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Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Review

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Review

Purple's Hybrid Premier mattress, formally known as Purple 3, is a coil mattress that combines several different types of materials.

Last Updated: January 5, 2021

Matt Ross

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

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Review Outline

The original Purple Mattress has become increasingly popular over the years thanks to its uncommon yet very comfortable Hyper-Elastic Polymer design, and now, buyers now have the opportunity to purchase extra supportive and comfortable Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses (otherwise known as Purple 3 and Purple 4), which have thick Hyper-Elastic Polymer top comfort layers and a supportive pocketed coil base. This review will be centered around the Purple Hybrid Premier 3 model, but we’ll also touch on how it compares to different beds like Purple Hybrid Premier 4 and the base Purple Hybrid model. Use the jump-to links below to take you to the particular section of this review you want to explore the most.

In this review, we’ll reveal the most notable highlights of the Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses, so continue on to find out of this mattress is right for you and your budget.

Purple 3 Mattress Design And Construction

The Purple 3 mattress is constructed with several different types of materials and measures out to be 12″ thick. Here is how the layers stack up:

  • Polyurethane foam: The bed has a 1” layer of dense polyurethane foam to serve as the bed’s foundation
  • Support coils: The bed has individually wrapped 7.5” coils for durability and bounce
  • Hyper-Elastic Polymer: The comfort layer utilizes 3″ of the brand’s special Hyper-Elastic Polymer material which provides both pressure relief and support at the same time

Funny enough, the Purple 3 model uses 3″ of polymer in the top comfort layers, Purple 4 uses 4″, and Purple 2 (the base hybrid model) uses 2″. You can use this trick as a tool to help remember which Purple Hybrid mattress is which.

About The Mattress Cover

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.

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Purple 3 Mattress Cover is Amaaazing!

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Firmness And Feel

Purple 3 mattress has a gel-like feel that is unique. As you lay down on the bed, you can feel the polymer top layer compressing, folding and conforming to your body’s shape. This is thanks to the ultra-responsive Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which snaps back into place immediately after the pressure is released. The responsive nature of the polymer combined with bounce from the coils means active sleepers will find it easy to switch between positions — you won’t get any of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling with this bed.

While the majority of the Slumber Yard team members like the feel of this mattress, it can feel an odd to certain people. However, according to most Purple mattress reviews, sleepers warm up to the feel and end up loving it. 

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

In regard to firmness, it’s 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

The Hyper-Elastic Polymer is unique in that it’s pressure relieving yet supportive. It’s one of the few mattresses out there where you get the best of both worlds (pressure relief and support), according to many Purple 3 mattress reviews.

Is Purple Hybrid Premier Good For Couples?

Like we mentioned earlier, the gel-like feel of the polymer top layer can be 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.

Motion Isolation

A mattress with good motion isolation means one partner won’t be disturbed every time the other partner moves because the bed excels at deadens movement. This bed does a decent job of deadening movement, regardless of how bouncy the materials are inside. In our tests, we barely noticed any motion transferred from one side of the mattress to the other.

Edge Support

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

The Purple 3 also provides excellent edge support. The coil Purple mattresses use dense foam side rails around the perimeter of the bed. As a result, there’s very little compression around the edges.

Edge support is important for couples who share a smaller size mattress or who tend to kick their partner to the corner of the bed. Good edge support means there is enough support around the perimeter of the bed where you won’t feel like you’re going to roll off the side if you’re pushed to the edge.

Purple Hybrid Premier 3 Sleeper Type Analysis

Side Sleepers

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All four Purple mattresses provide ample pressure relief for side sleepers

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. Purple likes to steer strict side sleepers toward the 4” model, which has an extra inch of polymer (adds even more pressure relief). However, we think 3” will suffice for most side sleepers. There’s a reason why we included all Purple beds on our Best Beds For Side Sleepers list.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

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.

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.

Combination Sleepers

Purple states the 3” model is their flagship bed for combo sleepers. As we stated above, the bed finds a nice balance between comfort and support. Plus, the responsive nature of the coils and Hyper-Elastic Polymer make it effortless for active sleepers to shift positions.

