Purple mattress

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Purple Mattress Review

We compared, tested and rated more than 100 different mattresses. See why the Purple mattress is a great option for pain relief!

(Note: This review is for the original Purple mattress, but we’ve also reviewed the Purple .2, Purple .3 and Purple .4 models.)

Customer Rating: 4.6/5
Mattress Advisor Score:       8.4/10

In this review, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the Original Purple mattress, including how it scored in our Mattress Advisor test. We’ll also give you an overview of the benefits Purple provides to its customers – like a 100-night trial period and a free Purple product with the purchase of a mattress. Read on to learn more.

Purple Mattress Highlights

  • The Purple is a mattress with a big personality, but it does have a lot to boast about: it sleeps cool, is great for spinal alignment and does a good job with reducing any movement you’ll feel from other people (or animals).
  • Customers who own the Purple have claimed it’s helped them relieve back and neck pains.
  • The Purple is topped with a unique pressure-releasing material that is especially great for back and side sleepers – when you lie on your back, it will help your spine maintain its natural curve and when you lie on your side, it will help keep your spine straight.

Mattress Advisor Score for the Purple

Here’s how the Purple mattress scored on different tests and evaluations. Each score is a rating out of 10 points. The total score is a weighted average that incorporates all of the functional and performance characteristics of the mattress. We break down the scores so you can see how the Purple mattress performed on specific tests and evaluations.

Shipping:
7

How quickly the mattress ships to your home. (Free shipping = better score!)

Trial Period:
9

The length of time offered to help you decide if you want to keep the mattress.

Return Policy:
10

Ease of return process including refund policy and how the mattress is removed from your home.

Warranty:
9

Length of mattress warranty and what is covered.

Set-up Test:
6

How easy it is to set up the mattress and move it.

Motion Transfer Test:
7.5

How well the mattress performs at isolating motion.

Edge Support Test:
8.5

The level of support offered on the edges of the mattress.

Pressure Relief Test:
8.5

How well the mattress relieves pressure, particularly around the hips, shoulders, and thighs.

Spine Alignment:
9.5

How well the mattress helps keep your spine in proper alignment while you’re sleeping.

Responsiveness Test:
7

How well the mattress adjusts to different movements or sleeping positions throughout the night.

Cooling Evaluation:
8

How well the mattress promotes airflow and breathability, or offers special cooling properties.

Durability Evaluation:
9

Quality and durability of materials, structural support, and expected lifespan of the mattress.

Customer Service Score:
9

How helpful and responsive the customer service team is.

Social Impact Score:
4

A measure of social mission, community involvement and charitable giving/partnerships.

Total Score for the Purple Mattress: 8.4/10

Purple Mattress Video Review

Take a look at our Purple mattress video review and see how it performed in our testing to help you determine if this could be the mattress for you.

Customer Reviews on the Purple Mattress

Purple mattress reviews from customers with back pain

  • “It’s the best mattress I’ve ever used. I thought it was pricey at first, but it is worth every coin and every dollar! I broke my back around 2 years ago and still have some pretty bad pain where I broke it, but Purple has actually decreased the pain which is amazing! My mother has the mattress and actually was the one who recommended it to me after I got out of the hospital.” – Rachel C.
  • “I’ll admit I was leery about buying a mattress off the internet, sight unseen, but I went for it anyway because of the 100 day return policy. Well, they are never getting it back. I know it sounds crazy but after the first night of my first uninterrupted sleep in I don’t know how long, I awoke with NO BACK PAIN! I was seriously going to make an appointment with a chiropractor, but that is no longer necessary. I also want to add that my wife’s arm has always been numb when she wakes up in the morning, but that is no longer an issue either. If you’re on the fence about getting this mattress, GO FOR IT! You won’t be disappointed!!!” – Dan
  • “All my back pain problems are gone, I work a physically demanding job and this is what I needed to make my days better.” – Jason L.
  • “It took me a few days to get adjusted from my old bed to my new Purple Bed. After that I noticed a hugh difference with the pain in my lower back. I no long have pain in my lower back due to the new purple bed. It is very comfortable and I get great sleep.” – Shirley T.

Purple mattress reviews on cooling properties

  • “So far, we love our purple original mattress. We don’t sink to the bottom or sweat all night from retained heat. No issues with chemical smells either.” – Kimberley G.
  • “Great bed cool all night during Houston summer.” – Robert L.

Purple mattress reviews on comfort

  • “As a previous tempurpedic mattress owner, I can tell you that the Purple mattress is far superior. My husband and I cannot get over how comfortable and cool we are at night. There was zero adjustment time and the support is fantastic. I look forward to trying the Purple pillow next!” – Cynthia
  • “I waited 3 months to review the mattress and I could not be happier. The mattress sleeps very cool and comfortable. After the first 30 days of sleeping on the mattress, I went on vacation and spent the next 2 weeks sleeping on a series of different mattress. What a difference when I returned back to my Purple mattress! This experience solidified everything for me. You will need the stand or a box spring to place it on. This also ensures you get the full warranty. Without a doubt, a wonderful investment!” – Gianpaolo F.

