Puffy vs Amerisleep Mattress
With so many memory foam mattresses out there, what should you know about Puffy and Amerisleep in particular?
Last Updated: September 3, 2020
We've been testing and reviewing mattresses for the past several years so that we can paint an accurate picture for our readers. In this guide we endeavor to explain the major reasons why you might get Puffy, Puffy Lux, and Amerisleep. We will end up discussing feel, design, pricing, and firmness for each of these beds.
As a little appetizer for you, here are the key points we will review in this Amerisleep vs Puffy comparison.
- Design / Feel — We discuss what the beds are made of and what they feel like.
- Prices — We aren’t overly fond of getting stuck in the MSRP weeds, but we do need to mention how these beds compare after applying coupons and discounts.
- Covers — Both have washable covers, but Amerisleep also uses Celliant, a material with special qualities. More info below.
- Policies / Warranties — We won’t post the policies for you one-for-one, but we will go over shipping, returns, and more.
- Models — We mentioned that Amerisleep offers five beds (that’s true), but Puffy also offers Puffy Lux, a premium soft / plush mattress for side sleepers.
We have more info about both beds in our full reviews—and down below—but that’s an outline of the major comparison items.
A Little Overview Of Amerisleep And Puffy
While Puffy and Amerisleep are both obviously competing in the online mattress space, Puffy has positioned itself to take on the likes of Nectar and Purple, while Amerisleep has priced its beds more inline with WinkBed and Saatva. What does that mean, practically speaking? Nothing. It just shows you that Puffy is going to charge less than Amerisleep, most of the time. And this makes sense given that Puffy exploded as a brand after being featured on the Ellen show, targeting mostly millennials and young professionals.
Amerisleep has focused less on mass-market advertising and more on showcasing the proprietary qualities of their bed. You’ll notice that most luxury mattress brands have done the same thing historically. This is not to say that Amerisleep is premium and Puffy is not—that’s inaccurate. It’s just that Amerisleep as a brand considers itself high end and premium. In other words, they want to compete less on price and more on how comfy their beds are.
Switching gears to discuss policies, both brands offer free shipping, free returns, and a ~100 night trial period. In terms of warranties, Puffy has a lifetime warranty (wow!) and Amerisleep, a 20-year warranty.
They Offer Puffy And Puffy Lux
We are going to primarily focus on the Puffy mattress for this comparison, but we did want to take a second to mention that Puffy Lux is a softer mattress with a fluffy memory foam feel. It commands a higher price, but is also a tremendous fit for side sleepers (i.e. the majority of people out there). Puffy Lux is softer and thicker than the original Puffy mattress, but also a few hundred dollars more expensive—which explains why most people go after the standard mattress.
Cutting Open The Puffy Mattress
Like many of these online beds, Puffy is comprised of three foam layers. Two are neutral soft foams (i.e. poly foam) and the top layer is memory foam. Puffy has fancy names for the foams, but to the average consumer this will be just a comfy foam bed. In any case, here’s a look inside Puffy’s flagship mattress.
Just based on the construction of the bed, you’d expect Puffy to feel like Layla or Bear Mattress (i.e. you’d expect it to feel like memory foam). That’s not the case, however. Puffy actually feels more like a general soft foam bed with a little memory foam mixed in. It’s comfortable no doubt, but it doesn’t quite feel like you’d expect it to. In fact, this is a big differentiator for Puffy, at least when compared to Amerisleep mattresses.
Typically, we would now mention that Puffy has a removable, machine-washable cover. It does. But so does Amerisleep, so you can’t really award points either way. We should, however, note that very few beds actually have washable covers, so we love that both brands offer this. It means that, for many people, a mattress protector is not necessary. And for the record, we are not huge fans of mattress protectors since they frequently change the firmness profile of your mattress.
Where Puffy Lands On The Firmness Scale
We mentioned that Puffy Lux is soft. How soft, though? We consider Puffy Lux to be somewhere between a medium-soft and a medium. The original Puffy bed, however, is closer to a plain medium on our scale. And that is based on the weight of the average American (i.e. between 160 lbs and 230 lbs).
This makes a lot of strategic sense for Puffy to do as well since they want to target as many consumers as possible with their mattress. Too soft and it would alienate back and stomach sleepers. Too firm and it would turn off strict side sleepers.
