Leesa is an online “bed-in-a-box” mattress brand that first launched in 2014 with the flagship Leesa Original Mattress. The company currently offers all-foam and hybrid models. Leesa is also renowned for a strong social impact characterized by charitable donations and volunteer-based efforts. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the brand’s newest mattress model, the Studio by Leesa (also known as the Leesa Studio).
The Studio by Leesa debuted in 2020. The mattress is constructed with a comfort layer of low-density memory foam, followed by a transitional memory foam layer. These two components create a traditional memory foam feel, and you’ll experience close conforming as the comfort and transitional layers respond slowly to your body. However, the mattress is considered medium firm (6 on the 1-10 firmness scale), so deep sinkage should not be a major issue for people who weigh up to 230 pounds. The support core is composed of high-density polyfoam, and the entire mattress is encased in a polyester-blend cover. Altogether, the Studio by Leesa measures 10 inches thick.
This review will focus on the Studio by Leesa. Read on to learn about the mattress in terms of construction and material composition, prices for each size, and performance ratings based on in-house product testing. You can check out other reviews on our site to learn about additional Leesa models, including the Leesa Original flagship foam bed and the company’s two coil mattresses, the Leesa Hybrid and Leesa Legend.
Watch the video below to see how the Leesa Studio Mattress performed when put to the test in the Sleep Foundation Lab.
The Studio by Leesa is an all-foam mattress containing a 1.5-inch comfort layer of memory foam. The material has a density of 2.5 pounds per cubic foot (PCF), which is considered low density. This means the material is relatively breathable but not particularly durable. The Studio by Leesa also features a 1.5-inch transitional memory foam layer, which is intended to provide extra cushioning and prevent you from sinking excessively beneath the mattress surface.
The Leesa Original Mattress is also an all-foam model measuring 10 inches thick, but it offers a different feel than the Studio by Leesa. The former is designed with a polyfoam comfort layer and memory foam transitional layer, resulting in a more responsive surface feel and subtler conforming. With its two memory foam layers, the Studio by Leesa delivers a more noticeable contour and less bounciness than the company’s flagship model.
The Studio by Leesa’s support core consists of 7 inches of high-density polyfoam. This layer reinforces and stabilizes the entire mattress. You shouldn’t sink too deeply into the mattress if you weigh 230 pounds or less. Additionally, the mattress offers above-average edge support thanks to its robust support system and medium firm feel.
A blue-stripe cover made from polyester-blend twill encases the Studio by Leesa. The fabric has a very soft and stretchy feel. With a 10-inch height, the mattress is considered a medium-profile model.
The Studio by Leesa is Leesa’s second all-foam mattress. Its full construction specs are listed below.
Polyester twill blend
1.5″ memory foam
1.5″ transitional memory foam
7″ HD polyfoam
The Studio by Leesa costs $799 in a queen size. This price-point is below-average for all-foam mattresses, which normally cost $900 to $1,200 in the same size. The Studio by Leesa is also the brand’s least expensive model compared to the Leesa Original ($999 in a queen), Leesa Hybrid ($1,699), and Leesa Legend ($2,199).
Standard ground shipping is free for all 50 states, so U.S. customers – including those in Alaska and Hawaii – won’t need to pay any surcharges for delivery unless they select the White Glove option. Returns within the 100-night sleep trial are also free for customers in the contiguous U.S., and Leesa will send couriers to pick up the mattress from their residence. For customers in Alaska and Hawaii, returns will result in a $100 deduction from the total product refund.
Full size, thickness, and weight measurements for the Studio by Leesa are listed below, along with price-points in each size.
|Twin||39" x 75"||10"||46 lbs.||$599|
|Twin XL||39" x 80"||10"||49 lbs.||$649|
|Full||54" x 75"||10"||59 lbs.||$699|
|Queen||60" x 80"||10"||68 lbs.||$799|
|King||76" x 80"||10"||83 lbs.||$999|
|California King||72" x 84"||10"||82 lbs.||$999|
As is often the case with memory foam mattresses, the Studio by Leesa absorbs motion from sleepers and prevents most movement from transferring across the surface. The comfort and transitional layers have lower densities and won’t completely eliminate motion transfer, but you and your sleep partner should notice very little movement on the surface when the other person changes positions or gets on and off the mattress.
