Materials: Hyper-elastic polymer and foam
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $599–$1,598
Nerd’s Score: 4.2/5
Disclosure: By clicking on the product links in this article, Mattress Nerd may receive a commission fee at no cost to you, the reader. Read full disclosure statement.
Materials: Hyper-elastic polymer and foam
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $599–$1,598
Nerd’s Score: 4.2/5
The original Purple mattress is an innovative mattress with a feel unlike that of traditional foam or innerspring beds. Purple’s top layer, its proprietary Hyper-Elastic Grid, provides a floating sensation and a surface that’s cool, pressure-relieving and supportive. The unique feel is excellent for back and side sleepers who weigh under 230 pounds.
The Purple mattress is a medium-firm bed, roughly a 6.5/10 on our 1-10 firmness scale. The unique Purple Smart Comfort Grid top layer strategically buckles under heavier body parts while maintaining its structure along lighter areas, creating a feeling that’s often described as floating. The Purple mattress provides the pressure relief of softer foam beds without the classic cushioning sensation of a memory foam mattress.
Because of the Purple’s unique feel, it’s one of the rare medium-firm mattresses that works well for side sleepers. Both lightweight and average-weight side sleepers experience more relief at pressure points on the Purple than on a typical medium-firm bed. Back sleepers also do well with the support and pressure relief of the Purple Grid.
While most beds at this firmness level are good for stomach sleepers, the Purple Grid can cause the hips to dip out of alignment, resulting in lower back pain for certain stomach sleepers. Similarly, the top layer isn’t thick enough for heavier folks, whose hips and shoulders may sink in too far.
The Purple is one of the coolest mattresses on the market that doesn’t contain a layer of innerspring coils. The polymer gel grid comfort layer has over 1,800 air channels, facilitating airflow that whisks away excess body heat. Purple describes its mattresses as sleeping temperature neutral, and our team agrees. Even the mattress cover is designed to be ultra-breathable for a refreshing night’s sleep.
Want to see what other beds are out there that help hot sleepers stay cool? Head over to our best cooling mattresses article to see what mattresses made our list.
As with all mattresses, the Purple’s ability to provide support varies by sleeper size and sleeping position. The Purple Grid material offers nice conforming for the shoulders and hips, while the firm foam layers beneath create an even and sturdy surface. Side sleepers and back sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds will likely experience exceptional support, with the floating sensation evenly distributing body weight.
Unfortunately, the 2” Purple Grid layer does not deliver the support needed by bigger bodies or stomach sleepers who weigh more than 130 pounds. When you lie down on the Purple mattress, the gel grid collapses under heavier body parts. While this will cushion pressure points for lightweight side and back sleepers, it can lead to poor alignment for stomach sleepers and pain at the hips and shoulders of heavier folks.
Another aspect of support that’s important for people who share the bed is edge support. Sturdy edges allow people to spread out so they don’t overcrowd one another. The edges of the Purple mattress should feel comfortable to lie along for average-weight and lighter people. However, sitting on the edges could feel a bit less steady.
Finally, long-term support depends upon a mattress’s durability. You need a bed made from high-quality materials that won’t soften or form body indentations over time. The Purple mattress is more durable than your average bed thanks to the grid comfort layer. Unlike foams that tend to soften and form impressions over time, the gel grid is resistant to these changes. This means support that’s unlikely to change over the first five to ten years that you own the bed.
Those who sleep exclusively on their backs should find adequate support on the Purple. The bed’s medium-firm feel gently contours to the body’s curves, which encourages healthy spinal alignment. Sleepers of average-weight and lightweight sizes should feel supported, but heavier folks may sink in a bit too far into the transitional layer, particularly those who weigh more than 300 pounds.
To find a mattress better-suited for plus-size back sleepers, check out the beds that made our best mattresses for back sleepers countdown.
The Purple mattress’s gel grid collapses at areas like the hips and shoulders, delivering the pressure reduction that side sleepers need for comfortable sleep. While the Purple is a good mattress for pain relief and spinal alignment for lightweight and average-weight side sleepers, some people may still prefer a softer feel.
Heavyweight side sleepers would do better with a thicker comfort system than that found in the original Purple. These folks may want to consider the Purple Hybrid Premier or one of the beds that won a spot in our best mattresses for side sleepers list.
The Purple mattress isn’t one of the best mattresses for stomach sleepers. The issue has to do with how the hyper-elastic polymer material buckles at heavier body parts. When you lie on your front, the grid might sink in at the hips, pulling the lower back out of alignment with the rest of the spine. The more you weigh, the more severe this dipping will be, which means the Purple is OK for lightweight stomach sleepers but likely not for average-weight or heavyweight people.
