This post was most recently updated on March 19th, 2018
We finally got our new mattress, slept on it for over a week, so I can do a new Purple 4 mattress review!
We Got Rid of Our Purple Mattress
After 2 years got rid of our Purple mattress – and we replaced it with – a new Purple mattress! We’re a little sentimental about our original Purple mattress after 2 years of really great sleep. Since then I’ve turned into a mattress nerd and we’re still big fans of Purple. Note: Purple gave us a new king size Purple 4 mattress to review and if you purchase one, we earn a commission.
This is perhaps the most unique mattress there is and really can’t be compared to other all foam or foam/spring mattresses. It all comes down to the top layer which is pure polymer. It’s flexible, almost indestructible, and it cradles your pressure points.
Purple 4 Mattress Review
Since hearing about and seeing the new Purple mattresses, I pined for one. I was ok with ours UNTIL I visited the Purple showroom in Utah and tried out the new beds. Then I went through withdrawls and suddenly the bed I loved just wasn’t enough any more! This my friends is how it all starts. That and the fact that they have 0% financing. I did actually buy a Purple 4 mattress because I gave up hope that I’d ever get one, but that’s the day mine from Purple arrived so I canceled my order and just ordered a Purple pillow. They are upgraded too, although there’s no official word on that. I want to see if I still hate it.
First, the Purple 4 comes delivered to your home in a flat box and is encased by some plastic. It’s not rolled in a box then decompressed like the original.
It’s very heavy – more than the original Purple. This king is more than double our old one at over 200 lbs. You will need help getting this mattress onto your bed. Another bonus is that they’ll take away your old mattress for you. So you get a new mattress put on your bed, in your bedroom AND they take away your old bed taken away so you don’t have to lift a thing. This is a big deal! And if you want to know why the new mattresses cost more, factor that in.
Also factor in that the new Purple 4 is 12 inches in height. And we love every inch of it! The original is only 9.5 inches tall and that just wasn’t enough. While we got used to it, we really love the higher loft and feel of the new Purple 4.
Purple Has 4 Mattress Models
The new Purple mattresses are totally different from the original. I thought the names were actually code names because the actual names were secret, sort of like software releases. But they were serious when they said they’re called:
- Purple 2 (2 inches of purple polymer)
- Purple 3 (3 inches of purple polymer)
- Purple 4 (4 inches of purple polymer)
So the original is really Purple 1.
Here’s our family review of the Purple 4 on YouTube
Purple 4 Mattress Features
The Purple 4 is a premium mattress that Purple tested at a few Mattress Firm stores. Rumor is the test went very well and that it drew many new customer into the store who specifically went to try out a Purple mattress. They’re also a bargain compared to similar mattresses at the store. Salespeople say they could easily sell them for an additional $1,000! So again, you need to compare the Purple 4 to beds in the $3-5,000 price range. This is a luxury bed, unlike the original, which is an economy mattress.
Here are the layers inside a new Purple mattress. This is the Purple 2.
Here are some of the features of the Purple 4:
- Thicker. Looks very high tech and stylish. Extra material adds weight and that calls for more structure to support the weight of the polymer (which is heavier than foam).
- Coils. I know they said they wouldn’t do this but they did. Still, with that much weight the mattress would be so floppy it might never be possible to move it without a forklift so they had to do something. They’re individually encased springs and noise-free. They are flexible to bend with the gel and cushion your body.
- Edge Support. Purple put foam around the perimeter of the new mattresses. And, especially with Purple 4, you need it otherwise you might just roll off the edge when you got too close. The gel would compress and you’d be on the floor. So this is a welcome addition.
- In-home delivery. As I talked about earlier, Purple offers in-home delivery and pick up service as part of the cost of your mattress.
- Motion transfer is still so low we doubt you’d feel it in an earthquake. Purple can handle up to 10 on a richter scale of your partner moving and you’re unlikely to feel a thing. We thought the Purple mattress 1 was already stellar at preventing motion transfer (how much you feel someone else move next to you on the bed). The Purple 4 is superior. This is the #1 reason I loved Purple in the beginning and it’s even better now with the Purple 4.
