The new Purple mattresses — Purple 2, 3, 4 — and Nectar are both relatively soft, bed-in-a-box options that otherwise differ in many ways. We’ll break down those differences in this post to help you determine which you might prefer.
- Both are relatively soft and have responsive surfaces.
- Both offer an 11″ thick mattress.
- Both offer free shipping and great customer service.
- The new Purple is more expensive ($1,299 to $3,499 for the new Purple; $500 to $900 for Nectar).
- Nectar is all-foam, while the new Purple has coils.
- The new Purple has multiple firmness options.
- Nectar is more of a budget option.
- Nectar has more of a memory foam feel and a much simpler construction.
- Nectar has a quilted top and it also contains memory foam.
- The new Purple uses a proprietary material for its top layer that is both pressure-relieving and supportive simultaneously.
- Nectar’s cover fabric is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, Class 1 certified. OEKO-TEX® is a respected independent environmental testing and certification system that tests to ensure textiles do not use harmful substances.
- Nectar offers a 365-day trial, while Purple’s trial is 100 days.
- They have overlapping thicknesses, but the new Purple has options that run thicker. (Purple is 11″ to 13″ thick; Nectar is 11″ thick.)
New Purple Construction
- The new Purple options range in thickness. The thinnest, for example, and firmest is Purple 2 at 11″ thick. Purple 3 is an inch thicker and a bit softer. Purple 4 is the softest of the three new options and is 13″ thick.
- The top layer of each version of the new Purple mattress is Purple’s proprietary Smart Comfort Grid. This is a hyper-elastic polymer that is supportive until you put enough pressure onto it to soften it. The thickness of the material corresponds to the firmness level of each mattress. Purple 2 has 2″ of this material; Purple 3 has 3″; and Purple 4 has 4″.
- In all versions, half an inch of transition foam separates the gel grid from the coil system beneath. This material is temperature-neutral.
- Each firmness level has a 7.5″ thick layer of individually wrapped coils. These coils are made with a durable material and offer great support. The coils also help with temperature control.
- In each mattress, a polyfoam outer shell reinforces edge support.
- The base later is comprised of 1″ of foundational foam that the support coils can rest on.
- Nectar has a unique OEKO-TEX® certified cover material made with long staple cotton and Tencel. The certification means the cover does not contain harmful substances.
- On top is a quilted gel memory foam, which offers comfort and breathability.
- Another layer of gel memory foam comes next. Nectar describes this foam as a “semi-open LUSH foam,” and it is designed to absorb and redistribute heat. This type of material is often used in medical settings.
- The second-to-last layer is 3″ of Hi Core Adaptive foam, which gives extra support. This foam contributes bounce and helps with contour support.
- The 6″ base layer uses breathable foam designed to draw in fresh air through special channels. This layer is dense and supportive.
- Nectar has more of a sinking, memory foam feel, while the new Purple is more responsive.
- Nectar uses a certified non-toxic cover material.
- Nectar has a quilted top layer and is all-foam.
- The new Purple is more supportive because of the steel support coils.
- The new Purple is more temperature-neutral and breathable.
- The new Purple has multiple firmness options.
- The new Purple has coils and thicker options.
- The new Purple supports more weight because of the gel material and the steel coils used in the support layer.
- Both have relatively springy surfaces, although the new Purple is a little springier.
Both options have responsive surfaces and are relatively soft, but the new Purple has softer options. Nectar has slower-moving foam on top, giving it a more traditional foam feel.
Motion Transfer Differences
Both models prevent motion transfer well, but the new Purple has an edge because of its unique top layer material.
Pick The New Purple If …
- You are heavier- The new Purple has coils, better edge support, and options for thicker top layers, making it more supportive and comfortable for people who weigh more. The gel material won’t sag as much as foam, making this mattress quite durable.
- You sleep hot- The new Purple has a temperature-neutral sleeping surface, so there are no concerns about sleeping hot.
Pick Nectar If …
- You are on a budget- Nectar is cheaper, so it will give people the opportunity to save some money if they just can’t decide which mattress to get.
- You like a sinking feeling- You will slowly sink into Nectar’s memory foam top layers, which may be appealing to people who prefer a memory foam feel. The sleeping surface is much less responsive than the Purple.
The mattresses compared here are generally on the soft end of the spectrum, but the brands described differ in feel, price, and construction. Hopefully this mattress comparison helped you determine which brand and mattress may be the best option for you. Give a look at some of our other popular Purple and Nectar mattress comparisons like Purple vs Leesa and Nectar vs Brooklyn Bedding. Please leave any specific questions about Purple 2, 3, or 4 or Nectar in the comments.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.