Materials: Hyper-elastic polymer grid, coils and foam
Firmness: 6/10 and 5/10
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $1,999-$4,998
Nerd’s Score: 4.6/5
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Materials: Hyper-elastic polymer grid, coils and foam
Firmness: 6/10 and 5/10
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $1,999-$4,998
Nerd’s Score: 4.6/5
The Mattress Nerd’s Take: The Purple Hybrid Premier is one of very few mattresses that accommodates sleepers of every body side and sleeping position. With a thick layer of Purple’s proprietary Comfort Grid system atop thick support coils, sleepers experience a supportive yet pressure-relieving sleeping experience. It’s also one of the coolest-sleeping mattresses around, which is great if you’re a naturally hot sleeper.
The firmness of the Purple Hybrid Premier mattress depends upon which Purple Grid thickness you select. The Purple Hybrid Premier comes in a 3” and 4” model, previously called the Purple 3 and Purple 4 mattresses. Here’s where each falls on the 1-10 firmness scale, with 1 being pillow-y soft and 10 being super-firm.
Both versions of the mattress have a bouncy, responsive feel that is characteristic of most hybrid mattresses. Still, the level of conforming and softness is unique when compared to more traditional mattresses.
When you lie on the Purple Hybrid Premier, you’ll experience a unique feel that’s often described as “floating.” The Purple Grid material along the top layer flexes as you move, staying supportive at lighter parts of the body and collapsing at heavier ones.
The even distribution of body weight and excellent pressure relief works well for people of every body weight and sleeping position. Pressure points are cushioned without sacrificing full-body support, which is excellent for back and side sleepers. And customer reviews and mattress testers have noted that the hips don’t sink in too low when stomach sleeping, promoting proper spinal alignment in all sleeping positions.
If you’re a hot sleeper, you probably know firsthand the frustration of waking up sweaty in the middle of the night. The best cooling mattresses usually have a layer of innerspring coils, a mattress material that doesn’t hold onto body heat the way that foam does.
The Purple Hybrid Premier has a layer of breathable innerspring coils, but what makes it stand apart is the incredible airflow through the Purple Grid comfort layer. This polymer grid doesn’t absorb body heat like more traditional foam comfort layers, creating one of the coolest mattresses around.
While most sleepers love the temperature-neutral sleeping experience, the rare cold sleeper may find this bed a bit too breathable. If you tend to struggle staying warm at night, a mattress with thicker foam layers may be a better fit.
The Purple Hybrid Premier offers excellent support for sleepers of every body size. A thick support layer of pocketed coils ensures a responsive, supportive feel that remains steady for many years. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer Material found along the mattress surface delivers cushioning without the softening or body indentations that happen with memory foam and polyfoam top layers over time.
Another factor that influences support and durability is edge support. In the mattress world, “edge support” refers to the stability level of a mattress around its perimeter. 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.
Because of the supportive coils and contouring top layer of the Purple Hybrid Premier, we think it’s one of the best mattresses for back sleepers. Average-weight and lightweight back sleepers should find the balance between cushioning and support that they need from the thick gel grid top layer. The Purple Grid distributes body weight evenly, supporting great spinal alignment when you lie on your back.
The supportive and pressure-relieving feel also works well for heavyweight back sleepers. Our only qualm is that people who weigh more than 300 pounds may find that their hips sink in just a tad too low for optimal comfort. Check out our top picks for the best mattresses for back sleepers for an even more supportive bed for heavyweight back sleepers.
Side sleepers need a mattress that cushions the hips and shoulders in order to reduce a buildup of pressure and pain in these areas. The Purple Grid comfort layer buckles at heavier body parts, meaning very low pressure at the hips and shoulders of side sleepers.
We love the 4” Premier for plus-size side sleepers because the added depth stops the hips from hitting the firmer transition foam layer beneath. Lightweight and average-weight side sleepers are properly supported on either the 3” or 4” model, so opt for the 4” for a softer feel or the 3” for a more balanced medium-firm surface.
Check out our best mattresses for side sleepers roundup for even more side-sleeper mattresses.
Stomach sleepers tend to sleep the best on medium-firm mattresses like the 3” Purple Hybrid Premier. The flexible gel grid top layer is comfortable and does a good job of keeping the hips in line with the spine.
One word of caution—the more you weigh, the greater the chance that your hips might sink too far into the mattress. While we believe the Purple Hybrid Premier is a suitable option for most lightweight and average-weight people, heavyweight folks who weigh more than 300 pounds may be better off with another bed. See our list of the best mattresses for stomach sleepers for more great options.
