When Tuft & Needle was founded, the team released a flagship, all-foam mattress with a straightforward design and super fair price. A few years later, the company added a more luxurious, older-sibling mattress to its mattress line: The Mint.
This bed aims to uplevel on all accounts by being cooler, more comfortable, and yeah, a bit pricier too.
Could the Mint mattress be the perfect match for you? I put the bed through a series of rigorous tests to find out. Continue reading below for my full review of the Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
Tuft & Needle was founded in 2012 and was one of the first brands to pioneer the direct-to-consumer mattress movement. The company offers significantly affordable products (the original mattress starts under $400!) and also sells bed frames, linens, mattress protectors, and yep, even a bean bag. Tuft & Needle makes time to give back through community initiatives and fundraisers, too.
As I mentioned in the introduction, Tuft & Needle started out with a single mattress and recently launched another model, the Mint. This bed includes an extra layer of adaptive foam for pressure relief as well as edge support to maximize the usable surface area of the mattress. I’ll be placing these two beds side-by-side later on in this review, along with comparing the Tuft & Needle Mint to two main competitors: Purple and Casper.
What is the Tuft & Needle Mattress Made Of?
When comparing the Mint with the original Tuft & Needle mattress, this all foam, bed-in-a-box mattress seems to up the ante on a few occasions. There’s an additional layer of foam, extra infusions of graphite and cooling gel beads, and a firmer base layer to add comfortable edge support. The Mint is also a few inches taller, coming in at 12” in height.
To see how these new additions come to life inside the mattress, let’s look inside:
Cover – The cover on the Mint is made with a polyester blend, a material known for being both soft and durable. Aside from that, this cover is pretty standard in the mattress world, though it does feel cozy to the touch.
Comfort – This layer here is exactly the same as the one you’d find on the original Tuft & Needle bed: three inches of Tuft & Needle’s proprietary poly foam. The foam has a quick response to pressure and a lot of bounce, which should provide good mobility and an “on top of bed” feeling. There’s also a graphite gel infusion to keep the mattress breathable and cool, something especially important since foam beds tend to trap heat.
Transition — Sometimes, two extra inches of foam is all it takes to create a totally different feel. The transition layer on the Mint is constructed with two inches of poly foam to add a bit of softness and pressure relief to the bed. Having this layer also helps the sleeper transition from the medium firm comfort layer to the super firm base, providing a bit of cradling support as the body sinks deeper into the structure.
Support – The bottom of this bed is comprised of 6.5 inches of high-density poly foam. This base is super firm with a reinforced edge support foam to not only help the mattress keep its shape but to help optimize the surface of the bed so folks can enjoy the entire mattress: yep, even the edges.
How Firm is the Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress?
Let’s get down to bedroom business: How firm is the Tuft & Needle Mint mattress? Firmness level is a great way to decipher if a bed will work for your preferred sleep position: stomach sleepers tend to need firm beds to avoid hip sinkage, side sleepers like something on the softer side to cradle the shoulders, while back sleepers often find a sweet spot on a medium firm mattress.
As soon as I got cozy in bed, I found that my body sank quickly into the comfort foam but the firm transition and base layer underneath lifted me up and out of the mattress. From there, I grabbed some colleagues to get their thoughts.
Let me back up: To determine how firm a mattress feels, I always try to solicit help from the Sleepopolis team to avoid relying on my opinion alone. Three of my coworkers tested the Mint and provided a firmness level score between 1 and 10: 10 being the most firm and 1 being the softest. Then we averaged our scores together to come up with the final number, which you can see on the graphic below.
We came up with an average score of 6.5, syncing up perfectly with the industry standard for medium firmness, which means you should get a nice balance of pressure relief and support on this bed.
Since the Tuft & Needle is a true medium firm bed and has great mobility and a quick response to pressure, I think it will be a great option for combination sleepers who change positions throughout the night. The mobility will help ensure they don’t get stuck in bed as they roll around, and the response to pressure means the body will be well supported in numerous snooze positions.
Now that I’ve determined firmness level, let’s look specifically at how well the Mint might relieve pressure, especially around the hips, shoulders, and spine. Enter my handy-dandy pressure map, which conveniently deciphers just that!
As I move between positions, the map will make a colorful graphic depicting how my body is interacting with the structure in real time. Blue areas indicate zones of low pressure while red ones demonstrate high tension.
Back – When lying on my back, the blue you see here indicates low pressure across my body, which is to be expected on a medium firm bed. While my body did sink slightly into the foam top layer, the sections underneath pushed me back up and out of the bed, providing strong and sturdy support.
