Tuft and Needle Hybrid Review
A detailed analysis and review of the new hybrid mattress from Tuft & Needle.
Last Updated: August 12, 2020
If you’re familiar with the online mattress industry, you’ve probably come across the name Tuft & Needle before. The company was one of the early pioneers of the bed-in-a-box model and subsequently built-up quite the name for themselves. In recent years, the company was acquired by the bedding giant Serta Simmons and has continually released new products. In this review, we cover their latest innovation, the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress.
- Free Shipping & Returns
- 100 Nights Trial Period
- 10 Years Warranty
- Made in USA
Individuals seeking a comfortable yet supportive hybrid mattress
All types of sleepers, including back, stomach and side
Shoppers with a budget under $1,000
Sleepers seeking a particularly soft or firm bed
Honest Tuft & Needle Hybrid Review Video
We realize that in today’s digital environment, a lot of consumers would rather watch than read when learning about new products. Accordingly, we’ve put together the video below, which covers the big pros and cons of the new Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress.
We hope the video above was helpful. We’ve compiled an even more detailed review below to help you determine whether the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress is right for you.
What To Expect: Purchasing The Tuft & Needle Hybrid
The Hybrid comes with the same customer polices as the company’s other beds. That means you’ll receive free shipping, free returns, a 100 night sleep trial and a 10 year warranty with your purchase. Now if this is your first foray into the bed-in-a-box industry, the terms above may sound like I’m speaking Portuguese. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, allow us to explain how this whole process works.
After completing your purchase online, the Tuft & Needle Hybrid will typically arrive at your door within 3-7 business days via FedEx. Don’t be alarmed, the mattress will indeed come compressed and rolled-up in a box about the size of a water cooler you’d find in an office. After all, that’s why it’s called a bed-in-a-box.
From there, you’ll want to grab a friend or family member and move the box to your bedroom. The next steps are to open the box, cut the plastic covering and unroll the compressed bed out onto your frame, floor or foundation. The bed will then immediately start to inflate, and before you know it, you’ll be looking at a brand new mattress. Keep in mind, you’ll most likely want to the give the bed at least 24 hours to breathe before sleeping on it (that’s pretty common with compressed bed-in-a-box mattresses).
The nice thing with purchasing a mattress online is that it normally comes with some sort of risk-free trial period. In Tuft & Needle’s case, you get 100 nights to test the bed before deciding whether to keep it or not. If you end up liking your new hybrid mattress, it comes backed by a 10 year warranty. The Tuft & Needle warranty is pretty standard. It covers manufacturing defects, physical flaws and indentations greater than 0.75″, among other things.
If, for any reason during the trial period, the Tuft & Needle Hybrid rubs you the wrong way, don’t panic, you can get your money back pretty easily. That’s why it’s called a risk-free trial period. Simply contact the Tuft & Needle customer support team and they’ll take care of everything. They’ll schedule a time for the bed to be removed from your home and ensure the money gets credited back to your account. We’ve returned several online beds here at The Slumber Yard. The entire process typically takes anywhere from 1-3 weeks.
Other Tuft & Needle Mattresses
Besides the Hybrid mattress, which we’re discussing in this review, the company also offers three other all-foam beds in a good-better-best model. Here’s a quick note regarding each one in case you want to check them out.
- Entry-Level Foam Mattress (Nod) – This particular bed is actually an Amazon exclusive product. It’s 8″ thick and extremely affordable (queen size costs less than $400). The company recently introduced a hybrid version of this mattress as well.
- Standard Foam Mattress (Original) – This bed is what started it all for the company. It has a neutral foam feel, accommodates sleepers in all positions and is available for a very moderate price.
- Premium Foam Mattress (Mint) – The company’s luxury foam mattress is an excellent choice for side sleepers in particular.
The Tuft & Needle Hybrid is the company’s most intricate and durable mattress. Accordingly, as you will find out below, it carries a higher price tag than the others.
Pricing & Discounts For The Hybrid Model
Generally speaking, Tuft & Needle is known as a budget mattress brand. That’s how the company made its name. However, that doesn’t necessarily hold true with the Tuft & Needle Hybrid. This bed is the company’s first endeavor into the more premium or luxury segment. With that in mind, here’s how pricing breaks down by size.
|King / Cal King||$1,745|
It’s important to note the prices displayed above are actually on par with other premium hybrid mattresses on the market. For example, the price of the T&N Hybrid lands between its two primary competitors – the Casper Hybrid and Leesa Hybrid. Bottom line, if you’re looking for a quality coil mattress that will last for 7+ years, you’re going to have to spend a little more than you would for a standard three layer all-foam bed. With that said, there are more affordable hybrid mattresses on the market, which you can check out here.
