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Purple 2-3-4 Mattress Review


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The original Purple mattress we tested last year was very different from all the other mattresses we tried.

Instead of using foam to provide contouring and support, Purple uses what they called their Smart Comfort Grid.

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This an elastic polymer grid used on the top layer of all Purple mattresses.

The cells individually collapse or stay upright depending on the amount of pressure on them, which helps Purple deliver custom comfort and support to every user.

Other than that, though, the rest of the original Purple mattress was ordinary. And it only came in one firmness level.

Purple’s new 2-3-4 mattresses, however, are thicker, more supportive hybrid mattresses that come in 3 comfort levels:

  • Purple 2: a firm mattress with a 2-inch comfort grid
  • Purple 3: a medium-firm mattress with a 3-inch comfort grid and
  • Purple 4: a softer mattress with a 4-inch grid.

All come with a base layer of pocketed coils.

So how does Purple’s latest mattress lineup compare with their original – and with other popular hybrids selling today, including Sapira, Nest and Avocado Green?

Keep reading for my in-depth review of the New Purple 2-3-4 mattresses, below.

For other high-quality hybrid mattresses, read my hybrid mattress buying guide.


What’s In This Mattress Review?

This review takes about 10 minutes to get through.

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About Purple

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Purple launched in 2015 and immediately made a splash with their creative marketing campaign and their truly unique mattress design.

They raised more than $170,000 on Kickstarter for their mattress.

Since then, the company has been on a tear, growing to hundreds of employees and into one of the most popular online mattress brands. They experienced 271% growth in revenue in 2017

The same comfort grid polymer that made the classic Purple mattress iconic is used in the New Purple 2-3-4 mattress, too.

But this time, you also get a more durable coil support and can choose from h a 2-inch, 3-inch or 4-inch comfort grid layer on top.

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Social Impact

As Purple has continued raking in more revenue, they’ve provided a lot of job opportunities.

In 2017, Purple was ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in the state, which means it’s also one of the biggest job creators (they manufacturer all their products locally).

In addition to creating quality local jobs, Purple uses high-quality materials that are safe for humans and the environment.

There were some claims a while back that the anti-stick powder used on their mattresses is toxic, but that was since proven false.  Purple had to sue the reviewer who put out the false claims.

The company has clearly explained what the powder is and what it does.  There is NO danger.

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Purchase Process

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Unlike the original Purple mattress which is available on Amazon (though I don’t recommend buying there – get it from their official website), the new Purple is only available at Purple.com.

Head over to the main product page and select your comfort level.

There’s the firm Purple 2 with a 2” comfort grid layer, the medium-firm Purple 3 with a 3” comfort grid layer and the soft Purple 4 with a 4” comfort grid layer.

Unlike other mattress brands where different comfort options cost the same, the price goes up as the mattress gets thicker.

The Purple 2 Queen costs $1,599 while the Purple 4 Queen costs $2,799. They are not exactly the cheapest mattresses online.

But at least they have a financing option via Affirm if you’d prefer paying in small chunks.
After selecting your comfort level, choose your preferred mattress size and then checkout.

There are only four mattress sizes available: twin XL, Queen, King and Cal King.

Note: Currently, they are giving away free sheets with each mattress purchase. Pay with your credit card or with Affirm and then wait for the mattress to arrive.

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Price

The New Purple mattress is better than the original one – it’s also more expensive.

The cheapest queen costs $1,599, whereas an original Queen Purple sells for $999.

But it’s understandable when you consider this is a thicker hybrid mattress with an improved comfort grid layer and a pocket coil base.

Listed below is the full price list for the New Purple mattress. Visit Purple’s official website to see current prices, discounts and offers.

Purple 2 (firmer) Purple 3 (medium) Purple 4 (softer)
Twin XL $1,299 $1,899 $2,499
Queen $1,599 $2,199 $2,799
King $1,899 $2,699 $2,699
Cal King $1,899 $2,699 $3,499

NOTE: You may qualify for financing with Affirm. Monthly payments for the Purple 4 Cal King come to around $211, $133 for the Purple 3 Queen and as low as $97 for the Purple 2 Queen. You can check whether you qualify for financing during checkout.

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100-Night Trial

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You get the same 100-night trial period as the original Purple mattress. But you have to sleep on the mattress for at least 30 days before making a return.

After that, you can return the mattress free of charge (as long as it’s clean and undamaged) and get a full refund.

You can also request an exchange. You’ll first get a full refund on your returned mattress after which you can place an order on another mattress. The second mattress will not come with a trial period.

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10-Year Warranty

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The warranty is also the same as the original Purple mattress, which I don’t think is a good thing.

For a mattress costing over $2,000 and for some sizes more than $3,000, they should have provided at least 10 years of warranty and ideally 20.

It’s after all an inner-coil mattress, and I’m sure it can easily last more than ten years.

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Shipping

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Shipping is free for customers to the continental US but shipping times are unpredictable because of high demand.

Purple says home delivery will take 1-2 weeks. You’ll get a tracking number as soon as the mattress ships so you can prepare for its arrival.

For now, they only ship to the US. If you are ordering from Alaska and Hawaii, there will be a shipping charge added at checkout.

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Delivery and Setup

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Purple provides free white glove delivery to the 48 contiguous states (Alaska and Hawaii pay extra).

They deliver the bed, set it up for you and even get rid of your old mattress if you want.

This is good because these mattresses are heavy! For example, the medium-firm queen weighs 145 lbs.

