A closer look at the Leesa mattress
I have a theory that normal people are only interested in mattresses about once every five years.
I figure that most people change a mattress about once every ten years and that they probably have a couple in the house.
OK, so that's not a very robust study but my point is that most of us don't keep track of developments in the mattress world until we need a new one.
If that's you then you might have missed the significant change which has taken place over the last few years, with the growth in popularity of the 'bed in a box' mattress.
There are now a dozen or more companies offering just one mattress, which comes with a risk free 100 night trial and which arrives compression into a box. Generally they have one word names and are entirely foam, although some have mini springs.
Leesa is one such 'bed in a box' and it's picked up a number of awards and positive reviews in recent years which have given it a place in our top 10 guide:
I may be drifting off into unnecessary detail here, but the Leesa mattress has three layers. The top layer is described as a 'cooling foam', the middle layer is memory foam and the bottom layer is a denser foam. The theory behind this is that sticking the memory foam in the middle of the mattress avoids that quicksand-esque feeling, which a lot of people don't like about memory foam. It also aims to get around the common complaint that memory foam makes you feel hot in bed.
Because of this structure, you don't turn it over. Generally, I prefer mattresses which can be turned to reduce sagging, but the theory is that foam bounces back much more readily than sprung mattresses so it's not such a big deal.
From my point of view, the thickness of a mattress is also important. Cheap foam mattress can be as thin as 15cm, whereas better quality ones tends to be 20 - 30cm thick. The Leesa mattress is 25cm, so it's certainly deep enough.
And so to the unboxing, which is an entertaining experience with one of these bed in a box mattresses.
The good news is that you don't have to carry a 2m x 1.5m mattress up the stairs, which usually results in injury and much muttering. Sure, the box is certainly heavy enough (about 35kg) but it is at least an easier shape for two of you to carry upstairs.
Next up is the unwrapping, which is a bit like when you take the air out of one of those vacuum packs for storing clothes.
The air hisses out with enthusiasm and the full size mattress is revealed. You can use a divan base, a bedstead or an adjustable base with the Leesa mattress since it is a foam construction (Leesa say their mattress is best on a flat and sturdy surface with a maximum gap of 7.5cm between slats if it's a bedstead).
In terms of firmness, the Leesa mattress is one of the firmer of the 'bed in a box' mattresses on the market. It certainly feels supportive and there's enough bounce in it for me (and there's the 100 day free return option, if you find it's not right for you - check the Ts and Cs).
Rather curiously, there's no industry wide agreement on how to score firmness but you'll find most reviews score this one at between 5 and 7 out of 10, with 10 being firm and 1 being soft. Amazon calls it a 'medium/firm' mattress.
An issue you'll find with some of the bed-in-a-box brands is that a new mattress can have something of a 'factory odour' for a few days. We didn't really find this to be an issue with the Leesa mattress, which is certainly a positive.
One other thing worth mentioning, is that you can try out a Leesa instore if you live in easy reach of London, as they are in West Elm stores (in Tottenham Court Road, Westfield and Kingston Upon Thames at the time of writing).
We were sent a free mattress by Leesa. You can get £100 off a Leesa mattress with discount code THEBESTMATTRESSGUIDE**