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Purple Pillow Review

Our complete review of Purple Pillows, including the Plush option

It’s certainly unique, but is the Purple Pillow any good? And who is it best for? That’s the root of what we’ll be exploring in this review, but we will also touch on pricing, shipping, returns, construction, how you care for the pillow, and much more. We will even review the new Purple Plush Pillow

Who Is This Pillow Best For?

  • Anyone that tends to warm up at night and wants a cooling pillow
  • Risk takers (Purple Pillow is very unique, though, the Purple Plush Pillow is more traditional and fluffy)
  • People that like to snuggle with their pillow (Plush version, not the original)
  • Folks that need a really soft pillow (that would be the Plush version)

Who Won't Love This Pillow?

  • Anyone that’s looking for a pillow with Walmart pricing
  • Stomach sleepers (will not like the original Pillow)


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Whether you’re looking for the standard model or the new, fluffy pillow, just click the link above to jump to the appropriate section. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us an email, but make sure to put “Purple Pillow” in the subject line.

Shipping & Returns

As is the case with all Purple mattresses, Purple Pillows ship for free to anywhere in the contiguous United States. The flagship pillow will shows up in a 17” tall, cylindrical, appropriately-colored bag, while the Plush model comes with a decorative box.

Usually we don’t get all worked up over the packaging, but there’s something fun about seeing a pillow in a custom bag. It makes you think “Wow, this is a premium pillow,” before you even see the pillow itself.

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Custom bag for the Purple Pillow (Plush model comes in a nice box)

You even carry around the bag like a standard duffel bag—it has a top strap and everything. At the risk of stating the obvious, all you have to do is unzip the bag, flip it upside down, and let the pillow noodle its way out.

From this point, just like with the Original Purple mattress, you have 100 nights to try the pillows out. This is your opportunity to form your own opinion about the pillow and ultimately decide whether or not it’s for you.

My hunch is that you’ll know if you like the Purple pillows within a day or two. If you do keep it, it comes with a 1-year warranty, which is nothing to write home about.

If at any point during the trial period you decide that the Purple pillows are simply too unique or you, call Purple up and request a refund. Inside that trial period, you get completely free returns. According to Purple’s website, in order to be eligible for a refund, your pillow must be “Clean and undamaged.” You do need to contact them directly in order to arrange a refund.

Purple Pillow Review

The pillow isn’t cheap, but it’s also not what we would consider egregious. With an MSRP of $99, the Purple Pillow is (quite a bit) more affordable than the TempurPedic TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Pillow, but more expensive than the Lull Pillow.

As far as coupons go, you won’t find any coupons for the Purple Pillow. In fact, Purple as a company is staunchly against offering coupon codes. They feel that it devalues their products, among other things.

Having said that, the best way to save on the Purple Pillow is to keep an eye out for bundles. If you’re already considering purchasing one of the Purple 2/3/4 mattresses, for example, they will typically bundle in the pillow for free. So, while this is not a discount per se, it is a way to save money on the entire purchase.

This, of course, only works if you are interested in purchasing a Purple mattress. If you’re just looking at the pillow, you generally won’t find any discounts or deals on Purple.com for the pillow specifically.

What is the Purple Pillow Made Of?

Before we go over the exact construction of the pillow, we have to point out that it weighs in at a whopping 10 lbs. This is the heaviest pillow that we reviewed to date and, to be candid, it’s too heavy.

The pillow itself though, is made a proprietary, gel-like material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. You will see this on all Purple mattresses and it is the reason that so many people are flocking to Purple products.

Hyper-Elastic Polymer has a number of advantages and disadvantages. It is responsive and makes switching sleeping positions very easy at night.

It also has a slinky, malleable feel to it, which makes moving the pillow around very difficult. In the video above, we actually folded the pillow in half to show just how bendy it is, but also to showcase how responsive it is.

It also requires no fluffing, which means it will be the same height and shape all night long. This is one of the main marketing points that Purple uses when they promote this pillow. It’s a durable pillow that has a blend of pressure relief and support.

The Hyper-Elastic Polymer material is also laid out in a grid format, as you can see in the image below. This helps with airflow, which we’ll discuss more in a minute.

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Purple uses a grid format to increase airflow

The Purple Pillow is a single-sided pillow, meaning you are not supposed to flip it. On the bottom are zippers, which is how you open up the pillow so that you can wash the cover (more on this in the FAQ section below).

The cover of the pillow consists of 88% Polyester, 3% Nylon, 9% Spandex Mesh. It’s soft to the touch, but it sort of reminds us of a rec league basketball jersey.

