Over the last few years, Leesa has made a name for itself as one of the most successful bed-in-a-box companies. The company’s flagship mattress is an all-foam model sold at an attractive price-point.
The Leesa mattress offers conforming pressure relief and motion isolation on three layers of polyfoam and memory foam. It has a medium firmness level that appeals to a wide range of sleepers.
In addition to its signature mattress, Leesa also makes two hybrid mattresses, the Leesa Hybrid and the Leesa Legend, as well as bed frames and other bedding accessories. Leesa is a certified-B corporation and the company donates one mattress to charity for every 10 mattresses sold.
We’ll delve into specs, performance, sleeper ratings, and more for the Leesa mattress to help you decide if the bed is right for you. We’ll end with a roundup of user reviews and some practical information on shipping, trial period, and warranty policies.
Leesa Mattresses At-A-Glance
|Leesa Original||Leesa Hybrid||Leesa Legend|
|Firmness||5 (Medium)||6 (Medium Firm)||6 (Medium Firm)|
Leesa Mattress Review: Our Verdict
With its medium firmness level and conforming feel, the Leesa is ideal for side sleepers and people who weigh less than 200 pounds. Above-average motion isolation and a quiet sleep surface make this a solid pick for couples. Meanwhile, the slightly responsive polyfoam layer makes it easier to move around compared with other memory foam mattresses.
If you’re a stomach sleeper or you weigh more than 200 pounds, you might prefer the Leesa Hybrid or Leesa Legend mattresses. These hybrid models offer a firmer surface and more support, as well as reinforced edges and better temperature regulation. Both these models are significantly more expensive than the all-foam Leesa mattress.
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How Much Is the Leesa Mattress?
The Leesa retails at $999 for a queen size mattress, which is right on par with most of its competitors. This is a simple, straightforward mattress that is constructed with materials that should hold out for a number of years before developing permanent body impressions.
If you’re in the market for a higher-end mattress, Leesa offers two other mattresses with additional features at a higher price-point. The Leesa Hybrid and Leesa Legend have better bounce, edge support, and temperature neutrality, as well as a supportive pocketed coil base that may appeal to people over 200 pounds.
|Twin||38” x 75” x 10”||45 lbs.||$599|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 10”||48 lbs.||$699|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||56 lbs.||$899|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||71 lbs.||$999|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||90 lbs.||$1,199|
|California King||72” x 84” x 10”||92 lbs.||$1,199|
How Does the Leesa Mattress Feel?
The Leesa mattress has a medium firmness level. This corresponds to a 5 out of 10 on our firmness scale, with 10 being the firmest.
The Leesa combines a top layer of responsive polyfoam with a layer of memory foam in the second layer. You should find that the mattress envelops you while still being responsive enough to facilitate movement.
Thanks to the memory foam, the Leesa does a good job of alleviating pressure points in the hips and shoulders. This makes it especially popular with side sleepers.
A medium firmness level is fairly typical for an all-foam mattress. The standard 10-inch profile of the Leesa mattress leaves room for a full comfort layer section as well as a supportive base layer, promoting proper spinal alignment for most people under 200 pounds.
What Is the Leesa Made Of?
The Leesa has a soft polyester cover woven in a twill weave and decorated with Leesa’s classic four-stripe motif.
Leesa has changed the top layer of foam several times since originally releasing its mattress. The current iteration is a 2-inch layer of polyfoam with a density of 3 pounds per cubic foot (PCF) and an indentation load deflection (ILD) of 13, which is quite soft. This layer is designed to dissipate heat and provide some bounce.
The second comfort layer contains 2 inches of memory foam with an ILD of 9 and a density of 3 PCF, which is considered low to medium density. Memory foam has exceptional contouring abilities, and this layer provides the pressure-relieving “hug” that people traditionally associate with a memory foam mattress. Due to its lower density, this foam has a slightly faster response to pressure than traditional memory foam and won’t trap as much heat.
The Leesa has a 6-inch high-density polyfoam support core, which is fairly standard for an all-foam mattress. The polyfoam has a density of 1.8 PCF and is quite firm, with an ILD of 32. This layer provides the support needed to keep your spine aligned.
Does the Leesa Isolate Motion?
The Leesa does a very good job at isolating motion transfer. Motion transfer refers to the extent to which movement travels across the surface of the mattress, which can be disruptive when sharing the bed.
All-foam mattresses typically do a good job at preventing motion transfer, since the foam is capable of absorbing most movement. This is especially true of memory foam, which has high point elasticity and a slow response to pressure.
