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Tuft & Needle Mattress Review

Tuft & Needle is one of the leading online mattress brands in the U.S. The company currently offers three individual models. In this Tuft & Needle mattress review, we'll look at the brand's flagship bed: the T&N Original Mattress.

This all-polyfoam mattress is constructed with two primary components: a comfort layer infused with graphite, and a high-density support core. Polyfoam has a more responsive feel than memory foam. The mattress also has a medium firm feel, so you'll feel a bit of body-contouring but won't sink too much.

The Mint Mattress from Tuft & Needle – another all-polyfoam model – is a bit thicker, but this mattress also has a medium firm feel. The T&N Hybrid contains a support core of pocketed coils instead of high-density polyfoam. The coils promote more bounciness on the surface, but this model is softer than the T&N Original. Both the Mint Mattress and T&N Hybrid are more expensive than Tuft & Needle's flagship bed.

Read on to learn all about the T&N Original. We'll discuss material and construction specs, prices, and performance ratings, as well as Tuft & Needle's shipping, return, and warranty policies.

Tuft & Needle Mattresses At-A-Glance

T&N Original T&N Mint T&N Hybrid
Firmness 6 (Medium Firm) 6 (Medium Firm) 5 (Medium)
Mattress Type Foam Foam Hybrid
Height 10" 12" 12"
Price (Queen) $595 $995 $1,495

Tuft & Needle Mattress Review: Our Verdict

The T&N Original is suitable for sleepers who prefer a balance of body-contouring and responsiveness. The comfort layer absorbs motion very well and eliminates most transfer, and the mattress itself is completely silent. These attributes make the T&N Original a good option for people who tend to wake up when their sleep partner changes positions or gets in and out of bed. You should also be able to move across the mattress without sinking too much thanks to its responsive polyfoam layers.

Perimeter support is fairly weak for the T&N Original. This is a common problem with all-foam beds. You'll probably sink quite a bit when getting on and off the mattress, and you may not feel secure sleeping near the edges. And although the mattress has a medium firm feel, it may not be supportive enough for people who weigh more than 200 pounds – especially those who sleep on their backs and/or stomachs.

Choose The Tuft & Needle Original Mattress if...
  • You prefer a mix of body-contouring and surface-level bounciness
  • You share your bed with someone else
  • You weigh 200 pounds or fewer
  • You have a limited shopping budget and want to buy an inexpensive bed
Keep Shopping if...
  • You prefer exceptionally responsive and springy mattresses
  • You'd rather sleep on a mattress that responds slowly and conforms very closely
  • You weigh more than 200 pounds and sleep on your back and/or stomach

How Much Is the Tuft & Needle Mattress?

The T&N Original costs $595 in a queen size. This price-point is quite low for an all-foam mattress. The other two Tuft & Needle queen mattress models are considerably more expensive than the T&N Original.

Tuft & Needle does not offer any optional features for the T&N Original, but you can bundle your mattress with a protector and/or a platform bed. Ground shipping is free within the contiguous U.S.

Sizes Dimensions Weight Price
Twin 39” x 75” x 10” 50 lbs. $350
Twin XL 39” x 80” x 10” 52 lbs. $395
Full 54” x 75” x 10” 63 lbs. $495
Queen 60” x 80” x 10” 72 lbs. $595
King 76” x 80” x 10” 94 lbs. $750
California King 72” x 84” x 10” 94 lbs. $750

How Does the Tuft & Needle Mattress Feel?

The T&N Original Mattress has a distinct feel due to its all-polyfoam composition. The comfort layer foam conforms to a noticeable extent but the bed's surface has a light bounce. Compared to mattresses with memory foam comfort layers, the T&N Original feels more responsive. Its medium firm feel also means you won't sink too deeply.

Memory foam mattresses often form a deep cradle around your body. This sensation is best described as sleeping "in" the mattress, rather than "on" it. The T&N Original offers more balance between sleeping "in" and sleeping "on." The mattress conforms to a minimal extent, but it also lacks the springiness of a bed with coils or latex layers.

The T&N Original also measures 10 inches thick, which is considered a medium profile. Its mid-level height coupled with fairly weak edge support means you'll probably feel more stable sleeping in the middle of the mattress. Lying near the perimeter may make you feel as though you're going to roll off the bed. This is especially true for people who weigh more than 200 pounds.

What Is the Tuft & Needle Mattress Made Of?

Cover Material

The cover is made from a blend of micro-polyamide and polyester. Micro-polyamide is an exceptionally durable type of synthetic fiber with a nylon-like consistency, while the polyester has a silky-soft feel. The cover has a zipper but it should not be removed from the mattress. If stains occur, Tuft & Needle recommends spot-cleaning the fabric with water and mild detergent.

