- 1 Long Story Short
- 2 Similarities
- 3 Differences
- 4 Construction Comparison
- 5 Puffy Construction
- 6 DreamCloud Construction
- 7 Firmness Comparison
- 8 Price Comparison
- 9 Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
- 10 Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
- 11 Should I Buy A DreamCloud Or A Puffy Bed?
- 12 Conclusion
It’s hard to say which of these two brands is bigger, better, and more respected. DreamCloud and Puffy are both titans of the mattress world that have carved out huge segments of the market for themselves.
They’re both single product companies that have jumped on the recent “mattress in a box” revolution that has taken the world by storm. Today we’re going to look at each product in a huge amount of detail (layer by layer) to see which is better. We’re going to be talking about pricing, value, cooling, and sleeping positions before giving you our overall recommendation.
Long Story Short
We Chose Puffy (mostly)
- Better Price (especially with $200 discount)
- Superior Cooling
- Less Firm
- More Charitable
- Adjustable Frame Compatibility
- You can also get it in Lux version
Go with DreamCloud (also has $200 off promotion) if…
- You’re a back sleeper
- You’re on the heavier side
- You’re a fan of Eurotop mattresses
Ready for the long story? Let’s get started.
- Both are cool sleeping surfaces
- Both are hybrid products
- They cost near enough the same
- The Puffy only has 2 layers and the DreamCloud has 8
- There’s no memory foam in the Puffy (it uses Comfort Cloud)
- The DreamCloud is much thicker than the Puffy (almost twice as thick)
We like to start these articles off by looking at each product layer by layer to see what materials they have inside and what jobs they perform.
Both of these products are hybrid mattresses that combine several materials on top of one another to create a final product that can benefit from their various different strengths and properties.
Normally when we talk about a hybrid mattress, we’re looking for at least 3 or more layers – but the puffy only has two. This was something that made us incredibly skeptical at first, but as we learned more – we understood why.
The reason that there are only two layers in this product, is because the top layer is so advanced it manages to provide all the exceptional properties of this mattress pretty much single-handedly.
Puffy has spent 4 years developing their own proprietary material called “Comfort Cloud” that has been through more research and development than perhaps any other material used in mattress design today.
It’s another material that likes to think of itself as a “memory foam killer” and has been designed to retain the contouring properties of memory foam while improving on some of its annoying downsides.
The contouring speed is perhaps one of the most notable improvements that Comfort Cloud can boast of. Normal memory foam has a slow response time, which means it takes a little while for the material to contour to your body (because it needs a little body heat to start the reaction).
Comfort Cloud, however, doesn’t need heat to do this, and the contouring starts almost instantly – you’ll love this when you first get into bed, and you’ll love it when you change position at night too.
We’d argue that the most important benefit that Comfort Cloud has over memory foam is thermal regulation.
Memory foam is infamous for being a super warm sleeping surface. Unfortunately, the reason it has these overheating problems is the same reason it has the contouring properties that we all know and love – so it’s tricky to solve.
Memory foam is made from little individual cells of air that compress when put under pressure, they expand back to their original shape and size when you get off the bed. Over the night the air inside these cells heats up, and as the cells are completely enclosed it can’t ventilate out into the bedroom.
This causes hotspots underneath the sleeper and becomes uncomfortable quickly.
Comfort Cloud doesn’t use a cell-based design for its contouring properties, and as such there are no overheating issues present here. In fact, the opposite is true, it has been designed to have excellent ventilation throughout the entire layer – ensuring hot air can escape with ease.
At this point, we’re already in the territory of the coolest sleeping surfaces on the planet – but Puffy hasn’t stopped there…
Cooling gel is one of the ways that you can keep traditional memory foam products from overheating. A conductive gel is added to the material when it’s being made which is highly efficient at transferring heat. The gel absorbs the heat before the mattress does and spreads it out throughout the sleeping surface – reducing hotspots despite the same amount of heat being present (roughly).
Puffy have made their own cooling gel for this product called “Cooling Cloud”. It’s a kind of smart gel that aims to keep your mattress at an optimal temperature instead of going full steam ahead with cooling.
They needed to do this because it would possibly create a sleeping surface that’s too cold otherwise – and there are not many products we can say that about…
High-Density Support Foam
The second layer in this product is almost embarrassingly basic compared to the Comfort Cloud layer above. It’s a high quality, standard high-density support foam that is literally only here to provide a strong and stable base for the awesomeness above.
The DreamCloud is an 8-layer 15-inch thick hybrid product that has some pretty advanced materials inside of it – but individually none of them are even close to the level of technology you’ll find in the Puffy.
Cashmere Blend EuroTop
The top layer of this product is a eurotop that’s been filled with a generous amount of super soft cashmere wool blend. It provides an incredible sense of luxuriousness to the mattress and gives it a resort like feel – we absolutely love it.
Cooling Gel Memory Foam
This layer works almost exactly the same as the cooling gel we talked about in the Puffy above. The only difference here is that this is a memory foam layer, and as such the cooling gel is combating the hot air that builds up inside the cells of the material.
