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|Tulo has a neutral memory foam feel and offers three different firmness options. It’s a comfortable mattress with a more affordable price tag.|
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Here are the main points you’ll want to walk away with after reading this comparison.
Read through this written comparison post to learn more about these two mattresses.
In one corner, you have Tulo, the bed-in-a-box brand owned by Mattress Firm with a neutral-foam feel and a wide range of firmness levels. In the other is Purple, the one-of-a-kind mattress with a patented purple polymer (try saying that three times) that may take a second to get used to, but is pretty comfortable once you warm up to it.
Our goal in this comparison is to get you to explore your options and help you decide what you want in a mattress, whether it be Tulo or Purple. If you find you want more information on a certain mattress, we have full length mattress reviews on each brand over at our Mattress Review page.
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Your mattress will either fall in the budget tier, somewhere in the middle, or the luxury tier. Even though Tulo isn’t necessarily in the budget tier, it’s cheaper than the average online mattress brand. A queen size Tulo mattress usually retails for around $750 and it almost always has a discount going on. The original Purple’s MSRP is about $1,000, and the company isn’t known for giving out discounts very often.
So with a discount code, Tulo often ends up being around a few hundred dollars cheaper. It’s also significantly cheaper than Purple models 2, 3, and 4. The newer models of Purple are constructed with additional layers of their patented polymer material and they’re hybrid mattresses, so they come with heftier price tags. Models 2-4 range from around $1,600 to $2,800, so we’d put them in the luxury tier.
Tulo introduced their “Comfort Series” to the online mattress market and it includes three identically priced mattresses with different firmness levels. The construction of each mattress will depend on which model you go with; a Soft, Medium, or Firm. So in general, this is what they’re constructed with:
The first layer is 4.5” of dense support foam. Next, is a slab of high resilience firm foam that’s 1.5” thick, and above that is another 1.5” layer of a responsive poly foam (a.k.a. neutral foam). Then the slab of foam you’ll be lying directly on top of is Tulo’s proprietary memory foam, meaning a blend of foam that’s different from other brands’ because it’s unique to this bed.
Since memory foam is sometimes known for trapping heat throughout the night, a lot of companies try to counteract that characteristic by changing or adding something to the material. In Tulo’s case, the foam is infused with mini fragments of titanium and has “Cool Flow” memory foam, which is meant to help regulate temperature.
We should note that if you’re somebody who turns into a radiator when they’re sleeping, or if your partner’s the radiator, check out our list on the Best Mattresses for Hot Sleepers and Sweaty People. They might be a little more beneficial for you. You’ll find we put the Purple.2 model on that list, so we think Purple would probably be a little better for temperature regulation than Tulo is.
Memory foam is part of Tulo’s construction, but we have to say it doesn’t feel like your traditional memory foam. It has an impressive response time for a memory foam mattress and is great at limiting motion transfer. We would say it feels like neutral foam with a mist of memory foam, meaning it doesn’t give you a deep viscous feeling like a traditional memory foam mattress would. If you really enjoy that sink-in, contouring feeling, know that you probably won’t get it with a Tulo or a Purple. If you’re a big memory foam fan and know that’s what you’re looking for, take a look at our post on the best memory foam mattresses.
There are a lot of companies out there that have different models you can choose from, but they usually have different prices, materials, etc. Tulo has three quality mattresses with the same price, basically same material, but different firmness levels.
You can get a Soft mattress, which lands between medium and medium-soft on our scale. It’s ideal for side sleepers because it provides great pressure relief for the contours of your hips and shoulders. You want your body to be pressing into the mattress, and not have the mattress pressing into your body. If you’re unsure of the difference in that statement, lay on your side on your bedroom floor—that’s how it feels when the surface you’re on doesn’t have any give to allow for pressure relief. Of course a mattress isn’t as hard as a floor, but you get the gist.
You can also get a Medium mattress that lands at a… drum roll… medium on our firmness scale. This is the mattress we’ve found to be most popular because it will accommodate combo sleepers and couples with different sleeper types the best. The folks who are primarily back and stomach sleepers can find good support in the Firm model, which lands at a medium-firm on our scale.