The bouncy nature of the hyper-elastic polymer grid has a quick response to pressure, making the Purple easier to move around upon than a traditional memory foam or all-foam bed. The Purple helps people who toss and turn sleep peacefully. If you’re a lightweight or average-weight combination sleeper who doesn’t spend too much time on your stomach, the Purple is a good pick.
Still, heavyweight combination sleepers might not achieve the support they need on the Purple. If you’re in that category, head over to our best mattresses for combination sleepers page to find a better fit.
NERD RATING: Will this bed work for you?
|Body Type:||BACK SLEEPERS||STOMACH SLEEPERS||SIDE SLEEPERS|
|Lightweight (< 130 lbs):||5||3||4|
|Average weight (130 – 230 lbs):||5||2||4|
|Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):||3||1||4|
1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent
The Purple isolates motion well and makes hardly any noise when bearing weight. This is thanks to the foam base and transitional layers, as well as the hyper-elastic polymer grid’s ability to compress only where pressure is applied. The Purple mattress’s ability to minimize motion transfer makes it a great option for couples or for individuals who sleep with pets and wake easily.
Another attribute that makes this bed good for couples is strong edge support. When you lie along the edge, you won’t feel like you’re about to roll off the mattress. This even support along the entire mattress surface gives couples more room to spread out.
The Purple mattress has an average price point when compared to other hybrid bed-in-a-box mattresses. It’s the most affordable Purple mattress, so if you want the floating sensation offered by the Purple Grid at a competitive price, this is the best option in the Purple product line.
While the Purple bed is a good deal, it is not amongst the most affordable mattresses. If you want to spend less than $1,000 for a queen-size mattress, consider one of the beds that made our best affordable mattresses list.
The Purple is a unique mainly-foam mattress. Purple pairs two base layers of polyfoam with a top layer made from a hyper-elastic polymer material. This gel-like material is organized in a grid pattern that buckles at heavier body parts and supports lighter ones for an even weight distribution and a floating feel.
Layer #1: Stretchy, Cooling Mattress Cover: Purple’s fabric cover is made from a combination of polyester, viscose and Lycra. Together, these textiles create a stretchy material that compliments the Purple Grid’s flexible nature. The cover is also relatively breathable, encouraging the airflow and temperature neutrality that’s already occurring in the gridded comfort layer.
Layer #2: Proprietary Gel Grid (2”): Purple’s unique top layer is made from a hyper-elastic polymer gel material. The gel grid responds to body weight, collapsing at heavier areas for pressure relief and remaining supportive at lighter zones. This material evenly distributes body weight for a floating feel. It also flexes instantaneously so you shouldn’t feel stuck, and it keeps the sleeping surface cool.
Layer #3: Soft Polyfoam Transition Layer (3.5”): A medium-firm foam separates the Purple Grid from the supportive foam below, creating a cushioning barrier for heavy bodies.
Layer #4: High-Density Polyfoam (4”): Durable polyurethane foam offers stability and enhances the durability of this mattress.
Layer #5: Non-Slip Bottom: A bottom cover resists slipping so you don’t have to reposition your mattress on its frame.
|Twin||$599||38” x 75”||9.5”||65 lbs.|
|Twin XL||$799||38” x 80”||9.5”||70 lbs.|
|Full||$999||54” x 76”||9.5”||81 lbs.|
|Queen||$1,149||60” x 80”||9.5”||110 lbs.|
|King||$1,449||76” x 80”||9.5”||140 lbs.|
|Split King||$1,598||76” x 80”||9.5”||140 lbs.|
|California King||$1,449||72” x 84”||9.5”||140 lbs.|
See our Purple mattress coupons for the best price on a new Purple mattress.
Purple ships for free to the contiguous U.S. The brand also ships to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada, but there’s a shipping fee. Shipping typically takes between six and 10 business days. Your mattress will arrive via FedEx on your doorstep, compressed and rolled in a box.
Getting your Purple mattress set up is simple. You must remove the mattress from its box and plastic packaging, then unroll it onto your bed frame. Most customers find that they can sleep on their new bed the same night that it arrives, but it may take a few days to fully expand.
Keep in mind that some customer reviews note that the mattress smells when it’s first unrolled. This odor, known as off-gassing, should dissipate after a few days.
If you would like to have someone else do the heavy lifting, select white glove delivery at checkout. For an added fee, Purple will send a team to hand deliver your mattress, set it up and get rid of your old one.
