In this review, we’ll be sizing up two of the most popular mattresses on the market: the Casper mattress and Leesa mattress. Both beds are built entirely of foam, but they have two totally distinct feels. So which is right for you?
Well folks, that’s what we’re here to find out. I’m going to compare and contrast every aspect of these two models, from their divergent constructions all the way to their unique feel profiles.
If you don’t have time to read my full comparison, you can jump down to my review summary.
Leesa vs Casper: Which is Better for You?
Depending on factors like your body weight, preferred sleeping position, and whether or not you sleep with a partner or pet, one of these mattresses is likely to suit your needs better. Take a look at some of my recommendations below.
Who Should Buy the Casper
- If you struggle with back or shoulder pain, the Casper’s special zoned support system might help you alleviate some of your pain.
- If you’re a combination sleeper the Casper’s bouncier feel might give it an edge.
- If you’re a side sleeper neither mattress will be quite soft enough. But the Casper’s zoned support system means its softer at the shoulders, so if you don’t mind a firmer feel this bed could work for you.
Who Should Buy the Leesa
- If you sleep with a partner you might fare a bit better on the Leesa as opposed to the Casper.
- Leesa is often running a generous promotion, so if you’re on a budget, this might be the mattress for you.
- The Leesa sleeps pretty cool thanks to its breathable foam comfort layer, making it a nice option for hot sleepers.
Casper vs Leesa: Similarities and Differences
- Both mattresses are firm feeling and could be nice options for back sleepers.
- Both mattresses sleep cool, which is a great perk for hot sleepers.
- Neither of these mattresses is a good choice for heavier sleepers. The best mattress for heavy people will often include innerspring coils or latex to provide more support.
- If you’re a stomach sleeper neither of these mattresses will be firm enough to offer the support you need. I’d suggest opting for one of our best mattresses for stomach sleepers.
- The Casper uses a zoned support system (more on that below), so will feel softer at the shoulders than the Leesa.
- The Casper is bouncier than the Leesa, which could be nice for combination sleepers.
- The Leesa is just a little cheaper than the Casper mattress, which could be an important deciding factor.
Casper and Leesa Mattress Feel Comparison
Now let’s get into detail about how these beds feel. A mattress will feel different to you depending on your body weight, shape, and preferred sleeping position. For reference, I’m 5’10”, about 190 lbs, and prefer to sleep on my stomach.
I gave the Casper a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The industry standard for medium firmness is a 6.5 out of 10, so this bed-in-a-box has a firmer feel. However, the Casper uses a zoned support system, which means this bed will feel firmer in the center, where you need extra support at the hips, and softer at the shoulders, where most people need extra pressure relief.
The extra sink at the shoulders might be nice for side and back combination sleepers, as they’ll enjoy a mix of support and relief that works well for spinal alignment and comfort in both positions. The extra sinkage might also make the original Casper feel more medium-firm than firm to certain sleepers.
Overall, the Casper has a balanced feel that should attract sleepers who switch positions often during the night. Because of the mix between pressure relief and support in sensitive areas, combo sleepers can find comfort in different positions.
I also gave the Leesa a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale. This means the Leesa is slightly firmer than the industry standard, providing good spinal alignment for strict back sleepers. The Leesa does include some memory foam for body-contouring and relief around your pressure points, but you definitely feel more “on top of” than “stuck-in” this bed.
The mix of support foams in this mattress means it should sleep nice and cool, which is a great feature for hot sleepers and couples. On the other hand, the Leesa doesn’t do a particularly good job isolating motion transfer, so if you sleep with an especially restless partner, you may want to opt for something that offers more sinkage.
Comparing What it’s Like to Sleep on the Casper and the Leesa
Briefly intro that a mattress will feel different depending on your body weight / preferred sleeping position. Compare how it feels to sleep on each bed in the following positions / for the following people:
Back — I really like the Casper for back sleepers! Its zoned support layer is softer at the shoulders and feet and firmer at the hips, which helps promote a neutral spinal alignment.
Side — I think the Casper is just ok for side sleepers. Generally, I’d recommend side sleepers opt for a softer bed, but the Casper’s zoned support helps it feel at bit softer at the shoulders, where side sleepers tend to put a lot of pressure.
Stomach — I don’t think the Casper is quite firm enough for stomach sleepers. Though its zoned support does make it firmer at the hips — where stomach sleepers need it — I’d steer most stomach sleepers to a firmer bed.
Body Weight — If you’re a lighter sleeper (less than 130 lbs.) you’ll likely feel the Casper as a bit firmer than I did. Conversely if you’re a heavy sleeper (over 250 lbs.), you’re going to sink into the Casper more and it’ll feel softer. However, I don’t think the Casper is supportive enough for heavy people.
Back — The Leesa is great for back sleepers. It feels just a bit firmer than medium-firm, which is that sweet spot for back sleepers. It’ll give them plenty of lumbar support, while still providing some pressure relief at the lower back.
Side — I think the Leesa is too firm for strict side sleepers. I think these sleepers will experience some jamming at their shoulders. If you’re a side sleeper, I’d opt for a softer bed, like one of our best memory foam mattresses.
Stomach — I think the Leesa is a bit too soft for strict stomach sleepers. These sleepers need a firm mattress that’s going to keep their hips in line with their shoulders, which helps prevent back pain.
Body Weight — If you’re a lighter sleeper, this mattress will feel a bit firmer, and if you’re heavier, it will feel a bit firmer. I don’t think the Leesa is supportive enough for heavy people. I recommend heavy people opt for a bed that was specifically designed for higher body weights.
Comparing Casper and Leesa Prices
Price point is a very important factor when deciding on a new mattress. Take a look at the table below to compare costs. And be sure to use our Leesa mattress coupon codes or Casper mattress coupon codes to get a good deal.
