Contents of Article
- About The Brands
- Leesa and Sapira Comparison
- And The Winner Is…
Sibling rivalry at its finest. Both mattresses made by the same company. Both have good qualities. Both intended to give you the best night’s sleep of your life. So, which one is best? Asking us to tell you which is best is like asking us to choose between our children.
Okay, we’re only kidding. It’s not that serious.
We’ve got the story on these two Leesa Company mattresses, and we’ll reveal which sibling is the winner and which one comes close. Let’s take a look in our Leesa versus Sapira match-up.
About The Brands
Just a few things to keep in mind before we get started…
Leesa Recap Full Review
What To Like
- excellent contouring and supporting layers
- good edge support and motion isolation
- sleeps cooler than traditional memory foam
- strong social and community initiatives
What Not To Like
- has a strong smell
- memory foam hug is stronger than the Sapira
Sapira Recap Full Review
What To Like
- hybrid mattress has excellent response and bounce
- good edge support and motion isolation
- may be more suitable for couples who prefer innerspring
- slightly softer than the Leesa
What Not To Like
- has a smell
- significantly more expensive than the Leesa original
Leesa and Sapira Comparison
Even though these mattresses are made by the same company, they do have some critical differences. Before we get to all that, let’s take a look at some fundamental similarities.
How are Leesa And Sapira Similar?
Because they’re made by the same company, some of the underlying sleep principles are the same.
Contour And Support
Conventional mattresses like the creaky one your grandmother had used only a single layer of inner springs to support the body. There was minimal cushion on the top layers, and the mattress tended to sag in the middle. If you wanted a soft option, sagging was inevitable.
Mattresses now use a combination of materials to provide both support and comfort. Instead of forcing your body to conform to the bed, these new styles use contouring layers on top that allow you to sink into the bed further at the widest points and fills in gaps where you’re narrower.
If you’re a side sleeper, for example, materials like memory foam on the top allow your shoulders to sink but keep your torso straight. Your spine stays aligned, and your lumbar region decompresses.
Underneath contouring layers is a support layer. The support layer keeps you from sinking too far into the mattress and allows the bed to hold its shape. No more sagging. Sometimes, it’s denser memory foam that pushes back against your body, but other mattresses use new styles of coils for support.
Both Leesa And Sapira use this basic philosophy in the mattress design. Although they approach it differently, both mattresses have contouring and supporting layers that keep you comfortable, reduce pressure points, and keep your spine aligned.
If your mattress compresses so much at the edges that you can’t sleep there without feeling like you’ve lost support, your bed isn’t really the size you bought. A queen becomes a full size, for example, because you’ve lost the space at the edges to stretch out.
Both Leesa and Sapira have good edge support. The sides are reinforced and offer the same support as the middle of the mattress. You won’t have a sweet spot in the middle, and you’ll be able to use the sides to get into a comfortable position if you’re a stomach sleeper. Also, sitting on the bed won’t be impossible.
Your mattress might be waking you up in the middle of the night. If you feel every movement, your partner makes when he or she changes positions, it might be time for a mattress with better motion isolation.
Memory foam is the king of motion isolation, but many mattresses with coils have created ways to reduce motion transfer. Coils can be individually pocketed to minimize the connections between them. Companies can also sandwich coils between layers of memory foam to deaden the feel of movement.
Both Leesa and Sapira have excellent motion isolation. You and your partner both get a flat surface to sleep on. There’s no annoying dip under the heavier partner that causes you both to roll towards each other in the middle of the night. If your dog wakes up scratching, it won’t shake you awake. They go about it differently, but the effect is similar.
Traditional memory foam mattresses were hot. Both Leesa and Sapira uses comfort materials on top that encourage breathability and airflow. This prevents the bed from storing heat in the core and reflecting back to your body.
Both use Avena foam on top, a proprietary foam that’s highly breathable and remains cool to the touch. Breathability extends to the core to quickly dissipate heat and keep you cooler. Ideally, you fall asleep and don’t have to toss and turn looking for a more relaxed spot in the mattress, helping you sleep more deeply.
Trial Period And Warranty
Both mattresses are covered by a 100-night sleep trial. It’s important to allow your body time to adjust to the mattress so that it breaks in a little, and old pains to subside. We recommend sleeping on your new bed for at least 30 nights so that you have time to decide if it’s truly the right one for you. Fortunately, with 100 nights, you have plenty of time.
If you decide it isn’t the right one for you, just initiate a return, and the company will pick up the mattress at no charge. You’ll receive a full refund with no fees or costs for you.
You’re also covered by a 10-year limited warranty against mattress defects. Make sure that your mattress is adequately supported, so you don’t accidentally void the warranty. It covers abnormal wear and tear such as sagging that falls outside the natural range.
If you can’t swing the full cost of your new mattress or don’t want to, both beds have financing available through a secondary party, Affirm Financing. You receive approval within seconds and check out from the sales page as usual. No need to wait for a better night’s sleep.
