Shoppers who are researching online mattresses have undoubtedly heard of Casper and Purple. They are two of the most popular online mattress brands, and they are also two of the best.
Both brands offer numerous models including some more high-end luxury mattresses. Specifically, we are talking bout the Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier 4″ mattresses.
How do their luxury mattress models compare? Well, read on for our Casper Wave Hybrid vs Purple Hybrid Premier mattress comparison!
Casper Wave Hybrid And Purple Hybrid Premier Mattress Overview
There is a lot going on with the Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses. The Casper Wave Hybrid features an advanced Zoned Support system and luxury materials such as latex foam. The Purple Hybrid Premier comes in two models – 3″ and 4″ – and both feature a proprietary, durable gel grid.
While these are both high-end mattresses with a lot to offer, they are really a better fit for different types of sleepers:
Who Should Pick The Casper Wave Hybrid?
- Light- and medium-weight side sleepers
- Back sleepers who require extra lumbar support
- Those who prefer a responsive, balanced foam feel
Who Should Pick The Purple Hybrid Premier?
- Heavier side sleepers
- Hot sleepers who want a temperature neutral mattress
- Those who want a zero-gravity mattress experience
Make sure to also check out our Casper Hybrid vs Purple Original mattress comparison.
Casper Wave Hybrid Vs Purple Hybrid Premier Video Comparison
Anyone who wants to see the Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier mattresses in action should watch our in-depth video comparison; our reviewer, Marten, will discuss their construction, his experience, and who should choose each mattress.
Similarities Between The Casper Wave Hybrid And Purple Hybrid Premier?
The Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier are both high-end mattress models, and they do have their similarities.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier both feature coils in their support layer.
- These are both supportive mattresses that should be able to handle heavier weights.
- They should both be two of the best mattresses for back sleepers.
- Both are very durable mattresses that should last for an extended period of time.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier are both very breathable mattresses.
Differences Between The Casper Wave Hybrid And Purple Hybrid Premier?
While these mattresses are similar in a number of ways, they do still have their differences.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier feature very different materials in their comfort layer.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid features a zoned construction, but the Purple Hybrid Premier does not.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid has a balanced foam feel, and the Purple Hybrid Premier has a unique, squishy gel feel.
- Most people will find that the Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier have a different firmness.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid costs less than the Purple Hybrid Premier 4″ model.
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Firmness And Feel Differences
There are some major firmness and feel differences between the Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier. Let’s look at the specific differences and how it feels to sleep on both mattresses.
How Firm Are The Casper Wave Hybrid And Purple Hybrid Premier?
In our experience, the Casper Wave Hybrid felt like 6.5/10, about average in terms of firmness. The top layers are quite soft and then we get down to the firmer, more supportive layers beneath. Also, with its zoning, the Casper Wave Hybrid might feel firmer when people are back and stomach sleeping, and softer when they are side sleeping.
The Purple Hybrid Premier 4″ model feels like a 5.5/10, softer-than-average. The gel collapses under areas such as our shoulders and hips and feels quite soft.
That being said, the Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier might feel firmer or softer to lighter and heavier sleepers. Lightweight sleepers might find the Casper Wave Hybrid to be softer and larger people might think it is firmer than we did. The Purple Hybrid Premier might actually feel firmer to lightweight sleepers as they won’t be heavy enough to really activate the gel grid. Heavier sleepers, on the other hand, might think it is even softer than we did.
Sleeping On The Casper Wave Hybrid And Purple Hybrid Premier
Back sleeping on the Casper Wave Hybrid, we are experiencing an excellent balance of comfort and support. Our hips sink in just the right amount while the coils and lower layers provide us with good overall support. In addition, the multiple layers of zoning are offering extra lumbar support.
Side sleeping, we feel good pressure relief on the Casper Wave Hybrid – the mattress is softer under our shoulders, so we feel very little pressure there.
Stomach sleeping, the Casper Wave Hybrid is not quite supportive enough for us. Even with the zoning, we can feel our hips bowing into the mattress a good bit.
When we are back sleeping on the Purple Hybrid Premier, the mattress collapses just under our hips and supports us everywhere else. As we will discuss below, this might feel different for lighter sleepers, but we loved the Purple’s balance of comfort and support.
