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As the online mattress industry has grown dramatically in recent years, a handful of brands have grown in prominence and popularity. Two of those companies are Bear and Leesa, which both got started with just one mattress, won over customers, and continued innovating to develop their product lines and establish themselves as leading online mattress companies.

In short, if you’re deciding between Leesa and Bear, you’re likely to end up as a satisfied customer. But finding your ideal mattress among the distinct models of these two brands requires taking a closer look at what each brings to the table.

Each company has three mattresses available, and among these six beds you’ll find different mattress types, designs, materials, and price points. Our in-depth comparison of Bear versus Leesa begins with the basics about these offerings and then takes a deeper dive into their performance and standout features.

Quick Look

Price Range (Queen)

$800-$1,390

Price Range (Queen)

$799-$2,199

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6)

Standout Features

  • Specialty Celliant cover uses infrared energy to enhance nightly recovery.
  • Thoughtful layering of materials provides dynamic performance from all-foam and hybrid options.
  • Quality mattress options at affordable prices.

Standout Features

  • Blend of contouring and bounce for well-balanced performance.
  • Multi-layered comfort systems for improved pressure relief.
  • Eco-friendly cover that is made with recycled plastics (Leesa Legend).
  • B-Corporation with demonstrated commitment to social causes.

Models

Models

Sleep Trial & Warranty

100-night sleep trial
10-year warranty (Bear Mattress and Pro)
20-year warranty (Bear Hybrid)

Sleep Trial & Warranty

100-night sleep trial
10-year warranty

Customer Service

A+

Customer Service

A+

Bear

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Leesa

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Sizing and Weight Options

Before you buy a mattress, it makes sense to first get a sense of its dimensions. This means taking a careful look at its size, height, and weight.

The mattress size determines how much surface area you’ll have to sleep on. You’ll want a larger bed if you have a bigger body shape, if you like to stretch out, or if you share the bed with another person. In addition, you need to consider the space in your bedroom and what size mattress can fit without being a tight squeeze.

The height of a mattress, especially when considered along with the bed frame, can influence how easy it is to get in and out of bed, which takes on added importance for people who have chronic conditions like arthritis. Mattress height can also dictate whether you need fitted sheets with an extra-deep pocket.

Mattress weight may be an afterthought on most days, but it can be a big deal if you need to move the bed. A heavier mattress may also require that you use a more robust bed frame.

Bear

Height Size Options
10" Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height Size Options
12" Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height Size Options
14.5" Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Leesa

Height Size Options
10" Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height Size Options
11" Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height Size Options
12" Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

The available mattress sizes from Bear and Leesa are nearly identical. The mattresses from the companies are offered in all six standard mattress sizes with only one exception: the Leesa Legend is not available in a Twin.

All of the Bear and Leesa mattresses fall in a height range of 10 to 14 inches, which means they should all work well with fitted sheets that have a standard pocket depth. The tallest mattress is the Bear Hybrid, which is three inches taller than the Leesa Hybrid and two inches taller than the Leesa Legend.

In terms of weight, the all-foam models are quite alike. The Bear Mattress and Lessa Original, both 10 inches tall, have almost the exact same weight, while the Bear Pro, which is two inches thicker, is about 10 pounds heavier.

Likewise, the hybrid models have comparable weight, all falling between 110 and 119 pounds. The heaviest is the Leesa Legend even though it is two inches shorter than the Bear Hybrid.

Given these similarities, sizing isn’t likely to be the deciding factor for shoppers choosing between a Leesa or Bear mattress, but awareness of the available mattress dimensions can still be useful in picking out the optimal bed for your home.

Bear

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Leesa

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Construction and Materials Comparison

A thorough comparison of the Bear and Leesa mattresses must involve a close look at how they are constructed. The way that a mattress is built, including its materials and how they are layered together, provides some of the strongest evidence for how a mattress will perform and whether it will hold up over the long term.

Some standard terminology is used to describe mattress construction. The support core is at the base of the mattress and is normally its thickest and sturdiest layer. The comfort system encompasses the layer or layers above the support core that shape the characteristics that sleepers most directly perceive, such as contouring and firmness.

In a hybrid mattress, the support core is made with coils, and the comfort system can be made with foam, latex, micro-coils, and/or fabrics like cotton. In an all-foam mattress, the support core is made with polyfoam, and the comfort system is made with foam, latex, and/or fabrics.  Both Bear and Leesa include both all-foam and hybrid options in their product lines.

