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

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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. Leesa vs. Tuft & Needle vs. Saatva, but there can only be one winner…so let’s dive in!

Construction

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 mattress layers (top to bottom) - 1.5" poly foam, 1.5" memory foam, 1.5" poly foam, 5.0" base foam
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 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″ 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 layers (top to bottom): 2" Avena foam, 2" memory foam, 6" support foam base
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 foam mattress layers (top to bottom): 3" polyurethane comfort foam, 7" polyurethane support foam
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 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
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

Firmness

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 firmness - 6-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being the most firm)
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 - 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale
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 - 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale
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 firmness - 3 options available, plush (3 out of 10), luxury firm (6 out of 10), and firm (8 out of 10)
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
Price$550-$1,150$525-$1,070$400-$900$599-$1399
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
DiscountsNone$75 OffNoneNone
ReviewsFull Casper ReviewFull Leesa ReviewFull T&N ReviewFull Saatva Review
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Logan Block

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’s perfected his method over the course of personally testing over 100 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. Needless to say, his sleep knowledge runs deep, and he loves nothing more than sharing that knowledge with his readers. 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.
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2 thoughts on “Casper vs. Leesa vs. Tuft & Needle vs. Saatva Mattress Review”

  1. I’ve tried several of these, and each mattress just made my back hurt in a different place.

    Tuft and Needle: waaaaay too hard. Killed my upper back
    Helix: same
    1st Saatva (soft): too soft, killed lower back
    2nd Saatva (medium): killed middle back
    3rd Saatva (firm): not killing middle back as much but very very stiff, not waking up feeling good and a topper (real expensive T&N one, last resort) hasn’t helped. :(

    Winner? Cheapo IKEA spring mattress. Slept like a baby.

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