Leesa Mattress Review

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Leesa is a leading bed-in-a-box retailer that offers two different mattress models in addition to numerous bedding accessories. The Sapira is their hybrid model, and the Leesa is their all foam mattress.

The Leesa incorporates three types of foam and is designed to keep you cool and comfortable in numerous positions. I was excited to see how the Leesa performed. Read on for my full review.

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You Might Want To Pick The Leesa If:

  • You Prefer a Medium-Firm Mattress– The Leesa is near the middle of the firmness spectrum. If you like your mattress not too soft and not too firm, this could be a good fit for you.
  • You Are An Average Weight Combination Sleeper– Being that this mattress is near the middle in terms of firmness, it should be comfortable in a variety of positions. As long as you aren’t overly heavy or light, you should get the proper support and pressure relief on your back, stomach, or side.
  • You Want A Memory Foam Feeling Without Getting Stuck– The top layers of foam are quite soft, but they are also fast to respond. You should get nice pressure relief, but you will still be able to move around on the mattress.
  • You Are A Hot Sleeper– Some complain that memory foam mattresses make them hot at night. That shouldn’t be the case with the Leesa. The Avena foam is designed to help with airflow, and keep you from sleeping hot.

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You Might Not Want to Pick The Leesa If:

  • You Are A Lighter-Weight Side Sleeper. While I think the Leesa is a good fit for some side sleepers, this may be too firm for some. Especially if you are lighter than average, you may feel that the mattress is firmer. You may not get the best pressure relief when sleeping on your side.
  • You Are A Heavier-Weight Stomach Sleeper. Firmer mattresses are usually best for stomach sleepers. The Leesa is firmer than average, but may not be quite firm enough for some heavier stomach sleepers. You may require more support in this position.
  • You Prefer That Slow-Sinking Memory Foam Feel. The Leesa does incorporate different types of foam in its construction. However, the top layer is fast to respond, so it doesn’t slowly compress like some memory foam mattresses. If you like this feeling, this might not be the best mattress for you.

Related: 4 Best Mattresses For Stomach Sleepers

Construction Overview

  • The mattress is 10” tall.
  • First, there is a thin cover. It has a nice feel and allows you to engage the top layers easily. This is one of my favorite covers on a mattress in this price range.
  • Then, there are 2” of a proprietary Avena Foam. It has a latex-like feel and is quite bouncy.
  • Next, there are 2” of a contouring memory foam. This is great for pressure relief.
  • Finally, there is a 6” Core Support Foam Base.
  • The mattress is CertiPUR-US®-Certified and eco-friendly.
  • The Leesa is Made in the USA.

A man lies on his side.

Construction Takeaways

  • The Leesa is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
  • The Avena foam layer responds quickly, so it is easy to move around on the mattress. You get that nice foam feel without getting “stuck” in the mattress. Overall, it has a balanced foam feel.
  • The foam layers combine to create a medium-firm feeling. This makes it a good choice for combination sleepers of average weight.
  • The Avena foam also has holes to allow air to flow through the mattress. You shouldn’t be sleeping hot on the Leesa.

Prices

The table below shows the prices for the Leesa for each of the available sizes. Please note that you can typically get a discount.

SizePrice
Twin$525
Twin XL$695
Full$855
Queen$995
King$1,195
Cal King$1,195

Firmness/Feel

For me, the Leesa felt like a 6.5 or 7/10, a little firmer than average. The top foam layers are quite soft, but it has a medium-firm feeling overall.

I am average size, about 160 lbs., and I found the Leesa to be comfortable in numerous positions.

On my side, I felt nice pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. I could really feel those 4” of foam. It was a little firm, especially in this position, but still comfortable. If you are lighter, it may feel firmer when you lie on your side.

On my back, my hips sank in a little bit, but not too much. I felt nice overall support in this position. Likewise, on my stomach, I was properly supported.

If you are heavier than me, you may not have the same experience. The Leesa may be too soft, especially if you sleep on your stomach.

Overall, the Leesa has a balanced foam feel. It is soft and pressure relieving, but the foam responds quickly. This allows you to move around on the mattress without feeling “stuck.”

Motion Isolation

During my tests, there was little to no motion transfer. As I moved around the cup, it barely moved.

If you sleep with a partner, you shouldn’t feel them moving around during the night. This could be a good choice for couples.

