The Best Box Spring for the Casper Mattress

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So, you’re in the market for a new mattress and you’ve done all your research and ended up choosing the Casper Mattress. This is a great choice for a number of reasons. However, do you know on what you should be putting it? Will any old box spring work? Can you just plop it down on any foundation? Let’s take a look at some of the options out there and figure out which one is the best box spring for the Casper mattress.

6 Best Box Springs for the Casper Mattress Comparisons

Box Spring
Type
     Layer Composition
Warranty

Casper Foundation
Metal and Fabric

  • Material: Steel, fabric, plastic
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Weight: Queen – n/a
  • Dimensions: Queen – 59.5” x 79” x 7.5” inches
5 years

Casper Adjustable Base
Metal - adjustable

  • Material: Metal and Fabric
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Queen, Split King, California King
  • Weight: Queen – 156 lbs.
  • Dimensions: Queen – 58.5” x 79” x 15”

20 years

Purple Platform Base
Metal platform base

  • Material: Steel
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Queen, King, California King
  • Weight: Queen – 44 lbs.
  • Dimensions: Queen – 59.5 x 79.5 x 16.5"

Lifetime

Classic Brands Adjustable Bed Base
Metal - adjustable

  • Material: Metal and Fabric
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King
  • Weight: Queen – 147 lbs.
  • Dimensions: Queen – 80 x 60 x 14.8 inches

Lifetime

Zinus 9 Inch High Profile Smart Box Spring

Read Our Review
Metal Platform Base

  • Material: Steel
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Weight: Queen – 42 lbs.
  • Dimensions: Queen – 59.5 x 79 x 9 inches

5 years

PragmaBed Simple Adjust Foundation
Metal Platform Base

  • Material: Steel
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Weight: Queen – 86 lbs.
  • Dimensions: Queen – 80" x 60" x 14" inches

3 years

Why a Box Spring?

In the past, a box spring was exactly what it sounded like, a box full of springs. Typically, a box spring would be composed of a wooden frame filled with rows of springs, then surrounded by some sort of fabric to keep everything nice and neat. The intention was to provide extra support and flex to the older style innerspring mattresses. Without a box spring, your mattress wasn’t likely to last as long and wouldn’t be as comfortable as you might like. This simply isn’t the case with the majority of modern mattresses.

With these more modern mattresses, such as the Casper Mattress, everything you need is pretty much built into the unit. You’ve got comfort and support layers all working together in a single part. Because of this, you don’t need those more traditional box springs. Now, you’ll likely want something more like a foundation.

Foundations come in different forms, but the basic concept is the same. The foundation is a hard surface which makes sure your mattress stays flat, supported and free from external issues. Nowadays, the term box spring and foundation are somewhat interchangeable, as they serve a similar function. For the Casper Mattress, a traditional box spring isn’t necessary, but you do want some sort of foundation if you aren’t going to have it directly on the floor.

Box Spring Benefits

There are three main benefits to having a boxspring or foundation with your Casper mattress. First, you get height. For many people, the distance from the floor to the top of your bed may not be an issue, but it can be a pretty big deal for many. Having to get down to basically floor level, and then get up from that height in the morning, isn’t comfortable for many, especially if you suffer from back problems. Having a good box spring or foundation can offer varied levels of height, ranging from just a few inches to a foot or more, if that’s your thing.

Secondly, you need to keep in mind your warranty. Most mattress warranties, the Casper Mattress included, require you to use a base which is “structurally capable of supporting the weight of the Mattress and user(s).” The way this reads, this means you can’t just throw your mattress on the floor. You need a good box spring or foundation which is designed to hold the right amount of weight and of a fair enough quality it won’t damage your mattress.

A third benefit is some added longevity to your mattress. By having a box spring to hold up the mattress, you’re able to have something take a bit of the impact from climbing into and out of the bed, which is a good thing.

Styles and Costs

Box springs and foundations come in a couple different materials. The primary ones are wood and metal, but there are some special types out there which use both. Depending on the brand you buy, and where you buy it, you may have to put it together yourself, which is a fairly simple process. It will arrive, much like your Casper Mattress will, in a box. You’ll simply need to get all the pieces lined up and put some bolts in.

