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Tuft and Needle vs. Casper Mattress Review

Casper and Tuft and Needle are two of the most popular factory direct mattress start-ups online. They are both shaking things up in a big way with their direct-to-consumer model. No more fancy stores with rows of beds, no more beds with remote controls, but most importantly, no more mattress middle men.

So who will win, Casper or Tuft and Needle Mattress? Read on for our head-to-head Casper vs. Tuft & Needle review.

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Tuft and Needle Mattress
  • No frills construction
  • Good budget option
  • Foam feel with decent bounce
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Casper Mattress
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  • Zoned support is nice for spine alignment
  • Great choice for combo sleepers


Foam Layers

The Tuft & Needle and Casper have both taken differing approaches to their foam construction.

Casper is a hybrid foam mattress. It’s 9.5″ thick and built from 4 different foam layers.

  • Top layer – the top layer is 1.5″ of responsive poly foam.  This top layer is responsible for the comfort, cooling, and bounce for the mattress.
  • Second layer – the second layer is 1.5″ of memory foam. This foam has a density of 4.0 PCF (pounds per cubic foot). Having the memory foam layer below the responsive poly foam helps to reduce the chance of heat retention issues. Additionally, memory foam also helps to improve contour and pressure relief for the sleeper.
  • Third layer – the third layer is 1.5″ of poly foam. The foam has a density of 2.5 PCF. It’s somewhat like the base foam, but slightly softer and helps to act as a transitional support layer so the support wall into the base foam isn’t so abrupt.
  • Bottom layer – the bottom layer is a 5″ support foam. This layer acts as the foundational base for the mattress and provides support for sleepers.
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

This type of a hybrid mattress is aimed at getting the best of both worlds of responsive poly foam and memory foam. Having the poly foam layer on top helps the Casper mattress sleep cooler, while still being highly supportive and providing good pressure relief from the memory foam layer.

One brief note about the Casper foam layer densities. The density of the memory foam, transition poly foam, and support poly foam were previously listed on Casper.com. But, they have been removed from their original locations and I cannot find a reference to them elsewhere on Casper.com now.

The Tuft & Needle’s construction is more minimized. Tuft and Needle only uses 2 foam layers.

  • Top layer – the top layer acts as the comfort layer. It is a 3″ thick poly foam custom developed by Tuft and Needle. It has a density of 2.9 PCF. It’s designed to breathe well, while also being responsive.
  • Bottom layer –  the bottom layer of the Tuft and Needle is a 7″ layer of poly foam. It has a density of 1.8 PCF. It provides much of the support for sleepers, while also acting as the foundational base for the mattress.
Tuft & Needle mattress layers (top to bottom) - 3" polyurethane foam, 7" polyurethane foam
Tuft & Needle mattress layers (top to bottom) – 3″ polyurethane foam, 7″ polyurethane foam

Tuft & Needle is pretty secretive about what’s actually in their top layer of foam. However, based on my experience testing and seeing other similar foams I believe it is a standard poly foam (non-visco elastic) that has been mixed with graphite. The graphite’s objective is to help further reduce heat retention. However, it has an added side effect of changing the comfort dynamic (see more below).

Please bear in mind that Tuft and Needle has not confirmed that their foam uses graphite. This is merely my opinion and is speculative based on my experience with other similar foams. What is confirmed is that the primary material of the top layer of foam is 100% polyurethane (non-visco elastic).


Both the Casper & Tuft & Needle have fairly similar covers. Both covers are simple, mostly white, a bit stretchy, and have a nice feel. Both are thin and soft. From a functionality standpoint, the thinness of the cover is the most important factor. Having a thin cover helps to facilitate airflow in the mattress.

While this is a nice feature for both covers, neither cover is substantially better or worse than the other, with respect to breathability from the cover.

BATTLE:  4 way mattress battle, Casper vs. Tuft & Needle vs. Leesa vs. Saatva

Unfortunately, the thinnest of the covers is a bit of a double edged sword. While it’s great for cooling, it also does make them slightly more susceptible to damage. If you do buy a Casper or Tuft and Needle you’ll want to be very careful when moving them.

One aesthetic note regarding Tuft and Needle’s cover. It is so thin you are able to see the foam materials through the cover. If your sheets are also very thin this could mean that you could see the foams through them as well. It’s more of a style issue, but something to bear in mind.

Firmness, Comfort, & Support

Comparing firmness, both the Tuft and Needle and Casper are very similar. I would rate the Tuft & Needle at a 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale (where 10 is the firmest), whereas the Casper is a 6-7 out of 10.

Casper firmness - medium / medium firm, 6-7 out of 10, where 10 is the most firm
Casper firmness – medium / medium firm, 6-7 out of 10, where 10 is the most firm
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

The firmness range on both of these mattresses is the result of the relatively thin comfort layers that both mattresses use. Having only 3″ of comfort foam on top means heavier sleepers can sink through these foam layers into the firmer and less comfortable base and transition poly foams. As a result, heavier sleepers may find each of these mattresses firmer and less supportive. 

