Tuft & Needle Vs. Leesa: Mattress Comparison

Tuft & Needle Vs. Leesa – their flagship models are all-foam mattresses, and in today’s post, we are going to present and compare their features.

Young mattress companies are very competitive and produce high-quality products which can easily be compared to the companies with much longer traditions in bedding. Today we represent another two brands, Leesa, which entered the doors of bedding world in 2014., and Tuft & Needle, founded in 2012. Their flagship models are all-foam mattresses, and in today’s post, we are going to present and compare their features.

But first, let’s take a look at this chart to see what we can expect from our today’s mattress competitors; it looks like it is going to be a close fight.

Features: Leesa Tuft & Needle
Free Sleep Trial 100 nights 100 nights
Warranty Period 10 years 10-year limited warranty
Firmness Medium firm (6) Medium firm (6-7)
Thickness 10 inches 10 inches
Price $$ $
Shipping Free Free
Available Online and in stores Online
Weight (Queen size) 71 pounds 72 pounds


Comparing Constructions

Leesa Mattress

Leesa has a more traditional construction which consists of three foam layers. The base layer is 6 inches thick dense foam, the transitional layer is made of 2 inches thick contouring memory foam, and the final top layer of proprietary Avena foam is also 2 inches thick. Avena foam resembles the feel of latex, which is currently one of the most popular and expensive materials in the mattress industry. Avena brings the benefits of latex, but on a more affordable price and with enhanced durability. The seamless cover is made from lycra and polyester blend.

Although Leesa does not contain any natural materials, it does have a CertiPUR-US certification, which means that it does not contain any dangerous chemicals or toxic gases.

Tuft & Needle Mattress

This all-foam model has only two layers, the first one is the supportive, 7 inches thick base layer of polyurethane foam, and the second one is a 3 inches thick top layer made of T&N’s Adaptive foam infused with cooling gel.

The breathable Tactel cover is made from polyester and rayon, it is stretchy and thin, and contributes to the fresher feel. Tactel became a popular material as a substitute for cotton in the fashion industry, and it has enhanced cooling and drying features. All in all, this model has excellent motion transfer isolation and produces almost no noise, which makes it perfect for couples.

Besides the CertiPUR-US certificate, T&N mattress owns a few others as well. Their mattress is GreenGuard Gold certified which means that this product was designed for indoor usage and that it meets strict limits of chemical emissions. Another their certificate is Parent Tested Parent Approved, that means that real families and parents tested out this mattress and that they recommend it. This company proudly holds the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX certificate for all of the components of their bed.

Comparing Firmness and Heat Regulation

Leesa Mattress

Because Leesa’s comfort layer is only 2 inches thick, it may feel a bit firmer in comparison to other models of the medium firm range. It is not too soft, and sleepers will not sink in too much, but that does not mean that it does not provide cushioning and cradling, as well as pressure relief. If you are a sleeper who prefers the feel of sinking into a deep foam, this bed will probably feel too firm for you. But that top layer is the feature that distinguishes the Leesa mattress from other models, the Avena foam features air pockets for enhanced airflow, and that is why it sleeps cooler than most foam beds. Overall, Leesa’s firmness can be described as medium, around 6 on a scale from 1 to 10, although it can feel firmer to the sleepers who expect more sinkage.

The bed proved to be comfortable for all types of sleep positions and even for sleepers who are overweight, but some of the sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds found it too firm, which can easily be solved by purchasing a topper, but that is an additional cost, so bear that in mind if you are petite and lightweight.

Sleepers who tend to sleep hot reported that they do not have issues with overheating when sleeping on Leesa bed. That is because they cannot sink in too much, there is more airflow around their body, and Avena foam does its job of keeping the temperature under control.

Apart from the standard Leesa mattress, we encourage you to check out Leesa Hybrid mattress that comes with extra sleep-enhancing features, and to further improve your sleep quality with the Leesa hybrid pillow.

Tuft & Needle Mattress

Simplified construction of the Tuft & Needle mattress with only two foam layers, of which none is made from memory foam, puts it also in the medium firm range. Sleepers also reported that this bed feels firmer, although its top layer is one inch thicker than Leesa’s it still does not provide a lot of sinking and personal feel of sleepers is that it is more on the firm side.

Less sinking means less overheating during the night, so sleepers did not complain much about that, but just like with Leesa, some of them thought that this bed would work better for them with an added mattress topper.

When it comes to different sleep positions, sleepers who prefer sleeping on their side might find it too firm and wake up with sore shoulders, while stomach and back sleepers should not have any difficulties with their sleep. But, stomach sleepers who weigh over 230 pounds did not find this bed too comfortable for sleeping in this position, as well as lightweight sleepers who also complained about its firmness. Regardless of that, this mattress was designed with the needs of the majority on the mind, and it does fulfill expectations of most average sleepers.

