The Casper mattress company is one of the older e-commerce mattress companies out there and is constantly working to tweak and improve their offerings. They’ve recently upgraded their signature mattress again, so we’re bringing you an updated review of the bed that made them so well known.
Providing a medium firm level of support, this bed is performing well with most back and stomach sleepers, as well as those with back pain. Read on to see if the new and improved Casper mattress is the one for you and if its new features make the bed a worthwhile purchase.
4 Reasons to Pick the Casper Mattress
- You are a back or stomach sleeper – While the Casper is getting good feedback from all types of sleepers, it is especially good for back and stomach sleepers who normally have trouble with an all-foam bed. Its layer of Zoned Support foam means that it provides more lift and spinal alignment than some softer foam beds and back and stomach sleepers or those that move around in all positions during the night are giving it good reviews.
- You want an all-foam mattress but don’t like the sink of memory foam – Some people like the idea of an all-foam bed because it is supportive while still being cushioning but they worry about sinking in too much. This is a good option for those who are looking for an all-foam bed with a “floating on top” feel.
- You want to go with a mattress company with a bit of history – The Casper Sleep company started back in 2014, which may not sleep like a long time ago, but in terms of the e-commerce mattress world, it means that they are one of the older companies out there, with a decent amount of history and time to work out the kinks. They’ve improved their model a few times now and now have grown to offer three different models. If going with a newer company worries you, the Casper is a good option.
- You are a hot sleeper – While some people find that all-foam mattress sleeps hot, the Casper is different. It is getting great reviews from customers that normally sleep hot at night, due to its lack of sinkage and open-cell, breathable foams. If you want an all-foam bed but you sleep hot, this is could be the bed for you.
Firmness & Support
While firmness is something that is felt differently depending on your body weight and sleep position, the Casper rates at about a 7 on a 10-point scale of firmness, with 10 being the firmest. This puts it above its previous level of 6 to 6.5 and this change is due to its new layer of Zoned Support foam, which provides a bit more lift and support than Casper’s previous incarnation.
We’ll delve deeper into the Casper’s construction below, but on the whole, the new Casper is designed to be a middle of the road mattress to suit most people. Because it is still an all-foam mattress, customers find that they sink into the upper foam layers just slightly and then feel a firmer resistance and lift in their lumbar area, due to this newly redesigned layer.
Most customers who sleep on their backs and stomachs are pretty impressed with this new Casper, saying that they felt a lot of pressure relief on their hips and felt that their hips feel lifted slightly and that their spines felt more aligned that with previous beds.
The majority of side sleepers are also happy, saying that they feel cradled and supported by the Zoned Support foam and that there is a nice level of pressure relief from the upper layers of foam, with no sinkage.
While the bed is not at all considered “hard” and is designed to be made for most sleepers, it might be a bit too firm for lighter or smaller customers, who can’t really sink down enough to make use of the lower layers of the bed.
There are also a couple of reviews that suggest that shorter customers might not enjoy the Zoned Support layer because the firmer areas are designed for people of average height and don’t match up to the right points in the body of shorter people.
Larger customers, however, seem to be more satisfied with this version of the Casper mattress than the previous, as this new design feature gives more support in the hip area, where heavier people tend to sink. It’s also getting great feedback from customers with back problems.
An all-foam bed is never going to have as much support as an innerspring or hybrid mattress, so, if you are a bigger person and if you like to sleep on the edge of the bed, keep this in mind. Luckily, the sleep trial period allows you to see if it works for you, no matter your size.
Construction – New layer of Zoned Support foam focuses on spinal alignment
The Casper mattress is fairly low profile, with a total height of 10 inches. The foundation layer is made of a thick, 5.5-inch layer of polyfoam. This gives the mattress its supportive base and helps to isolation motion transfer and prevent sinkage.
Above this is a 1.5-inch transition layer and it is here where the Zoned Support layer is placed. In this layer, there is a softer type of foam under the shoulder area, so that you sink in slightly and feel adequate pressure relief.
There is a firmer foam under your hips and core. This is to provide a bit of extra support right where your body tends to sink.
Some all-foam beds have too much sinkage in the hip region, especially with heavier customers. This places the spine in a curved position and can lead to tossing and turning or back pain.
The Zoned Support layer lifts the lumbar region slightly to put it in alignment with the rest of the spine, providing extra support and a cradling feeling.
Above this layer is another 1.5-inch layer, this time a pressure-relieving layer of memory foam to cradle the body, provide further pressure relief and absorb motion and movement.
The top comfort layer of the mattress is made from a 1.5-inch layer of breathable, open-cell, latex-like poly foam, to provide one more layer of cushioning and to help transfer heat away from the body.
This latex-like material also provides a bit of bounce and is more responsive than memory foam, making it return to its shape quickly.
The whole bed is wrapped in a zip-off, polyester blend cover, making it easy to clean. It is slightly elastic and flexible, so it stays in place and remains tight, with no bumps or lumps.
Temperature Regulation & Motion Isolation – A stable, all-foam bed that sleeps cool
As we mentioned above, the Casper signature mattress has several cooling technologies included in its construction, which includes an open-cell layer of proprietary, latex-like foam in its upper comfort layer. Latex is known for sleeping cooler than memory foam and this material seems to have the same benefits.
Also, the fact that is a firmer mattress means you won’t sink in too much, like other soft memory foam beds that have foam that wraps around you, making you hot.
