Tuft & Needle Mattress Review
Buying a mattress sucks. It’s something we all have to do once every ten years or so, but nobody likes doing it. Fast-talking mattress salespeople in ridiculous mattress stores try to sell you their high margin products. And cross-shopping across stores is impossible because the Sealy at “Mattress Express” has a different model number than the exact same Sealy mattress down the street at “Sleepytown.”
Meanwhile, used mattresses are the albatross of the furniture world. You may even have to pay somebody to come haul the thing away because the thing has no monetary value. I mean, would you buy a used mattress? Not unless you were good and certain of where that thing came from.
For decades, the mattress industry hasn’t had a lot of internal incentives to change. Despite mattress technologies staying relatively stable, a small oligopoly of manufacturers still manages to rake in gross margins in the neighborhood of 75%. Priceonomics does a great breakdown of why buying a mattress is such a terrible experience.
Thankfully, a few companies have noticed the inefficiencies in this market and are trying to lay waste to the traditional mattress industry. Who will be the mattress Netflix to the Sealy/Serta Blockbuster? One strong candidate is Tuft & Needle, a Phoenix-based mattress company selling mattresses factory direct from their website.
They have a simple line of products to choose from. All you need to do is select the size and depth (they have all standard mattresses sizes in 5-inch and 10-inch depths) and they ship the mattress to you. The shipped product is a bit of a surprise; mattresses are vacuum sealed in plastic so they can be shipped in a box that can probably fit in your car. When I looked at the box, I thought “There’s no way a queen-sized bed can fit in this thing.” Once you unpack it, though, the latex foam mattress expands, and after a few hours you’re staring at a full-sized mattress ready for sleeping.
Note from Tuft & Needle: Our mattress is made with high-performance super-dense polyether foam which we formulated. It’s not memory or latex—we combined the benefits of both to design a better foam that’s unlike anything else on the market today.
I understand that some people prefer to sleep on a soft and fluffy cloud while others prefer sleeping on the mattress equivalent of a slab of stone. So, keep in mind our personal sleeping preferences and see whether they align with what makes for a good night’s sleep for you.
For reference, Kathleen and I currently have a Tempurpedic memory foam mattress* in our master bedroom, which definitely falls on the firm side of the spectrum. I used to be a dyed-in-the-wool fluffy cloud/pillow-top type of guy, but I’ve developed a taste for a sturdier, firmer mattress over the years. Unfortunately, that means when it comes time to replace the Tempurpedic, we’re looking at mattresses in the neighborhood of $5,000. Which, I mean, I could buy a freaking Toyota Corolla that will last 10 years for the same price.
The Tuft & Needle mattress is a latex foam material; firm, but comfortable. If you sleep with a partner who thrashes around a lot in their sleep (uh… sorry, Kathleen), then you’ll be very happy with the minimal motion transfer, which I find comparable to our Tempurpedic. Firm mattress die-hards will absolutely love this mattress. We’ve slept on the mattress and have had guests sleep on it, too (Kathleen’s dad repeatedly praised the mattress). After waking up one morning, Kathleen said, “Well, I know where we’re getting our next mattress when we’re done with the Tempurpedic.”
If you like your mattresses firm, then Tuft & Needle is a great alternative to the over-the-top expensive Tempurpedic (as much as I love the Tempurpedic mattress I married into, I would never pay to replace it). The King sized 10-inch mattress– their most expensive– runs $750, including shipping.
If you’re a skeptical sort, they do allow a 30-day trial period so you can test out their mattresses worry-free. And if you live in the metro Phoenix area (my hometown!), you can stop by their showroom and test out their mattresses before you buy.
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*Kathleen’s note: the mattress we have used to be my mom’s. When she passed away, my dad said we could have it if we came to Olympia to get it. We jumped at the opportunity! But we’re already dreading having to eventually replace it, because, holy smokes, that is a lot of coin.