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Leesa Legend Mattress Review

Materials: foam and coil

Firmness: 7/10

Trial Period: 100-night sleep trial

Warranty: 10-year limited warranty

Price: $1,699-$2,499

The Mattress Nerd’s Take: Leesa provides reputable and luxury mattresses, and the Legend is no exception. Similar to the Leesa Hybrid, we find the Legend’s second layer of pocketed coils provides better edge support for couples and heavier sleepers. The Legend is a foam-and-coil hybrid mattress made with comfortable and natural materials and innovative design features to help your body rest more comfortably.

While the Legend may not be the best pressure-relieving bed for strict side sleepers, we think couples and single sleepers looking for firmer mattress will be pleased with the balance between support and comfort found in the Legend. At a competitive price point, the Legend may be expensive for budget shoppers, but we think it’s worth the investment.

Who is the Leesa Legend Best For?

Body Type: BACK SLEEPERS STOMACH SLEEPERS SIDE SLEEPERS
Lightweight (< 130 lbs): 4 5 3
Average weight (130 – 230 lbs): 4 5 2
Heavyweight (> 230 lbs): 3 5 2

1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent

Back Sleepers

Through our testing, we found the Leesa Legend to work well for back sleepers. Looking at all weight categories of sleepers, this hybrid mattress should relieve pressure for lightweight and average weight sleepers. The microcoils in the mattress construction provide well balanced and spread weight evenly across the top of the mattress. Some heavier sleepers may experience hink sinkage and curved spine into the softer top layers of the mattress. Back sleepers need their spines to remain aligned to avoid lower back pain.

Stomach Sleepers

The Leesa Legend may be one of the best options for stomach sleepers looking for a supportive surface that delivers even better pressure relief than it did for back sleepers.  It evenly distributes weight for all sizes of sleepers with contouring memory foam layers. Hips will not sink into the mattress, keeping the spine aligned and providing better support for the neck. 

Side Sleepers

While the Legend does have a comfort layer and a memory foam contouring layer, we found lightweight sleepers had very high pressure in their hips and average to heavier sleepers had lots of pressure in their shoulders. There was some contouring of the body, to cradle the shoulders in their natural curves but we do not think the Legend is the best option for side sleepers. As a firmer mattress it does not cradle the hips and shoulders enough to relieve pressure points

Combination Sleepers

Depending on what kind of combination sleeper you are will determine if this Leesa mattress is the best choice for you. The coil construction and supportive foam layers should provide an even surface for back and stomach sleepers to keep their spine aligned. Side sleepers will not be able to sink into the comfort contouring layers of the mattress. So if you’re a combination sleeper who spends a lot of time on your back and stomach throughout the night, this mattress should be a great fit for you. 

How Does the Leesa Legend Feel?

Responsiveness, Bounce and Ease of Movement 

The Legend is a responsive mattress that conformed to our hands when compressed but immediately returned to its original shape. It is balanced with firmness and responsiveness so you don’t feel like you are sinking into the mattress layers, but still receive some contouring around the body to make switching positions more comfortable.

How Firm Is This Mattress?

As a firm mattress, the Legend will support back and stomach sleepers but may be too firm for side sleepers. Leesa calls the Legend a medium-firm mattress, but we found it to be on the firmer side, despite multiple memory foam layers dedicated to comfort. Mattresses have a firmness scale of 1-10, with one being the softest and 10 being the firmest. Because of the lack of pressure relief we found for side sleepers and firmer top layers, we rate the Leesa Legend a 7/10. For more mattresses like this, check out our Best Firm Mattresses

Does It Sleep Hot? 

Two layers of coils and perforated foam should make the Legend a good option for hot sleepers. Unlike an all-foam mattress, the coils are breathable so that air flows away from the sleeper instead of being trapped inside the mattress. We did not find the Leesa to be cool to the touch but believe the natural cooling elements of the cover should reduce the possibility of most body types overheating. 

Is the Leesa Legend Good For Couples? 

The best mattresses for couples provide motion isolation so one partner does not disturb the other. The coil layers keep the mattress stable and motion is absorbed by the layers of foam. We found only slight motion across the mattress cover but the co-sleeper did not move.

How’s the Edge Support? 

The base spring layer provides exceptional edge support when sitting on the edge of the bed or when the body is lying on the edge. It maintains the support even when compressed, showing the durability of the base. 

