The Puffy Royal is the third bed from Puffy. The one I’ll be reviewing here is the all-foam, mattress-in-a-box version. This foam bed uses a mixture of memory and support foams to create a balanced feel. The Puffy Royal is designed to be a luxury mattress, but is it really fit for royalty?
I’ve tested out four other mattresses in the Puffy line: the original Puffy mattress, Puffy Lux mattress, the Puffy Lux hybrid mattress, and the Puffy Royal Hybrid mattress. To see how the Puffy Royal stacked up, I ran it through the whole gamut of tests, and I’m excited to share my findings with you here!
Ready to dive into the Puffy Royal? Read on for my detailed review! Or hop down to my review summary if you only have time for the nuts and bolts.
Is the Puffy Royal a Good Mattress for You?
Before we kick off this detailed review, I want to start off by saying who I do and do not recommend the Puffy Royal for. If it’s not the right mattress for you, I’ll suggest some other pages you might want to check out.
Who I do recommend the Puffy Royal mattress for
- I think back sleepers will be comfortable on the Puffy Royal. It has a zoned support system which is firmer at the back and hips, and softer at the head and shoulders. This should give back sleepers the support they need for a neutral spinal alignment, while still providing some gentle pressure relief.
- I also think side sleepers should be happy on the Puffy Royal. Though it’s a true medium-firm mattress and I typically recommend softer mattresses to side sleepers, the Puffy Royal’s zoned support should give them the sinkage they need at the shoulders to stay comfortable.
- I think the Puffy Royal is a great mattress for couples. It performed well on our motion transfer test, which means you’re unlikely to be disturbed by your partner’s movements.
Who I don’t recommend the Puffy Lux mattress for
- I don’t think the Puffy Royal is the best option for stomach sleepers. I’d recommend a firmer mattress to suit their needs, like one of our best mattresses for stomach sleepers.
- Like a lot of memory foam mattresses, I found that the Puffy Royal sleeps a little hot. If you’re a hot sleeper, I’d recommend checking out a mattress with a bit more airflow, like one of our best hybrid mattresses.
- Anyone in search of a bouncy mattress might want to look elsewhere, like at one of our best innerspring mattresses.
What Does the Puffy Royal Mattress Feel Like?
Now that we’ve talked about who might and might not like the Puffy Royal, we can go into some detail about this mattress. Let’s kick things off by taking a look at this bed’s firmness.
First, a heads up: Firmness is a bit subjective. Your body weight, shape, size and personal preferences will all affect how firm a mattress feels to you – and the same is true for me! So keep in mind that my assessment is just one perspective.
After spending some time on the Puffy Royal, I ranked it around a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The industry standard for medium firmness is 6.5, so the mattress is right around medium-firm.
Knowing what’s inside the Puffy Royal helps us make sense of why it has a medium-firm feel. The mattress combines soft memory foams with more supportive poly foams to create a balanced feel that’s right in the middle of the firmness scale. This could appeal to back and side sleepers, because both sleep positions require some pressure relief combined with enough support to maintain spinal alignment.
Testing the Puffy Royal Mattress
Firmness gives us important insights into a mattress, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. To really determine whether a bed is a good match for you, it’s important to consider Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer as well. So let’s do just that!
No, we’re not talking about easing up on pressures at work or school (if only!). The term “pressure relief” refers to a bed’s ability to alleviate tension at sensitive areas such as the hips, lower back, and shoulders. It tells you whether a mattress will ease pressure on relevant body parts so you can enjoy comfortable sleep in your preferred position.
To test the Pressure Relief on the Puffy Royal, I used a helpful tool called a pressure map. I position this device on top of the mattress, climb aboard, and let the map track my body’s force as I try different positions. Low-pressure areas are highlighted in blue, and the highest pressure areas show up as red.
Back – When lying on my back, I don’t notice any pressure points and I feel like my weight is evenly distributed. The zoned support helps keep my hips elevated and my spine aligned, while the memory foam lets me sink in for some body-contouring. This could be a great option for back sleepers.
Side – Thanks to the memory foam and the zoned support, my shoulder is able to sink in for some pressure relief. At the same time, my hips are elevated enough to keep my spine aligned. I think this could be a good option for side sleepers or combo sleepers who switch between their back and side.
Stomach – When I’m on my stomach, I’m not feeling any significant pressure points. But I’m also not feeling enough support. The comfort layers are a little too soft to keep my hips elevated in this position; as a result, my hips bow in and throw my spine out of alignment. My neck also feels uncomfortable here. Strict stomach sleepers will probably want a firmer mattress.
