The Tuft & Needle is one of the best-selling mattresses on the bed-in-a-box market. It has been a major part of the online mattress revolution.
For a few years, the company only offered the original Tuft & Needle mattress. Last year they released their second mattress, the Mint. The Mint is a luxury mattress that features a more complex construction than the original Tuft & Needle mattress.
If you have your eyes on either the Mint mattress or the Tuft & Needle mattress, we’ve put together all the information you need to choose which one is the right one for you.
Which will it be? The Tuft & Needle or the Mint? Read on for my full comparison.
- These are both all-foam mattresses.
- They contain a similar base layer.
- They both have Adaptive Foam in their top layers.
- They have a very similar feel.
- They are both in the same firmness range.
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- The Mint contains a more luxurious cover.
- The Mint is thicker than the Tuft & Needle.
- The Mint has more layers than the Tuft & Needle.
- The Mint should sleep cooler than the Tuft & Needle.
- The Tuft & Needle is more affordable than the Mint.
Tuft & Needle Construction
- The mattress is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft and thin.
- The first layer contains 3” of Adaptive Foam.
- Below that, there are 7” of standard base polyfoam.
Read the full Tuft & Needle mattress review
- The mattress is 12” tall.
- The cover is soft and knitted.
- On top, there are 3” of an Adaptive Foam.
- Below that, there are 2” of an extra adaptive transition layer.
- The base contains 7” of a standard base polyfoam.
Read the full Mint mattress review
- Both mattresses contain Adaptive Foam. This foam is both soft and responsive. It allows you to sink into the mattress, but you shouldn’t feel stuck.
- The Mint contains a transition layer, while the Tuft & Needle does not. This should make the Mint a better match for side sleepers. You won’t just drop through the comfort layer and hit the support layer beneath.
- The Mint features a more luxurious cover. It is a super-luxe knit that is both cozy and breathable.
- The Mint’s Adaptive Foam layer contains 30% more graphite than the Adaptive Foam found in the Tuft & Needle. This should keep the top of the mattress cooler than the Tuft & Needle.
- The Mint’s transition layer contains gel beads. These should also work to keep the mattress from trapping too much heat. As a result, the Mint should sleep cooler than the Tuft & Needle.
- The support layer in the Mint is actually firmer toward the edge of the mattress. This is meant to give the mattress enhanced edge support. It should be easier to sleep toward the edges of the Mint.
In terms of firmness, the Tuft & Needle felt close to a 6.5/10 and the Mint was a 6/10. I am 160lbs, so if you weigh more or less than I do, you could have a different experience. You might feel like these mattresses are a bit firmer or softer than I did. That being said, you should agree that their firmnesses are very similar.
So, how do I feel sleeping on these two mattresses? Let’s take a look at the Tuft & Needle first:
- When I lie down on my back, the Tuft & Needle is properly supportive. My hips sink in just a bit, and the Adaptive Foam is taking the shape of my body.
- When I move to my side, the Tuft & Needle is a pretty good match. However, I am feeling just a bit of pressure on my shoulders and hip. The Adaptive Foam layer is not very thick, so I am pressing through that layer and feeling more of the layer underneath.
- Lying on my stomach, the Tuft & Needle is a good match. I feel properly supported. The Tuft & Needle feels firmer so this is not too surprising.
Here is how I felt sleeping on the Mint:
- Back sleeping on the Mint, the mattress is also a good match. I feel like I am getting enough support. My hips don’t sink in too far, and the Adaptive Foam is also conforming to my curves. I would say the Tuft & Needle and Mint are both an equally good match for back sleeping.
- When I am side sleeping, the Mint is a better fit than the Tuft & Needle. It is a thicker mattress, and the transition layer keeps me from dropping into the support layer. I am feeling better pressure relief on the Mint.
- When it comes to stomach sleeping, the Mint is too soft for me. I am not getting enough support on my hips.
Even though I felt a bit different sleeping on these mattresses, their feel is quite similar. They both have Adaptive Foam on top which gives them a soft yet responsive foam feel. I sink in a bit but have no trouble moving around.
See more about the Tuft & Needle’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Now, see what I thought of the Mint.
Motion Transfer Differences
Do you sleep with a partner? If so, you do want to think about motion transfer. You want a mattress that will isolate the motions made by you and your partner. Basically, you don’t want to disturb one another.
