Tuft And Needle vs. Casper Mattress - 2017 Comparison & Review
An In-Depth Comparison of the Tuft & Needle and the Casper Mattress
Side Sleepers, Back Sleepers, Stomach Sleepers
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King and Cal King
Are you planning to get a new mattress but can’t decide between Casper and Tuft & Needle?
Both companies are solid options but in the end, one of these companies might top out over the other in terms of price, comfort, reliability, durability, firmness, and so on.
Or one might be better for side sleepers while the other is the perfect fit for back sleepers. We checked out both mattresses, reviewed hundreds of customer reports and came up with a final verdict.
Our Pick: Casper
The Casper mattress is a great allrounder and will make most people happy.
The 100 day trial will give you enough time to test the mattress to form your own opinion.
Casper, as a growing company, has a strong need to focus on customer satisfaction and service. Their team is dedicated to make the purchase or return as smooth as possible. And like most start-ups, quality is their number one concern.
But one of the most important deciding factor is that they are transparent in their reviews. Unlike many companies that edit out bad or poor reviews, they offer those for consideration.
This suggests they really care about their consumers getting the right mattress for them. And, it acknowledges that not all people will appreciate the same mattress.
Additionally, Casper edged out Tuft and Needle in a few key areas:
In-Depth Comparison Review:
Tuft & Needle vs Casper Mattress
Casper and Tuft and Needle, being competing brands, have a lot of similarities, far too many to list. However, here are a few key points:
- Memory Foam Construction: Both brands offer memory foam construction, and both believe their foam and construction is different from the average memory foam that you might have tried in the stores with some of the more expensive brands.
- One Mattress, Several Sizes: The mattress the two companies offer only varies in size. Both have ranges from twin to California King. In both cases, the companies seek to reduce the confusion for the buyer in terms of what type of mattress to buy.
- Direct Sales: Both companies seek to reduce “overhead” through offering direct sales to the consumer. This allows them to keep costs down and not charge far more than the mattress is actually worth.
- Great Support: Both mattresses, being memory foam construction, offer great support for most sleep positions. Some consumers seem to find that they are too tough, but both break in over time and become more comfortable as it is slept on.
Additionally, both company’s mattresses are similar in size, time it takes to break in, warranty, and edge support. One of the biggest negatives consumers point to for both mattresses is the poor edge support.
However, they are both relatively easy to care for, needing rotation every month or so to avoid sagging.
As similar as the products are, there are some key differences to take into account. Here are few differences that may be of interest:
- Layered Construction: Casper is made with multiple layers of different foam. By contrast, the Tuft and Needle Mattress is made with two layers, the support layer and the comfort layer.
- Available Accessories: Casper offers an optional bed frame for purchase as well as pillows and sheets. Tuft and Needle, by contrast, offers only the mattress and suggests that it can be used on any flat surface (which is true for both).
- Float Vs Sink In: The difference in feeling when laying on each mattress is important to note.
The Tuft and Needle mattress has far less give and makes you feel as though you are floating on top, whereas the Casper mattress gives a more sink-in, hug feel that you might suspect with most memory foam mattresses.
These are neither advantages or disadvantages, but if you prefer a certain feel, it is important to take into account.
Construction & Material
What a mattress is made of can make a very big difference in terms of your sleep quality. Here are some of the key points that may make either mattress the best choice for you.
Material / Layers
Tuft and Needle has created a custom foam that it has called T & N Foam. This foam is what gives the mattress it’s support and provides the foundation for sleep. By comparison, Casper offers several layers of foam that add support and comfort.
The top layer is a responsive latex layer, the two layers below offer some additional comfort and form fitting, and the final layer is the support layer.
In both cases, the mattresses support several sleep types. Casper is generally considered slightly less firm than Tuft and Needle initially. Both are though considered in the medium to firm range as mattresses go.
Both are good at offering general support to most users with limited motion transfer. However, both offer poor edge support according to most consumers who have reviewed the mattresses.
Heavier people might prefer the Tuft & Needle in this case since it offers a firmer foundation to support your weight.
Tuft and Needle and Casper offer durable mattresses backed with a 10 year non-prorated warranty. Both reportedly hold up over time with limited wear and tear with the foam.
However, it should be noted that both mattresses’ covers are quite thin. This makes them both susceptible to snagging and tearing so caution should be used when moving either mattress.
Mattress protectors are recommended of course, but the construction should not fail you.
Size and Thickness
The sizes of the mattresses vary very little. The Tuft and Needle mattress is about 10 inches thick, regardless of the mattress size.
And the Casper is about 9.5 inches thick. Both mattresses come in the following sizes: twin, extra long twin, full, queen, king, and California king.
The weight of each mattress depends on the size of the mattress purchased. However, these two mattresses are comparable in weight per size. The Casper weight ranges from 55 to 103 pounds.
