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|Casper helped popularize the whole bed-in-a-box concept and for good reason. They make a solid mattress that was recently updated. They also now make Casper Hybrid and Casper Element, a budget mattress that sells for a similar price as Tuft and Needle.|
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|Tuft & Needle is widely recognized as one of the best value mattresses money can buy. This affordable mattress is an Amazon Best Seller for a reason. The company also has a softer mattress called Tuft and Needle Mint, which is great for side sleepers.|
Before we dive in to this comparison, the primary differences between these two beds can be explained by two factors:
Those are just the two main points, though. Of course, there are more details about each bed you should know. Keep reading to learn more.
Above are a few jump-to links to help you get around this comparison quickly. We made sure to include comparison sections for the brands’ other models as well.
Let me just preface this entire comparison by saying that Tuft & Needle and the original Casper are similar in a lot of ways. They’re both all-foam beds that have similar feels and perform well in almost all categories. Nevertheless, we’ll do our best to point out differences as we move through our overview of each bed.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Casper released two hybrid models called Casper Hybrid and Wave Hybrid. When we say a hybrid mattress, it means the bed incorporates a blend of foam and coils.
Back to the Casper mattress, though, which starts with a dense layer of support foam on the bottom. On top of that is what Casper calls its Zoned Support Foam.
This layer is actually split into thirds and is new to the Casper mattress. Basically, the portions where you need more pressure relief (under your shoulders and legs) is softer, while the portion where you need more support (under your trunk and lower back) is a bit firmer.
On top of the Zoned Support Foam is a layer of memory foam and then a layer of open-cell proprietary foam. Like Tuft & Needle, the layer of proprietary foam on top gives the mattress more of a soft neutral-foam feel, as opposed to a memory foam feel.
The Casper bed doesn’t really contour or hug your body the way true memory foam does. We actually like that. We think the Casper is an extremely comfortable bed. It’s one of those mattresses where you can’t help but let out an “oh, yeah” as you plop down on the bed.
In terms of firmness, we’d say the Casper mattress comes in right around a medium on the firmness scale. It’s a bit softer and a little more accommodating than the Tuft & Needle right out of the box. The mattress just finds a very nice balance between comfort, pressure relief, and support.
As such, we think all types of sleepers will be just fine on this bed. It doesn’t matter whether you’re primarily a side, back, or stomach sleeper.
However, given it is only an 11″ all-foam mattress, we’d say this bed and Tuft & Needle is better for petite and average sized body types. Heavy sleepers that weigh more than 250 lb will be better off going with a thicker all-foam bed or, better yet, with a mattress that contains coils such as the new Casper Hybrid or Wave Hybrid.
Another similarity Casper and Tuft & Needle share is that we think both beds sleep temperature neutral. You won’t heat up and start sweating on either bed, but they also won’t actively keep you cool. If you’re a hot sleeper and seriously concerned about staying cool, we’d recommend checking out our Best Cooling Mattresses list.
Furthermore, Casper and Tuft & Needle share yet another similarity (I told you) in that we think both mattresses are viable options for couples. They’re both all-foam beds so they do a good job of limiting motion transfer. That’s important for couples with one partner who tends to move around a lot throughout the night. If that happens on these beds, the other person won’t really be disturbed and will be able to enjoy a more peaceful night of sleep.
These two beds also provide pretty decent edge support. Sure, a hybrid or innerspring bed would probably be better in this department, but honestly, both Casper and Tuft & Needle hold their own. There’s very little compression around the edges and you don’t really get any of that “I’m about to roll off the side” feeling. That’s crucial when one partner decides to roll over at 2AM and hogs the middle of the bed, leaving the other person on an island out near the edge.
All in all, we like the Casper mattress a lot. There’s a reason why the company has done so well—they make a darn good bed, plain and simple. It’s extremely comfortable and accommodates almost all sleepers types and body sizes.
UPDATE: Casper has now renamed the Essential to the Element.
In this section we take a look at how Casper Element and Tuft and Needle compare. In fact, Casper Element is basically Casper’s version of T&N. This is supposed to be an uber affordable mattress that’s great for college students, guest rooms, kids, etc. Here’s our Casper Element vs Tuft and Needle video:
So, there you have it. The quick story is that Casper Element and T&N are basically the same price, but there are subtle differences that might get you to purchase one over the other. We don’t really have a winner because we consider them to be so comparable.
Casper Element is an 10″ thick mattress that features three layers of foam. It’s slightly thicker than Tuft and Needle, but not so much that we think it will move the needle for many consumers. Aside from that, the retail price is really similar when you discuss Casper Element vs Tuft and Needle.
We might, however, rate Casper Element a little firmer than Tuft & Needle. They’re fairly close, but if you forced us to pick which is firmer, we’d say Casper Element is firmer. Therefore, for strict side sleepers, our preference between the two, would likely be Tuft and Needle. Again, however, we have to split hairs quite a bit with these two beds to crown a winner. Perhaps you prefer the dark grey cover on Casper Element? This is just a head-to-head comparison of two budget mattresses.
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Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s just quickly review what Tuft & Needle and Casper have in common so we can make this section as streamlined as possible for you. Here’s what we’ve already learned:
Both mattresses have a soft neutral-foam feel. You won’t get that stuck-in-the-mud feeling with either and we think the majority of people will find both beds comfortable.
