Several mattress brands have popped up over the last decade with the advent of e-commerce solutions that promise to transform your bed into a luxurious, comforting and supportive sleep haven at a vastly reduced cost compared to conventional mattress brands.
Leesa and Loom-and-Leaf happen to be a couple of the more standout all-foam products that make use of this sales paradigm, it is why I feel it’s worthwhile to contrast their qualities in this Loom and Leaf vs Leesa comparison to give you an idea of how to decide between a couple of seemingly high-end products that appear so similar on the surface.
Loom and Leaf Breakdown
The Loom and Leaf is an all-foam mattress that combines multiple memory foam layers with a sturdy core, all this wrapped in an organic cover:
The Loom and Leaf boasts a cover made from pure organic cotton – with softness and breathability at the first touch as well as a subtle aura of lavishness. The cover has padding underneath it to give it some loft and keep it nicely stretched over the entire mattress, preventing any slivers from developing when you lay on the bed.
The next layer is made out of a gel-swirl viscoelastic foam – 2 inches thick with a density of 4 pounds per cubic feet. This lends the mattress a substantial amount of contouring capability, allowing it to take the pressure off your muscles and joints.
The incorporation of gel-swirl counters the heat retention that is bound to happen in a memory foam layer this dense, and it is aided in this venture by a gel-panel that specifically targets your lumbar region where a large part of your body’s heat is contained.
Furthermore, this layer has an inverted egg-crate construction which allows for the free passage of air between it and the succeeding layer, taking the cooling effect a notch further.
This is another layer of memory foam, only more dense and thick at 5 lbs/cu ft and 2.5 inches respectively. It enhances the adaptiveness of the mattress together with the upper layer, but the denser composition also slows down the sinkage of your body deeper into the mattress.
This layer consists of 2” of significantly firmer transition foam that evenly combines the plush conformity of the upper layers with the firm support of the base.
The mattress’s support core is comprised of 5.5 inches of HD polyurethane foam – the stiff resistance it yields is transferred to the upper transition layer, and together, they stop your body from going further down than the two uppermost viscoelastic layers.
In other words, this layer is responsible for supporting your body in a correctly aligned posture as you sleep into the night.
Firmness and Feel
Comfort and Support
The Loom and Leaf is available in a couple of firmness levels:
For a viscoelastic product, the Loom and Leaf’s edge support is satisfactory – the transition foam layer and the support core work together to balance out the sinkage brought about by the two memory foam layers. Indeed, even the lower viscoelastic layer slightly reduces the sinking sensation because of its greater density.
The Loom and Leaf enjoys above average cooling compared to other viscoelastic products thanks to the multiple heat dissipation features incorporated into its uppermost layer and the breathability afforded by an organic cotton cover itself.
In any case, the Loom and Leaf is considerably more breathable and heat dissipative than the Leesa.
As is the norm for memory foam mattresses, the Loom and Leaf is great at blocking out sudden movements during the night, letting you sleep undisturbed. Since it uses memory foam exclusively in its comfort layers, the impact is muffled completely, and there is not even a little bounce back (there is some in the case of Leesa, as described in the subsequent sections).
Traditional memory foam feel
Thanks to the liberal use of memory foam in its comfort core, the Loom and Leaf is able to yield a classically viscoelastic feel that sumptuously adapts to each contour of your body and offers incredible pressure relief.
The degree to which this contouring is offered varies between the two firmness variants, but when compared as a whole with the Leesa, the mattress definitely has more of the snug, settled-in sensation that is customary of a viscoelastic product.
Choice of two firmness levels
By letting you choose between a medium-firm level and a firm level, the Loom and Leaf expands its consumer base beyond the average sleeper without any particular sleep needs (as is the case with the Leesa). The firm model, in particular, should appeal to bulkier individuals or stomach sleepers who find a medium-firm viscoelastic foam mattress insufficient in terms of support.
Organic cotton cover
The Leesa may have natural fire-retardant fibers in the composition of its cover, but it cannot match the simplistic elegance and comfort afforded by the Loom and Leaf’s pure organic cotton cover. This is beside the fact that natural cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics around.
Considerably cool for a memory foam product
As discussed above, the Loom and Leaf’s abundance of heat dissipation and air ventilation features ensure superb cooling, considering that it is a viscoelastic foam mattress. Indeed, even some spring coil mattresses cannot match its thermal dissipation capabilities, let alone the Leesa.
