Materials: Hyper-Elastic Polymer Grid, coils and foam
Firmness: 6/10; 5/10
Warranty: 10 years
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $1,999—$4,998
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Materials: Hyper-Elastic Polymer Grid, coils and foam
Firmness: 6/10; 5/10
Warranty: 10 years
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $1,999—$4,998
The Mattress Nerd’s Take: If you’re looking for a luxurious mattress with a unique feel, then the Purple Hybrid Premier might be for you. This innovative bed features two comfort options, so sleepers can choose from either a 3″ comfort layer or upgrade to a 4″ layer. With a hybrid construction of foam and coils, the Purple Hybrid Premier combines the best of both mattress types by providing superior comfort, support and pressure relief—all at a higher price point. Budget shoppers may prefer to check out our list of best affordable mattresses, and others may find Purple’s comfort grid to feel a bit unfamiliar at first. Still, the ability to choose a thicker or thinner comfort layer results in a mattress that accommodates sleepers of many different sleeping positions.
|Body Type:||BACK SLEEPERS||STOMACH SLEEPERS||SIDE SLEEPERS|
|Lightweight (< 130 lbs):||3||5||3|
|Average weight (130 – 230 lbs):||5||4||5|
|Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):||4||3||5|
1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent
Because of the supportive coils and firmness level of the Purple Hybrid Premier, it may be one of the best mattresses for back sleepers. Average-weight and heavyweight back sleepers should find the support they need in the bed’s medium-firm feel, which helps to keep the hips elevated and to maintain spinal alignment. The Purple Grid comfort layer provides enough contouring to keep you comfortable and relieve back pain. Still, lightweight back sleepers might not have enough bodyweight to adequately push into the Purple Grid and feel its pressure-relieving effects. Our team recommends the 4” Purple Grid option for sleepers who want maximum pressure relief in the Purple Hybrid Premier.
For those who sleep on their stomach, it’s most important to have proper firmness and support in order to keep the hips elevated. If the pelvis presses too deeply into the mattress, the spine could bow out of its proper alignment (think of a back bend). The Purple Hybrid Premier’s coil system can prevent excessive sinkage at the hips of lightweight and average-weight stomach sleepers. While some heavyweight stomach sleepers might find that the Purple Hybrid Premier lacks adequate support to keep their hips elevated, others will enjoy its level of support. See our other recommendations for the best mattresses for stomach sleepers.
The best mattresses for side sleepers provide soft cradling comfort for the hips and shoulders. Average-weight and heavyweight side sleepers should find an adequate level of softness in the Purple Grid, especially since it releases strategically underneath pressure points. Lightweight side sleepers might desire a bit more softness in a mattress to keep their hips and shoulders from feeling pressurized. Side sleepers are likely to prefer the 4” Purple Grid option to the 3” Purple Grid, because the 4” comfort layer will help provide better pressure relief for the hips and shoulders.
If you’re a combination sleeper, meaning you change positions often throughout the night, we expect you’ll fare well on the Purple Hybrid Premier. This mattress for combination sleepers does a good job of eliminating motion transfer and is highly responsive, so you’ll be well-supported as you change positions. If you’re a lightweight combination sleeper who spends a lot of the night sleeping on your side, the Purple Hybrid Premier might feel a bit too firm. But for average-weight and heavyweight combination sleepers, we’ve got almost no reservations recommending this bed.
Join our editor as she reviews the Purple Hybrid bed, which is the sister mattress to the Purple Hybrid Premier. She covers both mattresses and explains their similarities and differences.
While many hybrid mattresses use a mixture of foam layers and individually wrapped coils to create a soft and supportive mattress, the Purple Hybrid Premier incorporates a material unique to the mattress industry: the company’s proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer Grid. The 3” or 4” Purple Grid layer keeps the body evenly balanced on the mattress, so the sleeper should feel as if their body is ready for movement and uninhibited. This level of responsiveness is different from the quicksand-like, memory foam feel found in other mattresses. The individually wrapped coils in the Purple Hybrid Premier also add another layer of bounce to this bed, meaning combination sleepers (those who change positions often throughout the night) should feel right at home on this mattress.
