If you are looking for a bed-in-a-box mattress, you have probably come across the Purple and Loom & Leaf mattresses. They are two popular mattresses with some amazing features.
Deciding between these two mattresses might seem difficult at first. However, I have all the information you need to choose the right mattress for you.
Which will it be: the Purple or the Loom & Leaf? Read on for my full comparison.
- Both mattresses come with great customer service.
- They are both very durable mattresses.
- Both mattresses are very good values.
- They are similar in terms of firmness.
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- The Purple costs less than the Loom & Leaf.
- The mattresses incorporate some very different materials in their construction.
- The Purple has a unique, firm-but-squishy feel, and the Loom & Leaf has a classic memory foam feel.
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- The Purple is 9.5” tall.
- The cover is soft and thin.
- The first layer is 2” of a Purple Smart Comfort Grid. It is a hyper-elastic polymer with a squishy feeling.
- Next, there are 3.5” of a Plush Comfort Foam.
- The base layer is 4” of polyfoam.
Read the full Purple mattress review
Loom & Leaf Construction
- The Loom & Leaf is 12” tall.
- The cover is soft and breathable and quilted with polyfoam.
- The top layer is 2” of gel memory foam that has air channels to help with airflow.
- This first layer features a Spinal Zone Gel laminate panel. It is cooling and assists with spinal support.
- Then there is a 2” layer of denser memory foam followed by a transition layer.
- The final layer is a standard base polyfoam.
- The Loom & Leaf contains high-density memory foams. They should be great at contouring. The foam should conform to the shape of your body.
- The multiple layers of memory foam give the Loom & Leaf that classic memory foam feel. It is slow-moving and allows you to sink into the mattress.
- The Purple’s hyper-elastic gel polymer is very unique in that it stays flat and supportive until you apply enough pressure. When this happens, the gel grid collapses in the specific area where you have applied the weight.
- The gel grid makes the Purple a good fit for all three sleeping positions. Since it only collapses under the heavier parts of your body, it should be supportive when you are sleeping on your back and stomach, and pressure relieving when you are on your side.
- The Purple is a more breathable mattress than the Loom & Leaf. The gel grid promotes quite a bit of airflow, so it should be a more temperature neutral mattress.
- Both mattresses are very durable. The Purple’s hyper-elastic gel polymer shouldn’t sag the way some foams do. The Loom & Leaf features very high-density foams that should also stand up to many years of wear and tear.
In terms of firmness, the Purple felt like a 7/10, and the Loom and Leaf felt like a 6.5/10. However, you might have a different experience on the Purple depending on your weight. Lighter-weight people might not be heavy enough to really activate the gel grid, so it might feel firmer to them. Heavier people should collapse that gel, so the mattress should feel softer to them.
In my experience, the Purple felt great when I was on my back. The mattress collapsed under my butt and hips but stayed flat and supportive across the rest of my body. However, when I moved to my side, the mattress felt a bit firm to me. I don’t think I am heavy enough to really activate the gel grid. On my stomach, the mattress supports me quite well.
On the Loom & Leaf, I also feel nice support when I am back sleeping. I don’t sink in too far, and the foam contours to my body. When I am side sleeping, the mattress feels firm at first. However, after a moment, the memory foam softens and I feel the pressure on my shoulders and hips disappear. Moving to my stomach, the mattress is a bit too soft for me.
The Purple has a unique squishy gel feel that is firm and pressure relieving at the same time. It is responsive and has some very nice bounce to it. Most people shouldn’t have issues moving around on the mattress.
The Loom & Leaf, on the other hand, has a classic memory foam feel. Again, it does feel firm at first, but that memory slowly softens and allows you to sink in. The mattress has no real bounce and the memory foam is not very responsive. It won’t be as easy to move around on the Loom & Leaf.
See more of what I thought about Purple’s firmness and feel in the video below.
See what I said about the Loom & Leaf’s memory foam feel.
Motion Transfer Differences
Between the two mattresses, the Loom & Leaf handles motion transfer much better than the Purple. This is because the Loom & Leaf has thick layers of high-density memory foam, a material knows for isolating motion very well.