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Close up on the cover of the Purple Pillow

The other thing that’s worth noting with the pillow is the powder that coats the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material. Purple says this is non-toxic and 100% safe. You can read about it on Purple’s blog. I don’t want to make a big deal out of this since it’s apparently entirely benign, but it just makes a mess if you do remove the cover. We aren’t concerned about it from a health perspective, but having to clean up the powder irked us a little.

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You can see a bit of the white powder on the bottom of the pillow (cover removed)

Again, according to Purple, the powder is completely safe, but it makes a mess. So, the moral of the story is if you do want to wash the cover of the Purple Pillow, make sure to move it outside first.

What Does the Purple Pillow Feel Like?

It feels like you’re laying on a softer, gel/rubbery material. It’s comfortable and pretty neat, but it’s certainly not for everyone. If you want a more traditional pillow—like say, the Helix Pillow—then you will undoubtedly not want to get the Purple Pillow.

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Really unique feel—just like their beds

However, if you’re open to something new and you’re intrigued with the responsive, supportive, pressure relieving nature of the Purple Pillow, who am I to stop you? Just know that it’s unlike any other pillow out there (in a good or bad way, depending your personal preferences).

Different Sleeping Styles

We think back sleeping is the most optimal position for the Purple Pillow. In fact, in most of the graphics on Purple’s website, they showcase back sleepers in particular.

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It’s best for back sleepers

The pillow has an uncompressed loft of about 3.25”, but when you lay your head on it, the loft drops to about 2.75”. There’s a real chance that you won’t find it tall enough for back sleeping, but this is definitely the most ideal position for the pillow.

For side sleepers, the Purple Pillow is a possibility, not a sure thing. We think it will be nice for petite side sleepers, but if you have a medium or large frame, we sincerely doubt that you’ll like this pillow.

Slumber Yard team member Matt slept with the Purple Pillow and said that the pillow was simply too thin for sleeping on his side. For reference, Matt is 6’ 0″ and weighs about 190 lb.

We feel pretty confident in saying that the original Purple Pillow is not designed for stomach sleepers. The pillow doesn’t compress enough to sleep comfortably on your stomach, unless you have a large frame. For medium and petite folks, the pillow just doesn’t flatten enough and therefore it sort of kinks your neck.

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Not the best option for stomach sleepers

Generally, we would advise you hug the edges of the pillow if you’re dead-set on sleeping on your stomach, but in this case, you don’t really have that option. The perimeter edges of the pillow are reinforced and offer even less compression.

One of the Best Cooling Pillows

This is one of the best features of the Purple Pillow. It does a fantastic job at regulating temperature. It doesn’t have an active cooling technologies, but since the Hyper-Elastic Polymer is constructed in a grid format, it allows for plenty of airflow.

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Another look at the Hyper-Elastic Polymer inside the pillow

The grid format allows air to circulate in and limits how much the pillow will heat up. Technically, this is not a cooling pillow, but it nonetheless definitely belongs on the short list of pillows for hot sleepers.

Final Thoughts — Standard Model

There’s plenty to like and dislike. We imagine that 50% of people will be all about this pillow and the other 50% will conclude that it’s definitely not for them.


Purple Plush Pillow Review

The Plush Pillow looks like a little cloud on your bed because of white and fluffy design. The cover material is made of 60% lyocell and 40% nylon. It’s soft and naturally moisture-wicking, and feels slightly cool. It’s definitely one of those pillows where you can flip it over in the middle of the night to get to the cool side.

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Plush Pillow (left) / Purple Pillow (right)

The fluff inside the pillow is very similar to the eidertech fill in their Purple Blanket in that it’s fluffy and bouncy, but it’s actually new technology called “Smart Fluff.” Smart Fluff is made of interlocking denier poly fiber puff balls.

It then has zippers on both sides of the pillow that allow you to close the pillow up for added firmness, open it up for optimal softness, or experiment with something in between. The standard pillow weighs 3.6 lb and the king is 4.4 lb.

To clean the Plush Pillow, throw the whole thing in the washing machine and use cold water on the gentle cycle. To dry, tumble dry on low heat. Purple recommends throwing some tennis balls in there as well, which helps to fluff the pillows up a bit and dry them quicker (thanks for the tip, Purple).

Loft Of The Purple Plush Pillow

Loft refers to how tall the pillow is, compressed or uncompressed. These measurements are a little different because we have so many options between the pillow being zipped up, completely unzipped, and all the other options in between.

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The compressed loft is between 2″ and 4″

So the loft of the pillow is the same at 8” tall uncompressed, whether it’s zipped or unzipped. But then while it’s zipped up, the pillow has less room to flatten out (which is why it feels firmer), making it 2.5-3.5” tall while compressed. While the pillow is unzipped, the fluff has more room to spread out, so it ranges from 2-4” tall while compressed.

