Helix vs Puffy Mattress
Which online mattress will suit you best — Helix or Puffy? Find out in this in depth review comparison.
Last Updated: September 4, 2020
Helix is one of the most versatile brands on the market because they offer many different choices and there’s seemingly one for everybody. The Puffy mattress, on the other hand, is meant to accommodate a wide range of people because it caters to all sleeper types. In this post, we’ll discuss price, feel, firmness, construction, and more to help you decide which mattress you like most.
For those of you in a rush, here’s the gist of what we’ll be reviewing in this comparison:
- Construction— Helix is a hybrid/innerspring mattress while Puffy’s constructed out of all-foam.
- Firmness — Helix has multiple different firmness levels and Puffy comes in what we consider to be medium.
- Body Type — Helix works for all body types, including heavy people, while Puffy works for petite to medium sized folks the best.
- Cover — The Puffy mattress comes with a removable and machine washable cover.
Introduction To Helix Sleep And Puffy
Would you rather go to a restaurant like the Cheesecake Factory who has a huge menu, or do you prefer going to a place like In N Out where there’s essentially only one (delicious) entree item on the menu? We don’t ask to make you hungry, we ask because it’s a similar situation to choosing between a Helix or Puffy mattress.
Helix has over 10 different mattress options, and offers a helpful Sleep Quiz to match you with the most suitable for you, based on your answers. Puffy, on the other hand, was constructed with a simple design and universally comfortable materials to accommodate a wide range of people. So what’ll it be? The brand with a ton of options, or the one with a hugely popular option? Continue along in this post so we can help you decide.
Materials And Construction Of Helix Beds
We mentioned how Helix has over 10 different mattresses to choose from, now we’re going to break down their constructions to give you a better understanding of what Helix has to offer. The first 6 beds we’re going to talk about are their “core” models, and then we’ll gloss over their more luxurious counterparts. Then we’ll end with an explanation of Helix’s three “specialty” mattresses.
The brand’s six core models include Moonlight, Dusk, Dawn, Sunset, Midnight, and Twilight, and they all range in support/firmness levels. Other than that, their construction is pretty similar; all six models are 12” thick and contain 8” coils with 4” of foam.
The different foams inside include memory foam, polyurethane foam, Helix Dynamic Foam, and DuraDense Foam (or support foam). Some beds may only contain three of the four foams, but they all range in density to achieve different firmness and support levels.
Every core model has a “Luxe” counterpart, for example, you can get Moonlight Luxe or the Dawn Luxe mattress. The luxury models contain six layers which totals out to 14” thick, rather than the standard 12” helix beds.
Lastly, are the models designed with a special purpose in mind. The first is Helix Plus, which is designed to be a more supportive mattress for heavy and/or obese people.
Helix Feel And Firmness Levels
What can you expect when you lay on top of a Helix mattress? Well, the feel obviously isn’t identical throughout their whole mattress catalog, but they all have a similar general soft, neutral-foam feel. Even though memory foam is a component to several Helix models, we don’t think people will get that deep, viscous feel that memory foam is known for.
It also doesn’t feel like a traditional innerspring mattress either, even though every mattress has a layer of coils inside. It really is just a comfortable, responsive, neutral-foam bed. As you can see below, Helix comes in a range of firmness levels, so there’s a bed for all different sleeper types.
Folks who are side sleepers should gravitate towards the softer side of the spectrum, while stomach sleepers should consider a mattress on the firmer side.
Helix Works For All Body Types
Weight also comes into play when considering which firmness level to choose, because the heavier you are, the softer a mattress will feel. With that said, petite folks should probably look for a soft mattress, while heavier set individuals might want to consider a firm mattress.
For those who are over 250+ lbs, we recommend you check out Helix over Puffy, since Helix’s hybrid construction is more supportive and durable than Puffy’s all-foam design. You can also take a look at our post on the best mattresses for heavy people to see our top choices of hybrid beds currently on the market.
Helix Vs Puffy Price Tags
Before you account for discounts and promotions, Puffy retails for a few hundred dollars more than Helix does. At MSRP, a queen size Helix mattress goes for right under $1,000 and a Puffy mattress retails for $1,150 for the same size.
Based on our experience with the online mattress industry, we know both Helix and Puffy run promotions pretty often. We’d say Puffy is a little more aggressive with discounts though, so the queen size usually comes out to be around $850. Other the other hand, Helix usually runs a promotion of about $75 off, though, this does change throughout the year. After discount, you’ll typically be paying closer to $900 for a Helix mattress (the core six models).
