If you have spent any time looking for a bed-in-a-box mattress, you have probably come across the line of Casper mattresses. While they started with the popular Casper mattress, they now offer five mattresses of varying design.
The Casper Essential is their most affordable mattress and does not feature the bells and whistle you find with the other Casper mattresses. It has a very streamlined design, and this allows the company to price it much lower.
I have reviewed the Casper Essential before, but the company recently updated the mattress. I was excited to hop back on the new Essential and see how it performed.
Does this mattress offer simple, affordable comfort? Read on for my full review.
You Might Want To Pick The Casper Essential If…
- You are looking for an affordable mattress. The Essential is a streamlined mattress without the frills you find with some bed-in-a-box mattresses. If you want something simple, comfortable, and want to save some money, the Essential could work for you.
- You are a lightweight sleeper. If you are on the lighter side, the Essential should be a good match for you in a number of positions. The mattress features especially nice pressure relief so lightweight side sleepers should definitely take a look at the Essential.
- You are a hot sleeper. 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 make you overheat so much at night.
- You want ease of movement. One of the drawbacks of softer all-foam mattresses is that you can sink in and get stuck. This shouldn’t happen on the Casper Essential. The top layers are soft but responsive. They will allow you to sink in, but it should still be easy to move around.
You Might Not Want To Pick The Casper Essential If…
- You are a heavier person. If you are a larger sleeper, the Essential might not be the best match for you. It is a softer mattress without a very thick comfort layer. Heavier people will most likely press through these soft upper layers and hit the support layer beneath.
- You prefer a medium-firm or firm mattress. The Essential is a softer mattress that does let you sink in a bit. If you like some more firmness or supportive in your mattress, this might not be the best option.
- You want more out of your mattress. While the Essential is very budget-friendly, it doesn’t have as much to offer as mattresses like the Casper Original. If you want a mattress with more features that will perhaps last you for a longer amount of time, you might want to look elsewhere.
- The mattress is 11” tall.
- The cover is soft and poly-knit. It is removable so you can easily clean it.
- The first layer is an open-celled, latex-like foam.
- The transition layer is made of memory foam and quick to recover.
- Finally, there is a base support layer.
- The comfort layer is very soft and not too thick. 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. You should sink in and feel some nice pressure relief, but you shouldn’t be getting stuck.
- The top layer is also very breathable. This means it shouldn’t trap too much heat. If you sleep hot, this could keep you 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.
How Does The Casper Essential Compare To The Original Casper?
If you are considering the Casper Essential, you might want to know how it compares to the Original Casper mattress.
First off, there are a few similarities. Both mattresses have a similar, softer-than-average firmness. In addition, they both have a balanced foam feel.
The main differences can be seen in the construction of these mattresses. The Casper has more layers than the Casper Essential does. This extra layer also features Zoned Support.
The Zoned Support makes the center of the mattress firmer. Because of this, the mattress is supportive when you are on your back and stomach and softer when you are on your side. It is a better choice for combination sleepers.
It makes the Casper a more supportive mattress so it should be a better match for heavier people. The Essential might not be able to support heavier weights.
With its more complex construction, the Casper does cost more than the Casper Essential. However, you do get more out of the Casper mattress, and it is definitely worth the extra money.
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Firmness And Feel
In terms of firmness, the Casper Essential feels like a 6/10, softer-than-average. However, I will note that your weight will greatly affect how firm you find this mattress to be. If you are a larger person, you could press right through the soft comfort layer and feel more firmness than a lighter person might.
Here is how I felt in different sleeping positions:
- Lying on my back, I feel like the Casper Essential is a decent match. My hips sink in the right amount, and I feel supported overall. However, if you are heavier than me, over 160 lbs, you might need a more supportive mattress.
- Moving to my side, I feel very nice pressure relief. I feel very little pressure on my shoulders and hips. However, if you are larger and sleep on your side, you will probably press through the comfort layer and hit the support foam beneath. Because of this, you won’t feel the best pressure relief on the Essential.
- On my stomach, the mattress is too soft for me. I am bowing in at the hips somewhat, and I don’t feel the best support. Most stomach sleepers will prefer a firmer, more supportive mattress.
The mattress has a balanced foam feel. The top layers are soft but responsive. You get to sink in a bit, but you shouldn’t feel stuck in the mattress.
If you are looking for a mattress for you and your partner, you should consider motion transfer. Will you feel each and every one of your partner’s movements or will you be sleeping soundly?
I placed a glass of water on the mattress and pushed into the other parts of the mattress. I didn’t see too much disturbance in the water.
I also lay down on the mattress while Marten moved around on the other side. I didn’t feel too many of his movements.
Overall, this makes me think the Casper Essential could be a good mattress for couples.
If you do sleep with a partner or just want to utilize the full surface area of your mattress, you also want to think about edge support. Will you be able to securely sit or lie down near the edge of the mattress or will you feel like you are going to roll off?
Sitting near the edge of the Casper Essential, the mattress does collapse a fair bit. I don’t feel very secure sitting down. When I lie down, however, I don’t feel like I am going to roll off the mattress.
In the end, the Casper Essential features okay edge support.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about the mattress:
Joe said it was a 6/10 and I thought it was closer to a 7/10. As Joe said, the comfort layer is soft and not too thick. I am pressing through that and feeling more firmness than Joe did.
Lying on my back, the mattress is a decent support. My hips sink in the right amount, and there is some okay lumbar support.
Moving to my side, I am feeling some serious pressure on my shoulders and hips. The mattress is not the best for side sleeping.
On my stomach, the mattress is not quite supportive enough. I definitely need a firmer mattress.
If you are a heavier back sleeper, this could be a decent option. If you are a heavier side or stomach sleeper, I would look elsewhere.
I am not surprised that Marten didn’t find the mattress to be a good fit for side or stomach sleeping. Also, while Marten felt some support on his back, 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 you. You will want to begin by removing the rolled up Casper Essential from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on your 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 your mattress to breathe and fully expand.
What Makes This Mattress Stand Out?
- It is priced lower than many bed-in-a-box mattresses.
- It should be a great match for lightweight sleepers as well as children and teenagers.
- As long as you aren’t too heavy, you 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. You 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 you can find the Essential online and in select stores. Casper also offers four other mattresses as well as other accessories.
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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