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Puffy is a famous name on the mattress market. You might have seen it on Ellen or stumbled across this brand when searching to buy a mattress online.
But does it live up to the hype? That’s what we are about to find out.
In today’s Puffy mattress review, we are going to take a close look at its construction, how the mattress performs for different types of sleepers, and its strong and weak points.
Let’s start right away!
Weight (Queen Size)
Compressed and rolled in a box
1-3 business days
Our Methodology - How we Reviewed the Puffy Mattress
The best mattresses tend to have an excellent mix of pressure relief and support, so you’re cradled in a blissful, tension-relieving way, which is what I looked for in the Puffy.
When I reviewed Puffy, I examined everything from the make of the cover, to the individual layers, and saw how much the mattress off-gassed from the initial unboxing. Comfort tests were done in several sleeping positions, such as my side, back, and stomach, and I measured Puffy’s sinkage on my upper and lower parts to get an idea of how much it would cradle. Responsiveness tests were also done to see if Puffy could isolate motion well, which was conducted with a glass of water, and if Puffy was suitable for sex, tested with rapid movements and jumps. Hands-on experience, plus an extensive knowledge base from my time in the mattress industry, helped me put together a thorough review.
Now, let’s talk about the components of this model. The Puffy is an all-foam bed. This mattress is 10 inches thick and has 3 individual layers:
- Cooling Cloud Foam layer. It measures 2 inches in height and uses gel-infused memory foam to provide cooling cradling. The comfort layer is highly adaptive and conforms closely to your body. The gel infusion is not a break-through these days, to be frank, so I wasn’t in awe of such a construction. However, the mattress really didn’t sleep that hot, even though I sank a bit deeper when sleeping on my side.
- ClimateComfort layer, which is 2 inches thick and serves as the transition zone between the comfort and base layers. The ClimateComfort uses polyfoam, which is rather resilient and helps eliminate that quicksand feeling that memory foam mattresses often have. This layer can also act as a temperature neutralizer. However, I didn’t notice any special design about this foam layer that could provide a significant cooling effect. Perhaps the ClimateComfort layer helps with thermoregulation by preventing your body from sinking too deep and thus keeping you less enveloped by the warm foam.
- Firm Core Support, which is 6 inches thick and uses dense polyfoam. It serves as the foundation for the rest of the construction. Additionally, such a base allows the Puffy to be used on any stable surface, which gives sleepers the freedom to choose among various bed frames and foundation types.
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CoverI would like to start my Puffy mattress review with the cover. The manufacturer uses 100% polyester with a bit of lycra for a stretchy effect. As you probably know, polyester is a synthetic fabric that isn’t extremely breathable. However, in Puffy’s case, the fabric is very thin and allows the air to pass through freely. If you encounter an occasional spill, don’t worry. The cover is stain resistant. Also, the Puffy’s cover is removable and machine washable, which is a very nice bonus. You can easily unzip the cover and throw it into the washer to maintain a clean sleeping environment and get rid of the germs that tend to build up in your bed. When removing the cover, there’s no worry about ending up with the “naked” layers of your mattress. The Puffy has an inner fabric lining that keeps the foam layers encased even when the cover is removed. For instance, the Nolah mattress also has a removable cover, but it comes off all in one piece and leaves the layers “bare”. This can make it challenging to fit the cover back on. However, with the Puffy, you never have to deal with such a task.
Let’s not forget about the firmness level this mattress has to offer. I was reviewing the Puffy mattress with my wife, who is 110 lbs and described this bed as Medium to Medium-Firm. She rated it 7.0 on the firmness scale, with 10 being the firmest. She enjoyed the Puffy’s balanced support and noted that if felt somewhere in the middle: not too firm, not too soft.
As for me, I had a bit of a different experience. Since I am heavier (190 lbs), I sank slightly deeper. This made the Puffy feel a tad softer for me (around 6.5 on the firmness scale), which makes it fall into the Medium-Firm category. Now, the Puffy effectively adjusts to the applied pressure. The softer comfort layer compresses under the weight and gently hugs your protruding body parts. And since the second layer is more resilient, it makes sure that you don’t feel stuck in the mattress. Despite being an all-foam mattress, this model provides some bounce and responds fast to applied pressure.