There are two things to look for when shopping for a good mattress for combination sleepers. First, you want a bed that accommodates every sleeping position so you can sleep comfortably no matter what position you’re in. Second, you want a mattress that’s easy to move around upon. You don’t want to wake up feeling stuck in an ultra-plush memory foam mattress.
The Purple Hybrid Premier is both good for every sleeping position and easy to move around upon. With bouncy coils and a gel polymer that has a quick-responding, almost rubbery feel, you shouldn’t feel stuck on this mattress. And because it supports lightweight, average-weight and heavyweight sleepers, it has everything that we look for in a bed for combination sleepers.
For other potential beds, consider one of those that made our list of the best mattresses for combination sleepers.
NERD RATING: Will this bed work for you?
|Body Type:||Back Sleepers||Stomach Sleepers||Side Sleepers|
|Lightweight (< 130 lbs):||5||5||5|
|Average weight (130 – 230 lbs):||5||4||5|
|Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):||4||3||5|
The Purple Hybrid Premier is a great couple’s mattress. It works well for every body shape and sleeping position, so couples with different body weights and sleeping positions can sleep side-by-side without one partner sacrificing comfort.
Additionally, the Hybrid Premier has decent motion isolation properties. The Purple Grid in all models of the Purple mattress facilitates movement without spreading it across the surface. However, some all-foam mattresses are even better at limiting motion transfer, so if either of you is a light sleeper, you may want to check out our list of the best mattresses for couples.
A good mattress for folks with back pain does one thing: it keeps the spine in its proper alignment. For side sleepers, this means adequate give at the hips and shoulders. And for back and stomach sleepers, it’s a mixture of cushioning and support, with stomach sleepers needing a mattress that doesn’t cave at the hips.
The Purple Grid is one of the best materials that we’ve come across for spinal alignment, especially the 3” or 4” thicknesses found in the Hybrid Premier. Heavier folks and side sleepers may prefer the 4” version, while back and stomach sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds are likely to experience impressive alignment on the 3” model. For similar options, see the best mattresses for back pain.
Regardless of the top layer thickness you choose, both versions of the Purple Hybrid Premier use the same main components in their construction: a flexible cover with a non-slip bottom, a comfort layer of Purple’s hyper-elastic polymer grid, and a layer of pocketed coils sandwiched by durable polyfoam.
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 stomach sleepers and combination sleepers who want more responsiveness. The 4” Purple Grid will be better for side sleepers and anyone looking for extra cushioning or pressure relief.
Layer #1: StretchMax Cover
A breathable mattress 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: 3” or 4” Purple Grid
The Hyper-Elastic Polymer Grid sets Purple apart from other mattress brands. Choose between a 3” or 4” layer of this gel-like grid that compresses in areas of high pressure and remains unmoved elsewhere. The feel is one of floating on top of a soft and lightly conforming mattress surface. Keep in mind that the 4” model is softer than the 3” version.
Layer #3: Transitional Polyfoam
A layer of ultra-durable polyurethane foam helps preserve the integrity of the Purple Grid while protecting the body from the steel coils beneath. This thin layer of foam also helps to cut down on motion transfer.
Layer #4: Individually-Encased Coils
Purple’s 7.5” tall layer of responsive support coils responds to the body’s movements and adds extra bounce to the mattress. A thick support core of coils also sleeps cooler than all-foam mattresses and brings a bouncy, supportive feel. These coils are wrapped in firm polyfoam for added stability around the edges.
Layer #5: Durable Base Foam
A final layer of foam gives the pocketed coils a 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.
Purple mattresses can be purchased at Purple.com, on Amazon.com and in various retail locations throughout the country. Purple offers free shipping in the contiguous U.S., and the company can also ship to Hawaii, Alaska and Canada for an added fee. The Purple Hybrid Premier qualifies for free white glove delivery, which includes in-home setup and old mattress removal.
Because Purple is a bed-in-a-box company, your new Purple bed is shipped to you compressed in a box. After it’s unboxed and set up on your frame, expect a slight off-gassing odor as the materials decompress. It may take up to a few days for this scent to fully fade, but it is safe to sleep on your new mattress during this time if the smell doesn’t bother you.
The Purple Hybrid Premier also comes with a 10-year warranty. 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.
