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Comparing Purple Mattresses

Has Purple caught your eye with their catchy marketing and unique Purple Grid? Same here, which is why we’re putting each Purple mattress side-by-side in this in-depth comparison.

If you’re interested in a Purple mattress, then there’s a good chance that you’ve seen a quirky Purple ad featuring the Purple Grid top layer. This layer looks a lot like a waffle, and is made from a unique, gel-like material. Sound weird? We’ll talk more about it later, but first, let us give you a quick intro to each of the three Purple mattress models:

  • The original Purple mattress combines the Purple Grid with a sturdy foam base.
  • The Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses both pair the Purple Grid with a bouncy spring coil base. 

In this review, we’re putting all three Purple beds next to one another to learn how they differ in construction, performance, and overall feel. Our goal is to help you nail down which model is the best for your sleep needs.

Purple Mattress Models 

Warranty
Firmness
Type
Price class

Purple Mattress

Warranty

10 year limited warranty

Firmness

6.5

Type

Memory Foam

Price class

$$$

Purple Hybrid

Warranty

10 year warranty

Firmness

7

Type

Hybrid

Price class

$$$$

Purple Hybrid Premier

Warranty

10 year warranty

Firmness

0

Type

Hybrid

Price class

$$$$

Original Purple Mattress

  • Best For
    • Combination sleepers
    • Hot Sleepers
    • Lightweight to average-weight back sleepers
  • Price Range: $599–$1,598

The original Purple mattress is ideal for lightweight to average-weight back sleepers, average-weight side sleepers and lightweight stomach sleepers. We don’t recommend the original Purple for those with heavier body types because there’s a good chance they’ll sink right through the top layers and hit the extra firm base layer of foam. 

The original Purple is also a good choice for those who share their bed. The mattress provides a balance of support and cushion, and the foam base reduces motion transfer, so you’re less likely to feel your partner move around at night.

Why do we make these recommendations? It has a lot to do with the mattress construction. The Purple Grid top layer sits above a layer of transitional foam, which gives the mattress a medium-firm feel that has just enough sinkage for your bumpier bits but probably supports the weight of those over 300lbs. 

Read our full Purple Mattress Review

Purple Hybrid Mattress

  • Best For
    • Back sleepers
    • Lightweight to average-weight stomach sleepers
    • Those with lower back pain
  • Price Range: $1,399–$2,798

We recommend the Purple Hybrid mattress to back sleepers and lightweight stomach sleepers. The medium-firm feel is also good for those with back pain, thanks to a blend of pressure point cushioning and spinal support. Plus, the extra bit of bounce from the innerspring base layer helps those with muscle soreness move around more easily on the mattress. 

The Purple Hybrid has the same Purple Grid top layer as the original. That means that it will feel like the original at first, but once you sink into the mattress, you’ll notice the difference that an innerspring base layer makes. Specifically, the Purple Hybrid has a bouncier feel than the original, which is great for combination sleepers who want a little help changing position while they sleep. 

The coils also allow you to sink a little deeper into the mattress, so even though this model also has a medium-firm feel (about 6.5/10 on the firmness scale), it’s a fraction softer than the original.

Read our full Purple Hybrid Mattress Review

Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress

  • Best For
    • Side sleepers
    • Lightweight back sleepers
    • Hot sleepers
  • Price Range: $1,999–$4,998

The Purple Hybrid Premier is the softest mattress offered by Purple. It’s available in two versions—one with a thick, squishy top layer (3” tall, to be exact), and another with an even thicker, softer top layer that’s 4” tall. But what do these differences mean for you? It depends on your sleeping position and comfort preferences. 

For starters, the 3” model gets our vote for combination sleepers, especially those who favor side and back sleeping. We think it’s close to 6/10 on the firmness scale, so it has a good blend of softness, support, and bounce. 

njThe 4” Purple Hybrid Premier—with a 5/10 firmness level—is ideal for side sleepers. The supportive coil base layer keeps your spine in a straight line while you’re on your side, and the extra thick comfort layer cushions your shoulders and hips. 

Lastly, while all of the Purple mattresses sleep cool, the Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier have even less heat retention, thanks to a breathable coil base layer. Coils leave a lot more room for airflow than dense foam, so the hybrid models are best for hot sleepers.

Read our full Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Review

Purple Mattresses by Sleep Style

Original Purple Mattress Purple Hybrid Mattress Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress
Side Sleeper Lightweight
Average-weight
Heavyweight
Back Sleeper Lightweight
Average-weight
Heavyweight
Stomach Sleeper Lightweight
Average-weight
Heavyweight

Other Considerations: Cooling, Back Pain and Couples

Here at Mattress Nerd, we classify lightweight sleepers as weighing less than 130lbs., while average-weight sleepers are between 130–230lbs. and heavyweight sleepers weigh over 230lbs.

The original Purple mattress is arguably the firmest of the bunch. Normally this is a good mattress for stomach sleepers, but the level of support is best for only lightweight stomach sleepers and combination sleepers who don’t spend the whole night on their stomachs. The same is true for lightweight and average-weight side sleepers. Back sleepers will be the happiest on this model. For more great options, see the best mattresses for back sleepers.

The Purple Hybrid has more of a universal feel. It’s firm and supportive enough for most back and stomach sleepers, but side sleepers will probably want more pressure relief. The Purple Hybrid Premier is the opposite—the deeper Comfort Grid layers provide lots of pressure relief for side sleepers, but not enough support for heavier back sleepers and most stomach sleepers.

