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Casper Mattress Review

Brand Snapshot
8.8Good
The Purple is an all-foam mattress available in one firmness level, which is medium-firm. Delivered directly to your door, the Purple is a good option for customers seeking comfort on a budget. Through the use of Purple Grid technology, the Purple mattress provides sleepers a mix of contouring and responsiveness. It’s available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, and split king sizes.

Positives

  • Designed for comfort and support
  • Easy return policy
  • Free delivery

Negatives

  • Expensive

Breakdown

  • Motion Transfer 8.4
  • Affordability 7.8
  • Softness 9.0
  • Trial Period 9.8

Casper’s line of comfortable mattresses took the online bed-in-a-box market by storm. Since its launch in 2014, Casper has developed into one of the most well-known bedding brands on the market. Today, in addition to online, you may also see Costco Casper mattresses or Costco branded items in your local Target.

As of the 2020 update, Casper sells four different mattresses, three different pillows, bed frames, bedding, bedside accessories, etc., making it all the necessities related to a comfortable sleep. 

For the purposes of this review, we’ll focus on where it all started – the original Casper Mattress and Hybrid.

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Casper Mattress

Casper is a great value that is also a great fit for all three sleeping positions.

What is Casper Mattress Made of?

The Casper mattress consists of three layers of foam:

  1. An aerated foam top to encourage breathability
  2. A zoned middle section to provide key areas of body support
  3. A durable HD poly foam on the bottom (the Hybrid version uses pocketed coils)

The result? A material combination that aims to create a balanced, medium-firm texture.

Cover – The Casper bed cover is soft and flexible, made of polyester jersey fabric.

Comfort – Everything starts with the breathable, aerated foam top layer.

The material reacts slowly to pressure, allowing for a slight sinking designed to relieve pressure on the shoulders and hips.

Although this profile usually leads to overheating, the small openings on the surface of the material help improve the air breathability of the entire structure.

Transition – Then, you will land on the zoned support layer of the memory foam consisting of unique ‘zones’ with slightly different levels of firmness:

  • Softer foam on the shoulders relieves some pressure.
  • More firm foam in the hip area provides a slight lift.

This will create a pleasant and balanced sleeping environment to help the spine reach a healthy and neutral position.

Base – In the foam version of the bed, the base is made of a thick, high-density foam layer, giving the structure shape and stability.

In the hybrid version, the base is made of pocketed coils that provide an added bounce – ideal for combo sleepers or those who enjoy some extra buoyancy.

Casper Hybrid Mattress Inside
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Casper Mattress

Casper is a great value that is also a great fit for all three sleeping positions.

How Firm is the Casper Mattress?

Alright, now you know what’s inside of the mattress — and that means we can start to understand how it feels to lie on top of it. 

Now, it’s important to keep in mind that firmness is fairly subjective. Because we all have different weights, body shapes, sizes, and so on, your assessment of Casper’s firmness might be different than ours.

Because the center of the transition layer is more firm than the center of competing mattresses, it will likely feel more firm for back and stomach sleepers. For side sleepers, it will feel softer.

As a result, our reviewers landed on a 7/10 on the firmness scale. Compared to the medium firmness industry standard of 6.5, the bed can be rated slightly firm. 

It is worth noting, a 7/10 rating is effectively the same across both Casper foam mattresses and hybrid mattresses.

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Testing the Casper Mattress

Understanding a mattress’s firmness is important, but it’s certainly not the only factor that affects how a mattress feels. So let’s also review the Casper mattress when it comes to Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer.

Pressure Relief

Sure, it’s not the most titillating concept around. But Pressure Relief — or a bed’s ability to relieve tension at sensitive areas such as the hips, lower back, and shoulders — is an important measure of a mattress’s feel. You want to know whether a mattress will ease pressure on relevant parts of your body so you sleep comfortably all night long.

Back Sleepers – The transitional zoned support system will cause back sleepers to rejoice. The aerated foam that forms the top layer lift up the hips and fill the space in the lower lumbar region. The transitional layer of foam is also particularly effective in keeping the spine in even alignment.

Side Sleepers – It is our opinion the bed is slightly too firm for sleeper who are strictly side sleepers. Many side sleepers prefer softer structures that allow for body-contouring and added pressure relief. However, a combo sleeper that can shift from back to the side at night should not have a problem.

