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The Original Purple Mattress was (and still is) one of our favorite beds on the market. It has an odd feel to it, but definitely in a good way. Unlike most bed in a box mattresses, Purple does not use memory foam, latex foam, or a proprietary foam as its top layer. Instead, Purple uses a gel-like material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which is purple in color (hence the name of the bed). This is the star of the show. It’s how the beds stay cool at night and how you don’t end up sweating 5 minutes into your REM sleep. You will see this Hyper-Elastic Polymer on all three new beds from Purple.
Hyper-Elastic Polymer at a small scale.
As an FYI, they will still be selling the Original Purple Mattress on Purple.com. However, they have introduced three new mattresses so that consumers have more options. They now have the Purple.2, Purple.3, and Purple.4 mattresses. Here’s how that top layer reacts to pressure (shown on Original Purple).
Immediate responsiveness on Purple Mattress.
Purple 2 vs Purple – Shipping, etc.
First up, Purple is still offering free shipping and free returns on all of their mattresses. With the OG Purple Mattress, the bed will ship rolled up in a large purple bag. You basically setup the bed like any other bed in a box mattress. With the new Purple beds, they’re too heavy to ship via FedEx, so they come with white glove delivery and free setup.
Additionally, all Purple mattresses come with a 100-night risk-free trial where you can test the bed to see if you absolutely love it. If you don’t, call Purple up and get a full refund (within that trial period). They’ll even send someone to your house to pick up the bed at no extra charge. If you decide to keep the bed, however, it comes with a 10-year warranty.
What’s new with the Purple 2.0 Mattress lineup?
The biggest difference between Purple 2 and the OG Purple Mattress is in the construction of the bed. Purple 1 had polyurethane foam and then a 2″ slab of Hyper-Elastic Polymer as the top layer. The Purple 2/3/4 beds swap out the foam for 7.5″ pocketed coils (they still have foam, but only a very small amount). The new Purple beds end up being a few inches thicker than the OG Purple Mattress as a result. Here’s a sideview of the new Purple beds (Purple.4 shown).
Construction of Purple.2, Purple.3, and Purple.4
Also, as you might have guessed by now, the only differences between Purple 2, 3, and 4 are (1) thickness of the top layer, (2) weight of the bed, and (3) price. There will be a difference in feel, but that all depends on your weight. At the risk of stating the obvious, Purple 2 (like the Original Purple Mattress) has 2″ of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, while Purple 3 has 3″ and Purple 4 has 4″. Here’s how the mattresses compare in terms of weight. You can definitely see that an additional inch of that top layer adds a decent amount of weight to the bed.
You can learn more about the beds in our individual reviews, but for the most part, the difference in firmness, feel, comfort, etc. only arise from the differences in thickness of the top layer. In general, heavier folks should consider the thicker version (Purple 4) if you really want a good amount of cushioning from the Hyper-Elastic Polymer. Lighter individuals (200LB or less) will be just fine on Purple 2 or the Original Purple Mattress. Having said that, Purple.2 will be the firmest of the three since there’s less material between you and the coils. The more Hyper-Elastic Polymer, the softer the feel.
While Purple is still selling the OG Purple Mattress, there are certainly some improvements to the new beds that might make them attractive (or less attractive to you).
Purple 2 is better suited for heavy individuals
Because Purple 2/3/4 incorporate pocketed coils, they will have better support for anyone that’s especially heavy. With the Original Purple Mattress, a larger individual (250LB) would have had issues with support. In addition to adding coils, Purple gives you the option to get a thicker grid of Hyper-Elastic Polymer so that if you’re heavy, you will still experience the benefits of this top layer. Of course, you pay up (big time) for the thicker top grid, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Great support with the new Purple mattress
Purple 2 will have bounce
If you’re used to an innerspring mattress and are thinking about Purple, the addition of pocketed coils will give you some of that bounce that you’re already used to. It’s a personal preference thing, but there are definitely some folks that like their mattress to bounce.
Edge support is better with Purple 2
This isn’t something that you think about until you’ve slept on a new bed personally, but edge support is a big issue, especially for couples sleeping on a smaller bed. If you end up sleeping along the edges of the mattress or just competing for space with your partner, you’ll appreciate the extra edge support on the new Purple beds. They’ve added a reinforced border around the mattress to prevent the bed from compressing too much and giving you that “roll off” sensation. Edge support is just okay with the Original Purple Mattress, so it’s nice to see them upgrade the new beds here.
So those are the major items to know about the new Purple beds, however, the Original Purple Mattress definitely still has a few areas where it excels.
Purple vs Purple 2 – Price
There is a huge discrepancy in price. The new beds are at least $600 more expensive than the OG Purple Mattress. And that’s just for the Purple 2 bed. You can see a pricing breakdown below.
I considered not even including the price of Purple.4 on this chart since it’s so much more expensive. If you’re under 250lb and are on a budget, the Original Purple Mattress is the way to go. In fact, unless (1) you’re enamored with having the latest and greatest, (2) you just have to have coils, (3) you are 250lb+, or (4) need to find ways to spend cash, you should probably just look into the Original Purple Mattress. We really liked it two months ago and we still really like it now. Coils are great, but for an average sized person they might not be worth it.
We already discussed this somewhat earlier, but the OG Purple Mattress is lighter and therefore is easier to move. It’s also easier to make since you’re lifting up less weight when you lift up the corners.
Original Purple has less motion transfer
This is less of an issue than you’d expect, given that the new beds have pocketed coils, but it’s still an advantage for the OG Purple. Since it uses foam as opposed to coils, it does a better job of limiting cross-mattress motion.
Original Purple ships via FedEx
Splitting hairs here, but I do find it more convenient to receive a package from FedEx than from a local delivery company that may or may not make me setup an appointment.