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Over the past several years, Purple has become one of the biggest names in the bed-in-a-box industry, thanks in large part to the unique design of their mattress.
The original Purple mattress incorporated a material called hyper-elastic polymer, which took the industry by storm. The material is actually patented by the founders of the company and as such, Purple is the only company in the industry that uses it.
Hyper-elastic polymer sort of feels like gel, but it’s not actually gel. It’s very soft and flexible, but it’s also quite responsive, which makes for a super different kind of feel.
So what do you do when you already make one of the most innovative mattresses on the market? Apparently, you go back to the drawing board and continue to improve, refine, and come up with new offerings.
Like most bed-in-a-box mattress companies, Purple offers free shipping and free returns. I should clarify one thing, though: When I say bed in a box, you might be assuming the mattress arrives compressed in a box and you’re in charge of setup.
However, that’s not the case with the Purple 2 mattress. All the new Purple mattresses ship with free white-glove delivery. That means a person will actually show up at your door, unload the mattress, and help you set it up. They’ll also take away your old mattress if you’d like.
From there, Purple gives you 100 nights to test out the mattress. If you decide you like it, great, that’s the ultimate goal.
If you find that you don’t it like though at any point during the trial period, just give Purple a call and they will send someone to your house or apartment free of charge to pick it up and refund your money. Purple also backs their mattresses with a 10-year limited warranty.
Before we talk about the construction of the Purple 2 mattress, let’s take a step back and review how the original Purple mattress is constructed. Like a lot of online mattresses, the original Purple contains a couple of layers of foam.
It starts with a 4-inch layer of 2-pound polyurethane foam. The middle layer is also polyurethane foam, but it’s a little lighter at 1.8 pounds — therefore, it acts more as a transitional layer.
The top layer is a 2-inch layer of Purple’s hyper-elastic polymer in what they call their Smart Comfort Grid.
Now, the primary difference between the Purple 2 mattress and the original Purple mattress is that the Purple 2 incorporates coils. Instead of having 7.5 inches of polyurethane foam on the bottom, the Purple 2 employs a 7-inch layer of individually wrapped coils.
We’ve been seeing a lot of mattress companies moving away from dense foam on the bottom and instead using coils, such as Bear, Brooklyn Bedding, and Tomorrow Sleep.
In theory, individually wrapped coils are supposed to offer better bidirectional support than foam because coils are able to absorb weight while also pushing back.
The result is that the mattress is able to conform to your body while also providing a little responsiveness and support. Generally, coils are also supposed to be more durable than foam and help with airflow.
So now that you know a little about why you might want individually wrapped coils, let’s move on to what makes this bed truly special. And again, that’s the top layer.
The Purple 2 mattress incorporates the same 2-inch layer of hyper-elastic polymer that the original Purple uses. Like I stated earlier, it’s a super soft and flexible material. Purple likes to say it’s “soft where you want it and firm where you need it.”
I have to admit, though, it does feel a little weird at first. You can feel the little squares that are in the grid formation bend, move, and compress as you lie down on the bed.
However, after a couple of nights on the bed, you really start to like the feeling. It’s one of those things (like flying first-class) that once you do it (or sleep on it in this case), it’s hard to go back to a traditional all-foam mattress.
Purple also added a foam border around the Purple Hybrid mattress to help with edge support.
Wrapping the bed is a soft, comfortable, removable cover. However, if you happen to spill something on it or get it dirty, Purple recommends you just spot clean it with a mild detergent. That’s how you can clean most bed-in-a-box covers.
We expected this mattress to feel very similar to the original Purple since the top layer is the same. However, we could see the Purple Hybrid being a little firmer, which can aid with back pain in some people.
We gave the original Purple a 4.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, but since the new model is constructed a little differently, we could see the coils providing a little more support and push-back.
We thought the original Purple mattress was one of the best performing beds on the market in terms of temperature regulation. When testing the bed, we never felt too hot or too cold. It was always about right. And that’s because hyper-elastic polymer, in general, is a cooler material than memory foam and latex foam.
The material is laid out in a grid formation so that air can flow more freely throughout the columns. Since the Purple mattress 2 has the same top layer as the original, we expect it to perform just as well.
In fact, since it now incorporates coils as opposed to foam on the bottom, it feels like it actually performs even better, as coils are better for airflow.
In our initial tests, we didn’t experience any issues with the original Purple mattress in terms of limiting motion transfer. Surprisingly, the hyper-elastic polymer did a good job of deadening cross mattress movement.
However, in our experience, all-foam beds have performed slightly better than hybrid mattresses, so we weren’t sure what to expect with the Purple mattress 2.
We didn’t think the coils would work as well as the dense polyurethane foam the original uses, but we also expect it to be a major concern. At the end of the day, the Purple 2 mattress should be just fine if you or your partner move around a lot in your sleep.
Hyper-elastic polymer snaps back to its original form almost immediately after releasing pressure. It’s pretty impressive. Since the top layer is the same with the Purple 2, we expected more of the same.
This means you’ll find it easy to switch between sleeping positions throughout the night. A lot of times, especially with heavy memory foam beds, you’ll sort of sink down quite a bit and the bed won’t be as responsive, which means you’ll have to exert quite a bit more effort to switch positions.
Responsiveness can also be an indicator of long-term durability.
In terms of edge support, this is one area where we definitely expect an upgrade over the original Purple mattress. With the original Purple mattress, if you sat or lay down on the edge, you’d sink down quite a bit and get a little bit of that roll-off sensation.
However, the Purple 2 mattress now has a foam border, which should help with this. We still expect to sink down a little near the edges, but not nearly as much as the original.
Edge support is an important concern for couples who share a smaller size bed (i.e., full or queen). A lot of times when you share a bed, you’ll find yourself curled up near the edges, so it’s important those areas can support you.
The Purple 2 mattress is expensive. However, considering the materials and the quality of this bed, I wouldn’t put it in the same category as the average bed-in-a-box (think Casper, Leesa, etc.).
It definitely belongs in that higher-end premium category of mattresses. After all, it’s not actually a bed in a box — it’s white glove, baby. Here’s how pricing breaks down:
|California King||$1,899||72″ x 84″ x 11″|
|King||$1,899||76″ x 80″ x 11″|
|Queen||$1,599||60″ x 80″ x 11″|
|Twin XL||$1,299||38″ x 80″ x 11″|
Prices valid as of September 9, 2020
Unfortunately, Purple doesn’t offer coupon codes all that often. Instead, they are almost always running some sort of bundle promotion.
For example, we’ve seen in the past where you get a free mattress protector or free set of sheets when you purchase a mattress. [Check current Purple promotions.]
We loved the original Purple mattress, and we expect to love the new versions just as much. In the past, we’ve liked the feel of hybrid mattresses, so we are excited to try out the Purple 2. On the downside, the Purple 2 is pricey, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
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