Kate is an avid sleeper and is passionate about doing it daily. She has owned many mattresses and considers herself a mattress connoisseur.
Should You Get a Casper Mattress?
The Casper might be for you if:
- you change positions throughout the night.
- you need support for major pressure points such as the back and hips.
- you and your partner have different sleep needs.
- you need lower lumbar support.
- you want a luxury mattress at a more affordable price.
- you hate mattress stores and salespeople.
The Casper might not be for you if:
- you and/or your partner are heavy.
- you sleep hotter than the average person.
- you love the feel of innerspring mattresses.
Getting a solid night’s rest is great. Dealing with a mattress salesperson, not so much. As with pretty much every other mundane aspect of adulting, from grocery shopping to checking in with your doctor, the internet has streamlined our least favorite tasks including mattress shopping (except for the part where you get to bounce on all of the beds).
But should you really buy a mattress online, without bouncing on it a little first? Here’s my experience buying a Casper mattress.
About the Casper Mattress
First, let's learn more about Casper as a brand and its mattresses.
What Is Casper?
Casper was founded in 2014 as part of a movement to disrupt the mattress industry. The founder was sick of the way intermediaries caused enormous markups for mattresses, so the company cut out the middleman.
At first, they focused on one single mattress, The Casper, and making it “the best night’s sleep of your life.” It uses layers of foam in a contour/support system. The top layers mold to your body to relieve pressure points in common areas such as the hips and shoulders. The bottom layers are much denser and prevent your spine from overextending.
The result is supposed to be a luxury mattress at a fraction of the price.
The Original Casper
The company has expanded the line to include two other mattresses, one with more targeted support for those with lower lumbar pain and a budget mattress for people with no specific sleep issues. However, let’s take a look at the original mattress since that is the one I ended up getting.
How It's Constructed
The Casper uses four layers of foam in total to offer a different type of memory foam experience. In the early days of memory foam, people often complained of “dead foam,” that feeling of sinking into quicksand, and that it slept very hot because of the way your body sank into the foam.
Sounds great, right? A mattress that feels like sweltering quicksand?
Memory foam has come a very long way since those days. Casper uses a two-step approach to maintaining the contour of memory foam without the dreaded dead foam.
- The first two layers are known as “contouring” foam. These are softer and allow your curves to sink into the mattress. The top layer is pretty bouncy to help with movement and positioning. The second layer is a pressure relieving foam. Between the two, the mattress conforms to your body and not the other way around like traditional mattresses.
- The third layer is a zoned support foam. It’s a softer foam in the shoulder area to allow your shoulder to sink further into the mattress and denser foam around the hips. Side sleepers, rejoice. This layer helps keep your spine nice and straight.
- The bottom layer is a true support layer. It’s a dense foam that provides the pushback to prevent dead foam feel. It adds durability to the mattress and is the final component in keeping your body in the correct, supported position.
Unpacking and Setting Up My Casper
What I Thought of the Casper
Here's a breakdown of my experience with this mattress.
My First Impressions
After sleeping on the mattress for about 2 weeks now, I have some strong opinions. I also feel like I can answer a lot of the frequently asked questions about this mattress. Overall I really like this mattress quite a bit and am very satisfied with my purchase. For the money, I truly feel like it can’t be beaten.
However, there are a few downsides you should be aware of before spending money on this mattress.
Is It Hot?
Memory foam is hot, right? Not quite. Casper uses a proprietary open cell foam, particularly on the top layer to help improve airflow and breathability. It works to keep heat from gathering in the core of the mattress and reflecting back onto your body as you sink into the foam.
For the hottest sleepers, this still might not be enough, but it’s definitely an improvement over original memory foam.
I consider myself a “moderately hot sleeper” and my husband is a hands-down hot sleeper. Both of us are fairly comfortable with the mattress in terms of heat. My husband said that it is a tad cooler than our old store bought memory foam, so he’s satisfied. It’s still likely a bit warmer than a traditional spring mattress but most memory foams are.
Is It Good for Side Sleepers?
Enthusiastically, yes. The zoned support layer allows side sleepers to find their natural groove. Even if you sleep in “sprinter” position, one known for stressing the lower lumbar region and causing pressure point pain, this mattress helps you keep your spine in alignment and reduces tossing and turning.
