Casper vs Purple Mattress Comparison
Quick snapshot of the Purple vs Casper
The Purple mattress collection comprises of 3 models, The Purple, The Hybrid and The Hybrid Premier, while Casper offers 3 models: The Wave Hybrid, The Casper original and the Nova Hybrid. This comparison focuses on the flagship models for both brands: The Casper and The Purple. As well as comparing policy info, we also scrutinize how each mattress is built, the type of sleepers they suit, and test for motion isolation, temperature control, edge support and other factors too. Be sure, everything you’ll need is right here!
For more information about the brand’s other models, please visit our full Casper mattress review and full Purple mattress review.
Side, back, combo sleepers - under 230lbs
Side, back, combo, hot sleepers - under 220lbs
Hyper elastic polymer gel + mixed foams
SUITABLE FOR SEX
What are the key differences between the two brands?
Being as these mattresses are always topping their league in Bed in a Box sales, they do differ considerably.
- The Purple has 3 layers and is 9.5” thick, The Casper has 3 layers and is 12”
- Purple’s innovative Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ is bouncy, pressure-relieving, cools and guarantees a unique sleep, totally different from a foam mattress.
- The Casper is thicker, has a typical mixed foam feel, with sectional Zoned Support™ and so will easily accommodate more heavyweight sleepers.
Who is the Casper mattress better fit for?
- Budget-conscious shoppers.
- Shoppers seeking a neutral, soft foam feel, together with targeted support.
- Customers prone to allergies (The Casper resists germs/ mites and has a removable cover for spot-cleaning.
Who is the Purple mattress better fit for?
- Sleeps cool and so is great for hot sleepers.
- Customers seeking a bouncy, responsive mattress.
- Buyers wanting a mattress that will relieve back pain and alleviate pressure points.
Casper vs Purple company policy comparison
Casper and Purple are both forerunners in our e-commerce mattress sector.
Casper launched to instant success in 2014 when The Casper became a best-seller. Casper, the company, has an A+ BBB rating and plans to sell in 200 stores across the USA.
In 2015 Purple was founded by brothers Terry and Tony Pearce, both engineers who collectively have over 30 years of specialist design and manufacturing experience and 30 cushioning patents licensed to companies worldwide. The game-changer for the duo was inventing the hyper-elastic polymer material, which, when set into a grid shape allows sleepers a unique sleep surface – firmness where your body needs it, along with enhanced pressure relief and improved airflow. Purple has an A+ BBB rating.
Free to 48 contiguous United States and most of Canada
Free to all 50 states and most of Canada
Yes – Casper exports to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom
Purple ships to the United States and Canada
Returns & Refunds
Free during the 100-night trial
Free during the 100-night trial
Payment accepted, financing: Casper offers financing options for orders over $350 through partner agent Affirm (not available in Iowa or W. Virginia). More details here: https://casper.com/financing/ Purple also work with Affirm to provide customers with finance for orders over $100, more information can be found here: https://purple.com/financing/
Customer services: As a brand, Casper have won praise for the quality of their customer service and their website lists over 19,000 reviews for The Casper mattress, which are highly positive. However, there is some negative feedback across consumer sites regarding Casper customer service, where customers complain about issues during the sleep trial and the returns process (such as misinformation when purchasing in store to what is given by customer services when wanting to instigate a return). Also customers have to coordinate a local mattress donation before a refund will be issued and some complained of having this extra responsibility.
Purple are the youngest of the two brands, but have over 90123 online customer reviews listed on their website. When studying online consumer review sites (such as Better Business Bureau and Consumer Affairs), most negative feedback centers on slow response and reaction from customer services, especially when orders go missing in transit between Purple and FedEx. A number of customers complained of goods delayed or lost in transit and felt that Customer Services at Purple could be more pro-active in managing these situations.
