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Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress Review (2020)

Last updated on April 1, 2020

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The T&N Hybrid is this company's first innerspring bed. How does it fare in our testing?

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Note: Tuft & Needle is an online mattress store that was one of the first to market. Here, we review its first hybrid mattress. We have also reviewed the company's all-foam original mattress, the T&N or just the Tuft & Needle. And we have reviewed the Tuft & Needle Mint, and all-foam mattress with cooling features.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress video review.

Table of Contents

Nobody does more in-depth mattress reviews than GoodBed — which means there's a lot of information here! Use the links in this table of contents to quickly jump to the sections of this review that interest you most.

Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is Tuft & Needle Hybrid a Good Mattress?

The Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress is a 12" tall bed made with comfort foams (including a small amount of memory foam) along with two coil layers: a more standard 6" pocketed coil unit plus a layer of one-inch micro-coils nestled between the two main foam layers.

In our testing, we felt that the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress would suit a wide variety of people who sleep in a variety of positions. It's common for us to find that (for example) a certain mattress is much more suitable for side sleepers versus stomach sleepers. But with the T&N Hybrid, we thought that all types of sleepers would find the bed at least a good match if not better. The possible exception in our view would be heavier persons that weigh more than about 250 pounds, especially heavier side sleepers. That's because given this bed's softness and conformity, a heavier sleeper's hips might sink too much, creating an over-arch in the back, which can lead to pain.

The T&N Hybrid also performed well in our evaluation of its features, with good edge support, excellent motion isolation, and top-notch performance on our adjustable base. This mattress comes closer than many at being all-things-to-all people. Of course, this bed may or may not suit your specific needs, so we always recommend readers take our GoodBed Quiz, which will tell you how the T&N Hybrid stacks up against your personal requirements.

Another positive is the Tuft & Needle warranty, which gives you some assurance against body impressions (always a risk with mattresses that contain foam). The company provides coverage for impressions greater than 3/4" (not including the mattress cover), which is one of the best we've seen, especially since the industry average for hybrid beds is twice that -- 1.5".

The Tuft & Needle mattress is primarily sold online, with free shipping and a 100-night trial with free returns. The company does have a small number of showrooms where you can see the mattress before buying, and partnerships with stores like Lowe's and Crate & Barrel that will allow you to check out their mattresses at participating stores.

Note that the Tuft & Needle mattress does not come with a box spring (nor does it need one).  You can place the bed atop the support of your choice, including a separately purchased box support, a bed frame, platform bed, or adjustable bed frame. Tuft & Needle sells foundations and frames of its own, but none are required purchases.

Read on for our detailed report and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests.

Bottom Line: Who is the Best Match for a Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Sleep in a variety of positions
  • Are of average body weight or lighter
  • Don't want to feel a partner's movements
  • Need good edge support

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a heavier person (over 250 lbs.), especially a stomach sleeper
  • Prefer a lot of memory feel
  • Prefer more of a floating sensation on your bed

 

Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
6 Medium Soft
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average
Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
6 Some memory feel
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
5 Some bounce

 

Back Support (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 8 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 7 5
Heavier >250 lb 7 7 4

 

Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 6
Heavier >250 lb 7 6

 

Other Features

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 9 Excellent
Stays 'Cool' 8 Very good
Edge Support 8 Very good
Ease of Repositioning 8 Very good
Green Features 8 Very good
Adjustable Base Compatibility 9 Excellent
Overall Value 7 Good

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Comfort Foam over Pocketed Coils

Price

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Delivery

Free delivery

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

10-years. Indentation coverage: 3/4"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

12 inches

Weight (Queen)

112 pounds

Materials & Construction

What's in a Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Tuft & Needle mattress as an "Comfort Foams over Pocketed Coil" construction type.  This is a 12″ thick mattress comprised of 6 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  •  1" graphite-and-carbon fiber infused memory foam quilted into cover
  •  2" T&N Adaptive foam with graphite and ceramic-gel beads
  •  1" micro-coil layer
  •  1" T&N Adaptive foam
  •  6" pocketed coils with stronger edge-support coils
  •  1" polyurethane foam

The Tuft & Needle bed does have a small amount of memory foam quilted into the cover. The proprietary T&N Adaptive foam isn't memory foam; its used in a couple of ways in this mattress--near the top with added heat-conductive particles, and again as a transition layer without the cooling features. The micro-coils are nestled in between the two Adaptive foam layers.