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Loft depends on the status of the zippers

We realize this doesn’t sound like a huge difference, but it actually does feel a little different while laying your head on it.

The dimensions of the standard size pillow are roughly 26” x 18”. A standard size pillow case should fit on these pillows just fine, and also make for easier cleaning and more cohesive bedding. The dimensions of the king size are 35″ x 16.5″ so you’ll definitely need a king size pillow case

Accommodating Different Sleep Styles

Because the firmness of this pillow is adjustable, we think almost anyone will be able to get comfortable, but remember that getting comfortable and keeping the spine aligned has a lot to do with your body size, as well.

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The Purple Plush Pillow is Just fine for back sleepers

As a general rule of thumb, back sleepers need a little bit of loft so that their head is properly supported to keep their neck in line with the rest of their spine. Because of this, we’d say back sleepers might want to unzip their pillow for a softer feel and less loft.

Side sleepers typically need a little extra loft to keep their spines aligned while on their sides. The head needs to be supported so that the nose is in line with your belly button. Side sleepers might want to keep their Plush Pillow zipped up so that it’s firmer and the loft stays higher even with their head’s weight.

Stomach sleepers are similar to back sleepers, except their necks are usually turned to the side so that they’re not face down. The key here is to keep the neck in line with the spine, so you’ll probably want a softer pillow with less loft. Again, this will have a lot to do with your body type.

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We have different types of sleepers on our team, and Slumber Yard member McKenzie likes to sleep with a pillow on top of her head, instead of underneath her (we know, she’s weird). The Purple Plush Pillow is light and fluffy enough where it won’t cause any neck pain.

Sleeping Temperature

Some people like to sleep on the cooler side, and we get that. We already mentioned how the material of this pillow is slightly cooling and moisture-wicking, but we want to discuss airflow, as well.

If you look closely, the material inside of the zippers that holds the fluff in is a mesh-like material that has holes in it. When both sides of the pillow are unzipped, you can expect to have better airflow through the pillow because it lets the fluff become more airy, which literally gives more room for airflow.

On the other hand, when the pillow is zipped up, the pillow probably won’t be quite as cool. So if you tend to sleep hot and need all the cool-down you can get, we recommend you go for the softer option this pillow offers and unzip the sides.

Pricing Breakdown

We’ve reviewed some expensive pillows on the Slumber Yard, like the $170 TempurPedic TEMPUR Cloud Breeze Cooling Pillow, and we’re happy to say that the Purple Plush Pillow is highly affordable by comparison.

The standard size pillow retails for right under $50, and the king is about $65, but we’ve seen them offer a two-for-one sale in the past. That means two pillows for just $49. Believe us when we tell you this is a steal. You check current promotions on Purple.com.

How Good Is This Pillow?

We’re big fans of most of Purple’s products around here, and we’re excited to add the Purple Plush Pillow to our lineup of approved items. It’s fluffy and comfy, and we love all the customization options for different firmness levels and airflow. And because you can customize your firmness level, we think almost any sleeper type will be able to get comfortable and properly support their spine.

Besides all that, we’re actually pretty surprised and impressed by the price. We think if you’re looking for a quality pillow, this is it.

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Owen

Owen Poole

Side Sleeper

louis cote

Louis Côté

Side Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

FAQs

How did the Slumber Yard get the Purple pillows?

We were sent these pillows for free from Purple in order to review them. They did not pay us to say good or bad things about them. We review products independently.

How long does it take for the Purple Pillow to ship?

Purple pillows usually ships within 1-3 business days.

Where is the Purple Pillow manufactured?

According to Purple, some components of the pillow are made in the US, but the pillow itself is assembled and shipped out of Utah.

How do you clean the Purple Pillow?

The cover of the original pillow is machine washable on cold. You should hand wash the Hyper-Elastic Polymer portion.

Is the Purple Pillow available in multiple sizes?

No. They make just the one size, which is 24″ x 16″ x 3″.

Does Purple still include Adjustable Boosters with the pillow?

Not anymore. The Adjustable Boosters allowed users to add extra loft to the pillow. Not sure why Purple discontinued those.

Is the Purple Pillow available on Amazon?

As of the date that we’re posting this review, the Purple Pillow (and other Purple products) is available on Amazon.

Do you need a pillowcase with the Purple Plush Pillow?

You don’t absolutely need a pillow case with these pillows because they are machine washable and their cover is a nice and soft material, but you still probably should use a pillowcase. It’ll make for easier cleaning and can prevent the pillow from wearing out as fast.