Purple Mattress Review: Ordering From Amazon vs. Purple
Kate is a mother of two and holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Sonoma State University. She’s also a passionate researcher.
The Purple mattress seems to be all the hype online recently, but is it really worthy of all that attention? I have tried almost all the high end mattresses looking for relief from my back pain: Simmons, Stearns & Foster, Aireloom, and Serta. Many of these mattresses were $2500 or more. Could this "mattress in a box" really stack up?
My goal is to give you an honest review about this mattress based on my experience so you can decide if it’s worth a try. Also, I will discuss the differences between getting the mattress directly from Purple versus getting it through Amazon.
Ordering a Purple Mattress From Amazon.com vs. Purple.com
The mattress features Purple’s trademarked “Hyper-Elastic Polymer” which is formed into a grid like pattern on top of two other supportive layers and it promises to provide a cooler mattress that is both plush like a soft mattress and supportive like a firm mattress. Purple includes a 10 year warranty and 100 nights to try out the mattress with no risk so, with urging from my husband, I decided to pull the trigger and order a purple mattress. Wait a minute! Should I order this mattress through Amazon.com or Purple.com? Well there are quite a few differences between the two options.
Should I Order from Amazon.com or Purple.com?
My husband wanted this mattress two months ago when I started doing the research on it so I needed to get it fast. I quickly discovered that there were two ways I could get this mattress.
I could order it directly through Purple’s website or through Amazon and there were significant differences between these two methods. After much research and many phone calls to both Purple and Amazon, I discovered the following.
Option 1: Ordering Through Purple.com
If I were to order my mattress directly through Purple.com, I am subject to their “lead times” (i.e. how long it takes them to make the product and get it to the shipping company). When Purple has a lot of orders, it could be four weeks or more just to get my mattress out the door and on its way to me! If they aren’t very busy it could be as little as two days. From what I saw from others online, it seemed like the typical lead time was about two weeks.
That was the case for me; Purple informed me that they were currently about two weeks out from shipping my order if I placed my order with them that day. Shipping would be free (and usually takes an additional two to three days), there would be approximately $100 in tax I would have to pay on top of the mattress price since I live in California, I would have the 100 night guarantee to try out the mattress, and by ordering directly through Purple, I would get their current promotion. At the time I called them, their promotion was a free seat cushion.
Seeing how my husband and I currently had our old, beat up queen sized mattress that hurt both of our backs, we were not excited at the prospect of waiting over two weeks to receive our new bed.
Option 2: Ordering Through Amazon.com
If I were to order my purple mattress through Amazon there were some significant differences. First, I could get the mattress at my front door guaranteed in two days! That would definitely make my husband happy. Also, for me being in California, there was no sales tax which would save me about $100. Sounds like a pretty easy decision doesn’t it?
Well there were two draw backs that I could find to ordering through Amazon. First, I would not qualify for their promotion they have on their website which was a free seat cushion. Secondly, I wouldn’t have their 100 night guarantee and would only have Amazon’s 30 day guarantee to try out the mattress.
Currently the listing on Amazon does boast “100 Night No Pressure Guarantee” which, as far as I can tell, is completely incorrect. From my calls directly to Purple’s headquarters, I was advised that if I were to order the mattress through Amazon, I was bound to processing any return of the mattress through Amazon and not Purple.
Purple representatives were very clear about this and even once I received my mattress there was documentation inside indicating that I would need to process any return through Amazon and not Purple.com. The literature I received also confirmed that I only had Amazon’s 30 days to try out the mattress and not the 100 nights that I would have gotten through Purple.
After a short deliberation with my husband, we decided to get our mattress through Amazon. True to Amazon’s word, we received our 140 pound king sized Purple brand mattress on our door step in two working days!
My First Impressions
My husband wrestled this mattress to our room and cut it open. This mattress inflated almost immediately and was at its fully inflated size within 15-30 seconds. Just to be sure, we let the mattress sit for another 10 minutes or so but it didn’t appear that was necessary and according to Purple’s website it really wasn’t. A few seconds is all that it needed.
