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Casper vs Essential vs Wave vs Casper Hybrid vs Wave Hybrid

Get ready for one MAMMOTH of a comparison, because I’m coming at you with a full-on Casper breakdown. That’s right, this is the place to get the skinny on all the brand’s different mattresses, from the no-frills Essential to the ultra-luxurious Wave. We’ll examine each bed individually and then compare them to one another, all in an effort to figure out which Casper mattress is going to be 100% right for you!

So, buckle up, and let’s get started. Don’t have time for the whole thing? Then jump on over to my handy review summary.

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Similarities

Something I really like about Casper as a brand is that it has a diverse line of mattresses, all of which cater to different types of sleepers. However, this doesn’t mean the beds don’t share some common traits!

  • Balanced Approach – From my perspective, I think Casper takes a pretty balanced approach to mattress design, meaning that each of its beds hits a pleasant sweet spot between pressure relief and support.
  • Cooling – Though they achieve it in different ways (and to varying levels of success), temperature regulation is a big thing across the Casper mattresses, which could spell good things for those who overheat at night.

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What are the Casper Mattresses Made of?

Now that we’ve covered a few of the mattresses’ most striking similarities, let’s dive straight into the things that set them apart. Below, I’m going to go over each bed’s construction, but if you’d like an even more thorough breakdown, I’d suggest checking out my full reviews of the Original Casper, Casper Essential, Casper Wave, Casper Hybrid, and Casper Wave Hybrid beds.

Original Casper

Casper’s flagship model brings together latex, memory foam, and high-density poly foam for a balanced, medium firm feel. This mattress also has a special layer of Zoned Support, which helps bring targeted comfort to different parts of the body.

Cover – The cover of the Casper is made of a soft polyester blend, which is removable by zipper!

Back Sleeping Casper
Back sleeping on the Casper mattress

Comfort – Crafted with a special open-cell foam, the comfort layer has a pretty similar feel to latex in that it’s bouncy and naturally cooling. By placing it up top, Casper has ensured some excellent mobility, which could be a big plus for combo sleepers who need to change positions as they doze. Additionally, the open-cell nature of the material should encourage some pleasant airflow throughout the structure.

Contour – Up next, you’ll find what I’m calling the “contour layer,” which is a thin section of memory foam. This material has a much slower response than the one above it, so brings some body-contouring and sinkage to the slumber party. And while memory foam has a slight reputation for overheating in the night, its placement below the latex-like foam helps to mitigate some of this.

Transition – The real star of the mattress is found in this transition layer of Zoned Support, which is built to support different parts of the body in targeted ways. What this means is that the material is actually made up of 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.

Price – $695 – $1495

Casper Materials 2019
Showing the materials used in the layers of the Casper mattress

Casper Essential

Built with just three layers of foam, the Essential is the brand’s most straightforward mattress. The least expensive Casper model, this bed is a no-frills option that could be good for those in search of a value buy.

Cover – The Essential’s cover is made of a hybrid knit weave, so is both soft and durable.

Casper Essential
The Casper Essential in the Sleepopolis bedroom

Comfort – Up top, you’ll find a layer of poly foam. This material has a quick response to pressure, which should keep the sleeper positioned more “on top” of the structure. Though you’re not likely to sink too far into this layer, you’ll still feel some pleasant comfort as the foam fills in the space at your lower back.

Contour – Below the comfort layer, you’ll find a section of memory foam. This material has a slow response to pressure, which allows for a bit of sinkage and contouring. Though it’s not quite enough to override the firm bounce of the poly foam comfort layer, it does help bring some comfort to the shoulders and hips.

Base – Rounding out the construction is a layer of high-density poly foam, which brings some durability and shape to the structure.

Price – $450 – $995

Casper Essential Materials
Showing the materials used in the layers of the Casper Essential

FAQ

Q: Do Casper Mattresses Last? A: Casper mattresses are built with high-quality materials, so should last you from 7-10 years.

Casper Wave

If the Essential’s all about value, the Wave is all about excess. This is Casper’s luxury model, built as it is with five plush foam layers.

Cover – Made with a mix of polyester, wool, and rayon, the cover has a kind of sweater-like coziness about it. Casper claims the cover helps fight humidity, which makes sense considering wool is excellent at wicking moisture.

Casper Wave 2019 Cover
The Casper Wave mattress has a cozy sweater like feeling to it

Comfort – The Wave comfort layer is constructed with a polyfoam that’s super soft, airy, and light. This material has a lot of give, so the sleeper should sink into it quickly for some pleasant relief at the shoulders and hips.

Bounce – Beneath the gentle top layer, you’ll encounter a section of latex. This material has a much quicker response to pressure than the one above it, so will help counteract some of its sinkage. Latex has also been shown to dissipate body heat, so should work to regulate temperatures throughout the structure.

