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Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Review

Casper is a leading "bed-in-a-box" online mattress brand that launched in 2013. The company currently offers multiple different mattress models, along with a wide range of other bedding products. Let's take a closer look at the company's luxury mattress, the Casper Wave Hybrid.

The Wave Hybrid features a coating of cooling gel over the top comfort layer of AirScape perforated polyfoam, followed by a second comfort layer of ventilated latex and a third comfort layer of tri-zoned memory foam. The transitional layer consists of high-density polyfoam with zoned gel pods, which are designed to provide enhanced support to your body – particularly the shoulders, back, and hips. The support core is made of a 6-inch pocketed coil layer encased in high-density polyfoam.

The Wave Hybrid was introduced in 2019 and has a medium (5) feel.

As a luxury mattress, the Wave Hybrid is a bit expensive compared to the other Casper models, as well as hybrid beds in general. However, the mattress is made with high-quality materials and many sleepers experience a comfortable balance of body-conforming, pressure relief, and responsiveness.

In addition to the Wave Hybrid, Casper offers the Original, Element, and Nova Hybrid Mattresses.

Casper Mattresses At-A-Glance

Casper Wave Hybrid Casper Original Hybrid Casper Original
Firmness 5 (Medium) 5 (Medium) 5 (Medium)
Mattress Type Hybrid Hybrid Foam
Height 13" 11" 12"
Price (Queen) $2,595 $2,595 $1,095

Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Review: Our Verdict

Pressure relief is a defining trait of the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress. Comfort layers of adaptive polyfoam, latex, and memory foam create a deep, pressure-relieving cradle for your body. If you tend to experience discomfort in your shoulders, back, hips, or other pressure-sensitive areas, then you're a good candidate for either of these mattresses.

That said, the bed has a medium feel to it. This means people who weigh more than 230 pounds will probably find it too soft. Stomach sleepers may also struggle on the Wave Hybrid. More than other sleep positions, people who use this position tend to sink deeply into mattresses and need extra support to keep their bodies on an even plane. The best ratings for the Wave Hybrid come from back and side sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds.

The Wave Hybrid is well-suited to couples, too. Its thick comfort layers absorb movement and eliminate most motion transfer, in addition to being reasonably quiet. The Wave Hybrid also sleeps very cool, in part due to the breathable top layers of perforated polyfoam and ventilated latex.

Choose the Casper Wave

or Casper Wave Hybrid if...

  • You sleep on your side or back
  • You weigh 230 pounds or less
  • You tend to sleep hot
  • You awaken easily due to your sleep partner's movements
Keep Shopping if...
  • You weigh more than 230 pounds
  • You sleep on your stomach and weigh 130 pounds or more
  • You have a limited mattress shopping budget

How Much Is the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress?

The Wave Hybrid costs $2,595 in a queen size. This is expensive compared to the average hybrid, which costs between $1,600 to $2,200. The Wave Hybrid's higher price-point can be attributed to its premium materials, including latex. It's worth mentioning that Casper offers free White Glove delivery for the mattress (see bottom section). This service, which includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal, can offset your initial costs a bit.

The other Casper mattresses cost less than the Wave Hybrid. These include the Casper Essential ($595), Casper Mattress ($1,095), and Casper Hybrid ($1,295).

Sizes Dimensions Weight Price
Twin 38” x 75” x 13” 70 lbs. $1,495
Twin XL 38” x 80” x 13” 76 lbs. $1,695
Full 53” x 75” x 13" 100 lbs. $2,395
Queen 60” x 80” x 13” 111 lbs. $2,595
King 76” x 80” x 13” 145 lbs. $2,995
California King 72” x 84” x 13” 143 lbs. $2,995

How Does the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Feel?

The Casper Wave Hybrid is designed for people who enjoy deep conforming. The latex is somewhat responsive for added support, but the material – along with the polyfoam and memory foam – also contours very closely. You'll sink deeply below the surface, especially if you weigh more than 130 pounds. Many people liken this feeling to sleeping "in" – rather than "on" – their mattress. The pocketed coils encased in polyfoam add a bit of responsiveness to this deep, hugging feel.

A key feature of the bed is the polyfoam transitional layer dotted with gel pods. The pods are zoned, meaning thicker and more supportive pods are located beneath your shoulders, back, and hips. This ensures your heaviest areas won't sink too much while smaller pods cradle your head, neck, and legs.

What Is the Casper Wave Hybrid Made of?

Cover Material

The Casper Wave Hybrid features a cover made from a blend of recycled polyester, polyester, upcycled cotton, rayon, and lycra. The cover is made in part by recycling old bottles into fabric. The fabric has an exceptionally soft feel. The cotton and rayon used are fairly breathable, as well.

