The Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress

Disclaimer: This is my personal honest review of my Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress. The mattress was supplied to me for £1 for review purposes. Leesa (who produce the Sapira) made no requirements in any way and have had no input on my review at all. They have allowed me an affiliate link which means if you buy via my link I get small commission and you pay no extra.

The Company: Leesa Sleep

Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress is made by Leesa Sleep who started out as an American based company in the USA in 2014. They began selling a UK mattress in 2016. The company was founded by David Wolfe and Jamie Diamonstein (both British). Jamie is part of the family that own Paramount Mattress Inc which has been in the mattress business since 1974. Only David remains in UK.

The Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress Headlines:

Bed-in-a-box, 100 night trial, CertiPur, Oeko-tex certified, ethical company, edge-to-edge full size pocket springs, 10 year warranty, free pickup if you dont want to keep your mattress, memory foam.

Regional Mattress Differences

Leesa produce a Sapira mattress both in the USA, the UK equivalent is the Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress. However they are different mattresses both produced locally and using different foams and springs.

Stores

You can try and buy Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress in selected West Elm stores.
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The Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress – Overview

The Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress is the high-end option marketed alongside the original Leesa Mattress. The Luxury Hybrid mattress is a far more substantial mattress, 3.5 cm taller and 40% heavier. Weight matters since your weight is supported by that total mass and promises longer longevity. This is only part of the equation of course, top layers taking more of the compression will also be more relevant than lower layers. The other difference is the Leesa is an all foam mattress while the Sapira is an edge-to-edge pocket sprung mattress and will feel very different to each other. Leesa more cuddling and Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress springier and more responsive. Pocket springs offer deep down support which will be more relevant the heavier you are. The Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress is assembled in Europe and then delivered from within the UK. Another big difference between Leesa Original and Leesa Hybrid is that the Hybrid is both CertiPur and Oeko-tex 100 certified for strict controls on the foams and all materials used for the Luxury Hybrid. The Luxury Hybrid is of course a bed in a box and you will remove the plastic wrapping and the mattress will very quickly expand thanks to it’s full height. Leesa say it is ready to sleep on the same day but it’s always a good idea to air your new mattress for 48 hours in a well ventilated room first. My Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress had almost no smell when first unboxed and within a few days had no noticeable smell at all which is excellent. The containing box has the unboxing instructions printed on the outside.
Sapira Mattress
Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress

Cover:

Top and sides 98% Polyester 2% Lycra, PP Spunbond
The cover on the Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress is an all in one piece. It unzips from the bottom which can make life awkward if you want to remove it. However, in this case the label clearly states, “This cover is zipped for ease of manufacture and should not be removed.” So it may affect your warranty if removed since it could be said you didn’t take care of the mattress in accordance with instructions. The label also says the cover is not machine washable and should be spot cleaned only. The cover is plush feeling, quilted, and decent quality at near 2kg for an equivalent EU single. It’s a light grey with the now iconic 3 stripes as seen on the Leesa mattress. The top and sides are made from 98% polyester and 2% lycra to add some nice stretchiness to the feel. While polyester is of course a man made material made from petro chemicals, unlike other similar mattresses the Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress cover is Oeko-Tex 100 certified which means the cover is certified to have no harmful chemicals. The base is PP spunbond which means it is a non-woven fabric of short and long fibres bonded together in a single continuous process.

Top Layer:

4 cm (1.5 inches) Polyurethane foam 50 kg/m3
The top layer is a polyurethane foam at 50 kg/m3 density. This is around the same specifications as we say on many mainstream mattresses. This layer will provide some spring and bounce is a somewhat more latex like fashion than the dead slow response of a memory foam top layer. 4cm is a reasonable depth. As with all layers the foam is CertiPUR ceritifed and also covered by the Oeko-tex 100 standard.

Second Layer:

4.5 cm (1.8 inches) Memory foam 50 kg/m3
The second layer is a 4.5 cm memory foam layer at 50 kg/m3. Again the sort of density we see for many online mattresses. You can certainly get higher densities but being one layer down makes the density slightly less crucial. We see many companies placing memory foam below a top polyurethane layer and this adds some deadening to the mattress and some contouring properties. Of course being a second rather than first layer means it wont act in quite the same way as if it were on top. It wont be getting so much of your body heat meaning it loses some ability to contour but you also alleviate some of the heat build-up issues that can come with memory foam. The top two layers add up to 8.5 cm of comfort layer, this is a decent size for the average person. These layers are only meant to provide comfort and not to support/hold your body up. They also fill in the curves of your body that are compressing as much as the high pressure points.

Third Layer:

2.5 cm (1 inches) Polyurethane foam 32 kg/m3.
A much lower density than the layers above and this is the density we normally see for a base layer. Along with a lower density it is also much firmer as it becomes more of a support layer rather than comfort layer. In the case of the Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress it’s job is to provide a cover to the pocket springs below, encasing so to speak.

