American bedding brand Puffy makes three mattresses: the Puffy, the Puffy Lux, and the Puffy Royal. Today we’ll be reviewing the Puffy Royal, a luxury mattress with extra layers and features compared to the other Puffy mattresses.
The Puffy Royal mattress combines layers of gel-infused foam, responsive polyfoam, and convoluted polyfoam for a close-conforming feel and deep pressure relief. Like the other Puffy mattresses, the Puffy Royal has a polyfoam support core to keep the spine aligned. Overall, the mattress measures 14 inches tall and has a medium firmness level, or 5 out of 10.
The Puffy Royal comes at a higher price-point than the other Puffy mattresses. Wondering if it’s worth the extra money? Keep reading for a full breakdown of its feel and features, including our tips for who it’s best suited to.
Puffy Mattresses At-A-Glance
|Puffy Royal||Puffy Original||Puffy Lux|
|Firmness||5 (Medium)||5 (Medium)||5 (Medium)|
Puffy Royal Mattress Review: Our Verdict
The Puffy Royal is one of the best soft mattresses in our books. It offers deep contouring and pressure relief, ideal for side sleepers under 230 pounds. Plush memory foam absorbs motion transfer, preventing disturbances when sharing the bed with a partner. The Puffy Royal also offers relatively good edge support for a foam mattress, meaning it’s possible to sleep near the edge of the bed without feeling insecure.
If you sleep on your stomach or weigh more than 230 pounds, then the Puffy Royal mattress may be too plush for you. Like most foam mattresses, the Puffy Royal traps some heat and is best suited to those who sleep cool. The mattress also has limited responsiveness, so it’s not the best choice for combination sleepers.
Puffy also makes a flagship mattress, the Puffy Original, and a slightly upgraded mattress called the Puffy Lux. Both of these mattresses are more affordable than the Puffy Royal and offer a similar feel without some of the luxury features.
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How Much Is the Puffy Royal Mattress?
The Puffy Royal mattress retails at $2,695 for a queen size mattress, which is quite a bit higher than the average bed-in-a-box foam mattress.
This is Puffy’s luxury offering, and the higher price-point is due to the extra layers of foam. Customers on a budget can consider the Puffy Original or the Puffy Lux, both of which are priced much lower.
|Twin||39” x 75” x 14”||N/A||$1,645|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 14”||N/A||$1,745|
|Full||54” x 75” x 14”||N/A||$2,445|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 14”||N/A||$2,695|
|King||76” x 80” x 14”||N/A||$2,995|
|California King||72” x 84” x 14”||N/A||$2,995|
How Does the Puffy Royal Mattress Feel?
The Puffy Royal mattress has a medium firmness level, which we rate as a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the firmest. Most sleepers prefer mattresses with a firmness level between 5 and 7, so this falls within a range that should appeal to many.
With its plush, conforming foams, you’ll sink right into the Puffy Royal and experience cradling pressure relief. A layer of zoned polyfoam keeps the spine supported while cushioning pressure points in sleepers under 230 pounds, especially those who sleep on their side.
Despite having a layer of slightly more responsive polyfoam than the other Puffy mattresses, the Puffy Royal has a fairly slow response to pressure. The mattress is ideal for people who don’t tend to switch sleep positions while they sleep.
What Is the Puffy Royal Made Of?
The Puffy Royal mattress has a stain-resistant cover made of 100% polyester. It has a zipper and can be removed for seasonal cleaning. The cover is also OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified, meaning it’s free of substances that are harmful to humans.
Puffy has added several extra comfort layers to the Puffy Royal. The mattress features a top layer of gel-infused foam with cooling beads designed to pull heat away from your body. This layer is 1.5 inches thick.
Next is a 2-inch polyfoam layer with some responsiveness, followed by a layer of the same polyfoam used in the Puffy Lux. Together, the comfort layers provide a close “hug” feeling that alleviates pressure points, especially in side sleepers.
A 1.5-inch transitional layer of convoluted polyfoam helps prevent sleepers from sinking straight onto the base layer. This layer has 5 zones, with firmer foams under the lower back and more cushioning under the head, shoulders, and feet. The lumbar support prevents excessive sinkage, helping keep the spine aligned for side and back sleepers.
