The Best Mattress in a Box: The Tuft and Needle vs. Casper Mattress

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Battle of the beds: Casper and Tuft and Needle are two of the most popular beds-in-a-box, but which should you buy? We want to help you navigate the ins and outs of these mattresses to help make your decision a bit easier. In this article, we take a look at what sets these beds apart and which may be the better option for your needs: the Tuft and Needle vs. Casper mattresses.

What makes these beds similar?

  • Both have great reputations and happy customers.
  • Both are made from a quality, proprietary polyfoam materials.
  • Both have 100-day sleep trials.
  • Both have 10-year warranties.
  • Both fit standard bedding and you can choose any platform bed frame
  • Both are 10-inches in height
  • Neither needs a box spring

What sets these beds apart from one another?

  • The Tuft and Needle offers more heat transference.
  • Casper is more expensive, about $200-$400 more than the price of a Tuft and Needle.
  • Tuft and Needle is better for back and belly sleepers, children, and seniors
  • Casper is better for side sleepers

Which mattress breaks the bank: battle of the price

The Tuft and Needle will save you some money. While Casper runs sales from time to time, you can find Tuft and Needle coupon codes that make this affordable mattress even more of a steal. A Tuft and Needle mattress is between $200 and $400 less expensive than a Casper mattress, depending on size and sales.

 Tuft and NeedleCasper
Twin XL$395$649
California King$750$1195


If you want a high-quality mattress on a budget, buy a Tuft and Needle. This bed offers great value for money.

Do you wake up with sore shoulders or hips? You may want to spend more for a bit better spine alignment with a Casper mattress.

Show us what you’re made of: layers and materials

When comparing mattresses, you quickly become bombarded with descriptions of layers and materials. This can get confusing. Do depth and material matter? Yes. Foam mattresses have a terrible reputation for trapping heat against your body. Most mattress-in-a-box companies make their beds using polyurethane foam which is great because they compress into a shippable size, but this material doesn’t breathe or transfer heat well. In fact, most foams work like insulation.

Remember those commercials of the glass of wine and someone jumping on the bed? It’s also important to note that most foam mattresses offer superior motion isolation when compared to spring mattresses.

Do the Casper mattress and Tuft and Needle mattress feel distinctly different? Yes. And the materials account for the difference.

The Tuft and Needle and Casper mattresses are 10-inches tall.

Tuft and Needle’s layers and materials

Tuft and Needle uses two proprietary foam layers to achieve a supportive yet soft mattress. We like to describe this approach as “simple yet effective.”

Their mattress has an airy 3-inch top layer of open-cell polyurethane foam infused with a cooling ceramic gel and graphite. Tuft and Needle have patented this T&N Adaptive® foam, which we think is great since it feels like a latex, which is slightly more springy than most foams. This prevents that ‘sinking, sinking, sunk’ feeling that makes it difficult to sit up or easily rollover.

Why graphite? Graphite has the fantastic ability to move heat without a rigid form, making its application perfect for mattresses. Interesting, right?

Cooling ceramic gel also gives the mattress a ‘cool to the touch’ feel when you first lie down.

The Tuft and Needle top layer vs. base layer

The difference between the top layer and base layer of a Tuft and Needle Original is simply a difference in density and probably ratio of gel and graphite. They use denser foam for the bottom 7-inch layer of the mattress, which is firmer. The idea is that the top layer will conform and cradle your curves and weight, while the bottom layer supports the entirety of your body.

Casper mattress materials and layers

There’s no shortage of layers when it comes to a Casper mattress. Casper didn’t settle on just two layers–they doubled that.

The Casper original mattress is composed of

  • a 1.5-inch top layer of responsive polyfoam
  • a 1.5-inch second layer of memory foam
  • a 1.5 inch zoned layer of poly foam
  • a bottom 5-inch layer of support foam

The top layer is open-cell. This makes it breathable, but it does not offer the heat transferring capability of the Tuft and Needle.

The second layer is memory foam, which hugs your contours for a stabilizing effect.

We think the third layer of a Casper mattress is its secret to successful spine alignment and rejuvenating sleep. This layer is zoned to account for your shoulders, hips, and legs. Beneath the shoulder and leg zones, you’ll find softer foam while the hip area is firmer. This aligns the spine properly for fetal position sleepers and side sleepers.

Like the Tuft and Needle, the bottom layer is denser, more supportive foam.

Who won our battle of layers and materials: Tuft & Needle vs. Casper?

