Looking at the overall qualities, the Simmons Beautyrest Black Mariela is suitable for all types of sleepers in any weight group, those who sleep hot or people who like responsive beds. The Saatva mattress is also suitable for all weight groups and hot sleepers. The difference between these two is that Saatva is an excellent choice for individuals who like moderate conforming or suffer from aches and pains in sensitive areas like back, neck or hips.

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, Sleep Researcher
Last Updated: Wed, November 6, 2019
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Marko Jevtic

, Sleep Specialist

The Simmons Bedding Company is one of the oldest mattress companies that launched in 1870. The flagship model is the Simmons Beautyrest that has been available since 1925. But, today they offer nine different innersprings in the Black collection – the Tatiana, Calista, Mariela, Katarina, Raquel, Desiree, Natasha, Christabel, and Sonya. They also sell sixteen other innersprings and hybrids in the Silver and Platinum collections.

Saatva was founded long after Simmons Bedding, in 2011. The company’s flagship Saatva model is a Medium innerspring mattress with Bonnell coils in the support core, high-density polyfoam in the base layer, memory foam and polyfoam in the comfort layers, and a transition layer made of pocketed coils. Saatva also sells two other models. One is a flippable latex mattress Zenhaven and the other is a memory foam model Loom & Leaf.

We will compare the Saatva’s flagship model and the Mariela mattress from Simmons Bedding because both beds have similar design options, sleeper experiences, and construction.  The Mariela has comfort layers made of foam and latex, with pocketed coil support and transitional foam. In this guide, we will examine the unique qualities and downsides of both mattresses.

Looking at the overall qualities, the Simmons Beautyrest Black Mariela is suitable for all types of sleepers in any weight group, those who sleep hot or people who like responsive beds. The Saatva mattress is also suitable for all weight groups and hot sleepers. The difference between these two is that Saatva is an excellent choice for individuals who like moderate conforming or suffer from aches and pains in sensitive areas like back, neck or hips.

Mattress Construction

Each model has a different material composition, firmness, and thickness. The firmness levels for both beds are Medium Firm 6, and Firm 7.5, while Saatva has a Medium Soft 4 and the Mariela is available in Soft 3.5 also. The thickness is eleven and twelve inches for Saatva and fourteen and fifteen inches for Mariela. The weight for Saatva is 110 lbs, while the Mariela is slightly heavier with 114 to 120 lbs of weight. The cover of the Mariela is made from quilted fabric with polyfoam, and the Saatva’s is made from organic cotton Euro-Top with 1/2″ Dacron fibers and 1 1/2″ polyfoam. The Saatva’s comfort layer consists of one layer of 3/8″ memory foam, one layer of 7/8″ Polyfoam, and one layer of 4″ Recycled 14.5-Gauge pocketed coils, while Mariela’s model has gel memory foam layers, polyfoam memory foam, and synthetic latex. The Mariela’s support core is made of transitional polyfoam and pocketed gauge coils, while the Saatva has one layer of 4″ recycled 13-gauge Bonnell coils and one layer of 7″ recycled 13-gauge Bonnell coils.

Saatva Mattress Details

Saatva offers an innerspring mattress in three firmness options –  4, 6, or 7.5 firmness level, and two thickness profiles – 11 1/2″ or 14 1/2″ thickness. The bed weighs 120 lbs and can be found at an affordable price of  $1099 for a Queen size.

The bed’s cover is made from cotton and quilted with foam. This combination gives the sleeper immediate comfort and relief to sleepers. The mattress also has a pillow-top part that has a thin memory foam layer over the individually wrapped coils. With this layer on top, the bed has high bounce, comfort, and firmness. The sleeper will be able to sleep comfortably without sinking in too deep. The coils in the layer under also has a  foam edge support wrapped around that makes sure that there is an excellent lift along with the bounce.

Just like the majority of innerspring mattresses, Saatva also has a lifespan of six to seven years, with the pillow-top lasting much less than the bed because of its below-average durability. Because people sleep hot on mattresses made with foam and memory foam, Saatva is made with traditional innerspring construction that makes the bed an ideal option for individuals who need a cooler sleep surface. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t absorb or minimize motion, so motion isolation is a bit problematic, especially for couples, which is consistent with other innersprings. But it is relatively responsive and virtually silent when you put weight on it.

Additionally, customers report that the Plush Soft and Luxury Firm models are better for sex. With the close body conforming that helps alleviate pains and aches, regardless of the sleep position. The comfort layer with the coil-on-coil construction and memory foam are responsible for giving the sleeper close conforming and targeted pressure relief, even more than other innersprings. However, there were many complaints about the off-gassing odor that disappeared in a few days.

Simmons Beautyrest Black – Mariela

The main distinguishing attribute of the whole Black collection is the unique triple braided pocketed coil technology that is located at the center of the support core. Apart from offering extraordinary conformity, motion isolation, and bounce, the beds also have the longest lasting deep compression coils you can find. Out of the many Black models, we are going to discuss one model in particular.

Mariela is an innerspring model that comes in multiple firmness options, but it is also accompanied by a high price of $2,599 for a Queen size. The bed weighs 114 lbs, and it has excellent air circulation in the layer with pocketed coils that cools the bed and keep it bouncy enough to rank as suitable for most couples.

The comfort layer is made of standard memory foam and latex. The Plush option also has a top layer made of gel memory foam that makes the bed softer on touch. The support core has pocketed coils encased in edge support polyfoam. The edge support is the most significant advantage for the Mariela because it uses transitional foam and coils that reinforce the entire mattress and reduce the sinkage around the areas where people sit. Along with that, the product does not have any off-gassing issues because the coil layer will air out any unpleasant smells.

The durability of the mattress is slightly lower than for Saatva, with an expected lifespan lasting five years. The excellent air circulation in the layer of pocketed coil is what helps cool off the bed and provide a comfortable temperature. The thick comfort system provides many degrees of conforming that depends on the firmness you choose. Because of the dense foam and synthetic latex layers, it can absorb motion transfer better than other innerspring models. It is also responsive, which makes it a suitable option for most couples. However, some creaks and squeaks can be expected, but the thick comfort layers and pocketed coils will minimize the noise to a great extent.

Sizing and Pricing

The Saatva is available in all six mattress sizes, while Mariela is available in only five – it comes without a twin size. Looking at all the prices, Saatva, being one of the most affordable mattresses on the market, is much cheaper than the Mariela, for all sizes. The twin price for Saatva is $599. Twin XL has a price of $695 for Saatva and $1,999 for Mariela. The full size has a more significant difference in price, with Saatva costing $899 and Mariela $2,369. The same goes for the Queen size, with $1,099 for Saatva and $2,599 for Mariela. The prices for King and California King are $1,499 for Saatva and $3,299 for Mariela.

Sleep Position Ratings

The Saatva is available in multiple firmness and thickness profile options that will allow all sleepers to figure out the most suitable bed for themselves. Unlike many other innerspring models, the Saatva makes minimal noise, with good motion isolation and close conforming. The Mariela also offers many firmness and thickness options. It can accommodate any sleeper, no matter their weight and sleep position.

Individuals in the lightweight group – those with less than 130 pounds, will sleep well on their side or stomach on both Saatva and Mariela. Side sleepers in the average weight group – between 130 and 230 pounds, will sleep very good on Saatva, and very good on Mariela, while stomach sleepers will sleep well on both. As for the heavyweight group, stomach and side sleepers in will sleep good on both brands. However, back sleepers in all weight groups will sleep excellent on the Mariela, while back sleepers in the lightweight group won’t find Saatva that comfortable.

Sleep Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

Both brands have you covered on the warranty. Saatva has a 180-month partially warranty with a 120-day sleep trial. Simmons Beautyrest has a 120-month non-prorated warranty without a sleep trial. The company won’t cover the costs of mattress replacement and repairment, and with Saatva, mattress returns require a transportation fee of $99.

As we said, Saatva’s warranty is partially prorated, which means the company will cover all repairs and replacements, but only in the first two years. During the next thirteen years, the owner will have to pay a fee of $99 each way for any repair or replacement. However, Saatva does offer Fairness Replacement Option for replacements that you can use to replace a defective mattress for different percentages of the price: 30% up to the fifth year, 50% from the fifth to the tenth, and 75% from the tenth to the end of the warranty. The mattress will arrive within four days, but it is not compressed for shipping. Saatva does not offer shipping for Hawaii, Alaska, or overseas U.S. territories. However, there is a free White Glove delivery that includes old mattress removal.

Simmons Beautyrest is a bit strict on their policies. They do not have a sleep trial included in the warranty. They also don’t accept returns or give refunds to purchasers. Because of this, customers will need to refer to both the sleep trial and return policy of the seller that sells them the Mariela mattress. However, the warranty is entirely nonprorated, even though it will be voided if you do not use a proper support system for the bed that includes either a frame with at least five slats made of hardwood or metal, a reliable platform on top of a slatted system or a frame with rigid central support. The warranty covers 1″ or more in-depth sagging or indentations of the sleep surface, including physical flaws that cause damages to the foam when in proper care and use. Simmons Beautyrest does not have mattresses shipping for customers because they only sell products through third-party retailers, so customers need to see the seller’s shipping and delivery options.


When choosing a bed for yourself and your sleeping partner, you need to consider many different facts and requirements. So let’s summarize both models with some recommendations on choosing the mattresses.

If you and your partner like responsive beds, you should consider getting Mariela. Additionally, Mariela is suitable for those who tend to sleep hot or just like the feel of that a high-profile bed can offer. However, Mariela is not ideal for individuals who need a less responsive bed with close body conforming or for those that like low- to medium-profile foundations.

For those that generally like sleeping on spring models with extra cushioning in the comfort layers, Saatva is an excellent choice. The same goes for people who sleep hot, sleep with a partner, or just like thicker-than-average beds. However, if you an average or below-average thickness level is what suits you better, the Saatva is not the right choice for you.


Amerisleep and Tempur-Pedic have mastered the production of various all-foam or hybrid beds with this material as their key component, which is why we decided to represent and compare their series of mattresses.

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, Sleep Researcher
Last Updated: Wed, November 6, 2019
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Marko Jevtic

, Sleep Specialist

For all those sleepers who prefer the unbeatable comfort and contouring features of the memory foam material, today we will be comparing two brands which are well known for their memory foam models. Amerisleep and Tempur-Pedic have mastered the production of various all-foam or hybrid beds with this material as their key component, which is why we decided to represent and compare their series of mattresses.

About the Brands

Amerisleep is an US-based brand founded in 2007, and they focus mostly on online sale while having only one brick-and-mortar store in Arizona. Their current mattress offer is based on only five all-foam models, which provide a decent palette of options for sleepers with different needs and preferences. On the other side, Tempur-Pedic has been present on the US mattress market since 1992 and is known for changing the models and names of collections in their offer more often than the other brands, so bear in mind that the ones we will be discussing today are in their current offer. A lot of customers are often confused by this since a lot of Tempur-Pedic’s discontinued older models are still available in some online stores such as Amazon. Besides all-foam models, Tempur-Pedic also sells hybrid models, which we will also mention, but the focus will be on their foam beds.

Amerisleep Mattresses Review

This brand offers memory foam models of similar construction, but with different comfort levels, before introducing their models, we are briefly going to target all the things they all have in common.