During my tests, I placed a glass of water on both mattresses. Pressing into each mattress, I saw much less of a disturbance on the Loom & Leaf. Also, I lay down on both mattresses and asked Marten to move around on the other side. I felt fewer of his movements on the Loom & Leaf.
If you sleep with a partner, you shouldn’t be disturbed by their movements on the Loom & Leaf. It should be the better mattress for couples.
See how the Purple deals with motion transfer in the video below.
Now, compare this to the memory foam Loom & Leaf mattress.
Edge Support Differences
If you are looking for a couples mattress, you should also think about how much of the mattress you can really utilize. Can you sit or lie down near the edge without feeling like you will fall off the mattress?
Edge support is not really a highlight of either mattress. I don’t feel secure sitting on the edge of the Purple and, lying down near the edge of both mattresses, I feel a bit like I might roll off.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than me. He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lbs (I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs.). Here is what he thought about these mattresses:
I said the Loom & Leaf was a 7.5/10, and the Purple was a 6.5/10. The main reason I feel differently than Joe has to do with my weight. I am pressing further into the Loom & Leaf and feeling some more firmness than Joe did. However, on the Purple, my larger weight collapses the gel grid, which actually makes it feel softer to me.
On the Loom & Leaf, I feel nice support on my back. My hips sink in just a bit too far, but I am getting good lumbar support. While the mattress does feel firm at first when I am on my side, it does soften up and I feel some decent pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. When I’m on my stomach, the mattress is too soft, and I am bowing in at the hips.
Over on the Purple, I feel great on my back. The mattress collapses under my butt, but nowhere else. When I am side sleeping, I feel good pressure relief on my shoulders and my hips. When I’m on my stomach, the mattress stays flat and supportive.
I think both mattresses could work for heavier back and side sleepers. If you are even larger than me, I would go with the Purple if you sleep on your back or side. Finally, if you are a heavier stomach sleeper, I would choose the Purple.
Marten’s experience confirms that the Purple should be a good option for heavier side sleepers. While he also enjoyed side sleeping on the Loom & Leaf, I think he is correct that it might not be a great match for much heavier side sleepers.
Pick Purple If:
- You want a more affordable mattress. The Purple is a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Loom & Leaf. If both mattresses sound like they could be a good fit, choosing the Purple could save you some money.
- You are a heavier side sleeper. Larger people should feel very comfortable side sleeping on the Purple. The heavier weight will activate the gel grid, so the mattress should collapse under the shoulders and hips. The pressure relief should be great for heavier sleepers.
- You are a hot sleeper. If you overheat at night, the Purple should work for you. The gel grid allows for a lot of airflow, making this a temperature neutral mattress. You should have fewer issues sleeping hot on the Purple.
- You are a stomach sleeper. While the Loom & Leaf might be too soft when you are on your stomach, the Purple should give you the support you need. The gel grid shouldn’t collapse when you are lying in this position, so you should feel well supported across your whole body.
Pick Loom & Leaf If:
- You are a light- or medium-weight side sleeper. Those who sleep on their sides and are on the lighter side should go with the Loom & Leaf. The memory foam on top relieves pressure quite well. The Purple, on the other hand, might not give you the best pressure relief if you aren’t heavy enough.
- You prefer a classic memory foam feel. If you like to slowly sink into your mattress, the Loom & Leaf should be a good choice. It has that slow-moving, quicksandy feel that comes with memory foam.
- You sleep with a partner. The Loom & Leaf should definitely be a better mattress for couples. It has a thick layer of memory foam on top, which handles motion transfer quite well. You should feel less of your partner’s movements on the Loom & Leaf.
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If you think about the information provided above, the choice should be easy. The Purple is better for heavier side sleepers, hot sleepers, and most stomach sleepers. Light- and medium- weight side sleepers and those who sleep with a partner should prefer the Loom & Leaf. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Purple or the Loom & Leaf in the comment section below.
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.
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