Despite their relative similarity in firmness, the feel of each mattress is quite different.

FAQ:  What mattress firmness do I need?

Casper’s softness translates through a more pronounced “hug” like feeling. When you lie into the Casper you’ll feel a bit more sinkage as the poly foam and memory foam layers conform to your body.

The 2nd layer of memory foam means you get a nice contour and pressure relief, especially the longer you lie on the Casper. Additionally, having a responsive poly foam on top means better cooling, bounce, and response. My only complaint with the Casper is the top layers aren’t thick enough, forcing sleepers to engage the poly foam transition and base layers more deeply.

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Casper Mattress
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Casper mattress - King size, platform bed
Casper mattress – King size, platform bed

For a complete deep dive into the feel, comfort, and support dynamics of the Casper please read my full Casper mattress review.

The Tuft & Needle on the other hand is a bit more of a floating feel. There is some sinkage, but it’s not as notable. Additionally, the feel of the Tuft and Needle is sort of stuck in the middle of a latex and a memory foam. It’s not visco elastic, so you don’t get the same type of memory foam hug and contour. But it’s also not quite latex, so you don’t get the same bounce and response there either.

FAQ:  How to choose a mattress?

Personally, I don’t really like the feel of the new Tuft and Needle foam. Over the course of the last couple of years they’ve made major changes to their foam and mattress design. The newest iteration of the foam and mattress just feels a bit dead.

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Tuft and Needle Mattress
Tuft and Needle Mattress

The Tuft & Needle mattress offers sleepers a medium-firm feel, and that floating-on-foam experience! 

King size Tuft & Needle mattress
King size Tuft & Needle mattress

For a complete deep dive into the feel, comfort, and support dynamics of the Tuft & Needle please read my full Tuft and Needle mattress review.


SizeTuft & NeedleCasper
Twin XL$450$600
California King$900$1,150

Tuft & Needle vs. Casper Side-by-Side Comparison

Sometimes the best way to decide the right option is to simply lay out all the cards on the table and see what’s most important to you. Both Casper and Tuft & Needle are great mattresses, but your specific needs, priorities, and preferences will vary, likely making one a little bit better.

Below is a complete list of all the major comparison points of Casper vs. Tuft & Needle.

 Tuft & NeedleCasper
Foam Layers3" responsive poly foam (2.9 PCF), 7" support foam (1.8 PCF)1.5" responsive poly foam, 1.5" memory foam (4.0 PCF), 1.5" poly foam (2.5 PCF), 5" support foam (1.8 PCF)
CoverAll white, simple, soft and stretchy, ultra thin2-tone, white and grey, soft and stretchy, thin
Firmness6-6.5 out of 106-7 out of 10
SupportVery goodVery good
Motion TransferVery minimalVery minimal
Warranty10 Years10 Years
Trial Period100 Days100 Days
ShippingFree, 2-5 daysFree, 2-7 days
ReturnsYes, they will pick up / disposeYes, they will pick up / dispose

Should you buy a Casper or Tuft & Needle?

Both Casper and Tuft & Needle have

  • A similar cover (functionally speaking)
  • Similar motion transfer
  • Similar support
  • Similar 10 year warranty
  • Similar shipping
  • Same trial period
  • Similar return / refund policy

The mattress that’s right for you ultimately hinges on your sleep preferences and priorities. The biggest differentiating factors between Casper and Tuft & Needle are the ones that will likely determine which mattress is the better choice for you. I have listed those critical decision points below.

You should buy the Casper mattress if:

  • You prefer a medium to slightly firm feel – Casper is a 6-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (where 10 is the most firm). Heavier sleepers may find it closer to that 7’ish firmness, while lighter sleepers should find it closer to a 6.
  • You prefer a mattress that hugs you – Casper’s softer feel gives it a more pronounced hug and sinkage. This allows the mattress to better contour to your body to provide support, softness, and a nice feel.

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You should buy the Tuft & Needle mattress if:

  • You prefer a medium to medium firm feel – Tuft & Needle is a 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale (where 10 is the most firm). Just as with Casper, heavier sleepers may find it closer to that 6.5’ish firmness, while lighter sleepers should find it closer to a 6.
  • You prefer less hug – while the Tuft and Needle does have some sinkage, it is less than Casper (and many others). The foams Tuft and Needle uses are not visco elastic, so they don’t hug / contour the same way memory foam will. This results in a little more of a floating feel and less hug.
  • You want the best deal – while price isn’t the only factor you should consider, it’s hard to beat the Tuft and Needle on price. $750 for a Queen is a pretty good deal.

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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’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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3 thoughts on “Tuft and Needle vs. Casper Mattress Review”

  1. Thanks, I am switching to a split king adjustable base bed for husband back, I can not figure out which mattress to get. Thanks this is helpful

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