Today’s mattress comparison should get interesting, as we’ll be examining two very different beds. Our first contender is the Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier—a luxury foam-coil mattress from one of the most iconic names in the bed-in-a-box game. Our second is the more straightforward—but still effective—all-foam mattress from Leesa.
Let’s get into this Purple Hybrid vs. Leesa mattress comparison!
Purple Hybrid Mattresses Vs Leesa Overview
Purple first made a name for itself thanks to its proprietary Smart Comfort Grid. Made from a hyper-elastic gel polymer (cast in a hypnotic shade of purple, to boot), the grid feels firm and supportive while also offering a lot of cushioning. It’s designed to adapt to the whole body by offering maximum pressure relief where needed and evenly distributing body weight.
Purple uses their well-known grid as the top layer of the mattress, but each mattress includes a different amount. The Purple Hybrid has a 2″ layer of the gel grid, and the Hybrid Premier model has the option to include 3″ or 4″ inches of their proprietary material. In all hybrid models, the grid works in tandem with a 7.5” layer of coils below, which creates a foundation of extra support.
The Leesa’s flagship bed has a much simpler construction, with three layers of foam that create a balanced feel and help the sleeper stay cool.
Who Should Get The Purple Hybrid
- Heavyweight sleepers. The coils should offer the proper support for heavier folks and prevent them from sinking too far into the bed.
- Those who want variety, as the Purple is available with different amounts of their gel grid material.
- Anyone who prioritizes durability. The Purple and Leesa mattresses are sturdy, but hybrid beds tend to last a little longer.
Who Should Get Leesa
- Anyone who loves a balanced foam feel
- Average-weight back and side sleepers, as well as lightweight sleepers of all three sleeping positions
- Anyone on a budget. The Leesa is significantly more affordable than the Purple.
- Couples. Because it’s all foam, it has better motion transfer results than a hybrid bed like the Purple, which contains springs.
Similarities Between The Purple Hybrid And Leesa?
There are a ton of differences between these beds—not just because one is a hybrid and one is all foam, but because Purple’s grid is a different sleeping experience in and of itself. But there are a handful of similarities we should note, too.
- When it comes to firmness, the Purple Hybrid is the closest to the Leesa. Both fall into the Medium Firm category.
- Both beds tend to sleep cool.
- Both brands have similar policies, including a 10-year warranty and 100-night sleep trial.
See how the Purple compares with other competitors in our Purple mattress comparisons.
Key Differences Between The Purple And Leesa?
As we said, there are a lot of differences between these two mattresses. Let’s take a moment to cover some of the most notable ones.
- The Purple is a hybrid bed while Leesa is all foam.
- The Purple costs more than the Leesa.
- For the most part, Purple is going to be softer and provide more body contouring.
- The Leesa is going to be the more comfortable bed for couples because of its motion transfer results.
- Purple is going to be the better option for heavier folks.
Compare Leesa with other beds with our Leesa mattress comparisons.
Firmness and Feel Differences
Firmness and feel are always going to be important factors to discuss when buying a new mattress, especially when the materials are as different as they are here. Let’s see how these two beds compare to one another.
How Firm Are The Purple and Leesa Mattresses?
Purple’s firmness varies from model to model. The Purple Hybrid feels like a 6.5/10 on our firmness scale — which is medium firm. Because the Purple Hybrid Premier has a thicker layer of the gel grid, it feels a bit softer – 6/10 on our firmness scale.
Because there is only one model for the Original Leesa, its firmness is fixed at a Medium Firm 6.5/10.
Sleeping On The Purple And Leesa Mattresses
Because the grid is meant to provide comfort and contouring as well as support, the Purple Hybrid Premier felt equally great on the back, stomach, and side. The gel material does a great job adapting to the sleeper, cushioning at certain points and lifting up at others. To put it succinctly, it’s both squishy and firm at the same time.
Back sleepers will likely prefer the Purple Hybrid, and side sleepers will likely prefer the Hybrid Premier. Because stomach sleepers usually require a combination of support and softness, we recommend that they choose the Purple Premier with 3″ of the gel grid.
The Leesa’s balanced feel will likely appeal to back sleepers, who should feel held up by the support layer as the top foams conform to the curves of their bodies. Side-sleeping should also be fairly comfortable, with just the right amount of pressure relief.
Stomach sleepers of light or average weight may also get the support they need on the Leesa, although it could vary depending on exactly how heavy you are (more on that in the below section).
What Do The Purple Hybrid And Leesa Mattresses Feel Like?
Even though the Purple toggles between support and comfort, it’s still going to have a more plush feel than the uniform Medium Firmness of the Leesa. And of course, it’s all going to vary depending on your body type and sleeping position. Here are some of the variations.
Average-Weight Sleepers – 130lbs – 230lbs
In general, sleepers under 180 lbs might not be best-suited for any of the Purple hybrid models. That’s because lighter-weight sleepers may not be heavy enough to activate the comfort grid. But average-weight sleepers at the upper end of the spectrum (over 180lbs) should be fine.
On the Leesa, average-weight back sleepers will feel supported—held up by the support layer while the top foams conform to the curves of their bodies. For average-weight stomach sleepers, those under 200 lbs will likely find the right amount of pressure relief, but folks nearer to 230 lbs might feel pressure on their shoulders and hips.
Heavyweight Sleepers – Over 230lbs
The Purple is often named one of the best mattresses for heavy people, as their body weight is enough to activate the comfort grid.
