Warranty: 10 Years
Sleep Trial: 100-Nights
Price Range: $649-$1,498
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Warranty: 10 Years
Sleep Trial: 100-Nights
Price Range: $649-$1,498
Our Verdict: The Purple Original Mattress is an innovative approach to an all-foam bed. Purple’s hyper-elastic grid gives this bed a bounce and response that most foam mattresses lack. If you are a light to average weight sleeper, this mattress will likely work for you regardless of sleeping position. If you have specific concerns like weight, pressure points, and body temperature, check out the full review to see if the Purple could work for you!
If you’ve been mattress shopping in the past few years, you’ve probably come across the mattress and bedding company Purple. The brand’s colorful advertisements, which feature clever and humorous reels that highlight the mattress’ design and explain the benefits of the hyper-elastic polymer used in its construction, are eye-catching. In this review, we’re covering everything you need to know about The Purple Mattress, the brand’s flagship model.
The Purple Mattress is a 9.5-inch thick mixed-foam mattress that features a polyester, viscose, and lycra blend cover, comfort layers that incorporate Purple’s hyper-elastic polymer, a transitional polyfoam layer, and a high-density polyfoam support core. The hyper-elastic polymer is used in the grid-form in the comfort layer of the mattress, creating a unique feel that’s conforming yet responsive.
Below, we’re sharing everything you need to know about this bed-in-a-box including the materials used in its construction, the type and size sleeper it’s best suited for, pricing details, pros and cons of the mattress, and more.
May Not be Best For…
|✅ Light to average weight sleepers
✅Side, Combination and Stomach Sleepers
✅Sleepers who like innovative design
✅Sleepers who get warm at night
The Purple Original is considered medium-firm, or roughly a 7/10 on the 1-10 firmness scale. The unique combination of support provided by the dense transitional and core layers and the responsiveness of the hyper-elastic polymer grid create the feeling of sleeping “on” the mattress as opposed to sleeping “in” it. Medium-firm mattresses can provide appropriate support and pressure relief for a variety of sleeping positions as well as those who are combination sleepers—we’ll cover this more in-depth later in the article.
The Purple isolates motion very well and makes hardly any noise when bearing weight. This is thanks to the firm base and transitional layer, as well as the hyper-elastic polymer grid’s ability to compress only where pressure is applied. When one’s hand or body, for example, presses down in one area of the mattress, only that portion of the grid will buckle, while the rest of the mattress remains relatively unmoved. The Purple mattress’ excellent motion isolation makes it a great option for couples or for individuals who sleep with pets and wake easily in the middle of the night.
Similar to other all-foam mattresses, the Purple has fair or average edge support. Edge support refers to the bed’s tendency to sink at its perimeter when a sleeper is sitting on the side of the bed or getting in and out of bed. Although the Purple Original’s top-layer is wrapped in dense poly foam, it doesn’t do much to solve the sinkage caused by the “porous” design. If you have trouble getting in and out of bed, you may be better off with a mattress with firmer edges.
All-foam mattresses are notorious for trapping heat. Although some all-foam mattresses incorporate materials such as copper- and gel-infused foams to combat the trapping of body heat, it’s rare to find an all-foam mattress that truly sleeps “cool.” The open construction of the grid in the top layer allows more air to flow through than most foam mattresses, and this breathability is complemented by the lightweight, stretchy mattress cover. As a result, the Purple sleeps cool when compared to other all-foam models with solid traditional memory foam or polyfoam comfort layers at the top. If you’re set on an all-foam model but find that foam beds sleep too hot, the Purple may be just the ticket.
As with all mattresses, the Purple’s ability to provide pressure relief and support will vary by sleeper size and sleeping position. The Purple Grid material offers nice conforming for the shoulders and hips, while the firm layers beneath it create a fairly even and sturdy surface for back and stomach sleepers.
The medium-firm feel of the mattress means that, regardless of sleeping position, you won’t experience the deep, sinking pressure relief of memory foam, but it will conform to a nice extent. In our opinion, the Purple provides the best combination of pressure relief and support to dedicated back, stomach, and combination sleepers—the responsiveness of the grid and its contouring properties provide support and make changing positions easy for combo sleepers. However, side sleepers may not find enough conforming in this mixed-foam model.