Like Pressure Relief, Motion Transfer can affect whether a mattress matches your sleep needs. This term refers to whether you’ll feel a sleeping partner’s movements if they shift around during the night. Knowing whether a mattress will help minimize motion transfer is especially important for folks who share a bed with a partner, child, or pet.
To test out motion transfer on the Puffy Royal, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from three heights: 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches. These heights mimic various movements, from tossing and turning to getting out of bed or jumping on top of it. Next, I measured the disturbance caused by each of these drops. The bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance!
The Puffy Royal has multiple memory foam layers, and memory foam often does a good job of tamping down motion transfer. I expected this mattress to perform well on my tests, and for the most part it delivered. You’ll probably be disturbed by someone jumping into bed, but you shouldn’t feel a partner’s minor movements during the night.
Edge support refers to how well a mattress holds up on its sides. If a mattress has good edge support, you should feel just as supported on the sides as you do in the center. Solid edge support can make a mattress feel larger, since you can take advantage of its full surface area.
I think the Puffy Royal has decent edge support, though it’s not the best I’ve seen. This didn’t come as much of a surprise, since all-foam mattresses don’t always have the best edge support.
What Is the Puffy Royal Made Of?
The Puffy Royal is a 14-inch tall, all-foam mattress that features five layers of memory, poly foams, and a zoned support system. This construction creates a balanced feel of comfort and support. Sleepers should sink into the thick mattress for some body-contouring and pressure relief without missing out on spinal support.
Let’s dig deep (literally!) into the Puffy Royal!
Cover – First up is a thick cover with a polyester feel. It’s stain-resistant, removable and machine-washable, so it’s easy to keep the mattress’s surface clean.
Comfort Layer – Next you’ll find a memory foam comfort layer. This top layer has a slow response to pressure, allowing sleepers to sink in for some body-contouring and pressure relief. This gentle vibe could appeal to side sleepers, who want to avoid feeling jammed up at the shoulder. Also worth noting? This layer is infused with cooling beads, which might help dissipate some heat (memory foam has a reputation for heat retention).
Reflex Layer – Beneath the memory foam comfort layer, there’s a layer of poly foam. This layer is approximately as soft as the memory foam above it, so it keeps the comfort train rolling. However, it does have a quicker response to pressure than the comfort layer, establishing some nice mobility so you won’t feel stuck in the bed.
Contouring Layer – Below the soft poly foam layer, there’s another layer of memory foam. Like the comfort layer, it has a slow response to pressure and offers some body-contouring and pressure relief. It also does a decent job of cutting down on motion transfer, which could appeal to couples who don’t want to feel each other’s movements during the night.
Transition Layer – Next up is a transition layer made from firmer poly foam with zoned support. It’s softer around the shoulders and firmer around the hips, which provides pressure relief for the upper body (especially while side sleeping) and helps keep the hips in line with the spine. This construction could appeal to back and side sleepers, who need a balance of pressure relief and support.
Base Layer – To finish things off, there’s a layer of firm, high-density poly foam at the base of the bed. This layer provides support for the entire mattress.
My Final Thoughts About the Puffy Royal Mattress
Before we finish up this review, I want to recap some of the great and not so great qualities about the Puffy Royal mattress. Though I can’t tell you if the Puffy Royal is the right mattress for you, I hope these key points will help you decide.
My favorite things about the Puffy Royal mattress
I think the Puffy Royal is a great mattress for side sleepers and back sleepers. It’s zoned support system will offer them gentle pressure relief at the shoulders, while still giving some nice support at the hips and back to promote a neutral spinal alignment. I think it’s a great mattress for couples, since it has good motion isolation, meaning you’re unlikely to be disturbed by your partners movements. Finally, the Puffy Royal’s lifetime warranty is a pretty nice perk!
My Puffy Royal mattress complaints
I think the Puffy isn’t firm enough for stomach sleepers. I think these sleepers will find their hips sinking too far into the mattress, leading to bowing which can eventually result in back pain. I also don’t think the Puffy is all that cooling, and hot sleepers might find themselves overheating. Also, the Puffy Royal is a bit on the pricier side, so budget shoppers might want to look elsewhere.
How Much Does the Puffy Royal Mattress Cost?
Of course, you’ll want to know how much this new mattress might set you back. Take a look at our up-to-date pricing chart below, and make sure to visit our Puffy coupon page for a nice discount.
Size Dimensions Price Twin 39" x 75" x 14" $1,645 Twin XL 39" x 80" x 14" $1,745 Full 54" x 75" x 14" $2,445 Queen 60" x 80" x 14" $2,695 King 76" x 80" x 14" $2,995 California King 72" x 84" x 14" $2,995
Puffy Royal Policies and FAQs
Does the Puffy Royal come with a warranty?
