If you are looking for a great online mattress, you might have narrowed your search to the Purple and Leesa. These two companies have been pioneers in the bed-in-a-box market, and the mattresses are very high-quality.
Because of this, you might be having a hard time choosing between the two. I have all the information you need to make the right decision. I will break down the construction and help you find the right mattress for you.
So, which mattress will it be: the Purple or the Leesa? Read on for my full comparison.
- They are very popular mattresses.
- Both companies have great customer service.
- They are both bouncy, responsive mattresses.
- They are close in terms of firmness.
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- With discounts, the Leesa is more affordable than the Purple.
- They feature some very different materials in their construction.
- The Purple has a firm-yet-squishy gel feel, and the Leesa has a balanced 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.
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- The Leesa is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft and thin.
- The first layer is 2” of a proprietary LSA-200 foam.
- This is followed by 2” of a contouring memory foam.
- The final layer is 6” of a Core Support Foam.
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- The LSA-200 has a mixture of memory foam and latex qualities. It is soft but also responsive. You should get nice pressure relief without getting stuck in the mattress. Overall, it has a balanced foam feel.
- The gel grid is made of a hyper-elastic gel polymer. It is a very unique material that stays flat and firm until a certain amount of pressure is applied. It will collapse under the heavier parts of your body and stay supportive across the rest of the mattress.
- The Purple should be a great choice for many types of sleepers. The gel grid will support back and stomach sleepers and offer comfort to side sleepers.
- The Purple should be the more durable mattress. The hyper-elastic gel polymer is one of the more durable materials I have seen used in a mattress. It shouldn’t sag the way foam can sometimes do.
- The Purple is a bit more breathable than the Leesa. They are both breathable mattresses, but the Purple’s gel grid allows for quite a bit of airflow.
In terms of firmness, the Purple feels like a 6.5/10 and the Leesa feels like a 6.5/10. It is worth noting that the Purple will feel different depending on your weight. If you are a lighter person, you won’t activate the gel grid so much, and the mattress will feel firmer. If you are a heavier person, you will activate the gel grid more, and the mattress will feel softer.
That being said, in my experience, the Purple felt great when I was on my back. The gel grid collapsed under my hips, but the rest of the mattress supported the other parts of my body.
When I was on my side, I felt a bit of pressure on my shoulders and hips. As I said above, I might be too light to really get the most out of the gel grid. However, when I moved to my stomach, the mattress supported me very well.
On the Leesa, I also felt supported when I was on my back. Still, I will say that I felt better support on the Purple. Moving to my side, I felt less pressure on my shoulders and hips. For someone my weight, the Leesa was a great match on my side. Stomach sleeping, I will say that I needed more support.
The Purple has a very unique squishy gel feel. It is both firm and pressure relieving at the same time. The Leesa, on the other hand, has a balanced foam feel. You sink into the mattress, but not too far.
While the mattresses have a different feel, they are both quite bouncy. They are responsive, so it should be easy to move around on both mattresses without getting stuck.
Find more information about Purple’s hyper-elastic gel polymer in the video below.
See what I thought of Leesa’s balanced foam feel.
Motion Transfer Differences
Between the two mattresses, the Leesa handled motion transfer better than the Purple. Leesa has memory foam in its second layer, and the LSA-200 has some memory foam qualities.
Memory foam is one of the best materials for dealing with motion transfer and, while I do like the unique feel of Purple’s gel grid, it is not the best at cutting down on motion transfer.
I put a glass of water on both mattresses and pushed into the area surrounding it. I saw much less disturbance on the Leesa mattress. Also, I asked Marten to lie down on both mattresses and asked Marten to move around on the other side. I felt less of his movement on the Leesa.
If you sleep with a partner, they should disturb you less on the Leesa mattress. It could be a good mattress for couples.
See how Purple performed in my motion transfer tests.
Now, compare this to the Leesa mattress.
Edge Support Differences
If you sleep with a partner, you also want to think about how much of the mattress you can really use. Can you sit or lie down near the edge securely, or will you feel like you are going to fall off?
Sitting down and lying down near the edge of both mattresses, I feel more secure on the Purple mattress. Especially when I am lying down, I also feel less like I am going to roll off the mattress. Overall, the Purple features better edge support.
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 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these mattresses:
In terms of firmness, I said both mattresses were a 6.5/10. The Purple felt a little softer to me than it did to Joe. I think this is because I am a heavier person, and I activate the gel grid more than Joe.
When I am back sleeping on the Leesa, I feel really nice overall support. My hips sink into the top layer just the right amount, and the top foam layer presses into my lumbar area. When I move to my side, I feel great pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. However, on my stomach, the mattress is a bit too soft for me. I am bowing in at the hips.
On the Purple, I feel great back sleeping. My hips sink into the top layer, but the rest of the mattress stays flat and supportive. Moving to my side, I feel great pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. When I am on my stomach, I also feel well supported.
If you are a heavier back or side sleeper, both mattresses could work for you. If you are a heavier stomach sleeper, I would lean toward the Purple.
Marten’s experience with the Purple is what I expected. He is a larger person so, when he was on his side, he activated the gel grid more than I did. So, it felt softer to him than it did to me. I will note that, while he liked the Leesa for side sleeping, much heavier side sleepers might press too far into the mattress and feel some firmness on their shoulders and hips.
Pick Purple If:
- You sleep on your back or stomach. If you sleep primarily in these two positions, the Purple should be a better choice. It is the more supportive mattress, and it should keep you from sinking too far into the mattress. The mattress only collapses under the heavier parts of your body, while staying firm and supportive everywhere else.
- You are a heavier side sleeper. Larger people should apply enough pressure to really activate the gel grid. When this happens, the mattress will collapse under the shoulders and hips, giving great pressure relief. At the same time, the mattress won’t let you sink in too far and bottom out.
- You are a hot sleeper. The Purple should be the cooler sleeping mattress as well. The gel grid allows for quite a bit of airflow, so the mattress is very breathable. You should have fewer issues with overheating on the Purple mattress.
- You are looking for a long-term investment. The hyper-elastic gel polymer is a very durable material, so it should stand up to many years of use. If you want a mattress to last you for some time, the Purple should be the right choice.
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Pick Leesa If:
- You are a light- or medium-weight side sleeper. If you aren’t a very large person, you should feel better side sleeping on the Leesa mattress. You should sink into the mattress a bit and feel nice pressure relief on your shoulder and hips. You might not be heavy enough to really activate the Purple’s gel grid.
- You like a balanced foam feel. If you like the feeling of a foam mattress, but you don’t want to get stuck, the Leesa should be the way to go. The foam is soft, but it is also quite responsive. So, you get nice pressure relief without getting stuck.
- You want a more affordable mattress. If you include discounts, the Leesa will cost you less. If both mattresses sound like they could be to your liking, you could save money by choosing the Leesa.
If you consider this information, it shouldn’t be very difficult to decide between the Purple and Leesa mattresses. Back and stomach sleepers as well heavier side sleepers should prefer the Purple. Lighter side sleepers who want to save some money should like the Leesa. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Purple or the Leesa 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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