Leesa vs. Casper Mattress Reviews
You’ll spend nearly one-third of your life asleep, and most of that time will be in your own bedroom. A mattress that relieves pressure at your hips and shoulders so that your spine stays in a neutral position will give you the best chance of getting seven hours of sleep.
However, everyone is different. Your weight, preferred sleeping position, and personal preferences will influence what feels good to you. To help you in your search for a new mattress, we’ve put together this mattress brand comparison of two competitors in the foam mattress market— Leesa and Casper. They each have their own approach to mattress construction, which affects how their models feel. We’ll go over their strengths and weaknesses to help you decide whether your best mattress might have one of their names on it.
Leesa has called Virginia Beach home since they first joined the mattress market in 2014. You can try one of their mattresses at one of their brick and mortar stores. However, the majority of their sales take place online with their mattresses delivered bed-in-a-box style to your front door.
You can complete your Leesa bed with any of the foundations and other bedding sold on their site. This manufacturer uses CertiPUR-US® certified foams, which means they’ve been tested and found free of harmful chemicals like ozone depleters and PBDEs.
Their three models include:
- Leesa Original: A latex-alternative comfort layer cushions sleepers into a conforming memory foam transition layer. The third, and a final layer, is made of a high-density poly-foam.
- Leesa Hybrid: The Hybrid has the same aerated latex-alternative and memory foam layers as the Original, but in this model, they’re followed by a thin poly-foam transition layer. It covers a support core made of six-inch, individually wrapped, pocketed coils.
- Leesa Legend: Leesa’s most complex mattress has a poly-foam comfort layer over a memory foam recovery layer. They’re followed by a unique layer that contains micro-coils at the feet and head and a firm poly-foam in the middle for back support. A thin poly-foam separates the micro-coils from the pocketed coils. The last layer is a thin poly-foam support base.
Leesa’s Materials, Cover, and Construction
The Leesa Original’s stretchy polyester/lycra spandex blend mattress cover allows sleepers to take full advantage of the foam layers underneath. However, the Leesa Hybrid comes with a polyester blend cover with breathable side panels.
The Leesa Legend caters to the eco-conscious sleeper with an organic cotton/merino wool blend cover that’s made entirely of recycled materials. All Leesa covers have built-in flame retardant properties to eliminate the need for chemical flame retardants.
At only 10 inches tall, the Leesa Original has the lowest profile in the Leesa lineup. The comfort layer consists of two-inches of highly responsive, latex-alternative foam. It bounces back quicker than memory foam, but doesn’t contour and conform to the body as well.
Instead of putting highly conforming memory foam in the comfort layer, Leesa places it in the transition layer, so that sleepers get the contouring and cushioning without the heavy conformability of a memory foam mattress. The support layer consists of six inches of high-density poly-foam.
The Leesa Hybrid’s aerated comfort layer is made of what Leesa calls premium foam. It responds much like latex foam with its strong bounceback. Underneath the comfort layer is 1.5 inches of memory foam to help the mattress fit the curves of the sleeper. A one-inch poly-foam transition layer covers the support layer, which is made of six-inch pocketed coils.
Pocketed coils are the same diameter from top to bottom. They’re not interconnected, so motion doesn’t transfer across the mattress’s surface.
The Leesa Legend’s six-layered construction is the most advanced pressure relief system of any Leesa model. A light, latex-like foam provides the first layer of cushioning. It’s followed by a layer of memory foam that helps the mattress support the curves of the sleeper.
Underneath them both, a unique layer made of a combination of micro-coils at the head and feet and poly-foam through the center targets the body’s pressure points and lower back. It’s surrounded by foam to cut down on motion transfer. A thin poly-foam transition layer separates the micro-coil/poly-foam layer from the six-inch pocketed coil support core. At the bottom, another thin layer of poly-foam contributes to the stability of the mattress.
