Purple vs. Tempur-Pedic: An In-Depth Comparison

Founded in 1992, Tempur-Pedic is a long-time industry favourite when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Credited with the creation of the Memory Foam Mattress, it’s hard to believe that anyone would ever have to choose between mattress quality and comfort ever again. But Purple Mattresses, an innovative new company, is making huge waves with its gel technology mattresses and more cost-efficient prices.

We’ll compare Purple and Tempur-Pedic mattresses and break down their construction, sleep experience, and pricing. Keep on reading to find out about Purple vs. Tempur-Pedic mattresses.

Pros and Cons

Pros of Tempur-Pedic:

  • Wide range of designs and firmness options
  • Excellent durability
  • Hybrid design includes three layers of comfortable Tempur memory foam
  • Advanced pressure-point relief
  • No noise
  • 120-night sleep trial

Pros of Purple:

  • Wide range of designs and firmness options
  • Made from hyper-elastic polymer
  • A more cost-efficient alternative
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Advanced pressure relief
  • No noise
  • 100-night sleep trial and free shipping

Cons of Tempur-Pedic:

  • Product transparency
  • Not ideal if you are shopping on a budget

Cons of Purple:

  • Poor edge support
  • Smaller sizing than the average mattress
  • Known for being a significantly heavier mattress than its competitors
  • New company, not much is known about long-term durability and warranty
  • Not ideal if you’re shopping on a budget


How a mattress is constructed greatly effects how comfortable it is and companies like Purple or Tempur-Pedic don’t get to become industry leaders in mattress-making without offering the ultimate comfortable sleep experience. But how does the construction of these two mattress brands truly compare? After all, it’s what on the inside that counts.


All three Tempur-Pedic mattress lines, the Cloud, Contour, and the hybrid Flex are made with TEMPUR foam; a patented product that has a long-held reputation for being a high-quality memory foam. Beneath the memory foam is a poly foam layer that acts as a base for the TEMPUR memory foam. The only exception is the support core of the Tempur-Pedic Flex line, which is made from innerspring coils.


Purple features a three-layer design for all of their products. These three layers include the ‘Smart Comfort Grid,’ made from their patent polymer gel and a dual layer foam base that adds both support and comfort to the top portion of the mattress.

Primary Difference

Although there are many differences between the construction and materials used for both Purple and Tempur-Pedic mattresses, the critical variant between the products is the comfort layer. All Tempur-Pedic mattresses have a ‘slow-moving’ memory foam comfort layer that is designed to conform to the sleeper’s body by softening throughout the night to help relieve core pressure points.

Alternatively, Purple mattresses use a hyper-elastic polymer gel layer that responds to pressure instantaneously and regains its shape immediately when released. The one issue with using a polymer gel layer over memory foam is that some individuals might exceed the weight requirement of this system and find themselves sleeping on the less comfortable base layer of the Purple mattress.


Although customer satisfaction ratings are high for both Purple and Tempur-Pedic mattresses, both companies promote a unique sleeping experience. Here are a few of the most important elements to consider:


If you tend to be a hot sleeper, then Purple’s hyper-elastic gel may be the ideal choice for you. The open compartments of the gel keep the mattress from retaining heat while you sleep by allowing air to circulate throughout the bed. While you may be sacrificing comfort for the sake of a few degrees, Purple mattresses are said to rival the TEMPUR foam of their competitors.

Movement Isolation

Tempur-Pedic has mastered the art of preventing motion transfer from one part of their mattresses to another. The primary success factor is the thick, insulating, TEMPUR foam that makes up the comfort layer of their beds.

Purple products also rank quite high when it comes to motion isolation. However, the highly responsive quality of their polymer gel comfort layer means that more motion is felt compared to Tempur-Pedic.


A good bed should cushion and support the parts of the body that needs it most, primarily the back and hips. Tempur-Pedic is known for having the most supportive mattresses on the market. Those with back or joint issues will undoubtedly have a hard time finding a product that is more supportive than TEMPUR foam.

Even the Hyper Elastic Polymer in the Purple mattresses can’t touch Tempur-Pedic interns of support. As previously mentioned, the downfall of Purple mattresses is that, while they do offer a contoured sleep experience, those who exceed their weight requirement will not benefit from an overly supportive rest.

Edge Support

The only product offered from either Purple or Tempur-Pedic that provides quality edge support is the Tempur-Pedic Flex mattresses. The additional support of the innerspring coils allows this line to withstand the pressure applied to the edge of the bed when you sit or lay on it. All other products from both companies are considered to have poor edge support.


We are talking about luxury mattresses here, so neither product is, by any means, cheap. However, there is a significant difference in price between Tempur-Pedic and Purple, with the average Purple mattress ranging from $1200-$2400 and Tempur-Pedic falling in at $1200-$6500.

So there you have it! Whether you decide to go home with a Purple or a Tempur-Pedic mattress, the goal is to research and understand the products you’re buying so that you can confidently invest in a bed that fits your lifestyle.

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