Shopping for a mattress used to take hours. Driving from store to store, dealing with sales associates that pushed the highest priced item on you, unable to have your questions answered; it was a nightmare. Now, we can go online and get a high-quality mattress, and have it shipped right to our front door.
Which one do we choose though? There seem to be just as many online companies as mattress outlets in town. In this article, we will examine and compare Leesa vs. Purple in a review showdown to help you decide which mattress might better suit your needs.
We will look at the materials and build quality as well as the full features and options of each one. By the end of the article, you should have a better understanding of each model and which one may, or may not, be right for you.
$525 - $1100
8 – 12 years
The Leesa mattress has a larger comfort layer but it is wrapped in a transition layer. This allows for a firmer feeling without sinking in. Side and front sleepers will get the most benefit here.
$700 - $1300
8 – 12 years
The Purple has a unique grid pattern that allows the mattress to be breathable and easy to move around on. For side sleepers the pressure points are virtually non-existent.
Firmness and Support
One of the largest factors when testing out a new mattress is finding out how firm it is and how much give it has when you lay flat on it. Support also has a factor in your choice depending on how you sleep. Those that sleep on their backs will have different pressure points than those that sleep on their sides or stomachs.
It all comes down to comfort, and if you toss and turn or switch positions, you need a mattress that can keep up with your movements. The more the mattress can keep up the less often you will wake up stiff or with muscle aches and pains.
The Leesa is a firm mattress and has a little give when lying flat. It seems to hug you more in all positions than most others on the market. This is good for those that sleep on their sides or backs as pressure points are all but eliminated.
The Avena foam top layer allows the transition from movement to happen quickly, so those moving from back to side won’t have to wait long for the mattress to catch up. This alone will alleviate complaints from back pain or sore muscles.
The Purple is firm as well and the top layer has a near instant response time. This is great news for those that constantly move around while sleeping. The top layer is an elastic polymer that looks like a three-dimensional grid. It has deep pockets that allow for maximum airflow.
The memory foam and base foam layers provide a solid foundation for the top layer support and for lighter weight persons, it results in even more firmness. There isn’t as much sink, or hug like there is with the Leesa. The Purple maintains its firmness while still being pliable and soft.
Winner: The Purple wins. It’s near zero response time and firm design make it perfect for all types of sleepers and positions.
Mattress movement is a large concern, especially for couples. When one person gets on or off the bed, how does the mattress absorb those movements? Innerspring mattresses transfer that motion throughout the entire mattress and it can affect the person still in the bed.
The same goes for general movements during sleep, even rolling from your side to your back can make the other person bounce. Foam mattresses have more motion isolation, which means that if you get up in the middle of the night, you generally won’t affect the other person still sleeping.
The Leesa has pretty high motion isolation. Aside from jumping or plopping on the edge of the bed, the most movement doesn’t register on the other side at all. The closer you get to the center or even over center the more the motions are carried over. However, to physically have motion register through to the other person you will have to be almost on top of them.
The Purple is similar. The grid pattern top layer absorbs a lot of movement. Because it isn’t solid foam layers, like the Leesa, though, some motion does transfer to the other side. Getting on or off of the mattress probably won’t affect mild to heavy sleepers at all. Light sleepers may stir from the motion, but it is unlikely it would be enough to wake them up.
Winner: The Leesa wins. Only by a slight margin, but less motion transfer is always going to be better.
Construction and Materials
What the mattresses are made of is one of the features that doesn’t get a lot of thought. However, it is an important factor, especially when deciding on which of two mattresses to purchase.
The Leesa is an all foam mattress. The bottom foam, or support layer, is six inches of solid foam. On top of this is the memory foam layer. Two inches of memory foam adds support, spread movement to the base layer for minimizing motion and provides a responsive adjustment.
The top layer is also two inches thick and is made from Avena foam. The Avena layer allows for air flow through the egg crate style underside. This keeps the mattress at a neutral temperature and allows for added comfort and that Leesa “hug” from a slight sink when laying down.
All of this is covered in a 100 percent polyester single seam padded cover. The cover is made from a single cut of material and is grey in color with four white bars to give it a modern and sleek look.
The Purple also has three layers. The bottom layer, or base layer is four inches of solid foam with a three-and-a-half-inch poly foam layer on top. The poly foam layer absorbs movement and provides the top layer with extra bounce back to adjust for position changes.
The top layer is what sets Purple apart from the rest. The 2-inch hyper-elastic polymer is molded in a deep grid pattern. To look at it, you wouldn’t assume it is something to lay on. However, one you do lay on it the weight distribution virtually eliminates pressure points in all sleep positions.
This is all covered in a soft, thin and stretchable cover that provides the air flow that is accentuated by the top layer grid “holes.” With maximum airflow and breathable surface material, the Purple sleeps cool and almost motionless despite movements.
Winner: This is a tie. Both are made from high-quality materials that allow the mattresses to remain highly satisfactory to almost all customers.
Off-Gassing and Smell
All boxed mattresses, especially foam, will have built up odors from VOCs. Wrapped in plastic and put in a box, they will need to be opened and aired out prior to use.
You should allow at least eight hours before sitting or lying on the mattress for the first time. This will allow the buildup gases to vent out and it will also allow the mattress to expand to its proper size.
Use before this will prevent full expansion and could cause those affected by asthma or other breathing conditions to have an episode.
Both the Leesa and the Purple are Certi-PUR-US certified for low to zero toxic gases. However, there will still be a “new mattress” odor and the off-gassing can take some time. While most of the formidable gases will dissipate within a few hours, it could take a few days to air out properly.
Winner: This is a tie. Both mattresses will need to allow time for off-gassing and expansion.
- Leesa average price of queen-sized mattress: $940
- Purple average price of queen-sized mattress: $999
- Industry average price queen-sized mattress: $900
Who Should Buy A Leesa?
You should consider a Leesa if you are someone looking for a comfortable, easy to maintain and firm mattress. The Avena foam layer allows the mattress to breathe and remain cool while the other foam layers give firmness and support on all pressure points. If you sleep on your back or side, the Leesa could be the best option for you. To get more info on Leesa, read our review.
Who Should Buy A Purple?
The Purple is a great choice for those that sleep in all positions or those that sleep on their stomach. With less give than the Leesa, there isn’t an uncomfortable position to sleep in. The elastic grid polymer top layer is extremely durable and breathable, resulting in a constant cool sleeping mattress. If you're looking for more info on Purple Mattress, check out our review.
Check out our Top 10 Mattresses list, to read about other mattresses.