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|Thick hybrid mattress that sports a firm, memory foam feel and an affordable price tag.|
|Casper Wave is a 13" all-foam bed-in-a-box that has a soft, neutral-foam feel and uses a special zoned support technology. Casper also released two new hybrid models to add to the list.|
We realize you’re a busy person so to save you time, here are the primary differences between these two online beds.
Those are the big headline differences, but buying a new mattress is a big deal. Keep reading to learn more about each mattress.
Purchasing a mattress online these days isn’t nearly as scary as it used to be. In fact, that’s the major trend sweeping through the entire bedding industry. People are feeling much more comfortable buying online thanks in large part to the friendly policies all these bed-in-a-box companies offer. Let’s explore further, starting with Casper.
First, in select areas, the Casper Wave comes with free in-home setup. That means a delivery crew will bring the mattress to your house and set it up for you. If you don’t live in a participating area, the mattress will instead arrive compressed in a box and you’ll have to unbox and unroll it yourself. Just make sure to let it inflate for about 24-48 before sleeping on it.
From there, Casper gives you a 100-night risk-free sleep trial. This is what makes buying a mattress online so great. The company is allowing you test the mattress in the comfort of your own home for three months to decide whether you want to keep it. During the trial period, if you decide the Wave isn’t for you, no worries, just contact Casper customer support and they’ll take care of the entire return process. First thing they’ll do is schedule the mattress to be picked up by a third party crew (no additional fee). From there, just provide proof (usually just a pick-up receipt) that the mattress has indeed been removed and they’ll give you your money back. Additionally, Casper backs their mattress with a 10-year warranty. You can read about the full warranty on the company’s website.
Just so you’re aware, the polices we just went over are pretty standard for the mattress-in-a-box industry. That’s what you’ll receive with most online beds. However, occasionally, there will be companies that go above and beyond the standard. DreamCloud is one such example. They too offer free shipping (the bed arrives rolled up in a protective bag) and free returns. When it comes to the trial period, though, DreamCloud offers a full year for you test out the bed. If you decide you want to return it, the process works the same way described above. Further, the DreamCloud mattress comes with an Everlong Warranty. You can read exactly what that entails on the company’s website.
In the following sections, we cover the areas in which we believe the DreamCloud mattress edges out the Casper Wave.
One of the big differences between the Wave and DreamCloud comes down to feel.
In total, the DreamCloud is comprised of eight layers, five of which are memory foam. Accordingly, the bed has a memory foam feel. However, it’s not the memory foam feel you’re probably imagining.
Instead of a soft, sink-into-the-bed type feel, it’s actually more of a firm memory foam feel. In other words, you can feel the soft memory foam below your body, but you don’t sink down into the bed as much. As such, the top memory foam layers don’t really conform and hug your body the way other memory foam beds do.
As you will find out below, the Casper Wave has more of a soft, neutral-foam feel (the top layer is not memory foam).
Regardless, it’s important to note there’s no right or wrong when it comes to feel. It’s purely based on personal preference. Some people love memory foam, some people love firm beds, and some people love soft beds. It really just depends.
All in all, we think both mattresses will accommodate all body types. However, if pressed, we’d say the DreamCloud is better for people who weigh more than 250 lb. Really, that decision is based on two factors.
First, it’s the thicker bed out of the two. As mentioned above, the DreamCloud mattress is comprised of eight layers and totals 15″ thick. For comparison purposes, the Wave uses five layers and totals 13″ thick. Generally, we’ve found that thicker beds tend to provide more support and are also more difficult for heavy folks to bottom out.
Second and more importantly, the DreamCloud mattress incorporates coils. DreamCloud uses a five-zoned, foam encased coil system for it’s primary support structure. The Wave, on the other hand, is an all-foam bed that uses a dense support foam for its foundation.
Coils are more ideal for big sleepers since they are able to compress like dense support foam, but also push back and provide resistance against pressure unlike dense support foams. This is important for large body types who place a large amount of pressure on a mattress compared to small and average sized body types.
Given this, we highly recommend the DreamCloud mattress for people who weigh a lot. In fact, the bed even made our list of the Best Mattresses For Large People.
If you like the sound of Casper more, they also offer two hybrid models you can look into that we think would be just as good for heavier individuals.
Additionally, we also think the DreamCloud mattress is more ideal for back and stomach sleepers. The bed provides a ton of support and does a good job of keeping your hips in horizontal alignment with the rest of your body.
To be fair, we think the Casper Wave is good for back and stomach sleepers, as well. However, if we were forced to choose, we’d go with DreamCloud given it provides a little more support at the end of the day.
