Casper vs. Purple Mattress Reviews
There’s heavy competition in the mattress market with hundreds of models claiming to provide the perfect night’s rest. The truth is that each person has unique needs based on their preferred sleeping position, weight, and other individual preferences.
We’ve done a mattress comparison between Casper and Purple®, two popular bed-in-a-box brands. Each company takes a different approach to better sleep that’s reflected in their mattress designs. We’ll go over their strengths and weaknesses, so you can get a better idea of what they have to offer and whether one of these brands carries the best mattress for you.
Based out of Canada, Casper’s been in the mattress market since 2014. Their line of mattresses includes three memory foam mattresses with a total of five options. They also carry a line of sheets, pillows, bed frames, and lights.
Casper mattresses are found at approved Casper dealers nationwide and in the Casper stores that dot the Northeastern United States. However, their mattresses can also be bought online and delivered bed-in-a-box style to your front door. Their models include:
- The Essential: A streamlined, three-layer design makes this Casper’s simplest and most affordable model. It’s an entry-level, mixed-foam mattress with a poly-foam comfort layer, memory foam transition layer, and a high-density poly-foam support core.
- The Casper Original (Foam): Casper entered the market with only one model, and this is it. Four layers of foam, including a memory foam layer, make up all 12 inches of this design. It includes a zoned layer that offers pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
- The Casper Original Hybrid (Foam/Innerspring): It has the same four-layer foam design as the Original but replaces the foam support layer with pocketed coils. The coils add springiness and enhance air circulation.
- The Wave Original (Foam): This model is 13 inches high with five layers of foam, including poly-foam, latex foam, and memory foam with cooling gel pods arranged for zoned support. A high-density foam support core provides shape and durability.
- The Wave Hybrid (Foam/Innerspring): The upper four foam layers are the same foams and gel pods as the Wave Original. The difference between the two lies in the support core. The Wave Hybrid substitutes the foam core with pocketed coils. The coils provide targeted pressure relief with extra bounce and added edge support.
Casper’s Materials, Cover, and Construction
The Original’s polyester blend knit cover has a soft texture and enhances breathability. The Wave’s cover is a polyester/rayon/wool blend capitalizes on wool’s natural breathability, while the Essential has a soft blend knit cover. All of the covers are removable and washable. However, they cannot be machine dried.
Casper designs foams with large open cells to create more space for air to pass through, which prevents sleepers from overheating. All of their foams are also CertiPUR-US® certified, which means they’re free from harmful substances like formaldehyde and chemical flame retardants.
The Essential, Casper’s three-layer mattress, has a soft two-inch comfort layer followed by a pressure-relieving 1.5-inch memory foam transition layer. A thicker 4.5-inch poly-foam support layer provides the bulk of the medium-firm support.
The Original includes a 1.5-inch open-cell poly-foam comfort layer with quick responsiveness. It’s followed by 1.5 inches of memory foam that sinks at key pressure points. A 1.5-inch zoned poly-foam transition layer further targets the hips and shoulders. At the bottom, a 5-inch, high-density poly-foam support core provides the strength and shape of the mattress. Most sleepers find it has a medium to medium-firm feel with responsive conformability.
The Original Hybrid’s support layer is replaced with pocketed coils. The pocketed coils are covered in fabric and are not interconnected so that movement doesn’t spread to the surrounding coils. They have a uniform width from top to bottom, so sleepers sink into the coils only at high-pressure points. Pocketed coils provide the firmer support of an innerspring but with better motion isolation.
The Wave’s light, airy, one-inch comfort layer easily gives way under the weight of a sleeper. The comfort layer is followed by a 1.5-inch latex foam layer that provides extra bounce and responsiveness. Next, there’s a memory foam layer that adds some customized conformability.
Finally, a poly-foam layer with supportive gel through the center adds zoned support at the hips for side and back sleepers. The five-inch high-density poly-foam support layer has contoured channels cut into the surface to increase breathability and reduce heat build-up. The Wave provides a plush, medium feel with some contouring and impressive responsiveness to movement.
The Wave Hybrid has pocketed coils instead of the poly-foam support layer of the Wave. The coils bring a slightly firmer, targeted support and increase airflow for a cooler sleep.
Casper’s Cooling Technologies and Temperature Regulation
All Casper mattresses have open-cell memory and poly-foams for enhanced breathability. When those are mixed with their poly-foam and latex layers, Casper produces mattresses that are average to above-average in temperature regulation for a mixed foam mattress. Both hybrid models will offer the best in breathability that Casper has to offer because of the additional circulation space around the coils.
