Leesa Mattress Review | A Good Option For Some Sleepers

Leesa Mattress Review

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The Leesa is one of the bed-in-a-box companies that actually gets very good reviews online, so I was excited to give it a try.  It’s got it’s own comfort layer of foam (Avena) which ended up being comfortable.

Overall I recommend the mattress, but it’s not a perfect fit for everyone (see how Leesa compares HERE).  I think it will be a good fit for a lot of people, and the return policy / sleep trial is so good that the risk is very low in buying this mattress.  It has a really nice foam feel with good pressure relief and good bounce.  It also doesn’t sleep hot, which is great.

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You will love the Leesa if:

  • You value comfort – comfort is definitely a very subjective measure of a mattress, but personally I found the Leesa very comfortable compared to most of the mattresses I have reviewed.
  • You like design – Leesa comes out of a design shop, which is especially evident in the cover (trademarked, all from one piece of fabric, very soft to the touch)
  • You sleep in multiple positions – Leesa has a firmness and consistency that makes it comfortable in any sleeping position, even stomach sleeper.  So if you sleep in multiple positions throughout the night, it is a good match.
  • You hate sleeping hot – many people fear foam mattresses because they sleep hot, but I didn’t have any issue with it with the Leesa.  They use Avena foam on the comfort layer deals with this concern well.
  • You want great value – Leesa manufactures in the USA and ships the mattress straight to your door, cutting out a lot of middle men of the typical sales process.  This lets them deliver a higher quality product at a more reasonable price.

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You may not like Leesa if:

  • You are a spring person – Leesa has a strong company brand, so I get a lot of messages from people that love spring mattresses but are considering Leesa.  If you’re open to a switch, then consider it, but if you strongly prefer an innerspring mattress, Leesa won’t change that.
  • You’re very overweight – Leesa has one model at this point, so if you’re very overweight, it’s possible the 10 inches of foam won’t offer you enough support.
  • You like a plush feel – Some people confuse comfort and plush.  Plush is a softness, either due to a soft comfort layer or pillow top, while comfort just describes the general feeling of the bed.  Leesa is comfortable, but not plush.
  • You want a “luxury” mattress – These days luxury in a mattress means features like diamond gel and pillow tops to excess.  Leesa is a very good product, particularly at the price, but it doesn’t have any of those zinger obtuse luxury features that push up the price on other luxury mattresses.

My Experience

Picture of the Leesa mattressI tried the Leesa out for a week, and overall really enjoyed the experience.  I sleep mostly on my stomach and side, occasionally on my back, and found it to be comfortable in all positions.  If you’re only a stomach sleeper, you might want a slightly firmer mattress, but Leesa is one of the few mattresses I’ve tried that accommodates all of the sleeping positions well.

I do like the cover design, but I put a sheet on it about 3 minutes after opening it, so it’s not a make-or-break feature in my mind.

Unlike a standard memory foam mattress, the Leesa has a bit of spring to it, so I felt like I could turn over and move around in the bed pretty easily.  Though I found the Leesa particularly comfortable, I slept through the night 5 of 7 nights, which is about average for me.

The mattress didn’t sleep hot for me, but it is fall weather in New York, so it wasn’t such a hard test to pass at this point.  However other online reviews indicate that sleeping hot isn’t an issue for the Leesa.

Firmness and Feel

The mattress was slightly firmer than I expected, however still very comfortable.  I would put it at a 7 out of 10 on the firmness spectrum, still well within normal for a mattress.  There is only one model sold, which targets the average sleeper.  Thus if you like especially firm or especially soft, you won’t find it with Leesa.  Watch the video below to see its responsiveness:

You see a slight imprint of my hand, however it comes back much quicker than say a Tempur-pedic.

Quick construction overview

The company is transparent about what materials they use in their mattress (if you’re into the foam densities and other technical construction aspects), so I recommend starting there to really understand the construction.  However for a quick overview:

  • Comfort layer – 2 inches Avena Foam: Avena is a polyurethane foam, but performs more like latex (more spring, and more cool).  It is said to be more durable than latex as well.
  • Support layer – 2 inches memory foam: This layer is the primary support layer, so memory foam is naturally a good option.
  • Foundation layer – 6 inches high density support foam:  The base layer of the mattress, providing a supportive foundation for the mattress.

The most unique aspect of the construction is the Avena foam, which is not used in any other of the most popular mattresses available.  I provide a full breakdown of Avena foam vs latex foam in another article, however for the foam lamen, I would look at the videos that show the responsiveness and how it supports me when laying in different sleeping positions.

