This article has been written by the site owner Dan Cartwright – a mattress testing expert who has been testing products and writing online reviews since 2015 to help buyers make the best purchasing decisions for their needs.
I have personally slept on both the DreamCloud and Puffy Original mattresses.
More specifically, I have slept on each mattress for more than 30 nights continuously and run a series of experiments to test their suitability for different sleeping positions and styles.
So which mattress is better – the DreamCloud or the Puffy Original?
The DreamCloud is the better mattress for front and back sleepers over 200 lbs, combination sleepers over 150 lbs, edge sleepers, and warm sleepers – the Puffy Original is the better mattress for sleepers under 150 lbs, side sleepers, skinny sleepers, and restless couples.
The rest of this review compares the DreamCloud and Puffy Original head-to-head so that you can decide for yourself which mattress is right for you.
I have also provided links to the full reviews for each mattress – where you will also find links to save $100s when you buy through the buttons and links on those pages today.
Ready to buy? Click here to see my full DreamCloud review or click here to see my full Puffy Original review. Alternatively, check out my Puffy Lux Hybrid review here to see why I personally chose this mattress over all others to sleep on.
DreamCloud v Puffy Original Compared
In the video above, you can see me compare the DreamCloud and Puffy Original mattresses side-by-side – where I show you the similarities and differences between the mattress layers and tell you which sleeper types are the most suitable for each mattress.
Both the DreamCloud and the Puffy Original are medium-firm mattresses but the DreamCloud feels slightly firmer and more bouncy than the Puffy due to its hybrid spring design – whilst the Puffy has a softer and more adaptive feel.
Check out my full comparison review below for a more detailed look at how the DreamCloud and Puffy Original mattresses differ.
Choose the DreamCloud If You:
- Weigh more than 200 lbs and sleep on your front or back – although the Puffy Original will support you adequately up to 230 lbs, the DreamCloud is the best option if you are a front or back sleeper and weigh more than 200 lbs because the springs will provide better support and guard against sinkage.
- Change positions often and weigh more than 150 lbs – if you weigh more than 150 lbs and you are a combination sleeper, then the DreamCloud is the better choice because the bounce of the springs means that you can switch positions more easily.
- Sleep close to the edge of the bed – if you are an ‘edge sleeper’ then the DreamCloud is the best option because it has reinforced edges to prevent sagging.
- Sleep hot – if you are a warmer sleeper then the DreamCloud has the best breathability to help dissipate heat and keep you cool.
- Have posture-aggravated pain – if sleeping in bad posture causes you pain, then the support of the DreamCloud and the adaptive coils can help you to stay in good posture (especially in the front or back sleeping positions) for better comfort.
Choose the Puffy Original If You:
- Are shopping on a budget – like-for-like, every size of the Puffy Original is several $100s cheaper than the DreamCloud.
- Weigh less than 150 lbs – the all-foam design and more adaptive feel of the Puffy Original makes it the best choice if you weigh less than 150 lbs because the foam will dissipate pressure better for more comfort.
- Sleep on your side – although the DreamCloud is suitable for side sleepers, the Puffy Original is the better option if you are a side sleeper under 230 lbs because the adaptive foam does a better job of easing the pressure on your hips and shoulders.
- Have a low body fat percentage – if you are a ‘skinny’ sleeper with a body fat percentage under 15% then the Puffy Original is the better choice because the adaptive foams will help to take the edge off the pressure points on your bones and joints.
- Sleep as a restless couple – whilst the DreamCloud is suitable for couples, the Puffy Original has the edge if you sleep as a restless couple because the all-foam design means that motion is dampened and the softer feel can reduce the pressure points that may contribute to restlessness.
- Have pressure aggravated pain – if you suffer from conditions that are made worse by sleeping on a firm surface – like arthritis or sciatica – then the Puffy Original is the best choice because the adaptive foams are ideal for reducing pressure points.
DreamCloud v Puffy Original Specs
Below is a table that allows you to quickly compare the DreamCloud and the Puffy Original in terms of their specs to help you understand the similarities and differences between the two:
|Design||Hybrid: foam +springs||All-foam|
|Materials||Polyfoam, memory foam, springs||Gel memory foam + polyfoam|
|Thickness||10″ (UK), 14″ (US)||10 inch|
|Max Weight Capacity||650 lbs combined weight||330 lbs each half of the mattress|
|Cover||Polyester (UK), natural wool + cotton (US)||Polyester|
|Comfort Layer||Memory foam (UK), gel memory foam (US)||Gel memory foam|
|Support Core||Pocket coils||High-density polyfoam|
|Availability||US, UK||US, UK, CA|
|Sleep Trial||365 nights||101 nights|
Comparison of Best Sleeping Positions
The position that you sleep in will dictate how the Puffy Original and the DreamCloud feel to you.
