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.

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Puffy vs. Purple Mattress Overview

Puffy and Purple are two popular — and highly comfortable — mattresses. Both can make you sigh with relief when you finally get into bed after a long day. So how do you pick Puffy vs. Purple? Our guide can help. At a glance, here are some of the highlights of these beds:

  • 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.
  • Temperature regulation — The Hyper-Elastic Polymer material Purple mattresses use allows 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, including the popular Puffy adjustable base.

If you’re curious about a particular aspect of Purple mattress vs. Puffy, you can use these links to take you to specific sections of the review:

Puffy vs. Purple Video Comparison 

Design & Construction

Both Puffy and Purple have three layers, but the Puffy mattress is slightly thicker than Purple. The key difference in the construction of these two beds is the top comfort layer since each brand uses a proprietary material. Also, Puffy comes with a removable, machine-washable cover while Purple does not.

Puffy Mattress Construction and Design

The Puffy mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed that consists of three layers:

  • Support layer — This is a dense layer of supportive foam.
  • Transition layer — A polyfoam layer makes up the middle.
  • Comfort layer — This layer is a proprietary foam Puffy calls its Cooling Cloud Comfort Layer, which is one of the more unique memory foams we’ve tested. It’s light and airy, and it doesn’t contour your body as much as other memory foam beds we’ve tested.
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A look inside the Puffy mattress

The bed has 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. The beverage that Slumber Yard team member Jeff spilled on the mattress just rolled off the side.

The cover is also machine washable. Most other bed-in-a-box mattresses have covers that require you to spot clean dirty areas.

Purple Mattress Construction and Design

Here’s how the Original Purple’s three layers break down: 

  • Support layer — Purple starts with four inches of dense foam as the bed’s foundation.
  • Transition layer — This layer is 3.25″ and almost two pounds of polyurethane foam. It neutralizes the dense foam beneath it.
  • Comfort layer — This two-inch layer is made of Purple’s unique 2″ layer of the brand’s patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s comfortable and provides great pressure relief.

The cover that pulls it all together cannot be machine washed. It needs to be spot cleaned instead.

Firmness And Feel

So what about Puffy compared to Purple in terms of firmness and feel? Let’s look at firmness first.

Overall, we’d rate the Puffy mattress at around a medium on the firmness scale. It’s an accommodating mattress. We’d also rate Purple around a medium, but it’s a bit hard to determine because of its unique Hyper-Elastic Polymer layer.

Moving onto feel, this is really where you’ll notice a difference in the Puffy mattress vs. Purple. Puffy’s top layer is made from its Cooling Cloud Foam, which is light and airy, instead of thick and dense like traditional memory foam. 

As a result, Puffy has a blended, soft foam feel. We find it very comfortable and accommodating for a variety of sleepers.

How about Purple? Any time you read about this mattress brand, you’re going to hear about its signature Hyper-Elastic Polymer.

Purple might be the most unique mattress company on earth because of that hyper-elastic polymer. It resembles more of a gel or silicone-like material than foam. Regardless, it’s soft, flexible and supportive. You can stretch it 15 times its original state, and it will immediately pop back to its original form.

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.

Other Factors to Consider

If you have the bed to yourself, you can move around to your heart’s content. But if you share with someone, there are some things to consider to make sure you both get a good night’s rest. Here’s how Puffy compared to Purple in these categories.

Motion Isolation

Motion isolation means that if one person moves, the other person shouldn’t be disturbed. Puffy does a good job in this category, as does Purple.

Edge Support

When a mattress has good edge support, you don’t feel like you’re going to fall off the bed because it won’t compress or feel weak at the edges. Puffy has satisfying edge support. With Purple, we found that the Original mattress doesn’t have as good of edge support as other options, but it’s still pretty good.

Temperature

Like most mattresses, Puffy sleeps 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.

On the other hand, Purple’s 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.

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.

