Shopping for mattresses can be an incredibly exhausting process simply because there are so many models to choose from. With a plethora of brands competing for the spotlight and new models coming out each year, it can be difficult to narrow down your options and find something that fits your specific needs. Advertisements will do their best to hide any potential downsides to a product, so it’s hard to trust most claims. That’s where we come in.
This article, and others like it on our website, are designed to help you compare brands and specific products. While you may have more than two models on your list of candidates, eliminating one at a time is a great approach to finding something that you will enjoy for years to come. In this article, we will be comparing the flagship models of Saatva and Casper by looking at how they perform in various aspects that are relevant to any potential customer. By the end, you will know enough to compare these mattresses to what you want, what you can afford and what is good for your health (and relationship, if you’re in one). Let’s get into it.
An Overview of Casper
Casper is a relatively new competitor on the mattress market, as the manufacturer surfaced in 2014. For the purposes of this article, we will only be looking at their flagship model, simply referred to as the Casper. This is an entirely foam-based model, featuring high-density polyfoam in the support core and a three-layered comfort system comprised of both polyfoam and memory foam. On the 1-10 firmness scale, the Casper hovers around the 5.5 mark and is therefore considered a “Medium” model.
The Casper is not the only product sold by this manufacturer. Two other mattresses are on offer – the memory mattress called Casper Essential and a hybrid mattress built out of memory foam and latex, known as the Casper Wave.
An Overview of Saatva
Saatva has been in business since around 2010, and their first model surfaced a year later. Their flagship model, the Saatva, is a prime example of high-quality hybrid bedding on the market. It is an innerspring mattress where the comfort layer consists of memory foam and polyfoam. Pocketed coils form the transition layer between the foam and the Bonnell coil-based support core. You have three firmness options to pick from when purchasing the Saatva – “Medium Soft” (4/10), “Medium Firm” (6/10) and “Firm” (7.5/10). You also have two thickness options, those being 11 1/2” and 14 1/2”.
Saatva offers two other mattresses you can consider – the memory foam-based Loom & Leaf and the Zenhaven, a flippable model made out of latex.
How Do These Mattresses Perform?
The best way to compare the quality of the Casper and Saatva models is to look at every relevant performance category individually and make a conclusion after that. Most mattresses have defined pros and cons you can evaluate, and we intend to do just that. Here’s a series of categories you should compare mattresses by:
Even if a bed is really comfortable, that matters very little if its lifespan is short. No one wants to waste money on products that degrade after only moderate use, so you want to look for as much durability as possible. When it comes to the Casper, it’s hard to make an accurate evaluation here because their mattresses still haven’t aged all the way to their “expiration date,” as the company is still rather young. Testing and product reviews suggest that this model performs well after several years, however, so you can trust the Casper.
The Saatva’s durability is average when compared to other innerspring models. This means it should easily be able to last at least six to seven years. The Euro-top foam-padded cover can be a cause of concern among some customers, as it’s generally associated with reduced longevity, but our research shows that this design decision doesn’t make a serious impact on the overall durability of the Saatva. Still, we advise a level of caution.
Unfortunately, a lot of things in life are often gated off through budget limitations. Mattresses are no different, and you may find that a choice between two products boils down to whichever one you can comfortably afford. The best you can do in these scenarios is to find the most cost-effective purchase and settle for that.
The prices you’re looking at in this case are pretty similar. The queen-sized version of the Casper will set you back by $1,195, whereas the Saatva model undercuts it by a tiny bit, demanding a total of $1,100. If you can afford the Saatva, chances are pretty big that you can also afford the Casper, so this category can be written off in most scenarios.
Noise reduction is primarily important for couples. Noisy mattresses have a high chance of waking up one of the two people when the other one moves around in bed, which is inevitable. If at least one person in a given couple can be considered a light sleeper, or they’re particularly sensitive to sound, a quiet model is crucial.
The Saatva is rather quiet, with only around 7% of owners reporting any issues with the level of noise associated with this model. However, it is completely outclassed by the Casper in this category, as that model produces an incredibly low level of sound when bearing weight.
Motion Isolation and Responsiveness
We’re grouping these two categories together because both are connected to movement. Motion isolation is the ability of the mattress to prevent the movement of one person from being felt by the other. Again, this is mostly relevant to couples, especially ones where at least one person tends to leave the bed at night or toss and turn while sleeping. The Casper has noticeably better motion isolation than the Saatva, as innerspring mattresses tend not to be good in this aspect.
However, what the Saatva does excel at is responsiveness. For partners, this translates as “this mattress is ideal for sex.” While the Casper is reasonably responsive and bouncy, the Saatva is the clear winner here, especially if you choose one of the two less firm options. This creates an interesting trade-off, where you have the choice of eliminating the risk of movement-related sleep disturbances or adding some extra comfort and bounce to sexual intercourse.
As you sleep, your body generates heat, and that heat has to go somewhere. In most cases, it creeps into your mattress, and this is where the temperature neutrality of your product is tested. A good model comes with good enough breathability and cooling mechanisms to avoid absorbing too much of that heat. A bad one becomes a bedroom furnace and can disrupt your sleep for several hours if you’re unlucky.
The Casper is a foam-based mattress, but while those tend to sleep hotter than models made from different materials, this one doesn’t underperform at all. It is one of the best foam mattresses on the market if you’re looking to sleep cool. However, the Saatva is an innerspring mattress, and those tend to outperform most other models when it comes to sleeping cool. Such is the case here as well, making Saatva the clear option if you’re a hot sleeper and don’t strictly require a foam-based model.
The ability of a mattress to offer optimal support for your body is just as important as (if not more so than) its ability to feel soft and bouncy to the touch. How closely a model conforms to your body determines how well it can align your body in a way that creates a healthy sleeping posture. Side sleepers, for example, are susceptible to shoulder pain as they rest a lot of their body weight on one shoulder while resting. It is crucial to achieve proper spine alignment as this helps you avoid back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, etc.
Both of today’s competitors offer very acceptable levels of conforming and support. The Saatva is one of the best innerspring mattresses when it comes to conforming ability, but we would still recommend the Casper here. Foam-based and latex-based mattresses tend to conform better than other types, and this applies for our two models here. If you’re someone that regularly has to deal with neck pain or similar problems, the Casper is more likely to help you.
The Verdict – Which One Should You Choose?
Both of these mattresses are high-quality pieces of work. As you may have noticed in the previous section, they tend to have different pros and cons that make them naturally better for certain people. Ask yourself what you need, and value in a mattress, and the following list of criteria should do most of the work for you. Here goes:
You should purchase the Casper if:
– You weigh 230 pounds or less
– You prefer average or thin mattress profiles
– You prefer “Medium” levels of firmness
– You or your partner are easy to wake up through movement in bed or noise
– You frequently experience back pain or joint pain
You should purchase the Saatva if:
– You’re a hot sleeper
– You want the comfort layer to be extra soft and have a plush feel
– You prefer thicker bed profiles
– You are very invested in responsiveness for sex
Michael is a professional writer based in Boston and someone who has always been fascinated with the mysteries of sleep. When he’s not reading about new sleep studies and working on our news section, you can find him playing video games or visiting local comic book stores.