Below is a direct head-to-head comparison of the DreamCloud and the Puffy Original to find out which is the best mattress relative to each of the major sleeping positions:
1: Best For Front Sleepers: DreamCloud (>200 lbs), Puffy (<150 lbs)
The DreamCloud is better suited to front sleepers over 200 lbs than the Puffy Original because it has more robust support thanks to the adaptive coils that will help to keep your hips well supported and your back free from pain.
However, if you are a lighter weighted front or stomach sleeper under 150 lbs and/or have a body fat percentage of less than 15%, then the Puffy Original may be the best choice for you because it feels softer and more adaptive – which can help to take the pressure off your ribcage, knees, and elbows.
If you are a front sleeper in the 150 – 200 lbs range then the choice comes down to personal preference: the DreamCloud feels slightly firmer whilst the Puffy Original feels a bit softer.
I’m 180 lbs, and personally, I found the Puffy Original to be slightly more comfortable in the front sleeping position because I was able to sink more deeply into the materials which helped take the pain away from my arthritic shoulders.
2: Best For Back Sleepers: DreamCloud (>200 lbs), Puffy (<150 lbs)
Generally speaking, the DreamCloud is better than the Puffy Original for back sleepers over 200 lbs that want a firmer, more supportive feel.
However, the Puffy Original is still a viable option for back sleepers in the 200 – 230 lbs range if you want more pressure relief – especially if you suffer from painful conditions like arthritis that are made worse when lying down on a firmer mattress.
But the Puffy Original will likely be the better choice for back sleepers under 150 lbs because the softer and more adaptive feel will allow you to sink more deeply into the materials for better weight distribution that will help to move the pressure away from your joints and muscles.
If you are in the 150 – 200 lbs range like me, then it comes down to personal preference once again.
For me, the Puffy Original was slightly more comfortable in the back sleeping position because of its slightly better pressure-relieving qualities.
3: Best For Side Sleepers: Puffy Original (<230 lbs), DreamCloud (>230 lbs)
Both the Puffy Original and the DreamCloud are suitable for side sleepers, but the Puffy Original will likely feel more comfortable for side sleepers under 230 lbs because it’s a bit softer and more adaptive to provide more pressure relief on your hips and shoulders.
However, the DreamCloud might be better for you if you are a side sleeper over 230 lbs because the more robust support will guard against sinkage and keep you in good posture.
Also, if you have a body fat percentage greater than 25% then you won’t need the mattress to provide as much pressure relief because your joints and bones will have more natural padding – so the DreamCloud will likely feel less firm to you.
4: Best For Combination Sleepers: DreamCloud (>150 lbs), Puffy Original (<150 lbs)
Although the Puffy Original is still relatively easy to move around in for an all-foam mattress due to its medium-firm feel and denser support foams, the DreamCloud is likely going to be the better choice for combination sleepers because the bouncier feel means that you can switch positions more fluidly.
However, if you are a combination sleeper under 150 lbs then the Puffy Original could be the better choice because you won’t need as much bounce due to your lighter body weight, and you’ll likely prefer the softer and more adaptive feel overall.
5: Best For Edge Sleepers: DreamCloud
If you sleep closer to the edge of the bed, then the DreamCloud is by far the better mattress because it has reinforced spring edges, whilst the Puffy Original has no edge support at all.
Comparison of Body Type Suitability
Your body type will also influence how the mattress will feel to you.
Below is a comparison of the DreamCloud and Puffy Original relative to the different body types:
1: Best For Heavyweight Sleepers: DreamCloud
Whilst the Puffy Original can hold up to 150 kg per each half of the mattress, the DreamCloud is the better choice for heavier weighted sleepers over 200 lbs (especially front and back sleepers) because the coil core is better at resisting sinkage and the coils adapt individually to provide contoured support to help you stay in good posture.
2: Best For Lightweight Sleepers: Puffy Original
The Puffy Original is the better choice for lighter weighted sleepers under 150 lbs (especially side sleepers) because the softer feel and adaptive foams can help to dissipate your body weight better across the surface of the mattress to reduce the pressure being placed on your muscles, bones, and joints.
3: Best For Skinny Sleepers: Puffy Original
The Puffy Original is better for ‘skinny’ sleepers with a body fat percentage less than 15% because the materials conform more precisely to your body shape – this means that the pressure will be alleviated better from the more angular regions of your body for more comfort.
