This post was most recently updated on February 14th, 2018
Updated Purple mattress review February 2018.
This is the original Purple mattress review. Purple recently came out with 3 new Purple mattresses that are thicker and have pocketed springs. You can read about them here.
We got a Purple mattress in the beginning when it just launched on Kickstarter. We were the only people I knew with a Purple bed so we wanted to let others know what we thought. The first time I wrote the review we’d only had the mattress for a few months. It’s been over a year since we started sleeping on Purple so I feel qualified to give a thorough review.
Life on Purple Mattress
Purple is one of the original online mattress brands which means they are not sold in stores. You buy the mattress online and it’s shipped to your home. What makes Purple unique is the top two inches. Instead of being a solid material, it’s made of what they call hyper-elastic polymer. It’s the purple stretchy stuff that supports your body while you sleep. Unlike memory foam mattresses Purple is temperature neutral in that it doesn’t sleep hot (like memory foam is famous for) or develop the severe body imprints that are common with most foam beds.
Purple is the color of royalty and they say you’ll sleep like a king or queen on one. Here’s how we slept on Purple…
Purple Mattress Adjustment Period
Before we got a Purple mattress we were sleeping on a $3,000 name brand mattress. It was about 8 years old and needed to be replaced. There were already deep body imprints which created peaks and valleys where we slept.
When we first got our Purple mattress there was an initial adjustment period for me of just over a week (but not for my husband Stephen). It wasn’t familiar and is a bit more firm than I anticipated. We kept the other mattress in the hall just in case. Then something changed.
We went on vacation and I slept on an awful hotel room mattress. It sloped so bad that I ended up squished on the edge of the bed feeling like I might slide onto the floor at any moment. It was so bad that I couldn’t wait to go home and sleep on our mattress.
After that experience, everything clicked and I have loved my Purple mattress. I miss it when we travel. I sleep best on it. I’ve since talked to the company who say that it’s normal to have an adjustment period on any new mattress but especially on Purple. It’s just so unique with the honeycomb top. Try to give yourself at least 14 days to adjust.
Egg Test Mattress
Purple says they are a no pressure mattress. They mean Purple will hold your body and not put pressure on your “pressure points” causing you to toss and turn. It’s also no pressure to buy one because you can return it if you’re not totally happy with your new mattress. You can literally put eggs on your mattress, press or lie down on it and the eggs will be absorbed into the mattress (rather than break).
Purple is the creator of the video that shows the egg test. The video is informative and entertaining. If you’re local you might recognize Goldilocks is Mallory Everton from Studio C. What you may not know is they didn’t just have her promote Purple mattress. She was required to sleep on a Purple bed to make sure she knew and loved the mattress before she made the video.
Here’s the famous Purple mattress commercial. I think it’s the best mattress ad of all time.
Purple Mattress Firmness
Purple is about a 6.5 on the firmness scale, so even with the stretchy layer it is more firm than you might expect. However, it supports your back and evenly distributes your body weight.
The Purple mattress was firmer than I expected but not too firm. It’s just a little firmer than medium. Firmness is so subjective that it’s really tough to say what you’ll think until you sleep on one but I’d say it’s a feel most people will like and adjust to if needed.
I’m a side sleeper and my husband is a back sleeper. We’re both on the taller end – I’m 5′ 8″ and he’s 6′ 4″ tall. I noticed we both do not toss and turn nearly as much since sleeping on Purple to try and get comfortable. That means a deeper sleep.
What’s Inside a Purple Bed:
Purple is made up of layers of foam (not memory foam) with a layer of polymer (the purple stuff) on the top. They use premium high-density foams in addition to the purple top layer which is 2 inches of a stretchy polymer.
Here’s a breakdown of the layers of a Purple mattress:
3.25” – 1.8 lb/ft³ medium-soft comfort layer
4.00” – 2.0 lb/ft2³ medium-firm support layer
The foam is certified by CertiPUR-US®
CertiPUR-US® approved foams are:
Made without ozone depleters
Made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants
Made without mercury, lead and other heavy metals
Made without formaldehyde
Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million). All of which is, of course, topped with and protected by 2″ of Purple™ — so it’ll last even longer than your average high-density foam.
Purple only sells the top mattress. You need to buy box springs or bed base or platform to put it on. Purple doesn’t recommend box springs because the mattress is so heavy and is better supported with a mattress base. In fact, if you use box springs it will void the warranty. Purple sells a power base (including a split king) or a basic platform for your mattress.
Purple Bed Price
|Twin XL Dimensions: 37.5" x 79.5" x 9.5"||$699|
|Full Dimensions: 54" x 76" x 9.5"||$899|
|Queen Dimensions: 59.5" x 79.5" x 9.5"||$999|
|King Dimensions: 75.5" x 79.5" x 9.5"||$1299|
|California King Dimensions: 71.5" x 83.5" x 9.5"||$1299|
All prices include FREE shipping, free returns and prices reflect a $100 discount.
