Casper vs. Purple Mattress Comparison
Casper vs. Purple Mattress Comparison
Casper and Purple are two of the most well-known bed-in-a-box mattress companies. While they are perhaps best known for their all-foam flagship models, the Casper Original and the Purple Mattress, both companies also produce several hybrid models.
Casper produces three foam models and two hybrid models. The foam models include the Casper, the Casper Essential, and the Casper Wave. The Casper is the company’s flagship model, the Casper Essential is a budget-friendly model, and the Casper Wave is a luxury model. The Casper Hybrid and the Casper Wave Hybrid use many of the same materials as their all-foam counterparts with the addition of pocketed coil systems.
Purple’s main claim to fame is its Purple Grid comfort layer. The walls of the grid collapse and spring back to adjust to each sleeper. Each model uses this material. Purple produces one all-foam model, the flagship Purple Mattress. It also produces three hybrid models: the Purple Hybrid, the Purple Hybrid Premier with a 3-inch Purple Grid, and the Purple Hybrid Premier with a 4-inch Purple Grid.
All of the Casper and the Purple models fall close to the middle of the 10-point firmness scale, rating between 5 and 6. This means each model has a medium to medium firm feel, which is in the range that most sleepers tend to prefer.
We'll give a detailed overview of how Casper and Purple compare, including their sizing, construction, ratings, performance, and more.
Medium Firm (6)
Medium Firm (6)
|Stand Out Features||
Purple Hybrid Premier 3"
Purple Hybrid Premier 4"
|Sleep Trial and Warranty||
10-year limited warranty
10-year limited warranty
Sizing and Weight Options
The size of the mattress may affect its convenience, its performance, and how well it fits in the space. Assessing a mattress’s weight, height, and size options may help you narrow your search.
A mattress’s weight can influence how easy it is to move, whether it is compatible with your bed frame, and how well it stays in place. If you are concerned about moving or rotating your mattress, a lighter model may be preferable. Lighter models are also more likely to be compatible with a wider range of bed frames. Some bed frames have weight limits, so calculating the weight of the mattress and its sleepers can help ensure you don’t exceed the limit and risk damaging the frame.
The height can affect the amount of support and contouring and how well it fits into a space. Thicker models frequently have thicker comfort and/or support layers, which may be a good match for sleepers over 200 pounds who need extra room to sink in. The added height also makes these models easier for some individuals to get into and out of. However, low-profile mattresses can be a good fit for small spaces, like bunk beds.
If you plan on using your existing bed frame, the mattress size may be one of the main factors you need to consider. While companies generally offer most standard mattress sizes, ensuring the mattress fits your bed before you place your order can help save you time and energy down the road.
|Weight (Queen)||Height (Queen)||Size Options|
|Casper Original||85 lbs.||12"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|Casper Hybrid||106 lbs.||12"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|Casper Wave||109 lbs.||13"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|Wave Hybrid||113lbs.||13"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|Casper Essential||75lbs.||11"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|Weight (Queen)||Height (Queen)||Size Options|
|The Purple Mattress||110 lbs.||9.25"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King|
|Purple Hybrid||122 lbs.||11"||Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King|
|Purple Hybrid Premier 3"||145 lbs.||12"||Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King|
|Purple Hybrid Premier 4"||168 lbs.||13"||Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King|
Both Casper and Purple offer a nice array of options that can suit a wide range of sleepers. Casper produces five distinct models that come in three different heights. Purple produces four models in four heights. These height options range from average- to high-profile.
Casper and Purple mattresses differ in weight. Almost all of the Purple models weigh more than the Casper models. People who want a mattress that’s easier to move may prefer Casper’s options, while those who want a more substantial model may prefer one of Purple’s options.
Sizing also varies between the two brands. Casper has twin sizes for all of its models. Purple only produces twin mattresses for the Purple Mattress. Purple also sells split kings for all its models.
Construction and Materials Comparison
While both Casper and Purple exclusively offer all-foam and hybrid mattresses, their comfort layer constructions differ significantly. Casper models feature comfort layers made of polyfoam and memory foam, while Purple consistently uses their proprietary hyper-elastic polymer grid. Here is a detailed breakdown of the construction of every model in each brand’s lineup.
The top of the Casper’s cover is constructed of polyester. The border and bottom use a polyester-spandex blend for extra stretch. The cover can be removed and spot-cleaned by hand with mild detergent. Casper recommends using cold water and air-drying the cover since heat could cause shrinkage.
