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Tuft And Needle Reviews

Tuft And Needle Reviews

Welcome to our full Tuft and Needle mattress review

Last Updated: November 9, 2020

Matt Ross

If you were to put together a list of the most well-known online mattress brands, Tuft & Needle would not only make the list, but would be somewhere near the top. In this review, we cover the very best and worst of the original Tuft & Needle mattress, and discuss details like firmness, feel, temperature, construction, and more.

Who Is This Best For?

Shoppers who want an affordable foam mattress

All types of sleepers, including back, stomach and side

Who Won’t Love It?

Heavy people who require extra support

Consumers seeking a thick, luxurious mattress

Tuft And Needle Mattress Review Overview

Some sleepers are searching for a mattress that offers accommodation and comfort without a high price tag — no hooplah. We think that’s the charm of Tuft and Needle, and as you get into the review, we think you’ll see what we mean. In fact, many people seen to love Tuft & Needle and they’re among the top five most popular bed-in-a-box brands on the market.

To find out exactly what the Tuft and Needle Mattress is made of and what it offers, we had our team members try it out themselves and even cut it open to see its construction. To learn more about this mattress and why you should or shouldn’t buy it, continue reading!

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Honest Tuft And Needle Review Video

Below is a quick video that covers all the major details you should be aware of regarding the Tuft & Needle mattress.

Keep reading our comprehensive review below for more commentary and analysis.

Tuft And Needle Construction And Design

This is a 10” all-foam bed with only two layers, hence the reason that a queen size is around $600. Here’s how the layers break down:

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Construction breakdown of the Tuft & Needle mattress
  • Top layer: 3” layer of proprietary T&N Adaptive Foam for comfort and temperature regulation
  • Bottom layer: 7” layer of dense polyurethane foam for support

Though, just because it only has two layers doesn’t mean it’s a bad mattress. In fact, there’s a heck of a lot of people that like Tuft & Needle (apparently 95 percent of people keep the bed, according to the company)

A Look At The T&N Mattress Cover

The cover on the Tuft & Needle mattress is new as of August 2018. Previously, it was somewhat transparent and allowed you to see the foams underneath. Most people didn’t care, but others felt like it cheapened the mattress. Tuft & Needle has now swapped that cover out for a slightly different, textured cover that’s soft to the touch and is made of polyester and micro polyamide.

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Tuft & Needle has a soft, textured cover

While the cover is removable and there’s a zipper on the underside of the bed, you really shouldn’t get in the habit of removing shouldn’t remove it, even for cleaning. In fact, if you’re concerned about keeping your mattress clean and want to protect against stains or the oil from your skin, purchase a mattress protector—Tuft & Needle sells one on its website. Alternatively, you could spot clean whenever stains do arise.

Tuft And Needle Mattress Firmness And Feel

If you can picture a softer, more neutral foam, that’s what Tuft & Needle feels like. It’s accommodating, comfortable and kind of bland, but in a good way. It’s one of those beds that basically anyone can get comfortable on because it’s so neutral.

Tuft & Needle is about a medium on the soft-to-firm spectrum. It’s softer than Avocado Mattress, but firmer than Nolah Mattress. It is in that sweet spot where a lot of people will find the bed comfortable. We’d consider Tuft & Needle to be more of a medium+ in that it’s slightly firmer than a true medium, but it will soften as you use it.

The other nice thing about Tuft & Needle is that it’s extremely responsive, meaning it reacts almost immediately to pressure. It’s not like a memory foam mattress that leaves behind a body impression. It snaps back into shape quickly.

It won’t be the most pressure-iving material in the world, but it is good for combination sleepers who want to rotate positions with ease. We wouldn’t consider Tuft & Needle to be a plush soft mattress, but remember that firmness ies a lot on your particular body type.

Responsiveness is important because it’s an indicator of how easy it will be to rotate sleeping positions on the mattress. If you’re working with a memory foam bed such as Nectar or Novosbed, it takes more effort to switch from your back to your side to your stomach and so on. This can leave you feeling restless since you had to exert more effort to switch positions.

Is Tuft And Needle A Good Mattress For Couples?

Beside the feel, firmness, support and temperature of a bed, there are two other elements that couples should know. In our opinion, however, these next two factors aren’t nearly as important as what we discussed in the top portion of this review.

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Edge support is ok just like most all-foam beds

Edge Support

Like many other all-foam beds, Tuft & Needle doesn’t have fantastic edge support. It’s not bad, but it’s nothing to write home about. If you plan to share a twin XL or full size mattress, you should either go up a size or consider a firmer mattress—but to be honest, there aren’t many beds at this price point with exceptional edge support.

Motion Isolation

Luckily for you, Tuft & Needle is good at deadening movement. It’s not the best mattress for motion isolation and light sleepers, but you should be fine. All in all, it’s pretty good for a bed that lacks memory foam.

