PURPLE Mattress Review 2017
An In-Depth Review of the PURPLE Mattress
If you’re waking up in the morning and you still feel tired, chances are good that you’re not getting a great night’s sleep. Pain in your shoulders, hips, neck, or back may cause interrupted sleep. Disturbances to your sleep cycle can be avoided by finding a mattress that fully supports all of your pressure points, allowing your brain to properly re-boot each night.
Purple mattress was designed to promote uninterrupted sleep by keeping your body in proper alignment, allowing the proper spine support as well as hip and shoulder comfort to sleep through the night. Their uniquely designed mattress aims to combine the best of both worlds: a firm mattress with comfortable support.
The PURPLE Mattress
Purple mattress is an American-made mattress with a unique spin on traditional memory foam. Unlike traditional memory foam, the top layer of the Purple mattress is a polymer grid.
This unique design bridges the gap between the comfort and bounce of a traditional spring mattress with the support of a memory foam mattress. If you’re having a hard time deciding between memory foam and traditional spring, Purple mattress may be the right fit for you.
Purple mattresses range from $700-$1300, making this a great price-to-value choice. In addition to their competitive pricing, Purple mattress offers a sleep trial that allows you to try the mattress for a full 100 days before committing. If you are unhappy with the mattress for any reason, you can return it completely free of charge - no shipping or restocking fees.
What to Look for in a Mattress
- Firmness & Support: Back and stomach sleepers should look for a firmer mattress to support their spine. Stomach sleepers will be happier with a softer mattress that allows their hips and shoulders to sink in while keeping their spine aligned.
- Material & Construction: Look for a mattress that is going to meet your needs, such as soft gel toppers for joint support, firm foams that help back and stomach sleepers, or cool-air technology. When looking at memory foam mattresses, the materials used usually affect temperature and firmness, as well as comfort and pressure relief.
- Durability: The source of the materials, as well as the construction methods, will affect the overall durability of the mattress. A mattress is a large investment, so look at the materials used and the density of the foams to determine durability and longevity. You want a mattress that lasts the industry average of 7.5-8 years, but ideally you want it to last longer than 10 years.
- Thickness: Thicker mattresses often feel softer, but some people find a very thick mattress hard to get on and off of. Consider the layer design when looking at mattress thickness as a factor, as many new technologies make thinner mattresses just as soft as very thick ones.
- Temperature: Sleeping cool is one of the most important factors to uninterrupted sleep. As you sleep, your body heat is absorbed into traditional memory foams, causing the mattress to heat up as you do.
- Customer Service: How a company handles warranty claims and returns is a good indicator of how they will treat your transaction as well. It pays to look into each company, including the Better Business Bureau rating, before making a mattress purchase.
- Warranty: Many companies use fine print or confusing verbiage that prohibits you from utilizing the warranty. If the warranty seems really restrictive, you may want to know those restrictions before you start using your mattress. Look to see if the mattress needs to be on a foundation, how many legs the support should have, and if you are required to use a mattress topper.
- Eco-Friendliness: A company’s eco-consciousness tells you a lot about their practices. If they are keeping their costs very low but they are importing materials from overseas, they may be using inexpensive (and less durable) products. Many companies are committing to low Volatile Organic Compound and organic materials to keep you and your family safe.
The PURPLE Mattress
Overall, the Purple Mattress offers great support to the spine, shoulders, and hips and sleeps cooler than other memory foam mattresses on the market.
Firmness & Support – pressure point relief and spinal alignment
Purple mattress is unique in the memory-foam mattress market because of the top layer’s polymer grid.This layer’s design allows the mattress to shift and collapse as you move on it, proving spinal and back support like a firm mattress. Sleepers who find themselves waking with hip, shoulder, or back pain will benefit from this design.
The grid does an excellent job of cradling your body’s pressure points, especially in the hip and shoulder areas and keeping the spinal column in its proper alignment whether you are on your back, stomach, or side.
While most sleepers find Purple mattress comfortable and supportive, a small number of customers actually report falling off of the bed because of poor edge support.
In addition to comfortable support and firmness, this mattress is well liked by couples because of excellent motion isolation and bounciness. The way that the columns move and collapse allow the bed to contort to your body shape, but it does not transfer that movement to the other side of the bed.
The materials used also create more bounce than a traditional memory foam mattress, making this mattress more ideal for sex than its less bouncy competition.
Most average and larger sleepers find Purple mattress to be both comfortable and supportive.
Average Sized People (130-230 lbs.)
Most sleepers will find this mattress to be “just right” when considering firmness and comfort. A small number of average sleepers (below 5%) find it to be too firm or to be too soft.
Average sleepers find the mattress to be comfortable in all sleeping positions, especially back sleepers. Those with a low body mass index (under 21) may find the mattress to be excessively firm.
Large People (230+ lbs.)
Large people find the mattress to be comfortable in all sleeping positions, except that stomach sleepers find the least amount of comfort. There have been reports that some larger people have “bottomed out” on the bed, especially when sitting on the less than adequate edges. Check out our special about mattresses for heavier people to find a better fit.
Small People (Under 130 lbs.)
Small people do not find this mattress to be comfortable in any sleeping position. These sleepers find the mattress to be excessively firm. Most likely, this group does not weight enough to activate the pressure relief system.
Materials & Construction – a new type of material used
A new type of material, Hyper-Elastic Polymer™, was developed for the top layer of this mattress. This material is a super stretchy material manufactured in America and is well known for its strength.
The polymer materials arranged into a grid formation, creating walls that can either support or fold. The result is pressure relief: as the walls fold, they pass the weight onto the next wall, springing back and releasing when the weight is removed.