Edge Support

Foam mattresses often collapse as you sit near the edge. While this was true with the Leesa, I did not feel like I was going to fall off.

Lying down near the edge, I also didn’t feel like I was going to be thrown off the mattress. The edge support is quite good on the Leesa, and it could be a good option for couples.

You can see the nice edge support in the photo below.

A man sits on the edge of the bed.

Marten’s Take

Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type from me. He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lbs (I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs.). Here is what he thought about the mattress.

Joe felt like this was a 6.5 or a 7 out of 10 in terms of firmness. I felt like it was a 7.5, a little bit firmer. On my side, I felt some nice pressure relief, but I still felt a little bit of firmness on my shoulder. However, it was still comfortable.

On my stomach, I definitely felt my hips sinking in a little bit. My spine bowed in a little bit in this position. I think I needed more support in this position.

On my back, I felt really nice support overall. If you’re my size and a back sleeper, this could be a good choice for you.

Marten is definitely larger than me and it is no surprise he needed more support on his stomach. While it was a little firm on his side, he still found it comfortable. Heavier back sleepers may be a good fit for this mattress.

What Makes This Mattress Stand Out

  • This Leesa is near the center of the firmness scale. Because of this, it could be a great match for various sleeping positions.
  • It has a balanced foam feel. The top layers are quite soft but they respond quickly. You shouldn’t be getting “stuck” in the Leesa.
  • The Avena Foam is designed to dissipate heat and help with airflow. This keeps you from sleeping hot on the mattress.
Leesa
4.5 Reviewer
Summary
Leesa is a bed-in-a-box foam mattress that I find to be on the higher end of the comfort spectrum. It has one of the best balances of comfort and support, and is actually very comfortable in all of the three main sleeping positions. At this price point, it's one of the mattresses I would recommend for the average sleeper.
Comfort4.5
Support4.4
Value (Price)4.7
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.6
Motion Transfer4.2
Edge Support4
Materials/Durability3.8
Company Reputation4.8
Return Policy/Warranty4.8
Overall Sleep Experience4.7

How To Unbox This Mattress

The Leesa is a bed in a box mattress, which means it will come compressed and be shipped straight to you. You will want to begin by removing the rolled up Leesa mattress from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on your bed.

Carefully cut the away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat. Then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the Leesa will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow your mattress to breathe and fully expand.

Overall

For someone my size, average in weight and height, I found the Leesa was comfortable in numerous positions. Whether on my side, back, or stomach, this all foam mattress was pressure relieving and supportive.

If you are a heavier or lighter person, you may have a different experience. Heavier sleepers may need more support, especially on their stomach. Lighter sleepers may need more pressure relief when they lie on their side.

The Leesa comes offers free shipping and returns, a 100-Night Risk-Free Trial, and a 10-Year Warranty. White Glove Delivery is also available.

Also, for every 10 mattresses sold, Leesa will donate one mattress to charity.

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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 100 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 4 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. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing classical piano. He enjoys traveling as well, and not just to test out hotel mattresses! Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

110 thoughts on “Leesa Mattress Review

  1. We’re sleeping on a sleep number bed. I wake up with back pain every morning. But this happens to me when I travel too. Although I have more pain on the sleep number. My wife has no issues. I’ve tried the bed at all different softness levels. We’re both side sleepers. I weigh about 140 and my wife about 120lbs.

    I was looking at Purple and Leesa. What would you recommend? Any of these or another?

  2. We TRIED to purchase Leesa mattresses – 4 at one time for our business and at least 8 more for the future. I had a question and emailed Leesa support. After 5 days I had no response from “support”. I had to go on facebook to complain before my email was opened. It was only then that I received an email and it was too late. We went to another manufacturer. I received an apology and an excuse that our email was “lost in the shuffle”. My initial response when we never heard anything from our email was that if the customer support was nonresponsive BEFORE the sale, what would it be AFTER the sale. We certainly couldn’t run OUR OWN business this way. We never got a chance to try the mattress and it MAY be the best mattress in the world but when customer support is non-responsive, that’s a big RED FLAG and I am glad we went elsewhere.