Leesa’s Cooling Technologies and Temperature Regulation
Leesa’s mattresses dissipate heat well, giving them a reputation as cool foam mattresses. Aerated comfort layers allow heat to pass through the foams and away from the sleeper. Large, open-cell memory foam makes space for the air to continue through the transition layers. The coils in the Leesa Hybrid and Legend create more room for heat and air to continue to circulate and cool the sleeper.
Leesa Mattresses’ Support, Conformity, and Motion Isolation
Leesa’s models contain enough foam that sleepers aren’t likely to notice too much motion from a bed partner. However, the Original’s responsive comfort layer will make it feel bouncier than an all-memory foam and some other mixed-foam models.
The Leesa Hybrid prevents most motion from transferring across the mattress. You have to keep in mind, however, that coils bounce more than foam. Consequently, you’ll notice more movement with a hybrid model. The Leesa Hybrid’s combination of materials gives it a medium to medium-firm feel that’s often comfortable for side, back, and combo sleepers.
The Legend’s softer medium feel comes from the foam layers mixed with the pressure relief of the micro-coil/poly-foam layer. The micro-coils target the high-pressure areas while the foams do the overall cushioning and deepen pressure relief. The foams absorb most motion, but not as much as all all-foam or all-memory foam mattress.
How Durable are Leesa Mattresses?
Leesa mattresses are made of foams meant to last the industry standard of roughly six to eight years. Their hybrids are on par with other hybrid models with a projected life of about eight to ten years. In addition, Leesa’s 10-year warranty supports the expected lifespan of their mattresses.
Leesa’s Trial Period, Warranty, and Return Policies
Leesa’s sleep trail runs 100-days, but there is a required 30-day break-in period. Leesa will arrange for mattress pickup once a return is requested. All returns are charged a $49 donation fee to cover the costs of getting the mattress from a residence to the donation location.
The Leesa 10-year warranty covers any defects in materials or manufacturing. Indentations over one inch are included. However, the indentation cannot be due to keeping the mattress on a foundation that doesn’t provide adequate support. Mattress warranties don’t cover everything, and Leesa’s has standard limitations like damage from burns, tears, or commercial use. Only the original owner with proof of purchase can make a warranty claim.
You can upgrade a Leesa mattress at any time. However, you’ll need to pay the difference in price between the two mattresses.
Leesa’s Social Responsibility
Leesa regularly donates mattresses to charity by committing to give one mattress for every ten sold. To date, they’ve totaled over 30,000 donated mattresses. They also create opportunities for their employees to donate at least one percent of their time to their local communities.
A Leesa mattress review would be incomplete without mentioning their CertiPUR-US® certified foams. Foams that meet high standards have less of an environmental impact and provide a safe sleep space.
Who Are Leesa Mattresses For?
The Leesa Original and Leesa Hybrid may feel different, but their support level (medium-firm) is similar enough that they appeal to similar types of sleepers, namely back, combo, and some stomach sleepers. Side sleepers could find one of these models comfortable, but it will depend on their weight and if they like a firmer mattress. Sleepers who like a responsive mattress will probably prefer the Leesa Hybrid over the Original.
The medium-feel Legend offers the most conformability and softest sleep that Leesa has to offer. There’s more cushioning from the foam layers and targeted pressure relief from the micro-coils. This softer model lets side sleepers nestle into the mattress. It’s also a good option for those of other sleep positions who prefer the extra cushioning and softness.
Casper mattresses hail from Canada. They entered the market back in 2014, and their models include three memory foam mattresses. Two of their models, the Original and Wave, also come in a hybrid design. That brings the total options up to five. Casper also offers a line of bedding, night lights, and foundations.
There are several Casper stores across the Northeastern United States, but their mattresses can be found at approved Casper dealers. However, Casper has joined the bed-in-a-box movement, and many of their mattresses are sold online and delivered directly to your home. Their models include:
- The Essential: Casper’s most affordable mattress has a three-layer design that includes a poly-foam top layer with a memory foam transition layer. They’re supported by a high-density poly-foam support core.
