If you like foam, you’ll love the comparison we have for you here. The Puffy and the Purple are bed-in-a-box foam mattresses known for quality workmanship. It can be hard to decide which is best for you when both choices have advantages. But that’s what I’m here for!
I’m about to take you through every inch of these two options. By the end, you’ll have a clearer picture of what makes them different, and what makes one of them the right new mattress for you!
Let’s get this thing started and jump into the Purple vs Puffy mattress comparison. Short on time? Skip down to my review summary.
Puffy vs Purple: Similarities and Differences
Below you’ll find a breakdown of the most important similarities and differences between these two mattresses. We also have more in-depth resources on each bed available. The Puffy mattress review and Purple mattress review are right here; just click the links after you finish with this comparison!
- Both the Puffy and the Purple are bed-in-a-box mattresses that feature foam. I should mention that while the Puffy is an all-foam bed, the Purple technically is not, as it features an important layer of hyper-elastic polymer between its foam layers.
- These mattresses fall into a similar price range. Both online mattress companies also offer great discounts periodically, so stay up to date with our mattress coupons and promo codes to get a good deal on these beds.
- Heavier people (over 250 lbs), will probably need a more supportive mattress. I’d suggest they take a look at one of our best innerspring mattresses instead.
- The Purple mattress feels firmer than the medium-firm Puffy mattress, though both beds offer great pressure relief.
- The Puffy offers more body-contouring, while you’ll feel more “on top of” the Purple mattress.
- The Purple sleeps a little cooler than the Puffy thanks to its breathable purple grid layer (more on that below).
Which is Better for You?
Wondering what exactly those similarities and differences means for you? Take a look at the list below to get an idea.
- If you’re a side sleeper the Puffy is a better fit for you. Side sleepers generally do best on a memory foam mattress like the Puffy that cushions their pressure points.
- If you’re a back sleeper either mattress could work for you. Go with the Purple for a firmer feel and the Puffy for more pressure relief.
- If you’re a stomach sleeper the Purple mattress is the best choice. But if you’re looking for extra firm support one of our best mattresses for stomach sleepers might be the best option for you.
- If you’re a combination sleeper the bouncy Purple mattress is the way to go! You should be able to change positions easily on this responsive bed.
- If you sleep with a partner either bed could work. Both mattresses do a decent job isolating motion transfer, which means you won’t feel too disturbed by a restless partner. But if you’re a very light sleeper one of our best mattresses for couples could be a better fit.
- If you sleep hot the Purple might be the best option for you. It’s polymer grid layer promotes a little more airflow throughout the mattress than the Puffy’s gel memory foam top layer does.
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
How a mattress will feel to you depends on your body weight, shape, and preferred sleeping position. I run my tests with my co-workers of different body types to get the best assessment possible. We each tried both mattresses and averaged our results for the final rating. Firmness gets rated on a scale of 1 (softest) to 10 (firmest), with 6.5 being the industry standard for medium firmness.
Take a look at the chart below to see how we ranked the Puffy and Purple on the mattress firmness scale.
The Puffy is a medium firm mattress. If you’re a heavier person you may find the Puffy feels a little firmer because you’ll sink through its top layer and onto the firmer foams below. If you’re more lightweight, you might find the Puffy feels very soft because you don’t sink through its top layer.
I felt more “in” than “on” this mattress thanks to its plush memory foam layers. This soft feel could be a great fit for side sleepers or back sleepers who like some body-contouring. If you’re a fan of memory foam, the Puffy is probably going to feel more comfortable than the Purple to you.
The Purple got a 7 out of 10 firmness rating, which means it’s a firm feeling mattress. I felt lifted up and out of this bed by its special Purple grid layer. I think that’s a great sign for combination sleepers who need mobility on their mattress to change positions at night. The Purple’s grid also shifts under your weight, so most sleepers should feel comfortable in multiple sleeping positions.
While the Purple is a bit too firm for strict side sleepers, back and stomach sleepers should find this bed comfortable. They should get a nice mix of pressure relief and support on the Purple. And if you only spend part of the night on your side, the Purple could work for you.
Prices listed are before discount or offer on each size.
What Are These Mattresses Made Of?
Now that you know how these beds feel, let’s take a look at what they’re made of. I’m sure you’re curious about what that Purple grid actually looks like!
Cover Layer — The Puffy’s stain resistant cover feels nice and cozy to the touch.
Comfort Layer — Next up is a layer of Cooling Cloud Foam, which is Puffy’s version of gel memory foam. This gel foam was designed to be temperature neutral, which is a nice perk for hot sleepers.
