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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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||4 foam layers||3 foam layers||2 foam layers||2 spring layers, euro style pillow top|
|Construction||1.5" responsive poly foam, 1.5" memory, 1.5" poly foam, 5.0" support foam||2" Avena, 2" memory, 6" support foam||3" poly foam, 7" support foam||pillow top, 884 comfort coils, 416 support coils|
|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||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|
|Reviews||Full Casper Review||Full Leesa Review||Full T&N Review||Full Saatva 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.