An early pioneer of the bed-in-a-box movement, Leesa Sleep has since grown into one of the most successful mattress companies in the game. Though I’ve already taken a look at both its all-foam Leesa and hybrid Sapira beds, I’m revisiting the brand today in light of some recent product updates it’s made.
Specifically, I’ll be turning a fresh eye toward its namesake Leesa model, which has undergone a significant design change. But has the revamp been for the better? I won’t know until I hop on the mattress and put it to the test!
Continue reading below for my full review of the update Leesa Mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
Leesa Sleep officially launched in 2015 and has spent the past few years racking up quite the impressive resume, including lucrative partnerships with West Elm and Third Sheets. The brand is also well-known for its social impact programs, namely the One-Ten initiative, which sees one mattress for every ten sold donated to a charitable cause.
While Leesa may be in a league all its own when it comes to giving, it is often compared product-wise to two other giants in the industry: Purple and Casper. All three exhibit totally unique feels, but their respective clout and similar price-points make them easily comparable, which we’ll be doing a little later on in the review.
But let’s get back to the Leesa, a 10” bed made of three different foam layers, combined here to create a firm and supportive structure. While the majority of this construction has been carried over from the previous iteration, this updated model features a brand new comfort layer built with the brand’s LSA 200 foam (as opposed to the Avena foam used in the original).
We’ll break down what this difference means for the feel of the mattress below!
Cover – The cover is made of a thick polyester blend. The material’s soft to the touch and has a cozy feel to it.
Comfort Layer – Originally built with Avena foam (a bouncy, latex-like alternative), the updated comfort layer is now composed entirely of LSA 200 foam. This material is just as bouncy and responsive as Avena foam, but is a little less dense. Its placement here not only helps keep the sleeper lifted on top of the structure, but also promotes some nice cooling throughout the mattress.
Transition Layer – Up next, you’ll find 2” of memory foam. This material has a much slower response to pressure than the LSA 200, allowing for some body contouring and sinkage. By placing it underneath the latex-like foam, Leesa Sleep has safeguarded against two of memory foam’s most notorious attributes: the “stuck-in-the-bed” feeling it often produces and its tendency to overheat at night.
Foundation Layer – The construction wraps up with a thick layer of high-density poly foam. This section gives the bed its stability and shape, and works to support the softer foams above it.
Now that we’ve taken a look at the Leesa’s specs, let’s chat about its firmness and feel. When I initially stretched out on the bed, one of the first things I noticed was my body sinking into the LSA 200 and memory foam top layers. I experienced some pleasant pressure relief as the foams filled in the space at my lower back, but still felt as though I could move around easily. Pushing in further, I could really feel myself digging into its firm support.
Since folks of different body types and sizes are going to feel firmness differently, I decided to bring in three other testers to check out the Leesa bed. We all took a turn lying on the mattress, gave it a personal rating, and then compiled them on the graph below.
While feel is always going to be a personal thing, our responses should provide you with a good idea of the firmness range you can expect from the bed.
We were all pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Leesa, giving it an average rating of 6.6. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it seems that this mattress is pretty much medium firm.
I personally gave the bed a 7 as I found its combination of foams produced a firmly supportive feel. While you’re likely to sink into the structure for a bit of pressure relief, the buoyant LSA 200 foam coupled with the high-density poly foam in the base make for a bouncy mattress that’ll keep you positioned squarely on top of the bed.
For those keeping score at home, this vibe syncs up nicely with that of the original Leesa. While Avena foam might be a touch bouncier than LSA 200 foam, the swap doesn’t make for much of difference when it comes to firmness.
Another important component of a new bed’s feel is pressure, or more specifically where pressure points are likely to form while lying on top of it.
To help you visualize where these tension spots might crop up, 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 – I felt a lot of comfort in this position! I sank into the top layer of LSA 200 foam and could feel it filling in the space at my lumbar region for some satisfying pressure relief. Even with this slight sinkage, I didn’t feel stuck in the bed and could move around with ease.
