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.

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  • A good fit for side sleepers
  • Should work better for those who prefer something softer

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  • Better for back sleepers and stomach sleepers
  • Should feel better for those who prefer something a bit firmer

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Key Similarities

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

Key Differences

  • Tuft & Needle is thicker at 10″, while the Casper Essential is only 8.5″ thick.
  • Tuft & Needle will be firmer than Casper Essential for most sleepers.
  • Casper Essential incorporates memory foam, while the Tuft & Needle has uses a proprietary foam.

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Casper Essential Construction

  • Casper Essential has a removable, soft, poly-knit cover that doesn’t affect the mattress feel too much.
  • 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, which adds pressure relief and body contouring.
  • The base support layer is comprised of 4.5″ of durable support foam, which is a pretty standard foam for bed-in-a-box mattresses.

Read our full Casper Essential Review HERE.

Tuft & Needle Construction

  • Tuft & Needle has a breathable polyester blend cover that also doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
  • 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, which is pretty standard on the market.

Read our full Tuft & Needle Review HERE.

Construction Differences/Notes

  • Both are all-foam mattresses that have relatively few layers.
  • Both use polyfoam somewhere in the construction.
  • Tuft & Needle is firmer and also thicker.
  • Casper Essential uses memory foam and 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 and a memory foam middle layer that adds even more softness to the mattress.

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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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.

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Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.

He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.

Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.