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If you were to read nothing else in this post except this small blurb, these are the main things you need to know when comparing the Casper mattress to TempurPedic.
Keep reading for more details on how Casper and TempurPedic compare.
If you’re wondering where the whole bed-in-a-box craze stemmed from, you can give a lot of the credit to Casper. They were a pioneer in the online mattress shopping industry, and remain one of the top five most popular brands. It’s easy to understand why, when you consider how universally comfortable and well-received their mattress has proven to be. Casper does have a model called the Casper Wave, which is their premium bed-in-a-box mattress, as well as the Casper Element, which is a more budget-tier offering from the brand, but in this post we’ll just be focusing on the OG model.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Casper now has two more mattress models to add to the lineup, the Casper Wave Hybrid and the Casper Hybrid.
TempurPedic has been around since before online mattresses came into the mainstream, and is arguably a household name at this point. When you think of traditional memory foam, TempurPedic is likely one of the first beds that come to mind. They created a new series to compete with the bed-in-a-box mattresses, even though TempurPedic isn’t considered among those brands. We’re just here to pit the two powerhouses against each other.
For some people, buying a mattress is one of the largest purchases they’ll make in their lifetime behind a house and a car. For others, spending more than $2,000 on a mattress might seem like spending $150 on a pizza; it’s probably a darn good pizza, but you can get a perfectly good one for $25. We think, depending on your circumstance, both kinds of people are right.
One one side of the coin, you’ll probably be keeping your mattress for 8-12 years, so you want to make sure it’s nice and supportive enough for you. On the other side, there are many really comfortable mattresses out there with a price tag that’ll keep your wallet happy. So it all depends on your circumstances and personal preference.
A Casper queen mattress usually retails around $1,100, but with a discount you can often get one for closer to $1,000 depending on the sale and season. Typically, Casper is running a $100 off discount, give or take.
TempurPedic’s flagship TEMPUR-Adapt line comes with several different mattress models with three varying prices. Right now, the queen size TEMPUR-Adapt goes for around $2,200, which they call an “everyday value.” Next you have mid-tier mattress from the series called TEMPUR-ProAdapt, which retails around $3,000, and finally, their highest grade model called the TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt which currently retails for about $4,000.
Regardless of which TempurPedic mattress you’re considering, Casper is going to be considerably more affordable.
If you were to cut your mattress in half with a chainsaw, you would see a foam mattress with three layers (unless of course we’re talking about the new Casper Wave Hybrid which would have coils on the inside). While we definitely don’t condone butchering your mattress, we want you to know what the inside of your bed looks like. So we destroyed ours on your behalf. What we saw is a dense base layer of support foam to act as the foundation of your mattress.
The next layer is a slab of transition memory foam with a zoned support design. In other words, the transition layer is divided into three parts with two different firmness levels. The top and bottom third are equipped with more pressure relieving foam, and firmer foam in the middle where you need that extra support.
The very top is a layer of Casper’s Open-Cell foam that features something called “AirScape.” It’s a proprietary foam, meaning the company manufactured it themselves specifically for their mattress. In this case, we’d call this proprietary foam really neutral.
If you’re a lover of soft neutral-foam, we think Casper would probably be a great fit for you. Even though memory foam is present in the bed, the proprietary foam on top really offsets the sinking feeling that traditional memory foam is known to give you. Some people love that feeling, and others take a hard pass on it. Casper’s soft foam feel, however, is a little harder to talk negatively about than memory foam since you usually don’t go around hearing people claim they hate the feeling of soft things.
On our scale from soft to firm, the Casper mattress lands at a medium, which could be another factor in why so many people like it. Medium firmness levels accommodate the most people because they’re firm enough to support stomach and back sleepers without causing an unaligned spine, but soft enough to provide pressure relief to side sleepers.
We think combo sleepers should also enjoy this mattress because it has a quicker response time than other foam beds we have tested out, making it easier for you to switch positions in bed without waking up.
For individuals who weigh over 250 lbs, we recommend the Casper Wave Hybrid or the Casper Hybrid. The best mattresses to provide adequate support for heavy-set individuals tend to be hybrids because they contain springs that provide extra resistance for the pressure your body is exerting.
Like many other brands, Casper has a “good-better-best” model where their original mattress is the “better” model and Casper Wave is the “best” model. Given how expensive the TempurPedic mattresses are, many people are wondering how Casper’s “best” model compares. In this section, we will go over the Casper Wave vs TempurPedic comparison debate.
Why would someone pay more for Casper Wave over the Original mattress? There are two main points, but the most compelling is the advanced zoned support featured on the Wave mattress.