 

Cover

The Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress is wrapped in thick and sturdy cover, with that 1" layer of memory foam quilted into it. The fabric has the feel of a thick and soft sweatshirt.

 

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness ( what’s this )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

We classify the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress as a Medium Soft in terms of softness overall.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
6 Medium Soft

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed. We found the Tuft & Needle Hybrid bed to have slightly deeperer cushioning than average, giving you a bit more of a hugged or cradled sensation. The upper softness combined with the micro-coils offer a lot of conformance--where the mattress closely melds to your curves. You can get a sense of this below with our 16-pound bowling ball.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average

 

Responsiveness ( what’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

The Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress has just an inch of memory foam quilted into the cover, but in our tests, we noticed a surprising amount of that slow, melting memory feel given the small amount of actual memory foam.

If you like a little bit of memory feel, but not a lot, the T&N Hybrid might offer you a good compromise.

We also tested bounce in two ways, with a 16-lb. bowling ball and also with the full weight of our 200-lb. tester. There isn't much bounce on the surface of the bed at all -- that quilted memory foam is really absorbing all motion. But there is some healthy mid-level bounce, and a lot of deep bounce that sprung our tester back in the air.
If you like a mattress with some bounce, but not one that's going to feel super springy, we thought the T&N Hybrid mattress feel right in that medium range.


Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
6 Some memory feel
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
5 Medium bounce

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

In our evaluations, we thought the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress would suit average to lighter sleepers who tend to sleep in a variety of positions. We did have some questions about heavier sleepers, particularly stomach sleepers.

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 8 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 7 5
Heavier >250 lb 7 7 4

 

Back Sleepers:

While our tester was on his back, he noted that his hips sank just deeply enough to create a neutral spine, while he felt the mattress did a nice job reaching up to support his lumbar curve. We feel that those of our tester's weight and lighter would experience the same. We had some question about heavier sleepers, who might find their hips sinking too much to maintain a straight spine.

Side Sleepers:

As with back sleeping, our tester felt well supported on his side, and felt his spine supported and aligned. Again, we has some questions for heavier side sleepers, who may find their hips sinking in too much, creating spinal curvature that could lead to back pain.

Stomach Sleepers:

Achieving good spinal alignment for stomach sleepers can often be trickier as the hips can tend to sink down too far with some mattresses, especially mattresses that are softer as the T&N Hybrid is. We felt the mattress would likely be fine for occasional stomach sleepers, and for lighter people that sleep predominantly on their stomach. However, we would not recommend it for heavier stomach sleepers, who will likely find their hips sinking too deeply.

 

Pressure Relief

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 6
Heavier >250 lb 7 6

 

The experiences of our tester while side sleeping come into play with pressure relief too, and our tester experienced no pressure points or hot spots on the T&N Hybrid. We felt that average-sized people as well as those who are not particularly curvy (broad-shouldered or wide-hipped) would experience good to very good pressure relief.

Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation (what’s this)

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Tuft & Needle Hybrid bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the full weight of our tester.

In both tests, the pin barely moved, leading us to believe the bed would be an excellent choice for couples who don’t want to feel their partner getting in and out of bed or repositioning.

Motion Isolation Rating
9 /10 Excellent

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

For those that have experienced overheating in bed, or who are concerned about it, we were not very concerned about the T&N Hybrid mattress.

First of all, it's made mainly of springs, and two layers of them, allowing for lots of airflow, giving warm air the opportunity to flow out, and cooler air to flow in.

You do sink more deeply into this bed, and it does provide a lot of conformance, and potentially, that can lead to feeling hot. But Tuft & Needle adds some features to counteract this. The top memory foam, and the T&N Adaptive foam both include cooling properties, including graphite, carbon fibers, and ceramic-gel beads. All are known conductors of heat, and are intended to help draw heat from the body.

So even though this bed has deeper than average cushioning, its superior air flow and added heat-conducting features give us confidence that most people will not have an issue sleeping hot on the T&N Hybrid.

Stays 'Cool' Rating
8 /10 Very good

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

The Tuft & Needle Hybrid includes stronger edge-support coils around the perimeter of the bed, so we expected edge support in both sitting and laying positions to be good. As you can see below, there was a good amount of compression when our tester sat on the edge of the bed, but he didn't feel unstable.
Performance when laying on the edge was every better. If you tend to sleep right on the edge of the mattress, the T&N Hybrid is a good choice in our opinion.

