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Leesa Mattress Review

This review was conducted on the new and improved Leesa mattress in November 2018. 

We compared, tested and rated more than 50 foam mattresses. Leesa is the best mattress for side sleepers. Read our full review to learn more.

Customer Rating: 4.8/5
Mattress Advisor Score:       9.3/10

In this review, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the Leesa mattress, including how it scored in our Mattress Advisor test. We’ll also give you an overview of Leesa as a company and the benefits Leesa provides to its customers. Read on to learn why Leesa is one of our highest-rated mattresses on Mattress Advisor!

Leesa Mattress Highlights

  • The Leesa mattress is a foam mattress that’s ideal for all sleeping positions, but especially great for side sleepers because of its responsive materials and pressure relieving properties.
  • It offers a great balance between soft and firm, promotes airflow to keep you cool, and won’t leave you sinking into the foam like quicksand.
  • The Leesa is the highest rated mattress on Mattress Advisor, but also has a happy (and well-rested) bunch of customers who rate it a 4.8/5.
  • Leesa is always looking for ways to improve their products. In fact, they recently launched an updated version of their mattress with new pressure-relieving foam that took 200 prototypes to get just right. The best part is, they didn’t raise the price of the mattress, so you’re still getting a quality mattress at a really great price point.

Mattress Advisor Score for the Leesa Mattress

Here’s how the Leesa mattress scored on different tests and evaluations. Each score is a rating out of 10 points. The total score is a weighted average that incorporates all of the functional and performance characteristics of the mattress. We break down the scores so you can see how the Leesa mattress performed on specific tests and evaluations.

Shipping:
10

How quickly the mattress ships to your home. (Free shipping = better score!)

Trial Period:
9

The length of time offered to help you decide if you want to keep the mattress.

Return Policy:
10

Ease of return process including refund policy and how the mattress is removed from your home.

Warranty:
9

Length of mattress warranty and what is covered.

Set-up Test:
8.5

How easy it is to set up the mattress and move it.

Motion Transfer Test:
9

How well the mattress performs at isolating motion.

Edge Support Test:
8.5

The level of support offered on the edges of the mattress.

Pressure Relief Test:
8.5

How well the mattress relieves pressure, particularly around the hips, shoulders, and thighs.

Spine Alignment:
9

How well the mattress helps keep your spine in proper alignment while you’re sleeping.

Responsiveness Test:
9.5

How well the mattress adjusts to different movements or sleeping positions throughout the night.

Cooling Evaluation:
8.5

How well the mattress promotes airflow and breathability, or offers special cooling properties.

Durability Evaluation:
9

Quality and durability of materials, structural support, and expected lifespan of the mattress.

Customer Service Score:
9

How helpful and responsive the customer service team is.

Social Impact Score:
10

A measure of social mission, community involvement and charitable giving/partnerships.

Total Score for the Leesa Mattress:

Leesa Mattress Review

Take a look at our review of the Leesa 2.0 mattress and see how it performed in our testing to help you determine if this could be the mattress for you.

Score Breakdown

Set-up Test

The Leesa mattress took us just about a minute and a half to set up. The mattress was light, took its full shape quickly and had only a slight odor.

So for our setup test, the Leesa mattress gets an 8.5 out of 10.


Motion Transfer Test

Motion transfer is just a fancy way of saying how much movement you feel if your partner is moving around. You want this to be pretty minimal.

Part A – The Human test

The Mattress Advisor motion transfer test is a two-part test. We start by asking our sleep subjects to lie on the bed, blindfolded, and rate on a scale of 1 to 10 how much movement they felt when their partner was moving around, with 10 being no movement at all.

The Leesa kept motion transfer to a minimum. It scored a 9 out of 10 for part one of our motion transfer test.

Part B – The Wine Test

Next, comes our wine test. This is a great visual indicator of how much motion is being transferred from one side of the bed to another.

We had one of our sleep subjects lie down and roll back and forth a few times. We then took a look at how much the wine inside of the glass moved.

The wine stayed pretty still! Once again, we gave it a 9.

So for a total motion transfer score, the Leesa gets a 9 out of 10.


Edge Support Test

When choosing a mattress, you may not think to consider how much support the edge provides. But if you find yourself sleeping on the edge of your bed or use the end to get ready in the morning, you should definitely consider the edge support.

The Mattress Advisor edge support test is a two-part test.

Part A – The Shoe Test

To start, we asked our sleep subjects to sit on the edge of the bed to tie their shoes. They rated this task on a scale from one to ten, with 10 being “extremely easy, with exceptional edge support.”

