Bear and Purple are two online mattress companies that have enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity over the last few years. Each company offers all-foam and hybrid models with special features that appeal to shoppers looking for a break from the norm. Both companies have also branched out to a variety of other sleep products, such as bed frames and pillows.
Purple is notable for its use of the Purple Grid, a hyperelastic polymer that flexes and bends to provide innovative pressure relief. Aside from its flagship Purple Mattress, Purple also sells the Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses, which combine the Purple Grid with a pocketed coil support core.
Bear targets its mattresses to people with active lifestyles. The company incorporates specialty foams as well as Celliant technology in all its mattress covers with the aim of helping speed up muscle and tissue recovery. Bear’s current mattress lineup includes the all-foam Bear mattress, the slightly more sophisticated Bear Pro, and the Bear Hybrid.
If you’re in the market for a new mattress, Bear and Purple are worthy contenders. We’ve compiled a full overview of the Purple vs. Bear mattresses, including specs, pricing, sleeper ratings, and more, to help you hone in on the mattress that’s best for your needs.
Price Range (Queen)
Price Range (Queen)
Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)
Medium (5), Medium Firm (6)
Sleep Trial & Warranty
100-night sleep trial, 30-night mandatory break-in period
10-year warranty (Bear Mattress, Bear Pro), 20-year warranty (Bear Hybrid)
Sleep Trial & Warranty
100-night sleep trial, 21-night mandatory break-in period
10-year limited warranty
Before getting your heart set on a particular mattress model, it’s a good idea to consider how it will fit into your existing bedroom setup. The main points to consider are the mattress’s size, height, and weight.
Most mattress manufacturers sell their mattresses in six standard sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king. Some companies also offer a split king size, which may allow couples to adapt each side of the bed according to their personal comfort preferences.
A heavy mattress can be an issue during initial setup and whenever you need to rotate or flip it. People who anticipate moving often may prefer a mattress that weighs less and is easier to move. The weights given below are for a queen size mattress.
Mattress height is dictated by the layers within, so you’ll have to consider whether the benefits of the mattress construction justify the profile of the mattress for you. Many people find it easier to get in and out of bed when the mattress is higher off the ground, but it’s important to note that this is also affected by the height of the foundation or bed frame. Thicker mattresses may need deep-pocket fitted sheets, which can represent an additional investment.
|10"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|12"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|14.5"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|9.5"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King|
|11"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King|
|12" or 13"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King|
Like many manufacturers, Bear and Purple offer a targeted selection of all-foam and hybrid models designed to appeal to a wide variety of shoppers. Bear focuses more on its all-foam offerings and offers just one hybrid model. In contrast, Purple has just one all-foam option and three hybrid options, counting the Hybrid Premier 12-inch and 13-inch versions.
Mattress weights are comparable for all-foam and hybrid models, with hybrid models weighing more due to the pocketed coils. Purple Hybrid Premier customers should note that the mattress is quite heavy, which may make it inconvenient to move.
In terms of sizing, Bear mattresses come in all the standard sizes. Customers can choose between a standard 10-inch and a higher 12-inch all-foam mattress, or a 14-inch hybrid mattress. This range of thicknesses may be appealing for those who prefer a higher-profile bed.
Purple does not offer a regular twin size for its hybrid models, which may be problematic for people who already have a twin-size bed frame. All of the Purple mattresses are available in a split king option. The Purple mattresses are slightly lower-profile, but still offer a range of choices, particularly in the hybrid models which range from 11 inches to 13 inches.
The two primary goals of a mattress are to provide support and pressure relief. To this end, most mattresses are built with one or more comfort layers over a support core.
As the name suggests, the comfort layers are primarily responsible for the surface feel of the mattress. Materials that are commonly used in comfort layers include memory foam, polyfoam, latex, micro-coils, and fibers such as wool or cotton. By contrast, support cores are generally made of sturdier materials such as high-density polyfoam, firmer latex, or pocketed coils.
Mattresses can be grouped into several categories according to the materials used in the comfort and support layers. The mattresses of a given type usually share some characteristics due to their common construction. However, individual models can also differ greatly depending on their unique design and the quality of their materials.
The flagship Bear and Purple mattresses are considered all-foam mattresses, as their support cores are made with high-density polyfoam. Both companies also make hybrid mattresses, which consist of one or more comfort layers over a pocketed coil base.
In addition to providing pressure relief and support, the Bear mattresses are constructed with specialty foams that draw heat away from the surface of the mattress.
