bed that aims to do it all.
Today, I put this hybrid to the test to see how comfortable it actually is and to determine what kind of sleeper would benefit most from it.
Continue reading below for my full review of the Leesa Hybrid mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
The Leesa Hybrid is built with five distinct layers of foam and wrapped pocket coils, measuring up to 11” of comfort. This unique combination of materials is meant to highlight the best aspects of both foam and innerspring technology, providing sleepers with an all-encompassing sleeping experience.
Given the intricacies of hybrid design, I’m excited to dive into these layers to see just how well they interact with one another.
Cover – The cover is pretty thin and is constructed with a Polyester and Lycra blend, which makes for a stretchy material that won’t bunch up when you move around. Lycra is also great for temperature control as it actively wicks moisture away from the body.
Comfort Layer – The comfort layer is built with 1.5” of foam. The material is perforated with holes, which encourages air flow and ensures that you won’t sleep too hot. This layer also responds quickly to pressure, so you’ll never feel stuck in the bed.
Contour Layer – Below the comfort foam, you’ll find 1.5” of memory foam. This layer provides quality pressure relief to the sleeper as well as some enjoyable body contouring. While memory foam has a reputation for overheating, the top comfort layer acts as an effective buffer between that heat and the sleeper.
Transition Layer – Nestled between the soft foam of the bed’s top layers and the sturdy springs of its core lies 1” of high-density polyfoam. The main function of this layer is to act as a transition between the different materials in the mattress.
Support Layer – The next to last layer is made up of 6” of pocketed coils. They’re individually wrapped, meaning they move independently of one another to help extend the body contouring properties of the memory foam throughout the mattress. These springs also imbue the Leesa Hybrid with its supportive bounce, which helps lift the sleeper out of the bed.
Foundation Layer – At the base you’ll find 1” of high-density polyfoam. This layer helps to anchor the bed and gives some support to the pocketed coils.
After taking a look at the construction of the Leesa Hybrid, let’s chat about the firmness and feel. I started off by pressing lightly into the mattress and found that while my hand did sink slightly into the top layers of foam, the bed as a whole responded quickly to pressure. Pushing in further, I could really feel the air flowing through the mattress and encountered a satisfying rebound from the wrapped coils.
At this point I’d like to note that people of different body types and shapes will feel firmness differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level of the Leesa Hybrid, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from the mattress.
As you can see in the graph above, my testers were pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Leesa Hybrid, giving it an average rating of 6.6. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear that this hybrid mattress falls squarely between soft foam and firm innerspring.
I personally gave the mattress a 6.5. While you’ll definitely feel some sinkage from the top foam layers, you’ll also feel a pleasant boost from the springy coils, which will help you feel like you’re sleeping on top of the mattress.
Rather than just describing the feel of the Leesa Hybrid to you, I wanted to give a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure points form while lying on it. To do this, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
Back – As you can see in the graphic above, I felt a lot of pressure relief while lying on my back. You’re going to feel the body contouring of the memory foam, but its placement below the comfort layer coupled with the supportive bounce of the pocketed coils will prevent you from feeling stuck in the mattress.
Side – Rolling onto my side, I felt a bit of pressure forming at my hips and shoulders, which is to be expected in this position. However, I didn’t feel uncomfortable and actually felt that the top foam layers worked to alleviate any pain I might feel in this position.
Stomach – Transitioning to my stomach, I continued to feel very supported by this mattress. My hips didn’t sink into the foam too much and I was able to move around easily.
If you plan on sharing your bed with a partner, you’ll want to know what it’ll feel like when the other person crawls out of bed in the morning or tosses around at night. This next test is intended to demonstrate the intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
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.
The Leesa Hybrid shows a small amount of disturbance for the 4 inch drop, which simulates someone rolling around and adjusting their position on the other side of the bed. While the 8 and 12 inch drops show slightly larger spikes, these results are quite impressive and demonstrate that this mattress is great at containing motion. This is most likely because of the individually wrapped pocket coils, which help evenly distribute movement across the bed. Given its performance on this test, I’d highly recommend the Leesa Hybrid for couples.
When buying a new bed, most people want to know whether they’ll feel like they’re sinking “into” the mattress or laying “on top” of it. To visualize this sinkage, I placed four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) on the mattress and measured how much they compressed the surface.
The variations in size, weight and density are meant to simulate different body parts and different sized sleepers.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6 inches of sinkage.
As you can see, you’ll experience some slight sinkage with the Leesa Hybrid because of the foam top layers, but the wrapped coils below produce a supportive lift. This combo will satisfy a wide range of sleepers, but is especially ideal for back and stomach sleepers who benefit from a bit of firmness and bounce.
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If you’re going to share your bed with a partner and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, it’s going to be crucial for you to consider the amount of edge support it’ll supply.
I felt incredibly secure while lying on my back near the edge of the Leesa Hybrid, thanks in large part to the bed’s edge support coils. These innersprings made me feel as solid at the side as I did in the center of the mattress.
Shifting to my side, I experienced a slight compression from the top foam layers, but never felt like I was going to roll out of the bed.
In this position, I wanted to simulate what it would feel like to be sitting on the bed in the morning when you’re lacing up your shoes and getting ready for the day. A lot of foam mattresses experience severe compression in this position, but the Leesa Hybrid actually held up fairly well thanks to the innerspring core.
- Sleep Trial: 100 nights.
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SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION
If you’re convinced the Leesa Hybrid is the right mattress for you, the size and pricing information for the mattress are below. Please note that these prices reflect standard pricing, but coupons are often available.
|Twin||38” x 75" x 11"||75 lbs||$1,095|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 11"||80 lbs||$1,195|
|Full||53” x 75" x 11"||96 lbs||$1,395|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 11"||115 lbs||$1,695|
|King||76” x 80” x 11"||142 lbs||$1,895|
|California King||72” x 84” x 11"||142 lbs||$1,895|
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Leesa Hybrid mattress, it’s time to discuss who it’d be a good fit for.
- Couples – The Leesa Hybrid contains motion super well, which makes it a great fit for couples with different sleep positions and preferences.
- Looking for a hybrid mattress – If you’re interested in a hybrid sleeping experience, the Leesa Hybrid would be a fantastic option for you. It merges the best of foam with innerspring for a supportive and comfortable sleep.
- Back and stomach sleepers – While this would make an excellent bed for most sleepers, it’s particularly well-suited for back and stomach sleepers who need a bit of extra support.