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Right up front here in this Casper vs Tuft and Needle Mattress Review, let’s talk about shipping and return policies. Fortunately, only good things to report. Both Tuft & Needle and Casper ship very quickly to your home in a box that’s quite small…you’ll legitimately be surprised that inside is a mattress. Also, both companies offer you a 100-night risk-free trial. You can try either mattress (or both mattresses) for 99 nights and send them back on the 100th night, without the third-degree. That’s some real confidence there. Each company also backs their mattress with a 10 year warranty. The value proposition with Casper and Tuft and Needle is remarkable. With that out of the way, let’s do this Casper vs Tuft and Needle review.
Tuft & Needle Mattress Materials & Design
T&N is different from most online mattress companies in that layers upon layers are not the focus. Rather, the company took the stance that extra layers cancel each other out and extra glue prevents air flow. As such, Tuft went with just two layers for the bed. On the bottom is a base layer and on top is their proprietary T&N Adaptive Foam. It’s not latex or memory foam, but is designed to be kind of both. T&N rightly points out that latex doesn’t give enough and memory foam gets hot. By reducing the number of layers and glue, T&N says the mattress stays cooler and is still very comfortable.
T&N Adaptive Foam vs. the others
We concur. The mattress is very comfortable, although it was a little firmer than Casper, Leesa, etc. Not a bad thing, but worth mentioning. We have it at 5.5/10 on the firmness scale.
Further, Tuft & Needle likes to emphasize that their mattress breathes better than the competition. I get the theory of less layers and less glue equals better breathability, but it really didn’t feel any cooler or more breathable than the others in all honesty. I think Casper actually felt a bit cooler.
Motion Transfer & Comfort with the Tuft and Needle Bed
Motion transfer is there, but not crazy with the mattress. It has more motion transfer than Bear, but similar to Casper. In terms of comfort, we like the T&N mattress. To be honest, however, we think Casper is more comfortable and accommodating, but Tuft is still very good. While it’s only decent in terms of softness and compression, it’s very good if you want a more supportive bed. Back and stomach sleepers will prefer the feeling of the Tuft & Needle bed. Also, here’s something that you’ll like, if you sit in one spot on Tuft it doesn’t sink in, but with Casper the compression is a bit more. At no time do you feel like you’re sagging through the Tuft & Needle mattress.
Matt in lounge mode on the T&N Mattress
Pricing and Tuft and Needle Coupon Code
This is where you’re absolutely going to love Tuft & Needle. They have by far the most affordable mattress of any that we’ve tested. The value with T&N is huge. Prices range from $400 for a twin up to $900 for a king…in other words, $250 less than Casper!
The one thing is we don’t often find a Tuft and Needle promo code that can be used at checkout. The mattresses are so affordable as is that it’s hard to make the discount any steeper. In any case, Amazon is probably the biggest distributor of T&N mattresses where (as of the date of this post) they have 90% 5-star ratings, which is unheard of.
Tuft & Needle vs Casper – Closing Thoughts
The ratings speak for themselves with Tuft & Needle; it’s a very good mattress at a very reasonable price. Via Amazon you can get them shipped quickly and the return policy is more than fair with T&N. We also love that their mattresses are made in the USA. The feel of the Tuft mattress is different than that of a memory foam mattress, including Casper, but some folks may really like it. We’re not totally convinced of T&N’s proposition that its foam creates the perfect softness/supportiveness combo or that it’s superior with regard to airflow, but we do like the mattress and appreciate the emphasis on value.
Like most of the DTC mattresses out there, Casper is made of various foam layers (see screenshot below). First up, we’ve got a 5″ bottom layer that is support foam. Next is Casper’s new Zoned Support foam. This is a new layer to the Casper mattress in 2018. This layer is split into thirds – the portions under your head, shoulders and legs are comprised of a soft foam that provides additional pressure relief, while the portion under your hips and lower back is slightly firmer to provide more support and keep your spine properly aligned. On top of the new Zoned Support foam is a 1.5″ layer of memory foam and on top of that is a 1.5″ top layer of open-cell foam that is supposed to add a little bounce and keep the mattress cool. Bringing it all together is a woven cover that you can actually unzip and remove if need be for cleaning. The net result of all of this is a really comfortable and accommodating mattress. Quality stuff.
It has been between 100° and 109° consistently for six days straight here in Sacramento and the mattress does a great job staying temperature neutral. It’s pretty remarkable. To be fair though, we also tested the Cocoon Chill by Sealy, which we found to be cooler, largely speaking. Still, Casper is no slouch here. In terms of Casper Mattress vs. Tuft and Needle for coolness, Casper takes the biscuit. Not that the Tuft and Needle bed is bad, but we did find Casper to be noticeably more comfortable during hot summer nights.
How does the Casper bed rank with firmness, motion transfer, and comfort?
We gave Casper a 4.75 to 5.75 out of 10 in terms of firmness (1 = plush and soft / 10 = rock hard). Casper is about the perfect combination of softness and supportiveness. Of all the strictly memory foam options, it might be the best of the online mattress companies for pressure relief, general comfort, and support. It’s a really nice mattress.
Combo sleepers will also really appreciate the Casper Mattress over Tuft & Needle. If you rotate between sleeping on your back, stomach, and side (as opposed to mostly back sleeping), Casper is probably the way to go. You’re not going to want to get up after sleeping on Casper. And on top of that, since it’s crazy soft it seems to cradle the heavier body parts more and we felt less shoulder, back, and hip pain when sleeping on Casper. But that’s a personal preference thing. You may actually prefer a more firm or less firm mattress.
Matt Ross hard at work
As for motion transfer, there is some with Casper, but nothing major—certainly nothing out of the ordinary for a softer foam mattress. The one noteworthy thing with Casper that may give you some pause, however, is that when you sit in one spot you actually feel quite a bit of sinkage. Of course, if you lay down it supports you well, but when you sit in one spot, there’s definitely compression. Not a bad thing, but worth noting. To be fair though, edge support with both Casper and Tuft and Needle is just average. If you’re a couple who shares a smaller size bed, there are better options out there.
Casper mattress prices range from $895 to $1,195 going from a full to a king. Casper is on the higher end of the direct-to-consumer mattress companies out there. With that said, sometimes you can find a Casper Mattress promo code that will score you $50+ off. For example, right now you can use code RIZKNOWS50 for $50 off. The thing with Casper is that the company wants to remain above the fray of these other DTC mattress companies, Tuft & Needle included. Casper therefore focuses less on giving discounts and more on educating consumers of the technology within its mattress. Probably a very smart move. Take a look at the Google ads when you search “Casper Mattress.”
Look at how ruthless the ads are…
Casper Mattress vs Tuft and Needle – What We Think
These two mattresses really are at odds. Casper is laser-focused on giving you a superior product, while Tuft & Needle wants to bring you a very good bed at a very affordable price. Neither strategy is a bad one, but just completely opposite. If money is your big concern, well then, Tuft & Needle is the way to go. Pick it up on Amazon and you’re good to go. It’s still wildly comfortable and has a solid warranty and return policy.
We also happen to love their Adaptive Foam and strategy of having less layers. As previously mentioned, it’s a bit firmer than Casper, but that’s not a bad thing at all. You may really like that. The Amazon ratings speak for themselves with T&N. As for Casper, well, they popularized the online mattress industry. They have a solid product that is really comfortable and stays relatively cool. It’s softer than Tuft and Needle and because of the memory foam we found it contoured to the body a little better. If price is no concern, Casper is the way to go, but it’s a tough call, as we really enjoyed T&N as well.