Casper Essential Mattress Review – Is This Streamlined Comfort?

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People who have spent time looking for a bed-in-a-box mattress have probably come across the line of Casper mattresses. While the company started with the popular Casper Original mattress, they now offer five mattresses of varying design.

The Casper Essential is Casper’s most affordable mattress and does not feature the additional bells and whistles found on other Casper mattresses. It has a very streamlined design, allowing the company to offer a more affordable price point.

We have reviewed the Casper Essential before, but the company has updated the mattress since then. Fresh off the update, this new review covers the Casper Essential’s construction, price point, edge support, value, who it will be a good fit for and much more.

Does this mattress offer simple, affordable comfort? Read on for the full Casper Essential mattress review.

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Who Might Want the Casper Essential?

  • Buyers searching for an affordable mattress option. The Essential is a streamlined mattress without the frills one finds with some bed-in-a-box mattresses. Sleepers looking for something simple, comfortable, and nearer to the value-end of the price spectrum should find the Essential to be a good fit.
  • Lightweight sleepers. People who have a lighter body weight (think under 160 pounds) should find the Essential to be a good match in a number of positions. The mattress features especially nice pressure relief, so lightweight side sleepers should definitely consider the Essential.
  • People who sleep hot. While many all-foam mattresses are known to trap heat, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue on the Essential. The top layer is very breathable, so it shouldn’t cause hot sleepers to overheat at night.
  • Sleepers who want ease of movement. One of the drawbacks of softer all-foam mattresses is that sleepers can easily sink in and get stuck. This shouldn’t happen on the Casper Essential. The top layers are soft but responsive, allowing people to sink in just the right amount while still being able to move around.

Casper Essential mattress construction

Who Might Not Want the Casper Essential?

  • Heavyweight sleepers. For larger sleepers out there, the Essential might not be the best match. This bed is a softer mattress without a very thick comfort layer, meaning heavier people will most likely press through these soft upper layers and “bottom out” on the support layer beneath.
  • People who prefer a medium-firm or firm mattress. The Essential is a softer mattress that does allow a decent amount of sinkage. People who like some more firmness or support in their mattress might not find this bed to be the right option for them.
  • Buyers who want more out of their mattress. While the Essential is very budget-friendly, it doesn’t have as much to offer as mattresses like the Casper Original. Customers searching for a mattress with more features that could last for a longer amount of time might want to look elsewhere.

Casper essential mattress firmness test

Construction Overview

  • The Casper Essential mattress is 11” thick, which is about an average height for a bed-in-a-box mattress.
  • The cover is soft and poly-knit, which is also removable for easy cleaning.
  • The top comfort layer is an open-celled, latex-like foam that is soft, but very quick to respond.
  • The transition layer of the Casper Essential is made of squishy memory foam, but recovers more quickly than others on the market.
  • Finally, there is a base support layer, where Casper added some additional height compared to the last version of the Essential.

Casper Essential mattress side sleeper

Construction Takeaways

  • The comfort layer is very soft and not too thick, meaning heavier people might bottom out on the Casper Essential, especially when they are on their side. Lighter people, on the other hand, shouldn’t have this issue.
  • The top latex-layer and memory foam layer are both quite responsive, so sleepers should sink in and feel some nice pressure relief without the feeling of getting stuck.
  • The top layer is also very breathable, which means the mattress shouldn’t trap too much heat. This should keep people who sleep hot from overheating at night.
  • The construction is simpler than what you find with the original Casper. It has fewer layers and does not feature Zoned Support, but comes at a lower price point (around $600 for a queen without discounts).

Casper Essential vs Original Casper Comparison

People considering the Casper Essential might also want to know how it compares to the Original Casper mattress, Casper’s flagship product in their line of mattresses.

First off, there are a few similarities. Both mattresses have a similar, softer-than-average firmness, and feature a balanced foam feel.

The main differences can be seen in the construction of the two mattresses. The Casper has more layers than the Casper Essential does, and the extra comfort layer features Casper’s Zoned Support.

The Zoned Support on the Casper Original makes the center of the mattress firmer, which means the mattress is supportive while back and stomach sleeping and softer for people who sleep on their side, making it a better bed for combination sleepers.

The original Casper is also a more supportive mattress than the Essential, which means it’s generally a better match for heavier people. The Essential has less substantive comfort layers and doesn’t support heavier weights as well.

With its more complex construction, the original Casper does cost more than the Casper Essential. However, you do get more out of the Casper mattress, and could be worth the extra money for people who can afford it.

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Firmness And Feel

In terms of firmness, the Casper Essential feels like a 6/10, which is slightly softer-than-average. However, note that bodyweight will greatly affect how firm this mattress will feel. Larger sleepers could find themselves pressing right through the soft comfort layer, feeling more firmness than a lighter person might.

