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Purple was launched in 2015 following a successful Kickstarter campaign, and began selling mattresses in January 2016. The company currently offers two mattress designs. The Purple, the brand’s flagship mattress, features 1.8 PCF polyfoam and buckling-column gel in the comfort system, and high-density polyfoam in the support core. The second model, the New Purple, is a hybrid mattress; the comfort system features buckling-column gel, and the support core is constructed with pocketed coils. The New Purple is available in three thickness options (11, 12, or 13 inches), and each thickness has a different firmness.
Tempur-Pedic, Inc., was established in 1992, and the company merged with the Sealy Corporation in 2012 — though both brands remain separate entities. Tempur-Pedic’s current selection includes 16 models sold in three collections. The Cloud and Contour collections are all memory foam mattresses, and the Flex collection consists of hybrids.
Both brands have received average to above-average customer satisfaction ratings. This page will compare and contrast Purple and Tempur-Pedic in terms of pricing, size availability, construction, and performance, as well as the delivery, return, and warranty policies of both companies.
Pros of the Purple mattress include:
Pros of Tempur-Pedic mattresses include:
You might not be suited for the Purple mattress if:
You might not be suited for a Tempur-Pedic mattress if:
The table below lists the current prices of all Purple and Tempur-Pedic mattresses in each available size. Please note that Purple’s models are not available in Twin and/or Full sizes, and that select Tempur-Pedic models are not available in Twin, Twin XL, and/or Full sizes.
|Mattress Brand||Mattress Model||Twin||Twin XL||Full||Queen||King||California King|
|New Purple (11″)||N/A||$1,299||N/A||$1,599||$1,899||$1,899|
|New Purple (12″)||N/A||$1,899||N/A||$2,199||$2,699||$2,699|
|New Purple (13″)||N/A||$2,499||N/A||$2,799||$3,499||$3,499|
|Tempur-Pedic (Memory Foam)||TEMPUR-Cloud Prima||$1,299||$1,299||$1,649||$1,799||$2,499||$2,499|
|TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe||N/A||$3,299||N/A||$3,799||$4,499||$4,499|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze||N/A||$3,299||$3,649||$3,799||$4,499||$4,499|
|TEMPUR-Contour Elite Breeze||N/A||$3,799||N/A||$4,299||$4,999||$4,999|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze||N/A||$4,299||N/A||$4,799||$5,499||$5,499|
|Tempur-Pedic Flex (Hybrid)||TEMPUR-Flex Prima||$1,499||$1,499||$1,849||$1,999||$2,699||$2,699|
|TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Breeze||N/A||$3,299||$3,649||$3,799||$4,499||$4,499|
Next let’s look at mattress construction. The table below lists thickness, firmness, and material specifications for all of the current Purple and Tempur-Pedic mattress models. Please note that Tempur-Pedic does not disclose individual layer thickness measurements or foam densities for any of the mattresses in their current lineup.
|Mattress Brand||Mattress Model||Firmness||Thickness||Support Core Components||Comfort Layer Components||Cover Components|
|Purple||Purple Mattress||6.5 (Medium Firm)||9 1/2″||4″ 2 PCF HD Polyfoam||2″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel|
3 1/2″ 1.8 PCF Polyfoam
4% Lycra® Spandex
|New Purple||6.5 (Medium Firm)||11″||7 1/2″ Pocketed Coils||2″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel||98% Polyester|
|5.5 (Medium)||12″||3″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel|
|4.5 (Medium Soft)||13″||4″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel|
|Tempur-Pedic (Memory Foam)||TEMPUR-Cloud Prima||5 (Medium)||10″||Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Legacy||4 (Medium Soft)||10″||Convoluted Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme||4 (Medium Soft)||11 1/2″||Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Contour Supreme||8 (Extra Firm)||11 1/2″||Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Contour Elite||7 (Firm)||12 1/2″||Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Elite||3 (Soft)||12 1/2″||Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe||6 (Medium Firm)||13 1/2″||Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe||3 (Soft||13 1/2″||Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze||4 (Medium Soft)||11 1/2″||Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Contour Elite Breeze||7 (Firm)||12 1/2″||Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze||3 (Soft)||13 1/2″||Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|GrandBed||4 (Medium Soft)||15″||Polyfoam||Memory Foam||Silk and Cashmere|
|Tempur-Pedic (Hybrid)||TEMPUR-Flex Prima||6 (Medium Firm)||10″||Pocketed Coils||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Flex Supreme||5 (Medium)||11 1/2″||Pocketed Coils||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Flex Elite||4 (Medium Soft)||12 1/2″||Pocketed Coils||Memory Foam||Polyester|
|TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Breeze||5 (Medium)||11 1/2″||Pocketed Coils||Memory Foam||Polyester|
The following four tables explore the various policies of Purple and Tempur-Pedic. The first table compares the shipping and delivery policies of these companies.
