And The Winner Is…

In the latest installment of our head to head mattress series, we’re going to be putting two titans of the mattress world against each other – DreamCloud and Leesa.

Both of these products have been exceptionally well received by the mattress industry, and both of them have excellent reviews from thousands of customers.

But which one is best? And why?

Today we’re going to find out as we dissect both mattresses layer by layer to see what’s inside. We’re going to talk about things like price, firmness, comfort, and cooling – and we’re going to provide you with our overall recommendation about what we think is the better product out of the two.

Let’s get started.

Similarities

  • Both have a similar price
  • Both are hybrid mattresses
  • Both are extremely supportive

Differences

  • The Leesa has an Avena foam top layer
  • The DreamCloud has 8 layers, the Leesa has 4
  • The DreamCloud has zoned support for side sleepers

Construction Comparison

As is tradition in our 1v1 mattress reviews we’re going to start with the longest and most important section first – the construction comparison. It’s here we will see what each layer in both products is made from to see what it does (and how it does it).

Both of these products are hybrid mattresses, which means that they are made from multiple materials that have been stacked on top of one another. This allows manufacturers to create a product that combines their strengths and is more than the sum of its parts.

The DreamCloud Mattress

This is one of the thickest mattresses on the market (15 inches thick) and combines 8 excellent high-quality layers to create a sleeping surface fit for a king.

Cashmere Blend Euro Top Cover

The top layer of this product is a padded euro top that is made from a super high-quality cashmere blend. This layer is unashamedly about providing comfort and luxuriousness, there’s no support here whatsoever (which is fine, the rest of the product handles that). It truly adds a cloudlike feel to the mattress and gives a very regal or resort-like feel to the product that customers seem to love.

Cooling Gel Memory Foam

The next layer down is the first solid foam layer of the product. It has got quite a big job on its hands as it’s in direct contact with the sleeper and needs to stay cool.

Traditional memory foam is rarely used as the top layer in mattresses of this quality (or even low quality). That’s because it’s one of the worst materials for thermal regulation, and when in direct contact with the sleeper it begins to heat up quickly.

The reason memory foam heats up like this is, unfortunately, part of the reason that it has the amazing contouring supportive properties that made it famous in the first place. It’s made up of countless little cells that are completely enclosed and contain air inside of them. When you lie down on the bed, these cells compress and contour, when you get off they return to their fully expanded state.

As body heat enters the mattress throughout the night, the air inside these cells usually begins to heat up. As they are enclosed this means hotspots form underneath the sleeper as the air cannot escape.

Cooling gel aims to solve this issue by absorbing the heat before it reaches the cells inside the foam. The cooling gel doesn’t actually get rid of heat directly, it just spreads it out – it’s an excellent thermal conductor. This means that while the same amount of heat is in the mattress (more or less) it’s spread out over a larger area, which results in a cooler sensation for the sleeper.

It’s an excellent solution to the overheating issues of memory foam, and it works very well. Top marks to DreamCloud here for using it in their top layer.

Quilted Memory Foam

This is another reasonably special layer of memory foam that adds a huge amount of luxury and loft to the product. This isn’t a flat layer of memory foam like all the other layers in this product, instead it has a got a padded quilted top section to increase comfort and give you a little bit more of that “cloud-like feeling” that many products aim to achieve.

It’s a medium firm foam that provides a little bit of support, but really this layer is all about comfort (which is great).

Natural Latex

This layer of latex has a super important role to play in the mattress, without it the product would feel a little bit dull and unresponsive. The slightly springy nature of natural latex provides a cushioning effect and adds a little bit of bounce and give too. It’s a ventilating layer that will allow air to flow from the inside of the mattress and out into the bedroom.

Dream Plush Supportive Memory Foam

This is a reasonably normal layer of standard medium firm memory foam. There’s nothing special about it (in terms of cooling) and it’s a high-quality material. It’s a supportive layer that adds a little bit of a gradient to the firmer layers below, but that’s about it.

Super Dense Super Soft Memory Foam

Ignore the marketing speak of “Super Dense Super Soft” that DreamCloud has used here. This is another layer of standard memory foam that’s very similar to the layer above. The only difference is that it’s firmer and as such it further softens the gradient to the springs below.

Best Rest Coils

This is the most interesting layer of the entire product. It’s a layer of individually pocketed springs – which are not to be confused with an innerspring.

As each spring is completely unattached to the springs either side of it, it only compresses when there is direct weight applied. This means that it creates a contouring effect that’s kind of similar to memory foam (it’s just much less true to your body shape).

The springs in this layer have been divided up into 5 different sections. Some sections are firmer, others are softer, and the rest are somewhere in between. This means that for side sleepers you can get more firmness where you need it (like your hips) and more give and softness where you don’t (like your shoulders).

It’s a reasonably simple concept that works wonders for side sleeper support. We absolutely love it.

