- 1 Construction Comparison
- 2 Leesa Construction
- 3 Pros And Cons
- 4 Puffy Construction
- 5 Pros And Cons
- 6 Firmness Comparison
- 7 Price Comparison
- 8 Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
- 9 Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
- 10 Should I Buy A Puffy Or A Leesa bed?
- 11 Conclusion
Today we’re going to be putting two great products head to head in a comparison review. Both Puffy and Leesa are reasonably new brands in the mattress world who have capitalized on the sudden mattress in a box craze that is transforming the industry.
They’ve both got excellent reviews from critics and customers alike, and they’re both pretty advanced mattresses that utilize cutting-edge materials and design patterns to create their final products.
But which one is better?
We’re going to look at both products in a huge amount of detail to see what we like (and what we don’t like) about them. We’ll answer some frequently asked questions, before giving you our overall recommendation when we announce the winner at the end of this article.
Let’s get started.
- Both are hybrid products
- They’re both pure foam mattresses
- They’re essentially the same price
- The Leesa uses Avena Foam & the Puffy uses Comfort Cloud
- The Puffy sleeps cooler than the Leesa
- The amount of layers differs between the mattresses significantly
Both of these products are hybrid mattresses that use different materials in layers to create their final product. In this section, we’re going to look at what materials are being used, and why these brands are using them.
Avena foam is a reasonably old material that was first created to be a synthetic alternative to natural latex.
Normal latex is one of the most expensive materials used in mattress design as it’s a natural material made that requires a huge amount of manpower to create compared to chemical based materials. Latex, however, is well worth it for some people, as it provides great support, excellent responsiveness, and it’s good at staying cool throughout the night too.
Avena foam has been designed to have all these properties too, and while it’s not exactly the same as latex in terms of response, support, and thermal regulation – it’s pretty close.
The one issue normal latex has is durability. It’s a natural material that will often degrade quicker than other materials used in mattress design and as such products made from the material have a shorter lifespan.
This is one of the main benefits Avena foam has over latex, it’s much more durable and is comparable to memory foam and comfort foam in terms of longevity. Avena foam is also much cheaper than latex to produce, but the downside to this is that it’s no longer an eco-friendly natural product – and lots of chemicals are used to create it.
The special thing about this layer is that it’s not a solid flat piece, instead, it has been designed to have a shape that’s similar to an egg carton on its underside. There are countless ventilation holes that run through the layer from the top all the way through to bottom too.
Hot air can ventilate through these holes into the channels that are created from this non-flat design pattern and then ventilate out into the bedroom efficiently.
It’s a simple design, that’s not unique to the Leesa, but that doesn’t make it any less effective. This is a super cool sleeping surface.
This is a pretty normal layer of memory foam without any cooling gel or open cell technology inside of it. The most interesting thing about this foam is perhaps the fact that it’s a little more adaptive than normal foam. It requires less body heat to start the contouring process and will form around your body shape and provide support faster. It’s not a huge difference compared to standard memory foam, but it’s noticeable.
High-Density Support Foam
The final layer is a support section that provides a base for the upper layers to rest on. It’s a high-quality high-density support foam that’s perhaps a little firmer than normal support foam – but it’s nothing special
Pros And Cons
- Ventilation channels in top layer
- Avena foam
- Sleeps very cool
- Slightly better at contouring than normal memory foam
- Great brand
- No cooling tech in the memory foam layer
The puffy is one of the most advanced mattresses on the market in terms of materials. They’ve spent over 4 years developing their own brand of foam called Comfort Cloud that has been designed to improve upon standard memory foam in many different ways.
There are only 2 layers in this mattress, but that’s because comfort cloud does all the good stuff pretty much single-handedly.
Comfort Cloud has properties that are very similar to memory foam, most notably it contours to your body. This allows the material to have the same kind of supportive benefits as memory foam and is almost equally as good at forming to your body shape (although memory foam is slightly better).
But that’s where the similarities with memory foam end.
For example, comfort cloud is an excellent thermal regulator that will dissipate heat much better than memory foam. The reason memory foam gets hot is because it has lots of cells inside the material that contain air. The cells are completely enclosed and the air cannot escape when body heat enters the mattress and heats it up. This causes hotspots and results in a warm sleeping surface.
As comfort cloud can contour like memory foam without having to use a cell-based design like this, it doesn’t have this problem. The opposite is true actually, and it is one of the best materials in terms of natural ventilation on the market – it’s super cool.
Because comfort cloud doesn’t need to use a cell-based design, it’s also much more responsive than memory foam – which means it’s going to contour to your body shape quicker. Traditional memory foam needs body heat to start the contouring process as it softens the walls of the cells we just mentioned, but comfort cloud has no cells – so it needs no body heat to start supporting you to its full potential.