Contour – Up next is an inch of memory foam, included here to draw some of the body contouring of the top layer deeper into the mattress. Personally, I didn’t feel as though I was interacting much with this layer, tucked in as it is below the bouncy latex.

Transition – As we near the base of the bed, we find a transition layer of polyfoam. This section has Zoned Support like the Original Casper does, but it’s a little different in that it’s only located at the center of the bed. The extra firmness is intended to lift the hips to prevent the sleeper from sinking too far into the bed.

Base – The bottom layer of The Wave is constructed with a really firm, high density poly foam that provides solid support for the entire structure. Though this is pretty typical of most all-foam beds, Casper kicks things up a notch with a series of contoured channels cut into the base, allowing for pressure relief at the shoulders.

Price – $1,295 – $2,895

Casper Wave Comparison
The Materials in the Casper Wave
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Casper Hybrid

The Casper Hybrid is essential the Original Casper with an added layer of pocketed coils. Expect bounce, gentle support, and a lot of mobility!

Cover – Made of a polyester blend, the cover has a soft, stretchy feel and also happens to be pretty breathable.

Casper Hybrid Cover
Taking a look at the cover of the Casper Hybrid mattress

Comfort – The comfort layer is comprised of 1.5” of the same open-cell foam we saw in the Original Casper. Again, it’s quite similar to latex in that it’s super bouncy and has a quick response to pressure. Kicking things off with a latex alternative like this ensures some fantastic mobility, which could be a real selling point for combo sleepers. As in the Original, the open-cell design promotes breathability and cooling.

Contour – Up next, you’ll find 1.5” of memory foam. Unlike latex, this foam has a slow response to pressure, allowing the sleeper to sink in for some deep body contouring and relief, particularly at the shoulders and hips. You’ve likely noticed a theme here, with Casper placing memory foam under latex. It’s a one-two punch of bounce and sink that makes for a pleasant, balanced vibe.

Transition – After sinking through the top layers of latex and memory foam, you’ll hit a 1.5” section of high-density poly foam. Though the main function of this layer is to help ease the sleeper into the firm pocketed coils below, it’s also zoned for support, which basically means it features firmer foam at the hips for lift and softer foam at the shoulders for comfort (pssst this is the same Zoned Support we saw in the Original Casper).

Base – And finally, the base, which is composed of a 7” tall section of pocketed coils. This is where the bulk of the bed’s support is going to come from as the system works to cradle the soft foams above it and bolster the sleeper as they move between positions.

Price – $850 – $1895

Casper Wave Hybrid Construction
Showing the materials used in the layers of the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress

Casper Wave Hybrid

As with the Casper Hybrid, the Casper Wave Hybrid borrows a lot from the original Casper Wave, but amps it up with a section of pocketed coils. Luxury feel and a little buoyant lift!

Cover – As with the Capser Wave, the cover here is made of polyester, wool, and rayon, so is thick, cozy, and moisture-wicking.

Casper Wave Hybrid
The Casper Wave Hybrid in the Sleepopolis bedroom

Comfort – Casper kicks off the construction with 1” of hypersensitive poly foam. The material’s firm to the touch, but has some slight give, so should provide immediate comfort as soon as sleepers stretch out on the bed.

Bounce – Next up, you’ll find 1.5” of latex, which brings some bounce and lift to the mattress. While the material does provide some comfort, its position at the top of the structure is meant to encourage mobility, allowing for an easy range of movement. And again, latex is known for its cooling properties, so will help with regulating temps in the night.

Contour – After the latex layer comes a 1.5” section of memory foam. Unlike latex, this material has a slow response to pressure, so should encourage deep contouring and pressure relief. Though memory foam has a tendency to absorb body heat and get a little stuffy, its placement below the latex layer helps to quell this.

Transition – Before we hit the pocketed coil system below, we’re greeted with a transition layer of high-density poly foam. Once again, this section is zoned for support, so brings a little firmness to the hips for lift and a little sink to the shoulders for pressure relief.

Base – Ah, finally, the pocketed coils, which make up the main support system of the mattress. Bouncy and lively, these springs bring some tautness to the structure, encouraging both mobility and lift.

Price – $1545 – $3495

Casper Wave Hybrid Construction
Showing the materials used in the layers of the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress

FAQ

Q: Can You Flip a Casper Mattress? A: Casper mattresses aren’t technically flippable, but you can rotate them to your heart’s content!

Thoughts

Woof, that was a lot, but bear with me! What’s interesting to me about all these different designs is how they borrow elements from one another to achieve their totally unique vibes.