Bear

Bear has three different mattress options. The Bear Mattress and Bear Pro have all-foam designs, and the Bear Hybrid has a coil-based support core.

While the interior construction differs, the cover is the same for all three Bear mattresses, and it is one of the brand’s standout features. The cover is made with a textile called Celliant that has unique properties that allow it to reflect back body heat as infrared energy. By drawing heat away from the skin, this serves the goal of temperature neutrality. In addition, some scientific research has found that the infrared energy generated by a Celliant material can give a boost to the overnight recovery of muscles and other tissue.

The Bear Mattress was the model that helped give the company its start. It is a 10-inch mattress with a firm (7) feel that has three foam layers underneath the Celliant cover:

  • 2 inches of graphite-gel infused memory foam
  • 2 inches of transition polyfoam
  • 6 inches of base polyfoam

Though its build isn’t complicated, this original offering has won over customers in large part because of the top layer’s ability to soften impact around pressure points and insulate each side of the bed against feeling motion on the other side. The gel infusion works with the cover to decrease heat retention, while the transition and base polyfoam layers prevent most people from pushing too deeply into the bed.

A second all-foam option is the Bear Pro, which is 12 inches tall and composed of four separate internal layers:

  • 1 inch of copper-infused polyfoam
  • 1.5 inches of gel-infused memory foam
  • 2.5 inches of transition polyfoam
  • 7 inches of base polyfoam

The top two layers of this mattress work together to provide noticeable conforming despite having a medium firm (6) feel. Copper is naturally antibacterial and its infusion also works to break up heat buildup. The bottom two layers of polyfoam give the mattress a solid feel and allow the top two layers to more effectively accommodate the body.

In contrast to the Bear Mattress and Bear Pro, the Bear Hybrid has an innerspring support core. While Bear doesn’t publish quite as much detail about the Bear Hybrid’s construction, we do know that it is made with five layers:

  • Gel-infused polyfoam
  • Polyfoam
  • Transition polyfoam
  • Pocketed innerspring coils
  • Base polyfoam

The mix of polyfoam in the comfort system helps to create a medium firm (6) feel that provides both pressure relief and responsiveness. The polyfoam layers deliver moderate contouring, and the coils generate plenty of bounce. Edge support is improved through a reinforced perimeter in the support core. The Celliant cover, gel-infused polyfoam, and coils all chip in to minimize the chances of sleeping hot on the Bear Hybrid.

Leesa

Like Bear, Leesa’s product line includes a mix of all-foam and hybrid mattresses. The company’s all-foam offering is the Leesa Original, which paved the way for the company’s early success.

The Leesa Original has a soft cover made with a polyester blend. The material is stretchy and about average in terms of moisture-wicking. There are three interior layers under this cover:

  • 2 inches of polyfoam
  • 2 inches of memory foam
  • 6 inches of base polyfoam

The combined four inches of foam in the comfort layer create a medium (5) comfort feel. The top layer’s polyfoam has modest contouring and higher responsiveness while the memory foam provides deeper conforming and more limited bounce. The combination creates a well-rounded feel to relieve pressure and isolate motion without excessive sink.

In the Leesa Hybrid, the cover is made with a cotton blend. Cotton has greater breathability than polyester, allowing this cover to better wick moisture for comfort cooling. On the inside, the Leesa Hybrid has five layers:

  • 1.5 inches of polyfoam
  • 1.5 inches of memory foam
  • 1 inch of transition polyfoam
  • 6 inches of pocketed innerspring coils with reinforced edges
  • 1 inch of base polyfoam

This classic hybrid design gives the mattress significant responsiveness. Bounce comes not only from the coils, but also the top polyfoam layer that springs back quite quickly. At the same time, the memory foam helps tailor the bed’s cushioning to meet the body’s weight and facilitate spinal alignment. The polyfoam on either side of the coils generates stability, including around the edge where the coils have already been reinforced.

The Leesa Legend, the company’s luxury mattress, is a hybrid that employs a sophisticated coil-on-coil design. Its cover is made with a blend of polyester, recycled PES, organic cotton, merino wool, rayon, and spandex. The recycled PES is derived from plastics that would otherwise be thrown away, helping to remove an average of around 60 plastic bottles from the environment in each Queen mattress. Combined with the other fabrics, this eco-friendly cover is also breathable, stretchy, and soft.

