Full Loom and Leaf Mattress Review

In this review, we look at Saatva’s latest addition to the online mattress world: the Loom and Leaf Luxury Memory Foam Mattress.

We’ve reviewed Saatva before and prefer their premium innerspring to competitors. Saatva carries a strong reputation of 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 mattresses:

  • Traditional Memory Foam. Traditional memory foam mattresses were first introduced in the 1990s, and represented a major advancement in sleep technology. Unlike old-fashioned spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses cradle your body and pressure points. 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 Memory Foam. One of the biggest problems with a traditional memory foam mattress is that it can get hot quickly. If you love being warm, it’s not a problem – but some people like to stay a little cooler while they sleep. Air cooled memory foam mattresses 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 a memory foam mattress and a Dr. Scholl’s shoe insert. If you need a little more support than a traditional memory foam mattress, a gel memory foam mattress might be a good choice.

The Loom mattress uses a combination of all three to deliver a cool, comfortable, supportive sleep.

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 really lives up to Saatva’s name.

The Loom & Leaf mattress is an impressive combination of high quality materials that we found to actually keep you cool, all for a reasonable price.

What Type of Mattress Is the Loom and Leaf?

Loom & Leaf is a memory foam mattress that combines a 5 lb. plant-based memory 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, that’s 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: Relaxed Firm and Firm.

loom & leaf offers two firmness levels

The Relaxed Firm is their flagship comfort level. It’s for customers who switch sleeping positions often, and are looking for a mattress that’s not too hard but not too soft.

The Firm is for those who need a firm feel. If you’re a back or stomach sleeper, or if your health professional has recommended a firmer mattress, then this one is for you. For sleepers over 250 pounds or for couples, the firm might 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 so you don’t fully sink in.

the new loom and leaf mattress from Saatva

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 isn’t a problem, many of the Loom 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 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 memory foam experience and the plush, organic 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.

The layers from the Loom and Leaf website are:

  1. loom and leaf section showing layersBreathable quilted organic cotton covering, including a natural flame retardant
  2. Spinal Zone Gel layer, made of a proprietary medical-grade gel which favors circulation and cooling. This high standard gel is typically used in hospitals’ burn units.
  3. Plant-based top foam layer using a “gel-swirl” construction technique to ensure smooth distribution. The special design includes air channels to improve air circulation and general cooling.
  4. 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. 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.

made in USA sign

The company estimates that their mattress has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, a figure that outpaces the competition by 5 years.

What we’ve see 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 polyurethane and other components of memory foam. While it may not be toxic, it’s definitely unpleasant.

The Loom and Leaf has almost no smell due to the bed’s construction and 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.

CertiPUR-US logoLoom and Leaf’s American-made, plant- based foams are CertiPUR-US® certified, which means that the foam has gone through 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 memory 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 completely bypass it.

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 really 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 this finishing, a mattress pad is usually not necessary, unless you need to fine-tune the firmness (see our guide here).

How Big Is the Mattress? Will it Fit my Home?

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, mostly thanks to the success of the “bed-in-a-box” concept.

By cutting out the middleman and selling directly to consumers, bed-in-a-box companies like Brooklyn Bedding and Leesa Sleep have changed the way people shop for a mattress.

A bed mounting the loom and leaf mattress

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 mattress performs perfectly without a 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 a 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 a $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 not sure, 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 white glove delivery nationwide at no additional cost. A few companies claim this too but they simply leave your box outside your door.

With Loom & Leaf instead, your old mattress and foundation will be removed (if you want) and the new 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 3-5 years, they will replace your mattress for 25% of the original price.

Loom and Leaf mattress in a nice setting

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 not having 4 or 6 legs and a 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.

In case 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, as it interferes with the mattress structure which is already designed to provide the 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:

SizeRegular PriceDiscounted Price
Twin XL:$1,199$999
Cal King:$2,099$1,899
Split King:$2,398$2,198
Split Cal King:$2,476$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, great 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:

  • loom-and-leaf-mattress-babyLoom and Leaf is built in the USA with plant-based foams, it’s wrapped in an organic cotton cover with a natural thistle flame retardant. It’s a very eco-responsible and luxurious memory foam mattress
  • It uses hospital-grade gel material
  • Unlike memory foam mattresses in stores, you have a 180-day trial
  • It’s warranty of 15 years outpaces most other 10 year warranties, and it’s simple
  • Also 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

Buy it directly from loomandleaf.com for just $1,599 in Queen.

Stacey Morgan

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Stacey Morgan

Updated at August 12, 2020