Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Direct to Consumer Mattress Reviews – Updated for 2018

Coupon Code Update: At the bottom of this post we’ve compiled all the current deals, discounts, and coupons available for these mattresses.  

This is the mattress review to end all mattress reviews. Every mattress I have tested all in one probably easy to read article. I’ll be going down the list, explaining the materials and construction methods of each mattress and leaving little notes as to who I recommend purchase it. There will of course be a few mattresses that I will advise you not bother with, as is always the case, but I think there is a niche for pretty much every bed I’ve lay in. At the end of the review I’ll be telling you our top pick, the greatest overall mattress,if you find you’re looking for something that does it all well, then that will be the one you’re looking for. Read on for the rundown of the year.

Leesa Vs Saatva Vs Yogabed Vs Tuft & Needle Vs Casper Vs Keetsa – The Ultimate Showdown

These are the six players in the direct t consumer mattress market that I have tested. The companies themselves all have different policies regarding donations and community work, which in this day and age is important to consider when spending your money. Not a big factor, but still one that needs to be considered. First up we’ll look at Leesa. The company donates one new mattress for every ten sold, i previously reported that it was for every hundred, but that appears to not be the case. They also donate all returned mattresses. Overall that is a hard one to beat.

Saatva does not appear to have any specific policies in place, which is a shame considering the quality of their products. Yogabed also donate returned mattresses, as do Tuft & Needle and Casper. Keetsa is something of an odd one out on this list. They aren’t an exclusively direct to consumer mattress company, and they are the oldest company in this run down. Their philanthropy is in the manufacturing process and the community they give back to is arguably the planet. They position themselves as the Eco-Friendly alternative company, with naturally sourced products and clever redesigns of their inner foam. They aim to be carbon neutral, though how successful they are is up for debate. At the end of the day Leesa is the only company on this list that actively, not passively, gives back to their community, making this an easy choice to make.

Winner – Leesa

Direct to Consumer Mattress Build Quality and Materials


leesa The Leesa is a jack of all trades type bed. It uses three stacked foam layers of different densities, with the top most layer shaped for added comfort. The topper material here is a Lycra-blend. The major benefit to this material is its durability. It is unlikely that normal use will result in any damage to the mattress, though don’t let that dissuade you from buying a mattress protector. Aesthetically the mattress is one of the more interesting ones to look at. It has a few horizontal white lines running through it, it might not sound like much but considering what the others looks like, it’s a Picasso. The base foam layer is six inches and dense, for support, it is topped by two inches of memory foam and a final two inches of cooling Avena foam. The Avena foam layer is very similar to latex foam, though both more comfortable and more cooling. It all adds up to a mattress that is great for side, back and stomach sleepers, and will conform to the contours of you and your partner sleeping side by side.


saatva Saatva are always out to impress me with their products. The topper is made of that expensive and seemingly elusive material, 100% pure cotton. Perfectly porous, with excellent durability, cotton is the material of choice for the mattress connoisseur. Visually it is serviceable, it won’t be winning any beauty contests, but it doesn’t have to. The really special thing about the top layer here is its euro-style pillow topper. Most regular pillow toppers stick out of the mattress, creating an unsightly bump at the head. Here the topper is flush, adding extra comfort concealed. The inside of the Saatva is as impressive as its outside. We have four distinct layers to this coil based design. At bottom is the support springs, in many ways springs to a better job of providing lumbar support than dense foam. On top of that is Saatva’s own individually wrapped coils, with that too wrapped in a layer of foam. Those two support layers create a base that will conform to the contours of your body in a way unmatched by any foam mattress. The next layer is the standard memory foam, and a final edge support layer for durability. All in all this mattress will likely last longer than most others currently available. It comes in three different densities, each one tailored for a certain kind of sleeper. Plush Soft for the side and back sleeper, Luxury Firm which does well with most kinds of sleeping and Firm with is more for the stomach and back sleeper. The number of options available is impressive. When it comes to construction, the Saatva is probably the best.


