Casper vs. Purple Mattress Comparison

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Quick Summary – Casper vs. Purple

Casper first launched in 2014. The brand’s flagship mattress, known as the Casper, features a triple-layer memory foam and polyfoam comfort system, along with a high-density foam support core.

Purple was founded in 2015 following a successful Kickstarter campaign. The Original Purple, its flagship model, is constructed with a comfort layer of buckling-column gel dispersed throughout an elastic polymer grid. The support core is made of high-density polyfoam.

Please note: Both Casper and Purple sell other beds in addition to their flagship models.

  • Casper offers two other models: the Casper Essential is a memory foam mattress; and the Casper Wave is a mixed memory foam/latex mattress.
  • Purple offers the New Purple, a hybrid mattress constructed with a buckling-column gel and elastic polymer comfort layer, as well as a pocketed coil support core.

This comparison page will exclusively look at the Casper and the Original Purple. For more information about the brand’s other models, please visit our Casper Mattress Reviews and Purple Mattress Reviews pages.

Both the Casper and the Original Purple offer body-conforming sleep surfaces that alleviate aches and pains in sleepers and isolate motion transfer fairly well. However, both mattresses have unique characteristics, advantages, and drawbacks. This page will compare the Casper and Original Purple in terms of construction, performance, and pricing, as well as the policies and overall reputations of both companies.

Casper mattresses are great for…

  • Side, back, stomach, and combination sleepers in most weight groups.
  • People who experience frequent neck, shoulder, or back pain.
  • Couples who awaken easily due to movement or noise.

 

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Original Purple mattresses are great for…

  • Side and back sleepers who weigh 130 pounds or more.
  • Hot sleepers, particularly those who find all-foam beds too warm.
  • Those who prefer firmer sleep surfaces that offer moderate conforming.

 

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Casper vs. Purple: Mattress Details & Ratings

MODEL Description
The Casper
Foam
Medium
Moderate
Good for Back Pain
Back
Full mattress details

Mattress Specs

  • 5.5
  • 100 night
  • 10 Year, Limited
  • online, in-store
  • 71 lbs
  • Foam
  • $995.00/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Fair

Owners report that Casper models perform fairly well after long-term use, but the company has only been in business for three years and it may be too early to accurate gauge the lifespan of these mattresses.

Motion Isolation
Very Good

The Casper mattress absorbs and minimizes motion to a significant extent, according to owners.

Conforming
Good

The Casper offers comfortable conforming and targeted pressure relief.

Sex
Fair

Our testing indicates that The Casper isn't particularly responsive or bouncy given it's construction so is just ok for sex which is on par with most mixed foam mattresses.

Temperature Neutrality
Very Good

Casper mattresses absorb minimal body heat and sleep fairly cool compared to other memory foam mattresses.

Off-gassing
Fair

Some Casper owners report moderate off-gassing when the mattress is new.

Edge Support
Fair

The Casper offers minimal edge support and sinkage aorund the perimeter is likely over time.

Noise
Excellent

Casper mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

Purple Bed
Foam
Medium Firm
Moderate
Good for Hot Sleepers
Back
Full mattress details

Mattress Specs

  • 6.5
  • 100 night
  • 10 Year, Non-prorated
  • online
  • 110 lbs
  • Foam
  • $999/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Good

Although the Purple mattress features a polymer-based buckling-column gel layer, the company has been in business for a limited amount of time and the overall lifespan of the Purple mattress has not yet been determined.

Motion Isolation
Very Good

According to many owners, the Purple mattress isolates motion to a fair extent and helps cut down on nighttime sleep disruptions.

Conforming
Very Good

The Purple mattress conforms somewhat closely, and a large number of owners report improved spinal alignment and targeted pressure relief.

Sex
Fair

The Purple mattress is somewhat responsive, but couples may prefer a bouncier, more responsive surface.

Temperature Neutrality
Very Good

The Purple mattress is fairly temperature neutral, and most sleepers remain fairly cool throughout the night.

Off-gassing
Good

Very few Purple mattress owners report strong, persistent off-gassing odor.

Edge Support
Fair

The Purple mattress offers minimal edge support, and sinkage where people sit is fairly common.

Noise
Excellent

The Purple mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

Sizes and Pricing

The table below lists current prices for the Casper and Original Purple mattresses in each available size. Please note the Original Purple is not sold in a Twin size.

