The Purple mattress has earned a ton of devotees — and its share of cynics. The divisive nature of this mattress comes down to its unique Purple Grid layer, which makes it feel different than any other mattress.
I put this unique mattress to the test, assessing it for quality, feel, and performance. I’ll share my results with you here, and let you know whether or not I think the Purple might be right for your sleep needs.
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Is the Purple a Good Mattress for You?
Depending on factors like your body weight, preferred sleeping position, and whether or not you sleep with a partner or pet, the Purple may or may not be right for you. Take a look at some of my recommendations below.
Who I recommend the Purple mattress for
- I think this mattress is a particularly good choice for combination sleepers. It has a really bouncy, buoyant feel that makes switching positions easy.
- Hot sleepers should be quite happy on this bed. The Purple Grid allows for lots of airflow, which helps keep you cool throughout the night.
- Shoppers on a budget will like the fact that this mattress is very affordable compared to comparable beds on the market.
Who I don’t recommend the Purple mattress for
- I wouldn’t recommend this bed to heavy people. I don’t think the Purple has enough support for anyone over about 250 lb. If that’s you, I’d recommend checking out our best mattress for heavy people roundup, which has tons of super supportive beds.
- This mattress isn’t firm enough for strict stomach sleepers. These sleepers need a firm mattress to prevent their hips from sinking out of line with their shoulders.
- Anyone after a traditional feeling bed isn’t going to be happy on the Purple. Its grid layer has a squishy feel, somewhat reminiscent of a waterbed.
How Firm is the Purple Mattress?
Now that you have a pretty good idea of whether or not you’d like this mattress, let’s get into the good stuff: firmness. Firmness is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a new mattress. Keep in mind that firmness is subjective, and depends on factors like your body type and how you sleep. To give you the most objective idea of firmness possible, I averaged my firmness score with a few of my colleagues’.
After spending some time rolling around on the Purple, we decided to give it a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. Since 6.5 is actually the industry standard for medium-firmness, this is a true medium-firm bed.
In addition to its firmness level, I’d say this bed has a decidedly “on top” of the bed feel. You’re not going to feel yourself sinking deep into this mattress (like you would on a memory foam bed). Instead you’re going to feel lifted up and out of the structure. This is a nice feature for anyone who worries about feeling “stuck” in their mattress.
Purple Mattress Performance
To really put the Purple to the test, I used a few of our specialized sleep tools. I measured how well it absorbs motion, its ability to relieve pain, and whether it has strong edges. I’ll share those results below, but first I’d like to discuss how this mattress performs for sleepers of different weights.
Testing the Purple Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
Different weights need different amounts of support, and you’ll experience a mattress differently depending on your preferred sleep position. Take a look at some of my recommendations below.
Is the Purple a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lb)?
- Light Back Sleepers – I think light back sleepers would be quite happy on this bed. They’ll experience some great pressure relief, and enough support to keep their spine in a neutral alignment.
- Light Side Sleepers – I also like this bed for light side sleepers. I’m a light side sleeper myself, and I found that my hips and shoulders sank into the polymer material nicely.
- Light Stomach Sleepers – I don’t think this bed is quite firm enough for these sleepers. Stomach sleepers need to make sure their hips stay in line with their shoulders, and I found my hips sinking below my shoulders on this bed.
Is the Purple a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lb)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – I think the Purple bed is a good choice for most average weight back sleepers. However, if you suffer from back pain, I might opt for a slightly firmer bed that’ll really support your spine.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – I think most average weight side sleepers will be happy on this bed. The polymer layer provides some nice contouring. However, if you suffer from hip pain, I might go with a softer mattress that’ll give even more cushioning.
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – I don’t think this bed is firm enough for these sleepers. They need a firm mattress to keep their hips propped up to prevent their spines from curving.
Is the Purple a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lb)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – I don’t think this mattress has the level of support heavy sleepers need. I’d recommend looking for a bed that’s specifically designed for higher body weights.
