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What’s the difference between mattress types?

With so many different types of mattresses on the market and new technologies being released all the time, how do you know which mattress type is right for you? Let’s start with the basics.

Most mattresses can be categorized into a few types:

The Difference is inside

Innerspring, foam, pocket springs — what’s the difference?

An innerpsring mattress features a coil support system. The shape, coil gage and number of coils can vary by mattress. Innerspring mattresses can break down over time and tend to get squeaky with age.

Foam mattresses offer comfort and support through an all-foam make up. There are a few different types of foams used in mattresses, the combination of which offer varying levels of firmness.

A pocket spring mattress offers support through a base layer of pocket springs. Unlike innersprings, pocket springs are individually-wrapped to work independently and offer targeted pressure-relief.

Leesa Mattress Review

The Bottom Line.

  • The Leesa Mattress is a close-conforming, all-foam mattress that alleviates pressure points and relieves pain.
  • With Medium level firmness, the Leesa offers balanced support for most sleepers.
  • The Leesa is silent and absorbs motion well, minimizing sleep disruptions and making it a great choice for couples or sensitive sleepers.

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Leesa Mattress Overview

Leesa is a U.S.-based mattress and bedding company that has been around since 2014. Leesa distinguishes themselves by their commitment to social impact — donating mattresses, planting trees, and volunteering a significant amount every year. They offer a few mattress models, but their original model is the all-foam Leesa Mattress.

The Leesa is a 10 inch thick, mixed-foam mattress with a Medium firmness feel of 5 on the 1 – 10 firmness scale. This mattress features two comfort layers: a top layer of high-density polyfoam and a second layer of low-density memory foam. The support core is made of high-density polyfoam providing a firm base for the conforming comfort layer. The cover on this mattress is woven from a blend of polyester and Lycra® spandex making it fairly breathable and durable.

This review will discuss the construction, performance, and pricing of the Leesa Mattress. We’ll also compare it to similar mattresses and provide an overview of Leesa’s shipping, return, and warranty policies.

Table of Contents

Meet Our Testing Team

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Recommended for.

  • Noise and Motion Sensitive Sleepers. Due to its all-foam construction, the Leesa is a silent mattress with excellent motion isolation. This bed minimizes sleep disruption making it great for sensitive sleepers as well as couples.
  • Sleepers with Chronic or Frequent Back Pain. We found that the Leesa provides excellent pressure relief. It conforms to the sleeper and creates a body-hugging cradle that prevents pressure points from developing while alleviating pain.
  • Sleepers Who Prefer A Body-Hugging Feel. Its softer comfort layer conforms to the body without too much sagging, making it ideal for people who prefer the feeling of sleeping ‘in’ rather than ‘on’ a mattress. Lightweight and average weight sleepers (under 230 lbs) were particularly happy with the body-hugging feel of the Leesa.

Not Recommended for.

  • Side Sleepers weighing 230 lbs or more. The Leesa is rated as a Medium firmness feel, which is generally too soft for heavier sleepers. We found that for heavyweight side sleepers, it starts to sag and create pressure points.
  • Sex. This mattress isn’t as responsive as a hybrid or innerspring model, making it harder to change positions. On the other hand, it provides good traction and is silent and discreet, so it depends on preference.

Tuck’s Video Review

Our testing team evaluated the Leesa Mattress for conforming, motion isolation, edge support, and other performance factors. Check out their findings in the video below.

Ratings Summary

Tuck’s testing team conducted an extensive evaluation of the Leesa Mattress. Our review and rating process consists of three parts: in-house evaluation, external sleep testing, and data collection of verified owner experiences. To learn more about our review process, read our methodology here.

Our performance criteria and ratings for the bed are listed in the table below.

Mattress Performance Ratings

Durability

Specifies how long the product maintains structure, providing comfort and support before it begins to deteriorate. For reference, the average mattress lifespan is 6-8 years.

The durability of Leesa mattresses should be on par with most mixed foam models — roughly seven years with nightly use.

Durability

Specifies how long the product maintains structure, providing comfort and support before it begins to deteriorate. For reference, the average mattress lifespan is 6-8 years.

The durability of Leesa mattresses should be on par with most mixed foam models — roughly seven years with nightly use.

Motion Isolation

A measure of how effectively a mattress absorbs motion across its surface, preventing partner disturbance.

The dense, multi-layered foam construction of Leesa mattresses cuts down on motion transfer to a significant degree.

Motion Isolation

A measure of how effectively a mattress absorbs motion across its surface, preventing partner disturbance.

The dense, multi-layered foam construction of Leesa mattresses cuts down on motion transfer to a significant degree.

Off-gassing

Most new products emit chemical smells after being removed from packaging. Off-gassing odors are considered non-toxic, but can be quite unpleasant nonetheless.

Like many other foam mattresses, the Leesa is associated with some off-gassing odor, but the smells tend to dissipate within a few days.

Off-gassing

Most new products emit chemical smells after being removed from packaging. Off-gassing odors are considered non-toxic, but can be quite unpleasant nonetheless.

Like many other foam mattresses, the Leesa is associated with some off-gassing odor, but the smells tend to dissipate within a few days.

Pressure Relief

This refers to the degree to which a mattress molds to or cradles the contours of the body. This helps alleviate pressure point pain, especially on the hips and shoulders.

Leesa mattresses conform very closely to help align the spine and alleviate aches and pains throughout the body, though some larger sleepers say it lacks sufficient support.

Pressure Relief

This refers to the degree to which a mattress molds to or cradles the contours of the body. This helps alleviate pressure point pain, especially on the hips and shoulders.

Leesa mattresses conform very closely to help align the spine and alleviate aches and pains throughout the body, though some larger sleepers say it lacks sufficient support.

Temperature Neutrality

The temperature of a mattress throughout the night is affected by how much body heat is retained. Several factors affect temperature neutrality, including material composition, layer thickness, and dissipation of heat through airflow.

The Leesa can sleep hot for some, but this mattress is relatively cool compared to many competing foam-based models.

Temperature Neutrality

The temperature of a mattress throughout the night is affected by how much body heat is retained. Several factors affect temperature neutrality, including material composition, layer thickness, and dissipation of heat through airflow.

The Leesa can sleep hot for some, but this mattress is relatively cool compared to many competing foam-based models.

Edge Support

The degree to which the perimeter of the mattress supports body weight. In some cases, mattresses may sink when weight is applied. This sinkage, often called “roll-off”, affects how closely you might sleep to the edge of the bed.

Edge support is fair for most of the mixed foam, universal comfort beds on the market. The Leesa is no better or worse, but on par with its competitors.

Edge Support

The degree to which the perimeter of the mattress supports body weight. In some cases, mattresses may sink when weight is applied. This sinkage, often called “roll-off”, affects how closely you might sleep to the edge of the bed.

