Last Updated: May 2017
The Purple mattress is one of the latest lines in the recent trend of ‘online only’ mattresses. In the short time that it has been on the market, it has quickly become one of the most popular options. The reason: It is one of the most uniquely designed mattresses out there.
Similar to other mattresses, the Purple mattress is comprised of separate layers; however, what really sets this mattress apart from other options is the Smart Comfort Grid, a grid that is constructed of hyperelastic polymer, which collapses when a certain level of pressure is applied to it. The Smart Comfort Grid is the first layer of the mattress, and it provides exceptional support and pressure relief, while also allowing for exceptional breathability and maintaining a cool, comfortable sleeping surface.
The innovative design of the Purple mattress provides an immense amount of benefits. Most notably, this mattress properly aligns the spin, thereby reducing pressure on the spine, back, and neck, as well as other points in the body.
The makers of the Purple mattress claim that it is designed to properly ‘take care’ of the body so that the brain can ‘repair itself’ during sleep. The result is supposedly a more restful, relaxing, comfortable and restorative sleep.
Does the Purple mattress deliver the promises that the manufacturers say it will? In this buyer’s guide, you will find out exactly what it offers, and how it stacks up to the competition.
- No heat retention; remains extremely cool, no matter how long you sleep on it
- Supportive and comfortable foam middle and base layers
- Great bounce back for heightened intimacy
- 100 day trial period
- Money back guarantee
- Easy to order online
- Exceptional support and comfort
- Proper alignment for the spine
- Durable and long lasting
- Limited by the types of foundations that can be used with it
- You can’t try it before you buy it
- Only one model, which cannot be customized
- Medium firmness, so if you want a mattress that is very firm or very soft, this may not be the right choice for you
Below is our final score of the Purple mattress based on multiple criteria that we use when testing all of our mattresses.
What’s It Made From…
The Purple mattress is a 9.5-inch thick mattress that is constructed of three layers of polymer and foam. The three layers consist of the following:
- 2 inches of cutting edge hyperelastic polymer
- 5 inches of polyurethane foam
- 4 inches of polyurethane foam
These three layers combine to give this mattress a total thickness of 9.5 inches of comfort.
The Top Layer
The top layer of the Purple mattress is made of 2 inches of hyperelastic polymer foam. This is the level that makes this mattress truly unique. No other mattress on the market contains a hyperelastic polymer material. There are two primary advantages of the hyperelastic polymer:
- It provides extreme breathability, allowing for absolutely no heat retention, thereby ensuring that you have a sleeping surface that consistently remains cool.
- Relieves pressure points that your body creates while it is lying in one position for a prolonged period of time, thus offering proper spinal alignment and reducing any pain that you may experience while sleeping
The hyperelastic polymer foam in this layer of the mattress is laid out in a smart grid design, which is unique to the Purple mattress
The Middle Layer
The middle layer of the Purple mattress is made of 3.5 inches of polyurethane foam. This layer of the mattress works in conjunction with the top layer, creating a layer of transitional support, as well as a deep level of compression support. This is particularly important for heavier sleepers, as it helps to distribute weight evenly throughout the entire mattress and minimizes compression points.
The Bottom Layer
At the base of the mattress is a four-inch layer of polyurethane foam. This layer works in conjunction with the middle and top layers, providing a firm foundation for so that you can truly enjoy the comfort and the support that the Purple mattress is designed to offer.
Though it is not technically considered a layer, the cover of a mattress does aid in the comfort and support that a mattress provides. That’s because the cover helps to hold all of the layers together, adds softness to the mattress, and helps with to improve the breathability factor.
The cover of the Purple mattress is comprised of a blend of viscose, polyester, and polyester-Lycra. The combination of these materials blended together makes the cover extremely breathable, further improving the already highly breathable top layer. Additionally, the cover is very soft, making it comfortable, and stretchy, improving its durability. We tugged on the cover in different spots and we were delighted to find that it went right back to its original position without any hesitation.
Hands On Review
If you are considering buying the Purple mattress, we wanted to make sure that you had a real understanding of what this mattress will deliver. We find that this portion of our buyer’s guide is particularly important because you can’t try the mattress out before you buy it.
In this section, we offer a detailed analysis of, what we think, is the most important criteria for a mattress, which includes:
On a firmness scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most firm, we score the Purple mattress somewhere between 6 and 6.5. In other words, the mattress has an average firmness level, which makes it suitable for most sleepers.
The top layer of the mattress, which is constructed of hyperelastic polymer, offers a unique feeling, unlike anything we have ever experienced before. This layer truly does hug your body, making you feel like you are being cradled; however, it does not sink in too much, so you won’t feel as if are being engulfed by the mattress.
We have to honestly say that the Purple mattress offers a level of comfort that we have just never experienced. The uniquely constructed top layer dissipates any pressure that you would normally experience between your body and the mattress itself, thereby making it extremely comfortable. The middle and bottom layers properly support the top layer, enhancing the comfort level and giving you a truly restful night of sleep.