- Heavy Side Sleepers – See above.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – See above.
Purple Mattress Pain Relief Performance
How well a mattress alleviates pain depends on whether or not it can relieve pressure, especially at sensitive pressure points at the hips, shoulders, and lower back.
To measure pressure relief, I used a handy pressure mat. I placed the mat on top of the mattress and climbed aboard. The mat created a “map” of how much pressure my body exerted on the mattress in different positions. The map turns blue to green for low pressure, and yellow to red for high pressure. You’ll see those graphics below.
Back Pain – I think this is a nice mattress for back pain. The map is all blue at my back in each position, which shows there’s low pressure there. However, if you have severe back pain I might opt for a slightly firmer bed, which will help keep your spine in a straight line.
Shoulder Pain – I like the Purple for shoulder pain. The grid offers some great pressure relief and should cradle sore shoulders well.
Hip Pain – I also like the Purple for hip pain. Again, that grid layer does a great job cradling the body. However, if you’re a side sleeper with severe hip pain, I’d go for a softer mattress that will give you even more pressure relief.
Purple Mattress Performance for Couples
If you sleep with a partner, there’s a few extra features you’ll want to look for in a new mattress. You’ll want to see if it absorbs your partner’s movements, if it’s responsive enough for sex, if it sleeps cool, and how strong its edges are.
Motion transfer is the movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. It’s important for couples as it shows whether or not you’re going to feel your partner’s every move.
To measure motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from three different heights on one side of the bed and measured the results on the opposite side of the bed with a seismometer. Each drop is meant to symbolize a different movement you’re likely to experience in bed, from tossing and turning (4 inches) to getting out of bed (8 inches) all the way to full on jumping (12 inches).
These are pretty high motion transfer results, which shows me that you’re likely to feel your partner tossing and turning. If you’re a light sleeper, I might consider a mattress with better motion isolation.
The best mattress for sex is one that has a bouncy and responsive feel, which makes moving around easy. The Purple has just that — you won’t have any issue switching positions on this bed. I’d say it’s a great bed for sex.
Since two people produce more body heat than one, it’s especially important for couples to look for a cooling mattress. I think the Purple sleeps really cool, thanks to its super breathable polymer grid.
Edge support refers to how well a mattress holds up on the edges as compared to the center. A mattress with good edge support can feel larger, since you’ll be able to use the whole bed.
I don’t think this mattress has strong edge support. When lying on the edges of this mattress, I did feel it collapsing below me a bit.
What is the Purple Mattress Made Of?
The Purple mattress has a 9.25-inch height and is made with a combination of foams and of course, the Hyper-Elastic polymer Purple Grid. Let’s take a look inside!
Cover – The mattress cover is made from a blend of polyester, lycra, and viscose. It has a nice, soft feel and is really breathable.
Comfort Layer – The main event. This layer is made up of 2 inches of the Hyper-Elastic polymer Purple Grid. This layer has a waffle-like design, which means there’s a ton of airflow. It has a soft and squishy feel and offers some great initial pressure relief.
Transition Layer – Next up is a 3.5-inch layer of high-density poly foam. This gives the bed some nice support and keeps the sleeper from sinking too far into the mattress.
Base Layer – The base layer is made from 4 inches of poly foam that has a slightly higher density than the foam layer above it. This gives the bed even more support and some added durability.
Purple Mattress Unboxing and Off-Gassing
The Purple is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it ships compressed in a box. You’ll have to unbox it at home. I’d recommend unboxing it in the room you’re going to use it in, so you won’t have to worry about lugging it up any stairs or around corners. I’d also recommend waiting at least 24 hours after unboxing this bed before you sleep on it. The foam layers in this bed need a bit of time to off-gas, or release trapped odors.
We’ve arrived at the end of my Purple mattress review! I hope I’ve given you an idea of whether or not the Purple is right for you. Though I can’t make your decision for you, I’ll leave you with a few final thoughts to help you decide.
