Purple vs. Nectar Mattress Comparison

Nectar offers a memory foam mattress. The comfort layer features a top layer of 4 PCF gel memory foam and a bottom layer of 3.5 PCF memory foam, and the support core is constructed from high-density polyfoam. This mattress is considered a Medium Firm.

Purple currently offers two mattresses. The flagship model, the Purple, is designed with 1.8 PCF polyfoam and buckling-column gel in the comfort system,and a high-density polyfoam support core. The brand’s second model, the New Purple, is a hybrid mattress with a buckling-column gel comfort system and a pocketed coil support core. This model is available in three thicknesses, each with a different firmness option.

Both companies are relatively new, and exclusively sell their mattresses online. This page will compare the two brands in terms of mattress construction, pricing, and performance, as well as company policies, warranty coverage, and overall reputation.

Brand Summary

Pros of the Purple mattress include:

  • Close conforming and above-average pressure relief
  • Good motion isolation
  • Virtually no noise
  • Free shipping and a 100-night sleep trial

Pros of the Nectar mattress include:

  • Close conforming and above-average pressure relief
  • Good motion isolation
  • Virtually no noise
  • Free shipping with White Glove option and a 365-night sleep trial

You might not be suited for the Purple mattress if:

  • Edge support is a top priority
  • You prefer a mattress that is relatively lightweight and easy to move
  • You have a limited mattress shopping budget
  • You’d like a Twin-size mattress

You might not be suited for the Nectar mattress if:

  • You tend to sleep hot
  • Edge support is a top priority
  • You’d prefer to avoid shipping and delivery timing issues
  • Your preferred mattress firmness falls outside a Medium Firm.

Sizes and Pricing

The table below lists current prices for all Purple and Nectar mattresses in each available size. Please note that the Purple is not currently sold in a Twin-size, and that the New Purple is not sold in a Twin- or Full-size.

Mattress BrandMattress ModelTwinTwin XLFullQueenKingCalifornia King
New Purple (11″)N/A$1,299N/A$1,599$1,899$1,899
New Purple (12″)N/A$1,899N/A$2,199$2,699$2,699
New Purple (13″)N/A$2,499N/A$2,799$3,499$3,499
NectarNectar Mattress$375$425$575$670$775$775

Mattress Construction

The next table breaks down the Purple, New Purple, and Nectar mattresses by individual layers, firmness options, and material construction.

BrandProduct NameFirmnessThicknessWeight (Queen Size)Support Core ComponentsComfort Layer ComponentsCover Components
PurplePurple Mattress6.5 (Medium Firm)9 1/2″ 110 lbs.4″ 2 PCF HD Polyfoam2″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel
3 1/2″ 1.8 PCF Polyfoam
67% Polyester
29% Viscose
4% Lycra® Spandex


New Purple6.5 (Medium Firm)11″122 lbs.7 1/2″ Pocketed Coils2″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel98% Polyester
2% Spandex
5.5 (Medium)12″145 lbs.3″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel
4.5 (Medium Soft)13″168 lbs.4″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel
NectarNectar Mattress6 (Medium Firm)11″74 lbs.1 3/4″ Polyfoam
5 1/4″ 2.2 PCF HD Polyfoam
1″ 4 PCF Gel Memory Foam
3″ 3.5 PCF Memory Foam
Tencel® Lyocell and Cotton

Shipping Information, Trial Period & Warranty

The following four tables compare Purple and Nectar in terms of customer service and purchasing options. The first table explores the delivery and shipping policies of both companies.

