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Researching mattresses can be a tiring process, which is really a bum deal when you hate your current bed. If you’re looking for some quick info, here are the main points we’ll be looking at in this Tuft & Needle vs Cocoon comparison:
Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the highlights of this post, let’s get into the details for each mattress.
Although these are both online bed-in-a-box brands that popped up in the fairly recent past, they’re actually backed by major companies that have been in the mattress industry for quite some time.
Tuft & Needle is backed by Serta Simmons and Cocoon is a brand from Sealy. With parent companies like those, it’s fair to consider both Tuft & Needle and Cocoon to be well-established in the sleep space.
Online shopping has its advantages—convenient, easy, hundreds of options at your fingertips. But it’s important to consider the policies that come along with all that convenience and accessibility. You’ll want to look into how a company handles shipping, return windows, trial periods, and warranties.
Tuft & Needle and Cocoon are two brands that follow the standard set of policies for the online mattress industry. With either mattress, you’ll get free shipping, a 100-night trial period, free returns within that trial, and a 10-year warranty attached to your bed should you decide to keep it.
Your bed-in-a-box mattress will arrive at your door all compressed and roll up inside a cardboard box. To get your bed set up, just yank it out of the box, unroll it onto your bed frame, foundation, or floor (we’re not judging), and carefully cut off the plastic. Once you get all the wrapping removed, you’ll need to give the bed some time to take shape after being compressed inside that box. It usually takes a day or two.
Tuft & Needle will likely expand a few hours between Cocoon because it does not have any memory foam. In either case, though, it’s really standard to let me sit out for one to two days after unboxing them.
By the way, we consider this set of policies to be very consumer friendly, and we find the risk-free trials and free return options to be good incentive for purchasing a mattress online without being able to try it before you buy.
Making a big purchase (like a mattress) pretty much always starts with settling on a budget. If you’re hoping to spend less rather than more, Tuft & Needle is going to be the more attractive option in this comparison.
Although the numbers do fluctuate once in a while—particularly around major holidays or shopping days like Black Friday—you can usually get a queen size Tuft & Needle mattress for under $600. That plants it solidly on the affordable end of the budget scale, with the average cost of a queen size mattress online landing around $1,000. If the idea of spending $600 all at once still makes your wallet cringe, take a look at our list of the best beds under $500.
Cocoon pricing generally runs around $700 for a queen size after discounts. We’ll sometimes have exclusive coupons to share with you, which can bring the price down a bit and get some gifts added in. If we do have any additional deals at the moment, we’ll have that information listed in the table at the top of this post. For price information on other mattresses, you can scroll through our Mattress Deals page.
We often use the term “neutral-foam feel” here at the Slumber Yard, but in many cases we add some sort of caveat to that description. With Tuft & Needle, though, it really is a true neutral. It’s a softer foam without any of the sink-in sensation of memory foam. Lots of folks find it comfortable simply because it is so neutral—there just aren’t any standout features to alienate specific tastes, which makes it a decent choice for a wide range of people.
On our firmness scale, Tuft & Needle lands just a bit firmer than a dead-center medium, but not quite in the medium-firm range. With its neutral feel and its medium firmness, Tuft & Needle is a suitable mattress for petite and average sized folks, as well as all sleeper types. Like we said, it’s accommodating for a wide range of people.
If you have a heavier body type, though, we suggest you look into a mattress that will provide some additional support and be more durable in the long run. All-foam beds are rarely sufficient for folks weighing 250+ lb. If the bed happens to be much thicker than your typical bed-in-a-box mattress and is on the firmer side of the scale, it might be an option, but we generally steer you toward hybrid mattresses or our list of best mattresses for heavy and obese people.
The overall feel of the Cocoon mattress is more distinct than Tuft & Needle’s neutral-foam. The materials in Cocoon’s construction come through to provide a denser memory foam feel for the sleeper. You won’t sink in immediately when you get on the bed, but after a moment, you’ll begin to settle down into the bed’s surface and the top layers will contour to your body a bit.
Cocoon is definitely a mattress for folks who like memory foam. It can be a divisive material because some people don’t like to feel as if their mattress is hugging them. While Cocoon’s memory foam feel isn’t what we’d call overwhelming, it’s definitely present. If you’re not sure how you feel about memory foam, remember that you get 100 nights to try out the mattress before you’re stuck with it and the bill.
Cocoon actually comes in two different firmness models—Softer and Firmer. However, we’d put both models in the medium-firm range on our scale. There is a difference between the two, but it’s not so significant that they land on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Being in that medium-firm range and having a denser memory foam feel makes Cocoon best-suited for back, stomach, and combination sleepers. We do think that side sleepers who weigh a bit more than average, say around 200 lb, will be comfortable, as well. However, small and average sized side sleepers may find that the bed’s surface doesn’t allow for enough pressure relief along their sleep side.
Waking up sweaty and stuck to your sheets is not a pleasant experience, but it does seem to be a fairly common problem. Many people are looking for a way to sleep cooler, which is why some mattress companies have incorporated cooling technology or materials in their beds. In Cocoon’s case, they created a separate model called the Cocoon Chill, which incorporates phase-change material in the cover. The phase-change technology helps draw heat away from the bed’s surface, allowing you to experience a cooler night’s sleep.
Most of the mattresses we test, including Tuft & Needle, will sleep at a neutral temperature, meaning they’ll neither cause you to heat up, nor help you to cool down. The Cocoon Chill, though, really does sleep cooler than most, to the point that the cover almost feels wet because it’s so cool.
The Chill model has a slightly higher MSRP, listed at about $50 more than the original Cocoon mattress, but that does fluctuate depending on the promotions and sales running when you’re looking to buy. In fact, we’ve seen certain promotions that make the Chill the more affordable model.
If you’ve been suffering through sleepless, sweaty nights, you might be interested in our list of best cooling beds for hot sleepers.
If you’ve made it to the end of this comparison, but still aren’t exactly sure how all of this information applies to you, here are a few things for you to consider:
Do you like memory foam or do you prefer a neutral feel? For memory foam, go Cocoon, for neutral, go Tuft and Needle.
Hopefully, you’ve reached a decision or are at least a step closer to choosing your next bed. Still unsure? Take a spin through our other Mattress Comparisons.
Given that these are both mattresses that ship in a box and they’re both constructed with two to three foam layers, there’s naturally going to be some overlap. Here’s a quick list.
Edge Support — Most foam beds are just ok in terms of their support along the perimeter. We happen to think edge support is a little overblown in the mattress review space, but it’s nonetheless still important for certain couples. This is particularly true if one partner either gets cast out to the outer edges of the bed or they prefer to sleep along the edges. We would say that both Cocoon and Tuft & Needle are fairly good in the edge support department, but we’ve clearly also tested beds that we would rate higher here. For the record, those will mostly be more expensive coil beds and extra firm foam beds.
Motion Isolation — Both beds are good here. In fact, most foam beds are good here. Motion isolation is actually becoming somewhat of a thing of the past given this recent wave of online mattresses. Typically, motion isolation would be key if one partner is active in their sleep. That could be anything from tossing and turning or just perpetually getting up to grab a snack or use the toilet.
Reputation — It’s hard to say anything negative about the brands or their parent companies. Both Tuft & Needle and Cocoon have served thousands if not millions of consumers to date, and—according to marketing materials from Tuft & Needle—they have extremely low return rates of about 5-10%. Even more, both are backed by mega brands. Serta-Simmons is a behemoth and Sealy (which has merged with TempurPedic) is an absolute juggernaut.