Brooklyn Bedding vs Purple Mattress
A battle between two giant mattress brands online: Purple Mattress and Brooklyn Bedding.
Last Updated: January 5, 2021
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.
Brooklyn Bedding vs Purple
Both Brooklyn Bedding and Purple were started by sets of brothers, and each brand has a long history of innovation in the industry. John and Rob Merwin (known as “the mattress whisperers”) began working on the concept that became Brooklyn Bedding back in 1995 after working as mattress liquidators. As the company evolved, the brothers decided to start building their own mattresses, eventually becoming a major name in the bed-in-a-box industry.
On the other hand, Tony and Terry Pearce set out to change the world in 1989, relying on their respective backgrounds in advanced aerospace materials and manufacturing, design and project management. Over the years, the Pearces patented more than 30 cushioning technology products and ultimately culminated all of this knowledge into Purple, which was born in 2013.
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 Purple vs Brooklyn Bedding and how they compare to one another.
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 in Brooklyn Bedding vs 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.
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 that like latex foam, and people that don’t know what they like all find the Brooklyn Signature comfortable.
As you will find out below, the 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.
Brooklyn Bedding vs Purple Prices
|King / Cal King||$1,249||$1,399|
This one is pretty simple. The Brooklyn Signature is cheaper than all four Purple beds. For comparison purposes, a queen size Brooklyn Signature has an MSRP of around $950, while the Purple Mattress goes for around $1,100.
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 they’re currently offering.
Brooklyn Bedding vs Purple: Construction
Another major difference between the Purple Mattress and the Brooklyn Signature comes down to construction. The Brooklyn Signature is considered a coil hybrid. It comprises five layers in total and comes in at 12″ thick. Most notably, the bed uses 6″ pocketed coils for its support structure.
The Purple Mattress is considered a foam hybrid and is composed 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 durability 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 offer three other mattress models (Purple Hybrid, Purple Hybrid Premier 3 and Purple Hybrid Premier 4), all of which contain coils. However, they’re also quite a bit more expensive than the Brooklyn Signature.
Will They Work For Heavy People?
Adding onto the previous point, we’d recommend heavy people (250+ lb) go with the Brooklyn Signature over the 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.
Next and more importantly, the Brooklyn Signature uses coils for its primary support structure (the Purple Mattress 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.
Again, though, Purple offers other options, as well. If you like Purple and you’re a large body type, you should check out the Purple Hybrid mattresses.
Pros And Cons Of Brooklyn Bedding
- More budget-friendly option
- Suitable for all kinds of sleepers and body types
- Cushiony, neutral-foam feel
- Few showrooms to test out beds
- Not the top option for hot sleepers
Other Brooklyn Bedding Products
Brooklyn Bedding Mattress Reviews
- BBB Rating: Brooklyn Bedding received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (although the company is not accredited by the BBB).
- Amazon Reviews: Amazon customers who have purchased the Brooklyn Bedding Signature are generally quite happy with their product, citing good support for side sleepers.
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 Purple Mattress (also known as the Original Purple), what we’re focusing on today. This is Purple’s most affordable option. Next is the Purple Hybrid mattress (formerly known as the New Purple 2), which contains coils and a 2″ layer of the special polymer material on top. The Purple Hybrid Premier 3 mattress (formerly known as the New Purple 3) is very similar to the base hybrid model, except it has an additional inch of polymer on top.
Lastly, the Purple Hybrid Premier 4 mattress (formerly known as the New Purple 4) is similar to the Hybrid Premier 3 model, except it has another inch of polymer on top (4″ in total). If you want more detail on how the Purple Hybrid 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 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.
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.
The Purple Mattress Sleeps Cooler
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.
Next, the Polymer is 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.
Pros And Cons Of Purple
- Proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer cradles your body comfortably
- Offers gel-constructed and hybrid mattresses
- Effectively cools you down if you sleep hot
- More expensive
- Don’t offer a traditional foam option
- Not ideal if you prefer a firm mattress
Other Purple Products
Purple Mattress Reviews
- BBB Rating: Purple received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
- Amazon Reviews: Overall, Purple customers on Amazon tend to be satisfied with their mattress, but some reported that the quality of the mattress noticeably deteriorated over time.
What Brooklyn Bedding And Purple 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. Read on to find out.
Ideal For All Types Of Sleepers
We think both the Purple Mattress and Brooklyn Signature are good for all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you spend the majority of the time on your side, back, or stomach.
The top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer on the Purple Mattress 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.
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.
This is important for couples who tend to move around a lot. The better a mattress is at deadening movement, the better night’s 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, the mattresses perform well. 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 in 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.
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.
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 Purple Mattress and Brooklyn Signature.
Which One Is Best For Me?
Overall, both of these mattresses are fantastic options, so whether you should choose Purple vs Brooklyn Bedding really comes down to personal choice. For instance, the Brooklyn Signature is a better choice if you’re more budget-conscious or heavier than the average person, while the Purple Mattress would be a better fit if you’re a hot sleeper or prefer a gel-type mattress over foam.
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 down to a three 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. If 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.
Both Brooklyn Bedding and Purple offer risk-free trial periods, in which you can send back your mattress if you don’t like it. Brooklyn offers a 120-night trial, while Purple provides a 100-night trial period.
You can test out and purchase Brooklyn Bedding products at one of their showrooms around Arizona and Utah or at one of their partner mattress stores in states like Illinois, Texas, and New York. You can buy a Purple bed at several national chains around the United States, including Mattress Firm and Macy’s.
Brooklyn Bedding often runs sales and promotions, and you’re usually able to score about 20% off their mattress prices. You’re less likely to find a sale price on a Purple bed, but the company sometimes includes free accessories (like pillows or blankets) with a mattress purchase.