Comfort Layers

The Wave Hybrid contains three different comfort layers. These include a 1-inch top layer of perforated polyfoam, a second 1.5-inch comfort layer of ventilated latex, and a third 1.5-inch comfort layer of tri-zoned memory foam. The three layers combine for an adaptive medium feel. A deep cradle will form around your body as you sink beneath the surface. This can help align the spine rather well for side sleepers and alleviate pressure points.

Transition Layer

The 1.5-inch transitional layer is also an important feature. Most beds have some sort of transitional material that acts as a buffer between your body and the support core, allowing you to lie on the mattress without sinking into the dense base materials. The Wave Hybrid’s transitional layer is a unique standout thanks to the zoned gel pods, which provide extra reinforcement to your torso – where most of your weight is concentrated – while cradling the other areas of your body.

Support Core

The Wave Hybrid features a support core of pocketed coils encased in high-density polyfoam. The coils add extra support and a bit of responsiveness to the bed, but not overly so – you'll still experience a deep, hugging sink with limited bounciness.

Does the Casper Wave Hybrid Isolate Motion?

Rating: 4/5

The Wave Hybrid isolates motion very well due to its thick comfort layers, which absorb movement from one sleeper and confine it to their side of the bed. Many mattresses with latex layers feel fairly responsive and minimize motion transfer to a small extent. Not so with the Wave Hybrid. Its latex layers are soft and contouring enough to promote good overall isolation, while the top polyfoam and third memory foam layers help to eliminate most motion transfer.

Motion isolation is an important consideration for couples – especially if one (or both) of the sleepers wake up easily due to their sleep partner's movements. Beds with softer feels and thick comfort layers like the Wave Hybrid usually excel in this category. If you choose this mattress, you won't need to worry about your partner waking up whenever you switch positions or get in and out of bed, and vice versa.

Does the Casper Wave Hybrid Sleep Cool?

Rating: 4/5

The Casper Wave Hybrid sleeps rather cool for a hybrid bed. This is primarily due to its latex layer. Latex does not absorb and trap body heat like foam, especially if the material is ventilated with tiny holes to promote airflow. The Wave's polyfoam and memory foam layers have the potential to retain more body heat, but the latex should offset this to a noticeable degree.

Another cooling component of each mattress is its cover fabric. The material contains multiple fabrics like cotton and rayon that are noted for their breathability. The very top layer of the mattress is also coated with a thin layer of cooling gel.

Lastly, the Wave Hybrid’s coil layer promotes steady airflow to help the mattress maintain a comfortable temperature. If you are an excessively hot sleeper, then the Wave Hybrid will likely feel more than comfortable.

Will It Sag Along the Edges?

Rating: 3/5

The Wave Hybrid has a support system of pocketed coils encased in high-density polyfoam. The coils provide strong overall stability, and the high-density foam encasement offers extra reinforcement to the perimeter. However, edge support is still somewhat lacking for the Wave Hybrid compared to other innerspring and hybrid models. This is partially due to the bed's medium feel, as softer beds tend to sink more than firmer ones.

Is It Good for Sex?

Rating: 3/5

Every couple has a different preference regarding the best mattress for sex, but many struggle with softer foam beds. These models tend to sink too deeply, which can restrict movement during sex compared to bouncier beds. Couples may find the Casper Wave Hybrid hinders some movement due to its medium feel and thick comfort layers.

The latex layer adds a bit of responsiveness. You and your partner might sink a bit, but not as much as you would on a softer mattress with only memory foam and polyfoam comfort layers.
When it comes to the coil system, couples won't feel as much springiness from the coils as they might on another hybrid model, and this is due to the Wave Hybrid's thick comfort layers.

What About Off-gassing?

Rating: 3/5

The Wave Hybrid produces some initial off-gassing. The coil layer helps to air out the mattress and remove unwanted smells, but compared to other hybrids, this model emits more odor.

All beds produce some off-gassing when new, but beds with thick foam layers tend to emit the most odor due to the presence of VOCs, small particles that carry a distinct chemical smell. You may notice an odor from the Wave Hybrid for several days after unboxing it. If you are highly sensitive to smell, this might be a bothersome issue.

What Type of Sleeper Is the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Best for?

Every mattress caters to different types of sleepers in terms of sleep position, body type, and firmness preferences. You might love one mattress and find another completely uncomfortable, and this is due to materials and design features that make beds better suited to some people than others.

First, let's see how the Wave Hybrid perform with different sleep positions.

