New Purple (2, 3, 4) Vs. Tempur-Pedic – Which Should You Choose?

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Tempur-Pedic and the new Purple mattresses — Purple 2, 3, and 4 — are both lines of luxury mattresses offered in different levels of firmness. We’ll compare these options in this post to help you determine which might better meet your needs.

New Purple
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  • Good for heavier side sleepers 
  • Responsive and easy to change positions on

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  • Click the button for the best deal on Tempur-Pedic
  • Should work for fans of memory foam
  • Comes in a variety of firmnesses

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Key Similarities

  • Both are relatively expensive options ($1,299 to $3,499 for the new Purple; $2,099 to $4,198 for different Tempur-Pedic options). 
  • Both offer thick options. (Purple is 11″ to 13″ thick; Tempur-Pedic goes up to 14″ thick.)
  • They offer trials of similar lengths. (Purple offers a 100-day trial; Tempur-Pedic offers a 90-day trial.)
  • Both have responsive surfaces.
  • Side sleepers can find suitable options from both.
  • Both use proprietary foam and offer multiple firmness options.
  • Both have coil-foam hybrid options.
  • Both offer free shipping, generous sleep trials, and great customer service.

Key Differences

  • The new Purple has a coil system and a springier surface.
  • Tempur-Pedic offers both coil and all-foam options.
  • Tempur-Pedic uses memory foam in all of its mattresses.
  • Tempur-Pedic has more firmness options and also softer options available.
  • Purple uses Smart Comfort Grid foam, a hyper-elastic polymer that is supportive until you put enough pressure onto it to soften it.

New Purple Construction

  • Purple 2 is the thinnest and firmest of the new Purple options at 11″ thick. Purple 3 is softer and an inch thicker. Purple 4 is the softest of the three new options and is 13″ thick.
  • On top of each version of the new Purple mattress is a layer of Purple’s proprietary, hyper-elastic Smart Comfort Grid. Purple 2 has 2″ of this material, Purple 3 has 3″, and Purple 4 has 4″.
  • All versions have half an inch of transition foam separating the gel grid from the coil system.
  • The coil system, which comprises the next layer, contains 7.5″ of individually wrapped coils made with a durable material to offer great support.
  • A polyfoam outer shell reinforces the edge support.
  • An inch of foundational foam comprises the base layer.

Read our full New Purple Review HERE.

Tempur-Pedic Construction

  • Tempur-Pedic offers a number of mattress constructions. The 11″ thick Tempur-Cloud Supreme, which is one of Tempur-Pedic’s least expensive mattresses, is a popular option, so we’ll use that for our comparison here.
  • The top layer uses special fibers and Tempur-Pedic’s “SmartClimate” system to wick away moisture and help you sleep cool.
  • Next, the comfort layer uses TEMPUR-ES material, which is especially soft and conforms to the contours of a sleeper’s body.
  • The subsequent support layer uses the original TEMPUR memory foam material.
  • The base layer offers support and is formulated to help keep the mattress cool.
  • The Tempur-Cloud Supreme has a soft, durable zip-off cover.

Read our full Tempur-Pedic Review HERE.

Construction Differences/Notes

  • Both conform to contours, but the new Purple is more responsive for heavier people.  
  • The new Purple has coils, while the Tempur-Cloud Supreme is an all-foam model from Tempur-Pedic.
  • Purple 2 and 3 are firmer than the Tempur-Cloud Supreme.
  • Purple 4 is about as soft as the Tempur-Cloud Supreme, and both are relatively soft options.
  • Tempur-Pedic offers softer options than the new Purple.
  • Tempur-Pedic has more of a traditional memory foam feel in most of its models.
  • The new Purple has a unique combination foam feel because of the proprietary foam it uses in its top layer.

Firmness/Feel Differences

Purple 4 is the most comparable to the Tempur-Cloud Supreme. These are both relatively soft options with responsive surfaces. The new Purple’s unique top material is a bit springier and more responsive than the Tempur-Cloud.

Motion Transfer Differences

Both brands use materials that isolate motion well and are good options for couples. Tempur-Pedic mattresses are well known for isolating motion, and I would give them the advantage here.

Pick The New Purple If …

  • You are on the heavier side and/or are looking for a durable mattress. The new Purple’s proprietary, hyper-elastic top material is designed to support weight, and its coils and edge support system also lend extra support. The mattress should be one of the most durable mattresses on the market for people of any weight.
  • You want responsiveness. The new Purple has an especially responsive material on top and returns to shape quickly.

Pick Tempur-Pedic If …

  • You like memory foam. Tempur-Pedic is the original memory foam mattress brand and has a traditional memory foam feel. If you like this type of feel, that’s what you’ll get from a Tempur-Pedic mattresses.
  • You want more firmness choices. Tempur-Pedic is a more established brand with more options to choose from.

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The new Purple and Tempur-Pedic both offer some variety, and there’s some overlap in features that might make this a hard choice for some shoppers. Hopefully this comparison helped you get more familiar with each brand so you can better determine which you might prefer.

Please leave any specific questions about Tempur-Pedic or the new Purple in the comments.

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