The Puffy Royal mattress has a fairly standard support core made of high-density polyfoam. This provides a firm foundation that helps promote spinal alignment. The support core also keeps the edges from sinking in too far, contributing to the relatively sturdy edge support of the Puffy Royal compared to other foam mattresses.
Does the Puffy Royal Isolate Motion?
Thanks to its layers of memory foam and polyfoam, the Puffy Royal prevents most motion from transferring across the bed. Memory foam, in particular, is known for its close contouring and slow response to pressure. This means that if you jump onto the mattress, you will sink in at that spot but the motion will have barely any effect on the rest of the mattress.
Motion isolation is important when sharing the bed, as it limits disturbances to your partner when changing sleep positions or during nighttime bathroom visits. While the Puffy Royal doesn’t do as good a job at isolating motion as the other Puffy mattresses, the mattress should still suit the needs of most couples.
Does the Puffy Royal Sleep Cool?
Foam mattresses are notorious for trapping heat, and unfortunately the Puffy Royal is no exception. The Puffy Royal’s relatively soft surface also allows sleepers to sink into the mattress, making it harder for body heat to dissipate.
The gel beads and convoluted polyfoam add some airflow, but despite these cooling features, the Puffy Royal mattress may not be the best choice for those who tend to sleep hot. Although some foam mattresses succeed in providing marginally better temperature neutrality, we usually recommend that hot sleepers opt for a hybrid or innerspring mattress.
Will It Sag Along the Edges?
The Puffy Royal mattress lacks specific reinforcement along the perimeter, meaning that the edges will compress somewhat under pressure. This is typical of all-foam mattresses. If you rely on the edges for getting in and out of bed, or if you spend a lot of time sitting on the edge of the bed, this might not be the mattress for you.
That being said, the Puffy Royal’s high-density polyfoam base prevents sleepers from sinking too far down when lying near the edge of the bed. This mattress outperforms the original Puffy mattress on edge support, partly because of its resilient polyfoam layer.
Weak edges can cause feelings of roll-off when sleeping near the edge, which reduces the usable sleep surface and can be inconvenient when sharing a smaller bed.
Is It Good for Sex?
As an all-foam mattress with a slow response to pressure, the Puffy Royal is not optimal for sex. Of course, this is a matter of personal preference, but most couples find that a more responsive mattress makes it easier to switch positions.
The Puffy Royal has a slightly bouncy transitional layer, but overall the mattress has a bit of an enveloping feeling that hinders movement.
Some couples may appreciate the relatively decent edge support and the traction provided by the foam comfort layers.
What About Off-gassing?
Like all foam mattresses, the Puffy Royal will emit some off-gassing odors when you first unbox it. Because it’s a higher-profile mattress with thick foam comfort layers, these odors may be particularly persistent compared to other brands.
Off-gassing is the result of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions that are released when the mattress comes in contact with the air after being vacuum-packed. Odors as a result of off-gassing usually fade within a few days.
It’s completely normal and harmless, and shouldn’t be a problem for most sleepers. If you’re very sensitive to smell, you might be better off with a latex or innerspring mattress.
What Type of Sleeper Is the Puffy Royal Mattress Best for?
The Puffy Royal mattress has a relatively plush feel that works best for side sleepers under 230 pounds and back sleepers under 130 pounds. In these groups, the mattress provides sufficient support to keep the spine aligned while relieving pressure points.
People with sleep preferences that fall outside these categories may find that the Puffy Royal lacks support. Below you’ll find a detailed analysis of how the mattress performs for different sleep positions and body types.
All three Puffy mattresses have a similar firmness and feel, so if you don’t find the Puffy Royal comfortable, you’re probably best off looking at another brand.
- Side Sleepers: The Puffy Royal has a plush surface that is quite comfortable for side sleepers, especially those weighing less than 130 pounds.Side sleepers often feel most comfortable with a mattress that allows the hips and shoulders to sink in, cushioning these sensitive parts of the body while promoting a natural spinal alignment. The Puffy Royal has multiple layers of plush foams that do the trick.
