Mattress shopping has dramatically changed with appearance of more and more online stores that allow its users to test these products at home from 100 nights and up to a whole year and to return it for a full refund if desired.
However, there are too many companies selling quite popular beds. At that one manufacturer can present several different models at once. To make choosing a bit easier, we took one popular company and compared the two models it offers. We based our comparison primarily on user experience to help you decide which one is a better option for you.
Last Updated: Having studied the user experience and each model’s composition, we came to a conclusion that although New Purple is more expensive, it truly deserves to take the first place. Original Purple is what everything started from: just like New Purple, it has many advantages to offer.
In this review:
- The Comparison Results
- Mattress Comparison Features
The Comparison Results
|New Purple||Original Purple|
|Side Sleepers||Very Good||Very Good (Good for lightweight)|
|Back Sleepers||Very Good||Good (Very Good for heavy)|
|Stomach Sleepers||Good||Good (Fair for lightweight)|
|Lower Back Pain Sufferers||Very Good||Very Good|
|Neck and Shoulder Pain Sufferers||Very Good||Very Good|
|Arthritis and Fibromyalgia||Very Good||Good|
|Hot Sleepers||Very Good||Very Good|
|Heavy People||Good (Very Good for back sleepers)||Good (Very Good for back sleepers)|
|Allergies||Very Good||Very Good|
|Thickness||11″, 12″, 13″||9 1/2″|
|Firmness||Medium Soft (4.5), Medium Firm (5.5), Firm (6.5)||Medium Firm (6.5)|
|Durability||6 to 8 years||6 to 8 years|
|Smell||Minimal, dissipating quickly||Minimal, dissipating quickly|
|Noise||Very Good||Very Good|
|Warranty||10 years||10 years|
In this review, we studied such features as suitability for specific sleeping positions depending on a person’s weight, as well as for people with possible allergies, back or neck pain. We also looked into how well a mattress is able to isolate motion, reduce noise, stay cool and provide good edge support.
We know that couples look for responsiveness and bounce to improve sexual experience, while people who suffer from arthritis and older people seek these properties to make switching positions and getting in and out of the bed easier. In our overview, you will also find out the design details, such as materials, thickness and firmness.
In the comparisons table below, you can take a quick look over how the two models stack up. To find out more about the comparison features and why each model got the score it did, continue reading.
1. New Purple – Best Overall Choice
New Purple is a model for people who want to have exceptional experience in all aspects. The New model is not only offered in three firmness options but is also delivered and set up free of charge. It also has reinforced edge support that allows a person to comfortably sit on the edge or lie near it without it collapsing under the weight.
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The pocketed coils used in this model’s construction not only improve temperature control and support, contour your body better and make the structure more responsive and bouncy, but also make the mattress feel slightly softer than Original because the base layer’s better response to the pressure applied.
This mattress will deliver exceptional pressure relieving comfort and contouring support no matter your sleeping style or weight. It is possible, because in addition to the well-thought design, it also has different firmness levels to choose from. Finally, Purple has good motion isolation and noise reduction properties, as its coils are individually pocketed.
Side sleepers will enjoy sleeping on the New Purple, because it does an exceptional job at relieving pressure around the shoulders and hips, while keeping the body in a natural position.
Since this model is offered in three firmness options, go softer if you weigh less and choose a slightly firmer variant if you are a heavier individual. The medium firm option is likely to be too firm for this position.
Since the New Purple is offered in firmer options and has pocketed springs, even heavier stomach sleepers will find it to be able to support their spine properly. Lightweight individuals will find that softer firmness will allow them to press in deep enough to feel comfortable and, at the same time, well-supported.
Medium and Medium Firm firmness options are most suitable for back sleepers. According to the user reviews, the New Purple keeps their spine better aligned and their weight evenly distributed. The combination of the Smart Comfort Grid and pocketed coils delivers an excellent balance of comfort and support.
Lower Back Pain Sufferers
No matter whether your back pain is caused by a wrong mattress or a sitting job, the New Purple will allow every muscle of your back to relax because it will receive contouring support and excellent pressure relief. Any pain will also be minimized and/or prevented because your spine will be properly aligned, so no extra pressure will impact inflamed nerves or strained muscles.
Neck and Shoulder Pain Sufferers
If you have problems falling asleep or doing your daily tasks due to aching neck and shoulders, then you will appreciate the fact that Purple will closely contour every curve of your body to keep the spine properly aligned from head to toe. It will relieve any pressure applied on your shoulders to prevent pain, especially when you lie on your side.
Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
The New Purple is more suitable for people with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis because now it not only effectively relieves pressure and contours the body for maximum relaxation, but also has more bounce and responsiveness in combination with strong edge support, so moving around in bed and getting in and out of it requires less effort.
The New Purple is a dream mattress for hot sleepers. Not only it has pocketed coils that promote good airflow – its upper Smart Comfort Grid also has open-cell structure and helps to keep the surface comfortably cool. A breathable, thin cover will not restrict the airflow while wicking moisture away from the body.
Thanks to various firmness levels and high-quality pocketed coils, Purple is a great choice for obese and heavy people. Purple can hold up to 300 pounds per person or 600 pounds total. The Smart Comfort Grid will ensure that the weight of an overweight person is evenly distributed, the body is properly supported, and all pressure points are alleviated.
Unless you are lighter individuals and/or prefer to sleep on your side, do not choose the softest firmness option. Medium and even medium firm will be the best option for couples, including those with different weight, and will provide bounce and responsiveness for great sexual experience.
Couples will also appreciate good motion isolation, noise reduction, temperature control and that the New Purple has better edge support, so they can use the whole surface.
If you suffer from allergies or asthma, any Purple mattress will be a good choice. Many are aware of the fact that dust mites (or their feces to be exact) are often a cause of allergies. Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ material at the top is not only hypoallergenic but is also dust mite resistant. With Purple, you can sleep peacefully.
The New Purple model is offered in all the popular standard sizes. These include Twin, Queen and King. See the table below for exact dimensions of each available size.
|Product Dimensions:||Twin XL||Full||Queen||King||Cal King|
This Purple model has three thickness options: 11″, 12″, and 13″. The only difference between all of them is different thickness of the Smart Comfort Grid: 2, 3 and 4 inches respectively. This uniquely engineered Smart Comfort Grid has excellent pressure relief, contouring support, motion isolation and temperature control properties.
Underneath the Smart Comfort Grid is a high-density foam transition layer followed by pocketed coils. Both the pocketed coils and the Smart comfort grid are reinforced around the perimeter with a layer of high-density foam. The base layer is also made from high-density polyfoam. The cover is stretching and breathing.
The New Purple is offered in three firmness options so everyone can find one that suits him best. These include medium soft (4.5), medium (5.5), and medium firm (6.5).
The medium soft is most suitable for lightweight people and/or side sleepers, while the medium firm will offer good support to heavier individuals, stomach sleepers and those who prefer a slightly firmer feel. Medium is the most versatile firmness and is suitable for combination sleepers and different weight categories.
When investing into the New Purple model, you can be sure that it will last you for quite a while because the whole construction has only quality materials. These include high-density base foam and pocketed coils along with the reinforced edges and hyper-elastic polymer grid on top. All these elements are designed to withstand the test of time without losing their properties.
According to user reviews, only a few people experienced some initial off-gassing. Any smell dissipated within a few days and was not strong. It should be noted that all materials used in Purple are non-toxic, so you can be confident that you will breathe in any toxins.
New Purple boasts strong edge support. The edges are reinforced with a 4-inch (6-inch in King) layer of high-density polyfoam around the pocketed springs block and a layer of foam around the grid system. Thus, if this feature is important for you, the new model will be a better choice.
Purple New should be used with a flat, sturdy foundation because otherwise it can deform, break or get bent, which will translate into bad experience for you. Purple can be used with an adjustable base for more comfort and better experience or set on a platform, box foundation, floor, etc.
Warranty and Delivery
Purple will be delivered to your doorstep for free, and you will have a chance to try how well the new technology meets your needs for 100 nights, free of risk. If you do not like the mattress, you can return it for a full refund, with return shipping being free of charge as well. New Purple enjoys a 10-year premium warranty.
- 10-year premium warranty
- 100-night full refund trial period
- Free delivery and returns plus free White Glove Delivery
- Unique Smart Comfort Grid technology for premium pressure relief, contouring and coolness
- Good for combination sleepers
- Non-toxic and hypoallergenic materials
- Good edge support
- Relatively heavy
2. Original Purple – Runner Up
Original Purple stands out from other mattresses thanks to its scientifically engineered Smart Comfort Grid that is able to deliver superior comfort through contouring every curve of your body closely. It will alleviate pressure points and keep your spine properly aligned in any position.
