Purple Mattress Review : Purple Reign! 3

Purple Bed Mattress Review – Purple Reign!

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I’m so excited for the Purple mattress review. 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 and they don’t even come close to the popularity of Purple. Below is their official Kickstarter video.

Below is their famous raw egg test video on the Purple Mattress featuring  Mallory Everton from Studio C, a well known YouTube channel:


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.

Unboxing Cool Purple

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.

unboxing and opening Purple bed mattress

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.

purple handles

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.

Purple mattress video

You can unzip the ticking. I really like the embossed “Purple” logo on the sides:

purple mattress fabric

The Purple Smart Grid

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. The only similar mattress I have come across is the IntelliBed which uses “Intelli-gel” which look similar to the Purple technology. The difference is that the IntelliBED uses innersprings and latex instead of foam layers. The IntelliBED costs a bit more though. Here’s the full Intellibed Review. Their Relief Perfect Low Motion model costs $3,599 for a a queen. While you can get a queen size Purple mattress through the link below for $999.

purple sample

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.

purple layers

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:

purple grid

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 competitors 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.

The only other mattress with this high level of point elasticity that I have tested i the Luxi mattress.  Luxi calls this their SBT layer (Support Balancing Layer). Here’s a comparison of the Luxi vs. Purple.

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.

purple depth

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.

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 monthsh 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.

wash 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.

As of now you cannot purchase the Purple Mattress on Amazon as it is currently out of stock but you can see from the Amazon Reviews of the mattress that it definitely has a unique feel.

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


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              • Smart-Comfort Grid
              • No heat retention
              • Great pressure relief


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              1. Elma McKnight February 13, 2016 - 9:52 am Reply

                Do you need a box spring with this mattress?

                • Ben February 13, 2016 - 10:03 am Reply

                  No, it can be placed on the floor, slats or a platform bed. Box spring not necessary.

              2. Joshua B February 13, 2016 - 3:08 pm Reply

                Hi Ben! I’ve been enjoying all of your mattress reviews. I know that the Purple mattress is super new, but I’m wondering how you would compare it to the Luxi mattress?

                • Ben February 13, 2016 - 4:33 pm Reply

                  The Purple is slightly on the firmer end. As I said in the post, you sleep “on” it more than “in” it. The top layer, Smart-Comfort Grid does an excellent job of conforming but doesn’t hug you like memory foam does.

                  The Luxi SBT layer is made of foam and also collapses under pressure so there is a somewhat similar feeling. The Luxi can also be configured different ways by changing the layers around on each side of the bed if you buy a queen or king.

                  I think if you know you prefer a medium firm or firm mattress, definitely go with Purple. If you and your partner have different sleep preferences, you may want to give the Luxi a try.

              3. Andi February 13, 2016 - 3:25 pm Reply

                How long have you been using/testing this mattress? Thinking about buying it and want to know your thoughts after you have been sleeping on it for a while. Thanks.

                • Ben February 13, 2016 - 4:35 pm Reply

                  I’ve spend 4 nights on it so far. It will take some time to get a true sense of how it feels since body needs at least a few weeks to adjust to a new mattress but so far so good! I really appreciate that it doesn’t trap heat like a memory foam can.

              4. Chris N February 15, 2016 - 12:45 am Reply


                Thanks for reviewing this. The info provided is immensely helpful. I’m curious about the return policy and more specifically if I’ll be required to pay return shipping. 140lbs through UPS can be pricey. I do know about the 100 day trial and free shipping to my house already, but I haven’t heard much on if the return cost is absorbed by me. Any info you can provide would be great. Thanks again.

                • Ben February 15, 2016 - 9:31 am Reply

                  Here’s the return information according to their FAQ:

                  How do returns work?
                  We hope that you’ll try Purple™ for at least a month before deciding to return it. It’s quite possible that your body was compensating for your previous bed, and it could take some time for your body to get used to actually having the right support. That being said, if you do decide to return your Purple™ Product, you’ll contact our support team through OnPurple.com and they’ll walk you through the process for returning:

                  The Purple™ Bed – there’s no way you’re getting it back into the packaging it comes in, and it’s heavy and expensive to ship back. So we’ll find a local donation center to come pick it up for you.

              5. Joe February 15, 2016 - 9:17 am Reply

                It just seems…strange. It’s a 2 inch rubber grid with just regular foam. I find all the Kickstarter companies to seem very comparable on the range of firmness. Yet they say it fits everybody. I like a real soft bed.