Comparison of Key Performance Areas
Below is a comparison of how the DreamCloud and Puffy Original compare based on key metrics like support, pressure relief, mobility, and other parameters that will influence the final comfort levels.
1: Best Overall Support: DreamCloud
The DreamCloud has better support than the Puffy Original because the DreamCloud is a hybrid mattress that contains individually encased pocket coils in the bottom layer that can resist compression and provide more pushback that is especially beneficial to heavier weighted sleepers.
However, excluding the edges, the Puffy Original does still provide relatively good support for an all-foam mattress that’s suitable for front, back, and side sleepers under 230 lbs – with lighter weighted sleepers under 150 lbs benefiting the most thanks to the excellent pressure relief.
2: Best Edge Support: DreamCloud
The DreamCloud has much better edge support than the Puffy Original because the DreamCloud has reinforced springs running around the edge of the mattress whilst the Puffy Original has no edge support at all.
When I sat on the edge of the Puffy Original, I could literally feel the bed frame below, whilst the edge of the DreamCloud only dipped in slightly.
3: Best Pressure Relief: Puffy Original
Whilst the DreamCloud does offer a fair amount of pressure relief thanks to memory foam and polyfoam in the upper comfort and transition layers, the Puffy Original provides a deeper and more complete feeling of pressure relief based on my experience of sleeping in both mattresses.
This better pressure relief is going to be very important to you if you are a lighter weighted sleeper, skinny sleeper, or have painful conditions that are made worse by lying down on a mattress that’s too firm and doesn’t provide enough conforming pressure relief.
4: Easiest to Move Around In: DreamCloud
Whilst the Puffy Original provides a decent amount of pushback thanks to the denser foams in the support core, the DreamCloud is the easiest to move around in due to its bouncy spring support layer and resilient foams.
So if you are a heavier weighted combination sleeper then the DreamCloud is the best choice, whilst lighter weighted combo sleepers under 150 lbs will still feel comfortable in the Puffy Original.
5: Best Motion Isolation: Puffy Original
The individually encased pocket coils of the DreamCloud do a fair job of isolating movement, but the all-foam design of the Puffy Original makes it the best choice if you don’t want to feel your bed partner moving around because the shock waves are absorbed by the foam.
6: Best Temperature Control: DreamCloud
The DreamCloud sleeps cooler than the Puffy Original because it has a breathable coil core that allows heat to dissipate better than the all-foam design of the Puffy.
This means that the DreamCloud is the better choice if you are a warmer sleeper that needs to sleep cool at night.
7: Best For Pain Relief: DreamCloud (Posture), Puffy Original (Pressure)
Both the DreamCloud and the Puffy Original are suitable in their own ways for helping you to manage pain.
The DreamCloud can help mainly with pain that arises due to poor posture that’s made worse by sleeping on a mattress that’s too soft or lacks support because the DreamCloud’s pocket coils provide a good amount of pushback and custom support that can help to keep you in good posture.
And whilst the Puffy Original also provides good support, this mattress is better for alleviating the pressure points that tend to aggravate conditions like sciatica, arthritis, and musculoskeletal pain.
The Puffy Original is cheaper than the DreamCloud because it is an all-foam mattress and therefore doesn’t require the same costs as creating the DreamCloud with its pocket coils.
Therefore, the Puffy Original is the best choice if it fits your needs as specified in the previous sections and you can expect at least a good 5-7 years of life out of it.
However, just because the DreamCloud costs more doesn’t mean that it’s a waste of money – the support quality provided by its layered hybrid design means that you’re getting a high-quality mattress that’s built to last at least 6-8 years or more.
The table below compares the prices of the DreamCloud and Puffy Original without a discount:
Dan is the founder and head content creator at Bedroom Style Reviews.
He has been working as a professional online product reviewer since 2015 and was inspired to start this website when he ended up sleeping on a memory foam mattress that was too soft and gave him backache.
Through in-depth research and analysis, Dan’s goal with this website is to help others avoid such pitfalls by creating the best online resource for helping you find your ideal mattress, bedding, and bedroom furniture.
Dan is a qualified NVQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor with 6 years’ experience helping clients improve their health through diet, exercise, and proper sleep hygiene.
He also holds several college and university-level qualifications in health sciences, psychology, mathematics, art, and digital media creation – which helps him to publish well researched and informative product reviews as well as articles on sleep, health, wellbeing, and home decor.
Dan also has direct personal experience with insomnia, anxiety, misophonia (hypersensitivity to sounds), and pain from both acute and long-standing sporting injuries – he enjoys writing insightful articles around these subjects to help fellow sufferers of such conditions.
Learn more about Dan here.