Purple Mattress Review
A detailed look at the pros and cons of the Original Purple mattress.
Purple is widely recognized as one of the most innovative, popular bedding companies on earth today, thanks in large part to the success of the Original Purple mattress. The Purple bed utilizes a patented material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which is unlike any other mattress material on the market—it’s not a memory foam, or any type of foam really. In this review, we’ll cover what exactly that material is, as well as firmness, and back, stomach, and side sleepers.
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If you’re looking for a unique mattress with a different type of feel
All types of sleepers, including side, back and stomach
If you prefer a traditional memory foam bed
Individuals looking for a firm mattress
Purple Mattress Review: At-A-Glance
Here’s a quick overview of the subjects that we’ll be covering in this review. Click the links to jump to the appropriate section in this review.
- Purple Mattress Honest YouTube Review
- What Does The Mattress Cost?
- Firmness Test
- Will Back And Stomach Sleepers Like Purple?
- Enough Pressure Relief For Side Sleepers?
- Can Purple Handle Heavy People?
- How is Purple for Couples?
- Purple Original – Unboxing & Shipping
- Purple Mattress Alternatives & Competitors
- Final Verdict
What is the purple mattress made of?
Like the majority of bed-in-a-box mattresses, the Original Purple mattress starts with a dense layer of support foam, which serves as the foundation for the bed. In this case, Purple uses a 4″ layer of two pound polyurethane foam.
In the middle, Purple uses a 3.25″ layer of 1.8 pound polyurethane foam. This layer is obviously a little less dense than the support foam below and acts as the transition layer in the mattress. However, here’s where Purple differs from pretty much all other online mattresses. For the top layer, Purple uses a 2″ layer of their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer. Apparently, some people call this the “Purple Mattress Topper.”
This polymer material is not memory foam or any comfort layer that you’re used to seeing. Rather, it looks and feels more like a gel or silicone-like material. The top layer is laid out in a grid formation, which creates a bunch of tiny squares across the surface of the bed.
The polymer material extremely soft, flexible, and responsive. In fact, Hyper-Elastic Polymer can be stretched 15x its original state. Try doing that with foam and see what happens (spoiler alert: it rips).
What really makes Hyper-Elastic Polymer special though is that it’s also quite supportive. You kind of get the best of both worlds with this material. It’s soft, comfortable, and pressure relieving, yet it’s also able to support all types of sleepers.
Purple likes to say it’s “soft where you want it and firm where you need it”. And honestly, we’d have to agree. It truly is a unique mattress material that’s supportive but also knocks it out of the park in terms of allowing for great pressure relief. It also offers additional benefits as well, which we will get to below.
Bringing all the layers together is a soft, removable cover. However, like most online mattresses, it is recommended you do not machine wash the cover. Rather, if you happen to spill something, you should spot clean it with a mild detergent.
If you’re worried about getting the cover dirty or you just want the convenience of being able to throw your sheets and cover in the wash together, you may want to check out some mattress protectors that Amazon has to offer.
Purple offers a mattress protector of their own that is machine washable, however, it’s slightly more expensive than the ones you can buy on Amazon. Keep in mind, though, that protectors can hinder the breathability of the mattress a little.
Purple Mattress Honest YouTube Review
Before we get into the meat and potatoes of this review, it’s important to note that Purple offers three other mattress models as well. In short, the company recently introduced pocketed coil models, which are similar to the original, but use coils for their support and foundation layers.
These models are quite a bit more expensive than the Original Purple, but they do offer several advantages. Be sure to check out our reviews for more detail regarding the coil Purple mattresses.
What Does The Original Purple Mattress Cost?
However, considering the special material this bed utilizes (we’ll get to that below), we actually think the original Purple is a pretty good value. Here’s how the prices break down by size:
|King / Cal King||$1,399|
Unfortunately, Purple doesn’t regularly offer coupon codes or promo codes to make their mattresses cheaper. However, they will almost always throw in a free gift (pillow, sheets, etc.) with each mattress purchase. Be sure to check their website to see what promotion they’re currently offering.
