Shopping for a mattress in a brick-and-mortar store can be one of the most intimidating and confusing shopping experiences available. However, while online mattress shopping lacks the salesman, it can easily be just 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 direct-to-consumer, online-only mattresses in a head-to-head battle royale.
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
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. The zoned support system means it’s softer at the shoulders and firmer at the hips which allows for side sleeping spinal alignment. Read our Casper mattress review to learn more..
The memory foam, latex, and heavy-duty poly foam work together to offer sleepers a beautifully balanced feel!
Medium firmness. I would rate it at a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The Leesa has a balanced level of hug, sinkage, and body contour. Enough that it feels soft, but not so deep that you feel stuck. Provides a consistent feel for a wide range of sleepers. Check out our Leesa mattress review to go further in depth on this great mattress.
- Great for Back Sleepers
- Sleeps Cool
Tuft & Needle
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 & Needle slightly firmer. Learn more in our full Tuft & Needle mattress review.
The Tuft & Needle mattress offers sleepers a medium-firm feel, and that floating-on-foam experience!
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. This is the only innerspring mattress on the list, so definitely has a bit more bounce and support than the other options, which are of the all-foam bed in a box variety, so probably the best option for heavier folks looking for a mattress online. I’d recommend reading our Saatva mattress review if you want to learn more about how the construction of this mattress affects the way it feels.
The Saatva mattress combines a luxurious pillow-top layer with two sections of coils for that classic innerspring feel.
Casper vs. Leesa vs. Tuft & Needle, vs Saatva Comparison Specs
|Casper||Leesa||Tuft & Needle||Saatva|
|Layers||4 foam layers||3 foam layers||2 foam layers||2 spring layers, euro style pillow top|
|Construction||1" Perforated Airscape Foam, 2" Zoned Support Memory Foam, 8" Support Foam||2" Comfort Layer, 2" Memory Foam, 6" Support Foam||3" poly foam, 7" support foam||pillow top, 884 comfort coils, 416 support coils|
|Height||11"||10"||10"||11.5" and 14.5"|
|Cover||2-tone, white and grey, soft, stretchy||4 bar design, one seamless piece of fabric||ultra thin, all white, T&N logo embossed||traditional white / cream, euro-style pillow top|
|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 (8-8.5)|
|Support||Good||Very Good||Good||Very Good|
|Warranty||10 years||10 years||10 years||15 years|
|Trial Period||100 days||100 days||100 days||120 days|
|Shipping||Free, 1-5 days||Free, 3-5 days||Free, 1-5 days||Free, 7-15 days, full service|
|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, they come take mattress|
|Discounts||Casper Mattress Coupon||Leesa Mattress Coupon||Tuft & Needle Coupon||Saatva Mattress Coupon|
What kind of return policy do these mattresses offer?
All four of the mattresses compared here offer trial periods of anywhere from 100-120 days. They also offer a full refund on the purchase of the mattress should it not fit the needs of the consumer. Saatva does not refund their $99 delivery fee.
What is the major difference in layers between the Casper, Leesa, Tuft and Needle and Saatva mattresses?
Each mattress offers a different type of construction. The Casper offers 4 layers of foam, the Leesa has 3 layers of foam and the Tuft and Needle has only 2 layers of foam. The Saatva is 2 spring layers with a euro-style pillow top.
Is there a benefit to buying a mattress online vs buying one at a brick and mortar store?
This can really depend on consumer preference. Some consumers prefer to have a salesperson walk them through their purchase and make recommendations while others would prefer to remove the salesman from the equation and make their own choices without the extra guidance or prefer to do their own research.