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Leesa vs. Purple – Our 2019 Mattress Comparison

Written by - Bill Fish.

The Bottom Line.

  • The Leesa is a memory foam mattress that offers consistent body-conforming, pain/pressure relief, and motion isolation for couples.
  • The Purple Mattress is constructed with a proprietary Smart Grid comfort layer that offers sag-free support and temperature neutrality.
  • Both mattresses offer a balanced medium to medium-firm feel.

28,983 Verified Customer Experiences

93 Unique Review Sources

68 Hours of Lab Testing

3 Sleep Experts Consulted

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Leesa vs. Purple Mattress Overview

Leesa was launched in 2014. The company’s flagship Leesa mattress is constructed with comfort layers of polyfoam and soft memory foam, along with a high-density foam base layer. It is ‘medium’ (5) in terms of firmness.

Purple was established in 2015. Its flagship mattress, The Purple Mattress, features the signature ‘Smart Grid’ comfort layer made with buckling-column gel and an elastic polymer grid. The bed also contains a high-density foam base layer. It is ‘medium-firm’ (6.5).

Please note: Leesa and Purple offer other mattresses in addition to these flagship models.

  • Leesa sells the Leesa Hybrid, a memory foam hybrid.
  • Purple offers the Purple Hybrid, a hybrid constructed with a 2-inch ‘Smart Grid’ comfort layer and a pocketed coil support core, and the Purple Hybrid Premier which features either a 3- or 4-inch ‘Smart Grid’ comfort layer over a pocketed coil support core.

This page will exclusively compare the Leesa and the Purple Mattress. To learn more about additional beds from these brands, please visit our Leesa Mattress Reviews and Purple Mattress Reviews pages.

Though made with different materials, the Leesa and Purple Mattresses offer body-conforming pressure relief, good temperature neutrality, and excellent motion isolation. This page will look at the unique characteristics, advantages, and drawbacks of each bed, as well as the policies and overall reputations of both companies.

Ratings Comparison

Leesa Mattress

Purple Mattress

MATTRESS TYPE FoamFoam
PRICE RANGE $999$999
FIRMNESS OPTION 56.5
AVAILABILITY online, in-storeonline
SLEEP TRIAL 100 nights100 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH 10 Year, Limited10 Year, Non-prorated
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  • Leesa Mattress
  • Purple Mattress

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
  • Leesa Mattress
  • Purple Mattress
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
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Durability

The durability of Leesa mattresses should be on par with most mixed foam models — roughly seven years with nightly use.

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Durability

The durability of Leesa mattresses should be on par with most mixed foam models — roughly seven years with nightly use.

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Motion Isolation

The dense, multi-layered foam construction of Leesa mattresses cuts down on motion transfer to a significant degree.

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Motion Isolation

The dense, multi-layered foam construction of Leesa mattresses cuts down on motion transfer to a significant degree.

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Off-gassing

Like many other foam mattresses, the Leesa is associated with some off-gassing odor, but the smells tend to dissipate within a few days.

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Off-gassing

Like many other foam mattresses, the Leesa is associated with some off-gassing odor, but the smells tend to dissipate within a few days.

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Sex

Leesa mattresses offer some bounce, but these models may not be responsive enough for some couples.

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Sex

Leesa mattresses offer some bounce, but these models may not be responsive enough for some couples.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Leesa can sleep hot for some, but this mattress is relatively cool compared to many competing foam-based models.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Leesa can sleep hot for some, but this mattress is relatively cool compared to many competing foam-based models.

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Edge Support

Edge support is fair for most of the mixed foam, universal comfort beds on the market. The Leesa is no better or worse, but on par with its competitors.

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Edge Support

Edge support is fair for most of the mixed foam, universal comfort beds on the market. The Leesa is no better or worse, but on par with its competitors.

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Noise

Leesa mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Noise

Leesa mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Durability

Although the Purple mattress features a polymer-based buckling-column gel layer, the company has been in business for a limited amount of time and the overall lifespan of the Purple mattress has not yet been determined.

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Durability

Although the Purple mattress features a polymer-based buckling-column gel layer, the company has been in business for a limited amount of time and the overall lifespan of the Purple mattress has not yet been determined.

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Motion Isolation

According to many owners, the Purple mattress isolates motion to a fair extent and helps cut down on nighttime sleep disruptions.

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Motion Isolation

According to many owners, the Purple mattress isolates motion to a fair extent and helps cut down on nighttime sleep disruptions.

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Off-gassing

Very few Purple mattress owners report strong, persistent off-gassing odor.

