What happens when a beautiful star explodes into a spectacular luminous display? You get a supernova. What happens when you take the award-winning Original Casper and add additional zoning, cooling, and coils? You get the Casper Nova Hybrid—which the brand calls its coziest bed yet.
One of the internet’s favorite mattress retailers has expanded upon its best-selling line of innovative products. If you’re looking for a plush and cozy mattress that still has excellent support and bounce, this one is worth a look! Our in-depth Casper Nova Hybrid review touches on all the features you need to know.
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Who We Recommend The Casper Nova Hybrid For:
- Side sleepers – With three layers of foam over pocketed coils, side sleepers should feel comfortably cradled. Built-in zoning in two of the layers is designed to alleviate excess pressure under the shoulders and hips while keeping the spine properly aligned.
- Folks who overheat – Most beds with memory foam aren’t a good fit for sleepers prone to overheating because of their reputation for retaining heat. Casper’s foams feature Airscape™ technology to allow proper airflow and breathability, keeping sleepers cool throughout the night.
- Affordable luxury shoppers – Features like a classy eco-friendly cover, ergonomic zoning, and a cloud-like feel normally come at a cost, but this brand ships straight to your door for luxurious comfort without breaking the bank.
Who We Don’t Recommend Casper Nova Hybrid For:
- People who want a firm mattress – While a plush-like feel is at the top of many shoppers’ lists, not everyone loves a soft mattress. If you’re looking for something a little firmer, check out our picks for the top firm mattresses available.
- Stomach sleepers – Stomach sleepers tend to need a firmer bed as their weight tends to dip at the hips with a softer bed, compromising back alignment.
First Impressions: Firmness & Feel
Firmness Scale: 5/10 (Medium)
Please remember that firmness is a subjective characteristic and your shape will dictate how you experience a bed. A heavier person whose weight can more easily push through softer comfort and support layers may experience a bed as softer than a lightweight person. The way you are shaped could also play a role here. Consider your weight, shape, and size when evaluating firmness scores.
On our mattress firmness scale, we rate the Casper Nova Hybrid at a 5 out of 10, which means it has a medium firmness. Mattresses in this middle range tend to work well for most people, but keep in mind, the Nova Hybrid will feel a bit softer than some other medium-firm mattresses. This is because it has two top layers of Airscape foam, which are quite soft.
Beneath that, it has zoned support, making it firmer beneath areas like the hips and low back. This means that depending on your position, the mattress might feel firmer or softer.
How Does It Feel?
One of the first things you’ll notice is the velvety-soft and stretchy cover that can be removed for washing.
Beneath the cover, the Nova Hybrid feels like a lighter, springier version of the original Casper mattress. The top layer is the softest foam that the company has ever used, giving it that plush feel. Unlike some soft beds, when you lie down, you don’t sink in deeply through the layers. You should immediately notice pushback support that keeps you from feeling stuck.
What We Like About the Casper Nova Hybrid
- It has two layers of zoned support – The second and third layers of this mattress are zoned for support, meaning they’re firmer beneath the low back, hips, and waist and then softer beneath the shoulders to keep your spine in alignment.
- The puff fabric – For those who love a cloud-like bed, this is heaven. The top layer of puff fabric gently cradles the body.
- The foam is aerated – This is good news for hot sleepers. The aerated foam allows for the Nova Hybrid to be cradling and cloud-like, without overheating you.
Our Nova Hybrid Complaints
- It’s expensive – If you’re on a tighter budget, this mattress, which runs between 1,395 and 2,895 dollars, might not be an option for you.
- It will be too soft for some – Even though the Nova Hybrid has excellent support with its layer of coils and two layers of zoned support, it will still feel soft. If you’re not a fan of a soft-feeling mattress, this one might not work for you.
- The warranty – Some beds with similar price tags offer lifetime warranties. The Casper Nova Hybrid comes with a 10-year warranty. Although this should still cover the lifetime of the mattress, it is shorter than some might prefer.
Testing the Casper Nova Hybrid: How it Performed
When we tested the Nova Hybrid, we looked at specific features to determine who will benefit most from this mattress. These included: cooling, motion isolation, bounce, and edge support. We also lie down on the mattress in different sleeping positions to see how it performed for pressure relief and support in each position.
Sleeping Positions for Different Body Types
According to Casper, there is no specific weight capacity for the Nova Hybrid. They do note that because it is a softer mattress, heavier sleepers (those over 230 pounds) might not find it supportive enough and instead recommend the Casper Wave Hybrid.
|Weight||Side Sleepers||Back Sleepers||Stomach Sleepers
|Lightweight Sleepers (-130 lbs)||★★★||★★★||★★☆|
|Average-Weight Sleepers (130-230 lbs)||★★★||★★★||☆☆☆|
|Heavyweight Sleepers (+230 lbs)||☆☆☆||★☆☆||☆☆☆|
- Lightweight Sleepers – Those under 130 pounds should love this soft, cloud-like mattress for side sleeping. It should relieve pressure in the shoulder and hip and keep the spine aligned.
