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Tuft & Needle Mattress Reviews – 2020 Ranges Compared

Are you thinking about buying a Tuft and Needle mattress but you’re unsure which is the best for you?

Then check out my Tuft & Needle mattress reviews below.

Where I’ve covered the Nod Hybrid, T&N Original, and the Nod mattresses in great depth – with an additional comparison table later in the article to help you decide on the right model for you.

I’ve also provided a buying guide and answered some of the most common Tuft and Needle questions to arm you with the maximum amount of knowledge before you make your purchase.

The reviews below are based on my own in depth research, analysis, and resulting opinions.

So if you have any experience sleeping on any of Tuft & Needle’s mattresses then please let me know your thoughts in the comments section at the end of this post. šŸ™‚

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Tuft and Needle Mattress Reviews For 2020

Woman sleeping on a Tuft and Needle mattress.

Image source: stock photo used with permission.

This is a pretty long post so I’ll provide you with a super quick summary of my findings.

Overall, the Nod Hybrid, T&N Original, and Nod are good mattresses for front and back sleepers but not the best options for side sleepers in my opinion.

With the Nod Hybrid providing the best support and cooling capabilities, whilst the all-foam Original provides the best pressure relieving qualities, and the Nod is the best choice if you’re looking to save money with a basic no-frills mattress.

Personally, I think that the Nod Hybrid is the best Tuft and Needle mattress overall because of its wider appeal and excellent construction (click the button below to check the price of the Nod Hybrid and order your mattress now).

Now… that’s a very, very general overview so I recommend reading my full Tuft and Needle mattress reviews below for a more thorough breakdown.

But if you’ve already decided that none of these mattresses are right for you then please check out my list of the best mattresses to buy online for some branded alternatives.

1: Tuft & Needle Nod Hybrid Mattress Review

To provide you with a quick summary, I personally think that the Tuft & Needle Nod Hybrid mattress is best suited to individual and similarly weighted couples who are back sleepers in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs weight range or 130 lbs – 200 lbs front sleepers who are looking to sleep cool in a foam and spring mattress that provides great support and pressure relieving comfort on key areas like your hips and shoulders.

I think that side sleepers under 130 lbs with a ‘bony’ body type are not well suited to this mattress because the bias towards firmness may cause joint discomfort.

Check out my Tuft & Needle Nod Hybrid mattress review below for a deeper and more detailed breakdown.

Design Analysis

The Tuft & Needle Nod Hybrid is a 10 inch mattress that’s comprised of a foam comfort layer that sits on top of a pocketed spring support core to provide a balance between individualised pressure relief on the more angular areas of your body whilst cradling your body to support your spine and joints.

Here’s a layer-by-layer breakdown of how this mattress is structured.

1) Cover

The good news about the polyester cover for the Tuft & Needle Nod Hybrid mattress is that it’s highly breathable thanks to its ventilated fabric design which can help to keep you cool and dry – whilst also being able to resist pilling and tearing.

The bad news is that the cover isn’t designed to be removable.

This means that you may need to purchase a separate mattress protector if you’re worried stains – or you can spot clean the affected area with mild detergent (see my mattress cleaning guide for more help).

2) Comfort Layer

The comfort layer of a mattress is responsible for relieving pressure when you lie on it and in the case of the Nod Hybrid, this begins with 2 inches of T&N AdaptiveĀ® Foam that sits below the cover.

The proprietary AdaptiveĀ® Foam is designed to adjust to the exact contours of your body to increase comfort on key areas like your shoulders and hips but without the suffocating and overheating issues that are common with similar mattresses that are made out of traditional memory foam.

And the 1 inch of slow recovery foam that sits below the AdaptiveĀ® Foam layer is designed to enhance the responsiveness of the comfort layers to make it easier to move around and sit up in the bed without having to worry about sinking too far into the materials – another problem that’s common to traditional memory foam beds.

3) Support Core

The support core consists of 6 inches of individually wrapped pocket coils paired with 1 inch of base foam to provide individualised support for your spine and to limit motion transference – whilst working with the slow recovery foam to guard against sinkage and provide the resistance you need to move between sleeping positions easily without feeling like you’re getting bogged down in the materials.

Performance Analysis

To summarise, I personally think that the Nod Hybrid mattress excels at combining individualised support for your spine with contoured pressure relief for comfort that’s better than that of a traditional innerspring mattress.

I also think that the responsive comfort layers, resilient support core, and individually wrapped coils make this a good option for couples of similar weights and sleeping positions due to reduced motion transfer and noise – whilst the reinforced edges allow for full use of the surface of the mattress.

And if you sleep warm or live in a warm environment then this mattress – combined with a high quality set of cooling bed sheets – should help to regulate your temperature very well due to the breathable foams and aerated coil support core.

More details below.

