- 1 Similarities
- 2 Differences
- 3 Construction Comparison
- 4 Loom & Leaf Construction
- 5 Puffy Construction
- 6 High-Density Foam
- 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 Puffy Or A Loom & Leaf Bed?
- 12 Conclusion
Today we’re going to put two of the most technologically advanced mattresses on the market head to head to see which one comes out on top.
The Puffy has become a little bit of a legend in the mattress world, which is impressive considering the reasonably short amount of time it’s been on the market. They’ve put a huge amount of time and energy into developing materials that are quite literally on the cutting edge of mattress technology.
Loom & Leaf, however, aren’t exactly back in the stone age either. They’ve developed manufacturing techniques that are able to improve the efficiency of current materials dramatically – which takes their performance to a whole new level.
We’re going to look at both products in a huge amount of detail to see what’s good (and what’s not so good) about them. We’re going discuss various aspects and categories that any good mattress needs to have, and we’re going to finally provide you with our overall recommendation and announce the winner.
Let’s get started.
- Both products use a hybrid design pattern
- Two excellent brands with big reputations
- Long warranty on both
- The Loom & Leaf is more expensive
- Puffy uses Cloud Comfort Foam
- The Loom & Leaf is a memory foam product
In this section, we’re going to see what’s inside both of these products to give you an idea of what kind of technology you’re getting for your money.
Both of these mattresses are hybrid products that use several materials in their design. This combines their various properties to create a product that ends up being much more than the sum of its parts.
An interesting thing to note here, however, is that both products have a reasonably low number of layers (2 in the Puffy and 3 in the Loom & Leaf) and we’re usually used to seeing 5+ layers in normal mattresses.
But these are not normal mattresses…
Loom & Leaf Construction
The top layer of the Loom & Leaf is made from a high-quality cotton that’s got a little bit of padding to it. It’s pretty basic but it’s soft and is a great wicking agent that will draw any moisture (sweat) away from the sleeper.
Cooling Spinal Gel Memory Foam
The top layer of this mattress is made from memory foam, which could start a few alarm bells ringing for some people.
Memory foam is well known for its poor thermal regulation properties, and when it’s used in a top layer it’s in direct contact with the sleeper – which makes matters worse.
The reason memory foam gets so hot is because it’s made from countless little cells that also give the material the contouring properties that make it so valuable in mattress design. These cells squash under pressure and then snap back to their original size when released.
The cells contain air inside of them, and throughout the night body heat enters the mattress and makes its way into the cells where the air begins to heat up. As the air is completely trapped inside each cell, the mattress warms and hot spots form underneath the sleeper.
Cooling gel works by trying to intercept the heat before it has the chance to get into the cells in the first place. The gel is an excellent thermal conductor and spreads the heat evenly across all the gel in the mattress. This results in a cooler sensation for the sleeper despite the same amount of heat being in the mattress.
For this system to work well, it’s important to ensure that there’s an even distribution of cooling gel throughout the entire mattress. If some parts have more gel than others then hotspots can form and the thermal transfer will be much less efficient.
It sounds simple, but it’s actually really hard to ensure the gel is distributed evenly.
Loom & Leaf have made their own method of ensuring that gel is properly mixed into the foam when it is being made. They call it “gel swirl” technology, and quite honestly we don’t know how it works.
We do however know what the results of their method look like – and it’s impeccable. It’s some of the most evenly distributed cooling gel we’ve ever heard of.
As an added bonus, Loom & Leaf have made the bottom of this layer contoured. It kind of looks like the bottom of an egg carton and creates lots of peaks and troughs for air to flow through. It works hand in hand with the efficient distribution of the cooling gel and allows for the heat to be ventilated out into the bedroom efficiently.
Comfort Foam Layer
The second layer in the Loom & Leaf is made from comfort foam that’s high quality but reasonably boring in comparison. This layer provides a little bit of support to the layer above and is also a gradient layer that ensures the transition to the firm base layer isn’t too sudden and noticeable.
High-Density Support Foam
The bottom layer of this product is made from high-density support foam. Like almost every mattress on the market, there’s not much interesting to say about it. It’s made from a decent quality foam that provides some support and it’s a strong and stable base for the rest of the mattress to rest on.
The Puffy mattress is only made from two different layers of material, and quite honestly the bottom layer is nothing more than support. The top layer is where all the magic happens.
We’re not being hyperbolic when we say that this is easily one of the most advanced materials that have ever been used in mattress design. Puffy spent 4 years developing Comfort Cloud to provide many of the benefits of memory foam, without any of its weaknesses.
