Purple Mattress Review - Very Unique, But Good Sleeping Surface?

Purple Mattress Review

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I get a lot of questions about the Purple mattress because of their creative marketing and successful Kickstarted campaign, so I was excited to try the mattress for myself.  It’s made of a very unique material, so in some ways this mattress is difficult to compare to other popular options (see how Purple compares HERE).

Overall I really liked the Purple mattress, but I had a few small complaints as well.  It’s certainly a unique mattress that is unlike anything I’ve tested before (until I tried Intellibed too, which uses the same technology).  I think a lot of people are going to like the mattress, but it’s so unique that it might not be for everyone.

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Read on for my full Purple mattress review (and raw egg test).

You will love the Purple mattress if you…

  • Are looking for pressure relief – I found Purple’s unique material is actually great for pressure relief (that’s what they’re trying to show with the raw egg test).
  • Want the bed-in-a-b0x online business model – it’s hard to compare Purple to any other mattress (price-wise) due to the unique material, but the online-only business model still applies.
  • Sleep in multiple positions – I thought Purple is one of the few mattresses that is comfortable when sleeping on the back, side, and stomach.
  • Want to sleep cool – the Purple mattress definitely sleeps cool, cooler than almost any other mattress I have reviewed (and I tried it during the NYC summer).

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Purple Mattress Reviews

You may not like the Purple mattress if you…

  • Want a mattress you understand – Is it memory foam?  More like a latex mattress?  Definitely not spring.  It’s hard to categorize Purple, which may be difficult for some shoppers.
  • There’s a particular type of mattress you love -If you love memory foam or love latex, you should consider sticking with what you love.  This is a unique feel that isn’t quite like any of the standard mattress types.

Firmness and Feel

Since the Purple mattress has a unique comfort layer material (hyper-elastic polymer), it’s no surprise it has a very unique feel.  Like a latex mattress, Purple springs back very quickly and sleeps cool.

In terms of firmness, it’s probably a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale – but it is also very pressure relieving as well, so I think the normal “firmness scale” isn’t as useful as it can be.

Purple Mattress Raw Egg Test

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As you can see in the video, I had a good time with the raw egg test!  This isn’t a scientific test, or one that is even performed on mattresses regularly, so I don’t know if I “did it correctly” in either attempt.

No matter the results of a raw egg test, know that this test is meant to show that the mattress is very pressure relieving.  And from my experience sleeping on the mattress, I found this to be true.

Purple Mattress Construction

The Purple mattress is made of three layers:

  • 2 inches of hyper-elastic polymer
  • 3.5 inches of 1.8 lb polyurethane foam
  • 4.0 inches of 2.0 lb polyurethane foam

The top layer is really the story of Purple, with a very unique material that accounts for the bounciness, pressure relief, and sleeping cool.

Below is the cover, made of viscose (27%), polyester (69%), and polyester-lycra (4%).  I found the mattress cover to be nice to the touch and very breathable.

Purple Mattress cover

Motion Transfer Test

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Purple mattress in terms of motion transfer since it doesn’t fall into the typical memory foam, latex foam, and innerspring categories.

As you can see in the video below, the mattress performs quite well.  It isn’t as good as a high quality memory foam mattress in terms of motion transfer, but I think it is a great option for most couples.

Prices And Dimensions

The table below shows the prices for the available sizes and their associated dimensions.

Twin XL37.5" x 79.5" x 9.5"$699
Queen59.5" x 79.5" x 9.5"$999
King75.5" x 79.5" x 9.5"$1,299
Cal King71.5" x 83.5" x 9.5"$1,299


The gel material used in the comfort layer is highly durable and will prevent any premature sagging that is associated with other types of mattresses.  The base foam is high-density, so overall I expect the mattress to hold up well over time, and I think its longevity is a major selling point.

Other things to note:

  • Purple is sold only online
  • They offer a 10 year warranty
  • Purple recommends stretchy sheets to get the full benefits of the mattress
  • They have a 100 night sleep trial period
Purple mattress
4.5 Reviewer
Purple is a very unique mattress! It's difficult to compare it to any other type of mattress, but I definitely enjoyed the sleeping experience. The best features are the pressure relief and sleeping cool.
Value (Price)4.7
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.8
Motion Transfer4.1
Edge Support4.1
Company Reputation4.4
Return Policy/Warranty4.8
Overall Sleep Experience4.4

Final Recommendation

Overall I had a great experience sleeping on Purple.  The feeling is definitely unique, and a little hard to describe (sorry readers!), but I really liked it.  Great for sleeping in any position, definitely pressure relieving, and it sleeps cool (it’s a top mattress pick for hot sleepers).

