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Have you ever walked into a mattress store and been overwhelmed by cutaways with multiple foam layers and different shapes?
Created by two men who were previously 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, springs, and egg crate foam to feign innovation and upsell.
They have responded to the mattress industry issues by creating their own materials with an effective and minimal product design.
This in-depth review of Tuft & Needle is based on our scoring system that includes characteristics such as materials, support, quality, and comfort.
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 model.
Keep reading for the full review or see the summary here.
You will love this mattress if you:
- Are worried about harmful chemicals – Certifications by CertiPUR-US®, GREENGUARD, and OEKO-TEX® ensure the bed passes USA and global materials tests, giving you a safer night’s sleep.
- Want quick responsiveness – Repositioning is easy on this model, as their proprietary T&N Adaptive® Foam and sturdy base layer work together to respond quickly to every touch.
- Are a back sleeper – While this bed is designed to be comfortable for all sleepers, back sleepers may find it exceptionally relaxing and supportive.
You might not like this mattress if you:
- Want a classic memory feel – Since this product is not made with memory foam, you will not experience a slow responsiveness or sink deep into the bed. However, it has been engineered to provide the same pressure relief while avoiding overheating (which memory materials tend to face).
If you are looking to browse more, you can check our top bed picks for 2019 here.
Construction (Materials & Quality)
Tuft & Needle is a foam bed that is compressed in a box and shipped to your door. It is designed to be used with a variety of bed frames, such as box springs, slatted frames, and adjustable frames. At its full height, it stands 10 inches tall.
When looking at the mattress for the first time, you will notice the cover. Made of polyester and micro polyamide, it dries quickly. As the cover is thinner than many (see our full list), it is breathable and helps with airflow.
The company has been vocal about the industry practice of using extra lower-quality layers to drive a 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.
- 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. It is a support level that gives the bed its shape and is much firmer than the top layer.
Firmness (Support & Feel)
Most people find medium-level firmness to be most comfortable in a mattress since it accommodates most sleeping positions.
We rate Tuft & Needle a 5 out of 10 on our firmness scale with 10 being the firmest (learn more about our scale for firmness here). Branded as a universally comfortable bed, the company continuously listens to customers to keep refining and improving every iteration of their bed. Due to direct customer feedback, they made it softer.
To the touch, the cover and top layer are soft. There is a noticeable bounce to the top of the mattress and fast responsiveness.
Pressing down further reveals the support of the thick base layer. Unlike the top layer, it does not deliver a deep bounce.
Most back sleepers should feel supported. There should be no awkward alignment issues and the lumbar region should be comfortable.
Stomach sleepers should feel that the bottom layer’s support is more than sufficient to maintain alignment. There should be no compression of the chest, so breathing should remain easy. Hips should not dig into the mattress too far, but sink the right amount.
Side sleepers should notice pressure relief from the soft top layer in the typical shoulder and hip pain points.
Heavier sleepers may need additional pressure relief for their shoulders and hips if they sleep on their side with all their weight condensed in such a small area. Significantly heavier stomach sleepers may find that they need more support to maintain a neutral spine.
However, there is a 100-night sleep trial that can help sleepers of all types figure out if this bed is the right fit.
All-foam mattresses tend to perform well with motion isolation and this one is in-line with industry standards. Light sleepers who are easily disturbed by repositioning partners or pets will likely have a good experience while using this brand.
Edge support is more of a preference-based category to think about when purchasing a mattress. It is not always important to buyers but can be very important to some.
There are two types of edge support to consider, which include sitting and sleeping on the edge.
It is important to note that all-foam and compressed beds do not tend to perform well in this category. There is compression while sitting and lying down on the edge. However, this is a non-issue for people who do not sit or sleep on the edge the majority of the time.
- Trial Period – 100-night sleep trial with a full refund and removal to a charity of your choice if it does not work out.
- Warranty – 10-year non-prorated warranty.
- CertiPUR-US® Certification – The foam passes gas and chemical standards for levels of substances that include PBDE flame retardants, formaldehyde, and heavy metals.
- GREENGUARD Certification – This brand is made with low emissions and helps to create healthy indoor environments.
- OEKO-TEX® Certification – Certified to STANDARD 100 by The OEKO-TEX® Association, this bed is free from over 300 harmful chemicals.
- Made in the USA
Tuft & Needle’s innovative spirit is seen through their comfortable 2-layer design.
Note: We did not include Trial/Warranty scores due Amazon Associates Program stipulations.
By cutting through the mattress industry’s gimmicky sales techniques and exorbitant markups, Tuft & Needle has created an innovative product with an almost deceptively minimal design for less.
Their T&N Adaptive® Foam incorporates the best qualities of memory foam and latex without the downsides. There is more pressure relief than latex and heat is not trapped like in traditional memory beds.
Driven by innovation, Tuft & Needle continually incorporates customer feedback directly into their design.
Sources & References
- How Tuft & Needle Disrupted a Tired Mattress Marketplace – entrepreneur.com
- How Mattress Startup Tuft & Needle Said No To VC Money, Borrowed $500K And Opened Its First Store – forbes.com
Author: Sarah Cummings
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