Sound the battle drums, because we’re about to march into another mattress comparison! On one side of the field, we have the Signature mattress from Brooklyn Bedding—a hybrid bed comprised sturdy CertiPUR-US® Certified foams and pocketed coils. Brooklyn Bedding started in 1995, but since 2008, has become a fast-rising mattress brand in the bed-in-a-box game.
Then, marching from a distance is the Original Tuft & Needle mattress. Like the Brooklyn Signature, it’s a simple design, albeit one consisting entirely of foam. Founded in 2012, Tuft & Needle has seen its line of beds and sleep products quickly rise, making for a worthy opponent.
Read on for a full comparison between these two beds, or if you’re pressed for time, click here to jump to the review summary.
Brooklyn Signature vs Tuft & Needle: Similarities and Differences
Before we go any further, it’s important to know that both bed-in-a-box mattresses are made with very different materials. However, as you’ll see, there are some surprising similarities too. For a more in-depth breakdown of each bed, head on over to the full Brooklyn Signature mattress review or the full Tuft & Needle mattress review. Also, it’s worth noting that the Brooklyn Signature is available in three different models for three different firmness options: Soft, Medium, and Firm. For today’s mattress comparison, I looked at the Medium bed.
- Both mattresses have a comparable level of firmness, with the Tuft & Needle scoring just a little higher.
- Both beds also sleep fairly cool. Tuft & Needle has the slightest of advantages here due to its advanced cooling tech that I’ll get into later on.
- Due to each bed’s respective firmness, it’s likely that both could be an ideal match for back sleepers. Strict side sleepers and stomach sleepers will probably want to look elsewhere, or at the very least, look into the Brooklyn Signature’s Firm model.
- The Brooklyn Signature is a hybrid mattress, meaning that it uses a combination of foam layers and pocketed coils.
- Conversely, the Tuft & Needle is an all-foam mattress with just two layers of poly foam.
- The Brooklyn Signature has a better motion transfer score, so of the two, it’s probably the best mattress for couples or anyone who sleeps with a pet or partner. It also might be the better option for combination sleepers.
- Since Tuft & Needle only has two layers of foam, heavier folks might not find the support they need. For anyone over 250 lbs, the Brooklyn Signature might be the better option.
Which is Better for You?
Let’s take just a moment to outline what kind of sleeper each mattress might be best for.
- If you’re a back sleeper both brands should be appealing because of their firmness.
- If you’re a combination sleeper the Brooklyn Signature is likely the better option because of it has lower motion transfer.
- If you sleep with a partner or a pet the Brooklyn Signature once again has the edge on the Tuft & Needle mattress due to motion transfer.
- If you sleep hot both beds have high breathability, although the Tuft & Needle has slightly better airflow because of its advanced cooling tech.
- If you’re a heavier person the Brooklyn Signature’s coils and higher number of layers will likely offer you more support.
Brooklyn Signature vs Tuft & Needle Mattress Feel Comparison
Now that you have a general idea of who both of these beds might be a good fit for, let’s go over how each of them feels.
Keep in mind that people come in all shapes, sizes, and sleeping positions, and as such, feel is totally subjective. But this will hopefully give you an accurate idea of the sensations and texture present in each bed.
The Brooklyn Signature’s combination of sturdy foams and pocketed coils makes for a bouncy, innerspring feel. During its firmness test, it scored a 6.5 out of 10, meaning that it can be classified as medium-firm. And remember, that could vary depending on which model you choose.
This balance of pressure and support results in an “on top of the bed” feel that could be a great fit for back sleepers and combination sleepers who need to change positions in the night. At the same time, turning on one’s side can result in increased pressure at the shoulder and hips, so side sleepers might want to opt for something softer that caters to their pressure points. If this applies to you, we encourage you to peruse our Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers.
For strict stomach sleepers, the medium-firmness might cause sinkage in the hips, sending them deeper into the bed than the shoulders. While the Medium model probably isn’t in the best fit, stomach sleepers may fare better with the Firm.
Finally, the Brooklyn Signature has high-quality edge support, meaning that couples and heavier people should be able to use the entire mattress surface without it sagging at the sides. Couples could also be drawn to the mattress’ high-scoring motion isolation. Although the Brooklyn Signature is bouncy in its responsiveness, the top layers of foam dampen a significant amount of disturbance on the surface. You likely won’t be woken up by a partner who tosses and turns in the night.
Tuft & Needle
Despite its all-foam consistency, the Tuft & Needle is surprisingly firm, scoring a 7 out of 10 on its firmness level. That means it’s a little higher in the medium firm category than the Tuft & Needle.
In regards to sleeping positions, the top layer of foam works to fill in the lumbar region. Coupled with the high-density poly foam base, there’s a lot of support and pressure relief here for back sleepers. Side sleepers, on the other hand, may experience a lot of jamming when they turn over. Similarly, the top layer of foam may cause stomach sleepers‘ hips to sink out of alignment with their shoulders.
The Tuft & Needle also boasts a good deal of edge support, but only an average score on motion transfer. The foam’s doesn’t feel as absorbent as one might expect, and you might feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Comparing Brooklyn Signature and Tuft & Needle Prices
Price points are always something to consider when buying a new mattress. The Tuft & Needle is significantly less expensive than the Brooklyn Signature, but be sure to consult the pricing chart below to see which option works best for your budget. And don’t forget to use our Brooklyn Bedding coupon codes or Tuft & Needle coupon codes when purchasing any comfortable mattress.
Prices listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
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Comparing Brooklyn Signature and Tuft & Needle Mattress Materials
Now comes my personal favorite part of any mattress comparison, where we take an inside look at each bed to see what it’s made of and how it’s constructed.
