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Purple Seat Cushion Review

A review of all of Purple’s seat cushions and pads, including the Royal, Double, Ultimate, and Simply.

Last Updated: May 24, 2020

We’re already fans of Purple’s mattresses, but in this review, we’re focusing on their seat cushions. Purple has seven different cushions to choose from, all of which use their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer.

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Who Is This Best For?

Soccer moms sitting on bleachers

Long-haul trucker drivers

Long-hours office dwellers

Generally, anyone with a sore butt will probably like Purple Seat Cushions

Who Won’t Love It?

Those who don’t find themselves sitting for long periods of time such as waitresses, tour guides, etc.

If you’re happy with your chair as-is

Anyone who doesn’t want to spend money on the luxuries seat cushions provide

Purple Seat Cushion Review: Overview

Purple took the mattress world by storm when they came out with their Original Purple mattress, which uses their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer for a super unique feel. Then, in 2018, they released the New Purple mattress line which includes Purple.2, Purple.3, and Purple.4.

But if the silicone, airy feel of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer is a little too much for you to be sleeping on every night, we got you; Purple offers a pretty diverse line of seat cushions and pads so you can still have some Purple comfort without being overwhelmed (or have your bank account drained) by a whole mattress.

Also, in true Purple fashion, they made an amusing commercial to go with their seat cushions. Here’s a look at that.

Whichever Purple cushion you choose, you can expect it to ship completely free. From the day of delivery you’ll have a 30-day trial period to test if your derriere is more comfortable.

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A look at Hyper-Elastic Polymer (Ultimate Cushion shown)

If within that 30-day window you decide the cushion isn’t best for you, Purple offers no hassle returns, meaning you can return the pillow for a full refund, with no need to pay for shipping or restocking fees. Technically, you could test out all of Purple’s seat cushions before you make a decision, but we don’t advise it for the sake of Purple’s delivery crew.

If you love your Purple seat cushion and keep it longer than a month, it will be covered under a one year warranty. You can see the seat cushion warranty on Purple’s website.

Benefits Of A Seat Cushion

With a majority of Americans sitting down for extended periods of time, whether that be at your desk job, driving, freelancing work at a coffee shop, or sitting through two hour long lunches and dinners, we should all probably be putting a little more thought into what it’s doing to our bodies. Statistically, one in four Americans sit for more than eight hours a day. That’s equivalent to how much time we should be spending in bed sleeping.

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The Ultimate Purple Seat Cushion in the wild (cover removed)

One of the easiest ways to decrease the chances of developing back and spine issues is by upgrading your chair with a seat cushion; specifically a gel seat cushion. Unlike other seat cushion materials like memory foam, gel seat cushions ensure immediate contouring and support when you sit down or change position. And because of Purple’s cushions’ unique grid format, your weight is evenly distributed, and doesn’t push back any pressure at all. This creates better support for your spine and less pressure on your joints.

Seat cushions are also great for petite drivers who need a little boost, sports game enthusiasts who spend lots of time sitting on cold metal benches, or even for medical reasons like tailbone and hip pain.

Purple Seat Cushion Models

Purple has a collection of seven different seat cushions to browse, including one back cushion. In this review we will mostly focus on the Double Cushion and the Ultimate Cushion, but we included some brief yet substantial details about each separate cushion for you below:

SizePrice (MSRP)
  • Portable Cushion — The basic, most affordable option. Best for hard chairs, vehicles, and travel, sporting events.
  • Everywhere Cushion — This cushion has handles to make traveling with it easy. Best for traveling, errands, bleachers or stadium seats.
  • Back Pad — Supports the natural curve of the spine. Compatible with seats that have a bad rest.
  • Simply Cushion —  This medium sized cushion works great with soft or firm surfaces. Best for hard chairs, couches or sofas, the car, office chairs.
  • Royal Cushion — The most popular option—will make firm surfaces feel like a throne. Best for hard chairs, office chairs, gaming, hobbies.
  • Double Cushion — This cushion is dual-sided, with a firmer side and a more cushion-y side. Best for soft chairs like a couch or sofa, the car, hard chairs, office chairs.
  • Ultimate Cushion — The biggest, thickest cushion that Purple offers. Best for heavier folks, hard chairs, soft chairs, extended sitting sessions, trucking driving.

After testing the Double Cushion and Ultimate Cushion around the office, we did notice that our cheeks and tailbones were less fatigued or sore at the end of a long work day. The Ultimate Cushion was our favorite; it’s exactly what sitting on the Purple.4 mattress feels like.

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All seat cushions come with a soft, removable cover (Ultimate Cushion shown)

The cushions also come with plain black covers to help keep things nice and clean, and a handle for easier carrying. Keep in mind that these two cushions we tested are on the heavier side, so even though the covers do have handles, we don’t recommend them for traveling. They’re better suited for keeping stationary in a desk chair, or something of that sort.

What Purple Seat Cushions Feel Like

Each model will have a distinct feel. The Ultimate, for example, has a denser, firmer feel, which is why it’s a great option for heavier individuals.

The Double Cushion, has a somewhat firmer side and a somewhat softer side. It’s a really nice option for individuals that weigh under 225 lb. It’s our favorite. This would be perfect an entire work day.

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A look inside the Purple Double Cushion

The Royal, Portable, and Simply Cushions are thinner and softer. As such, they will be preferable for abbreviated sitting sessions (i.e. under five hours).

Purple Seat Cushion Review: Verdict

We really like our Purple Cushions, they’ve really saved our butts a few times! In all seriousness, these cushions are great for those who want to experience Hyper-Elastic Polymer without having to commit to sleeping on it every night, for those who sit over six hours a day, or anyone with tailbone or hip soreness.

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We even brought the Purple Seat Cushion to the coffee shop!

Keep in mind that Purple offers several seat cushion models that are intended for different use cases. As an example, The Ultimate or Double Cushion is not going to be great for carting around to sporting event seats because they’re big and heavy. The Everywhere or Portable Cushion would be better for that. Whatever cushion you end up choosing, we hope your booties are happy.

Review team

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • Jeff Rizzo
    Jeff Rizzo

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper


How did you get these seat cushions?

Purple sent them to us to try out. But just so you know, we are in no way required to say good or bad things about their products, ever. We always give our honest opinions here at the Slumber Yard.

How do I wash my Purple Seat Cushion?

The black cover they provide can be removed and thrown into your normal washing machine. Then take the actual cushion and just rinse it with some soapy water. That should do the trick to keep it squeaky clean.

How long will any Purple Cushion last me?

Purple claims that through their testing, you can achieve 25 years of comfort without any wear or support loss, even with regular use. Consider your Purple Cushion the new life partner for your behind.

How much weight can a Purple Cushion take?

None of Purple’s Seat Cushions have a weight limit because they’re not suppose to ever break down or wear out. So any seat cushion should be fine for any weight or size.

Can I get a different color seat cushion cover?

Purple only offers a black seat cushion cover at this time. We’re hoping for a purple one, though.

Are they comfortable?

If you’re open to a squishy/stretchy feel, we think you’ll really like them. They also do a good job of keeping your butt cooler since they are made of a gel-like material.

How many seat cushions do they offer?

They have 7 seat cushion models.