An Unsponsored Review of: Tuft & Needle (& Freaking Amazing)

March 24, 2016

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You want to know the oldest furnishing we own? Well, not the oldest because we have some vintage rugs, our nightstands are vintage, and we cherish some passed down pieces, like our piano, from our ancestors! But! The thing we that we’ve owned together the longest is our mattress. We got it for our wedding from my parents when we got married 7+ years ago. It has a pillow top and feels like sleeping on a cloud. Which was, well, heavenly for me but ever since Chris started having back trouble and his subsequent back surgery last year, it has been hard for him to get comfortable and wake up pain-free.

And then there’s the embarrassing fact that over the past 7 years, it has developed bucket seats.

An Unsponsored Review of: Tuft & Needle (& Freaking Amazing)

Clear indentions where Chris and I sleep at night. As much as we love each other, Chris has expressed that even the touch of my toe on him during the night basically engulfs him in flames–he gets SO HOT! Haha! So we stick to our sides and after all these years, it’s pretty apparent exactly where that is.

An Unsponsored Review of: Tuft & Needle (& Freaking Amazing)

The other bad thing about a pillow-top that we’ve come to understand is you can’t really rotate it. Sure, Chris and I can rotate sides, but the pillow top dictates the top and I think that factored into the ultimate wearing of the mattress to the point where we felt like, maybe it’s time to get a new one.

Whenever we share photos of our bedroom, a few readers have asked, “Do you like your mattress?!” To which, I’ve responded recently (in the past 6 months) “Oh, it’s okay. We’re casually researching new options.” And then someone always ALWAYS chimes in “Check out Tuft & Needle!”

So we did. The first thing we noticed is it had over 3000 nearly 5 star reviews on Amazon. (That I spent way too much time reading.) I also liked the fact that it isn’t memory foam (which sleeps hot–we don’t need more of that around here) or latex and it actually works in three ways to draw heat from your body and disperse it OUT of the mattress. Could this mean more cuddling?  It’s made 100% in the US and the last thing that ultimately sold us was so many reviewers saying “It’s not firm. It’s supportive.” For us, that’s the winning ticket. I slept well on our pillow-top mattress, so I was worried about going into the extremely firm category. They do have a 100 night trial period, which helped my concerns. One day after Chris woke up especially achy, we ordered it. I remember our previous mattress was about $1000 and this one was $750 (with free shipping) for a King.

It arrived just a couple days later in a box. My mom got the biggest kick out of that. She, literally, could not believe her eyes that there was a king sized mattress in the box.

An Unsponsored Review of: Tuft & Needle (& Freaking Amazing)

An Unsponsored Review of: Tuft & Needle (& Freaking Amazing)

It comes vacuumed sealed and as soon as I got it in place, I cut the plastic off and it expanded to full size in less than a minute. Relaxation ensued.

An Unsponsored Review of: Tuft & Needle (& Freaking Amazing)

It’s. Amazing. It’s supportive but soft. Very cool. And has zero bucket seats! We’re so grateful for all of you who recommended Tuft & Needle to us. Truly. Chris and I both love it so much and are both sleeping harder with less tossing and turning. The only downside? All of our sheets are extra deep to accommodate our former pillow-top, so now we’re sheet shopping. (Not really a downside. ;)

Ps. Anyone know what to do with an old mattress??


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  1. Ashley says:

    Looking into purchasing the tuft and needle, but wondering about pillows? Did you purchase new pillows? I’ve heard that people find that regular pillows don’t provide enough support for the head so it is uneven with the support the mattress gives the rest of the body.

  2. Viktorija says:

    As a girl that is ready to stab my boyfriend in his sleep just so he would stop moving around so much and waking me up, I was wondering if this is one of those mattresses that doesn’t transfer motion?

    • Julia says:

      Our pregnant friend’s husband has seen night and day improvement after they got this mattress. He doesn’t feel her getting up and down at all in the night—a good thing? Haha

  3. Natalie says:

    Hi Julia,

    My husband and I are in the market for a new bed and mattress, after sleeping on his full-size mattress from college for over 5 years! We are deciding between the Tuft and Needle and a Casper mattress. I love that Tuft and Needle is significantly cheaper, but I wanted to see if you still love yours, almost 6 months later.


