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Saatva vs. Purple – Our 2019 Mattress Comparison

Written by - Bill Fish.

The Bottom Line.

  • The Saatva is a luxury innerspring made with pressure-relieving comfort layers and a supportive pocketed coil base.
  • The Purple Hybrid features the signature Smart Grid comfort layer that alleviates aches and pains while sleeping exceptionally cool.
  • The Saatva is available in multiple firmness/thickness settings.

2,636 Verified Customer Experiences

54 Unique Review Sources

51 Hours of Lab Testing

4 Sleep Experts Consulted

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  • Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier
Meet Our Testing Team
Isaac
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Jackson
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Neil
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Rachel
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Saatva vs. Purple Mattress Overview

Saatva first launched in 2011. The brand’s flagship bed, the Saatva, is coil-on-coil innerspring mattress with a foam-padded Euro-top cover, followed by polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers and a pocketed coil transitional layer. The support core is constructed with steel bonnell coils. The Saatva is available in 11 1/2 inch and 14 1/2 inch thickness profiles, as well as three different firmness settings: ‘Medium Soft’ (4), ‘Medium Firm’ (6), and ‘Firm’ (7.5).

Purple was established in 2015. The company’s first hybrid mattress, the Purple Hybrid, first appeared in 2018. The Purple Hybrid features the brand’s signature Smart Grid, a comfort layer system made of buckling-column gel distributed over elastic polymer grid. Its support core is constructed with pocketed coils. The 11-inch Purple Hybrid model is ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5).

Please note: Both brands offer additional mattress models. Saatva sells four other beds: the Saatva HD coil-on-coil innerspring designed for heavier individuals, the Loom & Leaf  luxury memory foam mattress, the Zenhaven flippable latex mattress, and the Solaire adjustable airbed. Purple also offers the Purple Mattress, a flagship mattress featuring the Smart Grid comfort layer and a high-density polyfoam base, and the Purple Hybrid Premier, which is available in two profiles, and each one has a different firmness setting. The 12-inch model is ‘Medium’ (5.5), and the 13-inch model is ‘Medium Soft’ (4.5).

This comparison guide focuses exclusively on the Saatva and Purple Hybrid beds because of their similarities. To learn about other mattress models from these brands, please visit our complete review pages: Saatva Mattress Reviews, Loom & Leaf Mattress Reviews, Zenhaven Mattress Reviews, Solaire Mattress Reviews, Purple Mattress Reviews.

The Saatva and Purple Hybrid share similar features, such as thicker-than-average profiles, and sophisticated hybrid construction. However, they also differ in several key ways. This guide looks at different factors associated with both beds, such as design, pricing, and performance ratings. We’ll also provide an overview of the shipping, return, and warranty policies for both brands.

Ratings Comparison

Saatva Mattress

Purple Hybrid

MATTRESS TYPE InnerspringHybrid
PRICE RANGE $1,099$1,599
FIRMNESS OPTION 4,6,7.56.5
AVAILABILITY onlineonline, in-store
SLEEP TRIAL 120 nights100 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH 15 Year, Non-prorated10 year
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  • Saatva Mattress
  • Purple Hybrid

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
  • Saatva Mattress
  • Purple Hybrid
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
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Durability

Most innerspring mattresses last between six and seven years, and Saatva mattresses seem to be on par with this lifespan. However, Euro-top construction is generally linked to below-average durability.

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Durability

Most innerspring mattresses last between six and seven years, and Saatva mattresses seem to be on par with this lifespan. However, Euro-top construction is generally linked to below-average durability.

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Motion Isolation

Like other innersprings, the Saatva mattress does not absorb or minimize motion to a significant extent. This may be problematic for certain sleepers, such as couples who share a bed, since minimal motion isolation can lead to sleep disruptions.

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Motion Isolation

Like other innersprings, the Saatva mattress does not absorb or minimize motion to a significant extent. This may be problematic for certain sleepers, such as couples who share a bed, since minimal motion isolation can lead to sleep disruptions.

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Off-gassing

The Saatva mattress emits some off-gassing (due in part to the polyfoam and memory foam layers), but most owners report that the odors dissipate within three to five days of unpackaging the mattress.

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Off-gassing

The Saatva mattress emits some off-gassing (due in part to the polyfoam and memory foam layers), but most owners report that the odors dissipate within three to five days of unpackaging the mattress.

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Sex

The Saatva mattress is highly responsive and fairly bouncy, although the ‘Plush Soft’ and ‘Luxury Firm’ designs tend to be better for sex than the ‘Firm’.