The first thing is the Celliant thread, which is in the cover of every Amerisleep mattress. The special thing about it is the fact that it contains different thermo-reactive minerals, which transform body heat into highly beneficial infrared light. So besides being breathable, their covers have the properties which increase blood flow, and naturally control the body’s temperature.

The company did not use any chemically-based fire retardants; instead, they placed a fire guard which is designed to fit the bed like a sock, and it is made of rayon and silica sand blend. Amerisleep’s specially designed fire guard has a GreenGuard certification, which guarantees that this is a safe product and that it does not cause any indoor air pollution.

When it comes to memory foam they use a custom formulated 4.0-pound Bio-Pur foam can be found in all of their models, although its thickness varies between 2 and 3 inches, depending on a model. This memory foam is designed to be supportive, comfortable, and not so much heat conductive. Just be careful not to mix it with Amerisleep’s another proprietary memory foam called Bio-Pur+, which is pricier and more advanced in terms of airflow due to its different cell structure.

Another foam Amerisleep uses is present in their advanced models, and it uses surface modification technology (SMT). This is what they place as a transitional layer, it has a specific design, almost like zoned, which provides enhanced pressure relief for lower back and shoulders, but also helps with thermoregulation because it is very breathable. For the base, they always use the Bio-Core layer, and the thickness of this foundation can vary between 6 and 9 inches.

Finally, what makes Amerisleep different from the others is the way they produce them, and this could also be the most efficient way of dealing with memory foam’s biggest drawback, hot sleeping. Amerisleep uses the variable pressure foaming process, which allows them to produce their models indoor, while most of the memory foam products have to be built in the open air. By doing so, they have greater control over the process, eliminate air pollution, and can create larger cellular structures which is why these memory foam beds, without a doubt, sleep cooler than any other.

After going through some of the main characteristics, we are now going to represent you the five models from the brands’ current offer.

Amerisleep AS1

Amerisleep AS1 is their mattress with most simple construction, and lowest price, so it can be considered as an entry level model. It has only two foam layers, and the first one is the 8 inches thick Bio-Core foundation layer, it is eco-friendly and prevents the mattress from sagging. On top of it is a 2 inches thick coat of Bio-PUR foam, which is more breathable than any traditional memory foam. Both layers are encased in the Celliant yarn cover which contains even 13 thermo-active minerals.

When it comes to firmness, this 10 inches high mattress is their firmest model, and it can be considered as an 8 or 9 on the firmness scale. Hence, we recommend it mainly to back and stomach sleepers, because it would put too much pressure on the shoulders and hips of side sleepers. Although most of the all-foam models struggle with edge support, this one does not have that problem since the edges showed a decent level of support while lying close to them.

Amerisleep AS2

The AS2 is medium-firm, and with its 12 inches, it is slightly thicker than the previous model due to the additional transitional layer. The Bio-Core base is 7 inches thick, the transitional Affinity layer is 3 inches, and on top is the 2 inches thick Bio-Pur comfort coat and the Celliant cover.

Although it is medium firm, it is still firm enough to be too much for side sleepers, while the stomach and back sleepers can enjoy comfortably on it.

Amerisleep AS3

The most versatile Amerisleep mattress and the one with the universal comfort level is their AS3 model, which is also the brands best seller. Its construction is similar to the AS2, 7 inches thick foundation, 2 inches of “zoned” transitional layer, and 3 inches thick comfort layer, all wrapped up in Celliant cover. On the firmness scale, this model is a medium option, comfortable for the vast majority of sleepers, including side sleepers who will love its close contouring and pressure relieving features.

Amerisleep AS4

For all sleepers who prefer more cushioning, medium soft AS4 represent the ideal balance of soft and responsive sleeping surface. To achieve that, the construction of this mattress is a bit different, but the base is still 7 inches thick, the transitional layer is here only 1 inch thick, while the final comfort layer is 4 inches high. There is, of course, the breathable Celliant cover to wrap up the construction of this model. This mattress is perfect for all types of sleep positions, and for everyone who likes the feel of being in bed, but without the feeling of being stuck.

Amerisleep AS5

The most luxurious and soft mattress from Amerisleep is their AS5 model, described as a 2 or 3 on the firmness scale, with 14 inches of height this is their highest, softest and most expensive model. Hence, it comes with a more complex construction than the other models. The core base remained 7 inches thick, while the transitional, ergonomic Affinity layer is 2 inches. The addition is the 2 inches of Active flex foam, which can be found only in AS5 mattress. Active flex is more bouncy, and it provides, even more cushioning, which is why AS5 is softer than other models. On top of it, they placed 3 inches of comfort foam and the Celliant cover. The AS5 is the best for side sleepers because it will gently hug their body and soothe their pressure points.

Tempur-Pedic Mattresses Review

Unlike Amerisleep, Tempur-Pedic organizes their selection of mattresses in three collections, ProAdapt, LuxeAdapt and Breeze, which together have ten models.

All-foam Tempur-Pedic models have high-quality memory foam, which is very durable and provides consistent close conforming. Their hybrid models have better temperature regulation, better edge support, and also exceptionally long life-span.

The main drawback is their high price, but the brand tries to compensate for that with quality, durability, and free white glove delivery within the contiguous US, which is rare among the mattress manufacturers.

Besides various firmness options, Tempur-Pedic offers variations in terms of construction with its two hybrid beds.

Another thing to bear in mind is that Tempur-Pedic does not disclose any details about the used materials or construction of their products, which many dislike about them as it seems that they are not transparent enough.

Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt

This line has four models, which can roughly be divided and described as soft, medium, medium hybrid, and firm. Although the construction can slightly vary from one model to another, here we are going to represent the main components of Tempur-Pedic foam models from their Pro-Adapt line.

The construction starts with a thick layer of dense polyfoam (or coils for hybrid), and upon it, there are several other foam layers, transitional foam, and usually two different layers of memory foam for support, comfort, contouring, etc. The cover is removable, but suitable for machine washing, and has cooling properties due to the phase-changing material they incorporated.

Although mattress from this series comes in three different firmness levels, soft, medium, and firm, this is the most subjective category and depends a lot on sleepers’ personal body features. The more you weight, the softer the bed will feel to you. All memory foam mattresses tend to feel firm for the first second or two, but after that, the material will start molding to your body curves, and it will soften while you sink in.

Side sleepers who are more petite or lightweight should opt for the soft comfort level, while others who weigh more should go for medium or firm. On the other hand, stomach and back sleeping are not such demanding positions, and it will all depend on sleepers’ firmness preferences.

Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt

With only two options in this premium LuxeAdapt line, soft and firm, it should not be hard to decide between them. Both models are all-foam mattresses, 13 inches high, and share similar construction. The soft version can be described as a 6, while the firm one is a 4, so they are both on the medium side of comfort, without being too firm or soft.

Construction starts with a standard foundation of sturdy polyfoam and a thin transitional polyfoam layer, next is the layer of supportive Tempur APR+ memory foam, and on top is a Tempur-ES comfort memory foam layer. In firmer version, there is also a layer of APR+ support memory foam, but above it is the Tempur’s standard comfort foam. The cover in this line is removable and suitable for machine washing, but its best feature is the fact that is cool to the touch, thanks to the SmartClimate dual cover system.

The soft version is excellent for side sleepers, while stomach sleepers should rather go for the firm model, because their hips will sink in too much, and they could develop lower back pain. Back sleepers should enjoy both versions, depending on their preferences.

Tempur-Pedic Breeze

Tempur Breeze series comes in two types of construction, hybrid (Pro Breeze) and all-foam (Luxe Breeze), both are available in two firmness levels, and these are their newest and most luxurious mattresses introduced in 2019.

The Luxe Breeze series comes in firm (3,5) and soft (5) version, and it is claimed that these mattresses should sleep up to 8 degrees cooler than the average memory foam model. Both beds are 13 inches high and use Tempur’s latest and most advanced foam technology called Tempur CM+.

For the foundation layer, they placed a coat of sturdy and dense foam, on top of it is their newer CM+ material which does an excellent job of promoting airflow and keeping it cool throughout the night. Next foam layer has a phase-changing material which absorbs the heat, and then there is the dual cover which also has cooling properties, and it is removable and washable. From the construction, we can see that Tempur-Pedic went above and beyond to deal with heat conduction since almost all parts of their structure have some role in the process of temperature regulation.

When it comes to other features, this model is hard to beat, it has excellent motion isolation, support, and comfort in both soft and firm types, and it is an ideal choice for sleepers who are ready to invest in the quality of their sleep.

Comparing Warranty, Prices and Other Terms

Tempur-Pedic is known for their high prices, but Amerisleep is not the cheapest brand out there either, so here we are going to summarize their prices and the terms and conditions that they offer.

Features Amerisleep Tempur-Pedic
Warranty 20 years 10 years
Sleep trial period 100 nights 90 nights
Refund Full Full
Shipping US and Canada US and Puerto Rico
Delivery Bed-in-a-box White glove delivery, beds are not compressed


All Amerisleep models are available in six standard mattress sizes, while with Tempur-Pedic that varies slightly from one collection to another, and we are going to address that in a specific chart. When it comes to non-standard dimensions, Tempur-Pedic offers split Queen and split King, while Amerisleep offers split King only. For the sake of this comparison, we are going to take current prices for the two main sizes of the mentioned mattresses and put them side to side. Keep in mind that the listed prices are current, and they can vary due to promotions, special offers, etc.

Size AS1 AS2 AS3 AS4 AS5 Pro


Luxe Adapt Breeze
Queen $1199 $1299 $1399 $1699 $2099 $2899 $3699 $4199
King $1399 $1599 $1699 $1899 $2299 $3599 $4399 $4899



(all models)







Twin Twin / /
Twin XL Twin Long Twin Long Twin Long
Full Double / Double
Queen Queen Queen Queen
King Split Queen / /
California King King King King
Split King California King Split King Split King
/ / California King California King
/ Split California King Split California King Split California King


The Final Verdict

We tried to represent you both brands and their memory foam selections genuinely. In the end, it all comes down to your personal preferences, but we would like to point out a few more things.

If you are into materials and care about the surface you sleep on, it might be essential to you that the Amerisleep mattresses are produced with plant-based memory foam, in comparison to Tempur-Pedic which did not disclose or provide enough information about the foam they use. Tempur-Pedic uses different covers for their models, but they are mostly breathable, easily removable, and in Breeze series with cooling properties. On the other hand, all Amerisleep models have the Celliant fabric cover, which we already mentioned. Both companies use their proprietary memory foams and continuously improve them, but from the data we collected, it seems that Amerisleep uses processes that are more environmentally friendly.

This does not mean that Tempur-Pedic is using any harmful materials or processes. They simply tend to keep these details a secret, but the fact that they are not very transparent about their products might seem shady to some sleepers. Regardless of that, and the fact that they have higher prices, Tempur-Pedic is still among the best-selling mattress brands, which is why many sleepers trust them and their quality. However, many new brands are starting to take over the mattress market, and Amerisleep with its innovative approach and technology is definitely one of them, so if you are looking for the right memory foam model with a reasonable price, do not be afraid to rely on Amerisleep beds.


Loom & Leaf Vs. Leesa – who will win? Check out Counting Sheep’s unbiased all-foam mattress comparison to see which model fits your sleep needs better.