Both mattresses perform quite well at isolating motion. I put a glass of water on both mattresses and pushed my hand into the surrounding areas. The water was barely disturbed on either mattress.
Also, I lay down on both mattresses. Then, Marten lay on the other side and moved around. I did not feel too many of his movements on either mattress.
See how the Tuft & Needle handles motion transfer in the video below.
Now, see how the Mint handles motion transfer.
Edge Support Differences
Edge support is worth considering if you sleep with a partner or like to sleep toward the edge of your mattress. Will the mattress hold you up or will you feel like you are going to fall off?
Sitting down near the edge of the Tuft & Needle, the mattress collapses under my weight. I feel like I might pitch forward. Lying down near the edge, I do feel like I might roll off the mattress.
However, I do not have this experience on the Mint. The mattress features a reinforced edge. This gives me more support when I am sitting and lying down near the edge of the Mint. Overall, it does have better edge support.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
No matter your sleeping situation, you should always keep your weight in mind when choosing a mattress. Since I am 5’9″ 160 lbs, I asked Marten to come in and offer his opinion on these two mattresses. He is 6’7″ 230 lbs. Let’s see what a larger person had to say about the Tuft & Needle and Mint.
In terms of firmness, I said the Tuft & Needle was a 6.5/10, and the Mint was close to a 7/10. I’m a larger person, so I am pressing further into these two mattresses and feeling some more firmness than Joe did.
Here is how I feel sleeping on the Tuft & Needle.
- Back sleeping, I am not getting enough support on the Tuft & Needle. The mattress is too soft for me, and I feel like I am dropping through the mattress.
- Moving to my side, I feel some decent pressure relief on my shoulders and hips.
- Stomach sleeping, the mattress is not firm enough for me. I am bowing in at the hips and getting out of neutral alignment.
Here is how I feel sleeping on the Mint.
- On the Mint, I feel better sleeping on my back. My hips don’t sink in too far. I’m also feeling some nice lumbar support.
- Moving to my side, I am feeling more pressure on my shoulders and hips than I felt on the Tuft & Needle.
- When I am on my stomach, the mattress is not supportive enough.
If you are a heavier back sleeper, I would lean toward the Mint. As a heavier side sleeper, I personally preferred the Tuft & Needle. Heavier stomach sleepers should look elsewhere.
Marten’s experience is somewhat surprising. He felt like the Tuft & Needle was better for side sleeping. I would think that the thicker comfort layer on the Mint would have given him more pressure relief. However, sleeping experiences really are subjective.
Pick Tuft & Needle If…
- You want a more affordable mattress. The Tuft & Needle does cost less than the Mint. If you are having a very hard time choosing between these two mattresses, you could save a good amount of money by going with the Tuft & Needle.
- You are a stomach sleeper. The Tuft & Needle is the firmer of these two mattresses. It should offer you more support when you are sleeping on your stomach. You should feel more support on your hips which should keep you in proper, neutral alignment.
- You don’t like to sink into your mattress. Because the comfort layer is thinner on the Tuft & Needle, you won’t sink so far into the mattress. If you prefer sleeping closer to the top of your mattress, the Tuft & Needle should work for you.
Pick Mint If…
- You are a light- or medium-weight side sleeper. In my experience, the Mint was the softer of these two mattresses. It features some better pressure relief and, if you aren’t too heavy, you should feel more comfortable when you are sleeping on your side.
- You are looking for a long-term investment. The Mint is more durable than the Tuft & Needle. While it does cost more than the Tuft & Needle, it should last for a longer amount of time. You should save money in the long run.
- You are a hot sleeper. Between these two mattresses, the Mint should sleep cooler. It contains more graphite in its Adaptive Foam layer and also features cooling gel beads in its transition layer. The cover is also knit and very breathable. You should be sleeping cooler on the Mint.
- You like to sleep toward the edge of the bed. The Mint’s support layer is firmer toward the edge. This makes the mattress feel more secure when you are lying down near the edge. If you like sleeping toward the edge of your mattress or you sleep with a partner, the Mint should be a better choice.
At this point, you should be able to choose between the Tuft & Needle and Mint mattresses. If you are an average-size stomach sleeper and want a more durable mattress, the Mint should work for you. However, if you are a light- or medium-weight side sleeper and you want to save some money, the Mint should be a good choice. Please leave any questions about these two mattresses in the comment section below.
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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