Casper vs. Leesa vs. Tuft & Needle vs. Saatva
Until recently, the mattress biz was a relatively stagnant and sleepy industry. Now, lead by a handful of pioneering “bed-in-a-box” brands, things are shaking up in the mattress world.
Gone are the days of being herded into mattress showrooms to purchase an overpriced bed. Now, mattress shopping can be done entirely online, where you can purchase sophisticated, reimagined beds at a fraction of the cost of traditional mattress retailers.
With the industry booming, new online mattress startups are popping up left and right. But even as newcomers crowd the online mattress marketplace, a handful of innovators remain among the most popular and respected: Casper, Leesa, Tuft & Needle, and Saatva.
In this review, we take a closer look at each of these four kings of the online mattress world. Though each brand is celebrated for innovation, quality, and customer care, certain mattresses may be better for some sleepers than others. To help you determine which of these beds -- if any-- is the best fit for you, check out our guide to Casper vs. Leesa vs. Tuft & Needle vs. Saatva below.
Let’s start with a basic overview of the four mattresses. The table below offers a side-by-side comparison of Casper vs. Leesa vs. Tuft & Needle vs. Saatva. See how the beds compare in terms of categories like construction, pricing, and sleep trial, and find out how our sleep editors rank them on qualities like support and cooling.
|Casper||Leesa||Tuft & Needle||Saatva|
|Construction||1.5" polyfoam, 1.5" memory foam, 1.5" polyfoam, 5" base foam, polyester elastane cover||2" Avena foam, 2" memory foam, 6" support foam base, polyester lycra cover||3" comfort polyfoam, 7" support foam, polyester tactel cover||1.25-1.5" euro-style pillowtop, .3" lumbar support enhancement, 4" pocketed coils, 7" tempered steel coils, .7" edge-support system, organic cotton cover|
|Firmness||6 (medium firm)||6 (medium firm)||6 (medium firm)||4 (medium soft), 6 (medium firm), 7.5 (firm)|
|Trial Period||100 nights||100 nights||100 nights||120 nights|
|Warranty||10 years||10 years||10 years||15 years|
|Cool Sleep Rating||8.5/10||8.5/10||8.0/10||9.5/10|
|Motion Transfer Rating||9.5/10||9.5/10||9.0/10||7.5/10|
Here, we’ll take a closer look at how each bed is built. By breaking down their different constructions, we can shed light on how each mattress delivers on things like support and comfort.
At 10 inches tall, the Casper mattress is comprised of four layers of functional foam. The top comfort layer is made from a 1.5-inch bouncy, open-cell foam. In the middle, there is a 1.5-inch layer of memory foam with a density of 4 pounds per cubic foot (PCF). Next, we come to a layer of 1.5-inch layer of transition foam with a 2.5 PCF density. Finally, there is a 5-inch layer of base foam with a density of 1.8 PCF. The whole bed is covered in a thin, stretchy blend of 99 percent polyester and 1 percent spandex.
Like any quality foam mattress, the Casper provides excellent pressure relief and contouring. At the same time, the top layer of latex-like foam provides above-average bounce and responsiveness, preventing the sensation of being “stuck” in bed often associated with other foam beds. The comfort layer is aerated to promote breathability, and works with the stretchy, light cover to keep you cool at night.
With a single option for middle-of-the-road firmness, the Casper, Leesa, and Tuft & Needle beds are designed to be universally comfortable to many different sleepers. Alternatively, the Saatva mattress comes in a choice of three firmness levels. We’ve explored the firmness levels of all four mattress brands below.
Casper: 6 (Medium Firm).
At a medium or 6-level firmness, the Casper cradles the body’s pressure points without letting you sink too deeply into the mattress for sleepers of most body weights and sleep positions. The top comfort layer of latex-like foam offers more resistance than conventional memory foam, so you can enjoy pressure relief without the feeling of being trapped in bed. Lying across the Casper, you’ll feel a slight sink or “hug” around the heavier areas of your body. Note that sleepers of a lower BMI, particularly those who sleep on their side, may experience an excessive level of firmness if their weight is unable to press the upper layer into conforming.
Leesa: 6 (Medium Firm).
The Leesa was designed with a “Universal Adaptive Feel” intended to accommodate sleepers of all sizes, sleep positions, and preferences. The top comfort layer of Avena foam on the Leesa combines comfort and bounce, allowing slight sinking when you apply pressure, but quickly regaining shape when released. Like the Casper, the Leesa cradles the heavier regions of the body while still allowing freedom of movement. Compared to the Casper, the Leesa offers slightly less hug and more of a floating sensation. The mattress is a suitable firmness level for average- to heavy-size sleepers, though sleepers under 110 pounds may find the mattress too firm because they are unable to exert enough pressure to force the mattress to conform to their pressure points.
Tuft & Needle: 6 (Medium Firm).
Like the Casper and Leesa, the Tuft & Needle mattress aims to please a wide audience of sleepers with its medium-level firmness. The top layer of Adaptive foam is designed to provide the comfort and contouring of memory foam, while preventing excessive sinking. Compared to the previous two beds, the Tuft & Needle offers a bit more of a float. It’s a reliable choice for sleepers of varying sizes, sleep styles, preferences. However, because the Tuft & Needle lacks a transition layer between the comfort and base layer, sleepers with a higher BMI may feel excessive firmness as heavier areas of the body push into the lower layer of dense polyfoam.
As mentioned, the Saatva comes in a choice of three different firmness options: Plush Soft (4 or Medium Soft), Luxury Firm (6 or Medium Firm), and Firm (7.5 or Firm). With the Plush Soft model, the pocketed coils are wrapped in a softer foam that cushions and cradles the sleeper’s body. The Plush Soft is recommended for side sleepers, who typically require a little extra conforming, or lighter-weight sleepers who may find other mattress overly firm.
Alternatively, the Saatva Firm adds a sturdier foam around the pocketed coils to create the sensation of floating, rather than sinking into bed. The Firm model is a solid choice for sleepers with a higher BMI who sleep on their back or stomach, or for shoppers who have been recommended to a firm mattress by a health professional. The Luxury Firm, the most popular of the three models, strives to be a balance between the Plush Soft and Firm. It’s an especially good choice for sleepers who tend to shift positions, or for couples with differing sleep styles or firmness preferences.
With their medium-level firmness, the Casper, Leesa, and Tuft & Needle are engineered to adapt to sleepers of many shapes, sizes, and positions. Similarly, the three firmness levels of the Saatva bed mean the mattress can also appeal to a wide audience. That said, each mattress offers unique features that make it especially suited to certain demographics. See our recommendations for which types of sleeper is best suited for which mattress below.
|Casper||Leesa||Tuft & Needle||Saatva|
|Hot sleepers, joint-pain sufferers||Couples, side sleepers, sleepers who shift positions||Budget shoppers, eco-conscious shoppers||Back pain sufferers, sleepers who sleep near the edge of the bed, stomach sleepers, lightweight sleepers|
|Tuft & Needle||Medium firm||$575|