Like most things online, the Purple PowerBase comes with free shipping. Although, it won’t ship as quickly as if you buy protein bars on Amazon—it’s a rather large, heavy package. Once it does arrive, you will need to set it up yourself, which is pretty easy and only involves a few steps. It took us about 15-20 minutes. All we really had to do was screw the feet on, then attach the hooks at the foot of the bed (they provide an Allen wrench for this), and then flip it over, which was arguably the hardest part because this is one heavy bed frame. The queen size weighs 144 lb.
Purple states that due to the nature of this product, they don’t offer a trial period or returns, so once you get it, we sure hope you like it. For the record, this is the case with most of these types of products, excluding the Leesa Adjustable Base and Nectar Adjustable Base, which both provide you the trial period and return option. The Purple PowerBase does, however, come with a 25-year warranty, which is a good deal longer than any other bed frame warranties we’ve seen so far.
We feel like it’s important to mention that we had some problems with our Purple Adjustable Base. Sometimes it would just stop working with the remote or the app. We contacted Purple’s customer support and they responded that day, offering to replace our unit because it’s covered under our warranty. So while it was annoying that we got a faulty base, they more than made up for it with great customer service.
First off let us just say that the Purple PowerBase is actually purple, but a very light and washed out purple color, like it has been sitting in the sun for way too long. If we’re being honest, it’s not our favorite look, and the hooks make it so that you can’t even get a bed skirt to cover it up, unless you get crafty with some scissors, which is not ideal. It really isn’t that big a deal though, because the purple colored base is only about 4” thick. It’s also a soft edge made of foam, so you can’t bash your shin on it or anything, which we think is actually really smart.
The base’s height is adjustable via its legs, but it’s a little tricky. The bed frame actually comes with two sets of legs that can be used separately, or together. The first set is 3” tall and the other is 5.25” tall. The shortest position the bed can be in is 3” from the ground, then 5.25” off the ground, or you can combine them to have your bed sit 8.25” off the ground.
This is a really great feature for older people or those with injuries, who have a hard time getting up or down, or maybe you want it shorter for your pets to hop up on your bed. And then you can make it taller if you like to store stuff under your bed, but we think it’s worth mentioning that even at its tallest position, it’s not as tall as a lot of other adjustable bed frames we’ve seen.
This power base is available in the sizes twin XL, queen, king, and split king. A split king is just two twin XL’s pushed together, so that couples can have different settings while still sleeping next to each other. Say your wife is pregnant, and you have a foot injury; the split king would be a great option for you.
So let’s talk about all the fun features that this bed frame has. First, obviously it’s adjustable at the head and foot of the bed. It moves relatively quickly and is probably the quietest bed frame we’ve tested. Within its adjustability, Purple has pre-set two settings. One is a “Zero Gravity” position, which was found by NASA to be the optimal body position to reduce pressure on the body. The other is the “snore” position, which slightly elevates your head so that your airways open up a bit and you are less likely to snore.
There’s also the massage feature, which is zoned for either the top half of the bed or the bottom half. Purple states that their massager is different from others because it uses patented resonant-frequency massagers that can dilate your blood vessels, which results in better blood flow. This can lower blood pressure, help to reduce stress, and “rejuvenate the body.”
After testing, we’d have to say that the Purple PowerBase has the best massaging feature that we’ve tested so far. It almost numbs the body with its vibrations, and it’s very relaxing. And this should be compatible with just about any mattress you use, not just those from Purple.
You can control this bed frame either through its provided wireless remote or the iOS app on your iPhone (sorry Android users, but it looks like they’re still working on you).
The remote is nice because it has four spots to program your favorite settings, and a flashlight button for a light on the bottom of the bed frame. Just to note, it’s not cool aesthetic lighting, it’s more like a tiny light under the bed in case you drop something in the middle of the night. All in all, though, we love the remote with the bed frame and really appreciate how many options and controls they provide you.
The remote comes with a dock station, which has a USB port on the front and extra outlet on the back. We really like this feature because it looks nice and it’s convenient to have it all in one spot. The app is nice if you’re someone who likes to lay in bed on their phone, and it has additional preset positions like “watch TV,” “read,” and “recover.”
One under-appreciated part of the remote is that it’s backlit. Only about 50% of the remotes we see with these adjustable bed frames are backlit. Nicely done Purple—thinking of everything.
This is a moderately expensive adjustable bed frame, one of the most expensive that we’ve tested so far. But I’m sure you can tell why after all the cool features we just talked out. A queen size will set you back about $1,500, which is double that of some other adjustable bed frames we’ve tested. Purple also very rarely offers discounts, but sometimes they’ll add free gifts with a qualifying purchase. You can check our Mattress Deals & Coupons page to see if we’ve spotted something today.
We say, if you can afford it and you see the value in it, absolutely go for it. The rest of us will be sleeping jealously on our boring bed frames.
To recap all of the Purple Power Bases features, this bed frame has adjustable height, is adjustable at the head and foot of the bed, features a zero gravity and anti-snore position, dual-zoned massagers, a wireless remote, and an app. So this bed frame has a lot going on, but you’re going to have to pay for it. Also, remember that Purple doesn’t offer returns on this product, so it’s a good thing you found this review before making your purchase.
How did you guys get this power base?
|It was sent to us, but unfortunately we didn’t get the complimentary white glove delivery so we had to set it up ourselves. We’re friends with Purple, but that doesn't mean we get paid by them. All opinions are completely our own.|
You mentions Purple has other products?
|Yes! They have the Original Purple mattress, the New Purple mattresses, two Purple pillows, a Purple Blanket, and Purple Seat Cushions.|
What is Hyper-Elastic Polymer?
|Hyper-Elastic Polymer is the famous gel-like material that Purple uses in their mattresses and cushions. It’s laid out in a grid, which leaves a lot of room for airflow, which keeps things on the cooler side. It’s also very supportive while still offering great pressure relief. Oh, and it’s the color purple.|
Does the Purple PowerBase have a weight limit?
|Yes, 850 lb. That's a lot. You're basically looking at a mattress and two 300 lb people.|