When it comes to purchasing a mattress online, shoppers have a variety of options. Consumers are left wondering what brand to choose. Two big names that stand out are Casper and Purple. Which mattress will give you a better night’s sleep? We’ve taken a close look at these mattresses to help you decide.
Casper vs Purple: 9 Things to Compare
- Delivery and Packaging
- Trial Period and Return Policy
- Firmness and Durability
- Sleeping Position and Pressure Point Support
The Casper website states that their mattresses are made of “premium foams for luxurious comfort,” which is a combination of latex, thermodynamic gel, memory foam, and wool. Purple™ mattresses, on the other hand, are made from a proprietary lab-crafted Hyper-Elastic Polymer® to make the Purple™ Grid, which is engineered to avoid many of the pitfalls presented by a more traditional, layered foam experience. The open grid allows for increased airflow while dispersing body head an isolating motion. The grid itself carries a ten-year warranty and is wrapped in a breathable cover made from durable synthetic and natural materials.
Casper Mattress has a few different models available. The most popular model is appropriately titled “The Casper,” which is a 12-inch mattress starting at $595 for a Twin and going up to $1,195 for a California King. Their “Essential” mattress is one inch thinner and comes in at an economical $395 for a Twin, up to $795 for a California King. Lastly, for shoppers looking to splurge on 13 inches of 5-layer comfort, “The Wave” starts at $1,345 for a Twin and goes up to $2,495 for a California King.
By comparison, the Original Purple® Mattress ranges from $649 for a Twin up to $1,299 for a California King. The Original Purple® Mattress (twin) is just $100 more than Casper’s midrange “Casper” model. When it comes to the Original Purple Mattress vs New Purple Mattress, there are several key differences. The All-New Purple® Mattress includes Purple’s unique deluxe Responsive Support Coils, and the price of the Purple.2® ranges between $1,299 for a twin XL and up to $1,899 for a California king.
Purple offers a few different comfort layers with their New Purple® Mattress. The Purple.3 has a 3-inch Purple™ Grid and the Purple.4 provides the softest, most immersive comfort with a 4-inch Purple Grid™. Pricing of the New Purple® Mattress varies, depending on your choice of mattress size and comfort layer thickness. For example, the California king with the 4-inch Purple™ Grid comes in at $3,499.
By and large, there are far more pricing options for the All-New Purple® Mattress (18 different options) as opposed to Casper’s Wave mattress, which only has 12 different pricing options (6 sizes and two variants: all-foam and hybrid foam + springs). Purple gives you the most control over mattress firmness and support, while Casper does not offer this same level of flexibility.
Both Purple and Casper have partnered with Affirm to provide financing options, offering 12-month, 18-month, and 24-month payment plans. However, be careful of the estimated average monthly payments, because those are often based on a 10% APR over 12 months. In reality, your assigned APR could be up to 30%. For example, financing a California King “Casper Wave” mattress could cost up to an extra $1,200, annually.
3. Delivery and Packaging
Casper offers free delivery and in-home setup, although if you live in Hawaii, there may be additional fees — presumably to cover the cost of lashing the mattress to some sea turtles and gently pushing them toward Honolulu (there are also additional fees for shipping to Alaska and Canada). Deliveries typically arrive in 2-5 business days.
Purple also offers free shipping, and orders for the Original Purple® Mattress will ship within 1-3 business days. Delivery of the New Purple® Mattress does take a little bit more time — you can expect home delivery to be scheduled within 1-2 weeks after placing your order.
In addition to free delivery, Purple also offers customers a free set of sheets for your new bed in one of four color options (guess what … purple is one of them). These sheets carry a value of around $129, which is a nice bonus. If you’re not interested in sheets, you can get a free pillow, free mattress protector, or a free plush pillow.
4. Trial Period
The Purple® Mattress comes with a 100-night trial period. Keep in mind that Purple has a 21-day minimum trial period and recommends a full 30 days of sleeping on it before you make a decision. It can take some time for your body to adjust to a new mattress. If you’re still not satisfied, Purple can process an exchange or refund. A specialist will work with you to arrange for a free pickup so they can donate the mattress to charity.
Casper also offers a 100-night trial. If you don’t like the mattress, they’ll come by to pick it up and bring it to a local charity before refunding your money in full.
Where can you buy these mattresses? Casper and Purple are both accessible around the clock online, and if you want to call, they have hours listed on their websites. Casper offers some of its products through Target, while Purple® Mattresses can be found at Macy’s, Mattress Firm, Bed Bath & Beyond, and select mattress stores around the country. Casper does also have a few retail locations, but they are primarily located in select locations such as New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
6. Firmness and Durability
The type of mattress you choose can affect its firmness and durability. The foam used in the propriety grid of Purple® Mattresses is top-notch, ultra-durable polyurethane foam, which helps the mattress stay firm for a long time — in fact, it should not break down (ever). However, the polyurethane foam base that supports the grid has a 10-year lifespan. Both Casper and Purple include a 10-year warranty with each mattress.
