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Purple Mattress Review (Original)

See what all the hype is about in this Original Purple bed review.

Purple is widely recognized as one of the most innovative, popular bedding company on earth today, thanks in large part to the success of the Original Purple mattress. The bed utilizes a patented material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which is unlike any other mattress material on the market. In this review, we'll cover what exactly that material is, as well as firmness, sleeper type, and temperature regulation. You don't want to miss this review.

Who Is This Bed Best For?

  • Open-minded consumers (bed has a completely unique feel)
  • All sleeper types (side, back, stomach, and combination)
  • Hot sleepers that want a bed with great airflow
  • Petite and average size individuals
  • Folks with a budget around $1,000

Who Won't Love This Bed?

  • Heavy sleepers (New Purple mattresses are more ideal)
  • Memory foam enthusiasts
  • Couples (gel-like feel can be divisive)
  • Individuals looking to spend under $700
  • Partners who share a smaller size bed (edge support is average)

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Purple Company Policies

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.

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The Slumber Yard team setting up the Original Purple mattress.

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?

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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.

Original Purple Mattress Price And Coupon Code

The Original Purple mattress is priced about average for the bed-in-a-box industry. It wouldn’t be considered a budget tier mattress, nor would it be considered a luxury tier bed.

However, considering the special material this bed utilizes (we’ll get to that below), we actually think the OG Purple is a pretty good value. Here’s how the prices break down by size:

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin XL$699
Full$899
Queen$999
King / Cal King$1,299

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 their currently offering.

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.

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Big dogs like Slumber Yard team member Dillon find most mattresses to be on the soft side.

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 Models

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 early 2018, they introduced the Purple.2, Purple.3 and Purple.4 mattress.

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 New Purple mattresses.

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 3.5″ 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.

This polymer material is not a foam. 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).

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Inside look at the Original Purple mattress.

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. It also offers additional benefits as well, which we will get to below.

Cover, Cleaning, And Care

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.

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The cover is technically removable, but you should not remove it.

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 popular mattress protectors on Amazon.

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.

Feel, Firmness, And Responsiveness

As we eluded 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.

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An up-close look at Purple’s unique Hyper-Elastic Polymer

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.

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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.

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Is The Original Purple Mattress Ideal For Back And Stomach Sleepers?

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.

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The Original Purple mattress provides a good amount of support for back and stomach sleepers.

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 New Purple mattresses, which contain coils. Or you can check out our Best Hybrid Mattresses list.

Is The Original Purple Mattress Ideal 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.

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The top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer cradles pressure points extremely well

In fact, Purple made our list for the Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers.

Is The Original Purple Mattress Ideal For Combo Sleepers?

As you can probably guess, yes, we think the Original 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.

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Petite And Medium Size People

Yes. Not much to be said here. As we’ve already stated multiple times, the Original Purple strikes a nice balance between comfort and support. Small and average size people will feel supported in all positions.

Will The Purple Bed Work For Heavy 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 New Purple mattresses, which contain individually pocketed coils. You can see the New Purple mattresses and check current pricing on Purple.com.

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A quick look at the New Purple 4 mattress

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 The Original Purple Mattress 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.

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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.

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The grid of Hyper-Elastic Polymer allows for a ton of airflow.

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.

Will Partners (Couples) Like The Original Purple Bed?

This is a tough subject. 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.

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The Original Purple mattress actually does a good job of deadening movement.

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.

On the downside, we found the edge support on the Original Purple to be just average. As you roll over towards the perimeter of the bed, you’ll notice a bit of compression and get a little of a roll-off sensation.

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The edge support on the Original Purple mattress is just average.

As such, if you share a bed with a person that likes to the hog the middle of the bed or maybe you just don’t like to cuddle, you may want to go up a size so there’s more useful surface area for you and you partner to sleep comfortably.

Also, just for your information, this is one area that Purple improved with their new mattress models. The Purple 2, 3 and 4 all use dense foam side rails for improved support around the perimeter of the bed.

Original Purple Bed-In-A-Box Review Verdict

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.

Review Team

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

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Carla Thrower

Back Sleeper

FAQs

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 do Purple mattresses 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 bed?

Most box foundations, adjustable bases, platforms and slatted frames will work just fine. Just make sure your existing frame can support the weight of your new Purple mattress.

Does Purple ship to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada?

Yes but it will cost you. They charge an additional fee, which is calculated upon checkout.

Are the foams Purple uses safe?

Yes, all the foams Purple uses are CertiPUR-US certified meaning they are made without ozone depleters, flame retardants, heavy metals or formaldehyde.

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