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The Purple team is almost as famous for their wild commercials as they are for reinventing what it means to build a mattress. Goldilocks criticizing the 3 Bears mattress choices or a guy with eggs on his back dropping from the ceiling? That’s them.
Is it all just hype or is there something to this mattress that even eggs can sleep on comfortably. Our Purple mattress review will take a look at this hyper-elastic grid and see what the fuss is about. Does it really sleep cool and relieve all your pressure?
We’ve gone into a lot of detail, so if you’re in a hurry, skip to the conclusion here.
Who Do We Think Matches With Purple?
- Versatility Seekers – People in this market are looking for great beds that match multiple sleep postures or body types, and that’s the goal behind the hyper-elastic polymer grid that Purple’s come up with. It's made to adapt to most body shapes and sizes in whatever position the individual prefers.
- Pressure Relief Seekers – If you suffer from aches and pains, the last thing you need is pressure building up while you sleep, but this system was designed to cradle your weight (whatever that may be). It can relieve pressure where it builds up while supporting areas that need support.
- Hot Sleepers – Some old-fashioned foam really holds in the heat, but the grid system used here is designed so it is temperature neutral.
Possible Purple Complaints:
- Not a Classic Feel – Classics are classic for a reason, and many people prefer to sleep on what’s familiar. If you’re not up for a brand new technology (with a lot of modern updates), you may not be a match for Purple.
- Little Bounce – There’s some bounce, but if you’re looking for the strong push back associated with innersprings, you might want to look at New Purple, which is a hybrid.
The story goes that brothers Terry and Tony Pearce got to talking over an afternoon of flyfishing in the Rockies in 1989 and came up with the idea of partnering up. Terry had experience in manufacturing, and Tony was a rocket scientist. They took their ideas to innovate sneakers, medical devices, wheelchair cushions, and even golf bag straps.
In 2016, the Purple mattress was born, hailed as the “no pressure mattress.” A few years later, they introduced the New Purple (Purple 2,3,4) that varies the height of the grid and combines it with individually wrapped coils. Their claim is that their entire line of bedding products is based on the best science.
Construction: What’s In the Purple Mattress?
The bed-in-a-box brand arrives in a bag and is 9.5 inches tall. The cover, that extends around 3 layers was updated in 2019 with SoftFlex material (Polyester, viscose, and Lycra) that the company says better complements the unique feel of the comfort grid.
- The first layer is Purple’s signature 2-inch Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ grid that the brand calls “pressure-erasing.” It is highly durable, provides comfort, and protects the layers beneath. Its structure allows it to release and equalize pressure across the grid, which evenly distributes weight. When pressure does not need to be released, the grid holds its upright form to provide support.
- The second layer is 3.25 inches of medium-soft polyurethane foam. In addition to acting as a comfort layer, it helps to create a smooth transition from the top to base layers.
- The base layer is a 4-inch medium-firm support level made from polyurethane foam. It gives the bed shape and durability.
As of 2019, there is high-density foam around the edges to provide better edge support.
First Impression: How Does It Feel?
This bed arrives in a bag with handles that’s easy to transport to your bedroom for set up. Once released, you should give it a few hours to reach its full shape, but the layers should pop into place immediately.
When you first lay down on it, you will likely notice the feel of the grid beneath your weight conforming to your curves. Pushing on it with your hands, you’ll see how springy the grid is. Temperature should not build up beneath you while you’re lying there.
This is likely going to be an unfamiliar experience for you, so we recommend giving it a chance before you make any final decisions. Use that sleep trial to see how it works for you.
Firmness Scale: 6/10
This company makes some bold claims regarding their No Pressure® system. By collapsing more under the usual pressure points while maintaining support on the bodies contours, this is a unique approach to making sure heavier body parts do not have to bear excess pressure.
Sinkage will vary depending on your position, which is another feature unique to this bed. Areas of the body with gentler curves will not sink in as much as areas with more a more pronounced shape. Lying on your side, you can expect to sink in around the hips and shoulders much more than when lying on your back, so this ranges from a deeper hug to a gentle cradle.
The pressure relieved by the Original should work great for most folks, but those hoping for a little extra may look at the New Purple, which gives you the choice of a thicker grid system to better accommodate curvier body shapes.
Unlike slower responding materials, Purple’s grid is immediately responsive. There should be little to no trouble changing positions on this mattress.
