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 as though 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:
    • One’s 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 the potential customer to add weight and any additional injury/surgery or other details the person may 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. 

Leesa: 

  • Standard size: 18” x 26” x 5”
  • Filling: a 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. 

Who Might Choose L Pillow…

  • Shoppers who are on a budget. The L Pillow comes in one size for $50 and this is about $25 cheaper than the standard size Leesa pillow, which retails for $75.
  • Those who like the feel of a down or a down alternative filling. Sleepers who prefer the cozier feel of a down or down alternative pillow will prefer the L Pillow to the Leesa. No matter what answers are provided, all L pillow offerings are filled with hypoallergenic gel polyester fibers. On the downside, this means there’s a higher chance the pillow will fall flat or need to be fluffed up over time, as compared to Leesa.

Who Might Choose Leesa…

  • Sleepers who prefer the feel of latex foamThe proprietary Avena foam located inside the Leesa pillow has similar characteristics to a traditional latex foam pillow. Specifically, it features a super quick response and is on the bouncier side, especially compared to a down alternative. It also won’t fall flat or change shape overnight.
  • People who want multiple size options: The Leesa pillow comes in Standard and King sizes, the L Pillow comes in just a standard size.

Who Might Choose Either…

  • Side sleepers. Potential customers can customize the L Pillow based on their sleep position, which can be a great way to find the perfect pillow. For example, I primarily sleep in multiple positions but typically wake up on my side. Therefore, I requested a pillow with an average thickness that works for those who side sleep. The height of the Leesa pillow, in addition, is 5″ and it offers a decent amount of firmness and support that should benefit a side sleeper.

Related: Best Pillows for Side Sleepers

Overall

Deciding between these two pillows will come down to a matter of personal preference; individuals who like the feel of a down alternative and are looking for a standard size pillow, customizing one’s own L Pillow has the potential to be a fun and comfortable adventure. However, those who prefer the feel of foam and love a good soft knit cover, the Leesa pillow will be right an excellent choice.

Both pillows come with a 100-night trial, giving everyone plenty of time to decide if it’s the best fit.

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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.