Edge support is fair for most of the mixed foam, universal comfort beds on the market. The Leesa is no better or worse, but on par with its competitors.

Noise

Certain mattresses – particularly those with coils – can be quite noisy when bearing weight. Others are nearly silent. Material composition is often the limiting factor for noise potential.

Leesa mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

Noise

Certain mattresses – particularly those with coils – can be quite noisy when bearing weight. Others are nearly silent. Material composition is often the limiting factor for noise potential.

Leesa mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

Mattresses that are bouncier and more responsive tend to be better for sex, as they’re easier to change positions on. In contrast, unresponsive mattresses can cause couples to have trouble switching positions.

Leesa mattresses offer some bounce, but these models may not be responsive enough for some couples.

Mattresses that are bouncier and more responsive tend to be better for sex, as they’re easier to change positions on. In contrast, unresponsive mattresses can cause couples to have trouble switching positions.

Leesa mattresses offer some bounce, but these models may not be responsive enough for some couples.

As you can see from our findings, the Leesa Mattress excels in several areas, such as pressure relief and motion isolation. You can find a more in-depth look at our Leesa Mattress ratings below.

Sleep Position Ratings

As part of our ratings process, we evaluated the Leesa Mattress across different body types and preferred sleep positions. In addition to physical testing, we surveyed our sleep expert team and analyzed reviews from verified mattress owners and customers. Our findings are listed in the table below.

For more information on sleeping positions please see our guides for side, back, stomach and combination sleepers.

WeightLightAverageHeavy
Sleep PositionLess than 130 LBS130 LBS – 230 LBSGreater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach

Leesa Mattress Awards

Due to positive ratings from our testing team and owners in general, the Leesa Mattress has earned the following awards in Tuck Mattress Guides:

Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers

Best Memory Foam Mattresses

Best for Lightweight Sleepers on Best Memory Foam Mattresses.

Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers

Best Mattresses in Canada

Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers

Best Mattresses for Hip Pain

Best for Average Weight Sleepers on Best Mattresses for Hip Pain.

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How Is the Leesa Mattress Constructed?

Cover

The Leesa has a polyester and Lycra spandex blended cover. Lycra is a heat resistant, highly elastic synthetic fabric that pairs nicely with materials like nylon and polyester. The combination of materials used in this cover make it soft, breathable, and durable.

Comfort Layers

This mattress is made up of two comfort layers. The first is 2 inches of high density, 3 PCF polyfoam. The second layer is 2 inches of low-density, 3 PCF memory foam. These two layers work together to create noticeable body-conforming which prevents pressure points from building and alleviates pain in the back, hips, and shoulders.

Support Layers

The Leesa’s support core measures 6 inches thick and is made up of 1.8 PCF high-density Polyfoam. This layer of high-density foam provides a solid base for the softer comfort layer resulting in a balanced, supportive feel that promotes healthy spinal alignment.

Mattress Height

The Leesa measures 10” in height. This is standard for memory foam mattresses. The 10” profile allows enough room in the comfort layers for the sleeper’s body to be sufficiently cradled, while still having room for a substantial foam support core.

Product NameFirmness SettingThicknessSupport Core ComponentsComfort Layer ComponentsCover Components
Leesa Mattress5 (medium)11″6″ 3 PCF Polyfoam2″ 3 PCF HD Polyfoam
2″ 3 PCF low-density Memory Foam
Plyester and Lycra Spandex Blend

What Are the Firmness and Feel Like?

The Leesa has a conforming, body-hugging feel making it a great choice for folks who like the feeling of sinking into a mattress. The foam layers of the Leesa create a pressure relieving cradle. This can potentially alleviate discomfort for those suffering from chronic pain as well as prevent future aches and pains from occurring.

With a balanced, mid-level firmness this mattress is ideal for most side, back, and stomach sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. It should be noted that Heavier sleepers (weighing over 230 pounds) experienced excessive sagging and found that the Leesa wasn’t supportive enough. Lightweight back and stomach sleepers, on the other hand, generally prefer conforming sleep surfaces and were happy with the balanced firmness they experienced.

The Leesa Mattress is advertised to have a medium firmness feel, and our sleep testers found this to be accurate, reporting it as a 5 on the 1 – 10 firmness scale.

Ratings Breakdown

Performance Ratings

Next, let’s take a closer look at our performance ratings for the Leesa Mattress. These ratings are based on findings from our internal and external testing teams, as well as verified owner and customer experiences with the mattress.

Durability

As the Leesa is a relatively new mattress, we haven’t had enough time to evaluate it over the average lifespan of six to eight years. So, we rated the durability of this mattress based on the quality of construction, materials used in its construction, and owner experiences with the mattress.

Based on those factors, we found the Leesa to be on par with most mixed foam models. With the use of high-density polyfoams and a low-density memory foam, the Leesa is more durable than competing models made with lower quality foams. It should be noted that some sagging and wear-and-tear may occur after a few years of nightly use. That being said, the Leesa should last roughly seven years, the standard life-span for a mixed-foam mattress.

Motion Isolation

To evaluate the Leesa for motion isolation, we had two of our sleep testers lie down on the mattress at the same time. One tester moved around while the other felt for motion across the surface. We also take into consideration the experience of external testers who evaluated the sleep experience with a partner.

In both cases, Tuck’s sleep testers found that the Leesa mattress significantly cuts down on motion transfer. These findings are on par with our initial expectations, as most foam mattresses do a great job of isolating motion. Both our internal testing team and our overnight sleep testers felt no motion transfer when sleeping with a partner. We believe the Leesa, with its dense, multi-layered foam construction, is a good choice for sensitive sleepers or couples.

Off-Gassing

In order to test off-gassing, our team unpacked the Leesa and evaluated the initial smell. They then reevaluated the smell after a few days had passed to see if it had lingered or if it had gone away.

When our testers first unpacked the Leesa it did emit some odors, which is expected from a foam mattress. We found that the smells dissipated within a few days and were not an issue after that point. The smell comes from the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which occurs when new mattresses are first opened. VOCs are harmless for the most part but do have a distinct plastic, or rubbery smell. Customers who are sensitive to smell should keep this in mind when looking to purchase a foam mattress.

Pressure Relief

Tuck’s sleep testers evaluated the pressure relief of the Leesa by using a sensory pad which monitored increased or decreased pressure in different sleep positions. It also tracked pressure build-up in common problem areas such as the shoulders and hips as well as other sensitive areas of the body.

We found that one of the Leesa’s strongest qualities is its ability to conform to the body of the sleeper, resulting in excellent pressure relief. Our sleep testers reported feeling balanced support from this mattress and were particularly impressed with the pressure relief it provided. The memory and polyfoam comfort layers cradle the body while evenly distributing weight across the surface. We recommend the Leesa mattress for customers who experience chronic pain of any kind as we found that it provides ample spinal support and alleviates aches and pains by easing pressure points.

