Sunday, December 7, 2014 by Amy Plew Everything You Need to Know About Avena™

Leesa's Breakthrough Top Layer Foam

Everything You Need to Know About Avena™

Leesa's Breakthrough Top Layer Foam

What makes Leesa different – and more luxurious – than any other mattress you’ve tried?

One word: Avena™.

Our Leesa mattress contains a product similar to latex called Avena, which provides better support than memory foam alone.

We strategically placed a two-inch layer of Avena™ on top of a two-inch layer of memory foam to allow constant airflow for a cooler night’s sleep. That’s right – a soft, cool mattress all night, every night.

The numerous benefits of Avena™ include:

  • Fire retardant
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Will not crumble or crack
  • Holds up better through humid conditions
  • Manufacturing process is eco-friendly
  • 100% recyclable
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • CertiPUR-US® Certified, which means it’s made without ozone depleters, mercury, lead and formaldehyde

Avena Side View

Want a deeper scientific explanation? Sure thing.

Avena™ is considered a latex alternative because it has physical properties similar to latex. For example, latex and Avena™ have a high support factor (also known as compression modulus). In that way, Avena™ outperforms and is different from memory foam. Additionally, both Avena™ and latex have a high resiliency, a measure of the product’s “spring” factor. Our 2” Avena™ top layer sports an Indentation Force Deflection, or IFD, of between 20 and 26, with a density of 3.65 pounds per cubic foot (pcf).

Want even more science? No problem.

In our testing, Avena™ has generally outperformed various latex grades in the ASTM D1055 Flex Fatigue Test. The percent firmness loss of Avena™ ranged between 5% to just under 10%; various commercially-available latex had firmness losses ranging from just under 10% to more than 25%. Avena™ also has a higher resistance to tearing than latex, when tested to ASTM D3574 Test E.

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