Are you a fan of the feel of an all-foam mattress, but can’t seem to find one that’s firm enough? The Leesa original mattress might be right up your alley. This bed-in-a-box mattress provides gentle pressure relief as well as firm support.
I put the Leesa through specific tests to tell you just about everything there is to know, including how it feels, how it sleeps, what it’s made of, and the brand’s company policies. I’ll also share which sleepers I think it’s best for, so by the end of this review, you should know if it’s right for you.
Want to know it all, but short on time? Skip down to my review summary for my quick hits about the Leesa.
Is the Leesa a Good Mattress for You?
Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s answer the most important question of all: is the Leesa going to suit your specific needs? While I can’t decide for you, I can provide you with a quick summary to save you some time. Take a look at my recommendations below to get an idea if the Leesa is the right new mattress for you.
Who I recommend the Leesa mattress for
- Back sleepers will appreciate the Leesa’s combination of support with gentle pressure relief, which will help promote a neutral spinal alignment and cushion the lumbar region simultaneously.
- The Leesa sleeps quite cool thanks to its top layer of breathable foam, making it a nice option for hot sleepers.
- Budget-savvy shoppers will be happy with this online mattress’s affordable price.
- I also think that combination sleepers could be happy on the Leesa. It is more responsive than some all-foam mattresses I have tested, which means you won’t feel “stuck” in bed. I found it fairly easy to switch positions on this mattress, and it felt comfortable in a range of positions for shorter periods of time.
Who I don’t recommend the Leesa mattress for
- I’d steer side sleepers to a softer mattress. If that’s you, I’d recommend checking out our best mattresses for side sleepers.
- I think most stomach sleepers are likely to want a mattress that’s just a bit firmer than the Leesa.
- I recommend couples opt for a bed with better motion isolation so they don’t feel their partner moving at night. You can find mattresses with great motion isolation in our best mattresses for couples.
How Firm is the Leesa Mattress?
One of the most important things to consider before buying a new mattress is how it feels, but there’s just one problem: feel is subjective! But no need to worry, I have it covered. I determined the Leesa’s firmness by testing it myself and polling a range of folks in the office, to ensure we provide an accurate firmness rating from different types of sleepers.
Overall, we ranked the Leesa as a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, which is just a bit firmer than the industry standard for medium firmness of 6.5.
The Leesa gets its firmness from its layer of high-density polyurethane foam, which provides a nice amount of support. However, you’ll still experience some nice pressure relief and contouring on this mattress thanks to layers of memory foam and breathable foam.
Leesa Mattress Performance
While firmness is one of the most important things to consider when searching for a new mattress, there is more to look for to find a good fit. To give you a more objective look at how this mattress feels, I ran it through some tests to measure how it performed in different sleeping positions, how it relieved pain, and how it might feel for couples.
Testing the Leesa Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
Depending on your body type and preferred sleeping position, you’ll need a different amount of support. Generally, light sleepers don’t require the same amount of support as heavy sleepers. Take a look below to see how the Leesa performs for different sleepers.
Is the Leesa a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lbs)?
- Light Back Sleepers – Light back sleepers should like the Leesa. It will feel like a truly firm mattress to these sleepers, and should offer them plenty of support.
- Light Side Sleepers – Light side sleepers will likely find this mattress too firm for their needs. One of our best soft mattresses could be a better fit.
- Light Stomach Sleepers – These sleepers, especially those who strictly spend the night on their stomach, should feel okay on the Leesa. It should offer enough support to keep their hips lifted up in line with their shoulders, preventing alignment issues with their spine.
Is the Leesa a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lbs)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – These sleepers should really like this bed! It will offer them a nice balance of support and cushioning.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – I think this mattress is a bit too firm for strict side sleepers. As a side sleeper myself, I didn’t experience the sinkage I was looking for at my hips and shoulders.
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – The Leesa is going to be too soft for these folks, who need a firmer mattress to prevent their hips from sinking into the bed.
Is the Leesa a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lbs)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – The all-foam Leesa is not supportive enough for heavy people. These sleepers often do better on hybrid or innerspring mattresses; most all-foam beds don’t offer them enough durability or lift. I’d recommend one of our best mattresses for heavy people instead.
- Heavy Side Sleepers – See above.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – See above.
Leesa Mattress Pain Relief Performance
Pain relief is closely tied to pressure relief, which is a mattress’s ability to alleviate tension at pressure points. Depending on your sleeping position, you’ll want pressure relief in different areas. For example, side sleepers with pain need pressure relief at their hips and shoulders, while back sleepers with pain need it at the lower back.
To test the Leesa’s pressure (and pain) relieving abilities, I used a pressure map, which I placed on top of the mattress. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue to green (low pressure) and yellow to red (high pressure).
Back Pain – As you can tell by the mostly blue map, I felt some nice pressure relief while laying on my back, which helps alleviate pain in the lumbar region. I think this is the most comfortable sleeping position on the Leesa.
Shoulder Pain – Though the pressure map is all blue, my shoulders weren’t very cushioned when I was on my side. I didn’t feel that this firm poly foam bed had enough sinkage to relieve pain at this common pressure point. I’d recommend side sleepers with shoulder pain opt for something softer.
Hip Pain – The green around my hip area on this map tells me that folks with hip pain will most likely need something a little softer to relieve pain in this area. I’d recommend one of our best mattresses for hip pain, which will offer a gentle, cradling feel and offer much needed pressure relief.
Leesa Mattress Performance for Couples
Couples need a mattress that’s responsive enough for sex, absorbs enough motion to prevent disturbance, offers great edge support, and sleeps cool. Take a look below to see how the Leesa delivers on all these features, and to learn more about why they’re important for sleepers who share a mattress.
Motion transfer refers to a mattress’s ability to isolate movement from one side of the bed to the other. It’s especially important for couples or those who sleep with a pet, since it determines whether or not you’ll feel disturbed by a restless partner.
To measure motion transfer, I dropped a steel ball from three different heights (4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches) and measured the movement with a seismometer on the opposite side of the bed. Each height is meant to mimic movements you’re likely to experience in bed, as you’ll see in the chart below.
This bed had some interesting motion transfer results. Though there was a spike the moment I dropped the ball from each height, it died down very quickly. This means that you’ll probably feel movement from the other side of the bed, but only for a brief moment. If you’re a light sleeper and sleep with a partner or pet, I’d recommend going with a mattress with better motion isolation.
While motion isolation is important, the best mattress for sex is bouncy and responsive, which makes it easy to change positions. This means most couples need a mattress that combines some responsiveness with some motion isolation. The Leesa hits this sweet spot, and is responsive enough for sex without being too bouncy.
Cooling is important when looking at a new mattress to share with a partner. Couples will appreciate a mattress with cooling capabilities as two overheat more quickly than one. I was impressed with the Leesa’s cooling features, and think it’s very breathable for a foam mattress.
Edge support is a measure of how stable you’ll feel on the side of your bed. This is important for couples, who often utilize their bed’s full surface area. In my opinion, the Leesa doesn’t have great edge support. I did feel a bit like I was going to fall off the side of the bed while lying on the edge.
What is the Leesa Mattress Made Of?
Wondering what makes this bad boy tick? Let’s break down the layers and materials that make up the Leesa bed.
Cover – The Leesa has a soft and breathable grey twill cover. The twill weave allows for a higher thread count, making it not only soft, but also durable and wrinkle resistant.
Comfort Layer – The Leesa’s comfort layer is really made up of two layers: a two-inch layer of breathable foam on top of a two-inch layer of memory foam. The breathable foam layer is more responsive than the memory foam layer. It also allows for more airflow, mitigating the heat trapping tendencies you see in some memory foam mattresses. The second layer is memory foam, which offers some nice body contouring, which also helps to alleviate pain and pressure.
Foundation Layer – The foundation layer is made of six inches of high-density poly foam, which gives this foam bed a firmer feel.
