Recently updated on November 8th, 2022 at 06:00 am
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The Purple mattress has come LONG ways since I first reviewed the Purple Signature back in 2016. They now have multiple models and a host of bedding products. Back then, the company sent me a free king size Purple mattress to test out. This mattress may make the color purple more popular than Prince himself. The reason for my excitement is that this mattress has a top layer construction that is unlike anything I have reviewed so far. I first found out about the Purple mattress through the Kickstarter campaign, where 320 backers pledged $171,560 to bring the project to life. I have seen other mattress Kickstarter campaigns that don’t even come close to the popularity of Purple. Below is their official Kickstarter video.
Since I first reviewed Purple in 2016, I have had them in our retail stores for customers to try. Long story short, they either love it or hate it which is why it’s always best to try it in person and chances are there is a Purple mattress retail store near you or a Purple showroom such as Mattress Firm or other major chain that carries them.
Purple is so popular now, it is THE dominant online native mattress brand to take over retail. There are now new mattresses coming out now with a technology similar to the Purple Grid which may give Purple a run for its money.
My 2023 Update Purple Review
Purple mattress is the first mattress in a box to offer their hyper elastic polymer grid. That’s the top later that makes the mattress so unique. It’s sort of like a gel grid but a stiff gel grid that makes it suitable for stomach sleepers, back sleepers and side sleepers. It really shines for side sleepers though by giving you optimal relief in your hips and shoulders.
We’ll get into which Purple mattress model is right for you but also know that no matter your sleep position the Purple mattress is ideal for hot sleepers. If you sleep hot there is no other mattress on the market that does as good of a job of keeping you cool throughout the night as the Purple mattress and that goes for all models.
Below is their famous raw egg test video on the Purple Mattress featuring Mallory Everton from Studio C, a well known YouTube channel:
Another favorite Purple mattress video is the one made by the Purple Boys
Overview of the Purple Mattress 2022
Since this mattress has been around a while, I updated my review to reflect how the mattress has evolved over the years.
How to Order the Purple Mattress
You can order Purple direct from their website. According to my UPS tracking, the mattress with packaging weighs in at 143 lbs. By far the heaviest mattress I have reviewed. Right now you can get a king size for $1,299. As a general rule of thumb, I find the heavier the mattress, the more quality you get. That’s because there’s just more material in there to work with. The Purple mattress also comes with a trial period of 100 Nights. Here are the details from the Purple Mattess website:
Your 100-night trial begins the day your mattress is delivered to your doorstep. If you decide it isn’t a perfect fit for you within the first 100 nights, we’ll have it picked up and issue a full refund. (Awesome, right?)
We do ask all customers to spend at least 21 nights on their mattress before starting a return or exchange so their bodies have enough time to adjust to Purple’s unique feel + support!
Unboxing the Purple Mattress
The mattress comes in a plastic bag as shown below. There’s no external box, just this which is really cool. the top unzips and then you can slide it out of the bag. Getting it out of the bag may take two people since it’s in there tight. Instead, I just cut the bag open which is a shame because it would be great to reuse to store things in.
The bag also comes with handles so it makes it easier to move. This came in super handy while bringing it up a flight of stairs. At over 140 lbs. I’ll take all the help I can get.
Here’s me unboxing the Purple Mattress. When unzipping the cover I found that they give you a cutter, instructions and two mini samples of the purple top layer.
If you buy a Purple 2 Purple 3 or Purple 4 they will schedule a delivery with a local delivery company. These mattresses are just too big and heavy to ship in a box or in a plastic bag.
Purple mattress video. What’s Inside the Purple Mattress?
You can unzip the ticking. I really like the embossed “Purple” logo on the sides:
The Purple Mattress Smart Grid 2022 update
What really makes this mattress stand out from the competition is the Smart-Comfort Grid. Here’s a sample that comes with the mattress when you open the purple plastic casing. When you lay down on this polymer grid it will buckle where it gets the most pressure and support you where you need it. Its completely different than foam because it conforms instantly and recovers instantly. The other huge advantage is that it sleeps really cool because air passes right through the top layer.
