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Puffy vs Casper Mattress

Find out which bed-in-a-box mattress is best for you in this Casper vs Puffy review.

Last Updated: May 20, 2020

Casper was one of the early entrants in the mattress-in-a-box industry and really helped propel the whole concept into the mainstream. Puffy, on the other hand, is fairly new, but they’ve quickly risen to become one of the most recognizable brands in the space.

Puffy Original Mixed Foam $300 Off + Gift Discount In CartPuffy is one of the best known online mattresses. It has three layers of foam and a comfortable, accommodating “feel.”
Casper Original Soft Foam $100 Off Code: SLUMBERYARDCasper Original is the mattress that started it all. If you just want a comfortable foam mattress, it’s hard to do better than Casper.

Puffy Mattress vs Casper Quick Synopsis

If you’re short on time or just don’t like reading, here are the primary differences between these two beds:

  • Feel — Overall, both beds have what we consider to be a soft, neutral-foam feel, however, the Puffy mattress does have a little bit more of a memory foam feel due to its proprietary top layer.
  • Construction — Aside from Casper’s new Wave Hybrid and Casper Hybrid, both of these online mattresses are comprised entirely of foam, however, as you will find out, the exact composition of each bed differs quite a bit.
  • Price — Both beds are priced about the same, however, Puffy tends to be the more affordable mattress after you take into account coupon codes and discounts.

Those are just the headline differences though. As with any major purchase, it’s always a good idea to do more research. Keep reading to learn more about Puffy and Casper.

The links above should help you jump around this comparison. We first discuss the advantages of Puffy and then we get into how the companies’ high end mattresses stack up. Next, we state the areas where Casper gets the edge, and what we think of the Casper Hybrid mattresses. Hopefully you find the review helpful!

Puffy was founded in 2017, but the company has quickly climbed the ladder to become one of the most well-known brands in the space. The Original Puffy mattress even featured on The Ellen Show a little while back. So with that kind of rise in recognition, the mattress must be pretty good, right? Let’s find out.

Puffy Mattress Construction & Feel

The Puffy mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed that is comprised of three layers. It starts with a 6″ layer of firm support foam on the bottom and then a 2″ layer of poly foam in the middle to act as a soft transition. Then the bed has a 2″ layer of what the company calls its “Cooling Cloud Foam” on top. Don’t let the fancy term fool you, though, the top layer is really a gel-infused polyurethane foam.

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A look at how the Puffy mattress is constructed

However, the top layer is sort of unique in that has more of a memory foam feel. Still, it doesn’t feel like your typical memory foam. It actually has a lighter, more airy memory foam feel. The girls on the team like to say it’s a fluffy memory foam.

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The top layer has a light, airy memory foam feel

Now a lot of times with beds that contain memory foam top layers, sleepers will get a feeling they’re sort of stuck in the mattress since the memory foam conforms and hugs their body. That’s not exactly the case with the Puffy mattress. You do get a little bit of that feeling, but not nearly to the extent you do with other pure play memory foam beds. Given this and the fact that the top layer is only 2″ thick, we’d say the bed has more of a neutral-foam feel overall but with a hint of memory foam.

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Up close with the “stain resistant” cover of Puffy

It’s also worth noting that the removable cover on the Puffy mattress is both stain resistant and machine washable. This is pretty rare in the bed-in-a-box industry. Most online bed covers do not offer that kind of protection and convenience. As you can see above, the beverage that Slumber Yard team member Jeff pours on the cover just beads right off the side of the bed.

Firmness & Sleeper Type

In terms of firmness, we think the mattress comes in right around a medium on the firmness scale. Overall, the bed finds a decent balance between support and pressure relief. We think all types of sleepers will be just fine on this bed. It doesn’t matter whether you spend the majority of your time on your back, stomach, or side.

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Keep in mind the Puffy mattress will soften over time

With that said, though, we wouldn’t recommend this bed for people that weigh more than 250 lb. That’s not a dig at Puffy, by the way. We almost always recommend heavy individuals go with a hybrid or innerspring bed that contains coils over all-foam beds. Big folks place more pressure on a mattress that can wear down all-foam beds over time. Coils provide more support than dense foams and are just more durable over the long haul.

As of early 2019 Casper released two hybrid mattresses called Casper Hybrid and Casper Wave and we think either one would be better option, but we’ll get into that a little later.


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Puffy Is More Affordable

In terms of MSRP, Casper’s original model in a queen size goes for about $1,100 and Puffy’s original mattress retails for around $1,150. However, once you throw discounts in the mix, Puffy is a lot more affordable. So if you’re trying to spend a little under $900 on a mattress, then Puffy is the answer.

