Avocado and Tuft & Needle are both mattress models that are sold online. The most obvious difference between the two is that Avocado is a combination foam-coil mattress while Tuft & Needle is all-foam. There are other significant differences, but also a few similarities, and we’ll break down how they compare in this post.
- Both mattresses are firm and bouncy, and both sleep cool throughout the night.
- Both companies offer 100-day trials, free shipping, and great customer service.
- Avocado incorporates coils and is a bit more durable than the Tuft & Needle.
- Avocado conforms better to the curves of the body.
- Avocado is thicker than the Tuft & Needle. (It comes in 11″ and 13″ models, while Tuft & Needle comes only in a 10″ model.)
- Avocado contains natural latex and organic cotton.
- Avocado offers an optional pillow-top, while Tuft & Needle does not.
- Tuft & Needle is a little firmer and is all-foam.
- Tuft & Needle is less expensive ($325 to $700 for Tuft & Needle; $959 to $2,199 for Avocado).
- Avocado’s top layer is made of natural Dunlop latex – this foam from a natural material is one of Avocado’s unique features, and it provides pressure relief and bounce.
- Consumers have the option of adding a pillow-top on top of the first foam layer; with the pillow-top, the mattress is 13″ thick, which is 2″ thicker than the non-pillow-top model.
- The base support layer is comprised of individually wrapped coils – these coils are zoned to provide extra support where people need it most, and they make the mattress extra strong and supportive for sleepers who weigh more.
- The mattress has a 100 percent organic cotton cover that doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
Tuft & Needle Construction
- The Tuft & Needle is comprised of only two polyfoam layers.
- On top is 3″ of proprietary “Adaptive” foam — a polyurethane-based foam that blends in graphite to absorb heat from the body and a gel polymer to distribute the heat. This firm, bouncy layer helps ensure even cooling and mixes in memory foam and latex qualities into one foam layer.
- The support layer is 7″ of 1.8 lb density poly foam, which is pretty standard amongst bed-in-a-box mattresses.
- Tuft & Needle has a breathable cover made of a polyester blend that is very thin and doesn’t affect the feel of the mattress too much.
- Tuft & Needle is all-foam and has a much simpler construction than the Avocado.
- Avocado has coils in the support layer
- Avocado has an optional pillow-top, but the Tuft & Needle does not
- Avocado uses natural materials, including Dunlop processed latex.
- Both are relatively firm, but the Tuft & Needle is a little firmer.
Both are firm, but Avocado has a little more give and will conform a little better to the shape of the body.
Motion Transfer Differences
Because both are fairly firm, these aren’t the best at preventing movement from traveling across the mattress, and this is something for couples to consider. That being said, they do an okay job.
The Avocado Should Work For …
- Side sleepers. Avocado conforms better to the shape of the body, and if one adds the pillow-top it gives a little more softness to the surface.
- Those who want a mattress that lasts. Avocado uses higher quality materials and contains coils, so it should be a longer-lasting mattress.
The Tuft & Neelde Should Work For …
- Those who are on a budget. It’s hard to find a quality mattress that costs less than Tuft & Needle. If price is a concern, people may prefer this all-foam option.
- People who want a no-frills mattress. Maybe this will go in a guest bedroom or someone is looking to furnish a short-term rental. If someone is looking for something temporary or that won’t get a lot of use, Tuft & Needle is a great option.
These are both firm mattresses, but otherwise they’re quite different. I hope readers have learned some useful pieces of information from this comparison post. Please leave any relevant questions about Tuft & Needle or Avocado in the comments.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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