Want to feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud? Then the Puffy mattress might just fulfill your wildest bedroom dreams. This all-foam bed features a combination of gel memory foam and high-density poly foam so you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud. In body talk, this means pressure relief, spine alignment, and comfy 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 9. I put the mattress through a variety of tests to find out.
Keep reading for my entire review, where I’ll examine the Puffy’s construction, firmness level, motion control, and more! Go here for a quick summary if you’re in a hurry.
The Puffy Mattress hit the market in 2017 after years of research and development, foam formulations, and sleep trials. The Puffy brand exists to create a “perfect” sleep system that is specifically targeted at people who have back pain.
All Puffy products are made in the USA and the foam used in each mattress is CertiPUR-US® Certified. Puffy also sells a luxury mattress called the Puffy Lux, which I’ll be comparing later on. If you’re shopping around and looking into other mattresses, I’ll provide a direct comparison between two of Puffy’s main competitors: Nectar and Purple.
On the social good front, Puffy partners with various nonprofits throughout the country to donate mattresses to children in need.
What is the Puffy Made Of?
The Puffy is made with three distinct foam layers to provide targeted relief to the spine. In fact, I reviewed this bed before, but the company recently made some updates to the bed that included adding in an extra transition layer.
Let’s look inside to see how this all pans out.
Cover – The top of the Puffy features a standard polyester blend cover with a little bit of lycra mixed in to help the fabric stretch. The cover is pretty thin, so air should flow easily through the mattress to help keep you cool.
Comfort – Right underneath the cover is 2” of what Puffy calls its “Cooling Cloud Foam,” which is essentially a gel memory foam. This type of foam has gel microbeads mixed into it and tends to do a better job of regulating sleep temperature than other types of memory foam. This top foam layer is super soft and will allow the sleeper to sink into the mattress for some nice pressure relief.
Transition – Two inches of poly foam, marketed as “Climate Comfort,” comes next. This foam has a firmer feel to prevent the sleeper from feeling stuck after sinking into the comfort layer. The transition layer also provides cradling support to the body as it moves through the mattress down to the firm base below.
Base — The bottom base is 6” of HD polyfoam, a super common support material found in most bed-in-a-box beds. This will provide overall strong and sturdy support for the mattress.
How Firm is the Puffy Mattress?
The last time I reviewed the Puffy, this mattress’s firmness level was rated a 5 out of 10, labeling it a medium-soft bed best for side sleepers who love gentle, contoured support. I had a hunch the newer version would have a different outcome, given the addition of the firmer transition layer, so let’s see if I was right!
When I pressed my hand into the mattress, I felt an initial compression from the top layer of memory foam. Once I hit the transition layer, my hand no longer sank in, which typically means the body will not feel “stuck” in bed. For everyday sleepers, this means the Puffy will provide initial sinkage followed by strong and cradling support to keep the spine in good alignment and the hips well supported.
To determine how firm a mattress really is, I don’t go with my intuition alone, so I asked three other co-workers to test it out with me. We each provided a firmness level score between 1 and 10: 10 being the most firm and 1 being the softest. Then we averaged our scores together to come up with the final number which you can see below.
Our averaged scores came out to 6.5, meaning the Puffy is a true, industry-standard medium-firm bed. This firmness levels typically indicates the bed will strike a nice balance of soft comfort and strong support, so the body feels both comfy and cradled.
Based on these results, I think the Puffy is best suited for combo and side sleepers who need something softer to protect the hips and shoulders, but still want a bit of mobility to change positions with ease. I don’t recommend this bed for stomach sleepers — they need a firmer surface to prevent the hips from sinking in which could cause lower back pain. If you roll onto your stomach for only a short portion of the night, you might get enough support.
Rather than only describing the feel of the Puffy, I want to also provide a visual representation of where pressure points may form while lying on it. To do this I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and rolled onto my back, side, and stomach.
As I moved between positions, the map makes 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 I’d expect on a medium firm bed, there’s blue everywhere on this map, which indicates my weight is evenly distributed in this position and that the foam layers are working to alleviate tension at my lumbar region. This reinforces that back sleepers should find comfort and pressure relief on the Puffy.
