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Original Purple Mattress vs New Purple Mattress – What’s The Difference?

Early February 2018 marked the beginning of a new age in comfort. Purple launched its second generation of mattresses with three luxurious levels of scientific comfort from which to choose. And they 👏 are 👏 awesome 👏.

Naturally, with a series of new players on the field and the original Purple® Mattress still in the game, there are some important questions that need to be answered.

Continue reading to uncover the comfortable truth about the New Purple® Mattress versus the original (hashtag click bait).

What does the New Purple Mattress feel like compared to the original?

The Top: Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ Smart Comfort Grid™ Layer

The new generation of mattress has the option of two, three, or four inches of Purple’s patented Smart Comfort Grid™, which is what gives Purple the scientifically magical soft-where-you-want-it-firm-where-you-need-it comfort.

What’s amazing is that no matter how thick the grid, it’s always going to be super comfy and ultra supportive. The Smart Comfort Grid™ will always use its patented comfort engineering to:

  • Intelligently adapt to your body’s unique pressure points for superior comfort
  • Properly align your spine in any sleep position
  • Remain temperature-neutral with the airflow-promoting grid design and Hyper-Elastic Polymer™
  • Eliminate motion transfer

Which Purple Mattress is the best fit for you?

When all is said and done, it comes down to how you want it to feel.

While the magic of Purple is its ability to be simultaneously firm and soft, the deeper the Purple, the more immersive and plush the comfort. In other words, the thicker the grid, the softer it’s going to feel because you’re able to sink in more.

Original Purple Bed vs Purple.2, Purple.3, Purple.4

original purple mattress - top layer


The firmest feel of the four options. It’s most comparable to the Purple.2, which has the same 2-inch layer of Smart Comfort Grid™. The reason it feels slightly firmer is the foam base upon which it is set. We’ll discuss that more when we talk about the base layers.
The original Purple Mattress is most highly recommended for back sleepers and average-sized individuals.

new purple mattress - top layer


The Smart Comfort Grid™ feels the same as it does on the original, but the Responsive Support Coils in the base give a little more under your pressure points, which leads to a slightly softer feel than the original.

The Purple.2 is most highly recommended for back sleepers and average-sized individuals.


Delightfully soft with just enough firm to feel equalized, three inches of Smart Comfort Grid™ strikes the perfect balance.

The Purple.3 is most recommended for couples with mixed feel preferences, sleepers who frequently change positions, and those who like the best of both worlds.


The softest, most plush feel of the Purple Mattress family, it provides an almost weightless feeling. Because you have room to sink into the grid immersively, you benefit from total pressure relief and complete spinal support in your most natural, healthy alignment.

The Purple.4 is highly recommended for side sleepers, and heavier or very light individuals.

The Base: Foam vs Responsive Support Coils (RSC)

The biggest difference between the original and the new mattresses, aside from the depth of Purple, is the base upon which the Smart Comfort Grid™ is set.

The original is set on two high-quality layers of polyurethane foam and the New Purple Mattress is set on individually-encased Responsive Support Coils.

Original Purple® Mattress | Foam

  • Slightly Firmer Feel – for those who prefer a more firm sleep surface.
  • Less Bounce with ideal motion isolation – foam is naturally less springy and a tad more motion-isolating than coils are, so you’ll feel your partner move less in the night.
  • Smart Comfort Grid™ – adds a medium-firm support layer beneath the Purple® grid.

New Purple® Mattress | RSC

  • More Immersive – the coils are designed to compress under specific pressure points, so you sink into the mattress for more immersive comfort.
  • Bouncier with near-perfect motion isolation – individually wrapped coils make the bed more responsive to motion, without sending movement across the entire mattress.
  • More Edge Support – both the coils and the auxiliary foam border provide excellent edge support all the way around the mattress.
  • Better adapted to all body types – The responsiveness of coils, paired with the Smart Comfort Grid™, adapts more readily to all body types and sleep positions.
  • Smart Comfort Grid™ – Designed to complement the Purple® grid for perfect pressure relief and support.

What you need to know about the original Purple® Mattress

Original Purple Mattress - how it's made

How it’s built:

  • Top Layer
    2” Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ material in Smart Comfort Grid™
    with non-toxic polyethylene copolymer powder coating
  • Middle Layer
    5” 1.8 lbs density polyurethane foam
  • Base Layer
    4” 2.0 lbs density polyurethane foam
  • Cover
    Knit Fabric: 30% viscose, 65% Polyester, 5% Lycra

Original Purple Mattress Dimensions

How is the original Purple® Mattress delivered?

The original Purple Mattress is shipped straight to your door, for free. Valid in the contiguous* United States and Canada.

*additional shipping fees for HI & AK will be calculated at checkout.

How much does the original Purple Mattress cost?

With the help of Purple’s awesome partners, we’re delighted to offer various financing options at checkout that can break the price up into lower monthly payments, starting as low as $60/month OAC.

What you need to know about the New Purple Mattress

New Purple Mattress - breakout

How it’s built:

  • Top Layer:
    2”, 3” or 4” Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ Smart Comfort Grid™* on 1/2 ” 2.0 density polyurethane foam
    *with non-toxic polyethylene copolymer powder coating
  • Base Layer:
    Polypropylene fabric encased Responsive Support Coils on 1″ 2.0 density foam
  • Encasing:
    2.0 density polyurethane foam
  • Cover
    Top Layer: Knit Fabric – 98% Polyester, 2% Spandex
    Side Panels: Quilted, woven fabric – 99% Polyester, 1% Spandex

New Purple Mattress Dimensions

How is the New Purple Mattress delivered?

The New Purple Mattress comes with your choice of white glove delivery and old mattress removal or free standard shipping.

*additional shipping fees for HI & AK will be calculated at checkout.

How much does the New Purple Mattress cost?

Purple is excited to keep the value of their new luxury mattress high, with prices well below the average of other “luxury” beds with half the comfort.

If you feel a little sticker shock, have no fear! Just like the original, you can apply for financing for the new Purple® Mattress at checkout, starting as low as $79/month OAC!

What do they have in common?

Will the Purple™ Mattress Protector and Purple™ Sheets fit on both mattresses?

Yes! Both the Mattress Protector and the Sheets have enough depth and stretch to fit on virtually any mattress. Remember – anything that goes between you and your Purple® Mattress needs to be stretchy to unlock the full comfort of your bed.

Will the Purple™ PowerBase and Purple™ Platform Base work with all four mattresses?

Absolutely! Any of the Purple® Mattresses will work with either of Purple™ foundations.

100-Night Trial and 10-Year Warranty

All four models of Purple® Mattress come with the 100-night comfort guarantee – if you don’t love it in the first 100 nights, we’ll pick it up and you’ll receive a full refund. They also come with a full-coverage 10-year warranty.

In a nutshell: Purple’s got your back.

Still have questions? Ask Purple’s Comfort Gurus!

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