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purple hybrid vs original mattress review

Purple Mattress Comparison | New Hybrid vs Original

See which bed is best for you in this Original Purple vs Hybrid Premier review.

Purple exploded onto the mattress scene back in 2015 and has since become one of the largest brands in the industry. In this post, we compare and contrast the four Purple models (Original, Purple Hybrid, Purple Hybrid Premier 3 and Purple Hybrid Premier 4) so you can gain a better understanding of which bed is best for you. Just to be clear, the three Purple Hybrid beds used to be known as the New Purple 2, 3 & 4. Let's get to the review!
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This is Purple's most affordable bed and the model that started it all for the company. It's comprised of foam and the company's Hyper-Elastic Polymer.

Back & Stomach Sleepers

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The next step up from the Original Purple, the Purple Hybrid mattress (formerly known as the New Purple 2.0) incorporates coils in addition to its Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer.
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Combo Sleepers

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The Purple Hybrid Premier 3 (formerly known as the New Purple 3.0) is similar to the base Purple Hybrid except it has an additional inch of polymer on top.
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Side Sleepers

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The Purple Hybrid Premier 4 (formerly known as the New Purple 4.0) is the company's most premium option. It contains a 4" slab of the special polymer material for its top layer.

Overview Of Purple Beds

Before we begin, let me just first introduce the different Purple models so it’s clear which bed I’m referring to as we move through this comparison.

  • Purple Original Mattress — This is the bed that launched Purple into the stratosphere among the most popular bed-in-a-box brands on earth. It’s Purple’s most affordable bed and is comprised of two layers of foam and a layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer.
  • Purple Hybrid Mattress — A couple years back, Purple introduced three new models, which the company collectively referred to as the New Purple Mattresses. That said, the company recently renamed the New Purple 2 to be the Purple Hybrid Mattress. It is essentially Purple Original with coils instead of support foam, and a different cover.
  • Purple Hybrid Premier — Previously, you would have called these New Purple 3 and New Purple 4, however, the beds are now just called the Purple Hybrid Premier models. The only difference between this model and the mid-tier one is that you can select between having 3″ or 4″ of Hyper-Elastic Polymer.

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You might have noticed that in the past we considered Purple to have four different mattresses. That’s still true, but they’ve changed the branding a little. Going forward, the 2, 3, and 4 beds are the Hybrid and Hybrid Premier. The Original is the same, only with a few upgrades.

Purple Mattress Video Comparison

Before we jump into the comparison, check out this video that Slumber Yard team member Owen published on the differences between the four Purple beds, meaning between the Purple Original, Purple Hybrid, and Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses. Sometimes it helps to see things visually before reading.

Just in case you missed it, here are the main differences when comparing the Original Purple vs Hybrid vs Premier:

  • Support System The Original beds uses 7.5″ of foam, while the New Hybrid and Hybrid Premier use 7.5″ pocketed coils.
  • Price – The Original model retails for around $1,000-$1,100 and Purple Hybrid is in the $2,000+ space (based on queen sizes).
  • Weight — While all the Purple mattresses are heavy, the New Purple Hybrid and Premier are especially heavy, and are no fun to move.
  • Firmness — All Purple beds have a similar firmness, though, not exactly the same. The Hybrid model is closest to a medium-firm, while the Original and Hybrid Premier are pretty much exactly a medium.

Original Purple Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Budget shoppers
  • Petite and medium sized individuals
  • All types of sleepers
  • Folks who don't want coils
  • Consumers open to a new style of mattress

The Original Purple mattress is comprised of three layers and totals 9.25″ thick. Here’s how the construction breaks down.

  • Base Layer — 4″ of 2 lb polyurethane foam
  • Transition Layer — 3.25″ of 1.8 lb polyurethane foam
  • Comfort Layer — 2″ of Hyper-Elastic Polymer
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A look inside the Original Purple mattress

As you can see above, the bed uses a dense layer of foam for its support structure. This is the primary difference between the Original Purple and the New Purple Hybrid mattresses, which use coils instead.

As a result, we’d recommend heavy people (250+ lb) go with one of the Purple Hybrid mattresses. Coils tend to be more supportive and durable for big body types.

Another area worth noting is edge support. Previously, the edge support on the Original Purple mattress was below average. However, in late 2019, the company added dense foam side rails around the perimeter of the bed (just like the New Purple Hybrid models). As a result, the edge support is now much improved compared to the previous version of the mattress. This is a positive change for people who share a smaller size bed (full or queen) with a partner or pet.

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Improved edge support with the updated Purple mattress

In terms of firmness, we think the Original Purple comes in around a medium on the firmness scale. Overall, the bed provides a nice balance between support and pressure relief for petite and average sized sleepers. We also think this model will work for all sleeper types—back, stomach, side, and combo.

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Last up, let’s talk about the Original Purple’s biggest advantage, price. If you’re on a tight budget, the Original Purple is going to be your best option. It ranges in price from around $650 for a Twin to $1,400 for a King. Plus, Purple will often throw in a free gift (pillow, sheets, etc.) with each mattress purchase. Check the right hand side of the screen to see what the company is currently offering.

If Purple is too pricey for you, be sure to check out our list of the Best Budget Beds.

