In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the Hybrid and Hybrid Premier mattresses from popular online brand Purple. These beds not only feature the company’s iconic hyper-elastic polymer purple grid, but also springy layers of pocketed coils and sturdy edge support. I’ll admit, the specs certainly sound interesting, but do they produce a bed that’s right for you?
To find out, I gave these mattresses a thorough once over, assessing how they’re built, how they feel, and how well they support certain sleepers. For my full thoughts, keep reading below, or simply zoom over to my review summary at the end of this guide.
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. In addition to its array of bed-in-a-box models, the brand also sells pillows, sheets, mattress protectors, and bases.
We won’t be getting into all these goods today, but we will take a little time later on to compare the Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier models with the brand’s Original mattress. We’ll also size them up against the Leesa Hybrid, another springy bed that’s got the Internet buzzing.
But before we do any of that, we’ve got to figure out what’s going on in the Purple Hybrid mattresses!
What is the Purple Hybrid Made of?
Though we’re technically looking at two mattresses here, the Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier are very similar. The only difference between them is the amount of hyper-elastic polymer in the comfort grid. If you’ve seen any Purple ads online, this grid is the stretchy, purple top layer that gives the Purple mattress its unique feel.
And it works like this: the Purple Hybrid has 2” of polymer and the Purple Hybrid Premier has either 3” or 4”, depending on your preference. The more inches of hyper-elastic polymer, the softer the bed.
In addition to this material, there’s also some poly foam as well as a section of pocketed coils to bring even more lift to the party. Below, I’m going to walk you through the construction of the beds, just remember that the only discernible difference between them is what’s going on in the comfort layers.
Cover – Both mattresses feature a polyester and spandex cover, which is breathable and stretchy.
Comfort – Directly below the cover is where you’ll encounter the layer of hyper-elastic polymer we discussed above. It’s bouncy, supportive, and incredibly cooling, thanks to the spaces between the grid walls. While it’s kind of hard to describe how this material feels, I’d liken it to a water bed in that it sinks a little wherever your body goes. This provides fairly consistent pressure relief around the bed, so could make it a great fit for combo sleepers who need to move around in the night. 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.
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 – The bulk of both the Hybrid and Hybrid Premier mattresses is this 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 both models as the polymer grid + these pocketed coils produces a ton of buoyancy.
How Does the Purple Hybrid Feel?
Now that we’ve gone over the specs, let’s get into how these mattresses feel, starting with firmness.
But before we do, I just want to take a moment to acknowledge that firmness is a subjective measure, and can change a lot depending on one’s body size, shape, and weight. So, my read of these mattresses could be different from your own. For reference, I’m about 190 lbs. and 5’10”.
As you can tell in the graphic above, 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 7/10 on the 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 an ultra-supportive vibe. 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 (aka not too much sinking).
Purple Hybrid Premier 3”: This model hit a nice sweet spot for me, so got a 6.5/10. Again, this is the industry standard for medium firm, which basically means that it’s not too soft nor too firm. Combo sleepers who move between multiple positions in the night will probably like this bed the most.
Purple Hybrid Premier 4”: And finally, the 4” Hybrid Premier, which scored a 5.5/10 from me. This is one soft mattress, as the thick top layer of hyper-elastic polymer provides for plenty of sinkage into the structure. Strict side sleepers will definitely respond best to this mattress, as the comfort layer allows for ample cushioning at the shoulders and hips.
Testing the Purple Hybrid
But firmness is hardly the only factor to consider when buying a new mattress. So, let’s see how this violet-hued bad boy does on my other tests for Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer.
When I talk about pressure relief, I’m referring to how well (or not well) a bed is able to alleviate tension in 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 structure, the gadget records the force my body’s exerting on the structure, 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 Hybrid. 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. Regardless of the bed, I should also mention that it was easy to move around and change positions.
Side – The Purple Hybrid Premier 4” is the clear winner for side sleepers, in my opinion. The thick top layer of hyper-elastic polymer provides 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 the 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 my pick for these sleepers is the Purple Hybrid. Of the three, it’s the only one able to support folks who sleep primarily in prone, as the other two are just too soft for all-night stomach sleeping.
This next test is all about motion transfer, or the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. An important factor for all sleepers, but especially so for couples or folks who share a bed with a child or furry best friend.
To illustrate this 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 these high motion transfer rates. 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.
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 beds on the scene, namely the Original Purple and the Leesa Hybrid.
- Though the Original Purple also features a hyper-elastic polymer smart grid, it gets it support from poly foam as opposed to pocketed coils.
- Still, it’s quite supportive, bouncy, and firm. Combo sleepers, in particular, will likely respond well to its overall vibe.
- The bed also sleeps incredibly cool, so could be a good fit for folks who overheat at night.
- Pricewise, it’s less expensive than either the Purple Hybrid or Purple Hybrid Premier.
- For more, check out my full Purple mattress review.
- Like the both of these 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 vibe than either of the Purple Hybrids, 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 as well as couples!
- For more on the Leesa Hybrid, check out my full review.
Well folks, we’ve arrived at the end of this here review. After going over every possible detail I could think of, it’s now time to decide if this mattress 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.
Purple Hybrid Recommendations
- In terms of specific position recommendations, I’d say the following:
- 2” – Firm feel, best-suited for back and stomach sleepers.
- 3” – Medium firm feel, should work well for combo sleepers.
- 4” – Gentle feel, will be most compatible with strict side sleepers.
- Across all three models, I’d say the biggest plus is how cool they sleep. If you tend to overheat at night, the Purple Hybrid mattress could be a great choice for you.
- These beds are also incredibly bouncy, which could be good for combo sleepers or those who like a little lift.
Purple Hybrid Complaints
- As I mentioned throughout the review, the feel of the hyper-elastic polymer grid is specific and certainly not for everyone.
- I’d also say the mattresses lack contouring, which could pose a problem for folks after deep pressure relief.
Purple Company Policies
- Trial – 100 Nights
- Shipping – Free
- Warranty – 10 Years
How Much Does a Purple Hybrid Cost?
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 11”||$1,299|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 11”||$1,599|
|King||76" x 80" x 11”||$1,899|
|Cali King||72" x 84" x 11”||$1,899|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 12”||$1,899|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 12”||$2,199|
|King||76" x 80" x 12”||$2,699|
|Cali King||72" x 84" x 12”||$2,699|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 13”||$2,499|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 13”||$2,799|
|King||76" x 80" x 13”||$3,499|
|Cali King||72" x 84" x 13”||$3,499|
Other Purple Products
Check out our reviews of other Purple products for more information:
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- 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.