In April 2016, Casper sued me in federal court over my reviews and I am fighting that lawsuit. The review below, like all my reviews, reflects my honest opinion.
It’s that time again…time for another mattress battle! In today’s contest we’re pitting the titan of the online mattress world, Casper vs. rapidly growing Canadian challenger, Endy.
Casper is one of the most popular online mattresses in the US, with such an incredible marketing budget that you can hardly ride the subway, listen to a podcast, or browse the web without seeing their ads. Endy is a Canadian company aimed at providing a great value foam mattress that meets the needs of both their US and Canadian customers.
But, there will only be one victor. Who will win this mattress battle? Continue reading below to find out!
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Endy Mattress Review
The Endy mattress is a 10″ mattress built from 3 different layers of foam.
- Top layer (comfort) – 2″ layer of gel-infused memory foam. This layer provides the initial comfort and feel for the mattress. Additionally, the gel infusion is designed to dissipate heat, helping to maintain a cooler sleeping surface. It has a density of 3.0 PCF (pounds per cubic foot).
- Middle layer (transitional support) – 3″ layer of transition poly foam. The middle layer is designed to act as a transitional layer between the top comfort foam and more supportive base layer. It has a density of 1.8 PCF.
- Bottom layer (support + foundation) – 5″ layer of support foam. This layer acts primarily as the foundational base for the mattress. It also provides a level of deep compression support for sleepers. It has a density of 1.8 PCF.
Built from a quilted polyester fabric, the cover of the Endy mattress is both soft and durable. The grey side panels contain a sturdier build than the top piece of fabric. That said, the top still feels durable enough to take some hits without damaging. In addition, the quilting used within the cover adds a degree of thickness to the overall build, which gives it that slightly thicker feel.
When looking at the aesthetics of the cover, Endy did a nice job. Although they have adopted what has become somewhat of the staple design for many online mattress companies today, it is still very well done. Smooth transitions from white to grey and a quilted diamond pattern on top all come together for a nice appeal overall. The cover is also removable and can be spot cleaned.
Firmness, Feel, & Support
The firmness of the Endy mattress is a little different than most mattresses I’ve tested. The Endy has one model that ranges from 6-7.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm. Typically, mattress companies tend to make a few different models with varying firmness levels, or just one mattress that nails a specific feel. The construction of the Endy creates a wider range with respect to the firmness and feel, varying by weight of the sleeper.
At 140 pounds, I was finding the Endy to have a slightly firm feel. I place it at a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale. That said, this is not the case for everyone. As sleepers get into more of a middle of the road weight class (150-200 pounds) the mattress is going to feel more like a 6.5 out of 10. Once sleepers get over the 200 pound mark, the Endy is going to fall closer to a 6 out of 10.
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Therefore, the feel of this mattress can be directly correlated to the weight of the sleeper. The heavier you are, the softer it feels (to a point), and vice versa.
Going hand-in-hand with the firmness, sinkage depth. During my sleep test I was only seeing about 1″ of sinkage while lying normally on my back. This low level of sinkage means very little amounts of hug and contour around your body. By floating more on top of the mattress, the firmer feel becomes even more prominent. Bear in mind, your sinkage results will vary based on weight and body type.
Although the Endy does offer a slightly firmer feel for lighter sleepers and a medium to medium firm feel for heavier sleepers, I would not take anything away from the mattress in terms of support. That said, you will want to be 100% sure the firmness and feel dynamic (based on your weight class) is appropriate to your needs and desires.
Personally, I tend to prefer more of a medium feel. Thus, the Endy created some uncomfortable pressure points in my lower back. Back, stomach, and heavier side sleepers will benefit most from this mattress.
One of my favorite characteristics about the Endy mattress is its edge support. As an all foam mattress it was quite impressive to see the edges hold up the way they did. The slightly firmer design does play a role in this factor. Whether you’re sitting or sleeping on the edges, the Endy’s performance is a step above most foam mattresses I have tested to date.
Finally, cooling. Due to more of a floating feel, sleepers are less likely to encounter heat build up around their body. In addition, the gel-infused memory foam does a good job of absorbing and dispersing heat throughout the mattress.
Need more info on the feel and performance? Read the full Endy mattress review here.
