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Nectar vs. Puffy Mattress Comparison

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Lauren Fountain

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Nectar is a well-known, but still fairly new, U.S.-based mattress and bedding brand. Launched in 2017 with their flagship mattress, the Nectar, they’ve since expanded to offer the Nectar Premier and Nectar Copper Premier. Nectar mattresses are made with gel memory foam comfort layers atop transitional and support layer sof polyfoam. They are known for their exceptional pressure relief, affordable price-points, and long sleep trials.

Puffy is also a fairly new company, also launching their flagship mattress in 2017. They’ve since added two all-foam models, the Puffy Lux and the Puffy Royal. The Puffy is a standard memory foam and polyfoam model, while the Puffy Lux and Royal add cooling technology and more substantial layers for increased pressure relief and support. Puffy now offers the Lux Hybrid and Royal Hybrid, as well. These models contain the same comfort and transitional layers as their all-foam namesakes, but feature pocketed coils – not base foam – in their support cores.

We’ll compare the all-foam models offered by each company. We’ll cover the construction and material details, detailed sleeper ratings, and purchase and pricing information to help you determine whether one of these mattresses is the right choice for you.

Quick Look

We’ve worked hard to show you which mattresses are the best fit for you. Check out our full mattress guides listed below!

Price Range (Queen)
$899-$1,599 $1,150-$2,695
Firmness Options
Medium Firm (6) Medium (5)
Standout Features
  • Excellent motion isolation for couples
  • High quality at budget-friendly price
  • Suitable for side sleepers and those who weigh up to 230 pounds
  • Sleeps cooler than other all-foam mattresses
  • Puffy Royal offers extra foam layers for targeted comfort and support
  • Good for sleepers under 230 pounds
  • Very soft comfort layers
  • Excellent motion isolation for couples
Models
Sleep Trial & Warranty
365 nights
Lifetime warranty
101 night sleep trial
14-night break in period; Lifetime warranty
Customer Service
N/A N/A
Nectar

Get $399 worth of free accessories with every mattress purchase.

Puffy

Save $300 on Puffy mattresses and get up to $455 in free accessories

Sizing and Weight Options

Both Nectar and Puffy offer a full array of bed sizes, including twin, twin XL (a slightly longer twin bed), full, queen, king, and California king (a wider but shorter king bed). Queen beds are the most popular for adults, but consider whether you sleep with a partner or pets when selecting a new bed. A larger mattress, provided it fits in your space, may be more comfortable.

Selecting the proper height mattress is also important. A difference of even a few inches can influence how easy it is to get in and out of bed. Mattress height can also make a difference in the sheets you need to purchase; taller mattresses need sheets with deeper pockets, which you’ll need to purchase if you don’t already have them.

Choosing a mattress that isn’t too heavy is important if you plan to move your bed after setting it up. Although foam mattresses tend to be easier to move in general because of their flexibility, a heavier bed can be challenging for one person to handle. You’ll also need to carry your new bed (still compressed) from your door into your home. Nectar offers optional White Glove delivery and set up, but Puffy does not. That could be a key consideration when making your choice.

Nectar

Puffy

Height
Size Options
12"
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
12"
Size Options
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
Size Options
10"
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
10"
Size Options
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
Size Options
13"
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
13"
Size Options
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
Size Options
12"
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
12"
Size Options
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
Size Options
14"
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
14"
Size Options
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
Size Options
14"
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
14"
Size Options
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
Size Options
12"
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
12"
Size Options
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
Size Options
14"
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height
14"
Size Options
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Nectar and Puffy offer a comparable selection of mattresses. All are available in all sizes from twin to California king. They range from 10 to 14 inches in height; at 14 inches, the Puffy Royal, Royal Hybrid, and Nectar Premier Copper are the tallest mattresses from either brand. The Puffy Royal Hybrid is also the heaviest option.

The all-foam Nectar and Puffy options should be relatively easy to move compared to the hybrids. Their multi-layered foam construction makes flipping unnecessary, so you don’t need to worry about maneuvering a heavy mattress. The similarity in weight and dimensions for these two brands means that these shouldn’t be a significant factors in choosing between them. The Lux Hybrid and Royal Hybrid weigh more due to their coils, but either mattress should be manageable with two people lifting and carrying.

Nectar

Get $399 worth of free accessories with every mattress purchase.

Puffy

Save $300 on Puffy mattresses and get up to $455 in free accessories

Construction and Materials Comparison

The materials and construction methods used in any mattress help determine its comfort, durability, performance, and price. The typical all-foam mattress is made from multiple types of foam, generally variations of memory foam and polyfoam. Memory foam is typically softer and conforms more to pressure, and might be infused with other materials (like gel or copper) engineered to provide additional benefits, such as temperature regulation. Polyfoam tends to be denser and less pliable, and gives the mattress structure and support.

