This is a fairly length, in-depth post, so here’s a quick overview of what it contains. You can click the links to jump to the designated section.
After posting this review, Tuft & Needle was actually acquired by Serta-Simmons, one of the largest and oldest bedding manufactures in the world. We think this bodes very well for the Tuft & Needle brand going forward. With that out of the way, however, let’s do a deep dive on the Tuft & Needle Mint mattress.
Regardless of whether you order the Mint or the original Tuft & Needle mattress, you’ll get free shipping. Tuft & Needle ships all their mattresses via FedEx Ground within the United States. As a heads up, if you’re having your mattress shipped to Alaska or Hawaii, there is an added shipping cost which depends on the size of the item purchased, and also the specific destination.
Your Tuft & Needle Mint mattress will arrive at your doorstep in a box (hence the term “bed-in-a-box”), which you must then un-package and set up yourself. It’s a pretty simple process that takes about 15 minutes in total—it’s actually kind of fun.
After you’ve set up your bed where you want it, be sure to let it sit for at least 24 to 48 hours so it has time to fully inflate and release any new mattress smells, which is really common with these bed-in-a-box mattresses.
After you’ve done all that, it’s time to test out your new mattress! Tuft & Needle offers a 100-night risk-free trial, which means you can sleep on this bed for up to 99 nights, and return it on the 100th night, if you choose to do so. They will give you a full refund and even free removal of the mattress to a charity of your choice. With most of the mattresses we’ve reviewed, the companies offer this return policy, but not many give you the option of choosing which charity you can donate your used mattress to. We think that’s pretty cool.
Tuft & Needle also backs their beds with a 10-year warranty, which is, again, standard for the industry. For more details regarding what the warranty covers, be sure to check the company’s website
Tuft & Needle is one of the major players in the bed-in-a-box industry, and they’re sort of a pioneer within the budget mattress space in particular. The Mint mattress is priced a bit higher than its predecessor, but it’s still reasonable. It’s priced similarly to the other online mattress brands, like Brooklyn Bedding and Casper. Here’s a breakdown based on MSRP on their website:
|King / Cal King||$1,145|
Unfortunately, Tuft & Needle doesn’t regularly offer coupon codes for their mattresses. However, they occasionally will run a sale around a big holiday. We’d recommend you check the company’s website to see if they’re currently running a promotion. This past Presidents’ Day, we saw Tuft & Needle offer $150 off the Mint, and they threw in pillows to sweeten the pot. So, it’s not that they don’t offer discounts, it’s just that they typically don’t promote coupon codes.
Beds typically fall into two main construction categories: all-foam and hybrid. There are some outliers, like Purple, who uses their own proprietary material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer, although technically they may be considered a hybrid mattress as well.
Tuft & Needle Mint is an all-foam bed, which means no coils. It’s made completely of polyurethane foam (or as we call it, poly foam) and feels like you’re laying on a cloud.
It’s constructed with three layers of foam, as opposed to the original Tuft & Needle bed, which is just two foam layers. Tuft & Needle has arranged the layers in gradual firmness to achieve a good combination of comfort and support.
The base layer is still dense poly foam, but the middle layer, which they call an “Adaptive Transition Layer” has been added to provide additional support and thickness. It also acts as a buffer between the less dense top layer and the firm bottom layer. The formulation of the top foam layer has been changed to be softer, and to provide better pressure relief. All together, this creates a 12” thick, 3-layer, all-foam, comfortable mattress.
All of the foam in the Mint mattress is tested and certified by CertiPUR-US to meet standards of performance, content, indoor emissions, and environmental stewardship. A lot of companies like to use buzz words about all the good things their mattresses possess, but certifications make sure their claims are being upheld.
The Mint comes with a different cover than the original Tuft & Needle mattress. The new knit cover is made with a blend of polyamide and polyester, and is quite soft to the touch. It’s also designed with charcoal, which makes it a nice, dark grey color.
The cover is removable, but it is not machine washable. This is the case with most mattress covers. We don’t recommend you remove the cover; if you ever spill something on it or get it dirty, spot cleaning with a mild detergent and some warm water should do the trick.