The first thing we noticed about the mattress was that it was quite a bit thinner than our last mattress. I was surprised that I had not heard of that from any of the reviews I read. It is only about 9 inches thick, whereas our last mattress was about 12 inches thick. My husband is 6’2” tall and about 245 pounds and he was very concerned initially. He was worried he would hit bottom while sleeping on this mattress but we both agreed to reserve judgement until we slept on the mattress a few nights to get a good feel for it.
My Opinions After Six Months on the Purple Mattress
As I write this review, it has been about 6 months since we setup our new mattress in our room. I am very happy to report that my husband has not bottomed out the bed and we have been enjoying our restful nights immensely! Although the feeling of the mattress really is difficult to describe in words, I will do my best.
The top layer of the mattress feels both soft and firm at the same time. You can feel the grid like pattern the Hyper-Elastic Polymer has just underneath the surface. Areas where you put a lot of pressure will cause the little grid like polymer boxes to collapse down to the next firmer layer of the mattress, providing a firmer support. Areas where you put light pressure do not cause this to happen and you enjoy a very plush feeling in those areas.
The added benefit of this effect, in my opinion, is a feeling like your back is being (very slightly) stretched. Not enough to be uncomfortable, but it was enough to relieve some pressure in my back.
Have you ever tried one of those inversion tables to relieve back pain? You know that great feeling of stretching out your back and relieving pressure between the discs of you back when you hang upside down? It’s like that feeling just on a much more subtle level. This has caused both my husband and I to get some of the most restful night sleeps we have ever had along with zero back issues in the morning.
Overall, this mattress has been one of the best investments my husband and I have ever made. We went ahead and also got the matching Purple brand pillow, which also utilizes the same grid patterned Hyper-Elastic Polymer as the bed and is just as comfortable. I have had long time back problems due to a bulging disc in my back. I have also suffered many years with sciatica issues as well and I can honestly say my back has never felt better than it does now with this mattress, and as a bonus my husband never sweats while sleeping like he did before. It does seem to be a cooler mattress than our old one.
Looking back, I do kick myself for waiting the two months I did to research this mattress. Those months were filled with back pain and restless nights. I saw the Purple mattress early on in my research and should have bought it then. My only real complaint (which yes, I know, is very superficial) is the thickness of the bed. For purely aesthetics reasons I would love it if it were a bit thicker but it’s a small price to pay for the restful nights I have been having.
This is the best deal on a high end mattress that you will find anywhere. I will stake my two months of research on that statement. As long as you can live with it being a little on the thinner side then just get it. You have 30 days to sleep on it and you’ll have it in your room in two short days through Amazon. I promise you won’t be sending it back.
If you want to get more in-depth on this mattress, read some of the Amazon reviews or have a look at Consumer Report’s Take on the Purple Mattress.
This is the best deal on a high end mattress that you will find anywhere. I will stake my two months of research on that statement.
- Purple Mattress Review: Is the Purple Powder Toxic?
If you are at all concerned about the white powder that is reported to be in this mattress, see my research on this topic (the link above).
What is your biggest concern when it comes to purchasing a Purple Mattress?
Questions & Answers
I’m worried about how long the mattress sits in an Amazon warehouse before you order. Do you know how many days is the limit these things can stay rolled up for?
According to Purple, they recommend that the mattress doesn’t stay compressed and rolled up for any more than 2 to 3 weeks. Apparently, the main concern after that point is the proper expansion of the comfort grid system.
Other than Purple themselves, Amazon is the largest distributor of this mattress and I would imagine that their turnover is fairly high in their inventory.
My mattress had no problems expanding and it was fully expanded in probably 15 seconds or so. Hopefully, this helps to answer your question.
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Any doubts about this mattress, I say to the nay sayers this is the best mattress I have ever owned. Thats coming from a guy that owed the sleep number, beauty rest, Denver mattress, Costco mattress and a few more all within a five year span. I am purchasing my third purple within a two years time period, my family loves these. Its worth buying from purple directly for another reason you get a ten percent discount if your a veteran that Amazon doesn’t offer. I do have plans to purchase a fourth mattress before the end of 2020. Once again this is a fabulous find and buy.
