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|Purple is one of the darlings in the online mattress space. Their beds use a special material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which has a gel-like feel.|
If you’re a busy person and don’t have much time to read this whole post, the differences between these two brands can summarized by three major factors:
However, those are just the quick facts. Obviously, there are more details you should know before purchasing. Keep reading to learn more.
A lot of folks out there don’t really know what a bed-in-a-box is. They’re used to shopping for a new bed in their local brick-and-mortar mattress store. Well, times have changed. Online mattress companies now make it extremely easy for consumers to test their beds. Let’s start with Puffy.
The original Puffy mattress ships for free and arrives at your doorstep compressed and rolled-up in a box (hence the term bed-in-a-box). You’ll unpack the box, unroll the mattress, and set it up yourself. Once it arrives, the company gives you a 101-night risk-free trial period to test out the bed. If you decide you don’t like the Puffy mattress for any reason during this period, no worries, just contact the company and they’ll arrange for it to be picked up free of charge. Once you show proof the mattress has been picked up, the company will issue you a full refund. Pretty easy, right?
Puffy also backs their mattresses with a lifetime warranty. You can read more about it on their website. We always recommend reading up on company warranties before purchasing.
The Original Purple mattress, like Puffy, ships for free and arrives at your doorstep. The only difference is that it arrives in a protective bag rather than a box. The new Purple 2/3/4 mattresses, though, come with free white glove delivery. Basically, an actual human will deliver the mattress and set it up for you (they’re heavy).
Purple offers a 100-night risk-free trial period with all their mattresses. It works basically the same way as Puffy’s (except it’s one night less). Purple also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. You can learn more about what the warranty entails on the company’s website.
The Puffy mattress has taken off in recent years. The company has a done a great job marketing the bed. It was even featured on the Ellen Show back in 2018. Enough about all that though, let’s get into the actual bed (literally).
The Puffy mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed that is comprised of three layers. It has a dense layer of support foam on the bottom, a polyfoam transition layer and then a layer of proprietary foam on top, which the company calls its “Cooling Cloud Comfort Layer.” Don’t let the fancy term confuse you, though, it really just feels like memory foam.
However, the top layer doesn’t feel like your typical memory foam. It’s actually one of the more unique memory foams we’ve tested. It’s sort of light and airy. The top layer is soft and comfortable, but it doesn’t quite contour or hug your body as much as the top layer on a lot of other memory foam beds we’ve tested.
Given the top layer is only 2″ thick and doesn’t quite conform to your body the way traditional memory foam does, we’d say the bed has more of a neutral-foam feel overall. All in all, we think the bed is extremely comfortable. If you just want a soft, comforting foam, then the Puffy mattress is definitely a safe pick.
Besides its unique top layer, the Puffy mattress has another noteworthy component. To be specific, I’m referring to the bed’s removable, stain-resistant cover. As you can see below, the beverage that Slumber Yard team member Jeff spills on the mattress just beads right off the side. This is a nice feature for people who like to eat and drink in bed.
But wait, I’m not done yet. The cover is also machine washable, meaning if it does happen to get dirty, all you have to do is unzip it and throw it in your washer. It’s as simple as that. Most other bed-in-a-box mattresses have covers that require you to carefully spot clean dirty areas.
Although the Puffy mattress technically has a higher MSRP than the Original Purple mattress, it’s actually the more affordable option. How you ask? Well, Puffy is much more aggressive than Purple when it comes to sales, discounts and promo codes. You can typically expect to receive at least a $200 discount on your Puffy mattress purchase. That would bring a queen size down into the $900-$950 range, which is $50-$100 cheaper than the queen size Original Purple mattress. It might be a good idea to check Puffy.com to see what kind of promotion they’re currently offering.
Overall, we’d rate the Puffy mattress at around a medium on the firmness scale. It’s a very accommodating mattress. We think all types of sleepers will be just fine on this bed. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a back, stomach, or side sleeper.
One thing I would note, though, is that we don’t think the original Puffy mattress is the most ideal choice for heavy people (250+ lb). That’s not a knock against Puffy. We actually almost always recommend big people go with a hybrid or innerspring mattress that contains coils for extra support. For the purposes of this comparison though, we’d recommend large folks go with one of the New Purple Mattresses, which contain individually pocketed coils.
