I hope you’re ready for a mattress showdown, because we sure are! On one side, we’ve got Leesa, an all-foam mattress designed with a balanced feel in mind. And on the other, Purple, a bed with an innovative open-grid construction that’s as bouncy as it is pressure-relieving.
In this comparison, I’ll give you a detailed review of each of these bed-in-a-box mattresses. I’ll share how they feel, what they’re made of, which sleepers I think they’re best for, pricing, and company policies. If you want to learn even more about each individual mattress, you can check out my Leesa mattress review or Purple mattress review.
Continue below for our full Leesa vs. Purple mattress review or skip to the summary for the quick version if you’re in a rush.
Leesa vs Purple: Similarities and Differences
Though I’d say the Leesa and the Purple have about the same firmness level — a bit firmer than medium-firm — they have very different overall feels. This is because the Leesa is an all-foam mattress, while the Purple uses the brand’s signature Hyper-Elastic Polymer grid. These varying constructions contribute to two different beds that are best suited for different sleepers.
- Both the Purple and the Leesa are cooling mattresses. The comfort layers of both were engineered to neutralize the temperature of the mattresses. Leesa’s breathable foam is similar to latex in that it’s packed with natural cooling properties that dissipate heat from the other foam layers. The open-grid comfort layer of the Purple mattress also defends against overheating by allowing air to flow freely throughout the pocketed design.
- Both the Leesa and the Purple are good choices for back sleepers, thanks to their medium-firmness levels which are ideal for those who sleep on their back, as they provide a combination of support and pressure relief.
- The Leesa is a more affordable option than the Purple mattress.
- The Leesa uses layers of foam, while the Purple uses the brand’s proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer grid on top of layers of poly foam.
- Those looking for a contouring feeling will likely prefer the Leesa, since it has a layer of body-hugging memory foam.
- The Purple is a bouncier mattress than the Leesa.
Which is Better for You?
Depending on your shape, size, and sleep position preference, one of these mattresses will better suit your needs than the other. Below, you’ll see who I recommend both these mattresses to.
- I think combination sleepers will be happier on the Purple, since it has a lot of bounce, which will allow them to easily switch positions throughout the night.
- I would recommend heavier sleepers go with the Leesa, which is built to withstand individual weights of up to 300 lbs.
- I think anyone who likes the feel of an all-foam mattress or is a memory foam lover would be happier on the Leesa.
- I’d recommend budget shoppers go with the Leesa, which is more affordable than the Purple.
- I’d tell strict side sleepers away from either of these mattress choices, which are too firm for their needs. If that’s you, I’d recommend checking out our best mattresses for side sleepers.
- The Purple has lower motion transfer than the Leesa, which makes it a better choice for couples or anyone who sleeps with a pet, since they’re less likely to be disturbed by movement on the other side of the bed.
- Though I think stomach sleepers would probably be happier on the Leesa, I’d steer stomach sleepers to something a bit firmer, which they can find in our best mattresses for stomach sleepers roundup.
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
While feel is always going to be a personal thing, my aim is to demonstrate how each bed’s characteristics contribute to its overall vibe.
Since everyone experiences the firmness of a mattress differently (because of size and weight distribution), I decided to bring in three more testers to try out each of these beds. Below is the graphic showing the average firmness rating for each of the mattresses.
First up the Leesa, an all-foam mattress made with breathable foam, memory foam, and poly foam. I gave the Leesa a 7, which is just slightly above the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness. When I first laid down on the bed, I immediately experienced some pleasant body contouring, which provided satisfying pressure relief to my back.
As my body settled into the mattress, I noticed how the transition layer supported the comfort layer, creating a balanced foam feel. On my back, I was able to sink comfortably into the bed, but didn’t really feel stuck in the mattress, as the breathable foam layer and high-density polyfoam worked together to lift me up and out of the structure.
However, once I rolled onto my side, I can’t say this comfort rolled along with me. The firmness of the mattress resulted in some tension at my shoulders and hips, so I’m not sure I would recommend this bed for strict side sleepers. Stomach sleepers may benefit from this firmness, however, as it should help keep their hips and shoulders in alignment.
Overall, I was quite impressed by the support of this mattress. It provided some pressure relief and comfortable sinkage on my back and stomach.
Now let’s move onto Purple, a mattress that features a hyper-elastic polymer comfort layer designed to cushion your pressure points while supporting the rest of your body.
I gave the Purple a 7 on the firmness scale, which is just a bit firmer than medium-firm. When I pressed my hand into the mattress, I immediately experienced the bounce of the open-grid comfort layer, which lifted me up and out of the structure. The polymer layer may feel firmer if you’re a lighter sleeper, since you may not reach the pressure threshold necessary to collapse the grid walls.
Once I hopped onto the bed, I could feel the hyper-elastic polymer comfort grid adapting to my body in real time. This material is very bouncy and kept me positioned on top of the structure, and I’d even go so far as to say that I felt like I was floating on my back.
As I moved around the mattress, the walls collapsed and cushioned my shoulders and hips, providing satisfying pressure relief no matter the position. That being said, I think this bed could be a good fit for those who toss and turn in the night.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the mattress’ ability to contour to my body, allowing me to sink comfortably into each of its layers. Its hyper-elasticity also did a good job of alleviating pressure on my back, hips, and shoulders, which made changing positions relatively easy.