Stomach Sleepers – The Casper mattress is firm enough to accommodate occasional stomach sleeping. However, a strict stomach sleeper will likely prefer a firmer bed that can appropriately raise the hips to a position where the shoulders are in completely neutral alignment.

Delivery, Return and Warranty Policies

  • Casper mattresses are shipped free of charge via UPS within one or two working days after receiving your order.
  • You can also choose door-to-door delivery and personalized service in the United States. The fee is about $150 (regardless of the number of items delivered), and the fee is non-refundable.
  • Casper offers a 10-year limited warranty and a 100-night return policy, which is pretty standard for bed-in-a-box companies including Leesa, Tuft & Needle, and Purple.
  • This test does not require a break-in period. The owner can choose to return the mattress at any time during the sleep test for a full refund, including the cost of shipping.

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Casper Mattress

Casper is a great value that is also a great fit for all three sleeping positions.

Is the Casper Mattress Right for You?

Pros

Because it is easy to change position and move around freely, this mattress is very suitable for people who sleep on their back. More importantly, it handles the important task of positioning the spine along an even, straight line.

The Casper is also ideal for those who wish to avoid should pain due to the soft feel around the shoulders.

Overall, the Casper mattress may be a good choice for people with back pain. It provides a satisfactory balance between support and pressure relief.

Cons

The bed may not be suitable for heavy persons that are in need of stronger support.

Or, if you are the kind of person who wants body-contouring and the ‘sinking into your mattress’ feeling, then this bed may not be right for you.

How Does Casper Compare To Other Mattresses?

Anyone who’s considering the Casper mattress has probably taken a peek at other major brands in the bed-in-a-box space, such as Purple, Layla, and/or Tuft & Needle. So let’s review how the Casper stacks up against these other popular options.

Casper vs Purple Mattress

Purple mattresses are more expensive than Casper mattresses, starting at $649, while Casper’s price is $595.

Both mattresses have three layers inside, and Purple has a polymer layer on top that can provide more support than Casper foam.

However, both mattresses should be suitable for all types of sleep. 

Check out our Purple Mattress reviews here!

Casper vs Layla Mattress

Layla and Casper are almost the same in price, but the design is different.

The Layla mattress consists of four layers of foam, including copper-filled memory foam. In this way, Layla can be flipped with the copper surface being more firm and the other side of the mattress a softer foam layer.

This is why Layla mattresses are considered comfortable for almost everyone. 

Check out our Layla Mattress reviews here!

Casper vs Tuft & Needle Mattress

The T&N Mattress is a full polyfoam mattress consisting of a graphite-infused comfort layer and a 7-inch high-density support core.

Similar to Casper, T&N mattresses provide better support than most foam models due to their thicker base. Thanks to the top layer of polyfoam, both beds have a good balance between cushioning and support.

T&N mattresses are slightly harder and are considered medium firm (6.5). This makes it more suitable for people of medium and heavy weight, and may be too stiff for people under 130 pounds. Casper seems to be a more mid-level feel.

T&N mattresses are slightly cheaper than Casper. Ultimately, buyers should choose between these two beds based on their preference for rigidity and their unique body type.

Check out our Tuft & Needle Mattress reviews here!

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Casper Mattress

Casper is a great value that is also a great fit for all three sleeping positions.

Commonly Asked Questions

The Casper mattress is perfect for sleepers looking for mattresses that are medium firm.

It depends on the person’s weight and how often they use the mattress, but Casper should last seven to ten years.

No. According to the company, Casper mattresses do not require a box spring. You can place them on the bed frame or any other foundation if preferred.

Absolutely. Most side sleepers will appreciate the not too-soft or too-firm padding of the Casper mattress.

Like most mattress and bed-in-a-box brands, Casper offers the biggest promotions during the summer but a typical discount ranges from $50 to $100 throughout the year.

Part of Casper’s original appeal was its exclusive, online-only purchase option and the ability to try the mattress at home for more than three months.

However, there are now several options to meet Casper in person before buying ranging from Casper sleep shops and small shops specializing in Casper products.

Target is an investor in Casper and also covers its pillows, mattresses, bed sheets and other products

West Elm has previously offered the product, but recently began collaborating with Leesa.

All sellers charge the same price for Casper mattresses, including Amazon. If you find that the asking price is unusually low, make sure that no one else sells you a used mattress. All legitimate distributors should also provide the same 100-day return policy.

A basic definition of the “zoned support” referenced above is that the mattress is more firm and more supportive at the top while the bottom is more pressure relieving.