  4. Sadie says:

    I’m strongly considering this mattress! Did you find new sheets that you guys like?

    • Julia says:

      We haven’t found purchased any super nice sheets yet, just rocking some Target ones right now.

      • Lorene says:

        What sheets from target do you use and do they fit okay on the mattress? Love my Tuft & Needle! Just looking for sheets now ????

  5. Tan says:

    I like your bed frame! Where is it from?

  6. Malinda says:

    Julia did you deal with any off gassing from the Tuft & Needle? That’s really our only concern in trying it out.

  7. Trisha says:

    Hi Julia,
    How is the mattress holding up, now that you’ve had it for a few months?

  8. Giuliana says:

    Had to share this with you…. My husband could no longer sleep on our 13 year old mattress for another day. We kept it that long only because he couldn’t stand going through the pain of shopping for a mattress at a store. I had him read your post on Saturday. He ordered it 30 mins later. It arrived last night. Set up in less than 10 mins. We both just had the BEST night sleep ever. He normally snores, not last nigh! Only the dog. Now I’m at work raving about this product. I never realized how many people were in the same shoes, they’re on T&F website looking into it. You should get a commission. LOL. Thank you for sharing your experience!!! #happysleepers

    • Julia says:

      That’s so so great to hear! Thank you for taking time to let us know–we feel the exact same way! Also, we get a small commission for those that order through the link in this post so send your friends here first! Haha

  9. Christina Hunter says:

    We’ve had our T&N mattress for about 8 months now and we still love it! One thing I wanted to mention is that T&N only offers the 100 night guarantee if you purchase through their site. If you order it through Amazon you only have 30 days (standard for Amazon). We ordered ours through Amazon and then were a bit nervous once we discovered that. I’m sure glad it all worked out!

  10. jess says:

    LOVE Tuft & Needle!! We shopped around and went to mattress stores, which has to be one of the most painful shopping experiences, until a friend recommended Tuft & Needle. We bought it about a year and a half ago and still count it as one of our BEST purchases ever. We absolutely love it. It’s one of the only products I actually go out of my way to recommend to people. (I wish this was a sponsored comment–I would love one for our guest bedroom too!) :)

    • Julia says:

      Hahaha, nice! We bought our first mattress in a mattress store and that’s probably why people wait a decade to buy another one. We found one we liked pretty quickly (our previous mattress) but the sales guy was so dead set on selling us a more expensive one he kept making us try more and more and more. It was so annoying and I’m glad we found this alternative.

  11. Chantal says:

    I hope I remember this when we buy a King Mattress **eventually** because we love our memory foam mattress but it gets very warm at night. I’ll be interested to hear another review of the heat distribution after you’ve lived through a summer with it. :)

  12. Kayce says:

    We bought a Tuft and Needle mattress about 4 months ago. Best decision ever. It’s firm, yet supportive. I’ve always been drawn to soft beds until I realized it was giving me back problems. 4 months in and there are still no “pockets” on either side of our bed (something that’s always happened in my other memory foam mattresses). For anyone who is interested, I’m a side sleeper and my husband is back. I bought a memory foam pillow specific for side sleepers and sleep like a baby. The bed did take a few days to get used, but my back is thankful for the change.

  13. Loren says:

    Can we discuss your pillow placement?!?! Do you have king size white pillows in the back, and then a standard size in the front. I have a king and need help with pillow placement! my husband hates having to dig 6-8 pillows deep to get in. I love your look.

  14. Jami says:

    This may sound strange but we just got rid of two old mattresses by posting them for free on Craigslist. You’d be surprised what people can use…if they’re clean, post them I be someone will take them off your hands!

  15. Ashley says:

    We had a hand me down mattress that we used for years when we were first married. When we finally got a new mattress (latex + wool mattress cover!) I didn’t feel right about giving it away as it was ancient. I’m in Utah found a place that recycles mattresses! You pay like $20 and they pick up the mattress and take it apart and recycle the metal and wood! Look up “mattress recycling” + your location.

