Last Updated on December 31, 2022
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The Mint mattress is Tuft & Needle’s second-generation foam mattress. It is designed to be cooler, and a little softer than the Original. If you have questions about the Mint mattress or are contemplating getting one for yourself, look no further! This Tuft and Needle Mint review will help you determine if it is the right luxury mattress for you to achieve restful and rejuvenating sleep night after night.
Tuft & Needle recently sent me one of their latest Mint mattresses to sleep on and review so I can share my thoughts with other consumers. I chose the King size mattress and slept on it for over a week before writing this review.
Following is a complete in-depth evaluation of my actual testing and experience with the Mint mattress. This includes the delivery process, unboxing, decompression period, materials used to construct Mint mattresses, the prominent features, the experience I had sleeping on it, and how it compares to a few major competitors.
The Tuft and Needle Mint Review
- Graphite and cooling gel-infused foam
- Optimized for side-sleepers (Medium-firm)
- More health and purity certifications than the T&N Original
- Compatible with boxsprings, adjustable beds, and slatted frames
- 100-night in-home trial
- 10-year warranty
- Free shipping and returns
- 0% finance available with Affirm
- Made in the USA
The delivery process
After my Mint mattress order was accepted, I received a confirmation email with a tracking number and an expected delivery date, which was only about four business days away. My mattress arrived on time, and the delivery driver from FedEx even brought the box up the elevator into my building and left it outside the front door of my apartment. The foam-based mattress was double boxed to prevent any possible damage during transport, and the outer box did not have any branding on it, which could help deter theft if you live in a busy apartment building, as I do.
The unboxing process
Once my mattress arrived, I immediately wanted to start the unboxing process. First, I attempted to drag or push the big box to my bedroom but was largely unsuccessful at moving more than a foot or so at a time because of the weight. It weighed about 100 pounds in the box. After enlisting some help, my partner and I easily moved the box to my bedroom and placed it on top of the bed frame. Inside the outer box is the Tuft & Needle branded box that has convenient cutout perforations which turn into handles for carrying. Unfortunately, we did not realize that until we had already moved it, so keep that in mind if you decide to buy.
Once we opened both boxes and pulled the mattress out, we placed it horizontally on the bed frame before removing any plastic wrapping. The first layer of plastic keeps the mattress rolled while the second layer keeps the Mint mattress compressed. After both layers of plastic were removed, the Mint rapidly decompressed and looked fully inflated after only a few seconds. However, it was still pretty soft and needed about two to three hours more to reach its maximum height and firmness level.
Construction of the mattress
The Mint mattress is a multi-layer foam mattress comprised of 4 different components listed in order from top to bottom:
- A premium quality thick knit cover in a dark charcoal color
- A layer of Tuft & Needle Adaptive foam infused with graphite and ceramic gel to wick sweat and heat away while maintaining a cool sleeping surface
- A thin transitional foam layer to help bottoming out when a large amount of pressure is applied
- A thick, super dense base layer of foam for added edge support and long-lasting durability
Tuft and Needle mattresses are manufactured in the U.S.A.
Stand out features
This section of the Tuft and Needle Mint review will examine specific traits associated with the mattress so you can fully understand what you can expect from it. The Mint mattress has several stand out features that make it great for almost any sleeper but is particularly great for stomach sleepers because of its softer feel compared to its predecessor.
Mattress height is particularly important for sleepers with limited mobility, women in their third trimester of pregnancy, anyone with hip or lower back pain, and for shorter people like small children. If you fall into any of these categories getting the right height mattresses can make getting into and out of bed significantly easier and good for overall health. A higher bed is best for most of these categories because it eliminates a lot of unnecessary movement, including bending at the waist.
The Mint mattress is 12 inches tall, making it high enough to benefit sleepers who have limited mobility. The tall height of the mattress also adds to the plush feel and overall comfort.
Motion isolation (reducing the transfer of movement) is an important trait to have in your mattress if you or your partner are a light sleeper, or if either of you toss and turn during the night. Additionally, if you have different sleep schedules, or share your bed with small children or pets, superior motion isolation will help eliminate disturbances on the surface of the bed caused by energy transference so you can rest soundly.
The luxury Mint mattress excels in motion isolation. The dense and durable foams inside do an excellent job of absorbing any motion transfer and dispelling it before it reaches the other side of the bed. I placed a cup of water on one side of the mattress and rolled around, and even bounced a few times to test the motion isolation, and the cup did not tip over. The water inside the cup sloshed around a bit but did not spill. You can see this for yourself in our Mint mattress review in the video further below.
Managing temperature in foam mattresses is particularly important because the dense material tends to retain heat if precautionary measures are not taken. If you tend to sleep hot or live in a warm climate, you may want to prioritize temperature regulation when it comes to buying a new mattress.
