Last Updated: August 2017
Whether you are looking for your first new mattress, or you are buying a new mattress to replace one that you already have, there is no doubt that you are excited. The idea of getting a better night of sleep is certainly something to look forward to. However, shopping for a new mattress can be bit overwhelming. Why? – Because there are so many different options to choose from; and, there is the stress of having to deal with the pressure that salespeople often place on you when trying to sell you a mattress, so it’s no wonder why shopping for a new mattress can be a tedious experience.
Fortunately, there is a way to make buying a new mattress easier. How? – By buying a mattress online. The online mattress industry is booming! There are tons of options to choose from and they are made with some of the highest quality materials. When you buy a mattress online, you don’t have to worry about being pressured by salespeople, and you never have to step foot in a store; however, the downside is that you can’t try the mattress out before you buy it. So, how do you know which is the best mattress for you? That’s where we come in! We have tested out countless online mattresses, and in this review, we compare two of the most popular options on the market: The Leesa mattress and the Tuft and Needles mattress. To see how the two compare to each other and to determine which one would be a better choice for you, keep on reading.
|Avena + Memory Foam||Medium|
Leesa is one of the newest mattresses in the online mattress market. The makers of this mattress found the pressure that salespeople placed on them while shopping for a new mattress was overwhelming and took the joy out of shopping for a mattress. They also found that it was hard to find a mattress that delivered the right amount of comfort and support. To solve the issues they experienced – and the issues that all consumers experience – they created an online only mattress that expertly designed and made of the highest quality materials.
The Leesa mattress is designed to meet the needs of all sleepers; it offers a universal feel, which means that it offers the ideal level of support in all sleep positions, and for all body types.
Tuft and Needles
Tuft and Needles is one of the many mattresses that been introduced to the online mattress trend. This mattress has been specially designed with comfort and support for all sleepers in mind. Compared to the other mattresses that we have reviewed, the Tuft and Needle mattress pretty basic; it is made of just two layers, which is minimal compared to other mattresses that offer three, four or even five separate layers. Though it is basic in design, the Tuft and Needles mattress still offers great comfort and support. Additionally, because of the simple design, the Tuft and Needles mattress is extremely affordable, which is always a plus.
Construction of Each Mattress
The materials of a mattress and the layout of those materials has a tremendous impact on the comfort and support it will deliver. In order to gain a better understanding of the type of sleep you can get on each of these mattresses, here’s a look at their construction.
Construction of Leesa Mattress
The Leesa mattress is constructed of three layers high quality foam. Each type of foam material is thoughtfully laid out and creates a mattress that is a total of 10 inches thick. Here’s a more detailed look at the construction of this mattress.
The top layer of the Leesa mattress is constructed of two inches of Avena foam. This foam is very similar to latex foam because it has very minimal heat retention and it offers just the right amount of bounce. Add to that the fact that the makers of the Leesa mattress decided to aerate the Avena foam, and it helps to improve the cooling capabilities of this material.
In the middle of the Leesa mattress is a layer that is made of two inches of memory foam. The memory foam is highly responsive and quickly responds to the contours of the body, providing just the right amount of support exactly where it is needed the most. It helps to keep the spine properly aligned, which makes it very supportive and reduces pain.
The base layer of the Leesa mattress is made of 6 inches of high density support foam. This is the layer of the mattress that serves as a foundational base for the middle and top layers, offering even more support for the spine, as well as the entire body. Because the high density support foam is also very breathable, it works with the middle and top layers, helping to absorb excess heat, thus ensuring that the mattress will stay cool and comfortable throughout the night.
The Leesa mattress is wrapped in cover that is made of single piece of Lycra-polyester blend fabric. The cover is smooth, comfortable and breathable. The cover is very durable; when we pulled on it, it snapped back into its original position almost immediately.
Construction of Tuft and Needles Mattress
The Tuft and Needles mattress is made of just two separate layers, which includes a 3 inch layer of polyfoam and a 7 inch layer of support foam. These two layers combine to make a mattress that is a total of 10 inches in thickness. Here’s a more detailed look at the construction of this mattress.
