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Shopping for a new mattress can feel like a hassle, and while we try to help you make that process easier, this company has helped by streamlining the process. If you’ve ever felt that some layers and materials are unnecessary for a good night’s sleep, this mattress might be just what you’re looking for.
This understated all-foam option should have the elements you need and leave out the ones you don’t. In our Tuft & Needle mattress review, we’ll go over why a simpler bed could be better and who we think will sleep well on one.
Keep reading for the full review or see the summary here.
Who Do We Think Matches With Tuft & Needle?
- Eco-minded consumers – While this is not an organic bed, If you care about the environment, prefer a foam bed, and are careful about what you bring into your home, you’ll probably love what this option has to offer. With eco-friendly certifications and less glues and adhesives, this company cuts out unnecessary chemicals to save you money and save the environment.
- Shoppers on a budget – Part of what makes mattress shopping stressful is knowing you’re going to spend a lot of money on an investment that should last you years. It can put a lot of pressure on your purchase. Luckily, this is a less expensive option but should still last its 10-year warranty.
- People who want a responsive bed – The adaptive foam is extremely responsive, so combination sleepers or those who reposition frequently shouldn’t struggle to move across the surface of the mattress. At the same time, it’s great at motion isolation, so your constant moving shouldn’t disrupt partners.
Possible Tuft & Needle Complaints:
- It’s not memory foam – If you prefer memory foam but are still looking for an eco-friendly and wallet-friendly option, T&N’s flagship model may not be for you. Keep in mind they do have another budget option called Mint. This model may feel more similar to a memory foam bed.
In this case you might want to take a look at our top bed picks for this year.
Created by two previous Silicon Valley engineers, Tuft & Needle drives innovation while slicing through the mattress industry’s gimmicky sales techniques. They claim that most companies simply rearrange latex, memory foam, and springs in “new models” to feign innovation and upsell.
They have responded to the mattress industry issues by creating their own U.S.-made materials through effective and minimal product design. The brand now offers its original T&N and Mint mattresses to answer industry needs, as well as a brand new hybrid.
It should be noted that the company is always innovating and listening to customer feedback. Because of their commitment to putting the customer first, they are constantly refining their product. This review concentrates on their most recent update.
Construction: What’s Inside Tuft & Needle?
The company has been vocal about the industry practice of using multiple lower-quality layers to drive higher retail prices. These excessive layers not only add less value but they require more glue to hold them together. In turn, this glue stifles airflow and temperature regulation. To respond to these issues, the brand created a minimal design that uses two distinct layers of high-density polyurethane foams.
At its full height, it stands 10 inches tall and it uses only two layers of foam.
- The top layer consists of 3 inches of proprietary T&N Adaptive® Foam. This material mimics memory foam and latex in pressure relief and support without the drawbacks (such as trapped heat in traditional memory foam). It wicks away heat with graphite and is infused with cooling gel.
- The base layer is made from 7 inches of poly foam. This support level gives the mattress its shape and is much firmer than the top layer.
First Impression: How Does It Feel?
The mattress ships free to your door, wrapped and rolled into a box. You’ll want to give it a few hours to fully inflate before sleeping on it, but the off-gassing period should be shorter and less potent than most all-foam competitors. It’s designed to be used with a variety of frames, such as box springs, slatted frames, and adjustable bases.
The mattress is wrapped in a thin, breathable polyester cover, made to circulate air and dry quickly for those who tend to sleep hot. It’s soft to the touch and is pulled tightly across the surface.
As you lay on the bed, you should notice a deeper cradle, as the adaptive foam layer is made to be soft and responsive. It should still cradle your pressure points like memory foam would—just without creating a crater.
Firmness Scale: 5/10
Pressure relief is important for all sleeping positions to keep your spine in alignment. Think of what it feels like to lay on your side on the ground (not very comfortable), and your spine is probably at a weird angle.
The company created its T&N Adaptive Foam® to solve this problem by using an open-cell structure for a flexible sleep surface. It should resemble memory foam’s pressure-relieving capabilities, with faster response time and less unnecessary elements than competitors.
Support is just as important in creating optimal spinal alignment as pressure relief. Just like you shouldn’t sleep on the floor, you probably shouldn’t sleep on a surface so soft that there isn’t enough support for your curves.
That’s why just below the adaptive foam layer, there’s a higher density polyfoam support layer so you don’t sink in too far and bottom out. This base layer has much less bounce than the top layer and should work for most people by keeping heavier sleepers from bottoming out without creating a surface that’s too firm for lighter sleepers.
