The Purple Bed Review For 2019

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Have you ever wondered what would happen when brothers with aerospace and manufacturing backgrounds worked together to create a mattress?

The result is Purple, designed with a “pressure-erasing” polymer layer over a foam base.

After success with popular cushioning products in the past, Tony and Terry Pearce decided to focus their energy on the mattress industry. Purple is known for its science-driven approach and quirky marketing, making it hard to miss in the digital space. Their popular egg test drops raw eggs onto the product under weighted glass without breaking.

This in-depth review of Purple is based on our scoring system that includes characteristics such as support, quality, value, and comfort.

Keep reading for a deep-dive into this bed or click here to read the summary.

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You will love Purple if you:

  • Need pressure relief – The Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ top has been scientifically engineered to provide pressure relief to any area of the body that needs it. In fact, the brand has deemed it the “World’s First No Pressure™ mattress.” This is great news for side sleepers with pressure in their shoulders and hips.
  • Want a versatile mattress – Purple works well for nearly all sleep styles. Its structure helps with pressure relief and support while having a medium-level firmness. Couples with different styles can have a great night in the same bed.
  • Sleep hot – The Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ grid is temperature neutral and promotes airflow.

You might not like Purple if you:

  • Want an innerspring mattress – This model is not made with innersprings. However, its comfort layers provide pressure relief not found in typical innerspring brands.
  • Like a memory feel – While memory materials are slow responding and can trap in heat, Purple stays temperature neutral and its quick responsiveness helps with ease of repositioning.

Construction (Materials & Quality)

Purple is a 9.5-inch tall mattress with a gel-like top and foam base that ships to your door compressed and rolled in a bag. The package has convenient handles to make it easier to move to the room of your choice.

It can be used with almost every type of foundation. The company sells their own Platform Base and adjustable PowerBase through their website.

The white knit cover has some padding and is a viscose, polyester, and Lycra blend. It has good construction, holding up well to tugging and pulling. If necessary, the cover can be removed for spot cleaning, but it is not machine washable.

There are three layers that make up the comfort and support layers of the bed.

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  • 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.

Firmness (Support & Feel)

Purple’s feel is unique. The firmness level feels slightly different depending on the sleeping position and weight of the person on it.

Even so, we rated it a 6 out of 10 on our firmness scale, with 10 being the firmest. Therefore, it falls into a medium range of firmness, which is seen as a versatile level of firmness that caters to the widest variety of people.

The cover is breathable and soft to the touch. When pushing down into the mattress, the Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ grid is its most prominent feature. Pushing down further reveals the foam layers beneath.

The materials gently contour the body when lying down. However, the cradling is different depending on the position. Side sleepers can expect to sink into the mattress further than back and stomach sleepers as the gel-like grid interacts with pressure points.

Unlike slow-responding memory foam, it responds quickly when pressing down and releasing. There is a bounce in the top layer and repositioning is easy.

Purple’s top layer makes it wonderful for a variety of sleep positions. The material buckles or releases in heavier areas. The column structure supports other areas evenly that do not need pressure relief.

purple firmness scale

Back sleepers can feel their weight evenly distributed and their lumbar region supported. The polymer grid collapses under the weight of the hips to redistribute pressure and keep the spine aligned.

Stomach sleepers should not experience any uncomfortable curvature in their backs. Hips stay supported instead of sinking into the bed and there is neutral spinal alignment.

Side sleepers will see the biggest advantage of the grid’s ability to release and redistribute pressure to other cells. This happens specifically in their hips and shoulders because they have the most weight in condensed areas.

Significantly heavier side sleepers may need to take advantage of the 100-night risk-free trial period to see if there is enough pressure relief for their additional needs.

Likewise, sleepers who are much lighter than average may feel that the mattress is firmer because they might not be able to have the weight it takes to allow the polymer grid to collapse and equalize pressure.  However, most body types and weights will enjoy a good night’s sleep with this brand.

Motion Transfer

Motion transfer is something to consider when buying a new bed. While it is not an issue for a wide range of people, light sleepers need a product that does not interrupt their sleep cycle when partners or pets jump into bed.

Purple performs well in this category. While the memory foam products are the industry heavyweights in this area, it has minimal movement to other parts of the mattress.

Edge Support

Edge support is typically best in innerspring mattresses and those with reinforced edges. For bed-in-a-box products, there is more compression.

There are two types of edge support to be mindful of when choosing a mattress. The first is while sitting and the second is while sleeping on the edge.

You may notice compression while sitting on the edge, which is to be expected. There may be compression while lying on the edge, but you should never feel like you will roll out of the bed and remain comfortable and supported.