Memory foam responds more slowly to the body than polyfoam, latex, and other comfort layer materials. This produces very little bounce-back on the surface, allowing you to move in bed without disrupting your partner’s sleep. The Studio by Leesa is also completely silent when bearing weight – another common characteristic for memory foam beds. We recommend this mattress to anyone whose sleep is easily disturbed by their sleep partner.
The memory foam layers of the Studio by Leesa conform rather closely. The mattress has a medium firm feel, so you shouldn’t sink too much if you weigh up to 230 pounds or more, but you’ll notice a head-to-toe contour and even weight distribution throughout your body. For many side sleepers in this weight group, the Studio by Leesa provides enough cushioning around the shoulders and hips to ensure even spinal alignment and less overall pressure.
The mattress is also a good option for back sleepers who weigh 130 to 230 pounds. The mattress conforms closely enough to alleviate pressure for these individuals, but a strong support system prevents them from sinking around the midsection, hips, and other disproportionately heavy areas of the body.
Stomach sleepers will probably sink a bit more than back sleepers, even if they weigh 230 pounds or less. This can lead to added pressure, as well as aches and pains around the neck and shoulders. That said, the mattress is firm enough to keep most stomach sleepers on a fairly even plane.
Low-density memory foam tends to be more breathable than medium- or high-density foam. For this reason, the Studio by Leesa offers decent temperature control compared to other memory foam models with denser comfort layers. The mattress may absorb and trap heat for some, particularly those who run hot regardless of which mattress they use, but most people will notice less heat retention and a cooler surface temperature compared to other memory foam mattresses.
However, those who weigh more than 230 pounds are likely to sink deeply into the mattress. As this occurs, they may feel less surface airflow and become excessively warm as the foam molds to their body. People who weigh 230 pounds or less probably won’t sink as much and should sleep cooler on the Studio by Leesa.
Compared to other mattress types, all-foam models tend to sink a bit further along the perimeter. This is because polyfoam – even the dense foam used in base layers – cannot withstand as much compression as latex or steel coils. The Studio by Leesa is no exception, though people who weigh 230 pounds or less won’t sink as much on this mattress thanks to its medium firm feel. This should make getting on and off the mattress fairly easy for those in this weight group, and they should feel relatively secure sleeping near the edges.
If you weigh more than 230 pounds, then you’ll probably sink more and may find getting in and out of bed somewhat difficult. Perimeter sinkage tends to worsen over time, as well. To protect your mattress from wear and tear along the edges, we recommend rotating it head-to-foot every three to six months.
Mattresses that sink deeply can be problematic for some people when getting in and out of bed. Many describe this feeling as being trapped by the mattress. Thankfully, the Studio by Leesa has a medium firm feel and sinkage will be minimal for people who weigh up to 230 pounds. This means less struggling when moving across the surface and easier sleep position changes.
Since they will probably sink more, those who weigh more than 230 pounds will likely have more trouble moving on the Studio by Leesa. People in this weight group generally prefer firmer mattresses with coil systems and other support core components that provide more bounce-back than polyfoam.
Every couple has specific preferences, but according to the general consensus, the best mattress for sex has a responsive surface that conforms to a moderate extent. Added springiness ensures easier movements when changing positions or relocating to different areas of the bed, while a gentle contour provides good traction to help you and your partner maintain one position for prolonged periods of time. The Studio by Leesa (as noted above) shouldn’t sink too much for people who weigh up to 230 pounds, so good traction is a major strength of the mattress. Above-average edge support also allows couples to use the entire surface of the mattress, rather than feeling confined to the middle.
The Studio by Leesa will probably release some off-gassing odor after you unbox the mattress. This commonly occurs with mattresses that feature memory foam and/or polyfoam layers. The foam emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs), tiny particles that carry a distinct odor many liken to plastic. The good news is that the mattress shouldn’t smell for too long. The low-density foam layers are fairly breathable and shouldn’t trap too much odor compared to the medium- or high-density foams found in other models.
