[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.]
Tempur-Pedic is the original maker of memory foam mattresses. Casper is the original bed-in-a-box brand. Here we’ll compare Casper Wave, a luxury model, to Tempur-Pedic’s options in order to help you make a more informed decision.
- Casper Wave is all-foam, and Tempur-Pedic is largely known for its all-foam options.
- Both incorporate memory foam and can be suitable for side sleepers.
- They offer trials of similar length (100 days for Casper, 90 for Tempur-Pedic).
- Both offer free shipping and have great customer service.
- Casper Wave is less expensive ($2,099 to $4,198 for different Tempur-Pedic options; $1,095 to $2,395 for Casper Wave).
- Tempur-Pedic offers thicker options. (Tempur-Pedic’s thickest mattresses are 14″ thick, while Casper Wave is 11.5″ thick.)
- Tempur-Pedic has a more traditional memory foam feel.
- Tempur-Pedic has more firmness options.
- Casper uses CertiPUR-US certified foams. This certification means these materials are considered more eco-friendly than typical mattress materials.
- Casper has zoned support, meaning the mattress is firmer in some parts and softer in others to better accommodate the needs of different areas of a sleeper’s body.
Casper Wave Construction
- Wrapped in a thick, soft, durable cover, Casper Wave has a top layer made from 1″ of proprietary “Flo Foam.” This is a soft material that helps relieve pressure.
- The second layer is 1.5″ of supportive latex foam, which contributes to the Wave’s responsive feel.
- 1.5″ of responsive, visco-elastic memory foam comprise the middle layer of the five-layer mattress.
- The second-to-last layer is 1.5″ of high-resiliency foam with a polymer network. This polymer network works with the contour cuts in the Wave’s 5.5″ support foam base layer to create the Wave’s zoned support system.
- Tempur-Pedic offers a variety of mattress models. Here we’ll describe the construction of one of the mattress maker’s more affordable options, the 11″ thick Tempur-Cloud Supreme.
- A soft, durable zip-off cover wraps the Supreme, which has a top layer that combines special fibers and Tempur-Pedic’s “SmartClimate” system to wick away moisture and help you sleep cool.
- The comfort and support layers come next. These layers use different formulations of memory foam unique to Tempur-Pedic. The comfort layer uses an especially soft TEMPUR-ES material that conforms to the contours of the sleeper’s body. The support layer below the comfort layer uses the original TEMPUR memory foam material.
- A base layer provides support at the bottom of the mattress and uses a material intended to help keep the mattress cool.
- Tempur-Pedic makes some coil mattress models.
- All of Casper’s options are all-foam, including the Wave.
- Both incorporate memory foam.
- Tempur-Pedic has more of a memory foam feel, while the Wave has a more balanced foam feel.
- Casper Wave uses latex, which makes it pretty springy.
- Both conform well to the precise curves of the body.
- Casper Wave has especially versatile appeal for an individual mattress model.
- Tempur-Pedic has a “something for everyone” lineup of models.
- Tempur-Pedic offers specific firmness levels for different mattresses.
- The Wave has a zoned support system, meaning it has different levels of firmness in different sections of the same mattress.
Both have responsive surfaces. Tempur-Cloud is more slow-moving, while Casper Wave returns to shape more quickly. Casper Wave has a lighter feel to it. Tempur-Pedic will have a classic memory foam feel, while the Casper Wave will have more of a balanced foam feel.
Motion Transfer Differences
Both do a great job at preventing motion transfer, and either brand is a good option for couples. I would give the advantage in this case to Tempur-Pedic, because their high-density memory foams are so good at isolating motion.
Pick Casper Wave If …
- You sleep in multiple positions. The zoned support of Casper Wave makes it softer under the shoulders (great for side sleepers) but also supportive in the middle of the mattress (great for sleeping on your stomach or back).
- You want a balanced foam feel. Casper Wave has a foam feel but is still fast-responding (much like a coil mattress). This gives it a more balanced feel than the slow-moving, memory foam feel of Tempur-Pedic.
Pick Tempur-Pedic If …
- You want a specific level of firmness. Tempur-Pedic has a wide array of mattress styles with varying levels of firmness, giving you many options to choose from.
- You’ve had success with memory foam. Tempur-Pedic is the original memory foam mattress maker and has that traditional slow-moving, memory foam feel.
Comparing any single mattress model to Tempur-Pedic is always hard. Tempur-Pedic offers a ton of options at different firmness levels. One of the most distinguishing features of Tempur-Pedic is its traditional memory foam feel, and that’s what makes it most different from Casper Wave.
Hopefully this comparison has helped you determine which brand better meets your criteria. Please leave any specific questions about the Wave or Tempur-Pedic’s options in the comments.
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.