Mattress shopping can be a daunting affair. If you look online, there are thousands of mattresses to consider. Where are you even supposed to start?
Let’s say you’ve narrowed your search to the Tuft & Needle Mint and Casper mattresses. Well, I’ll tell you that you are already in a very good spot. These are two very popular bed-in-a-box mattresses and, having reviewed them both, I can say they are very high-quality.
Now, you have a decision to make. Will it be the Mint or the Casper? To help make your decision an easy one, let’s compare and contrast these mattresses and find out which is the one for you.
- These are both all-foam mattresses.
- They are both 12” thick.
- Both mattresses have a balanced foam feel.
- They are both softer mattresses.
- They are sold for pretty much the same price.
- They feature some different materials in their construction.
- The Casper has four layers, but the Mint only has two.
- The Casper has a Zoned Support system, but the Mint does not.
- The Mint has a uniform feel, but the Casper will feel firmer or softer depending on your sleeping position.
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- The Mint is 12” tall.
- First, you have a soft, knitted cover.
- The top layer is 3” of Adaptive Foam.
- Then, you get a 2” layer of an adaptive transition layer.
- On the bottom, there are 7” of a standard base polyfoam.
Read the full Mint mattress review
- The Casper is 12” tall.
- The cover is soft and thin.
- The first layer is 1.5” of latex-like foam.
- Next, there is 1.5” of fast-reacting memory foam.
- Then, you have 1.5” of zoned transition foam.
- The base contains 7” of support foam.
Read the full Casper mattress review
- The Mint’s Adaptive Foam feels like a combination of memory foam and latex. It is soft and offers nice pressure relief. At the same time, it has a good amount of bounce so you shouldn’t get stuck.
- The Casper’s top layer also has latex and memory foam-like qualities. It is soft and will let you sink in, but it is also very responsive.
- The Adaptive Foam is infused with graphite. Graphite can help with heat dissipation. This should keep you from sleeping too hot on the Mint.
- The Casper features open-celled foams. This allows the mattress to breathe so it doesn’t trap so much heat. The Casper should also be a cooler-sleeping mattress.
- The Casper’s transition layer is zoned. This means that the center of the mattress is firmer. This Zoned Support system is meant to give you more support when you are on your back and stomach and more pressure relief when you are on your side.
- Their constructions give both mattresses a balanced foam feel. They are both soft yet responsive. However, the Zoned Support in the Casper should work better for larger people or those who have extra support needs.
In terms of firmness, both of these mattresses are close to a 6/10. They both have some soft top layers, and it is easy to press my hand in. However, with its Zoned Support, the Casper might feel a bit firmer or softer depending on your sleeping position. That being said, both of these mattresses are softer-than-average.
Let’s look at how I feel sleeping on both mattresses. Starting with the Mint:
- Starting on my back, the Mint is a pretty good match for me. I feel like I am getting enough support in this position, and my hips sink in just the right amount.
- Moving to my side, I feel fantastic pressure relief on the Mint. The Adaptive Foam is relieving most of the pressure on my shoulders and hips. I feel very comfortable side sleeping on the Mint.
- However, when I sleep on my stomach, the Mint is too soft for me. I need more support, especially on my hips.
Here is how I feel sleeping on the Casper:
- Back sleeping on the Casper, the mattress is very supportive. The Zoned Support in the transition layer is supporting my lumbar area and my hips are sinking in a bit. I feel more supported sleeping on the Casper.
- When I am on my side, the mattress feels softer under my shoulders and hips. It is a good match for side sleeping. However, I feel just more comfortable side sleeping on the Mint.
- Stomach sleeping, I am getting more support on the Casper than on the Mint. The Zoned Support is supporting my hips and I also feel nice overall support.
Both mattresses have a balanced foam feel. They are both soft, yet responsive. However, the Casper is going to feel just a bit different because of its Zoned Support. It is softer in some areas and firmer in others. The Mint, on the other hand, has a uniform balanced foam feel.
Take a look at what I thought of the Mint’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Now, see what I felt about the Casper.