Better overall comfort and support: Casper

Better heat reduction: Tuft and Needle

Better cover: Draw. Both covers are soft, thin, and breathable. We find the Tuft and Needle cover a bit more attractive since it’s all white and tastefully quilted. The Casper mattress cover is white and gray.

What’s that chemical smell: battle of off-gassing

Any mattress that comes in a box needs time to decompress. Simultaneously, these beds that have been vacuum-packed in a plastic package, release a chemical scent. This is commonly known as off-gassing.

Does the Tuft and Needle have a chemical smell

When you first unbox a Tuft and Needle, it does have that sharp chemical smell, but it will disappear within a day or two.

Casper mattress: does it smell?

It may be the number of layers or differences in the material makeup, but the Casper mattress does have a bit more of a chemical smell than the Tuft and Needle. We did find the unpleasant scent dissipated within three days, but some Casper owners complained that the chemical scent lasted longer than they had anticipated.

The winner of the battle of the scent is: Tuft and Needle.

Tuft & Needle vs. Casper: sleeping position

We all tend to gravitate to one sleeping position or another. The four most common positions are back, side, fetal, and belly. Accounting for 56% of sleepers, most people prefer to sleep on their sides or in the fetal position.

Side and fetal position sleeping

These popular positions are often considered the worst for breathing, but you can’t really train yourself to easily or comfortably sleep in a different position (trust me, I’ve tried). They also can also add pressure to the hips, shoulders, and knees and lead to misalignment of the spine. So, does the Casper or Tuft and Needle do a better job of solving these issues? The Casper.

The zonal support of the Casper’s third layer provides better spinal alignment than the Tuft and Needle, and it feels better.

Which bed is more comfortable for back sleepers?

If you sleep on your back, your body size and shape may be the deciding factor in which of these beds is better for you. The Tuft and Needle feels a little firmer, making it better for slightly heavier sleepers while the Casper might be more comfy for lighter people. And as for curves, our testers preferred the Tuft and Needle’s soft 3-inch foam over the Casper’s three-layered top.

Which mattress do belly sleepers

The Casper outperforms the Tuft and Needle mattress when it comes to belly sleeping. The three-inch top support of the Tuft and Needle allows you to sink just a bit too deep when you’re on your tummy. While the Casper has just the right amount of sink, spring, and support to support your back and hips in this position.

Tuft & Needle vs. Casper: longevity and lifespan

A quality mattress should last you between six and ten years. And both of these beds will. But when we checked with users who have had their beds for years, it seems the Casper mattress tends to last longer. Some Tuft and Needle users report the bed tends to develop a body impression after a few years.

Both beds come with a 10-year warranty, so if either fails due to the materials giving out, you can contact them for a replacement.

Tuft and Needle Vs. Casper Mattress Longevity: Casper Wins

The better mattress for children: Tuft & Needle vs. Casper

As a parent, choosing a bed for your kids can feel like a shot in the dark. Many parents also don’t want to spend their kids’ college funds on the most expensive bed on the market. You do, however, want a bed that will last your kid until they’re big enough for an upgrade in size. Ultimately, you want your child to sleep soundly and dream through the night.

So, which mattress do kids and their parents prefer?  The Tuft and Needle. This bed continues to be top-rated among parents. Between its motion isolation, comfort, and heat transference, the Tuft and Mattress wins the hearts of parents. And the Tuft and Needle has won various awards from parent groups.

Just don’t forget the Tuft and Needle mattress protector for those wee ones that have the occasional accident.

Which bed helps seniors sleep better?

The fastest-growing group looking into the mattress in a box movement and saying “good-bye” to mattress stores is seniors. And we’re happy to report this is an excellent option for senior sleepers. Why? As we age, we tend to experience more chronic pain due to poor sleep quality and uncomfortable beds. Senior sleepers need a bit more support for their joints but a soft top for a little extra cushion. With regard to these factors, we would recommend the Tuft and Needle.

So… which is the best bed in a box: The Casper Mattress or Tuft and Needle?

After factoring in the number of side sleepers, price, and value, what conclusion did we come to in the Tuft and Needle vs. Casper battle of the beds? We can safely say that more people would be happy with the Tuft and Needle. For belly sleepers, the Casper is a better bed in a box.

Both beds use high-quality materials and fit standard bedding; both are comfy-cozy and fit platform bed frames. Both beds work well for couples due to their motion isolation and slight spring for romantic moments.

We hope this article helped you narrow down your choice when it comes to a Casper mattress or a Tuft and Needle.


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