Leesa vs Purple Mattress
Leesa vs Purple Mattress

Leesa vs Purple Mattress Comparison

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Review by Claire
OUR EXPERT ANALYST UPDATED 09.06.2020
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The Leesa Mattress is an all-foam mattress, utilizing a proprietary foam that has bounce and responsiveness more like latex or neutral foam than traditional memory foam. This mattress comes in at a medium firmness and is best suited to petite and medium-sized people. The Purple Mattress merges polyfoam with their signature Purple Grid comfort layer – a responsive, breathable alternative to foam. It is about a medium firmness and is best for small and average-sized people. Both mattress brands have a hybrid version of the mattress as well. Keep reading to find out the difference.
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Quick snapshot of the Purple vs Leesa

In this Purple vs Leesa mattress comparison, we are going to compare the foam Purple Mattress with the similarly matched all-foam Leesa Mattress. We are also going to compare the Leesa Hybrid with the Purple Hybrid.  

The Leesa Hybrid combines foam layers with six-inch pocketed coils and also offers great responsiveness with pressure relief and supportive properties. While this medium to medium-firm mattress is really accommodating, it may come in a tad on the firm side for strict side sleepers – especially if you have a small frame.

The Purple Hybrid provides the added benefits of a coil bed with the signature feeling of Purple’s hyper-elastic polymer. This medium-firm mattress offers that bit of extra support to make it a good choice for back, stomach, and combination sleepers.

However, if you are set on getting a mattress from one of these brands, there are some other models on offer too. In addition to the Purple Hybrid, Purple also has their top-tier Purple Hybrid Premier mattress, which comes in two thicknesses. While it is a mattress for all sleeping positions, it is going to be of special interest if you are a side sleeper looking for the pressure relief that comes from a softer mattress. Read our full Purple mattress review to find out more.

Leesa also makes two other mattress models. The first is their newly released Studio Mattress by Leesa. This all-foam mattress is their budget offering. On the other end of the spectrum, they also make a luxury hybrid called the Leesa Legend. This mattress has a dual-coil design, is zoned to offer ergonomic support, and is also a stellar choice for side sleepers. Head on over to our full Leesa mattress review to check those out.

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Perfect for
All sleeping positions for people around 230 to 250lbs and below (Leesa Mattress)
All body types – back, stomach, and combination sleepers (Leesa Hybrid)
All sleeping positions for people under around 230lbs (Purple Original)
All body types – back, stomach, and combination sleepers (Purple Hybrid)
Material Type
Memory foam (Leesa Original)
Pocketed coils and foam (Leesa Hybrid)
Hyper-Elastic Polymer and Foam (Purple Original)
Inner Spring (Purple Hybrid)
Firmness Scale
Medium (Leesa Mattress)
Medium to medium-firm (Leesa Hybrid)
Medium (Purple Original)
Medium-Firm (Purple Hybrid)
Cooling properties
Medium
Medium Cool
EDGE SUPPORT
Fair (Leesa Mattress)
Excellent (Leesa Hybrid)
Good
Thickness Options
10-Inch (Leesa Mattress)
11-Inch (Leesa Hybrid)
9.5-Inch (Purple Original)
12-Inch (Purple Hybrid)
Pressure Relief
Excellent
Excellent
MOTION ISOLATION
Good (Leesa Hybrid)
Excellent (Leesa Mattress)
Good (Purple Original)
Excellent (Purple Hybrid)
SUITABLE FOR SEX
Excellent
Excellent
DURABILITY
Good
Good
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What are the key differences between the two brands?

In comparing both the hybrid and foam mattresses from Leesa and Purple, there are resounding similarities. These are the differences:

  • The Purple grid gives both the Purple and Purple Hybrid a very unique feeling bed. This is a little something different on the market. While Leesa’s foams certainly don’t have a traditional foam feeling, they are ultimately all-foam and foam-and-coil beds.
  • Leesa mattresses are cheaper across most models so, if you have to count every penny, this will make a difference to the mattress you choose.
  • While most people won’t heat up on the Leesa mattresses, the Purple mattresses are just that little bit cooler.