1) Firmness

I think that this mattress has a medium-firm level of firmness.

This means that when you first lie on the mattress you will feel a degree of surface tension that complements the support core to provide adequate support for your spine and neck.

This level of firmness generally favours front and back sleepers – with side sleepers below 130 lbs maybe finding this mattress to be a little bit too firm on their shoulders and hips.

More on this later.

2) Support

This mattress has good support in my opinion due to the 6 inch layer of heat tempered coils – made by the highly reputable Leggett and Platt manufacturer – which are individually wrapped in their own fabric casing which allows the springs to individually adjust to your exact body shape to provide customised support for your spine and joints.

And the one inch of support foam that sits below the coils serves to provide cushioning to reduce wear and tear as the springs move around.

3) Pressure Relief

This mattress is great for reducing pressure on the more angular regions of your body such as your shoulders, hips, and knees in my view.

This is thanks to the open celled structure of the foam which allows the materials to compress and adjust to the contours of your body to provide comfort that’s likely superior to anything that the simple fabric of a traditional innerspring mattress can provide.

4) Moving Around

Changing positions in this mattress is typically easier when compared to traditional memory foam mattresses because the AdaptiveĀ® Foam and the slow recovery foam of the T&N Nod Hybrid work together to improve the responsiveness of the surface materials.

This means that the mattress behaves more like latex than traditional memory foam – allowing the materials to bounce back quickly to their resting position so that you can move around without feeling as though you’re getting stuck in the bed.

And this responsiveness of the comfort layers complements the resistance provided by the spring support core to make sitting up in this mattress a lot easier when compared to softer all-foam mattresses that tend to swallow your hands and limbs as you put concentrated pressure on the surface of the bed.

5) Noise

Although the Nod Hybrid isn’t as quiet as a pure all-foam mattress might be, it’s still pretty good at inhibiting noise under light to moderate movement.

This is because the support coils are individually wrapped to help reduce noise and motion transfer better than a mattress that uses a spring support core that acts as a single unit – which can be much louder under load.

6) Maximum Weight Capacity

I don’t know what the maximum weight capacity for the Nod Hybrid is, so I can only assume that standard conventions apply.

Which means that you’re looking at a maximum weight capacity of around 500 lbs for the queen, king, and California king – which would be halved to around 250 lbs for a twin.

And with the Nod Hybrid having a slightly thinner profile of 10 inches, this is probably better for individual sleepers under 230 lbs – going over this amount may mean putting excess pressure on the upper comfort layers resulting in a degree of compression that may make the mattress feel too firm in some sleeping positions such as your side.

7) Couples

I think that this is a fairly decent mattress if you sleep as a couple.

Because although this mattress is on the thinner side, the individually wrapped coils and upper foam comfort layers can work together to absorb the movements caused by your bed partner shuffling around during the night so that you can remain undisturbed.

However, if one of you is a front sleeper and the other is over 230 lbs then you’ll need to be careful because even with the otherwise very good support core, the thinner mattress combined with the greater downward force on one side of the bed may cause an uneven surface that lets your hips sink too far into the mattress – which may result in back ache.

8) Edge Support

For a relatively thinner mattress, the edge support for this bed is actually pretty good.

This is because the springs that are closer to the edge of the bed are firmer to resist excessive compression.

So if you’re a side sleeper who tends to hug the edge of the bed this will help to stop you feeling like you’re falling out, whilst couples will also be able to make full use of the surface area of the bed and not be forced to huddle too close to the centre of the mattress.

9) Allergies

If you have sensitive skin then this mattress may be suitable for you due to the CertiPUR-USĀ® certification which means that the foams are made without certain harmful chemicals [1] – which may or may not reduce the chance of skin irritation in some individuals.

If you have respiratory allergies like hay fever or react to dust then this mattress may provide some protection due to the foam comfort layers that may block the build up of ambient allergens like pollen and dust mites.

However, the more spacious coil support core may actually harbour these particles and microbes that could trigger a reaction when you lie down and inhale them.

So if allergies are a real concern for you I would instead go ahead and check out some of the all-foam selections in my list of the best hypoallergenic mattresses.

10) Temperature Regulation

If you tend to sleep warm or have hot flashes then this mattress could help you.

Because unlike regular memory foam that relies on the absorption of your body heat to reconfigure the molecules of the foam in order to allow it to adapt to your body shape, the Nod Hybrid partially uses open cell foam that instead responds to pressure.

This reduces the amount of heat retention and reflection to help guard against overheating that is a common problem with many traditional memory foam mattresses.

Furthermore, the inclusion of cooling gel beads and graphite helps to dissipate heat further and regulate your temperature better than regular memory foam mattresses might.

And the coil support core encourages air flow to make the mattress more breathable overall and help to keep you cool.

11) Keeping You Dry

The byproduct of helping to keep you cool is that of reduced sweat production.