The firmness of the Purple Hybrid Premier mattress will depend on which Purple Grid thickness that the customer selects. Both versions of the mattress (with the 3” and 4” Purple Grid, respectively) have a bouncy, responsive feel that is characteristic of most hybrids. Still, the level of conforming and softness will depend on the thickness of the grid that you choose. On our 1-10 mattress firmness ranking, the Purple Hybrid Premier with the 3″ Purple Grid is considered a medium-firm 6/10 firmness. The Hybrid Premier with the 4″ Purple Grid is a 5/10 firmness level, so it will deliver a bit more contouring for sensitive joints in the body like the hips, shoulders and ankles.
If you’re a hot sleeper, you probably know firsthand the frustration of waking up sweating in the middle of the night. We typically recommend that hot sleepers choose a hybrid bed to help them obtain a cool night of sleep, and the Purple Hybrid Premier doesn’t disappoint. The individually wrapped base layer of coils provides breathability, so hot air won’t get trapped and cause discomfort, much like our other recommendations for the best mattresses for hot sleepers. Moreover, the Purple Grid system provides plenty of extra support and airflow: Each of the open cells in the top grid features extra room for heat and air to move around.
Both models of the Hybrid Premier provide excellent motion isolation, making it a best mattress for couples. This is unique for a hybrid mattress: Since most hybrids are responsive and bouncy, they tend not to isolate motion very well. The Purple Grid’s targeted buckling allows the Hybrid Premier to absorb the motion of one partner while leaving the rest of the mattress relatively still. For couples who wake at one another’s movements throughout the night, this will isolate motion to a degree that’s rare to see in hybrid mattress styles.
In the mattress world, “edge support” refers to the stability level of a mattress around its perimeter. If members of our team can sit on the edge of the mattress without feeling like they’re about to slide off, that’s a great sign for edge support. The Purple Hybrid Premier has a high-density foam encasement around the coil layer, which provides reinforcement to help sleepers feel supported as they get in and out of bed. Sleepers shouldn’t feel unstable sitting or lying on the edge of the Hybrid Premier. The mattress is very stable compared to the Purple Original, which we found to have less edge support because of its all-foam support layer.
Regardless of the top layer thickness you choose, both versions of the Purple Hybrid Premier have the same components in their construction. These include a knit blend cover with a non-slip bottom, a comfort layer of Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer Grid (this is the layer that varies in thickness), a 1” transitional layer of polyfoam, and a support layer made of 7.5” pocketed coils encased in polyfoam atop a thin layer of high-density base foam.
Because the 3” Purple Grid version of the Purple Hybrid Premier is just a bit firmer than the 4” Purple Grid, it’ll be better for heavyweight back sleepers and combination sleepers who want more responsiveness. The version of this mattress with a 4” Purple Grid will be better for lightweight sleepers and anyone looking for pressure relief in sensitive parts of the body like the hips and shoulders.
Layer #1: Cover: Both the 3” and 4” Purple Hybrid Premier feature a breathable cover made from a blend of viscose, Lycra spandex and polyester. This cover has a stretchy, breathable feel and is thin enough to allow sleepers to feel the responsiveness of the Purple Grid directly underneath.
Layer #2: Hyper-Elastic Polymer Grid: Customers can choose whether they’d like a 3” or 4” layer of Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer material in the top comfort layer of the mattress. The waffle-shaped Purple Grid compresses in areas where pressure is applied but remains unmoved elsewhere, creating the feeling of floating on top of the mattress. The 4” grid gives the mattress a medium-soft feel and conforms closely to the body, resulting in advanced relief for pressure points. The 3” grid has a medium feel. It conforms to the body but maintains more support, which is better for back or stomach sleepers.
