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Purple Hybrid Mattress Review

The Purple Hybrid features the Original Purple mattress’ comfort grid but adds responsive support coils at the core for improved airflow, responsiveness, and durability.

Nerd Score: 4.8/5

Our Verdict: A unique design, supportive cushioning and responsive support coils classifies the Purple Hybrid as a great option for a wide variety of sleepers. Ideal for those who sleep hot, it uses an innovative design to blend together breathable materials that make for a soft and stretchy feel. The Purple Hybrid combines durableness and bounciness to create a responsive layer that suits most body types and maximizes comfort. Sleepers who prefer an all-foam feel may not prefer this mattress.

Who the Purple Hybrid is Best For

Best For…

May Not be Best For…

Those who sleep hot, as the Purple Hybrid’s pocketed coils enhance airflow and breathability throughout the mattress.

Stomach and back sleepers and some side sleepers will enjoy the mattress’ medium-firm feel and balance of supportiveness and contouring.

✅Couples with differing sleeping positions will appreciate the bed’s versatility, as its supportive core and responsive top layer suits most body types, shapes, and sleeping positions. Keep in mind, however, that motion isolation may be an issue with this mattress.

 

Those who prefer a conforming, all-foam feel. You won’t find the feeling of sinking into the mattress in this bed but rather the sensation of sleeping “on” the mattress.

❌Those easily disturbed by the movements of a partner. The Purple Hybrid, like most hybrids, doesn’t isolate motion as well as the Purple Original, the company’s all-foam model.

Purple Hybrid Mattress In-Depth Review 

Purple, an online mattress company established in 2015, is a USA-based brand that has made waves in the bedding space over the last several years. The Purple brand has become known for both its spunky advertising strategy and its use of hyperelastic polymer, a proprietary material with a one-of-a-kind feel.

Purple makes three mattresses: the Purple Original, Purple Hybrid, and Purple Hybrid Premier, and this review will focus on the Purple Hybrid. Note that Purple originally brought what is now the Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier to the market as the same product, the New Purple (marketed as the Purple 2, Purple 3, and Purple 4). The New Purple line featured three hybrid mattresses in different firmness settings (medium-soft, medium, and medium-firm). The medium-firm option is now marketed as the Purple Hybrid, and the medium-soft and medium options are sold as Purple Hybrid Premiers.

Similar to the Purple Original, the Purple Hybrid is constructed with a comfort layer that features two inches of Purple’s hyperelastic polymer grid and is medium-firm (7/10) in feel. The main difference between the Purple Original, which is an all-foam mattress, and the Purple Hybrid is the composition of their support cores. The Purple Hybrid features a pocketed coil core that’s encased in high-density foam and sits atop a polyfoam base.

This alternate support core creates a different feel overall while enhancing characteristics that may be right for some sleepers and not others. In this Purple bed review, we’re sharing everything you need to know about the Purple Hybrid. Keep reading to learn who it’s best for, how it’s constructed, prices, pros and cons, purchase policies, and more.

The Purple Hybrid Mattress Construction 

The Purple Hybrid mattress consists of a mattress cover, comfort and transitional layers of hyperelastic polymer and polyfoam, a pocketed coil support core, and a thin polyfoam supportive base. Keep reading to learn more about each layer of the mattress and how it affects the bed’s feel and characteristics.

The Purple Hybrid’s cover blends viscose, polyester, and lycra for a soft and stretchy feel. This material is also breathable, complementing the coolness of the pocketed coils and the comfort grid it encases. The bottom of the cover features a non-slip material. Spot-cleaning the cover is recommended.

The comfort layer of the Purple Hybrid is nearly identical to that of the Purple Original. It features two inches of Purple’s Smart Comfort Grid, a proprietary layer made from hyperelastic polymer. The grid is designed to flex under pressure and remain sturdy where pressure isn’t exerted. It also sleeps cool, thanks to the open-air channels, and is more durable than most foams. Many sleepers note that sleeping on the Purple grid gives the sensation of floating. The comfort layer is also slightly more responsive than the top layer of most hybrid models. The grid has a bounce to it that other foams don’t, making the material less likely to form permanent body impressions over time.

