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Leesa Mattress Review

The Leesa is my personal mattress of choice.  You’ll currently find this mattress in my bedroom.  Leesa has done a really nice job of offering a very high quality mattress at an affordable price.  Read on to understand why this was my personal pick.

Nerd Score: 4.9/5


Ahhh, my Leesa.  Leesa was among the first in a pack of direct-to-consumer, boxed mattress companies to hang an online shingle. It launched in 2014.

Though dozens have followed in their steps, ramping up the stakes, Leesa still does a top-notch job delivering the goods—namely a mattress to fulfill the desires of that wide variety of sleepers in the middle, known as the average sleeper.

The Leesa can accommodate many people and I think they do it at a reasonable price. The Leesa company can accommodate a lot of customers and do it efficiently. That’s what you get from a company that led the charge into the online mattress-selling space.

The company founders were bad sleepers looking for a fix to their own problems. They reached out to a mattress-making friend and the rest, according to the cliché, is history.

Leesa asked first, “What’s wrong with mattresses today? How can we build a better one so people can get some sleep?” The answer they got was to get rid of the stuff that made mattresses expensive but didn’t really serve the goal of helping people sleep better.

They attacked some of the problems sleepers face—pain at pressure points like the hips and shoulders, poor spinal alignment, mattresses that held on heat—by developing and combining different types of foam that could deliver relief for all of those things in some measure.

Core strength, pressure relief, cooling, bounce—it’s all there in Leesa’s three-layer foam construction.

And Leesa offers a risk-free experience. Get the mattress with free shipping. Take 100 days to figure out if you like it. Send it back for free. Sit comfortably on that 10-year warranty.

Also, sit comfortably knowing Leesa doesn’t just care about your sleep and selling mattresses. Leesa executes a company philosophy for social responsibility that any business would be proud to replicate.

If you’re up in the air and not sure what you want, Leesa is very likely a great choice for you.


The Leesa put many cool features into its mattress and its business model:

  • Engineered for the average sleeper with medium firmness.
  • Versatile in that it adapts to all sleep positions and most body types.
  • Egg carton-shaped top layer of foam is great for airflow & keeping you cool.
  • Went through 200 prototypes to develop the responsive, cool Avena top layer.
  • Foam contours to your body, but still bounces so you don’t get stuck.
  • Foams in the Leesa mattresses are CertiPUR-US® certified.
  • Free shipping, 100-night trial period, free returns (except Alaska, Hawaii).
  • One of the highest-rated mattresses, by professionals & customers on market.
  • The Leesa can work atop a West Elm mattress foundation.
  • You can look at the Leesa at a Pottery Barn store.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Discounted rates for military, first-responders, students & teachers year round.
  • Donates one mattress for every 10 sold to charities like homeless shelters.
  • Plants one tree for every mattress they sell as an Arbor Day Foundation partner.
  • Leesa is a certified B Corp, which signals it meets “rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

A well-rounded option: Leesa packs a lot of high quality features into a mattress that will be a great fit for the majority of the population



The Leesa is a combination foam mattress in medium firm.


Memory foam mattresses earned a bad rap for retaining too much body heat. Better technology—including the egg carton-shaped top foam layer in the Leesa—create a cooler night of shut-eye for you.

Leesa Mattress Firmness

The Leesa is considered a medium firm mattress. Because Leesa was striving to appeal to the most sleepers, regardless of how they slept, the firmness level also hits the middle of the pack.

In other words, if you want a fluffy cloud of a mattress, the Leesa won’t suit you. And if you want to sleep on something super firm, this won’t do it for you either.

Old-school foam mattress also earned a bad rap for swallowing sleepers. You’d sink in and get stuck and they’d have to send in a search party after you. The Avena foam in the top layer has a lot of bounce to it. It responds quickly to your movements so you’re able to move and get out of it without any problems.

Edge support

The foam used in the Leesa will sink down when you sit on the edge of the mattress, but you won’t slip off. The third layer of foam does a great job keeping its structure.

That means sleeping on the edges won’t be a problem either. There’s enough give to cradle the body so you avoid feeling like you’re pressing down on your back, thighs, hips, and shoulders. Less pressure, less pain, better sleep.

