Full Tuft & Needle Original Mattress Review

Tuft & Needle made a huge name in the bedding industry as it offered one of the lowest priced all-foam beds in a box directly to users.

Tuft & Needle Original is one of the biggest bed-in-a-box companies on the marketplace.

Founded in the year 2012, this all-foam bed is soft and simple without any fuss.

Being an early player in the bed-in-a-box space, the company decided to build up on their initial concept and widen it with their unique Tuft & Needle Mint mattress.

However, the original bed is comfortable, offers good quality, and a restful night of sleep.

What Type of Mattress is the Tuft & Needle Original?

The T&N Original is a comfortable, all-foam bed which is more desirable for back and stomach sleepers.

It is a great bed for combination sleepers as well.

the Original Tuft & Needle mattress in a roomIf you are light-weighted, this medium firm bed can support you well on your stomach and back, while relieving pressure and without trapping you in the bed.

The new Tuft & Needle Mint bed on the other hand, is a higher end bed which is priced affordably.

However, it is thicker and softer than the original bed, but is made up of foam totally.

The only difference is that the company added a middle layer in its new Mint mattress so that you do not feel the support foams.

This in turn has made the bed softer, making it more attractive to users who sleep on their side.

And that makes great sense as over 60% of the sleepers are side-dominant users.

How Firm is it?

The Tuft & Needle Original is a medium firm mattress, and has a neutral and soft foam, which is quite comfortable and accommodating.

In other words, the bed is so neutral that anyone can get easily comfortable on and it feels nothing like a memory foam bed.

In addition to this, the bed is quite responsive and thus, reacts instantly to pressure.

It is certainly not like a memory foam bed that leaves behind your body impression, which implies that it returns to form instantly.

Thus, it is a great option for sleepers who wish to be able to easily rotate positions.

In addition to this, the bed is good in terms of responsiveness, which implies that it won’t take more effort to switch from your stomach to your side to your back and so on.

How Many Layers Does it Have?

It is a 10″ bed which is made up of just two layers.

However, this does not imply it isn’t a good bed.

In fact, over 95% of users really like the bed and keep it.the mattress layers

  • Top Layer: This is a 3″ layer which is made up of a proprietary Adaptive Foam, which integrates graphite as well as gel in order to regulate temperature and keep the surface of the bed cool. This layer feels like a soft poly foam layer. Furthermore, there is no typical feel, but it is comfortable, fluffy, and neutral.
  • Base Layer:  This is a 7″ foundation layer which is made up of polyurethane foam. It is dense and provides foundation as well as support for the bed.

Does the Tuft & Needle Mattress Sleep Hot?

No, the bed does not sleep hot as it is temperature neutral.

Although it is not made up of phase change cooling materials but it won’t sleep hot as your conventional bed.

The top layer of the bed is suffused with graphite gel which in turn helps to dissipate heat, thus allowing you to sleep cool.

In addition to this, the cover of the bed is breathable, thus offering a cooler sleep surface.

How is Motion Transfer and Sinkage?

Besides the temperature, support, comfort, and feel of the mattress, there are two other imperative components that users should be mindful of.

The first is motion isolation which is actually good with the Tuft & Needle Original bed.

So if you or your partner is active during the night, this is a good option as it deadens transfer of motion efficiently.

Although it is not the best bed for motion isolation, but it should be just fine.

The second imperative component to consider is edge support and this bed fares quite well in this category.

Does it Have any Smell When Unpacked?

The bed is made in the US, which ensures that it uses highest-rated materials that are available on the marketplace.

Some off-gassing may be expected with this bed, however, the smell dissipates within a few hours.

Does it Require a Foundation?

No, it does not require a specific foundation.

However, the company suggests you to place it on a firm surface, such as a slatted frame, box spring bed, or even the floor.

What type of Cover does it Have?

The company modified the cover of Tuft & Needle Original mattress in August 2018.

