Casper Essential Vs Tuft & Needle – Which Should You Choose?

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Casper Essential and Tuft & Needle are both budget all-foam mattresses. While Tuft & Needle is the namesake and flagship mattress of its maker, Casper Essential represents Casper’s first true foray into the budget mattress category. We’ll compare the two models in this post so you can decide which better meets your needs.

Key Similarities

  • Both are all-foam mattresses.
  • They are comparably priced ($325 to $700 for Tuft & Needle; $350 to $725 for Casper Essential). 
  • Both have simple construction.
  • Both use polyfoam.  
  • Both have polyester covers.
  • Both have springy, responsive surfaces.
  • Both offer 100-day trials.
  • Both offer free shipping.

Key Differences

  • Tuft & Needle is thicker at 10″. Casper Essential is only 8.5″ thick.
  • Tuft & Needle is firmer than Casper Essential.
  • Casper Essential incorporates memory foam.

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Casper Essential Construction

  • Casper Essential has a removable, soft, poly-knit cover.
  • On top is 2″ of an open-celled, springy, breathable polyfoam that Casper calls “Fusion Foam.”
  • The middle layer is 1.5″ of responsive memory foam.
  • The base support layer is comprised of 4.5″ of durable support foam.

Read our full Casper Essential Review HERE.

Tuft & Needle Construction

  • Tuft & Needle has a breathable polyester blend cover.
  • The top of Tuft & Needle’s two layers is 3″ of firm, bouncy proprietary “Adaptive” foam. This is a polyurethane-based foam that incorporates graphite and a gel polymer to absorb and evenly distribute heat from the body.
  • The support layer is 7″ of 1.8-lb-density poly foam.

Read our full Tuft & Needle Review HERE.

Construction Differences/Notes

  • Both are all-foam mattresses.
  • Both have relatively few layers.
  • Both use polyfoam.
  • Tuft & Needle is firmer.
  • Tuft & Needle is thicker.
  • Casper Essential uses memory foam.
  • Casper Essential has one more layer.

Firmness/Feel Differences

While both have responsive top layers, Casper Essential is a little softer. I would say that Tuft & Needle feels more supportive overall. That is mainly because it is thicker and firmer.

Motion Transfer Differences

Because it’s softer, Casper Essential has a slight edge in preventing motion transfer. However, they both did a decent job at isolating motion. Both mattresses might be a pretty good option for couples.

Pick Casper Essential If

  • You are a side sleeper. Casper Essential conforms better to contours and is softer overall, potentially making it more appealing for side sleepers.
  • You want something softer. Casper Essential has a softer top layer. A memory foam middle layer adds even more softness.

Pick Tuft & Needle If

  • You are a back or stomach sleeper. Tuft & Needle is firmer and more supportive, potentially making it a more appropriate choice for back or stomach sleepers who need that extra support.
  • You like a little firmness. If you generally prefer a stiffer mattress, Tuft & Needle will give you that feel more than the Casper Essential.

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Overall

These are very comparable mattresses. The features most likely to make shoppers prefer one over the other are firmness and the general feel.  I hope this comparison is helpful for you. Please leave any specific questions about either brand in the comments.

Joe Auer

Joe is the editor of Mattress Clarity. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading, and playing classical piano.

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