Puffy Royal Mattress Overview
Puffy is relatively new on the bed-in-a-box scene, having released its all-foam flagship mattress in 2017. The company also makes a range of bedding products and recently revealed two new mattresses, the Puffy Lux and Puffy Royal. These use additional foams with cooling and zoning properties. This review will focus on the Puffy Royal, the most sophisticated of the three.
The Puffy Royal is an all-foam mattress that features 1.5 inches of gel memory foam, 2 inches of memory foam, 2 inches of polyfoam, and another 1.5 inches of convoluted polyfoam. This last layer acts as a transition layer to the support core, which consists of 7 inches of high-density polyfoam. The mattress is 14 inches tall and rates as a 5.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, or medium.
In this review we’ll delve into the materials, construction, and overall feel of the Puffy Royal mattress. We’ll go on to compare the Puffy Royal with the other Puffy models and some of its competitors, and end with practical details regarding shipping, warranty, and sleep trial.
Table of Contents
Meet Our Testing Team
- Light sleepers. The Puffy Royal makes no noise and offers superior motion isolation, so it shouldn’t wake up sensitive sleepers who share a bed.
- Individuals who weigh less than 230 pounds. Zoned foams and a plush sleep surface in the Puffy Royal accommodate the needs of lightweight and average weight sleepers, reducing pressure points in problematic areas like the hips and shoulders.
- Hot sleepers who prefer memory foam. The Puffy Royal incorporates several elements to improve the temperature regulation problems normally found in memory foam mattresses, giving the signature “hug” feeling without the heat retention.
Not Recommended for...
- Stomach sleepers. Stomach sleepers sink into the plush memory foam layers and may experience too much sinkage in the hips, leading to aches and pains.
- Heavyweight sleepers. Few all-foam mattresses provide the support necessary to keep the spine aligned in heavyweight sleepers, and the Puffy Royal is no exception.
Tuck’s testing team conducted an extensive evaluation of the Puffy Royal mattress. Our review and rating process consists of three parts: in-house evaluation, external sleep testing, and data collection of verified owner experiences. To learn more about our review process, read our methodology here.
Our performance criteria and ratings for the bed are listed in the table below.
The Puffy Royal excelled at motion isolation and pressure relief, but did not perform as well on edge support and responsiveness. Click here for an in-depth explanation of our sleep ratings.
Sleep Position Ratings
As part of our ratings process, we evaluated the Puffy Royal mattress across different body types and preferred sleep positions. In addition to physical testing, we surveyed our sleep expert team and analyzed reviews from verified mattress owners and customers. Our findings are listed in the table below.
|Sleep Position||Less than 130 LBS||130 LBS - 230 LBS||Greater than 230 LBS|
How Is the Puffy Royal Mattress Constructed?
The Puffy Royal has a stain-resistant cover that can be removed with a zipper for easier cleaning. The cover carries Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, guaranteeing it to be free of harmful substances.
A 1.5-inch layer of gel memory foam infused with cooling beads designed to prevent heat retention makes up the first comfort layer. This is followed by 2 inches of slightly more responsive memory foam, and then 2 inches of polyfoam for additional contouring. Together, the foams in the comfort layers form a deep cradle around the sleeper’s body to help alleviate pressure points.
Beneath the comfort layers lie 1.5 inches of convoluted polyfoam that help boost airflow and ease the transition onto the firmer base foam. This layer is divided into 5 zones, with softer areas under the head, neck, shoulders, and feet and firmer support under the hips and lower back.
7 inches of high-density polyfoam provide a robust foundation to the bed. The high-density foam stabilizes the bed and keeps the other layers from sagging too much, keeping the spine aligned by preventing sleepers from sinking in too far.
At 14 inches tall, the Puffy Royal is the tallest of the Puffy mattresses and well above average for an all-foam mattress. The support core is comparable to other all-foam mattresses, allowing ample room for the comfort layers.