Motion transfer

Couple harmony in the bedroom is important. Sleep is important to couple of harmony. Ergo, being able to sleep close to your beloved without them waking you up when they go for a drink of water is mission critical.

The way the layers of foam all provide either structure or contouring means the Leesa does a pretty good job isolating movement. In other words, if your partner gets out of bed to use the potty in the middle of the night, you might feel a slight jiggle, but you’re probably not waking up.


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

The 2-inch top layer is made of cooling foam that promotes airflow and responds to your every movement. It’s called “LSA200 foam” and mimics the feel of latex.  Also, the way the foam responds to movement means the mattress is a good fit for all sleep positions—back, side or stomach.

The 2-inch second layer is made up of contouring memory foam, which cradles the body and provides significant pressure relief.

The 6-inch bottom layer is the densest layer of the three. The poly foam layer makes up the core support of the mattress, sturdy enough to enhance the structure of the Leesa. The foam is 3-pound density, which will withstand everyday use. Anything flimsier than 3 pounds will not withstand the long haul.

Leesa Layers: Comfort and recovery layers built on top of the 6 inch support layer


Here is a breakdown of the Leesa specifications:


  • Twin: 39″ x 75″
  • Twin XL: 36” x 80”
  • Full: 53” x 75”
  • Queen: 60” x 80”
  • King: 76” x 80”
  • Cal King: 72” x 84”


71 pounds for the queen


10 inches

One interesting note about the 10-inch thickness, there was an experiment done on the mattress that simulated 10 years of use and wear. After the experiment, the Leesa had lost none of its thickness.  It was still doing its job.


Leesa Mattress Trial

You have roughly three months to road test the Leesa foam mattress. You need to sleep on the mattress for at least 30 of that 100-night trial period before you can return it. It takes time for people to get used to a new mattress and for the mattress to break in. Thirty days go fast.

If you do return it, you will get a full refund. One note, Leesa ships to all 50 states, but people living in Alaska and Hawaii will have to pay $100 to return it.

Leesa is a certified B Company, which gives out its certification to the most socially responsible companies only. If you return the mattress, Leesa will donate it to a local charity that needs it.

Coming and going, you accept very little risk to try the Leesa mattress.

Leesa Mattress Warranty

Leesa offers a 10-year full replacement warranty. For 10 years, if the mattress shows a defect, unrelated to wear and tear, Leesa will repair or replace it. There’s no fee for that. Also, the mattresses work best on a solid base or a foundation strong enough to support both the Leesa and the sleeper.

Example 1: Your mattress develops a sag of at least 1 inch even while it rested atop a proper, flat foundation. COVERED.

Example 2: You stained your mattress in Year 5 and it’s starting to bug you. NOT COVERED.

Unboxing a Leesa Mattress

One of the original boxed mattresses comes compressed and rolled into, you guessed it, a box! (15” x 15” x 45” for a queen).  Open the box. Take it out of the box. Free it from its plastic wrapping. Watch it expand. Have a drink while you’re at it. Enjoy. Done.

Leesa promises to deliver within 3-6 business days after receiving your order. Shipping is free to all 50 states.

In some locations, you can also pay for white glove delivery. Someone else will bring the mattress and set it up for you and take away the packaging. If you want them to also remove your old mattress, you can pay another $50 for that service.

Leesa delivers to your door

Mattress on your doorstep: Leesa will deliver your mattress to your house, rolled in a box. Unpack it, unroll it, open the wrap and your bed comes to life.

Customer Service

You can reach the Leesa “Customer Care Team” every single day—Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST; Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

Feel free to chat up the reps from the website during these hours. You can also email anytime.


$$ to low $$$  (See scale below)

$$$$$2,000 – $4,000

That range is reasonable compared to other quality mattresses. When the online store saves money by avoiding a brick-and-mortar setup, the customer benefits. Even though Leesa doesn’t have its own retail space, you don’t have to buy before you try. You can go to any West Elm or Pottery Barn store to check out the mattress.

