Before we get into the post, here are some major stand out differences between the two mattresses:
Both Tuft & Needle and Tempur-Pedic are popular brands that are at the head of the pack in their own tiers. Tuft & Needle is a bed-in-a-box brand that was founded in 2012, while Tempur-Pedic is more old school. They have been around for years and use both the storefront model and an online sales method through multiple retailers. We’re going to break down where these beds are similar, where they are different, and which is best tailored for your personal best night’s sleep.
Even though Tuft & Needle and Tempur-Pedic present themselves as very different beds and brands, they have similar company policies.
Your Tuft & Needle mattress will ship straight to your doorstep, rolled up in a box, completely free. From day of delivery, you’ll have a 100-night trial to test your bed out and see if you love it. If for some reason you don’t, then the company will issue you a full refund, and even send a third-party charity to come remove the mattress for you, again, completely free. If you do decide to keep your Tuft & Needle mattress, you’ll be covered with a 10-year warranty. All of these policies are the minimum standard for the bed-in-a-box industry.
Tempur-Pedic’s policies are going to depend on how you choose to purchase your mattress. We tend to use US-Mattress, because they’re well-known and trusted, and offer good policies with their shipping, returns, and trial period. If you choose to purchase through US-Mattress, they’ll give you 120-night in home trial, as opposed to a 90-night trial on Tempur-Pedic’s website. Tempur-Pedic is available on Amazon, as well. Also, your Tempur-Pedic bed should come with a 10-year warranty, no matter where you purchase from.
Tuft & Needle has made a name for themselves in recent years as “THE” budget bed-in-a-box, which they’ve been able to achieve by sticking to all-foam beds, and selling direct to their consumers. Their queen size mattress is less than $600, which is about $1,400 less than the Tempur-Adapt. They do offer an upgraded bed option called the Tuft & Needle Mint, which is a much softer mattress and has 2” of additional support foam, but in this post we will specifically be referring to their flagship mattress.
The Tuft & Needle mattress is constructed of two separate layers of foam, totaling a 10” thick bed. The base layer is 7” of support foam, and is then topped with 3” of “T&N Adaptive Foam,” which provides that soft neutral-foam feel. We think it feels like laying on a soft cloud. This bed also has pretty good responsiveness—you won’t ever feel “stuck in the mud,” so it’s easier to switch positions and move around.
This bed is best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers because it is a medium on the firmness scale, although we did notice it softens up over time. Back and stomach sleepers need firmer beds that will support their spines and keep them in neutral position, as opposed to a soft bed that will let the hips and shoulders sink into the material too much.
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This bed just isn’t thick or durable enough for heavier folks, so we only recommend it for petite to average sized individuals. That’s what it’s been designed for, and this is usually the case with 10” all-foam beds.
We found this bed sleeps temperature neutral, so how hot you sleep will probably have more to do with your air conditioning level than the mattress you’re sleeping on.
Also, we think it’s a decent option for couples because it has good motion isolation and edge support, which is nice if you share a smaller size bed. Overall, it’s pretty good across the board, and the price is almost impossible to beat.
Tempur-Pedic is usually the first brand that comes to mind when people think about memory foam mattresses. The Tempur-Adapt mattress is their hybrid model, meaning it has both coils and memory foam. The memory foam does a great job of contouring to your body shape and surrounding you in a light hug.
They also have an all-foam option (sans coils), but we have specifically tested and used the hybrid model, so that’s what we’re focusing on for this post.
When we break the Tempur-Adapt Hybrid down into its construction, we see it has a coil base layer that adds a ton of support and durability. On top of that is an “Original TEMPUR Support Layer,” then the “TEMPUR-ES Comfort Layer,” which is the memory foam top layer, then a knit cover with cool-to-the-touch technology. The cover is what keeps this bed cool, and it does a really good job.
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This bed is a medium-firm, so a tad bit firmer than the Tuft & Needle, and accommodating for back, stomach, and combo sleepers. Because this bed is on the firmer side, you won’t get too much of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling that memory foam typically has.
The Tempur-Adapt Hybrid differs from Tuft & Needle, though, because the coils mean it is fine for any body type (petite, average, heavy, extra heavy). The Tempur-Adapt Hybrid might also be nice for larger people because it has cooling technology in the cover, which actively cools you down while you sleep.
This bed is also a good option for couples, even better than Tuft & Needle, because it has excellent edge support and good motion isolation.
This bed has a lot of good qualities, but you have to pay for them. A queen size Tempur-Adapt Hybrid costs about $2,000.
Comparing the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Hybrid to the Tuft & Needle is almost like comparing apples to oranges. On one hand, you have a 10” neutral-foam feeling budget bed-in-a-box. On the other, you have a luxury hybrid mattress with a memory foam feel and some great cooling technology.
Both are big brands in their own space, both are on the firmer side of the spectrum, and both are good for back, stomach, and combo sleepers, but not strict side sleepers.
Both are also good for couples, but we think the Tempur-Adapt Hybrid will be more ideal because it has better edge support. This is important if you and your sleeping partner tend to fight over the middle of the bed because someone always wins, while someone else is left hugging the edge of the mattress.
If you’re a larger individual who tends to sleep hot, it might be worth it for you to shell out the extra cash and go for the Tempur-Pedic bed. The Tuft & Needle just isn’t thick or durable enough for larger body types.
You also must love the feel of memory foam to sleep on the Tempur-Adapt Hybrid. If you don’t love memory foam, you’ll likely prefer Tuft & Needle’s neutral-foam feel that won’t hug around you as much.
If you’re on a tighter budget, or if you have a smaller body type, and don’t need the bells and whistles of cooling technology, then the Tuft & Needle might be a better choice for you.