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Purple Hybrid Premier (Purple 4) Mattress Review

Purple Hybrid Premier (Purple 4) Mattress Review

It's certainly not cheap, but could Purple 4 be worth it?

Last Updated: January 5, 2021

Matt Ross

Purple has quickly risen the ranks and become one of the most well-known mattress brands on earth. A large part of the company's success is due to their unique Hyper-Elastic Polymer material, which they use for the top layer on all their beds. In this post, we'll break down everything you need to know about Purple's most premium mattress, the Purple 4. We cover feel, firmness, temperature regulation and more.

Who Is This Best For?

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

All types of sleepers (particularly side)

Who Won’t Love It?

Shoppers with a budget under $2,000

Individuals who prefer traditional memory foam beds

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Review

Just by hearing the name Purple Hybrid Premier, you get the sense that it’s a high-quality, premium mattress — and that’s exactly what you can expect. Purple is an esteemed online mattress brand, and since the popularity of their flagship mattress took off, they’ve added a few Purple hybrid beds to the lineup. This review will focus on their top-tier level mattress the Purple 4 Hybrid Premier, and how it compares to the other mattresses offered by Purple. If you’re open to a completely non-traditional mattress with a feel you’ve never experienced on bed before, continue along in our Purple 4 Mattress review.

For easy navigation of our full-length review, use our jump links below to take you to any spot of our online mattress review.

Honest Purple Hybrid Premier Video Review

For those of you who prefer videos over reading lengthy written articles, here is quick video overview of why Slumber Yard team member Matt likes his Purple 4 Mattress.

Keep reading to learn more about the Purple Hybrid Premier bed.

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Design And Construction

The Purple 4 Mattress uses a combination of materials and totals 13″ thick. Here are the layers from bottom to top:

new purple 4 mattress review construction and layers
A quick peek inside the coil Purple mattresses.
  • 1″ layer of dense polyurethane foam: This layer serves as the foundation for the bed
  • 7.5” layer of pocketed coils: This layer makes up the main support for the mattress
  • 1/2″ layer of polyurethane foam: This serves as a transition from the coils below
  • 4″ of proprietary, patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer: This is what gives Purple mattresses their special feel, which is soft and pressure relieving, yet also supportive.

Hyper-Elastic Polymer is not a foam though. It actually behaves and feels more like a silicone or gel-like material (technically it’s neither, though). It’s very soft, stretchy, and responsive.

A little fun fact for you – Hyper-Elastic Polymer can be stretched 15x its original state, which is pretty incredible. I don’t even want to think about what would happen if you tried that with memory foam.

Purple Mattress Cover

Wrapping all these layers is Purple’s StretchMax cover, which is made of polyester and spandex. It’s made to be a little stretchy so it can move with the Hyper-Elastic Polymer below. Overall, it’s soft, breathable, and comfortable.

The cover on the Purple 4 is soft and fairly breathable.

The cover is removable, however, you should not machine wash it. Instead, spot clean the cover with water and a mild detergent if you get something on the cover.

If keeping the cover clean is an upmost priority, you may think about investing in Purple’s Mattress Protector, which is machine washable. Or you could always check out the various mattress protectors on Amazon, which are a lot more affordable.

Purple Mattress Firmness And Feel

In terms of firmness, it’s hard to nail down Purple beds given the unique nature of their top layer, however, if pushed, we’d say the Purple 4 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 provides the best of both worlds. It offers pressure relief and a good amount of support. Add in the extra support layer of coils and the result is a super accommodating mattress.

The 4″ layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer (hence the Purple 4 name) on top gives the Purple Hybrid Premier a gel-like feel. Because the 4.0 model has the thickest slab of polymer out of the four Purple beds, it has the most distinct gel-like feel of all the models. As you lay down on the bed, you can feel the polymer beneath shifting, folding and conforming to your body.

Most people end up really liking the feel of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer.

However, while creating the Purple 4 mattress review we’ve found that Hyper-Elastic Polymer is not for everybody. Some folks find the feeling a little too odd. They’re used to more traditional innerspring or memory foam beds, so the transition is too weird.

With that said, the majority of people who try it end up liking it. Just ask Slumber Yard team member Matt. He personally selected the Purple 4 to be his mattress because he liked it so much.

Purple allows you to order samples so you can try it for yourself before purchasing an entire bed.

Another nice thing about Hyper-Elastic Polymer is that it’s super responsive. It snaps back to its original position immediately after releasing pressure. Add in the bounce you get from the coils and you have one of the most responsive beds on the market.

Is Purple 4 A Good Mattress For Couples?

As we discussed earlier, Purple mattresses have a distinct, gel-like feel. Some people love it and some people think it’s too weird. If you and your sleeping partner have different preferences and both aren’t open to trying Purple, check out our list of the Best Beds For Couples.

Motion Isolation

First, the mattress does a pretty decent job with motion isolation. It easily passed our tests. There’s very little motion that gets transferred from one side of the mattress to the other.

Edge Support

In addition, the Purple 4 provides solid edge support. This is something Purple addressed on their coil mattress models (the flagship Purple has average edge support).

Excellent edge support on the Purple 4 mattress.

The coil Purple beds now use dense foam side rails around the perimeter of the mattress. As a result, the edges really don’t compress all that much and you never feel as if you’re going to slide right off the bed as you roll over towards the side. As a resource for you, we created this page as a resource discussing edge support and how we judge it.

Sleeper Type Analysis

Because not all beds are one-size-sleeps-all, we’ll discuss how the Purple Hybrid Premier performs for side sleepers, back and stomach sleepers and combo sleepers.

Side Sleepers

According to the brand the Purple 4 model is its flagship mattress for side sleepers. Because the Purple 4 has the thickest top layer, it gives side sleepers the most immersive experience with the pressure relieving capabilities of Hyper-Elastic Polymer.

Overall, the Purple 4 is one of the Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers on the market.

Back Or Stomach Sleepers

The Purple 4 will work for back and stomach sleepers as well. Between the layer of individually wrapped coils and the 4″ of polymer, this bed provides more than enough support for people who spend time on their back and stomach.

However, the Purple Hybrid and Purple 3 (Purple Hybrid Premier 3”) will work fine. These beds are just as supportive, so if you’re looking to save some money, you might want to go that route.

Regardless of which model you choose, the area under lower back and trunk will always be supported.

Combo Sleepers

Purple likes to steer combo sleepers towards the 3” model because it’s somewhat in between the Purple Hybrid (most ideal for stomach and back sleepers) and Purple 4 (most ideal for side sleepers), but all Purple models will be fine for combination sleepers.

Again, all three coil Purple models find a nice balance between support and comfort thanks to the layer of coils and top layer of polymer. We even included Purple on our list of the Best Mattresses For Combo Sleepers.

Purple 4 Mattress Body Type Analysis

Heavy Body Types

The Purple 4 is able to properly support heavier sleepers. We almost always steer big folks towards hybrid or innerspring beds that contain coils, and the Purple Hybrid Premier meets that criteria.

Coils generally provide more support than dense foam bases that a lot of online beds use for their foundation. Coils are also much more durable than dense support foams.

We like beds that contain coils because they provide a good amount of bi-directional support. All this means is that the coils are able to compress but also push-back up against pressure. This type of support is much more ideal to handle all the extra force heavier sleepers exert night after night.

Medium Body Types

Those who are average size and weight will also appreciate the bi-directional support provided by the innerspring coils in the Purple 4. Plus, the thick 4” layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer will make the mattress feel softer and more comfortable too. Average sleepers can benefit greatly from the Purple 4, no matter what type of sleeper they are.

Petite Body Types

While petite people might not get as much benefit from the bi-directional support provided by the innerspring coils, they will appreciate the thick layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which will help this mattress feel softer and more comfortable.

Mattress Pricing And Coupon Code

The Purple 4 is the company’s most expensive mattress, but you get what you pay for. This a premium mattress with a high-quality design. It will last a long time. Note that the Purple 4 now goes by the name Purple Hybrid Premier and is the 4” option. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.

SIZEPRICE (MSRP)
Twin XL$2,499
Full$2,699
Queen$2,999
King / Cal King$3,499
Split King$4,998

Sadly, Purple does not regularly offer coupon promo codes to make the beds more affordable. However, the company is almost always running specials where you can get a free gift (sheets, pillow, etc.) with each mattress purchase. You can check what the company is currently offering at Purple.com.

If the Purple Hybrid Premier mattress price is way out of your reach check out our Best Beds Under $1,000 list.

Temperature Regulation

Purple mattress 4 is one of the best mattresses out there when it comes to temperature regulation. We’re confident enough to say that for two primary reasons.

First, the bed’s top layer (Hyper-Elastic Polymer) is temperature neutral. It doesn’t retain or radiate heat the way most foams do. That makes a big difference.

purple mattress review online bed in a box tempearture

Second, the Purple 4 allows for a good amount of airflow. The company designed the top layer in a grid formation. This grid creates a ton of little polymer squares, which allows air to move freely at the top of the bed.