Temperature Regulation

We would say it’s temperature neutral. It doesn’t have any phase change cooling materials like the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora or Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Adapt, but it won’t sleep nearly as warm as your traditional memory foam mattress.

We’ve found that the cover is breathable, as is the top layer of T&N Adaptive Foam. Again, not a proper cooling mattress, but for the price, can you complain?

Sleeper Type Analysis For Tuft And Needle

You might not realize it, but the way you sleep can significantly impact how comfortable you perceive a mattress to be. That’s because mattresses support your body based on how you’re lying. Overall, most average-sized people will find Tuft & Needle mattresses comfortable, no matter what sleeping position you prefer.

Side Sleepers

We found that Tuft & Needle is a good bed for side sleepers. You might find it to be a little too firm from the get go, but the bed will soften and end up being probably a lot more comfortable for sleeping on your side. Considering that the average American weighs about 200 lb (according to the CDC), we think T&N will be fine for a good number of side sleepers.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

In general, back and stomach sleepers prefer firmer beds. While Tuft & Needle isn’t the firmest bed, it is suitable for medium/petite back and stomach sleepers. It does a nice job of supporting your hips and keeping your spine in proper alignment.

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Suitable for back and stomach sleepers

What you’re looking for as a back and/or stomach sleeper is comfort down your spine. If you feel pressure in your low back, there’s a chance that the bed is too soft. Ultimately what you’re looking for is how comfortable you feel when you wake up in the morning, not necessarily how comfortable the bed is from the outset.

Combo Sleepers

Because it’s so responsive, this also makes for a great mattress for combo sleepers. You can easily switch positions on the bed without hardly any effort at all.

Petite Body Types

When you start shopping for a new mattress, you need to factor in your weight to find the most comfortable bed for you. If you’re petite (less than 150 pounds), your body will put less pressure onto a mattress and it will feel firmer. For that reason, we recommend that petite body types look for a softer-feeling mattress. With that in mind, we think that the Tuft & Needle Mattress is a good option for lighter people.

Average Body Types

If you have an average body type (150-250 pounds), you’ll put a bit more pressure on a mattress but usually not to the point where it will feel too soft. Our review team writes reviews from the lens of an average-sized person, and we think Tuft & Needle could work for you if you’re in this range.

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The more weight you apply, the softer the bed will seem

Heavy Body Types

Heavier individuals (more than 250 pounds) will apply more pressure to a mattress and thus will experience it to be softer in general. Additionally, the heavier you are, the more stress that you apply to a mattress. This is the reason we recommend heavier folks first look into hybrid or innerspring mattresses, which tend to be more durable and supportive over the long run.

Overall, we can only recommend Tuft & Needle to petite and medium size individuals. If you’re over 250 lb, we just do not believe it will have the long-term support that you require.

Tuft And Needle Mattress Prices

If you’re looking for a budget mattress, it’s hard to do much better than Tuft & Needle. This is a good mattress with a nice price tag. Here’s a look at the MSRP for Tuft & Needle mattress:

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin XL$395
King / Cal King$750

Is There A Tuft And Needle Mattress Promo Code?

If you’re shopping for a new mattress, search around for a discount. Tuft & Needle often runs specials during major holidays like Independence Day, Memorial Day and Christmas. The 4th of July sale, for example, is about $250 off. The best way to make sure you don’t miss out is to visit the Tuft & Needle website often, or our Deals Page where we list the most recent promos from brands.

Tuft And Needle Mattress Review Verdict

It’s not perfect, but there is a lot to like with Tuft & Needle, especially if you care about price. The mattress is comfortable and accommodating.

As we’ve mentioned ad nauseam, this bed is all about value for the money. There’s nothing wholly unique about the bed, but anyone on a budget should put Tuft & Needle on their short list of beds to consider.

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Tuft And Needle Mattress Ratings

  • BBB Rating: A+, 5-star customer reviews
  • Amazon Reviews:  Amazon customers give Tuft & Needle four stars overall, with 65 percent giving their original mattress five stars. Most one-star reviews said that after a few months, the Tuft & Needle mattress gave customers back pain. There were also people who complained about problems they had returning the mattress under warranty.
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Comparing Other T&N Beds

The Mint is Tuft & Needle’s higher-end mattress, but it’s still priced affordably. It’s thicker and softer than the original T&N mattress but is still made entiy of foam. Essentially, what Tuft & Needle did is add a middle transitional layer so you don’t feel as much of the support foams. This made the mattress softer and, therefore, more predisposed to being attractive to side sleepers.

We like the Tuft & Needle Mint mattress and have included it on multiple best lists. Because the Mint is softer, Tuft & Needle added more graphite into the top layers so that it would more efficiently draw heat from the surface.

The Tuft & Needle Mint mattress has an MSRP for a queen size just shy of $1,000, which means it’s about $400 more expensive than the original mattress. Is it worth it to upgrade? That depends on the person. If you’re a strict back or stomach sleeper, probably not, unless you weigh 115 lb. If you’re a side sleeper in search of a plush mattress, then, yes, it probably is worth considering.