- Amazing sleep. It’s tough to describe the feel of the Purple mattress. It’s not a soft bed but it’s not hard either. Having more polymer sort of gives this feel that you’re suspended on your mattress, and yet you can feel it. If you love memory foam or want a soft bed, Purple is not for you. It’s supportive and cushioning and there’s nothing else like it.
The Purple 4 is ideal if you’re heavier and a side sleeper or have particularly heavy/large shoulder, hips or other body parts that would just sink and get warm with memory foam mattresses.
Purple Mattresses Have NO Memory Foam
As always there’s ZERO memory foam in Purple so it’s not going to get soft with body heat and start a slow roast. I just turned on the mattress pad heater to high and I was fine.
First Thing I Noticed – The Purple 4 Sleeps Cool
Three hours after it was moved into our house I got into bed and brrrrrr! It’s winter and the temps are lower but I felt like Elsa from Frozen had waved her wand under the covers. This is good news for anyone who sweats and night, has hot flashes or is hot and flashy. You may not find a bed that sleeps cooler. However, it was especially cold from being outside and was not like that after the first night.
The top layer isn’t a solid surface. There’s a stretchy cover and then you hit the grid. Since it’s a grid it allows for airflow and that dissipates body heat very nicely. They call it temperature neutral. It’s a dream for anyone who gets sweaty but you’re not going to need extra blankets.
Here’s what they say: “the Purple Smart Comfort Grid™ promotes airflow and dissipates body heat so you don’t sweat the bed.”
13 Inches Tall
After a 9.5 inch original Purple, 13 inches seems really tall. You might need to get a stepstool to get up on top of your mattress. But it looks nicer on the bed frame. It’s grandiose! To compare: the Purple 3 is 12 inches high and the Purple 2 is 11.
Weight of the Purple 4
This is important because you need to be able to support the weight of the bed AND the person or people who sleep on it. So get one of those Purple frames or another frame that can handle the combined weight. As always, Purple doesn’t recommend using box springs and doing so will void the warranty. The absolute best choice, IMO, is the powerbase or Purple brand adjustable bed. The Purple Powerbase fits all of the new Purple mattresses, as well as the old ones.
Purple Sheets, Mattress Protector and Bases Fit All of the Beds
Purple’s sheets are so stretchy it’s not a problem to add a few more inches. The sheets are likely the most stretchy sheets in the universe! To us they feel a bit like sleeping inside a pair of nylons. Too stretchy! However the mattress protector rocks. It’s silent and it protected our bed so well even after 2 years and a snow white cover that shows every little spec – it looks like the day we got it. Good thing the new covers zip off too – just be aware that the darker part might bleed onto the lighter part. We’re going to guess that’s why Purple recommends spot cleaning it.
The mattress protector from Purple is excellent. You can easily fit it on your mattress because it’s made of stretchy material that’s waterproof on one side and soft on the other. It has gathering around the entire mattress protector so it’s easy to put on and stays put. I highly recommend that you use a mattress protector and put it on before anyone sleeps on your mattress. Protect your investment! Like I wouldn’t dream of not having a case on my $800 phone, I wouldn’t let my $3,000 mattress go unprotected.
Sleep Higher (Suspended)
While you’re not exactly suspended in air, there is a sort of weightless feeling with all Purple beds that’s probably most pronounced with the Purple 4. They say it’s zero gravity sleeping. I didn’t have any problem moving around and it did have a sensation like you are kind of floating on top. It’s tough to describe. That’s why it’s a good thing you can try it out in your own bed for a few months.
Purple 4 Warranty and Sleep Trial
You still get 100 days to see what you think of your new mattress and get a full refund should you decide to return it. It still has the 10 year warranty, which as with most mattresses, is mostly for defects in the mattress. The sleep trial is VERY IMPORTANT. There’s nothing like sleeping on Purple for several nights (at least 2 weeks unless you’re waking up in pain – I never had pain) to decide what you think. Expect it to feel different and if you’ve been sleeping on the same bed for 10-20+ years, you’re likely to notice that. The older and more accustomed you are to a certain feel the longer your adjustment may be. Remember it took 12 days for me. However, the Purple 4 felt great from day 1. I sleep like a rock! I just wish I had more time to sleep!
