Tuft & Needle vs. Casper: Which Should You Buy?
Mattresses today fall into one of five general categories based on construction: all-foam, innerspring, hybrid, latex, or airbed. Beds in each category typically share many similarities, but there may also be notable differences between these models.
Case in point: the T&N Original Mattress from Tuft & Needle and the Casper Mattress from Casper. These all-foam beds both perform well in some of the same categories, including pressure relief and motion isolation, but the mattresses are constructed from different materials and each model offers a distinct feel for sleepers.
The T&N Original Mattress features a graphite-infused polyfoam comfort layer over a high-density polyfoam base. Polyfoam is a fairly responsive material, so you won't sink into the mattress like you might on a memory foam bed. This results in a feeling best described as sleeping "on" and sleeping "in" the mattress at the same time. The T&N Original Mattress has a medium firm (6) feel.
The Casper Mattress is constructed with comfort layers of polyfoam and memory foam, along with polyfoam transitional and base layers. This model will be ideal if you prefer the cradling sensation of sleeping "in" – as opposed to "on" – a mattress. The Casper Mattress, which is noticeably softer than the T&N Original Mattress, has a medium (5) feel.
Both Tuft & Needle and Casper offer additional mattress options. However, this comparison will focus on the flagship T&N Original and Casper Mattress models. We’ll take a deeper look at how these two beds stack up to one another in terms of price, design, and performance.
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How Are These Mattresses Built?
Construction specs can tell you a lot about a mattress model. How soft or firm it feels, how long it will last before a replacement is needed, how cool it sleeps, how much noise it makes – all of these factors largely depend on which materials are used and how the bed's individual layers are designed.
For example, a mattress with a polyfoam or memory foam comfort layer will conform somewhat close to your body and may trap body heat, whereas beds with latex comfort layers feel more responsive and breathable. Likewise, hybrid and innerspring models tend to be quite supportive and bouncy due to their steel coil systems, while beds with foam bases usually sink more beneath your body.
We'll break down each layer of the T&N Original and Casper Mattress models.
Tuft & Needle
The T&N Original Mattress begins with a 3-inch comfort layer of adaptive, open-cell polyfoam. This material has a fairly low density, meaning it won't trap as much body heat as medium- or high-density foam. The polyfoam is infused with graphite, which has natural cooling properties and can help the surface resist excessive heat build-up.
The mattress also contains a 7-inch support core made of 1.8 PCF high-density polyfoam. This material is commonly used in base layers of all-foam beds due to its excellent stability. Although the mattress does not have a transitional layer, the comfort polyfoam is responsive enough to prevent deep sagging. You'll sink a bit, but not enough to come into contact with the support core.
The T&N Original Mattress is encased in a cover made from a blend of polyester and polyamide. The polyester gives the material a silky-soft feel, while the polyamide – a fabric class that includes nylon and Kevlar – makes the fabric ultra-durable. You can't remove the cover, so Tuft & Needle recommends spot-cleaning the fabric if stains or smudges occur.
The Casper Mattress is built with two comfort layers: a top 1.5-inch layer of open-cell polyfoam, followed by 1.5 inches of 4 PCF medium-density memory foam. With 3 inches of adaptive comfort foam, you can expect much more of a cradling sensation with this mattress. You'll feel a light bounce on the surface due to the polyfoam, but the memory foam provides deep conforming to alleviate pressure throughout your body.
The mattress also includes a 1.5-inch transitional layer of 3.5 PCF polyfoam. This material is divided into different zones, with firmer foam to support your back and hips while softer foam cradles your neck, shoulders, and legs. Transitional layers are intended to prevent you from sinking too deeply into the mattress, and the zoning of this layer ensures more enhanced support.
The support core consists of 7.5 inches of high-density polyfoam, the same kind of material found in the T&N Original Mattress base layer. The Casper Mattress has a medium feel and you'll sink deeper beneath the surface, but the transitional and support layers should keep you on an even plane if you weigh 200 pounds or less – especially if you sleep on your back or side.
Lastly, the Casper Mattress has a cover made with a 100 percent polyester top panel. The side panels are made from a blend of polyester and spandex for added stretch and flexibility. The cover can be unzipped and removed for cleaning, but Casper does not recommend machine-washing. You should spot clean with mild detergent and air-dry the cover instead.
How Do The Tuft & Needle and Casper Mattresses Feel?
Next, let's discuss firmness levels and surface feels. We'll also compare the T&N Original Mattress and Casper Mattress in terms of edge support, ease of movement, and temperature neutrality.
