Casper is a leading "bed-in-a-box" online mattress brand that launched in 2013. The company currently offers five different mattress models, along with a wide range of other bedding products. Let's take a closer look at the company's two luxury mattresses, the Casper Wave mattress (also known as the Wave) and Casper Wave Hybrid.
The Wave features a top comfort layer of Comfort Flo open-cell polyfoam, followed by a second comfort layer of ventilated latex and a third comfort layer of 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 high-density polyfoam.
The Wave Hybrid was introduced in 2019. This model bears many similarities to the Wave, including the same comfort and transitional layers. Both mattresses also have medium (5) feels. The main difference is in their support core constructions. Instead of high-density foam, the Wave Hybrid's base layer features pocketed coils encased in foam.
As luxury mattresses, the Wave and Wave Hybrid are a bit expensive compared to the other Casper models, as well as all-foam beds in general. However, they are both made with high-quality materials and many sleepers experience a comfortable balance of body-conforming, pressure relief, and responsiveness.
Casper Mattresses At-A-Glance
|Casper Wave||Casper Wave Hybrid||Casper Original|
|Firmness||5 (Medium)||5 (Medium)||5 (Medium)|
Casper Wave Mattress Review: Our Verdict
Pressure relief is a defining trait of the Casper Wave and Wave Hybrid mattresses. 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, both models have medium feels. This means people who weigh more than 200 pounds will probably find either bed too soft. Stomach sleepers may also struggle on the Wave and 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 and Wave Hybrid come from back and side sleepers who weigh up to 200 pounds.
The Wave and Wave Hybrid are well-suited to couples, too. Their thick comfort layers absorb movement and eliminate most motion transfer, and both beds are reasonably quiet. The Wave also sleeps very cool compared to other all-foam beds. This is due in part to the breathable top layers of open-cell polyfoam and ventilated latex. The Wave Hybrid also sleeps very cool, but this is normal for a hybrid.
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How Much Is the Casper Wave Mattress?
The Wave costs $2,395 in a queen size. This is fairly expensive compared to the average all-foam mattress, which costs between $900 and $1,100. The Wave's higher price-point can be attributed to its premium materials, including latex.
The Wave Hybrid costs $2,595 in a queen size. This is also expensive compared to the average hybrid, which costs between $1,600 to $2,200. It's worth mentioning that Casper offers free White Glove delivery for both beds (see bottom section). This service, which includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal, can offset your initial costs a bit.
|Twin||39” x 75” x 13”
|56 lbs. (Wave)
68 lbs. (Hybrid)
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 13”
|60 lbs. (Wave)
72 lbs. (Hybrid)
|Full||54” x 75” x 13"
|82 lbs. (Wave)
94 lbs. (Hybrid)
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13”
|109 lbs. (Wave)
113 lbs. (Hybrid)
|King||76” x 80” x 13”
|117 lbs. (Wave)
143 lbs. (Hybrid)
|California King||72” x 84” x 13”
|118 lbs. (Wave)
143 lbs. (Hybrid)
How Does the Casper Wave Mattress Feel?
The Casper Wave 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 Wave Hybrid also conforms very closely. The coils offer a slightly more responsive feel, but you'll still feel a deep body hug from the hybrid's thick comfort layers.
A key feature of both beds 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 Made of?
The Casper Wave and Wave Hybrid both feature the same cover made from a blend of polyester, rayon, and wool. The fabric has an exceptionally soft feel. The wool also has natural moisture-wicking properties to help you stay dry and comfortable in bed. The rayon is fairly breathable, as well.
The Wave and Wave Hybrid also contain the same comfort and transitional materials. These include a 1-inch top layer of open-cell polyfoam, a second 1.5-inch comfort layer of ventilated latex, and a third 1.5-inch comfort layer of 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 for side sleepers and alleviate pressure points.
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 and Wave Hybrid transitional layers are standouts 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 construction is the major difference between these two mattresses. The Wave has a 7-inch support core made of high-density polyfoam, which is commonly used as a base material for all-foam beds. The Wave Hybrid, on the other hand, features a support core of pocketed coils encased in high-density polyfoam. The coils make the hybrid a bit more responsive than the all-foam model, but this difference is pretty negotiable – you'll experience a deep sink and feel limited bounciness on either mattress.
Does the Casper Wave Isolate Motion?
Rating: 4/5 (both models)
The Wave and Wave Hybrid both isolate motion very well due to their 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 or Wave Hybrid. Their 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 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 and Wave Hybrid usually excel in this category. If you choose one of these mattresses, 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 Sleep Cool?
Rating: 4/5 (both models)
The Casper Wave sleeps exceptionally cool for an all-foam 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.
We found the Wave Hybrid sleeps even cooler thanks to its coil layer, which 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 comfortable than the Wave, but both beds are strong performers in this category.
