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.
In this review I’m going to tell you just about everything there is to know about the Leesa, including how it feels, what it’s made of, and the company policies. I’m also going to discuss which sleepers I think it’s best for, since your body weight, height, and preferred sleeping positions have a lot to do with how this mattress will work 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? The right mattress for you will depend on your body weight, height, and preferred sleeping position. Take a look at my recommendations below.
Who I recommend the Leesa mattress for
- Back sleepers will appreciate the Leesa’s combination of support with gentle pressure relief, which they especially need at the lower back.
- 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.
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 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.
What Does the Leesa Mattress Feel Like?
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, the Sleepopolis experts have it covered.
To start, I’m going to discuss firmness. I determined the Leesa’s firmness by testing it myself and polling a range of folks in the office.
Overall, we ranked the Leesa as a 7 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. In my opinion, this level of support is best for back sleepers, who will get the spinal alignment they need, while still getting some nice pressure relief in the lumbar region.
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.
I do 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.
Testing the Leesa Mattress
Next up is the most objective part of this review: the motion transfer and pressure relief tests. We used specialized sleep technology to determine how well the Leesa alleviates pressure and isolates motion.
Pressure relief refers to 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 need pressure relief at their hips and shoulders, while back sleepers need it at the lower back.
To test the Leesa’s pressure relieving abilities, I used a pressure map, which I place on top of the mattress and then lay on it. The pressure map turns red for high pressure, yellow and green for medium pressure, and blue for low pressure.
Back – As you can tell by the mostly blue map, I felt some nice pressure relief while laying on my back, which helps alleviate back pain. I think this is the most comfortable sleeping position on the Leesa.
Side – Sleeping on my side wasn’t all that comfortable. I wasn’t able to get the sinkage that I want as a side sleeper myself. I’d recommend side sleepers go with a softer mattress.
Stomach – Though the map looks all blue, looks can be deceiving. I’m quite a small sleeper — 5’3” and about 115 pounds, so my pressure results can read a bit lower than they would for larger body types. I think the Leesa is just a bit too soft for most stomach sleepers, but if you’re a stomach sleeper who likes a softer feel, the Leesa could be a good pick for you.
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 you’re likely to feel quite a bit of movement on a mattress with high motion transfer.
To demonstrate motion transfer, I dropped a steel ball from three different heights 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.
To test this mattresses edge support, I spent time sitting and laying on the side of the bed. 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 laying on the edge.
What is the Leesa Mattress Made Of?
Wondering what makes this bad boy tick? Let’s break down the materials that make up the Leesa bed tick.
Cover – The Leesa has a soft and breathable grey twill cover.
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 pressure.
Foundation Layer – The foundation layer is made of six inches of high-density poly foam, which gives this foam bed a firmer feel.
Before we finish up this review, let’s recap the most important things to know about the Leesa mattress.
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 complaints about the Leesa mattress
In my opinion, this mattress doesn’t have great edge support. I also think this mattress has slightly longer off-gassing period than most mattresses I have tested.
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.
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.
- 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