Casper Pillow Review
Check out our post to see if Casper’s pillows are as comfortable and accommodating as they claim
Last Updated: May 26, 2020
The internet loved the original Casper mattress, now the company is back with two different pillows made with soft and comfortable materials. One is a down pillow made with ethically sourced materials, the other is an affordable down-alternative. The brand also claims these pillows work for all sleeper types. In this post, we’ll go over the pillows’ most notable highlights and reveal if they’re worth all the hype.
- Free Shipping & Returns
- 100 Nights Trial Period
- 1 Year Warranty
If you want a down-like feel without the feathers
All sleep styles
If you’re especially price conscious
People that don’t like fluffy pillows
- Purchasing A Casper Pillow
- Overview Of Casper Pillows
- Casper Down Pillow Review
- Casper Pillow Review (Original)
This review contains information about both the original pillow and down pillow from Casper. To jump to a particular section within the post, click a link above.
Purchasing A Casper Pillow
If you purchase one of Casper’s pillow online, you’ll receive free shipping along with free returns, just in case you find you don’t love it. You’ll get a whopping 100 nights to test out either pillow, instead of the standard 30 days you’re probably familiar with when you purchase from a department store. If by the end of the trial you aren’t 100% satisfied, go ahead and reach out to customer service to get a refund.
If you end up keeping it—great! You’ll receive a 1-year “limited warranty” on either pillow, so you have some extra security in the case of a manufacture defect. Feel free to head over to Casper’s website to check out the details of the warranty to see exactly what you’re covered for.
These pillows also come in a cool cylinder package that we’re actually setting aside to use as a little storage bin. One thing we didn’t love, though, was the down pillow’s odor when we unboxed it. It was honestly pretty earthy, similar to the way a natural or organic mattress smells. The odor wore off in a couple days, but we thought it was worth mentioning.
Overview Of Casper Pillows
Before we get into the heart of this review, we want to give you a brief summary on Casper’s two pillow models.
Casper Down Pillow — Casper’s down pillow is all-natural and constructed with a 5-chamber design, covered in 100% cotton cover and filled with down material that was responsibly sourced. On another note, it’s about double the price of Casper’s original pillow.
Original Casper Pillow — The Original Casper Pillow is considered a down-alternative, constructed with a pillow-in-pillow design which features a supportive inner pillow and soft outer pillow. The pillow’s filling is made from polyester microfiber, and it’s lined with polyester fabric.
Casper Down Pillow Review
There are currently two sizes available for the Casper Down Pillow; king and standard. They’re both more expensive than Casper’s original pillow, and they’re on the pricier side compared to the other pillows we’ve tested here at The Slumber Yard. But that’s not a huge shock, considering the ethically sourced down material is real high quality. You can visit Casper.com to see the current pricing details.
You can get a standard size for about $125 and the king size for $165. Again, it is a little pricier than other pillows—but it’s not without reason. Accordingly, if you’re a price conscious buyer, try looking at the Nolah AirFiber pillow which is manufactured with a down-alternative that’s still really comfortable, but more affordable by about $50.
Materials And Soft Down Feel
If you’re a fan of down material, you’re probably looking for something soft, fluffy, and light. But sometimes, you can end up with a pillow that feels almost hollow. We think the Casper Down Pillow delivers a quality and luxury feel. It feels really airy and light, yet supportive.
It has a 5-chamber construction—a design we have yet to come across—that’s filled with both white duck down and feathers. While the down material makes the pillow nice and soft, the feathers help give it structure and support. And for extra brownie points, the down is 100% ethically sourced and RDS certified (responsible down standard).
Another feature that structures and expands the Casper Down Pillow is a 2” gusset, which is the side panel that borders the whole pillow. Then its final feature that enhances its softness is a 100% cotton outer shell, and we think it’s a great touch.
Size wise, Casper’s standard size pillow is 18” x 26”, and the king size is 18” x 34”. Casper sent us the standard size, and it fit perfectly inside our basic pillowcase. If you get the king size pillow, you might want to look into buying a king size case to fit it.
Loft And Responsiveness Of The Down Pillow
The loft of a pillow basically means how high or tall it is. In this case, its loft is about 5.5” decompressed, and about 2.5” when your head is laying on it. More often than not, petite folks should consider a pillow on the thinner side, while heavier individuals should look into purchasing a thicker pillow. We really like this pillow because it compresses enough for petite sleepers, but is thick enough for heavier folks too.
It doesn’t respond quickly to pressure like the neutral-foam Tuft & Needle pillow, but it’s also not slow like memory foam pillows. Check out the video above to see what we’re talking about—we thought it was similar to the way a marshmallow bounces back if you squeeze it between your fingers. Overall, we thought Casper’s down pillow was pretty comfortable and accommodating.
The Down Pillow Accommodates All Sleeper Types
On the website, Casper claims their pillow is suitable for all sleeper types, but does it really? Well, as a rule of thumb, side and back sleepers are more comfortable on loftier pillows that keep their heads propped up.