Purple also offers financing through Affirm – so you can get the bed now and pay as you go.
Purple Discount Code
Some websites say that they have a Purple mattress discount – but it’s the same discount offered to everyone on the Purple website. It’s just a marketing ploy because you’ll get the same price. Purple doesn’t offer a discount code. Instead they offer freebies with a mattress purchase – like free sheets or a Purple seat cushion. So rest assured that you’re paying the lowest price and they do not discount the mattress further.
Purple Mattress Sizes
The Purple twin mattress has an extra 2 inches in length compared to a regular twin. Our daughter has a twin and it fits the frame just fine. The extra length is perfect for a split king adjustable bed sold by Purple (called the Purple power base). I actually wouldn’t have noticed if no one had told me that it was longer. We have a king. Purple comes in twin, queen, full, king and California king.
Purple Mattress on Amazon – Why I Don’t Recommend It
You can buy Purple on Amazon but I don’t recommend it. Here’s why: you don’t get the long warranty of 101 days if you order through Amazon. Instead you will have 30 days. That’s still enough time for most people to see if they like it (you can’t lie on a mattress from a mattress store for 30 days and then return it). Here’s the kicker though – you’ll have to pay the return shipping. If you order from Purple it does not cost you.
So I recommend that you get the 100 nights and free returns by buying directly through Purple’s website, not through Amazon. Just use Amazon to read onPurple Amazon reviews from other people who have purchased one. There are almost 450 reviews for Purple mattress on Amazon right now.
Where to Buy a Purple Mattress
You can go to Purple’s website, find the “shop” section and see all the prices and styles available. If you live close to Purple headquarters in Alpine, Utah, you can go to their factory and try out a bed. The reason Purple is only sold online is to keep the prices down. Plus, you have no salespeople or pressure to buy. They understand you need time to test it out.
Purple Mattress Return Policy
Purple mattress has a 100 night warranty initially and a 10 year full replacement warranty.
Purple has removed much of the risk of buying a new mattress. If you go into a showroom and lie down on a mattress to test it, you can’t really know what it is like. You really need to sleep on it for a while in your home.
With Purple I recommend you give it 2 weeks before you decide if it’s for you. If you don’t like it after sleeping on it for 100 nights, you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked. That’s better than trying something out in the showroom and knowing once you buy the mattress, you’re stuck with it. Lying down for 15 minutes is not the same as sleeping on a mattress for 8 hours! I don’t know about you but I felt like I was stuck with whatever I decided to buy because there was no returning it!
If by chance you want to return your mattress, they will pick it up at your house. You don’t have to put in the packaging or worry about paying for shipping. They’ll take it away and you won’t have to worry about it. To me that is no risk! Purple mattresses are donated to local charities like homeless shelters or a third party mattress return company.
Purple comes with a 10 year warranty. The 10 years and they will cover any indentations that are 1 inch or deeper. This is one of the best warranties you’ll find anywhere. The thing is most warranties are full of loopholes so big that it’s almost impossible to use them if you need to. This is a 10 year full replacement warranty.
If you’re interested after you read my Purple mattress review, I encourage you to test it out. You won’t regret it.
Purple Mattress Firmness
Purple was more firm than we expected because the top layer isn’t a solid surface and feels flexible and soft. However, Purple is medium firm. Some say it’s too firm, others say it’s too soft. Still more say it’s just right. It’s so personal to you – that’s why they have the 100 day trial period so you can see for yourself by sleeping on Purple.
Purple Mattresses Are Recyclable
I got to tour the factory to see how Purple is made. They have a machine that rolls a mattress into a carrying case. Yes, that was impressive. But even more impressive to me is the recycling aspect. The purple part of each mattress can be torn down and recycled! It’s just remelted and can be used again. They were melting the purple pellets and it didn’t even smell. Try that with plastic – the fumes would be horrible. It’s pretty amazing that I couldn’t smell anything. I really love that a Purple mattress can be recycled into more Purple products (like seat cushions).
Purple Bed White Powder Issue
The Purple gel material is completely safe and nontoxic – it’s been tested for over 20 years. There are no toxins used in producing the material. It’s actually edible but I do not recommend that you eat it.
All foam off-gasses a bit, but honestly we noticed no smell (memory foam might take up to a couple days, but Purple doesn’t use it in their products). We noticed nothing at all. I visited the factory in Alpine, Utah. I was shocked that it hardly had an odor at all. There weren’t a ton of windows either. That was proof to me. I’ve been to factories that smelled awful and had a ton of chemical gas in the air – so much so that I couldn’t stand to breathe.
