If you’ve been shopping for beds online, you’ve likely come across the name Casper; after all, it’s one of the most popular — and ubiquitous — brands on the market. I’ve reviewed several of its beds in the past, but I’m super excited about this one because I’ll be testing out the newly updated Casper mattress.
That’s right, we’re taking it back to the Original to see what modifications the brand has made to the bed since I last tested it. And of course, I’ll be training an extra close eye to its construction and feel to figure out if it might just be the perfect mattress for you!
Casper launched in 2014 and has grown into one of the most well-known mattress brands on the market today. How did it get there? By developing a robust line of beds and marketing the you-know-what out of them. This one-two punch of high-quality products and cheeky marketing firmly solidified Casper as one of the faces of the bed-in-a-box movement.
The company now has several different models to its name, two of which I’ll take a look at later on: the Casper Hybrid and the Casper Wave. Additionally, I’ll make sure to compare the Casper to some of its biggest competition, namely the Purple and Leesa mattresses.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s turn our attention back to the Original Casper.
What is the Casper Made of?
The Casper is a 12” tall mattress made up of four layers of latex, memory foam, and high-density poly foam. In addition to this diverse array of materials, the bed also boasts a special layer of Zoned Support, which helps provide targeted relief to different parts of the body.
To see how all this comes together, let’s dive under the covers!
Cover – The cover of the Casper is made of a soft polyester blend, which is removable by zipper!
Comfort – Comprised of a special open-cell foam, the comfort layer of the Casper has a similar feel to latex in that it’s bouncy, responsive, and naturally cooling. Its placement at the top of the mattress ensures some excellent mobility, which could be a big plus for combo sleepers who need to move around and change positions in the night. Additionally, the open-cell nature of the material helps to encourage some nice airflow throughout the mattress.
Contour – Beneath the comfort layer, you’ll find a section of memory foam. This material has a slower response to pressure than the one above it, thereby bringing some body-contouring and sinkage to the party. I should also note that the memory foam’s position beneath the latex-like comfort layer helps to mitigate the material’s overheating properties.
Transition – Next up you’ll land on the transition layer of Zoned Support I mentioned in the intro. In my opinion, this is the standout section of the bed as it’s built to support different parts of the body in targeted ways. What this means is that the layer is separated into two types of poly foam: a softer one at the top for pressure relief at the shoulders and a firmer one at the center for lift at the hips. That way, folks can experience both gentle comfort and bolstered support, without feeling overwhelmed by either feel.
Base – And finally, the base, which is made up of heavy-duty poly foam to give the mattress its shape.
How Firm is the Casper Mattress?
Now that we’ve gotten the nitty-gritty construction details out of the way, let’s get into how this bad boy feels, starting with firmness.
As with any measure of feel, firmness is quite subjective, which is why I never want this section to rely on my experience alone. That’s why I invited a few of my coworkers into the studio with me to test out the Casper. Our differences in body shape, size, and weight should give you a pretty good sense of the firmness range you can expect from this bed.
To make it even easier to visualize, we averaged out all our personal firmness ratings together to land on the score below.
Interestingly enough, we were kind of all over the place with this one, running the gamut from 5.5 to 7.5. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it seems this bed runs either super soft or super firm, depending on the sleeper.
I personally gave the mattress a 6.5 as I found its combination of diverse foams made for a true medium firm feel complete with both pressure relief and support. But, Logan, why did some of your testers rate this bed so much softer or firmer than you did? It’s honestly a great question, and while a lot of it comes down to personal preference, I think it mostly has to do with how folks interact with the layer of Zoned Support.
As I discussed in the construction section, the Zoned Support layer is made of two different types of poly foam: soft poly foam at the shoulders and firm foam at the hips. So, the firmness can actually change depending on how an individual positions themselves on the bed. If they stretch out closer to the top of the mattress (near the headboard), they’re likely to experience the mattress as quite soft. However, if they shimmy down toward the feet, the firmness goes up as they hit the center foam.
Ultimately, the structure has a balanced feel thanks to its diverse material make-up, so you should be able to find some satisfying comfort no matter the position. However, I think it would probably be best-suited for back/side combo sleepers who need to move around throughout the night.
How Well Does the Casper Relieve Pressure?
Another important component of a bed’s feel? Pressure, or more specifically how well it’s able to relieve pressure at sensitive spots such as the shoulders, hips, and lower back.
