Tuft and Needle Mattress Review

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Do you like memory 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 memory foam mattresses, this is one of the better deals. It has a simple, soft memory foam design with no real frills.

Is this a comfortable value? Read on for my full review.

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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 a memory 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 a memory foam mattress, this is quite breathable. If you want memory 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.

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 side sleeps 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.

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

Memory 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 a foam mattress.

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
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

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.”

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Overall

If you are looking for a memory 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 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 100 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 4 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. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing classical piano. He enjoys traveling as well, and not just to test out hotel mattresses! Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

55 thoughts on “Tuft and Needle Mattress Review

  1. 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.

  2. 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 ????

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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

  6. 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?

  7. 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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