For memory foam lovers who want both luscious comfort and sturdy support, Puffy’s luxury mattress — the Puffy Lux — might be your next bedroom buy. This USA-made mattress consists of four layers of various foam that aim to melt the stress and strain from the body’s pressure points. If you’re afraid of memory foam mattresses getting too hot, Puffy promises cooling comfort.
I wanted to find out if the Puffy Lux delivered on all its promises, so put the mattress through a variety of tests to find out. From firmness level to motion control, breathability to bounce, here’s all you need to know about the Puffy Lux.
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The Puffy Mattress hit the market in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since. This Los Angeles company received early attention when it was featured on Ellen and has continued to build its product line with all-foam mattresses, pillows, comforters, and more.
According to the Puffy team, the idea for their mattress line came from staring out an airplane window and wondering what it would be like to actually lay on a cloud. That was the catalyst to initiate a series of tests to develop Puffy mattresses — what the company believes is just like sleeping on a cloud.
What this means in bedroom terms is pressure relieving support for the hips and spine, cool comfort throughout the mattress, and soft cradling for the body.
Puffy also sells a basic mattress model, simply named the “Puffy,” which I’ll be comparing later on. I’ll also be placing the Puffy Lux next to two of its main competitors — Purple and Tempurpedic — to parse out the main similarities and differences. Let’s get moving!
What is The Puffy Lux Made Of?
The Puffy Lux is constructed with four unique foam layers that provide a specific amount of pressure and comfort to properly align the spine. Before I give it all away, let’s get under the covers and into this mattress.
Cover – The top of the Puffy features a thin polyester blend cover. There’s nothing fancy or special to note about this, though air should flow easily through the mattress to help keep you cool.
Comfort – Right underneath the polyester cover is 2” of gel memory foam, which Puffy playfully calls its “Cooling Cloud Foam.” This type of foam has gel microbeads incorporated into the foam and tends to trap less heat than other types of memory foam. The comfort layer is really soft and has a slow response to pressure, allowing the sleeper to sink into the mattress for deep nice pressure relief and hug. It’s also the same comfort layer you’ll find on the more basic Puffy mattress.
Contour — The contour layer is what sets the Puffy Lux apart from the basic Puffy version. In this layer, you’ll find another 2” of soft memory foam to provide even more contouring, hug, and pressure relief.
Transition – Below the four soft inches of memory foam is 2” of a firmer poly foam that will help prevent the sleeper from sinking too far into the bed and feeling stuck. The transition layer also safely cradles the body as it moves through the top layers and down to the firm base below.
Base — The bottom of the Puffy Lux features 6” of HD polyfoam, a common support material found in most bed-in-a-box beds that helps give the mattress its shape while providing sturdy support for the sleeper.
How Firm is The Puffy Lux Mattress?
One of the most important factors that go into buying a new mattress is firmness level, which is the initial feeling you experience when you first lie on the mattress. Firmer mattresses respond quickly to pressure and will “push back” into the body, while softer beds hug and cradle the sleeper. Stomach sleepers typically like firm mattresses to avoid the hips sinking too far in the mattress while side sleepers err on the softer side of the spectrum to comfortably support the hips and shoulders.
As for the Puffy Lux, my hand sank pretty far into the mattress and there was slow push back — both the comfort and contour layers providing deep compression. When my entire body weight was placed on the mattress, I felt a nice hug. However, it wasn’t so soft to the point where I felt like I had no support; the firmer bottom layers in the Lux construction created a nice foundation throughout the surface level of the bed. I did feel my hips sink in though, which stomach sleepers need to watch out for since this could lead to lower back pain.
To determine the Puffy Lux’s actual firmness score, I asked three of my colleagues to test out the Puffy Lux alongside me and provide their input. We each gave a firmness level score between 1 and 10: 10 being the most firm and 1 being the softest. We averaged our scores together to come up with the final number which you can see below.
Our averaged scores came out to 5.5, placing the Puffy Lux in the “medium soft” category. This firmness levels typically indicates the bed will focus a bit more on hug and contour and will likely have little bounce and less mobility — making it a bit trickier for combo sleepers to change positions.
With this 5.5 score, I think the Lux is a great option for strict side sleepers who will benefit from the soft and contouring foam that’ll protect the hips and shoulders. The Lux will especially be good if you enjoy that notorious memory foam feeling of being surrounded and hugged by the mattress. On the flip side, I would tell stomach sleepers to think twice about the Puffy Lux, since you’ll usually need a much firmer mattress to keep the spine in safe alignment.
Another important thing to understand about a mattress is how well it will relieve pressure — specifically around the hips, shoulders, and spine. To figure this out, I have a convenient pressure map that can do this detective work.
As I move between positions, the map will make a colorful graphic depicting how my body is interacting with the structure in real time. Blue areas indicate zones of low pressure while red ones demonstrate high tension.
Back – As you’ll see on the map, there is blue across the board which indicates my weight is evenly distributed. This essentially means the Lux and all its soft memory foam performs up to standards and will prevent pressure from popping up on your back.