The comfort system is constructed of two layers: a 1.5-inch layer of open-cell polyfoam and a 1.5-inch layer of 4 pounds per cubic foot (PCF) memory foam. The open cell structure of the polyfoam layer allows enough air circulation for heat to dissipate significantly more than many all-foam models. The memory foam layer hugs the sleeper’s body to relieve pressure points.
Next, a 1.5-inch layer of 3.5 PCF transition polyfoam prevents sleepers from sinking in against the firm support layer. The transition layer is also zoned to provide extra support for a sleeper’s hips, thereby promoting better spinal alignment.
The support layer uses 7.5 inches of polyfoam to stabilize the surface of the mattress and provide even support.
Apart from the support layer, the Casper Hybrid’s construction is nearly identical to that of the Casper Original.
Like the Casper Original, the Casper Hybrid uses a cover with a polyester top panel. The border and bottom are a blend of polyester and spandex for extra stretch.
The Casper Hybrid also shares the same comfort system with a 1.5-inch layer of open-cell polyfoam and a 1.5-inch layer of 4 PCF memory foam. A 1.5-inch layer of 3.5 PCF zoned transition polyfoam prevents sleepers from sinking in too deeply while providing extra support around the hips.
The Casper Hybrid’s main difference is its support system. Instead of using polyfoam, the Casper Hybrid uses a 6-inch layer of pocketed coils, giving the mattress extra edge support, bounce, and breathability. A final 1-inch layer of polyfoam serves as the base of the mattress.
The Wave’s cover uses a blend of polyester, wool, and rayon. The wool helps regulate temperature by wicking away heat and moisture.
The comfort system uses three layers: a layer of open-cell polyfoam, a layer of open-cell latex, and a layer of memory foam. The top two layers are crafted to provide cushioning while maximizing air circulation. The layer of memory foam distributes the sleeper’s body weight for pressure point relief.
A transition layer of polyfoam has grooves with gel pods to provide targeted support to encourage better spinal alignment. This layer is softer under shoulders and more supportive under the hips. The polyfoam support layer stabilizes the mattress.
The Wave Hybrid shares a similar construction to the Wave, including the same cover constructed of polyester, wool, and rayon, the same comfort system of open-cell polyfoam, open-cell latex, and memory foam, and the same transition layer of polyfoam with targeted gel pods.
Instead of a polyfoam core, the Wave Hybrid uses a pocketed coil support system. This adds to the Wave Hybrid’s temperature control, bounce, and edge support. A final layer of polyfoam reinforces the coil layer.
The Essential consists of a knit polyester cover and three layers of foam. The cover can be removed for easier spot cleaning, though it should not be machine washed or dried.
The comfort layer uses 2 inches of polyfoam for softness, cushioning, and some bounce. A 1.5-inch transition layer of memory foam contours to relieve pressure points while preventing the sleeper from sinking in against the core. The support layer uses 7.5 inches of polyfoam to serve as an even, stable base.
The Purple Mattress uses a cover made of viscose, polyester, and lycra. This cover is stretchy so that it can move with the comfort layer. The material is also breathable to allow air circulation into the interior of the mattress.
A 2-inch thick layer of Purple’s proprietary Purple Grid acts as the comfort layer. This material uses a hyper-elastic polymer constructed in a grid pattern. When pressure is applied, the grid walls buckle to shape to the sleeper’s body. When pressure is removed, the walls spring back into position. This grid pattern also allows heat to dissipate.
A 3.5-inch transition layer of 1.8 PCF polyfoam supports the sleeper while preventing them from sinking into the firm mattress core. The support layer stabilizes the sleep surface with 4 inches of 2 PCF polyfoam.
Like the Purple Mattress, the Purple Hybrid uses a stretchy, breathable cover of viscose, polyester, and lycra that adjusts to the shape of the comfort layer without restricting airflow. The Purple Hybrid also has 2 inches of the same proprietary Purple Grid that uses an innovative grid pattern to shape to the sleeper’s body while allowing heat to dissipate.
The Purple Hybrid uses a 1-inch transition layer of 2 PCF polyfoam to prevent the sleeper from interacting directly with the coil system. The support layer uses 7.5 inches of pocketed coils, which add to the mattress’s bounce, breathability, and edge support.
Purple Hybrid Premier 3"
The Purple Hybrid Premier 3” has the same cover as Purple’s three other models. This cover is constructed of viscose, polyester, and lycra. It is constructed to work with the Purple Grid comfort layer, allowing it to move freely while permitting cooling airflow.
The Purple Hybrid Premier 3” has a 3-inch thick layer of the proprietary Purple Grid. This layer offers similar cooling to Purple’s other models. However, it is one inch thicker than the comfort layers of the Purple and the Purple Hybrid, giving it extra pressure relief and a weightless feel.