If you notice excessive or persistent odor from your Studio by Leesa, consider placing the mattress in a well-ventilated room for one to two days before sleeping on it. This can help the bed flush out bothersome smells rather quickly.
Side Sleepers: Side sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds should find the Studio by Leesa very comfortable. Two memory foam layers conform closely and deliver ample cushioning for the shoulders and hips, which in turn can promote even spinal alignment and reduce pressure points throughout the body. Thanks to the bed’s medium firm feel, excessive sinkage along the torso and waist should not be an issue. These individuals should also feel secure sleeping near the edges of the mattress.
Side sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds will probably sink a bit more. The transitional and base layers still provide good overall support, but more sinkage and added pressure may occur around areas where they carry a disproportionate amount of weight. A firmer mattress may be more comfortable for these sleepers, especially if its support layers are made from steel coils.
Back Sleepers: The Studio by Leesa is a good option for back sleepers weighing 230 pounds or less. For many back sleepers, the ideal mattress offers a balance of body-contouring and support. This ensures pressure relief in sensitive areas and minimal sinkage. Thanks to its medium firm feel and even conforming throughout the body, the Studio by Leesa should alleviate pressure for these back sleepers while maintaining a flat, even surface.
Back sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds may find the Studio by Leesa too soft and prone to deep sinkage, especially between the shoulders and hips. This can cause your midsection and waist to slide deeper into the mattress while your head, shoulders, and legs remain closer to the surface. Added aches and pains often occur as a result. If you weigh more than 230 pounds and normally sleep on your back, then you may need a more supportive mattress.
Stomach Sleepers: After testing the Studio by Leesa, we’ve found that stomach sleepers feel a bit less comfortable on this mattress than side or back sleepers. The problem for many who use this position is excessive sinkage around the midsection. The mattress has a medium firm feel and provides above-average reinforcement for a memory foam mattress, but even then, stomach sleepers are likely to experience at least minor support issues.
The stomach sleeping position is associated with more aches and pains. Many of us carry a large amount of weight between the shoulders and hips, and sleeping face-down can cause you to sink deeply into a mattress regardless of your total body weight. For this reason, mattresses with zoned base layers and other enhanced support systems tend to be most comfortable for stomach sleepers – and all-foam models like the Studio by Leesa are a bit more problematic.
|Under 130 lbs.||130-230 lbs.||Above 230 lbs.|
The Studio by Leesa is available for purchase on the Leesa website, but it cannot be purchased through any third-party retailers or online marketplaces (including Amazon.com). Leesa has an exclusive partnership with West Elm and Macy’s, two online and brick-and-mortar home goods chains that currently carry other three Leesa mattresses. It’s likely West Elm and Macy’s will also offer the Studio by Leesa at some point.
Leesa operates the ‘Dream Gallery’ showroom in Virginia Beach, as well.
Leesa provides free ground shipping via FedEx to all 50 states. Most customers receive their mattress within three to six business days of placing their original order. Within 24 hours of finalizing your purchase, you can make changes to your shipping address. After 24 hours, you’ll need to make these changes using FedEx Delivery Manager, a free online service from FedEx.
In addition to standard ground shipping, Leesa offers White Glove delivery for a flat fee of $150. This includes scheduled delivery date and time, in-home mattress assembly, and the removal of your old mattress and/or box spring upon request. Please note that the cost of White Glove delivery is not included in your product refund if you decide to return the mattress.
Leesa offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Studio by Leesa. The company does not require a break-in of any kind, but they encourage customers to test out the mattress for at least 30 nights before requesting a return. If you decide to return the mattress during the sleep trial, Leesa will issue a full refund (minus White Glove shipping fees) and send couriers to retrieve the mattress from your residence at no extra charge. All returned mattresses are either donated to charity or recycled.
The Studio by Leesa comes with a 10-year warranty. This warranty is completely non-prorated, meaning Leesa will cover all repair and replacement costs (minus roundtrip shipping expenses) if your mattress develops a defect while the warranty is still valid.
Under this warranty, sagging and body impressions in the surface are considered defects if they measure 1 inch or deeper. Other defects include physical flaws in the mattress that cause materials to split or crack, and manufacturing defects associated with the cover (such as unraveling seams or cracked zippers).