Purple Harmony Pillow Review (2024): A Hands-on Comparison
I tested 14 different pillows over the course of six months. I slept on each pillow for at least one week each. I rated each pillow based on how comfortable it was to sleep on over an extended period of time, whether or not the construction seemed high quality to me, and my take on suitability for different body types and sleep positions. Here is my in-depth review of the Purple Harmony Pillow.
Where Does the Purple Harmony Pillow Rank?
Purple Harmony Pillow
Solid Latex Foam
- Squishy and fun to squeeze
- Soft interior
- Grid prevents sweat build-up
- Great for back-sleepers
- Not adjustable
- Bouncy when I lay my head on it
- Jiggles when I shift my weight, which I find distracting as I fall asleep
- Premium price
The Purple Harmony Pillow has a very unique feel since it is made of latex foam on the inside and a rubber-like grid built into its cover. The material is fun to squeeze because it is bouncy and squishy, but what makes a good stress ball doesn't necessarily make a good pillow. For back sleepers particularly worried about sweating, the Purple Harmony Pillow is worth trying, but I wouldn't recommend the pillow due to the bounciness.
When I lie down on the pillow, I am distinctly reminded of a water balloon. It is soft enough to squish down and compress, but the elasticity of the latex foam means that my head bounces back. I'll also feel a small trembling vibration make its way through the pillow, not unlike the feeling of water swashing back and forth. Every time I shift my weight on the pillow, the pillow will jiggle. Because I shift my weight occasionally as I fall asleep, the wobbling of the pillow will snap me back awake. I've had several instances where I was close to falling asleep only to be brought back to attention from the wobble. Nevertheless, I do eventually fall asleep, so the pillow doesn't completely prevent me from sleeping.
The signature Purple Grid can be found in the cover of the pillow. The substance of the grid feels like a gel-grip pen. It is fun to squeeze, but when I lay my head on it, I mostly just feel the latex foam underneath. The latex foam is what gives the bounce. The grid serves mainly to provide aeration since solid foam pillows tend to trap heat and sweat against the sleeper. In my experience, I find the grid to be pretty effective in preventing sweat build-up, but if heat and sweat is a concern, down and down alternative pillows tend to be better for breathability than solid foam pillows in general.
The Purple Harmony Pillow comes in three different loft levels, but the options are separated by one inch each, according to the Purple website at my time of purchase. Though I appreciate the different options, a one inch difference is the difference between a size 6 and a size 9 shoe (for both men and women), and I'd prefer a fully adjustable pillow that can accommodate sizes in between. Because the Purple Harmony Pillow is not adjustable, I wouldn't recommend it for side-sleepers.
Overall, I consider the Purple Harmony Pillow a novelty experience akin to a water bed. It's fun to try once, but I don't want to sleep on it regularly. I would not consider it worth purchasing again at the price point that I paid.
Which Pillows do I Recommend?
Based on my extensive sleep testing, here's a quick overview of which pillows performed best, by category.
- Best Memory Foam Pillow: Saybrook Adjustable Pillow
- Best Down and Feather Pillow: Chamberlain Down Dual-Chamber Pillow
- Best for Side-Sleepers: Saybrook Adjustable Pillow
- Best for Back-Sleepers: Chamberlain Down Dual-Chamber Pillow
- Best for Stomach-Sleepers: Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud
- Best Luxury Pillow: Chamberlain Down Dual-Chamber Pillow
- Best Adjustable Pillow: Saybrook Adjustable Pillow
- Best Cheap Pillow: Beckham Hotel Collection Pillow
- Best Flat Pillow: Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud
- Best Hotel-Style Pillow: Chamberlain Down Dual-Chamber Pillow
- Best for Neck Pain: Saybrook Adjustable Pillow
I would highly recommend reading the full, detailed review so that you can decide for yourself.
Compare Pillows: What are Purple Harmony Pillow alternatives?
Comparing pillows can be difficult because reviews out there are often written by people who've only tried one pillow. What does it mean for a pillow to be soft or firm if there's no point of comparison? How do you know if one pillow is truly better than another? Which pillow is right for your body type and sleep position?
My experience systematically trying each of 14 pillows provides some insight into how to compare the pillows. You can read my comparisons of each pair of pillows in the links below, or you can read the full review with all the pillows as well as my pick for the best pillow.
Picking the right pillow can be important. I did all the research here to make the process easier. I hope that this blog helps you as you make your decision.