Upgraded Zoned Support — The Original Casper has a zoned support layer whereby the bed is divided into thirds with the center third featuring a slightly denser/firmer foam for more support. Casper Wave also has a zoned support design, but it’s more advanced and it actually pre-dates what you see in the Original mattress. Rather than using three different foams, the Wave has little targeted gel pods to make the center third more supportive.
Thicker Design — This is a smaller point, but the Wave is actually 12″ thick while the Original is 11″ thick. This won’t drive any decisions, but it does technically making the Wave more attractive to people that want a luxury mattress. It’s also worth nothing that the Wave has five layers of foam—including latex foam—and the Original has three layers.
Casper Wave vs TempurPedic — The story here is similar to what we’ve already discussed with these two brands. Casper Wave has a more neutral overall feel, while TempurPedic uses a dense memory foam. Ignoring firmness, the difference in feel alone should help you pick your favorite.
You will notice that Casper Wave has the wool-infused cover, while TempurPedic has the active-cooling cover. If you’re a hot sleeper, you might prefer the active-cooling cover.
Our advice is to pick based on feel. Casper Wave is around a “medium” in terms of firmness and TempurPedic offers a number of different firmness options, so you can’t really claim a winner on firmness. Again, feel and price are the two big differentiators.
The TEMPUR-Adapt series includes three models: the TEMPUR-Adapt, the TEMPUR-ProAdapt, and the TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt. They all have similar constructions, with the main differences being foam density, cooling technology, a foam or coil base, and mattress thickness. So for the sake of simplicity, we’re only going to breakdown the inside of a TEMPUR-Adapt, but you’ll get the gist.
The base layer on a TEMPUR-Adapt is a thick slab of dense poly foam (or coils with the hybrid model). Next is a transition layer for additional support that sits under two layers of memory foam. Depending on which model you go with, it’ll either have the softer feeling TEMPER-ES, the pressure relieving TEMPUR-APR memory foam, or a mix of both. Either way, it’ll feel like traditional dense memory foam for you.
One of the major complaints people have with memory foam mattresses is that can retain heat as you sleep throughout the night. This is because the foam is giving you a big hug, and once you’re embraced for so long, the foam starts to warm up. You grumbled, and TempurPedic listened. In the new Adapt series, each cover comes with a cool-to-the touch outer layer so it efficiently counteracts the heat from the memory foam, resulting in a temperature-neutral mattress, rather than an overly warm one.
If you’re an indisputable bed sweater, then you might want to check out our post on Best Beds for Hot Sleepers and Sweaty People to see what kind of beds will actively try to cool you down.
The mattresses in the Adapt series have a wide selection of firmness levels ranging from Soft to Firm but the most affordable TEMPUR-Adapt line has a Medium and Medium Hybrid, both of which are priced the same.
Regardless of how soft or firm they are, they’ll all feel like traditional memory foam. This means you’ll sink into the mattress and the foam will provide great pressure relief while it contours to the curves of your body. Everyone has a slightly different scale and way they measure firmness, so we called the Soft bed a medium on our scale, the Medium/Medium Hybrid a medium-firm, and we agreed the Firm feels like a firm on our rating system.
Since there are several firmness levels to choose from, any type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, and combo) can find a mattress in the Adapt series that’ll suit their preference. TempurPedic also offers a split king and a split California king mattress, so if you favor firm beds but sleep with a partner who’d rather sleep on the couch than a firm mattress, you’re each able to get the firmness level you need.
If you take two people with drastically different body types—for example, an average 11-year-old boy versus his father who’s an ex-linebacker for the Denver Broncos—and have them lay on a bed, each person will rate the bed differently than the other. For the 11-year-old, his body weight won’t apply that much pressure to the bed, so a medium mattress might feel a little firmer to him. For the ex-linebacker, he’d probably say the bed felt softer to him due to the the amount of pressures he’s applying to the bed.
With that being said, the original Casper mattress is an all-foam bed, so it wouldn’t hold up too well for somebody like the ex-linebacker we just mentioned. If you have a heavier body type, we suggest you look into Casper’s new hybrid mattresses or the two hybrid mattress models in the TempurPedic Adapt series.
So which mattress should you go with, the memory foam TempurPedic or the neutral-foam Casper? Here are the major indicators to help you decide which mattress would probably be best for you.
We hope this post helped you narrow down your options, and if you have other mattresses you want to compare you can check out our Mattress Comparison Page to see if we’ve covered it. You can also stay up-to-date on current mattress deals over at our Mattress Deals page, so make sure you check that out from time to time.