Pillow Reviews: Beyond Down Gel Fiber vs. Leesa

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The Beyond Down Gel Fiber pillow for side sleepers has a wide 4.5″ gusset and overstuffed nature that provides plenty of support. The Leesa pillow is filled with a solid piece of Avena foam, that won’t change shape or fall flat. It may seem like these pillows don’t have much in common (their covers are entirely different as well) there is one thing they share in common. Read on for my full comparison.

Key Similarities

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Portions of each can be laundered
  • Could be a good fit for side sleepers
  • Come in multiple sizes

Key Differences

Beyond Down Gel Fiber Side Sleeper:

  • Comes in Standard, Queen and King sizes
  • King measures 20″ x 36″ x 4.5″
  • Filling: gel fiber that mimics goose down (100% polyester fiber)
  • 300 thread count, 100% cotton cover
  • 4.5″ gusset, with double needle corded edges
  • Designed for side sleepers
  • Cover is made in China and the filling is made in the USA
  • Price (varies): $42 for a King, Queen $32, and Standard $19. 
  • Care: machine wash and dryer friendly

Beyond Down Gel Fiber Side Sleeper Pillow ReviewRead the full Beyond Down Gel Fiber Side Sleeper pillow review, here. 

Leesa: 

  • Standard size: 18” x 26” x 5”
  • Filling: solid piece of 100% Avena foam (ventilated)
  • Cover: 70% Polyester, 17% Viscose, 13% Nylon
  • Comes in King and Standard size
  • Designed for all styles of sleeper and all body types
  • Price: $75 for Standard size, $95 for King size
  • Made in the USA
  • Included in Leesa’s One-Ten Program, one pillow will be donated for every ten sold

Check out the complete Leesa pillow review. 

You Might Choose…

Beyond Down Gel Fiber If…

  • You prefer the feel of down (or down alternative) filling. If you know what you love, and what you love is the soft feeling of a down or polyester gel fiber pillow, the Beyond Down could be the one for you. It’s a little overstuffed so it can support side without going flat overnight.
  • You’re looking for the least expensive option. You can purchase this pillow at a variety of retailers, so prices tend to vary but in general, you’re looking at under $50 for each pillow (even King). The Standard size Leesa pillow retails for $75.

Leesa If…

  • You prefer the feel of latex foamThe Avena foam inside the Leesa pillow has similar characteristics to a traditional latex foam pillow. It’s got a quick response and is on the bouncier side (especially compared to down alternative). It also won’t fall flat or change shape overnight.
  • You are feeling charitable: The pillow is part of Leesa’s One-Ten Program, which means one pillow will be donated for every ten pillows sold. 

Either If…

  • You are a side sleeper. Despite their different core fillings, I think both of these pillows have the ability to work for side sleepers. The Beyond Down pillow is designed for side sleepers, with its huge gusset and overstuffed nature to keep you supported. The Avena foam in the Leesa pillow provides enough firmness and ensures that the pillow won’t go flat.  
  • You have allergies. The good news is that both of these pillows are hypoallergenic.

Related: Best Pillows for Side Sleepers

Overall

Side sleepers will surely find comfort with either pillow, the rest will come down to personal preferences. Down/Down alternative lovers who want to toss the whole pillow into the washer should consider the Beyond Down while latex foam lovers should consider the Leesa.

Depending on where you purchase the Beyond Down pillow, you may be able to return it if it’s not for you. The Leesa pillow comes with a 100-night trial period.

Katie Golde

An active writer for Mattress Clarity, Katie is passionate about topics around health and wellness (and sleep!). Her interests include trying not to fall off her spin bike, cooking with her family and reading as much as possible.

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