- The Casper Original (Foam): When Casper first started, they had a single model— the Original. It’s been modified since then, but its four layers of foam offer zoned support that relieves pressure at the hips and shoulders.
- The Casper Original Hybrid (Foam/Innerspring): The Original Hybrid has the same four-layer foam design as the Original except for the support core. Instead of high-density poly-foam, it has six-inch pocketed coils.
- The Wave Original (Foam): This model includes five foam layers, including poly-foam, latex foam, and a memory foam layer with gel pods that cool the body while providing zoned support. It’s stabilized by a high-density foam support core.
- The Wave Hybrid (Foam/Innerspring): The top four layers of this model are exactly the same as the Wave Original. However, instead of a poly-foam support core, it has pocketed coils.
Casper’s Materials, Cover, and Construction
The Casper Original’s polyester blend knit cover lets the body breath while feeling soft to the touch. A slightly different polyester/rayon/wool blend cover encases the Wave. The wool provides natural breathability and longevity to this model. The Essential’s soft blend knit cover moves with the mattress, so sleepers get the full advantage of the layers underneath. Casper mattress covers are all removable and washable. However, they need to be line dried.
The Essential’s three-layers start with a responsive, two-inch poly-foam comfort layer. That means it quickly bounces back into its original shape. Beneath this layer is 1.5-inches of pressure-relieving memory foam that add custom contouring to each sleeper. A thicker 4.5-inch poly-foam support layer provides most of this model’s medium-firm support.
The Original’s 1.5-inch poly-foam top layer is similar to the Essential’s with its quick response to movement. It then has 1.5 inches of memory foam that relieves pressure at key points on the body like the shoulders and hips.
The 1.5-inch zoned poly-foam transition layer further cushions and supports these problem areas. Those layers cover a 5-inch, high-density poly-foam support core that provides the rest of the mattress’s support. Overall, this responsive mattress falls somewhere in the medium to medium-firm category.
The Original Hybrid has the same upper layers as the Casper Original. However, its support layer consists of pocketed coils rather than poly-foam. Like Leesa’s pocketed coils, these aren’t connected to one another so that movement doesn’t spread to the surrounding coils. They’re each wrapped in fabric, hence, their “pocket.” The coils flex at high-pressure points, providing targeted support.
The Wave begins with an airy layer that provides light cushioning before the body is contoured by 1.5 inches of latex. The latex’s bounce and responsiveness are complemented by a layer of memory foam underneath. The memory foam adjusts to the shape of the sleeper for deeper pressure relief.
The next layer adds zoned support. It’s made of poly-foam, but through the center, gel pods provide some give and cushioning for side and back sleepers. At the bottom, the five-inch high-density poly-foam support core’s contoured surface increases breathability and promotes airflow. These layers combine to give the Wave a plush, medium feel.
The Wave Hybrid has the same upper layers as the Wave. However, the foam support core is replaced with pocketed coils. The coils give at the body’s pressure points, but also offer slightly firmer support than most foams. Pocketed coils also increase the space through which air can move.
Casper uses CertiPUR-US® certified foams that are safe from substances known to be harmful such as mercury, lead, and chemical flame retardants.
Casper’s Cooling Technologies and Temperature Regulation
All Casper mattresses have open-cell memory and poly-foams to make room for air to flow. Aerated latex layers and channeled poly-foams further enhance breathability. Overall, Casper mattresses have average to above-average temperature regulation when compared to other mixed-foam mattresses. Their hybrid models further increase breathability due to the extra space around the coils, so they’ll offer the coolest sleep Casper offers.
Casper Mattresses’ Support, Conformability, and Motion Isolation
Casper’s mattresses contour to the body and prevent most motion from spreading across the mattress. Couples will find that they’re less likely to feel the movements of a restless bed partner. However, the coils of the hybrid models will add some bounce to the mattress.
