Although Purple and Cocoon are two of the most popular bed-in-a-box mattresses, they're actually quite different. Purple is a new-age mattress company that has achieved tremendous success, while Cocoon is backed by the bedding giant Sealy. In this post, we put the Original Purple mattress to the test against the two Cocoon beds.

Purple vs. Cocoon Mattress Overview

Here are the primary differences between Purple and Cocoon:

  • Feel — The Original Purple has a unique, gel-like feel, while the Cocoon beds have a firm, memory foam feel.
  • Price — The Cocoon Classic is the most affordable of the three beds, followed by the Original Purple and the Cocoon Chill.
  • Firmness Options — Cocoon allows you to choose between two different models (Classic and Chill) and firmness levels (Soft and Firm). The Original Purple comes in just one feel (medium).
  • Temperature Regulation — Purple beds allow for great airflow, while the Cocoon Chill has a special phase-change material in its cover, which helps keep you cool.
  • Sleeper Type — The Original Purple mattress is more accommodating for side sleepers.

Those are just the quick hit headlines, though. There’s a lot more detail about each bed that you’ll want to check out. Keep reading to learn more about Cocoon vs Purple.

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Purple vs. Cocoon Mattress Review Video

Shopping for a mattress can be difficult, especially when you are choosing from multiple great options. Purple is a relative newcomer with huge popularity, and Cocoon is a more traditional bed.

Purple Mattress Review

As one of the most popular bed-in-a-box mattresses, the Original Purple is a unique bed that’s gained many fans over the years. Before we dive into our Cocoon vs Purple comparison, let’s first look at the Purple mattress, including its construction, feel, and firmness profile.

Purple Mattress Construction & Design

As we alluded to above, the Original Purple mattress has a very unique feel. In fact, all Purple beds do, including the Purple Hybrid, Purple Hybrid Premier 3, and Purple Hybrid Premier 4 mattresses. Just so you’re aware, the three Purple Hybrid mattresses used to go by the names New Purple 2, New Purple 3 and New Purple 4.

The unique feel is because all Purple beds use the company’s patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer for their top layer. This polymer material is not a foam. It’s actually more of a gel or silicone-like material (although it’s obviously polymer). Nevertheless, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is very unique in that it’s stretchy, soft, and responsive, yet it’s also quite supportive. Purple likes to say it’s “soft where you want it and firm where you need it.”

Original Purple Mattress
A closer look at Purple’s unique Hyper-Elastic Polymer

As you lay down on the bed, you can feel the polymer below compressing, folding, and conforming to your body’s shape. I’ll be the first to admit that, initially, this sensation is a little weird. However, after spending a few nights on the bed, we’ve found most people end up really liking the feel of it. It’s one of those things where when you try and like it, you never go back to traditional mattresses. Just ask Slumber Yard team member Matt who sleeps on the Purple Hybrid Premier 4.0 model every night.

Purple Bed Firmness And Feel

As we stated above, the Purple bed is very responsive thanks to its top layer. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer is very flexible and snaps back to position immediately after pressure is released. In fact, the polymer material can be stretched 15x its original state and will instantly pop back. It’s pretty incredible.

All this is to say that active sleepers who move around a lot will generally find responsive beds much easier to switch between sleeping positions. As you will find out below, the Cocoon mattresses are a little slower to respond thanks to their memory foam top layers.

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Better For Side Sleepers

Overall, we think the Original Purple mattress comes in around a medium on the firmness scale. The bed strikes a very nice balance between pressure relief and support. The Cocoon mattresses (both firmness options), on the other hand, are a bit firmer than the Original Purple bed, despite having memory foam top layers.

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Purple beds offer ample pressure relief

As such, we think Purple is more ideal for strict side sleepers. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer is very soft and does a great job of cradling your hips and shoulders when you’re on your side. In fact, Purple even made our list of the Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers.

Hyper-Elastic Polymer Allows For A Lot Of Airflow

Another benefit of Hyper-Elastic Polymer is that it excels in terms of temperature regulation. First, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is naturally a temperature neutral material. It simply does not retain and radiate heat the same way a lot of common foams do (e.g. memory foam). Second, the polymer top layer is laid out in a grid formation. This creates columns and rows of tiny polymer squares (pockets) where air can move freely throughout the top of the bed.

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More airflow than allowed by law

Cocoon doesn’t take a complete loss here, though. As you will find out below, you can choose between the Cocoon Classic and Cocoon Chill models. The Chill model uses a special phase-change material in the cover that makes the bed literally cool to the touch.

