Purple Mattress Review

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The signature feature of the Purple mattress is its grid of collapsible columns made from fancy-sounding "hyper-elastic polymer." Putting aside the hype, this construction is certainly one of the most unique options on the market today. But is it right for you? Read on for our full Purple mattress review.

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Note: This review is for the Original Purple, Purple's first mattress. In early 2018, Purple released the Purple.2, Purple.3, and Purple.4. These models feature a very different support layer made of pocketed coils, so were launched as an expansion of Purple's lineup, not as a replacement for the Original Purple which remains very popular. Check out our review of the Purple 4 mattress for a detailed comparison of how these newer options compare to the Original Purple.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Purple mattress video review above.

Synopsis

Key Facts – Purple Mattress (Original)

Mattress Type

Honeycomb Gel Over Foam

Price (Queen)

$999

Delivery

Free delivery, setup, and removal of old bedding

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

10-years. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

10 inches

Weight (Queen)

110 pounds

 

GoodBed's Take – Who is the Best Match for an Original Purple Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Are primarily a back sleeper
  • Move around and reposition frequently
  • Enjoy a buoyant feeling of floating on top of the mattress
  • Don’t like the slow-responding feel of memory foam mattresses
  • Like a mattress with some bounce 

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Enjoy being ‘cradled’ by your mattress
  • Tend to sleep right on the edge of your mattress
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner repositioning
  •  Are on the heavier side (250+ lbs), particularly if you sleep on your stomach

 

FEEL Classifications

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5 Average
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Immediate recovery, lots of bounce

 

BACK SUPPORT Rating (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 7 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 10 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 10 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 7 7 6

 

PRESSURE RELIEF Rating (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 7 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 6 5
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 6 5
Heavier >250 lb 5 5

 

OTHER GoodBed Ratings

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 8 Very good
Stays 'Cool' 8 Very good for a foam mattress
Edge Support 6 Average among foam mattresses
Ease of Repositioning 10 Exceptional
Green Features 6 Not natural, but does have some safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 9 Very compatible
Overall Value 9 Excellent

In-Depth Review: Original Purple Mattress

Last Updated: July 2018

The Original Purple mattress debuted in 2015 and is one of the most searched brands on our website. You may have seen a commercial for the Purple mattress in which raw eggs are pressed into the mattress with a 330-lb glass plate without breaking. (We replicated the egg test in our evaluation - read on for our results!).

This 10-inch, three-layer mattress mattress features a unique 2-inch top layer made of hyper-elastic polymer, a gel layer made in a honeycomb pattern that gives this bed unique compression qualities that aced our ratings for spinal alignment and back support for certain sleepers. You need to see this gel polymer to get a sense of it; the Purple website has lots of pictures.

In our evaluations, we found the Purple mattress to have a Medium softness level, with good overall pressure relief and near-ideal back support for our tester. The honeycomb design means that the top gel layer buckles rather than simply compressing, so the heavier parts of the body (hips, shoulders) are nicely cradled while lighter/concave parts, like the lumbar area, remain supported by the un-collapsed honeycomb gel. The result for our tester was exceptional spinal alignment, particularly in the back position, but also good when positioned on the side.  

The Purple mattress also excelled in our tests for ease of repositioning. Changing sleeping positions was virtually effortless for our tester, so if you tend to move around a lot while sleeping, the Purple mattress deserves close consideration.

Among our concerns: While motion isolation overall was very good with our bowling ball test, and with our human tester, the gel layer does transfer noise and vibration, so it may not be ideal for those who are easily disturbed by a partner that repositions frequently. And while our tester experienced excellent back support, the Purple mattress may be less suited for those who prefer a very soft mattress and like to feel they are sinking in or being cradled by their bed.

Lastly, while our tester experienced excellent support from the honeycomb gel comfort layer, we question whether heavier individuals (250 lbs+) will experience the same effect, as they may compress the gel all along the body rather then in specific areas.

The Purple mattress’s price is very competitive; free shipping is included, along with in-home setup and removal of your old bedding, a “white glove” service that typically costs $100+ extra with other brands. Note that the Purple mattress does not come with a box spring (nor does it need one).

