Purple Mattress Powder – Is it Dangerous?
This post was most recently updated on February 13th, 2020
Purple claims the powder doesn’t penetrate through the cover. I was recently sent a study that seems to have been commissioned by “Honest Mattress Reviews” which is currently in litigation with Purple. You can read their study here. Purple’s study is here. One side says there’s a very low health risk. The other side claims very high health risk.
It’s really difficult to trust anything that comes from these companies about anything given their shocking ability to lie and try to cover their lying, even in a court of law. They are facing possible perjury charges – that’s how bad it is. This is a smear campaign initiated and funded by a competitor. Please watch this review of the case by an attorney. Note that by court order they cannot talk any more about the white powder issue, yet I’m pretty sure they still employ bots or others do to continue to raise this issue to discredit Purple and make their mattress appear better.
Note: I recently removed parts of this post specifically addressing a competitor because I felt it only attracted people who want to fight. My full name is behind this and yet theirs has no photo, first name only and what I suspect are fake names. I look them up and cannot find any information. I have been given Purple brand and many other mattresses to test (free of charge) and could sleep on any of them, but I choose to sleep on Purple. I’m not being paid by the company other than as an affiliate, just like the other mattresses I test.
Purple Mattress White Powder Controversy
In the past week I’ve been attacked by people on my Purple mattress review (not literally — no one beat me up in person) who have heard the controversy over Purple mattress and the white powdery substance that is inside of the mattress.
The same substance is also inside of the pillow which is where my husband and I first noticed it. Since you can unzip the pillow cover it was easy to see. I thought it was strange and later visited the factory in Utah. While I was there I watched workers apply the powder to the purple gel – or top layer of the mattress. I had no breathing issues, there was no scent, I had zero concerns at the time. I’m more concerned about my back because Purple mattresses are heavy! This guy did a great review of the pillow and talked about the white powder (he says it’s minimal if any and wasn’t concerned).
If the powder was affecting me,- don’t you think I’d notice it from putting my face on that pillow again and again and literally breathing in and out all night long? The pillow should be the real test — not the mattress since my face is on the pillow and I’m breathing air directly from it.
If you’re worried about the powder why not test the pillow first? Because the money’s in the mattress, (not the pillow), is my guess. Incidentally, I unzipped my pillows and the powder is hardly visible at all now. It seems to be absorbed into the pillow material. I don’t love the pillow anyway but I don’t like the powder and the controversy around it. I’d be happy if the powder was discontinued altogether.
Later the story hit the front page of Reddit and the angry comments from people who were sure that I was poisoning myself and putting my family’s health at risk. I can sleep on any of the mattresses I get (free for reviews) but I choose Purple. Even with the white powder. Consumer Reports rated it in the top 10 top bed in a box mattresses.
I want to point out that not only do my husband and I sleep on Purple, our daughter has also. We have all happily and soundly slept on a Purple mattress for over 2 years now. I haven’t noticed any health issues, in fact I sleep the best I’ve ever slept in my life and am healthy for my age. However, people were very insistent that I was taking a horrible risk. Here’s an example (I deleted the ones that just swore at me or were so vile as to be for the purpose of attacking, not helping).
Enjoy possibly inhaling that plastic powder each night. From a video I’ve seen it could be completely unsafe and should have WARNINGS considering the safety of you and your family is more important than comfort. This company also filed a lawsuit on a man for asking them 4 questions concerning the powder. The man had his lawyer send in the product for testing to a leading Harvard doctor and scientist and the results were that the micro plastic balls had the potential to be inhaled and cause respiratory irritation. In my opinion you should do your research first before you buy this product.
Putting the White Powder Issue to Rest (or to Bed)
Purple Publishes a Third Party Scientific Study of Possible Health Risks of Powder
Purple recently posted a third party study conducted at the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health. It basically says you have a higher health risk breathing dust in the air than the powder.
“the potential exposure levels to Purple® mattress consumers …indicate that polyethylene copolymer exposures would be hundreds of times lower than everyday particulate dust levels that have been determined to be safe even for sensitive individuals. Therefore, there is no scientific or toxicological basis for suggesting that Purple® mattresses represent a consumer health risk.”
WHITE POWDER TOXICOLOGY REPORT FINDS NO ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS FROM INHALING OR TOUCHING WHITE POWDER USED INSIDE PURPLE MATTRESS
How to Protect Yourself From the White Powder
My question is if you’re so worried about the white powder, why not use what everyone should have on their bed anyway – a mattress protector! I haven’t seen research from either side on how that affects things. The other option is don’t buy Purple.
A mattress protector will protect you from the bacteria, dust mites, old skin cells and other junk that is inside everyone’s mattress (and that you could be breathing in every night as you lay innocently sleeping). Also, a mattress protector will keep your bed clean. Obviously, you can’t put your mattress in the washing machine, but you can wash your mattress protector! A mattress protector will prolong the life of your mattress too. Food and other particles will degrade your mattress over time. Keeping it covered and clean means you keep sweat, liquids and other things from going into your mattress and anything coming out of it.
I want to know if the people complaining (I have only heard of one complaint which came from a comment on my blog). I’m not saying it’s not legit but from the reviews I can’t see that most have ever
- Slept on a Purple for a significant length of time (we’ve slept on our for over a year)
- Ever slept on or touched a Purple mattress (unlikely) – I’ve been near dozens
- Have actually been to the factory where the white powder is applied
I’m not a scientist and this is my personal opinion. Please make up your own mind after looking at everything.
Note: if after reading this you still have concerns, don’t buy a top-rated (by Consumer Reports) Purple mattress. You may want to look at an Intellibed which is a higher end non toxic gel mattress like Purple but with no white powder. Read more about Intellibed.
Here’s some video I took at Purple…
I don’t have allergies. I don’t have problems breathing. Anyway, I tried to find others who have slept on Purple to see if there was any mention of issues. I picked Amazon since the Purple cannot control the reviews there. I didn’t see any mention of any issues there – even from the few lower star reviews.
Look at the reviews for yourself – this link is an affiliate link that goes directly to the reviews for a king size Purple mattress on Amazon (affiliate). There are over 400 reviews. I’ve referred many friends to Purple and when I follow up they say they don’t want to get out of bed in the morning because their mattress is so comfortable.
Purple is still my favorite mattress – I’ve tested a few other mattresses and will continue to test them (because one brand truly doesn’t fit all). I’m an affiliate of Purple and other mattress brands which is disclosed on my posts about each.
What do you think about the Purple mattress powder?
And if you disagree with anything I’ve said, please keep your comments respectful – any comments that are derogatory or have profanity will not be published.