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Moving on to edge support. This is a particularly important aspect if you like to sprawl out in your bed or need more sleeping space for you and your partner. Good edge support can also be a game-changer if you plan to buy a smaller mattress size, for instance, like a Full or Twin.
For the sake of my Puffy mattress review, my wife and I tried to sleep near the edges for one night. We both felt the mattress layers collapsing a bit under our weight. However, my wife (110 lbs) and I (190 lbs) felt pretty comfortable and supported. It’s safe to assume that you can peacefully sleep near the mattress edges and not worry about rolling off the bed.
Measuring the compression while sitting on the edge was about 2.4 inches of sinkage, which is moderate compression for an all-foam mattress.
Now, let’s review the motion isolation levels the Puffy can offer. Some mattresses are not suited for partnered sleep due to their bounciness. When one sleeper moves, the other one can feel everything. That’s why so many couples pick memory foam mattresses. And the Puffy is one of those beds that can help your partner enjoy their restful sleep with minimal disturbances. The mattress layers absorb shock from movement rather well and don’t allow much of it to transfer to the other side of the bed. As a combination sleeper (side and back), I often move during the night to find the most comfortable position. When testing the Puffy, my wife did experience some minimal bounce when I was moving on my side of the bed. However, the motion transfer was quite moderate and didn’t really affect my wife’s sleep. Therefore, I can say that the Puffy is a good option for partnered sleepers.
Moving on to durability, which can predict how long you will be able to use your mattress for. In foam mattresses, durability is determined by the foam density (for the most part).
Now, the Puffy uses the 2.5 PCF foam for the comfort layer, which is a low-density material. This means the top layer will be prone to faster sagging.
In Puffy’s defense, the lower density was probably used to achieve a plushier feel. Moreover, I did find this mattress to be well-made and nicely stitched, so the overall quality of the mattress is not disappointing.
Still, you should keep in mind that the Puffy is likely to start sagging faster than firmer competitors. If you are a petite sleeper, the lifespan of your Puffy will be a bit longer as you will apply less pressure to the comfort layer. However, heavier individuals will start experiencing sagging sooner.
Testing Puffy on my side, I noticed the mattress really didn’t sleep hot, despite sinking into the layers. After lying on the bed for about 15 minutes, the mattress only reached a total of 74.9 degrees Fahrenheit, partially due to its breathable cover and cooling gel foam. Although Puffy’s cooling effect isn’t as strong as Eight Sleep, I felt it can still do the trick for hot sleepers.
I found Puffy’s sinkage to be moderately enveloping, and I measured about a 2.5 inch compression while lying down. Its cradling effect made me feel comfortable on my back, side, and stomach, although I found I did sink a bit deeper on my side. For a body-hugging feel, Puffy does a great job, in contrast to WinkBed, which is a bit of a firmer feel.
Let’s talk about off-gassing. Here’s the deal: some initial odor is common for new mattresses, especially foam ones. However, sometimes it can be too strong, which makes it impossible for some users to sleep.
With the Puffy, you are not likely to experience this issue. Yes, there is some noticeable off-gassing right after unpacking, but it isn’t overwhelmingly strong. In my case, it disappeared within the first 24 hours. However, it’s worth mentioning that I left my Puffy in a well-ventilated room. In other scenarios, I think it may take up to 48 hours to get rid of the off-gassing.
Pressure relief is a crucial factor to look out for when on the market for a new mattress. It adds to your overall comfort and quality of sleep.
With the puffy mattress, you can count on better pressure relief and support for your body without any pain or trouble.
When you lie down on this mattress, you will immediately feel the comfort and support it can provide your body.
This is due to its innovative design, allowing the puffy mattress to mould and contour your body with ease.
Due to 4 inches of comfort layers, and 6 inches of support, the pressure relieving qualities of Puffy are quite high. Puffy effectively allowed the shoulders and hips to sink in comfortably while I was lying on my side. Its body-hugging feel evenly distributes weight, so even though I’m deep in the layers, my pressure points feel eased, and I experienced no pain.
