Amerisleep offers consumers a luxury mattress made with a new style of memory foam and comes in a range of firmness level options. In the other corner, Tuft & Needle delivers a comfortable and budget-friendly mattress that has become incredibly popular in the bed-in-a-box industry. In this post, we’ll discuss the highlights of each bed to help you decide which one is best for you.

Amerisleep AS1 mattress VS. Tuft & Needle Original mattress
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  • People that want a firmer bed
  • If you like memory foam
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  • Shoppers who want an affordable foam mattress
  • All types of sleepers, including back, stomach and side
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You’ll be learning a ton of helpful information in the upcoming several minutes, so here’s a quick outline of what we’ll be discussing:

  • Price and discounts — Tuft & Needle is a budget mattress and we don’t usually see many promotions from them. Amerisleep is considered a luxury bed, but they offer discounts more often than not.
  • Feel of mattress — Amerisleep and Tuft & Needle both have all-foam constructions, but Amerisleep is a memory foam mattress and Tuft & Needle is a neutral-foam bed.
  • Firmness options — Amerisleep offers five different firmness options, while Tuft & Needle just comes in one firmness level, though, they do also sell Tuft & Needle Mint, a plush mattress for side sleepers.
  • Mattress cover — Amerisleep comes a cover that’s machine washable.
  • Warranty policy — They have the same risk-free trial period, but Amerisleep’s warranty coverage lasts 10 years longer.
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For those of you in a rush, check out the video above where JD glosses over the main details you’ll see in this post. You can also continue along for a more in-depth explanation of each mattress.

Amerisleep vs Tuft & Needle

Tuft & Needle is one of the most well-known bed-in-a-box mattress brands on the online market, but Amerisleep is climbing in popularity because of their responsive memory foam mattress and loaded lineup of beds. They do, however, sit on opposite sides of the price spectrum. Tuft & Needle is slightly more expensive than the Allswell mattress, the epitome of a budget bed.

Amerisleep, on the other hand, classify themselves as more of a luxury-tier mattress like Loom & Leaf and WinkBed. That isn’t to say we think one is better than the other, though. We think certain folks will prefer Amerisleep over Tuft & Needle, and vice versa.

Amerisleep AS1
Amerisleep AS1
Why it’s Great
AS1 is a memory foam mattress that measures 10″ thick and has a firmer profile.
Best for
People that want a firmer bed
If you like memory foam
Sleep Positions
Back, Side and Stomach
Product Details
Memory Foam
Free Shipping
and returns
Trial Period
100 Nights
20 Years
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Review Of Amerisleep’s Mattress Series

It can get a little difficult to navigate through a mattress lineup when there are five different ones to choose from. Luckily for us, they make it pretty easy to understand. As the model number goes up, the bed gets softer, thicker, and pricier.

amerisleep mattress firmness
  • AS1 — This is the most affordable model from the bunch, and also the firmest. We rated it a firm on our rating scale.
  • AS2 — The second model lands in between medium and firm, plus it’s still moderately priced.
  • AS3 — The most popular mattress from the series because it’s rated right in the middle at a medium firmness level.
  • AS4 — It leans towards the softer side of the spectrum, in between medium and soft. It’s not the most expensive model, but it’s definitely premium.
  • AS5 — The softest, thickest, and priciest mattress from the five models. It’s rated a soft on our firmness scale.

AS1 and AS2 would be best for strict back and stomach sleepers, and side sleepers should steer toward AS4 and AS5. The AS3 model is great for combo sleepers, folks who sleep with a partner, or anybody who wants something right in the middle.

Amerisleep Mattresses Materials And Cover

The exact construction in each model slightly varies, depending on the one you choose. With that being said, their constructions are all pretty dang similar. And instead of boring you to death, dissecting each layer of each model, we’re going to keep it short and sweet.

The first layer of every Amerisleep bed starts with a either 7”- 8” of “Bio-Core Foam,” a proprietary foam (made by the company for their own use) made with plant based material instead of petroleum. It’s designed to be thick and dense so the rest of the mattress has a solid foundation.

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The construction of Amerisleep’s most popular mattress AS3

The next slab of material is soft polyurethane foam, a fancy word the mattress industry uses to describe neutral foam. It’s called the “affinity transition layer,” and it keeps you from feeling the dense bottom layer of the mattress.

The top layer is made with “Bio-Pur Memory Foam,” and it’ll be 2”- 4” thick, again depending on the firmness level you choose. It’s a special kind of memory foam with an open-cell structure, so it behaves a little differently than the traditional memory foam you’re probably used to (we’ll get into that in a moment).

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The mattress cover on Amerisleep

We don’t have a method to measure how well it did or didn’t do, but some members on our team claim it works. If nothing else, it’s removable and machine washable which we really appreciate. You will too if you’re looking to get a nice mattress for your messy child, or if you like to treat yourself to breakfast in bed.

