In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses. These beds feature the company’s iconic Hyper-Elastic Polymer Purple grid plus springy layers of pocketed coils. I’ll admit, the specs certainly sound interesting, but are these beds comfortable?
To find out, I gave these mattresses a thorough review, assessing how they’re built, how they feel, and how well they support certain sleepers. For my full thoughts, keep reading below, or zoom over to my review summary for the quick hits.
Is a Purple Hybrid a Good Mattress for You?
Purple was founded in 2015 and has since grown into one of the most popular bedding brands on the market, thanks to a combination of cheeky advertisements and innovative products. It sells three different hybrid mattresses, the Purple Hybrid, the Purple Hybrid Premier 3, and Purple Hybrid Premier 4. The only difference between these beds is how much of Purple’s special grid layer is included in each. The original Hybrid uses 2 inches, the Premier 3 uses 3 inches, and the Premier 4 uses (you guessed it!) 4 inches.
As a result, these beds offer different amounts of pressure relief, but otherwise feel pretty similar. Take a look below to learn a little more about who each model might work best for.
Who I recommend a Purple Hybrid for
- Back sleepers who like a firmer feel should like the original Purple Hybrid, and those who like a bit more pressure relief might prefer the Purple Premier 3.
- Side sleepers could really like the Purple Premier 4, which offers a ton of cushioning around sensitive pressure points.
- Stomach sleepers will likely enjoy the supportive feel of the original Purple Hybrid.
- Hot sleepers should appreciate how cooling each of these mattresses are.
- Combination sleepers should enjoy the bouncy feel of these beds!
Who I don’t recommend a Purple Hybrid for
- Couples might not like the Purple mattresses. Since they’re so bouncy, you’re likely to feel a partner tossing and turning at night. One of our best memory foam mattresses might be a better fit if you’re easily disturbed at night.
- If you prefer a traditional-feeling mattress, you might not be able to adjust to the unique feel of the Purple grid (which I’d describe as a bit like a water bed). If that sounds like you, I’d recommend one of our best innerspring mattresses instead.
What do the Purple Hybrids Feel Like?
Next up, let’s get into what these bed-in-a-box hybrids actually feel like. Below, I’ll go over what it felt like to sleep on all three of the Purple Hybrid models. Keep in mind that feel is subjective, and can change depending on your body type and preferred sleep position. For reference, I’m 5’9”, about 125 lbs, and prefer to sleep on my side.
As you can see in the graphic below, I actually thought all three mattresses had pretty distinct feels, so I’ll section them off below so you can get my full thoughts on each one.
Purple Hybrid: I found this mattress to be quite firm, so gave it a 7 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear that this mattress is going to work best for those who like a more supportive feel. I think stomach or back sleepers would benefit most from this feel, as the polymer layer is thin enough to support an even spinal line from hips to shoulders.
Purple Hybrid Premier 3: I gave this bed a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, and felt it had a true medium-firm feel. I’d especially recommend this bed to combination sleepers who move between multiple positions in the night and those suffering from lower back pain or looking for a mattress for sciatica. It struck a really nice balance between pressure relief and support that I think could feel comfortable in most sleeping positions.
Purple Hybrid Premier 4: I scored this bed as a 6 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale. This soft mattress really cradled my pressure points and offered a nice amount of sinkage. But, I still didn’t feel “stuck-in” the bed. I’d recommend this mattress to side sleepers or side combination sleepers. I think these folks will really appreciate the pressure-relieving feel of this mattress.
Before we wrap this section up, I want to note that all three of the Purple Hybrids had a bouncy, responsive feel. I felt much more “on top of” than “in” these beds, and found it really easy to change positions at night. In fact, I’d say these are some of the best mattresses for combination sleepers on the market.
All of the Purple Hybrids are also incredibly cooling. Hot sleepers should be happy on any of these beds. I’d say they’re also some of the best cooling mattresses you can find.
Testing the Purple Hybrids
Firmness is hardly the only factor to consider when buying a new mattress. So, let’s see how these violet-hued bad boys do on my tests for pressure relief, motion transfer, and edge support.
When I talk about pressure relief, I’m referring to how well a bed is able to alleviate tension at the shoulders, hips, and lower back. To test for this, I like to use a pressure map.
Though it sounds complicated, it’s actually quite simple: I roll this gizmo out, hop aboard, and let the map do the rest! As I move around the bed, the gadget records the force my body’s exerting on the map, and makes a colored “map” of the pressure. Blue indicates areas of low pressure and red indicates areas of high pressure.
Back — On my back, I felt the most comfortable with the Purple Premier 3. The hyper-elastic polymer top layer filled in the space at my lumbar region for pressure relief while the bounce of the coils and polymer helped keep my spine lifted in a healthy, neutral position. But I think all three Purple Hybrids would work for back sleepers.
