The Leesa mattress is a mixed foam mattress featuring two foam comfort layers and a firmer support core, covered in a stylish fabric cover. The cooling Avena foam is the differentiating feature of the Leesa mattress, allowing sleepers to stay cool while enjoying the benefits of a foam mattress.  It comes in a single medium firmness level, and is available for purchase online in the standard mattress sizes, all 10 inches in height.

Here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of the Leesa mattress:

Pros Cons
Made in the USA

Free shipping

100 night risk-free sleep trial

Budget-friendly

Up to 20% lighter than other mattresses

Sleeps cooler than other foam mattresses

Good support for side and back sleepers

Only comes in a single firmness level, which may be too firm for side sleepers

Initial “off gassing” odor from memory foam upon unpackaging

Inadequate support for individuals over 300 pounds

Keep reading our review to learn more about the Leesa mattress.

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Leesa Mattress Review

Leesa Mattress Pricing

The Leesa mattress is made to order in the standard adult mattress sizes, with the option of a standard four-stripe cover or a different vanity covers. Prices below are for the Classic Leesa cover (limited edition cover styles and pricing vary) as of September 2017:

Mattress Size Dimensions Weight Price
California King 72” x 84” x 10” 92 pounds $1,070
King 76” x 80” x 10” 90 pounds $1,070
Queen 60* x 80* x 10* 71 pounds $940
Full 54” x 75” x 10” 56 pounds $790
Twin XL 39” x 80” x 10” 48 pounds $625
Twin 39” x 75” x 10” 45 pounds $525

How firm is a Leesa mattress?

The Leesa mattress comes in a single, medium firmness level (about a 5 or 6 on a scale of 1 to 10). The Leesa bed is a foam mattress that supports and contours to the body in various sleeping positions, but thanks to its medium firmness, individuals don’t seek too far in so as not to be able to transition positions comfortably while asleep.

Leesa promises a “universal adaptive feel” for all sleepers, but it tends to perform best for sleepers of average weight. Lighter-weight individuals may find the mattress to be too firm, while it may not be firm enough for heavier individuals. Additionally, sleepers of average weight who seek a softer, plusher feel may not like the Leesa bed.

Leesa Mattress Availability

Where can you buy a Leesa mattress? You can purchase the Leesa mattress online through their website, in person at their Dream Gallery in New York City, or on authorized retailers like Amazon.

What is a Leesa mattress made of?

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The Leesa mattress is composed of three layers:

  • A top, 2-inch cooling comfort layer made of Avena ® foam (IFD 20, 3.65 pcf)*
  • A middle, 2-inch contour comfort layer made of memory foam (IFD 9, 3 pcf)
  • A bottom, 6-inch support foam core (IFD 32, 1.8 pcf)

Memory foam mattresses are designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and contour. However, many foam mattresses get poor ratings for temperature regulation. Because they contour to and envelop your body, they tend to trap heat more than other mattresses. Leesa seeks to avoid this through its Avena ® foam top layer, which is perforated to maximize airflow.

The Leesa bed is a hybrid mattress, which means it combines memory and latex foam (via the Avena latex foam alternative). The middle memory foam layer contours to the body, while the top Avena foam layer helps keep the mattress cool.

Higher density foams tend to sleep warmer, but they also last longer. Sleepers may note the Leesa mattress foam layers are less dense, which may also contribute to the coolness of the mattress. Pcf (pounds per cubic foot) indicates the density of the foam, while IFD measures the firmness of a foam (the higher the IFD, the firmer it is).

Avena ® foam is CertiPUR-US®-certified and hypoallergenic. To receive the CertiPUR-US® certification, a mattress must be made without ozone depleters; PBDE flame retardants; mercury, lead and other heavy metals; formaldehyde; and phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It also must pass low VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions for indoor air quality.

The entire Leesa mattress is encased in a fire retardant sock, and the cover is made of a polyester-lycra blend fabric.

The Leesa mattress is fully made in the U.S.A. The mattress is designed in Virginia, and manufactured in Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and California. The box is crafted in Indiana and the cover comes from North Carolina.

How does the Leesa mattress ship?

The Leesa mattress arrives compressed and vacuum-sealed. The mattress is enveloped in plastic wrap within a cardboard box. Upon opening the various layers of plastic, the mattress expands.

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Unboxing a Leesa mattress

Leesa recommends the following steps to open the mattress:

  1. Unbox the mattress on its side, next to the foundation or floor. Do not use a sharp object to open the box in case you accidentally slice the mattress inside.
  2. Position the rolled up mattress on a solid or slatted foundation and remove the outer plastic wrap.
  3. Fully unfold the mattress and remove the inner plastic.

The Leesa mattress can stay in the box for as long as 30 days after the order is placed.

unboxing leesa mattress

Leesa 100-night sleep trial

Consumers have 100 nights to return their Leesa mattress for free, unless the customer is located in Alaska and Hawaii (in which case, there is a $100 fee for returns).

Individuals who purchase their Leesa bed through Amazon have 100 nights to request their return, just like customers who purchase through Leesa directly. However, Amazon customers will need to initiate the return through Amazon.

