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Saatva vs Purple Mattress Comparison

Thanks to vastly different makeups, most sleepers will find that they prefer one to the other. We’ll compare the two to help you decide.

Saatva and Purple are two of the top direct-to-consumer mattress brands. With premium materials and long trial periods offered at affordable price points, it can be hard to decide which company to go with. 

In this article, we’re going to compare each company’s flagship mattress. For Saatva, that’s the Saatva Classic innerspring. For Purple, it’s the Purple Mattress. By the end, you’ll know if either of these mattresses is the one you’ve been searching for.

Purple vs. Saatva Overview

Customer Rating
MA Score
Trial Period


Customer Rating
MA Score
8.4 / 10

Proven pressure relief for people with back pain; good for back and side sleepers


Medium-firm: 6.5/10


Hybrid: hyper-elastic polymer and foam

Trial Period

100 days


10-year limited warranty


Customer Rating
MA Score
8.7 / 10

Customizable luxury hybrid mattress




Hybrid: coil on coil and memory foam with euro pillow-top

Trial Period

180 days


15-year limited warranty

Purple 2 mattress

Purple Mattress Review Highlights

  • Purple’s proprietary smart comfort grid has an unparalleled ability to balance pressure relief and support. Its unique structure evenly distributes weight across the body’s surface, creating an almost weightless feel. In our in-house testing facility, the Purple facilitated nearly perfect spine alignment.  
  • The Purple bed is an exceptionally cool mattress. The comfort grid top layer creates space for ample airflow along the mattress surface. Air circulation supports a cool, dry sleeping experience.  
  • The Purple mattress is a good choice for couples. It’s materials offer impressive motion isolation and are nearly silent when you move.  
  • Every Purple mattress comes with a generous 100-night sleep trial with free returns
  • Bed-in-a-box retailers like Purple are known for their excellent customer service. Purple’s customer care stands out amongst these customer-focused businesses, earning them #1 in Customer Satisfaction for bed-in-a-box mattress companies by J.D. Power.

Saatva Mattress Review Highlights

  • With 3 different firmness levels and 2 mattress height options, the Saatva Classic works for all body types and sleeping positions. What’s more, these various options are offered at the same affordable price, so you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to save money. 
  • Added lumbar support technology keeps the hips in line with the body. Our in-house testing confirmed that the Saatva is great for back health, scoring a 9.5/10 in spine alignment. 
  • Thanks to premium materials and an ultra-supportive steel coil support system, the Saatva mattress is impressively durable
  • Every Saatva mattress comes with free white glove delivery. White glove delivery means new mattress setup and old mattress removal
  • The Saatva mattress comes with an incredibly generous 15-year warranty. What makes this warranty stand above others is twofold. First, it’s non-prorated, meaning the full cost of repair or replacement is covered throughout the warranty period. Second, their “Fairness Replacement Warranty” allows you to keep your old mattress and receive a brand new one for an additional fee during years 3-15.

Compare Mattress Dimensions/Sizes

When comparing the Purple and Saatva mattress sizes, you’ll notice that the Saatva ranges from 2” to 4” thicker. Heavier people tend to do best on a thicker mattress as they offer greater support. Keep in mind that Purple manufacturers 3 other mattresses, each of which has a thicker profile than the original. Check out our Purple mattress comparison and Saatva mattress comparison to learn more. 

Another difference between these mattress sizes is that the Saatva comes in split California king, while the Purple mattress does not. 

Purple Saatva
Thickness 9.5” 11.5” or 14.5”
Twin 38” x 75” 38” x 75”
Twin XL 38” x 80” 38” x 80”
Full 54” x 76” 54” x 75”
Queen 60” x 80” 60” x 80”
King   76” x 80” 76” x 80”
Split King 76” x 80” 76” x 80”
California King  72” x 84” 72” x 84”
Split California King N/A 72” x 84”

Learn more about mattress sizes.

Compare Saatva and Purple Prices

Saatva and Purple each cost around the average for a new hybrid mattresses, but the Saatva is slightly more expensive than the Purple. You’ll pay between $150 and $401 more for a Saatva mattress than the same-sized Purple mattress. .

Keep in mind, the below prices don’t reflect discounts or promotional offers. To save money, check out our Mattress Advisor exclusive deals on our mattress deals page. 

Purple Saatva
Twin $649 $799
Twin XL $749 $999
Full $949 $1,299
Queen $1,099 $1,399
King $1,300 $1,799
Split King $1,498 $1,999
California King $1,399 $1,799
Split California King N/A $1,999

Compare What’s Inside

Let’s take a look at what you’ll find inside each of these hybrid mattresses. Understanding what each layer is made from and what purpose it serves can help you choose between these two beds.