Best Mattress 2017
Best Mattress for Couples
Before we got Purple, our mattress had a large peak in the middle and two valleys where we slept. In the industry these are called body impressions. To snuggle we had to do what I called crossing the wake to get to the other side.
My husband, Stephen, is a big guy. Every time he moved on our last mattress, it was like a tidal wave in our bed. In mattress terms this is movement transfer. His movement woke me up so many nights and caused me to lose a lot of sleep. I’m not a picnic in the morning anyway but it’s worse when I’m exhausted. His moving around kept me awake more than new babies ever did (at least they grew out of waking up every few hours).
The #1 selling point of Purple to me is that the purple part is like a shock absorber so I don’t wake up when my husband moves around or gets up at night. Purple has saved me so much sleep and for that reason I don’t want another mattress that’s not Purple.
Here’s what he said:
“After four nights our Purple mattress is awesome! I can get out of bed and Janet cannot even tell.”
You could describe me as the type of sleeper who doesn’t move. If it weren’t for Stephen all I do is turn down a corner, get into bed, and when I wake up, just put the corner back and the bed is made. You could put a glass of water next to me and it probably wouldn’t spill. Not so with Stephen. I really should give him a bed tax and make him make the bed at least twice as often as I do since he messes up the sheets more!
Verdict: best medium firm mattress for couples
Watch our Purple mattress video.
With Purple, Stephen can get up, shift around and not wake me up. I like other mattresses but not if we’re sleeping in the same bed. I don’t even like the idea of sharing a mattress at a hotel now. It’s not a vacation when you’re sleep deprived the whole time. Since having Purple I notice more a lot of hotel mattresses have sags. Plus, once again, Stephen wakes me up when he gets up or moves around.
My Only Complaint: I Wish the Bed Was Thicker
If it were a perfect world I’d like our Purple mattress to be 1 inch thicker because we’re used to that loft but our sheets fit fine and it’s not a big deal. It’s 9.5 inches.
Purple Mattress Unboxing Video
Ok, now what about the mattress itself – if you buy one, what does it look like? It comes in a giant roll, put into a plastic bag that has handles on it. When we first got a Purple mattress we created a fun video of us unboxing it to show you what it’s like when it arrives at your door.
The first thing we noticed when we unboxed our new mattress, is that Purple is HEAVY. Much heavier than it looks. Listen to me huffing and puffing in this video. I could barely lift it by myself even though it comes in a roll and has handles to help you lift it. Actually, heavy is good because it means it’s a quality mattress, but it’s bad if you want to try to move it. Even if you’re in good shape there is no doubt that it’s going to take two people and some muscle to put it on your box springs.
Here we are unrolling our new king size Purple mattress:
Since this unboxing Purple has added a slicer – that looks a lot like a letter opener – in the package.
Consumer Reports Review of Purple Mattress
Price Not an Indicator of Quality
Don’t overpay for your mattress. Consumer Reports didn’t yet have a Purple mattress review when I looked or it was for paid members only. Overall, this is what they said about mattress purchases: price doesn’t equal quality. “We’ve tested mattresses that cost as little as $250 for a queen-sized mattress and others that cost nearly $8,000. Neither of them did particularly well in our tests,” said Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman, Consumer Reports home editor.
The point is you don’t need to overpay for a mattress to be high quality. “We’ve found that price isn’t a particularly good indicator of how supportive or durable a mattress will be. In fact, our tests have turned up plenty of fine mattresses that cost $1,000, or less,” Kuperszmid Lehrman said. Many bed in a box mattress like Purple are in this price range offering consumers a fair price and excellent terms to order a mattress online.
Purple Mattress Protector
I HIGHLY recommend that you buy a mattress protector immediately and never sleep on a bed without one. They protect your investment, like insurance, and extend the life of your mattress. We have a Purple mattress protector and it’s great. It stretches and allows for the gel to move so it can cushion your pressure points (hips, shoulders, knees). It’s easy to wash and put on because it’s elastic all around. It makes no noise at all. We can’t even tell it’s there. We don’t particularly love the Purple pillows or sheets but we do love the mattress protector.
Sleep Quality After Almost a Year
I wish that I’d had the Misfit fitness tracker before we got our Purple mattress so I could compare my sleep before and after. We’re always on a quest for the best night of sleep. Even with a long night you’re not always getting as much deep sleep as you need and you can wake up feeling exhausted even after 7 or 8 hours. Most of my sleep is spent in the deeper section – honestly it seems harder to get as much deep sleep as I get older. If you look below you’ll see that over 5 hours of my sleep on Purple was deeper more restful sleep.
Here’s a recent readout from the sleep tracker:
I highly recommend Purple mattress if you have back pain, sleep with someone who moves around a lot and wakes you up, or if you just want a great mattress for a reasonable price!
That wraps up my Purple mattress review! Please let me know if you have any questions about this bed in the comments and I’ll try to answer them.