Heads up! Another mattress battle is about to begin. Purple is a relatively new contender to the world of online mattresses, launching earlier this year as an innovative alternative to all foam mattresses. Meanwhile, Tuft & Needle has continued to be one the most well known and inexpensive brands available anywhere.
Does Purple have what it takes to stand in the ring with Tuft & Needle? Continue reading below to find out who walks away victorious this week!
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Purple Mattress Review
The Purple mattress contains 3 layers and totals 9.5″ in height.
- Top layer (cooling & comfort) – 2″ of hyper-elastic polymer. The top layer of hyper-elastic polymer is designed to provide the cooling, pressure relief, and bounce for the mattress.
- Middle layer (support) – 3.5″ of polyurethane foam. This layer is placed below the top layer of polymer to act as the support for the mattress.
- Bottom layer (foundation) – 4″ of polyurethane foam. The bottom layer of the Purple mattress provides the foundational base for the mattress as a whole.
The cover of the Purple mattress consists of a blend of viscose (27%), polyester (69%), and polyester-lycra (4%). The combination of these materials allows for a high level of breathability in addition to very good stretch and response. With a moderately thin design, the top layer of hyper-elastic polymer is able to breathe easily, providing a consistent level of airflow in and out of the mattress.
When taking a look at the aesthetics of the Purple mattress, we see another simple, but well done cover. Purple also uses a 100% white cover with a diamond pattern and their logo running along the sides. Overall, I quite like the Purple cover. It’s simple enough to avoid an expensive markup, but modern enough to give the mattress a smooth, sleek finish.
Firmness, Feel, & Support
As one of the most unique feels I have tested to date, the Purple mattress falls between a 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being the most firm). Similar to Tuft & Needle, Purple’s goal is to meet the needs of a vast majority of sleepers by creating a “universal comfort” mattress.
While the performance of the Purple can be closely compared to that of a latex mattress, the feel is unlike any other. Sinkage on the Purple varies conditionally. Sleepers weighing less than 150 pounds will experience small amounts of sinkage. As weight increases, so does the overall sinkage and hug. Anyone much less than 130 pounds will virtually float on top of this mattress, whereas heavier sleepers will sink into the Purple.
That said, the sinkage is not as dramatic or enveloping as more traditional all memory foam mattresses can be. Instead of wrapping around every curve of their body, the top layer will compress in more of a rounded pattern. In other words, the Purple creates more of a generalized compression. When pressure is applied, the polymer will sink deepest where the highest level of weight is and gradually decrease in sinkage where there is less weight.
One of the most impressive attributes the Purple mattress contains is the level of support it provides. As I mentioned above, the heaviest parts of your body will experience more sinkage than the lighter areas. Yet, the lighter areas are still receiving the same level of support as the heavier. Therefore, the polymer is working to provide pressure relief to the sleeper while still maintaining a high level of support.
Last but not least, cooling. The Purple’s ability to cool is quite good as well. The smart grid used throughout the layer of hyper-elastic polymer creates a highly breathable top layer. The air pockets used in the smart grid allow the foams below to breathe more easily, creating a much cooler sleeping environment all together.
- Shipping – free, compressed in the easy to open Purple “tube”
- Warranty – 10 years
- Trial Period – 100 nights
- Discounts – $100 off with mattress + platform base
Tuft & Needle Mattress Review
The Tuft & Needle mattress is built from 2 layers of foam and sits at 10″ in height.
- Top layer (comfort) – 3″ of polyfoam. The top layer of the Tuft & Needle is designed to provide the comfort, support, and cooling for the mattress.
- Bottom layer (support + foundational) – 7″ of polyfoam. The bottom layer of this mattress works as the foundational base for the mattress and also provides support and deep compression support.
The combination of an all white color scheme and the Tuft & Needle logo embossed across the mattress, the cover of the Tuft & Needle is quite simple. With an thin design, this cover is able to breathe easily. Additionally, the foams are able to breathe through the cover without an issue.
The thinness of the cover is great for breathability, but does concern me as far as durability goes. Given how thin it is it would be very easy to damage or tear the cover during moves.
Firmness, Feel, & Support
The Tuft & Needle has a medium to medium firm feel, landing at a 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm. Tuft & Needle’s goal was to create a mattress with the idea of “universal comfort.” In other words, they wanted their mattress to fit the needs of most sleepers without creating multiple firmness levels.
That said, Tuft & Needle is no stranger to changing the overall feel of their mattress. Over the past two years I have tested 4 different Tuft & Needle mattresses, all of which provided different firmness levels. The most recent version of their mattress is closest to the most popular firmness level, coming in around that medium firm 6’ish out of 10.
