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Purple Pillow Review

Our complete review of the 10 lb Purple Pillow

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.

Who Is This Pillow Best For?

  • Back sleepers
  • Petite side sleepers
  • Anyone that tends to warm up at night and wants a cooling pillow
  • Risk takers (the Purple Pillow is very unique)
  • People looking for a durable pillow that doesn’t require any fluffing

Who Won't Love This Pillow?

  • People that don’t want to spend $99 on a pillow (especially one that is 10 lb)
  • Stomach sleepers
  • Anyone that prefers a more traditional pillow
  • People that like to snuggle with their pillow (you won’t be moving this one ever at night)


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Buying the Purple Pillow

As is the case with all Purple mattresses, the Purple Pillow ships for free to anywhere in the contiguous United States. It actually shows up in a 17” tall, cylindrical, appropriately-colored bag.

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

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. Here’s a look at the un-bagging process.

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Un-bagging the Purple Pillow

From this point, just like with the Original Purple mattress, you have 100 nights to try the pillow 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 Pillow 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 Pillow is 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 Price and Coupon Code

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 the Purple 2 mattress, 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 below, we actually folded the pillow in half to show just how bendy it is, but also to showcase how responsive it is.

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Bounces back immediately—no need to fluff

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. You can also read more about Hyper-Elastic Polymer on Purple’s website.

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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. I’m not concerned about it from a health perspective, but having to clean up the powder irked me 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).

Will the Purple Pillow Work for Back Sleepers?

We say yes. In fact, 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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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.

What About Side Sleepers?

The answer is: possibly. 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.

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Not our favorite side sleeper 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.

And Stomach Sleepers?

We feel pretty confident in saying no. 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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Kaite Kale isn’t having fun with this one

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.

Purple Pillow Review: Verdict

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.

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Owen

Owen Poole

Side Sleeper

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

FAQs

How did the Slumber Yard get this pillow?

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

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

It 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 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.

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