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Tuft and Needle vs Purple Mattress Comparison

Tuft and Needle vs Purple Mattress Comparison

See which online mattress in a box is best in this Purple vs Tuft & Needle review

Last Updated: September 8, 2020

McKenzie Dillon

Tuft & Needle and Purple are two of the most recognized online mattress brands out there. Despite their popularity, both beds are actually quite different. On one hand, you have Tuft & Needle, which is a budget mattress-in-a-box. On the other hand is Purple, which uses a unique polymer material that gives their beds a gel-like feel. We will also discuss Tuft and Needle Mint, as well as the companies' hybrid mattress models.

Tuft & Needle Original Soft Foam Check Current Offers Applied in CartTuft & Needle is quite possibly the most popular budget mattress online. The bed is comfortable and accommodates all types of sleepers.
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.

Purple Mattress vs Tuft and Needle Mattress Overview

If you’re hard up on time, the primary differences between these bed in a box brands can really be explained in three points:

  • Price — Tuft & Needle is much more affordable than all four Purple beds.
  • Feel — The Tuft & Needle mattress has a soft neutral-foam feel. The Purple beds, on the other hand, have a very unique gel-like feel. It really just depends on what you personally prefer.
  • Temperature Regulation — Purple mattresses allow for a lot of airflow. As such, they’re preferable for hot sleepers, especially the Purple Hybrid mattresses.

Jump-To Links For This Comparison:

Most of the review focuses on the flagship beds, however, we also wrote a Tuft and Needle Mint vs Purple section and a Tuft and Needle Hybrid vs Purple section. You can use the links above to jump around the comparison.

Tuft & Needle Vs Purple Mattress Video

Those are just three main points, though. We’ll provide more detail about these points, as well as a few other differences, below.

Tuft & Needle Original Mattress Review

Tuft & Needle Design & Construction

While the Tuft & Needle mattress doesn’t really have any true eye-catching features, it’s a solid all-around bed. In fact, last we checked, it had a 4.5 star rating on Amazon with over 6,500 reviews. That’s pretty incredible.

The Tuft & Needle mattress is a 10″ all-foam bed comprised of just two layers. Its top layer is a proprietary foam that has a soft neutral-foam feel. It’s very comfortable and responsive. You’ll never get any of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling, which means it’s quite easy to switch between sleeping positions.

Tuft & Needle Feel & Firmness

In terms of firmness, we think the bed comes in right around a medium on the firmness scale. We think it’s best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers from the get-go.

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Tuft & Needle can accomodate all sleeping position (including stomach)

However, like pretty much all beds, this mattress will soften up over time. As such, strict side sleepers will find the bed more comfortable and accommodating as time passes and the bed breaks in a little.

SEE AlSO: Best Mattress For Side Sleepers

Given it is just a two-layer, all-foam bed, though, we wouldn’t recommend the Tuft & Needle for heavy folks (250+ lb). That’s going to be the case with most all-foam beds. Heavy people are better off going with a bed that contains coils (like the Tuft & Needle Hybrid) for added support and durability.

SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Heavy People

Tuft & Needle Mattress Temperature Regulation

Moving on to temperature regulation, we think the Tuft & Needle mattress sleeps temperature neutral. Like I mentioned earlier, the bed has a neutral, responsive foam top layer. Because of this, the bed doesn’t really hug you or contour to your body’s shape (i.e. memory foam), which should help prevent the foam from trapping a lot of heat.

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Inside the two-layer Tuft & Needle mattress

On the flip side, it doesn’t really actively cool you down either. If you’re a person that really heats up at night, you’ll be better off with one of the Purple mattresses (you’ll find out why below).

Lastly, the Tuft & Needle mattress performs pretty well in terms of edge support and motion isolation. This makes it a viable option for couples who share a smaller size bed.

tuft and needle mattress review edge support
A comfy and inexpensive bed

You never want to feel as if you’re going to roll off the edge when your partner is hogging the middle of the bed, and you never want to be disturbed if your partner tosses and turns a lot or gets up frequently throughout the night. The T&N mattress does a good job with both those factors.

All in all, it’s easy to see why so many people like the Tuft & Needle mattress. It’s comfortable and accommodates most sleeper types and body sizes. Plus, it’s extremely affordable. Anytime you can snag a king size mattress under $750, that’s a steal in our eyes. You can check T&N’s website for their deals and promotions today.

Purple Mattress Review

Purple Mattress Design & Construction

Purple has taken the online mattress industry by storm these past few years. In fact, the company was valued at over $1 billion in recent years. Wow, that’s a lot of stinky cheddar. With that kind of valuation, their mattresses must be pretty darn good, right? Let’s find out.

What makes Purple stand out from the crowd is their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which they use as the top layer on all their mattress models. It’s not a foam and it doesn’t feel like foam either. It feels more like a gel or silicone-like material, even though it’s actually polymer (hence the name). It’s extremely flexible, responsive, and soft. In fact, it can stretch 15 times its resting state (try doing that with foam).

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A closer look at Purple’s secret sauce: Hyper-Elastic Polymer

Really, what makes it so special is that it’s able to cradle your pressure points (i.e. shoulders and hips) while also providing a good amount of support. Now, most of the Slumber Yard team members love the feel of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, but it’s not for everybody. Some folks think it has a little too unique of a feel for a mattress.

The original Purple mattress is their most affordable, entry-level option. This model is comprised of two layers of polyurethane foam on the bottom and then a 2″ slab of Hyper-Elastic Polymer on top. We think this model is great for all kinds of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on your back, stomach, or side.

