brooklyn bedding signature vs purple mattress review

Brooklyn Bedding vs Purple Mattress

A battle between two giant mattress brands online: Purple Mattress and Brooklyn Bedding

Brooklyn Bedding and Purple are two of the darlings in the online mattress space. Both companies offer several different mattress models, but in today's review, we'll primarily be focusing on the Brooklyn Signature and Original Purple since they're the closest in terms of price.
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This is the mattress that started it all for Purple. The mattress uses a patented material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer for its top layer, which gives the bed a gel-like feel.

Purple vs Brooklyn Bedding Mattress Synopsis

If you’re short on time, we’re here for you. Here are the primary differences between these two online beds.

  • Feel — The Brooklyn Signature mattress has a soft, neutral-foam feel, while Purple beds have a very unique gel-like feel thanks to their Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer.
  • Price — The Brooklyn Signature is more affordable than all Purple mattress models (and by a pretty good margin).
  • Temperature Regulation — The Purple beds are more ideal for sleepers that tend to warm up throughout the night.

Those are just the headline differences, though. There’s a lot more you’ll want to consider with each bed. Keep reading to learn more about what Purple and Brooklyn Bedding have to offer.

Shipping, Returns, Trial Periods, And Warranties

Buying a mattress online these days is a piece of cake. Don’t be a grandpa… it’s time to evolve with the times. All jokes aside, it is very easy and convenient to order a new mattress online. Let’s see why, starting with Brooklyn Bedding.

First, the Brooklyn Signature comes with free shipping and arrives at your door rolled up in a box. From there, just simply move the box to your desired bedroom and unroll the mattress onto your frame or foundation. Just make sure to let the mattress fully inflate for about one to two days before using. Here’s a look at the Slumber Yard team setting up the Brooklyn Signature mattress.

Unboxing the Brooklyn Signature mattress

Once the mattress is delivered, Brooklyn Bedding gives you a 120-night risk-free trial period. This is what makes buying a mattress online so appealing. Basically, the company is giving you four full months to test the bed in the comfort of your own home and decide whether you want to keep it or not. If you do, great. If not, the return process is very simple.

If, after 30 days, you decide the Brooklyn Signature is not for you, just contact customer support and they’ll take care of you. They’ll arrange for a third party service to come pick up the mattress from your home free of charge. Once that happens, just provide proof to the company (usually in the form of a receipt) that the mattress has indeed been removed and they’ll issue you a refund in full. Pretty cool, right? The whole refund process will normally take about two to three weeks. Brooklyn Bedding also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. You can read more about it on the company’s website.

Purple, like Brooklyn Bedding, also makes it very easy for shoppers. They offer free shipping, free returns, a 100-night risk-free trial period, and a 10-year warranty. Really, the only difference is that the Original Purple mattress arrives rolled up in a protective bag (instead of a box) and the New Purple mattresses come with free white glove delivery. All of these policies (free delivery, free returns, a long trial period, and an extended warranty) are pretty standard for the bed-in-a-box industry.

Brooklyn Bedding Signature Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • People who prefer a soft neutral-foam feel
  • Folks who like options (three firmness levels)
  • All types of sleepers
  • All body types
  • Folks looking for a hybrid mattress at an affordable price

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Memory foam lovers
  • People who want an all-foam bed with no bounce

First, it’s important to note the Brooklyn Signature comes in three different firmness levels. You can choose between a Soft, Medium, and Firm version of the mattress. The Medium version is their most popular, though. That’s the version we’ve spent the most time with, although, we will reference the other models throughout this comparison, as well.

Soft Neutral-Foam Feel

The primary difference between Brooklyn and Purple comes down to feel. The Brooklyn Signature primarily uses proprietary foams for its top layers. Accordingly, the bed has a soft, neutral-foam feel. What we mean by the term “neutral” is that the top layers are soft and accommodating, but don’t quite hug or conform to your body the way memory foam does. The top layers are also much more responsive than traditional memory foam.