The original Purple mattress is great for people that weigh up to 220 lbs. Beyond that, I would advise heavy people to take a look at the Purple 2 or 3. The Purple 4 will be too soft for heavy people and won’t provide enough support.
Purple Mattress Specifications and Construction
- Trial & Return: 100 Nights
- Warranty: 10 Years
- Top Layer (2″): Hyper-elastic polymer™ Smart-Comfort Grid
- Middle Layer (3.5″): 1.8 lbs density polyurethane foam
- Base Layer (4″): 2.0 lbs density polyurethane foam
- Appx Dimensions (WxLxH – Inches): 75.5″ x 79.5″ x 9.5″
- How much does the Purple mattress weigh? Appx Weight (lbs): 140
- Color: White
- Fabric Content: Knit Fabric: 29% Viscose, 67% Polyester, 4% Polyester-Lycra (all +- 5%) Weight: 450 g/m2 +- 10% Non-Skid Bottom: 100% Polyester stitchbond with non-FR coating
- Fire Retardant: Firegard® Knit Barrier
- Shipping Dimensions (LxW-diameter – Inches): 76″ x 16″
- Model Number: TPB-K-01
- How to clean the Purple mattress: Spot clean with mild detergent (such as upholstery cleaner).
Findings of Purple’s Unique Layer
Here’s what the layers look like. The bottom two layers are really just for support. What makes Purple unique is the top layer. So, what is the Purple mattress made of? The Purple mattress is made of a hyper elastic polymer grid that collapses when exerting a certain amount of pressure. The grid will provide support and pressure relief where need while maintaining a cool sleep environment.
The first night of sleeping on this mattress was wonderful. This is truly a unique sleep experience in large part because of the Smart-Comfort Grid. You get a sort of floating sensation and the grid conforms to all your pressure points while providing support where you need it. Here’s what the grid looks like:
This is also the most breathable mattress I have ever tested. If your major concern is sleeping hot, then get this mattress. It beats all the competition hands down. The Purple ranks extremely high in point elasticity. That means it will collapse where needed without affecting the other parts of a mattress. A traditional inner spring has low point elasticity, think about how you feel your partner moving around. The best example of the Purple point elasticity is their egg test where it rapidly adjusts to the pressure exerted by the egg.
Here’s a video illustrating how each layer works:
With this mattress, you sleep on it more than in it. Whether or not that’s a good thing comes down to preference. Some people like more of a pillow top feel some don’t. Notice that there isn’t a large amount of sinkage with this mattress however it does a wonderful job with pressure relief.
Here’s how it handles motion transfer:
I don’t notice my partner shifting around on this mattress. Motion is very well contained and it also bounces back into shape well which is very hard to achieve in a mattress.
To give you a better sense of how the polymer grid works, here’s a video with the Purple Pillow. I took off the cover of the pillow so you can see how the grid system works. This is in slow motion.
If you’re looking for sheets for the Purple mattress, I strongly recommend going with a set the Purple Sheets. They are stretchy and breathable so you will get the full performance of the mattress. The same goes with a mattress protector. You can get other brands of performance sheets such as Sheex or Bedgear but I haven’t come across a mattress protector like the Purple Mattress protector. It is very stretchy but still waterproof, breathable and light.
After a few months of use, I washed the Purple cover. Yes, you can wash the Purple mattress cover. I washed it in a Samsung High-Efficiency washer on the gentle cycle with cold water and regular detergent then dried it in the dryer with the “air dry” feature which just blows cool air through the dryer. It took a few cycles to completely dry but when I put it back on my mattress it was just fine and looks great. Here’s a picture below after washing the Purple mattress cover.
Final Thoughts After Test Driving Purple Mattress
The Purple mattress provides amazing pressure relief and temperature regulation. It doesn’t sleep “cool” or “hot” instead it just passes heat through the comfort grid. I love how it contours so well to your body. In my opinion, it truly is a Goldilocks mattress in the sense that you get great support and contouring. However, it isn’t a mattress that feels “cozy” or will hug you. I weigh over 210 lbs. and the grid handled my body just fine. According to their side, 300 lbs. is the threshold for weight. That means 300 per person so 600 total.
