Purple Mattress 2018

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Purple Mattress Review (after 6 months)

When I started 2018, I went to my storage area and looked at all of the mattresses in there.  I knew in my mind which one I was going to pick out, but I spent some time looking at all of my options.  The last four mattresses that I had tested were hybrids, so I knew that I wasn’t going to pick one of those.  I dug around for awhile and realized the one I wanted was on the bottom of one of the stacks.  After the workout of moving things around, it was ready.  Well almost, my workout wasn’t complete as the Purple mattress is VERY heavy.  The materials are dense, so be prepared to sweat a bit when you unbox or move your purple mattress around.

I shot this video to show which mattress I choose when the decision is entirely up to me.

It’s just a personal preference.  If you don’t believe me I’ll show you my invoice:

Purple Mattress invoice

I bought my Purple Mattress!


What is Inside the Mattress?

The Purple mattress is unlike any other mattress on the market.  It all starts with a stretchy 98% polyester white cover which also has 2% spandex in it.

Purple mattress cover

The bottom two layers are foam, 4″ of support at the base and 3″ in the middle.

Purple mattress layers

The top polymer layer will have a bit of powder in it when it ships.

It’s the top layer that really makes the Purple mattress unique.  In addition, it’s also the layer that is surrounded in controversy.

I’m sure that I’m not the first person to discuss the Purple powder issue, and I certainly won’t be the last.  For those of you who haven’t heard about it or for those who want a recap, I’ll go through the basics.

  • Purple’s Smart Comfort Grid is coated with a non-toxic polyethylene copolymer powder (say that three times fast)
  • Someone who is likely associated with a mattress rival released a video (which I’m sure you have seen as it has 1.8 Million views on Youtube) asking Purple what the story is with the powder.
  • Purple was unhappy with the videos and filed a lawsuit
  • Purple has released information about the powder on their blog.  Here is an excerpt snapshot.
Purple blog response to what's in the powder

non-toxic polyethylene copolymer powder

I’m way more afraid of dying while crossing the street than being killed by Purple’s non-toxic powder, but I guess there is a risk in everything we do in life. I’m still going to chance walking my dog to the dog park tomorrow even though I’ll have to cross the street.

When I cut the netting off the purple mattress I did discover the powder which purple admits putting on their smart comfort grid. They say on the purple blog that it is a non-toxic polyethylene copolymer powder. It keeps the “honeycombs like grid” from sticking together. You can see midway through the video that without the powder it will stick together, which would probably be uncomfortable while sleeping.

Sleep Test Results

Long story short, I hated the purple pillow, and purple seat cushion.  Take a guess at how I feel about the Purple mattress, or you can just watch and see…

  • Works well for a side sleeper.  You get a nice “waterbed” like hug, note there isn’t any water in the bed…
  • Works really well with an adjustable bed massage feature.

Actually if I had to put a Top mattresses list that conform well on an adjustable bed, The Purple would beat them all making the others not even close! I was very impressed by the way The Purple mattress moved, took shape and form on The Verge adjustable bed from Rize.  I think Purple should be one the suggestions when it comes to “which mattress is the most compatible with my adjustable bed”.  But here I am strongly suggesting it, so there.

  • Waterbed like motion transfer.  Of course, if your frame has a massage feature this could actually be considered a pro.
  • People on the heavy side may sink too far into the mattress.
  • It is really heavy, the tube that it comes in is a real challenge to “unbox”.  Worse, moving the mattress around makes me cringe, but I move mattresses around more frequently than most people.
  • When unboxed my son said “it smelled like a cake”.  That smell has long been gone, but it was the only time I have noticed anything like that while unboxing all of these mattresses.

Who Should Buy the Mattress?

So here’s the deal, Purple is MY go to mattress whenever I am in between reviewing mattresses. Kind of like recharging my batteries to get ready for my upcoming mattress to be sleep tested.

Typically, I sleep on a mattress for anywhere between 2 to 3 weeks than leave a review. While waiting for the next mattress to be tested to show up, and even though I have a descent amount of mattresses in my storage, I always pull out the Purple to lay down on. It is so comfortable I sometimes secretly wish why can’t I just sleep on it forever?

