Tuft and Needle Mattress Review

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Do you like foam mattresses, but you don’t want to spend loads of cash? It might be worth considering the Tuft and Needle mattress.

When it comes to bed-in-a-box foam mattresses, this is one of the better deals. It has a simple, soft, all-foam design with no real frills.

After trying out the mattress for a third time, I can say that I had a really great experience sleeping on it.

Tuft & Needle Deals

Tuft & Needle is a great match of comfort and support.  You can get the best current deal on a Tuft And Needle mattress simply by clicking the link below.

You Might Want To Pick The Tuft & Needle If:

  • You are looking for a good value. The Queen version of this mattress is available for only $600. This is very affordable for an all-foam mattress. The construction is simple, but this is still a great deal.
  • You are a combination sleeper. This is a medium-firm mattress, so it could be a good match for multiple sleeping positions. Back sleepers should find the support they need and side sleepers should find the comfort they need.
  • You want a cooler sleeping mattress. For an all-foam mattress, this is quite breathable. If you want the comfort of foam, but don’t want overheat at night, this could be the mattress for you.

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You Might Not Want To Pick The Tuft & Needle If:

  • You are a stomach sleeper. If you sleep primarily in this position, this mattress might not be supportive enough for you. Stomach sleepers may want to look for a firmer mattress to ensure their hips don’t sink too far.
  • You are a heavier person. If you are larger, this mattress might not be supportive enough for you. Heavier people should consider a firmer mattress that perhaps incorporates coils.
  • You prefer a very firm or very soft mattress. If you like a mattress on either end of the spectrum, the Tuft & Needle may not be a good choice. It is right down the middle in terms of firmness, so you might want to look elsewhere.
Tuft & Needle Deals

Tuft & Needle is a great match of comfort and support.  You can get the best current deal on a Tuft And Needle mattress simply by clicking the link below.

Construction Overview

  • The mattress is 10” tall.
  • The cover is soft, thin, and breathable.
  • The top layer is 3” of a soft, Adaptive foam.
  • The base is 7” of a standard base polyfoam.

A man lies down on a foam mattress.

Construction Takeaways

  • The mattress is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
  • The cover is thin and allows you to feel the top layer of the mattress very easily.
  • The Adaptive Foam combines memory foam and latex foam. This should give it a good balance of pressure relief and responsiveness.
  • This top foam layer is infused with graphite gel. It is designed to dissipate heat and draw heat away from the mattress. Even though it is a memory foam mattress, you should be sleeping cool.
  • 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.

Related: Best Mattresses For Back Pain

How This Mattress Compares To The Casper

While both the Tuft & Needle and Casper are all-foam mattresses, the Tuft & Needle is much simpler in its design.

The Casper has a zoned construction, but the Tuft & Needle does not. The middle section of the Casper is firmer to ensure your hips are properly supported. At the same time, the shoulder area of the mattress is soft, so there is 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 firm support layers.

However, because of its simplicity, the Tuft & Needle is more affordably priced. You really need to balance your required support and your mattress budget. For instance, if you are a side sleeper, you could find comfort on the Tuft & 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 find this mattress to be firmer. The top memory foam layer is pretty soft, so you could press through the mattress and feel the firm support layer.

When I was on my back, I felt well supported. My hips sunk into the mattress while the foam pressed into my lumbar area. On my side, there was nice pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. However, when I was on my stomach, I definitely needed more support.

The Tuft & Needle has a balanced foam feel. While that top layer is soft, it is also very responsive. There is also a bit of bounce, so you get nice pressure relief without feeling stuck.

Again, consider your size and weight if you are looking at the Tuft & Needle. Heavier sleepers may need to find a more supportive mattress.

Motion Transfer

If you sleep with a partner, it is best to consider how much their movements will disturb you during the night. Will you feel every toss and turn?

To test this on the Tuft & Needle, I placed a glass of water on the mattress and pressed into the surrounding area. It was barely disturbed. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I did not feel his movements.