More durable construction
Speaking objectively, the denser the foam used in a mattress’s layers, the longer it will be able to provide you with its advertised level of comfort and support. Both of the Loom and Leaf’s memory foam layers are denser than the Leesa, so it will most likely be the long-lasting product of the two.
Longer trial period and warranty
The Loom and Leaf has a 120-day trial period and a 15-year warranty, compared to Leesa’s 100-day trial period and a 10-year warranty. The 20-day longer trial period means a substantially greater time for you to test the product out and see if it meets your requirements and is worth the investment.
While there isn’t an effective benefit of a warranty longer than 10-years in most cases (considering that a mattress probably won’t be in a shape to be eligible for a warranty claim after 10 years anyway), the five extra years on the Loom and Leaf’s warranty could be seen as the manufacturer’s greater confidence in their product.
Sporting an all-foam construction, the Leesa is advertised as a mattress that contours to the shape of your body yet is also quick to respond to any changes in your posture. It achieves this through three foam layers:
The cover of the mattress is tightly woven and feels quite soft to lie on – the cover incorporates a unique blend of fire retardant fibers that let it adhere to fire safety regulations set forth in 16 CFR Part 1633 without the addition of any potentially dangerous chemicals.
The topmost layer of the Leesa is constructed from proprietary Avena® foam used under license from Carpenter Co. This foam imitates the qualities of natural latex, in that it is both highly contouring and highly responsive, and at the same time, it is sufficiently breathable and durable.
Two inches of this stuff enable this layer to effectively absorb the initial impact of your body and relieve your pressure points completely.
The next layer consists of 2 inches of 3 lbs/cu ft viscoelastic foam that enhances the conforming capability of the mattress in combination with the Avena® foam present in the preceding layer. Because it is placed underneath the breathable Avena® foam layer, it doesn’t trap heat at the surface as is typically expected from memory foam mattresses.
Six inches of 1.8 lbs/cu ft high-density polyurethane foam forms the base of the Leesa. The purpose of this layer is to yield deeply compressive support for your body that sustains your frame in the correct posture throughout the night and doesn’t let it sink further more than the comfort layers above it.
Firmness and Feel
Comfort and Support
The Leesa is available in just one firmness level that creates a balanced combination of bouncy resilience and viscoelastic conformity – as such, the overall response can be likened to a medium firm mattress which can cater to the vast majority of sleepers (who do not have a need for excessive supportiveness/plushness).
If you’re worried that Leesa’s memory foam components will give it that stifling ‘enveloping’ feel that the material is notorious for, don’t be – the latex-like Avena® foam above it and the stiff high-density polyurethane foam below it counter this negative aspect effectively.
The viscoelastic intermediate layer of the Leesa produces some amount of sagging when you sit on the edge of the mattress, but again, it isn’t as bad as a typical memory foam mattress because the Avena® foam and the support core do their job in providing short- and long-term resilience for the response respectively.
The Avena® foam, as I’ve mentioned above, is breathable to allow for thermal dissipation at the surface. But in addition to this, the manufacturer has given it a convoluted egg-crate design that sets up airflow between it and the memory foam layer so that even the latter does not retain heat as one would expect it to.
As a consequence, the Leesa performs better in terms of cooling compared to most of its viscoelastic contemporaries.
The memory foam layer of the Leesa ensures superb motion transfer reduction – it will block out virtually all impacts that you or your partner make in your sleep, preventing the other from being disturbed. However, unlike most of the viscoelastic foam products that suffer from a lot of sinkage due to this motion absorbing property, the Leesa is quick to bounce back to its original shape courtesy of the uppermost Avena® foam layer.
Contouring pressure relief with bouncy support
The combination of a latex-like proprietary foam layer with a memory foam layer gives the Leesa, in a sense, the best of both worlds. You get the same kind of adaptiveness as you would expect from a typical memory foam product but devoid of the sticky sinking sensation that usually accompanies it – since the Avena® layer takes care of that with its point-elastic, fast responding behavior.
Naturally, the 6” HD polyurethane foam layer then does its job in keeping your spine aligned through its deeply compressive supportive action.