Inside the cover, the Leesa Legend has six layers:

  • 1 inch of aerated polyfoam
  • 1 inch of memory foam
  • 1.5 inches of a mixed-material layer that has micro-coils at the head and foot of the bed and polyfoam in the center
  • 1 inch of transition polyfoam
  • 6 inches of pocketed innerspring coils with reinforced edges
  • 1 inch of transition polyfoam

The coil-on-coil design gives the Leesa Legend plenty of bounce, and the edge support is excellent because of the reinforced perimeter in the support core as well as the creative mixed-material layer in the comfort system. In addition to its responsiveness, the Leesa Legend provides quality pressure relief and motion isolation that come from its memory foam and aerated polyfoam top layers. Its overall comfort feel is medium firm (6), so it provides a comfortable and supportive sleeping surface for the majority of sleepers.

Average Customer Ratings

Word-of-mouth is one of the oldest forms of advertising because it draws on the expertise of people who have actually used a product. With the rise of online mattress shopping, learning from the experience of other shoppers is easier than ever.

Most mattress companies host customer reviews on their own websites, and third-party reviewers frequently conduct their own evaluations of different brands and models. When looking at these reviews, consider the following questions:

  • How many reviews are there? A larger number provides a more representative sample that helps you know that the review score isn’t being distorted by just one or two outliers.
  • Are the reviews from real customers? Verified reviews should be granted more validity since you know they come from someone who actually bought the mattress.
  • Were the reviewers compensated? Reviewers who get incentives to leave a review are more inclined to write something positive.
  • What’s the aggregate review score? The combined score, usually on a ranking of 1-5, gives a quick look at whether it’s been well-received.
  • What do the reviewers actually say? If you can, look for detailed written comments that explain the pros and cons that might be relevant to your decision.

The mattresses from Bear and Leesa have both earned high marks from customers. Newer models, like the Bear Pro and Leesa Legend, don’t have the same number of reviews as the longer-standing Bear Mattress and Leesa Original.

The two companies have solid reputations from the Better Business Bureau. A plus for Leesa for some shoppers is that the company is a B-corporation, which means that social responsibility is explicitly incorporated into the company’s mission. In particular, this means that Leesa has several initiatives focused on making donations, including mattresses, to people in need.

Model Average Rating
Bear Mattress 4.7/5
Bear Pro 4.8/5
Bear Hybrid 4.8/5
Model Average Rating
Leesa Mattress 4.5/5
Leesa Hybrid Mattress 4.5/5
Leesa Legend 4.9/5

In-Depth Ratings

A hallmark of savvy shoppers is their ability to cut through the noise and focus on what’s most likely to result in a quality purchase. They are able to identify their priorities, navigate through marketing hype, and zero in on the best fit for their needs.

For mattress shoppers, there are a handful of key elements of design and performance that merit the closest attention:

  • Durability: Once a mattress starts to wear out, you can’t count on it to provide pressure relief, bounce, edge support, or other features. On top of that, a durable mattress saves you money by letting you go longer without having to spend on a new bed. Longevity is normally the longest in mattresses that have a robust design and top-end materials.
  • Motion Isolation: An important priority for couples, motion isolation is a bed’s ability to prevent movement on one part of the mattress from being felt on other parts of it. This means that if your bed partner tosses and turns, you won’t be woken up by ripple effects of that movement. Memory foam is well-known for its motion isolation properties, and other foam materials can have a strong performance in this area as well.
  • Sex: People with an active sex life use their mattresses for more than just sleep, but when it comes to facilitating intimate activity, not all mattresses are created equal. Beds with springiness are more conducive to the type of movements that are typical during sex. On the contrary, deep contouring and limited bounce can be a barrier to some sexual activity because of how they slow down or inhibit movement.
  • Temperature Neutrality: A mattress that sustains a consistent temperature through the night can keep you from waking up hot and in a sweat. Most overheating issues are related to a mattress clinging too tightly to the body and not letting the skin breathe. It can also be tied to materials that naturally build up more heat. In general, hybrid mattresses have a better reputation for temperature regulation than all-foam beds, but it’s not uncommon to find specific design elements meant to promote cooler sleep.
  • Pressure Relief: Pressure points are the zones of the body that are more inclined to uncomfortable twisting, bending, or impact with the bed. These areas need to be accommodated to prevent waking up with pain. Pressure relief often comes from materials that can tailor their cushioning to mirror the body’s distribution of weight across the surface of the bed. While many types of materials can serve this goal, memory foam is considered by many to be a leader in offering standout pressure relief.
  • Off-gassing: It’s normal to notice a light smell when a bed-in-a-box mattress is first unpacked. This smell comes from off-gassing, which is the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) created during the production process. VOCs aren’t a health risk, but the smell can be annoying or irritating for some. All-foam models tend to off-gas the most, but the smell usually is gone within a few hours to a few days.
  • Ease of Movement: Being able to effortlessly move on a mattress is important to combination sleepers who frequently switch their sleeping position. It’s also meaningful for anyone who wants to avoid the feeling of being “stuck” in a mattress. To maintain ease of movement, a mattress needs to have at least moderate bounce that gives the body a light amount of support as its weight is redistributed into a new position.
  • Edge Support: The weak point for many mattresses is around the edge where any softness or deep compression can become exaggerated. If the structural integrity is really low, it may even feel as though the mattress will give out if you sleep or sit near its perimeter. Among the mattress types, hybrids often have above-average edge support while all-foam beds have worse performance.

