If someone has been mattress hunting for a while, they’ve probably come across the Casper mattress numerous times. It is one of the most popular bed-in-a-box mattresses out there, and it is of very high quality.
Casper recently released the Casper Hybrid as well, and it looks a lot like the original but with steel pocketed coils. This article will go over the construction of both mattresses in great detail and then run through the main similarities and differences in order to help consumers make a more informed decision.
- They are both 12” tall and have the same top comfort layers.
- They both feature Zoned Support, meaning the middle of the mattress is firmer and more supportive and the shoulder area is softer and more pressure-relieving.
- They are similar in terms of firmness and are definitely in the same general range.
- They both have a balanced foam feel on top that mixes memory foam and latex qualities into one mattress feel.
- The Casper Hybrid features coils in its base layer, while the Casper features a pretty standard polyfoam base.
- The Casper Hybrid costs more than the Casper because of the more expensive steel support coils.
- The Hybrid is more supportive than the Casper because the pocketed coils compared to polyfoam.
- The Hybrid should be more durable than the Casper and it should promote more airflow throughout the mattress.
- The Casper is 12” tall and features four separate layers.
- The cover is soft and thin and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
- The first layer of the Casper is 1.5” of a latex-like foam that is soft, responsive, and breathable.
- Below this is 1.5” of faster-responding memory foam, which adds pressure relief and body contouring to the mattress.
- The next layer is 1.5” of transition foam with Zoned Support, where the middle of the mattress is firmer and more supportive and the shoulder area is softer and more pressure-reliving.
- The base layer is 7” of a durable support foam that is seen in a lot of other bed-in-a-box mattresses.
Read the full Casper mattress review, available here.
Casper Hybrid Construction
- The Casper Hybrid is 12” tall and is comprised of five distinct layers.
- The cover is thin and soft and also doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress signficantly.
- The first layer of the Hybrid is 1.5” of soft, latex-like foam that is similar to the original mattress.
- The second layer is 1.5” of faster-responding memory foam that is also basically same as the foam in the original mattress.
- Then, there are 1.5” of a transition foam with Zoned Support, similar to the original mattress.
- Next, there are 7” of supportive, pocketed coils, which are more breathable, supportive, and durable than the polyfoam base of the original mattress.
- The coils are firmer toward the edge to enhance the edge support, allowing sleepers to maximize the surface area of the bed.
- On the bottom is a thin layer of polyfoam for the coils to rest on.
Read the full Casper Hybrid mattress review, available here.
- The top three layers on both mattresses are the same and give them both a somewhat balanced foam feel. They both feel soft, but it should be easy to move around without feeling stuck.
- The Zoned Support means that each mattress is firmer toward the middle of the mattress. Because of this, each mattress should feel firmer when people are on their back and stomach and softer when they are on their side.
- The coils allow for more airflow than the polyfoam, so the Casper Hybrid should be a more breathable, cooler-sleeping mattress. Consumers should have fewer issues with sleeping hot on the Casper Hybrid.
- The coils are also more supportive than the polyfoam that is found in the Casper. This makes the Hybrid a better fit for heavier people and those who have extra support needs.
- The construction of the Hybrid should make it a more durable mattress. It costs a bit more than the Casper, but it should be a better long-term investment.
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The mattresses are very similar in terms of firmness, and they both feel like a 6/10, or a bit softer than average.
That said, both mattresses feature Zoned Support and will feel firmer toward the center of the mattress. This means each mattress will feel firmer when people are back sleeping and stomach sleeping but softer when they are on their side.
I actually felt pretty much the same while lying down on each of these mattresses. Here is how it felt while sleeping in different sleeping positions:
- Back sleeping, I feel well supported on both mattresses. The Zoned Support makes the mattress firmer under my lumbar area, and I feel good support there. In addition, my hips sink in just the right amount.
- When I move to my side, I feel great pressure relief on both the Casper and Casper Hybrid. Because of the Zoned Support, the mattress is softer under my shoulder, so I feel very nice while side sleeping.
- I feel that both mattresses are decently supportive when I am on my stomach. However, if someone is primarily a stomach sleeper, they might want want to find a firmer, more supportive mattress overall.
Both mattresses have a similar balanced foam feel. The top layers are soft and they allow people to sink in somewhat. These layers are also responsive, so people don’t get stuck in the mattress. It should be easy to move around on both mattresses.
