This reviews the Leesa mattress after sleeping on it for 3 weeks. The Leesa company sells directly to consumer (online only), cutting out a lot of costs found with a typical mattress sale – thus I think the Leesa compares to mattresses 2-3 times its price. Overall I really liked the mattress, with only a few cons that mostly apply to very particular mattress shoppers.
Watch my Leesa review video for the full review
- The mattress is a good mix of comfort and support, I’d rate it a 6.5/10 on the firmness scale (within the ideal range for the average sleeper)
- The mattress didn’t sleep hot at all (I’m very sensitive to this), which is not common for a foam mattress
- The price is very reasonable for a mattress of this quality (plus promo codes are sometimes available to bring the price down even further)
- The mattress is available online only, so you won’t be able to try the mattress out ahead of time (however the return policy is generous to offset this fact)
- There is only one mattress model, which is geared towards the average sleeper. Thus if you prefer a very soft or very firm mattress, the Leesa isn’t the best choice for you.
The mattress has three layers of foam, 2 inches of Avena foam, 2 inches of contouring memory foam, and 6 inches of base foam (10 inches high in total).
The Avena foam is most similar to a latex foam. The video shows this best, but it offers the contouring/support of memory foam while making the mattress not sleep hot (an important factor for me). The foam also adds a lot of “spring” to the mattress – meaning it pops back quickly after you’re sitting on it. This addresses a common complaint of memory foam, which maintains the sinking position much longer, making it somewhat difficult to move around in bed.
Firmness, Comfort and Support
I’d put the Leesa at a 6.5/10 on the firmness scale. This definitely targets the average mattress consumer, not too soft, and just firm enough to be comfortable while offering great support. I have a bad back, so the support is especially important to me – and the Leesa did a great job supporting my lower back, particularly when sleeping on my back. At this range, I’d say the Leesa could be a good option for most sleepers, whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach.
Though this mattress will suit the average sleeper, if you prefer a very soft or very firm mattress, Leesa currently doesn’t offer these in their product lines. You could always put a topper on to adjust the firmness level, but I generally don’t recommend purchasing a mattress with this intent.
Direct to consumer sales model
Leesa has decided to sell their mattress exclusively online (the favored model here at Slumber Sage). This cuts out a lot of costs in the sales process – the showroom, salesmen, additional shipping, etc. A lot of this savings can be passed onto the consumer, thus allowing the Leesa to be very reasonably priced. In fact, I would expect this mattress to fetch ~$2k if sold in the store. Currently the mattress prices as follows:
|39" x 75" x 10"
|39" x 80" x 10"
|54" x 75" x 10"
|60" x 80" x 10"
|76" x 80" x 10"
|72" x 84" x 10"
One thing I really like about this mattress is the thoughtful design. The cover looks and feels great, a knit fabric that is created in such a way that it has no seams. This is one of the best looking mattresses I’ve reviewed. Naturally you’ll throw a sheet on it immediately after opening it, so the look doesn’t truly matter, but in my mind good design shows that the designer was thoughtful about the product from start to finish.
Return Policy and Warranty
Since the company is new, we don’t have reports on how durable the mattress will be over time. However the foams are high quality, suggesting that the mattress should hold up reasonably well over time. In the event that the mattress doesn’t hold up well, Leesa offers a 10 year warranty to cover any major issues in performance.
The return policy for Leesa is great – since they sell exclusively online, they really put some trust in their product by offering a 100 night no-risk trial. This means that after purchasing the mattress, you can return it within 100 days for a full refund. They will even have the mattress picked up at your house and donated, so you won’t pay shipping costs either way. Thus if you like the Leesa story and think it might be the mattress for you, I wouldn’t let fear of not trying it out before purchase stop you from ordering it.
Leesa has all the standard memory foam certifications, specifically the CertiPUR-US, which means the foam is made without ozone depleters, without PDBE flame retardants, without mercury/lead/other heavy metals, without formaldehyde, and less than 0.5 VOC (volatile organic compound) particles per million (considered low for indoor air quality).
That being said, memory foam is not generally considered an eco-friendly material. Leesa has met the industry standard for a memory foam mattress, but if having a natural/organic mattress is a priority, then you may need to look at latex or spring mattresses.
The Leesa comes compressed in a box, and is fairly light compared to other mattresses I’ve received – though you will still most likely need a friend to help you move the box, especially when going up stairs. For me the off-gassing (smell) that always accompanies a new memory foam mattress was gone within a couple hours, but I don’t have the most sensitive nose, so let me know if you have a different experience. Check out our Leesa unboxing page if you purchase for some set-up tips and another view of the mattress.
Leesa has a program that we’ve seen in other industries, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it in the mattress industry. Leesa has committed to donating 1 mattress for every 10 sold to homeless shelters to give back to local communities. I believe returned mattresses will be donated to this source as well.
The Final Word
Overall I think that the Leesa is a good choice for many people. It follows the direct to consumer model that is great for the mattress industry, it’s very comfortable, has a level of firmness that will please most sleepers, and it doesn’t sleep hot. Let me know if you have a different experience, or any more questions about the mattress!