The Leesa has an average profile that includes 2 inches of memory foam. While the mattress won’t absorb as much motion as a thicker mattress with more memory foam, it still performs much better than the average hybrid or innerspring mattress. Most couples should be able to get restful sleep on the Leesa without worrying about waking up their partner every time they move.
Does the Leesa Sleep Cool?
The Leesa sleeps cooler than the average all-foam mattress. Foam mattresses have little room for airflow and are known for trapping heat. This is particularly true of memory foam mattresses. However, the breathable cover and fairly low-density memory foam used in the Leesa mitigate heat retention to some extent.
If you tend to sleep hot you might find the Leesa uncomfortable. However, it’s a viable option for hot sleepers who have their heart set on an all-foam mattress.
Will It Sag Along the Edges?
Like most foam mattresses, the edges of the Leesa mattress will compress considerably under pressure. This is a drawback for couples, who will find themselves shrinking toward the middle of the bed to avoid feelings of roll-off along the edges.
Most foam mattresses offer weak edge support unless they’ve been reinforced in some way along the edges. The Leesa has relatively plush foams in the comfort layers which allow sleepers to sink in. While this is great for pressure relief, it’s not conducive to sleeping near or sitting on the edge of the bed.
Is It Good for Sex?
The Leesa isn’t as conducive to sex as a hybrid or latex model. The best mattresses for sex offer a bit of bounce to facilitate motion and make it easier to switch positions.
Bounciness is not a strength of all-foam mattresses, and the Leesa’s close-conforming foams can hinder movement. That said, compared to other all-foam models, the Leesa has a moderately responsive surface that some couples may find to be suitable for sex. The Leesa also provides good traction and makes zero noise, which is important when you need to be discreet.
Edge support is lacking in the Leesa, which limits the positions you can adopt during sex. Couples who value a bouncy mattress with strong edge support may prefer the Leesa Hybrid or the Leesa Legend hybrid models.
What About Off-gassing?
Like its fellow foam models, the Leesa will emit some off-gassing odors when it’s first unboxed. This is completely normal and the smell should go away if you let it air out in a well-ventilated room.
Off-gassing happens when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from foams are released into the air. The Leesa carries the CertiPUR-US certification. This label guarantees that the mattress is low in VOCs and produced without the use of heavy metals, ozone depleters, and other nasty chemicals.
What Type of Sleeper Is the Leesa Mattress Best for?
The Leesa stands out as an excellent mattress for side sleepers. Its medium firmness level will also appeal to back sleepers who weigh less than 200 pounds.
The feel of a mattress varies considerably depending on who’s sleeping on the mattress, with two main factors being your body type and preferred sleep position. Since the Leesa comes in just one firmness level, it may not be for everybody.
We’ll go into more detail about how the Leesa will feel depending on your preferred sleep position.
- Side Sleepers: Side sleepers who weigh under 200 pounds should find the Leesa exceptionally comfortable. The memory foam contours to the shoulders and hips and provides cushioning for these sensitive areas, while also allowing the shoulders to sink in sufficiently to keep the spine aligned.
- Combination Sleepers: For an all-foam model, the Leesa allows decent ease of movement. Thanks to the responsive polyfoam layer, combination sleepers shouldn’t have too much trouble changing sleep positions. However, when flipping onto the stomach, combination sleepers may find that the Leesa is a little on the plush side. This can allow the hips to sink in too far, causing strain on the lower back for people over 130 pounds. Stomach sleepers may be better off with the Leesa Hybrid, which has more support to keep the hips aligned.
- Back Sleepers: Back sleepers do best on a mattress that offers a middle ground between support and pressure relief. Since the Leesa is on the plusher side of the spectrum, it is ideally suited to back sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. Back sleepers between 130 and 200 pounds should also find a sufficiently firm surface on the Leesa mattress, but those who weigh more than 200 pounds may find that the Leesa fails to offer sufficient lumbar support.
How Does Body Weight Impact the Leesa Mattress's Performance?
The Leesa mattress has a plush, conforming feel that is best suited to sleepers under 130 pounds. People in this weight group tend to sleep “on top” of the mattress and often encounter pressure points. With its soft surface, the Leesa contours to the body to relieve pressure points for side and back sleepers in this category.
Most people between 130 and 200 pounds will also find the Leesa quite comfortable. This group requires slightly more support, so although back sleepers and particularly side sleepers will like the conforming pressure relief, stomach sleepers may experience some sinkage in the hips, where most people carry their weight.