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✅Will not experience too much sinking
|✅Lightweight sleepers will have the perfect support
❌Not good for heavy stomach sleepers
|✅Light to average weight sleepers will get a good amount of contour
❌Heavy side sleepers will experience a lot of pressure on the shoulders
|✅Easy to move around on
✅Can find comfort in any position
Back Sleepers: Those who sleep exclusively on their backs will find adequate support in the Purple Original. The bed’s medium-firm feel creates a relatively flat surface, which encourages spinal alignment and keeps the hips and shoulders elevated throughout the night. Sleepers of average weight and lightweight sizes should feel supported and won’t sink too much into the grid thanks to the sturdy transitional layer. See: Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers
Stomach Sleepers: Stomach sleepers may enjoy the Purple Original, depending on their bodyweight. If you’re lightweight, the Purple’s firmness will be enough to prevent sagging in the hips or mid-section, which is a crucial problem to address for those who sleep exclusively on their sides. If you’re an average weight or heavyweight individual, you may be better off with a mattress that’s extra firm and can provide support for your lower body to prevent sinkage. See: Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers
Side Sleepers: Whether the Purple Original is appropriate for dedicated side sleepers will also vary by body type. The relief for pressure points found in the top layer may be enough for the shoulders and hips of some but not others. The mattress’ medium-firm feel can interfere with this conforming if you’re a strict side sleeper, and you may want more space to sink into. See: Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers
Combination Sleepers: The bouncy nature of the hyper-elastic polymer grid has a quick response to pressure, making the Purple easy to move around in without feeling like you’re stuck in the mattress. For this reason, we love the Purple for combination sleepers. Changing sleeping positions is a cinch in this bed, and, as outlined above, you’re likely to find comfort and support in almost any sleeping position. This is especially true if you’re lightweight or average weight. See: Best Mattresses for Combination Sleepers
Read our Common Purple Mattress Complaints article to learn more about the brand.
The Purple Mattress has a unique feeling that comes from the hyper-elastic polymer material in the comfort layer. To date, Purple is the only company that uses this material in mattress construction.
Cover: Combination of polyester, viscose, and lycra. Together, these textiles create a stretchy material that compliments the bouncy nature of the mattress as a whole. The cover is also relatively breathable, encouraging the airflow and temperature neutrality that’s already occurring in the gridded comfort layer.
Comfort Layer: Hyper-elastic polymer grid, a layer of edge support made from high-density polyfoam, a transitional layer of high-density polyfoam, and a base support layer of high-density polyfoam. The comfort layer consists of two inches of the hyper-elastic polymer foam in a grid structure that is malleable and can cradle the body in a distinct way. The walls of the grid compress, like rubber-like buckling columns, underneath sleepers’ bodies while remaining supportive elsewhere in the mattress. This creates a highly responsive feel that’s also conforming. The open design of the grid also contributes to the bed’s temperature neutrality. The smart-comfort grid is wrapped with a sturdy polyfoam to enhance edge support.
Transition Layer: 3.5 inches of high-density polyfoam. Slightly firmer than the comfort layer above it, the transitional layer keeps you from sinking too far into the mattress. In the core layer, you’ll find four inches of high-density polyfoam, which are the primary contributor to the medium-firm feel.
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In general, owners of the Purple Mattress review that their experience with Purple’s customer service was a positive one. The company currently holds an A rating with the Better Business Bureau and is BBB accredited, both of which are hard to obtain and maintain over time. Purple mattresses ship free to all 48 contiguous U.S. states and are delivered straight to your door. Sold as a bed-in-a-box, the Purple mattress arrives compressed and must be unboxed and unrolled prior to use. If you’re unsatisfied with the Purple Original after 21 nights, you can return it for a full refund for 100 calendar days from the date of delivery. The mattress must be clean and undamaged, and you’ll be refunded the cost of the mattress less the value of any discount, interest accrued, and shipping charges.
Purple offers a 100-night sleep trial period for all its mattresses. If you decide the Purple Mattress isn’t for you, Purple will pick it up and issue a refund with no pickup or restocking fees. Purple requires customers to spend 21 nights sleeping on the mattress prior to starting the process for a return or exchange. They say this allows for your body to adjust to the Purple and for the mattress to resume its original shape after unboxing.
Purple also includes a 10-year limited warranty on the product with any mattress purchase. The warranty begins on the date of purchase.
As mentioned, the Purple arrives compressed and rolled in a box. Getting your Purple mattress is simple and it involves removing the mattress from the box and plastic packaging, and then unrolling the mattress out onto the sleeping surface you intend to use it on. Keep in mind that some customer reviews note that the mattress smells when it is unrolled. This odor, otherwise known as off-gassing, should dissipate after a few days.
This Purple is a unique all-foam model from an innovative company that proves to be an excellent high-value choice for most sleepers. When deciding whether the Purple is best for you, we recommend reviewing our notes on its appropriateness for various sleeping positions and sleeper body weights. If it fits the bill for your body type and you enjoy a relatively temperature neutral, moderately bouncy, and medium-firm feel, you’ll enjoy the Purple mattress.
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