Your mattress sucks.
It’s been nearly eight years since you bought your fluffy pillow top and the stuffing has compressed down to nothing. You wake up hot in the middle of the night. When you get up in the morning you feel like you’ve gone toe-to-toe with a Predator… and he won; your spine is but a memory.
It’s time to upgrade!
Leesa is an online retailer of foam mattresses (like Casper and Tuft & Needle). The Leesa is made in the USA and comes in at roughly half the price of retail store memory foam offerings like Tempurpedic. Instead of awkwardly poking around a mattress store while a high-pressure salesperson tries to upsell you; shopping for a mattress from Leesa is easy and hassle-free. You go to their site, select what size you want, and check out. That’s it. It’s almost disconcertingly simple.
Once Leesa receives your order, they assemble and compress your new mattress, shove it into a box that’s about a quarter of a size of a refrigerator box (no, seriously), and ship it to your door. When Leesa provided me with my sample mattress, it took about seven days from when I ordered to when it arrived.
Setting up your mattress is a simple matter of sliding it out of the box onto its final resting place (they recommend a platform bed; but I was able to make do with a box spring covered with a 4×8 piece of plywood). And a note here, the mattress is heavy and a bit unwieldy – there are no seams or handles to grab. So your best bet for moving it around the house is when it’s still boxed, trust me. Once the Leesa is on the bed, you unroll it, take off the plastic, and listen in awe as it sucks air back into itself. After about an hour, the Leesa is ready to go. You’ll notice it’s a little lower than you’re used to (if you’re used to a big pillowtop mattress and box spring like I was); but still at acceptable nightstand height.
You’ve then got 100 days to try out your new mattress. If you don’t like it, you contact their amazingly helpful customer service and Leesa will give you a full refund and arrange for a local charity to come and collect your mattress (incidentally they also donate a new mattress to charity for every 10 sold, pretty awesome).
So are you going to like it? Mattresses are a very subjective thing. One person’s fluffy pillowtop is another’s Gelatinous Cube. One’s ultra-firm slab is another’s Iron Maiden. Hence, the 100-day test drive. I’m of the mind that a lot of people are going to like the Leesa, a lot. But let’s talk a bit about what’s inside that distinctive 4-bar cover first, eh?
Leesa starts with six inches of CertiPUR-USA certified foam (means that it’s certified to be low-VOC, not contain formaldehyde or phthalates, and is manufactured without using ozone-depleting chemicals, flame retardants, or heavy metals). That solid base is followed by two inches of contouring memory foam (also certified). This is the layer that’s going to mold to your shape as you sleep. The top two inches are a cooling layer of certified Avena foam – in cross-section it looks similar to an inverted version of one of those egg crate mattress toppers you used to try to make your ancient innerspring comfortable again. Here, it ensures that there’s airflow around your body as you sleep, very important as memory foam has a tendency to retain heat. Without that Avena layer, you’ll end up baking by 3 AM.
What you end up with is a supportive mattress that doesn’t leave you overheated. I’ve been trying out my Leesa for the past two weeks and the aches and pains that I thought were simply due to working out or encroaching middle age have vanished. It’s astounding, really, how poorly I’d been sleeping on my old innerspring and never realized. One of my biggest worries had been heat transfer – I’d wake up in the middle of the night completely drenched and figured that I was just “sleeping hot” and memory foam would amplify that. That’s not the case at all. The Avena layer does exactly what it’s supposed to; maintaining a comfortable temperature is no longer a problem.
The Leesa is firm, much firmer than a standard innerspring mattress. Especially since I sleep on my stomach, I was concerned that was going to be an issue; but after a night or two of adjustment, I don’t even notice it. It’s also really nice in that there’s very little motion transfer in the mattress. When I get up in the middle of the night, I’m not rocking the whole bed and disturbing my wife–something she appreciates greatly. I imagine the firmness might be the deal-breaker for some (see the caveats above); but that’s why you get 100 nights to try the Leesa out!
I love the Leesa mattress and curse myself for taking so long to try it out. If I think about it, I needed to ditch my old mattress years ago. I could have been sleeping so much better!
So how can you get a Leesa to try out for yourself? You can find the Leesa on Amazon, but while you’ll save a bit of cash, you also forfeit 70 days of your trial. The 100-day trial is only for orders placed on Leesa.com. So let’s narrow that price gap. Leesa has been kind enough to set up an exclusive landing page just for GeekDad readers: http://www.leesa.com/geekdad
Using our link will get you $75 off your order (military personnel also get 10% off for all orders). Just use the code GEEKDAD at checkout. Sleep well!