Who is the Purple mattress a better fit for?

  • If you are looking to branch out into something new. The signature feel of the Purple is something completely different in the world of mattresses. If you take the plunge and give it a go, you could be richly rewarded.
  • If you are concerned about temperature regulation, the construction of the Purple Grid (together with the coils on the Purple Hybrid) make their mattresses ultra-ventilated.
  • Anyone after pressure relief as a feature. If you find you like the feel of the Purple Grid, you get the bonus of a mattress that performs really well on the pressure relief front (a great feature for side sleepers concerned about hip and shoulder pain).

Who is the Leesa mattress a better fit for?

  • Anyone who would rather play it safe. The feel of the Leesa mattresses isn’t ‘out there’ with a wholly new and different feel. You’re looking at a soft, neutral foam feeling mattress which most people will find comfortable.
  • The excellent edge support on the Leesa Hybrid is one of the considerations here. Another reason is tied in with the point above. The accommodating feel of the Leesa mattresses will make it more of a popular choice if you are trying to please the different needs of two people.
  • If you are shopping on a tight budget and every dollar counts, Leesa usually comes in cheaper.

Leesa vs Purple company policy comparison

Both Leesa and Purple have top reputations in the online mattress market and are incredibly popular among their growing number of fans.

The backstory behind Purple is that, in 1989, two brothers started experimenting with new cushioning materials to immense success. In 2013, they decided to apply one of their materials – hyper-elastic polymer – to mattresses to shake up the mattress world. People who love Purple do so with real fervor. They have an A+ BBB rating and their foams are CertiPUR-US certified.

Leesa was founded in 2014 in Virginia Beach and their founders set out to change how we buy mattresses. Every mattress bought from Leesa is made-to-order. They have taken their sleep culture to another level with a focus on a sustainable environmental approach and sleep-based social responsibility initiatives. They have donated more than 36000 mattresses to children and families, using sleep as a catalyst for a whole host of benefits. They are B Corp certified for their efforts. They have an A+ BBB rating and their foams are CertiPUR-US certified.

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Shipping
Free to all 50 states
Free shipping to the contiguous United States
International Shipping
Yes – Leesa has shipping options available for Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany
Purple ships to the United States and Canada
Warranty
10 Years
10 Years
Sleep Trial
100 Nights
100 Nights
Returns & Refunds
Free during the 100-night trial
Free during the 100-night trial
Made in
USA
USA

Payment accepted, financing – Both companies have financing options available through Affirm.

Customer support – Both companies have chat options available on their websites. We explored customer reviews online to see how people rated the customer service they received from both companies. In relation to Purple, the bulk of the complaints we located were connected to customer service in response to warranty and returns complaints, which can make it difficult to gauge considering these customers were already disgruntled at the time of making contact. We also came across a few reports of unanswered emails and messages in the case of Leesa. Many of these were from a couple of years ago, but we did find a few recent reports of the same.

Comparing construction layers and materials used

  • Leesa Original
  • Leesa Hybrid
  • Purple Original
  • Purple Hybrid
  1. Twill Cover
  2. 2" LSA200 Foam
  3. 2" Memory Foam
  4. 6" Polyfoam Foundation
Leesa Original Mattress Layers
  1. Hybrid Cover
  2. 1.5" Cooling Premium Foam
  3. 1.5" Memory Foam
  4. 6" Pocketed Coils
  5. 1" Support Foam
Leesa Hybrid Mattress Layers
  1. SoftFlex Cover
  2. 2" Hyper-Elastic Polymer (Purple Grid)
  3. 3.5" Polyurethane Foam
  4. 4" High-Density Polyfoam Foundation
Purple Mattress Layers
  1. StretchMax Cover
  2. 2" Hyper-Elastic Polymer (Purple Grid)
  3. 1" Polyfoam
  4. 7.5" Pocketed Coils
  5. Thin Polyfoam Foundation
Purple Hybrid Mattress Layers

Leesa construction and materials used

The Leesa Mattress is a 10-inch all-foam mattress. It has a six-inch high-density foam base for durability and support, followed by a two-inch layer of transitional memory foam. The two-inch top foam layer is made from Leesa’s LSA200 foam, which is more responsive than typical memory foam and has an open-cell construction for breathability. It is topped with a soft twill cover.