The T&N Original Mattress has a medium firm feel, which rates at about a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale. The mattress has a polyfoam comfort layer that contours a bit, but you won't sink too much beneath the surface. Instead, expect moderate conforming with a light bounce.
The bed's balance of contouring and responsiveness is optimal for many back sleepers. This position requires added support for your midsection, as our bodies tend to sag in areas where large amounts of weight are concentrated. The bed also offers close cushioning for the shoulders and hips. This makes the T&N Original Mattress a good choice for side sleepers. After testing the mattress, the most positive ratings come from back and side sleepers who weigh 200 pounds or less.
The Casper Mattress has a medium (5) feel. You'll experience closer conforming on this mattress, and this is largely thanks to its memory foam comfort layer. That said, the zoned transitional layer works with the high-density foam base to keep your body on an even plane.
Generally, side sleepers who weigh 200 pounds or less prefer softer beds. This certainly seems to be the case with the Casper Mattress. Side sleepers in this weight group give the mattress excellent ratings because the foam layers offer ample padding for the shoulders and hips, ensuring even spinal alignment and targeted pressure relief. Back sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds also find the Casper Mattress reasonably comfortable and supportive. However, people who weigh more than 200 pounds – particularly back and stomach sleepers – will probably find the mattress too soft and saggy.
Although preferences vary from sleeper to sleeper, most sleepers find medium soft, medium, or medium firm mattresses most comfortable. These firmness levels provide a balance of soft contouring and firm support. Many beds today have medium soft to medium firm feels for this reason.
The T&N Original does not feel as bouncy as a mattress with a latex comfort layer and/or a coil system in the support core, but it is noticeably more responsive than the Casper Mattress.
This is due to the polyfoam comfort layer found in the T&N Original Mattress. Polyfoam is more responsive than memory foam, so this creates noticeable bounciness on the bed's surface. The Casper Mattress also has a top polyfoam layer and you'll notice a light bounce, but the memory foam layer conforms to your body to give the bed a more balanced and conforming feel.
When we discuss the "responsiveness" of a mattress, we're referring to how quickly the surface responds to your body as well as how fast it bounces back after exposure to pressure. Very responsive mattresses will respond quickly, creating noticeable springiness. Less responsive models respond slowly, and you'll experience a more gradual sink.
In addition to the surface feel, responsiveness can impact how mattresses feel during sex. Many couples also prefer bouncier beds for sex, especially if they frequently change positions. Softer beds that contour may sag too deeply during sex, and this can cause discomfort and hinder movement.
Edge Support and Ease of Movement
Edge support refers to the materials that reinforce the perimeter of the mattress. Beds with strong perimeter support won't sink too much when you get in and out of bed, and you should feel relatively secure sleeping near the edges. Models with weaker support will sink much more, and will probably feel less stable if you prefer sleeping close to the edge of your mattress.
Despite a more responsive feel, the T&N Original Mattress lacks strong edge support and is vulnerable to sinkage along the perimeter. You'll notice some sagging when you get in and out of bed, and the unstable perimeter may cause feelings of "roll-off" if you sleep too close to the edges. The Casper Mattress is also somewhat weak when it comes to edge support.
Edge support is tied to ease of movement across the surface of a mattress. Beds that sink along the perimeter may confine you and your sleep partner to the middle of the bed because the edges feel less stable. This can also make movement more difficult during sex. The T&N Original Mattress actually provides very good ease of movement because the polyfoam layers are fairly responsive, whereas moving across the Casper Mattress is more difficult due to its deep contouring.
Edge support and ease of movement are common weaknesses for all-foam mattresses. High-density polyfoam provides decent overall stability, but the material cannot withstand compression as well as coils or latex. Over time, you'll probably notice deeper sinking along the edges of your all-foam mattress. This may make getting in and out of bed rather difficult as the mattress nears the end of its lifespan.
Some beds are made with ventilated latex, open coil systems, and other components that promote airflow throughout the interior. This helps the mattress maintain a cool, comfortable temperature. Other beds absorb and trap heat near the surface, and this can lead to excessive warmth for sleepers. All-foam beds are notorious for sleeping hot – but thankfully, both the T&N Original Mattress and Casper Mattress are notable exceptions.
The T&N Original Mattress has a comfort layer made of open-cell polyfoam. Compared to denser foams used in other mattresses, open-cell polyfoam is fairly breathable and does not trap much body heat. The bed's comfort layer is also infused with graphite, which is intended to promote surface cooling. If you tend to sleep hot on all-foam beds, then the T&N Original Mattress will probably be a refreshing change of pace.
