- Extremely comfortable and responsive mattress
- Fantastic at temperature regulation – doesn’t sleep hot or cold
- Offers ample pressure relief
- Solid edge support
- Free white glove delivery and setup, free returns 100-night risk-free trial, 10-year warranty
- Heavy mattress
- Less convenient delivery than most online mattresses (i.e. does not arrive in a box)
- Unique feel might not be for everyone
We are huge fans of the Purple.4 mattress. The bed has a very soft, unique feel and it’s one of the best mattresses out there in terms of temperature regulation. The only issue we have with it is the price tag.
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Purple is one of the hottest brands in the mattress space. Not only do their mattresses have a super unique construction, they’re also extremely comfortable. However, one of largest concerns with the Original Purple Mattress was that it perhaps didn’t offer enough support for heavier individuals. Purple 4.0 aims to change that. In this post, we will cover all the major details about this bed, including temperature regulation, motion transfer, edge support and more.
- Construction of the Purple 4 Mattress
- Feel and comfort or Purple.4
- Price of Purple 4.0 Mattress
- Frequently asked questions about Purple 4.0 Mattress
Purple.4 Mattress Review – Policy Info
Like most online mattress brands, Purple offers free shipping. With the Purple.4, however, because it’s an especially heavy mattress they couldn’t ship the bed via FedEx like they do with the Original Purple. Instead, Purple.4 comes with free white glove delivery, which essentially means a local delivery firm will bring it by your house and set it up for you. This also ensures that you don’t throw your back out trying to setup your brand new mattress. It’s probably a good move, but it’s going to be a little less convenient than FedEx.
Purple also offers free returns and a 100-night risk-free trial where you can test the bed for yourself. If you decide to keep it, that’s great. It comes with a 10-year warranty. If you opt out of keeping Purple.4—and you’re still within the 100-night trial period—you can return the bed for a full refund. They’ll even send someone to your house to pick up and remove the bed at no extra charge to you. This is all standard for the industry, but it definitely makes it hard to not try out a new bed.
Purple 4.0 Mattress Review – Construction of the Bed
Like Purple 2, Purple 4 uses 7.5″ pocketed coils as its main support system. Essentially, Purple took out the polyurethane support foam from the Original Purple Mattress and replaced it with individually-encased coils. The idea here is that the coils will provide greater support, improved air flow, and increase the useful life of the mattress. The latter two points are in theory, but there’s no doubt that the coils grant the bed a lot more support than did the polyurethane foam. Here’s a sideview of the construction of Purple 4.
On top of the coils is a 1/2″ layer of polyurethane foam, which acts as a transition layer. While the coils are new, the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material is really the star of the show. After all, that’s where Purple gets its name. In the picture above, the top purple layer is the Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s like gel, but it’s not actually gel. It offers notably great pressure relief, but still provides plenty of support. It really has an interesting feel, but we are big fans of it. Below is a GIF that shows at a small scale what the Hyper-Elastic Polymer is like.
As you might have guessed, Purple.4 uses 4″ of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material. That means it has twice the thickness of the layer on the Original Purple and Purple 2. The reason Purple is offering a model with such a thick slab of Hyper-Elastic Polymer is that they’re trying to accommodate even heavier individuals. Having a thicker layer means if you’re overweight or just heavy in general, you’ll have an option with Purple. A 2″ layer just simply might not be thick enough for you. A thicker layer also means you’ll have a more immersive experience with the polymer material.
As you can see above, Purple also added a polyurethane foam perimeter to help with edge support. As you get near the edge, you can actually feel yourself transition from the polymer material to the foam material. Overall, this was a nice upgrade by Purple. The edge support with the new Purple mattresses is better than the original. Bringing the mattress together is a soft knit, removable cover. Like most mattresses, the company recommends you do not machine wash the cover. Instead, if you happen to get it dirty, you should just spot clean it with a mild detergent.
Purple 4 Review – Feel and Comfort
Let me just preface this section by saying that not everyone will love the hyper-elastic polymer material. It has a very unique feel, unlike anything else on the market. However, with that said, we are huge fans of it. We love the feel of the hyper-elastic polymer (and the majority of other people must like it too or else the company wouldn’t be doing as well as it is). It’s super soft, flexible and responsive. Like I stated earlier, it sort of feels like a gel substance but it’s not actually gel. The bed has a really nice balance between support, comfort and pressure relief. It conforms to your body around your shoulders, but still keeps its shape around your hips where you don’t want too much sag.
The Purple 4.0 mattress though has a little bit different of a feel than the other Purple mattresses due to the thickness of the hyper-elastic material. With the Purple 4.0, you’ll get more of a floating experience. It literally feels like you are just floating on top of that polymer material. I will warn you though, when you first lay down on the bed, you can sort of feel yourself moving and compressing the little polymer squares. It might be a little weird at first but after you spend a couple nights on the mattress, you really start liking the feel of it. So much so that you sort of start to crave the feeling. We kept saying that the Purple 4.0 is a mattress that you’ll actually look forward to sleeping on and that you’ll never want to get up off.
Overall, given the unique feel of the bed, it’s a little tough to rate its firmness but if pressed we’d put in the medium category. It’s soft but not too soft to where you just sink right in. It offers a good amount of support – there’s pretty much no sinkage. Keep in mind though that Jeff and Matt weigh around 170 – 180 pounds. Someone that’s a little heavier might think it’s on the softer side, while a more petite person might think it’s on the firmer side of the spectrum. Now Purple claims the 4.0 is the softest of the three new mattress models due to that floating feel but honestly we think this bed is great for all kinds of sleepers. The Purple 4 offers a ton of pressure relief for side sleepers, while still providing the necessary support for back and stomach sleepers. That speaks to the unique properties of the hyper-elastic polymer material.
