Well folks, this is going to be one mammoth of a comparison because I’m sizing up two of the most popular brands on the market: Casper and Tempur-Pedic. Not only do these bad boys have a ton of name recognition, but they also happen to make some pretty fantastic beds. But the question remains… which is better?
To find out, I did a little side-by-side comparison of the Original Casper and the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt, digging into their respective constructions and assessing their feels so I could reveal once and for all which one is truly the best.
Wanna find out my pick? Then read on below or click here skip to my summary!
Before we start picking apart these beds’ differences, let’s hash out their similarities. Not only will this give us a more well-rounded understanding of the mattresses, but will also make their distinct vibes all the more apparent.
- All foam – Both of these beds are built entirely of foam. While this doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll have identical feels, it does indicate they’ll have more give than, say, an innerspring or hybrid mattress would.
- Pressure Relief – In that vein, these mattresses are also designed with pressure relief in mind, so could provide some nice support to those in need of a little cushiony comfort at the shoulders, hips, or lower back.
- Many Models – This isn’t necessarily about these specific beds, but I think it’s worth mentioning that both Casper and Tempur-Pedic sell a lot of different models. Later on, we’ll compare the Casper and Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt to some of these other mattresses.
What are These Beds Made of?
Now that we’ve gone over the similarities, let’s figure out what these mattresses are made of! Below, I’ll detail each bed’s unique construction, but I’d also encourage you to check out my Casper and Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt reviews for the full scoop.
Cover – The cover of the Casper is made of a soft polyester blend, which is also totally removable by zipper!
Comfort – Constructed of a latex-like foam, the comfort layer of this mattress has a quick response to pressure for some immediate bounce. In spite of this extra lift, the material is still gentle enough to provide a little sinkage for pressure relief and comfort. I should also add that, like latex, this proprietary foam is great at cooling, which could be nice for all those hot sleepers out there.
Contour – Right below the comfort layer, you’ll find a section of memory foam, which has a much slower response to pressure than the material above it. This results in some deep body-contouring and pressure relief.
Transition – Next up, you’ll land on a transition layer of Zoned Support. This is the all-star section of the mattress as it imbues the Casper with a truly unique feature — the ability to provide targeted pressure relief across to different parts of the body. What this means is that this section is built with two types of poly foam: a softer one at the top and a firmer one in the center, thereby bringing lift to the hips and cushiony relief to the shoulders.
Base – The base of the bed is made up of heavy-duty poly foam that gives the mattress its structure.
Thoughts: A combination of diverse foams makes for a balanced feel that could appease a wide range of sleepers. I’m also loving the bonus layer of Zoned Support, which brings targeted relief to the body.
Cover – Composed of a Phase Change Material, the cover of the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt is literally cool to the touch. This helps to regulate temperatures throughout the night (and could help mitigate some of the overheating properties of the memory foam layers below).
Comfort – The comfort layer features the brand’s special Tempur-ES foam, which has an incredibly slow response to pressure. Like memory foam, the material here is super gentle and is likely to contour to the curves of your body, resulting in some deep pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. This could be an especially great feel for side sleepers, who need a bit of sink as they dig into the mattress.
Contour – Directly below the comfort layer, you’ll find a contour layer comprised of the brand’s Tempur-APR+ foam. This material has a slightly tighter cell structure than the ES foam above, but still provides plenty of pressure-relieving body contouring.
Support – To bolster the gentle memory foam layers up top, Tempur-Pedic has slipped in a support section of high-density poly foam. The layer gives the bed some shape and helps with its overall durability.
Thoughts: Memory foam reigns supreme in this bed, so get ready for plenty of deep sinkage and body-contouring. I can already tell this is going to be a fantastic option for side sleepers!
Casper vs. Tempur-Pedic
After taking a closer look at these two mattresses, I’m honestly kind of surprised by just how different they are. Sure, they’re both built with foam to alleviate tension at sensitive spots along the body, but the ways in which they get there are incredibly unique.
As I mentioned up top, the Casper comes at the issue of pressure relief with a balanced approach of different materials: memory foam for sink, latex for lift, poly foam for support. By mixing these diverse foams together, Casper lands on a bed that has an even and consistent feel as you slowly press into the structure.
Tempur-Pedic, on the other hand, doesn’t have such a balanced or gradual feel. In fact, its vibe is dominated by the classic characteristics of memory foam i.e. slow response to pressure and deep sinkage. Whereas the Casper allows for some buoyant lift to appease combo and back sleepers, Tempur-Pedic has virtually no bounce, rendering it best for those who sleep primarily on their sides.
Additionally, I think it’s worth noting that the Casper is likely to sleep a little cooler than the Tempur-Pedic. Though the latter adds in some fabrications to help mitigate the overheating properties of memory foam, it can’t quite escape the heat.
How do These Beds Feel?
Construction specs aside, let’s chat about how these mattresses feel, starting with firmness.
Every sleeper is going to experience firmness a little differently (depending on body shape, size, and weight), so I like to invite a few coworkers into my studio to test out the bed along with me. Once we’ve each given it a look, we share our personal firmness ratings with one another, then average them together to arrive at the scores you see below.
We disagreed a tad on this one, but ultimately landed on an average firmness rating of 7. This is slightly higher than the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, which means this bed is a touch on the firmer side.
I personally gave the Casper a 7 as I thought it offered a satisfying combo of pressure relief and support. Though I could feel myself sinking in through the comfort and contour layers, the section of Zoned Support and high-density poly foam base worked to lift me up and out of the structure. What this means is that you’re likely to get the best of both worlds aka sinkage without that stuck-in-the-bed feeling. Combo sleepers in need of pressure relief could be particularly attracted to this vibe.
As I moved around the bed, I felt pretty well supported, thanks in large part to the Zoned Support. Yes, some positions were more comfortable than others, but I think most sleepers will find a decent amount of comfort from this bed, especially those who need a little TLC at the shoulders and hips.
There was also a bit of variance on this one, but we all experienced the firmness as somewhere in the 4-6 range, meaning this bed is pretty darn soft.
I personally gave the mattress a 5 as I found its thick top layers of memory foam made for an incredibly gentle structure. Stretching out on the LuxeAdapt, I could feel my entire body sinking into bed, resulting in some pretty intense body-contouring. This was especially apparent at the shoulders and hips, which tells me this could be a great mattress for side sleepers. On the flip side, back and stomach sleepers may find the bed a touch too soft.
As compared to the Casper, you’re certainly going to feel more “in” this bed than “on top” of it. While a lot of folks might like this stuck-in-the-bed vibe, it may not be the best fit for combo sleepers who need to move around and change positions.
As I mentioned up top, one of the unifying characteristics of Casper and Tempur-Pedic is that they sell a lot of different mattresses. Below, I’ll highlight some of the other models from the Casper line.
- The Casper Wave is Casper’s luxury mattress and is built with five plush foam layers.
- This gentle combo makes it well-suited for those in need of deep pressure relief, particularly strict side sleepers.
- It’s also the most expensive Casper bed, coming in at $2,295 for a Queen.
- Get the full scoop at my complete Casper Wave review.
- As the name suggests, the Casper Hybrid is the hybrid version of the original Casper bed, so utilizes the same foams as it does.
- However, the high-density poly foam base is replaced by a supportive pocketed coil system.
- This results in some excellent mobility and bounce, making it a good, medium firm option for combo sleepers.
- It costs a little more than the Original but less than the Wave, with a Queen starting at $1,495.
- Learn more at my full Casper Hybrid review.
Well friends, we’ve arrived at the end of this comparison, so it’s time to leave you with a few final thoughts. While I can’t tell you which bed to buy (sorry!), hopefully these observations will help you get there on your own. Thankfully, these mattresses are pretty different, so choosing between them shouldn’t be too difficult.
First and foremost, I’d say the Casper has more of a balanced feel than the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt does. As we discussed throughout the comparison, this balanced vibe comes from the Casper’s diverse array of foams, which work together to hit a real sweet spot between pressure relief and support. The LuxeAdapt, on the other hand, mostly features memory foam, which creates a softer structure full of deep sinkage and body-contouring.
While neither of these feels is inherently better than the other, they do endear themselves to different types of folks. Combo sleepers, for example, will likely be drawn more to the Casper, whose bouncy nature will allow them to move around and change positions with ease. Conversely, side sleepers could find a lot to love in the Tempur-Pedic, as its thick top layers of memory foam should provide them with all the cushiony support they need at their shoulders and hips.
That being said, one of the most notable differences between these two mattresses is price. The Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt is much more expensive than the Casper, with the former starting at $3,500 compared to the latter’s $695. If value is an important factor for you, I think the Casper could make the better buy. Check out the full price breakdown below.
To get even more specific about my recommendations, I’m going to list my favorite aspects of both models.
- Given its medium firmness and good mobility, I’d recommend the Casper for combo sleepers who need to move and change positions in the night.
- I’d also suggest the mattress for anyone looking to sleep cool!
- Considering how gentle the Tempur-Pedic is, I think it’s a natural fit for side sleepers who need pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
- The bed could also be a winner for anyone in search of a classic memory foam feel.
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