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Tuft and Needle Mint vs Original Mattress Comparison
Direct comparison of the original Tuft and Needle vs Mint mattress...
Tuft & Needle recently released a new mattress called the Mint, so we thought we’d compare it to their original model. These are both nice mattresses, so choosing a winner is going to be a Tuf(t) call. But, Needless to say, we’re going to do our best to break it down for you. Come on, admit it, you laughed.
Tuft & Needle Mint vs Tuft & Needle – Construction
The original Tuft and Needle mattress is designed with only two layers of foam. The bottom layer is support foam for structure and, of course, support. Then on top, you have a layer of the company’s T&N Adaptive Foam, which, as Tuft & Needle likes to remind everyone, is neither memory nor latex foam. It’s actually their own proprietary foam that’s supposed to disperse heat with its gel and graphite. In total, the original Tuft & Needle is 10″ thick.
Original Tuft & Needle
The Mint takes this basic construction, adds a layer, and gives the original some upgrades. The new layer is a 2″ adaptive transition layer, and the upgrades come down to more graphite for additional heat dispersion and more gel beads for additional support and cooling.
Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress Layers
Tuft & Needle Shipping, Returns, Trial Period, etc.
Since our two contenders come from the same company, it’s no surprise that their terms are the same. With either option, you’ll get free shipping, free returns within the 100-night trial period, and a 10-year warranty should you decide to keep the bed. This is all super standard in the bed-in-a-box industry.
With both the original Tuft & Needle and the new Mint model, the motion transfer control is typical of all-foam beds. It’s good. It’s not the best we’ve ever tested, but it’ll definitely get the job done. If you or your partner move around a lot during your sleep, I don’t think you’ll have any issues waking each other up.
Testing motion transfer on Tuft & Needle (original).
Tuft & Needle Mattresses – Soft Foam Feel
Both of these beds have a nice, neutral, soft foam feel to them thanks to that T&N Adaptive Foam. They’re plush and comfy, but you definitely don’t ever feel like you’re stuck-in-the-mud, which can sometimes be a problem with heavy memory foam beds, for example. Both of these beds will work just fine for combo sleepers, however, the Mint is better for side sleepers, while the original is better for back and stomach sleepers. We’ll provide more color on this below.
When it comes to temperature regulation (i.e. keeping you cool throughout the night), the original Tuft & Needle is what we call temperature neutral. You aren’t going to sleep hot, but it won’t actively keep you cool.
Now, with their new Mint model, Tuft & Needle tried to improve temperature regulation by using more graphite and more gel. But, honestly, we don’t really think it’s noticeably cooler. They’re about even since the original is a bit firmer, which keeps you more on top of the mattress. Plus, the Mint has a thicker cover. Ultimately, they’re both good, they’re just not outstanding.
Tuft & Needle Mint is better for side sleepers
One of the big things Tuft & Needle wanted to accomplish with the Mint Mattress was to make it super soft and accommodating. They wanted to make it one of those beds where you just naturally let out an audible ‘aaahhh’ when you first lay down on it. And they did just that – the new Mint model is noticeably softer than its predecessor. As a result of that difference, the Mint offers more pressure relief than the original Tuft & Needle. That relief is something you’ll want if you sleep on your side, especially around your hips and shoulders.
The Mint is a great option for side sleepers
The original Tuft & Needle is also going to be just fine – actually, quite good – for side sleepers, but the Mint is even better.
Better edge support with Mint
Tuft & Needle made an intentional effort to improve edge support on their new mattress. They changed the base support layer, making it firmer, which in turn gives added support around the bed’s perimeter.
Improved edge support with the Mint mattress
We don’t necessarily think the original Tuft & Needle has bad edge support, especially since it’s an all-foam bed, but there is room for improvement, so we’re glad the company recognized that.
While the Mint does have a couple advantages over the original Tuft & Needle, there are still some reasons why you’d want to go with the OG. And if you’d like a more detailed discussion of the original, check out our full review: Tuft & Needle Review
Tuft & Needle Mint vs Original – Price
If you go with the original mattress, you’ll save some money. Here’s a breakdown of the pricing for both models.
Unfortunately, Tuft & Needle doesn’t really do promos or discount codes. But, hey, we cover all sorts of mattress deals over on our site, so make sure to check it out before you buy. Also, occasionally, we do see them run a sale around a big holiday but Amazon usually seems to match it so that might be a good place to check.
Original Tuft & Needle is better for back and stomach sleepers
As we mentioned, the Mint is softer, which makes it the better option for side sleepers, and for that same reason, the original model is the better option for back and stomach sleepers. The original Tuft & Needle offers more support around your hips and trunk when you’re sleeping on your back and stomach.
A little more support with the original Tuft & Needle mattress
The extra support also makes the original the better bed for heavier individuals since you don’t get as much sinkage. On the Mint, when our video production guy who weighs around 240 pounds laid down, we noticed quite a bit of sinkage around his hips/trunk. As such, we’d say if you weigh over say 225 pounds, go with the OG Tuft & Needle mattress.