Tall mattresses require fitted sheets with a deeper pocket, which is something to keep in mind when considering the Puffy Royal.
|Product Name||Firmness Level||Thickness||Support Core Components||Comfort Layer Components||Cover Components|
|Puffy Royal Mattress||5.5 (Medium)||14″||7″ HD Polyfoam||1.5″ Gel Memory Foam
2″ Memory Foam
1.5″ Convoluted Transitional Polyfoam
What Are the Firmness and Feel Like?
Puffy doesn’t assign a firmness rating to the Puffy Royal but the Tuck team found the mattress to have a medium firmness level, or 5.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The mattress generally conforms quite closely and forms a pressure-relieving cradle that gives the sensation of sleeping “in,” not “on,” the mattress.
The zoned layer helps alleviate common pressure points while providing enhanced lumbar support. This is especially useful for side sleepers, who commonly experience pressure in the hips and shoulders, as well as back sleepers, who benefit from the lumbar support.
Although the high-density polyfoam base layer provides adequate support for most sleepers, the mattress is best-suited to individuals who weigh less than 230 pounds. Heavier individuals tend to sink too far into the mattress, which throws the spine out of alignment and causes aches and pains.
Next, let’s take a closer look at our performance ratings for the Puffy Royal mattress. We base these ratings on findings from our internal testing and sleep testing results, along with verified customer and owner experiences.
The Puffy Royal was released in 2019, so we haven’t had the opportunity to test its durability over its full expected lifespan. Based on its materials and construction, we expect the mattress to have a lifespan of approximately 6.5-7 years. This is lower than average for an all-foam mattress and is due to the fact that this mattress is on the plush side and therefore more vulnerable to sagging.
Usage and body weight will also affect how quickly the foam develops permanent body impressions. Like other foam mattresses, we recommend rotating the Puffy Royal every 3 to 6 months to extend the lifespan of the foam and prevent deep indentations from forming.
To test motion transfer in the Puffy Royal, two testers laid down on the mattress at the same time and felt for movement when their sleep partner switched positions. As expected, our testers felt hardly any movement from their partner, even when they were getting in and out of bed.
These results were confirmed by our external testers who share the bed with a partner. The Puffy Royal has 3.5 inches of memory foam, which is known for its high point elasticity, or the ability to mold itself locally in response to pressure. The all-foam construction further eliminates any motion transfer, making the mattress suitable for light sleepers who tend to wake up from their partner’s movements.
The Tuck team noticed some odors when the mattress first arrived, which lingered for a few days after unboxing. It’s common for foam mattresses, especially those that contain memory foam, to emit some off-gassing odors after having been compressed for shipping. Puffy uses certified foams that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and free of oxygen depleters.
The off-gassing odors should disappear completely by the end of the week in a well-ventilated room, but people who are sensitive to smell may want to keep this in mind when ordering the Puffy Royal mattress.
Testers of different body types and sleeping positions laid on top of the mattress on top of a sensory pad to pinpoint pressure build-up. Lightweight and average weight sleepers in particular found that the thick comfort layers did an excellent job of alleviating pressure points. Even typically problematic areas like the shoulders and hips had minimal pressure build-up, thanks in part to the zoned transitional layer.
With almost 4 inches of memory foam in the comfort layer, the Puffy Royal gives a “hug” feeling that works well for individuals under 230 pounds. In contrast, heavier individuals require firmer support to keep the hips from sinking in. As a result, this mattress is not optimal for individuals over 230 pounds.
The Puffy Royal is built with several features to enhance airflow, and our sleep testers found it slept cooler than expected for an all-foam mattress. This is partly thanks to the airflow through the convoluted foam layer. The gel-infused foam in the top layer is also designed to draw heat away.
Memory foam naturally retains heat, and since it contours closely to the body it leaves little room for heat to escape. While the Puffy Royal ranks no worse than other foam mattresses in terms of heat retention, people who sleep hot usually feel more comfortable on a hybrid or innerspring mattress.
Edge support is lacking in the Puffy Royal, as our testers found when trying to sleep near the edge of the bed. There is also noticeable sinkage when sitting on the edge of the mattress, especially in heavier individuals.
