Loom and Leaf Memory Foam Mattress Review
In this review, we look at the following Saatva mattress which is their latest addition to the online mattress world: the Loom and Leaf Luxury Memory Foam Bed.
We’ve reviewed Saatva before and prefer their premium innerspring to competitors. Saatva carries a strong reputation for quality and customer service, which is reflected in their reviews, both online and off.
The virtual absence of complaints online is an achievement shared by very few mattress manufacturers.
On the Loom and Leaf website, they offer an objective specs comparison to the more expensive Tempur-Pedic (our review here), which shows a level of transparency you just don’t see from the big name brands.
As you’ll see if you look at the comparison, not all memory foam is created equal. There are three typical types of memory foam beds:
- Traditional materials. Most memory foam beds we have on the market at the moment were first introduced in the 1990s and represented a significant advancement in sleep technology. Unlike old-fashioned spring mattresses, all-foam beds cradle your body and pressure points with their advanced memory foam layers. It’s also a big step up for couples – with a memory foam mattress, you can sleep in comfort even if your partner is tossing and turning due to the lack of motion transfer.
- Air Cooled Foam. One of the biggest problems with a traditional memory foam mattress is that it can get hot quickly. Air-cooled memory foam beds add a layer that allows air to circulate through the mattress. That means cooler temperatures and more comfort.
- Gel Memory Foam. Think of gel memory foam as a combination of an all-foam mattress and Dr. Scholl’s shoe insert. If you need a little more support than a traditional all foam mattress, a gel foam mattress might be a good choice.
The Loom mattress uses a combination of all three to deliver a cool, comfortable, supportive sleep with its relaxed firm model.
Saatva is a company that takes its commitment to comfort and eco-friendliness seriously. Their name comes from the Sanskrit language – the word “Saatva” means “balance.”
In Hindu, philosophy Saatva is the principle of harmony, purity, and goodness. With a 5 lb. plant-based layer of foam that makes up a third of the mattress, the Loom and Leaf really lives up to Saatva’s name.
The Loom & Leaf mattress is an impressive combination of high-quality materials that we found to keep you cool, all for a reasonable price.
What Type of Mattress Is the Loom and Leaf?
Loom & Leaf is an all-foam mattress that combines a 5 lb. plant-based foam layer with medical-grade cooling gel and other multi-layered foams.
This combination of different layers gives the Loom and Leaf mattress an advantage over a traditional memory foam mattress. The cooling gel keeps excess heat at bay while the plant-based memory foam cradles your joints and pressure points.
The result is an impressive mattress that cools and contours and is aesthetically pleasing without the normal look of a memory foam bed.
How Firm Is this Mattress?
Loom and Leaf mattresses are available in two comfort levels on the firmness scale: Relaxed Firm and Firm.
The Relaxed Firm is their flagship comfort level. It’s for combination sleepers that are looking for a mattress that’s not too hard but not too soft. Also, side sleepers will take great advantage in this firmness level of the Loom and Leaf mattress. Average weight sleepers can get the relaxed firm version as they won’t need as much support as the heavier sleepers.
The Firm is for those who need a firm feel. Back and stomach sleepers will need a firm mattress to support all their pressure points. Health professionals also recommend getting a medium firm mattress or even a firm model because of its supportivness. For sleepers over 250 pounds or for couples, a firmer mattress will be the best option.
How are Motion Transfer and Sinkage?
Motion transfer in the Loom and Leaf is practically non-existent. You’ll experience a slight depression that contours to your body and adds comfort but you don’t fully sink in.
The mattress also offers strong edge support (meaning that the mattress’ edge won’t lose its strength and shape), and in this sense, it performed better (sinking less) than what we usually see from other premium mattresses.
While motion transfer and sinkage in most modern memory foam mattresses aren’t a problem, many of the mattress reviews we’ve seen mention just how minimal motion transfer is on the Loom and Leaf mattress.
When we took the thickness of the mattress into account, this became very impressive: the total thickness of this mattress is 12,” and the sinkage is less than what we saw with other 10” mattresses we’ve reviewed, like the Casper mattress for example.
This level of quality is something we might see in a premium $4,000 mattress.
Loom and Leaf Mattress: Review of the Layers
The Loom and Leaf mattress is made up of 4 layers, and it’s clear that this mattress has been designed with the highest quality materials, which are mainly located in the upper portion.
They’ve done this so you can enjoy both the foam experience and the organic, plush cotton (and not a standard polyester cover).
Also, since the Loom and Leaf mattress is 12” tall, it’s thicker than the 10” mattress size that competitors offer in this category. This extra thickness adds more durability and support compression.