But if you suffer from night sweats or excessive sweating then I would go ahead and buy a set of cooling bamboo bed sheets because bamboo is excellent at wicking away moisture to help keep you even drier at night.

12) Odour

You should expect a light off gassing smell shortly after opening due to the particles that were trapped during the packaging of your mattress escaping.

However, this ‘new’ smell should be less offensive when compared to many other mattresses that arrive in a compressed box because the Nod Hybrid uses CertiPUR-USĀ® foams which are low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that typically cause this smell.

I would still crack open a window in your room though to encourage air flow and get rid of the smell faster.

13) Pain

I’m always super cautious when saying that a mattress can ‘cure’ any sort of pain because medical conditions are highly individual and therefore I would always recommend talking to your doctor first before buying a mattress for your health requirements.

However, I do think that the support core and pressure relieving qualities may be able to help increase comfort and possibly control orthopaedic related pain in certain sleeping positions – as outlined in the next section.

14) Cleaning and Maintenance

One of the downsides to the Nod Hybrid is that you need to be super careful not to stain or damage the cover because it’s not removable – making maintenance and spot cleaning more challenging.

I recommend using a mattress protector and buying a high quality fitted sheet to provide better protection and make cleaning easier.

Comfort Analysis

To summarise, I think that back sleepers in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs weight range are going to find this mattress the most comfortable, with 130 lbs – 200 lbs front sleepers likely feeling satisfied too.

However, I think that side sleepers under 130 lbs may find this mattress to be a little on the firm side.

See below for a more detailed explanation relative to your dominant sleeping style and weight range.

1) Front Sleepers

If you’re a front sleeper in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs range then you should find that the support is sufficient to keep your lower back neutrally positioned to guard against pain.

But if you’re heavier than this or sleep with a much heavier bed partner then you may run into problems due to excessive hip sinkage which may cause your lower back to hollow and lead to pain.

If you sleep on your front and weigh less than 130 lbs then you may find this mattress to be a bit too firm because of your natural tendency to lie more ‘on’ the materials combining with the firmer bias of the mattress – possibly preventing you from sinking far enough into the mattress to provide sufficient pressure relief on your joints.

2) Back Sleepers

If you sleep on your back and weigh between 100 lbs and 230 lbs then you’ll probably find the Nod Hybrid supportive and comfortable enough.

Below this weight range and you may begin to feel that the mattress is too firm, whilst being too heavy may cause you to sink too far into this relatively thin 10 inch mattress which may cause support issues.

3) Side Sleepers

Side sleepers need to be careful with the Nod Hybrid mattress.

Because the firmer bias may mean that this mattress feels too firm on your hips and shoulders if you weigh less than 130 lbs – this is likely to be even more true if you have a ‘bony’ body type rather than one with a bit of ‘extra padding’.

I’m going to cautiously say that if you weigh between 130 lbs and 200 lbs then this mattress MIGHT be comfortable for you – although some of the plusher selections in my list of the best mattresses for side sleepers may be better for you.

4) Combo Sleepers

If you’re a combo sleeper in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs weight range then I feel that the surface tension and support core will be sufficient to provide the resistance that you need to switch positions smoothly in the night.

But if you weigh more than this or sleep with a heavy-ish bed partner then this mobility may be compromised due to the greater downward force being applied to the materials.

Pros

  • The cover is breathable, cooling, and resistant to tearing and pilling.
  • Greater comfort when compared to traditional innerspring mattresses due to the AdaptiveĀ® Foam which adjusts to your exact body shape to relieve pressure on the more angular areas of your body.
  • The mattress is easier to move around and sit up in compared to most all-foam mattresses due to the responsive foam in the comfort layers and the strong support core.
  • The individually wrapped coils can help to provide contoured support for your spine and joints whilst minimising the impact of your bed partner’s movements and suppress noise so that you can sleep undisturbed.
  • The open cell foam, cooling gel beads, and breathable structure can help to regulate your temperature and stop you from getting too hot and sweaty in warmer climates or if you naturally tend to sleep hot.
  • Better edge support so that you can make full use of the mattress area thanks to the stiffer support coils near the edges.
  • Low in VOCs to inhibit off gassing and that ‘new’ smell.
  • Uses CertiPUR-USĀ® foams which may or may not help to limit the chance of skin irritation in some individuals.
  • The top foam layer may help to resist ambient allergens like dust and pollen that may cause a reaction when you lie down.

Cons

  • The mattress cover is non-removable which makes it more challenging to clean and maintain the mattress.
  • The spacious spring support core may trap dust mites and pollen more readily that could lead to a reaction when you lie down if you’re allergic to them.
  • May be too firm for side sleepers – especially if you weigh less than 130 lbs and have a ‘bony’ body type.

