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Puffy vs. Saatva – Our 2020 Mattress Comparison

Written by Brad Nehring

The Bottom Line.

  • The Puffy Mattress contours to the body with plush memory foam for exceptional pressure relief and motion isolation.
  • The Saatva coil-on-coil mattress offers a responsive innerspring feel, consistent cooling, and solid support along the perimeter.
  • Both beds are reasonably priced given their high-quality designs.

Saatva vs. Puffy Mattress Overview

Saatva vs. Puffy Mattress Overview

Puffy is an online “bed-in-a-box” mattress brand that has been in business since 2017. The flagship Puffy Mattress is an all-foam model featuring a comfort layer of gel-infused memory foam over a polyfoam transitional layer. The mattress has a medium (5) feel and will conform very closely to the body for a traditional memory foam feel, which many people liken to sleeping “in” – as opposed to “on” – the surface of the bed. The Puffy Mattress also contains a support core of high-density polyfoam, and it is encased in a polyester cover. Altogether, this model measures 10 inches thick.

Saatva is another bed-in-a-box brand that first launched in 2015. The company’s flagship mattress, known as the Saatva, is a coil-on-coil innerspring. The mattress is constructed with a Euro-top cover cushioned with polyfoam and fiber padding, polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers, and a transitional layer of pocketed minicoils. Low-gauge bonnell coils make up the support core, and the cover is made of organic cotton. Customers can choose between three firmness levels for their Saatva: medium soft (4), medium firm (6), or firm (7.5). The mattress is also available in 11.5-inch and 14.5-inch profiles.

The all-foam Puffy Mattress has a very different feel compared to the Saatva innerspring, and these beds each excel – and falter – in different performance areas. However, there are a few notable similarities, as well. Read on to see how these two mattresses measure up in terms of construction, pricing, and performance. We’ve also included detailed comparison of the companies’ shipping, return, and warranty policies.

Please note: To read our reviews of each model, check out the Saatva Mattress Review and Puffy Mattress Review pages on our site. We also feature reviews of other mattresses from these two brands. These include the Loom & Leaf, Zenhaven, Saatva HD, and Solaire from Saatva; and the Puffy Lux and Puffy Royal from Puffy.

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Ratings Comparison

Puffy

Saatva Mattress

MATTRESS TYPE FoamInnerspring
FIRMNESS 54, 6, 7.5
PRICE RANGE $850.00$1,399
AVAILABILITY onlineonline
SLEEP TRIAL 101 nights180 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH Lifetime Warranty15 Year, Non-prorated
  • Puffy
  • Saatva

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
  • Puffy
  • Saatva
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
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Durability

The Puffy mattress uses slightly less dense foams which should be durable for lighter sleepers but won't last as long for heavier sleepers (230lbs+) with nightly use.

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Durability

The Puffy mattress uses slightly less dense foams which should be durable for lighter sleepers but won't last as long for heavier sleepers (230lbs+) with nightly use.

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Motion Isolation

The Puffy mattress isolates motion very well making it a good option for couples or easily disturbed sleepers

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Motion Isolation

The Puffy mattress isolates motion very well making it a good option for couples or easily disturbed sleepers

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Off-gassing

The Puffy has some potential for offgassing which should dissapate within a few days of unboxing

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Off-gassing

The Puffy has some potential for offgassing which should dissapate within a few days of unboxing

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Pressure Relief

The Puffy mattress conforms closely to sleepers which can alleviate pressure points and gives the sleeper the feeling of sleeping "in" and not "on" the mattress.

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Pressure Relief

The Puffy mattress conforms closely to sleepers which can alleviate pressure points and gives the sleeper the feeling of sleeping "in" and not "on" the mattress.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Puffy performs adequately in creating a cool sleep environment as a memory foam mattress.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Puffy performs adequately in creating a cool sleep environment as a memory foam mattress.