Prices listed are before discount or offer on each bed.
Comparing Casper and Leesa Mattress Materials
Now that you know how the Casper original and the Leesa feel, I want to pull back their layers to see the construction of each mattress in a detailed way, starting with the Casper.
Cover — The Casper has a thin polyester cover. This breathable material is relatively common in all-foam beds.
Comfort Layer — The top layer of the Casper contains a soft open-cell foam that allows the sleeper to sink right in. Even with all this give, open cell foam tends to retain its breathability, helping the Casper sleep cool.
Contour Layer — After the open cell foam, a layer of memory foam provides contouring around the body and a feeling of sinking even further into the mattress. Memory foam tends to trap body heat, but the open-cell foam between this layer and the sleeper reduces this effect. This is a layer that is zoned for support and lift in the hips while providing pressure relief at the shoulders.
Support Layer — Finally, the base of the Casper is made of high-density poly foam. This is a firm layer that provides support to the softer layers above it.
Cover — The Leesa’s cover is a durable and breathable polyester blend.
Comfort Layer — The comfort layer is constructed of 2” of breathable foam. This foam responds well to pressure and if very cooling, which is a nice perk for hot sleepers.
Transition Layer — Below the comfort layer, you’ll find a layer of memory foam. This section offers body contouring and pressure relief, which is great for all sleepers.
Base Layer — The third layer of this mattress is built with high-density poly foam. This layer acts as the foundation of the bed, and explains the firmness level of this all-foam mattress.
So, which bed is best for you? In case you’re still not sure, I put together a list of some of my favorite features of each mattress.
Leesa Best Features
- Strict back sleepers should enjoy the supportive nature of this mattress, and its memory foam layer should offer them some nice pressure relief at the lower back.
- If you are looking for a mattress that sleeps cool, the construction of the Leesa tends to draw heat away from the sleepers, even with its layer of memory foam.
- The Leesa is the cheaper mattress option, which could be a big perk for some folks.
Casper Best Features
- The Casper’s zoned support system provides extra pressure relief that could be especially nice for sleepers who struggle with shoulder pain.
- The Casper has a balanced feel that should work well for combination sleepers, its mix of support and pressure relief should work well for most sleepers.
- Back sleepers should enjoy the mix of pressure relief and support the Casper offers.
Comparing Company Policies
Trial Period — 100 nights
Shipping — Free
Warranty — 10 years
Trial Period — 100 nights
Shipping — Free
Warranty — 10 years
Comparing Casper and Leesa Customer Service
Below, I’ll give each brand’s customer service team a score based on my own personal experience interacting with them. Possible scores include Stellar, Great, Satisfactory, and Poor.
Leesa Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Satisfactory: I gave Leesa a satisfactory score because they didn’t have someone manning their phones or chat feature when I called. Their customer service team emailed me a very thoughtful response to my question (and returned my call), but I did have to wait for a response.
Casper Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Stellar: I gave Casper a Stellar rating because I was immediately paired with a very helpful agent who answered all my questions thoroughly. My customer service representative was also helpful and transparent when I asked questions about navigating Casper’s warranty.
Comparing Other Models from Leesa and Casper
Both Casper and Leesa offer a few other models. You can find info on a few of these other mattresses below.
- The Casper Element is the company’s value option and has an overall firmer feel than the original Casper.
- That being said, it will likely work best for strict back and stomach sleepers who need support for spinal alignment.
- For more information check out my Casper Element mattress review.
- This is the Casper’s hybrid counterpoint, featuring pocketed coils in addition to the foam layers present in the original mattress.
- I think it has a nice blended feel that’s great for back sleepers and back/side combination sleepers.
- Overall, I think it’s a good choice if you’re interested in the Casper but want a bit more bounce to your bed.
- Click here for more on either the Casper Hybrid mattress review
Casper Wave Hybrid
- The Wave Hybrid is the company’s luxury product and its design provides a soft, plush feel.
- This gentle construction produces a lot of pressure relief at the shoulders and hips, which could be a big plus for side sleepers.
- Check out my full Casper Wave Hybrid mattress review!
- The comfort foams in the Leesa Hybrid are similar to the Leesa original, but the hybrid has added coil support.
- These coils add a bit more mobility and springiness that make it a good choice for combo sleepers.
- Great edge support and motion isolation also provide attractive advantages for couples.
- You can view more about it in my Leesa Hybrid mattress review.
Studio by Leesa
- The Studio is the brand’s budget friendly option.
- The Studio is firmer than the original Leesa, so it might be a nice option for stomach sleepers.
- If you want to learn more, check out my full Studio by Leesa mattress review.
- The Leesa Legend is Leesa’s luxury mattress option, so it feels nice and plush.
- I really like the Legend for side sleepers, who will appreciate the additional pressure relief on this bed.
- Learn more in my full Leesa Legend mattress review.
Other Common Casper and Leesa Comparisons
Below, you can find a few other Casper and Leesa mattress comparisons.
- Leesa vs Layla
- Leesa vs Nectar
- Leesa vs Leesa Hybrid
- Leesa vs Brooklyn Bedding
- Leesa vs Helix
- Leesa vs GhostBed
- Leesa vs Purple
- Leesa vs Loom and Leaf
- Leesa vs Tempurpedic
- Leesa vs Tuft & Needle
- Leesa vs Yogabed
- Casper vs Layla
- Casper vs Purple
- Casper vs Nectar
- Casper vs Puffy
- Casper vs WinkBeds
- Casper vs GhostBed
- Casper vs DreamCloud
- Casper vs Helix
- Casper vs Endy
- Casper vs Lull
- Casper vs Tuft & Needle
- Casper vs Saatva
- Casper vs Tempurpedic