Choosing between the Nolah and Purple mattresses? This side-by-side comparison covers key differences and our recommendations.
Decision fatigue while new mattress shopping is a real thing. If you’re torn between the Nolah and Purple mattresses, we want to make your life a little easier with this mattress comparison.
Nolah and Purple are both recognizable bed-in-a-box mattress companies with loyal customer bases, so you can rest assured that these beds are tested and true. To give you a better idea of which mattress best meets your needs, we’ve put the performance scores, pricing, dimensions, and highlights for the Purple mattress and Nolah mattress side by side in this comparison.
Temperature neutral AirFoam mattress known for offering great pressure relief
Medium firm: 5 - 6 /10
Proven pressure relief for people with back pain; good for back and side sleepers
Hybrid: hyper-elastic polymer and foam
10-year limited warranty
|Twin||38” x 75”||38” x 75”|
|Twin XL||38” x 80”||38” x 80”|
|Full||54” x 75”||54” x 76”|
|Queen||60” x 80”||60” x 80”|
|King||76” x 80”||76” x 80”|
|California King||72” x 84”||72” x 84”|
Learn more about mattress sizes.
Casper and Purple’s prices are pretty similar, though Casper gets slightly more affordable as the mattress size goes up. Click on the check price button below to see what kinds of deals Casper and Purple might be offering.
Mattress construction has a big impact on how it feels, which is why we look at the individual mattress layers. The Nolah is an all-foam mattress that’s especially responsive and motion isolating, while the Purple is a hybrid mattress that provides pressure relief and prevents back pain.
We brought both of these mattresses into our sleep lab for a thorough review process, and gave them each 14 functionality scores. You can compare how they performed below.
|Motion Transfer Test||9||7.5|
|Edge Support Test||8.5||8.5|
|Pressure Relief Test||7.25||8.5|
|Spinal Alignment Test||9.5||9.5|
|Customer Service Score||9||9|
|Social Impact Score||6||4|
Both of these beds earned above-average scores for motion transfer, but Nolah outperformed Purple by 1.5 points. This isn’t surprising since all-foam beds tend to do a great job isolating motion. If you sleep with a partner or pet, and one of you is easily disturbed by movement, Nolah is the better choice.
The Purple mattress provides better pressure relief, so it’s the best choice for side sleepers. Nolah is still pretty soft, so it can also work for side sleepers who split time between their sides and back.
Back sleepers can find comfort on either bed. The Nolah is a bit softer, so back sleepers who opt for this mattress should desire a softer feeling mattress or have a lightweight or average body type.
Neither mattress is ideal for stomach sleepers. The Nolah may be too soft to sustain spine alignment for stomach sleepers, and some customers have commented that the channels in the Purple Grid can be uncomfortable against their face and chest.
Nolah is decidedly better for combo sleepers, due in part to the responsive AirFoam. Purple earned an average score for responsiveness. We didn’t feel stuck in the Smart Grid, but it didn’t adapt to our movements as quickly as the AirFoam.
Most mattresses are designed to last up to 10 years. They aren’t exactly a line item on the average consumer’s budget, so you want them to last a decade at the very least. Foam is the least durable mattress material, while innersprings last the longest.
In this comparison, Purple is the more durable mattress. You’ll pay $100–$300 more for a larger Purple mattress size, but hyper-elastic polymer has been shown not to deteriorate over multiple decades. It will likely last longer than Nolah, which is important if you plan to keep a mattress for 10+ years.
Also consider your mattress warranty when you think about durability. Mattress warranties are written to protect customers from defects that can develop over time. Nolah is covered by a prorated lifetime warranty. In contrast, Purple is covered by a 10-year warranty.
Overall, we favor the Purple mattress for side sleepers, people with back pain, and those who don’t mind taking a risk on a unique mattress. The Nolah mattress is better for couples, combo sleepers, and budget shoppers. Either mattress works for back sleepers, but neither is ideal for stomach sleepers.
If you still can’t choose between the Nolah or Purple mattresses, we recommend listing your top two or three mattress must-haves, and choosing the bed that best aligns with those needs. Alternatively, consider other mattress models. Purple has a hybrid mattress that sleeps especially cool, and Nolah has a flippable mattress. Also note that Nolah doesn’t ship to Alaska or Hawaii.
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