Tuft & Needle vs. Casper Mattress
Casper and Tuft & Needle are leading companies in the growing field of online, direct-to-consumer mattress sales. While Casper captured large market share by being quick to market and utilizing widespread advertising, Tuft & Needle has been growing and has also invested heavily in product improvement and marketing.
These two mattresses are both all-foam options that are commonly among the top choices of people shopping for a new bed. The Tuft & Needle mattress is a lower-cost option, but the Casper is also affordable to the majority of customers. Determining whether price is your most important factor or whether other issues should guide your purchase is just one aspect of deciding between these two mattresses.
Each of these companies offers other mattresses (Tuft & Needle’s Mint mattress and Casper’s Wave and Essential mattresses), but this review focuses on the flagship offerings. We’ll break down the nuts-and-bolts of these options and compare their performance to assist you in making a decision about which will be best for you.
Mattress Construction Comparison
Most of the differences in the performance and durability of a mattress stems from how it is built. Even though these are both all-foam mattresses, there are important differences in their design. In this section, we'll review the materials and construction of both the Tuft & Needle and Casper mattresses.
Tuft & Needle
The original Tuft & Needle mattress is 10 inches tall, has two interior foam layers, and has a smooth cover made with a blend of rayon and polyester. Inside, the top layer is 3” thick and is made with a special proprietary foam that the company calls Adaptive foam. It has a density of 2.8 PCF and is built to have conforming properties but without excessive hug or heat retention properties. The bottom layer is 7” of support polyfoam with a density of 1.8 PCF.
The original Casper mattress is 9.5” tall with a polyester cover that goes over four interior foam layers. The top layer is 1.5” of polyfoam. It is an open-cell polyfoam, meaning that there are more open spaces for air to pass through. The second layer is 1.5” of memory foam.
By stacking the comfort layers in this way, the goal is to get the benefits of contouring without too much sink and without major heat buildup that can occur with comfort layers that are entirely made of memory foam. Underneath these two layers, the third layer is 1.5” of transition polyfoam, and the bottom layer is 5” of a support polyfoam. The company does not disclose the density of any of these foam layers.
A guiding principle in selecting a new mattress is finding one that is comfortable. If you want to sleep well, you need your bed to be a refuge, a place that is inviting and where you can relax and fall asleep.
Firmness -- how hard or soft a mattress feels -- is the biggest factor influencing comfort. But every individual has a different preference when it comes to what feels right, so the optimal level of firmness is fundamentally subjective. As a result, a decision about which mattress is best for you can depend in large part on the type of comfort feel or firmness level that most appeals to you.
We use a scale of 1-10 to have a common method for describing firmness. On this scale, 1 is the softest a mattress can possibly be while 10 is the firmest possible. Almost no mattresses are a 1 or a 10 because so few people prefer a mattress at these extremes. While you can find mattresses at many other points in this range, the most popular firmness level is medium-firm, falling between 5-7 on this scale.
The Casper and Tuft & Needle mattresses are classified as medium firm since both fall between 6-7 on the typical firmness scale. Despite their similar feel, in general, the Tuft & Needle has a reputation for being slightly firmer than the Casper.
Beyond just the perspective of firmness and comfort, the performance of a mattress is a central consideration when choosing between two mattresses. In this section, we’ll cover the similarities and differences between the Casper and Tuft & Needle when it comes to a number of major elements of mattress performance.
There are two main reasons why people may overheat during the night. First, if a mattress hugs the body too closely, then air can’t flow around the body to cool it down. Second, many materials, including foams, retain heat, thus increasing in temperature through the night. This overheating, or sleeping hot, can make it hard to sleep through the night.
The Tuft & Needle mattress has fewer potential issues for sleeping hot than the Casper. Because it is firmer and has less hug, it permits more airflow. In addition, the Adaptive foam has graphite and gel built into it to help decrease heat retention. The Casper mattress also has features to help reduce heat retention -- such as open-cell foam -- and for most sleepers does not have major issues with sleeping hot. But for those who are concerned about overheating, the Tuft & Needle is typically a better bet.
The Casper and the Tuft & Needle mattresses do a solid job of motion isolation, meaning that motion on one part of the mattress is not felt strongly on another part of the mattress. Motion isolation is especially important for couples that have someone who moves a lot during the night. Most couples will find either of these mattresses to be sufficient in preventing major disruptions, but the Casper, with its enhanced contouring and use of memory foam, will be slightly better in preventing motion transfer.
