It’s the big battle for who makes the best mattress: Tuft and Needle vs. Casper. These are two leading bed-in-a-box mattress brands. Both companies changed the mattress industry forever when they started out making just one mattress, but now both companies sell three different models.
But how different are they?
Finding a mattress is difficult, especially in today’s online market, for three reasons:
- You can’t try it out (unless you happen to be in the select cities where there are Tuft and Needle and Casper showrooms).
- Every brand uses its own marketing lingo to make its bed so cool and exciting.
- There are so many options to choose from that it can be overwhelming (and confusing) picking a bed.
To help, we do our best to write about mattresses fairly and thoroughly. To write this mattress comparison, we consulted with a retired mattress salesperson who used to help sell big brands like Sealy and Serta.
We’re going to cover how Tuft and Needle and Casper fare when pitted against each other.
First, let’s start with grouping the mattresses into similar price ranges.
Tuft & Needle vs. Casper – Pricing
We are going off of queen prices, as queen size mattresses are the most popular size. We are also going off of regular pricing, not sale pricing, so prices may be cheaper at actual checkout.
|Tuft and Needle||Price||Casper||Price|
So, you can see that each brand offers three main price levels. There is the introducing pricing ($595 for Tuft and Needle and $1095 for Casper) and then there is the more expensive option ($1495 for Tuft and Needle and $2595) for both brands, plus one in the middle.
When it comes to just focusing on the price, Tuft and Needle is less expensive. You can get Tuft and Needle’s most luxurious option – the Tuft and Need Hybrid mattress – for about $1000 less than Casper’s most luxurious option, the Casper Wave Hybrid.
If you’re buying with only your wallet in mind, the choice is obvious.
But most of us don’t just buy a mattress based on how much it is – we see a mattress as an investment. We want it to last years and we want to sleep comfortably on it.
A few words about financing. . .
Plenty of mattress brands over financing. This isn’t new to online mattress companies. Traditional bed in a box retailers always offered tiered financing (the more you spent, the more months you got zero interest).
Both Casper and Tuft and Needle have partnered with Affirm to offer financing on your mattress purchase. The actual terms of the agreement depend on a few factors (such as your credit score and credit history), but the interest rate varies from 0% to 30%. We’re not a finance blog but we strongly encourage you to only choose financing if offered a very low-interest rate (preferably zero!).
Okay, back to our review.
Which brand, Tuft and Needle vs. Casper, offers the most comfort and support?
Casper vs. Tuft & Needle – Comfort and Support
A quick way to figure out comfort and support is to look at mattress height and materials. It isn’t a surefire way to review a mattress, but it does give context. A thicker mattress with more layers of foam will generally but softer, while a thinner mattress with fewer layers will generally be firmer.
|Tuft and Needle Models||Height||Layers||Casper
|Original||10 inches||2||Original||11 inches||3|
|Mint||12 inches||3||Nova||12 inches||5|
|Hybrid||12 inches||6||Hybrid||13 inches||6|
You can start to see why Casper mattresses cost more. We aren’t saying (yet) whether or not they are worth the extra cost, but you’re getting more (generally) with Casper mattresses. Even the middle models – the Mint and the Nova – which have the same height come with a different amount of layers.
Okay, but does that make Casper mattresses more comfortable than Tuft and Needle mattresses?
Not necessarily. Comfort is subjective and support will vary based on body weight, shape, and sleep style.
But there is a significant difference between Casper mattresses and Tuft and Needle mattresses and it has to do with their materials.
Casper mattresses – from the entry-level original to the high-end hybrid – are memory foam mattresses. Tuft and Needle mattresses do not. Casper’s Wave Hybrid contains latex foam. Tuft and Needle mattresses do not.
Why does this matter?
Because memory foam and latex are two of the biggest types of mattresses available. Some people really love memory foam because it contours to their body and reduces aches and pains. Some people love latex foam because it’s eco-friendly, sturdy, and bouncy.
But some customers complain that memory foam “sinks in” (leading to sleeping hot complaints, as well) too much when they lie on it or that latex is “too firm.”
In our experience, the Casper mattresses do not have the kind of memory foam that sinks in. This is probably because they only use a few inches of memory foam and it’s not the first layer in the bed (so the bulk of your weight isn’t going directly on it).
Still, if you have had bad reactions to memory foam or don’t want latex, then you’re going pick a Tuft and Needle mattress instead.
Okay, but what does Tuft and Needle use in their mattresses?
Tuft and Needle uses poly-foam (they call it T&N Adaptive Foam). It’s basically memory foam-lite. It’s the same type of foam that is memory foam, without any of the “memory” properties. So it’s lighter, more breathable, and it bounces back faster.
It’s also probably cheaper to make, which is why their beds cost so much less.
Okay, so Tuft and Needle vs. Casper – who wins?
Tuft and Needle beds cost less, are generally not as tall and generally don’t have as many layers as Casper mattresses.
Tuft and Needle beds don’t use latex foam or memory foam, but their special foam called TN® Adaptive foam.
They are (generally) going to feel a little firmer than their Casper counterparts. So, we’d recommend that if you’re a back or stomach sleeper looking for a bed on a budget, go with Tuft and Needle. If you’re a side sleeper or someone who wants a softer, more contouring feel, go with Casper.
Our Tuft and Needle Choice – The Mint
The Tuft & Needle Original all-foam mattress is a good option for a kid’s room or a college bed or a bed for your first apartment after getting your college degree but it isn’t a great bed (in our opinion) for an adult looking for a mattress that will last. It’s just a little too firm and doesn’t come with any added perks like zoned support.
That’s why we like the Mint. It’s a little more expensive, yes. But it’s also thicker, offers more cushion, and even has re-inforced edge support.
The Tuft and Needle Mint is a great option for budget shoppers and side sleepers.
Our Casper Choice – The Wave Hybrid
This is the most expensive Casper. It’s also the best Casper bed.
The Wave Hybrid uses all three types of technology: coils, latex foam and memory foam to create a truly comfortable and supportive bed.
It’s memory foam layer is underneath its poly-foam layer, which means the Casper Wave isn’t going to sleep hot. Plus, by using latex foam as a support layer, the Casper Wave Hybrid has a nice bounce to it. You don’t have to worry about sinkage (sinking or sagging deep into the mattress) when you’re trying to sleep at night.
Tuft and Needle vs. Casper – Mattress Warranties and Sleep Trials
Each brand is really good with customer service. They offer 100-night sleep trials on their mattresses (which means if you don’t like it, they will take it back and refund you your money) and 10 year warranties on their beds (designed to protect you if your bed starts sagging).
We hope this round up was helpful. It’s not easy (or fun) to pick a new bed. But here’s the good news. More companies than ever before are trying to make comfortable mattresses and they need to be competitive in their pricing.
What used to cost 3k or 4k dollars can not be bought for 1-2k. In fact, the materials are often better, the sleep trials are longer, and the warranties are fairer.
If after reading this review, you don’t think either bed is good for you, we recommend you check out Keetsa mattresses – they have a good line up of various mattress technologies.