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Off-gassing

Very few Purple mattress owners report strong, persistent off-gassing odor.

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Sex

The Purple mattress is somewhat responsive, but couples may prefer a bouncier, more responsive surface.

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Sex

The Purple mattress is somewhat responsive, but couples may prefer a bouncier, more responsive surface.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Purple mattress is fairly temperature neutral, and most sleepers remain fairly cool throughout the night.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Purple mattress is fairly temperature neutral, and most sleepers remain fairly cool throughout the night.

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Edge Support

The Purple mattress offers minimal edge support, and sinkage where people sit is fairly common.

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Edge Support

The Purple mattress offers minimal edge support, and sinkage where people sit is fairly common.

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Noise

The Purple mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Noise

The Purple mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

Leesa Mattresses Are Great for…
  • Side, back, stomach, or combination sleepers in any weight group
  • People who normally sleep hot on all-foam beds
  • Those who prefer medium-feel surfaces with moderate conforming
Purple Mattresses Are Great for…
  • Side, back, stomach, or combination sleepers who weigh 130 pounds or more
  • Hot sleepers who normally find all-foam beds uncomfortable
  • Those who prefer firmer surfaces with moderate conforming

Sleep Position Ratings

Leesa Mattress

The Leesa offers moderate conforming and balanced cushioning/firmness that makes it suitable for most sleepers, particularly those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. It also sleeps fairly cool compared to other all-foam options and should provide a comfortable temperature for those who normally sleep hot. And because it isolates motion well and makes no noise, the Leesa is a great choice for couples.

Purple Mattress

The Purple Mattress’ Smart Grid comfort layer aligns the spine and alleviates aches and pains much like memory foam and latex. It is medium-firm, making it ideal for those who weigh 230 pounds or more, as well as lighter individuals who prefer the feel of firmer beds. The Purple Mattress also sleeps very cool due to great airflow throughout the grid, and the elastic polymers withstand wear to give the mattress an expected lifespan of at least seven years.

  • Leesa Mattress
  • Purple Mattress
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach

Our Recommendations

Choose the Leesa Mattress if...

  • You want a mattress that offers some conforming but not as much as a typical all-foam bed
  • You tend to sleep hot, especially on all-foam mattresses
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to noise or movement

Choose the Purple Mattress if…

  • You tend to sleep hot on beds made from foam and/or latex
  • You weigh at least 130 pounds
  • You sleep on your side, back, stomach, or any combination of the three

Technical Details Comparison

Sizing and Pricing

  • twin-bed
    Twin $499 Leesa Mattress $649 Purple Mattress
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $599 Leesa Mattress $699 Purple Mattress
  • twin-bed
    Full $899 Leesa Mattress $899 Purple Mattress
  • twin-bed
    Queen $999 Leesa Mattress $999 Purple Mattress
  • twin-bed
    King $1,199 Leesa Mattress $1,199 Purple Mattress
  • twin-bed
    Cal King $1,299 Leesa Mattress $1,299 Purple Mattress

Mattress Construction

Next let’s look at how the Leesa and Purple mattresses are made. The table below lists firmness, thickness, and composition specs for both models.

Specification Leesa Purple
Firmness 5 (Medium) 6.5 (Medium Firm)
Thickness 10″ 9 1/4″
Weight (Queen) 71 lbs. 110 lbs.
Support Core Components 6″ 1.8 PCF HD Polyfoam 4″ 2 PCF HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 2″ 3 PCF Polyfoam
2″ 3 PCF Memory Foam
2″ ‘Smart Grid’ Buckling-column Gel/Elastic Polymer
3 1/4″ 1.8 PCF Polyfoam
Cover Composition Polyester and Lycra® Spandex Blend Polyester, Viscose, and Lycra® Spandex Blend

How Is the Leesa Mattress Built?

The Leesa is made with two comfort layers, a top layer of polyfoam with an indentation deflection load (ILD) of 13 and a bottom memory foam layer with an ILD of 9. This combination creates a sleep surfaces that balances body cushioning and sleeper support, with a moderate amount of conforming for most sleepers.

The Leesa’s base layer is made of high-density polyfoam. This material reinforces the bed and helps maintain a flat, even sleep surface. This mattress is exceptionally light and easy to move/rotate, even by all-foam mattress standards. A Queen-size Leesa weighs roughly 71 pounds.

How Is the Purple Mattress Built?

