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Leesa Mattress Review for 2020
- Dimensions: 80″ x 60″ x 10″
- Weight: 80 pounds
- Number of Layers: 3
- Firmness: Firm
- Certi-PUR US: Yes
- Warranty: 10 years
- Good motion isolation
- Made in the USA
- Affordable price
- Excellent breathability
- Easy unboxing process
- Non-toxic materials
- Only one firmness level available
- Too firm for side sleepers
- Not great for heavy people
Leesa is a bedding and mattress company based in the US that was founded back in 2014. As a company, they try to set themselves apart through their commitment to social and environmental issues by planting trees and donating mattresses to charity, among other things. There are a few models they have on offer, so feel free to check out our other Leesa mattress reviews. Today we will be dealing with their original flagship, all-foam model.
The original Leesa bed is a mattress with a firm feel, which uses a mix of three types of foam in its three layers. The top layer consists of high-density polyfoam, while the second layer uses memory foam. The firm base of the support core is established by dense core foam. There’s a durable and breathable cover on this mattress, woven from a blend of Lycra and polyester.
Buying a perfect mattress is a pretty big deal. They can be quite an investment, so you need to make sure you are getting the right one to suit your body and the way you sleep. In this Leesa mattress review, we’ll focus on the construction, feel, motion transfer, and other important factors concerning the quality of the mattress, so read on.
Leesa Bed Features
Moving from the top-down, we’re going to start with the cover of this mattress. It consists of a blend of Lycra and polyester, making it highly elastic, durable, breathable, and soft.
In terms of comfort layers, the Leesa has two. The first one is made of two inches of high-density LSA200 foam, while the second consists of two inches of low-density memory foam, which contours to your body and relieves pressure. This prevents the building of pressure points and helps alleviate pain in the shoulders, hips, and back.
The support core of the Leesa mattress is six inches thick, and the high-density memory foam it consists of provides a stable and firm base for the contouring comfort layers on top, which results in a supportive yet balanced feel, promoting neutral spine alignment.
When we add the thickness of the layers together, we can conclude that the Leesa is 10’’ thick, which is about the average when it comes to memory foam mattresses. This thickness allows for sufficient cradling with enough room for a robust and firm support core.
If you like the feeling of sinking deep into a mattress, the Leesa bed is not the best choice. It doesn’t seem to have too much of a body-hugging, conforming feel since it is a bit on the firmer side. There’s definite pressure relief created by the comfort layers, however, but the mattress is a bit bouncier and more responsive than other similar products.
For those suffering from aches and chronic pain, this can be great news as this is a great mattress for arthritis pain, especially. However, it might be a bit problematic if you sleep exclusively on your side or if you’re a heavy sleeper. Counterintuitively, even though the Leesa feels firmer to lighter sleepers, those that weigh over 230 pounds often complained of sagging and lack of support.
If you weigh between 130 and 220 lbs and enjoy sleeping on the back or stomach, or you’re a combination sleeper, this bed could work well for you.
Motion Transfer & Edge Support
We’ve found through our testing that the Leesa mattress does a great job of cutting down on motion transfer. This is what we’ve come to expect from foam mattresses in general, and we’re happy to say that Leesa did not disappoint in that regard.
Therefore, Leesa is an excellent mattress for couples, especially if one partner usually ends up waking the other with their movement. Due to its multi-layered and dense foam construction, this mattress can isolate your movement well, leaving your partner fast asleep.
In terms of edge support, on the other hand, we did not expect great results, since poor edge support is a characteristic of foam mattresses. While the Leesa was by no means the worst bed we’ve tested in terms of edge support, it didn’t precisely shatter our expectations either.
We noticed significant edge sinkage during our testing, particularly with heavier sleepers. That being said, this is a common problem with all-foam mattresses, as you can see in our Leesa vs Casper comparison as well. So if you need excellent edge support, it’s probably better for you to check out some innerspring or hybrid models.
Another problem that foam mattresses often have is their inability to regulate temperature, causing the sleeper’s body heat to get trapped in the foam and creating an uncomfortable environment for hot sleepers. Unfortunately, the Leesa did not manage to overcome this common foam-mattress issue either, and it performed according to our expectations with regards to temperature neutrality as well.
That’s not to say that this mattress is in any way worse than other all-foam mattresses out there; in fact, it is slightly better at regulating heat than other well-known brands on the market. The reason for this seems to be the low-density memory foam in the comfort layer, which allows for more airflow than what we’re used to seeing in other mattresses of this type. The cover of this bed is quite breathable as well, which helps thermal regulation.
Cleaning & Safety
Taking proper care of your mattress is quite essential if you want to keep using it for a long time, and seeing as they don’t come cheap, you probably do. We recommend using a mattress protector from the get-go with your new mattress.
The people at Leesa even recommend getting a waterproof mattress protector since they do not recommend removing the mattress cover for washing. They say this will damage the fabric in the cover permanently, and we don’t want that. Cleaning stains with mild detergent and cold water is recommended instead. However, keeping your mattress clean is about more than just stains.
A lot of stuff can accumulate in your bed over time, including sweat, dead skin cells, dust mites, pollen etc. If you have pets, there are even more things to worry about. We don’t want to freak you out, but we think it’s crucial for you to know how vital a mattress protector can be. It will keep your mattress clean, especially if you use a waterproof one that doesn’t collect moisture. These are easy to throw in the washing machine and get all that nasty stuff out of your bed.
Leesa is one of the biggest brands in the mattress in a box world. This company at least partially created some of the standards that we now see in most online brands. First of all, there’s free shipping with all of their mattress types.
They come compressed and wrapped in plastic inside a box up to seven business days after placing your order. If you pay a bit extra, they will set the bed up for you as well. Secondly, Leesa allows you to test out your mattress up to 100 nights.
Feel free to use the trial period before settling on a decision, especially since foam beds often take some time to achieve their ‘final form’ and properly adjust to your body. If you end up deciding that you don’t want the bed, Leesa will grant you a full refund, no questions asked. There’s no catch or trick involved. Plus, you’ll be happy to know that the mattress will be donated to charity rather than repackaged and resold.
All in all, we think many people will find the Leesa mattress quite comfy and enjoyable. The US-based manufacturer has done a uniquely good job of making a universally comfortable mattress that’s a good fit for most sleeper types, especially stomach, and back sleepers.
If you’re a bit on the heavy side or sleep exclusively on your side, you might want to look elsewhere, but other than that, you can expect good results from this mattress. It has good pressure relief without letting you sink in too deep, as well as excellent motion isolation and breathability. We hope you enjoyed this Leesa mattress review, and we encourage you to check out our other mattress reviews and Buyer’s Guides.