The Casper Mattress is one of the most popular online bed-in-a-box brands on the internet –– and we’ve got a lot to say about it. We all owe Casper a bit of gratitude, as it’s partly responsible for bringing online mattress shopping to the mainstream. Casper offers three different beds, but this Casper Mattress review will focus on their flagship bed, which we selected as one of the most comfortable beds for this year.
Here are the basics you need to know about the flagship Casper mattress:
- All of the foams in the Casper mattress are approved by the CertiPUR-US program. This means they have low VOC, are made without ozone depleters, and are not harmful to you or the environment.
- Casper has a proprietary foam that gives its mattresses a neutral foam feel.
- Has a medium firmness level to accommodate all body types.
- Casper beds are ideal for people who weigh under 230 lbs. because of its all-foam design.
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Casper Mattress Design And Construction
The Original Casper Mattress is an all-foam bed –– meaning the construction of which is fairly simple. It’s three layers of foam materials with a nice soft cover to top it off. With this bed, you get about 11” of memory, poly, and proprietary foam. The proprietary foam contributes to the overall soft neutral foam feel of the bed.
- Support foam – This is the base Casper 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.
- Open-cell foam – This top Casper layer is perforated to pull in airflow (Casper calls this AirScape).
- Recycled polyester cover – It’s also fitted well so that 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.
Overall, the Casper bed is pretty durable, thanks to its high-quality foam layers. The support foam layer that serves as the base is particularly durable. You should expect to get around seven years out of your Casper mattress.
Though, if you weigh over 230 lbs., you won’t yield the same results, and it’s not going to be the most durable option.
Casper beds are priced averagely among the bed-in-a-box mattress gang. They aren’t considered cheap, but they aren’t the most expensive mattresses offered either. They’re reasonably priced, and we would consider the bed a decent value. You can see a breakdown of the pricing below:
Mattress Firmness And Feel
How do we rate the firmness?
In terms of firmness, we say the Casper bed 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.
Beds with medium firmness levels offer the best of both worlds –– that’s why most sleepers prefer them. They provide a sleeper with the benefits of spine alignment and pressure relief while still offering a soft sleeping experience.
The memory foam construction of the Casper Original mattress means that it will conform to your body when you sleep. It will redistribute your body weight and provide some serious pressure relief. Again, the zoned support layers come into play. The firm middle will ensure that your hips won’t sink too far in when you’re sleeping.
What does it feel like?
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.
With all-foam beds, sometimes we find that the responsiveness is on the slower side because the mattress doesn’t have any coils to assist with the bounce-back. Surprisingly, that’s not what we found with the flagship Casper mattress. This bed 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.
Casper Mattress Sleeper Type Analysis
- 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 they need for key areas.
Body Type Analysis
- Petite To Average Individuals
We think the Original Casper is a nice bed for individuals who weigh under 225 pounds. Petite body types are going to get enough support on this bed and think it’s around a medium-firm, while average body types will find it provides a nice balance between support and pressure relief. It’s one of those beds that most people agree is comfortable.
- Heavy Individuals
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 Performance
In our opinion, during our Casper mattress review, we found that the bed 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.
Is it good 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, these are really important factors.
Some advice: 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.
If you ever sit on the edge of a bed and feel like you’re going to fall off, then you know why edge support is so important. If you sleep alone, you’re free to spread across the whole bed, and likely won’t have to worry about this. People who sleep with a partner need access to the entire sleeping surface, so edge support is super important. We do think the Casper bed is a good pick for couples. 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.
All-foam beds generally do a good job of limiting cross-bed motion, and the Casper bed is no exception to that. Motion isolation is another factor that couples are going to care about. The limited motion transfer the Casper Original mattress has means that nighttime disturbances are minimum. You won’t feel your pet jumping on the bed or your partner rolling over.
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Casper Mattress Alternatives
If you aren’t dead set on a Casper mattress and still want to know what other beds are out there, we’ve selected a few beds that are similar in terms of pricing, construction, and or feel.
|Mattress Type||Firmness||Temp||Body Type||Thickness||Starting Price|
|Casper Original||Soft Foam||Medium||Neutral||Under 230 lb||11inch||$1095* *Queen mattress|
|Tuft & Needle Original||Soft Foam||Medium||Neutral||Under 230 lb||10inch||$895* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
|Level Sleep||Soft Foam||Medium||Neutral||Under 230 lb||10inch||$1199* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
|Puffy Original||Mixed Foam||Medium||Neutral||Under 230 lb||10inch||$1249* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
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. It has a feel almost no one can stick their nose up to you, as it’s not as divisive as memory foam can be. It’s also suitable for any sleeper position, thanks to its medium firmness level. If you weigh under ~230 lbs and want a “safe pick” that won’t break the bank, Casper is a great option.
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Our favorite parts about the mattress:
- It has zoned support layers that provide support and relief to sleepers.
- It’s a good pick for couples.
- Not ideal for shoppers on a tight budget.
- The Casper mattress is a memory foam mattress, so if you don’t really like the feel of memory foam, it’s likely not the mattress for you.
Other Casper Mattress Models
Here’s a look at the other Casper mattresses and how they compare to the original model.
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 is 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.
To compete with lower price point cheap beds, Casper Sleep 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 Company Policies
The online mattress industry is established enough now that it has some pretty standard policies regarding shipping, returns, trials, and the like. You will receive:
- Free shipping and returns
- A 100-night risk-free trial period
- 10-year warranty
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.
How We Test The Mattresses
- My Slumber Yard
My Slumber Yard has been around since the beginning of the bed-in-a-box craze. Our team has personally tested over 175 mattresses so far, and we keep more than 150 beds in our office so we can compare them (and take afternoon naps).
When testing mattresses, we evaluate the following factors:
- Construction: We cut mattresses open to see what’s inside and how it’s made.
- Feel: We check if it has a stuck-in-the-mud memory foam feel, or if it’s more of a neutral foam or a plush pillow top, etc.
- Firmness: We have our own firmness scale and evaluate how that may vary depending on your body and sleeper type.
- Pressure relief: We test what’s the sweet spot for different body and sleeper types.
- Edge Support: This is important for couples who share a bed. Would you roll-out of the bed, or can you sleep confidently close to the edges?
- Motion Isolation: We use the water glass test to see how the bed fares with motion transfer. This is another important factor for couples that don’t want to wake up one another when they move.
- Temperature Regulation: We use a temperature gun to evaluate if the bed warms up, stays neutral, or actively cools while you are sleeping.
- Noise: This could be an issue in beds with coils or innerspring.
- Off-Gassing: Some beds could have a smell for a few weeks after unpacking, and we try to warn you about it.
- Company policies: We also take into account policies such as shipping, returns, trial period, and warranty.
- Value: We look at a bed’s price in the context of what it offers in terms of features and quality of materials and construction.
Yes! The Casper original mattress is a good bed. Casper is a quality all-foam mattress great for all sleeper types under 230 lbs., especially combination sleepers. It also has a comfortable, neutral-foam feel that most people seem to enjoy. It’s incredibly well-received among sleepers for a good reason.
How long your mattress will last really depends on several things –– how much you weigh and how often you sleep on it. You should expect it to last between seven to 10 years.
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 relieving. The Casper original mattress has this technology.
You don’t need a box spring for your Casper bed, or most online mattresses, for that matter. Instead, we recommend the Casper foundation, a regular foundation, metal or wood-slatted bed frame, or an adjustable bed frame.
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.
Casper beds are priced averagely among the bed-in-a-box mattress gang. They aren’t considered cheap, but they aren’t the most expensive mattresses offered either. A queen mattress is about $1,095.
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