All in all, both of these beds landed on our list for the Best Beds For Hot Sleepers.

Is Purple A Good Mattress For Couples?

For many couples, finding a mattress that both partners like is a challenge. Looking beyond feel and firmness, there are two other factors that couples should consider before buying a bed: edge support and motion isolation.

Edge Support

All things considered, Purple mattresses have pretty solid edge support, since they’re built with dense foam rails around the perimeter of the bed. There are other mattresses that perform better in this category, but overall, Purple isn’t half bad.

Motion Isolation

We found that Purple is pretty good at limiting motion transfer. The bed passed our test pretty easily, which is somewhat surprising since the mattress has that responsive and sort of bouncy feel.

Cocoon Mattress Review

Cocoon Mattress Firmness

What’s nice about Cocoon is that you can choose between a couple different models and firmness levels. There’s the Cocoon Classic, which is their most affordable bed. Then there’s the Cocoon Chill (mentioned above), which is specifically designed for hot sleepers.

cocoon classic review bed in a box firmness

Once you choose which model you want, you can choose your firmness level. Cocoon offers Soft and Firm versions of both beds.

Regardless of which Cocoon model you choose, both beds have a firm memory foam feel. Don’t let me scare you off with the “firm” designation—the beds are still soft and comfortable, you just don’t sink in as much as you do with a lot of other memory foam beds.

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Firm memory foam feel

All in all, Cocoon actually reminds us of the popular Nectar mattress, which is another firm memory foam bed. If you like memory foam, chances are you’ll like the Cocoon mattresses. As you lay down on the bed, it takes a second or two, but the top layers will start to wrap your body a little. I know a lot of folks really like this type of feel.

It is worth mentioning that we tested both firmness options (Soft and Firm) and we found that both actually land on the firmer side of the spectrum. We rated the Firm version around a medium-firm on the firmness scale, while the Soft version lands a little closer to medium.

Cocoon vs Purple Mattress Price

This is pretty straightforward. The Cocoon mattresses are much more affordable than the Original Purple. The Cocoon Classic is about $200-$400 cheaper, depending on which size mattress you’re looking for. Next, the Cocoon Chill is also less expensive than Purple, depending on which size you select. Interestingly, though, a twin-size Cocoon Chill costs more than a twin-size Original Purple bed.

TwinTwin XLFullQueenKing / Cal King
Original Purple$599$799$999$1,149$1,449
Cocoon Classic$399$449$649$799$999
Cocoon Chill$730$770$850$930$1,150

However, those prices are just based on MSRPs. You can almost always find some sort of Cocoon coupon code or promo code to make the mattresses even cheaper. Check Cocoon’s website to see what kind of promotion the company is currently running.

Purple isn’t too keen on sales, but they do almost always toss in a free gift (pillow, sheets, seat cushion, etc.) with each mattress purchase. Check to see what they’re currently offering in the way of bundles, sales, etc.

Purple vs Cocoon Mattress Review Verdict

You made it through the long, arduous journey of a Slumber Yard comparison. Thanks for sticking with us to the end. If you’re still stuck between Cocoon vs Purple, ask yourself a few questions to make the decision easier.

First, how much are you willing to spend? If you’re on a tight budget, Cocoon is the clear winner.

Next, which type of feel do you like? Do you want a memory foam feel or something that is very unique? That’s up to you. It’s purely a personal preference decision.

Next, how much do you sleep on your side? If you spend a lot of time on your side, go with Purple. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer does a great job of cradling your pressure points.

Finally, do you sleep hot? If so, do you want a bed that is cool to the touch or provides excellent airflow? We’d say go with the airflow (i.e. Purple).

That’s all we’ve got for you. We hope it was helpful. Thanks for choosing the Slumber Yard!

Review team

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    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper

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    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper


What is Purple Mattress made out of?

The Original Purple consists of two layers of polyurethane foam and one layer of the company’s patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer material. Hyper-Elastic Polymer is soft and responsive, and it has a gel or silicone-like feel that’s much different from standard memory foam.

How many layers is Cocoon Mattress?

The Cocoon mattress soft foam model consists of three foam layers: a thick layer of polyurethane support foam on the bottom, a transition layer in the middle, and a memory foam layer on top. The firm foam model is the same, except without the middle transition layer.

Which bed is most affordable?

Between the Original Purple and the two Cocoon beds, the Cocoon Classic is the most affordable, followed by the Purple and Cocoon Chill.

Is Purple a good mattress?

Purple has a totally unique feel, so people tend to feel strongly about it one way or the other. However, we think Purple is an all-around good mattress, whether you like the feel or not.