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Slumber Yard team member Matt relaxing on the Original Purple bed

Like I mentioned earlier, the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material is very unique in that it’s able to provide both pressure relief and support exactly where you need it. The only downside we really see with the original Purple is that it’s not the best option for heavier body types (lack of coils).

Other Purple Beds

A couple years back, Purple added three new models to their lineup — the Purple Hybrid, Purple Hybrid Premier 3 and Purple Hybrid Premier 4 (these three beds used to be known as the New Purple 2/3/4). The hybrid models incorporate individually pocketed coils for added support. Given the new construction, we recommend heavy people go with one of the new Purple models.

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Good edge support on the Purple Hybrid models

In general, coils are just much more durable than dense support foams and also provide bi-directional support (i.e. the coils compress, but also push-back), which is much more ideal for the extra stress heavy people exert on beds.

In terms of differences between the three hybrid models, though, it really comes down to the thickness of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer. The Purple Hybrid Premier 4 uses a 4″ slab of polymer, the Purple Hybrid Premier 3 uses a 3″ slab, and it continues down the line. The price also varies depending on which model you choose. The Hybrid Premier 4 is the most expensive (that polymer material isn’t cheap), followed by the Hybrid Premier 3 and then the base Purple Hybrid.

The company recommends the base Purple Hybrid for back and stomach sleepers (they say it’s the firmest), the Hybrid Premier 3 for combo sleepers, and the Hybrid Premier 4 for side sleepers. However, our team thinks all three models are great for all types of sleepers. Slumber Yard team member Matt can substantiate that claim. He sleeps on the Purple Hybrid Premier 4 and loves it, even though he’s a combination sleeper.

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Slumber Yard team member Matt loves his Purple Hybrid Premier 4

What also makes Hyper-Elastic Polymer special is that it helps all the different mattress models sleep cool. That’s because Hyper-Elastic Polymer in general doesn’t trap heat and is a just a naturally cooler material than foam.

The polymer is also laid in a grid formation, which creates columns and rows that allow air to flow freely near the top of the mattress. If you push down hard on the Purple mattresses, you can actually feel the air coming up through your fingers. It’s pretty amazing.

Purple Mattress Edge Support

Lastly, we also think the Purple mattresses are good choices for couples (as long as both people like the feel). The mattresses contain solid foam side rails for edge support. Also, you might not think so considering how responsive and sort of bouncy the polymer material is, but all the Purple beds do a pretty decent job of deadening movement.

All in all, it’s hard to hate on Purple. We can see why the company has exploded in recent years. Sure, their beds are on the pricey side, but Hyper-Elastic Polymer is so unique and provides so many benefits, we can understand why.

Purple Mattress vs Tuft & Needle Review Verdict

If you’ve read this far, you now understand why we said both mattresses are quite different. However, if you’re still having trouble deciding, ask yourself three questions.

First, what’s your budget? If it’s below $950 (queen size), Tuft & Needle wins and it’s not close.

Tuft & Needle Pricing:

Twin XL$395
Cal King$750

Purple Mattress Pricing:

Twin XL$749
Cal King$1,399

Next, do you tend to sleep extremely hot? If yes, go Purple. It provides much better airflow, plain and simple.

Lastly, do you want to try something different or are you dead set on the traditional foam mattress? If you love the feel of soft foam, play it safe and go with Tuft & Needle. If not, give Purple a chance.

Tuft & Needle Mint vs Purple

The second mattress that T&N came out with is Tuft and Needle Mint. It’s a softer mattress that’s plush enough for people with pain in their shoulders and hips. Here’s a video that goes over the Tuft and Needle Mint vs Purple debate:

The main differences between Tuft and Needle Mint and Purple are as follows: price, design, feel, and firmness. The first thing is that Tuft and Needle Mint is around $1,000 for the queen, while most of the Purple beds cost more than $1,000. Even with promotions, we expect that Tuft and Needle Mint will be more affordable than the Purple mattresses.

Another difference is design. Tuft and Needle Mint has an all-foam construction, so it’s best for medium and petite-size sleepers. It has three layers of foam, including a soft “Enhanced T&N Adaptive Foam” on top. Purple makes their hybrid beds as well as the original mattress with a foam support core.

As for the feel and firmness of the mattress, Tuft and Needle Mint has a soft foam feel just like the original bed, only softer. We consider it to be around a “medium-soft” making it softer than all of the beds offered by Purple—which largely cluster around a “medium” on the firmness scale.

Tuft & Needle Hybrid vs Purple

Tuft & Needle recently launched their first hybrid mattress. Below is a short video outlining how the Tuft & Needle Hybrid compares to both the Purple mattresses, including the Hybrid and Hybrid Premier models.

The big difference between Tuft and Needle Hybrid and Purple Hybrid is in the feel of the price. We can all acknowledge that both beds are fairly pricey, so that won’t necessarily be driving a decision one way or the other. The biggest deciding factor for Tuft and Needle Hybrid and Purple Hybrid will be whether you want a soft foam feel or a new style of bed.

Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper


How are Tuft & Needle and Purple different?

While these are both bed-in-a-box mattresses, they feel completely different. Tuft & Needle feels like a general soft foam mattress—it has a more familiar feel. Purple feels unlike anything else you’ve tried. It has a squishy and stretchy feel that’s really comfy.

Are they good for side sleepers?

Yes. We consider both of them good for all sleeping positions.

Do they offer free returns?

Yes. Both Purple and T&N offer free returns during your 100-night trial period.

Will I get free shipping?

Yes. Both brands offer 100% free shipping in the contiguous United States.