Side — On my side, the Purple Hybrid Premier 4 felt best. Its thick top layer of hyper-elastic polymer provided plenty of room to sink in for pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. The Hybrid Premier 3” could also work for side sleepers, but only if they move between their side and another position in the night.
Stomach — Strict stomach sleepers typically go for an ultra-firm structure that lifts the hips in alignment with the shoulders, so pressure relief isn’t normally as big of a concern for them. I think stomach sleepers will likely prefer the original Purple Hybrid, which is the firmest-feeling mattress of the bunch.
Note for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lbs) — Heavy people will likely find all of these beds a little bit softer than I did. In general, I think the Purple Hybrids are likely supportive enough for these folks, but I’d recommend they stick to the slightly thicker Premier models for a little extra durability.
This next test is all about motion transfer, or the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. This is an important factor for all sleepers, but especially for couples or folks who share a bed with a child or furry best friend.
To illustrate motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
Considering how bouncy these mattresses are, I’m not that surprised to see they don’t offer great motion isolation. What this tells me is that you’re likely to feel movement across all three mattresses, which means they may not be the best fit for couples, especially if one partner is easily disturbed at night. I’d recommend checking out one of our best mattresses for couples instead.
Note on Motion Transfer and Sex — The best mattress for sex usually combines good motion isolation with enough bounce to make it easy to move around. Personally, I think the Purple Hybrids are a bit too bouncy to share if you’re a light sleeper. But if you’re not easily disturbed at night, they could be a nice option for sex thanks to their lift and mobility.
Edge support is a measure of whether or not you’ll be able to sleep all the way on the side of your bed and still feel supported. Great edge support can make your mattress feel a bit bigger, since you can spread out across its entire surface.
I thought all three Purple mattresses had good edge support. I could feel the Purple grid layer compress under my weight, but the foam and coils below stayed firm and supportive. Personally, I thought the Purple Premier 3 had the best edge support of the bunch.
What are the Purple Hybrids Made of?
Next up, let’s get into what these beds are made of! I’m sure most of you want to learn more about that special Purple Grid layer. This grid is the stretchy, purple top layer that gives the Purple mattresses their unique feel.
I’ll describe the grid, and all the other mattress layers, in detail below. As a reminder, all of the Purple Hybrids are constructed the same way. The only difference is how many inches of the Purple Grid each bed uses.
Cover — All these mattresses feature a breathable and stretchy polyester blend mattress cover.
Comfort Layer — Directly below the cover is where you’ll encounter the hyper-elastic polymer smart comfort grid. This grid is bouncy, supportive, and incredibly cooling. While it’s kind of hard to describe how this polymer material feels, I’d liken it to a water bed in that it cradles your body as you move. The original purple Hybrid uses 2 inches of the Grid, while the Hybrid Premier 3 uses 3 inches and the Hybrid Premier 4 uses 4 inches. The more grid there is, the more pressure-relieving the mattress feels.
Transition Layer — Next up, you’ll land on a layer of poly foam. This transition foam works to ease the sleeper down through the soft top grid and onto the sturdier pocketed coil system below.
Support Layer — The bulk of both the Hybrid and Hybrid Premier mattresses is a section of pocketed coils. These springs are extremely bouncy, so help to further lift the sleeper up and out of the structure. In general, you’ll likely feel more “on top” of these beds as the polymer grid and pocketed coils produce a ton of buoyancy.
Well folks, we’ve arrived at the end of the review. After going over every possible detail I could think of, it’s now time to decide if one of these mattresses is right for you. And though I can’t make that decision for you, I can leave you with a few final thoughts to help you get there on your own.
My favorite things about the Purple Hybrid mattresses
I really love how cooling all of the Purple Hybrids are. They don’t trap much body heat at all, so I think most hot sleepers out there should be very happy on these beds! I also like how responsive the Purple Hybrid models are. Combination sleepers won’t have any trouble changing positions on these beds.
Finally, I really like the feel of the Purple Grid. It does a great job of helping you achieve a healthy spinal alignment, but still feels incredible pressure relieving. Especially when you choose one of the thicker models. If you’re willing to test out a more unique feel I think the Purple might be a great fit for you.
My Purple Hybrid mattress complaints
I will say that the Purple mattresses don’t feature the best motion isolation out there. While this isn’t a dealbreaker, if you’re really easily disturbed at night you might want to opt for a more traditional memory foam mattress, which will do a better job absorbing motion.