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This model is a great choice for those who find regular all-foam models to be too hot, as its open-cell grid design facilitates airflow. Original Purple is excels at isolating motion and at the same time has sufficient bounce and responsiveness.
The Original model has only one firmness option with a slightly firmer feel due to high-quality supporting base layers. This model is a good choice for average-weight people and those who prefer to sleep on their back.
Purple is a great choice for side sleepers, although might be slightly too firm for lightweight individuals because of the Smart Comfort Grid. Combined with a stretching cover, this scientifically engineered layer enables superior contouring support and pressure relief. You can be confident that your body will be properly aligned, and you will feel exceptionally comfortable on Purple.
Lightweight individuals will find that Original is not the best option for this position because, once again, it might feel slightly firmer and not conforming enough. Otherwise, Purple will do a great job of keeping your body in a natural position and providing pressure relief where you need it.
Purple Original is the best choice for average and heavy people who prefer to sleep on their back. According to the users, this model is able to keep the spine in a natural position and relieve pressure. Lightweight individuals will also find that it provides a good balance of support and comfort.
Lower Back Pain Sufferers
Since Purple has the Smart Comfort Grid, your lower back will receive proper support, while excess pressure around your hips will be relieved. Thanks to the adequate support and the fact that your back is not strained, existing pain will mostly go away and should not bother you again for as long as you use this mattress.
Neck and Shoulder Pain Sufferers
Purple will allow you to forget about your problems: the Smart Comfort Grid cells will collapse under the pressure of your shoulders and head, thus bringing relief to these points. At the same time, it will contour your body and properly support your neck to ensure that it is on the same line with the rest of the body.
Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis will appreciate the exceptional comfort and pressure relief that Purple can deliver. However, they should remember that the Original model is not very responsive or bouncy, so it might be harder to change positions or get in and out of the bed.
Thanks to the open grid design of the Smart Comfort Grid in combination with a breathing cover, Purple Original does an excellent job at regulating temperature. Good air circulation will allow the surface to stay comfortably cool throughout the night, so you will no longer turn and twist in search of a cooler spot.
The scientifically engineered top layer will help to evenly distribute the weight of a heavy or obese individual, while ensuring that no pressure is concentrated in one spot and that the blood flow is not restricted. Despite being a mixed-foam model, Purple Original can be a good choice for overweight individuals and will provide the necessary support without sacrificing comfort.
Purple Original can be a good option for couples, including with different weight. However, the couple should make sure that it is a good fit for both in terms of the preferred sleeping position and weight.
Some couples find that this model is not bouncy and responsive enough for them during sex and lacks strong edge support. Still, Purple Original is excellent at isolating motion and reducing noise, which is important if you do not want to disturb your sleeping partner.
Purple Original is a great option for people who suffer from allergies or asthma, because Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ material is a natural dust mite deterrent and hypoallergenic.
The Original Purple model can be acquired in all the standard sizes, so you should be able to find the one that fits your needs and preferences best. In the table below, you can see the exact measurements of each side.
|Twin XL||Full||Queen||King||Cal King|
|Purple Original||38” x 80” x 9.5”||54” x 76” x 9.5”||60” x 80” x 9.5”||76” x 80” x 9.5”||72” x 84” x 9.5”|
Original Purple is 9.5″ thick. Two layers of high-density polyfoam, with lower layer being slightly denser, create the base of this model. They provide support for the upper layer and give it some responsiveness.
The comfort layer includes the unique Smart Comfort Grid that has an open-cell structure and offers excellent pressure relieving, contouring and cooling properties. The elastic and breathable cover allows to experience all the advantages of every layer to the fullest.
The Original model is offered in one firmness level that scores 6.5 out of 10, which makes it medium-firm. It is most suitable for average and heavy individuals, although depending on their preferred position, lightweight people may also find it to be just the right firmness for them.
Purple Original is quite a sturdy model. According to numerous tests, Purple’s Smart Comfort Grid is very elastic and durable. Combined with overall high quality of the materials and high-density foams, this model should last for 6 to 8 years on average.
All the materials in the construction are 100% non-toxic, so you should experience little to no off-gassing or smell. According to the user experience, any smell will vanish very quickly.
