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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.
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.
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.
I 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.
Other 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
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).
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.