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Purple and Saatva are two of the more well-known mattress brands out there. Both companies have done very well in recent years and continue to come out with new, innovative beds. In this post, we will be focusing on the Purple 2.0 mattress and Saatva luxury mattress. Both beds are very nice and each bed has its own advantages but before we get into the primary differences between the two and why you would get one over the other, let’s first quickly discuss some of their similarities.
Purple vs Saatva: Shipping, Returns and Warranties
Both Purple and Satava offer free shipping and white glove delivery. That means instead of the beds just arriving at your doorstep in a box where you’re then responsible for lugging it upstairs and getting it all setup, an actual human being will deliver the mattress and get it setup for you – you don’t have to worry about a thing. Once the bed is delivered, both companies offer a generous trial period where you can test out the mattress. Saatva offers a 120 night trial period, while Purple offers 100 nights, which is about average for online mattresses. Both companies also back their mattresses with a long warranty. In Saatva’s case, they offer a 15 year warranty but there is one thing to note. For the first two years of the warranty period, they will replace the mattress no questions asked if it’s deemed defective. In years 3-15, Saatva will repair or re-cover the mattress for a $99 transportation cost each way. Purple, on the other hand, offers a more traditional 10 year limited warranty.
It’s also worth noting that the Saatva luxury mattress is available in three different firmness levels – Plush Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm. Luxury Firm is their flagship model though – Saatva states the Luxury Firm model is favored by 81.4% of customers. That’s the model we tested and what we will primarily be referring to in this comparison. Also, the mattresses are available in two different heights. The base model is 11.5″ or you choose the 14.5″ model. Saatva claims both models feel the same, rather the difference is more for aesthetic purposes.
Both Purple and Saatva Mattresses Are Very Responsive
Both mattresses in this comparison have pretty unique constructions. Purple utilizes a patented material called hyper-elastic polymer for their top layer. It’s a very soft and flexible material that’s also quite responsive. It sort of feels like gel but it’s not actually gel. Regardless, it pops back to its original shape almost immediately after releasing pressure. Here, take a look:
Hyper-Elastic Polymer Is Very Responsive
Adding to the responsiveness of the Purple mattress is the individual coil system that sits below the hyper-elastic polymer. These individual coils work in tandem with the polymer material and give the bed a little bounce.
Speaking of coils, the Saatva mattresses incorporates two different levels of them. Near the top of the bed is a layer of individually wrapped comfort coils. These coils provide a good amount of bi-directional support (i.e. they contour to your body while also providing solid push back). Further, near the bottom of the Saatva mattress is a steel support coil system. This layer prevents sagging and adds to the durability of the mattress.
All this means is that it will be very easy for you to switch sleeping positions throughout the night. A lot of times, especially with heavy memory foam beds, you sink down quite a bit and since memory foam isn’t as responsive, you’ll find it takes extra effort to switch between sleeping positions. Responsiveness is also a good indicator of mattress durability. Generally, beds that are more responsive tend to hold their shape and last longer.
Purple 2 and Saatva Are Good But Not Great At Limiting Motion Transfer
After testing each mattress, it was hard to pick a winner when it comes to limiting motion transfer. Both mattresses performed well but they certainly weren’t the best we’ve ever tested. In our test, we placed a half-full glass of water on one end of the bed and started rolling/walking all around the glass to see how much the glass and water inside were affected. In both cases, the water sloshed around a decent amount. It wasn’t anything to be overly concerned with, it just wasn’t as great as some all-foam beds we’ve tested in the past. Overall, I don’t think you’ll have any major issues if you or your partner toss and turn or get up a lot during the middle of the night.
Enough about the similarities, let’s get into why you would choose the Purple 2 mattress over Saatva.
Purple Wins When It Comes To Temperature Regulation
The Purple 2 mattress does a great job when it comes to temperature regulation. You never sleep hot nor do you ever sleep too cool. And that’s primarily due to the nature of the hyper-elastic polymer top layer. First, the Purple mattress cover is pretty thin. Second, hyper-elastic polymer is naturally cooler than most other materials used in beds. Also, the way the polymer is arranged in the bed makes a big difference in terms of airflow. The polymer material is laid out in what Purple calls its Smart Comfort Grid – basically, as the name implies, it’s a grid formation so air can flow freely throughout the columns. It’s not trapped like with some foam beds. Here, take a look:
Hyper-Elastic Polymer Grid Formation
Don’t get me wrong – Saatva isn’t bad by any means. Coil systems are also advantageous in terms of promoting air flow but the Saatva mattress has a layer of memory foam and a euro pillow top that sits above the comfort coil system. As such, we just feel like the Purple 2 mattress just sleeps a little bit cooler since you’re essentially down directly on the hyper-elastic polymer.
The Purple Mattress 2 Is Softer and More Comfortable
This is an easy one – the Purple 2 easily wins when it comes to softness and comfort. Again, the hyper-elastic polymer top layer is very soft and accommodating. It’s a very unique, distinct feel. So unique, in fact, that it actually takes a couple days to get used to it. When you lay down on the bed, you can feel yourself sort of displacing, moving and compressing the little polymer squares. But after sleeping on the bed for a few nights, you really start to enjoy the feel (at least I did). It ends up being one of those beds that you actually look forward to sleeping on.
