Amerisleep vs Purple Mattress Reviews & Buyer's Guide

Purple claims their mattresses are better because of scientific evidence.
So the results of this comparison may surprise you...

Information in this post is accurate as of the most recent update (8/22/2018) or where specified below.
Read about how Amerisleep compares to Purple mattress reviews

Amerisleep and Purple are two of today's leading sleep companies. Since many consumers wind up choosing between the two, we created this guide to make it easy to compare them. (We also have guides for Casper and Tempurpedic - two other mattress brands consumers often compare with Amerisleep.)

We look at each brand across more than a dozen attributes. Our only goal is to help you make the best, most informed decision possible about buying a new mattress. We're not going to try and pressure you into buying from us.

We did our best to pick the categories we think are most important to consumers. We based our evaluation on what independent, third-party research says people care about. For example, consumers rated how important various comfort features were to them. Respondents listed “targeted back support” (81%), “no sinking” (73%), and “stays cool” (60%) as top concerns.

And we tried not to bias the comparison by only picking categories where we look good, either. (But we can’t help it if we look good anyway.)

Don’t just take our word for it, though. You be the judge. As you read through these Amerisleep vs Purple reviews, ask yourself if we left any major areas out.



  • 81% target back support
  • 73% no sinking
  • 60% stays cool



Important features for consumers related to the comfort and support of a mattress.

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Amerisleep & Purple Mattress Review

We'll start our comparison by looking at the mattresses from each brand.

Comparison of AS2 and the Orignal Purple Mattress

We picked the AS2 to represent Amerisleep. It’s our most affordable bed with targeted support and pressure relief. Research shows 81% of mattress buyers want this type of support.

We picked the Original Purple Mattress because we feel it shows the best value Purple offers. We think the New Purple Mattress may actually cost more money for worse performance. Here's why:

The New Purple Mattress starts at $1,599 for a queen. At this price, it comes with a two-inch top layer of their Smart Comfort Grid. (And the price goes up to $2,799 if you want four inches of their Smart Comfort Grid on top.)

For contrast, the Original Purple Mattress also has two inches of Smart Comfort Grid. But it only costs $999 for a queen mattress. That's nearly 40% less than what a similar New Purple Mattress costs.

But the main “benefit” of the New Purple Mattress is that it uses a bottom layer with springs instead of foam. However reports show innerspring mattresses actually get lower customer satisfaction than foam mattresses.

The average innerspring bed gets 65% customer satisfaction. And the average memory foam bed gets 80% customer satisfaction. That means memory foam rates a full 15 percentage points higher.

Based on this data, we think the Original is actually Purple's best value. Purple's newer beds come at a premium cost. Yet, the “upgraded” materials used generally receive lower customer satisfaction scores.

So, to make this guide as fair as possible, we chose the Original Purple Mattress.

AS2 profile
The Purple mattress profile

The Amerisleep AS2 vs The Original Purple Mattress

In the table below, the AS2 receives a positive score in six out of seven categories (86%). The Original Purple only gets a two out of seven (29%).

The AS2 beats the Original Purple in 5 categories. That includes using fabric the FDA determines promotes more restful sleep1. The AS2 also uses materials studied in peer-reviewed trials2 — while Purple does not3. (Even though they claim their beds are better "Because science." More on this later...)

The AS2 and the Original Purple both get positive marks for keeping users cool. But because the AS2 costs $100 more than the Original Purple, Purple has the edge in the price category. (Prices were for the queen size from each brand).

In the table below, the AS2 receives a positive score in six out of seven categories (86%). The Original Purple only gets a two out of seven (29%).



The AS2 also uses materials studied in peer-reviewed trials — while Purple does not. Even though they claim their beds are better "Because science."

The Mattress Amerisleep AS2 The Original Purple Mattress
Mattress Depth 12" 9.5"
Cooling Support Layer
Fabric Certified by the FDA1 for Better Sleep (Celliant®)
Peer-Reviewed Studies of Mattress Materials 2 3
Target Cushion and Support for Sensitive Areas
# of Overall Support Zones 5 N/A
Queen Price $1,099 $999
Total 6/7 2/7

Amerisleep & Purple Mattress Review:
The Science

Much of Purple’s marketing focuses on the supposed scientific support for their materials. They claim their beds are “Scientifically engineered…” They also argue a Purple mattress is “Science you can sleep on.”3

But during our research, we did not find a single reference to a peer-reviewed study about Purple. Nor did we find any certifications from government agencies.

Given how much Purple uses science to sell their beds, the lack of these references is troubling.

