The Loom & Leaf mattress is a very interesting concept that I’ve been excited to review – a high-end mattress sold exclusively online, aiming to compete with the top memory foam mattresses on the market (See how Loom & Leaf compares to other retailers HERE). Let’s get into the pros and cons.
Comfort – The mattress is extremely comfortable, and it sleeps very cool
Sleeps cool – With memory foam, the question is always whether it will “sleep hot”. This mattress has a few very particular features aimed at making it sleep cool – and in my experience they have worked very successfully.
Fine Details – The mattress has some great fine touches – I was especially impressed by the cover. It is made with a very high quality organic cotton, which is great to the touch, and makes it feel like a true luxury mattress.
Price – It’s priced high for some people’s budget, but I think for the price it offers tremendous value. I’m generally okay with a higher priced mattress, as long as it delivers more value – and I think that’s true in this case.
No Brand Name Yet – At this price point, the mattress will be compared against some very established and tested brands. Obviously it’s lacking the brand name recognition and trust that some luxury mattress buyers may like. This will change over time.
No long-term data – I’ve tested the mattress for a period of time now with great results, but no one knows just yet how the mattress will hold up after a few years. The 15 year warranty should cover any major issues, but something to keep in mind.
Not suitable for all sleepers – I’ve learned over time that some people just don’t like memory foam, and there’s nothing anyone can do to change their mind. This isn’t really a con, but it’s just a fact of life that even the best memory foam mattresses won’t win over people who just don’t like the feel of memory foam. For those who like the feel of memory foam, I do really like this mattress, but I would say it’s not suitable for people who don’t understand the feel of memory foam and/or just don’t like the feel of it. Even the best memory foam mattress won’t change your mind based on my experience.
Loom & Leaf is a new brand that comes from the same company that runs Saatva. Saatva has an innerspring mattress at a lower price point, also sold exclusively online. Their other mattress generally gets very good reviews, and the company is known for very good customer service – which I expect to be extended to the Loom & Leaf brand.
Overall I really like the mattress – it really compares to some mattresses priced at 2-3x the price (read down for a direct comparison to a Tempurpedic model) in terms of quality and materials. The mattress is extremely comfortable – to the extent I can really feel the difference compared to cheaper models, even the lower priced direct to consumer mattresses. Of course it won’t suit every preference (no mattress does), but I think that overall it offers one of the best sleep experiences for a mattress at this price point.
Comparison to Tempurpedic
For a memory foam mattress of this quality, I think the best mattress comparison is a mid-high range Tempurpedic (See more detailed comparison to Tempur-Pedic HERE). Generally I think that Tempurpedic makes some fairly decent mattresses, and obviously has some great brand recognition – but I find their prices (or really value for the price) to be very high, and I think that the launch of Loom & Leaf really validates that my opinion. To demonstrate this, I’ve highlighted the foam density, cover, sleeping hot quality, and price point of the Loom & Leaf and Tempurpedic (Contour Rhapsody Luxe model)
Foam Density– Foam density is often used as a proxy for quality with memory foam (definitely not a perfect correlation, but can be thought of as one general trend to note). Just looking at foam density, Loom & Leaf and Tempurpedic are equally matched.
Cover– Loom and Leaf really over-invested in its cover (quilted, organic cotton), which is incredibly soft and comfortable to the touch. This is the first mattress I’ve had that I think would be comfortable to sleep on without a sheet. Definitely better than Tempurpedic’s covers – though this may be a moot point, since you’re going to cover it up with a fitted sheet all the time anyway.
Sleeping hot– Keeping a foam mattress cool (not “sleeping hot”) is very important to me. Loom & Leaf uses bio-based foams and has an actual gel layer laminated onto the memory foam to offset sleeping hot – which in my experience worked very well. Tempurpedics in my mind sleep very hot, though I haven’t tried their Breeze models personally (by reputation they are certainly an improvement, but not a perfect solution). I think that Loom & Leaf edges out Tempurpedic in this category.
Price– As I’ve discussed in several different articles, a lot of the cost of a retail mattress is markups and unnecessary costs. The online business model cuts out a substantial portion of that to provide a much more affordable solution without any sacrifice in quality. Here the Loom & Leaf (queen) costs $999, while the Tempurpedic Contour Rhapsody Luxe (queen) costs $3500. HUGE advantage Loom & Leaf.
More on Sleeping Hot
You’ll hear me rant on Slumber Sage about gel-infused – essentially how it’s a scam. Studies have shown that having “gel-infused” memory foam does not actually make a noticeable difference in heat reduction with memory foam.