                • Ben February 15, 2016 - 9:30 am Reply

                  If you like a real soft bed, I wouldn’t recommend the Purple. You won’t sink into it as much as a softer foam bed.

              6. Robin February 15, 2016 - 1:35 pm Reply

                Can it be used with a box spring or is it better without?

                • Ben February 15, 2016 - 4:42 pm Reply

                  Either way is fine, just make sure the box spring is a newer one made in the last 10 years and doesn’t have any give to it. It can go on a floor or slats too.

              7. Isaia A February 17, 2016 - 9:53 pm Reply

                Thanks for the review. I notice on their website that they are at least three weeks out on delivery due to demand. Do you know or have you heard if they will stick to three weeks or be delayed longer (due to higher demand)? Worst case scenario they are unable to fulfill orders in a timely manner. Thank you!

              8. Zack February 18, 2016 - 7:35 pm Reply

                THanks so much for the great review! I just ordered mine using your link. My back cannot wait for it to arrive. I’ve been sleeping on an Essentia Jeanius mattress for 4 years and it was fantastic in the beginning, but about a year ago it really started to sag and now it’s just pure pain now.

                On a side note, do you use and/or recommend a good mattress cover to protect the mattress from absorbing allergens, etc.?

                Thanks again!

              9. Zack February 19, 2016 - 8:26 pm Reply

                Thanks so much! That cover looks great. I totally missed that review and it looks like the perfect solution. May have to get the pillow cases too. 🙂 Also, I found the soaps/cleaners and those look excellent as well. Dang, I’m going to spend my next 3 months’ budget. 🙂 BTW, this is an outstanding resource you’ve built. Thanks so much for doing it.

              10. Lisa February 25, 2016 - 12:57 pm Reply

                Hi, great review! How would you rate the edge for support? Also can the cover come off? I am thinking about this for our air stream so it would need to be “trimmed” to fit. I know sounds crazy but people do it 😉

              11. Jeff Chapman March 4, 2016 - 10:04 pm Reply

                Loved your review and got the queen mattress delivered last Friday. It’s been almost a week and I’m convinced, but my wife is still in the wait and see mode.

                I noticed your other reviews speak about the three layers in more detail. What do you think about the durability and quality of the three layers in Purple?

                • Ben March 5, 2016 - 9:53 am Reply

                  I can’t speak to the durability quite yet as I haven’t had enough time with it but the two layers below the top layer of the Purple are firmer. What I’m most interested in is learning how the top layer holds up over time.

              12. Lindsey March 9, 2016 - 7:37 pm Reply

                Ben, at least on the mobIle browser of the Samsung phone I use, lowercase “I’s” aren’t Included In the font set used for the comments. All the words with lowercase “I’s” in them are mIssIng the letter. Just a heads up.

                • Ben March 9, 2016 - 7:56 pm Reply

                  YIkes! Thanks for lettIng me know. I wIll see If I can get that fIxed.

              13. Junell March 10, 2016 - 3:38 pm Reply

                Love your reviews! Did you prefer the Lull or the Purple? They seem so similar, yet quite different.


                • Ben March 10, 2016 - 4:17 pm Reply

                  They are definitely different feeling mattresses. The Lull is going to feel more like a traditional memory foam mattress. The purple grid on the Purple mattress is really what sets it apart. Like I said in the review, you aren’t going to sink into it. Instead, it does a really good job of addressing specific pressure points and collapsing as necessary. The breathability of the Purple is unsurpassed so you won’t overheat. The Purple feels completely different than any other mattress I have tested.

              14. Tom March 10, 2016 - 7:54 pm Reply

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                Thank you so much for this review! I am due for a new mattress as mine now has a crater after 10 years of use and me weighing 195lbs. I never slept a full night on a memory foam mattress before because I hated how I would just sink into it and had to crawl out. This is an issue for me because I often move around a lot at night. The purple has my attention because of that top layer however due to my weight and I going to have the same sink in issue. Also how does the purple compare to the Alexander, as I know the Alexander seems to be top rated.

                • Ben March 10, 2016 - 8:25 pm Reply

                  The threshold for weight according to their website:

                  The Purple™ Bed should easily support any person up to 300 lbs (this is weight per person, not combined weight of multiple users). If you’re worried about accommodating someone significantly heavier than that but still want the power of Purple™, we recommend buying a high quality firm mattress specifically designed for “heavy sleepers” and adding the Purple™ Top to it. It may be a bit more expensive now, but will be more than worth it in the long run.

