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Best Casper Mattress (Wave vs Original vs Essential)

In this review we compare the Original Casper mattress to Casper Wave and the Essential.

Casper has become one of the biggest mattress brands in the world. They compete not only with online brands, but also with brick and mortar juggernauts like Serta and Sealy. In this review, we are going to detail the differences between their mattresses and discuss the new Casper hybrid models.
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For years, Casper just had the original Casper mattress, however, over the past 18-24 months, they’ve introduced several new beds. In this review we discuss why would get one bed over the others.

There’s only so much that we can fit into a video, which is why we’ve written the rest of this post. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any further questions or, as always, you can try out our Mattress Finder Quiz to see which other beds will suit your particular situation.

UPDATE: Casper Now Has Hybrid Mattresses

As of April 2019, the company started making hybrid versions of the original Casper mattress and the Wave mattress. They also made the existing foam beds thicker. You can learn more about the Casper Hybrid mattresses on their updated website. Here’s a video about the new Casper Hybrid mattress:

Shipping, Returns, Trial Period And Warranty

Before we dive into this mattress comparison, let’s just quickly cover a few housekeeping items. Like with most bed-in-a-box mattress companies, Casper offers free shipping and free returns. Each bed will arrive compressed in a surprisingly small box. Once you unbox the mattress and let it inflate, the Company gives you 100 nights to test out the bed.

If for any reason, you decide you don’t like the bed during the trial period, just give the company a ring and they will send someone to your house to pick it up and issue you a full refund. Casper also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. Again, all these policies are pretty standard for the bed-in-a-box industry.

Casper Wave Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Back, stomach, and combo sleepers
  • Heavier individuals (they offer an innerspring model)
  • Folks that like a soft foam feel
  • Individuals that toss and and turn a lot (limits motion transfer well)
  • Couples that find themselves spread out (solid edge support)

The Wave is Casper’s high-end mattress, which they say offers hyper-localized support and pressure relief. It actually features five layers and in between the foundation layer and the fourth layer, they have a special zoned-support system that was first introduced on this bed, but has since made its way (somewhat) to the original Casper Mattress.

The idea is for the bed to be more supportive—mainly under your hips and trunk—and softer under your shoulders and feet. It’s a clever idea and we could certainly feel the difference.

Why Certain Folks Will Love The Wave:

Heavier Individuals — Compared to their other two mattresses, the Wave is the best option for heavier individuals above about 225 lb. This is because the mattress is 13” thick versus 12” and 11” for the original Casper Mattress and Casper Essential, respectively. If you’re over 225 lb, you just won’t have enough support over the long run with a thinner mattress, especially one that’s all-foam.

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Casper Wave is the biggest, nicest, and most expensive bed they offer

Having said that, we typically encourage people to check out innerspring beds if they’re especially heavy and looking for a mattress that they can keep for 10+ years.

Zoned Support Lovers — You probably haven’t tried the zoned support system before, but it’s pretty great. You can feel the extra support under your hips and trunk and also the softness under your shoulders. If the bed is too soft under your core, you’ll get too much sag, which could cause lower back pain. If you have too firm of a bed under your shoulders, you could experience continued shoulder pain since you aren’t able to get the requisite pressure relief.

The zoned support system does its best to offer the best of both worlds.

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Hyper-Targeted Support System

Memory Foam Haters — If you hate memory foam, you’re in luck since Casper Wave doesn’t really feel much like memory foam. While Casper does use memory foam for the bed’s middle layer, they then use a latex foam (more bouncy and responsive), and then their Flo Foam. The net result is a bed that offers pressure relief and support without any of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling.

Active Sleepers — If you or your partner are active in your sleep, Casper Wave (like most all-foam beds) does a great job of limiting cross-mattress motion. It passed our test with flying colors.

All Sleeper Types (Average Weight) — If you’re between 100 and 200 lb, the Casper Wave should work regardless of whether you’re a side, back, stomach, or combination sleeper. We put it in the medium category in terms of softness/firmness. Keep in mind, though, they also offer the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress, which mixes in support coils rather than base support foam.

Why These Types of People Might Not Like The Wave:

Especially Hot Sleepers — To be honest, we haven’t found any of the Casper mattresses to be notably cool (i.e. these are not cooling mattresses). But we’ve also not experienced them heating up more than is normal. We consider them temperature neutral. So if you tend to heat up quite a bit at night, you might want to look elsewhere. We’re not saying the Wave is bad by any means, it just won’t actively keep you cool.

Budget Shoppers — The Casper Wave is not a cheap mattress. If you’re on a tight budget, you should consider one of Casper’s other two beds.

Looking for Springs — As mentioned previously, this is an all-foam mattress and does not use coils of any kind—though they now make the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress. If you prefer coils because you’re used to that bounce effect or you think they’ll make the bed more durable, check out our list of the Best Hybrid & Spring Mattresses.

