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Purple vs TempurPedic Mattress Comparison

Purple vs TempurPedic Mattress Comparison

Which is right for you: the gel-like feel from Purple vs memory foam from Tempur-Pedic? Find out in this detailed review.

Last Updated: October 14, 2020

McKenzie Dillon

A true battle of the brands here. On one hand, you have Purple, which is a new school direct-to-consumer mattress brand that has exploded in recent years. On the other hand, you have Tempur-Pedic, which is a huge, multi-channel bedding company that has dominated the industry for decades.

Purple Original Unique Free Gifts w/ Mattress PurchaseThe Original Purple mattress is one of the most sought after beds online. It’s completely unique and is a great option for those that are interested in trying something new. It’s one of the only beds to feature Hyper-Elastic Polymer, a proprietary comfort material.
TempurPedic TEMPUR-Adapt Memory Foam Check Current Offers Applied in CartThe TempurPedic TEMPUR-Adapt is an accommodating memory foam mattress that is available in both Medium and Medium Hybrid options.

Tempur-Pedic vs Purple Mattress Overview

If you don’t feel like reading a lot today, the differences between these beds come down to two major factors:

  • FeelTempurPedic mattresses have a dense memory foam feel. Purple mattresses, on the other hand, have a unique, gel-like feel.
  • Price — If you’re looking to spend around $1,000, the original Purple is the winner.

Jump-To Links For This Comparison:

Purple vs TempurPedic Mattress Comparison Video

Purple Mattress Review

Perhaps the biggest reason for Purple’s success is the company’s use of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. This is a material that the founders of the company invented (and since patented), and it’s used as the top layer in each model.

Purple Mattress Construction & Design

Hyper-Elastic Polymer is not a foam material. Rather, it’s more of a gel or silicone-like material (even though it’s technically neither). It truly is a unique material. It’s soft, responsive and stretchy yet also supportive. It does a great job of cradling your pressure points (hips and shoulders) while providing the necessary support under your trunk and lower back.

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A closer look at Purple’s ace in the hole: Hyper-Elastic Polymer

It’s worth mentioning that not everyone loves the feel of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, though. Most of the team members here at the Slumber Yard enjoy it. In fact, Slumber Yard team member Matt sleeps on a Purple Hybrid Premier 4. However, it is a bit too weird or unique for some. You should try it for yourself.

Purple Mattress Feel And Firmness

As we mentioned above, Purple beds have an uncommon gel-like feel. As you lay down on Purple mattresses, you can feel the tiny polymer squares shift under your body. The result is a buoyant sleeping surface in which you almost feel like you’re floating. All in all, it takes a little time to get used to, but a lot of people out there like the feel.

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Purple’s polymer grid forms a very buoyant sleeping surface

The Original Purple mattress is the company’s entry-level bed and the most affordable of its models. It contains two layers of polyurethane foam and then a 2″ layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer on top.

We think this model comes in around a medium on the firmness scale, but honestly, the polymer is so unique that it’s hard to put an exact figure on firmness. Regardless, we think this bed is good for all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on your back, side or stomach.

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Good option for all types of sleepers

Purple likes to say the bed is “soft where you want it and firm where you need it” and we tend to agree. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer finds a nice balance between pressure relief and support.

In addition, its Hyper-Elastic Polymer is laid out in a grid formation. This creates columns, rows, and pockets for air to flow freely throughout the bed. As a result, we highly recommend Purple beds for people that tend to heat up at night.

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The grid allows Purple beds to shed heat efficiently

To conclude, we are big fans of Purple mattresses. So much so that we’ve included them on several of our Best Mattress lists. We happen to really like the feel of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, but it’s not for everybody.

Is Purple A Good Mattress for Couples?

As long as both people like the feel of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, we think Purple mattresses are solid options for couples.

Motion Isolation

You wouldn’t think so given how bouncy Hyper-Elastic Polymer is, but the material does a pretty decent job of limiting motion transfer.

Edge Support

The Purple Hybrid mattresses provide solid edge support. This is important for couples who like to spread out because it extends the useful surface area of the bed.

Temperature Regulation

Another benefit of Hyper-Elastic Polymer is that it sleeps on the cooler side of the spectrum. To begin, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is just a naturally cooler material than memory, latex, or proprietary foam. This type of temperature regulation is especially ideal for couples.

SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Couples

Company Info

Purple was founded by two brothers who wanted to make a difference. One of the brothers, Tony, is a rocket scientist, while the other, Terry, is a comfort tech genius. In its short life, the company has become a customer favorite. In 2019, Purple was rated #1 in customer satisfaction for bed in a box mattresses in a J.D. Power study. It received the highest score in support, comfort, durability, warranty, and value given the price paid.

