Our New Leesa Mattress [Sponsored]

To say my husband was sceptical when I told him I wanted to replace our not very old traditional sprung mattress with a new premium foam one from Leesa is an understatement.

Although always supportive of my work and the constant, never-ending, chaos inducing changes in the house, I actually thought he might veto this one!

But he didn’t. And I’m so pleased, because from the very minute I lay down on our new mattress, I knew we’d made a wise move.

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He always found our old mattress more comfortable than I did. He’s a better sleeper in general anyway, possessing the enviable skill of being able to fall into a deep sleep within minutes of his head hitting the pillow, but prefers a firmer mattress than me, and our old mattress was a medium tension. So although it was a great mattress for him, it wasn’t for me in the end.

I was very intrigued to try a Leesa mattress, having only ever slept on traditional sprung, tufted mattresses before. And I’m actually lying on it as I write this post, trying to put my finger on exactly what it is that makes it so comfortable, and I think it’s that the top layer of foam is super squishy (technical term), but the next layer down is firmer, so although it's soft and squishy, it's supported by a firmer layer below.

That’s my highly scientific explanation and I’m sticking to it.

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French For Pineapple Blog - Leesa Mattress Review

And if you look at the facts, they back up my theory, although the mattress is actually made of three distinctly different foam layers...

The top layer (the soft and squishy one) is made from Avena cooling foam, and provides airflow and bounce. See? I was right!

The next layer is pressure relieving memory foam, and then the base layer provides strength and structure, so I guess it’s the overall combination making it feel soft and squishy yet weirdly not. You get comfort AND support, and both my husband and I were sold after our first sleep on it. Soft enough for me, yet firm enough for him. Needless to say we decided very quickly that we didn’t need or want to keep our old mattress for backup, nor take advantage of the 100 night risk free trial.

French For Pineapple Blog - Leesa Mattress Review

French For Pineapple Blog - Leesa Mattress Review

French For Pineapple Blog - Leesa Mattress Review

I’m definitely more excited about sinking into bed at night now. And my concerns about the bed looking flat without a tufted mattress (yes, these things matter to me!) were unfounded, as once it’s made, it looks no different than any other mattress would.

Our fitted sheets actually fit perfectly now which is a bonus, as they weren’t deep enough for our very thick old mattress, and kept popping off in the night (super annoying), and I love that it's a neutral colour that you can’t see through white sheets.

The fact Leesa mattresses are delivered compressed and rolled in a box makes the whole new mattress process infinitely easier, though make no mistake, our super king is still a hefty weight, and I had to wait for Ed to come home to lift it upstairs.

Once it's next to your base, you unbox it on its side, lift it onto your bed base and remove the plastic to watch it decompress. Within an hour it’s good to go. And no, you don't have to watch it decompress, though I can confirm that a certain young six year old and his furry little feline friend both did exactly that, whilst trying to resist the urge to jump on it.


French For Pineapple Blog - Leesa Mattress Review

French For Pineapple Blog - Leesa Mattress Review

The new mattress smell does take a while to go, but it's not an offensive smell at all. I feel I'm moving around less in the night and it's actually enabled me to sleep on my back a bit more too which is great as I've been trying unsuccessfully to break my life-long stomach sleeping habit for years.

I admit that I was definitely sceptical about foam mattresses, though not quite as much as my husband, but we're both super impressed, and I can wholeheartedly recommend Leesa.

And even better, I have a discount code for you, so if you’re in the market for a new mattress, you can get a whopping £100 off. Just pop FRENCHFORPINEAPPLE in at the checkout.

This post is in collaboration with Leesa, who provided me with a mattress for review, but all thoughts are my own.

This post contains affiliate links which means I earn a small percentage of a sale if you click the links and purchase a product.


A Mattress Fit For A Boutique Hotel Style Bedroom
[Hilary Devey Collection]

When I was contacted a few months ago to see if I'd like to review a Hilary Devey, Duvalay mattress, it couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I was in the midst of my big bedroom makeover, and it was like the mattress gods knew it was time to let go of our trusty old one, and were sending me a not very subtle hint.

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Yet the offer was met with 50% excitement, and 50% trepidation. I know that's a tad dramatic, I mean it's only a mattress right? But even though I knew we really needed to replace our old one, I was actually kind of fond of it despite it's obvious lack of support (a bit like a comforting old friend that you love even though they can be a bit flaky. Oh. I might have just described myself there...).

And if I'm honest, I was a bit scared that we'd end up getting rid of it for one that was rubbish, uncomfortable or just not right for us. Plus there were decisions to be made. And when it comes to what I consider quite major decisions like a new mattress, I just turn into an indecisive fool. Ed likes a firmer mattress than I do, but give me a soft squishy cloud to sleep on any day, so a compromise needed to be reached.

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection


After much mind-changing on my part, we settled on the Diamond Luxe, which I felt was a bit of a compromise for me. I'd have gone for something softer if it was for me alone, but obviously we both need to be comfortable, and actually I'm pleased to report that it's perfect for both of us. And I know that as much as I say I want to sleep on a soft cloud, that my back is not with me.

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It was really odd for the first few nights - a week even. But odd in a 'this is very different to what I'm used to' way, and not in a 'this is terribly uncomfortable' way.

And then I just stopped thinking about it - I'd gotten used to it without realising, which is what you want in a new mattress I think. If something is just right, you don't really notice it. It has enough give, that I get that lovely sinking-in feeling when I first get into bed, but it's definitely got a lot of support right under that top layer. A semi-firm cloud you could say. It's become my good new friend, but this time, a supportive friend. And our backs really appreciate it.

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

It's heavy and requires turning once a week until you've completed the 'turning cycle', then you just flip it once a season - totally doable, unlike our old mattress, which was so heavy that we were physically unable to flip it. So that's a bonus too.

This is a proper, old-school mattress with a hand-stitched border, tufted on both sides, hand-crafted in West Yorkshire, and it's comfortable in a luxurious way, so it perfectly fits the criteria for my continuing quest to create my dream Boutique Hotel Style Bedroom.

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

However, don't be fooled by its traditional appearance, because beneath that tufted exterior lies some impressive technology. The 'Wooltec' ensures great temperature control, on top of comfort and durability, whilst the 'Midas Touch' springs beneath, give a unique combination of responsiveness, comfort and support to individual shapes and body weights.

So that's another piece of the Boutique Hotel Style Bedroom puzzle in place (told you I was working on it - a few more pieces yet to come), and our Diamond Luxe mattress has a very relieved, big thumbs-up from both Ed and I, and I'm exhausted by this week already, and can't wait to sink into it this evening.

This post is in collaboration with Hilary Devey Collection.