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tuft and needle vs purple mattress review

Tuft and Needle vs Purple Mattress

See which online mattress in a box is best in this Purple vs Tuft & Needle review.

Tuft & Needle and Purple are two of the most recognized online mattress brands out there. Despite their popularity, both beds are actually quite different. On one hand, you have Tuft & Needle, which is a budget mattress-in-a-box. On the other hand is Purple, which uses a unique polymer material that gives their beds a gel-like feel.
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Purple offers four different models, all of which incorporate the company's special Hyper-Elastic Polymer that is ultra flexible, soft, and responsive, yet also quite supportive.

Purple Mattress vs Tuft & Needle Bed-In-A-Box Quick Synopsis

If you’re hard up on time, the primary differences between these brands can really be explained in three points:

  • Price — Tuft & Needle is much more affordable than all four Purple beds.
  • Feel — The Tuft & Needle mattress has a soft neutral-foam feel. The Purple beds, on the other hand, have a very unique gel-like feel. It really just depends on what you personally prefer.
  • Temperature Regulation — Purple mattresses allow for a lot of airflow. As such, they’re preferable for hot sleepers.

Those are just three main points, though. We’ll provide more detail about these points, as well as a few other differences, below.

Tuft & Needle Mattress


  • Budget shoppers
  • People who like a soft neutral-foam feel
  • Back, stomach, and side sleepers
  • Petite and medium sized individuals
  • Couples (solid edge support and motion isolation)

While the Tuft & Needle mattress doesn’t really have any true eye-catching features, it’s a solid all-around bed. In fact, last we checked, it had a 4.5 star rating on Amazon with over 6,500 reviews. That’s pretty incredible.

The Tuft & Needle mattress is a 10″ all-foam bed comprised of just two layers. Its top layer is a proprietary foam that has a soft neutral-foam feel. It’s very comfortable and responsive. You’ll never get any of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling, which means it’s quite easy to switch between sleeping positions.

In terms of firmness, we think the bed comes in right around a medium on the firmness scale. We think it’s best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers from the get-go.

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Tuft & Needle can accomodate all sleeping position (including stomach)

However, like pretty much all beds, this mattress will soften up over time. As such, strict side sleepers will find the bed more comfortable and accommodating as time passes and the bed breaks in a little.

Given it is just a two-layer, all-foam bed, though, we wouldn’t recommend the Tuft & Needle for heavy folks (250+ lb). That’s going to be the case with most all-foam beds. Heavy people are better off going with a bed that contains coils (like the Purple 2/3/4) for added support and durability.

SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Heavy People

Moving on to temperature regulation, we think the Tuft & Needle mattress sleeps temperature neutral. Like I mentioned earlier, the bed has a neutral, responsive foam top layer. Because of this, the bed doesn’t really hug you or contour to your body’s shape (i.e. memory foam), which should help prevent the foam from trapping a lot of heat.

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Inside the two-layer Tuft & Needle mattress

On the flip side, it doesn’t really actively cool you down either. If you’re a person that really heats up at night, you’ll be better off with one of the Purple mattresses (you’ll find out why below).

Lastly, the Tuft & Needle mattress performs pretty well in terms of edge support and motion isolation. This makes it a viable option for couples who share a smaller size bed.

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A comfy and inexpensive bed

You never want to feel as if you’re going to roll off the edge when your partner is hogging the middle of the bed, and you never want to be disturbed if your partner tosses and turns a lot or gets up frequently throughout the night. The T&N mattress does a good job with both those factors.

All in all, it’s easy to see why so many people like the Tuft & Needle mattress. It’s comfortable and accommodates most sleeper types and body sizes. Plus, it’s extremely affordable. Anytime you can snag a king size mattress under $750, that’s a steal in our eyes. You can check T&N’s website for their deals and promotions today.

Purple (all models)


  • All body sizes
  • Back, stomach, and side sleepers
  • People who want to try something unique (gel-like feel)
  • Hot sleepers (lots of airflow)
  • Folks who want options (four models to choose from)

Purple has taken the online mattress industry by storm these past few years. In fact, the company was valued at over $1 billion in 2017. Wow, that’s a lot of stinky cheddar. With that kind of valuation, their mattresses must be pretty darn good, right? Let’s find out.

What makes Purple stand out from the crowd is their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which they use as the top layer on all their mattress models. It’s not a foam and it doesn’t feel like foam either. It feels more like a gel or silicone-like material, even though it’s actually polymer (hence the name). It’s extremely flexible, responsive, and soft. In fact, it can stretch 15 times its resting state (try doing that with foam).

