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The Casper and Purple mattresses are two mattresses that make for an ultimate comparison. These two mattresses are two of the most popular online mattresses on the market and both spend a lot on their marketing campaigns. We recognize the brands, but which bed is ultimately better? Lucky for you we have had the opportunity to try both beds and can give you a more in depth comparison of the two.
The Casper mattress has gained its reputation through vast marketing efforts and the thought of one perfect mattress for all. Is this the perfect feel for everyone? Maybe, but maybe not. This all foam mattress combines multiple layers of poly foam and memory foam to make up a 10″ bed that has a medium-firm feel. Its popularity has given this mattress an almost household name and association with the bed in a box market.
The Purple mattress has gained its reputation through vast marketing efforts and it’s very eye catching purple materials including a unique polymer grid top layer. This grid is a different feel that allows the Purple to have a mattress that doesn’t feel like the majority of all foam beds. This grid is intended for relieving pressure and staying cool with its open patchwork like spaces. This mattresses has sparked much curiosity and is usually loved or not by those who try it.
We are putting these mattresses head to head in our Casper vs Purple mattress comparison. Looking at the similarities and differences and giving our honest feedback. Read on to find out how we felt about each of these brands as well as see which one will be a better fit for you.
Off Gassing & Delivery
There isn’t too much difference in this category for the Casper and Purple mattresses. Both are made in the USA, compressed, put into a compact box and shipped right to your door. The biggest difference may be that Casper is in a box while the Purple is in a heavy plastic bag. We noticed that the off gassing and fumes of the Casper was very minimal, especially for a bed in a box mattress. The Purple did to have a few more noxious fumes trapped and lingered for several days. When comparing the off gassing for these two mattresses we would definitely favor towards Casper.
Another thing to note with both of these mattresses is that they may take a few hours to fully expand after being in their boxes. It is a good idea to let them expand and breathe for a few hours, at a minimum, before sleeping on them to make sure you get a true feel as well as no lingering fumes.
The Casper & Purple mattresses are going to vary a bit in feel and comfort and this aspect is highly subjective to each sleeper. However, when comparing these beds to each other there will be a few ways of objectively approach how comfortable they may be.
First off these mattresses are both made in one comfort option, a universal feel. The Casper will be around a 6 to 6.5 on a firmness scale of 1 through 10, 1 being the softest and 10 being firmest. While the Purple bed mattress will be closer to a 5.5 to 6. Both of these would be considered more of a medium-firm feel but the Casper does feel more supportive. Medium-firm will be most ideal for the majority of people since it should offer the right amount of support as well as enough softness & cushion for all sleeping positions. As far as the firmness of these mattresses there won’t be much variance. However the materials and what type of feel they provide will be where these mattresses shift apart.
The Casper mattress is a 10″ mattress that uses 4 layers of foam too. The top layer is going to be 1.5″ of a latex alternative poly foam. This layer is meant to mimic the feel of latex and be more responsive. This is followed by another 1.5″ of memory foam and 1.5″ of transition foam. These comfort layers sit on a 5″ base of dense support foam. The cover on this mattress is a little thicker too and roughly makes up the last 1/2″ that completes this mattress. This mattress will have a conforming yet responsive feel that will be supportive as well.
The Purple mattress is a little less than 10″ mattress that uses 3 layers of foam and polymer. The top layer is going to be 2″ of a hyper-elastic polymer formed into a grid. This layer provides pressure relief as well as optimal air flow. This is followed by 3.5″ of transition foam. These comfort layers sit on a 4″ base foam. During our time sleeping on the Purple mattress we found that the materials and comfort level would probably work well for many people, but the unique feel of the grid texture on the top layer may be difficult to adjust to for some.
As stated earlier comfort and firmness preference will be subjective, however, the materials and feel of the materials of a mattress can be a good place to start when your are objectively deciding which may be more comfortable initially as well as after several years of sleeping.
