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Leesa vs. Purple Mattress Comparison

Our Review Process | Disclosure

 

The Tuck team collected and analyzed 28,983 verified customer experiences from 93 unique sources and spent over 35 hours testing these mattresses in our lab for this review. This research is supported by you, our readers, through our independently chosen links, which earn us a commission. Read more about how we’re supported here.

Quick Summary – Leesa vs. Original Purple

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’ in terms of firmness.

Purple was established in 2015. Its flagship mattress, The Original Purple, 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.’

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

  • Leesa sells the Sapira, a memory foam hybrid.
  • Purple offers the New Purple, a hybrid constructed with the ‘Smart Grid’ comfort layer and a pocketed coil support core.

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

Though made with different materials, the Leesa and Original 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.

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’ surfaces with moderate conforming

 

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Original 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

 

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Leesa vs. Original Purple: Mattress Details & Ratings

MODEL Description
Leesa Mattress
Foam
Medium
Moderate
Good for Back Pain
Back
Full mattress details

Mattress Specs

  • 5
  • 100 nights
  • 10 Year, Limited
  • online, in-store
  • 71 lbs
  • Foam
  • $845/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Good

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

Motion Isolation
Very Good

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

Conforming
Very Good

Leesa mattresses conform very closely to help align the spine and alleviate aches and pains throughout the body, though some larger sleepers say it lacks sufficient support.

Sex
Fair

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

Temperature Neutrality
Good

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

Off-gassing
Good

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

Edge Support
Fair

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.

Noise
Excellent

Leesa mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

Purple Bed
Foam
Medium Firm
Moderate
Good for Hot Sleepers
Back
Full mattress details

Mattress Specs

  • 6.5
  • 100 nights
  • 10 Year, Non-prorated
  • online
  • 110 lbs
  • Foam
  • $999/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Good

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.

Motion Isolation
Very Good

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

Conforming
Very Good

The Purple mattress conforms somewhat closely, and a large number of owners report improved spinal alignment and targeted pressure relief.

Sex
Fair

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

Temperature Neutrality
Very Good

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

Off-gassing
Good

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

Edge Support
Fair

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

Noise
Excellent

The Purple mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

Sizes and Pricing

The table below lists current prices for the Leesa and Original Purple mattresses in each available size. Please note that the Original Purple is not sold in a Twin size.

Size Leesa Original Purple
Twin $525 Not Available
Twin XL $695 $699
Full $855 $899
Queen $995 $999
King $1,195 $1,299
California King $1,195 $1,299

Mattress Construction

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

Specification Leesa Original Purple
Firmness 5 (Medium) 6.5 (Medium Firm)
Thickness 10″ 9 1/2″
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 Polyfoam
2″ Buckling-Column Gel/Elastic Polymer Grid
3 1/2″ 1.8 PCF Polyfoam
Cover Composition Polyester and Lycra® Spandex 67% Polyester
29% Viscose
4% Lycra® Spandex

How is the Leesa 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 Original Purple built?

The Original Purple’s ‘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 Original Purple. The mattress also has a soft, breathable cover made from polyester, viscose and Lycra® spandex. The Original Purple is somewhat heavy and difficult to move/rotate. A Queen-size model weighs roughly 110 pounds.

Sleep Position Ratings

SLEEP POSITION LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Leesa Mattress
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
Back
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Back
GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
Stomach
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Stomach
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
Purple Bed
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
Back
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Back
GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
Stomach
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Stomach
FAIR
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD

Leesa Sleeper Ratings

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.

Original Purple Sleeper Ratings

The Original Purple’s 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 Original Purple 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.

Sleep Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

Leesa

Sleep trial 100 nights
Refund Full
Warranty 10 years, nonprorated
Where do they ship? The U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Germany
Trial period, warranty, and delivery details

Trial Period and Guarantee

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 nonprorated 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 Policy

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.

Original Purple

Sleep trial 100 nights
Refund Full, minus promotional items
Warranty 10 years
Where do they ship? All 50 states and most of Canada
Trial period, warranty, and delivery details

Trial Period and Guarantee

Purple offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Original 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 Original Purple 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 Original Purple 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 Policy

The delivery policy for Original Purple mattresses is as follows:

  1. Most customers receive their Original 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 Original Purple.

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 Original Purple orders.

Our Recommendations

Choose the Leesa 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
The Leesa may not be suitable if...
  • You like beds that conform very closely
  • You want a mattress that feels firmer
Choose the Original Purple 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
The Original Purple may not be suitable if...
  • You weigh less than 130 pounds
  • You want a mattress that feels softer/less firm

Additional Information

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.

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