Leesa Sapira Hybrid vs Leesa Legend: Which mattress should you buy in Memorial Day sales?

Leesa Sapira Hybrid vs Leesa Legend Hybrid mattress image shows the Sapira mattress on a grey bedframe on the left and the Legend Hybrid on a wooden bedframe on the right
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Leesa makes some of the best luxury hybrid beds around, so in this comparison we’re looking at the Leesa Sapira Hybrid vs Leesa Legend Hybrid to see which (if either) is right for your sleep needs. Although both mattresses are made from a combination of foams and coils, there are key differences between the two, which we'll look at in this comparison piece.

If you're shopping for the best mattress to help you enjoy deeper sleep and less disturbances from your partner's in-bed movements, we highly rate the Leesa Sapira Hybrid. It scored very high marks in our in-house testing for motion isolation, pretty much eliminating any movement transferring from one side of the bed to the other. The Leesa Legend Hybrid is the Sapira’s older sibling, and as such it has more luxurious features and a larger price tag.

At full MSRP, both mattresses sit firmly in the luxury mattress bracket, but this month's Memorial Day mattress sales helps you save 30% off any Leesa mattress and get a free sleep bundle worth $299 at Leesa. That reduces the price of a Sapira Hybrid to $1,399 (was $1,999) for a queen, with a queen size Legend Hybrid dropping to $1,819 (was $2,599). Here's how to choose between the Leesa Sapira Hybrid vs Leesa Legend mattress...

Leesa Sapira Hybrid vs Leesa Legend Hybrid mattres: Specs

We know from testing the best hybrid mattresses of the year that foam and coils beds are breathable, supportive and excellent at reducing pressure points. Leesa's hybrids are typically of a higher build quality than many rivals, so here's what you need to know about the spec of the Leesa Sapira Hybrid vs Leesa Legend Hybrid:

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Leesa Sapira HybridLeesa Legend Hybrid
Firmness (1-10):65.5
Trial:100 night100 night
Warranty:10 years10 years
Price (MSRP):From $1,349From $1,999

Leesa Sapira Hybrid vs Leesa Legend Hybrid mattress: Price & trial

  • Both mattresses are 30% off and come with a sleep bundle worth $299
  • Both come with a 10-year warranty, 100-night trial and free shipping
  • A queen Leesa Sapira Hybrid costs $1,399 vs $1,819 for a queen Legend

Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress on a grey bedframe placed against a cream wall

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Leesa almost always has some sort of sale running. We generally see tiered discounts with its mattresses, with maximum discounts of 25% off. But this Memorial Day Leesa is knocking 30% off all sizes of both the Sapira Hybrid and the Legend Hybrid, which is one of the most generous discounts we’ve seen from the brand since Black Friday. 

Leesa is also throwing in a free sleep bundle worth $299, comprising pillows and a sheet set. With this new discount you can pick up a queen size Leesa Sapira Hybrid for $1,399, while the Leesa Legend Hybrid is reduced to $1,819. That’s still a sizeable price difference, but the Legend Hybrid is one of the premium hybrids from Leesa so we feel that's actually a competitive price for a luxury mattress. 

The closest rival to both beds is the Saatva Classic, a luxury innerspring hybrid that's discounted to $1,695 (was $2,095) in the new Saatva mattress sale. You can read more about this luxury handcrafted hybrid in our Saatva Classic mattress review.

With both mattresses being from the same brand there’s absolutely no difference in the benefits you’ll get. There’s free shipping to your door, but you’ll have to pay $199 for white glove delivery and removal of your old mattress – if it’s available in your area. 

You’ll get a 100-night trial period and a 10-year warranty as well, which we feel is a little disappointing for luxury mattresses – particularly when you consider that one of Leesa’s biggest rivals, Saatva, offers a year-long trial and a lifetime warranty. 100 night trials and a 10-year warranty is standard among the best mattresses in a box for this year though.