A responsive mattress provides good absorption and release of sleepers.
It is hard to find such a mattress when it comes to your back, but for those on a budget, this is one of the best affordable options available.
Whether you get a queen-size or king-size bed, you can rest assured that your body will feel all the support and comfort it needs with the puffy mattress.
I found Puffy’s responsiveness to be fairly good at isolating motion, only taking about 1.9 seconds to absorb motion so it doesn’t have time to travel across the bed. Despite the body-hug effect Puffy uses to achieve effective motion isolation, I found I didn’t have difficulty changing sleeping positions in bed, and my back was well supported.
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Due to Puffy’s high level of motion isolation, Puffy does not have much bounce. Puffy only reached a max bounce height of 0.9 inches between the mattress and our testing object, which is very low. I noticed, due to this low bounce, it can be difficult to move quickly in the Puffy.
Now let’s see how sex-friendly the Puffy is. Generally, more responsive beds tend to be better suited for sex as their natural bounce can complement the movements. And the Puffy does have a bit of a fast response to it. It’s not as bouncy as hybrid mattresses, for example, but can still provide some rebound for your movements. Generally, I would rate the Puffy 3.5–4 out of 5 in terms of being suitable for sex.
Additionally, the Puffy is completely silent, which makes it a good option for couples who are sharing their home with other people.
I tested Puffy for bounce in relation to fast movements required for sex, but due to Puffy’s low bounce of 0.9 inches, couples may find this mattress a bit slow for fast movements, but still with enough rebound. Plus, Puffy is whisper-quiet from my tests, with only the shift of fabric making a sound - no squeaks. This means you can enjoy a noiseless mattress with the Puffy.
How It Feels for Different Types of Sleepers
The way each mattress feels is subjective and depends on your weight and preferred sleeping position. Let’s find out how this feels for different types of sleepers. I am a 190-lbs back and side sleeper, while my wife is 110 lbs and sleeps on her stomach. After thoroughly testing the Puffy, here’s what we can suggest concerning different types of sleepers:
- Side sleepers. Thanks to its plush feel, the Puffy would be most suited for side sleepers. I felt that my shoulders and hips were gently cradled when lying on my side and I didn’t experience any tension whatsoever. The top comfort layer compressed noticeably under my weight, but it didn’t cause any discomfort. Overall, I enjoyed sleeping on my side when testing the Puffy. If you are a heavier individual, you may sink deeper to a certain extent, which should still be suitable for a comfortable sleep. Such a sinkage level would be okay as long as you don’t have any shoulder pain or other related issues. As for petite side sleepers, my wife (110 lbs) did not experience any issues with the Puffy’s firmness and managed to get restful sleep.
- Back sleepers. When lying on my back, I felt enough support for the spine. The Puffy’s adaptive foam nicely filled in the curve in the lumbar section, which helped me maintain a neutral posture during sleep. My hips sank a bit deeper, but I felt comfortable nonetheless. I think the Puffy is good for average-weight back sleepers and perfect for petite back sleepers. As for heavier individuals, you might experience more sinkage, but it shouldn't be too critical. However, if you prefer sleeping on stiffer surfaces, you may want to consider a firmer mattress.
- Stomach sleepers. My wife (110 lbs) was supported overall when sleeping on her stomach and felt like the Puffy was firm enough for this sleeping position. As for me (190 lbs), I did experience some sinkage in the hip area, which isn’t ideal for proper sleep posture. I would prefer a firmer mattress for sleeping on my stomach.
|Side Sleepers||Due to Puffy’s conforming feel, it can cushion lightweight and average weight side sleepers, typically those who weigh under 230 pounds.|
|Back Sleepers||Back sleepers need extra spinal alignment, making Puffy a good choice for lightweight back sleepers under 130 pounds, and may work for some average weight sleepers under 230 pounds. However, back sleepers over 230 pounds may need something firmer.|
|Stomach Sleepers||Stomach sleepers need more support and firmness, making Puffy not an ideal mattress. Some lightweight sleepers may find the Puffy to be comfortable enough, but most stomach sleepers over 130 pounds may not find the support they need.|
Puffy vs. Puffy Lux: What’s the Difference?
