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Leesa Mattress Review

The Leesa is my personal mattress of choice.  You’ll currently find this mattress in my bedroom.  Leesa has done a really nice job of offering a very high quality mattress at an affordable price.  I’m a big fan of their constant pursuit of mattress innovation.  Read on to understand why this was my personal pick.

SUMMARY

Ahhh, my Leesa.  Leesa was among the first in a pack of direct-to-consumer, boxed mattress companies to hang an online shingle. It launched in 2014.

Though dozens have followed in their steps, ramping up the stakes, Leesa still does a top-notch job delivering the goods—namely a mattress to fulfill the desires of that wide variety of sleepers in the middle, known as the average sleeper.

The Leesa can accommodate many people and I think they do it at a reasonable price. The Leesa company can accommodate a lot of customers and do it efficiently. That’s what you get from a company that led the charge into the online mattress-selling space.

The company founders were bad sleepers looking for a fix to their own problems. They reached out to a mattress-making friend and the rest, according to the cliché, is history.

Leesa asked first, “What’s wrong with mattresses today? How can we build a better one so people can get some sleep?” The answer they got was to get rid of the stuff that made mattresses expensive but didn’t really serve the goal of helping people sleep better.

They attacked some of the problems sleepers face—pain at pressure points like the hips and shoulders, poor spinal alignment, mattresses that held on heat—by developing and combining different types of foam that could deliver relief for all of those things in some measure.

Core strength, pressure relief, cooling, bounce—it’s all there in the Leesa’s three-layer foam construction.

And Leesa offers a risk-free experience. Get the mattress with free shipping. Take 100 days to figure out if you like it. Send it back for free. Sit comfortably on that 10-year warranty.

Also, sit comfortably knowing Leesa doesn’t just care about your sleep and selling mattresses. Leesa executes a company philosophy for social responsibility that any business would be proud to replicate.

If you’re up in the air and not sure what you want, Leesa is very likely a great choice for you.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Leesa put many cool features into its mattress and its business model:

  • Engineered for the average sleeper with medium firmness.
  • Versatile in that it adapts to all sleep positions and most body types.
  • Egg carton-shaped top layer of foam is great for airflow & keeping you cool.
  • Went through 200 prototypes to develop the responsive, cool Avena top layer.
  • Foam contours to your body, but still bounces so you don’t get stuck.
  • Foams in the Leesa mattresses are CertiPUR-US® certified.
  • Free shipping, 100-night trial period, free returns (except Alaska, Hawaii).
  • One of the highest-rated mattresses, by professionals & customers on market.
  • The Leesa can work atop a West Elm mattress foundation.
  • You can look at the Leesa at a Pottery Barn store.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Discounted rates for military, first-responders, students & teachers year round.
  • Donates one mattress for every 10 sold to charities like homeless shelters.
  • Plants one tree for every mattress they sell as an Arbor Day Foundation partner.
  • Leesa is a certified B Corp, which signals it meets “rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

A well-rounded option: Leesa packs a lot of high quality features into a mattress that will be a great fit for the majority of the population

FEATURES

Type

The Leesa is a combination foam mattress in medium firm.

Cooling

Memory foam mattresses earned a bad rap for retaining too much body heat. Better technology—included the egg carton-shaped top foam layer in the Leesa—create a cooler night of shut-eye for you.

Firmness

The Leesa is considered a medium firm mattress. Because Leesa was striving to appeal to the most sleepers, regardless of how they slept, the firmness level also hits the middle of the pack.

In other words, if you want a fluffy cloud of a mattress, the Leesa won’t suit you. And if you want to sleep on something super firm, this won’t do it for you either.

Old-school foam mattress also earned a bad rap for swallowing sleepers. You’d sink in and get stuck and they’d have to send in a search party after you. The Avena foam in the top layer has a lot of bounce to it. It responds quickly to your movements so you’re able to move and get out of it without any problems.

Edge support

The foam used in the Leesa will sink down when you sit on the edge of the mattress, but you want slip off. The third layer of foam does a great job keeping its structure.

That means sleeping on the edges won’t be a problem either. There’s enough give to cradle the body so you avoid feeling like you’re pressing down on your back, thighs, hips and shoulders. Less pressure, less pain, better sleep.

Motion transfer

Couple harmony in the bedroom is important. Sleep is important to couple harmony. Ergo, being able to sleep close to your beloved without them waking you up when they go for a drink of water is mission critical.

The way the layers of foam all provide either structure or contouring means the Leesa does a pretty good job isolating movement. In other words, if your partner gets out of bed to use the potty in the middle of the night, you might feel a slight jiggle, but you’re probably not waking up.

CONSTRUCTION

The Leesa mattress is made with three layers of high-quality foam that deliver airflow, contouring pressure relief and core support.