The two methods that actually do keep memory foam mattresses cool are having an actual gel layer laminated on top of the memory foam and also having bio-based foams. Loom & Leaf actually utilizes both of these methods, which is something that I very rarely find. If you don’t want to dig too far into the details, just know that the construction of the mattress has been specifically optimized to keep the mattress as cool as possible. This has definitely been corroborated by my personal experience as well.
Another complaint that is fairly common with memory foam is something called off-gassing. It’s essentially a chemical odor that you smell when opening a foam mattress that has been compressed (much easier to ship this way). The smell usually goes away after a few days, but for some mattresses people will complain that it never fully goes away. It affects people differently, but generally, the smell goes away and isn’t really a concern.
Since Loom & Leaf does not compress their mattress for delivery and uses bio-based foams, there is no off-gassing concern. While I generally don’t think off-gassing is a make-or-break concern when it comes to mattress buying, this is a safe choice for a memory foam mattress if you are very sensitive to smell.
Thoughts On Feel
The mattress is very stable and isn’t the kind of mattress that immediately envelops you once you jump on. If you are looking for a mattress that is extra soft and that you really sink into, this is probably not the mattress for you.
When you get into the mattress, it is very supportive and the mattress contours to your body very subtly (I believe a function of the high density of the foam). It is really great for back sleepers for this reason. When sleeping on my side, it felt great as well. I have historically had trouble with back issues, and I feel the mattress is optimally suited to align my spine properly so I can minimize and alleviate back pain.
The same folks running Saatva are behind this company. Saatva is well-known for having top-notch customer service. You can expect the same personal attention and care when buying this mattress. Someone will reach out to you and make sure you’ve made the exact right choice for you and make sure the delivery goes as smoothly as possible. The delivery team installs the mattress for you as well, which is something that is fairly unique. I expect all the same great customer service with Loom & Leaf.
The free trial period is 120 days – which means you can return the mattress within 120 days of ordering it for a full refund, no questions asked. As I’ve discussed before, I think 30 days is more than enough time to figure out whether you will like a mattress for the long-term, so anything more than that is just an added bonus. It seems most companies are extending their free trial period. 120 days is definitely more than enough time to test out your mattress.
The bio-based foams used are an improvement over standard memory foam – but no memory foam is not going to be considered truly eco friendly, in my opinion. However, simply selling excluisvely online means the company’s carbon footprint is much lower than a mattress sold through the traditional retail model (think of the energy consumed when running a retail store, shipping a large mattress multiple times, etc).
The value of Loom & Leaf is tremendous. I’ve shown that the specs of the mattress are equivalent to a Tempurpedic mattress that costs twice as much (maybe even more), and this will hold true generally for other brands as well with comparable specs (if sold through the traditional retail model). Of course there are great mattresses that cost much less than the Loom & Leaf, but I think that the additional cost translates to a higher mattress quality, dollar for dollar. The foam density, extra attention paid to keeping the mattress cool, and quality covering stand out as features that less expensive mattresses (even ones sold exclusively online) do not have.
Who This Mattress Is Ideal For
If you are considering memory foam at all, I would give this mattress a strong look. This mattress is for the serious buyer who wants a great mattress for the medium- and long-term. Certainly, if you are looking into Tempurpedic, this mattress directly compares mostly to the different models from that company. This mattress is very supportive, so if you are heavier, or you have any sort of back pain, it could be especially ideal for you. Overall, I feel that the mattress is a good fit for a lot of people and you’ll be very satisfied with your purchase.
Who Might Not Be Ideal For The Mattress
In my mind, with mattresses, memory foam is in a completely separate category from every other type of mattress. If you have used innerspring mattresses your entire life and are very used to that feel and enjoy it, then this mattress may not be for you because the feel is significantly different from that. It’s true that some people just don’t like memory foam, so if you are one of those people, this mattress won’t be best fit for you.
Similarly, if you need or want an especially soft feel, then this mattress isn’t suited for you. It’s quite comfortable, but you don’t jump onto it and immediately sink into it.
Finally, the Loom and Leaf is for the serious mattress buyer. The value you get is substantial, but if you are just looking for a mattress for a year or two and don’t want to pay a ton in the process, there are better options available for your situation.
If you are willing to spend $1,200+ on a mattress, I strongly suggest looking into Loom & Leaf. The value really is fantastic and the company spared no expense in making the mattress as high-quality as possible.