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Puffy vs Purple Mattress

Puffy vs Purple Mattress

See which popular online mattress is right for you in this Purple vs Puffy review.

Last Updated: September 11, 2020

Matt Ross

Puffy and Purple are two of the most recognizable online mattress brands. In this post, we'll cover the major differences between the original Puffy and all four Purple beds so you can gain a better understanding of which mattress is right for your particular body type and sleeping preferences.

Puffy Mattress vs. Purple Mattress Comparison Overview

If you’re a busy person and don’t have much time to read this whole post, the differences between these two brands can summarized by three major factors:

  • Price — The Puffy mattress is generally more affordable than all four Purple beds (after discount).
  • Feel — The Puffy mattress has a blended, neutral-foam feel. The Purple mattresses, on the other hand, have a unique gel-like feel. It just depends on what you personally like.
  • Temperature Regulation — The Hyper-Elastic Polymer material Purple mattresses use allow for great airflow. If you’re a hot sleeper, Purple beds are the better option.
  • Other notes — Both beds are compatible with adjustable bed frame bases and other foundations that have next-to-no give.

Jump-To Links For This Comparison:

Puffy Mattress Vs. Purple Mattress Video

Let’s get back to the major points you need know about the Original Puffy mattress.

Puffy Mattress Review

The Puffy mattress has taken off in recent years. The company has a done a great job marketing the bed. It was even featured on the Ellen Show.

Puffy Mattress Construction And Feel

The Puffy mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed that consists of three layers. It has a dense layer of support foam on the bottom, a polyfoam transition layer and a layer of proprietary foam on top, which the company calls its Cooling Cloud Comfort Layer. It feels like memory foam.

A look inside the Puffy mattress

However, the top layer doesn’t feel like your typical memory foam. It’s actually one of the more unique memory foams we’ve tested. It’s sort of light and airy. The top layer is soft and comfortable, but it doesn’t contour or hug your body as much as the top layer on a lot of other memory foam beds we’ve tested.

puffy mattress review stomach sleeper
Soft, neutral-foam feel with a hint of memory foam

Given the top layer is only 2″ thick and doesn’t conform to your body the way traditional memory foam does, we’d say the bed has more of a neutral-foam feel overall. All in all, we think the bed is extremely comfortable. If you want a soft, comforting foam, the Puffy mattress is a safe pick.

Puffy’s Special Mattress Cover

Besides its unique top layer, the Puffy mattress has another noteworthy component: the bed’s removable, stain-resistant cover. As you can see below, the beverage that Slumber Yard team member Jeff spills on the mattress beads right off the side. This is a nice feature for people who like to eat and drink in bed.

puffy mattress review cover
Up close with Puffy’s cover

The cover is also machine washable, meaning if it does happen to get dirty, all you have to do is unzip it and throw it in your washer. Most other bed-in-a-box mattresses have covers that require you to carefully spot clean dirty areas.

Puffy Is More Affordable (After Discounts)

Although the Puffy mattress technically has a higher MSRP than the Original Purple mattress, it’s the more affordable option. Puffy is much more aggressive than Purple when it comes to sales, discounts and promo codes.

You can sometimes get a $250-$300 discount on your Puffy mattress purchase. That would bring a queen size down into the $850-$900 range, which is $200-$300 cheaper than the queen size Original Purple mattress. It might be a good idea to check Puffy.com to see what kind of promotion it is currently offering. Purple will offer discounts from time to time but not as frequently as Puffy.

Puffy Mattress Pricing:

SIZEPRICE (MSRP)
Twin$795
Twin XL$825
Full$995
Queen$1,150
King$1,350
Cal King$1,350

Purple Mattress Pricing:

SIZEPRICE (MSRP)
Twin$649
Twin XL$749
Full$949
Queen$1,099
King$1,399
Cal King$1,399

Firmness And Body Type

Overall, we’d rate the Puffy mattress at around a medium on the firmness scale. It’s an accommodating mattress. We think all types of sleepers will be fine on this bed. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a back, stomach or side sleeper.

puffy mattress review firmness and feel

One thing I would note, though, is that we don’t think the original Puffy mattress is the most ideal choice for heavy people (250+ lb). That’s not a knock against Puffy. We almost always recommend big people go with a hybrid or innerspring mattress that contains coils for extra support. For the purposes of this comparison though, we’d recommend large folks go with one of the New Purple Mattresses, which contain individually pocketed coils.

Puffy Pros And Cons

Pros

  • It comes with a trial period. Your mattress has a 101-night trial period. You get free shipping when it comes to you, and if you decide you don’t like it, you can send it back for free too.
  • It has a lifetime warranty. The company is so confident in its product that it offers a lifetime warranty that the mattress will keep its shape and have good quality.
  • This mattress relieves pressure. If pressure is a concern for you when you’re sleeping, this mattress is a good option.