Nice write-up. I would recommend adding a "YMMV" caveat in regards to the lack of sales tax through Amazon. In light of the South Dakota v. Wayfair SCOTUS ruling, many states are requiring out of state retailers to collect sales tax. I’m a little surprised too, as I was under the impression that Amazon had been collecting sales tax for California residents since 2012.
I just ordered my mattress directly through purple, so I’m currently playing the waiting game.
Can you put it on top of a sleep number mattress?
2 years ago from California
I’m not sure what the brand was, but it was a Costco memory foam "mattress in a box." Compared to the Costco mattress, the Purple mattress is lights years ahead.
What kind of mattress did you have before. I have a Talalay Latex mattress and its the best thing I ever slept on but after 20 yrs its nearing its end. Thanks
To be honest I didn’t ask. It had been 2 business days and the order hadn’t shipped yet, Purple’s shipping method had delivery out 7 to 10 days past when they shipped and Amazon had guaranteed delivery in 3 days.
2 years ago from California
I am glad I was able to help Eric! Out of curiosity, what was the lead time you were quoted from Purple? I was quoted 2 weeks.
Thanks for this post. You made us decide to cancel our direct order and stick with Amazon shipping. Can’t wait to see how we like it!
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What are the Purple® Mattress shipping times?
We understand if you’re eager to start sleeping great on your new Purple® Mattress! Shipping times can vary depending on holidays, promos, and weather conditions, but usually, your order will leave our warehouse within 3-5 business days. Of course, we’ll do our absolute best to get your mattress to you ASAP. The time of arrival to your home can vary depending on the location of where the mattress is being delivered to and your delivery method — ground shipping usually arrives 3-5 business days after it leaves our warehouse, while white glove delivery can take up to a few weeks.
To get a more accurate status update on your Purple order, please feel free to contact our Customer Care team and they will be happy to assist you! Contact us at 888-848-8456 or [email protected]
Where can Purple ship to?
We ship to the US and Canada – that includes all 48 Contiguous United States get free shipping. Shipping fees for everywhere else.
How will my Purple® Mattress be shipped?
Your Purple® Mattress will come vacuum-sealed and rolled up in a Purple plastic tube with convenient carrying handles and an easy-open tool. With ground shipping, it will be delivered right up to your front door and white glove delivery offers in-home setup and even old mattress removal (select mattresses qualify for white glove delivery).
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For select mattresses weighing under 150 pounds, White Glove In-Home Delivery is available as an upgrade for a small fee or free FedEx delivery to your door. Mattresses over 150 pounds are delivered with complimentary white glove delivery (they’re too heavy to ship standard ground).
White-Glove In-Home Delivery is only available to a delivery address in the lower 48 states. You must select White Glove In-Home Delivery at the time of checkout. White-Glove Delivery is not available to APO/FPO addresses, nor is it available to certain remote locations, Alaska and Hawaii addresses. Additional restrictions may apply.
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We’ve Been Sleeping on a Purple Mattress For Over a Year — Here’s What we Think
2016 could be dubbed the year of the online mattress. Even though they didn’t all launch this year, the bed in a box type mattresses such as Purple, Leesa, Casper, Tuft & Needle and Ghostbed are growing in popularity.
The Launch of Purple Mattress: Fall 2015
The mattress in a box niche started to take off around 2013. That’s also when Purple mattress invented a machine that could create and mold large pieces of Hyper-Elastic Polymer (the purple stretchy stuff in the top 2.5" of a Purple bed) into a king-sized mattress. This was new and it made it possible to create a mattress, roll it into a holder and mail it. It also made the price drop and that led to huge growth in online mattress sales.
Here’s the stuff they call a hyper elastic polymer that takes up the first 1.5 inches of a Purple mattress. It’s stretchy and bouncy on its own. On top of a mattress this is like a shock absorber. Great for not waking up the person sleeping next to you if you’re getting out of bed or tossing/turning. It also means you’re not sleeping on a solid state (helping airflow, cushioning your pressure points, etc). This mattress isn’t soft, but it’s not firm either. It’s more middle firm.
