Puffy Mattress Review – Memory Foam Bliss?

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The online mattress world is filled with memory foam competitors. Many of them promise their mattress is the most soothing and comfortable option available. When a new memory foam mattress is unveiled, I am interested to see how it will compete in a market already flooded with quality mattresses.

So when the Puffy mattress was recently released, I was excited to see how it would compare to the many bed-in-a-box mattresses I have reviewed. The company has two models: the original Puffy mattress and the Puffy Lux. I reviewed the original Puffy mattress.

This review will cover everything consumers should know about this mattress, including a full breakdown of the construction, firmness and feel, pros and cons, comfort, support, motion isolation, edge support, breathability, durability, and much more.

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Puffy
Puffy
Puffy

Puffy is a comfortable memory foam mattress that is especially great for side sleepers.  You can get $300 off the Puffy by clicking the link below.

Who Might Like The Puffy Mattress…

  • Average-weight or lightweight side sleepers- The soft memory foam relieves pressure quite well on shoulders and hips. If someone sleeps on their side, they should sink in slowly and feel that pressure slowly melt away.
  • Those who like sleeping “in” their mattress (instead of “on” it)- If people like the traditional memory foam feel, this could be a great choice for them. Sleepers will really sink in and start to feel enveloped by the Puffy. If this is the feeling people are looking for, the Puffy could be a great choice.
  • People who sleep with a partner- Memory foam is usually very good at cutting down on motion transfer, and that is definitely the case with the Puffy. With its thick layer of memory foam on top, the Puffy should keep people from feeling their partner’s movements on the other side of the bed.

RELATED: Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers

Puffy Mattress construction and foam layers

Who Might Not Like The Puffy Mattress…

  • Heavier people- If someone is larger, they may think this mattress is firmer than average. Their weight may cause them to press through the very soft memory foam layer and engage the firm support layers.
  • Stomach sleepers or back sleepers who need more support- Again, the top layer is very soft and it may not offer the support people need if they sleep on their stomach. People may feel themselves bowing in at the hips, which is not ideal for stomach sleeping. Stomach sleepers and some back sleepers will most likely want to find a firmer, more supportive mattress.
$300 Off
Puffy
Puffy
Puffy

Puffy is a comfortable memory foam mattress that is especially great for side sleepers.  You can get $300 off the Puffy by clicking the link below.

Puffy mattress feel

Puffy Mattress Construction Overview

  • The mattress is 10″ tall and features a simplified construction with two foam layers.
  • The cover is soft and thin and doesn’t really affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
  • The first layer is 4” of memory foam, which relieves pressure very well and gives great body contouring.
  • Then there is a 6” base polyfoam layer, which is a pretty standard base layer in the industry.
  • The foams are CertiPUR-US certified, meaning they are made from materials that are more eco-friendly than conventional mattress materials.

RELATED: Best Memory Foam Mattresses

Puffy mattress for side sleepers

Construction Takeaways

  • The Puffy is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King, basically any size a consumer could want.
  • The memory foam layer is very soft and should do a good job of conforming to the shape of one’s body.
  • While the memory foam is 4” thick, heavy sleepers may press right through it and engage the support layers beneath. Because of this, they may find the mattress to be firmer than average.
  • The comfort layer should offer good pressure relief because of the thickness of the memory foam comfort layer. Side sleepers of average weight should feel comfortable, but the mattress may be too soft to support most stomach sleepers.
  • This foam is also designed to be breathable and to dissipate heat. It should keep people cool while they sleep, which isn’t always the case with memory foam mattresses.

Puffy vs Casper Mattresses Compared

How does this mattress stack up to one of the most popular mattresses on the market, the Casper? While they do both incorporate memory foam in their construction, they are really quite different mattresses.

The Puffy has a 4″ layer of memory foam on top, while the Casper has foam in its second layer. Because of this, the mattresses have a different feel. The Puffy has that classic memory foam feel where sleepers will slowly sink into the mattress. The Casper has more of a balanced foam feel that is more responsive.

While both mattresses should offer nice pressure relief, the Puffy may perform just a bit better. If someone is average-weight or lightweight, they will really sink into the mattress and feel little pressure on their shoulders and hips.

The Casper is probably the better option for back sleepers because of its Zoned Support. This design makes the center third of the mattress firmer to give extra support under the hips. It should definitely keep people more supported than the Puffy.