Thanks to its perfect blend of polyurethane foam and Hyper-Elastic Polymer The Purple mattress is suitable for both side and back sleepers, I haven’t tried to sleep on my tummy yet because I am a side/ back sleeper naturally, but I am willing to bet it is a great choice for stomach sleepers since it’s soft and flexible which means comfortable.

For Back Sleepers:

When you lie on your back, you want your spine to maintain its natural curve. This relieves pressure points and can help prevent back pain.  What’s cool about the Purple mattress is the “honeycomb” polymer top layer.  Since it creates little pockets you won’t get hot when you are sleeping on your back.

As for Side Sleepers:

When laying on your side, you really want your spine to be aligned. Straight spinal alignment helps you sleep better preventing side (hip and shoulder) pain.  As a a petite side sleeper this mattress is perfect!  It took a bit to grow on me, but it is now my go to sleep solution for when I’m not testing a mattress.  You may want to see where the Purple mattress placed on my Best mattress for side sleepers list.  If you are in a hurry, I’ll just let you know it is Number 1.

The Side Sleeper’s Guide To Sleeping

Next to back sleeping, side sleeping is the next best thing. However, sleeping on the wrong mattress can put you in a world of pain and discomfort. So much discomfort like numb arms  and aching shoulders and sore backs. All this can be avoided by choosing to sleep on the right mattress.

To top it all off, The Purple sleeps COOL! 

The key for deep sleep is always less stimuli. A mattress that is too hot or too cold will wake you up. Purple keeps you body elevated above the breathable grid AKA Hyper-elastic polymer™ Smart-Comfort Grid.

Purple breathes and promotes airflow to keep you sleeping soundly .

Ventilation is the key to sleeping just right—not too hot, and not too cold. Purple achieves the ultimate sleep comfortably by combining a totally new material with a totally unique design. Bottom line, Purple or not, to sleep cool get a mattress that breathes.

What Type of Bed Frame Works for this Mattress?

At the end it’s not just temperature! You also need your spine aligned

The walls that make up Purple’s Smart-Comfort Grid™ relax underneath pressure points while pulling to support areas like the lower back. This balances weight distribution and keeps the entire body in correct alignment.

And that’s the reason why I pull my Purple out of storage every once in a while. As much as I love hybrid mattresses there’s always this je ne sais quoi that makes me want to sleep on Purple.

Keep in mind if you are looking for a mattress that: Supports your back like a firm mattress and cradles your hips and shoulders like a soft mattress you have found what you are looking for with the Purple mattress. It’s like getting the best of both worlds: Firm + Soft

And then ask yourself:

Are you waking up with back, shoulder and neck pain? Are you tossing and turning and are restless at night? Maybe it’s time to invest in a Purple mattress.

Price Table

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Current Specials

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Unboxing Pictures

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$999 is a pretty steep price for a queen mattress, but I’m going to give it a fair shot, maybe it will surprise me

The bag is HEAVY!  I can’t imagine how much heavier it must be in king size.  The top has a zipper, but you need to cut the mattress out of the bag.  Well that’s what the instructions say, so I tried to see if it would slide out of the bag when lifted and one end, but that didn’t work.  Luckily, Purple provides a handy box opener, which I have only seen included with the Nectar mattress so far.  Per instructions the box opener will cut through the outside bag so that you can get to the mattress.  After that it’s standard mattress opening.  Before I show you the unboxing video, let’s talk about the issue that is probably on your mind.

Unboxing Video

Other Purple Information:

You can read about the NEW Purple Mattress (it has individually wrapped coils in it for additional support)

Original Purple Mattress vs. New Purple Mattress

Purple Powerbase

Purple Pillow

Purple Mattress Protector

Purple vs. Honest Mattress Reviews lawsuit

The original Purple ships to Canada, it is a bit more expensive to cover the additional shipping.

