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tuft and needle nod mattress review

Tuft and Needle Nod Mattress Review

Nod by Tuft and Needle is a cheap foam mattress that sells like crazy on Amazon.

Tuft & Needle is one of the most popular mattress in a box brands on the internet. They're known for producing high-quality mattresses at affordable price points. In this post, we discuss everything you need to know about the Nod bed in a box, which is the company's cheapest offering. They even now make the Nod Hybrid, which we'll discuss in this review as well.

Who Is This Bed Best For?

  • Shoppers on a tight budget
  • Folks who like a soft, neutral-foam feel
  • All sleeper types (side, back, stomach and combo)
  • Petite and medium sized sleepers
  • College students, young professionals and home owners looking to furnish their guest bedrooms
  • Heavier individuals (they now make a Nod Hybrid mattress)

Who Won't Love This Bed?

  • Folks who prefer a traditional memory foam or innerspring bed
  • Consumers seeking a high-end, premium mattress

Free Shipping & Returns

100 Night Trial Period

10 Year Warranty

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Contents Of The Post

Use the links above to quickly navigate through this review. Nod is a fairly simple mattress to understand, but we get that you might have particular questions and interests. Hopefully you find this review helpful!

Tuft & Needle Nod Video Review

We realize not everybody likes to read about mattresses so to cater to that crowd, here is quick summary video about the Tuft & Needle Nod bed-in-a-box.

However, it’s important to note that we could only fit so much detail into one video. Keep reading to learn more about the budget Nod mattress-in-a-box.

Company Policies

The Nod mattress is an Amazon exclusive product, meaning it is not sold on Tuft & Needle’s website. However, the mattress still comes with the normal Tuft & Needle policies in regards to returns, trial period and warranty. Let’s discuss these policies in more detail so you can gain a better understanding of how this whole bed-in-a-box concept works.

First, the Nod mattress comes with free shipping regardless of whether you’re an Amazon Prime member or not. The bed will arrive on your porch rolled-up in a plastic cover and stuffed in a medium sized box. Once the box is delivered, just simply move it to your room (or your guest room), cut the plastic and unroll the bed onto your frame or foundation. It’s a very easy process. It shouldn’t take you longer than 5-10 minutes to setup the bed. Here’s the Slumber Yard team showing you how it’s done.

From the day of delivery, Tuft & Needle then gives you a 100 nights to test out the bed risk-free. Essentially, you can sleep on the bed for more than three months before deciding whether you want to keep it or not. If you do, great, enjoy your new mattress. If for any reason during the trial period you’re unsatisfied with the bed though, you can get your money back. All you have to do is contact Amazon’s Special Handling Team and initiate a return. They’ll either schedule a time for your mattress to be picked up and donated or they’ll simply just credit your account for the original purchase price.

We’ve returned a mattress via Amazon before and found the process to be very easy. However, we have heard some complaints in the past about Amazon limiting big ticket product returns. In other words, you can’t order five beds on Amazon and initiate returns for all of them or they’ll get suspicious. Lastly, the Nod mattress is backed by a 10 year limited warranty. Just so you know, all the policies we just reviewed are pretty standard for the bed-in-a-box industry. Most online bedding brands offer free shipping, free returns, a long trial period and an extended warranty.

Amazon Exclusive Mattress

Tuft & Needle is known throughout the industry as a budget mattress brand so it shouldn’t come as a huge shock that the Nod bed-in-a-box has a very approachable price point. In fact, it’s one of the cheapest mattresses you can buy online. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin XL$295
King / Cal King$495

Given the low price points, we don’t expect Tuft & Needle to offer many coupon codes or discounts to make the beds even cheaper. With that said, mattress pricing on Amazon in general tends to fluctuate quite a bit so you might want to keep on eye on current pricing just in case.

If you’re looking for a more premium mattress, be sure to check out our list of the Best Luxury Beds.

Comfortable Foam Design

As you might expect, the Nod mattress has a very basic construction. The bed is comprised of two layers of foam and totals 8″ thick. For the bottom, the bed uses a 5.5″ layer of dense polyurethane foam. This layer serves as the foundation and primary support framework for the mattress. On top is a 2.5″ layer of soft yet responsive polyurethane foam. According to the company, this top layer is essentially the same as the Tuft & Needle Mattress Topper sold on Amazon. All in all, these two layers give the bed a soft, comfortable foam feel.

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Basic two-layer construction

Wrapping the mattress is a standard polyester cover that is removable. However, as with most bed-in-a-box covers, it’s recommended you do not machine wash it. Instead, if you have an accident or you spill a beverage on the cover, you should spot clean the dirty area with some mild detergent and water. If you really want to safeguard against stains, you may want to look into buying a mattress protector. There are plenty of cheap mattress protectors available on Amazon.

Nod vs Tuft & Needle Original Mattress

A common question among consumers is how the Nod mattress differs from the Original Tuft & Needle mattress. Really, there’s only two main differences between the beds.