The 11-inch Leesa Hybrid has one inch of high-density foam at its base, which support over 1000 pocketed six-inch coils. A one-inch foam transitional layer separates the coils from the 1.5 inches of memory foam and the 1.5 inches of Leesa’s hole-punched premium foam.

Purple construction and materials used

The Purple Mattress is a 9.5-inch mattress made exclusively from foam and Purple’s proprietary hyper-elastic polymer. At its base, it has a high-density foam layer, with two inches of Purple Grid at the top. The open layout of this hyper-elastic polymer works together with the SoftFlex cover to give Purple its cooling breathability.

The 12-inch Purple Hybrid has a thin polyfoam foundation and 7.5-inch pocketed coils at its base. A one-inch layer of transitional foam rests on top of this, followed by a two-inch Purple Grid. The Purple Hybrid has what they call a StretchMax cover.

Mattress delivery

Purple offers free shipping within the contiguous United States, but also ship to Canada. Shipping times vary, but this is generally what you can expect in terms of delivery times. From the date you place your order, it will take around three to five business days for your mattress to leave the warehouse. It should arrive at your house three to five business days thereafter. If you choose to go with the optional white-glove delivery option, this will affect the timeline on delivery.

Leesa offers free shipping to all 50 states, but also have shipping options available to Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Shipping within the US is handled via FedEx. Leesa makes every mattress to order, which can take some additional time, but mattresses should arrive with you between three and six business days from the date of leaving their facilities. They also offer a white-glove delivery service.

In the case of both Purple and Leesa, these mattresses (no matter the size or construction) are compressed and arrive at your house in a box (or bag). You simply need to remove the plastic and allow it to decompress fully.

Is the white-glove service necessary or worth it? We find unboxing with two people fairly simple. We will alert you to the fact that Leesa is a little lighter – something to think about for unboxing or if you are planning on relocating. Ultimately, whether you need white-glove delivery depends on you. If you live on the top floor of an apartment building, live alone and don’t think you will manage, or simply find the thought of all this quite daunting, it could well be worth the money.

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Leesa vs Purple: performance comparison review

Firmness

MATTRESS FIRMNESS SCALE

Soft Medium Soft Medium Medium Firm Firm

Leesa Original

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Leesa Hybrid

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Purple Original

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Purple Hybrid

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The Leesa – The Leesa Mattress is right in the middle for most average-sized people. Firmness has a bearing on how the mattress performs for different sleeper types. The Leesa is a bit of a people pleaser here and will suit about anyone who doesn’t have needs around a true firm or soft mattress.  

The Leesa Hybrid – The same person would find the Leesa Hybrid a little firmer than the original mattress – somewhere between a medium and a medium-firm. This is great news for anyone looking for support – and makes it a more viable option for heavier people.

The Purple – The Purple is also a medium firmness and should hit the sweet spot for most sleepers: not too firm, not too soft – just right.  

The Purple Hybrid – The Purple Hybrid is probably the firmest of the four mattresses in this comparison and comes in slightly firmer than the Leesa Hybrid. This should make your ears prick up if you are a back or stomach sleeper or if you have a large frame.

Which mattress is more suitable for couples and sex?

Couples tend to look for a bit of bounce and responsiveness when thinking about sex and their new mattress. Both mattress brands have plenty of both here. The top layer of foam used in both Leesa mattresses is more latex-like in feel than most memory foams. The Purple Grid used in both Purple mattresses is ultra-responsive and bouncy. We rate the hybrid models a bit higher if you’re looking for bounce – and Purple probably wins by a nose for overall responsiveness.