Leesa Mattress CoverOther Key Considerations

  • The mattress has a 100 night sleep trial, which means you can return it within 100 days of purchase for a full refund.
  • Leesa is sold only online, better value, but no opportunity to lay on it before purchasing.
  • Standard 10 year warranty
  • Mattress is manufactured in the USA

Final Recommendation

I actually enjoyed the Leesa mattress more than most just because I thought it was so comfortable.  Unfortunately comfort is very subjective, so what’s comfortable for me may not be comfortable to you – but take my opinion for what it’s worth.  It’s one of the more popular online-only mattress brands, plus they have a 100 night return policy, so if you made it this far in the review, it’s probably worth giving it a try.  Message me in the comments with any questions on the Leesa (or other mattresses I’ve researched).

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4.5 Reviewer
  • Good for all sleeping positions
  • Great comfort/support tradeoff
  • Good design
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.
Value (Price)4.7
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.6
Motion Transfer4.2
Edge Support4
Company Reputation4.8
Return Policy/Warranty4.8
Overall Sleep Experience4.7

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Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.

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Katie says January 29, 2016

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.

Michael Brinkman says February 12, 2016

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.

    Joe Auer says February 15, 2016

    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.

Jennifer says February 29, 2016

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!

    Joe Auer says March 1, 2016

    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.

john says March 6, 2016

why is it called leesa?

    Joe Auer says March 7, 2016

    No idea!

Dustin says April 27, 2016

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!

    Joe Auer says April 28, 2016

    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.

Michael says June 28, 2016

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!

    Joe Auer says June 28, 2016

    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.

Mark says August 16, 2016

Is leesa a good choice for a couple -one with about 180 pounds and other with about 120 pounds?

    Joe Auer says August 16, 2016

    Leesa did well in my motion transfer test, and I think is good for those weights (I’m about 160 lb, so somewhere in-between, but it was a good feel for me).

vacarental says August 17, 2016

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.

    Joe Auer says August 17, 2016

    Sorry to hear that, interesting I usually hear the opposite about them! Who did you end up with?

Iqbal Kalla says August 25, 2016

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?

    Joe Auer says August 27, 2016

    Hi Iqbal – Purple and Leesa are both good for side sleepers – though I especially liked Purple’s pressure relief.

Aaron says August 28, 2016

What kind of bed do you personally own and would you let your children,or other family members buy a Leesa?

    Joe Auer says August 29, 2016

    Hi Aaron! At this point I’m always rotating mattresses for the site. One of my good friends does have the Leesa I reviewed ;).

Tiffani Bates says August 29, 2016

I feel like I’ve been doing all sorts of research and all these “foam” bed that ship in a box seem to be pretty similar. My husband is 240 lb and I’m 130 lb. we both suffer from bad backs and could use some support. He sleeps on his back and side and I’m a side sleeper. Is there one you would recommend. We live in NYC and I think I can try out Leesa and Casper. Another friend recommended Tuff and Needle. Would appreciate your recommendation!

    Joe Auer says August 30, 2016

    Leesa and Casper do have pretty similar feels, and definitely very similar marketing campaigns. They both offer good support, so I’d say try one out! If you’re in NYC you should stop by the Casper showroom to see if you like the feel.

Deb says September 19, 2016

Hi Joe,
Great reviews. I, like most of the commenters here, have been doing research for a while trying to pick the best mattress for me. Just when it seems like I have the decision narrowed down I find more reviews to widen my selection. I’d love your advice. I have a spring mattress (pretty firm) but have been using thicker foam toppers for years. I’m 5”5’ and about 155. I sleep side and back, and sleep hot. And have some lower back pain. I had been considering a tempurpedic (have some co-workers that swear by them) but they are quite pricey. I (think) I’ve narrowed it down to Leesa, Loom and Leaf, Helix, or Novos. They all sound great. I don’t want a lot of sinkage but don’t need a lot of bounce. The reviews I’ve read (here and elsewhere) hit all the marks I’m looking for. What are your thoughts to help me narrow it down?
Thanks in advance

    Joe Auer says September 21, 2016

    Hi Deb – All good choices. If you want relatively more bounce (sounds like you don’t), go with Helix or Leesa.

    Loom & Leaf and Novosbed are both a pure memory foam feel. Between them – it’s a hard choice to make. If you want a very soft mattress, I think Novosbed soft is the way to go. For medium, they are very similar, but personally I preferred L&L. If you’re worried about the exact firmness, Novosbed Comfort+ guarantee is pretty unique in the industry.

