Contents of Article
- Construction Comparison
- Saatva Construction
- Pros And Cons
- Puffy Construction
- Pros And Cons
- Firmness Comparison
- Price Comparison
- Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
- Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
- Should I Buy A Puffy Or A Saatva bed?
The Puffy mattress is one of the most advanced mattresses currently on the market. They have poured countless man-hours (and dollars) into creating the Comfort Cloud material that has made their brand famous. It’s one of the hottest brands in the mattress world right now, and they’re taking some of the older players in the industry by surprise.
Saatva is no stranger to us, but they’re also one of the lesser known brands in the industry (compared to the big boys like Purple, and Tempurpedic). The utilize a different approach to Puffy, and instead, they focus on using tried and tested (and old) technologies to try and make them work in effective ways.
We’re going to put the Puffy vs the Saatva head to head in this review to find out which is best.
Today we’re going to look at each layer in both products in a great amount of detail to see what you’re getting for your money. We’re going to look at some commonly asked questions about pricing and cooling before concluding with an overall recommendation where we will announce the winner.
Let’s get started.
- Both are hybrid products
- Both mattresses cost roughly the same
- Both are cool sleeping surfaces
- The Saatva is a mainly coil based product
- The Puffy uses advanced materials
- The Saatva has more layers
This is the most interesting and most important part of the article, it’s here we’re going to look at what these products have inside them and what’s good (or perhaps not so good) about them.
The Saatva is a hybrid mattress that uses 5 different layers of different materials to make an overall product that can benefit from their various strengths. You can get the Saatva in two thickness levels 11.5 inches or 14.5 inches. These different thickness levels are nothing more than an aesthetic change and the base layer is the only thing that differs between the two.
The top layer of the Saatva is responsible for providing the sense of luxury the mattress is famous for. A eurotop is essentially a big pillow that has been stitched on to the top of the mattress. It’s been stuffed full with a cashmere wool blend that gives you a 5-star hotel feel without a 5-star hotel price tag.
The top layer of the Saatva is made from memory foam. We’re quite honestly unimpressed by this layer as it’s made from a standard memory foam that has no cooling technology (and as such it’s prone to overheating).
The only saving grace on this layer is that it’s super thin, and as such, it can’t really retain all that much heat. It provides a little bit of lumbar support but is honestly mainly here to cushion the top of the coiled layers below.
Poxketed Coils & Innerspring
There are two coil based layers in this product, and they’re both very different from one another. Because they both relate to each other and work in harmony with one another we’re going to cover them both in this one section. The upper layer is made from independently pocketed coils, and the bottom layer is an old school innerspring.
The difference between the pocketed coils and the innerspring layer is subtle but significant.
Innersprings are one giant spring that is made from several individual coils that are connected to each other by a strong wire. When you push down on one coil, the coils next to it are compressed too as they are attached. This makes a reasonably general dip in the layer when you lie down on it, it’s not really representative of your body shape.
Pocketed coils are completely independent of one another, and if you press down on one coil the coils next to it will be completely unaffected (unless you’re pressing down on them too). This is much better than the older innerspring design pattern as the shape made in the layer when you’re on the bed is much closer to your body shape – which provides more support.
Note: Saatva like to claim that their pocketed coils are the most advanced coils used anywhere in the entire mattress industry. We can see no evidence for this.
It’s unusual to have two coil based layers on top of one another, so Saatva gets credit for their ingenuity here. But quite honestly, we’re less than impressed.
Mattress technology has passed far beyond the point where we need to use archaic innersprings that have been around for literally hundreds of years. Virtually no other product we review on this site still uses them, and we’re gobsmacked that Saatva thought it was a good idea.
Edge Comfort System
One of the biggest problems with sprung mattresses is that they can be unstable and wobbly around the edges when you’re lying on the side of the bed. To solve this issue Saatva have used a reasonably standard design pattern of supporting the sides with a medium to high-density foam – it does the job well and wobbling is minimal.
The foam also runs between the first and second coiled sections we talked about above (but it’s too thin to really be classed as a layer). It also forms the very bottom of the mattress for a little extra stability and support.
Pros And Cons
- Independent coil system
- It’s pretty inexpensive
- Eurotop luxury
- No cooling gel in memory foam
- Innersprings are “less than ideal”
The Puffy is one of the most advanced mattresses on the market right now (in terms of materials technology). They’ve spent 4 years developing their Comfort Cloud material, and we think it was worth every second.
There are only two layers in this product, which is unusual for a hybrid mattress – but when you learn about the capabilities of Comfort Cloud, you’ll understand why.
Comfort Cloud has been developed by Puffy to be a direct competitor to memory foam.
Memory foam is well known for its amazing contouring properties, it quite literally changed the mattress industry overnight when it was first made available to manufacturers. The amount of comfort and support it provides was unbeatable for quite some time.
