Our Tuft & Needle vs. Leesa Bed Comparison for 2018

comparison of leesa and tuft & needle

Have you started searching for a replacement mattress? Every bed out there deserves to be retired at some point. If your bed is beginning to look tired or is no longer giving you the support you deserve, that time is now.

In this post, we’ve got an amazing showdown for you: Leesa vs. Tuft & Needle.

We thoroughly compare each brand so that you can make an informed decision. We’re confident you’ll walk away with the right one for your needs!

Materials/ Layers/ Construction


The Leesa mattress is a hybrid – it uses a blend of foams to get the best blend of comfort, cooling, and support. It consists of three different foam layers. Avena foam makes up the uppermost layer as an alternative to latex. It is a lot cooler, feels comfortable and is a lot more durable than a latex-based foam would be.

The next layer down is memory foam that is two inches thick. This helps to make the mattress a lot more supportive and helps you to stay comfortable at night. The foam is soft enough that painful pressure points are relieved.

The base layer is made up of six inches of firm support foam. This creates a stable and supportive foundation.

The cover is a lycra / polyester blend that is light grey and features three white stripes on its lower half. The cover itself is just about seamless.

layers of leesa

Tuft & Needle

The Tuft & Needle mattress is different because it’s not made up of a range of foams, and so is not a real hybrid. The company uses their formulation of foam that replicates the same kind of features you would expect from a hybrid bed.

The uppermost layer is made up of three inches of polyfoam, custom-designed to be high-performance and to allow for excellent support, comfort and temperature control.

The underlying layer consists of a seven-inch thick piece of support foam to create a supportive base. The construction seems stable and the entire thing well-made.

The cover was pretty plain and made of white fabric that seemed to stretch. I couldn’t find out what it was made of.

layers of tuft & needle



On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the hardest and one being the softest, Leesa comes in at a solid six. It’s not like sinking into a cloud, but that is an excellent thing when it comes to sleep support.

This is a comfortable option. The top layer of the foam seems to keep the bed cooler, and so I believe that it offers a good balance between comfort in terms of firmness and temperature as well.

The three types different foam do make a difference to your comfort levels here, and you end up more specialty foam than you do with the other. This gives you an extra inch of comfort.

Whether you are a back sleeper, side sleeper or stomach sleeper, this mattress should work for you.

You’ll have a good night’s sleep here. You sink in slightly but never feel as though the mattress is caving in on you

Tuft & Needle

On the same scale used above, the T&F mattress scores a seven. It comes in as being firmer than the Leesa. It is, therefore, better for someone who would prefer a lot more firmness.

If you want to be able to flop into your bed, this option is not going to work for you at all.

The bed is comfortable and cool to sleep on. It feels a little firmer than expected, but it’s still in the medium-firm range.

The firmness of this mattress makes it ideal for a stomach sleeper or a back sleeper. Side sleepers will also find it comfortable but may have to adjust the height of their pillow to make allowances for the fact that you don’t sink as far into the bed.

The bed offers firm support where you need it. You barely sink into the mattress, and this helps keep you cooler and keeps your body in better alignment.

firmness scale for leesa and tuft & needle

Tuft and Needle vs. Leesa Side by Side

Material and CoverThree types of foam, covered by a thick, lycra/ polyester fabric that is almost seamless.Two types of foam covered with a thin white cover, designed to make it more breathable.
Foam Layers2" Avena foam on top, 2" memory foam in the center, 6" support foam as the base3" high-performance polyfoam on top, 7" support foam as the base
Motion TransferMinimalMinimal
Warranty10 years10 years
Trial Period100 days100 days
ShippingFrees shippingFrees shipping
ReturnsCompany will collectCompany will collect
Where MadeU.S.A.U.S.A.

Should I Buy the Leesa or the Tuft & Needle?

So, both are great options. How do you decide which of these to buy?

If we have to pick, we’re going to choose the Leesa. Overall, it felt more comfortable, and the attention to detail when it came to even the simple matter of the cover showed a company that wanted to get every detail right.

We recommend the Leesa if you:

  • Like a bed that has excellent support but is not too firm. You don’t want your bed to cave in when you climb onto it, or you won’t get the support that you need. That said, when comparing against the Tuft mattress, this was a slightly more comfortable option.
  • Prefer to feel cool and comfortable. The top layer of foam makes a huge difference in keeping you feeling cool and providing extra comfort for you. The memory foam underneath provides, even more, support so that you don’t have to worry about pressure points developing on your body.
  • Feel that aesthetics is important to you. I love the cover. Now, I realize that it will have a sheet over it, but it is still really cool. I’m still trying to figure out how they managed to make it without all the seams you would typically find. Also, the pale grey background with the white bars of color at the bottom looks good and makes a change from boring base sets.
  • The slightly negative point is that the top design was quite apparent under my thinner summer sheets. It’s not a big issue, though, since you will be covering this up with either another layer or a duvet/ comforter.
  • Want more specialty foam. There is more specialty foam in the Leesa mattress, and this could benefit those who are larger, and so need better levels of support.
  • Want to lend support to a company that has a proven track record when it comes to charitable donations. Leesa’s area of focus here is to assist with the homeless. For every eleven mattresses they make, one is given to a homeless shelter or someone else who is in need. They have also been active in helping the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

We recommend the Tuft & Needle if you:

  • You like a really firm mattress. Seven out of ten is quite high when it comes to overall firmness.
  • You don’t want to sink deep into the bed. Because of the support your bed gives you, in this case, you sleep mainly on top. This automatically helps you to stay cooler for longer.
  • You need something that offers better value for money. When it comes to price, the Tuft wins hands down.

So, there you have it, the face-off between the Leesa and the Tuft mattresses. Comfort-wise that the Leesa is the better option.

That said, the two are very similar, so if you are on a stricter budget, the Tuft offers you better value for money overall. If it really comes down to it, they are very similar, and so this is one instance where buying the less expensive option is not going to bite you in the butt.

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