If you are a looking for a bed-in-a-box mattress, you have most likely come across the Casper mattresses. They are wildly popular and have been at the forefront of the online mattress revolution since 2012.
While they now offer six mattresses, it was the original Casper mattress that started it all. I have reviewed this mattress a few times before, but the company updates their mattresses every year or so.
I was excited to see how the new model would perform. Is it the same, comfortable classic? Read on for my full review.
You Might Want To Pick The Casper If:
- You are a combination sleeper. The Zoned Support makes it so the mattress is firmer in the center of the mattress. This makes the Casper feel firmer and more supportive when you are on your back and stomach and softer when you are on your side. If you switch primarily between your back and side, the Casper should be a great fit.
- You are looking for a comfortable mattress. If you want something that offers great pressure relief and a comfortable feel overall, the Casper should work for you. Those who want a mattress with some extra comfort should definitely check out the Casper.
- You want a mattress with a balanced foam feel. The Casper combines memory foam and latex qualities so you get a mattress that is both comfortable and responsive. The top layers let you sink in but you shouldn’t feel stuck.
- You are looking for a breathable mattress. While many foam mattresses are known to trap heat, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue on the Casper. The foams are open-celled so you shouldn’t be sleeping too hot on the Casper.
You Might Not Want To Pick The Casper If:
- You want a very soft or very firm mattress. The Casper is a bit softer than average. If you want a mattress on either end of the spectrum, it might not be the best fit for you. It is neither very soft nor very firm.
- You are a stomach sleeper. If you sleep primarily on your stomach, the Casper might not be the best option. Even with the Zoned Support, the Casper might not offer the support that you need, especially on your hips. Stomach sleepers will most likely need a more supportive mattress.
- You want an innerspring or memory foam feel. If you are a fan of traditional spring or memory foam mattresses, the Casper might not be the best match. It has a balanced foam feel so you won’t get that spring feel or that slow, sinking feel of memory foam.
- The mattress is 12” tall.
- It has a soft, thin cover that allows you to easily feel the soft upper layers of the mattress.
- The soft top layer is 1.5” of a latex-like foam.
- Then there is 1.5” of a faster-reacting memory foam.
- Below that, there is 1.5” layer of zoned transition foam.
- Finally, there is 7” of a durable support foam.
- The Casper is made in the USA.
- The top, latex-like layer is very responsive. It adds some bounce to the mattress.
- The top is also open-celled. This makes the top of the mattress more breathable so it doesn’t trap as much heat.
- The memory foam in the second layer offers nice pressure relief but it is also very responsive. It is soft but ensures you don’t get stuck in the mattress.
- The transition layer features Zoned Support so that it is firmer in the center of the mattress and softer under the shoulder area. This means the mattress will feel firmer when you are on your stomach or back and softer when you are on your side.
- The Zoned Support makes the mattress a good fit for all three sleeping positions. It is supportive enough for back sleepers and some stomach sleepers and comfortable enough for side sleepers.
How Does This Mattress Compare To The Other Casper Models?
If you are considering the Casper mattress, you probably want to know how it compares to the other Casper models. What makes it stand out against these other quality mattresses?
Comparing the Casper to the Casper Essential, it is a better fit for more types of sleepers. Unless you weight under 150 lbs, the Casper will undoubtedly offer you better support and comfort than the Essential. It costs a bit more than the Essential but has much more to offer.
The Casper will also give you mostly the same comfort, and support as the Casper Hybrid. They have a very similar feel and unless you have extra support needs, the Casper could save you some money.
The Casper Wave and Casper Wave Hybrid are the company’s higher-end models. They have a more complex design and feature a more complex zoned construction. However, they cost significantly more than the original Casper mattress.
All in all, the Casper is a better value than these other models. It may not have coils or all the features of the Wave or Wave Hybrid, but it is still a comfortable, supportive mattress.
