Hand-crafted in the United States, the Puffy mattress is here to bring customers a cloud-like sleep that’s as pressure-relieving as it is supportive. And how does it aim to do this? With an all-foam design that’s gentle and adaptable to each sleeper’s unique body.
While this certainly sounds impressive, I won’t know how comfortable the Puffy mattress actually is until I put it to the test, sussing out its construction and feel to see if it might just be the bed of your dreams!
Continue reading below for my full review of the Puffy mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
The Puffy features a straightforward design with just two foam layers: one of thick memory foam and another of high-density poly foam. While the construction might seem a little simplistic, the brand says the combination of materials has been specifically selected to bring targeted relief to the spine.
I should mention that for the purpose of this review, I’m only taking a look at the Puffy Standard. The company also sells a Lux mattress that comes with an additional layer of cooling memory foam.
But enough chat! Let’s dive into this bed.
Cover – The cover is made of polyester, making for a soft and elastic material. I also found the fabric to be pretty thin, which encourages airflow throughout the mattress.
Comfort Layer – Comprised of 4” of gel memory foam, the comfort layer here is super soft and has a very slow response to pressure, which means you’re likely to sink in deep for some intense body contouring. While it’s typical for all-foam beds such as this to feature a top section of memory foam, this layer in particular is incredibly thick and should bring some satisfying relief to the shoulders and hips. And though memory foam has a bit of a reputation for overheating in the night, Puffy has managed to mitigate this with a gel infusion intended to keep things nice and cool while you sleep.
Support Layer – A lack of a transition layer* brings us straight into the main support system of the mattress, composed of 6” of high-density poly foam. Unlike the memory foam layer above it, this section has a quick response to pressure and is quite firm, imbuing the structure with its stability and shape.
*Heavier sleepers should note that the absence of any sort of transition foam means that you’re likely to interact primarily with the high-density poly foam as you quickly sink through the memory foam comfort layer. Because of this, you may feel the bed as a touch firmer than other sleepers.
After inspecting the construction of the Puffy, let’s talk about its firmness and feel. Applying light hand pressure to the mattress, I found that I was interacting almost entirely with the memory foam comfort layer. The material conformed snuggly to my body and I could really feel myself sinking into the bed.
Since folks with different body shapes, sizes, and types are likely to experience firmness in unique ways, I decided to bring in three other testers to help me figure out how firm the Puffy is. To do this, we each took a turn lying on the mattress, gave it a personal firmness rating, and then compiled the results on the graph below.
While feel is always going to be a personal thing, our responses should give you a solid sense of the firmness range you can expect from the bed.
As you can see in the graph above, we were pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Puffy, landing on an average rating of 5.4. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear that this bed is quite soft.
I personally gave the bed a 5.5 as I found its thick memory foam layer created a gentle, pressure-relieving feel. While the high-density poly foam in the base is firm and does bring some support to the overall structure, you’re still likely to feel as though you’re sleeping more “in” this mattress than “on top” of it.
Keep in mind: If you want an even softer feel, you may want to check out the Puffy Lux, which has an additional layer of memory foam for an ultra-plush vibe.
Another important factor to consider when purchasing a new bed is pressure, or more specifically where pressure points are going to form while lying on top of it.
To help you visualize where these tension spots might crop up, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
Back – Lying on my back, I could really feel myself sinking into the mattress, with the memory foam in the top layer working to contour to my body and fill in the space at my lumbar region. While this led to some great pressure relief in this position, it did make it difficult to move around and change positions.
Edge Support – Scooting as close to the side of the bed I could, I felt some decent support from the Puffy. I kind of expected the mattress to collapse here at the edge, but the high-density poly foam did a good job of holding up my weight even as I compressed through the memory foam.
Side – Rolling onto my side, I felt some fantastic pressure relief. I’m not too surprised by this as side sleepers tend to go for softer mattresses that provide cushiony support to the shoulders and hips, typical problem areas for those who doze on their sides.
