Purple Hybrid Premier Review

New Purple Mattress 2-4 inch layer choice

The Original Purple Mattress is still for sale, but they have added a new member to their family.

The Purple Hybrid Premier mattress has 2 options, 3 or 4 inch polymer section (grid structure). 

If you want to stay closer to The Purple Mattress you could also get the less expensive Purple Hybrid with a 2″ hyper elastic polymer section.

Purple Hybrid Score
Overall
4.4
  • Materials
  • Sleep Quality
  • Stays Cool
  • Motion Isolation
  • Company
  • Adjustable Base
  • Support
  • Comfort
  • Value
  • Off Gassing

Summary

Choose 2 to 4 inches of the Purple grid to accompany the 7 inch coils on the upgraded purple mattress.

Pros

UNIQUE Purple Grid
Designed for heavy people

Cons

SUPER HEAVY
Grid doesn’t extend to edges of the bed

Purple Hybrid Premier Video Review

Below is a video showing the difference between the Purple mattress and their Purple Hybrid Premier mattress.  The major difference is that the Hybrid Premier has 1 more inch of the hyper-elastic polymer (“HEP”) so that’s 3″ total.  If you want to you can get up to 4″ for an additional fee.  Along with that, they have added pocketed coils and a foam barrier around the HEP.  

Warning, if you are tall enough that your feet would hit the bottom edge you may not like the feel of the transition from awesome HEP to polyfoam.  Same goes for the sides, if you and your partner barely fit on a queen size (one of you is always on the edge) it may be time for you to upgrade to a king so that you don’t have that awkward feel as you transition from HEP to polyfoam.

Besides the choice that you now have for the polymer section, the Purple Hybrid now has individually wrapped 7″ coils.  This will provide sleepers with the additional support that some feel that the original purple may not provide.  This may be the game changer that Purple was seeking.

You can think of the New Purple as a beefier option for larger/heavier sleepers.  I’m a side sleeper and they say that their 4″ polymer section is ideal for side sleepers.  So for my queen size they are suggesting I fork over $2,799 to try this.  At the same time, I’m not heavy so I’m not sure I’m the ideal candidate for the .4.  I am a bit tempted by the thought of floating on an extra 2 inches of the egg catching polymer layer.

As usual, Purple came out with a fantastic Human Egg Drop Test commercial.  What was I going to do just sit back and enjoy it?  Nah, I needed to try it myself.  So I moved my Purple mattress from the spare bedroom to my bedroom.  Then I asked my son if he wanted to have some eggs strapped to him to test out the Purple’s egg catching powers.  He happily agreed, and here are the results.  Thanks to Ray Landreth for being a good sport:

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What is Inside the Mattress?

This comes down to your choice of how much you are willing to spend.  The 2″ polymer layer with the transition foam and 7″ coils is $1,599, which is on the high side for a hybrid coil foam mattress.  However, this isn’t really foam is it?  I mean you do get the egg catching capabilities of the Purple polymer layer.  The big question is; are you willing to almost double your cost to double up on their polymer layer?

What I really want to know is, how crazy is the .4 on the purple powerbase’s massage feature?

One of the things that I always test for on a hybrid mattress is if I can feel the coils when I rub my hand on the sides of the bed.  The Purple hybrid has foam between the coils and the cover, so you won’t be able to feel the coils, and it will give the mattress nice edge support.  Personally, I don’t tie my shoes or get dressed on the side of a bed, and I’m pretty light, so edge support isn’t nearly as important to me as other factors.  That said, I’m impressed that they took the extra step to “hide the coils”.

Sleep Test Results

PROS
• When you lie down on the Original Purple and then the Purple.2 and then the Purple.3 you find yourself drawn to the .3 and even tempted to get the .4.  Purple is really on to something.
CONS
•The 4″ Purple Hybrid Premier is 168 lbs for a queen size.  The original purple is 110 lbs and I HATE to move it around, it tacos on me (imagine it bends like a taco and falls over on me when I move it)
•The Polyfoam on the boarders is an awkward transition out of the HEP zone.
•Did I mention that it is EXPENSIVE?

 Who Should Buy the Mattress?

People who have been considering the original Purple, but may be on the heavy side should look into the Purple.2. Personally, I LOVE the Purple.3. At my size I am able to sink into the 3 inches of hyper-elastic polymer on my side and back without feeling the springs inside the mattress. The purple.4 is for side sleepers also, but I think you need to be quite a bit heavier than I, to need that extra inch of polymer.

What Type of Bed Frame Works for this Mattress?

  • Solid Platform
  • Solid Foundation
  • Slatted Base
  • Adjustable Frame: The regular Purple does really well on an adjustable frame.  The Purple.3 that I tested is OK on an adjustable frame. The cover scrunches up a bit and the bottom doesn’t stick to the frame the same way that the original purple does.

Price Table

Polymer SizeTwin XLQueenKingCalifornia King
2″$1,299$1,599$1,899$1,899
3″$1,899$2,199$2,699$2,699
4″$2,499$2,999$3,499$3,499

Purple Hybrid Premier Review Conclusion

First the good, there is nothing on the market that is remotely similar to the feel of the hyper-elastic polymer (“HEP”) section.  Purple was nice enough to double down on that and give you the option to go all the way up to 4 inches of it.  If you can stay in the middle of the HEP section you are in for a serious treat.  Now that leads us to the bad part about these new Purple mattresses.

New Purple.3 mattress next to original purple mattress

You can see in the photo above, that they have surrounded the HEP layer with polyfoam.  This leads to 4 huge problems. 

  1. It is possible for a bump or a disconnect to form at the edges where your HEP layer goes over your polyfoam layer.  
  2. If you are tall your head and feet can be in the polyfoam section while your body is in the HEP layer, this is uncomfortable.
  3. Your partner/pet/kids may push you off to the sides of the mattress.  This means that part of your body is in the awesome HEP layer and part is on a not awesome polyfoam area.  Again not a pleasant sleep experience.
  4. Moving a Purple Hybrid is next to impossible (which is why two people deliver it to you).  The mattress is out of balance.  The HEP is really heavy and the poly foam isn’t.  So if you stand it on any of the sides it will form the shape of a TACO.  What’s important is that you don’t want to be on the inside of the taco shell as you could get seriously injured by this mattress if it collapses on you.  If you move it enough times it will probably happen.  I bet you didn’t watch the whole video from above, so I have it set below so that you can see what happens when you stand both Purple mattresses on their sides.
Play Video

I know that I said in the video that I was really pleased with the purple.3, but my opinion changed a lot as we struggled to move it into storage after our initial sleep testing.  You can’t carry it flat down a hallway or through a door, so the heavy HEP layer starts to fold (TACO shape) in on itself as you move it or slide it on the side.  By the time we got it into storage it seemed so damaged that I’m not sure we could even use it again.  User error?  Bad design?  I don’t know, but I do know that purple mattress return rates are way above their historical average and I’m thinking this is the reason.  

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FAQ

Purple sent us this to test; however, I doubt they thought we would do egg drop tests on it.  All of the opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Purple is incredibly popular since they offer a 100% unique sleeping experience.  With their popularity came a huge retail presence.  You can find a purple in:

Mattress Firm

Bed Bath & Beyond

Macy’s

It is made in Utah

Yes they offer the:

Purple Blanket

Purple Pillow

Purple Seat Cushion

Purple Powerbase

Purple Pet Bed

and many more

The answer is almost no, as there is nothing like it on the market.

  Except, I believe that they license their technology to Intellibed. 

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