Since 2014, Casper has been at the forefront of the bed-in-a-box revolution. They’ve released some of the most popular and well-reviewed mattresses on the market.
I have been a fan of Casper’s other mattresses, and when I discovered that the company would be releasing the Casper Wave Hybrid, I was very excited to try it out.
As a larger person, finding a mattress to give me enough support is sometimes difficult. The Casper Wave Hybrid contains coils instead of support foam, so I was hoping it would meet my support and comfort needs.
Is this a good addition to Casper’s popular line of mattresses? Read on for my full review.
You Might Want To Pick The Wave Hybrid If …
- You are a back sleeper. While it isn’t the firmest mattress, the Wave Hybrid should be firm enough for most back sleepers. The coils are very supportive, and the memory foam layer helps with contouring. In addition, the latex layer keeps you from sinking in too far.
- You are a light- or medium-weight side sleeper. As long as you aren’t too heavy, the Wave Hybrid should be a great fit for side sleeping. The top layers are very soft, so you should feel little pressure on your shoulders and hips.
- You are a hot sleeper. If you worry about overheating at night, the Wave Hybrid should be a good option. The top two layers are ventilated, which allows for airflow. In addition, the second layer is latex, a naturally cooling material. The coils also promote airflow throughout the mattress. All in all, you shouldn’t be sleeping hot on the Wave Hybrid.
- You are looking for a long-term investment. The Wave Hybrid might cost a bit of money up front, but it should definitely be worth the investment. The latex and coils are two very durable materials, so the Wave Hybrid shouldn’t break down quickly. It should be a longer-lasting mattress.
You Might Not Want To Pick The Wave Hybrid If …
- You are a stomach sleeper. If you sleep primarily on your stomach, the Wave Hybrid might not work for you. The top layers are very soft and might not give you enough support on your hips. This might allow your hips to sink into the mattress so that your spine is no longer neutrally aligned. Stomach sleepers should consider a firmer mattress.
- You prefer a firmer mattress. In my experience, the mattress was close to medium-firm. While Joe thought it was a bit softer, the bottom line is that most people won’t find this to be a very firm mattress. If you like a very firm mattress or have extra support needs, the Wave Hybrid will probably be too soft for you.
- You want something more affordable. While the Wave Hybrid has a lot to offer, it might be outside of some people’s price range. It features some very high-quality materials, and the price reflects that. So, if you want to pay less money up front, this might not be the best mattress for you.
- The mattress is 13″ tall.
- The cover is soft and breathable.
- The first layer is 1″ of ventilated comfort foam.
- Then, there is a 1.5″ layer of ventilated latex foam.
- Next, there are 1.5″ of soft memory foam.
- This is followed by a zoned transition layer.
- The base consists of pocketed coils resting on a thin polyfoam layer.
- The coils are surrounded by a foam encasement.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid is made in the USA.
- The Wave Hybrid’s zoned construction is more advanced than what you find in the original Casper mattress. There are grooves cut into the areas near the knees and shoulders. This helps make these areas a bit softer. In addition, the middle of the mattress contains “Targeted Gel Pods” that add support under your lumbar area.
- The zoned construction is meant to make the mattress a good fit for all three sleeping positions. When you’re on your back and stomach, the mattress is meant to keep you properly supported. When you are on your side, you should feel less pressure on your shoulders and hips.
- The mattress includes numerous features to keep the mattress from trapping heat. The latex is naturally cooling and ventilated, and the top layer is also ventilated. The coils also allow for a good amount of airflow. The Casper Wave Hybrid shouldn’t make you sleep too hot.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid should be a longer-lasting option. The latex, coils, and foam layers are all very durable materials. The mattress should last for a good amount of time.
- The coils are also very supportive. While the top layers are very soft, the coils should be able to handle even much heavier weights.
- The top layers combine to create a soft but responsive feel. They give in very quickly, but the top layer and latex layer add some noticeable bounce.
How Does This Mattress Compare To The Casper Wave?
If you are considering the Casper Wave Hybrid, you might want to know how it compares to the Casper Wave mattress.
In terms of the design, there is one major difference. The Casper Wave contains support foam in its base layer, while the Casper Wave Hybrid contains pocketed coils. This improves the Wave Hybrid in a few ways:
- The Wave Hybrid should be more supportive than the Wave. The coils should also be able to handle more weight than the support foam, making the Wave Hybrid a better match for heavier people.
- The coils add some more durability to the mattress. This means that the Wave Hybrid should be a longer lasting mattress than the Wave.