Quick Responding Memory Foam

Regardless of the Amerisleep model you choose to purchase (if you end up picking them, of course) you’ll get a pressure relieving memory foam mattress, without the traditional “sink” feeling you get with true memory foam mattresses.

It’s pretty responsive, which is an impressive feat for a mattress meant to conform to your curves. So if you’re somebody who usually passes on memory foam beds because of that feeling, then Amerisleep might be one you actually like.

Tuft & Needle Original
Tuft & Needle Original
Why it’s Great
Tuft & Needle is quite possibly the most popular budget mattress online. The bed is comfortable and accommodates all types of sleepers.
Best for
Shoppers who want an affordable foam mattress
All types of sleepers, including back, stomach and side
Sleep Positions
Back, Side and Stomach
Product Details
Soft Foam
Free Shipping
and returns
Trial Period
100 Nights
10 Years
Made in


20% Off Applied In Cart

Tuft & Needle Is More Affordable

The average price of an online mattress is right around $800-$1,000 for a queen size. A Tuft & Needle mattress in the same size is typically a pinch lower than $900, and the most affordable model in the Amerisleep series is $1,200 for a queen.

Just for a little more perspective, the most expensive model from Amerisleep goes for about $2,100, which is pretty similar to TempurPedic’s TEMPUR-Adapt Hybrid bed. So Tuft & Needle gets the edge in price, but not everybody is trying to find the mattress with the lowest price tag.

We think this bed is best for anybody on a budget. College students, for example, kids who don’t expect to sleep on their mattress for the next 7-10 years. It’d even be a good mattress for those looking to furnish their guest bedroom without breaking the bank. But if you have the money and don’t have anything against memory foam, Amerisleep is definitely the more premium option.

Tuft & Needle Two Layer Construction

We’ll be focused on Tuft & Needle’s flagship mattress throughout this comparison, but we want to briefly mention the Tuft & Needle Mint vs the original bed. It’s slightly more expensive, thicker, and has a softer feel than the original. We think it’s mostly worth it for people who are strict side sleepers looking for something plush.

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D-Payne snoozing on the Tuft & Needle mattress

While Amerisleep contains three different layers of materials, Tuft & Needle only contains two. The entire bed is 10” thick, and it starts with a dense layer of support foam to act as the foundation for the bed.

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Simple construction of Tuft & Needle

The top layer is called “T&N Adaptive Foam,” a proprietary foam containing gel and graphite to help keep you from overheating. It’s a really simple construction that 9 out of 10 people seem to really enjoy.

Tuft & Needle Feel And Firmness

The top layer of the Tuft & Needle mattress feels light and fluffy, but it has no distinct feeling like latex or memory foam. We think that’s why so many people seem to like it, because it’s really just a soft, neutral feeling mattress. It’s not a bed that people take a hard stance against, kind of like how people don’t usually feel negatively towards puppies or pizza.

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A mattress is the most accommodating when its firmness is right in the middle of the scale, so you can bet the folks over at Tuft & Needle designed this bed to land at a medium on the firmness scale. It’s pressure relieving, yet supportive at the same time. That’s why we think this bed will suit all sleeper types.

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It’s also responsive to pressure, which means combo sleepers won’t have trouble switching positions in the middle of the night.

How Weight Affects The Feel Of A Mattress

One thing you should consider when you’re looking to purchase a new mattress, aside from your sleeper type, is your body type. The more you weigh, the softer a mattress is going to feel for you.

In our comparisons, we judge a bed’s firmness level based off the perspective of an average-sized individual. So a medium firmness level might feel like a medium-firm to a 120 lbs woman, and like a medium-soft to somebody over 250 lbs.

If you’re a heavier individual, you should probably look into a hybrid mattress, which means a bed containing both coils and foam. Coils generally make beds more durable, supportive, and long lasting — and neither Amerisleep, nor Tuft & Needle fall into this category. If you identify with this body type, check out our post on the best mattresses for heavy people.

Final Thoughts

So as you can see, we’re dealing with two completely different mattresses here. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a difficult choice if you’re trying to pick between one or the other. We think you should explore these five main points.

  • If you dislike memory foam, you’ll most likely find Tuft & Needle comfortable. If you love it, you should give Amerisleep a try.
  • How price conscious are you? Tuft & Needle is obviously the more affordable choice, but some people are willing to spend more on a mattress.
  • Would you rather have a cover that’s also safe for the washing machine? Amerisleep gives you that option.
  • Are you somebody who goes with the most popular option? Like we said before, Tuft & Needle is incredibly popular and 95% of people really enjoy it.
  • If a long warranty is your thing, Amerisleep’s policy is twice as long as what’s standard.

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Review team

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Jon Gomez

    Side Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper