So, you wanna buy a new mattress and have narrowed it down to either the Casper or Saatva. Honestly, great picks! These beds are super popular, supportive, and powered by brands that have been in the game for a long time. But when it comes to feel… well… they really couldn’t be more different.
Curious to know what these differences are and whether or not they could make one of these bad boys better for your sleep than the other? Well then keep reading on below for my full take on the Casper vs. Saatva debate.
Before we dive into the differences between these mattresses, let’s start with their similarities. That way, we can better understand and appreciate how their variations contribute to their respective feels.
- Memory Foam – Though the Saatva is a classic innerspring (featuring a sturdy coil-on-coil construction) and the Casper is a gentler, all-foam bed, they both feature memory foam for contouring support.
- Cooling – While they approach it in different ways (the Saatva with breathable coils and the Casper with an open-cell top layer of foam), both of these mattresses are great for temperature regulation.
What are These Beds Made of?
As I mentioned up top, these mattresses are incredibly different from one another, so let’s take a peek below the covers and see what’s going on in these beds’ constructions. While I’ll make sure to go over every inch of these puppies with a fine-tooth comb, I’d recommend checking out my reviews of the Casper and Saatva mattresses for the full scoop.
Cover – Made of a polyester blend, the Casper cover is cozy and soft. Plus, it’s totally removable by zipper!
Comfort – The top layer is comprised of a latex-like foam, which has a quick response to pressure for some immediate bounce. Even for this perky lift, the material is still gentle enough to provide some slight sinkage for pressure relief and comfort. I should also add that the foam here is constructed with an open-cell design, which encourages airflow for breathability and cooling.
Contour – Right below the comfort layer, you’ll find a section of memory foam, which has a much slower response to pressure. This leads to some deep body-contouring and pressure relief, which could be great for those looking to alleviate tension along the body.
Transition – Next up, you’ll land on my personal favorite part of the mattress: the transitional layer of Zoned Support. This section is divided into two types of poly foam, with a softer one up top and a firmer one at the center. This brings a little lift to the hips and some cushiony relief to the shoulders, essentially allowing the bed to show some TLC to different parts of the body in the ways they need it most.
Base – The base of the bed is made up of heavy-duty poly foam that gives the mattress its structure.
Thoughts: A mix of diverse foams makes for a satisfyingly balanced construction that could appease a wide range of sleepers. The layer of Zoned Support’s also a nice bonus, as it works to relieve pressure at the shoulders and hips.
Cover – Crafted with 100% cotton, the Saatva cover is soft and breathable. It’s also quilted with a bit of foam for some immediate comfort.
Pillow top – Overlaid by a tin layer of gentle memory foam, the pillow top section of the mattress is composed almost entirely of individually wrapped coils. This makes for a super bouncy structure right off the bat, which means you’re likely to be more “on top” of the bed than “in” it. That these coils are individually wrapped means they’re going to encourage airflow throughout the mattress and also work to contour slightly to the curves of your body.
Support – Built with sturdy steel coils and foam edge support, this is the Saatva’s main support system. The coils double down on the buoyant lift of the pillow top and the edge support helps maximize the usable surface area of the mattress, which could be a real selling point for couples. Though we’ll get into firmness a little later, I already suspect this bed will be much firmer than the Casper.
Thoughts: The Saatva has a classic innerspring build, which means it’s taut, firm, and bouncy. I think combo sleepers and more “traditional” folks could find a lot to love in this bed.
Casper vs. Saatva
Well, what did I tell ya! Comparing these mattresses is like comparing apples and oranges, or, you know, duvets and comforters. They’re not very similar precisely because they’re built to embody totally distinct vibes, which I’ll summarize below.
The Casper tackles comfort with a balanced, all-foam approach popular with modern bed-in-a-box brands. By utilizing latex, memory foam, and high-density poly foam, Casper manages to hit a real sweet spot between pressure relief and support as the sleeper gradually eases into the structure. Back/side combo sleepers could be particularly drawn to this mattress, thanks in large part to its layer of Zoned Support.
The Saatva, on the other hand, is not a bed-in-a-box and has a much more similar feel to a classic, old-school innerspring mattress. This means the bed is quite bouncy and firm, skipping over the pressure relief we see in the Casper and opting instead for a ton of sturdy support. Back and stomach sleepers will likely enjoy this feel the most, while side sleepers will probably wanna stick with something softer.
How do These Beds Feel?
Now that we’ve gone over the design basics, let’s figure out exactly how these mattresses feel. I teased this a bit in the above section, but here we’re going to get even more into the firmness and pressure relief of each bed.
Every sleeper is going to experience these factors a little differently (depending on body shape, size, and weight), so I always invite a few coworkers to test out the beds with me. Once we’ve each given the mattresses a fair shake, we share our personal thoughts with each other, and then average together any rankings or ratings upon which we landed.