Purple Hybrid Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • All body types
  • Folks looking to spend under $2,000
  • Consumers looking for a thick, durable mattress

The Purple 2 Hybrid mattress is comprised of four layers and totals 11″ thick. Here’s how the construction breaks down.

  • Base Layer — 1″ of dense polyurethane foam
  • Primary Support Structure — 7.5″ individually encased coils
  • Transition Layer — 1/2″ of polyurethane foam
  • Comfort Layer — 2″ of Hyper-Elastic Polymer

Here’s a video explaining the differences between Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier:

As we referenced previously, the New Purple Hybrid models use coils rather than dense foam for their main support structure. This makes the New Purple Hybrid mattress models ideal for heavy body types.

That’s because coils provide what we call bi-directional support. This means the coils not only compress (similar to foam), but also push back against pressure (provide a little resistance). This resistance is what makes coil beds more ideal for handling the weight big folks exert on a mattress.

Now the main thing to remember about the base Purple Hybrid mattress is that it’s the firmest of all the models.

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That’s because you basically have a 2″ layer of polymer on top of coils, which again tend to be a little firmer and more supportive than dense foams. As you will find out below, the Purple 3 Premier and Purple 4 Premier use more polymer which adds a little more comfort (softness).

Overall, we think the Purple.2 Hybrid comes in around a medium-firm on the firmness scale. As such, Purple tends to recommend this model for back and stomach sleepers.

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The Purple Hybrid is best for back and stomach sleepers

In terms of price, the Purple Hybrid 2.0 is quite a bit more expensive than the Original Purple, but less than the Purple Hybrid Premier 3.0 and Purple Hybrid Premier 4.0.

Purple Hybrid Premier (3.0)

BEST FOR:

  • Combo sleepers
  • Small, medium, and large sized individuals
  • People with a budget of $2,700 or less
  • Folks open to a gel-like feel

The Purple Hybrid Premier 3.0 mattress, like the Purple Hybrid 2.0, is made up of four layers, but totals 12″ thick instead of 11″. Here’s how the layers breakdown.

  • Base Layer — 1″ of solid polyurethane foam
  • Support Layer — 7.5″ individually wrapped coils
  • Transition Layer — 1/2″ of polyurethane foam
  • Comfort Layer — 3″ of Hyper-Elastic Polymer

You might have already caught this, but the main difference between the base Purple Hybrid and the Purple Hybrid Premier 3.0 model is the top layer. The Purple Hybrid Premier 3.0 uses an additional inch of Hyper-Elastic Polymer.

Since the Purple Hybrid Premier 3.0 has an extra inch of polymer on top, it’s slightly softer than the base Purple Hybrid. Overall, we think the Purple.3 Hybrid Premier comes in around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. The company likes to recommend this model for combo sleepers (i.e. folks who switch between their back, stomach, and side throughout the night).

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Purple Hybrid Premier (3.0) is great for combo sleepers who switch positions frequently

Lastly, let’s talk price. As you probably guessed, the Purple 3.0 Hybrid Premier lands in between the base Hybrid and Hybrid Premier 4.0 models. Hey, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is not cheap. The more you want, the more it will cost you.

Purple Hybrid Premier (4.0)

BEST FOR:

  • Big ballers (expensive)
  • Side sleepers
  • People of all weights
  • Consumers looking for an ultra-premium mattress

Last up is the Purple 4.0 Hybrid Premier, which is comprised of four layers (shocker) and totals 13″ thick. Here’s how it breaks down.

  • Base Layer — 1″ of dense polyurethane foam
  • Support Layer — 7.5″ pocketed coils
  • Transition Layer — 1/2″ of polyurethane foam
  • Comfort Layer — 4″ of Hyper-Elastic Polymer

The Purple Hybrid Premier 4.0 obviously uses the most Hyper-Elastic Polymer of all the models and as a result is the softest bed the company sells. It offers the most immersive experience with the Hyper-Elastic Polymer. As such, if you really enjoy the gel-like feel of Purple beds, this is the model to get.

Slumber Yard team member Matt actually sleeps on this bed and absolutely loves it. He says it will be tough for him to switch back to any other mattress, especially traditional innerspring or foam beds.

Given how soft the bed is, Purple recommends the Hybrid Premier 4.0 model for side sleepers.

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The Purple Hybrid Premier (4.0) cradles your hips and shoulders extremely well

However, keep in mind, we think all Purple beds are great for all types of sleepers. Case in point number one is Matt, who we referenced above. He’s actually a combo sleeper and finds that the Purple.4 Hybrid Premier is great for all positions.

The only downside with the Purple Hybrid Premier 4.0 is price. It’s an expensive bed, there’s no getting around it.

Purple Mattress Review Verdict

Congratulations! You made it to end of this comparison. Hopefully, it’s been helpful and we were able to clear up any confusion regarding all the Purple models.

Overall, we are big fans of Purple. We like Hyper-Elastic Polymer and all the benefits it provides. If you’re sick of all the traditional mattresses out there, we highly recommend giving Purple a try. After all, we included them on several of our Best Lists for a reason.

Keep reading for more information about Hyper-Elastic Polymer and Purple beds in general.

Review Team

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

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Dillon Lopez

Combo Sleeper

kenzie

McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper

Owen

Owen Poole

Side Sleeper

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