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|If you're looking for an innerspring bed that won't break the bank, Brooklyn Signature should probably be the first mattress you consider. Typically, you do not see coil mattresses offered at this low of a price point.|
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|Anyone that wants a universally comfortable foam bed should look into Leesa further. It's not the most glamorous or luxurious mattress, but it's comfy, fairly durable, and a good value.|
Before we dive in, let’s do a brief overview of the main topics of today’s comparison.
To be quite honest, the video above is fairly comprehensive, so stopping here wouldn’t be a huge sin. If you want even more details, though, we’ve got about 2,000 words below that should add even more clarity to your decision.
As you might be aware, whenever you buy a bed online, free shipping is the bare minimum of what you should expect. In this case, both Brooklyn Bedding and Leesa offer free shipping, alongside an in-home trial period, free returns, and 10-year warranties. Leesa offers a 100-night test period, while Brooklyn Bedding gives you an extra 20 nights for a total of 120. Regardless, 100 nights and 120 nights are ample time to make your final call on the bed. And remember, if you don’t want them, call the company and get a full refund.
The main difference between Brooklyn Signature and Leesa has to do with design. The standard Leesa mattress is made of three different foams, while the Signature mattress combines pocketed coils and foam.
If you were to open up the Signature mattress you’d see 6″ pocketed coils edge to edge, which provide the bulk of the support for the mattress. What’s nice about the pocketed coils is that they’re only lightly woven together so they can act independently for the most part. So, for instance, if you apply more pressure on one side of the bed, you won’t necessarily be able to tell from the other side. This is the primary advanced of pocketed coils versus traditional innersprings. The Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress also has 6″ coils, but the flagship foam mattress does not.
On top of the support coils are two foam layers. The first layer is “Energex Support Foam” and the second is “TitanFlex Comfort Foam.” On top you have a quilted, soft-to-touch cover that makes this thing look like a million bucks.
Because of the hybrid/innerspring mattress construction, we would prefer that heavier folks start off with Brooklyn Signature over Leesa. In many cases, people weighing over 250 lb will wear down all-foam beds quicker than they would a coil bed. Remember, you can also look at the Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress, but that does cost more.
Given that the bed has coils, you’d expect it to have a bouncy and responsive feel. That is indeed the case with Brooklyn Signature. And, since it doesn’t have any memory foam, it just feels like a big piece of soft and comfy foam on top of coils (which is pretty much what it is).
The coils do a great job of supporting you and the foams contour to the shape of your body. That said, it’s not like sleeping on the Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid since you won’t “melt” into the bed. It’s really easy to rotate between any sleeping position you want.
Another differentiator for Brooklyn Signature is that you have three firmness classes from which to choose: Soft, Medium, and Firm. As you might have expected, the Medium option is the most popular since it’s able to manage any sleeping position, though, it’s still on the softer end.
The Soft model is really just intended for petite side sleepers or anyone that needs a truly plush mattress. The Firm model isn’t too firm overall, but it would be a little too firm for most strict side sleepers. That said, if you’re fond of sleeping on your back or stomach, it’s our favorite of the bunch.
Of course, we award points to Brooklyn Signature for the hybrid construction and three firmness options, but realistically the biggest deciding factor for most shoppers will be the take-home price. After discount, in many cases, Brooklyn Signature will be a hair more affordable than Leesa.
Both beds have an MSRP that’s close to $1,000 (queen size), but Brooklyn Bedding is more aggressive with their deals and coupons. We have our theories as to why that’s the case, but it probably just comes down to the fact that Brooklyn Bedding owns their manufacturing facility and can afford to make deeper cuts to prices.
Once you apply a coupon code, Brooklyn Signature tends to float around $800 for the queen size where as Leesa will be closer to $850-$900. Now, this does depend on time of year and the sales each brand is running, but on average Brooklyn Signature is more affordable. You can check current deals and offers on BrooklynBedding.com and Leesa.com just to see if they’re running something better or worse a the moment.
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Leesa has a fairly unassuming construction in that it’s made with three layers of foam. The first two layers are fairly standard—just poly foam and memory foam. The top layer is really the secret juice that makes Leesa completely worth testing out.
In prior models, Leesa had a top layer called “Avena” foam, but in the past few years they’ve switched to a proprietary foam called LSA 200 that put a smile on our face the first time we tried it out.
LSA 200 was really the material that helps Leesa climb the ranks on many of our best mattress lists. It’s soft and fluffy with an airy quality to it. It actually reminds us a lot of the “Open Cell” foam that the Casper mattress features.
We tend to say that Leesa didn’t outthink the room with this new foam. They made it exactly what it needed to be, and nothing more. It’s soft, responsive, and breathable—that’s exactly what you want from the top layer of a mass-market online mattress.
Despite using memory foam, Leesa has a flat, neutral profile. It’s even more neutral than Brooklyn Signature, we’d say. In fact, Leesa is such a safe pick because of the overall feel of the bed that we’d wager that the vast majority of people will be happy with the mattress. It might not satisfy everything you’re looking for, but we can’t imagine that you’ll complain with the feel and comfort.
It might be quite a bit more expensive than Leesa and Brooklyn Signature, but we didn’t want to completely ignore the fact that Leesa has a hybrid mattress, too. It used to be called Sapira, however, they’ve recently switched the name to Leesa Hybrid.
In any case, you can think of the Leesa Hybrid as exactly what the name states—a hybrid version of Leesa. It has 6″ coils and a firmer overall profile, but it mostly feels like Leesa. It’s really comfortable and is best for stomach, back, and combination sleepers.
Besides having great edge support, we can’t think of many compelling reasons to spend up for Sapira over Brooklyn Signature, however. There’s no doubt that it’s a nice mattress, but it is about $500 more expensive. You can check the current price on Leesa.com, though.
This might seem like a silly thing to bring up, but Leesa is the easier of the two mattresses to move because it’s lighter. Ordinarily we wouldn’t bring this up in a review since it’s a smaller point, but we try to consider user intent when we post comparisons.
If you’re a young professional or college student chances are you’ll be moving soon and regularly—you will prefer the lighter load with Leesa. Brooklyn is, however, one of the more manageable coil beds to move, so don’t let us scare you off entirely. We’d rather move five Brooklyn Signatures than one New Purple 2/3/4 mattress.
This also isn’t necessarily out favorite item to mention in a mattress review, but it might be worth knowing that Leesa is a certified b-corporation that donates a lot of mattresses to charities. To be more specific, they donate one bed for every ten they sell and they plant a tree for every bed they sell. We know Brooklyn Bedding does a lot for their community as well, but it seems like Leesa is trying to make this part of its brand.
As always, it comes down to your personal preferences. We can see a legitimate case for both beds, but obviously you’re just starting with one, so here’s how it all shakes out:
At the end of the day, we like both beds, and we think they’re both safe options. It primarily boils down to would you prefer an all-foam or hybrid construction.