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|A Tulo mattress is budget friendly and has a neutral foam feel (with a bit of memory foam mixed in). It comes in three firmness levels: Soft, Medium, and Firm.|
|Casper is one of the most well-known brands in the bed-in-a-box mattress space. It has a neutral foam feel and zoned support framework in its construction.|
Here’s a quick overview of the main differences we’ll be exploring:
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Tulo and Casper are two bed-in-a-box mattresses with a comparable neutral foam feel, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re similar beds. Each mattress has a slight edge in different categories, and in this comparison we’ll discuss what kind of person might like one over the other.
First we’re going to give you a quick rundown on the background of each company.
You’ve surely heard of the bedding conglomerate Mattress Firm, as there’s over 2,500 locations all over the United States. If you were to pull up the Maps app on your phone and search for a Mattress Firm, odds are you have at least one, if not two in your area. In 2017, they created Tulo to compete with the big names in the online mattress industry, and we think it’s a great value for what you’re getting.
We just mentioned how Tulo is competing with the “big names” in the online mattress industry, and Casper is one of the biggest competitors. Casper is one of the brands who brought bed-in-a-box mattresses into the mainstream, and now it’s grown to a billion dollar company.
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A Tulo mattress is 10” thick, and composed of four layers. Starting from the bottom layer, Tulo has a 4.5” slab of high density foam to act as the mattress’ foundation.
The second layer from the bottom is 1.5” thick and constructed out of high resiliency firm foam, which acts as a transition layer between the hard support foam on the bottom, and the softer layers at the top. It’s also supposed to help reduce surface compression, so your bed doesn’t end up with a permanent imprint of your body.
On top of that layer is a 1.5” thick slab of responsive polyurethane foam (which is complicated mattress jargon for neutral foam).
Finally, at the top of the mattress where you’ll get most of the comfort from, is a 2” layer of Tulo’s “Cool Flow” ventilated memory foam with titanium particles infused. It’s Tulo’s proprietary foam, which means a type of material they made specifically themselves, but we’re just going to call it “gel memory foam.”
Gel memory foam is meant to sleep cooler than true memory foam, since it has a reputation to retain heat. We wouldn’t say Tulo sleeps cool, but it doesn’t sleep hot either, so it’s pretty temperature neutral. If you’re somebody who tends to warm up a lot during their sleep, take a look at our Best Cooling Mattresses For Hot Sleepers post.
You would think that Tulo feels like a memory foam mattress because that’s what the top layer is made of, but to our surprise, it has more of a soft neutral foam feel. You can feel relieving properties of the memory foam, but you don’t sink into it like you do in traditional memory foam. So it does have a slight memory foam feel poking through, but overall, it feels more neutral like Yogabed or Tuft & Needle.
Like we said before, Tulo offers three different firmness levels. We rated their Soft model between medium-soft and medium, their Medium model a medium, and their Firm model a medium-firm. This means all sleeper types will have no trouble finding a suitable mattress for their preferences
One consistent characteristic of memory foam is a slow response time, but Tulo is actually pretty quick to respond to pressure due to the neutral foam underneath. Add that with Tulo’s firmness level, and you get an ideal bed for combo sleepers because they shouldn’t have trouble switching from their stomach to their side in the middle of the night.
Aside from having several firmness levels to choose from, price is another edge Tulo has over Casper. Tulo retails around $750 for a queen size mattress, while Casper sets the MSRP of their queen mattress at about $1,100.
If you compare the value of both mattresses, we’d have to crown Tulo the winner. Their price is lower than most bed-in-a-box mattresses we’ve tested, but it’s up to par with the rest of them as far as quality goes. Casper’s price is slightly higher than average, but you’re not exactly getting any additional features that comes with a higher price.
Similar to Tulo, Casper is made of foam, but it’s slightly thicker at 11” tall instead of 10” like Tulo. The bottom slab is made out of dense support foam, and above that is a layer of zoned transition foam that’s actually a memory foam split into thirds.
Zoned transition foam means it has more support in the places you really need it. In Casper’s case, they made the top third and bottom third of the transition layer less firm, and the middle third is more firm to support your trunk/lower back.
As we noted, the middle layer (i.e. “Zoned Support”) is memory foam to provide you with pressure relief, and the top layer is a proprietary foam called “open-cell foam,” which is more aerated to allow for better airflow. It also serves as the mattress’ main comfort layer.
The feel of the mattress’ is one major thing Tulo and Casper has in common, because Casper also has a soft neutral foam feel, despite its memory foam layer. So this is another mattress you won’t be melting into (i.e. no true memory foam feel).
If you came to this comparison looking for a mattress with a memory foam feel, take a look at our post on our top choices for the best memory foam mattresses on the market.
Back to Casper, we rated it a medium on our scale from soft to firm. That means it lands right in the middle, between pressure relieving but also supportive.
We think this contributes to Casper’s popularity, because it’s the most accommodating firmness level you can go with. It’ll be soft enough for side sleepers, but firm enough to give support to back and stomach sleepers.
Combination sleepers will also enjoy a Casper mattress because it’s fairly quick to respond to pressure like Tulo, so they’ll be free to roll around the mattress as they please.
A mattress shopper should always consider their weight before pulling the trigger on a purchase, because the heavier you are, the firmer a mattress is going to feel. For example, if you were to ask a petite 100 lb woman to lay on the same mattress as a 300 lb man, she’ll sink into the layers much less than the man would. So while she’s practically laying on top of it, rating the bed a medium-firm, the 300 lb man thinks the bed feels soft because he’s nestled deep within the mattress’ layers.
With that in mind, we don’t think mattresses constructed out of all foam like Tulo and Casper are the greatest beds for individuals over 250lbs. We usually recommend hybrid or innerspring mattresses, because they’re more durable and supportive. Casper actually offers several other different models, including Casper Hybrid and the Wave Hybrid, so we’d recommend heavy-set folks look into those instead. You can see the hybrid models on Casper.com.
We aren’t here to tell you which mattress is better or worse, we’re here to tell you our perspective and show you the facts, and let you decide which one would be the best fit for you. We think Tulo is a great value and has different firmness options, and Casper has a pretty unique construction that provides a little extra support, which many people seem to like. If you still can’t decide if you like Tulo or Casper better, consider these points.
That’s it for us, and we thank you for coming to The Slumber Yard. We have a ton of other mattress comparisons you can check out, and make sure to visit our deals and coupons page every now and then to stay up-to-date on the best current promotions.