Layer #3: First Transition Layer: A 1” transitional layer of foam lies between the Purple Grid and the responsive support coils beneath. This layer of polyurethane foam, with a density of 2 lbs., helps preserve the integrity of the Purple Grid and softly transitions the body weight as it shifts from the grid onto the more firm coils.
Layer #4: Responsive Support Coils: Purple’s 7.5” tall layer of responsive support coils helps respond to the body’s movements and adds bounce to the mattress. Hot sleepers will like the extra breathability of the Purple Hybrid Premier’s responsive coils, and heavyweight sleepers will find more support in these individually pocketed springs than they might experience with memory foam.
Layer #5: Base Transition Foam: A final layer of foam gives the pocketed coils a soft, secure surface on which to rest. Sleepers won’t feel this base foam directly, but the layer adds extra durability to the mattress.
3” Purple Grid Version
|Size||3” Price||3” Dimensions||Height||Weight|
|Twin XL||$1,999||38” x 80” x 12”||12”||91 lbs.|
|Full||$2,199||54” x 76” x 12”||12”||125 lbs.|
|Queen||$2,299||60” x 80” x 12”||12”||145 lbs.|
|King||$2,799||76” x 80” x 12”||12”||176 lbs.|
|Cal King||$2,799||72” x 84” x 12”||12”||175 lbs.|
|Split King||$3,998||76” x 80” x 12”||12”||91 lbs. (Two packages)|
4” Purple Grid Version
|Size||4” Price||4” Dimensions||Height||Weight|
|Twin XL||$2,499||38” x 80” x 13”||13”||105 lbs.|
|Full||$2,699||54” x 76” x 13”||13”||145 lbs.|
|Queen||$2,999||60” x 80” x 13”||13”||168 lbs.|
|King||$3,499||76” x 80” x 13”||13”||204 lbs.|
|Cal King||$3,499||72” x 84” x 13”||13”||202 lbs.|
|Split King||$4,998||76” x 80” x 13”||13”||105 lbs. (Two packages)|
See our Purple Mattress Coupons for the best deals on the brand.
Shipping & Unboxing
Purple mattresses can be purchased on Purple’s website, on Amazon.com and in various brick-and-mortar locations throughout the country. Purple offers free shipping in the contiguous U.S., and the company can also ship to Hawaii, Alaska and Canada. The Purple Hybrid also qualifies for free white glove delivery, which includes in-home setup and old mattress removal, in the contiguous U.S.
The mattress arrives as a bed-in-a-box that measures 60” by 16” and weighs roughly 100 lbs. Most beds that arrive wrapped in a box will emit some odor after being unboxed, but the Purple Hybrid Premier only has a light off-gassing scent. In most cases, the smell will dissipate just a few days after the mattress has been unboxed, unrolled and allowed to air out.
The Purple Hybrid Premier also comes with a Purple warranty that begins on the date of purchase and lasts for 10 years. Purple will repair or replace mattresses with defects for this entire period, but the warranty is void if the claimant is not the original purchaser. The warranty covers indentations greater than 1” deep as long as the mattress is situated atop a sturdy and supportive base, like an adjustable base or platform bed.
Trial Period & Returns
The Purple Hybrid Premier comes with a 100-night sleep trial that begins on the date of purchase. During this trial, the bed can be returned for a full refund or exchange, according to the company’s return policy. The company covers all shipping and handling expenses associated with returns and exchanges during this trial period. Still, customers need to retain the mattress for at least 21 days after purchase to ensure the body has had enough time to adjust to the new Purple mattress.
For more on the Purple buying experience, see how we’re addressing common Purple mattress complaints.
Compared to the Purple Hybrid Premier, the flagship Purple Mattress is a bit more firm and less expensive. Still, both mattresses include Purple’s unique Hyper-Elastic Polymer Grid, which buckles selectively under a sleeper’s body weight to provide pressure relief.
