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Who is this best for?
- If you’re looking for a unique mattress with a different type of feel
- All types of sleepers, including side, back, and stomach
Who won’t love it?
- If you prefer a traditional memory foam bed
- Individuals looking for a firm mattress
Purple, as with most mattress-in-a-box companies, will ship their beds directly to your door for free. Instead of coming in a box, though, the mattress actually comes rolled up in a thick plastic cover with handles, which makes it convenient to move around — although it’s pretty heavy.
Once you get it situated and unrolled, Purple offers a 100-night risk-free trial. So if you decide the bed isn’t for you during that time period, just give the company a call. They’ll refund your money and send someone to come pick it up free of charge.
Purple also backs their mattress with a 10-year warranty, which is standard for the online mattress industry.
Purple entered the bed-in-a-box game in 2013 and has since exploded to become one of the biggest and most popular brands in the industry. And a lot of that success is due to the unique construction of the mattress.
Like a lot of bed-in-a-box mattresses, the Purple bed contains a couple of layers of foam. The bottom two layers are both comprised of polyurethane foam. The bottom layer gives the bed its foundation and support, while the middle layer is a little thinner and designed to absorb pressure.
But where Purple differs from all other companies is their top layer. Instead of using gel memory foam, latex foam, or some proprietary blend, the company uses a material called hyper-elastic polymer.
The material is actually patented by the founders of Purple, one of which is an actual rocket scientist. This 2-inch top layer is laid out in a grid formation.
The material kind of feels like little gel squares, but it’s not actually gel. It’s a pretty unique feeling — it’s super soft and flexible, but also very responsive.
And when you lay down on the bed, you can actually feel yourself displacing the grid formation. The little squares fold, bend, compress, and mold to your body’s shape.
I have to admit, it was a little weird at first but after a while you really start to like the feeling.
Wrapping the 3 layers is a soft, comfortable cover. Like most bed-in-a-box mattresses, the company recommends you just spot clean the cover instead of machine washing it.
For increased protection against stains and dirt, you may want to look into the Purple Mattress Protector, which costs between $49 and $69 depending on size.
Or you could always just buy a more affordable mattress protector on Amazon. We’ve found that mattress protectors can certainly be helpful, but they do limit how much you actually feel the true mattress itself since you’re adding yet another layer. Just keep that in mind.
Overall, in terms of feel, we’re huge fans of the Purple mattress. And a big part of that ranking is due to Purple’s special top layer. It’s super soft and comfortable, and does an incredible job of cradling your pressure points (i.e. hips, shoulders).
As far as firmness, we’d give the mattress a 4.5/10 on our soft-to-firm scale so it’s definitely on the softer side of the spectrum. But don’t let that score fool you, the bed still provides quite a bit of support, which speaks to the unique effects of the hyper-elastic polymer.
Although it’s soft and does a good job with cradling, you never feel as if you’re sinking into the mattress.
As such, we think this bed is great for all kinds of sleepers. It doesn’t matter what position you’re in (back, stomach, or side), the bed always seems to provide just the right amount of pressure relief and support.
Purple likes to say “soft where you want it and firm where you need it” and we have to agree. With that said, if you weigh 250 pounds or more, you may actually want to look into a firmer mattress for more support.
We think Purple will be fine for most people, but if you want more firmness or share a bed with kids, starting firm is probably the way to go since most of these beds soften up over time.
Another important topic in the mattress industry is temperature regulation and Purple excels here as well. The cover is decently thin and hyper-elastic polymer just in general is a cooler material than memory foam or latex foam so it’s got an advantage there.
Also the top layer is in a grid formation, creating columns that help with air flow. The result is a mattress that doesn’t heat up at night. We tested this mattress in the hot summer nights of Sacramento, California and didn’t have any issues whatsoever.
Motion transfer is another area where Purple performs extremely well. We were a little skeptical at first since that top layer isn’t memory foam or latex foam but our concerns were short-lived.
We placed a can at one of the bed and then started rolling/walking around near the can and it never tipped over. So we think it’s pretty safe to say this bed will be just fine if you or your partner are active sleepers. We don’t envision you waking up a lot in the middle of the night.
As far as responsiveness, unlike memory foam, the hyper-elastic top layer snaps back to its original form almost immediately after taking off pressure. Even though you can feel yourself moving around the grid, the mattress doesn’t leave any body impression whatsoever.
All of this is to say, we don’t envision any sinkage with this mattress — we think it will be pretty durable over the long haul.
Purple is one of the pricier bed-in-a-box mattresses out there, however, we wouldn’t really consider it expensive. It tends to be $100 to $200 more expensive than competitor beds.
The one factor with Purple is that they very rarely offer proper coupon codes. So while you can nearly always find mattress coupons for other brands, Purple maintains that this is a premium mattress that’s affordable enough. It’s hard to argue with that.
Here’s a breakdown of pricing for Purple:
Prices valid as of September 9, 2020
Now, while Purple doesn’t offer promo codes, they do frequently run specials — you can check on Purple’s website for deals and promotions. Sometimes they’ll throw in sheets or a seat cushion with the purchase of a mattress.
The bottom line with Purple is that this bed has a highly unique feel to it that we haven’t experienced with any other bed. It’s comfortable, cool, responsive, and does a great job with limiting motion transfer.
It will take a little time to get used to this bed, but if you aren’t sold on memory foam or latex foam and want to try something new, Purple is a very good option. We don’t love their price points, but we do really like their bed.
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