Want to feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud? Then the Puffy mattress might just be for you. This all-foam bed-in-a-box features a combination of gel memory foam and high-density poly foam to offer a balance of pressure relief and support.
Since memory foam is often known for deep body contouring and sinkage, I was curious to see if I actually felt like I was floating — and sleeping — on cloud nine. I put the mattress through a variety of tests to find out.
Keep reading for my entire Puffy mattress review, where I’ll examine the Puffy’s construction, firmness level, motion control, and more! And later on, I’ll compare the original Puffy to models from the brand’s Lux and Royal lines, as well as to some of its main competitors: the Nectar and Purple mattresses.
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Is the Puffy a Good Mattress for You?
First up, let’s talk about who I do and don’t recommend the Puffy Original mattress for.
Who I recommend the Puffy Mattress for
- Back sleepers should really enjoy the balance of pressure relief and support the Puffy offers.
- If you suffer from pressure aches and pains and enjoy the feel of memory foam you might enjoy the Puffy. It was designed specifically to alleviate pain around pressure points.
- The Puffy could be a great mattress for kids. It combines a stain-resistant cover with the right amount of cushion and support for lighter bodies in any sleeping position.
Who I don’t recommend the Puffy Mattress for
- Strict stomach sleepers should be wary of the Puffy, which might be too soft to support their hips. I’d point them towards one of our best mattresses for stomach sleepers instead.
- Similarly, heavier sleepers (over 250 lbs) won’t get the support they need on the Puffy. I’d recommend they search for a thicker mattress with innerspring support. Our best mattress for heavy people roundup could have some good options for anyone on the heavier side.
- Combination sleepers might prefer a mattress that’s a little more responsive. You feel more “hugged by” than “on top of” the Puffy thanks to the body-contouring memory foam it’s built with.
How Firm is the Puffy Mattress?
Before we get into it, remember that firmness is subjective. A mattress will feel firmer or softer to different sleepers depending on their body weight, shape, and preferred sleeping positions. The Puffy in particular will feel firmer to heavier sleepers who sink through its memory foam layer and onto its firmer transition layer. It will feel lighter to lightweight folks who don’t sink through its memory foam top layer.
For reference, I’m 5’9” and about 125 lbs. The Puffy initially felt super soft when I lay down, but after I sank through the top layer I felt strong support from its transition layer. I gave this mattress a 6.5 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale, which means it’s a medium-firm mattress.
The Puffy’s combination of softness and support might be especially helpful to those suffering from arthritis. I also think back sleepers could also enjoy the plush support the Puffy offers. It does an especially nice job of contouring at the lower back. This “in the bed feel” is a great fit for folks who like some hug, but combination sleepers might prefer a more responsive and bouncier mattress.
Light to average-weight side sleepers should also enjoy the Puffy’s medium firmness level. Like a traditional memory foam mattress, the Puffy should offer the pressure-relief these sleepers need to avoid stiffness at the shoulders and hips. If you’re on the heavier side, you may sink further into the Puffy and find it too firm around your shoulders and hips.
I don’t recommend this bed for stomach sleepers — it could let their hips sink down into the mattress over time, which might lead to back pain. The most comfortable mattress for stomach sleepers will usually offer very firm support.
Puffy Mattress Performance
How the Puffy feels is also going to depend on your body weight and preferred sleeping position. As a general rule, lighter sleepers typically experience a mattress as slightly firmer since they don’t sink as far into its comfort layer. Heavier sleepers typically sink further into a mattress, and if the bed isn’t supportive enough, they can wind up feeling “stuck” in their mattress.
Testing the Puffy Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
Take a look at my expert opinions on how this mattress performs for different weight classes.
Is the Puffy a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lbs)?
- Light Back Sleepers – Yes, these sleepers should be quite happy on the Puffy. They’ll experience a nice mix of spinal support and pressure relief at the lower back.
- Light Side Sleepers – I’d also recommend the Puffy to the lightweight side sleepers. They should find some nice pressure relief from the Puffy’s cozy Gel Cloud comfort layer.
- Light Stomach Sleepers – I think the Puffy is just a bit too soft for strict stomach sleepers. I’d recommend these sleepers go with a mattress that ranks at least a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale to help prevent their hips from sinking too far into the mattress, which throws the spine out of alignment.
Is the Puffy a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lbs)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – I think average weight back sleepers should be happy on this bed. I’d especially recommend it to those who suffer from pain at the hips and/or shoulders who need a bit of added pressure relief.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – These sleepers should also be quite happy on this bed. They’ll get some nice sinkage at the hips and shoulders.
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – The Puffy isn’t quite firm enough for average weight stomach sleepers. These sleepers should opt for a firmer mattress that will promote a neutral spine alignment for stomach sleeping.