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, Sleep Researcher
Last Updated: Wed, November 6, 2019
Fact checked by:

Marko Jevtic

, Sleep Specialist

It is not a secret that sleeping on a memory foam provides that special feeling which most sleepers would describe as sleeping on a cloud. Hence, the foam is today widely popular and used, and it is hard to find a bed without at least one foam layer in it. But today we will be comparing models that are entirely made of foam,  and we are going to focus on some of the “younger” brands on the market, such as Loom & Leaf and Leesa, so stay tuned to find out more about them.

About the Brands

As one of the youngest brands, Leesa was founded recently, in 2015, but they are far from newbies, and the company quickly earned its place on the top, along with some other brands that have much longer tradition and presence on the bedding market. Currently, Leesa offers only two models, Leesa Hybrid mattress formerly known as Sapira, and the one that made them famous, the all-foam Leesa mattress, which is the one we will be reviewing today. Besides their amazing product, Leesa as a company tends to raise social awareness, and it does that by donating one mattress to charity organizations for every ten mattresses that are sold. Currently, the number of donated beds goes beyond 30.000.

If you have heard about Saatva, then you probably know that Loom & Leaf was founded as their subsidiary brand, but they do business separately although Saatva owns them, and they use Saatva’s facilities for the manufacturing of their model, the same as the Zenhaven does. Since they can also be considered as newcomers, Loom & Leaf progressed pretty quickly and became one of the best-selling bed-in-a-box brands. In their offer is currently only one model, Loom & Leaf mattress by Saatva, and that is the one we will be comparing to Leesa.

Leesa Mattress Review

Leesa’s 10 inches high bed has three foam layers in its construction, starting with 6 inches thick, dense foam as a support layer, which provides stability and support for all body types and sleep positions. The next layer is named “Recovery,” and it is 2 inches thick memory foam for enhanced pressure relief and contouring since it is placed in the middle, it does not trap the heat as much as it does when it is placed on top, right beneath the body of the sleeper. The final layer is a comfort layer of premium Avena foam with the same thickness. Avena mimics the qualities of natural latex, and it is very responsive, breathable, and durable. The soft lycra and polyester blend cover is tightly woven, and it has incorporated fire retardant fibers in it.

This model comes in only one, medium firm, comfort level, and targets the vast majority of sleepers who are satisfied with the balance between support and softness. It does not feel firm, and it will feel comfortable even to the side sleepers who usually have problems with mattresses that are on the firmer side. There is also enough support for back and stomach sleepers, and there will be a little bit of sinkage, but just enough to feel the cradling features of memory foam, and not to feel trapped in a bed.

Since all-foam models are notorious for their poor edge support, we cannot expect from Leesa to perform as well as some hybrid models with reinforcement around the perimeter. There will be some sagging when you sit on the edge, but it’s not the worst we have seen since the dense and resilient foundation does a decent job in supporting the entire structure, and there is no need to worry about rolling over during the night.

Leesa does not use any cooling gels or technologies; instead, they played it smart with placing heat conductive memory foam in the middle, and breathable Avena foam on top. In addition, the Avena layer is convoluted to enhance airflow and temperature regulation. Thanks to that, Leesa performs pretty well in terms of heat regulation, better than most all-foam models, which is why we highly recommend it to all sleepers who tend to sleep hot.

The fact that they used latex-like Avena foam, and traditional memory foam, means that Leesa combines the best of both worlds. There is the adaptiveness of memory foam, but without heat trapping, and fast responsiveness of Avena.

Although this model does not come in various firmness options, that does not have to be necessarily a drawback, since the more choice you have, the harder you will make a decision, and there will always be that thought that maybe some other model would feel slightly better.

Loom & Leaf Mattress Review

The Loom & Leaf also comes with all-foam structure, but with four layers and 12 inches high profile it is slightly taller than Leesa. As a core, they placed 5.5 inches high polyurethane foam, which is very dense, stiff, and it supports the body of the sleepers and secures proper spinal alignment. The next layer is 2 inches high transitional foam layer, and then the third layer is 2.5 inches thick dense visco-elastic memory foam, which contributes to the adaptiveness, and because it is so dense it prevents deep sinkage. The final foam layer is 2 inches thick gel-swirl visco-elastic foam, which slowly adapts and responds to body pressure, while its design and gel keep the sleeping surface cooler. The luxury appealing cover is made from organic cotton, and it is extra soft thanks to the plush padding underneath.

Unlike Leesa, Loom & Leaf comes in two comfort levels called Relaxed Firm and Firm. The Relaxed Firm can be described as medium firm or a 6 six on the firmness scale, and it will feel comfortable to most sleepers, while for the ones who prefer more support and firmer feel, there is another option which is a proper 8 on the scale. We recommend the Relaxed Firm to side sleepers as their shoulders and hips will be cradled, while stomach and back sleepers can opt for the one which feels the best for them.

Like with Leesa, the level of edge support is pretty decent here too, despite the fact that this is an all-foam mattress. In terms of heat regulation, Loom & Leaf performs just as well as Leesa, if not better. Breathable cover from pure organic cotton, cooling gel, convoluted design, and the arrangement of foam layers help with heat dissipation and keep the optimal temperature of the sleep surface.

With their two firmness options, Loom & Leaf widens the range of potential customers and targets the ones who prefer firmer feel too, such as, overweight sleepers or some stomach sleepers who seek higher support because sleeping on softer surfaces can cause lower back pain.

Loom & Leaf created a mattress which is more durable than the average foam model, and it will also perform better in the long run.

Comparing Warranty, Prices and Other Terms

Although they seem quite similar, these models are in different price ranges, and their terms and conditions are also slightly different, so in the charts below, we will summarize information in one place.

Features: Loom & Leaf Leesa
Warranty 15 years 10 years
Sleep trial period 120 nights 100 nights
Shipping Free, 7-15 days Free, 1-5 days
Firmness Medium firm and firm Medium firm
Thickness 12 inches 10 inches
Refund Full Full
Price $$ $


Size: Loom & Leaf Leesa
Twin $849 $505
Twin XL $999 $590
Full $1399 $760
Queen $1499 $845
King $1799 $1015
California King $1799 $1015


The Verdict

It is never easy to decide, but if you were reading carefully, you probably know which one is your favorite by now. Both models offer the unbeatable memory foam comfort, but if you are on a budget then Leesa might be more in your range, although both models cost less than some of the most popular memory foam beds. Also, ask yourself if you want a firmer mattress or a more medium feel, how much do you weigh, what is your preferred sleep position, etc. These things should be taken into consideration, but to help you out a bit more, here are our lists of reasons why you should buy Leesa or Loom & Leaf.

Choose Loom & Leaf if:

  • You are overweight or prefer sleeping on your stomach. Although it is incredibly comfortable, foam can have a negative effect on the posture of sleepers who need more support to bear their weight, which is why Loom & Leaf’s firm model should be the ideal solution for those sleepers.
  • You are into organic materials. Leesa has an elegant cover, but there are not many things that can compete with pure, organic cotton, which Loom & Leaf uses for their plushy and airy cover. It is also perfect for everyone who tends to avoid synthetic fabrics close to their skin.
  • You are a value seeker. Loom & Leaf uses denser foam layers, and it also comes with a longer warranty, so if you are ready to invest in your sleep, this is an excellent mattress to begin with.
  • You tend to sleep hot. Number one memory foam drawback has been successfully eliminated, which is why we recommend it to all sleepers who live in warm climate areas, or those who avoided sleeping on memory foam because they were worried about sweating and overheating.
  • You do not want to worry about delivery. Loom & Leaf mattress is pricier, but it comes with great service included. The delivery is free, as well as the in-home assembling, and the removal of the old mattress, so if you do not want to deal with unboxing and setting the bed, you do not have to, and the best part is that it is free.

Choose Leesa if:

  • You are on a budget. Let’s face it, we would all buy the most luxurious and expensive mattresses if we could, but just because we cannot afford premium models, it does not mean that we do not deserve to rest on a high-quality sleeping surface.
  • Safety is important to you. Leesa has a flame retardant implemented in its cover, which makes it fire resistant without the use of any dangerous chemicals, which could potentially be harmful to sleepers’ health.
  • You prefer having a bit of bounce. Due to the Avena foam, Leesa does not entirely have that traditional feel of memory foam, this unique blend enables high responsiveness, bounce and close conforming, all in one.
  • You are looking for a medium level of firmness. Having too many options may confuse some sleepers, and even lead to wrong decisions. That is why you cannot go wrong with Leesa if you are looking for a perfect balance between firmness and softness.
  • You share a bed with your partner. In terms of motion isolation, Leesa performs exceptionally well, which makes it perfect for couples, or sleepers who like sleeping with pets.

Purple versus Nectar? Which one is better? Read on to find out which model suits your sleep needs better.

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, Sleep Researcher
Last Updated: Wed, November 6, 2019
Fact checked by:

Marko Jevtic

, Sleep Specialist

Purple was launched in 2015 by two brothers, Terry and Tony Pearce. In 1989 they were creating products from carbon fibers, and in 2013 they were able to use a machine called Mattress Max for molding and producing more substantial pieces of elastic polymer for mattresses. They started their company with a Kickstarter campaign where they collected money to make King size models. The Purple flagship mattress, called the Original Purple, is Medium Firm, or 6.5 on the firmness scale. It is made with the Smart Grid comfort layer that contains a flexible polymer grid and buckling-column gel and with the high-density polyfoam support core. Apart from their flagship model, they also have other mattresses models, pillows, seat cushions, and other products made from hyper-elastic-polymer. All of their products are Greenguard gold and CertiPUR-US certified.

The Nectar Sleep started working in 2016. Ever since they launched their business, they have had a strategy of cheeky marketing, and they focused on product development. Today they have evolved to be one of the most significant competitors in the business of online mattress market. Their flagship model is the Nectar Mattress that has three layers of memory foam in the comfort system and high-density polyfoam in the support core. What makes the bed unique is the use of Tencel lyocell in the cover.

Mattress Construction

Both beds are made of multiple layers with different thickness and density that are put in a particular way to offer people the best possible experience. To better understand the models and what they offer, we need to take a closer look at the construction inside the Purple and Nectar models. Both models are Medium Firm or 6.5 on the scale, but the thickness differs. The Nectar model has a 9 ½ inches thickness and 110 pounds, while the Purple is thicker with 11 inches and lighter with 74 pounds.

The Purple’s support core is made from four inches of 2 PCF HD polyfoam, while the comfort layer has the elastic Polymer grid, two inches of buckling-column gel, and  3 ½ inches 1.8 PCF Polyfoam. The bed has many layers under its Smart Grid. The soft and breathable cover is made up of a mixture of lycra, polyester, and viscose. The fabric is very thin so it allows quality airflow into the bed. Since the fabric is used in athletic clothing, it is also stretchy with outstanding moisture wicking abilities and temperature regulation. The base layer is made of four inches thick polyfoam that is dense enough to give the sleeper optimal structural support. On top of it is a transitional layer that is made of three inches thick polyfoam. Above this layer is the final one that contains the signature smart comfort grid. This grid includes a hyper-elastic polyfoam that is two inches thick and temperature neutral. Every cell of the grid will bend easily and buckle when pressure is applied so the sleeper will get proper support and pain relief.