You shouldn’t feel your partner moving around at night, so this could be a good mattress for couples.

Edge Support

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 quite a bit. Also, when I lie down near the edge, I do feel like I may roll off the mattress.

Edge support is not a highlight of the Tuft & Needle.

A man sits on the edge of the bed.

Marten’s Take

Marten is a staff writer for us. 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 mattress:

In terms of firmness, Joe said it was a 6.5/10 and I felt the same. It feels about medium-firm.

On my back, I don’t feel like I am getting enough support. I feel my hips sinking too far into the mattress.
When I am on my side, I feel nice pressure relief. I sink into the top layer and feel little pressure on my shoulders and hips. On my stomach, I am not properly supported. I am bowing in at the hips and getting out of alignment.

If you are a heavier back sleeper, you’ll probably need something more supportive. If you’re a heavier side sleeper, you could find comfort on this mattress. If you’re a heavier stomach sleeper, you’re going to need a more supportive mattress.

However, I weigh 230 lbs. If you are in the 300-500 lb weight range, this mattress might not be a good fit for you.

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. However, 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 & Needle is a bed in a box mattress, which means it will come compressed and be shipped straight to you. You will want to begin by removing the rolled up Tuft & Needle mattress from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on your bed.

Carefully cut the away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat. Then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the Tuft & Needle will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow your mattress to breathe and fully expand.

Tuft and Needle Mattress
4.4 Reviewer
Value (Price)4.8
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.6
Motion Transfer4.1
Edge Support3.8
Company Reputation4.8
Return Policy/Warranty4.8
Overall Sleep Experience4.1

What Makes This Mattress Stand Out

  • It is a great value. Considering the soft comfort it options, the Tuft & Needle is very reasonably priced.
  • It does a great job of not sleeping hot. The top foam layer is infused with graphite which helps dissipate heat. You shouldn’t be overheating on the Tuft & Needle.
  • It could be a great option for combination sleepers. As long as you are of average weight or lighter, this medium-firm mattress should support you on your back and stomach but still relieve pressure when you are lying on your side.
  • It offers pressure relief without trapping you in the mattress. While the top layer is soft, it is also very responsive. You should feel nice lying on your side without feeling “stuck.”


If you are looking for an all-foam mattress at a value price, the Tuft & Needle could be a good choice. However, it is worth noting that the design is very simple, and this might not be the most durable mattress.

The Tuft & 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 & Needle stores in select cities.

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Joe Auer

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.

66 thoughts on “Tuft and Needle Mattress Review”

  1. Hey Joe, can I just say how thankful I am for your joint reviews with Marten? I’m a tad shorter and lighter than you; my boyfriend is an inch taller and about 20 lbs heavier than Marten. This is the first place with reviews that help me see the experience variance more clearly. Thank you!!

    That said, I was sooo set on the T&N Mint until I read Marten’s take (the bf is mostly a side sleeper, Marten’s perspective didn’t show to favorably on the Mint in that regard). So now I’m trying to decide on the Nectar vs the original T&N. What are your thoughts?

  2. Hi, I have been reading through all your reviews and I’m not any closer to making a decision. We purchased a Tuft & Needle about a month ago, and right away were surprised at how hard it felt. My husband wanted to return it the next day but I convinced him to give it a week. After about 4 days we were both in so much pain, we tossed the new mattress into the guest room and dragged our old mattress back out!

    We both have a lot of back problems, he recently had spinal surgery. I’d say we are primarily both side sleepers. I am 170lbs and he is around 200. We can’t afford over $1000 on a queen size. What would you recommend? Thank you!