What’s the Return Policy Like?

Potentially pretty good.

Because depending on the retailer that you order from and your location, you may be able to avail of Tuft and Needle’s 100 night sleep trial to test the bed out.

Is There a Warranty?

Yes.

The Tuft & Needle Nod Hybrid comes with a 10 year limited warranty.

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Front sleepers in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range.
  • Back sleepers in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs weight range.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • Side sleepers under 130 lbs may find this mattress to be too firm on your hips and shoulders – especially if you have a ‘bony’ body type.

Final Ratings

Here are my final ratings out of 5 for the Tuft & Needle Nod Hybrid mattress.

My Score
Construction4
Durability4
Sagging4
Comfort4
Support4
Temperature Regulation4
Allergies3
Edge Support4
Couples4
Weight Capacity3
Sleeping Positions3.5
Off Gassing4
Value vs Price4
Brand Reputation4.5
Refunds3
Sleep Trial3
Warranty3
Overall Score3.7

2: Tuft & Needle Original Mattress Review

To summarise, I personally think that the Tuft & Needle Original stands out in terms of providing pressure relief and comfort if you are a 100 lbs – 200 lbs front sleeper, or a 100 lbs – 230 lbs back sleeper, who’s looking to guard against respiratory allergies like hay fever or problems with dust mites.

However, I think that this mattress will be too firm for side sleepers under 130 lbs – with side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs range possibly experiencing comfort issues too.

And I think that the all-foam design, 10 inch profile, and lack of edge support combine to make this a poor choice for heavier weighted sleepers over 230 lbs and/or heavy couples in general.

I think that the Nod Hybrid does a better job in terms of support.

Check out my full Tuft & Needle Original Mattress review below – or click the button to buy the Original mattress now.

Design Analysis

The Tuft & Needle Original mattress is a 10 inch, all-foam mattress that’s comprised of a cover, a 3 inch comfort layer, and a 7 inch support layer.

The foams are CertiPUR-USĀ® and UL GREENGUARD GOLD certified to ensure that VOCs are limited to reduce that ‘new’ smell after unpacking.

The foams are glued together using rubber and water, but do not come into contact with your skin.

The mattress also includes a chemical-free, TB-117 compliant fire barrier that’s made from rayon, polyester, and fine-grained silica (which doesn’t come into contact with your skin either).

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of each layer.

1) Cover

The non-removable cover is made from TACTELĀ® fabric which makes it soft and breathable.

2) Comfort Layer

The comfort layer consists of 3 inches of T&N AdaptiveĀ® Foam infused with graphite and ceramic gel to provide comfort and support whilst also keeping you cool and dry.

3) Support Core

Your spine and joints are supported by 7 inches of high density support foam to cradle your body.

Performance Analysis

To summarise, I think that the T&N Original mattress provides good pressure relief thanks to its adaptive foam comfort layers and may also be able to help reduce respiratory allergies by reducing pollen and dust mite build up in the materials.

However, my main concerns in terms of performance is the all-foam design, 10 inch profile, and lack of edge support that combine to make this mattress less suitable for heavier weighted sleepers and couples because of the greater propensity for sinkage and thus discomfort.

See below for a more detailed explanation.

1) Firmness

I think that this mattress has a medium-firm level of firmness.

This means that whilst the mattress will feel soft to the touch initially, it will actually have a slightly firmer feel to it once you’ve been lying on it for a short while.

This firmer feel makes it better for front and back sleepers generally speaking whilst side sleepers should proceed with caution – I’ll explain why in the next section.

2) Support

Although the T&N Original lacks the spring support core of the Nod Hybrid, it still offers a good level of support in my opinion due to the 7 inches of high density support foam in the lower layers.

However, with this being an all-foam mattress that’s a little bit on the thinner side, I personally think that the Nod Hybrid is a better choice if you or your partner weigh more than 230 lbs because the support will be better and can help to guard against sagging.

3) Pressure Relief

Providing pressure relief on angular areas of your body is the strong point of this mattress in my opinion because the all-foam design means that the comfort and support layers can work together to provide optimal comfort by allowing you to sink more into the mattress to relieve discomfort on your joints in some sleeping positions.

4) Moving Around

I think that moving around and sitting up in this mattress should still be fairly easy despite the all-foam design and greater risk of sinkage providing that you weigh less than 200 lbs due to the responsive comfort layers and high density support foam.

5) Noise

With this being an all-foam bed, this means that this mattress should be very quiet when compared to innerspring and hybrid options due to the absence of the springs.

6) Maximum Weight Capacity

I don’t know what the maximum weight capacity for the T&N Original is but I think that with it being an all-foam mattress with a 10 inch profile, the queen size will probably be somewhere in the 400 lbs – 500 lbs range.

If this is a concern for you, I would reach out to Tuft and Needle’s support team via their website before you buy.

7) Couples

In terms of getting a good night’s rest, I think that the T&N Original is a good option because the all-foam design will help to minimise noise and the feelings of movement better than a hybrid or innerspring mattress might.

However, my main concern for couples is the all-foam design, lack of edge support, and 10 inch profile that may result in greater sinkage and discomfort if you are both quite heavy – or if one of you is significantly heavier with the other being a front sleeper – which may put you at risk of backache due to the gaps that could appear under your hips.

If this is a concern for you I would instead go for the Nod Hybrid due to its better support core.

8) Edge Support

I don’t think that this mattress comes with any edge support which is a pretty big concern if you sleep near the edge of the bed and/or as a couple because you won’t be able to make full use of the mattress area and may have to order a bigger size.

Alternatively, you can consider the Nod Hybrid if it’s a good fit in all the other areas for you because it has firmer edges.

9) Allergies

If you have respiratory allergies such as hay fever or have issues with dust mites then this could be a good mattress for you because the all-foam design makes it much harder for pollen and microbes to penetrate and become lodged in the material – where they might otherwise be inhaled to cause an allergic reaction.

10) Temperature Regulation

All-foam mattresses aren’t usually the best option if you tend to sleep hot because they tend to retain more heat when compared to hybrid and innerspring mattresses.

However, the open cell structure is more breathable than other types of foam and works well with the ceramic gel and graphite to provide some cooling assistance that may make this a suitable mattress for you if you’re a slightly warmer sleeper or live in a warmer climate.

In such a case though, I would still go ahead and use this mattress in conjunction with a set of cooling bed sheets to help regulate your temperature better.

11) Keeping You Dry

The inclusion of graphite should help to wick away moisture to help keep you dry to some extent.

12) Odour

Off gassing should be limited thanks to the certified foams that are lower in the offending VOCs.

13) Pain

The all-foam design and pressure relieving qualities of the upper foam layers give this mattress some capacity for pain relief but this is contingent upon the mattress being compatible with your dominant sleeping position and body weight (covered in the next section).

14) Cleaning and Maintenance

Again, the cover isn’t removable so a mattress protector is advised to help with maintenance.

Comfort Analysis

To summarise, I think that the T&N Original is best suited to front sleepers in the 100 lbs – 200 lbs weight range, and back sleepers in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs weight range.

I think that side sleepers should proceed with caution due to the bias towards firmness, whilst heavier weighted sleepers over 230 lbs of all sleeping positions may find that this mattress doesn’t provide enough support.

See below for more details.

1) Front Sleepers

If you’re a front sleeper in the 100 lbs – 200 lbs weight range then I think that this mattress will provide enough support for your lower back.

You may even be ok if you’re slightly heavier but the all-foam design and 10 inch profile makes me cautious even in light of the medium-firm bias – which could also serve to make this mattress a little uncomfortable on your front if you weigh less than 100 lbs.

2) Back Sleepers

I think that if you’re a back sleeper in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs range then this mattress will provide enough support for you.

3) Side Sleepers

If you’re a side sleeper under 130 lbs you may find this mattress to be a little bit too firm on your shoulders.

If you’re a side sleeper in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range then it’s a bit of a coin flip as to whether this mattress is going to be comfortable for you or not due to how the medium-firm firmness and pressure relief will combine with your individual body type/shape.

But if you weigh more than 230 lbs and you sleep on your side then I think that you could be at risk of sinking too far into the 3 inch comfort foam profile to make it comfortable for the most part.

4) Combo Sleepers

If you’re a combo sleeper under 200 lbs then you might find that this mattress provides enough surface tension and support for you to switch positions without getting trapped in the foam.

But if you weigh more than this and/or sleep as a couple then the extra downward force could make things more challenging.

Pros

  • Off gassing is limited due to the lower VOC count.
  • Soft and breathable cover that works with the gel, graphite, and open celled foams to help regulate your temperature and keep you cool.
  • The comfort layers include foam that provides individualised pressure relief to increase your comfort levels.
  • High density support foam to help support your neck and spine.
  • The mattress may help to guard against respiratory allergies like hay fever and dust mite issues because the all-foam structure makes it harder for pollen and microbes to remain in the materials where they might otherwise be inhaled.
  • Reasonable amount of surface tension to help combo sleepers under 200 lbs move around and sit up easily.
  • The all-foam design helps to reduce noise and motion transfer to help couples sleep soundly.

Cons

  • The cover cannot be removed which makes maintenance and care more difficult.
  • The all-foam design, 10 inch profile, and lack of edge support makes this mattress a poor choice for heavier weighted sleepers/couples due to the greater propensity for sinkage and reduced mobility.
  • Even with the cooling properties, the all-foam structure might make this bed too warm for very hot sleepers.

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Front sleepers in the 100 lbs – 200 lbs weight range.
  • Back sleeper in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs range.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • Side sleepers under 130 lbs may find this mattress to be too firm.

Final Ratings

Here are my final ratings out of 5 for the Tuft & Needle Original mattress.

My Score
Construction3.5
Durability3.5
Sagging3.5
Comfort3.5
Support3.5
Temperature Regulation3.5
Allergies4
Edge Support2.5
Couples3
Weight Capacity2.5
Sleeping Positions3
Off Gassing4
Value vs Price4
Brand Reputation4.5
Refunds3
Sleep Trial3
Warranty3
Overall Score3.4

3: Tuft & Needle Nod Mattress Review

To summarise, I think that the Tuft & Needle Nod mattress is best if you’re shopping on a budget and you’re looking for a no-frills mattress that offers acceptable comfort and support for the font and back sleeping positions in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range.

I don’t think that this is the best mattress for side sleepers generally speaking.

Check out my full Tuft & Needle Nod mattress review below for a more detailed breakdown and analysis or click the button to buy this mattress now.

Design Analysis

The Tuft & Needle Nod mattress is a very simple, all-polyfoam 8 inch mattress that comprises of a 2.5 inch comfort layer that’s designed to adapt to your body shape to relieve pressure and a 5.5 inch support layer that’s there to cradle your spine and joints – all topped with a basic polyester cover.

The Nod lacks many of the bells and whistles that come with the Nod Hybrid and the Original like the graphite infusion and cooling gel, and instead focuses on getting the job done in terms of keeping you comfortable in a more cost effective way.

Performance Analysis

To summarise, I think that the Nod mattress is a very basic mattress whose strongest suit is that of being very affordable – which makes it appealing if you’re a student, new home owner, or someone who’s simply shopping on a budget.

See below for more details regarding specific performance areas.

1) Firmness

This is a medium-firm mattress that is slightly more firm than the T&N Original in my view due to the thinner 8 inch profile.

This means that the Nod is going to be best suited to medium weighted front and back sleepers under 230 lbs in my opinion due to the greater surface tension.

2) Support

For a thinner mattress, the support is still pretty fair thanks to the 5.5 inch high density support foam base layer.

However, with this mattress being just 8 inches thick, the support probably isn’t going to be sufficient for you if you weigh more than 230 lbs due to the greater downward force being applied to the thinner comfort and support layers.

3) Pressure Relief

Although not as precise as mattresses that use memory foam, the foam in the 2.5 comfort layer should provide reasonable pressure relief for medium weighted sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range in the front and back sleeping positions.

4) Moving Around

Moving around and sitting up in this mattress should be quite easy if you weigh under 230 lbs due to the thinner profile that complements the firmer bias and support core to create enough surface tension and resistance for better mobility.

5) Noise

This mattress should be fairly quiet due to its all-foam construction and lack of springs.

However, because this mattress is relatively thin, some movements may pass through to your bed frame more easily – when compared to a thicker mattress – which could result in noise.

6) Maximum Weight Capacity

Tuft & Needle say that the Nod can support 500 lbs for the twin and twin xl sizes, whilst the full, queen, king, and California king sizes can support 1,000 lbs (500 lbs per person).

7) Couples

This is a reasonable mattress if you sleep as a couple due to the decent motion isolation which should help you both sleep soundly without waking each other up as you shuffle around during the night.

8) Edge Support

Although this mattress doesn’t have reinforced edges, the edges are surprisingly firm.

But if you’re a dedicated ‘edge sleeper’ then I would go for the Nod Hybrid because of the springs which lead to better edge support in that model.

9) Allergies

If you have hay fever or a dust mite allergy then the all-foam design may work in your favour because it acts as a natural barrier to pollen and dust which tend to get stuck in the upholstered and spring layers of hybrid and spring mattresses more easily.

10) Temperature Regulation

I would describe this mattress as being ‘temperature neutral’ because although it doesn’t have the cooling gel and graphite infusion, the foam doesn’t seem to retain heat like traditional and even newer memory foam mattresses do.

So if you’re a temperate or warmish sleeper then you should be fine with this mattress – especially if you are using a set of cooling bed sheets.

11) Keeping You Dry

I don’t think that the Nod does anything special in terms of wicking away moisture to keep you dry.

So if excessive sweating is a problem for you then I would make sure that your cooling bed sheets are made from bamboo because bamboo is great at pulling moisture away from your body and allowing it to evaporate to keep you dry.

12) Odour

When you unpack this mattress you should expect a mild ‘off gassing’ effect due to the particles escaping from the materials as the bed expands.

This should only last a few hours or days – keep your room well ventilated in the meantime.

13) Pain

Due to the basic comfort and support layers coupled with the firmer bias, I would say that medium weighted front and back sleepers are best positioned to experience orthopedic pain relief with the Nod mattress – whilst side sleepers are more likely to encounter discomfort.