All layers of the Casper mattress are made with this same open-cell technology, which means the foam has tiny pores that lets the hot air escape and increases airflow through the layers of the bed. Consequently, while a small number of customers still report feeling hot with the Casper bed, the vast majority of reviews from hot sleepers mention that this bed keeps them cool, at night.
In terms of motion isolation, an all-foam mattress is a great option for those who sleep with another person or if you are a light sleeper. The thicker foundation of this bed does a good job at providing a stable base that absorbs most of the movement and the memory foam and latex-like upper layers help to absorb vibration, while still allowing for a bit of bounce and responsive push back.
Reviews are suggesting that this bed has an average amount of motion isolation for an all-foam bed and far less than an innerspring or hybrid mattress.
Responsiveness – Latex-like foam upper layer means quick bounce back
As a firmer foam bed, the Casper returns to its shape quickly and has very little sinkage. In terms of responsiveness, the latex-like, proprietary foam in the top layer acts very much like latex in that it is quick to return to its original shape and impressions quickly disappear.
Since the memory foam layer is in the middle of the bed, rather than at the top, it responds quicker than an all memory foam bed. Also good to note, the Casper warranty covers any visible, permanent indentations greater than 1 inch, so long as the dent or indentation isn’t associated with improper use or unsupportive foundation.
So, the company seems to be confident than permanent impressions aren’t an issue with this bed and it is designed to be fully responsive.
Eco-Friendliness & Smell – Environmentally friendly foams and little to no off gassing
All foams in the Casper mattress are CertiPUR-US certified, made without ozone depleters or harmful flame retardants. They also don’t contain any formaldehyde, phthalates or any heavy metals or lead and are considered low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) in terms of emissions.
Some customers mention that there is a bit of a smell to the mattress when it is first unboxed but that dissipates within a few days to a week. Some other reviews mention that they didn’t notice a smell at all or that it disappeared immediately and a spare few felt that the smell was very strong and that it lingered, but overall, this is not most people’s experience.
Price – Good value for an all-foam mattress
The Casper mattress is not the cheapest mattress out there. But, for an all-foam bed with some higher-end features, like special zones of extra support and proprietary foams, it is certainly not the highest priced, either.
A queen-size Casper mattress is currently just under $1000 USD and the bed ranges in price up to just under $1200 USD for a California king. The company does often run sales and there are sometimes available discount codes, to make for a more affordable purchase.
The bed’s sleep trial also helps to make the bed pretty good value for money, as does the company’s history, number of positive reviews and generally positive customer service.
Sleep Trial Period & Warranty – Decent sleep trial period means you can try before you commit
The Casper Sleep company offers a risk-free, 100-night sleep trial to try out the bed to see if it works for you. If you don’t like the bed, they’ll pick it up and give you a full refund. In terms of warranty, apart from the guarantee against permanent impressions that we mentioned above, the company offers a 10-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects.
It is important to note that the company has specific requirements as to how the bed should be used in terms of foundation and, if used with the improper foundation, the warranty could be rendered invalid, so make sure you read the fine print. This warranty also doesn’t cover rips, tears and stains or anything else that could be deemed the customer’s fault.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the Casper mattress be supportive enough for me?
This depends largely on your weight and sleep position. While most customers feel that the signature Casper mattress is supportive, especially with its new layer of Zoned Support foam, the company also offers their Wave mattress, with Hyper-Targeted Support for customers that want maximum support. This bed features 36 points of precise, ergonomic support. You can read our full review of the Casper Wave mattress here .
What kind of foundation does Casper recommend?
Casper naturally recommends their own proprietary foundation and metal bed frame but they say that if you don’t want to get rid of your existing box spring or foundation to use a piece of plywood between the mattress and foundation.
Their general rule is the flatter and harder the surface, the longer life your Casper mattress will have. Make sure the foundation you are using doesn’t void their warranty, by reading the fine print in their warranty information.
What if I’m on a tight budget?
If you have your heart set on a Casper mattress, but just can’t afford their signature mattress or the Wave, you might want to take a look at their budget offering – the Essential. The Casper essential is a pared down version of their main mattress that features three streamlined layers for a lower price of $600 USD for a queen. You can read our full review of the Casper Essential here
How do I clean the Casper mattress cover if it is not machine washable?
Although the polyester blend cover of the Casper bed zips off and is removable, the company doesn’t recommend machine washing it. Instead, remove it and gently spot clean it with a mild soap in cold water and air dry it. You can do the same for the mattress itself.
Don’t put the cover in the dryer because it might shrink and, of course, they recommend purchasing their own mattress protector, although they add that this might reduce the bed’s breathability. Saying all this, some customers have machine washed the cover in cold water and air dried it and it was fine but note that this may void the cover’s warranty.
If you’re looking for an all-foam bed on the medium firm to firmer end of the scale, the new and improved Casper mattress might be the one for you. With its areas of Zoned Support, it’s doing a good job at keeping customers comfortable in all positions, with a focus on ergonomics and spinal alignment.
While no mattress company can guarantee their bed is perfect for everyone, their decent sleep trial period gives you the opportunity to give it a try to see if it works for you, without any risk or additional cost.
Some heavy customers will never be happy with an all-foam mattress and the bigger you are, the more you’re going to sink through those lower layers to the foundation, which might cause back pain. Some heavy customers just do better on an innerspring or hybrid mattress.
If you’re too small, these types of medium-firm beds might be too hard for you and you might to better with a soft bed with thick, memory foam layers. Either way, the sleep trial allows for you to give it a try.
All in all, this new and improved Casper is getting great feedback from most, it sleeps cool and offers good value from a company with a bit of history and good reputation.