Inside the Purple mattress

Inside the Purple Mattress

The Purple mattress is a 3-layer hybrid mattress that combines the benefits of foam with the revolutionary Purple Grid technology. Here’s what you’ll find in each layer.   

  • SoftFlex Cover: The Purple cover is designed with maximum flexing abilities. The stretchy material seamlessly moves with the hyperelastic polymer grid below. A slip-proof bottom ensures that the fabric doesn’t bunch or fall out of place. The fabric and knit is ultra-breathable to keep you cool and dry. 
  • Purple Grid (2”): The Purple comfort smart grid is what makes the Purple Mattress unique. This hyper-elastic polymer cradles the hips and shoulders while supporting the back’s natural curves. This proprietary material was developed to offer the pressure relief of memory foam and the support of an innerspring mattress without the negatives associated with these materials. The resulting material is truly unlike anything else on the market. This material does an incredible job of accommodating different body shapes for both side and back sleepers
  • Comfort Foam (3.5”): The transition layer of 1.8 lb polyfoam is soft and contouring, cushioning heavier parts of the body that sink through the Purple Grid comfort layer
  • Support Foam (4”): The final layer of the Purple Mattress is a high-density (2 lb.) polyurethane foam. It’s this layer that contributes stability and sturdy edge support.

Inside the Saatva Mattress

The Saatva Classic hybrid innerspring mattress is made from 5 layers of premium materials. You can select from 3 firmness levels: luxury plush, luxury firm, or firm. You may also choose between two thickness profiles: 11.5” of 14.5” . 

The composition of the pillow tops and innersprings varies between the different firmness options and profiles. Here’s what you’ll find inside.

  • Euro Pillow Top: A Euro top is a plush pillow top sewn seamlessly along the mattress surface for an elegant touch. The Saatva Euro pillow top has polyfoam quilted into a silky-smooth organic cotton cover. This pillow top layer is responsible for the difference between the three comfort levels. The luxury plush has a softer foam that truly cushions pressure points, the firm a less conforming foam, and the luxury plush falls in between. 
  • Dual Perimeter Edge Support: A high-density foam encasement lines the entire perimeter of the Saatva mattress. Saatva’s Dual Perimeter edge support system was designed for two purposes. The first is to maintain the bed’s integrity and enhance its lifespan. The second is to create a comfortable sleep experience along every inch of the mattress surface. 
  • Memory Foam Layer: Premium memory foam lines the lumbar region of the mattress. The layer of contouring foam cradles the hips, melting pressure away and supporting proper body alignment. We love this added layer of midsection foam for heavier sleepers and those with back pain
  • Transition Coil Layer: Along the middle of the Saatva mattress is the first layer of innerspring coils. These 14.5 gauge coils are pocketed, which means that they respond individually. As a result, motion transfer is somewhat dampened. Saatva utilizes their active wire Lumbar Zone technology to achieve impressive spinal support and alignment. Tighter coils along the middle of the mattress provides added stability where you need it most. 
  • Durable Steel Base Layer: Rather than use a foam base like most of their competitors, the Saatva utilizes a durable, 13-gauge coil system as their final support layer. Two layers of coils means generous air circulation and a cool, dry night’s sleep. Ample coils also create a responsive, bouncy feel, much like that of traditional innerspring mattresses.

Compare Mattress Advisor Scores

We’ve tested the Purple Mattress and Saatva Classic at our in-house testing facility. Learn how they performed in 14 categories to see if either one fits your needs. 

Purple Saatva
Shipping 7 9.5
Trial Period 9 10
Return Policy 10 8
Warranty 9 10
Set-Up Test 6 10
Motion Transfer Test 7.5 7.5
Edge Support Test 8.5 8.5
Pressure Relief Test 8.5 6.5
Spinal Alignment Test 9.5 9.5
Responsiveness Test 7 7.5
Cooling Evaluation 8 8.5
Durability Evaluation 9 10
Customer Service Score 9 9
Social Impact Score 4 7
TOTAL SCORE 8.4/10 8.7/10

Verdict: Which Is the Best Mattress?

The flagship mattresses from Saatva and Purple are both fan-favorite hybrid mattresses. Each of these beds is crafted using premium materials. Because they sell directly to their customers, skipping unnecessary showroom costs, these luxury mattresses are sold at affordable prices

So, which of these hybrid beds is best? While the Saatva Classic earned a higher Mattress Advisor score, each mattress has unique strengths. We love the Purple Mattress for anyone needing extra pressure relief, including side sleepers and the elderly. The Saatva is a bit more robust. It’s thick profile and springy support is ideal for heavier sleepers. And the firm Saatva is the only one supportive enough for stomach sleepers

Each of these mattresses comes with a sleep trial. This means you can try out the bed with very little (or no) financial risk. They’re both exceptional mattresses, so the best one depends on your personal sleeping needs.   

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