The same is true for the Casper Mattress. Its comfort layers of open-cell polyfoam and medium-density memory foam may trap some heat, but most sleepers find the mattress reasonably cool. It's worth noting that the Casper Mattress is fairly soft, meaning you'll sink somewhat deeply. As a result, people who weigh more than 200 pounds will likely sleep hotter than others because the foam will contour more closely to their bodies, restricting surface airflow in the process. The T&N Original Mattress has a firmer feel, so you'll experience more airflow as the foam keeps your body on an even plane near the surface.
If you tend to sleep excessively hot, however, then you might find both of these mattresses too warm. We recommend an innerspring or hybrid with a coil system for hot sleepers, as these beds usually sleep the coolest due to their strong internal airflow. Most mattresses with ventilated latex layers also provide very good temperature neutrality.
Still can't decide between a Casper Mattress vs. Tuft & Needle's T&N Original Mattress? The table below breaks down ratings for both beds in each of our mattress performance categories.
There are some categories where each mattress performs fairly well, but one model has a distinct edge over the other. Take pressure relief. The T&N Original Mattress offers a balance of conforming and support that many people find comfortable, but the Casper Mattress provides more contouring to support the spine and reduce pressure points throughout the body.
Our rating for couples is another example. The Casper Mattress offers very good motion isolation and does not produce any noise, so you and your partner can rest easy and not worry about movement-related sleep disruptions. However, the T&N Original Mattress is our top pick for couples. In addition to above-average motion isolation and no noise, the mattress offers easier movement across the surface due to its more responsive feel.
For other categories, we recommend both mattresses. This is true for cooling, as both beds offer above-average temperature neutrality – but if you're a hot sleeper, you'll likely experience excessive warmth on either model. Material quality is another shared attribute. Whether you choose the adaptive polyfoam of the T&N Original Mattress or the premium foams used to construct the Casper Mattress, you can count on a healthy product lifespan and long-lasting comfort.
Because the T&N Original Mattress has a firmer feel, we think it is best suited to back and stomach sleepers who weigh 200 pounds or less. The polyfoam conforms closely enough to alleviate pressure, but won't lose support and sag too much.
The Casper Mattress has a softer feel, so we recommend this model if you're a side sleeper who weighs 200 pounds or less. The mixed-foam comfort layers offer comfortable padding for your hips and shoulders, which should improve your spinal alignment and reduce pressure throughout the body.
If you weigh more than 200 pounds, we recommend a firmer, more supportive mattress altogether. Regardless of your sleep position, you'll probably find the T&N Original Mattress and Casper Mattress too soft if you belong to this weight group.
In terms of pricing, both mattresses are budget-friendly. The T&N Original Mattress is the more affordable model, currently priced at $595 in a queen size. This sticker price is much lower than that of the average mattress. The Casper Mattress costs $1,095 in the same size, making it more expensive than the T&N Original Mattress but still very reasonably priced compared to other mixed-foam models.
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As you've learned by now, the T&N Original Mattress and Casper Mattress share many similarities due to their all-foam designs, but there are a few differences as well. The most notable distinctions between these two beds include the following:
- The T&N Original Mattress is an all-polyfoam mattress. The surface has a responsive medium firm (6) feel, and you will experience moderate body-contouring. The Casper Mattress is a mixed-foam mattress containing polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers. This mattress has a medium (5) feel, and it will conform much more closely due to the memory foam.
- Both mattresses are best suited to people who weigh 200 pounds or less. The T&N Original Mattress provides less conforming and more support, creating a more balanced feel that is optimal for many back sleepers. The Casper Mattress may be a better option for side sleepers because the memory foam contours closely to cushion the body and align the spine.
- The T&N Original Mattress and Casper Mattress both offer weak edge support. That said, the T&N Original Mattress provides easier movement across the surface. This can be attributed to its all-polyfoam construction. The foam is responsive and won't form a deep cradle around your body, allowing you to get in and out of bed a bit easier. The Casper Mattress offers more of a body hug, and for many, this means restricted movement across the surface.
- The T&N Original Mattress may emit some off-gassing odor when new, but unpleasant smells should dissipate rather quickly. The Casper Mattress produces significant off-gassing odor, and you may notice bothersome smells that persist over time.
In addition to the T&N Original Mattress, Tuft & Needle offers two other mattress models:
- The Mint Mattress is another all-polyfoam model. It measures 2 inches thicker than the flagship T&N Original Mattress, but still maintains a balanced medium firm (6) feel. The comfort layer is composed of graphite-infused, open-cell polyfoam over a high-density polyfoam base. You can buy the Mint Mattress for $995 in a queen size.
