DreamCloud vs. the (original) Purple mattress
The Purple mattress is probably one of the most famous mattresses in existence. Its TV advertisements combined with the hi-tech materials that it’s made of, have contributed to becoming a household mattress name.
The DreamCloud mattress, on the other hand, might not be quite as well known by the general public – but they’re certainly not strangers to us in the mattress industry, and they’ve got an excellent reputation that can easily rival that of Purple’s.
In this online review, we’re going to place the DreamCloud and the (original) Purple mattress head to head.
We’re going to dissect each mattress layer-by-layer in order to evaluate what we like (and what we don’t) about both.
Both brands are excellent choices, and you don’t ever have to set foot in one of those miles-long showrooms, again.
Let’s take everything apart and see what’s up in this (original) Purple versus DreamCloud showdown.
- They’re both hybrid products that use multiple materials
- They’re both exceptionally cool sleeping surfaces
- They’re more or less the same price ($100 or so difference)
- The (original) Purple has many less layers than the DreamCloud (3 vs 8)
- The Purple contains no memory foam and uses a new patented material called Hyper Elastic Polymer
- The comfort grid of the Purple is a unique design pattern
DreamCloud vs. the (original) Purple mattress
Both manufacturers are part of the current mattress revolution. They’ve started because consumers were tired of the way bed retail stores marked up mattresses artificially in order to make excess profits and used disorienting showroom tactics to convince you to buy a bed (e.g. Mattress Firm).
Instead, both are direct-to-consumer brands, which means major savings for you. They don’t offer an opportunity to test out the mattress before you buy it, but they rely on generous sleep home trials to help you feel confident about ordering the new mattress online.
The construction of both mattresses uses multiple layers to suit how the human body enjoys sleeping. In the past, mattresses used one layer for support and sometimes a thin bit of comfort material on top. Such construction forced your body to conform to the mattress instead of the other way around, so you’d toss and turn looking for a comfortable position. Result? Pain when you wake up in the morning.
Instead, these new manufacturers focus on one or two mattress models and making them the most comfortable they can be. They both use layers of contouring modern materials that allow your broader parts to sink further, while filling in gaps in your natural curves. The bottom support layers push back and help keep your spine aligned, so you wake up with no pain.
If your partner falls asleep late or is constantly tossing and turning, you’ve probably experienced being jostled awake accidentally – and it’s annoying.
Isolating motion is critical for couples. Both Purple and DreamCloud use a combination of foams for preventing the movement from transferring from one side of the bed to the other, so you get more peaceful, better sleep.
Another benefit of motion transfer happens when one partner is heavier than the other. Usually, it creates a dip in the mattress, but with motion isolation, you won’t roll accidentally towards each other, in the middle of the night.
If you aren’t willing to pay the full amount for the price of the mattress all at once, both manufacturers offer easy financing options. You’ll receive a decision within minutes and then checkout, online.
If you feel like you’re falling off or sliding down the mattress when you sit or lay on its edge, your bed doesn’t offer good support.
Both Purple and DreamCloud have reinforced the sides of the mattress, so it’s more supportive towards the edge.
Both Purple and DreamCloud manufacture their mattresses in the United States, so you won’t wait around forever for a bed to be shipped from overseas.
Purple ships like a classic bed-in-a-box. Their mattress is compressed and delivered right to your door via FedEx Ground. You don’t have to be at home to receive it. The drawback is that there’s no one to help you set it up and you’ll have to unpack the box, tear the plastic off and allow it to inflate by itself. You do have the option of choosing white glove delivery service if you need help setting up your mattress, together with the option of hauling away your current mattress. However, this service is only available for the new Purple models.
DreamCloud uses a more traditional delivery with white glove delivery service. You’ll have to be at home to receive the mattress, and the delivery person helps you set everything up and will also remove your old bed. The initial fee is $149 (and $45 for each additional item delivered).
DreamCloud lets you try out the new mattress for an incredible 365-nights before deciding if it’s right for you. There’s no minimum number of nights, but you should sleep on the mattress for at least 30 days to evaluate it properly.
Purple lets you try out the new mattress for 100 nights before deciding if it’s right for you. They’ll ask that you sleep on the bed for at least 30 nights before initiating a return.
Purple offers a full 10-year warranty for mattress defects, and they’ll replace it at no cost to you. However, your mattress must be appropriately supported.
DreamCloud offers an Ever-long warranty. This is a guarantee that as long as you use and own the mattress, it will be free from defects in workmanship and materials.
DreamCloud vs. the (original) Purple mattress
Construction Comparison: DreamCloud vs Purple
Both DreamCloud and the Purple mattress are hybrid products that are made from various materials layered on top of one another.
The Purple Construction: 3 layers
Hyper Elastic Polymer
This layer is made from a patented material called Hyper Elastic Polymer that Purple have invested a significant amount of time and money developing it.
