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Casper Nova Review

This is our in-depth Casper Nova Hybrid review, in which is the "most plush" mattress from the brand.

Last Updated: May 22, 2020

Casper Nova is the softest mattress from the brand to date. It’s available as a foam mattress and also Casper Nova Hybrid, which incorporates pocketed coils. Not only that, but the bed has an updated Zoned Support Pro design with the company’s new AirScape foam. In this review, we dive deep into the mattress to figure out who it’s best for.

Who Is This Best For?

If you want a truly plush/soft bed

Primary side sleepers

Who Won’t Love It?

Anyone looking for a firm bed

If your budget is $1,000 or less

Overview & Outline

In this review, we will cover virtually everything there is to know about the Casper Nova Hybrid mattress. And since it’s such an in-depth review, we’ve provided an outline for you.

You can click the links above to jump throug this review. We also have a frequently asked questions for you at the very bottom. Hopefully you find this guide helpful and want to share it with your friends!

Our Casper Nova Review Video

With all of our reviews, we try to include a video so consumers can get a better sense for the bed. Below is our unbiased review video for the Casper Nova Hybrid mattress.

We hope you found the video above helpful. Keep reading for more information regarding this bed.

How Shipping/Returns Will Work

Casper Nova comes with all of the same policies as the brand’s other mattresses including Casper Wave. For instance, you get completely free shipping, and, yes, Nova will ship in a box. In most cases, the bed will arrive within just a few days of you placing the order.

The setup process for Casper Nova is also as simple as you’ve seen in the commercials. It really only takes about fifteen minutes to get things started. Here’s an example of how the unboxing will work:

The only thing that we should add regarding the setup process is that Casper Nova will take about ten seconds to expand 80% of the way, but in order to fully expand, it will need about a full day. There is no risk with laying on the bed after you unbox it, but just be mindful of the fact that it will be extra-soft until it fully expands.

What’s nice about buying a bed in a box is that you know it will almost certainly come with a risk-free trial period. In the case of Casper Nova, you get a 100-night trial period, which means you can test out the bed for about three months before you are forced to keep it or return it.

If you decide you want the bed, that’s great—we honestly expect most people will. It comes with a 10-year warranty, which is the case with all Casper beds. You can read the full warranty on Casper’s website.

For those of you that ultimately conclude that you no longer want Casper Nova, you can return it for a full refund during those first 100 nights. Just like the original Casper mattress, returns are straightforward, and you should receive 100% of your money back if you request a refund.

MSRP & Price Discussion

Casper Nova is a premium mattress that is certainly not targeting college students. Last we checked, Nova was in between the Original Casper mattress and The Wave in terms of price. The MSRP for the queen size mattress was about $2,000. You can see the price by size in the table below.

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin XL$1,245
King / Cal King$2,295

Casper is no stranger to running promotions and offering discounts, but will they start rolling out coupon codes for the Nova mattress? We aren’t completely sure yet, but you can check Casper.com to see the promotions today for Nova, as well as their other beds.

Even with a coupon, however, Nova is still a relatively pricey online mattress. Sure, it will be less than Purple Hybrid Premier, but there are plenty of hybrid mattresses that are more affordable than Casper Nova Hybrid.

Casper Nova Hybrid vs Foam

While the Casper Nova is a new mattress for the brand, it’s technically not just one mattress. The company offers Nova Hybrid and Nova Foam, the difference being the support system. The Casper Nova Hybrid is the main model, and is available on Casper.com.

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The little “H” signifies “Hybrid” so you know it’s the Casper Nova Hybrid

The Nova Hybrid has pocketed coils for its support framework, much like Casper Hybrid and Casper Wave Hybrid. As such, you’ll notice more bounce with the mattress and support with the hybrid model. Here’s a look inside Casper Nova Hybrid:

The Nova Foam mattress has a dense foam support core instead of coils. The bed will therefore have less bounce than Nova Hybrid. This model is only available at certain retailers, and is not yet for sale on Casper’s website or in their namesake stores.

