The Leesa mattress has been very successful on the bed-in-a-box scene, and I personally enjoyed my experience when I first reviewed the mattress.
So, when I heard the company was changing its comfort layer so that it would be softer and more pressure relieving, I was excited to see how the new mattress would perform.
After sleeping on the new mattress for a couple of weeks, I can say that it is a very comfortable mattress that a lot of people will love; to find out who the mattress is the best fit for, read on for my full Leesa mattress review!
The Leesa Might Work For …
- Back sleepers and side sleepers. The Leesa mattress has a fantastic balance of support and comfort; when I was back sleeping, the mattress supported me and conformed to the shape of my body and, when I was on my side, the thick comfort layer relieved pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- Those who want pressure relief without feeling stuck. While the mattress does a fantastic job of relieving pressure, it shouldn’t make sleepers feel stuck; the top foam layer is responsive and has some bounce, so it should be very easy to move around and reposition.
- People who want a foam mattress that won’t overheat. All-foam mattresses often sleep hot because the materials can trap body heat – the foams in the Leesa are breathable, so sleepers shouldn’t be overheating at night.
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The Leesa Might Not Work For …
- Stomach sleepers. If someone sleeps primarily in this position, the Leesa may not be firm enough; stomach sleepers will most likely need a firmer, more supportive mattress.
- Those who like a very firm or very soft mattress. The Leesa is right down the middle in terms of firmness; if someone likes a mattress at either end of the spectrum, this might not work for them.
- People who like an innerspring feel or classic memory foam feel. If someone likes the feeling of coils or the slow, sinking feeling of memory foam, the Leesa might not work for them – it has a balanced foam feel that is very different from what one would find sleeping on a innerspring mattress or traditional memory foam mattress.
- The Leesa mattress is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft with a sweatshirt feel, and should not affect the feel of the mattress significantly.
- The first layer of the Leesa mattress is 2” of a proprietary foam, LSA 200.
- Next, below this, there are 2” of soft memory foam.
- Finally, there are 6” of a base polyfoam that acts as the mattress’ support layer.
- The Leesa mattress is available in the standard sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
- The top foam layer is designed to be breathable, so people shouldn’t be sleeping hot on the Leesa mattress.
- The LSA 200 proprietary foam is softer and should relieve pressure more than the Avena foam from the previous Leesa model; I definitely find it to be softer than the previous model.
- Since the comfort layer is 4” in total, most side sleepers should feel comfortable on the new Leesa mattress – even heavier sleepers shouldn’t have to worry about “bottoming out” on this mattress.
- The design means it could be a good match for back sleepers; the comfort layer should conform to the body, and back sleepers should feel supported.
How This Mattress Compares To The Previous Leesa Model
The main difference between this new model and the previous Leesa model can be found in the top layer.
The previous model had Avena foam in the top layer, and the new model has a proprietary foam called LSA 200; this new foam is designed to be softer and more pressure relieving than the Avena Foam, and it is also meant to be more durable.
I can’t speak to the durability, but the new model does feel softer than the original version; I do feel better sleeping on my side, and there is less pressure on my shoulders and hips.
How This Mattress Compares To The Purple Mattress
Just looking at the Leesa and Purple mattresses, they are quite different; the first thing to notice is their construction and materials. The Purple incorporates a unique hyper-elastic gel polymer in its comfort layer, and the Leesa has a responsive, proprietary foam and memory foam in its comfort layer.
Because of this, the mattresses have a very different feel. The Purple is firm, yet pressure relieving at the same time and also has a squishy feel that is unlike any other mattress; the Leesa has a balanced foam feel.
In addition, the Purple should feel firmer to most people; heavier sleepers may think it is softer because they will activate the gel polymer more than a lighter person might.
Most side sleepers will probably want to choose the Leesa because it should offer better pressure relief; larger people might have a different experience.
Both mattresses should be a fantastic choice for back sleepers – their feels are different, but both mattresses should give back sleepers the support they need.
Stomach sleepers will most likely prefer the Purple, and the Leesa might not offer enough support for those who sleep in this position; the Purple should be firm and supportive enough for the majority of stomach sleepers.
Read my full Purple mattress review.
Firmness And Feel
The Leesa feels like a 6.5/10, about approximately medium in terms of firmness – the top layers are quite soft, but the support layer is very firm, and these combine to make the mattress about medium-firm.
Back sleeping, I feel very well supported – the top layers of foam conform to the shape of my body, and my hips sink in just the right amount.
When I am side sleeping, I also feel very comfortable; I sink into the mattress just a bit and feel little pressure on my shoulders and hips. However, when I am stomach sleeping, I do need more support.
The mattress features a balanced foam feel; the proprietary foam layer is very responsive, so I have no trouble moving around on the mattress, and there is also a bit of bounce.
Overall, sleepers get the pressure relief of foam without getting stuck.
All-foam mattresses are often very good at handling motion transfer; during my tests, I saw little disturbance and, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I did not feel it on my side.
If someone sleeps with a partner, they shouldn’t feel their movements transfer to their side of the mattress and wake them up; this could be a good mattress for couples.
While all-foam mattresses are great with motion transfer, they aren’t always the best with edge support; he Leesa is no real exception.
Sitting near the edge, the mattress does collapse, but I still feel somewhat secure; lying down near the edge, I do feel like I might roll off the mattress.
Edge support is not a highlight of the Leesa mattress.
Marten is a staff writer for us, and 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 Leesa mattress:
Joe said the Leesa mattress was a 6.5/10 and I agree that it’s about medium in terms of firmness.
Lying on my back, I feel very nice support; while I usually don’t get enough support on medium-firm mattresses, on the Leesa, I feel the foam press into my lumbar area, and I feel supported overall.
When I am side sleeping, I press into the soft comfort layer, but not too far, so I feel great pressure relief on my shoulders and hips.
When I am stomach sleeping, the mattress is a little too soft for me, so I am bowing in at the hips and getting out of alignment.
If someone is a heavier back or side sleeper, this could be a fantastic match; if someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, they will probably need something more supportive.
Marten and I had similar experiences on the Leesa mattress; we both thought it was supportive when we were on our backs and pressure-relieving when we were on our sides. That comfort layer is very thick, so even heavier people like Marten shouldn’t worry about bottoming out on the Leesa.
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What Makes The Leesa Mattress Stand Out?
- It offers sleepers the benefits of foam without them feeling stuck – the top layer of foam is soft but also very responsive, so people should feel nice pressure relief while still being able to move around.
- It shouldn’t be a hot sleeping mattress; while all-foam mattresses often have issues with overheating, people shouldn’t have that problem on the Leesa mattress. The top foam layers are breathable, so they should keep people cooler while they sleep.
- It could be a great option for back and side sleepers; the mattress is constructed to be both supportive and pressure relieving.
Unboxing This Mattress
The Leesa is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will come compressed and be shipped straight the customer – start by removing the rolled up Leesa mattress from its box and then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on the 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 the mattress to breathe and fully expand.
All in all, the new Leesa model is definitely an improvement on the original; especially when I’m side sleeping, I feel even better pressure relief than I felt on the original mattress. Most back sleepers should find this mattress fits their needs, but stomach sleepers should probably find a firmer, more supportive mattress.
The Leesa mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial, a 10-Year Warranty, and free shipping and returns. Financing is also available, and the company offers accessories and a luxury hybrid mattress, the Sapira.
For every 10 mattresses sold, Leesa will donate one to charity.
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.
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