If someone has been shopping for an online foam mattress, they have undoubtedly come across the Lull and Tuft & Needle mattresses. They are both quite popular and, having reviewed them both, I can say they are also quality mattresses.
This comparison will break down the construction of both mattresses in detail and highlight the key similarities and differences consumers should know about in order to make a more informed decision.
- The Lull and Tuft & Needle are both very popular mattresses.
- The companies have great customer service terms and generous sleep night trial periods.
- Both mattresses are good values.
- They are similarly thick and have similar base layers that are pretty standard in the industry.
- The Tuft & Needle is more affordable than the Lull by a noticeable amount
- There are some materials and construction differences that give the mattresses different feels.
- The Lull is firmer than the Tuft & Needle by a noticeable amount.
- The Lull has a bit of memory foam feel, and the Tuft & Needle has more of a responsive, bouncy feel.
- The Lull is 10” tall and features three separate foam layers.
- The thin cover has a soft texture and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
- There is first a 1.5” layer of a gel memory foam that gives the mattress some softness and body contouring.
- This is followed by a 1.5” layer of transition, latex-like foam, that prevents sleepers from sinking too far into the mattress.
- Finally, there is a 7” layer of base support foam, which is a pretty standard base layer in the industry.
See the full breakdown and Lull review, available here.
Tuft & Needle Construction
- The Tuft & Needle is 10” tall and has a simplified construction featuring just two foam layers.
- The cover is thin and soft and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
- The first layer is 3” of an Adaptive foam that mixes memory foam and latex qualities into one foam.
- 7” of standard base polyfoam makes up the base, and is a pretty standard base layer for an all-foam mattress available online.
See the full breakdown and Tuft and Needle review, available here.
- While the Lull’s comfort layer is 3” in total, only half of that is soft, gel memory foam feel – the gel memory foam has that slow, quicksandy feel, but then you hit the latex-like foam layer – it has a balanced foam feel.
- The Adaptive Foam has both memory foam and latex qualities. It is soft and pressure relieving, but also bouncy and, at the same time, sleepers should sink in more on the Tuft & Needle.
- The Adaptive Foam is also infused with graphite and gel, and this means it should be the more breathable mattress.
- Both mattresses should be about equal in terms of durability.
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Firmness And Feel Differences
In terms of firmness, the Lull felt like a 7/10, and the Tuft & Needle felt close to a 6.5/10. I will note that people might have a different experience depending on their weight, but I believe most people will that the Lull is the firmer of the two mattresses.
Lying on my back on the Lull, I feel well supported overall; my hips sink into that gel memory foam, but the transition layer keeps them from sinking in too far. When I am on my side, I do feel some pressure on my shoulders and hips and think the mattress is just a bit too firm for me in this position. Finally, when I am stomach sleeping, I also feel nice support and am not bowing in at the hips.
On the Tuft & Needle, I feel decently supported on my back, but I will say I feel better back sleeping on the Lull. When I am on my side, I feel very nice pressure relief on the Tuft & Needle, definitely better than I feel on the Lull. When I am on my stomach, the mattress is too soft for me, and I feel my hips bowing in somewhat.
Both mattresses have a balanced foam feel, but their feels are still slightly different. The Lull has a bit of that classic memory foam feel; the gel memory foam, while it is thin, is very soft and has that slow, sinking quality. On the other hand, Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive Foam is more responsive so, while people will sink further into the mattress, it should be easier to move around and switch positions.
See more about Lull’s balanced foam feel in the video below.
Now, see how the Tuft & Needle differs in terms of firmness and feel in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
If someone sleeps with a partner, they should consider how well their mattress handles motion transfer – will they be sleeping calmly or will every move their partner makes wake them up? When it comes to motion transfer, memory foam usually deals with it better than other materials. I think this is why the Lull is better with motion transfer – it has a gel memory foam right on top that isolates motion quite well.
During the tests, I saw less motion transfer on the Lull, as the glass moved less when I pressed into the mattress. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I felt less of his movements on the Lull.
See why the Lull is a better mattress for couples in the video below.
Now, see how the Tuft & Needle handles motion transfer with the video below.
Edge Support Differences
Between these two mattresses, the Lull features better edge support; it is the firmer, more supportive mattress so it doesn’t compress so much when I sit near the edge. The Tuft & Needle is a softer mattress, so it compresses quite a bit and doesn’t have the best edge support.
Also, when I lie near the edge of the Lull, I don’t feel like I will roll off the mattress. Sitting and lying down near the edge of the Tuft & Needle, I don’t feel as secure.
People can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type. He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lbs (I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs.). Here is what he thought about these mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
In terms of firmness, I said the Tuft & Needle was a 6.5/10 and the Lull was closer to an 8/10.
When I’m on the Tuft & Needle, I need more overall support on my back, because I’m sinking too far into the mattress. On my side, I feel good pressure relief, especially on my shoulders and hips. When I’m on my stomach, I need more overall support, because I’m again sinking too far into the mattress.
On the Lull, I feel good support when I am on my back, as my hips sink in, but not too far; I also feel the top layer of foam pressing into the lumbar area. On my side, I’m pressing too far into the mattress and feeling some firmness on my shoulders and hips. However, when I’m on my stomach, I do need more overall support.
If someone is a heavier back sleeper, they should lean toward the Lull. If someone is a heavier side sleeper, they should lean toward the Tuft & Needle. However, if someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, they should look for a firmer mattress overall.
Even with our different body types, Marten and I had similar experiences on these two mattresses. However, while the Lull was a good match for me stomach sleeping, it wasn’t supportive enough for Marten;stomach sleepers Marten’s size or larger might want to find a firmer mattress.
Who Should Pick Lull:
- Back or stomach sleepers – Between the two mattresses, the Lull is definitely more supportive, so if someone sleeps on their back or stomach, the Lull should support their hips so that they don’t sink too far into the mattress.
- Those who like a firmer mattress – The Lull is the firmer of the two mattresses, so if people need extra support or just like the feel of a firmer mattress, the Lull could be a good choice.
- People who like a bit of the sinking memory foam feel – Overall, the Lull has a balanced foam feel, but compared to the Tuft & Needle, it offers more of that slow, sinking memory foam feel. At the same time, people won’t sink in too far, so they still shouldn’t feel stuck.
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Who Should Pick Tuft & Needle:
- Those who want a more affordable mattress – If someone is having trouble deciding between these two mattresses, and they think both could be a good fit, they could save some money by choosing the Tuft & Needle – it has a lower price point than the Lull and is also an excellent value.
- Side sleepers – Between the two mattresses, the Tuft & Needle should be a better option for most side sleepers. It should relieve pressure on the shoulders and hips so, if someone sleeps in this position, the Tuft & Needle should be a good choice.
- People who want a mattress with more of a balanced foam feel – While the Lull also has a balanced foam feel, but the Tuft & Needle has even more bounce; if someone is worried about getting stuck in their mattress, they should have less to worry about with the Tuft & Needle.
These mattresses may seem very similar but, if people consider the information above, it should be easy to choose between them. The Lull is a good choice for back and stomach sleepers who like a bit of the memory foam feel, while the Tuft & Needle should be better for side sleepers and those who like more of a balanced foam feel. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Lull or the Tuft & Needle in the comment section below. Consumers should read through this article multiple times, assess their own needs and preferences, and then make a more informed decision.
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.