Purple has been one of the most successful online retailers of bed-in-a-box mattresses since its founding in 2015.
The Purple Mattress is the first innovation in sleep scientifically proven to significantly reduce pressure.
This material is organized in a grid formation, which creates walls that can support or fold, depending on how much pressure it receives. This flexibility allows the mattress to aid in better sleep for side sleepers, back sleepers, and stomach sleepers.
- The mattress is 9.5” tall.
- First, there is a thin, soft cover. It has a cool texture and allows you to engage the layers beneath very easily.
- Then, there are 2” of a Purple Smart Comfort Grid. This is a hyper-elastic polymer with a gel-like feeling.
- Next, there are 3.5” of a Plush Comfort Foam. It transitions you from the comfort layer to the support layer.
- Finally, the base layer is a 4” layer of polyfoam.
- The materials in this mattress are CertiPUR-US certified. This means they are eco-friendly.
- The Purple is made in the USA.
Purple is a 9.5-inch tall mattress with a gel-like top and foam base that ships to your door compressed and rolled in a bag. The package has convenient handles to make it easier to move to the room of your choice.
It can be used with almost every type of foundation. The company sells their own Platform Base and adjustable PowerBase through their website.
The white knit cover has some padding and is a viscose, polyester, and Lycra blend. It has good construction, holding up well to tugging and pulling. If necessary, the cover can be removed for spot cleaning, but it is not machine washable.
There are three layers that make up the comfort and support layers of the bed.
- The first layer is Purple’s signature 2-inch Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ grid that the brand calls “pressure-erasing.” It is highly durable, provides comfort, and protects the layers beneath. Its structure allows it to release and equalize pressure across the grid, which evenly distributes weight.
When pressure does not need to be released, the grid holds its upright form to provide support.
- The second layer is 3.25 inches of medium-soft polyurethane foam. In addition to acting as a comfort layer, it helps to create a smooth transition from the top to base layers.
- The base layer is a 4-inch medium-firm support level made from polyurethane foam. It gives the bed shape and durability.
Purple’s feel is unique. The firmness level feels slightly different depending on the sleeping position and weight of the person on it.
The cover is breathable and soft to the touch. When pushing down into the mattress, the Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ grid is its most prominent feature. Pushing down further reveals the foam layers beneath.
The materials gently contour the body when lying down. However, the cradling is different depending on the position. Side sleepers can expect to sink into the mattress further than back and stomach sleepers as the gel-like grid interacts with pressure points.
Unlike slow-responding memory foam, it responds quickly when pressing down and releasing. There is a bounce in the top layer and repositioning is easy.
Purple’s top layer makes it wonderful for a variety of sleep positions. The material buckles or releases in heavier areas. The column structure supports other areas evenly that do not need pressure relief.
How This Mattress Compares To The Purple 2, 3, And 4
Years after the release of the Original Purple, the company added the Purple 2, 3, and 4 to its line of mattresses. What is the difference?
First, the Purple 2, 3, and 4 all incorporate coils in their construction while the Original does not. This means they should offer more support, contouring, and edge support than the Original Purple. This may also mean the Purple 2, 3, and 4 are more durable and will last longer.
Also, the Purple 3 and 4 also feature thicker layers of the gel grid technology. Because of this, they are softer and may be a better fit if you are a larger person or sleep primarily on your side.
However, each extra inch of the gel grid means a sizable price increase. This is something to consider as you choose between these mattresses.
You will love Purple if you:
- Need pressure relief – The Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ top has been scientifically engineered to provide pressure relief to any area of the body that needs it. In fact, the brand has deemed it the “World’s First No Pressure™ mattress.” This is great news for side sleepers with pressure in their shoulders and hips.
- Want a versatile mattress – Purple works well for nearly all sleep styles. Its structure helps with pressure relief and support while having a medium-level firmness. Couples with different styles can have a great night in the same bed.
- Sleep hot – The Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ grid is temperature neutral and promotes airflow.
You might not like Purple if you:
- Want an innerspring mattress – This model is not made with innersprings. However, its comfort layers provide pressure relief not found in typical innerspring brands.
- Like a memory feel – While memory materials are slow responding and can trap in heat, Purple stays temperature neutral and its quick responsiveness helps with ease of repositioning.
What Does The Mattress Cost?
The Original Purple mattress is priced about average for the bed-in-a-box industry. It wouldn’t be considered a budget tier mattress, nor would it be considered a luxury tier bed.