What makes mattresses different from each other is the configuration of the foam layers, as well as the design and materials used for the cover. We’ll break down how the Nectar and Puffy mattresses are constructed and the materials they use.

Nectar

The Nectar Mattress features three layers of foam. These include a 3-inch comfort layer of gel memory foam, followed by a 2-inch polyfoam transitional layer and a 7-inch polyfoam base layer. The mattress has a medium firm (6) feel but the foam layers still provide noticeable conforming. Altogether the Nectar Mattress measures 12 inches thick.

The Nectar Premier shares the same medium firm (6) feel and a similar design as the Nectar Mattress, but its transitional layer is 1 inch thicker to create an overall profile of 13 inches. Another key difference: the comfort layer is infused with both gel and cooling phase-change material, so this model is less likely to sleep hot than the flagship mattress.

Lastly, the Premier Copper features a 4-inch memory foam comfort layer infused with gel and phase-change material, along with a 1-inch polyfoam transitional layer and a 9-inch polyfoam support core. The cover is infused with copper, another material with natural cooling properties, so the Premier Copper is the best bet for hot sleepers. Its thicker comfort layer also provides closer contouring, even though the mattress – like its other two counterparts – has a medium firm (6) feel.

Puffy

Puffy offers three all-foam mattress models. The Puffy is a 10-inch thick mattress with three layers: two comfort layers (a 2-inch layer of gel memory foam and a 2-inch layer of transitional Climate Comfort polyfoam) and a 6-inch layer of supportive polyfoam. Puffy mattresses have the same stain-resistant, removable cover made from 100% polyester.

The Puffy Lux builds upon the Puffy, adding a layer of Body Adapting Cloud foam between the memory foam and transitional foam layers. This foam layer is 1.5 inches thick, and provides additional pressure relief. The top gel-infused memory foam layer is 1.5 inches thick, and the transitional Climate Comfort foam layer is still 2 inches thick. These layers work together to help keep the mattress cool.

Puffy’s top-end mattress is the Puffy Royal, a 14-inch thick model. The Puffy Royal replaces the top layer of gel-infused foam with 1.5 inches of foam infused with cooling beads. The second layer is a 1.5-inch layer of conforming memory foam, which rests atop a layer of the same Climate Comfort foam as the Puffy Lux. The Royal also includes two polyfoam layers, including a transitional layer divided into different zones based on firmness. These zones provide extra support where it’s needed most (the back and midsection) with softer support for the upper body and feet. The support core is made from polyfoam.

Puffy’s two newest models are hybrid versions of the Lux and Royal. These mattresses are designed with the same profiles, firmness levels, and foams in the comfort and transitional layers as their all-foam namesakes. The key difference is support core construction, as both hybrids feature pocketed coils instead of base foam. The Lux Hybrid and Royal Hybrid share the same price-points as the Lux and Royal, respectively. You should consider a hybrid if you enjoy the conforming and cushioning of the Lux or Royal, but wish the mattress felt more supportive or responsive.

Average Customer Ratings

When you’re trying to decide on an online purchase, reviews from other customers can be very helpful. The experiences of those who have actually purchased the mattress can help you identify the positive and negatives, and know what to watch for when making your own purchases. As a general rule, when a majority of customers have had generally positive (or negative) experiences, it provides a good picture of what you can expect.

A mattress is a very personal purchase, though, and a glowing review doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have the same experience. When you look at reviews, look for those that come from people with similar body types, sleep positions, and needs (such as those who have back pain). Otherwise, you find that you purchase a mattress that isn’t comfortable for you.

Model Average Rating
Nectar Mattress -
Nectar Premier -
Nectar Premier Copper -
Model Average Rating
Puffy Mattress 5/5
Puffy Lux 5/5
Puffy Royal 5/5
Puffy Lux Hybrid -
Puffy Royal Hybrid -

In-Depth Ratings

If you’ve ever shopped for a mattress in a store, you likely base your decision on how comfortable the bed feels when you initially lie down on it. Buying a mattress online is a bit more challenging, as you can’t gauge the feeling before you buy. Because your own sleep style and preferences, as well as your body weight, can influence whether a particular bed is right for you or not, a mattress’ firmness rating doesn’t offer a complete picture either. To help you make a more informed choice as to whether a particular model will work for you, we provide ratings for multiple factors, scoring them on a scale of one to five on their performance.

