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Purple vs Cocoon by Sealy Review – Mattress Buyer Guide
Bed in a Box Mattress Reviews - Cocoon vs Purple Direct Comparison
Alright so first things first. We have to cover the value proposition here—it’s very consumer friendly from both brands such that you can’t really differentiate between the two based on things like shipping, returns, warranty, etc. Both brands will ship your mattress to your front door for free in a package that is surprisingly small…you won’t believe a full mattress is inside. Setting the mattress up is super easy as well. You take it out of the box, remove the vacuum sealing and the mattress decompresses to its intended size. It’s pretty remarkable. After that, both offer you free returns, plus a 100-night risk-free trial where you can essentially test the mattress to see if you like it. If you do, that’s great, keep it.
If you decide you do not want the Cocoon or Purple Mattess, well then, you can return it at no cost to you. Sealy and Purple will come pick up your mattress for free and refund you all of your money. You can return it for any reason you’d like or no reason at all. If you really wanted to, you could purchase both mattresses and keep only the one that you like the most, returning the other for a full refund. Also, both Purple and Sealy offer 10-year warranties on their respective mattresses. They’ve definitely made it easy to get a new mattress and hard to not at least try one out.
Purple Mattress Review – Materials & Construction
Purple Mattress is unlike really any other mattress out there, Cocoon included. The headline feature of Purple is a 2” thick grid of Hyper-Elastic Polymer which is the top layer of the mattress. It’s the darker purple layer that you see in the image below. Think of it as a gel-like material that’s not sticky. It is super responsive and cushiony and feels nothing like a memory foam mattress, but in a good way. When you lay on the mattress, this grid is what you’ll feel. It contours, compresses, and molds itself to fit the exact shape of your body, offering probably the most perfect blend of support and pressure relief (more on this below). As a bonus, the CEO of Purple says that you can actually eat the material of that top layer, but please do not.
Below the top layer is a 3.5” thick layer of polyurethane foam, which helps absorb impact and provides structure for the mattress. And below this middle layer is yet another slab of polyurethane foam, except the base layer is even more dense than the middle layer, which is really where the bed gets its structure. Basically what this translates into is the top layer providing the immediate pressure relief and cradling of your body, the middle layer absorbing a lot of the pressure, and the bottom layer supporting it all.
Bringing it all together is a mattress cover that is incredibly soft. As an FYI, however, Purple recommends that you do not machine wash or dry the cover, but rather you spot clean it as necessary with mild detergent. In order to keep your Purple Mattress clean and stain-free, you should consider getting the Purple Mattress Protector, which is $49 to $69, depending on the size of mattress you get. Alternatively, you can look for a suitable mattress pad/protector on Amazon.
Motion Transfer, Coolness & Responsiveness of Purple Mattress
Let’s first tackle Motion Transfer. You’d think Purple would transfer motion quite a bit since the top layer isn’t memory foam, but the motion transfer is actually quite limited with this mattress—far less than you’d expect. This is probably due, in part, to the middle layer of the mattress. The net result is that you’re going to limit how much you disturb your partner (or they disturb you) when you’re sleeping.
When you lay something atop the mattress, it is a little unstable since the grid flexes and moves, but the motion does not transfer. And the grid has the added benefit of allowing in maximum airflow, keeping the mattress uniquely cool. Since the top layer is a gel-like material—as opposed to memory foam—it doesn’t seem to conduct or retain heat, which is a huge benefit over traditional foam mattresses, which are infamous for trapping body heat.
Dillon giving Purple a whirl
As for responsiveness, Purple is the top dog. If you press in on a regular foam mattress, there is a delay, as the mattress resets itself. This isn’t necessarily bad or good, but it is common for mattresses, as they age, to not entirely reset themselves. You get around this by rotating the mattress and it usually isn’t an issue for many years.
