Materials: Memory foam and polyfoam
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $499–$899
Nerd’s Score: 4/5
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Materials: Memory foam and polyfoam
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $499–$899
Nerd’s Score: 4/5
The Mattress Nerd’s Take: The Studio by Leesa is a budget-friendlymemory foam mattress. Its medium-firm feel brings superb spinal alignment and pressure relief for back sleepers, and it provides excellent motion isolation to help couples sleep soundly. It’s a great pick for growing kids, guest bedrooms, and upgraded dorm room comfort.
At the Mattress Nerd, we measure mattress firmness on a scale from 1–10, with 1 being the softest possible and 10 the firmest. Leesa rates the Studio at a 5 to 7 on the mattress firmness scale. From our testing, we believe the Leesa Studio mattress falls at a 6.5/10, which makes it a medium-firm mattress.
Medium-firm is the most popular mattress firmness level. Why? Because it appeals to many types of sleepers. Back sleepers and stomach sleepers typically prefer this firmness thanks to the mix of support and cushion, while side sleepers often need a softer bed for greater give at their pressure points.
Another factor to consider when examining feel and firmness is your body weight. The Studio has two slow-response memory foam layers along the top of the mattress. These foams respond to body heat and weight, with heavier people sinking in pretty deeply and lighter folks remaining more elevated on the surface.
Because the Studio has a relatively thin comfort system compared to some other mattresses, heavyweight people weighing over 230 pounds may sink in too far, connecting with the ultra-firm support foam. For this reason, we recommend the Studio for lightweight and average-weight sleepers. However, lightweight sleepers should only go with the Studio if they like a firm feel.
While Leesa uses breathable memory foam in the top layer of the Studio mattress, it is still too warm for most hot sleepers. Memory foam, which makes up the top two layers of the Studio, tends to conform to the body. As a result, heat can become trapped along the surface, causing people who live in hot climates or those who run warm to wake up hot and sweaty.
The best cooling mattresses for hot sleepers typically have a support layer of breathable innerspring coils. Additionally, both latex foam and polyfoam tend to sleep cooler than memory foam, so many all-foam beds are cooler than the Studio.
As Leesa’s most budget-friendly mattress, the Studio is not the most supportive or durable Leesa bed. The Studio has a relatively thin 3” comfort system that makes it best for lightweight and average-weight people. Heavier people typically don’t find the Studio supportive enough for restful sleep.
Considering its affordable price point, the Studio provides good durability and support for people weighing under 230 pounds. We expect it to last at least seven years before customers start to notice any difference in the feel of the bed.
Edge support is an equally important mattress performance factor, and couples who spread out often lie along the sides, while others sit along the edges or use them for stability when getting into bed. The Studio’s edges are quite comfortable to lie along and provide good support for help getting into bed. However, the edges do sag a bit when you sit on the perimeter of the mattress.
Most back sleepers prefer medium-firm beds like the Studio mattress. The Studio’s dual memory foam layers provide contouring support, which means the heavier parts of your body should sink into the bed while lighter parts of the body remain more supported and elevated. The result is a mattress that’s exceptional for lightweight and average-weight back sleepers.
Plus-size back sleepers may experience pressure at their lower back and hips due to the Studio’s thin comfort layers. People who weigh more than 230 lbs should consider a more supportive mattress. For some ideas, check out our best mattresses for back sleepers article.
Side sleepers require a mattress that cushions their hips and shoulders. Unfortunately, the Studio’s comfort layers are simply too firm for lightweight and average-weight side sleepers, and the comfort foam isn’t quite thick enough for heavyweight side sleepers.
For more information, head over to our compilation of the best mattresses for side sleepers for a better side sleeper mattress.
Stomach sleepers need a bed that’s supportive enough to keep the hips from caving into the mattress, but simultaneously soft enough for front body support. Lightweight and average-weight stomach sleepers should find sufficient mid-body support, although lighter folks might want to add a plush mattress topper for a bit more cushion. Heavyweight stomach sleepers need more structure along the middle of the mattress than the Studio delivers.
Check out our list of the best mattresses for stomach sleepers.
Combination sleepers require a mattress that supports multiple sleep positions while also allowing ease of movement. Memory foam mattresses are known for somewhat of a “quicksand” feel, where you sink in and can feel stuck. While the Studio is relatively responsive, it’s not as easy to move around on as most innerspring and hybrid mattresses.