Durability
When you invest in a mattress, you want it to last. When we rate durability, we gauge a mattress’s performance over time and how it holds up to regular use without excessive deterioration. You can typically expect a mattress to last about 7 to 8 years.

Motion Isolation
When you share your bed with a partner, their movements can transfer across the bed, disrupting your rest. Generally speaking, the firmer your mattress the less the motion transfers across the surface. A mattress with deeper  comfort layers that allows you to sink down more deeply absorbs motion more effectively, so you won’t feel as much movement.

Sex
Because mattresses are used for more than just sleep, we rate them on their suitability for sex. This is primarily based on the bed’s responsiveness and bounce. A softer bed might offer plenty of cradling comfort, but it might not be ideal for couples who need to move around more during sex.

Temperature Neutrality
Some mattresses retain body heat more than others, which can make you overheat and sweat, disrupting your sleep. A mattress’s temperature neutrality score is based on how cool it sleeps, and to what degree it retains body heat.

Pressure Relief
Depending on your preferred sleep position, you might put more pressure on the mattress in certain spots. If the mattress doesn’t provide adequate pressure relief, this might translate into pain and discomfort in your shoulders, hips, or back. The pressure relief rating scores mattresses on how well they conform to your body and keep pressure spots from forming. Because pressure relief is mostly provided by top comfort layers of the mattress, those with thick foam comfort layers tend to score highest.

Off-gassing
Many mattresses are made using volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that cause odors when they are brand new and first unboxed, also known as offgassing. This odor might be unpleasant or irritating, but usually dissipates quickly. Our rating refers to how strong a mattress’ odor is when it first comes out of the box and how quickly it dissipates

Ease of Movement
We rate how easily you can roll over, change position, or get in and out of bed because it is a big part of how comfortable a mattress feels. In general, softer beds with thick comfort layers are harder to move around on, in contrast to firmer mattresses where you don’t sink in as deeply.

Edge Support
Every mattress sinks when you sit on the edge, but for some people, sinking too deeply can make it hard to get in and out of bed. A lack of edge support can also create a sensation that you will roll off the bed if you like to sleep closer to the edge. Our ratings reveal how much edge support a mattress has, with the higher ratings equaling a more sturdy feel edge.

Nectar

Nectar Nectar Mattress Nectar Premier Nectar Premier Copper
Firmness Medium Firm (6) Medium Firm (6) Medium Firm (6)
Durability 3/5 3/5 3/5
Motion Isolation 5/5 4/5 5/5
Sex 2/5 3/5 2/5
Sleeps Cool 3/5 3/5 3/5
Pressure Relief 4/5 4/5 5/5
Off-Gassing 3/5 3/5 3/5
Ease of Movement 2/5 3/5 3/5
Edge Support 3/5 2/5 2/5
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Puffy

Puffy Puffy Mattress Puffy Lux Puffy Royal Puffy Lux Hybrid Puffy Royal Hybrid
Firmness Medium (5) Medium (5) Medium (5) Medium (5) Medium (5)
Durability 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
Motion Isolation 5/5 5/5 5/5 4/5 4/5
Sex 2/5 2/5 2/5 3/5 3/5
Sleeps Cool 2/5 2/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
Pressure Relief 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5
Off-Gassing 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
Ease of Movement 2/5 3/5 2/5 3/5 3/5
Edge Support 3/5 3/5 2/5 3/5 3/5
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In-Depth Pricing

A mattress is a big investment — after all, we spend one-third of our lives asleep — but spending more doesn’t always mean you get a better mattress. With prices ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, there is a mattress option for every budget. How much you pay is determined by the size of the mattress (larger king and California king mattresses cost more than twin size beds) as well as the materials and technology used. Purchasing a bed online directly from the manufacturer, rather than from a mattress or furniture store, also reduces the cost, since overhead costs are trimmed significantly.

All-foam models tend to have lower price tags than innerspring and hybrid mattresses. However, even among foam models, variation in the type of foam used can influence the price. Both Nectar and Puffy use gel-infused memory foam in the comfort layers of their mattresses, and their similar price points reflect that. The Nectar Premier and Nectar Premier Copper contain added cooling components, so their sticker prices are higher. The Puffy Lux/Lux Hybrid and Royal/Royal Hybrid add additional layers of memory foam for extra support and airflow, driving up the price of these particular models.

Nectar

Nectar Nectar Mattress Nectar Premier Nectar Premier Copper
Twin $499 $899 $1,299
Twin XL $669 $949 $1,349
Full $799 $1,199 $1,599
Queen $899 $1,299 $1,699
King $1,199 $1,599 $1,999
California King $1,199 $1,599 $1,999
Nectar

Get $399 worth of free accessories with every mattress purchase.