Purple Construction

Original Purple Mattress Purple Hybrid Mattress Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress
Materials  Polyester, viscose and Lycra mattress cover

Hyper-Elastic Polymer comfort layer

Polyfoam base layers

Polyester-viscose-lycra mattress cover

Hyper-Elastic Polymer comfort layer

Polyfoam transition layer

Pocketed coil base layer

Polyester-viscose-lycra mattress cover

Hyper-Elastic Polymer comfort layer

Polyfoam transition layer

Pocketed coil base layer

Standout Feature Extra soft, stretchy SoftFlex mattress cover Universal medium-firm feel (6.5–7 on the firmness scale) Cushioning for pressure points
What Sets it Apart CertiPUR-US certified all-foam base layers that keep your spine supported and aligned Strong materials that rank high for durability An extra thick Comfort Grid that enhances pressure relief

How Construction Impacts The Feel of the Mattress

For any sleeper, the polymer grid takes a little getting used to. Some people love it and some people dislike the non-traditional feel. Otherwise, there are two features that differentiate the feel of these mattresses: the thickness of the Purple Grid and the materials of the base layer. Having a 2” Purple Grid makes for a much firmer mattress, while the 3–4” Purple Grid is noticeably softer. 

The materials of the base layer also impacts the feel of the mattress. The foam base on the original Purple is going to do a better job of reducing motion transfer, while the coil base on the Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier are much bouncier. You’ll also feel more lifted on the more buoyant hybrid models.

Purple Pricing 

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Twin Twin XL Full Queen King  Cal King Split King
Original Purple Mattress  $599 $799 $999 $1,149 $1,449 $1,449 $1,598
Purple Hybrid Mattress N/A $1,399 $1,599 $1,699 $1,999 $1,999 $2,798
Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress N/A $1,999– $2,499  $2,199– $2,699 $2,299– $2,999  $2,799– $3,499  $2,799– $3,499  $3,998– $4,998 

Dimensions & Specs 

Twin Twin XL Full Queen King  Cal King Split King
Original Purple Mattress 38” x 75” x 9.25” 38” x 80” x 9.25” 54” x 76” x 9.25” 60” x 80” x 9.25” 76” x 80” x 9.25” 72” x 84” x 9.25” 76” x 80” x 9.25”
Purple Hybrid Mattress N/A 38” x 80” x 11” 54” x 76” x 11” 60” x 80” x 11” 76” x 80” x 11” 72” x 84” x 11” 76” x 80” x 11”
Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress N/A 38” x 80” x 12”–13” 54” x 76” x 12”–13” 60” x 80” x 12”–13” 76” x 80” x 12”–13” 72” x 84” x 12”–13” 76” x 80” x 12”–13”

Purple Mattress Warranty, Shipping, Sleep Trial & Returns

Purple mattresses are all included in the same warranty, sleep trial, and return policies. The brand’s mattresses ship for free in the contiguous U.S. (there’s a shipping fee to Alaska and Hawaii), and delivery takes about three to nine business days. The only difference in delivery is that the Purple Hybrid Premier comes with free white glove delivery (it costs $200 for other Purple models).

Your mattress purchase also comes with a 100-night trial period that starts when the mattress is delivered. Per Purple’s return policy, you can opt for a free return after trying the mattress for at least 21 days. Note: There are no returns for deliveries outside of the contiguous U.S. Also, the trial period and return policy may be different if you bought your Purple mattress from a retailer like Amazon or Mattress Firm.

The 10-year warranty begins when you purchase your mattress and protects you against manufacturing defects like indentations for a decade. Tip: Use a waterproof mattress protector to keep your bed in a like-new condition for longer.

Purple FAQs

Are Purple mattresses hypoallergenic?

Yes, all of the materials used in Purple mattresses are free from common allergens and safe for those with respiratory issues and severe allergies. Plus, the foams used in the mattresses are all CertiPUR-US certified for low-emissions and non-toxic material.

What foundation should I use for my Purple mattress?

You can use any bed frame that is strong, flat, and sturdy. Platform beds, adjustable bases, and slatted beds all work—just make sure the slats are no more than 3”apart. Try to avoid box springs, since they generally don’t have enough support for a mattress as heavy as the Purple. 

Purple sells several bed frames that work for their mattresses, but you can use any brand that can hold the weight of the mattress and sleepers.

How much weight do Purple mattresses support?

There isn’t an official weight limit for Purple mattresses, but Purple suggests you limit the combined weight on the mattress to 600 lbs., or roughly 300 lbs. per person.

Do Purple mattresses have a break-in period?

Sleep experts say it takes up to a month to adjust to your new mattress. Purple thinks it’s closer to three weeks, which is why they ask you to sleep on your new Purple mattress for at least 21 nights before initiating a return.

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Purple Power Base

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Purple Kids Mattress

Key Details About Purple

Purple is an innovative mattress brand launched in 2016 by brothers Tony and Terry Pearce. They created the hyper-elastic polymer material that’s now the focal point of all their mattresses and sleep accessories. You can buy Purple products directly from their website or through retailers across the U.S.

Purple mattress models—including the original Purple, Purple Hybrid, and Purple Hybrid Premier—sleep noticeably cooler than memory foam mattresses and are more pressure-relieving than innerspring mattresses

The original Purple is a budget-friendly mattress on par with other bed-in-a-box brands like Tuft & Needle, Nectar, and Casper. The Purple Hybrid is priced in the mid-range category, and the Purple Hybrid Premier is priced like other luxury brands and includes free white glove delivery.

 


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