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Puffy vs Purple Mattress

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

Last Updated: June 1, 2020

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 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.”
Purple Original Unique $100 Off Discount In CartThe 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.

Puffy Mattress vs Purple Quick Synopsis

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 sort of blended, neutral-foam feel. The Purple mattresses, on the other hand, have a very 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.

However, those are just the quick facts. Obviously, there are more details you should know before purchasing. By the way, if you’re more interested in hearing about how the Puffy Lux compares to Purple, you can use the links below to quickly skip ahead to the specific section you’re looking for.

For now, let’s get back to the major points you need know about the Original Puffy mattress.

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 a few years back. Enough about all that though, let’s get into the actual bed (literally).

Puffy Mattress Construction & Feel

The Puffy mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed that is comprised of three layers. It has a dense layer of support foam on the bottom, a polyfoam transition layer and then a layer of proprietary foam on top, which the company calls its “Cooling Cloud Comfort Layer.” Don’t let the fancy term confuse you, though, it really just 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 quite contour or hug your body as much as the top layer on a lot of other memory foam beds we’ve tested.

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

Given the top layer is only 2″ thick and doesn’t quite 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 just want a soft, comforting foam, then the Puffy mattress is definitely a safe pick.

Special Mattress Cover

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

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Up close with Puffy’s cover

But wait, I’m not done yet. 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. It’s as simple as that. 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 actually the more affordable option. How you ask? Well, Puffy is much more aggressive than Purple when it comes to sales, discounts and promo codes.

You can typically expect to receive 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 they’re currently offering. Purple will offer discounts from time to time, but not as frequently as Puffy.

Firmness & Body Type

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

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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 actually 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.

Other Considerations

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. Honestly, 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.</a We also found that the perimeter of the bed held up well, which is important when your partner decides to roll over and hog the middle of the bed, leaving you stranded near the edge.

Puffy Lux vs Purple – 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.

We hope you found the video above helpful. 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 a big of memory foam; or (3) sleep primarily on your back or stomach.

Puffy Lux vs Purple Hybrid 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 boils down to the same feel, firmness and sleeping position preferences.

With that said, there is one more major difference you’ll want to be aware of. That’s the fact that the Purple Hybrid mattresses use coils for their 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 might just be the most unique mattress company on earth. All of their mattresses use a patented material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which is not a foam material. It actually resembles more of a gel or silicone-like material. Regardless, it’s very 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 a bit too weird. You really should try it for yourself. You used to be able to order samples on the company’s website before you pull the trigger on a mattress.

Purple Mattress Lineup

As far as the actual beds, 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 comprised 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, really, all the 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 than 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 not only compress, but also 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 just better suited to handle the pressure big people exert on a bed.

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Solid edge support with the Purple Hybrid models

It’s also worth noting that all four Purple mattresses use dense foam side rails along their 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

Now, you might be wondering how the new Purple mattress models are different. Well, really they’re largely the same expect 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 (Hyper-Elastic Polymer is a pricey material).

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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’d slightly disagree (in a positive way). We actually 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 very 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 just 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.

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Grid formation allows for a lot of airflow

The result is a neutral or cool sleeping bed the 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, all things considered.

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 actually 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.

We hope this comparison has been helpful. Thanks for reading.

Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Jon Gomez

    Side Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper