Purple vs. Nolah Mattress Comparison

By: Becca Fair

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The Nolah Original 10” mattress is an all-foam bed made from three layers of special proprietary foams. The original Purple mattress is made from foam paired with a gel-like grid that creates a floating feel. 

The Nolah mattress is a good option for back sleepers and people who enjoy the contouring feel of foam mattresses. Thanks to the motion isolation properties of foam, the Nolah is terrific for couples. The Purple mattress is excellent for hot sleepers, lightweight sleepers, and side and back sleepers who weigh less than 230 lbs. See which bed suits you best in this mattress comparison.

Comparing the Purple & Nolah Mattresses

Purple and Nolah are two leading bed-in-a-box mattress companies. In this article, we’re going to compare the flagship Purple mattress with the Nolah Original mattress, covering their similarities and differences, construction, price point, company policies, and who’s a good fit for each bed.

Key Differences

  • Feel: The Purple’s proprietary comfort grid creates a floating sensation, while Nolah’s all-foam construction feels more cushioning. 
  • Temperature: The Purple’s gel grid top layer supports greater airflow than Nolah’s foam comfort layer. As such, Purple is better than Nolah for hot sleepers
  • Performance: The Purple Grid offers sturdier edge support, while the proprietary foams in the Nolah provide superior motion transfer.

Key Similarities

  • Responsiveness: Both Nolah and Purple balance pressure relief with responsive support that’s excellent for combination sleepers. 
  • Body weight compatibility: Both mattresses properly support lightweight and average-weight people. Neither offers the level of cushion or support required by heavyweight people. 
  • Spinal alignment: Both Nolah and Purple do an excellent job supporting healthy spinal alignment, especially for people who weigh less than 230 lbs.

Who the Purple Mattress is Best For 

Purple Mattress

Best for: hot sleepers, back and side sleepers, and people with back pain.

Nerd Score 3.8/5
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Material

Hybrid

Trial Period

100 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Warranty

10-year warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.6/5
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Purple Mattress

Best for: hot sleepers, back and side sleepers, and people with back pain.

Nerd Score 3.8/5
Read Full Review

Material

Hybrid

Warranty

10-year warranty

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

100 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.6/5
Watch Our Video Review

Purple Mattress

Best for: hot sleepers, back and side sleepers, and people with back pain.

Nerd Score 3.8/5
Read Full Review

Material

Hybrid

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Trial Period

100 nights

Warranty

10-year warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.6/5
Watch Our Video Review

Who is the Purple Mattress Best For? 

  • Hot sleepers: People who find all-foam and memory foam mattresses too hot will appreciate the Purple’s grid-like top layer. It creates a temperature-neutral sleeping experience. 
  • Back and side sleepers: Lightweight and average-weight people who sleep on their back, side, or combination of the two will benefit from how the Purple Grid gently collapses under areas of high pressure.
  • People with back pain: The weightless feel and spinal alignment of the Purple may ease aches, especially for people with back pain. 

Not Best For…

  • Heavyweight stomach sleepers: The Purple Comfort Grid may dip too low at the hips for stomach sleepers who weigh more than 130 lbs. This can knock the spine out of alignment. 
  • Heavy sleepers: The top layer is not thick enough for heavier people who weigh 230 lbs or more. The Purple may lead to pain at pressure points and poor spine alignment for these folks. 
  • People who love the all-foam bed feel: While the Purple Comfort Grid provides similar pressure relief, the floating sensation is far different from the marshmallow-y feel of soft foam comfort layers.

Read our full Purple Mattress Review to learn more! 

Who the Nolah Mattress is Best For 

Nolah Original 10" Mattress

Best for: all sleeping positions, couples, and people with back pain.

Nerd Score 4.7/5
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Material

Foam

Trial Period

120 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.8/5
Watch Our Video Review

Nolah Original 10" Mattress

Best for: all sleeping positions, couples, and people with back pain.

Nerd Score 4.7/5
Read Full Review

Material

Foam

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

120 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.8/5
Watch Our Video Review

Nolah Original 10" Mattress

Best for: all sleeping positions, couples, and people with back pain.

Nerd Score 4.7/5
Read Full Review

Material

Foam

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Trial Period

120 nights

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.8/5
Watch Our Video Review

Who is the Nolah Mattress Best For? 

  • All sleeping positions: Side, back, and stomach sleepers are all a good fit for the Nolah thanks to supportive and pressure-relieving foams—depending on your body type. Combination sleepers also enjoy the Nolah because it has a responsive surface and works for every sleep position. 
  • Couples: The three foam layers minimize motion transfer, which is excellent for couples who don’t want to be disrupted by each other’s movements. 
  • People with back pain: People with back pain may find relief on the Nolah. Nolah’s proprietary foams perform well in tests that examine spine alignment.  

