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Purple Plus Mattress Review

Daniel Noyed

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Daniel Noyed, Certified Sleep Coach

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OVERVIEW

Utah-based Purple Innovation launched in 2016 with the Purple Mattress, made with the company’s proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer. Also known as GelFlex, this flexible and responsive gridded material is engineered to provide temperature neutral pressure relief.

After the success of its flagship mattress, Purple used its GelFlex Grid to create an entire line of sleep products, which includes pillows, seat cushions, and additional mattresses. The company’s mattress lineup includes the Purple Plus, the Purple Hybrid, the Purple Hybrid Premier 3, and the Purple Hybrid Premier 4.

The hybrid beds contain pocketed coil support systems, while the all-foam Purple and Purple Plus feature polyfoam support cores. Purple also makes a Kid Mattress designed for sleepers under 115 pounds.

We’ll discuss the Purple Plus Mattress, which is an upgrade to the flagship model. Both the Purple Plus and the Purple Mattress feature an upper 2-inch GelFlex Grid layer and a 4-inch polyfoam support core. However, while the original model contains one layer of polyfoam in the comfort system, the Purple Plus has an additional polyfoam comfort layer for extra cushioning and responsiveness.

The Plus has a total height of 11 inches and a medium (5) firmness level, compared with the Purple Mattress’ 9.5-inch profile and medium firm (6) feel.

Price Range

$1,099 - $2,598
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Ideal for:

  • Those who sleep hot
  • Side sleepers
  • People who weigh less than 130 pounds
  • Sleepers who prioritize pressure reduction

Considerations:

  • May not meet the support needs of back and stomach sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds
  • Upper end of the price range for an all-foam bed
  • White Glove delivery is pricier than average
RATINGS SUMMARY
Motion Isolation
Ease of Movement
Temperature Control
Sex
Pressure Relief
Off-Gassing
Edge Support

Purple Plus Mattress Review Breakdown

A breathable polyester blend cover contributes to the temperature neutrality of the Purple Plus Mattress. The comfort system contains 2 inches of a buckling column gel, which Purple calls the GelFlex Grid. The hyperelastic material has more than 1,400 air channels that do an excellent job of dissipating heat.

The gently contouring GelFlex layer responds to pressure and provides relief in high-pressure spots like the lumbar area, shoulders, and hips. The stretchy material recovers quickly and pops back into place after pressure is lifted.

Beneath the GelFlex Grid, 2 inches of responsive polyfoam and 3 inches of denser polyfoam provide cushioning and support while limiting sinkage. An additional 4 inches of polyfoam in the support core increases the durability of the bed while adding stability to the comfort system.

The Purple Plus is 11 inches tall and has a medium (5) firmness level that makes it especially well suited for side sleepers and people who weigh less than 130 pounds.

Firmness

Mattress Type

Medium (5)

Foam

Construction

The all-foam Purple Plus Mattress features a cover made with viscose, polyester, and Lycra. Comfort layers of buckling column gel and polyfoam are supported by a polyfoam core.

Cover Material:

29% Viscose, 67% Polyester, 4% Lycra

Comfort Layer:

2″ Buckling Column Gel

2″ Polyfoam

3″ Polyfoam

Support Core:

4″ Polyfoam

Mattress Prices and Sizing

While the Purple Plus Mattress has a price-point comparable to many similar foam mattress models, it falls at the upper end of the price range. That said, the bed is constructed with unique, quality materials, such as Purple’s proprietary GelFlex. Additionally, this durable mattress should last many years, providing buyers with a good return on their investment.

The Purple Plus is available in all six standard sizes, as well as split king. For an additional cost, buyers can pair the mattress with a foundation or adjustable base.

Sizes Dimensions Height Weight Price
Twin 38" x 75" 11" 67 lbs. $1,099
Twin XL 38" x 80" 11" 71 lbs. $1,299
Full 54" x 75" 11" 94 lbs. $1,499
Queen 60" x 80" 11" 111 lbs. $1,699
King 76" x 80" 11" 141 lbs. $2,099
California King 72" x 84" 11" 140 lbs. $2,099
Split King 38" x 80" (2 pcs.) 11" 140 lbs. $2,598
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Discounts and Deals

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Mattress Performance

Motion Isolation

Like most foam mattresses, the Purple Plus excels at motion isolation. The softly conforming GelFlex buckling column gel in the comfort system absorbs the body’s movements to prevent motion from transferring across the bed’s surface.

Cushioning polyfoam beneath the GelFlex layer also reduces motion transfer, creating a more peaceful sleep experience for those who share a bed with a partner, pet, or child.

Pressure Relief

The Purple Plus does a very good job of relieving pressure. The cradling GelFlex Grid in the comfort system responds to the sleeper’s body weight and conforms at key pressure points, such as the hips and shoulders, to prevent spinal misalignment.

An additional 5 inches of polyfoam beneath the GelFlex layer cushions the body to decrease pressure while encouraging good posture, especially for side sleepers.

People who weigh less than 230 pounds and sleep on their back or stomach also enjoy enough pressure relief and support to sleep comfortably with proper spinal alignment. However, back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds may sink too deeply into the bed’s surface at the midsection, causing poor posture.

Temperature Control

Heat buildup is always a danger with foam mattresses, especially those that deeply contour to the sleeper. However, the Purple Plus’ unique design includes airflow-friendly materials that limit heat absorption and promote temperature neutrality.