Side – Again, I’m not surprised with these results: The map indicates a small bit of pressure forming around the shoulders and hips as I rolled over to my side. That said, side and back combo sleepers should feel fine on this bed, since this bed does strike a nice balance of comfort and support. If you’re a strict side sleeper, I might point you to a slightly softer mattress to protect the hips and shoulders.
Stomach – While you’ll once again see blue across the map, I don’t think the pressure test tells the whole story 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. As I mentioned earlier, some combo sleepers might be okay if you also roll around to your side or back during the night.
Now that we know more about the Puffy mattress, let’s compare the bed to two of its top competitors: Nectar and Purple.
- Similar to the Puffy, The Nectar is also a bed-in-a-box mattress that features thick layers of memory foam to provide deep pressure relief.
- The Nectar features a ton of deep body-contouring and is especially good for side sleepers who need extra, soft support for the side body.
- Motion transfer is no issue for the Nectar, which isolates motion and promises an undisturbed night’s rest.
- In terms of price, the Nectar is a bit less expensive, with a Queen bed priced at right under $700 compared to the Puffy price of $850.
For more info, check out my Nectar mattress review.
- Unlike the Puffy, the Purple mattress features a proprietary hyper-elastic polymer smart comfort grid that provides a lot of bounce and spring.
- Whereas the Puffy’s sinkage will likely leave you feeling more “in” the mattress, the Purple’s bouncy comfort grid will position you “on top” of the structure for great mobility.
- Even though the materials are quite different, both the Puffy and Purple provide good pressure relief for various pain points on the body.
- The Purple bed is $1,000 for a Queen, making this bed a touch pricier than the Puffy, which is $850.
Read my entire Purple mattress review for all the info!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, Puffy sells another, all-foam mattress with a touch more luxury: The Lux. Let’s compare them side-by-side.
The Puffy vs. Puffy Lux
- The Puffy Lux is also an all-foam, bed-in-a-box mattress.
- Unlike the Puffy, the Lux version has an extra layer of foam in its construction, adding even more sinkage and pressure relief to the overall feel of the bed.
- This luxury version of the Puffy Lux is a nice choice for strict side sleepers who typically need softer beds that support the shoulders and hips.
- At right under $1,500 for a Queen, it’s more expensive than the regular Puffy bed.
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 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.
The Puffy performed average on this test. I actually thought the results would be a bit better, considering memory foam typically does a great job of isolating motion. What these results mean, however, is that you should still experience some mobility on this mattress and be able to move around without feeling stuck in bed. Combo sleepers, we’re looking at you!
How Far Will You Sink Into the Puffy?
Many folks buying a new mattress want to know whether they’ll sink into or float on top of a bed. This sinkage test will figure out just that!
To visualize this 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 were interesting: There’s more sinkage than what I expected to see, especially since this is a medium-firm mattress with good support and mobility. This data are most likely a result of the comfort layer’s super soft foam on top. Still, you probably won’t feel stuck in the Puffy thanks to the firm transition layer directly underneath.
Yes, no, maybe so. I can’t give you a definitive answer since everybody and their body is unique. What I can do is provide some recommendations based on the major pros and cons I found while putting this mattress to the test.
- Back and side combo sleepers will most likely love this bed, given there’s good mobility on the mattress even without a whole lot of bounce.
- Memory foam that sleeps cool is hard to come by, but the cooling gel infusion helps make the Puffy breathable and comfortable all night long.
- Aches and pains be-gone with the Puffy! While I can’t make any promises, the bed is designed to alleviate a lot of pesky pressure aches.
- If you’re looking for that “on top” feeling, you won’t really get that on the Puffy, which focuses on sinkage and pressure relief over bounce and spring.
- Strict stomach sleepers should be wary of the Puffy, which might be too soft to safely support their hips and shoulders.
- Sleep Trial – 101 Nights
- Warranty – Lifetime
- Shipping – Free and compressed
- Queen – $900
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Size & Price Information
|Twin||39" x 75" x 10"||41 lbs||$495|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 10"||45 lbs||$525|
|Full||54" x 75" x 10"||58 lbs||$695|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 10"||69 lbs||$850|
|King||76" x 80" x 10"||87 lbs||$1,050|
|California King||72" x 84" x 10"||87 lbs||$1,050|