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Puffy Royal Review

Our full review of the Puffy Royal and Puffy Royal Hybrid mattresses, two premium online beds that are optimal for side sleepers.

Last Updated: August 4, 2020

The Royal is the latest addition to the Puffy mattress lineup. It’s the company’s most expensive and luxurious bed. In this review, we take a deep dive into the mattress and discuss everything you need to know about it, including feel, firmness, which types of sleepers the bed is best suited for and much more. We also cover the major pros and cons of the new Puffy Royal Hybrid as well so you can determine which model suits your body type and sleep preferences.

Who Is This Best For?

Consumers seeking a thick, premium foam bed

Side sleepers who like soft mattresses

Who Won’t Love It?

Individuals seeking a hybrid or innerspring mattress

Back and stomach sleepers seeking a firm mattress

Outline For Our Puffy Royal Review

Our Puffy Royal Mattress Review Video

We always like to publish video reviews so consumers can see the bed for themselves before purchasing. In the video below, JD on our team walks you through the major points you’ll want to know concerning the Puffy Royal mattress.

Since it is a video, we can only include so much information and detail. Therefore, we’ve also compiled a full written review below of the Puffy Royal to complement the video above.

Overview Of Puffy Customer Policies

Chances are this is your first time thinking about a purchasing a bed online. As such, we thought it would be fitting to take a moment and explain the various customer policies that go along with purchasing a mattress from Puffy. That way you know what you’re getting into before you actually click buy.

Free Shipping – The Puffy Royal mattress comes with free shipping. You won’t have to pay any exorbitant fee just to have the bed delivered. The bed will arrive compressed and rolled-up in a cardboard box about the size of teenager. Once you see it has arrived, simply grab a friend and move the box to the desired bedroom. From there, you’ll want to follow the lead of the Slumber Yard team below. The entire unboxing process shouldn’t take you longer than 10-15 minutes. The process if fairly straightforward. Keep in mind, you’ll likely want to give the bed about 24-48 hours to inflate before taking the plunge and sleeping on it.

101 Night Sleep Trial – Puffy gives customers 101 nights to test the Royal mattress before making an official decision as to whether they’d like to keep it or not. This should be more than enough time for you to make up your mind. Please note it usually takes about 30 nights for your body to adjust to a new sleeping surface. As such, if you find the bed too soft or firm the first night, don’t rush to judgement.

Free Returns – During the trial period, if you decide the Royal mattress is not your cup of tea, you can return it for a full refund. Don’t worry, you won’t be asked to compress the bed and put it back in the box. All you have to do is contact Puffy customer support and they’ll take care of everything. They’ll work with you to schedule a date for the bed to be removed from your home. The company usually contracts out to a local logistics company, which then donates the bed to a local charity. Once the bed has been picked up, the company will credit your money back into your account. The return process can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks in total.

Lifetime Warranty – The Puffy Royal mattress comes backed by a lifetime warranty. This is quite unusual in the online mattress industry. The majority of beds sold online come with 10 year warranties. Still, we’d recommend carefully reading the warranty from top to bottom before purchasing as it contains important information about what may void it. We know it’s boring, but it’s better if you do your homework.

Puffy Royal Price & Discounts

The Puffy Royal is an expensive mattress. There’s no point in dancing around it. It’s on par with other premium foam beds like the Casper Wave and select TempurPedic mattresses. Below is a table that displays MSRP by size.

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin XL$1,745
King / Cal King$2,995

However, like with the other Puffy mattresses, you likely won’t pay full MSRP. You can almost always find some sort of discount on the bed. Typically, you can expect to receive at least $250-$300 off the Puffy Royal. Be sure to locate the green box on your screen to check current pricing and promotions.

If the Royal is out of your price range, you may want to check out the other two beds from the company – the Original Puffy and Puffy Lux. These two beds have slightly different designs but are much more affordable.

Premium Foam Design

The Royal mattress utilizes a premium all-foam design. The bed is made up of five different layers that total a massive 14” thick. Here is a quick summary of each layer, starting from the bottom.

