Tuft & Needle
Mattress Comparison: Casper vs. Tuft & Needle vs. Saatva vs. Leesa
Since the boom of online mattress makers selling direct to consumers, it’s the perfect time to get a high-quality mattress at an affordable price. Because these mattress sellers aren’t paying high overhead to maintain brick and mortar stores, they cut out the middleman, and you benefit.
This guide examines four of the biggest names in online mattress manufacturing: Casper, Leesa, Tuft & Needle, and Saatva. We looked at these affordable and impressive brands to provide you all the technical information you need on mattress construction, materials used, firmness, cost, value for the money, quality of materials, and much more.
We’ve provided both detailed and summary information to inform your buying process and offered our recommendations based on your unique sleep needs and preferences.
Casper has four foam layers. The base is 5.5” of high-density polyfoam under a 1.5” transition layer of polyfoam. There are two comfort layers. The first is 1.5” of HD memory foam, and there’s 1.5” of responsive polyfoam on top. The cover zips off for easy cleaning.
The Casper mattress is 10” thick.
Casper publishes information on its foam express in PCF (pounds/cubic foot). The support core is 5 PCF, and the transition layer is 2.5 PCF. The memory foam comfort layer is 4 PCF, and the company doesn’t provide the PCF on the top comfort layer of polyfoam.
Casper’s foams are designed in support zones so that you have greater pressure relief under your shoulders, and firmer foam under your hips where the core of your body is heavier. All foams are open-cell for cooler sleep. All foams are CertiPUR-US certified for low VOCs.
The Saatva has three layers with an optional 3” thick Euro top at no extra charge. The base is 7” steel coils with a thin sheet of padding before the dual comfort layers. The next is a second layer of 4” pocket coils designed for independent movement. At the top is a thin 5/8” layer of memory foam. The optional Euro top is 3” of polyfoam. The cover is breathable organic cotton.
The Saatva comes in a slimline 11.5” that was designed to work with adjustable bases. The Euro top option (at no extra charge) is 14.5” and is their standard loft.
Saatva’s memory foam comfort layer is a heavy 5 PCF. For the Euro top, the polyfoam is 3.5 PCF.
The Saatva uses recycled steel in its tempered coils. The base coils are hourglass design and made of 13-gauge steel. The upper comfort coils are 14.5-gauge steel.
Both coil layers have a firm foam perimeter surround for stability and edge support. The upper comfort coils are next-generation for response and contour. The memory foam provides lumbar support to ease pressure on the lower back. Saatva uses organic cotton in its cover, CertiPUR-US foams, and botanical Guardin antimicrobial treatment in the outer fabric.
Tuft & Needle Mattress
The Tuft & Needle mattress is a straightforward design with just two layers of high-density polyfoam in its construction. The support core is 7” thick HD polyfoam. The comfort layer is 3” thick HD polyfoam that is proprietary to T&N. They call it Adaptive® foam. The cover cools, wicks moisture, and is breathable.
The T&N mattress is 10” thick.
Tuft & Needle has a support core foam rated 1.8 PCF while the comfort layer foam is rated 2.8 PCF.
The comfort layer Adaptive® foam has heat dissipating graphite and cooling gel designed for cooler sleep. T&N has three certifications on their materials. They are CertiPUR-US certified for low VOCs and no toxic chemicals and GreenGuard Gold certified for extremely low off-gassing. They also hold OEKO-TEX® certification for all their materials.
The Leesa has three foam layers. The support core is 6” thick high-density polyfoam. There are two comfort layers. The first is 2” thick memory foam and then 2” of Leesa’s proprietary Avena® cooling foam. The cover is polyester Lycra® for stretch and comfort.
The Leesa mattress is 10” thick.
Leesa’s base polyfoam is 1.8 PCF. The lower comfort layer of memory foam is 3 PCF, and the upper comfort layer of Avena® foam is 3.65 PCF.
Avena® foam is designed for both cooling and bounce while the second memory foam comfort layer intends to relieve pressure and contour the body for optimal sleep. The foams in the Leesa mattress are CertiPUR-US certified for low VOCs. It’s designed to cradle and comfort without overheating.
Firmness Rating: The Casper is a medium to medium-firm rating of around 6.5 on the 1-10 scale.
How Firm it Feels: Many people find the Casper feels a bit firmer than advertised, closer to a rating of 7.
Sink-in and Contouring Qualities: The upper polyfoam layer offers bounce and the memory foam below contours without excess sinking-in. The HD foams keep you from feeling stuck in the bed.