Comfort Layer

The T&N Original has a 3-inch comfort layer of Adaptive polyfoam, a proprietary material found in Tuft & Needle mattresses. The foam has a fairly low density of 2.8 PCF, meaning it will conform closely without absorbing too much heat from your body. The material is also infused with graphite and cooling gel, both of which are intended to help maintain a comfortable surface temperature.

Support Core

The T&N Original has a 7-inch base layer made of high-density (1.8 PCF) polyfoam. This stabilizing material should keep your body on an even plane if you weigh 200 pounds or fewer, but people who weigh more than 200 pounds may sink a bit too much depending on sleep position (more on that in the next section).

Does the Tuft & Needle Isolate Motion?

Rating: 4/5

Like other all-foam mattresses, the T&N Original offers very good motion isolation. Although the Adaptive polyfoam comfort layer is somewhat responsive, the material absorbs movement well and eliminates most transfer in the process. This should help cut down on sleep disruptions if you tend to wake up when your partner moves around, changes positions, or gets up during the night.

Does the Tuft & Needle Sleep Cool?

Rating: 3/5

The T&N Original's Adaptive polyfoam layer has a fairly low density, making it more breathable than medium- or high-density foam. Graphite and cooling gel infusions may also help the surface maintain a comfortable temperature, though the foam's density is more of a factor here.

The T&N Original's comfort layer may absorb and trap some body heat, but it shouldn't feel excessively warm for anyone who weighs 200 pounds or fewer. Those who weigh more than 200 pounds may sink more deeply into the mattress and sleep hotter as a result.

If you sleep particularly hot, then this may not be the best mattress for you. We recommend a bed with more breathable components, such as latex layers or coils, instead.

Will It Sag Along the Edges?

Rating: 2/5

Weak edge support is one of the T&N Original's most noticeable drawbacks. While the base polyfoam is fairly sturdy and dense, it does not withstand compression very well and offers minimal reinforcement for the perimeter of the mattress. You'll probably sink quite a bit when getting in and out of bed, and sleeping near the edges may feel less stable than lying in the middle. Over time, this issue may worsen.

Is It Good for Sex?

Rating: 3/5

Generally speaking, the T&N Original performs fairly well when it comes to suitability for sex.

Every couple has different preferences when it comes to the best mattress for sex, but most favor responsiveness over close body-contouring. A bouncy surface ensures they'll be able to move freely, whereas beds that conform too much may sag too much and hinder movement. In this respect, the T&N Original is better for sex than most of its all-foam competitors. The Adaptive polyfoam will contour a bit but you and your partner shouldn't feel too restricted.

However, edge support may be an issue. The T&N Original's weak perimeter means you may not be able to use the entire surface of the mattress and may be confined to the middle.

What About Off-gassing?

Rating: 3/5

The T&N Original will produce a small amount of off-gassing odor when you remove the mattress from its box, but these smells won't be too bothersome. The Adaptive polyfoam comfort layer emits a relatively small amount of odor; this can be attributed to its composition, as denser foams typically smell more.

Your T&N Original will probably stop off-gassing a few days after you've unboxed it. To speed up this process, consider letting the mattress air out in a well-ventilated room for a day or two before sleeping on it.

What Type of Sleeper Is the Tuft & Needle Mattress Best for?

The T&N Original is suited to a variety of sleep styles, but it performs best for back sleepers. We look at all sleep positions in more detail below:

  • Side Sleepers: The T&N Original has a medium firm feel but its comfort layer provides ample cushioning for the shoulders and hips. For side sleepers, this means better support for the lower back, spinal alignment, and less pressure throughout the body. The mattress is best suited to side sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds, but most people who weigh more than 130 pounds will also feel comfortable when sleeping on either side.
  • Combination Sleepers: If you're a combination sleeper who sometimes rests on your stomach, the T&N Original Mattress may sag a bit too much. This is especially true if you weigh more than 200 pounds, but all stomach sleepers will probably notice some sinkage around the midsection and hips. Combination side and back sleepers shouldn't sag as much – but again, the mattress is best suited to people who weigh 200 pounds or fewer.
  • Back Sleepers: The T&N Original's mix of contouring and responsiveness is particularly well suited to back sleepers. Folks who use this position typically prefer mattresses that conform a bit while keeping their bodies on an even plane. The T&N Original's Adaptive polyfoam provides enough cushioning to alleviate pressure but you won't sink too much on your back if you weigh 200 pounds or fewer. If you weigh more than 200 pounds, you'll probably sink a bit more and may not feel very comfortable.

How Does Body Weight Impact the Tuft & Needle Mattress's Performance?

