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Puffy vs TempurPedic Mattress

Check out our comparison of the Puffy mattress and TempurPedic.

Last Updated: February 6, 2020

Puffy and TempurPedic are both hugely successful mattress brands, but Puffy sells mostly on the online market while TempurPedic has made a name for themselves among brick-and-mortar retailers. They released the TEMPUR-Adapt series to compete with other online mattresses, and in this comparison we’re going to discuss the reasons why you might choose one mattress over the other.

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.”
TempurPedic TEMPUR-Adapt Memory Foam Check Current Offers Applied in CartThe TempurPedic TEMPUR-Adapt is an accommodating memory foam mattress that is available in both Medium and Medium Hybrid options.

There’s a lot of info to cover in this comparison, but here are the main points we’ll be touching on:

  • Price — Puffy retails around $1,150 and the cheapest mattress in the TEMPUR-Adapt Series is $2,200, for the queen size.
  • Feel — Blended soft foam feel vs traditional memory foam feel.
  • Construction — Puffy is an all-foam mattress and TempurPedic offers hybrid options.
  • Body Type — Puffy is best for petite to medium sized folks, but all body types will find an accommodating TempurPedic mattress.
  • Firmness — Puffy comes in a medium firmness level, but you can choose between several with Tempurpedic.
  • Cover — Puffy has a “stain resistant” and machine washable cover, and TempurPedic has a cooling cover.

Now let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this comparison. By the way, if you came here looking to research how the Puffy Lux compares to TempurPedic, you can use the link below to skip ahead directly to that specific section.

Introducing Puffy Vs TempurPedic

If you’re not familiar with the bed-in-a-box mattress space, there are several brands who’re at the top of the totem pole, including Puffy. About a year ago, the brand was featured on The Ellen Show, and they’ve earned quite a reputation since they started business. We think it has a great value because it’s the average price of a bed-in-a-box, but it’s equipped with additional features that are kind of hard to come by.

If you’ve heard of memory foam, odds are, you’ve heard of TempurPedic before. They’re a huge luxury memory foam brand you can find in countless stores, or online. We tested out their newer TEMPUR-Adapt series, which is supposed to go head-to-head with the top online mattress companies who keep growing in popularity. The models include TEMPUR-Adapt, TEMPUR-ProAdapt, and TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt. So if you’re a sucker for the finer things in life, we think you’ll really like TempurPedic.

A Look At The Inside Of A Puffy Mattress

We wanted to get a better idea of what a Puffy mattress is made of, so we went ahead and cut it open (don’t try this at home folks). We saw that it was 10” thick and constructed with three layers of foam.

The foundation of the mattress is made with 6” of dense support foam, and next is a 2” layer of the company’s proprietary foam called “Climate Comfort Foam.” Proprietary foam is a term to describe a particular kind of foam that was made by a brand, for the brand. In this case, it functions as a solid transition layer to neutralize the feeling of the dense support foam underneath it.

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The layers that make up a Puffy mattress

The top layer is made out of another proprietary foam called “Cooling Cloud Foam”. It’s a gel infused visco polyurethane foam, but speaking in much simpler terms, it’s basically gel memory foam. It was made using Puffy’s Variable Pressure Foaming process, meaning the foam was manufactured in an environmentally friendly manner.

Puffy Cover

If you’re somebody who values cleanliness in all aspects of your life, we think you’re going to really like the Puffy cover. It’s supposedly stain resistant and is removable and machine washable. The cover is a little harder to take off than others we’ve tested out, like the one on Yogabed, but we’re able to turn a blind eye to that because of its machine washable feature.

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Puffy’s soft machine washable cover

We’re surprised there aren’t more brands who manufacture their beds with a machine washable cover. There are many who say their cover is removable, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to throw in the wash. So we think this feature is a huge plus, especially if you’re an avid snacker in bed or if you have messy little ones under your roof.

Feel And Firmness Of Puffy

In the beginning of 2019, Puffy made an update to their mattress which changed the overall feel of the bed. They used to use 4” of the Cooling Cloud Foam we just mentioned earlier, but now they use 2” instead, and also incorporated the 2” transition foam layer. So we previously thought Puffy had a memory foam feel, but after the update, it feels more like a soft foam blend.

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Jeff testing the soft foam blend feel of Puffy

You still get a slight memory foam feel from the top layer, but it’s more airy and light than the dense memory foam people are familiar with. We would say it feels like somewhere in between memory foam and neutral foam. We’ll even go out on a limb and say it might be a good mattress for folks who don’t usually love memory foam.