Fourth Layer:

15 cm (6 inches) premium pocket coil system, 1.8 mm thick, 1080 spring count.
This is the main support layer and the real selling point for the Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress. These are 15cm high individual pocket springs and would be considered full size pocket springs. Each pocket spring moves individually unlike a traditional open coil mattress. Pocket springs can provide more durability and more contouring (they bend more) than a foam mattress. Of course the quality of the springs matters and Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress uses pocket springs made by Leggett and Platt who are the biggest manufacturer of springs in the world. The metal used is tempered steel. Tempering is a heat treatment technique used for greater toughness by decreasing the hardness with an increase in ductility which reduces the brittleness of the steel. The gauge of the wire is 1.8 mm which is on the larger side of springs sued and normally means a firmer feel. However firmness is also partly an effect of how many springs are used. More springs mean a firmer feel as you sink less with more springs due to your weight being distributed over more springs. The most springs you will find in a single layer is around 2000 for full size pocket springs. The Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress has around 1080 in a King size which means it helps to produce a more medium firm feel as you are laying on less springs so they compress a little more than a 2000 count of same gauge. The big standout for the Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress is the pocket springs go edge to edge. You will normally find pocket sprung mattresses use foam on the sides of the springs to box them in, encapsulate them. This is done because normal pocket springs provide poor edge support as the increased side to side movement compared to foam leads to a falling off the edge feel/effect. It also helps to give more support to the edge for when sitting on it for example. The big downside to this is the loss of consistent feel across the mattress. Leesa addresses this by using pocket springs edge to edge thus providing all the benefits of pocket springs which includes a consistent feel and better air circulation as air can enter and leave from the sides. The Luxury Hybrid manages this by using specific pocket springs designed for the edge, they have slightly less diameter than the main pocket springs which means more can be packed into the sides and ends giving more support. These have a gauge of 1.6 mm. So the Luxury Hybrid uses springs from the best known manufacturer, has a consistent feel right across its surface and maximises cooling and edge support by having dedicated side and end pocket springs around the main pocket springs.

Fifth Layer:

2.5 cm (1 inches) Polyurethane foam 32 kg/m3.
This is the density we normally see for a base layer. Along with a lower density it is also much firmer. Provides a surface for the full size pocket springs of the Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress above.

Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress Overall:

Total height with cover: 29 cm (11.4 inches) Total height no cover: 28.5 cm (11.2 inches) Average density: 51 kg/m3 One issue with mattresses is the variability in size. My Luxury Hybrid mattress was very good for being within spec at 190 cm of the specification of 190 cm long. So bang on specification! Excellent.
Sapira Mattress Layers
Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress Layers

Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress weights:

Based on weighing my own Sapira mattress (with cover) the weights would be:
UK single 24 kg
EU single 25 kg
UK double 35 kg
EU double 38 kg
UK king 41 kg
EU king 44 kg
UK super king 49 kg

Tests and Analysis:

Edge support:

This is where the use of dedicated side and end pocket springs really show themselves. In terms of the percentage of the mattress sinks for my 20 kg and 30 kg weight test, I see a 27% sinkage on average, this is good. In terms of absolute sinkage I get an average of 7.7 cm which is similar to Otty and just behind the very Bruno. But remember the Leesa Hybrid is much taller than those mattresses so you will not notice the dip as much. The Leesa Luxury Hybrid is better than all other mattresses I have tried for edge support.

Edge Support: Score: 9/10

Firmness (how far it sinks for a given weight):

Like every mattress I have ever tried the Leesa Hybrid softens up in the first weeks of break-in. It’s the 4 week stage that I use to take my firmness scores. At this point the Leesa Hybrid mattress was just a touch softer than the original Leesa mattresses meaning they are both true middle ground and medium firm in feel. The big difference is those full size pocket springs give a sense of push-back that is missing from a polyurethane or memory foam mattress. This means that although the Leesa Hybrid will sink a little more than the original Leesa, it may still feel slightly firmer to you because of the nature of the springs. What you are actually feeling is the individual springs providing deep down support. This is not a foam vs springs issue as natural latex also has this push-back effect and it might take getting sued to if you only ever slept on polyfoam or memory foam. Overall I rate the Leesa Luxury Hybrid mattress softer than Bruno, Eve, Emma Original and the original Leesa. Firmer than Simba, Casper and Nectar. Just bear in mind actual firmness and perceived firmness may be different.