Comparing Prices

Both mattresses are in the same price range, and they are much cheaper than some models that cost thousands of dollars. However with T&N sleepers can save an additional few hundreds, so if you are on a budget and looking for a quality model, you can either opt for T&N or add a bit more and invest in Leesa, it is up to your preferences and budget.

Size: Twin Twin XL Full Queen King Cal King
Leesa 530$ 699$ 859$ 999$ 1199$ 1199$
T&N 355$ 399$ 499$ 599$ 790$ 790$


Warranty, Sleep Trial and Return Policy

Both mattresses come with 100 nights of sleep trial period. For the Leesa, the request for return can be made only after the first 30 days of trial since that is considered to be the optimal number of nights during which sleepers can get used to the feel of their new mattress and see if it suits them. On the other hand, T&N does not have a mandatory trial period, and customers can return it at any point. However, the 100-night sleep trial is available only for customers who purchase their mattress through T&N official web site or Huckberry. Sleepers who shop from other third party retailers are not qualified for the free sleep trial.

Leesa offers free delivery, while white glove delivery and removing of the old mattress are available at additional cost. Returns are free except for customers from Alaska and Hawaii. T&N also does not do refund costs of shipping for returns from Hawaii and Alaska.

Leesa comes with a 10-year warranty, but the warranty will be voided if the mattress was not used with a proper base or foundation. Their warranty covers indentations that are 1 inch or deeper, defects such as issues with cover zipper or seams, but it will not include indentations or sagging less than 1 inch, stains, cuts, or any other accidental damage as well as repairs and replacements which can occur due to the sudden change of sleepers preferences.

T&N offers free shipping within 3 to 7 days, but they also offer same-day shipping for specific locations at an additional charge. Customers from Alaska and Hawaii will have to pay for the additional shipping charges. Their warranty policy also demands the use of a proper mattress foundation, otherwise, it will be voided. Their warranty will cover sagging and indentation that are ¾ of an inch or more profound, mattress flaws that damaged the foam, manufacturing defects, cover zippers, and seams. It will not cover indentations that are less than ¾ of an inch deep, stains, burns, or any other damage that was made due to the neglect and misuse.

Leesa Memory Foam Mattress


  • Excellent heat regulation, perfect for hot sleepers
  • Great motion transfer isolation
  • Universal feel which works feel for all body types


  • Lightweight and side sleepers might find it too firm
  • There is not much sinkage or the sense of cradling
  • It is pricier than the Tuft & Needle model

After looking at its pros and cons, we came to the conclusion that Leesa would be exceptionally good for sleepers who are overweight. Heavier sleepers tend to sink in too much into softer models, and hence to sleep hot. However, the medium firm Leesa with a bit of memory foam in the middle and adaptive Avena foam on the top achieves the right amount of cushioning without being too soft.

Many mattress manufacturers try to deal with conductive heat feature of foam on various, gimmicky ways, but the simple wavy design of Avena foam seems to does the trick the best. It promotes airflow and keeps the sleeper’s body at optimal temperature during the night, also the fact that it is placed above the memory foam layer prevents deep sinking and overheating.

For sleepers who enjoy soft contouring of memory foam but do not like sinking into it, the construction of Leesa may represent a perfect balance.

Tuft & Needle Mattress


  • Affordable price
  • A great option for sleepers who prefer firm mattresses
  • Warranty and sleep trial period


  • Simple construction with only two layers
  • It can feel too firm for lightweight sleepers
  • Does not work well for heavier stomach sleepers

T&N mattress has pretty similar features to Leesa’s, but it is slightly firmer, and that narrows down the groups of sleepers which can fully enjoy its features. That is nothing wrong since there are still plenty of sleepers who do not enjoy softer mattresses and seek for the ones which can provide them more support and a firmer sleep surface.

With that in mind, we highly recommend Tuft & Needle to the sleepers who belong to the average weight group, and their needs will be properly satisfied with this bed. However, that does not mean that lightweight and overweight sleepers should avoid it, and since it comes with a price which is hard to resist, the best option is to give it a chance with a free sleep trial, or with a suitable mattress topper.

Hot sleepers are very satisfied with the temperature regulation of this bed since they cannot sink in too much, foam cannot hug them, and there is no overheating, so if you are into firmer mattresses and cool sleep, take T&N into consideration. Since it comes with a price that is hard to beat, but with a warranty and a sleep trial period which represents a standard in bedding, you should not worry if this model will justify its price.

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