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Shopping for mattresses is never as easy as it may initially seem. There is a surprising amount of information you should be aware of when selecting a product that fits your needs the best because not everyone tends to enjoy the same size and level of firmness. There is enough competition on the market today, and you can end up with almost a dozen different models that you have to compare to make a sensible choice. While almost every relevant mattress comes with a generous trial period that lets you test it out thoroughly, making the wrong choice involves a lot of extra hassle. You have to return the mattress, purchase a new one, go through the whole process of packing and unpacking again, and generally invest a lot of otherwise unnecessary effort.
Our product comparisons are made to help you narrow down your list of product candidates by directly comparing various models. In this article, we will be looking at the Loom & Leaf mattress (made by Saatva) and the Casper. Both of these are high-quality models, and the correct choice hinges on a lot of factors, such as your body weight or preferred sleeping position. Without further ado:
An Overview of Casper and Saatva
Knowing a little bit about the manufacturing companies never hurts, as it’s often wise to keep an eye on brands with a good reputation when it comes to product quality. While we will be covering the Loom & Leaf and Casper mattresses here, they are not the only ones offered by their respective companies.
Casper showed up on the mattress scene around 2014, launching their flagship product, known simply as the Casper. It is a foam-based model with three separate foam comfort layers and a high-density polyfoam support core. On the scale of 1-10, the Casper measures in at around 5.5 in terms of firmness and is classified as “Medium.” Aside from this model, Casper offers two other important products – the Casper Essential (created out of memory foam) and Casper Wave (created using a mix of memory foam and latex).
The Loom & Leaf was designed and is produced by Saatva. It is a hybrid of memory foam and polyfoam construction – the comfort layers are made of gel-infused memory foam and regular memory foam, while the support core consists of two layers of dense polyfoam. You have two firmness options with this mattress – Medium and Firm (measuring in at around 5.5 and 8 on the 1-10 firmness scale). Other products Saatva offer include the Saatva mattress and the Zenhaven flippable model.
The Casper Mattress
The Casper model conforms pretty closely to the body, and the key to that feature is the way the comfort layers are arranged. The first and third comfort layers are made of regular polyfoam, but the middle one is memory foam, and those three layers combined create the “Medium” feeling advertised for the whole mattress. This arrangement is excellent for people who weigh less than 230 pounds and is especially good for side sleepers, who benefit the most from a closely-conforming comfort layer. Side sleepers have the most issues when it comes to spine alignment and shoulder pressure (and eventually pain) and unsuitable mattresses can cause a lot of problems for them. The Casper provides enough support and comfort to make sure these people avoid potential shoulder pain and back pain.
The dense polyfoam support core is there to make sure the mattress retains its shape long into its lifespan and is especially good at preventing sagging and (to a lesser extent) sinkage along the edges of the bed (usually caused by people sitting on the edge of the bed). The Queen-sized version of this product weighs only 71 pounds, which makes it one of the lightest options of this quality, and very easy to transport and move around your bedroom.
While there haven’t been many signs of Casper mattresses losing their shape or degrading over time, the products haven’t spent a long time in anyone’s home yet. Think about it – Casper appeared in 2014, meaning that these models are five years old at worst. It’s hard to judge exactly how durable this model is, as a consequence. However, other properties are not as difficult to evaluate.
Couples tend to value three separate yet connected qualities in a good product – responsiveness (which is crucial for sex), motion isolation and noise reduction. Motion isolation is the ability to absorb the movement of one person and transfer very little to the other side of the bed. If you find a mattress that does this well, it allows one of the sleepers to toss and turn or even get into bed without alerting the other person. Noise reduction should be self-explanatory – no one wants to sleep on an incredibly creaky bed where the springs they lay on produce annoying and disruptive sounds with every movement. The Casper aces both motion isolation and noise reduction, but it is not as responsive as some people might wish (although it is far from bad in that aspect).
For most people, sleeping cool is also important. If your sleeping surface absorbs a lot of body heat, but the material isn’t good at dispersing and getting rid of it, your bed becomes hot enough to wake you up or cause excessive sweating. If you wake up in the middle of the night in a hot bed, it can be very hard to fall asleep again as your mattress is suddenly much less comfortable. The Casper does a good job in this context, and you can expect to sleep cool even during hotter seasons.
You can expect to see Queen-sized Casper mattresses sell for around $1,200, making them reasonably affordable but not super cheap.
The Loom & Leaf Mattress
The Loom & Leaf model from Saatva is composed of four main layers. Two of these layers are super-dense polyfoam, functioning as a strong backbone of the mattress and providing support to the sleeper. The other two (one being gel memory foam and the second being normal memory foam) are used for comfort and allow this product to cling to the body closely. As a rule, the closer the mattress conforms to the sleeper’s body, the less pressure is applied on the joints and other parts of the body the person is resting their weight on. The different levels of firmness can accommodate sleepers of varying body sizes and preferred sleeping positions, making it very easy to adapt to using this mattress if it fits what you’re looking for.
This product has an estimated lifespan of around six to seven years, although you may be able to rely on it for longer than that in practice. The edge support is not optimal, but you shouldn’t see signs of sinkage early in the model’s lifespan. In terms of responsiveness, the Loom & Leaf isn’t ideal, and some couples may find it sub-par for sex due to the lack of bounce. However, when it comes to the motion isolation and the level of noise associated with this product, you can expect top-notch quality. Your bed will be practically silent when you’re on it, which can keep you asleep during nights where other models might falter.
The temperature neutrality is a weird point to evaluate. Some people claim their product sleeps very cool; others have issues with the heat. This may be due to subtle differences in their sleeping environment (not counting the bed itself), but it’s only fair to put a little warning here that you may have some issues with heat when using this model.
If you’re looking for a Queen-sized mattress (which is the industry standard, so you’re probably considering it), you will most likely have to shell out $1300 for the Loom & Leaf variant of that size. This makes it $100 more expensive than the Casper one.
Who Do These Mattresses Appeal To?
Now that you know all you need to know about these two mattresses, it’s time to make a verdict based on all the presented information. As you may have noticed, there are slight differences in how these products perform, and that means that they won’t appeal to the same people. We will list out all the benefits that matter for each of the mattresses, and you can then see which one makes more sense for you personally.
You should get the Casper if:
- You want a mattress of average firmness and weigh under 230 pounds.
- You like to sleep on your side (although back sleepers will find it adequate as well)
- You are invested in sleeping cool.
- You share your bed with someone else
You should get the Loom & Leaf mattress if:
- You sleep with a partner, and one of you is sensitive to movement and noise during the night
- You experience a lot of shoulder pain or back pain during the day on average
- You like the certainty of knowing how long your mattress is expected to last
- You worry about sagging and edge support
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Laura Garcia is a freelance writer based in Chicago. She holds degrees in writing from Drake University. When she’s not busy writing, Laura likes to spend as much as time as possible with her husband James and three-year-old son Elijah.