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The Casper Mattress Review You Can Actually Trust – 2018

THE GOOD: Model variety • above-average refinement (Casper model) • "B" company rating • in-home setup available.

THE BAD: Value questionable for Essential and Wave models • some off gassing odor potential • fair-at-best edge support.

THE MATTRESSES: The three Casper models (assembled in USA with some components coming from abroad) are foam-based mattresses 8.5 to 11.5 inches thick. They come compressed and vacuum sealed, expanding when opened.

THE COMPETITION: Low- and mid- priced beds especially foam mattresses. Compare Casper to competitors in the side-by-side mattress comparison.

THE RETAILERS: Casper.com, Target.com, Amazon.com, and a limited number of Casper stores. (See buying a mattress online: what to know.)

Contents

Casper Mattress Model Ratings
Casper Company Ratings
Key Comparisons
Casper Model Prices, Specifications and Analysis
Casper Firmness Analysis
Person Size and Sleep Position Suitability

Casper Mattress Model Ratings

The ratings – based on 280+ consumer reviews gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology – show how the three Casper models rate compared to the average mattress.

  THE CASPER THE ESSENTIAL* THE WAVE*
Owner satisfaction B C B-
Affordable B B+ C-
Perceived value B- C+ C-
Durability / longevity B B- B
Support B C B+
Minimizes pressure B C+ B-
Less (back) pain B C B
Easy to move on / get up off C D+ B
Motion isolation B B- B
Edge support C- D+ C
No initial off gassing odor C- C C
No sleeping hot B B- B-
Good for sex C+ C- B-
No noise A A- A
Suited for everyday adult use B C- A-
Avg-sized person friendly B C- B
Heavy person friendly B- D B
Light person friendly B- B C
No topper needed B- B C-
Fast break in C+ B- C
Easy to maintain B- C+ B-
Easy to lift, handle, move B- B+ C-

* Ratings are a partial estimate due to model newness.

Casper Company Ratings

The ratings below – based on consumer experiences and the evaluation of Sleep Like The Dead – show how Casper compares to the average mattress manufacturer.

Warranty C+ Casper provides a 10 year non-prorated warranty – the same as main competitors. The company appears to honor all legitimate warranty claims. (See mattress warranties: what you should know.)
Return policy A Casper.com provides a 100-day, no-fee, 100%-money-back trial period. No preparation for return shipment is necessary, and a courier (if available in your area) removes the mattress from your home to be recycled or donated. There is no minimum amount of time the mattress must be kept before being eligible for return.
Customer service A- Overall, customer service is regarded by consumers to be very strong but not necessarily flawless.
Marketing accuracy B Overall, hyperbole is low to moderate, especially compared to some main competitors. However, the Wave model may not be as soft or pressure-relieving as Casper suggests. And the Essential model may not be as comfortable or as good of a value as Casper suggests.
Access to customer reviews B+ At its website, Casper allows filterable and easy access to all customer reviews posted there, including those that are negative. The Casper model is also reviewed on Amazon.
Integrity of customer reviews B+ In total, ratings at Casper's website are only moderately higher than those found at independent sources. Casper performs better on this issue than most main competitors.
Specs disclosed B- By disclosing mattress specifications, a company lets consumers know what they are paying for and helps them to comparison shop. Most specs are provided on Casper.com, but cover material and layer thickness and density are not; such information may be available upon request.
Time in business C+ Casper began in 2014 which is fairly recent but nevertheless earlier than the start date of most main competitors.
BBB rating A+ Casper Sleep has an "A+" with the Better Business Bureau. Ten complaints have been filed against the company which is better than average for a company of its size.
SLTD rating of company B SLTD (Sleep Like The Dead) company rating for Casper is determined by averaging the above company ratings. More.

Key Comparisons

In the charts below, "all beds" refers to all mattresses on the market, and "all foam beds" refers to Casper's main and closest competitors – those mattresses that consist mostly or entirely of foam.

Owner Satisfaction

The Casper mattress models perform at least as well as the average mattress and mostly similar to main competitors. Specifically, the Casper has 80% satisfaction, the Essential 74%, and the Wave 78%.

casper comparison chart

* For everyday adult use. Satisfaction for child or temporary / guest use is about seven percentage points higher. Learn more about how owner satisfaction is determined.
** Partial estimate.


Price

Overall, Casper mattresses are priced lower than the average mattress. They tend to be, however, somewhat higher priced than mattresses with similar specifications.

casper price compare

Perceived Value

The Casper model appears to perform better than the other model offerings by Casper in regard to value or "bang for the buck."

casper value compare
* partial estimate.

Durability / longevity

Casper mattresses appear to have at least somewhat better durability / longevity than main competitors on average. Reports of sagging, loss of support, and the development of body impressions for Casper exist but are not common.

casper longevity compare
* partial estimate.

Mattress Support

Support tends to correlate with the price of the model.

casper support compare
* partial estimate.

Pressure Relief

Of the three models, the Casper model appears to perform best at reducing pressure by conforming effectively to a sleeper's body and providing well-distributed support.

casper pressure relief compare
* partial estimate.

(Back) Pain Relief

The at least fair degree of support and conforming ability of the Casper and the Wave result in above-average potential for back pain relief. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)

casper back pain compare
* partial estimate.

Easy To Move On / Get Up Off

Foam mattresses tend to not conform to a degree which makes body movement difficult. The Casper and especially the Essential have below-average thickness which can for some taller people make getting on and off the mattress somewhat difficult.

casper ease of movement compare
* partial estimate.

Motion Isolation

All Casper models to a significant extent prevent a person's movement from disturbing another person on the bed, but they do not eliminate such disturbance. Consumers coming from a memory foam bed may be somewhat disappointed with Casper on this issue.

casper motion isolation compare
* partial estimate.

Edge Support

As is often true for foam-based mattresses, support near the far edges may be inadequate for sleeping or sitting, especially for larger people. The recent addition of extra firmness / support in the center third of the Casper model may improve edge support somewhat in this area.

casper edge support compare
* partial estimate.

Topper Usage

About 7% of Casper model owners (1 in 14) report adding a topper (priced $35 to $500) to soften the mattress and create acceptable comfort.

casper topper need compare
* partial estimate.

Initial Off Gassing Odor

About 8% of Casper owners (1 in 13) report an enduring unpleasant initial odor – a rate somewhat higher than that of most competitors. (General analysis: mattress off gassing.)

casper off gassing compare
* partial estimate.

Heat Retention

About 5% of Casper owners (1 in 20) report heat retention occurring to an extent that undermines sleep quality / quantity – a rate similar to that of main competitors overall.

About an additional 10% of Casper owners report that the mattress sleeps warm but usually not to a bothersome extent. (General analysis: mattresses and sleeping hot.)

casper heat compare
* partial estimate.

Sex Friendly

The mattresses have some spring but limited bounce. The Casper and the Wave tend to provide an above-average degree of cushion / comfort, while the Essential is likely too thin to do so. (See mattresses and sex for general analysis).

casper sex compare

  THE CASPER THE ESSENTIAL* THE WAVE*  
Easy to move on B- C+ B Sex can be performed without great effort as the beds provide at least fair support and do not conform to a restrictive degree.
Bouncy C+ C- C+ All have some bounce but less bounce than a traditional innerspring mattress.
Comfortable B C+ B All tend to minimize pressure put on knees, elbows, hands, buttocks.
No bottoming out C D B For the Essential, thickness may be inadequate for some positions.
Allows discretion C D+ B All models are silent, but the Essential may lack the weight to stay firmly planted during sex.
Durable B- C+ B All models are likely to withstand repeated passionate use.
Whole bed suitable C- D+ C The far edges may not offer adequate support especially for larger people.
Allows fast climax B- C+ C+ The mattresses conform enough to allow for efficiency of movement.
Fluid, stain cleanup B- B- C The Casper and the Essential have removable covers which allow for thorough spot cleaning.
OVERALL SEX FRIENDLINESS RATING C+ C- B- This rating is determined by averaging the above ratings.

* partial estimate.

Noise

Like other foam-based mattresses, Casper mattresses are silent.

casper noise compare
* partial estimate.

Break-in Period

Average break-in time appears to vary somewhat by Casper model.

casper break in compare
* partial estimate.

Total Thickness

For the Casper and the Wave, thickness is almost always adequate for everyday adult use. A significant number of Essential owners, however, report "bottoming out" or that they can feel the frame underneath the mattress. As a result, the Essential is likely best suited for lighter people, including children, or temporary / occasional use by average- to large-sized people.

casper thickness compare

Weight

Casper queen models weigh 63 to 109 pounds. A light mattress may have the disadvantage of not staying firmly in place on its base but the advantage of being relatively easy to move, lift and handle.

casper weight compare

Maintenance

Casper mattresses are one sided and no flip. Rotating them (head to foot) on occasion may be necessary to prevent and minimize sagging / wear.

casper maintenance compare
* partial estimate.

