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Casper Mattress Review 2019 Update

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!

Read on for my full Casper mattress review! Don’t have time for the whole thing? Skip to the end for my review summary.

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Brand Snapshot

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.

Casper Mattress
The Casper in the Sleepopolis bedroom

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!

Casper Side Panel
Getting a close up look at the Casper

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.

Casper Firmness Test 2019
Average firmness rating for the Casper from 4 Sleepopolis testers

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.

Casper Back Test
Testing out the Casper mattress

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.

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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.

Casper Pressure Map
Showing the pressure map results for the Casper mattress

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. Strict side sleepers will likely want a softer structure, like the Casper Wave, which I’ll go over below.

Casper Side Sleeping
The zoned support systerm is a nice touch for the side sleepers out there

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.

FAQ

Q: Is Casper a good mattress? A: With its unique design of memory foam, latex, and high-density poly foam, the Casper has a satisfyingly balanced feel, which could work for a wide range of folks, from combo sleepers all the way to side sleepers.

Casper vs

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.

Purple

  • 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).
  • Read my full Purple mattress review.

Leesa

  • 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.
  • Wanna learn more? Skip on over to my full Leesa mattress review.

FAQ

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.

Other Models

And while we’re here, we might as well compare the Casper to a couple of its mattress siblings, the Casper Hybrid and Wave.

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Casper Hybrid

  • 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.

Casper Wave

  • 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.
  • Get the full scoop at my complete Casper Wave review.
Casper Wave 2019
The Casper Wave

Casper Essential

  • 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.
  • Read more at my full Casper Essential review. And while you’re at, why not check out my full on Casper mattress comparison.

FAQ

Q: Do you need a box spring with a Casper mattress? A: It’s up to you! Some folks like the supportive lift of a box spring while others will be totally fine with placing the Casper right in a bed frame. No wrong move here.

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.

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Casper Recommendations

  • 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.

Casper Complaints

  • 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.

Other Casper Products

Check out our reviews of other Casper products:

Best Of Lists

The Casper is one of our favorite mattresses at Sleepopolis and has made a few of our top lists:

How Much Does a Casper Mattress Cost?

Standard pricing is listed below but remember to use the coupon code SLEEPOPOLIS to save on your purchase of a Casper mattress!

SizeDimensionsWeightPrice
Twin38” x 75 x 12"56 lbs$595
Twin XL38" x 80" x 12"59 lbs$645
Full53” x 75” x 12”73 lbs$895
Queen60” x 80” x 12”85 lbs$1,095
King76” x 80” x 12”104 lbs$1,295
California King72” x 84” x 12”103 lbs$1,295

Voilà! You now know absolutely everything you need to know about the Original Casper mattress. Feel like I left something out? Leave a comment on the video above or shoot me a DM on Facebook or Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Sleepopolis YouTube channel!

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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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25 thoughts on “Casper Mattress Review 2019 Update”

  1. Hi Logan, Thanks for the great, updated review. I am a back and side sleeper looking for great lumbar support and a good amount of give in my shoulder area. This new version of the Casper mattress seems to achieve both. How does it compare to the Zoned mattress by Brooklyn Bedding? Based on online reviews, the new Casper and the Zoned seem quite similar and I can’t decide for one or the other. Any help would be very appreciated!

    • I haven’t actually reviewed the Zoned so I can’t speak to the firmness level, but the build looks more like the Casper Hybrid. Due to the pocketed coils you can expect more bounce out of that mattress than the Casper.

  2. This is easily the most helpful review site I’ve come across. Here’s my situation: I suffer from spinal nerve compression at L1-S1 following chemotherapy and desperately need a better mattress. I don’t expect you to comment on a medical condition, but in your experience do people with back problems like Casper mattresses? I weigh 125 lbs and am a back sleeper.

    • I think you would find the Casper to provide good pressure relief with a medium firmness. A little bit of sinkage into the mattress while lying on your back. If you need something a little firmer you could check out the Casper Essential. If a foam mattress isn’t your think I would say take a look at the Saatva.

    • A lot of mattresses that come compressed in a box have a bit of an off gassing smell (stale air) when they are first opened up. I would recommend leaving the windows open for a few hours when you first open it up and that should help out.

