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Casper Wave Review

Our comprehensive review of the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress will cover everything you need to know about this bed.

Last Updated: July 1, 2020

Casper is a popular bed in a box mattress company—perhaps the most popular in the world. The Wave is the most luxurious mattress in the company’s lineup. The bed comes in two different models (all-foam and hybrid) but the Casper Wave Hybrid is the mattress the company offers online so we’ll primarily be focusing on that bed in this review.

Who Is This Best For?

People that are intrigued with Casper’s “Zoned Support” technology

All sleeping positions

If you want a soft foam mattress

Who Won’t Love It?

If you have a limited budget

People that need/want a really firm or soft bed

Agenda For This Review

Casper Wave Review Video

Below is a short review video that covers what you need to know about the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress.

Of course, there is even more to know about the Wave mattress and it’s pros and cons, which is why we’ve put together such a beefy review below. Keep reading if you want more information about Casper Wave. At the bottom, we even have a short synopsis for you.

How Delivery, Unboxing & Returns Work

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.

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.

While the trial period is standard for pretty much every bed-in-a-box mattress, Casper is one of the companies that started the concept. They realize that in order for you to personally evaluate their bed, you need a chance to lay on it—but not just for five minutes at the mattress store. You may need up to three months to give it a thumbs up or down.

Typically, consumers can make a final decision inside the first 45 days, but Casper lets you breathe a little, knowing that the vast majority of buyers end up keeping the mattress. We’ve seen stats that something like 90% or more of people that buy a mattress online end up keeping it. Return rates will vary by brand and product, but clearly they’re getting very few returns because they continue to offer the risk-free trial period.

Moving over to the warranty, 10 years is pretty standard. And if you think about it 10 years is pretty much all that you can expect out of a mattress, so at least Casper covers their products through their expected lifespan.

Pricing Breakdown

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

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin$1,495
Twin XL$1,695
Full$2,395
Queen$2,595
King / Cal King$2,995

Before you get up in arms over the MSRP, it’s important to note that Casper regularly offers discounts and coupon codes. The prices you see above are not what you’ll likely pay come checkout. In most cases, you can expect to receive $150-$200 off the bed.

You can check Casper.com to see current deals and specials. We also should have a coupon code somewhere on this page to help save you money on your Casper mattress purchase.

Casper Wave Design & Construction

The Casper Wave Hybrid consists of five different layers that total 13″ thick. Besides being thicker than most online beds, the Wave Hybrid also has a few other features that separate it from the average bed. Below is a short description of each layer, starting from the bottom.

  • Support Foam With Encased Springs – serves as a strong foundation for the mattress.
  • Polyfoam With Gel Pods – strategically positioned under lower back and core to keep your spine properly aligned.
  • Zoned Memory Foam – split into three different ergonomic zones to provide pressure relief and support where you need it.
  • Natural Latex Foam – acts as a breathable transition layer in the mattress that also adds a little responsiveness.
  • Perforated Comfort Foam – soft, aerated foam that serves as the primary comfort layer for the entire bed.
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A look inside the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress

Obviously, as you can tell, the Wave Hybrid is not your typical bed. Each layer it seems has something special going for it. Accordingly, you might need some help unpacking what everything means. That’s what we’re here for. Allow us to give you some more context regarding the more advanced features of this mattress.

Starting from the top, the comfort layer on the bed also includes a thin coating of cooling gel. This is supposed to help with temperature regulation. Moving down to the latex foam, this layer has what the company calls its “Airscape” design. All this means is that the foam is perforated for airflow purposes.

The next layer is the zoned memory foam. As we mentioned above, this layer is split into three different zones. The zones under your shoulders and legs are softer for more pressure relief, while the middle zone under your hips, waist and lower back is slightly firmer for additional support.

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A closer look at the zoned support system

The layer above the coils also incorporates a zoned support design, although it’s slightly different. The middle zone in this layer actually uses tiny gel pods to help keep your spine in proper alignment. These gel pods are supposed to be more supportive than the foam by itself.

We should also mention that Casper states that all of the foams in the Wave 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, the layer of latex foam and the cover are OEKO-TEX certified, which, again, reaffirms that the bed is safe to sleep on and keep inside your home. The OEKO-TEX certification is really difficult to get, and means that Casper went the extra mile in terms of sourcing materials for the Wave mattress.

Lastly, we’d just like to point out once again that the Wave does come in an all-foam model. Essentially it’s the same exact bed as the hybrid model except it uses support foam instead of coils for its foundation. With that said, the foam Wave model is only available to purchase in-stores.

About The Cover On The Wave Mattress

Wrapping the Casper Wave mattress is a soft, gray cover. It 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. This is standard in the industry.

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 and keeping it clean. You should be able to find a mattress protector that’s semi-breathable and is still waterproof.

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An overhead view of the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress

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.

What A Luxury Hybrid Mattress Feels Like

The Casper Wave has more of soft, neutral feel rather than a strong memory foam or innerspring feel. The bed 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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The Wave mattress has a soft, neutral feel

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. We try to include this disclaimer in every post just to lay expectations. It’s the reason that we build our firmness scales to show a range rather than a set point. The heavier people on our team think Casper is just a hair softer than a medium, while our petite employees claim it’s just a hair firmer than a medium.

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As for responsiveness, the Wave is fairly resilient despite the fact that it uses a layer of memory foam. A lot of the “bounce” that you will experience comes from the coil foundation and latex foam.