The Casper Hybrid, for example, uses the same foam structure as the Original Casper, but adds a little oomph with the pocketed coils. And the Casper Wave draws inspo from the Zoned Support in some of the other beds, but modifies it slightly to have a different feel in its own construction.

In general, if you’re a side sleeper in need of some deep pressure relief at the shoulders and hips, I’d suggest checking out either the Casper Wave or Casper Wave Hybrid. They’re both built to support lateral snoozers as they sink into the structure, targeting the shoulders and hips with some much-needed body contouring (thank you memory foam!).

Casper Wave Hybrid Side Sleeping
I really like the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress fro side sleepers thanks to its plush feel

If you need something firmer, you may prefer the Essential. Where the other Casper beds kick off their constructions with a gentle layer of latex, the Essential gets right to the point with a firm section of poly foam. This straightforward design should lend itself well to those strict back and stomach sleepers in the bunch who really just need a structure to keep their spines nice and straight.

Not really into the whole strict position sleeping thing? No problem, the Original Casper and Casper Hybrid have you covered! They’ve both got a ton of great mobility thanks to their bouncy support layers, so those who need to flip and flop through the night should have no problem doing so. Plus, the layers of Zoned Support in each help to bring some nice comfort to the body no matter the position.

Casper Essential Stomach
I like the firm feel of the Casper Essential for stomach sleepers

When it comes to cost, there’s a pretty wide range of price points available in the Casper line, running the gamut from the more affordable Essential (starting at $450) to the luxurious Casper Wave Hybrid (starting at $1,545).

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How do the Casper Mattresses Feel?

Construction specs aside, how do these Casper mattresses actually feel? I teased this a bit in the above section (couldn’t help it!), but here’s where we’ll really get into the firmness and pressure relief of it all.

Every sleeper’s going to experience these factors a little differently (thanks to variations in body shape, size, and weight), so I always invite a few of my coworkers to test out the mattresses with me. Once we’ve all hopped aboard the beds, we share our thoughts with one another, and then average together any rankings or ratings we come up with.

Casper Comparison Firmness Levels
Comparing the support levels of the Casper mattress models

Original Casper

My testers and I were in a bit of disagreement about this one, with our firmness ratings running 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 individual.

For me, it was a solid 6.5, as I felt as though the combination of foams made for a true balanced, medium firm feel. Why, then, did my testers not agree? Remember the Zoned Support layer made up of two different foams? Yeah, I’ve got a hunch it’s got a lot to do with that.

As I discussed in the construction portion of this comparison, the Zoned Support layer is comprised of soft poly foam at the shoulders and firm poly foam at the hips. Therefore, the firmness can actually change depending on how an individual positions themselves on the bed. Closer to the top makes it softer and closer to the center, well, it makes it feel the opposite.

Ultimately, you should be able to find some satisfying comfort no matter the position. However, I think it would probably be best for back/side combo sleepers who need to move around at night.

Casper Back Test
Testing out the Casper mattress

FAQ

Q: Is Casper a Good Mattress? A: The Casper mattress is good for a wide range of sleepers, thanks to its diverse material make-up and balanced design. However, I’d recommend it most for combo sleepers who need to change positions in the night.

Casper Essential

Though the Original Casper may have stumped my testers, the Essential got a nearly unanimous firm response from us (our average rating was 7.1).

I personally gave the bed a 7.5, because, for me, the combo of responsive foams made for a super supportive structure. Yes, there’s some slight give in the top layers, but you’re not likely to experience very much sinkage at all. Though back, stomach, and combo sleepers might enjoy the mobility this kind of vibe offers, strict side sleepers will probably want to opt for a softer Casper, like the Wave.

Casper Essential Side
Side sleepers may prefer the zoned support of the Casper Original

Casper Wave

Did someone mention the Wave?! Why yes, yes I did. As with the Essential, my testers and I were in almost complete agreement about its firmness, giving it a 6/10 average rating. When compared to the industry standard, it’s clear this is one soft mattress.

The Wave got a 6 from me, as I found the feel to be supremely plush. As soon as I stretched out on the mattress, I could feel my body sinking into its layers for some really nice body contouring and pressure relief. Interestingly enough, this sink didn’t make me feel stuck in the structure; on the contrary, the combination of bouncy latex and firm Zoned Support at the hips actually made me feel pleasantly lifted on top of the bed.

While the mobility could work wonders for combo sleepers, I’d still say this mattress is going to be best-suited for strict side sleepers. Of all the Casper beds, this bad boy’s the most well-equipped to handle any serious pressure relief problems.

Casper Wave Hybrid Side
I like the soft feel of the Casper Wave for side sleepers
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Casper Hybrid

Though you might think pocketed coils would lead to a firm structure, we actually found the Casper Hybrid to be somewhat soft, giving it an average firmness rating of 6.

