Tulo Mattress Review
Tulo company policy
Tulo is the in-house bed-in-a-box mattress brand from Mattress Firm. Mattress Firm is a good ol’ traditional mattress store which has been serving the American public since 1986. They have been helping people find the beds they need to suit their budgets – and Tulo slots right into their philosophy as both accommodating and affordable. Mattress Firm is currently America’s largest specialty mattress retailer.
If you like doing business with companies that strive to make a difference, Mattress Firm has a focus on assisting foster children through their Mattress Firm Foster Kids Initiative.
While Tulo does not have a BBB rating, Mattress Firm has an A+ rating.
Shipping: Tulo offers free shipping within the contiguous United States and turnaround times are relatively fast – three to five business days (however, this could take up to two weeks depending on how busy they are, so keep this in mind if you are in a rush). You can also expect your delivery men to unbox your mattress and remove packaging and even your old mattress as part of the service.
Old mattress removal: White-glove delivery and old mattress removal is included in the free shipping policy at Tulo. If you are outside of the contiguous United States, these services are not included.
Payment accepted, financing: Tulo has 12 and 24-month financing options available through Synchrony Bank’s SetPay service.
Returns and refund: You have 120 nights to decide if you like your Tulo mattress. If you decide against it, you get free returns during the sleep trial period.
Sleep trial period: You get a standard 120-night trial period on Tulo mattresses.
Warranties: If you decide to keep your Tulo mattress, you get a ten-year warranty.
Packaging and unpacking: Tulo is a bed-in-a-box mattress. This means this all-foam bed is compressed, rolled, wrapped in plastic, and packaged in a cardboard box. You can choose to unpack it yourself or you can make use of Tulo’s free white-glove delivery service if you live within the contiguous United States. Once unpacked, these are a couple of things you can expect. Firstly, it will take a short time to completely decompress. This shouldn’t take longer than a day or two. This means the initial firmness may be different to the long-term feel of the bed, so don’t worry if your first impression is that it’s not what you expected.
Smell (off gassing), harmful chemicals: No matter which all-foam bed-in-a-box mattress you buy, it is reasonable to expect a smell on unboxing, which is called off-gassing. In the case of the Tulo mattress, there was a slight smell on unboxing which lifted in around a day. It doesn’t hurt to help the process along by opening windows and keeping the room well-ventilated. The smell also shouldn’t be too worrying. Tulo’s memory foams are CertiPUR-US certified which means there is no toxins associated with their mattresses.
Where are the mattresses made? Tulo mattresses are made in the United States.
Tulo mattress measurements and pricing
- Tulo Soft
- Tulo Medium
- Tulo Firm
Tulo mattress performance
If your attitude to mattress buying is to keep it simple, you should have Tulo on your radar. Some people have a pretty clear idea of what they want from a mattress. If this is you and you want all-foam, Tulo could save you a lot of hassle.
An all-foam mattress in three firmness levels, following a few universal rules could make your match with Tulo completely uncomplicated. Side sleeper? You will need a soft mattress. Combination sleeper? Look at something in the middle – like the medium. Back and stomach sleeper? Get good, firm support of foam with the firm option.
If you’ve picked your bed, you can pick it up from one of their stores or get fast delivery from online orders, depending on how busy they are – with free white-glove delivery in the contiguous U.S. It’s as if they have examined every step of the mattress buying process and removed barriers for the consumer, which many people will appreciate.
The clincher for many people around Tulo is going to be one thing: price. It’s ultra-affordable. So, if you’re looking for a simple mattress on a budget (no bells and whistles; just easy comfort), most people will walk away smiling with a Tulo. If it’s for your spare room or kid’s room or furnished rental property, it’s a no-brainer.
Construction layers and materials used
Across all three firmness levels, the construction of the Tulo mattress is the same. The difference between the three comes down to the foam used in the foundation level. In the firm option, this is firm; in the medium option, this is medium; and, in the soft option, this is (you guessed it) soft. Otherwise, the other layers are identical.
The cover is a fabric blend which is soft to the touch. The first layer is two inches of ventilated, titanium-infused memory foam. Under this is a layer of firm, responsive polyfoam with a ‘peak and valley’ design for airflow. This rests on top of a transitional layer of polyfoam for support and added durability. Lastly, these layers all sit on top of a layer of high-density foundation foam in the three firmness levels.
- Tulo Soft, Medium and Firm
- Polyester/Tencel Blended Fabric Cover
- 2" Titanium-Infused, Ventilated Memory Foam
- 1.5" Responsive Polyfoam
- 1.5" Strut-Reinforced Transitional Polyfoam
- 4" High-Density Polyfoam Foundation*
*Varying firmness levels according to option selected
Tulo mattresses firmness and pressure relief
The three firmness varieties of the Tulo mattress aren’t too different from how they are described. The firm is about a medium-firm. The medium is an actual medium. The soft is more of a medium-soft.
