Today we’re going to be putting two of the most luxurious (and expensive) mattresses on the market in a head to head battle to find out once and for all which one is better.
Both Loom & Leaf and Zenhaven pride themselves on their premium products (that have premium price tags). Both brands spare no expense when designing and building their mattresses, and in both cases, it really pays dividends in the quality of their final products.
But are these mattresses worth their high price tags? What makes them so special? And which one is better?
Let’s find out in our Loom & Leaf vs Zenhaven comparison review.
The ZenHaven Mattress
- Quality – Both of these mattresses are premium products that will provide an exceptional night’s sleep
- Cotton Covers – Both products utilize breathable soft cotton covers for ventilation and a little luxuriousness
- Hybrid Design – Both mattresses are made up of layers of different materials to create a product that is more than the sum of its parts
- Materials – The Loom & Leaf utilizes memory foam quite heavily whereas the Zenhaven uses latex instead
- Price – The Loom & Leaf is considerably cheaper than the Zenhaven (but it’s still not cheap)
- Zoning – The Loom & Leaf’s layers are the same throughout the entire length of the mattress whereas the Zenhaven tailors different sections to perfectly support different parts of the body
As is tradition in these head to head mattress battles, we’re going to start off by discussing the construction of both products. Both brands utilize innovative technology in their products, albeit in slightly different ways.
Loom & Leaf Construction
Like most premium mattresses the Loom & Leaf uses a hybrid design pattern. This means that several different layers are stacked on top of one another to create a composite. This allows manufacturers to combine the best properties of various materials to create a stunning final product.
The top layer of this product is the most interesting. It’s a memory foam layer that’s infused with Loom & Leaf’s patented cooling spinal gel.
Traditionally cooling gel memory foam is created by adding a bunch of cooling gel into the mix when the foam is being made. While this is a reasonably effective method it’s far from perfect. The gel and the foam rarely mix evenly throughout and you end up with parts of the mattress that have high concentrations of gel, and other parts with less.
While the difference in traditional gel concentration is small, it’s still far from consistent. This causes the gel in traditional cooling gel memory foam to not reach its full potential because of the way cooling gel works…
Contrary to popular belief cooling gel doesn’t actually cool the mattress down – it just helps distribute the heat evenly throughout the sleeping surface.
This spreading out of the heat reduces the amount of hotspots that form underneath the sleeper and results in a much cooler sensation (despite the average temperature of the mattress remaining largely the same).
When there is an uneven distribution of cooling gel this process works much less efficiently than it potentially could. While it’s still far better than not having any gel at all, there’s significant room for improvement – which is what Loom & Leaf have done.
They have innovated what they call a “gel swirl” construction technique that ensures even distribution throughout the entire layer. The end result is one of the coolest memory foam layers on the market – and the difference is immediately noticeable.
However, Loom & Leaf have not stopped there. Traditionally layers in a hybrid mattress are solid slabs, but Loom & Leaf have done something different. The top side of this layer is flat, but the underside looks like the back side of an egg carton (with several hollow interconnecting chambers). This allows for incredible amounts of airflow throughout the layer to ventilate much of the trapped heat out into the bedroom – resulting in an even cooler sleeping surface.
The next layer down is a much thicker layer of a more traditional memory foam. It’s super high quality and is made with viscoelastic, which gives the product the super contouring properties that have made it famous. It’s CentiPUR certified (which means no harmful smelly off-gassing) and it’s incredibly hard wearing too.
Going down another layer we reach what Loom & Leaf like to call their “Transition layer”. While its got a super fancy name, it’s nothing more than a standard layer of high-quality comfort foam. This layer softens the gradient between the density of the memory foam and the base layer below.
The base layer is unremarkable (as usual) and is made from 5.5 inches of high-density support foam to provide a stable base for the rest of the product. All these layers are finally wrapped up in a padded cotton knit top cover which provides a super luxurious feel to the whole product.
Zenhaven have taken a very different approach to many other premium mattress manufacturers – they’ve not used any memory foam. In fact, they’ve not used any synthetic foam whatsoever, they’ve opted for latex instead.
Like Loom & Leaf, the top layer of the Zenhaven mattress is the most impressive. It’s a reasonably thick wedge of natural latex that’s been designed in a very specific way. Ventilation holes have been drilled into the latex throughout almost the entirety of the layer.
These ventilation holes by themselves are not super impressive, other premium brands utilize similar techniques – but they are extremely effective. Latex is naturally an excellent thermal regulator, it’s much less susceptible to hotspots and overheating like memory foam. By adding ventilation holes Zenhaven has made an already super cool sleeping surface even cooler.
The extra special thing about these ventilation holes, however, is that they are not evenly distributed, and they are not evenly sized…
This is what Zenhaven call their 5 zone design. There are 5 different sections of this layer, each with different densities of ventilation holes. This creates different levels of support and density in different parts of the mattress.
