If people have been looking to get a great new mattress online, they probably have come across Leesa and Puffy, which are two of the most popular mattresses out there.
To help consumers decide which of the two mattresses is best for them, this guide will go over the construction of both in detail and highlight the main similarities and differences between them.
- They are both popular mattresses and both have great customer service terms.
- They are both all-foam mattresses that also incorporate memory foam in their construction.
- They have similar base layers and also have a similar firmness.
- They are priced pretty much in the same general range.
- The Leesa has more layers than the Puffy, but Puffy has a thicker comfort layer than the Leesa does.
- The Leesa has a proprietary latex-like foam on top, and the Puffy has a gel memory foam on top.
- The Leesa has a balanced foam feel, while the Puffy has a classic memory foam feel.
- The Leesa is 10” tall and features three separate layers.
- The cover is soft and has a sweatshirt feel that doesn’t affect the feel of the mattress too much.
- First, there are 2” of a proprietary foam, LSA 200, which adds softness, breathability, and responsiveness to the mattress.
- Next, there are 2” of memory foam, which adds pressure relief and body contouring to the mattress.
- Finally, the base is 6” of polyfoam and is pretty standard for bed-in-a-box mattresses.
Read the full Leesa mattress review, available here.
- The Puffy is 10″ tall and has a simplified construction featuring two distinct layers.
- The cover is thin and doesn’t affect the feel of the mattress overall too much.
- The comfort layer is 4” of a gel memory foam, which adds pressure relief and contouring to the mattress.
- The base layer is 6” of polyfoam and is also a pretty standard support layer for bed-in-a-box mattresses.
Read the full Puffy mattress review, available here.
- The Puffy has a simple construction that includes a thick layer of soft, gel memory foam, which should give the mattress that classic memory foam feel.
- The Leesa has three layers, with a top layer that is a more responsive latex-like foam. Also, the transition layer beneath that should keep people from sinking too far and hitting the base layer. Overall, this should give people a balanced foam feel overall.
- The Puffy could feel different depending on someone’s bodyweight. Larger sleepers might have problems with pushing too far into the Puffy mattress. They could press right through the memory foam and hit the firmer, support layers beneath. Lighter people might think the Puffy is softer because they are less likely to bottom out and hit the support layer underneath.
- The Leesa should be the more breathable and durable mattress because the memory foam is in the second layer instead of the top layer.
In terms of firmness, both mattresses felt like a 6.5/10, but I will note that larger and lighter people might have different experiences on the Puffy. Larger sleepers may press through the soft upper layer of the Puffy and hit the support layer beneath. Because of this, they may find it to be firmer than I did. On the other hand, lighter people might not press in as far and could find the Puffy to be softer than I did.
On the Leesa, I feel great support when I am back sleeping. My hips sink just a bit, but the transition layer keeps them from sinking in too far. At the same time, the proprietary foam presses up into the lumbar area. On my side, I felt pretty good pressure relief and don’t feel real pressure on my shoulders and hips.
When I am on my stomach, I do need a bit more support and firmness. However, the Leesa is the more supportive of these two mattresses so, if someone sleeps primarily on their stomach, this is the better choice.
On the Puffy, I also feel supported on my back, but I would still choose the supportive Leesa if someone sleeps on their back.
The Puffy really feels the best when I am on my side, because I sink into the mattress and feel little pressure on my shoulders and hips. Between the two mattresses, the Puffy is the better choice for side sleepers. Again, if someone is a heavier side sleeper, they could press in too far and hit those firm support layers.
When I am on my stomach, I definitely need more support than the Puffy has to offer. While the Leesa may be a bit soft for some stomach sleepers, it is still the better choice between the two mattresses.
The Leesa has a balanced foam feel. It has some good bounce, so people get some good pressure relief without feeling stuck. It is a responsive mattress, so people shouldn’t have trouble moving around, and they should be sleeping on top of the mattress.
The Puffy has that classic memory feel that offers that slow, quicksand feel where people really sink into the mattress. It has very little bounce, so people may have more trouble moving around. In the end, it will feel like people are sleeping in the mattress.
