Casper and Tuft & Needle were two of the early pioneers in the online mattress industry and have since achieved tremendous success. In this post, we'll break down the pros and cons of each bed so you can gain a better of understanding of which mattress is best for your particular sleeping habits.

Casper Mattress vs. Tuft & Needle Overview

Tuft & Needle and the original Casper are alike in a lot of ways. They’re both all-foam beds that have similar feels and perform well in almost all categories, and both companies have reputations for making high-quality beds. If you’re choosing Tuft & Needle vs Casper, it all comes down to your preference rather than quality or features for the most part.

Two factors can explain the primary differences between these two beds:

  • Price — Tuft & Needle is more affordable than the Original Casper.
  • Side sleepers — The original Casper mattress is more accommodating for people that spend a lot of time on their side.

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Casper Mattress Review

Casper has a few varieties, so this review will focus on the original Casper.

Casper Mattress Design And Construction

The original Casper mattress has three layers:

  • Support layer — The Casper mattress starts with a dense layer of support foam on the bottom.
  • Zoned layer — Casper calls this layer its Zoned Support Foam. This layer is split into thirds so the portions where you need more pressure relief (under your shoulders and legs) are softer, while the areas where you need more support (under your trunk and lower back) are firmer.
  • Comfort layer — 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 proprietary foam on top gives the mattress more of a soft neutral-foam feel, as opposed to a memory foam feel.
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The Zoned Support Foam on the Casper mattress is unique

Casper Mattress Feel & Firmness

The Casper bed doesn’t contour or hug your body the way true memory foam does. We like that. We think Casper is an extremely comfortable bed.

In terms of firmness, we’d say the Casper mattress comes in around a medium on the firmness scale. It’s softer and more accommodating than the Tuft & Needle right out of the box. The bed finds a balance between comfort, pressure relief and support.

As such, we think all types of sleepers will enjoy this bed.

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Casper is temperature neutral. You won’t heat up and start sweating on either bed, but it also won’t actively keep you cool. If you’re a hot sleeper and concerned about staying cool, we’d recommend checking out our Best Cooling Mattresses list.

Is Casper A Good Mattress For Couples?

Casper shouldn’t have a problem with edge support and motion isolation, two major components if you’re sharing a bed with someone.

Edge Support

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Edge support is only worth paying attention to if you sleep with a partner

You won’t feel like you’re going to roll off the bed if you get close to the edge.

Motion Transfer

All-foam beds generally do a good job of limiting cross-bed motion, so Casper does fine in this category.

Casper Company Policies

  • Shipping — Free shipping
  • Trial period — 100 nights
  • Warranty —10 years

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Casper Element vs. Tuft And Needle

Casper Element is an uber-affordable mattress that’s great for college students, guest rooms and kids. Casper Element is a 10″ thick mattress that features three layers of foam. It’s slightly thicker than Tuft and Needle.

Casper Element and T&N are around the same price, but there are subtle differences that might get you to purchase one over the other. We don’t have a winner because we consider them to be so comparable.

We might, however, rate Casper Element a little firmer than Tuft & Needle. Therefore, for strict side sleepers, our preference between the two would likely be Tuft & Needle.

Tuft & Needle Mattress Review

Tuft & Needle Mattress Design & Construction

How can Tuft & Needle afford to price its bed that way? The reason probably has to do with the construction and cost of materials. Tuft & Needle has two layers:

  • Support layer — There’s a dense layer of support foam on the bottom.
  • Comfort layer — The bed has a softer proprietary (called T&N Adaptive Foam) on top.
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A peek inside the Tuft & Needle mattress

Feel And Firmness

The Tuft & Needle mattress is firmer than the Casper mattress right out of the box, probably because Casper uses two transition layers from bottom to top, whereas Tuft & Needle does not.

Like Casper, Tuft & Needle is a temperature-neutral bed.

Is Tuft & Needle A Good Mattress For Couples?

Edge Support

It’s not the best edge support ever, but you should be fine on a larger bed.

Motion Isolation

It’s not the best for especially light sleepers, but it still does a decent job.

Tuft & Needle Company Policies

  • Shipping — Free
  • Trial period — 100 nights
  • Warranty — 10 years

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Tuft & Needle Mint vs. Casper

Tuft & Needle Mint is the premium, upgraded foam mattress from T&N. It’s around the same price as Casper but is 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.

We think Casper is a little more accommodating for stomach and back sleepers, while Tuft & Needle Mint is probably better for side sleepers concerned with pressure relief. Even so, Casper is a fantastic mattress for side sleepers.

Tuft & Needle vs Casper Pricing

Tuft & Needle is much cheaper, and it’s known as “THE” budget bed-in-a-box. You can snag a queen-size for around $600. Casper offers a queen-size (after discount) for around $1,000. That’s a difference of about $400. That said, Casper is fairly aggressive with its discounts, especially during holidays.

Twin XL$695$495
King / California King$1,295$850

Sleeper Analysis

How a mattress feels depends on a lot on factors like weight and sleeping position. Here is how Casper vs Tuft & Needle compare for sleepers.

Side Sleepers

Both beds should be fine for side sleepers. As the foam softens over time on the Tuft & Needle, side sleepers will find the bed becomes more accommodating for their hips and shoulders.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

Back and sleepers won’t have a problem, but we think Casper is a little more accommodating for stomach and back sleepers.

Heavy Individuals

Heavy sleepers who weigh more than 250 lbs 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 if you like Casper or the Tuft & Needle hybrid if you prefer that mattress.

Casper Mattress vs Tuft & Needle Mattress Review Verdict

Tuft & Needle and Casper are similar, 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.
  • How much time do you spend on your side? If the answer is more than 50-60 percent, Casper would be the better choice.

Review team

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Jeff Rizzo
    Jeff Rizzo

    Combo Sleeper

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When comparing Casper vs. Tuft and Needle, which one’s more affordable?

In a Tuft vs. Casper comparison, Tuft & Needle beats Casper in value. You’ll save $500 on a queen mattress and $545 on the king size. Don’t mistake the price for compromising on quality — Tuft & Needle’s mattresses are comparable in quality, guarantee and trial period to Casper’s.

How soon can you sleep on a Casper vs. Tuft Mattress?

You can sleep right away on both mattress styles. They take a few minutes to expand. Tuft & Needle recommends leaving the mattress alone for one or two hours before sleeping on it, which would be advisable for either mattress.

Which mattress sleeps cooler?

The Casper and Tuft & Needle are both designed to be breathable. Tuft features an adaptable gel and foam top layer with a breathable cover for heat dissipation. Casper’s top layer is latex foam for better airflow.