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Even once you’ve narrowed down your mattress search to the Casper and Saatva mattresses, choosing between them can be difficult. Both companies are some of the most well-known direct-to-consumer mattress manufacturers, and both offer high-quality beds with broad appeal.
Saatva started in 2011 and helped create the current mattress marketplace, while Casper quickly gained in popularity since its launch in 2014. Though we will primarily be comparing their two flagship mattresses — the Casper Original and the Saatva Classic — both companies manufacture several models at a variety of price ranges.
In addition to their namesake mattress, Casper offers four other options: the Casper Hybrid, the Wave Hybrid, the Nova Hybrid, and the all-foam Element.
Saatva offers the flagship Saatva Classic, as well as the Saatva HD designed for people weighing more than 230 pounds, the Saatva Latex Hybrid, and the Saatva Youth reversible innerspring geared toward kids. Additionally, Saatva sells other mattresses under other brand names, including the Loom & Leaf memory foam mattress, Zenhaven reversible latex mattress, and the Solaire airbed. However, this comparison guide will focus on models that carry the Saatva name.
The Casper Original and Saatva Classic flagship models are both popular options, but they differ in many ways. With its all-foam construction and famously comfortable memory foam comfort layer, the Casper has a medium feel of about 5 out of 10. In comparison, the Saatva is available at two heights and three firmness levels — soft, medium firm, and firm. The Saatva also has a hybrid construction, with foam and pocketed coils in the comfort layers and a recycled steel Bonnell coil support core.
Both mattresses offer a comfortable night’s sleep, but one is likely more suitable for your needs than the other. To help you discover which one is right for you, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know before choosing between the Casper and the Saatva.
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|Price Range (Queen)|
|Medium (5), Medium Firm (6)||Soft (3), Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)|
|Sleep Trial & Warranty|
100-night sleep trial with no break-in period
10-year limited warranty
365-night sleep trial
One of the most important choices to make when buying a new mattress is what size you prefer. While most manufacturers offer similar size ranges, the smallest and largest sizes are not always included.
Height and weight are also vital considerations before purchasing a bed. Taller beds tend to be easier to get in and out of, particularly for people with mobility concerns. Height can also be important for sleepers above 230 pounds, as thicker comfort layers help protect them from sinking into the firmer support core. Weight is less crucial but still something to consider, as very heavy mattresses can be difficult to move and may weigh more than your bed frame is rated for.
Comparing the two brands, Saatva comes out on top in terms of thickness and size options. The Saatva Classic is available in two different thickness measurements – 11.5 or 14.5 inches – as well as eight sizes including split king and split California king for couples with adjustable beds. The Saatva HD and Saatva Latex Hybrid are also available in a split king, but not the split California king.
The majority of customers are likely to be happy with the available options for both companies. Still, those in search of sizes like the split king and split California king are likely to prefer Saatva. (The Saatva Youth is an outlier, as its kid-friendly design extends to being only available in smaller sizes.)
In terms of weight, Saatva’s line-up is also heavier than the Casper models. This is due to their construction, which uses both foam and steel coils. While unlikely to bother many people, those who plan on moving their mattress regularly may want to consider the impact of having a bed too heavy to lift on their own.
After putting both the Casper and the Saatva through a rigorous testing process, we’ve found that both mattresses offer excellent construction and high-quality materials. However, both do have varying designs and incorporate differing materials, making each more suitable than the other for some sleepers.
The primary difference between the two mattresses is that the Casper is an all-foam model, while the Saatva uses foam, pocketed coils, and an innerspring support core. Beyond that, their differing designs show different approaches to solving issues like temperature neutrality, edge support, and more.
In the sections below, we’ll walk you through these differences and what they mean for you. In addition to explaining how each company’s flagship mattresses are built, we’ll also touch on some of the other mattresses they offer.
The Casper is an all-foam mattress that uses both poly and memory foam in its construction. As it is only available in a single height and firmness — 11 inches high and medium firmness — the construction does not vary as the Saatva’s does.
The mattress does not have a pillow top, and instead has a soft and stretchy unzippable cover. Eco-conscious shoppers will appreciate that this cover is made from upcycled cotton and recycled polyester, in addition to polyester, rayon, and lycra. While the cover can be removed for cleaning, Casper suggests spot-cleaning to prevent shrinkage.
Casper is well-known for the superb pressure relief offered by its comfort system. Its first layer is 1.5 inches of polyfoam, followed by a 2-inch layer of zoned memory foam. Together, these two types of foam offer memory foam’s targeted compression with some bounce and better ease of movement from the more responsive polyfoam.
The polyfoam also adds slightly more structure to the bed’s overall design, allowing for better edge support and preventing most sleepers from sinking through to the firmer support core.
In its support core, the Casper uses a 7-inch layer of high-density polyfoam, which also reinforces the perimeter. This is a standard design among all-foam mattresses, as polyfoam is responsive enough to stabilize the bed and support sleepers. Polyfoam is also less expensive than the Saatva’s combination of pocketed and Bonnell coils, though at the expense of some durability and support.
