Materials: Foam and coils
Trial Period: 100-nights
Price Range: $1,799–$2,599
Nerd’s Score: 4.5/5
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Materials: Foam and coils
Trial Period: 100-nights
Price Range: $1,799–$2,599
Nerd’s Score: 4.5/5
The Mattress Nerd’s Take: The Leesa Legend aims for memorable comfort, and our team thinks it lives up to its name for side sleepers, back sleepers, couples, and those prone to shoulder pain. The foam and microcoil comfort layers provide ample pressure relief, and the coil support system reduces motion transfer and improves airflow.
The Leesa Legend has a medium-firm feel that we place around 5.5–6/10 on the firmness scale. For reference, a 6/10 firmness is often called the “universal firmness” because it balances cushioning comfort and whole-body support for the average person.
With that said, the Leesa Legend is on the softer side of the medium-firm spectrum. A 5.5/10 firmness level provides adequate support for those with lightweight or average-weight body types, but heavyweight sleepers over 300 lbs may “bottom out” against the firmer coil layer. At the same time, it may be too soft for strict stomach sleepers. For more supportive mattresses, see the best mattresses for heavy people.
The Leesa Legend doesn’t include any flashy cooling mechanisms, but the layout ensures that warm body heat flows out and away from the mattress. As such, it’s a reliably temperature-neutral choice for individuals concerned about heat retention.
The cooling process starts with the perforated (hole-punched) top layer. Hundreds of narrow channels direct air out of the foam and through the breathable mattress cover. Next, two layers of coils effectively pump air through the mattress every time you move. This keeps warm air flowing out of the mattress instead of pooling underneath you. Check out our picks for the best mattresses for hot sleepers.
The Leesa Legend doesn’t have edge support reinforcements like some other mattresses, but it holds up really well under pressure. Whether we were sitting or lying near the edge of the bed, we felt lifted and secure. As for the rest of the mattress surface, we think it’s compatible with any body type, although extra heavyweight sleepers will likely want a firmer bed. For more mattress options, check out our best firm mattresses.
The key to comfort for back sleepers is a blend of cushion and support, especially around the lower back. By these standards, the Leesa Legend is a great fit for lightweight, average-weight, and heavyweight back sleepers. The top layers cradle the bumpier parts of your backside, while the extra lumbar support in the center third of the mattress keeps your hips lifted and aligned with the rest of your spine.
The Leesa Legend is a great mattress for side sleepers because it allows your shoulders and hips to sink deeply into the mattress without getting jammed against the firmer base layers. This is especially true for lightweight and average-weight side sleepers; heavyweight sleepers may want more overall support.
Additionally, the transition layer is divided into zones that provide targeted support for different regions of the body: there are easily compressed microcoils under the head and foot of the bed and a firm foam panel under the center. This ensures that the side sleeper’s spine doesn’t dip out of alignment.
Stomach sleeping is truly the only sleeping position that we don’t think is compatible with the Leesa Legend. Stomach sleepers need a firm mattress in order to achieve proper spinal alignment, and the Leesa Legend is simply too soft. Here are our recommendations for the best mattress for stomach sleepers.
Average-weight and heavyweight stomach sleepers will especially notice their lower back sinking into the soft layers of foam. Lightweight sleepers who spend only part of the night on their stomach may avoid back pain, but we only recommend the Leesa Legend to stomach sleepers with very petite body types.
Despite a memory foam layer near the top of the mattress, the Leesa Legend is remarkably responsive. That’s an important feature for lightweight, average-weight and heavyweight combination sleepers, who need a mattress with quick bounce-back to avoid feeling stuck in the mattress.
|Body Type:||BACK SLEEPERS||STOMACH SLEEPERS||SIDE SLEEPERS|
|Lightweight (< 130 lbs):||5||2||4|
|Average weight (130 – 230 lbs):||5||2||5|
|Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):||4||1||4|
1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent
Couples often aim for a mattress that limits motion transfer and strikes a balance of comfort for both partner’s needs. The hybrid construction and medium-firmness of the Leesa Legend caters to most body types, so it should satisfy the needs of both sleeping partners as long as they favor back or side sleeping.
Motion transfer shouldn’t be an issue either. During our review process, we registered very little motion transfer from subtle movements like getting in and out of the bed. Larger movements like plopping down on the bed were a bit more disruptive, but the foam layers did a good job of absorbing the movement.
That depends on your budget, of course. We’re basing our assessment on the average consumer with a mid-range budget (pricing that ranges from $900–$1,499 for a Queen size).
The Leesa Legend costs $2,299 for a Queen size without discounts, so we consider it to be a luxury mattress. For reference, the Tempur-Adapt memory foam mattress is priced at $2,199 for a Queen size, and the Purple Hybrid Premier is $2,299.
If you’re willing to pay a little more, you can opt to finance your purchase. Also, keep your eye out for discounts and promotions that can cut a couple hundred dollars off of your total price.
Layer #1: Breathable Mattress Cover: The Leesa Legend mattress cover is made with sustainable materials like organic cotton, Merino wool, and fibers from recycled water bottles.