Not sure if the Purple 4 is for you?
Purple 4 Pricing
Here are the prices for the Purple 4. Remember that Purple doesn’t give discounts (that I’ve seen) but instead run deals such as a free pillow or other product with the purchase of a mattress.
|Twin XL 38”x80”||105 lbs||$2,499|
|Queen 60”x80”||168 lbs||$2,799|
|King 76”x80”||204 lbs||$3,499|
|CA King 72”x84”||202 lbs||$3,499|
As always, Purple offers financing so you can pay by the month. You skip the first month’s payment and can choose the length and see the interest rate within seconds. Just choose Affirm at checkout. I qualified for 6 months interest free. The post I linked to will walk you through the process and show what I would’ve paid for the Purple 4.
As for the other new Purple mattresses…
Any questions about the Purple 4 or any of the new Purples? We’re happy to help, just leave them in the comments.
Differences Between the Purple 4 and the Original Purple Mattress
Want to know the differences between the new Purple mattresses and the original or Purple 1? We compared the Purple 4 side by side (or on top of) the original Purple mattress.
The Look and Cover
First, look at them. The look couldn’t be more different. The #1 is very white with a gray backing. It’s thinner than the thickest #4 mattress. The original is 9.5 inches tall and the new Purple starts at 11 inches for 2, 12 inches for 3 and 13 inches for 4. The new mattresses have the label on 3 sides that say the number and a few features of the mattress.
The new Purple mattress covers are totally different, with a multi colored wave design. It’s a different white hue with a wave of gray. There is Purple piping. Unlike the original Purple cover, the top cover is stretchy and one piece. It doesn’t have the geometric pattern with gel-infused bubbles. Instead it’s one piece that bounces back into place when you pull up on it. There’s the word Purple embroidered into it. This is so you don’t restrict movement of the gel stuff underneath. I noticed that you can still feel the grid but since the cover is a little thicker than the original, it’s not quite as noticeable. It looks like there’s a separate piece maybe removeable or foam topper on it but it’s actually the polymer on both.
After 2 years and having a mattress protector on the whole time, our Purple mattress looked like it could pass for almost new.
As discussed above, both are very good at preventing motion transfer but the more purple stuff the better it gets! You won’t feel your family dog or partner moving around or getting up to go to the bathroom at night!
The new Purple mattresses have better edge support overall because you’re not just relying on the gel. There’s now a layer of foam around the perimeter so you can sit on the edge or sleep near the edge without feeling like you’ll fall off (or actually falling off the bed).
The new Purple mattress has springs and the original doesn’t. This may be a surprise because if you saw the first Purple commercial they came out against springs. However, they need them now and now that Purple’s a publicly traded company (no longer a startup) things change. What hasn’t changed and has gotten better is the overall quality of their mattress.
New Trend: Luxury Mattresses from Online Mattress Companies
Purples 2, 3 & 4 are luxury mattress while the original is the value mattress. So in a way you can’t compare them but everyone is asking is, is the extra cost worth the money? That’s for you to decide but before you do, please realize that boxed mattresses are changing. They’re growing up and they have more money to work with.
A lot of bed in a box brands have their economy mattress and then come out with a more premium model. Casper has the Wave, The Essential, and The Casper. Except they have new names for each one. They might call one the classic and the other a luxe. Leesa has the Lessa and they’re upper end mattress is called Sapira. Purple must really love the name Purple because they’re all named Purple. It makes it a little tricky to distinguish between them though.
Which Purple is Best for You?
If you’re on a budget and want to have the cushion effect, then the original Purple is great for you. It’s easier if you’re a college student, in the military or just move a lot. The queen is about $1k and you usually get a free pillow with that. If you don’t need the extra features and don’t care about the extra height, then why not stick with the original?
If you’re looking for a long term solution and a higher quality mattress and you don’t plan to move around a lot we think you’ll love the new Purple. The queen varies in price depending on what number Purple you get but a king Purple 4 is $3,499.