High-Density Memory Foam

The bottom layer of this product is a high-density memory foam that does nothing but provide a strong and stable base for the layers above. We’re not sure why they’ve used memory foam for this layer as 15 inches down into the mattress there’s not going to be much contouring going on – it’s a little bit overkill in our opinion.

The Leesa

The Leesa is another hybrid product, but instead of having 8 layers like the DreamCloud above, it has only got 3.

Avena Foam

The top layer of this product is made from a material called Avena foam. It’s a reasonably uncommon material to find in mattresses these days, but Leesa has decided to include it here. Avena foam was originally made to be a synthetic form of latex that improves on one of the biggest problems that natural latex suffers from – durability.

Natural latex has many excellent properties, it’s responsive, it contours, and it’s supportive – but it doesn’t last as long as artificial products and degrades noticeably quicker.

By using Avena foam in this layer Leesa allow you to have many of the benefits of latex without the short lifespan.

Most importantly, Avena foam is pretty good at thermal regulation – it doesn’t have the same cell-based issues as memory foam and it’s good at internal ventilation. This makes it a suitable choice for the top layer of this product, and it should stay reasonably cool. It has also got ventilation holes throughout the entire surface which run to the bottom of the layer where an eggshell shaped design creates channels for air to flow out into the bedroom.

It provides a lovely bounce and responsiveness to the mattress that you’re going to struggle to get from a memory foam top layer. The huge amount of loft it provides creates a sense of luxury that feels like you’re being cradled gently throughout the night.

Contouring Memory Foam

Leesa tries and makes this sound like it’s an interesting material, but in all honesty, it’s pretty boring. It’s a standard memory foam that’s got no additional heat dissipation or thermal regulation technologies built into it (like an open cell design or cooling gel infusion). This isn’t a huge problem as it’s deep down in the mattress, but it’s not ideal either.

Despite this, it’s still a very high-quality foam that’s going to stand the test of time. It provides excellent amounts of contouring support and is extremely comfortable.

Support Foam

The final layer of the Leesa is the thickest and most boring (like in most mattresses). It’s a 6-inch thick slab of high quality, yet reasonably normal high-density support foam. It’s this layer that provides the bulk of the support of the mattress, and it also provides a strong base for the top 2 layers to remain stable on.

Again, reasonably boring, and reasonably unimpressive.

Firmness Comparison

Both the Leesa and the DreamCloud are medium firm products. This is usually the case with single mattress brands like this as medium firmness products are the most popular, which means they’ve got the most potential customers.

The Leesa is a little bit softer than the DreamCloud as it’s rated as 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale (as opposed to the 6.5 out of 10 of the DreamCloud).

But in all honesty – the difference is negligible.

Price Comparison

Both these products are more or less the same price, although that does change depending upon the size of the mattress (the Leesa is slightly cheaper in every size except queen).

Leesa

  • Twin $525
  • Twin XL $695
  • Full $855
  • Queen $995
  • King $1,195
  • California King $1,195

Dream Cloud Prices

  • Twin $599
  • Twin XL $799
  • Full $799
  • Queen $1,199
  • King $1,299
  • California king $1,299

Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?

To be totally honest, both of these products are going to provide you with a super cool sleeping surface, and neither of them will run hot throughout the night.

The DreamCloud has several layers that help with thermal regulation. The top layer of cooling gel memory foam is of an exceptionally high quality which provides a cool sensation to the touch. The inner layer of latex provides some deep ventilation which allows heat to escape from the middle of the product too.

On the other hand, the Leesa doesn’t have the need for cooling gel in the first place, Avena foam is a naturally good ventilator / thermal regulator. This natural cooling power is enhanced further with the ventilation holes and eggshell design too – keeping things even cooler.

We’d say that the Leesa is probably a little bit cooler throughout the night than the DreamCloud – but there’s not much in it. They are both excellent thermal regulators.

Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?

This section is easy – the DreamCloud is better.

The zoned support section in the DreamCloud has been specifically designed to provide support for side sleepers where they need it (and less support where they don’t). The Leesa doesn’t have this.

Note: We want to point out that the Leesa is a perfectly fine mattress for side sleepers – it’s just that the DreamCloud is better.

Should I Buy A DreamCloud Or Leesa bed?

If you’re a side sleeper, we 100% recommend you opt for the DreamCloud, the zoned support section is simply incredible – you’ll immediately notice the difference.

For other sleeping positions, either mattress will be a great option. Stomach and back sleepers will get along fine on the DreamCloud, despite its side sleeper focused design, but the Leesa is an all around great product too.

Conclusion

So there you have it, that’s what we think about the Leesa and the DreamCloud.

Both of these products are similarly priced and provide excellent value for money. The DreamCloud slightly beats the Leesa today, but we’re sure either product will please, and they are both more than worthy of your consideration.

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