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Casper Mattress Review

Casper Mattress Review

Personally Tested Review of the Original Casper and Casper Hybrid bed in a box mattresses

Last Updated: October 27, 2020

Matt Ross

If you’re at all familiar with the bed-in-a-box industry, you’ve probably heard about Casper. In fact, for a while, it seemed like the two were synonymous. Bottom line, this is one of the most popular online mattresses. But does it really live up to the hype? In this post, we analyze the pros and cons of Casper’s original foam mattress as well as the updated Casper Hybrid.

Who Is This Best For?

People that are looking for a comfortable, affordable mattress

Anyone that’s interested in a bed-in-a-box mattress

Who Won’t Love It?

Especially heavy individuals

If your budget is $700 or less

Casper Mattress Review

We have plenty to say about the Casper Mattress, as its one of the most popular online bed in a box brands on the internet. You might’ve even seen a Costco Casper mattress or walked past the brand’s products in your local Target. Casper Mattress is partly responsible for bringing online mattress shopping to the mainstream. They offer three different beds, but this review will focus on the original Casper bed. Our reviews tend to be lengthy, so, in order to make it quick for you to get where you want to go, below is a list of jump links to take you to any section of this review.

Jump-To Links For Our Casper Mattress Review:

Honest Casper Mattress YouTube Review

Above, you can find a video review where JD gives you the low-down on the major Casper Mattress review highlights including construction, price, and ideal sleeper types! Otherwise, keep reading for more details on the Casper bed.

Casper Bed Design And Construction

Casper Original Mattress Review Construction Graphic
Casper now has a three layer, 11″ construction

The Original Casper Mattress is an all-foam bed, the construction of which is fairly simple. It’s three layers of foam materials:

  • Support foam – This is the base layer that creates the support system for the mattress.
  • Memory foam – The middle layer is a zoned layer of memory foam, which means there are more supportive pieces in certain targeted areas, like the middle section where a sleeper’s hips and trunk would be. The Casper Wave Hybrid mattress has a zoned support framework as well.
  • Open-cell foam– This top layer is perforated to pull in airflow (Casper calls this AirScape).

“Zoned” layers are becoming more popular in the industry. If a layer is described as “zoned”, that means it’s more supportive in certain targeted areas, like the middle section where a sleeper’s hips and trunk would be. The Casper Wave Hybrid mattress has a zoned support framework as well, albeit it’s more much advanced.

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The memory foam in the middle is the “Zoned Support” layer

Altogether, you get ~11” of memory, poly, and proprietary foam. Casper’s proprietary foam contributes to the overall soft neutral-foam feel of the bed.

All of the foams in the Casper mattress are approved by the CertiPUR-US program, which means they have low VOC, are made without ozone depleters and are not harmful for you or the environment.

Casper Mattress Cover

The cover on the Original Casper mattress is a nice, soft material made up of recycled polyester, polyester, upcycled cotton, rayon, and lycra. It’s also fitted well, so it won’t bunch up under your sheets. We think the cover is easy to remove, but we don’t suggest putting it through the washing machine. Just because it’s removable, doesn’t mean it’s machine washable.

casper mattress review original cover
Casper has a space-age looking cover

If you do need to deal with a spill or stain, you can spot clean it. In the case that you’re especially concerned about getting a thorough clean—like if you suffer from awful allergies that require bi-weekly deep cleans of all your linens—you can add a mattress protector, like one of these from Amazon. Just know that, depending on the thickness and material of the protector, it may stifle airflow through the mattress and might affect the surface feel a bit.

You might want to rotate the mattress 180° every 3-6 months or so if you share your bed with a partner whose body weight is significantly different than your own. Rotating the bed will help the mattress wear more evenly over time.

Casper Mattress Firmness

In terms of firmness, we say the Casper is a medium on our scale. That’s precisely in the middle of the soft-to-firm spectrum.

Though, you should always remember that your body type will affect how you experience the firmness of a mattress. In simple terms, the heavier you are, the softer it will feel and vice versa.

Soft Foam Feel

The Casper mattress has a soft foam feel. Even though it does incorporate a layer of memory foam, you aren’t going to get an overt memory foam feel. You aren’t going to feel like you’re sinking into the mattress or getting “stuck in the mud”. 

For some folks, that’s great because they don’t like the feeling of being sucked into the mattress. For other folks, that may be disappointing because they enjoy that stereotypical memory foam feel.

Responsiveness

With all-foam beds, we often find that the responsiveness is on the slower side because the mattress doesn’t have any coils to assist with the bounce-back. The Casper, however, responds relatively quickly to pressure despite being all-foam. People who switch positions during the night won’t have any trouble turning over and won’t leave a sunken spot behind when they do.

Is Casper A Good Mattress For Couples?

If you sleep alone, you likely don’t have to worry about edge support or motion isolation. For those of you who co-sleep, on the other hand, check out how Casper performed in these categories!

Edge support

casper mattress review original edge support
Edge support is only worth paying attention to if you sleep with a partner

We do think Casper is a good pick for couples. For one, this bed has decent edge support, meaning you aren’t going to get too much of that roll-off feeling if you happen to find yourself near the edge of the mattress.

Motion transfer

Casper also performs well in terms of motion isolation. All-foam beds generally do a good job of limiting cross-bed motion, and the Casper bed is no exception to that.

Temperature Regulation

In our opinion, the Casper mattress does not sleep hot, but it doesn’t sleep cool either. This bed is what we call temperature neutral, which is the case for most beds you can buy online. The new AirScape design on the comfort foam does help with airflow, but not enough to call it a cooling bed.

Even so, for most people, we think Casper will be fine in the temperature-regulation department. We can’t imagine many people complaining about overheating on the Original Casper mattress.

Casper Mattress Sleeper Type Analysis

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Side sleepers

Most side sleepers should feel comfortable on this mattress, with the exception of more petite people. Because petite people don’t sink into the mattress much, side sleepers who are petite might find this mattress too firm. 

Back and stomach sleepers

We’ve found that even though Casper isn’t a particularly firm bed, the combination of various foam densities and its zoned design make it more supportive than you might expect.

Combo sleepers

Because the bed isn’t overly firm and the mattress is essentially split into different zones, these types of sleepers will get the pressure ief they need for key areas.

Petite people

Petite body types are going to get enough support on this bed, or pressure ief, if that’s what they need. It’s a nice middle-of-the-road bed in terms of feel and firmness, which makes it pretty accommodating.

Average people

We think the Original Casper is a nice bed for individuals who weigh under 225 pounds. We could see this being a tremendous bed for young professionals, teens and college students. It’s one of those beds that most people agree is comfortable.

Heavy people

If you’re larger in stature (~225+ pounds), we’d recommend upgrading to the Casper Hybrid mattress. As we stated earlier, because the Casper Hybrid uses coils, it’s the more supportive option for heavier people. Folks who fall into this size category exert much more pressure and force on mattresses compared to smaller size individuals so it’s crucial they receive additional support.

Casper Mattress Pricing

Casper mattresses are not considered cheap, but they’re certainly not the most expensive beds on the market either. They’re fairly priced, and we would consider the bed a decent value, all things considered. You can see a breakdown of the pricing below:

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin$595
Twin XL$695
Full$995
Queen$1,095
King / Cal King$1,295

Is There A Casper Mattress Or Discount Code?

We always do our best to get discounts and promo codes for you, so if we’ve got a Casper code, it’ll be in that little green box floating on your screen. Alternatively, you can always check Casper.com for current offers and promotions. Like most brands, Casper tends to offer its largest promotions during major holidays, but it usually offers something like $50-$100 off year-round as well.

Casper Mattress Review Verdict

Ultimately, we really like the Original Casper mattress. Simply put, there’s a reason why it’s so popular. Part of that is good advertising, true, but it’s also because it’s a quality, accommodating product.

Casper Bed Ratings

  • BBB rating: A+
  • Casper mattress reviews on Amazon: Most Casper reviews have more than four out of five stars on Amazon, and customers say the mattresses are great for neck and back pain.
  • Casper mattress reviews on Reddit: Reviews of Casper mattress on Reddit reveal that the mattresses can take a while to get used to, but they’re comfortable after an initial adjustment period.

