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Tuft & Needle vs. Purple – Our 2019 Mattress Comparison Guide

Our Review Process | Disclosure

 

The Tuck team collected and analyzed 60,732 verified customer experiences from 91 unique sources and spent over 30 hours testing these mattresses in our lab for this review. This research is supported by you, our readers, through our independently chosen links, which earn us a commission. Read more about how we’re supported here.

Quick Summary – T&N Mattress vs. Original Purple

Tuft & Needle was established in 2012. The brand’s flagship model, the T&N Mattress, is an all-polyfoam mattress made with a 2.8 PCF comfort layer and a 1.8 PCF high-density base. The T&N Mattress is considered ‘Medium Firm,’ or a 6.5 on the 1-10 firmness scale.

Purple was founded in 2015. Its flagship mattress, the Original Purple, is constructed with the brand’s signature ‘Smart Grid’ comfort layer consisting of buckling-column gel and an elastic polymer grid. The support core is made from high-density polyfoam. Like the T&N Mattress, the Original Purple is ‘Medium Firm,’ or 6.5.

Please note: Tuft & Needle and Purple offer other mattresses in addition to their flagship bed.

  • Tuft & Needle offers the Mint Mattress, another all-polyfoam bed with a gel polyfoam comfort layer and a high-density support core.
  • Purple sells the New Purple, a hybrid mattress featuring the ‘Smart Grid’ comfort layer and a pocketed coil support core.

This page exclusively compares the T&N Mattress and the Original Purple. For more information about other beds from these companies, please check out our Tuft & Needle Mattress Reviews and Purple Mattress Reviews pages.

The T&N Mattress and Original Purple share the same firmness settings, but they also differ in terms of material composition, pricing, and other variables. This page looks at unique characteristics, pros, and cons associated with both beds, as well as the individual policies and overall reputations of Tuft & Needle and Purple.

T&N Mattresses are great for…

  • Side, back, stomach, or combination sleepers
  • Those who weigh at least 130 to 230 pounds
  • Sleepers seeking a firmer mattress with moderate conforming

 

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Original Purple mattresses are great for…

  • Side, back, stomach, or combination sleepers
  • People who tend to sleep excessively warm on all-foam beds
  • Sleepers seeking a firmer mattress with moderate conforming

 

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T&N Mattress vs. Original Purple: Mattress Details & Ratings

MODEL Description
T&N Mattress
Foam
Medium Firm
Inexpensive
Good for Back Pain
Back
Full mattress details

Mattress Specs

  • 6.5
  • 100 nights
  • 10 Year, Non-prorated
  • online
  • 72 lbs
  • Foam
  • $595/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Good

T&N Mattresses are designed to perform for six to seven years, which is on par with similar models. The mattresses have been sold for less than five years, and longevity past the five-year mark has not been evaluated, but owners report minimal sagging and deterioration.

Motion Isolation
Very Good

Although T&N Mattresses contain no memory foam, customer reports indicate that the sleep surface absorbs and reduces motion transfer to a significant extent.

Conforming
Very Good

The T&N Mattress provides above-average pain and pressure relief compared to owners of other all-polyfoam mattress models.

Sex
Fair

T&N Mattresses are somewhat bouncy, but they may not be responsive enough for some couples.

Temperature Neutrality
Good

A small number of T&N Mattress owners claim their mattress sleeps excessively hot, but most say temperature neutrality is not a significant issue.

Off-gassing
Good

Some off-gassing is to be expected with the T&N Mattress, but these odors will dissipate rather quickly.

Edge Support
Fair

Edge support is questionable with the T&N Mattress and sinkage may occur along the perimeter of the bed.

Noise
Excellent

T&N Mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

Purple Bed
Foam
Medium Firm
Moderate
Good for Hot Sleepers
Back
Full mattress details

Mattress Specs

  • 6.5
  • 100 nights
  • 10 Year, Non-prorated
  • online
  • 110 lbs
  • Foam
  • $999/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Good

Although the Purple mattress features a polymer-based buckling-column gel layer, the company has been in business for a limited amount of time and the overall lifespan of the Purple mattress has not yet been determined.

Motion Isolation
Very Good

According to many owners, the Purple mattress isolates motion to a fair extent and helps cut down on nighttime sleep disruptions.

Conforming
Very Good

The Purple mattress conforms somewhat closely, and a large number of owners report improved spinal alignment and targeted pressure relief.