As with most mixed-foam mattresses, the Original model does not have a strong edge support, and you will slightly sink in when sitting on the edge. However, since it has a thick layer of high-density polyfoam, you will not feel like rolling off the bed. On the contrary, you will feel adequately supported when lying near the edge.
If you want to get the most out of your Original Purple, opt for a sturdy, flat, intact foundation that will provide good support for the mattress. Your options include platforms, slats (3 inches apart or less), box foundations (not box springs), adjustable bed frames or even the floor.
Warranty and Delivery
Original Purple will be shipped to you for free, and you will have 100 nights to see if it is a right fit for you. If you end up not liking it, the return shipping is also free, and you will get a full refund. Purple comes with a full-coverage 10-year warranty, so you can sleep with peacefully.
- Free shipping and returns
- 10-year full coverage warranty
- 100-night full refund trial period
- Scientifically engineered Smart Comfort Grid
- Temperature neutral
- Good motion isolation
- Good for lower back pain
- Not a good option for lightweight stomach sleepers
- Not bouncy enough for some
Mattress Comparison Features
There are many factors that affect the quality and length of our sleep. Even a new mattress can be unsuitable for you and prevent you from getting that restful and restorative sleep. Aside from finding the right bed, you can also try natural sleep aids and remedies to help your body get the rest it deserves.
In our comparison, we paid attention to responsiveness and bounce because this is what most people would want to see in their bed since this means that you will not feel trapped and your movement will not be restricted. Good edge support is also an important factor for those who often sit on the edge of the bed, as well as for couples.
We also looked into temperature control, because many people find themselves twisting and turning when the surface gets uncomfortably hot. Needless to say, it reduced the quality of sleep greatly. Motion isolation and noise reduction will be important for those who share a bed as well as those who are more sensitive in their sleep.
Finally, we evaluated the suitability of each model for different groups of people, including heavy individuals, hot sleepers, those suffering from back pain or allergies. We investigated such features as firmness, construction type, pressure relief, support and ability to keep the spine properly aligned as well as real user experience.
Of course, we also assessed durability, trial period, warranty, off-gassing potential, thickness and combination of layers to help you make your purchase decision and know what to expect.
If you are not sure what a hybrid, innerspring or a mixed-foam mattress means, do not know what options exist or just cannot decide which type to choose, then take a look at this quick overview of the most popular mattress types on the market, their advantages and disadvantages.
Innersprings have a spring block in their construction. This spring block can consist of either interconnected (Bonnel springs) or pocketed coils individually wrapped into foam or other materials. Both types are very responsive, can support heavier individuals and usually enjoy a good edge support.
However, the interconnected springs are not as effective at isolating motion, tend to make noise and are not able to contour the body closely. Pocketed springs, on the other hand, are more durable and allow to repeat the body shape because every spring works individually, which also minimizes motion transfer and prevents squeaking sounds.
Hybrids can either have a mixed-foam construction or include a spring block. What sets them apart from the regular innersprings or all-foam mattresses is a perfect combination of comfort and support layers. Hybrids are usually more expensive than other types and sold in the premium segment.
Hybrids are more effective at meeting the needs of all body types and sleeping preference and often feature zoned support and/or pressure relief. They are also more likely to deliver good temperature control, responsiveness, bounce and strong edge support. Depending on what materials are used, they can be quite durable.
Latex is a natural material obtained from the milky sap of the rubber tree. It has many valuable properties, including being naturally hypoallergenic, resistant to mold, dust mites and dead skin cells. It is soft and elastic, which allows it to provide contouring support and be quite durable.
However, this material is quite expensive, so manufacturers often use it only as a comfort layer. Latex can also be combined with synthetic materials to reduce the total cost. It is also possible to adjust its firmness during the production stage, which makes it even a more versatile material.
Memory foam is often used in mattresses because it has excellent pressure relief properties, closely contours every curve of the body and effectively isolates motion. It has a slow sink-in effect as its cells slowly collapse under the influence of body heat and pressure.
However, many find that memory foam tends to trap heat and is not very responsive, although most manufacturers take measures to improve temperature regulation and give this material some bounce. What is more, memory foam is unable to provide good support on its own, so it is used in combination with springs, latex or other high-density foams.
Airbeds are now becoming more popular for daily use because they are rather comfortable and supportive while being lightweight, easy to repair, durable, and enabling a person to change firmness level at any time, including separately on each side of a large bed, with just a touch of a finger.