                  Between this and the Alexander they are very different mattresses. I think you will enjoy the Purple since you mention you don’t like the sinking in.

              15. Luke March 15, 2016 - 2:14 pm Reply

                Is there a payment plan that can be set up?

              16. Dianne March 19, 2016 - 9:12 pm Reply

                Can you use a heated mattress pad or heated blanked withe the Purple mattress? I think I might miss having one of those during our cold Chicago winters.

                • Ben March 19, 2016 - 9:17 pm Reply

                  That would be fine although it will reduce the elasticity of the mattress which means less pressure relief if you use a mattress pad. This mattress works best with sheets that have a little give to them.

              17. Beth-ann March 28, 2016 - 3:46 pm Reply

                Does the “off-gassing” rating of 9.5/10 mean that there is no noticeable noxious emissions odor when the mattress is first unwrapped? And if there is some odor, how quickly does it dissipate?

                • Ben March 31, 2016 - 9:45 am Reply

                  That’s correct. There is very little odor with this mattress. For me it complete went away in a couple days.

              18. Jaclyn April 4, 2016 - 9:41 am Reply

                Hi Ben,

                Ordered my purple mattress – it should arrive Friday!! I know they recommend ‘ stretchy sheets’ to not lose any of the benefit. Do you have any sheet recommendations? From your reviews I really liked the look of the SOL organic sheets – would these be good?

                Thanks for your help and for having such a wonderfully helpful website.

              19. Ahmad April 6, 2016 - 4:07 pm Reply

                I’m really interested in purchasing this mattress. If it is too firm would a pillow top compensate? Or will it take away from the uniqueness of the mattress?

              20. RMD April 7, 2016 - 6:25 pm Reply

                Hello Purple People!

                I am trying to find out if I need to (or if I ‘should’) use a mattress cover. I usually use one to reduce the chance of staining. I also don’t want to reduce the effectiveness of the mattress.

                I also am wondering is using a box spring is better than slats? It seems as if a box spring would be more supportive so I am leaning toward that option. However, I don’t have box springs now so I would prefer not to buy something I don’t really need.

                Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

              21. David April 13, 2016 - 7:55 am Reply

                Like the Purple but not available in California King.?

              22. Joe April 14, 2016 - 10:28 pm Reply

                When will the full size be available?

              23. Jj April 15, 2016 - 6:40 pm Reply

                How long does it take it to get to full size once opened and layer out? Mine is at 8″ now. Will it get to 9.5?

                • Ben April 15, 2016 - 9:36 pm Reply

                  It shouldn’t take long. Mine was ready to go in less than an hour. You can see in my video that it pops into shape quickly.

              24. William April 25, 2016 - 11:05 pm Reply

                Am I missing something? They pound and pound on foam on their website as being toxic and full of chemicals and so old fashion and yet under the purple stuff there is an ample amount of foam. Kinda sketchy, yes?

              25. Jeremy April 27, 2016 - 9:37 pm Reply

                Wow… Does any one who actually USED the mattress ever leave a comment…?

              26. Elrod April 27, 2016 - 11:04 pm Reply

                How does it compare to a Leesa as far as firmness is concerned? My son has a Leesa and he loves it. Just wondering if its about the same firmness.

                • Ben April 30, 2016 - 8:10 am Reply

                  The Purple will feel firmer than the Leesa. You aren’t going to sink into the Purple as much as the Leesa.

              27. Susan May 9, 2016 - 7:57 pm Reply

                Can the Purple bed be used with an adjustable base that raises the head and feet? I am hoping this does not cause issues as I like the adjustable base.

                • Ben May 10, 2016 - 8:17 am Reply

                  Yes, I used my Purple on an adjustable base.

              28. Amber K. May 10, 2016 - 8:59 am Reply

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                I’ve been sleeping on my Purple for a month and I cannot believe the difference. I wear a FitBit, and I went from being restless 15-35 times a night for up to an hour and waking up 2-5 times a night, with my average night sleep 4.89hrs, to often sleeping the whole night through and never once exceeding 5X restless. I’ve increase my average sleeping time to over 7 hours. I like a softer bed and my husband prefers a firm bed, but we both absolutely love the Purple. We used to wake up sweating pretty regularly, and we haven’t once since we bought the Purple. I highly recommend it, especially to people like me with back problems and sleep problems. The Purple is a game changer.

