Both the Puffy and the Purple are popular online mattresses – they both also start with “Pu”! But for the most part, their similarities end there and these distinct beds will suit different types of sleepers.
Not sure which “Pu” mattress is the best fit? Read on to learn about the similarities and differences between the Puffy and Purple, as well as which bed is best for different types of sleepers.
Puffy And Purple Mattress Overview
The Puffy is a memory foam mattress that features foam layers underneath a thin, soft cover. The foams are CertiPUR-US certified, which means they’re more eco-friendly than conventional foams. Meanwhile, the Purple features a unique material in the form of a hyper-elastic gel polymer; it creates a unique grid that you won’t find anywhere else.
While these are both quality mattresses, they’re probably better suited to different types of sleepers.
Who Should Get The Puffy?
- Light- and medium-weight side sleepers who want pressure relief around the hip and shoulder and don’t need a ton of support
- Light- and medium-weight back sleepers who like a memory foam feel
- Sleepers who want a balanced foam feel with a bit of memory foam on top
Read the full Puffy mattress review for more.
Who Should Get The Purple?
- Heavier side sleepers who need more pressure relief for their shoulders and hips
- Heavier back sleepers who need extra support for spinal alignment
- Stomach sleepers who need even support across the entire body
- Hot sleepers who will appreciate the Purple’s temperature-neutral construction
Read the full Purple mattress review for more.
Puffy Vs Purple Mattress Video Comparison
To see the Puffy and Purple mattresses in action, check out our in-depth video review. Our reviewer, Marten, will assess each bed’s construction and share his experience with sleeping on both beds.
Similarities Between The Puffy And Purple?
Even though the Puffy and Purple feature very different constructions, they do have a few things in common.
- The Puffy and Purple are both popular bed-in-a-box mattresses
- Both Puffy and Purple offer good customer service terms
- Both mattresses feature a similar base layer made from supportive foam
- The Puffy and Purple mattresses are similar in terms of price
Key Differences Between The Puffy And Purple?
As noted above, the Puffy and Purple differ from each other in several significant ways.
- The Puffy is a memory foam mattress, while the Purple features a unique hyper-elastic polymer and a grid construction
- The Puffy mattress has a balanced foam feel, while the Purple has a unique, squishy, gel-like feel
- We found the Purple to be a touch softer than the Puffy (but this depends a bit on the weight of the sleeper in question)
- The Purple is more breathable than the Puffy mattress, so it’s likely to sleep cooler
Firmness And Feel Differences (Including Firmness Rating)
The Puffy and Purple mattresses have some significant differences when it comes to firmness and feel – let’s take a closer look at these distinctions.
How Firm Are The Puffy And Purple Mattresses?
In our experience, the Puffy felt like a 7/10. The industry standard for medium firmness is 6.5/10, so this suggests that the Puffy is just a touch firmer than medium-firm. We ranked the Purple mattress at a 6.5/10, so right around medium-firm.
Note that different people might assess firmness in different ways, because a person’s size and weight can affect how firm a mattress feels.
Sleeping On The Puffy And Purple Mattresses
So, what does it feel like to actually sleep on the Puffy and Purple mattresses? Let’s talk about our experience back sleeping, side sleeping, and stomach sleeping on both mattresses.
While back sleeping on the Puffy, we felt a good balance of comfort and support. The contouring memory foam on top is balanced out by the firmer base layer underneath.
Moving to our side on the Puffy, we did feel some pressure around the shoulders and hips, but lighter people should enjoy better pressure relief in this position.
While stomach sleeping on the Puffy, we found the mattress to be a bit too soft. Our hips bowed in a bit, which throws the spine out of alignment. Again, lighter people might find a touch more support in this position.
We found the Purple mattress to be a fantastic match for back sleeping. The grid construction simultaneously supports the length of the spine and collapses a bit in the places where we wanted some pressure relief (namely, the butt and hips).
While side sleeping on the Purple, the gel grid collapsed in all the right places to provide pressure relief around the shoulder and hip. Lighter people might feel less pressure relief in this position because they might not activate the grid as much as heavier folks.