Design Of The Casper Nova Mattress

Given that Casper Nova Hybrid is the most popular model, we will focus on its design rather than the all-foam bed. Nova Hybrid starts with dense foam on the bottom and then has pocketed coils.

The picture below does not show the pocketed coils because Nova Hybrid uses “foam-encased” coils, meaning there is a perimeter of foam around the base of the mattress to increase the edge support.

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You can see the Zoned Support Pro design on the Nova Hybrid

We have written extensively about pocketed coils, and how they compare to more traditional innerspring systems. The short story is that pocketed coils can offer plenty of support with less motion transfer, which is great news for couples.

On top of the coils, Nova Hybrid has multiple layers of comfort foams, including a “Zoned Support Pro” system, which is designed to give more support under your trunk/hips and more pressure relief for your shoulders.

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The center two layers comprise Casper Nova’s “Zoned Support Pro” system

Interestingly, with Casper Nova, you can feel the zoned support system. You won’t notice a difference in the foams, but you will experience more support under your hips and trunk, which we take as a great sign for individuals with hip pain and other injuries.

Not only that, but the top third of the bed is noticeably more pressure relieving, which should make Casper Nova a pretty good mattress for shoulder pain, if that’s what you’re looking for.

On top of the two zoned support layers is the main comfort layer, which is a super soft, open-cell foam. We can’t imagine anyone denying how comfortable this layer is.

The open-cell foam is also perforated, which Casper is calling its “AirScape” technology. The idea with the perforations is that the bed should allow for even more airflow to keep hot sleepers at a comfortable temperature during the night.

The bed also features Casper’s new plush-soft cover, which is made with recycled materials. You can remove the cover, but it is recommend that you only hand-wash it and do not put it in the washing machine. If you’re concerned with acquiring stains, make sure to checkout Casper’s mattress protector which is waterproof.

Firmness & Feel

Casper calls this Nova their “most plush” mattress and notes that it has “cloud-like comfort.” To be frank, we pretty much agree with them.

Perhaps the easiest way to describe what Casper Nova feels like is to say that it feels like a cloud with coils underneath. It’s really light and airy, fluffy even, with tons of pressure relief. It is among the softest/most plush beds we’ve tested out.

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Even Casper Nova’s cover is intended to be plush soft

As for its firmness level, Casper Nova is around a medium-soft, according to our editors whom are in the 170-200 lb range. This puts Casper Nova basically on par with the Leesa Legend mattress in terms of firmness.

casper nova mattress review firmness

We do need to add two points regarding firmness. Firstly, the heavier you are, the softer the Nova (and most other beds) will feel. The inverse is true for more lightweight sleepers as well. Secondly, most beds will soften over time, which is a major reason why companies offer trial periods. You want to take the requisite time to allow the bed to soften before you decide to keep or return it.

Side/Stomach/Back Sleepers

Given that this is a soft mattress, it comes as no surprise that Casper Nova is best for side sleepers in particular. Having said that, it’s not all about firmness, and there’s a real chance that not all side sleepers will like this bed. All we mean is that, in general, Casper Nova is designed mostly for side sleepers.

casper nova mattress review sleep positions

As for stomach and back sleepers, we are of the mindset that Casper Nova is simply too soft. In general, people that sleep primarily on their stomach and/or back will gravitate toward, and prefer, firmer beds. If you want a bed that’s better for stomach and back sleepers, make sure to checkout Casper Wave and Casper Original. Put simply, Casper Nova is not made for stomach and back sleepers.

Now, to be fair, this entire situation is a lot more nuanced than saying it’s good or not good for certain sleep styles. All of this hinges on your preferences, your body type, and what’s comfortable to you. As an example, we could easily see a petite back sleeper being perfectly happy with Casper Nova. There’s just a great deal of subjectivity when choosing a mattress.

