The Casper Mattress is one of the most well-known of the direct-to-consumer, mattress-in-a-box mattress companies. They were one of the first ones in this space to advertise heavily, and a lot of people ask about them. They helped start this wave of companies that have come out in the past year. But is it worth all the hype? I had a chance to try out the Casper (in addition to many of their competitors), and in this review I will break down what I think.
If you’re too busy to read the entire review, the short version is that the Casper is an okay mattress, but there are better options out there now. I personally recommend the Leesa over the Casper, but there are a few other options that are also better.
Why buy an online mattress?
Much of my website is centered around helping you get the best price on a more traditional mattress from a mattress specialty store. When the direct-to-consumer mattress companies came out, I was skeptical at first, but upon further reflection it makes perfect sense. The biggest downside about buying a mattress online is the fact that you can’t try it before buying it. But pretty much all of the direct-to-consumer mattresses (including Casper) offer a free return for a full refund. So you’re not actually risking any money to try out the mattress. You’re only risking the minor hassle of having them pick it up and getting another mattress. In addition, many of the online mattresses are pretty decent quality and a really good value for the price, so for most people, it’s totally worth the shot to get one of these first.
Construction of the Casper
Speaking of quality, the Casper mattress is made of good materials, although the “good stuff” is a relatively thin layer in the top. The Casper is a 10 inch latex and memory foam mattress that comes delivered compressed in a box. It has 1.5 inches of latex over 1.5 inches of 4 pound density memory foam over 7 inches of high resiliency polyurethane foam. There are actually two types of poly foam in this layer. One is a softer “transition” poly foam and the other is the regular firm support foam. So overall, it’s 3 inches of specialty foam on top of 7 inches of the more basic “poly foam.”
Latex is a very durable material, and the memory foam used is denser than average, so the Casper should be fairly durable. My only complaint is that the layers of “specialty foam” is only 3 inches. Many of the competitors use a thicker layer of the “good stuff,” or at the very least are less expensive for that 3 inch layer.
How it feels
We have a saying in the mattress industry, “the feel is the deal,” so how does the Casper feel?
The Casper is on the firmer side of average. The latex layer (again, the first 1.5 inches) feels fairly soft, but then the mattress quickly gets much firmer underneath of that. This is where having only 3 inches of specialty foam starts to become important. For me (a side sleeper), I felt that I “bottomed out” on the mattress after the first couple inches, and felt a lot of pressure on my shoulder. Because of this, the Casper is more suited to people who sleep on their back or stomach.
The Casper ranges from $500 to $950 depending on size (and is $850 in a queen, which is the most popular size). This is about an average price for a mattress, and slightly more expensive than similar mattresses. It is delivered to your door in a box for free, and it’s pretty easy to set up from there.
The Casper has a 100 night return policy, so if you’re not happy with the mattress, they will send somebody to pick it up and give you a full refund. It’s a fairly painless process.
In addition, they have a 10 year warranty against any sags or physical defects. To be considered a “sag,” the mattress has to dip at least an inch. With the materials Casper uses, this should be an unlikely occurrence. Like most places, the warranty doesn’t cover warranty issues. So if the mattress is just no longer comfortable say 7 years from now, you’re out of luck. But that’s true everywhere I’m aware of.
Alternatives to Casper
When the Casper mattress first came out, it was far more compelling than it is today. I still think it’s an okay mattress, but a lot of new companies have come out to improve on the model that Casper started. A lot of these new companies are cheap knock-offs, but a few of them are actually really good. Here are a few good alternatives to Casper
- Leesa. I’m biased because this is the one I sleep on. Casper and Leesa both sent me mattresses to try at about the same time, and I just liked the Leesa better. The Leesa is slightly less expensive and uses 4 inches of specialty foam instead of the 3 inches that Casper uses. Of all of the direct-to-consumer mattresses, this one is my favorite. You can read my review here.
- Ghost Bed. This one tries to emulate Casper very closely. It looks and feels very similar, but uses better materials and it’s cheaper. Here’s my review.
- Tuft and Needle. This one isn’t as good quality as Casper (it doesn’t use any latex or memory foam, for example), but it’s even less expensive than the other options. This is better if you’re planning on upgrading your mattress in a few years, for example if you’re in a college dorm. Here’s my review of Tuft and Needle.
So overall, there are just better options out there these days than Casper. The Casper isn’t a bad mattress, it’s just that there are other mattresses that do everything just a little better than Casper.
Buying a mattress online through one of the mattress-in-a-box, direct-to-consumer companies is a sensible idea if you want to avoid the hassle of haggling with salesmen and comparison shopping, and Casper is a decent choice.
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