The Purple mattress comes with a 10-year warranty that covers defects in workmanship or materials that aren’t expected with normal wear-and-tear. Contact Purple if you have any issues that you think might be covered, and see our Purple warranty breakdown for more information.
Purple offers an industry-standard 100-night sleep trial period for all its mattresses. If you decide your new mattress isn’t for you, Purple will pick it up and issue a refund with no pickup or restocking fees. Purple tries to either donate or recycle used beds.
Purple requires customers to keep the mattress for 21 nights prior to starting the process for a return or exchange. They say this allows for your body to adjust to the proprietary Purple Grid, a material unlike any other in the mattress industry.
No, you do not need a box spring. Purple recommends placing your bed on a firm, flat surface. The best options include a slatted base, adjustable base or platform bed. If you use a box spring, you should place a bunkie board between the mattress and the box spring.
No, you should not flip the Purple mattress. It is a one-sided bed with a distinct top side and bottom side. You also don’t need to rotate this mattress like you do for beds with foam comfort layers, because the gel grid top layer resists body impressions and indentations.
Each model in the line of Purple mattresses performs best when used with stretchy and breathable sheets. This allows the gel grid top layer to flex more easily, providing better support and pressure relief. Any stretchy sheets will do, but Purple recommends using either the brand’s Purple Sheets or SoftStretch sheets.
The Purple Hybrid features the original Purple mattress’s comfort grid but adds responsive support coils at the core for improved airflow, responsiveness and durability. The Purple Hybrid is a slightly firmer mattress, which leads us to recommend it for stomach sleepers.
The original Purple is more affordable and does a better job dampening motion, which makes it a better choice for most budget shoppers and light sleepers who share the bed. However, the springy feel of the Purple Hybrid is excellent for … adult activities.
Previously called the Purple 3 and Purple 4, the Purple Hybrid Premier is the most luxurious Purple mattress. Instead of a 2” gel grid as found in the original Purple, it boasts either a 3” or 4” grid layer. This extra cushion means a softer feel and greater pressure relief. We prefer the Hybrid Premier for heavier sleepers and side sleepers who like a softer surface.
The original Purple utilizes foam in its base layer while the Purple Hybrid Premier uses innerspring coils. This difference means the flagship Purple better isolates motion transfer while the Premier is cooler and bouncier. The original Purple is more affordable.
The Casper mattress is a memory foam bed with Zoned Support, offering a denser feel around the hips and lumbar area while cradling the head and feet. Both the Purple and Casper have a medium-firm firmness level, but their feels are notably different. The feel of the Casper is that of a balanced foam mattress with gentle contouring but very little sinkage. In comparison, the Purple has more of a floating sensation.
While both beds are best for people who weigh less than 230 pounds, Casper’s Zoned Support makes it a better choice than the Purple for stomach sleepers. Both mattresses are a good fit for back and side sleepers. Hot sleepers are likely to prefer the breathable Purple over the cozy, all-foam Casper.
The Nectar mattress is an all-foam bed with a deeply hugging memory foam mattress feel. Even though the Nectar is slightly softer than the Purple, we recommend the Purple over the Nectar for lightweight people. Lighter people are likely to find that the Nectar’s surface doesn’t sink in as easily as the Purple Comfort Grid, which makes the Purple more comfortable for lightweight folks.
The Nectar’s memory foam construction is slightly more supportive than the Purple’s gel grid and foam combination. We find the Nectar to better support stomach sleepers and heavier people, although we recommend both beds to people who weigh less than 230 pounds. The Purple is noticeably cooler than the Nectar, while the Nectar is more budget-friendly.
The Lull is a memory foam mattress with a similar medium-firm firmness level as the Purple. The Lull has a softer, more cuddly feel that falls between sleeping “on” and “in” the surface, while the Purple contours to the body and offers a floating sensation. Both mattresses are best for average-weight to lightweight folks, although we think the Lull is slightly better for stomach sleepers and the Purple for side sleepers.
The Purple sleeps much cooler than the Lull and is better for hot sleepers. Both beds dampen motion transfer and are easy to move around upon, making them good for couples. They have a similar price point, so it’s best to consider what type of feel and sleeping experience you’re looking for.
The Purple mattress utilizes an innovative design for pressure-relieving sleep without the typical heat retention of an all-foam mattress. The top layer is a gel grid that responds to weight, creating a floating sensation and evenly distributing body weight. The level of support is best for back and side sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds. The bed is responsive and does a good job minimizing motion transfer, so it’s also a good choice for people who share the bed.
|Performance Factor||Out of 5|
|Ease of Movement||4|