The T&N Original is well-equipped for most sleepers who weigh up to 200 pounds. People who weigh less than 130 pounds typically prefer softer mattresses that conform closely to support the spine and alleviate pressure points. The T&N Original is medium firm, but its Adaptive polyfoam comfort layer should provide enough contouring to reduce pressure for those who weigh less than 130 pounds. For many people between 130 and 200 pounds, the mattress offers the ideal balance of body-cradling and even support. They'll sink a bit, but excessive sagging is unlikely – especially if they sleep on their sides and/or backs.

People who weigh more than 200 pounds – back and stomach sleepers in particular – may not feel as comfortable on the T&N Original. These sleepers often prefer medium firm to firm mattresses because they offer stronger support and won't sink as much. Although the T&N Original fits this criteria, its conforming comfort layer and medium profile may not provide enough support for back and stomach sleepers who weigh more than 200 pounds. For these individuals, we recommend a thicker mattress with a stronger support system.

Is the Tuft & Needle Mattress Good for Couples?

The T&N Original offers a few benefits for couples. The mattress isolates motion very well and does not make any noise, so you won't need to worry about sleep disruptions from your partner's movements. The T&N Original sleeps reasonably cool, as well. If you and/or your partner tend to feel too warm on all-foam beds, this model may provide much-needed relief. The polyfoam layers also provide decent responsiveness, which may be an asset if you and your partner prefer a springier mattress for sex.

The biggest downside for couples is the bed's weak perimeter support. You and your partner may not feel secure sleeping near the edges of the mattress, which can confine you to the middle and make the bed feel somewhat cramped. Edge support will be more of an issue for people who weigh more than 200 pounds, but expect to feel some sinkage regardless of your specific body weight.

What Do Customers Say About the Tuft & Needle Mattress?

Website Reviews
Tuft & Needle 4.6/5 (27,000+ reviews)

Customer reviews on the T&N Original's product page are fairly positive. Of the total reviews, more than 25,000 include four- or five-star ratings.

Many of the positive reviews note how comfortable the mattress is compared to memory foam models. Owners appreciate the contouring yet responsive feel of the Adaptive polyfoam, as well as the bed's ability to alleviate pressure points and lower back pain. The low price-point is another highlight for many, especially considering how well the mattress performs.

One- and two-star ratings generally focus on the T&N Original's firmness level. Some find the bed too firm, while others find it excessively soft and saggy. A few of these reviews state the owner experienced added back and hip pain.

Amazon 4.2/5 (8,900+ reviews)

Amazon.com's ratings for the T&N Original are a bit lower than those found on the Tuft & Needle website, but still generally favorable.

The Amazon.com reviews echo many of the sentiments expressed on the T&N Original's product page. Positive ratings point to the bed's balanced feel, pressure-relieving ability, and overall value as a budget-friendly mattress. Negative ratings focus on excessive firmness/softness, as well as durability.

Tuft & Needle's Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

Availability Tuft & Needle ships mattresses to all 50 states, not to destinations outside the U.S. Standard ground shipping is free for the lower 48 states. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, expect to pay about $150 to $200 for ground shipping.

The T&N Original is available for purchase on Tuft & Needle's website, as well as Amazon.com. The company also operates seven brick-and-mortar stores across the country.

Shipping The T&N Original is compressed, wrapped in plastic, and vacuum-sealed for shipping. This process – known as roll-packing – allows the mattress to fit inside a standard ground shipping box. On the delivery date, carry the mattress to the room where you plan to use it. Unbox the mattress, then use a knife to remove the plastic wrapping. The mattress will immediately begin to expand. It should reach its full shape in 48 hours or fewer.

Tuft & Needle ships mattresses through FedEx Ground. Most customers in the U.S. will receive their mattress within three to seven business days of the original order.

Standard ground shipping is free for those in the contiguous U.S., but residents of Alaska and Hawaii will likely pay $150 to $200 in delivery charges. Expedited shipping is not available.

Additional Services White Glove delivery is available within the contiguous U.S. for a flat fee of $150. This service includes a scheduled delivery date, in-home assembly, and old mattress removal. You can opt out of White Glove delivery prior to the bed's arrival, but the fee is not refundable.
Sleep Trial Tuft & Needle offers a 100-night sleep trial. There is not a mandatory break-in period, so you'll be able to return the mattress for a full refund at any point of the trial. Return shipping is free for all customers, but your shipping charges are non-refundable if you've chosen White Glove delivery or you live in Alaska or Hawaii.

Tuft & Needle asks customers to recycle or donate their mattress if they decide not to keep it before the 100-night trial expires. If they are unable to do so, the company will provide some assistance.

Warranty The T&N Original comes with a 10-year warranty. This warranty is completely non-prorated, which means the company will cover all repair or replacement costs if your mattress develops a defect within 10 years of your purchase. Recognized defects include sagging or body impressions that measure at least three-quarters of an inch deep, physical flaws in the mattress that cause materials to split or crack, and manufacturing defects associated with the cover.