Purple mattress was launched via a very successful Kickstarter campaign in September of 2015. A month later the company raised $171,560. I organized a blogger outreach campaign to spread the video and get mattress reviews. So I was one of the first people to get a Purple bed.
Perhaps one of the biggest contributors to Purple’s success was The Harmon Brothers team (it wasn’t all them). They created an incredible viral video featuring goldilocks and the raw egg test. Before we saw it, I had bloggers each create a video that they shared on Facebook with a raw egg test. That is, you sit on a Purple cushion and place an egg on it. Instead of breaking the egg gets absorbed into the mattress. This illustrates a point that just like your body, the polymer cradles your pressure points and stops you from tossing and turning to get comfortable. That means you sleep better. Purple’s videos got 18 million views on YouTube and 86 million views on Facebook.
My husband and I created an unboxing video when we got ours. It now has over 200,000 views on YouTube and a lot of comments! Here it is:
After almost a year, I wrote my Purple mattress review and we created a video review.
This mattress revolution means that you don’t have to go mattress shopping at a mattress store. You don’t have to wonder if you will like your mattress when you get home. They let you sleep on it for 100 days or more and ship it back free if you don’t love and want to keep it. Plus, there aren’t a zillion names and combinations of mattresses that are just about impossible to compare. Prices are very reasonable.
In the past you had to go to a mattress store and lie on a bed to see if it felt right. The problem is lying on a mattress in the store it not the same as sleeping on a mattress. Try returning a mattress you hate. It’s not going to happen. So all of these mattress companies could afford to offer a killer guarantee. Sleep on the mattress for 100 nights and if you don’t like it, return it for a full refund. They also offer free shipping.
These are the main reasons I love Purple mattress:
- There is little movement transfer. The purple stuff is like a shock absorber. I can no longer feel when my husband moves around and that used to wake me up frequently.
- I expect it to last for a LONG time. I had a baby bed made with the same material. It was essentially a Purple mattress cushion with a cover on it. No foam. After 3 years of my daughter sleeping on it, there was zero wear and tear. This stuff is practically indestructible. Plus, I’ve been to the factory and saw that it can be ground down and reused.
- Non toxicity. This is a big deal. You breathe in whatever fumes your mattress releases and that’s bad news for most mattresses. However, when I visited the factory where Purple is made there was an amazing lack of odor. Same with when we opened our mattress.
- No peaks and valleys. Our other mattress which was considerably more money (more than double the price) had developed troughs where we laid down after just 5 years. It made it so you could barely move — or what Purple calls “body imprints”.
- Best mattress for back pain. There are a ton of factors that cause back pain and I’m not an expert on the topic. I have suffered aches and back pain when I’ve slept on a bad mattress. I’ve never had that problem with Purple.
- Purple will come and pick up your mattress and donate to charity (through partnerships like one with Relief Bed) if you are not happy with your mattress. I would caution though not to act too soon. For many people, including me, you need to give it at least 2 weeks before making a decision. For me those first 10 days were brutal as I adjusted. Now I wouldn’t plan on anything else. I actually buy almost everything Purple sells, including their mattress protector and pillows.
Purple sleeps cool — and I sleep cold. Again, I think it’s from the airflow. I have an electric blanket, the kind that has dual controls. In the winter I like warm jersey type sheets like the ones that Purple sells. Or here are the things you need with a Purple bed. Like most big purchases that should last a decade or more, once you buy the bed you need more. You need a mattress protector, platform, sheets and everything else to get the most performance from it. The thing about these beds is they don’t usually have box springs. So you need a platform. They have one. Purple says using box springs voids the warranty. I think it’s ridiculous because I’m not ditching my bed frame or box springs for a platform. However, it may work for you if you’re limited on space or need something that can pack or store easily.
I have to admit when I first heard the term “Purple” as a mattress company, I thought it was comical in the same way I thought OrangeSoda was (an online marketing company I worked for). But it works. We’re really happy with our mattress and plan to replace our guest bedroom mattress with a Purple when it’s time to replace it. I want to warn you though. You may not want to sleep on other mattresses once you adjust!