Size Casper Original Purple
Twin $595 Not Available
Twin XL $645 $699
Full $895 $899
Queen $995 $999
King $1,195 $1,299
California King $1,195 $1,299

Mattress Construction

Next we’ll look at how the Casper and Original Purple mattresses are made. The table below lists specs for each bed’s firmness, thickness, materials, and other construction details.

Specification Casper Original Purple
Firmness 5.5 (Medium) 6.5 (Medium Firm)
Thickness 9 1/2″ 9 1/2″
Weight (Queen) 71 lbs. 110 lbs.
Support Core Components 5″ 1.8 PCF HD Polyfoam 4″ 2 PCF HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 1 1/2″ Polyfoam
1 1/2″ 4 PCF Memory Foam
1 1/2″ 2 PCF Polyfoam
2″ Buckling-Column Gel/Elastic Polymer Grid
3 1/2″ 1.8 PCF Polyfoam
Cover Composition 100% Polyester 67% Polyester
29% Viscose
4% Lycra® Spandex

How is the Casper built?

The Casper features a comfort system consisting of three layers: a top layer of polyfoam, a middle layer of memory foam; and a bottom layer of medium-density polyfoam. The mattress is ‘Medium,’ and most sleepers experience close conforming from the three comfort layers. The cover is made of polyester.

The Casper’s support core is constructed from high-density polyfoam. This five-inch layer reinforces the bed and helps maintain a flat, even sleep surface. The Casper is exceptionally light at 71 pounds in a Queen size, making it fairly easy for most owners to move and rotate as needed.

How is the Original Purple built?

The Original Purple’s comfort system has two components, a top layer of buckling-column gel dispersed through an elastic polymer grid and a bottom layer of high-density polyfoam. The gel layer’s conforming and pressure-relieving abilities are on par with those of most memory foam and latex beds, but the material is more durable and less likely to develop indentations.

The support core of the Original Purple contains four inches of high-density polyfoam, which is less thick that the base layers in most competing models. Its cover is made from a soft, breathable blend of polyester, viscose and Lycra® spandex.

Sleep Position Ratings

SLEEP POSITION LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
The Casper
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
Back
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Back
GOOD
Stomach
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Stomach
FAIR
Purple Bed
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
Back
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Back
GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
Stomach
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Stomach
FAIR
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD

Casper Sleeper Ratings

As you can see, the Casper – like many mattresses with thick foam comfort layers – is ideal for sleepers with frequent aches and pains. Because it is ‘Medium’ in terms of firmness, people who weigh 230 pounds or less tend to feel the most comfortable; people who are heavier than 230 pounds may find the mattress sinks too deeply. The Casper also isolates motion well and produces no noise, making it a good option for couples.

Original Purple Sleeper Ratings

The Original Purple’s buckling-column gel/grid comfort system mimics the pressure-relieving properties of memory foam and latex. However, the mattress is ‘Medium Firm’ and conforms to a moderate extent. People who weigh at least 130 pounds tend to feel most comfortable on the Original Purple; those who are lighter – particularly side sleepers – may find the bed feels excessively firm.

Sleep Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

Casper

Sleep trial 100 nights
Refund Full
Warranty 10 years, nonprorated
Where do they ship? Anywhere in the U.S. and Canada
Trial period, warranty, and delivery details

Trial Period and Guarantee

Casper offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Casper mattress.

  1. This sleep trial does not include a mandatory break-in period. Customers may return the mattress at any point during the 100-night trial.
  2. If a return is requested, Casper will send personnel to pick up and remove the mattress from the customer’s residence.
  3. Full refunds are issued for all returns if the mattress is ordered from Casper. Additional fees may apply for purchases on Amazon.com and other retailers.
  4. Exchanges are available within the 100-night period. Exchanging for different sizes or colors of the same mattress will void the remaining sleep trial; exchanging for a different Casper mattress will result in a new 100-night trial.

Warranty

Casper offers a 10-year nonprorated warranty:

  1. This warranty is entirely nonprorated.
  2. Warranty coverage will be voided if the mattress is not used with a firm, supportive foundation.
  3. Casper will cover all shipping charges related to repairing or replacing a defective mattress.
  4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring 1″ or deeper.
    • Physical flaws that cause mattress materials to split or crack.
    • Cover zipper defects.
  5. The warranty will not cover the following:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring less than 1″ deep.
    • Burns, cuts, tears, stains, and other forms of physical damage resulting from misuse.
    • Repair or replacement requests that occur due to changes in the owner’s comfort preferences.
  6. This warranty is non-transferable, and only available to original owners who purchase the mattress from Casper or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire the mattress from the original owner or non-authorized sellers will not qualify for warranty coverage.