While on the Leesa, our sleep subjects noticed the edge was supportive, yet a tad slippery, which is easily fixed once sheets are on the bed. So the Leesa scored an 8 for the edge shoe test.

Part B – The Side Test

Next, we had our mattress testers lie on the edge of the bed in each sleeping position, side, stomach and back, to see if they could sleep comfortably in that section of the bed.

Both felt the edge of the mattress would keep them safe from the floor all night long. So for the edge support side test, the Leesa scored a 9.

So Leesa gets a total score of 8.5 out of 10 for edge support.


Pressure Relief Test

When shopping for a mattress, you’ll want to find something that puts minimal pressure on your hips, thighs and shoulders. Let’s take a look at how well the Leesa provides pressure relief.

We measure pressure relief by using a pressure mapping film that shows areas of high pressure. Here’s what you need to know: the cool spots are good and the warms spots are bad. The warmer the color, the more pressure is being placed on that area of the body.

We saw mostly green and blue in sleep subject one and a small spot of red in the hips of sleep subject number two, but overall minimal pressure.

So for the total pressure relief score, the Leesa gets an 8.5.


Spine Alignment Test

Did you know, sleeping posture is just as important as your posture when you are awake? For every mattress we test, we take a look at how well it keeps your spine in a straight line.

We took a close up of both of our sleep subject’s backs to see the alignment. You’ll want to see a straight line from the neck all the way to the tailbone.

Both spines were pretty darn straight with only a slight curve towards the base of the neck.

For spine alignment, the Leesa mattress gets a 9 out of 10.


Responsiveness Test

Responsiveness is just a fancy way of saying how well the mattress adjusts or responds to your sleeping positions while you sleep. This becomes important when considering how quickly and easily you get comfortable when moving around.

We had our sleep subjects lie in each sleeping position, side, stomach and back. As they changed positions and got settled in, we asked them to rate on a scale from one to ten how quickly and easily the mattress responded to their movement.

The Leesa 2.0 really upped its responsiveness game. It scored a 9.5 out of 10.

What Makes Leesa Different?

The Leesa had one of the highest total scores among similar mattresses – driven by its strong edge support, pressure relief, and responsiveness.

Superior Foam Technology

Leesa’s top layer is made with a proprietary LSA200Foam Technology™, which is designed to provide unmatched responsiveness and pressure relief. Often times foam mattresses are slower to respond to your body movements, causing a lack in support. The LSA200 foam has had record recovery rates in a series of extensive testing.

This springy foam also supports all sleeping positions, so regardless if you’re a back, stomach or side sleeper, you can find comfort on the Leesa mattress.

A Cool, Pressure-Free Night’s Sleep

The foam layers inside the Leesa promote airflow so your body heat doesn’t get trapped inside the mattress. It’s also designed to contour every curve of your body to make it feel like you’re floating on air. This helps to relieve pressure points in important areas like your shoulders and hips while you sleep.

Built to Last

In testing that simulated 10 years of use, the Leesa mattress experienced 0% heigh loss – so the benefits you experience on the Leesa mattress today will be the same benefits you can experience years from now.

A Commitment to Social Good

When you buy a Leesa mattress, you can rest easy in more ways than one. For every 10 mattresses sold, a bed is donated to those in need. So far, over 26,000 mattresses have been donated by Leesa. For every purchase made, a new tree is also planted by the Leesa team. You can learn more about Leesa’s social impact and B-Corp status here.

What to Watch Out For

  • Be aware that your Leesa mattress may have a mild scent when you unbox it – this is normal and should go away within a few hours.
  • It may take up to 30 nights to get used to sleeping on your Leesa mattress – particularly if your previous mattress was a traditional innerspring mattress.