When you initially lie on the Tuft and Needle mattress there is a small amount of pressure relief and moderate sinakge, followed by strong push-back. Most sleepers will see 1-2″ of sinkage on the T&N, depending on weight. The sinkage type is interesting, being a straight polyfoam it’s nothing like memory foam nor is it really like latex. It simply sinks down without much of a pronounced body contour.
My biggest concern with the Tuft and Needle is the thickness of comfort material. With only 3.0″ of comfort polyfoam there’s just not much between the sleeper and the very hard base foam, as a result the base foam plays a larger factor in the comfort and support dynamic for the Tuft & Needle than I’ve seen in many other mattresses. While lying on my side and back I experienced lots of sinkage around the heavier portions of my body (mostly mid section) and less sinkage elsewhere. This created some noted pressure points for me, as my spine was unable to achieve a neutral alignment.
Moving along to cooling, the T&N does pretty well. The thin cover helps greatly in this effect, as there’s very little separating the the sleeper from the foams. Additionally, the top layer of comfort foam, which is a proprietary foam (I suspect it’s infused with graphite for added cooling) does a good job of circulating air.
Overall, the Tuft & Needle is a very okay mattress. It’s not bad, but in my opinion it leaves something to be desired. The minimal comfort layer concerns me for both comfort and durability reasons, and the use of a polyfoam as the only comfort layer creates a feel and support that leaves me wanting more (a little more contour, a little more pressure relief, and a little more support.)
- Shipping – free shipping, comes compressed in a box in 1-5 days
- Warranty – 10 years
- Trial Period – 100 nights
- Discounts – none available through Sleepopolis currently
Below is our side-by-side comparison of the Tuft & Needle vs. Purple mattress:
|Tuft & Needlle||Purple|
|Foam Layers||3" polyfoam, 7" polyfoam||2" hyper-elastic polymer, 3.5" polyfoam, 4.0" polyfoam|
|Cover||Thin, good stretch, good airflow||Soft, moderately thin, good air flow, great stretch|
|Firmness||6-6.5 out of 10||6-6.5 out of 10|
|Support||Good||Very Good, supports up to 300 pounds per side|
|Price - Queen||$750||$999|
|Price - King||$900||$1,299|
|Warranty||10 years||10 years|
|Trial Period||100 nights||100 nights|
|Shipping||Free, compressed in a box||Free, compressed in a tube|
|Refunds & Returns||Yes, 100% money back||Yes, 100% money back|
Should I buy the Tuft & Needle or Purple mattress?
After everything is said and done, there is one question still left to be answered….should you buy the Tuft & Needle or Purple mattress? After sleep testing both of these mattresses for an extended period of time, I have concluded that Purple is the winner in this weeks mattress battle. Purple’s material quality and construction makes for a more supportive, cooler, and overall higher performing mattress.
I would recommend the Purple mattress to sleepers who:
- Want a medium firm feel – the Purple mattress comes in at a 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, with 10 being the most firm. Firmness levels do tend to vary depending on body type / size. Heavier sleepers will see a deeper level of sinkage and be closer to a 6 firmness, while lighter sleepers will see a little more of a floating feel and closer to a 6.5 firmness.
- Want a cool mattress – by using a smart grid design on the top layer of polymer, the Purple mattress is able to breathe much easier. The air pockets created from the smart grid allow the foams below to breathe more easily while the thin cover is also helping to provide consistent airflow in and out of the mattress.
- Want better material & build quality – Purple uses 2″ of polymer + 3.5″ of polyfoam as their comfort layers vs. T&N’s 3.0″ of polyfoam comfort layer. An extra 2.5″ of comfort materials makes a huge difference in terms of overall comfort, feel, and support.
- Want great bounce – the hyper-elastic polymer top layer of the Purple responds to pressure very well and provides an enjoyable level of bounce and response (nice for amorous activities).
If the Purple just doesn’t sound like the mattress for you the Tuft and Needle mattress could be an option.
I would recommend the Tuft and Needle mattress to sleepers who:
- Want a medium firm feel – the Tuft and Needle comes in at a 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, with 10 being the most firm.
- Have a tighter budget – at $750 for a Queen the Tuft and Needle has a competitive price point.
- Your less picky about the feel – Tuft & Needle’s feel isn’t bad, but in my opinion, it’s just not that great either. It sits in kind of a weird area between memory foam and latex foam, leaving something to be desired. If you aren’t particularly picky about the feel of your foam it could be an okay choice.
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