- Shipping – free shipping to both US and Canada, arrives in 3-7 business days
- Trial Period – 100 days
- Refunds / Returns – 100% money back guarantee within the 100 day trial period
- Warranty – 10 years
- Discounts – use code “SLEEPOPOLIS” to save $50
- Built in Canada
Casper Mattress Review
The Casper mattress is a 9.5″ mattress built from 4 layers of foam.
- Top layer (comfort + cooling) -1.5″ of synthetic Dunlop latex foam. The latex is designed to provide good bounce, cooling, and comfort for the mattress. The latex is placed on top of the layer of memory foam in order to prevent any heat retention issues with the memory foam. It has a density of 3.3 PCF.
- Second layer (support + pressure relief) – 1.5″ of memory foam. This layer of memory foams adds a nice degree of contour, hug, and support for sleepers. It has a density of 4.0 PCF.
- Third layer (transitional support) – 1.5″ of poly foam (non-visco elastic). This layer acts as a transitional foam support layer, helping to ease sleepers from the top comfort layers into the support foam. It has a density of 2.5 PCF.
- Bottom layer (foundational support) – 5″ of high-density support foam. This layer acts as the foundational base for the mattress, providing support and deep compression support for sleepers. It has a density of 1.8 PCF.
The cover of the Casper mattress is similar to the Endy in that is also uses the two-tone, grey and white design. The top portion of the cover is made from 100% polyester and is quite porous. As a thinner cover with a porous design, the foams are able to breathe easier. The side panels used on the cover are a polyester and polypropylene blend and offer better durability than the top piece of fabric.
My main concern with the porous fabric on top is its durability. A while back I had moved my Casper mattress and the white fabric got snagged and ended up tearing, leaving a noteworthy hole in the cover. For that reason, you will want to be very careful when moving and setting the Casper mattress.
Firmness, Feel, & Support
The Casper mattress lands at a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm. At this firmness level, Casper is considered a medium firm mattress.
Although Casper does feel like a 6 out of 10 for a majority of sleepers, the feel will change as body weight increases. For heavier sleepers, the Casper is going to feel more like a 7 out of 10. This is due to the increased level of sinkage, which puts them in closer contact with the harder and less comfortable transition and base poly foams.
At 140 pounds, I was seeing a rather pronounced level of hug from the Casper mattress. While lying normally on my back I saw about 2″ of sinkage, yet in no way did I feel stuck in the mattress. This is directly correlated to the top layer of latex used in the Casper. By placing a latex layer on top of memory foam the mattress has the ability to avoid that stuck feeling that more traditional memory foam mattresses often create. While the support of the Casper is middle of the road, the top layer of latex does offer good bounce and response.
With respect to support, I find the Casper is about average. For lighter and average weight sleepers, it should be sufficient (provided you’re comfortable within this firmness range). However, for heavier sleepers the support of the Casper struggles, in my opinion. This is because the top two comfort layers are so relatively soft that sleepers easily sink through them and into the less comfortable transition and base poly foams.
Heavier sleepers that more deeply engage the bottom two layers are more likely to feel increased firmness and support issues. I spoke with a Casper chat support representative about this issue and she said that the Casper is good for sleepers up to 250 pounds and couples up to 450 pounds. In my opinion, sleepers over 200 pounds are likely to begin experiencing these issues though.
With respect to cooling, during my sleep test I never felt overly warm or uncomfortable. Having the latex layer on top helps to prevent heat retention issues, as does the thin porous cover.
Edge support on the Casper leaves something to be desired. The overall medium feel and softer top layers mean that when you sit directly on the edge you can expect to see around 5″ of sinkage. Sleeping very near the edge is more difficult. During my sleep test when I was sleeping at the edge I had the sensation that the mattress wanted to eject me from the side.
Need more info on the feel and performance? Read the full Casper mattress review here.
