Narrowed down your mattress search to Tulo and Tuft & Needle, but can’t seem to nail down the important differences between the two? In this post, we discuss firmness options, feel, price, and more. Ultimately, we are looking for which is the better budget foam mattress.

Before we get into all the details of this comparison, here’s a quick overview of the points we’ll be touching on:

  • Firmness Options — Tulo is offered in multiple firmness levels, while Tuft & Needle just has the one model.
  • Feel — Both of these beds qualify as neutral feeling, but Tulo has a hint of memory foam to it.
  • Price — Tulo and Tuft & Needle are both considered affordable, but which is cheaper depends on when you buy.

Of course, we can’t squeeze all the details into a short bullet outline or even into a brief video, so read through this post for more information and follow the “See Full Review” links for in-depth breakdowns of each bed.

Tuft and Needle vs Tulo: Brief Overview Of The Beds

The bed-in-a-box industry is booming, which means it has grown to accommodate all sorts of shoppers on all sorts of budgets. Tulo and Tuft & Needle are two brands that have positioned themselves consistently on the affordable end of the price spectrum.

Although Tulo and Tuft & Needle are brands in the bed-in-a-box space, they’re actually backed by two long-time players in the mattress industry: Mattress Firm and Serta-Simmons, respectively.

Because both of these beds are foam mattresses that follow the bed-in-a-box model and land in a similar price range, it’s no wonder you’re here putting them head-to-head.

Different Firmness Options From Tulo

While it’s common for bed-in-a-box brands to offer various mattress models (e.g. Tuft & Needle also makes the Tuft & Needle Mint and the Nod mattress), some of them make one mattress model in multiple options. Tulo is one of those brands and offers their mattress in three firmness options, so you get to choose which is best for you. It comes in Soft, Medium, and Firm, which translates to about a medium-soft, medium, and medium-firm on our scale.

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Between the three firmness options, Tulo’s got all sleeper types covered. If you think you want a Tulo mattress, but you’re not sure which firmness option will be best for you, keep in mind that back and stomach sleepers generally need firmer beds for proper support, while side sleepers generally want something a bit softer for more pressure relief.

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Side sleepers will probably like the Soft or Medium option.

Your body type is also going to affect which firmness level you’ll find the most comfortable. The heavier you are, the softer a bed will feel. For example, someone who weighs around 180 lb may think a certain mattress is about a medium, while someone who weighs around 140 lb may find that same mattress to be closer to a medium-firm.

Tulo Mattress Feel

As a rule of thumb, it’s important to remember that a mattress’s feel is not the same thing as its firmness rating. While the two work together to create your overall mattress experience, two beds with same firmness won’t necessarily feel the same, and two beds with the same feel description won’t necessarily land in the same range on the firmness scale.

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Testing out the Tulo mattress

Which is why a mattress like Tulo that comes in different firmness levels is still going to have the same feel, regardless of which firmness option you choose. It’s primarily a neutral-foam feel, but with a hint of memory foam. You aren’t going to get any overwhelming sense of that sink-in feeling you often get with more traditional memory foam beds, but you will get some nice pressure relief on Tulo.

Price Comparison For Tulo And Tuft & Needle

Tuft & Needle is a very popular online mattress and one of its major selling points is its price tag. More often than not, it’s the most affordable bed in the conversation. In this case, however, it actually isn’t necessarily the more affordable option.

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Sleeping soundly on an affordable mattress.

Generally, Tuft & Needle is priced just under $600 for a queen size mattress. We don’t usually see any discounts for the original Tuft & Needle, but it’s probably worth it to check for possible discounts around major holidays and throughout the year.

With Tulo, pricing depends on the sales they’re running. Before any discounts, a queen size mattress is about $700, but we’ve actually seen the bed for under $500 once discounts are added in. You can check to see the offers they’re promoting today. They don’t always run specials, but during the big holidays (i.e. Black Friday, 4th Of July, etc.) they will typically become more aggressive with their discounts.

Tuft & Needle Has A Flat, Neutral-Foam Feel

When it comes to embodying the term “neutral-foam feel,” Tuft & Needle might take the cake.

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We expect that most people can get comfy on Tuft & Needle

It’s just so neutral. There’s no hint of memory foam, no gel foam, no latex—nothing distinct at all. Being so plain isn’t a bad thing, though. Tuft & Needle is soft and comfortable and non-divisive, meaning it isn’t going to upset or put anyone off. It may not cater to everyone’s sleep ideal, but the vast majority of folks are going to be able to get comfortable on this bed.

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On the firmness scale, we rate Tuft & Needle as just a little bit firmer than a medium. Being in the middle of the scale allows it to appeal to a wide range of sleepers. It’s not too soft for back and stomach sleepers, but not too firm for side sleepers, so it’ll work for lots of people.

Review team

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    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper