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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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