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The Bottom Line.
The Casper Wave is one of the very best luxury mattresses you can buy for under $2,000.
The Casper Original is a good option for side sleepers and light/average weight folks.
Casper’s Essential mattress represents good value. If you’re looking for a bed under $600, go with this.
As one of the most well-known and marketable bed-in-a-box companies, Casper has brought their brand to the forefront of the mattress industry. Casper offers two memory foam mattresses and one mixed foam and latex mattress in its current lineup:
The Casper has a comfort layer with three separate components: a middle memory foam layer placed between top and bottom layers of polyfoam. The support core is constructed from polyfoam, as well. The paneled cover is made from a blend of several fabrics, primarily polyester and rayon.
The Wave has a comfort system with four primary components: a top layer of ‘Flo Foam’ pillow top polyfoam; a second layer of blended synthetic and natural latex; a third layer of memory foam; and a bottom layer of high-resilience polyfoam. The support core is constructed from high-density polyfoam, and the cover is a cotton blend.
The Essential is constructed with a top layer of polyfoam and a bottom layer of memory foam in the comfort system, and a support core made of high-density polyfoam.
Casper incorporates some innovative techniques and technology in creating the Casper and the Wave models. They are constantly at work to build a better bed.
After collecting extensive buyer experience data on the Casper models, we can happily say customers love these beds. Our testing didn’t find any of the Casper models to be exceptional in any one category, but if you talk to most any Casper customer, you’ll hear nothing but rave reviews.
Learn more about each of these mattresses below in our full review.
All three models sleep fairly cool, effectively isolate motion, and produce little to no noise
Average to below-average price-points
Free standard delivery and free White Glove delivery with The Wave
100-night risk-free trial
Weak edge support in all three models
The Wave is relatively heavy and difficult to move
Above-average price-point for The Wave
Ratings and Recommendations
Good for Back Pain
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10 Year, Limited
Owners report that Casper models perform fairly well after long-term use, but the company has only been in business for three years and it may be too early to accurate gauge the lifespan of these mattresses.
The Casper mattress absorbs and minimizes motion to a significant extent, according to owners.
The Casper offers comfortable conforming and targeted pressure relief.
Our feedback indicates that The Casper and The Wave is responsive and bouncy enough for most couples
Casper mattresses absorb minimal body heat and sleep fairly cool compared to other memory foam mattresses.
Some Casper owners report moderate off-gassing when the mattress is new.
The Casper offers some edge support, but sinkage has been reported.
Casper mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.
Good for Back Pain
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10 Year, Limited
Owners report that Casper Wave models perform fairly well after long-term use, but the company has only been in business for three years and it may be too early to accurate gauge the lifespan of these mattresses.
Casper Wave mattresses absorb and minimize motion to a significant extent, according to owners.
Many owners report that The Wave offers comfortable conforming and targeted pressure relief.
Our feedback indicates that The Wave is responsive and bouncy enough for most couples
Compared to other memory foam mattresses, The Wave from Casper absorbs minimal body heat and sleeps fairly cool.
There are fewer odor complaints associated with The Wave than other Casper mattresses.
The Wave offers some edge support, but sinkage has been reported.
Casper Wave mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.
Good for Hot Sleepers
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10 Year, Limited
Durability appears to be good for the Casper Essential, but the company has only been in business for three years and it may be too early to accurate gauge the lifespan of these mattresses.
The Casper Essential absorbs and minimizes motion to a significant extent, according to owners.
The Essential is fairly thin and does not conform very closely or alleviate much pressure.
The Essential is on the thinner side, and some couples say it is not responsive enough for sex.
Compared to other memory foam mattresses, Casper Essential mattresses absorb minimal body heat and sleep fairly cool.
Essential owners report moderate off-gassing when the mattress is new.
The Essential offers little to no edge support and premature sinkage is likely.
Essential mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.
What Type of Sleeper Is Best Suited for a Casper Mattress?
Based on our customer feedback, Casper mattresses received the following grades among sleepers of different weights and preferred sleep positions. Please note that these ratings are subjective, and that everyone has varying experiences on different mattresses. Sleeper comfort and spinal support are the most important factors when it comes to selecting a mattress.
As you can see, the Casper is a great choice for side sleepers, with the exception of larger folks (230 lbs and beyond). We are weary of recommending the Casper to larger shoppers no matter their sleep style, since it lacks the necessary support you need. Our testing found the zoned support system works best for lighter and average weight back sleepers, but most stomach sleepers should look to the Casper Wave for improved midriff and mid-back support.
The Essential, as a Firm mattress, is likely better for you if you’re above-average weight, but its lesser quality foams will degrade quicker.
The Casper is designed as a Medium feel, which might be a bit too soft for larger sleepers. Side sleepers of lighter and average weight should find this bed quite comfortable. If you sleep on your back or stomach, you should stay away from the Casper.
Our testing process found the Casper should be great for you if…
You have sensitive pressure points that need to be lightly cushioned against. Especially, in your shoulders, hips, and lower back.
You sleep with a partner and want to limit the movement you feel on the bed.
You like to sink into a bed and feel it hug around you. The Casper has a significant contouring comfort that absorbs your body’s pressure.
Our testing process found the Casper Essential should be great for you if…
You’re looking for an affordable soft mattress.
