Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Review
Note: Purple has discontinued the Purple Hybrid and Premier mattresses. They are no longer available for purchase. Purple has replaced these mattresses with three new collections — Essential, Premium and Luxe. Check out our best hybrid mattress list for other options.
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.
We’re not going to lie — the Purple 4 mattress isn’t cheap. But because of its quality and features, this bed is definitely worth it for heavier individuals and all sleeper positions, especially side and combination.
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. There’s no doubt Purple beds are non-traditional mattresses, but there’s a lot to love about the Purple 4.
Here’s what we love about the Purple 4 bed:
- The Hyper-Elastic Polymer construction is 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.
- It’s one of the best beds out there in terms of temperature regulation.
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Keep reading to learn more about the Purple Hybrid Premier bed.
How Does the Purple 4 Mattress Feel?
The 4″ layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer (hence the Purple 4 name) on top gives the Purple Hybrid Premier a gel-like feel. Yes, all of the beds from Purple will have the unique gel-like feel. However, because the 4.0 Purple mattress 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.
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 a little 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.
Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before –– Purple allows you to order samples. That way you don’t have to guess, you’ll know if you like it before you buy.
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. Which means it’s a good fit for most people.
The Hyper-Elastic Polymer of the Purple 4 mattress 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.
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.
- 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.
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 4 Mattress Construction
The Purple 4 Mattress uses a combination of materials and totals 13″ thick.
- 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. 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.
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 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 utmost 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 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.
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 SleepersGood For
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 SleepersGood For
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 SleepersGood For
Purple likes to steer combo sleepers toward
sthe 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
Is Purple 4 A Good Mattress For Couples?
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.
First, the Purple 4 Hybrid 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. This is important for partners who toss and turn at night or get out of bed before you wake up. With Purple, being jostled awake is a thing of the past.
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).
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.
What Does the Purple 4 Mattress Cost?
The Purple 4 is the company’s most expensive mattress, but you get what you pay for. This is a premium mattress with a high-quality design, and it’s going to last you a long time. Note that the Purple 4 now goes by the name Purple Hybrid Premier and is the 4” option.
Purple has discontinued the Purple 4 mattress. It is no longer being made.
Does Purple offer discount coupons?
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.
If the Purple Hybrid Premier mattress price is way out of your reach, check out our Best Beds Under $1,000 list.
Is the Purple 4 Mattress Worth It?
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.
We should qualify and say that the Purple 4 is definitely worth it, but for certain types of sleepers. This bed is specifically designed with side sleepers in mind. And while other sleepers will certainly sleep comfortably as well, there may be other Purple mattresses that are an even better fit.
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.
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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.
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Comparing Purple Mattress Alternatives
- 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.”
The Purple Hybrid Premier mattress is expensive. There’s no way around that. However, we are big fans of what this mattress has to offer. It’s one of the best mattresses for temperature regulation, and if you like that unique gel-like feel from Purple, you’ll love the luxury of this bed.
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.
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.
All Purple beds are manufactured in the good ol’ US of A. Specifically, they’re made in Utah.
All foam the company uses in its beds are CertiPUR-US approved. Additionally, their Hyper-Elastic Polymer is non-toxic.
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.
Yes. This bed has 7.5″ coils.
Anyone can sleep well on the Purple 4 mattress. That said, it is best suited for side and back sleepers. You’ll give a really nice balance between pressure relief and support when you lay on it, which means you won’t wake up with the stiffness in your back that you get with other beds.
We know the numbers can get a little confusing, but it’s actually pretty simple. The number in the name represents the depth of the proprietary comfort grid system. The Purple 2 has two inches of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, the Purple 3 has three inches, and the Purple 4 has four inches.
We found that the Purple Hybrid Premier 4 mattress is a medium to a medium-firm on our firmness scale. Yes, you’ll sink into the top layer of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer. However, the pocketed coils below keep the bed from being too soft. You’ll get all the support you need from the Purple 4 bed.