Heavyweight combination sleepers are very likely to find it hard to move around and get comfortable on the Studio, but lightweight and average-weight sleepers won’t sink in as far and are well-supported on the Studio. And ultimately, if you spend a lot of time on your side as a combination sleeper, we ultimately don’t recommend the Studio because it’ll feel a little too firm.
For beds that are better at supporting sleepers who toss and turn a lot, consider one of the beds that made our best mattresses for combination sleepers list.
NERD RATING: Will this bed work for you?
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Finding a mattress that works for two people can be challenging. Not only do you need a bed that you each find comfortable, but the mattress should limit motion transfer so nobody’s movements wake up the other.
The Studio mattress is a great pick for many couples. Its all-foam design with two layers of memory foam dampens motion well, so you aren’t likely to wake up when your partner moves. Because the Studio has thin comfort layers and a medium-firm feel, it’s best for couples in which both partners weigh less than 230 pounds and sleep on their backs or stomachs.
The Studio is a quality mattress with competitive pricing. The Studio is priced under $1,000 for a Queen size mattress, making it one of the more affordable memory foam mattresses on the market. For other budget-friendly mattresses, check out our top picks for the best affordable mattresses.
The Studio by Leesa made our countdown list of the best mattresses for kids, so ultimately we think they’ll like the mattress. What we love about the Studio is its medium-firm feel and affordable price point. Growing kids tend to do best on a medium-firm bed, and the Studio’s memory foam comfort layer brings a cuddly feeling that many kids enjoy. It’s ideal for children who are at least three years old, but even college students outfitting new apartments (can we still call them “kids”?) should appreciate the price point and feel of this bed.
The Studio mattress contains three layers of foam and measures 10” thick. The first two layers are medium-firm memory foam and provide a contouring memory foam feel. Thanks to the firmness, the surface conforms without a deep body hug—providing pressure relief with support. The final layer of dense polyfoam creates an all-foam feel that offers a top-notch level of motion isolation.
Layer #1: Breathable Knit Cover: A soft grey cover in Leesa’s signature design brings cozy comfort to sleepers. It also allows for generous airflow to keep sleepers cool.
Layer #2: Responsive Memory Foam (1.5”): A memory foam top layer responds to pressure and body heat, cradling the body and providing even weight distribution from head to toe. This layer has a medium-firm feel that creates a sensation somewhere between sleeping “on” and “in” the mattress.
Layer #3: Transitional Memory Foam (1.5”): A second layer of memory foam in the transition layer creates a distinct memory foam feel that slowly responds to movements and conforms to the body.
Layer #4: High-Density Foam Base (7”): A base layer of durable polyurethane foam reinforces the layers above for a sturdy and supportive all-foam bed.
|Twin||$499||39″ x 75″||10”||46 lbs|
|Twin XL||$549||39″ x 80″||10”||49 lbs|
|Full||$599||53″ x 75″||10”||59 lbs|
|Queen||$699||60″ x 80″||10”||68 lbs|
|King||$899||76″ x 80″||10”||83 lbs|
|Cal King||$899||74″ x 8″||10”||82 lbs|
Customers throughout the U.S., including those in Hawaii and Alaska, receive free shipping on Leesa mattresses. As a bed-in-a-box brand, the new mattress comes vacuum-wrapped in plastic and packed into a box. Most shipments arrive within two weeks.
To set up the Studio mattress, first place the box on your foundation, unpackage the mattress from the box, cut into the plastic packaging material and unroll it onto the bed frame. It can take a few days for the mattress to expand to its full size. During this time, it’s normal to notice a slight off-gassing odor. As the mattress decompresses, the release of tiny particles into the air creates this scent. The off-gassing smell is temporary, and you can help it dissipate by leaving bedding off and cracking a window.
For an even easier setup process, Leesa offers white glove delivery for $150. With this premium delivery service, a team delivers and sets up your new bed at a set time and date. If you don’t want your old mattress, they can remove it from your home as well.
Leesa mattresses all come with an industry-standard 10-year warranty. The Leesa limited warranty protects you in case of any defects during the first ten years that you own the bed.
Some examples of defects include visible indentations deeper than 1”, cracked memory foam, or a faulty zipper on the mattress cover.