There’s no need to worry about picking up your mattress from a store or scheduling a drop-off; this brand ships free right to your door. With an easy unboxing process and a brief wait for the bedding to inflate, you’ll be ready to go.
The product features a sleek Euro-top design to keep your linens looking crisp and making it easier for you to reposition in the night. Plus, there should be less bunching in the mattress cover.
While Tuft & Needle eliminates a lot of mattress “extras” in their flagship design, cooling properties isn’t one of them. They’ve infused their T&N Adaptive Foam with graphite to conduct heat away from your body as well as cooling gel for comfortable surface temperature. The cover was made to breathe, so this mattress should regulate temperature well for most sleepers.
Great Motion Isolation
Foam beds tend to perform well in motion isolation, and this mattress isn’t an exception. It performs at the industry standard, and those that wake up easily from restless partners and pets should sleep well on this model.
This mattress carries eco-friendly certifications like CertPUR-US® and GREENGUARD Gold to help ease their customers’ minds about the chemicals and potential air pollutants they bring into their homes and the effects they have on the environment.
Adjustable Base Compatible
T&N was created to be compatible with a variety of bases, and they even offer their own attractive adjustable base for those who may need to keep their feet or head elevated, or just prefer the comfort of customization.
Handcrafted in the USA
T&N designs, assembles, and ships their products right from the U.S., where the company was formed.
These materials have been tested by rigorous third-party standards and meet the criteria for safe amounts of potentially harmful substances in their foams, so you shouldn’t need to worry about your indoor air quality during the off-gassing period.
One of the most thorough tests in the industry, GREENGUARD checks all of the materials to ensure they are all well below the recommended levels of chemical emissions.
Coupons, Trials, Warranties, and Shipping
- Shipping - Shipping is free within the continental United States.
- Trial - The company offers a 100-night sleep trial to give you time to decide if the mattress is right for you. If you feel like it’s not a perfect fit, the company should issue a full refund and donate the mattress to a local charity.
- Warranty - These beds may be cheap in price, but they’re made to last. The company offers a 10-year warranty on their beds.
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||Price (w/o discount)|
|Twin||39″ x 75″ x 10″||$350|
|Twin XL||39″ x 80″ x 10″||$395|
|Full||54″ x 75″ x 10″||$495|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 10”||$595|
|King||76" x 80" x 10”||$750|
|Cali King||72" x 84" x 10”||$750|
By cutting through the mattress industry’s gimmicky sales techniques and exorbitant markups, Tuft & Needle has created an innovative product with a minimal design for less. Their flagship model should be a great option for most bargain shoppers who value quality.
As one of the softer mattresses on the scale, the top layer should provide pressure relief in the hip and shoulder regions that side sleepers need. As the foam is made to be pressure-relieving, most sleepers should experience a gentle cradle.
With graduated firmness between the two layers, most back sleepers should feel well supported and experience pressure relief on the surface. As it is a softer mattress, most sleepers will sink in a little without touching the support foam.
Most stomach sleepers will probably feel supported on their stomachs. Because of the graduated foam, those carrying a little extra weight should also feel the support they need in the deeper layers of the bed. Significantly heavier stomach sleepers might want to consider the memory foam or a hybrid option from T&N for some additional support.
With a quick response and a good surface-level bounce, this bed should be great for combination sleepers. Whether you tend to move around a lot or you can’t pick a favorite position, this mattress should accommodate most sleepers well.
With good motion isolation, a little surface bounce, cooling properties, and versatile support, we’d recommend this model for couples. While it may not offer the same amount of bounce as latex, it certainly won’t suck you in like memory foam.
The upper weight limit of this model is 500 lbs per person, meaning it should accommodate up to 1000 lbs so long as you use the correct base. This option is a little softer than most beds with a higher weight limit but should offer pressure relief without causing heavier sleepers to bottom out into the firmer layer.
Despite having a higher weight limit, the bed is surprisingly accommodating for lighter sleepers. Because the adaptive foam should allow you to sink into a deep cradle without creating lots of pressure, we think most lighter sleepers should have a comfortable experience on this bed.
We think Tuft & Needle succeeded in creating a versatile and well-designed bed in a price range far below the industry average. With cooling and quick-response technology built into a pressure-relieving model, they’ve created a simple and cost-effective bed for shoppers who are tired of overpaying for features they don’t need.