Saatva vs Casper Mattress
We put two of the most popular online mattress brands head-to-head in this Casper vs Saatva review
Last Updated: September 9, 2020
Casper and Saatva are two of the most popular direct-to-consumer mattress companies on earth. As such, they often get lumped together. However, the two brands are actually quite different. In this post, we break down the pros and cons of each bed so you can make a more informed decision on your next mattress purchase.
Saatva Mattress vs Casper Synopsis
If you’re short on time and don’t feel like reading 2,000+ words, here are the primary differences between these two beds.
- Feel — The Casper mattress has a soft, neutral-foam feel, while Saatva feels more like a traditional innerspring mattress.
- Construction — The Saatva mattress uses dual layers of coils, and Casper now sells two hybrid mattresses but the original model is all foam.
- Firmness Options — The Saatva mattress is available in three different firmness levels. The Casper mattress comes in just one firmness (medium).
- Motion Isolation & Edge Support — Casper gets the edge in terms of motion isolation, but Saatva wins when it comes to edge support.
- Temperature Regulation — Given the firmness level and coils of the Saatva mattress, we think it will sleep slightly cooler than Casper.
However, those are just the headlines. There’s a lot more that goes into a buying a mattress that you’ll want to consider. Keep reading to learn more.
In this section, we cover how Casper differs from Saatva and the reasons why some people may prefer Casper.
The Casper Mattress Has A Soft Foam Feel
The Casper bed-in-a-box mattress has a comfortable, soft, foam feel. In fact, it even made our list of the most comfortable mattresses on the market.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In early 2019, Casper released two hybrid mattresses called Casper Hybrid and Wave Hybrid. If you’re a heavier individual and want to stick with a Casper mattress, we suggest you look into these models for an extra supportive and durable bed. It will have a similar construction the the original Casper bed, just with an extra layer of innersprings.
While technically the bed uses both memory foam and open-cell proprietary foam, the bed has more of a neutral-foam feel. You really don’t feel much of the memory foam that sits just under the open-cell foam top layer.
Still, the bed is very soft and comfortable. As such, we’ve found that the vast majority of people enjoy the feel of the Casper mattress. It doesn’t matter whether you love or hate memory foam, chances are you’ll find the Casper mattress very accommodating.
What’s also cool about the Casper mattress is that it uses a special Zoned Support layer that the company introduced in early 2020. This layer is the same as the memory foam and is supposed to add pressure relief and support exactly where you need it.
This Zoned Support layer is actually split into thirds. The top and bottom portions are slightly softer to provide more pressure relief, while the middle portion (under your lower back and trunk) is slightly firmer for more support.
Casper’s original model also gets the edge over Saatva when it comes to motion isolation. This isn’t a huge shock considering all-foam beds generally perform better than innerspring beds in this department (if you were to compare Saatva with Casper’s hybrid models, they’d perform about the same when it comes to motion isolation).
The Saatva mattress uses dual layers of coils in its construction (more on this below). As such, the bed has quite a bit of bounce to it, which isn’t ideal for deadening movement.
The original Casper mattress, on the other hand, does a great job of deadening movement. In our tests, we barely noticed any motion being transferred from one side of the mattress to the other.
Motion isolation is an important consideration for couples. A bed that limits motion transfer well means you won’t be disturbed if your partner tends to toss and turn or get up a lot throughout the night. No one want to be jostled awake every time their partner moves. That can lead to a frustrating night of sleep.
This is a somewhat small point, but Casper offers completely free returns. Saatva, on the other hand, will charge $99 if you decide to return their bed. If you’re an indecisive shopper and you’re on a tight budget, this is something to consider.
In this section, we review the areas in which Saatva differs from Casper.
Price Difference Between Saatva And Casper
Both mattresses retail for around $1,100-$1,400 (queen size), however, both companies offer discounts and coupon codes from time to time. Check the table above or our Mattress Deals page to see what promotions each company is currently offering.
If you opt for the all-foam Casper model, it will likely end up being cheaper than Saatva. However, if you go with the Casper Hybrid, it will end up in the same price range as Saatva.
If you like the feel of traditional mattresses (like the ones you probably slept on growing up), then you’ll love Saatva. The bed contains dual layers of coils and a soft foam pillow top.
What we mean by traditional feel is that the coils give the bed some bounce and the pillow top adds a little bit of comfort. However, the bed is not as soft as the more new-age bed-in-a-box mattresses like Casper. You won’t sink in to the top layers as much either.
We touched on the construction of the Saatva mattress above, but let’s in dig in a little deeper because, really, this is a big advantage for Saatva.
The Saatva mattress starts with a steel coil innerspring system on the bottom. Then on top of the innerspring system is a layer of individually wrapped coils. Combined, these two layers give the bed an extra sturdy, supportive base.
In general, coils are much more durable and supportive than the dense foams that a lot of all-foam bed-in-a-box mattresses use for their foundation.
Due to the high-quality construction we described above, we think Saatva is an ideal option for heavier body types (250+ lb).
Coils provide bi-directional support, which means the coils not only compress, but also push back against pressure. This is something dense support foams just simply can’t provide.