Tuft & Needle and Casper both sleep temperature neutral. The beds are not cool to the touch and won’t actively cool you down. However, you won’t wake up in a puddle of your own sweat either. That’s the case with most online mattresses. There are actually only a handful of beds we’ve tested that truly deserve the “cooling” designation.
SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers
Both mattresses deaden movement well and provide decent edge support. This means both beds are solid options for couples who share a bed (especially a smaller size like a full or queen).
Now that we’ve covered that, let’s just quickly talk about how Tuft & Needle is different than Casper. First and foremost is in the pricing department. Tuft & Needle is much cheaper. They’re sort of known as “THE” budget bed in the box. You can snag a queen size for around the $600 mark.
Compare that to Casper, which offers a queen size (after discount) for around $1,000. That’s a difference of about $400. That said, Casper is fairly aggressive with their discounts, especially during holidays.
So how can Tuft & Needle afford to price their bed that way? Well, one reason might just come down to marketing strategy. Perhaps Casper employs a bigger mark-up than Tuft & Needle and wants to position themselves out of the “budget” space. The real reason, though, probably has more to do with construction and cost of materials.
As noted above, the original Casper mattress uses three layers (Casper’s new hybrid beads will contain more), including their new sophisticated Zoned Support layer. The Tuft & Needle mattress, on the other hand, uses just two layers. There’s a dense layer of support foam on the bottom and a softer proprietary (they call it T&N Adaptive Foam) on top.
Somewhat related to the construction is firmness and sleeper type. We actually think the Tuft & Needle mattress is a bit firmer than the Casper mattress right out of the box. This is probably due to the fact that Casper uses two transition layers from bottom to top, whereas Tuft & Needle does not.
As such, we think the T&N mattress is best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers from the get-go. However, like pretty much all beds, the foam will soften over time. That means primary side sleepers will find the bed becomes more accommodating for their hips and shoulders over time.
SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers
Tuft and Needle Mint is the premium, upgraded foam mattress from T&N. It’s around the same price as Casper, but is a good deal softer. They retail for a similar price, so it’s no wonder why people want to know who wins when discussing Tuft and Needle Mint vs Casper. The video below explains the main pro’s and con’s for Tuft & Needle Mint and Casper.
We don’t really have a winner for this comparison. We think Casper is a little more accommodating for stomach and back sleepers, while Tuft and Needle Mint is probably better for side sleepers that are chiefly concerned with pressure relief. Even so, Casper is a fantastic mattress for side sleepers. And so, in conclusion for these two beds, here are the main things to keep in mind.
Casper Mattress — The “original” online mattress, Casper is made to be as accommodating as possible. It’s firmer than Tuft and Needle Mint, but that’s on purpose so it can accommodate stomach and back sleepers in additional side sleepers.
In late 2019, Tuft & Needle launched their first hybrid mattress. Here’s how Tuft and Needle Hybrid compares to both the Original Casper and Casper Hybrid beds.
We hope you found the video above informative. Below you’ll find our final conclusion regarding this comparison. As a quick spoiler alert: it’s difficult to say one bed is better than the other. Casper and Tuft and Needle are really popular and really accommodating. Everything just comes down to a few smaller points.
Tuft and Needle Hybrid is the first T&N mattress to feature a slight memory foam feel. In all the other reviews and comparisons we’ve posted about Tuft and Needle beds, we’ve noted that they have a truly neutral, soft foam. That’s somewhat true of Tuft and Needle Hybrid, but it has more of a memory foam feel than Casper Hybrid. Splitting hairs a little, but that might help you choose between the two.
Tuft and Needle Hybrid also has the micro-springs just under the top foam layer in addition to the main support coils at the bottom. You won’t be able to notice they exist, but they’re designed to provide bi-directional support at a more localized level. Casper Hybrid, in contrast, has just the one layer of pocketed coils. That’s another small difference.
As we stated throughout the comparison, Tuft & Needle and Casper are similar in a lot of respects, so we can see why it’s hard to decide between the two. To make the decision easier, ask yourself two questions.
First, what kind of budget do you have? If it’s a tight budget, Tuft & Needle is the clear winner. If money isn’t an issue, we’d say go with Casper.
Next, how much time do you spend on your side? If the answer is more than 50-60%, Casper would be the better choice.
Before we jump into a mini review of each bed, it’s important we first discuss how each company handles shipping, returns, trial periods, and warranties. These are factors that often go overlooked when shopping for a mattress online. And honestly, it’s good to know because these new-age bedding companies are trying to make it as easy and convenient as possible for online shoppers to order and try their beds.
First, both Tuft & Needle and Casper offer free shipping and free returns. Both mattresses will arrive at your home (or work if you sleep at work, we hope not) rolled-up and compressed in a surprisingly small box. From there, you’ll want to unroll the mattress and let it fully inflate for about 24-48 hours before using.
Once the mattress arrives, both companies offer a 100-night risk-free trial period. That means if at any point during the trial period you decide the bed isn’t for you, just give the respective company a call and they will schedule someone to come pick it up from your home free of charge. It’s very easy. The entire return and refund process will take around 10-15 days.
Both companies also back their mattresses with 10 year warranties, which basically protect against manufacturing defects and material failures.