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Casper Nova vs Casper Wave Mattress

Casper Nova vs Casper Wave Mattress

In this comparison, our editors explore whether you should get Casper Nova Hybrid or Casper Wave Hybrid.

Last Updated: September 23, 2020

Matt Ross

Casper Nova and Casper Wave are two luxury online mattresses, but what's the difference between them? And why would you pay more for one over the other? We will cover these questions and much more in this comparison. At a high level, most of the Casper Wave vs Nova Hybrid debate centers around how much value you place on the upgraded "Zoned Support" system found in The Wave.

Casper Nova Hybrid Soft Foam $200 Off Code: SLUMBERYARDCasper Nova is an ultra plush mattress with a cloud-like feel. If you need a lot of pressure relief, we expect that you’ll like this bed.
Casper Wave Hybrid Soft Foam $200 Off Code: SLUMBERYARDCasper Wave is a luxury mattress featuring an upgraded “Zoned Support Max” system and “Airscape” foam.

Casper Nova vs Casper Wave Mattress Review Overview

These are the two high end beds from Casper, and both are hybrid mattresses. Naturally, people want to know the difference, and whether it’s worth it to pay more for Casper Wave Hybrid.

The bulk of this guide centers around the differences and relative advantages for these beds, but we also wanted to go over what they have in common — which is a lot:

  • Hybrid design: While both beds are also available in an all-foam configuration, most people will be getting a hybrid, which will have coils.
  • Premium price: Casper Nova is more affordable than Caper Wave, but both are priced as luxury-tier mattresses.
  • Soft foam feel: They both have a neutral/soft foam feel.
  • Zoned support: Both beds featured a zoned support design, but it’s more advanced on the Wave.
  • Shipping/Returns: Shipping and returns are free in the contiguous United States. 
  • Bed-In-A-Box: Both beds ship in a box and arrive within 3-5 business days of placing your order.

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Casper Wave Vs Casper Nova Video

So, the Nova Hybrid and Wave Hybrid share a lot in common, but the main differences have to do with (1) design, (2) firmness rating and (3) price.

Casper Nova Mattress Review

Casper Nova Overview

So far, Nova Hybrid is the softest, most plush mattress that Casper has offered. The bed is intended to offer maximum pressure relief and help folks with shoulder pain, arthritis and joint pain and other ailments that would possibly necessitate getting a soft mattress.

casper nova mattress review hybrid

By offering the Nova Hybrid, Casper now has a mattress that competes directly with the likes of Brentwood Home and Tuft & Needle Mint. In other words, most of the beds are in the medium firmness range, so by offering the Nova Hybrid, Casper is able to accommodate petite side sleepers and those who prefer a more plush feel.

Casper Nova Design & Construction

One major differentiator for Nova Hybrid is that it’s a really soft mattress. We are calling it a medium-soft, which makes it considerably softer than Casper Wave.

To be clear, we are not saying that it is better than Casper Wave for side sleepers, but if you prefer a plush feel, you will most likely prefer Casper Nova.

Technically, there are two versions of the Nova and Wave. Both beds are available in an all-foam design and a hybrid. That said, you can only find the foam versions at a select few retailers.

Instead, most people will be purchasing the hybrid versions because you can find those on Casper.com and at its retail stores.

casper nova mattress review hybrid construction
Casper Nova Hybrid has coils and three layers of foam

Both beds start with pocketed coils, but the comfort portion is different. With the Nova Hybrid, it has memory foam right on top of the coils. Supposedly, this layer is split into seven zones. This layer is what adds the “Pro” in the Zoned Support Pro system.

Next is the traditional Zoned Support layer that is a split into thirds. The center third is firmer, while the top and bottom are softer to offer more pressure relief. The difference is subtle, but you can somewhat feel the zoned support.

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Casper Nova is among the most plush mattresses we’ve reviewed

The top layer, and the primary comfort layer, is an open-cell foam that’s perforated (or what Casper calls AirScape). You will see essentially the same foam on the Wave Hybrid as well.

Casper Nova Pros and Cons


  • This mattress offers a great amount of pressure relief on joints.
  • The Nova is more affordable.


  • It may not be comfortable for people who like a little more support.
  • It will probably be uncomfortable for stomach sleepers. 
  • This mattress is so plush that it probably won’t be comfortable for heavier people.

