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Purple Hybrid Mattress Review

After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, Purple launched its flagship mattress featuring the Purple Grid comfort layer. This unique, proprietary material is made from hyperelastic polymers molded into an open-grid pattern. The Purple Grid conforms to the body like memory foam but does not trap as much heat and sleeps exceptionally cool.

Three years later, Purple introduced three hybrid mattresses. These models all feature the Purple Grid comfort layer, along with a pocketed coil support core. The standard Purple Hybrid measures 11 inches thick with a 2-inch Purple Grid and a medium firm (6) feel. The Purple Hybrid Premier is available in either a 12-inch profile with a 3-inch Purple Grid and a medium firm (6) feel, or a 13-inch profile with a 4-inch Purple Grid and a medium (5) feel. The three Purple hybrids increase in price based on how thick their comfort layer is.

If the Purple Hybrid or Hybrid Premier sounds like the right mattress for you, keep reading to learn more about these models. We'll discuss price-points, construction specs, performance ratings, and comparisons, along with Purple's shipping, return, and warranty policies.

Purple Mattresses At-A-Glance

Purple Hybrid Purple Hybrid 12" Purple Hybrid 13" The Original Purple
Firmness 6 (Medium Firm) 6 (Medium Firm) 5 (Medium) 6 (Medium Firm)
Mattress Type Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid All-Foam
Height 11" 12" 13" 9.25"
Price (Queen) $1,599 $2,199 $2,999 $1,099

Purple Hybrid Mattress Review: Our Verdict

Temperature neutrality is a defining feature of the Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier models. The Purple Grid is made from a polymer material that doesn’t absorb heat like memory foam or polyfoam. Its open-grid shape also promotes surface airflow, and the pocketed coil layers circulate air for added temperature regulation. If you're a hot sleeper, then this mattress will provide exceptional cooling and breathability.

The Purple Grid offers other benefits for sleepers. The polymer material conforms to your body rather closely, which can improve spinal alignment for side sleepers and alleviate pressure for sleepers in any position. The mattresses also provide above-average motion isolation compared to other hybrids. The Purple Grid also feels responsive, so any of the hybrids should be bouncy enough for sex.

If the Purple Grid comfort layer intrigues you but you've had bad experiences with hybrids in the past, we recommend the original Purple Mattress. This model has a high-density foam base, so it won't feel as responsive as its hybrid counterparts. The Purple Mattress has a much lower price-point, too.

Choose The Purple Hybrid if...
  • you prefer a medium or medium firm feel on your mattress
  • you tend to sleep hot
  • you share your bed with someone and experience sleep disruptions due to your partner's movements
  • you like a balance of contouring and responsiveness
Keep Shopping if...
  • you prefer the deeper sink of a mattress with a polyfoam base
  • you sleep on your stomach
  • you have a limited budget for buying a new mattress

How Much Is the Purple Hybrid Mattress?

Each model has a different price-point, which increases with the comfort layer thickness. The 11-inch Purple Hybrid with a 2-inch comfort layer costs $1,599 in a queen size. The 12-inch Hybrid Premier with a 3-inch comfort layer costs $2,199 in a queen size, and the 13-inch Hybrid Premier with a 4-inch comfort layer costs $2,999 in a queen size.

The average hybrid mattress costs between $1,600 and $2,200. This means the Purple Hybrid and 12-inch Hybrid Premier fall within this general price range, while the 13-inch Hybrid Premier is considered much more expensive than the average hybrid model.

The following table lists current prices in each size for the 11-inch Purple Hybrid and the 12-inch and 13-inch Hybrid Premiers.

