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The bed-in-a-box industry has really taken off in the last few years, and as such, you now have a long list of companies and mattresses to choose from. But shopping for a bed online is a lot different than going to your local Mattress Firm and taking all the options for a test snooze. There’s a bunch of stuff to consider, so we do our best to break it down for you.
In this post, we’ll compare the DreamCloud and Leesa mattresses. They’re both pretty great, but someone always has to win, right?
DreamCloud vs Leesa – Construction
One of the most notable differences between these two mattresses is their construction, and really, it’s this difference that affects how they perform in our various test categories.
To put it plainly, the DreamCloud is a 15″, eight-layer, hybrid mattress, meaning it incorporates both foam and coils. The Leesa, on the other hand, is a 10″, four-layer, all-foam mattress (so… no coils). For a more detailed discussion of their construction, read through our individual reviews for each bed.
Temperature regulation is something you’ll want to think about if you tend to sleep super hot. Or just, you know, hotter than normal. That might be because you insist on sleeping under seven pounds of blankets, in which case, I think we both know how to solve the problem. But it also might be that you’re just a warm person and a good cooling mattress can really make a difference in the quality of your night’s sleep.
However, this is one category where we consider the DreamCloud and Leesa to be equals, and they’re both just okay. They don’t sleep hot, but they don’t do much in the other direction either. We call them temperature neutral — not hot, but not noticeably cool. So, if you’re the hot sleeper mentioned above, you may want to check out one of these beds instead:Best Cooling Mattress – Our Top 5 Beds.
We test responsiveness because most people don’t want to feel like they have to escape quick sand every time they want to switch sleeping positions. Both the DreamCloud and Leesa perform fairly well here. They return to their shape pretty quickly after pressure is released, which means you won’t have any trouble switching positions during the night and when you turn over there won’t be a you-shaped canyon left behind.
DreamCloud vs Leesa – Shipping, Returns, etc.
Industry standard is free shipping, free returns with full refunds, a 100-night trial period, and a 10-year warranty. Leesa checks all those boxes. Good job, Leesa.
But DreamCloud said, “100-nights? L-O-L. How does 365 nights sound?” Plus, they offer white glove delivery (they’ll set up your mattress for you) and back their mattresses with what they call an “Everlong” warranty. Basically what that means is that in years 1-10, DreamCloud will replace your mattress if material defects are found, and in years 10+, DreamCloud will repair or re-cover the mattress if any defects are found. DreamCloud wins.
DreamCloud is better for heavier people
DreamCloud is a rather thick mattress (15″, remember?!) and it’s durable as well. More mattress between you and the frame will prevent bottoming out, so it’s a good option for heavier people. It’s also a firmer mattress, and since the heavier you are, the softer a mattress will feel, a heavier person will want something on the firmer side to avoid unpleasant sinkage. We put the DreamCloud at a 5.6 to 6.6 out of 10 on our firmness scale.
Meanwhile, the Leesa comes in at around a 4.9 to 5.9 on the firmness scale. It’s also thinner than the DreamCloud, coming in at 10″ thick. As such, we just see the DreamCloud being a lot more durable over the long haul for heavier individuals.
DreamCloud is better for back and stomach sleepers
As we just mentioned, the DreamCloud is a firmer bed. That firmness means it offers the support you’ll want if you sleep on your back or stomach. If your bed is too soft and sinks down a lot, back and stomach sleepers can have a hard time getting a comfortable night’s sleep, which means waking up tired and sore. That’s no good, so you’ll want to make sure you find a bed that provides the necessary support around your hips and lower back and the DreamCloud does just that. Don’t get me wrong, the Leesa mattress is fine for back and stomach sleepers as well. In fact, we see it has a combo sleeper bed, meaning it’s fine for side sleepers as well but at the end of the day the DreamCloud just provides a little more support.
Better edge support with DreamCloud
One of the things we were impressed by when testing the DreamCloud was its edge support. It performs really well here. You can actually lay right on the edge of the bed and it barely compresses. That means you won’t get that “roll-off” feeling when you migrate towards the side of the mattress at night. This is especially good if you’re a couple sharing a smaller bed, like a full or a queen, and bed space is limited. Or maybe it’s just you, but you move around a lot at night.
Great Edge Support on DreamCloud
Good edge support is also a nice feature if you like to sit on the side of the bed to put your shoes on in the morning or if you have a beloved pet that needs a stable ledge to jump up on. It’s just an all-around good thing. (Get it? It’s a pun). The Leesa mattress is just average in this department – not the worst we’ve ever tested but it definitely doesn’t belong in the tier 1 category either. If you sit or lay near the edge, you will notice some compression but it’s nothing to be overly concerned with.
Now for the ways in which Leesa is better than DreamCloud.
Leesa Mattress – Motion Transfer
Motion transfer is the unfortunate reason you wake up every time your partner moves. Leesa, though, does a good job of limiting that motion transfer so you can keep sleeping. We were able to jump and roll around on one side of the mattress with very little cross-bed motion. It does a good job of deadening movement all things considered.
Leesa Limits Motion Transfer Well
The DreamCloud does fine in this category as well, but it’s just not the best we’ve tested. Leesa gets the slight edge here, and it’s not a surprise considering that all-foam beds generally do a good job of controlling motion transfer.
As we mentioned before, Leesa is a bit softer than the DreamCloud mattress. And like the DreamCloud’s firmness makes it better for back and stomach sleepers, the extra pressure relief with Leesa means it’s going to be better for side sleepers. Leesa isn’t so soft that it lacks support, but it does a good job of contouring to your pressure points.