Purple 3 Mattress Body Type Analysis 

Petite Sleepers

The Purple 3 will provide more than enough support for smaller sized individuals. In all honesty, 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.

Average Sleepers

Average-sized sleepers (150 pounds or less) will experience plenty of support from the Purple 3, but because of their lighter size, they may not feel as much of the pressure relieving capabilities these beds can provide.

Heavy Sleepers

We generally steer heavier sleepers toward beds with coils, so the Purple Hybrid Premier fits the bill.

Coils are more durable and also provide more support than the dense foams a lot of online mattresses use for their support structure. 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.

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

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Pricing

The Purple Premier Hybrid 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
Full$2,099
Queen$2,199
King$2,699
Cal King$2,699

Unfortunately, Purple isn’t big on offering coupon codes or promo codes to make its beds more affordable. However, Purple is almost always running some sort of promotion where you get a free gift (pillow, sheets, etc.) with each mattress purchase. Check Purple.com to see what the company is currently offering.

Purple Mattress Temperature Regulation

The Purple 3 is one of the best beds on the market in terms of temperature regulation, a rating you can learn more about in our What is Temperature Regulation? guide. This bed even made our list for the Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers.

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We give the Purple Hybrid Premier that designation for two 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. Additionally, all 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.

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Review Verdict

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.

Purple Mattress Comparison

In addition to the Purple 3, the company offers three other mattress models:

  • Original Purple: The flagship Purple mattress 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).
  • New Purple 2: This mattress is similar to the Purple 3 but has 1″ less of the company’s infamous Hyper-Elastic Polymer. 
  • Purple 4: The Purple Hybrid Premier 4 mattress model has a similar construction as Purple 3, but it uses an extra inch of polymer in the top comfort layers and is a tad bit softer. It’s also the most expensive Purple mattress from the bunch.

If you want more info on how the Purple beds differ, you can check out our New Purple Mattress Comparison.

Other Purple Mattress Products

Purple Mattress Ratings

  • BBB Rating: A+
  • Amazon Reviews: Reviews say this mattress is great for temperature control and super comfortable for most sleepers. Some mattress reviews note that the mattress is heavy and has a distinct feel due to its gel-like layer.
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    McKenzie Dillon

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  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

Purple Company Policies

Purple has several customer-friendly policies, much like many of the other online mattress brands within the space:

  • Trial period length: Purple offers you a 100-night risk-free trial period. If you decide the bed isn’t right for you, contact customer service to arrange for a third party company to come pick up the mattress from your home for no additional fee. Afterwards, the company will give you a full refund.
  • Warranty policy: Purple also backs its mattresses with a 10-year warranty
  • Shipping: All Purple mattresses come with free white-glove delivery. A crew will deliver the mattress and set it up for you in your room of choice. The delivery crew will also haul away your old mattress for free.
  • Purple Mattress Physical Store Locations

    • Purple Factory Outlet: Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Purple HQ Showroom: Lehi, Utah 
    • Purple mattresses are also available at mattress stores around the country

    Purple Mattress Contact Information

    • Email: info@purple.com
    • Phone number: 888.848.8456
    • Website

    Purple Hybrid Premier vs Casper Mattress

    The Purple 3 is more cooling than the less-expensive Casper Mattress, and works well for a variety of sleepers (side, back, stomach). The foam feel of the Casper is more familiar and universal than the gel-like feel of the Purple 3, which Purple 3 mattress reviews report is a matter of personal preference.

    Purple Hybrid Premier vs Nectar Mattress

    In the story of Nectar vs Purple, the Nectar Mattress is great for lovers of memory foam who want an affordable mattress option and don’t mind a bed that feel of traditional, dense memory foam. The more expensive Purple 3 has a gel-like composition that keeps sleepers cool through the night, but might feel a little strange to some sleepers who aren’t interested in straying from typical foam beds.

    FAQs

    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.

    Which Purple mattress is the firmest?

    The Purple Hybrid is rated as “medium-firm,” while all other Purple mattresses are considered “medium” on our firmness scale.

    How do I know which Purple mattress is best for me?

    The Original Purple mattress is best for people who are petite to average in body weight, while the Purple 3 and 4 are for all body types. The Original Purple is supported by foam and is thinner, while the others use coils for support and are thicker.