Leesa vs. Purple Mattress Review

Prepare yourself…another mattress battle is about to take place! Two of the top dogs are getting ready to square off and we’re here to break the fight down. Leesa has been a crowd favorite for quite some time now and Purple is entering the realm with hopes of joining Leesa at the top of the charts. As one of the most raved about mattresses, Purple is holding nothing back.

Is Purple strong enough to compete with the well established Leesa mattress? Continue reading below to find out.

Looking for a quick breakdown of the mattress comparison? Click here to scroll down to the review summary.

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Leesa Mattress Review


Leesa is a 10″ mattress made from 3 layers of foam. Unlike most all foam mattresses, the Leesa uses an Avena foam top layer. Avena foam is similar to latex in a lot of ways, but tends to be more durable in addition to having a longer life span.

  • Top layer (cooling & comfort) – 2″ layer of Avena foam. Avena is a foam extremely similar to latex with regards to bounce, cooling, and response, but the Avena has a stronger durability. The Avena foam top layer and core memory foam work together to create an adaptive feel that’s appropriate for most sleepers.
  • Middle layer (support & pressure relief) – 2″ layer of memory foam. This layer works to provide the support and pressure relief for the mattress.
  • Bottom layer (foundation) – 6″ layer of support foam. The bottom layer simply acts as a foundation for the mattress. Additionally, it provides a certain level of deep compression support for heavier sleepers.
Leesa mattress layers (top to bottom): 2" of Avena foam, 2" of memory foam, 6" of high density support foam
Leesa mattress layers (top to bottom): 2″ of Avena foam, 2″ of memory foam, 6″ of high density support foam


Leesa’s cover is constructed from a blend of polyester and Lycra. The mix of these materials allows for a durable cover with good flexibility and cooling. Cut from one piece of fabric, the cover of the Leesa has a tight fit all the way around the mattress in addition to an appealing modern aesthetic. An all grey color scheme with 4 white bars stretching across the foot of the mattress makes for one of the most uniquely designed and interesting covers in the industry.

Close up shot of the Leesa mattress cover
Close up shot of the Leesa mattress cover

Firmness, Feel, & Support

The Leesa mattress has a medium feel, landing at a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm. Leesa’s goal was to create a “universal comfort” mattress and they have done a great job striking a nice balance between comfort and support.

Leesa mattress firmness - 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale
Leesa mattress firmness – 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale

As you first lie down on the Leesa mattress you notice a nice degree of softness, comfort, and cooling from the top layer of Avena foam. Avena foam is similar to latex, but tends to have a longer lifespan along with added durability. The Leesa is able to provide a balanced level of body hug and contour without the sleeper feeling overly enveloped by the foams. The response time of the Leesa is extremely quick and well above the average for most all foam beds. Not only does this help with regards to changing positions and overall sleep quality during the night, but it’s also a major benefit for great sex.

The support of the Leesa is quite impressive. During my sleep test I slept on my back, stomach, and side and felt equally well supported in all positions. From the cooling properties to the comfort and support, the Leesa does a great job of providing a quality sleep experience for a vast majority of sleepers. Priced as low as they are, it’s very hard to compete with the value of this mattress.

Leesa mattress, King size, on platform bed
Leesa mattress, King size, on platform bed


Does the Leesa sound like the mattress for you? Be sure to grab our promo link to save $130 off your purchase.

Twin XL$625
California King$1070

Other Details

  • Warranty – 10 years
  • Shipping – comes compressed in a box, free shipping anywhere within the US (including Hawaii & Alaska), ships in 1-5 days
  • Trial Period – 100 nights
  • Giving Back – Leesa’s 1-10 program donates 1 mattress for every 10 they sell to those in need.
  • Discountsuse this link to save $130 instantly

Read the full Leesa mattress review here.

Purple Mattress Review


The Purple mattress is a 9.5″ mattress and is built from a combination of foam and polymer.

  • Top layer (cooling & comfort) – 2″ of hyper-elastic polymer. This layer of hyper-elastic polymer provides the cooling, bounce, and pressure relief for the mattress.
  • Middle layer (support) – 3.5″ of polyurethane foam. Placed directly below the polymer top layer, the polyurethane foam serves to provide much of the support for the Purple mattress.
  • Bottom layer (foundation) – 4″ of polyurethane foam. The bottom layer provides deep compression support for the above layers and also serves as the foundational base for the mattress as a whole.
Purple mattress layers (top to bottom) - 2" hyper-elastic polymer, 3.5" polyurethane foam, 4" polyurethane foam
Purple mattress layers (top to bottom) – 2″ hyper-elastic polymer, 3.5″ polyurethane foam, 4″ polyurethane foam


The cover of the Purple mattress is built from a blend of viscose (27%), polyester (69%), and polyester-lycra (4%). Very similar to the Leesa, Purple’s cover has a good stretch and high level of breathability. As a moderately thin cover, the hyper-elastic polymer is able to breathe easily, allowing for a good amount of airflow in and out of the mattress. With regards to aesthetics, Purple did a good job as well.

They went with an all white color scheme, but add stylistic touches through a scattered diamond pattern and their name embossed to each side of the mattress. Overall, Purple’s cover is aesthetically pleasing and does a great job of breathing and stretching for a tight fit.

Close up shot of the Purple's cover
Close up shot of the Purple’s cover

Firmness, Feel, & Support

With one of the most unique feels I have tested to date, the Purple mattress lands between a 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being the most firm). Similar to Leesa, Purple’s goal is to reach a wide array of sleepers by creating a “universal comfort” mattress.

