Leesa Hybrid Pillow Review

Still on the hunt for your perfect pillow? Leesa's customizable pillow might be the answer.

By Alesandra Woolley

We get it—finding the perfect pillow can seem near impossible. Maybe your last “perfect” pillow lost its fluff, or maybe you changed your mind about what you want in a pillow. (No judgment here.) No matter how many reviews you read or people you talk to, your pillow is personal—and it’s kind of a big deal.

If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect pillow, you might be in luck. Leesa just cranked things up a notch with their hybrid pillow—a pillow that can be customized to your individual preferences and sleep style. So whether you’re a side sleeper, stomach sleeper, or back sleeper, the chances of you finding comfort on this pillow are pretty high.

Here are 8 why we love this pillow, and why you might too.

1. There are 4 different ways to use this pillow.

Yes, you read that right. One pillow—four ways. Adjustable—and reversible. (What a time to be alive.)

Related: Best Adjustable Pillows

Here’s how it works. We’ll call side one the checkerboard side. This is the quilted side that has a filling like a down pillow. It feels like a cloud.

Leesa Hybrid Pillow: Side 1

You can sleep on this side with and without the extra filler layer for added elevation or a closer-to-the-bed feel, depending on your preference. You just remove the filler pillow by unzipping the side and taking it out. So that covers ways one and two to use this pillow: (1) Fluffy with the filler insert, (2) Fluffy without the filler insert.

Side two is the firmer side of the pillow. It’s made with a ventilated gel comfort layer. So, that brings us to ways three and four to use this pillow: (3) Firm with the filler insert, (4) Firm without the filler insert.

Leesa Hybrid Pillow: Side 2

And now more about that “filler pillow” we keep talking about…

2. You can actually use the “filler pillow” on its own.

When you unzip the Leesa Hybrid Pillow, you’ll find a smaller fluffy pillow sandwiched between the two different sides. This sort of reminds us of the original Casper Pillow. Adding or removing this changes the level of support you’ll get from the pillow but this filler pillow can also be used on its own.

Leesa Hybrid Pillow: Filler Insert

You can use it as an extra “snuggle” pillow or even take it with you on the road as a travel pillow to use on a plane or long car ride. It’s small and malleable enough to fit into your luggage.

3. You can say goodbye to pillow fluffing

If you count pillow fluffing as your daily arm workout, then you might need to find another routine. With the Leesa Hybrid Pillow, there’s no fluffing necessary. The quilted pockets maintain their fluffy shape and support and prevent that dreaded pillow clump.

4. It’s pretty cool (if you couldn’t tell by now), but it also keeps you cool. 

This pillow is made with cool-to-the-touch fabric that claims to chill five times faster than a traditional fill pillow. Side two (the firm side) is made with a ventilated gel layer that is literally cool to the touch. So if you have a case of hot face, this is the side for you.

Read More: Best Cooling Pillows

5. This is a “no commitment” pillow. 

Commitment is hard. And pillows are a big deal. So if you’re not ready to commit to the Leesa Hybrid Pillow yet, you don’t have to. You can try it in your own home for up to 100 nights. If you decide you don’t like it during this trial period, Leesa will send you a UPS prepaid label so you can return it free of charge, and you’ll get your original payment refunded.

6. It feels like a pillow should feel.  

This one’s a little harder to explain. The cover just feels like you want to put your face on it. Plain and simple. (It will make more sense when you feel it for yourself.) We used it with a pillowcase, but we were really tempted to leave it off because it felt so great.

We were a little skeptical at first about how the checkered side would feel. But it makes your face sink in all the right places. And, as mentioned above, no nighttime fluffing required.

The gel side is firmer, so it won’t give you as much of that cloud-like feel, but it does stay impressively cool. You also won’t feel like your face is being trapped in the pillow as you would on some memory foam pillows.

7. You don’t even have to leave your bed to buy one. 

Yup—you can buy this baby in your PJs. The Leesa Hybrid Pillow is available online at Leesa.com. It should arrive on your doorstep in 3-8 business days.

Happy group of women ordering the Leesa Hybrid Pillow in their PJs

8. It’s easy to clean. 

A clean sleep is a happy sleep. And keeping this pillow clean is easy. Just remove the cooling gel insert for spot cleaning. The outer cover and inner pillow insert are machine wash and dry-friendly. Simply wash in warm water on gentle cycle with like colors. Just make sure not to use bleach, and tumble dry on low until thoroughly dry.

Now don’t be like one of those gross people from our survey who waits 35 days before washing their pillowcase


So there you have it—8 pretty awesome things about the Leesa pillow.

Since we’re all about being real, we also feel that there’s one thing we should warn you about— the smell. When you open the box for this pillow, there will be a slight odor as a by-product of the manufacturing process. This is normal and isn’t harmful, but you might not want to stick your face in it right away. We recommend letting it air out for a few hours until the smell goes away before using it.

Alright, enough pillow talk. If you’re ready to try the Leesa Hybrid Pillow out for yourself, just hop over here and click “add to cart.” Happy sleeping!


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