Purple Mattress Size And Dimensions (King, Queen, Full, Twin)
As you’d expect, Purple is available in all of the major sizes in the US aside from the twin. They have the twin XL up to the California king. Here’s a breakdown of the exact dimensions for the original Purple mattress:
- Twin XL — 38” x 80”
- Full — 54” x 76”
- Queen — 60” x 80”
- King — 76” x 80”
- Cal King — 72” x 84”
How Your Weight Affects The Purple Mattress
In almost every piece of content we write, we always make sure to talk about weight. Every mattress will feel different to various individuals. That’s because your weight and body type play a huge role in how you perceive a mattress to feel.
In short, heavier sleepers (250+ pounds) will feel like most mattresses are on the softer side of the spectrum. Big folks exert quite a bit more stress and pressure on a bed than small and average size people. As such, they tend to sink into the bed a little more and have a more immersive experience with the top layers.
On the flip side, petite sleepers (150 pounds or less) place very little pressure on a mattress. As a result, these body types tend to think most mattresses are on the firmer side since they sleep more on top of the mattress and don’t sink in as much.
Obviously, that’s just feel though. Your weight will affect other factors as well like support and temperature regulation. Keep your weight in mind as you proceed through this review.
Purple Mattress Firmness Test
As we alluded to above, the Original Purple mattress has a very unique feel. The top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer gives the bed a gel-like feel (even though it’s technically not gel). The bed is soft and comfortable, however, the feel can be too odd for some people.
As you lay down on the bed, you can sort of feel the polymer squares below shifting, folding and conforming to your body’s shape. It feels a little weird at first but after a few nights, we’ve found that most people warm up to the feel and end up really liking it.
If you’re still a little unsure of the gel-like feel though, you can always get a sample of Hyper-Elastic Polymer before pulling the trigger on a mattress.
In terms of firmness, honestly, it’s hard to rate the Original Purple given the unique characteristics of the polymer top layer. However, if you really pulled our collective arms, we’d say it’s about a medium on the firmness scale. Overall, the mattress finds a really nice balance between pressure relief and support.
Lastly, as we talked about above, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is super responsive. It pops back to its original state almost immediately after pressure is released. All this means is that active sleepers won’t feel like they’re “stuck in the mud” and will find it quite easy to switch between sleeping positions.
Will Back & Stomach Sleepers Like the Purple Mattress?
Yes. Back and stomach sleepers will find that the Original Purple mattress provides the necessary support. Your hips will sink down a little into the polymer material (as they should) but not to the point where your spine is no longer in proper alignment.
If you’re a heavier back or stomach sleeper, the Original Purple will still work, it’s just probably not the best option out there. We’d recommend checking out the coil Purple mattresses, which contain coils. Or you can check out our Best Hybrid Mattresses list.
There’s not really a hard and fast rule for the weight limit for back and stomach sleepers. That said, we estimate that it’s around 230-250 lb. If you’re heavier, you can still lay on the bed, but we think you’ll be too heavy to be comfortable long term.
Does this Mattress Have Enough Pressure Relief For Side Sleepers?
Yes. The Purple mattress is ideal for side sleepers of all sizes. The top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer does a great job of conforming to your body and cradling your hips and shoulders. Overall, the bed provides a ton of pressure relief. It basically has the pressure relief of memory foam without creating that sink-in feeling that you may or may not like.
In fact, Purple made our list for the Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers. We hold Purple in high regard as it relates to side sleepers. We consider Purple to be a nice alternative to a lot of softer memory foam beds since it offers enough pressure relief, but also is fairly supportive.
As you can probably guess, we also think the Purple is a viable option for combo sleepers. The bed provides ample pressure relief for side sleepers and a good amount of support under the lower back and trunk of back and stomach sleepers. Plus, given the top layer is so responsive, you’ll find it effortless to switch between positions.
