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Leesa Mattress Review | Reasons to Buy/NOT Buy (2024)

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Leesa also cares about sustainability and manufactures its mattresses in factories that run on renewable energy. How cool is that? If you value eco-conscious and philanthropic commitments from a company, Leesa stands out. And its mattresses are comfortable too.

I put the Leesa Original mattress to the test, analyzing the flagship bed’s most important features, like firmness, construction, durability, motion isolation and how hot it sleeps. I’ve sorted out who I think the Leesa Original mattress is best suited for, and why you should or shouldn’t buy it.

The Leesa Original mattress is delivered right to your front door, compressed and rolled up inside of a box. All you’ll need to do is unbox and unwrap it from the packaging, and it’ll inflate into a full-size mattress ready to sleep on. (Give it around 24 to 48 hours to fully inflate and adjust.) It also has a new mattress smell, kind of like a new car smell. It’s a little overwhelming right out of the box, but don’t worry — it should dissipate after a few hours and disappear within a few days (at most).

In terms of style, the mattress looks like your standard foam mattress, similar to Casper or Tuft and Needle, though I liked the cover a bit better. It reminds me of a cozy baseball sock with the stripes on the top. It’s soft, but also stretchy and breathable.

Since the Leesa Original has a memory-foam layer underneath its breathable top layer, I was expecting more of a memory-foam feel. But the mattress feels more neutral and bouncy, closer to a traditional spring mattress. I didn’t get that quicksand-like sensation, which was a big plus for me. I’m a neutral to hot sleeper, and sometimes I can get too warm in a memory foam mattress that pulls me into the foam layers.

Instead, it offered good pressure relief for my hips and shoulders, but it wasn’t so soft that my back sank into the mattress. For this reason, I rate the Leesa Original mattress a medium on the firmness scale — or a five out of 10, with 10 being the firmest.

Watch CNET video producer Owen Poole review the Leesa Original mattress.

Like a lot of foam bed-in-a-box mattresses, the Leesa bed is three layers thick and 10 inches tall.

Quality foam mattresses are generally pretty good at absorbing motion, and the same goes for the Leesa Original mattress. I even put it to the water glass test. I placed a glass of water (not wine like that one memory foam commercial — I’m not that gutsy) on the edge of the bed and rolled around to see what happened. The glass didn’t jiggle, sway or fall over.

Unless your partner is throwing themselves around the mattress, you should hardly feel them move in the middle of the night.

There is some give on the edges of the mattress when I sit along the side. It’s a bit sturdier when I lie down, though it’s not so bad that you feel like you’re going to log-roll off the side. Edge support is something worth considering if you sleep with your significant other or a large fluffy animal that takes up a bunch of space on your bed.

The Leesa Original mattress isn’t a cool-sleeping bed, regardless of its cooling foam layer. I’d say it’s a temperature-neutral mattress. If you generally sleep at a moderate or cool temperature, this bed should be fine for you. For the most part, I didn’t feel uncomfortable or overly hot while testing the Leesa mattress.

Similar to how shoes fit differently, mattresses aren’t made to accommodate every body — or sleeping position. The Leesa Original mattress is definitely comfy and accommodating, but there are some people we don’t recommend it to.

Unless you want a very firm mattress or a very soft mattress, the Original Leesa bed should work for most sleeping positions, including side, back, stomach or a combination of them. Side sleepers should get the pressure relief they need, while stomach sleepers and back sleepers should feel properly supported.

You want your mattress to be suitable for your body type, or the bed might not last as long as you expect it to. Beds without a strong foundation in the base layer wear and tear easier than hybrid mattresses and are less supportive.

With that in mind, Leesa isn’t the best for people over 230 pounds because of its all-foam construction. Leesa makes a hybrid mattress that is recommended for people over that weight range, and you can find it on its website. Check out our list of the best mattresses for heavier people to see even more options.

Leesa is priced about average compared with the most popular bed-in-a-box brands like Casper and Purple, or a hair more expensive. You can get a twin-size mattress for around $849, and prices max out at $1,599 for a California king size. However, it’s pretty common that the brand gives you a discount, especially around holidays like Memorial Day and Black Friday.

Online mattress brands know you’re taking more of a risk by buying a mattress virtually, so they try to give you incentives. With Leesa, you’ll get free shipping, a 10-year warranty and a 100-night sleep trial. You can also choose white-glove delivery, which means it’ll remove your old mattress and set up your new one for you.

For a safe, comfortable foam mattress, the Leesa Original mattress is a good pick. It’s hard not to like because it’s right in the sweet spot between soft and firm, and the foam is just generally comfortable. It’s not syrupy like some memory foams, nor is it supple and bouncy like latex foam mattresses. It’s plush and supportive, and generally a good bed for people under 230 pounds.

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