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Edge Support

The Puffy has decent edge support for an all-foam mattress. Owners may notice some sinkage along the perimeter but probably not to an excessive degree.

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Edge Support

The Puffy has decent edge support for an all-foam mattress. Owners may notice some sinkage along the perimeter but probably not to an excessive degree.

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Noise

The Puffy mattress will be silent when bearing weight so noise isn't a concern.

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Noise

The Puffy mattress will be silent when bearing weight so noise isn't a concern.

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Sex

The Puffy is a very conforming memory foam mattress making it less "bouncy" (responsive) so less ideal for sex compared to other mattress types

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Sex

The Puffy is a very conforming memory foam mattress making it less "bouncy" (responsive) so less ideal for sex compared to other mattress types

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Durability

Most innerspring mattresses last between six and seven years, and Saatva mattresses seem to be on par with this lifespan.

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Durability

Most innerspring mattresses last between six and seven years, and Saatva mattresses seem to be on par with this lifespan.

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Motion Isolation

Like other innersprings, the Saatva mattress does not absorb or minimize motion to a significant extent. This may be problematic for certain sleepers, such as couples who share a bed, since minimal motion isolation can lead to sleep disruptions.

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Motion Isolation

Like other innersprings, the Saatva mattress does not absorb or minimize motion to a significant extent. This may be problematic for certain sleepers, such as couples who share a bed, since minimal motion isolation can lead to sleep disruptions.

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Off-gassing

Since the Saatva mattress is not compressed for shipping, owners should not notice any off-gassing when they recieve their mattress.

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Off-gassing

Since the Saatva mattress is not compressed for shipping, owners should not notice any off-gassing when they recieve their mattress.

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Pressure Relief

Saatva features coil-on-coil construction and memory foam in the comfort layer. This allows the mattress to conform more closely and relieve pressure to a greater extent than many competing innersprings — but all-foam and latex mattresses are considered the best option for sleepers that prefer close conforming and targeted pressure relief.

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Pressure Relief

Saatva features coil-on-coil construction and memory foam in the comfort layer. This allows the mattress to conform more closely and relieve pressure to a greater extent than many competing innersprings — but all-foam and latex mattresses are considered the best option for sleepers that prefer close conforming and targeted pressure relief.

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Temperature Neutrality

Mattresses that contain foam and memory foam tend to sleep the hottest. Saatva has a more traditional innerspring construction so our testing along with data analysis show that it's one of the cooler mattress options on the market today compared to all-foam competitors.

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Temperature Neutrality

Mattresses that contain foam and memory foam tend to sleep the hottest. Saatva has a more traditional innerspring construction so our testing along with data analysis show that it's one of the cooler mattress options on the market today compared to all-foam competitors.

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Edge Support

Innerspring mattresses tend to have optimal edge support and the Saatva is no exception. Customers report a consistent sleep surface (no-roll off when sleeping towards the edge) as well as above-average push back when sitting on the edge of the mattress.

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Edge Support

Innerspring mattresses tend to have optimal edge support and the Saatva is no exception. Customers report a consistent sleep surface (no-roll off when sleeping towards the edge) as well as above-average push back when sitting on the edge of the mattress.

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Noise

Roughly 7% of Saatva owners cite noise as a complaint. This is on par with noise complaints from all innerspring owners.

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Noise

Roughly 7% of Saatva owners cite noise as a complaint. This is on par with noise complaints from all innerspring owners.

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Sex

The Saatva mattress is highly responsive and fairly bouncy, making it excellent for sex.

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Sex

The Saatva mattress is highly responsive and fairly bouncy, making it excellent for sex.