However, many of these models are still unable to deliver a good balance of contouring support and pressure relieving comfort. Often, users find that on firmer setting they lack pressure relief, while on softer setting they are not supportive or responsive enough. Many of them are also not effective at isolating motion and reducing noise.
What to Look For?
There are definitely no one-fit-all mattresses because each person has individual needs and preferences that need to be satisfied. However, we can identify groups of people with similar needs and likings. And we would like to bring to your attention what each group should be looking for when purchasing a new bed.
Single adults and couples
A single person has an ability to pick a mattress that meets all his/her needs and preferences, while couples will need to find a golden medium. Did you know that the way you sleep with a partner says a lot about your relationship? Aside from comfort and support, couples should pay attention to the edge support, responsiveness, and motion isolation.
With age, people find it harder to get out of the bed and change positions, so look for a responsive model that also has a good edge support. Pressure relief and spinal alignment are also important to keep you comfortable and pain free. Softer and medium models are usually more suitable. An ability to use your mattress with an adjustable base is a good bonus.
Large and heavy individuals often find that their mattresses either fail to support their spine in proper position or are uncomfortable. To find the best option, look for firmer models, especially if you are a back or stomach sleeper. High-quality innersprings/hybrids are preferable, as they can keep the spine aligned and also alleviate the pressure and control the temperature.
People who snore need to pay special attention to keeping their spine and, most importantly, head in a natural position to ensure that air ducts are not blocked. Suitability for sleeping on your side (preferable) or your stomach and/or an ability to raise the head (adjustable base) will also help to minimize or eliminate this problem.
Depending on how much time you will be spending in bed, look for features such as responsiveness and edge support for ease of movement and getting in and out of the bed. Using the mattress with an adjustable base will drastically improve the comfort, so pay attention to compatibility.
Good pressure relief and proper spinal support will ensure that you will not get any pain or discomfort. Good airflow will allow you to rest without feeling hot and will prevent sweating.
The Twin size is intended for a single individual, with Twin XL being slightly longer to accommodate an adult. It is relatively cheap and takes minimal space in the bedroom. Two Twin XLs are often put side by side to form a Split King bed, which is great for guest rooms as well as King adjustable beds.
The Full size is, in most cases, used by a single person. If it is an average or taller adult, you need to make sure to get a Full Extra Long to ensure comfortable rest. In other cases, it is a great choice for one or two kids and not very tall teenagers.
Queen is suitable for either one person or two individuals. Many couples choose this size for its lower price and due to less space taken up in the bedroom. It provides enough space for comfortable rest and enjoyable sex.
The Queen size is also a better choice for couples who love to cuddle or want to rekindle their love or one person who wants more freedom and ability to invite a partner from time to time.
The King or California King sizes provide plenty of space for two adults and maybe even a little extra to share with their pet/s or kid. However, should your sleep with your pet and how risky it is to cosleep with a baby? The choice is always yours, but we do recommend to consider the benefits and risks. California King is more suitable for taller people.
We came to a conclusion that if you want a more affordable option or dislike coils, Original Purple might be a good choice. It is able to offer a good balance of comfort and support for most sleeping styles and weight categories, although it might be slightly too firm for some lightweight people.
This model is one of the best at keeping the sleeping surface comfortably cool among non-innerspring models. Original Purple also delivers exceptional motion isolation, noise reduction and pressure relief and contouring (unless you are a lighter person). However, it does lack a strong edge support and is not very responsive or bouncy.
This model is also a good choice for people who suffer from allergies because it has a dust mite resistant and hypoallergenic polymer layer right at the top. All the materials are non-toxic, so “new mattress” smell is minimal or non-existing.
The New Purple is made for people who love responsiveness, bounce, strong edge support and improved contouring combined with superior temperature control. This model offers premium comfort, pressure relief and better support, especially for heavier individuals thanks to the pocketed coils and a variety of firmness options.
New Purple 2 will be a good option for stomach and back sleepers of any weight, Purple 3 is most suitable for combo sleepers of any body types, while Purple 3 is excellent for those who prefer to lie on their side or those who want a premium feel. New Purple is also suitable for people with allergies or asthma.
Both models enjoy a premium 10-year warranty, 100-night trial period, free shipping and returns. However, New Purple also has a free White Glove Delivery, so you will not have to do any work to change your mattress or remove your old one. They are also a good investment in terms of durability.
If you want to take a glance at both these models, check out the results chart!