The Nolah Original 10 Vs The Purple Mattress

Shopping for a new mattress can be a confusing experience. With so many brands and so much choice available. We compare and contrast the Nolah Original 10 mattress against The Purple mattress to help you make an informed decision on your next mattress.

Disclaimer: This comparison is based on publicly available information sourced from www.nolahmattress.com and www.purple.com on the 9th day of December 2019.

Comparison Table

 

Nolah 10” Original

Purple Poly-Foam Mattress

Type of Mattress

High-Resilience Pressure Relief Foam

Polyurethane Foam (Poly-Foam)

100% Made in the U.S.A.

Yes – 100% made in the U.S.A.

Yes – 100% made in the U.S.A.

Materials and Construction

3-Layer / 100% High-Resilience Foam

3-Layer / Poly-Foam/ Purple Grid

Price for Queen Size

$894

$1,099

Trial Period

120 Nights

100 Nights

Free Shipping & Return

Yes

Yes

Length of Warranty

15-year

10-year

Firmness

Medium

Medium-firm


Nolah Original 10 Vs The Purple Mattress - What to Compare?

The Type of Mattress

The type of mattress you choose ought to come down to your sleep needs. First, determine what kind of sleeper you are. Do you sleep on your side or your back? Do you sleep on your tummy and then on your side? Once you discover your sleep style, mattress shopping will become a lot easier. The Purple mattress is designed to suit all sleep styles; back sleepers, side sleepers, stomach sleepers, and combi sleepers. However, the Nolah Original 10 is designed with side sleepers in mind and to provide extra pressure relief on the hips and shoulders for an overall comfier sleep.. One-size does not fit all, choosing a mattress that is tailored to your individual sleep needs ensures far greater comfort and improved sleep health than an ‘off-the-rack’ mattress.   

The Country of Origin

With consumers becoming more ethically minded when shopping, buying American made products is an act of patriotism. Supporting local businesses ensures a healthy local economy, therefore, buying American made salutes your friends, neighbors and local businesses. Therefore, it is good to know that Nolah is 100% American made. All the materials used in Nolah’s mattresses, foam, and cover are 100% made and assembled in the USA. The Purple mattress is also made in the USA. 

Nolah 10 Original

Purple Mattress

100% Made in the U.S.A.

100% Made in the U.S.A. 


Materials and Construction

The Purple mattress is made of polyurethane foam (Poly-foam). Poly-foam is a conventional foam, similar to what you’d find in a couch cushion or ‘egg crate’ mattress topper. Poly-foam is made from compounds acquired from petrochemicals and while lightweight, a conventional poly-foam mattress will have a shorter lifespan than AirFoam™. The Purple mattress is made of 2 layers of high-density poly-foam with a Hyper-Elastic Polymer (elastomeric gel) Purple Grid on the top layer and stands 9.5 inches tall. The Nolah Original 10 is made of an innovative new AirFoam™ this pneumatic (air-filled) foam Is made under high pressure and then crushed to blast billions of microscopic air pockets inside the foam, hence the name, Air Foam™. The billions of tiny air pockets act as individual shock absorbers creating a truly personalized sleep comfort. The Original 10 sleeps cooler than memory foam and poly-foam because it’s temperature neutral – meaning that it does not absorb and store heat as memory foam does. It stands 10 inches tall and is built in 3 layers with a breathable natural viscose zip-off cover. 

Nolah 10 Original

Purple Poly-Foam

High-resilience pressure relief foam (AirFoam™)

Conventional Polyurethane Foam / Hyper-Elastic Polymer


Pricing and Sizes

Consider your budget carefully when shopping for a new mattress. Only buy what you need and can afford. However, if the mattress you’re after is slightly out of your budget, your mattress provider ought to have an easy payment system in place, such as Klarna so you can pay for your new mattress over time. A Queen size Purple mattress costs more than a thousand bucks and comes out at $1,099 while the Nolah Original 10 is below the thousand mark with a costs of $894 for a Queen size mattress and comes with 2 free pillows worth $158. Purple offers 0-10% APR financing with Affirm over a 6, 12, or 18 month period. Nolah offers 0% APR financing with Klarna over a 6, 12, or 24 month period.

Nolah Original 10 Mattress Sizes

Nolah Original 10 Mattress Prices

The Purple Mattress Sizes

The Purple Mattress Prices

Twin

$499

Twin

$649

Twin XL

$634

Twin XL

$749

Full

$754

Full

$949

Queen

$894

Queen

$1,099

King

$994

King

$1,399

Cal King

$994

Cal King

$1,399

N/A

N/A

Split King

$1,498


Learn more about Mattress Sizes here: Mattress Size Guide

Delivery and Packaging

Purple offers free delivery and return but additional fees are applicable if shipped to Alaska and Hawaii. Nolah also offers free delivery and return in 48 states but does not deliver to Alaska and Hawaii. The packaging dimensions of Purple and Nolah are: 

Nolah Original 10

Purple Poly-Foam

Twin 38" W x 75" L x 10" H

Nolah 10” Original: 54 lbs

Twin 38" W x 75" L x 9.25" H

Purple Poly-Foam: undisclosed lbs

Twin XL 38” W x 80”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 57 lbs

Twin XL 38" W x 80" L x 9.25" H

Purple Poly-Foam: 70 lbs

Full 15” W x 15”x L x  41” H

Nolah 10” Original: 68 lbs

Full 53" W x 75" L x 9.25" 