Casper Essential firmness

Here’s a rundown of what the Casper Essential feels like in different sleeping positions:

  • While back sleeping, the Casper Essential feels like a decent match. The hips sink in the right amount, and there’s a general feeling of support overall. However, heavier people over 160 lbs might need a more supportive mattress.
  • While side sleeping, there is very nice pressure relief with little pressure on the shoulders and hips. However, larger people who sleep on their side will probably press through the comfort layer and hit the support foam beneath. Because of this, heavier sleepers won’t feel like there’s a lot of pressure relief on the Essential.
  • While stomach sleeping, the mattress is too soft. There’s bowing in at the hips somewhat, and there isn’t enough support to keep the spine in a neutral position. Most stomach sleepers will prefer a firmer, more supportive mattress.

The Casper Essential has a balanced foam feel, where the top layers are soft but responsive. There is a little sinkage into the mattress, but you shouldn’t feel stuck in the bed.


Motion Transfer

People who are looking for a mattress with their partner will want to consider motion transfer, which is when you feel your partner’s movements transferring over to you while on the bed.

To test the Casper Essential’s motion transfer, we placed a glass of water on the mattress and pushed into the other parts of the mattress. Ultimately there wasn’t too much disturbance in the water.

We also had one reviewer lay down on the mattress while another moved around on the other side, and there was not much disturbance.

The consensus was that neither reviewer experienced much motion transferring over to them, so overall, we think the Casper Essential could be a good mattress for couples.


Edge Support

People who sleep with a partner, or just want to utilize the full surface area of your mattress, will also want to consider a mattress’ edge support. When sharing a mattress, edge support can help sleepers use the more surface area on the bed, while also helping them feel secure rather than feeling like they might fall off.

Sitting near the edge of the Casper Essential, the mattress does collapse a fair bit and there isn’t the most secure feeling. Lying down, however, doesn’t give the feeling that one would roll off the mattress, so overall we say the Casper Essential features okay edge support.

Casper Essential edge support

The Casper Essential for Heavyweight People

Our staff writer, Marten, is a heavy weight sleeper who is 6’7″ tall and weighs about 230 lb, much larger than the average person. In order to know if the Casper Essential is a good fit for heavy people, we had Marten test the mattress and offer his thoughts.

While our average weight reviewer, Joe, said the Essential was about a 6/10, Marten thought it was closer to a 7/10. The comfort layer is soft and not too thick, so heavier sleepers press through the top of the mattress and feel more firmness than average or lightweight sleepers.

For heavier people who prefer back sleeping, the mattress has decent support. The hips sink in the right amount, and there is some okay lumbar support, but maybe not as much as there should be.

Heavier side sleepers, there’s some serious pressure on the shoulders and hips, so people who are heavier will not find this mattress to be best for side sleeping.

Heavier stomach sleepers: the Casper Essential mattress is not quite supportive enough, so consider looking elsewhere for a more supportive bed.

In total, heavier back sleepers could find this to be a decent option, but people who are heavier side or stomach sleepers should certainly look elsewhere.

Marten didn’t find the mattress to be a good fit for side or stomach sleeping, and while Marten felt some support on his back, it makes sense that larger people might still want to consider a firmer, more supportive mattress.

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Unboxing This Mattress

The Casper Essential is a bed in a box mattress, which means it will come compressed and shipped straight to the purchaser’s home. Begin by removing the rolled up Casper Essential from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on the bed.

Carefully cut away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat. Then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the Casper Essential will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow the mattress to breathe and fully expand.


Casper Essential Review
4.3 Reviewer
Value (Price)4.3
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.4
Motion Transfer4.2
Edge Support3.5
Company Reputation4.6
Return Policy/Warranty4.6
Overall Sleep Experience4.3

Casper Essential Highlights

  • The Casper Essential is priced lower than many other bed-in-a-box mattresses.
  • This bed should be a great match for lightweight sleepers as well as children and teenagers.
  • People of average and lighter weights should feel great pressure relief on the Casper Essential.
  • The Casper Essential features breathable foam and shouldn’t trap too much heat.
  • The mattress is soft but also responsive, meaning sleepers shouldn’t get stuck in the mattress.


In the end, the Casper Essential should be a good match for lightweight sleepers, hot sleepers, and those who are looking for a more affordable mattress. Heavier people and those who like a firmer mattress might want to look elsewhere.

The Casper Essential comes with Free Shipping and Returns, a 100-night sleep trial, and a 10-year warranty. Financing is available and prospective buyers can find the Essential online and in select stores. Casper also offers four other mattresses as well as other accessories.


Is the Casper Essential mattress a good value?

Average and lightweight sleepers should find the Casper Essential to be a good value. At around $600 before discounts, it is cheaper than other bed-in-a-box offerings, but has less bells and whistles than the original Casper mattress.

How thick is the Casper Essential mattress?

The Casper Essential mattress is 11 inches thick, just an inch shorter than the all-foam version of the Casper Original mattress. It does not offer Zoned Support like the original.

Is the Casper Essential a memory foam mattress

There is memory foam in the Casper Essential; however, it is located in the transition layer of the mattress. The top layer is a latex-like layer that offers more responsiveness so that sleepers don’t feel stuck in the bed.

Is the Casper Essential firm?

For average and lightweight sleepers, the Casper Essential is slightly softer than average — around a 7/10 on the firmness scale. For heavier sleepers though, the Casper Essential does feel firmer than average, around a 7/10.

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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.

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