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Puffy

Puffy Puffy Mattress Puffy Lux Puffy Royal Puffy Lux Hybrid Puffy Royal Hybrid
Twin $799 $1,449 $1,649 $1,449 $1,649
Twin XL $829 $1,499 $1,749 $1,499 $1,749
Full $999 $1,599 $2,449 $1,599 $2,499
Queen $1,149 $1,799 $2,699 $1,799 $2,699
King $1,349 $1,999 $2,999 $1,999 $2,999
California King $1,349 $1,999 $2,999 $1,999 $2,999
Puffy

Save $300 on Puffy mattresses and get up to $455 in free accessories

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Overall, Nectar and Puffy all-foam mattresses are comparable pricewise. Both flagship models share similar price-points, but the Nectar Premier and Nectar Premier Copper cost less than the Puffy Lux/Lux Hybrid and the Royal/Royal Hybrid. The Puffy Royal and Royal Hybrid are thicker than the other Puffy models (14 inches high compared to 10 to 12 inches) and contain several additional foam layers for extra comfort and support.Likewise, the Nectar Copper Premier measures 14 inches thick, making it the tallest Nectar model compared to the Nectar Mattress (12 inches) or Nectar Premier (13 inches).

These extra layers contribute to the higher price for the Puffy Royal/Royal Hybrid and Nectar Premier Copper, but the extra pressure relief may make it a worthwhile investment for some.

The base-level Nectar and Puffy mattresses are quite similar, though, as reflected in their price-points. Both have gel-infused memory foam comfort layers, but the Nectar measures 2 inches thicker than the Puffy. Ultimately, though, both mattresses have similar performance ratings.

Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

Warranty Shipping
Lifetime, Limited Free to contiguous U.S.
Warranty Shipping
Lifetime, Limited Free to Contiguous U.S.

Nectar

Shipping

Nectar mattresses can be shipped to U.S. addresses only, excluding Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. Residents of Alaska and Hawaii must pay a $150 shipping charge. You can opt to have your old mattress removed and new mattress set up for an additional White Glove delivery fee of $149 dollars; if you are getting more than one mattress delivered or have additional items to remove (like a box spring) you’ll pay an additional $45 per item.

Nectar ships mattresses from U.S.-based distribution centers. They are compressed and folded in a box directly to your door.

Returns

If you decide that the Nectar mattress isn’t for you within the first year, you can return it for free. All you need to do is email [email protected] or call 1-888-425-4854 within 365 days of purchase. They will work with you to have the mattress disposed of or donated to a local charity. You’ll receive a full refund, and no additional charges for the return. White Glove shipping charges are not refundable, and Alaska and Hawaii residents who pay for shipping will not receive a refund on shipping charges.

If you want to exchange a Nectar mattress, you’ll need to initiate a return, and make a second purchase.

Warranties

Nectar Mattresses come with an included lifetime warranty. The warranty covers defects in the materials of manufacturing that causes an indentation of 1.5 inches or greater with normal usage (assuming you use an appropriate foundation), cracking, or splitting. Any defects in the mattress cover are also covered under the warranty. Nectar’s warranty is non transferable, meaning only the original owner can make a claim.

During the first 10 years that you own the Nectar, the warranty guarantees a replacement mattress at no charge. After 10 years, Nectar will cover repair or replacement costs of the mattress at their discretion. You’ll have to pay a $50 shipping fee each way, unless Nectar determines there is a defect in the mattress.

Puffy

Shipping

Puffy mattresses are shipped via FedEx anywhere in the contiguous U.S. for free. Residents of Alaska and Hawaii must pay a shipping charge. White Glove shipping is not offered. All mattresses are shipped compressed and rolled in a 42″ x 19″ x 19″ box.

Returns

Puffy offers a 101-night sleep trial. You can return it for a full refund within that period; the company doesn’t charge for returns, but you will not be refunded for any shipping fees. To make a return, you need to call Puffy at 1 800-430-8380 or email [email protected] with your order number. They will work with you to pick up the mattress and donate it to charity. You do not need to put the mattress back in the packaging.

Warranties

Puffy mattresses have a lifetime warranty covering materials and manufacturing defects. If, despite proper usage, your mattress develops an indentation of 1.5 inches, has a defect in the mattress cover’s zipper, or a defect in the cover itself, the company will replace it free of charge. The non transferable warranty does not cover wear and tear or misuse (which includes burns, infestations, and stains) The warranty provides a free replacement with a mattress of equal value, regardless of age, without any fees.