Purple Poly-Foam: 81 lbs

Queen 60” W x 80”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 80 lbs

Queen 60" W x 80" L x 9.25" H

Purple Poly-Foam: 110 lbs

King 76” W x 80”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 97 lbs

King 76" W x 80" L x 9.25" H

Purple Poly-Foam: 140 lbs

Cal King 72” W x 84”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 95 lbs

Cal King 72" W x 84" L x 9.25" H

Purple Poly-Foam: 140 lbs

N/A

Split King 76" W x 80" L x 9.25" H

Purple Poly-Foam: 140 lbs

(in 2 packages of 70 lbs each)


The Purple mattress is made in the U.S.A. at one of their 2 factories. The Nolah Original 10 (and Signature 12) is a bespoke mattress. Therefore, every customer receives a mattress that is made especially for them. The Nolah Original 10 goes into production within 3 days of ordering and leaves the U.S. factory within 3-5 business days. Once it leaves the factory it will take a further 2-5 days before it reaches the customer. The Nolah Original 10 bespoke production and delivery takes 5-10 days in total. 

Trial Period and Return Policy

Purple offers a 100-Night trial while Nolah offers a 120-night trial. Both Purple and Nolah will pick up the mattress from your home for free should you decide to send it back. Both Purple and Nolah will recycle the returned mattress where possible and refund the cost of the mattress in full. 

Nolah 10 Original

Purple Poly-Foam

120-night trial

100-night trial


Length of Warranty

The Purple mattress is covered by a 10-year warranty while the Nolah Original 10 is covered by a 15-year warranty. 

Nolah 10 Original

Purple Poly-Foam

15-year warranty

10-year warranty


Firmness Level

The firmness of your new mattress will depend on the material used in its construction. Poly-foam mattresses, even at high density will have less density than memory foam, latex, and AirFoam™. Therefore, not as supportive or durable. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer, Purple Grid, is meant to give a firm yet soft feel. Nolah AirFoam™ however, guarantees a perfect medium firmness for the duration of its lifespan as it’s made from AirFoam™, an innovative new mattress material. 

Nolah 10 Original

Purple Poly-Foam

Medium 5.5 of 10

Medium-firm 7 of 10


Ideal for Which Sleeping Position?

Your new mattress ought to be tailored to your individual sleep needs. The Purple mattress is designed for every type of sleeper; back, side, stomach, and combi sleepers. The Purple Grid on the top layer of the Purple mattress is meant to offer targeted support to ease pressure and sleep cooler. Nolah AirFoam™ mattresses are made specifically for side sleepers because it’s designed to support not just every muscle but the sensitive hip and shoulder areas in one unanimous layer of AirFoam™. Though Nolah provides excellent support and comfort for all sleepers, it's particularly well-suited for side sleepers where the hips and shoulders are the most vulnerable areas. Therefore, requires a special type of supportive mattress designed especially for side sleepers. 

Check out Nolah’s Guide to Sleeping Positions and Guide to Side Sleeping.

Pressure Point Relief

The Nolah Original 10 mattress provides 4 times greater pressure relief than memory foam. Muscles and joints receive far greater support which benefits your quality of sleep and could also benefit your health. Nolah conducted heat-mapping tests to prove this which can be found on their website. 

Cooling and Breathability

The Nolah Original 10 is made from a breathable AirFoam™ that is a modern material made without the heat-trapping viscoelastic memory foam chemicals used in memory foam mattresses. The breathable AirFoam™ does not absorb or store heat and ensures a cooling sleep experience for the duration of the mattress lifespan.   

Durability

Nolah’s Original 10 proved to be a 300% more durable than high-priced memory foam mattresses and 26 times more durable than their cheaper counterparts. Throughout a 100,000 cycles durability test, Nolah AirFoam™ loses a mere 0.03 of an inch in thickness. Old-fashioned memory foam mattresses lose 300% in thickness during the same cycle.

Off-gassing

When removed from the box, allow Nolah to breathe for a few minutes to off-gas. The Nolah mattress is CertiPUR-US® certified, and the initial odor is perfectly harmless, it simply means to briefly air-out after being released from the air-tight box. The new mattress smell ought to dissipate within 24-hours. The Purple mattress may also have a ‘new’ smell when taken out of the box but should dissipate quickly.

Comparison Summary

Both Purple and Nolah are respected mattress providers and you ought to expect a high level of customer care from each company. Mattress durability and price are two major concerns for anyone shopping for a new mattress. Poly-foam mattresses are not as durable as AirFoam™ and Nolah’s mattresses run cheaper than Purple’s. Nolah also throws in two free pillows with every purchase of a mattress. The Purple mattress contains poly-foam and designed to suit every type of sleeper. The Nolah Original 10 mattress is 100% free from memory foam and designed to offer extraordinary support and comfort for side sleepers. Therefore, offering a more bespoke mattress. Nolah mattresses are made of 100% American materials in Nolah’s U.S. factories and are made to order. Therefore, your mattress will only be produced after you place your order. The Purple mattress is made in the U.S.A. also. Shopping for a new mattress doesn't need to be an arduous task. Allow this comparison of The Purple mattress and Nolah Original 10 mattress to help you make an informed decision.

Nolah Original 10 Mattrss vs The Purple Mattress