Purple mattress reviews on firmness

  • “I bought a mattress and it arrived within 7 days. No problems. Day 2 of sleeping on it and I absolutely loooove it. Alittle firm but not too firm. The sheets stay cool and are sooo comfy. Great experience with Purple, highly recommend!” – Alanna
  • “This is the first mattress I’ve ever used where the softness wasn’t a drawback. It really has a perfect balance between firmness, softness and support. I actually sleep on my back more often now because it’s so comfortable.” – Joshua I.

What Makes the Purple Mattress Different?

To understand the Purple difference, it helps to understand a bit of the history behind the mattress. Purple was designed by two engineer brothers: Tony with 13 years of experience in advanced aerospace materials, and Terry with 20 years of experience in manufacturing, design, and project management.

After years of developing high-tech sporting goods and wheelchairs, they decided to put their brains together and design a mattress specifically engineered to relieve pressure and provide proper spine alignment.

Purple’s patented grid technology has been used and tested by medical professionals and consumers for over 20 years. The grid formation in the hyper-elastic polymer layer creates walls that can support or fold, depending on how much pressure is put on it.

“Our material [Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer® Smart Comfort Grid™] was developed, originally, to help in the cushioning world where pressure relief and support are some of the most important issues. The structure of the material doesn’t have a standard spring constant effect like in foam, memory foam or springs.

“The difference is that when the pressure is applied to our material, it will push back until it gets to what we call the ‘buckle point’. The pressure goes up but at that point, the pressure drops back off. It is a very unique feeling. Hips and shoulders, areas that apply higher pressure but are also areas that are smaller are able to sink into the mattress. Other areas, like the lower back, are more firmly supported than is seen in many other mattress components. It can be a new feeling for many people to have the pressure taken off of those areas that typically take the higher pressure while also getting support in other, normally unsupported parts of the body.

“With that, our material will often weigh in a little heavier than some other products out there. The way that the structure ended up as we tried to get the relief and support also gave us a very open structure that can have great airflow through it. It has a fairly large, open cell structure compared to the much smaller cells in foams.”

– Russel Whatcott, Director of Innovation at Purple

You won’t find the materials used to make the Purple mattress in any other mattress on the market.

What to watch out for

Because the Purple mattress is crafted with a truly unique material, it may take some time to get used to. It won’t compare to other mattresses you’ve slept on, so make sure you give it a good 30 nights before you make your final decision on whether or not to keep it.

How the Purple Mattress Supports Different Sleeping Positions

SIDE SLEEPERS

The Purple helps keep your spine straight while sleeping on your side and cradles pressure points, but still fills in the other curves of your body so there’s no empty support. Check out the results of Purple’s side sleeper test to learn more.

BACK SLEEPERS

Purple allows you to maintain the natural curvature of your spine while sleeping on your back, which eliminates any unwanted pressure and fills in the rest of your body space evenly. Check out the results of Purple’s back sleeper test to learn more.

STOMACH SLEEPERS

The Purple mattress is ideal for back and side sleepers. Sleeping on your stomach is not the best position to maintain healthy spinal alignment. And sleeping on your stomach on the Purple is no different. Over time, you may experience some discomfort or lower back pain if you’re a stomach sleeper.

Product Information

Weight

111 lbs. for queen

Thickness

9.5"

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Type

Hybrid: hyper-elastic polymer and foam

American Made

Made in the USA

Size Dimensions Standard Price*
Twin 38″ x 75″ $649
Twin XL 38” x 80” $699
Full 54″ x 76″ $899
Queen 60” x 80” $999
King 76” x 80” $1299
Cal King 72” x 84” $1299

*Prices listed are standard without sales or Mattress Advisor exclusive discounts. Check price using the button below for the best deals on the Purple mattress. 

Foundations Purple is Compatible With

The Purple mattress just needs a sturdy surface to sit on, whether that’s a platform, slats (3″ apart or less), box foundation, an adjustable bed frame, or even the floor.

A Look Inside the Purple Mattress

The Purple mattress is made with a layer of hyper-elastic polymer (designed to provide great pressure relief) on top of two layers of high-density polyurethane foam (designed for durability, support and motion isolation). Here’s a look at the layers, described from top to bottom:

  • Responsive Knit Cover: Soft and stretchy cover that helps maximize the flexing properties of the Smart Comfort Grid™. The breathable design also promotes airflow to help you sleep cool.
  • Smart Comfort Grid™: Designed to cushion your shoulders and hips (pressure points), and support your body’s natural shape.
  • Plush Comfort Foam: Soft, high-density polyurethane foam designed to enhance the responsiveness and feel of the Smart Comfort Grid™.
  • Support Foam: Medium-firm, high-density polyurethane foam provides structural support to the mattress.