Leesa also sells its own foundations, one designed for this mattress. It’s $295 and, in quality, compares to something you’d buy out of an actual mattress store.

This is an upgrade for Leesa, which did not sell a matching foundation when it first came out. You can also buy another brand so long as it has a rigid base. That is important to keep the structure of the foam mattress strong and healthy for a long time.


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Nerd Score: 4.9/5

There are few things we can bank on in the world, but the Leesa comes very close to being a sure-fire hit for average sleepers who need a new mattress.

I’ve tested the Leesa more than any other mattress out there(I test it nightly!). I’ve had dozens of opportunities to change my recommendation with all of these new mattress start-ups, but between the Leesa being very comfortable and them being one of the biggest and oldest companies in the space, I see no reason to change my mind.

Even looking at other reviews on other platforms, across the board, Leesa rates very highly due to strong edge support, the memory foam’s ability to relieve pressure and how quickly it responds and resettles you into the mattress when you move about.

Leesa also offers a luxury version (Sapira) to compliment this well rounded, every man/woman mattress, but we’re confident most people will embrace the Leesa as a purchase they won’t regret. 


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Comments (205)

  1. SLEEPS VERY VERY HOT! Anyone around 200lb up BEWARE! The Leesa mattress sleeps incredibly hot if you are not light enough. You sink below the cooling layer and wake up with your back on fire. I have never had an issue with a mattress previously. I am buying a new mattress after a year because I didn’t get my act into gear and return it within 100 days due to travelling. I tried everything, rotating it, a cooling mattress pad, cool pillows and sheets. Nothing works. Do not buy this mattress unless you are light.

  2. After weeks of researching and limited funds I found a guy selling new beds that were used for staging homes for real estate. He had a new Leesa for a fraction of the price, I was so excited yet skeptical. I called Leesa to see if they knew of any knock offs. She said there’s no knock offs and to enjoy the bed. I did call again a second time as I was so nervous giving all the cash I had but desperately needing a good bed and from the reviews I really wanted a Leesa. I went ahead and got the bed. It’s the first night and here I am at 4:00am still haven’t slept because the bed is so hard it’s hurting my back. I’m so sad because I can’t afford to buy another bed and I’m really thinking there’s no way after so many good reviews this could be a real Leesa bed. Later today after no sleep at all, I’m going to West Elm store to try a Leesa bed out too compare but I’m not sure I even want to know that I probably got ripped off because there’s nothing I can do about it and Im stuck irregardless with this bed and may end up sleeping on the couch permanently until I can afford another mattress.

  3. Extremely frustrated being ignored by the customer service team and very unhappy owning the Leesa Sapira Mattress (~$1,500 purchase). After several months of owning the Leesa Sapira mattress, I started to experience very bad back pain. Every morning I continue to use this bed, I wake up in so much pain. It feels as if the springs are digging through the memory foam and poking you. Over time, this gets worse. I know the pain is causing this problem because I’ve had to travel for the holidays and while sleeping on other beds, I had no problem.

    I called customer service the first time to express my concerns and was told the slats on my Zinus bed frame was the problem. I was told to buy a Bunkie board ($150) off of Wayfair or put on a hardwood surface to help the mattress “bounce back”. I did not want to spend more money so I asked if it was okay to place the mattress on my hardwood floors and was told that was fine. I placed the mattress on the floor for a whole month and still experienced the springs digging into my body. When I called back, the same person I spoke with the first time told me I had to buy the $150 Bunkie board in order to move forward with the warranty claim.

    I am full of regret ever having bought a mattress off Leesa. It is not only causing me pain, but more time and money trying to have better sleep. I’ve owned my previous $300 IKEA mattress for 10 years and this Leesa mattress is barely lasting me 10 months. Not to add, the customer service will leave you hanging while you sleep in pain every day.

  4. We’ve had the Leesa for 11 nights, I was hoping I was going to sleep well on it however I’m tossing and turning all night. Do you think I’m still adjusting and there’s hope? My husband slept like a baby from day 1. I’m a bit gutted because we got it for me, to improve my sleep. Think I might buy a memory foam pillow see if that helps. Or shall I send it back and try a different company.