              29. [email protected] May 19, 2016 - 9:47 am Reply

                What type of adjustable base do you use?

              30. Chad May 21, 2016 - 3:05 pm Reply

                Very interested in the Purple. My only concern is my wife is a self proclaimed “princess and the pea” person. How pronounced are the joints in the top layer when you lay on it? Can you feel them at all or does it just blend it and not noticeable?

                • Ben May 23, 2016 - 8:15 am Reply

                  I found the grid to be noticeable at first. I got used to it after about 3 nights. It is a different feel than a traditional mattress so definitely something to be aware of.

              31. Rebekah May 26, 2016 - 8:53 am Reply

                This question is R rated, so be warned! We hate our memory foam type mattress for sex because we just sink up in it. After five years, we also are rolling toward the center and it sleeps hot. We’re looking for less sinkage and more bounce and a cooler sleep experience.

                • Ben May 27, 2016 - 9:33 am Reply

                  You won’t sink in with the purple and it will have a little bounce to it. The Purple is also the best mattress I have tested so far for temperature regulation.

              32. Daniel June 5, 2016 - 11:31 pm Reply

                Would Brooklinen luxe sheets work well with it? Sateen sheets?

                • Ben June 6, 2016 - 2:57 pm Reply

                  Brooklinen should work just fine. That’s what I used on it.

              33. Darnell June 12, 2016 - 2:02 pm Reply

                I bought a SleepNumber bed that had several parts to malfunction in less than 30 days. I returned it and ordered the Purple. I read that I can use it on an adjustable base, but does the mattress need to be secured to the base like my SleepNumber bed had to be?

                • Ben June 14, 2016 - 10:18 am Reply

                  I used mine on my Reverie 8Q Adjustable base. Your adjustable base should have some mechanism build into it to hold the mattress so it doesn’t slide off the bed.

              34. Julian June 13, 2016 - 11:10 am Reply

                Thanks for your informative reviews!
                I’m curious about edge stiffness with the Purple mattress, as I tend to sleep very close to the edge of the bed.
                Do the edges hold up well? And do they have any kind of reinforcement like some of the other brands claim to have?

                Thanks again!

                • Ben June 14, 2016 - 10:16 am Reply

                  The edge support is good. There’s not reinforcement on the edge of this mattress but it really doesn’t need it since the support layer is very firm.

              35. Niki June 15, 2016 - 9:49 am Reply

                Hello, I looked at the purple and luxi reviews and comparisons. I still cant decide. We need something for lower back pain. My husband and I are both side sleepers. My husband is also a disabled vet and ex airborne so his back is pretty bad. He likes a firmer mattress but not rock hard. We’re so stuck between these (actually it’s between luxi, purple, and ghost). Pleaaaaaase give us your recommendation lol

                • Ben June 28, 2016 - 8:28 pm Reply

                  I would start with the Luxi since you can customize it to different firmness levels. It is the most versatile mattress I have reviewed.

              36. Sweta June 17, 2016 - 10:08 am Reply

                Hi Ben,

                Would you please tell me how the Purple compares with the Alexander Signature Hybrid?

                • Ben June 22, 2016 - 9:49 am Reply

                  The Purple will feel firmer than the Alexander medium firm. The Purple will sleep cooler and have a some bounce to it but not give you the hug and cozy feeling that the Alexander will.

              37. brian C June 21, 2016 - 1:17 pm Reply

                The King Purple™ Mattress

                $ 1,299.00 $ 1,399.00
                Starting at $115 a month. for a foam mattress no way for under $10.00 in raw materials.

              38. [email protected] June 22, 2016 - 3:25 pm Reply

                I know you don’t have to but can you use a box spring?

                • Ben June 22, 2016 - 6:21 pm Reply

                  Yes, absolutely. Just make sure it’s a newer box spring that isn’t bouncy. One built in the last 10 years should be fine.

              39. CrystalP. June 27, 2016 - 11:39 pm Reply

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                I’ve been sleeping on my purple for a month now and absolutely hate it. My husban loves it. He has wonderful nights of sleep. Where my back hurts more now than it ever has before. I get shooting pains in my mid back and my legs, feet and toes go numb. Am I the only one to hate this mattress?

              40. Ben July 9, 2016 - 6:58 pm Reply

                I have chronic rhomboid pain, and I sleep on my side. What mattress(es) do you suggest?

                Thank you!