In the transitional layer, you’ll find just one inch of 2.0 PCF high-density polyfoam. The purpose of this layer is to prevent sleepers from sinking into the pocketed coils that are beneath it. Polyfoam transitional layers are common among hybrid mattresses.

The support layers of the Purple Hybrid consist of 7.5-inch pocketed coils that are fairly thick. These thicker-than-average coils are what make the mattress appropriate for almost any body type, as they can support and respond well to heavyweight individuals. Surrounding the coils is high-density polyfoam, which helps reinforce the edges of the bed to improve overall edge support. A thin final layer of polyfoam forms the base of the mattress. Overall, the mattress measures 11” thick.

Purple Hybrid Sizing & Specs

Dimensions

  • 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”

Purple Hybrid Mattress Pricing

Size  Price Dimensions 
Twin XL  $1,299 38″ x 80″ x 11”
Full $1,499 54” x 76” x 11”
Queen $1,599 60″ x 80″ x 11”
King $1,899 76″ x 80″ x 11”
Cal King $1,899 72″ x 84″ x 11”
Split King  $2,598 54” x 76” x 11”

Weight

122 pounds for a queen size

Purple Hybrid Mattress Features 

Firmness 

While we’ve rated the Purple Hybrid medium-firm, we also think it has the firmest feel of all Purple mattresses. It’s certainly firmer than the Purple Hybrid Premiers, and it’s slightly firmer than the Purple Original. As mentioned, we think the Purple Hybrid works best for individuals who like a flatter, more supportive feel. Stomach and back sleepers who require support in their hips and shoulders will benefit from this, as the bed provides enough comfort and pressure relief without throwing the spine out of alignment.

Comfort

The hyperelastic polymer in the top layer creates a uniquely bouncy and supportive yet comfortable feel to this mattress. As mentioned, the smart grid buckles where the body exerts pressure while remaining flat elsewhere in the mattress, creating a floating feel that many sleepers find to be both unique and enjoyable for rest. Keep in mind that the Purple Hybrid has just two inches of hyperelastic polymer, whereas the Purple Hybrid Premier comes in three- and four-inch models, which provide even more comfort and pressure relief.

Edge Support 

The Purple Hybrid outpaces the Purple Original in edge support, as the pocketed coils provide a sturdier feel than the Purple Original’s foam. If you have trouble getting in and out of bed or sit on the edge of the bed frequently, this is an important characteristic to consider. Edge support can also correlate closely with a mattress’ durability and longevity, so this is a positive marker for the Purple Hybrid.

Motion Transfer

Like most hybrids, the Purple Hybrid isn’t the best at reducing motion transfer. The responsiveness of both the Purple grid comfort layer and the pocketed coils at this mattress’ core make it pretty bouncy. If you sleep with a partner, spouse, or pet and wake easily to their motions throughout the night, you may enjoy the Purple Original more than the Purple Hybrid.

Temperature Neutral

The Purple Hybrid is very temperature neutral. The pocketed coil support core and the open-grid hyper-elastic polymer comfort layer encourage airflow and breathability. Together, these keep the mattress cool for sleepers of all shapes and sizes. If you tend to sleep hot or live in a warm climate, this mattress should help you sleep comfortably in that respect.

Purple Hybrid Mattress By Sleeping Position 

  • Back Sleepers—The Purple Hybrid is supportive enough to suit back sleepers of all heights and body weights. The coils provide excellent support to prevent sagging in the hips and shoulders, while the top layer of the hyper-elastic polymer provides just enough contouring to relieve any pressure in those same places.
  • Stomach Sleepers—Stomach sleepers should also find the Purple Hybrid comfortable and supportive. The firmness level offers a combination of contouring and support, resulting in a relatively even sleeping surface that doesn’t sag too much at the hips, which is the most important area for this sleeper type.
  • Side Sleepers—We think the Purple Hybrid can absolutely work for side sleepers of all bodyweight and heights, but it may not be ideal. The bed offers some added cushioning for the hips and shoulders (the main pressure points for this sleeper type), but it doesn’t offer the deep conforming that most side sleepers enjoy and benefit from. We recommend testing out the bed in-store prior to purchase if you’re a dedicated side sleeper.
  • Combination Sleepers—Combination sleepers in any weight group will love the Purple’s responsiveness. The bouncy top layer and supportive coils make it easy to change positions throughout the night and, as outlined in the bullet points above, it’s spot-on for almost every sleeping position a sleeper can rotate through. 