  3. Hello, This is a honest review of the Tuff & Needle mattress. We needed a new mattress as our 10yr mattress had become wore out, We researched and research these new “internet mattresses” we had decided on Tuff & Needle and now 9 months later REGRET. Yes, we were fooled by the positive reviews, which I suspect are paid reviews, there is a clear pattern in negative reviews, all state after 100 days is when severe back pain problems start to occur, of course tuff & needle customer service say nothing they can do, for warranty.. they tell you to take some photos and 1 hour later will say… nothing wrong with mattress, even though myself and wife have the same back issues and pains. They are such specialist they can make a judgement based on photos. They recommended we resell the mattress, however that would just make us like them, sell a product to fellow consumer and then them possibly experience pain and problems in their future, so we will place this mattress where it belongs tomorrow, the TRASH FIELD, I will surely make photos of this even, with their brand name clearly visible in the photo. Do i recommend this mattress? NO. Carefull making decisions on the positive reviews as I know they pay a company to post positive reviews to hype up the product, I know because my company has contracted the same company they use.

  4. You mentioned and recommended a “Purple” mattress for a couple in one of your comments. Is that the name brand of the mattress?

  5. Hi Joe. In my initial research about mattresses, I found that Tuft & Needle has two models……the T & N and the Mint. Which is your review and information about? The price point between the two is significant. Thanks.

  6. After the Nectar left me in a near crippling sciatic mess, I am returning it and considering a Tuft and Needle, or something else that is under the 1000 dollar price range. After Nectar, I don’t want another pure memory foam option. I know I need something firmer than the Nectar. (Latex based, foam based or hybrid is now looking good now, and I am also considering the original Purple) I am large, and my husband is a tad overweight. We are both side sleepers and we spend a good part of the night spooning in the middle of the bed. (so locked together that is about 390 pounds). Could you recommend a few options? Pain relief is the first priority.
    Thank you

  7. Hi Joe,
    I’m trying to decide between the T&N queen and Casper queen for my elderly mother who has severe osteoarthritis and now has trouble getting on a 12″ mattress with pillow top. Any thoughts on which you recommend?

  8. Does the TN mattress work with an adjustable base? I like having an adjustable bed, but I really like the mattress that I bought a year ago at the Mattress Firm.

  9. Hello Joe,
    I am having Tuft and needle mattress which i bought couple of month ago. After sleeping on this mattress I started getting lot of lower back pain. I would always wake up in pain . I generally sleep on my back or sometimes on my side too. As soon as I flipped the mattress to get dense foam at top , My pain went away. any good recommendations from you , which mattress would be suitable for me

  10. This is a great review. You mentioned the Ghost… My LP Prodigy 2.0 came with a free 10″ mattress by Nature’s Sleep. does this mean I have a basic Ghost? The owner’s instructions say it has Visco-Memory Foam gel that changes characteristics with temp. (controlled by mattress pad selection). I wanted a firm mattress and have been pleased with it for 6 mo. It does seem to let me sink in a lot by morning. Should I invest in a better mattress or consider my freeby as pretty good.

  11. Have you had a chance to look at the Tuft and Needle Mint? I am trying to decide between the Original Tuft and Needle and the Tuft and Needle Mint. I am approximately 5′ 7″ 190 combo sleeper and I generally prefer firmer mattresses. Thank you.

    • I live in Phoenix and therefore was able to visit the T&N show room to test out both mattresses. I also prefer a firmer mattress, and I definitely prefer the original mattress to the Mint. To me, the Mint had a bouncier feel that I did not care for while the Original seemed a bit more firm and supportive. The only characteristic of the Mint I preferred to the Original was better edge support.

  12. We have a Tuft & Needle King that is too firm, we are both side sleepers. I feel pressure at both my hips and shoulders. We added a 2″ that Tuft and Needle provided so the pressure issues have improved but now it is more difficult to move. You recommended perhaps the Amerisleep AS4 as a possibility. Do you have any experience with the Puffy Mattress? I see it has only 2 layers just like the Tuft and Needle, can they be different in the support provided or should we expect the same problem?

  13. Tuft and Needle vs Love an Sleep – your thoughts? Same price point. Similar construction. What are some differences that stand out to you? Which one do you think is firmer between Tuft and Needle and the medium Love and Sleep?


