Purple Mattress Review 2020


Since its founding in 2015, Purple has been known to be one of the most highly successful online retailers of bed-in-a-box mattresses. With four mattresses to choose from currently, in addition to pillows and other items, Purple offers its customers a handcrafted mattress at an affordable price.

Purple Mattress review

Made from a combination of foam and hyper-elastic polymer, the mattress is meant to offer its users a balance of comfort and support for perfect spinal alignment, no matter your preferred sleeping position. As a result, the mattress differs from other memory foam mattresses due to its rounded contour which is more similar to latex mattresses as well as a very responsive feel and bounce. It is designed to fit the needs of every type of sleeper, and is neither too firm or too soft.In addition, it features a polymer web design that is meant to help the user sleep cool all night long.

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Purple Mattress Overview

Made of several types of high quality foam and hyper-elastic polymer materials, the purple mattress offers consumers a similar feel to latex mattresses but with additional support.

Purple Mattress layers

In all there are three layers that make up this 9.5-inch thick mattress, which weighs in at 110 pounds for the Queen. The top layer is two inches of hyper-elastic polymer Smart-Comfort Grid which has a gel-like feel and offers support while releasing pressure. In addition it promotes air flow to aid in keeping a cool mattress throughout the night to help the user get a good night of sleep. This is followed by 3.5 inches of 1.8-pound density polyurethane foam to offer the sleeper support as well as comfort. Meanwhile, the base layer is the thickest, made of four inches of 2-pound polyurethane foam in order to offer more durability and support. The entire mattress is enveloped with a thin, soft cover that sleeps cool.

The gel layer does not gradually compress, but instead collapses in order to offer relief from any pressure placed on the shoulders and hips while also remaining supportive for the rest of your body. In addition, the gel is quite responsive, allowing users to move freely without feeling “stuck” in place. Featuring a grid-like design, the gel layer promotes airflow which helps the mattress as a whole to sleep cool

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The company offers additional variations of the Purple, known as the Purple 2, 3, and 4. These all have coils as well as the foam in an effort to offer additional support, with the 3 and 4 featuring thicker layers of the gel grid technology. The added gel could benefit you if you are on the larger side or are a side sleeper, as it helps to make the mattress softer.

The original Purple mattress is available in several sizes, including Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King. Made in the United States, the mattress comes with a free trial lasting for 100 nights as well as a 10 year warranty.

How firm is it?

While the mattress is truly in a category all to itself due to its unique design, many users feel it is slightly firmer than the average mattress, placing it at about a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. It is because of this that the mattress fits the sleep requirements of so many different types of sleepers and has helped it to become so popular. 

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The gel grid technology allows the mattress to collapse a bit as you lay down on it, offering relief to pressure points on your body, such as your shoulders and hips, while the remaining layers continue to support the rest of your body. However, if you are on the thinner side, you may not be able to offer enough weight to allow the gel to collapse and so the mattress itself may feel a bit firmer.

For thinner customers who are under 130 pounds, the mattress creates a sense that you are floating on air. Meanwhile, customers who are between 130 and 150 pounds will sink a bit into the gel layer, creating a hug-like feeling as they sleep. Those who weight more than 150 pounds will sink even more into the mattress, creating a greater sensation of being hugged during the night. However, those that sleep heavier will still find enough support from the transitional layer of foam.

Because the mattress is designed to collapse under your weight, there is not a lot of edge support offered. While you may not actually fall off the bed, the mattress may collapse enough to make getting in and out of bed a bit harder than with a firmer mattress.

The commercial for the mattress typically features a raw egg test, in which an egg is placed on the mattress and then a pane of glass is dropped on it, in an effort to show the ability of the mattress to provide pressure relief. Additional raw egg tests had similar results, with eggs remaining fully intact even after adult men roll e don top of them and pressed books on them in an effort to cause them to crack.

Despite the firmness of the mattress, it does have some give to it. When the area around a glass of water on the mattress was pushed down on, quite a bit of motion was detected. As such, if you sleep with a partner you may feel their movements during the night.

Overall, the material used to create the mattress both responds to and supports the body weight of each sleeper in an effective manner.

How to care for your Purple mattress

While the official website does not offer any particular suggestions concerning the care of your Purple mattress, but in our purple mattress review it is suggested that you rotate it at least twice per year. However, you should take care not to flip your mattress as it is important that the polymer layer stay on the top.

Weighing between 70 and 140 pounds depending on the size you purchase, the mattress is lightweight and easy to move.

