Tuft and Needle vs Casper - Our Mattress Comparison

Tuft and Needle

FEATURES:

  • Affordable
  • Perfect match for back sleepers

Casper

FEATURES:

  • Works for all sleeper types
  • Neutral foam feel

These mattresses are two of the most popular bed-in-a-box solutions, but which one is better for you? Tuft and Needle and Casper are a couple of pioneers in the online mattress world and have achieved an extreme level of success since. In this comparison, we’ll try to break down the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can get a clearer understanding of which one is best for your particular habits and sleeping preferences.

Before we get into the comparison, we can take a look at some of the primary differences between these two beds. They can be divided into two major factors, namely price and sleeping position. In terms of price, the Casper is a bit more expensive than the Tuft and Needle. It’s up to you to decide whether the price difference is worth it for you. When it comes to the sleeping position – the Casper is better suited for side sleepers due to its contouring abilities.

In addition to this comparison, we recommend reading our review of each brand:

Mattress Construction Comparison

Tuft and Needle

The Tuft and Needle mattress is an all-foam bed-in-a-box mattress standing at 10 inches in height. When it comes to the materials used, this mattress has a pretty thin, breathable polyester cover, which doesn’t affect the feel of the bed.

The differences between this bed and the Casper start to appear in the comfort layer of the mattress, which is three inches of Tuft and Needle’s proprietary foam. This foam has got a medium-to-firm feel to it and a pretty quick response to pressure. While it doesn’t have a ton of bounce like you might expect from a traditional innerspring model, it has functional mobility meaning that you won’t feel stuck in the mattress while trying to switch positions during the night.

One of the big bonuses that we found with the Tuft and Needle foam is that it did a pretty good job of dissipating body heat, which means that the mattress is going to sleep a bit cooler.

Casper

As you might already know, since Casper is probably the most popular bed-in-a-box mattress out there, this is an all-foam mattress with a polyester cover that is pretty thin and breathable, but ultimately nothing to write home about.

The comfort layer of the mattress, which is the one on top, is a latex-like material, so it’s got a bouncy feel to it. It’s pretty good at dissipating body heat, which is vital because, below that layer, we have a layer of memory foam, which is suitable for giving you a little bit of contouring, pressure-relieving feel.

However, a complaint that some people have about memory foam is that they can feel stuck in the mattress and also that it traps body heat. Therefore, by placing it below a latex-like layer that’s bouncy and sleeps a bit cooler, they defend against that stuck feeling as well as the heat trap.

Mattress Firmness Comparison

Tuft and Needle

The most important thing about looking for a new mattress is the firmness and feel of the bed. We’re going to give you some of our impressions on the differences we felt between the Casper vs Tuft and Needle. On the bottom of the Tuft and Needle, we have seven inches of high-density polyfoam, which gives the mattress its firmness and support. 

We found the Tuft and Needle to be a bit firmer than the Casper, so when you’re lying on your back, your weight gets evenly distributed, and even though there’s a bit of sinkage into the Tuft and Needle foam, there’s a firmer feel right off the bat. This mattress is an excellent all-foam choice for any back sleepers out there since it offers excellent support for the hips along with great spine alignment in this position.

Casper

In the Casper, below the memory foam layer, there’s a transition layer made of polyfoam, which is a little bit firmer than the layers of foam above it.  The exciting thing about this layer is that it is zoned for support. That means it’s a little bit firmer at the hips to help keep them from sinking into the mattress and keep your spine aligned in a good position. 

It’s a little bit softer in the shoulder area, so when you roll onto your side, you’re going to sink into the mattress a little further. That means you’re keeping your spine in alignment while avoiding firmer materials that cause your shoulders to feel jammed up. It’s an excellent solution for any side sleepers and combo sleepers out there. We’d put the Casper directly in the middle of the firmness scale, and we often use it as a reference for other mattresses.

Sleep Experience

Both of these mattresses represent a reliable choice if you’re in the market for an all-foam mattress. Which one is better for you is going to depend on a few factors. For example, the Casper mattress might be right for you if you’re a lightweight sleeper.

While both mattresses offer great support and pressure relief, lightweight sleepers tend to prefer softer beds, so they should appreciate the softer feel and extra conforming provided by the Casper. On the other hand, the Tuft & Needle may be your fit if you’re a heavyweight sleeper and require a firmer mattress to receive the proper support. We discuss this and some other factors in our tuft & needle vs casper mattress comparison below.

