If you are in the market for a higher-end, bed-in-a-box mattress, then you’ve probably come across the Casper Wave and Casper Wave Hybrid. They are two of Casper’s premium models and they’re very popular.
So which one should you choose? On the surface, they are very similar. However, if you look more closely, you will start to see some clear differences.
Which mattress is right for you? Read on for my full comparison.
- Both are luxury mattresses from Casper.
- They are both 13” tall.
- They are both designed to keep you from overheating.
- They are both very durable mattresses.
- Both have a balance of comfort and support.
- The Casper Wave is more affordable than the Casper Wave Hybrid.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid contains coils, while the Casper Wave does not.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid is just a bit softer than the Casper Wave.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid should be more supportive.
Casper Wave Construction
- The Wave is 13″ tall.
- The cover is soft and has a sweatshirt-like quality.
- The first layer is 1″ of a ventilated polyfoam.
- Next, there are 1.5″ of a ventilated latex foam.
- Then, there are 1.5″ of soft, pressure-relieving memory foam.
- This is followed by a transition layer with a zoned construction.
- Finally, the base layer is made of supportive polyfoam.
Read the full Casper Wave review.
Casper Wave Hybrid
- The Wave Hybrid is 13″ tall.
- The cover is soft and also has that sweatshirt-like quality.
- First, you have 1″ of ventilated comfort foam.
- Next, there are 1.5″ of ventilated latex foam.
- Then, you get 1.5″ of soft memory foam.
- Below this is a zoned transition layer.
- The base is pocketed coils that rest on a polyfoam layer.
- A foam encasement surrounds the coils.
Read the full Casper Wave Hybrid review.
- Both mattresses have very soft top layers that are also responsive. You press in, but it’s not difficult to move around. The latex adds some bounce as well.
- The zoned transition layer in each mattress is firmer toward the center of the mattress. Because of this, the mattresses feel firmer and more supportive when you are on your back and stomach and softer when you are on your side.
- The comfort layer on both mattresses should keep you from sleeping too hot. The top polyfoam layer is ventilated, as is the latex layer beneath that. Latex is also naturally cooling.
- At the same time, the Wave Hybrid should be more breathable than the Wave. The coils allow for a good amount of airflow, while the support foam on the Wave does not.
- While these are both very durable mattresses, the Wave Hybrid should be a bit more durable. The coils add another level of durability, so it should be the longer-lasting mattress.
In terms of firmness, I felt like the Casper Wave was a 7/10 and the Casper Wave Hybrid was a 6.5/10. I will mention that I am a heavier person and weigh 230 lb. I believe those lighter than me could mostly feel the soft top layers of these mattresses and find them to be much softer than I did.
Here is how I felt while sleeping on the Casper Wave:
- When I am lying on my back, I feel great on the Casper Wave. My hips sink in just the right amount, and the zoned transition layer provides nice lumbar support.
- Moving to my side, I am feeling a bit of pressure on my shoulders and hips. Again, I am a larger person, so if you are lighter, you should feel good pressure relief.
- On my stomach, the mattress is not quite supportive enough for me. My hips bow in somewhat, and I feel like I am out of alignment.
Here is how I felt while sleeping on the Casper Wave Hybrid:
- Starting on my back, I again feel very nice. My hips are allowed to sink in a bit, while the coils and zoned transition support my lumbar area.
- When I am side sleeping, I am feeling a bit more pressure on the shoulders and hips. I would say I feel better side sleeping on the Casper Wave.
- While stomach sleeping, the mattress is too soft for me. I am also bowing in at the hips on the Wave Hybrid, so I need a firmer mattress overall.
Both mattresses have a similar, responsive feel. They are both soft on top, but they are also responsive. They let you sink in a fair bit, but you shouldn’t have trouble moving around. Much heavier people could feel the coils on the Wave Hybrid, but that will only affect the feel slightly.
See more of what I thought of the Casper Wave’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Now, compare this to the Casper Wave Hybrid.
Motion Transfer Differences
If you sleep with a partner, it is good to think about motion transfer. If you lie down on your side of the mattress and your partner moves around, will you feel that movement or not? Will it disturb you and wake you up?
I placed a glass of water on both mattresses and pressed into the surrounding area. I saw only a bit of disturbance on both mattresses. While there is some latex in the comfort layer of these two mattresses, there is also high-density memory foam. This memory foam is absorbing some of that motion so you don’t see so much transfer.
In the end, both mattresses should be a good fit for couples.
See how well the Casper Wave handles motion transfer in the video below.
Now see how the Casper Wave Hybrid performs.
Whether you sleep with a partner or just want to be able to use every square inch of your mattress, edge support is worth considering. When you sit or lie down near the edge of your mattress, will you feel secure or more like you are going to fall or roll off?
While sitting down near the edge of the Casper Wave and Casper Wave Hybrid, the mattresses collapse quite a bit. I don’t feel very secure in this position. Also, when I lie down, I feel like I might roll off both of these mattresses.
While the coils in the Casper Wave strengthen the edge a bit, neither mattress features great edge support.
Pick Casper Wave If …
- You are looking to save some money. If you believe both the Wave and Wave Hybrid could work for you, choosing the Wave could save you some money. It is priced lower and while it does not feature coils, it should be a comfortable and supportive option for many types of sleepers.
- You are a lighter person. If you are not on the heavy side, the Wave should give you all the support you need. Lighter and even medium-weight people should feel like the Wave is properly supportive, regardless of what position they sleep in.
- You are a side sleeper. If you sleep primarily on your side, the Casper Wave could be the better option. I experienced nice pressure relief on the Casper Wave, and the pressure map test showed less pressure on my shoulders and hips. Side sleepers should feel very comfortable on the Casper Wave.
Pick Casper Wave Hybrid If …
- You are looking for a long-term investment. If you want a mattress that is going to last you for a good amount of time, the Casper Wave Hybrid is the better choice. While these are both durable mattresses, the Wave Hybrid should be even longer lasting. It features high-grade coils, which should stand up to more use than the support foam in the Casper Wave.
- You are a larger person. If you are on the heavier side, the Wave Hybrid should be the way to go. The coils should be able to handle more weight than the support foam in the Wave. Larger people and those who need more support should find what they need on the Wave Hybrid.
- You are a hot sleeper. Both of these mattresses shouldn’t sleep too hot, but the Wave Hybrid should sleep even cooler. The ventilated top layers and the inclusion of latex shouldn’t trap heat. Also, the addition of coils allows for air to flow throughout the mattress. Hot sleepers should be sleeping cooler on the Wave Hybrid.
In the end, it shouldn’t be hard to choose between the Casper Wave and the Casper Wave Hybrid.
The Casper Wave should be a better choice for lighter sleepers who want to save some money. The Casper Wave Hybrid should work for larger people who want a more durable mattress.
Please leave any additional questions you have regarding the Casper Wave and Wave Hybrid in the comments below.