Deciding between the Nectar or Tuft & Needle mattress? Our comparison will help you make the right choice by putting these beds head to head!
Shopping for a new bed? Tuft & Needle and Nectar are two of the most popular bed-in-a-box mattress brands, bringing luxury comfort at an affordable price. In this review, we’re going to compare Nectar’s flagship mattress with the Tuft & Needle Mint bed to help you figure out which all-foam mattress is best for you.
Affordable quality mattress with excellent trial period
Medium firm: 5.5-6/10
Gel memory foam
Lifetime warranty as long as you own the mattress
One-step up from the original Tuft & Needle while still being a budget-friendly mattress
10-year limited warranty
The Nectar and Mint all-foam beds come in similar sizes. While the T&N is 1” thicker, Nectar’s high-quality memory foam layers make the Nectar as durable and supportive as the T&N.
|Tuft & Needle Mint|
|Twin||39” x 75”||39” x 75”|
|Twin XL||39” x 80”||39” x 80”|
|Full||54” x 75”||54” x 75”|
|Queen||60” x 80”||60” x 80”|
|King||76” x 80”||76” x 80”|
|California King||72” x 84”||
72” x 84”
Learn more about mattress sizes.
The Nectar mattress is slightly less expensive than the Tuft & Needle Mint, costing nearly $200 less for a queen-size mattress.
Keep in mind that the table below reflects a full price mattress. To see our Mattress Advisor discounts, click the buttons below.
|Nectar||Tuft & Needle Mint|
Let’s take a look at what each of these beds is made from and examine how this influences the feel and sleeping experience.
The flagship Nectar mattress is a memory foam bed that falls at a 5.5-6 on the 1-10 firmness scale. Its medium-firm feel is the ideal firmness for most sleepers, particularly those who weigh more than 130 pounds.
The Nectar has 3 layers of memory foam atop a supportive polyfoam base. With nearly 6” of memory foam, the Nectar boasts the deep hugging sensation that you’d expect from a memory foam mattress. The cradling sensation delivers exceptional pressure relief, perfect for side and back sleepers.
While the Nectar feels plush and supportive for most sleepers, lightweight sleepers will experience a firmer surface. If you weigh less than 130 pounds, only go with the Nectar if you like a firm mattress.
Thanks to the generous memory foam layers, the Nectar has excellent motion isolation properties. Combined with impressively sturdy and comfortable edges, and you have a mattress perfect for those who sleep with a partner, pet, or child.
The Tuft & Needle Mint mattress is made from 3 layers of foam. Its medium feel rates as a 5 on the 1-10 firmness scale, delivering a balance of plush pressure relief and spinal support ideal for most sleepers. In fact, it’s one of the best mattresses for back pain that we’ve tested thanks to promoting healthy spine alignment.
The open-cell foam is infused with cooling gel and graphite, helping to keep even the hottest sleepers cool. If you’re someone who likes the feel of all-foam beds but find most of them too warm, the Mint mattress may be just what you’re looking for.
The foam within the Mint mattress is a proprietary polyfoam that’s responsive, plush, and supportive. The T&N Adaptive foam doesn’t have the same deeply contouring memory foam feel as the Nectar, but instead brings an experience that blends sleeping “on” and sleeping “in” the bed. Combination sleepers and those who reposition a bunch at night tend to prefer this responsive feel.
We’ve spent hours testing and evaluating the T&N Mint and Nectar original mattresses. Here’s a side-by-side comparison revealing how they performed.
|Nectar||Tuft & Needle Mint|
|Motion Transfer Test||8.5||8.1|
|Edge Support Test||9||8.25|
|Pressure Relief Test||8.5||8|
|Spinal Alignment Test||7.5||9.5|
|Customer Service Score||8.5||10|
|Social Impact Score||5||8|
There’s no way to pay attention to your posture when you’re snoozing away—it’s your mattresses’s job to ensure that your spine stays properly aligned. We tested the spine alignment abilities of both of these mattresses, and the Tuft & Needle outperformed the Nectar. If you’re someone who wakes up with new neck or back pain, the Mint mattress may help you find relief.
Do you sleep right along the edge of your mattress? If you share your bed with someone else, chances are you or your partner utilizes the edges so everyone can enjoy their own space. We evaluated these beds for how supportive and comfortable their edges were. While both mattresses performed well, the Nectar earned an outstanding 9/10 for edge support, which tells us that the Nectar is an excellent bed for couples.
One of the main complaints with all-foam mattresses is that they don’t sleep as cool as the average innerspring or hybrid mattress. Without added cooling technology, foam absorbs body heat and feeds it back to you over the night. Memory foam, in particular, has a tendency to sleep hot.
Fortunately, both of these mattress companies have taken numerous steps to encourage a more comfortable night’s sleep. In our cooling evaluation, we found the Mint mattress to sleep exceptionally cool for an all-foam bed, while the Nectar may still be a bit too warm for hot sleepers.
Nectar’s close contouring is best for memory foam lovers. The T&N Mint mattress is responsive and softer, but doesn’t offer the same hugging feel. Opt for the Nectar for exceptional pressure relief, edge support, and motion isolation, or the Mint for superb spine alignment, responsiveness, and cooling.
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