Sex
Fair

The Purple mattress is somewhat responsive, but couples may prefer a bouncier, more responsive surface.

Temperature Neutrality
Very Good

The Purple mattress is fairly temperature neutral, and most sleepers remain fairly cool throughout the night.

Off-gassing
Good

Very few Purple mattress owners report strong, persistent off-gassing odor.

Edge Support
Fair

The Purple mattress offers minimal edge support, and sinkage where people sit is fairly common.

Noise
Excellent

The Purple mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

Sizes and Pricing

The table below lists current prices for the T&N Mattress and Original Purple in each available size. Please note that the Original Purple is not available in a Twin size.

Size T&N Mattress Original Purple
Twin $350 Not Available
Twin XL $395 $699
Full $495 $899
Queen $595 $999
King $750 $1,299
California King $750 $1,299

Mattress Construction

Now let’s see how each mattress is made. The next table lists specifications for the T&N Mattress and Original Purple in terms of firmness, thickness, weight, and material composition.

Specification T&N Mattress Original Purple
Firmness 6.5 (Medium Firm) 6.5 (Medium Firm)
Thickness 10″ 9 1/2″
Weight (Queen) 72 lbs. 110 lbs.
Support Core Components 7″ 1.8 PCF HD Polyfoam 4″ 2 PCF HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 3″ 2.8 PCF Polyfoam 2″ Buckling-Column Gel/Elastic Polymer Grid
3 1/2″ 1.8 PCF Polyfoam
Cover Composition 50% Rayon, 50% Polyester 67% Polyester
29% Viscose
4% Lycra® Spandex

How is the T&N Mattress built?

Tuft & Needle’s T&N Mattress is constructed with two layers: a comfort layer made of 2.8 PCF polyfoam; and a support core made of 1.8 PCF high-density polyfoam. The mattress is considered ‘Medium Firm’ and offers moderate conforming without hugging the sleeper’s body too closely or sinking excessively.

The T&N Mattress sleeps fairly cool, due in part to its breathable cover made of rayon and polyester. Other benefits of the mattress include excellent motion isolation and no noise when bearing weight, which makes it suitable for couples who awaken easily due to movement or noise. The T&N Mattress weighs 72 pounds in a Queen size, making it comparable to the Leesa in terms of moving and rotating the bed.

How is the Original Purple built?

The signature ‘Smart Grid’ found in the Original Purple features buckling-column gel dispersed throughout an elastic polymer grid. The material conforms to the sleeper’s body and alleviates pressure points much like memory foam and latex, but it is also more durable and less susceptible to indentations. The Smart Grid also sleeps relatively cool, as well.

A high-density polyfoam base reinforces the entire bed and helps maintain an even, supportive sleep surface. The Original Purple is fairly heavy – weighing 110 pounds in a Queen size – and will be somewhat difficult to move and rotate compared to all-foam beds.

Sleep Position Ratings

SLEEP POSITION LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
T&N Mattress
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
FAIR
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
Back
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Back
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
Stomach
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Stomach
FAIR
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
Purple Bed
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
Back
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Back
GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
Stomach
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Stomach
FAIR
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD

T&N Mattress Sleeper Ratings

The T&N Mattress is ‘Medium Firm’ and conforms to a moderate extent, but sleepers – particularly those who weigh at least 130 pounds – experience adequate pain and pressure relief in their most sensitive areas. Most sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds say they don’t sink too much; comparatively, this weight group often complains of excessive sinking on all-foam beds. The T&N Mattress isolates motion fairly well and produces no noise when bearing weight. It also sleeps noticeably cooler than many of its all-foam competitors.

Original Purple Sleeper Ratings

Like the T&N Mattress, the Original Purple is ‘Medium Firm’ and provides moderate conforming. The highest satisfaction ratings come from those who weigh at least 230 pounds, though many sleepers in the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds) say the mattress was comfortable and capable of alleviating their aches and pains. The Original Purple sleeps cool for most, largely due to strong airflow through the Smart Grid layer. It isolates motion transfer well and produces no noise when bearing weight.

Sleep Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

T&N Mattress

Sleep trial 100 nights
Refund Full
Warranty 10 years, nonprorated
Where do they ship? All 50 states
Trial period, warranty, and delivery details

Trial Period and Guarantee

Tuft & Needle offers a 100-night sleep trial for the T&N Mattress.

