Casper and Douglas are two of the most popular and respected brands in Canada’s mattress industry, and over their years of operation, both have built up a loyal Canadian following. If you are on the hunt for a new mattress, there is a good choice that the Casper and the Douglas are two mattresses that you are most considering purchasing. How do you decide which mattress is more ideally suited to you? And which is best for lower or higher budgets, sleep preferences and body weights? This guide will cover everything you need to know about Casper vs Douglas in Canada.
30-Second Review: The Casper Original
Casper first introduced their bed in a box concept in 2014, launching a single mattress in one firmness rating that is now known as The Casper Original. Casper is an American company but has since expanded to countries around the world, including Canada. Thanks to the company’s innovative marketing techniques, including the money-back sleep trial guarantee (which most other mattress in a box companies now use), Casper quickly became one of the leading mattress companies in the US, Canada and beyond. It now sells a range of mattresses, but this review will focus on the company’s first design, the Casper Original, only. The mattress currently has a 100-night trial and a 10-year warranty.
|Layers & Materials||Firmness (Out Of 10)||Size Options & Dimensions (inches)||Warranty & Returns|
|- Airscape™ Foam|
- Zoned Support™ Memory Foam
- Support Foam
|Medium (7)||- Twin: 38" x 75" x 11"|
- Twin XL: 38" x 80" x 11"
- Full/Double: 54" x 75" x 11"
- Queen: 60" x 80" x 11"
- King: 76" x 80" x 11"
- California King: 72" x 84" x 11"
|- 100-Night Trial
- 10-Year Warranty
30-Second Review: The Douglas
The Douglas was introduced a little later than the Casper, in 2017, and is an offshoot from Canadian mattress company GoodMorning.com. The Novosbed is a particularly popular mattress in Canada, but the Douglas is entirely separate from this and unique in its own right. You can only buy the Douglas in Canada, and the mattress is distributed in a single firmness that was decided on after years of research and testing. The Douglas is currently relatively low in cost for a mattress, making it one of the best value high-quality mattresses in a box in Canada. It comes with a 120-night trial and a 15-year warranty.
|Layers & Materials||Firmness (Out Of 10)||Size Options & Dimensions (inches)||Warranty & Returns|
|- 2” Luxury ecoLight® Cooling Gel Foam|
- 2” Premium Elastex® Foam
- 6” Motion Isolation Support Foam
|Medium (6.6)||- Twin: 38" x 75" x 10"|
- Twin XL: 38" x 80" x 10"
- Full/Double: 53" x 75" x 10"
- Queen: 60" x 80" x 10"
- King: 76" x 80" x 10"
- California King: 72" x 84" x 10"
|- 120-Night Trial
- 15-Year Warranty
Casper’s original mattress is shipped free to locations all over Canada (varies on remote locations), between 3 and 5 days after purchase. All mattresses arrive in an easy-handle box with an attractive information slip detailing everything you need to know about the mattress’s set-up. If you decide that the mattress isn’t for you during your sleep trial, Casper will pick it up for free. Casper’s pick-up service is known for being incredibly prompt, with no unnecessary delays.
Like Casper, Douglas ships everywhere in Canada (varies on remote locations), but you can’t currently buy Douglas outside of the country. Shipping is free, and your mattress should arrive in less than a week after you have placed your order.
Douglas is shipped in a 45” x 18” x 18” box. A Twin mattress weighs 38 lbs; a Double mattress weighs 50 lbs; a Queen weighs 65 lbs, and the King and California King weigh 80 lbs.
Unboxing And Setup
The Casper comes in a sturdy cardboard box with Casper’s familiar blue and white stripe design and four easy-carry handle slots, two at the top and two at the bottom. Removing the mattress from the box is simple – you just open the top of the box and slide the mattress onto the floor or your bed. The mattress has a lot of plastic wrap around the outside, significantly more than the Douglas, which makes unboxing a slightly longer process.
After removing Casper’s wrapping, it will inflate immediately and should be ready to sleep on within minutes. According to Casper’s instructions, the mattress can take up to 24 hours to fully expand, but it feels and looks ready after about an hour.
Unboxing and set-up are pretty much the same processes for the Douglas. Like the Casper, the mattress arrives air-sealed inside a brown, slightly plainer and less attractive box, making the delivery and shipping process much simpler. The box is simple but fairly sturdy – though there isn’t a handle, so carrying it isn’t very easy.
To unbox the Douglas, you just open the box, pull out the mattress, roll it flat, and remove the plastic wrapping. The mattress will then expand to its full size in 2 to 3 minutes, but it may take a full day to reach its intended shape and size. The Douglas doesn’t come with instructions or a welcome letter included, but you should find the unboxing process simple enough without written guidance.
The cover of the Casper mattress is made from a knit polyester fabric blend. This fabric has a soft, stretchy feel, and, handily, you can remove it.
The Douglas has an interestingly designed mattress cover that features a unique mountain range pattern, which showcases the Douglas’ Canadian roots. It is made from sustainable Tencel fibres, making it soft and stretchy like the Casper.