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Sex

The Saatva mattress is highly responsive and fairly bouncy, although the ‘Plush Soft’ and ‘Luxury Firm’ designs tend to be better for sex than the ‘Firm’.

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Temperature Neutrality

Mattresses that contain foam and memory foam tend to sleep the hottest. Saatva has a more traditional innerspring construction so our testing along with data analysis show that it's one of the cooler mattress options on the market today compared to all-foam competitors.

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Temperature Neutrality

Mattresses that contain foam and memory foam tend to sleep the hottest. Saatva has a more traditional innerspring construction so our testing along with data analysis show that it's one of the cooler mattress options on the market today compared to all-foam competitors.

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Edge Support

Innerspring mattresses tend to have optimal edge support and the Saatva is no exception. Customers report a consistent sleep surface (no-roll off when sleeping towards the edge) as well as above-average push back when sitting on the edge of the mattress.

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Edge Support

Innerspring mattresses tend to have optimal edge support and the Saatva is no exception. Customers report a consistent sleep surface (no-roll off when sleeping towards the edge) as well as above-average push back when sitting on the edge of the mattress.

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Noise

Roughly 7% of Saatva owners cite noise as a complaint. This is on par with noise complaints from all innerspring owners.

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Noise

Roughly 7% of Saatva owners cite noise as a complaint. This is on par with noise complaints from all innerspring owners.

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Durability

The hyper-elastic polymer on top of pocketed coils and the reinforced perimeter make for a highly durable bed. Our testing found it should offer above-standard durability.

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Durability

The hyper-elastic polymer on top of pocketed coils and the reinforced perimeter make for a highly durable bed. Our testing found it should offer above-standard durability.

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Motion Isolation

Purple Hybrid owners find the bed entirely removes any movement from a partner and our own testing procedure backs this up.

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Motion Isolation

Purple Hybrid owners find the bed entirely removes any movement from a partner and our own testing procedure backs this up.

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Off-gassing

Customers do not report any issues with off-gassing and our testing showed this to be true.

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Off-gassing

Customers do not report any issues with off-gassing and our testing showed this to be true.

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Sex

As a very responsive mattress, the Purple Hybrid offers good bounce back that you'll find suitable for amorous activity

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Sex

As a very responsive mattress, the Purple Hybrid offers good bounce back that you'll find suitable for amorous activity

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Temperature Neutrality

Customer data shows the Purple Hybrid disperses body heat very effectively. The Tuck testing lab shows sleepers remain cool on the bed.

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Temperature Neutrality

Customer data shows the Purple Hybrid disperses body heat very effectively. The Tuck testing lab shows sleepers remain cool on the bed.

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Edge Support

The reinforced perimeter offers solid edge support, whether you are sleeping or sitting near the edge of the bed.

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Edge Support

The reinforced perimeter offers solid edge support, whether you are sleeping or sitting near the edge of the bed.

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Noise

There are no complaints of noise with the Purple Hybrid, nor did our testing show any issues.

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Noise

There are no complaints of noise with the Purple Hybrid, nor did our testing show any issues.

The Saatva Is Good for...
  • Any sleeper regardless of their weight or preferred position
  • Those who normally sleep hot
  • People with pain in their shoulders, lower back, or hips
  • Sleepers who prefer thicker-than-average beds
The Purple Hybrid Is Good for...
  • Sleepers who prefer a balanced firmness with close to moderate conforming
  • Side, back, and stomach sleepers in any weight group
  • Those who normally sleep hot
  • Sleepers who prefer thicker-than-average beds

Sleep Position Ratings

Saatva

The Saatva is available in three firmness settings ranging from ‘Medium Soft’ to ‘Firm,’ as well as 11 1/2-inch and 14 1/2-inch profiles. This range should accommodate most sleepers regardless of their weight or preferred sleep position. Lighter side sleepers can opt for the softest setting, which cradles the hips and shoulders for better spinal alignment, while heavier back and stomach sleepers receive even, sag-free support from the firmer, thicker designs.

Purple Hybrid

The Purple Hybrid is ‘Medium Firm.’ This mattress is optimal for side, stomach, and back sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds, as well as heavier people – including stomach sleepers – who prefer softer surfaces and lighter side sleepers seeking better spinal alignment. The thicker-than-average profile for Purple Hybrid can also be beneficial to heavier people, who often struggle getting on and off low-profile mattresses.