Comparing construction layers and materials used
- Casper Original
- Purple Original
- Breathable polyurethane foam
- Zoned memory foam
- Durable base of polyurethane foam
- SoftFlex Cover
- 2" Hyper-Elastic Polymer (Purple Grid)
- 3.5" Polyurethane Foam
- 4" High-Density Polyfoam Foundation
Casper construction and materials used
All the foams used in The Casper mattress are environmentally friendly, minus ozone-depleting chemicals. They are certified by the CertiPUR-US® program.
The Casper, is the brand’s flagship, prize-winning 12” mattress with 3 foam layers, featuring a tier of zoned support and a soft breathable top layer of open-cell polyfoam which increases airflow. Its second layer uses pressure-relieving memory foam and is divided into 3 cross-sections of different density foams for targeted pressure relief. The center-section of the zoned support layer manages the sleeper’s weight-bearing hips/trunk, while the top and bottom sectors, made from softer foam support your neck/shoulders and feet. This is boosted by a HD polyfoam base layer. The Casper mattress has a soft and comfortable polyester blend removable cover, which can be removed for spot cleaning.
The Casper also sells in a hybrid version with springs in the base for advanced support and with sturdier springs around the perimeter edge to give customers improved edge support. The Casper – hybrid model is better suited to heavier people or those seeking the support of springs.
Purple construction and materials used
The materials used in Purple mattresses are 100% non-toxic, made of high-density polyurethane foams which are CertiPUR-US certified and assure of very low toxicity. Intertek awarded Purple the VOC CleanAir Gold Certification, which shows that it passed all testing on minimal chemical off-gassing, achieving their highest status Certification (Gold), and this specifically covers their proprietary Purple Grid material. Intertek’s Clean Air Certification gives consumers’ confidence these products can reduce health risks associated with chemical exposure.
The Purple mattress is sold as the bed that broke the internet! This 9.5” triple-layered mattress has a top layer comprising of 2” of Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ set into their Smart Comfort Grid™. Invented by the company founders, this proprietary material is pressure-relieving; it supports and collapses as it responds to applied pressure. This grid like layer, also increases air flow and stops moisture from getting trapped, giving sleepers a cooler, cleaner, comfier sleep – helping them reach the REM stage of sleep faster. This Purple Grid sits above a transition layer of polyfoam of 1.8lbs density, and a sturdier 4” base layer of 2.0lbs polyfoam.
Their affordable hybrids
Both Purple and Casper sell hybrid mattresses, The Purple Hybrid and Nova Hybrid models are innerspring models and natural successors to the originals.
The Purple Hybrid has the same 2” Purple Grid layer but is firmer and more responsive. This is due to the support from the 7.5” responsive pocketed coils underneath which are sandwiched between transition foam, giving sleepers enhanced comfort, pressure relief, stability and support – making it ideal for back, side or combination sleepers.
Casper’s Nova Hybrid model is 12” thick, like the original – but this model has a double comfort layer with two layers of Airscape™ foam for a soft, plusher, feel. This second layer is sectioned into ergonomic zones to aid spinal alignment. Underneath, a transitional memory foam layer is sectioned into 7 firmness levels to offset pressure build up around your waist and lower back and to improve spinal alignment further. Resilient pocketed springs in the base help with airflow, while lifting and supporting the sleeper. A thicker layer of perimeter coils advances the Nova Hybrid’s edge support. Casper’s Nova Hybrid mattress suits back or stomach sleepers weighing over 230lbs, who want some sinking and contouring, but need to ensure good spinal alignment too.
The Casper mattress is made in the USA and shipped free via UPS to the 48 contiguous United States and most of Canada. The company offer an in-home setup priced at $149, (free if you buy the Casper Wave), trained employees will unbox and install your mattress, foundation and bed frame and remove your old mattress too.
Although the unpacking process is easy and the mattress’s 4ft cardboard box comes with instructions, taking around 5-10 minutes to set up. Once the mattress is opened and rolled onto your bed base, it’ll start to expand, leave it for a few hours to fully regain shape. Memory foam mattresses can give off a chemical-like odor when first opened. If this happens, air the mattress out completely for 2 to 3 days in a well-ventilated room.