As you’d expect from a product that tries to be a “memory foam killer” it’s got some contouring properties and will shape to your body in a similar fashion to memory foam. If we’re being totally honest there are some high-quality premium memory foams that contour better than Comfort Cloud – but the difference in performance is small.
That, however, is the only slightly negative thing we have to say about Comfort Cloud.
Let’s look at the benefits.
One of the most common things people have to say about memory foam is that the amount of time it takes to form to your body shape is a little bit annoying. It’s not a deal breaker, but if you’ve slept on a memory foam bed you’ve almost certainly noticed it takes a few seconds to contour to your body’s shape. It’s most noticeable when you first get into bed, but it’s also a bit of an issue when you change sleeping positions too.
The reason memory foam has this delay is because it takes a little bit of heat to start the contouring reaction – but Comfort Cloud doesn’t need any heat at all.
This means that from the moment you get into bed you’re going to be cradled and comforted by the mattress. It sounds like a small improvement, but once you try it for yourself you’ll realize how beneficial it really is.
The other main benefit that Comfort Cloud has is that it’s much better at thermal regulation. It doesn’t have the cell-based design of memory foam that we talked about earlier in the Loom & Leaf section. In fact, it’s the opposite, it has been formulated to provide excellent levels of natural ventilation.
Puffy has also decided to add a cooling gel to this layer – even though they don’t have to.
The gel isn’t like other cooling gels as it doesn’t try to get to the coolest temperature possible – instead, it optimizes itself to be the perfect temperature. If Puffy used normal cooling gel there’s a good chance the sleeping surface would actually be too cold…
Which isn’t something we ever thought we’d say.
It’s a super advanced material that’s well worth the effort Puffy have put into its development. You’re not going to be disappointed.
The second and final layer of the puffy is almost comically uninspiring compared to the layer above. It’s been made from a standard high-density support foam and all it does is give the super advanced layer above a strong and stable base to sit securely on. There’s nothing wrong with this layer, but there’s nothing notable about it either.
The Puffy is a medium firm mattress that rates 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. This makes it a medium firm product which is what the vast majority of people enjoy.
There are two different firmness options you can choose from with the Loom & Leaf the firmer product is 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale (which is really quite firm). There are not all that many products out there that are firmer than this – so if you are considering this option, ensure you really like a firm mattress.
The other option is their most popular product that’s 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale – which again is medium firm. It’s a little softer than the Puffy, but the difference is barely noticeable – don’t let it influence your decision.
One of the things that we dislike about the Puffy is the way that they use a sneaky discount tactic on their website. When you first visit the site you’re greeted with a ticking clock that states you’ve got less than an hour to order if you want a discount.
We hate these high-pressure tactics, especially when they are false. You can revisit the site and the discount will be valid again – you might need to clear your cookies. The worst case scenario is that you visit from another computer (or your mobile device) on a different Wi-Fi connection. Puffy then think you’re a new visitor, and you get the discount again.
There’s no rush with the discount, it’s been around for ages, and we’d be willing to bet that it’ll be around for quite a while longer.
In all sizes the Loom & Leaf is the more expensive product, the price gap widens when you get to larger sized mattresses. We’ve listed the full price lists below:
Puffy Prices (With The Discount Applied)
- Twin – $595
- Twin XL – $625
- Full – $795
- Queen – $950
- King – $1,150
- California King – $1,150
Loom & Leaf Prices
- Twin $749
- Twin XL $849
- Full $1,199
- Queen $1,299
- King $1,699
- California King $1,699
Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
Normally whenever we compare a product in terms of cooling with the Loom & Leaf then the Loom & Leaf will win easily.
But there’s no way to compete with the Puffy in terms of cooling.
Take a second to remember that the Puffy is such a cool sleeping surface that they had to ensure their cooling gel doesn’t make things too cold to be comfortable.
There’s simply no contest here. The Puffy wins without even trying.
Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
To be honest, both of these products are excellent choices for side sleepers, there’s not one feature in either of them that would make them better or worse than the other.
They’re both supportive, and they both promote proper spinal alignment.
Should I Buy A Puffy Or A Loom & Leaf Bed?
This is quite a tough one to call, but in most situations we’d probably suggest you get the Puffy.
It’s got incredible cooling capabilities, it’s as supportive as the Loom & Leaf (if not more supportive), and it’s an incredibly comfortable and durable product.
If the products were similarly priced, we’d probably say it’s 50/50 and a call it a tie. But as the Puffy is quite a bit cheaper – it gets our recommendation.
So there you have it, that’s what we think about the Puffy and the Loom & Leaf. Two great products, from two great brands.
The Puffy was our overall choice today, but whichever one you prefer you’re going to be happy with.
They’re both more than worthy of your consideration.