While stomach sleeping on the Purple, we felt like we got the support we need. The grid structure helped elevate the hips so they stayed in line with the spine; this is crucial for maintaining healthy spinal alignment.
What Do The Puffy And Purple Mattresses Feel Like?
The Puffy has a balanced foam feel thanks to its memory foam layer on top and more responsive transition layer underneath. That memory foam layer provides some contouring and pressure relief while the support layer elevates the sleeper enough that it’s not too hard to move around.
The Purple has a unique feel that is simultaneously squishy and firm. The grid construction collapses in places where the body applies more pressure and stays upright in others. This makes the Purple a fairly responsive and bouncy mattress.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 lb – 230 lb
Average weight back sleepers should find a nice balance of comfort and support on the Puffy. The memory foam comfort layer offers some contouring and pressure relief, while the firmer base layer of foam helps keep the hips elevated and the spine aligned. Average weight side sleepers will probably prefer the Puffy to the Purple because it offers nice pressure relief around the shoulder and hip. The Puffy mattress is probably not supportive enough for folks who spend all night on their stomach.
The majority of average weight back sleepers should find the Purple mattress to be a good match, because it offers a balance of spinal support and pressure relief. Average weight sleepers might not get a ton of pressure relief while side sleeping on the Purple; the Puffy mattress is probably a better option for this position. On the other hand, the Purple should be the better mattress for stomach sleepers.
Heavyweight Sleepers – Over 230 lb
In general, heavyweight back sleepers should find adequate support on the Puffy mattress thanks to its firm base layer. (Those who are closer to 300 lb will probably want to look for a mattress with coils for extra support.) Heavyweight side sleepers might not get enough pressure relief on the Puffy; they could press through the comfort layer to the firmer support layer underneath. The Puffy mattress probably won’t offer adequate support for heavyweight stomach sleepers.
Like the Puffy, the Purple should accommodate heavyweight back sleepers who are closer to 230 lb. (Folks who are closer to 300 lb or above should look for a mattress with coils. See our Casper Hybrid vs Purple comparison for a good example.) The Purple could be a good fit for heavyweight side sleepers, who will be heavy enough to compress the gel grid and enjoy pressure relief around the shoulder and hip. The Purple’s grid might be supportive enough for heavyweight stomach sleepers, although folks who are 300 lb or above might need a more supportive mattress overall.
See our list of the best innerspring mattresses to find some options with extra support.
Lightweight Sleepers – Under 130 lb
Lightweight back sleepers will probably enjoy the Puffy mattress. Its memory foam comfort layer offers a touch of pressure relief, while the firmer base layer promotes spinal alignment. The Puffy is also a good fit for lightweight side sleepers, who will enjoy some pressure relief from the memory foam. The Puffy’s firmer base layer could be supportive enough to align the spines of lightweight stomach sleepers.
The Purple might not be ideal for lightweight back sleepers, who could be too light to activate the Purple’s grid structure for pressure relief. For this same reason, the Purple mattress might not offer enough pressure relief to lightweight side sleepers. That said, the Purple could be a good fit for lightweight stomach sleepers — the grid construction should remain upright, thus providing adequate support for the hips and spine.
See our top picks for the best mattress for lightweight sleepers.
Mattress Construction Differences
Now that we have a sense of the firmness and feel of the Puffy and Purple, let’s take a closer look at these beds’ constructions.
The Puffy has a thin, stretchy cover that’s soft and breathable. The Purple is wrapped in a SoftFlex cover that is soft, breathable, and flexible enough to move with the grid construction underneath.
The Puffy’s main comfort layer takes the form of Cooling Cloud memory foam with a slow-moving feel – this layer is infused with gel to help with cooling. Below the Cooling Cloud layer, there’s a Climate Comfort transition layer that is firmer, more responsive and adds a touch of bounce to the top of the mattress. This transition layer is also designed to assist with temperature regulation.
