Tempur-Pedic and Tuft and Needle are two very popular but quite different mattress companies. Tempur-Pedic really created the memory foam mattress category and Tuft & Needle was one of the very first of the batch of online-only startups to see great success. We’ve received several emails asking us to compare the two companies, so I’ll do my best to go over the major points of similarity and differences in this article.
- Both are well established and respected companies
- You can read thousands of reviews of both companies
- Both have all foam mattresses (except for the Tempur-Flex collection)
- Tuft and Needle has one model, while Tempur-Pedic has a full line of mattresses with different feels and firmness levels
- Tuft And Needle is less expensive than any of the Tempur-Pedic mattresses
- T&N is more resilient/bouncy than any of the Tempur-Pedic models (with the possible exception of the Flex collection)
- Tuft and Needle uses a specialty polyfoam in the comfort layer, while Tempur-Pedic uses memory foam
- Tempur-Pedic performs better at motion isolation (because of the high-density memory foam it has)
- Most Tempur-Pedic models are thicker overall than the Tuft & Needle
You need to decide the exact type of feel you are looking for, because the foams used in these two mattresses have very different qualities. The Tuft and Needle mattress uses a specialty polyfoam in the comfort layer that has good pressure relief but is fairly bouncy/resilient. This makes it easier to move around in the mattress and you have a more sleeping “on” the mattress feel where you don’t sink into it too much.
All Tempur-Pedic mattresses have slow-moving memory foam in the comfort layer. Especially with the softer models you sink into the mattress quite a bit as it envelops you. This is a much different feel from what the T&N provides.
The videos below show off the generally what you can expect from the mattresses. The Tempur-Pedic video is for the Cloud Supreme, but it gives a good idea of what you can expect from most of the other models too.
Motion Isolation Differences
The videos below show how well the Tuft and Needle and the Cloud Supreme do with motion isolation. The Cloud Supreme will give you a good idea of how all the Tempur-Pedic models do in general. Tempur-Pedic is probably the king of motion isolation because of their use of high-density memory foam.
You Might Want To Pick Tuft And Needle If:
- You Are On A Budget– Tempur-Pedic mattresses do not come cheap. Tuft & Needle sells a Queen for $750, which represents a really good value for those on a budget.
- You Want An “On” The Mattress Feel– If you want a foam feel but don’t want to sink into the mattress too much, Tuft and Needle will probably be a good choice.
- You Want A Slightly Firmer Than Average Mattress– There is one comfort level available and it is slightly firmer than average, so make sure that is what you want before ordering.
You Might Want To Pick Tempur-Pedic If:
- You Like Slow-Moving Memory Foam– The Tempur-Pedic mattresses have a classic memory foam feel, so make sure that’s what you want before buying.
- You’re Not Sure Which Firmness Level You Want– Tempur-Pedic has a line of mattresses ranging from extra firm to extra soft firmness levels. If you aren’t exactly sure what you want, then you can go to a store and try them all out.
Which Should You Choose?
These mattresses are very different from one another. It really comes down to your budget and what type of feel you are looking for. Both are great companies, so you will be in good hands either way.
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.