This material has been designed to be used in a very specific way.
This layer is not a flat wedge of material like other layers in most other mattresses. It has rather been manufactured into a kind of grid-like pattern (The Comfort Grid) with raised sections and lowered sections, and they’ve been designed to collapse when they’re subjected to your body weight for providing further contouring benefits. This brings this material inline with the contouring power of memory foam… and it doesn’t have problems with overheating.
Hyper Elastic Polymer is one of the best thermal regulators you’ll find in any foam based mattress anywhere, and naturally wants to conduct heat through the entire surface area of the layer, ensuring that hot spots dissipate before they even have a chance to form.
Hyper Elastic Polymer is also much firmer than memory foam and it’s unlikely to sag or dip over time – so you’re going to get several more years of usage before you need to consider the replacement of your mattress.
It’s made from normal medium firm comfort foam, and adds a bit of firmness and support to the mattress, generating some thickness for a more luxurious feel. Its whole purpose is to soften the gradient between the Hyper Elastic Polymer above and the base layer below.
High-Density Support Foam
The final layer of the Purple mattress is made from high-density support foam and is made from a high-quality foam that’s not going to degrade, and offers an exceptionally supportive base.
DreamCloud Construction: 8 layers
This mattress is exceptionally thick at 15 inches and provides a luxurious feel from the moment you jump on top of it. It offers 8 layers made of unique materials, all of which are of exceptionally high quality.
Euro Top Cover (Cashmere Blend)
Euro Top mattresses are some of the most comfortable and luxurious products on the market and many resorts / high-end hotels exclusively use them because of that. The cashmere wool blend inside the padding of this euro top is gentle, soft, and simply divine to lie down on.
Cooling Gel Memory Foam
Because this first memory foam layer is in direct contact with the sleeper, some kind of cooling technology is required because normal memory foam is well-known for getting warm throughout the night.
There are little cells inside the material that contain air (and give memory foam its contouring properties). With normal memory foam, the air inside these cells heats up from body heat and as it can’t escape and ventilate – hot spots tend to form underneath the sleeper. Cooling gel memory foam has a thermal conducting gel added to it which is designed to absorb much of the heat that comes from the sleeper before it gets into the cells. The gel spreads the heat out evenly over the entire surface – resulting in a cooler sleeping surface and a reduction of hot spots. It’s a very effective strategy for eliminating the problem of overheating.
Plush Memory Foam
This layer has been made from a medium-firm slab of quilted memory foam to provide additional luxury to the product. The padded nature of this layer creates a feeling like you’re floating on top of the mattress instead of sinking into it. There’s a reasonably low amount of support provided by this layer considering it’s made from memory foam – this is primarily a comfort layer (the support comes from other layers below).
Latex is one of the best natural materials that’s ever been used in mattress design, and is here to provide a little bit of bounce and responsiveness to the product that the memory foam layers lack. It works in perfect harmony with them all, in order to provide a little give that’s particularly appreciated when you change position throughout the night.
It has also got an additional benefit of being an internal cooling layer inside the mattress. Because latex is naturally ventilated, it allows air to flow reasonably freely throughout this layer and out into the bedroom (taking the heat away with it).
Dream Plush Memory Foam
This layer of memory foam has been added to provide a little bit of the support to the layers above. It’s also a gradient layer with the function of making the transition from the softer layers above to the harder ones below, more gentle. It’s a high-quality, standard memory foam without any cooling tech, and is very effective.
Super Dense Super Soft Memory Foam
This is a standard layer of memory foam that’s almost identical to the one above – it’s just firmer. It provides a little more support, and it further softens the gradient between the foam sections above and the coiled section below.
Best Rest Coils
It’s made from coils which are individually wrapped and are not attached to the coils next to them. What that means is that they only compress when you’re lying down on them directly and creates a shape that contours in a similar fashion to memory foam.
The smart thing about this layer is that all the coils have been split up into several different zones. Each zone has a different firmness level, which means that you can get more support where you need it, and less support where you don’t.
It’s extremely effective, and transforms the mattress into one of the best products on the market for side sleepers.
High-Density Memory Foam
This bottom layer is a thick wedge of high-density memory foam. It is of very high quality and is extremely durable, providing a stable base for all the good stuff in the layers above.
The best mattress will ideally be firm enough to provide adequate support, but also soft enough to conform to your figure and relieve pressure points throughout the body. 6 to 7 on the firmness scale is the most popular range.
The DreamCloud mattress is medium-firm (they like calling it luxury firm) and is around 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The original Purple is also a 6.5 out of 10.
The original Purple is an affordable $700 for a Twin and goes up to $1,300 for a California King. The DreamCloud is comparable at about $600 for a Twin and about $1,200 for a California King.