With Purple, however, because of that top layer, it responds instantaneously, returning to its original form and leaving no body impression whatsoever regardless of how hard you press. This definitely speaks to the level of support and pressure relief this mattress has. It cradles your body perfectly, but also pushes back enough such that you’re not sinking through the mattress.
If you haven’t seen it already, Purple demonstrates this phenomenon in their Egg Test ad, which went viral ( shown below). You can see just how efficient this mattress is at absorbing impacts and keeping form. As you’re probably aware, most foam mattresses have a different feel—some are hard, some are soft, some are in between on that soft to firm scale.
Purple, on the other hand, is difficult to score for firmness and softness because it’s unlike most everything else. It’s probably something like a 4.5/10—meaning its a little softer than a regular mattress—but that’s only because the top layer immediately conforms to your body.
Purple is uniquely designed to support side, back/stomach, and combo sleepers equally. If you sleep predominantly on your side, Purple provides the right amount of softness such that you won’t get shoulder pain. If you sleep mostly on your back and stomach, the mattress will support you enough for a very comfortable night’s sleep. If you’re a combo sleeper and rotate between back, stomach, and side throughout the night, well, Purple is one of the best mattresses out there for you. This really is an innovative and interesting design for a mattress. We like it.
And this probably goes without saying, but Purple is very very comfortable…but, again, it’s unlike any other mattress you’ve slept on, so you may be thrown off initially. You can feel yourself pushing around and displacing that top gel-like grid.
As you can see, Purple mattresses is about $100 to $150 more expensive than Cocoon mattresses, which is a bummer, but the price discrepancy probably isn’t enough to change your mind one way or the other. But they do occasionally offer bundles (mattress + platform base, mattress + protector, etc.) where you can save around $50-$100 – check current Purple Bundles.
Purple Bed Review – Final Thoughts
We were a little nervous with the concept of the Purple Mattress at first, but we think this thing is awesome. It really does a fantastic job of being soft yet supportive and responsive yet pressure relieving—it is unlike any other mattress that we’ve tested. You will definitely need to adjust to the feel of the mattress, but chances are you’ll really like this bed. The downsides with Purple are that it’s a little expensive (for the ‘bed in a box’ category), the cover should not be removed or machine washed, and it’s a little heavier than you’d expect, making it slightly more difficult to move than Casper Mattress, for example. Overall though, mostly positive things to say about Purple.
Sealy is one of the largest (if not the largest) mattress company out there. They’ve been in business since 1881 and make dozens products, including innerspring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, hybrid mattresses, bed frames, pillows, and much more. They have ultra firm, firm, cushion firm, plush, and ultra plush mattresses, ranging from $499 to $2,500…and that’s just what’s on their website. They are a huge brand that you can find at every mattress retailer. But they’ve only recently entered the direct-to-consumer mattress game with a bed in a box concept.
Construction of the Cocoon Mattress by Sealy
Sealy offers two different models of the Cocoon Mattress. They have the Cocoon Classic [see on Sealy.com], which is the ultra affordable option, and the Cocoon Chill [see on Sealy.com], which runs very cool compared to most memory foam mattresses. And you can get both of them in either the soft or firm feel…up to you. We do like it that Sealy gives you options, though. In this post, however, we’re discussing the Cocoon Chill (soft) specifically, but we can go over the Cocoon Classic or the Cocoon Chill (firm) in more detail in another post if you’d like. Feel free to email us here to elevate the request.
In any event, the Cocoon Chill is comprised of three layers of foam. On the bottom is a support layer, providing the structure for the bed and making sure you don’t since through it. The middle layer is for durability and responsiveness. And the top layer is proper memory foam that conforms perfectly to your body. If you’ve ever tried out a memory foam mattress, you’ll know that the foam slowly absorbs the pressure from your body and is extremely comfortable…dangerously comfortable.
