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Okay, so first up here let me just preface this Purple vs Leesa mattress buying guide by saying one thing – both companies offer an extremely customer-friendly value proposition. They each offer free shipping and returns and a 100 night risk-free trial. That’s right, try out each of these mattresses for 99 nights and if you don’t like it – they will come pick it up free of charge. Both mattresses also come with a 10 year warranty and are made in the USA.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get into both the Leesa mattress review and Purple mattress review. Hopefully, we can make mattress buying online a little easier.
Leesa Bed Materials
Like most direct-to-consumer (DTC) mattress companies, the Leesa mattress is constructed with various levels of foam. The 6″ bottom layer foundation is what gives the mattress its strength and support. The 2″ middle layer is more of what you would expect from memory foam – it’s a little softer and contours to your body more than the bottom layer. The 2″ top layer is made from Avena foam, which is there for air-flow and to keep you cool while you sleep. Lastly, the cover Leesa uses is made from polyester and Lycra. The cover looks good and you can unzip it and remove it from the mattress in case you need to wash it, which is nice.
The Leesa cover + Avena foam definitely make for a cool and comfortable nights sleep. My room is upstairs in my house and it can get quite hot up there during the summer and the top layer does a pretty good of keeping me cool – I never wake up drenched in sweat like I have with my previous mattresses. Although, I will say Purple definitely has a leg up in this department – more on that in a minute.
In terms of firmness, the Leesa mattress is about a 4.9 to 5.9 out of 10, with 10 being rock hard and 1 being you sink into the bottom of the mattress. It definitely strikes a nice balance between being supportive yet offering a good amount of pressure relief and will be great for side, stomach, and back sleepers. And if you tend to rotate between those three, Leesa will be just fine as well.
It’s very comfortable overall – Leesa was Matt’s favorite mattress during our 6 Brand Mattress Comparison. Although it is 10″ thick, it does seem a little thinner than other memory foam mattresses and you do sink down quite a bit if you literally sit in one place on the mattress. But with that said, when you do lay down and spread out your body weight, the mattress is really soft and supportive. We are somewhat concerned that over time the mattress will sag, especially in the middle of the bed.
As far as motion transfer, Leesa gets a big thumbs up. It’s hardly noticeable so you and your partner don’t have to worry about waking each other up if you move around a lot in your sleep.
Leesa Mattress Price
Prices for Leesa Mattresses range from $525 for a twin to $1,070 for a king size. But really, you can sometimes find a Leesa Mattress discount code online so in reality pricing is more like $450 – $995. You can get $130 off the Leesa mattress with code RIZKNOWS at checkout. Keep in mind that Leesa will change out their promotions from time to time, so there could be a better (or worse) deal running right now. Either way, the coupon above will still work.
Leesa vs Purple Mattress – The RIZKNOWS Take
Overall, Leesa is pretty hard to beat all things considered. Their mattresses are soft, comfortable and supportive and you can usually always find a Leesa Mattress deal so that you never pay over $1,000. It’s a little more supportive than the Purple mattress although Purple has Leesa beat when it comes to air flow and keeping you cool. We’d say if you like the traditional memory foam feel and price is a chief concern, go Leesa over Purple.
Like others, the Purple mattress is comprised of various foams. The 4″ bottom layer is made from polyurethane foam and acts as the foundation for the top two layers. The 3.5″ middle layer is also made of polyurethane foam and provides additional support. But where the Purple mattress differs from other traditional memory foam mattresses lies in its top layer. The 2″ topper is made of pressure-releasing hyper-elastic polymer material. It’s actually pretty cool (literally and figuratively speaking). The material is constructed using a grid formation, so basically you are sleeping on little tiny squares that can support, move and fold once they feel pressure. And that grid/column design also means air is able to flow through it much better.
So the design combined with the fact that polymer is naturally much cooler than memory foam and latex means this is one of the coolest sleeping mattresses on the market. The top polymer layer also makes it so that there is no body impression no matter how long you sleep in one spot, which is always a big concern for consumers.
The mattress cover is pretty similar to that of Leesa. It’s decently thin so that hyper-elastic polymer material can breathe easily and do its job of keeping you cool.
We give Purple about a 4.5 to 5.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. We think it’s a little softer and compresses slightly more than Leesa yet it’s still pretty supportive as well. It’s pretty good when it comes to point elasticity (a little mattress nerd talk here) meaning the mattress does a good job of providing more pressure relief for heavier parts of your body without changing the dynamic of the mattress under other body parts. A little bit of motion transfer is there but still not much to where it’s a concern. The one thing with Purple is that you can actually feel yourself displacing those little polymer squares – it’s by no means a bad thing, it’s just different than what most people are used to.
Also, Purple is very unique in the sense that (probably more than any other mattress that we’ve tried) it is great for combo sleepers. If you rotate between your back, side, and stomach at night, Purple does a fantastic job of supporting you in all three positions. You don’t find many combo mattresses that do well with all three positions equally. Even Leesa—while still great for combo sleepers—is probably a little more accommodating for back/stomach sleepers (but I’m probably splitting hairs).
Also, if you haven’t see it yet, Purple probably has the best ad out of all the DTC mattress companies. It’s called the Purple mattress egg test, where they drop a 330 pound plate of tempered glass with four eggs underneath onto the mattress to show how the mattress cradles your pressure points while not sacrificing the integrity of the rest of the mattress. Now we didn’t have a 330 pound piece of glass laying around so we couldn’t test this but you should still give it a watch.
Purple Mattress Price
Prices for Purple mattresses range from $699 for an XL twin to $1,299 for a king size. So definitely more on the expensive side compared to other online memory foam mattresses but still quite a bit less than high-end mattresses you would buy in a traditional brick-n-mortar mattress shop. Purple doesn’t really offer strict coupons, however, you can check here on Purple.com for current Purple promotions.
Purple Mattress vs Leesa – The RIZKNOWS Take
Overall, we are big fans of Purple. It definitely has a little different of a feel than other mattresses but once you get used to it you end up really liking it. It does a great job of hugging and contouring to your body and we think it will be pretty durable over the long haul. If price is not an issue and keeping cool is a main concern, we prefer Purple to Leesa.