The Nectar mattress has a similar construction as Purple, but with a few differences. The comfort layer has one inch of quilted gel memory foam, one inch of 4 PCF gel memory foam and three inches of 3.5 PCF memory foam, while the support core components are made of six inches HD polyfoam. The cover of the bed is made of cotton and Tencel fibers, which is an eco-friendly material famous for its breathability and softness. Mixed with these two materials is an inch of gel memory foam that is quilted into the cover. With this combination, the cover will give the sleeper immediate comfort and temperature regulation. The base of the bed is made from six inches of high-density polyfoam. The polyfoam gives the bed stability and a firm foundation for the soft foams that are over it. The transitional layer above is made from memory foam that has a quick response to pressure. The top layer that is directly under the cover is made from three inches of memory foam. This layer has a prolonged reaction so the sleeper will be able to sink into the bed and get satisfying pressure relief. The transitional layer will also give the person a firmer base and extend the contouring when they sink deeper.

After taking a look at the construction, let’s look at the sizes. The Nectar mattress is available in all six sizes, while the Purple is not available in regular twin size. The prices for Nectar are $399 for regular twin and $469 for twin XL, while the Purple twin XL will cost $699. When comparing both models in twin sizes, Nectar is cheaper than the Original Purple. The prices for full bed are $599 for Nectar and $899 for Purple, while the Queen size will cost $699 for Nectar and $999. The prices for King and California King are $1,299 for the Original Purple and $899 for Nectar. You can notice that the Nectar is more affordable than Purple, with their lower prices that have a difference of $400 for the King sizes. If you have a tighter budget, Nectar would be a better choice for you. For those who do not know anything about the dimensions,  you can take a look at our mattress size chart.


FInding the optimal firmness level is essential when choosing a mattress. A mattress that is too soft or too firm will cause you to have problems with falling asleep, leading to many sleepless nights and different sleep positions that might not suit you. However, defining firmness is individual. There is a scale that goes from one to ten, and companies use it to describe levels of firmness for sleepers to choose. Of course, there aren’t many models that have one or ten. Both the Nectar and the Original Purple are 6.5 on the scale or Medium Firm as described.

With the Nectar, you can quickly sink into the bed, and experience the soft foam’s contouring. Back sleepers in the lightweight and heavyweight group will sleep good, while those who have between 130 and 230 pounds will sleep very good. Side sleepers will have an average sleeping experience, no matter how much weight they have. Stomach sleepers won’t have such a pleasant experience with Nectar since it offers fair sleep to those with less than 130 pounds and a night of slightly better sleep for those with more 130 pounds.  Just like with other memory foam models, heavier individuals and stomach sleepers will find the bed too soft.

Based on customer reports, the firmness of the Original Purple is more subjective, so it depends on the sleepers weight and sleeping position. Side sleepers with more than 130 pounds of weight will have a good sleeping experience, while those with less than 130 pounds will sleep better on this model. However, back sleepers with less than 130 pounds will have a slightly lower quality sleep than those with more 130 pounds. As for stomach sleepers, they will have the same experience as they would with the Nectar.

Heat Regulation

Many individuals have problems with overheating during the night, so their bed needs to have the right components in the comfort and support layers that will maintain the surface cool during the entire night. Since both mattresses have memory foam in their construction, it can be a bit problematic for individuals who sleep hot. When the body sinks too deeply into the bed there is no space for airflow that will cool the sleep surface down.

Usually, traditional memory foam models are not capable of dispersing heat properly, so many consumers complain about the adverse effects of the material. However, even though both models have much memory foam in their construction, they do offer temperature neutrality. The Nectar does sleep warm a bit, but since the cover has lyocell with gel memory foam in the layers below, the bed has more breathability than any other model with memory foam. The Purple has better temperature neutrality, and many sleepers reported they slept reasonably cool during the night.

Responsiveness, Bounce And Noise

The responsiveness of the bed refers to how much it can adjust the support to the sleeper’s body. If a mattress has excellent responsiveness, it means it can modify its cushioning to the pressure that specific parts of the body apply to the bed. Proper responsiveness, as well as conforming are essential for proper spinal alignment.

Both models have a very responsive sleeping surface but in different ways. Nectar’s layers contour the body without being too soft, while the Purple’s smart comfort grid compresses proportionally to the weight that is applied. The Purple might have slightly less contouring than the Nectar, but it will still be very supportive for the spine, neck, and back.

Since the Purple has its top hyper-elastic layer, it will quickly bounce back to its original shape. The Nectar has some bounce as well, but just like other memory foam models, it is not responsive enough for the majority of couples. However, the Nectar has excellent motion absorption that minimizes movement to a significant extent, so individuals who sleep with a partner will have a good night of sleep without any disruptions. The Purple also has excellent motion isolation but based on customer reports, Nectar is much better for individuals who get awaken easily due to motion transfer.

Warranty, Sleep Trials, and Off-Gassing

The Purple company gives an entirely non-prorated 120-month warranty with a 100-day sleep trial for its Original Purple. The trial does not have a mandatory break-in period, so you can return the mattress at any point within the sleep trial and get a full refund for the price that they purchased the product. The warranty includes sagging or indentations that measure one inch or deeper and any cracks in the mattress material that happened even with proper care, but the warranty will be voided if the mattress is not used with a proper flat, solid or non-spring foundation.

The Nectar mattress has an entirely non-prorated lifetime warranty that covers sagging or indentations that measure one and a half inches or more, manufacturing defects of the cover, and physical flaws in the mattress that lead to splits or cracks. However, there are small charges that can occur. With the first ten years of ownership, repairing or replacing the bed will cost you nothing, but after these ten years, owners will need to pay $50 for shipping each way for both repairs and replacements. If the bed is determined to be defective, these charges will be refunded to you. The product also has a 365-day sleep trial that does not have a break-in period.

Even though the Nectar has White Glove delivery available, neither of these models has old mattress removal. Both models have small and non-harmful off-gassing after unpacking, but it will go away after a couple of hours.

Reasons to Buy the Original Purple

The Purple has the most innovative technology to offer, with its hyper-elastic polymer grid that gives is one of the best heat regulation solutions. For hot sleepers and those who have more than 130 pounds, this is an ideal choice. Along with that, the Purple is also suitable for sleepers who prefer firmer beds and moderate body conforming, as well as couples who get awaken easily because of movement or noise. The Original Purple mattress is also excellent for back and side sleepers because of its construction that offers great pressure response and conforming to the body. However, it is not suitable for individuals who like softer beds with very close conforming, those who have less than 130 pounds or people who have a tighter budget.

Reasons to Buy the Nectar

The Nectar Mattress is also suitable for people who like firmer surfaces and prefer moderate conforming and those who tend to sleep hot. What makes the Nectar different from the Purple is that it is also excellent for individuals with persistent aches and pains in their lower back, neck, or shoulders. Apart from that, those who sleep with a partner will also find this model ideal. Because of its excellent motion isolation, it is perfect for people who awaken easily because of noise or movement. However, same as with Purple, if you have less than 130 pounds or like softer beds that give close conforming, the Nectar may not be a suitable option for you.

Go for the Leesa if you like the all-foam feel, but want to sleep slightly cooler. It is great for couples, and people who like a medium firm mattress with reasonable conforming. Opt for Helix Midnight if you sleep exceptionally hot and wake up sweaty. This model will help you sleep cooler thanks to its breathability and temperature regulating properties. It is suitable for couples, and people who like medium firmness with a good balance between support and contouring.

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, Sleep Researcher
Last Updated: Wed, November 6, 2019
Fact checked by:

Marko Jevtic

, Sleep Specialist

Looking for a new mattress can sometimes be a very stressful thing to do. People can’t find all the right information online, going to a lot of stores can be exhausting, and the products are hard to compare if you don’t write everything down. That is why we constantly review beds and all the products that should help you get a good night’s rest. We have taken this very seriously since we know how important sleep is in every aspect of your life. Poor sleep leads to serious health conditions, weight gain, impaired cognitive performance, weak immune system, and it is bad for your overall quality of life. That is why we have created many guides, to help you get the right product, and enjoy all the benefits of sound slumber.

Today, we compare two models, the Leesa and Helix Midnight. They are both considered medium in terms of firmness, they have been on the market for about the same time, and are in the moderate price category. Let’s see how they both compare in construction, features, and other ratings so you can make the right buying decision.

Leesa vs. Helix – Basic Info

Leesa was founded in 2014 and Leesa mattress is their flagship model. Leesa mattress is an all-foam model with comfort layers made of polyfoam and memory foam, while the base provides enough sturdiness and support thanks to the high-density polyfoam. The model is considered medium in terms of firmness, rated five on a 1-10 scale. Keep in mind that the brand also offers Leesa Hybrid mattress, formerly the Sapira, but in today’s review, we’ll focus on Leesa and how it compares with the competition.

Helix Sleep has been on the market since 2015, and their main focus was making quality hybrid mattresses. We’ve chosen their Helix Midnight for this comparison, as it also offers medium firmness with a 5.5 rating. The bed comes in two versions, and you can choose between Standard and Luxe design. The Standard model comes with a high-density polyfoam base, and single-gauge pocketed coils, which gives this bed enough stability and proper support. The comfort system consists of memory foam layer and polyfoam as a traditional layer between the springs and the rest of the mattress. Luxe design comes with an additional gel-infused memory foam layer for extra comfort and cooling effect, and the coils are zoned for better support. Beside the Helix Midnight, they offer five other hybrid models in both Standard and Luxe versions: the Sunset, Dusk, Moonlight, Twilight, and Dawn. There is also a model specially designed for heavier sleepers – the Nightfall mattress, and two dual firmness beds, the Dual Balanced, and Dual Extra. Keep in mind that we will only focus on Helix Midnight and how it compares to Leesa, but you can check other reviews on our website if you are interested in different models.

Mattress Construction

If you want to see how your mattress will stand the test of time, you can do so by looking at the way it is constructed. If the company uses quality materials and their manufacturing process is good with a lot of attention to detail, it is almost certain that their products will perform well and have a long lifespan.

The Leesa is an all-foam model that comes at a medium firmness. Most people love the foam feel, and it is the most used materials in comfort layers. What people like the best about this material is that it contours nicely to the body curves, and it offers pressure relief in the spots such as hips, shoulders, lower back, and knees. These spots can be sore if the body weight falls on them instead of spreading evenly on the surface. Besides this, foam offers excellent motion isolation and is silent when bearing weight. However, these models sometimes tend to sleep hot, have weak edge support, and are not responsive enough, so some people might not like them because they might sink in and feel trapped. That can make it harder to switch positions during the night, or to have sex.

The Leesa has a 6” high-density polyfoam base that provides a stable foundation for the whole bed, and it allows even weight distribution. Two 2” comfort layers provide a medium firm feel, which is a great balance between proper support and contouring. This is what many sleepers prefer, and most will find it satisfying no matter their sleep position preference or body weight. The cover is made of polyester and Lycra spandex blend, which allows elasticity, breathability, and also comes with some moisture-wicking abilities. The 10” profile is standard for mattresses, while the 71 pounds in Queen size is slightly lighter than other mattresses, so moving and handling it won’t be a problem.

