Hello and welcome to my Original Tuft & Needle mattress review! In this guide, I’m going to give you all the information you need to know about this bed, from how it’s built, to how it feels, how it sleeps, and much, much more.
Curious to know if the Tuft & Needle mattress is the one for you? Then keep reading below! And if you’re short on time, feel free to skip to my review summary at the end.
Tuft & Needle was founded in 2012 and has since grown into one of the most popular mattress-in-a-box brands in the game. The brand currently has three different mattresses, including the Original Tuft & Needle (reviewed here), the Tuft & Needle Mint, and the Tuft & Needle Hybrid. It 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 compare all three Tuft & Needle beds a little later on. Plus, we’ll size up the Original mattress against two of its biggest competitors on the market: Casper and Nectar. But for now, let’s kick things off with a look at the Original Tuft & Needle!
What is the Tuft & Needle Mattress Made of?
The Tuft & Needle mattress features a simple, no-frills design of just two foam layers. While this may not seem like a particularly sturdy construction, the bed has a surprisingly supportive feel that works to lift the body on top of the structure.
For more, let’s take a peek beneath the cover!
Cover – The Tuft & Needle cover is made of polyester. It has a thin feel to it, which should help promote easy air flow throughout the mattress.
Comfort – Beneath the cover, you’ll land on a 3” section of the brand’s proprietary Adaptive® foam. It’s got a quick response to pressure, resulting in good mobility and plenty of bounce. There’s also some cooling gel and graphite infused into this layer, which should work to absorb and dissipate body heat.
Base – The bulk of the mattress is made up of this 7” foundational layer of high-density poly foam. This material is quite firm, establishing a sturdy and supportive vibe. It also features an open-cell design, which promotes extra breathability throughout the structure. One thing to note, though, is that because the mattress only has two layers, heavier folks may sink straight through the comfort layer into the super firm base, which could cause some discomfort.
How Does the Tuft & Needle Feel?
Construction specs aside, let’s see how the Tuft & Needle feels! To figure this out, we’ll start by talking about how firm it is.
As with all feel factors, firmness is subjective, and can change depending on your size, shape, or weight. Therefore, my experience with the Tuft & Needle may be different from your own. For reference, I’m 5’10”, 190 lbs., and prefer to sleep on my stomach.
After stretching out on the Tuft & Needle mattress, I decided to give it a 7/10 on the firmness scale. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5, it seems this bed is a touch on the firmer side of things.
I’ll admit it — I was kind of surprised by how firm this mattress is! The bed features a fairly simple design, so I wasn’t necessarily expecting it to support me as well as it did, especially at the hips and lower back. That being said, I think the Tuft & Needle could be great for back sleepers or those who switch between positions in the night. Unfortunately, it might be both a touch too firm for side sleepers and a touch too soft for stomach sleepers, but more on that below!
Testing the Tuft & Needle
Though important, firmness is only one aspect of a bed’s feel! To fully examine the Tuft & Needle, we’ve got to go over two more factors: Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer.
When checking out a new mattress, it’s vital to assess its capacity for relieving pressure at sensitive spots like the shoulders, hips, and lower back. To demonstrate the Tuft & Needle’s ability to do just that, I’ve decided to test it out using a pressure map!
Basically, it works like this: I roll out the gizmo, hop aboard, and let the map do the rest. As I roll around, the device records how much force I’m exerting on the mattress, creating a colored “map” of the pressure. For reference, blue indicates areas of low pressure and red indicates areas of high pressure.
Back – The Tuft & Needle felt amazing on my back! I could feel the top layer of foam filling in the space at my lumbar region for some nice pressure relief and could also feel some pleasant support from the high-density poly foam base. All in all, it was very easy (and comfortable) to stretch out in this position.
Side – Turning onto my side, I was struck by how much jamming I experienced. I assumed an all-foam bed would better cradle my shoulders and hips, but the Tuft & Needle is unexpectedly firm. Strict side sleepers may want to opt for a softer structure for better pressure relief at the shoulders.
Stomach – In my opinion, stomach sleeping on the Tuft & Needle wasn’t very comfortable. The top layer of foam caused my hips to sink out of alignment with my shoulders, which threw off my spinal alignment. Strict stomach sleepers will want a firmer bed that better aligns the shoulders and the hips.
Let’s finish up our tests with a look at motion transfer, or the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. This is an important factor for everyone to consider, but could be especially useful for those who sleep with a child, partner, or rowdy pet!
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, Eight inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
The motion transfer results here are just okay in my opinion. There’s not a ton of movement detectable from side to side, but the foam isn’t nearly as absorbent as I was expecting it to be. So, long story short, you’re likely to feel your partner’s tossing and turning in the night.
Tuft & Needle Vs.