You can also get a mattress protector on Amazon or some other retailer. Mattress protectors can help to actively defend against stains, but they do tend to change the firmness profile of the mattress. Like anything, there’s a trade off. You can ensure you don’t get stains, but the bed won’t feel quite the same.
Tuft & Needle Mint has a soft, neutral-foam feel overall. It honestly just feels like laying on a thick slab of soft foam. There’s no memory foam feel, no latex foam feel—it’s just neutral and soft.
The Mint is also noticeably softer than their original Tuft & Needle bed; it sits between a medium-soft and medium on the firmness scale. And just for comparison, we rated the original Tuft & Needle as a solid medium.
The Mint is fairly quick to respond pressure, as is the case with most neutral-foam beds. You most likely won’t ever get that stuck-in-the-mud feeling that is a hallmark of memory foam beds, or find a body impression left behind after you get up.
Responsiveness is mostly important for combo sleepers who tend to switch positions through the night. A bed that leaves you feeling stuck (such as the Zinus Green Tea mattress), can actually make you feel more restless because you’re exerting more energy in the process of rotating from your back to your stomach, for example. So, thumbs up there for T&N Mint.
We can’t recommend T&N Mint if you’re a back or stomach sleeper that weighs over 150 lb.Tuft & Needle designed the Mint to be softer and more pressure relieving, so it will end up just being too soft for most people. And remember, all beds soften over time as you sleep on them, so there’s no chance that it gets any firmer. It’s just a softer mattress.
Back and stomach sleepers need to keep their hips and upper back supported, and we think the Mint is simply too soft for a lot of folks, letting them sink into the bed too much. If you’re a strict back sleeper or stomach sleeper, look for a firmer mattress.
If you’re petite, you won’t be putting as much weight on the mattress, and therefore will lay more on top of the bed instead of sinking into it. Basically, the lighter you are, the firmer the bed will feel for you. So petite people might be able to get away with sleeping on their back and/or stomach on the Mint.
The Tuft & Needle Mint will be most ideal for side and combo sleepers. Because the Mint is specifically made to be softer that the original Tuft & Needle, it offers more pressure relief for the hips and shoulders of those who sleep on their side. We could genuinely see a lot of side sleepers really liking the Mint mattress.
Tuft & Needle Mint should also be nice for combo sleepers because they can move around easily on the mattress, without feeling stuck. It’s not as responsive as a latex mattress, but it’s definitely on par with the likes of the original Tuft & Needle and Leesa.
This is not going to be the best option for heavier people (those who weigh in at 250 lb+). While it is 2” thicker than a lot of all-foam beds on the market (including the Tuft & Needle original mattress), it is still an all-foam bed. That said, if you forced us, we’d say it’s in a sub-category of all-foam beds that are slightly more ideal for heavy people purely based on the thickness of the mattress. Other beds in this category are Loom & Leaf, Novosbed, Casper Wave, and a few others.
Heavier people should ideally look into a hybrid mattress with coils, for better support and durability. But if you’re around 225 lb and really want to try out this bed, just make sure you sleep strictly on your side since this bed isn’t firm enough to support the hips and shoulders of heavy back sleepers. You can also check out our list of the best mattresses for heavy and obese people.
Petite to medium sized body types are ideal for the Mint mattress. They won’t exert too much pressure, and therefore the mattress can be more supportive and will usually last them longer. Petite body types can get away with pretty much everything on this bed, while more average sized individuals (i.e. 150 lb – 225 lb) should stick with spending a good deal of the night on their side.
Tuft & Needle states they added 30% more graphite (compared to their original mattress) into the top layer of the Mint. This is suppose to aid with dispersing heat throughout the mattress. They also state they have used an “Upgraded Ceramic Gel” in their proprietary foam, which allegedly helps to absorb heat. Our thoughts? This mattress sleeps pretty neutral in temperature.
If you’re a hot sleeper or someone that gets hot flashes, we don’t think this mattress will do the best job of actively cooling you down. On the flipside, if you sleep at a normal temperature, we don’t think you’ll wake up sweating either.
Temperature regulation will have more to do with external factors such as your sheets, comforter, PJs, room temperature, and more. That said, softer beds do tend to warm up more than firm beds because you will nestle into the materials versus remaining buoyant on top of them. Just know that it’s hard to give a concrete answer for temperature—it’s a highly subjective matter.
