The Purple Mattress vs The Purple Hybrid Mattresses – What’s The Difference?

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Purple Staff
Last Updated
January 17, 2022
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The main difference between the Purple mattress and Purple Hybrid mattresses are the responsive support coils. The Purple mattress does not have responsive support coils. The Purple Hybrid mattresses do have responsive support coils to enhance the responsiveness, comfort and support of the Grid.

Continue reading to uncover the comfortable truth about the Purple® Hybrid Premier versus The Purple® Mattress.

What does the Purple® Hybrid Premier feel like compared to The Purple® Mattress?

The Sleep Surface: Purple Grid™ Layer

The new generation of mattresses has the option of two, three, or four inches of Purple’s patented the Purple 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 Purple 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
  • 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.

Not sure which Purple mattress firmness is right for you? check out our mattress firmness guide.


The Purple® Mattress vs The Purple® Hybrid vs Hybrid Premier

The Purple® Mattress

2 Inch Smart Comfort Grid

The firmest feel of the four options. It’s most comparable to The Purple® Hybrid, which has the same 2-inch layer of the Purple 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 Purple® Mattress is most highly recommended for back sleepers and average-sized individuals.

The Purple® Hybrid

2 Inch Smart Comfort Grid

The Purple Grid feels the same as it does on The Purple® Mattress, but the Responsive Support Coils in the base give a little more under your pressure points, which leads to a slightly firmer, more responsive feel than The Purple® Mattress.

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

The Purple® Hybrid Premier | 3”

3 Inch Grid Blog

Delightfully soft with just enough firm to feel balanced, three inches of the Purple Grid strikes the perfect balance.

The Purple® Hybrid Premier | 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 Purple® Hybrid Premier | 4”

4 Inch Grid Blog

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 No Pressure® Support in your most natural, healthy alignment.

The Purple® Hybrid Premier | 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 Purple 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.

Orginal And New Mattress Blog

The Purple® Mattress | Foam

  • Slightly Softer Feel – for those who prefer a more medium 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.
  • Reinforced edge support all the way around the mattress.
  • Dual-Layer Foam Base – adds a medium-firm support layer beneath the Purple Grid.


The Purple® Hybrid Premier | Responsive Support Coils

  • 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 Purple Grid, adapts more readily to all body types and sleep positions.
  • The Purple Grid – Designed for perfect pressure relief and support.

What you need to know about The Purple® Mattress

Purple Mattress Exploded Blog

How it’s built:

  • Top Layer

2” Purple 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

The Purple® Mattress Dimensions


How The Purple® Mattress is 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 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 Purple® Hybrid & Purple® Hybrid Premier

Hybrid Hybrid Premier Exploded Blog

How it’s built:

  • Top Layer:

Hybrid: 2”

Hybrid Premier: 3” or 4” Purple Grid*

1/2 ” 2.0 density polyurethane transition 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

Purple® Hybrid Premier Dimensions


How is the Purple® Hybrid is Premier delivered?

The Purple® Hybrid Premier comes with your choice of white glove delivery and old mattress removal or standard shipping.

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



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 Ascent Adjustable bed and Purple Platform Bed work with all four mattresses?

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