Leesa mattress in a box review

leesa mattress review mattress in a box how to pick mattress*Leesa provided a free product for me to review. However, all opinions stated here are my own.

Mattress technology has come a long way. Now you don’t need to go to a store; you can have a mattress delivered to your door in a small box. I thought the idea of a mattress in a box was a bit weird. Mainly because buying something you’ll sleep on for a long time without testing it seems risky. But the more I read about the Leesa mattress, the more I was intrigued.

Leesa Mattress Review

Leesa mattress was of the first things that popped up when searched Google for mattress info. I was fascinated by the technology involved, and wondered how a mattress that gets squished down to much for shipping could ever be comfortable. I reached out to Leesa to talk about the technology involved in their mattress. Leesa offered it to send me a mattress at no cost so I could try it out. They gave me the option of keeping the mattress afterwards. As such they consider this to be a sponsored post. However Leesa did not ask for, nor would I grant them if they did, approval over what I would say in this blog review or in my YouTube video review.

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The online ordering process was simple. On the website you select the size of mattress you want and everything is displayed clearly and simply. Once you input your delivery information you’re good to go.

My mattress arrived about 10 days later, and was dropped off on my driveway near my front door. I should point out the mattress box is quite heavy. That’s probably why the delivery person didn’t carry it up the three front steps to place it near the door. It was quite the struggle for me to get it there myself, but it was manageable. If you aren’t confident about your ability to carry a queen size mattress, you might want to prepare for some help on delivery day.

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Setting up the bed couldn’t be simpler. You’ll drag the box into your bedroom, cut it open, and slide the rolled up mattress onto the base or box spring. (Leesa can be placed on virtually any bed frame or base.) Watch my YouTube video for a quick peek at the set up process (thanks to time lapse video!)

Mattress perfect for small spaces, narrow hallways

As a side note, this type of mattress concept is pure genius for people that live in small spaces. If you have a very narrow hallways, or unusually narrow staircases, or have otherwise had difficulty moving a mattress into your space previously, you’re in luck. I’m confident in saying you could probably get to this mattress into any space anywhere.

With the mattress now on the box spring, you cut off be several layers of plastic that keeps it rolled up. Then unroll the mattress and orient the three white stripes on the mattress to the foot of the bed. When everything is in place, carefully cut off that last layer of plastic, and stand back and watch. As soon as some air is let in, the mattress will pop up to a normal mattress thickness. Leesa recommends you leave it to sit for a little while so it can return to its normal shape. This also allows any potential chemical smell that some people might be sensitive to to dissipate. I did not notice any smell, and I felt like the mattress took shape quite quickly. Nonetheless I let it sit for a couple of hours.

How is Leesa mattress made?leesa mattress review mattress in a box how to pick mattress

The Leesa mattress has one configuration only and can’t be flipped over. That’s because it has been specially formed from three layers of foam.

Top: 2-inch Avena™ foam top layer perforated to keep you cool and provide cushiony bounce.
Middle: 2-inch memory foam middle layer for body contouring.
Bottom: 6-inch dense core support foam for durability and edge support.

Leesa mattress sleep & comfort

leesa mattress review mattress in a box how to pick mattressWith the bed was made up I laid down on it just to test out its initial comfort. I have to say I found it a lot firmer than I was expecting, knowing that its simply foam. It felt quite supportive and definitely comfortable right from the start.

It took about two nights for me to get used to sleeping on it. This is not unusual as any time I sleep in an unfamiliar bed while traveling, it usually takes a couple of nights before I’m accustomed to the sleep. After those two nights I thoroughly enjoyed sleeping on the Leesa mattress.

I found the mattress quite comfortable overall and definitely supportive enough for me. A friend asked if I found the foam hot and some foam mattresses can leave you sweaty since they don’t breathe so well but I definitely did not. Apparently the cooling properties of the Avena foam are working.

I asked my husband how he was enjoying the mattress and surprisingly he too was enjoying it. We have often have different preferences when it comes to mattresses so I was quite pleasantly surprised that we were both having a good experience with this one.

To sum it up, I  really like the sleep experience on the Leesa mattress and hubby and I’ve agreed to keep it.

Buying a mattress off the internet!? What if you don’t like it?

leesa mattress review mattress in a box how to pick mattressOne of the big questions when it comes to buying a mattress off the internet – that you’ve never tested out before – is what happens if you don’t like it? It’s a valid point and a serious concern, so Leesa has made it easy for customers. They ask you to try it out for a full 30 days before you judge. If after that time you still aren’t enjoying your sleep, you have 100 days to get your money back. Leesa will then arrange for the mattress to be donated to a local charity in your area.  So there’s no downside to trying out a Leesa mattress, as far as I can see.

