After perfecting two all-foam models, popular bedding brand Tuft & Needle has unveiled its first ever hybrid mattress. Featuring graphite-infused comfort foam and springy coils, this bed is designed to be pressure-relieving, supportive, and oh so very cool.
But does the bed actually pull it off? To find out, I tested the mattress myself and am ready to give you the 411 on how it’s built and how it feels so you can decide if it’s the bed for you!
Without further ado, let’s get into my full review of the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress. Short on time? Hop down to my review summary.
Tuft & Needle was founded in 2012 and has since grown into one of the most popular bed-in-a-box brands in the game. In addition to the company’s Original Tuft & Needle and Tuft & Needle Mint mattresses, the company also sells pillows, mattress toppers, sheets, duvet covers, bed frames, foundations, and more.
We won’t be getting into all those products today, but we will size up the Tuft & Needle Hybrid against its mattress siblings a little later on in this review. But for now, let’s kick things off with a look at the T&N Hybrid’s construction!
What is the Tuft & Needle Hybrid Made of?
While the Original and Mint mattresses feature relatively straightforward designs built entirely of foam, the Hybrid has a much more complex construction. Here, six layers of the brand’s Adaptive® foam, transitional coils, and pocketed springs come together to form a bouncy and supportive structure.
To see how it all works, let’s go through the layers one by one!
Comfort – Up top, you’ll find 1” of quilted comfort foam. This soft material is built with an open-cell construction, so is breathable and cooling. The foam is also carbon fiber-infused, which further helps with temperature regulation.
Pressure Relief – Beneath the quilted pillow top, you’ll land on 2” of the brand’s Adaptive® foam. Though this material has a quick response to pressure for a bit of lively lift, it’s also quite gentle, so should provide some nice pressure relief to the shoulders and hips. Additionally, the material is infused with graphite and gel beads, which works to draw heat away from the body and dissipate it evenly throughout the structure.
Mobility – Next up, Tuft & Needle has slipped in a thin transitional layer of coils. This section is meant to support the layers of foam above it while gradually easing the sleeper into the firmer sections of the mattress. It also brings some nice bounce to the mattress!
Transition – This layer of Adaptive® foam works in tandem with the coils above it to transition the sleeper into the firm pocketed coils below.
Support – The bulk of the mattress is composed of this 6” section of pocketed springs, which provides a healthy amount of bounce and support to the structure. Combo sleepers will surely appreciate the springs’ buoyant lift, as it makes moving around and changing positions a breeze. There’s also a layer of edge support wrapped around these coils, which expands the usable surface area of the mattress. This could be a big plus for couples who need to spread out and use the entire bed.
Base – And finally, the base of the bed, comprised here of 1” of high-quality poly foam. This layer functions mostly to give the springs above it something upon which to react and rebound.
Thoughts: There’s a lot going on in this construction, but it comes together to support a structure that strikes a nice balance between bounce and pressure relief. I think combo sleepers will be particularly satisfied with this vibe, as well as couples, who might benefit most from the added edge support.
How Does the Tuft & Needle Hybrid Feel?
Now that we’ve got a solid handle on how the Hybrid’s built, let’s dig into how it feels, starting with firmness.
As with any feel factor, firmness is a subjective measure that can change a lot depending on one’s body shape, size, and weight. So, my response to the Tuft & Needle Hybrid may be different from your own. For reference, I’m 5’10” and 190lbs.
After stretching out in multiple positions, I decided to give the Tuft & Needle Hybrid a 6.5/10 on the firmness scale. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it seems as though this mattress is a touch on the softer side.
I gave the Hybrid a 6.5 because I found its bouncy pocketed coil system didn’t offset the gentle feel of the top layers of foam. That’s not to say the mattress isn’t sturdy and supportive (it is!), but the materials work together to strike a pleasant balance between lift and give. However, I’m not sure I’d recommend the Hybrid for strict-position sleepers; the coils provide great bounce, but their firmness could result in jamming over night, especially for strict side sleepers. That being said, I think combo sleepers would probably be best-suited for this mattress.
Testing the Tuft & Needle Hybrid
Though I could keep describing the feel of the Tuft & Needle Hybrid, I think it’s more effective to show you what I’m talking about. Therefore, I’m going to put the mattress through a couple of tests for Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer.