Once opened, the mattress will not fit back in the box so a team will come to pick up the mattress if a return is requested.

Leesa warranty

Leesa offers a 10-year full replacement limited warranty. While replacement items are free, the customer will have to pay for shipping. Defects covered under the warranty include:

  • Deterioration that results in an indentation greater than 1 inch. The indentation can’t be due to the consumer using an improper base.
  • Any physical flaw in the mattress that causes permanent damage to the memory foam unrelated to proper set-up and normal wear and tear.
  • Any physical flaw in the cover, seams, or zipper unrelated to normal wear and tear. The cover replacement may be a different style than the one originally purchased.

The Leesa mattress requires the customer use a solid or slatted base in order to meet warranty. Covered options include: a solid platform, solid box spring or foundation, Bunkie board on a traditional box spring, or slatted platform with slats 3 inches apart or less.

The warranty is only available to the original purchaser of the mattress from authorized retailers. Leaving the country of purchase voids the warranty.

Leesa shipping policy

The Leesa mattress ships free via UPS ground to all 50 states.

The Leesa mattress is currently available to customers located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Germany only.

Additional fees

The Mattress Recycle Fee is included at checkout for mattresses purchased in California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. This fee is required by law to cover the costs of recycling in the state. Individuals interested in recycling their mattress and arranging for pickup can learn more and find a mattress recycler at the Mattress Recycling Council.

Does Leesa help you recycle your old mattress?

No, Leesa does not help with removing, discarding, or recycling your old mattress. However, the company does donate one mattress for every ten sold.

Leesa Mattress Performance

  • Motion Transfer: Like most foam mattresses, Leesa ranks well here and offers above-average motion transfer.
  • Edge Support: Leesa’s edges are not made for sitting, and the mattress provides below average edge support.
  • Heat retention: While the Leesa mattress is cooler than most memory foam mattresses, thanks to its Avena foam layer, it is still a foam mattress and will trap some heat.
  • Offgassing: The Leesa bed does present an initial off gassing odor due to its foam construction, but it should go away within a few days to a few weeks at most.
  • Support: The Leesa mattress offers good support for most people of average weight, providing above average relief for back pain and pressure points.
  • Conforming: The Leesa mattress is on the firmer side for foam mattresses, so while it contours well to the body, sleepers will not experience the same amount of “hug” as they would with similar mattresses.
  • Durability: Individuals report about a 6-year lifespan with their Leesa mattress.
  • Sex: The Leesa mattress is not very bouncy. It also weighs a lot less than most mattresses, which can be problematic for sexual activity.

For optimal performance, Leesa recommends placing the mattress on a traditional metal frame with a foundation, or using a platform bed or slatted bed. The mattress is also designed to work with an adjustable base.

As of September 2017, the Leesa mattress has the following consumer ratings:

What type of sleeper is well suited to a Leesa Mattress?

The Leesa bed’s “universal adaptive feel” is best suited to sleepers of average weight (between 110-200 pounds) who sleep in a variety of positions, especially back sleepers. It can be too firm for some lighter side sleepers, and too soft for heavier stomach sleepers. The Leesa mattress can support individuals up to 300 pounds.

Ultimately, what matters is finding a mattress that allows your spine to stay in alignment, regardless of your sleeping position. This may be different for different people, depending on personal preference, body weight, and sleeping position.

Leesa Company Information

Leesa is a young company, having been established in 2014. Their headquarters is located at 3704 Pacific Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

The company has one mattress store in New York City, which doubles as an art gallery. Located at 112 Wooster Street in New York City, NY 10012, the Leesa Dream Gallery features the art of homeless and disabled artists which is for sale along with the mattresses. The Leesa Dream Gallery (917-774-3501) is open from 11-8pm on Thursday, 12-6pm on Sunday, and 11-7pm on all other days of the week.

The Leesa Customer Care Team is available at support@leesa.com, Live Chat, and phone (844-335-3372) every weekday from 9am – 9pm Eastern.

As of September 2017, Leesa has a A- BBB rating but is not BBB Accredited. The company has 1 negative review and 5 customer complaints.

Leesa is a Certified B Corporation, which is a designation given to companies who meet standards of transparency and accountability, and who strive to solve social and/or environmental problems through their business. Leesa meets transparency standards by providing access to verified Google shopper reviews on their website, whether positive or negative, and by providing full specs about the mattress.  In addition to community contributions of the Dream Gallery, the company also participates in green initiatives. Leesa donates one mattress for every ten sold, and plants one tree through the Arbor Day Foundation for every mattress sold.

Our Verdict

The Leesa mattress is a good choice for individuals who prefer a medium firm mattress, like a memory foam feel that conforms to the body but doesn’t sleep hot, and want to support a company that gives back. Leesa beds are not a good fit for individuals who like a lot of bounciness or want extreme plushness from their mattress.

  • Material Quality: 4.5
  • Temperature Regulation: 4.5
  • Off Gassing: 3.5
  • Suitability for Sex: 3.5
  • Support: 4.5
  • Sleep Trial: 5
  • Warranty: 5
  • Company Reputation: 5

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