In the bed-in-a-box market, many mattresses are hard to tell apart, but 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. This article will go over the construction of both mattresses and give the key takeaways consumers should know about in order to make a more informed decision.
- They are similarly priced and are both very popular mattresses.
- Their customer service terms and things like sleep night trial and warranties are pretty similar.
- Their materials and constructions are very different, and the Saatva is firmer than the Puffy.
- The Saatva is thicker than the Puffy, and much more substantial in general.
- The Saatva has a traditional spring feel, while the Puffy has a classic memory foam feel.
- The custom slim Luxury Firm version is 11.5” tall and consists of four separate layers of foam and coils.
- The cover is quilted with foam to create a Euro-top and give the mattress softness and great pressure relief.
- The next layer is a thin memory foam layer that provides additional lumbar support.
- This is followed by a layer of individually wrapped micro-coils, which give additional comfort and body contouring to the mattress.
- Finally, high-grade coils make up the bottom layer and are highly supportive and breathable.
- There is a foam encasement which helps with edge support.
Read the full Saatva mattress review, available here.
- The Puffy is 10″ tall and consists of two separate foam layers.
- The cover is thin and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
- The comfort layer is 4” of a gel memory foam, which gives the mattress its softness and body contouring.
- The base layer is 6” of polyfoam and is pretty standard for a bed-in-a-box mattress.
Read the full Puffy mattress review, available here.
- The Saatva’s dual coil layers and pillow-top make it so people sleep on top of the mattress (rather than sleeping “in” it). The gel memory foam on the Puffy allows people 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 people might find with a hotel mattress, and 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 without question.
- 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, so the Saatva should help people sleep cooler than the Puffy will.
The Saatva felt like a 7/10 in terms of firmness, and the Puffy felt like a 6.5/10.
While 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 how it felt sleeping on the Saatva:
- It 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 overall.
- 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 the shoulders and hips.
- On my stomach, I feel supported, and my hips don’t sink in too far, so it’s a good match in that position as well.
Here’s how it 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 and probably more firmness. I feel like I am bowing in at the hips, so I would say the Saatva is a better choice for most stomach sleepers.
The Saatva has a traditional innerspring feel where people will sleep on top of the mattress but feel the softness of the pillow-top. The Puffy has more of a classic memory foam feel where people will slowly sink into the mattress.
See more of what I thought about the innerspring Saatva mattress’s firmness and feel.
Now watch what I thought about Puffy’s memory foam feel in the video below.
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 who don’t wish to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.
Check out how the Saatva performed with motion transfer in the video below.
Watch how much better the Puffy is at isolating motion with the video below.
Edge Support Differences
In terms of edge support, innerspring mattresses usually perform better than memory foam mattresses, and 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.
People can see how the two mattresses compare in the photos below.
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 these mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
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 for that reason it feels firmer to me than it did to Joe.
On the Saatva, I generally feel nice sleeping on my back. The pillow-top allows my hips to sink in a bit, but not too far, and 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 the shoulders and hips. When I am on my stomach, I do need a bit more support to keep the hips from sinking in too far.
When I am back sleeping on the Puffy, I feel decent support overall. I feel the foam pressing into the 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, and 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 someone is a larger sleeper like me, they should lean toward the Saatva. It should be more supportive for larger people. The Puffy could be a great mattress if someone is lighter than me.
Marten’s experience was not surprising to me. As a larger person, he does press too far into the Puffy, which caused him to feel that the Puffy is firmer than the Saatva. At the same time, the Saatva gives him the support he needs. Those who need the best mattress for heavy people will most likely prefer the Saatva.
Who Should Pick Saatva…
- Those who like traditional spring mattresses- If someone has enjoyed sleeping on hotel mattresses, this could be the way to go. The Saatva has two layers of coils and a plush pillow-top that should have a familiar feel for most people.
- People who prefer a firmer mattress- Most average-weight sleepers will think the Saatva is the firmer of the two mattresses. If people need more support or just like a little more firmness, this is probably the better choice for them.
- Larger sleepers, back sleepers, and/or stomach sleepers- The Saatva should be the more supportive mattress, so if people sleep on their back or stomach, they should get better support. Also, if people are larger, they have less chance of pressing through the mattress compared to on the Puffy.
Who Should Pick Puffy…
- Those who like a softer mattress- Between the two mattresses, the Puffy is the softer mattress without question. As long as people aren’t too heavy, this should be the better choice if they want a little more give with their mattress.
- Those who prefer a classic memory foam feel- If people like to slowly sink into their mattress, I would definitely choose the Puffy. It has that quicksand feel, and people will sleep more “in” their mattress.
- Light- or medium-weight side sleepers- The soft memory foam in the top layer should make this a great fit for many side sleepers. Sleepers will sink into the mattress and feel little pressure on their shoulders and hips. If someone is larger, this top layer might be too soft for them.
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If people think about all the information above, it shouldn’t be too difficult to choose between the Saatva and Puffy mattresses, because the differences are so noticeable.
Fans of innerspring mattresses who need more support will most likely prefer the Saatva, while lighter side sleepers who prefer memory foam should find comfort on the Puffy. Readers should take a look through this article a few times, assess their own needs and preferred sleeping position(s), and then make an informed decision.
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.