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unbiased Leesa Mattress Review & Ratings [why trust]

Based on 228 Consumer Experiences Gathered From 32 sources

December 14, 2017

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Two distinct models available • tryout at West Elm stores.

THE BAD: Too firm for some • initial odor potential • somewhat questionable longevity.

THE MATTRESSES: Two models are available – one foam-based and one spring-based / hybrid. Both are made in USA and come compressed / vacuum sealed, expanding when opened.

THE COMPETITION: Low- & mid- priced mattresses especially foam and hybrids. Compare Leesa in the side-by-side mattress comparison.

THE RETAILERS: Leesa.com, Amazon (see buying a mattress online: what to know), and West Elm stores.

Contents

Leesa Mattress Ratings
Leesa Company Ratings
Key Comparisons
Leesa Firmness Analysis
Person Size and Sleep Position Suitability
Leesa Prices / Specifications Analysis

Leesa Mattress Ratings

The ratings – based on 220+ consumer reviews gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology – show how the two Leesa models rate compared to the average mattress.

The Leesa model is best categorized as a foam mattress as it consists mostly of (regular) foam. The Sapira qualifies as a hybrid given that it uses both springs and memory foam.

  The LEESA THE SAPIRA  
Owner satisfaction B- C+* The Leesa appears to edge out the Sapira on this issue. More.
Affordable B C+ $425 to $1575 depending on model and size, not including a foundation. More.
Value B- C+ Leesa's somewhat higher owner satisfaction and lower price make it a better value than the Sapira. More.
Durability / longevity C C+* Both on average likely have about fair longevity (about 6-year lifespan). More.
Support B- B* Support tends to be at least fair for most owners, but some large people and couples may find the Leesa to be inadequate (especially in the middle). More.
Pressure relief B B- Both tend to conform effectively to a sleeper's body, often resulting in above-average distributed support and pressure-point relief. More.
Less (back) pain B- B Their support and conforming ability results in somewhat above-average potential for back relief. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)
Easy to move on B- B- Neither tends to sink in or conform to a degree which makes moving on the bed and getting up difficult. About 4% of owners (1 in 25) report difficulty of movement.
Motion isolation B B Both mostly prevent a person's movement from disturbing another person on the bed, but they do not eliminate such disturbance. More.
Edge support C- B+ The Sapira is clearly superior to the Leesa for sleeping or sitting near the mattress edge. More.
No initial odor D+ C* At least 10% of Leesa model owners (1 in 10) report an enduring and unpleasant initial off gassing odor. More.
No sleeping hot C+ B-* Heat retention occurring to an uncomfortable extent is reported by about 6% of owners (1 in 17). More.
Sex friendly C B* The Sapira is likely superior on this issue. More.
No noise A B The Sapira with its spring system may lack total silence.
No topper needed C C- At least 8% of owners (1 in 13) need to add a mattress topper to improve softness and comfort. More.
Fast break in period C+ C- Average break-in time appears to be about 12 to 16 days. More.
Easy to maintain C+ C Both are no flip. Rotation (head to foot) 2-3 times a year may help prevent and minimize uneven wear.
Easy to lift, handle, move B- D The Sapira is 63% heavier than the Leesa. Neither model has handles. More.

* Due to model newness, ratings are at least partially based on the estimate of Sleep Like The Dead.

Leesa Company Ratings

The ratings below – based on consumer experiences and the evaluation of Sleep Like The Dead – show how Leesa compares to the average mattress manufacturer.