The table below shows you the current prices for each of Casper’s sizes. They did raise their prices, so it’s a little bit more expensive now than it used to be.
|Twin||38" x 75" x 12"||$595|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 12"||$645|
|Full||53” x 75” x 12"||$895|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 12"||$1,095|
|King||76” x 80" x 12"||$1,295|
|Cal King||72” x 84” x 12"||$1,295|
In terms of firmness, the Casper mattress felt close to a 6/10, a bit softer than average. You have some very soft top layers but, when you press down into the mattress, you hit the firmer layers below.
The mattress also features Zoned Support. This means that the mattress is actually firmer toward the center of the mattress. It is designed so that the mattress feels more supportive when you are on your back and stomach and more comfortable when you are on your side.
Here is how I felt in different sleeping positions:
- Back sleeping, I am well supported on the Casper mattress. My hips sink in just the right amount and the Zoned Support supports my lumbar area.
- The mattress really shines when I am on my side. The mattress is softer under my shoulder area so I feel fantastic pressure relief side sleeping.
- When I am stomach sleeping, the mattress offers okay support. However, if you just sleep on your stomach, you will probably need something more supportive.
The mattress has a balanced foam feel. The top layers are soft yet responsive. They have latex and memory foam qualities, and there is also some bounce. They allow me to sink in, but I do not feel like I am getting stuck.
If you sleep with a partner, you want to know how well your mattress handles motion transfer. Will you feel every one of your partner’s movements or will you be sleeping soundly?
To test out the motion transfer on the Casper, I placed a glass of water on the surface of the mattress. Pressing into the mattress, I did not see too much disturbance in the water.
Also, I lay down and asked Marten to move around on the other side of the mattress. I felt just a few of his movements.
You shouldn’t feel too much disturbance if your partner moves around at night. This could be a decent mattress for couples.
If you sleep with a partner, you also want to consider your mattress’ edge support. Will you be able to sit or lie down near the edge comfortably or will you feel like you are going to fall off?
Sitting down on the edge of the Casper, the mattress does collapse a bit. However, I feel secure enough to lean over and tie my shoes. Lying down near the edge, I feel somewhat like I might roll off the mattress but not too much.
Overall, the Casper features decent edge support.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than me. He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lbs (I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs.). Here is what he thought about the mattress.
While Joe thought it was a 6/10 in terms of firmness, I thought it was closer to a 6.5 or 7/10. I am a heavier person so I am pressing into the mattress and feeling some more firmness than Joe did.
Starting on my back, I feel absolutely fantastic. My hips sink in just the right amount, and the Zoned Support supports my lumbar area. It’s just really nice on my back.
Moving to my side, I am feeling some more pressure on my shoulders and hips than Joe did. Still, I feel it is a decent match for side sleeping.
Finally, on my stomach, I am feeling some support. However, if you are heavier than me and sleep on your stomach, you will definitely want to find a more supportive mattress.
Marten’s experience is not too surprising. As a larger person, he is feeling some more pressure when he is on his side. Also, as I said, the mattress might not be supportive enough for some stomach sleepers. Marten is feeling some support but maybe not enough.
How To Unbox This Mattress
The Casper original 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 from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on your bed.
Carefully cut the 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 will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow your mattress to breathe and fully expand.
What Makes This Mattress Stand Out
- This mattress could be a nice match for combination sleepers. It has Zoned Support so it is both supportive and comfortable.
- It is a breathable foam mattress. Many foam mattresses trap heat but the open-celled foams in the Casper should keep you from sleeping too hot.
- The top layers are both soft and responsive so you get nice pressure relief without feeling stuck.
- It is simply a very comfortable mattress.
The Casper mattress is a very comfortable mattress that is also a great match for combination sleepers, especially those who switch between their side and back. However, stomach sleepers might want to look for a firmer, more supportive mattress.
The Casper comes with a 100-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, Free Shipping and Returns, and Free Home Setup. Casper also offers five other mattress models as well as a wide range of accessories. Financing is also available.
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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