Prices + US & Canadian availability – Leesa mattress

Prices for the Leesa mattresses start at $700CAD for a twin and go up to $1300 CAD for a king. In the United States all prices are available for under $1000. I also really like the fact that delivery is free whether you live in Canada or the US. Another plus for Canadian buyers? Duties, taxes, and anything else, is already factored in.

Yes, you can get cheaper beds. But you can also pay more for beds; anywhere up to $1500 dollars up to $3000. Department stores and specialty mattress shops have prices that run the gamut from cheap to luxury. But in many of those cases, you’re stuck with the bed afterwards. Or if you need to buy a special mattress cover in order to be able to return it.

Overall -Leesa Mattress review

I thought this experience was great. Many readers and viewers have seen my social media posts about this mattress test and have been extremely curious about how it works. After reporting back how well things have gone, I think I may have created a few new customers. I’m glad; the mattress is comfortable, and appears durable, though only time will be able to tell for that.

The overall experience was top-notch, and despite the fact you’re getting a product sight unseen, you got an insurance policy if you’re not happy in the end.

For more info on a Leesa mattress in Canada, click here. For US orders & info click here.

BEDDI Glow smart alarm clock review; it wakes with light, can call you an Uber

Beddi glow smart alarm lightCan BEDDI Glow smart alarm clock help me wake up better?

There are few sounds that irk me as much as the screech of my alarm clock. It goes off each day at 2:50am so I can snooze it a few times before I finally crawl bleary-eyed and groggy from my warm covers at 3:30 to head to work. Believe it or not, snoozing like that actually helps me feel like I got ‘extra sleep’. (Does anyone else do that?)

I’ve always hated the sound of ringing alarms. I use the radio sometimes, but I find it disconcerting to hear people talking in my room before I’m fully conscious and know what the hell is going on. It’s all the more unsettling when I realize the radio is tuned to Coast to Coast AM and they’re talking about a phenomenon of people waking up with the demonic Hat Man shadow-person standing over their beds. Shudder.

Better, more gentle wake up?Beddi glow smart alarm light

There has to be a better, more gentle way to wake up, and I think I may have found it.
I was recently sent a BEDDI Glow smart alarm clock for testing and review. BEDDI Glow allows you to wake with a simulated sunrise light, your own music, or FM radio. It’s also got a host of other neat features that makes it pretty handy.

BEDDI Glow alarm Features

The BEDDI Glow smart alarm clock gives you options for your wake up. I’ve been using the simulated sunrise feature and the ‘relax’ sound effect. More on how it works and how I like it in a sec.

The clock is about the size of a ‘traditional’ alarm clock, and it’s got a time/display panel and a speaker on top of the face, and a light panel on the bottom. The brightness can be adjusted so it won’t disturb you. A series of buttons on the top can be configured to perform the tasks you choose; from turning the light panel on, to playing audio traffic or weather info, to playing various white noise effects. Each button cam perform multiple functions since it can support a single tap, double tap or a long hold. It works with iOS8 and above, and most phones with Android 4.3 or above.

A neat feature I like; if you unplug the clock, or the power goes out, the time will reset itself automatically once you reconnect.  No annoying flashing time, and no ‘tap tap tap tap tap’ to try to reset it.

Mood Light

I love coloured lighting. Particularly as the day winds down, it’s nice to have a soft warm glow to greet you as you head for bed. BEDDI Glow’s Mood Light feature lets you enjoy a soft rainbow glow that shifts colours across the spectrum.

Using the app and settings for the mood light, you can choose a fade effect, or a rainbow transition. To stick it on one colour, go into the mood light settings, select the ‘normal’ and it will give you a colour spectrum to choose from.  It’s not easy to get to, but it’s there making the mood light cool, fun and functional.

White Noise for sleepBeddi glow smart alarm light

I find white noise most helpful on airplanes or in waiting lounges where upset children are on the rampage. I’ve not really used white noise to get to sleep. Since it’s available on the BEDDI Glow, I thought I’d give it a try. There are 10 white noise settings from rainforest, waterfall, and ocean, to motor, fan and shower. For the most part they sound realistic and were enjoyable. I found myself gravitating to the ‘shower’ setting as it sounded most like rain falling outside a window. You can choose how long to leave the noise running and it will shut off automatically.

