Casper Essential Vs. Leesa – Which Should You Choose?

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Casper Essential and Leesa are both all-foam mattresses with relatively simple constructions. Where these bed-in-a-box options differ is in their feel and price. We’ll go over how they mattresses compare in this post to help you decide which better aligns with your preferences.

Key Similarities

  • Both are all-foam mattresses that feature three layers.
  • Both have responsive surfaces that are fairly bouncy too.
  • Both offer 100-day trials, free shipping, and excellent customer service.

Key Differences

  • Leesa is a little more expensive ($699 to $1,199 for Leesa; $350 to $725 for Casper Essential).
  • Leesa is thicker overall. (The mattress is 10″ thick, compared to Casper Essential’s 8.5″.)
  • Leesa can support people of higher weight better.
  • Leesa does not use latex but has a general latex-like feel.
  • Casper Essential uses memory foam and has more of a memory foam feel.
  • Casper Essential is softer overall.
  • Casper uses Certi-Pur certified foams, which means these materials are considered more eco-friendly than typical mattress materials.

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Casper Essential Construction

  • The cover is made from a soft, poly-knit material that doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress signficantly.
    On top is a 2″ layer of springy, breathable polyfoam. Casper calls this open-celled material “Fusion Foam.”
  • The middle layer is 1.5″ of responsive memory foam, which helps the Essential conform to the precise curves of the body.  
  • 4.5″ of durable polyfoam make up the support layer, which is a pretty standard base layer on the market.

Read our full Casper Essential Review HERE.

Leesa Mattress Layers

Leesa Construction

  • Leesa’s top layer is 2″ of latex-like Avena foam, which provides comfort and contour support while giving the mattress a springy, firm surface feel.
  • As with the Essential, Leesa’s middle layer is memory foam, and in this case this supportive layer is 2″ thick.
  • The base layer is 6″ of high-density foam that is also pretty standard on the market.

Read our full Leesa Review HERE.

Construction Differences/Notes

  • Both are all-foam and have no coils.
  • Both are three layers thick and have good bounce.
  • Casper is softer and has more of a memory foam feel.
  • Leesa is firmer and has more of a latex feel.
  • Leesa is thicker and more supportive overall.

Firmness/Feel Differences

Both mattresses are responsive and return to shape quickly, but Leesa is firmer while Casper Essential is more soft and elastic. Check out the videos below to see the firmness and feel differences in action.

Motion Transfer Differences

Casper Essential has an edge in preventing motion transfer, because it is softer than Leesa.

Pick Casper Essential If

  • You are on a budget- Casper Essential costs between about $200 and $300 less than Leesa (depending on size).
  • You are light and sleep on your side- Casper Essential is softer and thinner, which means it will provide better support for side sleepers who are looking for something that conforms to their contours; it also means the mattress can only support so much weight. The mattress is a good option for children and relatively small adults.

Pick Leesa If

  • You sleep on your stomach or back. Leesa is firmer and more supportive, potentially making it more appropriate for stomach and back sleepers.
  • You weigh more. Leesa is thicker and can support more weight, so heavier sleepers will find it to be a better fit.

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These mattresses follow a similar formula: Three foam layers, with the top layer defining the feel of the mattress. But in virtually all other respects, the models compared here are pretty different. Hopefully this comparison has helped you decide which you might prefer. Please leave any specific questions about Leesa or Casper in the comments.

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Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.

He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.

Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.