When I refer to pressure relief, I’m basically talking about how well (or not well) a mattress is able to alleviate tension in the shoulders, hips, and lower back. To demonstrate this, I like to use a handy-dandy pressure map.
It works like this: I roll out the map, hop aboard, and let the gadget do the rest! As I move around, my body presses into the device, which then records this force and translates it into an easy-to-read graphic. Areas of blue indicate low pressure and areas of red indicate high pressure!
Back – Stretching out on my back was very comfortable on the Hybrid! I could feel the top layers of foam filling in the space at my lumbar region, which provided me with some nice pressure relief. I also found it easy to move around, which could be a plus for combo sleepers who switch between their back and other positions in the night.
Side – Though the top layers of foam did provide some pleasant relief to my shoulders and hips on my side, I’m not sure I’d recommend the Hybrid for strict side sleepers. The longer I stayed in this position, the more uncomfortable I got, so I’m not sure there’s enough contouring here to satisfy those who stay in the lateral position throughout the night. However, it could work well for combo sleepers who shift between the side and back.
Stomach – Of all three positions, this one was probably the least comfortable for me. Within minutes of turning onto my stomach, I could feel my hips sinking out of line with my shoulders, which is a big no-no for those who doze primarily in the prone position. And this makes sense — strict stomach sleepers tend to prefer firmer structures that promote a more neutral spine alignment.
And now, motion transfer, or the amount of movement detectable from one side of a bed to the other. An important measure for all sleepers, but especially so for couples as it simulates how disturbing your bed mate’s tossing and turning might be in the night.
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
These are pretty decent results, considering how bouncy the bed is. However, you are still likely to feel some movement in the night, particularly if your partner is a restless sleeper.
Now that we’ve given the Hybrid a thorough once-over, let’s see how it stacks up against Tuft & Needle’s other beds: the Original and the Mint. Below, I’ll break down each mattress so you can see how they all compare to one another.
Original Tuft & Needle
- The Original Tuft & Needle mattress is an all-foam bed built with just two layers.
- This straightforward design produces a firm feel that works best for back and stomach sleepers.
- Additionally, it’s also a great value buy, with prices starting at $350 for a Twin.
- For more info, check out my full Tuft & Needle Original mattress review.
Tuft & Needle Mint
- The Mint puts a more luxurious spin on the Original T&N with an extra layer of foam for pressure relief.
- There’s also a section of reinforced edge support here, which makes it a better option for couples than the Original T&N.
- In general, this bed has a soft, gentle feel that could make it a good pick for strict side sleepers.
- At $595 for a twin, it’s more expensive than the Original, but less expensive than the Hybrid (which starts at $895).
- For more on the Tuft & Needle Mint, read my full review. You can also check out my comparison between the Original and Mint models.
Well folks, we’ve arrived at the end of this review. After going over the Tuft & Needle brand, digging into the Hybrid’s construction, and figuring out its feel, it’s time to answer the question you came here asking: Should you buy the Tuft & Needle Hybrid? I can’t make that decision for you, but I can leave you with a few final thoughts to help you get there on your own.
Tuft & Needle Hybrid Recommendations
- Given its bouncy, supportive vibe, I think the Hybrid could be a great fit for combo sleepers who need to move around and change positions in the night.
- In general, the mobility of the mattress is a big selling point for the Hybrid, and differentiates it from the other Tuft & Needle beds.
- Couples could also find a lot to love in the Hybrid’s extra edge support and decent motion transfer.
Tuft & Needle Hybrid Complaints
- There’s not a lot of body-contouring here, so may not be the best fit for strict side sleepers or those in need of deep pressure relief.
- I’d also say that the Hybrid is just a touch too soft for stomach sleepers, who tend toward firmer structures that support a more neutral spine alignment.
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How Much Does the Tuft & Needle Hybrid Cost?
|Twin||39" x 75" x 12"||72 lbs||$895|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 12"||77 lbs||$995|
|Full||54" x 75" x 12"||94 lbs||$1,295|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 12"||112 lbs||$1,495|
|King||76" x 80" x 12"||138 lbs||$1,745|
|Cali King||72" x 84" x 12"||139 lbs||$1,745|
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