|Delivery fee||Free shipping in the contiguous U.S.|
Additional delivery fees for Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada
|$25 per order for all deliveries|
|Where do they deliver?||All 50 states and Canada||All 50 states|
|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 box||Wrapped in plastic, but not compressed for shipping|
|Estimated delivery time (from original order)||2 to 5 business days||10 to 14 business days|
Amazon.com (select models)
|Amazon.com customer rating||4.2 (Purple)|
The New Purple is not currently available on Amazon.com
|The following Tempur-pedic mattresses are listed on Amazon.com with customer ratings: TEMPUR-Cloud Prima (4.2), TEMPUR-Legacy (5.0), TEMPUR-Flex Supreme (4.3), TEMPUR-Contour Supreme (4.6), TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze (1.0)|
|Brick-and-mortar availability||Purple does not operate any brick-and-mortar locations, and these mattresses are not sold in any other physical stores.||Tempur-Pedic operates one brick-and-mortar showroom in Natick, Massachusetts, and the mattresses are available at a wide selection of other brick-and-mortar stores and retailers|
|Courier used for delivery||Purple deliveries are coordinated using UPS and FedEx||Tempur-Pedic offers free White Glove delivery from company couriers for all orders|
|White Glove delivery?|
For an extra fee, some mattress sellers provide in-home assembly and packaging waste disposal
|White Glove delivery is not available from Purple at this time||Free White Glove delivery is offered for all Tempur-Pedic mattress orders; this service includes in-home mattress assembly and packaging waste disposal|
|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 from Purple at this time||Old mattress removal is available with Tempur-Pedic’s free White Glove delivery|
Next, let’s look at the sleep trials and return policies of Purple and Tempur-Pedic.
|Sleep trial length|
Most sleep trials last at least 60 nights
|100 nights||90 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 nights||30 nights|
Some mattress companies require mattress owners to pay transportation and handling fees associated with their mattress return
|None; Purple covers all shipping and handling charges for returns||Mattress owners cover all shipping and handling charges for returns|
Some mattress sellers allow customers to exchange their mattress for a different model or firmness during the sleep trial
|Mattress exchanges are not available with the Purple sleep trial||Mattress exchanges are not available with the Tempur-Pedic sleep trial|
|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
|None; customers who purchase their Purple mattress from Amazon.com qualify for that site’s standard 30-night sleep trial||None; customers who purchase their Tempur-Pedic mattress from Amazon.com qualify for that site’s standard 30-night sleep trial|
The third table looks at the product warranties offered with Purple and Tempur-Pedic mattresses.
|Warranty length||10 years||10 years|
During nonprorated periods, mattress owners can have their defective mattress replaced without paying a percentage of the original product price
|10 years||10 years|
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 nonprorated||None; this warranty is entirely nonprorated|
Some mattress companies hold owners responsible for paying shipping and handling fees associated with repairing or replacing a defective mattress
|Owners must cover all transportation and handling costs for mattress repairs or replacements||Owners must cover all transportation and handling costs for mattress repairs or replacements|
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’||‘Tempur-Pedic mattresses are designed to work on a firm, solid-surface, non-spring foundation or adjustable bed base that is structurally capable of supporting the weight of purchaser’s Tempur-Pedic mattress and user(s).’|
Most mattress sellers will only repair or replace indented mattresses if the sagging reaches a certain depth
Lastly, let’s look at the customer services offered by Purple and Tempur-Pedic, as well as their overall company reputation.
|Customer service rating (1-10)|
This number is based on Tuck data
|Better Business Bureau Rating||D||A+|
|Online customer chat?||Yes||Yes|
|Company email address||[email protected]||Online form|
Next, let’s compare Purple and Tempur-Pedic based on performance factors like durability, motion isolation, temperature neutrality, and odor potential. All ratings are generated using authentic customer and owner reviews. Please note that we have not received sufficient feedback regarding the New Purple (which was introduced in 2018); we will update this section once we have enough data.