Beyond feel and firmness, there are two other elements that couples in particular should consider when mattress shopping: edge support and motion isolation.
The edge support is better on the Mint than with the original T&N mattress, but we can’t yet tell you it’s phenomenal like you’ll see with the Beautyrest Black mattress. While it has been improved, we’d still categorize it as just good edge support.
There is still compression when weight is applied near the edges, but we didn’t get the feeling we were about to roll off the side of the bed, so we’re not complaining. Edge support is important for couples because, let’s face it, one of you likes to hog the middle of the bed, and the other is forced off to the edges.
As for motion isolation, it’s one of the better mattresses, but not the best. If you or your partner toss and turn at night or likes to get up frequently, normal sleepers shouldn’t be bothered. As you can see in the video below, there is movement, but nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, some of that movement is the actual bed frame moving, not motion traveling through the bed.
If you look at the equation for finding a mattress for light sleepers, motion isolation is probably the biggest factor. In general, all-foam beds tend to be the best in terms of deadening cross-mattress movement.
In summary, we found the Tuft & Needle Mint to be a really nice mattress with a soft, neutral feel. Since it’s 2” thicker than most other all-foam bed-in-a-box mattresses, it has the potential to be a more durable option, but again, many factors affect this.
It will mostly be best suited for side and combo sleepers, with probably only petite people being able to get away with sleeping on their back and/or stomach. It’s a viable option for couples as well, because of its good motion isolation and edge support. It’s also pretty reasonably priced. If you want a soft, all-foam bed-in-a-box, the Mint might be it.
Original — The quintessential budget-friendly mattress, the original Tuft & Needle is a two-layer foam bed that seems to be a fan favorite amongst college students, working families, young professionals, and people looking to outfit a guest room. It also makes for a nice mattress for teenagers and kids because it just has a flat and neutral profile to it. In other words, it feels like laying on a thick layer of foam—not memory foam, just a general softer foam. It’s not particularly firm (or soft) and really tries to sit on the fence to appeal to as many people as possible. We do like the mattress a lot, but it’s hard to get too excited about it because the mattress (by design) is bland. The one thing we should add is that it is firmer than the Mint mattress. The original Tuft & Needle sits at about a medium (perhaps a hair firmer). It also happens to be a good amount more affordable than the Mint mattress.
Mint — While the original mattress is as plane Jane as it gets, the Mint seems to be designed for adult side sleepers in particular. And, considering that about 65% of people sleep primarily on their side (based on our independent research), it makes sense why Tuft & Needle created the Mint mattress. It is about pressure relief and appealing to people that want a soft foam bed. Now, while it’s more expensive than their original bed, the Mint is still not crazy in terms of price considering the queen size mattress is around $1,000.
How did the Slumber Yard get this mattress?
|We purchased this bed on Tuft & Needle's website.|
What is the weight capacity of Tuft & Needle mattresses?
|Tuft & Needle states on their website that both their original bed and the Mint bed can support up to 500 lb per person, which means a total of 1000 lb on a two-sleeper bed (i.e. queen, king, and California king).|
How do I unbox my mattress?
|Tuft & Needle recommends you position your mattress how you want it on your bed frame first. Then, find the ends of the plastic wrap that should be stuck to the side of the roll. Pull on the ends of the plastic until the mattress is finished rolling out. Make sure the bed is flat and positioned correctly, and then pull off the remaining plastic. Ensure that your bed is right side up by making sure the zippered side is down.|
How will a mattress cover affect my Mint bed?
|Mattress covers are nice because they’ll protect your bed from spills and stains, can protect your warranty, and can (God forbid) protect against bed bugs and dust mites. But there are also some downsides to consider. Putting a cover over your Mint mattress can derail any cooling features, including the graphite and cooling gel beads infused in the foam. It also just restricts airflow in general, which might heat up your mattress.|
Where is Tuft & Needle Mint made?
|Like the original T&N mattress, the Mint is made in the United States.|
Can I test the Tuft & Needle Mint mattress at any stores?
|As of now, it looks like the Mint is only available on their website even though the original Tuft & Needle mattress can be found at Lowe's. Even so, however, the original mattress is still in a box—they don't actually have a testing status (from what we've seen so far).|