Yes, the Puffy Royal has a lifetime warranty, which is great news for anyone worried about durability. However, make sure to use an appropriately sized bed frame or foundation so that you don’t void the warranty.
Does the Puffy Royal come with a sleep trial?
Yes, the Puffy Royal has a 101-night sleep trial.
How does the Puffy Royal ship?
The Puffy Royal will ship compressed in a box. It ships free to the contiguous United States, but there is a charge for shipping to Alaska and Hawaii.
Do I need a box spring with the Puffy Royal?
No, you don’t need a box spring with the Puffy Royal, though you must use an appropriately sized bed frame, foundation, or adjustable base to maintain the lifetime warranty.
Where was the Puffy Royal mattress made?
All Puffy mattresses are made in the USA.
What if I don’t like the Puffy Royal?
You can return the Puffy Royal free of charge and receive a full refund if you are unsatisfied.
Does the Puffy Royal have an off-gassing period?
Yes, there is an off-gassing period with the Puffy Lux, though any smell should dissipate in a few days.
Puffy Royal Mattress Vs
It can be helpful to compare the Puffy to some similar beds in the online mattress market. This should give you an idea of how it stacks up against its competitors!
Puffy Royal vs Casper
- Both the Puffy Royal and the Casper original are all-foam mattresses-in-a-box.
- The Casper is a bit firmer than the Puffy Royal, so sleepers looking for a firmer feel might want to check it out.
- The Casper is less expensive than the Puffy Royal, making it a better option for budget shoppers.
- Learn more in my full Casper mattress review.
Puffy Royal vs Nectar
- The Nectar is also an all-foam bed-in-a-box mattress.
- The Nectar is a bit softer than the Puffy Royal, which means it could be better for side sleepers who do best on a soft mattress.
- The Nectar is quite a bit more affordable than the Puffy Royal.
- Learn more in my full Nectar mattress review.
Other Models from Puffy
If you’re considering the Puffy Royal, then you might also be taking a look at the other mattresses in the Puffy line. So let’s compare the Puffy Royal to its siblings so you can see how they all stack up!
- Like the Puffy Royal, the original Puffy is an all-foam, bed-in-a-box mattress.
- While the Puffy Royal has five layers, the original Puffy has only three (including a 2-inch memory foam comfort layer). The original doesn’t feel quite as sturdy or luxurious as the Puffy Royal, and it doesn’t allow for as much sinkage into the mattress.
- Both mattresses have a similar firmness. I ranked both at a 6.5 out of 10, or right around medium firm. This firmness level tends to suit combo sleepers who switch between their back and side and could also work for strict back or side sleepers.
- The original Puffy is much less expensive than the Puffy Royal, coming in at around one-third of the price.
- Want to learn more about the original Puffy? Check out my comprehensive review!
- Like the original Puffy and the Puffy Royal, the Puffy Lux is an all-foam mattress-in-a-box.
- The Puffy Lux has a similar construction to the original Puffy, except it adds an extra layer of memory foam for a total of 4 inches of body-contouring comfort.
- Thanks to the extra memory foam, the Puffy Lux is much softer than the other two Puffy mattresses. (I ranked it around a 5.5 out of 10.) The softness of the mattress lets sleepers sink in for some serious pressure relief. This mattress should be well suited to side sleepers who want contouring comfort and don’t want to feel “jammed up” around the shoulder.
- In terms of price, the Puffy Lux lands right between the original Puffy and the Puffy Royal.
- Curious about the Puffy Lux? Learn more about this mattress in my detailed review!
Puffy Lux Hybrid
- The Puffy Lux Hybrid is the hybrid version of the Puffy Lux, which means it uses a combination of foams and coils to achieve a balanced feel.
- The Puffy Lux Hybrid is the same price as the Puffy Lux.
- The Puffy Lux Hybrid has about the same firmness level as the Puffy Lux, about a 5.5 on the firmness scale.
- Since it’s made with coils, the Puffy Lux Hybrid is bouncier than the Puffy Lux, making it a better option for combination sleepers who want a more “on top” of the bed feel.
- Learn more in my full Puffy Lux Hybrid mattress review.
Puffy Royal Hybrid
- The Puffy Royal Hybrid is the hybrid version of the Puffy Royal, which is an all-foam mattress.
- The Royal Hybrid is the same price as the memory foam Puffy Royal.
- The Royal Hybrid has a bit more bounce than the all-foam version, which doesn’t come as a surprise.
- The Royal Hybrid is a softer mattress than the Puffy Royal.
- The Royal Hybrid sleeps a bit cooler thanks to the airflow offered by the pocketed coil system.
- Learn more in my full Puffy Royal Hybrid mattress review.
Take a look at our star rating chart for the Puffy Royal mattress below!
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