Casper vs. Tuft & Needle Mattress Review

In this comparison of two of the leading all-foam beds, Casper and Tuft & Needle, we dive into their similarities, differences, and standout qualities to help you determine which is best for you.

Casper vs Tuft & Needle Mattress Review 

Casper and Tuft & Needle were founded within several years of each other, and both companies offered all-foam beds as their flagship models. The Casper Original brought to market in 2014, is an all-foam mattress with a three-tiered comfort system and a medium feel. The Tuft & Needle or T&N mattress, launched in 2012, is an all-polyfoam mattress with a comfort layer and high-density base. It is slightly firmer than Casper.

In this review, we cover the many similarities between these two all-foam beds and dig deeper into their differences. Both options provide comparable levels of support, firmness, and motion transfer, but the mattresses differ in price point, composition, and other factors. Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of each model and how to determine which of these two all-foam beds is best for you.

Mattress Highlights

Casper Mattress

This mattress is perfect for sleepers in search of body-conforming pressure relief with a cool, supportive feel.

Score
4.8 / 5.0
Firmness

6

Trial period

100 nights

Price class

$$

Tuft & Needle

This mattress is great for sleepers also in search of body-conforming relief with a supportive feel who are value seekers.

Score
4.7 / 5.0
Firmness

7

Trial period

100 days

Price class

$

Casper vs. Tuft & Needle 

Key Differences 

  • The Tuft & Needle is less expensive than the Casper.
  • Tuft & Needle is slightly firmer than the Casper, offering more support and bounce.
  • Light and average weight sleepers feel best on the Casper, whereas heavyweight and average weight sleepers feel best on the Tuft & Needle.
  • The Casper’s comfort layer contains three layers of foam components, whereas Tuft & Needle’s contains just one.
  • The Tuft & Needle measures 10 inches thick, and the Casper measures 12 inches thick.

Key Similarities

  • Both mattresses absorb motion and are relatively silent.
  • Both mattresses have a moderately conforming feel with balanced support.
  • Both mattresses are offered in sizes Twin through California King.
  • Casper and Tuft & Needle come with a 100-night sleep trial, free shipping, and a 10-year warranty.
  • The Casper and Tuft & Needle have similar weights, at 71 and 72 pounds, respectively, for a Queen. 

Casper vs Tuft & Needle Mattress Construction

Casper
Tuft & Needle  
Materials
Mixed-foam Foam, gel & graphite
Cover
Removable, washable polyester cover Breathable rayon and polyester cover
Comfort Layer
Breathable, Open-Cell Foam three inches of 2.8 PCF polyfoam
Transitional Layer
Zoned support polyfoam
Support / Base Layer
Reinforcing, stabilizing polyfoam Seven inches of 1.8 PCF HD polyfoam 
Mattress Thickness
12″ 10″

Casper Construction

The Casper is built with a three-layer comfort system and a high-density polyfoam base. These layers are encased in a removable polyester cover for easy washing. The comfort layer contains polyfoam, memory foam, and polyfoam layers, which provide body-conforming and support. The high-density base, which is made from 7.5 inches of 1.8 PCF HD polyfoam, helps reinforce the supportive surface and maintain an even sleeping area. A notable quality of Casper’s construction is its zoned support, which means that the comfort layers are designed to provide contouring in areas of the body where it’s needed and support where it’s needed.

Tuft & Needle Construction

The Tuft & Needle is an all-foam mattress with a slightly firmer feel. Made entirely from polyfoam, the Tuft & Needle contains three inches of 2.8 PCF polyfoam in the comfort layer and seven inches of 1.8 PCF HD polyfoam in the base layer, sometimes called the support layer. The comfort layer provides some contouring, but the density of the support core creates a medium-firm feel that won’t provide a “hugged” sensation. Similar to the Casper, this creates a moderately contouring feel with adequate support. The layers are encased in a breathable rayon and polyester cover. 

Things to Consider When Picking A Mattress

Firmness/Feel—The Casper and the Tuft & Needle have firmness scale ratings of 6/10 and 6.5/10, respectively, so the Tuft & Needle feels slightly firmer to the touch than the Casper. These middle-of-the-road, medium/medium firm settings are attractive to sleepers of all sleeping positions (side sleepers, back sleepers, and stomach sleepers), as they offer enough support for back and stomach sleepers and enough conforming for side and combination sleepers. Both mattresses offer the sensation of sleeping “on” the mattress with moderate conforming.

Motion Isolation—Motion isolation is an essential quality for individuals who sleep with a partner or a pet and are easily disturbed by movement or noise throughout the night. The Casper and the T&N mattress provide comparable levels of motion isolation and are virtually silent when bearing weight.

