Our Tempurpedic vs. Leesa Mattress Comparison for 2018

comparison of leesa and tempurpedic

Are you one of those fans of traditional and old-school vs. new and innovative debates? Because this is exactly what we have here. Tempurpedic is the oldest and most traditional company in the luxury mattresses market. On the other hand, Leesa is one of the new boys in town, growing impressively since 2014 focusing mostly on online selling.

We are used to facing hard decisions when it comes to choosing one mattress over the other in these contests that we propose. However, in this rare case, we think we have one clear and comfortable winner here.

So, which one is it? Leesa or Tempurpedic? Stay with us for less than 10 minutes and find out which one we recommend as your next luxury bed.



The first big difference that we can point out between the two companies (and there are a lot, as you’ll find out) is that Leesa has only one bed within their product range, while Tempurpedic has several of them.

Leesa’s mattress is a hybrid foam one. This means that they use varying layers of foam and in this way, they can reach great levels of support, cooling, and comfort. Leesa uses three different layers of high-quality foam for their mattress.

The thing that makes this bed unique is the Avena foam that’s used for the top layer: it’s a material similar to latex in lots of aspects, but also much more durable than it.

Leesa’s mattress has a thickness of 10 inches, and its three layers are:

The top layer (for comfort and cooling): 2 inches layer made out of Avena foam. As mentioned above, Avena foam is similar to latex regarding response, cooling, and bounce. The most important difference between the two lies in their lifespan, with Avena foam being much more durable than latex.

This top layer is unique and also great, providing the bed with very good cooling and breathability properties. It also allows for good bounce for moving freely around the bed without your partner even noticing it because of such a magnificent motion transfer limiting.

The middle layer (for support and pressure relief): the middle layer also has a thickness of 2 inches, and it’s made out of memory foam, which always provides great support and deep compression stability for the bed. The fact that this memory foam layer is placed right below the Avena foam layer is not by chance but carefully planned instead.

The usage of memory foam as top layer usually results in a mattress that heats up at some point of the night, as happens with many memory foam mattresses in the market. But Leesa has smartly decided to use it for the middle layer and not the top one, benefiting from all the great properties that memory foam has and eliminating what’s probably its only downside: the heating up it can bring with it. This layer will also help you to keep your spine aligned while sleeping, thanks to the deep compression support.

The bottom layer (foundation): this layer has a thickness of 6 inches and is made out of high-density support foam. It acts as a foundation for the bed, supporting the two top layers. It also provides some level of deep compression support for heavier sleepers, and also helps to dissipate heat from the mattress because of being highly breathable foam.

Regarding the cover, Leesa uses a 4 bar design. It’s almost 100% seamless, with the only seams at the entire cover being the ones used for making the sharp corners. It’s also smooth and soft and made 100% in the USA, such as everything else in Leesa’s mattresses.

layers of leesa


As stated above, one of the differences between Leesa and Tempurpedic is that while Leesa has created only one bed, Tempurpedic has several different mattresses within their range of products. This may, of course, seem even logical if you think about the fact that Tempurpedic has started making mattresses decades ago, while Leesa is a company that was founded in 2014.

Another important difference is that while Leesa’s mattress is formed by three different layers, all of the Tempurpedic beds consist of a total of four layers, making their design a bit more complex. We will focus mainly on the Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme Breeze for this review, even though most of the analysis can be extrapolated to all of the company’s mattresses since they share a lot of similarities.

So, Tempurpedic’s Cloud Supreme Breeze consists of these four different layers:

The top layer (for comfort): this 2 inches layer is made out of Visco elastic memory foam. It offers a first softness feeling for the sleeper and provides the classic company’s trademark of hug and sharp contour that has made Tempurpedic famous worldwide.

The second layer (for comfort and support): this layer is also 2 inches thick and is made out of Visco memory foam.  It is a bit firmer than the top layer, and so it helps to create a nice transition to the two bottom layers. The main purpose of this layer is to create support and comfort for the sleeper.

The third layer (for support): this layer is 4 inches thick and made out of polyurethane foam. This layer is for support and works as a transition from the foams above to the foundation of the bed.

The bottom layer (foundation and support): the last layer has a thickness of 3.5 inches and is made out of polyurethane foam. It works as a deep compression support and is the foundation for the bed as a whole.

Regarding the cover, we can say that the Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme Breeze has a beautifully designed and overall well-made cover. It’s made of polyester and spandex. What really stands out of this cover is the Tempurpedic’s Breeze unique material.

What it does is to regulate your body’s temperature while you sleep. It will cool you down if you get warm and it will warm you up if you are cold. And the most important thing is that it really works.

tempur-cloud supreme breeze layers

Firmness, Comfort, and Support


We have given the Leesa mattress a score of 6 on a firmness scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest possible bed and 1 the softest. Considering that more than 85% of the people prefer a bed within the neutral range of firmness that goes from 5 to 7, Leesa has really succeeded in creating a bed for universal comfort. A firmness score of 6 signifies a very good balance between comfort and support.

Leesa’s mattress is amazingly supportive, with great pressure relief and deep compression support. This is particularly important for maintaining your spine aligned at night, which is something absolutely necessary for preventing neck and back pain.

Another fantastic attribute of Leesa’s bed is that they can be truly great for people who sleep in any position. Whether you like to sleep on one of your sides, on your stomach or on your back, this bed will maintain your spine aligned and provide you with a great level of pushback for preventing you from sinking too deeply into the foams.

