puffy vs casper mattress review

Puffy vs Casper Mattress Review

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

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.
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The original Casper mattress is ideal for all types of sleepers, but it has more of a soft, neutral-foam feel.

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 — The original Casper mattress has a soft, neutral-foam feel, while the Puffy mattress has a light, memory foam feel. This decision really comes down to what you like more. It’s a person-by-person thing.
  • Responsiveness — The Casper mattress is quite a bit more responsive than Puffy. You’ll see below what this means in terms of sleeping.
  • Price — Both mattresses are actually priced about the same. However, Puffy tends to be a little more aggressive when it comes to coupon codes and sales. You can usually snag a Puffy for about $40-$50 less than Casper.

Those are just the headline differences and there is more to know with each of these beds. Keep reading to learn more about Puffy and Casper.

Shipping, Trial Periods, Returns, and Warranties

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.

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The Slumber Yard team unboxing the Casper mattress

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.

Puffy Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • People who like the feel of memory foam
  • All sleeper types
  • Petite and medium sized individuals
  • Consumers who want protection (lifetime warranty)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Heavy body types (250+ lb)
  • People who want a responsive/bouncy bed

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. I believe they were 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.

The Puffy mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed that is comprised of just two layers. It starts with a 6″ layer of firm support foam on the bottom and then has a 4″ layer of what the company calls its “Cooling Cloud Foam” on top. Don’t let the fancy terms fool you, though, the top layer is really a gel-infused polyurethane foam.

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A look inside the Puffy mattress

However, the top layer is sort of unique in that has more of a memory foam feel. In fact, the first time Slumber Yard team member Jeff laid on the bed, he immediately thought it was memory foam. 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.

Now, typically with memory foam beds, sleepers will get a feeling they’re sort of “stuck in the mud” since the memory foam contours and hugs to 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 purely memory foam beds.

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The Puffy mattress has a lighter, more airy memory foam feel

Still, the Puffy mattress does act like memory foam in that the top layer is not very responsive. It takes a couple seconds to fully pop back to its original state after releasing pressure. All this means is that combo sleepers may find it requires a little extra effort to switch between positions at night.

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.

puffy mattress review firmness and feel
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.

SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Heavy Sleepers

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 decently well in terms of motion isolation and edge support. These are two important considerations for people that share a bed.

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The Puffy mattress deadens movement well

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 couple to spread out. Space can be especially important for couples who share a smaller size bed, like a full or queen size.

In terms of pricing, Puffy comes in right around average for the bed-in-a-box industry. Puffy beds are priced very similarly to Casper. However, Puffy does seem to be a little more aggressive when it comes to coupon codes and sales. You can check their current offers above.

Casper Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • People who like more of a neutral-foam feel
  • Small and average sized folks
  • Back, stomach, and side sleepers
  • Those who like a responsive foam bed

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Heavy individuals
  • People on a tight budget

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, and let’s see how this mattress holds up.

The Casper mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed that is comprised of four layers. Like Puffy, it starts with a thick layer of dense support foam on the bottom. Next is a layer of what the company calls its “Zoned Support Foam. This layer was added to the mattress in early 2018. 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

On top of that is a layer of memory foam and then 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. Casper actually made our Most Comfortable Mattresses list.

What’s also nice about neutral-foam compared to memory foam is that it’s quite a bit more responsive. The top layer of the Casper mattress almost immediately pops back after pressure is released. This means combo sleepers will find it easy to switch between positions.

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The Casper mattress is quite responsive making it a great option for combo sleepers

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.

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.

SEE ALSO: Best Hybrid and Innerspring Mattresses

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.

casper mattress review edge support
The Casper mattress provides pretty decent edge support for an all-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 often offer coupon codes, though, to make the beds slightly cheaper. Check above to see what kind of promos they’re currently running.

Casper Mattress vs Puffy Review Verdict

If you’ve made it this far, you might understandably be a little frustrated. After all, these two beds have a lot of similarities. They’re both 10″ all-foam beds, both are priced about the same, and both perform similarly in terms of temperature regulation, motion isolation, and edge support. In our eyes, the decision between these two beds really boils down to two factors.

The first is feel. Do you like more of a memory foam feel or do you want a more neutral type feel? This is a personal preference. We can’t answer it for you. Some people out there swear by memory foam, others don’t really like how it conforms to their bodies. If you’re not sure, maybe try both. After all, both companies have friendly trial periods and free returns.

The second is responsiveness. The Casper mattress is very responsive, while the Puffy mattress takes an extra second or two to fully respond. Again, this is just personal preference. With Puffy, you may get a little bit more of that stuck-in-the-mud feel, but some people actually like that.

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

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

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Carla Thrower

Back Sleeper

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Dillon Lopez

Combo Sleeper

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