Sizes Dimensions Weight Price
Twin XL 39” x 80” x 11”

39” x 80” x 12”

39” x 80” x 13”

77 lbs (11")

91 lbs (12")

105 lbs (13")

$1,299 (11")

$1,899 (12")

$2,499 (13")

Full 54” x 75” x 11”

54” x 75” x 12”

54” x 75” x 13

106 lbs (11")

125 lbs (12")

145 lbs (13")

$1,499 (11")

$2,099 (12")

$2,699 (13")

Queen 60” x 80” x 11”

60” x 80” x 12”

60” x 80” x 13”

122 lbs (11")

145 lbs (12")

168 lbs (13")

$1,599 (11")

$2,199 (12")

$2,999 (13")

King 76” x 80” x 11”

76” x 80” x 12”

76” x 80” x 13”

149 lbs (11")

176 lbs (12")

204 lbs (13")

$1,899 (11")

$2,699 (12")

$3,499 (13")

California King 72” x 84” x 11”

72” x 84” x 12”

72” x 84” x 13”

148 lbs (11")

175 lbs (12")

202 lbs (13")

$1,899 (11")

$2,699 (12")

$3,499 (13")

Split King 38" x 80" x 10" (x2)

38" x 80" x 10" (x2)

38" x 80" x 10" (x2)

154 lbs (11")

182 lbs (12")

210 lbs (13")

$2,598 (11")

$3,798 (12")

$4,998 (13")

How Does the Purple Hybrid Mattress Feel?

The 11-inch Purple Hybrid and 12-inch Hybrid Premier have a medium firm (6) feel, so you'll experience some body-contouring and strong overall support. The 13-inch Hybrid Premier has a medium (5) feel. This results in closer conforming and less support than the other two models, but the 13-inch Hybrid Premier has a more balanced feel.

The Purple Grid comfort layer gives these hybrids a fairly unique feel compared to mattresses from other brands. The polymer material conforms to the body and alleviates pressure like adaptive memory foam, but also has a rather responsive surface that could be likened to dense polyfoam. You'll sink a bit beneath the surface, but feel more like you're sleeping "on" — as opposed to "in" — the mattress. Furthermore, the Purple Grid sleeps very cool due to its minimal body heat absorption and breathable shape.

The pocketed coil systems also contribute to the overall feel of these beds. Like other hybrids, the Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier offer strong reinforcement to keep your body on an even plane.

What Is the Purple Hybrid Made Of?

Cover Material

All three Purple hybrid mattresses have the same cover composition, which consists of 67 percent polyester, 29 percent viscose, and 4 percent Lycra spandex. The fabric has an exceptionally soft and stretchy feel. Additionally, the high percentage of viscose makes the material very breathable.

Comfort Layers

The Purple Grid comfort layer is a proprietary material made of hyperelastic polymers shaped into an open grid shape. As we've already discussed, the Purple Grid offers a very unique feel compared to other mattress comfort layers. You'll experience the close body-contouring of memory foam and the responsiveness of polyfoam, all while remaining cool and comfortable thanks to the grid's breathable structure.

The 11-inch Purple Hybrid has a 2-inch comfort layer and a medium firm (6) feel. Due to its thickness and firmness, you'll notice the least amount of conforming with this model — but the material still hugs the body to a noticeable extent. The 12-inch Hybrid Premier has a 3-inch comfort layer. Though this model conforms a bit closer, it also has a medium firm (6) feel.

The 13-inch Hybrid Premier has a 4-inch comfort layer and a medium (5) feel, resulting in the closest amount of contouring. You should consider this mattress if you prefer a deep body hug and don't mind sinking beneath the surface a bit more.

All three hybrids contain a 1-inch layer of transitional polyfoam beneath the comfort layer. This component prevents you from sinking too deeply into the mattress and coming into contact with the coil system.

Support Core

Despite their thickness differences, the three Purple hybrids share the same support core. This layer consists of 7.5-inch pocketed coils. The coils add to the responsive feel of these beds. They also stabilize the mattress to ensure even support for your body.

Does the Purple Hybrid Isolate Motion?

Rating: 4/5 (all models)

Motion isolation refers to how well a mattress absorbs movement from sleepers and prevents their motion from transferring across the surface. After testing the mattress, we can confirm the Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier models all isolate motion very well. This quality is particularly important for couples because mattresses that isolate motion well can prevent sleep disruptions when someone gets in and out of bed or shifts positions.