The Purple mattress is also designed and built in the USA and shipped free by FedEx to the 48 contiguous United States and most of Canada. It’s delivered to your door, vacuum sealed and rolled into a large purple vinyl tube with carry handles and an opening tool.
Customers can buy the white glove delivery service online for $149. But if you are buying a mattress weighing over 150 lbs, you’ll get complimentary white glove delivery, where trained staff unbox and set up your mattress. If you want to set up the Purple mattress, be aware it is heavy, you will need two people to lift it. Place your mattress onto your bed base and cut away the packaging, unroll it and simply watch it expand into shape. You are unlikely to experience a strong off-gassing smell with the Purple mattress. In fact, Intertek awarded Purple with the VOC CleanAir Gold Certification as it passed all testing on minimal chemical off-gassing.
Casper vs Purple: performance comparison review
All feedback is subjective when assessing the firmness of a mattress and is directly impacted by the reviewer’s height to weight ratio. All foam mattresses will soften, so what begins life as a Medium-Firm mattress will become Medium-Soft years later.
The Casper: Our team class this as a Medium to Medium-Firm Mattress with a soft, balanced foam feel, letting sleepers move around easily and switch positions without too much resistance. It also offers an adequate level of bounce. The Casper is the firmer of these two mattresses. The Casper hybrid version has resilient springs inside its base layer which will maximize the overall firmness and this model will suit more heavyweight sleepers.
The Purple: The Purple mattress sells as an alternative to memory foam mattresses because its proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ Smart Comfort Grid™ creates a totally different and distinctive experience due to its rubbery feel. This mattress is divisive, sleepers either love it or just can’t get along with it. This is the bouncier of the two, there is no option for different firmness levels, as this original model is designed to be medium accommodating most sleeper types.
MATTRESS FIRMNESS SCALE
|Soft||Medium Soft||Medium||Medium Firm||Firm|
Which mattress is more suitable for couples and sex?
Couples mostly always want a bouncy and responsive mattress, letting them easily switch sleep or sexual positions. Mattresses with enhanced levels of edge support are popular with couples because they can confidently use the entire sleep surface.
The Casper foam mattress is responsive and bouncy, supporting a variety of sleep and sexual positions. Unlike traditional memory foam models where some sleepers may experience a sinking sensation, Casper’s Zoned Support™ layer uses firmer foam in the center section for a comfortable, balanced feeling of pressure relief and support. It also prevents heavier body parts, or a couples combined body weight from dipping too far into the bed, so you won’t feel like you are fighting against the bed when moving around on it.
The Purple mattress’s proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ Smart Comfort Grid™ is bouncy and has a quick response rate, giving sleepers comfort and pressure-relief around their hips and shoulders, with firmer support for their back. Also, its grid-like formation promotes air flow, cooling sleepers down when things get hot up on top. The base of the mattress comprises of 4” of HD polyfoam adding support and structure, whereas the mattress’s viscose/polyester/lycra cover is breathable and helps to wick away heat too. Another win for both of these mattresses is that all foam models are nearly completely silent and discrete.
Motion isolation and noise
If you or your bed partner are a light or restless sleeper, you’ll need a mattress that can absorb disturbances well, giving you the freedom to move around easily too, letting you change positions throughout the night without feeling restricted.
The Casper mattress excels at limiting the impact of movement and absorbs any disruptive motion around you. Also, it is virtually silent, which helps eliminate any noise disturbances when your bed partner is moving around or getting in and out of bed.
The Purple mattress also performs well at isolating motion and reducing motion transfer, and when our Sleep Testers trialed this, feedback was that they only experienced a minimum amount of motion transfer traveling across the bed. The Purple mattress is also silent, so is a good option for customers sharing a bed with a restless partner.