Purple Mattress Reviews
Purple could be the most popular and most unique mattress online. In this review we discuss the pros and cons of the Original Purple bed.
Who Is This Bed Best For?
- Open-minded consumers (bed has a completely unique feel)
- All sleeper types (side, back, stomach, and combination)
- Hot sleepers that want a bed with great airflow
- Petite and average size individuals
Who Won’t Love This Bed?
- Heavy sleepers (thecoil beds from Purpleare better here)
- Anyone that is looking specifically for a memory foam mattress
- Individuals looking to spend under $700
w/ Mattress Purchase
Free Shipping & Returns
100 Night Trial Period
Free Sheets & Pillow
10 Year Warranty
Purple Mattress Reviews: At-A-Glance
Here’s a quick overview of the subjects that we’ll be covering in this review. Click the links to jump to the appropriate section in this review.
Purple Original – Unboxing & Shipping
Like most bed-in-a-box companies, the Original Purple mattressships for freeand arrives at your doorstep rolled up and compressed. However, it doesn’t actually arrive in a box. Not that it’s a big deal, but it actually arrives packaged in a protective covering.
Once you move the rolled up bed to your desired room, just remove the plastic covering, unroll the mattress and let it inflate for about 24-72 hours before using. The whole setup process is a lot easier than most people realize.
Once the mattress arrives,Purple gives you a 100-night risk-free trial period to test out the bed. If, for any reason, you decide you don’t like the bed during that time period, no problem, just give customer service a call. They’ll arrange for a third party to come pick up the mattress from your home, free of charge. Once you provide Purple with a receipt that the mattress had indeed been picked up,they’ll issue you a full refund. Pretty painless, right?
If you do decide to keep the mattress, it comes with a10-year warranty. You can read more about what the warranty entails on the Purple’s website.
Just to be clear, Purple is not the only online mattress company that offers such friendly policies. It’s the industry standard to offer free shipping, free returns, a 100-night trial period, and a 10-year warranty.
Purple Mattress Honest YouTube Review
Before we get into the meat and potatoes of this review, it’s important to note thatPurple offers three other mattress models as well. In short, the company recently introduced pocketed coil models, which are similar to the original, but use coils for their support and foundation layers.
These models are quite a bit more expensive than the Original Purple, but they do offer several advantages. Be sure to check out our reviews for more detail regarding the coil Purple mattresses.
What Does The Original Mattress Cost?
The Original Purple mattress ispriced about average for the bed-in-a-box industry. It wouldn’t be considered a budget tier mattress, nor would it be considered a luxury tier bed.
However, considering the special material this bed utilizes (we’ll get to that below),we actually think the original Purple is a pretty good value. Here’s how the prices break down by size:
|King / Cal King||$1,399|
Unfortunately, Purple doesn’t regularly offer coupon codes or promo codes to make their mattresses cheaper. However,they will almost always throw in a free gift (pillow, sheets, etc.)with each mattress purchase. Be sure to check their website to see what promotion they’re currently offering.
Size And Dimensions (King, Queen, etc.)
As you’d expect, Purple is available in all of the major sizes in the US aside from the twin. They have the twin XL up to the California king. Here’s a breakdown of the exact dimensions for the original Purple mattress:
- Twin XL — 38” x 80”
- Full — 54” x 76”
- Queen — 60” x 80”
- King — 76” x 80”
- Cal King — 72” x 84”
How Your Weight Affects The Purple Mattress
In almost every piece of content we write, we always make sure to talk about weight. Every mattress will feel different to various individuals. That’s becauseyour weight and body type play a huge role in how you perceive a mattress to feel.
In short, heavier sleepers (250+ pounds) will feel like most mattresses are on the softer side of the spectrum. Big folks exert quite a bit more stress and pressure on a bed than small and average size people. As such, they tend to sink into the bed a little more and have a more immersive experience with the top layers.
Your weight and body type matter when it comes to firmness
On the flip side, petite sleepers (150 pounds or less) place very little pressure on a mattress. As a result, these body types tend to think most mattresses are on the firmer side since they sleep more on top of the mattress and don’t sink in as much.
Obviously, that’s just feel though. Your weight will affect other factors as well like support and temperature regulation. Keep your weight in mind as you proceed through this review.
