Tuft & Needle Mint Review
Mint is the luxury foam mattress from Tuft and Needle, one of the most popular bed in a box companies out there
Last Updated: November 17, 2020Jeff Rizzo
While Tuft & Needle has historically focused on the budget mattress category, Mint is their upgraded bed with added support and a softer, more plush top layer. But does this make it any more compelling than their original mattress? We will cover this and much more in this post.
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Tuft And Needle Mint Review
Tuft and Needle was acquired by Serta-Simmons, one of the largest and oldest bedding manufacturers in the world. We think this bodes well for the Tuft & Needle brand going forward, and will help it become an even more widely-known mattress company. They’ve already created buzz with the original Tuft and Needle mattress, and most people who have tried it out have ended up keeping it. Now, they are offering the Tuft and Needle Mint Mattress, the more premium model in their product catalog.
Tuft & Needle Mint will be the focus of our review, but feel free to check out our Tuft and Needle vs Mint review to see how they compare. This is a fairly lengthy, in-depth post, so here’s a quick overview of what it contains. You can click the links to jump to the designated section:
Honest Mint Mattress Video Review
Now, without further ado, let’s get into the Tuft and Needle Mint Mattress review.
Mint Mattress Construction
Beds typically fall into two main construction categories: all-foam and hybrid. There are some outliers, like Purple, that use proprietary material like 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 a 12″ thick mattress constructed with three layers of foam, as opposed to the original Tuft & Needle bed, which is two foam layers.
- Base layer – a slab of thick, dense poly foam for the bed’s foundation
- Transition layer – an “Adaptive Transition Layer” to provide additional support and thickness. It also acts as a buffer between the less dense top layer and the firm bottom layer.
- Top layer – compared to the original mattress, this has been changed to be softer, and to provide better pressure relief.
All of the foam in Tuft and Needle Mint 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 the claims are true.
Mint Mattress Cover
Is the Mint mattress cover good? 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 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.
Tuft And Needle Mint Firmness & Feel
Tuft and Needle Mint has a soft, neutral-foam feel overall. It 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 the original Tuft & Needle bed; it sits between a medium-soft and medium on the firmness scale. For comparison, we rated the original Tuft & Needle as a solid medium.
The Mint is fairly quick to respond to 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 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.
Considerations For Couples on Mint
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 it isn’t phenomenal like you’ll see with the Beautyrest Black mattress. While it has been improved, we’d still categorize it as 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 when one person takes up more of the bed.
Motion Isolation Video
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. There is movement, but nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, some of that movement in the video is the 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.
Suitable Sleeper Types For The T&N Mint Mattress
Back And Stomach Sleepers
After completing our Tuft and Needle Mint review, we can’t recommend T&N Mint if you’re a back or stomach sleeper who weighs over 150 lb.Tuft & Needle designed the Mint to be softer and more pressure relieving, so it will be too soft for most people. It’s a softer mattress.
Back and stomach sleepers need to keep their hips and upper back supported, and we think the Mint is 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. Petite people might be able to get away with sleeping on their back 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 than the original Tuft & Needle, it offers more pressure relief for the hips and shoulders of those who sleep on their side. We could see a lot of side sleepers loving 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 on par with the likes of the original Tuft & Needle and Leesa.
Body Type Analysis
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, it’s in a subcategory 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 and Casper Wave.
Heavier people should ideally look into a hybrid mattress with coils for better support and durability. But if you’re around 225 lb and want to try out this bed, make sure you sleep strictly on your side because 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.
Average To Petite Sleepers
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 will be comfortable in any position, while more average-sized individuals (i.e. 150 lbs – 225 lbs) should stick with spending a good deal of the night on their side.
Tuft And Needle Mint Mattress Price
|King / Cal King||$1,145|
Tuft & Needle is one of the major players in the bed-in-a-box industry, and the company is a pioneer within the budget mattress space in particular. The Mint mattress is priced 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 the website:
Is There A Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress Coupon Code?
Unfortunately, Tuft & Needle doesn’t regularly offer coupon codes for its mattresses. However, there will occasionally be a sale around a big holiday. We’d recommend you check the company’s website to see if there is a current promotion. This past Presidents’ Day, for example, we saw Tuft & Needle offer $150 off the Mint and free pillows to sweeten the pot.
Does The Tuft & Needle Mint Sleep Hot?
Tuft & Needle states it added 30 percent more graphite (compared to its original mattress) into the top layer of the Mint. This is supposed to aid with dispersing heat throughout the mattress. The company also said it used an Upgraded Ceramic Gel in the proprietary foam, which allegedly helps to absorb heat. Our thoughts? This mattress sleeps 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 cooling you down. On the flipside, if you sleep at a normal temperature, we don’t think you’ll wake up sweating either.
Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress Review Verdict
In summary, we found the Tuft & Needle Mint to be a 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 reasonably priced. If you want a soft, all-foam bed-in-a-box, the Mint might be it.
Comparing Tuft And Needle Beds
Tuft & Needle 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 has a flat and neutral profile. 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 tries 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.
Tuft & Needle Original Vs Mint
While the original mattress is as plane Jane as it gets, the Mint seems to be designed for adult side sleepers in particular. Considering that about 65 percent 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.
Tuft & Needle Mint Ratings
- BBB Rating: Tuft & Needle is a BBB accredited company with an A+ rating.
- Amazon Reviews: The Tuft & Needle Mint has 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Buyers say that it’s a very supportive, comfortable mattress that’s plush but still offers pressure relief.
Other Tuft & Needle Products
- Tuft & Needle Pillow
- Tuft & Needle Bed Frame
- Tuft & Needle Sheets
- Tuft & Needle Mattress Topper
- Tuft & Needle Down Duvet
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Tuft & Needle Company Info
Your Tuft & Needle Mint mattress will arrive at your doorstep in a box, and you must then un-package and set up yourself. It’s a simple process that takes about 15 minutes.
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After you’ve set up your bed where you want it, let it sit for at least 24 to 48 hours so it has time to fully inflate and release any new mattress smells, which are common with these bed-in-a-box mattresses.
Tuft & Needle Mattress Physical Locations
Tuft & Needle mattresses can be found at a number of Crate + Barrel and Lowe’s locations across the country. You can also find T&N stores in:
- Beaverton, OR
- Glendale, CA
- Raleigh, NC
Tuft & Needle Contact Information
We purchased this bed on Tuft & Needle’s website.
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).
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.
Mattress covers are nice because they’ll protect your bed from spills and stains, can protect your warranty and can 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 restricts airflow, which might heat up your mattress.
Like the original T&N mattress, the Mint is made in the United States.
As of now, it looks like the Mint is only available on the website even though the original Tuft & Needle mattress can be found at Lowe’s.
Our team rates it at about a “medium-soft” meaning it has a plush foam feel.
We expect that they will. This bed has a soft foam feel and offers a lot of pressure relief.
The MSRP for the queen size mattress is around $1,000.
You can find Tuft & Needle mattresses at the company’s brick-and-mortar locations and at many Crate + Barrel and Lowe’s locations. Find the store nearest you here.
You can order a Tuft & Needle mattress directly from their website, in a physical store near you, or even on Amazon.
Tuft & Needle doesn’t usually offer discount codes, but the company will run sales from time to time. Keep an eye on Tuft & Needle’s social media for sale-related announcements.
During holiday seasons are the best times to catch a sale. If you’re flexible on time, check Tuft & Needle’s website every so often to see if you can score a deal before ordering.