Casper Mattresses’ Support, Conformability, and Motion Isolation
Casper mattresses offer excellent motion isolation and conformability. Their mix of foams absorb motion so that couples are less likely to be disturbed by a restless partner. However, the hybrid mattress may have more bounciness due to the responsive nature of the coils.
All of the Casper models fall in the medium to medium-firm category on a firmness scale. Back and side sleepers will generally find comfort on mattresses in this range. The firmer feel of the Original and Essential may provide enough support for stomach sleepers, who need the firmness to prevent their hips from sinking too deeply into the mattress.
Those who like to sink a little more into the mattress will probably find better conformability in the Wave. However, Casper mattresses tend to contour to the body rather than completely conforming to every intricate curve because they layer the memory foam underneath latex and poly-foam.
How Durable are Casper Mattresses?
All of Casper’s mattresses are made of average quality foams. Overall, their durability and longevity come in at about the average six to eight years for the Casper, Wave, and Essential. Both hybrids show more durability than their mixed-foam counterparts with a predicted life of seven to eight years based on the material quality and warranty. The estimated mattress life is supported by Casper’s 10-year limited warranty.
Casper’s Trial Period, Warranty, and Return Policies
Casper offers a 100-night trial period in which the mattress can be returned for a full refund. The trial period starts upon delivery, and Casper will arrange for a courier to pack and remove the mattress once a return is requested.
Casper mattresses come with a 10-year limited warranty. It only applies to mattresses purchased from Casper or Casper authorized retailers within the United States and Canada. The warranty covers indentations over one inch that are not the result of improper foundation support. Cover zipper damage is also included in the warranty.
The warranty only applies to the original purchaser with proof of purchase.
Casper’s Social Responsibility
When possible, Casper donates returned mattresses to charities. They also donate new sleep products like sheets and pillows through partnerships with outside organizations. Select Casper stores accept pillows and bedding for recycling. Finally, all Casper foams are CertiPUR-US® certified, meaning they are safe from specified harmful chemicals and emissions.
Who Are Casper Mattresses For?
Entry-level mattresses like the Essential provide comfort at an affordable price. It’s three foam layers have gentle conformability with good responsiveness, so sleepers won’t feel stuck. Its medium-firm feel works for back and stomach sleepers. However, some side sleepers may find it too firm.
The Original’s zoned support essentially cuts the bed in half in the middle. Comfort will depend a great deal on sleeper size and positioning. The firmer support from the waist down may work very well for stomach and back sleepers who appreciate lighter support at the shoulders. However, depending on the positioning, it might not work for side sleepers.
The Wave offers Casper’s softest option that’s most likely to appeal to side sleepers. They’ll sink into the layers without the close comfortability that makes some sleepers feel trapped in their mattress. Instead, they’ll find responsive contouring.
For those who like some extra bounce and cooling, the hybrids present better choices.
Purple® entered the market in 2016 with a patented Purple Grid™ technology that provides a unique and incredibly cool sleep experience. They couple this technology with traditional poly-foams, all of which are CertiPUR-US® certified. Purple® mattresses can be bought directly from the Purple® website or from authorized dealers. Their mattresses are compressed and shipped bed-in-a-box style to your front door.
Purple® also produces and sells a line of bedding and bases, including an adjustable base. The complete Purple® lineup includes three mattress models— the Purple® Mattress, Purple® Hybrid, and the Purple® Hybrid Premier. However, the Purple® Hybrid Premier has a three or four-inch Purple Grid™ option for a total of four mattresses.
- The Purple® Mattress: The Purple® Mattress has a two-inch Purple Grid™ with two layers of poly-foam underneath. The first poly-foam layer adds support at the edges, which has traditionally been a weakness for this model. The second poly-foam layer transitions to the high-density poly-foam base.
- Purple® Hybrid (AKA Purple.2): The Hybrid has a two-inch Purple Grid™, but instead of dual foam layers, it’s supported by individually-wrapped, pocketed coils atop a thin layer of poly-foam. The pocketed coils create more space for air to circulate, making this mattress the ultimate in breathability and targeted pressure relief.
- Purple® Hybrid Premier (AKA Purple.3 and Purple.4): The Premier has the same construction as the Hybrid except it comes in either a three or a four-inch Purple Grid™ (customers can choose from either one). The base contains pocketed coils over a thin poly-foam layer.
Purple® Mattress Materials
The Purple® Mattress’s cover is made of a polyester/viscose/lycra knit, which they call the SoftFlex Cover. It’s incredibly stretchy, allowing the body to fully sink into the conforming layers without restriction. The Hybrid and Premier both have an even stretchier cover called the Premium StretchMax Cover. It’s also made of a polyester blend knit. Both of these models also have breathable side panels that allow heat and air to escape.