The Puffy Mattress Is Good for...
  • Sleepers who enjoy the deep contour of soft memory foam
  • Those who experience frequent back pain and/or pressure points
  • People who awaken easily due to their sleep partner’s movements
The Saatva Mattress Is Good for...
  • Sleepers who prefer the responsive, bouncy surface of a traditional innerspring
  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • Shoppers seeking a mattress with a robust support system

Sleep Position Ratings

Puffy
The Puffy offers a medium soft feel. The memory foam found in the comfort layer has a low density, so sleepers will feel very close contouring and sink deeply beneath the surface. For many side sleepers, this sensation is quite comfortable. Side sleepers typically need extra padding to align the shoulders, back, and hips. Proper alignment usually means less pressure throughout the body.

That said, side sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds are less likely to receive enough support. This can affect their spinal alignment as the shoulders and hips sink lower than the rest of the body. Back and stomach sleepers who weigh 130 pounds or more may run into a similar issue. Due to the bed’s softer feel, these sleepers may sink a bit too much around the torso and midsection. Neck and lower back pain is likely to develop as a result. Back and stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds should feel more comfortable on the Puffy Mattress, but they may still notice some uneven sinkage.

Saatva
Firmness selection is a major advantage of the Saatva. Customers can choose from three distinct feels for their mattress. The medium soft option delivers the closest body-conforming. Sleepers still feel noticeable responsiveness from the coil-on-coil construction, but the polyfoam in the Euro-top layer has a plush feel with ample padding for side sleepers. The medium firm feel also features soft polyfoam in the Euro-top layer, but slightly less padding than the medium soft. The result is a fairly responsive surface with some moderate body-contouring. This firmness level is ideal for many side, back, and stomach sleepers weighing between 130 and 230 pounds.

For the firm Saatva, the foam padding in the Euro-top layer has a firmer feel. Sleepers don’t feel much contouring from these models, but support is very strong and sinkage is less likely for back and stomach sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds. For maximum reinforcement and responsiveness, customers can opt for a firm, 14.5-inch Saatva with thicker support coils.

  • Puffy
  • Saatva
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach

Our Recommendations

Choose the Puffy Mattress if...

  • You prefer a mid-level feel and close conforming from your mattress
  • You tend to experience pressure in your shoulders, lower back, and/or hips
  • You and your sleep partner want a bed that will isolate motion and reduce sleep disturbances
  • You’re looking for a mattress sold at a below-average price-point

Choose the Saatva Mattress if...

  • You prefer a responsive, springy feel from your mattress
  • You normally sleep hot and want a bed that promotes steady airflow
  • You like sleeping on mattresses with thicker profiles
  • You’d rather not set up the bed yourself

Technical Details Comparison

Below, you’ll find prices for the Saatva and Puffy in all six standard mattress sizes. Additionally, the Saatva is available in a split king or split California king size for couples who use an adjustable bed. These models each cost $1,899. The Puffy Mattress is not available as a split king or split California king. Also, please note the Saatva’s firmness or thickness selection do not affect price-points for any size.

  • twin-bed
    Twin $795 (Puffy) $799 (Saatva)
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $825 (Puffy) $999 (Saatva)
  • twin-bed
    Full $995 (Puffy) $1,299 (Saatva)
  • twin-bed
    Queen $1,150 (Puffy) $1,399 (Saatva)
  • twin-bed
    King $1,350 (Puffy) $1,799 (Saatva)
  • twin-bed
    Split King $1,999 (Saatva)
  • twin-bed
    Cal King $1,350 (Puffy) $1,799 (Saatva)
  • twin-bed
    Split Cal King $1,999 (Saatva)

Mattress Construction

The table below lists firmness, thickness, weight, and composition specs for both mattresses. As you can see, the all-foam Puffy Mattress and Saatva innerspring are quite different in terms of construction and firmness.

