[Editor’s Note: Casper no longer offers the Casper Wave mattress without coils, but they do offer an updated Casper Wave Hybrid. Take a look at our most up-to-date Casper Wave Hybrid mattress review.]
If someone is in the market for a higher-end, bed-in-a-box mattress, then they’ve probably come across the Casper Wave and Casper Wave Hybrid, which are the two premium models from Casper’s line.
This mattress comparison will go through the construction of both mattresses in detail and highlight the main similarities and differences to help consumers make a more informed decision.
- Both are luxury mattresses from Casper that are both 13″ in height.
- They are both designed to keep people from overheating and should be very breathable.
- They are both very durable mattresses that have an excellent balance of comfort and support.
- The Casper Wave is more affordable than the Casper Wave Hybrid and is a bit firmer as well.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid contains coils, while the Casper Wave does not, so it should be more supportive overall.
Casper Wave Construction
- The Wave is 13″ tall and consists of five separate layers.
- The cover is soft and has a sweatshirt-like quality that ultimately won’t affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
- The first layer is 1″ of a ventilated polyfoam that is soft, bouncy, and responsive.
- Next, there are 1.5″ of a ventilated latex foam, which is very breathable and responsive. See our best latex mattresses to learn more about this material.
- Then, there are 1.5″ of soft, pressure-relieving memory foam, which adds great pressure relief and contouring to the mattress.
- This is followed by a transition layer with a zoned construction where the middle of the foam is firmer and more supportive and the shoulder area is softer and more pressure-relieving.
- Finally, the base layer is made of supportive polyfoam and is a pretty standard support layer.
Read the full Casper Wave review, available here.
Casper Wave Hybrid
- The Wave Hybrid is 13″ tall, and contains five distinct layers in addition to an edge support system.
- The cover is soft and also has that sweatshirt-like quality that won’t affect the overall of the mattress significantly.
- First, you have 1″ of ventilated comfort foam that is soft and has great pressure relief.
- Next, there are 1.5″ of ventilated latex foam that is breathable and responsive.
- Then, you get 1.5″ of soft memory foam that adds additional pressure relief and contouring to the mattress.
- Below this is a zoned transition layer where the middle is firmer and more supportive and the shoulder area is softer and more pressure-relieving.
- The base is pocketed coils that rest on a polyfoam layer.
- A foam encasement surrounds the coils to provide enhanced edge support to the mattress.
Read the full Casper Wave Hybrid review, available here.
- Both mattresses have very soft top layers that are also responsive where people can press in, but it’s not difficult to move around. The latex adds some bounce and responsiveness 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 people are on their back and stomach and softer when they are on their side.
- The comfort layer on both mattresses should keep people from sleeping too hot. The top polyfoam layer is ventilated, as is the latex layer beneath that, and the 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. See our list of the best mattresses that won’t sag for more information.
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 it 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. See our best mattresses for back sleepers for more like the Casper Wave.
- 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 it 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 firmness and feel of the Casper Wave Hybrid in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
If someone sleeps 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?
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 who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements. See our best mattresses for couples for more like the Casper Wav and Wave Hybrid.
See how well the Casper Wave handles motion transfer in the video below.
Now see how the Casper Wave Hybrid performs with motion transfer in the video below.
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, and 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 someone wants a mattress that is going to last them for a good amount of time, the Casper Wave Hybrid is probably 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, because the coils should be able to handle more weight than the support foam in the Wave. Those who need the best mattress for heavy people 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, so 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, because the differences between them are pretty clear.
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.