More About Purple 4
It's certainly not cheap, but could Purple 4 be worth it?
Last Updated: May 26, 2020
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.
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If you’re looking for a unique, responsive mattress with a different type of feel
All types of sleepers (particularly side)
Shoppers with a budget under $2,000
Individuals who prefer traditional memory foam beds
For those of you who prefer videos over reading lengthy written articles, here is quick video overview of why Slumber Yard team member Matt really likes his Purple.4 mattress.
However, we can only fit so much detail and information into one single video. Keep reading to learn more about the Purple.4 bed.
When You Buy This Bed Online
The Purple.4, along with the other beds Purple offers, ship for free. However, the 4.0 model does not arrive rolled up and compressed in a plastic cover like the Original Purple mattress.
The coil Purple mattresses (models 2, 3 & 4) all come with free white glove delivery. That means an actual person or two will deliver the mattress to your house and set it up for you (sans the white gloves). You don’t need to do a thing other than perhaps get the delivery guy a glass of water because the Purple.4 is hard to move and lacks handles (a queen size weighs nearly 170 pounds). The delivery team will also haul away your old mattress for free if you so choose.
Once the mattress has been delivered, Purple gives you a 100-night risk-free trial period. Basically, they are giving you more than three full months to sleep on the bed and decide whether you like it. If you do, great, that’s the goal. If not, just give the company a call and they’ll schedule a third party crew to come pick it up from your home free of charge.
Once the crew is finished, just provide proof to customer service that the mattress has indeed been picked up and they’ll issue you a full refund. Easy as that. The whole return process will take about 2-3 weeks.
Every Purple bed also comes with a 10-year warranty. You can peruse the warranty for more details on the company’s website.
These policies (with the exception of free white glove delivery) are pretty standard for the online mattress industry. Expect any online mattress you buy to come with free shipping, free returns, an extended trial period and a long warranty.
Other Models That You Might Be Interested In
In addition to the Purple.4, the company also offers three other mattress models as well. Here’s a video about how they all compare.
The company’s most affordable bed is the flagship Purple mattress. This model uses two layers of polyurethane foam for its support structure (the newer models use coils).
Then we have what the company calls its “New Purple mattresses.” The first of which is the New Purple 2 mattress. This model is very similar to the Purple.4 except it has 2″ less of Hyper-Elastic Polymer on top (we’ll discuss this material in detail in the coming sections).
Next is the Purple.3, which again is similar to the Purple.4 except it has 1″ less of the polymer material on top. This model is tad bit more expensive than the Purple.2, as well.
Finally, we have the Purple.4, which is what we’re discussing today. Keep reading to learn more about this particular model. Also, if you’re interested in the differences between the Purple 2, 3 & 4, be sure to check out our Purple Mattress Comparison, which our colleague Jeff Rizzo put together.
Purple 4 Mattress Pricing And Coupon Code
The Purple.4 is the company’s most expensive mattress. It does cost a pretty penny, but you get what you pay for. This a premium mattress with a high-quality design. It will last a long time. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.
|King / Cal King||$3,499|
Sadly, Purple does not regularly offer coupon codes or promo codes to make their beds more affordable. However, we do have some good news for you. The company is almost always running specials where they toss in a free gift (sheets, pillow, etc.) with each mattress purchase. You can check what the company is currently offering over at Purple.com.
If the Purple.4 mattress is way out of your price range, be sure to check out our Best Beds Under $1,000 list.
Why Your Weight Is A Big Deal
In every guide that we publish, we always make sure to discuss weight. It’s a subject that often goes overlooked. Your weight makes a big difference in how a particular mattress feels.
In general, heavy people (250+ pounds) will feel like most beds are on the softer side of the spectrum. Big folks exert a lot more force on a mattress than average or small sized people. As a result, they tend to sink into the bed and feel more of the plush top layers.
Lighter sleepers, on the other hand, who weigh 150 pounds or less will feel like most mattresses are on the firmer side of the spectrum. Smaller sized folks place very little pressure on a bed and thus sleep more on top of the mattress.
Keep your weight in mind throughout this post. We’ll do our best to reference all body types though as we get into feel, firmness and support.
What Is The Purple 4 Mattress Made Of?
The Purple.4 mattress uses a combination of materials and totals 13″ thick. On the very bottom, the bed uses a 1″ layer of dense polyurethane foam. This layer just serves as the foundation for the bed.