Edge Support – A bed’s edge support can be an important factor for couples to consider as it’ll demonstrate how far to the side of the structure you can sleep. Scooting as close to the edge as I could, I felt fairly secure on the Leesa. Though my body did compress through the top two layers, I never felt as though I’d roll out of bed.
Side – Rolling onto my side, I could feel a bit of pressure forming at my shoulders and hips. The Leesa is a fairly firm structure (again, scoring about a 7/10 on the firmness scale), so is probably not the best mattress for side sleepers, who tend to prefer softer structures featuring deep body contouring and sinkage.
Stomach – Stomach sleepers are kind of the opposite of side sleepers in that they usually like firmer mattresses that position their hips in alignment with their shoulders. I thought the Leesa did a pretty good job of keeping my spine in a healthy line, resulting in some nice comfort.
Now that we’ve gone over all the finer points of the Leesa, let’s circle back to some of its fiercest competition in the game. While every bed is going to feature a few characteristics that set it apart in the space, I think it can be useful to contextualize these differences against other models. That way, when you end up deciding on a mattress, you can rest easy knowing that it’s truly the one you want.
As I mentioned up top, the two models we’ll be focusing on here are the Purple and Casper, two value mattresses that certainly give the Leesa a run for its money.
The Purple and Leesa are inherently different beds; while the latter deploys an all-foam construction, the former uses a combo of foam and hyper-elastic polymer.
- This hyper-elastic polymer makes the Purple bouncier than the Leesa, and keeps the sleeper positioned squarely on top of the bed.
- Additionally, the Purple is technically a “temperature neutral” bed, which means it’ll sleep cooler than the Leesa.
Though both the Casper and Leesa mattresses are built entirely out of foam, they have pretty distinct feels.
- One of the biggest differences between the two beds is the layer of Zoned Support in the Casper, which brings targeted relief to the shoulders and hips.
- I’d also say that the Casper has more of a balanced vibe than the Leesa, resulting in a more even feel across the bed.
Up next, let’s take a look at motion transfer. This test will demonstrate the amount of disturbance detectable from one side of the bed to the other, which could be especially important for those of you who share your bed with a partner.
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.
FYI: Each drop is meant to symbolize a different movement you’re likely to experience in bed, from tossing and turning (4”) to getting out of bed (8”) all the way to full on jumping (12”).
I’m not super impressed with these results, but I’m also not that surprised by them. The latex-like alternative in the comfort layer makes for a bouncy structure that creates a lot of disturbance; unfortunately, the foam layers don’t do a great job of dampening this motion. What this tells me is that you’re likely to feel your partner tossing and turning in the night.
When buying a new bed, most people want to know whether they’ll feel like they’re sinking “into” the mattress or lying “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 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 5.5 inches of sinkage.
As I expected, these aren’t very dramatic sinkage results, and demonstrate that while you’ll sink through the top foam layers, you’re not likely to feel stuck in the bed at all. In fact, you’ll probably feel more positioned “on top” of the mattress than “in” it.
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the mattress, I want to provide you with a few recommendations and some of the most common Leesa complaints:
- First and foremost, I’d say the Leesa would be great for anyone who wants some serious bounce to their bed.
- I’d also recommend the mattress for anyone who needs to sleep cool in the night.
- Finally, I think the Leea could be a great pick for back and stomach combo sleepers, as the supportive feel makes it easy to change between these positions.
- However, I would say that side sleepers may not be totally satisfied with the mattress as the firm bounce does cause pressure at the shoulders and hips.
- Additionally, the bed had really high motion transfer rates, so may not be the best option for couples.
- Sleep Trial: 100 nights.
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SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION
If you’re convinced the Leesa 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 can click the button above to save $130 on your purchase of a Leesa mattress!
|Twin||39” x 75 x 10"||45lbs||$595|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 10"||48 lbs||$695|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||56 lbs||$895|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||71 lbs||$995|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||90 lbs||$1,195|
|California King||72” x 84” x 10”||92 lbs||$1,195|