                • Ben July 10, 2016 - 10:14 am Reply

                  Have you taken a look at the Layla mattress? It offers great pressure relief with two different firmness settings: https://sleepsherpa.com/layla/

              41. Max July 16, 2016 - 10:23 pm Reply

                Ben I have a futon , been sleeping on it for a year . Can i just put the purple mattress on the frame and be fine ? Also if i put on the frame can i make it a couch then bed again like the futon is. If i can do this and get away with it sweet im in .

                • Ben July 18, 2016 - 10:19 am Reply

                  Unfortunately it won’t bend like a futon so it would not work in the upright position. I’m not sure what frame for the futon you have either. It would probably be best to get a stand alone frame.

              42. Cathi August 4, 2016 - 7:36 pm Reply

                How long does it take to fully expand?

                • Ben August 7, 2016 - 6:40 pm Reply

                  It only takes a few minutes to expand. Since the bottom is a dense foam and the top is the purple layer, it is ready to sleep on very quickly.

              43. Helen August 7, 2016 - 2:25 pm Reply

                Just wondering…I’ve seen some reviews that state that the mattresses are not true to size–a queen should be 80″ long, but customers report they measure some 3 inches short. Have you experienced this? We are 6’3 and 5’11 and need foot room. Thanks!

                • Ben August 7, 2016 - 6:41 pm Reply

                  I didn’t notice that with my mattress. If you find it is too short I would certainly contact them.

              44. Mark August 20, 2016 - 10:03 pm Reply

                Our Purple mattress, King, just arrived. We unrolled it and are worried about the size. It’s only measuring 74″x74″. I know it needs to expand, but will it still expand that much more? We’ve had it sitting for 15 mins so far. Still waiting.

                • Ben August 27, 2016 - 7:44 am Reply

                  It should expand to full shape within a half hour. If it is still the wrong shape overnight, I would contact Purple.

              45. Michelle September 18, 2016 - 4:39 pm Reply

                Wondered how you like your mattress by now? It has been nearly 6 months. Any sagging with the Purple? Thanks

                • Ben September 19, 2016 - 8:15 am Reply

                  Hi Michelle,

                  I did not test it long term. I sold it to a neighbor after sleeping on it for a month or so. He hasn’t had any complaints about sagging or other issues.

              46. Chris Dague September 30, 2016 - 11:56 am Reply

                I have two questions. I currently own a split king sleep number bed and my girlfriend and I both dislike it. One of our biggest problems with it is that the two mattresses push apart from each other in the middle of bed causing about a one foot gap between us. The bases are attached together and the mattresses are attached to the bases, but no matter how many times we push them back in together, the gap keeps coming back so I have to fill it with pillows. I’m pretty sure the purple wouldn’t have that problem because it’s a solid mattress. So now to my questions. I saw another post where you guys said that a sleep number adjustable base could be used with purple. The sleep number mattresses are screwed to the base so they stay on the base when you adjust the bed. Since there is no way to do that with the purple, a are we going to have problems with them sliding off the base I if we raise the heads? Also, If we have two twin XL’s side by side on the bases, are we going to have to worry about them pushing apart making a gap?

                • Ben October 18, 2016 - 9:44 pm Reply

                  I can’t speak for the Sleep Number adjustable base but I do know that the Reverie adjustable base will work with the Purple. If you buy two twin xl mattresses you will still notice a gap. I prefer a traditional king over a split.

              47. Michelle September 30, 2016 - 6:08 pm Reply

                So, if you sold the Purple to your neighbor, what is the mattress that you like better/have gone back to and why?

                • Ben October 1, 2016 - 9:43 am Reply

                  I keep switching mattresses since I am constantly reviewing them. I prefer a softer mattress myself which can be problematic as a stomach sleeper. Right now I am sleeping on the Intellibed which was given to me for review by the company. I will be creating a review of that soon. The big drawback with it is that it is very expensive. I have a coupon code for the intellibed for 10% off by using SLEEPSHERPA at checkout.

              48. Jeremy Williams October 10, 2016 - 6:20 am Reply

                I saw that you recommended the sheex bed sheets, I was wondering if there is any specific style you recommend. Should I just go with an original style, or should I go with the bamboo or the fleece both of which look really comfortable? I have been interested in this bed for a while I just want to make sure im prepared when it gets here.

                • Ben October 12, 2016 - 8:34 pm Reply

                  Go with the original style sheex as it will give you the best performance out of the mattress.

