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Puffy vs Puffy Lux Mattress

A detailed comparison of the three Puffy mattresses (Original vs Lux vs Royal). See which bed is right for you and your partner.

Last Updated: January 21, 2020

Puffy is an extremely popular online bedding company that offers three different foam mattresses. In this comparison, we break down the pros and cons of each bed so you can figure out whether it’s worth it to spend up for the premium Lux or Royal models.

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.”
Puffy Lux Memory Foam $300 Off + Gift Discount In CartPuffy Lux is a soft memory foam mattress that’s made in the USA and has a washable cover.

Before we get too deep into this review, let’s quickly cover the primary differences between the two most popular Puffy models (the Original and Lux).

Construction & Layers – The Puffy Lux (as the name implies) is the more premium model between the two. It contains an extra layer of foam, which makes the bed 2” thicker than the Original Puffy mattress.
Feel – Although the two beds have similar constructions, the Puffy Lux has a soft, airy memory foam feel, while the Original Puffy mattress has more of a soft, neutral-foam feel. We’ll explain what this means in more detail below.
Firmness – In our opinion, the Puffy Lux is slightly softer than the Original Puffy mattress. As such, it’s the more ideal choice for primary side sleepers.
Price – The Original Puffy mattress is quite a bit cheaper than the Puffy Lux. You’re looking at about a $600-$800 difference, depending on the size you select.

UPDATE: Puffy recently introduced another premium foam mattress to their lineup called the Royal. Here’s a short video outlining how the Original Puffy and Puffy Lux mattresses compare to the new Puffy Royal mattress. In the video, Owen covers all the major differences between the three beds so you can quickly figure out which one is best for you.

That’s just the 10,000 foot view, though. There is a lot more information you’ll want to absorb before making a final decision. Keep reading to learn more about each mattress.

The Original Puffy mattress is what started it all for the company. This model was even featured on The Ellen Show a little while back. Here’s how it compares to the Lux model.

Puffy Mattress Construction

The Puffy mattress is an all-foam bed that is comprised of three separate layers. The bottom is made up of a 6″ layer of dense support foam, which serves as the foundation for the mattress. In the middle is a 2″ layer of Climate Comfort Foam. This is a proprietary foam that is slightly softer than the support layer. It’s there to act as a transition in the bed.

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A look at the layers inside the Original Puffy mattress

Finally, for the comfort layer on top, the bed uses 2″ of Cooling Cloud Foam, which again is just a special name for a proprietary foam. The top layer shares certain characteristics with memory foam, however, as you will find out below, we wouldn’t consider the Puffy mattress to be a pure play memory foam bed.

Blended, Neutral-Foam Foam Feel

Although the top layer resembles memory foam, the bed doesn’t have an overwhelming, prototypical memory foam feel. Given the top layer is only 2″ thick, you also feel a little bit of the transition layer, which combined gives the bed more of a blended, neutral-foam feel overall.

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Soft, neutral-foam feel with a hint of memory foam

This isn’t a bad thing by any means. A lot of consumers out there actually prefer beds that have more of a neutral feel to them. All this means is that the top layers don’t quite conform or contour to your body’s shape as much as the top layers on memory foam beds like Nectar or Layla, for example. At the end of the day, we’d say the Original Puffy mattress has a comfortable, neutral-foam feel but with a hint of memory foam thanks to its thin top layer.

As you will find out later, the Puffy Lux has more of a traditional memory foam feel, although, it is unique in its own right.

Firmness & Sleeper Type Analysis

After testing the Original Puffy mattress, we think it lands around a medium on the firmness scale. It’s not too soft but it’s not particularly firm either. As Goldilocks likes to say, “it’s just right”.

puffy mattress review firmness and feel

Given this, we think the mattress will work for all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you primarily sleep on your back, stomach or side throughout the night. Back and stomach sleepers will find the bed properly supports the area under their lower back and trunk. Likewise, side sleepers will find the Cooling Cloud Foam top layer extremely accommodating.

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The Original Puffy mattress accommodates all types of sleepers

A little spoiler alert, we think the Puffy Lux mattress accommodates all sleeper types as well, however, in our opinion, the Lux is better for a certain sleeping position. You’ll just have to keep reading to find out which one.

While we’re on the subject of sleeper types, we should mention that we don’t think either Puffy bed is necessarily the best option for heavy people. This isn’t a criticism of Puffy by the way. It more so has to do with the all-foam constructions of each mattress. Generally speaking, we typically recommend larger size folks stick with hybrid and innerspring beds given coils tend to be more durable and supportive than all-foam foundations. If you weigh over 250 pounds, you might want to check out our list of the Best Beds For Heavy People.

More Affordable Than The Lux

The Original Puffy mattress is quite bit more affordable than the Puffy Lux. Comparing the MSRP for a queen size, you’re looking at about $1,150 for the Original Puffy and $1,800 for the Lux model.

