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Casper Essential Mattress Review

2019 Update

We compared, tested and rated more than 50 foam mattresses. See why the Casper Essential is a great budget option and a good choice for kids!

Customer Rating: 4.6/5
Mattress Advisor Score:       8.4/10

In this review, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the Casper Essential mattress, including how it scored in our Mattress Advisor test. We’ll also give you an overview of the benefits Casper provides to its customers – like a 100-night trial period to see if this mattress is right for you. Read on to learn more.

Casper Essential Mattress Highlights

  • The Casper Essential is a streamlined, budget-friendly mattress made by Casper.
  • It’s made with three different foam layers – the first two are borrowed from Casper’s signature model.
  • The Essential is a great option for anyone on a budget (who doesn’t want to sacrifice great sleep!) or anyone looking for a mattress for their children.

Mattress Advisor Score for the Casper Essential

Here’s how the Casper Essential mattress scored on different tests and evaluations. Each score is a rating out of 10 points. The total score is a weighted average that incorporates all of the functional and performance characteristics of the mattress. We break down the scores so you can see how this mattress performed on specific tests and evaluations.


How quickly the mattress ships to your home. (Free shipping = better score!)

Trial Period:

The length of time offered to help you decide if you want to keep the mattress.

Return Policy:

Ease of return process including refund policy and how the mattress is removed from your home.


Length of mattress warranty and what is covered.

Set-up Test:

How easy it is to set up the mattress and move it.

Motion Transfer Test:

How well the mattress performs at isolating motion.

Edge Support Test:

The level of support offered on the edges of the mattress.

Pressure Relief Test:

How well the mattress relieves pressure, particularly around the hips, shoulders, and thighs.

Spine Alignment:

How well the mattress helps keep your spine in proper alignment while you’re sleeping.

Responsiveness Test:

How well the mattress adjusts to different movements or sleeping positions throughout the night.

Cooling Evaluation:

How well the mattress promotes airflow and breathability, or offers special cooling properties.

Durability Evaluation:

Quality and durability of materials, structural support, and expected lifespan of the mattress.

Customer Service Score:

How helpful and responsive the customer service team is.

Social Impact Score:

A measure of social mission, community involvement and charitable giving/partnerships.

Total Score for the Casper Essential Mattress: 8.4/10

Casper Essential Mattress Review

Take a look at our full Casper Essential mattress review video and see how it performed in our testing to help you determine if this could be the mattress for you. Please note: a couple of Casper Essential’s scores have been reevaluated since testing so please refer to the above scores for updates.

Customer Reviews on the Casper Essential Mattress

I look forward to getting in bed each night. This was a huge upgrade for me. I’ve been sleeping on an ancient Sealy Posture Pedic twin for years. I moved into a great new place and I’m glad I chose the Essential Casper Mattress for my new space. It cradles me just enough and supports me in all the right areas. It’s also firm enough to not feel like a marshmallow. Unlike my old mattress, it won’t develop a divot where I sleep." Meghan
I was a little nervous about this purchase because I had never had a memory foam mattress before, but it is very comfortable, lightweight (easy to move around my new apartment while rearranging), and surprisingly plush feeling despite its thin appearance. It seems to have captured the best of all worlds: affordable, lightweight, delivered right to your door, and super comfy.” Alley
Unboxing was super easy. Impressed at how well it was packed and how quickly it arrived. Bed was for my 4 yr old and she is sleeping great. I’m jealous of her bed, in fact! It’s super soft and comfy.” Nikki

Product Information


63 lbs. for queen







Size Dimensions Standard Price*
Twin 39″ x 75″ $395
Twin XL 39” x 80” $495
Full 54” x 75” $645
Queen 60” x 80” $795
King 76” x 80” $995
Cal King 72” x 84” $995

*Prices listed are standard without sales or Mattress Advisor exclusive discounts. Check price using the button below for the best deals on the Casper Essential. 

Foundations The Casper Essential is Compatible With

The Casper Essential will work best on a flat, sturdy foundation. It can be used with a slatted foundation (with slats less than 4” apart), a platform bed, or an adjustable base.

Slatted Platform
Solid Platform
Adjustable Base
A Look Inside the Casper Essential Mattress

The Essential’s top two layers borrow elements from Casper’s signature mattress to blend pressure relief, breathability, and responsiveness. The bottom layer provides structure and support. All layers are covered in a soft upholstery-grade cover.

Purchase Experience


Compressed and rolled in a box; delivered in 2-7 business days

Trial Period

100 days


10-year limited warranty

Return Policy

Free returns


Available through Affirm

Compare the Casper Essential to Other Mattresses

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Casper Essential Mattress FAQ

How does the 100-night trial work?

If you decide the Casper Essential is not for you within the 100-day trial period, Casper will remove the mattress from your home and donate it to a local charity at no cost. Your original purchase price will be refunded as well. It’s a no-risk deal!

How long will it take for my Casper Essential to be delivered?

The Casper Essential mattress ships free and should arrive at your doorstep within 2-7 business days of ordering. White Glove Delivery is available nationwide for $100. Learn more at checkout.

Will it take time to break in my Casper Essential mattress?

It can take up to 30 days to fully break in your new mattress. During this time, your body will get used to the new mattress feel and the mattress will have time to fully take shape and provide all the benefits it was designed to offer. But the good news is you have plenty more than 30 days in your trial period!

Can I finance my Casper Essential?

Casper has partnered with Affirm to offer financing options for orders placed in the US over $350. (Note: this option is not currently available to West Virginia or Iowa residents.) You’ll have the option to apply for financing at checkout.

Is the Casper Essential mattress eco-friendly?

All the foams in Casper mattresses are CertiPUR-US® certified, meaning they meet some of the most rigorous standards for emissions, content, performance, and durability.

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