Tuft & Needle vs. Casper Mattress Reviews
A mattress can make or break your sleep quality. If you’re ready for something new, you may be surprised by the number of options now on the market. Innerspring, foam, latex— each has a unique feel. The trick is finding the one that’s right for you. To narrow down your choices, consider your weight, preferred sleep position, and personal comfort preferences. Together, these factors will point you toward the mattress that will have you sleeping through the night.
To get you started, we’ve done a mattress comparison of Tuft & Needle and Casper, two popular foam mattress brands. They each take a different approach to mattress design and use different materials that give their models a unique feel. We’ll go through their strengths and weaknesses to help you determine if one of their beds might be the best mattress for you.
Tuft & Needle Mattresses
In 2012, Tuft & Needle came out with their first mattress. Six years later they merged with Serta Simmons Bedding, and now they offer three models, including a hybrid. Their foam mattresses have graphite incorporated into the design to cool sleepers while memory foam conforms to the body’s curves.
Tuft & Needle sells their bed in a box mattresses online and ships them to your doorstep. However, several nationwide carriers stock their mattresses, and Tuft & Needle operates their own stores. Tuft & Needle also offers bedding and bedroom furniture. Their models include:
- The Tuft & Needle Original Mattress: The Tuft & Needle Original consists of a three-inch comfort layer made of foam with both gel and graphite infused into its formula. It combines with a high-density poly-foam support core.
- Tuft & Needle Mint: The Mint’s top layer also has a three-inch gel and graphite-infused top layer. However, this time there’s extra graphite to enhance the cooling effect. The transition layer further aids cooling with ceramic gel beads that both cushion the body and absorb heat. Underneath these two layers is a high-density, poly-foam support layer.
- Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress: The most advanced mattress in Tuft & Needle’s line-up has five layers. However, a quilted mattress cover adds a thin layer of cushioning that makes it feel even softer. Like the Original and Mint, the top layer consists of gel and graphite-infused foam. Instead of the Mint’s foam transitions layer, the Hybrid has pressure-relieving micro-coils that cushion the body over the firmer layers of the mattress. The micro-coils are separated from pocketed coils by a thin poly-foam layer. Underneath all of these layers, a final thin poly-foam support base cushions the coils.
Tuft & Needle’s Materials, Cover, and Construction
The Original and Mint have soft, breathable polyester covers. However, these covers are not designed for removal and machine washing. They are spot-clean only.
T&N (Tuft & Needle) Adaptive® foam makes up the Original’s comfort layer. This proprietary foam has gel beads and graphite infused into its foam mix. The graphite acts as a heat absorber, which then vents through the sides of the mattress. At the same time, the infused gel also absorbs body heat to further cool the sleeper. T&N Adaptive® foam does more than cool. It responds quickly to movement, so it can cushion and contour.
The cell structure of T&N Adaptive® foam is designed to move heat through the foam while supporting the weight of the body. A seven-inch, high-density poly-foam support layer completes this medium-firm model.
The Tuft & Needle Mint has a three-inch top layer made of the same T&N Adaptive® foam as the Original. But this time, it’s filled with 30 percent more graphite. A transition layer made of two-inches of poly-foam provides extra cushioning and stability. A seven-inch high-density poly-foam support core completes this model. Like the Original, the Mint has a medium-firm feel. However, its transition layer adds cushioning for a slightly softer feel than the Original.
The Hybrid’s quilted cover provides extra cooling and cushioning with open-cell poly-foam. But, like the other Tuft & Needle covers, it cannot be removed or machine washed. A two-inch comfort layer made of T&N Adaptive® foam with gel and graphite cushions and cools the sleeper. In the Hybrid, this layer contains carbon fiber to add even more breathability and improve durability.
Beneath the comfort layer, the Hybrid has a layer of ultra-responsive micro-coils that contribute to this model’s bouncy feel. The micro-coils provide targeted pressure relief and transition into a thin layer of T&N Adaptive® foam without carbon fiber, graphite, or gel in its make-up.
