And The Winner Is…

Today we’re going to review two of the most promising and well-received mattress in a box companies and put them head to head to see which is best.

The Puffy mattress is an up and coming star in the mattress world that’s taken the industry by storm. They spent over 4 years developing a material that would have incredible properties that’s been specifically designed to be a “memory foam killer” and outperform almost any product made from the material.

It seems fitting then to put the Puffy up against the Nectar, which is one of the biggest brands in the mattress industry at the moment. They’re one of the original mattress in a box companies, who have spent countless hours (and dollars) refining and testing their product (and marketing it too).

Today we’re going to look at each product layer by layer to see what’s inside and what you’re getting for your money. We’re going to see how much they cost, what sleeping positions they are suitable for, and how cool they sleep. We’re going to conclude by providing you with our overall recommendation for which one you should buy.

Let’s get started.

Similarities

  • Both are hybrid products
  • Both are respected brands that have great reviews
  • Both are cool sleeping surfaces

Differences

  • They use very different materials
  • The Nectar has many more layers
  • The Puffy is about $200 to $300 more expensive

Construction Comparison

This is the most important (and quite frankly most interesting) section of the whole article. It’s here that we are going to take the products apart to see what we’re getting inside of them layer by layer.

Both of these products are hybrid products (technically) which means that they are made from layers of different materials stacked on top of one another. This is a modern construction technique, and almost every mattress worth mentioning uses it these days. It allows us to have products that can benefit from several different materials (and their different properties) without any of their weaknesses.

Puffy Construction

Let’s start off by taking a look at the Puffy. From the start it’s obvious to us that this is no normal mattress, it’s a hybrid product – but it only has two layers (at least 4 or more is average).

Comfort Cloud

The reason that the puffy only has two layers is because, in all honesty, it’s this top layer that’s doing all the hard work. This is the layer that’s been made from the “memory foam killer” we talked about in the intro – and it’s called Comfort Cloud.

Like memory foam Comfort Cloud has contouring properties that allow it to shape itself to your body shape. This means that like memory foam Comfort Cloud provides excellent levels of support, and will adapt to pressure points – optimizing your spinal health. This is perhaps the only thing that Comfort Cloud fails on compared to memory foam – it contours well, but memory foam does it better (but only slightly).

However, there are two major benefits to Comfort Cloud that more than compensate for this slight reduction in contouring capability.

The first benefit is to do with responsiveness, which is the amount of time it takes for the mattress to contour completely to your body shape. If you’ve ever slept on a memory foam product, you’ll probably already know that it can take a few minutes for it to properly provide the support it’s famous for.

The reason it takes so long is because of the way that memory foam is made. Inside memory foam, there are countless little cells of air that are completely enclosed from one another. These cells collapse when under pressure and expand when the pressure is removed, it’s this collapsing and expansion that makes memory foam the legend of contouring that it is.

The cells that only have a little bit of pressure on them might not collapse fully if the pressure is not enough to do the job – it requires body heat to soften them slightly and make them weak enough to collapse. This is why it takes time, it needs to heat up.

Comfort Cloud, however, doesn’t use a cell-based structure for its contouring – so it happens almost instantly. When you first get into bed (and when you change position throughout the night) you’ll notice this benefit, and if you’ve owned a memory foam product in the past you’ll really appreciate it.

However, contouring speed is not the main benefit Comfort Cloud receives by not using a cell-based structure like memory foam.

The main benefit is thermal regulation.

Memory foam is famous for getting hot, and the reason it gets hot is because of the cells we just talked about above. When body heat enters the cells it warms the air inside of them up, as the air cannot escape – the mattress heats up and hotspots form underneath the sleeper.

Without a cell-based structure, there’s no place for the air to get trapped. In fact, Comfort Cloud has been specifically made to have excellent levels of ventilation and air can flow reasonably freely throughout the layer and out into the bedroom (taking the heat away with it).

This layer has been infused with a special cooling gel that Puffy has made called Cooling Cloud. We’ll explain how cooling gel works below in the Nectar section, but just know that this cooling gel is not like normal cooling gel. Instead of trying to make the sleeping surface as cool as possible, it actually aims to be an optimum temperature.

If Puffy used a gel that went for 100% cooling (like almost every other cooling gel used anywhere in else the mattress world) the sleeping surface would possibly be too cool for comfort.

Which is incredible…

High-Density Support Foam

The second layer of the Puffy (which is also the final layer) is made from a thick block of super high-density support foam. Its main job is to provide a stable base for all of the awesomeness we talked about above, it’s high quality, it provides some support, but it’s pretty standard stuff.

Pros And Cons

Pro

  • One of the coolest sleeping surfaces on the planet
  • Comfort Cloud material
  • Cooling Cloud gel
  • Supportive
  • Quick response time
  • Very comfortable

Con

  • Memory foam contours more (very slightly)

Nectar Construction

The Nectar doesn’t have any materials in it that can compete with the advanced nature of Cooling Cloud. Instead, they’ve relied on tried and tested technologies and combined them in perfect harmony in the 5 layers of excellence below.

