Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress Review – A Quality Value?

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Tuft & Needle has been at the forefront of the bed-in-a-box industry since 2012, and 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, which is similar to the Tuft & Needle in many ways, but is a bit softer. It also features a foam transition layer and a few extra features.

I was excited to see how the Mint would compare to the original mattress. This review will go over everything people need to know about this mattress, including a full breakdown of the construction, the pros and cons, firmness and feel, comfort, support, breathability, durability, motion isolation, edge support, and much more.

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Who Might Like The Mint…

  • Side sleepers- The Mint is softer than average and features a soft Adaptive Foam in its comfort layer that side sleepers will really enjoy. This material relieves pressure well, so people should feel little pressure on their shoulders and hips. Also, if people switch between back and side, it could be a good match.
  • Hot sleepers- One of the drawbacks of foam mattresses is that they can cause people to overheat. However, the Mint incorporates gel and graphite in its Adaptive Foam and is also open-celled to promote breathability, so people should be sleeping cool on the Mint.
  • Those who want a value mattress- While the Mint is more expensive than the original Tuft & Needle mattress, it is still a very good deal overall. It features high-quality materials like the Adaptive Foam, so people get a soft, comfortable mattress for an affordable price.

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Tuft and Needle Mint mattress construction

Who Might Not Like The Mint…

  • Stomach sleepers- If people sleep primarily on their stomach, the Mint might not be supportive enough for them. It is softer than average, so people may feel their hips sink too far into the mattress. Stomach sleepers should consider a firmer mattress overall without question.
  • People who like a firmer mattress- As noted above, the Mint is softer than average, so if people are a fan of firm mattresses, this might not be for them. The Adaptive Foam is quite soft and thick, so people should maybe look at a mattress with a thinner comfort layer.
  • Heavier people- If someone is a larger person or needs extra support for any other reason, the Mint probably won’t work for them. It is an all-foam mattress and might not be supportive enough. If someone is larger or needs more support, they should potentially think about a hybrid or innerspring mattress.

Construction Overview

  • The mattress is 12” tall and features a fairly simple construction with three foam layers.
  • The cover is knitted and soft, and it doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
  • The first layer is 3” of an Adaptive Foam, which mixes memory foam and latex qualities into one foam.
  • Next, there is a 2” extra adaptive transition layer, which acts as a buffer between the comfort and support layers.
  • Then there is a 7“ standard base layer, which is pretty typical for an all-foam mattress.

Tuft and Needle Mint mattress for side sleeping

Construction Takeaways

  • The mattress is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King, basically any size a consumer could want.
  • The Adaptive Foam combines memory foam and latex qualities, so it is soft but also responsive and bouncy. People should feel nice pressure relief without getting stuck in the mattress.
  • The transition layer should prevent most side sleepers from bottoming out. It keeps people from hitting the firm support layer, so they won’t feel as much firmness on their shoulders and hips.
  • The base layer is firmer and more supportive toward the edge, and 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 people cool while they sleep.

How The Mint Compares To The Original Tuft & Needle Mattress

If people 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 fairly well.

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.

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Firmness And Feel

In terms of firmness, the Mint feels like a 6/10, a little softer than average. 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.

Tuft and Needle Mint mattress firmness rating

Here’s how it felt while lying on the Mint:

  • Lying on my back, I feel decent support, as my hips sink in a bit but not too far. I will say that larger sleepers might have a different experience, and 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 overall.
  • 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 or supportive enough.

The Mint has a balanced foam feel overall, because 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.

Motion Transfer

If someone sleeps with a partner, it’s worth considering how well their mattress will handle 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 who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.

Edge Support

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, which is evidenced in the photo below.

Tuft & Needle Mint mattress edge support

Marten’s Take

Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about the mattress and how appropriate it is for heavier sleepers:

For Joe, it was a 6/10 in terms of firmness. For me, it was closer to a 7/10 for firmness, which 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 overall. 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, because the Adaptive Foam relieves pressure very well, and the transition layer prevents sleepers from 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 throughout the night.
  • 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.

Overall

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, and financing is also available.

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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.