Can the Purple Mattress Handle Heavy & Obese People?
This is a hard one. While the top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer is very supportive, we generally recommend heavy sleepers go with a bed that contains coils as their main support system.
In general, coils are much more durable than support foams and also provide bi-directional support, meaning the coils compress but also provide some resistance against pressure. As such, these types of beds are just better equipped to handle all the extra force big folks exert on a bed night after night.
As a result, we’d recommend big folks take a look at one of the coil Purple mattresses, which contain individually pocketed coils. You can see the coil Purple mattresses and check current pricing on Purple.com.
Conversely, people that weigh over 250 pounds might also want to take a peek at our list of the Best Mattresses For Heavy People.
Does Purple Mattresses Sleep Cold?
I don’t know if cold is the exact right word, but it’s definitely one of the best beds out there when it comes to airflow and temperature regulation. This is largely due, again, to that top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer.
First, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is just a naturally more temperature neutral material than the common foams that most mattresses use for their top layers.
For example, traditional memory foam is known for retaining heat and transferring that to the person who is snuggled into the bed. You don’t get that with Hyper-Elastic Polymer, it just doesn’t retain or radiate heat.
Furthermore, as we mentioned above, the polymer material is constructed in a grid formation (Purple calls it a Smart Comfort Grid). Basically, this creates columns and rows of little polymer squares where air can move freely.
Overall, this is one the big advantages that Purple beds offer. If you tend to heat up at night or just live in a hot climate and don’t like to use the air conditioner, this is one of the Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers on the market.
Two More Things For Couples Looking At Purple
As we mentioned above, the feel of the Original Purple mattress can be very divisive. Some people love it and some people find it a little too weird. As such, this is the first hurdle that couples need to face. If one person in the relationship finds it too odd, you should probably take a look at our list for the Best Beds For Couples.
If both partners like the feel though, it’s time to talk about motion isolation and edge support, which are two important considerations for couples.
Let’s start with the good news. Surprisingly, the Original Purple mattress does a pretty good job of limiting motion transfer. You might not think so given how responsive and sort of bouncy the polymer top layer is, but the bed actually passed our tests easily. Good motion isolation means one partner will not be disturbed by the other partner’s movements throughout the night. The less you’re disturbed and jostled awake means a more restful night’s sleep.
Moving on to edge support, this previously was one of the big complaints with the Purple mattress. However, in late 2019, the company added dense foam side rails around the perimeter of the bed in order to help combat the issue. As a result, the bed now performs much better in this category compared to the previous version.
All in all, we’d say the Purple mattress provides pretty decent edge support. We still wouldn’t put it in our great category, but it’s definitely good enough to get the job done.
Edge support is a particularly sensitive subject for partners who share a smaller size bed like a full or queen. A bed that provides viable edge support (like the Purple mattress) means there is more useful surface area for both individuals to spread out and get comfortable (rather than both people hugging the middle).
Purple Original Mattress: Unboxing & Shipping
Like most bed-in-a-box companies, the Original Purple mattress ships for free and arrives at your doorstep rolled up and compressed. However, it doesn’t actually arrive in a box. Not that it’s a big deal, but it actually arrives packaged in a protective covering.
Once you move the rolled up bed to your desired room, just remove the plastic covering, unroll the mattress and let it inflate for about 24-72 hours before using. The whole setup process is a lot easier than most people realize.
Once the mattress arrives, Purple gives you a 100-night risk-free trial period to test out the bed. If, for any reason, you decide you don’t like the bed during that time period, no problem, just give customer service a call. They’ll arrange for a third party to come pick up the mattress from your home, free of charge. Once you provide Purple with a receipt that the mattress had indeed been picked up, they’ll issue you a full refund. Pretty painless, right?
If you do decide to keep the mattress, it comes with a 10-year warranty. You can read more about what the warranty entails on the Purple’s website.
