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If mattresses went to prom, Purple and Tempur-Pedic would likely be voted king and queen (get it?).

Since they’re two of the most popular mattress brands on the market, you might be wondering which is best for your specific sleep needs. There’s a lot to consider, so we condensed all the key info about Purple and Tempur-Pedic into this helpful article.

First, let’s check out the specs of each brand.

Price (queen)MaterialsMattress typesWarranty
Purple$1,149–$2,299hyperelastic polymer, foam, pocketed coilsfoam, hybrid10-year warranty
Tempur-Pedic$1,999–$4,999various types of polyfoam and memory foam, innersprings, phase change materialall-foam, memory foam, hybrid10-year warranty

Purple uses a unique hyperelastic polymer to create the Purple grid, the top cushioning layer in each of its mattresses. The grid relieves pressure yet supports your body’s curves and allows heat and air to circulate.

These mattresses are known for their cushioning and cool sleep experience. So, hot sleepers, a Purple could be a good choice for you.

Purple mattress models

Kid Mattress

This twin mattress has the same pressure-relieving grid and breathability as the adult-size mattresses. The difference is in the softer feel, which works better for smaller bodies.

The materials are CertiPUR-US and Clean Air Gold certified, meaning they’re safe from harmful chemicals and off-gassing. This mattress also includes a machine washable cover, which is definitely a plus for a kid’s mattress.

Shop the Purple Kid Mattress online.

Purple Mattress

This is Purple’s original mattress. It has a 2-inch Purple grid that flexes at key pressure points while supporting the body. Underneath, it has a layer of soft foam supported by a firmer, high-density foam core.

It offers a medium-firm feel and keeps your body on top of the mattress rather than letting it sink deep into the top layer.

Available sizes:

  • twin
  • twin XL
  • full
  • queen
  • king
  • California king
  • split king

Shop the Purple mattress online.

Purple Hybrid

The Purple Hybrid has the same 2-inch Purple grid, but it’s placed over a support core of individually wrapped, pocketed coils. If you’re used to a spring mattress, a hybrid like this offers you a good middle ground between spring and foam.

The springs also help circulate even more air for enhanced coolness and breathability.

Available sizes:

  • twin XL
  • full
  • queen
  • king
  • California king
  • split king

Shop the Purple Hybrid online.

Purple Hybrid Premier

The Purple Hybrid Premier comes in two variations — a 3-inch grid and a 4-inch grid. The thicker grids on these mattresses offer more pressure relief. The more you like to sink into the mattress, the thicker grid you should choose. A thicker grid can also help support a heavier body.

The grid in both models is placed over the same individually wrapped, pocketed coils as in the Purple Hybrid.

Available sizes:

  • twin XL
  • full
  • queen
  • king
  • California king
  • split king

Shop the Purple Hybrid Premier online.

Purple reviews and ratings

People tend to either love or hate Purple mattresses. For whatever reason, these mattresses don’t inspire fence-sitters. The unique grid top layer offers extra breathability but usually takes some getting used to.

And Purple does get consistently high ratings for breathability. The grid’s design lets air circulate away from your body, which allows the mattress to cradle your body and provide pressure point relief without trapping heat.

Tempur-Pedic specializes in all-foam and hybrid mattresses, with a focus on offering various levels of cooling and breathability. The company carries two lines, the Adapt Collection and the Breeze Collection, with a total of eight models.

Each mattress features a mix of materials like TEMPUR-APR, a pressure-relieving foam, and TEMPUR-APR+, a foam that relieves 30 percent more pressure than the APR foam.

Tempur-Pedic offers a wide range of options, with several models available in different firmness levels and/or a hybrid version to add breathability and responsiveness.

Tempur-Pedic mattress models

TEMPUR-Cloud

The Cloud contains three layers of TEMPUR foam in varying densities to contour to your body. The soft top layer relieves pressure while the bottom two offer increasing support.

Available sizes:

  • twin
  • twin long
  • full
  • queen
  • king
  • California king

Shop the TEMPUR-Cloud online.

TEMPUR-Adapt

A cool-touch cover with an antibacterial treatment sets this mattress apart from the Cloud. On the inside, it features two layers of soft foam. This model also comes in a hybrid, with the foam support core replaced by innerspring coils.

Available sizes:

  • twin
  • twin long
  • full
  • queen
  • king
  • split king
  • California king
  • split California king

Shop the TEMPUR-Adapt online.

TEMPUR-ProAdapt

The ProAdapt comes in a wide selection of variations, including three all-foam models available in soft, medium, or firm firmness. A cool-touch cover adds to the breathability. This mattress also has a foam support core with a convoluted (eggshell) structure to further enhance breathability.

You can also select a medium hybrid model that has an innerspring support core rather than foam.

Available sizes:

  • twin
  • twin long
  • full
  • queen
  • king
  • split king
  • California king
  • split California king

Shop the TEMPUR-ProAdapt online.

TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt

The LuxeAdapt includes both TEMPUR-ES foam (which is softer than the standard foam) and TEMPUR-APR+, a support layer that conforms to your body, with a convoluted structure to enhance breathability.

It’s available in either soft or firm and has an antimicrobial cover that’s machine washable.

Available sizes:

  • twin long
  • queen
  • king
  • split king
  • California king
  • split California king

Shop the TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt online.

TEMPUR-breeze

The breeze takes breathability and cooling to a higher level than the Adapt collection.

It contains a phase-change layer that absorbs body heat and draws it away from you. As the phase change layer absorbs heat, it softens and transfers warmth into the lower layers, where it ventilates through the support core. The mattress is covered in a machine washable cool-touch cover.

It comes in four variations, including a hybrid model. You can choose a model based on how much cooling you want — the PRObreeze reduces temperatures by an average of 3 degrees, while the LUXEbreeze reduces temps by 8 degrees.

Available sizes:

  • twin long
  • queen
  • king
  • split king
  • California king
  • split California king

Shop the TEMPUR-breeze online.

Tempur-Pedic reviews and ratings

Tempur-Pedic’s mix of foams creates mattresses that tend to rate medium-soft to medium on the firmness scale. Reviewers report feeling as if they sink into the mattress rather than just sleep on top of it. Firmer models tend to reduce that sinking/cradling feeling.

This brand also offers mattresses with varying levels of breathability and cooling, providing more options for a wider variety of sleep positions, body sizes, and personal preferences.

Before diving into your search, consider your size, weight, and sleep position. Generally, the heavier you are, the more support you’ll need to keep your spine aligned. Your sleep position — back, stomach, or side — also impacts what feels most comfortable to you.

A side sleeper needs a softer, plusher mattress that cushions and supports the body’s curves. A stomach sleeper, on the other hand, needs a firmer mattress to keep those hips from sinking.

Back sleepers tend to do well on medium to medium-firm mattresses, so personal preference can play a stronger role.

Both Purple and Tempur-Pedic have become household names. It’s up to you which one deserves a place in your home.

Tempur-Pedic offers a wide range of firmness levels that let you sink into the mattress while keeping you cool. Purple mattresses offer a bouncier, more responsive feel while keeping things cool and comfortable.

Shop Purple mattresses online.

Shop Tempur-Pedic mattresses online.