Tuft & Needle Mattress Review
Tuft & Needle company policy
Meet the mattress that went viral. Tuft & Needle is owned by Serta – a veritable powerhouse in the mattress world. The Tuft & Needle story started in 2012 with two software engineers who wanted to create new solutions for online bed-buying. Nearly a decade later, the brand has become one of the most popular online mattress brands, renowned for their affordability. They partnered with Serta Simmons in 2018. Tuft & Needle is BBB-accredited and has an A+ BBB rating.
Shipping: Under the standard shipping option, you can expect delivery within three to seven business days via FedEx Ground. Tuft & Needle offers free shipping in the U.S., although there is a fee for Alaska and Hawaii. There are no expedited or next-day delivery options available at this time. White glove delivery can be arranged at an additional cost.
Old mattress removal: Tuft & Needle can assist with old mattress removal on request. For the most part, this is arranged through third-party providers. If your delivery address is in California, Tuft & Needle will arrange old mattress removal from the delivery address at no cost and upon request.
Payment accepted, financing: Tuft & Needle has teamed up with Affirm to offer financing options to their customers. If approved, you can choose between three, six, and twelve month finance terms.
Returns and refund: If you decide to return your mattress within the 100-night trial period, Tuft & Needle will work with you to arrange for donation of the mattress and you will get a full refund. Where no donation options exist, they will arrange for collection. Within the 100-night trial period, you also get the option of an exchange.
Sleep trial period: All three Tuft & Needle mattresses come with a 100-night sleep trial period.
Warranties: All Tuft & Needle mattresses come with a ten-year limited warranty.
Packaging and unpacking: All three Tuft & Needle mattresses are bed-in-a-box mattresses. This means they are rolled, compressed, wrapped in plastic, boxed, and sent to you. They take about a day to decompress and may be a little soft directly following unboxing. Give them a few days before making your mind up around firmness.
Smell (off gassing), harmful chemicals: Let’s face it. If you buy a bed-in-a-box mattress, very few are going to unbox without emitting some form of smell. Tuft & Needle mattresses do leave a noticeable smell in the room after unboxing, but it is not overwhelming and should clear completely within a couple of days. The foams are also CertiPUR-US certified to somewhat put your mind at rest about toxins and chemicals. When it comes to the Tuft & Needle Hybrid, this is both CertiPUR-US and GreenGuard certified and off gases slightly less than other hybrid mattress models.
Where are the mattresses made? Tuft & Needle mattresses are made in the USA.
Tuft & Needle mattress measurements and pricing
Tuft & Needle mattress performance review
Does Tuft & Needle live up to the hype? I would say so. Essentially, I believe their popularity comes down to a few factors and the first is that, between the Tuft & Needle Original and the Hybrid, most people will be very happy with their mattress. These mattresses are engineered to give as many people as possible a good night’s sleep by offering firmness and features which cover a range of different sleeping preferences.
While it is worth keeping in mind that none of the mattresses are a true firm or a true soft (and what this means for strict back and stomach sleepers in particular), you’re almost certain to find a happy medium somewhere between the three. In fact, I would go as far as saying that the Tuft & Needle Mint is probably one of the best-performing all-foam mattresses for side sleepers.
All three mattresses provide really good pressure relief, support, and a really comfortable feel. I also like that Tuft & Needle mattresses are evolving, with improvements released to the market at really affordable prices to keep them competitive.
Construction layers and materials used
Tuft & Needle Original Mattress
This mattress features a really simple, two-layer open-cell construction. This includes a base layer of high-quality, high-density support foam. The top comfort layer is made from T&N Adaptive Foam, which has a fantastic neutral foam feel and is infused with graphite and gel which draws heat away from the body and wicks moisture. The cover is made from a polyester/micro-polyamide blend, which also has some wicking properties.
Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress
This mattress is on the softer side and this comes down to construction. It has the same high-density polyfoam base, but this is topped with an adaptive transition polyfoam layer, which is pretty responsive and offers a buffer between the support and comfort layer. It is also infused with cooling beads. The top layer is made from their T&N Adaptive Foam which provides contouring and incredible pressure relief for side sleepers. It has a polyester/polyamide blended knit cover which is slightly different to the cover on the Original.
Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress
The Hybrid mattress offers a dual-coil system. It has a thin layer of support foam at its base. This layer is below the layer of individual pocketed coils, which is topped by a thin adaptive foam transitional layer between the coils and the comfort layers. Next up is a layer of T&N Adaptive Foam, which has graphite and gel properties for cooling. This is followed by a layer of micro-coils, which adds to the responsiveness and support of the mattress. The top layer is a quilted pillow-top, graphite-infused comfort foam with an open-cell construction.
- Polyester/Micro-polyamide Cover
- 3" Gel and Graphite-infused T&N Adaptive Foam
- 7" Polyurethane High-density Support Foam
- Knit Polyester/Polyamide Blended Cover
- 3" Gel and Graphite-infused T&N Adaptive Foam
- 2" Transitional Polyfoam
- 6.5" High-density Polyfoam Support Layer
- 1" Quilted Comfort Foam
- 2" T&N Adaptive Foam
- Transitional Micro-coils
- Transitional Layer of Adaptive Foam
- 6" Pocketed Springs
- 1" High-quality Polyfoam
Tuft & Needle mattresses firmness and pressure relief
Tuft & Needle offer a margin of variety when it comes to firmness, but you won’t find a true soft or a true firm in the range. The Tuft & Needle Original is a medium (at a push, slanting towards a medium-firm which will soften over time). The Tuft & Needle Mint is notably softer than this. It is somewhere between medium and medium-soft. The Hybrid comes in at medium.
Generally speaking, there is a similarity between the three in that they all have something of that neutral foam feel (rather than the ‘sinking’ feeling you can get with memory foam mattresses). The T&N Adaptive Foam used in all three is really soft and comfortable, but it also offers more responsiveness than most traditional memory foams. The Hybrid is even more responsive because of its coils. Across all three, you can enjoy amazing pressure relief. This is an especially important consideration for side sleepers, who will find the Mint mattress performs very well on this front.
MATTRESS FIRMNESS SCALE
|Soft||Medium Soft||Medium||Medium Firm||Firm|
Sleep position and body type
If you have a petite or medium stature, any of the three Tuft & Needle mattresses will work for you. As the Original and Mint mattresses are all-foam mattresses, I would urge heavier individuals to look to the Hybrid.
With the Tuft & Needle Original and Hybrid models, all sleeping positions will find these mattresses provide fantastic pressure relief and support, with softness for comfort. If you are a couple with very different sleeping preferences, these mattresses offer a great solution to appease both sets of needs. According to Tuft & Needle, 95% of buyers keep their mattresses – an incredibly high satisfaction level.
The Tuft & Needle Mint mattress is perfect for side sleepers. In fact, I would say it’s one of the best all-foam mattresses for side sleepers and will work well for combination side sleepers too. This comes down to pressure relief, which is, to me, one of the most outstanding features of the mattress.
If you are a strict side or back sleeper, just a quick note on support: firmer mattresses will give additional support and promote spinal alignment when sleeping in these positions. While I am of the opinion that most back and stomach sleepers won’t have any queries on the comfort of the Original and Hybrid mattresses in particular, if support is a concern for you, you might want to look into firm choices on the market.
Tuft & Needle mattress edge support
All-foam mattresses tend not to go in-hand with great edge support. While the edge support on the Tuft & Needle Original and Mint models are not notably bad, it is not especially good either. The Mint mattress’s edge support is slightly better than on the Original, but I would say it would be a good rating for both. The Tuft & Needle Hybrid, on the other hand, offers excellent edge support (as is often the case with hybrid over all-foam mattresses).
|Perfect for||Thickness||Edge Support||Discount|
Petite and average-sized people, all sleeping positions
Petite and average-sized side and combination side sleepers
People across all sizes and sleeping positions
Tuft & Needle mattress temperature regulation
While these mattresses feature a range of features for cooling, I would say that these mattresses are all temperature neutral. If you sleep hot and need active cooling properties, I would suggest shopping around to explore the options. Again, Tuft & Needle have created mattresses with universal appeal – most people won’t have any gripes with the temperature on these mattresses.
The cooling features differ from mattress to mattress. There are a few similarities, though. On all of them, the cover is breathable and wicks moisture, which helps to keep you cool. The T&N Adaptive Foam also has graphite and foam features to move heat away from the body. On the Hybrid, the cover and top layer of foam are graphite and gel-infused for cooling.
