The Purple Mattress Review In Real Life

We checked in with a couple who bought the Purple mattress after one night, one week, and one month of sleeping on it

Purple mattress in a bedroom

We find that most people leave reviews about their new mattress after only a few nights of sleeping on it, or sometimes even before they set it up…super helpful, right? This doesn’t give you any insight on how they feel after sleeping on the mattress for a while, which is the important part. So we asked real people a few questions about how they chose their mattress and what their experience was like after one night, one week, and one month on the mattress.

While every sleeper is different, we hope this couple’s mattress journey will help you in your own search.

Meet Emily & Dominic

Emily and Dominic live in Raleigh, NC. Emily is an editorial manager for House Method, and Dominic is a data analyst. They share their Purple mattress with each other, and while they wish their dog, Tallulah, would snuggle in with them, she prefers her own bed.

Emily and Dominic are both primarily side sleepers, and sometimes back sleepers. Emily sleeps hot, while Dominic sleeps cold. Before owning their Purple mattress, they had a Casper.

Emily & Dominic: Purple Mattress Owners
Emily & Dominic: Purple Mattress Owners

The selection and buying process

For the purpose of this interview, we spoke with Emily.

MA: Why were you guys in the market for a new mattress?

E: We were looking for a new mattress because the Casper was simply too firm for me. I would wake up with sore shoulders and elbows after tossing and turning most of the night.

MA: What factors did you consider when buying a mattress?

E: Dom and I like opposite things when it comes to mattresses. He likes firm and I like soft. I tend to sleep hot and he’s always cold at night. So we needed something that was going to be comfortable for both of us. We used to have a Casper and I thought it was way too firm – I felt like I was sleeping on a bag of bricks. In the past, I’ve always had mattresses that felt like a cloud, but I needed something with more give on top and good pressure point support. I didn’t want to go too soft because I needed some support for my back.

We knew that we didn’t want a budget mattress, but also didn’t want to spend more than $1,500. I did want something that was made in the USA and fast shipping was another factor for us – I needed a mattress that would be delivered within a week.

Dom and I like opposite things when it comes to mattresses. He likes firm and I like soft.

MA: Did you compare any other brands? If so, what were they?

E: Well, we already tried Casper and I didn’t like it. We actually ordered a Nectar at first because I thought it was going to be the better choice for my back pain but shipping was delayed so we had to cancel.

MA: What ultimately led you to purchase the Purple mattress?

E: We thought the price was great ($1,000) and shipping was going to be quick. A  friend also had the Purple and let us feel it out. That gel top was wicked good!

MA: Did you buy anything else from Purple?

E: We didn’t but when we bought our mattress, there was a promotion going on for a free seat cushion so we got that as well.

MA: What was your mattress buying experience like?

E: Overall, it was really simple. Purple had one option for a mattress so the digital process was super easy. The price was clear and I knew when it was going to ship. I loved that they gave me the option to track the shipment through Facebook so I didn’t have to dig through emails. By the way, I totally would have paid extra for faster shipping if that was an option.


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After sleeping on the Purple for one night

Mattress was delivered on 1/10/2018; First interview was conducted on 1/11/2018

MA: Overall, how would you describe your first night on the Purple mattress?

E: I loved it. I really did love the gel top – you can tell that there’s something else there. I think it’s the perfect combination for both of us. It has give but you also don’t feel like you’re sinking. I loved the squishiness of it – it feels wild on your feet!

I loved the squishiness of it – it feels wild on your feet!

MA: Did you notice any difference in how you felt when you woke up?

E: I remember waking up on the Casper feeling like I hadn’t slept all night because there was no support. On the Purple, I felt a good amount of support, particularly on my hip. I felt like I had a good night’s rest when I woke up, particularly because I wasn’t tossing and turning to try and get comfortable.

MA: How does this compare to other mattresses you’ve had in the past?

E: As I mentioned earlier, the Casper was way too firm so I definitely like the firmness of the Purple better. Before the Casper, I had a mattress that felt like a cloud but it wore out so fast.

MA: How would you rank the Purple mattress on the following factors?

