Does Anyone have a Purple mattress?

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Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

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@gimmepretty:  We were concerned about this after doing so much research before buying, but we didn’t notice a smell or any of the powder residue people were talking about.

Post # 17
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Helper bee
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@FutureMrsA2020:  We don’t hate it, it’s just not all that we were anticipating. It gets so much hype.

My husband still has the same lower back pain and my shoulders still hurt. (He’s a stomach sleeper primarily, I have slept on my side most of my life but now with my shoulders hurting, I find myself also being a not so comfortable back sleeper).

The motion transfer elimination issue is pretty cool, and the mattress doesn’t get hot spots from body or ambient temperature, so it definitely has its upsides. I’m certainly not trying to talk anyone out of one, just saying it’s not been the miracle my husband and I were hoping for. 

We learned the hard way that if you really want the best experience out of the Purple, you need super stretchy sheets, and the crappy thing is the actual Purple brand (super overpriced) sheets are really the best we’ve found. We purchased some bamboo blend sheets on Amazon, as per the recommendation of the company (bamboo, that is), and they just didn’t do as well. We splurged on the real Purple sheets, and now we are on our second set because the first ones developed weird pinkish white blotches even though we were SUPER careful with maintaining and washing them. 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

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@FutureMrsA2020:  The 3 is nice. My husband prefers a firmer mattress and I like a softer one, so it was a good compromise. 

I think you’ll like the Purple if you don’t go in expecting miracles like we did, haha. It’s a solid, well constructed mattress for sure, definitely not lacking in research and quality manufacturing. It’s also EXTREMELY heavy, so putting on the fitted sheet after laundering is now a task for the hubs, which is sort of a bonus? Haha.

Post # 20
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Helper bee

We had a Purple mattress for a while and I LOVED it, I thought it was magical. Unfortunately it didn’t work for my husband so we had to return it (AKA donate and get a refund) and switched to a more traditional hybrid spring mattress from WinkBed that we also really like, although something I still pine for my Purple. 

The Purple is very different than any other mattress on the market or any mattress you’ve probably ever slept on before. I really loved that the grid allowed parts of my body to sink in while remaining firm and supportive in other areas. I suffer from intermittent low back pain and the Purple felt better on my back than any mattress I’ve ever slept on. It sort of felt like floating on water to me, after a while I would almost forget I was on a mattress at all. Sadly, my husband had an issue (especially while side sleeping) where parts of his body would go numb while trying to sleep on the mattress and that’s why we had to return it. I suspect it was something unusual about his body’s weight ratio, because I read probably hundreds of Purple reviews and never saw anyone else mention that issue, so I don’t think you need to expect that as a side sleeper. 

Also, the posters who mentioned that you need stretchy sheets are correct – non-stretchy sheets will prevent you from sinking into mattress as designed and therefore negate a lot of the benefit of the mattress. We just bought cheap jersey sheets from Target and they worked fine. 

Given the refund policy, there really is very little risk to trying it. Although I will mention that some brick-and-mortar stores also carry the Purple and given how unusual of a mattress it is, you might appreciate getting a chance to feel it before you order, if you feel comfortable going to a store. 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

Google reddit purple mattress for a lot of reviews and such 

My purple had to off-gas for 72 hours. Very intense fumes. But off-gassing is normal for man-made substances. 

I love purple! 

Post # 26
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@roofox:  oh no! That sounds rough. Have you considered a Sleep Number (or one of the other brands of adjustable beds–I hear Costco carries a good one)? My husband and I got a Sleep Number recently. It was a splurge for sure but he needs to sleep elevated and I need to sleep flat, he needs a hard mattress and I need a soft. So it’s working out well for us. Sounds like it might be good for your situation. 

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper

I have the Purple seat cushion made up of the purple colored silicone squares and it helps my back pain during my commute when I had one.  It was a strange feeling at first though the squares filled with nothing.  I think they have some of the mattresses with foam on top too? I’m not sure but I’d have to actually lay on it before I would buy the mattress.. the customer service is really good so you can ask them a bunch of questions.  

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@browneyedgirl24:  thanks for the reminder about adjustable mattresses! What you describe as you guys’ issue & what works is exactly same/what we need. Bonus if elevated helps snoring. Last time around, hub was concerned about the $$$$ & that it was essentially an air mattress (he’s compactly heavy & has popped the typical cheap bouncy temp ones while moving to get comfortable). 

Post # 30
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@roofox:  There’s actually a setting on our bed specifically for snoring! My husband deals with acid reflux and so that’s why he needs elevation–sleeping propped up on pillows was killing his neck–but the elevation option is great for a number of different issues from what I’ve heard. 

I think our model has a weight rating of ~400 lbs per side/800 lbs total, so it could definitely work for most heavy people. My in laws have had one for years and Father-In-Law is ~300lbs. They haven’t had any issues with durability. While it is essentially an air mattress, it feels very sturdy. I think you’d be very hard pressed to “pop” it like you could a regular air mattress. 

There are apparently a lot of good adjustable bed brands these days. We ultimately went with SleepNumber because it was important to us to be able to try out different models in a physical showroom before committing to such a big purchase, and the other brands we found were either online only or didn’t have locations in our area. It was a lot of $ but they were running a 0% financing promo when we bought so we’re just paying it off slowly, and we’ve been very happy with it. If you’re willing to buy online or have more showrooms in your area you can prob get a better price though!  

ETA: If your husband is really opposed to the idea of an adjustable, another option might be to just get two conventional twin mattresses and put them side by side in a king bedframe. You wouldn’t be able to adjust/elevate but at least you could each have your own preferred softness/support levels. 

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