Other Considerations

  • Trial Period – 100-night risk-free trial.
  • Warranty – 10-year limited warranty.
  • Shipping – Free shipping to the 48 contiguous States. There is an additional fee to ship to Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada.
  • CertiPUR-US® Certified – The foam in this product meets a minimum threshold of requirements regarding harmful chemicals and off-gassing. It is made without ozone depleters.
  • Compatible with Adjustable Bases
  • Made in the USA
SizeDimensions (inches)Price (w/o discount)
Twin XL38” x 80” x 9.5”$699
Full54” x 76” x 9.5”$899
Queen60” x 80” x 9.5”$999
King76” x 80” x 9.5”$1,299
Cali King72” x 84” x 9.5”$1,299

Final Thoughts

9.2 Total Score

Purple’s innovative design is a step forward in the mattress industry!

9.2Editor's score
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8.8User's score
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Purple’s science-driven approach to their product has established the brand as a unique contender to customers.

Their Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ grid has the right amount of pressure relief and support to cater to a wide range of individuals. Its temperature-neutral material and grid-like structure help keep sleepers cool all night.

The company compares their queen model to other $4,000 brands on the market (view all the mattresses we review), making it a substantial savings for people who want a quality bed for a reasonable price.

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Author: Sarah Cummings

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  1. Reply
    Arthur Carter March 1, 2018 at 2:03 am

    I appears you got caught too. We bought Purple mattress just before your article came out… at the same time Purple announced their NEW model of mattresses. Your article is now about their “legacy” model… they still offer it, but clearly they have shifted all of their marketing to promote the 3 new model sizes: Purple2, Purple3 and Purple4 — all with a base layer of coiled springs instead of memory foam.

    I sure hope you update this review soon.

    • Reply
      Sarah Cummings March 15, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      Hey Arthur! Ohh wow, I totally missed that update. I’ll make sure to add the new model to our review list and order it asap. Thanks for reminding me 🙂

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    Gary April 23, 2018 at 3:25 am

    I feel a little betrayed that they just came out with the new model…as a side sleeper, this is better than my old bed but I still wake up achy on my hips and shoulders. Almost at the 100 day mark so I’m thinking of returning it.

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    Adam June 13, 2018 at 2:22 am

    We currently have the original purple in queen. we love the mattress but are planning to upsize to a cal king. the price for the new one is significantly more than the original. i’d love to know if its worth the price increase with the original being such a good price. I’d be happy with the original but will i be estatic with the new one?

    • Reply
      Sarah Cummings June 18, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      We are currently reviewing the new Purples and doing a comparison with the original. Check back soon!

      • Reply
        Shyam July 3, 2018 at 4:38 am

        Hey Sarah,

        When do you expect to complete the review? Thanks!

        • Sarah Cummings July 4, 2018 at 2:11 pm

          Very soon, so keep checking back. Thank you so much for your interest in our content!

  4. Reply
    Lelow July 8, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Yea, please post your new Purple review ASAP. Getting desperate for a new mattress and can’t find any unbiased info about the new purples.

  5. Reply
    Commited July 19, 2018 at 2:54 am

    I’m interested in buying a purple for my wife and I . We have a Sleep # bed
    It is confusing to read the reviews about the changes from the original mattress to the improved coiled spring mattress
    I need to hear from Sarah

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    Trena Callis July 23, 2018 at 2:43 am
    Materials & Quality
    Support & Comfort
    Edge Support
    Value for Money

    I have suffered with severe back pain for about 10 years. I fx my spine and have had back pain only when I sleep. Had 3 different tempurpedic mattresses. The real ones, not knock offs. Then a top of the line bed from the Mattress Factory. Still had pain. I dreaded going to bed. Slept in my son in laws new original purple mattress bed and had NO PAIN. Thought it might have been a fluke. Recently went up to visit my granddaughter again and slept in his bed. Ordered my original purple mattress before I left his house. I’ve slept in it for 3 days now and I am 90% pain free. Thank God. This mattress totally works for me.

    + PROS: I’d order again
    - CONS: Non yet
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    GeorgiaLee July 30, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Still wondering if it’s made with coils/springs or not. Sounds like the original (the awesome one) was not made with springs but the newer version is?
    If y’all could clarify this issue, that would be wonderful!

    • Reply
      Sarah Cummings August 6, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      Hi Georgia! You are spot on. The brand new models are hybrids that include springs but the original “recipe” does not. It all depends on what you prefer. Keep checking back, as we hope to do a comparison article soon.

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    Seth August 3, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Is there a place/store you can do a hands on test before you buy?

    • Reply
      Sarah Cummings August 6, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Hi Seth. You’re in luck. Purple has started putting their mattresses in select stores at a handful of locations nationwide. We recommend heading over to their website for more details.

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    Katrina Jorgensen October 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    I ordered my King 4 in August and three different times they have changed my delivery date. I have not received any word on when I can expect it. So far not worth the money.

    • Reply
      GILBERTO V. MARTINEZ February 10, 2019 at 9:59 pm

      That´s just your experience. We want to know about the quality and the durability of the product.

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