I though the ability to use the white noise settings for wake up sounds was something that was missing from the app. I’d much rather wake up to the soft sounds of a storm than a beep… but perhaps most folks would sleep right through them?

Get traffic & weather info as you wake up

Beddi glow smart alarm lightThis is a pretty cool feature. Using the app you set your location to get accurate weather data and current conditions will display in the app dashboard. It’s very simplistic showing only the temperature and a single weather icon. I think having the ability to click into the weather settings and get 3 or 5 day forecast info, or even a forecast for the rest of the day would be helpful. I’m surprised that’s not already built into the app.

The traffic feature takes your current location as its input for the weather info (or a different location you choose) and then lets you add a ‘destination’ address and the time you’d like to arrive for work. In the app it will display the drive time for that time and destination. You can also configure the alarm so that when the alarm goes off, it will tell you the weather and traffic info. Pressing one of the smart buttons can also deliver the same info, delivered by a friendly robotic voice.

Waking with Sunrise light & gentle sound effects

The sunrise setting is perhaps my favourite thing about the clock. The light can be set to come on gradually over time (from 5-30 minutes) or to come on a minute before the alarm.I set mine at 15 minutes and found it was enough to help me wake.

It would be fun to be able to wake up to the colours of the mood light, but I guess that’s not really the point…

I use the ‘relax’ sound effect to wake me combined with the sunrise light. The alarm goes off, softly at first, then it gradually increases until I hit snooze, then the cycle starts over. By the time the sound starts, the light is already on, so it helps me adjust to waking up. It also makes it harder to just go back to sleep since the room has brightened.

BEDDI Glow also has the ability to set multiple alarms on different days so you can have one wake up time for weekdays and another for weekends or early meetings. Smart!

Adjustable snooze bar

The snooze bar settings can be adjusted to give you anywhere from 1 to 10 more minutes of sleep, or it can adjust itself in decreasing time intervals all on its own.

Save outlets! USB Charging is built in

BEDDI Glow has 2 built-in USB ports in the back of the device, so you can charge phones and tablets without taking up valuable outlet space. It’s smart and convenient. There’s also an aux jack for those that might need it.

Configurable app dashboard

One of the things I liked about this device is that I can configure the dashboard for the alarm clock to include information, tasks, and shortcuts for things I need. In my app I have alarm settings, weather and traffic information as well as the white noise control. There are also a series of buttons along the bottom of the dashboard that allow you to instantly play audio from the phone to the Bluetooth speaker, to turn the white or mood lights on or off, or set a timer.

For the most part the app is very intuitive and easy to use, though a few of the settings are buried deep within menus and sub menus. It takes a bit of exploring around the app to get to know where those settings are.

Connect Spotify and UberBeddi Glow Uber smart sleep light clock alarm

Since the clock is connected to your smartphone, you can use it as a Bluetooth speaker to play music or podcasts, or have music set to be your wake-up. BEDDI Glow connects with Spotify (premium accounts only) and Apple Music too to give you your own personal music experience if that’s what you prefer.

I found the fact that the BEDDI Glow smart alarm clock can call you an Uber to be a bit weird. It’s not a service that I’d use (if I did need a ride after waking up I’d probably just use the app on my phone so I could track the driver) but I’d be interested to hear what others think about that.

Once you’ve logged into your Uber account with BEDDI, you can configure one of your smart buttons to call you an Uber with a single press of a button. I think that’s a bit dangerous, since in my sleepy haze I’d be liable to accidentally call myself a ride and not even realize it. The clock will then alert you when your ride arrives.  Talk about high tech and easy!

Overall review of BEDDI Glow – It’s AWESOME

After several weeks of testing I can confidently say that I love this alarm clock.

I love how many options there are for you to choose precisely how you wake up. The sunrise setting is one of my favorites and I find it helps ease me into my day. Since I’m a huge fan of colored lighting, the fact that it has mood light built in is also a huge plus.

I think the integration with local weather and traffic information is also genius; it’s the kind of information I like to have, but rarely have time to go looking for as I’m rushing around trying to get ready. Having it spoon-fed to me first thing a handy time saver.

I’ve also been enjoying the white noise option and find it quite relaxing.

In short, the BEDDI Glow Smart alarm clock works precisely as it should and the features are easy to configure and operate. I highly recommend this device if you’re in the market for a newer, smarter alarm clock and a better wake up experience overall.

BEDDI Glow sells for about $80USD /$107CAD. Get more info on it here.