Temperature Neutrality

Foam mattresses tend to trap heat and sleep warmer than other models with more breathability, the Leesa is no exception. This mattress is constructed with memory foam and polyfoam, both of which tend to trap heat and are not recommended for people who sleep hot. That being said, our in-house testing found that the Leesa, although foam-based, sleeps cooler than other, competing models. This is because the memory foam in the comfort layer is of a fairly low density, allowing for more airflow.

Edge Support

In order to evaluate the Leesa’s edge support, we had our sleep testers in different weight groups sit along the perimeter of the mattress as if they were getting into and out of bed. All of our testers noticed considerable sinkage along the edges, particularly our heavyweight testers.

These findings are on par with other mixed foam models. The Leesa showed a significant amount of sinkage when our testers sat or slept near the edge of the mattress. This sinkage could worsen over time, and some people may find it difficult to get in and out of this mattress. Customers looking for good edge support may want to consider a mattress with reinforced edges like a hybrid or innerspring model.

Noise

The Leesa is virtually silent. Our sleep testers reported that this mattress didn’t produce any noise during our sleep testing trials. This is to be expected from an all-foam mattress, as it’s one of their shining qualities. Mattress noise is usually associated with internal components, such as a coil system. Since the Leesa does not contain any internal components other than layers of foam, noise isn’t a concern. The Leesa is a great option for people who wake up easily or are sensitive to sound.

While our sleep testers found the Leesa mattress offers some bounce, they reported that it was slow to respond. Like other all-foam models, this mattress doesn’t offer the springiness associated with innerspring or hybrid mattresses. The lack of bounce means this mattress isn’t great for switching positions during sex. On the plus side, the Leesa provides good traction due to its conforming nature, which makes it great for couples who aren’t changing positions often. This mattress also rated highly in the noise category, making it a discreet option. It depends on customer preference, but in general, the Leesa is not as good for sex as a hybrid or innerspring model would be.

Sleeper Ratings

Now, let’s discuss our sleeper ratings for the Leesa Mattress.

The ideal firmness and thickness settings for a mattress largely depend on a sleeper’s body weight, shape, and preferred sleep position. In order to better inform our readers and avoid subjectivity in our review, the Tuck team evaluated the bed with sleep testers of varying body types and position preferences.

Lightweight Sleepers – Less than 130 lbs.

Our lightweight sleep testers found that the Leesa was very good for lightweight back and stomach sleepers. This is consistent with our expectations, as lightweight sleepers tend to prefer softer beds that hug the body closely and alleviate aches and pains. This mattress may be a bit too firm and create pressure points for lightweight side sleepers, but our testers found it to be good overall. The Leesa is a favourable model for lightweight sleepers who prefer a firmer body-conforming mattress.

Average Weight Sleepers – 130 to 230 lbs.

Our average weight sleepers of all styles were very happy with the Leesa. Across the board they reported it to have a supportive, body-hugging feel. As a mattress with Medium firmness, the Leesa provides ample pressure relief without too much sagging for average weight sleepers. In general, sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds tend to prefer Medium to Medium-Firm mattresses, as they provide a balanced feel of cushioning and support.

Heavyweight Sleepers – More than 230 lbs.

While our sleep testers reported that the Leesa was good for back sleepers, heavyweight stomach and side sleepers were not as satisfied with this mattress. With an average to low profile and a medium-firm feel, the Leesa is not as well suited to heavyweight sleepers. Due to its lower profile and weak edge support, it can be difficult to sleep closer to the edge of this mattress. Our heavyweight testers reported excessive sagging, especially close to the edges of the bed.

In general, heavyweight sleepers tend to prefer mattresses with a firmer feel. Softer models sag too much, compromising support and resulting in spinal misalignment, aches, and pains over time. This mattress is suitable for back sleepers who weigh over 230 pounds and prefer a body-hugging feel, but overall we found that the Leesa does not provide enough support for heavyweight sleepers.

Pricing and Discounts

  • Twin$499
  • Full$899
  • Queen$999
  • King$1199
  • California King$1199

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Other Leesa Sleep Products

Leesa Hybrid

Leesa Legend

Leesa Pillow

Leesa Sheet Set

Leesa Adjustable Base

Leesa Bed Frame

Leesa Foundation

How Does the Leesa Mattress Compare to Other Beds?

At Tuck, we encourage our readers to compare mattress options in order to find the best fit. We strive to provide our readers with the information needed to compare mattresses and make informed decisions. Read our comparisons below to see how the Leesa stacks up against other Lessa models and mattresses with similar designs and performance ratings.

Leesa Mattress vs. Leesa Hybrid

The Leesa Hybrid Mattress is 11 inches thick and has a Medium Firm (6.5) feel making it a firmer option than the Leesa. The comfort layer of the two models is comparable, as both are made up of a combination of polyfoam and memory foam. The major difference between the two is the Hybrid’s pocketed coil support core, which makes it firmer and more responsive than the all-foam Leesa.

The difference in construction means that the Leesa is a softer, more body-conforming model while the Hybrid is a firmer, more supportive model. The softer Leesa is better suited to lightweight side and stomach sleepers, as the Hybrid doesn’t conform as well to a lighter frame and may create pressure points over time. The firmer Hybrid is better suited for average weight stomach and back sleepers who prefer a Medium Firm mattress as well as back sleepers who weigh over 250 pounds.

As with other Hybrids, this mattress has strong air circulation due to the coil layers. This, in conjunction with the cooling polyfoam in the comfort layer, provides a cooler sleep experience than the Leesa. Both the Leesa and the Hybrid are high-value models, coming in at lower-than-average price points for their mattress type. The major difference between the two is the pocketed coil support core of the Hybrid vs. the polyfoam support core of the Leesa.

Leesa Mattress vs. Leesa Legend

The Leesa Legend, Leesa’s newest and tallest model, is particularly well suited to customers who prefer a higher profile bed. The Legend is a 12 inch thick, hybrid mattress with a Medium Firm (6.5) feel. With a ventilated polyfoam top layer, pocketed coil support core and a breathable cover, the Leesa Legend sleeps much cooler than the all-foam Leesa. The Legend also has above-average motion isolation for a hybrid mattress. That being said, the Leesa has better overall motion isolation and is virtually silent, making it a good choice for couples and sensitive sleepers.

The Leesa is also better suited to lightweight sleepers, as it’s softer and provides a body-hugging cradle. The Leesa Legend is too firm for lightweight sleepers and may cause pressure points to build up. It is, however, well suited to average weight sleepers who prefer a medium-firm feel and tend to sleep hot. The Legend is constructed with premium materials and is the most expensive of the three Leesa models.

