Tuft and Needle Review - Definitely Cheaper, But Good?

Tuft and Needle Mattress Review

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Tuft & Needle is a mattress company that has been around quite a while (for an online-only mattress company), and have really been a leader in transparency in terms of how they sell and tweak their mattress based on customer research.

Also they are really the only online company at such a low price point ($600 for a queen), so I was pretty interested starting out.  However, as always, it always comes down to the quality of the mattress.  I think the company has done a great job at product development and making a quality mattress for this price point.

Overall I think this is a really great mattress for the money, but it’s not for everyone.  Read further for my full Tuft and Needle review .

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You will love the Tuft & Needle mattress if:

  • You want a good mattress on a budget – Tuft & Needle created their own mattress and ships it directly from the factory to your door, cutting out a lot of overhead costs that they pass to the consumer.  This model is recently popular, but even amongst the online competitors Tuft & Needle is significantly cheaper.
  • You like foam mattresses (with some bounce) – the mattress is made of a proprietary foam, but it feels more similar to latex than memory foam.  This means you get the comfort/support tradeoff, but you don’t sink and get stuck like you would a traditional memory foam mattress.
  • You like a firm mattress – Tuft and Needle is firm compared to the other online mattress options.  It’s not remarkably firm, but definitely noticeable to most sleepers.
  • You don’t want frills – Tuft and Needle is a very good sleeping experience, but it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles like luxury options do.  With Tuft & Needle every dollar goes into the core mattress quality.
  • You want to read a lot of reviews – the company has been around much longer than other online mattress companies, so it has a lot of reviews – in fact it’s the #1 rated mattress on Amazon.  So if other consumer reviews are an important part of your shopping experience, T&N can deliver.
  • You don’t like sleeping hot – unlike a lot of foam mattresses, Tuft & Needle did not sleep hot for me at all.

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You may not like Tuft and Needle if:

  • You want a true luxury mattress – T&N is a very good mattress, but targeting a lower price point.  If you want to pay more to get more, there are other better suited options.
  • You prefer spring mattresses – the mattress is very highly rated, however that doesn’t mean it will turn you into a lover of foam mattresses.  If you strongly prefer a spring mattress, go with a spring mattress (seems obvious but apparently not to many of my readers).
  • You like a soft/plush feel – the mattress is definitely on the firmer side, and has no trace of the plush/soft/pillow top feel that some people prefer.
  • You want to try the mattress out before buying – the mattress is sold exclusively online (note: they have a showroom if you are in Phoenix), so you can’t lay on it before purchase.  They do offer a 100 day full refund period, however, so there isn’t a financial risk if you end up not liking it.

Construction Basics

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Tuft & Needle is very transparent about their construction, so I’d visit their site if you really want to deep dive into the materials and how the mattress is manufactured.  Important things to note:

  • The mattress is made in a factory in the US
  • The foam is proprietary, aiming to get a mix of the best qualities of memory foam and latex foam
  • The mattress is 10 inches thick (they used to have a 5 inch thick model which was discontinued)
  • The cover is made from rayon and polyester, and ends up being nice to the touch and fairly stretchy.

From other reviews I’ve heard that the Tuft & Needle holds up well over time, plus they have a standard mattress warranty in place to cover you in the long term.  If you have a nice firm flat surface (foundation, platform bed, or even floor) I think the bed will hold up very well over time.

Firmness and Comfort

The mattress is definitely a bit firmer than average (I’d put it at a 7.5/10 on the firmness scale), so just make sure that suits your preference when ordering (see related article on finding the best firm mattress).  I personally like a medium firm mattress, and found the support to be among the best of mattresses I’ve tried.  The mattress is comfortable, but doesn’t have a plush marshmallow feel that some people prefer.

Motion Transfer

The Tuft and Needle has a very small amount of motion transfer, much like a latex mattress.  If you’re sleeping with a partner, this mattress is going to be much better for you than a spring mattress, which in general shows a lot of motion transfer.

Final Word

I think at this price point, there isn’t a better mattress than Tuft and Needle.  Rating the Tuft And Needle mattress becomes easier to do once you consider the price point of the mattress compared to other alternatives.  If you’re willing to spend more, then there are better options.  BUT if you’re at the lower end of the mattress budget spectrum, then knowing what else is out there, I think it’s a no brainer (see all the reviews from our site).

I also really like the company and how they are so transparent, so you should feel good about supporting an honest company (especially compared to the traditional mattress brands).  I hope you have enjoyed my Tuft & Needle mattress review.

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Tuft and Needle Mattress
4.4 Reviewer
Pros
  • Great value
  • Reputable and transparent company
  • Low price point
Cons
  • No frills/luxury
  • Firmer than average
Summary
The Tuft & Needle mattress is not the best mattress I've ever slept on, but at this price point it is very hard to beat. Definitely a solid mattress with no frills, and a very reputable company providing a strong value. The mattress is on the firmer side, making it a great option for stomach and back sleepers but a questionable option for side sleepers. Overall I am a big fan of the company ethos and do like the mattress.
Comfort4
Support4.4
Value (Price)4.8
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.6
Motion Transfer4.1
Edge Support3.8
Materials/Durability4.3
Company Reputation4.8
Return Policy/Warranty4.8
Overall Sleep Experience4.1

This post was last updated on December 13th, 2016 at 9:42 pm

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Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.

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Dotty says October 15, 2015

If I understand your comment correctly, one should not consider this mattress if it is going to set on top of a box spring?

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    Joe Auer says October 15, 2015

    A box spring will work just fine with T&N. You can check out their support page for more info on that.

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    Claudia Phillips says October 26, 2016

    I was wondering the same thing. Thanks for your answer Joe.

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Mike says December 9, 2016

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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Marilyn says December 20, 2016

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?

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Jan says January 3, 2017

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

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    Joe Auer says January 4, 2017

    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

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Alona says January 27, 2017

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?

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Rocky V Scott says January 27, 2017

What would be the next step up but firmness more toward 5 wanting good support and a soft feal? Thank You

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Joseph Horvath says March 4, 2017

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.

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    Joe Auer says March 4, 2017

    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.

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carla muller says March 4, 2017

Thanks, Joe. This really helped clarify the information out there. I don’t think this is the one for me.

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Helen says March 8, 2017

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 😬

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morgan says March 26, 2017

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.

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    Joe Auer says March 26, 2017

    Hi Morgan – Tuft & Needle seems like it would check all your boxes!

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Mark says March 27, 2017

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?

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    Joe Auer says April 3, 2017

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

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TD Bauer says April 20, 2017

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.

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Rachel B. says May 23, 2017

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.

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