Body types and pressure relief
The Casper is a mid-range mattress for sleepers with light to medium body frames (weighing under 220 lbs). A recent re-design replaced the mattress’s latex layer with polyurethane foam, increasing its pressure-relieving capacity and overall thickness. Delivering on pressure relief, its Zoned Support™ layer is firmer in the center of the mattress for lumbar support and softer around your shoulders, ensuring that much needed cushioning for side-sleepers. Back and stomach sleepers will think it is firmer and benefit from its balance, comfort and support, whereas side sleepers may find it softer. This mattress is not ideal for sleepers who weigh over 250 lbs as it has the potential to sag around your shoulders and hips. We suggest, heavier built sleepers should buy the hybrid model with supportive coils inside the base layer.
The Purple mattress conforms around your body like memory foam but is more responsive and retains less body heat. Sleepers won’t experience that deep pressure-relieving cradle, but they will get good cushioning for spinal alignment without excessive sinking. Making it an ideal option for side sleepers (under 220lbs) who want some sink and cushioning around their hips and shoulders, but need the firmer support and spinal alignment from a strong transition layer. This will also work for back sleepers too, who’ll want cushioning and pressure relief around their shoulders and hips, together with even, balanced support. Committed stomach sleepers will want a firmer mattress.
Some foam mattresses really struggle to achieve a strong level of edge support and this is where all-foam models sometimes fail.
The Casper mattress gives sleepers an adequate level of edge support what you’d reasonably expect from a solid, mixed foam mattress.
The original Purple mattress did have issues with edge support previously, but a mattress upgrade in 2019, introduced dense foam side rolls around the perimeter of its comfort layer to give sleepers an enhanced level of edge support.
Our sleep testers classified The Casper mattress as temperature neutral. Typically, all-foam mattresses feel warmer than hybrids, because foam contours closely around your body and can transfer your body heat while you sleep. The mattress cover of The Casper is naturally breathable and the open cell structure of its top perforated foam layer is engineered for improved air circulation, using convection and conduction to direct heat away from your body, as the memory foam layer underneath pulls heat out from the center of the mattress and into this top layer.
The Purple Mattress: Hot sleepers will benefit from advanced features built into The Purple mattress’s design which neutralize temperature spikes and generally cool the mattress down. Its proprietary Purple Grid technology assists air flow and this Hyper-Elastic Polymer material does not retain heat, plus its Grid formation prevents the memory foam hug which commonly causes sleepers to overheat.
MATTRESS TEMPERATURE SCALE
|Cool||Medium Cool||Medium||Medium Warm||Warm|
The Purple mattress is made from a combination of HD polyurethane foams and its specially formulated Hyper-Elastic Polymer™. These composite materials are non-toxic and the polyfoam is CertiPUR-US certified. Purple was awarded the VOC CleanAir Gold Certification, proving it passed tests on minimal chemical off-gassing If customers do notice a new mattress smell when opening The Purple mattress, simply ventilate the room and it’ll soon disappear.
Similarly, the foams used in The Casper mattress are also CertiPUR-US certified, meaning they are made without using ozone-depleting chemicals. They are also regulated according to the VOC’s emissions standards for indoor quality. As suggested above, if customers are highly sensitive and notice a slight ‘new odor’ while unpacking the mattress, open a window and air out the room and this will soon fade.
Durability and longevity
It is generally agreed that the lifespan of a typical mixed-foam mattress ranges from between 6 to 10 years and this can be extended if you maintain your mattress well.
The Casper mattress is one of the most popular memory foam beds on the market and comes with a 10-year limited warranty; its designers say it was specifically designed for long-term durability with its upper layers made of breathable open-cell foam and its lower layers comprising of sturdier and denser HD polyfoam. Online customer feedback varies, some customers say their aches and pains have miraculously gone and love their improved sleep quality. But there have also been complaints of the mattress curling up at the sides, sagging and denting. Customers also commented over recent upgrades which replace a latex layer with polyfoam, (makers say this increases bounce, pressure relief and foam density), but some buyers preferred the original design.
