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Casper vs TempurPedic Mattress

They're both popular mattress brands, but in the Casper vs TempurPedic debate, who wins?

When it comes to the different mattress options you have out there, both Casper and TempurPedic are respected kings of the castle. If you’re shopping for a mattress and doing your research, you’ve probably seen these brand names pop up on your computer screen once or twice. So what’s all the hubbub about? In this post we’re going to cover the main selling points of a bed in a box versus a memory foam mattress.
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TempurPedic is one of the biggest mattress brands in history and is known for their pressure relieving memory foam, and premium construction.

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.

  • Price — The original Casper mattress usually costs about $1,000 less than TempurPedic.
  • Feel and Construction — TempurPedic has a traditional memory foam feel, while Casper has a soft-foam feel with zoned support.
  • Firmness — Caper has a medium firmness level, whereas you can choose from a range of different softness/firmness levels with TempurPedic.

Keep reading for more details on how Casper and TempurPedic compare.

Casper Mattress vs TempurPedic: Short Blurb

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 Essential, 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.

Casper Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Folks who prefer soft neutral-foam
  • People who want to spend around $1,200 on a mattress
  • All sleeper types (side, stomach, back, combo)
  • Anyone looking for the quintessential bed-in-a-box mattress

Casper vs TempurPedic: Big Price Difference

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 $1,100 depending on the sale and season.

TempurPedic’s flagship TEMPUR-Adapt line comes with three 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.

What’s Inside The Original Casper Mattress?

If you were to cut your mattress in half with a chainsaw, you would see a foam mattress with four 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 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.

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A look at Casper’s construction

Above the transition layer is a slab of memory foam, and at the very top is a layer of Casper’s Open-Cell foam. 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.

How Does A Casper Mattress Feel?

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.

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Casper is a good option for all sleeper types

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 will 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.

CASPER MATTRESS REVIEW FIRMNESS AND FEEL OF THIS BED

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.

TempurPedic

BEST FOR:

  • Memory foam lovers
  • Couples who want different firmness levels on their side of the bed (TempurPedic offers a split king and split California king)
  • All sleeper types (side, stomach, back, and combo)

Construction Of TempurPedic Adapt Series Mattresses

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.

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An inside look at the TempurPedic Adapt mattress

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.

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Trying out the TempurPedic Adapt mattress

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.

TEMPUR-Adapt Mattress Feel

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.

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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.

How Your Weight Affects The Feel Of Your Mattress

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.

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TempurPedic Adapt Hybrid is a good option for heavier body types

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.

Verdict

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.

  • Do prefer neutral, soft foam over memory foam? Casper has that soft, neutral-foam feel you’d probably find comfortable.
  • Are you looking for the more affordable option? Casper is the budget friendly mattress between the two.
  • Do you want to choose between firmness levels? Or if you’re a couple, choose how soft/firm you want your side to be? A TempurPedic has soft, medium, and firm mattresses or you have the option to get a split king/California king.

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.

Review Team

JD

JD Christison

Combo Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

reynoso

Jack Reynoso

Combo Sleeper

kenzie

McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper

How It All Works: Shopping For A Bed Online

We’re going to talk about the policies you know are important but probably don’t pay much attention to at first. You’ll get free shipping with both Casper and TempurPedic, but TempurPedic (depending on where your order through) will give you free white glove delivery with the entire TEMPUR-Adapt mattress series. This means you’ll have a professional deliver your mattress and set it up for you, so you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting yourself. What a time to be alive, right?

When you unbox your Casper mattress, you’ll want to wait 24-48 hours before you lay on it. This is so you can give the mattress enough breathing time to decompress into its intended size. If you decide to go with a TempurPedic, the only period of time you’ll be waiting on your mattress is when it’s on a truck on the way to your home. In other words, it’ll be ready to go right when the delivery crew brings it in.

When you finally get the mattress you’ve been waiting for, you’ll have a risk-free trial period to make sure it’s everything you’ve been wanting. TempurPedic, if you order through their website, will give you a 90-night trial and Casper will give you 100 nights. So either way, you’ll get around three months to make sure the mattress meets your standards. If you aren’t satisfied with your purchase, Casper will let you return your mattress for free, while Tempurpedic will charge a $175 shipping fee if you want to return it.

You have house insurance, car insurance, and with Casper and TempurPedic you can get mattress insurance! Most bed-in-a-box companies offer a 10-year warranty policy, including Casper and TempurPedic. We encourage you to head over to the Casper website or TempurPedic site to read up on everything their warranty covers you for. Also, if you order a TempurPedic bed through a different retailer, their policies might be different.

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