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Puffy vs. Tuft & Needle – Our 2019 Mattress Comparison Guide

Written by - Keith Cushner.

The Bottom Line.

  • Both the Puffy and the T&N Mattress are polyfoam-based mattress, but the Puffy is medium while the T&N is medium-firm.
  • The T&N features a comfort layer with gel and graphite infusions.
  • The Puffy is ideal for sleepers under 230 lbs, while the T&N is a good choice for back sleepers regardless of their weight.

51,409 Verified Customer Experiences

118 Unique Review Sources

95 Hours of Lab Testing

8 Sleep Experts Consulted

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Puffy Mattress vs. T&N Mattress Overview

Puffy, which launched in 2017, offers two models: the premium Puffy Lux, and their flagship Puffy Mattress. The latter is a true medium-firmness (5 out of 10) mattress which features temperature-regulating comfort layers. The first is made from 2 inches of temperature-resistant polyfoam, and the second is 2 inches of gel foam. Both rest on a 6-inch support core of high-density polyfoam.

Despite the Puffy’s medium firmness level, it offers superb contouring and softness due to using softer-than-average foams in the comfort layers. Sleepers under 230 lbs. will enjoy this combination of support and comfort, though those who weigh more than 230 lbs. may find with time that the Puffy lacks the support they need.

Note: In addition to the Puffy Mattress, Puffy also offers the premium Puffy Lux model. This page compares only the Puffy and Tuft & Needle flagship mattresses.

Tuft & Needle was founded in 2012 and sells two mattresses, one of which is the flagship T&N Mattress. At $595 for a Queen, this mattress has a price point which is significantly lower than some of its competitors. It offers a medium-firm (6.5 out of 10) resilience which has ideal support for back sleepers, particularly those below 130 lbs. or above 230 lbs.

The support core is 7 inches of high-density polyfoam, and the comfort layer is 3 inches of polyfoam which they have infused with gel and graphite (charcoal). Both infusions are intended to improve the mattress’s heat neutrality, and our testing has found that the T&N Mattress does indeed sleep relatively cool.

Note: In addition to the T&N Mattress, Tuft & Needle also offers the newer Mint Mattress model. This page compares only the Puffy and Tuft & Needle flagship mattresses.

Ratings Comparison

Puffy

T&N Mattress

MATTRESS TYPE FoamFoam
FIRMNESS 56.5
PRICE RANGE $850.00$595
AVAILABILITY onlineonline
SLEEP TRIAL 101 nights100 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH Lifetime Warranty10 Year, Non-prorated
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  • Puffy
  • T&N Mattress

Full Sleep Rating

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

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
  • Puffy
  • T&N Mattress
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
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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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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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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, which puts it on par with similarly constructed memory foam mattresses

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Edge Support

The Puffy has decent edge support, which puts it on par with similarly constructed memory foam mattresses

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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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Durability

T&N Mattresses are designed to perform for six to seven years, which is on par with similar models. The mattresses have been sold for less than five years, and longevity past the five-year mark has not been evaluated, but owners report minimal sagging and deterioration.

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Durability

T&N Mattresses are designed to perform for six to seven years, which is on par with similar models. The mattresses have been sold for less than five years, and longevity past the five-year mark has not been evaluated, but owners report minimal sagging and deterioration.

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Motion Isolation

Although T&N Mattresses contain no memory foam, customer reports indicate that the sleep surface absorbs and reduces motion transfer to a significant extent.

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Motion Isolation

Although T&N Mattresses contain no memory foam, customer reports indicate that the sleep surface absorbs and reduces motion transfer to a significant extent.

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Off-gassing

Some off-gassing is to be expected with the T&N Mattress, but these odors will dissipate rather quickly.

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Off-gassing

Some off-gassing is to be expected with the T&N Mattress, but these odors will dissipate rather quickly.

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Sex

T&N Mattresses are somewhat bouncy, but they may not be responsive enough for some couples.

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Sex

T&N Mattresses are somewhat bouncy, but they may not be responsive enough for some couples.

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Temperature Neutrality

A small number of T&N Mattress owners claim their mattress sleeps excessively hot, but most say temperature neutrality is not a significant issue.

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Temperature Neutrality

A small number of T&N Mattress owners claim their mattress sleeps excessively hot, but most say temperature neutrality is not a significant issue.

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Edge Support

Edge support is questionable with the T&N Mattress and sinkage may occur along the perimeter of the bed.

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Edge Support

Edge support is questionable with the T&N Mattress and sinkage may occur along the perimeter of the bed.

