Casper is an online "bed-in-a-box" mattress brand that has been in business since 2013. The company offers five different beds, but this Casper mattress review will cover two specific models.
The Casper Mattress is the brand's flagship bed. This mixed-foam model features comfort layers of polyfoam and zoned memory foam, followed by a support layer of high-density polyfoam. The Casper Mattress has a medium (5) feel.
In 2019, Casper introduced the Casper Hybrid. This mattress features the same comfort and transitional layers as the flagship model, but the hybrid's support core consists of pocketed coils encased in high-density polyfoam. The Casper Hybrid shares a similar medium (5) feel with the original.
In terms of Casper's other mattresses, these two models have middle-of-the-road price-points. If you like the feel of memory foam but also prefer some bounce on the surface, then the Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid are two beds that perform fairly well across different categories but won't break the bank. We’ve outlined all you need to know about these two mattresses.
Casper Mattresses At-A-Glance
|Casper||Casper Hybrid||Casper Wave Hybrid|
|Firmness||5 (Medium)||5 (Medium)||5 (Medium)|
Casper Mattress Review: Our Verdict
There are some slight differences between the Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid due to their construction, but by and large, these beds perform about the same across most categories.
Both beds provide close conforming and pressure relief thanks to their memory foam layers, but the polyfoam top layer gives the surface a somewhat responsive feel. The beds' medium feels make them best suited to side and back sleepers who weigh up to 200 pounds. Stomach sleepers and people over 200 pounds may find the bed too soft and prone to sagging. Another shared strength of these two mattresses is very good motion isolation for couples.
The Casper Hybrid's coil system promotes steady airflow. This allows it to sleep a bit cooler than the Casper Mattress, which has a solid foam base that does not circulate air as well. Edge support is also slightly better for the Casper Hybrid thanks to its strong pocketed coils encased in dense foam. You'll probably notice more sinkage if you sit or sleep near the edges of the Casper Mattress.
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How Much Is the Casper Mattress?
The Casper Mattress costs $1,095 in a queen size. This price-point is on par with the average mixed-foam mattress available from an online brand.
The Casper Hybrid costs a bit more – $1,295 in a queen size. Although this mattress is more expensive, its price-point is actually quite low for a hybrid model.
These Casper mattress price-points are mid-range compared to other models from the company. The Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid cost more than the Casper Element ($595), but much less than the Casper Wave Hybrid ($2,595).
|Twin||39” x 75” x 11”
|56 lbs. (Casper)
64 lbs. (Hybrid)
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 11”
|59 lbs. (Casper)
68 lbs. (Hybrid)
|Full||54” x 75” x 11”
|77 lbs. (Casper)
88 lbs. (Hybrid)
|Queen||60” x 80” x 11”
|85 lbs. (Casper)
106 lbs. (Hybrid)
|King||76” x 80” x 11”
|104 lbs. (Casper)
134 lbs. (Hybrid)
|California King||72” x 84” x 11”
|102 lbs. (Casper)
133 lbs. (Hybrid)
How Does the Casper Mattress Feel?
The original Casper Mattress has a medium (5) feel. The mattress contains a top comfort layer of polyfoam, followed by a second layer of zoned memory foam. As soon as you lie down on the mattress, you'll feel the memory foam contouring to your body. However, the polyfoam layer will respond a bit faster to your body. You won't experience the same deep hug compared to a mattress that only has a memory foam comfort layer.
The Casper Hybrid also has a medium (5) feel and features the same comfort layers. Its feel is very similar to the original Casper Mattress – close body-contouring with a light bounce on the surface. However, the pocketed coils give the hybrid more overall support. The mattress won't feel as bouncy as a traditional innerspring, but it feels a little more responsive than the original Casper Mattress.
What Is the Casper Made of?
The Casper Mattress and the Casper Hybrid have the same non-removable cover. The cover's top panel is made of recycled polyester, polyester, upcycled cotton, rayon, and lyrca giving the surface an exceptionally soft feel. The recycled polyester is made from plastic water bottles, with each cover containing up to 45 recycled bottles in the Original Casper and up to 57 recycled bottles in the Casper Hybrid.
The Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid share the same comfort layer materials, as well. These consist of a top layer of open-cell polyfoam, followed by a second comfort layer of three-zone medium-density memory foam. The polyfoam is somewhat responsive while the memory foam conforms. The layers will hug your body somewhat closely but the polyfoam prevents you from sinking into a deep cradle.
Support core construction is where these two mattresses differ. The Casper Mattress contains 7 inches of high-density polyfoam in its base layer. The Casper Hybrid, on the other hand, contains a 7-inch layer of pocketed coils encased in high-density polyfoam. The coils give the Casper Hybrid more responsiveness than the Casper Mattress, but both beds offer similar medium (5) feels.