Purple’s® mattresses have enough give and flex that Purple® recommends their own four-way stretch mattress protector and sheets. Mattress protectors and covers and sheets without that extra flex can interfere with the conformability and cushioning.
Every Purple® mattress starts with Purple’s® signature Purple Grid™. The grid is made of a patented hyper-elastic polymer arranged in a columnar pattern. The grid structure creates plenty of space for heat and moisture to move and circulate, making for an incredibly cool sleep experience. At the same time, the grid contours and cushions at the body’s pressure points. After the grid, the Purple® Mattress has a 3.5-inch poly-foam layer atop a four-inch high-density poly-foam support core.
The Hybrid has a two-inch Purple Grid™ layer with a thin poly-foam layer between it and 7.5-inch pocketed coils. The individually wrapped pocketed coils are not interconnected, which allows for less motion transfer and targeted pressure relief. There’s a final thin layer of poly-foam beneath the coils for added support. There’s also a poly-foam edge around the Purple Grid™ for increased edge support.
The Premier has the same construction and design as the Hybrid, except the Purple Grid™ comes in either a three or a four-inch thickness, which the customer chooses. Otherwise, it has the same size pocketed coils, edge support, and thin poly-foam layers beneath the coils as the Hybrid.
Purple’s® Temperature Regulation Technologies
The Purple Grid™ has an open columnar design that supports and conforms but allows maximum airflow for a temperature neutral sleep experience. It’s one of the “coolest” beds in the foam market. Both the Hybrid and the Premier also have pocketed coils and side ventilation in the cover for even better breathability. If you’re a hot sleeper who wants the conformability of foam, a Purple® model is about as cool as you’ll find. However, if you live where it’s cold for the better part of the year, that extra breathability might cool you off a little too much.
Purple’s® Support, Conformity, and Motion Isolation
Purple’s® strengths and comfort all stem from the Purple Grid™. It relieves pressure at the shoulders and hips while conforming and supporting the head, lower back, and knees. Side sleepers, in particular, will feel and reap the benefits of the customized conformability.
Back sleepers will also get good support in the lower back and conformability at the hips and shoulders. Stomach sleepers are the only ones who may not benefit from the conformability of the grid. Their hips are more likely to sink and put pressure on the lower back. However, depending on the sleeper weight, a thicker grid may be enough to prevent too much sinkage.
All of Purple®’s models have excellent motion isolation. The Hybrid and Premier may transfer slightly more motion due to the responsiveness of the coils.
Are Purple® Mattresses Durable?
Purple’s® mattresses have average durability with a lifespan of about six to eight years. Purple’s® 10-year limited warranty gives you an idea of how long they expect their mattress to last. It covers indentations over one inch as long as the mattress is properly supported.
Purple’s® Trial Period, Warranty, and Return Policies
Purple® offers a 100-day trial period in which you can return or exchange the mattress (only once). They require a 21-day adjustment period before they’ll complete a return or exchange.
The limited 10-year warranty covers indentations over one inch, not due to improper support or mistreatment of the mattress. What constitutes adequate support varies by the mattress size and is specified in the warranty. It also covers defective construction or workmanship that results in cracks and tears.
The warranty only applies to the original owner with proof of purchase and the original purchase date.
Purple’s® Social Responsibility
Purple®’s foams are CertiPUR-US® certified. That means they’ve been independently tested for emissions, durability, and content of chemicals like formaldehyde and PBDEs.
Who are Purple® Mattresses For?
The Purple® Mattress has excellent breathability and conformability. Its support is more likely to be comfortable for back and side sleepers rather than stomach sleepers.
The Hybrid and the Premier both offer more support, breathability, and added conformability with their pocketed coils. They’re built for the pressure relief needs of most sleep positions, although stomach sleepers may still find too much sinkage in the hips. Keep in mind that a thicker Purple Grid™ offers extra support, but it also increases conformability. Sleeper preferences and weight really come into play when choosing the right grid thickness.
Casper vs. Purple®: The Bottom Line
- Both Purple® and Casper are top-rated bed in a box mattress brands.
- Purple’s® mattresses offer close comfortability and some of the best breathability on the market.
- Casper mattresses, especially the Essential, come at an affordable price.
- Casper mattresses offer contouring with enhanced responsiveness to movement.
- Both companies have hybrid models that improve breathability and responsiveness.
Finding the right mattress will come as you ask yourself key questions like what is your preferred sleep position, and do you sleep hot or cold? If you share a bed with a partner, motion isolation and breathability will also be important factors. Take it all into account and do your research. Sleep trial periods give you an opportunity to try out the mattress and make sure it’s the right choice for you. From there, it’s all about getting the sleep that lets you live life to the fullest.