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The Original Purple Mattress was (and still is) one of our favorite beds on the market. It has an odd feel to it, but definitely in a good way.
Unlike most bed-in-a-box mattresses, Purple does not use memory foam, latex foam, or a proprietary foam as its top layer. Instead, Purple uses a gel-like material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which is purple in color (hence the name of the bed).
This is the star of the show. It’s how the beds stay cool at night and how you don’t end up sweating 5 minutes into your REM sleep. You will see this Hyper-Elastic Polymer on all three new beds from Purple.
As an FYI, they will still be selling the Original Purple Mattress on Purple.com. However, they have introduced new mattresses so that consumers have more options.
Purple Hybrid vs. Purple Original shipping
Purple usually offers free shipping and free returns on all of their mattresses. With the OG Purple mattress, the bed will ship rolled up in a large purple bag. You set up the bed like any other bed-in-a-box mattress.
With the new Purple beds, they’re too heavy to ship via FedEx, so they come with white glove delivery and free setup.
Additionally, all Purple mattresses come with a 100-night risk-free trial where you can test the bed to see if you absolutely love it. If you don’t, call Purple and get a full refund (within that trial period).
They’ll even send someone to your house to pick up the bed at no extra charge. If you decide to keep the bed, however, it comes with a 10-year warranty.
Differences in the Purple models
The biggest difference between Purple Hybrid and the OG Purple mattress is in the construction of the bed. The Original Purple had polyurethane foam and then a 2-inch slab of Hyper-Elastic Polymer as the top layer.
The Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier beds swap out the foam for 7.5-inch pocketed coils (they still have foam, but only a very small amount). The new Purple beds end up being a few inches thicker than the OG Purple mattress as a result.
Also, as you might have guessed by now, the only differences between Purple Hybrid and the Purple Hybrid Premier are the thickness of the top layer, weight of the bed, and the price.
There will be a difference in feel, but that all depends on your weight. The Purple Hybrid (like the Original Purple Mattress) has 2 inches of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, while Purple Hybrid Premier has 3 or 4 inches depending on the model you choose.
You can learn more about the beds in our individual reviews, but for the most part, the difference in firmness, feel, and comfort only arise from the differences in thickness of the top layer.
In general, folks over 240 pounds or so should consider the thicker version (Purple Hybrid Premier 4-inch) if you really want a good amount of cushioning from the Hyper-Elastic Polymer.
People who weigh less than 240 pounds will be just fine on the Purple Hybrid or the Original Purple. Having said that, Purple Hybrid will be the firmest of the three since there’s less material between you and the coils. The more Hyper-Elastic Polymer, the softer the feel.
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Why go Purple Hybrid vs. Original Purple?
While Purple is still selling the OG Purple Mattress, there are certainly some improvements to the new beds that might make them attractive (or less attractive) to you.
Purple Hybrid is better suited for people over 240 pounds
Because Purple incorporate pocketed coils, they will have better support for anyone weighing over certain amounts due to pressure on the layers. With the Original Purple Mattress, someone weighing more than 240 pounds may have had issues with support.
In addition to adding coils, Purple gives you the option to get a thicker grid of Hyper-Elastic Polymer so that if it applies to you, you will still experience the benefits of this top layer. Of course, you pay more (big time) for the thicker top grid, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Purple Hybrid will have bounce
If you’re used to an innerspring mattress and are thinking about Purple, the addition of pocketed coils will give you some of that bounce that you’re already used to. It’s a personal preference thing, but there are definitely some folks that like their mattress to bounce.
Edge support is better with Purple Hybrid
This isn’t something that you think about until you’ve slept on a new bed personally, but edge support is a big issue, especially for couples sleeping on a smaller bed.
If you end up sleeping along the edges of the mattress or just competing for space with your partner, you’ll appreciate the extra edge support on the new Purple beds.
They’ve added a reinforced border around the mattress to prevent the bed from compressing too much and giving you that “roll off” sensation. Edge support is just okay with the Original Purple Mattress, so it’s nice to see them upgrade the new beds here.
The Original Purple Mattress definitely still has a few areas where it excels.
Original Purple vs. Purple Hybrid pricing
There is a huge discrepancy in price. The new beds are at least $700 more expensive than the OG Purple Mattress. And that’s just for the Purple Hybrid bed. You can see a pricing breakdown below.
Original Purple mattress prices:
Prices valid as of September 22, 2020
Purple Hybrid mattress prices:
Unless you’re enamored with having the latest and greatest, you just have to have coils, you weigh over 240 pounds, or need to find ways to spend cash, you should probably just look into the Original Purple Mattress. Coils are great, but for a moderately sized person they might not be worth it.
Also, just as a heads up, Purple does not offer any promo codes or discounts on their mattresses. However, from time to time they do run specials. You can check here on Purple.com for the latest promotions and specials.
Original Purple is lighter
As discussed, the OG Purple Mattress is lighter and therefore is easier to move. It’s also easier to make since you’re lifting up less weight when you lift up the corners.
Original Purple has less motion transfer
This is less of an issue than you’d expect, given that the new beds have pocketed coils, but it’s still an advantage for the OG Purple. Since it uses foam as opposed to coils, it does a better job of limiting cross-mattress motion.
Original Purple ships via FedEx
Splitting hairs here, but I do find it more convenient to receive a package from FedEx than from a local delivery company that may or may not make me set up an appointment.
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