Tencel

The cover of this product is made from Tencel. For the sake of brevity, we’re going to gloss over this slightly, but it’s super interesting. It’s a natural material that comes from wood fibers (so it’s eco-friendly and renewable). Despite technically being made from wood it’s very soft and it also has excellent wicking properties to draw away sweat (while being breathable at the same time).

Quilted Gel Memory Foam

This layer has been infused with a cooling gel to combat the overheating that arises from the cell-based structure memory foam has that we talked about in the Puffy section above.

The way cooling gel works isn’t how you would possibly think it does based on its name.

It doesn’t actually cool anything down, it just spreads the heat out. Cooling gel is an excellent thermal conductor that is added into the memory foam mix before it is cured. The gel absorbs any heat that finds its way into the mattress and then spreads it out among the rest of the gel in the layer. As the heat is spread out more evenly it results in a much cooler sensation for the sleeper – it eliminates hotspots almost entirely.

This layer has also been quilted, which means it’s a super luxurious kind of memory foam. It adds a little bit of loft to the mattress and gives it an almost regal resort style feel that would be at home in a 5-star hotel.

Cooling Gel Memory Foam

This layer is very similar to the layer above, it has the same cooling gel infusion and is equally as good at distributing any heat that makes its way past the first layer. The only difference is that this layer is a little bit firmer than the layer above, and it’s not quilted either. It’s a nice transition into the more supportive layer below and provides a little gradient to stop there being a sudden change in firmness.

Hi Core Memory Foam

This layer of memory foam is much more adaptive than normal memory foam and contours to your body shape better. Hi Core memory foam is a very advanced type of material that’s super technical (and is a little bit out of scope for us to explain here today). All you really need to know is that it provides much more support than normal memory foam and as such, this layer is where the Nectar gets its famous levels of support from.

It’s also a little bit better than normal memory foam in terms of responsiveness, which means it requires less time than normal memory foam to conform to your body shape. It’s nowhere near as quick as the Comfort Cloud material that’s used in the puffy (which is basically instant) but it’s a noticeable and welcome improvement.

High-Density Support Foam

Like the Puffy (and most other mattresses) this layer is the most boring. It’s made from a high-density support foam that does nothing more than provide the product with a strong base that’s going to complement and support the layers above.

Pros And Cons

Pro

  • Cooling gel memory foam
  • Super cool sleeping surface
  • Great value for money
  • Breathable and soft Tencel cover
  • Hi core memory foam
  • Comfortable and supportive

Con

  • Isn’t as quick to conform to your body shape as the Puffy

Firmness Comparison

The Nectar mattress rates somewhere between 5.5 and 7.5 on the firmness scale (Nectar don’t specifically state the exact measurement on their website). This makes it a medium firm product which is the most popular kind of firmness.

The Puffy is also a medium firm product that rates 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. There’s not a lot of difference between the two products in terms of firmness in all honesty, and unless you like your mattresses super firm or super soft – you’re going to find them both agreeable.

Price Comparison

The Nectar mattress is between $200 and $300 cheaper than the Puffy depending on the size you choose.

Note: Puffy have a time-limited discount on their website that’s actually a load of nonsense. There’s no time limit, it’s just a hard sell tactic (that we dislike). You can clear your cookies or visit again on another device and you’ll get the discount again.

Nectar Prices

  • Twin $399
  • Twin XL $469
  • Full $599
  • Queen $699
  • King $799
  • California king $799

Puffy Pricing

  • Twin – $595
  • Twin XL – $625
  • Full – $795
  • Queen – $950
  • King  – $1,150
  • California King – $1,150

Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?

The Nectar is a super cool sleeping surface. The two layers of cooling gel combined with the breathable cover is a winning combination that makes it one of the coolest memory foam products in this price bracket.

But there’s no competing with the Puffy in terms of thermal regulation. It’s one of the coolest mattresses in the world – regardless of price.

Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?

Both products are excellent for side sleepers. The Nectar might possibly be a little more supportive with its Hi Core memory foam, but the difference is going to be negligible.

This is a tie. Both products are winners.

Should I Buy A Nectar Or A Puffy Bed?

This is a very tough call for us to make, we like both products a lot, and both provide excellent performance and value for money.

If we had to choose one, we’d probably choose the Puffy. It’s a little more expensive, but the Comfort Cloud material is brilliant. The cooling it provides combined with the instant responsiveness is well worth the extra $200 or so that it costs.

That being said, if you chose the Nectar we would completely understand why – it’s also a fantastic product.

Conclusion

So there you have it, that’s what we think about the Puffy and the Nectar. Two great products from two great brands – both of which will give you plenty of years of deep and comfortable sleep.

They’re both worthy of your consideration.

Sweet dreams.

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