New Leesa Mattress Review: Was Breathability Improved?

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Mattress shopping has transformed in the past decade. Without ever leaving your house, you can shop and order your next mattress. Since you don’t get to lie on it out before you buy, we do it for you.

About a year ago, we took a look at the Leesa mattress. This product featured an excellent combination of contour and support. It did have some trouble staying cool, though. In our thermal imaging test, it took it about 30% longer than average to cool off.

I’m always impressed with a company that implements consumer feedback, and that’s exactly what Leesa did. They recently redesigned their product to place a stronger focus on cool sleep, so I’m really excited to share my findings with you guys.

I like that they kept the design the same. You can see their iconic four stripe cover looks great, and the use of neutral colors helps it fit in just about any room. This mattress is made entirely of foam, and this can be a good fit for sleep partners since they usually do very well when it comes to motion isolation.

Without further adieu, let’s break this mattress down, explore the big change that was made, and see if it worked to create a cooler sleeping mattress.

Video Review

Don’t want to read the full review? Watch our video review instead.

New Leesa Mattress Specs Sheet

  OffgassingLow- wears off after a couple days

  Firmness Level (Scale of 1-10)4

  Trial Period100 Nights

  Warranty10 years

Material
Thickness
ILD
Density
LSA200™ Foam2 inches133 pcf
Memory Foam2 inches93 pcf
Core Support Foam4 inches321.8 pcf

A Little Bit About Leesa

I appreciate that Leesa makes efforts to make their business a force for good. They are a certified B Corp. Benefit corporations are for-profit organizations that meet rigorous standards in terms of:

  • Environmental performance
  • Accountability
  • Transparency

It’s necessary for B Corps to put money second and place a higher focus on things like enriching communities and making the world a better place. To succeed, they work with notable companies like Patagonia and Warby Parker.

Donating Time

As part of their philanthropic business model, Leesa proudly participates in local community events and initiatives. Employees are given time off during which time they are strongly encouraged to volunteer at places like:

  • Food banks
  • Shelters
  • Charities

New Leesa Layer Lineup

We’ll get straight into the layer lineup as this is where the change was made.

Comfort Zone- Introducing LSA200™ Foam

Again, the cover has stayed the same. It’s still the four stripe polyester lycra blend. The original Leesa mattress had Avena foam at the top, and it featured a convoluted, or egg carton, a design intended to promote air flow. Since this is where you make the most direct contact, it’s important in an all-foam mattress that the top layer is breathable.

In their new version, Leesa has replaced the Avena foam with their very own LSA200™ Foam. You can see it looks different, and that’s because it’s not convoluted. Its proprietary properties are supposed to perform better thermally, and we’ll test it out here in a few minutes.

The microcell composition of this material represents a blend of what I’d estimate to be about 70% memory foam and 30% latex in that you can see the brief impression my hand makes when I exert pressure, but there’s also an evident bounce if you check out the video above.

Where latex excels in bounce, traditional memory foam lacked. However, memory foam features unparalleled contour. When you can marry these two features and reduce excessive sinkage common in traditional memory foam, it makes for a very comfortable sleep surface. I think Leesa has done a great job in research and development to really fine-tune this aspect.

The rest of the layers remain unchanged. The LSA200™ Foam is immediately followed by:

    • 2 inches of memory foam geared toward body contouring and pressure relief. This is especially important when you sleep on your side. When all your weight is stacked up over a smaller surface area, it can restrict blood flow and cause aches and pains. However, when your mattress does allow for that extra give, pressure is reduced.
  • 6 inches of core support foam designed to offer a solid, supportive base for sleepers of all sizes without feeling too firm.

All together as a combined unit, the Leesa mattress is 10 inches thick.

New Leesa Mattress Performance: How’s It Feel?

If you by any chance tried out the old version of the Leesa mattress and found it to be too firm for your liking, they did go a tad bit plusher on the new version. This can be especially beneficial for side sleepers as well as people who don’t carry much weight since they can have a hard time engaging with their comfort layers.

I really enjoyed the contour, and I do prefer a plusher sleep surface. This can also be a good option for smaller kids so they can really feel that hug.