Helix Midnight is a hybrid mattress, meaning that it has both innerspring and foam components. This brings the best of both worlds, with coils, there is better support and a stronger edge, as well as good ventilation since there is enough room between the springs for the air to flow freely. That allows the bed to sleep cooler, which is exactly what memory foam needs as it tends to retain heat. On the other hand, the foam provides closer conforming and pressure relief, making it suitable for people who experience back pain and aches.

The Standard Helix Midnight has a high-density polyfoam base that provides a solid foundation for the whole bed. Pocketed single-gauge coils give additional support to this high-density layer. On top of it lays a transitional polyfoam layer, while the comfort system is made of memory foam that offers medium firmness, and closer conforming, while still sleeping more on the mattress rather than sinking in. With a 10” profile and 84 pounds in Queen size, it is lighter than other hybrid models, so you shouldn’t have many problems moving it.

The Luxe model has a similar construction with a few additions. It has a gel-infused layer added in the comfort system, which provides additional cooling and closer conforming for more pressure and pain relief. The coils in the core are zoned, with thinner ones in the area where your shoulders rest, and a thicker one for the lumbar area. This provides more targeted support, which is particularly suitable for heavier people. The cover is made with phase change materials that ensure proper temperature regulation, so it’s a nice little addition for sleeping cool during hot summer nights and warming up during the winter. The Luxe edition has a 14” profile, making it thicker than standard models. It also weighs 120 pounds in Queen size, so it might be a little too heavy for a single person to handle it, and you might need additional help.

Available Sizes and Pricing

Both models are available in all six standard sizes. Here are their dimensions and prices depending on the selected option.

Size Width Length Price (Leesa/Helix Midnight Standard/ Luxe)
Twin 39” 75” $525



Twin XL 39” 80” $695



Full/Double 54” 75” $855



Queen 60” 80” $995



King 76” 80” $1,195



California King 72” 84” $1,195




Performance Comparison

When it comes to durability, both brands haven’t been on the market long enough, so we can’t determine this with 100% certainty, but we can say that there were no major user complaints so far. You can expect your mattress to have at least an average lifespan of 7-8 years for both of these models.

The Leesa mattress is a little softer, so it will conform a bit closer, providing better pressure relief. However, some heavier sleepers have stated that it doesn’t offer enough support for their weight, and that’s where Helix Midnight performs a lot better.

Off-gassing is a term used to describe a specific rubbery smell that new mattresses have. Since both models have foam in the construction, you can expect a little bit of odor, but it is very mild and will disappear within a day or so.

Sleeping too hot can be a problem for many users, so it’s essential that the bed doesn’t retain heat. Since the Leesa is an all-foam model, it naturally sleeps a bit hotter, but they have done a good job, and it provides enough temperature neutrality for most sleepers. This is, however, where the Helix Midnight performs much better, since it has an innerspring core, allowing better airflow and sleeping much cooler.

When it comes to edge support, as expected, Helix Midnight performs much better. Due to its hybrid construction, and additional foam layers reinforcing the whole bed, the edge is rather strong. With the Leesa, you can expect some sinkage around the perimeter, most commonly in the place where you usually sit in the morning.

Both beds have excellent motion isolation, which is especially impressive for Helix Midnight since hybrids often lack in this department. This makes them perfect for people who share their bed with a partner and are easily woken up by their movement during the night. The Leesa also makes no noise when bearing weight, while with Helix Midnight, you can expect some since there are springs in its construction. The innerspring core, however, makes for a bouncier bed, so it is a better choice for sex. Foam lacks responsiveness, so it might not be suitable for some couples as they might feel stuck.

Sleep Ratings

We rated these beds primarily based on their abilities to provide proper spine alignment, and the overall comfort while sleeping. These criteria are somewhat subjective and can vary based on a sleeper’s weight and position preference. Here is what we found out.

The Leesa has a medium firm feel, which is perfect for average sized individuals, as well as lighter and heavier people who like the right balance of contouring and support. It is a suitable choice for every type of sleepers, no matter if you plan on resting on your back, side, stomach, or you switch it up during the night. It provides proper support with superb conforming and pressure relief, so it’s a suitable choice for most sleepers.

Helix Midnight also offers medium firmness and is suitable for all weight groups, but lighter individuals may like the Standard version better, while the heavier ones will probably prefer the Luxe. Back and side sleepers will find the most benefits of this mattress, while stomach sleepers may have some problems if they are in the heavyweight group.

Delivery, Sleep Trial, and Warranty

Leesa ships to the US, Canada, the UK, and Germany for free. This usually takes 3-7 business days. They also offer a White Glove delivery with bed installation and old mattress removal for an additional fee of $150. Helix delivers to the US and most of Canada, and while the US shipments are free, buyers from Canada will need to pay additional $250.

Both brands offer a 100-night sleep trial with a 30-day break in period. It means that you will use the mattress for a month, and if you don’t like it afterward, you can return it for a full refund.

You’ll get a 10-year warranty for the Leesa and the standard version of Helix Midnight, and 15-year guarantee for the Luxe version. Warranties cover all the defects that might appear as well as sagging and sinkage over one inch deep. Less than that is not included in the coverage; neither are changes in the person’s sleep preference or the damages connected to misuse or improper cleaning. Keep in mind that mattresses get a bit softer over time, so always choose a slightly firmer model than what you consider suitable.

Which One To Choose?

Go for the Leesa if you like the all-foam feel, but want to sleep slightly cooler. It is great for people who like a medium firm mattress with reasonable conforming. Also, it is a perfect choice for couples because of the superior motion isolation and quietness when bearing weight. On the other hand, it is not a good choice if you don’t like the foam feel and close conforming, or you’d like a more responsive surface.

You should choose Helix Midnight if you sleep exceptionally hot and experience night sweats. This model will help you sleep cooler thanks to its breathability and temperature regulating properties. It is suitable for people who like medium firmness with a good balance between support and contouring. It is also ideal for those who need good motion isolation with minimal noise. Helix Midnight is not a good option if you don’t like the classic innerspring feel, or want a firmer surface with minimal conforming.


The T&N is recommended for sleepers who like medium firm, moderately conforming surface, weigh 130 pounds or more, need back pain and pressure relief, and sleep with a partner. The Helix Midnight best suits hot sleepers who struggle to keep cool on foam beds, sleepers with back pain, those looking for medium firm mattress that is moderately conforming, and value seekers.

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, Sleep Researcher
Last Updated: Wed, November 6, 2019
Fact checked by:

Marko Jevtic

, Sleep Specialist

Both Helix and Tuft & Needle are well established, although still relatively new companies on the market. Tuft & Needle was launched in 2012 with its flagship T&N mattress. Besides that one, the company offers the gel and graphite infused Mint Mattress.

Helix was founded in 2015, but most of their best sellers were introduced in 2018. In addition to the Helix Midnight, our pick for this article, they sell hybrids like Moonlight, Sunset, Twilight, Dawn and Dusk, and heavier weight-friendly Nightfall. Their extensive product line also includes dual-firmness beds like Dual Extra and Dual Balanced.

As you can see, these two manufacturers already have a lot on display, hoping to suit everybody’s taste and need. The reason we have chosen to compare only the two mattresses and not include the rest in this article is simple – out of all the beds mentioned, they are the most alike, automatically making one’s choice between them the most challenging.

The pros and cons list based on which you will make a final decision extends further than just the costs, warranties and the firmness of your bed. Do you experience back pain? Would you prefer flatter, bouncier surfaces or close conforming while you sleep? Do you sleep with a partner, and do they keep accidentally waking you up?

Everybody has different needs, but there are some repeating, universal factors to consider before making the purchase. These criteria are important, as it is through them that you will be able to make an informed decision and make the most out of your new bed at the end of this article. But first, let’s take a look at the Helix and T&N individually.

Tuft & Needle

This idea behind this mattress’ design is simple and efficient. Made from only two layers, T&N mattress features a 1.8 PCF high-density polyfoam base and a 2.8 PCF polyfoam comfort layer. This combination makes for a medium firm (6.5), supportive surface covered with a blend of polyester and rayon.

The bed is ten inches thick, which meets your average mattress thickness, but the Queen size weighs only 72 pounds, making it lighter even compared to some all-foam beds, and easy to move or rotate as needed.

The Helix Midnight

The Helix Midnight comes in two versions, with some vital differences in their construction. The Midnight consists of a comfort layer made of memory foam, a transitional layer made of polyfoam, and a pocket coil and high-density polyfoam support core. Its cover is made from polyester and stretch. The Midnight is ten inches thick and weighs 84 pounds in Queen size, which is a bit heavier than the T&N, but most people still don’t find it challenging to lift.

The Helix Midnight Luxe has a double comfort system from standard and gel memory foam. Its support configuration differs from the Midnight, too, featuring thinner, higher-gauge coils under the shoulder area, and lower-gauge coils below the hips. The transitional polyfoam and high-density polyfoam base are the same as with the Midnight, and its pillow-top cover is to blame for the difference in the profile compared to the standard Midnight, at least to some extent. As a result, the Luxe is 14 inches tall and its weight in Queen size is 120 pounds, which is considerably heavier than its standard version, making it a bit difficult to handle for many customers. Despite their different construction, both the Midnight and the Midnight Luxe are ranked as medium firm (5.5).


Obviously, you want your bed to last as long as possible once you set it up in the bedroom. Like most similar designs, the T&N is supposed to stay in shape for about six or seven years. However, this particular model hasn’t been around for long so we can’t say for sure. A similar case is with the Helix Midnight Luxe. What we do know for certain is that the standard Midnight lasts up to seven years on average, so that would be the safest pick for this category.

Motion Isolation

Couples, pay attention to this one. Sleeping together is good for your health if you can manage to maintain it without interruptions. Even if you aren’t particularly sensitive to motion during sleep, your companion’s tossing and turning on a more responsive surface might wake you up. In such a scenario, one partner’s sleepless night might quickly become the other one’s, too. T&N is a solid choice here. Despite being completely memory foam-free, this bed keeps the rest of its surface almost wholly unphased when you switch positions or first lay down. The Helix Midnight offers similar motion isolation, above average compared to other hybrids.


Another factor for couples’ consideration; excessive noise is a known sleep disruptor. Environmental noise pollution may be avoided to an extent, but what if the sound comes from your bed? Well, the Midnight’s coils are designed to be as quiet as possible, but it’s still louder than all-foam mattresses. The T&N, on the other hand, made this issue almost non-existent. When bearing weight, this bed makes next to zero noise.

Edge Support

Edge support refers to the sinking potential around the bed’s perimeter in case the owner leans or sits at the edges often. It is generally not advisable as the bed might deviate from its original form over time. If you insist on it, the T&N will most likely develop indentations after a while as edge support is not one of its stronger suits. However, the Midnight excels in this category due to its added layers and coil configuration.


The mattress’ ability to adapt to your body is beneficial for various spine alignment issues, relieving pain from your back, neck, shoulders and relaxing your pressure points. This is due to the way a conforming mattress shapes to fit your form without letting you sink too deep into the surface and deform your posture. Of course, a lot of this depends on your sleeping position and weight, but higher conformity is universally recommended for people facing these problems.

To serve this purpose, both mattresses may be good enough, but the winner is the Midnight. It hugs around your body quite tightly compared to the T&N, which does the job on par with most similar beds but ranks lower in this case.


