If you are shopping for an online foam mattress, you 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.
That being said, you are only going to buy one mattress. So, to make your buying process an easy one, I have all the details you need. I will break down the construction of these two mattresses and discuss who will be a better bit for each mattress.
Which all-foam mattress is best for you? Read on for my full comparison.
- They are both very popular mattresses.
- They have great customer service terms.
- They are both good values.
- They are similarly thick.
- They have similar base layers.
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- The Tuft & Needle is more affordable than the Lull.
- There are some materials and construction differences.
- The Lull is firmer than the Tuft & Needle.
- The Lull has a bit of memory foam feel, and the Tuft & Needle has more of a responsive, bouncy feel.
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- The Lull is 10” tall.
- The thin cover has a soft texture.
- There is first a 1.5” layer of a gel memory foam.
- This is followed by a 1.5” layer of transition, latex-like foam.
- Finally, there is a 7” layer of base support foam.
See our full Lull review
Tuft & Needle Construction
- The Tuft & Needle is 10” tall.
- The cover is thin and soft.
- The first layer is 3” of an Adaptive foam.
- 7” of standard base polyfoam makes up the base.
See our full Tuft and Needle review
- 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. Overall, you get a balanced foam feel.
- The Adaptive Foam has both memory foam and latex qualities. It is soft and pressure relieving, but also bouncy. At the same time, you should sink in more on the Tuft & Needle.
- The Adaptive Foam is also infused with graphite and gel. 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 like 6.5/10. I will note you might have a different experience depending on your weight. However, 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. 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. The mattress is just a bit too firm for me in this position. Finally, when I am stomach sleeping, I also feel nice support. I am not bowing in at the hips.
On the Tuft & Needle, I feel decently supported on my back. However, 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. It has that slow, sinking quality. On the other hand, Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive Foam is more responsive so, while you will sink further into the mattress, it should be easier to move around.
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.
Motion Transfer Differences
If you sleep with a partner, you should consider how well your mattress handles motion transfer. Will you be sleeping calmly or will every move your partner makes wake you 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.
During my tests, I saw less motion transfer on the Lull. 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.
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.
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.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than me. He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lbs (I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs.). Here is what he thought about these mattresses:
In terms of firmness, I said the Tuft & Needle was a 6.5/10 and the Lull was an 8/10.
When I’m on the Tuft & Needle, I need more overall support on my back. 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. Again, I’m sinking too far into the mattress.
On the Lull, I feel good support when I am on my back. My hips sink in, but not too far. I also feel the top layer of foam pressing into my 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 you are a heavier back sleeper, I’d lean toward the Lull. If you are a heavier side sleeper, lean toward the Tuft & Needle. However, if you are a heavier stomach sleeper, I’d 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 was supportive enough for Marten. Stomach sleepers Marten’s size or larger might want to find a firmer mattress.
Pick Lull If:
- You are a back or stomach sleeper. Between the two mattresses, the Lull is definitely more supportive. If you sleep on your back or stomach, the Lull should support your hips so that you don’t sink too far into the mattress.
- You like a firmer mattress. The Lull is the firmer of the two mattresses. If you need extra support or just like the feel of a firmer mattress, the Lull could be a good choice.
- You like a bit of the sinking memory foam feel. Overall, the Lull has a balanced foam feel. However, compared to the Tuft & Needle, it offers more of that slow, sinking memory foam feel. At the same time, you won’t sink in too far, so you still shouldn’t feel stuck.
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Pick Tuft & Needle If:
- You want a more affordable mattress. If you are having trouble deciding between these two mattresses, and you think both could be a good fit, you could save some money by choosing the Tuft & Needle. It has a lower price point than the Lull.
- You are a side sleeper. Between the two mattresses, the Tuft & Needle should be a better option for most side sleepers. It should relieve pressure on shoulders and hips so, if you sleep in this position, the Tuft & Needle should be a good choice.
- You 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 you are worried about getting stuck in your mattress, you should have less to worry about with the Tuft & Needle.
These mattresses may seem very similar but, if you 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. 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.
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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