In the table below, the AS2 receives a positive score in six out of seven categories (86%). The Original Purple only gets a two out of seven (29%).





During our research, we did not find a single reference to a peer-reviewed study about Purple.

For contrast, Amerisleep uses two materials featuring
scientific, third-party proof

1
A third-party, peer-reviewed study showed our HIVE® layer reduces pressure points 49%2.
2
The FDA determined our mattress cover promotes increased comfort and more restful sleep. It uses a fabric called Celliant®, which qualifies as a medical device under section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act1.
So which mattress do you think is really "backed by science"?
(And while this isn't "science," Business Insider also says the Amerisleep AS2 is "The Best Mattress for Back Pain."4)
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Amerisleep & Purple Mattress Review: The Companies

Now, let us focus on the brands behind the products to compare Purple and Amerisleep as companies. In the comparison chart below, Amerisleep receives a positive score in all six categories (100%). Purple only scores one out of six (16.7%).

Risk-free trial

Both Amerisleep and Purple get positive marks for offering a 100-night trial. Beyond that though, Amerisleep beats Purple in the five other categories.

Customer reviews

Unbiased reviews from real customers are the best way to judge a company. And Amerisleep has a distinct advantage over Purple in this category.

99% of Amerisleep customers rate us three or more stars5. Only 93% of Purple customers rate them three or more stars6.

Number of mattress models

Amerisleep also has more mattress models to choose from. This matters because research shows people vary in the support they need to sleep their best7. To quote the study, "We find that optimal mattress firmness varies among individuals." Things like body type and sleep position can determine whether you need a bed that's firm, soft, or in between.

Amerisleep has five models, ranging from firm to soft. Purple only has four. That means Amerisleep gives customers more ways to find the perfect bed.

Product warranty duration

Amerisleep also stands behind its mattresses with a better warranty than Purple. Amerisleep protects its customers for twice as long by offering 20 years of coverage. Customers are eligible for a full mattress replacement within the first decade. Over the second decade, the warranty provides prorated coverage. Purple only offers 10 years of full coverage.

Product warranty standards

Amerisleep's warranty also has higher standards. The warranty covers any sagging deeper than 0.75 inches. Purple's warranty doesn't cover you until sagging reaches a full inch.

Mattresses that sag over time can force your body out of alignment. And sagging can cause painful pressure points. So consumers should look for a warranty that allows for as little sagging as possible.

Track record & years in business

Amerisleep also has a longer track record of success than Purple. Amerisleep has been in business for 12 years, beginning in 2006. The team behind Purple invented their patented machine in 2013. But Purple the company did not start until 2015 — just 3 years ago.

The Companies Amerisleep Purple
Customer Satisfaction 99% of Amerisleep Customer Rate
3+ Stars out of 5 on Our Site5
93% of Purple Customer Rate
3+ Stars out of 5 on Their Site6
# of Mattress Models
(Firmness/ Softness Options)
5 4
Free Trial Length 100 Nights 100 Nights
Total Warranty Coverage 20 Years 10 Years
Warranty Requirement Sagging of 0.75" or more Sagging of 1" or more
Years in Business 12 3
Total 6/6 1/6

Amerisleep & Purple Review:
Sustainability

Many consumers prefer to support businesses that make it their mission to protect the environment and produce eco-friendly products. So the final comparison we will make between Amerisleep and Purple regards sustainability.

In the table below, Amerisleep earns a positive score in a perfect three out of three categories (100%). Purple only hits one out of three (33%).

CertiPUR-US® certification

Both Amerisleep and Purple receive positive marks for having a CertiPUR-US® certification. However, Amerisleep outperforms Purple in the two remaining categories.

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Plant-based foam

Amerisleep uses foam made partially from plant-based materials. That's more sustainable than other mattresses, which use 100% petroleum (crude oil). Purple does not mention using materials made partially from plants in the documentation we reviewed for this comparison.

Only Amerisleep uses plant-based foam in their mattresses

Zero-emissions manufacturing

Amerisleep also manufactures its foam with a process called Variable Pressure Foaming (VPF). With this patented technique, the foam comes together in a closed chamber. Any emissions get trapped in carbon filters, so it produces virtually zero pollution8. VPF is also the only method for making foam that exceeds the standards of the Federal Clean Air act. Purple, on the other hand, does not use VPF manufacturing.

Purple does not use a zero-emission manufacturing process
Sustainability Amerisleep Purple
CertiPUR-US® Certified
Eco-Friendly Plant-Based
Foam
Uses Zero-Emission Foam
Production Process(VPF)
Total 3/3 1/3

Amerisleep & Purple Comparison:
Conclusion

In this 16-point comparison, Amerisleep beats or ties Purple in every category but one.

