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Before we delve into the comparison, let’s cover a few things that these beds have in common. Firstly, Leesa makes both of them…pretty sure you know that. Both are made in the USA as well. Leesa offers free shipping and returns for all of their beds inside the contiguous United States.
They actively want people to try out their beds. So much so, they offer a 100-night risk-free trial, whereby you can test the mattress to see if it’s what you’ve been looking for. If you want to keep the bed, great…they both carry a 10-year warranty. If you decide you don’t want the bed (within the trial period) you can get a full refund. Leesa will then have a charity retrieve the mattress and give you all of your money back. By the way, this is all pretty standard for the industry (shipping, returns, trial period, warranty, etc.), but nice to see Leesa also offer a pretty consumer-friendly value proposition.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s discuss why someone would get the Hybrid over Leesa.
Hybrid Bed is more supportive
While both beds have a lot in common in terms of construction, the Hybrid model actually incorporates springs, which provide much better support. They also make the bed slightly more firm than the Original Leesa. The Hybrid model is about a 5 – 6 on the soft to firm scale, while Leesa is about a 4.9 to 5.9 with 10 being rock hard. Firmness will depend on your weight, but for the average person it will be close to 5.5 for the Hybrid and 5.0 for Leesa. Both are still very comfortable.
The Hybrid also happens to be a thicker mattress. That combined with the extra support means the Leesa Hybrid is a far better option for heavier folks (250LB+). You won’t bottom out the mattress as you might with the Leesa Mattress. The flipside of that is that some lighter individuals might find the Hybrid to be too firm and actually prefer Leesa.
Pocketed coils with Leesa Hybrid
These help to increase airflow with the bed and we do feel that it sleeps cooler than Leesa overall. Additionally, there are a lot of people that simply prefer the bounce effect from an innerspring bed. The Leesa Hybrid is therefore the clear choice in this instance since Leesa is an all-foam bed. On top of that, the durability of the springs means that the Hybrid potentially will have a longer useful life than Leesa. That’s mostly speculation, but in general spring mattresses are very durable.
Leesa Hybrid is better for back and stomach sleepers
If you sleep on your back or stomach or you rotate between a few positions at night, the Leesa Hybrid will probably be the more comfortable bed for you. Leesa is soft and super comfortable, but strictly stomach/back sleepers will be drawn to the support and firmness of the Leesa Hybrid.
Soft, yet still very supportive.
That’s not to say that if you sleep on your side you can’t go with the Hybrid. In fact, we still think it’s a pretty good bed for side sleepers, but Leesa probably gets the edge here.
Even though the Hybrid has memory foam, the coils make it so that the bed is really responsive. This allows you to switch positions more easily during the night. Leesa isn’t unresponsive, it’s just that the Hybrid is better here. Neither, however, give you that ‘stuck in the mud’ feeling that you might have experienced before with a traditional memory foam bed.
Bottom line. Why get the Leesa Hybrid?
We prefer the Hybrid over Leesa. It’s more supportive, breathable, durable, and we think even more comfortable. It’s just a fantastic bed. Of course, there’s more to discuss with the Hybrid, but those are the big advantages it has over Leesa. See our full Leesa Hybrid Review for more details.
As mentioned above, Leesa is the softer of the two beds and therefore is preferable for strictly side sleepers. In terms of construction, Leesa is basically the Hybrid Mattress, but with dense support foam in place of the coils. On top of that is memory foam and then LSA200 foam.
It’s soft, but not too soft even though it does incorporate memory foam. With that said, Leesa is the thinner of the two beds with less support overall.