If you are looking for an all-foam bed-in-a-box mattress, you have probably heard of both Tuft & Needle and Leesa. These are two very popular online mattresses.
You could be looking at these two mattresses asking, “Which should I buy?” At first glance, they look like very similar mattresses. It is true that they have a lot in common, but there are also some clear differences.
To help you pick the right mattress for you, I want to discuss the construction of both these mattresses as well a which mattress is best for certain types of sleepers?
Which mattress will you choose, the Tuft & Needle or the Leesa? Read on for my full comparison.
- They are both 10” thick.
- They are both all-foam mattresses.
- They feature a similar base layer.
- They have a similar firmness.
- They both have a balanced foam feel.
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- The Tuft & Needle costs less than the Leesa.
- The Leesa has three layers, but the Tuft & Needle only has two.
- They feature different materials. For instance, the Leesa contains memory foam, but the Tuft & Needle does not.
Tuft & Needle Construction
- The Tuft & Needle is 10” tall.
- It has a soft and thin cover.
- The top layer contains 3” of Adaptive Foam.
- The bottom layer is 7” of standard base polyfoam.
Read the full Tuft & Needle mattress review
- The Leesa is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft and has a sweatshirt feel.
- The top layer is 2” of proprietary LSA200 foam.
- The next layer is 2” of memory foam.
- 6” of a base polyfoam can be found on the bottom.
Read the full Leesa mattress review
- The LSA200 is soft and should help relieve pressure. However, unlike memory foam, it is very responsive. This will make it easy for you to move around on the mattress.
- While you will get some pressure relief from the LSA200, you will get most of your pressure relief from the second layer of memory foam. This soft material will help the mattress conform to your body and is meant to relieve pressure on your shoulders and hips.
- The Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive Foam feels like a mix between memory foam and latex. It is soft and will let you sink in. However, like the LSA200 foam, it is responsive and should allow you to change positions quite easily.
- The mattresses feature some similar materials and should be about equal in terms of durability.
- The LSA200 foam features a microcell structure. This maks the LSA200 more breathable than standard memory foam. Adaptive Foam is also very breathable. This means that both mattresses should be breathable and shouldn’t sleep too hot.
- The Leesa has a thicker comfort layer than the Tuft & Needle. Side sleepers, especially those who are larger, will have less of a chance of “bottoming out” on the Leesa. On the Tuft & Needle, larger side sleepers could press through the comfort layer and engage the support layer beneath.
In my experience, both mattresses felt like a 6.5/10 in terms of firmness. They both have soft top layers, and then you get down to some firmer support layers. I will say that larger people might have a different experience. They could press through the comfort layers and feel some more firmness than I did. This is especially possible on the Tuft & Needle.
Here is how I feel sleeping on the Tuft & Needle:
- I feel well supported when I am back sleeping on the Tuft & Needle. I am also feeling the Adaptive Foam conform to the shape of my body. I feel like it is a nice match for back sleeping.
- When I move to my side, the Tuft & Needle does feel comfortable. Again, larger side sleepers could press through that layer of Adaptive Foam and feel some more pressure on their shoulders and hips.
- Stomach sleeping, the Tuft & Needle is not giving me the support I need. Stomach sleepers are probably going to want to look for a firmer mattress.
Here is how I feel sleeping on the Leesa:
- Back sleeping on the Leesa, I also feel some nice support. The mattress is also contouring to the curves of my body. I would say both mattresses are an equal match for back sleeping.
- Lying on my side, I feel even better pressure relief on the Leesa. The thicker comfort layer is ensuring I don’t feel much pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- The Leesa is also not the best match for stomach sleeping. I do feel like I need a firmer, more supportive mattress.
The Tuft & Needle and Leesa both have a balanced foam feel. The Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive Foam is both soft and responsive. The Leesa’s LSA200 has a responsive feel while the memory foam layer is slower-moving. Both mattresses let you sink in a bit, but it shouldn’t be hard to move around.
See what I thought of the Tuft & Needle’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Now, see what I thought of the Leesa.
Motion Transfer Differences
If you sleep with a partner, motion transfer is very important. Every time your partner moves around at night, will you feel it? Also, when you move around, will you be disturbing your partner.