The T&N cover

Earlier the cover was transparent and the foams beneath were visible.

However, the company has now amended it for a slightly textured and unique cover.

Also, the cover is thin, breathable, and soft.

Now, it is made up of micro polyamide as well as polyester.

In addition to this, it is removable and there is a zip on the underside of the mattress.

What is the Best Way to Care for the Tuft & Needle Original Mattress?

Although the cover has a zipper and it is removable, but it is suggested not to get in the habit of taking it off frequently for cleaning.

If you wish to keep your Tuft & Needle mattress clean and also wish to safeguard it against oil from your skin or any stains, you have the following two options.

Firstly, you can purchase a mattress protector for your bed that will keep it clean from any dirt, dust, or stains.

This a more permanent solution as well as a great way to keep your mattress clean.

However, mattress protectors are usually waterproof, which implies that they are tougher and thicker than a softer foam bed.

Thus, when the protector is on your bed, your mattress may feel a bit firmer.

The second option is to spot clean the bed in case of any stains.

Also, if this is a bed for your children, you may want to use the protector, but if it is for your personal use, you may consider spot cleaning method as necessary.

How Durable is the Tuft & Needle Original?

The bed is made in the US, which ensures that superior quality materials are used in its construction, thus making the bed more durable.

The bed is designed to perform for at least 6 – 7 years, which is on par with most other similar models.

Size and Shipping

The bed is shipped free of cost to all the 50 states in the US.

The mattress is compressed and shipped in a box.

Once it arrives, you can place it in the room where you wish to set it up, and allow it sit for a few hours so that it expands completely.

100-Night Risk Free Sleep Trial

The company offers a 100 night sleep trial, which implies that if you are not completely satisfied with your new bed after trying it for the first 100 nights, you can return the bed for a full refund.

In order to initiate the return process, you can get in touch with their support team and the company will work with you to fix up a local pickup, in order to collect the bed before issuing the refund.

Tuft & Needle Warranty

The bed comes with a 10 year limited warranty, thus ensuring that the company stands behind its bed.

The corner of the Tuft & Needle original mattressThis warranty is applicable only during the period in which the Tuft & Needle bed is owned as well as controlled by it’s original buyer.

In addition to this, it is limited to any material flaws resulting from faulty workmanship or materials in the bed you have purchased.

The company will either replace or repair the faulty mattress, or the faulty component(s) of the mattress.

In the case of any manufacturing flaws in a component of the bed, such as the cover of the mattress, the company may elect to replace or repair the component if feasible instead of replacing the entire bed.

How Much Does the Tuft & Needle Original Mattress Cost?

The Tuft & Needle Original bed is a great value for your money, going for just $495 for Queen size.

The full price list at the time of this review are as follows:

SizeRegular PriceDiscounted Price
Twin:$350$250
Twin XL:$395$295
Full:$495$395
Queen:$595$495
King:$750$650
Cal King:$750$650

The Tuft & Needle Original Mattress Review – Our Verdict

The Tuft & Needle is a comfortable 10″ all-foam bed at a value price.

It is a good option for side as well as combo users, specially if you are on a budget.

You may find it to be slightly firm initially, but it will soften gradually and end up being more comfortable for side sleepers.

As it is quite responsive, this also makes for a good bed for combo users.

Although the bed is not the firmest one on the marketplace, but it is suitable for dainty/medium stomach and back users.

It also does a great job of supporting the hips and keeping the spine in correct alignment.

In addition to this, if you sleep slightly warm, neutral, or cold, you should be just good with this bed.

Furthermore, if you require the comfort of foam, but do not want to sleep hot during the night, this is a great option for you.

Last but not the least, the Tuft & Needle Original mattress comes with a 100 night sleep trial, free shipping, a 10 year warranty, and it is all about value for your money.

In fact, with a price tag of just $495 for Queen size, it’s a good bargain.


Ted Wilson

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Ted Wilson

Updated at April 22, 2020