I’ve dealt with sciatica pain most of my life and am happy to report that I experience quite a bit of relief from my back pain while using this mattress.
Is It Good for Back Sleepers?
Yes. It’s a medium mattress in terms of firmness, about a six on a ten point scale. It’s firm enough to provide support for back sleepers, even ones with some moderate back pain.
Is It Good for Stomach Sleepers?
Yes, the medium firmness also helps keep stomach sleepers spines in the right position, and the zoned support layer lets the knees and shoulders sink into the mattress at different rates. It also has pretty good edge support, so you won’t slip out of position even if you sleep at the edges of the bed.
Is It Good for Couples?
Yes. The mattress is considered a combination support mattress. The medium firmness is intended for a wide range of sleepers. If you and your partner just cannot decide on pain of death what kind of mattress to get, this one might be the answer.
My husband is a back sleeper and I am a side sleeper. We are both very comfortable on this mattress.
Is It Good for Heavier Sleepers?
No. Not this one. If you’re on the heavier end of the scale, your weight will interact more with the dense support layer, and the mattress will feel firmer. It also doesn’t have enough edge support. Anyone over 300lbs or so should consider a different mattress.
My husband is about 250 pounds and feels very comfortable. However, there are plenty of stories from other owners who are on the heavier side complaining about what it’s like to basically be sleeping on the support layer of the mattress.
Is It Good for Sex?
Yes and no. If you’re wedded to the idea of the bounce of an innerspring mattress, this one isn’t entirely going to cut it. It does, however, have a lot more bounce than traditional memory foam because of the comfort layer on top.
How's the Price?
Here’s the best part. The mattress comes in all sizes from twin to California king, and none of them are over $1500. In fact, they come in at well below that.
The company offers free shipping and returns. Plus, it’s available on Amazon Prime if you can’t stand to wait (and why would you?). This is how I purchased my Casper mattress and sure enough, it was at my doorstep in 2 days as promised!
Can I Try Out a Casper in Person First?
Probably not. I searched around for countless hours and called tons of stores trying to find a place to try the Casper in person. Let me tell you, their whole business model is based around online purchasing so there aren’t many options.
I did find that there are a handful of showrooms around the U.S. and a brand new one in Toronto. You can also try some Casper models at a few West Elm stores if there is one near you.
What If I Hate It?
Casper understands that you can’t always get to a showroom to try out a mattress first. They have a 100-night sleep trial so that you can fully adjust to the mattress and have plenty of time to see if it actually improves your sleep.
They ask that you try the mattress for at least 30 days to get used to it. If you still aren’t happy after that period, just request a return. It’s free.
Their customer service is helpful and seems to be mostly located in the United States, which is great news.
They also have a ten-year limited warranty for repairs and replacements, so you’re covered even in the future.
My Overall Feelings on the Casper
The biggest downside to this mattress that I found, is that the company is so young. There hasn’t been time to see if the mattress is as durable as the company claims. If you need the guarantee of a big name brand that’s been in business forever behind your purchase, Casper isn’t the right one for you.
The quality and construction of the Casper outweigh the risk of investing in a brand new (by business standards) company. The company focused on one mattress for a while before introducing new products within the line, and they’ve knocked it out of the park.
It’s a very comfortable mattress regardless of what position I’m sleeping in, and the open cell foam helps keep temperatures regulated. The edge support is great, and the zoned support layer helps prevent any serious pressure point pain or overextension of my spine. There's even a matching Casper brand box spring that we plan to get in the next few weeks.
The price, however. That’s the clincher. You don’t need to spend a small fortune to get a mattress that feels like a luxury. Casper set out to disrupt the way people bought mattresses, and they succeeded.
Best of Luck and Sweet Dreams!
What kind of torture device is your current mattress? What’s your most common sleep position? Let me know in the comments below, and tell me if this review helped you make up your mind!
© 2018 Kate Stroud
Catherine Berry from Belgrade on November 06, 2018:
My boyfriend and I are at the critical point of looking for a new mattress. I have never heard of this brand before but it's going on the list! Thanks for such a thorough review.