While perceptions of feel and performance can be subjective, a detailed look at the ratings for the Bear and Leesa mattresses can help guide you to the option that is most likely to match up with what you’re looking for in a new bed.

Bear

Bear Bear Mattress Bear Pro Bear Hybrid
Firmness Firm (7) Medium Firm (6) Medium Firm (6)
Durability 3/5 3/5 4/5
Motion Isolation 4/5 4/5 3/5
Sex 3/5 3/5 4/5
Sleeps Cool 3/5 3/5 4/5
Pressure Relief 4/5 4/5 4/5
Off-Gassing 2/5 2/5 4/5
Ease of Movement 3/5 3/5 4/5
Edge Support 2/5 2/5 3/5
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Leesa

Leesa Leesa Mattress Leesa Hybrid Mattress Leesa Legend
Firmness Medium (5) Medium Firm (6) Medium Firm (6)
Durability 3/5 3/5 3/5
Motion Isolation 4/5 3/5 4/5
Sex 3/5 4/5 4/5
Sleeps Cool 3/5 4/5 4/5
Pressure Relief 4/5 4/5 4/5
Off-Gassing 3/5 3/5 3/5
Ease of Movement 3/5 4/5 4/5
Edge Support 2/5 4/5 4/5
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In-Depth Pricing

For most mattress shoppers, price is one of the most important factors influencing their purchase. Even if you are working with an unrestricted budget, it’s natural to want to get the best value and make the most of your spending.

Many customers wonder why there can be such a wide discrepancy in mattress pricing. While there’s not a simple equation to determine how much a new bed will cost, some central issues have a big role in pricing:

  • The type of mattress
  • The total height and number of layers
  • The materials used in each layer
  • The thickness of each layer
  • The use of specialty materials, including green or organic components
  • The addition of unique design features
  • The location where the mattress is produced

The retail pricing for all sizes of the Bear and Leesa mattresses are listed in the following tables, but shoppers should be aware that the listed retail price is not what most customers actually pay. Discounts are common, and it’s usually easy to find a coupon or other promotion if you are shopping online.

Bear

Bear Bear Mattress Bear Pro Bear Hybrid
Twin $500 $940 $1090
Twin XL $600 $990 $1190
Full $700 $1040 $1290
Queen $800 $1090 $1390
King $900 $1290 $1690
California King $900 $1290 $1690
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Leesa

Leesa Leesa Mattress Leesa Hybrid Mattress Leesa Legend
Twin $599 $999 -
Twin XL $699 $1099 $1999
Full $899 $1399 $2299
Queen $999 $1699 $2499
King $1199 $1899 $2999
California King $1199 $1899 $2999
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Leesa

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Of all the offerings from Bear and Leesa, the most affordable is the Bear Mattress. Next on the list is the Leesa Original. Both of these are solid values for all-foam mattresses, and the Bear Mattress is particularly economical. The Bear Pro is the most expensive all-foam bed from these two companies, but it is still priced competitively with comparable mattresses on the market.

Among the hybrid models, the Bear Hybrid is the lowest-priced, and the Leesa Legend is the most expensive. This comes as no surprise since the Leesa Legend is designed as a luxury mattress. For budget shoppers, the Bear Hybrid is a compelling option although the Leesa Hybrid also provides a good return on investment given its overall quality.

