Tuft and Needle Mattress Review for 2018 – Cheaper But Best Quality
In this Tuft and Needle mattress review, we will take a look at the features that make the Tuft & Needle Mattress with Adaptive Foam one of the best mattresses in the market. We want to call attention to the recognition bestowed to it as Consumer Reports’ Best Buy Mattress.
Keep in mind, nonetheless, that it may be among the best mattresses but it isn’t designed for use by every Tom, Dick and Harry. Personal preferences will still largely determine whether you will purchase the Tuft & Needle mattress or not – but we definitely hope that you will buy it!
Tuft and Needle Review (About The Company)
The manufacturer of the Tuft & Needle mattress, also known as Tuft & Needle, is a relative newcomer to the industry. Established in 2012, the company sought to improve the shopping experience for mattresses by focusing on the following aspects:
- Offering mattresses at a more affordable and transparent cost
- Providing high-quality mattresses that deliver on support and comfort, as well as cooling feeling and pressure relief
- Giving its customers excellent customer services
The Tuft and Needle mattress, by the way, is just a single mattress in the sense that there’s only one version of it. But there are several sizes to choose from.
The Good and Bad of Tuft &Needle Mattress
The Tuft & Needle mattress has several good aspects including:
- Made of high-grade adaptive foam
- Strong and sturdy construction designed for long-term use
- Provides the right balance between comfort (soft) and support (firm) for its users
- Offers minimal motion transfer, or localized bounce, and maximum pressure relief
- Reasonable price
- Comes with a 100-night trial and 10-year warranty
But there are also bad aspects including:
- Maybe too firm for people who are under 110 pounds
- Requires a 72-hour period for its full inflation
- Has a slight to moderate chemical smell upon opening
Why Should You Buy Tuft & Needle Mattress?
The popularity of the Tuft & Needle mattress is on the rise and we’re not surprised because it has several great things going for it.
Every customer appreciates the professional – courteous and competent, to be exact – services provided by the manufacturer’s and/or retailer’s staff. In case of the Tuft & Needle customer services, most reviewers agree that it’s among the best in the niche.
Tuft & Needle apparently goes out of its way to ensure customer satisfaction, even answering emails and calling customers to provide answers to questions, give guidance on the best box springs, and attend to other concerns. Indeed, the best online shopping experience can be enhanced by satisfactory interactions with the concerned staff.
The company offers the following perks for buyers of its Tuft & Needle mattress:
- A 100-night trial period
- 10-year warranty
- Free shipping anywhere within the contiguous United States
You can get the details information here.
The mattress, by the way, arrives in compressed form.
Size and Pricing Information
The Tuft & Needle mattress is available in several sizes, namely: (The information is arranged as size, dimensions, weight, and estimated price)
- Twin (39” x 75 x 10″) 50 pounds, price about $325
- Twin XL (39″ x 80″ x 10″) 52 pounds, price about $375
- Full (54” x 75” x 10”) 63 pounds, price about $475
- Queen (60” x 80” x 10”) 72 pounds, price about $575
- King (76” x 80” x 10”) 94 pounds, price about $700
- California King (72” x 84” x 10”) 94 pounds, price about $700
These are standard sizes in the mattress industry so it should be easy to choose a Tuft & Needle mattress for your own bed. The prices are also in the mid-range but, again, these are reasonable considering the benefits that come from its use.
Number of Layers
The mattress only has three layers, a fairly standard number in the industry. When you look at these layers, you will agree that each one has its specific functions in providing overall comfort and support. But the comfort layer plays the biggest role in its overall feel.
These layers are:
- The cover is a blend of polyester and Tactel, a cotton substitute that dries faster than natural cotton. The stretchy fabric, which we have to say is fairly thin, allows better air flow so you can enjoy a cooler sleeping surface.
- The comfort layer is a 3-inch thick layer consisting of the Tuft & Needle proprietary foam, a type of polyurethane foam with a 2.9-pound density. This is the most important part of the mattress because it’s where the desired comfort and support comes from, so to speak.
- The base layer is the bottom layer and the thickest one at 7 inches; it’s also poly foam but with a lower density at 1.8 pounds. This serves as the mattress’ foundational support and, thus, it’s important for giving the entire mattress its shape and structure.
When taken together, the Tuft & Needle mattress has a 10-inch thickness regardless of the size.
We also observed that the seams and stitches on the mattress appear to be sturdy, too. This means that it should withstand several years of regular use, even when the bed may be subjected to the occasional heavy movements.
The mattress has different feels, so to speak, as you press into it. The top foam layer with its Tuft & Needle proprietary foam has a softer feel so it quickly responds to pressure, especially when you lie down on the mattress.
You should then enjoy a comfortable sleeping experience because the first foam layer conforms and contours to your body’s natural shape albeit not as well as memory foam. But since memory foam often causes a sleeping hot experience, it’s a good thing.
The base layer feels firmer under your finger but it’s to be expected as it acts as the mattress’ support layer. You can credit it for the supportive experience you get from sleeping on the mattress.
