For those who prefer foam mattresses but don’t want to spend a significant amount of money, the Tuft and Needle mattress should be a fantastic option.
When it comes to bed-in-a-box foam mattresses, the Tuft and Needle is one of the most fantastic deals; it features a streamlined, soft, all-foam design with no particular frills.
After reviewing the Tuft and Needle mattress for the third time, I can say that I again had an exceptional experience; read on for my complete Tuft and Needle mattress review!
The Tuft And Needle Might Work For …
- Those who are looking for a good value mattress. The Queen version of this mattress is available for only $600; this is extremely affordable for an all-foam mattress and, while the construction is quite simple, it is still a particularly fantastic value.
- People who switch positions during the night. This is a medium-firm mattress, so it could be an excellent match for multiple sleeping positions; back sleepers should definitely find the support they require and side sleepers should find the comfort they are looking for.
- Those who want a cooler sleeping mattress. For an all-foam mattress, the Tuft and Needle is particularly breathable; for those who want the comfort of foam but don’t want to overheat at night, this could be an exceptional choice.
The Tuft And Needle Might Not Work For …
- Stomach sleepers. For those who sleep primarily on their stomachs, the Tuft and Needle mattress might not be suitably supportive; stomach sleepers may want to look for a significantly firmer mattress to ensure their hips don’t sink in quite so far.
- Heavier people who require more support. For those mattress customers who are on the larger side, this mattress might not be quite supportive enough; heavier people should consider a firmer mattress that perhaps incorporates coils.
- Those who prefer a very firm or very soft mattress. For those who like a mattress on either end of the spectrum, the Tuft and Needle may not be a fantastic option; it is approximately average in terms of firmness, so they might want to look elsewhere.
- The Tuft and Needle mattress is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft, thin, breathable, and allows one to feel the top layer of the mattress quite easily.
- The top layer is 3” of a soft, proprietary Adaptive foam that is designed to be quite pressure-relieving.
- The base is 7” of a supportive, standard base polyfoam.
- The Tuft and Needle mattress is available in the standard sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
- The Adaptive Foam combines the properties of memory foam and latex foam – this should provide it with an exceptional balance of pressure relief and responsiveness.
- This top foam layer is infused with graphite gel which is designed to dissipate heat and draw heat away from the sleeper; even though it is a memory foam mattress, the majority of people should be sleeping cool on the Tuft and Needle.
- The comfort layer is only 3”, so heavier sleepers may find this mattress to be firmer than a lighter person might – these larger people might press into the mattress and engage the firm support layer.
How This Mattress Compares To The Casper
While both the Tuft & Needle and Casper are all-foam mattresses, the Tuft and Needle is much simpler in its design.
The Casper features a zoned construction, but the Tuft and Needle does not; the middle section of the Casper is firmer to ensure sleepers’ hips are properly supported and, at the same time, the shoulder area of the mattress is soft, so there is significantly less pressure there.
Heavier sleepers should prefer the Casper because they have less chance of “bottoming out” and pushing through the mattress to engage the firmer support layers.
However, because of its simplicity, the Tuft and Needle is more affordably priced. Customers really need to balance their required support and their mattress budget – if they are a side sleeper, they could find comfort on the Tuft and Needle and save a few hundred dollars.
Read my full Casper mattress review
Firmness And Feel
In terms of firmness, the Tuft & Needle feels like a 6.5/10, medium-firm – I will note that much heavier people may determine that this mattress is particularly firmer; the top memory foam layer is reasonably soft, so they could compress this layer and feel the firmer support layer.
When I was back sleeping, I felt well supported; my hips sunk into the mattress while the foam pressed up into my lumbar area. Side sleeping, there was satisfactory pressure relief on my shoulders and hips but, when I was stomach sleeping, I definitely needed more support.
The Tuft and Needle features a balanced foam feel; while that top layer is soft, it is also significantly responsive – there is also a fair bit of bounce, so sleepers should receive nice pressure relief without feeling stuck.
Again, potential buyers should definitely consider their size and weight; heavier sleepers may need to seek out a more supportive mattress.
If someone sleeps with a partner, it is best to consider how much their movements will disturb them during the night – will they feel every nocturnal toss and turn?
To test this on the Tuft and Needle, I placed a glass of water on the mattress and pressed into the surrounding area; it was barely disturbed and, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I did not really feel his movements.
People shouldn’t feel their partners moving around at night, so this could be a good mattress for couples.
All-foam mattresses are not always the best when it comes to edge support; sitting near the edge of the Tuft & Needle, it does collapse significantly and, when I lie down near the edge, I do feel somewhat like I may roll off the mattress.
Edge support is not a particular highlight of the Tuft & Needle.
Marten is a staff writer for us, and he has a much different body type than me: he is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about the Tuft and Needle mattress:
In terms of firmness, Joe said the Tuft and Needle mattress was 6.5/10 and I felt the same; it feels approximately medium-firm.
Back sleeping, I don’t feel like I am getting the requisite amount of support on the Tuft and Needle, and I feel my hips sinking too far into the mattress. When I am side sleeping, I feel decent pressure relief; I sink into the top layer and feel no significant pressure on my shoulders and hips. Stomach sleeping, I am not properly supported, so I am bowing in at the hips and getting out of alignment.
Heavier back sleepers will probably require something more supportive, but heavier side sleepers could find the Tuft and Needle to be comfortable; heavier stomach sleepers are going to need a more supportive mattress.
However, I weigh 230 lbs; if someone is in the 300-500 lb weight range, this mattress might not be a fantastic fit.
While I expected Marten to need more support on his back, I was somewhat surprised that Marten felt comfortable side sleeping on the Tuft & Needle; as he said, he is only 230 lbs, so sleepers heavier than him may indeed press through the mattress when they are on their side.
Unboxing This Mattress
The Tuft and Needle is a bed in a box mattress, which means it will come compressed and be shipped straight to the customer – people will want to begin by removing the rolled up Tuft and Needle mattress from its box, then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on the bed.
Carefully cut away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat, and then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the Tuft and Needle will expand – simply clear away the excess plastic and allow the mattress to breathe and fully expand.
What Makes This Mattress Stand Out?
- The Tuft and Needle is a fantastic value; considering the soft comfort it offers, the Tuft and Needle is very reasonably priced.
- The mattress does a great job of not sleeping hot; the top foam layer is infused with graphite which helps dissipate heat, so the majority of people shouldn’t be sleeping too hot on the Tuft and Needle.
- The Tuft and Needle should be a great option for combination sleepers; as long as someone is of average weight or lighter, this medium-firm mattress should support them on their back and stomach but still relieve pressure when they are lying on their side.
- It offers pressure relief without trapping sleepers in the mattress; while the top layer is soft, it is also very responsive, so people should feel nice lying on their side without feeling “stuck.”
If someone is looking for an all-foam mattress at a value price, the Tuft and Needle could be a fantastic choice; it is worth noting that the design is very simple, and this might not be the most durable mattress.
The Tuft and Needle comes with a 100-night sleep trial, a 10-Year Warranty, as well as free shipping and returns. The company also offers a luxury mattress, The Mint, and you can find brick-and-mortar Tuft and Needle stores in select cities.
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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