Casper Nova Mattress Ratings

  • BBB Rating: Casper has an A+ BBB rating.
  • Amazon Reviews: Forty-three percent of customers gave the Casper Nova mattress a 5-star rating on Amazon. Reviewers largely agreed that it was worth the price and comfortable, though very plush.

Casper Wave Mattress Review

Casper Wave Overview

Why You Might Consider Casper Wave — The number one reason to get Casper Wave is that it’s the most premium, advanced bed from the company. Practically speaking, will that move the needle for a lot of people? We aren’t sure, but we do like the Casper Wave.

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The Wave Hybrid has a comfortable, neutral-foam feel

If you can afford Casper Wave Hybrid, there is a high likelihood you’ll like it, especially if you want a really nice bed that’s not too firm or soft.

Casper Wave Hybrid Firmness & Feel

As we’ve noted, Casper Nova is considerably softer than the Wave Hybrid, which we consider to be a medium on our firmness scale. That means that side sleepers should be plenty happy with the Wave, but the bigger difference is that back and stomach sleepers should universally prefer the Wave over the Nova.

casper wave mattress review firmness rating

In general, we expect Casper Wave to be fine for all sleeping positions. That said, if you are looking for a firm mattress, or one that’s truly plush, obviously Casper Wave is not that.

Casper Wave Mattress Design

The Wave is different from the other Casper beds for a few reasons, but the biggest difference is its Hyper-Targeted Zoned Support comprised of little gel pods.

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A side view of the support for the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress

Casper Nova and Casper Mattress, but they are more advanced and durable. On top of the zoned support layer is memory foam, followed by latex foam, and, finally, an open-cell comfort foam on top.

As a whole, Casper Wave Hybrid has a neutral, soft foam feel, but it also feels incredibly supportive. Of all the Casper beds, it feels the most supportive and resilient.

Casper Wave Pros and Cons


  • The Casper Wave is a supportive mattress good for all sleeping positions.
  • This mattress should provide ample support for heavier people.
  • This mattress should also provide a good amount of pressure relief


  • This mattress is more expensive.
  • This mattress is not nearly as plush as the Casper Nova.
  • This bed is not a memory foam feel, so some people may not want it.

Other Casper Reviews

Casper Wave Mattress Ratings

  • BBB Rating: Casper has an A+ BBB rating.
  • Amazon Reviews: Amazon reviewers are mixed on this mattress, with some saying it sleeps hot, some saying it’s too firm and others approving of it.

Casper Wave vs Casper Nova Prices

The main differences between these two mattresses are the firmness level and the price. Decide what type of sleeper you are and your budget, and go from there.

As of now, Casper Nova and Casper Wave are about $2,000 and $2,600 for the queen, respectively. If budget is a concern, Casper Nova is the better choice.

Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress Pricing:

Twin XL$1,245
Cal King$2,295

Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Pricing:

Twin XL$1,695
Cal King$2,995

That doesn’t account for any coupons, but if Casper is running a promotion, it would most likely offer it on both beds. You can go to Casper.com to see if it is offering any specials today.

Casper Wave vs Nova Final Verdict

While the beds share a lot in common, luckily they have two or three major differences. As such, your decision will most likely hinge on the following items:

  • Firmness: Do you want a plush mattress, or one that’s in the medium range?
  • Pricing: What does your budget look like? If you’d like to pay under $2,000 for the queen, Nova is the only option in this comparison.
  • Design: How interested are you in the upgraded zoned support on Casper Wave?

If you’re not sure either mattress is right for you, check out our other mattress comparisons.

Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Jon Gomez

    Side Sleeper


What if I order a Casper Nova and decide I want a Casper Wave instead?

Casper offers a 100-night trial on their mattresses, so if you order a Casper Nova and don’t like it, you can return it and try a Casper Wave — or another Casper mattress — instead.

Which mattress is better for back sleepers?

The Casper Wave should be more comfortable for back sleepers. The Casper Nova is more on the plush side, which makes it more comfortable for side sleepers.

Which mattress is better for heavier people?

The Casper Wave will offer more support for heavier people and should be preferable. The Casper Nova is more on the soft side, and because heavier people settle into the mattresses more, the Casper Nova probably won’t offer much support.