Watch more about the Leesa’s balanced foam feel in the video below.
See what I thought of the Puffy’s classic memory foam feel in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
When it comes to cutting down on motion transfer and isolating movement, memory foam is one of the best materials out there. Because of this, I am not surprised that the Puffy handles motion transfer better than the Leesa. While the Leesa also incorporates memory foam in its construction, the Puffy has 4″ right on top.
During the tests, the glass was barely disturbed on the Puffy. I pressed into the surrounding area on the mattress, and I saw little movement. Also, when I was lying on the Puffy, I asked Marten to move around on the other side of the mattress, and I did not feel his movements.
If someone sleeps with a partner, the Puffy is a good choice and is indeed the better mattress for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.
Compare the video above to the one below, where Puffy does excel at limiting motion transfer.
Edge Support Differences
While these mattresses are similar in terms of firmness, the Leesa has more layers and is the more supportive mattress. When I sit near the edge of the Leesa, I feel more secure as the mattress does not compress as much as it does on the Puffy. Also, lying down near the edge of the Leesa, I feel less like I am going to roll off the mattress.
If people look at the two photos below, they can how Leesa fares better with edge support.
Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these two mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
In terms of firmness, I said the Leesa was a 6.5/10, and the Puffy was a 7.5 or 8/10. My experience is different than Joe’s, and this is mainly because of my weight. Especially on the Puffy, I press into the mattress more than Joe does, and I engage the support layers, so the mattress feels firmer to me.
On the Leesa, I feel very nice support when I am on my back. My hips sink in just the right amount, and the top foam presses into my lumbar area, so I feel great support overall.
When I am on my side, I feel good pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. Even as a larger person, I feel comfortable lying on my side. When I am on my stomach, I need more support. I bow in at the hips and feel myself get out of alignment.
On the Puffy, I feel supported on my back but not as well supported as I feel on the Leesa. Again, when I am on my side, I press too far into the mattress, so I feel some pressure on my shoulders and hips. When I am on my stomach, the mattress is not supportive enough for me.
If you are a heavier side or back sleeper, lean toward the Leesa. If you are a heavier stomach sleeper, you should look for a firmer, more supportive mattress.
Being a larger person, Marten had the experience I expected. The soft top layer of the Puffy allows him to sink in too far, so he hits the support layer beneath. I think, overall, the Leesa is going to be a better mattress for heavy people like Marten.
Who Should Pick Leesa:
- Heavier people-. While larger people might have problems “bottoming out” on the Puffy, they shouldn’t have issues with the Leesa. It has more layers and should be a more supportive mattress, so heavy people shouldn’t push through the mattress and hit the firm support layers.
- Back or stomach sleepers- While I felt like both mattresses had the same firmness, the Leesa is definitely the more supportive mattress. Back sleepers shouldn’t feel their hips sink too far into the mattress, and average- or lightweight stomach sleepers should get the support they need on the Leesa.
- Those who prefer a balanced foam feel- If people like a soft foam feel but don’t want to get stuck in their mattress, the Leesa is the better choice. The mattress is pressure relieving but also responsive, so people shouldn’t have trouble moving around.
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Who Should Pick Puffy:
- Light- or medium-weight side sleepers- As long as people are not too heavy, the Puffy should be the better fit for side sleeping. Sleepers really sink into that soft memory foam, so they should feel better pressure relief on the Puffy.
- Those who prefer a classic memory foam feel- If someone likes the slow, sinking feel of memory foam, this mattress is the way to go. It has that quicksand feel where people sink in, so if people like this feel and prefer sleeping in their mattress, the Puffy should work for them.
If people think about this information, they shouldn’t have a tough time deciding between the Leesa and Puffy mattresses. The Leesa should be a better choice for heavier people as well as back and stomach sleepers. Those who prefer sleeping on top of their mattress should also feel right at home on the Leesa. Side sleepers who like to sink into their mattress will most likely prefer the Puffy. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Leesa or the Puffy in the comment section below.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.