Loom And Leaf Mattress Review

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Overview

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.

Click Here To See How Loom & Leaf Compares To Other Mattress Competitors

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Quick summary

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.

No Off-gassing

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.

Customer Service

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.

Free Trial

The free trial period is 75 days – which means you can return the mattress within 75 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.  75 days is definitely more than enough time to test out your mattress.

Green/Eco-Friendly

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).

Value

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.

Overall

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.

24 comments

  1. Hi I was wondering which loom and leaf foam mattress did you try – the relaxed firm model or the firm model
    thanks,
    Christine

  2. John Blackwell

    Is the loom and leaf mattress compatible with a flexible frame? If so which frame (brand) would you recommend?

    • Loom & Leaf is compatible with a flexible frame – especially if you purchase the foundation (either through them or elsewhere). I have the frames in my house from West Elm, but that’s more for aesthetic reasons, rather than functional reasons. Either a flat surface or a surface with flats close together (6-8 inches at most) will be just fine.

  3. Great review Kenny. I just stopped by a store to lie on two different Temper Pedic beds – the Rhapsody Luxe (firmer) and the Cloud Luxe Breeze (softer). I preferered the Rhapsody. Which Loom and Leaf mattress whould the Rhapsody compare to in terms of firmness? Thanks

    • Like Charles, I too went to a mattress store to compare the cloud luxe breeze with the rhapsody breeze. I found the cloud luxe breeze to be extremely soft, which belies L&L’s suggestion that the mattress is somewhat firm. And, like Charles, I also preferred the rhapsody breeze. What’s holding me back is that I can’t quite square L&L’s description with the way the cloud luxe breeze felt.

      • What difference between the description and feel through you off? Happy to clarify if I can, I’ve slept on both.

        • The description differences are that Loom & Leaf describes their relaxed firm model as a 6 out of 10 firmness, yet at the same time states that the tempurpedic model most like the relaxed firm is the cloud luxe breeze, which is very soft. So, unless I tried a different tempurpedic model, it is difficult for me to reconcile Loom & Leaf’s firmness description with its actual firmness.

          If the Loom & Leaf firm model is like the tempurpedic rhapsody breeze, as Loom & Leaf states, then the firm model is the one for me. Again, it is difficult to rely on Loom & Leaf’s firmness description when they, IMHO, were way off in their firmness description with the relaxed firm model.

          That’s the difference I was referring to. Thank you Kenny for your insight on this.

          • Which mattress did you end up getting, Oscar, and how did it compare with the tempurpedics in terms of firmness?

    • I spoke with Loom & Leaf. They say the Rhapsody is comparable to the Loom & Leaf Firm. The Breeze is comparable to he relaxed firm.

  4. Will this fit on a regular bed frame and do you use box springs?

    • This will fit on a regular bed frame – and you can use a box spring for it. They offer a foundation during the purchase process for a reasonable price, so I would go with that one if you’re looking for a new one.

  5. I too am curious about the firmness levels of the loom and leaf. Tried the contour supreme and really liked the firmness of the mattress but not the price. I assume the L&L firmer mattress would be closer to that high level of firmness? Some reviews have done the side by side comparison to the cloud lux breeze and rated the breeze a 3/10 firmness compared to the L&L at a 6/10 and 8/10 firmness. 10 being more firm. Would you agree with this assessment?

    • I would definitely agree – the Loom & Leaf is more of a 6 firmness, so I would assume the firmer model is at least a 7 or 8 (I didn’t try this one personally).

  6. I just ordered a king size relaxed firm. Looking forward to sleeping on it.

  7. Does L&L offer any disposal service for your existing mattress as this is a big problem?

  8. I’m late to the party but was curious as to which firmness level would be comparable to the tempurpedic rhapsody breeze? I belive that’s the model my wife fell asleep on today at the store while testing.

    • Definitely the Relaxed Firm

      • OK that’s strange. The rep from l&l said the firm would be comparable. I’m 300 and my wife is around 150. Should we go with the firm, would it hold up better with our weight?

        • Yes considering the weight I think that firm would be the best option.

        • I have been reading and watching all the reviews on the Loom and Leaf and purchased the relaxed firm. I haven’t received it yet but can’t wait. Your comment is almost a year old so you might have already purchased a new mattress.

          A couple people who review mattresses said that the Relaxed Firm would probably be better even for a heavier person if there was only 1 person sleeping on it. Since your married and heavier they recommended the Firm.

          I am 6’2 290 with chronic back pain so I was really worried on which firmness to go with. Let me add that sleep on my side. The TP Cloud Luxe Breeze is supposed to be comparable to the L&L Relaxed Firm. The TP Rhapsody Breeze and Elite Breeze are supposed to compare to the L&L Firm. So I tried them all in the store and liked the relaxed firm feel better on the TP Cloud Luxe Breeze.

          On my side the firmer TP models seemed to put too much pressure on my hip and I could really feel my back pain. Now after a couple minutes it subsided as I sank in a little but I still think it was too hard. The TP Cloud Luxe Breeze felt amazing and I didn’t feel the pressure on my hip. I like firm because anything soft kills my back but the firmest TP hurt also.

          After I get my bed I am going to comment again after sleeping on it awhile. Going to try and post my results on all of the reviews on YouTube and such because there are a lot of people with chronic back pain. Congress just passed a bill that cut my pain meds to a third of what I have taken for 10 years responsibly so I have to find every resource to help me so I don’t want to put a bullet in my head but that’s another story.

          Just bought a new bed a year ago. A top of the line Sealy hybrid, the I Series with a pillow top. I had a pillow top before and it was horrible on my back and had to get rid of it. I thought since this pillow top was memory foam it would be different but it kills my back still. 1,700 I think it was is down the drain.

          1 last thing, I had a TP before the Sealy. It worked well for 5-6 years but after that it had a hole that I would sink in causing me back pain. If the L&L lasts that long at less than a third of the price I will be happy.

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