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By now you’re probably well versed on the whole bed in a box concept, but just in case you aren’t, here’s a little overview: Purple—like most online mattress brands—offers free shipping with all of their mattresses. That includes the Original Purple, Purple.2, Purple.3, and Purple.4. The original Purple mattress will ship via FedEx. However, the new beds are quite a bit heavier and therefore need to be shipped via other couriers; Purple calls this “White Glove Delivery.” Essentially what it means is that a local delivery service will bring the mattress by and help set it up for you. They will also remove your old mattress for free if you so chose. Other than Purple, Saatva is the other major brand that offers free white glove delivery (again, since their beds are so heavy).
Once your new bed is all setup, you have 100 nights to figure out if it’s the one for you. This is very standard for the online mattress industry. You’ll typically get a 100-night risk-free trial period whether you purchase from Purple, Casper Mattress, etc.. During these 100 nights you should really think critically about whether you want the bed or you’d like a refund. Three months should be more than enough time to make this decision.
In the event that you want your money back, call Purple up, and they’ll refund you everything (as long as you’re still within that trial period). They’ll even send someone to your house to pick up the bed at no extra charge to you. So, Purple, like basically everyone else, also offers free returns on all four of their beds.
If you fall in love with your new Purple mattress, well then, that’s fantastic. That’s the dream (pun absolutely intended). Your new Purple bed comes with a 10-year warranty. Again, this is super standard for the industry. In addition to Purple, Leesa Sleep and many other brands offer a 10-year warranty. We’ve seen a few brands go well beyond 10 years with their warranty, but you should be covered with the 10 years since most people replace their bed between year 7 and 15.
Everything boils down to the design of the bed. There are some items that result from them having different designs, but we’ll cover that in a minute. If we look at the original Purple bed, it started with foam support layers. With Purple 2/3/4, they have essentially replaced the foam with 7.5″ pocketed coils and that part of the new beds will be the same across all three models. Where they’re different is with the top layer, which Purple calls Hyper-Elastic Polymer. They’ve patented this material and since it’s purple in coloration, that’s how the brand got its name.
Hyper-Elastic Polymer on the new Purple mattresses
We’ve discussed this at great length in our many Purple mattress reviews and videos, but the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material provides several advantages. First, unlike many foams, it does not warm up excessively nor does it seem to retain heat. And since there’s plenty of room in between the squares, the beds get plenty of air flow—more than what is probably typical with most foams. So that’s good.
It also does not feel cool to the touch. It’s actually quite neutral in temperature. We’ve tested plenty of beds that are actually cool to the touch and we think that they will be possibly too cool for some folks, especially anyone that lacks meat on their bones. Purple, in contrast, remains cool all night, but won’t leave you shivering. So that’s another nice dynamic with the Hyper-Elastic Polymer.
Additionally, it’s a super responsive material, meaning it bounces back into shape immediately. This allows you to easily switch sleeping positions throughout the night. In other words, you won’t feel stuck in this mattress. Here’s a look at just how responsive this top layer is.
The Purple 2.0 Mattress Is Very Responsive
The Hyper-Elastic Polymer also offers plenty of pressure relief since it compresses and folds over when you lay on it. It cradles your body and kind of leaves you floating there. We do think it’s very comfortable, it’s just a different feeling, unlike any other bed. Now, since it offers great pressure relief, we think Purple beds are perfectly suited for side sleepers. But, since they also have great support (made even better with the coils), they can accommodate back, stomach and even combo sleepers that rotate positions at night.
Lots of pressure relief with the new Purple mattress
So why call them Purple 3, Purple 3, Purple 4?
Well, the naming refers to the top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. The original Purple bed had 2″ of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. The Purple.2 will also have 2″ of that material as its top layer. Purple.3 and Purple.4 will have 3″ and 4″ layers, respectively. Below is a sideview of the construction of the beds. You can see the coils, transition layers of foam, and then the grid of Hyper-Elastic Polymer.