Also, as we mentioned above, we think the Purple 4.0 mattress is a great option for heavier individuals. Having the coils and the extra 2″ of polymer make a difference. We think it’s going be quite durable over the long haul. Payne Train, our video production guy, weighs about 230 pounds and when he laid on his back, there was barely any sinkage around his hips and trunk – it was pretty impressive. He said he felt like had had plenty of support under his lower back. That means this bed has high-point elasticity, meaning when you apply pressure on the bed, the surrounding areas are not affected (i.e. his hips don’t affect the support under his lower back).
Purple 4.0 Mattress – Temperature
Even though the Purple.4 mattress is not cool to the touch, this is an area where the Purple mattress excels. First, it’s important to note that hyper-elastic polymer is just a naturally cooler material than foam. That’s one thing. The second is that it’s organized in a grid formation – this creates squares and columns in the top layer of the mattress for air to flow more freely. Again, another advantage over foam. Last, the Purple 4.0 incorporates coils, which once again promotes more airflow over traditional support foams. All this translates to a cool sleeping mattress. This bed breathes extremely well. In fact, when you press down on the mattress, you can actually feel the air flow through your fingers. Here, check out Jeff demonstrating just this:
All in all, we think Purple is one of the best mattresses available in terms of temperature regulation and airflow. If you’re a hot sleeper, it’s going to be tough to beat the new Purple mattresses all things considered.
SEE ALSO: Purple 2 vs Original Purple Mattress
Purple4 Mattress Review – Motion Transfer
In terms of limiting motion transfer, the Purple.4 mattress performs well but I wouldn’t go as far saying it’s elite (i.e. its not Joe Flacco). In our test, we placed a half-full glass of water on one end of the bed and then started rolling/walking around on the other end – we noticed the water in the glass moved a little but not so much that you should be concerned. Typically, all-foam beds perform a little better than hybrid beds in this regard because of the lack of bounce so considering the Purple.4 incorporates coils as well as a unique top layer, I can’t say I’m surprised at the results. Still, I don’t think you’ll have any major issues with the Purple.4. It does a good enough job of deadening movement to where you won’t bother your partner too much if you happen to toss and turn or get up a lot during the middle of the night.
What about edge support and responsiveness with Purple 4?
Purple specifically looked at edge support in the design of their new mattresses and, as I mentioned above, they actually added an outer ring of foam around the bed to act somewhat like a bumper so that you don’t get a ‘roll off’ sensation near the edges. Edge support isn’t something that you’d necessarily know to think of when looking for a new bed, but it can be really important to couples that are sleeping on a smaller mattress such as a queen or full. The additional edge support on Purple.4 ends up being a nice upgrade. You still feel supported around the perimeter of the bed and you don’t feel like you are going to roll right off it.
You probably get it by now – hyper-elastic polymer is very responsive. In fact, it’s so immediate that you won’t have trouble switching positions at night. Yes, the bed offers pressure relief, but you won’t end up stuck in the mattress like you will with older memory foam beds. With some of these older foam mattresses, you’ll find it requires a little extra effort to switch between sleeping positions, possibly making you more restless throughout the night. That’s not the case with the Purple 4.0 mattress due to the responsive top layer and the extra bounce the coils provide.
Purple 4 Price & Promo Code
Purple almost never offers proper discount codes on their beds. They often do, however, run specials that bundle accessories in with your purchase of a mattress. You can check here for current Purple promotions and specials. Below is a pricing breakdown for Purple.4. You’ve been warned, this bed is not for the cash-strapped millennial that just graduated from Chico State. You’re going to need a few years of wealth accumulation to pay up for Purple.4.
I told you. That’s not normal bed-in-a-box pricing there. As good as this mattress is probably going to be, the price is going to be a serious deterrent for a lot of people. The way I see it, if you’re going to get Purple 4 you need to be heavy and flush with cash (so essentially an NFL linebacker).
Purple 4 Mattress Review – Verdict
We love the feel of this bed. That floating experience you get with 4″ of hyper-elastic polymer is unlike anything else you’ll get in the mattress industry. However, we realize not everyone will feel the same way so maybe just give it a try first (they do offer a 100 night trial period). It also doesn’t hurt the bed performs well in pretty much all other categories, especially temperature regulation. The one area that does hurt though is price. It’s an expensive bed – no getting around that.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – PURPLE 4 MATTRESS:
How heavy is the Purple 4 Mattress?
Weights range from 105LB for a Twin XL to 203LB for a King, so in other words, heavy.
What bed frame or platform can you put Purple 4 on?
Most sturdy, rigid bed frames will work with Purple 4, assuming they can manage the weight. Additionally, as you’d expect Purple.4 will work with the Purple Platform Base or Purple PowerBase, which is an adjustable base.
To where does Purple offer free shipping?
They offer free shipping inside the contiguous 48 states within the US. They charge an additional fee to ship to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada.
How does Purple 4 compare to Purple 3 and Purple 2?
Purple 3 and Purple 2 have 3″ and 2″ respectively of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. This, of course, affects the weight, thickness, price, and feel of the mattress, but for the most part, the difference is the thickness of top layer.
What kind of sheets or mattress protector should you use with Purple 4?
Purple does sell their own sheets, but in reality you don’t need anything special with Purple4. Just make sure the sheets are super stretchy because they’ll need to fit around a fairly thick, burly mattress. Also, you might want to opt for a thinner mattress protector if you get one. A thick mattress protector might impact how the bed feels to you.
How do I clean Purple 4?
Like most online beds, you’ll want to spot clean Purple 4. The cover is not machine washable, unfortunately, however it is removable.