If you’re on the prowl for a super soft all-foam bed, you may want to consider the Tuft & Needle Mint. Built with gentle foams and intriguing cooling properties, this mattress has long been a popular option for folks after a luxurious vibe. But is it the right bed for you?
To find out, take a look at my full Tuft & Needle mattress review below! Not only am I going to tell you all about its construction and feel, but I’m also going to size it up against some of its biggest competition on the market.
Intrigued? Then keep reading for my full review. Or, if you’re pressed for time, you can always skip to the end for my review summary.
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 Tuft & Needle Mint (reviewed here), the Original Tuft & Needle, and the Tuft & Needle Hybrid. It also sells pillows, mattress toppers, sheets, duvet covers, bed frames, foundations, and more.
We won’t get to all these products today, but we will compare all three Tuft & Needle mattresses a little later on. And we’ll also size up the Mint against some of its biggest online competition: the Purple and Casper mattresses. But for now, let’s get back to the star of the show by digging into the Mint’s construction!
What is the Tuft & Needle Mint Made of?
The Tuft & Needle Mint is an all-foam bed featuring three layers of proprietary foam, poly foam, and high-density poly foam. Billed as the brand’s luxury model, the Mint definitely has a softer, more cushiony vibe than its Original and Hybrid siblings. Plus, it’s outfitted with a lot of interesting cooling properties, which we’ll explore in full below.
Cover – The Mint cover is made of a knit polyester blend. It’s got a thick, cozy feel to it that felt quite nice under my hand.
Comfort – Beneath the cover, you’ll land on a 3” section of the brand’s T&N Adaptive® Foam. This proprietary material has a slow response to pressure, providing the sleeper with plenty of body-contouring and give. Though this amount of sinkage would normally lead to some overheating, Tuft & Needle has mitigated this with a cooling graphite infusion, which helps to absorb and dissipate body heat.
Transition – Next up, you’ll find a 2” section of poly foam. This material has a slightly quicker response to pressure than the one above it, and works to curb some of the sinkage of the top layer. A special thing about this section is that it’s outfitted with cooling beads, which, according to the brand, activate when pressure is applied.
Base – And finally, the base of the bed, which is comprised of a 6.5” layer of high-density poly foam. This is a firm material, functioning mainly to give the mattress stability and shape.
How Does the Tuft & Needle Mint Feel?
After peeking under the hood, it’s time to talk about how the Tuft & Needle Mint actually feels! To start the discussion, let’s take a look at its firmness.
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.
I decided to give the Tuft & Needle Mint a 6/10 on the firmness scale. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear this bed is on the softer side.
All in all, I’d say that this bed definitely has a luxuriously gentle feel to it. The top layers of foam are both super soft and super thick, so provide plenty of room for folks to sink in for pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. This vibe could work wonders for back and side sleepers, but may be slightly uncomfortable for stomach sleepers, who tend to prefer firmer beds. I’d also say that combo sleepers may want to opt for a bouncier structure with higher mobility, because it is slightly difficult to change positions on this mattress.
Testing the Tuft & Needle
Though important, firmness is only one aspect of a bed’s feel! To fully examine the Tuft & Needle Mint, we’ve got to go over two more factors: Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer.
When assessing a new bed, it’s important to figure out how well it relieves pressure at sensitive spots like the shoulders, hips, and lower back. To demonstrate the Mint’s ability to do just that, I’ve decided to test it out with 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 – I loved the Tuft & Needle Mint on my back! As soon as I laid down, I could feel the gentle top layers of foam filling in the space at my lumbar region for some nice pressure relief. But, I didn’t sink in too, too much, so my spine felt lifted into a pleasant, neutral alignment.
Side – Turning onto my side was also quite comfortable. I wasn’t too surprised by this, as the bed has a luxurious, all-foam feel that provides plenty of contouring and cushion to the shoulders and hips. In my opinion, strict side sleepers could find a lot to love in the Tuft & Needle Mint.
Stomach – The only position for which the Mint wasn’t super cozy was on the stomach. When I rolled into prone, I felt as though my hips were sinking out of line with my shoulders, which is a big no-no for spine alignment. In general, strict stomach sleepers will want to opt for a firmer mattress.