Side – There is some raised pressure indicated on the map when I roll over to my side. However, this pressure build-up is pretty much unavoidable since more weight is naturally distributed onto the hips and shoulders. Since there is no yellow or red showing up on the map, I still believe the Puffy Lux will provide comfort and support to side sleepers.
Stomach – While you’ll once again see blue across the map, I don’t think these pressure test results are the most accurate for stomach sleepers. If you’re a strict stomach sleeper, I would look for a firmer mattress that will prevent the hips from sinking too far in the bed to avoid lower back pain.
If you’re interested in the Puffy Lux, there’s a good chance you’re also looking at some of its main competitors. Let’s take a quick look at two other mattresses that compete with the Puffy Lux in terms of comfort, construction, and price.
- Rather than layers of compressing foam, the Purple mattress features its proprietary hyper-elastic polymer smart comfort grid that provides a lot of bounce and spring for sleepers.
- Sleepers on the Puffy Lux will sink into the mattress, while the Purple’s bouncy grid will position you “on top” of the mattress for better mobility.
- Even though the materials are quite different, both the Puffy and Purple provide cooling support thanks to its breathable construction.
- The Purple bed is $1,000 for a Queen, making this bed more affordable than the Puffy Lux, which for a Queen is a touch under $1,600.
Read my entire Purple mattress review for all the info!
- Whereas the Puffy Lux will be shipped in a box, the Tempurpedic has to be picked up at the store or delivered without being compressed.
- The Tempurpedic features more memory foam than the Puffy Lux, providing a super deep compression and contoured feel.
- Even though “lux” is in the Puffy name, Tempurpedic takes luxury up a notch — using super high-quality materials and a price tag to prove it.
- Speaking of price, the Tempurpedic is $4,00 for Queen, compared to $1,595 for the Puffy Lux.
Learn more about the Tempurpedic mattress.
As I mentioned earlier on, Puffy sell a more basic, all-foam mattress simply called the Puffy. Let’s take a look at them side-by-side.
The Puffy Lux vs. The Puffy
- The Puffy is also an all-foam, bed-in-a-box mattress.
- Unlike The Puffy Lux, the more basic version is firmer, making it better for side and combo sleepers who need both mobility and support.
- The basic Puffy does not include a contouring layer in its construction, which contributes to the mattress’ medium-firm feel. However, both beds do a great job at relieving pressure.
- At $900 for a Queen, the Puffy is more affordable than the Puffy Lux by nearly $700.
Want to get more deets? Head on over to my Puffy mattress review.
Next up is a motion transfer test, which will uncover the amount of movement you’ll probably detect from one side of the bed to the other. If you sleep with a partner who loves to move around a lot throughout the night, you’ll want a mattress that muffles motion.
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
Unsurprisingly, the Puffy Lux does a great job at muffling disturbance across the bed, in no small part because of the thick memory foam. If you sleep with a partner, both of you will likely be undisturbed if one tends to move around a lot at night.
How Far Will You Sink Into the Puffy Lux?
The last test I’m going to run is a sinkage test, which will help figure out if you’ll sink into the mattress or feel like you’re lying on top of it. Based on the 5.5 firmness score and pressure map results, I already have a general idea of what the results could be. Better to verify with an actual test!
To visualize the Lux sinkage, I placed four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) on the mattress and measured how much they compressed the surface.
The variations in size, weight, and density are meant to simulate different body parts and different sized sleepers.
The results? You’re going to dramatically sink into the Puffy Lux with all the soft memory foam in the comfort and contour layers. In other words, you’ll feel “in the mattress” versus on top of it. If you like being hugged by the mattress and are not looking for a lot of bounce, these results will be exactly what you’re looking for.
The million dollar question! While I wish I could answer this for you, the best I can do is provide some important recommendations based on the biggest pros and cons I found while testing the Puffy Lux. Shall we?
Puffy Lux Recommendations
- Strict side sleepers will likely love the Puffy Lux since it’s soft enough to generously support the hips and shoulders.
- The breathable foams used means the Puffy Lux will keep sleepers cool — a great feature if you tend to sleep hot.
- The Lux is a great mattress for couples, thanks to its ability to isolate motion and promise an undisturbed night’s rest.
Puffy Lux Complaints
- Stomach sleepers will likely need significantly more firm support to avoid the hips sinking too far into the mattress. If you sleep on your belly, I’d pass on the Puffy Lux.
- The Puffy Lux focuses on deep compression and sinkage; there will be no bounce or spring — qualities more noticeable on innerspring and hybrid mattresses.
- Sleep Trial – 101 Nights
- Warranty – Lifetime
- Shipping – Free and compressed
- Queen – $1,595
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Size & Price Information
|Twin||39" x 75" x 12"||$1,245|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 12"||$1,295|
|Full||54" x 75" x 12"||$1,395|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 12"||$1,595|
|King||76" x 80" x 12"||$1,795|
|California King||72" x 84" x 12"||$1,795|
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