Pillow Reviews: L Pillow vs. Leesa

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The L Pillow is all about customization and features a down alternative core. The Leesa pillow is filled with Avena foam (a latex alternative) and offers a soft knit cover that can easily be removed. It may not appear like these pillows have much in common but there are a few features they share. Read on for our full comparison.

Key Similarities

  • Hypoallergenic
  • 100 night trial periods
  • Portions of each can be laundered
  • Could be a good fit for side sleepers (if L Pillow is customized accordingly)
  • Made in the USA

Key Differences

L Pillow:

    • Each pillow is made to order based on answers to three questions/preferences:
    • Your sleeping position
      • Options: Back, Stomach, Side, and Multiple Positions
      • Fabric preference
        • Options: Quilted or Plain (Sateen)
      • Preferred pillow thickness
        • Options: Very Thin, Thin, Normal, Thick, Very Thick
      • *An additional “notes” section in the Checkout section allows you to add your weight and any additional injury/surgery or other details you want.
    • 400 thread count, 100% cotton
    • Down alternative filling (Gel polyester fibers)
    • Standard Size (20” x 26”)
    • Double-stitched construction
    • Price: $50 (one size)
    • Care instructions: Gentle cold machine wash and low tumble dry. Pillow may need to be fluffed often, if not daily

Read the full L Pillow review, here. 


  • 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
  • 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…

L Pillow If…

  • You’re looking for the least expensive option. The L Pillow comes in one size for $50. This is about $25 cheaper than the standard size Leesa pillow that retails for $75.
  • You like the feel of down or down alternative filling. If you prefer the more cozy feel of a down or down alternative pillow, you will prefer the L Pillow. All pillows are filled with hypoallergenic gel polyester fibers. This means there’s more of a chance the pillow will fall flat or need to be fluffed up over time (compared to Leesa).

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 want size options: The Leesa pillow comes in Standard and King sizes, the L Pillow comes in just a standard size.

Either If…

  • You are a side sleeper. You can customize the L Pillow based on your sleep position. I sleep in multiple positions and requested a pillow with normal thickness and it worked well when I slept on my side. The height of the Leesa pillow is 5″ and it offers a good amount of firmness and support that should benefit a side sleeper.

Related: Best Pillows for Side Sleepers


These pillows are really all about personal preference. If you like the feel of down alternative and you’re looking for a standard size pillow, customizing your own L Pillow could be a fun and comfortable adventure. If you prefer the feel of foam and love a good soft knit cover, the Leesa pillow will be right up your alley.

Both pillows come with a 100-night trial, giving you plenty of time to decide if it’s right for you.

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Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news.She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.