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Tuft & Needle Mint Review - Worth Upgrading?

Review by Andy David
Mattress expert Updated Jan 2020

Summary

  • Tuft & Needle Mint is best for average weight side sleepers. Lightweight side and back sleepers can also find decent comfort. But heavy people over 250 lbs should consider firmer, more supportive mattresses.
  • The mattress feels more luxurious and gives better pressure relief than the original Tuft & Needle. But the medium firmness can be too soft or too firm for some people. There are reports of back pain due to a lack of support.
  • Mint costs $995 for queen-size. This is overpriced compared to similar quality competitors. Nectar costs $799 for queen-size and gives customers more value for their money, plus a longer trial and warranty.

Tuft & Needle Mint vs Tuft & Needle Original

The original Tuft & Needle is suitable for value shoppers. But the mattress rapidly loses its firmness and comfort. People can experience sagging after a short time (a common cause of back pain).

Mint is the deluxe edition and has a plusher, more luxurious feel. Below are the major differences between the two mattresses:

  • More Expensive – The price is the big difference: Tuft & Needle retails at $595 for queen-size while Mint costs $995. People with more money to spend enjoy better quality with Mint.
  • Softer Firmness – The mattress is a bit softer than the original. Tuft & Needle rates around 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Mint is around 5.5 to 6 out of 10 (a true medium firmness).
  • Taller Height – Mint has a 12-inch height and 3-layer construction. The original’s 10-inch height and 2-layer design is more basic. Side sleepers get better pressure relief when sleeping on Mint.
  • More Durable – Mint has slightly better durability than the original. But people can still experience softening of the foam. The 3-layer design gives extra support and stops sleepers from “bottoming out” the mattress.

Is it worth spending more on Mint?

Mint is a step up in luxury compared to the original Tuft & Needle. It works better for more types of sleepers. Especially side sleepers due to an upgrade in layers/thickness.

There are fewer reports of poor durability compared to the original. But some people still report a loss of comfort and firmness. Many customers also report back pain due to the mattress being too soft or too firm.

The price of $995 for queen-size is expensive compared to competitors. More affordable mattresses like Nectar are better value. Nectar is $799 for queen-size and comes with a 365-night risk-free trial and a lifetime warranty.

Who is the mattress best for?

Side Sleepers – The mattress provides good comfort to lightweight and average weight side sleepers. There is a big increase in pressure relief from the original Tuft & Needle. Most side sleepers get better protection for their hips and shoulders.

Combination Sleepers – Like the original Tuft & Needle, Mint has a responsive top layer. This is easy to switch positions on so sleepers never feel “stuck in the mud”. Medium firmness works well for back, side, and combo stomach sleepers.

People Who Like Tall Mattresses – The mattress is taller than the original Tuft & Needle. Mint is 12 inches in height (above average compared to most mattress-in-a-box brands). Couples and heavier people benefit from a thicker mattress.

Who should avoid this mattress? 

Stomach Sleepers – Most stomach sleepers need better support for the hips and abdomen. The medium firmness can soften, leading to back pain complaints. Only lightweight stomach sleepers can get decent comfort on Mint.

People Who Like Firm Mattresses – Mint has a medium firmness (about 5.5 to 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale). Like all memory foam mattresses, the firmness will soften over time. People who like firm mattresses should consider other brands.

Heavy People – Heavy sleepers over 250 lbs find Mint lacks support. Hybrid mattresses with pocket coils work better to keep heavy people afloat. A similarly-priced, good quality alternative is Brooklyn Signature ($949 for queen-size).

Hot Sleepers – Like the original Tuft & Needle, the Mint version is not great for cooling. The graphite-infused gel layer is designed to draw heat away from the body. But this cooling technology makes little difference to hot sleepers.

Back & Joint Pain Relief

  • Back sleepers find the support similar to the original Tuft & Needle mattress. The foam contours to the lumbar region to prevent lower back pain. But many sleepers need a softer or firmer feel to ease back complaints.
  • Side sleepers enjoy better pressure relief for the hips and shoulders than on the original Tuft & Needle. People can push further into the layers without “bottoming out” the mattress. Mint also promotes neutral spine alignment for side sleepers (important for back pain relief).
  • Most stomach sleepers find their back pain gets worse on Mint. Medium firmness is too soft and throws the hips and spine out of alignment. The mattress only supports lightweight and occasional stomach sleepers.

