Mattress Face-Off: Casper vs. Tuft & Needle

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

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

Casper, which launched in 2014, currently sells two foam mattresses: The Casper Original and the Element. The company has a history of changing its formulation, and the namesake mattress—previously called The Casper and now the Casper Original—has gone through several iterations.

The latest is one of the better versions we’ve tested and holds one of the top spots in our mattress ratings.

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Tuft & Needle, which launched in 2012, merged with one of the biggest manufacturers in the industry, Serta Simmons, in 2018. Tuft & Needle makes two foam mattresses, the T&N and the higher-end Mint.

To help you decide which option is better for your needs, we pitted the Mint against the Casper Original for this CR Face-Off.

Both are made of several layers of foam, and both cost about the same. (CR paid $1,100 for the Casper Original and $895 for the Mint, but the prices you see online might fluctuate a bit, depending on promotions and other factors.)

Read on for a blow-by-blow of the battle between the Casper Original and the Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress.

Quick Take

Casper Original (2020)

Price: $1,100

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Average side sleeper
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Tuft & Needle Mint

Price: $995

Durability
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Specs

The Casper has three layers of polyurethane foam, one of which is perforated, and clocks in at 11 inches thick. In queen-size, it sells for $1,095. 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 also retails for $1,095.

Christopher Regan, the engineer who oversees CR’s mattress testing, notes that with foam mattresses, 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.

The Casper rates a 6 and the Mint a 4 out of 10 on CR's firmness scale (10 is the firmest). If you’re looking for a softer mattress than the Mint, check our ratings of foam mattresses for a model with a firmness rating below a 4. For a firmer mattress than the Casper, look for something above a 6.

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 68 pounds; the Mint, 89. Neither is the heaviest foam bed, but they’re awkward to move.

Support and 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 petite, average, and large/tall side sleepers, The Casper is on a par with the Mint across the board; both earn a Very Good for each size.

For back sleepers of all sizes, the Casper really shines: It earns Excellent ratings for every size. The Mint, on the other hand, only gets Very Good ratings for back sleepers.

The Mint earns the top rating of Excellent in our stability test, 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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