The 2-inch top layer is made of cooling foam that promotes airflow and responds to your every movement. It’s called “Avena” foam and mimics the feel of latex. It’s shaped like an egg carton which encourages airflow throughout the mattress. Also, the way the foam responds to movement means the mattress is a good fit for all sleep positions—back, side or stomach.

The 2-inch second layer is made up of contouring memory foam, which cradles the body and provides significant pressure relief.

The 6-inch bottom layer is the most dense layer of the three. The poly foam layer makes up the core support of the mattress, sturdy enough to enhance the structure of the Leesa. The foam is 3-pound density, which will withstand everyday use. Anything flimsier than 3 pounds will not withstand the long haul.

Leesa Layers: Comfort and recovery layers built on top of the 6 inch support layer

SPECS

Here is a breakdown of the Leesa specifications:

Dimensions

  • Twin: 39″ x 75″
  • Twin XL: 36” x 80”
  • Full: 53” x 75”
  • Queen: 60” x 80”
  • King: 76” x 80”
  • Cal King: 72” x 84”

Weight

71 pounds for the queen

Thickness

10 inches

One interesting note about the 10-inch thickness, there was an experiment done on the mattress that simulated 10 years of use and wear. After the experiment, the Leesa had lost none of its thickness.  It was still doing its job.

BUYING EXPERIENCE

Trial

You have roughly three months to road test the Leesa foam mattress. You need to sleep on the mattress for at least 30 of that 100-night trial period before you can return it. It takes time for people to get used to a new mattress and for the mattress to break in. Thirty days goes fast.

If you do return it, you will get a full refund. One note, Leesa ships to all 50 states, but people living in Alaska and Hawaii will have to pay $100 to return it.

Leesa is a certified B Company, which gives out its certification to the most socially responsible companies only. If you return the mattress, Leesa will donate it to a local charity that needs it.

Coming and going, you accept very little risk to try the Leesa mattress.

Warranty

Leesa offers a 10-year full-replacement warranty. For 10 years, if the mattress shows a defect, unrelated to wear and tear, Leesa will repair or replace it. There’s no fee for that. Also, the mattresses work best on solid base or a foundation strong enough to support both the Leesa and the sleeper.

Example 1: Your mattress develops a sag of at least 1 inch even while it rested atop a proper, flat foundation. COVERED.

Example 2: You stained your mattress in Year 5 and it’s starting to bug you. NOT COVERED.

Delivery & Setup

One of the original boxed mattresses comes compressed and rolled into, you guessed it, a box! (15” x 15” x 45” for a queen).  Open the box. Take it out of the box. Free it from its plastic wrapping. Watch it expand. Have a drink while you’re at it. Enjoy. Done.

Leesa promises to deliver within 3-6 business days after receiving your order. Shipping is free to all 50 states.

In some locations, you can also pay for white glove delivery. Someone else will bring the mattress and set it up for you and take away the packaging. If you want them to also remove you old mattress, you can pay another $50 for that service.

Leesa delivers to your door

Mattress on your doorstep: Leesa will deliver your mattress to your house, rolled in a box. Unpack it, unroll it, open the wrap and your bed comes to life.

Customer Service

You can reach the Leesa “Customer Care Team” every single day—Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST; Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

Feel free to chat up the reps from the website during these hours. You can also email anytime.

Price

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$$0-500
$$$500-1,000
$$$$1,000-2,500
$$$$$2,500 – $5,000
$$$$$$5,000+

That range is reasonable compared to other quality mattresses. When the online store saves money by avoiding a brick-and-mortar setup, the customer benefits. Even though Leesa doesn’t have its own retail space, you don’t have to buy before you try. You can go to any West Elm or Pottery Barn store to check out the mattress.

Leesa also sells its own foundations, one designed for this mattress. It’s $295 and, in quality, compares to something you’d buy out of an actual mattress store.

This is an upgrade for Leesa, which did not sell a matching foundation when it first came out. You can also buy another brand so long as it has a rigid base. That is important to keep the structure of the foam mattress strong and healthy for a long time.

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CONCLUSION

There are few things we can bank on in the world, but the Leesa comes very close to being a sure-fire hit for average sleepers who need a new mattress.

I’ve tested the Leesa more than any other mattress out there(I test it nightly!). I’ve had dozens of opportunities to change my recommendation with all of these new mattress start-ups, but between the Leesa being very comfortable and them being one of the biggest and oldest companies in the space, I see no reason to change my mind.

Even looking at other reviews on other platforms, across the board, Leesa rates very highly due to strong edge support, the memory foam’s ability to relieve pressure and how quickly it responds and resettles you into the mattress when you move about.

Leesa also offers a luxury version (Sapira) to compliment this well rounded, every man/woman mattress, but we’re confident most people will embrace the Leesa as a purchase they won’t regret. 

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