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What You Should Know: Purple 3

Purple 3 is a coil mattress that combines several different types of materials.

Last Updated: July 1, 2020

Over the last several years, Purple has quickly become a household name in the online mattress space. Their popularity has skyrocketed in large part due to their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which they use as the top layer on all their beds. In this post, we’ll break down everything you need to know about the Purple.3 mattress, including feel, firmness and temperature regulation.

Who Is This Best For?

If you’re looking for a unique, responsive mattress with a different type of feel

All types of sleepers and body types

Who Won’t Love It?

Shoppers with a budget under $2,000

Individuals who prefer traditional memory foam beds

If You End Up Buying This Mattress

All Purple mattresses come with free shipping. However, unlike the Original Purple mattress, the coil Purple mattresses do not arrive rolled up and compressed in a protective sleeve. They never get compressed at all, actually.

Instead, the coil Purple mattresses come with free white glove delivery. This means a third party crew will personally deliver the mattress and set it up for you in your room of choice, which is good thing because the Purple.3 mattress is heavy and lacks handles (a queen size weighs 145 pounds). The delivery crew will also haul away your old mattress for free if you’d like, which is a nice added benefit.

Once the mattress is delivered, Purple offers you a 100-night risk-free trial period. Basically, they’re giving over three months to test the bed and decide whether you like it or not.

If you decide the bed is a little too weird for you, no problem, just contact customer service and they’ll take care of you. They’ll arrange a third party company to come pick up the mattress from your home for no additional fee.

Once you provide proof that the bed has indeed been picked up, the company will issue you a full refund. Pretty easy, right? The whole refund/return process should take about 2-3 weeks. Purple also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. You can read more about the warranty on the company’s website.

Also, just in case you’re not familiar with the online mattress industry, all these policies (except free white glove delivery; most arrive in a box) are pretty standard. Most beds you purchase online will come with free shipping, free returns, a long trial period and a 10-year warranty.

What Other Beds Does The Company Offer?

Yes, great question. In addition to the Purple.3, the company offers three other mattress models as well. Here’s a video that walks through how all of the models compare.

The first is the flagship Purple mattress, which is the company’s most affordable bed. This model uses polyurethane foam for its support structure (as opposed to coils with the coil Purple models).

Next is the New Purple 2, which is very similar to the Purple.3 but has 1″ less of the company’s infamous Hyper-Elastic Polymer (we’ll discuss this material in more detail below). This model is a tad bit cheaper than the Purple.3, as well.

Last up is the Purple.4, which is very similar to the Purple.3 also, except it has 1″ more of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer. This is Purple’s most expensive bed.

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Slumber Yard team member Jeff checking out the Purple.4.

If you want more detail about how exactly the Purple 2, 3 and 4 differ, you can check out our New Purple Mattress Comparison.

Price Of Purple 3 Bed

The Purple.3 mattress is expensive. There’s no getting around it. However, given the high-quality construction of the bed, we’re not all that surprised. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin XL$1,899
King / Cal King$2,699

Unfortunately, Purple isn’t big on offering coupon codes or promo codes to make their beds more affordable. However, they are almost always running some sort of promotion where they toss in a free gift (pillow, sheets, etc.) with each mattress purchase. Be sure to check Purple.com to see what the company is currently offering.

Why Your Weight Is Important With Any Bed

We make sure to bring this subject up in almost every post we write. That’s because your weight plays a huge role in how a mattress feels. A particular bed can feel quite different to various sized people.

Generally speaking, a heavier sleeper (250+ pounds) will feel like most mattresses are quite soft. This is because big folks exert quite a bit of force and as a result tend to sink into the mattress and feel more of the soft top layers than smaller sized sleepers.

On the other hand, lighter sleepers (150 pounds or less) will lay more on top of the mattress and not feel as much of the pressure relieving capabilities beds provide. As such, petite individuals will feel like most mattresses are quite firm.

Of course, weight plays a role beyond just feel as well, but we can get into that in another post. We simply wanted to bring this subject up just so you’re aware as you read through this post. We’ll do our best to reference different body types throughout the post.

We Cut Open The Bed—Here’s What It Looks Like

The Purple.3 mattress is comprised of several different types of materials and is 12″ thick in total. The bed starts with a 1″ layer of dense polyurethane foam. This layer simply serves as the foundation for the bed.

