Tuft & Needle is one of the most well-known direct-to-consumer mattress companies. Its mattress line includes three models: the Tuft & Needle, the Mint, and the Hybrid. The Tuft & Needle and the Mint are all-foam models, while the Hybrid pairs foam and coils. While other pages on this site will discuss the Mint and the Hybrid in-depth, this review will focus solely on the Tuft & Needle Mattress.
The Tuft & Needle Mattress, also called the Tuft & Needle Original, is the company’s flagship bed. It is also the company’s most affordable mattress, coming in at a lower-than-average price point for an all-foam model. The mattress is constructed of two layers of high-density polyfoam crafted to isolate motion and contour to the sleeper’s body without trapping heat.
In this Tuft & Needle Mattress review, we’ll detail the bed’s construction, performance, and pricing. We’ll also summarize customer reviews and company policies.
The Tuft & Needle comes in one firmness, which is medium firm. For most individuals, this feel is likely to strike a comfortable balance between softness and support.
A cover crafted from a blend of micro polyamide and polyester encases the mattress. The material has a soft hand-feel and is also fairly breathable. For an additional $50 in any size, customers can opt for a cover treated with HeiQ NPJ03 antimicrobial protection to safeguard the mattress against harmful microbes that can affect its overall lifespan.
The comfort layer consists of 3 inches of T&N Adaptive Foam. This proprietary polyfoam is high-density, lending to its durability. While it cradles the sleeper to relieve pressure points, it is infused with graphite and ceramic gel to draw heat away rather than trapping it against the sleeper’s body.
A 7-inch layer of polyfoam acts as the support core. This polyfoam has an open-cell structure so that air can circulate through it to help cool the mattress. Due to its high density, this layer resists sagging and long-term impressions while providing even support.
The Tuft & Needle Mattress is constructed of two layers of polyfoam encased in a knit cover that uses a blend of micro polyamide and polyester.
Micro Polyamide and Polyester Blend
3″ Polyfoam (Adaptive Foam, Graphite- and Gel-Infused)
The Tuft & Needle’s price-point is below-average for an all-foam model, making it an exceptional choice for budget-minded shoppers. Prices for the mattress in each size are listed below. Keep in mind that choosing the HeiQ NPJ03 antimicrobial treatment will add $50 to the original sticker price.
|Twin||39" x 75"||10"||50 lbs.||$350|
|Twin XL||39" x 80"||10"||52 lbs.||$395|
|Full||54" x 75"||10"||63 lbs.||$495|
|Queen||60" x 80"||10"||72 lbs.||$595|
|King||76" x 80"||10"||94 lbs.||$750|
|California King||72" x 84"||10"||94 lbs.||$750|
Polyfoam’s ability to absorb motion helps the Tuft & Needle reduce vibrations felt across the surface of the mattress when one partner moves. For people who tend to awaken easily, this can help provide a more restful night’s sleep.
The Tuft & Needle’s strong motion isolation is similar to most all-foam mattresses on the market.
Mattresses with foam comfort layers tend to contour to a sleeper’s body for notable pressure relief, and the Tuft & Needle Mattress does the same.
The 3-inch layer of T&N Adaptive Foam cradles the sleeper’s body, spreading out the pressure that might ordinarily build up around their shoulders and hips. Polyfoam does not have the same hug as memory foam, so it may feel more like the sleeper is “on” the mattress rather than “in” the mattress.
While foam comfort layers often trap heat against the sleeper’s body, the Tuft & Needle has special features that help it sleep cooler than many all-foam models.
The micro polyamide and polyester cover is breathable enough to promote steady airflow into the mattress. The HeiQ NPJ03 antimicrobial treatment does not affect the cover’s temperature-regulating properties.
The T&N Adaptive Foam used in the comfort layer is infused with ceramic gel and graphite to absorb and redistribute heat so that it isn’t trapped against the sleeper’s body. Open-cell polyfoam in the mattress’s core lets air circulate so that heat can dissipate further.
Because all-foam mattresses do not usually have reinforced edges, individuals may feel less stable when sitting or sleeping near the edge of the bed. The Tuft & Needle Mattress follows this trend.
High-density polyfoam used in the mattress core may make the edges feel slightly more secure than those of some foam models, but individuals are still likely to experience more sinkage than ideal. This is particularly true for people who weigh more. It may be difficult to sit or sleep near the edge of the bed, which could limit its usable surface.
The Tuft & Needle’s polyfoam comfort layer is more responsive than most memory foam comfort layers, which may make it easier to change position or move across the surface of the bed.
While memory foam tends to respond slowly to changes in pressure, polyfoam springs back more quickly, so sleepers shouldn’t experience the “trapped in the bed” feel often associated with close contouring. Additionally, the Tuft & Needle’s medium firm feel doesn’t permit much sinkage, further contributing to the mattress’s ease of movement.