Customer Reviews on the Leesa Mattress

Leesa mattress reviews on firmness
My only regret is not buying this bed earlier. It’s the perfect blend of supportive but soft. Sleeping on the stomach, side or back are all very comfortable. We love it! Erin S.
I’m not gifted with the right words to write this review. It’s soft yet firm? Inviting but not overwhelming? Cool yet comforting? All I know is it’s perfect, and I love it. Phoebe S.
The firmness is perfect for my back, and it’s kept pretty cool despite the onslaught of the muggy east-coast summer. Game-changer! Samuel D.
Leesa mattress reviews on sleep quality
I certainly like the change in sleeping since purchase of the Leesa mattress. I use a fit bit tracker most of the time and that device monitors both resting heart rate and sleep patterns. Since using the leesa mattress, my resting HR now averages ~ 55 BPM vs 62 BPM before. My HR monitor also records sleep disturbances and times awake during the night. Sleep disturbances and “awakes” have also been significantly reduced, all thanks to leesa. Robert B.
My husband and I love our Leesa and are excited to go to bed each night because it is so comfortable. We are both sleeping much better and I am not waking up through the night as I was with our previous mattress. Thankful we found Leesa! Lauren M.
We love this mattress. We are definitely noticing a change on in our quality of sleep, as well as a reduction in aches and pains. My husband and I are 43 and active people…the support this bed provides has been perfect for us. He is 6 feet tall, 230, and does not feel that he sinks in it at all. I know that can be a problem for some of these type of mattresses. We are both side sleepers so it works really well for that. If you are debating on which brand, you definitely can’t go wrong with this one. It has definitely been 100% improvement for us. Laura F.
Leesa mattress reviews from customers with back pain
I suffer with severe back problems and had a sleep number bed that was making my nights unbearable. We bought the Leesa bed and by the 4th night I was sleeping so much better. My husband never moves now at night and he sleeps great. I wish we would’ve bought the bed sooner. Pamela M.
This mattress is extremely comfortable and works for a firm-loving side sleeper (hubby) and side/back sleeper who likes more give. I have a back problem; the wrong mattress throws off the alignment of my spine, pinching nerves and making it impossible to move an inch without pain. Happily, I am having no issues with the Leesa. Lynn G.

Product Information

Weight

71 lbs. for queen

Thickness

10"

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

Type

Foam combo

American Craftsmanship

Made in the USA

Size Dimensions Standard Price*
Twin 39″ x 75″ $525
Twin XL 39” x 80” $695
Full 53” x 75” $855
Queen 60” x 80” $995
King 76” x 80” $1,195
Cal King 72” x 84” $1,195

*Prices listed are standard without sales or Mattress Advisor exclusive discounts. Check price using the button below for the best Leesa deals. 

Foundations Leesa is compatible with

Leesa recommends a more stable, rigid base that will sufficiently support this foam mattress. You could also try adding a bunkie board instead of a new foundation as a suitable and wallet-friendly option. A bunkie board is basically a 2-3″ board that creates a flat, rigid surface to support your foam mattress and pairs nicely with traditional metal frames, platform beds, and slatted beds.

Slatted Platform
Box Spring
Bunkie Board w/ Box Spring
Slatted Foundation
Adjustable Base
A Look Inside the Leesa Mattress

The Leesa mattress is made with three layers of high-quality foam delivering airflow, contouring pressure relief and core support.

  • Top layer (2″): Cooling foam top layer; promotes airflow and responds to your every movement
  • Middle layer(2″): Contouring memory foam; provides superior pressure relief
  • Bottom layer: Dense core support; adds durability and structure without feeling too firm on top

Purchase Experience

Delivery

Compressed and rolled in a box; delivered in 3-6 business days

Trial Period

100 days

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

Return Policy

Free returns

Financing

Available through Affirm

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Leesa Mattress FAQs

How does the 100-night trial work?

From the day that your Leesa mattress is delivered, you will have 100 nights to decide if the mattress is right for you. Leesa does recommend that you sleep on the mattress for at least 30 nights before initiating a return. If you decide to return the mattress, you’ll simply contact Leesa’s customer support team and they will walk you through the return process. A Leesa representative will arrange for your mattress to be picked up from your home and donated to a local charity in need.

How long will it take for the Leesa mattress to be delivered?

Leesa ships free and will arrive at your door in 3-6 business days. (Shipping is also free to Alaska and Hawaii, but there is a $100 fee for returns.)

In select locations, you can also choose White Glove Delivery. For an additional $100, you can have your mattress, foundation, and/or bed frame taken to the room of your choice and set up. Any unwanted packaging will also be removed. For an additional cost of $50, Leesa will also remove your old mattress.

Can I try out the Leesa mattress before I buy it?

You sure can! There are a number of options for you to try the Leesa mattress in real life. If you like what you see (and feel) you can bring one home with you or place an order at the store.

Does Leesa offer a military discount?

Yes, Leesa offers discounted rates on all products for military, first-responders, students and teachers year round.

Does Leesa have a referral program?

Through Leesa’s Refer a Friend program, you can earn $75 via PayPal for every purchase your friends make using your unique referral code.

Can I finance my Leesa mattress?

Leesa offers 0% APR for 6, 12, or 18 months through Affirm. Simply select “Affirm” at checkout to complete the application process. Affirm orders are not eligible for current online promotions, offers, or discounts.