Leesa Mattress vs. Nectar

The Nectar is an 11 inch, mixed-foam mattress with a Medium Firm (6.5) feel and shares several similarities with the Leesa. The two models have a comparable design overall, as both are constructed with high-quality materials including a mixed memory and polyfoam comfort layer and a high-density polyfoam support core. Both are all-foam models, so they’re virtually silent and have little to no motion transfer, making either a great choice for couples.

The Leesa and the Nectar offer a mid-level firmness and have comparable support across different weight groups and sleep styles. The Nectar is a slightly firmer model, though, making it better suited to sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds or more and prefer a firm, supportive bed.

While both beds offer high-quality construction at a reasonable price point, the Nectar costs less, making it a higher-value option overall. That being said, the Leesa is a better option for customers looking for a softer, more body-conforming model. For a more in-depth review of both mattresses check out our Nectar vs. Leesa mattress comparison.

Leesa Mattress vs. Casper Original

The Casper Original and the Leesa are both mixed-foam models made up of high-quality materials. The Casper is taller with a height of 12 inches due to its 1.5 inch thick zoned polyfoam transitional layer and extra material in its support core. This thicker profile ensures better overall support for sleepers across weight groups and styles. While the Leesa performed very well in our pressure relief tests, we found that the Casper provides more targeted support with the combination of its soft comfort layer and zoned transitional layer. This makes it particularly well suited to people who suffer from chronic pain.

Both models offer a Medium firm feel, and provide even support across sleeper weights and styles. The Casper is a better model for heavyweight sleepers, as its thicker profile is more supportive and prevents pressure points from developing. Both models absorb motion transfer and noise well, making either a great choice for couples.

The Casper Original and the Leesa are both made with high-quality materials and offer good value for the money, coming in at similar price points. To read more about how these two models stack up, check out our Casper vs. Leesa mattress comparison.

Leesa Mattress vs. Tuft & Needle Original

The Tuft & Needle is made up entirely of polyfoam with a standard polyfoam comfort layer and a high-density polyfoam support core. Polyfoam doesn’t create the same body-hugging cradle that memory foam does. This means that the Leesa, with its mixed polyfoam and memory foam comfort layer, offers more pressure relief overall. The Tuft & Needle is a cooler all-foam model, however. Featuring a lower density, graphite-infused polyfoam in its comfort layer, it’s more breathable than models made of higher density foams. Both the Leesa and the Tuft & Needle offer excellent motion isolation and are virtually silent, making them well suited to couples.

The Tuft & Needle is a firmer model than the Leesa with a Medium-Firm (6.5) feel. We recommend this mattress for sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds or more, as it provides firm support for an all-foam model while maintaining a balanced sleep surface. Lightweight sleepers are better suited to the softer, more body-conforming Leesa Mattress. While both mattresses are high-value overall, the Tuft & Needle does come in at a slightly lower price point. For more information about how these models compare check out our Tuft & Needle vs Leesa mattress comparison.

Leesa Mattress vs. Purple

The Purple Mattress is a cooler and firmer all-foam mattress than the Leesa. It’s a 9 ¼ inch thick, foam mattress with a Medium-Firm (6.5) feel. Its construction differs from the Leesa in its comfort layer which is made up of high-density polyfoam and a “Smart Grid”. The “Smart Grid” consists of a Buckling-column Gel distributed evenly over an elastic polymer that acts like latex or memory foam in the way that it conforms to the sleeper’s body. It also improves the airflow of this mattress and prevents excessive sagging. Like the Leesa, the support core is made of high-density polyfoam, offering a supportive, firm base.

Both the Leesa and the Purple provide excellent pressure relief making either model a great choice for lightweight or average weight sleepers who experience frequent aches and pains. That being said, sleepers over 230 pounds may find that the Purple mattress creates pressure points over time and is more difficult to get in and out of due to its shorter profile. The Leesa is a softer choice for customers looking for a more body-hugging feel, while the Purple is well suited to customers who tend to sleep hot and prefer the feel of a firmer foam mattress. The Leesa is a cheaper option than the Purple, but both mattresses offer good value for money. For more information about how these two models stack up, check out our Purple vs Leesa mattress comparison.

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We know you’ll love your Leesa mattress, but we give you 100 nights to sleep on it. If you decide the mattress isn’t for you, we’ll coordinate pickup from your house and refund the full purchase price, less the value of any discount you received.

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Our fan-favorite, Original mattress features an all-foam makeup, with a breathable cover and exclusive top layer for cooler sleep and memory foam and a core support layer for comfort and support all night long.

Top layer of breathable foam

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Memory foam for the perfect hug

Perfectly contours your body and relieves back, hip and shoulder pressure.

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Foam base layer provides support and durability for all body types and sleep positions.

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Specifications

Twin

39" x 75" x 10"
45 lbs

Twin XL

39" x 80" x 10"
48 lbs

Full

53" x 75" x 10"
56 lbs

Queen

60" x 80" x 10"
71 lbs

King

76" x 80" x 10"
90 lbs

Cal King

72" x 84" x 10"
92 lbs

IFD: 13. DENSITY: 3.0

2" Contouring Memory Foam

IFD: 9. DENSITY: 3

6" Core Support Foam Base

IFD: 32. DENSITY: 1.8

Seamless Iconic Four-stripe Cover

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  • Perfect for all sleep positions, back, side or stomach.
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All your questions answered

Our mattresses are made to order, so product takes an extra bit of time to get to you (it’s not sitting in a warehouse somewhere collecting dust!). The mattress, once compressed, will ship in a box directly to you in 3-6 business days. We will send you an email with your tracking details as soon as your mattress leaves the building.

If you opt for White Glove Delivery for in-home setup, please allow up to 7 additional business days for our partners to receive all of your items, schedule and complete your delivery and setup.

We recommend moving the box into the room where you will set up. Then, follow these steps:

1. Unbox your Leesa mattress on its side, next to the foundation or floor. Avoid using a sharp object to open the box as you run the risk of unintentionally slicing your Leesa. Unboxing by yourself? Try placing your foot on one of the box flaps to hold it in place while you pull the bedroll out.

2. Position your rolled up Leesa on any solid or slatted foundation and remove the outer layer of plastic wrap. You’ll notice that your Leesa has already started to expand at this point.

3. Unwrap and fold the mattress and tear away the inner plastic. If you tear the inner plastic at the top of the bed, you can pull it straight down and off like a sock.

Watch your Leesa expand and take shape.

Note: It may take up to an hour for your Leesa to fully expand and a few days to fully firm up. Any slight odor will dissipate shortly after setup.

Choosing the right surface that supports a mattress can affect the way it feels. Our mattresses are designed to deliver their signature feel sitting on a firm, flat, and sturdy surface. Below are the best options to support your mattress:

  • The Leesa Foundation
  • A solid platform
  • The Leesa Platform Bed
  • A solid box/foundation
  • A Bunkie board on a traditional box spring
  • A slatted base

If you are unsure about your setup, give us a call or send us a quick message. We’re happy tohelp.

