The marketing team at Buffy certainly knows how to target people who are shopping for sleep-related products considering how often my partner and I would see sponsored ads of the comforter pop up on our Instagram feed around the time we were looking for a new mattress. Way back when we were looking around for a new memory foam mattress (we had been using the same cheap Amazon-bought mattress that had outlived its life span), my partner and I both started noticing ads for this new, innovative comforter that supposedly had the ability to help regulate your temperature while you sleep. While we eventually landed on the amazing Loom & Leaf memory foam mattress (you can read our review of it here), we continued to be intrigued by the marketing messaging pushed out by Buffy. Before we dive into what this product is, let me first explain why our obsession with sleep quality has become so important to us in recent years
Us Gays Are Sleep Quality Enthusiasts
I just had my 27th birthday several days ago, and during times like these I often look back at my younger self and wonder how the hell I survived the shenanigans I was putting my body through. During my college years and a few thereafter, I recall going out to the bars regularly on weekdays, staying up until ungodly hours, and somehow functioning as a normal human being at work having only slept 4-5 hours.
Needless to say, as I grow older and now into my later 20s, quality and duration of sleep has become more and more important to me and my ability to be an effective and functioning person. I’ve also noticed that extraneous factors that would once upon a time not disrupt my sleep now find a way to keep me awake at night and prevent me from feeling rested when I wake up. These include:
I literally cannot fall asleep or stay asleep if the room I’m in is not 65 degrees or lower. Additionally, we bought our new mattress because the memory foam technology of the Loom & Leaf regulates body temperature, but I’ve slept on other lower-quality mattresses that get too hot and keep me awake
Any amount of light disrupts my sleep. I feel like an old man in saying this, but it amazes me how I used to be able to fall asleep with the bathroom light on as my partner would get ready for bed, while now I have to unplug any electronics that give off even the slightest amount of light in order to go to sleep
While background white noise (like the sound of rain) helps, I’ve now started to notice that other sounds will wake me up way more easily than they once did
Keeping Cool at Night
However, out of all of these factors, temperature has by far been the biggest issue for us. While cooling down our room with the A/C or leaving the windows open before going to bed is always easy, we’d somehow manage to wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat. Sleep experts say that your body temperature decreases to initiate sleep, so your bedroom temperature should stay between 60-67 degrees (1). If this was the case, why then were we still waking up in the middle of the night? Seeing as our bedroom was always kept at a constant 65 degrees or lower, we figured that it could be one of three things:
- Poor quality of our mattress (which we learned to be true)
- Poor quality of our bed sheets
- A comforter that was too thick and not breathable enough
As strange as this might sound, between my partner and I, one of our new year’s resolutions was to get better sleep. More specifically, we resolved to find a way to beat this sleep temperature issue we kept running into. Since we knew it had nothing to do with our bedroom temperature, we knew that it probably had something to do with our ancient cheap mattress, poor sheet quality, or our comforter. So in keeping with this resolution we decided to try a multitude of sleep products, some of which that worked, and some that did not help at all. However, for the sake of serving our beloved audience (you), we want to share the three that worked for us.
Loom & Leaf, Parachute, and BUFFY
After diving into the reasons why my partner and I would keep waking up drenched in sweat in the middle of the night, we knew that we had to make a few changes. We started looking into mattresses, comforters, and bedding that were specifically designed to regulate temperature while you sleep. Here’s what we found:
The Loom & Leaf Mattress:
Among the many reasons we chose this amazing mattress is that it contains a proprietary “Spinal Zone Cooling Gel” layer that is right below the surface of the fabric that covers the mattress itself. We initially thought this might just be a marketing ploy, but trust – it really works. Before using this mattress, I used to wake up with whatever side I was sleeping on pooled with sweat (I know, gross). This no longer is the case, and instead I feel both supported and cool throughout the night. If you want to read more about Loom & Leaf, check out our review
We actually received our parachute sheets as a gift, and after hearing about them for months in advertisements in one of my favorite podcasts, I was truly intrigued as to whether they really offer a special experience. If you’re not already familiar, Parachute creates bedding that is quite literally marvelous – I don’t know how they do it, but these sheets are made from the highest quality 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton that feels crisp and cool to the touch. We were gifted the “Percale” linen type which is designed for people who get too hot at night, and it’s worked wonders for us
To top it all off (pun intended), we had learned about BUFFY as a comforter that is also designed for hot sleepers but still offers all the softness and plushness of a normal luxury comforter. Their website claims that it’s “The Comforter that’s softer than a cloud,” and this message is spot-on. It’s so soft, so comfortable, so cool, and so worth it
What is the BUFFY Comforter?