The Purple Plus’ lightweight polyester blend cover breathes well, and the proprietary GelFlex Grid in the bed’s comfort system includes more than 1,400 air channels, allowing air to flow freely through the bed.

The mattress also has a firm enough surface to prevent deep sinking, so sleepers don’t have the opportunity to contribute as much body heat to the bed.

Edge Support

Foam mattresses often don’t offer the best edge support because they have a soft, contouring nature. But thanks to its medium firmness level and sturdy construction, the Purple Plus outperforms many of its competitors.

While most people can sit or sleep near the edge of the bed without experiencing significant sagging, those who weigh more than 230 pounds may notice greater sinkage and loss of support around the perimeter.

When the bed is shared, the lack of edge support may push couples toward the firmer and more solid center of the bed, particularly during sex.

Ease of Movement

While the surface of the Purple Plus allows most sleepers to change positions without too much hassle, its softly contouring comfort system isn’t quite responsive enough to facilitate unrestricted movement for people over 130 pounds.

Shoppers who prioritize ease of movement may prefer a firmer innerspring or hybrid model, which typically provide a springier surface.

Sex

When choosing a bed that’s good for sex, a couple’s individual preferences are important. Some people prefer a bouncy surface that doesn’t inhibit movement. Others like a softer, more enveloping surface that creates good traction.

With a medium firmness and a slightly conforming top layer designed to relieve pressure, the Purple Plus Mattress offers better traction than bounciness. Couples who prefer a firmer, springier feel should consider a hybrid bed, which includes coils.

Off-Gassing

Foam mattresses generally produce significant off-gassing, which is a chemical odor that occurs when small particles called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released into the air after unboxing.

Due to the more porous GelFlex Grid, the Purple Plus Mattress emits less off-gassing odors than most foam beds, making it a good option for those sensitive to the chemical smell.

Off-gassing is not believed to be harmful, though some people may find it unpleasant. The smell typically fades within several hours or a couple of days. Opening the windows and doors of the room where the bed has been unpackaged can help reduce the off-gassing smell until it fully dissipates.

Sleeping Style and Body Weight

Side Sleepers: The Purple Plus Mattress’ medium firmness and responsive foam are designed for pressure relief, making it suitable for side sleepers of any body type. A 2-inch GelFlex layer combines with 5 inches of polyfoam in the comfort system to create responsiveness at pressure points, including the shoulders and hips.

In our tests, side sleepers weighing less than 230 pounds enjoyed the best sleep experience. These sleepers received the best contouring, which decreased pressure while preventing them from sinking too deeply into the bed’s comfort system. Those weighing more than 230 pounds also slept well on the bed, though people in that weight range may benefit from a mattress with a slightly firmer feel.

Back Sleepers: Back sleepers require significantly less contouring and pressure point relief than side sleepers and often prefer a medium to medium firm mattress that distributes their weight evenly across its surface.

The Purple Plus provides excellent comfort and support to back sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds. These sleepers put little pressure on the mattress and experience the least sinkage. Those weighing between 130 and 230 pounds also receive adequate support, though the bed may be too enveloping for some in this category.

People weighing more than 230 pounds may sink too deeply into the flexible surface of the foam bed. These users generally sink at the abdomen, which can cause misalignment in the lower back.

Stomach Sleepers: People who sleep on their stomach typically require a firmer mattress. Stomach sleepers who don’t get enough support often sink at the abdomen, the area that typically carries much of the sleeper’s weight. The misalignment caused by the sinkage can result in pain and negatively affect sleep quality.

The Purple Plus Mattress is supportive enough to create an excellent sleep surface for stomach sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds. The bed also offers decent support to those weighing between 130 and 230 pounds.

Stomach sleepers over 230 pounds may not receive appropriate support from the Purple Plus and should consider a firmer bed with only a little cushioning.

Purple Plus Mattress

Sleeper Type Under 130 lbs 130-230 lbs Above 230 lbs
Side Sleepers
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Stomach Sleepers

Side Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Back Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Stomach Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs
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Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

  • Availability

    U.S. shoppers can order the Purple Plus Mattress on the company’s website. Purple also operates showroom locations where customers can test the mattress before purchasing. Customers in Canada can buy the Purple Plus through Sleep Country Canada or Purple’s Canadian website.

  • Shipping

    The Purple Plus Mattress ships free to shoppers within the contiguous U.S. Though shipping times can vary, orders typically ship within 1 to 3 days. Customers who choose the in-home setup option are usually contacted within 1 to 2 weeks to schedule a delivery time.

  • Additional Services

    Purple offers in-home mattress setup for an extra $200. With this option, shoppers can also choose to have their old mattress removed for no additional cost.

  • Sleep Trial

    Purple beds come with a 100-night sleep trial, which starts when the mattress is delivered. The company asks that sleepers spend at least 21 nights on the mattress before initiating a return. Shoppers who return the bed within 100 days receive a full refund.

  • Warranty

    The Purple Plus Mattress includes a 10-year limited warranty that begins on the date of purchase. The mattress cover has a separate 2-year warranty.

    The mattress warranty covers manufacturing defects, including body indentations greater than 1 inch that develop through normal use. Purple will either repair or replace defective mattresses at the company’s discretion.

    To submit a warranty claim, the owner must provide the original proof of purchase, mattress law tags, and the official warranty document.

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Daniel Noyed

Certified Sleep Coach

Danny is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with an in-depth knowledge of sleep health. He has tested hundreds of mattresses and sleep products.

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