Foam mattresses don’t tend to have reinforced perimeters, which can lead to feelings of roll-off and reduce the usable sleep surface. This is especially true for the Puffy Royal, which has a very thick comfort layer section. People who rely on the edges to get in and out of bed may need a mattress with better edge support, such as a hybrid or innerspring mattress.
The Puffy Royal is virtually silent, an attribute that was appreciated by sensitive sleepers on Tuck’s testing team. As an all-foam mattress, the Puffy Royal doesn’t have any of the usual noisy culprits such as an air pump or coils. Light sleepers should have no problem sharing the bed in this regard.
Our sleep team agreed that the Puffy Royal lacks the responsiveness that most couples require for sex. As an all-foam mattress with several layers of memory foam, the Puffy Royal impedes movement and makes it difficult to switch positions. In addition, the weak edge support renders the perimeter unstable. While the Puffy Royal has fairly good traction and makes no noise, couples may want to look to latex or hybrid mattresses, which are naturally bouncier.
We’ll now turn to our sleeper ratings for the Puffy Royal. Since a mattress performs differently for each individual depending on body type and sleeping position, Tuck tested the Puffy Royal with sleepers of various profiles to get a more comprehensive idea of how feels.
Lightweight Sleepers – Less than 130 lbs.
The Puffy Royal is made with closely conforming memory foam that did a good job of alleviating pressure points in our lightweight sleep testers. Lightweight sleepers often experience mattresses as firmer since they don’t exert enough pressure to sink into the comfort layers. With its closely conforming memory foam, the Puffy Royal manages to counteract this problem and provide adequate pressure relief in side sleepers and back sleepers.
The mattress is quite plush and as a result, some of the stomach sleepers on our testing team experienced uncomfortable sagging under the hips. While this was not a major problem, it may eventually lead to mild back pain in some sleepers.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 to 230 lbs.
Average weight sleepers on our testing team reported that the Puffy Royal gives the impression of sleeping in, not on, the mattress. This provides a pressure-reducing “hug” feeling typical of memory foam. In combination with the zoned transitional layer, the Puffy Royal provided an even balance of support and pressure relief in most of our average weight sleepers.
Side sleepers and back sleepers found that the mattress contoured to the hips and shoulders, helping reduce the pressure build-up that sometimes occurs in these heavier areas while still providing a supportive cradle for the spine. However, stomach sleepers felt that the mattress allowed a bit too much sink, which caused the spine to fall out of alignment.
Heavyweight Sleepers – More than 230 lbs.
While heavyweight sleepers usually require the extra support provided by a hybrid or innerspring mattress, our testers found the Puffy Royal performed better than most all-foam mattresses. This is partly due to the extra-high profile, which allows room for a fuller comfort layer system without sacrificing space in the support core.
Side sleepers on our testing team sank fairly far into the mattress and experienced adequate pressure relief under the hips and shoulders. The firmer foams under the lumbar area also helped support the spine in back sleepers. Understandably, our stomach sleepers experienced too much sinkage, which is to be expected with such a plush mattress.
Heavier stomach and back sleepers also found the Puffy significantly lacking in support, particularly for their lower back and hips.
Pricing and Discounts
- Twin $1,645
- Twin XL $1,745
- Full $2,445
- Queen $2,695
- King $2,995
- Cal King $2,995
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How Does the Puffy Royal Mattress Compare to Other Beds?
When shopping for a mattress, it’s always helpful to see how it compares to other products in its category. To help you make your decision, we’ve created an overview of how the Puffy Royal stacks up against the Puffy and Puffy lux mattresses, as well as some other popular all-foam models.
Puffy Royal vs. The Puffy
The original Puffy mattress is a simpler version of the Puffy Royal, with a layer of gel memory foam, a layer of polyfoam, and a 6-inch support core made of high-density polyfoam. The mattress is 10 inches tall and measures a 5 out of 10 (medium) on the firmness scale.
