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Puffy Mattress vs Tuft & Needle Synopsis
Time is valuable, so we understand not everyone is going to want to read this whole post. If that’s you, here are the primary differences between these two beds.
- Feel — Both of these bed-in-a-box mattresses have what we consider to be a neutral-foam feel; however, the Puffy mattress does have a little bit of a memory foam feel to it thanks to its proprietary top layer.
- Sleeper Type — If you spend a lot of time on your side, we think Puffy will be the slightly better option.
- Price — Tuft & Needle is much more affordable than Puffy. If you’re on a budget, Tuft & Needle is the ticket.
- Special Cover – The removable cover on the Puffy mattress is both stain-resistant and machine washable.
Really, in our eyes, those are the main decision points. However, there’s always more you should consider. Keep reading to learn more.
Puffy Mattress Review
Puffy is somewhat new to the bed-in-a-box space, but they’ve quickly grown to become one of the most well-known brands in the industry. The Original Puffy mattress was even featured on The Ellen Show in early 2018. Let’s discuss some of the areas in which Puffy is preferable to Tuft & Needle.
Puffy Has A Unique Blended Foam Feel
The Puffy mattress is about 10″ thick and solely made out of foam materials. Here is a breakdown of the bed’s layers (yes, we cut it up to really get a feel for what the inside is like).
- Base layer – A thick slab of foam that primarily acts as the bed’s foundation and support structure
- Transition layer – Climate Comfort Foam is used in the middle to neutralize the harsh feel of the dense support foam
- Comfort layer – The company uses a foam called “Cooling Cloud Foam” which sort of feels like memory foam, but not like the memory foam you’re probably accustomed to.
Another noteworthy aspect of the Puffy mattress is its removable cover. No, the cover is not noteworthy because it’s removable (most bed-in-a-box mattress covers are removable), it’s noteworthy because it’s apparently stain resistant and machine washable. It’s one of the few online mattresses that have a cover you can just unzip and throw in your washer to get rid of dirt, grime and germs.
As you can see above, the liquid poured on the mattress simply beads right off the side. This is definitely a nice feature for folks who don’t use a mattress protector or like to enjoy a nice glass of wine while watching a movie in bed.
Puffy Firmness And Feel
Instead of soft, dense memory foam where you feel like you’re being engulfed by the material, the Cooling Cloud Foam has more of a light, airy memory foam feel. You sort of feel like you’re floating in a cloud of thin, delicate memory foam.
You still sink into the bed a little as you do with most memory foam mattresses, and the top layer conforms to your body’s shape a little, but not quite to the point of, say, the Nectar or Tomorrow Sleep memory foam mattresses.
As such, we’d say the Puffy mattress has more of what we call a neutral-foam feel but with a hint of memory foam. If you like memory foam, you’ll probably like the bed since it has an inkling of it, but even if you don’t, we’ve found that a lot of sleepers like Puffy since it has a neutral feel at the end of the day.
Overall, we think both beds land around a medium on the firmness scale, but we’d say the Tuft & Needle mattress is just a tad bit firmer out-of-the-box. Puffy is a tad bit softer and offers a little more pressure relief. Since the Cooling Cloud Foam top layer on the Puffy mattress resembles memory foam, it just does a little bit better of a job cradling your pressure points (hips and shoulders) than Tuft & Needle.
Tuft and Needle Review
Tuft & Needle was one of the early entrants in the bed-in-a-box industry and has achieved tremendous success ever since. The company even caught the eye of the mattress giant Serta Simmons in the form of an acquisition in early 2018. Let’s cover the areas in which the Original T&N mattress beats out the Puffy mattress.
Tuft & Needle Construction
The Tuft & Needle mattress is also 10″; however, it’s comprised of just two layers of foam.
- Base layer – The bed uses a dense slab of polyurethane to support you and the remaining layers of the mattress.
- Comfort layer – For the top layer, it uses what the company calls its “T&N Adaptive Foam,” which is just a proprietary foam. However, unlike the proprietary foam top layer the Puffy mattress uses, the T&N top layer has more of a pure-play neutral-foam feel.
Tuft And Needle Feel And Firmness
By neutral, we mean the bed is soft and comfortable like memory foam, but it doesn’t quite contour and hug your body the way memory foam does. It’s very responsive and feels like general, soft foam.
It’s important to note, there’s no winner or loser when it comes to feel. Every sleeper has different preferences. Some folks swear by memory foam and others hate it. Same thing with a neutral-foam feel. Some people like it and some people would rather have memory foam or an innerspring mattress.
Still, in our experience, it seems like most people like soft, neutral foam, like the T&N top layer. It’s just a little less divisive than memory foam.
Tuft and Needle Mint vs Puffy Lux Comparison
To this point, we’ve primarily concentrated on the flagship beds from both brands; however, the two companies also offer other mattresses as well. The Tuft & Needle Mint and Puffy Lux are the more premium all-foam options from both companies. In our eyes, here are the primary decision points between the two beds.
- Design – Both beds are 12″ thick. However, the Puffy Lux uses four layers instead of three. The top layer on the Mint mattress is comprised of T&N Adaptive Foam, while the Puffy Lux uses Cooling Cloud Foam (gel memory foam) for its comfort layer.
- Price – The Tuft & Needle Mint mattress is considerably more affordable without discounts. For comparison purposes, a queen-sized T&N Mint goes for around $1,200, while the Puffy Lux goes for approximately $1,800. With that said, Puffy tends to offer more discounts; therefore, in reality, the Lux actually ends up being about $400-$600 more when all is said and done.
