Since its founding in 2012, Tuft & Needle has become one of the largest bed-in-a-box retailers on the market. After spending years perfecting its flagship T&N Mattress, the brand has finally unveiled its second bed: the Mint.
Billed as the “next step” for the popular mattress retailer, the Mint aims to be more breathable, cooler and altogether more comfortable than its predecessor. Today, I’ll be putting it to the test to see how well it lives up to this goal, and of course to figure out if it might just be the perfect mattress for you!
Continue reading below for my full review of the Mint mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
Going on the theme of the Mint being the next step for the Tuft & Needle brand, I’d characterize its construction as being the grown-up version of the original T&N Mattress. Not only does it have an additional layer of foam, it also features extra infusions of graphite and cooling gel beads to amp up the overall comfort of the mattress.
To see how these new fabrications influence the feel of the bed, let’s take a peek at its different layers.
Cover – The cover is set in a pleasant charcoal color and made of a polyester blend. The fibers are knit together, which makes for a thick and cozy feel. I should add that the fabric is resistant to peeling, so it’s an especially resilient material.
Comfort Layer – The comfort layer is built with 3” of Tuft & Needle’s proprietary Adaptive Foam. This material is interesting because while it’s incredibly soft—allowing you to sink in for instant pressure relief—it also has a quick response to pressure, which ensures that you’ll never feel stuck in the mattress. The layer is also infused with graphite, a material that helps draw body heat away from the sleeper for a cool night’s rest.
Transition Layer – Below the comfort layer, you’ll find an additional 2” of the brand’s Adaptive Foam. This section is infused with gel beads, which help to extend the cooling properties of the top layer throughout the rest of the mattress. It’s also a bit firmer than the comfort layer, functioning primarily as a transition between the different materials in the bed.
Foundation Layer – And finally, the base. This layer is comprised of 7” of high-density poly foam, which establishes the bed’s structure and acts as the support for the softer foams up top. This layer also features some added edge support, which helps to firm up the sides of the mattress so you’ll be able to use the entire surface area of the Mint.
After taking a look at the construction of the Mint, let’s chat about the firmness and feel. I started off by applying light hand pressure to the mattress and was immediately interacting with the soft layer of Adaptive Foam in the bed’s comfort layer. It gave way to the pressure of my hand very easily, and I could already begin to feel some pleasant contouring. Pressing in further, I encountered the transition and support layers, which helped to lift me out of the structure with their cushiony support.
Since people of different body types and shapes are going to feel firmness differently, I decided to bring on three other people to help me discern how firm the Mint is. All three of my testers stretched out on the mattress and reported back their personal firmness ratings to me, which I compiled on the below graph alongside my own.
While feel is always going to be objective, the variation in our responses should clue you into the firmness range you can expect from the bed.
As you can see in the graph above, my testers were pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Mint, giving it an average rating of 6.5, which syncs up perfectly with the industry standard for medium firmness.
I personally gave the mattress a 6, finding it to be just a touch softer than medium firm. While you’ll feel some good support from the high-density poly foam in the foundation layer, the five inches of Adaptive Foam up top are going to allow you to really sink into the structure for immediate comfort. This mix of pressure relief and support is going to be great for a variety of sleepers, but especially those who slumber in multiple positions.
Instead of just talking about the feel of the Mint, I want to go ahead and give you a visual representation of where you can expect to feel pressure points form while resting on top of it.
To do this, I placed a pressure map on the mattress and lied on my back, side and stomach. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
Back – Lying on my back, my weight was pretty evenly distributed across the surface of the mattress. The bed has a pleasant balanced foam feel, which brought some immediate relief to my lumbar region. In spite of the all-foam construction, I found it easy to switch between positions and never felt stuck in the mattress.
Side – Rolling onto my side, I didn’t feel a lot of pressure forming at my shoulders and hips, which are typical problem areas for side sleepers. As you can see in the graphic, the top foam layers really worked to alleviate any tension that might’ve arisen in those trouble spots, keeping me feeling comfortable in this position.
Stomach – On my stomach, I felt well supported by the Mint. Stomach sleepers typically prefer firmer mattresses as they keep their spines in a good alignment and their hips out of the bed. I found that the Mint did a great job of doing this, but would note that heavier stomach sleepers may experience this differently.
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Next up, I’ll be taking a look at motion transfer, a factor that’ll be especially important for those of you who plan on sharing your bed with a partner. This test is all about figuring out how much movement is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other, so should tell me whether or not you’re going to be disturbed by your bed mate’s every toss and turn.
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.
When compared to other all-foam mattresses on the market, the Mint actually performed quite well on this test. The results show me that it’s pretty good at isolating motion, even for all its supportive bounce. That being said, I’d recommend this mattress to couples, especially those made up of partners with different sleeping preferences.
Another important thing people want to know when buying a bed is whether they’ll feel like they’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 bed and measured how much they compressed the surface.
The variations in size and weight are meant to simulate different sized sleepers as well as different parts of the body.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6 inches of sinkage.
When compared to other mattresses, these are pretty average results. The Mint features a balanced foam feel, which achieves a nice combination of pressure-relieving sinkage and support. So while you’ll definitely sink in through the bed’s Adaptive Foam layers, you’re not likely to feel stuck or trapped in the mattress.
If you’re going to share your bed with a partner and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, it’s going to be crucial for you to consider the amount of edge support it’ll provide.
As you’ll remember from the construction portion of this review, the Mint has an added layer of edge support in its base, intended to maximize the usable sleeping space of the bed. Moving through this test, I’ll be keeping an eye on this section to see how well it does its job.
Lying on my back near the edge of the Mint, I was as supported as I was in the center. Even as I scooted as close to the side as I could, I felt super secure, which I’d attribute to the aforementioned edge support. While I did experience a bit of compression through the top foam layers, it wasn’t too major and never made me feel like I’d roll out of the bed.
Switching onto my side, I continued to feel great support from the mattress. As you can see in the above photo, I once again experienced some slight compression as I sank through the top foam layers, but was ultimately left feeling solid at the edge. I never felt like the mattress was collapsing beneath me thanks in large part to the bed’s edge support.
In this position, I wanted to simulate what it would feel like to be sitting on the bed in the morning when you’re lacing up your shoes and getting ready for the day. A lot of foam mattresses experience severe compression in this position, but the Mint actually held up exceedingly well. All in all, I’d say I’m very impressed with the edge support on this mattress.
- Sleep Trial: 100 days.
- Warranty: 10 years.
- Shipping: Free, arrives compressed in a box.
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SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION
If you’re convinced the Mint is the right mattress for you, the size and pricing information for the mattress are below.
|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|
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Mint mattress, it’s time to discuss who it’d be a good fit for.
- Balanced foam feel – The Mint features an excellent balanced foam feel, which combines pressure-relieving sinkage in the comfort layer with some really solid support in the base for a truly all-encompassing sleep experience.
- Pressure relief without stuck feeling – If you want the immediate comfort of an all-foam construction but aren’t so hip on the stuck feeling that sometimes comes with that design, the Mint could be a solid pick for you.
- Couples – Given its great performance on the motion transfer and edge support tests, I’d say the Mint would make a wonderful bed for couples.
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