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Sam's Club X Tuft & Needle Mattress Review

Materials: Foam

Firmness: 7.5

Warranty: 10 years

Trial Period: None

Price Range: $250-$574

The Mattress Nerd’s Take: Tuft and Needle, one of the most well-known bed-in-a-box mattress brands, has partnered with Sam’s Club to release a lower-cost version of its flagship mattress made with T&N’s signature Adaptive® Foam.

The result is the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle mattress: a firm mattress (around a 7 or 8 out of 10 on our scale) that’s good for back sleepers, stomach sleepers and anyone who’s looking for a little extra back support at a great price. Side sleepers probably won’t get a soft cradling feeling on their hips and shoulders with this firm mattress, so they should probably look for a different style that cradles their pressure points.

And if you’re plus-sized (230 lbs. or more), this 10” mattress may not offer enough layers to keep you feeling supported. In this mattress review, we’ll take an in-depth look at this mattress to help you decide whether it’s right for you.

Who is the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle Mattress Best for?

Body Type: BACK SLEEPERS STOMACH SLEEPERS SIDE SLEEPERS
Lightweight (< 130 lbs):  5 5 3
Average weight (130 – 230 lbs): 5 5 3
Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):  4 4 2

1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent

Back Sleepers

If you’re a lightweight or average weight back sleeper, the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle mattress should support and distribute your weight evenly across your back. During the night, the mattress should keep your shoulders and hips properly elevated.

Even though the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle is a foam mattress, the comfort layer is made with a firmer foam than traditional memory foam and won’t let your body dip down into the mattress.

In order to avoid back pain, back sleepers should sleep on a supportive mattress with a firmness level on the higher side of the scale. With a firmness level around a 7 or 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale, the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle should work well for you. On a more plush mattress, you might feel yourself “dipping” into the comfort layers and thus pulling your spine out of its proper alignment.

If you’re a heavyweight sleeper (above 230 lbs), you might experience more of that “sinking” when you lay on your back on this mattress. A mattress that’s 10” thick, like the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle, simply may not have enough layers of material to help you feel supported for years.

Stomach Sleepers

If you sleep on your stomach, you should have one main consideration when choosing a new mattress: does it keep your hips elevated? If a mattress is too soft, your hips can dip down too far into the mattress. This bends the spine into an uncomfortable position that can lead to discomfort throughout the night and even lead to lower back pain after you wake up.

The Sam’s Club X Tuft and Needle mattress is firm enough to keep your hips supported and promote spinal alignment if you’re lightweight or average-weight and sleep on your side. However, if you’re a heavyweight stomach sleeper (we define “heavyweight” as 230 lbs or more), we’d recommend looking into a thicker mattress. This 10” mattress may not be enough to leave you feeling fully supported.

Side Sleepers

If you’re a side sleeper of any body type, it might be best to steer clear of this mattress (or any firm to medium-firm mattress, for that matter). The top foam layer of Sam’s Club X Tuft and Needle is simply not plush enough to keep your shoulders and hips cradled.

Lightweight sleepers and average-weight sleepers won’t be able to sink into the mattress enough for cradling around the shoulders and hips, and even plus-size sleepers will experience too much pressure in their shoulders with this mattress. This can lead to uncomfortable pressure on the joints throughout the night and even improper spinal alignment.

Though this mattress works well for back sleepers, it just won’t offer a proper balance between support and cradling that side sleepers need.

If you’re a side sleeper who experiences joint pain or has arthritis, this mattress probably won’t cushion your shoulders, hips or even elbows as much as you might prefer. Look for something on the softer side for optimal comfort.

And if you find yourself in possession of this mattress and want to make do (hey, it happens), consider adding a pillow top as a first layer. That can help add some extra pressure relief on your joints.

Combination Sleepers

To decide whether the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle mattress is right for you, consider what positions you usually switch between during the night. If you spend much of the night sleeping on your side, this mattress probably won’t be the best choice for you. Its firm Adaptive foam will put too much pressure on your hips and shoulders without cradling your shoulders, hips and even elbows.

If you’re an average weight or lightweight combination sleeper who switches between your back and your stomach, the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle might just become your new best friend.

The firm foam will keep your hips from sinking into the mattress and bending your spine, helping you avoid back pain. But if you’re plus-sized, it might be helpful to forgo the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle in favor of a mattress specifically designed for larger people.