The polyfoam encasement around the pocketed coils also ensures stronger edge support for the Casper Hybrid. The base polyfoam found in the Casper Mattress does not provide the same level of perimeter reinforcement, so you're likely to experience deeper sinkage when sitting along the edges of this mattress.
Does the Casper Isolate Motion?
Rating: 4/5 (both models)
When we talk about motion isolation, we're referring to how well (or poorly) a mattress absorbs movement from sleepers and prevents it from spreading across the surface. Beds that offer good motion isolation can be beneficial to co-sleepers who awaken easily due to their partner's movements, whereas poor performers in this category often contribute to sleep disruptions.
We've found the Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid each isolate motion very well. Although the responsive top polyfoam does not absorb motion quite like memory foam, the thick foam layers eliminate most surface movement. You'll barely feel anything when your sleep partner shifts positions or gets in and out of bed.
Exceptional motion isolation is typical for a mixed-foam model like the Casper Mattress. The real story here is the Casper Hybrid, which eliminates more motion transfer than the average hybrid model. This can be attributed to its medium feel and thick foam layers. If you like a hybrid feel and tend to awaken easily, the Casper Hybrid could be a real sleep-saver.
Does the Casper Sleep Cool?
Rating: 3/5 (Casper Mattress), 4/5 (Casper Hybrid)
Temperature-neutral mattresses are constructed with breathable materials that help regulate the bed's overall temperature, resulting in the ideal balance of coolness and warmth. Less breathable beds can trap heat for sleepers and feel uncomfortably warm.
The Casper Mattress sleeps reasonably cool compared to other all-foam models. Its top layer of open-cell polyfoam is fairly breathable. The foam retains some body heat, but not as much as the denser surface foams found in some competing beds. This helps to counteract heat absorption from the memory foam, which is less breathable.
That said, you should consider the Casper Hybrid instead if you tend to sleep hot. The mattress not only has a breathable polyfoam top layer, but also a pocketed coil base that generates steady airflow to help maintain a comfortable temperature. This added cooling component allows the Casper Hybrid to sleep a bit cooler than the Casper Mattress.
Will It Sag Along the Edges?
Rating: 2/5 (Casper Mattress), 3/5 (Casper Hybrid)
Like other all-foam mattresses, the Casper Mattress has fairly weak edge support. You'll notice significant sinkage when getting in and out of bed, and may not feel secure sleeping near the edges. High-density polyfoam, while a sturdy material in its own right, cannot withstand long-term compression in the way that coils or latex can. You may notice deeper sinkage as the mattress reaches the end of its lifespan.
The Casper Hybrid's edge support is stronger by comparison. The pocketed coils reinforce the edges fairly well, and the high-density foam encasement offers extra support. However, the mattress may still sink a bit when you sit near the edge, and this is due in part to the bed's softer feel.
Is It Good for Sex?
Rating: 3/5 (both models)
Preferences vary by the couple, but most struggle with sex on beds with thick foam layers. The materials often conform too closely, which can hinder movement and cause difficulty when changing positions.
The Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid are slight exceptions to this rule, and this is thanks to the top polyfoam layer. While memory foam sinks and contours, the polyfoam is more responsive and will not compress as deeply. Couples may find their movement restricted to some extent, but these mixed-foam and hybrid models won't trap them like a memory foam mattress might.
If you and your partner enjoy using the entire surface of the mattress during sex, we recommend the Casper Hybrid due to its stronger edge support. The Casper Mattress will sink more along the perimeter, confining you to the center of the bed.
What About Off-gassing?
Rating: 2/5 (both models)
All mattresses emit some sort of initial smell when you remove them from their boxes. Mattresses with foam tend to produce the strongest odor because they release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), tiny particles that carry a distinct chemical aroma. Mattresses that are mostly or entirely made of foam may continue to smell long after they've been unpackaged.
The Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid are two prime examples. Both beds have thick foam layers, and you'll probably notice some off-gassing when your mattress is new – and potentially for a while after that. If you're sensitive to strong odors, then you may want to consider a mattress with less foam, or no foam altogether.
What Type of Sleeper Is the Casper Mattress Best for?
Several factors will determine which mattresses feel comfortable and supportive, and which ones do not. These include your sleep position, body weight, and softness/firmness preferences.
The Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid have similar medium feels and are made with the same comfort layer materials. However, their differing support cores make them suitable for different sleep positions.
