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Tuft & Needle Mattress - Does The Comfort Last?

Review by Andy David
Mattress expert Updated Jan 2020

Summary

  • Tuft & Needle costs $595 for queen-size, making it one of the cheapest mattress-in-a-box brands. It is best for average weight back and side sleepers. Heavy people and most stomach sleepers should choose another mattress.
  • The mattress quickly loses comfort after regular use. The lack of durability can lead to softening and sagging of the foam materials. Tuft & Needle is not recommended as a long term investment.
  • Other mattresses provide more value for the money. At $799 for queen-size, Nectar is a better value, good quality alternative. It provides increased support and appeals to a wider range of sleeping styles.

Does the comfort last?

Tuft & Needle is one of the most affordable mattress-in-a-box brands. It is suitable for people who want a basic foam mattress at a cheap price. $595 for queen-size is affordable for most mattress shoppers.

But there are reports of rapid comfort loss within a year. Many customer reviews mention a softening of the foam, leading to sinking and sagging. Tuft & Needle is not recommended as a long-term investment.

The mattress is best as a cheap, practical mattress for people who want a spare room or guest bed. Or for people who only use the mattress occasionally and want to save money. For most people, it is worth spending a little more to get better support and durability.

A better value, more supportive mattress like Nectar retails at $799 for queen-size. Nectar also comes with a longer trial and warranty. Casper, Leesa, and Nectar are all popular, more durable alternatives to Tuft & Needle.

Who is the mattress best for? 

  • Value Shoppers – Tuft & Needle is one of the most affordable mattress-in-a-box brands. It is a great choice for people on a low budget. But for a bit more money, Nectar provides better value and support.
  • Back Sleepers – The mattress gives the best support to average and lightweight back sleepers. There is decent lumbar support to prevent lower back pain. But issues with the foam softening and sagging may reduce the support.
  • Side SleepersSide sleepers of average body weight get decent pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. Lightweight side sleepers can find Tuft & Needle too firm. Heavy side sleepers need the support of a thicker foam or hybrid mattress.
  • Combination Sleepers – Tuft & Needle is a good value option for light and average weight combo sleepers. Medium firmness works well for back, side, and some stomach sleeping. The foam is responsive and easy to move positions on.

Who should avoid this mattress?

  • Strict Stomach SleepersStomach sleepers should avoid Tuft & Needle. The mattress does not provide good support for the hips and abdomen. Only lightweight and occasional stomach sleepers get enough support.
  • Heavy People – The mattress is not suitable for heavy weight sleepers. Most heavy people will sink too far down and develop back, hip, or shoulder pain. Heavy side sleepers on a budget get better support with Nectar.
  • Couples – Average and heavy weight couples should choose another brand. Although Tuft & Needle has medium firmness, the support is lacking. Couples who want long-term durability should consider a hybrid mattress.

Back Pain Relief

  • Back sleepers get decent lumbar support and pressure relief for the shoulders. But the comfort loss can lead to back pain after a short period. More supportive mattresses like Nectar and Leesa are better options for back pain relief.
  • Lightweight stomach sleepers find the mattress good for back pain relief. But most stomach sleepers should avoid Tuft & Needle due to the lack of support. Firmer all-foam beds or hybrid mattresses work better for stomach sleepers.
  • Average weight side sleepers get good spine alignment on Tuft & Needle. Having neutral alignment helps to prevent back pain. But softening and sagging of the foam can cause back pain complaints.

Side Sleepers

  • Most average weight side sleepers enjoy pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. The mattress has decent cushioning to prevent aches and pains. But strict side sleepers often need more deep compression support.
  • Lightweight side sleepers may prefer a softer mattress that conforms more to the body. Tuft & Needle can feel too firm and responsive to lightweight side sleepers. Nectar provides more of a body-hugging feel.
  • Heavy side sleepers should consider more supportive all-foam or hybrid alternatives. The two-layer design does not provide enough pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. The lack of support can also lead to back pain for heavy side sleepers.

Couples

  • Tuft & Needle is a good value mattress for lightweight couples. Medium firmness supports different sleeping positions. There is a good mix of pressure relief and back support for lightweight and petite sleepers.
  • Average weight couples should consider more durable and better value options like Nectar and Brooklyn Signature. Tuft & Needle can lose firmness over time and begin to sag. Couples looking for a long-term investment should avoid it.
  • Motion isolation is great for couples who toss and turn. But the edge support is lacking for people who like to spread out in bed. There is also a lack of bounce, although there is enough response to avoid any “stuck in the mud” feel.

Heavy People

  • The all-foam, two-layer design of Tuft & Needle lacks support for heavy people over 250 lbs. Most heavy sleepers should consider hybrid mattresses. Heavy people on a low budget will prefer Nectar over Tuft & Needle.
  • The mattress is not good for heavy side sleepers. Most heavy side sleepers need better pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. Tuft & Needle will also not provide the required amount of back support.
  • Heavy stomach sleepers need a firmer, more supportive mattress. Tuft & Needle only works for lightweight stomach sleepers. Better mattresses for heavy stomach sleepers include Titan and Brooklyn Signature.