Warning not investment advice, just public data: Purple trades under the ticker PRPL.  Personally, I like to buy stock in things that I use and believe in (so I am considering buying PRPL).  Unfortunately, the Price to earnings ratio for PRPL is WAY too high for me to jump in at the current price of $9.33 per share on 3/21/18.  Plus Thomson Reuters just gave them a Negative outlook, so it looks like I’ll be waiting for a while to get a hold of some PRPL.  Thomson Reuters 2017 PRPL.  When compared to others in the home furnishings retailers industry they state: “the debt to capital of 95.7% for PRPL is the highest”.  So currently a lot of debt to finance their amazing (200% year over year growth) growth.  Plus Sam Bernards stepped down as CEO about a week ago.

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Purple Mattress
Author Rating
Best Mattress Purple mattress layers
Purple Mattress 2018
Adjustable Frame10
Sleep Quality10
Stays Cool10
Amazing on an adjustable frame
Perfect for side sleepers
waterbed like quality
The mattress is heavy
Final Thoughts
The Purple mattress won the 2017 adjustable bed test by a landslide. This is my go to mattress when I'm not in the process of sleep testing other mattresses.
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  1. jjpdream April 19, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I would love to experience this mattress, any bed that would alleviate the pressure points and pain would be so welcome!! I also would love to see if it eggs really wouldn’t break under the weight of a body, wouldn’t try it myself as I would freak getting raw egg on a new bed, but would be fun to see in real life if it really is that squishy. 😀

  2. Caherrin April 18, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Ok, I admit I had to read this part 3 times to get what you really meant. Lol
    I really need to get my mind out of the gutter I guess lol … Still laughing!!

    “That all changed last night, a few different positions on the adjustable frame and he was converted.”

    I kept thinking, no, she didn’t say that in her review. She couldn’t have! Lol Well, you didn’t, but it sure gave me a belly laugh!!

    On a serious note, it’s a great review and answered all my questions! I seriously need a mattress that breathes so I don’t wake up like I was at a water park all night just from sweating so much! I appreciate all the info … and the laugh! (even if it was only in my mind)

    • Non-Biased April 18, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      OOOH, I see how you could think that. I may need to reword that paragraph huh?

  3. sdadolf April 18, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    For most of my life I thought a somewhat firm mattress was supposed to be the best, but I never considered that it might not be the best for a side-sleeper like me, especially someone who is 6 foot and weighs 225 pounds. Eighteen months ago I bought my first foam mattress, and I am not sure it is much better for me…I thought I would notice a significent improvement. Maybe I bought the wrong mattress, maybe the mattress I bought is good for someone who sleeps on their left side, but not for me who sleeps on his right side?? In any case, I sure would like to try the purple mattress. From the reviews here, it might be just what I need to get a comfortable sleep.

  4. whisper5003 April 18, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I would Love to get a Purple Mattress and try it out!! My bed is so bad and uncomfortable I have got to get a mattress soon, hoping to win one so I dont have to go in debt buying one..Thank you for such an amazing review and all the information.

    • Non-Biased April 18, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, I hope we can help you find a nice replacement.

  5. sara crisco April 18, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I would never have guessed that the Purple mattress would be your go to mattress with so many other more well known mattresses on the market. I’m excited to find out more about it and the new Purple mattress. Thanks for sharing!

    • Non-Biased April 18, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Sara, the purple is a unique mattress. It is hard to explain, but it kind of resets my back when I get the chance to sleep on it.

  6. chelscowan April 16, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Such a great review! What I like about this mattress is that you mention how it’s for every type of sleeper! I’d like to say i’m a side sleeper, but some night i’m on my stomach, some night I lay face up – so I don’t think I’m any certain type of sleeper. I also really like the cooling feature – I’ll take being cool sleeping than being hot any day! I just really can’t get over how versatile the Purple mattress is and it seems like it would make anyone happy (or sleepy)!

    • Non-Biased April 16, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. The Purple mattress is so unique that everyone needs to give it a shot. I still need to test out their sheets, powerbase and the new hybrids. My schedule is pretty packed though, so I don’t think I’ll squeeze those in until the summer.

  7. kathyh309 April 12, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Great review!! I want a purple mattress!

    • Non-Biased April 13, 2018 at 12:08 am

      Thank you! I try to sleep on it as much as I can, but I’m usually sleep testing other mattresses. It’s set up in my spare bedroom so I get to nap on it, that is when I can find the time.

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