  • Core Support Layer – thick, dense foam that serves as the foundation for the bed.
  • Sectional Cloud Foam – proprietary foam that is exclusive to the Puffy Royal mattress. This layer is split into different zones to deliver support and pressure relief where you need it most.
  • Climate Comfort Foam – additional layer of support designed to stabilize temperature.
  • Reflexive Foam – transition layer that is also exclusive to the Royal mattress. It’s a resilient foam designed provide additional pressure relief for sleepers.
  • Infused Cooling Foam – comfort layer that is infused with cooling beads to help disperse heat.
puffy royal mattress layers
Inside the Puffy Royal mattress

In our opinion, the Sectional Cloud Foam is the most noteworthy layer in the mattress. As we alluded to above, this layer is split into five different zones. The zones under your head, neck and legs are slightly softer in order to provide more pressure relief for those areas. The zones under your lower back and hips are slightly firmer to provide more reinforcement for your lumbar region. The goal here is to ensure your spine receives the necessary support and that you maintain neutral alignment throughout the night so that you don’t wake up with any sort of aches or pains.

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The cover on the Puffy Royal is stain resistant and machine washable

We’d also like to add that the cover on the Royal is stain resistant and machine washable, just like the covers on the other two Puffy beds. As a reminder, this is quite unusual in the mattress industry. Although most online beds have removable covers, they’re typically not stain-resistant or machine washable.

Feel & Firmness Analysis

Although the Royal uses a lot of the same materials as Puffy’s other luxury foam mattress, it doesn’t have the same type of memory foam feel. That’s because the Royal uses a proprietary 1.5″ layer of infused cooling foam on top. As a result, the bed has more of a neutral or mixed foam feel similar to the Original Puffy.

Puffy Royal mattress review firmness

With that said, the Royal is a little softer than the Original Puffy mattress. We think it lands between a medium-soft and medium on the firmness scale. Overall, we consider the Royal to be an ultra-comfortable, plush mattress. If that’s the type of bed you tend to prefer, then the Royal is an excellent option.

Suitable Sleeping Positions

Given the firmness profile of the mattress, we think the Royal is most ideal for side sleepers seeking a soft, neutral-foam bed. As you lay down on the mattress, you descend into the top layers a little creating a comfortable, pressure-relieving environment for your hips and shoulders.

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The Royal mattress is a great option for side sleepers

As far as back and stomach sleepers, it’s largely going to depend on your body type and weight. Petite and medium size individuals will likely be just fine sleeping on their back or stomach, however, if you weigh over ~225 pounds, we think the bed may be a tad bit too soft for these types of sleepers. In other words, heavy back and stomach sleepers may find that they sink too far down into the mattress given its soft profile.

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Lightweight individuals will find the Royal mattress accommodating

Combination sleepers will find the bed accommodating, though. Although the Royal technically incorporates memory foam in its construction, we didn’t find much resistance when attempting to switch between positions.

Ideal Body Types

Like the other beds from Puffy, we don’t think the Royal is ideal for heavy people considering it’s made entirely of foam. As a rule of thumb, we generally recommend large folks stick to beds that contain coils. Otherwise, if you’re of small or average stature, we think the Royal will work just fine.

Luckily if you’re larger in stature, Puffy recently introduced a hybrid version of the Royal mattress. Since this model uses coils for its support framework, we think it’s the most ideal choice for people who weigh more than ~225 pounds. More information about the Puffy Royal Hybrid can be found near the bottom of this review.

Temperature Regulation

In our opinion, the Puffy Royal mattress sleeps temperature neutral. If you’re not familiar with mattress vernacular, that essentially means the bed won’t be the main reason why you sleep overly warm or cool. Instead, other factors like what type of pajamas your wear to bed, what type of sheets you use and the temperature of your home environment will more so affect your sleeping temperature on a nightly basis. If you consider yourself a hot sleeper, we’d recommend checking out our list of the Best Cooling Beds.