Let’s wrap up these tests with a look at motion transfer. This refers to the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other, so could be an important factor for couples to consider!
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 Mint isolated motion quite well, thanks in large part to the gentle top layers of foam, which work to actively absorb and dissipate movement. Long story short, you shouldn’t be too bothered by your partner’s movements in the night.
Tuft & Needle Mint Vs.
So now that we’ve got a pretty solid idea of what’s going on inside the Mint, let’s take a moment to compare it to some of its biggest competitors: Purple and Casper.
- The Purple is very different from the Mint as its feel is dominated by a top layer of hyper-elastic polymer.
- This material is unique to Purple and is basically a rubbery grid of polymer that’s bouncy, supportive, and pressure-relieving. Since the grids collapse as you move around, it kind of feels like a water bed.
- In general, I’d recommend the Purple most for combo sleepers as the structure is highly mobile.
- The Purple is more expensive than the Mint, but right in line with the Casper.
- Like the Tuft & Needle Mint, 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 poly foam: a firm one at the hips for a little lift and a soft one at the shoulders for a little give.
- In general, I like this mattress best for back/side combo sleepers as it strikes a nice balance between pressure relief and support.
- It’s worth noting that the Casper is more expensive than the Tuft & Needle Mint!
As we’ve discussed throughout, Tuft & Needle sells two other mattresses in addition to the Mint: the Original Tuft & Needle and the Tuft & Needle Hybrid. Below, I’m going to give you a quick summary of each bed so you can see how they size up against the Mint.
Original Tuft & Needle
- Like the Mint, the Original Tuft & Needle mattress is made entirely of foam. However, it features just two layers, making for a simple, no-frills design.
- This straightforward construction makes the Original much firmer than the Mint, so it may work best for back sleepers.
- It’s also less expensive than the Mint, making it a nice option for folks on a budget.
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 officially arrived at the end of this review! After talking about the Mint’s construction, feel, and competition, it’s time to answer the question you came here asking: Should you buy the Tuft & Needle Mint mattress? I can’t make that decision for you (sorry!), but I can leave you with a few pros and cons to help you get there on your own.
Tuft & Needle Mint Positives
- I think side sleepers could especially enjoy the bed’s soft, luxurious feel. These folks typically need extra pressure relief at the shoulders and hips, which this mattress more than provides.
- The bed also happens to sleep cool, thanks to the graphite infusion in the top layer of foam. So, if you sleep hot, I’d suggest giving this bed a look.
- And finally, this mattress could be a real winner for back sleepers. The gentle top layers of foam fill in the space at the lumbar region for some pleasant pressure relief without causing too much bowing at the lower back.
Tuft & Needle Complaints
- Stomach sleepers may find that the Mint is a tad too soft for their needs as the gentle foams may cause the hips to sink out of alignment with the shoulders.
- Additionally, the bed isn’t quite supportive enough for heavier folks as these sleepers will likely sink straight through the soft foam layers.
Tuft & Needle Company Policies
- Trial – 100 Nights
- Shipping – Free (Same day delivery available in select cities for $50)
- Warranty – 10 Year
How Much Does The Tuft & Needle Mint Cost?
|Twin||39” x 75 x 12"||50 lbs||$595|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 12"||52 lbs||$645|
|Full||54” x 75” x 12”||66 lbs||$845|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 12”||80 lbs||$995|
|King||76” x 80” x 12”||100 lbs||$1,145|
|California King||72” x 84” x 12”||100 lbs||$1,145|
Does the Tuft & Needle Mint need a box spring?
Only if you want one! You can throw your Mint on the floor, a bed frame, or a box spring depending on your personal preference. But if you do want a box spring, Tuft & Needle does happen to sell one.
Can I flip the Tuft & Needle Mint?
No, but you should rotate it to prevent sagging, which can help to extend the life of your mattress.
Does Tuft & Needle have sales?
Tuft & Needle doesn’t usually have sales on its Original mattress, but the Mint and Hybrid models will sometimes go on sale around major federal holidays (such as Presidents’ Day or Memorial Day).
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