Cons

  • It is soft. Some people might not like the soft feel of the mattress.
  • It has soft edges. If you need exceptional edge support, consider this mattress carefully. 
  • It is more expensive. This mattress costs more than average, so you’ll need to decide if it’s worth the features.

Other Puffy products

Puffy Mattress Ratings

  • BBB Rating: A
  • Amazon Reviews: Puffy mattresses are not available on Amazon

Other Considerations With Puffy

In terms of coolness, we’d rate the Puffy mattress as temperature neutral. We don’t think you’ll warm up on this bed. However, it also won’t actively cool you down throughout the night. That’s how most all-foam bed-in-a-box mattresses behave, so it’s not a big shock.

Lastly, the Puffy mattress performs well when it comes to motion isolation and edge support. These are two important factors for couples to consider.

The bed deadens movement well. That means you won’t be disturbed by your partner’s movements, which will hopefully lead to a more restful night of sleep. We also found the perimeter of the bed held up well.

Puffy Lux vs. Purple Mattress Video Comparison

Here’s a quick video that compares Puffy Lux and Purple directly. As you will find out, the primary differences between the two beds ultimately comes down to your budget, feel preference and primary sleeping position.

Bottom line, we’d recommend the Puffy Lux if you (1) sleep primarily on your side; or (2) like the feel of memory foam. On the other side of the coin, we’d recommend Purple if you (1) are working with a limited budget; (2) are not big of memory foam; or (3) sleep primarily on your back or stomach.

Puffy Lux vs. Purple Hybrid Mattress Comparison

If you watched the video above, many of the same principles still apply. The main differences between the Puffy Lux and Purple Hybrid beds ultimately boil down to the same feel, firmness and sleeping position preferences.

With that said, there is one more major difference. The Purple Hybrid mattresses use coils for the support foundation rather than dense foam. Accordingly, the Purple Hybrid mattresses are the more ideal choice for heavy people. Bottom line, if you weigh around 250 pounds or more, we’d highly recommend going with one of the Purple Hybrid options over Puffy Lux.

Purple Mattress Review

Purple Mattress Construction & Feel

Purple might be the most unique mattress company on earth. All of its mattresses use a patented material called hyper-elastic polymer, which is not a foam material. It resembles more of a gel or silicone-like material. Regardless, it’s soft, flexible and supportive. You can actually stretch it 15 times its original state and it will immediately pop back to its original form. Try doing that with foam. It truly is one of a kind.

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Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer is super responsive

However, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is not for everyone. Some people absolutely love it and some people think it’s too weird. You should try it for yourself.

Purple Mattress Lineup

Purple offers four different models— Original Purple, Purple Hybrid, Purple Hybrid Premier 3, and Purple Hybrid Premier 4. The original Purple is a 10″ thick mattress composed of multiple layers of polyurethane foam and a 2″ slab of Hyper-Elastic Polymer on top. We’d give the original Purple mattress a medium firmness designation, but all Purple mattresses have such a unique feel that it’s hard to put an exact finger on firmness.

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Jeff needs to get back to work

The Purple Hybrid mattresses (formerly known as New Purple 2/3/4) are different from the original in that they use pocketed coils for their main support system rather than dense polyurethane foam. As such, we’d recommend heavy folks go with one of the Purple Hybrid mattress models. Coils provide bi-directional support, meaning they compress and push back against pressure. Additionally, coils have proven to be more durable over long periods of time than support foams, which is why these new models are better suited to handle the pressure big people exert on a bed.

new purple mattress review edge support
Solid edge support with the Purple Hybrid models

It’s also worth noting that all four Purple mattresses use dense foam side rails along the perimeter for edge support purposes. This is good news for folks who share a smaller size bed with a partner or pet.

Difference Between New Purple Mattresses

You might be wondering how the new Purple mattress models are different. They’re largely the same except for the thickness of the top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. The base Purple Hybrid mattress uses a 2″ layer of polymer, the Hybrid Premier 3 uses a 3″ layer, and so on. The cost of the bed also goes up as you increase the thickness.

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A closer look at the special top layer

In terms of sleeper type, the company likes to say the base Purple Hybrid is best for back and stomach sleepers (it’s the firmest), the Hybrid Premier 4 is best for side sleepers (has the most immersive experience with the polymer material) and the Hybrid Premier 3 is best for combo sleepers (it’s somewhere in the middle). However, we think all Purple models (including the original) are ideal for all kinds of sleepers.

Slumber Yard team member Matt can vouch for that. He’s a combo sleeper and personally sleeps on a Purple Hybrid Premier 4 and loves it even though the company recommends that model for side sleepers. Bottom line, we think the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material finds a nice balance between support and pressure relief.

