Are you looking for a comfy foam pillow that’s also breathable? If so you’ve come to the right place.
Here I’m talking about the Tuft & Needle pillow. This is a very versatile pillow that suits a wide variety of sleepers and it has some impressive cooling features.
But is it the right one for you? To help you find out, I’ll go over its firmness, feel and unique features.
Tuft & Needle is known for their proprietary adaptive foam and unlike traditional memory foam that you really sink into, this foam has a responsive feel and it immediately snaps back into place. It’s also super breathable.
But how does this unique material work in a pillow?
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Let’s unzip the cover and take a look at its construction.
The Tuft & Needle pillow’s height, also known as the loft, is 5 inches. So it’s really nice and thick, provides some nice support and it has a thin breathable cover around the outside. It’s super soft.
Another perk is that it’s really easy to maintain. You can just unzip it, wash it on the cold cycle and air dry.
When you unzip the cover, you’ll get to Tuft & Needle’s responsive foam. What’s really unique about it is that they don’t shred or mold the foam. They actually custom cut it and that’s great for a couple of reasons.
It keeps the pillow really supportive and durable and it promotes airflow. When you look closely at the foam, you’ll see they have holes placed all throughout. That’s going to really make it breathable and help you sleep cool at night.
This foam has some really impressive infusions, running throughout. First it has graphite, which is a material that helps pull heat away from the body and keep you cool. Second it has cooling gel beads all throughout the pillow and this has a couple of great benefits.
Like the graphite, the gel beads pull heat away from the body and keep you cool and when you apply pressure on these beads, they stack on top of each other to create more support.
What does this all mean?
First, the Tuft & Needle pillow is fantastic at keeping you cool. It’s got a thin breathable cover, it’s got all those amazing infusions in the foam. You won’t have to worry about overheating at night.
Second, this is a super durable pillow. Because Tuft & Needle doesn’t shred or mold their foam it will last a long time.
And when you apply pressure to it throughout the night, it doesn’t sag, it actually holds its firmness really well.
Firmness & Feel
Of course we have to talk about firmness and feel.
The Tuft & Needle pillow has a medium firm feel, so it’s right about average. This makes it a great pick for back sleepers because it’s still pretty supportive.
And when it comes to feel, like I mentioned before, it’s made with their responsive foam.
So when you press into it, it’s going to immediately spring back into place. You’re not going to sink into it like you might with memory foam. This keeps it nice and breathable while still providing support.
Now let’s talk about sleeping positions.
When you’re looking for a pillow, you really want to make sure that it promotes neutral alignment.
What this means is that when you rest on it, you want your ears to be in line with your shoulders and your chin to be in line with your sternum.
So for back sleepers, I think the Tuft & Needle pillow is a great pick. When I lie down on it, I really feel everything in the proper alignment and I get plenty of support from the foam underneath.
For side sleepers, this could also work pretty well. However, if you’re a little bit bigger, you might need something with more loft just to keep your ears in line with your shoulders.
For stomach sleepers, the Tuft & Needle pillow is not for you. If you sleep in this position, you’re going to need a pillow that is almost completely flat.
And because this one has a five inch loft, it might crane your neck out of alignment, which could lead to pain in the long run.
Now I’m going to touch on some of the pros and cons of the Tuft & Needle pillow.
Starting with the pros, this pillow has a bunch of amazing cooling features.
Like I mentioned before, it’s got the graphite, it has the cooling gel beads, so you should not worry about feeling hot when you’re sleeping on this pillow.
Second of all, this is a super durable pillow. It will last you a long time because Tuft & Needle custom cuts their foam. You shouldn’t worry about it sinking or sagging over time.
Ad last but not least, the Tuft & Needle pillow is great for back sleepers. It has a nice loft and it creates plenty of support.
Moving on to the cons of the Tuft & Needle pillow.
First of all, it’s not a good pick if you’re a stomach sleeper. Because this has a five inch loft when you rest in this position, you’ll put some pressure on your neck, which could cause some discomfort.
Second of all, this pillow isn’t great if you’re looking for something with a true sinking memory foam feel. This has a very responsive feel and it immediately comes back into place.
And the Tuft & Needle pillow may not be the best pick if you’re on a tight budget. It’s not the priciest pillow on the market, but it’s definitely higher end. So if you’re looking for something super affordable you might want to look elsewhere.
Before I wrap up I’m going to touch on some additional information about the Tuft & Needle pillow.
They do offer free shipping and free returns.
They also have a 100 night sleep trial period, so you have plenty of time to figure out whether this is the right pillow for you.
It comes with a three year warranty.
And different accessories, like their soft pillow cases, are available.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.