While first discovering the vast amount of information on beds, sheets, pillows and such, you might soon start to feel like you’re falling down a rabbit hole – to no surprise, as the data gets very detailed and specific to fulfill precise sets of demands. While that’s undoubtedly a good thing, as it means that everybody can find an item to suit them, it also means that the sheer quantity of choices will be overwhelming at the first encounter and often confusing. You will realize there are a few essential general criteria to measure these items by until you narrow your choices down to a couple of possible fits – and this is where our article aims to help you.
See, distinguishing a firm mattress from a soft one is not a problematic task, but distinguishing two beds with similar characteristics is where many people find themselves stuck. The nuances are what you will need to mull over to ultimately decide on an option you’re comfortable with.
In this article, we have chosen to cover one such case with the Loom & Leaf mattress and the Tuft & Needle one. Keep reading to find out how these two rank in categories such as durability, motion isolation, noise, etc. as well as how affordable each of them is, and what exactly you sign up for when you purchase them.
Tuft & Needle
The company exists since 2012 and produces all-foam beds. Besides the flagship T&N Mattress that they are most known for, they also designed the Mint Mattress, with a memory foam comfort layer infused with gel and graphite, a transitional polyfoam layer and the support core made of higher-density polyfoam.
For the purposes of this article, however, we will stick with the T&N. This model is made out of two components. The seven inch-thick base consists of 1.8 PCF polyfoam, a 2.8 PCF polyfoam comfort system that’s three inches thick and also infused with graphite and gel, with a rayon or polyester cover. This combination makes the T&N a medium firm with the 6.5 level of firmness, meaning it won’t be completely unyielding when you lay on it, but you also won’t sink in. This bed weighs only 72 pounds in Queen size and has a profile of ten inches, so it takes up the same space as an average bed, but lighter in weight even compared to other all-foams.
Loom & Leaf
Saatva, the company that created this bed, first set out in 2010 to make a luxury mattress that doesn’t cost a fortune. Besides the Loom & Leaf, they offer the Saatva (an innerspring with mixed foam) and the Zenhaven (a dual design made of latex).
The Loom & Leaf has a high-density polyfoam support core with two layers, a multi-layer comfort system consisting of gel and regular memory foam, and even a foam-padded organic cotton cover. This sums up to an even more layered and taller bed than the T&N, with a total of 12 inches thickness. The model is also quite a bit heavier – 93 pounds in Queen size make this bed somewhat tricky to lift and rotate.
The Loom & Leaf has two firmness options: medium firm (5.5) and firm (8). The Medium firm option offers closer conforming, which would suit side sleepers and lighter weighing individuals in general. The firm Loom & Leaf, on the other hand, works better for heavier people and those who prefer sleeping on their back or stomach, with lower conforming but more reliable support.
Loom & Leaf usually lasts about seven years on average, which is on par with other foam beds. After that period, some sagging is to be expected. This seems to be the case with the T&N as well, although this company has been present for a shorter while, which means that an accurate assessment hasn’t been formed yet. Similar durability of six to seven years is likely.
Both models rank high in this category. T&N conforms closely to the sleeper’s body and is frequently listed as an optimal choice for people who experience chronic back pain and neck issues.
The Loom & Leaf offers similar conformity but coming in two firmness levels, so heavier-weighing people can expect the same pain relieving properties from this bed. In conclusion, both models are good for any position, as they enable enough support and hug tightly around you to ensure proper posture and minimum strain on your pressure points.
Waking up in sweat is a common struggle of many people, earning it a category of its own when it comes to mattress evaluation. Some companies highlight the cooling feature in some of their products, but unfortunately, neither of these two models have temperature neutrality as their selling point. That being said, the T&N has a slight advantage over the Loom & Leaf, with a small number of owners complaining about hot sleeping. The Loom & Leaf, despite its cooling gel mechanism, still gets a bit more heat complaints from customers, but its verdict remains “good” compared to some other mattresses.
Although the T&N isn’t a memory foam model, its motion isolation is admirable. One could switch sides or get up from the bed with their partner barely noticing.
The Loom & Leaf isn’t behind on this. Next to no motion transfer occurs when one shifts positions on this bed, making it a very close call between the two and classifying both as couple-approved. Especially if you or your companion wake easily due to motion, both of the beds reviewed here are suitable for you.
Another regular couples’ complaint – bed rattle. When one partner can’t sleep, they often accidentally wake the other one, too, unless this feature is accounted for in the bed mechanism. Luckily, both T&N and the Loom & Leaf take care of this problem for you, not letting out a squeak while bearing weight and leaving you and your partner to snooze together in peace.
An unpleasant smell is not unusual for many mattresses as you first buy them and bring them into your home, but this isn’t something to focus on unless some exceptional circumstances. They air out in a couple of days in most cases, but people with sensitive noses sometimes have issues with this. The Loom & Leaf and T&N are no exceptions here – most people won’t mind the odor itself unless they are worried about the chemicals’ effect on their health. Don’t give in to fear-mongering; due to their design and materials used, all foam beds have this property, but that doesn’t mean they are dangerous. The smell will dissipate quickly, and you will be left with a quality mattress should you choose any one of these models.