yogabed As time has gone on my opinion of the Yogabed has changed a little. At first I thought it was just a riff on the Leesa design, but my second, and now third, look at this mattress really shows how wrong I was. The topper material is still unknown, I’ve been waiting more than a week for them to get back to me on that. But it does seem to be highly breathable and durable. A nice feature here is the ease by which it can be removed, not something you see with other mattress on the market. Makes it super easy to clean, though you should be buying a mattress protector as your first line of defense there. Aesthetically it is plush looking. A nice criss-crossed design makes it look like the platonic ideal of a bed. On the inside we see four layers, each a little different from the standard. At base we have one inch of hyper dense foam  topped by six and a half inches of regular dense foam. This duplex base foam design makes it a little firmer than I would like personally, but it does make it great for those who suffer from back pains, and are looking to save a little money. The next two layers are in-house design memory foam. The first is a Yogagel layer, essentially memory foam interwoven with a cooling gel making it as comfortable as memory foam, but with none of the overheating issues. The topper material is called Yogafoam, a kind of rapid response memory foam, so it move with you much better. The bed is suited to all kinds of sleeping, making it one of the bets all rounders on the market.

Tuft & Needle

tuft-and-needle-1 Not all oldies are goldies I’m afraid, and the Tuft & Needle, while cheap, is a mattress that is a little behind the times these days. I am a fan of its cover material though, a Rayon blend manufactured in the U.S. I’ve talked about it before, but to reiterate. Rayon is a natural wood pulp fiber that has been synthetically solidified to make fabric. It’s a wonderful sci-fi mesh of the natural world and the man made one that I find incredibly interesting, but then I test mattresses and write about them, how interesting could I be. That odd material aside, there really isn’t much to this mattresses construction. It looks like a grey cuboid and on the inside we have only two foam layers, seven inches of support foam and three inches of what they call Poly foam. Think a blend of Latex and memory foam and you have the ballpark of how it feels. There really isn’t much more to say about this mattress, they entered the market early, and really need a design update.


casper layersAh the Casper. A classic design that may have been perfected elsewhere. The Casper is one of the better three tier mattresses on the market, though they aim for the budget crowd. Don’t let their low price fool you, you are still getting a top quality all rounder mattress. The topper material is a poly-blend, durable and porous, though not as as others. On the inside we have a big seven inches of support foam, one and a half inches of memory foam and one and a half inches of Latex foam. You can see the riff playing can’t you? It’s like the Leesa but less so. Arguably better for your back, though I”d still like to see an extra half inch of memory foam. Latex foam is very similar to Avena foam, great at dispersing the excess heat that memory foam is notorious for having. Overall it’s a good jack of all trades mattress.

Loom and Leaf By Saatva

loom and leafSaatva’s entry into the all foam mattress market, and by the gods is it a good one. Some might argue that it is over designed, and that minimalism is required to make a perfectly ergonomic mattress, but I love me some of Saatva’s patented maximalism. The cover material is that most pure of materials, cotton, but this time we have a slight twist. Rather than shoe-horning in a pillow topper Saatva wove an extra thin layer of foam, exactly 5/8″ thick, into the cover itself. It’s that kind of decadence that allows Saatva to charge such a relative premium, cheap by in store prices, but high in the direct to consumer mattress market. Construction on the inside spared no expense either, four distinct layers make up this mattress. At base we have the standard support foam, on top of that is a thin transition layer that separates the memory foam from the support foam. What this does is allow for the two layers to move against each other more freely, maximizing their support and comfort. The final layer is another block of memory foam, but this time infused with cooling gel, like the Yogabed. Memory foam traps heat like nobodies business, it’s the reason most companies use a layer of latex foam or Avena foam in an attempt to mitigate it. Gel infusions allow more memory foam to go into a bed, while still maintaining a cool comfortable temperature. Throw in to different densities, Firm and Relaxed Firm, and you’re on to a winner, though one that is hard on the pocket book.

Keetsa Tea Leaf Supreme

tea leaf supreme I keep saying that it might not be all that fair to compare the Keetsa range of mattresses to the rest of them. They aim for a different demographic, and aren’t exclusively a direct to consumer product, though the same can be said of some of the other mattress companies on this list these days too. Their model is still stuck in the past though, sky high prices for bedding that is essentially the same as the Leesa or the Casper. Three tier foam designs. They hook you in with talk of Eco-Friendlyness, but you have to ask yourself how Eco-Friendly a product that is essentially made of oil can be. That isn’t to say they haven’t done some very clever things with their mattresses. The Tea Leaf Supreme is the more expensive of their two foam based designs. The cover is made of a hemp blend, a material nearly a match for cotton on all fronts, though more sustainable. The base layer is eight inches, creating a far more firm mattress than others here, and it is topped with three inches of Biofoam. They designed a form of memory foam that is around 30% vegetable oil, and it works just as well. The final layer is one inches of quilted Biofoam. Not all that great in the heat dissipation department and the size of the support foam layer makes it significantly less plush than it could be. When you see the price of this mattress you’re going to dismiss it out of hand, unless money is no object and you want a mattress that is a little greener than the others.

