The Leesa mattress is a multi-layer memory foam mattress, measuring 10-inches in height and with a medium feel described as ideal for back and side sleepers. Leesa also offers a hybrid mattress called the Saphira Hybrid, which is constructed from a combination of springs and premium foam to offer the best of both worlds. In this comparison article, however, we’ll be focusing on the memory foam Leesa mattress here.
Tempur-Pedic is a leading name in the mattress industry, and their name is almost synonymous with memory foam mattresses. They use their specialised, pressure-relieving TEMPUR material in all four of their mattress collections, which include their Tempur-Cloud, Tempur-Contour, Tempur-Adapt and Tempur-Flex mattresses.
This household name is extremely popular for providing luxury memory foam mattresses, with a number of models designed to suit nearly every sleep style and preference.
Both Leesa and Tempur-Pedic get great reviews for their level of pressure relief and contouring support and they are both suitable for most body types and sleep positions (Tempur-Pedic have a range of firmness options to pick from).
They also both include cooling features in their mattresses and are good at isolating motion, for undisturbed sleep.
Leesa and Tempur-Pedic both offer a decent 10-year warranty with their mattresses, but Leesa just tops Tempur-Pedic by providing a 100-night sleep trial period over Tempur-Pedic’s 90 nights.
Altogether, both offer high-quality mattresses and have hundreds of positive reviews, so which one is better? Below we’ve taken an in-depth look to help you decide which brand is best for you.
4 Reasons To Pick The Leesa Or The Tempur-Pedic Mattress:
Pick The Leesa Mattress If:
- You are a back or a side sleeper: The Leesa mattress is a top pick for back and side sleepers, providing the ideal balance of contouring support and cushioned comfort for your hips, back, and shoulders.
- You don’t want to sink into your mattress: The top layer of the Leesa mattress is made of a responsive foam with some bounce, meaning you can enjoy the contouring benefits of memory foam with this mattress without feeling like you’re sinking into it.
- You tend to sleep hot: The foams used in the Leesa mattress are breathable, allowing air to circulate easier through the mattress for a cooler sleep surface.
- You’re a couple with different sleep preferences: The Leesa mattress has a medium level of firmness, neither too soft or too firm, so it’s an ideal middle-ground for couples with different sleep preferences.
Pick The Tempur-Pedic Mattress If:
- You like the feel of memory foam: Tempur-Pedic is a popular name in the memory foam market, so this brand is best suited to people who are specifically looking for a memory foam mattress.
- You have specific sleep requirements: Tempur-Pedic has three mattress lines, with multiple beds available in each one designed to suit a different sleep position, body type, or particular requirement. If you need a more specialized bed to suit your individual needs, Tempur-Pedic is likely to have something to suit you.
- You’re a light sleeper and a couple: This mattress brand receives consistently high reviews for how well their mattresses isolate motion transfer, so if you are looking for a mattress that will provide an undisturbed night’s sleep, this is a good option.
- You want a higher-end luxury mattress: Tempur-Pedic is well-known for their mattresses, but they do come with a relatively high price tag compared to other memory foam mattresses.
Both the Leesa mattress and Tempur-Pedic mattresses are memory foam mattresses that promise to provide deep pressure relief, contouring support, and luxury comfort. Where they differ most is in the layers used in their construction.
The Leesa mattress is constructed from three layers of memory foam: a comfort layer, a recovery layer, and a support layer. On top is a 2-inch layer of their proprietary LSA200™ foam, that contours to the curves of your body for improved pressure relief, especially for side sleepers, while still retaining a good balance of bounce, so you don’t feel like you’re sinking into the mattress.
This foam also features a microcell structure resembling a honeycomb-type pattern, which allows air to flow through the mattress while providing support – so you should stay comfortable and cool throughout the night.
Underneath, the recovery layer is constructed from 2-inches of memory foam that provides added pressure relief and contouring comfort. Finally, the Leesa mattress has a 6-inch support layer of dense core foam, designed to provide support for all body types.