Comfort Analysis

To summarise, I think that the Nod mattress will be ok for front and back sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs weight range.

However, I don’t think that this is the best mattress for side sleepers overall due to the variance in how the firmness, support, and comfort layers may react with your body shape in this position.

See below for more details.

1) Front Sleepers

If you are a front sleeper in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs weight range then this mattress should provide enough support for you.

If you weigh more than 230 lbs then you may sink too far into the mattress to be comfortable, whilst weighing under 130 lbs may result in discomfort due to the firmer bias.

2) Back Sleepers

I think it’s a similar story for back sleepers – with the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range being the sweet spot.

3) Side Sleepers

If you’re a side sleeper under 130 lbs or over 230 lbs then this mattress probably won’t feel all that comfortable due to the greater firmness and potential for reduced support in each respective case.

And it’s a bit of a dice roll if you’re a side sleeper in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range because the mattress may or may not suit your body shape.

So if you’re a side sleeper I would look at some side sleeping mattress alternatives that are on the softer side.

4) Combo Sleepers

If you’re a combo sleeper in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range then the firmness and surface tension should be sufficient to allow you to move around in the mattress pretty easily without getting too bogged down in the materials.

Pros

  • Well priced if you’re shopping on a budget.
  • Reasonable comfort layer that should take the pressure off the more angular areas of your body in the front and back sleeping positions if you’re in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range.
  • All-foam design may mean that this mattress is better for hay fever and dust mite allergies due to the natural tendency for the foam to repel pollen and dust.
  • All-foam design makes the mattress quieter and limits cross-mattress movement for sounder sleeping as a couple.

Cons

  • Fairly thin profile that makes it less suitable for heavier weighted sleepers over 230 lbs.
  • No specific temperature regulating qualities.

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Front and back sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • Side sleepers may find this mattress to be too firm or lack support depending on your body shape and weight.

Final Ratings

Here are my final ratings out of 5 for the Nod mattress.

My Score
Construction3
Durability3
Sagging3
Comfort3
Support3
Temperature Regulation2.5
Allergies3
Edge Support3
Couples3
Weight Capacity3
Sleeping Positions3
Off Gassing4
Value vs Price4
Brand Reputation4.5
Refunds3
Sleep Trial3
Warranty3
Overall Score3.2

Tuft and Needle Mattress Comparisons

Hopefully, my Tuft & Needle mattress reviews have helped you decide which one is right for your needs.

But if you’re still unsure then check out my Tuft & Needle mattress comparison chart below for a quick head-to-head analysis.

Nod HybridT&N OriginalNod
My Score3.73.43.2
FirmnessMedium-firmMedium-firmMedium-firm
SupportGoodFair-goodFair
Pressure ReliefGoodGoodFair
Moving AroundGoodFairFair
CouplesGoodGoodFair
AllergiesFairGoodGood
Temperature RegulationGoodFair-goodFair
Pain ReliefGoodGoodFair
Price v ValueGoodGoodGood
Best Sleeping PositionsBack: 100 – 230 lbs.
Front: 130 – 200 lbs
Back: 100 – 230 lbs.
Front: 100 – 200 lbs
Front + back: 130 – 230 lbs
Worst Sleeping PositionsSide: under 130 lbsSide: under 130 lbs Side: all weights

What is the Best Tuft & Needle Mattress?

Generally speaking?

I personally think that the Nod Hybrid is the best Tuft & Needle mattress based on the above reviews.

Because it suits the widest range of sleeping positions and weights, has temperature regulating qualities, and has excellent support.

However, the T&N Original provides great pressure relief and could guard against respiratory allergies – whilst the Nod is very affordable.

Mattress buying is a highly individual process so I hope that the reviews above have highlighted some specific qualities that jump out at you relative to your exact needs.

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Tuft and Needle Mattress FAQs and Buying Guide

Sales person showing a man which mattress to buy.

Image source: stock photo used with permission.

To help arm you with the maximum amount of knowledge, I’ve provided the answers to some of the most common questions regarding Tuft & Needle below so that you can shop for their mattresses with confidence.

But if I’ve missed anything, simply leave your questions in the comments section at the end of the post and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Who Are Tuft & Needle?

Founded in 2012 by Daehee Park and John-Thomas Marino in Phoenix Arizona, and now owned by Serta Simmons Bedding after a 2018 merger [2] Tuft & Needle sell mattresses through their own website, selected retailers, and physical showrooms.

Can You Trust the Tuft & Needle Company?

Yes – in my opinion at least.

Because not only do Tuft & Needle have an A+ rating and excellent reviews on the BBB website [3] – which is a gauge of how well the company interacts with its customers and resolves complaints – at the time of writing, Tuft & Needle was founded in light of Marino’s ‘sucky’ mattress buying experience.