  • Saatva Mattress
  • Purple Hybrid
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach

Our Recommendations

Choose the Saatva if...

  • You prefer mattresses that range from ‘Medium Soft’ to ‘Firm’
  • You and your sleep partner enjoy sleeping on a responsive bed
  • You normally sleep hot
  • You like sleeping on high-profile mattresses

Choose the Purple Hybrid if...

  • You prefer ‘Medium Firm’ mattresses
  • You normally sleep hot
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to movement or noise
  • You like sleeping on high-profile beds

Technical Details Comparison

Sizing and Pricing

  • twin-bed
    Twin $599 Saatva
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $749 Saatva $1,299 Purple Hybrid
  • twin-bed
    Full $999 Saatva $1,499 Purple Hybrid
  • twin-bed
    Queen $1,099 Saatva $1,599 Purple Hybrid
  • twin-bed
    King $1,499 Saatva $1,899 Purple Hybrid
  • twin-bed
    Cali King $1,499 Saatva $1,899 Purple Hybrid
  • twin-bed
    Split King $1,499 Saatva $2,598 Purple Hybrid

Mattress Construction

Next we’ll take a closer look at how these mattresses are made. The table below lists firmness, thickness, weight, and material composition specs for the Saatva and Purple Hybrid beds.

Specification Saatva Purple Hybrid Purple Hybrid Premier 3″ Purple Hybrid Premier 4″
Firmness 4 (Medium Soft)
6 (Medium Firm)
7.5 (Firm)
6.5
(Medium Firm)
5.5
(Medium)
4.5
(Medium Soft)
Thickness 11 1/2″
14 1/2″
11″ 12″ 13″
Weight (Queen) 110 to 120 lbs. 122 lbs. 135 lbs. 145 lbs.
Support Core Components 4″ Recycled 13-Gauge Bonnell Coils (11 1/2″ Model)
7″ Recycled 13-Gauge Bonnell Coils (14 1/2″ Model)
7 1/2″ pocketed coils 7 1/2″ pocketed coils 7 1/2″ pocketed coils
Comfort Layer Components 7/8″ Polyfoam
3/8″ Memory Foam
4″ Recycled 14.5-Gauge Pocketed Coils
2″ ‘Smart Grid’ with buckling-column gel 3″ ‘Smart Grid’ with buckling-column gel 4″ ‘Smart Grid’ with buckling-column gel
Cover Composition Organic Cotton Euro-Top with:
1 1/2″ Polyfoam
1/2″ Dacron Fibers
98% polyester
2% spandex
98% polyester
2% spandex
98% polyester
2% spandex

How Is the Saatva Built?

The Saatva has a sophisticated design that distinguishes it from many competing innersprings. In addition to a foam-padded Euro-top cover, the mattress has polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers and a pocketed coil transitional layer. These components cradle the sleeper’s body and alleviate aches and pains in their most sensitive areas. The support core consists of durable, steel-tempered bonnell coils that reinforce the bed well, and help prevent sagging and sinkage along the edges.

The Saatva offers great temperature neutrality, even by innerspring standards. Air flows freely through both coil layers, which cools off the interior of the bed and regulates the surface temperature. The breathable organic cotton cover can be beneficial for hot sleepers, as well. The Saatva is also highly responsive, making it good for sex, and its noise potential is lower than average.

How Is the Purple Hybrid Built?

The Purple Hybrid’s Smart Grid comfort system consists of buckling-column gel distributed evenly over an elastic polymer grid. This material conforms to the sleeper’s body and alleviates discomfort much like memory foam or latex, but the polymer grid is highly durable and not as susceptible to sagging or sinkage. The Smart Grid’s thickness is 2 inches. The mattress also has a support core made from durable, relatively quiet pocketed coils.

The Purple Hybrid is an excellent choice for those who normally sleep hot. The grid does not retain as much heat as foam and should sleep fairly cool, while strong airflow through the coil layer also helps keep the bed at a comfortable sleep temperature. The Purple Hybrid also isolates more motion transfer than the average hybrid, making it suitable for couples who awaken easily due to movement or noise.

Saatva Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 120 nights

  • Shipping Free White Glove delivery (contiguous U.S.)

  • Warranty 15 years non-prorated

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    Saatva offers a 120-night sleep trial for the Saatva mattress.