I personally gave the mattress a 6 as I found the combination of foams and pocketed coils to create a fairly gentle feel. Though the pocketed coil system does bring some heft to the overall structure, it doesn’t totally curb the sinkage and contouring of the top foam layers. Conversely, the plush vibe of the top sections doesn’t totally overwhelm the lift of the coils.

All that being said, I think the Casper Hybrid offers up a nice balanced vibe that would best serve combo sleepers, especially those who need to find pressure relief at the shoulders and hips as they toss and turn.

Casper Hybrid Back Sleeping
Back sleeping on the Casper Hybrid

Casper Wave Hybrid

We were in agreement about the firmness of the Casper Wave Hybrid, with all of us falling in the 5.5-6 range, ultimately landing on an average score of 5.75. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, this bed is pretty soft.

I personally gave the bed a 5.5. It’s got a satisfyingly gentle feel, even with the sturdy pocketed coils in the base. Where other brands utilize pocketed coil systems for firmness and bounce, Casper seems to use its own to emphasize the contouring and pressure relief at work in the foam top layers. The resultant vibe could be a great fit for side sleepers, who need to feel cushiony support at their shoulders and hips.

Interested in a hybrid mattress? Check out my top Hybrid Picks!

Casper Wave Hybrid Side Sleeping
I really like the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress fro side sleepers thanks to its plush feel

Casper Mattresses Pros and Cons

So, we’ve gone over their constructions and chatted about their feels, but you’re probably still wondering… which Casper mattress is right for YOU?! Unfortunately, I can’t make that decision for you (sorry!), but I can leave you with some final thoughts to help you get there on your own.

Below, I’m going to break down the major pros and cons of each Casper bed!

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Original Casper

Pros

  • The Original Casper has a pleasant, balanced feel, which allows for a nice mix of lift and give.
  • This vibe could work for a wide range of folks, but I like it best for combo sleepers who need to move around and change positions in the night.

Cons

  • Compared to some of the other Casper mattresses, the Original doesn’t have very much bounce at all, which could be a detractor for those after some buoyancy.

Casper Essential

Pros

  • The Essential is a solid value buy, so could be a nice pick for folks after a more affordable mattress.
  • Its firm feel makes it ideal for back or stomach sleepers who need a taut structure to promote a healthy spinal alignment.

Cons

  • Unfortunately, this firmness does make it pretty unsuitable for side sleepers, who will likely jam their shoulders as they press into the bed.

Casper Wave

Pros

  • The Essential may leave side sleepers hanging, but the Casper Wave more than picks up the slack! Its gentle layers of foam make it a dream for those looking for pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
  • And because of all that foam, the Wave has a luxurious vibe, which could be lovely for folks looking to treat themselves in the bedroom.

FAQ

Q: Do You Need a Box Spring with a Casper Mattress? A: Depends on your bed frame! If it comes with slats or some other supportive base, you’re in the clear. However, if it’s just the frame, you may want to consider a box spring so your mattress isn’t on the floor.

Cons

  • As with the Original Casper, there’s not a lot of bounce here, so if you like a little lift, you may want to look elsewhere!

Casper Hybrid

Pros

  • If you need a bouncy mattress, the Casper Hybrid is the one for you! Lively foam layers couple with pocketed coils for a buoyant structure that’ll keep you positioned more on top of the bed than in it.
  • I also think couples could really enjoy the Hybrid as it’s got fantastic edge support and low motion transfer.

Cons

  • If I had to pick a type of sleeper that probably wouldn’t enjoy the Casper Hybrid, it would be stomach sleepers, who need a firmer structure (like the Essential).

Casper Wave Hybrid

Pros

  • Like its predecessor the Wave, the Wave Hybrid is also good for side sleepers, as it provides plenty of sinkage and contouring.
  • I think it could also work well for couples, thanks to its awesome edge support and low motion transfer.

Cons

  • However, if you need firm support, I’m not sure the Wave Hybrid is going to give that to you. Instead, I’d suggest checking out either the Casper Hybrid or Essential.

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How Much Do Casper Mattresses Cost?

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SizeCasperEssentialWaveCasper HybridWave Hybrid
Twin$595$395$1,345$795$1,495
Twin XL$645$445$1,495$845$1,645
Full$895$545$2,095$1,095$2,395
Queen$1,095$595$2,495$1,295$2,795
King$1,295$795$2,995$1,495$3,295
California King$1,295$795$2,995$1,495$3,295
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Logan Block
Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan has perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole. When he’s not hopping on a new bed or working with our editorial team to whip up an engaging sleep education guide, you can find him reading books on world history, walking his dog Pepper, or searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.
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