You can place the Purple mattress atop the support of your choice, including a separately purchased box support (supports with springs are not recommended, and will void the warranty), a bed frame, platform bed, or adjustable bed frame. And the Original Purple bed comes in just one style—there are no choices to make other than size, something that may appeal to some but not others.

Overall, the Purple mattress performed well in our testing and evaluation for pressure relief, heat transfer, and adjustable base compatibility. We judged construction to be of good quality, and with no more than average ‘new mattress smell.’

Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests.

Pro Tip: The Raw Egg Test

Purple’s widely viewed commercial features raw eggs being pressed into the mattress with a heavy plate of glass. We were eager to replicate this with our own real Purple egg test (VIDEO). We placed a raw egg in a plastic bag, then pressed the egg into the mattress with a piece of glass; our tester also sat on top of the glass with his full body weight. As advertised, the raw egg did not break!

 Purple Mattress

Construction

Mattress type:  Honeycomb Gel over Foam

Made In:  United States

Mattress Thickness:  10”

Mattress Weight:  110 pounds (queen size)

 

Layers

The Original Purple mattress is a 10″ thick mattress comprised of 3 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  •  2.0" hyper-elastic gel, “Purple Smart Comfort Grid”
  • 3.5" polyurethane foam transition layer (1.8 lb. density)
  • 4" polyurethane foam support foam core (2.0 lb. density)

The top comfort layer of the Original Purple mattress is comprised of a unique 2-inch honeycomb or column gel layer that, instead of simply compressing, buckles under pressure. (Please see our Purple mattress video review for a demonstration.) We typically see gel incorporated into foam in tiny bits, while the Purple mattress uses a solid gel comfort layer. The company calls it the “Purple Smart Comfort Grid.”

Next you have a 3.5-inch transition layer under the honeycomb hyper-elastic gel layer. This layer of foam is quite soft, with substantial compression; it’s almost more of a comfort layer than a support layer. A firmer, 4-inch polyurethane support layer rounds out the three layers.

Purple Hyperelastic Gel

 

Cover

The three layers of the Purple mattress are wrapped in a very stretchy knit cover made of polyester, viscose, and Lycra, which moves and stretches as the top honeycomb layer is compressed. The cover is between ¼ and ½ inch thick, with some padding, so you won’t feel the edges of the honeycomb layer.

Purple Mattress Cushioning Depth

 

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness what’s this )

We classify the Purple mattress as a Medium mattress, right in the middle. We read some complaints online about the mattress feeling too firm, but we didn’t experience this. For our 200-pound tester, the mattress felt nice and squishy when moving around, and perhaps slightly firmer when lying on his back. It’s certainly possibly that very light individuals of less than 100 pounds might experience a firmer feel, as they may not be heavy enough to trigger the buckling effect of the top comfort layer in the same way that those of average weight will do.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium

 

Cushioning Depth what’s this )

Due to the honeycomb gel layer, the heavier and pointier parts of your body (shoulders, hips, etc.) collapse the columns of the gel, while the lighter and concave parts of your body (like the lumbar area) stay supported by the uncollapsed gel columns. For this reason, cushioning is focused on the heavier areas of your body. The 2-inch gel layer provides primary cushioning, while the middle transition layer also compresses nicely. Overall, we classify cushioning as average, right in the middle. Our tester found his hips and shoulders sinking into the mattress just the right amount while his lower back remained supported.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5 Average cushioning

 Purple Cushioning Depth

Responsivenesswhat’s this )

While the top layer of the Purple mattress is made of gel, its honeycomb/grid construction means that it has a lot of structural integrity. It springs back almost immediately when compression stops. Practically speaking, that means there is none of that ‘memory foam feel,’ where a typical memory foam layer recovers slowly in a melting way.

The top gel layer is also responsible for some interesting bounce characteristics. When we dropped our bowling ball on the mattress, it visible bounced, but when our 200-lb tester dropped onto the Purple mattress, he didn’t bounce at all. So the Purple mattress displays significant springback/bounce mainly in the top surface layer. 

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Immediate recovery

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

Overall, we thought the Purple mattress offered exceptional support, especially for those who sleep primarily on their backs. Side and stomach positions also felt very supported for our 200-lb tester. It was really all about the top honeycomb layer, which compresses under heavier and more angular parts of the body, like hips and shoulders, but retains its form to support lighter and concave areas, so spinal alignment was a cut above, in our view. We believe that people in the 150 to 250-lb. range would have similar results.

