Puffy Mattress Review

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  • Mattress Type Icon

    Mattress Type:

    Foam

  • Price (Queen) Icon

    Price (Queen):

    $1,049

  • Firmness Icon

    Firmness:

    Medium (5)

  • Warranty Icon

    Warranty:

    Lifetime, Limited

  • Weight Icon

    Weight:

    48 lbs.

  • Sleep Trial Icon

    Sleep Trial:

    101 Nights

Highlights

  • Breathable, stain-resistant polyester cover
  • Excellent motion isolation
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Ideal For

  • Sleepers who prefer close contouring
  • People under 230 pounds
  • Those with chronic pain or sore muscles

Puffy is an online mattress-in-a-box brand that first launched in 2017. The company offers a wide range of sleep products, including mattresses, pillows, sheets, mattress toppers, pads, and weighted blankets. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the flagship Puffy Mattress.

The Puffy Mattress is an all-foam model with three individual layers, all of which are proprietary materials. These include a comfort layer of Cooling Cloud memory foam, a transitional layer of Climate Comfort transitional polyfoam, and a base layer of Firm Core Support polyfoam. The mattress is considered medium, or a 5 on our 10-point firmness scale, and measures 10 inches thick.

This review discusses construction details, key features, and performance ratings for the Puffy Mattress. We’ll also cover prices, available sizes, shipping options, and Puffy’s return policies.

Pros and Cons

Pros
Cons
  • The medium feel and thick comfort layer provide deep cradling to alleviate pressure for side sleepers
  • As an all-foam model, the Puffy Mattress offers excellent motion isolation for couples
  • The cover is both machine-washable and stain-resistant
  • Puffy holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau
  • All mattresses come with lifetime warranties
  • The mattress may feel too soft and sink excessively for back and stomach sleepers
  • The foam layers have a tendency to trap heat, causing the mattress to sleep warm
  • Limited perimeter support may cause the edges to sink

Prices and Sizes

Puffy sells the flagship mattress in six sizes. Listed below are the exact dimensions of each size, as well as corresponding price-points.

Size
Dimensions
Price

Twin

38W" x 75L" x 10H"

$699

Twin XL

38W" x 80L" x 10H"

$749

Full

54W" x 75L" x 10H"

$899

Queen

60W" x 80L" x 10H"

$1,049

King

76W" x 80L" x 10H"

$1,249

California King

72W" x 80L: x 10H"

$1,249

Construction Breakdown

Each Puffy Mattress consists of three individual layers:

  • 2″ Cooling Cloud memory foam
  • 2″ Climate Comfort transitional polyfoam
  • 6″ Firm Core Support high-density polyfoam

Due to the all-foam design and medium (5) feel, this mattress contours quite closely to the body. This results in deep cushioning from head to toe and even weight distribution – qualities that make the mattress an appealing option for side sleepers. The memory foam is infused with cooling gel designed to push heat away from the surface, but – as our performance ratings below show – some people still sleep hot on the mattress.

Another notable feature of the Puffy Mattress is its polyester cover, which is removable, machine-washable, and stain-resistant. Comparatively, most competing mattresses have non-removable covers that should only be spot cleaned and offer minimal protection against stains.

Performance

We test each mattress in our onsite lab using the same comprehensive criteria. This ensures fair, unbiased ratings in performance categories that matter most to sleepers. Our evaluations are based on a 5-point rating system, with 1 as the lowest rating and 5 as the highest.

Durability: 3/5 

Long-term durability can be difficult to gauge for a brand new mattress. We base this rating on the quality and density of materials, as well as average lifespans for different mattress types.

Expected longevity for the Puffy Mattress is about average. The comfort layer is fairly adaptive and will develop impressions over time, but the support layers and medium feel should give the mattress a lifespan of six to seven years. This is typical for an all-foam model.

Pressure Relief: 4/5 

To evaluate how well a mattress relieves pressure, our testers attach sensors to their body that detect pressure buildup in certain areas. We then use imaging software to pinpoint where and how much pressure occurs for each tester.

Pressure relief is a major strength of the Puffy Mattress – especially where side sleepers are concerned. The memory foam and subsequent foam layers create deep cushioning around the shoulders and hips, two areas where side sleepers often experience pressure buildup due to uneven spinal alignment. The mattress may also alleviate pressure for back and stomach sleepers, though this depends on how much they weigh.

Motion Isolation: 5/5

Two of our testers evaluate motion isolation by sitting side by side on each mattress. They take turns switching positions and getting in and out of bed, allowing the other person to see how much movement they feel on their side of the mattress.

A relatively plush feel and foam layers that respond slowly to the body add up to excellent motion isolation for the Puffy Mattress. Neither of our testers felt any movement from the other side of the bed, even during position changes. We expect people who are easily awakened by their partner’s movements to sleep soundly on this mattress.

Temperature Control: 2/5 

Our team uses thermal technology to measure areas of heat concentration on each mattress. Each tester also provides feedback as to how warm the mattress feels and how quickly the mattress heats up once the surface comes into contact with their skin.