There are two major construction differences that set these two mattresses apart: the height of the Purple Grid layer in each mattress and the materials used in the support layer. With the Purple Hybrid Premier, customers can choose either a 3” or 4” tall Purple Grid. The original Purple Mattress uses a 2” tall Purple Grid. While the Purple Mattress uses a Dual-Layer foam for a thick support layer, the Purple Hybrid Premier uses a 7.5” layer of individually pocketed springs.
What’s the main difference between the Purple Hybrid and the Purple Hybrid Premier? While selecting the Purple Hybrid Premier allows customers to choose between a 3” or 4” tall Purple Grid, the Purple Hybrid is manufactured with simply a 2” tall grid.
Both beds share the same 7.5” layer of individually pocketed coils, and each earn top marks in breathability and edge support. Side sleepers and those with super-sensitive joints might want to opt for the extra softness in the Purple Hybrid Premier, especially if they’re set on experiencing a 4” tall Purple Grid.
While both the Casper Wave Hybrid and the Purple Hybrid Premier are (you guessed it) hybrid mattresses, they vary in firmness and feel. The Casper Wave comes in at a 5/10 firmness level, compared to the 6/10 firmness level of the Purple Hybrid Premier with a 4” Purple Grid. The Wave will also feel a bit more like memory foam than the more responsive Purple Hybrid Premier.
The Casper Wave is made with a mixture of coils and four different layers of memory foam, one consisting of specialized latex memory foam. Casper’s gel pods also help add some support to the mattress. While it most likely won’t work for stomach sleepers of any size, the Casper Wave should work well for those with joint pain who need a soft, cushioning surface.
Read our Purple vs. Casper Mattress Comparison.
Though Purple and Puffy are two popular mattress brands, the Purple Hybrid Premier and Puffy Lux differ in their construction and feel. According to our mattress firmness scale of 1-10, the Puffy Lux comes in at a 5/10, or a medium-soft firmness level, similar to the 5/10 ranking for the Purple Hybrid Premier with the 4″ Purple Grid. But the Hybrid Premier with the 3″ grid is more medium-firm with a 6/10 firmness.
The Puffy Lux is made with four layers of foam, including the brand’s Climate Comfort and Plush Dual Cloud foam. Side sleepers will find it to be soft and cradling along the side of the body, while lightweight back sleepers should enjoy its conforming feel. That’s compared to the Purple Hybrid Premier with its unique Purple grid feeling that’s more responsive and bouncy, especially with the individually wrapped coils at its base.
Both the Purple Hybrid Premier and the Helix Midnight Luxe are hybrid beds that work well for back and stomach sleepers. The Helix Midnight Luxe is a 6/10 firmness level, meaning it is closest in firmness to the version of the Purple Hybrid Premier with the 3” Purple Grid.
The Helix Midnight is a great deal less expensive than the Purple Hybrid Premier, making it a good choice for budget shoppers. Those who love the feel of memory foam will also gravitate more toward the Helix Midnight, especially since it includes the brand’s Memory Plus foam in the top comfort layer.
See our Purple vs. Helix Mattress Comparison.
Good news: This mattress has no weight limit, and no amount of weight will void the warranty. The Purple Hybrid Premier is durable enough to support sleepers of all body types and weights. In fact, it was built with heavy sleepers in mind, and Purple ranks among our best mattresses for plus-size sleepers.
The Purple team says it takes about three weeks to adjust to your new mattress. So you have to wait three weeks before initiating a return to give your body plenty of time to get used to the mattress.
See more FAQs at purple.com.
The Purple Hybrid Premier checks a lot of boxes: There’s choice, durability, temperature neutrality, motion isolation and much more. It’s also great for a variety of sleep types, including hard-to-please stomach sleepers. And all those qualities come at a price: This bed is an investment, costing upwards of $4,000 for a King size. Customers who are a bit unsure about the Purple Grid’s innovative feel should find reassurance in the brand’s 100-day sleep trial.
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