    • If it feels a little too firm, I’d expect it to get a little softer over the course of the next couple weeks. That’s typical of foam mattresses, and why most companies recommend keeping a mattress for a few weeks before deciding on an exchange.

  5. Do you have any recommendations for mattress protectors. I’m looking for one specifically for the Leesa (which I love), that is also waterproof (specifically to pets), and reasonably priced, and holds up to regular washings, and also stays cool as this is one of the great things about the Leesa which we don’t want to lose.

    • The one I use is called the bedgear Dri-Tec. It’s a great protector, but I’m not a fan of the company behind it.

      Story time: I approached them at Las Vegas furniture market because at the time two of my affiliates sold their products, and I wanted to chat with them about their products. They stopped me at the door of their empty booth, and when I explained who I was and what I wanted to discuss, they sneered “We don’t do e-commerce, thanks anyway” in the most sarcastic voice they could muster and sent me away.

      They were just standing there, guarding the entryway, with nobody inside, and didn’t seem to care that I had an audience of a million people a year I could tell about their product.

      Unfortunately (for me, I guess), their product is just so damn good that I recommend it anyway, if you can find it.

      It looks like Bed Bath and Beyond has it on their website, but not in the queen size. You can also buy it directly from bedgear.

  6. We bought a “Tuft and Needle” and we’ve had it not quite a year I think. But the foam breaks down after wear. I loved it at first and now I’d never buy one again. The edges are very spongey and we both have bad backs and at first it was great, now not so. I am glad I found your web page. How long have you had your lease mattress? Thank you for listening

    • I’ve had my Leesa for almost 3 years now. I actually intend to write an updated article soon.

      It’s still in good shape. It’s not in exactly the same shape as when I got it, but it’s still very comfortable. It’s comfortable enough that I keep it as my primary mattress despite mattress companies offering me their mattresses for free for review. I could request a king from any of them and make it my primary mattress, but I’m still happy with the Leesa after all this time.

    • I don’t ship mattresses at all. If you’re asking if Leesa ships to Japan, I don’t think they do, but you can ask them.

  7. Hi, I bought a Leesa queen-size two years ago and have liked it until recently — I apparently fall asleep on my side, the mattress accommodates, and then i wake up in the morning on my back in a giant trough, in pain.
    Do you have any ideas on what to add to the bed to make it — I don’t even know what it needs — less soft on top and less remembery (the memory foam)? I’m in so much pain but can’t imagine paying another $1000 so soon.
    Thank you!

    • There’s not much you can do to make a mattress feel firmer. Maybe a thinner, high density latex topper on top. You might also want to contact the company to make sure there’s no warranty issue. It just being a little too soft isn’t a warranty issue, but if it’s actually sagging, that could be a warranty claim.

  8. In your opinion, will sleeping on the leesa before it’s firmed up 100% ruin it? I’m tempted to wait a week before using it.

    • A week?

      Just give it a few hours. I don’t recommend sleeping on it within minutes of unboxing it. I don’t know about “ruining” it, but it’s better to let it fully expand. But again, that’s a matter of a few hours.

  9. Was glad to have found your site and your excellent review of Leesa. I am approaching the end of my trial period with Leesa and am still on the fence. It is much better than the previous bed-in-a-box I tried (Endy) in that it doesn’t sleep hot and I don’t feel “stuck” in the mattress. While Endy was too soft I’m concerned Leesa might be a little too firm (Apparently I have Goldilocks syndrome). I am considering getting a topper or mattress pad to soften things up, but my question is does putting something on top of one of these mattresses kind of defeat the purpose of buying one? Do I lose the support and body-contouring capabilities of the memory foam by adding a topper or pad on top? Thanks!

    • Putting something on top of the mattress does not defeat the purpose. If a mattress is too firm, it’s a sensible thing to do, especially if it’s just a little too firm. Also, if the mattress continues to soften a little more, let’s say a few years from now, you can just take away the topper.

      I’ve had my Leesa for over 2 years now, and during the first 6 months or so I thought it was just a little too firm, but it has since settled into being just about perfect.

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