In addition, the Purple mattress does an excellent job of isolating motion transfer. Motion transfer is an issue that is often experienced with a mattress, and it particularly plagues couples who share a bed. With the Purple mattress, you will feel minimal movement from your partner, which means less disruption and improved comfort.
Pain Relief and Support
We were also very impressed by the pain relief that this mattress offered. The unique design of the top layer displaces any pressure that may be applied to your body while you are sleeping, thereby reducing pain throughout the body, including the spine, the neck, the shoulders, and even the hips and legs. This is true for all sleeping positions.
In regard to support, you just can’t beat the cradling support that the Purple mattress offers. The top layer is supportive on its own, and it is only further enhanced by the middle and base layers, creating a highly supportive sleeping surface that truly creates a stable surface to sleep on.
While the Purple mattress seems to excel in all areas, where it really shines is in the coolness factor. Thanks to the air pockets that are created in the unique webbed design of the polymer smart grid on the top layer, the mattress remains extremely cook. The grid allows for exceptional airflow, thus preventing any heat from building up inside of it. The thin, soft and highly breathable cover further enhances the coolness factor of the Purples mattress.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the lowest level of off-gassing, we give the Purple mattress a score of 9.5. We noticed virtually no odor when were unpacking the mattress and we had some powerful noses unpacking it.
Off-gassing refers to the odor that a mattress emits. It is not an uncommon problem for mattresses that are constructed of foam, as the chemicals that are used to create the foam can have a strong smell. Because the Purple mattress is devoid of these chemicals, there is no noticeable smell (you would have to have a very strong sense of smell to notice any odor at all.) If you do notice a scent, place the mattress in a well-ventilated room and it should dissipate within hours.
We were also impressed by the intimacy that the Purple mattress allowed for. The polymer fabric provides exceptional bounce, as does the unique web design of the top layers. This means that the mattress will quickly bounce back after sudden movements or pressure are applied to it. Add to that the balanced sinkage factor, and enhanced edge support, and you have a mattress that will serve as a great surface for intimate activities.
Sleep Position Ratings
There isn’t one standard sleeping position, so we wanted to test out the support and comfort that the Purple mattress offered for all types of sleepers. Below, you will find a description of how this mattress rates for various sleeping positions.
The Purple mattress is specifically designed to offer the support that is needed to properly align the spine. With that said, it is an ideal choice for back sleepers, as it holds the spine in the proper position, thereby reducing any buildup of pressure.
Back Sleeping score: 8.75/10
Stomach sleepers, too, will find that the Purple mattress is comfortable and supportive. Again, that is thanks to the unique grid design of the top layer. You will not feel as if you are sinking into the mattress, and stuck, so to speak, which is an issue that a lot of stomach sleepers experience with other types of mattresses.
Stomach Sleeping score: 8.75/10
Side sleepers will also find that the Purple mattress offers the perfect level of support and comfort. Again, that is due to unique grid design of the top layer. The mattress has a little give, so it won’t succumb to the pressure that your body puts on it when you are sleeping on your side. It also helps to maintain the position of your spine while you are sleeping on your side, which is something that many other mattresses fail to do.
Side Sleeping score: 9/10
Bed Frame Compatibility
To get the best experience with your Purple mattress, you should use it on a sturdy foundation. Ideally, a solid platform foundation or one that has both horizontal and vertical slats is the best option for this mattress. With one of these types of foundations, you will enjoy even more support, and you will be able to truly get the most out of what the Purple mattress has to offer. You could also place the Purple mattress on the floor, which will provide it with a stable foundation.
For the ideal foundational support, we recommend purchasing the Purple Platform Base. This base was specially designed to provide optimal support for the Purple mattress and will ensure that you get the best benefits out of your bed.
Warranty, Guarantee and Trial Period
- Warranty: 10-year limited warranty, which covers any manufacturer defects, including damage to any of the layers and the cover. However, do keep in mind that the warranty will not cover any damages that are sustained as a result of improper use of the mattress.
- Guarantee: 100% money back guarantee
- Trial Period: 100 Night Trial Period. If you are unsatisfied with the Purple mattress for any reason, simply contact the manufacturer. They will arrange a free pickup of the mattress, and will issue you a full refund; no questions asked. If you are not happy with the mattress, be sure to contact the company prior to the end of the 100 day trial period so that you can be fully refunded.
If you are looking for a mattress that offers great support, exceptional comfort is durable, provides the same bouncy feel that an innerspring mattress offers, and will not retain any heat, then the Purple mattress is an excellent option for you. This mattress displaces the weight of your body, giving it a more contoured feeling. There is also minimal motion transfer, despite the high level of bounce, which is great if you are sharing the mattress with a partner. We found that the Purple mattress was truly not like any other mattress that we have ever experienced before.
Rating Box and Summary
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Purple Mattress Review
If you are looking for a mattress that offers middle of the road firmness, yet is supportive and comfortable, then you will find what you are looking for in the Purple mattress. Additionally, if motion transfer and staying cool while you sleep are important to you then this mattress is a great option for you.