Back pain can be a major issue for many sleepers. While many mattresses give you good support when you are on your back, the Level Sleep mattress is designed specifically to alleviate back pain.
The company has spent a decade designing and testing the Level Sleep mattress. It features a TriSupport zoned construction that is made to offer superior lumbar support.
I was excited to see how the Level Sleep would perform for me. Is this mattress the answer to your back problems? Read on for my full review.
You Might Like The Level Sleep If …
- You are a combination sleeper. No matter which position you sleep in, the Level Sleep should be a good match for you. The zoned construction keeps the mattress firm under the lumbar area but soft under the shoulders. On your back and stomach, the mattress is supportive. When you are on your side, the mattress relieves pressure on the shoulders.
- You need a mattress to relieve back pain. The Tri-Support construction ensures you have proper support under your lumbar area. Level Sleep has done years of research into how a mattress can alleviate back pain. (Of course, it’s important to consult with a doctor if you have serious back issues.)
You Might Not Like The Level Sleep If …
- You like a traditional mattress feel. The Level Sleep feels very unique. This is not necessarily a drawback of the mattress, but it is worth noting that the Level Sleep has a very unique zoned construction. The mattress feels very soft under the shoulders and very firm in the lumbar area. This may take some getting used to.
- You are a heavier-weight sleeper. Even with its zoned construction, larger people may have issues pressing through the comfort layer and down to the firm support layers. Also, the base is polyfoam, so the mattress might not be supportive enough for heavier weights. Larger sleepers should consider a more supportive mattress that incorporates steel coils.
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- The Level Sleep is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft and thin.
- The Tri-Support comfort layer is 3” thick and made of three foams with different firmnesses.
- The base layer is 7” of a standard base polyfoam.
- The foams in this mattress are CertiPUR-US Certified, meaning they are more eco-friendly than conventional mattress materials.
- The Level Sleep is made in the USA.
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- The mattress is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
- The cover is thin and allows you to engage the top layers of the mattress quite easily. It does not affect the overall feel of the mattress.
- The top foam layer is separated into three zones. The shoulder area is very soft to relieve pressure on your shoulders. The lumbar area is firm to give you proper back support in any position. The bottom zone is medium-firm and will allow your hips to sink in just the right amount.
- The zoned system is made specifically to target back pain. It is meant to add extra support for your lumbar area.
- Larger sleepers may have issues with pressing into the mattress and “bottoming out.” They may feel like the mattress is too firm for them.
- The top foam layer is also designed to be breathable. While many memory foams trap heat, that shouldn’t be an issue on the Level Sleep. You should be sleeping relatively cool on this mattress.
How Does This Mattress Compare To The Casper Mattress?
The Level Sleep is not the only mattress that utilizes a zoned construction. The original Casper mattress also features a zoned support system. That said, the Casper is much more subtle in terms of firmness differences.
On the Level Sleep, the soft shoulder area is much softer than the firm lumbar area. With the Casper, the lumbar area is firmer than the shoulder area, but the difference is much less pronounced. The Level Sleep’s three zones feel very different in terms of firmness.
Both of these mattresses could work for multiple sleeping positions, but it is worth noting that the zoned construction may take more time to get used to with the Level Sleep.
Read our full review of the Casper mattress.
Firmness And Feel
The Level Sleep actually has three firmnesses. The shoulder section is very soft and feels (in my experience) like a 5/10. The middle section is firm, closer to an 8/10. The bottom section feels more like a 7/10.
This zoned construction makes the mattress a good fit for multiple sleeping positions:
- On my back, I definitely feel the middle section of the mattress pressing into my lumbar area. I feel great support there. My hips are also allowed to sink in just a bit.
- On my side, I feel great pressure relief on my shoulders. The soft upper section is very soft, and my shoulders sink in a fair amount. At the same time, the lumbar area conforms well to the curves of my body.
- When I’m on my stomach, my hips don’t sink in, and I feel well aligned.
In terms of feel, the Level Sleep has a balanced foam feel. There is some bounce, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to move around on the mattress. There is more bounce in the firmer areas. Learn more by watching the video below.
The motion transfer on the Level Sleep is interesting because of the zoned construction. The softer areas of the mattress absorb motion a bit better than the firmer area.
That being said, the mattress handles motion transfer well overall. When I placed a glass of water on the mattress and pushed into the surrounding area, I saw very little motion transfer. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I barely felt his movements.
Based on these tests, I would say this could be a good option for couples.
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The zoned construction also has an effect on the Level Sleep’s edge support.
Because the mattress is much firmer at the center, I felt most secure sitting in this area. However, on the soft top area or medium-firm bottom area, I felt less secure. Lying down near the edge, I do not feel like I am going to roll off or be ejected from the mattress.
You can see the decent edge support in the photo below.
This is an interesting mattress because you have different firmnesses throughout the mattress. On the top, where your head and shoulders might lie, it is going to be softer for pressure relief. You then have lumbar support in the middle, and it gets softer at the bottom.
For these three parts, Joe said they felt like a 5, 8, and 7/10 in terms of firmness. I’m a bigger person and I press into the mattress more. I thought the mattress was firmer overall.
I thought it was a 7, 8.5., and 7/10 in terms of firmness. This is because I press in and feel more firmness on my shoulders and hips. On my back, I feel well supported. The center section of the mattress holds up my hips. On my stomach, I am also supported.
However, on my side, I do need more softness near my shoulder. I am bottoming out somewhat.
I am not surprised by Marten’s thoughts about the Level Sleep. He is a larger person, so he pressed into the mattress and engaged the support layers. He really needed more support, especially on his shoulders. Heavier sleepers like Marten should think about finding a more supportive mattress overall.
Unboxing This Mattress
The Level Sleep 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 Level Sleep 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 Level Sleep will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow your mattress to breathe and fully expand.
What Makes This Mattress Stand Out?
- The Level Sleep should be a great match for all three sleeping positions. The zoned Tri-Support construction should support you when you are on your back and stomach and relieve pressure when you are on your side.
- People who struggle with back pain could find relief on the Level Sleep. The company spent many years designing a mattress to alleviate back pain. The lumbar area of the mattress is extra supportive, so this could be a great match if you struggle with this issue.
- You shouldn’t have to worry about sleeping hot on the Level Sleep. The memory foam is breathable and is designed to dissipate heat.
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If you are a combination sleeper or you struggle with back issues, the Level Sleep could be a great mattress for you. However, if you are a heavier sleeper, you might need a mattress with better support.
The Level Sleep comes with a 365-day sleep trial, a Forever Warranty, and free shipping and returns. Level Sleep also offers a pillow for purchase.
Please leave any questions about Level Sleep in the comments below.
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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