Just to be clear, Purple is not the only online mattress company that offers such friendly policies. It’s the industry standard to offer free shipping, free returns, a 100-night trial period, and a 10-year warranty.
Final Verdict: Purple Mattress Review
We are big fans of Purple beds in general. We like all the benefits that Hyper-Elastic Polymer provides. There’s a reason why this mattress is staple on our list of the Best Beds Under $1,000.
Bottom line, if you’re open to a new style of mattress, we highly recommend giving Purple a try.
Purple Mattress Alternatives & Competitors
Given that Purple competes in the online space, technically all of the mattresses that we’ve reviewed are competitors. That said, here’s a quick list of their major head-to-head competitors.
- Casper — This is the foam mattress online. It’s incredibly popular, and we can understand why. It’s a soft foam mattress that’s really comfortable.
- Leesa — Very similar store to Casper, but typically with a lower price tag.
- Tuft & Needle — If Casper is the the foam mattress, Tuft & Needle is the budget mattress online. Serta Simmons actually owns Tuft & Needle.
- GhostBed — Another foam mattress, only this time, GhostBed uses a mix of three different foams, including latex foam.
- Saatva — This is a luxury innerspring mattress that’s priced similarly to Purple. It uses dual coil layers and an organic cotton pillow top.
- TempurPedic — Given that TempurPedic is perhaps the most well known mattress company, naturally people end up comparing it to Purple even though they’re nothing alike.
Egg Test Ad & Other Purple Mattress Commercials
Purple burst onto the scene in part because of their viral “egg test” ad which featured Goldilocks. The idea of the commercial was to demonstrate that Purple can be soft and firm at the same time. In other words, it could cradle the egg so that it would not break, but it would be firm enough to support the plate of glass. Here’s a look at the commercial.
We’ve been itching to try the “egg test” ourselves, but haven’t yet gotten around to it yet. Still, it was clearly a clever marketing stunt and we have heard that the test was not faked. Purple has also produced ads for their other products, including the Purple Pillow, Purple Power Base, and the others.
|How did the Slumber Yard team get the Original Purple mattress?||The Original Purple mattress was sent to the Slumber Yard team for free by Purple. However, we are under no obligation to provide a favorable review. We review products independently and have not received any monetary compensation from Purple to provide this post.|
|How much does the Purple mattress weigh?||The Original Purple mattresses range from 70 pounds for a twin to 140 pounds for a cal king.|
|What frame or foundation should you use with the Original Purple mattress?||Most foundations, adjustable bases, platforms and slatted frames will work just fine. Purple recommends you do not use a box spring with your new bed, though.|
|Can the Purple mattress be shipped to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada?||Yes but it will cost you. They charge an additional fee, which is calculated upon checkout.|
|Is the foam used in a Purple mattress safe?||Yes, all the foams Purple uses are CertiPUR-US certified meaning they are made without ozone depleters, flame retardants, heavy metals or formaldehyde.|
|How good is the Purple mattress?||We really like the Purple mattresses. They are unique, comfortable, and fantastic for hot sleepers. Plus, they can be soft/firm at the same time thanks to Hyper-Elastic Polymer.|
|How firm is the Purple mattress?||We consider the Original Purple mattress to be about a “medium” on our firmness scale. That means it’s not overly soft or firm and should work for all sleeping positions.|
|Is the Purple mattress good for hot sleepers?||It sure is! In fact, we’d consider Purple among the top 5 best mattresses for hot sleepers. It does a tremendous job of circulating airflow and keeping you at a comfortable temperature.|
|How will shipping and returns work with Purple?||You get 100% free shipping and returns with the Purple mattress, if you live in the Contiguous United States.|
|Where is the Purple mattress made?||All Purple mattresses are made in the United States by Purple in their manufacturing facility in Utah.|
|What is Hyper-Elastic Polymer?||It’s a gel-like material that you’ll see on all of the Purple mattresses. It sort of feels like a big Dr. Scholl’s insole. It’s squishy and stretch, and really comfy (if you ask us).|