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|10" bed-in-a-box that is comprised of three foam layers. Overall, we think this mattress accommodates all types of sleepers.|
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|The Original Purple mattress uses a patented top layer, which gives the bed a unique gel-like feel and allows for a good amount of airflow.|
For those of you reading this post who like to cut through all the fluff, here are the primary points of differentiation between these two beds.
Those are the major differences between Lull and Purple, but it’s always good practice to do conduct more research rather than less when talking about a major purchase like a new bed. Keep reading for more details about each mattress.
Before we jump into the meat and potatoes of this comparison, it’s important we first run you through the different polices each company offers. As you will find out below, both companies are very generous and try to make things simple and easy for customers. Let’s start with Lull.
The Lull mattress ships for free via FedEx from one of the company’s four U.S. distribution centers and will arrive on your porch compressed in a box that’s about the size of a mini fridge. Once the box arrives, simply move it to your room, remove the mattress, cut the plastic and unroll the bed onto your bed frame. From there, just let the mattress sit and inflate for about 24-48 hours before sleeping on it. That’s the case with most mattresses that arrive rolled up in a box. You just need to give the mattress some time to decompress. Here’s a look at the Slumber Yard team unboxing the Lull mattress.
From the day the mattress is delivered, Lull offers customers a 100-night risk-free home trial period to test the bed. That means if you decide the Lull mattress isn’t your ideal bed, no worries, you can get your money back. All the company asks is that you sleep on the bed for at least two weeks before initiating a return. To start the return process, just contact the company (by phone or email) and they’ll send someone to retrieve the mattress from your home free of charge. The pick-up process usually takes anywhere from 1-2 weeks, but once the mattress has been removed from your home, the company will issue you a full refund. Lastly, Lull also backs their beds with a 10-year warranty. For more details regarding the warranty, you can visit the company’s website.
Purple offers very similar policies to that of Lull. Really, the only difference is that the Original Purple mattress arrives in a protective bag rather than a box. Additionally, if you decide to purchase one of the New Purple mattresses (2, 3, or 4), you get free white glove delivery, which means a person (or two) will deliver and set up the bed for you. Other than that, you’ll get a 100-night trial period, free returns, and a 10-year warranty, just like Lull.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lull, they’re not new to this whole bed-in-a-box concept. The company was one of the early entrants in the space and is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California.
The Lull mattress is comprised of three foam layers and totals 10″ thick. Most notably, the bed uses 1.5″ of memory foam for its top comfort layer. However, the mattress doesn’t have a prototypical memory foam feel. Yes, you can distinctly tell that is in fact memory foam you’re laying on, but the top layer just doesn’t quite hug or conform to your body’s shape the way you’d expect. Ultimately, the top layer is soft and comfortable, but you just won’t receive the contouring sensation that traditional memory foam provides, which is why we use the term “neutral” to describe the feel.
Now, it’s important to note that this isn’t a bad thing by any means. Not everyone loves the feel of traditional memory foam. In fact, we’ve found that beds that have a neutral-foam feel tend to be a little less divisive than beds that have a typical memory foam feel. Overall, all of the team members here at the Slumber Yard found the Lull mattress to be very accommodating and comfortable.
As you will find out below, the Original Purple mattress has a gel-like feel that isn’t for everybody. As such, we see the Lull mattress as the safe pick in this comparison. In other words, if you don’t want to rock the boat and you like the feel of soft foam, Lull is the ticket.
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This is perhaps the biggest advantage the Lull mattress has to offer. It’s just much more affordable than the Original Purple mattress. For example, a queen size Lull mattress has a MSRP of around $950, while the OG purple goes for around $1,000.
Before you drag me over the coals for a $50 difference, let me first explain how each company handles discounts and promo codes. Purple doesn’t really offer sales or discounts per se. Instead, they usually throw in a free gift (sheets, pillow, etc.) with each mattress purchase. Check Purple.com to see what the current gift is. Lull is a little more liberal when it comes to sales and coupon codes, though. They are almost always running some sort of promotion to make their beds even more affordable. Typically, the company offers $100-$150 off. Check the discount box on the right hand side of the screen to see what kind of savings you can currently score. After discounts, a queen size Lull bed is about $200-$250 cheaper than a queen size Purple bed.
Purple offers four different mattress models. There’s the Original Purple, which started it all for the company. This bed is comprised of layers of foam and the special Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer. Then in early 2018, Purple introduced three new models called the Purple 2.0, Purple 3.0, and Purple 4.0. These new models incorporate coils in addition to the top layer of polymer. If you want more information on how the Original Purple compares to the New Purple models, be sure to check out our full Purple mattress comparison. For now, though, let’s focus on the advantages that the Original Purple mattress provides.
As we alluded to above, the Original Purple mattress uses a patented material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which gives the bed a very particular type of feel. Polymer, for those of you who aren’t familiar, is not a type of foam. Rather, it feels and functions more like silicone or gel, which is why we describe the bed as having a gel-like feel. As you lay down on the bed, you can feel the polymer shifting, adjusting, and folding under your body.
