Tuft and Needle Mint vs Original Mattress
Is it worth it to upgrade to Tuft and Needle Mint, or should you stick with the original mattress?
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
in this review we discuss the big reasons to pay up for Tuft & Needle Mint and also the reasons why you might want to save money and get the original mattress. If you aren’t familiar, Tuft & Needle is largely considered the best budget mattress brand, and the company is owned by Serta-Simmons.
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Given that these are both Tuft & Needle mattresses, there’s naturally a lot of overlap. So before we dig in, let’s go through an overview of the content of the review.
- Design & Construction — These are both foam mattresses, but they do have different constructions.
- Prices — Mint is their premium mattress, so it costs a few hundred dollars more than the original.
- Firmness — They might feel similar, but Mint is a good deal softer than the original Tuft & Needle.
The video above goes over the bulk of what we discuss in the review, but if you prefer reading, there’s a lot more information below.
Design Of Tuft & Needle Mint (vs Original)
While the original bed has a two-layer 10″ construction, Mint has a three-layer 12″ construction, so not only do you get the extra transitional layer, but you get 2″ of added thickness.
In general, however, Mint has a lot in common with the original. For instance, both have a support core that’s dense polyurethane foam. And both use “T&N Adaptive Foam” as their comfort layer. The only major difference is that Mint has the transition layer to help soften up the sleeping surface, and the top comfort foam has 30% more graphite to help with temperature regulation.
Because of the updated design, the Mint will be noticeably softer than the original bed. Sure, the foams might be essentially the same, but their firmness and density ratings are different.
We have the Mint at somewhere between a medium-soft and medium on our firmness spectrum. This is a relative measure and will depend on your shape and weight, but for most people the Mint will be a truly soft and plush mattress. It’s the type of mattress that you lay on and immediately experience pressure relief.
Better For Side Sleepers
Because it’s so soft, Mint ends up being a wonderful solution for side sleepers that need maximum pressure relief, particular for their hips, shoulders, or upper back.
It is important to note that all of these online foam beds will soften fairly quickly. As such, if you want something that’s designed for all sleeping positions, the Mint is not your best option. It’s going to start soft and get even softer over time.
One thing that we think consumers will appreciate is that both beds have a generic soft-foam feel. In other words, you won’t notice any memory foam because neither has any memory foam. You still get ample pressure relief—particularly in the case of the Mint mattress—but you won’t get a “stuck” feeling that typically accompanies memory foam beds.
The Original Bed Is (Much) Cheaper
While we don’t think you should base your decision solely on price, there is a big price difference between the original and Mint that you can’t really ignore. The original sells for about $600 and the Mint, for about $1,000 for a queen size bed. That’s absent any discounts or promotions.
From time to time, Tuft & Needle will run specials, mostly during major holidays such as Black Friday. The specials vary, however, so we can’t really tell you what to expect. You can check TuftandNeedle.com to see their current deals, if any.
Inside The Original Mattress
As we stated above, the original bed is 10″ thick and has just two layers. The first of which is a dense support core, and the second layer (the comfort layer) is the company’s “T&N Adaptive Foam,” which is a graphite-infused poly foam.
Don’t let the simplicity of the mattress fool you—Tuft & Needle is comfortable and versatile in the sense that it will work for a lot of sleeping styles.
While Mint has a truly soft and plush feel, the original bed has a plain Jane, neutral-foam feel. If you can just envision a generic foam that’s soft, but not too soft, that’s what the original bed feels like.
As our graphic shows, we estimate that the original bed is close to a medium in terms of firmness. If I can just inject my personal opinion here for a second, I would say the original bed is a medium+, meaning it’s firmer than a true medium, but not by much. And remember, it will soften for you.
A-OK For All Sleeping Styles
If the original bed is firmer then it makes sense for it to be more ideal for back and stomach sleepers—and that is indeed the case. It will still be just fine for side sleepers, but it also is able to take on stomach and back sleepers.
It won’t have quite the pressure relief of the Mint mattress (in part because it’s missing the transition layer), but it’s the type of bed that most people find suitable. Again, no memory foam—just a basic soft foam feel.
What It All Comes Down To
We, of course, cannot tell you what to do, but we can help to guide you in the right direction. With that in mind, here’s a quick recap of the things that you should be thinking about with these two beds:
- Do you need a cheap mattress? If that’s the case, I suppose both beds will work, but the original is quite a bit more affordable when it’s all said and done.
- Do you have a preference for firmness? If you want a medium, go with the original. It’s able to accomodate all sleep styles. If you want a soft bed, Mint is just that.
I know that seems overly simple, but the truth is that a lot of your decision will come down to feel, firmness, and price. You can always check out our other mattress comparisons if you additional context on how these beds compare to others.