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Casper vs. Leesa vs. Tuft & Needle vs. Saatva Mattress Review

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.

It’s Casper vs. Tuft & Needle vs. Saatva (and a Leesa mattress as well), but there can only be one winner…so let’s dive in!

$200 Off!
Saatva Mattress
  • Traditional innerspring build
  • Great support and bounce
Up to $150 Off
Tuft and Needle
  • No frills construction
  • Good budget option
  • Foam feel with decent bounce
15% Off!
Casper Mattress
  • Zoned support is nice for spine alignment
  • Great choice for combo sleepers
Up to $400 Off!
Leesa Mattress
  • Great for Back Sleepers
  • Sleeps Cool


Casper Construction

Casper uses 4 layers of foam. The top layer is 1.5″ of responsive poly foam. The middle layer is 1.5″ of memory foam. The third layer is 1.5″ of poly foam. And the base is 5″ of support foam. This is a hybrid foam mattress design. Hybrids provide great cooling and comfort through the responsive poly foam, with solid support and body contouring via the memory foam.

Casper vs. Tuft & Needle vs. Saatva- Casper mattress construction
Casper mattress layers (top to bottom) – 1.5″ poly foam, 1.5″ memory foam, 1.5″ poly foam, 5.0″ base foam

Leesa Construction

Leesa uses a 3-layer foam design. The top layer is 2″ of breathable comfort foam. It’s similar in terms of comfort and cooling to latex foam, but it’s has a bit of a lighter feeling. The middle layer of the Leesa is 2″ of memory foam. And finally, the base of the Leesa is 6″ of support foam. Like the Casper, the Leesa is also a hybrid foam mattress, providing a great balance of cooling and comfort.

Leesa mattress construction
Leesa layers (top to bottom): 2″ Avena foam, 2″ memory foam, 6″ support foam base

Tuft & Needle Construction

Tuft & Needle uses a 2-layer construction. The top layer is 3″ of poly foam. This is their support and comfort layer. It is a custom designed and proprietary foam created 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″ of support foam.

Tuft & Needle mattress construction
Tuft & Needle foam mattress layers (top to bottom): 3″ polyurethane comfort foam, 7″ polyurethane support foam

Saatva Construction

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 top coil layer is comprised of 884 individually wrapped coils. These coils are encased in a layer of foam designed to provide great contouring, comfort, and edge support. Finally, the bottom layer is 416 high-profile hourglass coils.

Saatva mattress construction
Saatva mattress layers (top to bottom) – Euro-style pillow top, 0.5″ coil encasement foam, 4″ foam encasement coils, 7″ high-profile coils, 0.5″ coil encasement foam, & 5″ of edge support foam


Casper Firmness

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.

Casper mattress firmness
Casper firmness – 6-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being the most firm)

Leesa Firmness

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.

Leesa mattress firmness
Leesa mattress firmness – 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale

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 & Needle slightly firmer.

Tuft & Needle mattress firmness
Tuft & Needle Mattress Firmness – 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale

Saatva Firmness

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.

Saatva mattress firmness
Saatva firmness – 3 options available, plush (3 out of 10), luxury firm (6 out of 10), and firm (8 out of 10)

Casper vs. Leesa vs. Tuft & Needle, vs Saatva Comparison Specs

 CasperLeesaTuft & NeedleSaatva
Layers4 foam layers3 foam layers2 foam layers2 spring layers, euro style pillow top
Construction1.5" responsive poly foam, 1.5" memory, 1.5" poly foam, 5.0" support foam2" Avena, 2" memory, 6" support foam3" poly foam, 7" support foampillow top, 884 comfort coils, 416 support coils
Height9.5"10"10"11.5" and 14.5"
Cover2-tone, white and grey, soft, stretchy4 bar design, one seamless piece of fabricultra thin, all white, T&N logo embossedtraditional white / cream, euro-style pillow top
Firmness6-7 out of 106 out of 106-6.5 out of 103 tiers of firmness, soft (3.5), neutral (6), and firm (8-8.5)
SupportGoodVery GoodGoodVery Good
Motion TransferMinimalMinimalMinimalModerate
Warranty10 years10 years10 years15 years
Trial Period100 days100 days100 days120 days
ShippingFree, 1-5 daysFree, 3-5 daysFree, 1-5 daysFree, 7-15 days, full service
ReturnsFull money back, they come take mattress for freeFull money back, they come take mattress for freeFull money back, they come take mattress for freeFull money back except for $99 delivery fee, they come take mattress
ReviewsCasper Mattress ReviewLeesa Mattress ReviewTuft & Needle Mattress ReviewSaatva Mattress Review


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.

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Logan Block
Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan has perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole. When he’s not hopping on a new bed or working with our editorial team to whip up an engaging sleep education guide, you can find him reading books on world history, walking his dog Pepper, or searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.