If you are a heavy sleeper, you don’t need to worry because Leesa states that their beds can support up to 300 pounds for individual sleepers and 600 pounds for couples. This is more than enough for the vast majority of people, and therefore this bed should not be overlooked by heavy sleepers looking for a fast response and good support mattresses.

Regarding cooling, we can also say nothing but great things about this mattress. Memory foam usually tends to heat up and get warm at some point of the night, but because of their great idea to place the memory foam layer below 2 inches of Avena foam, we then have a bed with a nice and cool surface.

Finally, this mattress also provides a very nice level of bounce, thanks mostly to the Avena foam. Just like latex, Avena foam quickly and instantly responds to sharp amounts of pressure.


Tempurpedic’s mattresses are known for being mostly soft. For example, their Flex Prima model can be without a doubt considered as their hardest mattress, but it probably gets a 7 out of 10 firmness score, or maybe even less. Using the same 1-10 firmness scale, we give the Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme Breeze mattress a score of 5.

As is the case with most soft mattresses, the Cloud Supreme Breeze has a high level of sinkage, which is something that should not be overlooked if you are a heavy sleeper. A deep sinkage usually creates heat retention and makes the bed hot, and this may happen with the Cloud Supreme Breeze.

As a difference with the Leesa, Tempurpedic’s Cloud Supreme Breeze feels a little too soft for stomach sleepers. The level of sinkage around the hips creates an awkward angle along the lower part of the spine, resulting in an uncomfortable sleep. On the other hand, the mattress seems perfectly comfortable for sleeping on your side or your back.

Regarding coolness, this bed also does a good job. The Tempur-Breeze material used for the cover has a lot to do with this because it regulates your body temperature amazingly well. However, as stated above, the temperature may be an issue here for heavy sleepers simply because they may sink too much into the mattress, resulting in a warmer sleeping environment.

Finally, the bounce of this bed is almost non-existent because of the memory foam construction. This helps to reduce the motion transfer. You can move around as much as you like without your sleeping partner even noticing it.

firmness scale for leesa and tempurpedic

Leesa vs. Tempurpedic Compared Side by Side

Here is our side by side comparison between these two great mattresses.

Material and CoverAvena Foam (top layer) and Memory Foam (middle and bottom layer). Cover made out of Polyester and Lycra.Memory Foam (two upper layers) and Polyutherane Foam (two bottom layers). Cover made out of Tempur-breeze material.
Height10 inches11.5 inches
Firmness6 in a 1-10 scale5 in a 1-10 scale
Motion TransferVery minimal
Very minimal
SupportExcellentVery good
Warranty10 years
10-year warranty
Trial Period100 nights30 nights

Should I buy a Tempurpedic or Leesa?

Both of these mattresses are very well made from the highest quality materials and are very impressive mattresses all around.

Leesa is a very new company that is truly breaking new ground in the industry. They have actually managed to change the way people think about and shop for a new mattress, thanks to their online market profile. Moreover, they have also completely changed the price point at which a quality mattress can be purchased, lowering it down considerably.

If we could disregard the price and the customer service factors, this would be a very even contest, and the winner would probably vary according to your personal tastes. For us, Leesa would win by a little margin. We like it a bit more thanks to the Avena foam and the coolness it provides.

But, of course, disregarding price and customer service factors is not logical, since they are two of the most important things to consider when you need to buy any new product. And, if for us the Leesa mattress would have been the winner disregarding these two factors, if we add them back to the mix, then Leesa would still win, but for a much bigger and more comfortable margin!

One of the biggest differences come with the price tag. On average, a Tempurpedic will cost you around four times the amount as the Leesa. Although the Tempurpedic is constructed phenomenally, there is no way we can justify you paying the price tag.

With new companies emerging in the luxury mattresses market with prices more similar to the ones that Leesa offers rather than the huge Tempurpedic’s prices, we believe that Tempurpedic will need to adjust their prices immediately if they don’t want to see their sales go down really fast. After all, the plus they have for being the one and only pioneer in memory foam mattresses and the most traditional brand in the market cannot last forever.

Another disadvantage that we need to point out about Tempurpedic is that they do not provide the specifications of their constructions. In an era of openness and transparency in which information is usually one-click away, we find this decision impossible to understand. And it’s one more thing that we believe they need to change as soon as possible if they want to remain competitive.

In summary, even though we strongly recommend Leesa over Tempurpedic because of the reasons stated above, here we provide a list of factors that can help you choose one or the other according to your tastes.

We recommend Leesa to sleepers who:

  • Want a balanced feel: even though both beds are good in this aspect, we prefer the Leesa, mostly because their mattress cover the big majority of sleepers, while Tempurpedic’s Cloud Supreme Breeze may result in a bad sleeping experience for heavy sleepers.
  • Want clarity in construction and materials: Leesa is completely honest and transparent regarding the development and materials of their mattress. On the other hand, Tempurpedic does not provide information.
  • Want a better value: there’s not even a fair contest here. Leesa totally crushes Tempurpedic in quality/price ratio.
  • Want a better trial period and refund policy: With a 100-day trial and a great refund policy, Leesa is better than Tempurpedic in this aspect. If you don’t like the mattress, they will refund 100% of your money, no questions asked.

We recommend Tempurpedic to those who:

  • Are die-hard Tempurpedic fans.
  • Want a memory foam mattress, which results in slower response times, minimal bounce, non-existent motion transfer, and deeper sinkage.
  • Have no problem in spending much more money: as stated above, we don’t believe that Tempurpedic’s Cloud Supreme Breeze the price tag.

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