Is the Puffy a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lbs)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – I wouldn’t recommend the Puffy as a good mattress for heavy people. It doesn’t have the right level of support to prevent these sleepers from sinking all the way down into the bed. Instead, I’d opt for a hybrid or innerspring mattress, or better yet, one specifically designed for heavy people.
- Heavy Side Sleepers – See above.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – See above.
Puffy Mattress Pain Relief Performance
A pressure map provides a visual representation of where pressure points may form while lying on the Puffy. I placed a pressure map on top of the Puffy and rolled onto my back, side, and stomach to show you how the Puffy responds to body weight. Blue to green areas indicate low pressure while yellow to red areas show high pressure.
Back Pain — In each sleeping position, the map was all-blue (low pressure) at my back. Based on these results, I’d say this is a great mattress for those who suffer from back pain, especially those who sleep on their backs.
Shoulder Pain — The map indicates a little pressure forming around my shoulders and hips as I rolled over to my side. If you’re a side sleeper who suffers from shoulder pain I’d opt for a slightly softer mattress to provide even more pressure relief.
Hip Pain – Again, I did see some green at the hips here when I rolled onto my side. That indicates that there is a bit of a pressure build up there. Those who suffer from hip pain should opt for a slightly softer mattress that will better cradle their hips.
Puffy Mattress Performance for Couples
If you sleep with a partner, you’re going to want to look out for a few extra factors that might not matter for solo sleepers. For example, you’ll want to know how well your mattress absorbs motion, whether or not it’s good for sex, if it has strong and sturdy edges, and if it will keep you both cool. Take a look at how the Puffy stacks up in these categories below.
Next up, we’ll be testing motion transfer, which will demonstrate the amount of movement you’ll likely detect from one side of the bed to the other. If you sleep with a partner who tends to toss and turn throughout the night, you’ll want a bed that doesn’t transfer a lot of movement so you can sleep soundly.
To test 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.
The Puffy performed fairly well on this test. I’d say you won’t feel disturbed by a partner tossing and turning, but might feel them getting in and out of bed. If you’re easily disturbed by a restless partner, one of our best memory foam mattresses that offers even more motion isolation could be a better pick for you.
The best mattress for sex is going to be a bit responsive and bouncy so that you and your partner can move around easily. I’d say the Puffy is an ok mattress for sex. It isn’t a particularly bouncy bed and you are going to feel more “in” this bed than “on top” of it. If you’re looking for a mattress that’s particularly good for sex I’d recommend an innerspring mattress.
Though the Puffy is an all-foam mattress and they can tend to sleep hot, this mattress actually sleeps pretty cool! It has a gel-infusion in its comfort layer which helps regulate the mattress temperature. If you and your partner both sleep hot, you shouldn’t find yourselves overheating on the Puffy.
I also tested the edge support on the Puffy. This is a measure of whether you can sleep all the way on the edge of the bed without feeling the side of the mattress collapsing under your weight. A bed feels a little bigger when you can spread out over its entire sleeping surface.
I wasn’t too impressed with the Puffy’s edge support. I definitely felt unstable on the side of this mattress. But most foam mattresses don’t have reinforced edges, so this wasn’t a big surprise.
What is the Puffy Mattress Made Of?
To give you an even more in-depth look at this mattress I’m going to take a look at each of its layers. The Puffy is an all-foam bed-in-a-box mattress designed to keep your spine neutrally aligned. All the foams in this bed are CertiPUR-US® Certified, which means they’re free of harmful chemicals and heavy metals.
Let’s look inside to see how this all pans out.
Cover – The Puffy’s mattress cover is hypoallergenic and stain-resistant. These are great perks for anyone using this mattress for kids! The polyester-blend cover also has a soft, cozy feel.
Comfort Layer – Right underneath the cover is a “Gel Cloud” comfort layer. This cooling cloud foam layer will help you sleep cooler than you would on a traditional memory foam mattress. This gel memory foam is super soft and will allow you to sink into the mattress for some nice pressure relief.
Transition Layer – Next up is a “Climate Comfort” layer made of responsive poly foam. This foam has a firmer feel and helps ease you down onto the support foam below.
Base Layer — The Puffy’s support layer is made of HD polyfoam, a super common support material found in most bed-in-a-box mattresses. This layer provides strong and sturdy support to the mattress.
So is the medium-firm Puffy the best new mattress for you? I can’t answer that question, but I can offer a few final thoughts to help you decide for yourself.
My favorite things about the Puffy mattress
I really enjoyed the combination of pressure relief and support the Puffy offers. I think it will do a good job of reducing aches and pains that some people experience when sleeping on a mattress that isn’t the right firmness level for their sleep style.
I also like that the Puffy uses an infusion of a cooling gel to help defend against memory foam’s heat trapping tendencies. And the stain-resistant, hypoallergenic cover on this mattress makes me think it’s a great choice for anyone shopping for kids.