It’s hard to know if you’re getting a great price, since there is really no competitor with similar materials, but I think the sleeping experience does compare favorably to other online-only mattresses sold at this price.  It also made my top mattresses list.

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This post was last updated on September 29th, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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Martha Green says October 24, 2016

Thanks for the comprehensive review and objective in depth look at Purple! I ordered one and have high hopes as my latex mattress sleeps a bit hot and seems to be losing pressure point relief after 6 years, maybe due to being on an adjustable base? Anyway, good sleep is hard to come by after 3 spine surgeries. Keep up the good work!

    Joe Auer says October 24, 2016

    Thank you for the kind words Martha, I hope Purple works out well for you!

    John P says January 3, 2017

    Martha, how do you like it?

Arnold Dietrich says October 27, 2016

Disappointed that it doesn’t come in a full size. This maybe a deal breaker.

    Mackenzie says January 6, 2017

    They do now. ????

Shelley says November 5, 2016

Can it sit on a box spring?

Jim Eubanks says November 27, 2016

I’m worried I’d feel the square ridges as the gel layer is like a bunch of open squares. Can you feel them?

    Joe Auer says November 27, 2016

    Hi Jim – if you’re very sensitive you might notice them (it’s definitely a unique feeling at first), but after some time on the bed I personally forgot about it completely

Mark says December 21, 2016

Hi Joe
Great review!
My son tells me some of these new beds have dangerous off gassing issues.
Also, since these come highly compressed how in the world do you send them back, if need be?
Regards, Mark

    Joe Auer says December 23, 2016

    Hi Mark – I don’t consider off-gassing dangerous, though perhaps your son has more information than I do on the subject (or a brand in particular).

    In terms of returns, every company handles it slightly differently – but you won’t need to recompress or ship it. They will work with some kind of local service to take the mattress from you.

Heather says January 2, 2017

I hope you do some research on off-gassing. Off-gassing is very real and should be of concern to any consumer considering a bed. After purchasing a Tempur Pedic bed and having flu like symptoms for over a month that would go away only when I slept in another room or left the house half the day (as well as my husband having gout like symptoms that went away after we got rid of the bed)…. I feel it is not talked about enough. I was interested the Purple bed, but after your dismissal of off-gassing being real and the materials used in Purple, I think I’ll pass on that science experiment with my body.

    Joe Auer says January 4, 2017

    Hi Heather – sorry you had a bad experience with Tempurpedic! I don’t mean to say off-gassing is not “real”, but any foam mattress that is compressed will emit a smell for some period of time (usually a short period), which is the term “off-gassing”. This is not to say you won’t have a reaction to the materials in your mattress (latex allergy is what I hear about the most), but I would not put that in the off-gassing category.

    Grant says March 9, 2017

    Purple’s website specifies that the materials used in this mattress can not cause off-gassing.

Johnny Dorey says January 6, 2017

That’s cool the way you designed the alternative experiment. Thanks for being real, Buddy. I just may buy one.

Jaynie Lampshire says January 7, 2017

Is a box spring necessary. How tall is mattress And does it come in full size. Please respond asap

    Joe Auer says January 8, 2017

    Hi Jaynie – a box spring is not necessary, but can be used if you prefer it for some reason. It does come in a full size.

Lionel says January 8, 2017

Hi Joe, my wife and I are looking to change our 10 year old mattress. We are considering the purple mattress but we are a bit skeptical because we have neither seen any TV ads on it nor have any friends who have had the pleasure of using one. We live in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Do you have any outlet in or close to us? We want to at least have a feel of it before we make our decision.

    Joe Auer says January 9, 2017

    Hey Lionel! Purple is a fairly new company (~1 year) and are sold entirely online, so unfortunately (to my knowledge) there is no showroom to try it out before purchasing. A lot of online companies these days operate this way, that’s why they have more generous (generally) return policies than in-store options.