Warranty coverage C+ 10-year non-prorated warranty. The company appears to honor all legitimate warranty claims. (See mattress warranties: what to know.)
Return policy A- 100-day, no-fee, full-money-back trial. No preparation for return shipment is necessary, and a courier (if available in your area) removes the bed from your home to be recycled or donated. There is no minimum amount of time the mattress must be kept before being eligible for return.
Customer service B+ Customer service is overall regarded by consumers to be well above average but not necessarily perfect.
Marketing accuracy B 15%+ of owners would likely disagree with the claim that the Leesa mattress adapts "to all body types and any sleeping style." And the claim "simply the best premium foam mattress you can buy for under $1,000" is not well substantiated.
Access to customer reviews C At the Leesa website, reviews are not easily sorted which results in negative reviews being difficult and time consuming to locate. To its credit, however, Leesa sells its mattresses on Amazon where negative reviews are easily accessible.
Integrity of customer reviews B- Customer ratings in total on Leesa's website are about 12% higher than customer ratings in total at independent sources.
Specs disclosed A The disclosing of specifications allows consumers to know what they are paying for and helps them to comparison shop.
Time in business C Leesa began in 2014 which is recent but nevertheless earlier than the start date of several main competitors. Buying from a newer, less established company has greater risk because the product is not time tested and the problems of operating a new business may not be solved.
BBB rating A- Leesa Mattress & Bedding has an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau. Five complaints have been filed against the company.
SLTD rating of company B- SLTD (Sleep Like The Dead) company rating for Leesa is determined by averaging the above company ratings.

Key Comparisons

In the charts below, "all beds" refers to all mattresses on the market, "all foam beds" refers to the Leesa's main competitors, and "all hybrids" refers to Sapira's main competitors.

Owner Satisfaction

The Leesa mattress has 78% owner satisfaction, while the Sapira has about 77%. (Learn how owner satisfaction is determined.)

leesa comparison chart
* partial estimate.

Price

The Leesa mattress is significantly less expensive than the average mattress and is similar priced to main competitors. The Sapira is similar priced to the average mattress but less expensive than main competitors.

leesa price compare

Value

Consumers tend to report that value for both models is above average.

leesa value compare

Durability / longevity

The Leesa mattress appears to have at least slightly worse durability / longevity than most of its main competitors. Reports of sagging, loss of support / excessive softening, and the development of body impressions are not uncommon. This may be due to its top layer. Leesa, nevertheless, likely performs similar to the average mattress on this issue.

For the Sapira, long-term owner experience data is not available due to it being a new model. But it likely performs no worse than average on this issue.

leesa longevity compare
* partial estimate.

Support

The Sapira appears to offer somewhat better support than the Leesa.

leesa support compare
* partial estimate.

Pressure Relief

The ability to minimize pressure points is for both models above average compared to all beds overall but similar to main competitors.

leesa pressure compare
* partial estimate.

Motion Isolation

Both models perform above average in regard to minimizing disturbance.

leesa motion isolation compare

Edge Support

As is often true for foam-based mattresses, support near the far edges of the Leesa may be inadequate for sleeping or sitting, especially for larger people. The Sapira, like most hybrids in general, offers above-average edge support.

leesa edge support compare

Initial Off Gassing Odor

At least 8% of Leesa mattress owners report an enduring unpleasant initial odor. Based on limited owner experience data, the Sapira appears to perform better. (General analysis: mattress off gassing.)

leesa off gassing compare
* partial estimate.

Heat Retention

About 6% of Leesa owners report bothersome heat retention. (General analysis: mattresses and sleeping hot.)

leesa heat compare
* partial estimate.

Sex Friendliness

leesa sex compare
* partial estimate.

The table below evaluates the Leesa models on several factors important to sex. (See mattresses and sex for general analysis.)

  THE LEESA THE SAPIRA*  
Easy to move on B- B- Sex can be performed without great effort as the beds provide at least fair support and do not conform to a restrictive degree.
Bouncy C C+ Both have some bounce – more bounce than a true memory foam mattress but often less bounce than a non-pocket coil mattress.
Comfortable B B- Both tend to minimize pressure put on knees, elbows, hands, buttocks.
No bottoming out C B For the Leesa, thickness may be inadequate for large couples for some positions.
Allows discretion C- B+ Both are silent, but the Leesa may lack the weight to stay firmly planted during sex.
Durable C B- Both appear able to not deteriorate rapidly with repeated passionate use.
Whole bed suitable C- B+ The far edges of the Leesa may not offer adequate support especially for larger people.
Allows fast climax B- B The mattresses conform enough to allow for efficiency of movement.
Fluid, stain cleanup C C Spot cleaning is recommended instead of removing the cover for washing.
OVERALL SEX FRIENDLINESS RATING C B This rating is determined by averaging the above ratings.

* ratings are partial estimate.

Topper Usage

About 8% of Leesa mattress owners – especially side sleepers – need to add a topper to the mattress to lessen firmness. The Sapira appears to have at least that rate.

leesa topper need compare
* partial estimate.