Because of the way the top honeycomb layer works, those who are very light (under 100 lbs.) or are heavier than around 250 lbs. may have a different experience. Those who are very light might not be heavy enough to trigger the honeycomb gel to buckle and may feel they are laying on top of the mattress more than in it. Conversely, heavier individuals might engage buckling all along their body which may or may not feel as supportive to them.

 

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the original Purple mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 7 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 10 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 10 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 7 7 6

 

Back Sleepers:

Our 200-pound tester felt this mattress to be exceptional while on his back, with almost ideal spinal alignment. Again, those who are very light (under 100 lbs) or heavier (over 250 lbs) may experience a different response in that top gel layer. A light person might not be heavy enough to compress the honeycomb very much, while a heavier person might compress it all over. But for the majority of people in an average weight range (about 150 to 250 pounds), we think the Purple mattress really hits the sweet spot for back sleepers.

Side Sleepers:

Spinal alignment for our tester in the side position was very good. The honeycomb gel layer allowed his shoulders to get deep enough into the mattress to allow the top of his spine to remain level. Overall, we believe the Purple mattress would provide good spinal alignment for most side sleepers. Lighter individuals might not depress the gel layer as much, and heavier sleepers might compress it along their body, and may not experience the same excellent alignment that our tester did.

Another consideration is whether you are a particularly curvy person. The top gel will give you about two inches between full compression and no compression, so if the difference between (for example) between where your hips hit the mattress and where your side hits the mattress is greater than two inches, you may find your hips sinking in while your side barely touches the mattress.

Stomach Sleepers:

Achieving good spinal alignment for stomach sleepers can often be trickier as the hips can tend to sink down too far with some mattresses, but our tester felt well supported in this position. Lighter sleepers should also be just fine. However, heavier people might have some issues in this position with hips that sink too much to retain good alignment.

 

Pressure Relief ( what's this )

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the original Purple mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 7 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 6 5
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 6 5
Heavier >250 lb 5 5

Purple Side Sleeping and Pressure Relief

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the Original Purple mattress to be not as good as a traditional memory foam, or a latex-topped mattress. While the top honeycomb layer does compress under shoulders and hips, it’s quite flat when totally compressed, with the middle transition layer providing some extra cushioning. For the average person, pressure relief with the Purple mattress should be fine, but for those whose needs are acute, such as those with arthritis or fibromyalgia, or for those who are particularly heavy, the Purple bed may not be the best choice.

 

Other Characteristics

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Original Purple bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester. In both drop tests, the bowling pin wiggled a bit, but never toppled over, owing to the middle foam layer under the honeycomb gel.

However, a unique characteristic of the honeycomb layer is that it does transfer vibration. It reminded us of a twanging rubber band. When we tapped on one side of the mattress, the vibration could be both heard and felt on the other side.

We felt that the Purple bed could be a good choice for couples who don’t want to feel their partner getting in and out of bed, but for those whose partners tend to move around a lot, their partners may feel vibrations/sound. How annoying or disturbing that is will be subjective to each person.

Motion Isolation Rating 8 /10 Very good

 

Temperature what’s this )

For most people, we think the Purple mattress will not feel hot. The construction of the honeycomb gel layer allows for good airflow, and we know that gel in general helps channel heat away from the body. It’s possible that for very heavy people who fully compress most of the gel under their body, heat distribution may not work as well.

Stays “Cool” Rating 8 /10 Above average for foam

 

Edge Support what’s this )

Foam mattresses aren’t typically very supportive along the very edge of the mattress—important if you like to sit on the edge of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. With the Purple mattress, our tester did experience a substantial amount of dip when sitting on the edge of the mattress, but he did feel stable.

When laying on the very edge of the mattress, however, our tester felt his body leaning off the edge. While we thought the Purple mattress was better than some memory foam mattresses for edge support, it may not be the best choice if this is one of your priorities.