Thomas says January 21, 2017

I have now had 8 nights of “coma” like sleep on the purple mattress. I won’t be returning it. Best mattress I have ever slept on. (real person, Salem, NH)

Jake Novitsky says February 7, 2017

joe after years of sleeping on a full motion water bed my wife and I have gone though at least 5 different types of mattresses from soft to firm nothing lasts more than a few years .you think this may be the answer? water bed is out of the question thanks for any input jake

    Joe Auer says February 8, 2017

    Hey Jake – Purple is a new company, and honestly the gel is a new material to me – but it definitely has a very durable feel, and Purple strongly advertises the durability.

Mary Beth says February 18, 2017

Thank you Joe for the honest & complete review of the purple mattress. I am going to order today, sleeping hot & pressure points are my biggest concerns.

Alaine says February 18, 2017

I’ve been following this Purple mattress for a couple months now, and maybe this might be the answer for a lot of my aches and pains and sleepless nights! It’s just hard to make such a large $$ purchase over the internet, I’m more of I gotta see it, touch it person…but the money back guarantee could help me jump in. I’ll let you know. Thanks for your review.

staci core says February 18, 2017

Hi just like above I had a terrible experience with off -gassing. We bought a mattress from sleep by number and we were so excited about it . We had it for 2 months in that time I became so sick severe shooting pains in my bones n joints. Flu like symptoms dry eyes and sore throat. The smell from the mattress made me nauseous it was awful. Now I am so hypersensitive to smells and chemicals that it is ridiculous. So my question to you is does this mattress smell at all?

    Joe Auer says February 18, 2017

    This mattress had very little smell relative to most – but not ZERO off-gassing/smell.

John K says March 1, 2017

Hi Joe, I appreciate your reviews. My comment is maybe telling people your weight might help in a review. The reason I say that is because I recently bought a Purple bed and could not have been more pleasantly surprised with the feel. However, I weigh 180lbs. I have read that some people whom weigh less than, say 130 lbs. , don’t experience the pressure relief heavier people do. Maybe you have heard this?

charley says March 12, 2017

Hi Joe, I really appreciate all of your reviews. I’m attempting to replace my Serta foam bed that I purchased in 1991, after 25 years I started to have issues in my shoulders with it and began my quest to get a new bed. It’s been a harrowing journey, 1st was a Tempur-Pedic which wasn’t pressure relieving and really HOT. I returned it after 60 days and purchased a Serta Hybrid, after two nights I knew I will have to return it after 60 days (mandatory trial period). So my quest is resumed. The only bed I haven’t seen you review is Bed-in-a-Box. The Purple seems like it might be for me as I’m a back and side sleeper with back issues (herniated cervical disks and two surgeries on two herniated lumbar disks). What concerns me is if you return it you get an in store credit and not a full refund. That might be a real deal breaker for me.

    Joe Auer says March 13, 2017

    Hi Charley – sorry you’re having so much mattress trouble! Purple also has the option for full refund, not just store credit – so sounds like it might be a good one for you to try.

noe says March 13, 2017

Hello where can I get the 100 dollar coupon? Thanks

Anne says March 18, 2017

Can this be placed on a Serta Adjustable foundation? And used while raising and lowering head and feet?

    Joe Auer says March 18, 2017

    I’m not sure about that Anne – I’d check with Purple on that.

Daniel Sinisterra says March 24, 2017

Several of your answers state that is does come in full. it DOSENT just cheked the site…. 🙁

Rebecca says March 29, 2017

With how they try to sue people for having opinions, and had a powder that can cause

Anne says March 29, 2017


I’ve watched a few of your review videos and read several of your written reviews. Obviously you are a fit individual with an “average weight/ Height” ratio. My SO and I are heavy. Not circular/ beach ball heavy but we definitely run with the meatier crowd. I was interested in the Purple until I read a review stating that if you are heavier, you’ll bottom out the mattress and your hip (I’m a side sleeper) will come to rest on whatever the mattress is in top of. Is that accurate? Is there any way that I can get reviews as good and straight forward as yours but from a perspective of someone more akin to our body weight/ shape/ heft/ girth or uumph? I’m now trying to decide between the Loom and leaf and the Saatva, but I wanted to have accurate info about the Purple before its permanently excluded from my consideration. Thank you so much, Anne

    Joe Auer says March 29, 2017

    Hi Anne – definitely a good question to ask, and honestly I don’t have a great answer with Purple (or any other mattress). Generally you’re going to want denser foams, and opt for great support in general. Purple is a bit hard to compare in that way because of the unique gel comfort layer. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

