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Soft Foam Mattress
|Probably the most popular bed-in-a-box mattress out there. Casper has a neutral feel and is almost universally comfortable. They even now have hybrid mattresses with pocketed coils.|
Memory Foam Mattress
|A memory foam bed-in-a-box from one of the largest bedding manufacturers in the world. Cocoon has a denser, firmer memory foam feel and is ideal for back and stomach sleepers.|
Despite some general similarities, there’s actually a good deal of separation between Casper and Cocoon. In this comparison, we’ll walk through mini reviews of each bed and discuss why you might buy one over the other. For anyone that’s skimming, however, here are the key elements that you need to know when choosing between Casper and Cocoon.
As you’d expect, that’s not the entire story for either mattress, which is why we’ve posted individual reviews of them. You can find those in the sections below and on our Mattress Reviews page.
Casper was one of the pioneers in this whole bed-in-a-box mattress space. Despite the fact that the company has only been around since 2014, their standard Casper mattress is largely considered the online mattress and the company as a whole is valued at nearly $1 billion. With that in mind, let’s discuss what’s so special about the original Casper mattress. Remember, we’ve also posted a review of all three beds from the company.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of early 2019, Casper now offers two hybrid models including the Casper Hybrid mattress and the Wave Hybrid bed.
The original Casper model has a three-layer, all-foam construction that mixes polyurethane foam with memory foam. If we take a look at Casper’s new Wave Hybrid or Casper Hybrid, they’re pretty similar except the hybrids are slightly thicker and also have a layer of innersprings.
It only has one layer of memory foam and it’s actually one of the middle layers, which means the overall feel of the bed is neutral. The bed really just feels like a big slab of softer foam—it’s a really comfortable mattress.
As you can see above in the construction breakdown, the bed starts with a standard layer of support foam and then transitions up to an open-cell foam. The bed offers a nice amount of pressure relief thanks to those top two layers, but is still fairly supportive as a result of the support foam and transition foam. It strikes a nice balance between being soft and firm.
In fact, the overall firmness rating for this bed sits at about a proper medium (i.e. in the sweet spot). As a result, we think it will be great for back, stomach, side, and combination sleepers. It really is a versatile, nearly universally loved mattress.
One of the more interesting things about the Casper mattress is that it’s actually slightly firmer and more supportive in the center third of the bed (where your trunk and hips will sit) and slightly softer in the top and bottom thirds (where your shoulders and feet will be). Put simply, this system offers more precise support. The design was actually borrowed from their Casper Wave Hybrid, albeit on a more limited scale.
We think this is a clever way to offer more pressure relief and more support, at the same time, with the same mattress. It’s subtle, but it definitely is a nice addition to the Casper mattress, and something that makes the bed stand out from the competition.
Cocoon is Sealy’s response to the massive growth of the online mattress industry. It’s far more affordable than the other beds that the company offers (such as the Sealy Mattress) and is primarily targeting a different customer—price-conscious consumers. With that in mind, let’s explore how Sealy Cocoon stacks up against the industry heavyweight, Casper.
For anyone that’s especially price-conscious, Cocoon is going to be the obvious pick—assuming that you’re fine with the feel and firmness of the mattress. The MSRP of a queen size Cocoon Chill mattress is about $950 before any discounts. Casper, for the same size, is about $1,100. In other words, you will save around $150 (if not more) by getting the Cocoon Chill mattress versus Casper.
This is not to say that Casper is a bad value. In fact, we think Casper is a really nice mattress at a fair price point. We just think that for college students, anyone trying to fill a guest room or Airbnb, or budget shoppers, Cocoon is probably the smarter pickup.
Having said all of that, both brands do tend to offer mattress coupons to make their beds even cheaper. You can check offers on Casper’s website and the deals running on the Cocoon website. Typically, you’ll save anywhere from $50 to $125 on your purchase.
While Casper has more of a neutral feel, Cocoon has a dense memory foam feel. In fact, it’s firmer when you first lay on it, but it does soften after a few seconds. And, this is typical of memory foam mattresses, they soften when heat and pressure is applied.
You get a slight stuck-in-the-mud feeling with the Cocoon mattress. Although, it’s not overwhelming the way it is with the Zinus mattress. We attribute this to the fact that Cocoon is a firmer mattress that you will sleep more on top of, rather than sink into.
As you can see, we’d put the Soft and Firm model around the medium-firm range on the soft/firm spectrum. That means they’ll be more ideal for back and stomach sleepers than they will for side sleepers.
Now, it might seem peculiar that the Soft and Firm model for the Cocoon mattress are both about a medium-firm, but it really has to do with the construction of the mattress. The only difference between the two models is the transition layer, or lack thereof.
The Soft model has a transition layer, which softens the bed up just a hair. The Firm model does away with that center strip of foam and increases the thickness of the support foam. The net result is a slightly firmer bed. Both are still 10″ thick in total.
Anyone that gets hot flashes, nights sweats, or just sleeps really hot at night will appreciate that Sealy offers the Cocoon Chill mattress. This costs about $50 more than the Classic model, but it has a special cooling cover that’s actually cool to the touch.
This is one of the most affordable active-cooling mattresses available. The cover is actually so cool that it almost feels wet—it’s pretty remarkable. Cocoon Chill might not be as cool as Brooklyn Bedding Aurora or the Freya mattress, but it also is far more affordable.
For the most part, it all comes down to feel, firmness, and price. Do you want a neutral-foam bed? Do you like memory foam? Which sleeping position do you favor? What’s your budget?
If you’re open to spending a little more, but want the more popular, more neutral feeling bed, go with Casper—we doubt you’ll be disappointed. After all, there’s a reason that Casper is worth nearly a billion dollars.
If you’re a fan of memory foam and you tend to sleep on your back and/or stomach, Cocoon is the way to go—it’s a nice mattress for the money. Sealy knows what they’re doing, even if the Cocoon mattress is a relatively new product.