Design Of Purple Mattress: Topper & Cover
Like the majority of bed-in-a-box mattresses, the Original Purple mattress starts with a dense layer of support foam, which serves as the foundation for the bed. In this case, Purple uses a 4″ layer of two pound polyurethane foam.
In the middle, Purple uses a 3.25″ layer of 1.8 pound polyurethane foam. This layer is obviously a little less dense than the support foam below and acts as the transition layer in the mattress. However, here’s where Purple differs from pretty much all other online mattresses. For the top layer, Purple uses a 2″ layer of their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer. Apparently, some people call this the “Purple Mattress Topper.”
A look at the different layers within the Purple mattress
This polymer material is not memory foam or any comfort layer that you’re used to seeing. Rather, itlooks and feels more like a gel or silicone-like material. The top layer is laid out in a grid formation, which creates a bunch of tiny squares across the surface of the bed.
The polymer material extremely soft, flexible, and responsive. In fact, Hyper-Elastic Polymer can be stretched 15x its original state. Try doing that with foam and see what happens (spoiler alert: it rips).
What really makes Hyper-Elastic Polymer special though is that it’salso quite supportive. You kind of get the best of both worlds with this material. It’s soft, comfortable, and pressure relieving, yet it’s also able to support all types of sleepers.
Purple likes to say it’s“soft where you want it and firm where you need it”. And honestly, we’d have to agree. It truly is a unique mattress material that’s supportive but also knocks it out of the park in terms of allowing for great pressure relief. It also offers additional benefits as well, which we will get to below.
Bringing all the layers together is a soft, removable cover. However, like most online mattresses, it is recommended you do not machine wash the cover. Rather, if you happen to spill something,you should spot clean it with a mild detergent.
Sleek, removable cover on the Purple mattress
If you’re worried about getting the cover dirty or you just want the convenience of being able to throw your sheets and cover in the wash together, you may want to check out some mattress protectors that Amazon has to offer.
Purple offers a mattress protector of their own that is machine washable, however, it’s slightly more expensive than the ones you can buy on Amazon. Keep in mind, though, that protectors can hinder the breathability of the mattress a little.
As we alluded to above, the Original Purple mattress has a very unique feel.The top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer gives the bed agel-like feel(even though it’s technically not gel). The bed is soft and comfortable, however, the feel can be too odd for some people.
As you lay down on the bed, you can sort of feel the polymer squares below shifting, folding and conforming to your body’s shape. It feels a little weird at first but after a few nights, we’ve found thatmost people warm up to the feel and end up really liking it.
A closer look at the Hyper-Elastic Polymer grid
If you’re still a little unsure of the gel-like feel though, you can always get a sample of Hyper-Elastic Polymer before pulling the trigger on a mattress.
In terms of firmness, honestly,it’s hard to rate the Original Purple given the unique characteristics of the polymer top layer. However, if you really pulled our collective arms, we’d say it’s about a medium on the firmness scale. Overall, the mattress finds a really nice balance between pressure relief and support.
Lastly, as we talked about above, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is super responsive. It pops back to its original state almost immediately after pressure is released. All this means is that active sleepers won’t feel like they’re “stuck in the mud” and will find itquite easy to switch between sleeping positions.
Will Back & Stomach Sleepers Like Purple?
Yes. Back and stomach sleepers will find thatthe Original Purple mattress provides the necessary support. Your hips will sink down a little into the polymer material (as they should) but not to the point where your spine is no longer in proper alignment.
Good option for back and stomach sleepers
If you’re a heavier back or stomach sleeper, the Original Purple will still work, it’s just probably not the best option out there. We’d recommend checking out the coil Purple mattresses, which contain coils. Or you can check out our Best Hybrid Mattresses list.
There’s not really a hard and fast rule for the weight limit for back and stomach sleepers. That said, we estimate that it’s around 230-250 lb. If you’re heavier, you can still lay on the bed, but we think you’ll be too heavy to be comfortable long term.
Enough Pressure Relief For Side Sleepers?