Obviously, that’s a minor difference when you’re talking about something as important as a mattress. At the end of the day, we think you’ll make your decision, in this case, not on price, but mostly on the qualities of the mattress.
Overview Of Puffy’s Construction
The breakdown of Puffy’s construction is much simpler because they only have two mattress models in their catalog. For this comparison, we’re going to focus on Puffy’s flagship mattress, but we do want to mention the Puffy Lux mattress. It has one more layer of foam for extra support, and it has more of a memory foam feel than Puffy does.
The original Puffy mattress has a three layer construction, and adds up to 10” thick, a pretty standard size for many online mattresses.
The first layer is made from dense support foam to act as the foundation for the rest of your mattress. The middle slab of material is called “Climate Comfort Foam,” a type of proprietary foam which means it was made by the company, for the company. Its main purpose is to serve as a transition layer between the harsh bottom layer, and soft top layer.
Speaking of that top layer, Puffy uses a material they call “Cooling Cloud Foam,” another proprietary foam which is made of gel infused visco polyurethane foam. This is the layer where you’ll get most of your comfort from, and we found it somewhat acts and functions like memory foam.
SEE ALSO: Puffy vs Puffy Lux
Puffy’s Special Cover
The Puffy mattress is encased in a soft, white, polyester and lycra mattress cover with little clouds printed all over it. The cover is removable and machine washable so it makes for a super easy clean-up if you spill a little wine after a relaxing night in, or a little coffee from breakfast in bed. They refer to it as “zip-n-wash,” and it really is just that simple.
Most bed-in-a-box mattresses don’t come with this luxury, and instead require spot cleaning with a mild detergent and a little water. Luckily, this is something you won’t have to worry about with Puffy. You can learn more about the cover on Puffy’s website.
What Does Puffy Feel Like?
If we were to have written this review a year ago, we would’ve said Puffy has a memory foam feel because it was constructed with 4” of Cooling Cloud Foam, and they omitted the extra 2” of transition foam Puffy currently has. Now, we think it has somewhat of a soft, blended foam feel. It doesn’t have a dominant memory foam feel, nor does it feel like basic neutral foam. So we think most people would like the bed, especially if you’re somebody who doesn’t love the feel of a traditional memory foam mattress.
On a scale from soft to firm, we rated it right in the middle at a medium. We thought it felt like a nice sweet spot between being supportive, but also pressure relieving.
For this reason, we think it’s a really accommodating mattress because it’s suitable for all sleeper types.
What’s Our Verdict?
We aren’t here to tell you which mattress is better and which one you should stick your nose up to, because in most cases, it all depends on the person and their specific preferences. So instead, we think you should explore these key questions.
- Do you want a mattress that was practically customized for you? Helix has over 10 different mattresses, and they match you with the right one using the Helix Sleep Quiz.
- Are you looking for a mattress with a soft foam blend feel? Puffy might be the one for you.
- Do you want an incredibly long warranty policy? Puffy offers warranty coverage for a lifetime.
- Are you over 250+ lbs? Helix sounds like the winner because they have a layer of supportive coils.
- Do you want to go with the more popular choice? Puffy is one of the most well-known bed-in-a-box brands in the industry.
Thank you for coming to The Slumber Yard and we hope we were able to help you with your Helix vs Puffy dilemma. You can take a look at other mattress comparisons on our site if you’re curious to see how one of these mattresses measure up to other beds in the industry. You can also head over to our mattress deals page to see discounts from a ton of different brands.
Puffy And Helix Company Policies
Purchasing a mattress online like you’d order a pair of shoes or a video game seems a little unconventional, but it’s been catching on among consumers due to convenience and the extra incentives offered by online brands. If you perked up at the sound of “extra incentives,” you’ll probably like what’s next.
First things first, you’ll get free shipping and free returns with both Helix and Puffy. They want to give you the chance to try the bed before you fully commit, so Helix will give you a 100-night free trial, and Puffy offers 101 nights.
Let’s say you decide to keep your mattress like most customers do. Helix Sleep will protect your mattress under warranty for a standard 10 years, and Puffy will provide warranty coverage for a lifetime. So as long as your heart’s beating (or until you give up the mattress), you’ll be protected under warranty. But for the love of a good night’s sleep, please don’t sleep on the same mattress your entire life.