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How Does the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle Mattress Feel? 

Responsiveness, Bounce and Ease of Movement 

Responsiveness is a key consideration when buying a mattress, especially if you move around often during the night. While some people enjoy the feeling of sleeping “in” the mattress (pressed into the comfort layer), others like to move around easily without feeling too bogged down.

Our team of Nerds tried laying on the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle mattress in all the common sleeping positions, and we found that it’s quite easy to move from position to position. This is great news for combination sleepers who switch positions during the night and want to do so with ease. While some might not love how firm this mattress feels, its firmness means you won’t sink down into the foam layers.

Because this bed is an all-foam mattress and doesn’t contain innersprings, you won’t feel much of a bounce when moving around on its surface. But on the other hand, the firm foam used in its construction means you won’t sink too far into the mattress. When we pressed into the mattress, the indentation stayed for a few seconds before the foam eased back to its original position.

Bottom line? While the mattress probably isn’t the most responsive one on the market, you shouldn’t feel like you’re stuck in it.

How Firm Is This Mattress?

If you love sleeping on a really firm mattress, The Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle is a good fit for you. In fact, that’s one of the main differences that sets it apart from the Tuft & Needle flagship mattress available on T&N’s website: this design is a bit firmer than that model.

While the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle is not the absolute firmest mattress we’ve ever tried, it’s a solid 7 or 8 out of 10 on our firmness scale. That makes it great for lightweight to average-weight back sleepers who want a solid, stabilizing mattress and aren’t too worried about softness or cradling their joints.

If you’re on the heavier side (here at Mattress Nerd, we define that as over 230 lbs) the mattress might be a bit too thin to keep you properly supported for years and years. We’d recommend looking for a firm mattress specifically designed for plus-size sleepers.

If you’re looking for a mattress that feels as soft as a cloud, it’s probably best to pass this one up or consider pairing it with a plush mattress topper. Some Nerds on our testing team who love soft, plushy mattresses immediately knew that the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle was too firm for them.

But still, there’s an added bonus to this tough exterior: foam mattresses aren’t known for being especially long-lasting, but the denser foam used in the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle construction might enhance the mattress’ durability.

Does It Sleep Hot? 

Sometimes you can detect a mattress’ cooling capabilities just by laying a hand on its surface and feeling that it’s cool to the touch. That’s not the case with the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle. The cover of the mattress doesn’t provide any extra cooling measures, like we see in some other all-foam mattresses, so the cover felt warm to the touch during our mattress test.

Though the original Tuft & Needle has cooling gel and charcoal mixed into its foam for extra cooling, the Sam’s Club version of the T&N doesn’t have those measures.

Moreover, though the company’s website calls the foam layers “breathable,” you can unzip the mattress and see that they’re still simply flat layers of foam. An egg-crate design or gel infusion would have been a lot more effective at cooling than this bed’s simple layered design.

The Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle is an all-foam mattress with no major mitigation in terms of heat production. All-foam beds (particularly memory foam mattresses) are notorious for sleeping hot because dense layers of memory foam make it difficult for heat to dissipate away from your body. You might consider skipping this mattress if you tend to sleep hot.

Is the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle Mattress Good For Couples? 

If you’re sleeping with a partner who tends to toss and turn throughout the night (or gets up for midnight snacks), you already know the importance of motion isolation. The best motion isolating mattresses stifle the feeling of movement from one side of the bed to the other even if your partner – or a pet – can’t seem to stay still.

Since the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle is an all-foam bed with dense layers, it isolates motion pretty well. During our motion isolation test, the Nerds noticed that movement can be felt throughout the bed when one partner gets in and out, but unless you’re an exceptionally light sleeper you shouldn’t be disturbed by that movement during the night.

How’s the Edge Support? 

This mattress has exceptional edge support, meaning you can sit or lie right at the edge of the mattress without feeling like the material gives way. This is perfect for those who have trouble getting out of bed in the morning and who need a little extra support.

It’s also good for couples who choose a smaller size mattress like a full or queen and like to use every square inch of the space. If you’re going to be exiled to the edge of the bed by a stretched-out sleep partner, you want to at least feel supported!

Edge support is where the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle really shines. Though the mattress dipped a little when we took turns sitting on the edge of it, nobody felt like they’d slip off the edge. When we laid along the edge of this bed in our mattress lab, we felt completely supported.

