Layla and Casper are two of the most well-known names in the mattress industry. Casper launched in 2014 with the Casper Mattress, one of the first “bed-in-a-box” options. Layla followed in 2016. Both companies offer all-foam and hybrid options at a variety of price points and in different firmness options to meet the needs of a range of customers. They also both sell additional accessories and furniture, including bed frames, pillows, and bedding.
Although both Layla and Casper share some similarities, they are quite different in terms of construction. Layla’s mattresses are unique in that they offer both soft and firm options in the same mattress. All of the company’s mattresses are designed to be flipped based on individual preference. The Layla also used copper-infused memory foam in all of its mattresses to improve cooling and support while also providing antimicrobial properties.
Casper mattresses use a variety of foam types, including memory foam for comfort and polyfoam for support. Casper uses perforated memory foam for airflow. Some models also include gel-pockets to provide zoned support. Both Casper and Layla also offer hybrid mattress models as well, which replace the foam support with coils, giving them a more traditional innerspring feeling.
The following guide offers an in-depth comparison of Layla and Casper mattress in terms of their construction, comfort, performance, consumer experience, and other factors that could influence which one you might prefer. It also covers information about pricing, warranties, shipping, and return policies to help you make the right decision for great sleep.
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|Price Range (Queen)|
|Medium Soft and Firm||Medium; Medium Soft; Medium Firm; Firm|
The Casper Nova Hybrid
The Casper Element
|Sleep Trial & Warranty|
10 year non prorated warranty
10 year limited warranty
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|Check Price on Laylasleep.com||Check Price on Casper.com|
Although queen mattresses are the most popular choice for most Americans, both Layla and Casper offer a full array of bed sizes, including twin, twin XL (a slightly longer twin bed), full, king, and California king (a wider but shorter king bed.) The right size bed for you depends on your body size, sleep style, whether you sleep with a partner (or pets), and the available space in your bedroom.
The weight of the mattress is also important. Although you may not move your furniture regularly, an especially heavy mattress can make it more difficult to do so. Also keep in mind that unless you offer for in-home delivery and setup (which isn’t always an option), you’ll need to carry your compressed mattress from the doorstep to your bedroom.
|10"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|13"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|9.5"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|The Casper Nova Hybrid|
|12"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|13"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
|The Casper Element|
|11"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King|
In terms of mattress options, Casper offers one of the most extensive arrays, with multiple all-foam and hybrid options. Casper also offers more options in terms of firmness, so there’s likely to be an option for any budget and preference. On the other hand, Layla mattresses are flippable, with a firm side and a soft side, so multiple preferences can be met with a single mattress.
For many shoppers, the choice between the Layla Memory Foam and Casper will come down to price, as they are comparable on most criteria. Both are ideal for sleepers of average weight (under 230 pounds) who prefer to sleep on their side or back. Both offer a fair amount of body contouring and pressure relief. That said, the Layla is a best bet if you prefer multiple firmness options in the same mattress, whereas the Casper’s slightly better motion isolation makes it a better option for couples.
Between the hybrid models, the Casper Hybrid and Wave Hybrids offer a bit more bounce and responsiveness than the Layla Hybrid. The Casper hybrid models also sleep slightly cooler than the Layla Hybrid, thanks to the breathable foam layers and airflow through the coils, although the Layla Hybrid’s copper-infused foam does help keep things cool. However, if you weigh more than 230 pounds, you will likely find the Layla Hybrid more comfortable and supportive than the Casper Hybrid or Wave Hybrid.
With any mattress, the materials used in construction influence everything from price to comfort. Memory foam mattresses are typically made with various types of foam, including memory foam and polyfoam in a variety of densities to provide structure and support. Hybrids include an added layer of coils for support. To be considered a “true” hybrid mattress, it must include at least 2-3 inches of foam and coils.
What makes mattresses different from each other is the configuration of foam and/or coil layers, as well as the types of foam used. Some mattresses use foam that’s been infused with copper or other materials to enhance cooling, for example, while others use open-cell or perforated foam. Some mattresses also use zoned construction to provide extra support where it’s needed most.
The Layla mattress is designed to be flippable, with each side offering a different firmness level. The 10-inch mattress has multiple layers of foam on each side surrounding a 4-inch polyfoam support core. On the softer side, the mattress has two comfort layers: A 3-inch layer of copper-gel infused memory foam above a 2-inch zoned polyfoam transition layer with surface modification technology (SMT) for cooling. The firmer side eliminates the transition layer, and has only a one inch layer of memory foam atop the support core. The entire mattress is encased in a polyester-blend fabric infused with cooling gel.
The Layla Hybrid takes the same flippable concept, but replaces the polyfoam support core with a layer of 6-inch individually pocketed coil springs. On the soft side, the comfort layer is 2.5-inches of copper-infused open-cell visco memory foam, atop a 2- inch transition layer of open-cell polyfoam. On the firm side, the comfort layer is 1-inch of copper-infused open-cell visco foam and a 1.5-inch layer of transitional open-cell polyfoam. The cover is the same breathable poly-blend used on the Layla Memory Foam mattress.