Original Casper Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Back, stomach, side, and combo sleepers
  • Small and average sized people
  • Working professional (moderately priced)
  • Folks who move around in their sleep (good at deadening movement)
  • People that prefer a soft neutral-foam feel

This is the mattress that basically got the entire industry going. Since it first debuted, however, Casper has updated the mattress quite a bit. In the 2018 model, they’ve now incorporated a zoned support system similar to that of the Casper Wave. It’s not quite as intricate, but it does the job and has elevated this mattress in our eyes. We feel that it does a much better job of providing necessary support under your hips and trunk than the prior model.

People Who Will Love The Original Casper:

All Types of Sleepers — The bed has a really accommodating feel to it. It’s not too firm or soft and it offers a good amount of support. Of course, the heavier you are, the more support you’ll require, so if you’re around 250 lb or more, make sure to check out our list of the Best Beds for Heavy People.

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Casper is just one of those beds that most people like

Working Professional — Casper retails for a fairly affordable price. Anyone that’s on a budget, but still cares about quality, will probably like Casper products. We’d put it more in the “Attainable Luxury” category.

People in Apartments — Casper comes in a box and is incredibly simple to setup. It’s perfect for cramped cities and anyone renting an apartment or duplex.

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The original Casper mattress is a great “safe pick” for a foam mattress

Default Choice — Given that Casper is a well-known, reputable brand, it makes sense that people would stick with one of the industry leaders rather than test a product from a newer mattress brand.

People Who Will Want To Look Elsewhere:

Extremely Hot Sleepers — The bed doesn’t sleep hot, but it’s not a “cooling” mattress per se. If you want a chilly bed, look elsewhere.

Innerspring Fans — Similar to what we said above, if you want the bounce from an innerspring mattress, you won’t get it with the all-foam Casper. They do, however, now offer the Casper Hybrid bed, which has innersprings.

Look for a Hefty Bed — If you’re heavy (250 lb), we worry about the support over, say, 7-12 years with this mattress. At 12”, it’s about the standard thickness (maybe a little thicker) for a bed-in-a-box mattress. If you’re a big dog, you probably want to upgrade to something thicker that offers above-average support. Again, look into the Hybrid model.

Memory Foam Fans — If you absolutely love memory foam, you might not like Casper since it doesn’t really have that stereotypical memory foam feel.

Casper Essential Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Folks on a budget
  • People that need to fill out a guest room
  • Children and teenagers
  • Smaller sized adults
  • Individuals who like a soft foam feel

In response to Tuft & Needle and the Nest Bedding Love & Sleep mattress, Casper launched their Essential mattress, hoping to attract a somewhat different consumer. With the original and with the Casper Wave, they clearly were targeting working professionals and people that wanted a mattress for themselves.

Casper Essential is priced to be attractive to anyone looking for a mattress for a guest bedroom, for children, or even perhaps for college. You get less with Casper Essential, but it’s still a very comfortable bed.

Why Get Casper Essential:

Guest Bedroom — It’s a comfortable bed at an affordable price point. That’s the name of the game in getting a mattress for a guest room. Sure, if you slept on it everyday it might not be the best bed on the market, but for guests who sleep on it a few times per month, it’s brilliant.

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The Casper Essential Mattress is a great option for your guest room

College Students — I don’t know about you, but I was broke in college. Casper Essential is a mattress that won’t break the bank and that’s first and foremost what I was looking for as a student. Beyond that, it’s comfortable. Much better than that plastic-covered dorm mattress.

Kids — They’re lightweight, which is good. The cover is good for stains, which is good for children. And the bed is affordable. Great option for kids. Plus, Casper Essential shows up in a box, so it’s fun to unfold with your little ones. Also, the mattress is CertiPUR-US certified, which means it’s made with no ozone-depleting chemicals and won’t be harmful for people or the planet. It also has very little off-gassing.

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Really nice bed for petite individuals

Petite Sleepers —If you’re petite, the Essential is a wonderful choice. For this body type, it provides a nice balance between support and pressure relief.

Don’t Get The Casper Essential If:

You’re Heavy — Given the Essential is an all-foam bed, it simply does not have the support for a larger person. There are plenty of other beds to look at if you’re around 200 lb or more.

Innersprings — No coils on this bed. If you really want them, look at the Wave Hybrid or Casper Hybrid on Casper.com.

Casper Mattress Comparison Verdict

Even though all three are foam mattresses, there is a difference in terms of construction, feel, and pricing.

Casper Wave has the zoned support framework and includes an extra layer. However, we don’t think it’s a must-have over the other two. We actually prefer the original Casper mattress because it’s affordable, unbelievably comfortable, and still has a zoned support system. It’s a nice blend between being affordable (like the Essential) and premium (like the Wave).

Of course, all of this comes down to your weight, sleeper type, material preferences, etc.. We can’t tell you what to do, but we see the Wave and Essential having more specific applications than the original Casper, simply because it’s so accommodating. Bottom line: the original Casper Mattress is a good place to start for a lot of people. If you don’t end up liking it, send it back and get a full refund.

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

kenzie

McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper

louis cote

Louis Côté

Side Sleeper

JD

JD Christison

Combo Sleeper