Finally, there’s a layer of pocketed coils that provide the majority of the Hybrid’s support. The coils move independently to reduce motion while providing springy responsiveness. The Hybrid has a medium-firm feel like the other two Tuft & Needle models but with more softness than the Original and more firmness than the Mint.
The foams in the Original and Mint are CertiPUR-US® certified, which means they are free of harmful substances like formaldehyde and PBDEs and low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These models are also Intertek Clean Air Emissions certified because of their low emissions.
The Mint alone is OEKO-TEX® 100 Standard certified, which means it’s free of over 300 potentially harmful chemicals. All of Tuft & Needle’s models are GREENGUARD Gold certified due to their low emissions.
Tuft & Needle’s Cooling Technology and Temperature Regulation
T&N Adaptive® foam provides improved breathability and responsiveness over traditional memory foams. The addition of graphite and ceramic gel beads adds to the breathability by absorbing heat and circulating it away from the sleeper. The Mint’s increased graphite content, along with the transition layer, gives it a cooling boost over the Tuft & Needle Original. The Original performs about average for cooling ability. The Mint, however, moves air well for above-average performance.
The Hybrid’s carbon fiber content strengthens the structure of the open-cells for improved breathability. When coupled with the extra space created by the micro-coils and pocketed coils, this model provides the coolest sleep of Tuft & Needle’s mattresses.
Tuft & Needle’s Support, Conformity, and Motion Isolation
The three Tuft & Needle’s mattresses have a medium-firm feel. However, their different designs cause variations in how they conform to the body and respond to motion.
The firmer Original provides a good option for stomach sleepers. (We don’t recommend stomach sleeping because of the way it can compress the spine.) The support and cushioning are also a good option for back sleepers. A firmer mattress will prevent the hips from sinking too deeply. Although, with only two layers, heavier sleepers may press too far into the dense support core of the Original for all-night comfort.
The Mint may be medium-firm, but it’s softer than the Original. Back, combo sleepers and some side sleepers are more likely to find it comfortable. A reinforced edge provides stability that many sleepers like. However, the hips of stomach sleepers are likely to sink too much.
The Hybrid has gentle contouring that back and combo sleepers will appreciate. However, the sturdy support of micro-coils and pocketed coils may not relieve side sleeper pressure points at the hips and shoulders. On the other hand, stomach sleepers may find that their hips sink too much.
The motion absorbing foams in the Tuft & Needle models provide excellent motion isolation. The coils in the Hybrid respond more to movement, so expect it to have a bouncier feel than the Original or Mint.
Are Tuft & Needle Mattresses Durable?
All of the Tuft & Needle models contain quality materials and high-density foams. They’ll withstand normal wear and tear and last as long as similarly designed mattresses. Tuft & Needle provides a ten-year warranty that covers indentations over three-quarters of an inch. All-foam mattresses like the Original and Mint last roughly six to eight years. Hybrid mattresses have better longevity, lasting on average about eight years. All three models will last the average mattress life span or even longer.
Tuft & Needle’s Trial Period, Warranty, and Return Policies
Tuft & Needle gives sleepers 100 days to try their mattress with the option of returning it at no cost. Mattresses are donated after being returned.
Tuft & Needle provides a ten-year limited warranty on all of their models. It covers defects in craftsmanship and materials, including cracked foam and indentations over three-quarters of an inch. At their discretion, Tuft & Needle repairs or replaces defective parts.
There are limitations to the warranty such as the natural softening of foam, tears, stains, or burns that result from improper use. A proper foundation must always be used for the warranty to be valid. The warranty applies to the original owner and requires proof of purchase for a claim.
Tuft & Needle’s Social Responsibility
Tuft & Needle has a school partnership program, wherein 25 percent of proceeds for every mattress bought by parents, teachers, family, and friends is given back to the school. Tuft & Needle also partners with local charities to donate returned mattresses. They promote social responsibility by organizing employee service projects in local neighborhoods and communities.
Their models also have certifications that promote both human and environmental health.
Who Are Tuft & Needle Mattresses For?
The Tuft & Needle Original provides an affordable mattress that’s on the firmer side of medium-firm. Back and stomach sleepers are most likely to get the support they need from its design. The Mint’s three-layer design provides responsiveness and conformability for side, back, and combo sleepers. For a stiffer, but springier feel, the Hybrid creates comfort that appeals to many back and combo sleepers.
Hailing from Canada, Casper’s been in the mattress market since 2014. Their models include three designs, two of which come in hybrid versions. However, they strive to provide all-around sleep comfort with a line of sheets, pillows, bed frames, and night lights too.
Casper mattresses are found at approved Casper dealers nationwide and in Casper stores throughout the Northeastern United States. However, their mattresses can also be bought online and delivered bed-in-a-box style to your front door. Their models include:
- The Essential (Foam): A streamlined, three-layer design makes this Casper’s simplest and most affordable model. It’s an entry-level, mixed-foam mattress with a poly-foam comfort layer, memory foam transition layer, and a high-density poly-foam support core.
- The Casper Original (Foam): In Casper’s earliest years, this was their only model. Four layers of foam, including a memory foam layer, make up all 12 inches of its design. It includes a zoned layer that targets high-pressure points at the shoulders and hips.
- The Casper Original Hybrid (Foam/Innerspring): The upper three layers are exactly the same as the Original, but pocketed coils replace the foam support layer. The extra air space around the coils improves breathability.
- The Wave Original (Foam): The Wave’s five layers of foam include poly-foam, latex foam, and memory foam with cooling gel pods arranged for zoned support. They’re layered over a high-density foam support core.
- The Wave Hybrid (Foam/Innerspring): The Wave Hybrid’s upper four foam layers are composed of the same foams and gel pods as the Wave Original. The difference between the two lies in the pocketed coil support core that brings targeted pressure relief and better edge support.
Casper’s Materials, Cover, and Construction
Casper designs their foams with large open cells to create more space for air to pass through, which prevents sleepers from overheating. All of their foams are also CertiPUR-US® certified, which means they’re free from harmful substances like formaldehyde and chemical flame retardants.
The Essential, Casper’s three-layer mattress, has a blend knit cover that stretches and moves with the mattress without stretching out of shape. A soft foam comfort layer over a pressure-relieving 1.5-inch memory foam transition layer cushions and contours to the sleeper’s body without making them feel stuck. These layers are supported by a 4.5-inch poly-foam support core that provides medium-firm support.
The Original’s polyester blend knit cover moves with the contours of the sleeper. A highly responsive comfort layer made of 1.5-inches of poly-foam bounces back into place after movement. It’s followed by 1.5 inches of memory foam to sink and conform to the body’s curves.
A transition layer made of 1.5-inches of zoned poly-foam hones in on high-pressure points at the shoulders and hips. The 5-inch high-density poly-foam support core gives the mattress shape and durability. The responsive conformability of this model falls between a medium and medium-firm feel on the firmness scale.
In the Original Hybrid, Casper opts for individually-wrapped pocketed coils instead of high-density poly-foam in the support core. The coils move independently to reduce the transfer of motion while flexing at the body’s pressure points.
The Wave’s cover is a polyester/rayon/wool blend capitalizes on wool’s natural breathability. A light, airy, one-inch comfort layer conforms to the sleeper but quickly bounces back into shape after movement. A 1.5-inch latex foam layer then provides contouring while further enhancing responsiveness. To add some conformability, Casper includes a memory foam layer.
The Wave also has a poly-foam layer with zoned support. A unique supportive gel through the center of this layer provides balanced support at the hips for side and back sleepers. The five-inch support core contains contoured channels so air can pass through the high-density poly-foam. The Wave’s medium feel offers plush contouring with impressive responsiveness that works for restless sleepers.
The Wave Hybrid is identical to the Wave. However, instead of a poly-foam support layer, it has pocketed coils. The coils function much in the same way as in the Original Hybrid, bringing firmer support, better breathability, and a responsive feel to the mattress.