              49. Darren October 19, 2016 - 7:56 am Reply

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                Hey Ben, any idea of what kind of adjustable box spring you can use with purple? We have the king size and so far it’s amazing but I have developed lower back pain and have chronic upper back pain. I’ve noticed that when raising my legs and head just slightly with pillows, that my pain is eased.

              50. Felicia B October 30, 2016 - 1:02 pm Reply

                I know they are too different beds (coil hybrid vs pure foam) for an apple to apple comparison but we are between the winkbed and purple. We are side sleepers & most important for both of us is pressure release. And we aren’t small people. My husband is 6’4″ 280 and I am 5’7″ 175.

                Your thoughts and comparison would be very helpful!! Thank you

                • Ben November 2, 2016 - 9:34 am Reply

                  I found that the Purple is probably best suited to stomach and back sleepers. With the Winkbed you will get more hug and the traditional mattress feel. With the Purple you still get pressure relief but feel like you are sleeping on it rather than “in” it making it less cozy.

              51. BMWSTL December 6, 2016 - 9:58 pm Reply

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                We’ve been sleeping on the Purple for about a month now. I vacillated between hybrids and luxury foam mattress brands in what turned out to be an 8 month decision process. In the end, I chose to try Purple because everyone reported that the mattress slept “cool” or neutral at worst, plus I liked the idea of the mattress keeping a neutral spine angle (so if you sleep on your back for example, your butt sinks while your legs stay more on top of the mattress). My fiance and I both wake up every morning and marvel at how great our bed is! I’m basically a human furnace and this bed sleeps as cool as any I’ve slept in, and I’m not waking up in the middle of the night fighting for the right position. I’m 6’4″ 220 and she’s 5’9″ 115 (ages 38/30) and we’ve both had a great experience- can’t recommend this mattress and company enough (they sent replacement seat cushions after our delivery people left our package out front and the package was stolen). By the way, the seat cushions are awesome as well!

              52. Berat December 9, 2016 - 3:18 pm Reply


                I have both this and the Alex Hybrid Mattress in King size. I seem to have great sleep scores on both Mattresses based on Sleep Cycle but what’s the xfactor how do I determine which one to keep. I’m 6’0 ft 250(and losing) I currently sleep alone but that’ll change when my fiancé moves in. Is there any advance you can give on how to make the right choice on what I should really look for in these last few weeks of testing.

                • Ben December 12, 2016 - 8:49 pm Reply

                  I would focus in how how your lower back feels on each. I think you will probably find the all foam to be a better choice. It will also do better with motion transfer which will be important when your fiance moves in.

              53. Miriam December 11, 2016 - 9:21 am Reply

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                We’ve had the Purple bed two months now. I like the feel and my wife loves it but unfortunately I have developed serious shoulder pain from side sleeping. I also back sleep so need lots of support. My wife sleeps in all three positions and isn’t as picky but hates firm mattresses. Any recommendations for us. So sad to be giving up on purple but I can’t imaging dealing with this shoulder pain longterm.


                • Ben December 12, 2016 - 8:47 pm Reply

                  I would go with the Nest Alexander medium firm. You can get either the all foam version or hybrid. Either one is great for side sleepers and still has good support for back sleepers.

              54. Beau December 21, 2016 - 8:56 pm Reply

                IntelliBED’s “INTELL-GEL” comes from the same company as Purple’s “Hyper-Elastic Polymer”. Just check the footer of intellibed.com and onpurple.com.

                From IntelliBed’s footer:
                “INTELL-GEL® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF EDIZONE, LLC OF ALPINE, UTAH USA. PROTECTED BY U.S. PATENTS 5,749,111, 6,026,527, 6,413,458, 7,060,213, 7,076,822, 7,666,341.

                From Purple’s footer:
                “Protected by one or more of U.S. Patents 5,749,111; 6,026,527; 7,076,822; 7,730,566; 7,823,233; 7,827,636; 7,964,664; 8,607,387, and 9,051,169, with others pending. Purple and all product names comprising Purple, Hyper-Elastic Polymer, and No Pressure are trademarks of EdiZONE, LLC of Alpine, Utah USA.”

                I just thought I’d point it out to everyone…safe money and stick with Purple.