The good news is that Tuft & Needle does offer discounts on their beds from time to time. Whenever they run a promotion, it’s usually in the $100-$150 range. Be sure to monitor the green discount box on your screen to check current pricing and discounts.
Premium Hybrid Mattress Construction
To put it simply, the Tuft & Needle Hybrid is a quality mattress. It’s comprised of six different layers (including two different layers of coils) that total 12″ thick. This isn’t your typical bed-in-a-box. You can tell Tuft & Needle thought carefully about the design. There are only a handful of beds we’ve tested (and we’ve tested a lot of beds) that use two separate layers of coils for support. Here’s a quick summary of each layer, starting from the bottom.
- Dense Support Foam – serves as a stable foundation for the bed.
- 6″ Pocketed Coils – the true support structure for the mattress.
- T&N Adaptive Foam – acts a soft transition from the supportive coils below.
- 1″ Transition Coils – provides even more support near the top of the bed.
- T&N Adaptive Foam – the company’s notorious proprietary foam that serves as the proper comfort layer for the mattress.
- Quilted Pillow Top w/ Open-Cell Foam – gives the bed a sleek look and adds an extra element of comfort.
We should also add that the open-cell foam quilted within the cover and the top layer of Adaptive foam are infused with carbon fiber, graphite and ceramic gel beds. The carbon fiber is included for durability purposes and the graphite and gel beads are supposed to help draw heat away from your body.
Lastly, although the quilted cover is technically removable, the company recommends you do not do so. If the cover gets dirty somehow, you should refrain from unzipping it and throwing it in your washer. Instead, just spot clean the dirty area with a mild detergent and some water. For the record, that’s how you clean most bed-in-a-box covers so it’s not a big deal.
What Does The Tuft & Needle Hybrid Feel Like?
Overall, the mattress has what we consider to be a neutral-foam feel, just like the other beds that Tuft & Needle offers. After all, the company uses its special T&N Adaptive Foam for the comfort layers on all of its mattresses so that shouldn’t come as a big shock.
However, the Tuft & Needle Hybrid does feel a little different than its sister mattresses. First, the bed incorporates two layers of coils so you will notice a little bit of bounce not found on the other T&N beds.
Second, the quilted pillow top and top comfort layer on the Hybrid model somehow combine to create a slight sense of memory foam. In fact, Jeff on our team, thought the bed contained a layer of memory foam when he laid on the mattress for the first time. Obviously, as you saw above, the mattress does not in fact contain memory foam, all we’re saying is that you do get a little bit of a memory foam feel with this bed.
Overall, it’s a very comfortable feel. Our team here really likes it and we think most consumers will too. Plus, the other nice thing is that the bed is pretty responsive. As you can see below, between the coils and T&N Adaptive Foam, the bed pops back into shape quickly after pressure is released.
This is good news for people who are considered active sleepers. It’s much easier to switch between sleeping positions on responsive beds since you don’t feel like you’re trapped in the mattress.
Tuft & Needle designed their Hybrid mattress to please a wide variety of sleepers. In other words, they didn’t want to make the bed too soft (not ideal for back sleepers) or too firm (not ideal for side sleepers). After testing the mattress, we think they hit the mark. We give the mattress a medium designation in terms of firmness.
Keep in mind, firmness is a highly subjective topic. It truly does vary by person. You could ask 10 different people to rate the bed and you’d likely get 10 different answers. The biggest determinant of firmness usually correlates with body size. For example, heavy individuals (250+ pounds) would likely rate the T&N Hybrid around a medium-soft, while a smaller person (150 pounds or less) would probably think it belongs closer to a medium-firm rating.
The Tuft & Needle Hybrid Is Best For…
In our humble opinion, the Tuft & Needle Hybrid is an excellent option for all types of sleepers. This includes people who sleep on their back, stomach and side, as well as folks who rotate between the three. The mattress offers sleepers the best of both worlds. You get a little pressure relief, yet you still feel properly supported in all positions.
The two layers of coils provide the necessary resistance and reinforcement back and stomach sleepers need. Individuals who favor these positions will find their hip and core areas stay properly aligned with the rest of their body (i.e. your mid-section doesn’t dip too far down into the bed). Accordingly, we don’t envision back and stomach sleepers waking up with any back pain.
