In the bed-in-a-box market, many mattresses are hard to tell apart. The Saatva and Puffy, on the other hand, are highly distinct. The Saatva is a traditional innerspring mattress with a pillow-top, while the Puffy is an all-foam mattress.
On the surface, they are very different mattresses. But there are other factors you should consider besides construction.
Will it be the innerspring Saatva or the memory foam Puffy? Read on for my full comparison.
- They are similarly priced.
- They are both popular mattresses.
- Their customer service terms are similar.
- Their materials and constructions are very different.
- The Saatva is thicker than the Puffy.
- The Saatva has a traditional spring feel, while the Puffy has a classic memory foam feel.
- The Saatva is firmer than the Puffy.
- The custom slim Luxury Firm version is 11.5” tall.
- The cover is quilted with foam to create a Euro-top.
- The next layer is a thin memory foam layer.
- This is followed by a layer of individually wrapped micro-coils.
- Finally, high-grade coils make up the bottom layer.
- There is a foam encasement which helps with edge support.
Read our full Saatva mattress review.
- The Puffy is 10″ tall.
- The cover is thin.
- The comfort layer is 4” of a gel memory foam.
- The base layer is 6” of polyfoam.
Read our full Puffy mattress review.
- The Saatva’s dual coil layers and pillow-top make it so you sleep on top of the mattress (rather than sleeping “in” it). The gel memory foam on the Puffy allows you to sink in and sleep “in” the mattress.
- Their constructions give the mattresses very different feels. The Saatva has a traditional innerspring feel like what you might find with a hotel mattress. The Puffy has a classic memory foam feel.
- The Saatva should be the more durable mattress. It has two sets of coils, so it should be able to withstand more wear and tear. It should be the longer-lasting mattress.
- The Saatva should also be more breathable than the Puffy. The coils should allow for airflow, while the memory foam in the Puffy could trap heat. The Saatva should help you sleep cooler than the Puffy will.
For me, the Saatva felt like a 7/10 in terms of firmness, and the Puffy felt like a 6.5/10.
While I think most light- to medium-weight sleepers should agree that the Saatva is firmer, heavier-weight sleepers might feel differently. They may press through the soft foam on the Puffy and hit the support layer. Because of this, they might think the Puffy is firmer than I did.
This was my experience sleeping on the Saatva:
- I felt very nice when I was back sleeping on the Saatva. My hips sunk into the pillow-top just the right amount. The coils conformed to my body, and I felt very well supported.
- When I was on my side, I felt decent pressure relief. I do feel a bit of firmness, but, overall, the pillow-top does a nice job of relieving pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- On my stomach, I feel supported, and my hips don’t sink in too far.
Here’s how I felt while sleeping on the Puffy:
- I feel support on my back but not as much as I felt on the Saatva. My hips sink in more on the Puffy.
- When I am on my side, the Puffy feels fantastic. I feel better pressure relief on the Puffy and I generally feel more comfortable side sleeping on this mattress.
- On my stomach, I need more support. I feel like I am bowing in at the hips, so I would say the Saatva is a better choice for stomach sleepers.
The Saatva has a traditional innerspring feel. You sleep on top of the mattress but feel the softness of the pillow-top. The Puffy has more of a classic memory foam feel. You slowly sink into the mattress. Unlike the Saatva, you sleep “in” the mattress.
See more of what I thought about the innerspring Saatva mattress.
Now watch what I thought about Puffy’s memory foam feel.
Motion Transfer Differences
When it comes to motion transfer, memory foam often performs best at minimizing the transfer of motion. So I was not surprised that the Puffy performed better during my tests.
The glass was less disturbed on the Puffy, and I felt less of Marten’s movement on my side of the mattress. The Puffy should be the better mattress for couples.
Check out how the Saatva performed with motion transfer in the video below.
Watch how much better the Puffy is at isolating motion.
Edge Support Differences
In terms of edge support, innerspring mattresses usually perform better than memory foam mattresses. This was definitely the case with the Saatva and Puffy mattresses.
While sitting near the edge of both mattresses, I definitely feel more secure on the Saatva. The Puffy collapses as I sit down, but the Saatva does not. The coils and the foam encasement ensure I can sit comfortably and upright on the edge of the Saatva. Also, while lying down, I feel less like I am going to roll off the mattress when I am on the Saatva.
You can see how the two mattresses compare in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He 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 mattresses:
I said the Saatva was a 7/10 in terms of firmness, and the Puffy was a 7.5 or 8/10. The main reason for this scoring has to do with my weight. I am a larger person, so I press into the Puffy and engage the support layers. So it feels firmer to me than it did to Joe.
On the Saatva, I feel nice sleeping on my back. The pillow-top allows my hips to sink in a bit, but not too far. I feel well supported. While I do feel a bit of pressure side sleeping on the Saatva, the pillow-top does a pretty good job of relieving pressure on my shoulders and hips. When I am on my stomach, I do need a bit more support to keep my hips from sinking in too far.
When I am back sleeping on the Puffy, I feel decent support. I feel the foam pressing into my lumbar area. Still, I don’t feel as supported as I did on the Saatva. On my side, I am feeling pressure on my shoulders and my hips. I am definitely pressing into the mattress and hitting the support layer. I feel more pressure than I felt on the Saatva. When I am on my stomach, I also need more support.
In general, if you are a larger sleeper like me, I would lean toward the Saatva. It should be more supportive for larger people. The Puffy could be a great mattress if you are lighter than me.
Marten’s experience was not surprising to me. As a larger person, he does press too far into the Puffy. This caused him to feel that the Puffy is firmer than the Saatva. At the same time, the Saatva gives him the support he needs. Heavier-weight sleepers like Marten will most likely prefer the Saatva.
Pick Saatva If …
- You like traditional spring mattresses. If you have enjoyed sleeping on hotel mattresses, this could be the way to go. The Saatva has two layers of coils and a plush pillow-top.
- You prefer a firmer mattress. I believe most average-weight sleepers will think the Saatva is the firmer of the two mattresses. If you need more support or just like a little more firmness, this is probably the better choice.
- You are a larger sleeper, back sleeper, and/or stomach sleeper. The Saatva should be the more supportive mattress, so if you sleep on your back or stomach, you should get better support. Also, if you are larger, you have less chance of pressing through the mattress compared to on the Puffy.
Pick Puffy If …
- You like a softer mattress. Between the two mattresses, the Puffy is the softer mattress. As long as you aren’t too heavy, this should be the better choice if you want a little more give with your mattress.
- You prefer a classic memory foam feel. If you like to slowly sink into your mattress, I would definitely choose the Puffy. It has that quicksand feel, and you will sleep more “in” your mattress.
- You are a light- or medium-weight side sleeper. The soft memory foam in the top layer should make this a great fit for many side sleepers. You sink into the mattress and feel little pressure on your shoulders and hips. If you are larger, this top layer might be too soft for you.
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If you think about all the information above, it shouldn’t be too difficult to choose between the Saatva and Puffy mattresses.
Fans of innerspring mattresses who need more support will most likely prefer the Saatva. Lighter side sleepers who prefer memory foam should find comfort on the Puffy.
Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Saatva 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.
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