Sitting on top of the foundation is a layer of individually wrapped 7.5″ coils. These coils serve as the main support system for the mattress. They also give the bed a little bit of bounce. Next is a 1/2″ layer of polyurethane foam. This thin foam layer simply serves as a transition from the coils to the top layer.

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Inside look at the Purple 3 mattress.

Speaking of that top layer, this is what makes Purple beds so unique. All four Purple mattresses use the company’s patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer for their top layer. In Purple.3’s case, the mattress has a 3″ slab of it. Isn’t Purple so clever?

Just to be clear, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is not a foam material. Rather, it’s actually more of a gel or silicone-like material (even though it’s technically neither).

Regardless, it’s extremely soft, flexible, and responsive. In fact, it can be stretched 15x its original state and it will immediately snap back to position. It’s pretty incredible.

Still, what makes the material so special is that it’s also very supportive. Purple likes to say it’s “soft where you want it and firm where you need it” and after testing out the bed, we’d have to agree with that statement.

How To Clean The Cover

Wrapping the coils, foam, and polymer is Purple’s StretchMax cover, which is primarily comprised of polyester and spandex. Overall, it’s soft, comfortable and fairly breathable.

While the cover is technically removable, it is recommended you do not machine wash it. Instead, if you spill something on the mattress, you should just spot clean the cover with a mild detergent and some water. That’s how you clean most covers that online mattresses have. We’ve only ran across a few beds that have covers that are machine washable, like Yogabed.

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The cover of the Purple.3 mattress is made to be stretchy.

If you’re worried about getting the cover dirty, you might want to check out Purple’s Mattress Protector, which is machine washable. Alternatively, you can check out popular mattress protectors on Amazon, which tend to be more affordable.

More About The Feel Of The Bed

As we alluded to above, the Purple.3 mattress has a gel-like feel that is very unique. As you lay down on the bed, you can feel the polymer top layer compressing, folding and conforming to your body’s shape.

While the majority of the Slumber Yard team members really like the feel, it is a bit too odd for certain people. It might just take some getting used to, though. Don’t judge it from the first ten seconds. We’ve found that after a few nights, most sleepers warm up to the feel and end up really liking it.

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We’ve found most people end up really liking the gel-like feel of Hyper-Elastic Polymer.

If you want, you can order samples of Hyper-Elastic Polymer on the company’s website to test it out for yourself before pulling the trigger on an entire mattress. It’s not the exact construction, but it will give you a pretty close idea.

Regardless of the feel,, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is very unique in that it’s pressure relieving yet also quite supportive, all at the same time. It’s one of the few mattresses out there where you get the best of both worlds (pressure relief and support).

What’s also nice about Hyper-Elastic Polymer is that it’s ultra-responsive. As we mentioned above, the material snaps back to place immediately after releasing pressure. The responsive nature of the polymer combined with bounce from the coils means active sleepers will find it very easy to switch between positions. You won’t get any of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling with this bed.

In terms of firmness, it’s honestly difficult to rate Purple beds because the top layer has such unique characteristics, but if pressed, we’d say the Purple.3 mattress comes in around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale.

new purple mattress firmness

Again, the bed is very accommodating. Whether you’re looking for support, comfort or pressure relief, the Purple.3 has it all.

Approved For Side Sleepers?

Yes. In fact, we think all Purple beds are good for side sleepers. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer does a great job of cradling your hips and shoulders. Side sleepers are very comfortable on Purple beds, especially the Purple.3.

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All four Purple mattresses provide ample pressure relief for side sleepers

Now Purple likes to steer strict side sleepers toward their 4.0 model, which has an extra inch of polymer (adds even more pressure relief), however, we think the 3.0 will suffice just fine. Plus, the Purple.3 is a bit cheaper anyways.

Still, there’s a reason why we included all Purple beds on our Best Beds For Side Sleepers list.

Also Going To Work For Back And Stomach Sleepers?

Absolutely. The Purple.3 mattress provides more than enough support for back and stomach sleepers. Between the coils and the polymer top layer, the areas under your lower back and trunk are always supported.

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The coil Purple mattresses are ideal for back and stomach sleepers.

Sure, your hips sink down a little into the polymer when you’re on your back (which is quite normal) but never to the point where your spine falls out of proper alignment.

Is Purple 3 Able To Accomodate Combo Sleepers?