Side sleeping, we felt almost no pressure on our shoulders and hips. The gel grid collapses under our shoulders and hips, and we feel almost weightless. Again, read below to see how this might be different for lightweight sleepers.
While we felt the Purple Hybrid Premier was softer than the Casper Wave Hybrid, we did feel better support when we were stomach sleeping. The gel grid does not collapse under our hips, and we feel good overall support. Between the two, it is the best mattress for stomach sleepers.
What Do The Casper Wave Hybrid And Purple Hybrid Premier Mattresses Feel Like?
The Casper Hybrid Premier exhibits a balanced foam feel that is soft but also responsive. The latex in the second layer and the coils in the support layer provide the mattress with a good amount of bounce. It is not difficult to move around on the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress.
The Purple Hybrid Premier has a very unique squishy but firm feel. Lying on the Purple Hybrid Premier, the mattress only collapses under the heavier parts of our bodies and makes us feel almost weightless.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 lbs – 230 lbs
Average weight sleepers should feel like the Casper Wave Hybrid is a good fit for both back sleeping and side sleeping. Those who are closer to 130 lbs should also get enough support when they are stomach sleeping.
Average weight back sleepers who are closer to 230 lbs should experience a good balance of comfort and support on the Purple Hybrid Premier. However, if they are closer to 130 lbs, they might not be heavy enough to really activate the gel grid, and the mattress might feel too firm for back sleeping.
Side sleeping, average weight people who are closer to 230 lbs should feel excellent pressure relief on the Purple Hybrid Premier. However, if they weigh 200 lbs or less, they might not be heavy enough to activate the gel grid.
Stomach sleeping, the majority of average weight people should feel good support across their entire body. Their hips shouldn’t bow in at all.
Heavyweight Sleepers – Over 230 lbs
Many larger sleepers should like the Casper Wave Hybrid for back sleeping, but those who are over 300 lbs might need to find a mattress made specifically for larger people. Side sleeping, larger people who are closer to 230 lbs should experience enough pressure relief on their shoulders and hips but, if they are closer to 300 lbs, they might press in further and feel more pressure in those areas. Stomach sleeping, heavyweight sleepers are going to want to find a firmer, more supportive mattress.
Larger back sleepers should feel an excellent balance of comfort and support as they are heavier enough to collapse the gel grid on top of the Purple Hybrid Premier. Side sleeping, the majority of side sleepers should feel almost no pressure on their shoulders and hips. The 4″ of gel grid should create a weightless feeling that is extremely comfortable for side sleeping. It is actually the best mattress for heavy people who sleep on their sides. Stomach sleeping, heavier stomach sleepers who are closer to 230 lbs should feel enough support, but those who are much larger might need something more supportive.
Lightweight Sleepers – Under 130 lbs
Lightweight sleepers should like the Casper Wave Hybrid for back, side, and stomach sleeping. They should get all the comfort and support they require in all three positions.
Lightweight sleepers should like the Purple Hybrid Premier for stomach sleeping, but it should feel too firm for back sleeping and side sleeping. They might not be heavy enough to really get the gel grid to go to work.
See our list of the best mattresses for lightweight sleepers.
Mattress Construction Differences
Now, let’s look at what materials are found in these mattresses, their construction, and how this affects their overall performance.
The Casper Wave Hybrid features a stretchy, knit cover that is soft and breathable. The Purple Hybrid Premier features a stretchy cover that is also quite breathable.
The top layer of the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress is a soft polyfoam that is also responsive. It features AirScape technology which allows for good airflow and a thin layer of gel on top to help with cooling. Below that, there is a layer of all-natural latex that adds some bounce to the top of the mattress.
See our list of the best latex mattresses.
Then, there is a layer of memory foam that is zoned and firmer toward the center. This is meant to make the mattress feel more supportive when one is back and stomach sleeping and softer when they are side sleeping. Below this, there is a layer of Zoned Support Max, polyfoam with gel pods toward the center. Together with the zoned memory foam layer, this will provide excellent lumbar support.
The top layer of the Purple Hybrid Premier is a proprietary gel grid that is made of a hyperelastic gel polymer. It is firm, bouncy, and squishy, and is truly unique. The 4″ model comes with, of course, 4″ of this gel polymer, and the 3″ model comes with 3″. Below that, there is a layer of transition foam.
