The bed-in-a-box market has a seemingly endless amount of options. It can be difficult to find just the right one when there are so many great mattresses from which to choose.
Two such examples are the quality mattresses Tuft & Needle and Puffy. If you are trying to decide between these two, I have the breakdown you need to make the right decision for you.
Will the Tuft & Needle or the Puffy be the mattress for you? Read on for my full comparison.
- They have a similar thickness.
- They both have two layers.
- They have a similar base layer.
- They are about the same in terms of firmness.
- They incorporate different materials in their construction.
- The Puffy’s comfort layer is thicker than the Tuft & Needle’s.
- The Tuft & Needle has a balanced foam feel, while the Puffy has a classic memory foam feel.
Tuft & Needle Construction
- The Tuft & Needle is 10” tall.
- The cover is thin and soft.
- The first layer is 3” of an adaptive foam.
- 7” of standard base polyfoam makes up the base.
Check out our full Tuft & Needle 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.
Check out our full Puffy mattress review.
- The Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive Foam is soft yet responsive. It should give good pressure relief while still allowing you to move around on the mattress. It will feel more like you are sleeping “on” the mattress (rather than “in” it).
- The gel memory foam on top of the Puffy is 4” thick and very soft. It’s not as responsive as the Adaptive Foam on the Tuft & Needle, so you may have more trouble moving around on the mattress. It will feel more like you are sleeping “in” the Puffy.
- The Tuft & Needle should be a cooler sleeping mattress than the Puffy. The Adaptive Foam is more breathable than gel memory foam, so you should avoid overheating on this mattress.
- Both mattresses should be about equal in terms of durability.
I thought both of these mattresses felt like a 6.5/10, or about average in terms of firmness.
That said, heavier people might have a different experience, especially on the Puffy. They may press through that very soft top layer and engage the support layers beneath. Because of this, they may think the Puffy is firmer than I did. On the other hand, lighter people may think the Puffy is softer.
Here’s how I felt on the Tuft & Needle:
- The Tuft & Needle was supportive for me when I was on my back. I felt my hips sink in just the right amount, but not too far. The Tuft & Needle has a thinner comfort layer than the Puffy. This makes it the more supportive mattress.
- When I was side sleeping on the Tuft & Needle, I also felt nice pressure relief. I felt little pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- When I was on my stomach, I felt properly supported.
This was my experience on the Puffy:
- Back sleeping on the Puffy, I also felt decent support and the foam conformed to my body. However, I would say the Tuft & Needle offered better support.
- I felt the best while side sleeping on the Puffy. I am medium-weight, so I pressed into the mattress without bottoming out. I felt no pressure on my shoulders and hips. Between the two mattresses, I felt better pressure relief on the Puffy.
- I did need more support when I was on my stomach.
The Tuft & Needle has a balanced foam feel. The Adaptive Foam is soft yet responsive. I sink in a bit, but it is easy to move around. I feel like I am sleeping on top of the mattress.
The Puffy has that classic memory foam feel. I really sink into that soft memory foam. It is more like sleeping “in” the mattress. As a result, it is more difficult to move around on this mattress.
See more about the Tuft & Needle’s balanced foam feel in the video below.
See what I thought of Puffy’s memory foam feel.
Motion Transfer Differences
Between these two mattresses, the Puffy handles motion transfer better. It has 4″ of gel memory foam on top, and this material is quite good at isolating motion.
If you sleep with a partner, the Puffy is the better choice. You should feel less of their movements on your side of the mattress. The Puffy should be the better mattress for couples.
See how the Tuft & Needle deals with motion transfer in the video below.
Now compare this to the Puffy.
Edge Support Differences
Neither of these mattresses features good edge support. I did not feel secure sitting on the edge of either mattress. Also, when I was lying down near the edge of both mattresses, I felt like I might roll off.
That being said, the Tuft & Needle is just a bit better with edge support. The Adaptive Foam did not collapse as much as the gel memory foam did on the Puffy.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type from 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:
In my experience, the Tuft & Needle felt like a 6.5/10 in terms of firmness, and the Puffy felt like a 7.5 or 8/10. My experience was different than Joe’s. This is mostly because, especially on the Puffy, I am pressing through the soft comfort layer and engaging the support layer beneath.
When I’m on my back on the Tuft & Needle, I’m not getting quite enough support. My hips are sinking in a little too far. When I am on my side, I am feeling some good pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. When I am on my stomach, I’m not getting enough support. I am bowing in at the hips.
On the Puffy, I feel better support on my back than I felt on the Tuft & Needle. My hips sink in, but not too far, and I feel decently supported. When I am on my side, I am pressing through the mattress and feeling some pressure on my shoulders and hips. When I am on my stomach, I need more support overall.
If you are a heavier back sleeper, lean toward the Puffy. If you are a heavier side sleeper, lean toward the Tuft & Needle. If you’re a heavier stomach sleeper, you probably need something firmer overall.
Marten’s experience on the Puffy was not surprising. When he was side sleeping, he pressed through the mattress and hit those support layers. Again, heavier side sleepers may want to choose the Tuft & Needle. Also, he needed more support on his stomach with both mattresses. Heavy stomach sleepers should consider a hybrid mattress or firmer foam mattress.
Pick The Tuft & Needle If …
- You are a back or stomach sleeper. Between the two mattresses, the Tuft & Needle is more supportive.The comfort layer isn’t as thick on the Tuft & Needle. If you sleep primarily on your stomach or back, you should feel less like you are sinking into the mattress.
- You are a hot sleeper. The Tuft & Needle is the more breathable of these two mattresses and should offer the cooler night’s sleep. If you struggle with sleeping hot, the Tuft & Needle should be the better choice.
- You like sleeping on top of your mattress. This mattress has more of a balanced foam feel. You get some of that foam experience, but it is still easy to move around on the mattress. The Adaptive Foam is also quite responsive overall, so you shouldn’t feel stuck in this mattress.
Pick The Puffy If …
- You are a light- or medium-weight side sleeper. As long as you aren’t too heavy, you should get better pressure relief on the Puffy. It has 4” of memory foam that allows you to sink into the mattress. You should feel little pressure on your shoulders and hips.
- You prefer a classic memory foam feel. If you like to slowly sink into your mattress, the Puffy should work for you. It has that quicksand feel, so it should feel like you are sleeping in the mattress.
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After looking closely at these two mattresses, it shouldn’t be too difficult to choose between them.
The Tuft & Needle should work for stomach and back sleepers who prefer a balanced foam feel. Side sleepers and fans of soft memory foam should consider the Puffy.
Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Tuft & Needle 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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