Price is certainly an important factor to consider when buying a new mattress. Below, you’ll see our up-to-date pricing comparison chart for the Leesa and Leesa Hybrid. Don’t forget to check out our Leesa Coupon Page or Purple Coupon Page to save even more.
Prices listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
What Are These Mattresses Made Of?
Cover – Leesa’s cover is made of a thick polyester blend. This soft and cozy material gives the mattress an immediately gentle feel.
Comfort Layer – The comfort layer of this mattress is made of the brand’s breathable foam, a latex-like material that brings the structure some bounce and cooling relief. This layer has a quick response to pressure which could allow the sleeper to feel lifted on top of the structure.
Transition Layer – Below the comfort layer, you’ll find a transitional section of memory foam. This material has a much slower response to pressure than the breathable foam, which helps to extend the body contouring of the top layer even deeper into the mattress.
Base Layer – This mattress is supported by 6” of high-density polyfoam at the base. In addition to giving the structure its body and shape, the foundation also offers some deep compression support for heavier sleepers.
Cover – A blend of polyester, viscose, and Lycra make up the cover of this mattress. This combination of materials wicks moisture away from the body and encourages airflow throughout the layers.
Comfort Layer – Up next, you’ll encounter 2” of hyper-elastic polymer. The grid-like design of this layer provides cooling, bounce, and pressure relief. As you move around the bed, you’ll feel the walls of the grid collapse under pressure, resulting in some great body contouring no matter your sleeping position. Purple considers the hyper-elastic polymer a “temperature neutral” material as it does a good job of dissipating body heat, something that many foams have trouble with.
Transition Layer – Following the comfort layer is a 3.5” section of polyurethane foam. While not as soft as the memory foam transition layer we saw in the Leesa, this section offers transitional support that slows down the rate with which you press through the mattress.
Base Layer – Four inches of polyfoam sit at the base of this mattress and offers foundational support to the layers above it.
Now that we’ve sized up both mattresses, I’m going to conclude this comparison with some of my biggest takeaways.
Leesa Best Features
- If you’re looking for pressure relief without feeling stuck, then Leesa could be a great fit for you.
- Leesa’s foam layers work together to contour to the body and relieve pressure, creating a balanced foam feel.
- The Leesa’s breathable foam helps mitigate the heat-trapping tendencies of memory foam.
- The Leesa is a great choice for back sleepers.
- The Leesa is a better option for heavier sleepers, since it can support up to 300 lbs.
Purple Best Features
- The Purple is a bouncy mattress that’s ideal for combination sleepers.
- The Purple has pretty good motion transfer, making it a better option for couples, who don’t want to be disturbed by movement on the other side of the bed.
- The Purple grid offers some nice body contouring and pressure relief, and it’s open design gives it some added breathability.
Trial Period- 100 night sleep trial
Shipping- Free shipping to all US states including Hawaii and Alaska
Warranty- 10-year warranty
Trial Period- 100 night sleep trial
Shipping- Free shipping to all US states except Hawaii and Alaska
Warranty- 10-year warranty
Sleepopolis Customer Service Ratings
We rate each company for their customer service based on factors like call wait time, politeness, and responsiveness. Companies can receive one of four ratings: Stellar, Great, Satisfactory, or Poor.
Leesa Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Great: I was able to immediately connect with a human using the chat function on the Leesa site. I asked “Which Leesa is best for side sleepers” and got a pretty vague answer that all of their mattresses are designed for side sleepers, but once I asked for something soft (which is best for side sleepers) I was able to get some good specific recommendations.
Purple Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Great: I was able to talk to a human using the chat bot on their site and my question was answered promptly.
More from Leesa and Purple
- The Leesa Hybrid employs a mix of foam and coils, which makes for a bouncy, supportive, and medium-firm structure. Coils also tend to add a bit more durability to the mattress.
- It’s softer than the original Leesa, which makes it a better choice for side sleepers.
- It’s got great motion isolation and edge support, so could be a nice pick for couples.
- Learn more about the Leesa Hybrid here.
- The Legend is another hybrid mattress from Leesa, but is the brand’s luxury hybrid model.
- I like this bed for its plush feel, which could work well for strict side sleepers.
- Learn more about the Leesa Legend here.
Studio by Leesa
- The Studio is the brand’s most budget-friendly bed, but its lower price tag doesn’t lead to lower comfort.
- It has plush memory foam for body-contouring and pressure relief.
- Learn more about the Studio by Leesa here.
The Purple mattress comes in three additional hybrid versions designed to meet the comfort needs of different sleepers. These mattresses contain pocketed innerspring coils that offer additional pressure relief and make these versions even bouncier than the original. They also use the brand’s proprietary grid design. Let’s dive into each of them below:
- Purple 2 is the most firm making it best for stomach sleepers, Purple 3 has a medium feel, which combo sleepers might enjoy, and Purple 4 is the softest version and offers comfortable pressure relief to side sleepers.
- Unlike the original Purple mattress, these mattresses do not come in a box.
- Check out my full Purple Hybrid mattress review.
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