- Average Weight Sleepers – People between 130 and 230 pounds should also sleep well on their sides on the Nova Hybrid. They’ll sink in just enough on the top foam layers for optimal pressure relief.
- Heavyweight Sleepers – Heavyweight sleepers will likely press too far down into the top comfort layers of this bed and bump up against the firmer support layers beneath. This will cause pressure in the shoulder and hips.
- Lightweight Sleepers – Lightweight back sleepers should feel comfortable and supported by the ergonomic features of this bed.
- Average Weight Sleepers – Average-weight back sleepers will feel a good balance of comfort and lifting with this mattress.
- Heavyweight Sleepers – Some heavyweight sleepers could feel supported enough on their backs since their weight will be more evenly distributed in this position (as opposed to side sleeping). However, a firmer mattress is still recommended.
- Lightweight Sleepers – Very lightweight stomach sleepers should get enough support from the Nova Hybrid. With its zoning, it should keep the hips elevated and the spine aligned for those under 130 pounds.
- Average Weight Sleepers – Average-weight sleepers will likely need a firmer mattress in order to sleep on their stomachs.
- Heavyweight Sleepers – Heavyweight sleepers will find this bed far too soft to sleep on their stomachs.
Pressure Relief & Pain
If you lie down on the floor in your typical sleeping position, you’ll quickly feel where your pressure points are. For most people, these end up being the shoulders and hips.
Casper’s approach to pressure relief includes three distinct foam layers with aeration for cooling, ergonomic zoning for dynamic relief based on your natural shape, and pocketed coils that compress individually beneath your body weight.
Back Pain – This mattress is ideal for most back sleepers with back pain. It has not just one, but two layers of zoned support to keep the spine in proper alignment, which should relieve back pain. That said, some heavier sleepers with back pain might not find this relatively soft bed to be supportive enough.
Hip Pain – Light and average-weight sleepers with hip pain should find the cloud-like top layer to feel extremely comfortable and relieving when sleeping on their sides. We don’t, however, recommend this bed for stomach sleepers with hip pain as it may be too soft.
Shoulder Pain – Side sleepers often experience shoulder pain when their mattress is too firm. The combination of the plush comfort layer and zoned support (which is softer beneath the shoulder) make this an excellent mattress for relieving shoulder pain.
Just because a bed excels in pressure relief doesn’t mean it underperforms in support. Thanks to the zoning throughout the foam layers, your lower back should feel well-supported while your shoulders and hips sink in. The added lift from the springs should also work to keep your spine in neutral alignment.
Another positive benefit of the responsive foams and coils is bounce. Despite having three layers of foam, there is still a good amount of bounce in this bed that should help with getting in and out of bed or changing positions.
When we talk about “motion transfer,” we’re talking about how much motion you’ll experience when somebody moves on another part of the bed.
This is especially important if you share a bed — with a partner, your kids, or even a furry friend. Typically, beds that are bouncy like this one won’t do the best job when it comes to isolating motion. Surprisingly, Casper has managed to create a bed that does both; it has a good amount of spring and cuts down on motion that could interrupt sleep, which is a must for light sleepers.
Temperature Regulation / Cooling
Foam beds tend to retain heat and leave sleepers feeling hot and sweaty overnight. Casper has included tiny aeration holes in the first two layers of foam that are designed to allow heat to escape.
The layer of coils at the bottom will also assist in providing good airflow. This bed should sleep cooler than many memory foam beds, but if you’re used to a bed without foam, the Nova Hybrid may still feel a little warm to some folks.
Performance for Couples
The Casper Nova Hybrid is a great bed for couples because it combines two rarely-combined traits: high bounce and good motion isolation.
Those sharing a bed will value the Nova Hybrid’s ability to absorb motion, so you shouldn’t be able to feel your partner move through the night, and some sexually-active couples will appreciate the Nova Hybrid’s high bounce.
It also has reinforced edges, so you and your partner should be able to spread out and comfortably use the entire surface of the bed.
Optional In-Home Delivery
While shipping is free, the company also offers upgraded options to have your mattress unboxed and set up for you. You can also opt to have your old mattress removed for convenience.
Casper was one of the pioneers of the bed-in-a-box industry, shipping its products directly to customers without the need for middlemen. This process cuts down on costs and allows customers to shop from the comforts of their homes.