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Wood Box Spring

Adjustable Metal Frame Base

There are also adjustable frames, which are pretty awesome, and the Casper Mattress is designed to be used with these. Adjustable frames come in different configurations. You can get electric or manual models, and you can have a frame which elevates your head, feet or both. For my money, an adjustable frame is a great investment, and the cost isn’t exorbitant.

The nice thing about finding a good box spring or stylish bed foundation is that it doesn’t need to be an expensive process. The material you choose, whether it be metal or wood, doesn’t have much, if any, effect on the price. Most of the better products run for less than $200, depending on size. Since the Queen size is the more popular size across the country right now, that’s what we’ll focus on when we get into the product reviews, but even King-sized products don’t cost all that much more than the Queens do.

However, this excellent pricing doesn’t necessarily apply for adjustable frames. Those can be much more expensive, but the added functionality can make all the difference in the world, should you decide to go that route.

The Best Box Springs for the Casper Mattress

Fortunately, the Casper Mattress can work with any sort of foundation or box spring. The question becomes, then, which one is best, and is it the best for you? Do you want an adjustable frame or something simple? How much height are you looking for? Do you have a metal set of rails on which you need a foundation or box spring? Let’s take a look at the reviews!

1. The Casper Adjustable Base – Queen

Specs

  • Type: metal – adjustable
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Queen, Split King, California King
  • Weight: Queen – 156 lbs.
  • Dimensions: Queen – 58.5” x 79” x 15”
  • Material: metal and fabric
  • Warranty: 20 years

If we’re talking about the Casper Mattress, we may as well start with the base which was designed to support it. The Casper Adjustable Base is a foundation which is, as the name implies, adjustable. Both the head and feet can be elevated to give maximum levels of comfort, which is fantastic, and the larger sizes come with split frames, allowing each side to be moved independently from the other.

As nice as the frame is, it’s also on the expensive side of things. With the added features, you’re looking at an additional cost. I suppose when you consider that it is electric and comes with a remote control to make the adjustments, the price becomes a bit more bearable. Still, spending more for a base than you do for the mattress itself can seem a little odd.

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Pros

  • 100-night trial period
  • Adjustable
  • Electric
  • Same brand
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Cons

  • Expensive
  • Split mattress required for full effect

2. Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort Bed Base – Queen

Specs

  • Type: metal – adjustable
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King
  • Weight: Queen – 147 lbs.
  • Dimensions: Queen – 80 x 60 x 14.8 inches
  • Material: metal and fabric
  • Warranty: lifetime

In the adjustable base market, Classic Brands has really kicked it up a notch. While the Casper Adjustable Base may bring along the fact it was designed to be use with the Casper Mattress, the extras Classic Brands foundation offers, and the fact it’s half the price, make it worth some serious consideration.

In addition to shared features, such as being able to be adjusted via remote control, the Classic Brands base has massage at both the head and feet positions, as well as USB ports to easily charge your mobile devices without having to deal with annoying converters.

If that wasn’t cool enough, the frame has adjustable legs, giving you three different height options, and the adjustment options are programmable, letting you set a button for watching television, for instance. Just press the button and the foundation will put you in the exact position you previously set, perfect for seeing the nightly news or reruns of Dawson’s Creek.

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Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Electric
  • USB ports
  • Relatively inexpensive
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Cons

  • Poor construction
  • Possible manufacturing issues

3. Purple Platform Base – Queen

Overview

  • Type: Metal platform base
  • Sizes: Twin XL, Queen, King, California King
  • Weight: Queen – 44 lbs.
  • Dimensions: Queen – 59.5 x 79.5 x 16.5″
  • Material: Steel
  • Warranty: Lifetime

You might think it odd to purchase a foundation from a competing manufacturer to your Casper Mattress, but the Purple Platform Base is actually pretty fantastic and comes in at a fairly low price. It is incredibly tall at 16.5 inches, gives you a significant amount of under-the-bed storage space, can handle excessive amounts of weight and does all this while being lightweight and extremely portable.

Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not, surprisingly. The foundation sports 12 legs in three rows of four. These legs are thicker, designed to hold more weight, and their placement allows weight to be more evenly distributed. Oh, and they can be folded in, making the Purple Platform Base easy to store away. If you don’t want this for your main bed, it might not be a bad idea to keep one around for guests with a guest mattress.