The reason that responsiveness is important is that it indicates how much effort is required to switch positions. 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 expend extra energy just to switch to your back from you side, for example.

Back And Stomach Sleeper Approved

The Casper Wave was created with a zoned support design, 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 different zones.

Further, you can feel that the bed is a little firmer and more supportive in the middle third. When you lay on the bed, the split support system is subtle, but we think it’s a clever concept, especially if you plan to keep the bed for seven or more years. In other words, we think it will help you to get more comfortable sleep, but also it should help increase the useful life of the mattress.

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The Wave is a great choice for back and stomach sleepers

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 remains in neutral alignment. This means that your earlobe, shoulder, hips, knee, and ankles are all relatively in the same line. We feel the Wave Hybrid does a good job of this, and thus, is a suitable mattress for back and stomach sleepers.

You do need the mattress to contour to your curves, but the big thing is that you don’t want to 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. We think most people will report back good news with the Casper Wave mattress.

Will The Wave Work For Side Sleepers?

Yes. The 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 coils and latex foam in the Wave gives this bed a good amount of bounce, so you’ll most likely never feel “stuck”, and it’ll be fairly easy to switch positions. So yes, this is a good bed for combo sleepers, as well. While it has the memory foam layer, the Wave does not at all feel like a memory foam mattress.

Can Heavy People Sleep On The Wave?

The Casper Wave Hybrid is a solid option for heavy people who weigh 225 pounds or more. We feel comfortable saying this for two reasons. First, the Wave Hybrid is a thick mattress. In most cases, heavier folks will want to choose a thick bed so there are more layers between them and their foundation.

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The Wave Hybrid will work for big guys like JD

Next and more importantly, the Wave utilizes coils for its base. This is great because coils are more durable and provide more reinforcement than foam foundations. Why does that matter for heavy people? Well, larger body types apply a lot more pressure and force on beds than smaller body types so having the extra support from the coils is key.

Bottom line, heavy people will be just fine on the Wave Hybrid. However, keep in mind, the bed will feel slightly softer to these types of people.

Consensus On Sleeping Temperature

We found that the Casper Wave didn’t cool us down, but we didn’t warm up while we slept either. The AirScape design of the top layers does help to circulate airflow and latex foam in general is known for sleeping cool. Still, we’d call it temperature neutral just like most beds.

All in all, the Wave is not on our list of the best cooling mattresses, but unless you sleep noticeably hot at night, you should be fine with the Wave.

It’s also important to remember that sleeping temperature hinges on more than just the materials that are inside the bed. Other factors such as softness/firmness, weight of the sleeper and room temperature all impact how you experience the mattress.

Will Couples Enjoy The Casper Wave?

The Casper Wave is a good bed for couples for a number of reasons. First, the motion isolation performance of this bed is surprisingly good, considering that it uses coils and a layer of latex (i.e. it has some bounce).

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.

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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The Wave mattress provides solid edge support

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

Beyond its price tag, there’s a lot to like about the Casper Wave Hybrid. We like that it’s accommodating for all body types, 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 falls within your budget, we say go for it. We think it’ll be hard to find someone who isn’t happy with this bed.

Why Casper Wave Might Be Worth Paying More For

Zoned Support Design — There are very few other beds with such a meticulous design. We can’t say that you’ll definitely notice the the support system, but we do think it is a major differentiating factor for the Wave.

Neutral Feel — It has such a plain feel to it that we think most people will be just fine sleeping on the Wave. In other words, it’s not going to send anyone running for the hills because the feel is too unique. Most people should agree that it’s a comfortable mattress.

Firmness Level — Similar story for firmness. It’s pretty neutral—just a medium, give or take. The bed is therefore able to accommodate all sleeping positions.

Brand Name — While it has nothing to do with the actual product itself, brand equity is important to consumers. You recognize (and most likely trust) the Casper brand, and that alone could give you confidence in the Wave mattress.

ACA Endorsement — We aren’t aware of any other beds that have been endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. Perhaps there are others, but we haven’t seen or tested them. In any case, if you’re dealing with Sciatica or lower back pain—or some other physical ailment—it might give you confidence in the Wave mattress given that it’s been endorsed by the ACA.

Trial Period — If all else fails, at least you can get your money back during the trial period.

Review team

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

FAQs

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 Hybrid mattress weigh?

This is a pretty heavy bed, so thank God for that white glove delivery. The twin Casper Wave weighs 70 lb, a full weighs 100 lb, a queen size is 111 lb, and then a king size or California king size Casper Wave is around 145 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.

What makes Casper Wave so special?

The entire concept of Casper Wave is that it offers more support under the center third of the bed and more pressure relief under your shoulders. This is the “Zoned Support” design.

Is this an innerspring mattress?

Interestingly, Casper Wave is only available as a hybrid mattress online (i.e. it has coils). You can find the all-foam version at certain physical retailers, but only the innerspring version is sold on Casper.com.

How firm is Casper Wave?

It’s about a “medium” meaning it’s a 5/10 on our firmness scale.

Will it be good for side sleepers?

We think this is a really good mattress for side sleepers. It offers a lot of pressure relief.

What is Zoned Support?

The bed is firmer in the middle and softer at the top and bottom. It’s more complicated than that, but the idea is to give you more support and more pressure relief where you need it.