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With the release of three new Purple mattresses – the Purple 2, 3, and 4 – we thought they needed some proper assessment. So, we’ve been systematically comparing them to other popular online mattress options.
In this post, we’re putting Purple 2 and Tuft & Needle head-to-head. Or should I say… bed-to-bed?? (I shouldn’t say that. I’m sorry.) Throughout this comparison, we’ll reference the Purple 2, but feel free to read that as Purple 2/3/4 because they’re practically identical mattresses, save for the one or two extra inches of material (and we’ll tell you when that’s a relevant difference). If you want more details about each mattress, check out our full reviews:
Purple 2 vs Tuft & Needle Review – Shipping, Returns, etc.
As per industry standard, both companies offer free shipping, a 100-night risk free trial period, and free returns (including pickup) within said trial period.
Delivery is a little different with the Purple 2, simply because the mattress is so gosh darn heavy. It’s like the sumo wrestler of the online mattress world. And as such, Purple has the mattress delivered and set up for you, unlike most other brands, including Tuft & Needle, which arrive rolled up in a box for you to unpack and set up yourself.
Also, with both beds, if you decide to keep it, the company will back it with a 10-warranty.
New Purple Mattress vs Tuft and Needle: Construction
The major difference between the new Purple mattress and the Tuft and Needle bed in a box is that the Purple 2.0 is a hybrid mattress, meaning it incorporates multiple materials (i.e. it’s not an all-foam bed). The new Purple mattress incorporates polyurethane foam, individually wrapped coils and their famous hyper-elastic polymer material. The Tuft and Needle mattress, on the other hand, incorporates just two layers of foam. There’s a dense layer of support, which is then followed by Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive Foam.
Purple 2 Mattress – Responsiveness and Motion Control
Purple makes their mattresses with their patented hyper-elastic polymer, a material that borrows some characteristics from foams and coils. Like foam, it depresses easily, but like coils, it bounces right back into shape. The difference, though, is that it doesn’t have that upward pressure you get with coils.
Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer
Bottom line, hyper-elastic polymer makes for a very nice and responsive mattresses. Absolutely no stuck-in-the-mud feeling, yet you still get nice cushioning. This also means you’ll find it quite effortless to switch between sleeping positions throughout the night. With some dense foam beds that are not quite as responsive, you’ll find it requires a little extra effort to switch from your back to your stomach or vice versa, possibly making you more restless throughout the night. Although Tuft & Needle is an all-foam bed, it has decent responsiveness. Its top layer is made of a proprietary foam rather than memory foam. Overall, you won’t have any issues switching positions on the Tuft & Needle mattress either but it’s just not as responsive as the Purple 2.0 mattress.
In terms of motion transfer control, generally all-foam beds are able to deaden movement a little better than hybrid mattresses because of the lack of bounce. However, in the case of Purple 2.0 vs Tuft & Needle, it’s very close. Both beds do a pretty decent job of limiting motion. They’re not the best we’ve ever tested but they’ll definitely get the job done if you or your partner toss and turn a lot during the middle of the night.
Testing motion transfer on the new Purple mattress
If you’re an uncomfortably hot sleeper, the Purple 2 will be able to help you with that. The hyper-elastic polymer allows for a good amount of airflow through the mattress due to its grid formation design, which creates little columns and squares. It also has the added bonus of not retaining heat the same way foam does. Therefore, the Purple 2 is a nice, cool-sleeping mattress. Interestingly, it isn’t cool to the touch like a lot of the other especially cool mattresses we’ve tried but we like that it keeps you cool without being cold itself.
Hyper-Elastic Polymer Top Layer Promotes Airflow
As for the Tuft & Needle, we consider it temperature neutral. It doesn’t sleep hot, but it’s not noticeably cool either, despite the company’s penchant for hyping up their graphite infused top layer.
Purple 2, 3, and 4 are good for heavier individuals
The construction of the Purple mattresses provides ample support and prevents you from bottoming out. Adding coils to the bed gives it some bounce and we’ve already discussed how responsive the hyper-elastic polymer is. All this results in a durable mattress that is able to handle all the extra stress a larger individual exerts. Basically, the sumo wrestler of the online mattress world could a handle a sumo wrestler, no problem.
The Purple 2 is already a pretty thick bed, but to put even more mattress between you and the frame, there’s the Purple 3 and 4, which have an additional one or two inches of hyper-elastic polymer, respectively.
Construction (Purple 4 shown)
As you may or may not have figured out by now, the 2, 3, and 4 in the mattress names refers to the amount of polymer in the bed – 2”, 3”, or 4”.
I know we keep coming back to that purple polymer stuff, but let’s be honest, it’s the “big deal” of the Purple mattresses. The hyper-elastic polymer gives the Purple 2 a very unique feel, unlike any other bed. We think it’s a good thing, though. It doesn’t feel like a soft foam bed or a typical innerspring bed – it truly is unique. It provides support, but also pressure relief. It may take some getting used to, and of course mattress feel is super subjective, but we like it.
Very unique feel with the new Purple mattress
Better Edge Support With The New Purple Mattress
This is an important topic for couples who share a full or queen size bed because a lot of times you’ll find yourself getting pushed (or just naturally migrate) toward the edges of the bed throughout the night. As a result, it’s important the edges are able to provide close to the same amount of support as the middle of the bed and not give you that ‘I’m about to roll-off’ feeling. The new Purple mattress comes with a dense foam border to give the edges some structural support. With Tuft and Needle, if you sit or lay near the edges, the mattress compresses quite a bit. If you fit into the couples category I described above, I’d seriously consider going Purple.
Now, the Tuft & Needle doesn’t have any Purple-patented hyper-elastic polymer, but it still has its own advantages.
Tuft & Needle is good for back and stomach sleepers
If you sleep on your back or stomach, you’ll want a firmer mattress to get the support around your hips and trunk. Tuft & Needle makes a pretty firm mattress. We put it at around a 5 to 6 on our 0-10 soft-to-firm scale (0 being an actual cloud and 10 being the iceberg from Titanic).
As for the Purple 2, it’s so new that we really need to spend more time with it before we can give it a definitive rating. We will say, however, that it’s probably going to be comfy for all types of sleepers since it has a good balance of support and pressure relief.
Tuft & Needle is Lighter
Like we said before, the Purple mattresses are quite a bit heavier than most bed-in-a-box mattresses. Since the Tuft & Needle is lighter, it’s easier to move around and you can set it up yourself.
Being lighter also means it’ll be easier to lift the corners during your bi-monthly making of the bed.
Purple 2 vs Tuft & Needle – Price
The Purple 2 is an expensive mattress. There’s just no getting around that. It’s already way, way more expensive than the Tuft & Needle and that’s not even looking at the Purple 3 and 4 prices, which are even higher. You can see a breakdown of prices in the table below.
Tuft & Needle
Seriously, Purple. Much higher and your prices will start looking like zip codes.
Look, it’s probably clear by now – the Purple 2 mattress is the better bed. But in all honesty, Tuft and Needle is not supposed to compete with Purple here. They’re just two of the most popular beds so we figured a lot of people might want us to compare them. You get the Tuft and Needle mattress if you’re on a tight budget or you’re trying to fill out your guest room. Get the Purple 2 mattress if you have the money and if it’s going to be your every night mattress.