Qualities that allow the Puffy Mattress to excel at pressure relief and motion isolation – thick foam layers and a soft, adaptive feel – also cause the mattress to sleep fairly hot. Most of our testers reported moderate to severe heat retention. Below-average temperature control is common for all-foam beds, even models like the Puffy Mattress with cooling gel infusions in their comfort layers.

Edge Support: 2/5

For the edge support portion of our evaluations, we ask testers in different weight groups to take turns sitting along the perimeter of each mattress. We’ll measure how much of the mattress compresses under their weight and compare it against other areas of the sleep surface. The testers also discuss their perceived difficulty level in getting on and off the mattress.

Edge support is not one of the Puffy’s strong suits. The mattress is too soft to significantly reinforce the body, and the high-density foam support core can’t provide enough push-back to prevent deep sinkage for people who weigh 130 pounds or more. If you prefer sleeping close to the edges of your mattress or have mobility issues that make getting in and out of bed somewhat difficult, then you may need a firmer mattress with more perimeter reinforcement.

Ease of Movement: 2/5 

This criteria refers to how much a mattress sinks when testers get in and out of bed and change sleep positions. We use testers in different weight groups and measure how much compression each person puts on the mattress when moving on the surface.

The Cooling Cloud memory foam in the comfort layer of this mattress contours closely and responds slowly to the body. As a result, most of our testers reported at least some sinkage when moving on the Puffy Mattress. This issue was particularly problematic for testers over 230 pounds, many of whom reported feeling stuck or trapped by the foam.

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Off-gassing odors occur with mattresses that contain foam, synthetic latex, and other manmade materials. These materials emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that carry a chemical smell. We evaluate each mattress for off-gassing odor immediately after unboxing them, then periodically re-test over the next two to three days. 

All-foam mattresses tend to rate poorly for off-gassing, but the Puffy didn’t emit an excessive amount of odor at first. The chemical smells gradually dissipated over the course of two and a half days. People who are highly sensitive to smell may want to let the mattress air out in a ventilated room for up to 48 hours before sleeping on it. Otherwise, we don’t expect owners to experience major odor-related issues.

Sex: 2/5

We evaluate mattresses for sex using a combination of other criteria, including ease of movement, edge support, and temperature control. This is based on the general consensus among couples that responsive, supportive mattresses are most conducive for sex.

The Puffy Mattress earned below-average ratings for temperature control, perimeter support, and surface movement. For this reason, we expect most couples will find the mattress unsatisfactory for sex. Deep sinkage may occur, especially during position changes, and limited reinforcement around the edges can force couples into the middle, rather than allowing them to use the entire mattress surface. 

Sleep Position and Body Weight

Body type and primary sleep position are two of the most important factors for evaluating and selecting a new mattress. This is why we’ve enlisted in a diverse testing team consisting of people in different weight and position categories. After testing the Puffy Mattress, here are the sleeper ratings from our testing crew.

  • Side Sleepers: The Puffy Mattress was very popular among the side sleepers on our team, particularly those weighing up to 230 pounds. The deep cushioning and contouring help to alleviate pressure points that often occur with this position, but the mattress also provides adequate support. Side sleepers over 130 pounds did not feel as comfortable and gave the mattress a fair rating.
  • Back Sleepers: Our testers who primarily sleep on their backs and weigh less than 130 pounds were quite impressed with the Puffy Mattress. They were able to lie comfortably without sinking too much beneath the torso and hips. For our heavier back sleepers, the opposite was true. Their weight placed too much compression on the mattress and they noticed a loss of support around the midsection. 
  • Stomach Sleepers: Stomach sleepers often need firmer, more responsive mattresses to sleep comfortably, so ratings from these testers were not as favorable compared to back sleepers. Those who weigh less than 130 pounds felt reasonably comfortable but also sank a bit, whereas stomach sleepers who weigh more sank to a significant extent and noticed pressure building up in the neck and lower back. 

In this final section, we’ll look at aspects of buying the Puffy Mattress that matter most to consumers.

Buying Information and Customer Policies

Availability

The Puffy Mattress is exclusively sold online through Puffy’s official website. You cannot buy the mattress in any brick-and-mortar stores, nor is it available through online retailers or marketplaces.

Shipping Options

Customers in the contiguous U.S. receive free ground shipping with their Puffy Mattress order. Those in Alaska and Hawaii must pay an additional delivery charge. Puffy does not offer White Glove delivery.

Sleep Trial

Puffy backs each mattress with a 101-night sleep trial. Customers must test out the mattress for at least 30 nights before they are eligible to return it. Puffy issues full refunds for all returned mattresses during the 101-night trial period, minus shipping fees for customers in Alaska or Hawaii.

Warranty

The Puffy Mattress comes with a lifetime warranty that covers structural defects for as long as the original buyer retains ownership. Puffy will repair or replace any mattress with recognized defects, which include surface impressions of 1.5 inches or deeper and manufacturing flaws associated with the cover fabric or zipper. Normal wear and tear and physical damage incurred after the delivery date aren’t considered defects.