|Category||Criteria||Purple Rating||Tempur-Pedic Rating||What Users Say|
|Customer Satisfaction||Based on data collection, this is an overall customer sentiment regarding the X and Y mattresses.||79% (Purple)|
No ratings for New Purple
|The Purple has earned a higher customer satisfaction rating than all three Tempur-Pedic collections, but the Flex and Contour are considered above-average compared to other mattresses with similar designs.|
|Durability||The average mattress will perform for at least seven years before it needs to be replaced||Fair||Excellent (Flex)|
Very Good (Cloud and Contour)
|Tempur-Pedic mattresses tend to last at least one to two years longer than the average mattress. The Purple mattress appears to have good durability, but this model is relatively new and has not been evaluated for long-term performance.|
|Motion Isolation||Foam-based mattresses are designed to minimize motion and isolate it from other areas of the sleep surface, which can cut down on nighttime disruptions.||Good||Very Good (Cloud and Contour)|
|The Cloud and Contour collections absorb and minimize transfer to a significant extent; the Purple and Tempur-Pedic’s Flex collection isolate motion to a degree, but not as much.|
|Sex||Foam-based mattresses are less responsive by design, and may not be as suitable for sex as innerspring or hybrid models.||Fair||Very Good (Flex)|
Fair (Cloud and Contour)
|The Cloud and Contour collections from Tempur-Pedic and the Purple may not be responsive enough for some couples, but models in the Flex collection are suitably bouncy.|
|Conforming||Foam-based mattresses conform closely to sleeper’s bodies, which can help align the spine, target pressure points, and alleviate back pain||Good||Very Good (Cloud and Contour)|
|The Cloud and Contour mattresses conform closely to alleviate a good deal of pain and pressure. Pressure relief is about average for Flex collection models, as well as the Purple.|
|Temperature Neutrality||Foam retains more body heat than other materials, and foam mattress owners often ‘sleep hot’ as a result.||Good||Good (Flex)|
Fair (Cloud and Contour)
|The Cloud and Contour mattresses sleep fairly warm, but temperature neutrality is better for the Flex collection. The Purple sleeps considerably cooler as well.|
|Off-gassing||Some mattresses emit particles when they are unpackaged, accompanied by unpleasant ‘off-gassing’ smells that can last for days.||Good||Fair (Flex)|
Poor (Cloud and Contour)
|Off-gassing is a chief complaint among owners of Cloud and Contour mattresses, and Flex collection models also emit a fair amount of odor. The Purple has less off-gassing potential.|
|Edge Support||Because 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.||Poor||Very Good (Flex)|
Poor (Cloud and Contour)
|Mattresses in the Flex collection provide much better edge support than those in the Cloud or Contour collections, as well as the Purple.|
|Noise||Foam-based mattresses create little to no noise, due to their lack of springs, coils, and other metal components||Excellent||Excellent (Cloud and Contour)|
|The Purple and mattresses in the Cloud and Contour collections are all virtually silent when bearing weight. Flex collection models may produce some noise due to their coils, but not as much as most other hybrids.|
|Ease of Moving and Rotating||All mattresses are relatively heavy when it comes to moving and rotating, but some are heavier and more unwieldy than others.||Fair||Fair (all models)||Purple and Tempur-Pedic mattresses are all heavier than average, making them fairly difficult to move and maneuver.|
When shopping for a new mattress, it’s important to take body weight and preferred sleep position into account. The next table compares the Purple and all Tempur-Pedic mattresses based on these two criteria; we do not have enough data to generate ratings for the New Purple at this time.
|Mattress Brand||Mattress Model/Series||Sleep Position||Lightweight Sleeper Rating (Less than 130 lbs)||Average Weight Sleeper Rating (130 to 230 lbs)||Heavyweight Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs)|
|Tempur-Pedic||Cloud (Memory Foam)||Side||Very Good||Good||Fair|
|Back||Very Good||Very Good||Good|
|Contour (Memory Foam)||Side||Fair||Very Good||Very Good|
|Back||Good||Very Good||Very Good|
|Flex (Hybrid)||Side||Good||Very Good||Good|
|Back||Very Good||Very Good||Good|
Purple offers two mattresses with buckling-column gel comfort layers. The Purple, which has a polyfoam support core, has received a customer satisfaction rating of 79%. The New Purple is a hybrid with a pocketed coil support core, and is available in three thicknesses; this mattress is relatively new, and we have not yet generated ratings for it. To learn more about Purple, please visit our Purple Mattress Reviews page.
Tempur-Pedic currently offers memory foam and hybrid mattresses as part of three collections: the Cloud and Contour memory foam collections with respective satisfaction ratings of 71% and 74%; and the Flex hybrid collection with a satisfaction rating of 77%. For more information about this brand, check out our Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam Mattress Reviews and Tempur-Pedic Hybrid Mattress Reviews pages.
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.
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