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Who is this best for?
- Shoppers seeking a comfortable, soft foam mattress
- Side sleepers who need extra pressure relief
Who won’t love it?
- People with higher body weight seeking a hybrid or innerspring mattress
- Back and stomach sleepers who like firm beds
The original Tuft & Needle mattress has been one of the most popular budget bed-in-a-box options over the past few years.
However, as their main competitors Casper and Leesa have introduced new mattress models over the past 12–18 months, everyone has been anxiously awaiting when and how Tuft & Needle would respond.
Their answer has finally arrived in the form of their new Mint mattress.
The Mint comes with the same terms as the original Tuft & Needle. The mattress ships for free and arrives compressed in a medium-sized box.
From there, Tuft & Needle gives you 100 nights to test out the mattress. If you decide you don’t like the mattress at any point during those first 100 nights, just give the company a call and they’ll send someone to pick it up free of charge and issue you a full refund.
Tuft & Needle also backs the Mint mattress with a 10-year warranty. All this is pretty standard for the bed-in-a-box industry.
Like the original Tuft & Needle, the Mint is still an all-foam mattress. However, this time, Tuft & Needle added an extra layer and also made some minor changes to the materials.
The Mint mattress starts with a thick layer of support foam on the bottom. But on this go-around, Tuft made this layer a little firmer to help with edge support.
In the middle is what they call their adaptive transition layer. And on top is what the company calls its enhanced T&N Adaptive Foam. It’s similar to the adaptive foam on the original mattress, except the company states they made the enhanced version a little softer and more comfortable for more pressure relief.
They also added 30 percent more graphite to the top layer to aid with heat dispersion.
All in all, the Mint mattress is composed of 3 layers and totals 12-inches thick.
Bringing all these layers together is a thick, charcoal cover that’s very soft. It’s made from a blend of polyamide and polyester.
It’s removable, but like most bed-in-a-box covers, you should probably refrain from machine washing it. Instead, if you happen to spill something on it or get it dirty, you should just spot clean it with a mild detergent and some water.
The Mint mattress has a very nice soft foam feel. It’s a pretty neutral foam feel — the T&N Adaptive Foam is a proprietary foam so it doesn’t feel like memory foam or latex foam.
Nevertheless, it’s very accommodating and comfortable.
However, as I stated above, the company made a few adjustments to the T&N Adaptive Foam over the original to make it softer. And you can definitely feel the difference.
The Mint mattress is noticeably softer than the original Tuft & Needle mattress. Overall, we would place it in our medium-soft category. It just provides a little more pressure relief than the original Tuft & Needle. For reference, we put the original T&N mattress in the medium category.
Overall, we think the Mint mattress is good for combination sleepers as long as you weigh under 225 pounds. If you’re under this mark, the mattress provides enough support when you’re on your back or stomach.
However, if you weigh over 225 pounds, you might want to look elsewhere. We had someone on our team who weighs about 240 pounds test the mattress. When he was on his back, we noticed quite a bit of sinkage under his hips and trunk.
If you’re a side sleeper though, the Mint mattress is awesome. The bed is very soft and offers a ton of pressure relief for your shoulders, hips, etc.
We generally like to place mattresses into 1 of 3 categories when it comes to temperature regulation — warm, neutral, or cool.
Although Tuft & Needle likes to play up the fact that the Mint has 30 percent more graphite and gel beads for cooling purposes, we weren’t convinced it belongs in the cool category.
Rather, we’d say it belongs in the neutral category. The Mint mattress won’t sleep hot but it also won’t actively keep you cool.
To be honest, the majority of bed-in-a-box mattresses fall into this category.
We’ve only tested a few that actually fall on the warm or cool sides of the spectrum. As long as you’re not a super hot sleeper, the Mint will work just fine for you.
When it comes to limiting motion transfer, we generally give the beds either a good or great rating.
You might be saying, “What about beds that are terrible at limiting motion?” Well, to be frank, the majority of beds we review are either all-foam beds or some sort of hybrid. We don’t review the innerspring mattress that has been sitting in your grandma’s guest room for 20 years.
Generally, all these new beds are much better at deadening movement than the beds you slept on as kids. And like temperature regulation, most of these new age bed-in-a-box mattresses land in the good category.
There’s only been a handful of mattresses we’ve tested where there’s literally no movement transfer whatsoever.
The Mint, like the original T&N mattress, lands in the good category. It’s not the best we’ve ever tested, but it will definitely get the job done if you or your partner toss and turn or get up a lot throughout the night.
In our test, we placed a half-full glass of water at one end of the bed and then started rolling and walking around on the other end. The water was only sloshing around a little bit.
Like I said earlier, the Mint mattress doesn’t include any memory foam. The enhanced T&N Adaptive Foam top layer responds pretty quickly after releasing pressure.
All this means is that you won’t get that stuck-in-the-mud feeling or leave a huge body impression behind you whenever you go to switch sleeping positions.
You’ll find it easy to switch from your back to your stomach or vice versa.
Edge support is one area that Tuft & Needle wanted to improve upon with the Mint mattress.
They made the bottom layer even firmer to help with this. And I’m happy to report that it has been improved over the original Tuft & Needle, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s great in this department.
There are a few hybrid mattresses (DreamCloud and Saatva, to name a couple) that I would rate as great. Although improved, I’d say it’s just good. There’s still a little bit of compression whenever you get near the edge, but I never got the feeling I was about to roll off the bed.
This is an especially important topic for couples who share a smaller-sized bed where real estate is super valuable.
With couples, sometimes your partner will end up hogging the middle of the bed, pushing you toward the edges, so it’s important the edges can still support you and you don’t feel like you’re going to roll right off.
The Mint mattress is priced a little higher than the original Tuft & Needle but it’s still reasonably priced for the bed-in-a-box industry. It’s priced below a lot of the super popular brands like Casper and Leesa, for example.
Here’s how it breaks down:
Prices valid as of September 9, 2020
Unfortunately, Tuft & Needle doesn’t offer many coupon codes or promo codes. However, they’ll occasionally run a sale around a big holiday. Be sure to check the company’s website to see if there’s a sale happening.
We were pretty impressed with the Tuft & Needle Mint mattress. While it’s not our favorite mattress overall, it’s definitely a solid option, especially for side sleepers.
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