BUFFY is an ultra-plush comforter that is specifically designed for hot sleepers who don’t want to sacrifice comfort to keep cool at night. Before trying BUFFY, we had to resort to using a super-thin, older comforter than was quite sad, and actually left us feeling freezing when we would try to fall asleep or in the early mornings. BUFFY, on the other hand, is still fairly thick, but is made from certain fabrics that keep the material breathable and prevent you from getting hot.
I think this was the main differentiator for us – the outer shell of the comforter is made from the wood pulp of Eucalyptus trees to create a fabric called lyocell. It’s a 100% natural textile and is very cool to the touch
Eco-Fiber Spun PET Bottle Filling:
The inner filling of the BUFFY is made from 100% recycled BPA and phthalate-free PET plastic bottles that is air-blown and layered to reach cloud-like volume. It is far fluffier and more breathable than any down comforter I’ve tried, and while it is thick, it’s so lightweight due to the cloud-like, light filling
Our First Impressions of the BUFFY Comforter
The BUFFY arrived in an adorable box with “BUFFY” imprinted on the front, so we were immediately excited to unbox and try to the product. The comforter was just as plush and cool to the touch as their marketing messages had claimed, and so we immediately took it to our bedroom to put a protective duvet cover on it.
**NOTE: Among our first impressions was the absence of any instructions of how to use the product that came in the box. We were unsure whether we were supposed to put a duvet cover on it or not, so we decided to play it safe and protect it with a duvet cover. We also have two small dogs and didn’t want to risk getting BUFFY dirty.
Our First Night
At this point we were already using our new Loom & Leaf mattress with the parachute sheets mentioned above which seemed to be working incredibly, despite our somewhat sad and disheveled-looking comforter. However, when we received our parachute sheets as a gift, we were not given a parachute duvet cover as well, so we were still using a cheap, non-premium cover on our old comforter. We used this same cheap duvet cover to protect BUFFY on the first night we received the product – this was a big mistake. We were unhappy to find that we were waking up in the middle of the night sweating like we used to, and immediately thought it was because of our new BUFFY comforter. However, we were committed to give BUFFY another try.
After thinking through the different reasons why we were experiencing our hot flashes again, it occurred to us that we were using a cheap, non-breathable duvet cover to protect BUFFY. We were surprised to find that on the BUFFY website they suggest using a duvet cover to protect the product, so we thought this was what we were supposed to do as well. However, after reading that the BUFFY can be dry-cleaned when needed, we figured we’d try it without the duvet cover
Our Second Night and Beyond
The next night was an entirely different story. Not only did we fall asleep with ease, but we were able to sleep through the night in extreme temperature comfort without waking up or sweating. We were also not totally freezing in the mornings like we were used to due to BUFFY’s thickness, and were pleasantly surprised to find that it all-around kept our temperatures fairly constant throughout the night. We’ve now been sleeping with BUFFY for over two weeks without a duvet cover, and we can’t imagine sleeping without it at this point.
BUFFY Comforter Takeaways
We believe that the combination of our wonderful new Loom & Leaf Mattress, the parachute sheets, and our ultra-luxurious BUFFY comforter all come together to make for an extremely comfortable and temperature-controlled sleeping experience. BUFFY itself is just a total joy and feels like a cloud when you lay on it, and somehow manages to keep you both warm enough yet cool throughout the night. That being said, there are a few things to note if you plan on trying BUFFY for yourself:
Don’t use a duvet cover:
The direct contact of the BUFFY outer eucalyptus layer with our skin is what I believe has kept us so cool at night. We immediately noticed a huge difference when we took off the duvet cover we were using and used BUFFY without it. If you’re a hot sleeper, we’d recommend not using a duvet cover either
If you follow our above advice, make sure you dry clean your BUFFY when you go to wash your bedding. This will ensure that it won’t get damaged in the washing machine, and will make it last longer as well
Consider the bigger picture:
Again, if your biggest issue when sleeping is temperature, you should consider the fact that one product alone might not be able to solve your problems. For us, the combination of BUFFY, Parachute, and Loom & Leaf has transformed our experience. However, if you’re just looking for an all-around, extremely comfortable, plush, temperature-controlled comforter, BUFFY should be at the top of your list
A Few Details
BUFFY offers a few perks for first-time buyers just to get you to try their product without necessarily committing. These include:
- Free shipping
- Paying later (if you decide to keep the comforter beyond their 30-day trial)
- Free returns
To find out more about BUFFY, visit BUFFY.co.