Firmness 7/10

Cooling:

Although the Leesa Luxury Hybrid does use memory foam that foam layer is below the top polyurethane foam layer which helps with sleeping cooler. You then have below those layers 15 cm high pocket springs that go right out to the edge and ends allowing for good airflow. This will allow trapped heat to escape making this a potentially good mattress for those wanting a combination of memory foam and polyfoam on top but are sensitive to heat build up.

cooling 8.5/10

Spot Relief (point elasticity):

To really get the benefit of deep down spot relief and contouring you will need to be average to heavier in weight. The more you push through the top comfort layers the more you will appreciate the deep support that full height quality pocket springs can bring. For the average individual in terms of weight the mattress is about average for point elasticity. Better than the all foam original Leesa and the softer Emma Hybrid and Casper. About the same as the Simba and a bit behind the likes of Otty, Nectar, Emma Original and Bruno. You must remember that part of the factor here is the generous 10.5 cm of foam above the springs. Other mattresses with shallower comfort layer depths will have your weight taken up quicker on the base layer which may weaken quicker for heavier individuals due to their lower density for base layers. The point here is that in trying to have a standard test for all mattresses you must still consider all sorts of factors and not just take the headline score.

7.5/10 for spot relief

Mattress for Sex/Bounce:

My criteria for a mattress that is good for sex is to have a decent balance between comfort and bounce. The Leesa Luxury Hybrid is as good as any mattress I have tried for sex. It is medium firm yet with decent bounce, a really good blend.

8.5/10 for Sex

Weight Capacity:

Tested for a 114 kg (18 stone) capacity per person. This is the standard weight capacity for most online offerings.

Motion Transfer:

Middle ground for motion transfer. That is to say as someone heavy turns or falls onto the bed how much motion does their partner feel. The Leesa Luxury Hybrid does transfer some motion due to its springy bouncy nature. The heavier you are the more motion transfer you will feel as the springs come into play. In terms of motion transfer Leesa Hybrid is about the same as Otty, Original Leesa and Emma Hybrid. A bit worse than Simba, Eve original, Emma Original and Nectar. Better than Casper and Bruno.

Motion Transfer: 7.5/10

Type of sleepers this mattress suits:

The Mattress is a decent all round mattress for the average build. Heavier individuals may find it a little too soft for stomach sleeping while lighter weight individuals may find it slightly too firm for side sleeping due to the push back feel from the springs. Back sleepers including heavier individuals looking for a medium firm feel will get on well in my onion with the Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress while heavier people will find the pocket springs providing good deep contouring support.

Score: Back, 8/10, Side 7.5/10, Front 7.5/10.

Price:

The Leesa Luxury Hybrid is the most expensive mattress I have reviewed so far. It is marketed as a high end mattress and must be judged in that light. The premium price you will be asked to pay will be for the edge to edge pocket springs from a well respected manufacturer of pocket springs. Remember I give the average retail price and discounts are always available.

Average price: £1175

Materials/Design:

The premium price is justified by the use of innovative edge to edge pocket springs (they are normally boxed in by foam) allowing for greater air flow and a consistent feel across the entire surface. You also get class leading edge support and a mattress that will be a good option for sex with its bounce and medium firm feel. Its great to see not only CertiPUR certification for the polyurethane foam but Oeko-Tex 100 certification for the the whole mattress and all the materials used.

8.5/10 for Materials and Design

Off-gassing/Smell:

Up there with the least smelly mattresses I have tried. Very low smelling at the start and within a short time frame virtually zero smells.

8.5/10 for smell

Comfort:

The medium firm feel will suit a lot of people and if you like that combined with good bounce you will most likely find this mattress comfortable. Of course this is totally subjective and for this reason I never score a mattress for comfort. You will also need to be happy with a high degree of push-back latex style.

Zoning:

There is no zoning on the mattress. This job of deep down fine tuning is taken up by the pocket springs. Personally I don’t think of zoning as a reason to buy or not buy a mattress. Indeed when the zoning is achieved by cutting slices out of the base layer as is a common practice this type of zoning is actually weakening the foam and may be an issue long term.

Leesa Hybrid Springs
Leesa Luxury Hybrid Springs

Summary:

Itemout of 10
Edge Support9/10
Firmness7/10 (medium soft)
Cooling8.5/10
Spot Relief7.5/10
Sex/Bounce8.5/10
Motion Transfer7.5/10
Back Sleepers8/10
Side Sleepers7.5/10
Stomach Sleepers7.5/10
Priceav: £1175
Materials/Design8.5/10
Smell/off-gassing8.5/10
Zoning:none

Prices:

TypePrice
Single£850
EU Single
Double£1150
EU Double
King£1250
EU King
Super King£1450

General Mattress Notes:

Leesa Luxury Hybrid Mattress Wrap-up:

Leesa Hybrid Mattress branding
Leesa Hybrid Mattress branding

My Leesa Luxury Hybrid mattress was a decent sleep for me. It did soften up a little over the 4 weeks I slept on it and it is this final firmness I use for my firmness ratings. I need to point out that every mattress I have ever tried softens up, something I try and stress when people keep expecting the perfect firmness day one. Always err on the side of firmer rather than softer for the initial feel to allow leeway for the normal softening up. Its final firmness was just a tad softer than the original Leesa mattress and is in the ballpark softness I like. It is obviously bouncy/springy and this is the biggest different between a full on pocket sprung mattress such as the Leesa Hybrid and all foam mattresses like the original Leesa. Whether this is good or bad will depend totally on your own preference. There is also a push-back that you don’t get on a full on memory foam mattress and if you are coming from a memory foam mattress it might be something to keep in mind. On the hand latex mattresses do have similar springy push-back so it is not a foam vs springs issue. The bounce and softness levels do translate into a great mattress for sex. Part of the benefit of quality pocket springs will not show themselves for a period of time down the line as a big selling point is increased durability over foam. You also get a level of deep down contouring support not found in traditional foam mattresses where deeper layers are actually lower density that top layers, the very thing that helps durability. The mattress also offers edge to edge pocket springs, another selling point, and this means improved edge support and air circulation to aid the layers above in dissipating heat build-up. Then we have the materials themselves, both CertiPUR and Oeko-tex certified means every part of the mattress including the springs and cover are certified to have no harmful chemicals and VOCs.
This is a substantial mattress weighing 41 kg for a king size which is 25% more than a typical foam mattress. The average density is also much higher and only the Bruno can match it (of the mattresses I have tried). The top two comfort layers are both 50 kg/m3 and if I was being picky I would say the memory foam layer could be slightly higher density for a high end mattress. Since it is below the top polyurethane foam layer it is slightly less of an issue than if it was on top. Even then I only mention it because of the price point, other online offerings mostly use the same density for memory foam.
If you are looking for a low smell mattress then again the Leesa Hybrid ticks all boxes with basically zero smell after normal break-in. It is a shame the cover is not machine washable but that is very common too and also some handles would be nice for a mattress of this weight.
Overall the Leesa Luxury Hybrid does justify its price but you must remember there is no real correlation with comfort and price. Again something that catches many people out, you would think the more you pay the more you are paying for added comfort. But mostly it is things you either don’t notice or wont appreciate for a length of time. For example you could buy a very cheap mattress and have a fantastic nights sleep and then find a week later it feels horrendous as it has weakened dramatically, or starts to smell terribly or you develop a backache because while it may feel comfortable it’s actually lacking real support and your muscles finally can’t protect you from this. The Leesa Luxury Hybrid mattress helps alleviate heat issues, again something you wont appreciate unless you had already been sleeping in a hot mattress. The CertiPur and Oeko-Tex certifications are again things you wont become aware of just by sleeping on the mattress.

Iterations:

Only available since January 2019 in the UK. Was at first called The Sapira mattress but the branding changed to Leesa Luxury Hybrid in July 2019. Only one UK version so far and this is different from the Sapira that has been on sell in the USA since October 2017.

Leesa Luxury Hybrid vs Casper

Casper is an all foam mattress while the Leesa Hybrid uses full size pocket springs. Leesa Hybrid has better edge support, is firmer and has better point elasticity. They both have similar bounce. Leesa Hybrid has more push-back.

Leesa Luxury Hybrid vs Emma Hybrid

Leesa Hybrid has full size pocket springs, Emma Hybrid has micro pocket springs that are meant for comfort and not support. Emma Hybrid is much softer, and is not as good as the Leesa Hybrid for edge support or point elasticity. They are both about the same for motion transfer while the Leesa Hybrid has more bounce.

Leesa Luxury Hybrid vs Eve Original

Eve is all foam and firmer, has similar edge support and is a little better for point elasticity and motion transfer. Leesa Hybrid has better air circulation, has more bounce, is far heavier and with greater average density and along with the edge to edge pocket springs promises better durability.

Leesa Luxury Hybrid vs Otty

Leesa Hybrid has larger pocket springs. Otty uses foam to box-in its pocket springs while Leesa Hybrid has to edge to edge pocket springs for better consistency of feel and better edge support. Otty is made in China, Leesa Hybrid is made in EU and the pocket springs are made by leading manufacturer Leggett and Platt. Otty is CertiPUR certified for just the foam layers. Leesa Hybrid is certiPUR and Oeko-tex certified for the whole mattress. Otty is much cheaper. Leesa Hybrid uses foams of higher density.

Leesa Luxury Hybrid vs Simba

Leesa Hybrid is firmer with full size pocket springs. Simba is softer with micro pocket springs. Simba has a synthetic Latex top layer while Leesa Hybrid uses polyurethane foam on top. Leesa Hybrid has better edge support, similar point elasticity, more bounce and both CertiPUR and Oeko-tex certification.
Simba has slightly better motion transfer and certiPUR certification.