Leesa and Tuft & Needle are two well-established mattress options in the bed-in-a-box industry. Both offer one-size-fits-all beds that are designed to support the majority of sleepers. The main differences between Tuft & Needle and Leesa are the types of foam used in the construction of their mattresses, and the certification processes they’ve undergone. While both use poly foams that are CertiPUR certified, Tuft & Needle also has OEKO-TEX® and GREENGUARD certifications. These are more difficult to get and are less frequently obtained by manufactures in the bed-in-a-box industry.

Mattress Construction

The Leesa is constructed from three layers of foam, and encased in a quilted, machine-washable poly-lycra fabric blend. The Leesa layers are described in detail here:

  • The top layer: 2 inches of Avena foam, which is a durable foam that is designed to keep the sleeper cool, like latex, while eliminating bounce and motion transfer.
  • The second layer: 2 inches of memory foam, which hugs the body and provides pressure relief.
  • The bottom layer: 6 inches of high-density support foam, which provides foundational support.

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Tuft & Needle is a 10 inch poly foam mattress that uses only two layers and is encased in a TACTEL® fabric cover.

The Tuft & Needle layers are described in detail here:

  • The top layer: 3 inches of poly foam, which is meant to be responsive and breathable.
  • The bottom layer: 7 inches of of poly foam, which is meant to provide the support while also acting as the foundational base of the mattress.

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A side-by-side comparison of the Tuft & Needle and Leesa can be found in the following table:

Mattress Specs Tuft & Needle Leesa
Cost of a Queen $575 $940
Total inches 9.5 inches 10 inches
Cover Polyester-nylon blend, OEKO-TEX® certified. Poly-lycra blend
Top layer 3 inches adaptive poly foam 2 inches Avena foam
ILD | PCF 2.9 PCF 3.65 PCF | 20 ILD
Middle Layer 2 inches memory foam
ILD | PCF 3.0 PCF | 9 ILD
Second middle layer
ILD | PCF
Bottom layer 7 inches adaptive poly foam 6 inches high density support foam
ILD | PCF 1.8 PCF 1.8 PCF | 32 ILD

Trial Period + Warranty + Shipping Information

Leesa and Tuft & Needle both offer an 100-night trial to test their mattresses. If you are not satisfied within that time period, you can return either mattress for a full refund. At Leesa, returned mattresses are primarily donated to charity, except when local charities are not accepting beds, in which case they’re sent to a recycling center. Tuft & Needle will also remove your mattress should you decide to return it within their trial period, unless you are located outside of the continental United States. Hawaii and Alaska locals will not be reimbursed for their original Tuft & Needle shipping costs, and customers in Hawaii or Alaska who return the Leesa mattress will be charged a fee of $100.

Both Leesa and Tuft & Needle offer a 10 year limited warranty that offers full replacement for any structural defects that arise during that time period. Generally this includes foam splitting and permanent indentations. Here is more information on the Tuft & Needle warranty. For additional details on Leesa’s warranty, click here.

The following table provides shipping and delivery details for Tuft & Needle and Leesa:

Tuft & Needle Leesa
Trial period 100 nights 100 nights
Cost of Shipping Free within the lower 48 states of the US. Tuft & Needle will ship to Hawaii and Alaska for an additional fee depending on the zip code, expect to pay between $120-$190. Free – including Alaska & Hawaii
International availability Canada – Additional fees apply depending on zip code, including a rural shipping fee, service taxes, and provincial sales taxes. Canada, Germany, UK
Shipment details All Tuft & Needle mattresses ship compressed in box either 16″L X 16″W X 44″H, or 19″L X 19″W X 44″H, depending on the size ordered. All size mattresses ship compressed in a 18 x 18 x 45 inch box
Shipping length Dependent on location – between 2 days and 2 weeks. 5-10 days (all Leesa mattresses are made-to-order)
Warranty 10 year limited 10 year limited

Firmness

Leesa is a medium-firm mattresses that will work well for the vast majority of sleepers, and it does not offer any additional firmness options.

Tuft & Needle is also a medium-firm mattress.The poly foam formula used by Tuft & Needle reportedly provides more of a floating feel, with very little sinkage. However, for sleepers over 230 pounds, the 3 inches in Tuft & Needle’s top comfort layer is probably not enough. Heavier sleepers will sink too far through the top comfort layer and reach the bottom base layer, which will make the Tuft & Needle mattress feel very firm, and less supportive.