      Deb says September 22, 2016

      Thanks for the feedback Joe,
      Even though it is a bit more expensive I think I’m going to go with the Loom and Leaf (not sure on the relaxed firm or firm – I don’t want it to feel too soft in 3 years). I’ll share my decision points in case it may help another make a decision – your thoughts are more than welcome too.
      I chose the L&L over the Helix after reading through the details in the warranty. L&L indentation criteria for replacement is ¾” (Helix and Leesa are 1” ). L&L just seams simpler though you pay a prorated rate after 2 years to replace it. Helix states you have to pay (both ways) to send it back for repair – they will reimburse you up to $100 IF the mattress is found to have a defect, and they can choose to replace JUST the defective part/layer.
      The Novosbed sounded pretty good with the availability of a softer or firmer topper, but my concern is the topper would wear down much sooner that the bed.
      L&L is described as firmer than the Leesa.
      L&L is described to sleep cooler than others.
      I will add that all of the glowing reviews and zero negative reviews on the L&L website is a pretty big red flag, I was VERY close to ruling them out because of it. (I was able to find some in other places but even the ones that didn’t like the mattress still said the customer service is very good)

Melissa W says October 24, 2016

Hi my hubby is almost 300 lbs and over 6 ft I’m 160 and 5’6 I need a mattress that when he moves I don’t know about it I suffer from chronic pain and movement tears my body at night every time he lifts up and drops like a rock is there a matters out there that will work for us? Desperate

    Joe Auer says October 24, 2016

    Hi Melissa – sounds like motion transfer is a #1 concern, I’d stick with a very high quality memory foam mattress. Check out my top picks here.

Savanna says October 25, 2016

Does this matress still preform well if it’s on the floor with no frame or box springs?

    Joe Auer says October 26, 2016

    Hi Savanna – yes will be just fine on the floor (in my opinion).

Richard Jarrell says October 30, 2016

I’m 6’1, 240lbs. Will I sink to much in a Leesa and also I sleep on my side as does my wife. She is 5’2, 140lbs. Any recommendations?

Nyril Taylor says November 12, 2016

We have a platform bed and would prefer a very firm foam mattress What do you suggest?

    Joe Auer says November 14, 2016

    If you want very firm, it’s probably good to look at some mattresses that have a few firmness options, then go with the firm model. Loom and Leaf, Helix, Amerisleep, and Novosbed are some of my favorites with firm models available.

Elisa says November 27, 2016

Hi Joe! Thanks so much for your site. It’s been super helpful! After lots of research, I went with the Leesa, but I just had to return it. I was waking up with numbness and tingling in my shoulders and arms. Bummed! So, I’d love any advice you can offer on where I should start looking next. I’m a side sleeper, though I do a little “rotisserie” turning throughout the night. I like the feel of the mattress coming up to hug me/offering contoured support, and felt the Leesa didn’t do that quite enough for my preference. However, I also want the support of memory foam, just think I might need a softer top layer than the Leesa to accommodate my shoulders while also supporting the curve of my waist in the side position. I’m 5’7,” 155 lbs. and “curvy” so need good contoured support. Thanks so much for your help!

Jas says November 28, 2016

I want a “luxury” mattress – that is great for side, back sleepers, that is not hot, & great for persons with neck & back problems! I’m 6’2” & weigh 235lbs.
Thank you

Donna Horwitz says December 6, 2016

My Lissa mattress is coming tomorrow and I am quite excited about it. One question – do I encase the entire mattress with a cover or just use a mattress pad under the sheet and comforter?

Sam says December 13, 2016

Mr. Auer,
Can you please explain why this mattress lost points for Materials/Durability? I see nothing but positive statements in the review. Thanks!

    Joe Auer says December 13, 2016

    The density of the memory foam is a little on the low side.

phil serpico says December 21, 2016

I’m a side sleeper (senior with mild arthritic hips). My current mattress is firm but too hard and I wake up all night with hip pain forcing me to switch side to side. What are your thoughts for me? Does Leesa only have one mattress composition? Or soft, medium and firm? Thanks.

    Joe Auer says December 23, 2016

    Hi Phil – Leesa only has one firmness, at what I consider a medium firmness. This can be good for a side sleeper (it was in my case), but some side sleepers will prefer a softer mattress, really depends on your preference.

Christine Kelly-Boyd says December 28, 2016

The Leesa we purchased is very hard and smelly. Our previous bed was a Sealy Posturpedic pillowtop that we added a 4″ memory-gel foam topper to. We need a softer option than the Leesa. I find myself sleeping on our old bed in the spare room because the Leesa is so hard & the smell from the Leesa is very strong & has not dissapated after 2 weeks. We are older (52y/190lbs & 63y/230lbs) both of us have low back disc issues. DH is a side sleeper & I am a back & side sleeper with shoulder problems. I don’t know what to try after we return the Leesa. Any thoughts? Thank you for your site! !

    Joe Auer says December 28, 2016

    Hi Christine – thanks for sharing your experience, sorry it hasn’t been pleasant! I didn’t notice much issue with the Leesa smell, especially after some time, are you particularly sensitive to smell? Could be a few other manufacturing/inventory issues as well.

