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 Mattress|
|Firmness||Medium Firm (6)||Medium Firm (6)|
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.
|Twin XL||38"x 80"||77 lbs.||$1,299|
|Full||54" x 76"||106 lbs.||$1,499|
|Queen||60" x 80"||122 lbs.||$1,599|
|King||76" x 80"||149 lbs.||$1,899|
|California King||72" x 84"||148 lbs.||$1,899|
|Split King||76" x 80"||Two 77 lb. pieces||$2,598|
|Twin||38" x 75"||N/A||$649|
|Twin XL||38" x 80"||70 lbs.||$749|
|Full||54" x 76"||81 lbs.||$949|
|Queen||60" x 80"||110 lbs.||$1,099|
|King||76" x 80"||140 lbs.||$1,399|
|California King||76" x 84"||140 lbs.||$1,399|
|Split King||38" x 80" (2pcs)||140 lbs.||$1,498|
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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 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.
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.