If you carry a lot of weight, you may feel like you’re sinking in too much, and Leesa does have a 300 pound limit per sleep partner. If you surpass this limit, I think you’ll be better off with something that has a strong innerspring unit and foams with high densities. However, for anyone within the weight limit who either likes a plush sleep surface or suffers with painful pressure points, the new and improved Leesa mattress is an excellent option.

Firmness & Sinkage Expectations

So, we’ve discussed the plushness of this product, but let’s get a bit more detailed. It can be hard to determine the firmness setting without trying it for yourself. However, most of us have experienced a medium feel since this is the most common.

When I stand on a medium mattress, I typically sink 6 ½ inches. You can see that, on the new Leesa mattress, I sink in about 7 ½ inches. This is roughly 14% plusher than the medium feel of the old version. So, it’s not super plush, but it’s definitely not firm.

We can get a better understanding of how firmness works by checking out the indentation load deflection of each layer. You can learn about the science of this concept by reading our complete guide, but just know that 12 is very plush and 50 is very firm.

The new layer of LSA200™ Foam has an ILD of 13 while the Avena foam in the old version weighed in at 20. That’s quite a difference. The remaining layers, again, are unchanged:

  • Memory foam- 9
  • Support foam- 32

Overall, this brings us to a weighted average of 23.6, and this very well reflects a mattress that’s more on the plush end of the spectrum.

Motion Transfer Reduction

Materials like the memory and LSA200™ foams are renowned for their motion isolating properties. Sleep partners have a reasonable expectation of restful sleep despite conflicting work schedules or tossing and turning.

Since the top 40%t of your mattress has energy absorption properties, it’s not surprising that you don’t see much transfer in our two 20 pound medicine balls in our motion transfer test you can watch in the video above.

Low motion isolation often means excessive sinkage, and this can be a nightmare for those with mobility issues. However, once again, due to that unique marriage of latex and memory foam in the new LSA200™ foam, we get the best of both worlds.

Heat Transfer: Did the LSA 200™ Foam Work?

Now to the big question… did Leesa’s efforts pay off when it comes to improved heat transfer capability?

We tried it out using our standard thermal testing procedure. After lying on my Leesa mattress for a half hour in a room temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, I monitored the cooldown process which, on average, takes 10 minutes. Here are our results using both the old and new versions of Leesa:

  • Old Leesa with Avena foam- 13 minutes
  • New Leesa with LSA 200™ Foam- 9 minutes, 45 seconds

I was really rooting for Leesa’s success because I was impressed with their quick action in correcting the breathability concern. Our result indicates you can expect this product to cool down a little quicker than the average mattress out there, so I think Leesa was successful in the main goal of their redesign.

Edge Support

Edge support is usually lower in foam products as opposed to innersprings, and this is one reason why there are often weight limits on these products. You can see that it does a decent job keeping me supported sitting or lying on the edge.

You’re not going to be as well supported sitting on the corners, and this is very typical in foam. I’d say, considering the composition, edge support is about average and should work out for most people. However, for those within the 300-pound weight limit, I don’t foresee this being problematic.

Longevity: Will the New Leesa Mattress Stand the Test of Time?

We always like to take a look at what you can expect in terms of longevity. Although I’ve only been using my Leesa mattress for about a month, there are things we can look at to get an idea of what to expect.

 

  • Products made in the USA have statistically been proven to last longer
  • Base polyfoam has a density of 1.8 pounds per cubic foot, a good number for polyfoam

Interpreting the Comfort Layers’ ILDs

The Avena foam was composed more like latex, a material that’s naturally very durable. Its density of 3.6 pounds per cubic foot is reflective of this.

While the new LSA200™ Foam is lower at 3 pcf, keep in mind, since it’s more reminiscent of memory foam, we would expect a lower number. In memory foam, you really want to see a pcf of 4-5 for best durability expectations, but, for this level of quality, you typically have to jump into a higher price bracket. If you want to keep it under $1,000 for a queen, a pcf of three is acceptable.

What You Can Do to Increase Durability

You can help your Leesa last and deliver the intended feel by using it on a flat, sturdy surface. Overall, I think the foam quality reflects the price pretty well, and you get a 10-year limited warranty to cover any manufacturing-related issues.

Maintenance, Protection, Care & Warranty

I was a little surprised that Leesa chose to go slightly plush since its original medium feel is geared toward accommodating the majority of customers. However, it’s still very close to medium, and I think the level of contour the layer lineup provides is excellent for people with lower BMIs who have trouble engaging with their comfort layers.