Viewed as a whole, Bear tends to win out versus Leesa when it comes to pricing, but the Leesa mattresses are still reasonably priced and provide real value for shoppers who are drawn to the design or features offered by Leesa.

Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

Another factor to evaluate when comparing the Bear and Leesa mattresses is their policies for shipping, returns, and warranties. These policies frequently differ for online mattress companies compared to physical stores. As they can affect customer satisfaction and convenience, it’s important to be informed about them before deciding which of these brands is your top pick.

Shipping

For online mattress shopping, free standard shipping is almost always included as part of your purchase. Normally within about 7 days of making your purchase, a large cardboard box will arrive at your door. Inside that box is your mattress, which has been compressed and sealed in plastic. To get it set up, you need to bring the box to your bedroom, remove the mattress, and cut away the plastic so that the bed can begin to retake its complete size. While this installation process is easy, it generally requires two or more people to carry the box and lift the mattress.

With some mattress companies, including both Bear and Leesa, there is an option for in-home setup. This service, known as White Glove delivery, means a team of technicians installs the new mattress in your bedroom and, if needed, removes an existing mattress. This service may not be available in all areas and frequently comes with an extra cost.

Bear Shipping Policies

Customers in the 48 contiguous U.S. states receive free standard shipping for all three Bear mattresses. Bed-in-a-box shipping to Alaska and Hawaii carries an additional charge.

Bear’s White Glove delivery service is offered in the contiguous United States and costs $100 for installation alone or $150 for installation and removal of an old mattress.

Leesa Shipping Policies

The Leesa mattresses come with free standard shipping to addresses in the 50 U.S. states. Some international shipping, including to Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, is available for an extra charge.

White Glove delivery from Leesa includes both mattress setup and old mattress removal. It costs $150 but is not available in all areas.

Sleep Trial and Returns

Many customers are accustomed to lying down on a mattress in a showroom before making their purchase, but online mattress companies take a different approach. Instead of relying on a few minutes in a store to try a mattress, these companies let customers use their bed in their own home with the ability to return it for a full refund if they decide it’s not right for them.

This return policy is known as a sleep trial, and many shoppers find that it’s the most effective test of whether a mattress lives up to their expectations. The standard sleep trial is 100 nights. If the customer asks for a return, the company normally either picks up the mattress or helps find a local site for donation.

Bear Sleep Trial and Return Policy

Bear provides its customers with a 100-night sleep trial. Before making a return, you are required to keep the mattress for 30 nights so that your body can adjust to it and you can give it a fair evaluation. Full refunds are provided to customers who decide to return the mattress. White Glove delivery charges are not refundable.

Leesa Sleep Trial and Return Policy

Leesa has a 100-night sleep trial for its mattresses, and the company asks that you wait for 30 nights before deciding whether to return it. If you want to return the mattress, you will be issued a full refund. White Glove delivery fees are not refundable, and Alaska and Hawaii customers must pay $100 for return shipping.

Warranty

For long-term customer protection, virtually every mattress comes with a warranty that covers defects in materials or workmanship. A mattress warranty does not offer coverage for damage from accidents nor expected wear-and-tear that happens slowly over time.

When looking at a mattress warranty, consider how long it lasts as well as what the company’s obligations are if a defect arises. The best warranties for customers are ones that last for an extended period and require little or no financial commitment from customers to repair or replace a defective product.

Bear Mattress Warranty

For the all-foam Bear Mattress and Bear Pro, the company provides a 10-year warranty for all of the interior components. The Celliant cover has a 1-year warranty. If a defect occurs, Bear will either repair or replace the mattress, but the customer must pay for transportation costs.

The Bear Hybrid’s warranty lasts for 20 years for the interior components and one year for the cover. In the first ten years, a defective mattress will be repaired or replaced, but the customer pays for shipping. Starting in year 11, customers must pay a prorated charge for the mattress to be fixed or replaced. That charge is 50% of the purchase price in year 11 and goes up by 5% each year afterward.

Leesa Mattress Warranty

For all of their mattresses, Leesa includes a 10-year warranty. During that time, Leesa will repair or replace a mattress with a defect, but the customer has to pay for transportation costs.

Warranty Shipping
10 Year, Limited Free Continental US
Warranty Shipping
10 Year, Limited Free ground shipping