The Purple Grid is fairly adaptive, allowing it to absorb motion and eliminate transfer much like memory foam. If you awaken easily due to movement from your sleep partner —or vice versa — then these models offer better motion isolation than most competing hybrids.

Does the Purple Hybrid Sleep Cool?

Rating: 5/5 (all models)

Temperature neutrality refers to how well a bed's components regulate temperature in order to provide a comfortable balance of cooling and warmth. Thanks to its unique design, the Purple hybrids sleep very cool.

Hybrids often sleep cooler than other mattress types thanks to strong and steady airflow through their coil layers. The Purple hybrids are a cut above the rest due to two additional components. One is the Purple Grid comfort layer, which has an open-grid shape. This results in less body heat absorption and more surface airflow compared to hybrids with solid memory foam, polyfoam, or latex comfort layers.

These hybrids also have covers infused with viscose, a highly breathable synthetic fabric derived in part from plant-based materials.

We recommend any Purple hybrid model if you normally sleep hot. The original Purple Mattress also offers excellent temperature neutrality, and this model may be more feasible with your budget.

Will It Sag Along the Edges?

Rating: 3/5 for 11" and 12" hybrids, 2/5 for 13" hybrid

Edge support is one area where most competing hybrids outperform the Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier models. It refers to how well the bed's perimeter is reinforced. In mattresses with strong support systems, you'll notice very little sinking when sitting on the edges to get in and out of bed. You'll also feel more stable sleeping near the edges.

Purple doesn’t disclose the gauge, or thickness, of their pocketed coils, but this may be a factor because thinner coils provide less support than thicker ones. The 11-inch Purple Hybrid and 12-inch Hybrid Premier provide some perimeter support, but you'll notice some sinkage when sitting or lying near the edges.

The 13-inch Hybrid Premier is susceptible to deep sinkage. You may not feel secure sleeping near the edges of this model, and you may have a hard time getting in and out of bed if you weigh more than 230 pounds.

Is It Good for Sex?

Rating: 4/5 (all models)

Every couple has different preferences for sex, but most prefer responsive mattresses with bouncier feels. All three Purple hybrids feel very responsive due to both their coil systems and the Purple Grid material, so they’re well-suited for sex. Responsive beds ensure easier movement across the surface, especially when changing positions, whereas less responsive models can cause uncomfortable sinkage that restricts movement.

Couples won't sink or sag too much during sex and should be able to change positions rather easily, but the grid material also provides good traction. However, there is one downside: the mattresses have fairly weak edge support, so partners may not be able to utilize the entire surface of the bed during sex.

What About Off-gassing?

Rating: 3/5 for 11" hybrid, 4/5 for 12" and 13" hybrids

Off-gassing essentially refers to a "new mattress smell." All mattresses emit some sort of initial odor when you remove them from their boxes. Some beds air out rather quickly while others cling to unpleasant smells, which can lead to complaints from owners.

When unboxing the 11-inch Purple Hybrid, we noticed more odor than with the Hybrid Premier models. However, these smells should dissipate in a matter of days and the beds are not associated with problematic odor issues. This can be attributed to their coil systems and breathable comfort layers, which help them air out quickly.

What Type of Sleeper Is the Purple Hybrid Mattress Best for?

The Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier mattresses are well-suited to a variety of shoppers, especially side and back sleepers. Purple is one of many mattress brands that offers multiple firmness and thickness options for its hybrid models. By doing this, they can appeal to a wider range of sleepers, depending on sleep position, body type, and firmness preferences. First, we'll look at how the Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier models cater to different sleep positions.

  • Side Sleepers: Side sleepers generally feel very comfortable on the three Purple hybrids. The Purple Grid material conforms closely enough to cushion the shoulders and hips, which can improve your spinal alignment and reduce pressure points. The material is also supportive and responsive enough to prevent you from sagging too deeply while lying on your side.
  • Combination Sleepers: Combination sleepers utilize more than one sleep position on a regular basis. People who partially sleep on their stomachs may find the Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier mattresses a bit too soft and prone to sagging around the midsection. However, the mattresses perform very well with back and side sleepers. If you're a combination side and back sleeper, then any of these Purple models may be suitable.
  • Back Sleepers: The Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier models are also popular with back sleepers. The Purple Grid comfort layer and supportive coils offer a very balanced feel, so you'll feel some conforming and less pressure without sagging around the hips and shoulders.

