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Leesa vs. Puffy Mattress Comparison

Both the Puffy and Leesa are memory foam mattresses, but each mattress has a very different feel. Making the decision between these two bed-in-a-box memory foam mattresses will come down to your preferred sleep position and mattress feel preferences.

Comparing Puffy & Leesa Mattress

Differences

  • Firmness: While both the Puffy and the Leesa both include 6” of support foam in the construction, the Puffy’s upper layers give it a slightly firmer feel than the Leesa. The Puffy’s memory foam feel will not produce the typical sinking sensation associated with memory foam. 
  • Warranty: The Puffy has a Lifetime warranty, while the Leesa mattress warranty lasts for 10 years.
  • Discounts: Puffy frequently offers mattress discounts, but Leesa has year-round discounts for special populations, like the military, first-responders, students, and teachers

Similarities

  • Eco-Friendliness: Both Puffy and Leesa use foams that are CertiPUR-US certified
  • Temperature Regulation: The Puffy’s gel memory foam upper layer and the Leesa’s breathable cover each provide ways to help hot sleepers remain cool. However, both mattresses are likely to keep temperature neutral, not actively feel cool to the touch.
  • Sleeping Position: Both mattresses are great for combination sleepers who want a responsive memory foam mattress.
  • Sleeper Sizes: Neither the Puffy nor the Leesa will be the best choices for heavyweight sleepers. The memory foam construction in each bed will cause heavy back and stomach sleepers to sink into the base layer, pulling their spines out of alignment. 

Puffy

Who Should Buy this Mattress? 

  • Stomach sleepers
  • Couples in which one or both people tend to toss and turn
  • Memory foam mattress shoppers
Puffy Mattresses
Firmness

7

Trial period

101 days

Warranty

Lifetime

Price

$$$

Who the Puffy Mattress is Best For 

Best For…

  • Stomach sleepers who tend to experience back pain when their mattress is too soft
  • Couples wherein one or both are combination sleepers; both beds offer good motion isolation, but the Puffy does a great job keeping movement limited to one side of the bed
  • People seeking a high-quality memory foam mattress with the ease and convenience of a bed-in-a-box delivery 

May Not be Best For…

  • Stomach sleepers who need to keep the lumbar area elevated; the Puffy is too soft to provide the support that stomach sleepers need to be comfortable
  • Hot sleepers who want a mattress that can keep them cool all night long; despite its cooling cloud foam layer, the Puffy can still sleep somewhat hot

Read our full Puffy mattress review to learn more!

Leesa

Who Should Buy this Mattress?

  • Side sleepers
  • Budget shoppers
  • Combination sleepers
  • Hot sleepers who still want memory foam
leesa hero image
Firmness

6

Trial period

100 days

Warranty

10 years

Price

$$$

Who the Leesa Mattress is Best For 

Best For…

  • Side sleepers who want a mattress that contours to the natural curvature of their spine 
  • Budget shoppers looking for a high-quality Queen size mattress for under $1,000; the Leesa is high-quality yet comparatively inexpensive
  • Combination sleepers who tend to shift a lot in their sleep; the Leesa mattress responds to movement instead of hugging the body too tightly
  • Hot sleepers who want the contouring of memory foam without all the heat retention; the Leesa sleeps surprisingly cool given its memory foam construction

May Not be Best For…

  • Heavyweight stomach sleepers who may sink into the foam layers without receiving the necessary support
  • People who spread out on their mattress or tend to sleep toward the edge, as the edges are likely to compress under pressure

Read our full Leesa mattress review to learn more!

Deciding Between Puffy & Leesa

Firmness / Feel

Firmness level is one of the most important mattress factors to consider before you buy a bed. For instance, stomach sleepers need a firmer mattress to prevent lower back pain, and side sleepers need a softer mattress to help dissipate pressure around their hips and shoulders.

At Mattress Nerd, we rate mattresses on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. The Puffy is labeled a 6/10, while the Leesa is slightly softer at medium-firm, a 5.5/10. The best mattress for combination sleepers needs to be firm enough to elevate the body on the mattress and make movement easy when changing positions, and both beds do that relatively well. 

Motion Isolation

Motion isolation is an important factor if you sleep with a partner and one of you tends to toss and turn at night. A mattress with good motion isolation, like the Puffy, prevents movement from transferring from one side of the bed to the other. This means that even if one person tosses and turns in their sleep, the other person can still sleep undisturbed. 

Memory foam tends to absorb motion across the bed better than a hybrid or innerspring mattress. If motion isolation is an important factor for your new mattress, then both the Puffy and Leesa are great options. For more quiet mattresses that are easy to move around upon, check out our list for the best mattress for couples.

Edge Support

While both the Puffy and Leesa have dense support layers, most memory foam mattresses tend to compress and sink toward the base when sitting on the edge. In our view, the Puffy has slightly stronger edge support because of its firmer construction. The Leesa tends to sink down when you sit or lie along the mattress edge. 

Pressure Relief 

Pressure relief is a very important factor for side sleepers, but it can make a difference for all sleep positions. A mattress that absorbs and disperses excess pressure from common pressure points like the shoulders, hips, and lower back can help you wake up feeling refreshed instead of sore or achy. When it comes to pressure relief, the Leesa and the Puffy can relieve targeted pressure points around the shoulders, hips, and lower back.

Spine Alignment 

Our spines have a natural curvature, and we are typically most comfortable when our mattress supports that natural curvature. For instance, stomach sleepers need a firm surface to keep their spine in alignment, while side sleepers need more contouring to meet their spinal alignment needs. Both mattresses will likely promote good spinal alignment in back sleepers, but side sleepers might want to choose the Leesa for optimal alignment. 

