The Purple mattress and #bestmattressever from Brooklyn Bedding are two very popular mattresses available online. These two mattresses actually have a lot of similarities with some differences as well. I’ll go over the main things you should think about if you are making a decision between Purple and Brooklyn Bedding.
- Both have a similar business model / value proposition
- Both use poly foam in the base layer
- Both don’t sleep hot
- Both have good bounce/response
- Both are more durable than the average foam mattress
- Both are made in the US
- Both have a 2 inch top layer
- Brooklyn Bedding is .5 inches thicker than the Purple
- The Brooklyn Bedding comfort layer is thicker than the Purple
- Purple uses a hyper-elastic polymer gel in the comfort layer, while Brooklyn Bedding uses a proprietary latex-like foam
- Brooklyn Bedding has firmness options, while Purple has one
- Brooklyn Bedding is about $250 cheaper than the Purple
The picture below gives you an overall sense of the Purple mattress layers. Here’s a breakdown:
- The top layer is 2 inches of a gel material called hyper-elastic polymer. This material is unique in how it operates. It is supportive until it reaches a certain pressure threshold, at which point it collapses. This means that you get support in the parts of your body where you need it and pressure relief where you need it. I also think it makes the mattress feel firm yet pressure-relieving at the same time. It’s quite a durable material (won’t sag over time) and is very breathable.
- The middle layer is 3.5 inches of 1.8 lb. density transition poly foam. It is meant to provide a smooth transition from the comfort layer to the firm base layer.
- The base layer is 4 inches of 2.0 lb. density poly foam. The density of the foam is a bit higher than most other bed-in-a-box options.
Brooklyn Bedding Construction
The picture below shows the general construction and layers of the Brooklyn Bedding mattress. Here’s a breakdown:
- The cover is a quilted cotton polyester blend. It is quilted with 3/4 inch thick of polyfoam, giving it a somewhat plush feel on top
- The top layer is 2 inches of TitanFlex foam. This is a proprietary foam that has latex-like qualities. However, it is more durable and breathable than latex. It has good pressure relief and really quick response.
- The second layer is another 2 inches of firmer TitanFlex foam. It is firmer so that people can more easily transition into the base layer.
- The base layer is 6 inches of 1.8 lb. density poly foam . This is a fairly standard base layer for foam mattresses.
- The mattress does come in 3 different firmness options.
The video below gives more details and a good visual of the different layers of the mattress.
- The Brooklyn Bedding is 10 inches thick, while the Purple is 9.5 inches thick
- To me, the pressure relief of the Purple is a little better than the Brooklyn Bedding, but if you weigh less than 125 lbs. you might not weigh enough to activate the collapsing of the gel layer. In that case, the pressure relief would not be as good as the Brooklyn Bedding
- Both of these mattresses are going to be pretty durable. I can’t say definitively whether one will last longer than the other
- Both of these mattresses do a great job of not sleeping hot. The Purple is completely temperature neutral and the Brooklyn Bedding is pretty close
- Both mattresses are very responsive, meaning you can switch positions easily and you won’t have the feeling of getting stuck in your mattress
The videos below will show off the general feel of the two mattresses. The Brooklyn Bedding is the Medium firmness option. Both are very responsive. The Purple feels firm yet pressure-relieving at the same time. It is a unique feel unlike anything else I’ve tried.
Motion Transfer Differences
The videos below will show that both mattresses do a pretty good job of isolating motion. I would give maybe a slight edge to Purple in this category.
You Might Want To Pick Purple If:
- You Want Something Completely Temperature Neutral– The gel layer on top of the Purple mattress makes it completely temperature neutral, meaning you won’t ever sleep hot
- You Are An Average Or Heavyweight Side Sleeper– The Purple really shines with pressure relief, but only if you weigh enough to make the gel collapse. If you do weigh more than say 120 lbs., you’ll find the pressure relief of the Purple to be really great
You Might Want To Pick Brooklyn Bedding If:
- You Don’t Weight Very Much– I think the Purple might be too firm for people that are very lightweight because you won’t apply enough pressure to activate the collapsing of the gel material
- You Want Firmness Options– Brooklyn Bedding does give you 3 firmness options. If you know you want something extra soft or firm, you can get that with this company
There are a lot of similarities between these two mattresses, so it’s definitely hard to say one is better than the other. If you have any specific question, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment.
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.
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