Since it lacks the convoluted foam layer and some of the temperature-regulating features found in the foams of the Puffy Royal, the Puffy Mattress traps more heat than the Puffy Royal. The Puffy Royal is slightly more responsive and uses higher-quality foams that give it a longer expected lifespan. Because of its more complex comfort layers and zoning system, the Puffy Royal does a better job of providing support for average-weight and heavyweight sleepers.
All that being said, the Puffy is significantly cheaper than the Puffy Royal, so choosing between these two mattresses is a matter of deciding whether the added features of the Puffy Royal are worth the price.
Puffy Royal vs. Puffy Lux
The Puffy Lux mattress is 12 inches tall and contains a layer of gel memory foam, a layer of polyfoam, a layer of transitional polyfoam, and a 7-inch support core made of high-density polyfoam. The firmness level is rated as medium, or 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale.
Because the Puffy Royal has much thicker comfort layers, the Puffy Lux compresses less along the perimeter, providing better edge support. However, the Puffy Royal outperforms the Puffy Lux on responsiveness and temperature regulation, thanks to its convoluted foam layer and cooling beads. The Puffy Royal’s zoned support system also provides better lumbar support for heavier individuals.
For budget-minded sleepers who don’t need all the bells and whistles, the Puffy Lux may be a cost-effective choice.
Puffy Royal vs. Casper Wave
The Casper Wave includes polyfoam, blended latex, and memory foam in its comfort layers. Underneath this is a transitional layer of zoned high-resiliency polyfoam, and finally a support core made of high-density polyfoam. The mattress is 11.5 inches tall and has a comparatively thin support core, giving it a firmness of 4.5 out of 10 (medium soft).
The cover is a breathable wool blend that helps with temperature regulation. Combined with the ventilated latex and ventilated memory foam, this gives the Casper Wave better temperature regulation than the Puffy Royal.
As all-foam mattresses, the Casper Wave and Puffy Royal both offer above-average motion isolation and pressure relief, and weak edge support. Because of its deep cradling feel, the Casper Wave is preferred by lightweight sleepers but does not provide enough support for heavyweight individuals, especially stomach sleepers.
The Casper Wave is marginally cheaper than the Puffy Royal, which may be the deciding factor for some shoppers.
Puffy Royal vs. Loom & Leaf
The Loom & Leaf is 12 inches tall with a Euro-top cover, a layer of convoluted gel memory foam, a layer of memory foam, and a support core containing several layers of high-density polyfoam. The mattress comes in two firmness options: “Relaxed Firm” (5.5, or medium) and “Firm” (8, or firm).
The Puffy Royal and the Relaxed Firm version of the Loom & Leaf offer a comparable “hug” feeling, while the Firm version of the Loom & Leaf gives the impression of sleeping “on” instead of “in” the mattress. This makes it suitable for stomach sleepers and heavyweight sleepers who sink too far into the Puffy Royal.
The Loom & Leaf is made with higher-quality foams and we expect it to have a longer lifespan than the Puffy Royal. It also offers superior edge support, although the Puffy Royal does a better job at heat distribution. The Loom & Leaf is priced more affordably than the Puffy Royal.
Puffy Royal vs. MemoryLux
Available in three firmness settings, the MemoryLux by WinkBeds is a memory foam mattress with a breathable Tencel lyocell cover, gel-infused foam, memory foam, a transitional polyfoam layer, and a high-density polyfoam base. It is 12 inches tall in total and comes in Medium Soft (4), Medium (5), and Firm (7) options, making it suitable for a wide range of sleepers and sleeping positions.
The gel-infused polyfoam and open-cell memory foam layers allow sufficient airflow to help pull heat away from the body, leading to a cooler sleep than the Puffy Royal. In contrast, the Puffy Royal does better on motion isolation and pressure relief thanks to its thicker comfort layers. As with many foam mattresses, both models lack edge support and responsiveness.
The Puffy Royal is the more expensive of the two, but each mattress offers clear advantages and disadvantages that should make it easy to come to a decision depending on your preferences.