The Casper Hybrid has just a bit more bounce than the Casper because of the pocketed steel coils. If someone prefers a bouncier mattress, the Hybrid could perhaps be better for them.
See more about the Casper’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Now, see what I thought of the Casper Hybrid’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
If someone sleeps with a partner, it’s worth considering how well their mattress handles motion transfer. Will someone feel every single one of their partner’s movements at night, or will they be able to sleep soundly even if they’re moving around?
To test out the motion transfer on these two mattresses, I first placed a glass of water on each mattress. While pushing into the surrounding areas, I saw less disturbance on the Casper. Also, when I laid down on both mattresses and Marten moved around on the other side, I felt less of his movements on the Casper.
The Casper is an all-foam mattress, and these are usually better than hybrids when it comes to motion isolation. All in all, the Casper should be a better mattress for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.
People can see how the Casper isolates motion in the video below.
Now, compare this to the Casper Hybrid’s motion transfer in the video below.
Edge Support Differences
For those who sleep with a partner, it is also important to think about edge support. Basically, will people be able to use the full surface area of the mattress or, when they are near the edge, will they feel like they are going to fall off?
Between the two mattresses, the Casper Hybrid definitely features the better edge support. The coils are firmer toward the edge of the mattress, which gives it a reinforced edge. I feel very secure while sitting near the edge, and when I am lying down, I feel less like I am going to roll off.
People can see the Casper’s superior edge support in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type than I do: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
In terms of firmness, the Casper Hybrid was 6.5/10 and the Casper was a 6.5 or 7/10, so they are very close in terms of firmness.
Here is how it felt while sleeping on the Casper Hybrid:
- While back sleeping on the Casper Hybrid, I feel very nice overall support. My hips sink in but not too far, and I also have good lumbar support. It’s very nice for back sleeping overall.
- While I do feel some pressure on my shoulders and hips, the Hybrid is still a decent match for side sleeping. The mattress is also softer under my shoulder because of the Zoned Support.
- Moving to my stomach, my hips aren’t sinking in too far, so I feel nice overall support in this position.
Here is how it felt on the Casper:
- On the Casper, I also feel well supported when I am back sleeping. My hips sink in the right amount, and I feel support on the lumbar area.
- While side sleeping, I feel similar to how I did on the Casper Hybrid. I feel some pressure, but it’s still an okay match for side sleeping.
- Finally, on my stomach, I’m not feeling quite enough support, and I am bowing in at the hips.
If someone is a heavier-weight back sleeper, both mattresses could work for them. Side sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds might want to find a softer mattress, and heavier stomach sleepers should lean toward the Hybrid because of the increased support
While Marten thought the mattresses were a bit firmer than I did, this is to be expected, because he is larger than me, so he presses further into the mattress. I will say I am surprised that he liked the Casper Hybrid for stomach sleeping. I would also note that if someone is heavier than 230 pounds, they still might want something more supportive if they sleep on their stomach.
Pick Casper If …
- You want a more affordable mattress- If people think both mattresses could be a good fit for them, choosing the Casper mattress could save them some money. It is still a quality mattress, so if people don’t need the coils, it is a better value.
- You are a lighter person- If someone doesn’t weigh too much, they might not need the support that coils provide. Because of this, the Casper should be supportive enough for them. If someone is a smaller person and doesn’t have extra support needs, the Casper should be the way to go.
Pick Casper Hybrid If …
- You are a larger person- If you are heavier or have extra support needs, the Casper Hybrid should be the better choice. The coils offer more support than the polyfoam in the Casper, so it should be able to handle heavier weights.
- You are looking for a long-term investment- While the Hybrid costs more up front, it could save you money in the long run. The coils are a very durable material, so the Hybrid should last longer than the Casper.
- You are a hot sleeper- If someone often overheats at night, the Hybrid should be a better option. The coils allow for much more airflow than the Casper’s polyfoam, so this should keep the mattress from trapping so much heat, helping people sleep cooler.
In the end, it shouldn’t be too difficult to choose between the Casper and Casper Hybrid, because of the very clear main differences.
The Casper should be a better match for lighter people who want to save money, while the Casper Hybrid should work better for heavy sleepers, hot sleepers, and those who want a longer-lasting mattress.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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