The new Purple mattress is extremely comfortable
The Saatva mattress, on the other hand, has a more traditional innerspring feel. It’s not particularly soft and it’s not overly comfortable. You definitely don’t get the pressure relief you do with Purple or with other foam based mattresses. But hey, I guess some people out there actually prefer that so at the end of the day, it comes to personal preference. I’ve come across plenty of people that actually don’t like super soft mattresses. They prefer a more traditional, supportive feel. If that’s you, Saatva might be the way to go.
The Purple 2.0 Mattress Is Better For Side Sleepers
Piggy-backing off the previous point, we think the Purple 2.0 mattress is more ideal for side sleepers. The hyper-elastic material contours to your body and offers a tremendous amount of pressure relief for the heavier parts of your body like your hips/trunk and shoulders.
The Saatva mattress (luxury firm version) on the other hand is definitely on the firmer side of the spectrum. It’s great when you’re on your back or stomach because it offers a tremendous amount of support. But when you’re on your side, it fails to provide the necessary pressure relief – the mattress is pretty stiff and doesn’t really cradle your pressure points. If you’re a strict side sleeper, we’d recommend trying the Saatva Plush Soft version. We haven’t tested that version but it should provide a little more pressure relief since it layers the individually wrapped coils with softer and more conforming foams.
The Purple 2 Mattress Cover Is Removable
This is kind of a minor point but worth mentioning I guess. The cover on the Purple mattress is removable while the cover on the Saatva mattress is not. However, evnthough it’s removable, Purple recommends you just spot clean it with a mild detergent if it happens to get dirty. That’s how you clean most mattresses so it’s not really a bid deal but I guess it is a tiny advantage since you can actually remove it for better access to dirty spots.
Although the Purple 2.0 has plenty of advantages, don’t sleep (pun intended) on Saatva. It offers plenty of advantages as well.
Saatva is Cheaper Than The Purple 2 Mattress
We’re not just talking by $50 either. On average, the Saatva luxury mattress is cheaper by about $500-$600 per size. Here’s how it breaks down:
Saatva (11.5" Model)
Yes, both mattresses are on the expensive side but we’re not talking average bed in a box mattresses here. These are premium mattresses that should easily last you 8-10 years. And unfortunately, both companies don’t often offer coupon codes you can take advnatage of. Sometimes around big holidays, Saatva will run sales though [check current Saatva sales]. While Purple doesn’t offer coupon codes, they almost always run some sort of bundle deal. For example, they’ll give you a free mattress protector or free set of sheets when you purchase a mattress [check current Purple bundles].
Saatva Edges Out Purple 2.0 When It Comes To Edge Support
Edge support is important for couples who share a smaller size bed (i.e. full or queen) where you constantly find yourself near the edges throughout the night. You obviosuly want a mattress where you’re still being supportned near the edges and to where you feel like you won’t roll-off easily. Well, I’m glad to report that edge support with both the Purple 2.0 and Saatva luxury mattress is solid, but Saatva is just a little bit better. In fact, we think it’s one of the best (if not the best) mattress on the market in this department.
We’ve already discussed how the Saatva mattress has multiple layers of coils – that definitely helps. The multiple layers of coils provide a a good amount of push-back when you’re laying down. In addition to the coils, the Saatva mattress also has a foam encased perimeter to prevent sagging. As a result, when you sit or lay down near the edge, you barely sink down at all – it’s pretty impressive. We’ve tested other beds in the past, where you when sit on the edge, you sink down so much you can almost feel the slats below. Saatva gets a big thumbs here.
The Purple 2.o mattress isn’t bad by any means though. It too incorporates a foam border around the edges to help with edge support. However, as I stated earlier, the hyper-elastic polymer is still a lot softer than the double coil system that the Saatva mattress uses and as such, you do sink down a little more aorund the edges than with Saatva.
Saatva Is Better For Heavier Indviduals
You probably get it by now. The Saatva mattress provides a ton of support. The double coil system also provides a good amount bounce and strong push-back. Purple is much softer, much more flexible and conforms to your body quite a bit more. As such, we think Saatva is better for heavier people (250+ pounds). We think it will be able to take the constant strain heavier individuals exert over the long run.
The Saatva Luxury Mattress Comes In Three Different Feels
I already talked about this a little but in case you didn’t catch it, the Saatva mattress is available in three different firmness levels – Plush Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm. The luxury firm model is their best seller – that’s the model we tested out. Saatva claims this model is ideal for back, stomach and side sleepers but we’d have to disagree. We think it’s good for back and stomach sleepers but doesn’t provide enough pressure relief for side sleepers. If you’re primarily a side sleeper, you should try the plush soft model. Saatva claims this model will give you the feeling of being hugged by your mattress. On the flip side, if you need a ton of extra lumbar support for your back, you should maybe think about checking out the firm version. We think the luxury firm model already provides plenty of support by hey, to each his own. I’d only get the firm version if you’re doctor or chiropractor recommends you do.
I’ll just quickly cover this again – the Saatva mattress does not have that protypical soft foam feel that so many mattresses out there have these days. The Saatva mattress, thanks due the dual coil system, has more of a traditional innerspring feel. So if you don’t like the feel of memory foam or you think the feel of hyper-elastic polymer might be a little too weird, you may really like Saatva. I’ve met plenty of people who don’t care for the feel of soft foam so I’m not shocked that Saatva is doing well in the industry.