Leesa vs. Purple Mattress Comparison

Introduction

Leesa Sleep, LLC, was founded in 2014. The brand’s flagship model, the Leesa mattress, features a mixed-foam comfort system with layers of Avena® foam and memory foam. The support core is made of polyfoam.

Purple launched in 2015 and began selling mattresses in 2016. The company’s flagship mattress has a comfort system with a top layer of buckling column gel and a bottom layer of polyfoam; the support core is constructed from high-density polyfoam.

Please note that Leesa also offers the Sapira. This hybrid mattress model has a memory foam comfort system and a pocketed coil support core. The Sapira is not included on this comparison page; only the flagship Leesa and Purple models will be discussed.

Both the Leesa and Purple mattresses have received above-average customer satisfaction ratings. This page will explore the unique characteristics, benefits, and drawbacks of each model and compare them in terms of construction, performance, and price, as well as the customer policies and reputations of Leesa and Purple.  

Brand Summary

Pros of the Leesa mattress include:

  • Little to no noise
  • Exceptional motion isolation
  • Above-average conforming and pressure relief
  • Low price-point

Pros of the Purple mattress include:

  • Little to no noise
  • Exceptional motion isolation
  • Above-average body conforming and pressure relief
  • No additional shipping or handling fees for mattress returns

You might not be suited for the Leesa mattress if:

  • You sleep hot or warm
  • You require a mattress with strong edge support
  • You prefer to sleep on a mattress that is rated higher or lower than ‘Medium-Firm’
  • You want a mattress that has been evaluated for long-term performance

You might not be suited for the Purple mattress if:

  • You require a mattress with strong edge support
  • You prefer to sleep on a mattress that rates below or above ‘Medium-Firm’
  • You want to purchase a Twin- or Full-size mattress
  • You want a mattress that has been tested for long-term performance

Sizes and Pricing

The table below lists current prices for the Leesa and Purple mattresses in all available sizes.

Mattress Model Twin Twin XL Full Queen King California King
Leesa $425 $525 $690 $840 $970 $970
The Purple N/A $699 N/A $999 $1,299 $1,299

Mattress Construction

A full breakdown of components and dimensions for the Leesa and Purple mattresses is found in the table below.

Product Name Firmness Rating Thickness Weight (Queen Size) Support Core Components Comfort Layer Components Cover Components
Leesa 6 (Medium Firm) 10″ 67 lbs 6″ 1.8 PCF Foam (32 ILD) 2″ 3.65 PCF Avena Foam (20 ILD)
2″ 3 Memory PCF Polyfoam (9 ILD)
Woven Polyester and Lycra® Spandex
Purple 6.5 (Medium Firm) 9 1/2″ 110 lbs 3.5″ 1.8 PCF Polyfoam 2″ Buckling Column Gel
4″ 2 PCF Polyfoam
67% Polyester
29% Viscose
4% Lycra® spandex

Shipping Information, Trial Period & Warranty

The next four tables take a closer look at sleep trials, warranty terms, customer service, and other policies associated with Leesa and Purple mattresses. The first one includes details about shipping and deliveries.

Criteria Leesa Purple
Delivery fee No charge for standard deliveries No charge for standard deliveries in the continental U.S.; additional fees for customers in Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada
Where do they deliver? United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and the United Kingdom United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada
How is the mattress shipped? Compressed, vacuum-sealed, and shipped in a box The Purple mattress is compressed, vacuum-sealed, and shipped in a vinyl tube; The New Purple is not compressed and is shipped in a flat box
Shipping box weight Not disclosed Not disclosed
Estimated delivery time (from original order) 4 to 10 business days 2 to 7 business days
Online availability Leesa.com, Amazon.com Purple.com, Amazon.com
Amazon.com customer rating 4.2 (630 reviews) 4.3 (505 reviews)
Brick-and-mortar availability Leesa operates one brick-and-mortar store in New York City. Purple does not operate any brick-and-mortar locations
Courier used for delivery UPS Ground UPS and FedEx
White Glove delivery?
For an extra fee, some mattress sellers provide in-home assembly and packaging waste disposal
Leesa does not offer White Glove delivery. Purple does not offer White Glove delivery.
Old mattress removal?
For an extra fee, some mattress sellers will remove a customer’s old mattress during the delivery and transport it to a recycling facility or donation center
Leesa does not offer old mattress removal. Purple does not offer old mattress removal.

The next table features information about the mattress sleep trials offered by Leesa and Purple.

Criteria Leesa Purple
Sleep trial length
Most sleep trials last at least 60 nights
100 nights 100 nights
Mandatory break-in period?
Some mattress sellers require mattress buyers to test out their mattress for a certain length of time before they can return or exchange it
30 nights None
Return charges
Some mattress companies require mattress owners to pay transportation and handling fees associated with their mattress return
Leesa mattress returns are free for customers in the lower 48 states, but customers in Alaska and Hawaii must pay a $100 return fee. None; Purple will send personnel to pick up the mattress from the owner’s residence and transport it to a recycling facility or donation center for no extra charge.
Other fees Leesa will deduct ‘the value of any reward card received with purchase’ from the mattress refund. None
Exchanges offered?
Some mattress sellers allow customers to exchange their mattress for a different model or firmness during the sleep trial
Not disclosed. Yes; one exchange is allowed during the sleep trial.
Sleep trial available for Amazon.com customers?
In some cases, Amazon.com customers and others who do not buy their mattress directly from the brand will not qualify for the company’s sleep trial
Yes; Amazon.com customers qualify for a full 100-night sleep trial. No; Purple mattresses purchased on Amazon.com qualify for that website’s standard 30-night mattress sleep trial.

The third table compares Leesa and Purple in terms of mattress warranty coverage and terms.