Though there was some variance in our reactions to the Casper, we ultimately arrived at an average firmness rating of 7/10. This is a bit higher than the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, so this bed is a touch on the firmer side.
For me, the bed is really more of a 6.5/7 and offers a pleasant combination of pressure relief and support. As I stretched out on the mattress, I could feel my body gradually sinking into the structure, though not so much as to leave me feeling stuck. In fact, the Zoned Support did a fantastic job of bolstering my body and keeping me positioned “on top” of the mattress. For this reason, I think combo sleepers could find a lot to love in this bed, as the mobility makes it easy to move around and change positions.
As I turned to my side and stomach, I continued to experience some nice comfort, though I can’t say I’d recommend it for folks who sleep strictly in either of those positions. Cozy for awhile, but ultimately this bed is going to be best for those who move between different positions.
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We were all pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Saatva, arriving at a rating of 6.75. Though slightly higher than the industry standard, this bed is pretty much medium firm.
However, I gave the mattress a 7 as I found its coil-on-coil construction created quite a firm feel. It’s true that you’ll experience a little give into the quilted cover and memory foam pillow top, but the majority of the bed is made of the two coil systems, which quickly establishes the bouncy/taut vibe of the structure. This may not be the best feel for strict side sleepers, but could be great for combo sleepers in need of excellent mobility as well as back or stomach sleepers.
Also, it’s worth mentioning we’re only talking about the Luxury Firm Saatva here. The bed also comes in two other firmnesses: Plush Soft (landing in the 3-5 range, according to the company) and Firm (which the brand says hovers at about an 8/10 on the firmness scale).
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Other Mattress Models
At this point, we’ve got a pretty solid sense of what makes the Casper and Saatva mattresses tick, but how do they compare to the other beds in their respective brands’ portfolios? To find out, I’ll compare and contrast them to a few of their mattress siblings.
- The Casper Wave is Casper’s luxury mattress and is built with five plush foam layers.
- This gentle combo makes it well-suited for those in need of deep pressure relief, particularly strict side sleepers.
- It’s also the most expensive Casper bed, coming in at $2,295 for a Queen.
- Get the full scoop at my complete Casper Wave review.
- As the name suggests, the Casper Hybrid is the hybrid version of the original Casper bed, so utilizes the same foams as it does.
- However, the high-density poly foam base is replaced by a supportive pocketed coil system.
- This results in some excellent mobility and bounce, making it a good, medium firm option for combo sleepers.
- It costs a little more than the Original but less than the Wave, with a Queen starting at $1,495.
- Learn more at my full Casper Hybrid review.
Loom & Leaf
- Unlike the Saatva, the Loom & Leaf is an all-foam bed, though it’s still not a bed-in-a-box.
- With a soothing top layer of gel memory foam, the Loom & Leaf is built with pressure relief in mind.
- This makes it a great fit for side sleepers or anyone after that classic memory foam, body-contouring feel.
- Pricewise, it’s a little more expensive than the Saatva, starting at $749 as opposed to the Saatva’s $599.
- Get all the details at my full Loom & Leaf mattress review.
Should I Buy a Casper or Saatva Mattress?
Well folks, we’ve arrived at the end of the Casper vs. Saatva comparison. We’ve examined their constructions, assessed their feels, and even sized them up to a few of their mattress siblings, but the question remains: Which bed is right for you? Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that, but I can leave you with a few final thoughts to help you get there on your own.
One thing that should make your decision easier is that those most drawn to the Casper aren’t likely to favor the Saatva very much, and vice versa. Why? Their vibes are wholly distinct, and suit themselves to very specific types of sleepers.
The Casper, for example, is going to work best for combo sleepers in need of pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. It’s got this fantastic, balanced foam approach that allows for excellent mobility and comfort, so folks should be able to move around with ease while still enjoying a bit of body-contouring. Also if all-foam’s your game, the Casper is going to be the obvious choice.
On the other hand, the Saatva is bouncy, firm, taut, and supportive, so should endear itself mostly to strict back or stomach sleepers. This classic innerspring feel probably isn’t going to be best for those with pain at the shoulders or hips, but could bring some nice relief to folks who struggle with aches at the lower back.
Interestingly enough, one of the factors that isn’t likely to affect your decision between these two beds is price. Though they’ve got totally different feels, they actually cost about the same, with a Queen-sized Casper going for $1,095 and a Saatva Queen going for $1,099. See the price table below for a full breakdown!
To get even more specific about my recommendations, I’m going to list my favorite aspects of both models.
- As I mentioned above, the Casper could be a good fit for combo sleepers who like to change positions in the night.
- The mattress also sleeps cool, thanks to its top layer of open-cell proprietary foam!
- The Saatva could be a real winner for anyone after that classic innerspring feel as its coil-on-coil construction is super bouncy and supportive.
- That being said, I think the bed’s bounce is one of its standout characteristics, so could be a big selling point for those after a buoyant lift.
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