Additionally, all the Bear mattresses feature a cover that incorporates Celliant fibers, which are designed to reflect body heat back at the sleeper in the form of infrared energy. This is intended to limit heat retention and hasten muscle recovery after a workout.
The original Bear mattress has a straightforward design with three layers including:
Designed with athletes in mind, the graphite-gel infusions help draw away heat from the sleeper. The bed has a firm feel and contours lightly to reduce pressure points, while still offering some responsiveness for easier movement.
The Bear Pro is a step up from the original Bear mattress, with an additional layer of copper-infused polyfoam on top:
Copper is antimicrobial and conducts heat away from the surface of the mattress to keep it cool. The mattress has a medium firm feel and is slightly more supportive than the original Bear mattress.
The Bear Hybrid mattress has a similar construction in its comfort layers, but replaces the polyfoam base with pocketed coils:
As with most hybrid mattresses, the pocketed coils add bounce and improve edge support. They also allow heat to escape, helping to keep a neutral temperature throughout the night. Like the Bear Pro, this mattress has a medium firm feel. A quilted Celliant cover adds some initial cushioning.
All of the Bear mattresses are CertiPUR-US certified to be low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The Bear Hybrid also holds Greenguard Gold certification for low emissions. Based on our testing, the Bear mattresses should have an average lifespan compared to similarly priced models. Bear does not disclose the density of the foams used in its mattresses, which makes it a little more difficult to judge the quality.
Purple is unique in that it uses a hyper-elastic polymer grid instead of polyfoam in the top layer of all its mattresses. The grid flexes in response to pressure, conforming closely to the sleeper to alleviate pressure points. It’s also highly breathable, making temperature neutrality a major feature of the Purple mattress line. To maximize the potential of the Purple grid, all the Purple mattresses have a stretchy viscose-polyester cover.
The original Purple mattress features a layer of Purple grid over a supportive polyfoam core:
Instead of using a thicker polyfoam support core as with most foam mattresses, Purple has allotted more room to the transitional polyfoam layer. This provides more immediate support to sleepers after they sink through the Purple grid, minimizing excessive sinkage in heavier body parts.
Purple Hybrid, Hybrid Premier
The Purple Hybrid mattress replaces the polyfoam support core with pocketed coils:
The Purple Hybrid offers enhanced durability and support compared with the original Purple. The pocketed coils also add pushback, facilitating movement on top of the mattress.
In addition, Purple offers customers the option of purchasing a Purple Hybrid Premier mattress with a thicker layer of Purple grid. Purple Hybrid Premier customers can choose either 3 inches or 4 inches of Purple grid. The rest of the mattress is identical to the Purple Hybrid.
The thicker Purple Grid layer may be beneficial to side sleepers, particularly those who weigh over 230 pounds, as it provides deeper pressure relief to avoid pressure points forming in the hips and shoulders.
Purple uses high-density foams in the support layers, and the Purple Grid is less likely than memory foam to form permanent body indentations. Consequently, the Purple mattresses have a longer-than-average expected lifespan. This is especially true of the hybrid mattresses, as the coils provide a durable base.
|Purple Hybrid Premier||4.4/5|
Mattress prices vary widely, and it can sometimes be difficult to understand why one mattress is priced so much higher than another. Additionally, mattress retailers offer frequent discounts which can make it even more complicated to compare prices across brands.
While higher-quality mattresses are often more expensive, more expensive mattresses are not necessarily higher-quality. Since a mattress represents a significant investment, it pays to understand what’s behind the price tag. These are some of the main determinants:
The booming online mattress industry has given rise to a wealth of options across budgets. The Bear mattress lineup is very reasonably priced. Purple also has some mattresses at attractive price-points, but offers additional luxury options for those who are willing to splurge. Both companies regularly offer discounts off the suggested retail price.
|Bear Mattress||Bear Pro||Bear Hybrid|
|Purple Mattress||Purple Hybrid||Purple Hybrid Premier|
|Twin XL||$749||$1299||$1899 or $2499|
|Full||$949||$1499||$2099 or $2699|
|Queen||$1099||$1599||$2199 or $2999|
|King||$1399||$1899||$2699 or $3499|
|California King||$1399||$1899||$2699 or $3499|
|Split King||$1498||$2598||$3798 or $4998|
The price-points of the flagship Bear and Purple mattresses both fall within the average range for an all-foam model, although the original Bear mattress leans more towards the lower end of this range. The Bear Pro has an almost identical price-point to the Purple, which is understandable given that both mattresses incorporate proprietary features that put them a cut above the basic all-foam model.