At first, we have to admit, it feels a little weird. Not everyone is going to love the feel of the bed. It’s definitely different than the typical foam mattress. However, after you spend a few nights on the bed, we’ve found that most people end up really enjoying the feel of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer. In fact, Slumber Yard team member Matt, after sleeping on the Purple 4.0 mattress, refuses to switch back to any other kind of bed because he likes the feel so much.
The other nice thing about Hyper-Elastic Polymer is that it’s extremely responsive. It snaps back to position almost immediately after pressure is released off the bed.
This high level of responsiveness means you won’t ever feel like you’re stuck in the mattress. Instead, you’ll find it very easy to move around and switch positions. To be fair, you don’t really get any sort of that stuck-in-the-mud type feel with the Lull mattress either, despite its memory foam top layer.
In addition to having a unique feel, Hyper-Elastic Polymer provides other benefits, as well. Most notably, it helps Purple beds sleep on the cooler side of the spectrum. First, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is considered a temperature neutral material. It simply does not retain heat the way common foams do. This should help keep you from warming up at night.
Plus, the design in which the polymer material is laid out helps, as well. Instead of just using a thick slab of the polymer, Purple purposely constructed the top layer in a grid formation, creating tons of tiny squares. This design allows for a good amount of airflow near the top of the bed. The tiny squares end up functioning as air pockets and when you apply pressure on the surface, you can actually feel air flowing up through the cover.
All in all, we have to give the edge to Purple in terms of temperature regulation. If you’re a hot sleeper, Purple is the better option, plain and simple. We even included Purple on our list of the Best Beds For Hot Sleepers.
Above we described the relative advantages each bed has over the other, but what similarities do they share? Let’s discuss that subject next.
Despite the differences in terms of feel, we think both beds land around a medium on the firmness scale. In other words, we found both mattresses to be very accommodating. They’re not too firm or too soft and both beds offer a nice balance between support and pressure relief.
As such, we think all types of sleepers will be just fine on either Lull or the Original Purple. It doesn’t matter whether you sleep primarily on your back, stomach, or side. If you’re looking for a mattress that provides a little more lumbar support, be sure to check out our list of the Best Firm Mattresses. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a super plush mattress, you may want to check out our list of the Most Comfortable Mattresses.
Although we think both mattresses will work for all sleeping positions, we don’t think the beds will work for all body types. Given the construction of each bed, we’d only recommend them for petite and average sized individuals. Large individuals (250+ lb) will likely want to explore other options. Specifically, big folks will want to get a mattress that contains coils. Beds that contain coils are generally more durable and provide more support than beds comprised entirely of foam. Durability and support are important factors for heavy individuals since they put more pressure on a mattress than a petite sized person.
If you’re a large individual reading this and you like the sound of the Original Purple mattress so far, don’t worry, there are still options for you. As we mentioned earlier, Purple offers other mattress models that contain coils. Be sure to check out our reviews of the Purple.2, Purple.3, and Purple.4 mattresses. They’re a bit more expensive, but they definitely provide more support for heavy folks. If you were leaning towards Lull, we still got you covered—take a look at our list of the Best Hybrid & Coil Mattresses.
We think both beds will be just fine for couples as long as both partners agree on feel (I’m mainly talking about Purple here). Obviously, if one person in the relationship doesn’t like the feel of the bed, then it’s probably a no-go. Once you get passed that hurdle, though, both mattresses get passing grades in terms of edge support and motion isolation. These are two of the most important factors for couples to consider when shopping for a new bed. Let’s address each topic individually.
First, both mattresses deaden movement well. In our tests, we noticed very little motion that was transferred from one side of the mattress to the other. This topic is particularly important for couples in which one or both partners tend to move around a lot. The less motion that gets transferred between sleepers, the more restful sleep each person will get (i.e. you won’t be disturbed every time your partner moves).
Next, both beds also provide adequate edge support. They’re certainly not the best mattresses ever in this department, but they’re solid enough around the perimeter to get the job done. At the end of the day, we don’t think couples will experience any major issues with either bed. Solid edge support is vital for couples who split a smaller sized mattress, like a full or queen. The better the edge support, the more useful space both partners will have to themselves.
You made it to the end of this comparison. Hopefully you learned a little more about each mattress and you now have a better idea of which bed is right for you. If you’re still struggling with the decision, let’s review the three main differences.
Feel — Do you like a soft foam feel or do you want to try something different? If you don’t want to rock the boat, go with Lull. If you’re feeling frisky, give Purple a try.
Price — If you’re on a tight budget, Lull is going to be the cheaper option.
Sleeping Temperature — If you tend to warm up at night, Purple is going to the better option thanks to its special top layer and design.
That’s it for this comparison. We hope you found it helpful. Thanks for choosing The Slumber Yard.