Leesa Mattress Review: An honest review

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A Leesa hybrid mattress on a wooden bed frame in a guest room.Photo: Sarah Kobos

Our choice

Leesa Hybrid

The Leesa Hybrid combines the best parts of memory foam and innerspring mattresses. It also has thicker, softer coverage than the competition.

Do we recommend it? Yes.

For who it is: The Leesa Hybrid is a bed we believe will enjoy side, back and stomach sleepers. It should also work well for people of any weight.

How it feels: This medium firm mattress offers a loose hug and a touch of bounce. I found it on the middle side of medium firm, but soft mattress lovers found it to be quite firm which made sleeping on the side difficult.

What we like: The 11 inch thick Leesa Hybrid (formerly called Leesa Sapira) creates a balance between a spring mattress and a foam mattress. More than 1,000 6-inch coils add a little bounce, and above them three layers of foam provide pressure relief. We believe this bed should have a 10 year warranty as the top layer (which is usually most susceptible to wear and tear) is made from 3 pounds per cubic foot of polyurethane foam (also known as poly foam). Although its “cooling” (i.e., punched) design may affect durability slightly, the Leesa Hybrid’s polyfoam is denser than the 2 pounds per cubic foot minimum that the experts we spoke to for our guide to buying mattresses have to be sufficient for most sleepers (including those who weigh more than 200 pounds). The lower memory foam layer is also a sturdy 4 pounds per cubic foot.

In our 2019 blind test, 35 people tested four hybrid mattresses, and 21 of them selected the Leesa Hybrid as a favorite or runner-up. This was only a small part of the 22 who opted for the Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid), and significantly more than the 16 voices for the Casper Hybrid and the 11 voices for the Casper Wave Hybrid. At the beginning of 2020, in an additional test for our foam and hybrid mattress guide, we compared the Leesa Hybrid with the Tempur-Adapt, the Helix Plus and the BedInABox Dual Hybrid. The Leesa landed at the top of the list again. 21 of 29 testers chose them as their favorite or second favorite in the category.

I slept on this mattress for a week in 2018 when it was called Sapira. While the current hybrid offers a bit more compliance, the components are the same, and we believe the home experience would be similar between the two. Neither my husband nor I slept hot, and heat retention wasn’t a common complaint in any of the owner reviews we analyzed. The edge brace was strong enough to keep me from sliding off when my son found his way to bed in the middle of the night.

An employee who has had the Leesa hybrid mattress in his guest room for a year and sleeps on it about three days a week had similar opinions: “The spring underneath gives it elasticity and supports the edges,” he said. He found it comfortable regardless of his sleeping position, and he described the surface as more conformable than soft.

A person sitting on the edge of a Leesa hybrid mattress. We like the robust edge support of the Leesa Hybrid. Photo: Sarah Kobos

If you decide between the Leesa Hybrid and the cheaper all-foam Leesa Original, we believe the Hybrid is the better choice for a more resistant surface that makes it easier to move positions. It’s also a safer bet when you need a more stable mattress. The foams in the hybrid are denser and therefore less prone to body marks and sagging. The springs give the bed an extra feeling of support. I spoke to two Leesa Original owners who later tried the hybrid in my apartment and they said the hybrid felt “more solid” than their own mattresses. I’m taller and heavier (5 feet 7 inches and 128 pounds) than the two owners of Leesa Original, but I felt the same way.

A higher foam density also makes the Leesa Hybrid one of our recommended mattresses for people weighing more than 200 pounds. Only seven participants in our 2019 test and five participants in our 2020 test fell into this weight class, making it difficult to draw any definitive conclusions. In both tests, all but one of the testers, who fell into this weight class, chose the Leesa Hybrid either as their favorite or as runner-up in the hybrid category.

If you prefer a sturdy mattress with more memory foam hug and less motion transfer, you may be happier with the Tempur-Adapt (Medium Hybrid), which is also one of our favorites in the $ 1,000+ range and has a similar foam density to the Leesa Hybrid. If you want a more bouncy plus feel (and have a flexible budget) try the Leesa Legend.

What we don’t like: The Leesa Hybrid enabled more movement to be transmitted than our other favorite hybrid, the Tempur-Adapt. So if you are sensitive to someone throwing and turning, the Leesa Hybrid may not be the mattress for you.

While we believe the Leesa Hybrid should be able to withstand people weighing more than 200 pounds, comfort and support depend on personal preference and a person’s specific weight distribution. Heavier people may prefer something more solid. For example, one of our co-workers, who weighs around 120 pounds, had and loved the hybrid for two years, but her 240-pound partner developed back problems while sleeping on it. (They have since switched to Tempur-LuxeAdapt, an updated version of the Tempur-Adapt, and both of them are happy with this choice.)

The top layer of foam on the Leesa Hybrid may also be too mushy for people who prefer spring mattresses: A Wirecutter employee who normally sleeps on a spring mattress recently carried out a test with the Leesa Hybrid and returned it because it “got stuck” and unable to move felt positions easily. If you are more of a spring core person, we recommend the Saatva Classic mattress, a spring core bed that you can easily order online.

Online reviews on the Leesa website from August 2020 through January 2021 determine the amount of perceived firmness, but three times as many people described the Leesa Hybrid as firm (12) versus soft (four). While firmness is subjective, it suggests that those who insist on a very soft mattress may not find this mattress appealing. Justin Redman, Wirecutter’s Associate Sleep Writer, prefers softer mattresses. He slept at home on the Hybrid for a week and found it generally uncomfortable to want more pressure relief on his shoulders.

Strength issues aside, outgassing was the second most common complaint in owner reviews. We recommend ventilating this bed in a separate room with the window open for a few days before sleeping on it.

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