Shopping for a bed in a box mattress can be quite difficult – there seems to be an endless number of online mattresses that all promise to be the most comfortable. When trying to narrow down one’s choices, it is always a good idea to start with the most popular brands.
Two of the most talked-about online mattresses are the Purple and Nectar. Those who are trying to choose between the two should read on for our full Purple vs Nectar mattress comparison.
Purple And Nectar Mattress Overview
The Purple is a unique bed in a box mattress because if features a proprietary gel grid right on top; there really isn’t another mattress that feels like the Purple. The Nectar, on the other hand, offers a feel that many people associate with memory foam mattresses. Its slow-moving memory foam invites sleepers to sink in and feel the mattress envelop them.
While these are both high-quality online mattresses, they really are a better match for different types of people. This comparison will discuss who should choose the Purple mattress and who should choose the Nectar mattress.
Who Should Choose The Purple Mattress?
- Larger sleepers who require more comfort and support from their mattress
- Those who are looking for a more responsive mattress that makes it easy to move around
- Stomach sleepers and back sleepers who are in need of some additional support
- Hot sleepers who worry about overheating during the night
Who Should Choose The Nectar Mattress?
- Light- and medium-weight side sleepers who require a mattress with excellent pressure relief
- Sleepers who prefer the slow-moving feel of a memory foam mattress
- Couples who need a mattress that cuts down on motion transfer
Purple Vs Nectar Video Comparison
Those who want to see the Purple and Nectar mattresses side by side should watch our in-depth video comparison. Our reviewer, Marten, will go through their construction, his experience, and discuss who should choose one mattress over the other.
Similarities Between The Purple And Nectar?
At a glance, there are not too many similarities between the Purple and Nectar mattresses, but there are still some noticeable crossovers.
- The Purple and Nectar are two wildly popular bed in a box mattresses that are serious best sellers.
- Both mattresses come with some impressive customer service terms such as sleep trials and warranties.
- Ignoring discounts, the Purple mattress and Nectar are very close in terms of price.
Differences Between The Purple And Nectar?
The Purple and Nectar mattresses are more different than they are alike – we discuss the notable differences below:
- The Purple and Nectar mattresses contain some very different materials in their construction.
- The Purple should be more durable than the Nectar mattress and should last for a longer amount of time.
- The Purple is more breathable and should sleep significantly cooler than the Nectar mattress.
- Depending on someone’s weight, they might feel like the Nectar is softer or firmer than the Purple mattress.
- The Purple has a unique, bouncy, gel-like feel, and the Nectar has a slow-moving memory foam feel
Firmness And Feel Differences
Some of the major differences between the Purple and Nectar have to do with their respective firmness and feel. Let’s take a closer look at the Purple and Nectar’s firmness and feel and what it is like to sleep on each mattress.
How Firm Are The Purple And Nectar Mattresses?
The Purple had a firmness of 6.5/10, medium-firm, and while the top gel grid feels firm at first, it does soften when we apply enough pressure. The Nectar mattress also had a firmness of 6.5/10 – the top memory foam layers are very soft, but the layers get progressively firmer the deeper we push.
The firmnesses might differ for sleepers of a different size – lighter sleepers might feel like the Purple is firmer because they aren’t heavy enough to activate the gel grid. At the same time, lighter people will most likely feel like the Nectar mattress is softer because they won’t press in quite so far.
Heavier people, on the other hand, might feel like the Purple mattress is softer as their weight will be enough to push into the gel grid. At the same time, they might push further into the Nectar mattress, and they could feel more pressure in certain areas.
Sleeping On The Purple And Nectar Mattresses
Back sleeping on the Purple mattress, we feel a great balance of comfort and support; the gel grid collapses under our hips and butt, and the rest of the mattress stays flat and supportive. Side sleeping, we feel some decent pressure relief on our shoulders and hips. Stomach sleeping, the Purple mattress doesn’t collapse under our hips, and we feel good even support across the entire body. Between the two, it is the best mattress for stomach sleepers.
Back sleeping on the Nectar mattress, we are also experiencing a nice balance of comfort and support; our hips sink in a bit while the top foam layers contour to the curves of our body. Moving to our sides, we sink into the memory foam and feel little pressure on our shoulders and hips. Stomach sleeping on the Nectar mattress, we are not getting enough support under our hips, and they are bowing in there somewhat.
What Do The Purple And Nectar Mattresses Feel Like?
The Purple has a very unique feel that is both squishy and firm at the same time – pushing into the gel grid, it stays firm until we apply enough pressure, and then that specific area collapses. There is also a good bit of bounce, and this makes it easier to move around on the Purple mattress.
The Nectar has more of a classic memory foam feel where we slowly sink into the mattress. The memory foam really conforms to our curves and there is very little bounce – this might make it a bit more difficult to move around on the Nectar.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 lbs – 230 lbs
Average weight people who weigh closer to 130 lbs might feel like the Purple is too firm for them when back sleeping and side sleeping. However, those who are closer to 230 lbs might feel significantly more comfortable in both positions. Stomach sleeping, average weight people should get all the support they need when they are lying on the Purple mattress.
Average weight back sleepers should feel an excellent balance of comfort and support on the Nectar, and most average weight side sleepers should feel almost no pressure on their shoulders and hips. If they are closer to 230 lbs, they might feel more pressure in those areas. Stomach sleeping, they will most likely need a firmer, more supportive mattress to hold up their hips and center mass.