Transition Layer — A layer of polyurethane foam helps to cradle the body and ease sleepers down into the firm support layer below.
Base Layer — A layer of high-density support foam shapes the Puffy. This layer is what helps support sleepers throughout the night.
Cover — Purple uses a combo of polyester and lycra with a bit of viscose to create a thin, breathable mattress cover.
Comfort Layer — Next up is the smart grid layer. Made of a hyper-elastic polymer, this grid has a quick response to pressure and creates walls that strategically collapse to release pressure in your hotspots (usually shoulders and hips) while retaining support everywhere else. It’s quite bouncy, sleeps cool, and it curves around your body like memory foam. I think this layer could be especially helpful for folks who suffer from back pain, since it will work to help you achieve a neutral spinal alignment.
Transition Layer — A high-density poly foam layer helps ease sleepers down onto the Purple’s support layer.
Base Layer — The base layer in the Purple is made of firm high-density poly foam. This layer shapes the mattress, providing support and durability.
We have come to the end of our Puffy vs Purple comparison! Still not sure which mattress brand is right for you? Take a look at the summary below to decide.
Puffy Best Features
- Considering its gentle construction, I’d say the Puffy could be an excellent choice for side sleepers after deep pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
- If you want to sleep in a cloud, Puffy is your choice as it embodies that classic memory foam feel.
- Back sleepers who prefer a soft feel might really enjoy the body-contouring Puffy.
The Puffy is an all-foam mattress that lives up to its name with soft, pressure relieving comfort!
Purple Best Features
- The Purple offers a lot of mobility, so combination sleepers should be really comfortable on this bed.
- You will sleep very cool on the Purple. The proprietary hyper-elastic foam does a great job of dissipating heat!
- If you prefer a firmer feel, the Purple is the best option for you.
The Purple has nice bounce as well as a medium mix of support and pressure relief that makes it a great pick for the combo sleepers out there.
Below, you can find some information on Purple and Puffy’s company policies.
- Trial Period — 100 Nights
- Shipping — Free
- Mattress Warranty — 10 Years
- Trial Period — 101 Nights
- Shipping — Free
- Mattress Warranty — Lifetime
Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Below, I’ll rate each mattress company’s customer service team based on my personal experiences with them. Possible ratings include Poor, Satisfactory, Great, and Stellar.
Purple Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Stellar: Purple’s chat function is easy to find and access. I was paired with a helpful agent right away and they answered my question in detail.
Puffy Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Satisfactory: I was paired with a rep fairly quickly, but he took a long time responding to my questions. I did get a helpful answer in the end, but wasn’t sure how knowledgeable the representative was.
More From Purple and Puffy
The flagship Puffy and original Purple mattresses have been described in detail above, But both brands offer a few other models you might be curious about. Take a look below to see how they stack up against the original models.
Puffy Lux Mattress
- Like the original Puffy, the Puffy Lux is an all-foam bed-in-a-box.
- It includes an extra foam layer for more sinkage and pressure relief that side sleepers should enjoy.
- Puffy also offers a hybrid version of the Puffy Lux that has a similar feel. You can find out about this bed in my Puffy Lux Hybrid mattress review.
- Read all about this luxury option in my Puffy Lux mattress review.
Puffy Royal Hybrid Mattress
- This luxury mattress is Puffy’s most expensive option.
- The Royal Hybrid is also offered in a less-bouncy all-foam model, which you can read about in my Puffy Royal mattress review.
- This soft mattress is great for side sleepers and those who suffer from shoulder pain.
- Learn more in my full Puffy Royal Hybrid mattress review.
Purple Hybrid Mattresses
- The Purple Hybrids combine the proprietary hyper-elastic polymer comfort layer with pocketed coils.
- These hybrid mattresses are numbered from 2 to 4. The numbers correspond to the height of each bed’s grid layer. The taller the grid, the softer the mattress feels.
- The Purple Hybrid 2 works well for stomach sleepers, the Purple Hybrid 3 (aka The Purple Hybrid Premier) is great for combo sleepers, and the Purple Hybrid 4 (another Premier model) should keep side sleepers happy.
- Read all about these beds in my Purple Hybrid mattress review.
Other Common Comparisons
Still not sure which mattress is best for you? Take a look at a few other common comparisons below for help.
- Purple vs Casper
- Purple vs Leesa
- Purple vs Tempur-Pedic
- Purple vs Layla
- Purple vs DreamCloud
- Purple vs Nectar
- Purple vs GhostBed