As such, the founding duo made it their mission to make buying a mattress easier and cheaper for consumers through the online platform.

So I feel that Tuft & Needle have ethics at the forefront of their intent and can therefore be trusted to provide you with a high quality mattress at a reasonable price.

What Types of Mattresses Do Tuft & Needle Sell?

Tuft & Needle sell both all-foam and hybrid mattresses.

If you’ve not bought a mattress for quite some time then you may be wondering how these differ from your regular innerspring mattresses.

Well, hybrid beds are actually quite similar in that they have an all-coil support core but with the difference of having adaptive foam top layers that mould to your body shape to provide pressure relief and comfort that’s typically better than the upholstered top layer of a traditional innerspring mattress.

I personally think that hybrid mattresses are some of the best beds on the market due to the balance of comfort and support that they provide.

And Tuft & Needle’s Nod Hybrid mattress stands out because they use individually wrapped pocket springs to limit motion isolation so that you and your bed partner don’t wake each other up as you shuffle around – whilst also adjusting individually to your body shape to provide customised support.

The all-foam mattresses provided by Tuft & Needle also have foam top layers but the support core is made from higher density support foam.

However, unlike other brands that may use traditional memory foam comfort layers that have a tendency to retain heat and cause you to feel too warm, the T&N AdaptiveĀ® Foam is designed to be breathable and the infused graphite, ceramic gel, and gel beads help to keep you cool and dry.

What Are The Tuft & Needle Mattress Ranges?

Unlike some brands such as Simmons who provide a massive array of models under their Beautyrest ranges, Tuft & Needle sell a very tight selection of mattresses which are as follows:

  • Nod Hybrid – a hybrid mattress consisting of support coils and foam to provide a balance of comfort and support that’s well suited to front and back sleepers looking to stay cool.
  • T&N Original – an all-foam mattress that’s best for front and back sleepers who may have respiratory allergies that they’d like to guard against.
  • Nod – a no-frills mattress that provides decent comfort and support for front and back sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range who are shopping on a budget.
  • Mint – a slightly thicker all-foam mattress with reinforced edges.

How Do You Set Up a Tuft & Needle Mattress?

Tuft and Needle mattresses arrive in a compressed box to make transportation to your room easier.

Open the box, place your mattress on top of your bed frame and remove the packaging so that your mattress can begin to fully expand.

How Long Does it Take a Tuft & Needle Mattress to Expand?

Allow up to 72 hours for your mattress to fully expand.

However, you should be able to sleep on your mattress within a few hours of opening it.

You should unbox your mattress ASAP so that it’s not exposed to excessive compression forces for an extended period of time which may mean that the mattress doesn’t reach its full capacity.

What Are The Compatible Frames?

The Tuft and Needle mattress ranges are compatible with most frame types such as platform, slatted (with gaps less than 5 inches apart), box springs, bunky boards, and adjustable frames.

Be sure to check the exact dimensions of your frame against those of the mattress to ensure compatibility.

What Sizes Can You Buy Tuft & Needle Mattresses In?

Depending on where you order from and the exact model, you should be able to order your T&N mattress in the standard US sizes such as twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, and California king.

Can You Flip a Tuft & Needle Mattress?

No.

If you were to flip your T&N mattress then you’d end up sleeping on the denser support layer which would be uncomfortable.

How Easy Are Tuft & Needle Mattresses to Maintain?

They aren’t the easiest mattresses to keep clean because the covers aren’t designed to be removed.

To get around this, you could buy a mattress protector to guard against stains and make cleaning easier.

How Long Do Tuft & Needle Mattresses Last?

I would say that 5-8 years is a reasonable estimate but this is highly variable depending on the materials, mattress thickness, and the level of individual care.

Is There a Sleep Trial?

Yes.

If you order from the Tuft and Needle website or certain retailers then you might be able to avail of the 100 night sleep trial depending on your location.

Is There a Warranty?

Yes.

T&N mattresses come with a 10 year limited warranty.

Where Can You Buy Tuft & Needle Mattresses?

You can buy Tuft and Needle mattresses directly from T&N on their website at TuftandNeedle.com or from other retail sites.

What Are The Tuft & Needle Mattress Alternatives?

I hope that my Tuft and Needle mattress reviews have helped you decide which mattress is right for you.

But if you’ve concluded that none of the Tuft and Needle mattresses above are suitable for you then click the button below.

And you can pick from my list of the best mattresses that you can buy online in my opinion for some branded alternatives.


Sources and References

[1] CertiPUR-USĀ® – Overview. Accessed 30/3/20.

[2] Wikipedia – Tuft & Needle. Accessed 29/3/20.

[3] Better Business BureauĀ® – Tuft & Needle. Accessed 29/3/20.

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