If you are mattress hunting, you’ve probably come across the Casper mattress. 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. Instead of a base polyfoam, it contains pocketed coils.
How does this affect the mattress, and which one should you get?
I have the information you need to choose between the Casper and Casper Hybrid. Read on for my full comparison.
- They are both 12” tall.
- They have the same top layers.
- They both feature Zoned Support.
- They are similar in terms of firmness.
- They both have a balanced foam feel on top.
- The Casper Hybrid features coils in its base layer while the Casper features polyfoam.
- The Casper Hybrid costs more than the Casper.
- The Hybrid is more supportive than the Casper.
- The Hybrid should be more durable than the Casper.
- The Hybrid should promote more airflow throughout the mattress.
- The Casper is 12” tall.
- The cover is soft and thin.
- The first layer of the Casper is 1.5” of a latex-like foam.
- Below this is 1.5” of faster-responding memory foam.
- The next layer is 1.5” of transition foam with Zoned Support
- The base layer is 7” of a durable support foam.
Read the full Casper mattress review
Casper Hybrid Construction
- The Casper Hybrid is 12” tall.
- The cover is thin and soft.
- The first layer of the Hybrid is 1.5” of soft, latex-like foam.
- The second layer is 1.5” of faster-responding memory foam.
- Then, there are 1.5” of a transition foam with Zoned Support.
- Next, there are 7” of supportive, pocketed coils.
- The coils are firmer toward the edge to enhance the edge support.
- On the bottom is a thin layer of polyfoam.
Read the full Casper Hybrid mattress review
- 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, it should feel firmer when you are on your back and stomach and softer when you are on your side.
- The coils allow for more airflow than the polyfoam. Thus, the Casper Hybrid should be a more breathable, cooler-sleeping mattress. You should have fewer issues sleeping hot on the Casper Hybrid.
- The coils are also more supportive than the polyfoam you find 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. They both feel like a 6/10, a bit softer-than-average. However, both mattresses feature Zoned Support and will feel firmer toward the center of the mattress. This means it will feel firmer when you are back sleeping and stomach sleeping but softer when you are on your side.
I actually felt pretty much the same lying down on these mattresses. Here is how I felt 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 side sleeping.
- I feel that both mattresses are decently supportive when I am on my stomach. However, if you are primarily a stomach sleeper, you 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 you to sink in somewhat. However, these layers are also responsive so you 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. This bounce comes from the coils and, if you prefer a bouncier mattress, the Hybrid could perhaps be better for you.
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.
Motion Transfer Differences
If you sleep with a partner, it is worth considering how well your mattress handles motion transfer. Will you feel every single one of your partner’s movements at night or will you be able to sleep soundly?
To test out the motion transfer on these two mattresses, I first placed a glass of water on each mattress. Pushing into the surrounding areas, I saw less disturbance on the Casper. Also, when I lay 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.
You can see how the Casper isolates motion in the video below.
Now, compare this to the Casper Hybrid.
Edge Support Differences
For those who sleep with a partner, it is also important to think about edge support. Basically, will you be able to use the full surface area of the mattress or, when you are near the edge, will you feel like you 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 sitting near the edge and when I am lying down, I feel less like I am going to roll off.
You can see the Casper’s superior edge support in the photo below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these mattresses:
In terms of firmness, the Casper Hybrid was 6.5/10 and the Casper was a 6.5 or 7/10. They are very close in terms of firmness.
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.
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. I feel nice overall support in this position.
On the Casper, I also feel well supported when I am back sleeping. My hips sink in the right amount, and I also feel support on my lumbar area.
Side sleeping, I feel similar to how I did on the Casper Hybrid. I feel some pressure, but it is 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 you are a heavier back sleeper, both mattresses could work for you. Side sleepers who weigh more than 230 lbs might want to find a softer mattress. Heavier stomach sleepers should lean toward the Hybrid.
While Marten thought the mattresses were a bit firmer than I did, this is to be expected. He is larger than me so he presses a further into the mattress. I will say I am surprised that he liked the Casper Hybrid for stomach sleeping. I would note that if you are heavier than 230 lbs, you still might want something more supportive if you sleep on your stomach.
Pick Casper If:
- You want a more affordable mattress. If you think both mattresses could be a good fit for you, choosing the Casper mattress could save you some money. It is still a quality mattress so if you don’t need the coils, it is a better value.
- You are a lighter person. If you don’t weigh too much, you might not need the support that coils provide. Because of this, the Casper should be supportive enough for you. If you are a smaller person and don’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 you often overheat at night, the Hybrid should be a better option. The coils allow for much more airflow than the Capser’s polyfoam. This should keep the mattress from trapping so much heat, and you could be sleeping cooler.
In the end, it shouldn’t be too difficult to choose between the Casper and Casper Hybrid. The Casper should be a better match for lighter people who want to save money. The Casper Hybrid should work better for heavy sleepers, hot sleepers, and those who want a longer-lasting mattress. If you have any more questions about the Casper or Casper Hybrid, leave it in the comments below.
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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