  • Price – The Nod mattress is much more affordable than the Original T&N bed. For example, the queen size Nod mattress is about $200 less than the Original T&N queen size mattress.
  • Construction – As we referenced above, the Nod mattress is comprised of just two polyurethane foam layers. The Original Tuft & Needle mattress is comprised of two foam layers as well, however, it differs slightly. First, the bed overall is 2″ thicker than the Nod mattress. Secondly, the Original Tuft & Needle mattress uses the company’s proprietary T&N Adaptive Foam for its top comfort layer.
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The Original T&N mattress has a slightly different construction

Other than the two differences listed above, both beds are very similar in terms of feel, firmness, sleeper type and motion isolation.

Nod Hybrid Mattress

Interestingly enough, late in 2019, Tuft & Needle released a Nod Hybrid mattress, which is also an Amazon-exclusive. Think of the hybrid mattress as, well, exactly what it is: the standard Nod mattress with support coils. It looks exactly the same, only it is 10″ thick versus 8″ thick.

tuft and needle nod hybrid mattress review
The Nod Hybrid is a 10″ thick mattress

Nod Hybrid will serve as a better option for heavier individuals and people that are concerned about the long-term durability of their mattress. That said, it will cost you about $300 more than the standard Nod mattress. As an example, last we checked, the queen size Nod Hybrid was between $600 and $700 on Amazon, while the regular model was closer to $400 for the same size bed.

Is the Nod Hybrid better than the original? That’s really a question only you can answer. For a person that weighs 210 lbs, we’d sure rather you check out Nod Hybrid. But if you’re getting a mattress for your RV or guest room, the standard bed should serve you just fine. We do, however, appreciate that Tuft & Needle launched a budget-tier hybrid mattress.

Why Your Body Type And Weight Matter

In almost every review, comparison and best list we publish, we always try to bring up why your weight, BMI and body type matter when mattress shopping. In short, these factors can affect how you perceive a mattress to feel.

In very general terms, heavy people (call it 250+ pounds) typically find most mattresses to feel quite soft. Larger folks exert more pressure and force on a mattress compared to petite sized individuals and as a result, they tend to sink into the soft top layers of the mattress more.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, small individuals typically find most mattresses feel quite firm. The opposite is true with these body types – petite folks place very little pressure on a mattress and tend to sleep more on top of the surface rather than in the bed.

We simply just wanted to make you aware of this subject as you progress through the review. Later in the post, we’ll discuss how the Nod mattress fares for different body types.

It Has A Soft Foam Feel

Like the Original Tuft & Needle, the Nod mattress has a soft, neutral-foam feel. For those of who who aren’t familiar with the the term “neutral” in reference to beds, it basically just means the mattress has a typical foam feel and the top layer doesn’t quite contour or conform to your body’s shape the way memory foam does (i.e. it has more neutral characteristics).

Overall, the bed is very soft and comfortable. The Slumber Yard testing team found the mattress to be very accommodating. And honestly, that’s the case with most beds that have a soft, neutral-foam feel. It just seems like that type of feel pleases a wide variety of people. In other words, a soft, neutral-foam feel is just a little less alienating than a memory foam feel.

Bottom line, if you like the feel of soft foam, you won’t have any issues with this mattress.

SEE ALSO: Best Memory Foam Mattresses

The other nice thing about this bed is that the top layer is fairly responsive. As you can see below, the top layer pops back to place quickly after pressure is released off the surface.

Ultimately, this quick responsiveness means you won’t ever feel like you’re stuck in the mattress at all. Sometimes with beds that contain a lot of memory foam, sleepers will start to feel like they’re “stuck-in-the-mud” in certain positions. Luckily, that doesn’t happen with the Nod mattress. Active and combination sleepers will find it very easy to switch between positions.

In terms of firmness, we think the Nod mattress lands near the center of the fairway (i.e. about a medium on the soft-to-firm scale). All in all, the mattress possesses a nice balance between support and comfort.

tuft and needle nod mattress firmness

Keep in mind, the firmness designation above is in reference to average sized individuals. Heavy people will likely find the mattress lands closer to a medium-soft, while a more petite sized person will likely think it lands closer to a medium-firm.

Is The Bed Good For Side Sleepers?

Yes. While we wouldn’t necessarily put the Nod on our list of the Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers, it will definitely get the job done. The top layer is soft and offers a decent amount of pressure relief.

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The Nod mattress should be quite comfortable for side sleepers

Ultimately, we think side sleepers will find the mattress to be very accommodating. We don’t envision you waking up with any sort of discomfort or pain after prolonged periods of time on your side.

What About Back And Stomach Sleepers?

Pretty much the same story here. We wouldn’t put the Nod on our list of the Best Mattresses For Back Sleepers, but that’s not to say the bed isn’t viable for these types of sleepers. As we mentioned earlier, we think the mattress strikes a nice harmony between support and pressure relief.

tuft and needle nod mattress review back sleeper
Good choice for back sleepers

Our testing team found the bed provided adequate support under their lower back and trunk and did a pretty good job of keeping their spine in proper alignment in the back and stomach sleeping positions.