Holly Macriss says April 13, 2017

Thank you for your reviews! I was all over your site and it helped me make up my mind. I just pulled the trigger and purchased the Purple mattress. I have been dealing with horrible shoulder pain and my hubby has low back and some hip pain. I am hoping this will be a great solution for us as I am running out of ideas as the frustration builds. I also purchased the pillows. I’m excited to try! Just wish it wasn’t going to take a month or so to receive the merchandise. I’ll let you know how it goes.

bill says April 17, 2017

Purple is a dangerous product, Purple is criminally negligent for filling their products with a fine plastic powder that gets into your lungs and lying to people for years that it is in there, then when they got caugth they stupidly say it’s FDA approved. No one is going to eat it, it’s dangerous to breathe plastic into your lungs! Open your pillow or mattress and find it full of plastic powder. Couple that with the breathability of the bed and you have a lung full of plastic powder. Then they tried to get a gag order on the guy that was telling everyone about the dangers. Watch for action from Consumer Protection Agency and the FTC, along with OSHA in Utah and Purple will be a unicorn…it simply will not exist. Shame on you Purple for putting thousands of consumers at risk to turn a buck!

Hieidi says May 6, 2017

We have the purple pillow! It’s fantastic, it’s a very unique sensation just as Joe stated! It’s advertised as a mattress for your head, and it seriously feels like that. So supportive on my neck, I’ve never had anything like it! I want to get the mattress as well! The material is so unique, with the pillow you get to actually see and feel the material and build the pillow. It’s the heaviest pillow I’ve ever had, it’s seriously a brick. But it’s inexpensive and can be a good intro into the mattress! I definitely want to get the mattress!

Tracey says May 10, 2017

Hi there

Wondering what you did/do with the mattress? Did you return it or keep it? I am considering one but the online purchase sight unseen makes me very nervous, sure they have the 100 nights deal but how easy/hard would that be if it doesn’t work out…so just wondering what you did or if anyone has returned one or attempted to….thanks,

    Joe Auer says May 13, 2017

    Hi Tracey – most established companies are pretty good at keeping their word with the returns, but I don’t have any specific Purple feedback.

Melissa says May 18, 2017

My husband and I both prefer firmer mattresses with minimal movement transfer but what makes this a bit tricky is I sleep in different positions, including my side, AND I’m under 120 lbs. (So we were looking at firmer memory foam and cushion firms mainly). Do you think the purple would work for me or am I too light? I have seen a few that I think will work for example, the Liberty but I was hoping to get one for 800 or less.

    Joe Auer says May 18, 2017

    Hi Melissa – I think Purple should be fine for a lighter sleeper, it is a very different feel from memory foam though.

Susane says May 23, 2017

Do you review the mattresses for partnered bedroom activities? I think that’s a huge component in decision-making for a lot of individuals.

Lauris says June 26, 2017

When I clicked the link for the $100 off, I was taken to onpurple.com. I didn’t see a full/double size nor anything indicating a discounted price 🙁 Were they offered for a limited time?

Kathleen says July 10, 2017

I wish there was a bigger number of full sized mattresses out there…..maybe you could do a quick list with best attributes

Amy Hale says July 19, 2017

Thanks for your review and responses to comments. (Loved the “egg test”) I have a Tempurpedic with an adjustable base but the Tempurpedic sleeps too hot. I’ve been trying the Saatva but that one also sleeps hot – so I’m interested in Purple. Can it be used on an adjustable base without damaging the mattress? Whaddya think?

Sashya Clark says August 1, 2017

Hi there, I assume you are part of their affiliate program, but when i click your link, the $100 discount doesnt seem to be working. Any help is appreciated 🙂

    Joe Auer says August 2, 2017

    I think they just set the price to always be $100 lower than it was.

Craig says August 6, 2017

Joe —

Why the low company rating? Is there something to be concerned about?

    Joe Auer says August 6, 2017

    Just revisited that for the first time. It’s higher now.

phil dallek says August 18, 2017

Was just notified these are being sold through Sams clubs for those (like me) that need to feel it before making a purchase.

Tera says August 22, 2017

Do regular sheets work for the mattress? We bought a pillow top mattress years ago and didn’t take into consideration that we would need “special” sheets (which are expensive!)

