I Splurged on a Pricey Foam Pillow — but Found One That’s Even Better and Half the Price

I Splurged on a Pricey Foam Pillow — but Found One That’s Even Better and Half the Price

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Friends, gather round and allow me to share my cautionary tale with you. When you finally get to the point where you’re absolutely done with cheap pillows because of you’re tired of waking up with a sore neck, I implore you to shop around a bit before purchasing. Do not, I repeat, do not splurge on the first pricey, grown-up pillow you try — because there’s likely something just as good, if not better and less expensive, out there. That’s the lesson I learned, at least, when I got to try Tuft & Needle’s Original Foam Pillow for our Best List pillow testing.

I have to say that although the Tempur-Pedic pillow I bought (when I was having my “I’ve had it” moment) is absolutely wonderful and did solve my stiff neck problems — and I don’t even *want* to admit this because I made an investment purchase, but… I like my Tuft & Needle pillow more. Way more. Okay, I absolutely love it and had to think hard about how to incorporate it into my sleep life since I don’t want to even think about not using my other pillow and wasting money. That’s still a work in progress, but my point is: Supportive foam pillows with many added benefits do not have to be super pricey. (Just read The Best Pillows You Can Buy Right Now for proof of that sentiment!) It retails for $85, but compared to other similar pillows on the market, I found this one to be, by far, the best value for the quality you’re getting.

As soon as I started testing a few pillows, I couldn’t stop turning to the Tuft & Needle for an amazing night’s sleep. I’m mainly a side sleeper who tosses and turns, and because I need piles of heavy blankets (even in the summer, and yes, I know that’s weird), sometimes I do sleep a little hot. The pillow cover’s breathable wicking material made my pillowcase glide right on, and the custom-cut foam pillow and the cooling gel beds and graphite technology within worked together beautifully to create a cooling base with the perfect density. The pillow was firm enough to support my head and neck in any position, but soft and squishy enough to sink right in. (If you’re looking for a medium-firm or a medium-plush feel, this is a perfect pick.)

All in all, I found myself actually excited to go to sleep because I love my Tuft & Needle so much, and that’s when I truly knew I was in trouble with my other pillow. At $85, it’s still an investment purchase, but at a much more affordable price point than some options that run upwards of $150 — and the quality is seriously top-notch… just try it for yourself!

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Britt is a stargazer and sunrise-chaser with a collection of magic erasers, and a fascination with the fantastic. A storyteller at heart, she finds inspiration in all the small things, and can likely be found singing show tunes, catching up on K-dramas, or going on adventures to satiate her natural-born wanderlust. (Sometimes even all at the same time.) An all-around creative, Britt has worked in various facets with Scene Louisiana, The Nerd Machine, and The Daebak Company, Inc.

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Britt is a stargazer and sunrise-chaser with a collection of magic erasers, and a fascination with the fantastic. A storyteller at heart, she finds inspiration in all the small things, and can likely be found singing show tunes, catching up on K-dramas, or going on adventures to satiate her natural-born wanderlust. (Sometimes even all at the same time.) An all-around creative, Britt has worked in various facets with Scene Louisiana, The Nerd Machine, and The Daebak Company, Inc.

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Upgrade Your Sleep Space with These Editor-Loved Sheets from Tuft and Needle’s Birthday Sale

Upgrade Your Sleep Space with These Editor-Loved Sheets from Tuft and Needle’s Birthday Sale

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Tuft & Needle has nine candles to blow out, but you’ll be the one getting the birthday gift! To celebrate their ninth year in business, the bedding company is having a birthday sale and slashing the entire site by 15 percent off today through August 9. That gives you plenty of time to peruse, but we’re going to insist you check out two of their Best List-approved sheets: Their budget-friendly cotton percale sheets and also their colorful and cozy jersey sheets

AT editors loved the attainable price point of the Tuft & Needle cotton percale sheet set, which rings in at a jaw-dropping $85 for a queen size during the birthday sale. “They’re not as soft as some of their other sheets, which actually was a plus for me, because I felt like they were more breathable since they’re so light and thin,” said commerce coordinator Emily. That lightweight characteristic makes these dreamy sheets ideal for year-round use. Another thing to love about them is since they’re designed to feel crisp and cool, you’ll get that freshly laundered sensation every single night. Who doesn’t love the feel of fresh, clean sheets? Plus, the percale weave is strong, making the set super durable.

The Tuft & Needle jersey sheet set is equally lounge-worthy. During the sale, they’re just $59.50 for a queen size, and yes, that does include a fitted sheet, top sheet, and two pillowcases. They feel like a cozy vintage T-shirt for your bed and are incredibly soft from the first day you put them on. Made from a blend of cotton and Tencel Lyocell, these naturally moisture-wicking fabrics promise to keep you cool all night (even if you get the sleepy sweats) as well as prevent pilling and wrinkling. Another bonus: They have natural stretch, so you won’t wake up to find one corner of your bed exposed. “I move around a lot in my sleep, but these sheets still look as crisp as they did when I put them on my bed!” commerce intern Olivia says. “I have no doubt they’d withstand a lot of washes, and they’re a fairly affordable option for higher quality sheets.” 

Another thing that will give you sweet dreams is both sets of sheets only get better with time, since they get softer with every wash. Shop them during the Tuft & Needle birthday sale while you can!