I love the fact that Leesa took time and effort in finding something better able to overcome hot sleeping. If you do come across reviews complaining about a lack of breathability in the Leesa mattress, make sure you check the publish date to see if this is talking about the old model. If you think this is the one for you, here are some important details you don’t want to overlook:

Is a Foundation Needed?
  • You should use a foundation to prevent mold development. You can use:
    • The Leesa Foundation
    • A solid platform
    • A solid box spring/foundation
    • A Bunkie board on a traditional box spring
    • A slatted base
Is a Mattress Pad or Protector Needed?
Does it Work on Adjustable Beds?
Yes
Are Returns Hassle-Free?
100% full refund during sleep trial
What’s the Warranty?
10 year limited
Is There A Trial Available?
100 nights
Does It Need To Be Rotated
Once every 6 to 12 weeks to maintain the universal feel and support across the surface area of the mattress

Cost

The Leesa mattress is an excellent example of a product that provides a luxury feel to a larger market. This is because you can buy yours for less than $1,000. If you think you’re ready to make a purchase, you have six sizes from which to choose:

Size
Price
Twin$435
Twin XL$535
Full$735
Queen$835
King$1,035
California King$1,035

Financing is available through Affirm for those who qualify for as little as $56 per month.

New Leesa Reviews & Feedback

I was incredibly impressed with how well Leesa has done in taking criticism and using it to create a better sleep solution. Having tried both versions of the Leesa mattress, the new model proved to be more capable of transferring heat away from the body.

Don’t just take my word for it. I took a look around the world wide web to see what other people have had to say about their experience with the Leesa mattress. Here’s what I found:

R

Pros

  • Breathes well
  • Excellent contour
  • Great reduction in pressure points for side sleepers
  • Does well in reducing motion transfer
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Low offgassing
  • Good option for those who don’t carry much weight
  • Supports cool sleep while offering memory foam feel
  • Good durability for a mattress under $1,000
Q

Cons

  • Maybe a bit too plush for people who carry a lot of weight
  • Not made for people over 300 pounds
  • A density of LSA200™ foam is a little low, but this helps keep costs low and shouldn’t cause major issues if you stay within the weight limit

Who We Recommend the New Leesa Mattress For

When it comes to online mattress shopping, you certainly have plenty of choices. It’s our goal to help you narrow those choices down and find a product that works best for your unique needs. The new and improved Leesa mattress could be just what you’ve been looking for if you:

  • Prefer a slightly plush sleep surface
  • Don’t carry much weight
  • Suffer from painful pressure points
  • Have a sleep partner and need to keep motion transfer low
  • Sleep hot

Our Final Verdict

Overall, I really think Leesa hit a home run with their LSA200™ Foam. It’s a very detailed process to really nail the latex/memory foam combo. When it’s done right, though, it makes for an excellent sleep surface.

I think Leesa’s new formula is well suited for those with a BMI of 25 or below. You can calculate your BMI here. Remember, we don’t look at weight alone since the same weight on someone short would be distributed much differently across the sleep surface than on someone tall.

The new foam also proved to breathe more effectively, so hot sleepers have a better expectation of keeping things cool at night. All foams used are CertiPUR-US ® Certified, and you get 100 nights to take the Leesa mattress for a test run. If you decide it’s just not right, they will provide a refund of the purchase price and mattress removal.

Check out our Leesa Pillow review.

8.5

Motion Transfer

9.0/10

Edge Support

7.5/10

Offgassing

8.5/10

Warranty

8.0/10

Trial

8.0/10

Durability

8.0/10

Temperature Regulation

9.0/10

Value- Quality of materials and features

9.0/10

Company Reputation

9.5/10

Pros

  • Breathes well
  • Excellent contour
  • Great reduction in pressure points for side sleepers
  • Does well in reducing motion transfer
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Low offgassing
  • Good option for those who don’t carry much weight
  • Supports cool sleep while offering memory foam feel
  • Good durability for a mattress under $1,000

Cons

  • Maybe a bit too plush for people who carry a lot of weight
  • Not made for people over 300 pounds
  • A density of LSA200™ foam is a little low, but this helps keep costs low and shouldn’t cause major issues if you stay within the weight limit