Loom and Leaf mattress overview of layers:
- Breathable quilted organic cotton covering, including a natural flame retardant
- Spinal Zone Gel layer, made of a proprietary medical-grade gel that favors circulation and cooling. This high-standard gel is typically used in hospitals’ burn units.
- Plant-based top foam layer using a “gel-swirl” construction technique to ensure smooth distribution. The unique design includes air channels to improve air circulation and general cooling.
- High-density memory foam support layers: this is the core of the mattress, acting as the foundation and support for the above layers. It includes a 2” transition loft pad, which works vertically to provide “transition or transfer,” which allows the layers above and below to work off of one another, providing support, conforming properties, and healthy comfort.
Does the Loom and Leaf Sleep Hot?
From the Loom and Leaf website:
Our patented Loom & Leaf gel-on-gel design eliminates the possibility of sleeping hot. Our gel swirled layer of convoluted memory foam coupled with our medical-grade gel laminated on the center third portion allows for a cooler sleep as well as better air flow through your mattress.
In other words, they claim that aside from the gel layer, the foam layers do a great job of expelling the heat and offering up a cool night’s sleep.
And that claim is correct. Based on our experience as well as on different mattress reviews, the Loom and Leaf cools like no other memory foam we’ve seen.
Most higher-priced competitors ($2,000-$4,000) we’ve seen have used just gel-infused foam layers, so the L&L gel-on-gel foam design is unique and superior.
According to the company, it is the most expensive option to manufacture, and it shows in the mattress’ complete lack of heat issues.
It maximizes conformation (shape, arrangement, weight distribution), which enhances your cool, comfortable environment.
By the way, a majority of the new, “bed-in-a-box” companies do not use any specific cooling technology.
How Long Will The Mattress Last?
Loom and Leaf, like Saatva Mattress, is built in the USA and made from the highest quality renewable and sustainable products available on the market.
The company estimates that their mattress has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. This means the Loom and Leaf mattress performance outpaces most foam mattresses by 5 years.
What we’ve seen from Saatva is that their mattresses last longer than the competition while providing the same level of luxury performance. This is what we expect from Loom and Leaf based on the material specs and foam density.
Does It Smell When New?
One of the major criticisms of memory foam mattresses is that they can exude an unpleasant odor when you take them out of the package. The process that causes this chemical smell is known as “off-gassing,” and it comes from the presence of its high-density poly foam or polyurethane and other components in its foam. While it may not be toxic, it is indeed unpleasant.
The Loom and Leaf models have almost no smell due to their construction and white glove delivery approach.
From the Loom and Leaf site:
We do ‘no’ off gassing where we manufacture our products. There is a small amount of off gassing done at our suppliers facility where our foam is made. All our foams are strictly sourced in America and, we require all our foams to be stable when they are shipped to our manufacturing partners.
Loom and Leaf’s American-made, plant-based foams are CertiPUR-US® certified, which means that the foam has undergone a rigorous independent testing and approval process.
Their mattresses are never processed with formaldehyde or any other irritating solutions. And this all goes into the premium quality of the materials you won’t find in most all-foam mattresses.
This is another advantage of Loom and Leaf vs. Tempurpedic and the bed-in-a-box companies. Most of them experience this issue to some degree, while Loom and Leaf has been designed to bypass it completely.
Organic Cotton and Quilt Package
Let us spend one more word on the topmost layer, as it’s rare to find this level of attention to detail at this price level.
The cover is an organic cotton circular knit top. The organic cotton top is quilted with a 5/8” foam layer and a natural thistle flame retardant. It’s quite soft, breathable, and has a nice textured feel. There is gold trim around the perimeter, and it gives off an equally luxurious look in terms of style and perspective.
Thanks to its top layer, a mattress pad is usually not necessary. However, if you want to fine-tune the firmness, you can use an additional comfort layer (see our guide here).
Loom and Leaf Mattress Review: The Size
The mattress sizes currently available cover the standard dimensions:
Twin: 38”x 75”
Twin XL: 38”x 80”
Full: 54”x 75”
Queen: 60”x 80”
King: 76”x 80”
California King: 72”x 84”
The height is 12”.
If you prefer to retain more flexibility to move the mattress around, there is also a split-Queen version.
The manufacturer claims there is no comfort difference between this and the regular Queen version. The price, at the time of this writing, is just $39 higher.
Does It Need A Foundation Or A Bed Frame?
Over the past few years, there’s been a revolution in the availability of mattresses online, primarily thanks to the success of the “bed-in-a-box” concept.
