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The Leesa mattress has quickly become one of the most popular premium products on the market. It combines innovative design patterns and advanced materials to create one of the most comfortable sleeping surfaces you’ll find anywhere.
Bed In A Box have taken a slightly different route to Leesa, they’ve developed several different mattresses – each with a different design and set of characteristics. Again they’re a company that utilizes some of the best materials on the market (in clever ways) to provide their customers with an excellent night’s sleep.
Today we’re going to be comparing the Leesa with the most popular mattress Bed In A Box produce (and the one that made them famous), the PACBED. We’ll compare and contrast the two products and make a layer by layer evaluation of the design patterns and materials used.
We’ll be answering many frequently asked questions along the way, and we’ll finally conclude by providing our recommendation of which product you should buy.
Let’s get started.
- Hybrid Products – Both mattresses we’re looking at today are hybrid products that utilize several layers of different materials in their construction
- Memory Foam – Both mattresses utilize memory foam in their construction (albeit in slightly different ways)
- Price – While there are some slight differences in price between the two products (especially at larger sizes) they are very similarly priced
- Reputation – Both Leesa and Bed In A Box have hard-earned an impeccable reputation for quality, consistency, and providing a great night’s sleep
- Side Sleepers – Both products are specifically designed for side sleepers, although stomach and back sleepers will have a great night’s sleep on them too
- Amount Of Layers – While both products are hybrid mattresses, the Leesa uses one more layer compared to the PACBED (3 vs 2)
- Avena Foam – The Leesa uses a patented material called Avena foam in its top layer that contains many of the contouring benefits of memory foam (without any of the downsides)
- Ventilation – The top layer of the Leesa uses a clever design pattern to allow for ventilation throughout the interior of the mattress (whereas the PACBED uses solid layers of foam)
As is tradition on this site we’re going to start this comparison by taking a look at the construction of each mattress layer by layer.
First of all, let’s take a look at what you’ll find if you open up the Leesa mattress. It’s a hybrid product (like most good mattresses on the market) that utilizes several layers of different materials stacked on top of one another. This allows manufacturers to combine the beneficial properties of different materials to create a product that is more than the sum of its parts.
The top layer in the Leesa is the most impressive, it’s made from a patented material called Avena foam. Leesa has made this material to be a direct competitor to memory foam, and we think that they’ve done a pretty great job.
Avena foam has got very similar contouring properties to memory foam, and it will mold and shape itself to your body from the moment you lie down on it. If we’re honest, memory foam is a little more supportive and a little better at contouring than Avena foam – but there’s not much difference.
The good thing about Avena foam is that it doesn’t suffer from the issues commonly associated with memory foam products – most notably, it stays cool. Avena foam is much better at thermal regulation compared to memory foam, it distributes the heat over the entire surface much more efficiently removing hotspots underneath the sleeper.
This is great, but we’re not done with the top layer yet, the Avena foam section has one final trick up its sleeve – its design pattern. The top layer of the Leesa is not a solid block of foam (like the vast majority of other mattresses). Instead, it’s shaped kind of like the back of an egg carton on the bottom side.
This creates a super luxurious feel for the sleeper, but it also provides an excellent amount of ventilation. Air can flow freely through the gaps and outside into the bedroom (taking much of the heat with it). This ventilation system further enhances the cooling capabilities of the already impressive Avena foam.
The next layer down is a reasonably standard memory foam layer. It’s thicker than the layer above and it is what gives the mattress the bulk of its support. It’s a closed cell design, which means it can be prone to heating up, but as it’s not in direct contact with the sleeper, this is much less of a problem. It’s a high-quality memory foam that’s exceptionally durable, so you also won’t encounter the degradation issues that cheaper memory foams can suffer from.
The final layer of the Leesa is perhaps the most boring of them all (as is often the case). It’s a large, thick slab of high-density support foam that’s pretty unremarkable (yet high quality). It does little more than provide a super stable base for the softer more comfortable layers above to rest on.
All 3 of these layers are covered in a super breathable cover that allows air from the ventilation channels to escape out into the bedroom with as little restriction as possible. It’s soft, stylish, and Leesa’s iconic stripe pattern makes any stains that may find their way onto the mattress a little less noticeable.
Bed In A Box Construction
Just like the Leesa, the PACBED is a hybrid dual-layer product, and yet again, the top layer is the most interesting.
The PACBED uses Bed In A Box’s patented CoolRest advanced memory foam in its top layer. It’s an exceptionally high-quality foam that’s been specifically designed to remove the overheating issues of standard memory foam. CoolRest memory foam is very similar to “standard” open cell memory foam in many respects (it’s perhaps a little more effective).