Motion isolation and noise

Leesa – In the case of the Leesa Mattress, it is pretty unusual to find an all-foam mattress which offers this level of responsiveness with this level of motion isolation. It performs like most all-foam mattresses here – incredibly well. It is also almost completely silent. The motion isolation on the Leesa Hybrid is very good – with those individually-wrapped coils a perk for isolating motion. We did pick up on a minor sound upon movement. We don’t think this will be a concern for most sleepers.  

Purple – Memory foam isolates motion very well. You can expect the Purple Mattress to perform on the same level. The Purple Mattress is slightly better than the Purple Hybrid for deadening motion. That said, the Purple Hybrid offers excellent motion isolation for a hybrid mattress. We didn’t pick up on any sounds from the Purple Mattress and the Purple Hybrid was almost completely silent too.

Body types and pressure relief

Leesa

The Leesa Mattress is ideally for petite and average-sized people and will be a comfortable option across all sleeping positions. The responsiveness of the foam, combined with the other foam layers, is pressure relieving enough to accommodate shoulders and hips for most side sleepers (despite being quite firm). It is also firm enough to provide spinal alignment and support for most stomach and back sleepers.

The Leesa Hybrid is suitable for all body types, with the coils adding that extra bit of durability and support if you weigh in a bit on the heavy side. If you are a back or stomach sleeper, this mattress achieves really impressive support in these positions. If you are a back, stomach, or combination sleeper, it also could be a good choice. Strict side sleepers and petite side sleepers, this mattress may be a bit too firm to keep you comfortable in this position and you may experience some aches and pains in your hips and shoulders.  

Purple

The Purple Mattress is best suited to petite and medium-sized individuals across all sleeping positions. The Purple Grid is exceptionally pressure relieving. If you find you are partial to this unique material, this is something most side sleepers will appreciate. Combined with the foam layer, most back and stomach sleepers will also get the required amount of support in these positions too.

The Purple Hybrid will be best for back, stomach, and combination sleepers and people of all shapes and sizes. While the hyper-elastic polymer top layer offers some pressure relief for side sleepers, strict side sleepers may find it too firm in this primary position.

Edge support

Edge support matters to couples sharing smaller-sized beds or if you are an edge sleeper. We have also come across some people who find it important when getting into and out of your bed from a seated position. If you would like to buy a mattress which has good edge support, your best bet will be one of the hybrid models. At a push, between the original Purple and Leesa mattresses, Purple is marginally better. Between the hybrid models, we recommend the Leesa Hybrid for its excellent edge support.

Temperature regulation

If you are worried about heating up during the night, Purple has a bit of an edge. The Purple Grid is perfectly conducive to maximized airflow and the material itself does not retain heat. This makes the Purple Mattress a cooler foam mattress. If you are looking for top of the class, it will have to be the Purple Hybrid. The Purple Grid combined with the breathability of coils makes it that little bit cooler.

However, the Leesa mattresses do not sleep hot by any stretch of the imagination and most people will sleep at a comfortable temperature. The open-cell construction of their proprietary foam is one reason for this. While the Leesa Hybrid has added breathability because of coils, both mattresses from Leesa are temperature neutral.

MATTRESS TEMPERATURE SCALE

Cool Medium Cool Medium Medium Warm Warm

Leesa Original

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Leesa Hybrid

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Purple Original

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Purple Hybrid

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Durability and longevity

Hybrid mattresses tend to last longer and are more durable than all-foam mattresses. Looking at these two mattress brands, the hyper-elastic polymer Purple Grids in the Purple beds is a very resilient material which makes it more durable than most foam and hybrid mattresses. We were very impressed with the quality of foams from Leesa and believe this will equate to extended longevity in most cases too.

However, every mattress in the world is subject to wear and tear and this sometimes occurs unexpectedly fast. We had a look online and combed reviews to gauge longevity from real reviews. Both brands had reports of sagging from a few customers in the foam mattresses from both brands, so there is a risk of this.