Another cooling component of each mattress is its cover fabric. The material contains wool, a natural moisture-wicker that will help regulate temperatures on the surface. The cover also includes rayon, a synthetic fiber noted for its breathability.
Will It Sag Along the Edges?
Rating: 2/5 (Wave) and 3/5 (Wave Hybrid)
The Casper Wave offers minimal edge support. Like other all-foam beds, this mattress contains high-density polyfoam in its support core. The material, while dense and fairly sturdy, cannot withstand compression as well as latex or coils. You'll notice deep sinkage when getting on and off the mattress, and you may not feel very secure sleeping near the edges. As the foam breaks down over time, you'll probably find the edges sinking deeper.
The Wave Hybrid has a stronger support system of pocketed coils encased in high-density polyfoam. The coils provide better overall stability than the high-density foam found in the Wave, and the 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 because softer beds tend to sink more than firmer ones.
Is It Good for Sex?
Rating: 3/5 (both models)
Every couple has a different preference regarding the best mattress for sex, but many struggle with softer all-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 hinders some movement due to its medium feel and thick comfort layers. The latex does add a bit of responsiveness, though. 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.
The Wave Hybrid is comparable to the Wave in terms of suitability for sex. 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, but the latex gives the surface a little extra bounciness.
What About Off-gassing?
Rating: 2/5 (Wave) and 3/5 (Wave Hybrid)
We noticed a fair amount of off-gassing odor from the Wave after removing the mattress from its box. A few days later, some of the smells were still present. This is fairly typical for an all-foam mattress.
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 for several days after unboxing it. If you are highly sensitive to smell, this might be a bothersome issue.
The Wave Hybrid also 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.
What Type of Sleeper Is the Casper Wave 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 and Wave Hybrid perform with different sleep positions.
- Side Sleepers: Although body weight is also a factor, the best sleeper ratings for the Wave and Wave Hybrid come from side sleepers. Both mattresses have softer feels 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 and Wave Hybrid uncomfortable. This is due to their softer feels, 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 and Wave Hybrid are good choices 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 Mattress' Performance?
The Casper Wave and Wave Hybrid both have medium feels. Due to their identical comfort and transitional layers, both beds feel very similar despite their different support cores. As you lie down on the Wave and Wave Hybrid mattresses, 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 and Wave Hybrid offer a medium feel that is ideal for many back and side sleepers who weigh 200 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 200 pounds, then you might find the Wave and Wave Hybrid too soft and prone to sagging.
The worst sleeper ratings for these mattresses come from stomach sleepers who weigh more than 200 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 and Wave Hybrid are good options if you prefer a mid-level firmness with close conforming.
Is the Casper Wave Mattress Good for Couples?
The Wave and Wave Hybrid offer some benefits for couples. Both mattresses isolate motion well, which can reduce nighttime disruptions for co-sleepers. The Wave is virtually silent, while the Wave Hybrid's coils are reasonably quiet and won't squeak loudly like the coils found in traditional innersprings.
Both mattresses provide 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 is a bit easier to move on than the Wave, but both beds conform closely and may restrict movement for couples in bed – especially during sex. Weak edge support may also force couples to sleep away from the edges, and this limits how much of the mattress you and your partner can use.
What Do Customers Say About the Casper Wave Mattress?
Casper.com - 4.5/5 (1,837 reviews)
The Wave and Wave Hybrid have mostly earned positive ratings on the Casper website. The best Casper Wave reviews seem to come from owners who found their previous mattresses too firm, as well as people with regular shoulder and back pain. Many report better sleep on a nightly basis after switching to the Wave or Wave Hybrid.
A common complaint among negative reviewers – and a few positive ones – is lack of edge support and too much sinkage when getting on and off the mattresses. Softening foam over time is another issue for some owners (though this frequently occurs with beds featuring foam layers).
Casper lists all owner reviews for each mattress model. You can filter the results to see reviews with any star rating, as well as the most recent reviews.
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 and Wave Hybrid qualify for free White Glove delivery within the contiguous U.S.
You can buy the Wave and Wave Hybrid on the Casper website or at one of the company's 17 brick-and-mortar stores located in the northeastern U.S. A shorter, obsolete version of the all-foam Wave is available on Amazon.com, but current versions of the Wave or Wave Hybrid are not sold on that site at this time.
|Shipping||If you live within the contiguous U.S., then Casper provides free White Glove delivery for the Wave and Wave Hybrid models. 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 and Wave Hybrid are delivered via standard ground shipping. The mattresses are compressed and vacuum-sealed in order to fit in the shipping boxes. 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 and Wave Hybrid come with 100-night sleep trials. Casper doesn't require you to sleep on either 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/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 and Wave Hybrid with 10-year warranties. Both warranties are 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.