Purchase Experience

Delivery

Compressed in a cylinder case; delivered in 4-7 business days

Trial Period

100 days

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

Return Policy

Free returns

Financing

Available through Affirm

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Purple Mattress FAQs

How does the 100-night trial work?

From the date that your Purple mattress is delivered, you have 100 calendar days to return it if you decide it’s not right for you. Purple guarantees a full refund upon your return. They’ll send someone to your home to pick up your mattress and donate it to a local charity or recycling center.

*Note that Purple cannot provide any refunds for purchases made through Amazon.

Can I finance my Purple mattress?

You sure can! If it’s easier for you to pay for your Purple in monthly installments, you can get as low as 0% APR for 6 months (for qualified customers) when you finance with Affirm. You can make your payments with bank transfer, check or debit card options. Just select “Affirm Monthly Payments” at checkout if you’re interested.

Does the Purple mattress sleep hot?

Purple is designed to promote airflow while you sleep, therefore making sure body heat is not getting trapped inside your mattress. It’s top layer grid formation helps it breathe and elevates your body above the foam so air can flow through freely.

What kind of sheets can I use on my Purple mattress?

Sheets that are thin and stretchy with at least 5% spandex will work best with your Purple mattress. This will help ensure that you’re reaping all the benefits from the Smart Comfort Grid™.

Purple also sells its own stretchy sheets (see below) that complement the mattress well.

Does the Purple mattress have a break-in period?

Purple will likely feel different from any other mattress you’ve slept on, so it’s recommended that you allow 30 nights for your body to properly adjust to this new sleeping surface.

If you want to feel the patented hyper-elastic polymer for yourself before ordering the mattress, you can order a free “squishy” after you share and like a few things on social media (we have one and think it could be the new fidget spinner…).

Will I need to flip my Purple mattress?

You don’t and you shouldn’t! Purple is designed to work best right side up.

How much weight can the Purple mattress support?

Although there isn’t a weight limit for the Purple mattress, it’s safe to say that it can support up to 600 pounds total.

Is the Purple mattress eco-friendly?

The Purple mattress is both allergen-resistant and non-toxic. The hyper-elastic polymer is recyclable and made from food- and food-contact-grade ingredients. The high-density foam is CertiPUR-US­® Certified, meaning it meets some of the most rigorous standards for emissions, content, performance, and durability.

Does Purple offer any service member discounts?

Purple offers a 15% discount to first responders as well as service men and women. (Applies to veterans and active duty members.) There is not a coupon code for this offer, but you can simply give them a call at 844-642-5613 to have your discount applied.

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Male | MILWAUKEE, WI

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Sleeper Profile
  • Combo sleeper
  • Snores a lot
Owned mattress for: 1-2 mo.
Recommends to a friend?: Yes
Overall Satisfaction: 9/10
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On a scale from 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how would you rate your mattress on the following factors?

Mattress-Buying Experience
10
Ease of Set-up
10
Body Support
8
Motion Isolation
Responsiveness
10
Cooling Properties
8
Comfort
9
Quality
10
Value
10
Edge Support
10

Female | LOS ANGELES, CA

Verified Reviewer
Sleeper Profile
  • Sleeps with partner
  • Combo sleeper
  • Suffers from back pain
Owned mattress for: 7-12 mo.
Recommends to a friend?: Yes
Overall Satisfaction: 2/10
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On a scale from 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how would you rate your mattress on the following factors?

Mattress-Buying Experience
1
Ease of Set-up
3
Body Support
2
Motion Isolation
1
Responsiveness
2
Cooling Properties
2
Comfort
2
Quality
2
Value
3
Edge Support
2

Male | SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Verified Reviewer
Sleeper Profile
  • Sleeps with partner
  • Side sleeper
Owned mattress for: 3-6 mo.
Recommends to a friend?: Yes
Overall Satisfaction: 10/10
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On a scale from 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how would you rate your mattress on the following factors?

Mattress-Buying Experience
9
Ease of Set-up
8
Body Support
10
Motion Isolation
9
Responsiveness
8
Cooling Properties
9
Comfort
10
Quality
10
Value
8
Edge Support
10

Male | CHARLOTTE, NC

Verified Reviewer
Sleeper Profile
  • Side sleeper
Owned mattress for: 1-2 mo.
Recommends to a friend?: Yes
Overall Satisfaction: 10/10
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On a scale from 1-10 (with 10 being the best), how would you rate your mattress on the following factors?

Mattress-Buying Experience
9
Ease of Set-up
9
Body Support
9
Motion Isolation
Responsiveness
10
Cooling Properties
10
Comfort
10
Quality
10
Value
10
Edge Support
10

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