Side – I was curious to see what the pressure map would find here since the hips and shoulders push a little further into the mattress when I’m on my side. As you’ll see on the map, there is a slight rise of pressure, which could become an issue if you’re a strict side sleeper, in which case I’d recommend a more plush option or a pillow-top bed. I’d say the Mint is still a good option for combo sleepers since the bed is quite mobile and will support side sleepers for short stints of time throughout the night.
Stomach – Even though the graph below indicates low pressure, I’m not sure this bed would be the best option for strict stomach sleepers, who often need a firm surface for hip and chest support. Combo sleepers could be supported, but if you spend the entire night on your belly, I’d look for something more firm, like the original Tuft & Needle mattress.
Now that we know what the Mint mattress feels like to a certain degree, I wanted to compare it to two of its main competitors: Casper and Purple. Here are the similarities and differences I found:
- The Casper is also an all-foam bed-in-a-box, yet features a layer of latex foam above memory foam to provide bounce, mobility, and contoured pressure relief.
- The comfort layer on the Casper has a Zoned Support design to provide targeted relief to the shoulders, hips and, spine.
- Because of the Zoned Support and medium firmness, combo sleepers or strict side sleepers will likely enjoy the Casper.
- In terms of price, the Casper is about the same price as the Tuft & Needle Mint, with a Casper Queen bed priced right under $1,000 at $995.
For more, check out my full Casper mattress review.
- Instead of poly foam, the Purple’s claim to fame is a proprietary hyper-elastic polymer smart comfort grid that adapts to the body in multiple sleep positions.
- Similar to Tuft & Needle, the Purple has a medium firmness that does a great job of keeping sleepers cool and relieving pressure.
- The Purple mattress also has a ton of bounce, so you’re likely to feel more “on top” of it than stuck inside it.
The Purple bed is $999 for a Queen, making this bed similarly priced to the Tuft & Needle Mint and Casper
Read my entire Purple mattress review for all the info!
As I mentioned earlier, the Mint came after Tuft & Needle’s trusty flagship model. Let’s compare the two mattresses side-by-side.
The Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress vs. The Original Tuft & Needle
- The Original mattress is also an all-foam bed in a box.
- The design and construction are much more straightforward than the Mint, with just two foam layers and no transition layer.
- The Original T&F is firmer than the Mint mattress, making this likely a better choice for stomach sleepers.
- The Original is significantly less expensive, with a Queen priced at $595 versus the Mint at $995.
Want to learn more? Head on over to my Tuft & Needle mattress review.
Up next, let’s run a motion transfer test, which will uncover how much movement you’ll likely to detect from one side of the bed to the other. If you have a restless partner who tosses and turns throughout the night, a mattress that isolates movement is really important.
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 results indicate the Mint should be pretty good at isolating motion, even for all its supportive bounce. In other words, you’re likely to be relatively undisturbed at night. However, if you have a super restless partner I’d consider testing out a thicker memory foam bed as the material is fantastic at dampening movement.
How Far Will You Sink Into the Tuft & Needle Mint?
Lastly, let’s run a sinkage test. This will help decipher if you’ll feel like you’re sleeping “in” the mattress or “on top” of it.
To visualize this sinkage, I placed four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) on the mattress and measured how much they compressed the surface.
The variations in size, weight, and density are meant to simulate different body parts and different sized sleepers.
As I expected, these results are pretty average and indicate that you’re not likely to sink too far into the mattress. What this means for you is you’ll experience a nice balance of pressure relief, support, and good mobility on the Mint, but shouldn’t feel stuck in the bed.
While I can’t definitively say if you should purchase this bed or not (sorry!) I can share the major pros and cons I uncovered by performing these various tests.
Tuft & Needle Mint Recommendations
- The mobility and medium firm feel make the Mint a great option for toss-and-turning combo sleepers who need support in multiple positions.
- The Mint offers great pressure relief and bounce, which translates to contoured support while still feeling like you’re laying “on top” of the mattress.
- Overheaters, rejoice: The thin polyester cover and cooling gel in the foam will ensure heat moves through the mattress so you’ll stay cool at night.
Tuft & Needle Mint Complaints
- Strict side or stomach sleepers may not enjoy this bed: Side sleepers might need more plush support for the shoulders while stomach sleepers could benefit from something harder to avoid sinking hips.
- This mattress might not be a fit for heavier folks who could push through the comfort layer to the extra-firm base. A firmer bed with coil support could be a better choice!
Trial – 100 Nights
Warranty – 10 Years
Shipping – Free & Compressed in a box
Price – Queen is $995
Size & Price Information
|Twin||39” x 75 x 12"||50 lbs||$650|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 12"||52 lbs||$695|
|Full||54” x 75” x 12”||66 lbs||$795|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 12”||80 lbs||$895|
|King||76” x 80” x 12”||100 lbs||$1,050|
|California King||72” x 84” x 12”||100 lbs||$1,050|