Try your mattress for at least 30 nights. This allows your body ample time to adjust to the feel of a new mattress. If you decide the mattress isn’t for you, we’ll pick it up from your home then refund the full purchase price, less our Bed Adoption Fee to place your return.*

*Alaska & Hawaii Customers: There is a $100 fee for mattress returns.

Mattress protectors are a great way to shield your mattress from life’s little accidents. Look for a highly recommended brand that offers a waterproof, hypoallergenic protector made of breathable fabric.

Leesa Mattress Review

The Leesa mattress has beenvery successfulon the bed-in-a-box scene, and I personally enjoyed my experience when I first reviewed the mattress.

So, when I heard the company was changing its comfort layer so that it would be softer and more pressure relieving, I was excited to see how the new mattress would perform.

After sleeping on the new mattress for a couple of weeks, I can say that it is a very comfortable mattress that a lot of people will love; to find out who the mattress is the best fit for, read on for my fullLeesa mattress review!

Leesa is a very comfortable mattress that I think a lot of people are going to really like. You can get$160 offthe Leesa mattress simply byclicking the link below.

The Leesa Might Work For …

  • Back sleepers and side sleepers. The Leesa mattress has a fantastic balance of support and comfort; when I was back sleeping, the mattress supported me and conformed to the shape of my body and, when I was on my side, the thick comfort layer relieved pressure on my shoulders and hips.
  • Those who want pressure relief without feeling stuck. While the mattress does a fantastic job of relieving pressure, it shouldn’t make sleepers feel stuck; the top foam layer is responsive and has some bounce, so it should be very easy to move around and reposition.
  • People who want a foam mattress that won’t overheat. All-foam mattresses often sleep hot because the materials can trap body heat – the foams in the Leesa are breathable, so sleepers shouldn’t be overheating at night.

The Leesa Might Not Work For …

  • Stomach sleepers. If someone sleeps primarily in this position, the Leesa may not be firm enough; stomach sleepers will most likely need a firmer, more supportive mattress.
  • Those who like a very firm or very soft mattress. The Leesa is right down the middle in terms of firmness; if someone likes a mattress at either end of the spectrum, this might not work for them.
  • People who like an innerspring feel or classic memory foam feel. If someone likes the feeling of coils or the slow, sinking feeling of memory foam, the Leesa might not work for them – it has a balanced foam feel that is very different from what one would find sleeping on a innerspring mattress or traditional memory foam mattress.

Leesa is a very comfortable mattress that I think a lot of people are going to really like. You can get$160 offthe Leesa mattress simply byclicking the link below.

Construction Overview

  • The Leesa mattress is10” tall.
  • The cover is soft with a sweatshirt feel, and should not affect the feel of the mattress significantly.
  • The first layer of the Leesa mattress is 2” of a proprietary foam, LSA 200.
  • Next, below this, there are 2” of soft memory foam.
  • Finally, there are 6” of a base polyfoam that acts as the mattress’ support layer.

Construction Takeaways

  • The Leesa mattress is available in the standard sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
  • The top foam layer is designed to be breathable, so people shouldn’t be sleeping hot on the Leesa mattress.
  • The LSA 200 proprietary foam is softer andshould relieve pressure more than the Avenafoam from the previous Leesa model; I definitely find it to be softer than the previous model.
  • Since the comfort layer is 4” in total,most side sleepers should feel comfortableon the new Leesa mattress – even heavier sleepers shouldn’t have to worry about “bottoming out” on this mattress.
  • The design means it could be a good match for back sleepers; the comfort layer should conform to the body, and back sleepers should feel supported.

How This Mattress Compares To The Previous Leesa Model

The main difference between this new model and the previous Leesa model can be found in the top layer.

The previous model had Avena foam in the top layer, and the new model has a proprietary foam called LSA 200; this new foam isdesigned to be softer and more pressure relievingthan the Avena Foam, and it is also meant to be more durable.

I can’t speak to the durability, but the new model does feel softer than the original version; I do feel better sleeping on my side, and there is less pressure on my shoulders and hips.

How This Mattress Compares To The Purple Mattress

Just looking at the Leesa and Purple mattresses, they are quite different; the first thing to notice is their construction and materials. The Purple incorporates a uniquehyper-elastic gel polymerin its comfort layer, and the Leesa has a responsive, proprietary foam and memory foam in its comfort layer.

Because of this, the mattresses have a very different feel. The Purple is firm, yet pressure relieving at the same time and also has a squishy feel that is unlike any other mattress; the Leesa has a balanced foam feel.

In addition, thePurple should feel firmerto most people; heavier sleepers may think it is softer because they will activate the gel polymer more than a lighter person might.

Most side sleepers will probably want to choose the Leesa because it should offer better pressure relief; larger people might have a different experience.

Both mattresses should be a fantastic choice for back sleepers – their feels are different, but both mattresses should give back sleepers the support they need.

Stomach sleepers will most likely prefer the Purple, and the Leesa might not offer enough support for those who sleep in this position; thePurple should be firm and supportive enoughfor the majority of stomach sleepers.

Firmness And Feel

The Leesa feels like a6.5/10, about approximately medium in terms of firmness– the top layers are quite soft, but the support layer is very firm, and these combine to make the mattress about medium-firm.

Back sleeping, I feel very well supported – the top layers of foam conform to the shape of my body, and my hips sink in just the right amount.

When I am side sleeping, I also feel very comfortable; I sink into the mattress just a bit and feel little pressure on my shoulders and hips. However, when I am stomach sleeping, I do need more support.

The mattress features abalanced foam feel;the proprietary foam layer is very responsive, so I have no trouble moving around on the mattress, and there is also a bit of bounce.

Overall, sleepers get the pressure relief of foam without getting stuck.

Motion Transfer

All-foam mattresses are oftenvery good at handling motion transfer;during my tests, I saw little disturbance and, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I did not feel it on my side.

If someone sleeps with a partner, they shouldn’t feel their movements transfer to their side of the mattress and wake them up; this could be a good mattress for couples.

Edge Support

While all-foam mattresses are great with motion transfer, they aren’t always the best with edge support; he Leesa is no real exception.

Sitting near the edge, the mattress does collapse, but I still feel somewhat secure; lying down near the edge, I do feel like I might roll off the mattress.

Edge support is not a highlightof the Leesa mattress.

Marten’s Take

Marten is a staff writer for us, and he has a much different body type from me – he is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lbs (I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs.) – here is what he thought about the Leesa mattress:

Joe said the Leesa mattress was a 6.5/10 and I agree that it’s about medium in terms of firmness.

Lying on my back, I feel very nice support; while I usually don’t get enough support on medium-firm mattresses, on the Leesa, I feel the foam press into my lumbar area, and I feel supported overall.

When I am side sleeping, I press into the soft comfort layer, but not too far, so I feel great pressure relief on my shoulders and hips.

