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.
Unfortunately, Casper, Tuft & Needle, and Saatva do not provide any coupons for Sleepopolis readers.
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||$99, 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|
Should I Buy a Casper, Leesa, Tuft & Needle, or Saatva?
Over the course of the last threes years I’ve slept on all 4 of these mattresses for several months each. These are 4 of the most popular options available online from the largest and most established online companies.
Among these four mattresses, I feel like it really breaks down into a couple of major choices.
First, you have to ask yourself, do you want a 100% foam or a coil mattress? There is no “better” choice here, it’s simply what’s best for you and the feel you are desiring. If you can say:
I want a coil mattress that offers more bounce, response, and has a more traditional feel…
Then the Saatva is the easy choice as it’s the only one that uses a coil design. That said, I wouldn’t want to insinuate that just because it’s the only coil mattress in this comparison battle that that’s the only reason for its presence here. Even among the full list of various coil mattresses I’ve tested on Sleepopolis the Saatva continues to be one of my personal favorites as it strikes a nice balance of material quality, performance, and value.
I want an all foam mattress that offers more hug and body contouring…
If you decide that 100% foam is for you we now have three choices, Casper, Leesa, or Tuft & Needle. All of these mattresses are around a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale (with Tuft & Needle and Casper going up toward 6.5-7 if you’re a heavier sleeper). From the earliest days on Sleepopolis Leesa has always been my preferred choices over Casper and Tuft & Needle. Nearly three years later my feelings in this area remained unchanged.
Leesa uses thicker comfort foam layers, has a more consistent feel, has better deep compression support (especially important for heavier sleepers), and is run by people that truly seem to care about making a positive impact on the world. For most sleepers I feel that Leesa offers better overall performance and value than Casper and Tuft & Needle.
Casper’s mattress re-design in May 2016 did help to improve the performance a bit, but I’m disappointed they didn’t add another true comfort layer. Their addition of a 3rd layer (the 1.5″ poly foam between base and memory foam layer) feels more like an extension of the base foam. I think the Casper would have fared much better if the company would have simply increased the thickness of the existing latex and memory foam layers.
In January 2017 Casper again made design changes to their mattress, taking the the top layer of latex out and replacing it with the responsive poly foam. For more information on Casper’s design changes please see here.
In any case, Casper just doesn’t offer enough performance for the price you pay to make it a contender, in my opinion.
Regarding Tuft & Needle, if you have a tight budget and / or you want more of a floating poly foam feel, I would say the Tuft & Needle is a possible choice as well.
Whatever you decide, I think it’s well worth considering all of your options. Check out my complete list of mattress reviews and make sure your needs / desires align best to the mattress you pull the trigger on.
Should I buy a Casper mattress?
Casper is a pretty good mattress. It sits in the middle of the firmness scale at a 6-7 out of 10. The most unique attribute of Casper is the feel. You’ll get a little more pronounced sinkage with the Casper than you’ll get in any of these other options (with the Saatva Plush Soft being the one exception). The sinkage is a bit more pronounced, and yet less dramatically hugging also. It’s a bit like the feeling you get on a trampoline, where your body compresses a unified circular depression around your weight as opposed to a more traditional all memory foam mattress, which attempts to contour more to the exact shape of your body.
Should I buy a Leesa mattress?
I believe Leesa is the most well-rounded mattress and it’s my personal favorite in this group. It’s a 6 out of 10 in terms of firmness, has great support, and a sharp design, and is quite comfortable. If you’re looking for a balanced and neutral mattress the Leesa is a great choice. The Leesa doesn’t have a dramatic sinkage, so this in combination with the aeration channels in the top layer of foam, help to keep sleepers cool. Provided you’re not looking for that dramatic sinkage / hug feel and you prefer a neutral firmness, the Leesa is a fantastic option.
Should I buy a Tuft & Needle mattress?
Tuft & Needle has changed their foam formula and mattress feel several times over the last three years. Originally, it was quite firm, however, it’s now relatively similar to the Casper’s range at a 6-6.5 out of 10. The cover is fairly simple, no bells or whistles, which really is the hallmark of the Tuft & Needle as a whole. The Tuft & Needle is the most inexpensive mattress on this list. Buy the Tuft & Needle if you’re looking for the best deal, don’t mind a simplistic designed cover, and are comfortable with a medium to slightly firm feel.
Should I buy a Saatva mattress?
Saatva is fairly unique on this list in that they have 3 levels of firmness. If you are looking for an online factory direct-to-consumer mattress, but also want something very firm, medium, or very soft, Saatva is a good option. Additionally, Saatva is ideal if you prefer a more traditional mattress construction. The classic coil-on-coil + pillow top design gives it a traditional, good bounce, and high response type of a feel.