The online mattress industry has opened up exciting new doors when it comes to finding a quality mattress constructed to meet your needs. With so many options, it can be difficult to pick just one. If you’re a fan of memory foam but want something that works to counteract sinking in and sleeping too hot, Leesa has implemented techniques to help overcome these issues while still offering that contouring support memory foam is known for.
The Leesa mattress utilizes a three-foam construction that results in a design fitting for the majority of shoppers. If you’re a fan of the contour offered by memory foam but don’t like the feeling that you’re stuck in the mattress, continue reading to see how Leesa overcomes this and other common issues.
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The Leesa Mattress Specs Table
Offgassing – Some off-gassing- cleared within 24 hours
Firmness Level (Scale of 1-10) – 5.0
Trial Period – 100 nights
Warranty – 10-year full replacement limited warranty
A Look at the Inner Workings
Let’s start our journey into the Leesa mattress by taking a look at each layer. It’s wrapped in its iconic four-stripe cover made of a polyester/lycra blend. When you touch it, it feels really soft and velvety, and I found the color scheme to add a sophisticated touch to the room. The cover is removable, and, beneath the firesock, you can pretty clearly see the three distinct layers.
Avena and Memory Foam Comfort Layer
On top, we find the two-inch top layer of Avena® foam. Noted for its high degree of breathability, this trademarked material has been around since the 1990’s and is designed to offer comparable feel, support, and comfort as latex. It features good durability, and I find the bounce and responsiveness to be reminiscent of various latex products I’ve tried out. There are at least three good reasons why the Avena® layer is located on top:
Its design allows for continuous airflow when placed on top, enabling you to sleep cool. You can see it’s convoluted design underneath, what we often refer to as an egg carton design. This allows the mattress to breathe while the aeration holes on top further aid in breathability. We’ll cover thermal testing here in a moment.
Avena® is claimed to be longer-lasting than latex. Latex is a natural material and one of the most durable in the industry, so this is impressive. You want high durability in the comfort level especially since this is where most wear and tear takes place.
Since the Avena® layer lies atop a two-inch memory foam layer, it acts to add a higher degree of bounce and keep you from sinking in too much. When I press on the comfort layer, I can feel that contour provided by the memory foam, but it bounces pretty quickly back into place when pressure is released. I think this creative combination is what makes this mattress appealing to such a large demographic. I preferred lying on my back, but I was able to get very comfortable in all three primary sleeping positions. I also noticed how Leesa worked to relieve pressure in my shoulder and hip areas.
Last but not least, we arrive at the final six-inch base foam layer. Its structure is intended to support sleepers of all sizes without feeling too firm.
Universal Adaptive Feel
Now that you have a better idea of how Leesa works to offer comfort and support, let’s talk about how it performs. There’s actually a trademarked term to describe the feel, and that’s Universal Adaptive Feel. It’s exclusive to Leesa mattresses and represents the ability of the top two layers to adapt to your sleeping style and body type. Leesa’s done a good job at counteracting the memory foam’s “sinking in” quality with more bounce through the top layer.
This is my first experience with Avena® foam, and I’m surprised at just how well it mimics the qualities of latex. When I roll around on the mattress, I have no trouble, and it’s simple to get in and out of the bed. It feels more like a medium which fits most sleepers’ preferences. I like the way you can really feel the contouring support in the heavier areas of the body while maintaining responsiveness when you switch positions.The base did a great job offering that underlying support you need beneath the comfort layer.
Firmness and Sinkage
Firmness can be a tough aspect to describe without laying on the product for yourself, so let’s look at a couple of aspects to help you get a virtual feel. When I first sat down on it, I thought it felt like a medium. This accommodates the majority of shoppers. To find out, I applied my 130 pounds directly atop the mattress standing up, and I sunk in right about 6 ½ inches. Of the products I’ve tested, this is reflective of products labeled as medium.
We can also take a look at the indentation load deflection of each mattress layer to further verify. The ILD measures firmness with 12 being very plush and 50 being very firm. The Avena® foam has an ILD of 20, the memory foam 9, and the base weighs in at 32. Averaged out, this is a great example of a medium firm construction. Due to its firmness, I think Leesa could be a great solution for sleep partners who struggle to find a firmness they both can enjoy.
Motion Transfer Reduction Through Memory Foam
One of memory foam’s most notable features is its ability to counteract motion transfer. I can recall the first commercial I saw for memory foam in the late 1990’s. It featured a woman jumping on a pure-white mattress with a threatening glass of red wine on the other side. I was perplexed that the glass didn’t move at all. This moved me to try one out at a retail store, and I purchased one about a month later. Leesa definitely delivers this same quality. Laying next to my son, I had him move around slightly, just as any sleep partner would through the night. His movements were minimally disturbing. You can only see my body move when he jumped up and down next to me.
You want low motion transfer, but you don’t want the mattress to make you feel stuck. This was definitely an issue with my traditional memory foam mattress. However, when I dropped a 20-pound medicine ball on the mattress, you could see that it did bounce rather than quickly sink into the product. Leesa’s exceptional motion transfer combined with the happy medium firmness makes it a great option for sleep partners to consider trying out.
Leesa Mattress Breathability
As you drift off to sleep, your body temperature drops slightly. When you’re in the wrong mattress, your body heat can become trapped, preventing you from undergoing this temperature change. It also prevents you from entering into the deep REM stages of sleep. Traditional memory foam is notorious for heat retention, so let’s take a look at how Leesa’s construction promotes air flow.