You love the feel of memory foam – sleeping more “on” than “in” a bed. The Essential has more of a firm feel than it’s sister-beds the Wave and the Casper. It amounts to a sleep experience that keeps you lofted and “floating on top” of the mattress.
Our testing process found the Casper Wave should be great for you if…
You want a more luxury memory foam bed.
You like memory foam but you keeps you too hot throughout the night. The Casper Wave is designed to resist body heat with latex as the uppermost comfort layer of the bed.
You have chronic back or neck pain and most mattresses throw your spine out of whack. The Wave is designed with contour cuts in the support base to absorb pressure. This helps make your body feel cradled, yet keeps your spine supported and in its natural position.
What You Need to Know About Casper Mattresses
Construction and Firmness
Each Casper mattress is available with a different firmness: The Essential is a 7.5, or Firm, on our firmness scale; The Casper is a 5, or Medium; and The Wave is a 4.5, or Medium Soft. The table below features a detailed breakdown of components and dimensions for all three models. Please note that specific layer measurement are not available for The Essential.
Casper offers a 100-night sleep trial for all three mattress models.
Owners may elect to return the mattress and receive a full refund, including shipping fees, at any point during the sleep trial.
Casper will arrange for couriers to come pick up the mattress from the owner’s home, at which time it will either be recycled or donated to charity.
Customers who purchase their Casper mattress from Amazon.com will also be eligible for the 100-night trial.
Casper offers a 10-year nonprorated warranty:
Warranty coverage kicks in on the date that the mattress is purchased.
The 10-year limited warranty will only be provided to customers who purchase their mattress directly from Casper or an authorized seller of Casper products.
During the warranty coverage period, Casper will replace or repair a defective mattress. Casper will cover fees for returning a defective mattress to the company, but the owner will be required to pay fees for having a replaced or repaired mattress shipped back to them.
Mattress owners must pay the difference if their defective mattress is replaced with an upgrade model.
In the event that a defective mattress is repaired or replaced with the same mattress model, the original warranty coverage will continue. If the mattress is replaced with an upgrade, then a new warranty will be issued beginning on the date that the upgrade is purchased.
The warranty will be voided if the owner does not provide a proper foundation to support the mattress. According to Casper, proper foundation options include the following:
A foundation and modern box spring with wooden slats that are no more than 4″ apart.
A flat platform bed.
A slatted base made of wood with slats that are no more than 4″ apart.
The warranty will cover the following product defects:
Indentations in the foam that are 1″ or deeper that do not result from improper foundational support.
‘Any physical flaw’ that causes the mattress to split or crack beyond normal wear and tear.
Manufacturing defects that affect the cover zipper.
The warranty will not cover the following:
‘Normal increase in the softness’ of the comfort layer that does not affect its ability to alleviate pressure.
Replacements or repairs due to changes in the owner’s sleep preferences.
Burns, cuts, tears, liquid damage, stains, and other forms of damage that do not occur during manufacturing or shipping, and are directly caused by the owner or someone else using the mattress.
Replacement of other components of the Casper sleep system unless they are also defective.
The warranty is only available to the original purchaser of the mattress. Anyone who purchases or acquires this mattress second-hand does so ‘as is’, and will not be eligible for warranty coverage.
How is the mattress shipped?Casper mattresses are compressed, vacuum-sealed, and shipped in a box
Where do they ship?Casper ships to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada
White Glove DeliveryWhite glove delivery is available free-of-charge for the Wave. White glove is available at an additional charge for the Casper and the Essential
Full shipping details
The delivery policy for Casper mattresses is as follows:
UPS Ground is used for Casper deliveries. Most customers will receive their Casper mattress within two to five business days of the original purchase, depending on their location.
Free standard shipping is offered to all customers in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, customers in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are eligible for same-day courier deliveries.
White Glove delivery is offered nationwide; previously, this service was only available in select U.S. cities. White Glove Delivery entails mattress setup and packaging removal, as well as old mattress removal upon request. White Glove delivery is available free-of-charge for The Wave; the other two Casper mattresses will incur additional charges for White Glove services.
How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Casper mattresses are compressed, vacuum-sealed, and shipped in a box. The total box weight ranges from 44 lbs to 110 lbs, depending on the mattress size. Where Do They Ship?: Casper ships mattresses to addresses in the U.S. and Canada. Delivery Fee: Standard deliveries are offered free-of-charge. Free White Glove delivery is also available with The Wave
Old Mattress Removal
Old mattress removal is offered with White Glove delivery for an additional charge.
8 out of 10 owner experiences show customers have had a positive experience with Casper, irrespective of whether or not they liked their mattress.
Casper was founded in 2013, and officially launched in April 2014.
Casper operates brick-and-mortar stores in the following locations: San Francisco, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, Torrance, CA, Denver, CO, Aventura, FL, West Palm Beach, FL, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Oakbrook, IL, Chestnut Hill, MA, Bloomington, MN, Short Hills, NJ, New York, NY, White Plains, NY, Huntington Station, NY, King of Prussia, PA, and Austin, TX.
Lastly, let’s look at some mattress brands with models that are comparable to Casper’s current selection. The comparison table below features four foam and/or latex mattress brands that are sold online at average to below-average price-points. To visit our reviews of these brands, please click the links in the top row.