  3. Logan, I’m so glad I found you. I am in need of help. We traded our king The Original Mattress Factory for a king JoyBed, and I’m not sure I like it. My back and neck feel better (YEAH!), and there’s less motion transfer than before (yeah! but still some), but I wake up with dark circles under my eyes and not feeling 100%. I am 5’5″ 120 lb. and hubby is 6’1″ 180 lb. We sleep hot (JoyBed has been nice and cool), we have bad backs (JoyBed has been great for that), I rotate from back to side to stomach during the night, and hubby sleeps on his side (JoyBed is HARD). HELP! I’m 60+ days into the JoyBed experience and I just don’t know if I can keep it. I’m considering buying 2 Twin XL to thwart the motion transfer problem we experience. We’re getting old and like our sleep! I just want a better night sleep, to sleep thru the whole night, and to wake up back-pain free. Should I buy a Casper? 2 Twin XL or 1 King?

  4. Buyer beware!!!! Don’t fall into the same trap that I did.

    I recently purchased a Casper mattress upon the recommendation of my daughter. It was delivered and set up because I paid a $150 delivery/set up fee. I am not at all happy with the mattress. I am having it returned a week later. There are no brick and mortar stores in my area in NW CT. The closest retailer is either NYC or Dedham MA. Hence, I purchased the mattress completely sight unseen, without a test trial. I have learned that the set up and delivery fee is non refundable. Nowhere in the ordering process was this highlighted, underscored or emphasized to me. Check your phone records from my order and listen to the taped interaction if you must. But it was not stated that this would not be a refundable expense. I spoke with one of your supervisors named Julia who was adamant and unyielding stating that “It has been completed’ and ‘was a service rendered’ and that she would ‘funnel; this information over to her team to make ‘our language’ more ‘explicit.’ This is just ridiculous. You have all the ostensible bells and whistles of being a lovely company but when it comes right down to it, your customer service is as hard and unyielding and disappointing as is your firm 4 layer mattress. You have lost a customer as well as a source of a positive reference. Enjoy your $150!!!!!!!!!

  5. I know this mattress has great reviews but I found the mattress to be different. If you’re sharing your bed you WILL feel them slightly move. If you share, this mattress is not for you.

  6. He stated that it was the “new and improved “ version. It is called “The Casper Mattress”. It is the middle model. 10inches, as stated.. The Basic is not 10inches. The Wave is the 3rd, top of the line, all white mattress.

  7. Hi Ryan,
    I could really use your help. I have been going through your site fairly intensively and I am now at the following dilemma. I have purchased both the firm and medium firm versions of the Loom and leaf. Neither have worked out for me. The firm really hurt my neck and shoulders and the medium firm took away the neck and back pain but now my hips sink in too much. I am a back and sometimes side sleeper. In addition, my girlfriend is a stomach sleeper. She would prefer the firmest bed I could find. I am considering switching to the Zenhaven from Saatva which is all Latex and I’m thinking firmer and having greater response with less of a sink in feeling and I am also considering the new Casper. Do you have any advice that would work for both of us? Help please.

  8. I suffer from back issues from my thoracic area to my lumbosacral area and presently have a firm mattress on an adjustable bed base as I cannot lay flat. Is this mattress suitable for an adjustable bed? I’m 4’10” and 232 lbs. I want something that give support all the while feeling cozy and softer than what I have now. Thank you for your time.

  9. so im not sure which mattress to choose from now the casper or the wave i have issues with my upper back lower back numbness and tingling in arms and hands you name it i am 5 ft. and 140 lbs but my husband is 6 ft. 2 and 260 and we are both afraid of sleeping hot since memory foam is known for that right now we sleep on a saavta luxury firm mattress which was rated very well but 4 years later we are sinking in holes i wake up more often in pain than my husband so it will take some convincing to change our mattress

  10. I’m curious about the Casper mattress after your comprehensive review. Details about me: 5’10”, 175 lbs, male, back sleeper. I have a history of intermittent lower back pain and a mattress that will give me excellent support.

  11. We are replacing a full-size Posturpedic Cushion Firm Pillow Top mattress after only three years due to: [1] Back aches in the morning, [2] Sleeps hot, [3] Hard to move around and [4] Difficult to stay asleep. After watching and tabulating the data from your reviews on seven mattresses, as well as visiting a mattress store to try various designs, we have zeroed in on the Casper to resolve these issues. We are both seniors, side sleepers with BMIs of 24.0 and 30.5 and need to find a suitable replacement mattress. What would you suggest?

  12. Is Casper Mattress okay for a young child of 3 years old?

    I would appreciate your advice for my daughter’s first bed mattress.

    Thank you

  13. Which Casper mattress was this review on? The Wave is seriously out of my price range. I am interested in which model this was. Thanks.

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