Side Sleepers

  • Tuft & Needle Mint works best for average weight side sleepers. The mattress provides good pressure relief to ease pains in the hips and shoulders. The pressure relief is better than on the original Tuft & Needle.
  • Many lightweight side sleepers will be comfortable on Mint. The plush top layer is soft enough to push through. But some lightweight sleepers prefer a softer, more body-hugging feel.
  • Heavy weight side sleepers over 250 lbs need the support of a hybrid mattress. The all-foam design of Mint will soften and sag under heavy weight loads. Good value hybrids like Brooklyn Signature are worth considering.

Couples

  • Tuft & Needle Mint has medium firmness (about 5.5 to 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale). Most couples find this a good compromise for their preferred sleeping position. But other couples may need a softer or firmer feel.
  • The mattress has better edge support than the original Tuft & Needle. Reinforced edges strengthen the sides of the mattress and make the bed feel bigger. But stronger edge support is available on hybrid mattresses.
  • Motion isolation is good for couples who toss and turn at night. Mint isolates motion transfer as well as the original Tuft & Needle. People who switch positions can do so without disturbing their partner.
  • The upper foam layer is responsive and easy to move around on. Sexually active couples will not feel “stuck in the mud” on Mint. But the bounce is limited compared to hybrid and innerspring mattresses.

Cooling

  • Tuft & Needle Mint with its all-foam construction is not the best mattress for hot sleepers. Compared to the original Tuft & Needle, the cooling is similar. Mint may sleep slightly hotter due to the softer feel of the top layer.
  • The mattress has a graphite-infused foam layer that helps to prevent trapped heat. But hot sleepers will notice little cooling benefits. Hybrid beds with good airflow are better for hot sleepers.

Heavy People

  • Tuft & Needle Mint supports slightly overweight people. But heavy sleepers (250 lbs+) need better support to prevent sinking and sagging. Hybrid mattresses like Titan and Brooklyn Signature work better for heavy weight sleepers.
  • Heavy side sleepers get good pressure relief for the hips and shoulders. The 12-inch height provides deep compression support to relieve aches and pains. But the all-foam design can soften and lead to back pain.
  • Heavy stomach sleepers should avoid Tuft & Needle Mint. The medium firmness is too soft to keep the hips and abdomen afloat. Hybrid mattresses with pocket coils provide better support for heavy stomach sleepers.

Comparisons

The original Tuft & Needle is cheaper and firmer than Mint. But Mint is more luxurious and provides better pressure relief for side sleepers.

More Affordable – Tuft & Needle is more affordable than Mint. The mattress costs $595 for queen-size while Mint costs $995. The original is more suitable for people on a low budget who want a basic, practical mattress.

Less Durability – Tuft & Needle has more reports of sagging than Mint. The mattress loses comfort and support after only a short amount of time. Mint is slightly better but still loses firmness after regular use.

Not Good For Side Sleepers – The original Tuft & Needle is not as good for side sleepers. The two-layer design does not always give enough pressure relief. Mint is better for side sleepers because it has a middle transition layer.

Less Comfort & Support – Tuft & Needle provides less comfort and support than Mint. The mattress is 10 inches tall and has 2 foam layers. Mint is 12 inches tall and provides better comfort and support for back and side sleepers.

Firmer Feel – The original Tuft & Needle has a slightly firmer feel than Mint. This is about 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Mint has a plusher top layer and feels more like 5.5 to 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale.

Same Trial & Warranty – Both Tuft & Needle and Mint have the same trial and warranty. A 100-night risk-free trial and a 10-year warranty. Customers can test the mattresses in the comfort of their home, free from risk.

Tuft & Needle Original Review: See Review

Nectar is better value and gives shoppers a longer trial and warranty. Mint has a softer feel and an extra inch of thickness.