There are responsive support coils under the grid of the All-New Purple® Mattress, giving the mattress a little more give and a slightly softer feel than the original Purple. Moreover, because there are three different options of grid thickness (2, 3, and 4 inches), the All-New Purple® Mattress offers a little more variety in terms of the firm to soft scale. As a rule of thumb, the thicker the grid, the softer the mattress (so if you like a firmer bed you should stick with the 2-inch).
By contrast, Casper’s mattresses are made from a layering of several materials, such as a memory foam layer, trademarked support foam, and latex (and in the case of the hybrid, another layer of springs) all of which will lose their durability over the course of a decade or before. You can consider 6 years to be a typical lifespan for memory foam. With a slightly shorter lifespan, Casper mattresses may lose the firmness and durability that Purple can carry into 10 years of sleeping on it.
While the Casper Mattress boasts a special perimeter for edge support (one that facilitates getting in and out of bed more easily, this is only available in the hybrid mattress that comes with a base layer of springs. The New Purple® Mattress also includes edge support. The Purple Grid™ is surrounded by a foam border to provide structural stability at the edge of the mattress.
Both Casper and Purple tout mattresses as being made with extremely breathable polymer materials, but the Casper mattress is a layered sandwich of solid foam, while the Purple mattress contains the Purple Grid™, which allows for air movement to neutralize the temperature throughout the night. Casper’s The Wave includes memory foam and latex, while The Casper is made with memory foam — materials not especially known for their breathability. To be fair, Casper Mattress has perforated their latex, claiming that their mattresses are made from open-cell foam with tiny pores to allow for the escape of excess hot air — but nothing can beat the open ventilation of an actual grid found in Purple® Mattresses.
8. Sleeping Position and Pressure Point Support
Pressure relief and a good night’s sleep on a comfortable bed are the biggest reasons people invest in a top-notch mattress. Both Purple and Casper aim to provide comfort and support — but which one of these mattress brands really offers the right combo of pressure relief and mattress firmness in bed?
The Purple Grid™ will flex under the weight of your body while cradling your shoulders and hips — preventing irritating pressure throughout the night. Due to the unique design of the grid, motion is isolated, meaning that if someone else is sleeping on the mattress with you, their sleeping position and movement will not bother you. Bounce away!
Casper foam mattresses also offer pressure relief and support. The various layers are supposed to be geared toward a different part of your body: a soft foam layer for the shoulders, firm foam for under the hips, and springs for active support (in the hybrid). However, over time some of these components will wear down, leaving the whole ensemble missing a certain level of support. Without the patented Purple® grid, Casper mattresses don’t provide the same amount of subtle bounce offered by Purple.
Memory foam is notorious for off-gassing, but thankfully Purple® mattresses do not contain memory foam. Although the Casper Mattress does contain memory foam, both Casper and Purple are certified with the CertiPUR-US® program that regulates the mattress industry. The compounds used in manufacturing are devoid of ozone-depleting chemicals. Moreover, they meet quality guidelines for the Consumer Product Safety Commission Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound), which means that they are safe for use indoors.
Casper Mattress vs. Purple: The Verdict
Wrapping up our comparison, which mattress company comes out on top? Each mattress brand boasts special features and perks around the sale, whether those are built into the mattress construction (such as the Purple Grid™) or built into the sale (such as free delivery and 10-year warranty). However, Purple comes out ahead for a few reasons, one of which is the longevity of the mattress in terms of firmness and durability, due to its proprietary grid structure. Also, its proprietary structure means that light sleepers won’t be disturbed by the movement of heavy sleepers, because the patented grid isolates motion.
Moreover, Purple simply offers more choices in terms of pricing, because the New Purple® Mattress has three different thicknesses. This makes it easy to find the perfect meeting point between support and immersion.
Hopefully, this mattress comparison has helped you plan the next addition to your bed. The six to eight hours you spend sleeping is one of the most important parts of your day. If your bed doesn’t offer the right blend of comfort and support, it can become difficult to feel well and perform your best during the day. Purple’s unique structure will hold up for years and years, offering you a great night’s sleep for years and years. Purple is also customer-oriented, doing everything we can to make your purchase hassle-free: free delivery, free sheets (or pillows) and free returns if things don’t work out.
If you need some testimonials regarding our Purple® Mattresses, there are almost 14,000 verified reviews on our site from happy customers. We’re confident that you’ll want to leave your own positive mattress review once you’ve tried a Purple bed.