Tuft & Needle Mattress Upgrade: Initial Impressions

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day, and I mentioned that we were going to get a new mattress soon. “Everyone gets a new mattress when they’re pregnant!” she exclaimed. I had never had confirmation on this idea, but it’s one that totally makes sense to me. Most people I know have had the same mattress for years and put off buying a new one because they are expensive and they just haven’t found a good enough reason to make that leap. But what better reason is there than an achey, temperamental body that makes it hard to get a good night sleep? If you combine that factor with the idea that pretty soon there may be a third person sleeping sideways in your bed, even upgrading to a bigger mattress begins to make sense. And that’s exactly what we decided to do. We upgraded to a king size mattress, which in turn has inspired a bit of a bedroom makeover (which we’re trying to manage simply and frugally, and I will write more about later). For now, I want to focus on the mattress.

After looking around at our options, we decided to go with a Tuft and Needle 5″ king size mattress, which set us back $500.* The company offers free shipping and a 30 return policy, plus really great customer service. There is a catch, though, and that’s that you have to purchase the mattress sight unseen. One of the cool things about Tuft & Needle is that they produce and sell the mattresses themselves, so you don’t get any of the markup you would with other mattresses that have a middleman involved in the sales process. I personally love that, but it means that you can’t test out the mattress before you buy it, which can be a little nerve-wracking. I was reassured by the 30 day return policy, but I still felt like I needed to do as much research as possible to make sure that I knew what we were getting ourselves into.

I dug into the company’s website, obviously, and I liked what I saw. All of the materials are sourced in the U.S., and the mattress is actually recyclable. Sweet. I checked the Amazon reviews next because they are “the highest rated mattress” on Amazon, and I noticed a couple of things. The five star reviews all looked good, so I looked at the less-than-five star reviews. The really low ones basically said two things: this mattress is too firm for me, and there’s no way this company is legit with so many positive reviews… they must be paying people off to up their ratings. Hmmm. The bulk of the 4 star reviews were actually people who had ordered but not received their mattresses and just wanted to share their promo code (they are currently giving you a code to share with friends that gives both the user and the sharer of the code $50 off…). That certainly didn’t help me decide whether or not this was a scam, and probably doesn’t help any other conflicted would-be buyers either.

So I dug a little deeper.

And I found this article, which actually gives a little more background on the company’s founders. They formed Tuft and Needle after leaving jobs in the tech industry and take the quality of their product seriously. They take customer feedback seriously and use it to make improvements to their product. I like that. I also learned that they regularly donate mattresses to foster children who are in need of a bed of their own. I really like that.

Finally, I found a couple of reviews on blogs that really helped me feel good about giving this mattress a shot. I looked at Our Freaking Budget and the Surly Biker, specifically.

So, what do I think after just one night of sleeping on this thing? I’m a fan. We set our 5 inch mattress up on the floor because we didn’t want to take our new bed frame out of the box if we weren’t going to keep it, and I was amazed. I’ve been sleeping with a body pillow for over a year now, and since I got pregnant it has been crucial to my being able to sleep without aching hips and shoulders. At this stage in my pregnancy, I haven’t been able to spend more than a few minutes on my side without the body pillow before I get uncomfortable. This morning, I rolled over to face my husband, free of aches from the night, and was able to lie there and talk to him COMFORTABLY until we were ready to get up. This is just crazy to me. All from a five inch mattress placed directly on the floor. I can’t wait to try it with the bed.

The other really great thing was that the mattress doesn’t transfer movement the way our old spring mattress did. I toss and turn a lot, typically, and with the Tuft & Needle, it didn’t bother my husband at all. And I didn’t wake up when he got in and out of bed, either.

As many have said in their reviews, the bed feels firm when you lie on it. This is good for us, as we both tend to like firm mattresses. My hips and low back, though, need a firm mattress that is a little more forgiving, and that’s just what this is. You can press your hand into the mattress and it yields to your touch, but when you lie down it doesn’t allow your whole body to sink, just the parts that make the firmest contact (i.e. hips and shoulders for pregnant side sleepers). It’s barely noticeable, but it makes a huge, huge difference.

I realize that it’s possible that I may have just really wanted to like the bed, so I’m going to give it a few weeks, then post again. I’m really optimistic, though. And who knows, maybe I’ll even include the promo code next time.

UPDATE:  We love, love, love our mattress. It’s even better now that we have it on a bed frame. I keep calling it a magic bed because I can be super achy and uncomfortable at the end of the day, but if I get into bed everything feels better almost right away! Plus, I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, even when I’m wide awake. Both of these things are big shifts for me!

UPDATE #2: It’s now June of 2016, and we still LOVE our Tuft and Needle mattress. We ended up buying a second, twin size mattress to use in our daughters room, and it made middle of the night feedings once she was in her own room SO much easier. I still stand behind my review 100%. Tuft and Needle no longer offers a rewards program for referals, so the above link is irrelevant.

** It looks like Tuft & Needle no longer makes a 5 inch mattress. The 10 inch mattresses are a bit more expensive, but still cheaper than a mattress from a mattress store!

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