Specification

Puffy Mattress

Saatva
Firmness Medium (5) Medium Soft (4)
Medium Firm (6)
Firm (7.5)
Thickness 10″ 11.5″
14.5″
Weight (Queen) 69 lbs. 110 lbs. (11.5″)
120 lbs. (14.5″)
Support Core Components 6″ HD Polyfoam 4″ 13-gauge Bonnell Coils (11.5″)
7″ 13-gauge Bonnell Coils (14.5″)
HD Polyfoam Coil Encasement
Fiber Pad
Comfort Layer Components 2″ 2.5 PCF Gel-Infused Memory Foam
2″ Transitional Polyfoam
Euro-Top Cover Sewn with Polyfoam and Fiber Padding
.625″ Polyfoam
.375″ Memory Foam
4″ Pocketed Transitional Minicoils
Cover Composition Polyester Organic Cotton

How Is the Puffy Mattress Built?

memory foam infused with cooling gel to help minimize heat buildup on the surface. The memory foam has a fairly low density. This allows the material to conform closely, but it also means the foam will probably wear out somewhat quickly – particularly for sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds. The bed’s 2-inch transitional layer is a bit denser. This ensures sleepers won’t sink too deeply into the mattress. Still, durability is below-average for the Puffy Mattress.

The support core consists of 6 inches of high-density polyfoam. This sturdy material provides decent overall stability. However, the Puffy Mattress has a plush medium feel and this can cause excessive sinkage along the edges. As a result, some sleepers may feel less comfortable lying near the perimeter and somewhat confined to the middle of the mattress. The entire mattress is encased in a soft polyester cover.

How Is the Saatva Built?

The Saatva’s construction depends largely on which firmness and thickness is selected. The mattress begins with a Euro-top layer sewn with polyfoam and fiber padding. The padding is thicker and plusher for the medium soft feel, and somewhat plush for the medium firm. The firm feel is thinner and feels more supportive. Regardless of firmness level, all Saatva beds include additional polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers over a transitional layer of pocketed minicoils. Despite these thick padding materials, the Saatva is very responsive. As a result, its pressure-relieving and motion-isolating abilities are fairly limited.

The support core contains bonnell (hourglass) coils made from recycled steel. The coils have a low gauge, meaning each one is somewhat thick, and the layer is encased in high-density polyfoam to reinforce the edges against sinkage. The 11.5-inch Saatva has 4-inch support coils, and the 14.5-inch Saatva has 7-inch coils – but both feel very springy.

Puffy Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 100 nights

  • Shipping Free to contiguous U.S.

  • Warranty Lifetime, non-prorated

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    Trial Period and Guarantee: Puffy offers a 101-night sleep trial for all mattresses.

    1. The sleep trial begins on the date of delivery.
    2. This sleep trial includes a mandatory break-in period of 14 nights. Customers may not return their mattress for a full refund until at least 14 nights have elapsed. Additionally, Puffy recommends sleeping on the mattress for at least 30 nights before returning it.
    3. Full refunds are issued for all returns within the 101-night period, minus shipping charges for Alaska and Hawaii.
    4. Puffy allows one sleep trial per household per year, and two trials maximum.
    5. In the event of a return, Puffy will help customers donate the mattress to a local charity.
  • Warranty

    Warranty: Puffy offers a lifetime warranty for the Puffy Mattress:

    1. This warranty is completely non-prorated. In the event that a defect develops at any point during its lifespan, Puffy will replace the mattress with a brand new model at no extra cost to the owner (including shipping and transportation fees).
    2. Warranty coverage is contingent on proper foundational support. The mattress ‘must be used on an appropriately sized and suitable bed frame or base.’ Using an improper support system may void the warranty. The warranty will be voided if the mattress is not used with a suitable support system and damage occurs as a result.
    3. Defects covered under warranty include sagging or body impressions in the sleep surface measuring 1.5 inches or deeper, physical flaws in the mattress that cause materials to split or crack, and manufacturing defects associated with the cover, such as zipper assembly or unraveling seams.
    4. The warranty will not cover sagging or body impressions measuring less than 1.5 inches deep. Other defects not covered include signs of physical abuse such as burns, cuts, and stains, or replacement requests that occur due to owner allergies or changes in their comfort preferences.
    5. In order to submit a warranty claim, owners must submit the order number, the owner’s full name, and both a written description and photograph of the defect in question.
    6. This warranty is exclusively reserved for original owners who purchase their mattress from Puffy or an authorized retailer. Anyone who buys or acquires their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not be eligible for warranty coverage.
  • Delivery Details