Criteria Leesa Purple
Warranty length 10 years 10 years
Nonprorated coverage
During nonprorated periods, mattress owners can have their defective mattress replaced without paying a percentage of the original product price
Full nonprorated Full nonprorated
Prorated charges
In most cases, prorated costs of replacing a mattress are calculated by multiplying a percentage of the original product price by the number of years of ownership
None None
Transportation/handling charges
Some mattress companies hold owners responsible for paying shipping and handling fees associated with repairing or replacing a defective mattress
Owners are responsible for shipping and handling charges associated with mattress repairs or replacements. Owners are responsible for shipping and handling charges associated with mattress repairs or replacements.
Foundational requirements
In many cases, a mattress seller will void an owner’s warranty if an adequate foundation is not used to support the mattress
A solid base or foundation substantial enough to support the mattress and occupant(s)’. A firm, flat, solid-surface, non-spring foundation (whether non-moving type or adjustable type) sufficiently strong to remain flat and firm under the weight of the mattress and its users… A sufficient frame on which the foundation rests must provide sturdy support for both the mattress and foundation and in the case of a queen or larger must have 5 or more legs including a center support’.
Indentation depth
Most mattress sellers will only repair or replace indented mattresses if the sagging reaches a certain depth
1″ 1″

The last table details the customer service offerings and company reputations of both mattress brands.

Criteria Leesa Purple
Customer service rating (1-10)
This number is based on Tuck data
6 7
Better Business Bureau Rating A- D
Company website https://www.leesa.com/ https://onpurple.com/
Online customer chat? Yes Yes
Phone number 1-844-335-3372 (calls only) 1-888-848-8456 (calls only)
Phone availability Monday to Friday: 9am to 9pm EST Monday to Friday: 8am to 7pm MST
Saturday: 10am to 4pm MST
Company email address [email protected] [email protected]
Social media Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Pinterest
YouTube
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Pinterest
YouTube

Mattress Performance Comparison

The table below compares Leesa and Purple mattresses based on performance factors like durability, motion isolation, noise, and pressure relief. All ratings are generated through customer experiences with these brands.

Category Criteria Leesa Rating Purple Rating What Users Say
Customer Satisfaction Based on data collection, this is an overall customer sentiment regarding the Leesa and Purple mattresses. 76% 78% Both the Leesa and Purple mattresses have earned above-average customer satisfaction ratings, but Purple has the edge with a lead of two percentage points.
Durability The average mattress will perform for at least seven years before it needs to be replaced Good Good Owners of both the Leesa and Purple mattress note minimal indentations and sagging after a few years, but both models are relatively new and have not been assessed for long-term performance.
Motion Isolation Foam-based mattresses are designed to minimize motion and isolate it from other areas of the sleep surface, which can cut down on nighttime disruptions. Very Good Excellent Both the Leesa and Purple mattresses are associated with exceptional motion isolation, but ratings are slightly more favorable for the Purple.
Sex Foam-based mattresses are less responsive by design, and may not be as suitable for sex as innerspring or hybrid models. Fair Fair According to our feedback, neither the Leesa nor the Purple are very responsive, and not as good for sex as a result.
Conforming Foam-based mattresses conform closely to sleeper’s bodies, which can help align the spine, target pressure points, and alleviate back pain Very Good Good The Purple conforms closely and alleviates some pressure, but Leesa owners give their mattress slightly higher ratings in this category.
Temperature Neutrality Foam retains more body heat than other materials, and foam mattress owners often ‘sleep hot’ as a result. Fair Good The Leesa can be a heat trap for some, but the Purple retains less body heat and typically sleeps cooler as a result.
Off-gassing Some mattresses emit particles when they are unpackaged, accompanied by unpleasant ‘off-gassing’ smells that can last for days. Fair Fair Both the Leesa and Purple mattresses are associated with some off-gassing, but no more than the average mattress with foam layers.
Edge Support Because of their construction, foam-based mattresses often provide little to no edge support and may sink prematurely in areas of the bed where people tend to sit. Poor Poor As is the case with most foam-based models, both the Leesa and Purple have earned low ratings for edge support, and owners report some sinkage where people sit.
Noise Foam-based mattresses create little to no noise, due to their lack of springs, coils, and other metal components Excellent Excellent Our reports indicate that both the Leesa and Purple are virtually silent.
Ease of Moving and Rotating All mattresses are relatively heavy when it comes to moving and rotating, but some are heavier and more unwieldy than others.   Very Good Fair A Queen-size Purple mattress weighs roughly 110 pounds, which is more than 40 pounds heavier than the Leesa.

Your experience with a mattress often depends on two variables: your body weight and your preferred sleep position. The final table compares Leesa and Purple mattresses based on these two factors.

Sleeper Position Sleeper Weight Leesa Purple
Side 130 lbs or less Fair Fair
130 lbs to 230 lbs Good Good
230 lbs or more Good Good
Back 130 lbs or less Good Very Good
130 lbs to 230 lbs Good Fair
230 lbs or more Very Good Good
Stomach 130 lbs or less Good Fair
130 lbs to 230 lbs Very Good Good
230 lbs or more Good Fair

Conclusion

The Leesa is a mixed-foam mattress with layers of Avena® foam and memory foam in the comfort system; it has earned a customer satisfaction rating of 76%. To learn more, please visit our Leesa Mattress Review page.

The Purple mattress features layers of buckling column gel and polyfoam in the comfort layer, and has earned a customer rating of 78%. To learn more about this brand, please check out our Purple Mattress Review page.

Choosing the right mattress for you can be a difficult decision. Tuck.com strives to help mattress shoppers evaluate different models and decide which product best meets their needs and preferences. To learn more about how we compare products, please visit our Mattress Methodology page.