Bed base

Both mattresses are compatible with most bed bases, but we always recommend carefully reading warranty and returns policies on this point. Both companies retail their own bed bases so going new from top to toe is an option too. If you are looking for the best frame for a Purple mattress, they recommend their platform bed base for total support. Leesa’s recommendation when it comes to bed frames is that their mattresses work best with a strong, solid frame. They recommend avoiding a box spring on both their foam and hybrid models.

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base-boxspring Box Spring close right
base-solid Solid Platform right right
base-adjustable Adjustable right right
base-slats Slats right right
base-divan Divan right right
base-metal Metal Grid right right

Purple vs Leesa: Price and size comparison

While the Leesa mattresses are generally priced a little lower than Purple, there isn’t a significant difference in price between these mattresses. However, a dollar saved is a dollar made and, if you are shopping on a tight budget, Leesa will save you a bit on cost. You can compare the different models below.

  • Leesa Original
  • Leesa Hybrid
  • Purple Original
  • Purple Hybrid
Leesa Original Mattress
TWIN
39″ × 75″
$699
TWIN XL
39″ × 80″
$749
FULL
53″ × 75″
$899
QUEEN
60″ × 80″
$999
KING
76″ × 80″
$1,199
CAL KING
72″ × 84″
$1,199
Leesa Hybrid Mattress
TWIN
39″ × 75″
$999
TWIN XL
39″ × 80″
$1,099
FULL
53″ × 75″
$1,399
QUEEN
60″ × 80″
$1,699
KING
76″ × 80″
$1,899
CAL KING
72″ × 84″
$1,899
Purple Mattress
TWIN
38″ × 75″
$649
TWIN XL
38″ × 80″
$749
FULL
54″ × 76″
$949
QUEEN
60″ × 80″
$1,099
KING
76″ × 80″
$1,399
CAL KING
72″ × 84″
$1,399
SPLIT KING
76″ × 80″
$1,498
Purple Hybrid Mattress
TWIN XL
38″ × 80″
$1,299
FULL
54″ × 76″
$1,499
QUEEN
60″ × 80″
$1,599
KING
76″ × 80″
$1,899
CAL KING
72″ × 84″
$1,899
SPLIT KING
76″ × 80″
$2,598

Final verdict: Which mattress do we recommend?

If your mattress research has narrowed down the choices to Leesa and Purple, you have ended up with two very popular favorites. In both the foam and the hybrid models, there are many similarities and this makes choosing between one brand or the other a bit tricky. This might help in your final decision.

  • Are you worried about sleep temperature and heating up at night?  If so, choose Purple (and the Purple Hybrid in particular) for its incredibly effective airflow.
  • If this isn’t a concern, are you and/or your partner quite picky when it comes to mattresses? If so, the mattress most likely to win the approval of more people first time round is the Leesa Mattress with its accommodating responsive foam feel.
  • As an extension of that, are you willing to take a chance on something new? The unique feel of Purple is either going to blow your hair back or be a little too different for your tastes. It’s all about your appetite for experimentation.
  • What is your sleep position? If you are a petite or average-sized side sleeper, one of the foam mattresses will be a better choice for you. If you’re willing to take a chance on something new as above, Purple performs really well when it comes to pressure relief, which is great for side sleepers. However, both mattresses are a good choice for you. If you are primarily a back or stomach sleeper, while the foam models will work for many of you, the hybrids are just that little bit better for you, with the Purple Hybrid a smidgeon firmer for marginally more support for your spine and hips when you sleep on your back or stomach.

FAQ

These are two very evenly matched high-quality mattresses. Which is better will come down to preference. Purple’s signature feel is very different to the responsive foam of Leesa.

Between the Purple and the Purple Hybrid, the Purple Hybrid is firmer. The Purple Hybrid is a medium-firm mattress, which is a good choice for support for back, stomach, and combination sleepers.

No. In fact, Leesa recommends that you don’t use a box spring with their mattresses as it alters the support and feel of both the foam and hybrid models. They advise that a solid, stable base is best with their beds.

Leesa mattresses are made to order in the United States.

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