Likewise, the hybrid Bear and Purple models are similarly priced and offer decent value for money given the quality of their materials and design. Hybrid mattresses tend to cost more, but they offer greater durability and support. This is especially attractive for individuals who weigh more than 230 pounds.
The largest discrepancy in price between Bear vs. Purple mattresses occurs with the aptly named Purple Hybrid Premier models. Both the 12-inch and 13-inch Hybrid Premier mattresses have luxury price tags that reflect the thicker layers of Purple Grid, which is a unique material that commands a higher price.
The Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses also come with free White Glove delivery and old mattress removal. These services often cost upwards of $100 with other manufacturers, making this a very good deal for customers who need help setting up their mattress.
Sleep Trial & Returns
|10 Year, Limited||Free Continental US|
Sleep Trial & Returns
|10 Year, Non-prorated||Free|
A major impetus for the online mattress industry has been the ability to compress mattresses and shrink-wrap them for shipping. These “bed-in-a-box” mattresses are cheaper and easier to ship.
Most mattress companies offer free shipping in the contiguous U.S., and mattresses usually arrive at your doorstep within a few business days. Shipping times may vary depending on whether the mattress is shipped from overseas or from a manufacturing plant in the U.S.
Setting up the mattress requires moving the box to the room where you want it, carefully removing the box and plastic layers, and letting the mattress expand. It may be easier to do this with two people.
Purple and Bear both offer free shipping to the contiguous U.S. via FedEx Ground.
White Glove Delivery
With White Glove delivery, a delivery team will come and set up the mattress for you. Customers who select White Glove delivery can usually opt for old mattress removal as well. Since White Glove delivery is more involved, it usually takes longer, comes at an extra fee, and may not be available outside the contiguous U.S.
Purple offers optional White Glove delivery for its hybrid mattresses. This service is offered at an extra fee for the Purple Hybrid, and included free of charge for the Purple Hybrid Premier and any models over 150 pounds. King and California king Hybrid Premier mattresses come with mandatory White Glove delivery due to their extra weight. All White Glove customers can also request optional old mattress removal.
Bear offers White Glove delivery for an additional $100, plus old mattress removal for a total of $150.
Shipping Outside the Contiguous U.S.
Orders to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, or other locations outside the contiguous U.S. may incur extra shipping charges, and orders may take longer to arrive. Mattresses may not be available for purchase at all in these locations, and White Glove delivery is a rarity.
Bear and Purple both ship to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada for an additional charge. Purple mattresses that weigh more than 150 pounds are not available for purchase in Hawaii and Alaska as they’re too heavy to be sent by ground shipping.
It’s common practice for online mattress companies to offer an in-home sleep trial of at least 90 nights. During the sleep trial, if you decide the mattress isn’t right for you, you can return it for a refund.
In most cases, the company will arrange for pickup and removal of the mattress. Returned mattresses are either recycled or donated to charity. While most companies offer a risk-free policy, some companies may charge a nominal restocking or return shipping fee.
Purple offers a 100-night sleep trial, but asks that customers try the mattress for at least 21 nights to allow time for the body to adjust to the feel of the new mattress. In lieu of a refund, customers may also opt to exchange the mattress for another Purple model.
Bear also offers 100-night sleep trial, with a mandatory 30-night break-in period. Customers who wish to exchange the mattress for a different Bear model should first return the mattress, then order the new one.
Mattress warranties are designed to protect consumers against manufacturing and workmanship defects. Warranty coverage should be included at no additional charge for original purchasers of a new mattress from an authorized dealer.
The standard mattress warranty length is at least 10 years. During this time, the manufacturer will usually repair or replace the mattress at its discretion. Some warranties are prorated, meaning that after a given amount of time, customers will be partially responsible for the repair or replacement cost of a defective mattress.
Most warranties cover visible indentations and splitting or cracking in the foam, as well as defects in the cover. To be valid for warranty coverage, most companies require that their mattress be used with a properly supportive foundation. Mattress warranties don’t usually cover comfort preferences, normal wear and tear, stains, improper care, or mattresses with other signs of abuse. Keep the law tags attached and take note of any other requirements in order not to void the warranty.
Bear offers a 10-year non-prorated warranty for the Bear and Bear Pro mattresses, and a prorated 20-year warranty for the Bear Hybrid. The mattress covers are backed by a separate 1-year warranty.
Similarly, Purple offers a 10-year non-prorated warranty for all its mattresses, with a separate 2-year warranty for the covers. For both companies, customers must cover return shipping costs.