When I am stomach sleeping, the mattress is a little too soft for me, so I am bowing in at the hips and getting out of alignment.

If someone is a heavier back or side sleeper, this could be a fantastic match; if someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, they will probably need something more supportive.

Marten and I had similar experienceson the Leesa mattress; we both thought it was supportive when we were on our backs and pressure-relieving when we were on our sides. That comfort layer is very thick, so even heavier people like Marten shouldn’t worry about bottoming out on the Leesa.

Best Firm Mattress Reviews

Our review of the top rated firm mattresses online for the money.

Many of the hard mattresses on the market today are quite comfortable, and don’t sacrifice quality. On this list are the best rated firm mattresses that range from medium firm to extra firm and also vary in terms of materials. As a heads up, whenever we discuss prices, we are referencing the queen size mattresses, although we’re often factoring in the king mattress as well.

Overview Of Best Rated Beds

So you’re looking for a firm mattress, whether it’s a queen or king size. Chances are you’re a back or stomach sleeper, or you’re a heavier individual, or maybe you have a health concern that calls for a hard bed to sleep on. Back in the day, a firm mattress meant that you had to have a spring mattress on top of a foundation. Think of your grandma’s old mattress in her guest bedroom, or your dorm bed.

But now, with all of the amazing new mattress technology, including Hyper-Elastic Polymer, you have a wide range of options to choose from, meaningyou no longer have to sacrifice comfort for a firm mattress. With that in mind, it’s time to take a quick look at our list of the best rated firm mattresses for the money:

  • Firm Coil Mattress— Saatva Classic
  • Best Medium Firm Mattress— Leesa Hybrid
  • Best Extra Firm Mattress— Plank
  • Natural Materials— Awara
  • Semi Firm Foam Mattress— GhostBed Luxe

You might notice some consistencies in this post, such as all of these beds will rank as a medium firm to ultra firm on our firmness scale, all are going to be best mainly for people that favor their stomach and/or back, and all should be accommodating for heavier folks.

None of these beds will be the best options for side sleepers, as they need a soft, pressure relieving surface to accommodate for their hips and shoulders when on their side. In this post, we’ll explain what are the best firm or hard mattresses, and why.

What Is The Best Firm Mattress?

Changing mattresses can be difficult, especially when switching from a soft mattress to a firm one. Your body might need anywhere from several days to a full month to adjust to a new sleeping surface. But many times, these changes will be better for you in the long run. Having a sagging or worn out mattress can lead to issues with the spine, breathing, and blood flow. They can also just negatively affect your night’s sleep, which can cause issues with how you perform during the day.

The process of finding a new mattress in general can sometimes seem daunting. Your bed should be an investment in your life for the next 10-15 years, a happy place, and where you spend about a third of your life sleeping.

Mattresses are also a costly item, being anywhere from $200 to over $3,000 (depending on size and quality). We wish we could tell you plain and simple what the best mattress is for the money, but there are too many factors involved. As just one example, if you want a medium firm mattress there are about 20 products to consider, which are totally different from if you want an extra firm mattress. Making sure you do your research on your specific needs regarding how you like to sleep is very important before taking the leap and purchasing a new mattress. Not only that, but if you get a king size mattress rather than a queen, obviously there will be a major impact on price.

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AT A GLANCEPRICINGHEADLINE
Saatva is a luxury mattress that’s offered in three different firmnesses. All three come with an organic cotton Euro top cover. Whether you want an extra firm mattress or one that’s a little softer, Saatva has an option for you. If you want a firm king size mattress, Saatva is one of the best picks online.
Leesa’s coil bed is one of the most comfortable medium firm mattresses sold online. The bed combines 6" pocketed coils and various foams. It’s supportive, firm, and completely worth your time to learn more about. It’s a pretty darn good bed for the money.
Plank is a two sided firm mattress that’s price-conscious and offers a new take on an online mattress. It’s also from one of the largest brands out there, Brooklyn Bedding. If you’re looking for an extra firm mattress, Plank is just that (at least on one side) and should be plenty comfortable.
Awara is a cost-effective mattress that’s about a medium firm and should work for most sleeping positions. All things considered, if you’re in the market for the best semi firm mattress for the money, Awara has to be considered.
GhostBed Luxe is a semi firm mattress with plenty of cooling technologies. This is one of the most comfortable firm foam beds we’ve reviewed, and it has some special temperature-regulating features.

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Extra Firm vs Medium Firm

When it comes to a new firm mattress, there’s a gigantic difference between extra firm and medium firm. In our reviews we generally consider extra firm mattresses to feel like a thin layer of foam on a board. I know that doesn’t sound appealing, but it represents the lack of pressure relief that an ultra firm mattress will offer. There are plenty of extra firm beds out there, but you will have a shorter list than if you were looking for a medium firm mattress, which is perhaps the most popular comfort level.

A medium firm mattress offers a good amount of pressure relief, but not so much that you’re “melting” into the bed. You should still feel the support, but immediately recognize that this is semi firm, not ultra firm. The majority of brands we’ve published reviews for offer a medium firm bed, or something just a little softer. You’d rather start too firm than too soft with your new bed, especially if you’re wondering what is the best firm mattress for your particular situation.

The Most Comfortable Mattress Is A Subjective Term

We mention this in almost all of our mattress reviews. We want to bring it up here to remind you that comfort—and even firmness—is a relative term. If you’re looking for an extra firm mattress, your idea of comfort will be different from most people because most people select a bed in the medium to medium firm range.

Additionally, your weight affects your interpretation of feel and firmness. The more pressure you’re applying to the bed, the softer it will feel. Thus, if you have a semi firm mattress, to you it might feel like a soft bed. Likewise if you’re petite, a semi firm bed might feel ultra firm. With that in mind, finding the most comfortable firm mattress might not be as straightforward as you had hoped since our opinion is most certainly different from yours. We might think one mattress is comfortable and you disagree. Mattress shopping is subjective, there’s no way around it.

Saatva Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Those who want a firm mattress with a Euro top cover
  • All body types
  • People that want a luxury bed that sells for around $1,000-$1,200 (great value for the money)
  • If you want a choice between an extra firm and medium firm mattress
  • People that want a bed from one of the top rated online brands

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Saatva is our “Firm Coil Mattress” choice for this list. Saatva is a luxury mattress brand that doesn’t believe their beds should be put in boxes, so they offerfree white-glove delivery.

This means a delivery company will hand deliver your new mattress to you (with or without the white gloves), set it up exactly how and where you want it, and then remove your old mattress— all complimentary. The downside to this is that they charge $99 for returns, should you change your mind about the bed. We doubt you’ll do that, but we mention it so you’re aware.