The mattress is also quite comfortable for side sleepers. The pillow top and T&N Adaptive foam are forgiving and provide a good amount of pressure relief. When you’re on your side, you don’t feel as if the mattress is digging into your pressure points (i.e. hips and shoulders) at all. Lastly, as we stated previously, the bed is also a good option for combination sleepers given the responsive nature of the coils and top layers.
Accommodates All Body Types
In addition to all sleeper types, the Tuft & Needle Hybrid also accommodates people of all shapes and sizes. The vast majority of online beds accommodate folks who are of small or average size, but not all properly support heavy individuals. With the Tuft & Needle Hybrid, you really don’t have to worry about your weight. The bed is built to support people ranging from 100 to 300 pounds. If you fall above this weight range, be sure to check out our list of the best beds for obese people.
We feel comfortable recommending this mattress to larger folks given it’s dual coil construction. Historically, beds with coils last longer and are more supportive than beds that are comprised entirely of foam. This level of durability and support is key for big individuals given they exert a lot more force on mattresses compared to smaller size individuals.
Sleeping Temperature Analysis
Although the company likes to play up the graphite and gel-beads that are infused in the top layers of the bed, we wouldn’t consider the Tuft & Needle Hybrid to be a cooling mattress. The bed is not cool-to-the-touch and does not actively cool you down throughout the night. However, to be fair, we also don’t think you’ll warm up on the bed throughout the night either. All in all, we’d consider the mattress to be temperature neutral. For the record, that’s where the majority of online beds fall as well so it’s really not a negative by any means.
It’s important to note that temperature regulation is a very delicate subject. There are a multitude of factors that affect how warm or cool you sleep. Every person and situation is different. For example, if you live in a warm climate like Florida and like to sleep in flannel pajamas, chances are you’ll sleep on the warm side. Likewise, if you live in North Dakota and only wear shorts to bed, you’ll likely sleep on the cooler end of the spectrum. At the end of the day, all we’re trying to say is that your mattress isn’t the only element you’ll want to consider when thinking about sleeping temperature.
Considerations For Couples
Two other attributes you’ll want to consider before making a final decision on a new mattress are edge support and motion isolation. These topics aren’t so important if you sleep alone, but they’re definitely relevant if you share your bed with a partner.
Edge support refers to how well the perimeter of the mattress holds up against pressure. Couples will want a bed that doesn’t compress all the much around the edges so that both individuals can spread out and have their own space without feeling like they’re about to roll-off. Luckily, the Tuft & Needle Hybrid performs well in this category. Our testing team didn’t notice any issues whatsoever. If you’re someone who shares a bed, there’s nothing to worry about.
Motion isolation refers to how well a bed deadens movement that originates from the other person sleeping in the bed. No one wants to be disturbed every time their husband or wife rolls over or gets up to go to the bathroom. While the Tuft & Needle Hybrid isn’t as good as its sister all-foam beds, it still gets a thumbs up. The quilted pillow top and T&N Adaptive foam do a good job of muffling the bounce from the coils. We don’t envision couples having any issues related to motion transfer.
Verdict: Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress Review
There’s not many negatives you can find with this bed, all things considered. It’s solid in almost every respect. The mattress has a durable construction, it’s supportive and we think most people will enjoy its feel. The bed also comfortably accommodates sleepers of all shapes and sizes regardless of whether they primarily sleep on their back, stomach or side.
Really, the only downside with the Tuft & Needle Hybrid is its price. At the end of the day, there are just more affordable hybrid mattresses available on the market. Still, if you’re simply looking for a quality hybrid mattress from a respected, big-name brand, it’s tough to go wrong the Tuft & Needle Hybrid.
The company sent us this mattress for free so that we could test it. However, that doesn’t mean it influenced the opinions and thoughts expressed throughout this review. We pride ourselves on producing unbiased content that is helpful for consumers. We are a completely independent reviews website.
The company ships within the United States. Shipping to the lower 48 states is free. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, the company charges an additional fee.
No, the mattress works with most bed frames and foundations. The key thing you’ll need is a foundation that provides sturdy, even support. In other words, your foundation should have no give or flex.
Yes, the foams inside the mattress are CertiPUR-US certified. This means the materials are safe and free from any harmful chemicals or gasses.
Yes, but it largely depends on where you live. Tuft & Needle products are available to purchase in select Walmart and Lowe’s locations throughout the United States. Be sure to check the company’s website for more information.
It’s around a “medium” or a 5/10, meaning you shouldn’t find it too soft or firm. It’s really designed to work for all sleeping positions.