Casper’s Cooling Technologies and Temperature Regulation
Casper’s memory and poly-foams are designed to enhance breathability. Well-designed poly-foams and responsive latex layers produce mattresses with average to above-average temperature regulation in comparison to other mixed foam mattresses. The additional space around both hybrid models’ coils increases overall breathability for a cooler sleep than their mixed-foam models.
Casper Mattresses’ Support, Conformability, and Motion Isolation
The mix of foams in the Casper mattresses absorb motion, which means partners are less likely to disturb on another. If you prefer a springier feel, the Casper hybrid models’ coils have more bounce and responsiveness.
Casper’s models range from medium to medium-firm. That range generally appeals to back and side sleepers. However, stomach sleepers may be able to find comfort on the firmer Original or Essential.
The Wave lets sleepers sink into the mattress a bit more. However, Casper mattresses, in general, contour to the body instead of closely conforming. By placing their memory foam underneath latex and poly-foam, you’re less likely to feel “stuck” in their models. That makes them a good choice for active combo sleepers who move frequently throughout the night.
How Durable are Casper Mattresses?
Casper uses average quality foams. The Casper, Wave, and Essential will last the average six to eight years for a mixed-foam mattress. Hybrids generally have a slightly longer life span of eight years, which both of Casper’s hybrid models should meet. All of their models are supported by Casper’s 10-year limited warranty.
Casper’s Trial Period, Warranty, and Return Policies
A 100-night sleep trial gives you time to try the mattress and return it for a full refund if you’re not satisfied. The trial period starts at delivery. If you want a return, Casper arranges for the pick-up.
Casper offers a 10-year limited warranty. Only mattresses purchased from Casper or Casper authorized retailers within the United States and Canada are eligible for the warranty. It includes coverage for indentations over one inch that are not due to improper foundation support. The warranty also covers zipper damage.
Warranty claims require a proof of purchase and can only be made by the original purchaser.
Casper’s Social Responsibility
Returned mattresses are donated to charity whenever possible. Their donations are not limited to mattresses. Casper donates new sheets and pillows too. Some Casper stores accept and recycle used pillows and bedding. Finally, all of Casper’s foams are CertiPUR-US® certified. They’ve been independently tested and found safe from specified harmful chemicals and emissions.
Who Are Casper Mattresses For?
Casper’s entry-level Essential is affordable and comfortable. Its three foam layers gently conform while quickly responding to sleeper movements. Back and stomach sleepers will appreciate the medium-firm feel. However, some side sleepers may find its firmness puts too much pressure on the hips and shoulders.
The zoned support of the Original may make comfort vary based on sleeper size and sleep position. Stomach and back sleepers will find the lighter support at the shoulders and firmer support at the hips keeps the spine in a neutral position. However, side sleeper comfort will change based on their size and how they position themselves on the mattress.
Side sleepers will probably be most comfortable on Casper’s softest option— the Wave. They’ll sink into the layers and get support through contouring rather than the snug comfortability of a memory foam mattress.
For sleepers who overheat at night, look to the hybrids for the coolest options.
Tuft & Needle vs. Casper: The Bottom Line
- Both Tuft & Needle and Casper both have mattresses that fall in the medium to medium-firm category and have comparable warranties.
- Tuft and Needle models generally cost more, though Casper’s hybrids top Tuft and Needle’s most expensive mattress.
- Back and combo sleepers are more likely to find comfort with both manufacturers. Although, they each have a model that will accommodate side sleepers and another that might work for stomach sleepers.
Your choice in a new mattress can affect your sleep quality for the next seven or eight years. It’s worth thinking about how the mattress’s design will complement your preferred sleep position, temperature preferences, and personal likes and dislikes. Trial periods give you a chance to make sure you’ve found a good fit. When you find the model that keeps your spine aligned, relieves pressure, and lets you get a full seven hours of sleep, you’ll know you’ve found the right mattress.