Two layers of coils and an organic cotton cover

Saatva comes in multiple firmness levels, and for this post we specifically like the two firmer options. We rated them as a medium firm to firm on our firmness scale. This bed is built with a dual coil system of individually wrapped coils and a steel coil base, and then has a firm Euro top that’s very responsive, so you will probably never feel “stuck in the mud.” This bed has some bounce to it (great for pillow fights), and an organic cotton cover that we think smells like burlap (in a good way!).

It’s oh so nice and sells for just over $1,000

The springs in this mattress make it accommodating for all body types, but we recommend most people, including combination sleepers, look into the medium firm model. They also have the firm model, but remember, that’s an extra firm mattress.

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Leesa Hybrid

BEST FOR:

  • All body types (Sapira is thick/supportive)
  • Those who like a neutral foam feel (and want a supportive bed)
  • Anyone that wants a premium mattress with a we-cut-out-the-middle-man price
  • Anyone that needs a semi firm mattress
  • If you want one of the best rated mattresses online

This bed has afirmer neutral foam feel with a textured cover mixed in. It’s actually one of the more unique beds that we’ve tested to date.

In total, Leesa is about 11″ thick comprised of pocketed coils and a few different foams, plus a really nice, silky cover. Because the bed is about a medium firm, you won’t necessarily feel all of the layers, but rather you will just noticed that it has comfortable foam feel.This is the type of bed you want to nestle intoand never get out of.

Inside Leesa’s coil mattress

Because it is such a thick and luxurious bed, it will be a pretty good option for heavy people or anyone that just wants a supportive bed. In general,you will remain on top of the mattress, which is why from the get-go we say it’s a little better for people that spend most of the night on their belly/back. Of course, it will soften with use, but on day one it will be quite firm.

Leesa’s coil mattress belongs in a five-star hotel

Perhapsthe best part about Leesa is just how accomodating it is, especially if you get the king size mattress. If you’re ok with the firmness level, we imagine the feel of the bed will be no issue. It’s the type of bed that nearly everyone agrees is comfy even if it’s too firm, or they had original wanted something different.

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100 Night Trial Period

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Plank

BEST FOR:

  • Anyone that wants a choice between ultra firm and semi firm
  • If you want an inexpensive firm foam mattress (after-discount it’s under $850 for a queen size)
  • Anyone that wants the option to flip their mattress

Plank is a new mattress concept in that it’s double sided, and both sides are firm. They have a medium firm side and an extra firm side. You can see our firmness ratings for each side in the graphic below.

As you can see, we rated their “Soft” side as a semi firm and the “Firm” side as an extra firm. Despite the firmness level, however, we recommend medium and petite individuals try out Plank. If you’re heavy (i.e. well over 250 lb) there are other options to look into such as the Big Fig mattress.

Brooklyn Bedding intentionally created Plank to have a minimalist design

This bed isgreat for back and stomach sleepers, though, combination sleepers will probably be fine on the softer side. At the end of the day, though, we put Plank on the list because of the firmer side for people that want an ultra firm mattress. If you need a comfortable firm mattress, Plank gives you two chances to get it right.

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120 Night Trial Period

10 Year Warranty

Multiple Firmness Options

Awara

BEST FOR:

  • Anyone looking for an low-price mattress that’s still very nice and comfortable
  • All body types
  • If you want a bed with certain natural/organic materials
  • If you’re watching your wallet, but still want a highly rated firm bed

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Awara is an inexpensive hybrid mattress that ships directly to you. It’s also fairly new to the mattress scene and is backed by Resident Home, the company that brought you Nectar and DreamCloud. This coil mattress is constructed withpocketed coils and a foam top layer. Some Slumber Yard team members have compared the feeling of this bed to that of laying on an extra-thick bed of grass, because there’s a thin layer of cushion before the firm ground, or in this case, individually wrapped coils.

Our overall firmness rating for the bed is closer to a medium firm, which means it will be able to accomodate all sleeping positions, although some people that sleep on their side might consider it too firm. Still, we find it to be supremely comfortable, especially when you think about the fact that it’s a wallet-friendly mattress.

If you take one look at the price tag, you’ll know why we call it a great value

Awara has certain natural materials, comes with free shipping and returns, and has a “forever” warranty. The MSRP is under $1,500 for the queen size mattress. And that is before you apply any discounts. Most of the time, you can expect the queen size to cost you about $1,200. If you go to AwaraSleep.com you can see current deals and offers.

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365-Night Trial Period

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GhostBed Luxe Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Those who want a semi firm bed that still has pressure relief
  • Hot sleepers that can’t get comfortable on a normal bed
  • All body types (one of the thicker foam beds)
  • Anyone that wants a longer warranty

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The GhostBed Luxe is for those of you who tend to sleep hot, and are looking to cool down.This bed uses gel-infused foam with a mix of a Japanese cooling fiber, giving you a “GhostHug” feel (a cold foam hug). Heavier folks will probably get that “GhostHug,” but average sized individuals might not because the lighter you are, the less you sink into the material.

Although this is technically a firm bed, it’s actually more of a semi firm bed. We think it’s very comfortable and would be a nice pick for a wide range of sleepers.

The GhostBed Luxe is cool-to-the-touch

The GhostBed Luxe is going to be accommodating for heavy folks because it’s a thicker bed made with quality materials, and of course the firmness helps it to manage heavier people. Even so, we prefer you look into a coil bed first, but GhostBed Luxe is one of the better options for overweight and large individuals.

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Rated By Us

Here at the Slumber Yard, we literally have a room piled full of queen mattresses that we test out on a daily basis. We have a complete spectrum of beds, ranging from college student prices to almost over-the-top luxurious—and some that are just fantastic mattresses for the money. We have published reviews of poly foam beds, memory foam mattresses, latex mattresses, beds with coils, and more. We think about things like whether or not there’s enough edge support on the queen mattress for couples. Will this bed sleep hot, or cool? Is this too much for my child’s twin mattress? We take all the guesswork out of the equation for you, because we’re basically mattress nerds. So, if you’re searching for ultra firm or semi firm, we’ve got you covered.

How We Selected Firm Mattresses

We have a firmness scale here at the Slumber Yard to help categorize the firmness level of every mattress we test. It makes things easier for both us and you. Our scale ranges from soft, to medium soft, to medium, to medium firm, and finally, ultra firm. All of the beds on this list have been rated either a medium firm or extra firm. Please keep in mind that firmness is a term dependent on body weight, which we explain later in this post, but we have a wide range of Slumber Yard team members in all different body shapes and sizes, which helps us find a median place on the firmness scale for each bed. If you’re looking for the most supportive beds out there, check out our list of the Best Mattresses for Heavy & Obese People.

Who Is A Firm Mattress Best For?

There are usually some specific qualifications for people who tend to seek out a hard mattress. First is that you’re possibly a back or stomach sleeper. These sleepers need a firm surface that won’t let their head, hips, or shoulders sink into the mattress too much, which would cause the spine to curve or arch. You need to keep their spine in neutral alignment, which can prevent back pain and waking up with soreness. We notice that back sleepers typically like a firmer surface, perhaps even an extra firm one, and then belly sleepers might need a little bit more cushion such as a medium firm mattress.