For some specifics, the foundation can hold up to 4,600 pounds without issue, or so they say. As for the platform itself, it weighs only 44 pounds. It’s like an ant, able to carry 100 times its own weight. It also manages to do this all while not being squeaky, which is a feat in and of itself.

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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Holds 4,600 pounds
  • Designs allows for portability
  • Extra tall
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Cons

  • Potential for construction issues

4. Zinus 9 Inch High Profile Smart Box Spring / Mattress Foundation – Queen

Specs

  • Type: Metal platform base
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Weight: Queen – 42 lbs.
  • Dimensions: Queen – 59.5 x 79 x 9 inches
  • Material: Steel
  • Warranty: 5 years

If you’re looking for something a little more on the traditional side, consider the Zinus box spring. At nine inches tall, it gives a fair amount of height to your mattress and it can be placed on a more traditional bed frame, the kind with the metal rails. This highly popular foundation is easy to set up, ships simply and is fairly hassle free.

It’s not quite as sturdy as some other brands, though, when it comes to the weight category. Heavier people have reported it bending or having some of the welded parts break. Still, the price is decent and the quality doesn’t seem to be so bad for people on the medium to lighter side of life.

The box spring is shipped to you in a box and needs to be constructed, but all the tools and parts you need should be included. You’ll just need to aside one of the most important things we have: time.

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Pros

  • Good price
  • All steel construction
  • All tools included
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Cons

  • Can’t handle lots of weight
  • Potential construction issues

5. PragmaBed Simple Adjust Foundation – Queen

Specs

  • Type: Metal platform base
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Weight: Queen – 86 lbs.
  • Dimensions: Queen – 80″ x 60″ x 14″ inches
  • Material: Steel
  • Warranty: 3 years

Adjustable, easy to set up and move, and stores away easily. That’s how I would describe the PragmaBed Simple Adjust frame. While it is a manually adjusted bed, seeing the dramatic price difference between this model and an electric model makes going manual worthwhile.

The PragmaBed Simple Adjust is a little on the heavy side, coming in at 86 pounds for the all steel model. The model which uses wood slats comes in a bit higher at 92.85 pounds. While the wood may look nice and be heavier, it doesn’t come close to carrying the kinds of weight the all-steel version can, at 600 pounds vs. 2,400 pounds.

When folded up, this foundation can fit into the trunk of a car or a closet or basically anywhere you need it, which is handy for guests and such.

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Pros

  • Holds a literal ton of weight
  • Easy to store design
  • Adjustable
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Cons

  • Manual adjustments
  • Heavy

6. The Casper Foundation – Queen

Specs

  • Type: Metal and fabric
  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
  • Weight: Queen – na.
  • Dimensions: Queen – 59.5” x 79” x 7.5” inches
  • Material: Steel, fabric, plastic
  • Warranty: 5 years

We started with a product for Casper, so let’s wrap this up with one. The Casper Foundation may not be adjustable in the same way the earlier model was, but it is made for the Casper Mattress. It costs a bit more than other, similar simple box springs and foundations, but the fact it comes from the company, as well as the benefits that offers, give it a bit of an edge, if that’s your thing.

At 7.5 inches tall, it has a decent height, and Casper claims the wooden slats which provide support to the mattress are perfectly spaced at four inches apart. They do not recommend you place the foundation directly on the floor, saying instead it should be placed on a frame, or even another platform bed, if you want some added height.

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Pros

  • Average height
  • 100-night trial
  • Same company as mattress
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Cons

  • Requires bed frame
  • Relatively expensive

The Verdict

As far as I see it, there are two obvious winners in this competition. If you want an adjustable frame, I say go with the PragmaBed. It holds a lot of weight, seems fairly sturdy and compact, and gives a fair amount of room under for extra storage space. The fact it requires manual adjustment can be a bit of a bummer, but the savings can make it worth your while. If you absolutely must have electric adjustment, you may as well spring for the Classic Brands base. The programmable features and the USB ports are nice additions to what appears to be a steal of a deal.

If you don’t want adjustable, I can’t think of anything better than the Purple Platform Bed frame. It provides excellent support, can hold more than two tons of weight, for all those slumber parties you have, is very lightweight and can be stored away. Oh, and you’ve got 16 inches underneath it to store whatever you want. It’s also a great price. Going for the models provided by Casper probably isn’t a bad idea, but I think the savings on the other items out there are worth your while.