Read our full Casper review here

Puffy MattressFirmness And Feel

Firmness Rating for the Puffy mattress
In terms of firmness, the mattress felt like a 6.5/10, or about average. I will note that I weigh 160 lb. Sleepers who are heavier than me may find the mattress to be firmer than I did. They may sink through the memory foam layer on top and feel the support layers beneath.

Here’s an overview of how it felt while lying on the mattress:

  • The mattress felt nice when I was on my back, as the foam conformed to my body and my hips were allowed to sink in the right amount.
  • I felt best when I was sleeping on my side, as I sunk into the thick layer of memory foam and felt little pressure on my shoulders and hips.
  • On my stomach, I did need more support, as my hips sunk in too far, and I felt out of alignment.

Again, heavier-weight sleepers may have a different experience. On their backs, they will most likely need more support, and on their sides, they will probably press too far into the mattress.

In terms of feel, the Puffy has that classic memory foam feel. While lying down, I slowly sank into the mattress. It felt like I was like sleeping “in” the mattress. The mattress has little bounce and the memory foam is not very responsive. People may have trouble moving around on the Puffy and switching positions. Learn more about the Puffy’s firmness and feel in the video below.

Puffy Mattress Motion Transfer

Memory foam mattresses are often the best at handling motion transfer. Considering the Puffy has 4″ of memory foam on top, I was not surprised by how well the mattress performed.

During my tests, the glass barely moved when I disturbed the mattress. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I felt almost none of his movements on my side.

This mattress is a great option for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.

Puffy Edge Support

While memory foam is very good with motion transfer, it is not always the best with edge support. The Puffy is no exception.

When I sit down near the edge of the mattress, it completely collapses. When I lie down near the edge, I feel like I may roll off or be ejected from the mattress.

Overall, I would say the edge support isn’t a key feature of the Puffy mattress. People can see a photo of the edge support below.

Puffy mattress edge support

Marten’s Take on the Puffy Mattress

Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about the mattress and how appropriate it is for heavier sleepers:

Joe said it was a 6.5/10. I thought it was closer to a 7.5 or 8/10. It definitely felt firmer than average. This is most likely because I am a larger person, and I press into the mattress more than Joe did. I engage the support layers, so it feels firmer.

On my back, my hips do sink in a bit too far, but I would say I feel supported overall.

When I am on my side, I do press in too far, and I am feeling some firmness on my shoulders and hips.

On my stomach, my hips are sinking in too far, and I feel myself bowing into the mattress, taking my spine out of alignment.

If someone is a larger sleeper like me, they’ll probably feel best while back sleeping on this mattress. However, the mattress may feel too firm when they are on their side and too soft when they are on their stomach.

I think I may be too big for this mattress. If someone is a larger person, they might want to look for a firmer mattress overall.

Marten’s experience makes sense to me. As a heavier person, he pressed right through the soft layer of memory foam. He hit the support layer and felt real pressure on his shoulders and hips. Also, when he was on his stomach, his hips dropped right into the mattress.

Unboxing This Mattress

The Puffy is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will come compressed and be shipped straight to the shopper’s door. People will want to begin by removing the rolled up Puffy mattress from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on their bed.

Carefully cut the away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat. Then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the Puffy will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow the mattress to breathe and fully expand.

What Makes The Puffy Mattress Stand Out?

  • It should offer great pressure relief for medium-weight and lightweight side sleepers. The thick memory foam allows you to sink in, so people of this size should feel almost no pressure.
  • It gives sleepers the classic memory foam feel without overheating. The memory foam is designed to breathe and promote airflow, so while many memory foam mattresses run hot, the Puffy should not.
  • The Puffy should be a great option for couples, because the memory foam in this mattress isolates motion very well. If someone is worried about feeling their partner’s movements on their side of the bed, the Puffy should ease their mind.

Final Recommendation

The Puffy is a quality option for those looking for a classic memory foam mattress. If someone is medium-weight or lightweight and sleeps on their back or stomach, the Puffy could be a great match, but heavier people and most stomach sleepers are going to need more support than this mattress has to offer.

The Puffy comes with free shipping, returns, a 101-night Sleep Trial, and a Lifetime Warranty. Please leave any questions about the Puffy in the comments below.  Consumers should definitely read through this review multiple times, assess their own needs and preferences, and then make a more informed decision.

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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.

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