Another reason you may want a firm bed is that you might be a heavier individual. Firmness is a relative term to weight, which can make things tricky if you’re either much heavier (250 lb+) or much lighter (100 lb-). Heavier individuals tend to sink into a mattress deeper, because they’re displacing more weight into it. This makes the bed feel softer for them. If you’re a heavier individual who sleeps main on their back or belly, or might just prefer an ultra firm bed in general, it can be more difficult for you to find what you’re looking for. Contrast that with someone that weighs under 150 lbs who will think even a semi firm mattress is extra firm.

The last reason for wanting a harder sleep surface is that you might have a medical condition that requires a firm mattress every night. Whether that has to do with spinal issues, breathing issues, or something else, always consult with your doctor before making a final decision and purchasing a new bed.

How To Clean Your New Mattress

Since the covers on the mattresses listed above aren’t machine washable, you’ll have to take a few extra steps to get them clean when you or your loved one makes an accidental spill. It’s pretty simple — all you need is a mild detergent, warm water, and a towel. Just make sure you don’t use too much water because it may cause damage to the foam in your mattress, which is obviously the last thing you want when you’re just trying to clean up some orange juice from breakfast-in-bed.

Many online mattresses have removable covers, but you need to be careful because that doesn’t mean it’s machine washable. If you do, you’re at risk of shrinking the cover to the point where it won’t fit over your mattress anymore. If your desire for a bed with a removable cover outweighs your yearning for one of our top rated firm mattresses, check out our review on a Helix Mattress and Yogabed.

The Best Medium Firm Mattress

We made one selection for the best medium firm mattress, but the truth is that there are a dozen or so really fantastic beds in that firmness range. And for the record, we consider a medium firm and semi firm mattress to be the same thing.

Now, why are they so popular? Well, in many cases people just prefer a slightly firmer profile, but in other cases, it’s about starting firmer because all beds. In fact, if you want a bed to be just firmer than a “medium” you probably want to start a little up the firmness chain. Another reason would be that a medium firm mattress is really accommodating because in many cases you can sleep in any and all sleeping positions. That means, if you’re spending a lot of time on your side at night, often times a semi firm mattress will be plenty accommodating—and the same would be generally true for people laying on their stomach or back, too.

There are countless other reasons why you might like this style of bed, but let’s not waste anymore time—let’s take a look at the best medium firm mattresses, according to our editors:

It’s not fair to say that above is an exhaustive list. The truth is that there are dozens of medium firm mattresses that we like a lot, and you probably will too. We’d say, you can start with our list and expand from there. Also, we left out plenty of beds that come in multiple firmness options, including Brooklyn Signature, Amerisleep, Helix Sleep, Nest Alexander, and plenty of others. You may want to look through our Mattress Reviews page to see more beds.

What About The Extra Firm Mattress?

We’ve covered the semi firm mattress, but what about the ultra firm one? After all, there’s a huge number of people that outright prefer an extra firm mattress—whether because of a health condition or just for comfort. An ultra firm mattress is one that doesn’t have a whole lot of give. The idea is that you feel as if you’re laying on a thick bed of grass. You get a little cushioning, but not much. With all of that in mind, let’s take a look a list of best extra firm mattresses:

Clearly, we could make our list much longer, but that’s a fantastic place to start. Our selection, often times, is Plank because it offers two different firmness options. There’s the medium firm and the ultra firm, so it’s kind of like the best of both worlds. If you’re wondering what is the best firm mattress, we do think plenty of people will like that bed, but of course there are countless other great options.

More About Online Mattresses

Most of the mattress reviews we’ve published include a “boxed mattress,” and will show up outside your front door inside packaging that’s about 4 ft tall (or a bag, but it’s still the same concept). At first glance, you might wonder if you accidentally purchased a mattress topper. We assure you, whatever size mattress you ordered is going to be in there. If you’re still a little skeptical, you’ll warm up to the idea once you don’t have to struggle carrying a mattress as tall as you are through your front door all the way to your bedroom.

How do they compress a 6 ft long queen mattress to only ⅔ the size? The simple answer is they’re rolled up and compressed, so they take up a lot less space than they normally would inside your bedroom. Once you remove the packaging from your new mattress, you’ll want to lay it on a flat surface and wait about 24-48 hours so you can allow time for it to decompress and off-gas. The entire online mattress concept just offers a wonderful product for the money.

How Did The Slumber Yard Get These Mattresses?

Basically all of our mattresses are sent to us straight from the company so we can properly review, and compare the beds to other brands. Even though that’s the case, we’ll always keep our reviews unbiased and honest. Other than some other review sites out there, we aren’t owned by a company and we don’t accept bribes. If we say we like a mattress or product, you can rest assured that the members on our team with a range of body types and sleeper types gave it our stamp-of-approval.

Returns and Trial Periods

When you purchase from an online mattress company, you get to take advantage of their generous return and trial period policies. All of the brands listed above offer free shipping and will give you a risk-free trial period to make sure you find the most comfortable firm mattress for you.

Some brands give you an average of 100 days to test it out, while other companies like DreamCloud will give you an entire year. If you decide you don’t like your mattress within the trial period, you’ll be able to return your mattress for 100% of your money back. Most companies just urge you to wait at least 30 days before you make a final decision, so you can allow your body to become acclimated to your new mattress.

This is another thing online mattress companies has over many Brick-and-mortar retailers. The brands who are strictly in-store usually require you to exchange your mattress, rather than get your money back with a return. We want to note there are a few states who charge a small mattress recycling fee to safely get rid of your mattress, so double check to see if your state is one of them.

The Best Size Of Firm Bed

In general, the size of bed you get has little to no impact on its firmness rating or overall comfort of the bed. The one thing that we want to point out is that if you have two people on the same bed, they will have different estimates in terms of how firm it is. That said, the best way to make two people happy on the bed is to have them get a firm king mattress. Why is that so? Well, they will have more room on the king size mattress so they don’t bump into each other all the time. Getting comfortable for one person can be difficult—especially on an older mattress—and when you add a second person, the equation gets quite a bit more difficult to solve. We advise “sizing up” and getting a king mattress. Now, obviously, you’d get a firm king mattress since you’re interested in the beds in the 6-10 range in terms of hardness.

Having said all of that, we realize that not everyone can afford a king mattress. In that case, for one person or two, we suggest the queen size mattress, which measures in at 60″ x 80″ typically. A firm queen mattress will generally have fairly strong edge support, so if you are sleeping with a partner, that’s an advantage over certain other beds. But how much larger is the king mattress than the queen? It’s about 25% larger in terms of overall space, which is why we say couples should get a king if they can afford it.

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