              55. Sherri December 23, 2016 - 12:01 pm Reply

                Thank you, Ben, for the review! I’ve been researching all I can on Purple. Hubby and I have been through several mattresses (from pillow tops to sleep number which we hated, to basic, no frills) in our 15 yrs of marriage. We are tired of spending money and being disappointed…worse, being in pain. I am a tad concerned based on a couple reviews on shoulder pain. Please help us. I prefer soft, but need a cooler mattress, hubby prefers firm and also needs a cooler mattress. We are 5’5″, 220 and 5’4″, 175 and dropping. We find matresses end up with divets on each side and a firmer hill in the middle where no one sleeps. Is king size the problem? We like the extra room and to be able to have our own space when sleeping, so the middle rarely gets any use. Will the Purple really work for us? Our current mattress has a couple inches of foam on it (firm mattress, basic model) and we are having more pain. Mine in my neck and shoulders, hubby’s in his back, neck, and shoulders. The most worrisome for me is the review about numbness as I already have nerve damage that affects my legs and feet. I can’t count the number of mattresses or the amount of money we’ve spent and we are so afraid of making another costly decision that turns out to be yet another mistake. Please give us your thoughts.

                Also, do you have any knowledge on their (Purple’s) platform, mattress cover, and sheets?

                Thanks so much in advance! Feel free to email me directly.

                • Ben December 25, 2016 - 9:56 am Reply

                  I think in your case the Purple is definitely worth a try. I just bought a twin size purple to test again and it feels different from when I first tested it. I think you will really enjoy the contouring and how cool it sleeps.

                  • Berat January 29, 2017 - 9:20 pm Reply


                    I think the reason it feels different is Purple is now using a different foam/foam vendor. I spoke to their CS team since my King size and Queen size mattress were slightly shorter, they replaced them under warranty and told me that they switched to a new foam/vendor can’t remember which one at this point but I immediately noticed a much different feel to the mattress. I actually preferred it to what it was before.

                    • Ben January 30, 2017 - 11:05 am Reply

                      Thanks for the update!

              56. Kenny B. January 1, 2017 - 2:40 pm Reply

                So I’ve been looking all over for a place to ask this question. I’m about 6’3. and I’ve only ever slept on a twin mattress. I’m single so no need for larger sizes. I’ve never been 1 for excess anyway. I want to get a purple bed, twin XL, but not sure if it will suit my body length. Would it be possible to fit on this size bed, or should I wait till they bring out the Full Mattress Size?

                • Ben January 1, 2017 - 2:47 pm Reply

                  I think what you are asking is what is the difference between a Twin and Twin XL mattress? A Twin Mattress is 39 x 75 inches. A Twin Extra Long Mattress is 39 x 80 inches so you get an extra 5 inches in length and should give you extra room.

              57. Nan January 1, 2017 - 10:35 pm Reply

                Does the Purple Mattress have an odor often referred to “off gassing”?

                • Ben January 1, 2017 - 10:44 pm Reply

                  Yes, it will have an initial off gassing period which will last about 2 days.

              58. Carmelo February 5, 2017 - 11:58 am Reply

                Wish there was more info on the toxicity of this mattress, off gassing, environmental friendliness, and if it’s treated with anything etc. The polyurethane below it is not a natural material is it? I’m researching natural mattresses and wanting something that won’t harm me or the environment but will sleep like a dream.

                • Ben February 5, 2017 - 12:07 pm Reply

                  The grid layer on the Purple is definitely not natural. If you are looking for some great mattresses that incorporate more natural material, check out the “Natural Mattresses” category on my Mattress Reviews page.

              59. Bob Cumbers February 8, 2017 - 7:51 pm Reply

                Hello – how many years will it last and are you suppose to shift it head to foot after a while, obviously you cant flip it over….thx…..

                • Ben February 9, 2017 - 1:22 pm Reply

                  It’s hard to say how long the Purple mattress will last since it is so new. Also, the polymer grid is a new technology and I think that is the component that may bread down the soonest. I don’t think rotating will give you much more life span since most of your weight will be put in the middle of the mattress so no matter which way it is rotated, it is always getting the most weight in the middle.

              60. KSD February 9, 2017 - 4:24 pm Reply

                I have severe back pain and I am looking for a mattress that is firm yet the top layer is highly conforming as i sleep on my back and on my side during the night. I have tried tempurpedic contour elite breeze, Amorebeds (medium), and Nest Alexander bed (medium). None of these fit the bill because when I lay on my side, my hip just doesn’t sink enough to align my spine. I am constantly putting small pillows around my body to align my spine. In addition, Nest and tempur run too hot for my comfort. Do you think this mattress has enough top layer contouring beyond what the other 3 mattresses provide? Thanks!