Motion Transfer Differences
If you are looking for a mattress for you and your partner, you are going to want to consider motion transfer. When you move around at night, will your partner feel every move that you make? When they move around, will they disturb you?
I performed a few tests on both mattresses to see how well each handles motion transfer. I first placed a glass of water near the center of both mattresses. When I pushed into the other parts of both mattresses, I did not see too much disturbance with either mattress.
I also lay down on both mattresses and asked Marten to move around on the other side of the mattress. He got into bed, rolled around and changed positions. I did not feel too many of his movements on either mattress.
All in all, both the Mint and Casper handle motion transfer quite well. They should both work for couples.
See how the Mint deals with motion transfer in the video below.
Now, compare this to the Casper.
For those of you who do sleep with a partner, it is also worth thinking about edge support. Simply put, how will you feel when you sit or lie down near the edge of each mattress?
Sitting near the edge of both mattresses, I do feel secure. Also, when I lie down near the edge of both the Mint and Casper, I don’t feel like I am going to roll off either mattress.
That being said, the edge support is just a bit better on the Mint. The mattress actually features an enhanced edge support system so I feel better sleeping toward the edge of the Mint.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Finding the right mattress can really depend on your weight. Since I am 5’9” and 160 lbs, I think it is important to get the perspective of a larger person. That’s why I asked Marten, who is 6’7” and 230 lbs, to talk about his own experience with the Mint and Casper.
Joe said both these mattresses were a 6/10 in terms of firmness. I personally thought they were closer to a 7/10. I’m a larger person than Joe so I press further into these mattresses. Because of this, the mattresses feel firmer to me.
Here is how I feel sleeping on the Mint:
- Back sleeping on the Mint, the mattress is a decent match for me. However, I do feel like my hips are sinking in too far.
- Moving to my side, I am pressing pretty far into the mattress and feeling some serious pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- Stomach sleeping, the Mint is not supportive enough for me. I am bowing in at the hips and not getting the overall support I require.
Here is how I feel sleeping on the Casper:
- The Casper is a very nice match for me when I am on my back. The Zoned Support is holding up my lumbar area while my hips sink in just a bit.
- Side sleeping, I feel some more pressure than Joe did. However, it is less pressure than I felt on the Mint.
- On my stomach, I am bowing in a little bit at the hips. However, I am getting better support than I got on the Mint.
If you are a heavier back sleeper, both could work for you. Still, I personally preferred the Casper. If you are a heavier side or stomach sleeper, I would lean toward the Casper.
I am not surprised that Marten preferred the Casper for both back and stomach sleeping. I am a bit surprised that he preferred the Casper for side sleeping. Perhaps he is just too heavy for the Mint.
Pick Mint If…
- You are a side sleeper. If you sleep mainly on your side, the Mint could be the better choice. The Casper felt nice on my side, but I feel a bit better pressure relief on the Mint. If you are a side sleeper, you could feel more comfortable on the Mint.
- You are a light- or medium-weight sleeper. If you are not on the larger side, the Mint should work for you. You don’t have the support needs of a larger person so the Mint should give you all the comfort and support that you need.
- You prefer to sink into your mattress. Lying on top of the Mint, you will definitely sink in more than you do on the Casper. If you like to sleep more “inside” your mattress, the Mint is the way to go.
Pick Casper If…
- You are a combination sleeper. Do you change positions while you sleep? If so, the Casper should be the better choice for you. The Zoned Support offers the support you need when you are on your back and stomach and some nice pressure relief when you are on your side. You should feel supported and comforted in all three sleeping positions.
- You are a back sleeper. The Zoned Support also makes the Casper ideal for back sleeping. The center of the mattress is firmer so you will get fantastic lumbar support. At the same time, your hips will sink in just a bit, and the top foam layers will contour to the shape of your body.
- You are a stomach sleeper. While these mattresses are similar in terms of firmness, the Casper’s Zoned Support makes it a better match for stomach sleeping. It will provide more support under your hips so that you stay in proper, neutral spinal alignment.
If you consider the information laid out above, you should be able to choose between the Mint and Casper mattresses. If you have more questions about either mattress, check out the individual reviews. You can also leave a comment below if you need a personal recommendation.
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