Responsiveness is a term that describes how well a mattress tailors its cushioning based on the weight of different parts of the body. In doing so, a responsive mattress can help keep the spine in proper alignment and reduce the chances of developing pain in the lower back or neck.
Each of these mattresses is responsive enough to accommodate the pressure points of most sleepers. The Adaptive foam in the Tuft & Needle and the polyfoam and memory foam in the Casper are designed to compress easily and in proportion to the weight that is applied to them. The Casper has a bit more hug and contouring and may be slightly preferable for people with very sharp pressure points, but overall, the support level from these mattresses is very similar.
Resilience and Bounce
Foam compresses in response to weight, and then it bounces back to its original shape when the weight is removed. If that happens quickly, then the foam has a high level of resilience. This can give the mattress the feeling of having “bounce” or “springiness.” This can make it easier to change sleeping positions, to engage in sexual activity on the bed, and to avoid feeling stuck in the mattress. Of these two mattresses, the Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive foam offers a bit more bounce, but in general the feeling is comparable with the Casper.
Neither of these mattresses has a high level of edge support. Without reinforced edges, the foam comfort layers can give the impression that they are “giving out” when you are near the edge of the bed, especially when you sit on the edge.
Off-gassing and Smell
As is the case with virtually every foam mattress, there will be some initial smell when you first set either of these mattresses up in your bedroom. The smell is comparable for the Tuft & Needle and Casper, and in both cases, this non-harmful smell should go away within a few hours.
Shipping, Trial, Warranty, and Returns
For the Casper and the Tuft & Needle mattress, the policies are very similar for shipping, returns, sleep trials, and warranties. These are outlined in the table below.
|Tuft & Needle||Casper|
|How is it shipped?||Bed-in-a-box||Bed-in-a-box|
|White glove delivery||No||At additional cost and only in select markets|
|Old mattress removal?||No||Only in select markets and with white-glove delivery|
|Sleep trial length||100 nights||100 nights|
|Return cost and process||No cost; company picks up||No cost; company picks up|
|Warranty length||10 years||10 years|
Prices, Sizes, and Value
We know that price matters and is important for any comparison. As such, the prices for each size of the Tuft & Needle and Casper mattresses are listed in the table below.
|Mattress Size||Tuft & Needle||Casper|
As you can clearly see in the table, the Tuft & Needle mattress is considerably less expensive than the Casper. Both companies run promotions or discounts, although you are likely to find larger discounts offered by Casper.
Given the proven track record of the Tuft & Needle mattress, its price point represents a tremendous value compared to almost all other foam mattresses. It is especially appealing as an option for shoppers on a tight budget.
That said, the Casper is still an affordable mattress and a good value relative to a number of other foam and traditional memory foam mattresses.
Tuft & Needle Mattress vs. Casper Mattress – Which One Should You Buy?
Making a final decision about which of these mattresses to buy is tricky. There are benefits and downsides to each, and it may be hard for you to know which one is right for you. The guidance below offers some quick tips that may help you make your choice.
Buy the Tuft & Needle mattress if you:
- Are focused on price and/or value: the Tuft & Needle comes at a significant discount relative to the Casper yet still delivers an excellent sleep experience. If price is a key factor for your decision, or if you are looking for a tiebreaking factor to clinch your decision, the lower cost of the Tuft & Needle is a clear benefit.
- Need to know the specifications of your mattress: Tuft & Needle openly discloses details about their mattress such as the density of the foams. Casper does not share this information publicly, which may not be palatable to customers who like to know exactly what they’re buying.
Buy the Casper mattress if you:
- Like more contouring: even though the Tuft & Needle mattress is responsive, it will not provide the kind of hug or contouring that the Casper does. For many sleepers, this adds comfort and support, and if this is the type of feel that you prefer, the Casper is a better choice.
- Want memory foam in the comfort layer: you may have experience sleeping on memory foam and knowing that you like the feel of this material. If this is the case, the Casper will be a better option since it includes 1.5” of memory foam in its comfort layer.
Thousands of customers have had great experiences with both the original Casper and Tuft & Needle mattresses. With sleek design, good materials, and competitive prices, both are strong considerations for a new mattress that will let you sleep easy.