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. All of the beds come in the same medium-firm firmness level, though the Purple Hybrid Premier is available in a medium (5 out of 10) option. The other Purple mattresses cost at least twice as much as 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.
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.
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
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.
|Twin||38" x 75"||9.25"||N/A||$649|
|Twin XL||38" x 80"||9.25"||70 lbs.||$749|
|Full||54" x 76"||9.25"||81 lbs.||$949|
|Queen||60" x 80"||9.25"||110 lbs.||$1099|
|King||76" x 80"||9.25"||140 lbs.||$1399|
|California King||76" x 84"||9.25"||140 lbs.||$1399|
|Split King||38" x 80" (2pcs)||9.25"||140 lbs.||$1498|
The Purple excels at isolating motion, which is common for an all-foam mattress. Strong motion isolation generally appeals to people who share a bed. When one person moves around or gets on or off the bed, their motion will not transfer across the surface of the mattress, disturbing the other sleeper.
Innerspring mattresses, some latex beds, and hybrids with pocketed coils generally do not isolate motion as well as all-foam beds. Memory foam comfort layers in particular are known to greatly reduce motion transfer across a mattress. The Purple Grid operates similarly, allowing sleepers to put weight on one part of the mattress without affecting other parts.
Pressure relief is another area in which the Purple mattress shines. The Purple Grid helps relieve pressure, so sleepers don’t find themselves developing pressure points while lying down. The Purple Grid contours to the body, providing a cushiony feel. The transitional foam beneath that layer helps keep sleepers from sinking too far into the mattress.
Pressure relief is important to all sleepers, but those who experience pain tend to find it particularly important. A pressure-relieving bed can reduce pain throughout the night. Side sleepers also require pressure-relieving beds so they don’t develop pressure points in their hips and shoulders, which commonly occurs on too-firm mattresses.
The Purple Mattress does an excellent job of staying cool throughout the night, largely due to the Purple Grid technology contained in its upper-most comfort layer.
Foam, particularly memory foam, tends to trap heat. All-foam mattresses are known for sleeping hot. The Purple Grid makes the Purple mattress stand out from other all-foam mattresses in the area of temperature control.
Because the Purple Grid has open spaces within it that allow airflow, heat can move away from the body rather than stay trapped in the Purple mattress. As a result, sleepers will be less likely to wake up because they feel too hot and more likely to get a good night’s sleep.
The Purple rates average in terms of edge support, which is common for an all-foam mattress. Edge support refers to how strong the edges of a mattress are in response to weight being placed on them. Mattresses that contain innersprings or pocketed coils tend to have stronger edges than all-foam beds.
Some all-foam beds have weaker edges than the Purple mattress. Poor edge support makes it so sleepers are unable to use the full surface of the bed because to do so would put them at risk of rolling off the bed. Strong edge support helps make getting in and out of bed easier.
Ease of movement rates medium on the Purple, due to the mattress being both conforming and responsive. Generally, the more closely a mattress contours to the body, the more it inhibits movement. Highly conforming foam layers develop impressions as they cradle the body, and it can take a few seconds for those impressions to “bounce back.”
The Purple allows for easier movement than many mattresses that contain memory foam comfort layers. Because the Purple Grid is both conforming and responsive, it allows for more movement than highly conforming memory foam. Innerspring and latex mattresses tend to allow for the most ease of movement.
Off-gassing occurs with the Purple mattress, as is to be expected, but the process isn’t as extreme as that found with other all-foam beds. Off-gassing is a process that involves volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a manufactured product becoming gas and floating out of the product into the air. Generally, this process is most noticeable immediately after manufacturing and is accompanied by a chemical smell.
Memory foam and polyfoam are the mattress components that tend to off-gas the most. The Purple mattress off-gasses less than some of its competitors due to the Purple Grid, which allows for airflow that more quickly clears off-gassed VOCs.
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 200 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 200 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.
|Under 130 lbs.||130-200 lbs.||Above 200 lbs.|
Reviews of the Purple are primarily positive. Seventy-two percent of reviewers on the Purple website and 62 percent of those on Amazon give the mattress a perfect 5 out of 5 rating. These reviewers say the mattress feels comfortable and stays cool all night long. Many reviewers comment that they are sleeping more soundly than they were on their previous mattress. Several couples note that both sleepers enjoy the bed despite being different types of sleepers.
Many reviewers share that they’re experiencing increased pain relief since sleeping on the Purple. Many Purple reviewers note that they have some sort of pain condition, such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. They sought out the Purple after reading that it provides pressure relief, and most of them are very happy with the mattress.
The less positive reviews don’t share any single theme. Some reviewers hoped the Purple would relieve their pain, but say it hasn’t. Other reviewers say the bed is too soft, while others say it’s too firm. A couple of reviewers shared photos showing that the Purple Grid in their mattress was malformed, making the bed feel lumpy.
On the Purple website, a representative of the Purple company has been responding to all negative comments, which gives a favorable impression of the company’s customer service. These responses are friendly, apologizing to customers for the mattress not working out, and reminding them that there’s a 100-night sleep trial within which they may return the mattress.
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.