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Purple is known for being different. And recently they released three new mattresses with more of their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer material and a revamped construction – the Purple 2, Purple 3, and Purple 4. In this post, we’re going to refer to the Purple 2, but our comments apply to all three because they’re practically identical, save for the extra inch or two of polymer, and we’ll let you know when that matters.
Leesa is a bed-in-a-box mattress that we’ve spent quite a bit of time with and that we’ve compared to many, many other beds in the industry. This post hits a lot of points, so if you’re looking for something specific and don’t feel like wading through it all, use these handy-dandy links to jump to a section.
Purple 2 vs Leesa Mattress – Shipping, Returns, etc.
Before we get into the differences between Purple 2 and Leesa, let’s get all the similarities out of the way. First off, you’ve got your free shipping, free returns, and full refunds within the 100-night risk free trial period. That’s all standard for the industry, but we like to mention it just so you can confirm your assumptions.
In both cases, the mattress will ship directly to your house. Leesa comes in a box, while Purple 2 is actually hand-delivered and setup for you because the Purple.2, Purple.3, and Purple.4 are hefty hefty hefty and the company doesn’t want you throwing out your back. With Leesa, you do the bringing in and setting up yourself, which is fine because you are a strong, independent sleeper who don’t need no mattress set-up man.
Remember, if you don’t like the mattress, you can have it picked up for a full refund within the first 100 days. However, if you do keep it, both beds do come with a 10-year warranty, which is about the average warranty duration for most online mattress brands.
Purple 2 vs Leesa Mattress Review – Responsiveness
With both the Purple 2 and the Leesa, you get good responsiveness, yet the construction of these two mattresses couldn’t be less alike. Responsiveness is an important part of any mattress because a responsive mattress is one that you won’t feel stuck in. We’ve all had that horrible experience with older memory foam beds where you lay down, sink in, and now you’re stuck sweating throughout the night. Both Leesa and Purple 2 allow you two switch positions easily throughout the night without feeling like you’re stuck in the mud.
No stuck-in-the-mud feeling with the new Purple mattress
If you want to see a breakdown of the Purple 2 or Leesa construction, check out these more detailed reviews: Purple 2 Reviewand Leesa Mattress Review.Now, while we say both beds are responsive, we do have to give the edge to Purple for two reasons. First, it’s top layer of hyper-elastic polymer bounces right back into shape nearly immediately when you remove pressure. Second, the Purple 2/3/4 mattresses incorporate coils which will help not only with support, but also with the responsiveness of the mattress.
Overall feel of Purple 2.0 and Leesa Mattress
The new Purple mattresses have a very unique feel, unlike anything else on the market. It sort of has a gel like feel but it’s not actually gel. It’s super soft and flexible but also responsive and supportive. We’ll discuss the unique feel in more detail below. Even though Purple claims the new Purple 2.0 is best for back and stomach sleepers and the Purple 4.0 is best for side sleepers, we think all three new Purple mattresses are great for all kinds of sleepers. We’d put the new Purple mattresses in the medium category in terms of firmness. The beds offer a lot of pressure relief for side sleepers and a good amount of support for back and stomach sleepers
The New Purple Mattresses Are Very Accommodating
Leesa has more of a traditional soft foam feel. But like Purple, we’d put it in the medium category in terms of firmness making it ideal for all kinds of sleepers.
Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer Sleeps Cool
The Purple 2 is comprised of several layers, but the top layer is their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which not only gives the mattress a distinct feel, but also allows for plenty of airflow and doesn’t retain heat like do most foams. That combines to make a very cool-sleeping mattress. Unlike many of the other beds we’ve considered to be great at temperature regulation, the Purple 2 isn’t cool to the touch. We like that it keeps you cool without being cold itself.
The Leesa, on the other hand, isn’t anything to write home about in terms of temperature regulation. We think of it as temperature neutral. It’s not overly warm, but not noticeably cool either. Purple wins here for sure.
Purple 2 Is Preferable For Heavier Individuals
The construction of the Purple 2 is pretty impressive. It’s a thick mattress and the materials used provide substantial support that keeps you from bottoming out. Heavier people, say 250+, are still going to feel supported on this bed.
Construction (Purple 4 Shown)
If you’re looking for even more thickness, you should consider the Purple 3 or 4, which have an added 1 and 2 inches of that Hyper-Elastic Polymer, respectively.
Unique Feel With Purple 2
The Hyper-Elastic Polymer is really the star of all Purple mattresses. I mean, after all, it’s how the company got its name.
Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer
We’ve already talked about how the patented material keeps you cool and provides support, but it’s also just a very unique feel for a mattress. It’s unlike any of the beds we’ve tried before. It’s very soft and sort of feels like a gel substance but you always feel supported. When you lay down on the mattress you can feel yourself moving and compressing the polymer squares in the top layer. It’s a little weird at first but after a few days, you really warm up to it. It ends up being one of those mattresses where you actually look forward to going to bed. We’re including it as a pro for the Purple 2, even though feel is subjective, because we really like it. Of course, you may not, but that’s what the 100-night trial period is for.
We really like the feel of the new Purple mattress
While the Purple 2 is a good mattress that we really like, we know that a lot of people are more inclined to choose a bed with a more traditional feel.
Leesa vs Purple 2 – What About Motion Transfer?
The Leesa is an all-foam mattress and, as such, it performed really well in our motion transfer control test. We put a drink on one side of the bed and were able to jump and roll around on the other side without disturbing it. It’s not as good as a mattress made entirely of memory foam, but it’s really good for the bed in a box industry.
The Purple 2/3/4 has pocketed coils, as opposed to a traditional innerspring system, which is intended to limit motion transfer and it does fine, but it’s not on par with the all-foam Leesa. If you’re active in your sleep, we wouldn’t say that Purple2 is a bad option, but if you twisted our arm, we’d give Leesa the edge here.
Leesa Mattress Is Lighter
The Purple 2 is a very heavy mattress. It’s so heavy, the company feels like they need to send someone to help you set it up, remember? A King size Purple.4 is 203LB, which is a bed that you’ll definitely need a buddy to help you move, unwrap, and setup.
Not so with the Leesa. It doesn’t weigh as much so it’s easier to handle and move around. That’s not only a plus when you’re unpacking it, but also means you won’t be getting a workout every time you lift the corners to make the bed.
All-Foam Feel With Leesa
It’s an all-foam bed and it feels like an all-foam bed. It has that soft, plush feel that a lot of people really like, but without compromising on support. And that’s why we’re counting it as a pro for Leesa, even though it all comes down to preference.
Leesa vs Purple 2 – Price
Leesa is the more affordable mattress. It doesn’t take a math genius to figure that one out (and good thing because I majored in English). Check out the price breakdown in the table below. You can also get 15% off any Leesa Mattress with code RIZKNOWS at checkout. Keep in mind that Leesa does play around with their promotions from time to time, so they may even have a better (or worse) offer live on their site now. In any case, the coupon above will still work.
I’d also note that the Purple 2 doesn’t come in the Twin size. That seems kind of lame, but then again, who’s buying a $1,000+ mattress for their Twin bed?