  14. I have 2 T & N mattresses and they are by far the best mattresses I have ever had (I am 67 & owned a few). My sister visited for 5 weeks in Dec/Jan. When she got home, the 5 bedroom home was converted to T&N mattresses. I swear by thier product!

  15. Hi Joe, thanks so much for your wonderful summary. I am heavier and average height; my husband is thin and tall. We are both side sleepers although we also sleep on our backs sometimes. I have disc issues in my lower back that cause a lot of pain and am looking for a good/durable/quality mattress to help relieve the pain. We presently have a Sealy Posturpedic Hartsdale Firm and it just isn’t working for us. We constantly change positions and it seems to add to the pain versus relieving it. Do you have 1 or 2 mattresses you could recommend? Of course, I’ll check them out as well but could really, really use some good solid advice. Many of the “best of” reviews out there don’t seem to check out so well and I’ve spent countless hours researching. Thank you, thank you. Kind Regards, Melissa

  16. joe, I have been sleeping on a recliner the last 5 years because of lower back issues that would not let me get comfortable on any bed (soft or hard) I am getting my back issues straightened out and have been sleeping on a soft foam couch as that is all I have besides a recliner. I am trying to find a good foam bed that has a return policy. Nectar not making timely delivery ( found out first hand) and casper is too expensive. would the tuft and needle work? if needed to be returned, how do you ship this bed back? thanks, john

  17. I am considering a tuft and needle and mattress but I don’t know if it is the right choice for me. Why don’t standard sheets work? Where do you get the sheets?

  18. Following up on Joe’s response – while a foam mattress like the T&N will work on a box spring, it will perform far better for you if you consider alternative arrangements. This mattress depends upon resistance and convection. It functions best on a uniform surface, such as the floor, a platform bed frame, or a multi-slat “grid” (think 10 or more slats) – just using 5 or 6 slats, or a “cheap” box spring isn’t going to cut it any more. Also, its cooling effect is optimized by allowing the lower half of the mattress to “breathe” and intake air. Of course, when it’s on the floor or on a typical platform bed deck, the underside isn’t being utilized to its maximum potential. This is why a multi-slat grid, or a Bunky Board, or a platform deck with perforations (holes or slots) cut in it would be ideal.

    After rather intense research (falling onto a number of mattress models and then rolling around like a hot dog on a rolling rotisserie), I chose a T&N Queen and have been gladly sleeping on it in bliss for 10 months now. Up until 2 months ago, I had it directly on the floor, and favored how firm it was while still allowing me to sleep on my side. Then I got a Queen bed frame, and tried it (for 2 nights) on 5 slats (with center support)… Nope! I managed to find a multi-slat grid (that Swedish place that rhymes with Hitreeah has them, for example) that gives it the resistance _and_ airflow that allows this mattress to really excel.

    • The T&N is a little firmer and gives you a more “on” the mattress feel. With Nectar you sink into the mattress more and it has slow-moving memory foam versus T&N, which is bouncy. It really comes down to your personal preferences on those characteristics.

  19. I’m going back and forth between Tuft and Needle and Lull. I’ve read your reviews of both and am still unsure. I have some hip and lower back issues, I am a side sleeper but wake up on my back. My question is, does the difference in firmness between the two make that big a difference if youre a side sleeper vs a back/stomach sleeper? Thanks.

    • You’ll want to focus on the difference in firmness most if you are a side sleeper. It can get pretty uncomfortable if you have something that is too firm and you sleep on your side. Maybe go with the Lull if you sleep mostly on your side.

  20. I bought a Tuft and Needle mattress a year and a half ago. I love it! At first it was not as comfortable as I expected but after about two weeks my body adjusted. I think if you are sleeping on a poor mattress, it takes a couple of weeks for your body to adjust to a better quality mattress. I like a firm bed and don’t find the T&N to be too firm. It is very comfortable and I wake up feeling well rested. My mother has visited me and slept on the bed and found it extremely comfortable as well. She has a full spinal fusion and owns a Temperpedic. I think for the cost of the mattress, you cannot beat the Tuft and Needle if you like a firm mattress.