When Tuft and Needle the Mint was designed as their second generation mattress, they added more cooling power, which was one of the major differences between it and its earlier counterpart. The Mint mattress is infused with ceramic gel beads which cool down more than traditional gel-infused foam. It has an open weave breathable cover and is also infused with graphite to help wick away sweat and heat. All of these things combined do a good job keeping the Mint cool throughout the night. Pairing the mattress with a breathable frame will also help contribute to the overall cooling capability.
Having ample edge support in your mattress can help people with limited mobility in the same ways that a taller mattress can, as discussed earlier. It makes it easier to sit on the edge of the bed without feeling like you are going to slide off the edge. Good edge support can also expand the usable surface area by as much as 30%. If you sleep with a partner, this added space can make a huge difference as far as spreading out and achieving maximum comfort.
The super dense base layer of the Mint mattress gives it its increased edge support and sleep surface. When I sat near the edge of the bed, there was some visible compression, but I did not feel like I was about to slide off. When I lay down near the edge, either on my side or back, there was very minimal compression. It contoured my shape comfortably and allowed me to rest right near the edge. Overall, the edge support on the Mint is excellent, and you can expect to use all of the surface area provided.
In-home trial length, warranty period, and durability
The T&N Mint mattress comes with a 100-night in-home trial period so you can determine whether or not it is the best choice for you and your specific sleep needs. Considering most sleepers will most likely buy this mattress online, an in-home trial period can bring you much peace of mind. Don’t worry that you cannot try the mattress quality out first. If you don’t like it, they will pick it up and issue a refund within 100 days.
The Tuft & Needle Mint also comes with a ten-year limited warranty. This denotes the company’s confidence in its product and its overall durability and performance. If your Mint shows significant sagging (sink) or breaks down within ten years, they will replace it, but they expect it won’t come to this.
Buying a mattress with superior durability is important because you want to keep it for an extended period of time, ideally, for about eight to ten years. After that, we recommend replacing it for a new one so you can sleep on a clean, sanitary surface.
The Mint mattress promises to be durable and long-lasting. It’s all foam high-quality construction helps establish and maintain the overall durability due to its dense and malleable shape which absorbs energy and displaces it with ease.
I slept on my new Mint mattress for almost two weeks before deciding how I felt about it overall. I recommend doing this with any new mattress so you can properly adjust to the new feel and alignment offered. Often, when sleeping on an old mattress you get accustomed to misalignment and sagging in the middle so making the switch to a more level and supported sleeping surface, on a new bed, can come with a short adjustment period.
First up, let’s discuss the level of firmness and how the T&N Mint works in varying sleep positions.
I consider the Mint mattress to be medium, yet not too soft to prevent sleeping on your stomach or back. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the firmest, I put the Mint at a 5-6 firmness. I sleep in all three positions: stomach, side, and back. In every position, I felt supported and hugged by the mattresses superior contouring capabilities. I never woke up with pain in my hips, lower back, or shoulders while sleeping on the Mint. It was soft to the touch (compared to the T&N Original) yet provided plenty of support, and pressure points were non-existent. Although medium is not my ideal feel, I still found the Mint mattress to be very comfortable overall. The mattress could be a good compromise if your partner prefers a softer bed, and you prefer a firm bed or vice versa.
Second, let’s discuss off-gassing which occurred straight after the process of Tuft and Needle Mint unboxing and unwrapping. When I opened the box, it did have a distinct smell that some might consider chemically. It was fairly strong but did not smell bad, at least not to my partner or me. After a few hours, the odor had severely diminished, and after a full day, the smell had disappeared entirely. This is a typical off-gassing period for a mattress made from foam. I was able to sleep on the Mint the first night without experiencing a headache from the off-gassing. It smelled new to me, and I like that.
The third thing I would like to point out about the Mint mattress sleeping experience is that even though it has taken significant precautions to prevent heat retention, it is not 100% effective in this area. My partner tends to sleep hot, and he was warm on this bed, but not to the point of being sweaty. I noticed the bed did retain some minimal heat when I stayed in one position for an extended period of time, especially when on my back or stomach, due to the expanded surface area of my body on the mattress. Overall, the Mint does a great job of regulating temperature, but it has not yet perfected this aspect.
Lastly, I really like the Mint mattress’ dark charcoal-colored cover. It looks sleek and will help to mask any unwanted stains that will most likely develop on the surface of the bed after years or even months of sleep. The longer you use your mattress, the more accumulation of dead skin cells, hair, sweat, and natural body oils. All of these can cause small yellowish stains on the mattress over time. The dark cover will help it to remain looking brand new for the majority, if not the entirety of the mattress’ lifespan.
One thing I would improve with the Mint mattress is the addition of a removable, washable cover. This would allow you to preserve the materials and help them maintain their integrity by keeping them clean. Instead of only masking the dirt and sweat accumulation with a dark cover, make it washable. Not many mattresses currently offer this trait, but I wish they would.
