Shopping for a mattress in a brick-and-mortar store can be one of the most intimidating and confusing shopping experiences available. However, online mattress shopping, while it lacks the salesman, can easily be as confusing. There are several options to purchase a new mattress online. The following comparison review pits four of the most popular and highly rated factory direct online only mattresses in a head-to-head battle royale.
Unfortunately, Casper, Tuft and Needle, and Saatva do not provide any coupons for Sleepopolis readers.
Casper uses 3-layers of foam. The top layer is 1.5 inches of latex foam. The middle layer is 1.5 inches of memory foam. And the base is 6.5 inches of support foam. This is a hybrid foam mattress design. Hybrids provide great cooling and comfort through the latex foam, with solid support and body contouring via the memory foam.
Leesa uses a 3-layer foam design. The top layer is 2 inches of Avena foam. Avena foam is a latex foam alternative. It’s similar in terms of comfort and cooling, but it’s rated as more durable than latex, giving it greater longevity. The middle layer of the Leesa is 2 inches of memory foam. And finally, the base of the Leesa is 7 inches of support foam. Like the Casper the Leesa is also a hybrid foam mattress, providing a great balance of cooling and comfort.
Tuft & Needle Construction
Tuft & Needle uses a 2-layer construction. The top layer is 3 inches of polyurethane foam. This is their support and comfort layer. It is a custom designed and proprietary foam designed to have great cooling, comfort, and support. Its intent is to create an adaptive feel that suits the needs of many sleepers. The bottom layer is 7 inches of support foam.
Saatva mattresses use 2-layers of coil-on-coil construction in addition to a euro-style pillow- top. The top layer combines a thin layer of memory foam with a euro-style pillow topper. The first coil layer is comprised of individually wrapped coils. These coils are encased in a layer of foam designed to provide edge support. Finally, the bottom layer is a foundation of traditional innerspring coils.
Medium to slightly firm feel. I would rate it at a 6-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (where 10 is the most firm). It does have a slightly more pronounced “hug” around your body, which contributes a bit to the overall softness. Heavier sleepers may find the Casper slightly firmer.
Medium firmness. I would rate it at a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Balanced level of hug, sinkage, and body contour. Enough that it feels soft, but not so deep that you feel stuck. Consistent feel for a wide range of sleepers.
Tuft & Needle Firmness
Medium to slightly firm feel. I would rate it at a 6-6.5 on the firmness scale. Slight level of sinkage. Tuft & Needle creates more of a floating feeling, especially if you are using a higher performance foundation. Heavier sleepers may find the Tuft and Needle slightly firmer.
Saatva’s mattresses are fairly unique in this respect. They have 3 different tiers of mattress firmness. The Saatva Plush Soft is 3.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The Saatva Luxury Firm is 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. And the Saatva Firm is 8-8.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale.
Casper vs. Leesa vs. Tuft & Needle, vs Saatva Comparison Specs
|Casper||Leesa||Tuft & Needle||Saatva|
|Layers||3 foam layers||3 foam layers||2 foam layers||2 innerspring layers, euro style pillow top|
|Construction||1.5" latex, 1.5" memory, 6.5" support foam||2" Avena, 2" memory, 6" support foam||3" poly foam, 7" support foam||individually wrapped coil-on-coil construction|
|Height||9.5"||10"||10"||11.5" and 14.5"|
|Cover||2-tone, white and grey, soft, stretchy||4 bar design, one seamless piece of fabric||white, simple, traditional with T&N logo||traditional white innerspring style|
|Firmness||6-7 out of 10||6 out of 10||6-6.5 out of 10||3 tiers of firmness, soft (3.5), neutral (6), and firm (8)|
|Support||Good||Very Good||Good||Very Good|
|Warranty||10 years||10 years||10 years||15 years|
|Trial Period||100 days||100 days||100 days||75 days|
|Shipping||Free, 1-5 days||Free, 3-5 days||Free, 1-5 days||$99, 7-15 days|
|Returns||Full money back, they come take mattress for free||Full money back, they come take mattress for free||Full money back, they come take mattress for free||Full money back except for $99 delivery fee|
|Reviews||Full Casper Review||Full Leesa Review||Full T&N Review||Full Saatva Review|
Should I Buy a Casper, Leesa, Tuft & Needle, or Saatva?
Over the course of the last 2 years I’ve slept on all 4 of these mattresses for several months each. These are 4 of the most popular options available online from the largest companies.
Between these 4 mattresses I feel like it really breaks down into a couple of major choices.
First, do you want a 100% foam or a coil mattress? There is no “better” choice here, it’s simply what’s best for you and the feel you are desiring. If you like a very traditional / pillow top feel the Saatva is the easy choice as it’s the only one that uses a coil design.
If you decide that 100% foam is for you we now have 3 choices, Casper, Leesa, or Tuft & Needle. All of these mattresses are around a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale (with Tuft & Needle and Casper going up towards 7 under the right circumstances). From the earliest days on Sleepopolis Leesa has always been my preferred choices over Casper and Tuft & Needle and nearly 2 years later my feelings in this area have not changed.
Leesa uses more comfort material, has a more consistent feel, has better deep compression support (especially important for heavier sleepers), and is run by people that truly seem to care about making a positive impact on the world. For the vast majority of sleepers I strongly recommend the Leesa in this 4-way comparison.
If you have a tight budget and / or you want more a floating poly foam feel, I would say the Tuft and Needle is a possible choice as well.
Whatever you decide, I think it’s well worth considering all of your options. Check out my complete list of mattress reviews and make sure you’re needs / desires align best to the mattress you pull the trigger on.
Should I buy a Casper mattress?
Casper is a good mattress. It sits in the middle of the firmness scale at a 6-7 out of 10. The most unique attribute of Casper is the feel. You’ll get a little more pronounced sinkage and softness with the Casper than you’ll get in any of these other options (with the Saatva Plush Soft being the one exception). It’s great for most sleeper types, whether you’re stomach, side, or back.
Should I buy a Leesa mattress?
I believe Leesa is the most well-rounded mattress and it’s my personal favorite in this group. It’s a 6 out of 10 in terms of firmness, has great support, a sharp design, and is quite comfortable. If you’re looking for a balanced and neutral mattress the Leesa is a great choice. The Leesa doesn’t have very much sinkage, so it stays very cool. Provided you’re not looking for that dramatic sinkage / hug feel and you prefer a neutral firmness, the Leesa is a fantastic option.
Should I buy a Tuft & Needle mattress?
Tuft & Needle has changed their foam formula and mattress feel several times over the last 2 years. Originally, it was quite firm, however it’s now relatively similar to the Casper’s range at a 6-6.5 out of 10. The cover is fairly simple, no bells or whistles, which really is the hallmark of the Tuft & Needle as a whole. The Tuft & Needle is the most inexpensive mattress on this list. Buy the Tuft & Needle if you’re looking for the best deal, don’t mind a simplistic designed cover, and are comfortable with a medium to slightly firm feel.
Should I buy a Saatva mattress?
Saatva is fairly unique on this list in that they have 3 levels of firmness. If you are looking for an online factory direct mattress, but also want something either very firm or very soft, Saatva is a good option. Additionally, Saatva is ideal if you prefer more traditional mattress construction. They are primarily built from coil-on-coil individually wrapped inner springs.