With the Leesa, it’s going to vary from position to position. Heavier back and side sleepers closer to 230lbs might find the required pressure relief, but people closer to 300lbs might not get enough support from the base foam layer. However, Leesa does offer hybrid beds with coils that could offer a stronger base for heavier sleepers.
Lightweight Sleepers – Under 130lbs
Lightweight sleepers are likely going to experience some discomfort on the Purple since they may not be heavy enough to activate the comfort grid, leaving the mattress feeling too firm. The one exception is lightweight stomach sleepers, who usually need a firmer bed anyway.
The Leesa is a different story. Lightweight sleepers of all three positions should feel comfortable—so much that it’s often ranked as one of the best mattresses for lightweight sleepers.
Mattress Construction Differences
Let’s peel back the covers and see what’s going on inside these two beds.
Each of the Purple hybrid models is protected by a StretchMax cover—a soft, elastic material designed to promote airflow and breathability.
Also soft and breathable, the Leesa’s cover is made of a simple twill fabric.
We’ve talked a lot about the Purple’s comfort layer, which once again consists of the brand’s proprietary, temperature-neutral Smart Comfort Grid. The Hybrid mattress has 2″ of the grid, while the Premier model has the option to get 3″ or 4″ of their unique material.
The Leesa’s has its own proprietary foam in the top comfort layer called LSA200. Bouncy, soft, and responsive, the texture is more breathable than typical memory foam and keeps the mattress from getting too hot.
Beneath that is a layer of slow-moving memory foam that provides pressure relief and just a little bit of contouring. The push and pull between the two comfort layers is where the Leesa gets its balanced feel.
The Purple’s final layer is a massive stretch of individually wrapped coils—7.5” to be exact. These durable springs make the mattress incredibly supportive and assist with temperature control.
Like most all-foam mattresses, the Leesa has a standard base of polyfoam that’s durable and supportive.
The Purple Hybrid is 11” tall, and the Hybrid Premier is 13″ tall.
The Leesa is 10” tall.
Purple Hybrid Premier And Leesa Size Options and Price
See the charts below for the most up-to-date size and pricing information for the Purple and Leesa mattresses. Note: We included pricing information for the Purple Hybrid Premier with 3″ of the gel grid.
Purple Hybrid Premier – 3″
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 12″||$2,099|
|Full||54″ x 76″ x 12″||$2,299|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 12″||$2,399|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 12″||$2,999|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 12″||$2,999|
|Split King||76″ x 80″ x 12″||$4,198|
Need an extra boost of comfort? Check out our Purple Harmony pillow review.
|Twin||38″ x 75″ x 10″||$799|
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 10″||$849|
|Full||54″ x 75″ x 10″||$999|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 10″||$1099|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 10″||$1299|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 10″||$1299|
If you don’t feel like purchasing a brand new mattress yet, take a look at our Leesa mattress topper review.
Purple And Leesa Performance Differences
We put both of these beds through a series of tests to measure some of their performance factors. Note that we used the Purple Hybrid Premier 3″, but you can expect similar results with the other hybrid models.
Sleeping Hot or Cold
While both of these beds sleep cool, Purple’s StretchMax cover—not to mention the temperature neutrality of the grid—is a bit more effective than the Leesa’s lightweight twill cover and LSA200 foam. Purple wins this round.
All-foam beds are always going to have the upper hand here, and that proved to be the case with the Leesa. It’s much better at isolating motion than the Purple, and is thus the better bed for couples.
When sitting on the edge of the Leesa, we felt a lot of collapse. Not so much with the Purple, which has a polyfoam outer shell that reinforces edge support. Another win for Purple.
Both the Purple and Leesa beds are constructed with dense, reliable materials that should last seven to 10 years with little issue.
Off-gassing is just another word for the faint smell that emerges when opening and unrolling any bed-in-a-box mattress. It’s only temporary, and in the case of both these beds, went away after 48 hours. Try placing the mattress in a well-ventilated room if you want to speed up the process.
While we didn’t hear any squeaking when lying on either of these beds, the Leesa is the default winner since mattresses with springs (like the Purple) could begin to squeak over time.
If you’re looking for one of the best mattresses for sex, memory foam usually isn’t the best material. With that in mind, the Leesa would probably make it difficult to change positions and move around. The Purple, however, has a bounce and responsiveness that helps it win this category.
Make sure to read the fine print! We’ve highlighted Purple and Leesa’s company polices below.
Both beds have a 10-year warranty.
They also both come with a 100-night sleep trial.
Customers can return their Purple mattress for a full refund within the 100-day trial period. But the company asks that they wait at least 21 days to allow their bed to properly break in. Read more about the return policy on Purple’s website.
If you’re not satisfied with the Leesa after 30 nights, you can return it for a full refund within the 100-day trial period. Leesa will even coordinate the pickup from your home. However, this only applies to your first Leesa purchase.
Still wondering which mattress is best for you? Here are some frequently asked questions that could help.
Which mattress is better, Purple or Leesa?
These are vastly different beds, so it’s all about what you’re looking for. If you’re interested in sleeping technology that offers a dynamic experience, we recommend one of the Purple hybrid models. But if you want something more traditional and balanced, you should probably stick with the Leesa.
How long will the Purple and Leesa mattresses last?
Because of the durable materials and lengthy warranties, each of these beds will likely be a satisfying long-term investment.
Can you flip the Purple and Leesa mattresses?
No, neither of these beds are flippable.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.