While I could describe how well (or not well) the Casper alleviates tension at these body parts, I think it’s way more fun to demonstrate it with a pressure map. Basically, I roll this baby out on top of the bed, hop aboard, and move between my back, side, and stomach. As I shift positions, the device records how my body’s interacting with the mattress in real time — the lower the pressure, the redder the map.
Back – Stretching out on my back, I could feel the top layers of foam filling in the space at my lumbar region for some nice pressure relief. I experienced a bit of sink in this position, but nothing so drastic as to make me feel “stuck” in the bed.
Side – Turning onto my side, I continued to feel some pretty satisfying relief! The Zoned Support really stood out for me in this position, as the softer foams at my shoulders helped to support this area as it pressed into the structure. I will say that the longer I stayed in this position, the more uncomfortable I got, which tells me it may be best for those side sleepers who switch back and forth between other positions in the night.
Stomach – And finally, my stomach, a position in which I felt some discomfort. Though my spine was mostly in a good position, I could feel my hips sinking every so slightly out of line with my shoulders, which caused some tension at my lower back. Stomach sleepers would likely be better off with a firmer structure for even better spinal alignment.
Feel like you’ve got a good feel for the Casper’s, um… feel? Well then let’s compare it to some of its biggest mattress competitors in the space: Purple and Leesa.
- Though the Purple is also a popular bed-in-a-box mattress, it’s got a very different feel from the Casper, thanks to its hyper-elastic polymer smart comfort grid.
- This grid is composed of a bouncy and cooling material, so could be great for combo sleepers who tend to overheat at night.
- The collapsible grid is also fantastic at alleviating tension across the body, especially the hips, shoulders, and lower back.
- Starting at $649 for a Twin, it’s also comparably priced to the Casper (which starts at $595).
- Like the Casper, the Leesa is an all-foam bed-in-a-box.
- And though it also features latex over memory foam, it skips the Zoned Support, so has less of an all-encompassing vibe.
- This makes for a pretty uniformly medium firm feel, which I’d recommend for back or combo sleepers.
- Pricewise, it also starts at $595, putting it in step with both the Casper and Purple mattresses.
Q: Do Casper mattresses last?A: The Casper is built with high-quality materials, so is literally designed to last for a long time. Though the lifespan will likely differ from sleeper to sleeper, you can expect to use your Casper for 7-10 years.
And while we’re here, we might as well compare the Casper to a couple of its mattress siblings, the Casper Hybrid and Wave.
- As the name suggests, the Casper Hybrid is the hybrid version of the original Casper bed, so utilizes the same foams as it does.
- However, the high-density poly foam base is replaced by a supportive pocketed coil system.
- This results in some excellent mobility and bounce, making it a good, medium firm option for combo sleepers.
- The Casper Wave is Casper’s luxury mattress and is built with five plush foam layers.
- This gentle combo makes it well-suited for those in need of deep pressure relief, particularly strict side sleepers.
- It’s also the most expensive Casper foam bed, coming in at $2,295 for a Queen.
- The Casper Essential is the most straightforward model in the collection, featuring three layers of memory foam, poly foam, and high-density poly foam.
- Because of this streamlined construction, the bed has more of an “abrupt” feel than the Casper, which I’d recommend for combo or back sleepers.
- A plus for the Essential? It’s the least expensive Casper bed, coming in at $795 for a Queen.
Should I Buy a Casper Mattress?
Well folks, we’ve wound up at the end of this review, and we’ve yet to answer the question you came here seeking: Is the Casper mattress right for you? Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that, buuuut I can leave you with a few thoughts to help you make your final decision.
- I’d highly recommend the Casper for back/side combo sleepers. Not only is there enough lift to make changing positions a breeze, but the Zoned Support brings some quality pressure relief to the shoulders and hips.
- Speaking of Zoned Support, I think it’s a real selling point of the mattress. It’s like a one-two punch of comfort i.e. a little bit of give without that “stuck-in-the-bed” feeling.
- Overall, I like the Casper for its balanced feel, which harnesses the most attractive qualities of all its various foams to hit a real sweet spot between pressure relief and support.
- Though you’re likely to feel positioned more on top of the bed than in it, there isn’t a ton of bounce here, which could be a dealbreaker for those after a lively structure.
- Additionally, I don’t think it’d be the best fit for stomach sleepers, who need a slightly firmer mattress for healthy spinal alignment.