Tiffany Pace says August 25, 2017

You mention the Intellibed in your Purple review but I haven’t been able to find any more comparing the two. About 10 years ago, I visited an Intellibed store while visiting family in Utah and, having been recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I was very interested in them but the price was extremely prohibitive as was the difficulty of actually purchasing one and having it shipped to my home in California. I know that shipping/delivery has become much easier and affordable since then and the price of the Purple mattresses is much easier to consider. So I’m just wondering what your thoughts were on how the two compare. Would you recommend one over the other? Is there still a significant price difference between the two brands? How does the construction of each mattress compare? What type of frame/base support do they each require and can either of them be used with an adjustable base? Do either of the companies offer an adjustable base as an option? Any other information you think would be helpful for me?

I continue to have widespread pain but especially in my hips and legs. I have trouble with regulating my body temperature while sleeping due to hormonal fluctuations and changes relating to other health concerns so I need to avoid any mattress that sleeps “hot” or even somewhat warm. I had a temperpedic mattress for several years that was sort of a hand me down from my parents who decided they did not like it after only a year or two. Being a disabled, single mom with multiple children with special needs, I couldn’t afford to turn that down. I still can’t afford to spend anything extra that I don’t really have to and I don’t have the money, time, or other resources to go through a lot of trial and error on such a big purchase so I truly appreciate your very thorough reviews that I’ve already read and would be very thankful for any further input you can provide in comparing the Purple vs Intellibed mattresses.

    Joe Auer says August 25, 2017

    They are very similar. You can think of the top material as being basically the same thing. The springs of the Intellibed will make the mattress last longer overall. It’s really a question of whether the extra money is worth it.

Dennis Galvan says August 28, 2017

I have purchase a twin mattress, and two seat pads, one for the office and one for my vehicle. I agree with you and also like the products. My main reason for giving up my memory foam was the heat. I am sensitive to heat, especially at night. The purple mattress is much cooler. When they asked for a review, I gave them a seven, but didn’t get the chance to tell them why. It is the time delay between purchasing a product and the delivery, we are talking weeks. I am still waiting for my second seat cushion??? I wanted to post this on their website, or some where, but no option, so I thought I would “vent” on your site. Great review, thanks. dennis

    Joe Auer says August 28, 2017

    Thanks for the comment, Dennis. Sounds you like the products but thought they took to long to get there?

Lisa Aber says August 30, 2017

The Purple mattress has me miffed so I think I will try it, 100 off and the 100 days to sleep on it, has me pretty convinced, your review was awesome…

Rachel Mortensen says August 31, 2017

Thank you for your thorough review of the Purple Mattress. I just purchased one tonight and am looking forward to trying it.

chanda dicke says September 11, 2017

The $100 off does not seem to work

    Joe Auer says September 12, 2017

    Looks like they made it permanently $100 off, so it’s already incorporated.

Natalie says September 11, 2017

Hi Joe, love your reviews on all these mattresses!! Thank you!

I’m highly considering purple for my husband and I. Both side sleepers, but sometimes I sleep on my back. He sleeps hot, so the cool sleeping appeals to us. I’m currently pregnant and having severe sciatica pain. Our current mattress is a posturpedic. It’s now 17 years old and while I used to sleep like the dead on it, it causes me pain and he doesn’t like how firm it is. We had a pillow top, but that created a crater after just half a year so that’s when we switched with my posturpedic.
Seems like purple would be a good try for us with it being cooler sleeping, not totally firm…but I have to ask…
Does it create a crater with two sleepers? And do you use a box spring with it? Last, based on the info I gave you, would you recommend purple to us?

Thank you soooo much!!!

    Joe Auer says September 13, 2017

    It won’t crater with two sleepers. As long as you aren’t too lightweight I would recommend it. A box spring isn’t ideal. I would reach out to them directly to get their advice on that.

pete says September 12, 2017

I believe the term is “out-gassing”. If you ever go into the store Harbor Freight, you will be knocked over by the cheap out-gassing rubber products they have. Also, we have just received our new Purple King a week ago and it is the best bed I’ve ever slept in. Like the Joe says, it is hard to describe. And regarding if you “feel” the squares in the first layer: I never knew there were squares because I never saw the exploded view. So no detectable out-gassing and it sure is great. I don’t know how I’ll ever move it but that is another issue. 🙂

Jim says September 19, 2017

You repeated indicate it is “so unique” and “very unique” – except there is no such thing so this really doesn’t say much about either the mattress or your writing skills. A thing is either unique (there is nothing exactly the same) or it is not. There are absolutely no gradations of uniqueness.