- Side Sleepers: Side sleepers generally find both the Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid comfortable, though this also depends on their weight (see next section). The polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers offer ample cushioning to your shoulders and hips, which can help improve your spinal alignment. People who sleep on their sides generally prefer softer surfaces, so the medium feel of these models also helps with this position.
- Combination Sleepers: Let's get the bad news out of the way: if you're a stomach sleeper or a combination sleeper who uses this position some of the time, there's a good chance you'll find the Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid too soft. The foams conform a bit close and you may sink too deeply around your midsection, which can cause aches and pains around the shoulders, neck, and back. If you're a combination side and back sleeper, then you'll probably feel much more comfortable – but again, weight plays a major role here.
- Back Sleepers: Back sleepers often need a balance of body-contouring and support – some conforming to reduce pressure, but also extra reinforcement to prevent sagging around the torso. This position promotes spinal alignment, so back sleepers don't need that extra softness around the shoulders and hips. For this reason, back sleepers may find the Casper Hybrid more supportive than the Casper Mattress.
How Does Body Weight Impact the Casper Mattress' Performance?
The most positive ratings for the Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid have come from side and back sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. Both mattresses have a softer feel and conform closely, which can help alleviate pressure for people in this weight group. Firmer beds often feel too stiff for people under 130 pounds, and they experience added pressure as a result.
People who weigh between 130 and 200 pounds are a bit more divided. Side sleepers in this weight group also experience excellent conforming and pressure relief. On the other hand, back sleepers weighing 130 to 200 pounds notice more sagging around the lower back and hips – an issue that often occurs on softer beds with people in this position and weight group. A firmer mattress may be more suitable.
People who weigh more than 200 pounds find the Casper Mattress excessively soft and prone to deep sagging. As the mattress ages and the foams become softer, they'll experience more loss of support. The Casper Hybrid fares a little better with sleepers in this weight group, but not by much. The coil system does not provide enough support to counteract the deep sagging of the comfort layers. If you weigh more than 200 pounds, you may want to avoid these mattresses – or at least test them out before purchasing.
Is the Casper Mattress Good for Couples?
The Casper Mattress offers advantages and disadvantages for couples. A major strength of the mattress is motion isolation. The foams absorb movement very well, so you don't need to worry about waking up in the middle of the night just because your partner rolls over.
Temperature neutrality is also reasonable – the mattress may trap some heat, but it will sleep cooler than most of its all-foam competitors. One drawback is weak edge support. Perimeter sinkage may push you and your partner closer to the center of the mattress and prevent you from using the entire surface.
The Casper Hybrid also isolates motion very well. Its pocketed coils are fairly quiet, too. The mattress sleeps a bit cooler than the all-foam model thanks to strong airflow through its coil system, and the added edge support ensures more surface movement. Both mattresses are perfectly suitable for couples, but the Casper Hybrid has a slight edge.
Casper's Trial, Warranty and Shipping Policies
|Availability||Casper ships the mattress to all 50 states and Canada, as well as the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. However, only customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free ground shipping.
The Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid are available for sale on the Casper website, as well as Amazon.com and Walmart.com. The company also operates 17 brick-and-mortar stores – all located in the Northeastern U.S.
|Shipping||If you live in the contiguous U.S., you receive free ground shipping via UPS Ground for the Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid. Once it ships, the mattress should reach your destination within five business days. The wait time is longer for customers in Alaska, Hawaii, and international destinations. You can't schedule a delivery date with ground shipping.
The mattresses are compressed for shipping, and they will be left on your doorstep or with your building manager if you live in an apartment. To unbox the mattress, carry it to your bedroom and set the box on the foundation you plan to use. Take care not to cut the mattress as you remove the plastic wrapping. Once the packaging is removed, the mattress will begin to expand. The recovery process may take up to 48 hours.
|Additional Services||White Glove delivery is available to customers in the contiguous U.S. for an added charge. This service includes scheduled delivery, in-home assembly, and old mattress removal. You'll need to pay an extra charge of $149 for this service.|
|Sleep Trial||Casper's sleep trial for both beds spans 100 nights long. There's no required break-in period, so you can return the Casper Mattress or Casper Hybrid at any point of the trial and receive a full refund. If you aren't satisfied with your mattress, you can also exchange it for another Casper model within the 100-night window, but this will void the original sleep trial.|
|Warranty||The Casper Mattress and Casper Hybrid each come with a 10-year warranty. Both warranties are non-prorated, meaning Casper covers all costs – including to-and-from shipping charges – if your mattress develops a defect and needs to be repaired or replaced.
The warranty covers body impressions in the surface that measure at least 1 inch deep, along with structural flaws that cause the foams to split or crack, and defects associated with the zipper. Other issues, such as physical damage or normal wear and tear, aren't covered under warranty.