Leesa Vs Saatva Vs Yogabed Vs Tuft & Needle Vs Casper Vs Keetsa Overall Review

This is a hard one to call overall. I can advise which ones you can dismiss out of hand though. The Tuft & Needle is too outdated to be worth it, even at its low price. The same can be said for the Keetsa, too much money for a product that is near identical to the Casper. If you’re looking for the most advanced mattress on this list, it would have to be one of the Saatvas, either the vanilla Saatva or the Loom and Leaf. Our Jack of All trades would be the Casper, but the King of All Trades is the Leesa. The Yogabed is probably the best mattress here for those with back pains and a tight budget. The best for comfort would have to be the Saatva, best mattress overall is the Leesa.

Leesa Vs Saatva Vs Yogabed Vs Tuft & Needle Vs Casper Vs Keetsa – Pricing and Returns Policy

Tuft & Needle

When we look at pure price the Tuft & Needle comes in at the top. A mere $600 for the Queen, which is 50% below the average price of a Queen sized mattress. It’s in this category where the Tuft & Needle shines, but you have to ask yourself if two foam layers is worth even that.It does come with free shipping though.


Next is the Yogabed at $849, which is an astounding price. I’ve mentioned it before that the Yogabed is a remarkable piece of kit, and that estimation extends to its price. Not only is it the second cheapest, but it also comes with $100 off and a free pillow, putting its adjusted price at $790. Add in free shipping and you’re getting a bargain here.


The Casper straddles the tech line as well as the price line. It is solidly constructed, using a slightly less comfortable spin on Leesa’s three tiered foam, but it costs fifty bucks less. $850 flat for this one, but I could not find any discounts. Due to that the Yogabed beats it. Free shipping on this one too, and they have partnered with Uber to make shipping to your door in the New York area all the easier.


The standard by which I judge all other mattresses. The Leesa uses a simple three tiered foam design with ergonomic ridges in the top layer that truly makes all the difference. The quality design is paired with a quality price too. $890 base, but that doesn’t take into account all of the discounts that can be applied to it. I found a code here that applies a $75 discount, and a $25 Target gift card. Add in free shipping and we have an adjusted price of $790. To automatically apply the $75 discount you can click this link.


I’ve made no attempt to hide my love of the classic coiled spring designs, and it is rare these days to get one for as little as $899. Saatva crafted a bespoke-esque masterpiece in their flagship mattress. The downside is they charge for shipping, not only in the Saatva, but also in their Loom and Leaf. $99 gets the mattress to your door, putting its final price, sans foundations or removal, at $998. Sub $1000 is still a great price for a spring mattress though.

Loom and Leaf By Saatva

The cost to make the Loom and Leaf must be staggering. $999 is the second most pricey foam mattress on this list, and that figure doesn’t include the shipping. All in for $1098. Granted the build quality here is matched only by the coil spring Saatva, but even with its superior comfort, it is hard to recommend you buy this one. Know that if you have the cash and do drop it on a Loom and Leaf, you’ll be getting one of the best mattress on the market, good enough for the Pope.

Keetsa Tea Leaf Supreme

The Tea Leaf Supreme is Keetsa most expensive foam mattress, but it is also the closest in terms of quality to its competitors. Call me crazy, but I don’t think the environment is going to be saved with special memory foam. $1678.95 is just too much money for a mattress   that feels like this one does. You are much better off grabbing the Casper, for a near identical experience, or the Loom and Leaf, if you’ve got one and a half grand to spend on a mattress.

You can see the full pricing breakdowns in the table below, some of them are a little surprising, but a general rule of thumb is the larger the mattress the more it costs. The next section will deal with the trial periods and the return policies.

