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Leesa vs Purple Mattress

They don't have a lot in common, but Purple and Leesa are two extremely popular mattresses online.

In the online mattress world, Leesa Sleep and Purple are men among boys. Not only are they unbelievably popular, but also they are truly comfortable and are offered at approachable price points. In this review comparison we discuss all of the major points to help you select one bed in a box over the other.
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Purple mattresses are anything but ordinary. They are extra comfortable, able to manage all sleep styles, and are a fantastic option for hot sleepers.

This is a fairly hefty comparison, so in order to make things easier for you to sift through, here’s a quick overview of the topics we will be covering.

  • Prices — Leesa is more affordable than Purple, but in some cases paying a little more might be worth it. Much more on this below.
  • Design — Leesa is a foam mattress and Purple offers hybrid mattresses with a totally unique design.
  • Firmness and Feel — The beds feel nothing alike. This hopefully will be an element from which you can base your decision.
  • Sleeping Positions — Both Leesa and Purple can accomodate all sleeping styles.
  • Temperature — Leesa is a neutral-sleeping bed and Purple offers some of the best mattresses for hot sleepers.
  • Coil Models — Both brands offer innerspring beds that offer more support to heavy folks. Leesa Sleep has the Sapira mattress and Purple offers the New Purple 2-3-4 mattresses.

While the video above doesn’t only compare Leesa and Purple, hopefully it gives you a good idea of how the top three online brands stack up against each other. And, of course, that’s not it for this review—there is even more info about the Leesa mattress and Purple down below.

Leesa Sleep

BEST FOR:

  • Budget shoppers that want a comfy bed for less than you'd expect
  • Side, stomach, back, and combination sleepers (Leesa can handle all sleep styles)
  • People that want a soft-foam feel
  • Couples (Leesa is the type of mattress that people typically agree on)

Leesa Wins On Price

I know we haven’t even discussed the feel or firmness of either bed, but we should touch on price since it could be a deal-breaker or -maker for you. And just so you’re aware, when we start throwing around numbers we are referring to a queen size mattress.

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Leesa is more affordable, but price isn’t everything

The Leesa mattress sells for just under $1,000, which is quite affordable as is, but the company is high on offering coupons, so typically you can get a bed for under the $900 mark. You can check Leesa.com for their current deals if they are running any now.

Purple isn’t far behind, but their beds are more expensive—and Purple is fairly opposed to promoting cash discounts. The original Purple mattress has a selling price of about $1,000, which means in most cases Leesa will be at least $100 less than Purple. That said, you can check Purple.com to see their promotions today and to look for any discounts or bundles.

While we often award major points for being more affordable, given how different these two beds are, we think you should take the time to learn about other elements before you make your final call.

Leesa Is Simple, Safe & Comfortable

If you want the safe pick, that’s Leesa. It’s the type of mattress most people will agree on, and most people will find comfortable. And if you look at the construction, you will understand why. The bed has three layers of foam and that is it. Here’s a look inside the bed.

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A look at Leesa’s three-layer foam design

The bottom layer is just support foam—we see this on just about every foam bed we test. Next you have a transition layer of memory foam, which serves dual purposes. It stops you from feeling the dense support foam and also allows for extra pressure relief for side sleepers.

The top layer is a new type of foam that’s unique to the flagship Leesa mattress. The new foam is called “LSA 200” and we are big fans. It’s responsive yet extra pressure relieving and is still breathable. It’s a major step forward from what Leesa used to have inside the mattress.

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We can’t say enough nice things about Leesa’s new top layer

As you’d expect, Leesa has a soft-foam feel, a bit like Yogabed or the Casper mattress. You get the benefit of the memory foam, but you won’t really feel it. Overall, Leesa is just a comfortable bed that lacks a distinct feel—and we mean that in a good way. It’s almost so neutral that it’s hard to fathom anyone taking a hard stance against the bed.

If You Plan On Moving Soon, Get Leesa

I know this is a relatively minor point—and most of the time I would just skip it—but it’s actually worth mentioning when comparing Leesa and Purple. The Leesa mattress weighs quite a bit less than the original Purple and way less than the New Purple mattresses.

A queen size Leesa weighs 71 lb and Purple weighs 110 lb. That is a major difference. If you plan on moving with any regularity, we would strongly suggest you start with Leesa. We’re thinking of college students and young professionals mostly, but anyone that will be moving soon should test Leesa first. It’s not only lighter, but it holds its shape better when you’re moving it. The top layer with Purple is heavy and slinky, which makes their beds arduous to move.

