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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.
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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 Original Purple goes for around $1,100.
Before you drag me over the coals for a $150 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 or deal is.
Lull is a little more liberal when it comes to sales and coupon codes, though. Lull is 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-$300 cheaper than a queen size Purple bed.
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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 a couple years later, Purple introduced three new models called the Purple Hybrid, Purple Hybrid Premier 3, and Purple Hybrid Premier 4 (these three hybrid beds used to be known as the New Purple 2, 3 & 4). These hybrid models incorporate coils in addition to the top layer of polymer. If you want more information on how the Original Purple compares to the Purple Hybrid 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 Hybrid Premier 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.
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.