Edge Support Rating 6 /10 Average among foam and gel mattresses

Purple Mattress Edge Support

Ease of Repositioning what’s this )

One of the highlights of the Purple mattress, for our tester, was ease of movement, which owing to the high responsiveness and elasticity of the gel layer, was almost effortless. If you tend to change positions a lot, the Purple mattress performed extremely well in our view.

Repositioning Rating 10 /10 Exceptional

 

Green Features what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

In the case of the Purple mattress, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials, however all of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC.

The top hyper-elastic/honeycomb layer is made of food-grade gel, so it’s rated to be as safe as, for example, plastic cutlery or food-storage bag (more info on safety certifications on the Purple site).

We always give mattresses a “sniff test” and noticed nothing unusual other than a slight ‘new mattress’ smell.

The company does assert that returned mattresses will be recycled or donated to charity.

Green Rating 6 /10 Not “natural” but does have some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility what’s this )

If you plan to use your mattress atop an adjustable base, the Purple is a very good choice. In fact, the company even sells its own adjustable base (optional). We tested the Purple bed with a standard adjustable base and found that right away, the mattress conformed nicely.

Adjustable Base Use Rating 9 /10 Very compatible

Purple Mattress on Adjustable Base

Price, Value & Longevity

What It Costs

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.

Size Dimensions Mattress Std. Foundation / Adj. Base GoodBed Discount
Twin XL 38" x 80" x 10"  $699 $129 / $1,399 Free mattress protector
Full (Double) 54" x 76" x 10" $899 $164 / NA Free mattress protector
Queen 60" x 80" x 10" $999 $174 / $1,499 Free mattress protector
King 76" x 80" x 10" $1,299 $189 / $1,798 Free mattress protector
California King 72" x 84" x 10" $1,299 $189 / NA Free mattress protector

 

What You’re Getting

The Purple is a 10-inch mattress with a unique 2-inch hyper-elastic polymer top layer constructed in a honeycomb pattern, which gives the bed unique support and comfort properties. A middle 3.5-inch transition layer, and a 4-inch foam support layer complete the three layer bed, which is topped with a ½-inch cushioned knit cover.

 

How Long We Think It Will Last

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the Purple mattress, we expect the top gel honeycomb layer to be extremely durable, barely changing at all. The lower support layer, with a 2-lb density should also be durable. Our concerns lie with the middle 1.8-lb transition layer of foam, which will see the most compression after the top gel layer. Overall, we expect very good longevity from the Purple mattress, with the possible exception for very heavy people.

 

Overall Value

On balance, we feel that Purple mattress is a unique product that’s exceptionally supportive for the majority of individuals who tend to sleep mainly on their backs and sides. It’s pricing is in alignment with its online peers, and its unique constructions means you are getting a product that can’t easily be compared to others. The delivery policy includes set up and removal of your old mattress, a service that costs extra with many other brands, adding to value.

Value Rating 9 /10 Excellent value

 

Delivery, Returns, & Warranty

Delivery

  • Free delivery with in-home setup and removal of old bedding

Purple includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. What does stand out is that Purple includes in-home setup and optional removal of your old mattress free of change. This “white glove service” is, more often than not, an added service with other brands, costing upwards of $100 more.

 

Returns

  • 100-day trial period
  • Full refund, including free pickup within trial period

Purple offers buyers a 100-day trial period, and suggests that buyers try the mattress at least 30 days before returning it. Returns within the trial period are free, with pickup of the mattress. See: Purple return policy.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 10 years
  • Cover is warranted for 2 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 1” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions — the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for mattresses is generally between ¾” and 1.5”. Purple has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection. See: Purple warranty policy.

 

Summary: Is the Purple Mattress Right for You?

Overall, we found a lot to like about the Original Purple mattress.  Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for a Purple mattress.

BEST if you:           

  • Are primarily a back sleeper
  • Move around and reposition frequently
  • Enjoy a buoyant feeling of floating on top of the mattress
  • Don’t like the slow-responding feel of memory foam mattresses
  • Like a mattress with some bounce 

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Enjoy being ‘cradled’ by your mattress
  • Tend to sleep right on the edge of your mattress
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner repositioning
  • Are on the heavier side (250+ lbs), particularly if you sleep on your stomach

 

Is the Original Purple bed right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Purple mattress? Click here to visit their website at Purple.com.

 

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