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Puffy Lux Mattress Review

Last updated on August 10, 2019

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We compare the Puffy and the Puffy Lux. How fluffy are they?

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Note: Puffy sells two mattresses: The Puffy Lux, reviewed here, and the original Puffy, with an inch less of memory foam. Both are covered together in our video, but see our Puffy review page for more details on that less expensive mattress.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Puffy and Puffy Lux mattress video review above.

Table of Contents

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Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is the Puffy Lux a Good Mattress?

We compared this company's two mattresses, the Puffy and the Puffy Lux, side by side. As you might expect from a name like "Puffy," we anticipated these beds would have deep cushioning and a super soft feel. In our testing, the Puffy Lux was the softer and more deeply cushioned of the two. But both mattress feature very soft, slow responding memory foam, which means you get a lot of that melting-into-the-bed sensation (made famous by Tempur-Pedic), but you get more of it with the Lux version.

The memory foam used in both beds is very soft. That means you sink in quickly. There's no "ride" as there is with some memory foams, where you sink slowly into the mattress as your body warms the foam. We likened it to the feeling of a marshmallow -- very soft and squishy.

Both beds really absorb motion, and would be an excellent choice if you are sensitive to a partner's movements. And neither bed is at all bouncy.

In our evaluations, we found the Puffy Lux to have a Medium Soft feel overall. In our tests, we thought it would be a supportive choice for back, stomach, and side sleepers of average weight or lighter. Because of the softness of the top foam, however, we questioned its suitability for those heavier than our tester, particularly if they are stomach sleepers and back sleepers, who may not get enough hip support to prevent over-arching in the back (note that we are reluctant to recommend memory foam in general for heavier stomach sleepers).

Side sleepers, in our view, will get the most benefit from the Puffy Lux, especially compared to the original Puffy. We felt that spinal alignment and pressure relief were very good, and felt that those heavier than our tester would have a similar experience. The extra inch of memory foam over the original Puffy did make a difference in our tests.

Ease of movement can sometimes be tricky on memory foam; some feel like they are rolling out of a "hole" but we did not find changing positions to be a problem at all on the Puffy or the Puffy Lux mattress. Similarly, edge support can also be iffy on foam mattresses, but the Puffy Lux was not terrible. Our tester felt fairly stable when laying right on the edge of the mattress, though the original Puffy was better in this respect.

From a value standpoint, the Puffy isn't a deal on paper; at $1,795 for a queen size bed, it's price exceeds that of similar memory-foam over foam mattresses you can buy online. However, Puffy is known for offering some of the deepest discounts and sales online, so we'd certainly recommend checking GoodBed for discounts, as this can bring the price of a Puffy bed in line with similarly constructed beds.

You can place the Puffy mattress atop almost any type of foundation. The company sells several foundation options, but they are not a required purchase.

Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests.

Bottom Line: Who is the Best Match for a Puffy Lux Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Are of average weight
  • Like the slow-melting sensation of memory foam
  • Need excellent motion isolation
  • Prefer a softer, more deeply cushioned mattress

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a heavier back or stomach sleeper
  • Have a tendency to sleep hot
  • Like a bed with some bounce

Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
6 Medium Soft
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average cushioning
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
3 Slow responding, no bounce

 

Back Support (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 9 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 9 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 6 9 6
Heavier >250 lb 5 9 5

 

Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 8 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 8 8

 

Other Features

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 10 Exceptional
Stays 'Cool' 6 Average for foam
Edge Support 7 Above average for foam
Ease of Repositioning 8 Very good
Green Features 6 Does have some safety certifications
Overall Value 7 Okay value

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Memory Foam over Foam

Price (Queen)

$1,795

Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

101-day trial, full refund

Warranty

Lifetime. Indentation coverage: 1.5"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

12 inches

Weight (Queen)

100 pounds

Materials & Construction

What's in a Puffy Lux Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Puffy Lux mattress as a "Memory Foam over Foam" construction type.