While these bed-in-a-box mattresses are convenient, they often need a foundation for optimal comfort and performance.
Saatva recommends purchasing their entire system, both mattress and foundation, but does say that the bed performs perfectly without foundation.
According to them, the mattress can perform perfectly well without a foundation as long as it is laid on a flat, solid horizontal surface or good quality slats not more than 4” apart.
The larger sizes (Queen and above) must have central support in order not to get deformed and lose their comfort. Also, the warranty (see below) will be impacted if the wrong type of support is used.
The mattress is also compatible with adjustable bed frames as well as motorized bed frames.
180-Day Comfort Guarantee
Loom and Leaf stands behind their 180-day trial. There are no restocking fees, meaning that if you do not like your mattress, you will only have to pay for the $99 shipping fee. If you return it‚ you will receive a full refund.
The 180-day trial begins on the day of delivery, not of purchase. There are no other hidden charges whatsoever.
If it is your first time testing a memory foam mattress, and you’re unsure, this can be a great way to try it out. Aside from this worry-free trial, they have excellent customer support (1-877-762-2882).
How is the Mattress Delivered?
Loom & Leaf includes a free white glove delivery nationwide. A few companies claim this too, but they leave your box outside your door only.
With Loom & Leaf instead, you get an old mattress removal and they will remove the old foundation too (if you want) and the new mattress one will be set up exactly where you want it. All for free.
Loom & Leaf Warranty
Loom and Leaf offers a very unique “Fairness Replacement Option,” which states that if your mattress is defective within the first 2 years, it will be replaced at no cost, including delivery.
Within 6-10 years, they will replace your mattress for 50% of the initial cost, and from 11-15 years, they will replace your mattress for 75% of the initial cost.
Only a new delivery fee will apply, not a pickup fee.
If you want to keep the warranty valid, the ideal support to use is a platform bed.
The warranty is void if the mattress is used on a metal frame without 4 or 6 legs and center-line support (for King and Queen mattresses), so keep that in mind if you decide to recycle your current foundation.
How Do I Care for the Loom and Leaf?
This mattress doesn’t require any flipping or rotating as it’s one-sided. The high-quality memory foam will regain its initial shape after every sleep, so there is no need to turn it in any way.
If you need to store the mattress for a long time, you have to lay it flat and never on the side or folded as it would compromise the structure.
If you decide to use a mattress cover or topper, it should be a breathable one with a minimal amount of padding. Otherwise, it will interfere with the mattress structure, which is already designed to provide maximum comfort.
How Much Does the Loom and Leaf Cost?
Loom and Leaf prides itself on offering the highest quality luxury memory foam mattress at a price of less than half of premium competitors like Tempur-pedic and Serta iComfort.
Their business model cuts out the middleman and passes the savings directly to the consumer. Since they are a proprietary brand, the best place to purchase their mattress is via their website, LoomandLeaf.com.
Here are the current prices, including the discount of $200 you will get by using our exclusive coupon code SALE200 at checkout:
Here are the current prices, including the discount of $200 you will get by using our exclusive coupon code SALE200 at checkout:
|Size||Regular Price||Discounted Price|
|Split Cal King:||$2,276|
In case you need to make up your mind, have a look at our updated Best Mattress Guide, in which this mattress is featured among the best on the market.
Loom & Leaf Mattress Review – Our Verdict
The mattress itself is very balanced without excessive hugging. It comes with two comfort level options, has terrific support, excellent body contouring, very premium and green materials, and is designed with remarkable cooling features. And it’s at a surprisingly low price point.
In short, the Loom and Leaf Luxury Memory Foam Mattress is the best contender for the higher-priced premium competitors.
To summarize, here are the things we like the most compared to the competitors:
- The Loom and Leaf mattresses are built in the USA with plant-based convoluted gel memory foam. It is wrapped in an organic cotton cover with a natural thistle flame retardant. The premium memory foam material is eco-responsible and luxurious at the same time
- It uses hospital-grade gel material for its classic memory foam feel and offers excellent pressure relief in all sleeping positions
- Unlike most beds with memory foam comfort layers sold today, with the Loom and Leaf mattress, you have a 180-day trial
- Its warranty of 15 years outpaces most memory foam mattresses that offer 10-year warranties
- The returns and refunds are transparent and uncomplicated
- It ships in 7-15 days and is installed by a professional delivery team for free
- Loom and Leaf does NOT collect sales tax
Stacey is the co-founder of Mattress Guides and continues to recommend and review countless mattresses. Together with Ted, Stacey makes sure that thousands of people are sleeping well and wake up healthy and ready for the day.
Updated at November 28, 2021