Trying to figure out which Purple mattress you should buy? Then you’ve landed on the right page, because we’re about to dive headfirst into a full on Purple mattress comparison.
That’s right, we’re going to pit the Original Purple against its springy Hybrid and Hybrid Premier sisters, sizing up their similarities and digging into their differences to help you decide which one is 100% right for you.
So, buckle up, and get ready for this full-on Purple showdown! Oooor click here to skip to the summary.
Before we get into the differences between these mattresses, let’s go over their similarities. That way, we’ll be better able to contextualize the specifics that set them apart!
- Hyper-elastic Polymer – All Purple mattresses feature a smart comfort grid of hyper-elastic polymer. This purple material is stretchy, bouncy, and thermo-regulating, kicking off all the brand’s mattresses with a buoyant vibe.
- Bounce – Speaking of buoyancy, the Purple mattresses are incredibly bouncy. If you’re looking for some serious lift, you’ll be well satisfied by any of these violet-hued beds.
- Cooling – Purple mattresses are also designed to be temperature neutral, so help to mitigate overheating in the night. If you’re someone who sleeps hot, you should find a lot of comfort in the actively cooling layers.
What are These Mattresses Made of?
Now that we’ve got the similarities sorted, let’s get into the nitty gritty details that make these mattresses different. Below, I’ll walk you through each bed’s unique construction, though I’d also encourage you to take a gander at our existing reviews for the Purple and Purple Hybrid mattresses for even more information.
Cover – The Purple cover is made of a SoftFlex material that brings together polyester, viscose, and lycra for a stretchy and breathable feel.
Comfort Layer – Next up, you’ll land on the hyper-elastic polymer smart grid we discussed above. This unique material is arranged in a grid, with the walls designed to collapse under pressure, creating a uniform sense of support across the mattress. Though the grid does provide some really nice pressure relief at the shoulders and hips, it’s still incredibly bouncy, so will help to lift the sleeper up and out of the structure. I should also add that the space between the grid walls allows for plenty of breathability.
Transition Layer – Directly below the smart comfort grid, you’ll land on a transitional layer of high-density poly foam. This material is much firmer than the one above it, so helps to bring some support to the structure. It also helps to prevent too much sinkage, working to position the sleeper squarely on top of the mattress.
Base Layer – Finally, the mattress is supported by four inches of high-density poly foam. This layer helps account for the mattress’s overall firmness, which we’ll discuss in more detail below.
Before I hop into the next construction section, I should note that there are actually two Purple hybrids: the Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier. Their constructions are virtually identical, save for the fact that the Purple Hybrid has 2” of hyper-elastic polymer and the Purple Hybrid Premier has either 3” or 4”. Therefore, I’m going to bundle these two beds into a single breakdown below.
Cover – As in the Original Purple, the Purple Hybrids feature covers of polyester and spandex for a stretchy, breathable feel.
Comfort – And once again, things kick off with a layer of hyper-elastic polymer. As we discussed above, this material is bouncy, supportive, and incredibly cooling, providing ample pressure relief across a variety of positions. I will say, though, that the difference between having 2” and 4” of the stuff is quite noticeable, with the former being pretty firm and the latter be quite gentle. I’ll go into firmness a little later on, but this is something to note and could spell the biggest difference between all of these Purple mattresses.
Transition – Next up, you’ll land on a transitional layer of poly foam. This section works to ease the sleeper down through the soft top grid and into the sturdier pocketed coil system below.
Support – Perhaps the most notable distinction between the Original Purple and Purple Hybrid mattresses is here in the support section. Whereas the Original uses poly foam, the Hybrids employ pocketed coils for spring and lift. These coils are extremely bouncy, so help to bolster the sleeper and position them on top of the mattress.
Purple v. Purple Hybrid
After dissecting their individual constructions, it’s clear that these mattresses are pretty darn different. But what are the most important distinctions between them? Let’s discuss a few of the standouts below.
First and foremost, the amount of hyper-elastic polymer in the top layer really does set the tone for the mattress. The Original Purple and Purple Hybrid both feature two inches of the stuff, which establishes a firm and supportive feel best suited for back or stomach sleepers. The Purple Hybrid Premier 3” gets a more medium firm vibe from its extra inch, making it ideal for combo sleepers. And when you bring four inches of the material to the party, as the brand does in the Purple Hybrid Premier 4”, the feel gets even softer. So, you’ll want to make sure you land on the amount that’s going to be right for your specific sleep needs.