    Joe Auer says September 20, 2017

    I am aware of the grammar rule but sometimes write it that way anyways.

Deborah says October 11, 2017

We have a Beautyrest Recharge called Lilah Luxury Firm Pillow Top. Ordered it from Overstock.com in May of 2014. We are not heavy people yet after less than 4 years there are deep cavities where we each lie. Additionally it sleeps very hot. I like the looks of your review on Purple, but am wondering if there is enough history on the mattress to know if it will have the same issue in a few years with the deep valleys? Thanks.

    Joe Auer says October 11, 2017

    The gel layer on top will not form a body impression. It is an extremely durable material.

Patrick Croft says October 14, 2017

You shocked the egg in the first test. Dropping a heavy solid item will break it in that circumstance even if it is suspended in a fluid.
The second test where the egg is fixed to the board illustrates the properties which the company is trying to demonstrate (ability to provide firm support over a wide area while remaining pliant at all points across the surface). That being said, it shouldn’t be necessary to reduce the weight of the glass surface, just eliminating the relative velocity between the glass and the egg is enough (otherwise you are testing the shock absorption properties of the glass instead of the bed).

Tony Ebeyer says October 16, 2017

Thanks for the review – very helpful. As a side note, and because someone once corrected me for the same issue (and I appreciated it), you use the phrase “very unique” quite often. The word “unique” does not lend itself to degrees. From thesaurus dot come: “Many authors of usage guides, editors, teachers, and others feel strongly that such “absolute” words as complete, equal, perfect, and especially unique cannot be compared because of their “meaning”: a word that denotes an absolute condition cannot be described as denoting more or less than that absolute condition.”

    Joe Auer says October 16, 2017

    Yessir, I am aware of the rule but like to modify “unique” sometimes anyhow. You might even call me a rebel.

Stephen says October 18, 2017

Hi Joe. Thank you for taking the time to provide your personal review.
I noticed you mentioned the following: “Overall I had a great experience sleeping on Purple” “Had”, meaning you no longer sleep on the Purple mattress?

    Joe Auer says October 18, 2017

    I am constantly changing the mattress that I sleep on because of the nature of what I do. Don’t read into the comment at all. It’s the same as with any other mattress.

Charles says October 18, 2017

In your opinion how does it compare to the Love & Sleep? My wife and I have a very active sex life and coming from an inner spring matters I have reservations. My friends love memory foam but my wife also gauges (i.e. talking to her friends) that those specific friend’s sex life is limited to special dates… Basically we want to avoid even dealing with a mattress that puts a damper on our sex life. That said we’d prefer a hybrid because the old spring style mattress is causing pressure point issues now that we’re both in our 40s. Fewer noises also help with kids that are getting older in the house…

I know I can return it, but our old mattress really needs replacing and if we show up at Furniture Row again to test the mattress I think they’re going to require (I joke) we buy one. Any input on how purpose does in this realm is appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


    Joe Auer says October 24, 2017

    For sex, I think the L&S would be slightly better. However, the Purple is still go for this as well.

Charles says October 18, 2017

I meant to ask one more question. How it edge support? I noticed it’s a 4.1 and that’s just above the Casper which seems to be very poor (at least from the photos). Again per our interest the Casper is not for us, but with Purple being a latex AND only having a 4.1 I wasn’t sure. Finally what are “strechy” sheets? We get our bedding at Costco and Costco.com so never seen this unless you mean the material stretches (we stick to cotton).

Kind Regards,


    Joe Auer says October 24, 2017

    Purple does not have latex in it. The edge support is okay. It’s about the same as any all-foam mattress.

Christy says November 1, 2017

Did you notice any smell from off gassing?

Denise says November 19, 2017

Hi! Thanks for the Purple reviews! I’ve had sciatic pain for 6 months and had no idea what could’ve caused it. I had to go out of town for a week and realized I had no pain during that time. When I returned home and after sleeping 2 nights on my Nature’s Sleep mattress, the sciatic pain returned! I’m now in the market for a new mattress! My question is, do you own this mattress? If so, how has it held up for you? Do you sleep well on it? Sorry for all the questions!

