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Leesa Legend Mattress Review

When I think of Leesa, I think of the work the company puts into making an affordable, quality mattress. Then I think of how well those mattresses fit average sleepers like me. Read on to understand why choosing a Leesa may guarantee you a great sleeping experience.

Nerd Score 4.7/5

Our Verdict: Looking for a luxurious sleeping experience? Then you might want to check out the Leesa Legend. With 6 layers of foam and innerspring, the Leesa Legend offers maximum comfort, support, and pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. The pocket spring system provides great edge support and helps the bed adapt to your body whenever you move, making this bed ideal for back and side sleepers. The Leesa Legend’s competitive price point may not fit some shoppers’ budgets, but in this case you get what you pay for.

Who the Leesa Legend is Best For 

Best For…

May Not be Best For…

✅ Suited for most body types

✅Those who like memory foam & innersprings

✅Back & Side average weight sleepers

✅People with shoulder pain


❌May be too firm for stomach sleepers

❌Heavy sleepers

Leesa Legend In-Depth Review 

We know that Leesa makes mattresses that feel expensive without making us feel smothered by the cost. Leesa also feels like a good company because they started as regular folks, who weren’t sleeping well, who decided to build a mattress so people could sleep better.

Now the company is adding to the Leesa mattresses line by introducing the Leesa Legend. The Legend is a foam-and-coil hybrid mattress with comfortable and natural materials closest to your skin on the outside and innovative design features help your body rest more comfortably on the inside.

The Leesa Legend is the second hybrid from Leesa. They spent over two years and 60 prototypes figuring out ways to make a better hybrid. In the end, Leesa created another great mattress, except this time actually at a higher price. 

The cover is made of merino wool and organic cotton, which is also woven with material from up to 76 recycled plastic bottles. The hybrid has four layers of different types of memory foam in the comfort layer. There are two different layers of pocket coils, for more contouring and bounce, in the support layer.

The premium foams give the Leesa Legend pressure-relieving qualities, but the coils adapt to different body types so it’s a good choice regardless of sleeping position.

It should be obvious now why the Leesa Legend costs more than other Leesa models. I don’t think you should get hung up on the cost. The company tests mattresses by pounding them mechanically for the equivalent of 10-15 years. Afterward, the mattress had lost barely .002 of an inch in height. Will you be able to tell the difference?

While I think perfection is elusive, the Leesa Legend may still force us to ask ourselves, “Have I found the perfect mattress?”

Leesa Legend Highlights

Uses recycled plastic bottles. The Legend cover is woven from natural fibers (merino wool, organic cotton) that wick away moisture, and other fibers created from recycled plastic bottles. Hallelujah. Another use for used plastic bottles!

Dual, hybrid-pocket spring system: The top micro-pocket spring layer is paired with some foam that relieves pressure at your hips and shoulders. Then there’s a second base layer, a thicker layer, of 1,000+ pocket springs. They work together to nearly eliminate motion transfer.

Compressed in a box for shipping: About that dual pocket-spring system, it’s the first of its kind that a manufacturer can still ship compressed in a box.

Leesa Legend Mattress by Sleeping Positions

Back Stomach Side Combination
✅Combination of foam and innerspring relieves back pain 

✅Maintains spine alignment

❌Strict back sleepers may prefer a firmer mattress

✅Firm enough to keep the spine in line and neck comfortable for average sleepers

❌Heavy sleepers will need a more firm mattress for sturdier support and to prevent hips from sinking

✅Memory foam layer cradles pressure points

✅ Offers excellent pressure relief

✅Provides great motion isolation

✅Responsive enough to make changing positions effortless

Back sleepers: Average back sleepers will fare well on the Leesa legend. It contours nicely to your bum and back, but the coil layers provide lumbar support and help maintain a straight spine. Strict back sleepers who prefer a firmer mattress may find the Leesa Legend too plush. See: Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers

Side sleepers: While this isn’t an all-foam mattress, the Leesa Legend still has a lot in common with the best mattresses for side sleepers.   It uses a memory foam recovery layer to reduce pressure placed on your hips and shoulders as well as contour to your curves. The Leesa Legend is a 5 on the firmness scale, making it the ideal firmness for side sleepers who need a soft, but still supportive mattress. 

Combination sleepers: Thanks to the dense foam layers, the Leesa Legend isolates motion beautifully, making it a great choice for couples. A responsive pocket spring system makes it effortless to change positions, which is a nice bonus for restless sleepers. See our top picks for Best Mattresses for Combination Sleepers.

Stomach sleepers: Sorry stomach sleepers! The Leesa Legend may be too soft for you. Stomach sleepers require a firmer mattress that can keep the neck in line with the spine, and properly support the hips to keep them from sinking. For lightweight to average stomach sleepers, you may be fine on the Leesa Legend, but heavyweight sleepers will need a sturdier bed. For more options check out our Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers guide.

Leesa Legend Construction

The Leesa Legend is put together from six layers of foam and innerspring, ordered in a way to offer support, comfort, contouring, breathability, and durability.

The top layer is 1 inch of comfort foam, perforated with holes so that air circulates and carries away excess heat. The breathable foam is exclusive to the Legend.

The second layer is 1 inch of body-contouring memory foam to relieve pressure. 

The third layer is 1.5 inches of micro-pocket springs relieves pressure and keeps the mattress stable. These top coils and the bottom support layer of coils give couples edge-to-edge support.

The fourth layer is a 1-inch transition layer of core support foam to hold up the middle of your body.

The fifth layer is 6 inches of a 15-gauge pocket spring system also gives support to the edge of the mattress. This “quick-response” layer adapts whenever you move or shift.

The bottom layer is another 1 inch of support foam.

Leesa Legend Sizing and Specs

Twin XL 39” x 80” 81 lbs 12 inches
Full 53” x 75” 103 lbs 12 inches
Queen 60” x 80” 119 lbs 12 inches
King 76” x 80” 149 lbs 12 inches
California King 72” x 84” 149 lbs 12 inches

The different sizes of a mattress (Twin-California King) only differ about an inch or so of one another. The Leesa Legend is a thicker mattress, coming in at 12 inches. This is well-above the mattress standard mattress thickness, which is usually between 8-11 inches. This means that the Leesa Legend has more dense layers of foam and springs, which make the mattress more supportive and comfortable altogether.

However, this also makes the mattress heavier so it might be a good idea to recruit some help when carrying the mattress to its designated room. The smallest size (Twin XL) starts off at 81 lbs., so you probably won’t want to tackle this mattress alone.

How much does the Leesa Legend Cost?

Twin XL Full Queen King California King
$1,699 $1,999 $2,199 $2,499 $2,499

The Leesa Legend does come at a higher price tag, but for what you’re getting– it’s well worth the extra cash. If you’re looking to invest in a luxury mattress that’ll last you for years, the Leesa Legend is a great choice.

See: Leesa Mattress Coupons


Leesa Legend Buying Experience

Shipping, Delivery and Returns

Leesa will ship the mattress, compressed in a box, for free to all 50 states, via UPS Ground. Leesa makes mattresses to order. Once completed, they arrive within 3-6 days. You can also pay for white-glove service, but that adds 7 days to the process.

The Leesa Legend Trial Period

Leesa gives you a 100-night sleep trial, meaning you have 100 days to test the mattress. Leesa requires you to sleep on it for 30 days first.  If you decide you don’t like the Legend, initiate the return with Leesa customer service. Returns are free unless you live in Alaska or Hawaii. Those require a $100 fee.

The company, committed to helping others as a certified B Corp, donates returned mattresses to children’s charities. Leesa will ask for a $49 Bed Adoption Fee to help them find a place.


The Leesa Legend comes with a 10-year limited warranty for the original purchaser. You can get a free replacement or repair if a covered defect is found. The 10-year warranty assumes you’re using the mattress on a foundation that supports the mattress and sleeper. 

The warranty covers unexplained indentations of greater than 1 inch or flaws due to workmanship. The warranty won’t cover normal wear and tear, a change in preference or problems that come from you abusing the mattress.


You can buy Leesa mattresses at West Elm and Pottery Barn stores, or online at either store and Leesa.com.

Leesa Legend Rating and Conclusion

This third offering from Leesa is high-end in both quality and price. It offers an elevated sleeping experience.  

The cover is made of natural fibers and recycled material. There are four layers of luxury foam paired with a dual, hybrid-pocket system. Even the top layer of foam is perforated to help with cooling. 

Also, Leesa is a certified B corp, fulfilling the highest standards for social responsibility. In the company’s 2018 impact report, Leesa reports that they planted 255,000 trees, volunteered over 2,130 hours and donated over 32,000 mattresses through 2018 alone.

As if all of that didn’t make you feel great, Leesa gives you in-home delivery and mattress removal for free with your Leesa Legend purchase. 


Is there any off-gassing with the Leesa Legend?

There will be a bit of a scent when you first unbox, but it should dissipate within the first few hours. All of the foams used in the Leesa Legend are CertiPUR-US certified, meaning they don’t contain any harmful chemicals or metals. 

What kind of base best supports the Leesa Legend?

Traditional box springs are typically made with inner coils, which are flexible. The Leesa Legend works best on a rigid base, so Leesa recommends choosing a foundation that does not include springs, like the Leesa Foundation. Otherwise, you may wish to add a solid bunkie board or plywood on top of your current box spring to ensure a flat, stable surface.

How soon can you sleep on the Leesa Legend after unboxing?

Same night its delivered! It only needs a few hours to expand and then it’s good to go.

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