Purple 2, 3, 4 are new luxury, hybrid foam-coil options from Purple. Leesa is a medium-firm budget mattress. Both are popular bed-in-a-box options. We’ll compare the different options in this post to help you determine which is the best fit for you.
- Both have responsive sleeping surfaces that have good bounce.
- Both offer 100-day trials, free shipping, and tremendous customer service.
- The new Purple is more expensive.
- The new Purple has coils, while the Leesa has foam in the base layer.
- The new Purple has multiple firmness options.
- Leesa is a budget option, although the new Purple is more durable.
- Leesa has more of a latex feel (but does not contain latex).
- Leesa has a simpler construction.
- Purple uses a proprietary material for its top layer that is both pressure-relieving and supportive at the same time.
- The new Purple is thicker overall. (Purple is 11″ to 13″ thick; Leesa is 10″ thick.)
New Purple Construction
- The thinnest and firmest new Purple option is the Purple 2 at 11″ thick. Purple 3 is a step up in softness and an inch thicker, making it ideal for combination sleepers. Purple 4 is the softest of the three new options and is 13″ thick, making it ideal for side and heavier sleepers.
- The top layer is what makes each version of the new Purple mattress different. Each version has Purple’s proprietary, temperature-neutral Smart Comfort Grid for a top layer. The “grid” is a hyper-elastic polymer that is supportive until you put enough pressure onto it to soften it. The thickness of this layer corresponds to the firmness level of each mattress: Purple 2 has 2″ of Smart Comfort Grid material; Purple 3 has 3″; and Purple 4 has 4″.
- Half an inch of transition foam separates the gel grid from the coil system beneath.
- A 7.5″ thick layer of individually wrapped, durable coils makes the mattress supportive and helps with temperature control.
- A polyfoam outer shell reinforces edge support.
- The base later is comprised of 1″ of foundational foam that the steel support coils can rest on.
- Two inches of cooling foam form Leesa’s top layer, providing comfort and contour support. This layer also gives the mattress its springy, firm surface feel.
- A 2″ middle layer of memory foam offers additional support and body contouring.
- The base layer is 6″ of high-density foam and is pretty standard for bed-in-a-box mattresses.
- Leesa is all-foam, while the new Purple has coils, making the new Purple more supportive and durable.
- Leesa has a latex-like material on top and has only three layers.
- Purple has a hyper-elastic, proprietary material on top that relieves pressure but is still very supportive.
- The new Purple is more supportive for heavier people and has multiple firmness options.
- The new Purple is thicker and more durable.
- Both have responsive, springy surfaces with noticeable bounce.
Leesa is firmer than Purple 3 and 4 and has more of a latex feel than each of the new Purple options. All options (Leesa and the new Purple mattresses) have responsive surfaces that spring back to shape quickly.
Motion Transfer Differences
Both models isolate motion well, but the new Purple’s unique top layer gives it an edge. Softer new Purple options do an especially good job of preventing motion transfer.
Pick The New Purple If …
- You are heavier. The new Purple has coils, runs thicker, and is made with unique and durable materials, making it more supportive for people who weigh more.
- You want a mattress that will last. The new Purple uses higher quality materials and has coils.
Pick Leesa If …
- You are on a budget. The Leesa is much less expensive than the new Purple, so it allows you the opportunity to save some hard-earned cash.
- You want a medium-firm mattress. The Leesa has a medium-firm sleeping surface, while the new Purple has multiple firmness options.
These are pretty different options and will probably appeal to different shoppers. I hope this comparison has helped you determine which brand has what you need. Please leave any specific questions about Leesa or the new Purple in the comments.
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.