    Joe Auer says November 21, 2017

    I switch mattresses every couple of weeks to make sure I can review all the new ones that come out. Therefore, I don’t now any one in particular. Purple is definitely a fantastic mattress though.

MikeA says November 22, 2017

First of all, it’s full of toxic crap. Just read the user reviews on the smell. And yes, gassing is an issue with all mattresses, which is why you should strive to get a mattress with natural fillers. If you must have foam, then get a latex core mattress. In fact, prior to WWII latex core mattresses were the gold standard. Then latex was rationed during WWII, resulting in the lower quality spring mattress. When the war ended, mattress manufacturer’s stuck with spring, because it was way cheaper to produce than its latex predecessor. Now they come out with foam mattresses, which are full of toxic foam, that pretty much do what the old latex core mattresses did – only latex core mattresses don’t have the break-in (get used to it) period and they still have bounce.

Regarding Purple Mattress, just like all foam mattresses, they say you have a money back trial period. This is not true. Fact is that if you sleep on it for a week, and the trial period is a month, then they will tell you that you must complete the 30-day trial before you can return it. Then, when the 30-days is up you find yourself running against the clock and what do you know, you can no longer return it. Purple takes this deception to a new level in that they tell you that you must donate the mattress and provide proof of the donation before they will issue a refund. Problem is that no-one accepts mattress donations anymore, because of the potential for bed-bug contamination. So you can’t donate it, the clock runs out, and you are stuck with the mattress. Nuff said.

Karen says November 26, 2017

Thank-you Joe! I really appreciate the way you described this mattress…. firm, but relieves pressure points. I think you’ve won me over.

I had a firm coil spring bed that I put the BeautyRest 3.5 Geo-Matt on top of to relieve pressure points. Worked great, but had to replace the topper every 12-18 months at $200 a pop.

So I went searching for something that would give me the same ‘feel’ in one mattress that should last 8-10 years. I was just about to build my own with a poly foam base, dunlop latex transition, and talalay latex topper when I found a bed-in-a-box brand that I thought was worth trying since it had a long trial period and terrific write-ups and reviews.

2 months into it and I have a concave in the middle and a slight backache in the morning. And I LOVED this mattress until the breakdown. It’s really disappointing.

I’ve been reading reviews and found a few latex mattresses that didn’t cost an arm & a leg that I could try and add a topper if necessary….and then I read about Purple on Consumer Reports. CR rates the longevity of Purple high so I went looking for more reviews. That’s where I read your very comprehensive review. Thanks again!

I’m going for it. I’m hoping I don’t need to take advantage of the long trial on the Purple. Thanks for your great review!

p.s. I don’t care how it’s classified if I get a good nights sleep with no pain!

Sharon says November 28, 2017

My husband sleeps hot and I’m ALWAYS cold…I know he’ll love this mattress, but, I often sleep with a heating pad to warm my feet or lower back before I can get to sleep…do you know if my spot will warm up during the night? I hate when I find a cool spot on the mattress, I’ll go back to where I just was, where I had already warmed it up, otherwise I won’t fall asleep again until I can warm up again.

    Joe Auer says November 29, 2017

    Well, the mattress is basically temperature neutral. So it won’t get overly hot or cold. It will just be whatever the room temperature is basically.

Debbie says December 5, 2017

I purchased the king purple and I wrote and asked the company about the horrid smell that filled the room when I was laundering the sheets and the mattress was exposed, They said no else mentioned a smell. I am 122 lbs and I am having a hard time adjusting to this bed, my arms hurt more and I toss and turn like crazy. I am going to return it, I hope it’s not a nightmare.

Dave says December 23, 2017

I appreciate the review. A suggestion for improvement. “Unique” means “one of a kind.” Either something is one of a kind, or it is not. Something cannot be “very” one-of-a-kind. Your use of the phrase “very unique” is non-sensical and distracting for the listener who hears you use it 9 times in your 3 minute video.

Jennifer Beach says January 1, 2018

Hi Joe! I have a question for you. My husband and I are looking to get a new mattress and had considered Purple, but you say it sleeps cool. What exactly do you mean by that? I’ve found in the recent years that I am cold ALL the time. Does the bed not warm up in the winter? Currently I have flannel sheets, 3 blankets, and a comforter on top of me and still sometimes use the electric lap blanket I got for my birthday! Seriously, a big concern for me. Thanks!