- The T&N Hybrid features comfort layers of adaptive, graphite-infused polyfoam and microcoils over a polyfoam transitional layer and a pocketed coil support core. The bed's coil-on-coil design makes it exceptionally responsive, as well as breathable. The T&N Hybrid has a medium (5) feel, making it slightly softer than the other two Tuft & Needle mattresses. It costs $1,495 in a queen size.
Casper also offers other mattress models – four, to be exact:
- The Casper Hybrid is essentially a spin-off of the flagship Casper Mattress. The hybrid offers the same medium (5) feel and contains comfort layers of polyfoam and memory foam, along with a polyfoam transitional layer. The support core consists of pocketed coils encased in high-density polyfoam. By adding coils, the hybrid sleeps cooler and offers better edge support than the Casper Mattress. The Casper Hybrid costs $1,295 in a queen size.
- The Casper Wave features comfort layers of open-cell polyfoam, open-cell latex, and gel-infused memory foam, resulting in a medium (5) feel and deep body-conforming. The mattress also has a transitional layer equipped with gel pods that provide zoned support to your heavier areas and more cradling to the head, neck, and shoulders. The Casper Wave's support core consists of high-density polyfoam. This mattress costs $2,395 in a queen size, but you'll receive White Glove delivery if you reside in the contiguous U.S.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid is essentially the same as the Casper Wave except for its support core construction. The hybrid contains pocketed coils, rather than high-density polyfoam. Like the Casper Hybrid, the Wave Hybrid offers better cooling and stronger edge support than its all-foam counterpart. It costs $2,595 in a queen size and also qualifies for free White Glove delivery.
- The Casper Essential is Casper's firmest and most affordable bed. It has a medium firm (6) feel and is constructed with a polyfoam comfort layer, memory foam transitional layer, and high-density polyfoam support core. The Essential does not conform as closely as other Casper mattresses, but it still offers great motion isolation and pressure relief. The Essential costs $595 in a queen size.
Lastly, let's look at the shipping, return, and warranty policies for Tuft & Needle and Casper. Before purchasing a new mattress, we encourage you to research the manufacturer's policies down to the fine print. This could save you money in the long run – potentially hundreds of dollars, in some cases.
Tuft & Needle is a "bed-in-a-box" brand that primarily sells its mattresses online. As such, the company offers free ground shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. – standard practice for an online mattress seller. If you live in Alaska and Hawaii, you'll need to pay an additional delivery charge for standard shipping. Same-day shipping is available for $50 in some major cities, as well. You can also choose White Glove delivery for $150 if you reside in the contiguous U.S. This service includes scheduled delivery, in-home assembly, and old mattress removal.
Casper's delivery policy is very similar, with one notable difference: the company offers free ground shipping to Canada, as well as the contiguous U.S. Customers in Alaska and Hawaii still need to pay extra delivery charges. As with Tuft & Needle, same-day shipping is available in certain cities for an added fee. You can also select White Glove delivery – this service costs $149 for the Casper Mattress, but is free for the Wave and Wave Hybrid.
You'll receive a 100-night sleep trial for your T&N Original Mattress. There isn't a mandatory break-in period, so you can return it at any point in the 100-night trial. If you decide to return the mattress, Tuft & Needle will dispatch couriers to your residence to pick up the item and transport it for donation or recycling.
Casper also offers a 100-night mattress sleep trial with no break-in period. The company will also coordinate mattress pickup at your residence free-of-charge. You can exchange your mattress for a different Casper model, but this will void the sleep trial and you won't be able to return the replacement for free.
Tuft & Needle backs the T&N Original Mattress with a 10-year warranty, which is standard for a bed-in-a-box model. The warranty is entirely non-prorated. This means the company will cover the costs of repairing or replacing a defective mattress for as long as the warranty is valid. Recognized defects that warrant repairs or replacements include:
- Body impressions in the surface measuring at least .75 inches deep.
- Physical flaws in the mattress that cause the foams to split or crack.
- Manufacturing defects associated with the cover, including unraveled stitches or issues with the zipper.
Casper also offers a 10-year warranty for the Casper Mattress. Like Tuft & Needle's, Casper's warranty is completely non-prorated. The warranty recognizes the following defects:
- Body impressions in the surface measuring at least 1 inch deep.
- Physical flaws in the mattress that cause the foams to split or crack.
- Manufacturing defects in the cover directly related to the zipper assembly.