The Puffy Lux mattress is a 12″ thick mattress comprised of 4 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 1.5" gel memory foam
  • 1.5" gel memory foam
  • 2" polyurethane "climate comfort" foam
  • 7" polyurethane support foam

Puffy does not disclose the densities of its foams; this is usually a way for us to gauge quality and durability. The top memory foam is very soft and slow responding, meaning it takes a long time to come back to shape after being depressed. The second layer of memory foam is also soft -- in fact we thought it was a bit softer than the top layer. While the company calls the third foam layer "climate comfort," we could not ascertain whether it had noticeable cooling qualities. The final 7" layer is a block of standard polyurethane support foam.

 

Cover

The layers of the Puffy Lux mattress are wrapped in a soft and stretchy cover with clouds in the quilting. It's also reportedly spill-resistant (though we still recommend you use a mattress protector if you concerned about preventing stains).

 

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness what’s this )

We classify the Puffy Lux mattress as a Medium Soft in terms of softness, and it's notably softer than the original Puffy, which we classify as a Medium.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
6 Medium Soft

 

Cushioning Depth what’s this )

If you like to sink into your bed, you'll want a mattress with deeper cushioning depth. In our testing of the Puffy Lux, we noted that you do sink more deeply into this bed than with others.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Deeper than average

 

Responsivenesswhat’s this )

We look at responsiveness in two ways. First, we examine how quickly a mattress springs back after being depressed, then we take a look at bounce qualities.

The Puffy Lux has 3" of very soft, slow responding memory foam on top, so it definitely gives you that slow, melting into the bed sensation. This same foam tends to absorb motion, so there's no bounce to speak of. Its sister mattress, the original Puffy, has an inch less of memory foam, and doesn't feel quite as slow responding.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
3 Slow response, no bounce

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

Overall, we thought the Puffy Lux offered good support for sleepers of our tester's size and lighter. (He weighs not quite 200 pounds.) We had concerns for heavier back and stomach sleepers, but thought that all side sleepers would be suited to this mattress in terms of both spinal alignment and pressure relief.

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Puffy Lux mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 9 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 9 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 6 9 6
Heavier >250 lb 5 9 5

 

Back Sleepers:

Our 200-pound tester felt well supported on the Puffy Lux mattress. His hips sunk in just enough for the mattress to reach up and cradle his lumbar area. We felt that people of our tester's weight and lighter would have a similar experience. We did question whether those 200 lbs. and more would sink through the bed's three inches of memory foam and end up resting on firmer support foam below.

Side Sleepers:

Side sleeping was a strength of the Puffy Lux. Our testers felt his shoulders and hips sinking nicely into the bed, providing soft support. We felt that there was enough soft memory foam even for heavier side sleepers.

Stomach Sleepers:

Achieving good spinal alignment for stomach sleepers can often be trickier as the hips can tend to sink down too far.  And in general, we do not tend to recommend memory foam to stomach sleepers for that reason. In our side-by-side test, we felt the original Puffy was a better choice for stomach sleepers, though neither would be optimal for heavier stomach sleepers, who may find hips sinking right through the soft foam layers, creating arching in the back (which can lead to back pain).

 

Pressure Relief ( what's this )

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Puffy Lux mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 8 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 8 8

 

We found the pressure relief offered by the Puffy Lux mattress to be very good, with its 3" of soft memory foam. For all but those with acute pressure relief needs, we thought the Puffy Lux would be a good choice.


 

Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Puffy bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester. In both drop tests, the bowling pin barely moved.

We felt that the Puffy Lux (as well as the original Puffy) would be an excellent choice for couples who don’t want to feel their partner getting in and out of bed or repositioning.

Motion Isolation Rating 10 /10 Exceptional

 

Temperature what’s this )

Aside from some gel in the top 3" of memory foam, the Puffy Lux boasts no particular features to help you stay cool. Most people don't have an issue of sleeping hot, but for those who do, memory foam is often not the best choice for the simple reason that beds with deeper cushioning don't allow as much of your body to be exposed to the air.

That said, our tester had no issues feeling hot on the Puffy Lux bed.

Stays “Cool” Rating 6 /10 Average for foam

 

Edge Support what’s this )

While the Puffy mattress does not have any specific edge-support features, we nonetheless felt that edge support was okay, and better than expected. When our tester sat on the edge of the bed, he sunk down quite a bit, but did not feel unstable at all. When laying on the edge, he felt himself leaning, but didn't feel too unstable, and didn't feel he was being slowly ejected from the bed.

