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Hint Of Memory Foam
|Emerging bed-in-a-box that has a neutral-foam feel with a hint of memory foam. Overall, we think the mattress accommodates all types of sleepers.|
|Super popular, foam bed-in-a-box that is ideal for all types of sleepers and has a soft, neutral-foam feel.|
If you’re short on time or just don’t like reading, here are the primary differences between these two beds:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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In terms of MSRP, Casper’s original model in a queen size goes for about $1,200 and Puffy’s original mattress retails around $800. Once you throw discounts in the mix, Puffy is generally more aggressive so they’re that much more affordable. So if you’re trying to spend a little under $1,000 on a mattress, then you might want to consider a Puffy mattress.
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.
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.
The Original Casper mattress is a 12″ thick all-foam bed that is comprised of four 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.“ 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).
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. In fact, Casper actually made our Most Comfortable Mattresses list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.