The Tuft and Needle mattresses range in weight from 50 to 94 pounds. So per size, there is a roughly 5 to 10 pound difference in weight between the two brands.
Usability, Look & Feel and Additional Features
In addition to some of the major functionalities of the two mattress brands, there are other factors that might influence your decision to buy one over the other.
Some additional considerations you may find important include eco-friendliness, smell, surface texture, heat retention, and how the sheets fit.
Both the Casper and Tuft and Needle mattresses claim to be eco-friendly. They back this claim up with their return policies.
If you decide to return your mattress after 100 days, your used mattress will either be recycled or donated to a good cause.
Smell / Off-Gasing
Foam mattresses tend to give off an initial odor that fades over time. Neither brand is free of initial odor, but most customers who wrote reviews for either mattress brand did not mention the odor of the mattresses as being over-bearing.
Usually any smell will dissipate within a few days. I recommend to keep windows and doors open a bit longer for the first 2-3 days.
Both mattresses have a similar surface feel. Both use very light weight, stretchy material as the outer cover. The lightweight covers offer greater heat transfer and less retention, however, as mentioned above, it makes the covers more susceptible to tears.
And as with any mattress, a good quality mattress protector is an excellent purchase that protects your investment.
If you are worried about sleeping too hot, you don’t have to worry with these two mattresses. Both are pretty good at redistributing heat so you won’t get too hot as you sleep.
These mattresses are pretty standard in terms of heights and definitely in terms of sizes offered. Finding sheets should not be a major issue.
Also, Casper offers their own line of sheets optimized to their mattress so fit will never be an issue.
Tuft & Needle vs Casper – Company Comparison
Both Tuft and Needle and Casper are relatively new mattress companies that offer primarily online sales.
Both have some show rooms, in a couple major cities in the United States and few other parts of the world, but if you don’t live near one of their show rooms, you will have to buy online which can be concerning to many buyers.
One major advantage both companies offer is a 100 day in home trial. This trial allows you to sleep on the bed for up to 100 days to see if it really is the right mattress for you. If you decide to return it, both companies offer a free pick up service and will donate or recycle your unwanted mattress.
One word of caution for those buying through a third party such as Amazon, you may not be able to take advantage of the return pick up service and may have to rebox the mattress and ship it back yourself.
Since both companies rely on customer’s trying, and, in some cases returning their mattresses, they offer what they consider excellent customer service.
Both offer hassle free, easy return policies, warranties, and overall customer service experience. Most customers seem to agree that they have good to excellent customer service.
Both Tuft and Needle and Casper are solid companies that pride themselves on being different from the average mattress sellers in that they cut down the extraneous costs by selling directly to you, the consumer.
They offer comparable return, warranty, and overall-mattress design and build. Additionally, both companies have good overall reviews and no serious complaints of fraud or scams have been cited.
Casper has recently filed law suits against two websites which published reviews similar to this one. While not affecting product quality in any way it does reflect on the business mindset of a company.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I buy either the Casper or Tuft and Needle mattresses at a local mattress store?
A: No. If you happen to live near to one of their very few show rooms, you could visit one of them. However, the companies both pride themselves on cutting out the middleman to offer as low a price as possible.
Q: How long after ordering can I expect my mattress to arrive?
A: Casper has a delivery time of roughly 2 – 7 business days. Tuft and Needle offers a comparable delivery time frame of 2 to 5 business days. Both companies warn that where you live, ordering from a third party, and time/day you order can positively or negatively affect shipping times.
A: How are the mattresses shipped?
A: Both companies ship their beds in a compressed roll inside of a comparatively small box. Both are set up by placing the mattress where you want it and carefully removing the vacuum pack seal. The mattresses will unroll and slowly come into their normal state.
Q: Does ordering from Amazon affect my return policy?
A: In both cases, returns through Amazon are in part dictated by Amazon’s return policies. The 100 day trial is still honored, but how the return is accepted and processed will vary depending on whether the mattress was purchased directly or not.
Q: What about bed frames and accessories?
A: Casper offers a line of sheets, pillows, and bed frame and support on their website for additional charges. Tuft and Needle does not manufacture any accessories but does give recommendations as to what works best with their mattress.
Both mattresses can go on just about any bed frame of the same size as the mattress, and both support being on an adjustable bed frame.
In a match between two very competent brands, it is very difficult to come up with a clear winner.
Ultimately, the deciding factor really came down to Casper being a great allrounder for all sleeping types and with an overall great quality.
In either case, you are not likely to go wrong as they are generally comparable across just about every consideration you might take into account about a mattress or the company you purchase from.
You should buy the Casper mattress if:
- You like a more hug like feel to your mattress.
- You want to purchase accessories from bed frames to sheets that are made specifically for your mattress.
You should buy the Tuft and Needle mattress if:
- You do not like the hug feel as much and prefer to feel like you are floating a bit more.
- You want a slightly better price point per size of mattress purchased.
- You are a bit on the heavier side and need a firmer mattress