On the top of the Tuft and Needles mattress is a three inch layer of polyfoam. This highly durable foam is 2.9 pounds per cubic feet, and it provides an exceptional amount of comfort and support. It conforms to the unique contours of the body, which allows the mattress to provide the right amount of support where it is needed the most. Additionally, the polyfoam is very breathable, which prevents the buildup of heat and allows the mattress to stay cool and comfortable throughout the night.
The bottom layer of the Tuft and Needles mattress is made of 7 inches of base support foam. This foam has the ability to support up to 1.8 pounds per cubic foot of weight. This layer serves as the foundation of the mattress, helping it keep its shape and providing additional support for the body, in conjunction with the top layer.
Like the rest of the mattress, the cover of the Tuft and Needles mattress is very simple in design. Totally white in color, the cover is pretty minimalist in design. It is also very thin, which allows for increased breathability for the mattress, as it wicks heat away from the body and disperses it throughout the rest of the mattress. The cover is also incredible soft, which further adds to the comfort that the Tuft and Needles mattress provides.
Firmness and Support
It is also important to understand the firmness and support each mattress delivers, as these factors directly impact the comfort of the mattress and the type of sleep you can expect to experience. Here is a look at the firmness and support each of these mattresses offers.
On a firmness scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest, we give the Leesa mattress a score of 6.5. It is a little bit firmer than average, which adds to the support that it provides. The foam layers do a great job of delivering deep compression support, as well as pressure point relief. However, we should not that if you are looking for a soft mattress, this one may be too firm for you.
Tuft and Needles Mattress
The Tuft and Needles mattress receives a 6 on a firmness scale of 1 to 10. Like the Leesa mattress, the Tuft and Needles mattress is a bit firmer than neutral, which adds to the support that it provides. Also like the Leesa mattress, the Tuft and Needles mattress is highly supportive, reduces the buildup of pressure in the body, which prevents the development of pain while sleeping. Since it is slightly softer than the Leesa mattress, the Tuft and Needles mattress may be a better option for you if you are looking for a softer mattress.
Sleep Position Ratings
Different sleep positions require different levels of support in order to be comfortable. For that reason, we wanted to assess how both the Leesa and the Tuft and Needles mattresses stacked up regarding the comfort and support that they deliver for different sleeping positions. Here’s what we found.
Back – The Leesa mattress keeps the spine in proper alignment, which makes it an ideal choice for back sleepers. The Avena foam on the surface hugs the unique contours of the body, which makes it particularly comfortable for back sleepers. Add to that the fact that the memory foam in the center and the high density foam on the bottom of the mattress reduces pressure on the back and spine, making it particularly comfortable for back sleepers.
Stomach – The Leesa mattress may be supportive and comfortable for some stomach sleepers; however, it does tend to sink too much, particularly for heavier sleepers, which could make it uncomfortable.
Side – The sinkage factor may be a cause for concern for some side sleepers, as it may sink too much while sleeping on the side. This could potentially lead to pain; however, we think that most side sleepers will find this mattress is supportive.
Tuft and Needles Mattress
Back – The Tuft and Needles mattress is great for back sleepers, as it evenly distributes weight throughout the layers. It also keeps the spine in proper alignment, which helps to alleviate pressure buildup in the back, neck and shoulders.
Stomach – Stomach sleepers will enjoy this mattress, as it prevents buildup of pressure in the lower back, which is an issue that stomach sleepers often have to deal with.
Side – Side sleepers, too, will enjoy the Tuft and Needles mattress, as it keeps the spine in proper alignment and helps to prevent pain and discomfort.
|$550 - $995||100 night||10 Year|
|$350 - $750||100 night||10 Year|
Which Mattress Should I Purchase?
While both of these mattresses are well designed and made of high quality materials, we think that the Tuft and Needles mattress is slightly better than the Leesa mattress. It offers more comfort for all sleep positions. Also, we really like the simplicity of the design.