The Brooklyn Signature is an 11-inch hybrid mattress consisting of sturdy CertiPUR-US® Certified foam and pocketed coils that make for a bouncy and buoyant structure.
Cover – The cover of this Brooklyn Bedding mattress is a poly/cotton blend fortified with a little bit of quilted memory foam. This provides immediate pressure relief, as well as softness and breathability.
Comfort Layer – Next comes 2 inches of Brooklyn Bedding’s proprietary TitanFlex foam. In addition to establishing a medium to firm bounciness, the body-contouring TitanFlex is known for its ability to draw heat away from the sleeper—much different from an all memory foam mattress in its ability to sleep cool.
Transition Layer – Beneath the TitanFlex is two inches of slightly firmer Energex foam, beginning a pattern of increasing support as we get deeper and deeper into the bed.
Support Layer – Now we get away from the foam and into an ascension coil system. This is where that extra bounce comes from, not to mention an added breathability that helps with temperature regulation throughout the night.
Base Layer – Finally, the Brooklyn signature has one inch of high-density poly foam. While this base layer doesn’t really affect the feel of the bed, its durability gives the above coils something to press off of.
Tuft & Needle
The Original Tuft & Needle is an 10-inch mattress with a no-frills design of just two foam layers.
Cover – The simple polyester cover is thin and light, promoting easy air flow throughout the bed.
Comfort Layer – Underneath the cover, you’ll find three inches of Tuft & Needle’s patented Adaptive® foam, meaning there’s a good deal of mobility and bounce. This is also where the cooling tech comes in, courtesy of a gel and graphite that works to absorb and dissipate body heat.
Base – Uniquely, the base of the Tuft & Needle makes up most of the bed with its 7 inches of high-density poly foam. While sturdy and supportive in its open-cell design (once again adding to the breathability), the fact that there are only two layers might cause heavier sleepers to sink into the bed.
You’ve learned a lot about each bed. So now comes the big question: Which one should you choose? It all depends on what you’re looking for, so let’s review some of the best qualities of each mattress.
Brooklyn Signature Best Features
- For back sleepers who share a bed with a partner or pet, the Brooklyn Signature might be the better fit. Its low motion transfer is more likely to prevent you from waking up if someone else is tossing and turning.
- For heavier people, the Brooklyn Signature’s hybrid system of coils and foam layers will provide more support.
- If you’re a combination sleeper, you’ll probably want to go with the Brooklyn Signature, once again because it does a good job isolating motion.
Tuft & Needle Best Features
- Back sleepers are also likely to find the support they need in the buoyancy of the Tuft & Needle, especially if they’re not sharing their bed with anyone else.
- Although both beds sleep cool, Tuft & Needle has a slight edge because of its cooling tech. If temperature is an important consideration for you, Tuft & Needle might have the advantage.
- The Tuft & Needle is the cheaper of the two mattresses, so if price is an important factor, it might be the right bed for you.
Comparing Company Policies
Brooklyn Bedding Policies
- Trial Period – 120 nights
- Shipping – Free
- Mattress Warranty – 10 years
Tuft & Needle Policies
- Trial Period – 100 nights
- Shipping – Free
- Mattress Warranty – 10 years
Comparing Brooklyn Bedding and Tuft & Needle Customer Service
Let’s take a moment to look at each brand’s customer service team. I’ll give them a score of Stellar, Great, Satisfactory, or Poor based on my interaction with each team.
Brooklyn Bedding Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Satisfactory: I called Brooklyn Bedding’s customer service number after hours and was greeted by a somewhat vague voice message where I could leave my contact info. But they did have an informative FAQ section on their website, and when I submitted my question via an email form, they got back to me the next day. It would have been nice to have gotten a bit more info from that initial voice recording, though.
Tuft & Needle Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Stellar: Tuft & Needle has a variety of customer service options listed on their support page, including an FAQ, a contact form, and a support number that’s open seven days a week until 5 p.m. Pacific Time. I called the number and was able to get in touch with someone right away who was able to resolve my issue.
Comparing Other Models from Brooklyn Bedding and Tuft & Needle
Brooklyn Signature Mattress vs Brooklyn Sedona Mattress
- Like the Signature, the Sedona is another hybrid mattress from Brooklyn Bedding, only a bit softer with a layer of gel memory foam. This allows for more of a cradling effect, low motion transfer, and pressure relief that caters to side sleepers.
- The Sedona is a more expensive bed than the Brooklyn Signature.
- I’d say the Signature has a more supportive feel, and is a better choice for back sleepers or anyone worried about too much sinkage.
- Read the full Brooklyn Sedona mattress review here.
Brooklyn Signature Mattress vs Brooklyn Aurora Mattress
- The Brooklyn Aurora has a much softer feel than the Signature and is a better choice for side sleepers.
- Though the Aurora is a soft and cuddly memory foam mattress, it actually sleeps quite cool thanks to a phase change material cover and breathable coils.
- The Brooklyn Aurora is quite a bit more expensive than the Signature.
- Learn more in my full Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress review.
Tuft & Needle Mattress vs Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress
- The Mint is a more luxurious take on Tuft & Needle’s all foam mattress, its top layers of foam super soft and super thick. This creates plenty of room for folks to sink in for pressure relief at the shoulders and hips, especially side and back sleepers.
- As Tuft & Needle’s more luxurious bed, the Mint is more expensive.
- The Mint sleeps really cool thanks to the graphite infusion in its comfort layer.
- Read the full Tuft & Needle Mint mattress review here.
Other Common Brooklyn Bedding and Tuft & Needle Comparisons
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