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Soft, neutral-foam feel

Overall, pretty much all the team members here at the Slumber Yard find the Brooklyn Signature mattress extremely comfortable and we think you will, too. In our experience, beds that have a soft, neutral-foam feel are generally crowd pleasers. The feel just lands near the middle of the spectrum regardless of your material preferences. In other words, we’ve found that people like memory foam, people like that latex foam, and people that don’t know what they like all find the Brooklyn Signature comfortable.

As you will find out below, the Original Purple mattress has a gel-like feel. After you read that section, you’ll just have to decide which type of feel best suits you.

More Affordable

This one is pretty simple. The Brooklyn Signature is cheaper than all four Purple beds. For comparison purposes, a queen size Brooklyn Signature has a MSRP of around $950, while the Original Purple goes for around $1,000.

Plus, Brooklyn is much more aggressive when it comes to sales, discounts, and promo codes. The company is almost always running some sort of promotion. For example, we regularly see them run a 20% off sale. That would bring their queen size below the $775 mark, which is absolutely nuts. Check the box on the right hand side of the screen to see what the current promotion is.

Purple isn’t too keen on running sales. However, they will usually throw in a free gift (pillow, sheets, etc.) with each mattress purchase. Check Purple.com to see what their currently offering.

Coil Hybrid vs Foam Hybrid

Another major difference between the Original Purple and the Brooklyn Signature comes down to construction. The Brooklyn Signature is considered a coil hybrid. It’s comprised of five layers in total and comes in at 12″ thick. Most notably, the bed uses 6″ pocketed coils for its support structure.

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Brooklyn Signature mattress construction

The Original Purple is considered a foam hybrid and is comprised of two layers of polyurethane foam (its support structure) and a 2″ slab of the company’s patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer (discussed in detail below). In total, the bed comes in at 9.5″ thick.

In general, coils tend to provide more support and be more durable over the long haul compared to dense support foams. As such, if you just look at the two constructions in a vacuum, you’d have to lean towards Brooklyn. We even included the Brooklyn Signature on our list of the Best Hybrid Mattresses. To be fair though, Purple does offers three other mattress models (Purple.2, Purple.3 and Purple.4), all of which contain coils. However, they’re also quite a bit more expensive than the Brooklyn Signature.

More Ideal For Heavy People

Adding onto the previous point, we’d recommend heavy people (250+ lb) go with the Brooklyn Signature over the Original Purple mattress. We say that for two reasons. First, the Brooklyn Signature is just thicker. Generally speaking, thicker beds provide a little more support and are more difficult for big folks to bottom out.

The Signature mattress gets a thumbs up for heavy folks

Next and more importantly, the Brooklyn Signature uses coils for its primary support structure (the Original Purple uses a dense foam). Coils provide bi-directional support, which in basic terms means the coils compress (have a little give) but also push back up against pressure (resistance). This added resistance is ideal for heavy body types that exert more pressure on a bed compared to a petite or average sized person.

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One of the most affordable beds that heavy people can sleep on

Again, though, Purple offers other options, as well. If you like Purple and you’re a large body type, you should check out the New Purple mattresses.

Original Purple Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Open-minded shoppers (unique gel-like feel)
  • Back, stomach, and side sleepers
  • Petite and average sized sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Folks that are tired of traditional mattresses

NOT BEST FOR:

  • People who like a soft foam feel
  • Heavy people (250+ lb)

With Purple, it’s important to note the company offers four different models. All four models use the company’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer and have similar feels, but the construction and price of each model differs. The first model is the Original Purple mattress (what we’re focusing on today). This is Purple’s most affordable option. Next is the Purple 2.0 mattress, which contains coils and a 2″ layer of the special polymer material on top. The Purple 3.0 mattress is very similar to 2.0 model except it has an additional inch of polymer on top.

Lastly, the Purple 4.0 mattress is similar to the 3.0 model except it has another inch of polymer on top (4″ in total). If you want more detail on how the New Purple mattresses differ, be sure to check out our full Purple Mattress Comparison.

