Mattress Face-Off: Casper vs. Tuft & Needle

Who's got the best bed-in-a-box in CR’s foam mattress ratings?

Casper vs Tuft & Needle mattresses

If you spend any amount of time watching videos online, you’ve probably been interrupted by ads for both Casper, the bed-in-a-box leader, and its closest rival, Tuft & Needle.

Casper, which launched in 2014, makes three foam mattresses: The Casper, The Wave, and The Essential. The company has a history of changing its mattress formulation, and the namesake mattress—the Casper—has gone through several iterations. The latest Casper is one of the better versions we’ve tested, and holds one of the top spots in our extensive mattress ratings.

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Tuft & Needle, which launched in 2012, recently merged with one of the biggest mattress manufacturers in the industry, Serta Simmons, and now has the second largest market share after Casper. It makes only two mattresses, the T&N and the higher-end Mint, which made its first appearance in our ratings this summer.

Though these two similarly priced foam mattresses have a lot in common, only one can prevail in our face-off. Read on for a blow-by-blow of the battle between The Casper and the Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress.

Quick Take

Casper The Casper

Price: $995

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Tuft & Needle Mint

Price: $995

Durability
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Specs

The Casper has four layers of polyurethane foam and clocks in at 10 inches thick. In queen-size, it sells for $995. The Mint has three layers of polyurethane foam (one of which is gel-infused) but, at 12 inches, it's even thicker than the Casper. It retails for $895.

Christopher Regan, the engineer who oversees CR’s mattress testing, notes that with foam mattresses, bed-in-a-box or not, a lot depends on how layers are arranged.

“Be careful with claims of gel-infused foams or other special layers—it may not make a difference in overall performance,” he says.

Both The Casper and the Mint rate a 4 out of 10 on CR's firmness scale (10 is the firmest), meaning they’re on the softer side. If you’re looking for a firmer mattress, check our ratings of more than 60 foam mattresses for a model with a firmness rating above 5.

Setup

Both the Casper and the Mint lack grips, which may make it tough to move either model into place or rotate the mattresses from time to time. The Casper is 72 pounds; the Mint, around 80. Neither is the heaviest foam bed, but they’re still awkward to move.

Support & Stability

In our support tests, we use human subjects of small and large stature. (We average the results to produce a score for average-sized sleepers.) For average and large/tall side sleepers, and average/large/tall back sleepers The Casper is fractionally better than the Mint across the board—but both are in the Very Good range. The Casper particularly shines for petite side and back sleeping support, where it rates Excellent. The Mint gets Very Good ratings for support, but doesn’t quite achieve an Excellent for any one type of sleeper.

Stability-wise, the Mint earns the top rating of Excellent, which means you won’t notice as much vibration transmitted from your partner across the mattress, and you’ll be able to move a bit easier. Casper earns a Very Good rating here.

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