Contents of Article
- Construction Comparison
- Puffy Construction
- Zenhaven Construction
- Firmness Comparison
- Price Comparison
- Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
- Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
- Should I Buy A Puffy Or A Zenhaven Bed?
This is going to be one of the most interesting reviews we’ve done so far – mainly because these mattresses have two very different ideas of what a good mattress should be like.
On one hand, we’ve got Zenhaven who is one of the most eco-conscious and environmentally friendly brands in the entire mattress industry. Every material they have used in their product comes from all natural sources, and they go to great lengths to ensure that their products harm the planet as minimally as possible.
On the other hand, we’ve got Puffy who have created a material called Comfort Cloud that is honestly one of the most advanced materials ever used inside a mattress. It took Puffy 4 years of trial and error to create this wonder material, and it almost certainly cost them a huge amount of money too.
However, like most artificial foams, Comfort Cloud uses a huge amount of resources and chemicals to create its almost impossibly impressive properties. It’s the exact opposite of ZenHaven’s eco-friendly natural approach.
Note: We want to get ahead of the curve here and say this isn’t anything, in particular, that’s bad with Comfort Cloud – it’s no worse than any memory foam on the market in terms of eco-friendliness.
Today we’re going to compare these two products in detail to see what we like (and what we don’t like) about them. We’ll look at the materials that are used in their design layer by layer and talk about their cooling capabilities, value, and suitability for different sleeping positions.
We’re going to conclude by giving you our overall recommendation and suggestion for the product you should choose.
Let’s get started.
- Both are hybrid mattresses
- Both are exceptionally cool sleeping surfaces
- Both have very innovative designs
- The Puffy is roughly half the price
- The Zenhaven uses all natural materials
- The Zenhaven is eco-friendly, the Puffy isn’t
Let’s see what you’re going to get inside each of these products to learn what each layer is made from and the jobs it performs.
Despite this technically being a hybrid mattress (as it contains more than one material) it’s only just worthy of the name – it only has 2 layers. This is a little strange, but when you understand the power of Comfort Cloud, it’s all going to start making sense.
To fully understand Comfort Cloud you’ve first got to understand the problems of memory foam – as this material has been made specifically to improve upon it in almost every way.
Memory foam has some amazing contouring properties that took the world by storm when they were first introduced to the mattress industry. These contouring properties have been replicated by Comfort Cloud almost identically. We’re not going to lie, good memory foam is slightly better at contouring than Comfort Cloud, but the difference in performance is so small that it’s almost negligible.
One of the biggest improvements Comfort Cloud has over memory foam is thermal regulation.
Memory foam is made up of countless little cells that are filled with air. This is what allows the material to shape and form itself to our body. The air inside these cells heats up from your body heat throughout the night, and as they are completely enclosed – the air can’t escape.
The genius of Comfort Cloud is that it has been able to replicate this contouring action without needing to use cells at all. In fact, it’s a super breathable material that promotes a huge amount of airflow throughout its entire volume. This means that it naturally ventilates heat out of the mattress and into the bedroom throughout the night.
To make things even cooler, Comfort Cloud has been infused with a special kind of cooling gel that Puffy has designed to work hand in hand with the material (called Cooling Cloud).
Cooling gels work by transferring heat across the entire surface of the mattress instead of letting it build up in one spot. By distributing the heat the sleeper gets a cooler sensation, despite the same amount of heat being in the mattress.
However, this cooling gel has a different purpose to most other cooling gels that are used in memory foam. Instead of trying to reach the lowest possible temperature it has been designed to reach an optimum temperature instead.
Puffy has had to do this because their mattress might actually be too cold for comfort if they added a normal gel to the mix.
The other main benefit that you’re going to notice with the Puffy is responsiveness.
If you’ve ever slept on a memory foam bed you might know already that it can take a little bit of time for the material to contour to your body shape. The reason it’s not instant is because it needs your body heat to soften the walls of the cells we talked about earlier and allow them to collapse to conform.
This is an annoyance that people with memory foam usually put up with – because let’s face it, it’s not the end of the world.
However, as Comfort Cloud doesn’t use a cell-based design, it doesn’t suffer from this ramp-up time and it contours (almost) instantly. If you’re coming from a memory foam product you’re going to notice the difference from the moment you get on the bed. If you’re known to reposition frequently throughout the night, this is going to be something you really appreciate.
Comfort Cloud is an amazing material that we cannot speak highly enough of, it puts every other material we’ve ever seen in a mattress to shame (almost).
High-Density Support Foam
The bottom layer of this product is barely worth us mentioning. It’s a high-density support foam that’s no different to what you’d find in any other mattress. It’s a thick wedge and it’s made from durable long lasting materials. All it does is give the layer above something to rest on and provides a bit of stability to the mattress as a whole.
