Purple was founded by a rocket scientist and a comfort tech engineer who also happen to be brothers. Together, they invented the brand’s patented “purple stuff” known as Hyper-Elastic Polymer. Now, Purple is one of the most popular names in the mattress game, with its proprietary material offering a unique look and feel that sets it apart from its competitors.
Bouncy, durable and, yes, very purple, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is featured throughout the brand’s roster of mattresses (all of which we’ve tested!). But today, we’re focusing on the newest addition to the Purple family — the Harmony Pillow. So without further ado, let’s dive in and see how it feels, what it’s made of, and how it compares to some of Purple’s other pillows!
Is the Purple Harmony Pillow a Good Pillow for You?
I’ll kick things off with an overview of who might (and might not) like this pillow. Hopefully this helps you speed up your research process.
Who should try the Harmony pillow
- Hot sleepers looking for a cool, breathable pillow should do well with the Harmony. The ventilated latex foam, mesh cover fabric, and Purple Grid Hex combine to promote a lot of airflow through the pillow. In fact, you can even hear the air escaping when you press into it!
- If you like a soft, bouncy feel you’ll probably like this pillow. It’s rare for me to declare a pillow suitable for all sleeping positions, but this one hits the mark. No matter how you sleep, the Harmony does a great job of adapting to your shape to keep you supported through the night.
- If you’re looking for a long sleep trial, the Harmony’s 100-night trial could appeal to you. Do you need 100 nights to test a pillow before deciding if it’s the best fit? Probably not. But is it super nice and luxurious to have that much time? You bet it is.
Who should not try the Harmony pillow
- If you’re looking for a classic memory foam feel, this is not the pillow for you. This pillow offers springy support that lets you rest on top of the pillow rather than deeply sink into it. If you’re not sure which sounds more appealing, be sure to check out my guide to understanding the differences between memory foam and latex pillows.
- If you’re looking for something machine washable, you’ll want to keep in mind that while the cover of this pillow is machine washable, the latex core is spot clean only.
- Budget shoppers may want to look elsewhere, since this pillow costs about $160 in every size. Check out one of our most affordable pillows instead.
What Does the Purple Harmony Pillow Feel Like?
Now that we’ve the basics, it’s time to dive deeper into how the Harmony pillow feels. In this section, you’ll find everything you need to know about firmness, loft, and sleeping position compatibility.
Purple Harmony Pillow Firmness
The folks at Purple do not give this pillow a firmness rating but, in my opinion, it ranks a soft-medium. When you press into the Harmony, the first thing you’ll notice is that it’s incredibly bouncy. So if you’re on the hunt for a pillow with a moldable memory foam feel, this is probably not the best fit for you.
Instead, it’s got a super quick response to pressure that’s ideal for those who prefer to rest on top of their pillow rather than deeply sink into it. However, keep in mind that the Harmony is soft and compresses into a lower loft under pressure.
Purple Harmony Pillow Loft
Which brings me to my next section, the Harmony Pillow’s loft! This pillow is very lofty when you’re not sleeping on it (either 6.5 or 7.5 inches tall), but because it’s soft, its profile doesn’t stay that tall once you lay your head down.
The Harmony is offered in two options: Standard and Tall. The Standard model has a loft of 6.5 inches while the Tall is a whopping 7.5 inches high. Now you might be thinking, “Wow, both options sound pretty lofty to me!” Well, yes and no.
These measurements represent the loft of the pillow exactly as it comes, but it’s important to note that it compresses into a much lower loft when you apply pressure. Talalay latex is bouncy, but it’s also quite soft. When I lay my head down on the Harmony, it sinks down about three inches and adapts to my head and neck.
That said, the folks at Purple suggest that stomach sleepers and/or those with petite body types go for the Standard, and side sleepers opt for the Tall (and I totally agree). Remember: stomach sleepers need a low lofted pillow in order to maintain neutral spine alignment, while side sleepers are better off with a high lofted pillow.
More: Check out my guide to picking the best pillow for your position!
Speaking of sleep positions, I found this pillow’s soft firmness and springy support to combine in a unique way that lends itself well to all sleeping positions. In fact, let’s take a closer look at how this pillow performs in different positions.
Side — This pillow’s bouncy-quick response to pressure kept me comfortably supported but, ultimately, I found the 7.5-inch profile to be better suited to side sleeping than the 6.5-inch option. Side sleepers need a pillow with a lofty build in order to maintain a neutral spinal alignment and get proper neck support; so if you’re a side sleeper and you’re not sure which size to go with, I’d opt for the tall.
Back — I think this pillow is best for back sleeping, and found both loft options offered cozy, balanced support. The Harmony’s quick response to pressure lets the pillow tightly conform to my head and neck, helping me keep my spine aligned from head-to-toes. Additionally, its lofty build relieved pressure at my shoulders, which might be especially beneficial to those with a broader frame.
Stomach — I’ll admit that when I first saw the loft of the Harmony, I assumed it was much too tall for stomach sleeping. But sure enough, its soft feel and light weight allowed the pillow to compress beneath the weight of my head, and adapt to my body’s shape. However, it’s important to note that stomach sleepers need a low-lofted pillow in order to keep a healthy posture and prevent neck pain, and I found the 6.5-inch pillow much better for that.
Under the Arm — I also tested this pillow out under my arms. Personally, I find it more comfortable to use a fluffier pillow for hugging at night, so the Harmony might not be the best choice for hugging.
Between the Legs — But, I did like how this pillow felt between my legs. Both models compressed enough to feel comfortable and help keep my spine aligned.
What Is The Purple Harmony Pillow Made Of?
This pillow gets its shape from the brand’s proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which is also featured in the original Purple Pillow. However, the Harmony is filled with another material that’s never been used in a Purple sleep accessory before, so let’s open it up and take a look at each layer!
