Casper and Tuft and Needle are two of the most popular factory direct mattress start-ups of 2014. They are both shaking things up in a big way with their direct-to-consumer model. No more fancy stores with rows of beds, no more beds with remote controls, but most importantly, no more mattress middle men.
Read on for our head-to-head Casper vs. Tuft & Needle Review.
Looking for the quick summary version? Jump to our comparison summary at the bottom to find out which mattress is best for you.
The Tuft & Needle and Casper have both taken a fairly unique approach to their foam construction.
Casper is a hybrid mattress. The top layer is 1.5 inches of latex foam. The middle layer is 1.5 inches of memory foam. And the bottom layer is a 7 inch support foam base. This type of a hybrid mattress is aimed at getting the best of both worlds of latex foam and memory foam.
Having the latex foam layer on top helps the Casper mattress sleep cool, while still being highly supportive with the memory foam beneath it (more on the feel down below).
The Tuft & Needle’s construction is more minimized. T&N only uses 2 layers. The top layer acts as both the comfort and support layer. It is 3 inches of custom polyurethane foam developed for and by Tuft & Needle. The base of the Tuft & Needle is 7 inches of support foam also.
Tuft & Needle’s foam is a highly developed foam designed to provide great comfort, support, and dissipate heat.
From a functionality standpoint, I don’t see any major differences between the cover. It really comes down to which you prefer aesthetically.
Firmness, Comfort, & Support
Comparing firmness, the Tuft & Needle is just marginally firmer than Casper. I would rate the Tuft & Needle at a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (where 10 is the firmest), whereas the Casper is a 6 out of 10.
Despite their relative similarity in firmness, the feel of each mattress is quite different.
Casper’s softness translates through a more pronounced “hug” like feeling. When you lie into the Casper you’ll feel a bit more sinkage as the latex layer conforms to your body.
The Tuft & Needle on the other hand keeps you a bit more buoyant on top of the mattress. It does not have a hug like sensation. It’s soft, yes, but you will not feel yourself sink enough to have a pronounced “hug” around your body.
Both the Casper & the Tuft & Needle have good support no matter what your sleep position is. During my sleep tests of each of these mattresses I never felt like either lacked in the support area.
In a side-by-side price comparison, Tuft & Needle simply crushes it on price. If you’re looking for a well-made foam mattress at the lowest dollar amount, you aren’t going to find better than Tuft & Needle.
|Size||Tuft & Needle||Casper|
Tuft & Needle vs Casper Side-by-Side Comparison
Sometimes the best way to decide the right option is to simply lay out all the cards on the table and see what’s most important to you. Both Casper and Tuft & Needle are exceptional mattresses, but your specific needs, priorities, and preferences will vary, likely making one a little bit better.
Below is a complete list of all the major comparison points of Casper vs. Tuft & Needle.
|Tuft & Needle||Casper|
|Foam Layers||3" high-performance polyfoam, 7" support foam||1.5" latex foam, 1.5" memory foam, 7" support foam|
|Cover||All white, simple, soft and stretchy||2-tone, white and grey, soft and stretchy|
|Firmness||7 out of 10||6 out of 10|
|Support||Very good||Very good|
|Motion Transfer||Very minimal||Very minimal|
|Warranty||10 Years||10 Years|
|Trial Period||100 Days||100 Days|
|Shipping||Free, 1-5 days||Free, 1-5 days|
|Returns||They will pick up / dispose||They will pick up / dispose|
Both Casper and Tuft & Needle have
- A similar cover (functionally speaking)
- Similar motion transfer
- Similar support
- Similar 10 year warranty
- Similar shipping
- The same trial period
- Similar return / refund policy
The mattress that’s right for you ultimately hinges on your sleep preferences and priorities. The biggest differentiating factors between Casper and Tuft & Needle are the ones that will likely determine which mattress is the better choice for you. I have listed those critical decision points below.
You should buy the Casper mattress if:
- You prefer a medium firmness – Casper has a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale (where 10 is the most firm). This places is more towards neutral firmness and gives it a very balanced feel. Something similar to what you’d find in a nice hotel mattress.
- You prefer a mattress that hugs you – Casper’s softer feel gives it a more pronounced hug and sinkage. This allows the mattress to better contour to your body to provide support, softness, and a nice feel.
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You should buy the Tuft & Needle mattress if:
- You prefer a slightly firm firmness – Tuft & Needle has a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (where 10 is the most firm). This gives it a slightly firm feel and is noticeably firmer than the Casper.
- You prefer very little hug – the Tuft & Needle mattress has very little hug and sinkage. The T&N has been designed to allow the sleeper to sleep more on top of the foams as opposed to sinking into the mattress and having the mattress more deeply contour to your shape.
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