Purple Mattress Review
Popular mattress-in-a-box company, Purple®, is taking the industry by storm with their responsive, purple colored polymer. The Purple Gel Grid used in their mattresses features air channels to keep things cool while providing a supportive cradling feel. Overall, they run a bit less firm than other memory foam mattresses and are rated in the medium firmness range, which usually works well for side sleepers. Some folks love the feel of this mattress, though there are others that prefer a more traditional feel.
KEY CUSTOMER FEEDBACK*
+1.6x better cooling
+/- lasting support
Overall Score: 9.1/10
Customer Satisfaction: 9/10
Price Value: 9.1/10
No Back Pain: 9/10
Trial Period: 100 Day
Purple® is one of the most revolutionary mattress-in-a-box brands to hit the market. Their special gel polymer layer on the top of their mattresses provide a more pressure-relieving surface without getting too warm. Overall customers really like their Purple mattresses. However, with a different feel than many traditional mattress brands that use foam in the comfort layers, there are some that opt for a more traditional feel.
Quality of Materials
Purple offers five different mattress lines: the Original Purple Mattress, the Purple Plus, the Purple Hybrid, the Purple Hybrid Premier (also called the Purple 3 and Purple 4), and they recently launched a line of Kid Mattresses. We'll go through their adult options in detail. In each of their mattresses, Purple's claim to fame is the use of a super elastic purple polymer, Purple Grid, in their mattresses. It is this mesh that keeps things cool and provides sleepers with remarkable pressure point relief.
Here are the layers in the Original Purple Bed:
Layer 1: The SoftFlex Cover is made of a stretchy and soft knit fabric that's breathable to perfectly complement the Purple Grid's air channels right below.
Layer 2: 2'' of purple hyper-elastic polymer. The Purple Grid's design means that air is rushing through the mattress at all times -- talk about cooling!
Layer 3: 3.5'' of polyurethane transition foam. This layer further supports and relieves pressure points.
Layer 4: 4'' of foundation support poly foam. This layer gives the bed even support across the mattress.
The next option offers a similar design, but with enhanced cushioning. Here is what's inside the pressure-relieving Purple Plus Mattress:
Layer 1: Similar to the Original, it starts with the SoftFlex Cover, which offers a stretchy, soft feel that's breathable so heat can flow into the layers below.
Layer 2: 2'' of the Purple Grid, hyper-elastic polymer, moves air through the mattress, while also providing significant pressure relief.
Layer 3: 2'' of premium comfort foam enhances the pressure relief. It has a faster response for a balanced, relaxed cushioning.
Layer 4: 3.5'' of polyurethane transition foam reacts quickly to the body with a supportive and pressure relieving flare.
Layer 5: The last layer is 4'' of foundation support poly foam, which provides back support and a sturdy base for the mattress.
The Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier differ from the Original and Plus versions with their use of pocketed coils below their elastic purple polymers. This provides a more luxurious comfort, while still sleeping cool. Here is what's inside the Purple Hybrid:
Layer 1: The StretchMax Cover provides even more stretch while also being breathable to allow sleepers to experience the full benefits and airflow of the Purple Grid below.
Layer 2: 2'' of purple hyper-elastic polymer. The Purple Grid's design boosts air flow and the material is temperature-neutral. It is naturally soft and 'squishy' while still reforming immediately to its original shape when released.
Layer 3: A thin layer of polyurethane foam protects the polymer and keeps the coil array below in place while providing pressure point relief.
Layer 4: 7.5'' of responsive support coils cradle the spine while supporting the body independently for a supportive sleep in any position.
Layer 5: Another thin layer of polyurethane foam gives the mattress structure while maintaining the supportiveness of the coils above.
The Purple Hybrid Premier is very similar to the Purple Hybrid, but with the added benefit of additional pressure relief from a thicker layer of the gel polymer Purple Grid. Here is what's inside the Purple Hybrid Premier:
Layer 1: The top layer is the Premium StretchMax Cover, which blends a stretchy ultra-breathable fabric with soft temperature regulation.
Layer 2: 3'' or 4'' of Purple Grid pressure relieving gel polymer will provide superior relief for the hips and shoulders, ideal for side sleeping.
Layer 3: A thin layer of polyurethane foam provides a transitional support while keeping the layers below in place.
Layer 4: 7.5'' responsive support coils support the spine and adapt independently to minimize partner disturbance and noise while moving.
Layer 5: Another thin layer of polyurethane foam provides the final bit of support and lasting structure to the mattress.
Both the Purple Mattress and the newer hybrid offerings have some of the most unique feels among mattresses reviewed -- some people love it, but others can't get used to it versus traditional options. That said, most buyers love this mattress after a short adjustment period and appreciate the pressure relief from the more expensive options.
Take a look at the chart above. As you'll see, none of the Purple options are ultra firm, so if you are looking for a very firm bed, Purple may not be for you. That said, if you are a side sleeper, these options should provide what you are looking for. These options will fit most medium-sized and light-sized sleepers.
Back Pain Relief
Because of the wealth of options in firmness, these mattresses should relieve back pain for most sleepers. For those that are stomach sleepers or larger in body type, you may need something a bit firmer.
With breathable covers and the grid of purple polymer just beneath, these mattresses provide plenty of air flow so most sleepers report enjoying a cool sleep.
Who Are Purple's Mattresses Best For?
The Original Purple Bed, Purple Plus, and the Purple Hybrids are great for those that want to try something that feels very different than a traditional mattress and don't prefer a very firm bed.
Frequently Asked Questions About Purple
Is a Purple mattress worth it?
Most customers report that they like their Purple mattress after a short adjustment period with high marks for the proprietary gel Grid's pressure point relief. However, with the relatively high starting price vs. other online competitors (and unique feel that some couldn't get used to), some customers reported the Purple mattress wasn't for them.
Are Purple mattresses actually good?
There has been a lot of hype around the Purple mattresses due to their buzz-worthy advertising campaigns and unique gel Grid design. Even so, most customers do have good things to say after a short adjustment. Those that had issues didn't like the feel of Purple's Grid technology or didn't feel their prices were competitive enough for what they received.
Why is Purple mattress bad?
While there have been some controversies about Purple mattress over the years, customers that had issues mostly mentioned sagging and indentations, discomfort with the Purple Grid™, and disagreeing with the feel for the money.
Where to buy a Purple mattress?
Purple mattresses can be bought online through Purple.com and also be tried in a variety of stores, such as Mattress Firm.
Are Purple mattresses healthy?
Most people report healthy sleep conditions, but those sensitive to synthetic materials may require an alternative. Here is what's inside to help make the right decision: The Purple cover is made of a knit fabric, 29% viscose, 67% polyester, 4% lycra. The Purple Grid™ in the top layer of the mattress is made of food grade polymer. The foam layers below are made with CertiPUR-US® certified foams, a standard for VOC emissions and foam ingredients.
Which Purple mattress is best?
The Original Purple mattress is the most popular due to its entry price point. However, with some customers describing issues with support in the Original and too much firmness in the Hybrid, the balanced feel of the Hybrid Premier gets the best reception, but it comes at a high cost.