Cover — The cover fabric of this pillow is made from a blend of polyester, nylon, and spandex mesh. It feels soft, stretchy and very breathable. It’s made with a moisture-wicking treatment to ensure it feels extra breathable. This pillow is traditionally shaped and easy to dress in a pillowcase if you want, but I loved how soft and airy this cover felt so didn’t even bother with a pillowcase!
Internal Fill — Directly below the cover is a layer of Purple Hex technology. If you’ve ever slept on a Purple mattress or the original Purple pillow, you’re already familiar with this material’s feel. But if not, allow me to explain.
Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer Hex tech is a soft-yet-supportive material known for its strong durability and bouncy response to pressure. It’s somewhat rubbery in texture, and designed to never lose its shape no matter how much you sleep on it. Additionally, it features a grid-like structure that’s meant to promote airflow and help it stay cool. It ensures this pillow offers great pressure relief.
Talalay Latex Core — Below that layer is a hypoallergenic Talalay latex core. Talalay latex is a lightweight foam that offers springy support and a very fast response to pressure. This solid foam layer is ventilated, which enhances breathability and gives it a consistent density.
Is the Purple Harmony Pillow Good for Hot Sleepers?
The Purple Harmony is a great example of a cooling pillow that doesn’t feel cool to the touch. Some pillows feature cover fabrics that are designed to feel icy-crisp on the skin (phase change material is a popular example of this), but not everyone wants a sleep accessory that feels cool all the time!
That said, the Harmony gets its cooling properties from enhanced breathability. From the outer layer to the inner core, every part of this pillow’s construction is ventilated. This means that when you press into it, air flows within the pillow, escapes through the cover fabric, and dissipates your body heat.
Personally, I’m a very hot sleeper who constantly flips her pillow to sleep on “the cool side,” and the Harmony pillow’s breathability really kept me from warming up.
Purple Harmony Pillow Sizes and Prices
Take a look at the chart below to learn more about pricing and sizing options. And be sure to click the coupon button below to snag a deal on this pillow.
Price listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
|Standard||26″ x 17″ x 6.5″||$159|
|Tall||26″ x 17″ x 7.5″||$159|
My Final Thoughts About the Purple Harmony Pillow
Now that we’ve gotten up close and personal with the Purple Harmony, let’s recap the highlights to help you decide whether it’s the best fit for you.
Simply put, this pillow is light, soft, and super bouncy. If you’re looking for a pillow that offers springy, buoyant support rather than a slow response to pressure, this might be the accessory for you. Its polymer grid layer offers great bounce and should offer the right amount of support for almost any sleeping position.
Additionally, I think hot sleepers will appreciate how breathable this pillow is. Its materials create some great air channels and ensure you won’t overheat.
Purple Harmony Pillow Policies and FAQs
Does the Purple Harmony pillow come with a warranty?
Yes, Purple offers a one-year warranty with this pillow.
Does the Purple Harmony pillow come with a sleep trial?
Yes, the Purple Harmony pillow comes with a lengthy 100-night sleep trial.
How does the Purple Harmony pillow ship?
This pillow ships for free in the mail.
Does the Purple Harmony pillow need a pillowcase?
This is totally a matter of personal preference! The Purple Harmony pillow is traditionally shaped, which means you can choose to dress it with a pillowcase if you like.
How thick is the Purple Harmony pillow?
The Purple Harmony comes in two loft options: 6.5 and 7.5 inches tall.
Why does the Purple Harmony pillow smell?
You may notice that the Harmony pillow has a faint plastic-y smell to it when you first unpackage it. Don’t worry, it’s not toxic and is not indicative of harsh chemicals. Allow your pillow to air out without a pillowcase, and the smell should dissipate within 24 hours.
Is the Purple pillow toxic?
Not at all. Hyper-Elastic Polymer is a mineral-oil based, food-grade material (which means you could technically eat it and be fine, but I don’t recommend it!)
Purple Harmony Pillow Vs
Purple says the Harmony is “the greatest pillow ever invented,” but this brand does offer a few other pillow models. I’ll compare them to the Harmony pillow below. For a full breakdown of how Purple’s other pillows stack up against the Harmony, be sure to check out my full Purple pillows review.
Purple Harmony Pillow vs Original Purple Pillow
- The original pillow is much heavier than the Harmony, clocking it at 10 lbs. Like the Harmony, it’s very durable and breathable, but is best suited to those looking for a very dense sleep accessory.
- The original pillow is the firmest Purple pillow option, deal for sleepers in the market for a more supportive structure. Personally, I think it’s best suited to back sleepers who prefer a firm feel.
- The original pillow has a low loft of about 3-inches. Keep in mind that it can not be fluffed at all, so there is no way to increase the loft.
Purple Harmony Pillow vs Purple Plush Pillow
- The Plush is Purple’s lightest and, you guessed it, most plush pillow option. It’s filled with a fluffy down-alternative that gives it a more traditional feel.
- This is definitely the softest Purple pillow! Sleepers looking for a cushy accessory they can fold and shape are likely to be most compatible with the Purple Plush.
- This is the only Purple pillow that can be fluffed! It’s not possible to fluff pillows that include the Purple grid, but this pillow does not include any hyper-elastic polymer layers.
Other Products from Purple
In addition to pillows, Purple offers several other sleep products, including mattresses and sheets. Find links to some of our other Purple product reviews below.
- Purple Pillows Review
- Purple Sheets Review
- Purple Platform Bed Frame Review
- Purple Mattress Protector Review
- Purple Mattress Review
- Purple Hybrid Mattress Review
- Purple Mattress Coupons
Still not sure if the Harmony is the right new pillow for you? Take a look at how I rated it below to decide!