    1. This sleep trial does not require a break-in period of any kind. Customers may return their mattress for a refund at any point of the 120-night trial.
    2. This sleep trial begins on the date of delivery, not the date of purchase.
    3. Saatva will deduct a flat surcharge of $99 from all product refunds; this fee covers shipping and transportation costs associated with returns.
    4. Mattress exchanges are also available during the trial period for a flat fee of $99.
  • Warranty

    Saatva offers a 15-year warranty:

    1. This warranty is non-prorated. During the first two years of ownership, Saatva will repair or replace defective mattresses at no extra cost to the owner. Starting in year 3, the company will repair and re-cover any defective mattress for a flat shipping charge of $99 each way ($198 total).
    2. In addition, Saatva offers the ‘Fairness Replacement Option.’ Under this agreement, owners may replace their defective mattress by paying a percentage of the original product price. During years 3 to 5, they pay 25% of the original price; during years 6 to 10, they pay 50%; and during years 11 to 15, they pay 75%. This option also allows owners to keep their original mattress at no extra cost.
    3. Warranty coverage is contingent on adequate foundational support. Owners must support their mattress with a metal frame and at least four legs; Queen-sizes and larger must also be used on frames with vertical center support. Saatva will void the warranty if damage occurs due to improper support.
    4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
      • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring one inch (1″) or deeper.
    5. The warranty will not cover the following:
      • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface that do not measure one inch (1″) or deeper.
      • Burns, cuts, tears, stains, and other types of physical damage resulting from misuse or neglect.
    6. This warranty is non-transferable, and is exclusively available to original owners who purchase their mattress from Saatva or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer are not eligible for warranty coverage.
  • Delivery Details

    The delivery policy for Saatva mattresses is as follows:

    1. Saatva ships mattresses to the contiguous U.S. and Canada only; the company does not provide delivery to Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories.
    2. Saatva offers free White Glove delivery for all orders; this service includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal at no extra cost. Saatva also provides each customer with a four-hour window on their delivery date.

    How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Saatva mattresses are not compressed for shipping.
    Where Do They Ship?: Anywhere in the contiguous U.S. or Canada, but not Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories.
    Delivery Fee: Free White Glove delivery is available to all customers. Standard delivery is not offered.

    Old Mattress Removal

    Old mattress removal is offered free of charge with Saatva’s complimentary White Glove delivery service.

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Purple Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 100 nights

  • Shipping Free White Glove delivery (contiguous U.S.)

  • Warranty 10 years non-prorated

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    Purple offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Purple Hybrid mattress.

    1. This sleep trial does not require a break-in period of any kind. Customers may return their mattress for a refund at any point of the 100-night trial.
    2. Full product refunds are issued for all returned mattresses.
    3. This sleep trial is not available to customers who purchase their mattress through Amazon.com; they qualify for the standard 30-night trial on Amazon.com instead.
  • Warranty

    Purple offers a 10-year non-prorated warranty:

    1. This warranty is completely non-prorated.
    2. Warranty coverage is contingent on proper foundational support. Purple will void the warranty if the mattress is not supported with a “flat, solid-surface, non-spring foundation” and damage occurs as a result.
    3. Mattress owners must cover all shipping and transportation expenses associated with mattress repairs or replacements.
    4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
      • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring one inch (1″) or deeper.
      • Physical flaws in the mattress that cause materials to split or crack.
    5. The warranty will not cover the following:
      • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface that do not measure one inch (1″) or deeper.
      • Burns, cuts, stains, mold infestation, and other types of damage that occur due to misuse, abuse or neglect.
    6. This warranty is non-transferable. It is exclusively offered to original owners who purchase their mattress from Purple or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not receive warranty coverage.
  • Delivery Details

    The delivery policy for the Purple Hybrid mattresses is as follows:

    1. Most customers receive their Purple Hybrid mattress within two to eight business days of placing their original order.
    2. Free standard shipping is available to all customers in the contiguous U.S.; those in Alaska and Hawaii pay additional delivery costs. Free White Glove delivery – including in-home assembly and old mattress removal – is also available for Purple Hybrid orders in the contiguous U.S.

    How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed, roll-packed, and shipped in a box.
    Where Do They Ship?: All 50 states and most of Canada.
    Delivery Fee: Standard shipping is free for customers in the contiguous U.S.; those in Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada pay additional charges. White Glove delivery is also free for customers in the contiguous U.S.; this service is not offered to those in Alaska, Hawaii, or Canada.

    Old Mattress Removal

    Old mattress removal is available free of charge for customers in the contiguous U.S. who select White Glove delivery. Old mattress removal is not available with standard deliveries.

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