  1. This sleep trial does not include a mandatory break-in period. Customers may return the mattress at any point during the trial.
  2. In the event of a return, Tuft & Needle does not refund shipping charges for customers in Alaska or Hawaii.
  3. Tuft & Needle will cover all charges with mattress pickup after a return is requested.
  4. The 100-night sleep trial is exclusively offered to customers who purchase their T&N Mattress from Tuft & Needle or Huckberry. Those who buy their mattress from Amazon.com or other third-party retailers do not qualify.
  5. Tuft & Needle offers one sleep trial per household per year.

Warranty

Tuft & Needle offers a 10-year nonprorated warranty:

  1. This warranty is entirely nonprorated.
  2. Tuft & Needle will void the warranty if the mattress is not used with a firm, solid foundation surface.
  3. The warranty will be voided if the T&N Mattress leaves the U.S.
  4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring three-quarters of an inch (3/4″) or deeper.
    • Physical flaws in the mattress that cause the foam to split or crack.
    • Manufacturing defects in the cover, including broken zippers and unraveling seams.
  5. The warranty will not cover the following:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring less than three-quarters of an inch (3/4″) deep.
    • Burns, cuts, stains, discolorations, and other forms of damage that occur due to misuse or neglect.
  6. This warranty is non-transferable, and is exclusively available to original owners who purchase their mattress from Tuft & Needle or an authorized retailer, such as Huckberry or Amazon.com. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not qualify for warranty coverage.

Delivery Policy

The delivery policy for T&N Mattresses is as follows:

  1. After placing their order, most customers receive their T&N Mattress in three to seven business days.
  2. In addition to free standard shipping, Tuft & Needle offers same-day shipping in certain locations for a flat fee of $50. All same-day deliveries are made between 4pm and 930pm.
  3. A signature is not required for home deliveries.

How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed and shipped in a box.
Where Do They Ship?: All 50 states
Delivery Fee: Standard deliveries are free within the lower 48 states, but additional shipping charges will apply for orders sent to Alaska or Hawaii. Same-day shipping is $50 where available.

Old Mattress Removal

Tuft & Needle does not offer old mattress removal.

Original Purple

Sleep trial 100 nights
Refund Full, minus promotional items
Warranty 10 years
Where do they ship? All 50 states and most of Canada
Trial period, warranty, and delivery details

Trial Period and Guarantee

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

  1. This sleep trial does not include a required break-in period. Customers may return the mattress at any point during the 100-night trial.
  2. The cost of promotional items included with the Original Purple purchase will be deducted from the total refund amount.

Warranty

Purple offers a 10-year nonprorated warranty:

  1. This warranty is entirely nonprorated.
  2. The warranty will be voided if the mattress is not used with a flat, solid-surface, non-spring foundation.
  3. Mattress owners cover all shipping costs associated with mattress repairs or replacements.
  4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring 1″ or deeper.
    • Splits or cracks in the mattress material despite proper handling and care.
  5. The warranty will not cover the following:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring less than 1″ deep.
    • Burns, cuts, stains, mold infestation, and other types of damage that occur due to misuse or neglect.
  6. This warranty is non-transferable, and is exclusively available 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 be eligible for warranty coverage.

Delivery Policy

The delivery policy for Original Purple mattresses is as follows:

  1. Most customers receive their mattress within two to eight business days after their order is placed.
  2. Standard shipping is free within the contiguous U.S., but customers in Alaska and Hawaii must pay additional charges.
  3. Purple does not offer expedited or White Glove delivery options.

How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed, roll-packed, and shipped in a box.
Where Do They Ship?: Anywhere in the U.S. and most of Canada.
Delivery Fee: Free shipping for customers in the contiguous U.S., but those in Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada pay additional delivery fees.

Old Mattress Removal

Purple does not offer old mattress removal.

Our Recommendations

Choose the T&N Mattress if...
  • You prefer a firmer mattress with moderate conforming
  • You weigh at least 130 pounds
  • You want a bed sold at a below-average price-point
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to noise or movement
The T&N Mattress may not be suitable if...
  • You prefer mattresses that are ‘Medium’ or softer
  • You weigh less than 130 pounds
Choose the Original Purple if…
  • You prefer a firmer mattress with moderate conforming
  • You weigh at least 130 pounds
  • You tend to sleep hot on all-foam beds
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to noise or movement
The Original Purple may not be suitable if...
  • You prefer mattresses that are ‘Medium’ or softer
  • You weigh less than 130 pounds

Additional Information

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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