On a scale from 1-5 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

Motion transfer (feeling little to no movement from your sleeping partner): 4.5
Support (body weight distributed evenly, no pains or aches): 5
Responsiveness (adjusts/responds to your body movements): 4.5
Temperature control (keeps you cool): 2

MA: How firm would you say the Purple is?

E: It’s a really different mattress than anything I’ve ever had. I would say it has good firm support but a softer gel top.

MA: Do you have any complaints about the Purple? Or anything you would change if you could?

E: My only complaint would be the temperature, but we are sleeping with a pretty warm duvet cover so we’re going to switch it tonight to see if it makes a difference.

MA: Do you feel like the Purple mattress was worth the price you paid?

E: Yes.

MA: Do you think you’ll keep your Purple mattress?

E: I think so, assuming the temperature issue is resolved.


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After sleeping on the Purple for one week

Mattress was delivered on 1/10/2018; Second interview was conducted on 1/18/2018

MA: Overall, how would you describe your first week on the Purple mattress?

E: It did not hold up in terms of comfort. The novelty of the gel wore off kind of quickly. I still slept fine, but wasn’t as magical as the first night.

The novelty of the gel wore off kind of quickly.

MA: How are you feeling when you wake up?

E: My hip feels much better supported. I noticed that my hip flexors are not as tight in the morning.

MA: How would you rank the Purple mattress on the following factors after sleeping on it for a week?

On a scale from 1-5 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

Motion transfer (feeling little to no movement from your sleeping partner): 5
Support (body weight distributed evenly, no pains or aches): 5
Responsiveness (adjusts/responds to your body movements): 3.5
Temperature control (keeps you cool): 4

MA: Are you still happy with the firmness of your Purple?

E: Yes. 

MA: Do you have any new complaints about the Purple? Or anything you would change if you could?

E: No new complaints, except for the fact that it’s losing its novelty a bit. We did find that the temperature issue from the first night was because of the nuclear blanket we were sleeping under, so that’s been resolved for the most part. 

MA: Do you still feel like the Purple mattress was worth the price you paid?

E:  I think so. The smell is gone. I was concerned about that when we first got it – I thought I might have paid $1,000 for a smelly mattress, but that’s not the case anymore.

MA: Do you think you’ll keep your Purple mattress?

E: Yeah, I think so.


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after sleeping on the purple for one month

Mattress was delivered on 1/10/2018; Second interview was conducted on 2/12/2018

MA: Overall, how would you describe your first month on the Purple mattress?

E: The firmness was leaving me tossing and turning. The gel top novelty wore off and was really just too firm for me. It did not bother Dominic though – he thought it was great. We decided to add a mattress topper from The Company Store, which makes it feel very cloud-like. Naturally, I just sleep with a lot of pillows, so I like a cushy bed experience. I will say that the motion transfer has been particularly great on the Purple.

MA: How are you feeling when you wake up?

E: I sleep on my left side a lot and my left shoulder does feel a little cramped when I wake up. But since we’ve added the softer topper, I am definitely getting more consistent sleep – I’m sleeping through the night more often. 

MA: How would you rank the Purple mattress on the following factors after sleeping on it for a week?

On a scale from 1-5 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

Motion transfer (feeling little to no movement from your sleeping partner): 5
Support (body weight distributed evenly, no pains or aches): 5
Responsiveness (adjusts/responds to your body movements): 3.5
Temperature control (keeps you cool): 4

MA: Are you still happy with the firmness of your Purple?

E: I think I realized that I just needed a plush, cloud-like top. I don’t think any mattress would have necessarily satisfied this – I think I just needed my soft topper. 

MA: Do you have any new complaints about the Purple? Or anything you would change if you could?

E: Nothing in addition to the firmness issue. 

MA: Do you still feel like the Purple mattress was worth the price you paid?

E:  Yes. I don’t think it’s going to deteriorate. I think the durability is going to be fine. The smell isn’t a problem. If I knew up front that I would have needed a topper, I may have gone with a $700 mattress, or I might have looked for something with a pillow top option. But overall, I’d say I’m satisfied. 

MA: Do you think you’ll keep your Purple mattress?

E: Yes.


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