  16. I cannot wait to buy a new mattress someday! Seriously – it sounds blissful. Ours is getting to that point, we need to start searching, so this sounds like a great option!

  17. Karmen says:

    Tuft & Needle…will check them out. Had you checked out the Leesa mattress? I was leaning towards this one but might have to check this one out. Your thoughts on the Leesa.

  18. Jane says:

    Any thoughts on love seats under $500? I have three young boys. I’m in a dilemma. Please help! Love your style and home.

  19. Thanks for this – I keep hearing about them and am so curious to try them, too! We are pretty desperately in need of a new mattress, but they’re just such a major expense that we haven’t wanted to splurge on. I’m definitely adding this to my wish list! :)

  20. N says:

    We got a leesa mattress a couple of months ago and love it. It had great reviews and the 100 night guarantee too.

  21. Evelina says:

    I love how you staged these photos!! I’m also so amazed that a) it fit in that box and b) that it “grew” so much when you took the plastic off! I was nervous from that first picture that it was so thin but no, no!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

  22. Tracy says:

    How does this compare to Casper, Ghost Bed, and all the others out there?

  23. Kelly Grover says:

    My soon-to-be FIL works at a furniture store and they were getting rid of a mattress because the stitching has been updated, haha. Was only $250 for a really nice PILLOW TOP mattress, i cringed at first until we learned that it is pillow top on both sides so it can be flipped! It does make it quite tall so our sheets are pretty snug on there. Thank you for the un-sponsered review! I have seen these mattresses and always were intrigued, now Ill be keeping them in mind if we ever need one in the future. I would post a mattress on Craigslist or a local college forum to get rid of it. When I moved out of my college house we sold all the mattress that no one wanted for $50-150, so free or cheap and I bet it would fly out of there. Better then more waste.

  24. Cair says:

    I’m intrigued by the mattresses in a box. I hope you’ll do updates as each year wears on.

    Sheets: I’m sold on the Target sheets that have a double run of elastic so that they can easily adjust to shorter and taller mattresses. They really work. I think they are the Threshold brand, but am not sure. I’ve bought two different styles and both fit really well. One of the varieties is nice and soft and thick while the other is still soft, but a lot thinner. Both work well.

    • Ashley says:

      The 400 thread count Threshold sheets are amazing! Since we no longer have a Target in Canada I actually stocked up on some the last time we visited the US.

      • Trilby C. says:

        Yes! The Threshold sheets from Target are the only ones I will buy anymore. I love the double elastic. We have both taller and shorter mattresses, and those sheets fit great on both. Plus our king set has a cute little tag that says “top or bottom” and “side” so you know immediately how to put it on!

  25. Danielle says:

    My husband and I loved our pillow top mattress but it seems that all of a sudden it just started hurting our backs and stopped working for us. It was sort of crazy how it just seemed to happen. We ordered one from Tuft and Needle and after about two weeks it started killing our backs. Like it was not good at all. We had to return it and bought another pillow top. I guess we are just pillow top types. I hope you have better luck with yours. We are like the 1% who like soft mattresses.

  26. Giordi Y. says:

    My vote is that you try Parachute sheets. I’ve heard great things but I want someone to really tell me what they think.

  27. Rebecca says:

    Tuft & Needle has been on my radar for awhile, so thank you for this un-sponsored post! I like what the company is about and the price point is awesome. I hope you’ll keep us updated as you go.

  28. Kaitlyn says:

    We LOVE our T&N King size mattress! We’ve had it for a year now and still no complaints. I cannot stand to be touched while sleeping (heaven help us if we ever have kids!) so we very much stick to our own side & there is not a bucket seat in sight. T&N forever. :)

    • Danielle says:

      Are you guys side sleepers? I am wondering if these types of mattresses work well for side sleepers.

      • Julia says:

        I am 100% a side sleeper. I try to start out on my back (in the hopes that gravity will help wrinkles, lol!) but I always end up on my side.

