Casper Original Vs. Essential – Which Should You Choose?

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Casper is best known for its high-end flagship mattress, but the bed-in-a-box company also makes a simpler model that sells at a much lower price. Both models are entirely foam, but they have different feels and will appeal to different sleepers. I’ll compare them in this post.

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  • A more supportive option 
  • A good fit for back and stomach sleepers

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  • A good option for lighter people
  • A more budget-friendly mattress

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Key Similarities

  • They are made by the same company.
  • Both models are made entirely of foam.
  • The mattresses use basically the same materials, including memory foam.
  • Both models use foams that are Certi-Pur certified, which means they are considered more eco-friendly than typical mattress materials.
  • Both offer 100-day trials and free shipping.

Key Differences

  • Casper Essential is more affordable ($550 to $1,150 for the original Casper; $350 to $725 for Casper Essential).
  • Casper Essential has three layers, one less than its flagship counterpart.
  • The original Casper can support more weight than the Essential can.
  • The original Casper is thicker at 10″, compared to Casper Essential’s 8.5″.
  • The original Casper is sturdier overall.

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Casper Essential Construction

  • The Essential has a removable cover made of a soft, poly-knit material that doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
  • The top layer is 2″ of open-celled, springy, breathable polyfoam. Casper calls this material “Fusion Foam.”
  • The middle layer is 1.5″ of responsive memory foam.
  • The base layer is 4.5″ of durable support foam, which is pretty standard on the market.

Read our full Casper Essential Review HERE.

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Original Casper Construction

  • The original Casper has a similarly lightweight cover that also doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
  • The 1.5″ thick top layer is made of the same open-cell polyfoam that is used in the Essential.
  • The second layer, as with Essential, is 1.5″ of memory foam.
  • The original Casper has an additional 1.5″ polyfoam transition layer on top of the base layer. The purpose of this layer is to ensure even weight distribution.
  • 5″ of high-density polyfoam form the base layer, which is pretty standard for bed-in-a-box mattresses.

Read our full Casper Review HERE.

Construction Differences/Notes

  • Both are all-foam mattresses that have only a few layers.
  • Both have somewhat of a memory foam and balanced foam feel.
  • Both are relatively soft and have good bounce.
  • The original Casper distributes weight more evenly and is thicker overall.
  • The original Casper is sturdier and more supportive.

Firmness/Feel Differences

Both mattresses are relatively soft and responsive and return to shape quickly. Casper Original has more of a supportive feel overall because of the zoned construction. It definitely feels a bit firmer underneath the middle parts of your body. Check out the videos below to see how these two mattresses compare in terms of firmness and feel.

Motion Transfer Differences

Both models isolate motion well and each is a good option for couples in that respect. That said, because the original Casper is thicker and sturdier, it will be better able to support the weight of two people.

Pick Casper Essential If

  • You are on a budget- This is a great buy if you’re looking for that Casper feel but with a lower price tag.
  • You don’t weigh a lot- This mattress can provide adequate support for only so much weight, so it’s a great option for children and small adults.

Pick Casper Original If

  • You need to support more weight. Couples and adults who weigh more will appreciate the thickness, supportiveness, and even weight distribution of the flagship model.
  • You sleep on your stomach or back. While both mattresses are soft, the thickness and zoned support of the original model make it more supportive overall.

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The Essential is a lightweight version of Casper’s higher-end flagship mattress. It’s a great buy if you can go without some of the support of the original Casper. If you need something stronger and more durable, though, go with the thicker original option. Hopefully this comparison has helped you determine which mattress better suits your needs. Make sure to also check out our mattress comparisons page for more popular Casper comparisons like Casper Essential vs Ghostbed and Casper vs Tuft & Needle. Please leave specific questions about these models 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.