So now we know about one of the most advanced man-made materials used in mattress design – but what can mother nature do?
New Zealand Wool
This layer provides much-needed softness and luxury for the layers below. It’s made from pure New Zealand wool that’s been treated with natural thistles to give it some flame retardant properties. For some reason, this wool has been added to the bottom of the mattress too – but we’re not entirely sure why.
This first layer is made from an all natural latex foam. It’s a supportive material that has some level of contouring, but it’s nowhere near the level that you’ll find with Comfort Cloud or memory foam.
However, the flip side of this is that latex is extremely good at thermal regulation. The material naturally dissipates heat well and allows for decent amounts of airflow throughout the material.
However, Zenhaven has done something special here by adding ventilation holes into the layer.
The ventilation holes serve two purposes – the most obvious of which is to promote heat transfer down into to the layers below where they can escape into the bedroom (reducing hotspots on the upper layers).
The second purpose is the most interesting. Zenhaven haven’t made all the ventilation holes the same shape or size, they’re different.
This layer has been divided up into 5 separate zones that each has different configurations of ventilation holes. The amount and size of these holes determine how supportive each zone is. This has allowed them to tailor the support of the mattress to be perfect for side sleepers. You’ll get more support where you need it and less support where you don’t.
While this sounds like a pretty simple thing to do, it’s actually reasonably difficult to execute properly – only a handful of the best mattresses on the planet use a zoned design pattern like this.
But the results are well worth the time and effort Zenhaven put into making this layer work as well as it does.
Talalay Latex Support Layers
The next two layers down are made from an advanced and expensive form of latex called Talalay latex. They are literally identical to one another in every way, they’ve been made as two layers instead of one because of manufacturing limitations of this special kind of latex.
They’re the support layers that provide a strong base for the top layer to rest on, but they also work in perfect harmony with the upper layer’s ventilation system.
These layers also have ventilation holes drilled into them, but they’re not in a zoned configuration – they’re all the same shape, size and density. Zenhaven have tried to align these holes with the bottom of the ventilation channels in the layers above to provide unrestricted airflow directly from the top of the mattress through to the bottom.
Once it reaches this part of the mattress it has several ways of ventilating out of the foam and into the bedroom – taking the heat with it.
You’ll only be able to find one version of the Puffy mattress in terms of firmness. It’s a medium firm mattress that is 6.5 on the firmness scale.
Zenhaven, on the other hand, provides their customers with the choice of two different firmness levels. They’ve got a “gentle firm” product which is 7.5 on the firmness scale and is going to be a little firmer than the puffy.
There’s also the “luxury plush” version of the Zenhaven which is a little bit softer than the Puffy. This product rates at about 4.5 on the firmness scale and is a reasonably soft mattress.
The Zenhaven is far more expensive than the Puffy, simply because it is made from Latex.
Latex is a natural material that is harvested from rubber trees, and turning it into foam is a long labor intensive process. It’s for this reason that it’s one of the most expensive materials in the mattress industry.
Also, we suggest you pay no attention whatsoever to the timed discount on the Puffy website. It’s a sneaky high-pressure sales tactic that we really dislike.
You can clear your cookies and visit the page again to get the discount. The worst case scenario is that you visit it on your phone or on another computer using a different Wi-Fi connection.
There’s no rush – the discount has been running for ages and it’s not going anywhere fast.
- Twin $1,299
- Twin XL $1,349
- Full $1,699
- Queen $1,899
- King $2,499
- California King $2,499
Puffy Prices (With The Discount Applied)
- Twin – $595
- Twin XL – $625
- Full – $795
- Queen – $950
- King – $1,150
- California King – $1,150
Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
The natural cooling capabilities of latex are impressive, and the zoned ventilation channel support system of the Zenhaven is an excellent design pattern that keeps things super cool.
That being said, it’s nothing compared to how cool the Puffy is.
When you have a product that actually has to make sure that it doesn’t get too cold to be comfortable (the Cooling Cloud gel) then it’s going to easily win this section.
Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
The Zenhaven is the best mattress for side sleepers. The zoned ventilation hole system in the top layer has been specifically designed to properly support and align your spine when sleeping on your side.
Top marks to Puffy here though too – they’ve got an exceptionally supportive mattress that side sleepers will find very enjoyable.
Should I Buy A Puffy Or A Zenhaven Bed?
Out of these two products, we’d choose the Puffy.
The cooling capabilities combined with the instant reaction time and huge amounts of support are very attractive to us. When you also consider it’s almost half the price, it’s a no-brainer in our opinion.
So there you have it, that’s what we think about the Puffy and the Zenhaven.
Both of these mattresses are excellent products, they are just aimed at different audiences.
If you’re really into being as natural and as eco-friendly as possible, there are few products that will be as good as the Zenhaven, and it’s probably worth every penny.
But if not, we recommend you get the puffy.