This maximizes support around the weight and balances weight distribution across your whole body. This design is also what makes the mattress bouncier than a traditional memory foam mattress, but prevents motion transfer so you won’t wake when your partner moves around.
Purple mattress is made in America with 100% food grade materials. The material is also designed to be hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant.
The cover is made from viscose, polyester, and polyester-lycra. The cover is breathable and machine washable. In conjunction with the grid design, the cover does assist in preventing heat buildup as you sleep. The cover does not add any additional comfort or foam layers.
The top layer of the Purple mattress is made with by forming a grid using polymer materials.. It is 2-inches thick, which is an inch thinner than the average memory foam mattress. Despite the thinness of this top layer, customers do find this layer to be comfortable because of the grid pattern.
Unlike other memory foam mattresses, the Purple mattress only has two high-density foam pads as the base. The combined density of the two layers, however, equals the combined density of their major competition’s base and support layers.
The transition layer is 3.25-inches of 1.8 lb/ft. polyurethane foam, and the bottom layer features 4-inches of 2.0 lb/ft. foam. These layers are made in America with 100% food grade materials that are designed to be hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant.
Durability – sufficient support in the base layer
The combined densities of the base layer foams is higher than competition memory foam brands. This indicates that the longevity of the mattress, and the likelihood of softening and loss of support, is less likely to occur with Purple Mattress.
The grid-like construction of the Purple mattress is designed to prevent lasting indentations due to the polymer material that stretches and folds to pass the weight to conjoining walls.
Since the company has only been in business since 2016, the longevity of these mattresses and the creation of long-term indentations has yet to be proven to customers.
Size and Weight – Heavier than a standard mattress
Purple is heavy – the King mattress weighs over 140 pounds. This will make it hard to move once it is in place. Purple mattress is available in four sizes. It is approximately a half-inch smaller in length and width than standard mattresses, which may make it a poor fit for very tall people.
- TWIN XL 37.5” x 79.5” x 9.5”
- QUEEN 59.5” x 79.5” x 9.5”
- KING 75.5” x 79.5” x 9.5”
- CAL KING 71.5” x 83.5” x 9.5”
Thickness – Thinner than the average memory foam mattress
Purple mattress is 9.5-inches thick, which is thinner than the average memory foam mattress. This could make it too low for some people to easily get on- and off-of the mattress, but a high foundation could help with this low profile. A thinner mattress can also be difficult for larger sleepers, who are more prone to "bottoming out”.
Temperature – Mostly living up to cool sleeping claims
Temperature has a huge effect on the way you sleep. It goes beyond a comfort issue, because cooler temperatures slow the heart rate, relaxing the body and allowing sustained, comfortable sleep.
Unlike memory foam which holds heat, Purple’s column design promotes airflow and prevents moisture from being trapped inside the mattress. Only 5% of customer report sleeping too hot and most customers report that they are happy with the level of heat retention.
Smell – New material used that does not have many odors
Because of the materials used in construction, the Purple mattress has less off-gassing and lasting odors. The base foam materials are made from plant-based materials, which do not significantly contribute to any off gassing odors.
Customer Service – no pick-up or restocking fees for sleep trial returns.
Many mattress companies offer a sleep trial, but charge for delivery or have a restocking fee. Purple’s 100-day sleep trial comes free of any additional fees. Any clean and undamaged mattresses can be returned for a full refund. Shipping is 100% free, both for the initial delivery and the return, and they do not charge any restocking fees.
Unlike their competitors, Purple mattress company doesn’t have a live-chat option on the website. This means that most interaction is via telephone, which could result in long wait or hold times during busy periods.
The company does have a “F” rating with the BBB, with six complaints filed about the business. The company has only been in business since 2016, so we do not know much about the long-term customer service record of Purple.
Purple’ matteress offers a 10-year warranty.. Their warranty is filled with exceptions, so make sure you read the fine print before moving forward with Purple mattress.
They will, at their sole discretion, replace or repair any defects due to faulty workmanship or materials within 10-years of the purchase date. Any transportation, handling, or inspection costs are the responsibility of the mattress owner. The cover is only covered for the first two years.
Their warranty applies to visible indentation greater than one-inch or material cracks or splits that happen during normal handling. The warranty is only valid if the mattress is used on a firm, flat, solid-surface, non-spring foundation that is strong enough to remain flat and firm under the weight of the mattress and its users. The frame must have five or more legs, including center support, for a queen or larger bed.
The warranty is voided if the mattress is stored in a storage facility, even for a short period of time. If the mattress has any tears, stains, burns, signs of jumping on the bed, insect damage, or weather exposure, the warranty will be voided.
A mattress cover will help to prevent these types of damages, and this is generally recommended since the mattress must always be covered in use or the warranty is voided.
Many sleepers are put off by memory foam that contains VOCs or chemicals. These customers will be happy with the materials used by Purple, who uses foams that are FDA certified as food or food-contact grade, and all of their foams are certified by CertiPUR-US program.
The company fully believes in recycling, and everything in the Purple bed can be re-melted and used again. All of the packing materials are also recyclable.
The price of the Purple mattress is in-line with other online only mattress producers, which come in at a third of the price of memory foam like Tempur-Pedic.
Like most online mattress retailers, Purple is able to keep the price down because they are the retailers, manufacturers, and the inventors. This means that there are no middleman, inventor’s royalties, manufacturer’s profit, distributor’s markup, wholesaler’s markup, retailer’s markup, and sales commissions.
Purple mattress uses unique materials to provide both support and comfort with an affordable price tag. While there are more reliable companies on the market, with better BBB ratings and more longevity in company history, the Purple mattress is a great fit for those looking for comfort and firm support.
Couples will find this to be an especially appropriate bed, with a great bounce than memory foam mattresses but also sufficient motion transfer.