The Casper mattress is an 11-inch thick all-foam mattress constructed from four distinct foam layers. As with all Casper mattresses, the cover top is a blend of polyester, wool, and rayon, designed to help you sleep cool. The top layer is open-cell foam designed for coolness. The next layers are (in order) high-density memory foam, zoned transition foam, and high-density polyfoam for support. The transition foam layer is zoned to ensure proper support and alignment in the lumbar region. Overall, the medium firmness provides a balance of support along with deep body cradling and pressure relief.
Although the Casper Original has four layers of foam, the Casper Element only has two: a comfort layer of perforated memory foam, and a support layer of polyfoam. The biggest difference between the original Casper and the Casper Hybrid is the addition of a layer of coils in the support layer. These add a bit more responsiveness and bounce, as well as a firmer edge and more airflow to keep the mattress cool.
The Casper Wave Hybrid is Casper’s most advanced model, a 13-inch thick mattress that combines foam layers with coil support. The mattress has four inches of comfort layers: a one-inch layer of responsive, body conforming memory foam, a 1.5 inch layer of latex, and a 1.5 inch later or memory foam. All of these layers are designed with ventilation holes to help maintain airflow and keep the mattress cool, while still providing a medium-soft feeling that cradles and contours the body.
The Wave Hybrid has a 1.5-inch transition layer of high-resilience polyfoam, with supportive gel pods positioned in the lumbar zone to support the spine, lower back, and hips while still allowing the shoulders to be cradled without too much pressure. Six-inch pocketed coils encased in high-density polyfoam comprise the support layer, atop a 1-inch layer of base foam.
Customer reviews can be invaluable when comparing your mattress options, providing insight into the experiences of real consumers with the product. Generally speaking, when a significant number of other customers have had generally positive (or negative) experiences, you can get a good idea of what to expect yourself.
That said, as you consider customer reviews when making your own purchase, pay close attention to any descriptions of the reviewers themselves or personal details they offer. Because individual body size and preferred sleep position are so important to a mattress’ comfort, basing your purchase on reviews from people who don’t match your needs will be counterproductive. Be wary of outliers — either excessively positive or negative — but rather look for themes in the review content to determine whether an option will work for you.
|Better Business Bureau (BBB) Rating|
|The Casper Nova Hybrid||4.5/5|
|The Casper Element||4.5/5|
Although most people shop for a mattress based on how comfortable it feels, there’s a lot more that goes into determining the right mattress for your needs. Everything from your preferred sleep position to whether you sleep hot or move around a lot can influence whether a particular bed is right for you or not. We rate mattresses on several key factors, scoring them on a scale of one to five on their performance.
A mattress’s durability refers to how long it will perform with average use without excessive deterioration, such as compressed areas. On average, a mattress lasts about seven years before needing to be replaced.
Motion isolation refers to how well a mattress isolates motion when you or a sleeping partner changes position or gets in or out of bed. The firmer the mattress, the more likely that motion will transfer across the bed and cause sleep disruptions. Softer mattresses with deeper comfort layers tend to absorb motion more effectively.
Sleep isn’t the only pupose of a bed. The sex rating refers to the mattress’s suitability for sex as determined by its responsiveness and bounce. Softer mattresses that sink deeply may not be ideal for some couples.
Temperature neutrality is an assessment of the bed’s tendency to trap heat or remain cool. When the bed retains too much heat, it can cause sleep disruptions and discomfort.
This rating refers to how well a mattress conforms to your body and supports proper alignment of the spine so pressure spots don’t form. Depending on your sleep position, a mattress that doesn’t offer enough pressure relief might lead to pressure, discomfort, and pain in the shoulders, hips, or other spots that don;t sink into the mattress. Pressure relief is largely determined by the cover and topmost layers of the mattress, also known as the comfort layer. In general, mattresses with thick comfort layers, like memory foam or latex, offer more pressure relief than innerspring mattresses.
Many mattresses release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or chemicals used in their manufacture, when they are brand new. Known as off-gassing,this is especially common with compressed mattresses. These VOCs may have an odor that can be unpleasant or irritating to some. The rating refers to a particular mattress’ odor, as well as how quickly it dissipates.
Ease of Movement
The rating for ease of movement evaluates how easy it is to get in and out of bed, as well as how easy it is to roll over or change position. Softer beds with thick comfort layers that conform to your body create a sensation of sinking to the mattress, rather than sleeping on top, which can make it more challenging to move around.