This combination of materials and firmness makes the Tuft & Needle Mattress easier to move on than most all-foam models.
Like most all-foam models, the Tuft & Needle does not have a lot of bounce. Since many couples prefer a springy surface for sex, this could be a potential drawback.
However, the Tuft & Needle Mattress is more responsive and easier to move on than many all-foam models, which may make it preferable for sexual activity.
The Tuft & Needle is also quite quiet, which lends to more discreet activity.
A “new mattress smell” could occur with any model, but it is particularly common in mattresses with synthetic foam that ship compressed. The production of synthetic foam usually leaves behind some manufacturing smells, and they don’t have a chance to escape if the mattress is compressed. This smell is generally not viewed as harmful, and it should air out somewhere between a few hours and a few days.
The Tuft & Needle Mattress is likely to have a similar odor to other all-foam models. However, thanks to its breathability, smells from the Tuft & Needle are likely to air out relatively quickly.
The Tuft & Needle’s medium firm feel coupled with cradling from its 3-inch polyfoam comfort layer makes it a strong option for most side sleepers. Side sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds are likely to get the best blend of pressure relief and spinal support. They should sink in just the right amount to take the pressure off their hips and shoulders while keeping their spines aligned.
Since sleepers who weigh over 130 pounds put more force on the mattress, they may sink in more. This could lead to their hips compressing the foam slightly more than ideal, which can contribute to some pressure buildup and more difficulty maintaining their spinal alignment. However, this is unlikely to be especially noticeable or severe, and most side sleepers from all weight groups will enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep on the Tuft & Needle Mattress.
Thanks to its medium firm feel, the Tuft & Needle can provide the even plane that many back sleepers rely on to keep their spines aligned. The polyfoam comfort layer cushions the surface without a lot of sinkage around the midsection of the bed. Since the mattress uses high-density polyfoam, it should also resist sagging and indentations over time.
The Tuft & Needle is likely to be most supportive for back sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds. Individuals who weigh over 230 pounds may experience some sinkage near their hips, so they may find it more difficult to maintain good spinal alignment.
The Tuft & Needle’s polyfoam comfort layer can provide comfortable cushioning for stomach sleepers, but its medium firm feel may not be supportive enough to prevent their hips from sinking in a bit, particularly if they carry extra weight near their midsections.
Stomach sleepers who weigh under 230 pounds will likely get the support they need. Their hips may dip into the mattress slightly more than ideal, but it is unlikely to be significant enough for them to notice a strain on their spine. Individuals who weigh over 230 pounds will likely notice more sagging near their midsections, which may make it harder to keep their spines aligned.
|Under 130 lbs.||130-230 lbs.||Above 230 lbs.|
The Tuft & Needle Mattress is sold through the Tuft & Needle website and on Amazon. Customers can also shop at brick-and-mortar stores in Gilbert, AZ; Scottsdale, AZ; Glendale, CA; Leawood, KS; Raleigh, NC; Beaverton, OR; Dallas, TX; and Seattle, WA. Tuft & Needle has also partnered with a few third-party vendors, including Crate & Barrel, Lowe’s, and Unruh.
Orders through the Tuft & Needle website ship within the United States.
Tuft & Needle ships for free to the 48 contiguous United States and mattresses usually ship in 1 to 5 business days. Shipments to Alaska and Hawaii cost extra and generally take 7 to 10 business days. Same-day shipping is available in some areas for a $50 fee.
Each mattress ships compressed in plastic and packaged in a box. You merely have to move the mattress to the correct room, unpackage it entirely, and wait a few hours for the mattress to expand to its full thickness.
Mattresses ship via FedEx Ground. Purchasers can contact Tuft & Needle to pass along delivery instructions. The customer will receive a tracking email that gives them access to up-to-date information on the mattress’s expected arrival date.
Tuft & Needle offers White Glove delivery in coordination with XPO Logistics. For a $150 fee, a team will bring the new mattress to your room of choice, unpackage it, set it up, and remove your old mattress. Delivery dates and times vary based on availability. Tuft & Needle does not offer White Glove service in Alaska or Hawaii at this time.
The Tuft & Needle Mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial. During this time, customers can return their mattress for a full refund of the purchase price if they so choose. Shipping charges are non-refundable. Tuft & Needle works with customers to help arrange a local donation of the discarded mattress, but they will send a team to pick it up if donating is not an option. Customers are eligible for one return per household each year.
The Tuft & Needle Mattress has a 10-year limited warranty. This protects the original owner from sagging or impressions over .75 inches deep, breakdown of the foam (cracking and splitting) caused by a physical flaw in the foam, and defects in the cover.
To be eligible, the owner must have purchased the mattress from an authorized seller, used the mattress for its intended purposes, and used a proper foundation. The damage must not be a result of abuse or neglect.
Tuft & Needle will, at its discretion, repair or replace mattresses it finds to have an eligible defect. Additional terms and conditions apply.