Best Sleep Positions: The Casper accommodates all sleep styles. Side sleepers will notice contouring foam under shoulders and hips to relieve pressure. Back and stomach sleepers will appreciate pressure relief from the zoned support that keeps the hips and shoulders aligned.
Firmness Rating: With three firmness ratings of 3, 6, and 8, there is an option for every preference.
How Firm it Feels: The Luxury Firm feels firmer than 6, closer to a 7. The soft rating is pretty accurate, but the firm option may feel more like an 8.5 to some sleepers.
Sink-in and Contouring Qualities: The Euro top is optional but recommended unless you use an adjustable base. The bed’s sleep performance is similar with or without the Euro top. The Plush Soft option has more sink-in, hug, and contour. The medium and firm have incrementally less contour.
Best Sleep Positions: Side sleepers and lightweight people should look at the Plush Soft. The Luxury Firm (medium) rated bed may be a little firm for side sleepers, and the firm won’t likely offer enough pressure relief. Stomach and back sleepers will prefer the Luxury Firm or Firm options.
Tuft & Needle Firmness
Firmness Rating: The Tuft & Needle is also middle of the scale on firmness, rated at 6.5, medium-firm.
How Firm it Feels: T&N rates with sleepers close to its advertised firmness at about 6.5-7.
Sink-in and Contouring Qualities: T&N has only two layers, but they work well together. The comfort layer is soft and lets you sink-in somewhat with nice contour but don’t leave you feeling stuck.
Best Sleep Positions: With a medium firmness, many sleepers should find comfort. Back and stomach sleepers seem to like the mattress because it has adequate support under the hips when facing up or down to keep them aligned. Side sleepers may feel a bit of pressure but not an excessive amount.
Firmness Rating: Leesa falls at about 6.5 on the 1-10 industry rating scale for mattress firmness.
How Firm it Feels: Most buyers rate the Leesa slightly firmer closer to a rating of 7.
Sink-in and Contouring Qualities: The topmost Avena® polyfoam layer is responsive and offers bounce. The memory foam layer offers contour, but it should feel comfortably firm to most sleepers.
Best Sleep Positions: The Leesa mattress accommodates all sleep styles. Back sleepers feel support on the lower back to keep from sinking in and throwing their spine out of alignment. Side sleepers feel pressure relief in shoulders and hips, and the firmer surface works for stomach sleepers too.
The table below is a snapshot of the four mattresses and their attributes from the build of the bed to firmness, cost, warranty, sleep trial and more. We’ve also included our ratings, on a scale from 1-10, for how the bed performs in five critical aspects: support, materials quality, heat retention, motion transfer, and overall value.
|Casper||Leesa||Tuft & Needle||Saatva|
|Construction||Comfort: 1.5” responsive polyfoam Comfort: 1.5” HD memory foam, 4 PCF Transition: 1.5” polyfoam, 2.5 PCF Support: 5.5” HD polyfoam, 5 PCF||Comfort: 2” Avena® foam, 3.65 PCF Comfort: 2” memory foam, 3 PCF Support: 6” polyfoam, 1.8 PCF||Comfort: 3” HD polyfoam, 2.8 PCF Support: 7” HD polyfoam, 1.8 PCF||Euro-top**: 3” polyfoam, 3.5 PCF Comfort: 5/8” memory foam, 5 PCF Comfort: 4” pocket coils, 14.5-gauge Support: 7” 13-gauge steel coils|
|Firmness||6.5||6.5||6.5||3, 6, or 8|
|Trial Period||100 nights||100 nights||100 nights||120 nights|
|Warranty||10-year limited||10-year limited||10-year limited||15 years|
|Cool Sleep (rating)||8/10||8/10||8/10||9.5/10|
|Motion Transfer (rating)||9.5/10||8.5/10||9/10||7/10|
All four of these mattresses are reasonably priced and top candidates to meet a wide array of sleep needs. Finding comfort in a bed is subjective and depends entirely on personal preference. What feels firm or contouring to you may feel too hard or squishy to someone else.
When you’re shopping for a mattress, reviews are one of the best ways to evaluate beds from online retailers. This guide offered lots of technical specs, so you can easily compare these four popular mattress brands side by side. We’ll close with a quick summary of who may find comfort in these mattresses and should consider them a top choice in their mattress search.
- Hot sleepers
- Back pain sufferers
- Back and stomach sleepers