The Casper and Loom & Leaf are two of the more popular mattresses on the online mattress market for good reasons. Consumers may have trouble deciding between these two mattresses, but the differences between them are actually pretty substantial. This comparison article will go through the construction of both mattresses in detail and highlight the main takeaways consumers should know about before making a decision.
- They are both popular mattresses that are both all-foam.
- Both companies have great customer service terms and generous sleep night trials.
- They have similar base layers and both contain memory foam somewhere in the construction.
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- The Casper is more affordable than the Loom & Leaf by a noticeable amount.
- They incorporate some different materials in their construction that give the mattresses different feels.
- The Casper has a zoned construction, but the Loom & Leaf has a more uniform feel.
- The Casper is a bit softer than the Loom & Leaf by a noticeable amount.
- The Casper has a balanced foam feel, while the Loom & Leaf has a classic memory foam feel.
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- The Casper is 10” tall and features four distinct foam layers.
- The cover is soft, cool, and thin, and it doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress signficantly.
- It has a soft, thin cover that allows people to easily feel the soft upper layers of the mattress.
- The first layer of the Casper is 1.5” of a latex-like foam, which gives the mattress springiness and pressure relief.
- Below this is 1.5” of memory foam, which has that slow sinking feel to it and helps with pressure relief.
- The next layer is 1.5” of a zoned transition foam. This moves people from the soft upper layers to the support layers beneath.
- The base layer is 5” of durable support foam, which is a pretty standard base layer for online-only foam mattresses.
Read the full breakdown and Casper mattress review, available here.
Loom & Leaf Construction
- The Loom & Leaf is 12” tall and features four separate foam layers.
- The cover is soft and breathable and quilted with polyfoam, which adds softness and pressure relief to the mattress.
- The top layer is 2” of gel memory foam that has air channels to help with airflow and gives the mattress great pressure relief and body contouring.
- This first layer features a Spinal Zone Gel laminate panel, which is cooling and assists with spinal support.
- Then there is a 2” layer of denser memory foam followed by a transition layer that acts as a buffer between the memory foam and support layers.
- The final layer is a standard base polyfoam that is seen in a lot of other all-foam mattresses available online.
Read the full breakdown and Loom & Leaf mattress review, available here.
- The Loom & Leaf contains some very high-density foams. Because of this, it could be more durable than the Casper mattress. This also means it could be a longer-lasting mattress and potentially a better investment over time.
- The Loom & Leaf has a thick comfort layer and is thicker than the Casper overall, which means it should be a better choice for heavier people. They shouldn’t bottom out on the Loom & Leaf and should also get the support they need.
- The Casper’s transition layer is zoned, so it is firmer in the center third of the mattress. As a result the mattress will feel firmer under the hips and softer under the shoulders. This ensures that someone’s hips are properly supported, and that they feel little pressure on their shoulders.
- The top layer of the Casper has a mix of latex and memory foam qualities, which gives the mattress a more balanced foam feel. The thick layer of soft memory foam found on the Loom & Leaf gives the mattress a classic memory foam feel.
In terms of firmness, the Casper feels like a 6/10, and the Loom & Leaf feels like a 6.5/10. There are two things to note, however that may affect this discussion. The Casper features a zoned construction, so the mattress feels firmer in the hip area and softer underneath the shoulder area. Also, the Loom & Leaf will feel firmer when people first lie down, and after a few moments, it will begin to soften.
Because of the zoned construction, the Casper feels great when I am on my back, as the mattress supports my hips and lumbar area quite well. Also, when I move to my side, the shoulder area is soft and pressure relieving. Moving to my stomach, I also feel well supported, my hips don’t sink in too far, and I feel properly aligned.
On the Loom & Leaf, I also feel well supported on my back. The foam conforms well to the body, and my hips sink in just the right amount. On my side, I do feel that firmness at first, but it lessens after a few seconds. Side sleepers who like a firmer mattress might enjoy this as a result. However, when I move to my stomach, the mattress is not firm enough for me, because my hips sink in too far.
The Casper has a balanced foam feel overall because of the way it is constructed. The top layer combines latex and memory foam qualities, so it has a responsive, soft feel. The Loom & Leaf, on the other hand, has a classic memory foam feel. People will slowly sink into the mattress and it conforms to the shape of their body.
See more of what I thought of Casper’s balanced foam feel in the video below.