Purple firmness - 6-6.5 out of 10 (where 10 is the most firm)
Purple firmness – 6-6.5 out of 10 (where 10 is the most firm)

With a 2″ top layer of hyper-elastic polymer, the Purple’s feel is unlike any other. The polymer material is comparable to latex in many ways, including cooling, bounce, and response. While lying on Purple, there is only a slight level sinkage for sleepers who are 150 pounds or less. As you get over 150 pounds, sinkage and hug gradually increase. This mattress tends to float anyone who is less than 130 pounds. Lightly sleepers don’t put as much pressure on the polymer, keeping hug to a minimum and resulting in a firmness closer to the 6.5 out of 10. Average weight and heavier sleepers engage the polymer and foams more deeply, creating a more balanced sinkage and a firmness closer to a 6 out of 10.

The Purple mattress creates a rounded and balanced hugging contour. It has a high degree of point elasticity, which allows specific body parts to receive more pressure relief and sinkage without dramatically changing the overall support or comfort of the mattress in other areas. Latex, Avena, and the Purple polymer all operate in a similar way with respect to the rounded contour.

To touch on the cooling characteristics of the Purple, it is hard to compete with. Purple’s construction and materials makes for one of the coolest mattresses we have tested to date. The hyper-elastic polymer top layer uses a grid design that dramatically improves airflow, while the polymer itself does not retain heat.

King size Purple mattress
King size Purple mattress


Twin XL$699
California King$1,299

Other Details

With a slight back up in production, Purple is stating their mattress may take up to 4 weeks to ship.

  • Shipping – free, compressed in the easy to open Purple “tube”
  • Warranty – 10 years
  • Trial Period – 100 nights
  • Discounts – NA

Read the full Purple mattress review here.

Leesa vs Purple Mattress Comparison

Below is our side-by-side comparison of the Leesa vs. Purple mattress:

Foam Layers2" Avena foam, 2" memory foam, 6" support foam2" hyper-elastic polymer, 3.5" polyfoam, 4.0" polyfoam
CoverSoft, moderately thin, great cooling, great stretchSoft, moderately thin, great cooling, great stretch
Firmness6 out of 106-6.5 out of 10
SupportVery goodVery good
Motion TransferVery minimalVery minimal
Price - Queen$940$999
Price - King$1,070$1,299
Warranty10 years10 years
Trial Period100 nights100 nights
ShippingFree, compressed in a boxFree, compressed in a box
Refunds & ReturnsYesYes
Discounts$75 OffN/A

Should I buy the Leesa or Purple Mattress?

Now for the most important question of all…which mattress should you buy, Leesa or Purple? This is a tough question when it comes to choosing between these two mattresses. After several months of sleeping on each of these mattresses I have to call this mattress battle a draw. Both Leesa & Purple are exceptional mattresses in their own ways and both are counted among the elite Sleepopolis best mattresses for 2016.

The following points break down the attributes where Leesa & Purple truly excel. These can help you determine whether the Leesa or Purple mattress is best suited to your needs:

I would recommend the Leesa mattress to sleepers who:

  • Want a medium firmness – as a medium mattress, the Leesa comes in at a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm. The combination of Avena foam and memory foam create an amazingly balanced feel with great pressure relief, bounce, and response.
  • Want a well balanced mattress – the Leesa offers a balanced feel all around and a consistent firmness for all sleepers. The material components used and the design of the mattress create an adaptive feel that meets the needs of most sleepers.
  • Want the absolute best value – with a price of $815 for a Queen (when you use the $130 discount), the Leesa still holds the title of best overall mattress value of any mattress I have tested to date. The materials and build quality would easily cost $2,500-$3,000 if you were to buy a comparable mattress in store.
  • Want an all foam feel – Leesa is 100% foam from top to bottom. This gives it a more familiar type of a feel. The Avena foam makes the transition from other foams or coil mattresses much easier.
  • Want to buy from a company with an amazing heart – Leesa’s 1:10 program donates one mattress for every ten they sell to homeless shelters and others in need. This program has already donated over 5,000 mattresses in Leesa’s first 18 months of operation.

For more information on the Leesa mattress read my full review of the Leesa or visit Leesa.com.

I would recommend the Purple mattress to sleepers who:

  • Want a medium firm feel – slightly firmer than the Leesa mattress, the Purple lands at a 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being the most firm). Sleepers who are 160 or more will feel closer to a 6 out of 10, while sleepers who are 160 or less will be closer to a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Lighter sleepers will float more on top of the Purple mattress, as opposed to creating a higher degree of sinkage.
  • Want fast response – the hyper-elastic polymer top layer gives this mattress virtually instant response time. There is no waiting period. The polymer constantly adjusts to your changes in movement.
  • Want a unique feel – Purple has one of the most unique feels I’ve experienced in a mattress. Once again, the polymer top layer is responsible. The Purple polymer shares many attributes with latex and Avena (response, cooling, bounce, etc.), but has a little something extra. It feels like a marriage of latex and gel, while the supporting polyfoam helps add a degree of familiarity.
  • Want a cool mattress – this was a close contest with Leesa, as the Avena layer is very impressive, but I have to give the edge to Purple here. The polymer and grid design allow for great airflow and one of the coolest sleep experiences I’ve tested to date (note: it’s not a “cold” feel, but a temperature neutral feel)

If you’re looking for more information on the Purple mattress you can read my full review or visit onPurple.com.

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Logan Block

Logan Block

Logan is the Director of Content at Sleepopolis and the main mattress man around these parts. A Buffalo native, Logan spent several years working in project management in both Boston and New York City. In his free time Logan likes walking his dog, lifting weights, and searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.
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