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When you’re going to buy a mattress, you should first consider your body type because it plays a large part in how firm or soft your mattress will feel to you. The more pressure you exert on a mattress, the softer it’s going to feel. We usually recommend folks over 250 lb get a hybrid mattress, because all-foam mattresses won’t be as long-lasting and supportive for your body.
Purple’s OG model won’t give you the best support long-term if you’re heavy, but we think all of the new Purple models would be good options for heavier folks since they contain coils to provide some resistance against the pressure. You can also check out our list of the best mattresses for heavy people to see the other options we think would be the best fit.
So why is Purple such a unique mattress? Let’s just say it’s like nothing you’ve ever slept on before. The original Purple mattress has three layers of poly foam and the Hyper-Elastic Polymer we’ve been talking about. The patented material can stretch up to 15 times its original state, which you can imagine makes it impressively durable.
Hyper-Elastic Polymer looks like a bunch of squares lined up in rows similar to a grid, so there’s arguably just as much air as there is material. This means it allows for great airflow to help you sleep cooler. Gel-like material is actually one of the coolest substances you can make a bed with, so you get a mattress with pretty great temperature regulation.
In the Original Purple mattress, the base layer is 4” of poly foam as the bed’s foundation, and on top of that is 3.5” of poly foam which acts as a transition layer for the dense support foam underneath. Then at the top is 2” is the polymer material that bends to your body as you lay and move around on it. The newer models have a similar construction, but they’re manufactured with coils instead of the poly foam layers. As you go up in models, the thickness of the polymer layer increases. You can check out our reviews on Purple Mattresses 2, 3, and 4 to find out more about their construction, as well.
If you laid on top of a Purple mattress, you would notice that it doesn’t feel like any kind of mattress you’ve ever been on before. After a few seconds of pondering, you’ll probably realize it feels more like gel or silicone rather than foam. To those of you who just did the eyebrow raise at your screen, we know it sounds a little different. It is different and it’s going to take a second to get used to. Some people admittedly never do, but others find it really comfortable.
Since it was unlike other mattresses we’ve tested, it was a little difficult to give it a spot on our scale. If we had to choose, we would say the Original Purple lands at a medium because it’s a good balance between supportive and pressure relieving.
When you press down on the polymer material, it bounces back almost immediately, so it’s really responsive to pressure. It’s also good at limiting motion transfer so you won’t be feeling your significant other get out of bed to pee 20 times during the night.
With the newer models, you also have an option to choose between medium and medium-firm. Again, be sure to take a look at our review of Purple 2, 3, and 4 for more information on the various models.
If you’re an adventurous person and want your mattress to be as bold as you are, give Purple a try! Remember, you have a little over three months to decide if you like the mattress or not so you can return it for a 100% refund if it turns out it just isn’t for you.
Now that you’ve gone over the pros and cons for each mattress, ask yourself these questions:
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Before you buy a mattress, one of the things you want to know is their set of company policies. How long do you have to test your mattress? Will they cover you if you notice a huge split in the foam after one year of having it? It may not be the first thing on your mind when you start the search for a mattress, but it’s still good to know in case something comes up later on down the road.
For both Tulo and Purple, you’re ensured free shipping as is the case with most online mattress brands. As you’ve probably realized by now, your bed will be delivered to you in a box—or, in the case of the original Purple mattress, a bag—and from there, you’ll remove your mattress from the box, unroll and unwrap it, then wait 24-48 hours for it to fully inflate and breath.
It’s more convenient to shop for a mattress online, but you only get to see it through a computer screen rather than the full sensory experience you get in real life. This is why online companies offer a generous risk-free trial period. You get the opportunity to test out your mattress without having the fear of getting stuck with it if you don’t like it. You get 100 nights with Purple and 120 nights with Tulo, so either way, you get over three months to sleep on your mattress and decide if you like it or not.
When you order a mattress, it’s good to know the company will stand by their product. With both Tulo and Purple you get a 10-year warranty, which is another common practice by online mattress brands. That means for an entire decade they’ll have you covered for defects like unwarranted cracks in the foam and intense sagging in the mattress. We recommend you head over to the Tulo.com or Purple.com to take a closer look at the fine print to get a fuller understanding of what they cover.