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Casper Wave Review (Luxury Foam Mattress)

An in-depth review of Casper's most premium bed in a box

Casper is a very well-known bed in a box mattress company. The Wave is their premium mattress that's (last we checked) actually been endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. It’s made with a combination of poly foam, memory foam, and a layer of latex foam. Read this full review to learn about their Hyper-Targeted Support system, and more.

Who Is This Bed Best For?

  • Those who like a soft, neutral-foam feel
  • All sleeper types (back, stomach, side, and combo)
  • Couples (good motion isolation and edge support)
  • Anyone intrigued by Casper’s special Hyper-Targeted Support Framework
  • People with back or other health issues (Casper Wave has been endorsed by the ACA)

Who Won't Love This Bed?

  • Anyone looking for a budget-tier mattress
  • Especially hot sleepers looking for a cooling mattress
  • People that want a coil mattress or one that is bouncy

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Casper Company Policies

Casper is one of the most recognized names in the bed-in-a-box mattress industry and pretty much created the standard as far as company policies go. They offer free shipping, free returns, a 100-night risk-free trial period, and a 10-year warranty. You will see a similar set of policies for pretty much every other brand out there, including Nectar and Purple.

The only thing that you get with the Casper Wave that you won’t with their other beds is optional free white glove delivery and in-home setup. You can still get mattress in a box if you’d like, but if you’d rather have someone else do all of the work, you can opt to schedule delivery and setup through Casper’s website. Here’s a look at the typical unboxing process.

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Unboxing the Casper Wave

From the day of delivery, as mentioned previously, you have 100 nights to try out your new bed to see if you love it. If you don’t, Casper will fully refund your purchase and send someone to remove the bed for you. They’ll even try to donate your used mattress to a charity in need, or recycle it. Casper, and the rest of the bed-in-a-box industry, are making it really hard to not try out their products.

Casper Wave Price And Coupon Code

Although Casper is predominantly known as an affordable mattress brand (because they save costs by selling factory direct-to-consumer, instead of purely via brick and mortar stores), the Casper Wave is their upgraded mattress option, with an upgraded price tag. Here’s a breakdown by mattress size:

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin XL$1,450
King / Cal King$2,750

Because Casper is an online mattress shopping veteran, they play the whole discount game just like every other brand. In fact, during major holidays, you can typically get some pretty great mattress deals if you bundle in accessories like sheets, pillows, dog beds, etc.

You can check to see current deals and specials. We also should have an evergreen coupon code on the right hand side of this page to save you money on your Casper mattress purchase.

What Is The Casper Wave Made Of?

The Casper Wave is a mattress made entirely of foam; it’s actually a medley of five layers of poly foam, memory foam, and even a layer of latex foam.

But let’s get detailed about its construction. The base layer is supportive poly foam that includes contoured cuts near the top and bottom portions of the mattress. These cuts are designed to be more forgiving under your head, shoulders and legs (i.e. more pressure relief). On top of the base layer is a 1.5″ layer of high-resiliency foam that includes supportive gel pods positioned in the center third of the mattress. These gel pods are designed to provide more support under your lower back/trunk and are new to the mattress as of October 2018. These two layers work together to deliver what Casper calls Hyper-Targeted Support, which provides better support and more pressure relief where you need it most. We’ll talk about this more in a bit, but here’s an image of what it looks like.

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Hyper-Targeted Support System inside the Casper Wave mattress

Next is a layer of visco-elastic memory foam (fancy way of just saying memory foam), then second to last is a layer of latex foam, and then finally is a thin layer of Flo Foam, which helps to give this bed its soft, neutral-foam feel. Altogether, this creates a 11.5” foam mattress.

Also, that Flo Foam mentioned above is more of an open cell foam meaning it’s less dense and allows for more airflow. This helps with temperature regulation and dissipating heat.

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Inside look at the construction of Casper Wave

Casper states that all of the foams in the mattress are certified by the CertiPUR-US program, meaning they are made without ozone depleting chemicals, and they’re regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for air quality. Also, their latex and cover are OEKO-TEX certified.

Cover, Cleaning, And Care

The Casper Wave cover is made entirely of non-mulesed wool. This is actually another change Casper made to the mattress in October 2018. Previously, it was made of polyester and rayon. The new cover is designed to help fight humidity and wick moisture away.  The cover is removable but if you happen to spill your nightcap or glass of warm milk, just spot clean the dirty area with a mild detergent as opposed to machine washing it.

If the thought of a dirty mattress has you in tears, you may want to look into a mattress protector in order to ensure that your Wave bed stays clean. Casper sells one or you can pretty much get any mattress protector on Amazon and that should work as well. It does take away from the natural feel of the bed, but it goes a long way in protecting the bed.

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Removable, soft cover on the Casper Wave

Also, Casper recommends on their site that you air your mattress out every now and then. To do this, simply take everything off the mattress, including the sheets, then open a few windows. For a more serious situation, they recommend you sprinkle some baking soda across the bed (maybe with some essential oils mixed in), then vacuum it up before putting the sheets back on. Also, remember to rotate this mattress every 3-6 months. This will help prevent any sagging or permanent body indentations.

Casper Wave—Feel, Firmness, And Responsiveness

As we’ve said, the Casper Wave has more of soft, neutral feel rather than a strong memory foam or innerspring feel. Casper Wave feels soft and bouncy, like how a child would think bouncing on a cloud would feel. That’s the Casper Wave. Funny way to describe the bed, but hopefully that made sense for you.

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We found it to be a medium on our firmness scale. Your bodyweight and BMI do impact how soft or firm a bed feels to you, but for the average person, the Casper Wave should be right around the middle of that soft/firm spectrum.

