The 3 Biggest Mistakes Leesa Mattress Buyers Make

Leesa mattress buyer's mistake made by Madame Récamier

Get answers about firmness, odors, sleep positions, and more in this Leesa mattress review. Learn how to avoid the biggest shopping errors you can make when buying this factory direct bed. Discover twenty-one important facts about what types of sleepers it's made for, the warranty and the company before you purchase. And finally see how it compares to five of its biggest competitors from Casper to Tempurpedic.

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1) leesa mattress Trial Period Confusion

Don’t screw this up if you want to be able to try a different bed

You can have a great mattress buying experience even if you decide you don’t want the first one you buy. But only if you don’t get confused by the trial period details. And it is very easy to get that mixed up. Because the return policy of this mattress on Amazon recently changed and is much longer than most other goods sold at that company.

Leesa's LONG Return period on Amazon - The Amazon return/trial period is 100 days. Really. I confirmed this by phone with both Amazon and Leesa. But since this is NOT Amazon's standard 30 day policy, document it. This will help you in the event that you don't like it, want to return it, and you get an uncooperative Amazon return specialist 'helping' you.

  1. Take a screen shot of the Amazon Leesa mattress page with the "100 Night Trial" part of the product title showing as well as the price that you paid.
  2. Print the screen shot out and keep it with your warranty and payment information.
  3. Keep a digital copy in case you need to send it to Amazon.
  4. To initiate a return, visit Amazon's Online Return Center to request a return authorization from the seller.

If you're having problems with the standard online return center, call 866-216-1072 and ask to talk to a “Large Items” person to get your return started. Don't kill yourself trying to re-compress the mattress. Follow their instructions. Amazon will arrange for the pickup and transportation.

Of course, Leesa wants your experience with their bed to be “love at first night.” People can usually tell within two weeks if a mattress or bed will work for them. If you can't sleep easily after a month, DON'T spend 3 months being miserable just because you think that you'll magically change your mind after 89 days.

Return details

  • $100 return fee if you live in Alaska or Hawaii
  • The manufacturer coordinates the pickup from your home
  • You get a 100% refund once it has been picked up


The mattress cover, though lovely to look at and feel, is not removable and therefore not washable.


Pointing finger to rest of Leesa facts

Because you won’t discover 21 important characteristics, shipping and warranty facts about the Leesa bed or how it compares to its 5 major competitors. So keep reading and find out…


Firmness (Fact #1)

Medium-firm - On a firmness scale of 0-10 (soft to firm) it’s about a 6 out of 10.

Motion isolation (Fact #2)

The Leesa mattress has good motion isolation properties. You won’t fall into a valley towards your partner. They won’t wake you up when they get in or out of bed. You won’t notice when your pets jump onto the bed and turn around three times to get settled.

Is there support at the edge of the Leesa mattress? (Fact #3)

It’s not the same as the edge of an inner spring that has a thick wire inside the edge part. When you sit on the edge it will compress three or four inches if you are an male of average weight.

How does it hold up over time? (Fact #4)

The manufacturer says to expect it to soften a bit after a year, and some buyers have said that it does. But if it gets actual dents or “body shadows” more than an inch deep, that is a defect that is covered under warranty.

Can I turn it over for even wear? (Fact #5)

No, you can’t. Like most memory foam mattresses, the Leesa mattress has a sleeping side and a support side. They are easy to tell apart. Rotate it, though, every month or two to avoid developing dents.


No. You can use any flat rigid surface. The warranty says you need to use a “matching, solid foundation, base, or frame substantial enough to support the mattress and occupant(s).”  (Fact #6)

According to a rep of the manufacturer, you can even use it on a Murphy bed or a wall bed (which you can make yourself with a DIY kit) to turn an office or den into a guest room.

How long does it take to expand? (Fact #7)

You should let it expand for up to 60 minutes before sleeping on it. After several days it will reach its full firmness.

Can you collapse it again for moving? (Fact #8)

No, you have to move it the way it is unless you have an industrial strength vacuum sucker. It’s lighter than most mattresses but it can be floppy and doesn’t have handles. 


No. On top, above the memory foam layer, is a layer of Leesa’s Avena™ foam. It’s not latex but it’s similar and it has more spring and airflow than memory foam. You don’t need to worry about night sweats or waking up because the bed is too hot. (Fact #9)

Will it get hard or cold in winter? (Fact #10)

No more than any other memory foam. Note: representatives of the manufacturer don’t recommend sleeping on top of heating pads or heated blankets because they don’t know what effect the extra heat from your particular appliance may have on how the mattress reacts. 


Some people mention a faint odor or off-gassing that disappears within a few hours or days. This might just be the plastic packaging it came in though. Get that stuff out of your bedroom ASAP.

If there is a chemical odor strong enough to bother you and it lasts for more than a week, you should call to return it, and don’t be shy about it. You may have a chemical sensitivity or maybe you got a mattress that was made on a Monday. (Fact #11)


What sleep positions is it best for? (Fact #12)

  • It’s best for back sleepers unless they want a super-firm mattress
  • It’s good for stomach sleepers too, but heavier people may sink in too far to find it comfortable
  • It’s too firm for some side sleepers

Is it good for heavy/light people? (Fact #13)

The Leesa mattress is designed for people who weigh up to 300 lbs. But it might not be comfortable enough or last as long if you weigh more than 200 lbs.