These layers are then wrapped in a cover with fire retardant properties, meaning no additional chemical treatments are used in the fabric.
Tempur-Pedic mattresses are also made from multiple layers of memory foam. The mattresses will often have a base layer, a support layer, and a comfort layer, although the number of layers the mattress will have depends on the individual model.
Each of their mattresses includes different features, some of which we’ve listed below, but the main thing they all have in common is Tempur-Pedic’s proprietary TEMPUR material which, they say, springs back to its usual shape quicker than generic memory foam and resists sagging for longer, meaning it lasts for years and in top condition.
TEMPUR material is constructed from moveable cells that are designed to cushion your body and support pressure points for deep relief. These millions of cells are sensitive to body temperature, allowing air to flow through the mattress and absorbing excess heat for a cooler, comfortable sleep surface.
In addition, TEMPUR material conforms to your body as you lay on it, evenly distributing your weight so you can fully relax into the material of the mattress for a restful night’s sleep.
Other popular features of Tempur-Pedic mattresses include:
- SmartClimate system: The SmartClimate system has a dual-layer construction designed to regulate your temperature throughout the night. This system has fibres in the top cover that draw moisture away from the body, while SmartClimate technology in the inner cover adds cool comfort to the mattress.
- Comfort layer: The top comfort layer of Tempur-Pedic mattresses is made from extra-soft TEMPUR-ES material that cushions the body for total comfort.
- Support layer: The support layer is the layer that supports the body and evenly distributes your weight across the mattress for a more comfortable night’s sleep.
- Base layer: The base layer for Tempur-Pedic mattresses adds support and durability, and also helps disperse heat for a cooler surface.
Firmness & Support
The Leesa mattress has a medium level of firmness, with memory foam layers designed to adapt to your body, whether you’re a back, side, or stomach sleeper. While Leesa says their mattress is suitable for any sleep position, back and side sleepers will particularly enjoy the cushioned support this memory foam mattress provides.
In terms of support, the Leesa mattress receives great reviews for the way its foam contours to the body and many users report huge improvements in their back pain since using the mattress. The Leesa mattress also scores highly in terms of edge support, with many users finding the mattress maintains a consistent level of support from edge to edge with no sagging, something quite unique for a memory foam mattress.
Tempur-Pedic has a range of firmness options designed to suit different requirements. Their Tempur-Cloud line typically has a softer feel, while their Tempur-Contour mattresses all have a firm feel, to provide total contouring support.
The Tempur-Flex collection comes in a medium feel, while the Tempur-Adapt line provides the widest range of options, with mattresses available in soft, medium, and firm feels.
One of the standout features of Tempur-Pedic mattresses is their high level of supportiveness. The foam is designed to adapt to your body for even weight distribution and deep pressure relief and all Tempur-Pedic mattresses are highly rated for their high levels of support and comfort.
Motion Transfer & Responsiveness
Leesa and Tempur-Pedic both receive great reviews for their lack of motion transfer, making either one a good choice for couples sharing a bed or for light sleepers who want as little movement and vibrations as possible.
The Leesa mattress is a good choice for people who want a mattress that isolates motion but still has a bit of bounce for a more ‘on-top’ feeling, rather than sinking into the memory foam layers.
The LSA200™ foam in the top layer of the mattress has a good balance between bounce and contouring comfort, so you’ll be able to move around comfortably in your sleep, but this movement won’t transfer across the bed and wake your partner.
Tempur-Pedic also scores highly when it comes to isolating motion. The memory foam used in Tempur-Pedic mattresses is designed to adapt to your body weight to offer contouring support, almost cradling you as you sleep for an undisturbed night’s rest.
With this level of cradling comfort, you do sacrifice some of the ‘bounce’ and responsiveness that the Leesa mattress has, which is why a Tempur-Pedic mattress may not be ideal for people who do not enjoy the feel of a memory foam mattress.
