Purple Mattress Review
The original Purple mattress was the first of three mattress types offered by the Purple company. It’s an all-foam mattress measuring 6 out of 10, or medium-firm, on the firmness scale and sold at budget price-points. The Purple is known as a cooling, low-cost, high-value mattress.
The Purple Grid is a unique technology present in all Purple mattresses. This grid of hyper-elastic polymer sits in the comfort layers, allowing for cooling airflow and bringing a responsive feel to the bed.
The Purple Mattress® features two inches of breathable GelFlex™ Grid to cradle pressure points like hips and shoulders while keeping the rest of your body fully aligned. When paired with a dual-layer comfort foam base, the result is a perfectly supported sleep.
Purple Plus™ Mattress
Thanks to an extra layer of premium foam that provides better cushioning, responsiveness, and breathability. This improved foam base is topped with two inches of breathable GelFlex Grid to cradle pressure points like hips and shoulders while keeping the rest of your body fully aligned for amazing sleep.
Purple Hybrid Mattress
Introducing our Purple Hybrid® Mattress: a unique mix of our innovative GelFlex™ Grid, responsive support coils, and cushioning transition foam. The wrapped coils allow greater airflow, provide a more dynamic response than all-foam beds, and increase the durability of your mattress.
Purple Hybrid Premier 3 Mattress
The Purple Hybrid Premier® 3 offers our most popular combination of body-aligning, responsive support and cushioning comfort for what customers describe as life-changing sleep. Three inches of GelFlex™ Grid cradle the body and create a buoyant feel that’s supported by a layer of stainless steel coils.
We designed the Kid Mattress to be softer for younger kids while providing the same unique Purple Grid™ features as our adult beds such as No-Pressure Support™, sleeping cool, and instant response, but also adds kid-friendly features like a machine washable cover.
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Motion Isolation: The Purple excels at isolating motion, which is common for an all-foam mattress. Strong motion isolation generally appeals to people who share a bed. When one person moves around or gets on or off the bed, their motion will not transfer across the surface of the mattress, disturbing the other sleeper.
Innerspring mattresses, some latex beds, and hybrids with pocketed coils generally do not isolate motion as well as all-foam beds. Memory foam comfort layers in particular are known to greatly reduce motion transfer across a mattress. The Purple Grid operates similarly, allowing sleepers to put weight on one part of the mattress without affecting other parts.
Pressure Relief: Pressure relief is another area in which the Purple mattress shines. The Purple Grid helps relieve pressure, so sleepers don’t find themselves developing pressure points while lying down. The Purple Grid contours to the body, providing a cushiony feel. The transitional foam beneath that layer helps keep sleepers from sinking too far into the mattress.
Pressure relief is important to all sleepers, but those who experience pain tend to find it particularly important. A pressure-relieving bed can reduce pain throughout the night. Side sleepers also require pressure-relieving beds so they don’t develop pressure points in their hips and shoulders, which commonly occurs on too-firm mattresses.
Temperature Control: The Purple Mattress does an excellent job of staying cool throughout the night, largely due to the Purple Grid technology contained in its upper-most comfort layer.
Foam, particularly memory foam, tends to trap heat. All-foam mattresses are known for sleeping hot. The Purple Grid makes the Purple mattress stand out from other all-foam mattresses in the area of temperature control.
Because the Purple Grid has open spaces within it that allow airflow, heat can move away from the body rather than stay trapped in the Purple mattress. As a result, sleepers will be less likely to wake up because they feel too hot and more likely to get a good night’s sleep.
Edge Support: The Purple rates average in terms of edge support, which is common for an all-foam mattress. Edge support refers to how strong the edges of a mattress are in response to weight being placed on them. Mattresses that contain innersprings or pocketed coils tend to have stronger edges than all-foam beds.
Some all-foam beds have weaker edges than the Purple mattress. Poor edge support makes it so sleepers are unable to use the full surface of the bed because to do so would put them at risk of rolling off the bed. Strong edge support helps make getting in and out of bed easier.
Ease of Movement: Ease of movement rates medium on the Purple, due to the mattress being both conforming and responsive. Generally, the more closely a mattress contours to the body, the more it inhibits movement. Highly conforming foam layers develop impressions as they cradle the body, and it can take a few seconds for those impressions to “bounce back.”
The Purple allows for easier movement than many mattresses that contain memory foam comfort layers. Because the Purple Grid is both conforming and responsive, it allows for more movement than highly conforming memory foam. Innerspring and latex mattresses tend to allow for the most ease of movement.