My favorite things about the Purple mattress
I really like how bouncy and responsive this bed is. If you’re worried about feeling “stuck” in your mattress, you’ll be happy on this buoyant bed. I also love how cool this bed sleeps — the Purple grid is aerated, which means it creates lots of breathability. Finally, I think this bed comes at a really great price.
My Purple mattress complaints
So this could either be a pro or a con, but the Purple has a super unique feel that might not appeal to everyone. If you’re after a traditional feel, I’d go with an innerspring mattress instead. Additionally, this bed has pretty high motion transfer, so if you’re easily disturbed by a restless partner, I’d check out one of our best mattresses for couples instead.
How Much Does the Purple Cost?
Price can be one of the most important factors that go into buying a new mattress. Take a look at our pricing chart for the Purple mattress below and be sure to check out our Purple mattress coupon page for the latest discounts.
Price listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
|Twin||38" x 75" x 9.25"||N/A||$599|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 9.25"||70 lbs||$849|
|Full||54" x 76" x 9.25"||81 lbs||$1,049|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 9.25"||110 lbs||$1,199|
|King||76" x 80" x 9.25"||140 lbs||$1,499|
|California King||72" x 84" x 9.25"||140 lbs||$1,499|
Purple Mattress Policies and FAQs
How does the Purple ship?
The Purple is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will ship compressed in a box to your door. The Purple ships for free.
Does the Purple have a trial period?
Yes, the Purple has a 100-night sleep trial.
Does the Purple have a mattress warranty?
Yes, the Purple has a 10-year warranty.
What is Purple’s return policy?
You can return the Purple after testing it for a minimum period of 21 days and before the end of the 100-night trial to receive a full refund.
Do I need a box spring with the Purple?
Nope, you can place the Purple on any bed frame, including box springs, adjustable bases, platforms, and more.
Where is the Purple made?
All Purple mattresses are made in the USA.
Still unsure if the Purple is right for you? It can be helpful to see how it compares to models from other popular online mattress brands. Below I’ll compare it to two of its biggest competitors: Casper and Nectar.
Purple vs Casper
- Where the Purple has its polymer grid, the Casper has a zoned support comfort layer, which is softer at the shoulders and firmer at the hips.
- The Casper feels a bit firmer than the Purple and is a better option for sleepers with back pain.
- The Casper is a bit cheaper than the Purple.
- Check out my full Casper mattress review and Casper vs Purple mattress comparison.
Purple vs Nectar
- The Nectar is a memory foam mattress that has the classic memory foam feel — sinkage and contouring.
- The Nectar has a more “in” the bed feel, while the Purple has a more “on top” of the bed feel.
- The Purple definitely sleeps cooler than the Nectar.
- Learn more in my full Nectar mattress review and Nectar vs Purple mattress comparison.
Other Models from Purple
In addition to the original Purple mattress, Purple offers three hybrid mattresses that range in firmness. I’ll share how they compare below, and you can also head to Purple.com to learn more.
Purple vs Purple Hybrid & Hybrid Premiers (Purple 2, Purple 3, Purple 4)
- Both the Purple Hybrid and the Purple Hybrid Premiers feature a sturdier build than the Purple thanks to the inclusion of coils.
- The Purple puts a Hyper-Elastic Polymer grid over poly foam, while the hybrid models feature the same polymer over pocketed coils. This creates great bounce and mobility.
- Both the updated Purple and the Purple Hybrid have 2 inches of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which leads to a supportive, firmer feel because there’s not a ton of room to sink into the mattress. In contrast, the Hybrid Premiers include either3 or4 inches of the grid for greater pressure relief. For this reason, the Hybrid Premiers are more likely to appeal to strict side sleepers.
- Both the Hybrid and Hybrid Premiers are more expensive than the Purple.
- Read our Purple Hybrid mattress review for more information.
Take a look at our mattress performance ratings for the Purple mattress below.
- Edge Support