The Puffy mattress is one of three all-foam beds offered by the Puffy company. It rates medium, or 5 out of 10, on the firmness scale, making it a good option for lighter sleepers. The Puffy is their most affordable model, sold at price-points that are about half of the cost of the Puffy Lux, and less than half of the Puffy Royal.
All of the Puffy mattresses are manufactured in the US and come with a lifetime warranty. The major distinguishing feature among them is the difference in mattress height, which is due to differences in comfort foam layers. The Puffy measures 10 inches thick, whereas the Puffy Lux and Puffy Royal measure 12 and 14 inches respectively.
In this review, we cover all the details you need to decide if the Puffy mattress is a good option for you. We’ll detail how the mattress feels, who enjoys sleeping on it, and what sort of policies Puffy holds in terms of sleep trial, shipping, returns, and warranty.
Watch the video below to see how the Puffy Mattress performed when put to the test in the Sleep Foundation Lab.
As an all-foam mattress, the Puffy provides sleepers with a soft, cushiony feel. Sleepers who enjoy deeply contouring memory foam will like this mattress. Because of its memory foam comfort layer, the Puffy gives sleepers the sensation of being hugged by their mattress. People will feel like they are sleeping “in” the Puffy, rather than resting on top of it.
The top comfort layer of the Puffy is gel-infused Cooling Cloud memory foam. This layer provides cushion and cradles the body. The gel infusion is intended to help reduce the amount of heat trapped by the mattress. Memory foam commonly traps heat, which can become a problem for sleepers who tend to sleep hot. This foam is engineered to provide extra reinforcement along the edges, though some people may still notice a bit sinkage while sitting or sleeping near the perimeter.
Below the memory foam layer of the Puffy lies 2 inches of Cloud Climate transitional polyfoam. Transition layers are firmer than comfort layers, yet softer than support layers. They provide both support and cushion. Also, transition layers allow sleepers to feel like they’re being “hugged” by the mattress without sinking into it too deeply.
Transition layers also help promote spinal alignment for side sleepers and reduce pressure points that can develop in side sleepers’ hips and shoulders. Sleepers’ hips and shoulders sink in deeper to the mattress, while the transition layer supports the midsection, so the spine remains straight. The Puffy mattress rates highly with side sleepers because of this dynamic.
The mattress also has a 6-inch base layer composed of Firm Core Support high-density polyfoam, which sits directly below the transitional layer in the Puffy mattress. The polyfoam base provides support to sleepers in all sleep positions. The mattress rates 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, which is considered a medium firmness.
Sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds feel most supported by the Puffy’s medium firmness. Those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds, especially those who prefer to sleep on their sides, also enjoy the Puffy. The medium firmness isn’t adequately supportive for most sleepers over 230 pounds.
2″ Gel-Infused Cooling Cloud Memory Foam
2″ Transition Climate Comfort Polyfoam
6″ Firm Core Support Polyfoam
The Puffy is more affordable than comparable all-foam mattresses of its quality. You can purchase the Puffy in all standard mattresses sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king. The Puffy measures 10 inches in thickness, regardless of size. All of the original Puffy mattresses are the same firmness level, which is medium, or 5 out of 10.
|Twin||39" x 75"||10"||41 lbs.||$795|
|Twin XL||39" x 80"||10"||45 lbs.||$825|
|Full||54" x 75"||10"||58 lbs.||$995|
|Queen||60" x 80"||10"||69 lbs.||$1150|
|King||76" x 80"||10"||87 lbs.||$1350|
|California King||72" x 84"||10"||87 lbs.||$1350|
The Puffy mattress excels at isolating motion. When movement occurs or weight is put on one part of the bed, it doesn’t cause much motion to transfer across the surface of the mattress. Memory foam and polyfoam are widely known for isolating motion better than other mattress materials, such as springs and coils.
For couples who share a bed, motion isolation is an important quality in a mattress. When a mattress isolates motion well, sleepers don’t have to worry about being bothered by their partner’s movements throughout the night. One person can roll over or get in and out of bed without causing a disturbance.
Pressure relief is another enticing feature of the Puffy mattress. When sleepers lie on a pressure-relieving mattress, they do not develop pressure points. Pressure points are especially common in side sleepers, making the Puffy a good choice for this group.
The cushion and conforming ability of memory foam comfort layers are what make the Puffy pressure relieving. Sleepers who experience pain often seek out mattresses with good pressure relief so they don’t experience increased stiffness and soreness at night.
Like many all-foam mattresses, the Puffy can tend to trap heat. Memory foam, in particular, is known for retaining and trapping heat. As the memory foam in the Puffy heats up, it conforms to the body. Since there is little room for air to flow, the heat cannot escape.
People who tend to sleep hot might want to opt for a cooler mattress. Many people will be fine with the Puffy, but they might want to choose bedding that helps them keep cool throughout the night. A mattress isn’t the only factor in temperature control. The bedroom temperature, bedding, and sleepwear a person chooses also affects how warm or cool they feel overnight.
The Puffy Mattress provides above-average edge support for an all-foam mattress. The perimeter may sink a bit when you get on and off the mattress or sleep near the edges, but you’ll also notice some bounce-back and decent reinforcement. People who weigh more than 230 pounds will probably sink more but anyone lighter should feel reasonably comfortable along the edges of this mattress. Improved edge support is part of a recent model redesign from Puffy intended to make this mattress more sleeper-friendly.