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Noise

T&N Mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Noise

T&N Mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

The Puffy Mattress is Good for...
  • All sleepers who weigh less than 230 lbs
  • Customers who prefer a medium firmness but want soft-feel comfort layers
  • Sleepers who find that ordinary memory foam sleeps too warm
  • People with joint or pressure point pain
The T&N Mattress is Good for...
  • Back sleepers, particularly those below 130 lbs. or above 230 lbs
  • Side sleepers above 130 lbs
  • Stomach sleepers above 130 lbs
  • Customers who want an affordable foam mattress which sleeps cool

Sleep Position Ratings

The Puffy Mattress

Due to its incredibly soft-feeling comfort layers, as well as its true medium (5 out of 10) firmness level, the Puffy Mattress tends to be extremely comfortable for all sleepers who weigh less than 230 lbs. This is particularly true for side sleepers who weigh less than 130 lbs, who will find that the mattress supports the curve of their spine while cradling their joints and pressure points.

People who weigh more than 230 lbs, however, may find that the Puffy lacks the support they need for a comfortable sleep. Because of this, we have rated the Puffy as “fair” for sleepers above 230 lbs, and as “good” or “very good” for those under this weight.

The T&N Mattress

The T&N Mattress is most likely to appeal to back-sleepers, particularly those below 130 lbs. and those above 230 lbs. It offers proper spinal alignment in this position, combined with enough contouring to cradle any potential pressure areas. Side sleepers between 130 lbs. and 230 lbs. will also find that this mattress has the right combination of softness and support.

However, all sleepers above 130 lbs. will find that the T&N offers a good night’s sleep. Side and stomach sleepers below 130 lbs. are more likely to find this mattress too firm despite the 3-inch polyfoam comfort layer.

  • Puffy
  • T&N Mattress
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 need a contouring mattress for joint pain
  • You weigh less than 230 lbs. and want a medium firmness mattress
  • You are a side sleeper under 130 lbs
  • You like highly-contouring, soft-feel mattresses

Choose the T&N Mattress if...

  • You’re looking for an affordable, cool-sleeping polyfoam mattress
  • You sleep on your back
  • You sleep on your side or stomach and weigh more than 130 lbs
  • You need close contouring and conforming for pain relief

Technical Details Comparison

Sizing and Pricing

  • twin-bed
    Twin $350 The T&N $795 The Puffy
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $395 The T&N $825 The Puffy
  • twin-bed
    Full $495 The T&N $995 The Puffy
  • twin-bed
    Queen $595 The T&N $1,150 The Puffy
  • twin-bed
    King $750 The T&N $1,350 The Puffy
  • twin-bed
    Cali King $750 The T&N $1,350 The Puffy

Mattress Construction

Next let’s look at how the Puffy and T&N mattresses are made. The table below lists firmness, thickness, weight, and composition specs for both beds.

Specification Puffy T&N Mattress
Firmness 5 (Medium) 6.5 (Medium-firm)
Thickness 10″ 10″
Weight (Queen) 72 lbs. 72 lbs.
Support Core Components 6″ HD Polyfoam 7″ HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 2″ Gel Memory Foam
2″ Temperature-resistant Polyfoam
3″ Polyfoam Infused with Gel and Graphite
Cover Composition Polyester Polyester and Polyamide Blend

How Is the Puffy Mattress Built?

If you’re concerned about the chemicals used in memory foam, rest easy knowing that Puffy only uses materials which are CertiPUR-US®-Certified to be free of carcinogens and toxins. The Puffy Mattress has a 10-inch profile (the same as the T&N Mattress) and is based on a 6-inch support core of high-density polyfoam.

This core allows for a medium (5 out of 10) firmness level, which is appealing to many sleep types. The two 2-inch comfort layers are made of softer-than-average foams, allowing for excellent contouring while still retaining enough support for sleepers who weigh less than 230 lbs. One comfort layer is a temperature-resistant polyfoam, while the other is a gel memory foam with temperature-regulating properties.

Instead of using an integrated cover like many other mattresses, Puffy has a zip-off polyester cover which can be removed and washed as needed. To prevent you from having to do this too often, it is also stain-resistant.

How Is the T&N Mattress Built?

Like the Puffy, the T&N Mattress uses only materials which have been CertiPUR-US®-Certified as toxin-free and carcinogen-free. Its 10-inch profile comes from two layers: a 7-inch support core, and a 3-inch comfort layer. The support core provides a medium-firm (6.5 out of 10) feel, making it a good fit for back-sleepers.

Tuft & Needle has chosen to infuse the comfort layer with graphite and gel, making it less likely to retain heat and allowing for greater temperature neutrality. The comfort layer also has better contouring qualities than some other polyfoam options, allowing it to conform closely to the body for joint and pressure point relief.

Due to the T&N’s thick support core and medium-firm firmness level, it can feel harder than some other options despite its comfort layer. This means it may not be the right choice for side and stomach sleepers below 130 lbs.