Heavyweight Sleepers – Over 230 lbs
Heavyweight sleepers should like the Purple for back and side sleeping. Their weight will be enough to collapse the gel grid in the right areas. That being said, those who are 300 lbs or more might want to consider the Purple Hybrid Premier 3″ or 4″ which have a thicker gel grid on top.
Stomach sleeping, most heavyweight people should feel well supported on the Purple mattress but, if they are over 275 lbs, they should consider one of the Purple mattresses with coils.
Some heavyweight sleepers should get enough comfort and support when they are back sleeping on the Nectar but, if they are over 250 lbs, they might need the support of an innerspring or hybrid mattress. Side sleeping, most heavyweight people are going to want a mattress with a thicker comfort layer because they could bottom out. Stomach sleeping, they will definitely need a mattress that is firmer than the Nectar.
Lightweight Sleepers – Under 130 lbs
Unless they are stomach sleeping, most lightweight people will think that the Purple mattress is too firm for them. They are probably not heavy enough to really press into the gel grid, and the mattress could feel uncomfortable. It will not be the best mattress for back sleepers or side sleepers who are lighter.
However, they should think that the Nectar is a good match for both back sleeping and some stomach sleeping. Some very light stomach sleepers might even get enough support from the Nectar.
Mattress Construction Differences
Now, let’s look at the materials that make up both these mattresses. We will start on top and then work or our way through each layer of the Purple and Nectar.
The Purple mattress features a Soft Flex cover which is thin, stretchy, and also quite breathable. The Nectar mattress boasts a cover containing Tencel fabric, a material that is designed to be particularly breathable.
The top layer of the Purple is a proprietary gel grid that is very interesting – it is made of a hyper-elastic gel polymer and is firm, bouncy, and pressure-relieving at the same time. Below that, there is a layer of soft and responsive comfort foam that acts as a transition layer.
The top layer of the Nectar is gel-infused memory foam – it has that slow-moving quality one finds with memory foam, and the gel infusion is meant to help with heat dissipation. Below that, a layer of Hi-Core memory foam adds some more contouring and support to the top of the mattress.
The Purple and Nectar mattresses both feature a layer of high-density base foam in their support layer.
The Purple mattress is 9.25″ tall, and the Nectar is 11″ tall.
Purple And Nectar Mattress Size Options And Price
To see how these mattresses compare in terms of size and price, look at the following charts:
|Twin||38″ x 75″ x 9.25″||$649|
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 9.25″||$749|
|Full||54″ x 76″ x 9.25″||$949|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 9.25″||$1099|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 9.25″||$1399|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 9.25″||$1399|
|Split King||76″ x 80″ x 9.25″||$1498|
|Twin||39″ x 75″ x 11″||$898|
|Twin XL||39″ x 80″ x 11″||$968|
|Full||54″ x 75″ x 11″||$1098|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 11″||$1198|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 11″||$1398|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 11″||$1398|
Purple And Nectar Performance Differences
The tested the Purple and Nectar mattresses to see how they performed with regard to motion transfer, cooling, and edge support – let’s see who wins out in each category!
Sleeping Hot Or Cold
Between these two mattresses, the Purple should be the cooler sleeping option – its gel grid allows for a great deal of airflow, letting sleepers stay cool all night.
The Nectar, on the other hand, could cause some people to overheat during the night. Even with its gel infusion, the memory foam might trap heat and direct it back at sleepers.
The Purple mattress isn’t the best at handling motion transfer because the gel grid is very bouncy, and the mattress did not absorb so much motion when we moved around.
However, the Nectar handled motion transfer remarkably well – this is not surprising as memory foam mattresses are known for their excellent motion isolation.
The Purple and Nectar mattresses both feature equally solid edge support, and we feel secure when we are sitting and lying down near the edge of each mattress.
While the Nectar shouldn’t sag very quickly, the Purple should be the more durable, longer-lasting mattress. The gel grid is one of the most durable mattress materials on the market, and it should keep the Purple in good shape for a number of years.
See our top picks for the best mattresses that won’t sag.
When we unwrapped the Purple mattress, we did not experience that chemical smell one gets from a newly-unboxed memory foam mattress. We were able to sleep on the Purple mattress pretty much immediately.
With the Nectar mattress, we did get some of that chemical smell after we unboxed it. However, we left the mattress in a well-ventilated room and, after 48 hours, the smell had dissipated.
When we were moving around on top of both mattresses, they did not make any real noise. Neither mattress features coils which, when they get older, can squeak and creak.
Those who need a mattress for sex usually want to find something that is more responsive and makes it easier to move around. Keeping this in mind, the Purple should be the better mattress for sex – it is bouncy and shouldn’t make sexual partners feel stuck in the mattress.
The Purple comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty, and the Nectar comes with a 365-night sleep trial and a Forever Warranty.
Purple And Nectar Mattress FAQs
Now let’s answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the Purple and Nectar mattresses:
Which mattress is better, Nectar or Purple?
We wouldn’t say that one mattress is better than the other, but they are a better fit for different types of sleepers. The Purple should be a better choice for heavier people, back and stomach sleepers, and hot sleepers. The Nectar should be ideal for light- and medium-weight side sleepers, couples, and those who prefer a memory foam feel.
Which mattress sleeps cooler, the Purple or Nectar?
The Purple should sleep cooler than the Nectar mattress – its gel grid promotes airflow through the top of the mattress, keeping sleepers cool at night.
Which mattress is better for side sleepers, the Purple or Nectar?
Both mattresses could be a good fit for side sleeping, depending on the size of the person. Larger side sleepers should feel better pressure relief on the Purple, and light- and medium-weight side sleepers should feel better pressure relief on the Nectar.
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.