September 28, 2014
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The Tuft and Needle mattress is one of the first direct-to-consumer mattresses to hit the market in this latest wave of mattress companies. They helped start the trend. When Tuft and Needle first came out, I was rather skeptical about buying a mattress online. But after trying it out and getting to understand the return policy, I’ve come to the conclusion that buying a mattress online is not a big risk to take. And these mattresses tend to be a lot less expensive than foam mattresses you’ll find in stores (and also a higher quality than the cheap Chinese foam mattresses you’ll find elsewhere on Amazon). I don’t think T&N is the best option out there, but it’s pretty good for the price, and it might be right for some people. Continue reading to see my thoughts in more detail.
What’s the appeal of Tuft and Needle?
First, what’s the appeal of Tuft and Needle to begin with? I think people are (rightfully) tired with and intimidated by the whole mattress buying process. They don’t want to deal with going into a showroom and haggling with dishonest salesmen, and they don’t want to be paralyzed with 80 different beds to choose from. It comes down to the two main fears customers have: they don’t want to buy the wrong mattress and they don’t want to pay a penny more than they have to. Buying something online can circumvent all of that haggling and limit the choices. So, they find a mattress online that is fairly inexpensive and which gets tremendous reviews. The allure is clear.
Construction of Tuft and Needle
The Tuft and Needle mattress is a 10 inch polyurethane foam mattress made in America. There is no memory foam, no latex foam, and no coils. The top 3 inches of the mattress is made of a proprietary formulation of pressure-relieving foam (they call it triple-layer blended foam). While it’s not technically latex or memory foam, it has some of the properties of each. It feels fairly similar to memory foam, but it is a little more bouncy (but not as bouncy as latex foam). Underneath that foam is 7 inches of a high density support foam that most foam mattresses have. The surface (or “ticking” as we call it in the bed biz) is a synthetic rayon/polyester blend. This is a fairly simple, straightforward mattress with no frills, which leads to the lower price point.
(Note: Older reviews from 2014 might state that the mattress is too hard. They re-formulated the mattress in the beginning of 2015, and this review reflects that change. It’s still firm, but it’s not as hard as it used to be.)
Tuft and Needle Pros and Cons
Here are some pros and cons of the Tuft and Needle mattresses
- Good reviews on Amazon. At the time of writing this, Tuft and Needle has has a 4.3/5 star rating on Amazon with almost 10,000 reviews. The people that own this mattress are happy with it.
- Free trial. They make the return process easy, so in this respect, it’s a low-risk purchase. (Note: If you buy through Amazon, you use the Amazon free trial. To get the full T&N free trial, buy from their website.)
- Price. T&N is $750 for a queen mattress, which is a little less than the average direct-to-consumer mattress.
- If you’re a back sleeper or a stomach sleeper, the firm support should keep you properly aligned.
- This will be a little on the firmer side, so if you’re a side sleeper with broad shoulders or wide hips, or are sensitive to pressure, it might be too firm.
- It doesn’t come with a boxspring, so you’ll need to buy one of those, a platform bed, or an adjustable base on your own.
- You can’t try it before you buy it (but this is mitigated by the in home trial)
Alternatives to the Tuft and Needle
There are a other online-only, American-made mattress companies out there.
If you’re looking for a higher quality foam mattress with a similar story and a similar return policy, consider Leesa Sleep. They use American-made memory foam and a new type of foam called Avena to offer more pressure-relieving support than the Tuft and Needle, but it’s at a higher price point. You can read my Leesa review here. (Note: I sleep on the Leesa, and it’s the mattress I recommend most out of all the direct-to-consumer mattresses).
For a lower priced alternative to Tuft and Needle at roughly the same quality, consider the Love & Sleep by Nest Bedding. (Here is my review). You have two firmness options and it’s over $100 cheaper in a queen.
If you want a coil mattress with a similar return policy and company story, you can also look into Saatva Inc. They have a similar company story, similar return policy, similar reviews, etc, but uses coils for a more traditional feel, and is more expensive than Tuft and Needle. (Foam mattresses generally get better customer satisfaction ratings, but some people just can’t get used to it and prefer a traditional feel). You can read my Saatva review here.
Concluding thoughts about Tuft and Needle
I don’t believe there is one mattress that is perfect for everybody, but there are some circumstances in which I think getting a Tuft and Needle would make sense.
- You don’t want to go through the hassle of mattress shopping, and are willing to return a mattress if it doesn’t work.
- You are on a tight budget, but still want a good quality foam mattress. This is a better option than cheap Chinese foam beds you might find elsewhere online or at Walmart.
- You’re a college student and need a decent mattress to get you through 4 years
- You’re a back or a stomach sleeper, or you otherwise like a firmer mattress. If you need a firm to medium-firm mattress, the Tuft and Needle will likely work.
- You’re moving to a new place and don’t want to take your old mattress, and don’t want to have to schedule a delivery time for a new mattress. This comes compressed in an easy-to-move box.
With that said, I would not necessarily recommend this as a long-term solution for most people if they can afford better. If you’re interested in a direct-to-consumer mattress, consider the Leesa mattress. It has a lot of the same benefits as Tuft and Needle, it has more specialty foam, but it’s about $200 more, depending on size. If you have the money, I think it’s worth the extra.
If you do get the Tuft and Needle for yourself for long term use, pay close attention to how it supports your back and whether it causes any pressure on your joints. If you feel any discomfort, don’t hesitate to send it back through their free trial.
Thank you for reading.
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