Purple mattress cover

The mattress comes with a durable cover made from a blend of polyester, viscose and polyester-lycra,which has been described as soft, breathable, and stretchy. The cover works to help reduce any heat build-up within the mattress and aid in achieving a comfortable night of sleep.

While it does unzip and fully come off, it is not suggested to wash your cover in a washing machine unless absolutely necessary. In the case that you need to do so, make sure you use a cold cycle and lay flat to dry rather than putting it in the dryer, as doing that will cause the cover to shrink.

Company policies

Shipped free of charge in a compressed package, the bed-in-a-box mattress comes with carrying handles for easy movement to the room of your choice. Set up is easy and begins by removing the rolled up bed from the box, followed by placing it on your bed and laying it out flat. A faint chemical smell will emit from the mattress and should dissipate quickly after just a few days. Once you have cut away through the layers of packing plastic the bed will begin to expand and will be ready for use very quickly.

Made in the United States, The mattress has a considerable lifespan and tends to hold up better than typical memory foam mattresses. The company stands behind this finding by offering customers a 100 day, 100% money back guarantee as well as a 10-year warranty, allowing users plenty of time to try out the mattress before deciding if they truly like it. If you decide you would like to return the mattress for any reason, customer service will arrange a time for pickup of the item.

Purple Mattress packaging

Ranging in price from $700 to $1300, the mattress is quite affordable. Your final cost will depend on whether or not you choose to also purchase the platform base for the mattress. When compared to other memory foam mattresses in the same price range the Purple does hold up quite well.

The company offers a platform base designed to work well with the Purple mattress, although it is not necessary to purchase it. Any sort of box foundation or adjustable bed frame with slats at least three inches apart will work fine with the mattress.In fact, placing the bed on the floor by itself will also do fine.

The company takes pride in using high quality materials in all of its mattresses and has such strict quality control standards that as a result, the mattress has one of the highest quality product ratings on the market today.

Who should buy the Purple mattress?

The gel used in the mattress is meant to collapse under pressure while still offering support to the people who are using the mattress. Those who sleep on their back or stomach will find this to be enough support for a comfortable night of sleep, while side sleepers will appreciate the relief from pressure placed on their shoulders as they sleep.

In addition, the gel allows for proper airflow, which helps the mattress remain cool all night long,a great benefit for those who tend to sleep hot. The mattress itself has a neutral temperature.

Purple mattress review

The mattress offers pressure relief without the feeling of being “stuck” in the mattress. Because both the gel layer and the layer of foam underneath it are quick to respond to your body movements, you can move around with ease.

The materials used in the manufacturing of the Purple mattress are highly durable and will allow the mattress to last a long time, making it a great purchase for those looking to make a lasting investment.

However, if you are a side sleeper who is also lightweight, you may want to consider other options. The gel layer is meant to compress under your weight, and if you weigh less than 130 pounds there may not be enough weight to properly activate the gel layer. As such, the mattress may have a firmer feel and will not relieve pressure felt on your shoulders as you sleep.

Lastly, some people may not enjoy the feel of the mattress. The gel has a different feel from traditional memory foam mattresses and some users have said that it feels too squishy for them. If that is a concern for you, you may want to try the mattress out before buying it. 


Purple is a quality mattress available to consumers for a low cost. The mattress is both soft and firm in all the right places, with a unique feeling from the gel layer on top.

The mattress scores well above average in all areas, including support, bounce, comfort, and its ability to keep the sleeper cool throughout the night. In addition, it does a great job relieving pressure points, as well as with minimizing motion transfer.

Features for this mattress include a state of the art Smart Grid design, motion absorption, airflow channels, and a rating of around 6.5 in terms of firmness. In addition, it is all green and Eco-friendly. The main component of the mattress is polyure than e foam which is not only supposed to be more healthy than other options currently available, but also more comfortable and resilient.

While it is meant to be supportive and comfortable no matter what position you sleep in, as their website states it is neither too soft nor too firm, it is an excellent choice for back sleepers who weigh around 150 pounds. These sleepers will find it very comfortable and it may even help to relieve any back pain that they have. However, if you are a side sleeper who weighs less than 130 pounds, you may want to consider looking at other options.

The company ships the mattress for free within the continental United States and offers customers a 100 night risk-free trial as well as a 10 year warranty.

In the end, whether this is the right mattress for you is a personal decision, but we sure think it’s a great option.

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