Layer #2: Comfort Foam: This polyfoam comfort layer is ventilated with small perforations to improve breathability and cooling for hot sleepers.
Layer #3: Memory Foam: A layer of traditional memory foam contours around your pressure points.
Layer #4: Micro-Pocket Springs: Microcoils at the head and foot of the bed sandwich a center panel of firm foam. The combination supports spinal alignment and improves mobility as you change positions: perfect for combination sleepers.
Layer #5: Pocketed Coils : This support layer features individually wrapped coils that isolate motion much better than a traditional innerspring mattress. These coils are also breathable, which keeps the mattress cooler.
Layer #6: Support Foam: A layer of high-density base foam stabilizes the spring layer. 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.
|Twin XL||$1,799||39″ x 80″||12”||81 lbs|
|Full||$2,099||53″ x 75″||12”||103 lbs|
|Queen||$2,299||60″ x 80″||12”||119 lbs|
|King||$2,599||76″ x 80″||12”||149 lbs|
|California King||$2,599||72″ x 84″||12”||149 lbs|
Leesa mattresses are made-to-order in the U.S. and ship for free, but you can pay an extra $150 to upgrade to white glove delivery. Once your mattress arrives, you simply need to unroll the mattress onto your bed frame, cut off the packaging, and let it rise. While you shouldn’t expect too much of an “off-gassing” smell or chemical foam smell, airing your mattress out in a well-ventilated area can’t hurt.
The Leesa Legend is protected by a 10-year warranty against manufacturing defects like faulty foam, broken zippers, and indentations over 1”. If your mattress develops a defect, you may be eligible for free repairs or a replacement mattress. Be sure to contact Leesa’s customer service in the event you have any questions or an issue with your mattress.
Mattress trial periods provide bed-in-a-box mattress shoppers with the opportunity to test out their new mattress in the comfort of home. Leesa gives their customers a 100-night sleep trial and free returns, as long as you try out the mattress for at least 30 days, giving your body time to adjust to the new bed.
Still, keep in mind that customers in Alaska and Hawaii must pay $100 for returns. Also, the trial period and return policy may be different for mattresses bought from third-party retailers like Amazon or West Elm.
For the right kind of sleeper, absolutely. We’re talking about couples, side sleepers, back sleepers, people with arthritis, hot sleepers, and combination sleepers. For these folks, the Leesa Legend should provide ample comfort. Plus, you have 100 nights to try out the mattress and make sure it’s the right fit.
Hybrid mattresses maintain their integrity for five to six years on average. Still, the Leesa Legend is an overall durable bed that should still be functional after that time frame. Leesa also protects you against manufacturing defects for up to 10 years as part of the brand’s limited warranty.
Nope. The Leesa Legend is designed for single-sided use. However, you can prolong the lifespan of your mattress by rotating it 180 degrees once a month for the first few months and then seasonally. This helps your mattress to wear in more evenly, preventing dips or impressions in the mattress.
The Leesa Original is an all-foam mattress with similar top layers to the Leesa Legend, including contouring comfort foam and memory foam. Unlike the Legend, the Original has a firm foam base that contributes to an overall firmer feel. While we recommend the Legend for side sleepers and all body types, the Original is best for lightweight or average-weight back sleepers.
The Leesa Hybrid mattress is similar to the Original, but it has an innerspring base layer that gives it a springier personality and is well-suited to the needs of combination sleepers. Like the Leesa Legend, the Hybrid is breathable, making it a comfortable choice for hot sleepers. It has a medium-firm feel that may be too firm for strict sleepers, but works nicely for back sleepers.
The Leesa Studio has a simple three-layer construction consisting of memory foam and polyfoam. It has a similar medium-firm feel compared to the Leesa Original, and also suits back sleepers. We don’t recommend it to side sleepers or those with heavyweight body types, since it doesn’t have quite enough sinkage near the shoulders. As a value mattress, the Studio costs less than $1,000 for a Queen size: much lower than the price of the Legend.
Like the Leesa Legend, the Casper Wave Hybrid has a medium firmness. We rated it at 5/10 on the firmness scale, so it’s also a comfy choice for side sleepers. Extra gel pods beneath your lumbar region improve spinal alignment similarly to the firm foam in the Legend. The Wave Hybrid costs a bit more than the Legend.
The Helix Midnight Luxe is another premier hybrid mattress aimed at providing pressure relief for side sleepers. In addition to memory foam and polyfoam comfort layers, it features a plush pillow top. We think it’s a little more supportive for heavyweight sleepers, but it doesn’t isolate motion as well as the Leesa Legend.
The Tempur-Cloud is another mattress that capitalizes on the pressure-relieving nature of memory foam. Unlike the Leesa Legend, the Tempur-Cloud is a borderline firm mattress (7/10) that works best for back sleepers and lightweight stomach sleepers. It’s also made entirely of foam, so it retains more heat than the Legend.
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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.
|Performance Factor||Out of 5|
|Ease of Movement||4.5|