Both mattresses fall under the same company, so all accessories available on the website are compatible with both mattresses. The company makes both standard foundations and adjustable bed frames.
You can upgrade your whole sleep situation. They have an adjustable pillow with a soft, downside and a cooling side. They have a regular memory foam style pillow. You can get sheets that allow maximum breathability and a blanket that uses the same materials as the mattress cover materials.
Leesa Company is highly involved in the community. They donate one mattress to organizations that work with homelessness for every ten mattresses bought. They also give to local community organizations and plant a tree for every mattress sold.
How are Leesa and Sapira Different?
And now the good stuff…
The most significant difference between the two mattresses is materials. They use a different method to achieve contouring and supporting layers.
The Leesa is an all memory foam mattress. It uses three layers of contouring and supporting foam. The top layer is Avena cooling foam. It sinks at your broadest points so that you don’t have as much pressure on places like your shoulders or hips. It recovers pretty quickly, so it doesn’t have quite the memory foam hug that traditional memory foam does. You’ll feel a little more bounce.
The second layer is a recovery layer that adapts to different pressure points and eases your body to the support layer. The recovery layer is a little denser and encourages proper spinal alignment. It uses adaptive foam to fill in around your curves while allowing broad points to sink.
The bottom layer is dense support foam that pushes back against your body to prevent too much sag. It gives the mattress structural integrity and edge support so there’s no sweet spot and you can use every inch.
The cover materials are breathable and allow maximum airflow throughout the mattress despite it being all foam. They help disperse heat and keep the surface fresh.
Sapira is Leesa Company’s hybrid mattress. It uses the same contouring and response layer as the original Leesa so that your body has plenty of cushions regardless of your sleep position. It should reduce pressure points and prevent you from experiencing aches and pains at those critical points.
The difference is the support layer. Sapira uses individually pocketed coils sandwiched between layers of foam to reduce motion transfer. THe Sapira is bouncier and more responsive than the Leesa. If you prefer the feeling of an innerspring mattress, this gives you the bounce of coils without losing contouring or motion isolation.
Another significant difference is the price. The original Leesa costs just over $500 for a twin size and just under $1200 for a California king.
The Sapira is about $500 more than that for each size. It’s just under $1000 for a twin size and just under $1800 for a California king. While it’s not a massive difference, if you’re on a budget, you’re going to get more significant savings going with the original Leesa.
And The Winner Is…
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We’re confident recommending Leesa as the best choice based on our analysis of key factors that an average, discerning mattress shopper would care most about.
The Sapira is an excellent mattress, but we think the quality of the Leesa original is a better value. You’ll get the same support and contouring but at a pretty significant price difference. The foam layers provide excellent pressure relief and support. The only thing you might miss is the bounce of an innerspring if that’s your preference.
Really, the only thing that made up our minds (as you’ll see below) is the thought of getting the same quality contour and support for about $500 less.
Price – Leesa
Reputation – Tie
Sleep Trial – Tie
Warranty – Tie
Customer Support – Tie
Product Selection – Tie
For sleepers with specific needs…
Here are a few recommendations based on specific criteria.
Side Sleepers: Choose Leesa
Here’s why… Leesa’s contouring materials and soft foam layers really cradle your curves and prevent you from tossing and turning to find a comfortable position. The Sapira has similar layers, but we think side sleepers will prefer the memory foam hug.
Stomach Sleepers: Choose Leesa
Here’s why… The Leesa is actually slightly firmer than the Sapira by about half a point on the firmness scale. Stomach sleepers need a firm surface to prevent overextending the back and spine and causing pain in the upper shoulders.
Back Pain: Choose Leesa
Here’s why… Again, the extra firmness of the Leesa will help support back pain sufferers and help the lower lumbar region decompress.
Heavy People: Choose Neither
Here’s why… Neither mattress takes your unique needs into consideration. Unfortunately, the extra weight will interact with the contouring layers more heavily and cause the bed to lose the contour benefits and feel more firm. Choose something like Winkbeds Plus or Ghostbed for a bed that better suits your needs.
Couples: Choose Leesa (with one exception)
Here’s why… Leesa provides excellent motion isolation so you won’t continually wake each other up in the middle of the night. If you prefer the feeling of innerspring mattresses for sex, that would be the only reason to invest extra in the Sapira. If you’re ok with memory foam, save your extra dollars.
We love both mattress offerings from Leesa Company, but we feel that the original is still a better value. It offers contouring and support in equal measure to the Sapira but without the extra cost. If the company ever brings the price of these two mattresses closer together, we may change our minds.
We’d never tell you not to spend money in pursuit of health and well-being, but here we don’t feel the extra is warranted. You’ll get all the benefits of contouring and supporting layers and save your wallet. You could even take that excess and invest in other accessories to further enhance your sleeping situation.
Unless you just can’t get used to the feeling of memory foam, the innerspring support layer of the Sapira is helpful but not necessary.
How dedicated are you to innerspring mattresses? Are you willing to give memory foam a try for the extra savings? Let us know in the comments below.