Purple Mattress vs Leesa

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Purple and Leesa are two companies that have made waves in the mattress industry recently and have had great initial success since launching their products.  As these two mattress have grown in popularity, people are starting to wonder how they compare to one another.

Both companies use the online-only business model to have a great product at an affordable price.  Both have generally received very good reviews as well.  Given that both companies have great sleep trials and return policies, I wouldn’t stress out too much about your decision.  You can always send your mattress sback.

Purple vs Leesa

I’ll do my best to highlight the key similarities and differences to help you make a better decision if you are down to Purple vs Leesa.

Key Similarities

  • Both have a similar business model / value proposition
  • Both are sold online-only
  • Both are in a similar price range
  • Both have just one firmness level
  • Both have great customer reviews
  • Both have friendly trial periods / return policies

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Purple vs Leesa
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Value (Price)
Doesn't Sleep Hot
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Key Differences

  • Leesa is .5” thicker
  • Purple’s top layer of hyper-elastic polymer makes it bouncier/more resilient than Leesa
  • The Purple’s hyper-elastic polymer layer is 2 inches thick, while Leesa’s total comfort layers are 4 inches thick
  • Purple is a bit more expensive than Leesa

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This is where the differences really lie.  Purple is 9.5” thick.  The top 2” are very unique in the industry.  The top layer is made out of hyper-elastic polymer.  It is made to relieve pressure better than any other material you can find in the industry.  It has a unique feel where it feels relatively firm initially but also does in fact relieve pressure quite well.  It is also very bouncy/resilient, making it pretty similar to a latex feel.

See how Purple feels here

The Leesa is 10” thick.  It is 2” of Avena (latex-like) foam, over 2” of 3lb. density memory foam, over 6” of 1.8 lb. density polyfoam.  It has good conforming and pressure-relieving properties, as well as a little bounce and resilience to it as well.

See how Leesa feels here

The main takeaways are that they both do a good job at relieving pressure and in my opinion are good for most sleepers.  The Purple mattress has more bounce to it, and that is the key difference to the feel in my opinion.  

Given the Leesa has 3 lb. density memory foam, in my experience it may not be as appropriate as the Purple for people that are heavy (this is simply based on my understanding that lower density foams tend to be less durable).  I think the feel of the Leesa will be more “normal” for more people given the extra bounce that Purple has.


Purple is $999 right now for a Queen.  Shipping is free.

Leesa is $850 for a Queen, but generally you can get an $80 discount on it.  Shipping is free.

Pick Purple If:

  • You Want Extra Bounce– There is no question that Purple gives you extra bounce.  Some people like that, while others do.  If that’s what you are looking for, you might want to consider Purple.
  • You Are Very Sensitive To Sleeping Hot– Purple does maybe the best job I’ve seen of staying cool.
  • You Are Heavier– The top layer feels firm but also pressure-relieving, which is ideal for people above a certain weight range.  I also feel that the materials are more durable for heavier people.

Read my full Purple mattress review.

Purple Mattress Reviews
Purple mattress

Pick Leesa If:

  • You Prefer A More Standard Foam Feel– Leesa does a great job of catering to sleepers of all types.  It certainly has a more standard, normal foam feel than Purple does.  You sink in a little bit and have a little bounce too.
  • You Want To Save A Little Extra– After considering discounts, the Leesa will cost a decent amount less than the Purple.

Read my full Leesa mattress review.

Leesa Mattress Review


Both mattresses are great options and I don’t think most people can go wrong with either one.  With that being said, which one you get will just come down to personal preference.  Take a look at the different characteristics presented here, and then you can try to make a better decision from there.

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Joe Auer

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 100 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 4 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. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing classical piano. He enjoys traveling as well, and not just to test out hotel mattresses! Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

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11 thoughts on “Purple Mattress vs Leesa”

  1. Hey Joe,
    I’ve been researching the purple mattress pretty extensively. It seems to be right just about what I like, however, I’ve heard brief mentions of the purple mattress not sleeping well for people under 130 pounds. I weigh 120 and my fiance 115, so that’s a bit concerning.
    In your experience, do you think my weight would sleep well on a purple mattress, and if not, do you think I would sleep better on a Leesa?

    Thanks, Will

    • Well, the concern is that you won’t be heavy enough to activate the “collapsing” function of the gel. I think that’s a valid concern given your collective weights, so if you are down to these two, perhaps the Leesa would be a better fit.

    • I haven’t tested either for this unfortunately (I try each mattress for a couple weeks max), but I expect that the top layer of Purple will hold up particularly well compared to foam.

  2. Hi Joe,

    How much do you weigh? I’m about 145 pounds and am 5’6. Do you think either bed (Purple or Leesa) will be equally the same firmness for my weight? I have some low back/tailbone issues and tend to lie either on my back or side but probably more on my side.

    Hope this gives some good input on which you think is a better fit for me. Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Austin – I’m about 165 lbs. Firmness is always a bit tricky because of body weight distribution as well – but I would say that (best guess) a mattress would feel pretty similar for you and I. Both Purple and Leesa are good options for side sleepers, I think Leesa is a bit better for a stomach sleeper.

      • Thanks for the response back, Joe. I don’t typically sleep on my stomach but I do go on my back. Would you say both are the same for sleeping on the back? Glad to hear they both are good for side sleeping.

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