Better Value – Nectar is more affordable and better value than Mint. Customers get more for their money when they spend $799 on Nectar. Mint costs $995 and is overpriced for the level of comfort and support.

Similar Height/Thickness – Nectar is 11 inches tall and Mint is 12 inches tall. Both are taller than most mattress-in-a-box brands at this price point. Tall mattresses over 10 inches help to stop sleepers from “bottoming out” the bed.

Similar Pressure Relief – Nectar and Mint give similar pressure relief for lightweight and average weight side sleepers. But Nectar has slower responding foam that hugs the body more. This can be more appealing to lightweight side sleepers. 

Better For Stomach Sleepers – Nectar is better for lightweight and average weight stomach sleepers. The mattress is slightly firmer and keeps the hips more supported. But both mattresses are not recommended for strict stomach sleepers.

More Durable – Nectar is more durable and receives fewer customer complaints about sagging and back pain. The mattress has a firmer feel that gives better support and stability. Sleepers who like a plusher feel may prefer Mint.

Longer Trial & Warranty – Nectar’s trial and warranty is the best deal in the industry. Customers get a 365-night risk-free trial and a lifetime warranty. Mint has a 100-night risk-free trial and a 10-year warranty.

Nectar Review: See Review

Casper has the same price as Mint and feels slightly firmer. Mint is plusher and feels more comfortable to lightweight side sleepers. 

Firmer Feel – There is a slightly firmer feel on the Casper mattress. This is about 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Mint has a plusher feel of about 5.5 to 6 out of 10.

Similar Durability – Both Casper and Mint have a similar level of durability. They work best for individuals of light and average body weight. There will be some softening of the foam on both mattresses (this is normal for foam beds).

Same Price – Casper and Mint both cost $995 for queen-size. Casper has regular sales promotions and coupon codes that make the price cheaper. But more affordable, similar quality mattresses like Nectar are better value.

Same Height/Thickness – Casper and Mint both have a 12-inch thickness. This height is above average for mattress-in-a-box brands. People who enjoy taller mattresses, such as couples, will like the thickness of both beds.

Better For Back & Stomach Sleepers – Casper is better for more back and stomach sleepers. This is due to its firmer feel that offers a bit more support. But both mattresses are too soft for strict stomach sleepers.

Same Trial & Warranty – Casper and Tuft & Needle Mint have the same trial and warranty period. Customers get a 100-night risk-free trial and a 10-year warranty. But more affordable brands like Nectar come with a 365-night risk-free trial and a lifetime warranty.

Casper Review: See Review

FAQs

Tuft & Needle Mint provides back pain relief for most lightweight and average weight sleepers. But some people find the mattress too soft or too firm. Heavy weight sleepers get better back pain relief on hybrid mattresses.

The mattress gives good pressure relief to lightweight and average weight side sleepers. The extra transition layer makes the mattress better than the original Tuft & Needle. There is also a softer comfort layer that many side sleepers enjoy.

Mint has a medium firmness. This is about 5.5 to 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The mattress is slightly firmer than the original Tuft & Needle.

The mattress is 12 inches tall. This is above average for all-foam mattress-in-a-box brands. The taller height appeals to average and slightly overweight side sleepers.

Like most all-foam mattresses, Tuft & Needle Mint does not have great cooling. Graphite-infused memory foam is used in the construction. But this does not make a major difference to hot sleepers.

Summary

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

Shoppers looking for a tall, all-foam mattress with medium firmness should consider Tuft & Needle Mint. It has a plush, luxurious feel that is superior to the original Tuft & Needle. But the mattress is probably overpriced for the level of comfort and support.

Key reasons to buy and not buy:

Better Than The Original – Mint has better luxury and pressure relief than the original Tuft & Needle. But many people find the medium firmness too soft or too firm.

Possibly Overpriced – At $995 for queen-size, the mattress is expensive compared to similar competitors. Better value options like Nectar retail at $799 for queen-size.

Better For Side Sleepers – The plusher feel and 3-layer design gives good pressure relief for side sleepers. The mattress is much better than the original in this position.

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