The Purple: Launching in 2016, it’s too soon to assess The Purple mattress’s long-term durability or warranty experiences. But, if you consider its founders’ credibility in designing cushioning products, this may help to give customers purchasing confidence. The Purple mattress’s middle transition layer and base layers use HD polyfoams to reinforce the Hyper Elastic Polymer comfort layer and to reinforce the mattress’s overall support. On their website Purple suggest customers can expect a 10-20 year lifespan. However, our Sleep Testers suggest a more modest 8-10 year lifespan and customer feedback on review sites has a balanced mix, some negative feedback complained of sagging, while others fully recommend this mattress and give it 5 stars. The mattress comes with a 10-year replacement-cost warranty, so if customers have genuine defects in the first decade, the manufacturer will repair or replace, free of charge.
The Casper mattress: The Casper mattress can be paired with an adjustable bed frame or a solid platform base, or a slatted bed frame (with slats 1.5 inches wide and spaced at less than 4 inches apart). The manufacturers sell their own Adjustable Bed Frame, Platform Bed Frame, Upholstered Bed Frame or Metal Bed Frame foundation.
The Purple mattress: The Purple Mattress needs a flat, sturdy bed foundation. The company sell the Purple PowerBase – an easy to set up sturdy metal platform bed frame which lets air flow freely around the base of the mattress. If pairing your mattress with a pre-existing bed base, manufacturers recommend: a Platform or Slatted bed base, a Box Foundation, an Adjustable Bed, or if you are strapped for cash you can place your Purple mattress directly on the floor.
Casper vs Purple: Price and size comparison
The Casper and The Purple compete head to head at the top of the US bed-in-a-box mattress league and so, as you would expect, there’s not a lot of difference in pricing. The prices below are before online discounts and offers. So, you’ll notice Purple come in slightly more expensive on the smaller models, Twin, Twin XL and Full – but this evens out once you scale up to a Queen size and above. However, Purple often have online promotions which bridges the price gap for consumers. When it comes to sizing, Purple and Casper sell Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, CAL King – additionally Purple also offer a Spilt King size model.
- Casper Original
- Purple Original
38″ × 75″
38″ × 80″
53″ × 75″
60″ × 80″
76″ × 80″
72″ × 84″
38″ × 75″
38″ × 80″
54″ × 76″
60″ × 80″
76″ × 80″
72″ × 84″
76″ × 80″
Final verdict: Which mattress do we recommend?
If you’ve read this far, you’ll have a good understanding of the differences between The Casper and The Purple. But here’s a quick recap: The Casper is a firmer mattress, it is thicker and offers a traditional mixed foam feel. The Casper is an ideal buy for heavier built sleepers. The Purple’s unique trait is in its advanced Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ Smart Comfort Grid™, which has a rubbery feel, giving sleepers a floating sensation on top of the mattress instead of sinking deep within it.
The Purple also has effective pressure-relieving and cooling features and so is a great choice for hot sleepers. Strict stomach sleepers are likely to prefer The Casper because of its firmness. Back, side or combo sleepers may prefer The Purple because of its effective pressure relieving qualities. If you are on the heavier side, both brands offer hybrid versions in their mattress collections, which we would always recommend as a better choice for heavyweight sleepers over 250lbs, who want even and balanced support from innersprings in the base layer.
Both mattresses have a lot to shout about: The Casper mattress led the Bed-In-A-Box revolution, while manufacturers of The Purple mattress say its popularity broke the internet! Both offer similar policy information, the main differences center on materials and construction. The Casper is medium to medium-firm, with a balanced, mixed foam feel, using perforated polyurethane foams and a sectional Zoned Support™ layer blending foams of varying density for targeted pressure relief. The Casper feels less plush than The Purple mattress, so may feel more supportive around your lumbar region, shoulders and hips. The Purple mattress has a unique rubbery feel and is a popular alternative to traditional foam mattresses, because of its exclusive hyper-elastic polymer gel which collapses under pressure and redistributes this pressure across the bed. The Purple mattress keeps sleepers further up top on the mattress, so sleepers experience floating on top of it, instead of sinking deep into its layers.
