Purple Pillow Review
Our complete review of Purple Pillows, including the Plush and Harmony options
Last Updated: July 8, 2020
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 and Purple Harmony Pillow.
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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 show up in a 17” tall, cylindrical, appropriately-colored bag, while the Plush and Harmony model come 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.
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 Hybrid 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, you might consider purchasing one of the boosters to increase the loft.
Slumber Yard team member Matt slept with the Purple Pillow and said that the pillow (absent the boosters) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Purple Harmony Pillow Review
The folks over at Purple call their Harmony pillow the “best pillow ever made” and even spent a year and a half perfecting it. While there are a lot of great pillows on the market, we aren’t going to lie—the second we unboxed this pillow we were pretty impressed by the innovative design.
We won’t dub it the greatest pillow that has ever existed, but it’s considered a top-favorite among some of our Slumber Yard members because of how luxurious and supportive it is. The Harmony Pillow is manufactured here at home in the good ol’ US of A, and is constructed with a hypoallergenic talalay latex foam core.
Surrounding the latex foam is Purple’s “360° Purple Grid Hex” for added cushion and support, and this is where the Purple Harmony stands out.
The material is made out of the brand’s “Geluxe Hex Grid,” a.k.a. their signature Hyper-Elastic Polymer, a gel-like substance meant to provide second-to-none support for your head and neck. The two materials harmoniously together to provide a restful sleep, which is where we’re guessing the brand got the name.
The honeycomb looking hexagonal grid can be seen and felt since it’s sewn into the pillow’s mesh cover (similar to the OG Purple Pillow’s cover) and it sort of feels like a Dr. Scholl’s shoe insert or a jelly toy you used to play with as a kid. The core is hand wash only, but the cover is machine washable, which we love because it makes cleaning up spills or drool puddles super easy.
Harmony Pillow Loft
Purple made two different loft options for the Harmony Pillow; the standard model and the Harmony Pillow Tall. The standard model has a loft of about 6.5” uncompressed, and about 3” compressed (when your head is laying down on it).
The Harmony Pillow Tall has a loft that’s about 1.5-2” taller than the standard model, and is about 4.5” when it’s compressed. While this might not seem like a huge difference on paper, in reality, that extra inch and a half or so is the difference between a supportive and unsupportive pillow for some people.
Laying our head on the Harmony pillow felt really nice—it almost feels like your head is weightless or just floating there. It’s soft, but not in a fluffy way like Purple’s Plush Pillow, and it’s definitely supportive too. It’s also a particularly responsive and springy pillow, which can be credited to both the bouncy latex foam and hyper-elastic polymer.
Since Purple offers two different loft options, we think this pillow would be accommodating for just about anyone, but make sure you choose the most appropriate model.
Standard Harmony Pillow is best for petite side sleepers, and stomach and back sleepers with an average build.
Harmony Pillow Tall is an ideal pillow for average to heavy side sleepers, and any heavy individual in general. Regardless of your sleeper type, we’d say a heavy person who weighs around 250 lbs + should opt for this model to benefit from its extra loft and support.
Does This Pillow Sleep Cool?
On Purple’s website, they refer to the Harmony Pillow’s cover as “cool-to-the-touch,” and although it’s moisture-wicking, we wouldn’t necessarily say this rings true. The GhostBed Pillow, for example, actually feels cold when you press your hand up to it, and we don’t get that same sensation from this pillow.
With that being said, the airflow is impeccable thanks to the grid’s hexagons that create 1500 little air pockets. So it may not sleep as cool as the Original Purple Pillow, but it definitely sleeps cooler than most pillows out there.
We have good news and bad news. The good news is, the price for the standard Harmony Pillow and the Harmony Pillow Tall are both exactly the same. Bad news is, the price is pretty steep and will cost you around $160 on Purple’s website.
We mentioned how we thought the Purple Harmony Pillow was luxurious, and the price certainly reflects that sentiment. It’s one of the pricier pillows we’ve seen come through our doors.
If you’re somebody on a ramen noodle diet, this pillow isn’t very realistic for you. For those of you who want to invest in their sleep and have the funds to drop over $150 on a pillow, however, we think it may be worth it.
Final Thoughts — Harmony Pillow
If you’re able to justify the price of this pillow, it’s definitely the most luxurious model from their catalog and one of our favorites. It’s a good option for sleepers who’re looking for something different than the traditional down feeling you get from Purple’s Plush Pillow, but a little more conventional and accommodating than the Original Purple Pillow.
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.
Purple pillows usually ships within 1-3 business days.
According to Purple, some components of the pillow are made in the US, but the pillow itself is assembled and shipped out of Utah.
The cover of the original pillow is machine washable on cold. You should hand wash the Hyper-Elastic Polymer portion.
No. They make just the one size, which is 24″ x 16″ x 3″.
Yes. They recently started selling the boosters again on their website.
As of the date that we’re posting this review, the Purple Pillow (and other Purple products) is available on Amazon.
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.