After 4 hours of research evaluating 4 products, we picked Purple 3 as our top choice.
According to a 2009 study, people who swapped out their old mattresses (five years or older) for a newer design reported an increase in sleep quality and a decrease in back pain and stress. Considering we'll all spend about a quarter of our lives sleeping, we could all probably benefit from a newer mattress.
Here's the deal:
Purple mattresses feature a state-of-the-art hyper-elastic polymer that provides a sleep like no other: sleeping on one of their mattresses often feels like floating on air. It's a truly unique experience, designed in part by a legitimate rocket scientist.
But here's the kicker:
Each Purple mattress has at least 2" of their patented hyper-elastic polymer. This material is arranged in a honeycomb grid and provides ample room for air to flow and heat to dissipate, making for a super cool and restful sleep.
If you want to start taking your sleep more seriously, maybe it's time to upgrade from the old spring mattress to one of Purple's space-age designs. Let's jump straight into the Purple mattress reviews to see which one of their four models is the best fit for you and your sleep style.
Improved support for large stomach and back sleepers. Plus, the addition of coils adds bounciness, which will be a welcome addition for some.
People who are particularly heavy may fully compress the elastic polymer grid, meaning they won't be able to feel it or reap its benefits. Additionally, it's significantly more expensive than the Purple Original.
The major difference between the Purple 2/3/4 and the Purple Original is the replacement of the foam support layer with coils. This adds a noticeable bounciness and firmness to the mattress that was not as present in the brand's flagship model. For those who are looking for a more traditional mattress feel, the Purple 2 provides some of the unique feel of the elastic polymer grid with the more familiar feel of a spring mattress.
Support is definitely increased in this version, which will be most appreciated by larger and heavier front and back sleepers. However, if you're particularly heavy, you may not reap the full benefits of this mattress: the top elastic polymer layer is only 2" thick, so it is easy to fully compress if you're of above average weight.
There is no significant increase or decrease in longevity compared to any of the other Purple mattresses. This is a highly durable mattress that should last you for years.
The newer Purple models sport a significantly higher price tag than the Purple Original, but the increased support and firmness of the Purple 2 may be worth it for heavier sleepers, particularly those who sleep on their front or back.
Incredibly comfortable - feels almost like you're resting on air. Good for side and combo sleepers, and the 4" of elastic polymer will allow heavy sleepers to get the true Purple experience without overly compressing the unique gel-like layer.
The priciest of all Purple's mattresses, and some may find the feel of the mattress too strange. Additionally, it does not provide as much support as the other Purple models.
With an additional 2" of hyper-elastic polymer, the Purple 4 takes the unique feel of the Purple Original and runs with it, creating an extremely comfortable sensation that makes you feel as if you're floating on air. It is not as firm as any of the other models, which means that many back and front sleepers will find it doesn't provide enough support. However, heavy sleepers that want to truly experience the uniqueness of a Purple mattress should definitely try this out, as the top layer won't compress as fully as those in other models.
In all other respects, this model performs comparatively to Purple's three other offerings. The demographic that will reap the most benefits from this model are side and combo sleepers and those who want to experience the feeling of Purple's hyper-elastic polymer to its fullest extent.
This model performed well in durability tests just like Purple's other models. You should have no concerns as to the longevity of this mattress: it will last you years.
It may be hard to justify the high price tag to many people, but despite being the priciest mattress that Purple offers, the Purple 4 does provide sleepers with an experience that can't be found elsewhere. If you like the feel of Purple's hyper-elastic polymer, the cost may be well worth it if you want to get the fullest Purple experience.
Great for petite to average side sleepers, and good at isolating motion to ensure restful sleep for all.
Large or tall sleepers may not find it as comfortable as small sleepers will. Also, some may not appreciate the unique feeling of the mattress.
The purple mattress performs extremely well for side, back, and stomach sleepers on the small to average end of the body spectrum. Its unique grid-style comfort layer provides support around the stomach and back while also allowing hips, arms, and shoulders to sink in and remain comfortable when sleeping on one's side. The elastic polymer material is surprisingly good at stopping motion transfer, making it easy for both members of a couple to sleep soundly, even if one is constantly shifting around throughout the night.
If you've seen Purple's raw egg test advertisements, in which raw eggs attached to a glass pane are dropped onto the mattress without breaking, you may be wondering whether the mattress really lives up to the marketing magic. Short answer: it does. Purple's state-of-the-art materials have truly impressive pressure relief capabilities, making it a true joy to sleep on.
What's more: the mattress dissipates heat very well, leading to a cool and comfortable sleep. However, if you are heavier and sink deeply into the mattress, you will potentially offset this benefit and find the mattress is too hot.
The elastic polymer grid that Purple uses is quite resilient. This mattress held up extremely well after eight years of simulated use and you should have no concerns regarding the durability and longevity of this product.
Purple offers a great mattress at a middle-of-the-road price. It performs quite well compared to higher-end mattresses, but costs significantly less than other mattresses that perform equally as well.
More elastic polymer than the Purple Original and Purple 2 and increased side support compared to the Purple Original.
Not as firm as the Purple 2, so will not work as well for heavy sleepers. Additionally, the unique feeling of the gel-like material may be a turn off for some.
The Purple 3 is in between the Purple 2 and 4 when it comes to firmness. This model contains three inches of elastic polymer, so it makes for a somewhat softer mattress than the Purple 2. Side and combo sleepers of all sizes will find it extremely comfortable due to the increased pressure relief around the hips and shoulders, but large or heavy back sleepers will be better off with the increased support of the Purple 2.
Outside of the additional inch of elastic polymer, the Purple 3 is the same as the Purple 2. It's a unique feeling mattress and provides an equally cool sleep.
This model performs just as well as the other Purple mattresses when it comes to longevity, durability, and reliability.
With its significantly higher price tag, many will find that it does not provide a significant enough upgrade to warrant its purchase over the Purple Original. Still, it's a fantastic mattress in its own right.