However, considering the special material this bed utilizes, we actually think the OG Purple is a pretty good value. Here’s how the prices break down by size:
|King / Cal King||$1,299|
Unfortunately, Purple doesn’t regularly offer coupon codes or promo codes to make their mattresses cheaper. However, they will almost always throw in a free gift (pillow, sheets, etc.) with each mattress purchase.
Exceptionally cool (temperature neutral – especially the new purple mattress
Two different product offerings to meet the preferences of all shoppers
Multiple thickness and firmness options
Highly conforming, reducing pain and providing great pressure relief
Sleeps exceptionally cool
Very good motion isolation
Free shipping in the contiguous U.S.
Relatively heavy and difficult to move
Fair edge support (original purple)
High price-point for New Purple mattress
Low profile of Purple mattress may cause difficulty when getting in and out of bed
What Type of Sleeper Is Best Suited for a Purple Mattress?
Based on customer feedbacks, Purple and New Purple mattresses received the following grades among sleepers of different weights and preferred sleep positions.
Please note that these ratings are subjective, and that everyone has varying experiences on different mattresses. Sleeper comfort and spinal support are the most important factors when it comes to selecting a mattress.
When it comes to the benefits you’ll get from the Purple mattress clearly great sleep is at the top of your list.
But how you’ll get that from the above listed materials? Below we will go through how the Purple bed will feel and perform.
Giving you a first hand look at how it works for side sleepers, stomach sleepers, back sleepers and combination sleepers. Even how the Purple mattress works for bigger and taller sleepers too.
When it comes to isolation motion, the Purple mattress does just fine. It may not have the quick and deadening feel that memory foam provides. And the polymer grid does have a certain level of response to it.
However, because the grid has so much space between the channels when you sit or lay on this bed the polymer quickly collapses underneath you.
Allowing the motion to be absorbed more by the transition and base foams. Making it less likely for you to disturb your partner when getting in and out of bed. Creating a bit of motion transfer, but nothing overly noticeable unless you are hyper sensitive to it.
One of the biggest draws to this mattress and its materials and design is its ability to sleep cool. Even though this is considered and “all foam” mattress, the purple smart comfort grid puts it in a league of its own. You may have more heat retention in the transition and base foam.
However, the very aerated top polymer grid will quickly eliminate almost all surface heat. Making it a more desirable mattress if you’re a warm sleeper.
As you can see the spacing between the purple comfort smart grid is fairly substantial, which allows for plenty of air flow and heat to dissipate.
Though there might be drawbacks in other categories because of this wide spacing, sleeping cool is not one of them. This along with pressure relief is where the Purple stands out.
Pairing this technology driven polymer foam with the thinner more breathable cover really allows for heat to be minimized and a temperature neutral surface to be maintained. Giving the Purple bed a definite edge over most all foam and memory foam mattresses when it comes sleeping cool.
Though the purple grid is a great help for sleeping cool it is much less desirable for edge support. Edge support is one of the things you probably don’t think about initially when looking at a mattress but can be a very important feature once you get it home and use it daily.
Edge support is especially important if you sit on the edge of your bed for any reason, like to sleep close to the edge or share the bed and need to really utilize the full sleeping surface.
While doing the Purple mattress review we found the edge support to be a okay, but definitely lacks overall. It certainly doesn’t have the more durable edge support you would find in a hybrid mattress. And even lacks the consistency and density of the foams found in most other all foam and memory foam mattresses.
For sleeping, the Purple bed would work fine and you should be able to utilize the majority of edge to edge surface.
But once you get within a few inches of the edge you start to feel like you are rolling out a bit. Leaving you a few inches on each perimeter that isn’t fully usable. And if you are planning on sitting on the edge for any reason you will definitely have a loss of support.
Even momentarily putting your socks on may be too much for the edge of the Purple bed.
How Does Purple Compare to Other Beds?
The Purple mattress and its hybrid brother, the New Purple, are unique beds in their Smart Comfort Grid comfort layers.
The Purple mattress is most comparable to foam mattresses, like the Layla and the Leesa. The New Purple, as a hybrid build, is most comparable to higher-end, luxury hybrid mattresses such as the WinkBed and the DreamCloud
The first two selections below offer comparisons to the original Purple, while the second two mattresses are used to compare with the New Purple.
Trial Period & Warranty:
The Purple mattress has a 100 night sleep trial period. This is the online mattress industry average and what is typical offered. This trial period allows for a sufficient amount of time to see if this mattress is a good fit for you and also has a very easy return process if it isn’t.
The Purple mattress has a 10 year warranty. Like most mattress warranties the 10 year Purple warranty is prorated to coincide with the natural average wear of the bed over time. This warranty is fairly standard and provides consumers with the confidence that this is a product that the company will stand behind.