Our Review of The Casper Mattress for 2018

Casper is probably the most well-known bed-in-a-box company, and for good reason. Their mattress is one of the most comfortable products we have tested.

In fact, our time on the Casper inspired us to select it as our #1 pick for Most Versatile Mattress (see all the top mattress awards).

In addition to this model, the company sells The Wave and The Essential. This review will focus on their original model, which was recently updated to be even more comfortable.

This in-depth review of Casper is based on our scoring system that includes characteristics such as support, quality, and comfort.

While this is one of the original online bed-in-a-box brands, they have showrooms in select cities and are currently partnering with Target. So, whether online or in-store, you can conveniently shop this brand.

Keep reading to find out why Casper is one of our favorites or read the summary here.

You will love the Casper if you:

  • Are a combination sleeper – This is our #1 Most Versatile pick because nearly every person will be comfortable. Instead of using a mattress that caters to one position, combination sleepers will feel like it was made just for them.
  • Sleep with a partner – This brand has enough support and pressure relief to accommodate a wide range of styles and body types, making it a good investment for couples.
  • Sleep hot – Casper’s purposeful layering of materials is designed to help sleepers stay cool. Unlike traditional memory foams that trap heat, its memory layer is deeper, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of an open cell top layer that does not retain heat.

You might not like the Casper if you:

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Construction (Materials & Quality)

Casper is a foam bed-in-a-box model designed to be used with standard foundations such as slatted frames or platforms. It is ten inches in height with four distinct layers.

The two-toned polyester cover is thick, yet breathable. It shows no signs of weakness when pulling firmly in opposite directions and has quality stitching. It zips off so you can conveniently clean the cover.

The design of the mattress is intentional to provide a mix of characteristics that every person needs, from breathability to support.

  • The first layer is 1.5 inches of proprietary comfort foam, which is an update from the previous latex version. The open-cell structure works to keep sleepers cool and is bouncy and breathable.
  • The second layer is made of 1.5 inches of high-density memory foam that helps with pressure relief and motion isolation. By strategically placing this layer under the first, sleepers stay cooler since they are not in direct contact with heat-retaining memory foam.
  • The third layer is a 1.5-inch poly foam transition layer between the top and base layers. It helps with weight distribution and allows sleepers to shift smoothly to the base layer from the comfort layers.
  • The base layer is 5 inches of high-density poly foam that provides durable support.
the casper mattress layers and structure

Firmness (Support & Feel)

Most people sleep the best on a medium-level of firmness, which means it not only works well for individuals, but also couples with different sleep habits.

One of the reasons this brand is excellent for nearly every sleeper is because of its medium-level firmness. We rated Casper a 5.5 to 6 out of 10 on our firmness scale with 10 being the firmest.

When pressing into the mattress, the softness of the cover and the top comfort layer are prominent.

After pushing into the mattress and releasing, there is a quick response time. Even with the memory layer present, there is no slow-rising action. This is a change from the first version of this mattress, which was slightly slower-responding.

While lying down, there is a gentle cradling effect without sinking too far down. There is a noticeable bounce in the top layer, which makes repositioning easy.

Back sleepers have the support they need for their lumbar region and hips will sink slightly to a comfortable position, creating neutral spinal alignment.

Likewise, stomach sleepers will experience the support they need to keep their backs from overextending and hips from drooping down too far.

Even though there is support for individuals who favor their back and stomach, side sleepers will happily notice pressure relief from the memory foam. This is especially important in the shoulders and hips, which bear the brunt of weight in a more condensed area than other positions.

Combination sleepers can rest easy knowing they made a good investment with a versatile bed.

While we typically note which weight categories work the best for each mattress, Casper is a rare type of bed that works well not only for a variety of positions, but also a wide range of weights. Whether light, average, or heavier weight, we believe that individuals of most shapes and sizes will be comfortable on this mattress.

With a 100-day risk-free trial, it is hard to find a reason not to try this brand!

firmness scale for casper mattress

Motion Transfer

Motion transfer can be an important factor for light sleepers with pets or partners. Typically, traditional memory foams perform the best in this category and innersprings are notoriously lacking.

Casper’s memory and foam layers work together to provide a good level of motion isolation. The motion transfer is subtle, even when we jumped onto the bed. The objects on the other side were barely impacted.

Edge Support

Edge support is not typically a make-or-break characteristic when purchasing a mattress, but it can be something to consider if you frequently lie or sit on the edge.

While lying on the edge, there is slight compression. However, our team felt well-supported. Unlike traditional memory foam beds, no one felt like they were slowly expelled from the edge.

Foam beds do not typically perform well while sitting on the edge. Casper compressed while sitting down, but this was expected and not a big deal.

Other Considerations

  • Trial Period – 100-night risk-free trial. The company will send a full refund if you are not satisfied, as well as donate the bed to a local charity (where available).
  • Warranty – 10-year limited warranty.
  • Ships to USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and UK with select area White Glove Delivery.
  • Select White Glove Delivery – In certain areas, white glove delivery is available. Instead of receiving the Casper compressed in a box and shipped to your door, you can schedule a 2-hour delivery window and have professionals set the bed up in any room in your home.
  • CertiPUR-US® Certified – Each foam meets rigorous environmental requirements and is free from harmful chemicals found in competitors’ products.
  • Designed and Assembled in the USA
SizeDimensionsPrice (without discount)
TWIN 39in x 75in x 10in$595
TWIN XL39in x 80in x 10in$645
FULL 54in x 75in x 10in$895
QUEEN 60in x 80in x 10in $995
KING 76in x 80in x 10in$1.195
CAL KING72in x 84in x 10in$1.195

Final Thoughts

9.3 Total Score

We love Casper so much that it is our #1 pick for Most Versatile mattress. Since it is great for sleepers of all types, we think you will love it, too!

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Casper’s versatile mattress works exceptionally well for stomach, side, and back sleepers. Combined with comfort for light, average, and heavier weight individuals, the bed is both a rarity and a good investment.

People who love the feel of foam but worry about overheating finally have a solution. Breathable materials and innovative layering in the mattress help to regulate temperatures all night.

As a bed-in-a-box pioneer, Casper’s update of their original mattress provides even more comfort and innovation. Less expensive than their Wave and more than the Essential, their original product has a mid-level price point for a product that is sure to wow and stand the test of time.

Author: Sarah Cummings

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