    Puffy’s delivery policy for Puffy Mattresses is as follows:

    1. Puffy ships to all 50 states. Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free ground shipping, but those in Alaska and Hawaii must pay additional delivery charges.
    2. All deliveries are coordinated through FedEx. The mattress will ship within one to three business days of purchase, but shipping times vary by location.
    3. Puffy does not offer expedited shipping, White Glove delivery, or old mattress removal for any orders.

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Saatva Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 120 nights

  • Shipping Free White Glove delivery to contiguous U.S.

  • Warranty 15 years, non-prorated

  • Made in USA

  • Trial Period Details

    Trial Period and Guarantee: Saatva offers a 120-night sleep trial for the Saatva mattress.

    1. This sleep trial does not require a break-in period of any kind; customers may return their mattress for a refund at any point of the 120-night trial.
    2. In the event of a return, customers will be issued a full refund minus a flat transportation fee of $99.
    3. Size, firmness, and thickness exchanges are also offered during the 120-night trial. Customers may exchange their bed for a flat shipping fee of $99.
  • Warranty

    Warranty: Saatva offers a 15-year warranty for the Saatva:

    1. The warranty is completely nonprorated. During the first two years, Saatva will replace a mattress at no extra charge if it is deemed defective. For the remaining warranty period, Saatva will repair and re-cover a Saatva mattress for a flat fee of $198 ($99 shipping fees for both ways).
    2. Saatva also offers the ‘Fairness Replacement Option’ in lieu of standard warranty coverage. Owners may purchase a new bed at a discounted rate, rather than having their current mattress repaired.. Saatva does not charge a delivery fee and owners may keep their old mattress at no extra cost.
    3. The ‘Fairness Replacement Option’ follows a prorated schedule. During years 3-5, owners pay 30 percent of the original mattress price. During years 6-10, owners pay 50 percent of the original price. And during years 11-15, owners pay 75 percent of the original price.
    4. The warranty is contingent on the use of a proper support system. The warranty will be voided if a Queen or King mattress is used with a metal bed frame that does not have a five- or six-legged support structure. The warranty will also be voided if a Twin or Full mattress is used with a metal bed frame that does not have four legs.
    5. The warranty covers sagging or indentations in the sleep surface that measure 1 inch or deeper.
    6. The warranty does not cover sagging or indentations that measure less than 1 inch deep. Additionally, the warranty will not cover physical damage to the mattress, including burns, cuts, or stains.
    7. Customers must notify Saatva in writing regarding any claims.
    8. The warranty is exclusively available for original owners that purchase their mattress from Saatva or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not be eligible for warranty coverage.
  • Delivery Details

    Saatva’s delivery policy for Saatva mattresses is as follows:

    1. Saatva does not charge a cancellation fee prior to the day of delivery.
    2. Saatva mattresses are made to order, and delivery times vary by location. Customers can input their zip code on Saatva’s delivery information page to see the expected wait time for their location.
    3. Customers will be given a four-hour window for the time of delivery on the predetermined day. An adult (18 years or older) must be on the premises at the time of delivery. Couriers will wait 20 minutes if the customer is running late to meet them, after which point the delivery can be rescheduled at no extra charge.
    4. If the wrong mattress is delivered, then the customer may arrange a new delivery time at no additional cost. In the meantime, they will be allowed to use the incorrect mattress; once the correct delivery has been made, the original mattress will be donated to charity.
    5. If couriers cannot fit the mattress into the customer’s bedroom due to stairs or other obstacles, they will reschedule delivery for a mattress with a smaller size. Customers won’t need to pay any extra fees apart from an additional $99 transportation fee.

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