  29. Meagan Briggs says:

    My sis in law spent $6000 on their mattress a few years ago and I just DON’T GET IT. That is so much dough to spend and Ryan and I just don’t understand that splurge. I feel like there are so many good options out there that are a fraction of that price tag!

    I think I’m sold on t&n! Now I just gotta get Ryan on board for having a platform bed…it’s too modern for him.

    • Julia says:

      Their site says it works with boxsprings, too!

      • Lauren says:

        Yes, we have this mattress on box spring. It’s held up and sleeps great. We’ve had it for about 2 months, it did take some getting used to coming from a pillow top with bucket seats, but it’s great, and definitely not too hot!

  30. We got our Tuft & Needle mattress almost a year ago and still LOVE it. It looks, feels, sleeps just like it did on day one too. And no bucket seats on this guy. :)

  31. Ling Wang says:

    We just bought a T&N king mattress too! Had it for a week now and so far loving it :) We’re planning on building a bouldering wall in our basement so our old mattress is going to be padding for that. But otherwise I’d probably post on craigslist.

  32. Kristen says:

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying the new mattress! We’re likely going to be in the market for a new mattress soon but the thought of spending a ton of money on another mattress isn’t something I look forward to.

  33. susan says:

    Your last question hits home for me. That’s my concern about getting a mattress in this way. What to do with the old one? We got a memory foam mattress from Ikea. Our old mattress was waaaaay older than yours. It was kind of embarrassing. We’re not crazy about it. It sleeps hot and I already have a problem with that. Ikea took our old mattress so that was taken care of. If you find out what to do with old mattresses would you post something about it? I’d LOVE to change ours again.

    • Kelly says:

      Susan, try calling your local trash provider to ask about their bulk trash schedule. Usually they will come pick up bulk items, like a mattress, for a fee. Or you might have a “free bulk day” built into your trash schedule already? My town’s is the last Friday of every month. I put box springs out before on bulk day and the trashmen took them.

      • susan says:

        I hate to just trash it. It’s a perfectly good mattress that someone else might not have a problem with. We’ve had it for less than a year. I was thinking more along the lines of donating.

      • Julia says:

        We put ours up for free on our local garage sale page and a college couple came and got it within 30 minutes!

  34. Mara says:

    I’d like to see another review after a few months. My husband has bought 3 mattresses in the past year and still cannot find something he can sleep well on. Most mornings I find him on the FLOOR!

    We’ve posted our old mattresses on facebook yard sale sites for free and have gotten hundreds of replies. No joke.

  35. Kelly says:

    I got a memory foam mattress last April. Best purchase of my life! It was our only choice for King size because nothing bigger than a queen would fit up our home’s staircase.

    It wasn’t a Tuft & Needle though because they only have 10 inch options. Casper was the same way. I ended up getting a 14 inch Sleep Innovations with gel top for less than $500. I highly recommend foam mattresses to everyone! But definitely research, because I think if you are a “bigger” person the 10 inch high ones are not supportive enough.

    • Julia says:

      Glad you found one that works for you, Kelly! I read that the thicker the mattress, the more “soft” it gets. I wonder if that’s true.

    • Matracos says:

      That’s really nice to hear that Tuft and Needle has really met your needs. Great !!! and yeah, thats nicely presented. The picture says it all. Rather than buying a full foam mattress, it is good to try a medium firm mattress – like the Tuft and Needle. It comes in two layers – with different foam types. I appreciate your choice to buy Tuft and Needle. Now how is his back pain? Hope its no more hurting him.

      Well, I have an answer for your question. Recycling a mattress would be a good move. It’s something that many of us don’t even think about. But the fact is that, a mattress comes with materials; like wood, foam, cotton and metal springs, that can be recycled. Now that you have purchased a new mattress, you can just talk to them, regarding your old mattress. There are many mattress stores, who offer free mattress disposal, but only if you are purchasing a new one.
      There are some recyclers, who will come and pick your old mattress for a fee. For that, you will have to drop it at a designated location.

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