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|Leesa is one of the top five most popular bed-in-a-box mattress brands. It has a comfortable foam feel and an updated proprietary top layer that we love.|
|Casper is arguably the bed-in-a-box brand that brought the online mattress market to the mainstream. It has a soft neutral-foam feel and Zoned Support design.|
Before we get into the good stuff, here’s a quick overview of the main differences we’ll be talking about in this post:
Now that you’re filled in, let’s dive into the details you’ve been waiting for.
If Leesa is a Mac computer, then Casper is a Windows PC. If Leesa is Walmart, then Casper is Target. If you’re wondering what the heck this has to do with mattresses, we promise there’s a point here. Casper and Leesa are two major, well-established companies within the online mattress market, so comparing them is like comparing Mac vs Windows, etc. Either way, you’ll get a popular and well-received product, it just depends on what’s important to you in a mattress and mattress company.
Casper might not be the first bed-in-a-box company to step onto the scene, but we think they were one of the first ones to make it so popular. Leesa came shortly after, and is up there with Casper as one of the most sought after online mattress brands. They helped set the precedent that paved the way for others, so now many brands have been quick to follow the standards set by Leesa, Casper, and a few other names, like Purple mattress and Tuft & Needle.
We’ll mainly be focused on the original Leesa and Casper models, but we think it’s important to note they each offer a more luxury mattress, Leesa Sapira and Casper Wave. These models are both built to be more supportive and durable, so they’re a bit pricier, too. As of early 2019, Casper also released two hybrid models which mean the mattresses incorporate both foam and coils. Check out the full-length Leesa Sapira review or Casper Wave review to get information we won’t be touching on in this post.
When we say Leesa and Casper set the bar for future online mattress businesses, you’ll see what we mean as we go through their different company policies. You’ll get free shipping when you purchase a bed-in-a-box mattress from Leesa or Casper, and most other online mattress brands for that matter.
Whether you order a twin, full, queen, or king mattress, it’ll show up in a box the size of a third grader. How the heck do Leesa and Casper fit a king size bed inside a box that small? It comes rolled up and compressed, so when you unbox your mattress you’ll want to wait 24-36 hours for it to expand to its intended size.
Another standard in the industry is a risk-free trial period. Online mattress companies can’t expect you to feel comfortable with blindly ordering a mattress you’ve never seen or felt before, and they don’t. So you can rest easy knowing you’ll have 100 nights with each mattress to try it out and ensure you made the right decision. If you don’t like it, no problem. Both Casper and Leesa offer free returns. Just keep in mind, a few states, like CA and RI, charge a mattress recycling fee, but it usually isn’t more than $15.
If you decide you’d like to keep your mattress, you get 10 years of warranty coverage with both Leesa and Casper. We suggest you check out the Leesa.com or the Casper.com to double check the fine print, and read exactly what you’re covered for.
One thing we love about Leesa is their dedication to giving back to their community. For every 10 mattresses sold, Leesa will donate one to someone in need. They’ll also plant a tree for every single mattress they sell. That’s a ton of trees, and a bunch of people who have a place to rest their head who didn’t before.
There are three basic mattress constructions: foam, coils, or a combination of both (hybrid). Both Leesa and Casper’s original models are all-foam mattresses, but their constructions are fairly different. Leesa is made up of three different layers, including a 6” slab of dense polyurethane foam to provide a solid foundation, a 2” transition layer made out of memory foam, and a final layer of LSA200 Foam at the top. That last foam is a proprietary foam, which is basically just mattress vocabulary for a type of foam manufactured by the company.
Leesa’s Sapira mattress, Casper’s new Wave Hybrid, and new Casper Hybrid all incorporate a system of coils inside.
Up until September of 2018, Leesa used a foam called Avena foam, but they updated it to the LSA200, which we think is more comfortable and pressure relieving. The entire mattress is 10” thick, which is an average size for a bed-in-a-box mattress. (If you haven’t noticed a pattern already, everything is pretty standard when it comes to Leesa and Casper).
The cover is made out of polyester, a semi-synthetic fiber called “viscose,” and lycra, which is a more elastic material like you find in athletic wear. It has a grey quilt-like pattern with four white horizontal stripes, so it has an attractive look to complement its comfortableness. It’s technically removable, but we suggest you keep it on. Sometimes it can be a little difficult to put it back on, and we don’t see a point in removing it if you can’t machine wash it. If you do happen to spill on your mattress, you can spot clean it with mild detergent and warm water.
The first time you lay on a Leesa mattress, you’ll notice you don’t feel the memory foam layer that sits underneath the top layer of that neutral-feeling LSA200 foam. Since the top layer is the one you feel the most, it cancels out any deep viscous feeling the memory foam would otherwise give you. This can either be a good or bad thing, depending on who you ask.
With Leesa, you get a comfortable neutral-foam mattress with a light and airy feel like you’re laying on cotton candy. You don’t sink into the mattress like you do with memory foam, you gently float on top of it. This is one reason why it’s so popular; if a mattress is neutral, it’s much more difficult for someone to be opposed to it.
On our scale from soft to firm, we placed Leesa at a medium, which is another accommodating characteristic of the bed. It balances between being supportive, but pressure relieving at the same time.
That means it’s a suitable mattress for all sleeper types, including side, stomach, back, and combination sleepers. When we applied pressure to it with our hands, it was pretty quick to bounce back, so combo sleepers will be able to flail around as much as they want because a responsive bed makes it much easier to switch positions.
