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Before we dive into the specifics of this comparison, let’s cover a few policy items with Brooklyn Bedding and Leesa. Firstly, like many bed in a box mattresses, they offer free shipping on all of their beds. In fact, as you’ve probably seen in the past, the mattress will arrive at your doorstep in a box about 4 feet tall—looks more aptly suited for a mini fridge than a bed, but lo and behold there’s a full size mattress in it. And that mattress will be vacuum sealed and rolled up, so you just need to cut all of the plastic wrapping off and let the bed inflate. You may want to have a partner help you out since the beds can be a little heavy for one person, especially the King and California King sizes. Here’s a video of how unboxing works with both beds (although only Leesa is shown in the video).
Unboxing the Leesa Mattress.
Once you have the bed out of the box and all situated on your bed frame, it’s a good idea to let it sit for about 12-24 hours to fully take shape. The bed will feel different right-out-of-the-box than after a few hours, so just let it chill out before you start testing for yourself.
Both Leesa and Brooklyn offer free returns as well. In fact, they will—at no extra charge—dispatch someone (more often than not, a local charity) to your house to pick up the bed. At that point, they’ll issue you a full refund.
One area where the two brands do differ a little is with the return duration. Leesa—like nearly every other direct to consumer mattress brand—has a 100-night trial period during which you can vet the bed for yourself. Anytime during that period you can call them up and get a full refund. Brooklyn Bedding also has basically the same policy, only they have a 120-night trial period. To be honest, 100 nights should be more than enough time to make a decision with the bed, but who’s going to argue with another 20 days? Not me. Still, I don’t see it as a major differentiator in this comparison.
In the event that you keep the bed, however, both come with a 10-year warranty, which is really standard for the online mattress industry. Most people replace their bed between year 7 and year 15, so 10 years should be pretty good for the average sleeper. This isn’t the longest warranty that we’ve seen, but it’s very common for these types of beds.
Also, if you want even more details on these beds, check out our full reviews:
Firstly, these are both all-foam beds that are manufactured in the United States. They do have different designs and materials, but it still puts them in a similar category. You can see the material breakdowns for each bed below.
Brooklyn Bowery Mattress.
As you can see, the materials are different, but both have a three-layer construction. Both start with a dense layer of support foam to provide the foundation for the bed. Next, Brooklyn has transition foam, which tends to be more responsive and provide a barrier between the top layer and dense support layer. On top they have a patented Energex Foam that is great in terms of responding quickly and holds its shape much better when the bed heats up. Energex Foam doesn’t feel like memory foam, but it’s still supremely comfortable.
It compresses, but you never feel like you’re sinking into it—you don’t get that prototypical “stuck in the mud” memory foam feel. For a cover, the Bowery Mattress has a pretty simple, yet very soft, dimple design (a lot like what you’ll see on Casper Mattress).
Leesa Mattress Construction.
For the middle layer on Leesa, they’ve used two inches of memory foam so that you get ample pressure relief, but you also never feel stuck in the mattress. On top, Leesa has aerated Avena foam that’s intended to help keep the mattress cool and make it so this doesn’t feel like a traditional memory foam bed.
Brooklyn Bowery vs Leesa Mattress – Motion Transfer
Before we delve into the major advantages of the Bowery Mattress, since the construction of the beds is somewhat similar, there are a few areas where we can’t really give the edge to one or the other. For example, both are great at limiting motion transfer. If you or your partner is especially active in your sleep, both beds are great at deadening motion.
Brooklyn Bowery Bed vs Leesa Mattress – Edge Support
Both have somewhat dismal edge support to where you do get a “roll off” sensation near the edges of the bed. This is particularly important for couples that share a smaller sized bed, such as a Full or Queen, where space is a concern. The beds just compress quite a lot near the edges so you may feel like you’re rolling off.
Brooklyn Bedding Bowery vs Leesa Bed – Temperature Regulation
If you sleep especially hot, you will not like these beds. Neither sleeps hot, but neither sleeps abnormally cool either. They’re both more temperature neutral than anything. Just know that if you’re looking for the best bed for hot sleepers, it’s not either of these. In contrast to Leesa, Hybrid is actually quite a cool bed, as is Brooklyn Bedding Aurora.
Those are the major areas where Leesa and Bowery are pretty much tied in our eyes. So where does the Brooklyn Bowery get the edge over Leesa?
Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress is more affordable than Leesa
Let’s first walk through this without incorporating coupon codes, which are the prices you see in the chart below.
As you can see, pre-discount, Bowery is about $70 – $120 more affordable. However, depending on the promotion running on any given day (doesn’t change that much aside from during major holidays), prices can converge or diverge. Brooklyn, for example, is running a $50 Off Promotion with code BOWERY50 at checkout. Leesa is offering 15% off when you apply code RIZKNOWS at checkout. Both brands will change their discounts throughout the year, so they may even have a better one running right. In any case, the coupons on this page will work for you.
Brooklyn Bowery Bed is more comfortable
Clearly, this is a subjective point; you may hate Bowery and love Leesa, but that’s just not how we feel. While Leesa is definitely a good bed and I wouldn’t turn my nose up at it, I do prefer the feel of Bowery. It’s a hair softer than Leesa. Both are around a 4.5 – 5.5 on the soft to firm scale (0 is soft, 10 is rock hard).
Both are going to be ideal for side sleepers and combo sleepers (people that rotate positions at night). They’ll even be able to accomodate back and stomach sleepers. However, Bowery is a little more dense so you don’t bottom out the mattress as easily. As such, between the two, it is the better mattress for heavier individuals, though neither really has the ideal support for someone 250LB+. You should probably look into a hybrid mattress with coils and foam such as Bear Hybrid or Brentwood Oceano.
Those are some fairly compelling reasons as to why we prefer the Bowery Mattress, however, Leesa does have a few areas where it takes the biscuit.
Leesa has a removable cover, Bowery does not
The cover on Leesa not only has a nice look to it—and is also very soft—but it is removable, unlike the cover on the Bowery Mattress. Now don’t get too excited because with Leesa and Bowery, the brands still recommend that you just spot clean the bed with mild detergent. The Leesa cover (and obviously the one on the Bowery Bed) is not machine washable. Instead, you might look into a mattress protector on Amazon, for example, or in the case of Brooklyn Bedding, check out the mattress protector on their website. Still, it is nice to have the option to remove the cover if it’ll allow better access to it for spot cleaning.
Leesa is slightly more firm than is Brooklyn Bowery
Your opinion of softness and firmness will depend on your weight, but we do think Leesa is ever so slightly firmer than Bowery. For the record (and at the risk of stating the obvious), if you’re heavier, you’ll interpret a bed to be softer, whereas if you’re petite you’ll experience a firmer feel overall. Because Leesa is a tad bit firmer, it could be a better pick for back and stomach sleepers that typically prefer a firmer bed overall. I’m splitting hairs with this one, but if you’re dead set on picking between these two beds and you want the firmer option, it’s probably Leesa, although not by much.