Mattress Comparison

Purple Mattress Alternatives

Purple mattresses are some of the most innovative beds on the market, but the Purple Grid isn’t for everyone. We’ve identified a few more traditional alternatives that match Purple’s pressure relief and support.

By Mary Grace Brinson

Purple mattresses have taken off in popularity since they were introduced to the market in 2016. The three Purple beds—the original Purple, the Purple Hybrid, and the Purple Hybrid Premier—all feature a Hyper-Elastic Polymer comfort layer, which is a durable, cushioning alternative to materials like gel memory foam and standard polyurethane foam.

As a mattress company, Purple prioritizes innovation, so the brand’s mattresses are anything but traditional. To that point, the beds aren’t for everyone. The Purple Grid top layer is great for airflow and pressure point relief, but the way it feels can be hard to get used to.

If you’ve considered the Purple mattress, but just aren’t ready to pay for a new bed if you’re not totally sold, we’ve gathered some of the best mattress alternatives to the Purple brand. These different mattresses match the best qualities about Purple and have a traditional construction that includes memory foam, polyfoam, and innersprings.

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Purple Mattress Alternatives 

Purple Mattress Best Alternative Option
Purple Casper Original
Purple Hybrid Leesa Legend
Purple Hybrid Premier Saatva HD
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Original Purple Mattress vs Original Casper Mattress

The original Purple mattress has a unique construction that combines the bouncy, pressure-relieving Purple Grid with a foundation of dense foam layers. It’s a favorite of hot sleepers, back sleepers, and average-weight side sleepers.

The original Casper mattress has a similar medium-firm feel with an all-foam construction. Rather than hyper-elastic polymer, the top layer of the Casper is made with breathable AirScape foam that has a bouncy feel similar to latex. Like the Purple Grid, Airscape foam keeps the Casper cooler than competitor bed-in-a-box memory foam mattresses like Nectar.

The Casper is also anchored by dense polyfoam support layers that reduce motion transfer. Plus, on the Casper, you get an additional contouring layer of memory foam that’s zoned to relieve lower back pain, support lightweight stomach sleepers, and cushion back sleepers.

Both mattress companies offer free shipping, 100-night sleep trials, free returns, and 10-year warranties. The Purple Queen size sells for $1,149 , while the Casper queen size costs only $1,095.

Read our full Casper Mattress Review

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Purple Hybrid Mattress vs Leesa Legend Mattress

The Purple Hybrid is a true medium-firm mattress that pairs a cushioning Purple Grid with supportive transition foam and bouncy coils. The buoyant, supportive feel of this bed is compatible with most back sleepers, average-weight stomach sleepers, and hot sleepers.

The Leesa Legend mattress also has a medium-firm feel, but it’s noticeably softer, which adds side sleeping to the list of sleeping positions that work well with the Legend. Instead of hyper-elastic polymer, the Legend is topped with perforated polyfoam and contouring CertiPUR-US certified memory foam that mirrors the pressure relieving properties of the Purple Grid.

The Legend’s third layer adds even more pressure point cushioning by incorporating micro-coils near the head and foot of the bed and firm polyfoam under the lower back. The innerspring support layer gives the mattress the same bounce and responsiveness as the Purple Hybrid.

The Leesa Legend is more expensive than the Purple Hybrid, but the Legend works better for side sleepers who want a mattress that sleeps cool. Plus, you get novel features with the Legend, like a mattress cover made from organic cotton, merino wool, and recycled water bottles. Both companies offer free shipping, 100-night sleep trials, free returns, and 10-year warranties

Read our full Leesa Legend Mattress Review

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Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress vs Saatva HD Mattress

The Purple Hybrid Premier is the tallest mattress in the Purple mattress line. You can choose between a 3” and 4” Purple Grid. Both options are softer than the 2” top layer on the original Purple and Purple Hybrid. Similarly, the Saatva HD mattress is topped with a 3” Euro pillow top. The topper adds cushioning that mimics the Purple Grid.

Both mattresses also feature coil support layers and high-density edge support foam. The Saatva HD has extra cushioning layers beneath the pillow top, including Talalay latex and comfort foam. It also features a mattress cover secured by hand with tufts—a method that improves the durability of the mattress.

With the Saatva HD, you’re going to get great support, softness, and durability—just like the Purple Hybrid Premier. You also get more variety in mattress sizes. The HD is available in Twin to California King size mattresses, while the Purple Hybrid Premier is available only in Twin XL to California King

As an added bonus, both Purple Hybrid Premier and Saatva HD customers get free white glove delivery and pick up of an old mattress. Saatva customers also get a 180-night trial period and 20-year warranty, compared with Purple’s 100-night trial period and 10-year warranty

Read our full Saatva HD mattress review

We understand the appeal of considering Purple for your next new mattress. There’s a lot of hype around the hyper-elastic polymer comfort grid, and the brand offers a 100-night in-home trial period. But if you’re not sold on Purple, we hope these alternatives give you a good starting point to continue your mattress search. They all share the comfort, support, and durability of Purple mattresses, and also come with generous sleep trials and warranties. What’s not to love?