But, as mentioned above, most memory foam mattresses trap your body heat and the bed warms up over the night. It’s a pleasant experience when you first lay down, but over time you start to get uncomfortably hot. Luckily, however, with the Cocoon Chill, Sealy has added the most amazing mattress cover that keeps the mattress cooler than you’ve ever experienced before. In fact, when we first tried out Cocoon Chill, we actually thought that it was wet because it was so cool. If there is one mattress that we think runs cooler than even Purple, it is Cocoon Chill. By the way, that is really saying something…Purple runs very cool.
Motion Transfer, Softness & Responsiveness of Cocoon Chill
Since this is a memory foam mattress, the motion transfer is very limited. Cocoon is actually one of the best mattresses that we’ve tested for motion transfer. Only Bear Mattress did a better job of limiting cross-mattress motion. If you sleep with someone that moves around a lot in their sleep (or maybe you do), Cocoon is highly proficient in reducing the motion felt by the other sleeper.
Matt Ross stretching out on Cocoon Chill mattress
In terms of softness/firmness, we’d give the Cocoon Chill (soft) about a 5.5/10. It’s basically as soft and supportive as the average memory foam mattress. If it was too soft it would be a little awkward, as you’d feel like you’re sinking through the bed, but as it is currently, we think it’s a great blend of being soft and supportive. But because it has memory foam as the top layer, it doesn’t respond nearly as quickly as Purple and is therefore harder to switch sleeping positions at night.
This means that over time it could compress, etc., but that may not be such a bad thing. The bed will likely become even more comfortable over time…you’ll just need to make sure you rotate it and be mindful of any sagging. This occurs over years of use, but just be aware that it may happen. Also, this mattress will be fine for back/stomach and combo sleepers, however, if you are exclusively a side sleeper, you may look into Purple or another soft mattress. Cocoon isn’t bad for side sleepers, but if you’re on your side throughout most of the night, you may actually prefer something a little more soft. If you rotate between side, back, and stomach, you’ll be very pleased with Cocoon.
Cocoon by Sealy Coupon Code + Price
Unlike Purple, Sealy does play the coupon game, so just look for one before you purchase. The mattress is pretty affordable as is, but why not take the discount deeper? You can check here on Sealy’s website for new discounts and promotions. Pricing for the Cocoon Chill is as follows:
– King and Cal King are $1,149
– Queen is $949
– Full is $799
– Twin XL is $599
– Twin is $549
And here’s the pricing for Cocoon Classic mattresses:
– King and Cal King are $999
– Queen is $799
– Full is $649
– Twin XL is $449
– Twin is $399
The Cocoon Classic is about $150 more affordable than the Cocoon Chill and about $300 more affordable than Purple. Still, if you can afford Cocoon Chill or Purple, we think that’s a better option, especially if you’re concerned about the mattress heating up. If you opt for a Cocoon mattress, however, you can get $100 off any mattress with code RIZKNOWS at checkout.
Cocoon Mattress Reviews – Final Thoughts
The Cocoon mattresses are comfortable for sure, but there’s almost no way that you could get me to get the Classic when the Chill runs as cool as it does. The one thing that concerns us with the Cocoon Chill vs Purple Mattress is that you rely on the cover to keep you cool with Sealy, whereas the top layer with Purple is what helps with air flow, etc. We aren’t entirely sure if Cocoon Chill will retain its cooling effect year after year. With Purple, we know it’s not getting any warmer.
So just keep that in mind. Also, in terms of cleaning the Cocoon Chill cover, Sealy (like Purple) recommends you spot clean and do not remove or machine wash the cover. If you want to avoid stains, etc. you might look into adding a mattress cover or extra sheets, but that may somewhat dampen the cooling effect from the cover. You can see there is a little conundrum to think about with Cocoon Chill. In any case, it is wonderful mattress overall with very moderate price points.
Is Cocoon better than Purple? So hard to say. They feel different and rely on different technologies. If you want a really cool mattress with the memory foam feel, go with Sealy. If you’re open to a different feel, Purple is a fantastic option. Again, there’s virtually no risk with trying one or both because of that 100-night trial. Whatever you choose, make sure to send us a note with your thoughts!