If you find yourself being pushed to the very edge of your mattress by kids or pets, the Puffy mattress would be an okay choice if you really want a memory foam bed.

Edge Support Rating 7 /10 Above average for memory foam

Ease of Repositioning what’s this )

Beds that include slow responding memory foam can sometimes hinder movement. However, our tester had no trouble changing positions on the Puffy or the Puffy Lux.

Repositioning Rating 8/10 Very good

 

Green Features what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

The Puffy mattresses make no claims to being 'natural' in any way. However, its foams have been certified to the CERTIpur-US standard, meaning it has been tested and certified to include minimal levels of harmful chemicals. 
The cover of the Puffy Lux bed has been certified to the OKEO-tex standard, an even more stringent certification that tests for an even wider range of chemicals, and certifies that these are minimal.
There's info on the Puffy website about its certifications, and what they mean.
Green Rating 6 /10 Not “natural” but does have some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility what’s this )

We were unable to test the Puffy Lux bed on our adjustable base since it was the wrong size. However, the company does say that using the Puffy on an adjustable base will not harm the mattress.

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Puffy Lux Mattress Cost?

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.

Size Dimensions Mattress Metal foundation GoodBed Discount
Twin 38" x 75" x 12" $1,445 $135 Yes
Twin XL 38" x 80" x 12"  $1,1495 $145 Yes
Full (Double) 54" x 76" x 12" $1,595 $165 Yes
Queen 60" x 80" x 12" $1,1795 $215 Yes
King 76" x 80" x 12" $1,995 $225 Yes
California King 72" x 84" x 12" $1,995 $225 Yes

 

What Are You Getting?

The Puffy Lux is a 12" tall mattress made of foam with 3" of premium memory foam at the top. From a materials and construction standpoint, it is not very unique. However, the Puffy and the Puffy Lux have a unique, soft, slow responding feel we likened to a marshmallow. They also has an OKEO-tex certified cover, meaning that it's been subjected to testing for harmful chemicals and off-gassing.

 

How Long Will the Puffy Lux Mattress Last?

When it comes to estimating the lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. Puffy, however, does not disclose this information about its mattresses. While we could not point to any obvious red flags, we can't make a prediction whether or not the Puffy Lux will last as long as other mattresses.

 

Overall Value

From a value standpoint, the Puffy Lux isn't much of a deal compared to other memory foam and foam mattresses. And with just one extra inch of premium memory foam, we aren't sure the Puffy Lux compares well to the original Puffy, which costs more than $600 less (queen size). The big price jump seems hard to justify.

However, Puffy is known for offering some of the deepest discounts and sales online, so we'd certainly recommend checking GoodBed for discounts, as this can bring the price of a Puffy bed more in line with similar memory foam and foam beds.

Value Rating 7 /10 Okay value

 

Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery to your door

Puffy includes free delivery to your door, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors.

 

Returns

  • 101-day trial period
  • Full refund with proof of donation

Puffy offers buyers a 101-night trial period, and should you decide to initiate a refund, asks that you donate the mattress to a charity. While that sounds easy enough on the surface (and Puffy is not the only company with this policy), it can actually be difficult to donate a mattress since many organizations will not accept them due to hygiene concerns. Puffy asks that buyers try the mattress for at least 14 days before requesting a refund. See: Puffy return policy

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: Lifetime, non-prorated for original owner
  • Indentation Coverage: 1.5” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for foam mattresses is generally ¾”. Puffy has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1.5”, about twice that of competing memory foam mattresses. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection.

Get details on the Puffy warranty

Bottom Line: Is the Puffy Lux Mattress Right for You?

 Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for a Puffy Lux mattress:

BEST if you:

  • Are of average weight
  • Like the slow-melting sensation of memory foam
  • Need excellent motion isolation
  • Prefer a softer, more deeply cushioned mattress

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a heavier back or stomach sleeper
  • Have a tendency to sleep hot
  • Like a bed with some bounce

Is the Puffy Lux bed right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Puffy Lux mattress? Click here to visit their website at Puffy.com.

 

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