When you lie down on this product your neck and shoulders will sink in more, and your hips will get more support. This is extremely comfortable, but most importantly it ensures proper spinal alignment.
The next layer down is split into two individual layers (but they are identical). It’s made from a slightly denser form of Talay latex and again it’s littered with countless ventilation holes. The holes are evenly distributed in this layer and many of them end up aligning with the bottom of the holes in the layer above. This creates a network of ventilation channels throughout the entire mattress that will squeeze air through them when the sleeper moves around.
The top and bottom of the mattress are then covered with a thick layer of flame retardant 100% pure New Zealand wool. These layers add a little super soft luxury, allow for the ventilation channels to reach the outside world, and also wick moisture away from the sleeper.
The entire product is then covered in a high quality but reasonably unremarkable organic cotton cover. It’s durable and soft to the touch, but it’s also white – which may stain easily.
Loom & Leaf offer their mattress in two firmness levels. Their “firm” product is obviously quite firm and rates about 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Their “relaxed firm” option rates around 6 on the firmness scale and is considered to be a medium firmness product.
Zenhaven also has two different firmness options available to their customers. Their “Gentle Firm” option rates at 7.5 on the firmness scale and is noticeably firmer than the Loom & Leaf “relaxed firm” (but not as firm as the “firm”).
For customers who like a softer gentler night’s sleep Zenhaven also offer their mattress in a “Luxury Plush” configuration which rates at about 4.5 on the firmness scale. It’s much softer than both of the offerings from Loom & Leaf – but it isn’t what many people would consider to be “too soft”.
One of the biggest differences between these two products is the price. The Loom & Leaf is a premium product, and its got a premium price tag. But despite this, the Zenhaven is much more expensive as it’s a “super premium” product. The price difference is almost certainly down to material costs – latex is much more expensive than memory foam.
- A twin sized Zenhaven will cost you $1,299 whereas a twin sized Loom & Leaf will cost $799
- A queen-sized Loom & Leaf will cost $1,099 and a queen sized Zenhaven will cost $1,899
- At the other end of the spectrum, you’ll be paying $2,499 for a California king-sized Zenhaven and $1,499 for a Loom & Leaf of the same size.
Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
Both of these products are exceptionally cool sleeping surfaces. Both companies have invested a huge amount of research and development resources into developing these products – and the end result is well worth it.
The Zenhaven sleeps cooler than the Loom & Leaf simply because of the materials that are used. Natural latex is better at distributing heat evenly, even when compared to the best memory foam in the world. This combined with the advanced ventilation system that Zenhaven have utilized creates an exceptionally cool sleeping surface.
However, we wish to point out that this does not mean that the Loom & Leaf is a bad mattress in terms of thermal regulation – it does an impeccable job of keeping the sleeper cool. The gel swirl top layer with its ventilation system is one of the coolest memory foam sleeping surfaces on the market.
Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
Both beds are great options for side sleepers. The Loom & Leaf does particularly well considering it’s a single zone mattress thanks to the innovative design patterns and high-quality materials.
However, if we’re completely honest it cannot compete with the performance of the Zenhaven.
Even with the additional support provided by the contouring properties of memory foam, the Loom & Leaf is still a single zoned product. The 5 zone system in the Zenhaven is pretty much custom made for side sleepers (as it’s the most popular sleeping position).
Your head and shoulders will sink into the mattress more thanks to the lower density in the upper zones. Additionally, your hips will be supported more and will sink into the mattress much less (as that’s where the main pressure point for side sleepers is).
The end result is one of the most comfortable night’s sleep you’ll ever have. You’ll also have a super straight spine (which is extremely good for keeping your joints healthy).
Should I Buy A Loom & Leaf Or Zenhaven Bed?
Both of these products are excellent options, but it’s almost a little unfair to compare them.
The Zenhaven is one of the most advanced, comfortable, and expensive mattresses in the world. It’s hands down a better product than the Loom & Leaf in almost every single category. It’s got zoned support, it stays cooler, its more durable, and and it’s generally more comfortable.
But, it is also significantly more expensive.
The Loom & Leaf is a brilliant product that puts most other mattresses in the industry to shame, especially considering the price point. It’s a super cool sleeping surface that provides exceptional support and comfort throughout the night.
It all basically comes down to your budget. If you can afford the price tag of the Zenhaven then we highly recommend you invest in one. You don’t use any item in your home anywhere near as much as you use your mattress. You’re going to spend 8 hours a night on it near enough every day for the next 15 to 20 years. If there was ever a household item worthy of a large investment – it’s a mattress.
If you’re not looking to spend that much, then the Loom & Leaf is still an excellent mattress that will not disappoint. It’s still a premium product that’s better than the vast majority of other products on the market.
So there you have it, that’s what we think of the Loom & Leaf compared to the Zenhaven.
To be totally honest, you’ll be happy with whichever mattress you choose out of the two. They’re both excellent products, it’s just that one is better than the other.