Overview

Purple exploded onto the scene with a successful Kickstarter campaign that transitioned into a full-fledged company shipping mattresses starting in 2016. Using a very different design than most mattress makers, Purple has won over many sleepers.

Some of the key strengths of the Purple mattress include

  • Unique materials: the top layer of the Purple mattress is made with a proprietary polymer, which gives the Purple mattress a different feel than many other competitors. Unlike many foams and springs, this exact material cannot be found in any other mattress.
  • Responsive comfort layer: as a result of its design and construction, many customers find it to be the perfect level of support and comfort. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ used for the comfort layer is constructed in a way that makes it highly responsive to weight but quick to bounce back once that pressure is removed.

Potential drawbacks for the Purple mattress include

  • Limited track record: the Purple mattress has only been on the market since 2016, so there is no definitive way to judge the durability of the mattress or the company’s track record over the long term.
  • Fewer size options: Purple is only offering their mattress in 4 sizes, so anyone looking for a regular twin or a full mattress is out of luck.
  • Complicated warranty: the warranty for the Purple mattress is more complicated and more limited than the warranties of many of their competitors. For example, the cover is only covered for 2 years, and customers are responsible for shipping and handling costs related to any repair or replacement under the warranty.

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Purple Mattress Pricing

Purple has one mattress model that is offered in only 4 different sizes. Prices for each size are listed below.

Mattress Size Standard Price
Twin XL $699
Queen $999
King $1,299
California King $1,299

About the Purple Mattress

Purple Mattress Specifications

The Purple mattress has three layers. The bottom two layers of this mattress are similar to many other direct-to-consumer online mattresses on the market. The bottom layer is 4” of 2 PCF poly foam. The second layer is 3.5” of 1.8 PCF poly foam.

What makes Purple different is the top layer, which uses a proprietary material — 2” of Hyper-Elastic Polymer — that responds to the amount of pressure or weight applied. This polymer is constructed in what Purple calls a Smart Comfort Grid™, which is essentially a tic-tac-toe type pattern. This combination of material and design affects how the comfort layer reacts to your body as pictured below.

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Where It’s Made

The Purple mattress is manufactured in the USA.

Buying Logistics

Sleep Trial / Refunds

The Purple mattress comes with a 100 night sleep trial. During the sleep trial, you can return the mattress and receive a full refund; however, the company asks that you keep the mattress for an initial 30 day try-out period. If you choose to return the mattress, Purple arranges for pickup and donation of the mattress.

An exception to this return policy may exist for mattresses purchased through Amazon. Some mattresses purchased through Amazon have a 30 day return window, so it is important to check with Purple if you choose to purchase through Amazon.

Delivery

Currently, the Purple mattress is not shipped until 3-4 weeks after it is ordered. The delivery time after shipment depends on the location, but delivery is free within the continental U.S.

Purple does not offer installation services. Instead, the bed arrives compressed inside a bag that is inside purple packaging with handles that will be left outside your door. A small tool is included to help open this packaging. The mattress will decompress immediately and should not require any additional time to reach its full size.

It is important to be aware that the Purple mattress is heavy. Given the size of the package and the weight of the mattress, it will usually take two people to move and unbox this mattress.

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Warranty

The Purple mattress comes with a 10-year warranty during which the company will replace or repair the mattress if there are any defects covered by the warranty. The warranty for the mattress cover only applies for the first two years, and customers must pay for any shipping and handling costs associated with replacement or repair during the warranty period. The specific warranty terms and coverages are described on the Purple website at https://onpurple.com/warranty.

Customer Service

Purple started selling its mattresses in 2016. While the founders have a long track record in materials design, the mattress product is still very new to the market. Because of how young this company is, it is difficult to meaningfully assess their track record or reputation for customer service. Though there is limited information, Purple Beds has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and has thus far received strong reviews relating to customer service.

Mattress Performance

With its unique hyper-elastic comfort layer, the Purple mattress has generally been well-received since it hit the market.

Support

The Purple mattress is built with two layers of foam supporting the Hyper-Elastic Polymer. Both of these foam layers have solid density, and in general, customers are satisfied with the supportiveness of this mattress. That said, the Purple mattress has weaker edge support than many of its competitors, and heavier customers may find the mattress to have too much give when the sit or lie on it.

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Durability

Because the Purple mattress is so new to the market, we can’t say yet how durable they truly are. Purple’s founders are materials developers and claim that extensive experience and testing with these materials will ensure a long useful life for the Purple mattress.

Firmness

Purple offers only one level of firmness, which falls around a 6-7 on the typical firmness scale. Because of its responsiveness to pressure, most customers have found this mattress to be comfortable in most sleeping positions.

However, with only one primary firmness option available, sleepers who want a very plush or very firm feel should probably choose a different mattress.

Motion Transfer

The grid structure of the Purple comfort layer is built in this way in large part to help reduce motion transfer because the mattress only responds where the pressure is applied. Reviews so far indicate that the Purple mattress has solid motion isolation.

Offgassing

Offgassing in mattresses is most common with memory foam, and the Purple mattress does not include any standard memory foam. As a result, there is little in the way of offgassing.

There may be a slight “new mattress smell” right when it comes out of the packaging, but this smell is not usually found to be overwhelming or long-lasting.

Sleeping Hot

The Purple mattress does not have a large amount of hug or sink, and because of this, it is less likely to cause any problems with sleeping hot compared to most memory foam mattresses.

Intimacy

The Purple comfort layer rebounds to its shape quickly, which gives it a level of bounce that should not interfere with sexual activity for most partners.

Mattress Comparison

The table below provides a comparison of some mattresses with similarities to the Purple mattress in terms of construction and feel.

Brand Mattress Type Support Layer Comfort Layer Price (Queen) Where to Buy
Purple Foam Foam Hyper-Elastic Polymer $999 Online only
WinkBed Hybrid Pocketed coils Coils + Foam $1,299 Online + 1 showrooms
Casper Foam Foam Memory Foam + Poly foam $950 Online + some retail
GhostBed Latex Hybrid Foam Memory Foam + Latex $795 Online only
Leesa Foam Foam Avena Foam $940 Online only

Additional Resources

For more information about the Purple Beds company and technology, you can check out the following articles: