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Tulo is one of the more interesting bed-in-a-box mattresses partially because of the fact that it’s owned by Mattress Firm. It sells online via Tulo.com and MattressFirm.com as well as in-store at many of Mattress Firm’s locations.
While Tulo hasn’t been around as long as Purple, WinkBed, and many of the other mattresses that we’ve reviewed, it’s starting to gain some real steam. And we think for good reason. It comes in three different firmness levels, you can try in-store before you buy, and it’s offered at a very attractive price point, especially if you hunt for deals/coupons.
Like most bed in a box companies, Tulo offers free shipping, a risk-free trial period, and free returns. It will take about three to five business days for the mattress to arrive at your house. And when it does show up, as you’d expect, it is compressed and rolled up inside a box.
From there, Tulo gives you a 120 night trial period to test out the mattress. If, at any point in those first 119 nights, you decide you don’t like the mattress, just give the company a call and they will send someone to your house or apartment to pick up the mattress free of charge, and issue you a full refund.
As of late 2018, Tulo didn’t have a minimum trial period like you’ll see with Bear mattress and others, but they do “suggest” that you try it for at least 30 nights before you initiate a return. The idea here is that the bed needs a few a weeks to break in and your body needs a few weeks to adjust to a new mattress.
Tulo also backs their mattresses with a 10 year warranty, which is standard for the mattress industry. The warranty basically protects against manufacturing and material defects.
Tulo is priced a little lower than the average bed-in-a-box, but we wouldn’t consider this a “cheap” mattress in terms of quality. Here’s a pre-discount pricing breakdown.
|King / Cal King||$950|
Mattress Firm is almost always running sales in their stores and online. They discount Tulo quite often as well. You can check Tulo.com for current promotions. It would not at all surprise us to see you get $100 off or more. That’s how these mattress brands work. They set prices a bit high to leave room for deals.
Before we jump into the meat and potatoes of this review, it’s important to note that your body weight and composition affect how you experience a mattress.
Generally, heavier sleepers (250+ pounds) will feel as if most beds are on the softer side of the spectrum, while lighter sleepers will feel as if most mattresses are on the firmer side of the spectrum. This is because heavy folks exert a lot more force onto the surface of the mattress and, as a result, sink further into the mattress. Keep your body weight in mind as we move through this review. Also, just to be clear, it’s not entirely about your weight. Your height comes into play as well. It’s really more about your body weight distribution or BMI.
It’s important to note that Tulo comes in three firmness levels: Soft, Medium (most popular), and Firm. The exact construction of the bed will depend on which model you get, but by and large they’re all pretty similar.
The Tulo mattress is comprised of four layers of foam, designed to provide comfort and pressure relief. The bottom foundation is made out of 5” of a high density polyurethane foam. It’s the firmest of the four layers. On top of the support foam is a 1.5” layer of high resiliency firm foam. It’s meant to reduce surface compression and act as a transition layer between the firm base layer and the softer top layers. The next layer is a 1.5” layer of a responsive poly foam. Finally, the top layer is 2” of Tulo’s proprietary blend of titanium particles and a “Cool Flow” ventilated memory foam. That’s fancy talk for “gel memory foam.”
Wrapping the entire mattress is a soft, breathable, knitted Polyester and Tencel blend cover. It’s about medium thickness, and feels like your typical mattress cover. While you can technically remove the cover, Tulo doesn’t recommend it.
There aren’t cleaning instructions provided with the mattress, or listed on Tulo’s website. However, if you spill something on the bed, or it gets dirty with daily use, most online brands recommend spot cleaning the mattress with a mild detergent and water.
Even though Tulo is an all-foam mattress with a layer of memory foam on top, it doesn’t feel as soft as you might expect. You get a bit of that memory foam feel thanks to the top layer, but it’s very mild. We actually think it has more of a neutral-foam feel—you do get pressure relief, but you won’t feel as if you’re stuck in the mattress. Tulo actually reminds us of Yogabed and Tuft & Needle.
Overall, we’d put the Tulo Medium version in the medium range on our firmness scale (funny how that works out sometimes). The mattress finds a nice balance between support and pressure relief.
But again keep in mind, this is through the eyes (or body) of an average size person. The firmness of the mattress will vary a little bit depending on your weight. With that said, an average size person should expect the Firm version to land closer to a medium-firm and the Soft version to be a little closer to a medium-soft.
The top layers of the Tulo mattress bounce back fairly quickly after pressure is released. We were impressed by the responsive time, considering the top layer of the bed is made out of memory foam. Many memory foam beds contour to your body so much that it requires extra effort to switch sleeping positions throughout the night.