Last but certainly not least, DreamCloud is better for budget shoppers. It’s quite a bit cheaper than the Casper Wave.
For example, a queen size DreamCloud has a MSRP of about $1,500, while the queen size Wave goes for around $2,300. Those are just the MSRP prices, though. Both companies regularly offer discounts and coupon codes.
DreamCloud is very aggressive when it comes to sales. You can usually expect to receive a $200 discount upon checkout. That would bring the queen size below the $1,300 mark! Check the discount box on the right hand side of the screen to see what the company is currently offering.
Casper also offer regular coupon codes and promo codes. You should be able to take advantage of a code that will discount the bed by $100-$200. Check the table at the top of the post or Casper.com to see what the current promotion is.
If both of these beds are out of your budget, no problem, we got you covered. Check out our list of the Best Mattresses Under $1,000.
Just to be clear, we’re not discussing the Original Casper mattress in this comparison. The Wave is Casper’s more premium option. It’s a thicker mattress that incorporates different layers and technology. However, if the Casper Wave isn’t for you, we’ve also published several Original Casper mattress comparisons.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of early 2019, Casper also sells two new hybrid models called Casper Hybrid and Wave Hybrid.
Compared to DreamCloud, the Casper Wave has more of a mixed foam feel, which isn’t a big shock considering its construction. The Wave uses layers of memory foam, latex foam, and proprietary foam (hence why we use the term “neutral”).
Overall, the bed is very comfortable and accommodating. It’s a tad bit softer than DreamCloud. We think it comes in around a medium on the firmness scale, while DreamCloud lands around a medium-firm.
Again, just to reiterate, there’s no “winner” in terms of feel. A memory foam feel isn’t necessarily better than a mixed, neutral-foam feel or vice versa.
However, with that said, in our experience it seems like soft, neutral foam pleases a wide variety of people and preferences. It just seems like it’s a little less divisive than memory foam. As such, if you’re wavering on feel a little and looking to play it safe, the Wave is a great option.
As we stated above, the Wave is a bit softer and more accommodating than the DreamCloud mattress. Overall, it just provides more pressure relief, which is something side sleepers generally look for. These types of sleepers want soft mattresses that are delicate and sort of cradle their pressure points (hips and shoulders) and the Wave definitely fits the bill.
In fact, the mattress was designed to do just that. The Casper Wave is quite unique in that it incorporates a Zoned Support Framework. The bed actually contains special layers that are split into thirds.
The top and bottom portions are bit softer to provide more pressure relief for your shoulders and legs and the center third is bit firmer to provide more support under your lower back and trunk. All in all, if you spend a lot of time on your side, the Wave is the way to go.
You made it this far, so why not keep going? Below we go over the areas in which DreamCloud and the Casper Wave are similar.
This is a popular topic in the bedding industry, but honestly it’s a hard one to pin down.
Bedding companies love to talk about how their beds sleeps cool, but in practice there are a multitude of factors that affect how cool or warm you sleep. A lot of which are outside of the bed’s control. External factors like where you live, what kind of sheets you use, and what you wear to bed all make a difference.
With that said, we don’t think you’ll warm up on either of these mattresses. If we had to pick one in terms of sleeping cool, we’d probably pick DreamCloud, though. That’s pretty much just based on the firmness level. You’ll sleep more on top of the DreamCloud mattress compared to the Wave. As such, the top layers won’t wrap you as much.
SEE ALSO: Best Cooling Mattresses
Overall, we think both beds are solid options for people who share a bed. At the end of day, most couples won’t find any issues with either DreamCloud or the Casper Wave. With that said, each bed has the slight advantage over the other in certain areas that are important for couples.
First, we give the edge to the Wave in terms of motion isolation. This isn’t a huge shock considering all-foam beds generally outperform coils mattresses in this department (there’s no bounce). The Casper Wave does a great job of deadening movement. It passed our tests with ease.
Motion isolation is important for active sleeping couples (i.e. one or both partners move around a lot). The more a bed limits motion transfer, the better night’s sleep you’ll get because you won’t be disturbed if your partner rolls over or gets up.
When it comes to edge support, DreamCloud gets the win. The bed is just a little more solid than the Wave around the perimeter.
This is important for couples who sleep on a smaller size mattress, like a full or queen size. Solid edge support means there is more useful area for both people to spread out and still feel supported.
Lastly, both beds are fairly responsive, meaning the top layers snap back quickly after pressure is released. This is a good thing for combo sleepers and people who tend to toss and turn or move around a lot. These types of sleepers will find switching positions effortless on responsive beds.
Thanks for reading the entire post. We appreciate you sticking with us until the end. If you’re still struggling on which bed to choose, consider the following factors.
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