Tuft & Needle has been at the forefront of the bed-in-a-box industry since 2012. Their original mattress has been quite successful. (Having reviewed it twice, I remain a fan of its simple yet quality design.)
The company recently released the Mint, a new premium mattress. It is similar to the Tuft & Needle in many ways, but is a bit softer. It also features a foam transition layer.
I was excited to see how the Mint would compare to the original mattress. Is this another quality mattress from Tuft & Needle? Read on for my full review.
You Might Like The Mint If …
- You are a side sleeper. The Mint is softer than average and features a soft Adaptive Foam in its comfort layer. This material relieves pressure well, so you should feel little pressure on your shoulders and hips. Also, if you switch between back and side, it could be a good match.
- You are a hot sleeper. One of the drawbacks of foam mattresses is that they can cause you to overheat. However, the Mint incorporates gel and graphite in its Adaptive Foam and is also open-celled to promote breathability. You should be sleeping cool on the Mint.
- You want a value mattress. While the Mint is more expensive than the original Tuft & Needle mattress, it is still a very good deal. It features high-quality materials like the Adaptive Foam, so you get a soft, comfortable mattress for an affordable price.
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You Might Not Like The Mint If …
- You are a stomach sleeper. If you sleep primarily on your stomach, the Mint might not be supportive enough for you. It is softer than average, so you may feel your hips sink too far into the mattress. Stomach sleepers should consider a firmer mattress overall.
- You like a firmer mattress. As noted above, the Mint is softer than average. So if you are a fan of firm mattresses, this might not be for you. The Adaptive Foam is quite soft and thick, so maybe look at a mattress with a thinner comfort layer.
- You are a heavier person. If you are a larger person or you need extra support for any other reason, the Mint probably won’t work for you. It is an all-foam mattress and might not be supportive enough. If you are larger or need more support, think about a hybrid or innerspring mattress.
- The mattress is 12” tall.
- The cover is knitted and soft.
- The first layer is 3” of an Adaptive Foam.
- Next, there is a 2” extra adaptive transition layer.
- Then there is a 7“ standard base layer.
- The mattress is made in the USA.
- The mattress is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
- The Adaptive Foam combines memory foam and latex qualities. So it is soft but also responsive and bouncy. You should feel nice pressure relief without getting stuck in the mattress.
- The transition layer should prevent most side sleepers from bottoming out. It keeps you from hitting the firm support layer, so you won’t feel as much firmness on your shoulders and hips.
- The base layer is firmer and more supportive toward the edge. It is designed to help with edge support.
- The transition layer is infused with gel, and the Adaptive Foam is infused with graphite. They are both designed to help keep you cool while you sleep.
How The Mint Compares To The Original Tuft & Needle Mattress
If you are choosing between the Mint and Tuft & Needle, there are a few things to pay attention to:
- First, while the Tuft & Needle has two layers, the Mint has three layers. The Mint incorporates a 2″ foam transition layer that should keep most people from bottoming out on the mattress.
- Second, the Mint’s base layer is firmer toward the edge of the mattress. This is designed to help with edge support, so you should be able to sleep closer to the edge of the Mint without feeling like you are going to roll off.
- Third, the Mint is slightly softer than the Tuft & Needle. The Mint feels like 6/10, or softer than average, and the Tuft & Needle feels like 6.5/10, or closer to average.
With these construction and firmness differences, these mattresses are going to be a better match for different types of sleepers. The Mint should be a better choice for side sleepers. It is softer, and the transition layer should help stop you from hitting the firm support layer beneath.
The original Tuft & Needle, on the other hand, should be better for stomach sleepers. It is firmer and bit more supportive. If you are a back sleeper, both mattresses could work.
You should consider your sleeping preferences when picking between these two mattresses. If the Tuft & Needle has everything you need, you could save some money. However, while the Mint will cost you more, it has more to offer and is still a great deal.
Read the original Tuft & Needle mattress review.
Firmness And Feel
In terms of firmness, the Mint feels like a 6/10. The Adaptive Foam is very soft, the transition layer is a bit firmer, and the base layer is even firmer. These combine for a softer-than-average firmness.
Here’s how I felt while lying on the Mint:
- Lying on my back, I feel decent support. My hips sink in a bit but not too far. I will say that larger sleepers might have a different experience. They will most likely need a firmer or more supportive mattress.
- I feel the best when I am side sleeping on the Mint. The Adaptive Foam relieves pressure quite well, and the transition layer keeps me from bottoming out. Again, heavier side sleepers might need more support.
- When I am on my stomach, I am not getting enough support. My hips are sinking into the mattress. Even for someone of average weight, the Mint might not be firm enough.
The Mint has a balanced foam feel overall. The Adaptive Foam mixes memory foam and latex qualities. It is soft but also very responsive. There is also some bounce, so you should get some nice pressure relief without getting stuck.
If you sleep with a partner, it’s worth considering how well your mattress handles motion transfer. In other words, when your partner moves around, will you feel it on your side of the bed?
To test the motion transfer on the Mint, I set a glass of water on the mattress. When I pressed into the mattress around the glass, I did see some disturbance. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I felt some of his movements.
Overall, the Mint deals with motion transfer fairly well. It could be a decent mattress for couples.
All-foam mattresses aren’t usually the best with edge support. However, unlike the original Tuft & Needle, the Mint features enhanced edge support. The support layer is firmer toward the edge of the mattress, so the Mint doesn’t compress as much when you get near the edge.
While sitting on the edge of the Mint, I feel secure enough to lean over and tie my shoes. Also, while lying down near the edge, I don’t feel like I am going to roll off the mattress.
Overall, the Mint has good edge support. You can see it in the photo below.
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:
For Joe, it was a 6/10 in terms of firmness. For me, it was closer to a 7/10 for firmness. This is most likely because of my weight. I’m pressing further into the Adaptive Foam than Joe did. I’m feeling some more firmness, especially on my shoulders and hips.
Lying on my back, I feel decent overall support, but my hips sink in just a little too far. Still, I feel the best while back sleeping on this mattress.
On my side, I’m definitely feeling some pressure on my shoulders and hips. I’m pressing through the comfort layer and into the firmer layers beneath.
At the same time, this mattress is not firm enough when I am on my stomach. My hips are bowing in, and I’m getting out of alignment.
So, unless you are a back sleeper, heavier people might want to look for a more supportive mattress overall.
As a larger person, the mattress was too firm for Marten when he was on his side and too soft for him when he was on his stomach. Because the mattress felt more medium-firm to him, it is not surprising that back sleeping felt the best on the Mint. That being said, he still needed more support, so definitely consider your weight when looking at the Mint.
Unboxing This Mattress
The Mint 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 Mint mattress from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on your bed.
Carefully cut 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 Mint 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. Even though the Mint is more expensive than the original Tuft & Needle, it is still a quality mattress for an affordable price.
- It could be a great match for many side sleepers. The Adaptive Foam relieves pressure very well, and the transition layer prevents bottoming out.
- The Mint deals with the issue of sleeping hot. It incorporates breathable foam, gel, and graphite. Even though it is an all-foam mattress, it should sleep cool.
- The mattress features good edge support. All-foam mattress can collapse when you sit on or lie near the edge. The Mint is designed to make sure you can sit down and lie down near the edge of the mattress.
In the end, the Tuft & Needle Mint is a comfortable, value mattress. Side sleepers and hot sleepers should find what they need on the Mint. However, stomach sleepers and larger sleepers might need to find a more supportive mattress.
The Mint comes with a 100-night Sleep Trial, a 10-year warranty, and free shipping and returns. Financing is also available.
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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