On a firmness scale, all of the Casper models fall in the medium to medium-firm category. At that support level, it’s back and side sleepers who are more likely to find comfort. The firmer Casper Original and Essential may provide enough support for some stomach sleepers, as their surfaces will prevent too much sinkage at the hips.
The Wave caters to those who like a softer mattress into which they can sink. It also adds some conformability without losing responsiveness. In general, Casper’s mattresses contour rather than snuggly conform to the body. They layer their memory foams underneath latex and poly-foam, which prevents the close conformability of an all-memory foam mattress.
How Durable are Casper Mattresses?
Casper makes their mattresses with average quality foams. We would expect the industry average of six to eight years for the Casper Original, Wave, and Essential. The Original and Wave hybrids show more durability than their mixed-foam counterparts. They’re expected to last roughly seven to eight years, the average for similar hybrid models.
Casper’s 10-year warranty also suggests that the manufacturer expects the mattresses to last about the average amount of time for these types of mattresses.
Casper’s Trial Period, Warranty, and Return Policies
If you’re worried about finding the right mattress, you can return a Casper mattress at any time within their 100-night trial period. The trial doesn’t start until the mattress is delivered. And, if you’re not satisfied, Casper will arrange for a courier to pack and pick up the mattress.
Casper’s 10-year limited warranty only applies to mattresses purchased from Casper or Casper authorized retailers within the United States and Canada. It covers defects in construction, materials, or workmanship, along with indentations over one inch. However, the mattress must be kept on a proper foundation for the entirety of its life for the warranty to apply. Their warranty also includes coverage for cover zippers.
The warranty only applies to the original purchaser with proof of purchase.
Casper’s Social Responsibility
Casper strives to donate returned mattresses to charities. They also partner with outside organizations to donate new sleep products like bedding. Some Casper stores accept donations of pillow and bedding for recycling.
Casper’s foams are CertiPUR-US® certified. That means they’re safe from chemicals and/or emissions that are bad for the environment and human health.
Who Are Casper Mattresses For?
Budget-friendly mattresses like the Essential balance comfort with price. Its three foam layers have the responsiveness that prevents sleepers from feeling stuck as they sink into the mattress. Back and stomach sleepers appreciate its medium-firm feel, and it will work for some side sleepers. However, those sensitive to pressure may find it too firm.
The Casper Original’s zoned support creates a lower half that’s firmer than the more forgiving upper half. Whether or not that support feels good to the sleeper will depend on their size and weight as well as how they position themselves on the mattress. The firmer support of the lower half of the mattress may work very well for stomach and back sleepers who need more support at the hips and less at the shoulders. Side sleepers have a greater variety of position options, some of which won’t be comfortable on the Original.
The Wave is the best mattress for side sleepers that Casper offers. The layers allow sleepers to sink into the mattress, yet they won’t feel trapped by snug conformability. The mattress will respond to movement by quickly bouncing back into place while contouring to the body.
Finally, if you’re looking for a night of cooler sleep, the hybrids offer extra breathability around their coils.
Leesa vs. Casper: The Bottom Line
- Both companies offer hybrid versions of their popular models. Those are all great options for sleepers who want the conformability of foam with the responsiveness of coils.
- Casper has more models to choose from and offers a wider range of mixed foams in their models. Their models tend to have excellent bounce and responsiveness.
- Leesa’s latex-alternative foams have excellent responsiveness and good aeration for some cool sleeping options.
- Both companies have similarly priced models, and all of their models fall into the same medium to medium-firm range.
Individual sleep preferences are the determining factor with two companies who make similar mattresses. Do you sleep hot or cool? Do you prefer a bouncy, responsive mattress, or foams that let you sink? Take account of what you truly need, and it will point in the direction of the mattress that’s right for you. Sleep trials area great way to make sure you’ve found the right model. From there, rest easy, and get some sleep.