Exceptional Edge Support
Typically, beds that are made up of mostly foam don’t have very good edge support. This means that when you get close to the edge of the bed, it feels like you’re going to fall off. Casper reinforced the perimeter of the bed around the coils with a firm foam to prevent this from happening.
Construction: What’s Inside the Casper Nova Hybrid?
The Nova Hybrid stands an impressive 12 inches tall and has four layers. Encasing the entire mattress is a velvety-soft cover that can be removed for washing. This eco-friendly cover is made of recycled polyester, upcycled cotton, rayon, and lycra, and contains up to 70 recycled bottles. The knit fabric stretches four ways so sleepers can experience all the benefits of the layers below.
All foams used in this bed are CertiPUR-US® Certified.
- Underneath the cover is a premium foam top layer featuring puff fabric that cradles the body in what’s described by the brand as a cloud-like feel. This plush and velvety layer is aerated with small perforations to help trapped heat escape.
- Next, you’ll find another layer of soft foam that’s also aerated for cooling. This layer has three ergonomic zones that are softer under the shoulders for pressure relief and firmer under the hips, waist, and lower back to help keep the spine properly aligned.
- The third layer is made up of contoured memory foam that has seven support zones. This reinforces the ergonomic benefits of the layer above, keeping the spine in proper alignment.
- Finally, the fourth layer features resilient coils with a firm foam border to provide edge support. This bottom layer adds a little spring to the bed and also allows better airflow throughout.
Unboxing & Off-Gassing
Your brand-new mattress ships directly to your doorstep rolled and compressed in a box. According to the company, once you unbox and let your bed expand, it should be ready to sleep on within minutes.
That said, like most bed-in-a-box mattresses that include foam, there will be an initial off-gassing period. This just means that there will be a slight chemical smell because of the foams. This should dissipate within 24 to 48 hours. To speed up this off-gassing period, just leave the bed in a well-ventilated room and wait until the smell dissipates before you dress it.
- CertiPUR-US® certified – The foams in this bed are CertiPUR-US® certified. CertiPUR-US® is a third-party program that ensures the foams meet rigorous health and safety standards. This means they don’t contain harmful substances like ozone depleters, PBDEs, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and phthalates. They should also have low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.
Coupons, Trials, Warranties, and Shipping
- Shipping – The Casper Nova Hybrid ships free to your door within the continental U.S. and most of Canada. For a charge, shipping is also available to Hawaii, Alaska, and Northern Canada.
- White Glove Delivery – Casper offers the option of white glove delivery for an additional fee. This means they’ll deliver your mattress, set it up, and remove your old one.
- Trial – Casper offers a 100-night sleep trial. If you decide it isn’t right for you, Casper offers free returns and recycles or donates many returned beds.
- Warranty – The company offers a 10-year warranty in case the bed doesn’t hold up the way it should.
- Return Policy – Casper requires that you try your mattress out for 30 nights, in order to fully give it a chance. If after that you’re sure it’s not the bed for you, you can return it for free within your 100-night sleep trial to receive a full refund.
Sizes & Prices
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||Price (w/o discount)|
|Twin||38” x 75” x 12”||$1,395|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 12”||$1,795|
|Full||53” x 75” x 12”||$2,145|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 12”||$2,295|
|King||76” x 80” x 12”||$2,895|
|Cali King||72” x 84” x 12”||$2,895|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Casper Nova Hybrid too soft?
The Casper Nova Hybrid may be too soft for some sleepers, such as heavier people, stomach sleepers, and those who enjoy a firmer mattress. Out of 10, we think the Casper Nova Hybrid feels like a 5. This makes it on the softer side of medium-firm.
Does the Casper Nova Hybrid come in a box?
Yes, the Casper Nova Hybrid is delivered to your door, rolled up and compressed into a box, and shipped free of charge. Unboxing should take only about 10-15 minutes.
Which Casper mattress is the softest?
The Nova Hybrid is Casper’s softest mattress. It should feel cloud-like but still supportive for most sleepers.
How tall is a Casper Nova Hybrid?
The Casper Nova Hybrid measures 12 inches tall.
Do you need a box spring with Casper Nova Hybrid?
You can place the Casper Nova Hybrid directly on a bed frame or foundation; it does not need a box spring.