    What appealed to you about the Leesa? If you want a similar feel but want something slightly softer, I’d check out the Love & Sleep, Casper, and Lull as starting points.

Shari l Miller says January 5, 2017

I have a airbed , not a mattress its like a sky chair It is suspended from the ceiling. So Its a slatted platform 6 feet up. It is really like a swing but it is the most serine feeling rocking you to sleep but I desperately need a mattress that is worthy. would love to test some out so if you have any I can ‘evaluate’ I can give a very unbiased review being I am looking for the twin sized comfort for the most relaxing natural way I have ever slept. Rocked to sleep as it were, and yes, there is really something to be said for rock a bye, its incredible.

Nancy Johnson says January 11, 2017

I have ordered the Lessa mattress and have slept on it 30 or so days. I am not loving it as I think it is to firm for me. I agree with Joe, it is hard to determine if you will like a mattress if you cannot try it out before purchasing. My husband is also heavier and also does not love it. Since the purchase he has been to the chiropractor 2 with a sore back. Not sure if this is due to the mattress but the timing of it is suspicious .

Alison says January 16, 2017

Hi Joe,

Thanks for your helpful review. My husband and I are looking to replace an old lumpy spring mattress and are trying to decide on between the Helix, Leesa and Tuft and Needle. My husband is a back and side sleeper and I am a side and stomach sleeper. He is 5’8 and 160lbs and I am 5’0 and 125lbs. We both sleep hot and prefer a medium to medium firm mattress that does not sink too much and provides support. Any suggestions?

    Joe Auer says January 18, 2017

    Hi Alison – of those three I’d say Tuft & Needle might be too firm, other two would be a great fit based on your description!

Rae says January 22, 2017

Is the Leesa mattress more of a greener option for memory foam beds? One one site it says they use “plant” based foams. Although I couldnt find that info on their home site.

    Joe Auer says January 22, 2017

    To my knowledge, they do not use plant-based foams.

David says February 2, 2017

Hi Joe, having a difficult time deciding which mattress to go with. Especially hard since I can’t try the online ones out before buying. I did go by a local furniture store and loved the medium firmness of the sealy posturepedic memory foam bed. Of the main competitors (leesa, tuft, Casper, etc), would you have a guess one which one would match that firmness? Based on what I’ve read here and elsewhere, leesa might be the way to go. But correct me if I’m wrong. Thanks!

Darrell Schultz says February 7, 2017

I’m a larger guy. Only 6’1″ but 240 to 260 lbs.and not a stomach sleeper and don’t share my bed often. Would you recommend a Leeza for me,if not what would you recommend. Thanks Darrell.

Lynne Kennedy says February 18, 2017

We need a memory foam mattress for a sailboat that needs to be trimmed a bit to fit. Would this one work to cut two of the corners angular to fit our built in bed?

    Joe Auer says February 18, 2017

    Hi Lynne – I’m not sure how this (or any) mattress would hold up if cut, sorry I can’t be of more help!

Paris says March 10, 2017

Hi Joe, thanks for the review! We are having a hard time deciding between Leesa vs. Purple… We are quite light (140 and 100lbs), and I suffer from shoulder/neck pain and my husband has back pains sometimes… We are both mostly side sleepers, I kinda don’t like the memory non-bouncy feel while my husband doesn’t mind…, Which mattress would you pick? or is there another better option? Much appreciate any advice! thank you 🙂

    Joe Auer says March 10, 2017

    Hi Paris – they’re both great options, just different feels – really comes down to preference! I would really look at the feel videos and see if one resonates with you.

Duncan says March 10, 2017

Hi Joe

Thanks for the review. Very helpful.

I’ve had conventional pocket-sprung mattresses; usually quite firm but as I get older and find my sleep more disrupted from discomfort, I’m looking at memory foam options. The 100 night trial and your review makes the Leesa a very tempting proposition.

One thing I’ve not seen commentary on is what they’re like for…um…mummy & daddy cuddles…

Anything to say on the subject.


    Joe Auer says March 10, 2017

    Hey Duncan – lol for the cuddling, memory foam is not going to be great. A bed like Leesa (with a bit more bounce) will definitely be better, but still not as good as an innerspring mattress.

Paris says March 11, 2017

Hi Joe it’s me again 🙂 ty for the quick response…. I pretty much spent all my day on ur website today lol. I actually changed my mind and I’m deciding between leesa and ghost bed now. Is it true that leesa offers slightly more comfort while ghost bed is better suited for heavier ppl? The two videos u posted – it seems that ghostbed a lil bit bouncier (and maybe less memory foamy?) than Leesa right? I’m having such a hard time picking between those two haha

    Joe Auer says March 13, 2017

    Hi Paris – yes I believe Ghostbed is designed with heavier people in mind. It does have more of a latexy feel, though Leesa has some bounce to it as well.

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