Side sleepers should envision an imaginary line going from their nose down their spine. If their nose is above or below the line, they’re in the clear. For you back sleepers out there, you should have a proper “C” curve in their neck when you’re sleeping, and you should be looking more upwards than forwards.
Unfortunately for stomach sleepers, there are no little tricks to tell if a pillow is right for them. So if this applies to you, just feel it out. If it’s too high, you’ll feel a slight kink in your neck and it won’t be very comfortable.
So how well does Casper’s claim hold true? After testing out their Down Pillow for a night, we concluded that it’s, indeed, accommodating for all sleeper types, but remember that this all hinges on your body type. It’s supportive enough for side and back sleepers (while I slept on my side, I just fluffed it up a bit and I was good to go), but fluffy and adjustable enough for stomach sleepers to sleep comfortably on it.
Casper’s Down Pillow Is Machine Washable
If you’ve ever owned a pillow that wasn’t machine washable, you probably know the struggle of trying to keep it clean after months of drooling, sweating, or occasional spill stains. So one thing we love about the Casper Down Pillow is its machine washable capabilities. According to the site, you can wash it in a front load commercial washer on warm with mild detergent. Then, tumble dry on low with laundry balls, or even clean tennis balls (please not the ones your dog has been chewing on).
Once it’s done, remove it from the dryer and give it a final fluff—it should look good as gold. Speaking of fluffing, Casper recommends you fluff your pillow once a day to keep it in tip-top shape.
Casper Pillow Review (Original)
Materials — Unlike the Casper Down Pillow’s 5-chamber construction, this model is made with a pillow-in-pillow design. This means it has a firmer, more supportive pillow in the middle while the outer pillow provides the bulk of this pillow’s fluffiness and comfort. The filling is made using polyester microfiber, and the fiber clusters are individually blown into the cover. What does that mean for you, exactly? It means you won’t have to deal with a lumpy pillow with an uneven distribution of filling. All you have to do is give it a little fluff, and it’s ready to go. It’s also machine washable like the Casper Down Pillow, which makes it effortless to clean.
Feel — Since this pillow is made with synthetic down-alternative fibers, it feels a little reminiscent of the Casper Down Pillow — just slightly denser because it’s not stuffed with real down feathers. But you do still get that fluffy, soft feel you expect from a down pillow. Like the Casper Down Pillow, this one also doesn’t go flat, which comes in handy for you because you won’t have to wake up several times throughout the night to fluff it. As far as responsiveness goes, it’s in the same boat as the Casper’s down pillow. It’s not super responsive, but it’s not as slow as, let’s say a memory foam pillow.
Price — Like we mentioned before, the Original Casper Pillow is almost half the price of the down model. We don’t think it’s half the quality, however. It’s still a pretty nice pillow. Not quite as luxury, but still nice. We think the price reflects that too. It starts at $65 for a standard model, and goes up to $85 for the king size.
Sleeper Type — We discussed the relevance of a pillow’s loft earlier in this post, and we think the loft of the Original Casper Pillow is about 5.5”-6” uncompressed. When it’s compressed (when your head is laying on it) it goes down to about 3.5”. So we think it can accomodate all sleeper types; back, side, stomach, and combo. It’s supportive and lofty enough for most side and back sleepers, but it compresses enough for a stomach sleeper to be comfortable too.
Body weight, however, does play a big role in how comfortable a pillow is going to be. So if you’re a heavy side sleeper, it’s possible that neither of Casper’s pillow will be supportive enough. But feel free to try them out because you always have that risk-free trial to fall back on.
If you’re a fan of down pillows and their signature fluffy feel, we’re pretty certain you’ll be a fan of Casper’s. It’s a luxury pillow that accommodates a wide range of sleepers, and we were big fans of it here at The Slumber Yard. You can sleep well at night knowing the down was sustainable sourced, and because it’s uber comfortable. We do recognize, however, that it’s kind of an expensive pillow. That’s why we recommend the Original Casper Pillow to anybody looking to save some money. It doesn’t feel exactly the same, but it still has the same soft qualities that a down pillow has. So if you can’t justify the purchase of the Casper Down Pillow, we say go for their original.
The only sleeper who might not love this pillow is a strict side sleeper over 250 lbs. Side sleepers already need a lofty pillow, and it needs to be extra supportive for folks over 250 lbs. With that being said, you’ll have a little over three months to decide if you love the pillow you chose. If not, return your pillow to try out the alternate model, or take a look at our other full-length pillow reviews to check out other options.
Casper sent us their Down Pillow so we could test it, and write a review detailing our thoughts about it. We do not partner with Casper, or any bedding brand for that matter, so our reviews are 100% authentic.
Casper’s Down pillow ships via UPS Ground
Not at this time, unfortunately. The free shipping and returns policy doesn’t apply to folks in Alaska, Hawaii, Yukon Territories, Northwest Territories, and Nanuvat.
Casper offers mattresses, bed frames, pillows, bedding, and many different accessories like a glow light and dog bed.
The Casper Down Pillow is made with responsibly sourced down and organic cotton, while the Original Casper is a down-alternative pillow with a more affordable price tag.