Construction (Purple 4 shown)
The only thing that would change between the three models is that top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. Below is a sideview that shows the thickness of that top layer in the Purple.4 mattress.
Purple 4 Mattress Construction
The reason that Purple has added coils to the new beds is really to add more support for heavier individuals and to give the bed a little bounce. Of course, the coils should also increase air flow within the mattresses (not that they need anymore) and extend the useful life of the mattress since innerspring beds seem to be more durable over the long haul. But the primary reason is the support. Their original mattress fell short in terms of density of the support layers and overall thickness of the bed. In a nutshell, it just wasn’t burly enough for an extra heavy individual, say 250lb+. They’re hoping to change that with the new mattresses, which brings me to my next point. Why should you consider Purple 2 over 3 and 4?
Purple 2.0 is expensive, but still far less than Purple 3.0 and Purple 4.0
The biggest reason you’d get Purple.2 over Purple.3 and Purple.4 is price. In fact, Purple 3 is exactly $600 more than Purple.2 at each size. And likewise, Purple.4 is $600 more than Purple.3 at each size. Here’s a pricing breakdown.
Not much to talk about here, aside from acknowledging just how expensive Purple.4 is. We’ll talk about this mattress more in a second, but suffice it to say that only a select few will feel compelled to buy this bed. Also, it’s important to note that Purple does not offer proper coupon codes, so the prices are what they are. Purple does, however, offer certain bundles and promotions during holidays and special events that can save you money. We’ve seen them bundle in sheets or seat cushions before, but nothing that actually reduces the price of their beds. You can check purple.com for current promotions and bundles.
Other considerations for getting Purple 2 over Purple 3 and Purple 4
Because Purple.2 has a thinner top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, it ends up being lighter than the other two. This isn’t a huge differentiator, but it will make a difference when you’re making your bed since lifting up the corners of an extra heavy mattress is pretty inconvenient. Here’s a table showing the weight of each bed (including the original).
Not much extra to add here. If you’re concerned with weight, go with the Original Purple or Purple 2.
Differences in feel between the new Purple beds
Since their construction is somewhat different (at least with the top layer), they will feel a little different when you lay on them. This, however, will depend on your weight and body type. For example, if you’re around my weight (170lb or under) then Purple.2 will be more than sufficient in terms of support. In fact, Purple.2 will feel firmer for you since you’re rather close those coils (i.e. there’s less material in between). It’s somewhat more ideal for back and stomach sleepers. The Purple 4 on the hand has more of an immersive experience since there’s two more inches of polymer. The Purple 4.0 has more of a floating experience. You literally feel like you’re just floating on top of the polymer. Purple says this is more ideal for side sleepers since it’s a little softer and you’re further away from those coils. However, to be honest we think all three new Purple mattresses are great for all kinds of sleepers.
This is going to be a short section since there’s really only one thing to discuss with Purple.3. And that is the 3″ layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. The added inch will provide better support for slightly heavier individuals and a more immersive feel to people around my weight. What that translates into is if you’re 200lb+ you might be too heavy to really float on that top layer. You’ll sort of smash it down. The bed will also provide a softer feel than Purple.2 since there’s more cushioning between you and the coils. Good for side sleepers and combo sleepers.
Purple.4 is pricey. Like, actually expensive even by normal retail standards. As such, you have to be an NFL lineman or otherwise very heavy in order to need Purple.4. That said, if you’ve got the cash laying around and you want to exclusively feel that top layer and nothing else, who am I to tell you what to do?
We are huge fans of the new Purple 4 mattress
In fact, if you sleep exclusively on your side, the Purple.4 will be softer since there’s more of that top layer between you and the coils. You’ll get much more of that floating sensation since you have double the Hyper-Elastic Polymer. If you sleep on your back or stomach, Purple.4 might not be firm enough for you. Again this all depends on your weight, but it’s something to consider. You can learn more about Purple.4 on Purple.com.