In terms of coolness, we’d rate the Puffy mattress as temperature neutral. We don’t think you’ll warm up on this bed. However, it also won’t actively cool you down throughout the night. Honestly, that’s how most all-foam bed-in-a-box mattresses behave, so it’s not a big shock.
Lastly, the Puffy mattress performs well when it comes to motion isolation and edge support. These are two important factors for couples to consider.
The bed deadens movement well. That means you won’t be disturbed by your partner’s movements, which will hopefully lead to a more restful night of sleep. We also found that the perimeter of the bed held up well, which is important when your partner decides to roll over and hog the middle of the bed, leaving you stranded near the edge.
Purple might just be the most unique mattress company on earth. All of their mattresses use a patented material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which is not a foam material. It actually resembles more of a gel or silicone-like material. Regardless, it’s very soft, flexible, and supportive. You can actually stretch it 15 times its original state and it will immediately pop back to its original form. Try doing that with foam. It truly is one of a kind.
However, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is not for everyone. Some people absolutely love it and some people think it’s a bit too weird. You really should try it for yourself. You can even order samples on the company’s website before you pull the trigger on a mattress.
As far as the actual beds, Purple offers four different models— Original Purple, Purple 2, Purple 3, and Purple 4. The original Purple is a 10″ thick mattress comprised of multiple layers of polyurethane foam and a 2″ slab of Hyper-Elastic Polymer on top. We’d give the original Purple mattress a medium firmness designation, but, really, all the Purple mattresses have such a unique feel that it’s hard to put an exact finger on firmness.
The new Purple mattresses (2/3/4) are different than the original in that they use pocketed coils for their main support system rather than dense polyurethane foam. As such, we’d recommend heavy folks go with one of the new Purple mattress models. Coils provide bi-directional support, meaning they not only compress, but also push back against pressure. Additionally, coils have proven to be more durable over long periods of time than support foams, which is why these new models are just better suited to handle the pressure big people exert on a bed.
Another change Purple made with their new models is the addition of thick foam side-rails around the perimeter of the bed. This allows for much better edge support than the original Purple.
Now, you might be wondering how the new Purple mattress models are different. Well, really they’re largely the same expect for the thickness of the top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. The Purple 2 mattress uses a 2″ layer of polymer, the Purple 3 uses a 3″ layer, and so on. The cost of the bed also goes up as you increase the thickness (Hyper-Elastic Polymer is a pricey material).
In terms of sleeper type, the company likes to say the Purple 2 is best for back and stomach sleepers (it’s the firmest), the Purple 4 is best for side sleepers (has the most immersive experience with the polymer material), and the Purple 3 is best for combo sleepers (it’s somewhere in the middle). However, we’d slightly disagree (in a positive way). We actually think all Purple models (including the original) are ideal for all kinds of sleepers.
Slumber Yard team member Matt can vouch for that. He’s a combo sleeper and personally sleeps on a Purple 4 and loves it even though the company recommends that model for side sleepers. Bottom line, we think the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material finds a very nice balance between support and pressure relief.
Another nice thing about Purple beds is that they do a great job with temperature regulation. Hyper-Elastic Polymer is a just a naturally cooler material than foam. Further, the design in which the polymer is laid out helps, as well. It’s organized in a grid formation, which creates rows, columns and pockets for air to flow freely.
The result is a neutral or cool sleeping bed the provides great airflow throughout the night. If you’re a person that tends to heat up at night, it’s hard to beat Purple mattresses, all things considered.
Lastly, as long as both partners agree on the feel, we do think Purple mattresses are viable options for couples. We’ve already touched on edge support with the new Purple beds above, but surprisingly the beds also do a good job of deadening movement. You might not think so given how responsive and sort of bouncy the polymer material is, but it actually does a decent job of limiting cross-bed motion.
If you’ve read this far, you’ve hopefully been able to point out where these two brands differ throughout the overview of each bed. However, if you’re still having trouble deciding, ask yourself three questions.
First, what’s your budget? If it’s around $1,000, you’re left with Puffy and the Original Purple.
Next, do you want a soft foam feel? If you do, Puffy is the clear winner. If you’re not sure, you might want to give one of the Purple beds a try.
Lastly, do you sleep hot? If you do, Purple wins.
We hope this comparison has been helpful. Thanks for reading.