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$1,399 from Purple (queen)
$799 – $1,998
Mattress Type: Foam
Firmness Options: Medium Firm (6)
Pros & Cons:
Great for sleepers under 230 pounds
Sleeps very cool
Good motion isolation for couples
Unqiue purple grid has a feel many aren’t used to
Edges of the Purple aren’t as strong as those found on some other beds
Sleepers over 230 pounds might prefer a firmer mattress
The original Purple mattress was the first of three mattress types offered by the Purple company. It’s an all-foam mattress measuring 6 out of 10, or medium-firm, on the firmness scale and sold at budget price-points. The Purple is known as a cooling, low-cost, high-value mattress.
The largest difference between the Purple and the Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier options is that the Purple has a polyfoam support core, while the hybrid models have pocketed coil support cores. The Hybrid and Hybrid Premier models also come in firm (7) and medium (5) or medium firm (6) options, respectively. The other Purple mattresses come at a higher price-point than the original Purple.
The Purple Grid is a unique technology present in all Purple mattresses. This grid of hyper-elastic polymer sits in the comfort layers, allowing for cooling airflow and bringing a responsive feel to the bed.
Watch the video below to see how the Purple Mattress performed when put to the test in our lab.
Sleeping Style and Body Weight
The Purple mattress excels at providing a mix of support and pressure relief to lighter side sleepers. Side sleepers need their hips and shoulders to sink into a mattress a bit to maintain spinal alignment, but not too far, or they’ll experience increased pressure. Side sleepers also need a mattress to have a supportive transitional layer so they don’t develop pressure points in their shoulders or hips. The Purple has the right mix of contouring and support to relieve pressure in most side sleepers under 230 pounds.
Heavier side sleepers, on the other hand, are unlikely to find enough support in the Purple. A mattress of a higher firmness level would be a better choice for this group, and more likely to provide them with the firmness and spinal alignment they need. The Purple rates 6 out of 10 in terms of firmness, and heavier side sleepers might prefer a bed that rates 6.5, 7, or higher instead.
Back sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds find the Purple mattress provides them enough lumbar support and pressure relief. Most back sleepers in that weight group will enjoy the bed. Some sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds also find a nice mix of support and pressure relief in the Purple, though some might prefer a firmer mattress.
Most heavier back sleepers will want a firmer mattress. To this group, the Purple mattress feels too soft, and is unable to properly support their back throughout the night. The heavier a sleeper is, the less supported they will feel by the Purple Mattress. They might feel as if they are sinking too far down into the mattress, or as though they aren’t supported evenly.
Across all body weights, stomach sleepers find the least comfort in the Purple mattress compared to sleepers with other sleep position preferences. That said, stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds enjoy the Purple mattress the most. This mattress could be a good option for lighter sleepers who sleep in a combination of positions, including their stomachs. Most sleepers who only sleep on their stomachs, however, could likely find another mattress that better fits their needs
Most stomach sleepers prefer firmer mattresses, and need to be well-supported in order to avoid the development of pressure points. Too soft or too firm of mattresses can put strain on the necks, shoulders, and lower backs of stomach sleepers. Heavier stomach sleepers will almost definitely feel discomfort while sleeping on the Purple. A firmer mattress would be a better option for stomach sleepers over 130 pounds.
In addition to the hands-on feedback from our team, we conduct a number of quantitative tests in our Test Lab. The below ratings are based on the experience of our testers.
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$1,399 from Purple (queen)
The Purple is an all-foam mattress available in one firmness level, which is medium-firm. Sold at affordable prices and delivered directly to your door, the Purple is a good option for customers seeking comfort on a budget. Through the use of Purple Grid technology, the Purple mattress provides sleepers a mix of contouring and responsiveness. It’s available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, and split king sizes.
The Purple’s comfort layers are made up of 2 inches of Purple Grid on top of a 3.5-inch polyfoam (1.8 PCF) layer. Its support core is made of 4 inches of high-density polyfoam (2 PCF). Combined, these layers excel at providing pressure relief to sleepers. The cover is made of a polyester-viscose blended fabric. Altogether, the Purple measures 9.25 inches in height, which is average and fits standard sheet sets.
The Purple Grid is a unique technology created by the Purple company that consists of hyper-elastic polymer molded into a grid shape. The Purple Grid contours to the body like memory foam, but feels more responsive. Spaces in the grid allow for airflow, making the Purple a cooling mattress. All-foam mattresses tend to trap body heat, but that isn’t a problem with the Purple.
This review contains detailed information about the Purple mattress. Find out how people of different body weights and sleep position preferences enjoy the bed. Also, learn how the Purple mattress rates in terms of motion isolation, pressure relief, temperature control, edge support, ease of movement, and off-gassing. Finally, see where you can buy the Purple mattress and how Purple handles shipping, returns, and warranties.
Medium Firm - 6
The Purple mattress consists of a layer of the proprietary Purple Grid over a comfort layer and support core that are both made of polyfoam.
67% Polyester, 29% Viscose, 4% Lycra
2″ Purple Grid, 3.5″ 1.8 PCF Polyfoam
4″ 2 PCF Polyfoam
Mattress Prices and Sizing
The original Purple mattress is a quality bed sold at affordable prices. The Purple costs less than half of the Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier options and is priced comparably to competitors’ similar direct-to-consumer all-foam beds. The presence of Purple Grid technology elevates the cost of the Purple above some other budget-priced all-foam mattress offerings, however.
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Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
The Purple mattress is available both online and in stores. Purple sells the mattress directly to consumers from their own website. It’s also found on Amazon.com.
In-person stores that sell Purple mattresses include Mattress Firm, Macy’s, and a variety of furniture stores. Purple maintains a map on their website through which customers may search for nearby stores.
Purple mattresses are available to be shipped to all 50 states and Canada.
Purple ships to the contiguous 48 United States for free using FedEx ground. Customers in Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada can also order Purple beds, but must pay a shipping fee. International shipping outside of Canada is unavailable.
The Purple arrives compressed and rolled into a long, purple tube-shaped package. It’s delivered to your front door, so you must bring it inside and move it to wherever you’ll be using it.
Purple doesn’t offer white glove delivery on their original Purple mattress, nor do they offer old mattress removal. Customers must set up the Purple mattress themselves and arrange to have any old mattresses removed. Like most compressed mattresses, the Purple can take a few hours or a day to fully expand.
Purple offers customers a 100-night sleep trial. They require customers to break in the mattress for at least 21 nights prior to initiating a return, however. After the break-in period, customers may return the mattress for a full refund, at no cost. Customers may call Purple to initiate the return process.
The Purple mattress comes with separate warranties for the cover and the rest of the mattress. The cover warranty lasts for 2 years. During that time, the mattress’s cover will be repaired or replaced if it is defective. The customer must pay for any shipping costs associated with repairing or replacing the cover under the warranty.
The interior mattress warranty lasts 10 years. It is non-transferrable and begins the date of purchase. The warranty doesn’t cover body indentations that are less than 1 inch deep. Customers are responsible for any shipping costs associated with fulfilling the warranty.
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