  • Side Sleepers: Although body weight is also a factor, the best sleeper ratings for the Wave Hybrid come from side sleepers. The mattress has a softer feel and thick comfort layers that conform very closely. For side sleepers, this means more padding for the shoulders and hips, which can help align the spine and reduce pressure throughout the body. Side sleepers tend to prefer softer mattresses than those who use other sleep positions.
  • Combination Sleepers: If you are a combination sleeper and sometimes sleep on your stomach, you'll probably find the Wave Hybrid uncomfortable. This is due to its softer feel, as stomach sleepers often need firmer beds to support their bodies and prevent them from sagging too deeply. Combination back and side sleepers will probably feel more comfortable, provided they do not find the mattress too soft due to their weight.
  • Back Sleepers: The Wave Hybrid is a good choice for back sleepers. The foam layers conform closely to alleviate pressure points while the latex and transitional layers offer extra support. This ensures your torso won't sink too deeply compared to the rest of your body – but again, this also depends on your weight.

How Does Body Weight Impact the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress's Performance?

The Casper Wave Hybrid has a medium feel. As you lie down on the Wave Hybrid mattress, you'll feel deep contouring as the polyfoam, latex, and memory foam form a cradle around your body. This sensation may feel extremely comfortable or uncomfortable, depending on a few factors – including your weight.

According to owner feedback and our own mattress testing, the Wave Hybrid offers a medium feel that is ideal for many back and side sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less. The comfort layers provide the right amount of cushioning for the shoulders and hips, resulting in even alignment and less pressure. If you're a side or back sleeper who weighs more than 230 pounds, then you might find the Wave Hybrid too soft and prone to sagging.

The worst sleeper ratings for this mattress come from stomach sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds, but realistically, people who sleep on their stomach may find the bed too soft and lacking in support no matter how much they weigh.

Keep in mind that everyone has individual preferences when it comes to how soft or firm a mattress feels. Regardless of your body type or sleep position, the Wave Hybrid is a good option if you prefer a mid-level firmness with close conforming.

Is the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Good for Couples?

The Wave Hybrid offers some benefits for couples. The mattress isolates motion well, which can reduce nighttime disruptions for co-sleepers. The Wave Hybrid's coils are reasonably quiet and won't squeak loudly like the coils found in traditional innersprings.

The mattress provides consistent temperature neutrality, as well. You shouldn't feel overheated on either bed, resulting in more comfort for you and your partners.

There are a couple of downsides for couples to consider, as well. One is the ease of movement, or lack thereof. The Wave Hybrid conforms closely and may restrict movement for couples in bed – especially during sex. Weaker edge support may also push couples to sleep away from the edges, which limits how much of the mattress you and your partner can use.

Casper's Trial, Warranty and Shipping Policies

Availability Casper ships mattresses to all 50 states. International destinations include Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The Wave Hybrid qualifies for free White Glove delivery within the contiguous U.S.

You can buy the Wave Hybrid on the Casper website or at one of the company's 17 brick-and-mortar stores located in the northeastern U.S.

Shipping If you live within the contiguous U.S., then Casper provides free White Glove delivery for the Wave Hybrid model. This service includes scheduled delivery, in-home assembly of the new bed, and old mattress removal. The mattress will not be compressed for shipping with White Glove delivery. You'll need to be at your residence and sign for the mattress when White Glove couriers arrive.

For orders outside the contiguous U.S., the Wave Hybrid is delivered via standard ground shipping. The mattress is compressed and vacuum-sealed in order to fit in the shipping box. You may opt for this form of shipping in the contiguous U.S. if it is more convenient than White Glove delivery. You won't need to be at home or sign for the mattress if it is shipped this way.

Sleep Trial The Wave Hybrid comes with a 100-night sleep trial. Casper doesn't require you to sleep on the mattress for a certain length of time before returning or exchanging it, but the company recommends breaking in the bed for at least 30 nights.

If you decide not to keep the mattress before the sleep trial ends, contact Casper's customer service line to schedule a return pickup. Couriers will remove the mattress from your residence at no extra cost, and transport it for recycling or donation. You can also exchange your Wave Hybrid for a different Casper model during the trial, but exchanging will end the original sleep trial and you won't be able to return the replacement for a full refund.

Warranty Casper backs the Wave Hybrid with a 10-year warranty. The warranty is completely non-prorated, so you won't need to pay any additional fees for having a defect repaired or a defective mattress replaced.

Recognized defects include body impressions on the surface that measure 1 inch or deeper, physical flaws in the mattress that cause materials to deteriorate prematurely, or manufacturing defects associated with the zipper. Other issues, such as impressions less than 1 inch deep or physical damage to the mattress, are not covered under warranty.