Puffy vs Leesa Mattress
Shopping for a new bed can be a pain but we make it easy in this Leesa vs Puffy review.
Last Updated: September 10, 2020
Leesa and Puffy are two of the most well-known mattress-in-a-box brands on earth. While they do share a few similarities, they also differ in several ways. In this post, we'll cover the pros and cons of each bed to make your mattress shopping experience much easier. We'll cover feel, comfort, motion isolation, and much more.
Puffy Mattress vs Leesa Quick Synopsis
We understand a lot of people out there don’t necessarily like reading a ton (that’s why we make a lot of videos, you should check them out). If that’s you, let us save you some time. Here are the primary differences between these two bed-in-a-box mattresses:
- Feel — Both mattresses have what we consider to be a soft, neutral-foam feel but the Puffy mattress does have a slight hint of memory foam thanks to its proprietary top layer.
- Price — Both beds are in the same price range after discounts and coupon codes (~$850 for a queen size).
- Special Cover – The removable cover on the Puffy mattress is both stain resistant and machine washable, which is pretty rare in the bed-in-a-box industry.
However, as you will find out below, there are a few other subtle differences as well that might influence your decision. Keep reading to learn more about each of these popular online mattresses.
Puffy is a relatively new company in the bed-in-a-box industry (founded in 2017), but that sure hasn’t slowed them down. They’ve quickly climbed the ranks and become a household name. The Puffy mattress was even featured on The Ellen Show a little while back. But let’s move on and discuss the actual mattress now.
Puffy Mattress Layers
The Puffy mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed that is made up of three layers in total. It starts with a 6″ layer of firm core support form for its base. In the middle is a slightly softer transition layer that the company calls its “Climate Comfort Foam”. For the top, Puffy went with a 2″ layer of what they call their “Cooling Cloud Foam”.
While the “Cooling Cloud Foam” is technically a polyurethane foam, it actually feels more like memory foam, though not your typical soft, quicksand memory foam. The top layer has more of a light, airy memory foam feel. It’s not quite as dense as say Nectar or Cocoon by Sealy, which are two popular memory foam beds.
Furthermore, it’s worth noting that the Puffy mattress has a removable, stain resistant cover that is also machine washable. This is pretty unique in the mattress industry. There’s not many online beds that offer such a versatile cover. You can learn more about the special cover on Puffy’s website.
As you can see above, the liquid just beads right off the side of the Puffy mattress. This is good news for folks who like to eat and drink in bed. If the cover does happen to get dirty though, it’s nice that you can just throw it in your washer to get rid of germs and dirt. For reference, the cover on the Leesa mattress is removable as well but it’s recommended you do not machine wash it (you’ll have to spot clean it instead).
Now I know above we discussed how the top layer somewhat feels like memory foam but overall we wouldn’t consider the Puffy mattress to be a memory foam bed. Given the top layer is only 2″ think, you really don’t get that prototypical memory foam feel where you sort of sink-in and the top layers conform to your body. Instead, we’d say the Puffy mattress has more of a soft, neutral-foam feel with a hint of memory foam.
All in all, our testing team found the Puffy mattress to be very comfortable. If you like feel of soft foam, there’s a good chance you’ll really enjoy sleeping on the Puffy mattress.
What’s also nice about the Puffy mattress is that despite the top layer’s similarities to memory foam, we found it easy to switch between positions. In other words, our testing team didn’t experience much resistance when switching from their back to their side, for example. That’s not always the case with beds that contain a memory foam top layer.
Firmness & Body Type
In terms of firmness, we think this mattress lands around a medium on the soft-to-firm scale. Overall, the bed is a crowd-pleaser and will work for all kinds of sleepers. It provides a good amount of support for back and stomach sleepers and a good amount pressure relief for side sleepers.
However, with that said, we’d only recommend this bed for small and average sized individuals. If you weigh more than 250 lb, you’d be better off going with a hybrid or innerspring mattress that contains coils. That’s not a shot at Puffy, by the way. We say that about pretty much all 10″ thick all-foam beds (same story for Leesa). Coils are more supportive and durable than dense foams that a lot of bed-in-a-box companies use for their support structure.
Other Factors To Consider
Moving on, we think the Puffy mattress sleeps temperature neutral. You won’t wake up drenched in your own sweat, nor will you stay at a chilled temperature throughout the night. Instead, external factors, such as how hot of a climate you live in or how much you run your air conditioner, will affect how cool you sleep more than the actual bed itself.
Next, we think the Puffy mattress is a viable option for couples. The bed does a pretty good job of deadening movement and it also has pretty decent edge support for an all-foam mattress. The better a mattress is at limiting motion means the less one partner will be disturbed by the other person’s movements throughout the night.
Solid edge support means you won’t feel like you’re going to roll off the bed as you approach the perimeter. This is important when one partner decides to roll over in the middle of the night and start hogging the middle of the bed, leaving the other person to fend for space near the edge.
