Leesa and Tempurpedic are two very popular mattress companies that have seen great success using different business models. Leesa has been one of the main leaders of the online-only trend that seems to be growing in popularity every week, while Tempur-Pedic has experienced tremendous growth over the past couple of decades selling through retail stores. People are starting to wonder how the Leesa compares to the various mattress Tempur-Pedic offers. I’ll try to go through the main highlights to help you make a better decision.
- Both have mattresses containing all foam (except for Tempur-Pedic’s Flex collection)
- Both have memory foam in all or a portion of the comfort layer
- Leesa sells just one mattress with one firmness level, while Tempur-Pedic has a full line of mattresses with different feels and a full range of firmness levels
- Leesa sells its mattress for less than every single Tempur-Pedic model
- Leesa has a springier feel because of its use of Avena foam at the top of its mattress. Tempur-Pedic mattresses have a slower-moving memory foam feel
- Tempur-Pedic has been in business much longer, so you have the benefit of thousands of reviews over a long period of time
Main Construction/Feel Difference
Leesa uses Avena foam in its top layer. It is a highly durable foam that acts similarly to latex. It is also convoluted on the underside, making the mattress breathable. The feel of this layer is pressure-relieving while being very responsive (like latex) at the same time. This means when you move around, the foam immediately responds to your movement. Check out the video for a quick demonstration.
This feel is quite different from the Tempur-Pedic models (except for perhaps the Flex collection). With Tempur-Pedic, the memory foam in the top layer is slow-moving. You will slowly sink into the mattress and have it contour around you.
Is slower or faster-moving foam better? Well, that just depends on your personal preference, so you should figure out which type of feel you like before you make a decision.
You Might Want To Pick Leesa If:
- You Want A Little More Value– Because Leesa only sells online, it is able to price its mattress at level much lower than Tempur-Pedic is able to. For that reason, you can probably get a little more value from Leesa.
- You Want A Breathable Mattress Without Paying Extra– The convoluted Avena foam that Leesa uses in its top layer is very breathable and makes for a nice and cool sleeping surface. Tempur-Pedic has addressed the issue of sleeping hot with its Breeze models, but you have to pay $1,000 extra for them.
- You Want Bounce/Response– The Avena foam acts like latex in that it has good bounce and it responds immediately to your movements. This makes it easier to move around and change sleeping position.
- You Want A Balanced Feel– The Leesa has a medium firmness and I would describe the mattress as having a balanced feel. You sink into the mattress just a little bit and it’s a good fit for most people in any sleeping position.
You Might Want To Pick The Tempur-Pedic If:
- You Like Slow-Moving Memory Foam– If you like slowly sinking into your mattress and having it envelop you, Tempur-Pedic is going to be the way to go.
- You Know The Exact Firmness You Want– Tempur-Pedic gives you a plethora of firmness options, so you should be able to pinpoint the exact firmness level that you like.
- You Want To Buy From A Long-Established Brand– With Tempur-Pedic, you get to buy from a brand that has thousands of reviews spanning many years. If you want to buy from a more established brand, then potentially Tempur-Pedic is the way to go.
Tempur-Pedic is well known for the ability of its mattresses to isolate motion. Leesa does a pretty good job with this as well, but I would have to say Tempur-Pedic has the edge on this factor. Check out the video below showing off the motion isolation capabilities of the Leesa.
If you look at a picture of the different foam layers of the Leesa, you’ll see that the top layer of Avena foam is convoluted. Because of that, the mattress is very breathable and in my experience provided a cool sleeping surface. Tempur-Pedic has addressed the issue of sleeping hot with its Breeze models. From reading tons and tons of reviews, people tend to agree it does a great job of keeping a cool sleeping surface (check out my Cloud Luxe Breeze review), but you have to pay $1,000 extra to get a Breeze model.
The Leesa is priced so much less than the Tempur-Pedic mattresses because of its online-only business model. By selling direct-to-consumer, Leesa avoids all the costs and markups associated with selling into retail stores. Because of this, you can probably get a better value from the Leesa.
The feel and price differences are pretty vast, so I think if you take a look at the main differences I’ve laid out, you should be able to make a more informed decision.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.