Like the Purple Hybrid, the Purple Hybrid Premier 3” also has a 1-inch layer of 2 PCF transitional polyfoam and a 7.5-inch layer of pocketed coils. The transitional layer serves as a barrier between the comfort and support layers. The pocketed coils give the bed more bounce and edge support while allowing cooling airflow.
Purple Hybrid Premier 4"
Like all of Purple’s models, the Purple Hybrid Premier 4” has a cover made of viscose, polyester, and lycra. This stretchy, breathable material is crafted to work with the comfort layer to promote cooling and contouring.
The Purple Hybrid Premier 4” uses 4 inches of the hyper-elastic polymer Purple Grid. This model is crafted for the greatest pressure relief. Because the comfort layer is thicker, it also has a softer feel than Purple’s other models.
Underneath the comfort layer, the Purple Hybrid Premier 4” has a 1-inch layer of 2 PCF transitional polyfoam and a 7.5-inch layer of pocketed coils. Since the comfort layer of this model is thicker, the bounce and support of the transition and support layers may be less pronounced.
Average Customer Ratings
Customer reviews can give you valuable insight into what other owners think of their mattresses. By reading what customers have to say, you can get a clearer idea of a mattress’s potential benefits and drawbacks. Looking at overall ratings can also help you see if customers tend to be satisfied with their purchase. Favorable reviews from verified customers may signal that a company is trustworthy.
When reading customer reviews, we recommend you look for the most specific reviews you can find. Comfort is subjective, so reviews that simply say a mattress is comfortable may not be particularly useful. However, if someone discusses the mattress’s temperature regulation, bounce, motion isolation, ease of motion, pressure relief, and/or other specific criteria, that might give you a clearer idea of how the mattress performed for that customer.
|Better Business Bureau (BBB) Rating||A+||A+|
The Purple Mattress
|Purple Hybrid Premier 3"||4.4/5|
|Purple Hybrid Premier 4"||4.4/5|
Some mattress features are exceptionally important and affect the mattress’s overall comfort, support, and performance. In this section, we’ll go into more depth on some key aspects to consider when shopping for a mattress. Which characteristics are most important vary based on a sleeper’s preferences and sleep style. Understanding what traits matter to you may make it easier to find your ideal mattress.
- Durability: A mattress’s durability is influenced by its materials and construction. The durability can affect who well it wears and how long it lasts. Any shopper who wants their mattress to last may be concerned with durability. However, it may be particularly important for sleepers who weigh over 200 pounds since mattresses tend to wear out more quickly for heavier individuals.
- Motion Isolation: Motion isolation occurs when a mattress absorbs motion rather than transferring across the surface of the mattress. A mattress with strong motion isolation may appeal to individuals who are easily awoken when their partner gets up or changes position during the night.
- Sex: Some couples prefer certain mattress characteristics for sex. While preferences vary between couples, many appreciate a mattress with some bounce and responsiveness. Hybrids and innerspring mattresses tend to be springier and have sturdier edges that increase the usable mattress surface. Close conforming mattresses, like memory foam, usually have less bounce but more traction.
- Temperature Neutrality: Mattresses may trap heat or allow it to dissipate away from the sleeper’s body. Temperature neutrality may be one of the most important factors for people who tend to sleep hot. Latex, innerspring, and hybrid mattresses are often more breathable than all-foam models. However, many all-foam models have special features to promote a cool, comfortable night’s sleep.
- Pressure Relief: Heavier body parts, like a sleeper’s hips, put more force on a mattress, which can create pressure points. A mattress can help relieve pressure points by contouring to the sleeper’s body and distributing their weight evenly. Sleepers who suffer from aches and pains may prefer a mattress with exceptional pressure relief.
- Off-gassing: Off-gassing often occurs when a mattress is first unpackaged. All new mattresses may have a slight odor. However, mattresses that contain synthetic foams are usually most associated with off-gassing. This is because they tend to emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that produce a “new mattress smell.” While VOCs are generally considered harmless and usually dissipate within a couple of days, they may be problematic for some sleepers. Sleepers who are sensitive to smells or have certain medical conditions, such as respiratory issues and chemical allergies, may prefer a mattress that does not off-gas significantly.
- Ease of Movement: Being able to move across a mattress easily may make it easier to change positions during the night. Mattresses with more responsive comfort layers are generally easier to move on. Those with close-conforming memory foam may hold body impressions longer, which might make it more difficult to change positions. Sleepers who frequently change positions or who have mobility issues may appreciate a mattress that performs well for ease of movement.
