Tuft And Needle Mattress Topper Review – Responsive Comfort?

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Foam mattress toppers can be a great addition to a mattress because they can soften it if it is too firm and/or give the mattress a different feel. However, foam mattress toppers also have their drawbacks such as trapping heat and limiting mobility.

The Tuft and Needle mattress topper is designed to avoid these issues as it contains more responsive foam that is also quite breathable.

As a fan of the original Tuft and Needle mattress, I was particularly interested to see how their topper would compare.

To find out if this is a truly responsive, cooler foam topper, read on for the full review.

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The Tuft & Needle mattress topper is a great choice for back sleepers, side sleepers, and those like a responsive foam feel. 

Tuft And Needle Mattress Topper Video Review

With this topper in particular, it is great to see how it actually performs on video before you make a purchase decision. See the important materials, how it performs in various sleeping positions, and other ways this topper may impact your sleep.


The Tuft And Needle Might Work For …

  • Back sleepers. Back sleepers should always be looking for a good balance of comfort and support. If a mattress is extra-firm, the Tuft and Needle mattress topper could soften it enough to let sleepers’ hips sink in while it adds some contouring as well. Back sleepers of many sizes should enjoy the Tuft and Needle.
  • Side sleepers. Side sleepers want to make sure their sleeping surface is soft enough to relieve pressure on their shoulders and hips. Those side sleepers who want to add some significant softness and pressure relief to their mattress should take a look at the Tuft and Needle. It will soften a firmer mattress and ease the pressure felt in the heavier areas, and even larger side sleepers should feel some nice pressure relief.
  • Those who want a foam topper but worry about getting stuck. Again, one of the drawbacks of many foam toppers is that they can make it more difficult to move around on the mattress. People with mobility issues or those who simply move around at night should like the Tuft and Needle. It features soft foam that is also responsive, so most sleepers should sink in without feeling stuck.
  • Those who want a foam topper but worry about sleeping hot. Foam toppers are also known to trap heat and direct them back at sleepers, so those who prefer a soft foam topper but want to make sure they are are still sleeping cool should consider the Tuft and Needle. It features open-celled foam that should promote a decent amount of airflow. Most won’t be sleeping particularly cold on the Tuft and Needle, but it shouldn’t be adding heat to the mattress.

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The Tuft And Needle Might Not Work For …

  • Stomach sleepers. Stomach sleepers usually require a firmer sleeping surface because they want to make sure their hips get the necessary support. Without this, the hips and core could dip into the mattress, which could lead to back pain. The Tuft and Needle should soften a mattress a fair amount, making it not the best option for stomach sleeping.
  • Fans of a classic memory foam feel. True memory foam has a very slow-moving feel that lets sleepers sink in. If this feeling is desirable, the Tuft and Needle might not be the best option as it is soft but also particularly responsive.
  • Those who are looking for a more affordable mattress topper. Just considering the quality of the Tuft and Needle, it is a very good deal, but it is currently $150 for a Queen-size topper. While there are more pricey toppers out there, there are more affordable options as well.

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Construction And Options

  • The Tuft and Needle topper is 2″ thick.
  • The cover is made of a polyester blend that has a sweatshirt quality and is soft to the touch.
  • The topper contains 2″ of a responsive foam. This foam is open-celled, which makes the topper quite breathable.
  • On the bottom, the Tuft and Needle features silicone beads thatadd some grip to the Tuft and Needle so that it does not shift around on top of the mattress.
  • In terms of size options, customers can choose from Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
  • The Tuft and Needle is made in the USA.

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Tuft And Needle Mattress Topper on Bed

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The Tuft & Needle mattress topper is a great choice for back sleepers, side sleepers, and those like a responsive foam feel. 

My Experience

When the Tuft & Needle arrived at my house, I opened it immediately. Many foam toppers and bed-in-a-box mattresses can emit a strong chemical smell when they are first unboxed. There was not much of a chemical smell with the Tuft and Needle.

In addition, with many foam toppers, one must wait a few days before actually using them. Soft memory foam toppers, for instance, could take two full days to reach their full body, but the Tuft and Needle was ready to use right away.

In order to get an idea of the Tuft & Needle’s firmness, I placed it on a mattress with a firmness of 8/10, and it brought the firmness down to a 7 or 6.5/10. That means the Tuft & Needle topper is softening the mattress by about 1.5 points.

As with any topper or mattress, the firmness will really depend on your weight. I am 230 lbs, so lighter and heavier people could feel like the topper is softer or firmer than I did.

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Here is how the Tuft and Needle felt in different positions:

  • Lying on my back, the Tuft and Needle is a good fit for me. It softens the mattress a fair amount so that my hips can sink in farther than they did on the firmer mattress, and I also feel the foam conform to the shape of my body. See our best mattresses for back sleepers to learn more.
  • When I move to my side, I am also feeling some great pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. As a larger person, I often drop right through softer mattress toppers, but the Tuft and Needle is responsive and not so soft that I press right into the mattress below.
  • The Tuft and Needle softens the mattress so I am feeling less support on my hips, and I am getting the sensation that my hips are dipping into the mattress. Because of this, I am feeling some strain on my lower back.

Overall, the Tuft and Needle topper has a balanced foam feel. The topper is soft and pressure-relieving, but when I apply pressure, it snaps back into place very quickly. I have no real issue moving around on top of the Tuft and Needle.

Also, while this is a foam topper, it is not adding any heat to the mattress. The foam is open-celled and breathable, so it shouldn’t make people sleep hotter. At the same time, it isn’t necessarily making the mattress cooler.


The Tuft and Needle is a high-quality mattress topper that could be a good fit for back sleepers and side sleepers. Stomach sleepers and fans of classic memory foam might not find the topper to be the best match.

The Tuft & Needle comes with a 100-night sleep trial, a 3-year limited warranty, and free returns.

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Marten is a staff writer for Mattress Clarity News. He covers the mattress industry as well as sleep science news. He is specifically interested in the connection between sleep and overall health.Marten has written for media publications like Consequence of Sound and received a master’s degree in Film Studies from Emory University.He comes from Franklin, Indiana, and spends all the time he can writing, directing, and acting in films. He has directed genre short films and features. His newest film, Starlets, recently premiered at the River Town Film Festival in Clinton, NJ. He also stars in the upcoming thriller, Sour Bear. His next film, At The Hop, is a hot rod actioner with a horror twist.
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