Both Casper and Tuft & Needle offer all foam mattresses with similar firmness levels and a similar trial period, with the biggest differences being foam types and price point – Tuft and Needle is significantly less expensive than Casper.

The main differences between Tuft & Needle and Casper are the types of foam they use in the construction of their mattresses, and the certification processes they’ve undergone. Casper uses poly foams that are CertiPUR certified, but Tuft & Needle has this certification as well as OEKO-TEX® and GREENGUARD certifications, which are more difficult to get and are less frequently obtained in the bed-in-a-box industry.

 

Mattress Construction

Both Casper and Tuft & Needle are all-foam mattresses, but they’re constructed differently. Tuft and Needle uses only two foam layers to Casper’s four, and Casper also includes a layer of memory foam in its construction. Details about the composition of each mattress are below.

 

The Casper is a 9.5 inch mattress built with four layers of foam and encased in a 100% polyester cover.

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Casper’s layers are described in detail here:

  • The top layer: 1.5 inches of responsive poly foam, meant to be cooling, provide bounce, and minimize heat retention.
  • The second layer: 1.5 inches of memory foam, meant to provide body contour, support, and pressure relief.  
  • The third layer: 1.5 inches of transitional poly foam, slightly softer than the bottom layer, and meant to help evenly distribute weight.
  • The bottom layer: 5 inches of high density support foam, meant to serve as a base and provide foundational support.

 

Tuft & Needle is a 10 inch poly foam mattress that uses only two layers and is encased in a TACTEL® fabric cover. 
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The Tuft & Needle layers are described in detail here:

  • The top layer: 3 inches of poly foam, meant to be responsive and breathable.
  • The bottom layer: 7 inches of of poly foam, meant to provide the support for sleepers, while also acting as the foundational base for the mattress.

A side-by-side comparison of the Casper and Tuft & Needle can be found in the following table:

Mattress Specs Capser Tuft & Needle
Cost of a Queen $950 $750 (raised from $600 7/1/17)
Total inches 9.5 inches 9.5 inches
Cover 100% Polyester, soft, stretchy, two-toned white & grey Polyester-nylon blend, OEKO-TEX® certified.
Top layer 1.5 inches poly foam 3 inches adaptive poly foam
ILD | PCF 3.5 PCF** 2.9 PCF
Middle Layer 1.5 inches memory foam
ILD | PCF ILD 15 | 3.5 PCF*
Second middle layer 1.5 inches poly foam
ILD | PCF 2.5 PCF**
Bottom layer 5 inches high density support foam 7 inches adaptive poly foam
ILD | PCF 1.8 PCF** 1.8 PCF

*Casper does not share their ILD or PCF information online. Casper’s support team provided us with the ILD and PCF information for their second memory foam layer, but none of the additional layers, which they said were unavailable. Given Casper’s strong influence on the bed-in-a-box market, this lack of transparency is surprising.

**PCF information for Casper’s additional poly foam layers has been previously reported by an independent source (sleeplikethedead.com). Casper’s customer support team would not confirm these numbers.

 

Trial Period + Warranty + Shipping Information

Casper and Tuft & Needle both offer an 100-night sleep trial to test their mattresses. Customers who are unsatisfied within that time period can return their mattress for a full refund.

 

If you want to return your Casper mattress, they will arrange for a courier service to pick it up. While Casper tries to donate used mattresses to charity, it will likely be junked.

 

Tuft & Needle will also remove your mattress should you decide to return it within the 100-night trial period, unless you are located outside of the continental United States. Hawaii and Alaska locals will not be reimbursed for their original shipping costs.  

 

Both Casper and Tuft & Needle offer a 10 year warranty. Here is more information on the Tuft & Needle warranty. For additional details on Casper’s warranty, click here.

 

The following table provides shipping and delivery details for Casper and Tuft & Needle:  

Casper Tuft & Needle
Cost of Shipping Free – including Alaska & Hawaii Free within the lower 48 states of the US. Tuft & Needle will ship to Hawaii and Alaska for an additional fee depending on the zip code, expect to pay between $120-$190.
International availability Canada, Germany, UK, Austria, Switzerland Canada – Additional fees apply depending on zip code, including a rural shipping fee, service taxes, and provincial sales taxes.
Shipment details All size mattresses ship compressed in a 19 x 19 x 42 inch box All Tuft & Needle mattresses ship compressed in box either 16″L X 16″W X 44″H, or 19″L X 19″W X 44″H, depending on the size ordered.
Shipping length 1-5 days Dependent on location – between 2 days and 2 weeks.