Not Best For…

  • Heavyweight sleepers: People over 230 lbs might not receive sufficient support or cushion on the Nolah.
  • Hot sleepers: There is no ultra-breathable innerspring layer in the Nolah. 
  • Memory foam mattress lovers: Nolah’s foams don’t hug the body as deeply as traditional memory foam.

Read our full Nolah Mattress Review to learn more! 

Purple and Nolah Performance Differences

Firmness / Feel 

The Purple mattress feels unlike any other bed on the market because of its proprietary gel grid top layer. Expect this layer to buckle at heavy body parts and gently support lighter areas, creating a floating sensation and medium-firm feel. While this firmness works for every sleeping position, we believe this bed is best for side and back sleepers who weigh less than 230 lbs. 

The Nolah Original’s medium-firmness is a touch softer than the Purple. Because it’s made entirely from polyfoam, it has a balanced foam feel that hugs the body while supporting ease-of-movement. It best supports average-weight and lightweight sleepers of every sleeping position.  

Nolah Performance By Sleeping Position:

Body Type: BACK SLEEPERS STOMACH SLEEPERS SIDE SLEEPERS
Lightweight (< 130 lbs):  5 4 5
Average-weight (130–230 lbs): 4 3 5
Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):  3 2 4

Purple Performance By Sleeping Position:

Body Type: BACK SLEEPERS STOMACH SLEEPERS SIDE SLEEPERS
Lightweight (< 130 lbs):  5 3 4
Average-weight (130–230 lbs): 5 2 4
Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):  3 1 4

1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent

Motion Isolation 

People who share their mattress with a partner, child, or furry family member tend to sleep best on a bed that dampens motion. Foam is the best material for motion isolation. Because Nolah is an all-foam mattress, it minimizes motion transfer better than the Purple mattress.

Edge Support 

Sturdy edges are something that most of us don’t miss until they’re gone. Solid edges mean you can sleep on the entire mattress surface, something that’s important for most couples who share a Queen-size mattress or smaller. Furthermore, many people sit along the mattress perimeter while others use the edges for support when getting into bed.

For people who share the bed and those who like to use the edges for support, the Purple mattress is the better option. Its edges are impressively sturdy, while the Nolah’s have more sinkage.   

Pressure Relief 

Side sleepers need a mattress that cradles the hips and shoulders to avoid aches and pains. Both the Nolah and Purple provide above-average cushioning for the pressure points for lightweight and average-weight sleepers, though the Purple outperforms the Nolah in this category. Neither has a thick enough top layer for heavyweight side sleepers

Spine Alignment 

Both the Nolah and Purple mattresses do a good job keeping the spine aligned when people sleep on their back or sides. The Nolah provides better alignment for lightweight stomach sleepers thanks to the foam providing better support for the hips than the Purple Grid; otherwise, stomach sleepers should look into one of the best mattresses for stomach sleepers

Durability 

The Purple mattress is more durable than the Nolah. While both beds have high-density polyfoam base layers that boost longevity, the Purple Grid top layer is resistant to body indentations. The softer Nolah top layer is more prone to developing surface indentations over the mattress’s lifespan

Cooling / Temperature 

Both mattresses are cooler than the average foam bed. However, Purple’s ultra-breathable gel grid creates a better sleeping environment for hot sleepers.

Purple vs. Nolah Mattress Construction

Purple Construction

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Cover Viscose, Polyester, & Lycra Blend
Comfort Layer  Purple Smart Grid (2”)
Transitional Layer Polyfoam (3.5”)
Support Layer High-Density Polyfoam (4”)
Mattress Thickness  9.5”

The original Purple is a three-layer mattress. The first layer is made from Purple’s revolutionary Hyper-Elastic Polymer Grid. This gel-like material provides the pressure relief of memory foam with the airflow of an innerspring mattress. 

The grid buckles at heavier areas and gently supports lighter body parts. The balance between give and support means excellent body alignment. To lie on this surface feels more like floating than being hugged by a traditional foam layer

Underneath the Purple Grid is a layer of high-density polyfoam. This foam is sturdy but does have a touch of softness to cushion heavy body parts. The final layer is a sturdy base foam that minimizes motion transfer.

Nolah Mattress Construction

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Cover TENCEL Fabric
Comfort Layer  Nolah AirFoam (2”)
Transitional Layer High-Resilience Foam (1”)
Support Layer High-Density Base Foam (7”)
Mattress Thickness  10”

The Nolah Original 10” mattress is made from three layers of polyfoam. The first layer is AirFoam, a soft, proprietary foam that contributes a light hugging feel. This foam has more responsiveness than memory foam, so you won’t feel stuck when trying to change positions. The AirFoam contains microscopic air pockets that support airflow to keep sleepers cool and dry. 