This depends on what you need from your mattress. Both brands are big hitters in the Bed-in-A-Box sector, simply millions of customers can’t be wrong. If you want a firmer mattress with a traditional foam feel, choose The Casper, which is also better for heavier customers, (over 230 lbs), as The Purple mattress only has 2” of thickness in its comfort layer, meaning heavier-built sleepers could bottom out. If you are open for experiencing a bouncier mattress, using advanced materials, choose The Purple mattress. This is highly responsive, sleeps cooler, and so is better choice for light to middleweight hot sleepers too.
Out of the two, The Casper is a much thicker, denser mattress and is slightly firmer than The Purple mattress, although their firmness rankings are similar. The Casper is a Medium/Medium Firm, and The Purple is a Medium Firm. The fact that The Purple mattress is regarded as the softer of the two, could be down to its hyper-elastic polymer gel layer which is bouncy feels like rubber.
Both mattresses feature tech designed around cooling. The cover of The Casper mattress uses a combination of polyester /viscose and lycra, and this stretchy combo is regularly used for sports clothing because it wicks away body heat. Also, the open cell structure of the foam top layer in The Casper helps cool, encouraging airflow through convection and conduction, diverting and dispersing body heat away from the sleeper. The Purple mattress has design features which cool the mattress too, moving air between its layers. The temperature neutral Smart Comfort Grid™, inside its comfort layer elevates its sleepers’ bodies above the foam which helps air to travel more freely and dissipates body heat, while its Plexus side panels made from mesh also improve overall breathability.
Seriously consider what you want from your mattress, both brands compete head to head at the top of the bed-in-a box league, so purchasing either will not disappoint. If you know you want a traditional, balanced, mixed foam feel and if you are a side or back sleeper weighing under 220lbs who needs targeted support around your shoulders, hips and trunk, then The Casper original is likely to be your best option. The Purple mattress is a much bouncier mattress and its unique smart-grid technology creates air pockets which cool the mattress and the sleeper down. So, is a better choice for light to middle-weight hot sleepers or combo sleepers seeking a bouncier mattress letting them sleep up top.
The standout feature of the Purple mattress is its 2” proprietary Purple Grid system inside its comfort layer, which may not be substantial enough for heavier-built sleepers (weighing over 230lbs) who could bottom out. Although Purple don’t quote a weight limit on their website, we suggest sleepers over 230 lbs should buy the Purple Hybrid Premier, which lets customers choose between 3” or 4” thickness of its Purple Grid layer and as it’s a hybrid, the individually wrapped supportive coils in the base ensure sturdier support and improved durability. Similarly, Casper do not offer any weight guidelines for their mattresses online, however when scrutinizing these two flagship models, because The Casper is a sturdier mattress that’s 12” thick and The Purple mattress is a lot thinner, measuring in at 9.25” then it makes sense The Casper will offer better cushioning and support for heavier built customers. Casper’s mattress collection also includes hybrid models, (Wave Hybrid and Nova Hybrid) featuring wrapped pocketed coils in the base for a sturdier overall level of support.
Typically, all foam mattresses offer a 6-10 year lifespan. On their company website, makers of The Purple mattress say customers should expect between 10-20 years of usage and the mattress is sold with a 10-year replacement-cost warranty. We would suggest a more realistic 10-year life expectancy with the original Purple mattress. Casper say their flagship model, The Casper is designed around long-term durability and this mattress also comes with a limited warranty cover for the first 10 years. Expect between 8-10 years of lifespan with The Casper. However, your mattress’s lifespan will increase greatly if partnered with a suitable bed base and if you rotate the mattress every 6 months to try and offset any wear and tear.