To test out how well each mattress handles motion transfer, I first used a glass of water. I placed the glass of water in the middle of the Tuft & Needle. When I pushed into the other side of the mattress, I saw just a bit of disturbance in the water. I did the same test on the Leesa, and saw less disturbance in the water. I also lay down on each mattress while Marten moved around on the other side. I felt fewer of his movements on the Leesa.
The Leesa mattress contains memory foam, a material that is known for isolating motion quite well. These tests let me know the Leesa might be the better mattress for couples.
See how the Tuft & Needle performed in the video below.
Now, compare this to the Leesa.
Edge Support Differences
If you want a mattress for couples, it is also worthwhile to think about edge support. When you sleep with a partner, it is nice to have as much room as possible. So, can you sleep toward the edge or will you feel like you are going to fall off?
Sitting near the edge of both mattresses, they do collapse quite a bit. These are both all-foam mattresses, and they don’t feature edge support systems. I don’t feel very secure sitting and lying down near the edge of the Tuft & Needle and Leesa.
You can see the edge support on these mattresses in the photos below.
As I mentioned earlier, your experience with these mattresses will depend on your weight. Since I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs, I thought it would be a good idea to get the opinion of a larger person. Marten is a staff writer at Mattress Clarity. He is 6’7″ and weighs 230 lbs. Let’s see what he had so say about the Tuft & Needle and Leesa.
Joe said these mattresses were close to a 6.5/10 in terms of firmness. I actually agree. I feel like they are both medium-firm mattresses.
- Here is how I feel sleeping on the Leesa.
First off, I feel very nice back sleeping on the Leesa. I feel well supported, and my hips sink in just a bit. I am also feeling some decent contouring.
- Moving to my side, I am feeling only a little pressure on my shoulders and hips. It is a pretty good match for side sleeping.
- Stomach sleeping, the mattress is too soft for me. I am bowing in at the hips, and I feel some strain in my lower back. I definitely need more support in this position.
Here is how I feel sleeping on the Tuft & Needle.
- Back sleeping, I am not getting enough support on the Tuft & Needle. This is probably because of the simplicity of the construction. The Adaptive Foam is letting me drop through the mattress.
- When I am on my side, I am feeling some okay pressure relief. However, I do feel better pressure relief on the Leesa.
- Moving to my stomach, the mattress is not supportive enough. I am also bowing in at the hips.
If you are a heavier back or side sleeper, I would take a look at the Leesa. Heavier stomach sleepers should look elsewhere.
Marten’s experience is pretty much what I expected. The Leesa has a thicker comfort layer so Marten doesn’t bottom out so much. Also, that added layer of memory foam gives him a bit more contouring when he is on his back.
Pick Tuft & Needle If…
- You are a lightweight person. If you aren’t too heavy, the Tuft & Needle could give you all the support and comfort that you need. If you are a light person, you shouldn’t press through the thinner comfort layer.
- You want a more affordable option. The Tuft & Needle does cost less than the Leesa. So, if you just can’t decide between the two, you could save money by going with the Tuft & Needle.
- You want something simple for a guest bedroom or teen’s room. The Tuft & Needle is definitely the more streamlined model of the two. If you need a bare-bones mattress for guests or a teenager to sleep on, the Tuft & Needle is a comfortable, affordable option.
Pick Leesa If…
- You are a larger person. If you are on the heavier side, the Leesa should be a better match for you. This is especially true if you are a larger side sleeper. The mattress features a thicker comfort layer so you shouldn’t drop through the mattress and hit the firm support layer.
- You are a side sleeper. If you are a side sleeper, small or large, the Leesa should work for you. The Leesa has a thicker comfort layer than what you find on the Tuft & Needle. You should feel better pressure relief on your shoulders and hips while you are sleeping on the Leesa.
- You sleep with a partner. The Leesa should be the better mattress for couples. It contains a layer of memory foam, a material known for isolating motion. If you or your partner change positions at night, you should feel less disturbance on the Leesa.
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At this point, you should find it easy to choose between the Tuft & Needle and Leesa mattresses. If you need more information about either mattress, I recommend reading the individual reviews. You can also leave a comment below if you need more advice!
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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