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Purple got its start in 2015 when it launched its first mattress. Since then, the company has steadily released new products, including four pillows to accompany their mattresses and sheets.
The Purple Harmony Pillow is the company’s luxury pillow. It features the Purple Grid, a patented, specialty material known as a hyper-elastic polymer that is found in many Purple products, including its mattresses.
The product line includes three pillows in addition to the Purple Harmony Pillow.
The Purple Pillow, the flagship model, is made with 3 inches of the Purple Grid as well as two removable polyfoam bolsters that can add height and firmness.
The Purple Plush Pillow is made with interlocking balls of polyester and can be easily adjusted to give the pillow a firmer or softer feel.
The Kid Purple Pillow is a smaller, child-size version of the Purple Pillow with an internal composition made entirely of the Purple Grid.
What distinguishes the Purple Harmony Pillow is its core, which is made with responsive Talalay latex. This latex is surrounded on all sides by the Purple Grid. With these materials working together, this pillow provides excellent comfort, pressure relief, and temperature regulation that suits most sleepers.
We’ll cover everything you need to know about the Purple Harmony Pillow including its pricing, composition, performance, and how it compares to other Purple pillows.
Purple Harmony Pillow Review Breakdown
The Purple Harmony Pillow is an excellent fit for sleepers who want a high-performance pillow made with durable materials. These materials maintain their shape while also contouring to the head and neck to provide pressure relief.
Made with Talalay latex that is both soft and bouncy, the dependable latex core gives this pillow its overall structure. Surrounding the latex is the proprietary Purple Grid material that is designed to comfortably cradle the head and neck, making sure each area gets the support it needs.
Latex and the Purple Grid are excellent at resisting heat retention because of their ability to permit considerable airflow for ventilation. The breathable mesh cover helps wick moisture from your head to better preserve a well-regulated temperature throughout the night.
Customers can choose between two height options, allowing sleepers in most positions, and especially side and back sleepers, to find the right level of loft to meet their needs.
The following sections cover the in-depth details of the Purple Harmony Pillow while also offering basic information about Purple’s other pillows to help you compare and contrast.
Materials and Options
A first step in evaluating a pillow is reviewing how it’s constructed, including its cover, fill, loft, and overall size.
The Purple Harmony Pillow has two versions. The Standard model is 6.5 inches tall, and the Tall model is 7.5 inches tall. Both have the same length and width dimensions, 26” x 17”, which are comparable, although slightly smaller, than most standard pillows (26” x 20”).
The construction and loft of the Purple Harmony Pillow offers a clear contrast relative to Purple’s other pillow offerings.
The Purple Harmony Pillow
One size: 26” x 17”
6.5” or 7.5”
Talalay Latex Core Purple Grid (Hyper-Elastic Polymer) top and bottom
Multiple factors go into the price of a pillow. The type and quality of materials, its size, as well as its design and features can all influence its cost.
Most pillows fall in a wide price range between $20 and $200. The Purple Harmony Pillow is a luxury model, which is reflected in its price. The flagship Purple Pillow costs slightly less, and the more economical Purple Plush Pillow, which does not include any of the hyper-elastic polymer Purple Grid, is the most affordable option.
Purple Pillow Pricing
Purple Harmony Pillow
Original Purple Pillow
Purple Plush Pillow
Kid Purple Pillow
Pillow Performance Ratings
The most important thing to consider in a new pillow is its performance. After all, you’re counting on your pillow to keep you comfortable and supported so that you can wake up well-rested and pain-free.
The Purple Harmony Pillow demonstrates strong performance in most categories. Its robust interior materials ensure excellent shape retention, making the loft level reliable and eliminating the need to frequently fluff the pillow.
These materials also deliver a compelling blend of cushioning and resilience, cradling your head and neck lightly to relieve pressure without sagging, sinking, or feeling stuck.
Both the latex and the Purple Grid are constructed with open spaces in the material. Air can move freely in these spaces, inviting cooling airflow for excellent temperature regulation. The blend of fibers in the cover contributes additional breathability along with a stretchy and soft feel.
Talalay latex is well-regarded for its durability, and as the core of the Purple Harmony Pillow, facilitates an above-average ranking for durability. The Purple Grid, built to withstand heavy pressure in mattresses, also holds up well over time.
Though the Purple Harmony Pillow doesn’t score as highly in moldability, firmness options, or odor potential, its strong performance in other categories makes it a worthy consideration for people looking for an all-around solid pillow constructed with high-quality materials.
Purple Harmony Pillow
Talalay latex, which forms the central core of the Purple Harmony Pillow, has a well-earned reputation for durability. It resists sagging or wearing down, helping the pillow maintain its loft over potentially multiple years of use. The surrounding Purple Grid is also well-built and continues to perform well over time.