If you’re a side sleeper and you’re concerned about pressure relief, the soft option is going to be the best of the three – hands down. If you’re a combination side sleeper who is worried about pressure relief when you’re on your side, we would say most people will find the medium works to keep shoulders and hips comfortable when they’re on their sides.
MATTRESS FIRMNESS SCALE
|Soft||Medium Soft||Medium||Medium Firm||Firm|
Sleep position and body type
Most sleepers will find a mattress to meet their needs between the three Tulo firmness levels. As we always say about all-foam mattresses, these beds really are best for petite and average sized individuals. If you are a bit on the heavy side, it probably is not going to serve you well as a mattress to sleep on every night and a hybrid or innerspring model would probably be the best option for you.
If you are a side sleeper, the soft model is going to be the best choice for you. This is because it has enough softness and pressure relief to keep those shoulders and hips comfortable and ache-free.
If you are a combination side sleeper or you share a bed with someone with different sleeping preferences, the medium will probably be an easy compromise. Most side sleepers probably won’t have any complaints around pressure relief here (finding memory foam accommodating on this front), but you’ll still get lumbar support when you are on your stomach and back.
The firm model is more of a medium-firm, but is really best-suited to back and stomach sleepers. While memory foam is very comfy as it makes contact with your body, the firmness of this model will keep your spine aligned and your body well-supported in these positions.
Tulo mattress edge support
While edge support will hardly be the great decider in choosing a mattress, it can come in to play for couples (especially sharing smaller-sized mattresses) and anyone who wants to use the entire surface of the bed. The edge support on the Tulo mattress is good at best, but not great. You can use the entire mattress, edge to edge, without a truly noticeable feeling of imbalance on the edges.
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Petite and average sized side sleepers
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Petite and average sized combination sleepers
Petite and average sized back and stomach sleepers
Tulo mattress temperature regulation
If you have slept on memory foam mattresses before and are worried about their reputation for heat retention, the Tulo is much of a muchness when it comes to temperature regulation. If you sleep hot and you need active cooling features to be comfortable, this is probably not going to cool to the degree you need – and a hybrid may be the best solution for you.
However, we would say that the Tulo is temperature neutral; certainly not hot. It’s got titanium-infused foam as the top comfort layer. Tulo has also designed the different layers to promote airflow and breathability and this open-cell construction will make a difference to temperature.
It is also worth remembering that the firmer models also tend to be that little bit cooler because you sleep more on top of the mattress. If your sleeping preference allows, this is something to consider in weighing up comfort and temperature.
MATTRESS TEMPERATURE SCALE
|Cool||Medium Cool||Medium||Medium Warm||Warm|
Motion isolation and noise
The Tulo mattress is good at limiting motion transference. If you are a couple and movement during the night is an issue for you, this feature will matter to you. It’s unlikely that most people will be disturbed by movement during the night – unless, of course, you are an incredibly light sleeper. We also didn’t pick up on any sound from the mattress in response to movement.
Is Tulo suitable for couples and sex?
The Tulo doesn’t have that classic, almost sticky memory foam feel. It’s more neutral on this front, with quite good responsiveness. This means changing position during sex can be done fluidly and without too much effort.
Durability and longevity
The lifespan of any all-foam mattress depends on a few different factors. Yes, the quality of materials is absolutely a consideration here – but so are you. The heavier you are, the more often you sleep on the mattress, and general care all affect the durability of all-foam mattresses.
For the amount you pay for a Tulo mattress, you’re getting very good durability – with the quality of the bed being up there with some higher priced models on the market.
Any flat base should work well with your Tulo mattress, which can be used on most bed frames.
COMPATIBLE WITH THESE BED BASES
Tulo mattress complaints
The main complaints we found online for the Tulo mattress were around longevity and feel:
- Some people complained that their mattresses started to sag within a short period of time.
- I read quite a few reviews where the feel of the mattress was a problem. Primarily, customers complained that the mattress (medium and firm) was too hard and that people experienced pain – especially on their sides. In some cases, these people had existing injuries and pain which they say was exacerbated by the firmness of the mattress. On the other hand, I came across a few complaints of the mattress being too soft.
Our final verdict: Do we recommend the Tulo mattress brand?
Tulo mattresses offer very good value considering their affordability. This simple, all-foam bed should meet the approval of most sleepers.
While you are welcome to use a box spring, Tulo mattresses work well with most bed frames including slatted and adjustable bases.
Tulo is the in-house mattress brand created by Mattress Firm – one of the leading bedding retailers in the United States.
You cannot flip a Tulo mattress. The reason for this is the construction. The comfort layers of memory foam are at the top of the mattress, while the high-density polyfoam base layer needs to be at the bottom. It is a good idea to rotate all-foam mattresses fairly regularly as part of their general care.