In addition to these accolades, Purple has plenty to brag about. First, the company offers a 100-night trial of its mattresses. If you try your bed and don’t like it within 100 days, you can return it. This is ten days longer than Tempur-Pedic’s 90-night trial. Purple also matches Tempur-Pedic’s 10-year limited warranty.

Purple Hybrid Models

A couple years after the Original model, Purple introduced three new hybrid models (formerly known as the New Purple 2, 3, 4). These Hybrid models contain individually pocketed coils that provide more support than the dense polyurethane support foam in the Original.

Given the construction, we’d recommend heavy folks (250+ lb) go with one of the new Purple Hybrid models. Coils provide bi-directional support, meaning they compress, but also push-back against pressure. This is ideal for the extra pressure big people apply on a bed.

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Construction of the Purple Hybrid Premier 4 mattress

The difference between the Hybrid models boils down to the thickness of the top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. The Purple Hybrid Premier 4 uses a 4″ layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, the Purple Hybrid Premier 3 uses a 3″ layer, and so on. 

The company says the base Hybrid is best for back and stomach sleepers (it’s the firmest), the Hybrid Premier 3 is best for combo sleepers (it’s in the middle), and the Hybrid Premier 4 is best for side sleepers (it provides the most immersive experience with the polymer). However, to be honest, we’d have to slightly disagree (in a good way).

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Purple is in a league of its own

We think all three models are good for all types of sleepers. See them all compared in our Purple mattresses compared review.  Read further to understand more about the Purple vs memory foam comparison.

Purple Accessory Reviews:

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Review

Chances are you’ve heard the Tempur-Pedic name before. It’s one of the largest mattress manufacturers in the world, and it offers hundreds of models that are sold both online and in-store. However, given Temper-Pedic offers so many models, it can often be frustrating to shop for a Tempur-Pedic mattress. For this review, we hone in on the main model, the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress.

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Construction & Design

In this post, we’ve decided to focus on one of their latest models, the Tempur-Adapt Hybrid. Tempur-Pedic also offers a Tempur-Adapt all-foam model, but for the purposes of this review, we’ll just be covering the hybrid model.

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A look at the cooling cover on TempurPedic’s TEMPUR-Adapt line

As the name implies, this bed contains both coils and layers of foam. Specifically, it has a thick layer of memory foam on top.

Tempur-Pedic Firmness And Feel

Despite the thick layer of memory foam on top, it’s not your typical soft foam feel. It has more of a firm, dense foam feel. As you lay down on Tempur-Pedic mattresses, you can feel the top layers slowly mold and conform to your body’s shape. It will almost feel as if the mattress is hugging you. 

It’s still very comfortable, but you don’t sink in that much, and you don’t get any of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling that memory foam beds are known for. In fact, we think this bed is around a medium-firm on the firmness scale. 

TempurPedic has what we would call a “true memory foam feel”

Bottom line, this mattress provides a ton of support. As such, we think the Tempur-Adapt is best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers. It just doesn’t provide that much pressure relief for your hips and shoulders when you’re on your side. If you’re a strict side sleeper, you’d be better off going with one of the Purple mattresses.

SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers

Given the firmness level of the bed and the fact that it does have coils, though, we do think this mattress is ideal for heavy folks.

Is Tempur-Pedic a Good Mattress For Couples?

Couples need mattresses to have certain features for it to be as comfortable as possible.

Motion Isolation

The bed deadens movement well. That means you won’t be disturbed if your partner tends to move around or get up frequently throughout the night.

Edge Support

Also, the Tempur-Adapt provides excellent edge support. In fact, it’s one of the best beds we’ve ever tested in that department. There’s very little compression around the perimeter of the bed, and you never feel like you’re going to roll off.

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If you like memory foam, TempurPedic makes for a nice bed for couples

Temperature Regulation

Another nice thing about this bed is that it sleeps cool, which is pretty unusual for a memory foam bed. The cover contains a special cooling material that makes it a very cool-to-the-touch bed. Combined with the fact that most people will sleep more on top of the bed, rather than in it, this means the Tempur-Adapt is a solid option for hot sleepers.

All in all, there’s a lot to like about the Tempur-Adapt Hybrid. It has a high-quality construction, it’s comfortable, and it sleeps cool. If you like the feel of foam and you’re primarily a back and/or stomach sleeper, it’s hard to beat this bed.

Company Info

Tempur-Pedic is one of the biggest names in mattresses and has been well-recognized over the years. In 2019, the company was rated #1 in customer satisfaction in a J.D. Power Mattress Satisfaction Report. And in 1998, Tempur-Pedic was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame for its innovations.

