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Leesa - Limited Durability?

Review by Andy David
Mattress expert Updated Nov 2019

Summary

  • Leesa is a good quality, affordable memory foam mattress. It is best for average weight back and side sleepers. Heavy people and strict stomach sleepers get better support on hybrid mattresses.
  • There are some questions about the long-term durability of the mattress. The foam materials can soften and start to sink and sag. This can lead to back pain for sleepers of average and heavy bodyweight.
  • Similar mattresses like Nectar are more durable and better value. Shoppers can buy a queen-size Nectar mattress for $799. But for guaranteed long-term durability, it is best to consider hybrid or latex mattresses.

Does Leesa have quality problems?

Leesa is a good quality, USA-made memory foam mattress. It provides decent support for most lightweight and average weight sleepers.

But there are some concerns about durability. The foam materials can soften and cause the mattress to sag over time. This is typical of many foam mattresses.

Some people may find the mattress sinks in the middle or around the edge of the bed. When the mattress loses support, sleepers can quickly develop back pain.

The reason for this is simple: poor spine alignment causes back pain. Back, side and stomach sleepers can all develop pain due to bad support.

More durable, better value mattresses like Nectar are worth considering. And with a 365-night risk-free trial, customers can test Nectar for longer.

Who is the mattress best for?

  • Back Sleepers – Lightweight and average weight back sleepers get good lumbar support. Leesa keeps most people afloat to prevent back pain. But heavy sleepers over 250 lbs will need the support of a hybrid mattress.
  • Side Sleepers – Average weight side sleepers enjoy good pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. Lightweight side sleepers who prefer a firmer feel will also like Leesa. Most heavy side sleepers need a more supportive mattress.
  • Combination Sleepers – Leesa has a responsive feel that responds quickly to pressure. It does not hug the body as much as some foam mattresses. Combo sleepers can switch positions without feeling “stuck in the mud”.
  • Value Shoppers – At $849 for queen-size, Leesa is a great value mattress. Customers benefit from non-toxic CertiPUR-US foams and USA construction. Leesa is cheaper than in-store mattresses of similar quality.

Who should avoid this mattress?

  • People Who Like Classic Memory Foam – The hybrid design and responsiveness feels different from classic memory foam. People who want a body-hugging feel should choose Nectar or Tuft & Needle.
  • People On A Low Budget – Signature is a great value hybrid mattress. But the price is higher than some budget brands. Options like Nectar are more affordable, good quality, and suitable for individuals and couples.

Who should avoid this mattress?

  • Heavy People – Heavy weight sleepers over 250 lbs need better support. Heavy people will sink too far down and develop back pain. Especially heavy stomach sleepers who need better support for the hips.
  • Stomach Sleepers – Strict stomach sleepers should avoid Leesa. The mattress only has enough support for lightweight stomach sleepers. But combination sleepers who occasionally sleep on their stomach should be okay.
  • Hot Sleepers – Hot sleepers will not benefit from Leesa’s all-foam construction. The mattress sleeps cooler than classic memory foam beds. But better cooling can be found on hybrid and latex mattresses.
  • Allergy Sufferers – People with allergies or breathing difficulties may want to avoid Leesa. The off-gassing smell is strong and can last for a few days. 100% organic latex mattresses are a better choice for allergy sufferers.

Side Sleepers

  • Leesa works best for average weight side sleepers. The mattress has two comfort layers that cushion the hips and shoulders. Most average weight side sleepers will benefit from joint pain relief.
  • Lightweight and petite side sleepers can find Leesa too firm. Tuft & Needle and Nectar are good quality, softer alternatives. But lightweight side sleepers who like a responsive, firmer feel might like Leesa.
  • Heavy weight side sleepers should avoid Leesa. The mattress can soften and sink too far down. Heavy people will eventually push through the layers and develop back or hip and shoulder pain.

Back Pain Relief

  • Leesa provides decent back pain relief for lightweight and average weight sleepers. Back sleepers get good lumbar support and weight distribution. Side sleepers enjoy good spinal alignment (important for back pain relief).
  • The memory foam material can soften over time. There are reports of the mattress sagging around the middle and edge of the bed. This can lead to poor spinal alignment and back pain complaints.
  • Most stomach sleepers will develop back pain over time. Only lightweight stomach sleepers should choose Leesa. Average and heavy stomach sleepers will find their hips and abdomen sink too far down.

Couples

  • Leesa supports most lightweight and average weight couples. But the mattress can soften around the middle and edge of the bed. Couples who need long-term durability should choose a hybrid mattress.
  • Motion isolation is good for couples who toss and turn. The upper foam layers reduce motion transfer well. People can switch positions during the night and not disturb their partner.
  • The mattress is decent for sexually active couples. Leesa has a responsive foam feel that makes moving around easy. There is some bounce but not as much as on hybrid or innerspring mattresses.
  • Heavy couples should avoid Leesa. The mattress does not give the required amount of support. Reports of the foam material softening and sagging mean hybrid mattresses are a better option.

Heavy People

  • Leesa supports slightly overweight back and side sleepers. But most heavy people over 250 lbs should choose another brand. The all-foam construction softens over time, leading to back pain for heavy weight sleepers.
  • Heavy stomach sleepers should avoid Leesa. The mattress does not give enough support for the hips and abdomen. This causes the spine to become misaligned. Heavy stomach sleepers will develop back and neck pain on Leesa.