Some off-gassing upon unpacking and assembling your new mattress is common, although you may be surprised at first. The smell doesn’t signify anything dangerous and usually dissipates after a few days, but for a highly sensitive individual, this may count as greater downside than for others. The T&N may be slightly more problematic in this scenario, as its smell is stronger than the Midnight’s. They both air out quickly, though, so try to focus on other, permanent features instead.

Temperature Regulation

The T&N is not bad at keeping you fresh during sleep, although there have been a few complaints on this account.  But the Helix Midnight does a far better job here thanks to the coil design. Without a doubt, this bed would take care of all the hot-sleeping struggles you may otherwise experience regularly.


The responsiveness commonly sought after when it comes to sex is less than ideal in the T&N, but a bit more promising in the Midnight. Although this bed is nowhere near excellent in this category, it does have a bouncier surface than its all-latex or foam competitors. You rarely get the full package of features in a single mattress, and this category is often among the first to be overlooked, but the Midnight certainly offers a compromise worth considering.

Sizes and Prices

Both models come in a range of six different sizes, from Twin to California King. When it comes to prices, the T&N is notably cheaper, starting with the $350 Twin and reaching $750 for both King and California King sizes, making it a no-brainer for a tight budget. The standard Midnight offers the Twin model at $500 and the California King for $1149, while the Luxe has even higher price listings, as the name implies. This model’s Twin is $895, already exceeding T&N’s California King price, and the Luxe’s California King comes at a $1945.

Sleep Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

The T&N

For this mattress, Tuft & Needle offers a 100-night sleep trial, without a mandatory break-in period. However, this applies only to owners who bought the product directly from Tuft & Needle or Huckberry. One household may receive only one sleep trial per year.

You may return the bed at any point, but for Alaska and Hawaii, Tuft & Needle won’t refund the shipping charges. Otherwise, the company will pick up the mattress for you and cover the shipping cost along with all other refunds necessary.

The warranty is entirely non-prorated and lasts ten years, or until the mattress leaves the US. It also becomes void if the bed isn’t used with an appropriate, firm support system. The warranty covers for indentations deeper than ¾ inches, manufacturing abnormalities with the zippers or seams, and physical defects that cause the foam to crack. It will not cover for sagging measuring less than ¾ inches, damage done due to neglect like burns, stains or scratch marks, and the owner’s custom repair wishes. The warranty only applies to the original owner of the bed and cannot be transferred to the next owner, should the mattress be sold.

Tuft & Needle ships all over the US. The delivery arrives between three and seven business days since the purchase has been made. For the customers from the contiguous US, free shipping is available, along with the same-day shipping for $50. Customers from Alaska or Hawaii may have to pay additional charges.

The Helix Midnight

The sleep trial for the Midnight lasts a 100 nights, too, but only after the mandatory 30-day period can you request to return your mattress. Helix will issue a full refund and pick up your bed for no additional money.

The warranty for the Midnight lasts ten years, and fifteen for the Midnight Luxe, both of them entirely non-prorated. The transportation costs for repairs must be paid by the customer, but up to $100 may be refunded by Helix should a defect be discovered.

Both Midnight and Luxe are to be used with a solid base surface. Otherwise, the warranty becomes void. Defects such as indentations deeper than an inch and other physical flaws with the damaged foam or cover surface will be covered by the warranty. However, sagging under 1 inch deep and misuse-related defects doesn’t qualify for the guarantee. As with the Tuft & Needle, this warranty can’t be transferred to another owner.

Helix delivers to most of Canada and the entire US. The Midnight delivery usually takes from three to seven business days, but the Luxe may take up to ten since the purchase was made. The UPS coordinates all Helix deliveries.

The Final Verdict

The T&N is a suitable choice if:

  • You like a medium firm, moderately conforming surface
  • You weigh 130 pounds or more
  • You suffer from minor shoulder or back issues
  • You and your companion wake up easily due to noise or movement
  • Your budget is limited, but you want a foam bed

Keep looking if you weigh under 130 pounds, have different firmness preferences or want a more responsive mattress.

The Helix Midnight might suit you if:

  • You are a hot sleeper and struggle to keep cool on foam beds
  • You regularly experience back or neck pain
  • You’d like a medium firm mattress that is moderately conforming
  • You want coil beds but easily wake up due to noise or motion
  • You seek a more responsive mattress but not at the cost of the factors above

This bed may not be the best pick if you want a surface that conforms more closely or you like lower-profile beds.


Loom & Leaf vs Tuft & Needle mattress – which one is better? Learn how these two rank in categories such as durability, motion isolation, noise, etc. as well as how affordable each of them is, and what exactly you sign up for when you purchase them.

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, Sleep Researcher
Last Updated: Wed, November 6, 2019
Fact checked by:

Marko Jevtic

, Sleep Specialist

While first discovering the vast amount of information on beds, sheets, pillows and such, you might soon start to feel like you’re falling down a rabbit hole – to no surprise, as the data gets very detailed and specific to fulfill precise sets of demands. While that’s undoubtedly a good thing, as it means that everybody can find an item to suit them, it also means that the sheer quantity of choices will be overwhelming at the first encounter and often confusing. You will realize there are a few essential general criteria to measure these items by until you narrow your choices down to a couple of possible fits – and this is where our article aims to help you.

See, distinguishing a firm mattress from a soft one is not a problematic task, but distinguishing two beds with similar characteristics is where many people find themselves stuck. The nuances are what you will need to mull over to ultimately decide on an option you’re comfortable with.

In this article, we have chosen to cover one such case with the Loom & Leaf mattress and the Tuft & Needle mattress. Keep reading to find out how these two rank in categories such as durability, motion isolation, noise, etc. as well as how affordable each of them is, and what exactly you sign up for when you purchase them.

Tuft & Needle

The company exists since 2012 and produces all-foam beds. Besides the flagship T&N Mattress that they are most known for, they also designed the Mint Mattress, with a memory foam comfort layer infused with gel and graphite, a transitional polyfoam layer and the support core made of higher-density polyfoam.

For the purposes of this article, however, we will stick with the T&N. This model is made out of two components. The seven inch-thick base consists of 1.8 PCF polyfoam, a 2.8 PCF polyfoam comfort system that’s three inches thick and also infused with graphite and gel, with a rayon or polyester cover. This combination makes the T&N a medium firm with the 6.5 level of firmness, meaning it won’t be completely unyielding when you lay on it, but you also won’t sink in. This bed weighs only 72 pounds in Queen size and has a profile of ten inches, so it takes up the same space as an average bed, but lighter in weight even compared to other all-foams.

Loom & Leaf

Saatva, the company that created this bed, first set out in 2010 to make a luxury mattress that doesn’t cost a fortune. Besides the Loom & Leaf, they offer the Saatva (an innerspring with mixed foam) and the Zenhaven (a dual design made of latex).

The Loom & Leaf has a high-density polyfoam support core with two layers, a multi-layer comfort system consisting of gel and regular memory foam, and even a foam-padded organic cotton cover. This sums up to an even more layered and taller bed than the T&N, with a total of 12 inches thickness. The model is also quite a bit heavier – 93 pounds in Queen size make this bed somewhat tricky to lift and rotate.

The Loom & Leaf has two firmness options: medium firm (5.5) and firm (8). The Medium firm option offers closer conforming, which would suit side sleepers and lighter weighing individuals in general. The firm Loom & Leaf, on the other hand, works better for heavier people and those who prefer sleeping on their back or stomach, with lower conforming but more reliable support.


Loom & Leaf usually lasts about seven years on average, which is on par with other foam beds. After that period, some sagging is to be expected. This seems to be the case with the T&N as well, although this company has been present for a shorter while, which means that an accurate assessment hasn’t been formed yet. Similar durability of six to seven years is likely.

Body Conforming

Both models rank high in this category. T&N conforms closely to the sleeper’s body and is frequently listed as an optimal choice for people who experience chronic back pain and neck issues.

The Loom & Leaf offers similar conformity but coming in two firmness levels, so heavier-weighing people can expect the same pain relieving properties from this bed. In conclusion, both models are good for any position, as they enable enough support and hug tightly around you to ensure proper posture and minimum strain on your pressure points.

Temperature Regulation

Waking up in sweat is a common struggle of many people, earning it a category of its own when it comes to mattress evaluation. Some companies highlight the cooling feature in some of their products, but unfortunately, neither of these two models have temperature neutrality as their selling point. That being said, the T&N has a slight advantage over the Loom & Leaf, with a small number of owners complaining about hot sleeping. The Loom & Leaf, despite its cooling gel mechanism, still gets a bit more heat complaints from customers, but its verdict remains “good” compared to some other mattresses.

Motion Isolation

Although the T&N isn’t a memory foam model, its motion isolation is admirable. One could switch sides or get up from the bed with their partner barely noticing.

The Loom & Leaf isn’t behind on this. Next to no motion transfer occurs when one shifts positions on this bed, making it a very close call between the two and classifying both as couple-approved. Especially if you or your companion wake easily due to motion, both of the beds reviewed here are suitable for you.


Another regular couples’ complaint – bed rattle. When one partner can’t sleep, they often accidentally wake the other one, too, unless this feature is accounted for in the bed mechanism. Luckily, both T&N and the Loom & Leaf take care of this problem for you, not letting out a squeak while bearing weight and leaving you and your partner to snooze together in peace.


An unpleasant smell is not unusual for many mattresses as you first buy them and bring them into your home, but this isn’t something to focus on unless some exceptional circumstances. They air out in a couple of days in most cases, but people with sensitive noses sometimes have issues with this. The Loom & Leaf and T&N are no exceptions here – most people won’t mind the odor itself unless they are worried about the chemicals’ effect on their health. Don’t give in to fear-mongering; due to their design and materials used, all foam beds have this property, but that doesn’t mean they are dangerous. The smell will dissipate quickly, and you will be left with a quality mattress should you choose any one of these models.

Edge support

The support around the perimeters in the T&N gets a passing grade, but nothing over that. Indentations can develop over time if you spend a lot of it sitting around the edges of your bed. The Loom & Leaf is a slightly better choice here, but in either case, avoid burdening the perimeters as much as you can if you want to prolong the mattress’ lifespan. Neglecting it will lead to deformations, and the key features of both designs like body conformity will lose their significance in supporting your spinal alignment and healthy posture.


The essential quality here is responsiveness. Unfortunately, neither of the models is an appropriate pick if this is an important factor for you. Consider the health benefits of the lack of bounciness in these designs, though, before you determine that responsiveness deserves the top shelf in your criteria. If so, other beds would definitely be more suitable, and we’ve set up a list of mattresses for sex to help you choose one to your liking.

To summarize, the T&N might suit you if:

  • you like medium firm sleeping surfaces
  • you tend to sleep hot on foam beds
  • you prefer beds that aren’t too tall
  • you or your companion are sensitive to noise or movement and wake up easily
  • you weigh over 130 pounds

This model might not suit you if you prefer firmer/softer surfaces, weigh under 130 pounds or seek a more bouncy, less conforming bed.

The Loom & Leaf might be a good idea if:

  • you like sleeping on a higher platform
  • you suffer frequent shoulder or back pain and want a close-conforming bed
  • you prefer mattresses on the firmer end
  • you need a bed that’s supportive for heavier weight
  • motion or noise wakes you or your partner easily

You may wish to reconsider if you weigh lighter than 130 pounds, you tend to sleep hot, want a lower-profile or less conforming bed.