Traditional memory foam is made up of countless small little pockets (or cells) of air. When weight is applied to the material these pockets contract and squash which give memory foam its impressive contouring capabilities. When body heat enters a traditional memory foam mattress the air inside these cells begins to heat up. When this happens as the cells are completely enclosed the heat cannot ventilate into the outside world. This obviously results in a warm mattress after a short while.
We’re sure you can see where this is going…
The cells inside open cell memory foam are partially open which allows the air to escape and ventilate through the entire layer. This means that much more air can escape into the bedroom, again taking the heat with it. Standard open cell memory foam is an incredibly effective solution to the issue of overheating, and CoolRest open cell memory foam is even better at it.
The next layer down is made from Sure Align support foam which has been specifically designed to work in perfect harmony with the CoolRest memory foam layer above. This 8-inch thick layer provides the mattress with the bulk of its support and is responsible for ensuring proper spinal alignment. It reacts to the pressure applied to it to ensure you’re getting firm support where you need it (and less where you don’t).
These two layers are then wrapped in a super soft knit cover made from polyester. It’s super durable and very breathable to allow the air released from the CoolRest memory foam layer to escape into the bedroom.
While there’s not much difference in the firmness of these two products, the Leesa is definitely a firmer mattress. It’s a medium-firm product whereas the PACBED is a solid medium firmness product. Both mattresses are very agreeable to most people and unless you’ve got a special desire for a super firm or a super soft product you’ll enjoy the firmness of both products.
There’s not much difference between the price of these two mattresses. In some sizes, the Leesa is cheaper, and in other sizes, the PACBED is cheaper.
- A twin XL PACBED costs $779 and the Leesa will cost $695
- A queen PACBED costs $879 and a queen Leesa costs $995
- A California king PACBED costs $979 and the Leesa costs $1,195
Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
Both of these products are exceptionally cool sleeping surfaces.
The Avena foam layer in the Leesa is an exceptionally well-made section and the material itself is much better at thermal regulation than memory foam. When body heat enters the mattress it spreads out reasonably evenly across the entire sleeping surface. This removes hotspots underneath the sleeper and results in a much cooler sensation.
When this is combined with the ventilation channels on the bottom side of the layer (and the breathable cover) it means that heat is distributed and removed incredibly efficiently.
The top layer of the PACBED is made from a variety of advanced open cell memory foam. This material is exceptionally good at ventilating heat and is about as cool as a memory foam product can get. Again the super breathable cover of the mattress allows for optimal ventilation into the bedroom.
However, despite the PACBED’s best efforts – it is still a memory foam product. Open cell memory foam is a reasonably effective solution to a problem that the Leesa simply doesn’t have in the first place.
This makes the Leesa the cooler product out of the two.
Note: We want to point out here that this doesn’t mean that the PACBED sleeps hot – it’s still a very cool sleeping surface. It’s just that the Leesa is cooler.
Which Bed Would Be Best for a Side Sleeper?
To be honest there’s not a lot of difference between these products for side sleepers as they are both pretty much designed for people who sleep in the position (as it’s the most common way to sleep).
The advanced foams in both products provide excellent amounts of responsive support and promote proper spinal alignment very effectively. Side sleepers will be just as happy with either product, as will people who prefer to sleep on their stomach or their back.
Should I buy a Bed In A Box or A Leesa Mattress?
It’s quite difficult for us to choose between these two products and provide an overall recommendation. There are bits we like about both of them.
The Avena foam in the Leesa is a highly advanced (and effective) material that does an excellent job of providing memory foam levels of support without any overheating issues. The eggshell design pattern on the bottom further increases the product’s cooling capabilities thanks to the ventilation it provides through the breathable cover.
However, while Avena foam contours – it’s not quite as good as memory foam. The CoolRest memory foam in the PACBED provides impeccable amounts of support and is very comfortable. The Sure Align foam in the second layer of the product works in perfect harmony with the CoolRest foam above creating a near perfect sleeping surface. But, this being said, it’s also a warmer product than the Leesa.
If push came to shove and we had to pick one mattress, we’d probably pick the Leesa. The Avena foam layer is what sealed the deal for us in the end. It’s an advanced, durable material and provides an exceptionally cool night’s sleep.
That being said, we could totally understand if you decided to opt for the PACBED – it’s an equally excellent product that’s worthy of anyone’s attention.
So there you have it, that’s what we think about the Leesa and the PACBED from Bed In A Box.
As we mentioned above, both of these products are excellent options that are both more than worthy of your consideration. The Leesa just about won today thanks to the properties of Avena foam (and the clever ventilation channel design), but the PACBED is also a very viable option.
Whichever product you choose out of the two, we’re sure you’re going to be happy with your decision.