Tuft & Needle
Tuft & Needle, one of the O.G. mattress-in-a-box purveyors, sells its midrange offering, the Mint, as designed "with two sleepers in mind." Its patented foam layer is infused with graphite and the ever-so-popular cooling gel for both breathability and heat-reducing capabilities. The brand claims this helps reduce motion transfer, making it so that you and your partner sleep better and "independently of the other’s temperature or movement." Okay! You can see why I was sold.
If I were single, I might be turned off by the presumption of partnership as the price for entry. I happen to be married, and while I, who runs hot, haven’t noticed any discernible heat-reducing capabilities, I appreciate that I can go to the bathroom in the middle of the night without sending shockwaves as I roll out of bed. So, does my better half.
Before receiving the Mint, that extra foam layer was my biggest concern. A confession and proud declaration: I am a stomach sleeper. Is it bad for my spinal alignment? Yes. Do I spend six to eight hours each night inhaling the microscopic dust that has accumulated on my pillow? You bet. Would I have it any other way? Absolutely not. But, I must take special precautions. For the more than ninety percent of you who sleep on your back or your side, mattress firmness is a matter of preference. For us stomach sleepers, time spent on a too-soft surface guarantees a stressed spine.
The Mint offers me just enough support along with its hotel-bed plushness. With my old mattress, a crick in my neck became just another part of the morning routine. But around two weeks on the Mint—about the time it takes, says the company, for the mattress to fully expand out of the box—I woke up one morning and realized, My neck hasn’t hurt in, like, four days!
For some, the Mint will toe the line of being too soft. Also, it lacks handles and can be hard to maneuver. Whether or not those sound like drawbacks to you, the value is undeniable: The Mint comes in at a lower price point than the similar offerings at most of Tuft & Needle’s competition. —Eric Sullivan, Senior Features Editor