I sleep primarily on my stomach and side and this mattress felt great in both positions. Sometimes I get numbness in my arm from sleeping on my stomach on certain mattresses. The Purple was able to sink enough in the right areas so this didn’t happen.
Expect to hear a lot about Purple in the near future. It’s a game changer in the mattress industry and is exploding in popularity.
Purple has recently launched some new accessories including the Purple Mattress Protector and the Purple Pillow. Below is a video overview of the Purple Pillow
Purple Mattress Firmness
Purple recently launched 2 new models, the Purple 3 and Purple 4. The Purple model I first reviewed way back when is now known as the Purple Original and the cover is thinner and more stretchy.
The Purple Original Mattress is the firmest
Purple 2 Mattress / Purple Hybrid Mattress is a medium firm
The Purple Plus Mattress is a Medium
Purple 3 Mattress is a medium soft
Go with the Purple 3 mattress if you are primarily a side sleeper. This is also known as the Purple Hybrid Premiere 3 I think it is still way too soft for stomach sleeping and back sleepers may find it doesn’t give them enough support either.
Purple 4 Mattress is soft
Here’s the full Purple 4 Mattress Review. Of all the Purples, the Purple 4 is my favorite and an absolute must for side sleepers. Side sleepers will also like the Purple 3. Stomach and back sleepers need to stick with the Purple original or Purple Hybrid also known as the Purple 2.
To learn more about how the Purple 3 and Purple 4 compare to the Purple 2, check out this comparison guide I made.
Purple Mattress Complaints
The Purple can be hard to return. I think the reason for this is that they are growing quickly so they are overwhelmed with customer service. That said they will process your return if you follow the rules of the trial, it just may take a bit longer than other brands.
The Purple line of mattresses isn’t for everyone. It has a very unique feel and the biggest complaints we hear about when customers try them out in our store is that they aren’t cozy, they don’t sink in much and sensitive sleepers can feel the grid underneath. If this sounds like it would bother you, then don’t I would consider a different mattress. You can’t add a topper to the Purple to make it softer because that would just negate how the mattress is supposed to work and you end up with an expensive mattress that you could have otherwise purchased for half the price.
Purple Mattress Warranty
During normal, properly supported use, a warranted defect only exists if: (i) the materials of construction develop a visible indentation in the mattress greater than one (1.00) inch compared to the surrounding mattress areas after full recovery from load, or (ii) if the materials of the mattress crack, split, or otherwise fail during normal use and normal handling which is in accordance with Purple’s care and use instructions for the mattress (available at purple.com ). The indentation must be of large enough width and length to be considered a body impression, and only applies to the mattress and not to settling of the cover fiber-fill materials.
Localized firmness changes are normal and are not covered under warranty. Comfort preferences are not covered under warranty. The mattress must be always covered in use, or the warranty is void (UV light degrades cushioning materials).
When I first reviewed the Purple mattress I was worried about the hyper elastic polymer material holidng up long term. I’m sure it was designed for average weight sleepers and of course you do get the free shipping and the 100 night sleep trial but after that, you are kind of on your own unless you qualify for the warranty claim.
I haven’t heard many complaints about the polymer grid breaking down quickly so it must be holding up ok and since Purple manufactures the mattresses themselves out of their factory in Utah, they should be able to iterate and improve upon the design to make it more durable.
Purple Mattress Recommendation
I rarely recommend going with the same bedding that a mattress company makes unless it’s good quality. With Purple, they have designed all their bedding including the Purple Mattress Protect, Purple Sheets and Purple Pillow to give you the same conforming, bouncy, stretch, cooling feel you get with the Purple mattress and everything just works together and compliments eachother. So if you go with a Purple, go all the way and get the whole setup for the complet Purple experience.
A lot has changes since my signature purple mattress review and lots of changes in general with the whole bed in a box industry. One thing that won’t go away is a free trial period, free returns and a generous warranty not only from Purple but the other bed in box players.
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