Stomach – While the thick memory foam comfort layer is a big win for side sleepers, it’s a bit of a mixed bag for stomach sleepers who usually opt for firmer structures that keep the spine in an even alignment. Here, I could feel my hips sinking out of line with my shoulders, which caused some discomfort in this position.
Now that we’ve dug into the finer details of the Puffy mattress, I thought it might be useful to compare it to a few other beds I’ve reviewed. While it’s true that every bed is unique, it can also be informative (and fun!) to contextualize some of its specs against those of other models on the market.
Let’s kick off this section by looking at the Puffy and the Purple side-by-side. Though they feature different constructions, they have similar aims, namely to bring sleepers some quality temperature regulation and pressure relief.
- Side Sleepers – Whether thanks to the memory foam comfort layer in the Puffy or the top section of cushiony hyper-elastic polymer in the Purple, I think the strongest connection between these two beds is how fantastic they are for side sleepers.
- Breathability – The two mattresses are also extremely breathable, with the Puffy benefiting from a thin cover and gel-infused memory foam while the Purple finds some fantastic airflow in the open-chamber construction of its comfort layer.
Another bed that came to mind while lying on the Puffy was the Nectar mattress. Both of these models are built entirely of foam, making for soft structures that bring satisfying pressure relief to the sleeper.
- Memory Foam – The Puffy is one of the only mattresses I’ve seen that incorporates as much memory foam into its construction as the Nectar does, resulting in a bed with deep sinkage and plenty of body contouring.
- Soft – Considering how much memory foam is in each of these beds, it’s no wonder that they’re also both super soft. This could satisfy a range of sleepers, but particularly those who prefer to sleep on their sides.
Next up, let’s take a look at the Puffy’s motion transfer, or the amount of disturbance detectable from one side of the mattress to the other. An important test for all, but especially for those who sleep with a partner as it’ll let you know just how bothered you’ll be by their nighttime movements.
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.
FYI: Each drop is meant to symbolize a different movement you’re likely to experience in bed, from tossing and turning (4”) to getting out of bed (8”) all the way to full on jumping (12”).
These are actually quite interesting motion transfer results. You’ll notice a slight spike in initial movement across the drops that quickly dissipates, which I’d attribute to the thick memory foam comfort layer. This material is excellent at absorbing and dampening motion, making it so you’re not likely to be too disturbed by your bed mate’s tossing and turning in the night.
When buying a new bed, most people want to know whether they’ll feel like they’re sinking “into” the mattress or laying “on top” of it. 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.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 7 inches of sinkage.
Wow, this is a massive amount of sinkage! While I was expecting high results, I wasn’t fully prepared for just how dramatic they’d be. What this tells me is that you’re very likely to sink in deeply through the foam layers in this mattress, resulting in a stuck-in-the-bed type feel that’ll make it somewhat difficult to change positions. Combo sleepers — beware!
- Sleep Trial: 101 days.
- Warranty: Lifetime.
- Shipping: Free, arrives compressed in a box.
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SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION
If you’re convinced the X is the right mattress for you, the size and pricing information for the mattress are below. Please note that these prices reflect standard pricing, but you can use the code BESTPUFFY to save $50 on your purchase!
|Twin||39" x 75" x 10"||41 lbs||$595|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 10"||45 lbs||$625|
|Full||54" x 75" x 10"||58 lbs||$795|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 10"||69 lbs||$950|
|King||76" x 80" x 10"||87 lbs||$1,150|
|California King||72" x 84" x 10"||87 lbs||$1,150|
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Puffy mattress, I want to highlight some of its biggest pros and cons:
- First and foremost, I’d say this bed could make an excellent pick for side sleepers as the thick comfort layer works to alleviate tension at the shoulders and hips.
- I’d also note that the Puffy evokes a classic memory foam feel, so could be good for anyone with a penchant for the material.
- And finally, this is one soft mattress, so could do wonders for anyone in search of a gentle, soothing structure.
- While the memory foam is a big selling point of the mattress, it does make things a bit uncomfortable for strict stomach sleepers who might find that it sends their hips out of alignment with their shoulders.
- It also contributes to a structure that doesn’t have very much bounce, which could be a detractor for those in need of buoyant support.
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