Amerisleep gets a total score of 15/16 (94%). Purple only scores 4/16 (25%).

Purple did have the edge in price, with a $100 lower cost...

But is it worth saving $100 to sleep on a mattress — every night — that is 69 percentage points worse, based on our comparison?

For someone concerned with scientific evidence, we hope the answer is "no."

Especially when Amerisleep actually uses more materials with third-party validation than Purple.

Remember, Amerisleep uses a Celliant® cover. The FDA determined it promotes increased comfort and more restful sleep1. Also, a peer-reviewed study found Amerisleep's HIVE® layer reduces pressure points 49%2.

During our search, we didn't see Purple reference any peer-reviewed studies. And we also didn't see any certifications from a government agency3.

Based on this comparison, which we tried to make as fair as possible, Amerisleep is the clear winner.

We also want you to be the winner. That means getting a good night's sleep, so you can always be at your best.

We want you to wake up refreshed every morning and feel energized each day. And we want you to be able to relax in comfort when you wind down each evening.

However, that only happens if you have the right mattress.

So while we hope you will get one from us, please promise that you will get one somewhere. Even if you decide to choose another brand, a good night's sleep is too important to put off for another day.

And if you are interested in an Amerisleep, we invite you see which of our five mattresses is right for you now.

Order today and you'll be sleeping better in a week or less. Backed by our 100-night trial with free returns.
The Mattresses Amerisleep AS2 The Original Purple Mattress
Mattress Depth 12" 9.5"
Cooling Support Layer
Fabric Certified by the FDA1 for Better Sleep (Celliant®)
Peer-Reviewed Studies of Mattress Materials 2 3
Target Cushion and Support for Sensitive Areas
# of Overall Support Zones 5 N/A
Queen Price $1,099 $999
Total 6/7 2/7
The Companies Amerisleep Purple
Customer Satisfaction 99% of Amerisleep Customer Rate
3+ Stars out of 5 on Our Site5
92% of Purple Customer Rate
3+ Stars out of 5 an Their Site6
# of Mattress Models
(Firmness/ Softness Options)
5 4
Free Trial Length 100 Nights 100 Nights
Total Warranty Coverage 20 Years 10 Years
Warranty Requirement Sagging of 0.75" or more Sagging of 1" or more
Year in Business 12 3
Total 6/6 1/6
Sustainability Amerisleep Purple
CertiPUR-US® Certified
Eco-Friendly Plant-Based
Foam
Uses Zero-Emission Foam
Production Process(VPF)
Total 15/16 4/16
  • 1 The FDA has determined that Celliant® products are medical devices as defined in section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and are general wellness products. Celliant® is determined by the FDA to temporarily promote increased local blood flow at the site of application in healthy individuals. Hologenix, LLC, the maker of Celliant®, states that Celliant® safely converts body heat to infrared energy. This energy penetrates into the muscle and tissue to promote a temporary increase in local blood flow and helps increase comfort and promotes restful sleep.
  • 2 Milne, C. T. APRN, MSN, BC, CWOCN; Saucier, D. APRN, MSN, FNP-BC, CWCN; and Motta, G., BSN, MPH, ET.Evaluation of a Variable Pressure Foaming (VPF) Mattress with Surface Modification Technology (SMT) for Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers in General Medical-Surgical Patients. 43th Annual Conference of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence, June, 2011
  • 3 Purple posts videos from a number of their own tests on their website: https://purple.com/mattresses/science. But during our research, we could not find references for any third-party, peer-reviewed studies. We also did not find any certifications from government agencies.
  • 4“The best mattresses for back pain” Business Insider, Published 3/14/2018, Retrieved 5/8/2018
  • 5 Based on reviews on all five mattress product pages at https://amerisleep.com as of 12 June, 2018 and verified by PowerReviews.
  • 6Based on reviews at https://purple.com/mattresses/reviews as of 12 June, 2018.
  • 7Hogan, S. O., Edinger, J. D., Bieler, G. S., and Krystal, A., D. (2011). Choosing the best mattress: An experiment in testing whether individuals choose a bed that leads to improved sleep (RTI Press publication No. RR-0016-1108). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
  • 8According to our foam manufacturer “The pouring of foam in an enclosed chamber allows virtually all of the process emissions to be collected into carbon beds. Compared to standard foam production methods, VPFTM technology exceeds the Clean Air Act requirements.”