Break-In Period Length

Break-in time for the Leesa model is about average but appears to be somewhat above average for the Sapira.

leesa break in compare
* partial estimate.

Total Thickness

Both the Leesa and Sapira have below-average thickness. A thinner-than-normal mattress is lower to the ground and therefore may be somewhat more difficult to get on and off for people of average or greater height.

leesa thickness compare

Weight

The Leesa mattress is significantly lighter than the average mattress and its main competition on average. A light mattress may have the disadvantage of not staying firmly in place on its base but the advantage of being relatively easy to move, lift and handle.

leesa weight compare

Sleep Like The Dead (SLTD) Company Rating

Leesa performs better than the average mattress company and about equal to its main competitors as a group based on warranty coverage, customer service, return policy, access to customer reviews, integrity of customer reviews, time in business, marketing accuracy, specifications disclosure, and BBB ratings.

leesa sltd rating chart

Firmness Analysis

The Leesa Mattress

Owner experience data suggests that the Leesa mattress is medium-firm (after break in) on average. In other words, on a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being very soft and 10 being very firm, Leesa is on average regarded to be about a 6.5.

leesa firmness comparison

Beyond break in about 9% of owners find it too firm and about 3% find it too soft. About an additional 12% find the firmness to be acceptable but not ideal.

leesa mattress firmness breakdown

The Sapira Mattress

Limited owner experience data suggests that the Sapira is medium-firm to firm (after break in) on average. In other words, on a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being very soft and 10 being very firm, the Sapira is on average regarded to be about a 7 or 7.5.

saphira firmness comparison

Beyond break in about 15% of owners find it too firm and about 3% find it too soft. About an additional 12% find the firmness to be acceptable but not ideal.

saphira mattress firmness breakdown

Person Size and Sleep Position Suitability

The table below evaluates the Leesa models for person size and sleep position. It shows what tends to be true for Leesa owners; your own personal evaluation may differ.

See the mattress firmness guide for details based on your body type. And people of below- and above-average weight, see the mattress guide for large and small people.

    Average-Sized People
(130-230 lbs)
Heavy People
(230+ lbs)
Light People
(under 130 lbs)
LESSA MATTRESS Back Sleep Friendly B B B-
Side Sleep Friendly B B- C+
Stomach Sleep Friendly B C+ B-
SAPIRA MATTRESS Back Sleep Friendly A- A- C+
Side Sleep Friendly B- B C-
Stomach Sleep Friendly B- B- C

Average-Sized People

The Leesa Mattress
The Leesa is best suited for average-sized people (130-230 pounds). Nevertheless, about 8% of average-sized side sleepers report excessive firmness (beyond break-in) resulting in hip and or shoulder pain. Those with a body mass index of 21 or lower appear most likely to report excessive firmness.

The Sapira Mattress
The Sapira is generally well suited for average-sized people (130-230 pounds). Nevertheless, at least 11% of average-sized side sleepers report excessive firmness (beyond break-in) resulting in hip and or shoulder pain. Those with a body mass index of 21.5 or lower appear most likely to report excessive firmness.

Heavy People

The Leesa Mattress
Most Leesa owners 230+ pounds report that the mattress is suitable for their needs. The comfort layer at about four inches is thick enough to mostly prevent one's shoulder or hip from reaching the firm support layer underneath. But overall thickness may be inadequate to prevent "bottoming out" when sitting.

The Sapira Mattress
The Sapira tends to be well suited for people 230+ pounds. It may offer somewhat better support than the Leesa. Less than 10% of heavy owners report excessive firmness (beyond break-in). Thickness is sufficient to prevent "bottoming out" when sitting.

Light People

The Leesa Mattress
About 15% of Leesa owners under 130 pounds – especially side sleepers – report excessive firmness. According to them, this is due to not weighing enough to exert the pressure needed for the mattress to conform to their bodies. Those with a body mass index of 21 or lower appear most likely to report excessive firmness.

The Sapira Mattress
The Sapira appears to have a firmness level that is not ideally suited for a significant number of people under 130 pounds. At least 17% of these owners – especially side sleepers – report excessive firmness. According to them, this is due to not weighing enough to exert the pressure needed for the mattress to conform to their bodies. Those with a body mass index of 22 or lower appear most likely to report excessive firmness.