Tuft & Needle follow up
After sleeping on the Mint mattress for a few nights I received a courtesy email from Tuft & Needle, which they send to all of their customers, inquiring about how my sleep experience had been on the new bed so far. I happened to mention that I thought it retained some minimal heat, and someone from their customer service team promptly reached out to help me. They had recommendations regarding the type of frame I use, advising on one with open side panels and slats on the bottom for optimal airflow. The team also recommended using natural materials for bedding, like cotton or linen, and also using a lower thread count with a percale weave.
The follow-up email from Tuft & Needle customer service team was, in my opinion, above and beyond. They went out of their way to help me enjoy the new product to its fullest potential, and I truly appreciated the extra effort. I give Tuft & Needle an A+ for, fast, efficient, and very thorough customer service. I definitely got the impression that I could reach out to T&N at any time during my mattress lifespan for help and recommendations. After all, they want you to be happy with your new purchase, and it shows!
Video Review Of The Mint Mattress
Tuft & Needle Mint Alternatives
Now that you understand the basics, let’s compare the Mint to a few other popular mattresses available on the market today. The ratings and reviews below should help you further determine whether or not the Mint is the best option for you and your specific, individual sleep needs.
Tuft and Needle Mint vs Tuft and Needle Original
When comparing Tuft and Needle Original vs the Mint, there are several key differences. In particular, it’s the pricing. The T&N Original is more affordable than the Mint. The Original is also more firm than the new Mint mattress, and is currently among one of the top 10 best mattresses for back pain due to its supreme pressure point relief abilities.
Comparing Tuft and Needle Mint vs Original also highlight some improvements in their mattress design. The Mint has improved edge support due to its dense base foam. It also sleeps cooler than the Original due to the improved ceramic gel beads and the graphite used in the top layer.
If you do not prefer a medium-soft bed, you should choose the Original Tuft and Needle over the Mint mattress. Choose the Mint if you want added edge support, a good level of overall comfort, and better temperature regulation.
Tuft and Needle Mint vs Purple
The Tuft and Needle vs Purple results show us a few key differences. The Mint mattress is more affordable than the Purple. The Mint also has several certifications which the Purple does not: GreenGuard Gold certification, Better Business Bureau accreditation, and the Standard 100 by Oeko-TEX.
The Original Purple will be a bit firmer than the Mint mattress. However, the Purple 2, which is a hybrid and also contains coils, has three customizable firmness levels. The hybrid design of the Purple 2 also helps to increase edge support with sturdy steel coils and also helps with airflow by providing large open pockets for air to move through while your body emits heat into the bed.
The major difference between Purple and Tuft & Needle is that the Mint is made solely from foam, while the Purple mattresses have the proprietary SmartComfort Grid design which targets pressure point relief while remaining temperature neutral.
Tuft and Needle Mint vs Casper
When it comes to Tuft and Needle vs Casper you will save some money if you choose the former. Also, the Casper is not GreenGuard Gold certified or have the Standard 100 by Oeko-TEX.
Overall, these two mattresses are very similar. However, a major difference is in Casper’s targeted and zoned support design. This allows the Casper to be softer near the shoulders and firmer near the hips, which allow sleepers to get the full healthy spinal alignment potential.
Tuft and Needle Mint vs Nectar
Comparing Nectar vs Tuft and Needle Mint again highlights that the latter is the most affordable option. Similar to the Purple, the Better Business Bureau does not accredit the Nectar mattress, is not Greenguard Gold certified, and does not have the Standard 100 by Oeko-TEX.
The Nectar does a lengthier in-home trial period, 365 nights as opposed to 100. The Nectar also has a forever warranty, compared to Tuft & Needle’s 10-year warranty. However, we certainly do not recommend keeping the same mattress forever, so generally, ten years is long enough. The forever warranty does denote an advanced level of durability and company confidence in their product.
The Nectar mattress is designed in the U.S.A, but it is not manufactured there, most likely to cut on production costs which translate into a lower price tag for the consumer. However, the Tuft & Needle Mint manages to be more affordable while still being designed and made in the U.S.A.
Before we conclude our Tuft and Needle Mint review let’s quickly evaluate everything we have learned. The Mint mattress is a high-quality mattress that is suitable for almost every type of sleeper due to its medium-soft yet supportive feel. The second generation mattress excels in motion isolation, edge support, accommodating all sleep positions, temperature regulation, and durability. It also has a sleek, dark grey cover that is super soft.
Overall, the Mint mattress bed is very supportive and comfortable for sleepers in any position, making it great for partners with different needs. I recommend buying this bed if you prefer a softer feel than the Original, if you value motion isolation, if you want high value and excellent durability, or if you prefer a darker cover that obscures marks caused by extended use.
I hope this Mint mattress review and rating helped you decide whether or not this is actually the best mattress for you and your specific sleep needs or not, and also eliminated any questions or concerns you may have about it before ordering online. Sleep well!
Lindsay is a contributor and the senior editor of all content posted on this site. She is in this role due to her somewhat unrivaled expertise through previous retail experience in the mattress and bedding industry.