Discussion About Temperature

Often times people are quick to say that a bed sleeps cool or hot, but there’s always more to the story than just the mattress itself. For example, everything from the firmness level of the bed to the type of pajamas you wear (or don’t wear), will impact your sleeping temperature.

With Casper Nova specifically, it doesn’t have a lot of memory foam, so that’s good from a temperature standpoint. It is, however, a softer bed, so you will sink into the mattress a good bit. Typically, softer beds will sleep a little warmer just due to the fact that you’re being “hugged” by the mattress a little more than with a firm bed. Unique to the Casper beds, however, is an open-cell foam that’s perforated to pull in airflow.

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You can see the “AirScape” perforations on the main comfort foam

In general, we aren’t all that excited by perforated foam, but in this particular case, we can actually feel the airflow travel up through the little holes in the foam. This won’t make Nova a cool-sleeping bed, but it will help to balance out other aspects, leaving us to call this a temperature-neutral mattress.

Unless you’re a really hot sleeper, we expect you’ll be fine with Casper Nova Hybrid. That said, if you’re a hot sleeper, check out our list of the best cooling mattresses.

Will Couples Be Happy With Casper Nova?

The simple answer is “maybe.” In all honesty, there are so many factors to consider that we cannot give you a firm “yes” or “no” with regard to whether this is a good mattress for you and your partner. In general, though, if you two agree on topics such as feel, firmness, price, and design, we do expect that you’ll like this mattress.

There are two other fringe elements that will be important to certain couples, and those are (1) edge support and (2) motion isolation.

For those of you who plan to purchase a smaller size mattress, edge support will be important. Most soft beds have average to below-average edge support. Fortunately, Casper Nova has darn good edge support for a softer bed.

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Surprisingly solid in the edge support department

As for motion isolation, typically the coils work against you a bit, but we feel that Casper Nova is just fine in terms of motion isolation. The foam version will be slightly more efficient than Casper Nova Hybrid, but we don’t think many people will have issues here at all.

Casper Nova Review: Verdict

What can we say? If you like a plush mattress, we fully expect that you’ll like Casper Nova. It’s soft, cloud-like, responsive, and supportive. We think it has an interesting design, and if you know what you’re getting into, you’ll most likely really appreciate Casper Nova.

That said, if you want a firm bed, look elsewhere. If you prefer a traditional memory foam feel, look elsewhere. If you need a mattress under $1,000, look elsewhere. If you’re a strict stomach or back sleeper, in most cases, look elsewhere. Put simply, Casper Nova is exactly what you’d expect: a soft coil mattress.

Review team

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper


How did SY end up with the Casper Nova mattress?

Casper sent us the bed so that we could test and review it.

Where can I find the Casper Nova mattress without the coils?

As of now, the foam version of this bed is only available at certain retail partners for Casper. You can only find the Casper Nova Hybrid at the company’s stores and online.

How can I contact someone at Casper?

You can contact customer service in many ways. You can call Casper at +1 888-498-0003, email them on their contact page, or live chat with them on their website. They seem to have really great customer service overall.

Does Casper Nova Hybrid have a zoned support design?

Yes. In fact, the Nova Hybrid and Nova Foam both have the “Zoned Support Pro” system, which we discussed in the main section of this review.

Are there any other Nova-branded products from Casper?

No. The only product they make with the Nova name is the mattress. That said, Casper does sell other products, including bed frames, pillows, bedding, and more.

What does this bed feel like?

It has a soft/fluffy feel that’s really comfortable.

How firm is it?

Casper Nova is really soft. It’s about a 3/10 in terms of firmness.

Is it good for side sleepers?

Casper Nova is almost made exclusively for side sleepers that want a really soft mattress.

Does Casper Nova Hybrid have a zoned support design?

Yes. In fact, the Nova Hybrid and Nova Foam both have the “Zoned Support Pro” system, which we discussed in the main section of this review.

Is this a coil mattress?

Yes. As of now, Nova Hybrid is the only option that’s available on Casper.com. The all-foam version of this bed is only available at certain retail partners for Casper.