Both Leesa and Tempur-Pedic receive excellent reviews for how well they isolate motion, but Tempur-Pedic is the standout when you compare the two companies. These mattresses receive countless positive reviews for their role in transforming people’s sleep, with many couples reporting undisturbed sleep, no matter how much their partner moved around beside them.
While both companies score highly for isolating motion, therefore, they do differ in their responsiveness – although which is better is down to personal preference.
Memory foam mattresses are most frequently criticized for their tendency to trap heat, causing some people to overheat while they sleep. However, both Leesa and Tempur-Pedic have added cooling features to their mattresses to prevent this from happening.
The Leesa mattress has a medium feel and uses responsive memory foam that has a comfortable amount of bounce as well as contouring support. This results in more of an ‘on-top’ feel when lying on the mattress, rather than sinking into it, which will result in a cooler sleep.
Tempur-Pedic, in contrast, has a range of choice with their beds, from soft to firm. If you’re a hot sleeper, you can at least choose a mattress with a firmer feel, so you’re not sinking into it and overheating.
Both mattresses also include cooling features in the construction of the mattresses themselves. The Leesa mattress has breathable top layers to allow air to circulate through the mattress easier and this, in combination with the added bounce of the memory foam, results in a cooler sleep surface.
Tempur-Pedic has its ‘Breeze’ models in their Cloud, Contour, and Flex lines, which are designed specifically to address overheating and provide cooling comfort. These models include breathable performance fabric covers that are cool to the touch, and they also have a layer of the company’s TEMPUR-ES material infused with Pure Cool™ technology designed to help hot sleepers get a comfortable night’s sleep.
If you’re a hot sleeper, having the choice between several ‘Breeze’ mattresses from Tempur-Pedic might be more appealing to you, as you can still choose between their different collections to make sure you firmness level and feel for you. However, if you want a mattress that sleeps cool and the different models aren’t a top priority for you, the Leesa mattress also performs well in this respect.
Sleep Position & Body Type
The Leesa mattress has a medium feel, which is designed to adapt to any sleep position, although it is rated particularly well for back and side sleepers.
The top foam layers on the Leesa mattress are designed to be both supportive and pressure relieving, so people who sleep on their sides should find their shoulders and hips well supported, while people who sleep on their back should also find the mattress comfortable.
Rather than having one mattress to suit all sleep positions, Tempur-Pedic’s wide range mattresses mean people with different sleep preferences should be able to find a mattress designed for their specific needs.
For example, the soft feel of the Tempur-Cloud collection is ideal for side sleepers and those who prefer a plush feel, while the firm feel of the Tempur-Contour collection may be the perfect choice for someone who sleeps on their back and needs firm support while sleeping.
Both Leesa and Tempur-Pedic design their mattresses to be suitable for any body type, with the durable multiple layers of memory foam on the construction of these mattresses promising to support and cushion the body night after night.
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Leesa just beats Tempur-Pedic in their return policy, with a 100-night sleep trial over Tempur-Pedic’s 90-night sleep trial. Both companies do require that you try your mattress for at least 30 nights before returning your mattress, however.
Both Leesa and Tempur-Pedic also offer a 10-year full replacement limited warranty with their mattresses. These cover you for a full repair or replacement when your mattress has a defect that is listed in the warranty details.
Both Leesa and Tempur-Pedic are quality brands offering durable memory foam mattresses that receive generally positive reviews for comfort, pressure relief, motion isolation, and temperature regulation.
Leesa is a more affordable option, offering a quality mattress that will last for years, but paying more for a Tempur-Pedic mattress gives you far more options, so you can find a mattress designed to suit your specific sleep preferences.
Tempur-Pedic is a leading mattress brand for good reason: their mattresses, though expensive, are extremely high quality and are durable enough to last for many years. If you haven’t quite got the budget for it though, the Leesa memory foam mattress is also a great choice for a supportive memory foam bed.