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|DreamCloud is one of our favorite innerspring mattresses. It has multiple layers of different foams, a cashmere cover, and micro-coils for added support. It not only looks luxurious, but feels luxurious, too.|
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|If you're sick of the ordinary, you very well might like Purple mattresses. They don't even use foams as their comfort layers and yet they are extremely comfortable—dangerously comfortable in fact.|
Before we discuss all of the little details about how DreamCloud and Purple compare, let’s run through a quick overview of the contents of this post.
Now, I know the video above wasn’t exclusively discussing Purple and DreamCloud, but hopefully it at least gave you an idea of what you can expect from the two beds. And it never hurts to throw in the industry leader, Casper, when you’re comparing online mattresses that way you have a better idea of what the entire landscape looks like.
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With the exception of the original Purple mattress, DreamCloud is the cheaper option. Comparing queen sizes, DreamCloud retails for $1,200, while Purple 2/3/4, range from $1,600 to $3,000. That’s before applying a promo code, however.
DreamCloud frequently (nearly always) runs deals on their website that will bring the price down to about $1,000. Therefore, the more realistic price comparison is $1,000 for DreamCloud and, at minimum, $1,600 for Purple (based on queen sizes).
Purple isn’t all that fond of promoting cash discounts the way DreamCloud does. That said, frequently Purple will offer bundles and sales on their website to help incentivize purchases—particularly during major holidays.
We’re not really convinced that in this case that a price comparison is all that fair since the beds are nothing alike. If we were comparing two memory foam mattresses that you buy on Amazon, a price comparison would be lot more appropriate. In any case, at least you’re now aware of what the beds retail for.
DreamCloud is one of the more unique memory foam beds in that it has coils, multiple different layers and types of memory foam, and also a quilted cashmere cover. It even has a thin strip of latex foam in the middle of the mattress to provide a little more bounce.
While DreamCloud technically is a memory foam mattress, you wouldn’t really know given that it has such a big and fluffy pillow top. For most people it’s just going to feel like a firm, neutral mattress.
We’ve gone back and forth with DreamCloud trying to figure out what to say about sleeping styles. While it’s firm, it’s not too firm and it will soften up after a month or so of use. As such, we say that it is absolutely a good option for back and stomach sleepers. There’s no question or debate about that.
We also contend that combination sleepers (i.e. rotate between positions) will be at home on DreamCloud as well.
When it comes to side sleepers, however, we are a little more divided. The petite people (i.e. under 150 lb) on our team say it’s a “no-go.” The mid-size people say that it’s a “maybe” on day-one, but a “yes” after a month. The heavier folks (over 250 lb) we know say “yes, absolutely.”
As you can tell, there’s no straightforward answer when it comes to sleeping styles. It all just depends on what you think of the bed and your personal preferences. If I was a betting man, however, I’d say most people will be just fine on DreamCloud regardless of sleeping position. The reason I say that is that the average American weigh somewhere near 200 lb.
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It’s all about the comfort layer. All Purple mattresses have a top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer which is a gel-like material that can apparently be stretched about 15x its resting state. You won’t find this on other mattresses either (aside from Intellibed), so it’s a big differentiator for Purple.
As you can tell, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is anything but ordinary. It’s basically an enormous, rectangular Dr. Scholl’s insole. I know that sounds odd—and it is—but it really makes Purple beds special.
That top layer is both firm and soft, at the same time. When you lay on your side, the pressure relief is immediately apparent under your hips and shoulders. When you lay on your back or stomach, you feel almost as if you’re weightless. It’s like a zero gravity situation that you simply cannot experience on a foam mattress.
If you didn’t already know, Purple makes four different models: the original bed, Purple.2, Purple.3, and Purple.4. They have a lot in common, but there’s enough that’s different that you’ll want to learn more before you make your final decision. For instance, all of the New Purple mattresses have 7.5″ pocketed coils as opposed to the support foam that you see on the original.
Original Purple — The bed has a foam support core and 2″ of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It also is the most affordable bed from the company. You can see the current pricing on Purple.com, but expect the queen to be about $1,000.
Purple 2 — This is the firmest bed in their lineup, but it’s no where near the firmness level of DreamCloud. Purple.2 has 2″ of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s just fine for all sleeping positions, but back/stomach sleepers will like it the most.
Purple 3 — This is pretty much a flat medium on the firmness scale. It has 3″ of Hyper-Elastic Polymer and is suitable for all sleep styles.
Purple 4 — The most expensive bed from the company, Purple.4 gives you an unmatched level of support and comfort. This is the model that makes you feel near weightless given that it has 4″ of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. As a warning, Purple.4 is not cheap.
While Purple doesn’t offer cooling mattresses per se, they do make beds with above-average amounts of airflow. As you can see in the video we placed in the first section, Hyper-Elastic Polymer by its design allows for hundreds of pockets of air, which work to keep your sleeping temperature neutral. And that’s an important point—you’re likely not going to be cold with a Purple bed, but you certainly won’t heat up like you did on memory foam beds from the early 2000s.
The material itself, Hyper-Elastic Polymer, also fends off body heat better than most foams. in other words, you aren’t going to find a situation where the top layer is trapping heat and further warming you up. It pretty much just remains at a neutral temperature.
To be fair, however, DreamCloud is actually a pretty nice option for hot sleepers as well given it’s level of firmness. You’re going to float on top of the mattress versus melt into it. The quilted pillow top also helps to draw in new air because it’s not flat and has ridges.
Given the level of praise we’ve heaped on both of these brands, I’m sure you can tell that even we are having a hard time awarding a winner. With that in mind, here’s a quick run through of the major points again.
There’s a few things you can expect with all of these beds that sell online. The first thing is free shipping—you won’t pay anything extra for the delivery of your new mattress. Interestingly enough, both Purple and DreamCloud ship rolled up inside a large bag, not a box. Here’s a look at the un-bagging and setup process.
They both have the white glove delivery option as well. It’s free with Purple and DreamCloud charges a modest fee. Regardless, the setup process is as simple as it possibly could be. As you can see in the GIF above, we removed the bag, cut open the shrink wrapping, and allowed the bed to inflate. It takes five to tens minutes depending on if you have a friend there helping you.
Both companies also offer a trial period in which you can take your time to come to a conclusion about the bed. What’s nice is that these are risk-free trial periods, so there’s no pressure to keep your new mattress. Purple has the standard 100-night window and DreamCloud gives you an entire year. That wasn’t a typo. DreamCloud gives you a full 365 days to make your mind up about the bed.
If you decide you don’t want DreamCloud or Purple during those trial periods, you can just return them for free and get all of your money back. All that’s required of you is that you pick up the phone, call customer service, and request a refund. No need to take the mattress somewhere—the companies should send someone to your house to remove it for you.
Moving over to warranties, typically you’ll get a 10-year warranty with a bed that you purchase online. That is indeed the case with Purple, but DreamCloud has an “Everlong” warranty, which you can read about on DreamCloudSleep.com.