Sitting on the edge of the bed causes sinkage in every mattress, but how much depends on the edge support built into the bed. When a mattress rates high for edge support, it means it sinks less, and prevents feeling like you might roll off the bed if you sleep closer to the edge.
|Layla Mattress||Layla Hybrid|
|Firmness||Medium Soft (4), Firm (7-8)||Medium Soft (4), Firm (7)|
|Ease of Movement||3/5||4/5|
|Casper||The Casper Nova Hybrid||Wave Hybrid||The Casper Element|
|Firmness||Medium (5)||Medium Soft (4)||Medium (5)||Medium Firm (6)|
|Ease of Movement||3/5||3/5||3/5||3/5|
Price points for mattress can vary wildly, from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The actual cost of a mattress is influenced by a number of factors, from the materials used to the size and thickness, edge support, and durability. On average, innerspring and memory foam mattresses tend to be the lowest priced, with the average price for a queen mattress around $1,000.
There is a great deal of variation within even specific types, though. For example, all foam mattress prices are heavily influenced by the type and density of foam used. Adding memory foam, especially specialty foam (such as that infused with copper or gel), also drives up the price. Hybrid mattresses, which combine at least two inches of foam with a coil layer, are also more expensive than all-foam mattresses, thanks to their increased durability, conforming ability, edge support, and temperature neutrality.
|Layla Mattress||Layla Hybrid|
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|Casper||The Casper Nova Hybrid||Wave Hybrid||The Casper Element|
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Overall, the Layla Memory Foam and Casper Original are fairly comparable in price, with the biggest price difference in the king and California king models. Although the Layla is reversible and provides both medium-soft and firm sides, the two models are comparable on most criteria. The primary difference for shoppers is likely to be the firmness; the Casper offers a medium firmness that might be preferable than the firmer or softer options provided by the Layla.
The Layla Hybrid has a much higher price point than the Casper Hybrid for all sizes. This is in large part due to the Layla Hybrid’s flippable design, as well as the copper-infused foam used in the comfort layers, neither of which is offered by the Casper Hybrid. However, the Casper Wave Hybrid is nearly double the price of the Layla Hybrid. The Wave is constructed from breathable Airscape foam with a layer of cooling gel, atop a zoned support layer that includes supportive gel pods in the lumbar area.
Finally, the Casper Element is the least expensive mattress: A no-frills, all foam mattress that’s best suited to lightweight or average weight individuals.
|Sleep Trial & Returns|
|120 nights||100 nights|
|Lifetime||10 Year, Limited|
Layla mattresses are made to order in the USA, and typically ship 3-5 days after purchase. The mattresses are shipped compressed and rolled in a box, usually arriving within five days. Shipping to the lower 48 states is free; shipments to Alaska and Hawaii cost an additional $125. Layla will also ship mattresses to Canada for an additional $225, which includes all duties and fees. The company does not offer White-glove shipping. The box will be left at your door and you’re responsible for setting it up.
Layla offers a 120-night sleep trial, and asks that you sleep on the mattress for at least two weeks before requesting a return. After that, if you decide at any time that the mattress isn’t right for you, you can email the company at [email protected] with your order number and the reason for the return. They will then arrange for the mattress to be picked up at your residence. You don’t need to attempt to get the bed back into the box. You’ll receive a full refund, minus any shipping charges if you paid them. Once you return the mattress, it will be donated to a local nonprofit or charitable organization.
Layla stands behind the craftsmanship and materials in their mattresses, and includes a lifetime warranty on memory foam mattresses and a 10-year warranty on the Layla Hybrid that covers any defects that may affect sleep quality. The warranty is included in the purchase and there is no extra charge for the coverage.
For the Layla Memory Foam, this means any defect in materials or craftsmanship that leads to sagging (more than one inch), loss of shape, splitting or cracking of the foam, and loss of mattress height. For the Hybrid, the warranty covers problems such as seams coming apart, visible permanent compression of the mattress surface greater than one inch, and loss of mattress shape beyond once inch.
Under the terms of Layla’s warranties, the company will repair or replace a defective mattress at no charge. You may be charged a fee of up to $50 at the discretion of the manufacturer, and you’re responsible for any shipping charges associated with the return and/or replacement.
Casper Mattresses are shipped free to the lower 48 states. Deliveries to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada incur a shipping fee, which will be displayed at checkout. Mattresses are shipped compressed and rolled in a box via UPS. You can opt for in-home delivery and setup of your new mattress (also known as white-glove delivery) for an additional $149. Most mattresses ship within 1-2 of order and arrive within a week. In some markets (New York City and Los Angeles) same-day delivery may be available.
Casper gives customers the opportunity to try its mattresses for up to 100 nights risk free. There is no minimum “break in” period required. If at any point during the first 100 nights you decide that the mattress doesn’t work for you, you can return it by calling 1-888-498-0003. Casper will work with you to schedule a time to pick up the mattress at your home. It will then be recycled or donated to a local charity. You’ll receive a full refund of the purchase price, minus any shipping or White-glove handling fees.
Casper includes a 10-year limited warranty on all of its mattresses. This warranty covers any defects in the materials or craftsmanship that lead to a permanent indentation of one inch or greater, splits or cracks in the mattress foam, and defects in the mattress zipper. If your mattress has a qualifying defect, the company will repair or replace it at no charge; you will not be responsible for shipping charges either.