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, 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 very 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.
  • Want durability proof – it’s possible that Purple may be more durable than other materials.  However with a relatively new mattress, there’s really no way to tell, and traditional specs (eg foam density) don’t apply.

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.

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
4.4 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
Edge Support4.1
Company Reputation4
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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About the Author Joe Auer

Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.

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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!

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