Nest Bedding Puffin Kids Mattress - Detailed Review

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The Puffin Kids mattress is Nest Bedding’s most popular sleep solution designed specifically for growing kids.  Handcrafted in the USA, this durable cool-to-the-touch all foam mattress is CertiPur safe and its 8 inch profile makes it ideal for big kids beds and trundles.  Voted one of the most comfortable kids mattresses, it’s a best value pick backed by a 30 day trial and lifetime warranty.

Mattress Category Kids All Foam
Comfort Styles Luxury Firm
Height 8” – Great for Trundle & Big Kid Beds
Total Layers 2
Cover Soft, quilted Thermic Phase Change Cooling cover
Comfort layers 2″ Energex Temperature Responsive Foam
Support System 5” 1.8 lb Edge Support Base Foam
Tufting Top Tufting
Sleeps Cool Yes!
Safety Standards CertiPUR-US® certified , Chemical Fire Retardant Free
Edge Support Very Good
Budget (before Sandman Coupon) Twin, Twin XL and Full: $449, $494 & $674
Feeling when lying down Luxury Firm Feel for proper spinal alignment
Puffin is ideal for All kids up to 110 lbs
Puffin is not right for Teenagers & kids over 110 lbs
Sleep Trial & Warranty 30 Day Trial, Lifetime Warranty
That one special thing Cool-to-the-Touch Cover

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Nest Bedding Company Overview

In 2011, mattress veteran and big wave surfer Joe Alexander, realized that, like a bird when it wants to build a nest, sourcing materials locally was the only way to build his beds.  Hence Nest Bedding, a family owned factory direct mattress company out of Chico, CA was born.  Alexander also knew that offering consumers an opportunity to lay on a mattress was also important and he opened his first store in 2012.  Today, Nest has 9 stores across the States (incl. showroom partners Sandman Sleep in Chicago and Columbus!) offering organic, natural, and certified luxury products.

Sustainability is paramount.  To back it up, they recently introduced a Lifetime Renewal Exchange for its luxury mattresses. The LRE is a one-time comfort guarantee that can be redeemed anytime, even after their industry leading 356 day trial.  You can renew your mattress when it’s right for you. Instead of removing and replacing your mattress, you can breathe new life into your mattress with an exchange for a brand new comfort layer and save the environment from another mattress disposed of and yourself the time and money it takes to shop for a new mattress.

Nest Bedding Puffin Construction & Materials

Nest Puffin Mattress Layers

Before we dive into how the Puffin Kids Mattress will feel for your little one, let’s have a look at the reason the Puffin is ranked as one of the most supportive and best value all foam  mattresses designed for kids on the market.

The Cover

The Puffin begins with a soft quilted hypoallergenic cool-to-the-touch cover. Nest Puffin Cooling Cover THERMIC® is Nest’s patented temperature regulation technology that keeps the fabric cool.  It is a phase change material that cools the skin by absorbing heat when the body temperature goes up and releases heat when the temperature cools down to maintain a consistent sleeping temperature.  The superior temperature regulation helps keep your little one cool and dry throughout the night.  No more tossing and turning because they are hot.

Comfort Layer

Nest chose 1 inch of cooling gel infused Energex™ foam to providePuffin Mattress has cooling, conforming Energex gel foam pressure relief.  Energex is a hybrid between traditional gel memory foam and latex delivering the best of both worlds.  Energex has all of the contouring properties of exceptional memory foam but also the responsive bounce of latex.  Your little one won’t feel that sinking-in-the-sand stuck feeling on the Puffin!  The cooling gel pulls heat away from the body, keeping you cool all night long.

It’s important to note that the foam comes as one solid piece as opposed to multiple layers of gel foam and memory foam because one piece provides greater pressure relief.  Two or more comfort layers compete with each other as the surface friction makes it difficult to provide consistent pressure relief.

Support System

In the Puffin, Nest Bedding employs a CertiPUR-US, USA-made, support base foam that is lightweight and open-celled. 5″ of this layer provides adequate support for your child’s body without sacrificing comfort.


Tufting is the process where the individual parts of the mattress are either sewn or glued together to prevent slippage.  In the Puffin’s case, Nest chose Top Tufting.  This is just another example of the little details Nest takes care of so you can rest easy.   

Does The Puffin Sleep Cool?

YES!  We found the Puffin mattress to offer a cool to neutral (i.e., not hot) temperature control.  Being cool at night is all about being dry.  The Puffin accomplishes the cool factor through a 3 step heat dispersion process: 

  1. The THERMIC cooling cover regulates skin temperature and wicks away moisture.
  2. The Energex cooling gel foam pulls heat from the body (and doesn’t return it!).
  3. Finally, heat is further absorbed and disbursed through the second layer of base support foam.  Warm air dissipates through the bottom of the mattress to keep them cool during the night.  