Pricing & Coupon Codes
Lastly, let’s cover price. The Puffy mattress lands near the middle of the pack in terms of pricing compared to other online beds. It’s not the cheapest mattress available and it’s certainly not the most expensive. The good news is that Puffy is pretty aggressive when it comes to coupon codes and sales.
You can typically expect to receive a $250-$300 discount on your mattress purchase, which should bring a queen size down to around the $850-$900 mark. We’d recommend you check Puffy.com to see what kind of promotion the company is running.
Keep in mind, Leesa is fairly aggressive when it comes discount codes too. Keep reading to learn more about the Leesa bed-in-a-box.
Leesa Original Mattress Overview
Leesa has been around a little while longer than Puffy. They, along with Casper, really helped popularize online mattress shopping. Check out Leesa’s website to learn more. Let’s see how the their bed compares to Puffy, though.
Mattress Construction & Feel
The Leesa mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed that is comprised of three layers. Like Puffy, it starts with a thick layer of dense support foam for its base. In the middle is a 2″ layer of memory foam and on top is a 2″ layer of what the company calls its LSA200 foam. I know, another fancy term to describe foam. Really, it’s just a proprietary foam, however, it’s different than the proprietary foam top layer on the Puffy mattress.
The LSA200 foam top layer gives the bed more of a neutral-foam feel. You don’t really feel much of the middle layer of memory foam at all. The top layer is soft-to-the-touch and accommodating, but it just doesn’t conform or hug your body the way memory foam does. All in all, the Puffy and Leesa mattresses feel very similar. Really, the only difference is that the Puffy mattress has a slightly inkling of memory foam.
The LSA200 foam top layer is also pretty responsive. It snaps back into place very quickly after you get up off the bed or roll over. As such, combo sleepers will find it effortless to switch between positions.
Firmness & Body Type
In terms of firmness, we think Leesa lands right around a medium on the scale. Like Puffy, we think it will work for all types of sleepers. The bed finds a nice balance between pressure relief for side sleepers and support for back and stomach sleepers.
When it comes to body type, it’s the same story for Leesa as it is for Puffy. We’d suggest big folks opt for a bed with coils instead (check out Leesa’s hybrid bed, the Leesa Hybrid / Sapira). Hybrid and innerspring beds are better suited to handle the pressure heavier people exert on a bed.
In addition, like Puffy, we think the Leesa mattress sleeps temperature neutral. Again, you won’t warm throughout the night on this bed and you won’t wake up freezing cold either. Rather, other considerations, like whether you’re using flannel sheets or you sleep upstairs (heat rises), make more of an impact on coolness.
Moving on, let’s talk couples. The Leesa mattress performs well in terms of motion isolation and edge support. Overall, we don’t think people sharing this bed will have any major issues. It deadens movement well and provides pretty decent edge support for an all-foam mattress.
Leesa Mattress vs Puffy Review Verdict
If you’ve stuck with us this long, hopefully we’ve been able to point out the similarities and differences between these two beds. To be quite honest, this was a difficult comparison for us to complete. The two beds are similar in a lot of respects. However, to summarize, though, here’s what we see as the main decision points.
First up is feel. Do you like memory foam or do you like more of a straight neutral-foam feel? This has to come from you personally. We can’t opine on what you like. If you like the feel of memory foam in general, go with Puffy. If you like more of a neutral feel with no memory foam at all, go Leesa.
Next is budget. If you’re strictly buying on the price tag, check the table at the top of the post to see who is running a larger sale.
Shipping, Returns, Trial Periods And Warranties
The value proposition these companies provide is a big reason why the whole mattress-in-a-box concept has exploded over the last several years. You no longer have to rely on your local mattress store for your next bed. You can literally shop for a new bed from, well, the comfort (or lack thereof) of your existing bed. Just pop open your laptop and you’re set. So how exactly does this whole shopping experience work? Let’s dig in, starting with Leesa.
The Leesa mattress ships for free and will arrive at your doorstep a few days after you order it online. The bed will arrive rolled-up and compressed in a box. From there, you’ll simply move the box to the room you want (don’t worry, the boxes actually aren’t that heavy) and proceed to unbox and unroll the mattress inside. Just make sure to let the mattress sit and inflate for about 24-72 hours before actually sleeping on it.
Once the mattress is delivered, Leesa offers you a 100-night risk-free trial period. This is how bed-in-a-box companies get around not having actual brick-n’-mortar locations for you to test out their beds.
Basically, if you decide the Leesa mattress isn’t for you within the trial period, no problem, just give the company a call and they’ll schedule someone to come pick it from your home free of charge. Once it’s been picked up, just provide proof of pick-up to customer support and they’ll issue you a refund. Pretty easy, right? It truly is risk-free.
Leesa also backs their mattress with a 10-year warranty. Now, just so you know, all the policies we just covered are standard for the industry. The majority of companies will offer similar policies. However, some do go above and beyond.
For example, Puffy offers free shipping and free returns as well, but they take it a step further by offering a 101-night trial period and a lifetime warranty on their beds. You can read more about the lifetime warranty on the company’s website. We always recommend reading company warranties before purchasing. Enough about policies though, let’s get to what you need to know about each bed.