Edge Support—Edge support is a characteristic that determines how easy the mattress is to get in and out of and may impact the product’s lifespan and durability. As all-foam beds, neither the T&N or the Casper receive stellar reviews in this category. This isn’t uncommon for all-foam models which, unlike innerspring and hybrid beds, lack the edge support due to the high-density polyfoam bases, which stabilize the bed well but don’t provide reinforcement like coils. With either mattress, expect the edges to sink more over time.

Pressure Relief—Both models provide very good pressure relief. How the relief feels and is delivered, however, differs. The Casper mattress has a slight bounce in the top foam layer, but it’s also less responsive than the T&N mattress. Casper also has zoned support for the hips, shoulders, and neck. In general, however, the pressure relief offered is comparable.

Spine Alignment—As medium and medium-firm models, the Casper and the Tuft & Needle do a good job of providing spinal alignment for sleepers in all positions. The ability to achieve healthy alignment on each mattress will depend on your weight, however. Light and average weight sleepers do well on the Casper, but heavyweight sleepers won’t feel supported regardless of their sleeping position. Heavyweight and average weight sleepers (above 130 pounds) can achieve spinal alignment on the Tuft & Needle, which as a slightly more supportive core.

Durability—Both Casper and Tuft & Needle launched within the last decade, so it’s hard to say with certainty how durable these mattresses are. However, most reviewers note that their T&N mattresses last roughly six to seven years. The Casper tends to last longer, with mattress reviews noting that they felt prompted to look for a new mattress after roughly five to seven years. 

Temperature Neutrality—The 3-inch comfort layer in the T&N mattress is low-density, meaning it absorbs less body heat than high-density polyfoam. It’s also infused with gel and graphite, which aid in breathability. We would say that the T&N sleeps slightly cooler than the Casper because of these properties.

Size & Price Comparisons 

Mattress Size  Casper Price  Tuft and Needle Price 
Twin $595 $350
Twin XL $695 $395
Full $995 $495
Queen $1,095 $595
King $1,295 $750
California King $1,295 $750

 

Who is the Casper Original Mattress Best For? 

The Casper Is Best For…

  • Sleepers who experience frequent aches and pains
  • People searching for a balance of comfort and support
  • Shoppers who are in the lightweight and average weight categories
  • Couples who are easily woken up by tossing and turning

The Casper May Not Be Best For…

  • People who sleep very hot
  • Heavyweight sleepers may find this mattress too soft for them

Read our full Casper Mattress Review to learn more! 

Who is the Tuft & Needle Original Mattress Best For? 

We recommend the Tuft & Needle mattress over the Casper if you prefer a slightly firmer feel that will also conform moderately. It’s also our recommendation for sleepers who are average weight and heavyweight, as the T&N mattress doesn’t provide the appropriate level of support for lightweight sleepers. Last, the Tuft & Needle costs less than the Casper in every size, so if a budget purchase is what you’re hoping to make, it’s what we recommend. The T&N will do a nice job of supporting you regardless of your sleeping position if you are in the weight categories mentioned above, and it’s a safe choice for those with partners or pets who wake easily due to its above-average motion isolation.

Read our full Tuft and Needle Mattress Review to learn more. 

Shipping and Returns 

Both the Casper and Tuft and Needle ship and arrive in a box. The Casper ships free anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. Most customers receive their mattress within one week after placing their order.

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The T&N mattress ships free in all 50 U.S. states and, in the event of a return, Tuft & Needle will cover all costs pertaining to mattress pickup but does not refund shipping charges to customers in Alaska and Hawaii.

Other Models Available

Casper Essential—The Casper Essential is an all-foam mattress constructed with polyfoam, a memory foam layer, and high-density polyfoam. It’s almost as thick as the Casper Original and, while they share many other qualities, the Essential is firmer and has a lower price point. See our Casper Essential Mattress Review

Casper Wave—The Casper Wave is a polyfoam, latex, and memory foam mattress. It has a softer feel than the Casper Original and doesn’t offer as much support. It also absorbs more body heat yet is considerably more expensive than the Casper Original due to its body-cradling feel. Read our fill Casper Wave Mattress Review

Tuft and Needle Mint—This all-polyfoam bed has a gel, adaptive foam comfort layer and a high-density support core. It measures 12 inches thick (thicker than the T&N Original) and is more expensive than the T&N. The addition of a 2-inch transitional layer above the support core creates a softer, more pressure-relieving feel. Read our Tuft and Needle Mint Mattress Review

Conclusion 

The Casper will offer sleepers in the lightweight and average weight categories a lightly bouncy feel, motion isolation, temperature neutrality, and zoned support. The Tuft & Needle will offer sleepers in the average weight and heavyweight categories similar features at a more budget-friendly price point. These mattresses have earned very comparable ratings from our teams, and we think sleepers should choose between the two mattresses based on their weight and size and their budget.


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