First, I lay on the mattress for 30 minutes at a room temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Average cooling time is around 10 minutes, and Lessa returned to room temperature after 13 minutes. This is a little longer than average, but, considering Leesa contains memory foam, this is a pretty quick cooldown. If you have serious issues with hot sleeping, you might want to consider Leesa’s innerspring option.
I also used a sleep tracking device to record the mattress temperature through a full night’s sleep. The mattress stayed between 93 and 95 degrees, which is around three to five degrees lower than body temperature. Overall, I didn’t run into any issues with sleeping too hot.
Not everyone needs a mattress that’ll last ten years. However, if you are looking to commit to your next sleep product, the densities of each Leesa layer offer good news.
The Avena® foam features a density of 3.6 pounds per cubic foot. The memory foam weighs in at 3 pcf, and the polyfoam support base has a pcf of 1.8. Each layer is at or above what you’re going to be looking for in a quality, long-lasting product. Since the Avena® foam is specifically noted for being more durable than latex, I think it’s placement in the top layer further promotes longevity as this is where most wear and tear takes place.
If you’ve been mattress shopping for a while, you’ve likely come across the term “edge support.” This represents the mattresses ability to maintain integrity when you sit or lay on the edge. You can see that, when I place myself in different positions right on the edge, it sinks in quite a bit. This is typical of an all-foam mattress, but I think the Avena® foam’s latex-like bounce aids in making the transition out of bed a little easier.
When I rested near the edge, I was pretty well supported. Overall, the slightly low edge support didn’t cause me any significant issues. If you have serious mobility problems, I’d suggest taking a look at the Sapira brand offered Leesa Sleep. It has an innerspring unit that can offer that additional support you need.
Maintenance, Protection, Care, and Warranty
It’s Leesa’s primary goal to offer a product that’s universally viable for sleepers, and I had a very positive overall experience. I’m a big fan of the cover, both from an aesthetic standpoint and the way it feels. I think the neutral colors go well in just about any setting. The clever combination of the Avena® and memory foams does a great job in leveling out proper bounce and motion isolation. All materials are high-quality and made in the USA, and all three foams are CertiPur US certified.
I had an overall very positive experience with this product. If you think it could work for you, let’s take a look at what you can expect as a customer.
Leesa understands that customers spending hundreds on a sleep product need a little bit of time to decide if it will truly fit their needs for the long-term. That’s why they offer a 100-night, risk-free trial period. If at any time during this period you’re less than completely satisfied, you will receive a full refund.
The online business model has allowed mattress manufacturers to offer quality products at surprisingly low prices. After all, when shipped directly to your door, numerous costs are eliminated. Considering the way Leesa feels and the fact that each layer features such high quality, I think you’re getting a great value. If you’re ready to order one for yourself and try it out, here’s the cost breakdown:
- Twin- $599
- Twin XL- $699
- Full- $999
- Queen- $1099
- King- $1299
- California King- $1299
When you make your purchase, you’ll know you helped a homeless person gain a much-needed mattress since Leesa donates one mattress per 10 sales.
Leesa Reviews and Feedback
In their effort to create a mattress that fits the needs of most sleepers, I think Leesa did a pretty good job. Medium firmness is the best way to go when it goes to popularity, and there’s reason to believe the product will offer good durability due to the densities found in each layer. The mattress does have an individual weight capacity of 300 pounds, and its low edge support could be problematic for those with mobility issues. However, I think the ability of the Avena® foam to bounce helps overcome this minor issue in its ability to help you get out of bed. I think it’s an excellent option for sleep partners with its neutral firmness and excellent motion isolation capabilities.
I think I’ve provided a pretty detailed explanation of how I perceived the Leesa mattress, but everyone has their own opinions. In order to give you a well-rounded feel of this product, I took a moment to see what real customers have had to say:
- Great combination of contour and support
- Pleasant to look at
- Good responsiveness
- Some complaints of off-gassing (mine wore off after about 24 hours)
- Some complaints of sleeping hot
- Low edge support for heavier people
Who We Recommend the Leesa Mattress For
There are hundreds of quality mattresses on the market, so it can be difficult to pick just one. Leesa features a number of qualities that make it a versatile product. From its medium firmness and appealing contour to the high densities and pleasant design, I think Leesa’s trademarked Universal Adaptive Feel is pretty accurate. I think it’s an excellent fit for:
- Sleep partners
- Those suffering from shoulder or hip pain
- Those suffering from allergies
- Shoppers looking for a product that offers contour without feeling stuck
Our Final Verdict
The Leesa mattress is a high-quality mattress, and you can get the queen-sized model for under $1,000. It works well at offering a versatile feel that will make happy customers out of the majority of their sales. I think they do a great job at counteracting the negative aspects of memory foam like feeling stuck while maintaining the contouring capabilities. If you do weigh more than 300 pounds or have mobility problems, this may not be the best pick for your needs. However, in their goal to accommodate the majority, I think they hit the nail on the head.
The Leesa Mattress Specs Table
|Avena® foam||2 inches||20||3.6 lbs.|
|Memory foam||2 inches||9||3.0 lbs.|
|Base foam||6 inches||32||1.8 lbs.|