- Edge Support: A sturdy edge may make it easier to sit or sleep near the edge of the bed. Edge sinkage may make a sleeper feel like they could accidentally roll off the edge of the bed if they got too close. This can limit the usable mattress surface. Similarly, a weak edge may be harder to sit on, which could make it more difficult to get into or out of bed. Strong edge support may be most important for couples who want to use their full mattress surface and for those with mobility issues that make it more challenging to get into or out of bed.
|Casper Original||Casper Hybrid||Casper Wave||Wave Hybrid||Casper Essential|
|Firmness||Medium (5)||Medium (5)||Medium (5)||Medium (5)||Medium Firm (6)|
|Ease of Movement||3/5||3/5||2/5||3/5||3/5|
|The Purple Mattress||Purple Hybrid||Purple Hybrid Premier 3"||Purple Hybrid Premier 4"|
|Firmness||Medium Firm (6)||Medium Firm (6)||Medium Firm (6)||Medium (5)|
|Ease of Movement||3/5||4/5||4/5||4/5|
A mattress’s materials, size, and construction play a role in its price. High-end materials tend to be more durable and often have performance benefits, but they also increase the price of the mattress. Since the size and thickness of the mattress determine how much material the mattress uses, it also influences the price. Many budget models use simpler construction techniques, while luxury models are frequently more complex and constructed of more layers.
|Casper||Casper Hybrid||Casper Wave||Wave Hybrid||Casper Essential|
|The Purple Mattress||Purple Hybrid||Purple Hybrid Premier 3”||Purple Hybrid Premier 4”|
The Casper and Purple mattresses are nearly equivalent in price between similar models. The flagship models are close in price, though the Purple tends to run a little more expensive. The Casper Hybrid and the Purple Hybrid are also close in price with the Purple Hybrid coming in just above the Casper Hybrid. The price of Casper’s luxury hybrid model, the Wave Hybrid, falls between Purple’s two luxury models, the Purple Hybrid Premier 3” and the Purple Hybrid Premier 4”.
Casper’s budget model, the Essential, is the lowest priced option between the two brands, and Purple has no equivalent model.
Which mattress constitutes the best value depends on personal preference. For those who tend to sleep hot and prefer a more responsive feel, a Purple mattress may be worth the extra money. However, sleepers who appreciate hug and targeted support may prefer a Casper mattress.
Trials, Warranty, and Delivery
|Casper||Free standard shipping for the Casper, the Casper Hybrid, and the Casper Essential. Free White Glove delivery for the Casper Wave and the Casper Wave Hybrid.||100-night trial||Free returns during trial period||10-year limited warranty|
|Purple||Free standard shipping for the Purple and the Purple Hybrid. Free White Glove delivery for the Purple Hybrid Premier models.||100-night trial||Free returns during the trial period begin after 21 nights||
10-year limited warranty for mattress
2-year warranty for cover
Shipping - Casper ships free within the contiguous United States. The Casper, the Casper Hybrid, and the Essential ship via FedEx and arrive compressed in a box. The Wave and the Wave Hybrid come with free in-home setup.
Mattresses usually ship within 1-2 business days after the order is placed, and the customer receives a tracking number. Customers receiving in-home setup will be contacted by the local delivery partner to arrange a date.
Returns - Casper has a 100-night trial. During this period, customers can return their eligible mattress for a full refund of the purchase price. Contact Casper, and the company will arrange to remove the mattress from your home. Casper will attempt to donate the returned mattress or recycle it.
Warranty - Casper has a 10-year limited mattress warranty that applies to the original purchaser when purchased from an authorized seller. Providing the owner follows proper care and use requirements, the warranty covers indentations greater than 1 inch, physical flaws that cause the foam to crack, and defects in the cover’s zipper. Additional terms and conditions apply.
Shipping - Purple ships free within the contiguous United States. The Purple and the Purple Hybrid ship via FedEx and arrive compressed. The Purple Hybrid Premier 3” and the Purple Hybrid Premier 4” come with free in-home delivery.
Delivery times vary between models. The Purple and Purple Hybrid usually ship in 1-2 weeks, while the Purple Hybrid Premier models take 2-3 weeks.
Returns - Purple has a 100-night trial with a 21-night adjustment period. Once you’ve tried the mattress for 21 nights and before you’ve reached 100 nights, you are eligible to return it for a refund of the purchase price. Contact Purple to initiate the return, and the Purple will arrange to pick up the mattress.
Warranty - Purple has a 10-year limited warranty for the original mattress owner when purchased through an authorized seller. Under normal use and with proper support, the warranty covers indentations greater than 1 inch, cracking, and splitting. The mattress cover is warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for 2 years. Additional terms and conditions apply.