Tulo Mattress Review
Tulo is an affordable budget mattress that's made entirely of foam and comes in three firmness levels
Last Updated: January 5, 2021Matt Ross
It's no secret that the bed in a box mattress concept has exploded in the last few years. However, some consumers are unaware that Mattress Firm, one of the largest mattress retailers in the United States, also offers the Tulo Mattress, which competes with Casper, Tuft & Needle, Purple, and others.
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Shoppers looking for an affordable bed-in-a-box
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If you prefer hybrid or innerspring beds
Tulo Mattress Overview
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.Being a sleep industry veteran with their roots in the traditional brick-and-mortar mattress space, Tulo came to play with the Tulo Mattress; their version of the all-foam bed-in-a-box. To learn all about this quality bed and its wallet-friendly price tag, continue along in our review.
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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.
Tulo Design And Construction
The Tulo mattress stands at 10″ tall and is comprised of four layers of foam, designed to provide comfort and pressure relief.
- Base layer – the bottom foundation is made out of 5” of a high density polyurethane foam and it’s the firmest of the four layers
- Transition layer – on top of the support foam is a 1.5” layer of high resiliency firm foam meant to reduce surface compression, and act as a transition layer between the firm base layer and the softer top layers
- Middle layer – The next layer is a 1.5” layer of a responsive poly foam
- Comfort layer – Finally, the top layer is 2” of Tulo’s proprietary blend of titanium particles and a “Cool Flow” ventilated memory foam (fancy talk for gel memory foam)
It’s important to note that Tulo Mattress 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.
About The Mattress Cover
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.
Tulo Mattress Firmness And Feel
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.
Tulo Sleeper Style Analysis
Thanks to the firm nature of the mattress, you really don’t sink into the bed. The bed also 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 than 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 look 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.
Stomach And Back Sleepers
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.
Body Type Analysis
Heavy Body Types
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 230 pounds, we’d recommend checking out our list of the Best Hybrid, Coil & Innerspring Mattresses.
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.
Petite To Medium Sleepers
For those of you who weigh under ~230 lbs, you’re usually in the clear for any mattress construction whether it be all-foam, innerspring (like the traditional mattress you used to have at your parents or grandparents’ house. As such, the Tulo Mattress is perfectly accommodating.
Tulo Mattress Pricing
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|
Is There A Tulo Mattress Coupon Or Discount Code?
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.
Tulo Mattress Temperature Regulation
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.
Tulo Mattress Review Verdict
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.
Like most bed in a box companies, Tulo offers several different policies to make you feel more comfortable about purchasing a bed online
- Free shipping and returns
- 120-night trial
- 10-year warranty
Tulo Bed In A Box Consumer Ratings
- Tulo Mattress Reviews Amazon: Overall, Tulo received a 4-star rating for its mattresses on Amazon. Most 1-star reviews mentioned the firmness of the mattress, which ultimately comes down to preference.
- Tulo Mattress Review Reddit: Reviews for Tulo mattresses on Reddit were both positive and negative. Again, many reviewers cited the firmness of the mattress (remember it comes in three firmness levels). Others said it was a very good mattress for the price.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tulo is a foam mattress that comes in three different firmness options.
We think side sleepers will be able to find a Tulo mattress that makes them happy—they offer three different firmness options.
How long does a Tulo Mattress last?
As with all-foam beds, that depends on how well you take care of your mattress, if you follow the care instructions and whether or not you are a large-framed person or light-weight.
Is the Tulo Mattress toxic?
No. Like many newly manufactured products, the Tulo does off-gas VOCs. However, they are not toxic and should dissipate quickly.
What is the Tulo mattress warranty?
Tulo offers a 120-day trial and a 10-year warranty on its mattresses.