The support around the perimeters in the T&N gets a passing grade, but nothing over that. Indentations can develop over time if you spend a lot of it sitting around the edges of your bed. The Loom & Leaf is a slightly better choice here, but in either case, avoid burdening the perimeters as much as you can if you want to prolong the mattress’ lifespan. Neglecting it will lead to deformations, and the key features of both designs like body conformity will lose their significance in supporting your spinal alignment and healthy posture.
The essential quality here is responsiveness. Unfortunately, neither of the models is an appropriate pick if this is an important factor for you. Consider the health benefits of the lack of bounciness in these designs, though, before you determine that responsiveness deserves the top shelf in your criteria. If so, other beds would definitely be more suitable, and we’ve set up a list of mattresses for sex to help you choose one to your liking.
To summarize, the T&N might suit you if:
- you like medium firm sleeping surfaces
- you tend to sleep hot on foam beds
- you prefer beds that aren’t too tall
- you or your companion are sensitive to noise or movement and wake up easily
- you weigh over 130 pounds
This model might not suit you if you prefer firmer/softer surfaces, weigh under 130 pounds or seek a more bouncy, less conforming bed.
The Loom & Leaf might be a good idea if:
- you like sleeping on a higher platform
- you suffer frequent shoulder or back pain and want a close-conforming bed
- you prefer mattresses on the firmer end
- you need a bed that’s supportive for heavier weight
- motion or noise wakes you or your partner easily
You may wish to reconsider if you weigh lighter than 130 pounds, you tend to sleep hot, want a lower-profile or less conforming bed.
Prices and Sizes
There is a total of six different sizes between these beds, starting with Twin and ending with the California King. Out of the two, T&N is over twice as affordable: the Twin size comes at $350, while the Loom & Leaf one costs $749. Loom & Leaf’s California King is $1699 compared to the $750 T&N. As you can see, the difference in prices is considerable; if the distinctions between these beds in other criteria we went over aren’t of significant concern, or your budget is limited the choice is obvious. However, there are a few last details you need to take a look at before you decide to make a purchase.
Sleep Trial, Warranty and Delivery
The sleep trial for this model lasts 100 nights.
Shipping charges’ refunds aren’t available for owners in Hawaii or Alaska who wish to return their purchase.
A household may get one sleep trial per year. The testing is offered only to customers who buy the products from Tuft & Needle or other authorized sellers.
The warranty for T&N lasts ten years and is non-prorated. It only applies if the mattress is used with a solid, firm foundation and doesn’t leave the US. The warranty isn’t transferable; it’s void for anybody who buys the mattress from the original owner and not from Tuft & Needle or an authorized seller.
The warranty will cover defects such as sagging marks deeper than ¾ of an inch, cracks in the foam or flaws with the zippers. It won’t cover for damage caused by neglect, such as burns, cuts, stains, indentations in the mattress less than a ¾ inch deep or any custom wishes from the customer.
Tuft & Needle delivers to customers all over the US. Free shipping usually takes between three and seven business days, while a same-day shipping option is available at $50. Hawaii and Alaska shipment may be additionally charged.
With the Loom & Leaf mattress, this company offers a 120-night trial. The bed may be returned at any point.
A $99 shipping fee will be deducted from refunds of all mattresses. Customers may choose to exchange their bed for another one with this same fee taking place.
The partially prorated warranty lasts 15 years. For the first two years, Saatva offers to repair any defects for free, but should you request a repairment after that period, you will have to pay $198 transportation fee.
Saatva also offers something called the “Fairness Replacement Option.” It works like this: after the free-repair period of two years and up to the fifth year, owners can replace their defective bed for a new one at 30% of the original cost; starting the sixth year and up to ten, they pay 50% of the original price; from year 11 they must pay 75% for a new bed. In this case, the customers may choose to keep their original mattress in addition to the replacement.
The warranty applies only if the bed is supported by a metal frame with at least five legs, and vertical support for Queen size and above. As with the T&N, sagging deeper than ¾ inches will meet the cut, but the warranty will cover no less than that. Furthermore, only the original owners may use the warranty; they may later choose to sell it to a third party, but the warranty can’t be transferred.
Saatva doesn’t ship to Hawaii, Alaska and overseas US territories. They do offer the White Glove service for the contiguous US and most of Canada, which means your new mattress will be set up in your home and the old one removed for free. From the moment the purchase is made, the customer gets a timeframe of four hours in which their bed is to be delivered. If this timeframe isn’t met, they may request a full refund. Prior to the date of delivery, customers won’t pay cancellation charges.
Michael is a professional writer based in Boston and someone who has always been fascinated with the mysteries of sleep. When he’s not reading about new sleep studies and working on our news section, you can find him playing video games or visiting local comic book stores.