Will The Puffy Royal Work For Couples?

The short answer is yes. That’s based how the bed performed in our motion isolation and edge support tests. These are two important considerations for couples. Luckily, the Royal mattress gets passing grades from us in both departments. We don’t envision couples experiencing any major issues with the mattress.

Verdict: Puffy Royal Mattress Review

Think of the Royal as an upgraded version of the Original Puffy mattress, but slightly softer and better for side sleepers. That’s really what we’re looking at here. If that description sounds like it might fit your sleep preferences, then you should definitely consider it for your next mattress.

The only downside is that it’s quite expensive. If money is tight, but you like the sound of the Royal so far, you may want to check out our review of the Tuft & Needle Mint mattress since it shares a lot of the same characteristics.

Puffy Royal Hybrid Review

As we mentioned earlier, Puffy recently introduced a hybrid version of their Royal mattress (appropriately named the Puffy Royal Hybrid). For all intents and purposes, the Puffy Royal Hybrid is effectively the same bed as the foam version except it utilizes Contour-Adapt coils for its foundation rather than dense support foam. Generally speaking, coils are considered the higher-quality and more supportive material between the two.

Puffy Royal Hybrid Mattress Review Overview
Puffy Royal Hybrid is one of the brand’s premium mattresses

Here are just a few of the benefits that coils provide:

  • Additional Support – Compared to dense poly foams, coils provide more support since they’re able to compress yet also push-back and provide resistance.
  • Durability – Certain foams are known for sagging over time. Coils, on the other hand, tend to last longer since they’re stronger and can withstand more force.
  • Better For Heavy People – Given heavier individuals exert more pressure onto mattresses compared to smaller and average size individuals, coil or hybrid beds tend to be the more ideal choice for the reasons outlined above.
  • Stronger Edge Support – Beds with coils are typically more supportive around their perimeter. This is important for couples who split a smaller size mattress (e.g. full or queen). Stronger edge supports equates to more usable surface area for both individuals to spread out without feeling like they might fall off.
  • Breathability – Coil mattresses also allow for more airflow throughout the bed.

Now typically, beds with coils tend to be more expensive than beds that purely consist of foam layers. However, that’s not the case here. Surprisingly, the Puffy Royal Hybrid is the same price as the all-foam version. As such, we see no reason not to upgrade to the coil model.

Really, the only reasons why you might not want to opt for the Puffy Royal Hybrid is (1) you’re a smaller individual so the coils aren’t as important; (2) you don’t like the bouncy feel coil beds typically have; or (3) you live alone or just don’t want to deal with moving around a heavier coil mattress. Otherwise, we’d say go with the Puffy Royal Hybrid.

Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper


How did Slumber Yard get the Royal mattress?

Puffy sent us the Royal mattress for free so we could test it. Please note we did not accept any monetary compensation from the company to produce this review, though. In other words, Puffy did not influence our review whatsoever. We test products independently and we’re proud of that. We take great pride in publishing unbiased reviews so consumers can make informed purchase decisions.

Does Puffy offer white glove delivery?

No, the company does offer any sort of white glove delivery option. Instead, the beds from Puffy come compressed in a box. However, it’s fairly easy to move the box to your bedroom and set it up.

Will the Puffy Royal mattress work with an adjustable bed frame?

Yes, the Puffy Royal is compatible with adjustable frames. Puffy even sells an adjustable base themselves. The bed also works with most other slatted foundations and platform frames.

Is the Puffy Royal mattress made in the USA?

Yes, all of the materials included in the Royal mattress are made and assembled here in the United States.

Can consumers purchase Puffy beds in retail stores?

Last we checked, Puffy beds are only available to purchase via the company’s official website. With that said, it wouldn’t shock us if Puffy partners with a large brick and mortar retailer in the future considering Puffy is one of the most popular brands in the online mattress industry.

Can I flip the Puffy Royal mattress?

The Puffy Royal mattress is not designed to be flipped. Every 6-8 months though, it may be a good idea to rotate the bed to protect against body impressions.