September 28, 2014
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The Tuft & 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.
The short version: The Tuft & Needle is a decent mattress for the price. It’s one of the more inexpensive options out there, but you get a lot for what you pay. That said, I’d recommend one of the higher quality mattresses for every night use by an adult. The Tuft & Needle is great for guest rooms, dorm rooms, temporary use, etc.
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 thousands of 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.
- Price. T&N is $575 for a queen mattress, which is a lot 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.
- The foams are a little more basic than most other direct-to-consumer mattresses, and it may be more suited to guest room or temporary use.
- 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)
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 higher quality direct-to-consumer mattress, check out my Mattress Quiz here
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.