If someone is looking for a bed-in-a-box mattress, they have probably come across the Loom & Leaf mattress and the Leesa mattress. They are two of the most popular mattresses on the market and, having reviewed them both, I can say they are both high-quality.
This article will go through the construction of both mattresses in detail and attempt to highlight the main takeaways consumers should know about before making a decision.
- They are both very popular mattresses that come with great customer service.
- They are both all-foam mattresses that contain memory foam somewhere in the construction.
- They are similar in terms of firmness.
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- The Leesa is more affordable than the Loom & Leaf by a noticeable amount.
- They incorporate different materials in their constructions.
- The Loom & Leaf is taller than the Leesa and more supportive overall.
- The Loom & Leaf has a classic memory foam feel, while the Leesa has a balanced foam feel that combines memory foam and latex qualities into one mattress.
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Loom & Leaf Construction
- The Loom & Leaf is 12” tall and features four distinct foam layers.
- The cover is soft, breathable, and quilted with polyfoam to add softness and pressure relief to the mattress.
- The top layer is 2” of gel memory foam that has air channels to help with airflow and gives the mattress great body contouring.
- This first layer features a Spinal Zone Gel laminate panel, which is cooling and assists with spinal support.
- Then there is a 2” layer of denser memory foam followed by a transition layer.
- The final layer is a standard base polyfoam that is seen in a lot of other mattresses online.
Read the full breakdown and Loom & Leaf review, available here.
- The Leesa is 10” tall and features three separate foam layers.
- The cover is soft and thin and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
- The first layer is 2” of a bouncy, latex-like foam called LSA 200 Foam that is soft and comfortable.
- This is followed by 2” of a contouring memory foam, which gives the mattress more softness and lumbar support.
- The final layer is 6” of a Core Support Foam, which is a pretty standard base layer for an all-foam mattress online.
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- The Leesa features a proprietary LSA 200 Foam, which has memory foam and latex qualities, so people get a balanced foam feel where they don’t feel stuck.
- The multiple layers of memory foam give the Loom & Leaf a classic memory foam feel. It will feel firmer at first, but the foam will gradually soften and allow people to sink in.
- The Loom & Leaf is more substantial than the Leesa, because it has more layers and a more luxury feel.
- The Loom & Leaf is the more durable mattress. The high-density memory foam ensures this will be a longer-lasting mattress.
- The mattresses should be about equal in terms of breathability, and both perform fairly well in this regard.
Firmness And Feel Differences
In terms of firmness, both mattresses felt like a 6.5/10. I will note that the Loom & Leaf will feel firmer at first, but after a few moments, it will soften and let people sink into the mattress.
Here’s how it felt on the Loom & Leaf:
- While back sleeping on the Loom & Leaf, I feel decent support, but my hips sink in just a bit too far.
- When I move to my side, I feel some initial firmness on my shoulders and hips. Then the memory foam starts to respond, and I feel great pressure relief.
- Finally, when I lie on my stomach, the mattress is too soft for me and I would need a little bit more support.
This was my experience on the Leesa:
- I feel better support when I am back sleeping on the Leesa. My hips sink in, but not too far, giving me excellent support.
- When I lie on my side, I feel good pressure relief, but I will say the pressure relief is a bit better on the Loom & Leaf.
- When I am stomach sleeping, the mattress is also too soft and not supportive enough.
While the mattresses are similar in firmness, their feels are quite different. The Loom & Leaf has that classic memory foam feel where people will slowly sink and sleep in the mattress.
The Leesa has a balanced foam feel that combines memory foam and latex qualities. The mattress is responsive and has a good amount of bounce. People will sleep more on top of the mattress, and it is easier to move around and switch positions.
See what I thought of Loom & Leaf’s memory foam feel in the video below.
Now, watch more about Leesa’s balanced foam feel with the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
If someone sleeps with a partner, they want to consider how well their mattress handles motion transfer. Basically, will they be feeling their partner’s movements on their side of the bed or will they be sleeping calmly and undisturbed?
Between the two mattresses, the Loom & Leaf deals with motion transfer better. It has multiple layers of high-density memory foam, which really absorbs that motion. Memory foam is the best material in regard to motion isolation, so this is not really surprising.
The Loom & Leaf could be the better mattress for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements. See how it performed in the motion transfer tests in the video below.
Now, compare this to the motion transfer on the Leesa mattress with the video below.
If someone is looking for a couple’s mattress, they should definitely think about how much of the mattress they can really use. Can they sit down or lie down near the edge of their mattress, or will they feel like they’re going to fall off?
The Loom & Leaf has better edge support than the Leesa. While sitting down near the edge, I feel more secure. Also, while lying down near the edge of the Loom & Leaf, I do not feel like I am going to roll off.
People can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
I said the Loom & Leaf was a 7.5/10 and the Leesa was approximately a 6.5/10.
Here’s how it felt on the Loom & Leaf: When I am back sleeping on the Loom & Leaf, the mattress is not quite supportive enough for me, because my hips sink in a little bit too far. On my side, I feel great pressure relief overall. It’s a little firm at first, but the mattress softens and I very feel little pressure on the shoulders and hips. While sleeping on my stomach, the mattress is too soft for me, and I am bowing in at the hips.
This was my experience on the Leesa: My hips don’t sink in too far when I am back sleeping, and I feel well supported in this position. When I am on my side, I feel good pressure relief overall. When I’m on my stomach, the mattress is not supportive enough.
If someone is a heavier back sleeper, they should probably lean toward the Leesa. If someone is a heavier side sleeper, both mattresses could work for them. If someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, they should definitely look for a firmer mattress overall.
It seems that Marten and I had very similar experiences on these two mattresses. This makes me think that back sleepers of many sizes may prefer the Leesa and larger stomach sleepers will want to find a firmer mattress overall.
Who Should Pick Loom & Leaf…
- People who are looking for a luxury mattress- While the Loom & Leaf does cost a bit more, it really is a good investment and will last a long time. Consumers get a thicker mattress with multiple layers of high-density foams, which means it should last longer and it does have a nice luxury feel.
- Side sleepers- If someone sleeps mainly on their side, they should feel more comfortable on the Loom & Leaf. While the mattress does feel firm at first, it softens up and relieves pressure on the shoulders and hips. After testing both mattresses for pressure relief, the Loom & Leaf did perform noticeably better.
- You prefer a memory foam feel. If someone likes the feeling of memory foam, where they slowly sink into their mattress, the Loom & Leaf is the better choice. It has that “quicksandy” feel that allows people to sink and sleep in the mattress.
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Who Should Pick Leesa…
- Those who want a more affordable mattress- If someone thinks both mattresses could work for them, choosing the Leesa at least could save them a few hundred dollars. It’s a simpler mattress, but it is also much more affordable and a great overall value. The Loom & Leaf might be outside of some people’s budgets, so Leesa might be the way to go.
- Back sleepers- If someone sleeps primarily on their back, the Leesa should be a better choice. It offers a bit more support when someone is in this position so that their hips sink in, but not too far.
- People who like a balanced foam feel- If someone likes a foam mattress, but they prefer to sleep on top of the mattress, the Leesa should be a better fit. The mattress is responsive and has both latex and memory foam qualities. People should be able to move around without feeling stuck and also switch positions at night pretty easily.
If people think about these points, it shouldn’t be too difficult to choose between the Loom & Leaf and Leesa mattresses. Side sleepers who like a memory foam feel should prefer the Loom & Leaf, and back sleepers who like a balanced foam feel should like the Leesa.
Consumers should read through this article multiple times, assess their needs and preferences, and then make a more informed decision.
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.