Deciding between two mattresses can be difficult, especially when they seem so similar. Looking at the Lull and Leesa mattresses, you may not know which one to pick.
To help you choose between these mattresses, I have broken them down based on construction, firmness, and feel. This comparison will go over the construction of both mattresses in detail and highlight the main takeaways consumers should know about before making a purchasing decision.
- They are both all-foam mattresses that have the same height.
- They both incorporate memory foam into their construction.
- They have a somewhat similar firmness.
- The customer service terms are similar with both mattresses and both have generous sleep night trials.
- The memory foam is on top of the Lull and in the second layer of the Leesa, giving the Lull more of a memory foam feel.
- The Lull is slightly more affordable, but not by much
- The Leesa should be more breathable throughout the night because of the placement of the memory foam in the second layer.
- The comfort layer is thicker on the Leesa, potentially making it more appropriate for heavier side sleepers.
- The Lull is 10” tall and features three separate foam layers.
- The thin cover has a soft texture and doesn’t affect the feel of the mattress too much.
- There is first a 1.5” layer of a gel memory foam, which provides softness and body contouring.
- This is followed by a 1.5” layer of transition, latex-like foam.
- Finally, there is a 7” layer of base support foam, which is a pretty standard base layer.
- 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 Avena Foam.
- This is followed by 2” of a contouring memory foam, which gives the mattress softness and pressure relief.
- The final layer is 6” of a Core Support Foam, which is a pretty standard base layer in the industry.
- They both have soft, thin covers that allow people to engage directly with the layers below.
- While both mattresses are the same height, the comfort layer of the Leesa is thicker. Heavier side sleepers will have less of a chance of pressing through the comfort layer and feeling the firm layers below.
- The placement of the memory foam is worth noting; with the Lull it is on top and, with the Leesa, it is in the second layer. This should give the Lull a classic memory foam feel and the Leesa a more balanced foam feel.
- The top layer of the Leesa is a breathable latex-like foam, which means the mattress may sleep a bit cooler than the Lull.
For me, these mattresses have a very similar firmness, but the Leesa is slightly softer. The Lull feels like a 7/10 and the Leesa feels like a 6.5/10.
While the Lull has a very soft comfort layer, it is quite thin, so sleepers will definitely feel the layers underneath it. The Leesa has a thicker comfort layer, so this makes the mattress a bit softer overall.
In terms of feel, the Lull has a classic memory foam feel, and the Leesa has more of a balanced foam feel. This is because the Lull has memory foam in the top layer, and the Leesa has memory foam in the second layer.
The top layer of the Leesa is a bouncier latex-like foam. Between the two mattresses, it should be easier to move around on the Leesa.
Watch what I thought of Lull’s classic memory foam feel in the video below.
See how responsive the Leesa mattress is with the video below.
Motion Isolation Differences
Memory foam usually performs quite well with motion isolation because of its chemical nature. Since the Lull has memory foam in its top layer, I think it isolates motion better than the Leesa.
If someone sleeps with a partner, they shouldn’t feel too much of their motion on their side of the Lull mattress. Between the two, I think the Lull is a better mattress for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.
Watch the two videos below to see the motion isolation differences between the Lull and Leesa.
The firmer Lull is also a bit better with edge support. Sitting on both mattresses, I feel them collapse as I sit near the edge. However, on the Lull, I feel less like I am going to fall off. Also, lying down, I feel less like I am going to roll off the bed.
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. He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lbs (I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs.). Here is what he thought about the two mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
I said the Leesa was 7.5/10 in terms of firmness and the Lull was an 8/10. While Joe had a different experience, he did agree the Lull was the firmer of the two mattresses.
When I was on my side on the Lull, I pressed through the soft upper layer and felt the firmer layers beneath. I bottomed out and felt some pressure on my shoulders and my hips. On the Leesa, I didn’t feel as much pressure when I was on my side, so it may be the better choice for heavier side sleepers.
On both mattresses, I felt good overall support and body contouring when I was on my back. On my stomach, I did bow in a bit on both mattresses, I felt still decently supported.
If you’re my size and a side sleeper, I would look toward the Leesa. If you’re my size and a back sleeper or stomach, both of these mattresses could work for you.
While Marten and I had different scores, we both agreed that the Lull is the firmer mattress. He did experience more bowing when he was on his stomach, likely because he is heavier than me. However, both mattresses were properly supportive when he was on his back. Also, like me, he believes the Leesa is a better choice for side sleepers.
Who Should Pick Lull:
- Those who prefer a classic memory foam feel- The top layer of this mattress is memory foam, so people will get more of that slow sinking feeling. If someone likes that slow compression that resembles quicksand, this could be the better choice for them.
- Back or stomach sleepers- This is the firmer of the two mattresses, so it may be a bit more supportive when people are sleeping on their back and stomach. While the top memory foam layer is very soft, the next layer is much firmer and the mattress is definitely firmer overall.
Who Should Pick Leesa:
- Heavier side sleepers- This is the softer of the two mattresses and it also has a thicker comfort layer, which means people have less chance of “bottoming out” as they press into the mattress. People should feel decent pressure relief on their shoulders and hips, even if they are heavier.
- People who sleep hot- The latex-like Avena foam is designed to be breathable and even holes punched into the foam. The top memory foam layer of the Lull may trap more heat, so between the two mattresses, people should be sleeping cooler on the Leesa.
- Those who prefer a balanced foam feel- The top layer of latex-like foam has some nice bounce to it and the memory foam isn’t found until the second layer. These combine to give sleepers a balanced foam feel where it is easier to move around on the mattress and switch positions. If this is someone’s preferred feel, the Leesa could be the better choice for them.
Looking at these two mattresses, they both have something to offer for different types of sleepers. Back and stomach sleepers who prefer more of a classic memory foam feel may prefer the Lull, while heavier side sleepers who prefer a balanced foam feel may want to look at the Leesa. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Lull or Leesa in the comment section below. Consumer should read through this article a few times, assess their own sleeping 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.