How long can my Leesa mattress stay in the box?

You can keep your Leesa mattress in the box for up to 30 days from the date the order was placed.

Will I need to flip my Leesa mattress?

The foam layers in the Leesa mattress are designed to work best in the order they are in, meaning you shouldn’t flip your mattress if you want to experience the full benefits of this bed.

Is the Leesa mattress eco-friendly?

All the foams in the Leesa mattresses are CertiPUR-US® certified, meaning they meet some of the most rigorous standards for emissions, content, performance, and durability.

Does the Leesa mattress have a break-in period?

Yes, you may need some time to adjust to your new Leesa mattress. Particularly if you are used to sleeping on a traditional innerspring mattress, your body will need time to get used to the new mattress feel. It can take up to 30 days to fully break in your new mattress.

Can I clean my Leesa mattress?

You can spot clean your Leesa mattress with warm water and mild detergent.

How much weight can the Leesa mattress support?

The Leesa mattress is designed to support sleepers who individually weigh up to 300 lbs.

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Verified Customer Reviews

Female | LA CROSSE-EAU CLAIRE, WI

Verified Reviewer
Sleeper Profile
  • Sleeps with partner
  • Side sleeper
  • Suffers from back pain
Owned mattress for: 3-6 mo.
Recommends to a friend?: Yes
Overall Satisfaction: 9/10
Show Details

On a scale from 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how would you rate your mattress on the following factors?

Mattress-Buying Experience
9
Ease of Set-up
10
Body Support
9
Motion Isolation
9
Responsiveness
9
Cooling Properties
6
Comfort
10
Quality
9
Value
9
Edge Support
8

Male | DETROIT, MI

Verified Reviewer
Sleeper Profile
  • Sleeps with partner
  • Side sleeper
  • Suffers from back pain
Owned mattress for: 3-6 mo.
Recommends to a friend?: Yes
Overall Satisfaction: 8/10
Show Details

On a scale from 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how would you rate your mattress on the following factors?

Mattress-Buying Experience
9
Ease of Set-up
10
Body Support
8
Motion Isolation
9
Responsiveness
10
Cooling Properties
8
Comfort
9
Quality
9
Value
8
Edge Support
7

Male | LOS ANGELES, CA

Verified Reviewer
Sleeper Profile
  • Sleeps with partner
  • Back sleeper
  • Sleeps hot
Owned mattress for: 3-6 mo.
Recommends to a friend?: Yes
Overall Satisfaction: 9/10
Show Details

On a scale from 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how would you rate your mattress on the following factors?

Mattress-Buying Experience
10
Ease of Set-up
10
Body Support
8
Motion Isolation
8
Responsiveness
8
Cooling Properties
7
Comfort
9
Quality
9
Value
10
Edge Support
7

Male | DETROIT, MI

Verified Reviewer
Sleeper Profile
  • Side sleeper
Owned mattress for: 7-12 mo.
Recommends to a friend?: No
Overall Satisfaction: 4/10
Show Details

On a scale from 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how would you rate your mattress on the following factors?

Mattress-Buying Experience
7
Ease of Set-up
8
Body Support
1
Motion Isolation
Responsiveness
4
Cooling Properties
4
Comfort
2
Quality
4
Value
4
Edge Support
3

Female | TUCSON (SIERRA VISTA), AZ

Verified Reviewer
Sleeper Profile
  • Sleeps with partner and pet(s)
  • Combo sleeper
  • Restless sleeper
  • Suffers from back pain
Owned mattress for: 7-12 mo.
Recommends to a friend?: Yes
Overall Satisfaction: 9/10
Show Details

On a scale from 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how would you rate your mattress on the following factors?

Mattress-Buying Experience
10
Ease of Set-up
8
Body Support
9
Motion Isolation
8
Responsiveness
9
Cooling Properties
8
Comfort
9
Quality
9
Value
10
Edge Support
8

Male | MOBILE-PENSACOLA (FT WALT), FL

Verified Reviewer
Sleeper Profile
  • Sleeps with partner
  • Combo sleeper
  • overweight
Owned mattress for: 1-2 mo.
Recommends to a friend?: Yes
Overall Satisfaction: 10/10
Show Details

On a scale from 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how would you rate your mattress on the following factors?

Mattress-Buying Experience
9
Ease of Set-up
10
Body Support
10
Motion Isolation
10
Responsiveness
10
Cooling Properties
10
Comfort
10
Quality
10
Value
8
Edge Support
10

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