  3. Good Evening Joe,

    Ive been looking for a mattress for about a week already and i usually research before buying anything and checking out reviews and need up in your site. My budget is around $750 max for a full sized bed. From all the different sites that I’ve gathered….its always different but the 3 top names that fit my budget so far is Leesa( usually #1 from what I’ve seen so far), ghostbed and Lovebed by the Nest. the others are helix and purple. I will have a platform bed without a foundation.

    I’m 5’6 150lbs and i usually workout and have broad shoulders but thin hips. I’m a modified side sleeper because I sleep in a “sprinter” pose that one leg is straight and the other one is bent. So with the weight and position of sleeping to consider…i don’t want to be sleeping sideways but feel like floating since i’m too light.

    Since this is what you do, I hope that you could help me out. Ive never owned a great bed because usually i have a $100-200 mattress and just put a memory foam topper. Hope to hear from you. thank you very much. and if its not too much, any suggestions for a side sleeper pillow? thanks again!

    • Hi Michael! You have some great options there, all good mattresses for side sleepers (and perhaps adjusted side sleepers haha). Out of those, I think Leesa is perhaps the best if you’re in any sleeping position, but since you’re not a stomach sleeper at all that may not be a great benefit.

      In terms of bounce, I would put them (from most bounce to least bounce);
      Love Bed > GhostBed > Leesa > Helix

      In terms of specs (I mostly look at foam densities) I would rate them as:
      Ghostbed > Love Bed > Helix > Leesa

      Firmness is a big factor to consider, but Love Bed has two options and Helix has customized firmness, so it’s hard to compare across all of them.

      All are very reputable companies, and these are all amongst my favorite mattresses, so I don’t think you can go wrong! But yes a difficult decision for sure.

  4. Thank you for your review!

    For me, Casper or Leesa? Or other? In your opinion. Having a hard time choosing. Spent the last 6 hours trying to figure something out, but I’m not expert.

    I’m 130lbs and 5’10”. Sleep in all positions. Previously had memory foam and liked that. I’m a fan of the sink a little, but not too much. However, I’m quite skinny and I’ve read that a lot of mattresses won’t give me that feel because I’m a scrawny dude. I sleep fairly hot, and would like something that would keep me cool as well. I guess on the standard scale, I believe I’d prefer a 5.5-6? Hard to say. Not sure what other info to include. Thank you for any advice in advance!

    • Hey Dustin! You’re not going to get much sink-in feel with either of those. I think maybe a little bit more with Casper, but with that weight generally you’re going to feel like you’re sleeping on top. I think both do a decent job of sleeping cool. Big other thing to consider is sleeping position – I think Leesa does a better of job catering to all the sleeping positions, while I don’t think Casper is great for stomach sleepers.

  5. Can you comment on the comparison between a Leesa and a Bear? They seem very similar in many ways. My husband is 6’4, 150 lbs, I am 5’9″, 195 lbs. He is a stomach sleeper, I am a side sleeper. This would be our first memory foam mattress. Thank you!

    • Hi Jennifer! Assuming the Celliant technology in Bear isn’t a draw for you, they are quite similar and do have very similar feels. I think the Leesa is slightly better for a stomach sleeper than Bear due to the feel, so for you two of these two options I think Leesa would be better.

  6. Hello, I’m having a very hard time deciding between a Leesa or a Lull mattress. They both seem to be of very high quality and are close in price. So I’m looking at a queen size…I’m 6 ft and weigh 200 lbs and my wife is 5’6″ and weighs 140 lbs. She likes something a little less firm. I like a more firm mattress. So given that information, which of the two would you recommend? Thanks for the help.

    • Seems like you two might not like the same one given your different preferences. I would say the Lull is a bit softer than the Leesa, but that’s a bit subjective. It seems like you would maybe like the feel of the Leesa more, while she might like the feel of the Lull more. It’s a tough call because of this.

  7. Not for heavier people!!
    My husband and I have been using this mattress since we bought it in August (for 5 months). And last night was the last night I will sleep on it. My husband weighs about 200 pounds, I weigh about 130. When we sleep on this mattress, a crevice is created around my husband and I find myself rolling downward. I have to sleep right on the edge of the bed to get any level ground and then I’m almost hanging off the bed. It’s horrible. Maybe for a couple who are both my size it would work, but if one or both of you is a larger person, this is NOT the mattress for you and I would recommend instead a spring/coil mattress.

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