Edge Support Rating
8/10 Very good

 

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

If you tend to move and change positions a lot over the course of a night, ease of repositioning will be a priority for you. Our tester had no trouble changing positions and moving around on the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress. While beds with memory foam can sometimes make repositioning more of a challenge, there just isn't enough of it in this mattress to have an effect.

Repositioning Rating
8/10 Very good

 

Green Features ( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

In the case of the Tuft & Needle mattress, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials, but it does have some features that go a long way toward minimizing the use of chemicals and minimizing off-gassing.

First, this is a hybrid mattress that's mainly made of steel coils, which do not off-gass, and are potentially recyclable down the road. While the foams in the bed are not natural in any way, there's only 5 total inches of foam in the bed.

All of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC. Furthermore, the entire mattress is certified to the Greenguard Gold standard, an even more stringent certification that checks for a long list of allergens and harmful chemicals, certifies minimal off-gassing, and rates it as safe for sensitive environments like child-care and hospitals. This is a certification that isn't very common among mattresses, and we think it should give you a lot of confidence in terms of off-gassing and safety.

Green Rating
8/10 Very good

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

We tested the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress on our standard adjustable base. The mattress won't be harmed if you use it on one. Right out of the box, were were impressed with how well the bed conformed to the curves or our adjustable base. There was a little lift at the foot of the bed, but this is normal and the mattress will settle with a little use. We noticed some bunching of the thick quilt, but its so soft that we did not find it bothersome.

Adjustable Base Use Rating
9 /10 Excellent

 

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress Cost?

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.

What Are You Getting?

The Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress is a 12-inch bed made with a pocketed-coil support core topped with comfort foams and a layer of conforming micro-coils. While the bed is sold mainly online, the company does have a handful of showrooms where you can check out the Tuft & Needle mattress before buying.

How Long Will the Tuft & Needle Hybrid Last?

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. For the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress, the density of the foams is not disclosed. Based on our experience, we can estimate that densities are lower than average. However, the excellent warranty demonstrates to us that Tuft & Needle is confident in its quality, and that does lead us to feel that the mattress will likely last as long as others.

Overall Value

The Tuft & Needle Hybrid has an interesting construction, incorporating cooling foams, a quilted memory-foam cover, and micro-coils in the comfort layers on top of a relatively standard pocketed-coil unit. We believe it would compare well to brands you might find in a typical mattress store, but price-wise, it isn't the least expensive hybrid mattress we've seen.

If you prefer to try a mattress in a store, Tuft & Needle showrooms and partner stores give you an opportunity to try the bed in person but still take advantage of online pricing.

Taking all that together, from a performance standpoint, we think the T&N Hybrid will work well for a wide variety of people that sleep in a range of positions, and most of its other features were solidly good to excellent in our tests.

Value Rating
7/10 Good value

 

Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery
  • Optional white glove delivery for $150

Tuft & Needle includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. Delivery is to your door. You are responsible for moving the mattress to your room and unpacking it. The queen size bed weighs about 112 pounds delivered, so it's likely a two-person job, and the mattress does not having handles.

An optional white-glove delivery is available, where movers will deliver and set up your new bed in your preferred room and remove the packaging.

 

Returns

  • 100-day trial period
  • Full refund within trial period

Tuft & Needle offers buyers a 100-day trial period with a full refund if you decide the mattress isn't for you. The company does require proof that you have donated the mattress to a charity before processing a refund. That's often not as easy as it sounds, as many organizations do not accept mattress donations for hygiene reasons. The company does say it will help you find an organization that will take your mattress, however.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 10 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 3/4” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for innerspring mattresses is 1.5"

Tuft & Needle has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 3/4” for its mattresses, which is far above the standard for a pocketed-coil mattress. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection. See: Tuft & Needle warranty


Bottom Line: Is the Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress Right for You?

The Tuft & Needle is foam and pocketed-coil mattress that will be suitable for a wide range of people, based on our evaluation. Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our tests

BEST if you:

  • Sleep in a variety of positions
  • Are of average body weight or lighter
  • Don't want to feel a partner's movements
  • Need good edge support

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a heavier person (over 250 lbs.), especially a stomach sleeper
  • Prefer a lot of memory feel
  • Prefer more of a floating sensation on your bed

Is the Tuft & Needle Hybrid bed right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress? Visit TuftandNeedle.com

 

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