Motion Transfer and Edge Support

Motion transfer refers to how good a mattress is at isolating and absorbing motion. It is vital for couples who would like to avoid disturbing each other with their movements during the night. Isolation of motion tends to be a strength for all-foam mattresses, and true to form both the Casper and Tuft and Needle did well in this category.

Foam layers of both beds reduced and absorbed motion transfer significantly. While both are great, the additional cover, which includes memory foam, elevated the Casper above the Tuft & Needle.

Edge support refers to the amount of resistance a mattress provides when you’re sleeping near or sitting on the edge. More edge support means less sagging. As is typical with all-foam mattresses, neither mattress did particularly well in this area. We experienced some sinkage when sitting, as well as lying along the side of both beds.

Cooling

Temperature neutrality is a term used to describe whether a mattress is capable of dissipating the body heat it absorbs, thus allowing the sleep surface to feel cooler. One major complaint that we hear about a lot with foam mattresses is that they trap body heat with the air struggling to pass through the foam layers, causing people to get hot and sweaty during the night.

Unfortunately, this is somewhat true for both the Casper and the Tuft and Needle. While both mattresses use foam with an open-cell structure that claims to allow hot air to escape, we found that both beds tended to sleep warm, though we though the Tuft and Needle perform ed slightly better thanks to its less conforming nature.

Compared to the closed-cell memory foams, open-cell polyfoams do better at releasing heat, so they are more temperature-neutral than some other all-foam mattresses; however, neither stood out in this category.

Sinkage and Bounce

With both of these mattresses, your weight will feel evenly distributed while lying on your back. You will feel like you’re sinking into the top layer a little bit, but you’ll still be getting plenty of support on your hips. All of this combines to keep your spine aligned in a good position while you’re lying on your back. As you change positions and roll around, you won’t feel stuck in the mattress at all.

There’s pretty good mobility on both of these mattresses, and as we mentioned before, the latex-like layer on top is what helps combat against any stuck feeling.

If you prefer sleeping on your side, you’ll be surprised by how much sink you’ll be getting at the shoulders, which is precisely what you want as a side sleeper. Both of the beds feel softer when lying on your side and a bit firmer while you’re on your back.

Off-gassing and Smell

As you probably know, both of these mattresses will arrive at your doorstep roll-packed and compressed into a convenient box. What you need to do when you get them inside (and you should keep in mind that it’s a two-person job) is to tear off the box, unroll the mattress onto the frame and take off the plastic wrapping. At this point, the bed should start to take shape, which could take a day or two.

During this period, you may notice a chemical smell coming off the mattress. This is what we refer to as off-gassing, and it’s not dangerous as long as you keep the room well ventilated. That being said, we’d still suggest spending some time elsewhere while the mattress expands to be extra safe.

Responsiveness

The combination of functional mobility and zoned support in the Casper makes it pleasant for the combo, back and side sleepers. Once you’re on your stomach, your weight is going to remain evenly distributed, similar to the feel you get when you’re lying on your back. Both of these beds are OK if you end up on your stomach for a little bit during the night, but if you’re a strict stomach sleeper, you’re probably going to want to look for something with more support.

The Tuft and Needle foam have a quick response to pressure, which helps combat any stuck feeling, as we mentioned before. While it doesn’t have the bounce that you might expect from a traditional innerspring, there is excellent mobility in the Tuft and Needle as well. If you’re a combination sleeper, and like your mattress to be a bit more responsive, you should have a great experience with this bed.

Mattress Shipping and Trial Period

Now that we’ve gone over the differences and similarities in construction and feel as well as other factors, we’d like to give you some purchasing information on these beds. They both have the same trial period of a hundred nights, so you can have each mattress in your home up to a little over three months while deciding whether it’s the right one for you, or if you want to send it back.

They both offer ten-year limited warranties, as well, which is all pretty much the standard for the all-foam, bed-in-a-box market. Of course, you’ll probably want to check out precisely what those warranties cover on their different websites. They both ship in a box, and they both ship for free. In terms of price, Casper is a bit more expensive over the whole range.

Conclusion

Finding a mattress that best fits your build and sleep style can be a challenge. Here at My Sleep Bot, our mission is to help sleepers like you identify beds that give you the best night’s rest at a price point that won’t keep you up at night.

When it comes to the Tuft and Needle vs Casper comparison, we know that these are both well-established bed-in-a-box manufacturers. They both offer multiple mattresses, but in this comparison, we focused on their flagship models, and two of the best-selling all-foam beds on the market. Although they may look similar, they differ in a few significant ways we’ve outlined above. If you’d like more information about either the Casper or the Tuft and Needle mattress, be sure to check out our full reviews of these products, as well as our other articles and buying guides.