The support system in the Original Purple starts with the comfort grid that pulls double duty supporting and soothing pressure, though this support is bolstered by two layers of polyurethane foam beneath. The edges are reinforced with denser foam, so support should be consistent edge-to-edge.
You should feel lying down on your mattress as if your spine is in the same position it is when you’re standing upright. Purple’s grid was designed to cradle your body in a neutral position regardless of position, so this should be good news for folks hoping for good spine alignment.
However, the individually wrapped coils in the hybrid version of this mattress may work a bit better for those searching for extra support, especially folks who are significantly heavier.
This bed-in-a-box is shipped in a bag with handles, which makes moving it to your bedroom a snap. The direct-to-consumer sales model also may help Purple keep prices down.
The polymer used in the comfort system is temperature neutral so body heat shouldn’t build up around your body while you’re sleeping.
Updated Edge Support
Purple’s placed denser foam around the sides to help maintain edge-to-edge support, which is perfect for folks who share their mattress and want to maximize their space.
Great Motion Isolation
Original Purple has a little bounce, but not much, especially with its foam core. Movement is mostly absorbed by the mattress and vibrations from the usual getting up and getting back into bed should be isolated so it doesn’t disturb your sleeping partner.
Foams used in the base of this bed have been tested by third-party and meet the minimum threshold for harmful chemicals and off-gassing. It is made without ozone depleters.
Coupons, Trials, Warranties, and Shipping
- Shipping - Shipping is free to 48 contiguous states with a small fee to ship to Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada.
- Trial - Try this product in your home for 100 nights to decide if it works for you. If you don’t think it’s right, you can send it back.
- Warranty - Purple comes with a 10-year limited warranty.
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||Price (w/o discount)|
|Twin XL||38" x 76" x 9.5"||$649|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 9.5”||$749|
|Full||54” x 76” x 9.5”||$949
|Queen||60" x 80" x 9.5"||$1,099|
|King||76” x 80” x 9.5”||$1,399|
|Cali King||72" x 84" x 9.5"||$1399|
|Split King||76" x 80" x 9.5"||$1498|
We’re fascinated by a bed made by rocket scientists, and we’re impressed its cooling design and unique approach to pressure relief and support.
A majority of side sleepers who are on the hunt for good pressure relief may have found it with this mattress that contours to curves in this position so that pressure should not build up in the usual pressure points. The foam beneath also provides a smooth transition into the support system that should work nicely for most folks.
Those who need extra might steer towards the Purple 3 or Purple 4 which has a thicker grid system that can accommodate more pronounced curves and heavier weights.
Back sleepers should feel satisfied with the way this bed cradles their lumbar spine and holds their body in a neutral posture. The firmness level should suit most back sleepers, though those wanting something just a hair firmer might look to the Purple 2, which is built with coils.
Most stomach sleepers should enjoy the way this bed evenly supports their weight, even in this position. Those who carry extra weight, however, may want to steer towards the Purple 2 which may provide additional firmness required to keep their hips elevated and spine neutral.
This bed really shines for combination sleepers of all kinds because of how it quickly adapts to different positions and concentrations of weight. Deeper sink for side sleepers seamlessly can convert into a gentle cradle when you roll onto your back. This versatility works fantastically for combo sleepers of most sizes.
Like combo sleepers, couples need versatility, and this brand was designed to adapt to different sleeping positions and body shapes. Most couples aren’t the same size and don’t sleep the exact same way, and this bed may be able to provide what you need without having to compromise for the comfort of your partner.
Furthermore, the motion isolation is well-designed in this bed and restless sleepers shouldn’t keep their partners awake in this brand. With the newly added edge support lending co-sleepers more space, this really is a great choice for couples.
This brand was designed to accommodate a variety of weights and shapes, and those up to around 200 pounds should be well suited by the all-foam version of purple. Those who are significantly heavier than this may want to steer towards the hybrid choices with thicker grids, especially side sleepers with deeper curves.
Evaluate any firmness score mindful of the fact that its likely to feel firmer to you. If you are significantly lighter than average, this may be the best match for you among Purple’s line given its slightly softer feel. Original Purple is versatile enough to accommodate heavier sleepers if your partner is larger than you are. Purple 4, however, is the softest, if that’s up your alley.
The value of this product comes from its versatility and durability. If your body changes over time or you find yourself needing to sleep in a different position, this is a bed that can adapt to changes easily without added materials.
Author: Sleep Advisor
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