Next, we have the main support system for the mattress, which is a layer of 7.5″ individually encased coils. These coils give the bed a strong, responsive base and a little bit of bounce. In the middle, Purple uses another layer of polyurethane foam. This time it’s just a 1/2″ layer, which simply serves as transition from the coils below.
Time to pay attention, here’s where things get interesting. On top, Purple uses a 4″ slab of its patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer. This is a very unique mattress material. The majority of other online mattresses have foam top layers such as memory foam, latex foam or some sort of proprietary foam.
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 it’s original state, which is pretty incredible. I don’t even want to think about what would happen if you tried that with memory foam.
Regardless, the material is very special in that it’s soft and pressure relieving yet also very supportive at the same time. It truly is a unique material. The company likes to say its Hyper-Elastic Polymer is “soft where you want it and firm where you need it”. We’d have to agree with this statement.
A Closer Look At The Textured 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 and adapt with the Hyper-Elastic Polymer below. Overall, it’s soft, breathable, and comfortable.
The cover is removable, however, you should not machine wash it. The company recommends against that. Instead, if you have an unforeseen accident, just spot clean the cover with water and a mild detergent.
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.
What Purple 4 Feels Like
As we already touched on aboe, the 4″ layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer on top gives the Purple.4 a gel-like feel. In fact, since the 4.0 model has the thickest slab of polymer out of the four Purple beds, it actually has the most distinct gel-like feel of all the models.
As you lay down on the bed, you can literally feel the polymer beneath shifting, folding and conforming to your body. It’s pretty incredible.
However, 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 just a little too weird.
With that said, the majority of people who try it really end up liking it. Just ask Slumber Yard team member Matt. He personally selected the Purple.4 to be his every night mattress because he liked it so much.
If you’re a little unsure about Hyper-Elastic Polymer, 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. This means active sleepers who move around a lot will find it extremely easy to switch between sleeping positions.
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.
As we’ve stated above, the Hyper-Elastic Polymer is quite 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.
Primary Side Sleepers: Will They Enjoy This Bed?
Yes, in fact, according to Purple, the 4.0 model is their flagship mattress for primary side sleepers. Since 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.
People That Favor Their Back Or Stomach
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.2 and Purple.3 will work just fine as well. 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, rest assured that the area under lower back and trunk will always be supported.
Also A Good Option For Combo Sleepers?
Absolutely. Purple likes to steer combo sleepers towards the 3.0 model since it’s somewhat in between the Purple.2 (most ideal for back and stomach sleepers) and Purple.4 (most ideal for side sleepers), but in all honesty, all Purple models will be just 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.
Will This Bed Work For Heavier People?
Yes, the Purple.4 is able to properly support heavier sleepers as well. We almost always steer big folks towards hybrid or innerspring beds that contain coils, and the Purple.4 obviously 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. Don’t let the fancy term fool you. 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.
Does The Purple 4 Mattress Sleep Cool?
The term “cool” gets used a lot in the mattress industry, but we’re always a little hesitant to use it ourselves since external factors (where you live, how much you use your air conditioner, etc.) play a huge role your sleeping temperature.
However, we can say that the Purple.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. Here, take a look:
As you can see above, if you forget about the cover, you’re basically sleeping on hundreds of tiny air pockets. Pretty crazy to think about, right?
All in all, Purple beds are among the best choices out there for Hot Sleepers.
A Good Bed For Couples?
As we discussed earlier, Purple mattresses have a very distinct, gel-like feel. Some people love it and some people think its too weird. If you and your sleeping partner have different preferences, make sure to check out our list of the Best Beds For Couples.
If both of you agree on feel and there are no issues, the Purple.4 will definitely work for you and your partner.
First, the mattress actually does a pretty decent job with motion isolation. It easily passed our tests. There’s very little motion that gets transferred from on side of the mattress to the other.
Motion isolation is an important topic for partnerships in which one person tends to toss and turn or get up a lot during the night. A bed with solid motion transfer isolation means one person will not be affected by the other person’s movements. No one wants to be woken up several times throughout the night just because their partner got up to go to the bathroom or rolled over to turn off the lamp. That can lead to a terrible night’s sleep.
In addition, the Purple.4 provides solid edge support. This is something Purple addressed on their coil mattress models (the flagship Purple has just 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.
This is an important subject for partners who share a smaller size mattress or in situations where one partner hogs the middle of the bed. Good edge support means there’s more useful space for partners to spread out and be comfortable.
At The End Of The Day…
We are big fans of all the Purple beds. Hyper-Elastic Polymer is very 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.
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.