We tried a mail order mattress and here's what happened!

Friday, October 5, 2018

My husband and I had been saving up to buy a new mattress for a few months before we decided to buy this new house. The mattress we previously slept on was about 8 years old, visibly worn, and was starting to squeak with loose springs when you rolled around. Neither of us was sleeping well, but when we decided to buy the house, we put a new mattress on hold and funneled that money towards our moving expenses. We decided a temporary fix would be to switch mattresses with our guest room, which was left with our current house when we bought it.

I'd like to apologize to any guests we've ever had that have slept on that mattress. IT IS SO UNCOMFORTABLE. We have lasted about a month sleeping on that bed and finally said we couldn't do it anymore. We were waking up more sore and stiff than we had on the worn down mattress, and that's just no way to live - especially with my history of having a back injury! We were waking up so tired and sore from getting poor sleep, we decided being frugal before our move just wasn't worth it.

Because of my back injury, I'm extremely particular about mattresses. I loved the one we had previously, but it was a gift from my parents when I graduated college and we couldn't afford to buy the same one again. My husband desperately wanted to try one of the mail order mattresses (which are mostly all foam), but I was really resistant because I've never found foam style mattresses to be very comfortable for my back.

Since my husband doesn't typically have big opinions on house stuff and usually goes with my flow (#blesshim), I wanted to honor that and give it a try. Plus, once I saw they have 100 night risk free trials with free pickup, I figured we didn't have much to lose. Even if it wasn't the right fit for us, it couldn't be worse than what we were currently sleeping on (sorry, again, house guests!).

So, I did what any person with picky sleeping habits does, and I read every.single.review I could find on which one was best for side sleeping, which one had the best temperature control, which one was best for bad backs... I even listened to a podcast about mail order mattresses. Exciting stuff, lemme tell ya.

After all of that, we ended up choosing the Leesa mattress. It had the best reviews from users and industry reviews, and the day I went to order, they also were having a $150 off sale, so we were able to get a queen mattress for under $800 - which is half the price of the store mattresses I had looked at!

About 4 days later it arrived, we lugged it upstairs (it definitely feels like a mattress in a box- It's HEAVY).  I've been told we need to get something called a "bunkie board" to go on top of our box spring, but we haven't done that yet. The mattress was tightly wrapped, but easy to get out, and it was mattress sized within 30 seconds! Sorry for the crappy night time pics, I'm still working on my photo skills.

We slept on it the first night and my only critique was that it did have a pretty noticeable, chemical-ly odor. If that kind of thing bothers you, you might want to air it out for a day or two before you sleep on it.

After the first night, I woke up almost wanting to cry. I had slept so well, and so comfortably, that I was MAD about how much time we spent on the crappy mattresses. I didn't even realize I'd been waking up  multiple times a night to toss and relieve my hips on the old bed until I woke up in the same position I fell asleep in on the Leesa. It was awesome.

We're still giving it some time to get used to it, but overall you can count us another 5 star review. Our plan is going to be to save up for king size bed and order the king Leesa and put this one in our guest room so our guests have something comfortable to sleep on.

I am so happy we found such a comfortable bed for such a great price, and my husband is so proud of himself for being right about it all along. It's a win, win for everyone in our house. And, if you're looking for a new mattress, the Leesa Columbus Day Sale is going on until Monday. I'd say definitely give it a shot if you've been thinking about it!

UPDATE: We are about 10 months out from buying this mattress, and we STILL love it! You can see our new room and king size bed here.  We love it so much, we bought a second one in a king size, and put this queen size one in our guest room. Our guests have raved about how comfortable it is. It really is the best mattress I've ever slept on. Cannot recommend enough! 

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