  21. Heard lots of good things about Tuft & Needle. They have a great price and lots of fantastic reviews from consumers that ordered them. My wife and I may be in the market for one later this summer. I dunno though… So many choices out there. Thinking of getting a new bed for our cabin.

  22. What are the “luxury” components you keep referring to that make others better? That is confuses me trying to make a choice.And how can it be both soft and then more firm also. And does it allow using standard fitted sheets or will I have to buy new one?

    • Denser foams, more foam, gels, different fabrics on the cover, different construction components – lots of things you can add. It does fit standard sheets.

  23. Heya. I’ve been doing mountains of reading on foam mattresses as I am getting older and creaky. I prefer a firmer mattress, sleep hot and accustomed to innerspring. Id rather not spend a fortune (cheap ass) but will gladly pay for comfort/ quality. So far have read into casper, tuft/needle, lucid, amerisleep, and loom/leaf. So far I’m seeing the tuft as the way to go. If you chose a bed for me what would it be? Thank you Joe.

  24. Thanks for these reviews, however, still torn. We have been looking at the T & N and Casper. Husband likes firmer, but I think I’m more into a memory foam feel. Also I’m a side sleeper, so that’s a big consideration. Please help us decide ????

  25. I was wondering if this mattress requires a box spring support, and also if it can be used directly on an adjustable bed frame? Does it flex so it can be used on an adjustable bedframe, both head and foot.

    • Hi Joseph – it does not require a box spring, just a solid foundation (platform bed, slats, or even floor work just fine as well). It is all foam and does flex, I imagine it would work fine on an adjustable frame, but I haven’t tried it myself – I’d check with T&N directly to see if they have any insight or suggestions on that.

  26. Hi, i just bought the Tuft and Needle and have spent about one week on it. I can’t wait to return it. I don’t find it very firm at all and not supportive enough for my lower back/hip area. I have had a hard time sleeping through the night – such a disappointment. My husband and I are not very big peopel – perhaps this mattress feels more firm if you have more weight sinking through the top layer of foam?

  27. I am confused..after reading your comments and then your reviews on all the mattresses.. which do you really like better the tuft and needle or the ghost. they are basically the same price one is 900 and one is 895..please let me know …we really need a new mattress and I have been hearing a lot about these type mattresses

    • I think the choice between them really depends on your preference –

      Ghostbed is softer/T&N is firmer
      Ghostbed is latex/T&N is proprietary foam (Ghostbed has a bit more bounce)
      Ghostbed is thicker, and probably (in my opinion) better for heavier people

  28. We have a Tuft and Needle mattress and we really like it. We had difficulty finding sheets to fit but finally did online. I would like to find a fitted mattress cover that will properly fit. Any suggestions?

  29. For what it’s worth, we purchased a king and have been sleeping on it for 2 nights. So far…

    -it’s more firm than wife and I expected but considering how beat up our old mattress was I think this is more of an adjustment to “correct” vs “too firm”
    -I sleep mainly on my side and the mattress has an appropriate amount of “give” for pressure points, I believe it’s a perfect bed for side sleepers
    -I underestimated the need for a new pillow, as the new mattress is supportive and level, my original pillow compensated for lacking mattress support on our old setup
    -I am surprised, thus far, at how well the mattress handles and disperses heat. unlike other foam setups, I do not wake up feeling like a roasted bird
    -it’s “quiet”. I have yet to wake up from wife shifting around
    -price point is reasonable and then some. this is true value for money if you ask me
    -return policy is bonkers awesome. I hope not to utilize, but the 100 day no probs return is great to have in back pocket. Although admittedly, getting that honkin mattress back in a box somehow seems daunting if not impossible =)

    hope this helps those searching. I read up for about 90 days before finally settling on T&N
    -Mike D

    in essence, after the first 48h, I would give this a high rating but need much more time to properly measure.

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