Some people find mattress shopping extremely exciting; they spend hours searching for the right model online, and then they visit different stores and try them all to pick the perfect one. If you don’t have enough time for all this, or you simply don’t feel like spending time shopping, we can help you. We have created many guides to help people pick the best sleeping products based on their needs. In this article, we’ve reviewed how T&N Mattress compares to the Original Purple, so read on if you want to learn more.
Tuft & Needle vs. Purple – Basic Info
Tuft & Needle was founded in 2012. Their signature model, T&N Mattress is made out of 1.8 PCF high-density polyfoam base and 2.8 PCF polyfoam comfort layer. It is rated 6.5 out of 10 on a firmness scale, and it is considered medium firm. Tuft & Needle also offers the Mint Mattress, with a support core of high density and comfort layer made out of polyfoam with infused gel for special cooling effect.
Purple has been on the market since 2015. Their signature Original Purple has a high-density polyfoam support core and the brand’s famous ‘Smart Grid’ comfort layer made out of flexible polymer grid and buckling-column gel. It is also considered medium firm, with a rating of 6.5. The brand also offers the New Purple, which is a hybrid model with pocketed coils and ‘Smart Grid’ comfort layer.
This article is focusing on reviewing the Original Purple and T&N Mattress, but you can check our other guides if you are interested to see how the different models compare.
Sleep Rating Comparison
Both models have been rated 6.5 for firmness, and they are suitable for people who like a firm foundation with moderate conforming. Both models are good for sleeping on the side, stomach, back, or for those who tend to change positions a lot.
T&N Mattress is made out of polyfoam, and its medium firmness gives solid support with nice conforming. With a price of $595 for a Queen size, it is considered inexpensive compared to other mattresses on the market, so it is a great choice for those who are on a tighter budget. They last seven years, making their durability a little above average. Excellent motion isolation in combination with producing no noise when bearing weight makes this model a perfect pick for couples, especially for those easily woken up by movement and sound. Some customers have been complaining about sleeping too hot, but it generally has good temperature neutrality. Off-gassing can be expected, but odors disappear quickly. Edge support might be the weakest factor, and you might expect minimal sinkage after a certain period. T&N Mattress conforms nicely, and its ability to relieve pain and pressure is rated better than other polyfoam models on the market.
The Original Purple comes at a moderate price, and it provides the medium firm feel for its users. Although the company hasn’t been around for too long, the above the average durability is expected. It is silent when bearing weight, and the motion isolation is impressive, so it removes unnecessary night distractions, and it is a perfect pick for couples. Its temperature neutrality makes it suitable for hot sleepers, as it sleeps cooler than most mattresses. This model conforms closely, improving spinal alignment and alleviating pain and pressure in the back. Minor drawbacks are its edge support, as some people report sinkage where they usually sit and a few off-gassing odors complaints.
The way that mattresses are constructed is essential for their durability, and it also impacts sleep quality. Now let’s see how they compare when it comes to weight, thickness, and materials.
T&N Mattress is made of two layers, core made out of 1.8 PCF polyfoam of high density, and a comfort layer made out of 2.8 PCF polyfoam. It is considered moderately firm; it offers a solid foundation with excellent conforming abilities. It doesn’t sink too much or doesn’t hug too tightly, so if you like a bed that’s firm but still somewhat conforming, it is a perfect option for you. The outside cover is made of polyester and rayon, making it fairly breathable and cooler to sleep on. Also, with Queen size weighing only 72 pounds, it is lighter than most beds, so you’ll be able to move or handle it without any problems. 10” profile is suitable for those who like average thick beds.
The Original Purple has a high-density polyfoam which gives a stable sleep surface, and it distributes the weight evenly when resting on this bed. The most noticeable thing is the design of comfort layers that are made out of polyfoam and the ‘Smart Grid,’ Purple’s signature layer made out of a flexible polymer grid with evenly dispersed buckling-column gel. Because of this, it conforms nicely, similar to latex and memory foam, but with longer durability and a smaller chance of sinkage. The ‘Smart Grid’ also sleeps cool, and it is excellent for people suffering from back pains and aches. The profile is 9 ½” thick, placing it in the category of lower profile beds. Keep in mind that it is also relatively heavy, Queen size weighs 110 pounds, and it can be hard to move or maneuver for a single person, so you might need additional help.
Sleep Position Ratings
Searching for a perfect mattress significantly depends on your body weight and sleep position. Some studies have shown that sleeping on the side might be the most prevalent position among adults. We investigated how each model compared when it comes to sleeping preference and body weight.
T&N Mattress is the best for average-weight individuals, weighing 130 to 230 pounds, but because of the stable foundation, it can be used by bulkier people as well. However, those who have less than 130 pounds, might not feel the full benefits of its conforming ability. Its medium firmness gives best pain and pressure relief to those who are sleeping on their backs. However, those who like to rest on their stomach or the side should find it satisfying as well. People weighing over 230 pounds reported minimal sinkage, which is usually the complaint about the foam beds. With good temperature neutrality, this model sleeps a lot cooler than the other all-foam mattresses on the market.
The Original Purple is best suited for people over 230 pounds, although those who are average weight have found it very satisfying in terms of relieving pain and pressure. Back sleepers will prefer it, although users who rest on their side have reported excellent feedback as well. It is also suitable for stomach sleepers, and especially those who like to change positions every night, or even on the same night. You will find comfort, no matter the preference. With highly breathable ‘Smart Grid,’ the Original Purple sleeps reasonably cool, it is excellent at isolating motion, and it makes no noise when it bears weight.
Which One To Choose?
Tuft & Needle offers a 100-night trial when purchasing through them on Huckberry. If you get your product through Amazon or some other third party retailer, sleep trial might not apply. Full refund is guaranteed if you are not satisfied during this period. They deliver to all 50 states, and while it’s free for 48 of them, you will have to pay an additional fee when shipping to Hawaii or Alaska. They also offer same-day delivery for a flat fee of $50. Tuft & Needle gives a 10-year warranty for their products.
Purple offers a 100-night sleep trial, and a full refund if you change your mind. The shipping is free for most parts of the US and Canada, but delivery to Hawaii or Alaska will have some additional charges. They offer a standard 10-year warranty.
T&N Mattress is a perfect pick if you are over 130 pounds, and you prefer a firmer foundation with decent conforming. It comes at a lower price, and it is suitable for co-sleepers that are easily woken up by each other’s tossing and turning during the night. You should consider other options if you are under 130 pounds, or you prefer a softer feel.
The Original Purple is also for sleepers who are over 130 pounds and like a stable base and moderate conforming. It’s great for couples and people who sleep hot during the night, as it is cooler than most of the foam mattresses. It is also not suitable for those under 130 pounds or people who like a soft touch and close conforming.
If you haven’t found that these two models are suitable for you, you can check our other guides and comparisons. There are so many products on the market, and you are sure to find the one for you. Keep in mind that a new bedding system can improve your sleep quality as well.
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