Sleeping on a Purple Mattress (A Review)

*Before you ask, no, the mattress isn’t purple in color.*

*Also, I have NOT been endorsed by the Purple Mattress Company in any way, this is an impartial review (but I would totally take them up on it).*

I haven’t slept on a real mattress since I moved out West to Los Angeles in early November. For the first few months, I slept on a futon that my temporary roommate had in her apartment.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it was a comfy-ass futon, so that was NOT a problem. But when I ventured out into an actual rental with my new roommate, I spent the past month on the floor with only a custom-knit throw blanket my grandmother made me, and a brand new pillow from Target. I didn’t know when I’d ever get a bed.

For a while, that wasn’t too bad. The floor really helped my back realign (they say that floors do that for you), and I had a thick rug to cushion the sleep, but I could rarely sleep on my sides without getting sore on my pressure points. I’d wrap my thick blanket under my side and fall asleep that way, yet every morning, I still awoke rubbing my hip bone or shoulder, and never had a restful night’s sleep.

And they say that when you don’t get a restful night’s sleep, you’re unable to fall into the stage of sleep known as “R.E.M.” sleep; the level of rest required to dream at night. So, I wasn’t dreaming, and as a writer, I needed that well of inspiration a-flowin’.

So I used what little I had left of expendable income (the money I used to move here) and made an investment in my overall well-being. I bought a Purple.


You may have seen the ads on Facebook (their ad game is on point) – but somehow if you haven’t – this ad, in particular, was my first image of the company.

Yes, Goldilocks, the fictional and fidgety home invader, sold me on the promise of a good night’s sleep. This ad had always been in the back of my mind as I mentally prepared to one day buy another mattress. In fact, I knew that when I had the money to buy one, I would look to the boss of this actress for that purchase.

I hadn’t bought a new mattress ever in my life, and the last mattress I bought, was an amazingly comfy twin I acquired from a friend…

…in 2009. Talk about a much-needed upgrade.

Now, I’ve had the Purple mattress for a full three weeks, and I must say, I have never had as good as a night of sleep as I am having every night now.

I used to require a second pillow in between my legs which would support the alignment of my spine as I almost always slept on my side. If I didn’t use the companion pillow, I would wake up with lower back pain.

Here’s what to expect when you order your own Purple mattress. For starters, it comes in a purple burrito roll.



Firstly, the good news. You can be confident knowing that the mattress is hand-made and only assembled when you order it so it will be in the best shape as it possibly can.

And if for some reason it doesn’t meet your expectations, return it for a full refund with the No Pressure 100-day guarantee. And beyond that, they also have a ten-year warranty on every mattress made.

Now, here’s the (slightly) bad news. You’ll need some additional items to get the most out of your new investment.

The mattress is powerful enough on its own, that you will not need a boxspring, but you will need a frame. The website recommends their own brand of frame, and while that may seem “convenient” in your cynical mind (like I thought), it’s well worth the investment. The frame is sturdy. You’ll never need to worry about it collapsing.


Plus, this frame is designed for the Purple Mattress, so it allows for fifteen inches of storage space below, much more than a normal frame.

Then, they also recommend a certain type of sheet set (again their own), because you need a sheet that is as malleable as the mattress itself. So they’ve designed this viscose bamboo material that makes sleeping like slipping into a cool, velvety pocket.


The sheets regulate your body temperature, so you’re never too hot or too cold. They are seriously my favorite thing about this bed.

So when you shop for a new bed, try a Purple. Their tagline should be: “Once you go Purple, you never go back” because it is absolutely true.

I give this bed on the We Need Movies 10-point scale, a full Five out of Five Tickets.


-Jamie (@GuyOnAWire)

Jamie writes about movies, life, his experiences with cancer, and so much more on this blog. Follow him for email updates today.







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