The Purple Harmony Pillow has a medium-firm feel. It is not offered in any other firmness, and sleepers have little ability to modify this feel. Despite the broad appeal of medium-firm pillows, shoppers who want more adjustability are unlikely to be satisfied with the Purple Harmony Pillow.
Strong shape retention is a standout feature of the Purple Harmony Pillow. The thick piece of Talalay latex in the center creates a strong foundation for the pillow’s shape, and the Purple Grid also excels at naturally retaking its original form when you’re not using the pillow.
While the Purple Grid’s hyper-elastic polymer is somewhat moldable, allowing you to make minor adjustments to the pillow to suit your body, the latex core limits how much you can really mold the Purple Harmony Pillow.
Both Talalay latex and the Purple Grid have impressive abilities to respond to the weight and pressure of your head and neck, conforming to your body in order to eliminate pressure points and foster a sense of comfort. At the same time, the strength of these materials prevents excess hug that some sleepers find off-putting.
The hyper-elastic polymer creates open space in each square of the Purple Grid, allowing airflow and preventing the material from building up heat. The latex core is aerated with numerous tiny holes that invite cooling ventilation. Along with a breathable cover, these materials make temperature control a clear strength of this pillow.
The material in the Purple Grid as well as the latex core both have some potential for generating a mild odor, especially in the few days after you’ve taken the pillow out of its packaging. In most cases, this smell dissipates within a week or so, but some people may find it bothersome.
Sleeping Style and Body Weight
Sleeping position and body weight are two important considerations when looking for your perfect pillow. A pillow needs to suit the needs of your body, so reviewing how you sleep can help evaluate any pillow, including the Purple Harmony Pillow, and determine if it is right for you.
People who sleep on their side need a pillow with a height that is roughly equal to the distance between their shoulder and head. A pillow that is too short will cause the neck to bend too far downward; one that is too tall will push the neck too far upward. The necessary amount of pillow loft can change based on how firm the mattress is, how much a person weighs, and how much their shoulder sinks into the bed. The Purple Harmony Pillow is a solid fit for side sleepers because of its durable height and the Purple Grid’s ability to cradle and support the head and neck. Most side sleepers do best with the Standard, 6.5-inch model, but people with a bigger frame or wider shoulders should opt for the Tall, 7.5-inch model.
When lying on your back, it’s important that your head not tilt too far up or down, which can overstretch and strain the neck. For this reason, back sleepers usually prefer a medium-loft pillow that has enough firmness to resist sagging yet enough contouring to relieve pressure and tailor to fit their head and neck. The Purple Harmony Pillow checks all of these boxes, making it a quality option for most back sleepers. The latex core creates a stable base while the Purple Grid offers just the right amount of cradling to keep the neck comfortable and well-supported. In general, back sleepers should opt for the Standard, 6.5-inch model because the Tall model has too much loft for most back sleepers.
Stomach sleeping is the least common position, and it also brings certain risks for spinal alignment. Tall pillows can create an acute neck angle by forcing the head to bend far backward. This can be exacerbated if someone also turns their head to the side, which can add twisting to this excessive bend. Avoiding this problem typically means using a pillow with much lower loft and slightly less firmness than side or back sleepers. This allows the head to settle into a position that creates a more neutral angle for the neck and spine. Both versions of the Purple Harmony Pillow are too tall and firm for most stomach sleepers. They tend to perform worse for stomach sleepers over 130 pounds who sink further into the mattress as the greater distance between their upper torso and head can sharpen their neck angle on a tall pillow.
Purple Harmony Pillow
Under 130 lbs.
Over 230 lbs.
Discounts and Deals
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The Purple Harmony Pillow can be purchased directly from Purple on their website. Many Purple products, including pillows, are also sold through their retail partner, Mattress Firm; however, it’s best to check with local Mattress Firm locations to find out if the Purple Harmony Pillow is in stock.
The Purple Harmony Pillow comes with free ground shipping within the contiguous 48 U.S. states. Shipping may be available to Alaska and Hawaii for an added fee.
The pillow arrives partly compressed within a medium-sized box. When the pillow is taken out of its packaging, it decompresses to reach its full size and can be used shortly thereafter.
Purple offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Purple Harmony Pillow. At any point during this trial, you can request a return and receive a full refund of the purchase price.
The Purple Harmony Pillow has a one-year limited warranty covering defects in materials and manufacturing. If a defect occurs, Purple will repair or replace the pillow. Customers may be required to cover shipping costs related to a warranty claim.
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