Nolah’s second layer is made from their High-Resilience foam. This foam adapts instantaneously to movement, creating an almost bouncy feel. The final layer is a thick base foam that adds stability and longevity.

Sizing & Price Comparisons 

Mattress Size  Purple Price Nolah Price
Twin $799.00 $699.00
Twin XL $999.00 $899.00
Full $1199.00 $999.00
Queen $1399.00 $1149.00
King $1799.00 $1349.00
Cal King $1799.00 $1349.00
Split King $1998.00 $1798.00

For the best pricing while mattress shopping, be sure to check out our Nolah mattress coupons and Purple mattress couponsIf you’re shopping on a budget, see the Best Mattresses for the Money.

Shipping and Returns

Purple

Every Purple mattress comes with free shipping within the continental U.S. Purple ships to Hawaii and Alaska for a fee. You can expect your bed in six to 10 business days. Once you receive your new mattress, you have 100 nights to see if it’s the right fit. After 21 nights, per Purple’s return policy, you may return the mattress for a full refund during the sleep trial period.  

Your new Purple mattress has a 10-year warranty. Purple will replace or repair a mattress with defects in materials or workmanship during the first ten years. To learn more, see our full breakdown of the Purple mattress warranty.

Nolah Sleep

Nolah ships its beds for free to the lower 48 states, with no options to ship to Alaska or Hawaii. Manufacturing and shipping time takes approximately five to 10 business days. Nolah’s return policy is a generous 120-night sleep trial begins the day your mattress arrives on your doorstep. You must wait 30 nights before initiating a return. If you decide to return your new bed during the trial period, Nolah offers full refunds. 

A prorated Lifetime warranty backs every Nolah bed. This Nolah warranty covers defects, such as indentations of greater than 1”.

Other Models Available

Purple Hybrid

The Purple Hybrid is a step-up from the original Purple mattress in support, cooling, and responsiveness. A layer of pocketed coils brings a medium-firm feel that’s slightly firmer than the classic Purple bed. We love this bed for back sleepers of every body size and combination sleepers. 

See our full Purple Hybrid Mattress Review to learn more. 

Purple Hybrid Premier

The Purple Hybrid Premier is the softest and most luxurious Purple mattress. With an additional 1–2” of the pressure-relieving Purple Grid, this is the best Purple mattress for side sleepers who prefer a softer-than-normal feel. It’s also an excellent mattress for heavyweight side sleepers

Read our full Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Review for more information.

Nolah Signature 12”

The Nolah Signature 12” used to be flippable with softer and firmer sides, but now it’s a one-sided, medium-firm mattress. The Signature has a doughier feel than the original, but ironically, the original is better for side sleepers. We recommend the Signature to back sleepers, lightweight stomach sleepers, and combination sleepers.  

Check out our full Nolah Signature Mattress Review to learn more. 

Nolah Evolution 15”

The Nolah Evolution is Nolah’s only hybrid mattress. With four layers of proprietary polyfoam and a thick innerspring coil support system, the Evolution is a luxury mattress with generous cushion and support. It’s slightly softer than the Nolah Original, with a 5.5/10 medium firmness, and it’s much better for those who sleep hot.  

See our full Nolah Evolution Mattress Review for more information.

Haven’t made a decision yet? Check out these other comparisons:

Purple Comparisons Nolah Comparisons
Purple vs. Amerisleep Nolah vs. Bear
Purple vs. Bear Nolah vs. Brooklyn Bedding
Purple vs. Brooklyn Bedding Nolah vs. Layla
Purple vs. Casper Nolah vs. Leesa
Purple vs. GhostBed Nolah vs. Nectar
Purple vs. Helix Nolah vs. Puffy
Purple vs. Layla Nolah vs. Purple
Purple vs. Leesa Nolah vs. Tuft & Needle
Purple vs. Lull
Purple vs. Nectar
Purple vs. Nolah
Purple vs. Puffy
Purple vs. Saatva
Purple vs. Tempur-Pedic
Purple vs. Tuft & Needle
Purple vs. WinkBed

Our Final Take

The Nolah Original and Purple mattresses are best for lightweight and average-weight sleepers. The Nolah’s all-foam build has a softer feel that suits foam mattress lovers and side sleepers. Also, it better minimizes motion transfer, so we recommend it over Purple for couples. 

The Purple Grid creates a cooler surface and a unique floating sensation that make it the better choice for hot sleepers and those with joint pain. Both beds are suitable for back and combination sleepers. They also each come with generous trial periods, so you can give them a proper test run at home.