Purple

BEST FOR:

  • Adventure seekers (Purple is a whole new world)
  • All sleeping styles, including strict side sleepers
  • If you need a bed with extra pressure relief
  • Hot sleepers (the airflow with Purple is unreal)

Laying On A Purple Mattress Is Like…

Well, it’s like laying on a seven foot long Dr. Scholl’s insole. I know that sounds incredibly weird, but it’s the easiest way to describe what Purple beds are like. So what makes Purple so unique?

It all has to do with a proprietary material that the founder’s of the company invented many years before they started Purple. The material is called Hyper-Elastic Polymer, and you’ll see it on all of the Purple mattresses. Here’s a look at Hyper-Elastic Polymer.

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Hyper-Elastic Polymer is the secret sauce to a Purple mattress

Hyper-Elastic Polymer will bend, flex, and contort itself to fit the shape of your body. When you lay on your side, you get extra pressure relief under your shoulders and hips, but when you switch to your stomach or back, you feel almost weightless on top of the bed. This is the reason that we say Purple can manage all sleeping styles.

Purple Has A Medium Firmness Rating

Like Leesa, Purple beds are pretty much down the fairway in terms of firmness. Yes, firmness is subjective based on a number of factors (mostly your weight), but for the average consumer the original Purple mattress is a medium.

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Now, if you look at Purple 2, 3, and 4 in comparison to the original, the firmness rating isn’t exactly the same. Purple.2 is closer to a medium-firm, but not quite there, and Purple 3 and 4 are closer to a true medium. All will be fine for all sleeping positions, but we thought it was worth a mention that they don’t have the exact same firmness rating.

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Purple mattresses are known for their deep pressure relief

For this post we are focusing primarily on the original Purple mattress because it’s more of an apples-to-apples comparison with Leesa, but we wanted you to be aware of the New Purple mattresses, too. You can learn more about these models on Purple.com.

Why Purple Is Awesome For Hot Sleepers

Because Purple has a gel-like material as its primary comfort layer, it’s not going to react to body heat the way a foam would. In other words, it’s not going to retain heat—it’s just a naturally cooler material. Couple that with the fact that there are hundreds of little pockets of air in that top layer, and you have a perfect storm for hot sleepers.

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Calling all hot sleepers (Purple.2 shown)

Purple is not a cooling mattress per se, but rather a truly neutral-sleeping bed. It won’t make you cold like the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora will, but at the same time you will not wake up drenched in sweat. We’re pretty confidence that it will be the same story for Leesa, but no one is going to argue with the statement that Purple is the superior bed for hot sleepers.

Final Thoughts On How They Compare

We’ve laid out all of the major points to consider and we can’t make the decision for you, but here’s really what it all boils down to.

  • Do you prefer a more traditional foam feel or something that’s totally new? If it’s the former, pick Leesa. If it’s the latter, pick Purple.
  • Are you a hot sleeper? If yes, go with one of the four Purple mattresses.
  • Which sleeping position do you favor? This one really doesn’t matter so much since both beds are good here, but we just wanted to jog your memory that you want to start thinking about sleeping styles.
  • What’s your budget? If $1,000 is the cut-off mark, Leesa wins.
  • How much do you weigh? If you said “Over 250 lb” in your head, try out the Sapira or New Purple mattresses (i.e. beds with coils).

Hopefully you found this post helpful. If you did, great! If you did not, we have dozens of other mattress reviews and mattress comparisons for you to browse as well.

Review Team

kenzie

McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper

Tharon Green

Stomach Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

How The Buying Process Works For Leesa & Purple

Whether you’re addicted to Amazon or just insist on never paying for shipping, you’ll be pleased to hear that Purple and Leesa offers 100% free shipping with all of their mattresses. Both companies use FedEx, and in most cases the mattress shows up to your house within about seven business days. We’ve found that it’s usually quicker, but they sandbag you a little.

The setup process for both brands is similar as well. Leesa will show up in a modest size box and Purple, a bag. All you have to do is remove and discard the packaging once you’ve positioned the bed in your room. This takes almost no time at all. Here’s a look at the unboxing process for Leesa. It’s similar for Purple, but perhaps a little more involved since Purple beds are heavier.

Once you receive your new mattress, a virtual clock starts. You have 100 nights with both mattresses to come to a final decision. And did I mention that if you don’t want the bed at any point during the trial period, you can request a refund? Well, that is indeed the case.

Purple and Leesa offers completely free returns during the test windows. We usually advise that you do not rush your decision. There’s no reason to make your mind up in the first week. You should spend plenty of time with the mattress and think intently about whether you’re in love or just lust.

If you ultimately keep the mattress both brands have fairly standard warranty policies. You get a 10-year warranty with Leesa and Purple. That’s nothing to write home about, but it should be just fine considering the average person gets a new bed every seven to twelve years. It’s a good idea to read the warranty for your new mattress because it will dictate what sort of foundation the bed is compatible with, among other important items.