It’s also worth mentioning that Puffy has another version of its signature mattress - the Puffy Lux Hybrid. This model has 4 layers (which is one more layer than in the classic Puffy mattress). The company decided to add a system of independent coils in this model, which can make all the difference for some sleepers.
The thing is, wrapped coils give the Puffy Lux a slightly different feel. They are responsive and, thus, make this model a bit bouncier than the original Puffy. This doesn’t mean that the hybrid version will allow for too much motion transfer. It just means that the Puffy Lux feels less enveloping.
Another aspect that makes these two mattresses different is their firmness. The Puffy Lux seemed slightly softer to me. This has to do with the comfort layers that it uses. There are 3 foam layers on top of the support base, while the original Puffy has 2 comfort layers on the supportive foam base. As a result, the Puffy Lux is a bit softer and would be ideal for side sleepers.
Who Is the Puffy Mattress Recommended For?
- allergy-prone users (as they can regularly wash the mattress cover to get rid of potential allergens);
- couples, even if one of them is a restless sleeper;
- side sleepers who require a generous hug;
- average and lightweight back sleepers;
- petite stomach sleepers;
- users looking for effective pressure alleviation and pain relief;
- fans of the classic memory foam feel;
- those who want a quiet mattress.
Puffy Mattress Considerations
- may not feel supportive enough for average and heavier stomach sleepers;
- not ideal for heavy back sleepers (over 230 pounds);
- might be too slow-moving for sex.
Other Important Information
The Puffy comes with a 101-night sleep trial and a limited lifetime warranty. Keep in mind that there is a required 14-day break-in period before you can apply for a refund. Shipping and returns are free. The bed is shipped compressed in a box, which allows for easier transportation and may come in handy if your bedroom is located on the second floor (or if you live in an apartment building). The Puffy is CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX certified, which means both the foams and the textiles are safe for your health. The mattress is manufactured in Canada. It can be used on any surface, including adjustable bed frames.
For shoppers on a budget, there’s a financing service with Klarna. Users can pay for their Puffy mattress in smaller installments every month, so their budget wouldn’t face too much stress. The APR rates vary from 0% to 19.99%.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Puffy mattress works with any frame type, including box springs, slatted frames, solid foundations, and adjustable beds.
Puffy Mattress FAQs
How much weight can this puffy mattress support?
Sleepers who weigh 230lbs or less would get adequate comfort and support when lying on the puffy mattress. However, if you are 300lbs or more, you should opt for a mattress with a thicker comfort layer than the puffy.
Is the puffy mattress any good?
Yes, it is a great option for those looking for value and functionality. Lightweight back sleepers who fall in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs category would find the puffy mattress a perfect fit for exclusive Zs.
Can I flip this puffy mattress?
The short answer is NO. Unless your mattress is double-sided, you shouldn't flip it. In the case of the puffy mattress, flipping it will result in sleeping on the support layer instead of the comfort layer. This will compromise the quality of your sleep.
In a nutshell, the Puffy is a gem of a find. It’s a pleasant all-foam mattress that is best suited for side sleepers. Lightweight individuals may find it a bit too firm, but this aspect will depend on your personal preferences (as some side sleepers enjoy a tad stiffer bed). Heavier users should also feel quite comfortable when lying on their side (unless you are a fan of extra-firm mattresses).
The Puffy would also work for back sleepers, especially lightweight and average users. Larger folks would also enjoy decent support, but if you are used to sleeping on firm mattresses, you may want to consider a different model.
As for the stomach sleepers, the Puffy may not be firm enough (unless you are a lightweight individual).
Despite some drawbacks, the Puffy has a lot to offer. It uses cooling foam and allows for pressure relief without making you sweat throughout the night. Its firmness level can be described as the golden mean: Medium-firm, not too plushy, not too stiff. Such a comfort level could be suitable for a wide variety of sleepers. Plus, the Puffy is well-made, and you can see that the manufacturer put a lot of thought into designing this mattress.