Leesa Sapira Hybrid: was from $1,349now $944 at Leesa

Leesa Sapira Hybrid: was from $1,349 now $944 at Leesa
With a medium to medium firm feel, the Sapira Hybrid is ideally suited to side sleepers, along with lightweight to average back sleepers. As is the case with most bed brands, there’s almost always a mattress sale on at Leesa, but the current discount for Memorial Day is much higher than the usual evergreen discount, reducing the price of a queen to $1,399 from $1,999. You’ll also get a free sleep bundle included with the mattress.

Leesa Legend Hybrid: was from $1,999now $1,399 at Leesa

Leesa Legend Hybrid: was from $1,999 now $1,399 at Leesa
The Legend Hybrid has targeted zoned support that’s particularly suited for side sleepers, along with outstanding temperature regulation. Like the Sapira Hybrid, it’s currently reduced by 30% for the Memorial Day sales, making a queen $1,819 (was $2,599). This is one of the biggest discounts we’ve seen, so it’s definitely worth snapping the mattress up if you’re in the market for one.

Leesa Sapira Hybrid vs Leesa Legend Hybrid mattress: Materials & design

  • The Leesa Sapira Hybrid is 11” tall
  • The Leesa Legend Hybrid is 12” tall
  • Both mattresses are hybrids (foam and coils)

The Leesa Sapira Hybrid is made up of six layers and is 11" thick. The mattress starts with a breathable cover made of ultra-fine viscose and plant-based rayon, which sits on a 1.5" layer of comfort foam, with air channels to avoid overheating and provide some body contouring.

Next up is a 1.5" memory foam recovery layer for further contouring and pressure relief. A 1 inch transition foam layer sits on top of a 6 inch responsive support layer with over 1,000 pocket springs to minimize motion transfer.

All of this sits on a 1" base layer for stability and support. All the foams in the mattress are CertiPUR-US certified. The Leesa also uses dense foams, which are of higher-quality and are therefore more durable.

Leesa Legend Hybrid mattress on a light wood bedframe placed in a white bedroom

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The Leesa Legend Hybrid has a soft and luxurious cover made with 100% organic cotton, merino wool, and recycled fibers. Underneath is a comfort layer of polyfoam, full of small holes, designed for bounce and a quick response to pressure. 

Next up is a memory foam layer for pressure relief, followed by the three zone support layer of micro springs. Underneath this is a transition layer of firmer polyfoam before another support layer of individually wrapped springs. The mattress is finished with a high density foam base. 

Again, the mattress uses CertiPUR-US certified foams, all of which are dense foams. It’s slightly taller than the Sapira at 12” and is made up of seven layers in total. For all-foam beds, take a look at our guide to the best memory foam mattress for all budgets and types of sleeper.

Leesa Sapira Hybrid vs Leesa Legend Hybrid mattress: Comfort & support

  • The Sapira Hybrid is rated 6/10 (by our testers) on the firmness scale
  • The Legend Hybrid is rated 5.5/10, with a medium soft feel
  • Both mattresses contain multiple support and comfort layers

The Sapira Hybrid is rated as a medium to medium firm mattress, although our testers felt it slept as a medium (rating it at 6/10). There’s mild contouring to your body shape, but you won’t sink into this mattress as it’s got a bit of bounce. Top layers spring back into place very quickly when weight is removed from the mattress. 

As commonly found on the best mattresses for side sleepers, the Leesa has plenty of support and comfort at the shoulders and hips, preventing any pressure from building up. Back sleepers should also find this mattress comfortable, with plenty of support at the lower back. 

Stomach sleepers will find this mattress too soft however, with too much sinkage around the hips throwing the spine out of alignment. Motion isolation on the Sapira is exceptional – we rate it as the best mattress for those sharing their bed with a restless partner. But edge support is a little disappointing.

Leesa Sapira Hybrid matress on a wooden bedframe in a red brick bedroom

The Leesa Sapira Hybrid performed well during our in-house tests (Image credit: Future (Michele Ross))

The Legend Hybrid is a softer mattress, with a plush feel that will particularly appeal to side sleepers. The zoned support layer features micro coils at the head and foot of the bed, with polyfoam in the middle.

