Of the two brands, Tuft and Needle is the one that has been in the public eye the longest. It was founded by Daehee Park and JT Marino. The goal of Tuft and Needle was to make affordable mattresses readily available to everyone. The company quickly met that goal. In the process, it revolutionized the mattress industry, which prior to that was rooted in in-person sales in brick-and-mortar stores.
Craig Schmeizer, who founded Nectar in 2016, took the online mattress sales business to the next level. His company, Nectar, introduced online consumers to gel memory foam mattresses, which provide a high level of comfort and conformity while sleeping. Today, both companies are still providing consumers with high-quality “bed-in-a-box” service through online mattress sales.
Mattress Trial Period Details
The Nectar mattress offers a 365-day trial period, while the Tuft mattress only offer a 100-day trial period. The amount of time you get with a mattress before committing to the purchase is important, because it allows you to experience whether or not this is a mattress you want to live with. If you’re going to spend a decade or two with a mattress, this is an important decision to make.
While it’s good that both mattresses offer a significant trial period, the Nectar’s 365-day trial is important for more than just giving you additional time to make a decision: it also allows you to experience the mattress during various seasons. This means you can see if it’s warm enough during the winter but cool enough during the summer.
The Tuft and Needle mattress, on the other hand, only gives you 100 days. You may really enjoy this mattress during the summer, because it has a thin, breathable, polyester micro polyamide cover that allows for exceptional airflow. However, these same qualities may make it too cold for the winter months. While we recommend experiencing the trial period during the winter, you should at least keep this factor in mind if you’ve bought your Tuft and Needle over the summer.
Just like with its trial period, the Nectar mattress offers a more generous warranty period. Its 25-year warranty is known as a “Forever Warranty,” allowing you to make a return long after your initial purchase. Even better, you don’t even have to return the mattress. If you keep your original purchase but claim the warranty, you can get half-off your new Nectar mattress.
The Tuft and Needle warranty is sufficient but less impressive. It expires 10 years after the initial purchase, and you must return the mattress. That said, mattresses that are returned under warranty are given to charity.
Please keep in mind that it may be difficult to claim a warranty more than a decade after the mattress was purchased. This makes Nectar’s warranty a generous offer that should be taken with a grain of salt. As well, it’s useful to remember that 95% of Tuft and Needle mattress buyers choose not to return it.
Shipping and Delivery Policies
Nectar and Tuft and Needle mattresses can only be purchased in the United States.
If you live in Hawaii and Alaska, Nectar will charge an extra service fee for shipping, while Tuft and Needle won’t ship to you at all. Both brands offer free shipping throughout the continental U.S.