The Purple Hybrid Premier comes with a 100-night sleep trial that begins on the date you receive your new bed. During this trial, the bed can be returned for a full refund or exchange. Purple requires that customers keep their mattress for at least 21 days to ensure the body has had enough time to adjust to the new Purple bed.
After the 21-day waiting period, contact Purple’s customer service team to start a return. The process takes a bit of time as Purple works with you to either schedule a mattress pickup or find a local charity for mattress donation. The charity typically comes to your home to pick up the bed. After you provide Purple a donation receipt, they’ll process the full refund.
For more on the Purple buying experience, see how we’re addressing common Purple mattress complaints.
Purple claims that their mattresses last around seven to 10 years, and every Purple mattress is covered under warranty for 10 years. This is slightly longer than the average mattress thanks to the durability of the hyper-elastic polymer grid top layer and durable innerspring coils.
The best foundation is strong and flat with zero bounce. Good options include an adjustable bed frame, a slatted base with slats spaced no further than 3”, a platform frame or the floor. A box spring isn’t a good option as it can negatively impact comfort and durability.
The Queen size Purple Hybrid Premier mattress has a 1,200 pound combined weight limit for the 4” model and a 1,000 pound limit for the 3” model. The surface and support are excellent for side and back sleepers of every weight. It also works well for stomach sleepers up to 300 pounds.
The original Purple mattress marries a 2” top layer of the Purple Comfort Grid with a dual-layer foam support system. It’s slightly firmer than either of the Purple Hybrid Premier models, but it is not quite as supportive, bouncy or cool.
The thicker comfort layer and more durable support system of the Premier are best for heavyweight people and side sleepers. However, the original Purple has lower pricing and works exceptionally well for lightweight and average-weight back sleepers.
The difference between the Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier is simply a difference in the thickness of the Purple Grid comfort layer. The Purple Hybrid has a 2” layer compared to the 3” or 4” layer in the Premier. A thinner Purple Grid means a firmer feel and even greater responsiveness.
The thicker comfort layer of the Premier better supports bigger bodies, while the softer feel is a better fit for side sleepers. The thicker Purple Grid also means superior motion isolation, so couples might be better suited on the Purple Hybrid Premier.
The Casper Wave Hybrid is a high-end mattress made from layers of memory foam, latex and innerspring coils. It has a medium firmness, with around the same exact firmness as the Purple Hybrid Premier 4” model. Because the top layer of the Wave Hybrid is quite plush, it hugs the body for a cozy feel. On the Purple Hybrid Premier, sleepers experience the same pressure relief, but feel like they’re floating on the surface rather than sinking into it.
The Purple’s surface better supports bigger bodies while both work well for every sleeping position. The Casper is excellent for soft mattress fans, but its deep body contouring can make it hard for combination sleepers to get comfortable.
Read our Purple vs. Casper Mattress Comparison.
The Puffy Lux is a medium-plush all-foam mattress. Its feel and sleeping experience is vastly different from the Purple Hybrid Premier. Sleepers sink into the Puffy Lux for cloud-like comfort and great pressure relief. While sleepers receive similar pressure relief on the Purple, they’ll float on top rather than sinking into the bed.
The Puffy offers superior motion isolation, while the Purple sleeps cooler and is easier to move around upon. While the Purple works well for all sleepers no matter their body size or sleeping position, the Puffy Lux is best for side and back sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds.
The Helix Midnight Luxe is a traditional hybrid mattress with an ultra-luxurious feel. It boasts a plush pillow top for a cloud-like feel and zoned lumbar support for excellent spinal alignment. The Helix Midnight Luxe is similar to the Purple Hybrid Premier in that it does an impressive job supporting people of every sleeping position and body size. The primary difference comes down to the feel and sleeping experience.
The Midnight Luxe hugs the body while the Purple has sleepers feel like they’re floating on the surface. The Luxe’s cuddly hug means greater heat retention and a harder time moving around than on the Purple. However, many people love the traditional feel of the Helix Midnight Luxe.
See our Purple vs. Helix Mattress Comparison.
|Performance Factor||Out of 5|
|Ease of Movement||4|
The Purple Hybrid Premier checks a lot of boxes. It supports healthy spinal alignment in every sleeping position, it works for every body size, and it evenly distributes body weight for a weightless and comfortable sleeping experience. It’s responsive, has sturdy edges and even does a good job minimizing motion transfer. Finally, it’s one of the coolest mattresses that you can find. Customers who are a bit unsure about the Purple Grid’s innovative feel should find reassurance in the brand’s risk-free 100-day sleep trial.
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