Leesa usually retails around $1,000 and Casper has an MSRP of $1,200. With discounts applied, Casper still comes out to be a slightly more expensive bed. So if you’re looking for the more affordable option, you might want to consider Leesa. You can head over to the Leesa website or Casper website for current pricing.
Similar to Leesa, a Casper mattress is a 12” thick all-foam bed, but it’s made with four different layers instead of three. The first layer is a dense layer of support foam, then the next is a slab of zoned transition foam. The third layer is made out of memory foam, and the final slab of material is composed of a proprietary foam called Open-Cell Foam, which is a neutral foam and the most prominent layer that contributes to the bed’s overall feel.
What we like most about Casper’s construction, though, is the zoned support framework that makes up the mattress’s transition layer. The slab of neutral foam is divided into three parts; the top and bottom thirds are less firm to accommodate your shoulders and legs, while the middle section is firmer so it can provide proper support to your hip and trunk area. There aren’t too many mattresses with this feature, and we think it’s a nice touch to make the bed appeal to more sleepers.
The knit Casper cover is made out of 100% polyester with neutral colors white and gray to finish off the product with a pleasantly clean look. It’s one of the easiest covers to remove, but again we don’t recommend it, folks, unless you’re taking a machine washable cover off to run through the laundry. And again, Casper does not fall into the category of mattresses with machine washable covers, regardless of the claim on their website that says it’s “easy-to-clean.” You could say your black Adidas tennis shoes are easy-to-clean, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to throw them in the washer and dryer. Follow the same instructions we explained earlier in the post to easily spot clean your Casper mattress.
Leesa and Casper may be similar in a ton ways, which we’ll be getting into later in the post, but as you just read, they do have distinct constructions that set them apart from each other.
Now we’re going to discuss how they differ in feel, even though they’re both constructed with memory foam and neutral foam (except for Sapira, Casper Hybrid, and Casper Wave Hybrid which have blends of coils and foams). If you remember, we said a Leesa mattress kind of feels like you’re laying on top of a pile of cotton candy. A Casper mattress has a soft neutral-foam feel like you’re laying on top of a giant teddy bear. They’re both extremely pleasant to sit back and relax on, it all just depends on your preference; light and airy or soft and cozy?
The Casper mattress is rated at the same spot as Leesa on our softness to firmness scale—right in the middle at a medium. Again, this ensures it’s suitable for all sleeper types and has a broader appeal to the general public.
We wouldn’t doubt this characteristic is a big contributing factor to Leesa and Casper’s popularity, since many people want to be somewhere in the middle ground between soft and firm. It’s also a more responsive mattress than other all-foam beds, which is a plus for you combo sleepers out there, because that means it’ll be easier to switch positions while you sleep without having to struggle to turn over.
A mattress is going to feel different to someone who’s 6’2 and 220 lb than it is to a person who’s 5’3 and 120 lb. The more pressure your body puts on the bed, the softer a mattress is going to feel, since you’re sinking into all of its layers. If you’re light and petite, you’ll sit more on top of a mattress and it’ll feel slightly firmer to you. With this being said, all-foam mattresses are probably best for petite to medium-sized individuals.
For heavy people, we recommend something thicker and more supportive, like a really thick foam mattress or a hybrid mattress that incorporates coils. Being the inclusive brands that Leesa and Casper are, they each made models to be more accommodating to individuals who weigh 250+ lb. The Leesa Sapira is composed of five layers, one of which being 6” pocketed coils. They add support, durability, and make the mattress more responsive. The Casper Wave mattress is made from five different layers of foam and features their signature zoned support framework, so it’s more durable than the Original Casper mattress. We do think an innerspring mattress is better than an all-foam bed for heavy-set folks, but it’s an adequate choice for someone who is heavier, but dead set on an all-foam mattress. Otherwise, we suggest you look into the Casper Wave Hybrid, Casper Hybrid, or Sapira — Leesa’s hyrbid model.
Casper also makes a cheaper budget-tier mattress that we think would be great for kids, teens, or smaller individuals. It’s called the Casper Essential and we’ve written a review post about it so you can follow the link and check out what we thought of their affordable model.
We usually focus on how mattresses are different in our comparisons, but Leesa and Casper are pretty similar, so we want to take a second to point out all of the traits they share after getting through the important topics. As we discussed earlier, they each have the same free trial period, the warranty period, retail price, and shipping policy. They’re also rated at the same place on our softness to firmness scale, and both incorporate memory foam and neutral foam into the construction. Another thing we touched on in this post is how they’re each very responsive for foam mattresses, and are ideal beds for petite to medium-sized individuals.
Now let’s move on to what we haven’t covered. Both Leesa and Casper sleep temperature neutral, so if you’re a hot sleeper trying to decide which mattress you’ll sleep most comfortably on, neither of them are the best at regulating temperature. They don’t sleep hot, but they aren’t going to be actively cooling you down.
Leesa and Casper are also equally beneficial to couples since they both have okay edge support, but are great at limiting motion transfer so you won’t feel your partner get up to pee in the middle of the night.
Depending on the kind of person you are, many of these traits might be important characteristics that factor into your purchase decision. We wanted to mention these details, but not dwell on them since they won’t be the reason you choose one mattress over the other. Ultimately your decision will come down to whether or not you want Casper’s Zoned Support Framework, if you prefer to support socially conscious businesses like Layla, and what you want your neutral-foam mattress to feel like.
Since Leesa and Casper have so many of the same traits, these are the main questions you should ask yourself when you’re trying to decide between Leesa and Casper.
If you’re interested in how Casper and Leesa stack up against other mattresses in the industry, take a scroll through our mattress comparisons page.