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Purple Mattress Review

Purple Mattress Review

A detailed look at the pros and cons of the Original Purple mattress.

Last Updated: November 12, 2020

Matt Ross

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.

Who Is This Best For?

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

All types of sleepers, including side, back and stomach

Who Won’t Love It?

If you prefer a traditional memory foam bed

Individuals looking for a firm mattress

Purple Bed Overview

The Original Purple mattress is one of the most sought after beds online, and happens to be a fan favorite among a few of us in the office at the Slumber Yard. It’s completely unique and is a great option for those that are interested in trying something new.

It’s one of the only beds to feature Hyper-Elastic Polymer, a proprietary comfort material, which happens to be both pressure relieving and supportive at the same time. With that said, it can be a little divisive — for example, Owen LOVES the Purple Mattress, but couldn’t convince his significant other to sleep on it because of its unique gel-like feel.

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 Purple mattress review:

In this review, we’ll try the best we can to describe how it feels to sleep on Hyper-Elastic Polymer, and who we think it is the best mattress for!

Honest Purple Mattress Reviews Video

Purple Mattress Construction

Since you can’t cut open that new mattress of yours, we got our hands dirty and sliced apart our Purple Mattress just to show you what the inside looks like. Below, you can see the bed’s three layers and an explanation of what they do.

Bottom – the Original Purple mattress starts with a 4″ layer of dense support foam, which serves as the foundation for the bed. Most mattresses in the online industry start off with a thick foam base, and here is where Purple sticks to the status quo.

Middle – 3.25″ layer of 1.8 pound polyurethane foam as a transition layer to neutralize or soften up the feel of the dense neutral-foam at the foundation of the mattress.

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A look at the different layers within the Purple mattress

Top – 2″ layer of the brand’s patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which some people call the “Purple Mattress Topper,” which provides a bulk of the bed’s comfort. 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.

Cover – bringing all the layers together is a soft, removable cover (not machine washable). If you happen to get a stain on the cover, we suggest you remove it and spot clean the spill instead. Otherwise, you might risk shrinking the cover, making it very difficult to put back on.

What Does The Purple Mattress Cost?

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 original Purple bed is a pretty good value with a king size mattress coming in at $1,449. Here’s how the price breaks down by size:

SIZEPRICE (MSRP)
Twin$649
Twin XL$799
Full$999
Queen$1,149
King / Cal King$1,449
Split King$1,598

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.

How Does The Purple Bed Feel?

We think it looks and feels more like a gel or silicone-like material, unlike any type of memory foam or poly foam. 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 is extremely soft, flexible, and responsive. In fact, Hyper-Elastic Polymer can be stretched to 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.

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.

Purple Bed Firmness Test

In terms of firmness, honestly, it’s hard to rate the Original Purple bed 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.

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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.

Body Type Analysis

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.

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We think Purple Mattress is best for petite to average body types

Petite Body Types

This mattress is great for smaller-sized sleepers! Petite individuals (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.

Average Body Types

In general, it’s easier for average sleepers to find a mattress that strikes the right balance between supportive and pressure relieving. We write our reviews from the perspective of an average sleeper, and this Purple Mattress works fine for these sleepers.

Heavy Body Types

Finally, 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.

As such, we would suggest one of the Purple hybrid models to individuals who weigh over ~250 lbs.

Sleeper Type Analysis

To put it simply, the Purple mattress is great for all types of sleepers, whether you sleep on your side, back, stomach or some combination of all three. Here’s a look at how you can expect the mattress to feel, depending on how you sleep.

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Back Sleepers

Back 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.

Stomach Sleepers

Like back sleepers, stomach sleepers will also enjoy the feel of it. If you’re a heavier back or stomach sleeper, the Original Purple bed 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.

Side Sleepers

The Purple bed 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 the Purple mattress to be a nice alternative to a lot of softer memory foam beds since it offers enough pressure relief, but also is fairly supportive.

Combo Sleepers

As you can probably guess, we also think the Purple bed 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.

Is Purple A Good Mattress For Couples?

As we mentioned above, the feel of it 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.

Edge Support

Edge support previously was one of the big complaints with the Purple. 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.

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Improved edge support with the updated Purple mattress

All in all, we’d say the Purple bed 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.

What is edge support and why does it matter? We have a detailed explanation on our edge support blog post.

Motion Isolation

Surprisingly, the Original Purple 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.

Do Purple Beds 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.

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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 of 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.

For an in-depth explanation on temperature regulation and how we test it, click here.

Purple Mattress 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 a 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

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

Comparing Purple Mattress Alternatives

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.

Purple vs. Casper

Casper is the foam mattress online. It’s incredibly popular, and we can understand why. It’s a soft foam mattress that’s really accommodating for all sleeper types thanks to its medium feel. Purple and Casper beds are similarly priced, so it really depends on whether you prefer the feel of a foam mattress (Casper) or a gel-like one (Purple).

Purple vs. Leesa

Leesa foam mattresses are similar to Casper, but typically with a lower price tag. They’re much different from Purple beds, so take a look at our Purple vs. Leesa comparison to figure out which one is right for you. Leesa has a soft neutral-foam feel, while Purple is completely unique. 

Purple vs. Tuft & Needle

If Casper is the foam mattress, Tuft & Needle is the budget mattress online. Serta Simmons actually owns Tuft & Needle, which produces affordable soft neutral-foam beds. See how Purple stacks up to Tuft & Needle in our comparison guide. It mostly comes down to price, and feel. 

Purple vs. GhostBed

Another foam mattress, only this time, GhostBed uses a mix of three different foams, including latex foam. GhostBed mattresses cost less than Purple, but they feel completely different. With that said, they both do have a bouncy quality thanks to GhostBed’s latex foam and Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer. See how Purple and GhosBed compare.

Purple vs. Saatva

This is a luxury innerspring mattress that’s priced similarly to Purple. It uses dual coil layers and an organic cotton pillow-top. With Saatva, you can choose from three different firmness levels, unlike Purple, which only offers one (medium). Learn more about the differences between Purple and Saatva.

Other Purple Mattresses

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 Purple mattress reviews for more detail regarding the coil Purple mattresses.

Other Purple Reviews:

Purple Company Policies

Like most of its competitors, Purple offers customer-friendly policies in terms of its trial period, warranty, and shipping policies. Here’s an overview:

  • Risk-free trial period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years (more details available on Purple’s website)
  • Shipping: Free
  • Returns: Free; if you decide that you don’t like the bed during your trial period, customer service will arrange for a third party to come pick up the mattress from your home

Purple Mattress Size And Dimensions

SIZEDimensions
Twin 38” x 75”
Twin XL 38” x 80”
Full 54” x 76”
Queen 60” x 80”
King 76” x 80”
Cal King 72” x 84”
Split King 76” x 80” (comes in two packages)

FAQs

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 stretchy, and really comfy (if you ask us).

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 did the Slumber Yard team get this bed?

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.

Where is the Purple mattress made?

All Purple mattresses are made in the United States by Purple in their manufacturing facility in Utah.

Can I get a sample of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material?

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.