Final result – the Puffin will keep your little one cool and dry throughout the night allowing their body to get the rest it deserves.

How about Edge Support?

Puffin Edge Support

The Nest Bedding Puffin has very good edge support.  The dense layer of support foam ensures that the Puffin remains “sag free” throughout its life.  This edge support increases the sleeping area so, for example, if your child likes to move around at night, they can sleep all the way to the edge.  No feeling of falling off.  Finally, because natural Energex is so much more responsive than gel memory foam, when they get out of bed in the morning, it helps them get out!  

Will Puffin Stand the Test of Time?

Nest Bedding believes so much in the durability of its mattresses that it offers a lifetime warranty.   

Nest Puffin Kids Comfort & Feel

Nest Bedding’s Puffin mattress is truly made for KIDS and it should be on the top of the list for anyone who prefers and very supportive mattress within a great budget range.  Let’s take a closer look at how it feels.

Puffin – Luxury Firm Feel

The Puffin is a multi-sleeper, designed to support side, stomach, back and any combination therein.  First, they are met with the soft woven THERMIC cooling cover.  This patented cool-to-the-touch phase change material adjusts cooling levels as your child moves.  The 1” of conforming Energex cooling gel foam brings them in and gives that welcoming cushion.  The Energex pushes back ever so slightly but still conforms to their body, filling in all the nooks and crannies.  Energex is a memory foam / latex hybrid so it is more responsive than memory foam allowing for quicker response.  However, the top layer gives some additional cushion so side sleepers can rest easy.    

Lastly, they will not feel the dense support core, but they will feel the support it provides – especially at the edge.  They should have no problem sleeping on the entire surface of the mattress as the edges are reinforced.  As demonstrated in the “kneading clip” the 1” top cushion layer gives a feeling of sleeping slightly “in” the mattress as opposed to “on-top” of it.   

Puffin can support kids up to 110 lbs.  Any heavier and you should look more toward the more robust support system of the Nest Bedding Quail

No matter their sleeping style, you cannot go wrong with this mattress.  

  • On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate the Puffin a 7 out of 10.
  • This is a multi-sleeper, designed for all sleeping styles.   
  • The Energex comfort layer provides a little bit of sink, but even so, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology on the top layer will keep your child cool and dry all night long. 
  • Edge support is very good – no side sagging here!

Extra Safety Standards

All Helix Kids mattresses are CertiPur certified Nest foams are CertiPUR-US® certified and made in the USA.

The fire barrier is non-chemical hydrogenated silica.

How does the Puffin Kids Mattress arrive?

All Nest Bedding mattresses come compressed and shipped in a box for easy delivery

The Nest Bedding Puffin Kids Mattress comes in a box. It’s crazy to think that a mattress with dense layers of foam can be compressed with no sacrifice to quality and durability, but it can.  The way Nest compresses its mattresses, they keep their shape and strength.  The box arrives via UPS.  Simply unbox the mattress.  Rest it on the bed frame and remove the plastic wrapping and the bed will decompress before your eyes.  Your little one can begin sleeping on the bed and enjoying a restful night sleep that same day.

What is Nest's Trial Period, Return Policy & Warranty?

Nest Bedding lifetime warranty for all mattresses and Lifetime renewal guarantee for the Owl and Sparrow mattressesNest Bedding offers a 30 day trial period for the Puffin Kids Mattress.  If it’s not the mattress of your child’s dreams, Nest truly makes a return hassle free as they do all the heavy lifting.  Here’s how the systems works:

  1. The trial begins when you RECEIVE the mattress (the UPS delivery day).
  2. Your child can sleep on it for 30 nights.   
  3. If it’s not the mattress of their dreams, reach out to Nest via phone, email or chat (on their website), provide your name and order number and let them know if you wish to RETURN or EXCHANGE.  
  4. Returns: Nest coordinates a donation or recycling pickup on a day of your choosing.  They handle everything and there’s nothing you have to do besides letting them know the best pickup date.
  5. Full 100% refunds (no fees!!) are issued within 5 days of the pick-up. 

Nest Bedding doesn’t stop there!  They offer a lifetime warranty on every mattress.

Dimensions and Weights

Size Height Weight
Twin 8″ 30 lbs
Twin XL 8″ 35 lbs
Full 8″ 40 lbs


How Do I Order a Nest Bedding Puffin? Does Nest Bedding Offer Financing?

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Yes, Nest Bedding offers financing through Affirm.  Enjoy up to 18 months 0% financing on your mattress and bedding purchases.

Where Can I Try a Nest Bedding Puffin Mattress?

Nest Bedding has 9 stores on the West Coast. However, if you are in the Chicago or Columbus, OH area, please visit our Sandman Sleep Chicago Showroom or our Sandman Sleep Columbus Showroom to try out the Nest line of mattresses (we’ll even help get it ordered for you!)

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