Comparisons

Casper is more expensive than Tuft & Needle and works better for side sleepers. But there is no major difference in durability considering the higher price.

More Expensive – Casper costs $895 for queen-size while Tuft & Needle costs $595. Casper is a slightly better option for shoppers who can afford it. But there is not much difference in terms of overall support and durability.

Better For Side Sleepers – Casper has more foam layers than Tuft & Needle. This provides increased pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. Casper also has better cushioning for slightly overweight side sleepers.

Better For Back & Stomach Sleepers – Back and stomach sleepers will find slightly better support on Casper. But the mattress foams are still likely to soften after regular use. This is a common problem with all memory foam mattresses.

Taller Height/Thickness – Casper’s latest model is 12 inches tall. Tuft & Needle is 10 inches tall. The extra height of Casper provides more support and pressure relief for average weight and heavier sleepers.

Same Trial & Warranty – Both Casper and Tuft & Needle come with a 100-night risk-free trial and a 10-year warranty. Customers can test the mattresses at home, free from risk. A full refund is available if the mattresses are unsuitable.

Casper Review: See Review

Both mattresses are made in the USA and have the same trial and warranty. But Tuft & Needle is more suitable for value shoppers on a low budget.

More ExpensiveLeesa costs $849 for queen-size while Tuft & Needle costs $595. Tuft & Needle is better value for shoppers on a low budget. But customers get slightly more durability and support on Leesa.

Made In USA – Both mattresses have similar quality foam materials. Leesa and Tuft & Needle are made in the USA from CertiPUR-US certified foams. This ensures no toxic chemicals, heavy metals, or formaldehyde exist.

Better For Side Sleepers – Leesa is a better option for side sleepers. The extra foam transition layer provides more pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. The mattress also works better for slightly overweight side sleepers.

Same Height/Thickness – Both Leesa and Tuft & Needle have a 10-inch height. This is average for mattress-in-a-box brands at this price point. But some similar brands like Nectar and Casper have a taller height (Nectar is 11 inches and Casper is 12 inches).

Same Trial & Warranty – Leesa and Tuft & Needle come with the same trial and warranty period. Customers get a 100-night risk-free trial and a 10-year warranty. If the mattresses are not suitable, customers can request a full refund.

Leesa Review: See Review

Nectar is a better value mattress and costs slightly more than Tuft & Needle. But Tuft & Needle is made in the USA and suits people on a low budget.

Better Value – Nectar costs $799 for queen-size while Tuft & Needle is $595. But Nectar is better value and gives customers more for their money. Nectar’s superior support and durability is well worth the extra expense.

Better For Side Sleepers – Nectar’s many layers and classic memory foam feel give better pressure relief for side sleepers. The mattress contours to the curves of the body more than Tuft & Needle. It is better for lightweight, average, and heavier side sleepers.

Taller Height/Thickness – Nectar has an 11-inch height while Tuft & Needle is 10 inches tall. This gives Nectar more stability and durability. Average and heavier sleepers get more deep compression support on Nectar.

Longer Trial & Warranty – Nectar’s trial and warranty are the best in the industry. Customers enjoy a 365-night risk-free trial and a lifetime warranty with Nectar. Tuft & Needle provides a 100-night risk-free trial and a 10-year warranty.

Made In China – Nectar is made in China from good quality foam materials. Tuft & Needle is made in the USA. But Nectar is better value and more durable than Tuft & Needle. Chinese manufacture reduces the cost of high-quality materials.

Nectar Review: See Review

FAQs

Tuft & Needle provides back pain relief for average weight back and side sleepers. But the foam material can soften and sag over time. This lessening of support can increase the chance of back pain.

The mattress works best for average weight side sleepers. There is decent pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. But lightweight side sleepers often need a softer mattress with more body contouring.

Tuft & Needle has a medium firmness. This is about 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The firmness and feel provide the best comfort for average body weights.

The mattress is 10 inches in height. This is normal for mattress-in-a-box brands at this price point. Similar brands like Nectar have a taller height.

Tuft & Needle sleeps hot like most memory foam mattresses. Graphite-infused foam is used but this makes little difference. Hot sleepers will not gain any benefits from the mattress.

Summary

Overall rating
3.4 out of 5
Rated & Review by
Andy David

Shoppers wanting a cheap mattress-in-a-box with medium firmness should consider Tuft & Needle. It provides decent support for average weight back and side sleepers. But there are concerns about durability over the short to medium term.

Key reasons to buy and not buy:

Cheap Price – $595 for queen-size makes Tuft & Needle one of the most affordable mattress-in-a-box brands. Value shoppers will struggle to find a cheaper price.

Questionable Durability – There are reports that the foam material loses firmness and starts to sag. This can happen in less than a year after purchase.

Better Value Elsewhere – Shoppers can get better value and durability with other mattress brands. Nectar is a popular and good quality alternative at $799 for queen-size.

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