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Tuft and Needle Mint vs Original Mattress

Is it worth it to upgrade to Tuft and Needle Mint, or should you stick with the original mattress?

in this review we discuss the big reasons to pay up for Tuft & Needle Mint and also the reasons why you might want to save money and get the original mattress. If you aren't familiar, Tuft & Needle is largely considered the best budget mattress brand, and the company is owned by Serta-Simmons.
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Slightly Softer

Shop NowTuft & Needle Mint is one of the best mattresses for side sleepers. It's soft, comfy, fluffy, and really accommodating.
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Slightly Firmer

Shop NowThe original Tuft & Needle is one of the top ten most popular bed-in-a-box mattresses. It's able to accomodate all sleeping positions—and it's really affordable.

Given that these are both Tuft & Needle mattresses, there’s naturally a lot of overlap. So before we dig in, let’s go through an overview of the content of the review.

  • Design & Construction — These are both foam mattresses, but they do have different constructions.
  • Prices — Mint is their premium mattress, so it costs a few hundred dollars more than the original.
  • Firmness — They might feel similar, but Mint is a good deal softer than the original Tuft & Needle.

The video above goes over the bulk of what we discuss in the review, but if you prefer reading, there’s a lot more information below.

Tuft & Needle Mint


  • Side sleepers looking for a plush foam bed
  • If you want to spend under $1,000 for a new queen size bed
  • People that want a soft-foam feel (i.e. no memory foam)

Design Of Tuft & Needle Mint (vs Original)

While the original bed has a two-layer 10″ construction, Mint has a three-layer 12″ construction, so not only do you get the extra transitional layer, but you get 2″ of added thickness.

In general, however, Mint has a lot in common with the original. For instance, both have a support core that’s dense polyurethane foam. And both use “T&N Adaptive Foam” as their comfort layer. The only major difference is that Mint has the transition layer to help soften up the sleeping surface, and the top comfort foam has 30% more graphite to help with temperature regulation.

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Inside Tuft & Needle Mint (you can see the new comfort foam)

Because of the updated design, the Mint will be noticeably softer than the original bed. Sure, the foams might be essentially the same, but their firmness and density ratings are different.

tuft and needle mint mattress review firmness and feel

We have the Mint at somewhere between a medium-soft and medium on our firmness spectrum. This is a relative measure and will depend on your shape and weight, but for most people the Mint will be a truly soft and plush mattress. It’s the type of mattress that you lay on and immediately experience pressure relief.

Better For Side Sleepers

Because it’s so soft, Mint ends up being a wonderful solution for side sleepers that need maximum pressure relief, particular for their hips, shoulders, or upper back.

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Mint contours nicely to the shape of your body

It is important to note that all of these online foam beds will soften fairly quickly. As such, if you want something that’s designed for all sleeping positions, the Mint is not your best option. It’s going to start soft and get even softer over time.

One thing that we think consumers will appreciate is that both beds have a generic soft-foam feel. In other words, you won’t notice any memory foam because neither has any memory foam. You still get ample pressure relief—particularly in the case of the Mint mattress—but you won’t get a “stuck” feeling that typically accompanies memory foam beds.

Tuft & Needle Original


  • All sleeping positions (stomach, back, side)
  • If price is really important to you (T&N sells for under $800)
  • People that want a bed that's a medium on our softness/firmness scale

The Original Bed Is (Much) Cheaper

While we don’t think you should base your decision solely on price, there is a big price difference between the original and Mint that you can’t really ignore. The original sells for about $600 and the Mint, for about $1,000 for a queen size bed. That’s absent any discounts or promotions.

From time to time, Tuft & Needle will run specials, mostly during major holidays such as Black Friday. The specials vary, however, so we can’t really tell you what to expect. You can check to see their current deals, if any.

Inside The Original Mattress

As we stated above, the original bed is 10″ thick and has just two layers. The first of which is a dense support core, and the second layer (the comfort layer) is the company’s “T&N Adaptive Foam,” which is a graphite-infused poly foam.

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It has a simple, no frills design

Don’t let the simplicity of the mattress fool you—Tuft & Needle is comfortable and versatile in the sense that it will work for a lot of sleeping styles.

While Mint has a truly soft and plush feel, the original bed has a plain Jane, neutral-foam feel. If you can just envision a generic foam that’s soft, but not too soft, that’s what the original bed feels like.

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As our graphic shows, we estimate that the original bed is close to a medium in terms of firmness. If I can just inject my personal opinion here for a second, I would say the original bed is a medium+, meaning it’s firmer than a true medium, but not by much. And remember, it will soften for you.

A-OK For All Sleeping Styles

If the original bed is firmer then it makes sense for it to be more ideal for back and stomach sleepers—and that is indeed the case. It will still be just fine for side sleepers, but it also is able to take on stomach and back sleepers.

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You can sleep in any position on the original bed

It won’t have quite the pressure relief of the Mint mattress (in part because it’s missing the transition layer), but it’s the type of bed that most people find suitable. Again, no memory foam—just a basic soft foam feel.

What It All Comes Down To

We, of course, cannot tell you what to do, but we can help to guide you in the right direction. With that in mind, here’s a quick recap of the things that you should be thinking about with these two beds:

  • Do you need a cheap mattress? If that’s the case, I suppose both beds will work, but the original is quite a bit more affordable when it’s all said and done.
  • Do you have a preference for firmness? If you want a medium, go with the original. It’s able to accomodate all sleep styles. If you want a soft bed, Mint is just that.

I know that seems overly simple, but the truth is that a lot of your decision will come down to feel, firmness, and price. You can always check out our other mattress comparisons if you additional context on how these beds compare to others.

Review Team

Tharon Green

Stomach Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper


McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper

Dillon Payne

Dillon Payne

Combo Sleeper

More Commonalities For Tuft & Needle

Beyond feel, design, and policies, there are two other areas of overlap. The first is edge support. While Mint technically has upgraded edge support, they’re both fairly close here—neither is world class in the edge support department. They’re both pretty much standard for a foam bed.

“What is edge support?” you might ask. Firstly it’s only worth learning about if you sleep along the outer edges of your bed frequently. That could be as a result of sharing a smaller size bed or simply because you prefer the perimeter of the mattress. Whatever your reason, edge support is key if you want to sleep along the edges. We happen to think edge support is a little overblown since it affects a relatively small number of consumers, but it’s worth learning about. Perhaps the best bed for edge support is Beautyrest Black, and perhaps the worst is the MyPillow Mattress.

The other area that you should be aware of—particularly if you sleep with someone else—is motion transfer. It’s a fairly self explanatory element, but essentially motion transfer refers to how much motion, well, transfers through the mattress. It used to be that older beds (mostly innerspring ones) were garbage in their ability to limit motion transfer. These modern beds are quite good, however. And that is the case with Tuft & Needle. Both are all-foam beds and both do a pretty nice job of limiting motion transfer.

Not Great For People Over 250 lbs

This is not a point unique to Tuft & Needle—most all-foam beds are not great solutions for heavier people. They’ll likely work fine if you’re under about 230 lbs or 250 lbs, but anything above that is a no-go if you plan to sleep on the beds regularly. They’ll be just fine for a few days, but you won’t want to sleep on them every night for months on end.

Instead, you should look into a coil or spring mattress, as they tend to offer resilient, consistent support. Most people won’t even argue this statement—coil beds are preferable to foam beds for heavy folks.

That’s not to say that you can pick any coil bed you want, but we just wanted to make the point that Tuft & Needle Mint and the original are not designed for heavy people.

How They Compare To Others

In the online mattress community, there is no shortage of beds, however, the top five are probably Casper, Purple, Leesa, Tuft & Needle, and Nectar. So how do the T&N mattresses compare to those?

In regards to Casper and Leesa, the feel will be similar (i.e. soft foam), but the firmness will be different because the construction is different. Purple is nothing like any of these beds. It’s basically a seven-foot Dr. Scholl’s insole. And Nectar is a dense memory foam bed. It might match T&N in firmness, but it feels like a traditional memory foam bed, which is unlike what T&N offers.

Let’s throw in Saatva for fun also. Saatva is a premium mattress with two layers of coils. Need I say more? It’s nothing like Tuft & Needle. It’s more supportive, more expensive, and feels more luxurious. There’s no outright winner since they’re so different, but Saatva is a darn good bed also.

How T&N Manages Shipping & Returns

While the original Tuft & Needle is available at certain retail stores such as Crate & Barrel, Walmart, and Lowes, the vast majority of people buy online. And with both beds you will get free shipping via FedEx Ground. Typically, the beds will arrive at your doorstep within a week of you placing your order.

They both also come with the standard 100-night test window that allows you to try the bed for yourself, for over three months, in your own home. And these are risk-free trials, so there’s no commitment to keeping the beds.

If you don’t end up wanting your T&N mattress, they offer completely free returns. There’s no need to re-pack the mattress or bring them anywhere, as Tuft & Needle will send someone to pick it up, for free.

And for the warranties, they both come with a 10 years of backing. Keep in mind, too, that Tuft & Needle is owned by Serta-Simmons, so it’s not like you’re buying a bed from a knock-off brand that no one has ever heard of before.