How Does Body Weight Impact the Purple Hybrid Mattress' Performance?

With multiple options to choose from, sleepers of most weights will likely find a Purple Hybrid that suits their needs.

Like sleep position, your body weight can impact how comfortable and supportive a mattress feels. People who weigh less than 130 pounds often prefer softer mattresses that conform closely to alleviate pressure points. Those who weigh between 130 to 230 pounds may find a mid-level firmness more comfortable — a mix of conforming and support to reduce pressure without a deep sink. For folks who weigh more than 230 pounds, a firmer mattress that won't sag too much will probably be the most comfortable option.

If you weigh less than 130 pounds and prefer a contouring feel from your mattress, then the 13-inch Hybrid Premier is your best option. Of the three Purple hybrids, this one conforms the closest. If you weigh more than 230 pounds, then you may want to consider the 11-inch Purple Hybrid or 12-inch Hybrid Premier instead. These beds feel medium firm and offer more overall support than the 13-inch model. People who weigh between 100 and 230 pounds may find any bed suitable, depending on their desired ratio of conforming and support.

Is the Purple Hybrid Mattress Good for Couples?

The three Purple hybrids are each very well-suited to couples and co-sleepers for several reasons. For one, their Purple Grid comfort layers absorb motion very well and eliminate most transfer across the surface. This prevents you from waking up when your partner changes positions. The pocketed coils are fairly quiet, too. You don't need to worry about loud squeaks during the night.

The hybrids are also very responsive thanks to their unique comfort layers and thick coil systems. This makes it easier to move across the surface without sinking into the middle of the bed, so you don't need to worry about rolling into the center with your sleep partner. The responsiveness is also good for sex for couples who prefer bouncier beds.

If there's one disadvantage for couples, it's the weak perimeter support of these models. Sinkage along the edges may cause you and your sleep partner to sleep away from the edges, which — depending on your usual arrangement — may be disruptive.

Purple's Trial, Warranty and Shipping Policies

Availability Purple ships mattresses to all 50 states. Customers in the contiguous 48 states receive free shipping options (see below) but those in Alaska and Hawaii must pay additional charges depending on their specific location.

The Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier mattresses are sold on Purple's official website. They may also be available in one of the brick-and-mortar retailers authorized to sell Purple products, depending on that store's availability.

Shipping Shipping method for these mattresses depends on the specific model.

Free ground shipping is available for the Purple Hybrid within the contiguous U.S. The mattress will be compressed and shipped in a box. Delivery times vary by location, but you should receive the mattress in 10 days or fewer.

Additional Services You can also select White Glove delivery for your Purple Hybrid, which includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal. This service costs $149 on top of the mattress sticker price. The mattress will not be compressed, and you'll be able to schedule a specific delivery window with the courier.

The Hybrid Premier models qualify for free White Glove delivery anywhere in the contiguous U.S.

Sleep Trial Purple allows you to test out any hybrid model for up to 100 nights. The sleep trial begins on the delivery date.

You must sleep on the mattress for a minimum of 21 days before you'll be able to return the mattress for a full refund or exchange it for another Purple model. If you opt for an exchange, the sleep trial will continue from its original start date.

Warranty Purple offers a 10-year warranty for all three hybrids. The warranty is entirely non-prorated, so the company will cover any repair or replacement charges if your mattress develops a defect (minus to-and-from transportation costs).

Defects include surface body impressions that measure at least 1 inch thick, or mattresses with defects that cause the materials to deteriorate prematurely.

Purple asks owners to use a "firm, flat, non-spring foundation." If you don't follow these guidelines and damage to the mattress occurs, the company may void the warranty altogether.