If you are shopping for a bed-in-a-box mattress, you have undoubtedly come across the Casper and Tuft & Needle mattresses.
They have been at the forefront of the online mattress market for many years and are two of the more popular mattresses. If you are trying to choose between them, it might be difficult.
However, I have all the information you need to make your decision an easy one. Which of these great mattresses will be the right fit for you? Read on for my full comparison.
- They are both popular mattresses.
- Both companies offer great customer service terms.
- They are both all-foam mattresses.
- They have similar base layers.
- They have a somewhat similar bouncy, responsive foam feel.
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- The Casper is more expensive than the Tuft & Needle.
- The mattresses incorporate some different materials.
- The Casper has more layers than the Tuft & Needle.
- The Casper has a zoned construction, but the Tuft & Needle does not.
- The Tuft & Needle feels a bit firmer than the Casper.
- The zoned construction gives the Casper a slightly different feel.
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- The Casper is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft, cool, and thin.
- It has a soft, thin cover that allows you to easily feel the soft upper layers of the mattress.
- The first layer of the Casper is 1.5” of a latex-like foam.
- Below this is 1.5” of memory foam. This has that slow sinking feel to it. It helps with pressure relief.
- The next layer is 1.5” of a zoned transition foam. This moves you from the soft upper layers to the support layers beneath.
- The base layer is 5” of durable support foam.
Check out the full Casper mattress review
Tuft & Needle Construction
- The Tuft & Needle is 10” tall.
- The cover is thin and soft.
- The first layer is 3” of Adaptive foam.
- 7” of standard base polyfoam makes up the base.
Read the full Tuft & Needle mattress review
- The Tuft & Needle has a very simple construction. There is a standard base layer, and the Adaptive Foam is like a combination of latex and memory foam. It offers good pressure relief, but you shouldn’t get stuck.
- The Casper has a more complex construction. It features a Zoned Support system This means the transition layer is firmer near the middle. Because of this, the mattress will feel more supportive when you are on your back and stomach, and softer when you are on your side.
- While both mattresses have a bouncy, responsive feel, the Casper will still feel a bit different. The zoned construction gives the mattress a unique feel that changes depending on what position you are sleeping in.
- The mattresses should be about the same in terms of breathability.
- The Casper might be more durable than the Tuft & Needle.
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In terms of firmness, the Casper feels like a 6/10 and the Tuft & Needle feels like a 6.5/10. I will note that, since the Casper has a zoned construction, it might feel softer or firmer depending on your sleeping position. The Tuft & Needle, on the other hand, has the same firmness across the mattress.
Back sleeping on the Casper, I am very well supported. My hips don’t sink in too far, and the zoned construction adds extra support to my lumbar area. When I move to my side, the mattress is actually softer under the shoulder area, so I feel nice pressure relief there. Moving to my stomach, I also feel great support.
On my back, the Tuft & Needle is a good match. My hips sink into that Adaptive Foam just the right amount. I will say that I feel better support on the Casper. Sleeping on my side, I also feel good pressure relief on my shoulders and hips, but not as good as I feel on the Casper.
Finally, when I am on my stomach, I don’t feel the best support. I sink too far into the mattress when I am in this position.
Both mattresses have a similar balanced foam feel. They are bouncy and responsive, so you shouldn’t feel stuck in the mattress. Again, will feel a bit different because of the zoned construction. Depending on your sleeping position, it might feel firmer or softer.
See more of what I thought of Casper’s zoned construction in the video below.
Now, see what I thought of the Tuft & Needle.
Motion Transfer Differences
If you are looking for a mattress for couples, it is worth considering how well your mattress deals with motion transfer.
I placed a glass of water on both mattresses and then pushed into the surrounding area. I saw less of a disturbance on the Casper mattress. Also, I lay down on each mattress and asked Marten to move around next to me. I felt less of his movements when I was on the Casper mattress.
If you sleep with a partner, the Casper mattress should be a better choice.
See how the Casper handles motion transfer in the video below.
Compare this to the Tuft & Needle’s performance.
Edge Support Differences
You also want to consider edge support if you are looking for a mattress for couples. Will you be able to sit and lie near the edge of the mattress, or will you feel like you are going to fall off?
Between the two mattresses, the Casper features better edge support. Sitting on the edge of the mattress, I feel more secure. Also, lying down near the edge, I feel less like I am going to roll off. Casper’s edge support isn’t fantastic, but it is better than that of the Tuft & Needle.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than me. He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lbs (I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs.). Here is what he thought about these mattresses:
I said the Tuft & Needle was a 6.5/10, and the Casper was a 7/10.
Back sleeping on the Tuft & Needle, I am sinking too far into the mattress. However, on my side, I am feeling decent pressure relief. When I am on my stomach, I am bowing in at the hips and feeling myself get out of alignment.
On my back, the Casper supports me very well. My hips sink in but not too far. The zoned support is definitely holding me up. On my side, I’m feeling a little more pressure than I felt on the Tuft & Needle. That being said, it is still a decent match for me as a side sleeper. When I am on my stomach, I feel good overall support. The zoned construction is keeping my hips from sinking in too far.
If you are a heavier back sleeper, I would lean toward the Casper. If you are a heavier side sleeper, I would lean toward the Tuft & Needle. However, if you weight even more than me, you might want to consider the Casper. The zoned construction should ensure you don’t sink in too far when you are on your side. If you are a heavier stomach sleeper, definitely lean toward the Casper mattress.
Even for someone of Marten’s size, the Casper is more supportive when he is on his back and stomach. However, he prefers the Tuft & Needle for side sleeping. Perhaps the shoulder area of the Casper is too soft for him. He might be hitting the firmer support layers beneath.
Pick Casper If:
- You want a more supportive mattress. While the Tuft & Needle is firmer, the Casper is still more supportive. The zoned construction makes it so the middle of the mattress is firmer, so your hips get the support they need.
- You are combination sleeper. The Zoned Support makes this a great match for all three sleeping positions. When you are on your back and stomach, the firm center section keeps your hips from sinking in too far. At the same time, the shoulder area of this mattress is soft, so you should feel nice pressure relief when you are on your side.
- You will pay a higher price for a more complex mattress. Between the two mattresses, the Casper has more to offer. It features a more complex design and could a better fit for most sleeping positions. If you are willing to pay more money, the Casper could be a good investment.
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Pick Tuft & Needle If:
- You prefer a bit firmer mattress. The Tuft & Needle is the firmer of these two mattresses. If you like a mattress with some more firmness, this should be the mattress for you.
- You are looking for a value mattress. The Tuft & Needle is much more affordable than the Casper. If you want a simpler, less expensive mattress, you could save some money by choosing the Tuft & Needle.
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If you are choosing between these mattresses, it really comes down to what you are willing to pay. If you can pay a few hundred dollars more, the Casper is a more complex mattress that should be a good fit for all three sleeping positions. If you want a more affordable mattress with fewer frills, the Tuft & Needle could work for you. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Casper or the Tuft & Needle in the comment section below.
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.
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