The top layer of the Purple consists of 2″ of the brand’s proprietary Purple Grid, a hyper-elastic gel polymer arranged in a grid-like construction. This grid is bouncy and firm until enough pressure is applied; then it collapses a bit to allow for pressure relief. A thick foam encasement surrounds the grid layer and provides extra edge support.
The Puffy’s support layer takes the form of a Firm Core Support base layer. This firm-set foam is unique to Puffy and isn’t found among competitors; it’s firm and supportive, which enhances the bed’s durability.
The Purple’s base layer is made of support foam that lends structure to the whole mattress. Just above the base layer, there’s a foam transition layer.
The Puffy is 10″ thick, and the Purple is just a touch shorter at 9″ thick.
Puffy And Purple Mattress Size Options And Price
Check out the following charts to see the most up-to-date size and pricing information for both the Puffy and Purple mattress.
|Twin||39″ x 75″ x 10″||$795|
|Twin XL||39″ x 80″ x 10″||$825|
|Full||54″ x 75″ x 10″||$995|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 10″||$1150|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 10″||$1350|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 10″||$1350|
|Twin||38″ x 75″ x 9.25″||$649|
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 9.25″||$749|
|Full||54″ x 76″ x 9.25″||$949|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 9.25″||$1099|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 9.25″||$1399|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 9.25″||$1399|
|Split King||76″ x 80″ x 9.25″||$1498|
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Puffy Vs Purple Performance Differences
We put the Puffy and Purple mattresses through a range of tests to see how they perform with regard to cooling, motion transfer, edge support, and more. Let’s see how these beds stack up!
Sleeping Hot Or Cold
The Purple is the winner here – its unique grid construction and thin, breathable cover allow for plenty of airflow, which helps the mattress sleep temperature-neutral. Because the Puffy is an all-foam bed, it doesn’t offer quite as much breathability (although it does feature a gel infusion and a thin cover to help the bed sleep a touch cooler).
“Motion transfer” refers to a mattress’s ability to minimize disturbance across the bed, and it’s extra important for anyone who sleeps with a partner. In this matchup, the Puffy is the winner thanks to its memory foam comfort layer, which absorbs motion and cuts down on movement across the mattress. It should be the best mattress for couples in this respect.
The Purple features a 3″ foam encasement around the outside of its Purple Grid. This enhanced edge support means sleepers can maximize the full surface of the mattress without feeling like they’ll tip out of bed. Because the Puffy doesn’t have reinforced edges, the Purple is the winner here.
Once again, the Purple wins out; its proprietary gel polymer is extra durable, which should make this a long-lasting mattress.
We didn’t notice any off-gassing from the Purple, but we did encounter some from the Puffy. This should dissipate within a couple of days.
We’ll call this a tie – neither mattress made much noise.
Both the Purple and Puffy should be a good fit for folks who are looking to get it on. They’re both fairly responsive, which means couples shouldn’t feel stuck in either mattress.
The Puffy comes with a lifetime warranty and a 101-night trial. The Purple offers a 10-year warranty and a 100-night trial.
For more information regarding how these mattresses stack up to competition, make sure to check out our mattress comparison page to see other popular Purple and Puffy comparisons like Saatva vs Puffy and Purple vs Nectar.
Puffy And Purple Mattress FAQs
Now, we would like to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the Puffy and Purple mattresses:
Is Puffy better than Purple?
Neither mattress is inherently better than the other. Rather, they’re better suited for different types of sleepers. The Puffy should be a great fit for light- and medium-weight side or back sleepers as well as sleepers who like a balanced foam feel. The Purple is well-suited to heavier side or back sleepers, stomach sleepers, or hot sleepers who are looking for a temperature-neutral construction.
Which sleeps cooler, the Puffy or Purple?
The Purple is the winner here – its gel grid and breathable cover allow for plenty of airflow, so the mattress sleeps temperature-neutral.
Which mattress will last longer, the Puffy or Purple?
The Purple is likely to last the longest thanks to its extra-durable gel polymer.