Tuft & Needle Mattress Review 2020

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A Tuft and Needle Mint mattress in a bedroom setting
Photo: Tuft & Needle

Do we recommend it? We haven’t group-tested the Mint. But based on its thicker profile and denser foams (compared with the Original), as well as on our experience testing the Mint at home, we think it’s likely to be a good choice, particularly if you like a softer, loftier mattress.

Who it’s for: The Tuft & Needle Mint should appeal to most people, particularly to side-sleepers or those who switch positions a lot. It may be too soft for some back- and stomach-sleepers.

How it feels: Medium to medium-soft. It’s not super-plush, but you definitely sink into it.

What we like: The Mint mattress is Tuft & Needle’s more expensive all-foam mattress, with a third layer of foam, 2 inches of added thickness (for a total of 12 inches, versus the Original’s 10 inches), and graphite-infused foam to provide cooling. Judging from the density of the Mint’s foam layers, we think it should be at least as durable as the Original. The density of the bottom foam layer, at 1.8 pounds per cubic foot, is the same as on the Original; the middle and top layers, at 3 and 3.5 pounds per cubic foot, are likely to be slightly more durable than the Original’s top layer (which is 2.8 pounds per cubic foot).

Justin has slept on the Mint for several weeks and has found it to be decently supportive, with more resilience than most all-foam mattresses (as with the Original, this is because the Mint does not have memory foam, so you don’t sink into it as deeply). Justin primarily sleeps on his side, and he has found the Mint to be plush enough to provide pressure relief for his shoulders. The edge support is decent; Justin has been able to sleep all over the mattress without feeling like he’s about to slide off (though when he sits on the edge, it slopes slightly).

Tuft & Needle markets the Mint for those who sleep hot, but we don’t believe that its “cooling” aspect is necessarily a reason to pay more for this mattress. Justin did not sleep noticeably warm in it, but it didn’t feel particularly cooling either. What’s more, as we found in our Buying Guide, it’s hard to get any long-lasting cooling effect without consistent airflow. The best way to determine if a “cooling” mattress actually works for you is to make sure the mattress has an adequate return policy (which T&N does) and try it out yourself.

What we don’t like: After a few weeks of using the Mint, Justin noticed his mattress had softened a bit more than would be expected. Justin, who weighs 185 pounds, didn’t mind too much, since he prefers a plush mattress. But if you want something closer to medium-firm, this mattress may not be for you. The company told us some softening is normal during the initial break-in period but that the mattress should not sag (we have not noticed any sagging so far).

Tuft & Needle Mint top owner-review feedback

Interestingly, of the 25 high-quality reviews we collected, 11 said the mattress was too firm, compared with just one that said it was too soft. Justin, who prefers plush mattresses, says that so far the Mint feels medium to medium-soft. This shows how subjective firmness levels can be. Only one reviewer mentioned that the mattress sagged, and none complained of deterioration (though all of the reviews were less than two years old). Very few reviewers we found referenced the Mint’s cooling capabilities, either positively or negatively. We’ll continue to collect more owner reviews.

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