Now, watch what I thought of Loom & Leaf’s classic memory foam feel in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
When it comes to dealing with motion transfer, memory foam is usually the best because of its chemical nature. Since the Loom & Leaf has a thick memory foam layer, I expected it to perform better than the Casper.
During the tests, the Loom & Leaf did, in fact, handle motion transfer better than Casper by a noticeable amount. The water was less disturbed when I pushed into the Loom & Leaf, and when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I felt less of his movements on the Loom & Leaf.
While the Casper also deals with motion transfer well, the Loom & Leaf could still be the better option for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.
See how the Casper performed in the video below:
Now, compare this to the Loom & Leaf’ motion transfer in the video below.
Edge Support Differences
If someone sleeps with a partner, another thing to consider is edge support, which basically answers the question of how much of the total surface area of the mattress can be used.
On both mattresses, I did not feel fantastic edge support overall. The Casper did collapse when I sat near the edge, but I felt secure enough to tie my shoes. Also, I didn’t feel like I was going to roll off when I lay down. On the Loom & Leaf, the mattress also collapsed, but I could sit down and lie down without falling off the mattress, so the edge support wasn’t overall too bad.
People can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type than me. He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lbs (I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs.). Here is what he thought about these mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
In terms of firmness, I said the Casper was a 7/10 on the firmness scale and the Loom & Leaf was approximately a 7.5/10.
On the Casper, I feel very nice support on my back, because the zoned construction gets to work as it keeps the hips from sinking in too far. When I move to my side, I feel good softness and pressure relief, especially on the shoulders and hip area. I am also well supported when I am on my stomach, because the zoned construction also keeps my hips from sinking in.
On the Loom & Leaf, I also feel good support on my back, and my hips sink into the mattress, but not too far. In addition, the top foam layer gently presses up into the lumbar area. When I lie on my side, the mattress feels firm at first, but I do slowly sink into the mattress.
While I still felt some firmness on the shoulders and hips, I think that people larger than me might press in more and feel less pressure in those areas. I feel decent support on my stomach, but I could use a bit more firmness.
If someone is a heavier back sleeper, both mattresses could work well for them. It really depends on what feel the type of feel and firmness they are looking for. While I felt nice side sleeping on both mattresses, I think the Casper felt a bit better overall. Again, if someone is a much larger side sleeper, they might prefer the Loom & Leaf, and if someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, they should lean toward the Casper.
While Marten is a larger person, it is worth noting that he is only 230 lbs, so sleepers over 300 lbs might have a different experience on these mattresses than he did. Considering that, the Loom & Leaf should be supportive enough for heavier back sleepers, and pressure relieving for much heavier side sleepers.
Who Should Pick Casper:
- Stomach sleepers- If someone sleeps primarily in this position, they should find better support on the Casper mattress. The zoned construction makes it so the middle of the mattress is firmer under the hip area. Because of this, someone’s hips shouldn’t sink in too far, so they should stay in proper neutral alignment.
- You are looking for a softer mattress. The Casper is definitely the softer of the two mattresses. If you prefer a mattress that is a bit on the softer side, the Casper should be the way to go.
- You prefer a balanced foam feel. If you like a foam mattress, but you don’t want to sink in too far, the Casper is the better choice. Between the two mattresses, you definitely sleep more on top of the Casper. Also, you shouldn’t have any issue moving around on the mattress.
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Who Should Pick Loom & Leaf:
- Heavier people- This mattress is thicker than the Casper and also features very high-density foams that are generally more supportive and durable. Larger people should get better support on the Loom & Leaf mattress as a result. Also, there should less of a chance of bottoming out and hitting firm support layers because the comfort layers are thicker.
- People who want a mattress that is a bit firmer- The Loom & Leaf is most definitely the firmer of these two mattresses, so if someone prefers a mattress that is on the firmer side, this should be the right choice.
- Those who like a classic memory foam feel- If someone likes to slowly sink into their mattress and feel it envelop them, the Loom & Leaf should work for them. It has a thick layer of memory foam on top so people should get that nice quicksand feel that comes with memory foam.
In the end, it shouldn’t be too difficult to choose between the Casper and Loom & Leaf mattresses because the differences are so big. Stomach sleepers and fans of a balanced foam feel should probably go with the Casper, while heavier people and those who like a classic memory foam feel should probably choose the Loom & Leaf. Consumers should read through this article a few times, assess their own needs and preferences, and then make a more informed decision.
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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