However, that’s not the case with the Tulo mattress. We actually found it fairly easy to switch between positions. First, thanks to the firmer nature of the mattress, you really don’t sink into the bed. Also, the bed doesn’t really contour to your body and hug you. As such, you always feel like you’re on top of the mattress rather that in it. This makes it easy to switch positions.
The short answer is yes, Tulo is just fine for side sleepers. The longer answer is it depends on the firmness level you choose for your mattress. If you’re really concerned with pressure relief and finding a softer mattress, you should looking into the Soft model. If you sleep on your side sometimes, but not exclusively, you should consider the Medium option.
The bed does conform to your shoulders and hips and provides a nice amount of pressure relief (especially the Soft model), but if you want a truly plush foam mattress you might consider Nolah or Layla. Those beds are made entirely for side sleepers that want a really soft mattress.
Yes, Tulo is a good option for back and stomach sleepers—both the Medium and Firm version. You feel supported when lying flat, and the bed doesn’t sink in too much, which means your spine should remain aligned while you sleep.
In general, stomach and back sleepers naturally seek out firmer beds, which Tulo offers. What you’re looking for is a bed that doesn’t leave you with an achy lower back in the morning. That will usually mean that the bed is too soft. It’s actually a good idea to start off with a slightly firmer bed and allow it to soften over time.
While heavier sleepers would probably be fine on the firm version in the short-term, we worry about long-term durability. Heavier sleepers exert so much pressure on a bed, we worry the mattress will sink down too much over time.
We usually steer heavy folks towards beds that contain coils for added support. If you weigh over 250 pounds, we’d recommend checking out our list of the Best Hybrid, Coil & Innerspring Mattresses.
Typically, we rate beds as either cool, neutral or warm. We’d rate the Tulo mattress as neutral, which means the mattress won’t actively keep you cool, but you shouldn’t feel like you are burning up in the middle of the night either.
But keep in mind, that’s for an average size person. Your weight will play a role in how warm or cool you feel on a mattress. The Tulo mattresses (Firm, Medium, Soft) will all sleep differently, but the firmer you go, the cooler the mattress will feel, since you won’t be sinking in as much. When you sink in the top layers too much, the mattress sort of hugs you, like a blanket.
The Tulo Medium mattress limits motion transfer extremely well. In general, memory foam and all-foam mattresses are better at deadening movement than beds with coils. Tulo easily passed our test. We placed a half-full glass of water on end of the bed and then started rolling/walking around on the other end and we barely noticed any movement in the glass. It was quite impressive.
Overall, if you or your partner toss and turn or get up a lot during the middle of the night, we don’t think there will be any issues waking each other up.
This is an important topic for couples who share a smaller size bed (full or twin XL) and tend to move around quite a bit as they sleep. A lot of times with couples, one person ends up hogging the middle of the bed leaving the other person sort of stranded near the edge.
Obviously, in this situation, it’s important the edge of the bed can still properly support the person. After all, no one wants to feel like they are going to fall off the bed.
The Tulo mattress performs quite well in this category for an all-foam bed. Typically, hybrid and innerspring beds are best when it comes to edge support but still Tulo can hold its own. We’d put it on par with the premium all-foam mattresses in this department.
Overall, we were pretty impressed with the Tulo mattress given its price tag. Mattress Firm has a done a good job constructing and marketing this bed. We see it as a more affordable alternative to Casper and Leesa.
How did the Slumber Yard team get this mattress?
|Mattress Firm sent us this mattress; however, we are under no obligation to provide a favorable review or endorsement of these products. We retain full editorial control over the content on our website and have not accepted any monetary compensation from the brands to provide this review.|
What bed frame should I use?
|Tulo works on any flat, sturdy surface such as a platform bed, a frame with wooden or metal slats, or a box spring. Tulo says their mattress will also work on an adjustable bed frame.|
What are some suggested sheets for the Tulo mattress?
|Most standard sheets should work with your Tulo mattress. At 10”, it is not a particularly thick mattress.|
How should I care for this mattress?
|Tulo doesn’t have explicit care instructions for their mattress. Most bed-in-a-box companies suggest spot cleaning, if your mattress gets dirty. Although the cover is technically removable, they don’t recommend you machine wash. However, if need be, Tulo does offer replacement mattress covers. For replacement covers, email [email protected]|
What does Tulo mean?
|Tulo means “sleep” in Chichewa, the native language of Zambia. It is also the Finnish word for “income.”|