Review team

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Lauren Thomas

    Stomach Sleeper

Comparing All Casper Mattress Models

Do you like the idea of Casper but want to compare options? Here is a quick comparison of Casper mattresses.

Casper Wave

This is the high-end mattress that also has the Zoned Support System, but to a larger extent. The Wave is thicker and feels a little more buoyant compared to the original mattress since it has a layer of latex foam. This the mattress that Casper created for people with back pain or other health issues. It costs more than the original mattress, but if you’re not on a strict budget, it might be worth your consideration. It’s basically the older brother to the original mattress. Check out our Casper Wave vs. Casper comparison.

Casper Nova Hybrid

This is the company’s softest mattress on the market right now. Here’s a link to our Casper Nova vs Casper comparison.

Casper Element

To compete with lower price point cheap beds, Casper launched the Element. It’s the simplest (and most affordable) mattress Casper sells. It feels similar to the original in that it’s neutral and comfortable, but there’s not a true signature feel. This is the mattress for guest rooms, college students, kids, teens, etc. There’s plenty of good things to say about the Casper Element mattress, but the best part (at least when compared to the other two) is the price.

Casper Hybrid Mattress

This is almost the exact same bed as the Original Casper mattress but with support coils rather than support foam. We like the bed a lot, and it retails for about $200 more than the all-foam Casper. We’d recommend this bed to folks who want the Casper feel with some additional support and durability.

Casper Wave Hybrid

If the Casper Hybrid is the original bed with coils, the Wave Hybrid is the Wave with coils. It’s the most premium bed Casper makes. It’s nice, supportive and comfortable. The zoned support on the bed is different than it is on the Wave foam bed.

Other Casper Mattress Reviews

Casper Company Policies

Shipping And Returns

The online mattress industry is established enough now that it has some pretty standard policies regarding shipping, returns, trials, and the like. You can generally assume that bed-in-a-box companies will offer free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial period, free returns and full refunds if you don’t like the bed or a 10-year warranty if you do.

Casper follows those standards to a tee. To ensure that you’re fully informed, though, read the warranty on Casper.com.

Once you’ve removed the packaging and your bed starts to decompress, it’s a good idea to let it sit out for about a full day. This allows it adequate time to fully decompress and off-gas.

Casper Contact Information

Casper Mattress Physical Store Locations

There are dozens of locations across the U.S., including Casper stores at:

  • 8379 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069
  • 185 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007
  • 9685 SW Washington Square Road, Portland, OR 97223
  • 3121 Palm Way, Austin, TX 78758
  • 140 South Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55425

Casper Mattress Contact Information

Find Casper Mattress on Social Media

FAQs

Are Casper mattresses good?

Yes, we give Casper mattresses a good overall rating. Thanks to their ability to contour to your body, remain quiet, and offer pressure point support, they are a popular mattress for a reason.

Will side sleepers like the Casper mattress?

Yes! We fully expect that most side sleepers will like the Casper mattress. As we note in our review, it’s not too soft or too firm.

Will Casper set up my mattress for me? Will they take away my old one?

In-home setup is not a standard part of Casper’s policies, but it does have some “In-Home Delivery & Setup” markets, which basically means white glove delivery is in some areas upon request. If you live in one of those market areas and opt for in-home setup, the workers will also remove your old mattress.

What kind of platform or frame can I put my Casper mattress on?

Of course, Casper says the best option is the Casper foundation. Generally, with all-foam mattresses, the important thing is to use a platform or foundation that is flat and firm. You can use a slatted frame as long as the slats aren’t bendy or too far apart (no more than 4”).

How will shipping and returns work?

Casper offers completely free shipping that usually arrives in about 2 business days and a 100-night risk free trial period with all of its mattresses. If you don’t like the bed inside those first 100 nights, you can return the bed for a full refund!

What is the “Zoned Support” technology?

A simple explanation of the “Zoned Support” system is that the center of the bed is firmer/more supportive and the top and bottom are more pressure ieving.

How did the Slumber Yard get the Casper mattress?

We were sent this mattress from Casper to review it. However, we did not accept any monetary payment from Casper (or any other company) to say good or bad things about this mattress.

Do you need a box spring with a Casper Mattress?

Casper mattresses do not require a box spring; you can place them on a foundation or directly on a frame if preferred.