- Comfortable bed with no ‘stuck in the mud’ feeling
- Great presentation – we like the carbon grey cover
- Accommodating feel that’s not too firm or soft
- Affordable pricing
- Free shipping and returns, 100-night risk-free trial, 10 year warranty
- Very thin mattress that’s easy to bottom out (i.e. not recommended for heavier people)
- Cover is not machine washable
- No edge support (i.e. you get the ‘roll off’ sensation near edges)
The Casper Essential Mattress is a budget-level bed that’s best suited for guest bedrooms, for kids, and for college. It’s not our favorite bed nor is it even the best bed that Casper offers, but it’s affordable, comfortable, and looks great.
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The Essential Mattress is Casper’s entry-level bed that is meant to directly compete with Tuft & Needle and Love & Sleep by Nest Bedding. There’s plenty of positive and negative things to say about it, but for now, let’s start with the basics.
Like the Casper Mattress and Casper Wave Mattress, the Essential will ship for free in a box to your doorstep. The box is remarkable small such that you’ll be surprised that it houses a mattress. Once you’ve taken it out of the box and removed the plastic wrapping, the bed will inflate almost immediately. From that point, you have 100 nights to see if it’s the mattress that you were hoping for. If it is, that’s fantastic. Keep it—it has a 10-year warranty. If you’re not sold, you can get a full refund within those initial 100 nights.
In fact, at no cost to you, Casper will dispatch a charity to your house to pickup the bed and give you all of your money back. All of these bed in a box mattress companies have really compelling value propositions and make it hard to not try out their bed.
Casper Essential Mattress Review – Construction
The bed is pretty simple in terms of construction, though the net result is a really nice looking mattress. It has a carbon grey cover that looks great. The cover actually is more coarse than we’ve experienced with other beds, but it’s still really nice and soft to lay on. Under the hood, there’s only three layers with the Essential bed. The bottom layer is dense support foam. The middle layer is responsive memory foam. And the top layer is breathable foam that we also saw on the other two Casper beds.
The bed itself is only 8.5″ thick, which is one of the thinner mattresses we’ve ever tested. As such, when we sat in one spot we bottomed out the mattress and could feel the supports under the bed. Once we laid down, the bed distributes your weight just fine, but sitting in one area causes a good amount of sinkage. To be fair to Casper, you’ll experience this with any mattress that’s thinner and softer.
Further, there’s no edge support and you will get that ‘roll off’ sensation near the edges of the bed since it compresses so much. All this is to say that heavier folks (~250LB) need not apply.
Casper Essential Bed Review – Feel, Firmness & Coolness
The bed feels like a cross between the original Casper Mattress and Tuft & Needle. It’s about a 5-5.25/10 on the soft to firm scale, meaning it’s fine for side, back, and stomach sleepers as well as combo sleepers that rotate between all three positions at night.
It’s a slight bit firmer than the standard Casper Mattress, but softer than Tuft & Needle. It’s a really comfortable mattress. Our only real concern is that it may soften up too much for some back sleepers. Of course, that will take years to happen, but it’s definitely not getting any firmer.
As for coolness, it does have Casper’s Open-Cell Foam to increase air flow and pull heat away from your bed. Even so, it’s more temperature neutral and won’t sleep particularly hot or cool at night.
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Motion Transfer & Responsiveness
Since this is an all-foam bed that incorporates memory foam, there is virtually no motion transfer whatsoever. If you move around a lot in your sleep (or perhaps your partner does) the Casper Essential won’t transfer that motion. It’s certainly better here than beds that incorporate springs.
Responsiveness is immediate with the bed. You will never get that ‘stuck in the mud’ feeling, which is fantastic. The bed is comfortable and offers plenty of pressure relief, but you won’t ever feel like you’re trapped in it.
SEE ALSO: Casper Essential vs Tuft & Needle
Pricing & Coupon Code
Pricing for the Casper Essential is very affordable. It’s basically priced just in between Tuft & Needle and Love & Sleep.
As far as coupon codes, we don’t have an exclusive with Casper, though they do occasionally run specials. You can check Casper.com to see if they’re running any specials at the moment.
Final Thoughts on Casper Essential
While there’s plenty to like with this bed, we think it’s primarily ideal for kids and lighter people because it is so thin. Also, given its price, it woud make a great bed for your guest room or college apartment. Beyond those use cases, we’d prefer a number of other beds over this one.
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