Delivery Policy

The delivery policy for Casper mattresses is as follows:

  1. After an order is placed, most customers receive the mattress at their address within two to seven business days.
  2. Standard UPS delivery is free of charge. White Glove delivery, including in-home mattress assembly, is available for a flat fee of $149.
  3. Casper cannot guarantee specific delivery dates for mattresses but will work with customers to pinpoint expected timeframes.

How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed and shipped in a box
Where Do They Ship?: Anywhere in the U.S. and Canada
Delivery Fee: Standard delivery is free of charge, while in-home assembly is $149.

Old Mattress Removal

Old mattress removal is available for those who select in-home assembly; there is no extra charge beyond the $149 flat fee. Old mattress removal is not available for standard deliveries.

Original Purple

Sleep trial 100 nights
Refund Full, minus promotional items
Warranty 10 years
Where do they ship? All 50 states and most of Canada
Trial period, warranty, and delivery details

Trial Period and Guarantee

Purple offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Original Purple mattress.

  1. This sleep trial does not include a mandatory break-in period. Customers may return the mattress at any point during the 100-night trial.
  2. If a return is requested, the cost of any promotional items included with the Original Purple purchase will be deducted from the total refund.
  3. Those who purchase an Original Purple mattress through Amazon.com are not eligible for Purple’s sleep trial; they should coordinate returns and refunds with Amazon.com.

Warranty

Purple offers a 10-year nonprorated warranty:

  1. This warranty is entirely nonprorated.
  2. The warranty will be voided if the Original Purple is not used with a firm, flat, solid-surface, non-spring foundation.
  3. Mattress owners are responsible for all shipping costs associated with repairs or replacements of defective mattresses.
  4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring 1″ or deeper.
    • Splits or cracks in the mattress material despite proper handling and care.
  5. The warranty will not cover the following:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring less than 1″ deep.
    • Burns, cuts, stains, mold infestation, and other types of physical damage that occur due to misuse or neglect.
  6. This warranty is non-transferable. It is exclusively available to original owners who purchase their mattress from Purple or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not be eligible for warranty coverage.

Delivery Policy

The delivery policy for Original Purple mattresses is as follows:

  1. Most customers receive their Original Purple mattress within two to eight business days, depending on their location.
  2. Standard ground shipping is free within the contiguous U.S., but customers in Alaska and Hawaii must pay additional delivery charges.
  3. Expedited or White Glove delivery are not available for the Original Purple. Please note that Purple offers White Glove delivery exclusively for the New Purple mattress.

How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed, roll-packed, and shipped in a box.
Where Do They Ship?: Anywhere in the U.S. and most of Canada
Delivery Fee: Free shipping for customers in the contiguous U.S., but those in Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada pay additional fees that vary by location.

Old Mattress Removal

Purple does not offer old mattress removal with Original Purple orders.

Our Recommendations

Choose the Casper if…
  • You experience frequent aches and pains, particularly in your neck, shoulders, or lower back.
  • You weigh 230 pounds or less.
  • You sleep on your side, back, stomach, or any combination of the three.
  • You and/or your sleep partner wake up easily due to movement or noise.
A Casper may not be suitable if...
  • You tend to sleep hot, as the triple-layer comfort system tends to retain body heat.
  • You weigh more than 230 pounds.
  • You want a bed that is on the firmer side.
Choose the Original Purple if…
  • You tend to sleep hot, since the buckling-column gel layer promotes air circulation and the mattress sleeps fairly cool as a result.
  • You weigh at least 130 pounds.
  • You sleep on your side, back, stomach, or any combination of the three.
  • You and/or your sleep partner wake up easily due to movement or noise.
The Original Purple may not be suitable if...
  • You’re looking for a bed that is relatively light and easy to lift/rotate.
  • You weigh less than 130 pounds.
  • You want a mattress that feels less firm.

Additional Information

Choosing the right mattress for you can be a difficult decision. Tuck.com strives to help mattress shoppers evaluate different models and decide which product best meets their needs and preferences. To learn more about how we compare products, please visit our Mattress Methodology page.