SizeLeesaSaatvaYogabedTuft & NeedleCasperLoom and LeafKeetsa Tea Leaf Supreme
Cal. King$990$1299$949$750$950$1399$1888.95


It is in vogue to offer an extended trial period with mattresses these days. Most of them fall between seventy five days and one hundred and one days. Don’t let a larger number sway you though. Most of us know if we want to continue sleeping in a mattress after a few weeks, and all of the companies come and pick their mattress up free of charge. The main thing that should sway you is the warranty length. The longer the better. The standard is ten years, which is great as most mattresses are designed to last that long. One of the nice things that is covered in a warranty is mattress sag, so bear that in mind. Saatva offer the longest warranty period, at fifteen years, with Keetsa offering twelve. All others have the standard ten year warranty.

Leesa Vs Saatva Vs Yogabed Vs Tuft & Needle Vs Casper Vs Keetsa Conclusion

I would argue that the price shouldn’t have as big an impact on your choice as it does. Most of these mattresses are within a few hundred dollars of each other and if you’re aiming for one you can probably take a step up easily enough. But I’ll rank them anyway.

7. Keetsa Tea Leaf Supreme – A bed priced far beyond its worth. Essentially a Casper via extortion and guilt. If you want to feel like you’re giving back to mother earth, then go for it.

6. Casper –  A great bed for a great price, but there are better ones.

5. Tuft & Needle – A competent bed that was in on the ground floor of the direct to consumer foam revolution.

4. Yogabed – Arguably the best value for money on this list, and great for back pains due to its firmness level, but I’m more of a plush guy. You could place it in the top three if that’s what you’re after though.

3. Loom and Leaf – Might actually be worthy of the number one spot, if it weren’t for that price. Too expensive, but wonderfully decadent. Certainly one of my favorites.

2. Saatva – Yeah, thought it would be number one did you? Under a grand for a high quality coil mattress is great, including shipping, but the complexity in ordering it, and making sure you sleep the right way on whatever version you buy, drives it down slightly.

1. Leesa
I really cannot overstate how taken I am with the Leesa. It was the second mattress I reviewed, and it showed me what could be done with foam alone. Their customer support is some of the best in the business, and the free delivery makes their offer all the more appealing. My top pick.

2018 Coupon Codes For Direct To Consumer Mattresses

Leesa –  Click Here to Automatically Apply the $75 discount on any mattress

Saatva –  Click here for the best current price available for the Saatva

Loom & Leaf – Click here to get the best current price available on the Loom and Leaf Mattress

Tuft & Needle – The best deal on the Tuft & Needle is actually through Amazon.com by clicking here.  It’s always at least as cheap as their website plus free prime shipping & special financing promotions if you would like to take advantage of them.

YogaBed – Just like Tuft and Needle the best deal for the Yogabed is on Amazon.com.  They offer a pretty substantial discount when buying at Amazon.com, click here to see the current pricing.

Casper – There currently aren’t any deals available for the casper at their website. So again we recommend using Amazon if you are looking to buy the Casper Mattress. Click here to check it out at Amazon.com

Keetsa – Click here to activate the discounts for the Keetsa mattress then use the corresponding coupon codes below: 

Keetsa Tea Leaf Dream Mattress. “KEETSA5POFFDREAM”

Keetsa Tea Leaf Classic Mattress. “KEETSA5POFFCLASSIC”

Keetsa Tea Leaf Supreme Mattress. “KEETSA5POFFSUPREME”

Keetsa Plus Mattress. “KEETSA5POFFPLUS”

Keetsa Cloud Mattress. “KEETSA5POFFCLOUD”

Keetsa Latex Mattress.  “KEETSA5POFFLATEX ”

Keetsa Pillow Plus Mattress. “KEETSA5POFFPILLOWPLUS”

The Frame by Keetsa. “KEETSA5POFFTHEFRAME”

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Barry W Stanton
Barry W Stanton
Irish born writer who drinks too much caffeine and reads too much Terry Pratchett. I enjoy long walks on the server and Korean cuisine.


  1. Hey, Barry. Can you also include Purple mattress? The company launched in January, has more than 50M views to their video, and already has 1,300 reviews.

    • Having a look at it now. It’s an interesting mattress, some impressive tech on display. Look forward to the solo review, and a few comparisons, soon.

  2. I am pretty much sold on the Leeza mattress, especially that they will come pick up the mattress if you are not satisfied with it after 100 days, and then give it to charity. That in itself is simply phenominal in this day and age, for a company to provide such service. My particular issue or reservations in making a purchase, is that I have a Sacoriliac joint gone bad. All indications say I should only purchase a soft to medium density mattress. Leeza only offers a medium to firm density mattress, reluctant to take the chance, even for 100 days. Any ideas???


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