You will also likely find that it’s the layer responsible for providing pressure relief for your sore shoulders, back and hips. After a few nights of sleeping on it, your aches and pains will be significantly reduced, if not removed. You may even toss and turn less during your restless nights.
We must also point out that the feeling of firmness will vary from one person to the next. But in the case of the Tuft & Needle mattress, we can say that it definitely falls into the medium firmness category. This may be attributed to the absence of a transition layer between the two foam layers.
The result: The mattress will likely address the general needs for balanced comfort and support for most people who have no specialized needs in these aspects. But if you prefer a softer or a firmer mattress for whatever reason, then you may reconsider buying it.
You may find that it’s too firm if you like soft mattresses that provides a floating-in-the-cloud, sink-into-the-mattress feeling. You may, on the other, find it too soft if you want a more supportive mattress as part of, say, your scoliosis treatment.
But in many a Tuft and Needle mattress review, buyers agree that it’s a great choice for people with generalized needs in a bed.
Sink and Pressure Tests
Yet another way that the firmness level and overall sturdiness of a mattress can be measured, although not scientifically, is the sink test. Basically, it involves testing the number of inches that balls of different weights will sink into the mattress. It’s a rough measurement of the compression capability of a foam mattress.
In a casual sink test, a 6-pound medicine ball will sink 1.5 inches into the mattress while an 8-pound medicine ball will sink 2.5 inches. A heavier 100-pound ball, which can represent an average person’s weight, sinks 6 inches into it.
Basically, the mattress has a good compression rate – neither too soft nor too firm in average standards.
But for a more accurate representation of the compression of the mattress, a pressure test was also performed. It involves placing a pressure map on the mattress, lying on it in different positions, and analyzing the pressure points shown on the map.
Even with non-scientific pressure test, the results are clear. The mattress evenly distributes the weight of a person lying on it for as long as he is either in an on-the-stomach or on-the-back position. Back and stomach sleepers will likely find that it’s a great bed for them – or for you.
But when lying on the side, the pressure shifts for obvious reasons. If you’re a side sleeper, your weight become concentrated on a smaller surface area so you’re pushing further into the mattress. You will then find that it becomes a firmer sleeping surface than when you’re sleeping on your stomach or back.
These results in the sink and pressure tests are fairly standard for foam mattresses of this kind.
If you’re sharing a mattress with another person, you should find one with little motion transference. Basically, the movement of your partner on his/her side of the bed shouldn’t disrupt your own sleep on your side.
You won’t feel like you’re on a boat in the high seas with less motion transference. You can then enjoy a better night’s sleep, which can also be said for your partner if you’re the restless sleeper.
The Tuft & Needle mattress has a low motion transfer so it doesn’t disappoint in this area. Unless your partner is jumping up and down on the bed, you should be able to ride out the disturbance from his/her nocturnal bed movements.
Modern mattresses are also tested based on their edge support, a term that refers to the strength of the overall structure. There are three ways to test edge support:
- Lie on your back near the edge of the mattress. You should still feel even support from its center part even as there’s a slight compression at the edge.
- Lie sideways near the edge of the mattress, too. You may also feel a slight compression, a normal occurrence, but you shouldn’t feel like you’re going to fall off.
- Sit at the edge of the bed as if you’re just getting up or you’re putting on your shoes. You may observe more compression but the mattress still holds up.
In all three tests, the Tuft & Needle mattress performs satisfactorily.
Suitability Based on Person Size and Sleep Position
The Tuft and Needle mattress is suitable for almost all kind of sleep position. Please check details below.
For Average-Sized People
The mattress is ideal for average-sized people, or those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. Its medium-firm level means that these people will appreciate the right balance between comfort and support.
For Heavy People
This is also suitable for use by heavy people with body weights of 230 pounds and up. Its 10-inch thick layers of comfort and support foam should be able to withstand the pressure although there will be limitations. For example, a bottoming cannot be prevented when a person is seated on it.
For Light People
The mattress may be too firm for people under 130 pounds and it’s especially pronounced among side sleepers. Again, the reason may be due to the fact that their lightweight doesn’t put as much pressure on the mattress.
For Side Sleeper
Due to its medium-firm quality, the mattress is a satisfactory to highly satisfactory choice for side sleepers, especially for average-sized and large people. Light people may find it just a tad too firm.
For Back Sleeper
People who prefer sleeping on their backs report that the Tuft & Needle mattress provides the nearly excellent balance of support for their pressure points and comfort for their bodies.
For Stomach Sleeper
The medium-firm quality of the mattress also makes it suitable for stomach sleepers although certain adjustments in position may be necessary.
To wrap up this Tuft & Needle mattress review, we have to emphasize that it’s an excellent choice for people who are looking for two or more of the following aspects:
Simple design yet strong and sturdy construction
This is a basic bed-in-a-box mattress that can be used by children and adults alike. The two-layer comfort and support foam may be simple in design but it works well because it provides a comfortable and supportive sleeping surface.
Combination of the comfort of foam and the support of innerspring but without the coils
The bouncy feel attracts many customers since it contributes to a positive sleeping experience.
Plus, the mattress comes with a reasonable price, an attractive package few buyers can resist.Last updated: February 20, 2018
Published: January 18, 2018