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|There's a good chance that Brooklyn Signature is the best hybrid mattress for the money. It's a really nice bed and also sells for a moderate price, particularly if you account for the fact that it's made in the USA.|
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|For many, Tuft & Needle is the cheap mattress online. It has a basic construction, but a comfortable and accommodating feel. The best part, however, is the price, which is typically under $600 for the queen size.|
Let’s cover a quick outline before we get into the main section of this review.
We’ve tacked on a full review below with even more information that you should know about Tuft & Needle and Brooklyn Bedding Signature.
The biggest difference between these two beds is in their construction. Brooklyn Signature uses 6″ pocketed coils for support and Tuft & Needle uses polyurethane foam. To the average shopper, that might not mean a whole heck of a lot, but to a mattress researcher such as yourself, the support system makes all the difference.
Not only are pocketed coils our preferred method of support when it counts, but also they have three other widely recognized benefits. Firstly, they make your bed more bouncy and responsive (thanks Captain Obvious). Secondly, they are much better than traditional innersprings at limiting cross-bed motion. Thirdly, coils help to pull in, and circulate, airflow to help you sleep at a more neutral temperature.
This is not to say that coils are always superior to foam, but most people agree that in the long run coils will be more durable. Even so, if you’re petite it’s not really going to matter which support system you choose because you won’t be applying much pressure to the bed either way.
Given the coils, Brooklyn Signature should be your first choice of the two if you’re pushing 250 lbs, or more. As we mentioned above, it’s just a nice rule of thumb that heavier folks are better off with coil beds (in the long run) than with all-foam beds.
As it relates to medium-size and petite sleepers, you sort of have your pick of the litter. You can easily sleep on Brooklyn Bedding, but Tuft & Needle will be just fine as well. After all, last we had check, Consumer Reports gave T&N an “Excellent” rating for durability.
Just so they have an option for everyone, Brooklyn Bedding offers the Signature mattress in three firmness profiles: Soft, Medium, and Firm. As you’d expect, most people go with the Medium option, but the Soft and Firm will definitely work in some special situations.
For instance, if you’re a petite side sleeper (i.e. under about 130 lbs) you might prefer how extra plush the Soft model is. But let’s say you’re a 200 lbs back sleeper, the Medium model might work, but the best option is the Firm model.
As you can see, we think of the Medium option as being slightly softer than a true medium. It will still be ok for all sleeping styles, but it’s perhaps best for side sleepers.
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We can’t recommend buying something this important, and intimate, based solely on price, but price is one of the biggest selling points for Tuft & Needle. I guess a more P.C. way to put that is: Tuft & Needle is a great value because the price is so low.
The MSRP for Brooklyn Bedding Signature and Tuft & Needle (in the queen size) is $999 and $595, respectively—big price difference before discounts. Tuft & Needle isn’t fond of offering cash discounts unless it’s a major holiday, so typically $595 is what you’ll pay for their mattress year-round. You can check for current deals on TuftandNeedle.com, however, if you want to see if they’re promoting anything today.
Brooklyn Bedding Signature might start at $999 for the queen, but in contrast to T&N they are aggressive with discounts, so in many cases the final selling price lands closer to $800 for the bed. Let me repeat myself. A queen size coil bed for close to $800 when it’s all said and done. You can visit Brooklyn’s website to see their deals today.
Even with a discount, however, Tuft & Needle is cheaper by a not insignificant margin. That said, considering you will be sleeping on the bed for the next seven or more years, we’d urge you to pump the brakes on rushing to a decision based entirely on price.
If you just consider the foams, the beds actually feels somewhat similar. Both have a neutral, soft-foam feel that the vast majority of sleepers will like. Even so, because Tuft & Needle lacks coils, it just feels like one big slab of softer foam, while Brooklyn Signature is extra bouncy.
Tuft & Needle’s main strengths and weaknesses have to do with its two-layer construction. We see it as a positive for the fact that it means Tuft & Needle is generally agreeable and not divisive. In other words, most people will conclude that it’s comfortable. It’s negative because it means Tuft & Needle feels sort of bland and is mostly restricted to people weighing under 250 lbs.
If you were to design a mattress for the mass-market you would do two things: (1) make sure it’s comfortable and accomodating and (2) sit on the fence in terms of firmness so that you can appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers. That’s exactly what Tuft & Needle has done.
As you can see in our graphic, Tuft & Needle isn’t in danger of being too firm or soft—it’s safely in the medium zone so that all sleeping styles will be fine on the mattress.
Because softness and firmness are relative, we can’t tell you for certain how firm the bed will appear to you, but for the average American (weighing somewhere around 250 lbs), Tuft & Needle will be darn close to a medium.
As you might have expected, we can’t elect a winner for you. We can say, however, that if they were the same price we’d prefer you start with Brooklyn Bedding on account of the coils. But that’s obviously not a reality, so let’s run through the points you should consider.
If you’ve read any of our other mattress reviews or mattress comparisons you’ll know that we do not like to tell people what to do. We like to present you with what we know and allow you to make the final decision. Ultimately, we don’t know you or your situation, so we just want to help you along your way, not make your mind up for you.
As a heads up, both brands offer generous, consumer-friendly policies, so while there will be differences between the two in this section, those differences will be subtle. The headline information that you need to know is that they both offer free shipping, in-home test periods, free returns, and a 10-year warranty.
Both of these are bed-in-a-box mattresses, meaning they will be delivered inside a moderate-size box via FedEx Ground. Typically, shipping takes three to five business days. Tuft & Needle is also available in certain Crate & Barrel, Walmart, and Lowe’s locations. Here’s a look at what it’s like to unbox an online mattress.
The video above shows us setting up Tuft & Needle, but it will work the exact same way for Brooklyn Signature. All you do is pull the box into your desired room, remove the packaging, and allow the bed a few minutes to expand. Start to finish, the unboxing process will require less than 15 minutes of your time.
Tuft & Needle will take a little more time than Brooklyn Signature to expand entirely since it’s made of foam, but it should be good to go in less than a full day. You can lay on it at any point, but these types of beds are usually softer for the first night.
Once FedEx drops off the mattress, the clock starts ticking on your in-home test window. You have 120 nights and 100 nights with Brooklyn Bedding and Tuft & Needle, respectively. If you really want to split hairs, Brooklyn Bedding obviously wins in the trial window department, but we think three months is more than long enough as it is. We can’t imagine many people will take the full 120 nights that Brooklyn Bedding allows to test the bed.
During the test window, you can request a full refund if you do not like the bed for any reason. Brooklyn Bedding asks that you test the bed for, at minimum, 30 nights before you request the refund, but we aren’t aware of any minimum for Tuft & Needle. Having said that, minimum test periods are common—and actually make a lot of sense. It can take your body several weeks to fully adjust to a new sleeping surface, which is part of the reason they have minimums.