Casper: Airscape™ perforated breathable foam layer
Casper has a top mattress layer made from aerated foam, which is favoured for its slow response to pressure. The aim of the softer top layer is to allow you to gradually sink into your sleeping position, which provides for good pressure relief at the hips and shoulders. The aerated surface also allows for more airflow and prevents the mattress from retaining too much heat.
Douglas: Luxury ecoLight cooling gel foam
Like Casper, Douglas has a top layer designed to prevent overheating. Instead of having an aerated design, it uses a layer of ecoLight cooling gel foam. This material has twice the benefits: it distributes heat away from the sleeper and provides optimum support. One major advantage of the Douglas’ ecoLight gel foam is that it is particularily eco-conscious.
Casper: Memory foam zoned support layer
The middle layer in the Casper is made from memory foam and is designed to offer zoned support. Casper has an incredibly unique concept for its middle layer, as it is split into three different zones: one for the shoulder and neck area, one for the hip area, and one for the lower legs and feet. Casper uses softer foam at the shoulder area to provide pressure relief, preventing neck and shoulder pain. The foam at the hip area is slightly firmer, offering more of a lift and giving a “sleeping on, not in the bed” sensation and promoting good posture.
Douglas: Premium Elastex foam
The Douglas uses Premium Elastex foam in its middle layer, an alternative to conventional latex. The advantage of Premium Elastex is that it is not made from common chemicals found in natural latex. Like Casper, the Douglas’ middle layer prevents a sleeper from sinking too deep into the bed and offers the right amount of support.
Casper: Durable base layer
Being an all-foam mattress, Casper uses a base made from a thick, compact layer of high-density polyfoam. This bottom layer offers enough support to ensure that the mattress’s shape and stability is retained when somebody gets into bed and lies down. As well as supporting the structure of the mattress, Casper’s base layer also prevents the bed from shaking when a sleeper rolls over or changes positions.
Douglas: Motion isolation support foam
At the very bottom of the Douglas is a thick layer of Motion Isolation Support Foam, which is similar in concept to the Casper’s. This bottom layer behaves similarly to the tiny pocket-coil springs found in a hybrid mattress, which helps keep the mattress stable and reduce wobbling caused by movement. Like the Casper, Douglas is a good choice for couples sharing a bed, as both have highly supportive base layers.
Firmness And Feel
The Casper is rated a 6.5 on the firmness scale, but it feels a little firmer than this – more like a 7. It has all the characteristics of a supportive mattress, offering the right combination of sink and bounce. The soft memory foam cradles the body and relieves pressure at the hips and shoulders, while the lifted hip zone prevents sleepers from feeling swamped by the mattress. For this reason, if you sleep on your front or back, the Casper is a particularly good mattress for you.
The Douglas is rated slightly less than the Casper, at 6.6 out of 10. In this case, the Douglas genuinely feels like a 6.6, and no firmer. Both the Douglas and the Casper are both classed as medium-firm, but because they are made from different materials, and Casper has the lifted middle section, you will likely find the Casper significantly firmer to sleep on. Though the Douglas doesn’t offer much sink, its quilted top is soft and pillowy to touch.
Edge support measures the firmness and supportiveness of the edge of a mattress. A mattress with good edge support should feel just as supportive when a sleeper lies close to the edge as it does when a sleeper lies in the middle of the bed. Casper has one of the best edge support capabilities of all-foam mattresses, and won’t make you feel as if you might roll off when you lie near the edge of the mattress. This makes Casper an excellent option for couples or anyone who prefers to have lots of space to move around in bed.
The Douglas is also known for having excellent edge support, thanks to its strong base layer and medium-firm foam upper layers. You should find that like the Casper; the Douglas mattress feels safe to sleep on across its entire surface and won’t give the feeling that you might fall out of bed if you lie too near to the side. Sitting on the edge of the Douglas is comfortable, too, and feels safe and supportive.
A mattress’s motion isolation capabilities affect how much it wobbles with movement. The best mattresses for motion isolation should hardly register movement at all; they should absorb it instead. Casper is relatively good at isolating motion across its surface. Though you may feel your sleeping partner moving in bed, it shouldn’t be obvious enough to disturb your sleep.
The Douglas also offers good motion isolation, and, again, is excellent for couples or bed-sharers. You should be able to sleep through any movement interruptions, such as your partner rolling over, getting up, or sitting on the side of the bed. With both the Casper and the Douglas being foam mattresses, they are far less reactive to movement.
The Casper, which was produced in 2014, has an average lifespan of 6 to 8 years. Based on Casper’s quality materials and construction, it should prove durable over the years. The Casper has a more supportive structure, so although it may experience some sinkage towards the end of its lifespan, it is less likely to have significant issues with impressions.
The Douglas also has a durable construction, made from a strong gel foam that is designed to last for up to a decade without leaving permanent indentations beneath the sleeper. With Douglas’ 15-year warranty, the mattress is designed to last for this long without any significant wear-and-tear. As part of the warranty, you can request a replacement mattress if the cover rips or the mattress becomes unreasonably dented.
Memory foam is a popular material for all-foam mattresses, favoured for its ability to provide the best combination of sink and bounce. But memory foam, in particular, is known to hold onto heat, making it difficult for hot sleepers. Casper mattresses are made from memory foam but have specific design features that make them temperature neutral. Thanks to Casper’s perforated foam layers, the mattress doesn’t cause too much overheating, but you should expect to sleep a little hotter than on a hybrid mattress or a spring mattress. You shouldn’t feel uncomfortably hot during sleep, but the mattress won’t cool you down significantly either.
The Douglas is slightly different from the Casper, as it doesn’t use memory foam as a material. Instead, it uses a lightweight foam layer with a cooling gel layer that prevents heat build-up. Of course, the Douglas will still hold more heat than a hybrid or spring alternative, but the light foam and cooling gel allow more airflow into the mattress. This makes it slightly cooler than the Casper, though if you are a hot sleeper, you may still sleep slightly hot on the Douglas.
Pressure relief measures how supportive a mattress is in some regions of the body known as pressure points, including the hips, shoulders, and lower back. A mattress with good pressure relieving capabilities will help prevent discomfort from sleeping in particular positions, like side sleeping, which can affect the neck and shoulders. Casper offers very good pressure relief, thanks to its all-foam design, and is best suited to lightweight and average weight sleepers. The mattress may sink too much for heavier sleepers, which may put extra pressure on the hips and the shoulders, so heavier sleepers may need to find a firmer option.
With its 6.5 firmness out of 10 rating, the Douglas is very similar to Casper in its pressure-relieving capabilities. Back sleepers can particularly enjoy the Douglas for its pressure relief and the spinal and hip support, helping sleepers maintain an aligned position. Again, heavier side sleepers may require a firmer mattress, but Douglas is well suited for most sleepers.
When a mattress is unboxed for the first time, you should expect it to release certain gases and odours caused by the packaged VOCs. This odour is not dangerous, and won’t affect your health, but you might find the smell annoying to sleep near for the first couple of days. The Casper has a moderate off-gassing smell that dissipates after several days.
Like the Casper, Douglas also releases a distinctive smell when it is first unpackaged. Again, you may prefer not to sleep on the Douglas for one to two nights until the smell has dissipated completely.
Warranty And Returns
Casper was one of the first mattress manufacturers to introduce the 100-night-plus trial period, which has become one of the major selling points of a bed in a box style mattress today. There is little risk in buying a Casper or a Douglas mattress, because if you don’t like it, or it becomes damaged without cause, you should be able to return it for your money back.
The Casper comes with a 10-year limited warranty, which covers deterioration that leads to a visible indentation that is more than one inch in depth, provided a suitable foundation supports the mattress.
To read the full warranty, please visit the Casper warranty page.
Casper recommends that you give yourself enough time to adjust to your new Casper mattress, especially if you have never slept on an all-foam mattress before. You have plenty of nights in the 100-night sleep trial to get used to the mattress, during which you will be able to return it if you don’t like it.
Douglas has a longer warranty at 15 years, which is a great warranty, especially considering the Douglas’ lower upfront purchase cost. The warranty comes with a few conditions, which you can check out on Douglas’ website.
To read the full warranty, please visit the Douglas warranty page.
Once more, the Douglas has a slightly longer sleep trial than the Casper, too, offering 120 nights to adjust to the mattress. You can return the mattress for a full refund, and Douglas will take it from your hands, free of charge. Though the Douglas does offer a more extended sleep trial than the Casper, those extra 20 nights aren’t really necessary as you most likely will have made up your mind by then.
FAQs Of Casper Vs Douglas:
Q: Is an all-foam mattress for everyone?
To make it simple, all-foam mattresses are suitable for anyone who wants something affordable, supportive, motion isolated and comfortable to sleep on. Foam mattresses can also align your hips, back and neck, helping you to sleep with a better posture.
Q: Why buy Casper or Douglas?
If you have never used an all-foam mattress before, the Casper and the Douglas are both great mattresses to invest in. They are medium-firm, making them suitable for most sleepers and come with sleep trials and warranties to eliminate purchasing risk.
There are several features worth discussing when looking at the Casper vs Douglas in Canada side by side. Both mattresses have their similarities, especially regarding support and comfort, and both mattresses have a one-size-fits-all medium-firm rating. Both mattresses are also very similar with regards to edge support, motion isolation, and bounce.
What makes the Douglas a slightly more appealing choice for anyone new to memory foam mattresses is its sleep trial, its commitment to the environment, and the fact that the company is purely Canadian. The Douglas is also at a much lower price point than the Casper, making it more suited for a smaller budget. With its more extended sleep trial and sustainable, renewable construction, there are many positives about the Douglas that can’t be said of the Casper.
With that said, you can’t go wrong with investing in a Casper, and you may feel more comfortable doing so, knowing just how popular and reliable the brand has been since the very beginning days of the mattress in a box industry. The mattress you ultimately opt for will most likely come down to personal preference and budget, as generally, there are very few differences between the Douglas and the Casper in terms of construction that would make one any more appealing than the other.