 

Firmness

Tuft & Needle and Casper come in around a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. For sleepers over 230 pounds, the combined 3 inches of comfort foam in the top layers of each mattress is probably not enough. Heavier sleepers will sink too far through the top layers and reach the bottom base layers, which will make these mattresses feel much more firm, and less supportive.

On the Casper mattress, the top two poly and memory foam layers provide more sinkage and a more pronounced body-hug, in addition to pressure relief. The poly formula used by Tuft & Needle is reportedly more of a floating feel, with very little sinkage. This is a little bit surprising, because it is less dense than Casper’s top poly foam layer. Lower density foams are generally considered softer.

 

Performance Differences

Motion Transfer

Casper tops memory foam with a responsive poly foam in its uppermost layers, giving the Casper bed above average motion isolation. Tuft & Needle only uses poly foam in their top comfort layer, so while similar to Casper, it has the edge on eliminating motion.

 

Edge Support

Like most foam mattresses, Casper does not have great edge support. Tuft & Needle, on the other hand, has even less. The average person will see significant sinkage while sitting on the edge of the Tuft & Needle bed. The minimal edge support on these mattresses increases the likelihood that a sleeper will feel like they might roll off the bed.

 

Offgassing

Tuft & Needle is GREENGUARD certified, which means their mattress is a low-emitting product that will help improve the indoor air quality of a bedroom. As a result, there should be very little to no off-gassing from a Tuft & Needle Mattress. As Casper contains memory foam, there will be some initial off-gassing. This should dissipate within a week.

 

Longevity/Durability

Tuft and Needle is an 100% poly-foam mattress. Depending on the density, poly foams can be less durable than other types of foam, but Tuft & Needle supports their products with a 10 year limited warranty. On the other hand, Casper withholds complete ILD and PCF information from their customers, which might indicate on-going changes to the basic composition of their mattresses, or the use lower-quality foams that will not hold up well over time. Casper, like Tuft & Needle, is a relatively new company that has only been in business for a few years, so time will tell.

 

Sex

Neither the Casper or the Tuft and Needle have significant “bounce” which is associated with innerspring, hybrid and to a lesser extent, all-latex mattresses. The firmnesses are largely similar so ease of movement on the surface is about the same and not terrific for amorous activities. 

 

Sleeping Positions

Sleep comfort can vary depending on the sleeper’s weight and sleeping position. Sleepers above 230 pounds who want to sleep on a medium-firm mattress would be best served by a mattress that has at least 4 inches of the top comfort layer, for example.

Sleeping Positions
Light (<130 lbs) Average (130-230 lbs) Heavy (>230 lbs)
Side Casper will feel very firm, Tuft & Needle will feel like you’re floating on top, with almost no sink. The Casper and Tuft & Needle are made for average-size people and should work well for most side sleepers. Neither mattresses top layers are thick enough to support all pressure points for heavy sleepers.
Back Back sleepers who prefer a firmer surface should be okay on either Casper or Tuft & Needle, very little sink. Both Casper and Tuft & Needle are made for average-size people and should work well for back sleepers. Back sleepers may reach through the top 3 inches of comfort layer on both Casper and Tuft & Needle mattresses.
Stomach Stomach sleepers prefer a firmer surface, so light sleepers should be okay on either Casper or Tuft & Needle. Both Casper and Tuft & Needle are made for average-size people and should work well for stomach sleepers. Heavy stomach sleepers generally prefer more firmness, so either mattress might work for these sleepers as they near the supportive base layer.

 

Summary

You’ll like the Tuft & Needle mattress if:

  • You are price conscious – their Queen mattress is hundreds of dollars less than Casper.
  • You care about certifications – Tuft & Needle is CertiPUR certified, OEKO-TEX®, and GREENGUARD certified.

You’ll like the Casper mattress if:

  • You want an all-foam mattress with good body-hug and contouring.
  • You live outside of the USA, in one of the several countries Casper ships to internationally.

You might not be suited for either the Tuft & Needle or Casper mattress if:

  • You are on the taller or heavier side – there are more supportive options on the market.

 

Conclusion

Both Casper and Tuft & Needle produce all-foam mattresses made in the USA. So which one is better?

You’ll probably prefer Casper if you want a mattress that has memory foam in it so will have slightly more of that feel. If you want all-foam mattress but you’re on a budget,  you’ll probably be happier with the Tuft & Needle. Still unsure? Check out individual reviews for Casper and Tuft and Needle for more information.