Casper Original Mattress Review

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Since its founding in 2012, Casper has definitely been at the forefront of the online mattress revolution. Based on sales and the recent opening of numerous brick-and-mortar stores, it is especially clear that Casper is one of the most popular brands on the market.

While the company has added a number of new models to their line, they started with one model, the original Casper mattress. This is the bed-in-a-box mattress that set off a mattress revolution.

I have personally reviewed the Casper a few times, but the company does update their designs almost every year. I was especially interested to see how the new model would perform relative to previous models.

Read on for my in-depth Casper mattress review and overall personal experience.

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The Casper Is Ideal For…

  • Combination sleepers. The Casper features a unique Zoned Support system that stands out in the marketplace. This system provides increased support toward the center of the mattress and increased comfort near the shoulder area. Because of this design, the Casper will feel more significantly more supportive for back and stomach sleepers. At the same time, side sleepers will experience great pressure relief. The Casper is an especially excellent option for those who switch between their back and side during the night because of the carefully crafted construction.
  • Those who desire a comfortable mattress. Many companies advertise that they offer the most comfortable mattresses. I have personally reviewed a number of the best-selling mattresses, and I will say that the Casper is definitely one of the most comfortable I’ve experienced. Side sleepers should feel shoulder and hip pressure evaporate and not experience any issues with pain.
  • Those who are seeking a balanced foam feel. The Casper does contain soft foams in its construction. However, these  foams combine memory foam and latex qualities that give the mattress a balanced feel overall. This makes the mattress both comfortable and supportive simultaneously. This will make it less difficult to reposition oneself during the night for most sleepers.
  • Hot sleepers. Temperature regulation is an especially important criteria for many sleepers because overheating can wake up people up at night. Foam mattresses often have issues with regard to heat. From my experience, I can attest that memory foam can trap body heat and make for a significantly hotter night of sleep. However, the Casper does not seem to have this issue for a plethora of reasons. The mattress features open-celled foams that should keep the mattress breathable and cool.

The inside of a foam mattress.

The Casper Might Not Be Ideal For…

  • Those who prefer a soft or very firm mattress. The Casper is slightly softer than average based on my experience. However, the mattress is not very soft, nor is it very rigid. Those who prefer a mattress at the extremes of the firmness scale might need to continue their search.
  • Stomach sleepers. Those who sleep primarily on their stomach might not find enough support on the Casper. The center zone is especially firm, but it might not be supportive enough. Stomach sleepers could feel their hips sinking into the Casper. This could cause stomach sleepers to experience back pain and strain in some cases.
  • Those who want an innerspring or memory foam feel. Devotees of traditional or memory foam mattresses might not like the responsive feel of the Casper. The Casper has a balanced foam feel and does not offer the serious bounce of coils or slow-moving feel of memory foam.
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Casper is a great value that is also a great fit for all three sleeping positions.  You can get 10% Off a Casper mattress simply by clicking the link below.

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Construction

  • The mattress is 12” tall.
  • The Casper’s cover is thin and soft.
  • The top layer is 1.5” of latex-like foam.
  • The second layer is 1.5″ of faster-reacting memory foam.
  • The next layer is 1.5” layer of zoned transition foam.
  • The base layer contains 7” of durable support foam.
  • The Casper is made in the USA.

A man sleeps on his side.

Construction Takeaways

  • The top, latex-like layer features a very responsive overall feel. This responsive foam provides a good amount of bounce that many sleepers would love to experience.
  • The top layer is also open-celled. This design makes the top of the mattress significantly more breathable. As air is allowed to flow through the mattress, it helps regulate the temperature of the Casper.
  • The memory foam layer does provide particularly good pressure relief to the Casper. However, it is also somewhat responsive. This makes it easier to reposition at night without feeling trapped by 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 on the stomach or back and softer on the side.
  • The Zoned Support makes the mattress an especially good selection for multiple sleeping positions. It is supportive enough for back sleepers and some stomach sleepers and comfortable enough for the majority of side sleepers.

How Does This Mattress Compare To The Other Casper Models?

As I mentioned above, there are now numerous Casper models to choose from. Let me elucidate on why the Casper stands out from the other models.

Comparing the Casper to the Casper Essential, it is a significantly better match for more types of sleepers. Unless the sleeper is under 150 lbs, the Casper will undoubtedly offer better support and comfort than the Essential. It costs a bit more than the Essential but has much more to offer.

At the same time, the Casper offers mostly the same comfort and support as the Casper Hybrid. They have a very similar feel and unless one has extra support needs, the Casper is more affordable. 

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 has a pecuniary advantage over 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.