- The coils allow for much more airflow than the support foam. Because of this, the Wave Hybrid should be a more breathable, cool-sleeping mattress.
That being said, the Wave Hybrid is going to cost more than the Wave (about $400 more for a Queen-size mattress). You just need to consider if the extra cost is worth it to you.
Firmness And Feel
In terms of firmness, the Casper Wave Hybrid feels like a 6.5/10. You have a very soft comfort layer, then you hit the transition layer and coils beneath that.
Because of the zoned construction, the mattress might feel firmer or softer depending on your sleeping position. It might feel firmer when you’re on your back or stomach and softer when you are on your side.
In addition, the firmness will vary depending on your weight. For instance, if you are lighter, you might not press in too far, and the mattress will feel softer to you. As you can see in the graphic above, Joe and I assessed the mattress’s firmness in slightly different ways.
In my experience, here is how the mattress felt in different sleeping positions:
- While back sleeping, I feel very nice on the Wave Hybrid. My hips sink into the top layer, but not too far. I also feel that zoned construction supporting my lumbar area.
- Moving to my side, I am feeling some pressure on my shoulders and hips. I am larger, so I am pressing down and hitting the support layers. Light- and medium-weight people should feel better pressure relief than I did.
- On my stomach, I am not feeling enough support. I feel my hips sinking too far into the mattress and I feel some strain on my lower back. Most stomach sleepers should need a more supportive mattress.
The mattress has a soft yet bouncy feel. The top layers are very responsive, and the coils add some serious bounce. You get a somewhat balanced foam feel on top and then bouncy coils beneath that. Again, the zoned construction does make the mattress feel firmer or softer depending on your position.
If you sleep with a partner, you want to know how well your mattress handles motion transfer. If your partner moves around, are you going to feel that motion or not?
To test out the motion isolation of the Casper Wave Hybrid, I first placed a glass of water on the mattress. I pressed into other areas of the mattress, and the glass was barely disturbed.
Also, I laid down on one side of the mattress and asked Joe to move around on the other side. I did not feel many of his movements.
Overall, the Wave Hybrid should be a good option for couples.
If you sleep with a partner, you also want to think about how much of the mattress you can really utilize. Can you sit or lie down near the edge of the mattress, or will you feel like you are going to fall off?
While sitting down near the edge, the mattress collapses quite a bit. Even with the foam encasement, I don’t feel very secure while sitting. Also, when I lie down near the edge, I feel somewhat like I might roll off the mattress.
Overall, the Wave Hybrid doesn’t feature the best edge support.
Joe has a much different body type than me: I am 6’7″ and weigh about 230 lb; he is 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about the mattress:
As far as firmness is concerned, Marten put it at a 6.5/10, and I put it at a 5.5/10. I don’t press as far in as Marten did and feel the firmer layers underneath. I feel more of that softness on top.
On my back, the mattress is pretty supportive. It is pretty soft, so maybe you want something a bit firmer. Overall, it is pretty supportive, however.
Moving to my side, I feel very nice pressure relief. It is a great match on my side.
On my stomach, I need something a bit firmer.
If you are a light- or medium-weight sleeper, it should work on your back or side. However, you should look for something firmer if you sleep mainly on your stomach.
I am not surprised that Joe found the mattress to be softer than I did. He isn’t pressing so far into the mattress, so he is mostly feeling that very soft comfort area. Again, light- and medium-weight sleepers are going to have a different experience on the Wave Hybrid than I did.
Unboxing This Mattress
The Casper Wave Hybrid is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will come compressed and shipped straight to you.
You will want to begin by removing the rolled up Casper Wave Hybrid mattress from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on your bed.
Carefully cut away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat. Then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the Casper Wave Hybrid will expand.
Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow your mattress to breathe and fully expand.
What Makes The Wave Hybrid Stand Out?
- It is a very breathable mattress that should be a good match for hot sleepers.
- It has a very soft comfort layer and should offer nice pressure relief to light- and medium-weight side sleepers.
- The mattress features very durable materials. It should be a longer-lasting mattress.
- The Wave Hybrid could be a good match for some back sleepers.
- It contains very supportive coils that should be able to handle heavier weights.
In the end, the Casper Wave Hybrid is a comfortable option for those who are seeking a long-term investment. However, stomach sleepers who want a more affordable mattress might not find it to be the best match.
The Wave Hybrid comes with a 100-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, free home setup, and free shipping and returns. Financing is also available.
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