After the mattress is unrolled on your frame, it takes very little time for the bed to expand to full size.  It’s basically ready to sleep on almost immediately.

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Foundation and Frame

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What type of bed frame/support does Purple require?

The mattress is heavy, so it’s important that you use sturdy support whether it’s a box spring, foundation or slatted frame.

In fact, you can void the warranty if the support is not adequate.

The warranty specifically states that if you buy a Queen size mattress, the frame must have at least five legs including center support.

Does Purple work on an adjustable bed?

Yes, it does.

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Care and Cleaning

Is a mattress protector needed for Purple?

It’s not mandatory, but Purple highly recommends it to avoid damage to the mattress which could void the warranty.

If you use a mattress protector, make sure it is stretchy and breathable.

Do you need to rotate the Purple mattress?

No, it’s not necessary.

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Aesthetics and Styling

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The New Purple sticks with the simple, minimalist styling of the original mattress though there are a few differences.

The cover is white on top and gray on the sides. There are some patterns on the surface that create a nice texture.

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At the center of the mattress surface, the patterns form the word ‘Purple’ in large letterings.

Overall it’s a very simple design.

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Construction

As I mentioned, the New Purple mattress is a hybrid mattress. It uses a polymer comfort grid at the top and fabric-encased coils in the base.

The only difference between the Purple 2, 3 and 4 is the thickness of the comfort grid. It’s 2”, 3” and 4” respectively. The thicker the grid, the softer the mattress.

When you lie on the mattress, the grid walls react selectively to the amount of pressure on them.

They’ll collapse under your shoulders where there is more pressure and remain flat under your lower back. This ensures you get support and contouring exactly where you need them.

You can read more about how the Smart Comfort Grid works in our original Purple review.

Below the comfort grid, there is a thin layer of poly foam which acts as a transition between the comfort layer and the coil layer. It ensures you don’t feel the coils underneath.

The base consists of fabric-enchased coils made from recycled steel. Because the coils are pocketed they provide very good contouring and motion control. They also don’t trap any heat or moisture within the mattress.

All New Purple mattresses have a 7.5” coil base.

Finally, the whole mattress is encased in polyurethane foam on the sides. This not only holds the layers together, but it also boosts edge support.

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Mattress Cover

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The top part of the cover is a knit fabric consisting of 98% polyester and 2% spandex. This makes it soft, breathable and stretchy.

The sides consist of a woven fabric made from 99% polyester and 1% spandex. The bottom is 100% polyester.

The cover is removable but not machine washable. You should only spot clean it using cold water and mild detergent

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Smell/Off-gassing

Unlike foam mattresses, the Purple mattress emits very little off-gassing. You only get a faint ‘new mattress’ smell that fades away in a day or two.

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Sleeping Experience

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One of the biggest selling points for the Purple mattress has always been its ability to provide a custom sleeping experience for every user. It’s like the mattress knows what you need.

The comfort grid layer responds uniquely to your body physique and sleeping
position.

The contouring is just right, support is excellent, and the bounciness provided by the polymer grid and coil layer is an absolute pleasure.

Of course, the sleeping experience will vary among the three mattresses. The Purple 2 will feel more solid while the Purple four will feel plush.

So it’s important that you buy the right one that you’ll feel most comfortable on.

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Firmness

There are three firmness levels corresponding to the thickness of the comfort grid.  All three are pretty close to medium firmness.

The Purple two is the firmest (7/10), the Purple 3 is a softer medium (6/10), and the Purple 4 is the softest (4-5/10).

The firm option is best for stomach sleepers and those who prefer a firmer mattress.

The medium-firm is the best option for most people including back sleepers and heavier sleepers.

The soft option is great for side sleepers and anyone who loves sleeping on a plush mattress.

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Sinkage

Sinkage will depend on your body weight and the comfort option you’ve selected.

The Purple 4 has the most sinkage, and that’s why it feels softer while Purple 2 has the least sinkage hence feels firmer.

But generally, the New Purple mattress has just about the same amount of sinkage as other hybrid mattresses.

One thing I like is that sinkage is not too much at the edges. The edge support system holds up well when you sit or sleep near the edge..

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Motion Transfer

There is virtually no motion transfer thanks to the motion-killing grid layer and pocketed coils.

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Hot/Cold Issues

The mattress is temperature-neutral meaning it neither gets too hot nor too cold.

The grids in the top layer and the spaces within the pocketed coils allow excess heat to dissipate out of the mattress.

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Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Very comfortable! With a unique soft+firm feel.
  • Almost zero motion transfer
  • Excellent edge support.
  • Sleeps cool & dry.

Cons

  • This mattress is heavy. While this is a sign of quality, you’ll need help moving it.
  • No Twin or Full sizes.
  • It’s not cheap.

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The Purple Mattress is Perfect For You If…

  • You’ve heard good things about the original Purple mattress, and you are thinking about buying it. Buy this one: it’s better than the original.
  • You want a mattress that will adjust to your comfort needs.
  • You and your partner have different sleeping preferences, and you don’t want to get a split mattress.
  • You are plus-size and need a mattress with excellent support.

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Conclusion

A great mattress has become even better.

Now you can enjoy the combined benefits of the famous Smart Comfort Grid and pocketed coils.

It may have doubled in price, but I think it’s still a great bargain.

Eric and I are sleeping on a Purple, right now. 😉

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Where To Buy

Visit the official website to order the mattress.  Be careful buying on Amazon and from other retail outlets: you may risk the money-back return and warranty.

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