The singular balanced firmness level that Leesa is available in, eliminates the need for the consumer to spend time thinking about which firmness model they should choose – while you may find a mattress more suited to your needs if you look at a product with multiple firmness levels, sometimes the gains from such painstaking research aren’t worth it – especially if they leave you in a state of indecision.
The Leesa’s simple one-size-fits-all approach is helpful in this regard.
Not even counting the $100 coupon discount that’s available with it, the Leesa is still significantly less expensive than the Loom and Leaf. Despite that, the pressure relief and support that it offers is just as top-notch as the latter.
One thing worth noting though is that the materials used in the Leesa, while still meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements for durability, are slightly less dense compared to the Loom and Leaf – perhaps this is how the manufacturer achieves a cheaper price tag.
The cover of the Leesa incorporates natural fire-retardant fibers that enable to adhere to national fire safety standards – if you feel that there is a significant fire hazard in the environment you’ll be placing the mattress in, you may want to consider this fact.
Which One to Get?
Loom and Leaf
Here are some reasons to go for the Loom and Leaf:
You want a more traditional memory foam response: The dual memory foam layers of the Loom and Leaf give it an amply contouring, ‘hugging’ feel that you may enjoy if you prefer to sleep ‘in’ your bed as opposed to ‘on’ it.
Of course, the support core provides just the right amount of pushback to prevent the enveloping sensation from becoming excessive.
You seek to cool in a viscoelastic bed: A cool memory foam mattress is quite rare – the material is inherently heat retentive. But the Loom and Leaf does away with the heating issue with aplomb, letting you enjoy a plush viscoelastic comfort without having to wake up drenched in sweat.
It will thus appeal to individuals who live in a tropical climate or who are sensitive to temperature rise in their sleep and have thus held out on getting a viscoelastic foam bed in fear that it will become a sauna!
You’re overweight or a stomach sleeper: Bulky sleepers or sleepers whose sleep posture concentrates the bulk of their body on the mattress often avoid going for memory foam products because their plush nature causes them to crumble under their weight after a while.
If you’re part of this demographic, you may want to consider the firm variant of the Loom and Leaf that deemphasizes the contouring softness of viscoelastic foam in favor of a stiffer, less yielding response.
You prefer an organic cotton cover: If you’re looking for some old-fashioned luxury from your mattress, nothing starts that off better than a soft, airy cover made from natural cotton. The Loom and Leaf has this, and it should thus appeal more to traditionalists who want to avoid newer fabric covers.
Durability is a crucial concern: As mentioned before, the materials present in the Loom and Leaf are considerably denser than the minimum that is required for lasting performance – this is why it is the better candidate if you’re specifically seeking a mattress that will last you for many years.
A longer trial period and/or warranty matters to you: If you’re undecided about whether you want to spend so much money on a high-end memory foam mattress for some reason, the longer warranty period of the Loom and Leaf means more time to clear up your doubts, one way or the other.
If you find a longer warranty period reflective of better durability (I’ve already discussed more concrete reasons for this just above, in any case), then the five more years in the Loom and Leaf’s warranty policy make it more appealing.
Alternatively, you may want to consider the Leesa if:
You want a combination of contouring and bounciness from your mattress: The combination of Avena® foam, which embodies the reactive qualities of natural latex, and memory foam, known for its contouring properties, gives the Leesa a unique feel that is both adaptive and responsive simultaneously.
This may be preferable to you if you can’t handle the sticky, sinking feeling of mattresses that only use memory foam in their top layers (the Loom and Leaf does this).
You’re on a budget: The Leesa is a lot cheaper than the Loom and Leaf, especially if you also consider the $100 coupon discount that comes with it – nothing of the sort is available with the Loom and Leaf at this time.
Therefore, if you’re on a budget but still want a premium viscoelastic foam mattress, the Leesa is the obvious choice.
Fire safety is important for you: The fire-retardant fabrics present in Leesa’s cover make it resistant to flame without the use of dangerous chemicals that could have an adverse effect on the sleeper’s health.
The Loom and Leaf only has a simple cotton cover without any such measures, so if the bedroom you sleep in necessitates concrete fire safety measures (e.g. a wooden cabin), you may want to consider the Leesa over the former.
It is hoped that you found this comparison of two modern memory foam mattresses helpful and informative – in particular, it shows that manufacturers are innovating traditional viscoelastic to meet the different challenges inherent in the material, thereby making the mattresses relevant to a larger segment of consumers.
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