The Casper Wave Hybrid features supportive coils surrounded by a foam encasement. The Purple Hybrid Premier features individually-wrapped coils within a foam encasement.
The Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier are both 13″ tall.
Casper Wave Hybrid And Purple Hybrid Premier Size Options And Price
For the most up-to-date Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier size and price information, check out the following charts:
Casper Wave Hybrid
|Twin||38″ x 75″ x 13″||$1495|
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 13″||$1695|
|Full||53″ x 75″ x 13″||$2395|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 13″||$2595|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 13″||$2995|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 13″||$2995|
Purple Hybrid Premier 4″
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 13″||$2499|
|Full||54″ x 76″ x 13″||$2699|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 13″||$2999|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 13″||$3499|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 13″||$3499|
|Split King||76″ x 80″ x 13″||$4998|
Casper Wave Hybrid Vs. Purple Hybrid Premier Performance Differences
We put the Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier to the test in regard to cooling, motion transfer, and durability – let’s see how they did!
Sleeping Hot Or Cold
In our experience, the Casper Wave Hybrid does sleep particularly cool. The top foam layers are breathable, and a thin gel layer helps even more with cooling. Add in the airflow-promoting coils, and the mattress does not trap a significant amount of heat.
The Purple Hybrid Premier sleeps even cooler than the Casper Wave Hybrid because of its gel grid. The gel grid is so much more breathable than the top layers of the Casper Wave, so the Purple Hybrid Premier is truly temperature neutral.
Between the two mattresses, the Casper Wave Hybrid handles motion transfer better than the Purple Hybrid Premier. It has soft foam in the top layers, and it is isolating motion decently well.
Those who need a mattress for couples should see less disturbance on the Casper Wave Hybrid. Partners should not disturb each other so much when they move around and reposition on the Casper Wave Hybrid.
The Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier both feature excellent edge support. We feel secure sitting and lying down near the edge of both mattresses and do not feel like we are going to roll off.
These are both very high-end mattresses that should last for a number of years. That being said, the Purple Hybrid Premier is a bit more durable than the Casper Wave Hybrid. The gel grid is one of the most durable mattress materials and should not sag the way some foams are known to do.
See our best mattresses that won’t sag.
Unboxing online mattresses, it is normal to experience a slight chemical smell. We placed the Casper Wave Hybrid in a well-ventilated room and gave it about 48 hours to completely off-gas. We did not notice a chemical smell after that.
The Purple Hybrid Premier did not have much of a smell when we opened it up, and we were able to use the mattress almost immediately.
While both these mattresses feature coils, we did not hear any real noise when we moved around at night. It is worth noting that mattresses with coils might make more noise after they have been used for a number of years.
Those who need a mattress for sex usually want to find something that is bouncier and makes it easy to move around. The Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier are both very responsive mattresses, so sexual partners should not feel trapped in either mattress.
The Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier both come with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
Casper Wave Hybrid And Purple Hybrid Premier FAQs
Now, we would like to answer some frequently asked questions about the Casper Wave Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier.
Which Is Better, The Casper Wave Hybrid Or Purple Hybrid Premier?
We would not say that one mattress is better than the other, but they are a better match for different types of sleepers. The Casper Wave Hybrid should be better light- and medium-weight side sleepers, back sleepers, and those who like a balanced foam feel. The Purple Hybrid Premier should be better for hot sleepers, heavier side sleepers, and those who want more of a zero-gravity mattress feel.
Which Mattress Sleeps Cooler, The Casper Wave Hybrid Or Purple Hybrid Premier?
The Purple Hybrid Premier sleeps cooler than the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress. The gel grid allows for a great deal of airflow, so the mattress should be temperature neutral.
Which Mattress Is More Affordable, The Casper Wave Hybrid Or Purple Hybrid Premier?
The Casper Wave Hybrid is more affordable than the Purple Hybrid Premier. For instance, a Queen size Casper Wave Hybrid costs about $400 less than a Queen size Purple Hybrid Premier.
Which Mattress Will Last Longer, The Casper Wave Hybrid Or Purple Hybrid Premier?
While both mattresses should last for a good amount of time, the Purple Hybrid Premier should last a bit longer. Its gel grid is extremely durable and shouldn’t sag, even after many years of use.
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