                • Ben February 14, 2017 - 10:07 pm Reply

                  Yes definitely worth trying the Purple.

              61. Shawn February 10, 2017 - 9:58 pm Reply

                Iam a shoulder sleeper should I go a different rout?

                • Ben February 14, 2017 - 10:31 pm Reply

                  I would, I just don’t think this will sink in enough.

              62. Ken February 27, 2017 - 6:56 pm Reply

                As Shawn just asked, what are a couple choices for a shoulder/side sleeper? Leesa? I’m kinda disappointed as the primary reason I hate my current mattress is the gel memory foam topper and how hot it is. I have shoulder problems though and I do sleep on my side. I picked up the kickstarter on the Purple pillow and can’t believe how awesome it is for heat. I used to turn my pillow over 20 times a night, now I look forward to going to bed just to put my head on that pillow.

                • Ben February 27, 2017 - 8:10 pm Reply

                  If you like the pillow you will probably like the Purple mattress too. If you want to go softer, I really like the Layla mattress for the soft side.

              63. Josh March 14, 2017 - 7:46 pm Reply

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                After reading many reviews here (and really needing a new bed), we purchased the Purple mattress.
                I am very happy with the results. It was very new compared to the innerspring (and broken down) mattress we had.
                After using it for two weeks, my wife is very happy with it. She originally saw no need to get rid of the old monster. She was not suffering chronic back pain from it.
                I am also happy with it. I tend to sleep right on the edge of the bed and I have no problems with it. I have no back pain. I am very happy with the small amount of motion transfer (the old bed was like a trampoline)

                At this point, we have had it for 1 month. Our next challenge is to find pillows that are a good match!

                Wife – Side sleeper
                Me – Side Sleeper, Stomach Sleeper 285 lbs.

                Off Gassing was done by bedtime when I opened it at noon.

              64. Dion April 22, 2017 - 8:45 pm Reply

                Thank you for the review. My wife and I live close enough we visited the Purple factory in Alpine UT and spent about 45 minutes trying out the various mattress configurations. We were impressed with the quality of the polymer material and the feel of the beds. We haven’t made a purchase yet but are inclined to do so after reading your review and comments from others. The company and its employees made a favorable impression on us as well. The mattresses had no smell and were comfortable and supportive in any sleeping position.

              65. KaR May 10, 2017 - 4:29 pm Reply

                These questions and comments are very informative. Can anyone compare the Purple and the Bear mattresses? I’m particularly interested in which is bouncier and which is “sink-ier”.

                Also, what does “Performance Mattress” mean? I’ve never heard that term before.

                Thank you.

              66. [email protected] June 2, 2017 - 7:29 pm Reply

                wondering if you have tried the sleep on latex pure green bed? I’d love to get an opinion on that bed/material.

                • Ben June 6, 2017 - 8:24 pm Reply

                  I haven’t. I can say that latex will feel different than the Purple. The Purple top layer collapses where it gets the most pressure while latex will compress and push back.

              67. Patrice Ellen June 11, 2017 - 8:01 am Reply

                Wish there was an environmental friendly version and with no fire retardant.

              68. Lexe June 24, 2017 - 12:42 pm Reply

                Hi Ben! We appreciate your reviews and honesty on all the products presented on this site. My husband and I decided to order the Purple after deliberating between the Luxi and the Purple. I had a pleasant phone experience with the CS rep of Purple who shared that she and her husband bought a King Purple mattress ad have had it since November. They love it so much they bought another Queen size Purple for their 5th wheel.

                I will add a persoal review once we receive the mattress and slept on it a few nights to let everyone know our thoughts and feeling realtime. Thanks again! 😀

              69. Leanne July 12, 2017 - 10:34 pm Reply

                Hi Ben!
                Great review. We just purchased a king size purple bed. I am reading more and more reviews now and I am wondering a few things. How has the bed (since you got the twin) held up? Have you noticed any sagging? This has been a huge issue with every bed we’ve had! It starts out great and around the 1 year mark, they get too soft and sink. My other concern is I have a herniated lumbar disc and I sleep on my stomach. Do you think the purple will help alleviate the pain in my back I normally experience in the night?

                • Ben July 25, 2017 - 1:25 pm Reply

                  I haven’t noticed any sagging on it. I think it does a great job for supporting you where its needed so I think it should help with the back pain issue.

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