Leesa Mattress Unboxing and Off-Gassing
Like all bed-in-a-box mattresses, the Leesa will have a 24-48 hour off-gassing and decompression period after you unbox it. The Leesa will release a chemical odor during this time, but as long as you keep your mattress in a well-ventilated room any smell should dissipate after a few days.
Now that we’ve explored all the details of the Leesa mattress, let’s recap with a few of my favorite things, as well as complaints, about this bed.
My favorite things about the Leesa Mattress
I think the Leesa is a great choice for back sleepers, but due to its medium-firm feel, it could work for a range of sleep positions.
This medium-firm all-foam mattress comes at a really affordable price, which is great for budget-savvy shoppers. It also has some nice cooling features, due to its layer of breathable foam.
My Leesa mattress complaints
In my opinion, this mattress doesn’t have great edge support. I also think this mattress has a slightly longer off-gassing period than most mattresses I have tested. This mattress does not have the best motion transfer, so light sleepers may wake up from movements their partner, or pet, makes throughout the night.
How Much Does the Leesa Cost?
Price is definitely a make or break factor in choosing your new mattress. Take a look at the Leesa pricing chart below, and make sure to check out our Leesa coupon page for a nice discount!
Price listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
Leesa Mattress Policies and FAQs
What’s Leesa’s warranty?
Leesa offers a 10-year warranty.
Does it have a sleep trial period?
Yes, Leesa offers a 100-night sleep trial.
Can I return the Leesa?
Yes, after testing the mattress for 30 nights, which the brand states is the period necessary to adjust to the feel of a new mattress, you can return it for a full refund. However, customers in Hawaii and Alaska do have to pay a $100 return fee.
How does the Leesa ship?
The Leesa ships free and will arrive compressed in a box. I’d recommend a few days to allow the off-gassing odor to dissipate and for the mattress to expand completely.
Can I flip the Leesa?
No, the Leesa is made with comfort layers on the top of the mattress. If you’re worried about wear and tear, I’d recommend turning it 180 degrees every six months or so.
Do I need a box spring or bed frame?
No, however, Leesa recommends placing your mattress on a firm, flat, and sturdy surface.
Where is the Leesa made?
All Leesa mattresses are proudly made in the United States. Their corporate office is based in Virginia Beach.
Leesa Mattress Vs.
Interested in the Leesa, but still not sure if it’s right for you? It can be useful to compare it to other similar mattresses on the market from other brands. Below, I’ll compare it to some of its similar competitors, Casper and Tuft & Needle.
Leesa vs Casper
- The Casper and the Leesa are both all-foam mattresses that rank at about a 7 on the firmness scale, which is just a bit firmer than medium-firm
- The Casper performed a bit better on our motion transfer test, so I think it might be a better option for couples.
- Read more in my full Casper mattress review.
Leesa vs Tuft & Needle
- The Tuft & Needle and Leesa are about the same firmness level, and are both all-foam mattresses.
- The Tuft & Needle original mattress is made with CertiPUR-US® certified materials, meaning it’s free from chemicals like ozone depleters and carcinogens. This may help with any off-gassing.
- Interested to learn more? Check out my full Tuft & Needle mattress review.
Other Models from Leesa
Leesa vs Leesa Hybrid
- The Leesa Hybrid is made with a combination of innerspring coils and foam, whereas the Leesa has an all-foam construction. Innerspring mattresses tend to have a bit more durability than all-foam mattresses.
- The hybrid mattress is softer than the original. I think side sleepers would be happier on the Hybrid.
- The Hybrid has better edge support than the original Leesa, so heavier sleepers and couples might like it better.
- Learn more in our full Leesa Hybrid review.
Leesa vs Leesa Legend
- The Legend is Leesa’s luxury hybrid mattress and is made with high-quality materials, like its organic cotton and merino wool cover.
- The Leesa comes at a more affordable price point than the Legend.
- The Legend is quite a bit softer than the Leesa, and even softer than the Hybrid. I think side sleepers who love the feel of a plush mattress would really like the Legend.
- Interested to learn more? Check out my full Leesa Legend review.
Take a look at our mattress performance ratings for the Leesa mattress below.
- Edge Support