This means that the mattress keeps the hips elevated and the spine aligned, while allowing for softer sinkage around the shoulders – if you suffer from joint pain in this area, this mattress is an excellent choice. There’s also a little bounce from the second layer of springs, meaning that whilst this is a softer mattress, you shouldn’t feel bogged down in it.

Instead, you should feel supported by the coils, whilst still being cushioned by the plusher fabrics at the top of the mattress. Again, this isn’t a good choice for stomach sleepers, who won’t have nearly enough support around their hips.

Neither mattress is suited to heavier bodies either, so if you are of a larger build we’d recommend investing in a dedicated mattress for heavy people.

Leesa Sapira Hybrid vs Leesa Legend Hybrid mattress: Temperature control

  • The Leesa Sapira Hybrid has a  foam layer punctured with air channels
  • The Leesa Legend Hybrid uses perforated foam
  • There’s the option to upgrade to an Ultra Cool mattress protector with either

Hybrid mattresses in general tend to sleep cooler than their all-foam counterparts, due in no small part to the coil layers allowing for extra airflow. Both the Sapira and Legend Hybrids have been designed with cooling in mind. 

Breathable covers feel cool to the touch and the foam layers are perforated to prevent heat from building up overnight. The Sapira’s single layer of coils are well-spaced to allow for airflow – with the Legend you have an extra layer of micro coils that increases this ventilation even further. 

There’s also the option to upgrade to an Ultra Cool mattress protector if you’re a particularly hot sleeper. Our tester slept on the Sapira Hybrid in the height of summer in Southern California and, as a hot sleeper, didn’t find the temperature regulation to be exceptional. 

However, they did feel the mattress was breathable and we feel that with the addition of the cooling protector, it would be more comfortable for hot sleepers. We would expect the Legend Hybrid to perform in a similar fashion. Of course, if you do struggle to keep cool at night, you’ll probably want to invest in one of our best cooling mattress recommendations instead. 

Leesa Sapira Hybrid vs Leesa Legend Hybrid mattress: Which should you buy?

Buy the Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress if…

✅  You share your bed with a restless partner: Motion isolation on the Sapira Hybrid is exceptional, meaning you’re not going to be disturbed by a partner moving about through the night.

✅  You sleep on your back or side: The Sapira is particularly suited to these sleeping positions, offering excellent lumbar support and keeping the spine aligned at all times – as long as you’re of a lightweight to average build.

✅  You have a smaller budget: It’s not a cheap mattress, but the Sapira is still considerably cheaper than the Legend Hybrid. So, if you want a luxury hybrid but need to keep your budget in the upper mid-range bracket, now is the time to snap this mattress up.

Buy the Leesa Legend Hybrid mattress if…

✅  You suffer from shoulder pain: The clever zoned support of the Legend Hybrid means you’ll get excellent pressure relief at your shoulders where the mattress is softer, while your spine is still kept aligned.

✅  You sleep on your side: If you’re a dedicated side sleeper, the Legend offers the perfect amount of softness and support. And with the bottom layer of pocketed springs, it still has some bounce to stop you feeling trapped in the mattress.

✅  You prefer a plusher feel: Although you won’t sink into the Legend Hybrid in the same way you would a memory foam mattress, there’s masses of cushioning and comfort from the top layers of this mattress, giving sleepers a plush and pressure relieving feel.

Jo Plumridge
Mattress tester and sleep writer

Jo Plumridge is an experienced mattress reviewer with several years' experience covering all things mattresses and sleep, and who tests memory foam, hybrid and organic mattresses. What Jo doesn't know about a boxed mattress isn't worth knowing, so naturally we tasked her with producing a series of features for Tom's Guide looking at all aspects of mattresses, from how to pick between latex and memory foam (it's a tricky one), to the seven mistakes people make when buying a mattress for the first time. When testing the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid for Tom's Guide, Jo said: "I loved the back support and pressure relief it offered. Plus, it looks far more expensive than it is." When she isn’t writing about sleep, Jo also writes extensively on interior design, home products and photography.