Casper vs Other Brands
Casper Nova Hybrid vs Layla Hybrid
- 5/10 firmness level
- 100-night trial
- 4/10 (Soft side), 7/10 (Firm side)
- 120-night trial
Who We Recommend the Nova Hybrid For
- Those who want a medium-plush mattress
- Side sleepers
- Hot sleepers
Who We Recommend the Layla Hybrid For
- Those who want a flippable mattress with dual firmness levels
- Petite sleepers
Read our Layla Hybrid mattress review if you think the Layla Hybrid is right for you
Casper Nova Hybrid vs Helix Midnight
- 5/10 firmness level
- Adjustable base compatible
- 6-7/10 firmness level
- Adjustable base compatible
Who We Recommend the Nova Hybrid For
- Side sleepers
- Light and average-weight sleepers
- Sensitive sleepers who share a bed
Who We Recommend the Helix Midnight For
- Back sleepers
- Average-weight sleepers
- Shoppers with a tighter budget
Read our Helix Midnight mattress review if you think the Helix Midnight is right for you
Casper Nova Hybrid vs Other Casper Models
Casper Nova Hybrid vs Casper Original
- 5/10 firmness
- Zoned support
- All-foam mattress
- 6/10 firmness
- Zoned support
Who We Recommend the Casper Nova Hybrid For
- Those who prefer the bounce of an innerspring mattress
- Sleepers who want a soft, cloud-like bed
- Hot sleepers
Who We Recommend the Casper Original For
- Sleepers who love a traditional memory foam feel
- Couples who need minimal motion transfer
- Budget shoppers
Read our Casper Original mattress review if you think the Casper Original is right for you
Casper Nova Hybrid vs Casper Wave Hybrid
- Good spinal alignment
- $2,295 for a Queen
- Excellent spinal alignment
- $2,895 for a Queen
Who We Recommend the Casper Nova Hybrid For
- Those who prefer a softer mattress
- Side sleepers
- Those with joint pain who need more pressure relief
Who We Recommend the Casper Wave Hybrid For
- Combination sleepers
- Those with back pain who need more support
- Luxury shoppers
Read our Casper Wave Hybrid mattress review if you think the Casper Wave Hybrid is right for you
Casper’s Nova Hybrid bed shouldn’t disappoint. With cooling, supportive comfort, and a coveted hybrid design, the Nova has a lot to offer at an affordable price.
Side sleepers should be very comfortable, thanks to zoned support that allows the shoulders to sink in while the hips, waist, and lower back remain supported. Being on the plush side should make this a good fit for most side sleepers, but heavier sleepers may sink too much in this posture, which is why gave it a 4 out of 5.
Lightweight and average-weight back sleepers should notice contouring support under the shoulders, hips, and lower spine due to the ergonomic support zones. While some heavier sleepers may feel okay in this posture, most will likely need something more robust to keep their body lifted.
Exceptionally lightweight stomach sleepers should find enough support on this bed for stomach sleeping, though there may be some that still want a firmer feel. Anyone above 130 pounds will probably prefer something firmer to ensure their midsection and hips don’t sink too much. In general, though, we wouldn’t recommend this bed for stomach sleeping.
This mattress should be comfortable for lightweight and average-weight people who rotate between their sides and back. Additionally, the Casper Nova Hybrid has a good amount of bounce to it that should aid with repositioning, a positive quality for combination sleepers.
This bed could be a great fit for couples who sleep in different positions, thanks to its versatility. The reinforced perimeter for edge support and great motion isolation should also make this a great choice for couples. Plus, it has a good amount of bounce, which can be preferable for some sexually-active couples.
The Casper Nova Hybrid has a luxurious and plush feel that many sleepers should enjoy, but unfortunately, this mattress will likely be too soft for heavy sleepers in all three sleeping positions. As a result, we don’t recommend this bed for heavier people.
Most beds feel way too firm for lighter individuals who don’t sink in enough to activate the deeper layers. This means they often miss out on the bed’s full potential. Being on the plush side should allow even light folks to experience contouring relief.
Average Weight Sleepers
Average-weight sleepers should feel comfortable and still supported, thanks to this bed’s soft, cloud-like top layers and its advanced zoned support beneath. Average-weight side and back sleepers should sink in just enough to reap the benefits of each layer of this mattress, but those who sleep on their stomach will enjoy a firmer option.
The Casper Nova features an advanced design at a competitive price point. The bed’s trial and warranty meet industry standards, and this is complemented by a CertiPUR-US® certification for the foams. For those who want a soft but supportive bed, this one should be well worth the cost.
The Nova Hybrid is Casper’s softest and most luxurious-feeling bed. Unlike some softer beds that sacrifice support for comfort, this one offers both with its combination of soft, aerated comfort layers and its advanced zoned support system beneath.
It should be an excellent fit for those who love a softer mattress, side sleepers, hot sleepers, and those who want advanced zoned support. We don’t think it will work well for heavier people and stomach sleepers, though, because of its softness. However, lightweight and average-weight sleepers should find they’re a good match with this product.