As you can see above, if you forget about the cover, you’re basically sleeping on hundreds of tiny air pockets. All in all, Purple beds are among the best choices out there for Hot Sleepers.

You can read more here about how we grade temperature in mattresses.

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Review Verdict

We are big fans of all the Purple beds. Hyper-Elastic Polymer is unique and provides several advantages that other mattresses on the market just can’t compete with. If you have the money and you’re open to a different type of mattress, the Purple 4 is one of the best options out there.

Other Purple Beds

In addition to the Purple mattress 4, the company also offers three other mattress models as well. Here is information about how they compare:

  • The Original Purple Mattress is the flagship model and most affordable Purple mattress.
  • The Purple 2 mattress is the base hybrid model with innerspring coils and 2” of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s also called the New Purple Hybrid.
  • The Purple 3 is similar to the Purple 2, but adds an extra inch of Hyper-Elastic Polymer and costs a bit more as well.

If you’re interested in the differences between the Purple mattresses, check out our Purple Mattress Comparison.

Other Purple Products

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Ratings

  • Amazon Reviews: On Amazon the Purple 4 mattress has a review rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Those who left bad reviews mentioned the weight and motion transfer, but some also just felt the mattress felt weird. There were others who also said the mattress felt weird, yet left high marks because they were also getting the best sleep of their lives.
Why Trust Us

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Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

Company Policy Information

The Purple Hybrid Premier model does not arrive rolled up and compressed in a plastic cover like the original Purple mattress. Here are the other relevant shipping and policies you might want to be aware of when buying a Purple Hybrid Premier:

  • Trial period: The Purple 4 mattress comes with a 100-night risk-free trial period. If at any time during the trial you decide you don’t want to keep the mattress, call Purple customer service to arrange for a return and refund.
  • Warranty policy: Each Purple 4 mattress comes with a 10-year warranty.
  • Shipping info: The mattress ships for free and comes with free white-glove delivery. This means the delivery people will also set the bed up for you, and take away your old mattress for free if you like.

These policies (with the exception of free white glove delivery) are pretty standard for the online mattress industry.

Purple Company Info

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Contact Information

Comparing Purple 4 vs. Casper

When we compared this Purple model with the Casper mattress for pricing, Casper was the clear winner. That’s not too surprising considering the Casper is an all-foam mattress, while the Purple 4 is a hybrid mattress that combines a pocketed innerspring coils topped with the patented Purple Hyper-Elastic Polymer. That construction also makes the Purple 4 best for back and stomach sleepers, as well as heavy individuals, while the Casper is going to excel with all sleeper types. Overall they are very different mattresses and suitable for different types of sleepers.

Comparing Purple 4 vs. Original Purple

The first thing to note is the Original Purple is considerably less expensive in comparison with the Purple Hybrid Premier mattress price. That’s because the Purple 4 uses pocketed coils for its support system, while the original Purple uses a cheaper foam support system. In terms of firmness they are similar, but Purple Hybrid Premier is a hair firmer. We think both mattresses can work for any type of sleeper position, but Purple Hybrid is more accommodating for heavier sleeper types. As Purple likes to say about their mattresses “soft where you want it and firm where you need it.”

FAQs

How did the Slumber Yard team get the Purple 4 mattress?

Purple sent the Slumber Yard team this mattress for free. However, we retain full editorial control over the content we publish. We test and opine on products independently and have not received any monetary compensation from Purple to write this post.

How much does the Purple 4.0 mattress weigh?

The Purple 4 mattress ranges in weight from 105 pounds for a twin xl to 202 pounds for a cal king. If you want to move the mattress, it’s most likely going to require two people.

Where is the Purple 4 bed made?

All Purple beds are manufactured in the good ol’ US of A. Specifically, they’re made in Utah.

Can you tell me more about the materials in Purple 4?

All foam the company uses in its beds are CertiPUR-US approved. Additionally, their Hyper-Elastic Polymer is non-toxic.

Do I need a special frame for the Purple 4 mattress?

No, most adjustable bases, slatted frames and foundations are compatible with the Purple 4 mattress. However, it’s always a good idea to check whether your existing frame can support the weight of your new mattress. Also, it’s worth noting that the company recommends you do not use a box spring with your new Purple mattress.

Does Purple 4 have coils?

Yes. This bed has 7.5″ coils.