Hello there, fellow side sleeper! I’m a side sleeper, too! And, according to a report from BBC news, so is a good majority of the population.
I live with 3 clingy dogs and they all sleep with me on my bed. It’s sweet and all but, you know what? It also means night after night of me sleeping in weird positions. One minute, I’m laying flat on my back and the next, I’m twisted like a pretzel.
I’ve been waking up feeling all sorts of sore because of this and it’s taking a toll on my body. Sometimes it’s my neck that feels stiff, other times it’s my hips and shoulders, but most times, it’s my back that takes the brunt of the damage.
The Leesa Mattress with its multiple layers of foam, including their trademarked LSA-200 Foam Technology, seems like it would be great for pressure relief and comfort, making it a great bed for awkward sleepers like me!
Overview of the Leesa Mattress
All in all, the Leesa Mattress has a height of 10 inches comprised of 3 different layers:
- Memory foam
- High-density foam
Compared to its previous version which uses Avena foam, the latest iteration of the Leesa Mattress now uses its very own foam (LSA-200™).
Each of the layers serve a different purpose but overall, the design is meant to give you a comfortable night’s sleep with minimal pressure and soft support regardless if you sleep on your back, your stomach, or your side.
Personally, I do believe its design is suitable for all sleeping types. However, that’s also pretty much what every other brand of mattress promises. Casper’s “The Casper”, for instance, is advertised to be loved by all types of sleepers.
So, what makes the Leesa Mattress different?
SPOILER ALERT! It’s all in the foam
Let’s take a deeper look.
Main features and benefits
Layer #1 – LSA-200™
The LSA-200 foam is the topmost layer of the mattress and is 2 inches thick. It’s also the only change the brand made since the last model which, instead, featured avena foam.
In case you didn’t know, the avena foam is basically a foam shaped like an egg crate with a bunch of holes in it. This generally makes for cooler beds but simply because there’s not much material in it, it might not be the most durable choice.
On the other hand, I believe the LSA-200 should be the more durable option. It’s also better for side sleepers while still being comfortable for those of you who sleep on your back or on your bellies.
The one disadvantage I see in this change, however, is that the LSA200 might not be as cool as the avena foam. Although the foam has a microcell structure which supposedly increases airflow, it probably still isn’t as airy as its predecessor.
Layer #2 – Memory foam
The middle layer is where you’ll find the mattresses’ 2-inch thick memory foam layer.
As with all other memory foams, this layer is here to help evenly distribute your weight for pressure relief and full-body support. Without it, you’d have more days waking up sore.
Layer #3 – Support form
The 3rd and last layer of the Leesa Mattress is its support foam. Consequently, it’s also the thickest layer at 6 inches.
Leesa boasts this layer as having “zero motion transfer”. I honestly can’t say for sure if movements are absolutely and completely isolated but in any case, this is a great feature to have particularly if you and your partner (or, in my case, dogs) sleep on the same bed. If one of you moves, the other likely won’t be disturbed.
Other features and benefits of the Leesa Mattress
- 100-night mattress trial – You have 100 days to decide if you like the mattress or not. If in case you don’t, you can always return it for free and get all of your money back.
- Free shipping – Not only do you get to return it for free, getting it shipped right at your doorstep doesn’t cost a single penny, too!
- Aesthetically pleasing – A beautiful gray upholstered sheet with 4 solid white stripes covers all 3 layers. It honestly looks as if it doesn’t need bed sheets (although I wouldn’t recommend it because, you know… it’s unhygienic).
Affordable – Compared to most of its competition, the Leesa Mattress’ price seems easier on the wallet.
What do other people say about the Leesa Mattress?
I checked out what other people have to say about their own Leesa Mattresses and it’s generally what I expected: mostly positive reviews with a few bad ones mixed every so often (I don’t have the actual statistics but I’d say about 85% of the reviews I read were positive).
Here’s what the positive reviews say:
- It’s comfortable
- No more hip and shoulder pains for side sleepers
- No more lower back pain
- They don’t wake up every time their partner moves
- No foam tops needed. The firmness is right just as it is.
- Great customer service
Here’s the gist of the negative reviews:
- Off-gas may take weeks to dissipate
- It might be too firm for lighter people. In this case, a foam topper might help solve the issue.
- Some people still experience shoulders, hips, and back aches. This happened particularly more to lighter people.
- The mattress can get too hot.
- Not enough edge support. This means it might not be comfortable when you’re sitting on the edge of the mattress – like when you’re tying your shoe or have back problems and you have to sit before you get up, for example.
Reviews and assumptions like these are almost exclusively subjective, however, so take them all with a grain of salt.
My recommendation – Should you buy the Leesa Mattress?
From the info we’ve gathered here, I think there are a few things you need to consider before purchasing this mattress:
- How much do you weigh?