Comfort Cloud has managed to replicate this contouring ability (more or less) and while it’s not quite as good as memory foam in the contouring department – it’s very close.
So why have Puffy gone to all the effort of making a material that’s “almost as good as memory foam”?
They’ve done it because while the contouring properties are slightly worse, it doesn’t suffer from many of the issues that memory foam is well known for – most notably overheating.
Memory foam is made up of little cells of air that are completely enclosed, these cells are what give the material its contouring properties. When body heat enters the mattress it gets inside these cells and heats the air up. As the air cannot escape it creates hotspots underneath the sleeper.
Puffy doesn’t use a cell-based structure in their Comfort Cloud material, so it doesn’t have this problem – it’s one of the coolest foams in the world. Additionally, they’ve engineered the material to have a huge amount of airflow within the layer itself, ensuring any hot air inside can freely escape out to the bedroom, taking the heat with it.
Like good memory foams, Comfort Cloud has a cooling gel applied to it (called Cooling Cloud). This is a special kind of cooling gel that aims to achieve an optimum temperature instead of being as cold as possible. This is highly unusual, and the reason Puffy have done it is because a normal gel would possibly cool the sleeping surface down too much and make it uncomfortable.
To give you an idea of the significance of that last statement – we’ve never said that about any other mattress.
The other benefit of Comfort Cloud is that it’s much more responsive than memory foam and will contour quickly. The cells inside memory foam need a little time to fully activate as they require body heat to soften the cell walls. That’s why you need to be in bed for a little while before memory foam products feel as comfortable as they can.
Again, the lack of cells in Comfort Cloud means this isn’t a problem for the Puffy, and you’re going to get the mattress’s full contouring benefits almost immediately. It sounds like a small benefit, but if you’ve got a memory foam mattress at the moment you’re going to notice the difference from the moment you get into bed for the first time.
Comfort Cloud is one of the best materials that we’ve ever seen used in a mattress. It’s everything we expect from a modern-day material, and we take our hats off to Puffy for investing the time and money required to develop it.
High-Density Support Foam
The bottom layer of the Puffy is very boring and standard compared to the technology we’ve just discussed. It’s a quality high-density support foam that gives the product the rigidity and stability that’s required for Comfort Cloud to do its job properly.
Pros And Cons
- Super cool sleeping surface
- Comfort cloud material
- Cooling cloud cooling gel
- Very comfortable and supportive
- Great brand
- Brilliant value for money
The Puffy is a medium firm mattress that’s around 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. This is the most comfortable and agreeable level of firmness in general, and unless you’ve got specific tastes you’re going to find it very enjoyable.
The Saatva has three firmness levels (soft, medium firm, and firm) to give customers a choice.
The Puffy and the medium firm Saatva are more or less the same in terms of firmness, and we’d recommend you are 100% sure you like a soft or firm product before you consider the other firmness levels that Saatva provides.
The Puffy is a little cheaper than the Saatva in almost every size.
Puffy have a time-limited discount on their website, but ignore this – there’s no time limit really. It’s just a hard sell tactic that we strongly disapprove of.
You can clear your cookies (or use a different computer) and you’ll be eligible for the discount again.
- Twin $599
- Twin XL $699
- Full $899
- Queen $999
- King $1,399
- California King $1,399
Puffy Pricing (With The “Time Limited” Discount Applied)
- Twin – $595
- Twin XL – $625
- Full – $795
- Queen – $950
- King – $1,150
- California King – $1,150
Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
The Saatva is actually quite a cool mattress despite having no cooling technology in the memory foam layer. This is because the majority of the volume of the two coiled sections in the mattress is actually nothing but free flowing air.
However, the Puffy is one of the coolest mattresses on the market – regardless of price.
They literally have to make sure their product doesn’t get too cold with the temperature optimization feature of their Cooling Cloud gel.
The Puffy wins easily. Case closed.
Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
The Puffy is better for a side sleeper.
Comfort Cloud is incredibly supportive and will adapt to the amount of pressure placed on the hips and shoulders when you sleep on your side. It promotes proper spinal alignment much better than the Saatva (and it’s archaic innerspring).
Should I Buy A Puffy Or A Saatva bed?
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, we really dislike the Saatva.
Why on earth they think it’s a good idea to use an innerspring (that has literally been around for hundreds of years) in a market that contains materials as advanced as Comfort Cloud is a mystery to us.
If the Saatva was half the price, we’d still struggle to recommend it.
Get the Puffy. It’s an excellent mattress that can hold its own against some of the best products on the market, let alone against something from the stone age like the Saatva.
That’s what we think about the Puffy and the Saatva.
The Puffy usually comes out of these head to head reviews pretty well – but we don’t blindly promote them. Our reviews are raw, honest, and real – which is probably why you’re here with us today.
But today the Puffy has absolutely dominated the Saatva, we can’t think of any reason we’d recommend it.
Avoid the Saatva at all costs and get the Puffy (or literally anything else) instead.