Pros & Cons of the Purple Hybrid Mattress 

PROS 

  • Sleeps cool by providing consistent airflow on both the surface of the mattress and through the coil layer at its core.
  • It provides a mix of pressure-relief and comfort, thanks to the hyper-elastic polymer grid and the supportive pocketed coils.
  • It can work for sleepers of almost any weight, height, and sleeping position.
  • It provides better edge support than the Purple Original.
  • It’s bouncy, responsive feel makes it easy to change sleeping positions throughout the night and get out of bed. This quality may be more beneficial for sex. See: Best Mattresses for Sex
  • Leverages innovative materials that may appeal to shoppers who enjoy cutting edge products and brands.

CONS

  • It doesn’t completely eliminate motion transfer due to its responsiveness, although it may perform slightly better in this category when compared to other hybrid models.
  • May be too firm for some side sleepers who prefer a deep hug around their hips and shoulders.
  • Won’t conform to the body closely like a mixed-foam or memory foam mattress.

Purple Hybrid Mattress Buying Experience 

Customer Service 

As a company, Purple holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is BBB accredited, both of which are difficult standings to obtain and maintain. While some reviewers note that customer service seems unreliable because Purple is a relatively small company in the mattress industry, others rave about their experience working with Purple’s customer service representatives to solve various issues.

Shipping & Returns 

Purple mattresses can be purchased on Purple’s website, Amazon.com, and in various brick-and-mortar locations throughout the country. They ship free to all 48 contiguous United States and can be shipped 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 USA.

The Purple arrives as a bed in a box that measures 60” by 16” and weighs roughly 100 pounds. Returns for a full refund are available if you’re unsatisfied after 21 nights sleeping on your new Purple mattress.

Sleep Trial / Warranty 

The Purple Hybrid 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. The company covers all shipping and handling expenses associated with returns and exchanges during this trial period.

The Purple Hybrid also comes with a 10-year non-prorated warranty that begins on the date of purchase. Purple will repair or replace mattresses with defects for this entire period. We recommend reading Purple’s policies for detailed information about what the 10-year warranty does and does not cover.

Unboxing 

The Purple comes compressed and rolled in a box and, like most bed-in-a-box mattresses, it will have a mild odor when unboxed. This said, major off-gassing shouldn’t be an issue with the Purple, as most reviewers note that the smell dissipates within a week of ownership. The quick airing out if likely due to the pocketed coil layers, which don’t trap odors as well as foam layers.

Competitors

Casper 

Casper, another bed-in-a-box company that’s well-known among mattress shoppers, produces a hybrid known as the Casper Wave. The Casper Wave Hybrid is also breathable, but it has a softer feel that combines the sensation of sleeping “on” and sleeping “in” the mattress. The Casper Wave Hybrid is also more expensive than the Purple Hybrid. See the full Casper Wave Review for more info. 

Nectar 

The Nectar mattress is also a medium-firm bed, but it’s made from three layers of memory foam and does not include pocketed coils. It’s a high-value option with excellent construction that incorporates cooling gel, isolates motion well, and supports most average weight and heavyweight sleepers.

Other Models Available

The Original Purple Mattress

The Original Purple mattress is an all-foam mattress that incorporates Purple’s hyper-elastic polymer grid in the comfort layer but has polyfoam transitional and support cores rather than pocketed coils. 

Purple Hybrid Premier 

The Purple Hybrid Premier, previously called the Purple 3 and Purple 4, is similar to the Purple Hybrid but differs only in the thickness of the top comfort layer. Shoppers have their choice of a 3-inch top layer and a 4-inch top layer, and we’ll describe them below.

  • 3”—This mattress has a medium feel (5.5) and conforms somewhat closely while remaining supportive and even elsewhere.
  • 4”—This bed has a medium-soft (4.5/10) feel. It conforms even closer than the 3” model, resulting in excellent pressure relief.

Conclusion

If you enjoy innovative mattress companies with unique materials, high-value options, sleep hot, and have your heart set on a hybrid mattress, the Purple Hybrid may be right for you. We recommend taking a read through our review of the Purple Original and the Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses to make sure you’re as confident as possible that this is the mattress for you prior to purchasing.

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