Delivery feeFree in the contiguous U.S.
Additional fees for Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada
Free in the contiguous U.S.
Additional fees for Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
Where do they deliver?Contiguous U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as CanadaContiguous U.S., as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
How is the mattress shipped?The Purple mattress is compressed, vacuum-sealed, and shipped in a vinyl tube; The New Purple is not compressed and is shipped in a flat boxCompressed, vacuum-sealed, and shipped in a box
Estimated delivery time (from original order)2 to 5 business days1 to 5 business days
This brand has received numerous complaints regarding shipping delays
Online availabilityPurple.com
Amazon.com customer rating4.2 (Purple)
The New Purple is not currently available on Amazon.com
The Nectar Mattress is not available on Amazon.com at this time
Brick-and-mortar availabilityPurple mattresses are not sold in any brick-and-mortar locationsNectar mattresses are not sold in any brick-and-mortar locations
Courier used for deliveryUPS and FedExFedEx
White Glove delivery?
For an extra fee, some mattress sellers provide in-home assembly and packaging waste disposal
Purple does not offer White Glove deliveryWhite Glove delivery is available for an additional shipping fee of $149
Old mattress removal?
For an extra fee, some mattress sellers will remove a customer’s old mattress during the delivery and transport it to a recycling facility or donation center
Old mattress removal is not available with Purple purchasesOld mattress removal is available with White Glove delivery for an additional charge of $20, bringing the total to $169

The next table compares the sleep trials and return policies of Purple and Nectar.

Sleep trial length
Most sleep trials last at least 60 nights
100 nights365 nights
Mandatory break-in period?
Some mattress sellers require mattress buyers to test out their mattress for a certain length of time before they can return or exchange it
30 nightsNone
Return charges
Some mattress companies require mattress owners to pay transportation and handling fees associated with their mattress return
None; Purple covers all shipping and handling chargesNone; Nectar covers all shipping and handling charges
Other feesNoneNone
Exchanges offered?
Some mattress sellers allow customers to exchange their mattress for a different model or firmness during the sleep trial
Exchanges are not available at this timeExchanges are available; customers must purchase the replacement before their refund for the original model is issued
Sleep trial available for Amazon.com customers?
In some cases, Amazon.com customers and others who do not buy their mattress directly from the brand will not qualify for the company’s sleep trial
No; a standard 30-night sleep trial is available to Amazon customers who purchase the Purple mattressThe Nectar Mattress is not currently sold on Amazon.com

Next, let’s look at warranty coverage details for Purple and Nectar mattresses.

Warranty length10 yearsLifetime
Nonprorated coverage
During nonprorated periods, mattress owners can have their defective mattress replaced without paying a percentage of the original product price
10 yearsDuring the first 10 years, Nectar will simply replace any defective mattress at no cost to the owner
Prorated charges
In most cases, prorated costs of replacing a mattress are calculated by multiplying a percentage of the original product price by the number of years of ownership
None; this warranty is entirely nonproratedAfter 10 years, owners may ship their mattress to Nectar to be repaired or replaced for a fee of $100 ($50 each way); if the mattress is found to be defective, Nectar will waive the $100 charge
Transportation/handling charges
Some mattress companies hold owners responsible for paying shipping and handling fees associated with repairing or replacing a defective mattress
Owners must pay to-and-from transportation and handling costs for repairing or replacing a defective mattress$50 each way ($100 total); this fee is waived if the mattress is found to be defective
Foundational requirements
In many cases, a mattress seller will void an owner’s warranty if an adequate foundation is not used to support the mattress
A firm, flat, solid-surface, non-spring foundation (whether non-moving type or adjustable type) sufficiently strong to remain flat and firm under the weight of the mattress and its users, from the date of delivery onward to the date of the warranty claim without interruption’‘A firm, solid-surface, on a bed base that is structurally capable of supporting the weight of the Mattress and user(s)’
Indentation depth
Most mattress sellers will only repair or replace indented mattresses if the sagging reaches a certain depth
1″1 1/2″

Lastly, let’s compare the customer service and brand reputation of Purple and Nectar

Customer service rating (1-10)
This number is based on Tuck data
Better Business Bureau RatingDC+
Company websitehttps://purple.com/https://nectarsleep.com
Online customer chat?YesYes
Phone number1-888-848-84561-888-863-2827
Phone availabilityMonday to Friday 8am to 7pm MT
Saturday 10am to 4pm MT
Monday to Sunday 6am to 9pm PST
Company email address[email protected][email protected]
Social mediaFacebook

Mattress Performance Comparison

Next, let’s compare Purple and Nectar mattresses in terms of performance criteria like durability, motion isolation, odor potential, and edge support. All ratings have been generated using customer and owner experiences. Please note that we do not have enough customer data to generate ratings for the New Purple mattress (which was first sold in 2018); we will update this section with information about that model as soon as we have received sufficient feedback.