As such, the Saatva mattress is better equipped to support the extra pressure big folks exert on a mattress night after night.
In fact, we think so highly of the Saatva mattress in terms of support, we included it on our list of the Best Mattresses For Heavy People.
This is somewhat of a moot point considering the Casper mattress accommodates all sleeper types, but it’s still worth noting that the Saatva mattress is available in three different comfort levels.
You can choose between Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm versions. This means all sleeper types (back, stomach, and side) will be able to find a model that best suits their particular sleeping habits. Below, we discuss which comfort levels are best for which types of sleepers.
This was a tough one, but we do think the Saatva mattress will sleep slightly cooler than the Casper mattress for two primary reasons.
Reason number one is due to the dual layers of coils in the Saatva mattress. Coils allow for much better airflow than dense support foams, which have a reputation for trapping and retaining heat.
Next, the Saatva mattress is a tad bit firmer than the Casper mattress (especially the Luxury Firm and Firm versions). Accordingly, you’ll sleep more on top of the Saatva mattress and the top layers won’t hug you as much as the top layers on the Casper. As such, you’re less likely to warm up on the Saatva mattress.
Saatva also gets the win when it comes to edge support. As you roll over towards the side of the bed, there’s very little compression and you never feel like you’re going to slide right off the mattress.
This is an important subject for couples who share a smaller size mattress (full or queen) where space is a concern. A bed with good edge support means you and your partner will have more useful surface area to spread out and get comfortable. This comes into play a lot with couples who prefer not to cuddle or in which one partner likes to hog the middle of the bed, sort pushing the other partner towards the edge.
How Saatva And Casper Are Similar
Above we reviewed where Casper and Saatva differ, but what about what they have in common? Well, really they overlap in just a couple categories.
Both Beds Accommodate All Sleeper Types
Both Casper and Saatva are ideal for all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself a back, stomach, or side sleeper.
The Casper mattress, despite only coming in one firmness option, finds a nice balance between support and pressure relief. Side sleepers will find the mattress very accommodating, while small and medium sized back and stomach sleepers will find the mattress provides ample support.
Saatva, on other hand, differs from Casper because you’ll have to choose the firmness level that best fits you. If you’re primarily a side sleeper, we’d recommend going with the Plush Soft version. This model will provide the most pressure relief for your hips and shoulders. Although, if pressed, we’d still give the nod to Casper when it comes to side sleepers.
If you’re a back, stomach, or combo sleeper, we’d recommend going with Luxury Firm version. This model will provide more than enough support under your lower back and trunk. Really, we’d only recommend the Firm version if you’re a larger individual that needs extra lumbar support.
Saatva and Casper are both responsive beds, meaning they both snap back to their original position after pressure is released. This is important for combo sleepers who switch between positions a lot. Combo sleepers will generally find it much easier to roll over and switch positions on responsive beds.
Casper Mattress vs Saatva Review Verdict
If you’ve read this far, you now know how these two online mattresses differ. However, if you’re still having trouble deciding, ask yourself a few questions.
First, what kind of feel do you prefer? If you prefer more of a traditional innerspring feel, go with Saatva. If you want more of a soft foam feel and a little more pressure relief, go with Casper.
Next, how much do you weigh? If it’s over 250 lb, we highly recommend going with Saatva, or look into the Casper Hybrid and Wave Hybrid.
Last, are you a hot sleeper? If you are, we think you’ll sleep slightly cooler on the Saatva mattress due to its coils and firmness level.
We hope this comparison was helpful. Thanks for choosing to spend your time with The Slumber Yard.
Saatva And Casper Shipping Policies
The Casper mattress ships for free and arrives at your doorstep rolled up and compressed in a box. From there, you’ll move the box to your desired room and then unroll and unpack the mattress. Just make sure to give the mattress 24-72 hours before using so it can fully inflate.
Once the mattress arrives, Casper offers you a 100-night risk-free trial period. So they’re giving you three months and change to test out the bed and decide whether you want to keep it. That’s how these online bed-in-a-box companies get around not having thousands of retail stores spread across the country.
If you decide you don’t like the mattress during the trial period, no problem, just contact customer service and they’ll take care of you. The company will arrange for a third party crew to come pick up the mattress from your home for no additional fee. Once you provide proof (receipt) the mattress has indeed been picked, the company will issue you a full refund. Casper also backs their mattress with a 10-year warranty. You can read more about what that entails on the company’s website.
Just so you know, all these policies we just went over (free shipping, free returns, 100-night trial period, and 10-year warranty) are pretty standard for the online mattress industry. However, some companies, like Saatva, go above and beyond.
The Saatva mattress does not arrive compressed and rolled up in a box. Instead, it comes with free white glove delivery. This means a deliver person (or two) will not only deliver the mattress, but also set it up for you. You don’t even need to lift a finger. The delivery crew will also remove your old mattress for free if you want.
Saatva also beats the industry standard when it comes to their trial period. Instead of 100 nights, Saatva ups it to 180 nights. The return process if you don’t like the bed works the same way as described above. However, Saatva will hit you with a $99 return fee, which is a little bit of a bummer. Saatva also beats the industry standard by offering a 15-year warranty. You can read more about the warranty entails on the company’s website.