Comfort cloud is already much cooler than memory foam, but Puffy hasn’t stopped there. They’ve added a special kind of cooling gel to the mix called Cooling Cloud and it’s a little bit different to normal cooling gels.
Cooling gels are added to a memory foam mix before it has been hardened into a foam and they are excellent thermal conductors. When heat enters the mattress the cooling gel absorbs it before it gets inside the cells of air and then spreads it out to all the other cooling gel in the mattress.
This reduces hot spots and results in a cooler sensation for the sleeper – despite there being more or less the same amount of heat in the mattress.
Cooling Cloud doesn’t work like this, instead of aiming to be as cool as possible it tries to achieve an optimum temperature. If Cooling Cloud went full steam ahead with cooling, the Puffy might be too cool to be comfortable thanks to the amazing thermal regulation properties of Comfort Cloud.
It’s a mind-blowing concept for mattress nerds like us, and it’s hands down one of the best materials on the market
High-Density Support Foam
The bottom layer of this product is more or less the same as the bottom layer of the Leesa. It’s a boring high-density support foam that does its job well and provides a durable, long lasting, and stable base for all the amazingness in the Comfort Cloud layer above.
Pros And Cons
- Comfort cloud
- Super cool sleeping surface
- Good value for money
- Very comfortable and supportive
- Almost instant contouring action
- Great brand
- None really
Both the Leesa and the Puffy are medium firm products, the Leesa rates at around 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale and the Puffy is at 6.5 out of 10. This means that technically the Leesa is a little firmer than the puffy, but in reality, they’re more or less the same.
Medium firmness is the most agreeable and most popular firmness level, and unless you’ve got very specific tastes – we think you’re going to love it.
The Puffy and the Leesa are very similarly priced products. In some sizes, the Puffy is more expensive and in other sizes, the Leesa is more expensive. Regardless, the difference is almost negligible and you shouldn’t choose one or the other based on cost alone.
Something that we really dislike about the Puffy is the hard sell discount countdown timer on their website. When you first visit the site a huge ticking clock starts at the bottom of the screen stating that you have to buy in under an hour to get the saving.
This is a load of nonsense.
You can clear your cookies and visit the site again to get the discount “timer” reset. If Puffy decide to upgrade their detection and apply this discount seriously, then all you have to do is use another computer (or your phone) on a different internet connection (or your mobile network) to appear like a new user and get the discount again.
It’s a low brow sales tactic that we really dislike, it kind of casts some shade on the brand that is quite honestly not needed. Their product is more than good enough to sell itself without these cheap tricks.
Puffy Pricing (with “time limited” discount applied)
- Twin – $595
- Twin XL – $625
- Full – $795
- Queen – $950
- King – $1,150
- California King – $1,150
- Twin $525
- Twin XL $695
- Full $855
- Queen $995
- King $1,195
- California King $1,195
Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
The Leesa is a very cool mattress that benefits from the natural breathability of the Avena foam top layer – especially when it’s combined with the egg carton ventilation channel system. It’s a super cool sleeping surface that’s not going to disappoint.
However, the Puffy is much cooler, it’s one of the coolest mattresses on the planet.
If you need convincing of this, then just remind yourself that Puffy had to invent a new kind of cooling gel (Cooling Cloud) that has to aim for an optimum temperature instead of being as cool as possible. If they used a normal gel, it would possibly make the mattress too cool to be considered comfortable.
There are few products on the market that can match this level of cooling – regardless of how much you pay for it.
Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
To be totally honest, both of these products are excellent for side sleepers – which is not a coincidence.
Side sleeping is the most popular sleeping position by a wide margin, and as such it’s also the most profitable sleeping position for single product brands like Puffy and Leesa to aim their products towards.
The support these products provide and the way their materials have been configured are custom made for side sleepers. They’ll promote proper spinal alignment by spreading out pressure and providing support where you need it.
Should I Buy A Puffy Or A Leesa bed?
This is a tough call, both of these products are excellent.
We really like the Avena foam layer in the Leesa. The material itself has some amazing properties and the way that they have used the drilled ventilation hole system combined with the egg carton style shape is brilliant. The ventilation it provides is top notch, and it’s not exactly lacking in the comfort and support departments either.
Comfort Cloud, on the other hand, is one of the most advanced materials in the mattress world at the moment. We love the way that it contours immediately and provides responsive support where you need it. The cooling capabilities of the product are even more impressive, and we love getting the chance to talk about it.
If push came to shove, we’d probably recommend the Puffy – but the Leesa is a very close second that’s more than worthy of your consideration.
So there you have it, that’s what we think about the Puffy and the Leesa.
These are both excellent mattresses that are going to provide you with a cool and comfortable sleeping surface that stands the test of time. Whichever one you choose you’re going to be happy with – add them both to your shortlist.