Performance Differences

Motion Transfer

Both the Leesa and Tuft & Needle beds handle motion transfer exceptionally well. If you have a restless partner, or different bedtimes, either of these mattresses should help reduce the likelihood of waking each other up.

Edge Support

Neither Leesa nor Tuft & Needle has particularly strong edge support.

Offgassing

The Leesa mattress contains memory foam and will produce some off-gassing initially. However, the smell should dissipate quickly. Tuft & Needle is GREENGUARD certified, which means their mattress is a low-emitting product that will help improve the indoor air quality of a bedroom. As a result, there should be very little to no off-gassing from a Tuft & Needle Mattress.

Longevity/Durability

Tuft and Needle is an 100% poly-foam mattress. Depending on the density, poly foams can be less durable than other types of foam, but Tuft & Needle supports their products with a 10 year limited warranty. On the other hand, some consumers have reported issues with indentation and sagging on the Leesa mattress, however this is not a universal experience, and Leesa also supports their mattresses with a 10 year warranty.

Sex

Neither the Leesa nor the Tuft and Needle mattress will have the significant “bounce” associated with innerspring or hybrid mattresses; however, the Leesa’s top comfort layer is more springy than most foams and quickly returns to it’s original shape.

Sleeping Positions + Support

Sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds will not sink as deeply into a foam mattress, and those who weigh over 230 pounds may sink so deeply that they feel the firmer support layers, creating pressure point issues. If you weigh less than 130 pounds, you will not sink as deeply into either mattress, and both the Tuft & Needle and the Leesa may feel too firm. This will be especially true if you are also a side sleeper.

If you weigh over 230 pounds, the Tuft & Needle will feel much softer, but the top two comfort layers may not be thick enough to prevent the shoulder and/or hip from feeling the firmer support layers beneath. Sleepers in this category who want a medium-firm feel would be best served by a mattress that has at least 4 inches of top comfort layers.

Sleeping Positions
Light (<130 lbs) Average (130-230 lbs) Heavy (>230 lbs)
Side Leesa will feel very firm, Tuft & Needle will feel like you’re floating on top, with almost no sink. The Tuft & Needle and Leesa are made for average-size people and should work well for most side sleepers with a BMI above 21. Both Tuft & Needle and Leesa will feel soft, but the Tuft & Needle’s top layers may not be thick enough to support all pressure points.
Back Back sleepers who prefer a firmer surface should be okay on either Leesa or Tuft & Needle, with very little sink. The Tuft & Needle and Leesa are made for average-size people and should work well for back sleepers. Both Tuft & Needle and Leesa should work well for heavy sleepers who prefer to stay on their backs.
Stomach Stomach sleepers prefer a firmer surface, so light sleepers should be okay on either Tuft & Needle or Leesa. The Tuft & Needle and Leesa are made for average-size people and should work well for stomach sleepers. Heavy stomach sleepers might prefer a firmer mattress.

Summary

You’ll like the Leesa mattress if:

  • You sleep with a partner or are a restless sleeper who frequently changes position, as the Leesa is overall very amenable to the majority of sleepers and sleep positions.
  • You want to support a company that donates one mattress to charity for every ten they sell.

You’ll like the Tuft & Needle if:

  • You are price conscious – their Queen mattress is hundreds of dollars less than the Leesa.
  • You care about certifications – Tuft & Needle is CertiPUR certified, OEKO-TEX®, and GREENGUARD certified.

You might not be suited for the Leesa mattress if:

  • You want a plush, cushiony feel.

You might not be suited for the Tuft & Needle mattress if:

  • You have a taller or heavier frame – there are more supportive options available.
  • You want a mattress with memory foam – Tuft & Needle is all poly foam.

Conclusion

Both Leesa and Tuft & Needle offer American made mattresses with lengthy sleep trials and easy return policies. If you want a mattress with that memory foam feel, you’re better off with the Leesa. If you want all-foam mattress but you’re on a budget, you’ll probably be happier with the Tuft & Needle. Plus, their certification standards can’t be beat. Still unsure? Check out individual reviews for Tuft and Needle and Leesa for more information.