The Leesa mattress has been very successful on the bed-in-a-box scene. I personally enjoyed my experience when I reviewed the mattress.
So, when I heard the company was changing their 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.
You Might Want To Pick The Leesa If:
- You are a back or side sleeper. The Leesa mattress has a nice balance of support and comfort. When I was on my back, the mattress supported me and conformed to the shape of my body. When I was on my side, the thick comfort layer relieved pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- You want pressure relief without feeling stuck. While the mattress does a good job of relieving pressure, it shouldn’t make you feel stuck. The top foam layer is responsive and has some bounce, so you should be able to move around easily.
- You want a foam mattress that won’t overheat. All-foam mattresses often sleep hot because the materials can trap body heat. However, the foams in the Leesa are breathable, so you shouldn’t be overheating at night.
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You Might Not Want To Pick The Leesa If:
- You are a stomach sleeper. If you sleep primarily in this position, the Leesa may not be firm enough for you. Stomach sleepers will most likely need a firmer, more supportive mattress.
- You like a very firm or very soft mattress. The Leesa is right down the middle in terms of firmness. If you like a mattress at either end of the spectrum, this might not work for you.
- You like an innerspring feel or classic memory foam feel. If you like the feeling of coils or the slow, sinking feeling of memory foam, the Leesa might not work for you. It has a balanced foam feel that is very different from what you’d find sleeping innerspring mattress or traditional memory foam mattress.
- The mattress is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft with a sweatshirt feel.
- The first layer is 2” of a proprietary foam, LSA 200.
- Next, there are 2” of memory foam.
- Finally, there are 6” of a base polyfoam.
- The Leesa mattress is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
- The cover is not so thick that it interferes with the overall feel of the mattress.
- The top foam layer is designed to be breathable. You shouldn’t be sleeping hot on the Leesa.
- 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 your 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. 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 these 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. 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. It also has a squishy feel that unlike any other mattress. The Leesa has a balanced foam feel.
In addition, the Purple should feel firmer to most people. However, 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. It should offer better pressure relief. Again, larger people might have a different experience.
Both mattresses should be a good 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. 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 medium in terms of firmness. The top layers are quite soft, but the support layer is very firm. These combine to make the mattress about medium-firm.
On my back, 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 on my side, 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 on my stomach, I do need more support.
The mattress has a balanced foam feel. The proprietary foam layer is very responsive, so I have no trouble moving around on the mattress. There is also a bit of bounce.
Overall, you 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. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I did not feel it on my side.
If you sleep with a partner, you shouldn’t feel their movements transfer to your side of the mattress and wake you 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. The Leesa is no real exception.
Sitting near the edge, the mattress does collapse. Still, I 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. 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 this mattress:
Joe said it was a 6.5/10 and I agree. It’s about medium in terms of firmness.
Lying on my back, I feel very nice support. Usually, on a medium-firm mattress, I don’t get enough support. On the Leesa, I feel the foam press into my lumbar area, and I feel supported overall.
When I am on my side, I press into the soft comfort layer, but not too far. I feel great pressure relief on my shoulders and hips.
When I am on my stomach, the mattress is a little too soft for me. I am bowing in at the hips and getting out of alignment.
If you are a heavier back or side sleeper, this could be a good match. If you are a heavier stomach sleeper, you 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 This Mattress Stand Out
- It gives you the benefits of foam without you feeling stuck. The top layer of foam is soft but also very responsive. You should feel nice pressure relief while still being able to move around.
- It shouldn’t be a hot sleeping mattress. All-foam mattresses often have issues with overheating. You shouldn’t have that problem on the Leesa mattress. The top foam layers are breathable, so they should keep you cooler while you sleep.
- It could be a great option for back and side sleepers. The mattress is constructed to be both supportive and pressure relieving. Those who sleep in these positions should like the Leesa.
Unboxing 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.
All in all, the new Leesa model is definitely an improvement. 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. 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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