Purple Beds Have A Unique Gel-Like Feel

As we mentioned above, Purple beds use a patented material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer for their top layer. This material is not a type of foam. It’s actually more of a silicone or gel-like material (although it’s technically polymer obviously). As such, all Purple beds have a very unique gel-like feel. Overall, the material is very soft, flexible, and responsive. As you lay down on the Original Purple mattress, you can feel yourself shifting, compressing, and folding the polymer below. I’ll be the first to admit that it takes some time to get used to. It just feels a little odd at first.

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A look at the special top layer

However, after a few nights, we’ve found that most people end up really liking the feel. It’s one of those things where once you try it (and like it), it’s hard to go back to a traditional foam mattress. Just ask Slumber Yard team member Matt. He sleeps on a Purple mattress and absolutely loves it.

Temperature Regulation

Another benefit of Hyper-Elastic Polymer is that it aids in temperature regulation. First, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is a temperature-neutral material. It does not retain heat the same way foam does. It’s just a more ideal top layer for hot sleepers.

Top layer allows for a good amount of airflow

Next, the Polymer is a laid out in a grid formation that allows for a lot of airflow. The grid formation creates a ton of little polymer squares, which essentially function as air pockets near the top of the bed. Given these two factors, we think the Purple mattress is a great option for people who sleep warm. In fact, Purple even made our list of the Best Beds For Hot Sleepers.

What Both Beds Have In Common

As you read above, there are several differences between these two beds. However, they also have a few similarities, as well.

Ideal For All Types Of Sleepers

We think both the Original Purple and Brooklyn Signature are good for all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you the spend the majority of the time on your side, back, or stomach.

The top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer on the Original Purple is very unique in that it’s soft and comfortable, but also surprisingly supportive. The polymer does a great job of cradling your pressure points (hips and shoulders) when you’re on your side. When you’re on your back, the top layer does a good job of providing the necessary support under your lower back and trunk.

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Both beds accommodate all sleeper types

The Brooklyn Signature is a little different than Purple in that it comes in three different firmness levels. You’ll have to select which firmness level is best for your particular sleeping habits. Overall, we’d recommend back and stomach sleepers select the Firm model, while side sleepers will be just fine with either the Soft or Medium models.

Motion Isolation And Edge Support

Both mattresses perform similarly when it comes to motion isolation and edge support, which are two important factors for couples. First, both mattresses deaden movement surprisingly well and passed our tests easily. We noticed very little motion that was transferred from one side of the bed to the other.

Both beds isolate motion well

This is important for couples who tend to move around a lot. The better a mattress is at deadening movement, the better nights sleep both of you will get. In other words, you won’t be disturbed every time your partner rolls over or gets up to go to the bathroom.

When it comes to edge support, though, both mattresses are just average. They don’t provide the best edge support we’ve ever seen, but they also aren’t the worst in this department either. At the end of the day, you and your partner will most likely be just fine of both beds. Edge support is important to consider if you and your partner prefer not to cuddle. Beds with good edge support provide more useful surface area for both partners to spread out and still feel properly supported near the perimeter of the bed.

It’s worth noting that the Purple.2, Purple.3 and Purple.4 have much better edge support than the Original Purple mattress. The New Purple models use dense foam side rails around the perimeter of the beds.

Responsiveness

Lastly, this is a minor point, but both beds are also quite responsive, meaning the top layers pop back to position almost immediately after pressure is released.

Responsive top layers

This is good for sleepers who toss and turn and move around a lot. These types of sleepers will find it quite easy to switch between positions on responsive beds like the Original Purple and Brooklyn Signature.

Brooklyn Signature vs Purple Review Verdict

Thanks for staying with us to the end. As you can probably tell, we think very highly of both of these mattresses. However, if you’re trying to decide between the two, in our eyes, it really comes to down to a few primary factors.

Budget — If you’re buying strictly based on price, the Brooklyn Signature is the clear winner.

Feel — This really comes down to personal preference. If you think you’d like more of a soft foam feel, go with Brooklyn. I you think you’d like more of a gel-like feel, go with Purple.

Hot Sleepers — If you tend to warm up at night, Purple is the more ideal option.

That’s all we got for you. We hope this comparison was helpful. Thanks for choosing the Slumber Yard.

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

Dillon Payne

Dillon Payne

Combo Sleeper

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