Heavier folks will experience a softer Casper Wave because they apply more pressure to the mattress. Conversely, more petite individuals will claim that this is a firmer bed.

As for responsiveness, the Wave is actually pretty good despite the fact that it uses a layer of memory foam. Same story, by the way, for the original Casper mattress and Casper Essential. Here’s a look at just how responsive the Wave is.

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Casper Wave responds back quickly

The reason that responsiveness is important is that it indicates how much effort is required to switch positions at night. Casper Wave makes it easy to rotate positions during the night—at no point will you get a strong stuck-in-the-mud feeling. This can help you get more restful sleep because you won’t have to extend extra energy just to switch to your back from you side, for example.

Is The Casper Wave Good For Back And Stomach Sleepers?

Yes. The Casper Wave was created with Hyper-Targeted Support System, which provides extra support particularly under your hips and trunk (where you carry the majority of your weight). If you open up the mattress—which you should not do, but we did—you can actually see the Hyper-Targeted Support System.

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You can see the Hyper-Targeted Support System

You can actually feel that the bed is a little firmer and more supportive in the middle third. If you look closely in the image above, you can see the reinforced slats in that center portion. Pretty neat concept.

Those who sleep on their back or stomach generally need a firmer bed. The main thing that you want to do is ensure that your spine is in neutral alignment. This means that the earlobe, the shoulder, the hip, the knee, and the ankle are all relatively in the same line. We felt that the Wave was a suitable mattress for most back and stomach sleepers.

If you’re extra heavy (well over 250 lb), you might want to look into a spring or hybrid mattress. This is the best Casper mattress for heavier folks,

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Good option for back and stomach sleepers

You do need the mattress to contour to your curves, but the big thing is that you do want too feel extra tension in your lower back from the mattress. And the big test is how you feel when you wake up. It’s not really about how you feel when you first lay down, it’s about how good you feel in the morning.

Is The Casper Wave Good For Side And Combo Sleepers?

Also yes. That “Hyper-Targeted Support system” does a good job of providing ample pressure relief under your shoulders in particular. This is mostly important for side sleepers who usually gravitate toward a softer mattress that will contour to their curves instead of fight against them.

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Again, the heavier you are, the more pressure you’re going to put on the bed. Thus, heavier folks will likely prefer sleeping on their side with the Wave, as opposed to their back or stomach.

As for combo sleepers, the layer of latex in the Wave gives this bed a good amount of bounce, so you’ll most likely never feel “stuck in the mud,” and it’ll be fairly easy to switch positions. So yes, this is a good bed for combo sleepers, as well.

Is Casper Wave Good For Heavier People?

It’s good, but not ideal for everyone. It’s definitely one of the better foam mattresses for heavy and obese people, but we can’t say that it’s absolute best option. Generally speaking, we’d still steer your toward a spring or hybrid mattress. That said, this is a durable, well-made mattress, it’s just that heavier folks are hard to size up for a bed.

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Does The Casper Wave Sleep Hot?

We found that the Casper Wave didn’t cool us down, but we didn’t warm up while we slept either. We’d call it temperature neutral. The Flo Foam helps to circulate airflow and latex foam is a naturally cooler foam in general. It’s not on our list of best cooling mattress for hot sleepers, but unless you sleep notably hot at night, you should be fine with the Wave.

How Is The Casper Wave For Couples?

The Casper Wave is a good bed for couples for a number of reasons. First, the motion isolation on this bed is surprisingly good, considering that it has a layer of latex.

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Really good at isolating cross-mattress motion

Motion isolation refers to how well the bed deadens motion. This means that when your partner tries to sneak away for some late night snacking when they can’t sleep, their motion won’t transfer and wake you up, too. Most foam mattresses are pretty good at isolating motion.

Edge support is another important factor for couples. Edge support is pretty simple, but often overlooked. It really just refers to how sturdy the perimeter of the mattress is. In other words, if you end up on the edges, do you feel as though you’re going to roll off? A bed with good edge support won’t have any of that roll-off sensation.

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Casper Wave has good edge support for an all-foam bed

The edge support on the Wave is also pretty good. This is nice for couples who share a smaller sized bed and tend to fight over the middle, or when someone likes to starfish out on the bed and the other is forced to hug the side of the mattress. Rest assured, you (hopefully) won’t be falling off the edge of this bed.

Casper Wave Review Verdict

The Wave is Casper’s newest addition to their mattress collection (as of this post). We like that this bed is good for all body types, all sleeper types, and couples. We’re glad that their zoned support technology works, and isn’t just marketing fluff. If you like the feeling of soft, neutral-foam, and this bed is within your budget, we say go for it. We think it’ll be hard to find someone who isn’t happy with this bed.

Review Team

Kelsie Longerbeam

Stomach Sleeper


Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

dillon lopez slumber yard

Dillon Lopez

Combo Sleeper


How did the Slumber Yard get the Casper Wave mattress?

We were sent this bed by Casper, but we did not take any money to say good or bad things about it. We review products independently.

What bed frame setup is recommended for the Casper Wave?

The more direct support you have under your Casper mattress, the better. Any slatted frame, platform bed, or adjustable base should work just fine. Casper states that they designed the Wave to work with all standard foundations. Casper also sells a foundation and metal frame on their website, so you can check that out.

How much does the Casper Wave mattress weigh?

This is a pretty heavy bed, so thank God for that white glove delivery. The twin Casper Wave weighs 63 lb, a full weighs 91 lb, a queen size is 109 lb, and then a king size or California king size Casper Wave is 141 lb.

Do I need to flip my Casper Wave bed?

Nope. None of Casper’s mattresses are designed to be flipped. The foams in this bed are also strategically layered to go from bottom to top, so always make sure it’s right side up.

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