The Purple mattress is just as unique as its name thanks to the company’s patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which has people divided in their opinion on this particular model.
Launched back in 2015 after getting investor support from its Kickstarter campaign, the Purple Mattress is certainly a different type of mattress compared to any other out there on the market today.
Since its original launch, the company has come up with a newer version of its original model with a new edge support and cover design, though it still features the same polymer.
We personally enjoy the feel of this particular mattress, though we can understand why it wouldn’t be something that everyone would like.
Read on to find our review of the Purple Mattress.
Overview of the Purple Mattress
The Purple mattress was created by two brothers who both have engineering backgrounds that helped them develop the Hyper-Elastic Polymer.
This polymer is strong yet soft, allowing the mattress to help with pressure points and redistribute it to other parts of the body.
The brothers took to Kickstarter to get their brand going and have had success ever since.
Purple now has three models, including the original Purple, the Purple Hybrid, and the Purple Hybrid Premier.
Purple Mattress Construction
The newer version of the Purple Mattress is constructed a bit differently compared to the original model.
Both mattresses feature the trademarked Hyper-Elastic Polymer, but the newer version also features a SoftFlex cover design as well as polyfoam surrounding the comfort layer.
This is meant to help boost the mattress’s edge support.
Cover – The cover of the new Purple Mattress has a SoftFlex material constructed of polyester, lycra, and viscose, which allows the cover to stretch more and be more breathable, so it moves with the mattress’s comfort layer which helps with airflow.
Comfort Layer – The comfort layer is 2 inches thick and is where you’ll find the Hyper-Elastic Polymer. This material allows pressure points to be relieved and support to be maintained everywhere else because of its grid structure, allowing for enhanced responsiveness, which is great for people who sleep in various positions. The comfort layer is also bouncy and allows for adequate airflow to keep you cool and comfortable all night long.
Middle Layer – Beneath the Hyper-Elastic Polymer layer is another layer that’s 3.5 inches thick and is made up of high-density poly foam. This layer is a bit firmer than the comfort layer, and a little more supportive too, which prevents you from sinking too much. As such, you’ll be able to move around quite a bit with no trouble, which is great for those who sleep in different positions at night.
Bottom Layer – The bottom layer is 4 inches thick and made of high-density poly foam as well, which contributes to the mattress’s firmness.
Different mattresses have varying degrees of firmness, so where does the Purple Mattress fall in the spectrum?
This particular mattress is a bit on the firmer side because of the construction of the mattress and the materials used.
More specifically, it can be considered “medium firm” on the spectrum of firmness, which makes it better suited to those who sleep on their backs or enjoy a variety of positions at night.
Pressure relief is the measure of a mattress’s ability to alleviate pressure points in certain parts of the body, such as the hips, shoulders, and back.
A mattress that can alleviate these pressure points will ensure greater comfort and better overall sleep.
When laying on your back, you will likely find that your hips won’t sink too far into the mattress and your spine should be kept properly aligned.
When sleeping on your side (which is easy to switch to from your back on this mattress), however, you may notice a bit of pressure, though not a terrible amount if you are a combo sleeper.
If you sleep on your side much of the night, this might not be the best mattress for you.
When you switch to your stomach, you should have a decent amount of support without your hips sinking too far into the mattress and your spine well-aligned.
That said, if you spend most of the time on your stomach, you may want to find a mattress that’s a bit firmer.
You’ll want to test out a mattress’s motion transfer before you buy one, especially if you sleep with a partner.
After all, you don’t want to disturb your partner every time you switch positions, especially if you tend to switch pretty often.
The Purple Mattress is made up of poly foam in its layers, and foam tends to absorb quite a bit of motion.
This particular mattress holds up pretty well in this area, allowing you to move from one position to another without distributing too much motion throughout the rest of the mattress.
Therefore, this mattress is a decent choice for those who sleep with partners, their kids, or even their pets.
Two types of edge support should be considered when choosing a mattress: while sitting and while sleeping on the edge.
The reinforced foam of the Purple Mattress makes this model great for support. Even if you sleep far along the edge, you’ll still feel secure and comfortable.
Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier Mattresses
Purple also has a Hybrid and Hybrid Premier model which features a sturdier construction than the new Purple model because of the coils that are included.
While the new Purple Mattresses features Hyper-Elastic Polymer instead of poly foam, the hybrid models feature the same polymer on top of pocketed coils, allowing for more mobility and bounce.
The Purple Hybrid also has 2 inches of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, offering a lot of support and a firmer feel, while the Hybrid Premier features 3- and 4-inch versions for even more pressure relief.
Anyone who sleeps strictly on their sides may want to take a look at the Hybrid Premier over the others.
As you would imagine, both the Hybrid and Hybrid Premier are pricier compared to the new Purple Mattress: while the traditional model starts at $649, the hybrid versions range from $1,299 to $3,499.
Who is the Purple Mattress Best For?
The Purple Mattress may be right for you if you:
- Like a bouncy mattress
- Are a combo sleeper
- Like a mattress that will keep you cool and comfortable all night
But this model might not be right for you if you:
- Spend most of the night on your side
- Are on the heavier side, as you may feel more pressure points from the firmness of the mattress
There are plenty of benefits of the Purple Mattress that warrant some consideration, and if you’re the type who likes mattresses on the firmer side and change positions throughout the night, this mattress might be for you.
And based on the price, this mattress might make a more affordable option, too.