Prices

The table below provides the current prices for each of Casper’s sizes to give you a sense of how expensive the mattress will be for you.

SizesDimensionPrice
Twin38" x 75" x 12"$595
Twin XL38” x 80” x 12"$645
Full53” x 75” x 12"$895
Queen60” x 80” x 12"$1,095
King76” x 80" x 12"$1,295
Cal King72” x 84” x 12"$1,295

Firmness/Feel

In terms of firmness, the Casper mattress felt close to a 6/10, a bit softer than average. The mattress is very soft on top. However, pushing in, the hand hits the firmer layers below.

Casper's Firmness - 6/10 for Joe and 7/10 for Marten

The mattress also features Zoned Support. This means that the mattress is actually firmer toward the center of the mattress. Casper designed the mattress so that it feels more supportive on the back and stomach and more comfortable on the side.  It is a duality that many sleepers enjoy.

Allow me to elucidate how the Casper feels in different 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 feels very comfortable when I am on my side. The mattress is softer under my shoulder area, so I feel excellent pressure relief side sleeping.
  • When I am stomach sleeping, the mattress offers reasonable support. However, those who sleep primarily on their stomach will probably need something more supportive.

Overall, the Casper features a balanced foam feel that is really an amalgam of latex and memory foam qualities. 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 in the mattress.

Motion Transfer

Couples should contemplate how well their mattress handles motion transfer. Will the partners disturb one another at night or will they be sleeping soundly?

To test out the motion transfer on the Casper, I balanced a glass of water on one side of the mattress. When I pressed my hand into the opposite side of the mattress, mimicking the motions of a shifting partner, I did not see much disturbance in the water.  Overall the performance in this particular case was great.

I then lay down and asked Marten to move around on the other side of the Casper. He entered the bed, changed positions, and then bounced near the edge. I felt only a few of his movements and generally wasn’t disturbed. 

Sleeping partners should not disturb one another greatly on the Casper. This could be a decent mattress for couples.

Edge Support

Couples should also consider a mattress’s edge support so that they can maximize the surface area of the mattress. Partners want to ensure they can both sleep toward the edges of the mattress so that they are not confined to the middle of the mattress.

Sitting down on the edge of the Casper, the mattress does collapse a bit. However, I generally feel secure enough to lean forward and tie my shoes. Lying down near the edge, I feel somewhat like I might roll off the mattress but not much.

Overall, the Casper features decent edge support that a lot of sleepers may enjoy.

A man sits on the edge of a bed.

Marten’s Take

Marten works as a staff writer at Mattress Clarity. He has a much different body type than me. He is 6’7″ in height and weighs nearly 230 lbs. I, on the other hand, am 5’9″ and 160 lbs. It is paramount that one consider their size and weight when searching for a mattress. Here is what Marten thought about the Casper mattress:

While Joe believed the Casper was a 6/10 in terms of firmness, I thought it was closer to a 6.5 or 7/10. I am a significantly larger person so I am pressing further into the Casper and feeling some more firmness than Joe did.

Now, let’s discuss how I feel sleeping on the Casper and my general experience overall. 

  • Starting on my back, I feel very well supported. My hips sink in the perfect amount, and the Zoned Support is holding up my lumbar area. I also feel a fair bit of contouring. The Casper really is a fantastic match when I am back sleeping. 
  • 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, heavier sleepers who prefer stomach sleeping may want to find a more supportive mattress.

Marten’s experience is hardly surprising. As a larger person, he is feeling some more pressure when he is on his side. 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  in a box.  Begin by removing the rolled up Casper from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on the 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 the mattress to breathe and fully expand.

What Makes This Mattress Stand Out

  • This mattress could be a particularly nice match for combination sleepers. It features 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 the mattress from trapping too much heat.
  • The top layers are both soft and responsive, making the mattress especially comfortable.
Casper Mattress
4.6 Reviewer
Summary
Casper is perhaps the best known bed-in-a-box option with a latex over memory foam construction. The mattress is soundly constructed and delivered at great value. It is a solid mattress, but at this point I don't think the mattress (based on specs) really stands out amongst competitors, and isn't currently one of my top picks.
Comfort4.8
Support4.6
Value (Price)4.5
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.4
Motion Transfer4.5
Edge Support4
Materials/Durability4.5
Company Reputation4.7
Return Policy/Warranty4.9
Overall Sleep Experience4.6

Overall

The Casper mattress is a very comfortable mattress that is also an excellent 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 that better suits their preferences.

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 for those sleepers who don’t wish to make one lump sum payment.

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Joe Auer

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.