My Puffy mattress complaints
I will say that heavier sleepers (over 250 lbs) will probably not find the Puffy comfortable. This bed is just 10 inches tall, so I don’t think it will offer the deep compression support these folks need to feel comfortable and supported throughout the night.
Like many all-foam beds, it may start to sag earlier than a mattress that includes innerspring support. But, Puffy does offer a lifetime warranty on this mattress, so if your old Puffy mattress starts to sag you may be able to replace it for free!
How Much Does the Puffy Cost?
Take a look below to learn more about Puffy’s pricing and sizing. And be sure to check out our Puffy mattress coupon page to snag a good deal.
|Twin||39" x 75" x 10"||41 lbs||$799|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 10"||45 lbs||$829|
|Full||54" x 75" x 10"||58 lbs||$999|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 10"||69 lbs||$1,149|
|King||76" x 80" x 10"||87 lbs||$1,349|
|California King||72" x 84" x 10"||87 lbs||$1,349|
Puffy Mattress Policies and FAQs
Does the Puffy mattress come with a trial period?
Yes, Puffy offers a 101-night sleep trial with this mattress.
Does Puffy offer a mattress warranty?
Yes, Puffy offers a lifetime warranty with the Puffy original mattress. Be sure to use an appropriate bed frame or foundation with your mattress so you don’t void the warranty. You don’t need to use a box spring with the puffy, but will need an appropriately sized foundation or slatted bed frame.
How does the Puffy mattress ship?
The Puffy will be shipped compressed in a box. Shipping is free and your mattress will ship out in just one to three business days.
Does the Puffy mattress need to be flipped?
The Puffy mattress does not need to be flipped. Puffy does recommend that you rotate the mattress 180 degrees about once a year to increase its lifespan.
Where are Puffy mattresses made?
Puffy mattresses are all made in the USA.
Does the Puffy smell?
Like any bed-in-a-box the Puffy will go through an off-gassing period. But I didn’t notice a particularly strong smell when I unboxed the Puffy mattress. I’d recommend letting the mattress air out for a few hours before adding sheets.
Puffy Mattress Vs
Now that we know more about the Puffy mattress, let’s compare the bed to two of its top competitors: the Nectar mattress and the Purple mattress.
Puffy Mattress vs Nectar Mattress
- Like the Puffy, The Nectar is a bed-in-a-box mattress that features memory foam to provide deep pressure relief.
- The Nectar is softer than the Puffy and features a ton of deep body-contouring. It’s especially good for side sleepers who need extra soft support.
- You won’t feel disturbed by a restless partner on the Nectar mattress thanks to its thick memory foam layers.
- For more info, check out my full Nectar mattress review.
Puffy Mattress vs Purple Mattress
- Unlike the Puffy mattress, the Purple mattress features a proprietary hyper-elastic polymer grid that offers a lot of bounce.
- You’ll feel more “in” the Puffy and more on “on top” of the Purple. This means the Purple could appeal to combination sleepers.
- The Purple sleeps cooler than the Puffy thanks to its breathable grid layer.
- Read my entire Purple mattress review to learn more!
Other Models from Puffy
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, Puffy sells a few different mattresses. You can find more information about Puffy’s other models below.
Original Puffy Mattress vs Puffy Lux Mattress
- The Puffy Lux is also an all-foam, bed-in-a-box mattress.
- The Lux includes an extra layer of foam, adding even more sinkage and pressure relief to the bed for a softer feel.
- The Plush Puffy Lux could be a good choice for couples, you won’t feel disturbed by a restless partner on this bed.
- Check out my full Puffy Lux Mattress review to learn more!
Original Puffy Mattress vs Puffy Lux Hybrid Mattress
- The Lux Hybrid includes pocketed coil support, so it’s a little more durable than the original Puffy.
- This ultra-plush mattress feels softer than the original Puffy, and could be a good fit for side sleepers.
- If you suffer from shoulder pain the Lux Hybrid could help you find some relief.
- Head over to my full Puffy Lux Hybrid mattress review to get all the info on this Puffy bed.
Original Puffy Mattress vs Puffy Royal Mattress
- The all-foam Puffy Royal is 4 inches taller than the original to offer even more pressure relief.
- Like the original Puffy, the Royal is a medium-firm mattress.
- Back and side sleepers looking for a little extra sinkage should enjoy the Royal.
- Learn more in my full Puffy Royal mattress review.
Original Puffy Mattress vs Puffy Royal Hybrid Mattress
- The Royal Hybrid includes pocketed coil support for some additional bounce and durability.
- The Royal Hybrid has a soft feel and offers a lot of deep sinkage.
- Side sleepers should appreciate the great pressure relief this mattress offers.
- Find out more in my full Puffy Royal Hybrid mattress review.
Still not sure whether or not to ditch your old mattress for the Puffy? Take a look at some of the ratings below to decide.
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