A closer look at the Leesa Luxury Hybrid
I'd like to begin with a brief history lesson.
When your grandma was buying her first mattress, she probably bought one with springs. The cheap option was open coil springs or the posher option was pocket springs.
A few years later, memory foam came along and she had another option which felt different and moulded to the user's shape.
The next big change which came along was the more recent 'bed in a box', where companies offered just one mattress, which came rolled up in a box. Otty, Eve Sleep, Simba Sleep, Nectar Sleep, Emma Mattress and Casper are all examples of these.
These generally used a combination of different foams to try to get the best out of memory foam without the downsides.
The newest phase in the mattress market - as far as I can tell - is that these 'Bed in a box' companies are now trying to stand out from each other. They've all got similar one-word names and their prices are all in the same area (mostly about £500-700 for a king size).
Companies are taking different approaches to this. Studio by Silentnight, is offering three different firmness options rather than just one. Casper has released a cheaper version of its mattress, called The Essential. Nectar Sleep offers a longer warranty and longer trial period.
Leesa, meanwhile, has released a posher version of its mattress, called The Leesa Luxury Hybrid.
The price is considerably more than the original Leesa mattress, which has won awards from independent experts and strong customer reviews. A king size Leesa currently retails at £750 whilst the equivalent Leesa Luxury Hybrid costs £1250.
So what are you getting for the extra money?
Both the Leesa mattress and The Leesa Luxury Hybrid mattress have a layer of foam on top, and then a layer of memory foam underneath.
This is a design used by quite a few mattresses nowadays which aim to get around the common complaint that memory foam makes you too hot. With the memory foam lower down, you don't get quite the same response and so it doesn't make you feel as hot.
The main difference though is the next layer down. The Leesa mattress has a 15cm layer of foam whilst The Leesa Luxury Hybrid has 15cm of pocket springs with thin layers of foam above and below. Clearly this a more expensive manufacturing process, hence the higher price.
According to the official blurb, the springs give "enhanced breathability, focused pressure relief, almost zero motion transfer, and unrivalled edge support"
Another difference worth a mention is that The Leesa Luxury Hybrid is slightly thicker at 28cm whilst the Leesa is 25cm. Both are perfectly thick enough but the rule of thumb is that cheap mattresses are thinner than more expensive ones.
So far, reviews of both mattresses are quite similar. The Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress was scoring 4.4/5 on Amazon (the US site, as there were only 3 reviews on the UK site when we checked) whilst the Leesa Mattress was scoring 4.1/5 (on Amazon's UK website). It was previously called the Leesa Sapira, in case you see that name popping up in your research.
Overall, Leesa was scoring 4.5/5 on TrustPilot, although the reviews didn't separate the two different mattresses being sold under the Leesa name.
Of course, much like the original Leesa mattress, The Leesa Luxury Hybrid comes with a 100 night risk free trial, meaning you can send it back if you find it doesn't feel quite right. The company also donates one mattress to good causes for every 10 it sells and plants a tree for every mattress it sells.
We were sent a free mattress by Leesa. You can get £100 off a Leesa mattress with discount code THEBESTMATTRESSGUIDE**