Soft edges are common in all-foam mattresses. Innerspring and hybrid mattresses tend to have stronger edge support due to their firm coil layers. Edge support isn’t an important factor to all shoppers, though it can matter more for people who have trouble getting in and out of bed.
Because the Puffy is an ultra-conforming mattress, it doesn’t provide the easiest surface to move around on. When a sleeper lies on the mattress, the memory foam “hugs” their body. When they move, an impression of their body remains for a period of time. This body impression can inhibit movement.
Innerspring, hybrid, and latex mattresses tend to “bounce back” more quickly than all-foam mattresses, making movement easier. They are springier mattresses that feel responsive and don’t conform to the body as much. Some sleepers greatly enjoy the “hug” of memory foam, however. These sleepers might not move as much during the night, or might be willing to sacrifice ease of movement for the mattress feel they prefer.
Springier, more responsive mattresses tend to be better for sex than the conforming Puffy mattress. These mattresses have a “bounce” that complements movement, while the Puffy mattress tends to inhibit movement. Foam mattresses with a lot of contour can make moving around on top of the bed awkward or difficult.
The Puffy is a virtually silent mattress, which is one plus in the area of sex. Unlike innerspring and hybrid mattresses that may creak or squeak, the Puffy should not produce any sounds in response to movement.
The Puffy off-gasses quite a bit immediately after it has been opened, which is normal for an all-foam mattress. Off-gassing is the result of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) releasing into the air from a new mattress. VOCs are off-gassed from many manufactured products, but their scent is especially noticeable from polyfoam.
Most people won’t be bothered by the smell of the Puffy off-gassing, which should dissipate within a day or so in a well-ventilated room. People who are more sensitive to chemical smells should avoid being in the same room as the Puffy mattress for the first 24 hours after they unbox it.
Of all sleepers, those who sleep on their sides enjoy the Puffy mattress the most. The Puffy excels at relieving pressure, which is important for side sleepers. Mattresses that are too firm or don’t cradle the body enough can fail to provide spinal alignment in side sleepers. When the spine isn’t aligned, side sleepers often experience pressure and discomfort in their shoulders and hips.
The Puffy is an especially good choice for side sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds. They will find the medium firmness provides adequate support and spinal alignment. Heavier side sleepers, however, might need a firmer mattress.
Back sleepers that weigh under 130 pounds are the sleepers in this group most likely to find that the Puffy meets their needs. With its medium firmness level, the Puffy provides enough lumbar support for most back sleepers under 230 pounds. When a mattress doesn’t provide enough lumbar support, back sleepers might find themselves experiencing lower back discomfort or even pain.
Back sleepers weighing above 230 pounds should seek out a different mattress. The Puffy will not adequately support the majority of sleepers in this group because of its softness. A mattress that rates 6 or even 7 out of ten on the firmness scale would be more appropriate for heavier back sleepers compared to the Puffy, which rates 5 out of 10.
Stomach sleepers as a group find the least comfort on the Puffy mattress. In general, stomach sleepers tend to prefer more supportive and responsive mattresses. Deeply contouring mattresses like the Puffy can cause stomach sleepers to sink in too far, putting uncomfortable pressure on the neck.
Some lighter stomach or combination sleepers will find comfort in the Puffy, depending on their weight and personal preference. The Puffy mattress is likely too soft and conforming for most stomach sleepers over 130 pounds, however.
|Under 130 lbs.||130-230 lbs.||Above 230 lbs.|
The Puffy mattress is exclusively available for sale on the Puffy website. Puffy doesn’t have brick and mortar stores, nor do they allow third parties such as mattress stores or Amazon to sell their products.
Puffy offers free standard shipping to customers in the contiguous US. Those in Alaska and Hawaii may also purchase the mattress, but will pay a shipping fee. International shipping isn’t available.
Once ordered, a Puffy mattress ships within 1 to 3 days. The mattress is shipped compressed, rolled, sealed in plastic, and placed in a box. Customers must unbox and set up the mattress themselves as White Glove delivery and old mattress removal are not available through Puffy.
Puffy doesn’t offer any additional services with their shipping, such as White Glove delivery or old mattress removal.
Puffy offers a 101-night sleep trial on all of their mattresses. The trial comes with a required 14-night break-in period. The break-in period requires customers to try out the mattress for a longer period before initiating a return, so they have time to adjust to the mattress.
If a customer decides to return the mattress within the first 101 nights, a full refund is available. Customers do not have to pay any return shipping fees. Puffy does not keep returned mattresses. Instead, they coordinate with customers to have the returned mattress picked up so it may be donated.
The Puffy mattress comes with a lifetime warranty. If there is a defect in the mattress at any time, Puffy will repair or replace the mattress at no charge given all of their warranty conditions are met.
The mattress must have always been used on an appropriately sized bed frame to qualify for the warranty. Also, the warranty doesn’t cover damage that is the result of abuse or misuse, such as burns. Mattress indentations that are less than 1.5 inches deep are considered normal and are not covered under the warranty.
Customers may make a warranty claim through the contact form on the Puffy website. They must share order information and a photo or video of the problem with the mattress to begin the claim process.