Casper Essential Mattress Review UK – 2021

Casper Essential Mattress Review

8.9

Comfort

9.1/10

Support

8.8/10

Durability

8.9/10

Material Quality

8.7/10

Value for money

9.1/10

Pros

  • Solid essential option
  • Cover is machine washable
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Thinner than the average mattress
  • Lacks support for stomach sleepers
  • 30-night trial lower than the standard

JUNE 2020 UPDATE:

As of May 2020 Casper have announced that they are stopping production within the UK. If you are still planning on buying a mattress with them please note that they have reduced all trial periods to just 30-days and are only providing a limited range until the end of the month.

The Casper Essential mattress is one of the most popular mattresses that come in a box currently on the market. The Essential mattress is a more budget-friendly option available to customers across the UK. The comfort, pressure relief and quick, easy set up makes sure the mattress is a great choice for many people. Sitting at 11’’ high the Essential mattress is slightly firmer than traditional mattresses and comes rolled up in a box for easy movement and set up. As an all-foam mattress, it is ready to be used within a few hours of taking it out of the box. The big claim with the Casper mattress is that they eliminate showrooms and space taking full mattress deliveries by delivering the mattress in a box. This allows them to deliver a premium mattress at a more affordable price. The mattress is medium-firm firmness and is designed to suit side and back sleepers best, this is because of the different layers of foam designed to keep the mattress comfortable, provide support to your joints while being very breathable and stopping you from overheating.

Casper Essential Mattress Product Information:

Price:

To view, the current prices on Amazon click here.

Delivery:

Free UK delivery and Returns. Specific delivery slots can be chosen for £15 extra.

Material: 

3 foam layers – Memory foam, polyfoam and high-density polyfoam.

Mattress depth:

17cm

Firmness:

Medium-Firm

Trial:

30-night money-back guarantee trial period with free collection.

Guarantee: 

10 year limited warranty covering any defects or manufacturing issues.

Existing mattress removal: 

Available if a specific delivery slot is chosen for an added £10 cost. Some areas of the UK are not covered.

Casper Essential woman
Credit: Casper

Construction and Materials

The Essential from Casper is a relatively simple design consisting of 3 foam layers made from memory foam, polyfoam and high-density polyfoam. The mattress itself is a deep 28cm model with a feel that is slightly firmer than regular memory foam mattresses. The Casper Essential is constructed with 3 separate layers.

1. Comfort Memory Foam Layer

The top layer is a soft comfort layer designed to help breathability by being an open-cell layer that moves heat away from the body through a mixture of convection and conduction. This helps stop you from sweating during the night. You may find that due to being a foam mattress that it can sleep warmer than a regular mattress despite the open-cell layer.

2. Polyfoam Transitional Support Layer

The second layer supports the body’s pressure points and reduces the pain you may normally get by moulding to your body shape.

3. High-Density Base Foam Layer

Finally, the base layer is made from supports your body weight and supports the other 2 layers. This makes the mattress suit a lot of different sleeping types. The mattress also has a durable, stylish cover that will withstand regular wear very well. All foams used within the mattress are Certipur certified, verifying that any materials used during production meet guidelines on not using damaging materials or releases potentially dangerous emissions.  

Casper Essential feel
Credit: Casper

Comfort, Support and Sleep Quality

It should be noted first that this is not a soft mattress and if you are looking for a soft mattress that provides comfort over support then this is not the mattress for you. 

What it does provide though is a great balance of comfort with a great amount of support and pressure relief, especially to the spine and major joints. As previously stated, this mattress will suit most types of sleepers. Heavier sleepers (over 110kg) may find the support that the mattress provides slightly lacking, however. If this is you then a hybrid or pocket sprung mattress may suit you better. The Casper Essential mattress should suit you in all sleeping positions, in particular, if you sleep on your back or stomach. Side sleepers may find that the mattress is too firm to get the required level of support and maintain optimal spinal alignment. This will depend on weight again though. Combination sleepers will also enjoy sleeping on this mattress as the mattress foam is very responsive and easily adjusts around your sleeping position and does not leave you feeling stuck or sunk in the mattress. 

The edge support of this mattress is relatively good. You will not be left feeling like you are going to fall out of the mattress but if you tend to sit on the edge of the bed you will find your sink quite far into the mattress which may be uncomfortable. 

A common problem with foam mattresses is that they sleep very warm. The breathable top layer of the Casper essential enables good airflow within the mattress and so we have not found overheating or even sleeping warm to be a problem. As is common with foam mattresses there is very little movement or noise transfer with the Casper Essential. This is great if you are a light/sensitive sleeper or share the bed with someone else.

Casper essential full
Credit: Casper

Trial and Guarantee

If you are worried about the mattress setup then Casper will help you along the way. They offer in-home setup in which their delivery team will set up anything that needs setting up and take any packaging away with them. The mattress also comes with a 30-night trial which you can make the most of to make sure it is the mattress for you. This has recently been reduced due to Casper ending production in the UK as on June 2020. If you decide that you don’t like the mattress then the team at Casper will pick your mattress back up from you free of charge. If you keep the mattress however then Casper provides a 10-year limited warranty. This guarantees 10 years of quality sleep. If you have any problems with the mattress then contact Casper straight away.

The mattress will be delivered in a box and is easily set up and ready to be used within a few hours.

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Customer Reviews

Collecting over 6000 reviews on Trustpilot Casper have averaged a rating of 4.3/5. These are mostly positive with 71% of reviews being rated as excellent. These can be viewed here.

Casper Essential Available Sizes and Dimensions

Size

Dimensions

UK Single
190 x 90 cm
EU Single
200 x 90 cm
UK Small Double
190 x 120 cm
UK Double
190 x 135 cm
EU Double
200 x 140 cm
UK King
200 x 150 cm

EU King

200 x 160 cm

UK Superking

200 x 180 cm

Casper Essential corner
Credit: Casper

Our Verdict

Reviews of the mattress over time show that the mattress is very sturdy and holds up well to wear and tear, wearing evenly. That being said even if the mattress does have a fault and begins to sag then you have a 10-year guarantee and can get the mattress replaced easily. Within these, the foam layers are shown to provide an extra level of comfort not normally found within this price range. 

The stylish cover gives the mattress a premium finish to the mattress at a very affordable price. This mattress is a great option for couples due to its minimal movement and noise transfer. It also suits a wide range of sleepers due to its firm but comfortable feel. At its price, it is hard to find similar levels of quality. If you are on a tight budget or feel like you may be changing your mattress in a few years then you can not go wrong with this option. It provides a good amount of support to relieve key pressure points while also being comfortable. We have found smaller sized sleepers get the most out of the mattress while bigger people may find a lack of support or a feeling that they are sinking into the foam too much. Despite this, the majority of people are happy with their purchase and would recommend it to others looking for a great mattress at an affordable price.

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