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Both of these mattresses are all foam mattresses and that alone will make for minimal motion transfer. Each of these mattresses are 10″ of all foam that makes for little vibrations from movement. Casper’s top is a more responsive poly foam layer that is meant to mimic latex and will have a more responsive feel. However, under the top of the Casper bed is a layer of memory foam that will help absorb much vibration. Purple’s top layer is a very responsive polymer that will move more than memory foam. It won’t be anything overly noticeable or cause a ton of vibrations, but when comparing these mattresses side by side the Casper has just a bit less motion transfer than the Purple mattress.
As you already know, these are both all foam mattresses. Anytime you have all foam mattresses retaining heat may be more likely than on a mattress that utilizes a coil system. Both of these mattresses use materials to aide in lowering the heat retention.
The Casper mattress has a top layer that has an open cell layer of foam that is suppose to help pull heat away from the body. The top layer also acts as a barrier between the memory foam and the surface as well. It also uses a woven stretch knit cover that is breathable and meant to dissipate heat. These materials will help reduce some of the heat retention but may not do enough if you are a very warm sleeper.
The top layer of the Purple mattress is the unique polymer grid, we have mentioned numerous times already. Two of the best features about that grid is its ability to relieve pressure as well as dissipate heat. This grid has about 1.5″ to 2″ of open space that allows for plenty of heat to escape and not be held against your body. This makes for this mattress to not only feel different but work well if you are a warm sleeper too. Between these two mattresses the Purple would probably be a better choice if you are a warm sleeper.
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Edge support may or may not be something that is a big concern to you. However, if it is than paying attention to how well constructed and durable the materials are will play a roll. Edge support is important if you either sit on the edge form time to time or if it is important for you to use the full edge to edge sleeping surface of your mattress. Making sure that even the edges are solid and hold up will make a difference in how comfortable it is as well as how it performs for you.
The Casper mattress performs fine for utilizing the edge while sleeping and can be slept on from edge to edge, it may lack the desired support if you are sitting on the edge for an extended period of time. The Purple bed has a little less support around the perimeter. While sleeping you don’t want to get too close to the edge or you may feel a “rolling out of the bed” type feel. It also does not have much support for sitting for any period of time.
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Notice that don’t use the term price, but instead value, because value and price are not the same thing. Value is going to be what you are getting for what the price is. Sometimes a price may seem like a good number but if you aren’t getting the best product for that price than the value isn’t that great. This is especially true for mattresses. There are several brands that will fall around the same price, but you really have to understand what you are paying for if you want a good value.
The Casper mattress is $950 for a queen size and does include the shipping price. This mattress also includes a 100 night sleep trial and a 10 year warranty. This mattress may be right up your ally, and if that is the case, great. It is a 10″ thick mattress with memory foam and poly foam comfort layers. It has a very beefed up marketing campaign that doesn’t pay for itself, so just realize that when buying any mattress that is highly advertised that there is a portion of that equated into the price you are paying.
The Purple mattress is $999 for a queen size and does include the shipping price. This mattress also includes a 100 night sleep trial and a 10 year warranty. This mattress may be right up your ally, and if that is the case, great. It is a 9.5″ thick mattress with a unique polymer grid that may be great if you like a different feel that relieves pressure and stays cool. It has a very beefed up marketing campaign that doesn’t pay for itself, so just realize that when buying any mattress that is highly advertised that there is a portion of that equated into the price you are paying.
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We can say from both an objective as well as subjective standpoint that both the Casper and Purple bed perform just fine for online bed in a box mattresses. They have many similarities with the biggest differences being the feel, sleeping cool and materials. These mattresses really are going to come down to if you prefer a highly responsive, unique feeling cooler sleeping bed or a more consistent foam feel with less motion transfer.
For more comparisons on any of our mattresses make sure you check out our Mattress Comparison Tool. This will give you a really quick side by side glance at up to four of any of our mattresses at once. This is a great way to help narrow down your top contenders and see the differences of each.
For the full review of each of these mattresses check them out here: Casper Review & Purple Review. Always remember Our Sleep Guide is here to help you find the perfect bed. If you have any questions in your search always feel free to contact us.