CategoryCriteriaPurple RatingNectar RatingWhat Users Say
Customer SatisfactionBased on data collection, this is an overall customer sentiment regarding Purple and Nectar mattresses.79% (Purple)
No ratings for New Purple
60%Purple has received a much higher customer satisfaction rating than Nectar. 
Durability The average mattress will perform for at least seven years before it needs to be replacedFairFairThe lifespans of Purple and Nectar mattresses appear to be on par with the average mattress (six to seven years); however, these models have been sold for a limited time and their overall durability has not been assessed.
Motion IsolationFoam-based mattresses are designed to minimize motion and isolate it from other areas of the sleep surface, which can cut down on nighttime disruptions.GoodGoodAlthough they are constructed differently, both the Purple and Nectar mattresses absorb and minimize motion transfer to a good extent, according to owners.
Sex Foam-based mattresses are less responsive by design, and may not be as suitable for sex as innerspring or hybrid models.FairFairThe Purple and Nectar mattresses may not be responsive or bouncy enough for some couples.
ConformingFoam-based mattresses conform closely to sleeper’s bodies, which can help align the spine, target pressure points, and alleviate back painGoodGoodPurple and Nectar owners say they experience close conforming with their mattress, and pressure relief for both models is above-average.
Temperature NeutralityFoam retains more body heat than other materials, and foam mattress owners often ‘sleep hot’ as a result.GoodFairThe Purple retains minimal heat and sleeps fairly cool, while the Nectar mattress sleeps too warm for some.
Off-gassingSome mattresses emit particles when they are unpackaged, accompanied by unpleasant ‘off-gassing’ smells that can last for days.GoodFairOdor potential is higher for the Nectar than the Purple, although most owners claim that the new mattress odors dissipate within a few days.
Edge SupportBecause of their construction, foam-based mattresses often provide little to no edge support and may sink prematurely in areas of the bed where people tend to sit.PoorPoorEdge support is a chief complaint with both the Purple and Nectar mattresses; some owners report sinkage around the edges after minimal use.
NoiseFoam-based mattresses create little to no noise, due to their lack of springs, coils, and other metal componentsExcellentExcellentBoth the Purple and Nectar mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.
Ease of Moving and RotatingAll mattresses are relatively heavy when it comes to moving and rotating, but some are heavier and more unwieldy than others.  FairVery GoodA Queen-size Nectar mattress weighs 74 pounds, making it much lighter and easier to move than a Queen-size Purple mattress (which weighs 110 pounds).

When choosing a mattress, sleepers should consider both their individual body weight (and the weight of their partner), as well as their preferred sleep position. The following table compares Purple and Nectar mattresses based on feedback from sleepers in different weight and sleep position groups. Please note that we have not received enough data to generate weight/position ratings for the New Purple at this time.

Sleeper PositionSleeper WeightPurpleNectar
Side130 lbs or lessFairFair
130 lbs to 230 lbsGoodGood
230 lbs or moreGoodFair
Back130 lbs or lessVery GoodGood
130 lbs to 230 lbsFairGood
230 lbs or moreGoodGood
Stomach130 lbs or lessFairPoor
130 lbs to 230 lbsGoodFair
230 lbs or moreFairFair


Purple offers the Purple mattress, a buckling-column gel mattress with a customer satisfaction rating of 79%. Purple also offers the New Purple, a hybrid mattress with a buckling-column gel comfort system and a pocketed coil support core; we have not received enough customer feedback to generate a satisfaction rating for this model. To learn more about Purple, please visit our Purple Mattress Review page.

The Nectar mattress is a memory foam model that has earned a customer satisfaction rating of 60%. For more information on this brand and model, please visit our Nectar Mattress Review page.

Choosing the right mattress for you can be a difficult decision. Tuck.com strives to help mattress shoppers evaluate different models and decide which product best meets their needs and preferences. To learn more about how we compare products, please visit our Mattress Methodology page.