Due to this, it’s not a special smart gel-like Cooling Cloud, this gel works as hard as it can to spread the heat out and keep the sleeping surface as cool as possible. It’s highly effective, and it’s a super cool sleeping surface.
Quilted Memory Foam
This layer works hand in hand with the eurotop layer to provide a little more comfort and luxuriousness to the product. It’s made from a quilted memory foam that kind of makes you feel like you’re floating on top of the mattress while being cradled by it at the same time (we know that sounds contradictory, but that’s how we’d describe it).
There’s very little support added by this layer (but there is some), its main job is to make you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven every time you lie down on the DreamCloud…
And we think it works.
This layer of all natural latex has the important job of providing some responsiveness and bounce to the mattress.
If you’ve owned a pure memory foam product before you’ll know that you kind of just sink into them instead of getting a little bit of a push back from the mattress. It’s an unusual feeling that many people dislike slightly, but as latex is naturally responsive and a little bit bouncy – it solves the issue.
It’s also a great thermal regulator too as latex is naturally a great ventilator. This means that heat that makes it this far down into the mattress won’t get trapped and escape into the bedroom – keeping things cool.
Dream Plush Memory Foam
This layer of memory foam is mainly a transition layer that is designed to make the transition from the softer layers above to the support layers below a little more gradual. It’s a medium firm foam that provides a bit of support, and it’s not got cooling gel or open cell technology inside of it (but as it’s so far down in the mattress it’s not really a problem).
Super Dense Super Soft Memory Foam
Despite the flashy title, this layer of memory foam is almost identical to the layer above – it’s just made from a slightly firmer foam. Again it provides a little bit of support, but it’s mainly a transition layer to soften the gradient.
Best Rest Coils
This is perhaps the most innovative and interesting layer of the DreamCloud. It’s a layer of pocketed coils that are completely independent of one another.
Old innerspring mattresses have a layer of coils that are all connected. When you push down on one coil in an innerspring product it makes the coils close by compress too. This creates a general dip in the bed and is less than ideal in terms of support.
As the coils in this layer are not connected, they will only compress if you’re applying direct pressure to them. This creates a much more accurate representation of your body shape in the mattress and provides a huge amount of support.
But that’s not the interesting thing about this layer…
This layer has 5 zoned support sections, each of which has a different firmness of coil in them. This allows DreamCloud to tailor the support provided at different points in the mattress to be optimal for side sleepers (as it’s the most popular sleeping position).
You get more support where you need it, and less support where you don’t. It sounds like an obvious design pattern – but it’s far less common than you would think (and it works very well).
High-Density Memory Foam
The base layer of this product is equally as boring as the base layer of the Puffy. It’s made from a super strong, super high-density memory foam that provides a strong base for the rest of the mattress.
Both of these products are medium firm mattresses that are 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Unless you’ve got very specific tastes for super soft or very firm products, you’re going to find both of them comfortable.
At smaller sizes, the DreamCloud and the Puffy are more or less the same price. But when you get to queen sized products and above, the DreamCloud is a little bit more expensive.
Note: Puffy have got a “time-limited promotion” on their website that pretends you’ve got to buy quickly to receive a discount. As far as we can tell this isn’t a real time limit, and the discount has been going on for quite some time.
Dream Cloud Prices (With Discount Applied)
- Twin $599
- Twin XL $799
- Full $799
- Queen $1,199
- King $1,299
- California king $1,299
Puffy Prices (With Discount Applied)
- Twin – $595
- Twin XL – $625
- Full – $795
- Queen – $950
- King – $1,150
- California King – $1,150
Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
The DreamCloud is one of the coolest mattresses in this price bracket. The cooling gel combined with the latex and the natural ventilation of a coiled section (that’s mainly air inside) work excellently. It’s a super cool sleeping surface.
But the Puffy is something else, it’s one of the coolest mattresses on the planet (in any price bracket).
They’ve literally had to modify their Cooling Cloud gel to ensure it doesn’t get too cold throughout the night.
Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
Both products are excellent for side sleepers and will provide a very comfortable night’s sleep.
But in terms of spinal alignment, the DreamCloud is better thanks to the zoned support section. It’s literally been designed to be optimized for side sleepers, and you’ll struggle to find a product in this price bracket that does more to promote a healthy side sleeping spinal position.
Should I Buy A DreamCloud Or A Puffy Bed?
We were dreading this section, it’s just too close for us to call. These are both excellent products.
If you’re known to get super hot throughout the night, we’d recommend the Puffy. Its cooling capabilities are second to none.
If you’ve got joint pain and you’re a side sleeper, we’d recommend the DreamCloud. The zoned support sections work wonderfully.
But apart from those specific situations, which one you choose is entirely up to you.
You’re not going to be disappointed by either of these amazing products.
So there you have it, that’s what we think about the DreamCloud and the Puffy mattress.
These are two of the best value for money products on the market. They both are packed full of advanced technology (of different kinds) and they’re both luxurious and comfortable with loads of support.
Either of them are more than worthy of your consideration.