How’s the Unboxing Experience?

The unboxing experience for this mattress was quick and not too much of a hassle. The mattress is only 10” thick and a queen weighs only 62 lbs, so it’s not difficult to get the mattress out of the box and maneuver it on our slatted bed frame. It took less than three minutes to get the mattress out of its box and set up, and it appeared to expand almost immediately once the shrink wrap was cut away.

Our team noticed a bit of a chemical odor when we unboxed the mattress, but it didn’t last for too long after the mattress expanded and sat in the open on a bedframe for a little while. Several online reviews of the mattress reported minimal off-gassing, but any foam mattress is likely to give off a smell after being condensed into a box and shipped to your door.

Our best advice for off-gassing? After placing the new mattress on a box spring or slatted bed frame, turn on a ceiling or box fan in the room after unboxing it and don’t put sheets on it for the first few hours after unboxing. That should give the new mattress ample time to air out.

When we removed the cover on this mattress to take a look at its foam, we noticed that it was almost impossible to grab the zipper on the cover with your fingers. Our team ended up using a paperclip to grab the zipper and start unzipping the mattress. This is a relatively easy fix, but something to keep in mind if you anticipate removing the cover often.

Pro tip: if you’re prone to spills and splashes and want to protect your mattress’ soft outer cover, you might want to consider a mattress protector.

Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle Construction

Layer #1: Woven Cover: The Sam’s Club website advertises this mattress’ woven cover as “breathable,” and it’s certainly not overwhelmingly weighty. Still, there are no extra cooling measures built into the mattress cover.

If you tend to sleep hot, it’s a good idea to look for an all-foam mattress with extra cooling measures in the outer cover or the foam. Or, better yet, consider choosing a hybrid mattress or an innerspring mattress for extra breathability. If you don’t sleep hot, this soft removable cover shouldn’t be a problem.

Layer #2: T&N Adaptive Foam: Like the Tuft & Needle Original mattress, the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle is made primarily with two layers of foam: a bottom base layer and a layer of high-quality Tuft & Needle Adaptive foam.

This adaptive foam, which lies directly beneath the mattress cover, is different from memory foam because of its “natural springback,” in the words of a friendly T&N customer service rep we called. That means the foam is designed to quickly regain its original position without the “sinking” feeling of memory foam, no matter what position you lay in.

Layer #3: Base Layer Support Foam: The base layer of foam on the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle is thicker than the first layer and designed to keep the mattress firm and stable. Having a thick layer of base foam in an all-foam mattress also enhances durability.

Though this mattress feels on the thinner side, its firm base layer shouldn’t undergo sagging. Because of this thinner base layer, we see this mattress as a great fit for side and back sleepers who need a mattress that’s less expensive and easy to move. It’s perfect for college apartments or a short stint in a new city.

How Much Does the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle Cost?

Mattress Size Price Dimensions Height Weight
Twin $250 37.5″W x 74.5″L 10″ 37 lbs
Twin XL $300 38″W x 79.5″L 10″ 39 lbs
Full $374 53.5″W x 74.5″L 10″ 51 lbs
Queen $450 60″W x 79.5″L 10″ 62 lbs
King $574 76″W x 79.5″L 10″ 77 lbs
California King $574 72″W x 83.5″L 10″ 78 lbs

Check out our Tuft & Needle Mattress Coupons page for an even better deal on this great brand! 

How Do the Policies Measure Up? 

Sleep Trial, Warranty & Shipping

The Sam’s Club was X Tuft & Needle is delivered to your door for free. It comes vacuum-packed in a cardboard shipping box, one of the markers of a typical bed-in-a-box mattress.

The entire line of Tuft & Needle X Sam’s Club mattresses comes with a 10-year limited warranty. Sam’s Club also offers a great return policy (comparable to Costco’s return policy) and a Satisfaction Guarantee. 

There’s no mattress sleep trial noted on the Sam’s Club mattress product listing page, and it’s also difficult to find the Sam’s Club mattress return policy on their website. It looks like your best bet for returning a Sam’s Club mattress is to bring it to a brick-and-mortar Sam’s Club to obtain a full refund. Sam’s Club does not offer exchanges on online purchases.

