Leesa Sleep is one of the older and more successful direct-to-consumer mattresses out there in this latest wave of new mattress companies. Casper is only slightly older and fairly similar. To help you decide between the two, I’ve put together a comparison.
I have tried both the Leesa and Casper mattresses (you can read my full review of Leesa here, and my full review of Casper here), though I have more experience with the Leesa since I now sleep on a Leesa every night as my main mattress. I only tried Casper for a few nights.
Keep in mind, a mattress is a very personal thing. Whether I liked it or didn’t like a mattress personally, that would have no bearing on whether it would be the right mattress for you. Everybody has different needs for support and comfort. For that reason, I still believe in going into stores to try out mattresses before you buy them as suggested in my mattress buying guide, but buying from a company like Leesa comes in a close second because of its no-hassle return policy. You can always try an online mattress, and if you don’t like it, return it and go the more traditional route. Buying an online mattress like the Leesa first has the potential to save you a lot of time and frustration.
The Leesa Mattress
(You can read my full Leesa review here. This is a summary)
The Leesa mattress is a foam mattress with three layers. The bottom layer is the 6 inches of high density poly foam, which is similar to a lot of foam mattresses. The middle uses 2 inches of a medium density memory foam, and the top layer is 2 inches of a “convoluted” (inverted egg crate shaped) Avena foam. Avena is a new technology I’m not as familiar with, but it has a high “ILD” (indentation load deflection) which is a good sign that it will be supportive and durable. These are all high quality foams made in America (in contrast to the lower quality ones shipped over in a box from China). It feels very similar to latex and from what I’ve read it performs similarly to latex in tests.
I know all of the above probably sounds like a different language unless you’re in the industry, so here’s the takeaway: the Leesa mattress is a good quality mattress.
It comes with a 10 year full warranty, which is the industry standard, and the threshold for what constitutes a “sag” is an inch, which is in line with competitors. They also have a 100 night trial, so if you don’t like it, you can send it back at no cost. This eliminates the biggest downside of buying a mattress online (i.e. not being able to try it out).
The prices range from $525 to $990, depending on size, and this is just for the mattress. (You’ll need to get a boxspring, platform bed, or adjustable base on your own.) You can see the prices for each size and get a $75 coupon for them by clicking here.
As a bonus, Leesa will also donate a mattress to a homeless shelter for every 10 mattresses sold, so if you’re socially-conscious, that’s another benefit of Leesa.
The Casper Mattress
(You can read my full Casper review here)
The Casper mattress has four layers. The bottom layer is 7 inches of a high density poly foam (which is in two layers itself, a softer layer of what they call “transition foam” and a harder layer of support foam. On top of that it uses a slightly denser memory foam than Leesa, but it’s only 1.5 inches rather than 2. Then on top, it uses 1.5 inches of a softer latex. I am a particular fan of the latex foam (I used to sleep on a latex mattress, and I’ve had latex pillows for 7 years now). Like Leesa, these are high quality, American-made foams.
It has the same 10 year warranty and same 100 night return policy that Leesa does.
The prices range from $500 to $950 depending on size for the mattress. Just like with Leesa, you’ll need to come up with your own support system.
Similarities between Casper and Leesa
There are a lot of things the two have in common:
- Both are 10 inch foam mattresses
- Both are designed to keep a neutral temperature on top
- Both are made in the USA
- Both are shipped in a box for free
- Both have a 100 night trial
- Both have a 10 year full replacement warranty
- Both are roughly the same price (more on that later)
Differences between Casper and Leesa
Despite all the similarities, there are a few differences. Next to each difference I will list which company has the better end of the difference.
- Leesa uses 6 inches of high density base foam and 4 inches of specialty foam, where Casper uses 7 inches of base foam and 3 inches of specialty foam. The edge goes to Leesa on this one for most people. The Leesa will have more room in the comfort layers to contour to your body, especially for side sleepers.
- The top layer of Casper is made of dunlop latex. The top layer of Leesa is a new technology called Avena foam. I’ve always been partial to latex in bedding, and Avena is very similar to latex. It is kind of a “springy” foam that doesn’t transfer motion horizontally across the mattress. Neither company has the edge here since the types of foams are so similar.
- The Leesa uses a layer of convoluted (egg-crate shaped) foam to promote breatheablity, whereas the Casper doesn’t. Leesa wins this one.
- The mattresses feel a little different. I describe that in more detail below, but the Leesa gets gradually firmer as you float into the mattress, while the Casper has a softer top and firmer bottom. This is entirely personal (i.e. one isn’t better than the other here)
- There are fewer seams in the Leesa cover, so less can go wrong with the seam ripping or coming out (it’s in one piece rather than the 3 that Casper has). I personally think the Leesa looks a little sleeker as well, but you can be the judge of that in the pictures below. This minor edge goes to Leesa.
- Price: The Leesa has a higher retail price, but they have given me a $75 coupon code, MATTRESSNERD75, which brings the price down below the Casper. (If that coupon code doesn’t work, click here to get the most up-to-date one). Edge: Leesa again.
How the mattresses feel
There’s a saying in the mattress industry, “the feel is the deal.” While there is no substitute to trying out the mattress, I will do my best to describe it.
The Leesa has a fairly firm feel on the surface, but it still gives enough to contour to your shoulders and hips when on your side, or contouring to the shape of your body on your back. The surface is kinda “bouncy” unlike some more basic memory foam mattresses due to the Avena foam, but that doesn’t transfer motion across the bed. The “bounce” is just up and down, not side to side. Overall it’s a medium firm mattress. It has a sturdy feel on the surface, but it still contours.
The Casper has a softer initial feel, but doesn’t contour as much. Once you get past that first inch, it gets really firm really quickly. It’s a more “polarized” feel, meaning it has a clear soft layer and a clear hard layer. (In contrast, the Leesa has a more “gradual” feel). I think this is why some reviewers say that the Leesa is softer, and others say the Casper is softer. Leesa will contour more than Casper, but Casper feels softer to the touch. The Casper has the same kind of “bouncy” feel due to the latex on top, but again, it doesn’t transfer horizontally across the mattress.
In the final analysis, I think Leesa is the better mattress. It should work for a wider range of body types and sleeping positions. It felt better for me personally, which is why I got rid of my 6 month old, $3000 Comforpedic mattress in favor of a Leesa. The Casper is still good, but it just doesn’t contour enough for me as a side sleeper. In addition, the Leesa is a little bit cheaper with the coupon code.
But, either would be a big improvement over getting something from Amazon or Walmart that was shipped over from China in a box. If you’re on this site mattress shopping, either would be better than your cheap springy mattress that is sagging and/or hurting your back. A good mattress is important and can actually change your life for the better. You’re going to use it for 1/3rd of every single day, so it’s worth the investment to get a good one.
If you want to avoid the hassle of going to a mattress store and haggling with a salesperson over price, Leesa and Casper are two great alternatives for getting a high quality mattress at a reasonable price. (Though of the two, I recommend the Leesa).
You can buy a Leesa here and get $75 off. Just enter the code on that page at checkout.
Thank you for reading.
Disclaimer: I have an affiliate relationship with both Leesa and Amazon (who sells Casper), which means they will give me a small commission at no cost to you if you buy through my links.