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Casper Essential Mattress Review

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

The Casper Essential is Casper’s most budget-friendly mattress, but just because it’s gentle on the wallet doesn’t mean it sacrifices comfort or quality. Check out our in-depth review of the Casper Essential mattress to learn more about what makes this budget mattress so great.

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.
  • The Essential scored great on edge support and spine alignment in our testing!

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.

Testing Highlights

Every time we bring a mattress into our lab for testing, there are a few things that stand out. For the Casper Essential, this was its edge support, spine alignment, and overall quality for a low price.

Outstanding Edge Support

This is one of those factors about a mattress that usually goes ignored by customers, but if you get ready on the edge of your bed in the morning, or just tend to sleep towards the edge of your bed, it should be an important consideration when looking for your perfect mattress.

Our testers both felt comfortable sitting and laying on the edge of the Casper Essential. For a budget mattress, this is impressive! When cutting down on the price, you expect to lose some of those overlooked qualities, but this test proved that the Casper Essential truly delivers.

Great Spine Alignment

It’s easy for a mattress to slack in the spine alignment department. It takes pretty thoughtful design to hug your body in the right places and offer support in other areas to keep your spine in its natural alignment all night.

The Casper Essential did give a little dip towards the center of our testers’ bodies, but overall, the Essential offered enough support to protect your spine while you sleep.

Amazing Bang for Your Buck

The most impressive factor about the Casper Essential is its price point! If you lie down on this mattress, you could easily expect it to cost upwards of $1,000, but even the largest Essential model (California king) totals in at only $795.

If you’re familiar with the mattress market, you know this price point is usually around where mattress pricing starts, so the fact that you can shop the largest size at this price is truly impressive. Not only is it affordable, but it’s also reliable, comfortable, and supportive. It doesn’t get better than that.

Learn more about our review process.


Mattress Advisor Score for the Casper Essential

See the chart below to learn how the Casper Essential performed in our in-house testing. We rate each of these performance and satisfaction indicators on a scale of 1 to 10. The total MA score is a weighted average that incorporates all of the functional and performance characteristics of the mattress.

Mattress Advisor Test Score (Out of 10)
Shipping 9
Trial Period 9
Return Policy 10
Warranty 9
Set-Up 8.5
Motion Transfer 7.9
Edge Support 9.25
Pressure Relief 7.75
Spine Alignment 8
Responsiveness 7.5
Cooling 7
Durability 6.5
Customer Service 9
Social Impact 9
⭐Total Score for the Casper Essential Mattress: 8.4/10⭐

Customer Reviews on the Casper Essential Mattress

If you don’t want to take our word for it, take a look at what customers are saying about the Casper Essential mattress.

  • On its Support and Responsiveness: “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
  • On its Comfort and Affordability: “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
  • On its Ease of Set-Up: “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

Let’s dig a little deeper to find out what makes the Casper Essential the great mattress that it is. We’ll even go so deep as to tell you what’s in each layer of the Essential mattress.

Product Specifications

  • Type: Memory foam
  • Weight: 63 lbs. for queen
  • Thickness: 11″
  • Firmness: Medium-firm: 6/10

Compatible Foundations

Finding the right foundation to support your mattress is important for both keeping you comfortable while you sleep and helping your mattress reach its full lifespan. These foundations are the best for the Casper Essential:

Slatted Platform
Solid Platform
Adjustable Base

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.

A Look Inside the Casper Essential Mattress

A mattress can look great on the outside, but it’s what’s on the inside that truly matters. Let’s take a look inside the layers of the Casper Essential.

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.


Purchasing Information

Before you buy a Casper Essential mattress, we want to be sure you have all the information you need. Read on to learn what it’s like to purchase a Casper and specifics on the Essential.

Purchase Experience

Policy Details
Delivery Compressed and rolled in-a-box; delivered in 2-7 business days
Trial Period 100 days
Warranty 10-year limited warranty
Return Policy Free returns
Financing Available through Affirm

For more information about Casper’s company policies, check out our overview of Casper.

Sizing & Pricing for the Casper Essential

Want to know all of your options when shopping for the Casper Essential? Check out our sizing and pricing chart below, and be sure you know to choose the right mattress size for your living space.

Size Dimensions Standard Price*
Twin 39″ x 75″ $395
Twin XL 39” x 80” $445
Full 54” x 75” $545
Queen 60” x 80” $595
King 76” x 80” $795
Cal King 72” x 84” $795

*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. 

Casper Essential Mattress FAQs

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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