Body Type Analysis

When you’re looking for a new mattress, it’s important to factor in your body type to understand how a bed will feel. In general, lighter folks will exert less pressure on a mattress, making it feel firmer. Conversely, heavier individuals will sink in so that beds will feel plusher to them. Knowing this can help you decide between Puffy or Purple.

Petite

These mattresses will feel a little firmer to petite people because they put less pressure on the mattress, but petite sleepers are still likely to find both comfortable.

Normal

In terms of firmness and feel, most mattresses are designed with the average-sized person in mind. That’s also the perspective from which we write our reviews. In this case, we think that either of these beds would suit an average-sized individual — as long as you like the feel of the material.

Heavy 

We don’t think the original Puffy mattress is the most ideal choice for heavy people (250+ lb), and neither is Purple Original. We almost always recommend big people go with a hybrid or innerspring mattress that contains coils for extra support. We’d recommend large folks go with one of the New Purple Mattresses, which contain individually pocketed coils.

Sleeper Type Analysis

The position in which you sleep also plays an important role in how a mattress will feel to you. Here’s how Puffy vs. Purple mattress stack up in terms of sleeper types.

Side Sleepers

Side sleepers will find both Purple and Puffy to be comfortable options. Each mattress offers a good amount of pressure relief, so your hips and shoulders are cradled all night.

Combo Sleepers

Either Puffy or Purple will work for combination sleepers, even if you’re switching sleeping positions all night. There’s enough pressure relief (for side sleepers) and support (for back and stomach sleepers) to accommodate everyone.

Back & Stomach Sleepers

Both beds offer enough lower back and trunk support for back and stomach sleepers. If you sleep in one of these two positions, you should like the feel of either Purple or Puffy (unless you’re over 250 lbs, as we discussed earlier).

Puffy Company Policies

When you’re considering Puffy mattress vs. Purple, you want to make sure you’ll like the one you pick in the end. For that reason, Puffy has several buyer-friendly policies to make it easier for you:

  • Shipping — Puffy mattresses come with free shipping.
  • Trial period — Your mattress has a 101-night trial period.
  • Returns — You can send your Puffy mattress back for free for a refund if you don’t find it as comfortable as you’d hoped.
  • 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.

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Puffy Lux vs. Purple

Puffy also offers the more luxurious Puffy Lux, which can add even more questions if you start adding Purple mattress vs. Puffy Lux to the question. Here’s a quick video that compares Puffy Lux and Purple directly.

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

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Grid formation allows for a lot of airflow

Purple vs. Puffy will likely come down to feel because Purple mattress isn’t like other mattresses you’ve tried. If you’re looking for something unique, Purple might be the way to go.

Purple Sleep Policies

If you’re worried about Purple mattress vs. Puffy when it comes to buying policies, no need to worry. Purple also has policies that help you feel confident in getting your money’s worth:

  • Shipping — Purple offers free shipping.
  • Trial period — This USA-made mattress has a 100-night trial period to try it out.
  • Returns — You can return the mattress for free during the trial period if you don’t like it.
  • Warranty — Purple has a 10-year warranty to make sure it’s worth the investment.

Purple also has some great accessories to add to your bedroom:

Purple Hybrid vs. Puffy

Purple also offers the Purple Hybrid, Purple Hybrid Premier 3, and Purple Hybrid Premier 4. These use pocketed coils for support instead of foam. 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.

If you’re looking for more support through the coils but like the unique feel of Purple, you may prefer a Purple Hybrid vs. Puffy and its all-foam construction.

Puffy vs. Purple Pricing

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. Here are the prices without any discounts:

SizePurple OriginalPuffy
Twin $599$795
Twin XL$799$825
Full$999$995
Queen$1,149$1,150
King/California King$1,449$1,350

Purple vs. Puffy Mattress Review Verdict

If you’re still having trouble deciding between Purple vs. Puffy, ask yourself three questions:

  • What’s your budget? If it’s around $1,000, you’re left with Puffy and the Original Purple. You won’t be able to afford the more luxury versions.
  • 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.
  • Do you sleep hot? If you do, Purple wins.
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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.