In this article I’m going to be reviewing the Leesa Original mattress .
I’m going to give you my opinion on what the Leesa feels like, put it through some tests, talk about the pros and cons and then go over the materials.
I’m also going to answer some frequently asked questions and tell you a few details about the Leesa policies.
Let’s get into what the Leesa Original mattress is all about.
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I would say that the lease is a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, which is just a bit firmer than medium firm, so this mattress is a really good choice for back sleepers because they’re going to get that support they need, while at the same time getting some nice pressure relief in the lumbar region, which is really helpful for alleviating back pain. The Leesa does this by having two softer foam layers on top of its poly foam layer.
It’s an all-foam mattress, so you’re only getting foam layers.
On the top layer you have a breathable foam and then below that you have a memory foam, which makes it a really good option for hot sleepers because memory foam does have the tendency to trap a bit of heat and this top layer of breathable foam still gives you that nice pressure relief but also gives you that cooling feeling.
Overall I would say it’s a great mattress for back sleepers and great for hot sleepers.
I would say that the Leesa Original is probably a bit too soft for stomach sleepers. They’re going to want something just a bit firmer so that their hips are going to stay in neutral alignment with their shoulders.
I would also say side sleepers probably want something just a bit softer because when you’re sleeping on your side on the Leesa, personally I felt that my hip and shoulder weren’t exactly sinking in as much as I would like. But it might be a bit different for you if you are a heavier person.
Now let’s talk about how Leesa Original mattress performed on some tests because that’s going to give you a more objective view of how this mattress really feels.
The first test that I want to tell you is my pressure map test.
Basically the way I do a pressure map test is I use something called a pressure map. I lay it down on the bed and then I lay on it in a series of positions: on my stomach, on my side and on my back.
What this map shows me is a color range of pressure: blue means that it’s low pressure, green means it’s middle, and then red is high pressure.
First up is how it performed on my stomach. For my stomach it was mostly blue. That means I wasn’t really putting too much pressure in one part of the mattress or the other, but again, someone heavier would probably sink into this mattress a bit more than I did and will probably feel some pressure at their hips.
Next up I want to talk about is the back. The back is the ideal sleeping position for this mattress. It was all blue, which is good results, but I really felt I was getting a little bit of support at the lower back, which is something you really want if you’re a back sleeper.
Last step is the sides. This is the only one where I saw some green and you can feel that because for side sleepers you want something that you sink into just a bit more. I was seeing green on my hips, which means that there was a bit of pressure there.
If you are a side sleeper and you’re looking for that nice pressure relief, I’d recommend that you find something else that’s great for you.
Next test is the bounce test. That’s going to tell how easy it is to move around on this mattress. This mattress is actually pretty low bounce, which is typical for most all foam mattresses. Usually you’re getting a lot of that bounce from the springs, but here we have really low bounce.
So I think that combination sleepers would potentially want to go with something with a bit more bounce.
Next up is the motion transfer test. This mattress actually surprised me with its motion transfer results. I wasn’t exactly expecting them.
In the motion transfer test, I drop a steel ball from three different heights. Four inches, which is meant to simulate your partner moving around on the other side of the bed. Eight inches, which is meant to simulate your partner getting up out of bed and then a foot, which is basically someone jumping on the bed.
This mattress performed quite interestingly on these tests.
I was seeing these high spikes in motion after I dropped the ball at each height, but they were only lasting for like a second.
I actually think that this mattress would be okay for someone who sleeps with someone else in the bed. They might feel something but I think they would only feel it for a very short amount of time.
It’s up to you. If you’re someone who gets really disturbed at night, I would probably go with something with better motion isolation.
Last test s the edge support test, which I basically do by sitting on the side of the bed and laying on the side of the bed.
The Leesa Original in my opinion didn’t perform super well in the edge support test. I felt like I was going to fall off when I was laying on the edge.
I would say if you’re worried about taking advantage of your whole mattress, I would go for something with a bit better edge support.
Below the twill cover that’s covering the mattress, it’s all-foam mattress and it has three distinct levels of foam:
- breathable foam
- memory foam
- high density poly foam
The top foam is what Leesa calls a breathable foam. It has a pretty quick response to pressure, quite a bit quicker than memory foam, which is the layer beneath that has slow response to pressure.
A breathable foam has quite a bit faster response to pressure. Also it’s more breathable than memory foam. Memory foam really tends to trap heat, so by having this breathable layer on top, you’re actually going to be dissipating that body heat a lot faster, which makes this a great option for back sleepers.
The memory foam layer, which is great for pressure relief, gets you a little bit of sinkage, which is really nice.
The bulk of the mattress is taken up by the big layer of high density poly foam, which is pretty firm. A lot firmer than these two previous layers. And that’s what gives this mattress it’s support.
Overall I rank this mattress as a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale and that makes sense with this big high density poly foam layer.
Pros and Cons
Before U finish this review I want to give out a quick pros and cons list that’s going to help you decide whether Leesa Original mattress is good for you or not.
I think it’s a great mattress for back sleepers. That top foam layer is really helpful for lumbar support, which helps ease back pain, especially for back sleepers.
It’s a seven on the firmness scale, which is just a bit firmer than medium firm and that’s sweet spot for back sleepers.
I also think it’s a really good choice for anyone who sleeps hot because it has that breathable layer of foam above the memory foam, so you’re not going to have heat trapped in the same way that you would with a mattress that’s all memory foam.
Overall I think that this mattress is not super bouncy, so I wouldn’t really recommend it to combination sleepers who want to be able to easily move around on their mattress at night.
I actually don’t think it’s soft enough for side sleepers because with this one you just won’t get that right amount of pressure relief that you want.
Lastly it didn’t perform super well on the edge support test. So anyone who is worried about taking advantage of their whole mattress or likes to really sleep on the edge, I would recommend go with something else.
I also want to answer some common questions that I get.
Can you flip the Leesa Original mattress?
No, layers are specifically formulated to be comfortable, with the top side up and the bottom side down. If you’re worried about wear and tear, I would tell you that you can rotate this mattress 180 degrees once every six months.
Do you need a box spring?
No, any hard flat surface will do with this mattress.
Is it hard to set up?
No, the Leesa comes compressed in a box and it’s pretty easy to set up. It will take you five to ten minutes and Leesa recommends giving it a few days to get to its full firmness level before use and any off-gassing should dissipate by that time as well.
Now I want to discuss some of the Leesa policies that you’re probably wondering about before you buy.
It has a 10 year limited warranty, it has a 100 night sleep trial, so you get 100 nights to test it out and it also has free shipping and each mattress is made to order.
It is available in six sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and Cal king.
Prices depend on the size you choose and they range from $799 to $1299. However, Leesa often offers discounts so be sure to check their website for the current pricing. You can typically save between $100 and $200.
At the time of writing this article, 769 out of 872 (88%) reviewers recommend this product.
That’s it for my review of the Leesa Original mattress.
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Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.