I do also want to note that a few customers have complained about the original Purple mattress sagging and forming indentations. I think the Purple Hybrids will be a bit more durable thanks to their innerspring coil layers, but heavier folks especially might want to opt for a different mattress if this is a concern. If you decide to purchase any Purple bed, ensure you place it on a solid platform, not a box spring, and rotate it 180 degrees every few months to increase its lifespan.
How Much Do the Purple Hybrids Cost?
Take a look at the chart below to compare Purple Hybrid pricing info. And be sure to check out our Purple mattress coupon page to see if there are any discounts currently available.
Prices listed are before discount or offer on each size.
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 11”||$1,499|
|Full||54" x 75" x 11"||$1,699|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 11”||$1,799|
|King||76" x 80" x 11”||$2,199|
|Cali King||72" x 84" x 11”||$2,199|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 12”||$2,099|
|Full||54" x 75" x 12"||$2,299|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 12”||$2,399|
|King||76" x 80" x 12”||$2,999|
|Cali King||72" x 84" x 12”||$2,999|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 13”||$2,599|
|Full||54" x 75" x 13"||$2,799|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 13”||$3,099|
|King||76" x 80" x 13”||$3,699|
|Cali King||72" x 84" x 13”||$3,699|
Purple Mattress Policies and FAQs
Do the Purple Hybrids come with a mattress warranty?
Yes, Purple offers a 10-year warranty with all of its mattresses.
Do the Purple Hybrids come with a sleep trial?
Yes, all the Purple Hybrids come with a 100-night sleep trial period. Purple recommends testing your new bed for at least 21 days, but you can return your Purple Hybrid for a full refund after this time and before the end of the trial period.
How do the Purple Hybrids ship?
All the Purple Hybrids ship for free. They’ll arrive compressed in a bag and will require a few hours for off-gassing and decompression. The Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses come with free white glove delivery. The original Purple Hybrid ships free to your door, but you’ll need to pay an additional fee for in-home delivery.
What is the difference between the original Purple Hybrid mattress and the Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses?
The only difference between these mattresses is the amount of Purple Grid each is made with. The original Purple Hybrid has a 2-inch grid layer, the Purple Hybrid Premier 3 has a 3-inch grid layer, and the Purple Hybrid Premier 4 has a 4-inch grid layer.
Where are Purple mattresses made?
All Purple mattresses are made in the USA.
Can I use a box spring with the Purple Hybrid mattresses?
No, Purple does not recommend using a box spring with any of their beds. They suggest using a solid platform base, slatted bed frame, or adjustable base.
Purple Hybrid Vs.
After taking a deep-dive look at the Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses, let’s see how they compare to other mattress models you’ll find on the online scene.
Purple Hybrids vs Leesa Hybrid
- Like the Purple Hybrids, the Leesa Hybrid combines foam layers with pocketed coils for a one-two punch of pressure relief and support.
- However, it has more of a traditional feel than any of the Purple beds, so could work for folks who aren’t sold on Purple’s unique feel.
- In general, I’d recommend the Leesa Hybrid for back sleepers and couples.
- For more on the Leesa Hybrid, check out my full Leesa Hybrid mattress review.
Purple Hybrids vs Casper Hybrid
- Unlike the Purples, the Casper features zoned support, meaning it’s firmer at the hips and softer at the shoulders to offer optimal lumbar support.
- The Purples are bouncier than the Casper Hybrid, which combination sleepers might appreciate.
- The Purple 3 and Purple 4 are a bit more pressure-relieving than the Casper Hybrid.
- Learn more in the full Casper Hybrid mattress review.
Other Models from Purple
Purple also offers an all foam mattress with a similar feel to the Purple Hybrids. Learn more about that bed below.
Purple Hybrids vs Original Purple
- The Original Purple mattress’s support layer is made of high-density poly foam instead of pocketed coils.
- The Original Purple is supportive, bouncy, and firm. Combination sleepers might particularly like this feel.
- Like the Purple Hybrids, the Original Purple mattress is incredibly cooling, so it could be a good fit for folks who overheat at night.
- The Original Purple is less expensive than either the Purple Hybrid or Purple Hybrid Premier.
- For more, check out the full Purple mattress review.
Still not sure if the Purple Hybrid or Purple Hybrid Premier is the right replacement for your old mattress? Take a look at the chart below to see how we rated these beds.
Purple Hybrid Mattress
- Edge Support
Best known for their proprietary hyperelastic polymer, Purple now features three new versions in a line that features varying heights of polymer over pocketed coils, creating very bouncy mattresses. The changes in height of the comfort layer grid give the new variations of the Purple different benefits depending on what position you sleep in. I found all three to sleep very cool — Purple markets their mattresses as “Temperature Neutral” — while providing a mix of support and pressure relief.