Yes. The Purple mattress is ideal for side sleepers of all sizes. The top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer does a great job of conforming to your body and cradling your hips and shoulders. Overall,the bed provides a ton of pressure relief. It basically has the pressure relief of memory foam without creating that sink-in feeling that you may or may not like.
The special polymer grid cradles pressure points extremely well
In fact, Purple made our list for the Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers. We hold Purple in high regard as it relates to side sleepers. We consider Purple to be a nice alternative to a lot of softer memory foam beds since it offers enough pressure relief, but also is fairly supportive.
As you can probably guess, we also think the Purple is aviable option for combo sleepers. The bed provides ample pressure relief for side sleepers and a good amount of support under the lower back and trunk of back and stomach sleepers. Plus, given the top layer is so responsive, you’ll find it effortless to switch between positions.
Can Purple Handle Heavy & Obese People?
This is a hard one. While the top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer is very supportive, we generally recommend heavy sleepers go with a bed that contains coils as their main support system.
In general, coils are much more durable than support foams and also provide bi-directional support, meaning the coils compress but also provide some resistance against pressure. As such, these types of beds are just better equipped to handle all the extra force big folks exert on a bed night after night.
As a result,we’d recommend big folks take a look at one of the coil Purple mattresses, which contain individually pocketed coils. You can see the coil Purple mattresses and check current pricing on Purple.com.
A quick look at the 4.0 model with coils
Conversely, people that weigh over 250 pounds might also want to take a peek at our list of the Best Mattresses For Heavy People.
Does Purple Mattresses Sleep Cold?
I don’t know if cold is the exact right word, but it’s definitelyone of the best beds out there when it comes to airflow and temperature regulation. This is largely due, again, to that top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer.
First, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is justa naturally more temperature neutral materialthan the common foams that most mattresses use for their top layers.
For example, traditional memory foam is known for retaining heat and transferring that to the person who is snuggled into the bed. You don’t get that with Hyper-Elastic Polymer, it just doesn’t retain or radiate heat.
Furthermore, as we mentioned above, the polymer material is constructed in a grid formation (Purple calls it a Smart Comfort Grid). Basically,this creates columns and rows of little polymer squares whereair can move freely.
The grid of Hyper-Elastic Polymer allows for a ton of airflow
Overall, this is one the big advantages that Purple beds offer. If you tend to heat up at night or just live in a hot climate and don’t like to use the air conditioner, this is one of the Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers on the market.
Two More Things For Couples Looking At Purple
As we mentioned above, the feel of the Original Purple mattress can be very divisive. Some people love it and some people find it a little too weird. As such, this is the first hurdle that couples need to face. If one person in the relationship finds it too odd, you should probably take a look at our list for the Best Beds For Couples.
If both partners like the feel though, it’s time to talk about motion isolation and edge support, which are two important considerations for couples.
Let’s start with the good news. Surprisingly, the Original Purple mattress does apretty good job of limiting motion transfer. You might not think so given how responsive and sort of bouncy the polymer top layer is, but the bed actually passed our tests easily. Good motion isolation means one partner will not be disturbed by the other partner’s movements throughout the night. The less you’re disturbed and jostled awake means a more restful night’s sleep.
Moving on to edge support, this previously was one of the big complaints with the Purple mattress. However, in late 2019, the company addeddense foam side rails around the perimeter of the bedin order to help combat the issue. As a result, the bed now performs much better in this category compared to the previous version.
Improved edge support with the updated Purple mattress
All in all, we’d say the Purple mattress provides pretty decent edge support. We still wouldn’t put it in our great category, but it’s definitely good enough to get the job done.
Edge support is a particularly sensitive subject for partners who share a smaller size bed like a full or queen. A bed that provides viable edge support (like the Purple mattress) means there is more useful surface area for both individuals to spread out and get comfortable (rather than both people hugging the middle).
Final Verdict: Purple Mattress Reviews
We are big fans of Purple beds in general. We like all the benefits that Hyper-Elastic Polymer provides. There’s a reason why this mattress is staple on our list of the Best Beds Under $1,000.
Bottom line, if you’re open to a new style of mattress,we highly recommend giving Purple a try.