Though there’s no specific mattress return policy, Sam’s Club offers a generous return policy for most items. Online orders can be returned online with a printable shipping label, although it’s unclear how Sam’s Club would like their bed-in-a-box mattresses to be shipped back. Again, it’s best to bring it into a store.

Issues like this are why it’s important to consider where you purchase your mattress as well as the type of mattress you choose. Sam’s Club’s return policy is well-known – it’s somewhat similar to Costco’s famed return policy – and we’re confident that the company will work with you to get your money back.

Still, other online mattress companies and brick-and-mortar mattress stores offer free white-glove delivery and even offer to take away your old mattress for free. There’s definitely value in the convenience of a mega-store like Sam’s Club – including a stellar price point – but you miss out on some mattress-company specific perks.

Comparing the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle Mattress

Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle vs The Tuft & Needle 

Tuft & Needle

The Tuft and Needle mattress is perfect if you want to avoid the hassle of mattress shopping and want the option to return a mattress if it doesn’t work. If you are on a budget but still, want a good quality foam mattress this is a perfect mattress.

Tuft & Needle’s original mattress is mad with several foam layers, including T&N’s proprietary Adaptive foam. It’s a bit softer than the Sam’s Club version and somewhat less cooling, but the two beds are still designed similarly.

See our full Tuft & Needle Mattress Review to learn more. 

Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle vs Tuft & Needle Mint 

Tuft and Needle Mint

While not actually considered “memory foam”, the Mint is an excellent all foam mattress. Made with their proprietary Adaptive Foam layers that protect the back and cradle the hips, the Mint is an appealing all-foam option. Not to mention, its layers are infused with heat-wicking graphite to maintain a cool sleeping surface.

Two inches thicker than the original Tuft & Needle mattress, the Tuft & Needle Mint is made with three foam layers covered by a polyblend quilted material. The cooling foam construction and natural motion-isolating properties make it a great fit for couples.

Read our full Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress Review to learn more. 

Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle vs The Tuft & Needle Nod 

Tuft & Needle Nod

The Nod by Tuft & Needle mattress was exclusively designed for Amazon. It is an 8-inch medium-firm memory foam mattress. It is designed with two powerful layers of polyfoam. The first is the comfort layer, which absorbs and cradles the body to relieve pressure points. The second is a high-density support layer which gives the bed stability and weight distribution.

Though this version of the Tuft & Needle mattress isn’t quite supportive enough for heavier sleepers, it’s still a great mattress for side, back, stomach and combination sleepers (those who sleep in multiple positions). It’s a great pick for an inexpensive, yet almost universally- accommodating mattress.

Read our full Tuft & Needle Nod Mattress Review to learn more. 

Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle vs The Tuft & Needle Hybrid

Tuft and Needle Hybrid

Tuft & Needle was one of the first online, direct-to-consumer mattress operations in the game. The company says it had a large hand in teaching consumers not to settle for sleight-of-hand sales techniques of mattress stores and providing quality sleep products at good prices.

The Tuft & Needle Hybrid combines a pillow-top layer, coils and foam to create a durable bed that’s great for most sleep positions and heavier sleepers. Even those who traditionally sleep hot should find what they’re looking for in the T&N Hybrid’s breathable coils and gel-infused foam.

Read our full Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress Review to learn more. 

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What’s the Bottom Line?

The Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle mattress is a great foam mattress for back sleepers and stomach sleepers who don’t tend to sleep hot. Though the T&N Adaptive foam in the top layer of the mattress conforms to different sleeping positions, we don’t recommend this firm mattress for side sleepers. It simply won’t have enough cradling power for side sleepers who need a softer bed to cradle their joints.

Overall, the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle is a great quality mattress that stems from a collaboration between two reputable brands. If you’ve been on the hunt for a firm, supportive mattress, we think you’ll love it.

FAQs

What’s the difference between the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle and the original Tuft & Needle mattress? 

The Sam’s Club Tuft & Needle is still made with T&N’s adaptive foam, but the foam doesn’t have as much of a cooling capability as the original mattress. The Sam’s Club version is also a bit firmer and less expensive than the original T&N version.

Should you flip your Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle mattress? 

The foam layering in the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle means the mattress is designed to be used right-side-up. Still, the mattress can be rotated 180 degrees on the bed frame if you’d like.

How long does it take to ship the Sam’s Club X Tuft & Needle Mattress? 

It should take between 2 to 6 business days for the Sam’s Club X T&N to ship.

 


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