In addition to the all-foam Casper Original, customers can also choose the Casper Hybrid. This mattress shares essentially the same design as Casper’s flagship model but with one key difference: its support core contains pocketed coils encased in high-density polyfoam. The coils add more bounce to the surface and provide added support for sleepers. That said, the Casper Hybrid’s medium feel is quite comparable to the Casper Original’s.
However, the Casper Original and Casper Hybrid are not the only mattresses this brand offers. Their lineup also includes a value-priced foam mattress called the Casper Element. Reflecting its lower price, the Element is 2 inches thinner and uses only ventilated polyfoam in its comfort layer.
The two mattresses differ mostly in the design of their comfort systems: the Nova Hybrid uses the same ventilated polyfoam as the Element, while the Wave Hybrid features polyfoam, blended latex, and memory foam (all of which are ventilated for airflow). Both the Nova and the Wave hybrids feature ergonomically zoned transitional layers.
The Saatva’s six model options — three firmness ratings at two heights — make for a more complex design than the Casper.
Each firmness model shares the same construction in the comfort layers, though using softer or firmer foams depending on your chosen firmness level. The choice of heights translates through the Bonnell coil support core, which is four inches in the 11.5-inch model and seven inches in the 14.5-inch version.
The Saatva’s comfort system begins before its comfort layers, as it features a Euro-style pillow top within its integrated, 100-percent organic cotton cover. In addition to a 0.75-inch layer of dacron fibers, the soft and medium-firm models use a 1.25-inch layer of softer polyfoam in the pillow top, while the firm model uses a 1.5-inch layer of firmer polyfoam.
As previously mentioned, each of the Saatva models share very similar comfort layers: thin layers of both polyfoam and memory foam, combined to make one inch of pressure-relieving foam. This is followed by the Saatva’s most notable feature, which is a 4-inch layer of 14.5-gauge pocketed coils. These serve as a comfort layer and a transitional layer, simultaneously offering targeted, durable support while also preventing sleepers from sinking against the support core.
The support core in question is a Bonnell coil innerspring design, made using 13-gauge recycled steel coils. Due to the transitional pocketed coil layer, this support core avoids some of the drawbacks — such as poor performance in categories like motion isolation and pressure relief — while still providing impressive durability and above average edge support.
Designed for sleepers over 230 pounds, the Saatva HD is a 15.5-inch mattress with a firm feel and reliable support. This is achieved with a considerably different construction than the Saatva. The comfort system is 5 inches thick, consisting of ergonomically zoned, natural Talalay latex, memory foam, and polyfoam. For its support core, the Saatva HD uses six inches 12.5-gauge offset coils, high-density polyfoam perimeter support, and a 2-inch base of high-density polyfoam.
The Saatva Youth is a flippable mattress designed to grow with your child: the softer side is meant for children three to seven years old, and the second, firmer side is meant for ages eight through twelve. To achieve this, Saatva uses a central, dual-sided innerspring support core, with a comfort system of soft, ergonomically zoned polyfoam (for younger children) and supportive high-density polyfoam (for those approaching their teens).
Lastly, the Saatva Latex Hybrid is Saatva’s newest mattress. This model is constructed with a comfort layer of ventilated Talalay latex over a pocketed coil support core. The latex layer conforms moderately to the body but this material won’t provide the same “body-hugging” sensation as memory foam. The latex is also quite responsive, so owners will notice even more bounciness on the surface compared to the Saatva Classic. The Saatva Latex Hybrid also includes a cover made of organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.
Pricing on mattresses can vary dramatically due to a wide number of factors. The first and most important is the bed’s construction — while there are outliers, similarly constructed beds tend to share a similar price range. Synthetic foam and traditional innerspring beds tend to be on the lower end, while hybrids, latex beds, and adjustable air beds are at the higher end.
However, other factors are also in play. Luxury mattresses, which may feature everything from organic, all-natural materials to innovative technology, are naturally priced higher than more conventional beds. Quality of materials and construction also plays a part, though some budget-priced beds are still made with care using high-quality materials.
Price can also be affected by factors that have little to do with the bed itself. For example, companies that market extensively may pass that cost on to consumers, while companies with little marketing may be less popular but lower-priced.
Finally, price is almost always dependent on a mattress’s size and height. This is, of course, in context: a king size mixed-foam mattress is likely to cost significantly less than a twin size adjustable air bed.
|Casper Original Mattress||Casper Original Hybrid||Casper Nova Hybrid||Casper Wave Hybrid||Casper Element|
|Split California King||-||-||-||-||-|
|Saatva Classic||Saatva HD||Saatva Youth||Saatva Latex Hybrid|
|Split California King||$2,450||-||-||-|
As you can see from these tables, Saatva and Casper follow trends for mattress prices, with the innerspring hybrid Saatva costing more than the all-foam Casper. However, the Saatva is priced slightly below average for an innerspring hybrid (though average for an innerspring), while the Casper is at the high end of average for an all-foam bed.
The Saatva is significantly less expensive than the Casper Nova Hybrid and the Casper Wave Hybrid. However, as it is not a true hybrid (its pocketed coils are part of the comfort system rather than the support core), this is to be expected. The Saatva HD, on the other hand, has a higher price tag thanks to its natural Talalay latex and very thick profile. The Saatva Latex Hybrid’s price-point is on par with the average hybrid model’s. This mattress is a good mid-range compromise between the budget-friendly Saatva Classic and high-end Saatva HD.
For sleepers on a tight budget, the Casper Element offers much of the Casper Original’s appeal at a lower price. However, that does translate into a thinner profile and a less robust design, which is a common tradeoff with budget-priced options.
The Saatva Youth is an outlier, given its unique appeal and limited sizes. However, when judged as a flippable mid-range innerspring, its price is about average.
Sleep Trial & Returns
|10 Year, Limited||Free to Contiguous U.S. and Canadian Provinces|
Sleep Trial & Returns
|Lifetime, Limited||Free White Glove delivery to contiguous U.S.|
Casper ships its mattresses through the U.S. and Canada. It is free within the contiguous U.S. and most of Canada, though charges apply for shipment to Hawaii, Alaska, and the Canadian territories. Shipping is done through UPS Ground, and most customers receive their mattress within two to five days of their purchase. Same-day courier deliveries are available in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Saatva offers free shipping throughout the contiguous U.S. and parts of Canada. They allow customers to schedule a four-hour window in which to expect their delivery, with no cancellation fee before the day of the delivery. (An adult must be available at home for the delivery.) Depending on where you are located, you should expect to wait seven to eighteen days after purchasing to receive your new bed.
The Casper ships compressed and rolled in a box, making it easier to carry through your house and to the bedroom. However, for people who would rather have someone else do the heavy lifting and set-up, White Glove delivery is offered by both Casper and Saatva. This option means that a team of people will bring your new mattress, set it up as you desire, and remove your previous mattress for disposal if needed.
Casper offers free White Glove delivery within the contiguous U.S. for king or California king size Wave Hybrid mattresses. This service is available for an added charge for other Wave Hybrid sizes and Casper models.
Most online mattress manufacturers offer sleep trials, which allow customers to actually get to know how a mattress works for them before deciding if they want to keep it. It usually takes up to a month for you to adjust to a new mattress, so these trials are invaluable.
Casper’s sleep trial lasts for 100 nights. There is no initial break-in period, and customers can return their bed for a full refund, including any shipping fees but not including White Glove delivery fees, at any point during those 100 days. Returning your bed is free, with no further shipping costs: Casper arranges for couriers to pick up your mattress for disposal or donation. As Casper also sells through Amazon.com, the sleep trial is also available for those customers. Returns are unavailable after the end of the trial.
Saatva offers a 365-night sleep trial with no break-in period. Customers who choose to return their mattress during the trial are eligible for a full refund, minus a flat $99 transportation fee. One unique features of Saatva’s trial is the ability to return the mattress for a change in size, firmness, or height — customers must only pay the difference (if any) and a $99 shipping fee. As with Casper, Saatva will send couriers to pick up your returned mattress for either disposal or donation. Returns are also unavailable after the end of the sleep trial.
Mattress warranties provide reassurance in case of manufacturing flaws and defects, but rarely ever cover normal wear and tear, or damage caused by the owner. Most mattresses on the market have some kind of warranty, though the length of the warranty and its terms vary between manufacturers.
Casper and Saatva cover similar concerns with their warranties. Both cover foam impressions greater than one inch deep, as well as manufacturing flaws and defects. Similarly, both warranties are considered voided if you fail to give your bed an appropriate foundation, as well as if you sell or give away your mattress. However, their terms and the length of the warranty differ.
Casper offers a 10 year, non-prorated warranty. Should your mattress develop any of the covered problems within ten years of purchase, Casper will repair or replace your mattress. They will cover return shipping fees, but customers are responsible for the cost of shipping their mattress back home to them.
Saatva backs each mattress with a lifetime warranty. The company will repair or replace any defective mattress at no extra charge during the first two years of ownership. After that, owners pay a $149 transportation fee – but repairs and replacements are still free.
Saatva offers a second option for mattress owners: the ‘Fairness Replacement Option.’ Under this arrangement, Saatva will still repair and replace mattresses at no cost to the owner during the first two years. Beginning in the third year, owners must pay a certain percentage of their bed’s original sticker price. The percentage depends on how much time has passed since the mattress was purchased, and will gradually increase from 40% to 80% over the remaining warranty coverage period. As part of the Fairness Replacement Option, owners can also keep their original mattress in addition to the replacement bed.
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