Combination Sleepers

Given our answers to the previous two sections, you can probably guess how the Nod mattress fares for combo sleepers (i.e. folks who rotate between their back, stomach and side throughout the night). All in all, we wouldn’t consider the Nod bed-in-a-box to be a top performer for any particular category of sleeper, it’s ultimately just a solid bed that will be accommodating regardless of your primary sleeping position.

tuft and needle nod review sleeper type

Plus, remember that the responsive nature of the top layer will be an added benefit for combination sleepers. People who move around a lot during the night will find it requires very little effort to switch positions, which hopefully translates into a more restful night of sleep (the less effort you expend, the faster you’ll fall back asleep).

What Size Individuals Is The Nod Mattress Best For?

Given the thin and rather basic construction of the Nod mattress, we’d only recommend it for petite and average sized individuals. We just don’t think the support will be there long term for folks who weigh over 250 pounds. If you fall into that weight category, we recommend you look for a hybrid or innerspring mattress that contains coils instead.

Beds that use coils (such as the Nod Hybrid) for their foundations tend to be more durable and provide more support than beds like the 8″ T&N Nod, which just use dense foam. That’s because coils are able to compress (just like dense foams) but also provide a little resistance against pressure as well, which is obviously more ideal to support all the extra force big people exert on a bed night after night.

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Does The Nod Bed-In-A-Box Sleep Hot?

We wouldn’t say the Nod mattress sleeps hot but we wouldn’t say it sleeps cool either. Instead, we’d rate the bed as temperature neutral. The bed doesn’t use any special cooling textiles or materials but with that said, the firmness level of the mattress and the neutral characteristics of the top layer should keep you from warming up (i.e. you won’t sink too far into the mattress and the top layer won’t wrap or hug your body as you sleep).

At the end of the day, we just feel like external factors will play more of a role in determining your sleeping temperature rather than the mattress itself. Specifically, we’re referring to factors like where you live (Alaska vs Florida), how much you’re willing to crank up (or down) your thermostat and what you wear to bed (flannel pajamas vs mesh basketball shorts).

SEE ALSO: Best Cooling Mattresses

Considerations For Couples

Last up here, let’s discuss some of the factors that are particularly important for couples. Namely, we’re referring to motion isolation and edge support. In short, the Nod mattress gets passing grades in both of these departments. Let’s discuss each one individually.

First, the Nod mattress did an exceptional job of deadening movement in our tests. As you can see below, the water in glass stays fairly steady and does not slosh around all the much.

This is a positive sign for couples in which one or both partners tend to switch positions or frequently get up off the bed. A mattress like the Nod that limits cross-mattress motion well means each partner is less likely to feel the other partner’s movements throughout the night.

Next, the bed provides fairly decent edge support, which is actually a bit of a surprise given its thin body. Typically, extra firm and thick beds provide better edge support but the Nod actually holds its own here. It’s not the best mattress we’ve ever tested in this department but it’s definitely solid enough around the perimeter to where it won’t be an issue for most couples.

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Good edge support for an 8″ foam bed

Edge support comes into play for couples who like to spread out or who share a smaller sized mattress like a full or queen. A bed that is strong around the perimeter means there is more useful surface space for both partners to spread out and have their own area.

Nod By Tuft & Needle Review Verdict

The construction and price of the Nod mattress tell you everything you need to know. It’s certainty not designed to compete with premium bed-in-a-box mattresses that offer all sorts of bells and whistles.

At the end of the day, Tuft & Needle designed this mattress with the budget shopper in mind. They wanted to make the Nod an affordable bed that would accommodate a wide variety of people and sleeper types. And by all accounts, Tuft & Needle executed that strategy to a tee. All in all, we see this bed being a great option for college students, young professionals on tight budget and home owners who want to furnish their guest rooms with a comfortable mattress but not break the bank.

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper


Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

louis cote

Louis Côté

Side Sleeper


McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper


How did The Slumber Yard get this mattress?

The Slumber Yard team purchased this mattress on Amazon.

What foundations is the Nod mattress compatible with?

The Nod mattress will work with most slatted frames, adjustable frames and box springs. Just make sure there is little to no flex in whatever foundation you use.

How much does the Nod mattress weigh?

The Nod mattress ranges in weight from 54 pounds for a twin size to 93 pounds for a king size. The Nod hybrid mattress will weigh more.

What certifications does the Nod mattress have?

The Nod bed-in-a-box is CertiPUR-US and GREENGUARD certified. Ultimately, this means the foams used in the mattress are free from any harmful chemicals or toxins.

Where is the Nod mattress made?

According to Amazon, the Nod mattress is made in the USA with materials that are sourced both domestically and abroad.