On our scale from soft to firm, we rated it a medium. We think it feels like a nice balance between supportive, but pressure relieving.

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Therefore, we think Puffy is a good mattress for all sleeper types. Whether you’re a back, side, stomach, or combo sleeper, we think Puffy will be comfortable and accommodating.

Comparing Puffy and TempurPedic Prices

There is a decent price difference between Puffy and TempurPedic. Puffy is around the average bed-in-a-box price, and TempurPedic is an ultra luxury mattress. Without applying discounts, a queen size Puffy goes for about $1,150 and TEMPUR-Adapt, the cheapest mattress in the TEMPUR-Adapt Series retails around $2,200 (for a queen). And, for the record, in most cases

From there, it goes up to around $3,000 for TEMPUR-ProAdapt, and about $4,000 for TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt. They both run promotions, but Puffy is more aggressive about discount offers than TempurPedic. As a rule of thumb we always suggest you head over to Puffy.com or TempurPedic.com to see their current price.

So it’s safe to say Puffy has the edge when it comes to price, but not everyone is price conscious when they look to buy a mattress. Some people consider it an investment like a house or a car, while others are fine with something on the less expensive side, as long as it’s comfortable. It all depends on your preference, and what kind of person you are.

Puffy Lux vs TempurPedic Comparison

For those of you who are unaware, Puffy also offers another mattress called the Lux. As its name implies, the Lux is Puffy’s more luxurious foam mattress. Below are the major points you need to know when considering the Puffy Lux and TempurPedic mattresses.

  • Design – The Puffy Lux is an all-foam mattress that totals 12″ thick. TempurPedic beds come in both all-foam and hybrid models. If you weigh over ~250 pounds, we’d recommend going with one of the TempurPedic Hybrid beds for added support.
  • Price – Although both mattresses are more expensive than your standard online bed, the Puffy Lux is the more affordable option. For comparison purposes, you’re looking at about $1,500 for a queen size Lux after discounts and $2,000 for a queen size TempurPedic mattress.
  • Feel – Both beds have a memory foam feel, but they do differ slightly. TempurPedic beds tend to have a deep, dense memory foam feel, while the Puffy Lux has more of a light, airy memory foam feel.
  • Firmness – In our opinion, the Puffy Lux mattress lands on the soft end of the firmness scale. TempurPedic beds come in a variety of firmness profiles, but for the most part, they tend to be firmer than the Puffy Lux.
  • Sleeping Positions – Given the respective firmness ratings of the mattresses, we’d recommend the Puffy Lux for primary side sleepers and TempurPedic for primary back and stomach sleepers.

Those are the big differences between the two beds/brands. We hope you found the summary above helpful. Keep reading for more information about TempurPedic mattresses in particular.

Construction And Materials Inside TempurPedic

TempurPedic has three models in the TEMPUR-Adapt series, and two of them come in a hybrid version. For the sake of time though, we’re just going to discuss the construction of the TEMPUR-ProAdapt model. It’s pretty similar to the other models, except for the density of the foams used, and the type of material used for the base (coils or foam).

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The construction of TEMPUR-ProAdapt (all-foam model)

Starting from the bottom, the TEMPUR-ProAdapt begins with a dense layer of support foam (or coils) to act as the foundation. Then you have transition foam, and several layers of memory foam at the top. The technical names for the foams are “TEMPUR-APR Support” and “TEMPUR-ES Comfort”, but they’re essentially just dense memory foams. Again, the construction will slightly vary if you go with a different model. You can see the exact construction of the other models over at TempurPedic.com.

TempurPedic’s Cover

We already discussed Puffy’s cover, now we’re going to talk about the perks of a TempurPedic cover. The beds in the TEMPUR-Adapt Series are all wrapped in a phase change cooling cover. It’s cool-to-the-touch, and helps regulate temperature better than traditional memory foam does. So if you’re somebody who tends to warm up in the middle of the night, you might like the TempurPedic cover.

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TempurPedic’s cool-to-the-touch cover

Remember when we mentioned some brands have a removable cover, but it’s not machine washable? You’re able to remove the cover on the mattresses in the TEMPUR-Adapt Series, but we don’t recommend it, because they’re not machine washable. The cover can be a little difficult to put back on, and we don’t think that effort is worth it if you aren’t washing it.