Yes, in fact, Purple states the 3.0 model is their flagship bed for these types of sleepers. As we stated above, the bed finds a nice balance between comfort and support. Plus, the responsive nature of coils and Hyper-Elastic Polymer make it quite effortless for active sleepers to shift from their back to their stomach to their side and vice versa.

all sleeping positions graphic

All in all, the Purple.3 is just a super accommodating bed that properly supports sleepers, no matter what position their in.

Individuals Weighing Under 250 lb

The Purple.3 will provide more than enough support for smaller sized individuals. In all honestly, petite body types could probably save money and go with the flagship Purple mattress. The flagship model will still provide adequate support yet you’ll still get the benefits of Hyper-Elastic Polymer.

What If You Weigh Over 250 lb?

We generally steer heavier sleepers towards beds with coils so the Purple.3 definitely fits the bill.

Coils are more durable and also provide more support than the dense foams that a lot of online mattresses use for their support structure. This is because coils, as opposed to support foams, provide bi-directional support, which basically means the coils have some give (compress) but also push back against pressure. Beds with coils are better equipped to support all the extra pressure big folks exert on a bed on a nightly basis.

We think so highly of the Purple.3, it even made our list for the Best Coil & Spring Mattresses.

Does The Purple 3 Mattress Sleep Cool?

We’re always a little hesitant to throw around the term “cool’ because external factors play a big role in how warm/cold you sleep, however, we can confidently say the Purple.3 is one of the best beds on the market in terms of temperature regulation. It even made our list for the Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers.

We give the bed that designation for two primary reasons. First, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is a temperature neutral material. Unlike a lot of common foams, Hyper-Elastic Polymer does not retain and radiate heat.

purple mattress review temperature regulation for hot sleepers cooling mattress

Additonally, all four Purple mattress models allow for a lot of airflow. Purple purposely designed the top layer of polymer in a grid formation. By doing so, the top layer has several columns and rows of tiny polymer squares which allows air to flow freely near the top of the bed.

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Look at all of those air pockets

As you can see above, once you get passed the cover, you’re essentially sleeping on a bunch of tiny pockets of air. Pretty cool, right? All in all, Purple beds are an excellent option for sweaty sleepers who heat up at night or that live in a hot climate.

How’s Purple 3 For Couples?

Before we discuss edge support and motion isolation, you and your partner need to agree on feel.

Like we mentioned earlier, the gel-like feel of the polymer top layer can be very divisive. Some people swear by it and some folks find it a little too weird. If you and your partner have different sleeping preferences, you should check out our list of the Best Beds For Couples. If think it won’t be an issue, I have some good news for you: the Purple.3 is a great option for couples.

First, the bed surprisingly does a pretty decent job of deadening movement. In our tests, we barely noticed any motion that was transferred from one side of the mattress to the other.

Good motion isolation means one partner won’t be disturbed every time the other partner moves. No one wants to be jostled awake every time their partner switches positions or gets up to grab a glass of milk (no cookies, don’t worry). Luckily, that won’t happen on the Purple 3 bed.

The Purple.3 also provides excellent edge support. This is something Purple improved on the 2, 3 and 4 models over the flagship. The coil Purple mattresses use dense foam side rails around the perimeter of the bed.

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The coil Purple mattresses use foam side rails for edge support purposes

As a result, there’s very little compression around the edges and you never get that “I’m-about-to-roll-off” feeling.

Edge support is important for couples who share a smaller size mattress or who tend to fight over the middle of the bed. A mattress with good edge support means there is more useful surface area for partners to spread out and get comfortable.

All We Need Is 3 Sentences

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again–we are big fans of Purple beds. Hyper-Elastic Polymer provides a multitude of benefits. If price isn’t a big issue, the Purple.3 bed, in our opinion, is one of the Best Mattresses on the market.

Review team

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper


What kind of bed frame should I use?

Purple beds are compatible with most adjustable bases, slatted frames and foundations. Just make sure your existing frame can support the weight of your new mattress. It’s recommended you stay away from box springs, though.

How much does the Purple 3 mattress weigh?

The Purple.3 mattress ranges in weight from 91 pounds for a twin XL to 175 pounds for a cal king. As such, you’ll most likely need two people to move this mattress (trust us).

Where are Purple mattresses made?

All Purple mattresses are manufactured in the United States.

Will Purple 3 work for side sleepers?

We anticipate that side sleepers will really like Purple 3.

How firm is Purple 3?

Purple 3 is about a “medium” on our firmness scale.