In addition to the mattress quality, Tempur-Pedic has a 90-night risk-free trial for all of its mattresses. In addition to the trial period, the company also offers a 10-year warranty on all products.

Another advantage of Tempur-Pedic is its white-glove delivery service and free delivery. 

Other Tempur-Pedic Models

In addition to the Tempur-Adapt mattress reviewed in this article, the company also offers some other extremely popular options.


The Tempur-Cloud mattress is meant to adapt to your weight, shape and temperature to keep you comfortable throughout the night. Its design reduces the pressure that might otherwise keep you awake at night. The company boasts that this model provides 40% more pressure-relieving power than its leading competitor.


The Tempur-ProAdapt takes many of the benefits of the Tempur-Adapt to the next level. It’s thicker than the Adapt and claims to provide 20% more pressure relief than the original version. 


Tempur-Pedic calls its Tempur-LuxeAdapt mattress the ultimate Tempur-Pedic experience. Available in both soft and firm versions, the mattress conforms to your body shape to provide maximum pressure relief and comfort.


The Tempur-Breeze mattress is designed to keep you cool while you sleep for a better and longer night’s sleep. With two versions of the model, you have your choice between the amount of cooling and the feel you want for your mattress.

Tempur-Pedic Accessory Reviews:

TempurPedic vs. Purple Mattress Pricing

There are a few key distinctions between the Tempur-Pedic and Purple mattresses, with price being one of them. Purple’s mattresses start at a much lower price point — you can even snag a few of the sizes for under $1,000. You’ll spend more than twice as much for a Tempur-Pedic.

Twin XL$1,699$749
Cal King$2,899$1,399

Purple vs. Tempur-Pedic Sleeper Analysis

Before deciding which mattress is right for you, you’re probably wondering how each option lines up with your sleep style and body type. 

Side Sleepers

Side sleepers likely won’t get the back and hip support they need from the Tempur-Pedic Adapt. If you tend to sleep on your side, any of the Purple mattresses would work well.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

We think back and stomach sleepers can get a comfortable night’s sleep with either mattress company. The Tempur-Pedic Adapt provides great pressure relief for those who sleep on their back and stomach. Purple’s mattress works well for any type of sleeper, including back and stomach sleepers.

Combination Sleepers

Combination sleepers can find both TempurPedic and Purple mattresses that work well for them. Because of the support and pressure relief it provides, the TempurPedic Adapt is ideal for combination sleepers. If you’re set on a Purple mattress, the Purple Hybrid Premier 3 is the best option.

Heavy Individuals

Both the Tempur-Pedic and Purple mattresses can work well for heavy individuals. The Tempur-Pedic Adapt is ideal for heavy people as a result of the firmness level and the coils included in the design. If you’re going to go with a Purple mattress, the Purple Hybrid is probably the way to go. It includes more support and compression than the original.

Petite Individuals

Petite individuals are likely to get a comfortable night’s sleep on any of the mattresses discussed in this article. The more important factor to consider is the type of mattress material you’re looking for and your sleep style — back, stomach, side or combo.

Tempur-Pedic Hybrid vs. Purple Review Verdict

If you’ve read this far, you now probably understand the major differences between these beds. However, we realize buying a mattress is a big decision, so you still might be on the fence between the two. To make things easier, ask yourself two questions.

First, do you like the feel of memory foam? If you answered that with an absolute yes, go with the Tempur-Adapt. If you answered that with a no or an “I’m not sure,” you might want to give Purple a try.

If that didn’t settle it, what’s your budget? If it’s below $1,800 (queen size), looks like the Original Purple or base Purple Hybrid will have to do. If you read $1,800 and almost had a heart attack, be sure to check out our Best Mattresses Under $1,000 list.

Review team

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper


Which mattress is best for side sleepers?

TempurPedic’s pressure relief technology works really well for back and stomach sleepers, but provides little relief for the back and hips when you sleep on your side. If you’re a side sleeper, the Purple mattress is probably best for you.

Which bed is more expensive, Purple or TempurPedic?

The Purple mattress comes in at a significantly lower price point than the TempurPedic. You’ll pay $1,099 for a Purple queen mattress versus $2,199 for the same size in the TempurPedic.

What if I don’t like my mattress?

Both TempurPedic and Purple offer generous trial periods for you to test your mattress and decide if you like it. TempurPedic offers a 90-night trial period, while Purple’s trial is 100 nights. Both companies also offer a 10-year warranty period.

Which body type is Purple Bed best for?

They specifically market their Hybrid Premier model as being ideal for all body types. This model is particularly ideal for heavier individuals due to the extra support and compression that go into this bed’s technology.