- Shipping – free shipping, comes compressed in a box in 1-5 business days
- Trial Period – 100 nights
- Returns / Refunds – 100% money back guarantee within the trial period
- Warranty – 10 years
- Discounts – none currently available on Sleepopolis
- Made in the USA – some materials sourced from Belgium, most materials from the US
- Accessories – matching Casper pillow and Casper sheets available for extra cost
|Foam Layers||2" gel-infused memory foam, 3" transition poly foam, 5" support poly foam||1.5" synthetic Dunlop latex foam, 1.5" memory foam, 1.5" transition poly foam, 5" support poly foam|
|Foam Durability||memory foam = 3.0 PCF|
poly foam = 1.8 PCF
support foam = 1.8 PCF
|latex = 3.3 PCF
memory foam = 4.0 PCF
poly foam = 2.5 PCF
support foam = 1.8 PCF
|Cover||Soft, thin quilting, feels durable, good cooling||Soft, thin, porous, good cooling|
|Firmness||6-7.5 out of 10||6-7 out of 10|
|Motion Transfer||Very minimal||Very minimal|
|Price - Queen||$750||$850|
|Price - King||$850||$950|
|Warranty||10 years||10 years|
|Trial Period||100 nights||100 nights|
|Shipping||Free, ships within 24 hours, compressed in a box||Free, 1-5 days, compressed in a box|
|Refunds & Returns||Yes||Yes|
|Discounts||$50||None Available on Sleepopolis|
Should I buy the Endy or Casper mattress?
This is a difficult mattress battle, as there are many pros and cons to each of these. Before we declare a winner let’s talk through what I think are the primary consideration factors:
Foam Quality – both companies leave something to be desired in this category. Casper uses 3.0″ of comfort materials, a 1.5″ transition foam, and a 5″ base foam. This is contrasted by Endy’s 2.0″ comfort materials, 3.0″ transition foam, and a 5″ base foam. The base foams are both 5″ and both have a PCF of 1.8, so we can call that area a draw. So we’re really comparing Casper’s 4.5″ of comfort / transition foam vs. Endy’s 5.0″ of comfort / transition foam.
Casper gets points for using higher density foams than Endy. This will yield greater longevity. Endy gets points for having a thicker total combination of comfort + transition foams, but not by much, considering most of the extra foam is in the transition and not the comfort foams. For foam quality I have to give a edge to Casper.
Support – the biggest issue here is that Casper’s top foams are so relatively soft that heavier sleepers sink through them. This creates support issues for sleepers the heavier they get. Endy has the opposite problem, it has extra push back for lighter sleepers, which means they can experience more of a floating feel and increased firmness. However, despite the change in feel, the support is more consistent due to the thicker transition foam, in my opinion. The edge in terms of support goes to Endy.
Value – at $850 for a Queen the Casper has a price point that is not reflective of the value of their mattress. This isn’t to say it is necessarily a bad value. If compared to in-store mattresses, it would be considered above average value. However, if you compare Casper’s value to the universe of other online mattress companies it’s less compelling.
There are many other online mattresses within the $850 price range that offer better performance and quality. Endy comes in at $750 for a Queen and that price drops to $700 with a coupon code. While there are areas where I wish the Endy was better, I think the price point is reflective of the overall performance and it’s an above total value. Endy gets the win on value.
In looking at all of the factors combined, I am afraid I have to call this one a draw. For some sleepers the Casper will be better and for others, it’s going to be Endy. The descriptions below can help you determine the best choice for you.
I would recommend the Endy to sleepers who:
- Like a medium to slightly firmer mattress – the ultimate feel of the Endy will be determined by your weight. If you’re a lighter weight you’ll experience a slightly firm feel (7’ish out of 10 firmness). If you’re a bit heavier you’ll experience more of a medium / medium firm (6’ish out of 10 firmness).
- Like less dramatic hug and contour – for lighter sleepers especially, you can expect to find more of a floating feel. Heavier sleepers will experience more hug / contour, but it will not be as dramatic due to the increased push back of the foam layers.
- Like a great value – at $700 for a Queen the Endy is a very solid value for the money.
- Live in Canada – while the value for both US and CA visitors is good, it is especially good for Canadian shoppers. It’s still just $700 CAD (with discounts applied).
For more information and to buy the Endy check out EndySleep.com.
I would recommend the Casper to sleepers who:
- Like a medium feel – the Casper comes in at a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale for most sleepers. However, heavier sleepers may find the mattress is firmer.
- You weigh less than 200 pounds – in my opinion, the Casper is best for sleepers less than 200 pounds. As you start to get above this weight I think this is where more support issues can occur.
- Like more hug and contour – the Casper’s top soft layers mean a more notable hug and contour for sleepers.
For more information and to buy the Casper check out Casper on Amazon.