Puffy Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 101-night

  • Shipping USA and Canada

  • Warranty Lifetime

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    Puffy offers a 101-night sleep trial for the Puffy Mattress.

    To ensure that you’re happy with your mattress purchase, Puffy offers a 101-night sleep trial. At any point during this period you can return your mattress for a full refund, minus any shipping fees. However, it does take approximately 30 days to become accustomed to any new mattress. Because of this, Puffy encourages customers to wait out the month before making a decision.

    If you do decide to return your Puffy mattress, there are no pick-up fees. Puffy will work with your local facilities to donate your used mattress.

     

     

  • Warranty

    Puffy offers a lifetime warranty.

    For the first ten years of your warranty, Puffy will either repair or replace your mattress if it develops any of the covered problems. These include indentations over 1.5 inches, sagging of more than 1.5 inches, a cracked zipper, or unraveling of the cover.

    After ten years they will still be happy to do so, but you will also have the option of a 50% discount on a new mattress. If you choose this “Quick Sleep” option, you can keep your previous mattress as well. The warranty does not cover ordinary changes, owner damage, or wear-and-tear. It is non-transferrable and is void if you do not support your mattress correctly.

     

     

  • Delivery Details

    How is the Mattress Shipped?

    Your mattress will arrive compressed, vacuum-sealed, and packed inside a protective box.

     

    Where Do They Ship?

    If you live within the contiguous U.S. states, or in most of the Canadian provinces, you can take advantage of free shipping. Customers in Hawaii, Alaska, and some parts of Canada will have to pay a fee. International shipping outside Canada is unavailable.

     

    White Glove Delivery

    Puffy does not offer White Glove delivery.

     

    Full Shipping Details

    Puffy ships mattresses via FedEx within two business days of payment. Once shipped, your mattress should arrive within 3-5 business days if you live within the contiguous U.S. states. If you live in Canada, Hawaii, or Alaska, check your provided FedEx tracking number for a better idea of when to expect your delivery. Puffy doesn’t offer white glove delivery services, so you will have to move and set up your mattress yourself. The Queen model weighs 72 lbs, so have someone to help you if you’re not confident in your ability to set it up yourself.

     

    Old Mattress Removal?

    Puffy does not offer old mattress removal.

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Tuft & Needle Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 100-night sleep trial

  • Shipping Free in the contiguous U.S.

  • Warranty 10-year non prorated

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period

    Tuft & Needle offers a 100-night sleep trial for the T&N Mattress.

    Once your T&N Mattress arrives, you have 100 nights to decide whether or not to keep it. Like Puffy, Tuft & Needle encourages you to wait out the 30-day break-in period, but you are also free to begin the return process at any point during your trial. If you do decide against keeping the T&N, you will receive a full refund on the cost of your mattress, though not any shipping fees.

    You may also choose instead to upgrade to the newer Mint Mattress by paying the difference ($400 for a Queen). Tuft & Needle encourages you to donate your used mattress locally, but they will also arrange to pick up your mattress and do not charge a fee for this service. One return per year is accepted per household.

     

     

  • Warranty

    Tuft & Needle offers a 10-year non prorated warranty

    Tuft & Needle will, at its sole option, replace or repair your mattress during the warranty period if it develops one of the covered problems. These are visible sagging or indentations greater than three quarters of an inch, production flaws which cause the foam to split or crack, and manufacturing defects in the cover which cause unraveling or tearing.

    Normal use, owner damage (such as burns, stains, and tears), and ordinary changes to the foam (such as minor softening) are not covered. The warranty becomes void if your mattress is not given a proper foundation for support, as the T&N mattress is intended to work with some kind of bed base and improper support can cause structural damage to the mattress. You cannot transfer the warranty if you sell or give away your mattress.

     

     

  • Delivery Details

    How is the Mattress Shipped?

    Tuft & Needle ship their mattress compressed and boxed.

     

    Where Do They Ship?

    Customers in the contiguous U.S. states receive free shipping, while those in Alaska and Hawaii will pay a fee which is usually between $120 and $200.

     

    White Glove Delivery

    Tuft & Needle do not offer White Glove delivery.

     

    Full Shipping Details

    After your payment is accepted, your mattress will be shipped via FedEx. Most people receive their mattress with 3-5 business days, but you will also receive a FedEx tracking number to give you a better idea of when to expect your new mattress. (Customers in Alaska and Hawaii are more likely to experience a longer wait time.) Expedited delivery is unavailable, but same-day delivery for $50 is available to customers in some areas of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle. As these deliveries take place between 4pm and 9:30pm, you must place your order by 3:45pm to qualify.

     

    Old Mattress Removal?

    Tuft & Needle do not offer old mattress removal.

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