For example, Purple used the Goldilocks concept and the Raw Egg Test in showing that its mattresses have the ‘just right” comfort, support and pressure relief. Leesa continues to use its bed-in-a-box concept for the shipment of its mattresses.
Comparison of Cover
Due to the blend of materials – 69% polyester, 27% viscose, and 4% polyester-Lycra – of the Purple mattress cover, it has a good stretch and breathability, as well as an elegant look. Keep in mind that it’s a moderately thin fabric so a removable mattress cover may be necessary. The all-white cover also makes it seem so pristine but it further emphasizes the need for an extra cover.
Leesa’s cover, on the other hand, is made from a one-piece fabric of a polyester and Lycra blend. The tight fit combined with the all-gray color scheme accented by four white bars across the mattress’ bottom part make it among the best covers we have found so far.
Both mattresses have great covers so we have no complaints in this aspect.
Comparison of Construction
The Purple mattress has a total thickness of 9.5” with three layers, namely:
- The top layer consists of a 2” hyper-elastic polymer, a material that the company founders previously used in medical equipment like wheelchairs. This provides the comfort layer, thanks to the polymer’s good bounce and pressure relief qualities, as well as the cooling aspect.
- The middle layer consists of a 3.5” polyurethane foam that acts as the support layer.
- The bottom layer consists of a 4” polyurethane foam, the same material as the middle layer but with a higher level of firmness. This layer provides the desired deep compression support and serves as the foundation layer, thus, its firmer quality.
Be sure to take into consideration the thickness of the Purple mattress when buying its platform. You don’t want the entire bed to be too high that you will need a ladder for it. This also goes for the Leesa mattress.
The Leesa mattress is half-an-inch thicker than the Purple mattress but it also consists of three layers of different types of foam.
- The top layer consists of 2” Avena foam, a similar foam to latex in terms of its cooling effect, bounce and response but Avena is proven more durable than latex. Leesa is also among the few mattress makers that use Avena foam so it’s a plus point for the company.
- The middle layer consists of 2” memory foam so it’s the layer that provides pressure relief, body contouring, and support for the users. With the two topmost layers of Avena and memory foam, the Leesa mattress delivers on its Universal Adaptive Feel promise.
- The bottom layer consists of 6” support foam that, as in the case of the Purple mattress, acts as the foundation of the mattress and provides the deep compression support sleepers need.
We have to say that the combination of Avena foam and memory foam contributes to Leesa mattress’ great comfort and support without the too warm feeling when memory foam comes into direct contact with the human body.
Comparisons of Comfort and Support
The level of comfort and support experienced by sleepers on a mattress partly depends on its level of firmness – the firmer it is, the more support it provides but the less comfort its sleepers may experience. Keep in mind, furthermore, that every individual has unique needs and wants in a mattress’ firmness level resulting in different experiences from the same mattress.
With this in mind, we have to say that the Leesa mattress has a slightly firm feel. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the firmest, we can say that it’s a 6. There’s then a balance between good support and comfort, especially with the Avena foam providing an on-the-bed sleeping experience. The mattress also has an above-average response time and bounce as well as minimum motion transfer so you can quickly change positions or get out of bed without disturbing your partner.
The Purple mattress also provides an on-the-bed sleeping experience for sleepers weighing 150 pounds and less. But for heavier sleepers, the hug aspect increases so it feels like an in-the-bed sleeping experience. In general, nonetheless, the mattress has a 6.5 and 7 level of firmness so it provides more support for heavier sleepers.
Be sure to check out the other details of these mattresses since these also have an impact on your buying decision. Both the Purple and Leesa mattresses come with free shipping within the United States, comes compressed in its box or tube, and comes with a 100-night trial period and 10-year warranty. Be aware that while Leesa ships its mattress within 1-5 days, Purple may take up to 4 weeks for shipping purposes.
We recommend both mattresses to our readers but you have to choose which one will fit your unique needs. You can read the full reviews and avail of the 100-night free trial period so you can make your final decision.