Tuft & Needle Company Policies

Like nearly all mattresses sold online, Tuft & Needle ships in a box for free and will typically arrive at your door within a few days of placing the order. Here’s a look at some of the company’s other policies, all of which align with the industry standard.

Unboxing The Tuft & Needle Mattress

  • Risk-free trial period: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free
  • Returns: Free

Clearly, the majority of people keep their new mattress, otherwise Tuft & Needle, Purple, and the other mattresses that we’ve reviewed couldn’t afford to offer free shipping, trial periods, and free returns. Tuft & Needle says that 95% of people keep their bed. Once the bed arrives, here’s a look at how to properly unbox and set it up.

Tuft & Needle Vs. Other Brands

Tuft And Needle vs. Casper Mattress

Tuft & Needle and Casper are similar in many ways. Both mattresses have a soft neutral-foam feel and sleep temperature neutral, making them an appealing choice for most people. But the most significant difference between Tuft & Needle and Casper is cost, with T&N as the far more affordable option. Find out more in our Tuft & Needle vs Casper comparison.

Tuft And Needle vs. Purple Mattress

While both brands are prominent in the bed-in-a-box space, there isn’t a ton of similarity between Tuft & Needle and Purple. For example, Tuft & Needle mattresses have a soft neutral-foam feel, whereas Purple beds are made with the company’s proprietary gel-like Hyper-Elastic Polymer. In terms of cost, Tuft & Needle is a lot cheaper than Purple. Dig into the specifics in our Tuft & Needle vs Purple comparison.

Tuft And Needle vs. Layla Mattress

As you know by now, Tuft & Needle mattresses are made from soft neutral-foam and have just one firmness level. Layla mattresses, on the other hand, use fluffy memory foam and offer two different firmness levels — on the same bed! That’s because Layla mattresses can be flipped upside down, to sleep on either the “soft” or “firm” side. Both Tuft & Needle and Layla are well-priced, but you’ll save a bit more money if you buy a T&N mattress. Read more in our Tuft & Needle vs Layla comparison.


Is Tuft and Needle a good mattress?

Yes. It’s a comfortable foam mattress that’s highly affordable.

What sleeping surfaces can you place Tuft and Needle on?

Tuft & Needle is compatible with any solid surface that has next to no flex such as slatted frames and box springs. They even say that the bed is compatible with adjustable bed frames, although we didn’t put this to the test.

What is this mattress made of?

Tuft & Needle is made of two layers of foam and measures 10″ thick.

Does Tuft & Needle have memory foam?

No. That’s one of the key selling points with this bed. According to the tag, the bed is 100 percent poly foam, which is common for bed-in-a-box mattresses.

What other products does Tuft & Needle sell?

Tuft & Needle has plenty of other products in addition to its three mattresses. Tuft & Needle have sheet sets, duvets, a mattress protector, a mattress topper and a pillow. Even more, they have an entire furniture section of its website.

Where is Tuft & Needle made?

It’s made in the United States. If you think about it, that’s amazing considering this mattress sells for well under $1,000.

What certifications does Tuft & Needle have?

The entire T&N mattress has the UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification, which means that it helps to create a healthier indoor environment, among other things. Additionally, the foams are CertiPUR-US certified, which means they’re made without ozone depleters and certain harmful metals. The cover of the mattress is certified by OEKO-TEX and therefore does not contain any harmful chemicals.

Does Tuft & Needle have coils?

The Original Tuft & Needle mattress does not, however, the company does sell Tuft & Needle Hybrid, which is a coil mattress.

Where do I try a Tuft and Needle mattress?

You can try out your Tuft & Needle mattress at any of the store locations, or at many Sam’s Club, Lowe’s, Crate and Bar and Unruh.

Tuft & Needle was bought out by Serta Simmons. What’s that all about?

Truthfully, we don’t know much about why Serta Simmons bought Tuft & Needle. Our best guess is that the company will continue to operate as usually only Serta Simmons will take over manufacturing because that is one of its core competencies. There’s a chance we might see new T&N branded mattresses and other products, but for the most part, it’s probably going to be business as usual for Tuft & Needle and Serta Simmons.

How did the Slumber Yard get the Tuft & Needle bed?

We purchased this mattress via Amazon with our own funds. In fact, in a one-year span, we purchased two Tuft & Needle mattresses so we could test them, review them and share our thoughts with the public. Tuft & Needle also sent us a twin size mattress for our initial tests back in June 2017, however, the company did not pay us to write or say good or bad things about the bed. Our reviews are produced independently by our full-time staff members.

How often will I find a Tuft and Needle mattress sale?

Tuft & Needle seems to offer discounts around many popular holidays. Visit the Tuft & Needle site often so you don’t miss out.