Online mattress companies are on the rise and finding the perfect fit for you is a difficult choice to make. Budget and materials are just a few concerns to have. Without the ability to test and see and lay on a mattress prior to purchase, can you actually buy a good mattress online?
This article will examine and compare the Leesa vs. Tuft and Needle. Is one better than the other? What materials are they made from? We will look at all of these in detail and help you make a purchasing decision you can be happy with. By the end of the article, you will know the details of each of the mattresses and which one may be the best suited to be in your home.
$525 - $1100
8 – 12 years
The Leesa mattress has a larger comfort layer but it is wrapped in a transition layer. This allows for a firmer feeling without sinking in. Side and front sleepers will get the most benefit here.
$400 - $900
7 – 10 years
Tuft and Needle is a lower-end mattress with high quality aspirations. For daily use the mattress won’t hold up as well as others in the market, but it will be there when you need it.
Firmness and Support
Rolled and boxed mattresses don’t seem, at first, glance, that they would be able to support much or be very firm. The idea of fitting an entire mattress into a box and shipping to your door seems a bit odd to some.
However, once the boxes have been opened and aired, you will find that the foam has a lot of support and will hold a lot of weight, movement and sleep positions. The Tuft and Needle is a very firm mattress, exceeding the firmness of even the Leesa.
The Leesa offers quite a bit of support for side sleepers and has minimal give to allow comfort for those that sleep on their stomachs. This allows for pressure point relief in any position. If you sleep on your back, the firm rating of the Leesa may be enough to help alleviate morning back pain.
The Tuft and Needle is even more firm than the Leesa. There is still give that allows for easy movement on the mattress, but for back sleepers, you won’t get that hug feeling from a softer one.
If you need firm support, the Tuft and Needle is a decent option. It is one of the firmest foam mattresses on the market. It is good for back pain sufferers and those that like to sleep on their sides. Front sleepers may find the Tuft and Needle mattress a bit too firm, but it is a personal preference that you must decide on.
Winner: This is a tie. Both mattresses are firm and are great for side and back sleepers alike.
Movement is a huge issue with older style mattresses. Innerspring mattresses, for example, do not have much to offer in the way of motion isolation. If your partner gets in or out of the bed while you are in it, you will notice. It may or may not be enough to wake you up if you are already asleep, but it is possible.
With the foam mattresses, motion isolation is something that is addressed and accounted for. The Leesa, for example, has very minimal movement disturbance. Even sitting on the edge will not affect someone laying on the other side.
With the Leesa, motion distribution is sent down through the layers into the base foam and dispersed evenly throughout. This means that someone plopping or jumping on the bed will cause a bit of movement on the other side. However, normal entry or exit from the bed, or even nighttime movement such as changing positions won’t have any effect on the other sleeper at all.
The Tuft and Needle also have this same type of motion dispersion. With an extra thick base layer, the movement is minimized. Normal entry and exit to and from the bed shouldn’t disturb your partner. Though changing sleep positions near the middle may cause a bit of mattress movement on the other side of the bed.
This movement shouldn’t be enough to wake anyone but the lightest of sleepers, but it is something to take note of.
Winner: Leesa. Minimal movement is not a concern in any way.
Construction and Materials
The Leesa is made from three layers of foam material and a polyester cover. The base foam is a solid foam standing six inches thick. On top of this layer is the memory foam. This layer is two inches thick and is the main support and recovery layer.
On top of the entire thing is another two inches of Avena foam. This egg carton style foam allows for easier movement, weight distribution and airflow to keep the mattress cool. The thick polyester cover is modern and bold. A single seam cut from one piece of material. The four bar, the two-tone color scheme makes for a good looking mattress.
The Tuft and Needle is only two layers of foam. The base layer is seven inches thick and provides the entire base of support and recovery. There isn’t a memory foam layer, but instead, there are 3 inches of high-performance poly-foam.
The poly-foam layer is Tuft and Needle’s signature foam layer and is designed to be breathable, stay cool and offer support on all pressure points. The cover is a simple white cover that is relatively thin. It allows for more airflow but is also susceptible to tears or rips if moved often.
Winner: Leesa wins. The memory foam and Avena foam layers give added comfort and support the Tuft and Needle just doesn’t have.
Off-Gassing and Smell
All mattresses that are primarily foam will need to be aired out. VOCs and other gases will build up while packaged. The good news is that this normally doesn’t take very long. The Leesa, for example, generally is fully expanded and has eliminated over 90 percent of the off-gases within the first eight hours.
The Tuft and Needle is also the same. Between eight and 10 hours are needed prior to use to air out and expand. Both are also Certi-PUR-US certified. This means that the foams and adhesives used contain no heavy metals, CFCs or other highly toxic substances.
The VOCs and off-gases can cause problems for those that have asthma or other respiratory problems. In these cases, you may want to allow a few days to up to a week for the mattress to air out and fully disperse the built-up gases prior to use.
Winner: This is a tie. Both need to be aired out and both are certified by Certi-PUR-US.
Who Should Buy A Leesa?
If you are looking for a well-known brand with great customer service and a mattress that will deliver on its promise, the Leesa might just be the one for you. It offers a firm support foundation and Avena foam layers that keep the mattress cool while sleeping.
With minimal movement isolation, you won’t disturb your partner’s slumber when you need to get up in the middle of the night for that last piece of cake. The off-gassing process is relatively fast for the industry and the price point is about average.
Regardless of mattress size needed, the Leesa will give you a full 10-year warranty and 100 nights to try it out. They will even dispose of your old mattress for you. To get more info, check out our Leesa review.
Who Should Buy A Tuft & Needle?
If you are looking for an economical mattress that won’t get used every single night, the Tuft and Needle could be a good option for your home. While the build quality is high, and the materials are very good, it won’t last as long as some of the higher end mattresses when used constantly.
Because there isn’t a memory foam layer the movement response time is longer, and you may find that the mattress isn’t a good fit if you are a stomach sleeper. However, as a second mattress or a guest room bed, the Tuft and Needle will be a pleasant and comfortable option for your guests.
Lighter weight sleepers will benefit the most from this mattress as the give and sink are very minimal. If you'd like more info, check out our Tuft & Needle review.
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