Comparisons

Nectar is more affordable and has a longer trial and warranty. Leesa is made in the USA but suffers from more durability problems.

Better Value – Nectar costs $799 for queen-size while Leesa is $849. Nectar is better value with increased durability and a longer trial and warranty. Shoppers on a low budget get a cheaper price and more for their money. 

Better Durability – Nectar is more durable than Leesa. There are more customer reports of softening and sagging on Leesa. The extra layer of foam on Nectar provides increased pressure relief for side sleepers and better back support.

Better For Side Sleepers – Side sleepers prefer Nectar’s classic memory foam feel. The mattress hugs the curves of the body more. Leesa has a responsive feel that lightweight side sleepers sometimes dislike. 

Made In China – Nectar is made in China from quality memory foam materials. Leesa is made in the USA and costs a little more. Shoppers who prefer American-made mattresses should consider Leesa over Nectar.

Taller Height/Thickness – Nectar’s 11-inch height is taller than Leesa’s 10 inches. This makes Nectar more supportive for couples and heavier sleepers. Side sleepers who find Leesa too firm may prefer Nectar’s extra cushioning depth.

Longer Trial & Warranty – Nectar comes with a 365-night risk-free trial and lifetime warranty. Leesa has a 100-night risk-free trial and 10-year warranty. Shoppers who want more time to test out the mattress should choose Nectar.

Nectar Review: See Review

Purple’s unique feel takes longer to get used to. Leesa is cheaper and easier to adapt to. Both mattresses have some durability concerns.

Unique Feel – Purple’s “Purple Grid” layer has a unique feel that can take a while to get used to. Not everybody finds the Purple mattress comfortable. Leesa has a responsive foam feel that is easier to adapt to.

Similar Firmness – Both Purple and Leesa have a medium firmness. This is about 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Average weight back and side sleepers benefit most from the Purple and Leesa mattress.

Better Cooling – Purple’s grid-like design has better airflow than Leesa’s proprietary foam. This allows hot sleepers to stay cooler on warm nights. But better cooling can be found on hybrid mattresses like Purple Hybrid and Brooklyn Bedding Aurora.

Similar Durability – Purple and Leesa have a similar level of durability. Both mattresses can soften and sag over time. Average and heavy people are more likely to experience sagging than lightweight sleepers.

More Expensive – Purple costs $1,099 for queen-size while Leesa is cheaper at $849. Shoppers on a low budget may prefer Leesa’s affordable price. But Nectar is a better value, more durable option at $799 for queen-size.

Similar Trial & Warranty  – Both Purple and Leesa have the same trial and warranty period. Customers get a 100-night risk-free trial and a 10-year warranty. A full refund is available if either mattress is unsuitable.

Purple Review: See Review

Tuft & Needle’s lower price is better for value shoppers. Leesa costs more but is better suited to average weight sleepers who like a firmer feel.

More Affordable – Tuft & Needle is better for value shoppers with a price of $595 for queen-size. Leesa is more expensive and retails at $849 for queen-size. Both mattresses have a similar level of quality and durability.

Better For Lightweight Side Sleepers – Tuft & Needle has a softer memory foam feel than Leesa. This makes it better for lightweight side sleepers. Leesa’s foam provides less pressure relief for the hips and shoulders.

Same Trial & Warranty – Both Tuft & Needle and Leesa come with a 100-night risk-free trial and a 10-year warranty. This is typical for most online mattress-in-a-box brands. But companies like Nectar have a 365-night risk-free trial and lifetime warranty.

Less Support For Heavy People – Tuft & Needle has the same 10-inch height as Leesa. But Tuft & Needle has 2 foam layers (Leesa has 3). The extra layer on Leesa provides more pressure relief and back support for heavier people.

Made In USA – Tuft & Needle and Leesa are both made in the USA from quality materials. But there are some durability concerns with both mattresses. Heavy people, in particular, will experience sinking and sagging over time.

Similar Cooling – Tuft & Needle has a graphite-infused foam layer to help with cooling. Leesa’s proprietary foam is responsive and sleeps cooler than classic memory foam. But both mattresses are not recommended for hot sleepers.

Tuft & Needle Review: See Review

FAQs

Leesa provides back pain relief for lightweight and average weight sleepers. But the foam materials can soften over time. This can lead to backache and other complaints.

The mattress works well for most average weight side sleepers. Lightweight side sleepers may need a softer mattress. Heavy side sleepers need the support of a hybrid mattress.

The mattress has a medium firmness. About 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. This provides a happy medium between too soft and too firm.

Leesa has a 10-inch thickness. This is average for most mattress-in-a-box brands. But shoppers can get 11-inch thickness with the Nectar mattress.

Hot sleepers should avoid Leesa. Although the foam is responsive, it provides little cooling benefits. Better temperature regulation can be found on hybrid mattresses.

Summary

Overall rating
3.1 out of 5
Rated & Review by
Andy David

Shoppers wanting a good value, supportive foam mattress should consider Leesa. The medium firmness works well for lightweight and average weight sleepers. But there is concern about the long-term durability of the mattress.

Key reasons to buy and not buy:

Good Value Mattress – Leesa is a good value, supportive memory foam mattress. But people can get better durability and a lower price with Nectar.

Limited Durability – There are some concerns about the durability of the materials. Customers report softening and sagging over time (leading to back pain).

Good For Combo Sleepers – Leesa is a good option for combo sleepers on a low budget. The responsive foam is easy to switch positions on.

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