Puffy Royal vs. Novosbed
The Novosbed memory foam mattress is 11 inches tall and features a breathable Tencel cover. It comes in three firmness options: Soft (3.5), Medium (5), and Firm (6.5, or medium firm). All three models include two layers of memory foam and a support core made of high-density polyfoam. If customers are unhappy with the firmness level during the sleep trial, Novosbed will send a free mattress topper in a different firmness level.
The two mattresses perform similarly on temperature regulation, noise, and edge support. Since it’s slightly more responsive, the Firm Novosbed model is more conducive to sex. However, with its thick comfort layers, the Puffy Royal is hard to beat for motion isolation and pressure relief.
The Novosbed offers excellent value for money and is made with high-quality foams that should ensure a long lifespan.
Puffy Lux Mattress
Loom & Leaf Mattress
|SLEEP TRIAL||101 nights||101 nights||101 nights||100 nights||120 nights||120 nights||120 nights|
|WARRANTY LENGTH||Lifetime||Lifetime Warranty||Lifetime||10 Year, Limited||15 Year||Lifetime||15 Year, 10 non-prorated|
Puffy Royal Mattress FAQ
Sleep Trial 101 Nights
Shipping All 50 U.S. states and Canada
Made In USA
Where Can I Buy the Puffy Royal Mattress?
The Puffy Royal mattress is available for purchase exclusively through the Puffy.com website.
Where Do They Ship?
Puffy ships its mattresses to all 50 U.S. states as well as Canada. Orders in Hawaii and Alaska are subject to a $150 shipping fee.
White Glove Delivery?
Puffy does not provide White Glove delivery.
Old Mattress Removal?
Puffy does not provide old mattress removal.
Full Delivery Policy
The delivery policy for the Puffy Royal mattress is as follows:
- Mattresses ship free with FedEx and generally arrive 2 to 5 business days after order has been placed. Orders to Hawaii and Alaska will be charged an extra $150 shipping fee and will arrive within 5 to 8 business days. Customers in Canada will be charged the relevant provincial sales tax.
- All Puffy mattresses are compressed and shrink-wrapped for shipping. Set-up requires placing the box on the mattress foundation, carefully opening the box, removing the plastic, and letting the mattress regain its shape.
Trial Period and Warranty Details
- The Puffy Royal mattress is backed by a 101-night sleep trial. Puffy requires customers try the mattress for at least 14 nights before returning it, and customers are encouraged to try it for a full 30 nights to let the body become accustomed to the feel of the new mattress. The sleep trial is only valid for original purchasers who obtained the Puffy mattress directly from the company’s website.
- Puffy will provide a full refund to customers who send the mattress back during the trial period, minus the cost of any shipping fees to Hawaii, Alaska, or Canada. Returned mattresses will be donated to charity.
- Returns are limited to two total per household, with a maximum of one per year.
- Puffy guarantees its mattresses against defects in manufacturing and workmanship with a lifetime warranty. Mattresses deemed defective will be replaced free of charge with a current comparable model in the same size. As with the sleep trial, only original purchasers who bought the mattress from the Puffy.com website are eligible for the warranty.
- The warranty covers:
Visible impressions or sagging of more than 1.5 inches.
Manufacturing flaws in the cover zipper, unless these stem from improper use or overuse.
Physical flaws in the cover including tears or unraveled stitches, except in case of improper use.
- The warranty does not cover:
Normal wear and tear.
Cosmetic flaws or other small imperfections.
Mattresses that have not been used with an appropriate bed frame, base, or foundation.
Mattresses that show signs of improper use or abuse such as burns. Improper use includes using the mattress for any purpose other than sleeping, resting, or lying down.
Personal firmness or comfort preferences.
Sensitivities or allergies to materials or odors in the mattress.
Damage caused by children, rodents, or other animals.
- Puffy requires that customers provide their order number, full name, and video or photo evidence of the defect plus a short description when submitting a claim under the warranty. The company will respond within 7 business days.
8 out of 10 owner experiences show customers have had a positive experience with Puffy, irrespective of whether or not they liked their mattress.
Puffy launched in 2017 and the Puffy Royal was released in the second half of 2019.
Puffy has earned an A+ from the Better Business Bureau.
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