The Purple Matress’ ‘Smart Grid’ comfort layer consists of buckling-column gel distributed evenly over an elastic polymer grid. The material conforms to the sleeper’s body much like latex or memory foam, alleviating pressure points in their most sensitive areas, but the Smart Grid tends to sleep cooler. The bed’s comfort layer also minimizes motion transfer very well and the mattress produces no noise when bearing weight.

A high-density foam support core reinforces the Purple Mattress. The mattress also has a soft, breathable cover made from polyester, viscose and Lycra® spandex. The Purple Mattress is somewhat heavy and difficult to move/rotate. A queen-size model weighs roughly 110 pounds.

Leesa Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 100 nights

  • Shipping All 50 states, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany

  • Warranty 10 years non-prorated

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    Leesa offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Leesa mattress.

    1. The sleep trial includes a mandatory 30-night break-in period. Customers cannot return their bed for a full refund until at least 30 nights have elapsed.
    2. The 100-night sleep trial will be voided if the mattress leaves its original country of purchase.
    3. Leesa provides prepaid shipping labels for free mattress returns.
  • Warranty

    Leesa offers a 10-year non-prorated warranty:

    1. This warranty is entirely nonprorated.
    2. The warranty will be voided if the mattress is not used with a supportive base or foundation.
    3. Leesa covers all costs associated with repairing or replacing defective mattresses, but owners must pay all shipping charges.
    4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
      • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface that measure 1″ or deeper.
      • Physical flaws in the mattress that cause foam to become damaged despite proper care and maintenance.
      • Defects with the seams, zipper, and other parts of the mattress cover.
    5. The warranty will not cover the following:
      • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring less than 1″ deep.
      • Burns, cuts, tears, stains, and other types of physical damage that occur due to misuse or neglect.
      • Repair or replacement requests that occur due to changes in the owner’s comfort preferences.
    6. This warranty is non-transferable. It is exclusively available to original owners who purchase their mattress from Leesa or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not qualify for warranty coverage.
  • Delivery Details

    The delivery policy for Leesa mattresses is as follows:

    1. Leesa customers usually receive their mattress within three to seven business days of placing an order.
    2. In addition to free standard delivery, Leesa offers White Glove delivery to customers in select locations for a flat fee of $100. This includes in-home mattress assembly. For an additional $50 ($150 total), Leesa will also remove the customer’s old mattress and haul it away for recycling or donation.
    3. Customers who need to make changes to their delivery address must do so within 24 hours of placing the order.

    How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed and shipped in a box.
    Where Do They Ship?: Leesa ships mattresses to customers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Germany. White Glove delivery is not available in all locations.
    Delivery Fee: Standard delivery is free of charge. White Glove delivery costs $100, plus an additional $50 for old mattress removal.

    Old Mattress Removal

    Old mattress removal is available for a $50 surcharge with White Glove delivery ($150 total). Old mattress removal is not available with standard mattress deliveries.

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Purple Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 100 nights

  • Shipping All 50 states and most of Canada

  • Warranty 10 years non-prorated

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    Purple offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Purple Mattress.

    1. This sleep trial does not include a mandatory break-in period. Customers may return the mattress for a full refund at any point of the 100-night trial.
    2. The cost of any promotional items included with the Purple Mattress purchase will be deducted from the total refund amount.
  • Warranty

    Purple offers a 10-year nonprorated warranty:

    1. This warranty is entirely nonprorated.
    2. The warranty will be voided if the Purple Mattress is not used with a flat, solid-surface, non-spring foundation.
    3. Mattress owners must pay all shipping costs associated with mattress repairs or replacements.
    4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
      • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring 1″ or deeper.
      • Splits or cracks in the mattress material despite proper handling and care.
    5. The warranty will not cover the following:
      • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring less than 1″ deep.
      • Burns, cuts, stains, mold infestation, and other types of physical damage that occur due to misuse or neglect.
    6. This warranty is non-transferable, and exclusively available to original owners who purchase their mattress from Purple or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not be eligible for warranty coverage.
  • Delivery Details

    The delivery policy for Purple Mattresses is as follows:

    1. Most customers receive their Purple Mattress within two to eight business days of placing their order.
    2. Standard ground shipping is free within the contiguous U.S., but customers in Alaska and Hawaii must pay additional delivery charges.
    3. Expedited or White Glove delivery options are not available for the Purple Mattress.

    How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed, roll-packed, and shipped in a box.
    Where Do They Ship?: Anywhere in the U.S. and most of Canada
    Delivery Fee: Free shipping for customers in the contiguous U.S., but those in Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada pay additional delivery fees.

    Old Mattress Removal

    Purple does not offer old mattress removal with Purple Mattress orders.

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