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Before we get into all the details of this comparison, here’s an overview of the main points we’ll be hitting:
- Feel and Materials — Amerisleep makes memory foam beds with machine-washable covers, while Purple uses their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer in both their foam and coil constructions.
- Models and Sleeper Types —Unlike many brands that offer just one option, Amerisleep has five different models that vary slightly in construction and more so in firmness—AS3 is their most popular model. Purple offers four models, including one that works well for heavy folks.
- Temperature Regulation — Purple mattresses are ideal for hot sleepers, while Amerisleep takes steps to neutralize the heat-trapping tendency of memory foam.
- Price — Between the five models from Amerisleep and the four from Purple, Purple offers the cheapest option.
Those are just the highlights, though. Keep reading to learn more about how Amerisleep and Purple compare.
Purple vs Amerisleep AS3: Introduction
Amerisleep and Purple are both notable names in the online mattress industry. While they’re both considered high quality brands and they exist in the same space, the mattresses they make are actually not very similar at all.
Amerisleep took the traditional memory foam mattress and gave it an upgrade, while Purple went ahead and made an entirely new mattress material—their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer.
Amerisleep Materials And Overall Feel
As we mentioned above, Amerisleep makes memory foam mattresses. Although they do offer five different models, all five of them will use a combination of the just three materials and overall have a similar feel.
Inside any Amerisleep mattress, you’ll find two or three of the following materials: Bio-Pur memory foam, Affinity Transition poly foam, and Bio-Core support foam. Whether it’s two or all three, and how much of each depends on which AS model you’re looking at.
Regardless, though, the general feel of an Amerisleep mattress is a responsive memory foam. You get all the pressure relief and contouring behavior you’d expect from memory foam, but because these mattresses are more responsive, you don’t ever feel stuck or like you’ve sunken down to the slats of your bed frame.
Amerisleep Mattress Models — Construction
Amerisleep makes five mattresses—the AS1, AS2, AS3, AS4, and AS6. Kidding, kidding. It’s AS5.
All five models are pretty similar in terms of construction, as we mentioned above. For a breakdown of each AS mattress, take a look at our full Amerisleep review.
But to give you a general idea of how the Amerisleep mattresses differ, they get progressively softer and more expensive as you move up the line from AS1 to AS5.
Who’s Going To Like Amerisleep?
With all those options, we think a lot of folks will like Amerisleep. Assuming you’re a fan of memory foam, there’s a good chance that one of their five models will work for you.
The firmer models will be preferable for back and stomach sleepers who need support under their heavy spots in order to keep the spine properly aligned.
The softer models will work well for side sleepers looking for good pressure relief along the shoulder, arm, and hip of their sleep side.
Combo sleepers who sleep in various positions throughout the night might want to look at the AS models in the middle range to cater to their sleep preferences.
We will note, however, that because all of Amerisleep’s models are all-foam mattresses, they aren’t the best mattress for heavier people. If you weigh around 250 lb or more, you may not get the support or durability you’re looking for in a bed.
Purple Mattress — Hyper-Elastic Polymer
Purple’s whole brand is built on their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer material. It’s the big selling point for the majority of the products, including all their mattresses, the Purple Pillow, and Purple Seat Cushion.
So what is the Purple Mattress Topper, Hyper-Elastic Polymer? We actually have a whole post all about that special squishy stuff, but for a quick description, it’s a material that reminds us of silicone ice trays—it’s responsive, soft, and pressure relieving.
Overall, it gives the Purple beds a unique feel that’s difficult to compare to other materials, since it’s very much its own. Some folks find it odd or distracting to sleep on, but a lot of people find it really comfortable.
All 4 Purple Mattress Models
Purple first released their flagship mattress, the Original Purple, and later released the Purple Hybrid line to accommodate a wider range of sleepers. So altogether, they offer the Original Purple, Purple Hybrid, Purple Hybrid Premier 3, and Purple Hybrid Premier 4.
The major difference between Purple’s models is that the Original has a foam support layer, while the Hybrid models have coils for support. Other than that, the Purple Hybrid models vary in how thick their Hyper-Elastic Polymer layer is. You can find a complete breakdown of each Purple mattress in our Purple mattress comparison.
As far as who’s going to prefer which Purple, you can get the details on that in the comparison, but our quick labels are as follows: Original for the budget-minded, base Purple Hybrid for back and stomach sleepers, Purple Hybrid Premier 3 for combo sleepers, and Purple Hybrid Premier 4 for side sleepers. For reference, the three Purple Hybrid beds used to be known as the New Purple 2, 3 & 4.
There’s more to it than that, and you’re body type ought to be considered, as well. But rest assured that no matter your body type, there’s a Purple mattress that will work for your weight. So between the two brands in this post, we’d say Purple is the better pick for heavy folks.
If you’re a hot sleeper looking for a cooling mattress, you’ll definitely appreciate how well Purple mattresses regulate temperature. Literally no one like to wake up covered in sweat, sticking to the sheets, and unable to find a cool spot on the mattress.
Because of the grid layout of Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer, the mattress allows for really good airflow. So much so that you can actually feel the air between your fingers when you push down on the bed’s surface.
Amerisleep does use an open-cell memory foam to make the material more breathable, which brings the sleep climate down to temperature neutral rather than overly warm, but it isn’t on par with the actually cool sleep you’ll get on a Purple mattress.
Amerisleep vs Purple Mattress Price
Now, let’s be clear from the get-go here that none of these mattresses will qualify as “affordable.” However, we would call the Original Purple reasonably average. It’s the most affordable option of all nine beds we’ve discussed in this post, with an MSRP of just about $1,000-$1,100 for a queen. That’s right there with Casper, Leesa, and Puffy.
From there, the pricing on these beds only goes up. It’s hard to say which is definitively more affordable because it’s a bit of a back-and-forth game between the remaining eight models.
You can visit the individual reviews for Amerisleep, Original Purple, and Purple Hybrid to see an exact breakdown of pricing by size, but just know going in that at the bottom of the stack is Original Purple at about $1,000-$1,100 and at the top is Purple Hybrid Premier at about $2,800 for a queen. You’ll find Amerisleep’s priciest model, AS5, toward the top of the price range with a $2,100 MSRP for a queen size bed.
You can check current prices for Purple here and for Amerisleep here. Both brands tend to be aggressive with their promotions. Purple usually offers some sort of free gift, whereas Amerisleep just drops prices.
This is all based on full ticket pricing, though, and we’re always hunting for mattress deals here the Slumber Yard. We’re sorry to tell you that Purple doesn’t often run promotions, but they do frequently include gifts with the purchase of a mattress, so you may be able to snag yourself a new pillow to match your new bed.
With discount opportunities taken into consideration, we’d probably say that Amerisleep is more affordable sometimes, but if we’re being honest (and we always are), we think Purple could be the better value. Amerisleep makes high-quality mattresses, but they’re all-foam and we’re not sure that type of construction really warrants the higher price point.
Now that you’ve read through this comparison, we’re hoping you’re at least one step closer to making a mattress decision. But we also realize this was a lot of information to take in, so let’s boil it down a bit:
- Do you want memory foam? If yes, go with Amerisleep. If no, try a Purple.
- Are you a hot sleeper who needs a cool-sleeping mattress? If yes, go with Purple. If no, Amerisleep will be suitable, as well.
- Do you weigh around 250 lb or more? If you do, Purple will give you better support and last longer. If you’re not in that weight category, either brand will work for you.