    Joe Auer says January 2, 2018

    It’s more that it sleeps temperature neutral. People often are worried about a mattress overheating. That’s not the case with Purple. You should have nothing to worry about either!

marcia says January 10, 2018

I bout a $3,200 mattress with a 3 yr. warranty ,4 1/2 years later I sunk in one side ,my husband sunk into the other side. We have a large hill separating us now. How long will your mattress really last? Thank you Marcia

Marcia says January 10, 2018

The mattress we bout was a king

Patricia says January 19, 2018

I have an intellebed . Do you like this better?

    Joe Auer says January 19, 2018

    Similar concept except with springs vs foam. Can’t say I really like one that much better than the other. The Purple is at least much less expensive.

Jon Stivers says January 19, 2018


How come you never review the jp rogers innerspring mattresses. I have heard they are high quality and sold direct.

Sleep well,


    Joe Auer says January 19, 2018

    I’ve never come across them before. I’ll take a look.

Gordon says January 25, 2018

This is one of the most refreshing sites. I really enjoy your reviews, as I am wanting a new mattress. You are honest and candid and I really feel that your reviews are trustworthy

Well done. I will follow you because of what I have read.

Steven S says January 25, 2018

I have had the Purple Seat Cushion at work for about 3 months now and I LOVE IT! The pillow is my next purchase and then the mattress in late spring. I’ve been sleeping on a TempurPedic queen bed for just over 10 years and not only does it sleep VERY VERY HOT (I run a room fan all year long), but now, there’s a deep crater where I’ve been sleeping around the hip area!

Leslie says January 27, 2018

Does your link for $100 off the Purple mattress still work? I followed it to purchase a king size and don’t see where it would be applied at any point. Thanks

Nena Garcia says February 3, 2018

Hi I seen your commercial with T-Pain the rapper singer recommending your purple mattress… I am now 5 years and 8 months breast cancer survivor… I have a lot of pain in my knees my back my neck some in my reconstruction breast… I sleep around my sides, my back, my stomach.. do you have this in full size and if you do is there any discounts going on like the one I just seen that you’re giving $100 off I’m very interested and do you have financing… I really need help cuz I’m still recovering and I have two more surgeries to go.. at your convenience could you please get back with me …at my Gmail or call me at 714-371 8549

Marcy says February 3, 2018

Hi Joe,

My concern is how well it holds up. I have had three different memory foam mattresses in the past. Two that were deemed defective and replaced with a different one and now my select number bed that I have had 5 years, which the memory foam started to break down about two years or so into it. My experience with memory foam is that it doesn’t hold up. How does the purple bed compare to holding up? I know that you said it’s a different type of bed but my concerns is it breaking down. It will cost me $450 to get my king size mattress to be replaced on my select comfort but wondering if I will have to go through this again in another three years or so. It’s easier to buy a car than a bed. Thank you,

    Joe Auer says February 6, 2018

    The top layer will last longer than really any type of foam. Its longevity is one of its strong points.

J Great says February 6, 2018

I would like to know if this mattress absorbs and retain smells? Is it washable with a disinfectant if my puppy has an accident?

Roger says February 9, 2018

Nice write-up. Just because it’s bugging me, the reason your egg test didn’t perform as well as the commercials is two-fold. First, the eggs in the commercials are attached to the glass with a large amount of epoxy. This distributes the surface area that has contact with the glass by quite a large amount in comparison to the tiny point of contact with just the egg. Second, the top layer is stripped. This is as much for demonstrating the “purple” layer as it is for removing the additional tension of the top layer, which necessarily won’t yield as much. It might seem disingenuous, but considering that people are much larger than eggs the difference in performance with and without the top layer may be negligible (depending on the thickness of the top layer) aside from more even weight distribution across the grid pattern.

Mark says February 13, 2018

If the Purple Mattress sleeps cool, does it pull the heat from the sleeper’s body in the winter time when room temperature at night might be 62-65 degrees F in the bedroom and make the sleeper cold as a water bed will due if the heater is not used?

    Joe Auer says February 13, 2018

    It’s just temperature neutral. It’s not that it “sleeps cool,” it’s just that it doesn’t overheat because it is temperature neutral.

Heather Kimbrough says February 14, 2018

It would be great if you’d review th 2018 Purple mattresses. They are a radical departure in some ways from the originals and Id like YOUR take on it as I have some respect for your original review.

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