You can always check their website for current pricing and discounts, so just head over to Puffy.com or Casper.com for the details.

Other Considerations

Moving on to temperature regulation. Although the company likes to call its top layer “cooling,” we actually think this bed sleeps more temperature neutral. The bed won’t cause you to heat up during the night, but it also won’t cool you down. Rather, external factors, like what climate you live in or how much you use your air conditioner, will have more of an effect on your sleeping temperature throughout the night.

Lastly, we do think the Puffy mattress is a viable option for couples. The bed performs well in terms of motion isolation and edge support. These are two important considerations for people that share a bed.

The less motion that is transferred from one person’s movements to the other person will generally lead to a more restful night of sleep. Solid edge support means there is more useful surface area for couples to spread out. Space can be especially important for couples who share a smaller size bed, like a full or queen size. We are of the mindset that edge support to be one of the least important factors when you’re shopping for a mattress, and considering it’s basically the same for Casper and Puffy, there’s really nothing to see here.

Puffy Lux vs Casper Comparison

Below is a short video in which we directly compare the Puffy Lux mattress against the Original Casper bed.

We hope you found the video above helpful and entertaining. Below you’ll find more information regarding the Puffy Lux.

Puffy Lux vs Casper Wave

While most of this comparison centers around the Original Casper and Puffy mattresses, we wanted to carve out a section dedicated to Puffy Lux vs Casper Wave. Both of these mattresses are the upgraded foam beds from the brands. In the interest of time, here’s a quick overview of each mattress:

Puffy Lux — This is a softer memory foam mattress that measures in at 12″ thick. If you want a more fluffy memory foam feel, Puffy Lux is designed just for you. In fact, the sleepers that we think will enjoy Puffy Lux the most are side sleepers. Here’s a picture of Puffy Lux:

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Puffy Lux is 12″ thick and has a soft memory foam feel

Casper Wave — The Wave has a similar feel to that of the Original Casper, but it has an upgraded, more advanced foam design. Casper Wave features a “Hyper-Targeted Zoned Support” framework that provides more support under the center of your mass and more pressure relief elsewhere. It’s an expensive mattress, but it’s also really nice, so it just comes down to your personal budget. Here’s a look at The Wave mattress:

casper wave hybrid mattress review
The Wave is 13″ thick and has an upgraded zoned support system

So, now that you have an overview of Puffy Lux and Casper Wave, let’s discuss the main reasons to purchase one over the other.

  • Price — Casper Wave has an MSRP for the queen of $2,300 and Puffy Lux is around $1,800 before discounts.
  • Feel — The Wave feels like a classic soft foam mattress, while Puffy Lux has a memory foam feel.
  • Firmness — We consider Casper Wave to be around a “medium” and Puffy Lux to be somewhere around a “medium-soft.”
  • Sleep Styles — If you’re a stomach or back sleeper, we prefer The Wave because it’s a little firmer. Both beds are good for side sleepers.

Those are the key points in the Casper Wave vs Puffy Lux comparison. The x-factor is how much value you place on The Wave’s zoned support system. We like both mattresses, but it will come down to your personal preferences. If you like memory foam more, you might consider Puffy Lux. If you don’t like memory foam, The Wave probably makes more sense.

Casper is no doubt one of the big players in the bed-in-a-box industry. Chances are you’ve heard the Casper name from one of your friends, on the radio, or on one of your favorite podcasts. Forget about all the marketing, though, let’s see how this mattress holds up.

Casper Mattress Layers & Feel

The Original Casper mattress is a 11″ thick all-foam bed that is comprised of three layers. It starts with a thick layer of dense support foam on the bottom to provide a solid foundation. Next is a layer of what the company calls its “Zoned Support Foam.

It’s actually split into thirds. The top and bottom thirds are bit softer (where you need more pressure relief) and the middle third is bit firmer (where you need more support).

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The Zoned Support Foam on the Casper mattress is pretty unique

The “Zoned Support Foam” is actually a layer of memory foam, and on top is a layer of open-cell proprietary foam on top. The top layer of foam gives the bed more of a soft, neutral-foam feel.

You really don’t feel too much of that secondary memory foam layer. The top layer is soft to the touch and very comfortable. It just doesn’t quite conform to your body the way memory foam does. That’s why we call it more of a neutral-foam, which a lot of people actually prefer over memory foam. It’s just a super comfortable mattress.