Off-Gassing: Off-gassing occurs with the Purple mattress, as is to be expected, but the process isn’t as extreme as that found with other all-foam beds. Off-gassing is a process that involves volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a manufactured product becoming gas and floating out of the product into the air. Generally, this process is most noticeable immediately after manufacturing and is accompanied by a chemical smell.
Memory foam and polyfoam are the mattress components that tend to off-gas the most. The Purple mattress off-gasses less than some of its competitors due to the Purple Grid, which allows for airflow that more quickly clears off-gassed VOCs.
What is a Purple mattress?
The Purple Mattress is best known for its hyper-elastic polymer Grid, which gives it an unusual feel. It’s a stretchy, squishy material in the top layer. If you’re interested in the Purple Mattress, you can choose from three options: the Purple, Purple Hybrid, and Purple Hybrid Premier. Each one comes with a 100-night trial, free shipping and returns, affordable financing, and a 10-year limited warranty. In addition to mattresses, Purple offers pillows, seat cushions, bedding, bed frames, and kids’ products.
You can buy new Purple mattresses through its website and in select brick-and-mortar stores, such as Macy’s. As with most mattress-in-a-box companies, Purple offers free shipping. Use the store finder on Purple’s website to find a nearby retailer.
Purple ships all of its mattresses via FedEx within three to five business days of receiving your order. Ground shipping typically takes an additional three to five business days.
White glove delivery is available for free with the Hybrid Premier and may be available on other mattresses. This service entails delivering your new mattress, setting it up, and removing all the packaging. Purple won’t remove your old box spring, and due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, is currently not removing old mattresses.
How long does a Purple mattress last?
Purple Warranty: 10-year warranty
While Purple’s Grid shouldn’t break down over time, the polyurethane foam layers have an expected 10-year lifespan. Purple provides a 10-year limited warranty on its mattresses that is good for the original buyer. As is typical with other foam mattress warranties, Purple will honor its warranty only if the materials show an indentation greater than 1 inch and if the mattress is supported on an appropriate base (not a box spring). Any damage you cause, such as stains or tears, isn’t covered by the warranty.
Purple will repair or replace your mattress within the 10-year warranty period for no charge as long as it’s defective according to warranty terms. You’ll be responsible for shipping and handling.
The mattress cover is warranted for two years. If the cover is determined by the company to be faulty, Purple will replace or repair it, but you will be responsible for shipping and handling.
How to return a Purple mattress
Purple Trial Period: 100-night sleep trial
If you decide Purple isn’t for you, call the company’s customer service within the 100-night risk-free sleep trial to arrange a pickup and a full refund. This only applies if you purchase your Purple mattress directly from the company online. The 100 days begin when you receive your mattress. Purple requires that you give its mattresses at least 21 nights before initiating a return.
If you do return or exchange your mattress, the company doesn’t expect you to fit the mattress back into its shipping tube. Instead, Purple will coordinate a pickup from a local donation center or other organization at no cost to you.
If you purchase a new Purple mattress at a retailer like Macy’s or online at Amazon, the return process and sleep trials can vary. If you want to take advantage of the company’s sleep trial and guaranteed free return, we recommend purchasing directly from Purple online.
How long does it take for a Purple mattress to expand?
The Purple Mattress comes compressed and wrapped in plastic. It ships inside a vinyl bag that has zippers and handles. This is unlike most other bed-in-a-box mattresses which ship in a cardboard box. It also comes with a cutting tool designed to slice the plastic packaging without damaging the mattress inside.
The Purple Mattress begins to expand as the plastic packaging is removed. It took us a little over 5 minutes to unwrap. The Purple Mattress is ready to use immediately.
Do Purple mattresses smell?
Yes, Purple mattresses can have a smell when you first unbox one, though this isn’t unusual for a new mattress. Mattresses from Purple have low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and are CertiPUR-US certified, meaning they are made without certain harmful chemicals. You may however notice an odor, which Purple describes as “nutty or woodsy,” that should go away completely after a few days.
Do Purple mattresses need a box spring?
No, you should not use a box spring with a Purple mattress. Not only does Purple recommend not using any foundation with a spring (such as a box spring), but using a box spring voids your mattress warranty. The company says new Purple mattresses are designed to be placed on a firm, flat, non-spring foundation. This means you can use a platform base, adjustable bed frame, or other box foundation. If your base has slats, the slats should be 3 inches apart or less.