However, don’t let the numbers above scare you off. Puffy is one of the most aggressive online mattress companies when it comes to deals, discounts and coupon codes. You can almost always expect to receive a $250-$300 discount on your purchase. You might want to check Puffy.com to see what promotion the company is currently offering.

As you might imagine given its title, the Puffy Lux is the company’s premium mattress offering. Here’s how it compares to the Original Puffy model.

Puffy Lux Foam Layers

The Puffy Lux mattress contains similar materials to that of the Original Puffy mattress, however, it does vary slightly. To be specific, the Puffy Lux mattress is 12″ thick and comprised of four foam layers (as opposed to three). For the bottom, the Puffy Lux uses the same dense support foam as the original model, except it’s an inch thicker. Next, the Lux follows the lead of the Original Puffy by using 2″ of Climate Comfort Foam for its primary transition layer.

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The layers inside the Puffy Lux Mattress

Now, here is where things to really start to differ. On top of the transition foam is a 1.5″ layer of Dual Cloud Foam. This layer is exclusive to the Puffy Lux mattress. The company states this layer is there to conform to your body’s curves and provide deep pressure relief. On top is a 1.5″ layer of Cooling Cloud Foam, which we’ve already discussed above.

To wrap things up and make the constriction portion of this comparison crystal clear, the Puffy Lux is 2″ thicker than the original model and contains a special layer of foam that sits just beneath the primary comfort layer.

Unique Memory Foam Feel

As we mentioned above, the top layer on both Puffy mattresses is very comparable to memory foam in terms of feel and functionality. With the Puffy Lux, the secondary comfort layer is similar to that of memory foam as well, which is why we say the Lux has more of a true memory foam feel compared to the original model.

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The Puffy Lux has a light, airy memory foam feel

However, the two layers combined give the bed more of what we consider to be a light, airy memory foam feel. The top layers just don’t feel quite as dense as say the top layers on the Loom & Leaf mattress, for example.

Our team found this type of memory foam feel extremely comfortable. The Puffy Lux is one of those beds you can’t wait to plop down on after a long day on your feet. As you lay down on the bed, your sort of nestle-in to the top layers, which at the same time slowly form to your body and cradle your hips and shoulders. It’s a very comforting sensation, that is if you like memory foam.

Who The Puffy Lux Is Best For

In our opinion, the Puffy Lux mattress is slightly softer than the original model thanks to the additional top comfort layer. We think it lands in-between a medium-soft and medium on the firmness scale.

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Puffy Lux is a great mattress for side sleepers

The mattress will work for back and stomach sleepers, just like the Original Puffy mattress, however, given the Lux is a little more plush, we actually think it’s the more optimal choice for side sleepers. At the end of the day, the top two layers on the Lux mattress just provide a little more pressure relief than the 2″ comfort layer on the Original Puffy mattress.

Puffy Lux vs Original Review Verdict

The two beds are similar in a lot of respects, but in our eyes, the decision really boils down to three main factors:

Budget – If you’re on a tight budget, the Original Puffy mattress is no question the way to go. You’ll likely save about $700 going with the OG model.

Feel – This is a personal preference decision. If you like the feel of memory foam, Puffy Lux is the clear choice. If you’re indifferent or you’re not a fan of memory foam, the Original Puffy is the better option since it has more of what we consider to be a neutral-foam feel.

Side Sleepers – If you spend the majority of the night on your side, you’ll appreciate the Puffy Lux a little more given it’s slightly softer than the Original Puffy mattress.

That’s it for this comparison. Hopefully we cleared up any confusion regarding the two Puffy mattresses.

Review team

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • Jon Gomez

    Side Sleeper

Overview Of Puffy Company Policies

Puffy, like the majority of online mattress companies, makes it very easy and enticing for customers to purchase their products. Both of their mattresses come with free shipping via FedEx and will arrive at your door compressed and rolled up in a manageable-to-move box.

Once your Puffy mattress arrives, the company gives you 101 nights to test out the bed risk-free. That means if you find the bed isn’t your cup of tea, you can get your money back in full. All you have to do is contact the Puffy customer support team and they’ll arrange for the mattress to be removed from your home. The entire refund/return process usually takes around 2-3 weeks.

If you do decide to keep the bed though, it comes backed by a lifetime warranty. This is pretty unusual in the online bedding industry. Most companies just offer a 10 year warranty.

Cover On Both Puffy Mattresses

Now that we’ve discussed differences, it’s important to note that both mattresses contain a fairly unique cover. To be specific, the cover on both beds is stain-resistant and machine washable. Like the warranty, this is pretty unusual in the mattress industry.

As you can see above, liquids just bead right off the cover. This is a nice feature for people who either don’t use a mattress protector or eat and drink in bed frequently. Further, it’s incredibly convenient that if the cover does happen to get dirty, all you have to do unzip it and throw it in the washer. With most other bed-in-a-box mattresses, you’re stuck having to spot clean dirty areas yourself with water and mild detergent.