Durability 

A responsive mattress reacts quickly to your movements, making it easy to move around in bed and providing a nice bounce. Couples typically prefer a highly responsive bed for better sex, and combination sleepers generally get a better night’s sleep with a highly responsive bed because it is easy for them to shift in their sleep instead of waking up each time they toss or turn. The Leesa is slightly more responsive than the Puffy, but both offer nice bouncy responsiveness.

Temperature 

Memory foam has a tendency to absorb body heat and retain it all night long, making your night hot and uncomfortable.

But brands have made several improvements in the memory foam department over the last few years. The Leesa uses a cooling latex-like foam in its top layer—making it cooler than the Puffy—but both sleep relatively cool for memory foam mattresses. If you want a truly temperature-neutral sleeping experience, we recommend checking our list of the best cooling mattresses. Innerspring mattresses and latex mattresses also tend to be a great fit for hot sleepers.

Puffy vs. Leesa: We compare the layers of Puffy (left) to the Leesa mattress (right).

Puffy vs. Leesa Mattress Construction

Puffy Mattress Construction

Cover Stain-resistant, removable cover
Comfort Layer  2” Cooling cloud gel-infused memory foam
Transitional Layer 2” ClimateComfort memory foam
Support Layer 6” Polyfoam
Mattress Thickness  10”

The Puffy mattress is made from three layers of foam. The base is not memory foam, but instead is 6 inches of high-density polyfoam, which helps the bed hold its shape and gives this mattress strong edges that don’t collapse when you sit on the side of the bed. The middle layer is a special temperature-regulating memory foam made by Puffy called ClimateComfort foam.

This foam doesn’t expand in the heat or shrink in the cold, meaning its pressure-relieving properties remain the same all year long. The top layer of foam is a gel-infused memory foam meant to help you sleep cool by dispersing body heat and enabling airflow. Finally, the whole mattress is protected by a stain-resistant cover that can be removed and machine-washed if necessary.

Leesa Mattress Construction

Cover Seamless twill cover
Comfort Layer  2” Cooling memory foam
Transitional Layer 2” Pressure-relieving memory foam
Support Layer 6” Dense support foam
Mattress Thickness  10”

The Leesa is made of three foam layers and an attractive, breathable twill cover. The base layer is made from firm core support foam which helps the mattress hold its shape and maintain strong edges. The middle layer is memory foam specifically designed to help relieve pressure around your pressure points like the shoulders, hips, and lower back. It’s this layer that makes the Leesa so great for side sleepers. 

Finally, the top layer is more memory foam, but this layer is designed for contouring, breathability, and bounciness. If you like the “hugging” feeling of memory foam but still want your mattress to have a good bounce, this top layer achieves that perfect balance.

Sizing & Price Comparisons 

Mattress Size  Puffy Price Leesa Price 
Twin $795 $799
Twin XL $825 $849
Full $995 $999
Queen $1,150 $1,099
King/California King $1,350 $1,299

To see more great deals on these two mattresses, check out Puffy Mattress Coupons and our Leesa Mattress Coupons pages.

Shipping and Returns for Puffy & Leesa

Puffy Mattress

Puffy mattresses ship to your door for free through FedEx as long as you live in the contiguous U.S. Puffy mattresses typically arrive  two to five business days after placing your order.

Puffy offers a 101-night sleep trial during which you can test out the mattress for 101 nights. If, during that time, you decide that you don’t love your Puffy mattress, you can return it for free. In that case, Puffy will arrange for movers to pick it up and drop it off at a local charity. Puffy also offers a Lifetime warranty for the original owner of the mattress. 

Leesa Mattress

Leesa ships for free for all U.S. residents, including those in Alaska and Hawaii, and your mattress should arrive three to six business days after placing your order.

Leesa offers a 100-night sleep trial wherein you can decide whether or not you’re happy with your Leesa mattress. If you decide to send it back, Leesa will pick it up for free, unless you live in Alaska or Hawaii. In these states, there is a $100 return fee. Leesa also backs mattress purchases with a 10-year limited warranty.

More Puffy Mattresses

Puffy Lux

The Puffy Lux mattress is an all-foam mattress that lands at a 5/10 firmness level, making it great for side sleepers who want great pressure relief. The motion isolation on the Puffy Lux mattress makes it good for couples who like to toss and turn at night.

puffy lux mattress

See our full Puffy Lux Mattress Review to learn more.

Puffy Royal

Also coming in at a 5/10 firmness level, the Puffy Royal mattress is great for anyone who wants to feel cradled and comforted by their mattress. It doesn’t have amazing edge support and tends to sleep warm, but ultimately has a luxurious feel.

Puffy Royal Mattress

Read our Puffy Royal Mattress Review to learn more. 

More Leesa Mattresses

Leesa Hybrid

If you’ve been eyeing the Leesa mattress but want something a bit more breathable and supportive, the Leesa Hybrid mattress could be ideal for you. Because it cuts down so well on motion transfer and uses supportive steel coils, it’s great for couples.

Leesa Hybrid Mattress

See our Leesa Hybrid Mattress Review to learn more.

Leesa Studio

The least expensive mattress in the Leesa line, the Leesa Studio is great for a teen’s bedroom or for outfitting a guest bedroom on a budget. At a 6.5/10 firmness level, the Leesa Studio will be supportive and comfortable for most back sleepers.

Studio by Leesa Lifestyle

Check out our full Leesa Studio Mattress Review to learn more. 

Our Final Take: Puffy vs Leesa

Overall, we were really impressed with the Puffy and Leesa mattresses, both in terms of quality and price. At the end of the day, which one is better really depends on your sleep needs. If you prefer a firmer feel that still cradles the body, then the Puffy is probably the best option for you. However, if you tend to sleep on your side or if you can’t stand waking up with night sweats, then the Leesa might be a better fit.