The responsiveness of these mattresses also contributes to their temperature. In all of them, most people will sleep a little more on top of the mattress, which is usually cooler. This will also obviously depend on your weight and the model of mattress. The Hybrid, by virtue of coils, also has a little added ventilation for cooling.
MATTRESS TEMPERATURE SCALE
|Cool||Medium Cool||Medium||Medium Warm||Warm|
Motion isolation and noise
All three mattresses perform well at deadening motion – particularly the Hybrid. All three are also exceptionally quiet. I always put a little asterisk on Hybrid models when it comes to noise, as this can change as the mattress ages.
Is Tuft & Needle suitable for couples and sex?
Tuft & Needle mattresses are great for couples. Firstly, whether you have divergent preferences or not, between the three models, you’re more than likely to find a mattress you will love for up to a decade. The motion isolation performance here is also a big pro for couples. This means you’re unlikely to be woken during the night because your partner is having a restless night or is up and about. The edge support on the Hybrid model is also excellent, which means couples can sleep comfortably right up to the edge – a huge plus if you are sharing a smaller-sized bed.
What makes Tuft & Needle good for sex is its responsiveness – and this extends even to the softer Mint model. The T&N foam snaps back into shape immediately and the overall construction of these mattresses is geared towards responsiveness, which helps when changing position. They also have a bit of bounce – especially the Hybrid model.
Durability and longevity
Many factors play a role in the lifespan of a mattress – and not all of these are in the control of the company making them. Given its price and construction, I would say you can expect Tuft & Needle all-foam mattresses to last in the region of six years. This is about average for a mattress. The Hybrid will also be a little more durable (hybrid mattresses, by their very nature, last longer). You also have the assurance of the ten-year limited warranty – and this is how long these mattresses have been designed to last.
Tuft & Needle mattresses are compatible with most bed bases. Just make sure you read the warranty terms and conditions and get in touch with the company to find out the best base to make your mattress last.
COMPATIBLE WITH THESE BED BASES
Tuft & Needle mattress complaints
The sheer volume of positive reviews associated with Tuft & Needle mattresses is frankly astounding. There are over 100 000 positive reviews on Amazon for these mattresses. A couple of complaints include:
- One customer was unhappy about the warranty conditions, saying his mattress wasn’t covered after starting to deteriorate after a matter of months. It is unclear which model this related to. As always, we recommend reading the warranty thoroughly before purchase.
- Some customers reported feeling pain after sleeping on their Tuft & Needle mattresses. There was no real mention of sleeping position or model here, except for a few side sleepers. Hopefully this T&N mattress review gives you a clear idea of the best choice of mattress for your particular sleeping type.
Our final verdict: Do we recommend the Tuft & Needle mattress brand?
Tuft & Needle has achieved what they originally set out to do. They have simplified the bed-buying process. If you are on the market for a mattress and you like the feeling of memory foam without that sticky memory foam feeling, there is a mattress for you from Tuft & Needle. If you are part of a couple, it is likely that everybody wins with Tuft & Needle. The all-foam and hybrid choice also gets a big thumbs up from me for having universal appeal for people as they shop for their mattresses.
Ultimately, good mattresses come down to comfort and value. Tuft & Needle mattresses are all very comfortable and, if you are a side sleeper, the Mint should definitely be among the mattresses you consider for your next bed. And, very importantly, they are affordable. In fact, to add to their price range, they are also good value. These mattresses tick some very important boxes for consumers. I guess that’s why they are known for their bestselling beds.
All mattresses in the Tuft & Needle range are good mattresses. They offer very good value at a remarkably reasonable price, whether you are on the market for an all-foam or hybrid mattress.
The construction of Tuft & Needle mattresses means you shouldn’t flip them. The design on all varieties relies on the comfort layers being placed on top of a sturdy support layer of foam and flipping it means you would be sleeping on the high-density support foam or coils.
Tuft & Needle mattresses have been designed and tested to last ten years. Depending on the care and conditions of mattress use, it is reasonable to expect these mattresses to last in the region of six years.
The value of the Tuft & Needle Mint mattress is worth every penny. This mattress is undeniably affordable and, if you are a side sleeper, I think you will be hard-pressed to find many that perform better for pressure relief and comfort. So yes, we think Tuft & Needle is worth the money.