Prices & Specifications Analysis

The LEESA MATTRESS The SAPIRA MATTRESS
Prices
twin
$425

twin xl
$525

full
$690

queen
$840

king
$970

CA king
$970

COMMENT: Prices are similar to those of main competitors on average.
twin
$775

twin xl
$875

full
$1075

queen
$1275

king
$970

CA king
$1575

COMMENT: Prices are about 20% less expensive than those of main competitors on average.
Dimensions (width x length x height)
twin
39” x 75” x 10”

twin xl
39” x 80” x 10”

full
54" x 75" x 10"

queen
60” x 80” x 10”

king
76” x 80” x 10”

CA king
72” x 84” x 10”

COMMENT: Dimensions are similar to those of main competitors.
twin
38” x 75” x 11”

twin xl
38” x 80” x 11”

full
53" x 75" x 11"

queen
60” x 80” x 11”

king
76” x 80” x 11”

CA king
72” x 84” x 11”

COMMENT: Twin, twin xl, and full sizes are an inch smaller in width compared to the Leesa.
Weight
twin
45 lbs

twin xl
48 lbs

full
56 lbs

queen
71 lbs

king
90 lbs

CA king
92 lbs

COMMENT: The Leesa mattress is about 25% lighter than the average mattress and about 17% lighter than its main competition on average.
twin
75 lbs

twin xl
80 lbs

full
96 lbs

queen
115 lbs

king
142 lbs

CA king
142 lbs

COMMENT: The Sapira is about 12% heavier than the average mattress and about 11% lighter than main competitors on average.
Mattress Type
foam

COMMENT: The Leesa is categorized as a foam mattress because it consists of at least 80% regular / non-memory foam.
hybrid

COMMENT: The Sapira technically qualifies as a hybrid due to it having 1.5 inches of memory foam.
Adjustable Bed Base Compatible
yes

COMMENT: --
yes

COMMENT: The Sapira is perhaps somewhat less adjustable base friendly than the Leesa.
Firmness
medium-firm (about 6.5 on 1-10 scale)

COMMENT: Firmness is similar to main competitors on average.
medium-firm (about 7 to 7.5 on 1-10 scale)

COMMENT: Firmness is somewhat higher than main competitors on average.
Cover
polyester blend

COMMENT: Generally similar to cover material used by most main competitors.
polyester blend

COMMENT: Generally similar to cover material used by most main competitors.
Top Layer
2" 3.6 lb/ft density (Avena) convoluted foam

COMMENT: Appears to have properties similar to that of synthetic latex. Among its main competitors, only Leesa uses convoluted foam. Convoluted foam – while possibly providing better heat dispersement – appears to be less expensive and have at least slightly less durability / longevity than straight sheet foam, all other things being equal.
1.5" 3.6 lb/ft density (Avena) sheet foam

COMMENT: Unlike the Leesa Mattress, the foam is not convoluted.
Middle Layer
2" 3.0 lb/ft density memory foam

COMMENT: Leesa's main competitors with the exception of Casper do not use memory foam in their mattress.
1.5" 4.0 lb/ft density memory foam

COMMENT: 4.0 lb/ft density foam is usually considered medium density.
Base Layer
6" 1.8 lb/ft density foam

COMMENT: This density is slightly lower than that used by Leesa's main competitors on average.
2" 1.8 lb/ft density foam

6" pocket coil (14.5 gauge)

COMMENT: Pocket coils tend to be the top rated spring system.


About our unbiased Leesa mattress review and research

Ratings are based on 220+ consumer reviews. Learn more about our research methodology and why you can trust our mattress reviews.

Remember

– Two distinct models are available, one foam-based and one spring-based / hybrid.

– Unlike main competitors, Leesa mattresses are available for tryout in numerous (West Elm) stores.

– Excessive firmness and initial off gassing odor are the top owner complaints.

– The Leesa weighs about 25% less than the average mattress, while the Sapira weighs about 17% more than the average mattress.

– Both models come compressed and vacuum sealed for convenience and cost savings.

– Leesa has a 100-day, no-fee, full-money-back trial. No preparation for return shipment is necessary, and a courier (if available in your area) takes the bed from your home.

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