The warranty doesn’t cover all damage that may occur over the life of your mattress. If Leesa deems you responsible for the damage—for instance, if you use an old, faulty box spring or other unsupportive foundation that causes sagging—the brand won’t cover the claim. We recommend using a waterproof mattress protector and a supportive base from day one to safeguard your new bed.
The Leesa Studio comes backed by a 100-night sleep trial. During the trial period, contact Leesa to return your mattress for a full refund if you find that it’s not what you hoped it would be. Just be aware that you must keep the new bed for 30 nights before you can return it. This initial period is called the break-in period, during which time the mattress’s foams soften and your body gets used to a new feel.
When you return a Leesa mattress, Leesa works with you to find a local charity to pick up the bed. After donation, you should see a full refund on the initial form of payment. It can take a week or two for the refund to show up.
The Studio by Leesa is an excellent memory foam mattress for the price. While no one mattress fits the needs of every sleeper, we recommend the Studio for back and stomach sleepers, and couples on a budget. We also recommend the mattress for use in kid’s rooms, guest bedrooms, and dorm rooms.
Every Leesa mattress is made in the U.S., although some of the brand’s products are made overseas. The Leesa Hybrid pillow is made in China, and the Leesa x Third Sheets are produced in Israel. Leesa’s headquarters are located in Virginia Beach in an environmentally friendly building.
Leesa mattresses have an average level of durability, with the average lifespan of the brand’s beds around seven to 10 years of regular use. To increase your new mattress’s lifespan, place it on a sturdy foundation, use a waterproof mattress protector, and rotate it from head to foot once every six months.
The Leesa Original is a slightly softer memory foam mattress with polyfoam along the top, which provides a cooler and more responsive surface than the Studio. The Original has thicker comfort layers that provide greater pressure relief.
Both mattresses are suitable for back sleepers and couples, but the Leesa is better for side sleepers. The Studio is less expensive than the Original.
See our full Leesa Original Mattress Review to learn more.
The Leesa Hybrid is a hybrid mattress with innerspring coils that create a cooler, springier surface than the Studio. The hybrid delivers superior support thanks to sturdier foams and responsive coils, making it a better pick for heavyweight folks.
The Studio is firmer than the hybrid, making the Leesa Hybrid a better fit for most side sleepers while the Studio works best for people who like to sleep “on” the mattress surface. The Studio costs a fraction of the price of the Leesa hybrid.
See our full Leesa Hybrid Mattress Review to learn more.
The Leesa Legend is a luxurious hybrid bed made from eco-friendly materials. It has a high-end hotel mattress feel, with opulent comfort layers that cushion pressure points much better than the Studio. With more generous pressure relief and support, the Legend is typically the better choice for people with back pain or body aches.
While the Legend is a higher-end mattress, some people prefer the Studio. The Studio is more affordable, and with its all-foam construction, it does a better job isolating motion than the Legend.
See our full Leesa Legend Mattress Review to learn more.
The Element is Casper’s take on a budget mattress. Similar to the Studio, the Element is an all-foam bed with a 3” layer of comfort foam. Both beds have a medium-firm feel that’s best for back sleepers and people who weigh less than 230 pounds, but the Element is a bit softer than the Studio.
The biggest difference between these beds is that the Studio’s comfort layer consists of memory foam, while Casper’s comfort layer uses perforated polyfoam. The Studio has a slow-response memory foam feel, while the Casper is cooler and easier to move around upon.
See our full Casper Element Mattress Review to learn more.
The Tuft & Needle is another affordable all-foam bed that utilizes a 3” layer of comfort foam atop a high-density foam base. While both the Studio and Tuft & Needle offer superb support for back sleepers, the T&N is slightly firmer and better for stomach sleepers. Neither foam is supportive enough for heavier folks.
The Tuft & Needle does not have any slow-response memory foam layers, making it better for sleepers who toss and turn. However, if you like the doughy memory foam feel, the Studio is the best option.
See our full Tuft & Needle Mattress Review to learn more.
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Leesa claims that the Studio is a responsive and cooling memory foam mattress. But while we love the Studio for its budget-friendly price point and contouring memory foam feel, we didn’t find it particularly cool or responsive. However, for the price, it’s hard to find a better memory foam bed. Expect exceptional motion isolation, good support, and comforting foam for back and stomach sleepers weighing less than 230 lbs.
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|Ease of Movement||4|
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