- Very affordable
- Provides plenty of support
- Good at limiting motion transfer
- Free shipping, free returns, 100 night risk free trial & 10 year warranty
- Not as cool as other bed in the box mattresses
- Comfortable but we like others better
We like the Tuft & Needle mattress, it’s just not our favorite. At the end of the day though, it’s hard argue with the price.
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Tuft & Needle is pretty well-known throughout the bed in a box industry as being a great value. They deliver a quality mattress at a price point below most of their competitors. In fact, T&N was actually just rated by Consumer Reports as their ‘Best Buy’ mattress. And if that wasn’t enough validation, T&N also has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon with over 10,600 reviews! That’s quite impressive.
Like most other mattress in a box companies out there, Tuft offers free shipping and returns. The mattress will arrrived compressed in a medium-sized box at your door with a couple days. From there, T&N offers a 100 night sleep trial. If you don’t like the bed at any point during those 100 nights, just give the company a call and they will come pick it up free of charge and refund your money. In addition, T&N also backs their mattress with a 10 year warranty.
Materials & Mattress Construction
Where most bed in a box companies use 3-5 layers of foam, T&N takes a slightly different approach. T&N believes that each extra layer somewhat cancels out the effectiveness of the others and that the extra glue prevents airflow throughout the mattress. Therefore, the Tuft & Needle mattress only uses two layers of foam. On the bottom you have a layer of support foam that gives the mattress its structure and support. Then on top, you have what the company calls its T&N Adaptive Foam.
The company likes to make sure consumers know this layer is not memory foam nor is it latex – it’s their own proprietary foam. Tuft also claims this layer is designed to help disperse heat away from you body since it contains gel and graphite within the foam. We’ll discuss the feel and coolness of the mattress more in a little bit.
These two layers are brought together by a soft cover that T&N says should not be removed. So that means no machine washing the cover, rather you should just spot clean any spills or stains with mild detergent and water. And unfortunately, Tuft does not offer any kind of mattress protector. However, on their website the company recommends going with SafeRest [see on Amazon], Hospitology [see on Amazon] or Luna [see on Amazon] for your mattress protector needs.
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Overall Feel, Firmness and Temperature Regulation
We put the T&N mattress at about a 5.5 out of 10 on our firmness scale (1 being as soft as a feather and 10 being rock solid). So we do think it’s a little firmer than the likes of Leesa or Casper but not by much. It’s still a very comfortable mattress overall, plus it tends to break in after some time. So needless to say this mattress is optimal for back and stomach sleepers. You will receive plenty of support and will not feel as if you are sinking into the mattress. Side sleepers will also fare just fine.
Yes, there are probably better mattresses out there for side sleepers (Purple and Helix come to mind) but the mattress still does a decent job of cradling pressure points like broad shoulders and hips. Overall, it’s a solid mattress, both in terms of comfort and support – I don’t think you’ll be hearing any complaints from combination sleepers.
Moving onto temperature regulation, I think the whole T&N Adaptive Foam and less layers theory is a little overblown. We found that the mattress wasn’t any better than the average bed in a box in terms of keeping you cool. You certainly won’t wake up in the middle of the night drenched in your own sweat or anything but I’m just saying you don’t notice anything special stemming from the gel and graphite infusion that T&N likes to market.
Responsiveness and Motion Transfer
In terms of responsiveness, again, the T&N mattress performs well but is by no means the best we’ve tested. The top layer regains it’s initial shape pretty quickly after releasing pressure or getting off the bed. This leads us to believe that the mattress will be pretty durable over the long haul and that you won’t have to rotate the mattress over time or worry about sinkage.
Motion transfer – same story here. The mattress performed well in our tests but not as well as say the Bear mattress or Casper we tested. For the test, we put a beer can at one end of the bed then started rolling/walking on the other end – we noticed a slight bit of cross-mattress motion but nothing to worry about it. I don’t think you’ll have any issues waking up your partner if you happen to move around a lot in your sleep.
Tuft & Needle Mattress Price + Coupon Codes
The T&N mattress is very affordable compared to most other bed in a box mattresses. Here’s the breakdown:
– Twin: $325
– Twin XL: $375
– Full: $475
– Queen: $575
– Cal King/King: $700
And because the mattress is so affordable, we don’t often find Tuft & Needle coupon codes. However, occasionally the company the will run a sale. You might want to keep an eye on their website to see if there is a promotion running.
So if you’ve read this far, you probably have a good idea of how we feel about this mattress. It’s not our favorite. We probably wouldn’t put it in our top 5 but we think it’s a solid mattress all things considered. It’s great for any kind of sleeper. It’s pretty soft and comfortable yet it provides plenty of support and we think it will last a long, long time. Sure, the whole proprietary foam and less layers/glue theory is probably more marketing fluff than substance at the end of the day but hey which bed in a box company doesn’t make those kind of claims.
Really, where Tuft & Needle separates itself from the competition is with its pricing. It’s one of the best, if not the best, value buy available in the bed in a box market today. I mean, you’re a high-quality, durable mattress for under $700? And that would be for a king size – That’s a steal!
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