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Casper is pretty darn comfortable

We also want to note that Casper released two new hybrid models in early 2019. So keep in mind, if you get a Casper Hybrid or Wave Hybrid mattress, it will be similar to the construction of an original Casper model, just a little thicker with an additional layer of coils. It’s more supportive and more durable so it would be a better fit than a foam mattress for somebody who is more heavy-set.

Firmness Rating & Body Type

In terms of firmness, the Casper mattress is similar to Puffy in that we think it lands around a medium on the firmness scale. It too strikes a nice balance between comfort, support, and pressure relief. We also think the mattress is ideal for all kinds of sleepers.

casper mattress review firmness rating

However, given the construction of the bed, we’d point heavy folks toward a bed with coils. To reiterate, we think hybrid and innerspring beds are better equipped to handle the pressure a heavy person places on a mattress night after night.

Other Factors

Another area in which we think Casper is similar to Puffy is temperature regulation. We think the Casper mattress sleeps temperature neutral, as well. Again, external factors (i.e. the sheets you use, whether you use a fan, etc.) will matter more when it comes to how cool you sleep with this bed.

Now, as far as couples go, we think the Casper mattress is a viable option, too. It does a good job of deadening movement and the edge support is pretty good for an all-foam bed.

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Solid edge support for a foam bed

Lastly, we already touched on price above, but just in case you missed it, the Casper mattress is priced about average for the industry. They do regularly offer coupon codes, though, to make the beds slightly cheaper. Check above to see what kind of promotion they’re currently running.

Casper Hybrid Mattresses

In this section, we want to briefly discuss the Casper Hybrid vs Puffy debate and Casper Wave Hybrid. Think of Casper Hybrid as the Original bed with coils because that’s exactly what it is.

Therefore, the same comments we had about feel and firmness still apply with Casper Hybrid. The only thing that changes is the fact that Casper Hybrid has coils and therefore is a slightly more appealing bed to heavier individuals.

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We cut open the Casper Hybrid so you could see the coil design

As for Casper Wave Hybrid, this is The Wave with coils. I know that’s a short description, but that’s exactly what the mattress is. You will experience the neutral foam feel, but with a little more bounce from the coils. Even more, the bed sits around the “medium” firmness just the same as the standard Wave mattress. So, if you were wondering how Casper Wave Hybrid compares to Puffy Lux, the answer is the exact same as we stated above, but throw in the added advantage from the support coils.

Casper Mattress vs Puffy Review Verdict

These two beds have several similarities, like how they both perform similarly in terms of firmness, temperature regulation, motion isolation, and edge support. In our eyes, the decision between these two beds really boils down to feel and price.

In short, is price a big factor in your decision on which mattress you should purchase? We’d have to give the edge to Puffy on this one.

Do you like the sensation memory foam provides or do you want a more strict neutral-foam feel? This is a personal preference. We can’t answer it for you.

Some people out there swear by memory foam and others don’t really like how it conforms to their bodies. Luckily, with Puffy, you get a little bit of that memory foam feel but it’s not overwhelming. At the end of the day. if you’re not sure, maybe try both. After all, both companies have friendly trial periods and free returns.

We hope this comparison was helpful in your decision. Thanks for choosing the Slumber Yard.

Puffy & Casper Company Policies

A big reason why companies like Casper and Puffy have achieved so much success over the last several years is due to the value proposition online mattress brands offer. Gone are the days of visiting your local mattress store and spending hours testing 100 different beds for 30 seconds at a time. Like a lot of other evolving industries, you can now shop for a new mattress from the comfort of your own home. Well, then how do I test the mattress? you might be asking. Glad you asked. Check this out.

First, Casper offers free shipping. The original Casper mattress will arrive at your home compressed and rolled-up in a box a few days after you order it. It’s pretty incredible how efficiently these online mattress companies can package and ship a mattress. Once it arrives, you’ll simply move the box to your desired room (they’re actually not as heavy as you’d think), unroll the bed and let it inflate for about 24-72 hours.

Once the mattress arrives, Casper offers a 100-night risk-free trial period so you can test out the bed. If, for any reason, you decide you don’t like the mattress during the trial period, no big deal, just contact the company and they’ll arrange for it to be picked up at no cost to you. The company usually just donates the mattress to a local charity organization.

Once you provide proof the mattress has been picked up, the company will refund your money in full. I told you it was easy. The whole refund process usually takes anywhere from a week to two weeks to complete. Casper also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. By the way, all these policies I just went over are pretty standard for the bed-in-a-box industry.

For example, Puffy offers very similar policies. They too offer free shipping and free returns. However, they go above and beyond the industry standard by offering a 101-night trial period and a lifetime warranty on their beds. You can read more about what exactly the warranty entails on their website.