Prices and Sizes

There is a total of six different sizes between these beds, starting with Twin and ending with the California King. Out of the two, T&N is over twice as affordable: the Twin size comes at $350, while the Loom & Leaf one costs $749. Loom & Leaf’s California King is $1699 compared to the $750 T&N. As you can see, the difference in prices is considerable; if the distinctions between these beds in other criteria we went over aren’t of significant concern, or your budget is limited the choice is obvious. However, there are a few last details you need to take a look at before you decide to make a purchase.

Sleep Trial, Warranty and Delivery


The sleep trial for this model lasts 100 nights.

Shipping charges’ refunds aren’t available for owners in Hawaii or Alaska who wish to return their purchase.

A household may get one sleep trial per year. The testing is offered only to customers who buy the products from Tuft & Needle or other authorized sellers.

The warranty for T&N lasts ten years and is non-prorated. It only applies if the mattress is used with a solid, firm foundation and doesn’t leave the US. The warranty isn’t transferable; it’s void for anybody who buys the mattress from the original owner and not from Tuft & Needle or an authorized seller.

The warranty will cover defects such as sagging marks deeper than ¾ of an inch, cracks in the foam or flaws with the zippers. It won’t cover for damage caused by neglect, such as burns, cuts, stains, indentations in the mattress less than a ¾ inch deep or any custom wishes from the customer.

Tuft & Needle delivers to customers all over the US. Free shipping usually takes between three and seven business days, while a same-day shipping option is available at $50. Hawaii and Alaska shipment may be additionally charged.


With the Loom & Leaf mattress, this company offers a 120-night trial. The bed may be returned at any point.

A $99 shipping fee will be deducted from refunds of all mattresses. Customers may choose to exchange their bed for another one with this same fee taking place.

The partially prorated warranty lasts 15 years. For the first two years, Saatva offers to repair any defects for free, but should you request a repairment after that period, you will have to pay $198 transportation fee.

Saatva also offers something called the “Fairness Replacement Option.” It works like this: after the free-repair period of two years and up to the fifth year, owners can replace their defective bed for a new one at 30% of the original cost; starting the sixth year and up to ten, they pay 50% of the original price; from year 11 they must pay 75% for a new bed. In this case, the customers may choose to keep their original mattress in addition to the replacement.

The warranty applies only if the bed is supported by a metal frame with at least five legs, and vertical support for Queen size and above. As with the T&N, sagging deeper than ¾ inches will meet the cut, but the warranty will cover no less than that. Furthermore, only the original owners may use the warranty; they may later choose to sell it to a third party, but the warranty can’t be transferred.

Saatva doesn’t ship to Hawaii, Alaska and overseas US territories. They do offer the White Glove service for the contiguous US and most of Canada, which means your new mattress will be set up in your home and the old one removed for free. From the moment the purchase is made, the customer gets a timeframe of four hours in which their bed is to be delivered. If this timeframe isn’t met, they may request a full refund. Prior to the date of delivery, customers won’t pay cancellation charges.


Casper vs. Tuft & Needle – which one is better? We suggest picking the Casper if you weigh less than 230 pounds and like closer conforming. This bed is simply amazing for people who often experience pains and aches, and perfect for couples. Go for T&N if you prefer a firmer surface with moderate contouring, and you weigh at least 130 pounds. It is also an excellent choice for co-sleeping. This bed comes at a below-average price, so it is great for value seekers.

Written by:


, Sleep Researcher
Last Updated: Wed, November 6, 2019
Fact checked by:

Marko Jevtic

, Sleep Specialist

Picking the right mattress can sometimes turn out to be a difficult decision. The information found online is not good enough to provide sufficient details about different products, making it hard to compare. Because of that, we have created numerous guides and reviews to help people choose new bedding products. When you have all the information in one place, it is easier to make the decision, and the more informed you are, the better it will be. Remember that price is not the only indicator of quality, and if you dig deep enough, you can find excellent products for a better value.

Today we review two beds that are more affordable to the average buyer, but both perform very well. Casper and Tuft and Needle have been on the market for about the same time, so let’s dig into their strengths and weaknesses and see how they compare.

Casper vs. T&N – Basic Info

Casper has been in business since 2014. The Casper is their flagship mattress, and it features a high-density polyfoam layer, in addition to comfort system that consists of three separate foam layers. It comes at a moderate price, and it is considered to be medium on a firmness scale, rating at 5.5 out of 10. The company also offers the Casper Essential, which is a memory foam mattress, and the Casper Wave that consists of foam and latex. However, this review will focus on the feature of their flagship bed, the Casper model.

Tuft & Needle was founded in 2012, so they have been around for a little longer than Casper. The T&N Mattress is their flagship model, and it is made entirely out of polyfoam, with a 7” high-density base, and a 3” comfort layer. It is considered inexpensive, and it is rated at 6.5 out of 10 on a firmness scale, making it a medium firm. Tuft & Needle also offers the Mint Mattress, which is also made of polyfoam, but with a gel-infused comfort layer for added cooling effect. However, we will concentrate on the T&N Mattress and see how it compares to the Casper.

Mattress Construction

The construction is essential when it comes to mattresses. If the manufacturer uses quality materials, has a good manufacturing process, and pays a lot of attention to details, you can expect to end up with a product that will provide you with superior comfort in many years to come.

Both mattresses are foam based, and this material has its good and bad sides, so while some people love it, others find it impossible to sleep on. Firstly, foam is incredible at pressure relief because of its conforming abilities, and you will experience less pain after sleeping on a material that hugs you tightly. With softer models, you tend to sink inside completely, while the firmer ones contour just a little bit so that you don’t feel trapped inside. Foam models also offer superior motion isolation and are silent when bearing weight, making it perfect for couples that are easily distracted by their partner’s movements during the night. A few drawbacks are that these beds tend to sleep hotter than other types, sometimes the edge support is not strong enough, and they don’t have the most responsive surface so some people might feel trapped inside and unable to switch positions easily during the night.

The Casper comes at a medium (5.5) firmness, it is 12” thick, and it weighs 85 pounds in Queen size, which is average, so moving and placing it won’t be a problem. The base is made of 5” of high-density polyfoam, that provides good foundation and stability for the rest of the layers. The comfort system consists of three layers, where the top and bottom ones are made of polyfoam while the middle one is made of memory foam. The cover is made of polyester, a breathable material with moisture-wicking abilities that has a light, soft touch. Recent additions to the construction feature zoned support, meaning it is slightly sturdier in the lumbar region for proper spinal alignment. You can now even choose the hybrid version of the Casper, but it costs additional $400.

The T&N Mattress has a medium firm (6.5) feel, it is 10” thick, and it weighs 72 pounds in Queen size, which is lighter than most other models, so you won’t need help maneuvering it. It is entirely made of polyfoam, with high density 7” base, and a 3” comfort layer. Because it is slightly firmer, it won’t hug the body as tightly as the Casper, but it provides enough contouring and pressure relief, making it an excellent choice for people who don’t like to sink in too much.  The cover is made of a mix of rayon and polyester, which means that it is highly breathable and ensures cool sleep for most of the night.

Performance Comparison

There are several things to consider when buying a new mattress. We want to see how these two beds compare to each other in terms of performance and sleep satisfaction from users. Let’s dig in.

Since both brands haven’t been on the market long enough to witness the actual life span of these products, we can only tell by the user experience so far. With Casper being active for five and T&N for seven years, that is slightly below the average lifespan of a foam mattress. However, so far it looks like both beds are performing excellent, as minimal saggings and deteriorations have been reported. Because of this, no matter which one you chose, you can expect it to serve you without any problems for 7-8 years, which is the average durability of foam mattresses.

Sleeping too hot is a problem for many users who sleep on all-foam beds, as they are less breathable and have a tendency to retain heat. However, we found that both these models performed well in this area, so we can say that they have good temperature regulation. They might not be the best choice for hot sleepers who often experience night sweats, but they are more than suitable for average users.

Both models perform well when it comes to conforming, and even though the T&N Mattress is a little firmer, it provides better contouring and pressure relief. If you are somebody who often experiences pains and aches, this model might be a better choice.

When it comes to features that are important for couples, both mattresses perform similarly. They offer excellent motion isolation and are silent when bearing weight. These qualities make these beds attractive for couples, as you won’t wake up your partner if you switch positions during the night or you need to go to the bathroom. However, we mentioned that all-foam beds are not so suitable for sex since they are not responsive enough, so if you are looking for a bouncier surface, you should skip these models.

When it comes to edge support, both of these models don’t perform so well in this area, and some sinkage around the perimeter may occur over time.

Finally, new mattresses often have a distinct, rubbery smell that most people find unpleasant. It is typical for foam beds to emit some odor when you first get them, but it should disappear shortly. This is where the T&N Mattress performs better, as there is less off-gassing reported, and it dissipates rather quickly. On the other hand, you can expect moderate off-gassing with the Casper.

Sleep Ratings

A mattress is an excellent choice if it provides proper spinal alignment and satisfying sleeping comfort. Of course, these things vary between sleepers and can be somewhat subjective. We try to see how the mattresses perform while people of different weight groups rest in different positions. Here is what we found out.

The Casper is excellent for every sleeping position. Even though back, side, and combo sleepers will find the most benefits, stomach sleepers will find it adequate at worst. Light and average weight sleepers reported feeling most comfortable while sleeping on the Casper, but surprisingly, heavier individuals think that it is quite good as well. Three-layered comfort system provides enough contouring and pressure relief, and users reported feeling fewer pains and aches after sleeping on this bed.

Since T&N Mattress is a bit on the firmer side, it doesn’t perform as well for petite sleepers. They don’t have enough weight to feel all the benefits of conforming and pressure relief as those who weigh at least 130 pounds. It is an excellent choice for heavier individuals who often have problems with support and sinkage on foam mattresses. Back sleeping seems to be the best-rated position on this bed, but side and stomach sleepers think it is more than adequate.

Available Sizes and Pricing

Size Length Width Weight Price
Twin 75” 38” 56 lbs $595
Twin XL 80” 38” 59 lbs $695
Full/Double 75” 53” 73 lbs $1,050
Queen 80” 60” 85 lbs $1,095
King 80” 76” 104 lbs $1,395
California King 84” 72” 102 lbs $1,395
Twin 75” 39” 50 lbs $350
Twin XL 80” 39” 52 lbs $395
Full/Double 75” 54” 60 lbs $495
Queen 80” 60” 72 lbs $595
King 80” 76” 94 lbs $750
California King 84” 72” 94 lbs $750


Delivery, Sleep Trial, and Warranty

When it comes to transportation, sleep trial, and warranty, both companies offer similar things. Shipping is free, and while Casper delivers to all of US and Canada, T&N only delivers to the United States. Casper has a White Glove option, where they can install your products and remove your old mattress for a flat rate of $149. T&N doesn’t offer that, but they have the same day delivery for an additional fee of $50.

You’ll get a 100-night sleep trial for both models, and there is no necessary break-in period. If you are not completely satisfied with the product, you can exchange it during this period for a full refund.

