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Before we dive into why you’d get the Casper Element over Tuft & Needle, let’s cover the basics.

Both brands offer free shipping and returns. Both also allow you to try the mattress for 100 nights to see whether it’s the one for you.

If you like the bed, keep it. If you don’t, the company will refund you all of your money (as long as you’re within the trial period). Even more, both brands offer 10-year warranties, which is pretty much industry standard.

Casper Element mattresses are good for:

  • people who have a limited budget
  • people who want a comfy foam bed


  • free shipping and returns
  • 100-night trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • made in the United States

Why get Casper Element vs. Tuft & Needle?

To be honest, we only see a few compelling reasons as to why you’d get the Casper Element mattress over Tuft & Needle.

The first is that Casper has a carbon gray cover that looks great. Overall, the bed just looks nicer than Tuft & Needle, which has a virtually see-through cover that could be off-putting to some people.

To be fair, just because the cover is see-through doesn’t mean that it’s bad nor does it really affect the performance of the bed, but it does look odd to be able to see the layers through the cover.

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The carbon gray cover looks fantastic.

Beyond that, Casper Element is a slightly softer bed, which will better accommodate side sleepers. Tuft & Needle is about a 5.5/10 on the soft to firm scale, while Casper is about a 5 to 5.25 on the same scale.

It’s a minor difference, but if you’re looking at these two beds and you want the softer option, Casper is the one to go with. Tuft & Needle is still fine for combo sleepers, but strictly side sleepers will likely prefer Casper.

Casper Element does incorporate memory foam, whereas T&N uses its own proprietary foam. In terms of how it feels, Casper contours to your body a bit better since its second layer is memory foam.

The difference is subtle, but you do get more pressure relief with Casper, which, again, is preferable for side sleepers.

Tuft & Needle mattresses are good for:

  • shoppers who want an affordable foam mattress
  • all types of sleepers, including back, stomach, and side


  • free shipping and returns
  • 100-night trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • made in the United States

To us, there are plenty of reasons to opt for T&N over Casper Element — the first of which is that T&N tends to be slightly cheaper than Casper.

You can check Tuft & Needle’s website and Casper’s website for current pricing and any discounts available.

Tuft & Needle is a medium-firm bed, but still very comfortable.

Both mattresses are 10 inches thick, and T&N is fairly firm, so you shouldn’t have any issues with bottoming out either mattress.

Because T&N is the firmer of the two beds, it’s preferable for back and stomach sleepers, though it will be fine for combo sleepers as well. The mattress will help keep your hips and shoulders in line so that they don’t sink in and get throw you out of alignment.

Since it’s not memory foam (it’s Tuft & Needle’s proprietary T&N Adaptive Foam), it doesn’t really cradle your body, it just provides good support.

As far as comfort goes, they’re both really comfortable. Both also stay relatively neutral in terms of temperature.

Neither has issues with monition transfer, and you’ll never get that “stuck in the mud” feeling, as is the case with traditional memory foam beds. You’ll be able to shift positions in the night no problem.

The Mattress Finder team is composed of certified professionals who are passionate about helping consumers improve their sleep. We thoroughly test each mattress we review through a series of practical, hands-on inspections and assessments. We write every review expecting that our closest friends and family members rely on us for their mattress and sleep product decisions, so honesty and authenticity are core principles of our inspection process.