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A closer look at Purple’s secret sauce: Hyper-Elastic Polymer

Really, what makes it so special is that it’s able to cradle your pressure points (i.e. shoulders and hips) while also providing a good amount of support. Now, most of the team members love the feel of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, but it’s not for everybody. Some folks think it has a little too unique of a feel for a mattress.

The original Purple mattress is their most affordable, entry-level option. This model is comprised of two layers of polyurethane foam on the bottom and then a 2″ slab of Hyper-Elastic Polymer on top. We think this model is great for all kinds of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on your back, stomach, or side.

purple mattress review back sleepers team member Matt relaxing on the Original Purple bed

Like I mentioned earlier, the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material is very unique in that it’s able to provide both pressure relief and support exactly where you need it. The only downside we really see with the original Purple is that it’s not the best option for heavier body types (lack of coils).

In early 2018, Purple added three new models to their lineup — the 2, 3, and 4. The new models incorporate individually pocketed coils for added support. Given the new construction, we recommend heavy people go with one of the new Purple models.

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Good edge support on the New Purple models

In general, coils are just much more durable than dense support foams and also provide bi-directional support (i.e. the coils compress, but also push-back), which is much more ideal for the extra stress heavy people exert on beds.

In terms of differences between the three new models, though, it really comes down to the thickness of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer. The Purple 4 uses a 4″ slab of polymer, the Purple 3 uses a 3″ slab, and it continues down the line. The price also varies depending on which model you choose. The Purple 4 is the most expensive (that polymer material isn’t cheap), followed by the 3 and then the 2.

Purple recommends the Purple 2 for back and stomach sleepers (they say it’s the firmest), the 3 for combo sleepers, and the 4 for side sleepers. However, our team thinks all three models are great for all types of sleepers. team member Matt can substantiate that claim. He sleeps on the Purple 4 and loves it, even though he’s a combination sleeper.

purple mattress side sleeper team member Matt loves his Purple 4 mattress

What also makes Hyper-Elastic Polymer special is that it helps all the different mattress models sleep cool. That’s because Hyper-Elastic Polymer in general doesn’t trap heat and is a just a naturally cooler material than foam.

The polymer is also laid in a grid formation, which creates columns and rows that allow air to flow freely near the top of the mattress. If you push down hard on the Purple mattresses, you can actually feel the air coming up through your fingers. It’s pretty amazing.

Lastly, we also think the Purple mattresses are good choices for couples (as long as both people like the feel). The mattresses contain solid foam side rails for edge support. Also, you might not think so considering how responsive and sort of bouncy the polymer material is, but all the Purple beds do a pretty decent job of deadening movement.

All in all, it’s hard to hate on Purple. We can see why the company has exploded in recent years. Sure, their beds are on the pricey side, but Hyper-Elastic Polymer is so unique and provides so many benefits, we can understand why.

Purple Mattress vs Tuft & Needle Review Verdict

If you’ve read this far, you now understand why we said both mattresses are quite different. However, if you’re still having trouble deciding, ask yourself three questions.

First, what’s your budget? If it’s below $950 (queen size), Tuft & Needle wins and it’s not close.

Next, do you tend to sleep extremely hot? If yes, go Purple. It provides much better airflow, plain and simple.

Lastly, do you want to try something different or are you dead set on the traditional foam mattress? If you love the feel of soft foam, play it safe and go with Tuft & Needle. If not, give Purple a chance.

Tuft & Needle Hybrid vs Purple Mattress Overview

Tuft & Needle recently launched their first hybrid mattress. Below is a short video outlining how the Tuft & Needle Hybrid compares to both the Original Purple and Purple Hybrid beds.

We hope the video above was helpful and entertaining. Below you’ll find more information about the customer policies Tuft & Needle and Purple offer.

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper


Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Tharon Green

Stomach Sleeper


McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper

Company Policies Overview

Let’s quickly also cover how each company handles shipping, returns, trial periods, and warranties.

First, let’s start with Purple, which offers free shipping and returns. The original Purple arrives at your doorstep rolled-up and compressed in a protective covering. The new Purple mattresses (2, 3, and 4), though, come with free white glove delivery and setup. These models are extremely heavy and can’t really be compressed, so it’s nice someone will do the heavy lifting for you.

Once you receive the mattress, Purple gives you 100 nights to test out the bed to see whether or not you want to keep it. If you decide it’s not for you during those first 100 nights, just contact the company and they will send someone to your house or apartment to pick up the mattress free of charge. The whole return and refund process usually takes about 10-14 days.

Purple also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. All this stuff (sans the white glove delivery with the new models) is pretty standard for the bed-in-a-box industry.

Tuft & Needle matches the industry standard, as well. They offer free shipping (the bed will arrive compressed in a box), free returns, a 100-night trial period, and a 10-year warranty.