Now that we’ve got a solid understanding of what’s going on in the Tuft & Needle mattress, let’s size it up to some of its biggest competition in the space, namely the Casper and Nectar mattresses.
- Like the Original Tuft & Needle, the Casper is an all-foam mattress-in-a-box. However, it’s built with four layers of foam, making for a slightly more complex design.
- Perhaps my favorite feature of the Casper is its layer of Zoned Support. This section is built with two types of durable poly foam: a firmer one at the hips for a little lift and a softer one at the shoulders for a little cushiony sink.
- In general, I like this mattress best for back/side combo sleepers as it strikes a really nice balance between pressure relief and support.
- It’s worth noting that the Casper is quite a bit more expensive than the Tuft & Needle!
- Yet again, we see another all-foam mattress in the Nectar, though this one features thick top layers of memory foam. This makes for a gentle bed full of deep pressure relief, body-contouring, and sinkage.
- That being said, the Nectar would probably work best for side sleepers. Back and stomach sleepers will likely find the bed too soft.
- Hot sleepers will also probably want to avoid the Nectar as it doesn’t sleep nearly as cool as the Tuft & Needle mattress.
- Pricewise, though, it’s comparable to the Tuft & Needle.
As I mentioned up top, Tuft & Needle sells two other mattresses in addition to the flagship model: the Mint and the Hybrid. So, let’s compare all three below!
Tuft & Needle Mint
- Like the Original Tuft & Needle, the Mint is an all-foam mattress that’s as pressure-relieving as it is supportive. However, it features a three-layer design for a slightly more luxurious feel.
- Overall, the Mint is much softer than the Original, making it a better fit for combo sleepers and side sleepers.
- It also happens to sleep really cool, especially when compared to other all-foam models on the market.
Tuft & Needle Hybrid
- The only Tuft & Needle mattress to feature coils, the Hybrid is much bouncier and more supportive than either of the brand’s all-foam beds.
- Therefore, it’s best for back and/or combo sleepers, especially those who need to be able to move around with ease.
- I should also add that the Hybrid is the most expensive Tuft & Needle mattress, as it combines both premium foams with a tall system of pocketed coils.
Well folks, we’ve finally arrived at the end of this review. After going over this bed’s construction, exploring its feel, and comparing it to its biggest competition on the market, there’s only one thing left to discuss… whether or not you should buy it! I can’t make that decision for you, but I can leave you with a few final pros and cons to help you get there on your own.
Tuft & Needle Pros
- I think this bed could be fantastic for back sleepers! It’s highly supportive, ensuring neutral spine alignment from the shoulders all the way to the lower back.
- It also happens to sleep cool, thanks to the graphite infusion in the top layer of foam. Hot sleepers should definitely enjoy the thermoregulating properties of this mattress.
- And lastly, the Tuft & Needle is an awesome value buy. Not only does it have a fairly affordable price tag, but it packs a serious punch without breaking the bank.
Tuft & Needle Complaints
- That being said, heavier folks may find that the bed isn’t quite supportive enough for their specific needs. With a simple two-layer design, it’s not really built for folks over 250 lbs.
- Strict stomach sleepers may also find that the top layer of foam is a just a little too gentle, causing their hips to sink out of alignment with their shoulders.
Tuft & Needle Policies
- Trial – 100 Nights
- Shipping – Free
- Warranty – 10 Years
How Much Does the Tuft & Needle Cost?
|Twin||39” x 75 x 10"||50 lbs||$350|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 10"||52 lbs||$395|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||63 lbs||$495|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||72 lbs||$595|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||94 lbs||$750|
|California King||72” x 84” x 10”||94 lbs||$750|
Is T&N Toxic?
Thankfully, no! All the foams used in Tuft & Needle mattresses are CertiPur-US certified, which ensures that they’re free of harmful toxins and chemicals.
Do I need to flip my T&N mattress?
This mattress isn’t meant to be flipped, but you can certainly rotate it if you’re noticing any uncomfortable sagging.
Do I need a box spring with a T&N mattress?
Nope! The Tuft & Needle mattress works fine on the floor, on a bed frame, or on a box spring, it’s just up to your personal preference. However, if you do want to put it on a box spring, the brand sells one!
How long should I let my T&N mattress expand?
I’d recommend letting your Tuft & Needle mattress expand for at least a few hours and overnight if possible. It will continue to expand for upwards of 72 hours, though you should be good to sleep on it after eight.
Do T&N mattresses go on sale?
The Original Tuft & Needle doesn’t usually go on sale, but the Mint and Hybrid models are often discounted around major holidays.
- Edge Support
Tuft & Needle focuses on a cool, medium-firmness sleeping experience at an accessible price point. Their all-foam mattress features a straightforward construction with two main layers. The Tuft & Needle feels soft on the top with a quick response to pressure, though the support foam at the bottom provides strong support and makes the mattress a bit firmer than one might expect at first feel.