- Combination Sleepers: The same sinking quality that makes the Puffy Royal mattress a poor choice for sex also makes it difficult for combination sleepers. The memory foam’s slow response to pressure and tight contouring make it difficult to change sleep positions.Moreover, when you flip onto your stomach, you’ll notice your hips sink fairly far in. This puts strain on your back and can lead to back pain.
- Back Sleepers: If you’re a back sleeper under 130 pounds, you should find that the Puffy Royal succeeds in keeping your spine on a fairly even plane without causing any pressure points.The zoned polyfoam layer helps provide the lumbar support that is important when sleeping on your back. However, it may not be enough for back sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds.
How Does Body Weight Impact the Puffy Royal Mattress's Performance?
We rate the Puffy Royal as “medium” on the firmness scale, but the feel of the mattress will vary depending on your body type.
The more you weigh, the more you sink into a mattress, and the softer it will feel. Back and side sleepers under 130 pounds should find that the medium firmness level of the Puffy Royal is ideally suited to their needs. The plush foams cradle the body and cushion pressure points, while the support core keeps the spine aligned. Stomach sleepers may find that the mattress is too plush, leading to sinkage in the hips.
Side sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds will also appreciate the cushioning pressure relief. However, back and stomach sleepers in this weight group will exert more pressure on the mattress, and they may find that their hips sink in too far.
The Puffy Royal mattress also fails to provide enough support for back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds. Side sleepers may find some benefit from the pressure-relieving foams, but in general, the mattress is too plush for sleepers over 230 pounds.
Is the Puffy Royal Mattress Good for Couples?
In terms of getting a good night’s sleep, the Puffy Royal is a good choice for couples. The mattress prevents most motion transfer, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing your partner when tossing and turning. As far as foam mattresses go, the Puffy Royal ranks above-average on edge support, meaning you can snuggle up to the side of the bed without worrying about falling off. This effectively increases the size of “your half” of the bed.
When it comes to sex, the mattress is slightly less adequate. Thick, conforming foams inhibit movement, and the mattress traps heat, which may be uncomfortable during strenuous activity. That being said, if you’re the type of couple that prefers a mattress with some traction during sex, the Puffy Royal mattress may be a good bet.
The biggest problem you may face as a couple is if you each have a different body type or preferred sleep position. The Puffy Royal is great for side and back sleepers under 230 pounds, but not as comfortable for stomach sleepers or those who weigh over 230 pounds.
Puffy's Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
|Availability||The Puffy Royal ships to all 50 U.S. states and Canada. The mattress can only be bought online on the Puffy.com website and is not available through Amazon or other third-party retailers.|
|Shipping||Mattresses are shipped via FedEx within 1-3 business days, or 4-5 business days for Canada. Shipping is free within the contiguous U.S. and Canada, with an extra charge for Alaska and Hawaii.
The Puffy Royal ships as a standard bed-in-a-box, compressed and shrink-wrapped. All you need to do to set it up is open the box, carefully slit the plastic and let it expand on top of your foundation.
|Additional Services||Puffy does not offer White Glove delivery or old mattress removal.|
|Sleep Trial||Puffy backs the mattress with a 101-night sleep trial. All they ask is that you sleep on the mattress for at least 14 nights - and preferably 30 nights - before initiating a return.
Customers who decide to return the mattress during the sleep trial can work with Puffy to organize donation to a local charity or pickup by a third party removal service. Puffy will provide a full refund.
Returns are limited to one per household per year, and two per household total. Shipping fees to Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada are not refunded.
|Warranty||The Puffy Royal mattress is covered by a lifetime warranty against manufacturing and workmanship defects.
As long as the mattress is in possession of the original owner, Puffy will repair a damaged mattress or replace it with a comparable size and model free of charge.
The warranty covers visible body impressions of more than 1.5 inches and manufacturing flaws in the zipper or cover.
The warranty applies only to the original owner and is void for mattresses that have been used without proper support, or mattresses that are burned, misused, or otherwise damaged. Damage resulting from normal wear and tear is also not covered.