If you want to spot stain a spill, you can use warm water and a mild detergent to scrub it away. Just make sure not to get your mattress too wet, and wait until the spot is completely dry to put it back on.

How Does It Feel To Lay On TempurPedic?

TempurPedic is pretty much synonymous with the word memory foam, and considering the beds contain several layers of the material, they all have a distinct memory foam feel. A TempurPedic mattress feels a little firm at first, but memory foam softens after exposure to body heat. So after a few seconds, you slowly start to sink into the bed and the memory foam layers contour to the curves of your body.

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Owen getting hugged by the deep viscous memory foam layers

As far as the mattresses’ firmness levels go, it depends on your body weight and height. The more you weigh, the softer a mattress is going to feel. With that being said, here is how we rated the TEMPUR-Adapt mattresses’ different firmness levels:

  • Soft: medium
  • Medium/Medium Hybrid: medium-firm
  • Firm: firm

TempurPedic also offers split king, and split California king mattresses for couples with different sleeper types.

These ratings were determined based on the perspective of an average sized-person. Again, the mattress will feel different depending on your weight. So if you’re heavy set, the beds will feel softer. If you’re petite, the beds will feel a little firmer.

Since there are several firmness levels to choose from, we think most sleeper types will be accommodated on a mattress in the TEMPUR-Adapt Series. Back and stomach sleepers will probably want to go with a firmer model to keep their spines aligned, and side sleepers will want to lean towards the softer model for more pressure relief.

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As far as combo sleepers, it could go one way or the other. Since memory foam is known to respond slowly to pressure, the resistance may make it more difficult to switch positions at night. On the other hand, the memory foam nestles your body as you sink into it, so it could actually prevent you from moving around so much.

If you’re a combo sleeper and you want to avoid any guessing games, take a look at the hybrid model because mattresses with coils tend to be much more responsive. Or check out our picks on the best mattresses for combination sleepers.

TempurPedic Is Better For Heavy Body Types Than Puffy

We just briefly discussed how a person’s body weight affects the feel of a mattress, but we also want to note that we don’t usually recommend all foam mattresses like Puffy to folks who weigh 250+ lbs.

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Here’s a look at the pocketed coils inside a hybrid TempurPedic mattress

Coils provide bi-directional support, and typically make a mattress more durable and long lasting. So in summary, we think heavy and obese people should consider a TEMPUR-Adapt hybrid model first. Puffy is best for petite to medium sized individuals, and the mattresses in the TEMPUR-Adapt series accommodate all body types.


We know you’re probably retaining a ton of information right now, so here are a few straightforward questions you can ask yourself to get closer to the right decision.

  • Do you dislike memory foam? You should look into Puffy instead of TempurPedic.
  • Would you want a mattress with a machine washable cover? It sounds like Puffy might be the winner.
  • Do you want to choose between firmness levels? TempurPedic offers a range of firmness levels.
  • Are you a shopper on a budget? Puffy is the more affordable option.
  • Are you 250+ lbs? We think you should consider a hybrid TempurPedic mattress that has coils.
  • Do you appreciate a long warranty? Puffy’s warranty coverage lasts a lifetime.

Thanks for choosing The Slumber Yard, as we’re always happy to help you with your sleep related needs. You can always take a look at the other mattress comparisons we’ve posted, and feel free to check out recent promotions from many different brands on our mattress deals page.

Review team

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

Overview Of Puffy & Tempurpedic Customer Policies

There are a few things you’ll want to know before you click that purchase button online. First things first, you’ll get free shipping with both brands, and TempurPedic offers free White Glove Delivery. That means you won’t have to do any of the dirty work, because one or two professionals will deliver and set up your mattress for you.

Next, they each offer a risk-free trial-period so you can make sure you’re 100% satisfied with your mattress. You’ll get 101 nights with Puffy, and 90 nights with TempurPedic. We think 3+ should be plenty of time for you to decide if you do or don’t like your new bed.

If you get to the end of your trial and you decide you want to return it, it’ll be free with Puffy but you’ll have to pay more than $100 to return your TempurPedic. We don’t love the fact they don’t offer free returns, but we understand because there are a few extra costs that come along with White Glove Delivery.

If you decide to keep your mattress, like most customers do, you’ll get warranty coverage with both Puffy and TempurPedic. The average period is 10 years, which is what you’ll get with TempurPedic. Puffy, however, gives their customers a lifetime warranty. That means as long as you own the mattress, and you aren’t stuffing it in the corner of your dusty garage, any manufacturing defects will be covered.