The warranty that these companies offer lasts 10 years, and they cover all the malfunctions and defects that might arise. However, if you don’t use the proper support, your warranty will be voided. Damages caused by misuse and improper care are not covered. Also, keep in mind that these models get a little softer over time and that the company won’t replace your product if there is a sudden change in your sleep preference.

Which One To Choose?

We suggest picking the Casper if you weigh less than 230 pounds and like closer conforming. This bed is simply amazing for people who often experience pains and aches, and they will find much relief with the Casper. It is a perfect choice for couples, as it has superior motion isolation and makes no noise. However, you might want to skip it if you are heavier than 230 pounds, like a firmer feel with less conforming, or you tend to sleep exceptionally hot.

Go for T&N if you prefer a firmer surface with moderate contouring, and you weigh at least 130 pounds. It is also an excellent choice for co-sleeping, for the same reasons as the Casper. This bed comes at a below-average price, so it is great for value seekers. However, petite people and those who like softer feel may not like it as much, and they should probably go with a different option.


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.

Written by:


, Sleep Researcher
Last Updated: Wed, November 6, 2019
Fact checked by:

Marko Jevtic

, Sleep Specialist

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 mattress 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. The Saatva mattress 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

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.

Temperature Neutrality

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.

Conforming Ability

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


Saatva Vs. Tuft & Needle – which one is better? If you are not a demanding sleeper, and you do not like when beds are too firm or too soft, then T&N is the mattress for you. For those who are more indecisive or have a preference, Saatva’s range of options is wide enough so that everyone can find the right fit.

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, Sleep Researcher
Last Updated: Wed, November 6, 2019
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Marko Jevtic

, Sleep Specialist

There are no rules in the mattress industry, but somehow it became a standard for a brand to have a wide range of mattresses in their offer, including different collections, lines, variety of models in different firmness levels or constructions. But, then there are those newer brands which offer only one or two mattress models, and that is it, they put their focus and development mostly on a one, flagship model.

The brands we will be comparing today use that business model very successfully, so stay tuned to see what makes their beds so great for the majority of sleepers, and why they do not feel the need to make so many others. Their constructions are not the same, as well as their prices, and as you read on you will notice that these two mattresses are pretty different and that their target group of sleepers are not the same, keep up reading to find more about these two online mattress giants.

About the Brands

The companies we are talking about today can both be considered as “young” since they are on the mattress market for less than ten years. However, that did not stop them to come out with excellent products and gain a lot of customers and their trust.


Founded it 2010, Saatva got its name after the word in Sanskrit, sattva, which means pure. Since then, this brand works exclusively online, without any brick-and-mortar stores. Saatva is based in New York City and sells their beds under three different brands: Saatva, Loom and Leaf and Zenhaven. Loom and Leaf is their memory foam mattress, Zenhaven is a latex bed, and their flagship Saatva mattress is an innerspring mattress, and that is the one we focus on today. So with only three models, Saatva covered three different types of mattress constructions, which are known as the best ones, and also as the most expensive.

Tuft & Needle

This brand is known as simply T&N, and it was founded in 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The company was founded as an e-commerce business with the idea to simplify mattress shopping and optimize the costs, but quickly changed their mind and opened up a showroom in Phoenix in the following years. At the moment, they have five retail stores, but their products can also be found in certain Walmart or Lowe stores across the US.

Currently, they offer only two bed-in-a-box mattress models, Mint Mattress, and Tuft & Needle Original Mattress, which we will be reviewing today. In 2018 another major bedding company, Serta Simmons Bedding, bought T&N, but they still work and function as two separate brands.

Saatva Mattress Review

Saatva offers their flagship Saatva model in six standard sizes, three levels of firmness, and two options of profile thickness for each size, so although it is technically only one mattress, there is plenty of room for customization.

Two thickness options are 11.5 and 14.5 inches, and the price remains the same regardless of the height, it varies by size. Saatva offers a suitable adjustable base for their 11.5 inches tall beds at an additional charge from $1200 to $2500, which can be split in king size for maximal comfort and customization.

Saatva’s standard luxury mattress comes as 14.5 inches high, but their custom slim version of it was redesigned in 2017. to be compatible with the adjustable base. However, their quality, construction, and feel remained completely the same.

When it comes to construction, in its core, Saatva uses highly durable hourglass-shaped steel coil support system, which will prevent any sagging and secure long-lasting performance. In the upper portion of the mattress, they placed a layer of individually wrapped up coils, which are very responsive and contouring. Above them is a comforting memory foam layer called Lumbar Support Enhancement, which provides pressure relief and reduces the tension and stress from the lower back. For the final touch, there is a luxury appealing Euro-Top cover which offers a lot of cushioning material beneath the outer cotton cover, which has antimicrobial features and uses Guardin botanical antimicrobial treatment. For better edge support, Saatva mattress has the Dual Edge Perimeter Support System, a foam encased anti sagging support, which goes around the edges to fortify them, and secure an even, and more durable sleep surface.

This model is available in three comfort levels: plush soft, luxury firm, and firm.

Plush soft is their softest version, and it can be described as a 3, on the 1 to 10 firmness scale. It is an excellent option for all the sleepers who like being hugged by their mattress, but without sinking in too much since the core provides enough firmness and support to prevent that. Plush soft is recommended to side sleepers because it will gently cradle their shoulders and hips, but also for back sleepers. Stomach sleepers will probably struggle with it, and they can even develop back aches because there would not be enough support to enable proper spinal alignment.

The luxury firm is their medium-firm mattress, described as a 5 or 6.5, which is makes it suitable to the needs and preferences of the vast majority. This is the perfect blend of comfort and support for all types of sleep positions, but also for couples since it is the medium solution and offers the best from both worlds.

The firm is their third comfort level, perceived as an 8, so it is the firmest out of three, and it is recommended to sleepers who like their mattress firm, but not hard. The plushy cover will provide just enough comfort, but you will still be able to feel the firmness and supportiveness of this mattress while being cozy. We highly advise side sleepers to avoid this one, since it will feel uncomfortable and could cause sore shoulders. On the other side, its firm surface is what makes it perfect for back and stomach sleepers. So if you prefer floating on top of a mattress rather than sinking in, this is the one for you.

Tuft and Needle Mattress Review

T&N mattress also comes in all six standard sizes, and they can work well with all types of platforms, foundations, adjustable or slatted frames which you already may have. Its construction is simple, but the materials they used are not cheap, and if you are worried about any harmful chemicals, do not be, because they all have CertiPUR-US, Oeko-Tex and GreenGuard certifications for their materials.

So, as we said, the construction is so simple that it has only two layers, 7 inches thick base layer made of dense and firm polyfoam which secures the support, and the upper 3 inches thick layer of T&N Adaptive foam. This proprietary foam mimics the features and feel of standard memory foam and latex by offering a high level of comfort and pressure relief, without the usual drawbacks such as, for example, heat conductive properties of memory foam. Heat regulation is achieved with the addition of graphite and cooling gel. For the cover, they used a blend of polyester and micro polyamide which is often used as a substitute for cotton. However, the cover is not removable, and it can be spot cleaned only.

Like with most all-foam beds, the edges are not performing well once you sit on them, or lay close to them, and the construction does not offer any reinforcement for this area.

When it comes to firmness, T&N mattress comes in only one option, which is a medium firm, rated as 5 or 6 on the scale. The top foam layer gives it a bit of bounce, it is also very responsive and soft to the touch, while if you press down, you will be able to feel just how firm the support layer is. Its universal firmness level makes it excellent for all sleep positions. Average and lightweight sleepers should not have any problems with it, while overweight sleepers should try it out first, especially if they prefer sleeping on their side because it might be uncomfortable.

Comparing Prices

After reviewing these two beds, now it is time to compare their prices and see which one fits your budget. You will notice the difference between the prices, but remember their constructions and features, one is more simple and straightforward while other comes with more options. The prices for Saatva are the same for both profiles and they also have a special offer if you decide to purchase a standard base together with the mattress of both profiles, and the base also comes in two heights, 4.75 and 8.75 inches.

SAATVA Mattress Mattress and Foundation
Twin $600 $760
Twin XL $750 $910
Full $1000 $1210
Queen $1100 $1360
King $1500 $1820
California King $1500 $1820


TUFT & NEEDLE Mattress price
Twin $349
Twin XL $399
Full $499
Queen $599
King $749
California King $749


Warranty, Sleep Trial, Shipping, etc.

Regardless of how much you are paying for the mattress, you do not want any unexpected or hidden additional charges or misunderstandings to occur, which is why it is essential to gather enough information about the mattress itself and the companies’ terms and obligations. See what these two brands offer and how they compare in the chart below.


Features Tuft & Needle Saatva
Warranty 10 years non-prorated 15 years non-prorated
Sleep trial period 100 nights 120 nights
White glove delivery Not available Free
Old mattress removal Free in California Free
Shipping Free Free
Refund Full Full, minus the transportation


Final Verdict

It is never easy to opt for one mattress when they are similar, but when they are different as the two models we reviewed today, we cannot tell which one is better because they offer diverse features. Perhaps the most significant thing is their price, which can make or break the deal, but their construction is also an essential part of the decision making process. If you are not a demanding sleeper, and you do not like when beds are too firm or too soft, then you should not wander much around because T&N is the mattress for you. For those who are more indecisive or have a preference, Saatva’s range of options is wide enough so that everyone can find the right one. The only drawback is that you cannot try them all out at once in a store. Here is our list of reasons why you should choose one of these two mattresses.

You Should Buy Saatva if:

  • You are looking for a mattress with resilience and durability. Saatva’s innerspring construction with pocketed coils and comfortable foam in the upper portion seclude this mattress from the other innerspring models in terms of contouring, comfort, and support.
  • You are overweight. In this category, T&N’s all-foam mattress cannot compete with Saatva, it is not supportive enough, and sooner than later you will start to sink in, and the bed will sag. On the other side, Saatva, especially in its firm option, provides excellent support, firm and even sleep surface, which can bear the weight better thanks to the coils in its construction.
  • You prefer organic materials. Saatva uses organic cotton in their cover, which is perfect for sleepers who tend to avoid synthetic materials close to their skin. However, to clarify, materials used in T&N’s cover are also not harmful in any way, but they are simply not organic.
  • You want to have edge support. With the perimeter reinforcement system in Saatva, there is no need to worry about rolling down the bed and sinking around the edges.
  • You want to experience Euro-Top luxury softness. Soft cushioning used for this cover is very similar (if not the same) to the ones you will find in many hotel beds, so if you want to sleep every night like you are on vacation in a five-star hotel, think no more.

You Should Buy Tuft & Needle if:

  • You are on a budget. We all have a specific amount on our mind, which we are willing to spend, but T&N is truly budget-friendly and ideal for value seekers because it is one of the cheapest models on the market with such dense foam incorporated in its construction.
  • You seek an all-foam mattress. The use of foam changed the game in the mattress industry, and not many materials can compete with the comfort of foam mattresses. Many models with springs tend to feel too stiff to some sleepers who seek for close contouring and conforming features of the foam.
  • You tend to sleep hot. Hot sleepers are not the biggest fans of memory foam mattresses, but T&N skipped memory foam and went for the gel-infused polyfoam with graphite which wicks away the heat, and keeps the body dry and cool throughout the night. Although the cover is made of synthetic materials, it is still highly breathable and doesn’t cause sweating.