- Feel – The Puffy Lux mattress has a light, airy memory foam feel. The Tuft & Needle Mint has more of a soft, neutral-foam feel.
Sleeper Type Analysis
Overall, we think both beds find a pretty decent balance between support and pressure relief. As such, we think both beds are suitable for all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself a primary back, stomach, or side sleeper.
Compared to Tuft & Needle, we think it gets the slight edge when it comes to side sleepers. The Tuft & Needle mattress is just a tad bit firmer out-of-the-box and will take a couple of months to soften up.
Back And Stomach Sleepers
Since Tuft and Needle is just a hair firmer than Puffy, we’d say it’s slightly more accommodating for back and stomach sleepers who like a more supportive bed to promote proper alignment.
To be honest, we don’t think combination sleepers could go wrong with either mattress. They’re both comfy, responsive, and offer middle-of-the-road firmness levels that suit most combination sleepers.
When it comes to body type, Puffy and Tuft & Needle are not the best options for heavy people. This isn’t to say they’re bad beds by any means. It more so has to do with their all-foam constructions. Generally, we almost always recommend heavy folks go with hybrid or innerspring beds that contain coils.
This is because these types of mattresses tend to provide more support and last longer than all-foam beds. Coils compress like dense poly foams that all-foam beds use for their support structures but also push back against pressure.
If you fall into the big body type category, we’d recommend checking out our Best Beds For Heavy People.
Petite to Average Individuals
When it comes to Puffy vs. Tuft and Needle, both of these mattresses are perfect for people who weigh under 230 lbs because of their all-foam constructions.
Puffy vs Tuft and Needle Price
The Tuft and Needle bed is much more affordable, and this is the brand’s biggest advantage over Puffy. In fact, Tuft & Needle is a staple on our list of the Best Budget Mattresses. For comparison purposes, a queen-size T&N bed has an MSRP of around $900, while the Puffy queen has an MSRP of around $1,150.
To be fair, though, the numbers above are just for MSRP purposes. Puffy regularly offers discounts and coupon codes. We commonly see them offer $250-$300 off. Check the table above or Puffy.com to see what they’re currently offering. Tuft & Needle is a little more selective when it comes to sales and discounts. Still, you’ll occasionally see the Tuft & Needle bed discounted on their website.
Tuft And Needle Mattress vs Puffy Verdict
You made it to the end. Thanks for sticking with us all the way through. In our opinion, the decision between these two bed-in-a-box mattresses comes down to three primary factors.
- Budget — If you’re on a super tight budget, Tuft & Needle is the better option.
- Side Sleepers — If you’re a primary side sleeper, you’ll want to go with Puffy for maximum pressure relief.
- Feel — This is a personal decision you’ll have to make. If you want a slight hint of memory foam, go with Puffy. If you want more of a straight neutral-foam feel, go with Tuft & Needle.
That’s it for this post. If Puffy and Tuft & Needle don’t tickle your fancy, be sure to check out one of our other mattress comparisons.
Factors For Couples
We think both beds are solid choices for couples. Both mattresses perform well in terms of edge support and limiting motion transfer.
Motion transfer isolation is particularly important for couples in which one or both partners tend to move around a lot. A bed, like Puffy or T&N, that limits motion well means you’ll (hopefully) feel less of your partner’s movements throughout the night. Let’s face it; no one wants to be jolted awake every time their partner makes a move for the bathroom or switches positions. That can lead to a restless night of sleep.
Edge support is another important topic for couples to consider. A bed with good edge support means you and your partner can spread out comfortably without feeling like you’re about to fall off the bed. Luckily, both beds perform well here, considering their all-foam constructions.
Buying Process For Puffy & Tuft & Needle
Don’t let the term bed-in-a-box scare you off. Buying a mattress online is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s day and age. A big part of that trend is the consumer-friendly policies bed-in-a-box companies like Tuft & Needle and Puffy offer. Let’s explore further, starting with Tuft & Needle.
The Tuft & Needle mattress ships for free and arrives on your porch rolled-up in a box. Once it arrives, move the box to your room and proceed to unroll it onto your bed frame or foundation. Keep in mind; it’s recommended you let the mattress fully inflated for about 24-72 hours before sleeping on it.
Next, Tuft & Needle offers you a 100-night risk-free sleep trial. This is how online mattress companies get around the whole “try before you buy” advantage that brick-n’-mortar retail stores provide. The company is basically allowing you to test the mattress in your own home for about three months to decide whether you like it or not. If you do, fantastic. We hope you enjoy the mattress.
If, during the trial period, you decide the mattress isn’t for you, though, simply contact customer support, and they’ll handle everything. They’ll arrange for the mattress to be picked up from your home by a third party crew at no additional charge. Once that occurs, just provide proof the bed has indeed been removed, and the company will give you a full refund. Lastly, the Tuft & Needle mattress also comes with a 10-year warranty.
Pretty nice, right? You can now start to see why buying a mattress online is becoming more and more popular. Also, just so you know, the policies we just reviewed are pretty standard for the bed-in-a-box industry. However, there are some companies (like Puffy) who will go above and beyond when it comes to certain policies.
The Puffy mattress, like Tuft & Needle, comes with free shipping and free returns. It, too, arrives compressed in a box—however, they one-up T&N by offering a 101-night sleep trial. If you decide you want to return the bed, the process works the same way as described above. When it comes to the warranty, though, Puffy beats almost all bed-in-a-box brands. The Puffy mattress comes with a lifetime warranty. You can read more about it on the company’s website.