- How often do you find yourself sitting on the edge of the bed?
- What room do you plan on putting your Leesa Mattress in? Is it well ventilated?
- How much of a factor is cooling to you?
These are questions that you need to ask yourself before pressing the checkout button because, the way I see it, these are also the factors that could make or break your experience.
That being said, I’d recommend this mattress to:
- People who are anywhere near average weight. The medium-firm foam might feel like concrete to people who weigh less.
- People who don’t usually use the edge of the bed to sit down. The lack of edge support might make a few activities uncomfortable. For instance, wouldn’t it destroy the moment if you were being intimate with your partner and you sink down to the bottom of the bed when you’re kissing? I don’t know about you but that just sucks.
- People with well-ventilated rooms (and perhaps an extra room just in case). Based on the reviews, the off-gassing can be nearly intolerable and it could last anywhere from days to weeks. Having a good set of windows can help but, to me, having an extra room where you can wait it out helps make things so much easier.
- People who live in cooler climates (or those with cooler rooms). Compared to its previous version, the new LSA-200 might not be as good with keeping the mattress cool and comfortable.
If all these match your profile, then I believe you’d have a wonderful time with the Leesa Mattress. It likely wouldn’t even matter what type of position you sleep in.
Are there any other options?
The Leesa Mattress isn’t the only multi-layered mattress that’s designed to accommodate all types of sleeping positions. So, yeah, there are other options.
Here are some of them:
Like the Leesa Mattress, the Casper Mattress uses multiple layers to fit all types of sleepers:
- Breathable, open cell foam (1st layer) – Designed to help keep you cool
- Pressure relieving foam (2nd layer) – Helps distribute your weight to relieve pressure in key areas
- Zoned Support™ (3rd layer) – For even more pressure relief, support, and comfort.
This mattress is a bit more expensive but it also comes with a limited 10-year warranty.
Unlike the Leesa Mattress, the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress comes with four layers (well, five if you include the bottom layer which is pretty much a cover that helps keep everything in place):
- Quilted gel memory foam + cooling cover (1st layer) – Contours your body and helps keep it cool
- Gel memory foam (2nd layer) – Adds even more pressure relief and cooling
- Adaptive hi core memory foam (3rd layer) – Makes the mattress feel bouncy
- Breathable base layer (4th layer) – Supports all the other layers on top of it while adding more comfort and support
The entire thing has a medium-firm feel to it. Moreover, you get an entire year (365 days) to decide if you want to keep it or return it, and its warranty also lasts a lifetime.
The Layla Memory Foam Mattress is one of the more unique mattresses I’ve seen. It’s similar to the competition in that it uses multiple layers of foam but here’s what makes it different:
- Each side of the mattress has different levels of firmness. The side covered in gray/black fabric feels firm (better for stomach sleepers) whereas the side covered in white feels soft (better for side and back sleepers). Just flip it over to the side that matches your needs.
- It infuses its memory foam with copper. Supposedly, this is to help accelerate heat transfer so your of the bed stays cool. The copper also adds antimicrobial and odor reducing properties.
The mattress comes with a lifetime warranty and a 120-nights money back guarantee.
The T&N Original Mattress only has 2 layers but it’s the technology in those layers that make it special.
In particular, the mattress adds graphite and cooling gel to its open-cell foam to help keep you cool while you sleep. Theoretically, the graphite pulls heat away from your body, the cooling gel traps the heat, and the open-cell foam dissipates that heat to the side of the mattress.
The mattress has a medium-firm feel to it and comes with a 100-night trial and a 10-year warranty. Furthermore, it’s also one of the cheaper options.
The Saatva Classic Mattress is on the pricier end of the scale but it’s also built quite differently than these other mattresses.
In particular, it’s bottom layer is made up of 884 tempered steel coils. Above them are even more coils (416 to be exact) that are individually wrapped for comfort. Both layers help maximize the mattress’ breathability and minimize motion transfer.
Another thing that sets it apart is its perimeter edge support which helps keep the mattress from sagging and, ultimately, making it more durable.
The bottom line
Overall, I’d give the Leesa mattress a grade of B.
For its price, it gives you great value for your money. It has the specs to make all sorts of sleeping positions comfortable given that you weigh just right. Plus, it’s likely even more durable than its previous model.
Having said that, I think it would be a great idea to at least give this mattress a try. After all, Leesa is giving you a 100-day trial period to decide if you want to keep it.
When you’re a little heavier than most people, finding a suitable mattress can be quite the challenge. The mattresses that most other people find great just aren’t comfortable – you sink in way too much, you sweat, and you wake up with aches and pains all over your body.
Good mattresses are generally expensive. And, if you’re looking for luxury, you’re likely going to have to pay even more. So, if you’re on a budget