Excellent Temperature Regulation

Another nice thing about Purple beds is that they do a great job with temperature regulation. Hyper-Elastic Polymer is a naturally cooler material than foam. Further, the design in which the polymer is laid out helps, as well. It’s organized in a grid formation, which creates rows, columns and pockets for air to flow freely.

purple mattress topper hyper-elastic polymer
Grid formation allows for a lot of airflow

The result is a neutral or cool sleeping bed that provides great airflow throughout the night. If you’re a person that tends to heat up at night, it’s hard to beat Purple mattresses.

Purple Pros And Cons

Pros

  • It has cooling technology. If you’re a hot sleeper, Purple mattresses are some of the best to keep you cool and comfortable at night. 
  • It has a long trial period. This USA-made mattress has a 100-night trial period and free shipping and returns to make it easy to try it out. Even after this period, it has a 10-year warranty to make sure it’s worth the investment.
  • It has a unique design. The design can be a huge winner for some people, and it offers good pressure relief for all sleepers. 

ons

  • It’s not firm. If you’re looking for something with a lot of firmness, this isn’t the mattress for you.
  • It weighs a lot. These mattresses are heavy, which can make them harder to deal with if you’re moving or like to rearrange furniture.
  • It lacks edge support. The Original mattress doesn’t have as good of edge support as other options.

Other Purple products

Purple Mattress Ratings

Final Considerations With Purple

Lastly, as long as both partners agree on the feel, we do think Purple mattresses are viable options for couples. We’ve already touched on edge support above, but surprisingly the beds also do a good job of deadening movement. You might not think so given how responsive and sort of bouncy the polymer material is, but it does a decent job of limiting cross-bed motion.

Purple Beds vs. Puffy Review Verdict

If you’ve read this far, you’ve hopefully been able to point out where these two brands differ throughout the overview of each bed. However, if you’re still having trouble deciding, ask yourself three questions.

First, what’s your budget? If it’s around $1,000, you’re left with Puffy and the Original Purple.

Next, do you want a soft foam feel? If you do, Puffy is the clear winner. If you’re not sure, you might want to give one of the Purple beds a try.

Lastly, do you sleep hot? If you do, Purple wins.

Which one should I buy?

Puffy is a soft, warm mattress while Purple is great for hot sleepers. The Puffy mattresses are less expensive than the Purple mattresses.

SizePuffyPurple
10”$495-$1050
12”$1195-$1695
9.25”
$599-$1398
11”
$1174-$2473
13”
$1749-$3648

Puffy Vs Purple Comparison

AT A GLANCEHEADLINE
Puffy Original AT A GLANCE Mixed Foam HEADLINE Puffy is one of the best known online mattresses. It has three layers of foam and a comfortable, accommodating “feel.”
Purple Original AT A GLANCE Unique HEADLINE The Original Purple mattress is one of the most sought after beds online. It’s completely unique and is a great option for those that are interested in trying something new. It’s one of the only beds to feature Hyper-Elastic Polymer, a proprietary comfort material.

Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Jon Gomez

    Side Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper

The Purchasing Process With Purple & Puffy

A lot of folks out there don’t really know what a bed-in-a-box is. They’re used to shopping for a new bed in their local brick-and-mortar mattress store. Well, times have changed. Online mattress companies now make it extremely easy for consumers to test their beds. Let’s start with Puffy.

The original Puffy mattress ships for free and arrives at your doorstep compressed and rolled-up in a box (hence the term bed-in-a-box). You’ll unpack the box, unroll the mattress, and set it up yourself. Once it arrives, the company gives you a 101-night risk-free trial period to test out the bed. If you decide you don’t like the Puffy mattress for any reason during this period, no worries, just contact the company and they’ll arrange for it to be picked up free of charge. Once you show proof the mattress has been picked up, the company will issue you a full refund. Pretty easy, right?

Puffy also backs their mattresses with a lifetime warranty. You can read more about it on their website. We always recommend reading up on company warranties before purchasing.

The Original Purple and base Hybrid mattress, like Puffy, ships for free and arrives at your doorstep. The only difference is that it arrives in a protective bag rather than a box. The Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses, though, come with free white glove delivery. Basically, an actual human will deliver the mattress and set it up for you (they’re heavy).

Purple offers a 100-night risk-free trial period with all their mattresses. It works basically the same way as Puffy’s (except it’s one night less). Purple also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. You can learn more about what the warranty entails on the company’s website.

FAQs

Is Puffy better than Purple?

Not necessarily. Puffy is a better option if you have a limited budget and want a super soft memory foam mattress. Purple is better if you are a hot sleeper. They both have their pros and cons. You might love your Purple mattress but not like the Puffy mattress. It could be the opposite for someone else.

Is Puffy or Puffy Lux better?

Puffy Lux has a more luxurious, super soft feel to it with more pressure relief. Puffy (the original) is a bit firmer than the Lux. So, it depends on which one you would prefer.