As your body weight increases, you’ll sink more into the mattress, changing the way your body interacts with the different layers. For sleepers over 200 pounds, the lack of support can cause the spine to fall out of alignment. This puts strain on the back and neck, especially when sleeping on your back or stomach. As a result, heavier sleepers may prefer the Leesa Hybrid mattress.
Is the Leesa Mattress Good for Couples?
Couples should be fairly happy with the Leesa. The mattress ranks well on motion isolation, minimizing disruptions to your partner when you toss and turn. Since it doesn’t have coils or other noisy components, the Leesa won’t emit any squeaks or creaks. The Leesa also sleeps fairly cool for a foam mattress, and the polyfoam comfort layer provides the responsiveness needed for sex.
Several factors may steer you away from the Leesa if you’re shopping as a couple. First, if you share a small bed, you might want a mattress with better edge support. The Leesa compresses around the perimeter when lying near the edge of the bed, which will force you and your partner towards the middle of the bed and can make the mattress feel smaller than it is.
Second, if one of you weighs more than 200 pounds or sleeps primarily on your stomach, the Leesa may be too plush for you. In this case, you may want to consider the Leesa Hybrid.
What Do Customers Say About the Leesa Mattress?
|Leesa.com||4.5/5 (19,622 reviews)
Many customers found the Leesa to be quite firm at first. However, people who stuck out the break-in period generally ended up happy with the firmness level, finding that it soothes pressure points and alleviates back pain. The Leesa is consistently popular with kids and pets.
People appreciated the easy shipping and return process, and comments from long-time owners of Leesa mattresses suggest that the mattress does not develop permanent body impressions within the first few years.
Among reviewers who sleep with a partner, the Leesa is praised for its motion isolation.
Off-gassing is a common complaint, with some people saying it took a good few weeks for the odor to disappear. Other unhappy customers say the mattress lacks bounce and is difficult to move around in.
|Amazon||4/5 (455 reviews)
Reviewers on Amazon found the Leesa offered great value for the money, and they were pleased with the attractive cover, shipping and sleep trial policies, and customer service.
In terms of sleeping on the mattress, more than one reviewer mentioned that their lower back pain and/or hip pain disappeared after switching to the Leesa. People also found the mattress does well at preventing motion transfer.
Negative reviews centered mostly around the strong off-gassing smell and lack of edge support. Some people also commented that the mattress sleeps hot, although these seemed to be mostly people who were accustomed to sleeping on an innerspring mattress before.
Leesa's Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
|Availability||The Leesa mattress ships to all 50 U.S. states as well as Canada, the U.K., and Germany.
It is available for purchase on the Leesa.com website and on Amazon, as well as a number of West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Macy’s stores across North America. Leesa also has two Dream Galleries, one in Virginia and one in New York, where customers can try out the mattress.
|Shipping||Leesa ships free via FedEx Ground to all U.S. states, including Alaska and Hawaii. The mattress is shipped as a bed-in-a-box, compressed and shrink-wrapped, and typically arrives within 3-6 business days of placing your order.
To unbox the mattress, place it on your foundation or bed frame, carefully remove the cardboard and plastic, and let it expand. It may take up to 24 hours to reach its full size.
|Additional Services||Leesa offers optional White Glove delivery in certain locations for an additional $150. This service includes old mattress removal.
You can expect to hear from the delivery partner 1-2 business days after placing your order, who will call to schedule a delivery day.
|Sleep Trial||Leesa offers a 100-night sleep trial so customers can try out the mattress before committing to it long-term.
The company asks that you give it 30 nights before initiating a return, as it can take some time to get used to the feel of a new mattress. After this, just contact Leesa if you’re unhappy with the mattress. They will come to pick up and organize the donation of the mattress where possible and provide you with a full refund, minus a $100 fee in Alaska and Hawaii.
Amazon customers also have a 100-night sleep trial. If you purchased the mattress on Amazon, you should contact Amazon directly in the event that you wish to return your mattress.
|Warranty||The Leesa mattress is backed by a 10-year full replacement limited warranty. The warranty covers visible indentations greater than 1 inch and craftsmanship flaws causing permanent damage to the memory foam, seams, or zipper. The warranty does not cover comfort preferences, and it is void for mattresses that have been misused, abused, or used without a proper foundation.
Leesa will repair or replace a defective mattress at the company’s discretion. If your mattress is deemed defective, you will only be responsible for transportation and shipping fees. You can also choose to pay the difference and receive a different model in return.