People under 110 lbs may not exert enough pressure and therefore find it too firm.

Can I sit up in bed to read or watch TV? (Fact #14)

Yes, you can. You won’t make enough of a dent to affect the comfort of your mattress.

Is it good for children? (Fact #15)

Memory foam mattresses are not recommended for infants under one year old even though they might find it comfy. One reason is that they would be breathing chemicals. It’s fine for toddlers and older kids if they are in good health.

What about dust mites and allergens? (Fact #16)

It’s more resistant to dust mites than regular coil mattresses. The Avena foam is hypo-allergenic.


Leesa bed layers and construction

Here's how the Leesa mattress sleep system is constructed: (Fact #17)

  • Polyester-lycra cover
  •      Cool and soft, seamless
  •      Not removable
  •      Get a waterproof mattress protector
  • 2” Avena foam on top (3.6 lb/ft density)
  •      Airflow, coolness, bounce
  • 2” memory foam in the middle (3 lb/ft density)
  •      Body contouring and pressure relief
  • 6” high density support foam on the bottom
  •      Strength, durability, support (1.8 lb/ft density)

Does it contain latex? (Fact #18)

No it doesn’t. Avena foam has latex qualities though it is more durable. It’s actually polyurethane.

  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • No ozone depleters, PBDE flame retardants, mercury, lead, other heavy metals, formaldehyde, or phthalates
  • Low VOCs (volatile organic compound)

What sizes and models does it come in? (Fact #19)

There is only one model and it comes in the following standard sizes:

  • Twin
  • Twin XL
  • Queen
  • King
  • California King


Leesa has a 10-year full replacement limited warranty (for defects). An indentation bigger than 1 inch qualifies as a defect. And the warranty is void if the mattress was not supported on a rigid flat foundation. (Fact #20)

Can I get it through international or APO (Army) shipping? (Fact #21)



All of the mattresses compared here have their fans. Which one is better for you is a matter of preference. We have pointed out differences, some of which are very subtle.


The Leesa is a bit better for coolness on top because of the breathability of the Avena top foam layer. It’s also marginally better for minimal horizontal motion transfer. 

Both are 10” mattresses but the Casper’s base is 1” higher, which means a bit less specialty foam on the Casper. 

The Casper has a softer top layer and firmer next layer. With the Leesa, the “sinking in” feels more gradual. The Casper feels softer, but the Leesa contours better.

The Leesa has a nicer cover. The Casper is slightly less expensive. 

Loom & Leaf vs Leesa

Loom & Leaf’s trial period is only 75 days versus 100, but both are more than enough time to decide if a mattress is right for you. The L&L has a 15 year warranty rather than the standard 10 year warranty that comes with the Leesa. 

The Loom & Leaf uses plant-based foams, natural thistle flame retardant, and the cover is made of organic cotton. All of these make it more expensive though.

The Leesa is 10” thick and the L&L is 12” thick. The Loom & Leaf provides more compression support The Leesa is sleeker looking. 

The Leesa is medium-firm (6/10) and the Loom & Leaf is the only mattress reviewed here that offers more than one model: medium-firm (6/10) and firm (8/10).

The Leesa comes compressed in a box and the Loom & Leaf is delivered and set up for you.

Purple vs Leesa

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Both are medium-firm with the Purple being just a tad firmer.

The Leesa has the 2” Avena top layer, which is similar to latex for comfort and coolness, and it has the Lyrca cover. The Purple has a 2” hyper-elastic polymer top layer which is also similar to latex, but it one of the coolest mattresses ever. The polymer is put together in a way that optimizes airflow and the polymer itself doesn’t retain heat.

The biggest point in choosing between these mattresses is your weight: The Leesa is more consistent for different weights of people. The Purple is better appreciated by people over 150 lbs who will engage better with the polymer to get that “hug.”

The Leesa is less expensive.

Tuft & Needle vs Leesa

There's a more extensive review on this bed here. But both are medium-firm with the Tuft & Needle being a bit firmer (6/10 for Leesa and 7/10 for T&N).

The Tuft & Needle is quite inexpensive for such a good mattress.   

The Leesa has more of the specialty foam, which gives a softer feel and is comfortable for most side sleepers and those that are heavier. It also has a much nicer cover. 

TempurPedic Flex Supreme vs Leesa

For starters, the TempurPedic mattresses are much more expensive than the other mattresses reviewed here. But it is with good reason that they are the mattresses that others are compared to. 

Like the Loom & Leaf, the Tempur-Flex Supreme doesn’t come compressed in a box. It comes with a crew who will set it up for you. 

The TempurPedic is thicker than the Leesa (11.5” rather than 10”) and the cover is removable. 

The Leesa is slightly firmer (6/10 versus 5/10) but the TempurPedic is fabulous for people who want to sink down deeper. 

TempurPedic, as a policy, doesn’t describe their construction materials. It also doesn’t offer a money back guarantee – you can only exchange it, and there is a charge for that. 

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