Additionally, you’ll need to make a choice about what kind of support layer you want, as the Original features one of high-density poly foam and the Hybrids feature ones of pocketed coils. Both systems are sturdy, firm, and supportive, but the inclusion of coils in the Hybrid mattresses produces more bounce than you’d get on the Original Purple. Therefore, if you prefer a subtle lift, the Original may be the one for you. However, if you like the idea of truly optimized mobility, you may want to stick with one of the Purple Hybrid mattresses.
And while we’ll go over this later, I think it’s worth noting that there’s a pretty big price discrepancy between these beds. A Queen size Purple, for example, costs $999 whereas a Purple Hybrid of the same size goes for $1,299 and the Purple Hybrid Premier costs $1,899.
What do These Mattresses Feel Like?
So, we know how these mattresses are built, but how exactly do they feel? It’s a great question, and one we’re going to explore in depth below.
Before we get into this section, though, I just want to mention that any feel factor (from firmness to pressure relief and motion transfer) is highly subjective, and can change a lot depending on one’s body size, shape, and weight. Therefore, my opinions could vary from your own. For reference, I’m about 5’10”, 190 lbs. and prefer sleeping on my stomach.
In terms of firmness, the Purple got a 7/10 for me. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear this bed is a touch on the firmer side. That being said, I also found it to provide plenty of pressure relief as I rolled around the bed, marking it as a solid option for combo sleepers.
Given the bed’s propensity for pressure relief, you may be surprised by the firm rating it got from me. However, when you really think about the materials being used, it makes total sense. Remember: The hyper-elastic polymer smart grid is only 2” thick here, so the majority of the bed is made of the highly supportive transition and base layers of poly foam. This creates a super sturdy structure that allows for a ton of lift and durability.
Purple Hybrid: In my opinion, the Purple Hybrid is very firm, falling somewhere around a 7/10 on the firmness scale. The relatively thin two-inch layer of hyper-elastic polymer makes for an ultra-supportive vibe that could be well-suited for stomach or back sleepers. In general, you’ll feel the most “on top” of the Purple Hybrid, which could be a big plus for those who don’t want to sink too far into their mattress.
Purple Hybrid Premier 3”: This hybrid hit a nice sweet spot for me, landing at a 6.5/10, which, again, is the industry standard for medium firmness. What this means is that the bed’s not too soft and not too firm, which makes it a fabulous pick for combo sleepers.
Purple Hybrid Premier 4”: And finally, the 4” Hybrid Premier. With the tallest hyper-elastic polymer grid of the bunch, this mattress scored a 5.5/10 from me, which denotes it as a supremely soft structure. You wouldn’t think an additional inch or two would make such a difference, but I found that it dramatically changed the feel. Strict side sleepers will definitely respond best to this mattress, as the comfort layer allows for plenty of cushioning at the shoulders and hips.
Well folks, we’ve officially arrived at the end of this comparison! After sussing out these beds’ constructions and feels, it’s time to connect the dots and draw some conclusions about which mattress is right for you.
What’s interesting about the suite of Purple mattresses is that it truly does have options for all kinds of sleepers. Back and stomach sleepers, who need firmness and support, could find a lot to love in the Original Purple or Purple Hybrid. Combo sleepers, who move between positions in the night, might find some buoyant compatibility in the Purple Hybrid Premier 3”. And strict side sleepers will likely be most attracted to the Purple Hybrid Premier 4”, which provides ample cushioning at the shoulders and hips.
But no matter the Purple you go with, one thing’s for sure: You’re likely to experience a ton of bounce. The Original Purple doesn’t have as much lift as the hybrid models (thanks to their added section of pocketed coils), but it’s still incredibly buoyant when compared to other mattresses on the market. Some sleepers won’t love this bouncy vibe (which I’d liken to that of a waterbed), but others will seriously dig the unique feel.
Considering the fairly uniform feel across all the Purple beds, perhaps the biggest difference between them is price point. Again, A Queen size Purple costs $999 whereas a Purple Hybrid of the same size goes for $1,299 and the Purple Hybrid Premier costs $1,899.
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To get even more specific about my recommendations, I’m going to list some of my favorite aspects of every Purple mattress.
- It’s also less expensive than the Purple hybrid models, which could be a big selling point for budget-conscious sleepers.
The Purple has nice bounce as well as a medium mix of support and pressure relief that makes it a great pick for the combo sleepers out there.
- If you need a bit more support then one of the Purple Hybrids will be a better choice as the pocketed coil layer will help support your hips and promote spinal alignment.
- That being said, I think the Purple Hybrid, with the 2” comfort grid, would work best for back or stomach sleepers.
- I find the Hybrid Premier versions to be better for side sleepers as they offer the best pressure relief thanks to more space to sink into bed.
The combination of Hyper-Elastic Polymer and pocketed coils makes the Purple Hybrid a great option for those looking for bounce and pressure relief!
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