In our opinion, the Puffy mattress should be workable for all sleeping styles (i.e. stomach sleepers, back sleepers, and side sleepers). If you want something especially soft you might want to consider Puffy Lux or Amerisleep AS4/5. If you want something extra-firm, you’re out of luck with Puffy currently, but Amerisleep does offer a firm mattress called AS1.
Pricing Comparison For Puffy And Amerisleep
We’ve brought up pricing now several times in this comparison, so let’s tackle the topic now. The most popular Amerisleep mattress is AS3 and it retails for about $1,400 for the queen size. Puffy sells for about $1,150 for the queen size. So just based on MSRP, Puffy wins (although AS1 is closer at about $1,200).
Once you factor in a discount, however, Puffy comes down to the $800-900 range and Amerisleep AS3 typically ends up at $1,200. Again, that’s for the queen size and the price gap will vary here and there, but it’s a fair demonstration that Puffy most often will be a good deal cheaper than Amerisleep. You can look for current deals on their respective websites.
Five Models To Choose From
While Amerisleep offers five mattresses, they do a great job of making it easy for consumers to understand how they all differ. For instance, AS1 is the firmest bed that they offer and AS5 is the softest—AS3 is right in the middle. That’s pretty much all you need to know. Pricing and thickness are important as well, but not nearly as important as matching the overall firmness to your dominant sleeping style.
For primary side sleepers, AS5, AS4, and AS3 are the smartest options. It just depends on how soft you want the bed. For back and/or stomach sleepers, AS3, AS2, and AS1 are the beds to consider first. If you’re a combination sleeper, AS2, AS3, and AS4 are the models you will prefer—again, just depending on your dominant sleeping position.
A Responsive Memory Foam Feel
When you think of memory foam you probably flash back to the early 2000s when you first tried a TempurPedic mattress. Well, that’s not what Amerisleep beds feel like. Yes, you can tell they use memory foam, but it’s not a syrupy, thick memory foam. In fact, one of the best things about Amerisleep beds is that they pop back into shape more quickly than you’d expect.
When I laid down on the mattress, it conformed to my shape, but didn’t leave me feeling “stuck.” I was able to freely move between positions, experiencing the best of memory foam without the typical downsides. I cannot emphasize enough how comfortable the memory foam is on an Amerisleep mattress.
I was skeptical at first that it would really be responsive and still offer pressure relief, but it actually does. If you’re at all open to memory foam, it’s hard for me to fathom that you will not like the AS3 mattress.
More About Celliant
In this mattress space, every brand has their “secret” sauce. Purple has Hyper-Elastic Polymer. Casper Wave has its zoned support design. And Amerisleep and Bear Mattress have Celliant. But what is Celliant, and why is it worth learning about? Celliant is a textile that is designed (and apparently has been proven) to increase circulation and restful sleep, among other things.
Now, we at the Slumber Yard and RIZKNOWS do not have hard data to prove or disprove the claims made by Celliant’s manufacturer. All we can say is that we have certain team members that totally buy into the hype around Celliant, and others that remain skeptics. You can learn more about Celliant on Amerisleep’s website.
So What Should You Do?
We really don’t like telling our readers what to do. We see our job as a neutral arbiter that tries to layout the facts (and certain opinions) to help you make an educated decision. Here are the main things that you should be keeping in mind when comparing Amerisleep and Puffy:
- What are your thoughts on memory foam? If you like it, but don’t love it, both beds will probably work, though, Amerisleep feels more like the memory foam bed you’re used to.
- How tight is your budget? If you’re seriously trying to keep it to under $1,000 for a mattress (queen size), Puffy wins. If you can afford to spend between $1,000 and $1,500, Amerisleep is still in the running for your business.
- Are you convinced that Celliant is the real deal? If so, you might really like Amerisleep.
- Do you need a soft or firm bed, or something in the middle? If you need a soft or medium bed, both brands have your back. If you need a firm bed, Amerisleep has the better option and it’s called AS1 and AS2.
For the most part, that’s the big stuff with these two brands. Of course, there are other items we left out, but your main purchase factors are price, feel, and softness/firmness. If you have any further questions, feel free to shoot us an email or peruse the laundry list that is our mattress comparisons page.