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Before we start with the comparing and contrasting, let’s walk through a quick outline of what we’ll be covering in the review below.
- Design / Construction — There isn’t a lot that these beds have in common on the design front. One is an innerspring bed and the other, a foam bed.
- Feel / Firmness — As you’d expect, the beds feel nothing alike. We will discuss in great detail.
- Pricing — There is a major difference in price between Saatva and Tuft & Needle.
- Options — Saatva comes in three different firmness levels, while Tuft & Needle is available in just one.
- Company Policies — Both brands are generous with what they offer to consumers. We will go through their policies for shipping, returns, and more.
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Saatva Is The Luxury Bed Online
Part of the reason that we do not consider this to be an apt comparison is that Saatva is just built to a whole different standard. It takes just one look at the bed to reveal that it’s not your average mattress online. Not only does it look like it belongs in a Spanish villa, but also it feels like it cost a lot more than the standard foam bed out there—such as Tuft & Needle.
This portion of the review is not meant to bash Tuft & Needle—because it has its own strengths—but it’s hard not to acknowledge that Saatva belongs in a different class.
In any case, Saatva is constructed with two layers of coils, including innersprings at the bottom and pocketed coils in the center. You don’t often see a bed with two different layers of coils. Off the top of my head, only Brentwood Home Oceano and WinkBed have dual coil layers as well. Needless to say, Saatva is extra supportive.
On top of the pocketed coils are two different styles of comfort layers. First is memory foam that also acts as a transitional layer, but also provides pressure relief. The European pillow top, however, is really where the bulk of the comfort and cushion comes from. Depending on which model you select, it will either be airy and fluffy or more dense. One thing that we really appreciate about the cover is that it’s made of organic cotton, which gives it an earthy aroma, a bit like a freshly cut lawn or a field.
Firmness Options For Different Sleep Styles
In line with Saatva’s luxury branding, we think it’s fitting that they also offer consumers even more options. Rather than just a single firmness level, they allow you to choose from three, including Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm.
The Plush Soft is your best bet if you spend a few hours (or more) of the night on your side, though, it can also work for other sleeping positions. It’s our personal favorite firmness option, despite the fact that Luxury Firm is the most popular.
And speaking of Luxury Firm, it’s best for back, stomach, and combination sleepers. We can’t describe it as “soft,” but it does have a little cushion in those top layers. The best way to describe the Luxury Firm model is “supportive.”
The Firm model is strictly for stomach and back sleepers that want a firm mattress—and, as you can see in our graphic above, it is indeed firm.
Heavy People Will Prefer Saatva
This isn’t even close—Saatva is the superior bed for heavy people, and we don’t see anyone arguing the point. Given it’s two layers of coils alone, Saatva is one of the best mattresses for heavy people.
It is widely accepted that hybrid or innerspring mattresses are the way to go if you’re heavy or obese. The coils, long term, do a better job of supporting you. You would basically bottom out Tuft & Needle within the first year, whereas Saatva has no shortage of support. Perhaps the only bed that’s more affordable than Saatva, but yet is still really supportive is the Titan mattress from Brooklyn Bedding.
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Tuft & Needle Is Cheaper Than Saatva
When it comes to mattress shopping, we have to caution you that price probably shouldn’t be the only factor you consider. That said, there’s a major price gap between these two beds, so if you need something cheap, Tuft & Needle is your winner.
The MSRP for the queen T&N mattress is about $900, whereas Saatva charges about $1,575. A $500 price difference is hard to ignore, but you have to remember that we’re comparing a luxury innerspring bed and a budget all-foam bed, so a price difference is to be expected. In fact, we think Saatva is a fantastic value at below $1,600. Likewise, for $900 we think Tuft & Needle is a nice mattress. It all really depends on what you want to spend on a bed.
As for coupons and deals, there’s really not much to discuss with these two mattress brands. Tuft & Needle sometimes will run promotions on their website, but usually not cash discounts. Saatva is of the mindset that their beds are priced to sell as is. We don’t disagree, but we always love it when companies offer up discounts to consumers. You can check Saatva’s website to see their specials today, though we bet you won’t see much.
Tuft & Needle Hybrid vs Saatva Comparison
In late 2019, Tuft & Needle introduced their first hybrid mattress. It’s the company’s most luxurious bed, and in all honesty, their most comparable mattress to Saatva. Below is a short video that covers how the two beds stack up against each other.
We hope you found the video review above helpful. The remaining sections will focus more on the flagship foam mattress from Tuft & Needle.
Tuft & Needle Is A No Frills Mattress
There’s not much to complain, or rave, about when it comes to the design of Tuft & Needle (or Tuft & Needle Mint). It really is as simple as you can get with a mattress, and that’s what helps to keep the cost so low.
The bed starts with the typical dense layer of poly foam, which you can think of as the foundation for the mattress. On top of that is the company’s proprietary “T&N Adaptive Foam,” which is a basic soft foam (i.e. not memory foam). It is one of those foams that brings people together more than it repels them. In other words, it’s a very agreeable, non-divisive foam that most people will find comfy.
The cover with the Tuft & Needle mattress is a textured polyester material that’s somehow addicting to touch. It’s not luxurious, nor does it look expensive to manufacture, but it’s unique and nice in its own way—it’s the little things in life, I suppose. Here’s a look at the cover.
As you can probably tell by now, Tuft & Needle is what you get when you need a mattress for a studio apartment, for college, for a guest room, or for someone that simply has a limited budget. For the price, it’s a nice bed and we think it’s a safe pick, all things considered.
T&N Is A Medium On The Firmness Scale
If you were designing and marketing a budget-tier online bed, chances are you’d make it right in the middle on a firmness scale. Too firm and you’d exclude side sleepers. Too soft and you’d exclude back and stomach sleepers. Tuft & Needle has taken this exact approach. The bed has a neutral, soft foam feel to it, but the firmness level is a medium.
At the risk of belaboring the point, Tuft & Needle will work for all sleeping styles, though, it might feel a tinge on the firm side for the first month. It will soften as you use it, especially if you’re close to 200 lbs.
Should You Get Saatva Or Tuft & Needle?
This is both a difficult and easy decision to make. It’s difficult in the sense that we can’t come out and crown a winner since they’re so different. And for that same reason, it’s easy for you to pick a winner. Here’s what it all boils down to:
- How important is price? If it’s your #1 concern, well then, T&N is the outright winner. That said, Saatva is a darn good value if you can afford to spend just over $1,570.
- What type of bed do you want? If you want a luxury bed, Saatva is the way to go. If you want a soft foam bed that most people can agree on, go with Tuft & Needle.
- Are you heavy or obese? If so, get Saatva over Tuft & Needle.
There are other concerns as well, but the aforementioned three items are the most important to consider.