Leesa Legend Construction 

The cover of the Leesa Legend 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 in the support layer for more contouring and bounce. 

The premium foams give the Leesa Legend pressure-relieving qualities, but the coils adapt to different body types so it’s a good choice for back and stomach sleepers of all weight categories.

Layer #1: Cover: The Leesa Legend has an all-natural cover made from merino wool, organic cotton and recycled materials from water bottles. Wool and cotton are naturally cooling materials and hypoallergenic

Layer #2: Comfort Layer: In addition to the cooling elements in the cover, the top layer is made of perforated foam, with holes throughout to increase cooling and reduce body heat. 

Layer #3: Memory Foam Recovery Layer: This support layer should relieve pressure in the shoulders, lower back and hips for stomach and back sleepers, contouring around the body to avoid lower back pain

Layer #4: Relief & Stability Layer of Pocketed Coils & Foam: With pocketed coils and support foam, this layer will help spread body weight evenly across the surface of the mattress. It also acts as an additional contouring layer to provide firmer support around the back and softer support around the shoulders. If you run your hand alongside the mattress you can feel the coils, but not when you lay on the mattress. 

Layer #5: Quick Response Layer of Pocketed Coils: The innerspring system of the Leesa Legend contains over 1,000 active response pocket springs that provide good edge support and enhanced breathability, especially when compared to traditional memory foam mattresses.

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How Much Does the Leesa Legend Cost? 

Mattress Size Price Dimensions Height Weight
Twin XL $1,699 39″ x 80″ 12” 81 lbs
Full $1,999 53″ x 75″ 12” 103 lbs
Queen $2,199 60″ x 80″ 12” 119 lbs
King $2,499 76″ x 80″ 12” 149 lbs
California King $2,499 72″ x 84″ 12” 149 lbs

To see if the Leesa Legend is in your budget, check out our Leesa Coupons page. 

How Do the Policies Measure Up?

 Trial, Warranty & Shipping

Leesa mattresses are made to order and can be expected to ship within 3-6 business days. As a luxury brand, Leesa also offers white glove delivery for an additional cost, which includes set up and old mattress disposal.

Made in the United States, the mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial period and a 10-year limited warranty. 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, a certified B Corp committed to helping others, donates returned mattresses to children’s charities. Leesa will ask for a $49 Bed Adoption Fee to help them find a new home for the bed.

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 abuse of the mattress.

Primarily, the Leesa is an online mattress, bought through their website or Amazon. However, it can also be purchased at West Elm and Pottery Barn stores.

Unboxing

After opening this bed-in-a-box, we found that the mattress takes its shape as soon as the plastic is cut away. It did take some time for the mattress to fully expand without any indentions from unboxing. Expect some strong off-gassing while waiting for the mattress to expand, and Leesa recommends allowing 24 hours to pass before you sleep on it.

Comparing the Leesa Legend Mattress

Leesa Legend vs Leesa Original

Leesa

The Leesa mattress adapts to all sleep positions and most body types. With its cooling foam and additional layers that both hug and support you, it's no wonder customers love sleeping on their Leesa.

The Leesa Original is an all-foam mattress but can accommodate many of the same sleepers as the Legend. Choosing between the two will depend on preferred feel and if you’re a hot sleeper looking for coils to increase airflow.

Read our full Leesa Original Mattress Review to learn more. 

Leesa Legend vs Leesa Studio

Leesa Studio

Leesa's most affordable mattress yet, the Studio is a no-frills option made for the average sleeper. Its three layers of memory foam provide pressure relief, support and cradling, so it's great for side, stomach and back sleepers alike. If you're looking for a high-quality, yet simple, mattress, the Studio by Leesa is a great pick.

The Leesa Studio is a much less expensive option as compared to the Legend. Its all-foam construction will resemble that of the Leesa Original, a good choice for young couples or parents looking for a mattress for their child.

See our full Leesa Studio Mattress Review to learn more. 

The Bottom Line

The Legend is one of Leesa’s luxury hybrid mattresses capable of delivering strong pressure relief for stomach and back sleepers, along with exceptional edge support to create a durable mattress great for couples. While we found the mattress to be less plush than advertised – more of a bouncy spring feel than a memory foam hug – the Legend’s ability to accommodate multiple sleeping positions makes it a great option for a variety of sleepers.

FAQs: 

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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