SLTD (Sleep Like The Dead) Company Rating

Casper performs better than all mattress companies overall as well as its main competitors overall based on warranty coverage, customer service, return policy, access to customer reviews, integrity of customer reviews, time in business, marketing accuracy, specifications disclosure, and BBB ratings.

casper sltd rating chart

Casper Model Prices, Specifications & Analysis

The CASPER The Essential The Wave
Prices
twin
$595

twin xl
$645

full
$895

queen
$995

king
$1195


COMMENT: Priced similar to main competitors on average.
twin
$350

twin xl
$400

full
$500

queen
$600

king
$725


COMMENT: Priced somewhat higher than main competitors on average.
twin
$1095

twin xl
$1195

full
$1695

queen
$1995

king
$2395


COMMENT: Above-average price. Like main competitors, value may be questionable.
Dimensions (width x length x height)
twin
39” x 75” x 10”

twin xl
39” x 80” x 10”

full
54" x 75" x 10"

queen
60” x 80” x 10”

king
76” x 80” x 10”

CA king
72” x 84” x 10”

COMMENT: Dimensions are similar to those of main competitors.
twin
39” x 75” x 8.5”

twin xl
39” x 80” x 8.5”

full
54" x 75" x 8.5"

queen
60” x 80” x 8.5”

king
76” x 80” x 8.5”

CA king
72” x 84” x 8.5”

COMMENT: Is somewhat thinner than main competitors on average.
twin
39” x 75” x 11.5”

twin xl
39” x 80” x 11.5”

full
54" x 75" x 11.5”

queen
60” x 80” x 11.5”

king
76” x 80” x 11.5”

CA king
72” x 84” x 11.5”

COMMENT: Dimensions are similar to those of main competitors on average.
Weight
twin
44 lbs

twin xl
46 lbs

full
60 lbs

queen
71 lbs

king
91 lbs

CA king
90 lbs

COMMENT: The Casper is about 27% lighter than the average mattress and about 7% lighter than its main competition on average.
twin
44 lbs

twin xl
46 lbs

full
56 lbs

queen
63 lbs

king
76 lbs

CA king
76 lbs

COMMENT: The Essential is about 35% lighter than the average mattress and similar to its main competition on average.
twin
63 lbs

twin xl
68 lbs

full
91 lbs

queen
109 lbs

king
141 lbs

CA king
140 lbs

COMMENT: The Wave is about 10% heavier than the average mattress and similar its main competition on average.
Adjustable Bed Base Compatible
yes

COMMENT: Probably the most friendly Casper model for an adjustable bed.
yes

COMMENT: Sitting upright on an adjustable bed may result in "bottoming out" due to the Essential's relative thinness.
yes

COMMENT: Wave's thickness may not allow it to bend as easily on an adjustable base as other Casper models.
Firmness
medium to medium-firm

COMMENT: Firmness is similar to main competitors on average. Recently, extra firmness / support has been added to the center third of the mattress; this may cause the mattress to lean more toward medium-firm than medium.
medium-soft to medium

COMMENT: Appears to be somewhat softer than main competitors on average.
medium-firm to firm

COMMENT: Appears to be somewhat firmer than main competitors on average.
Cover
removable polyester knit cover
removable polyester knit cover polyester knit cover (estimate)
COMMENT: Generally similar to cover material used by most main competitors.
Top Layer
1.5" foam (3.5 lb/ft density) 2" foam (2.5 lb/ft density) 1" foam (3.5 lb/ft density estimate)
COMMENT: Uses foam (non-memory) for top layer like most foam mattress competitors.
Middle Layer(s)
1.5" memory foam (3.5 lb/ft density) 1.5" memory foam (3 lb/ft density) 1.5" latex (50% natural, 50% synthetic)

1.5" memory foam (3 lb/ft density estimate)
COMMENT: With the exception of Leesa, Casper's main competitors do not use memory foam.
Base / Support Layers
1.5" 2.5 lb/ft density foam

5" 1.8 lb/ft density foam
4.5" foam (1.8 lb/ft density) 1.5" foam (2.5 lb/ft density estimate)

5.5" foam (1.8 lb/ft density estimate)
COMMENT: The density of these layers is slightly higher than that used by main competitors on average – and this may result in somewhat above-average mattress longevity.
General Comment
Has received a number of design changes / refinements / improvements. Considered to be best value of the three models. And of the three models, its firmness / comfort appears to be best suited for the average-sized person. Best suited for child use or temporary / occasional adult use. Appears to be best suited for those seeking a firmer, well supported mattress.

Casper Model Firmness Analysis

The Casper

On a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being very soft and 10 being very firm, the Casper appears to on average be regarded as a 6 or 6.5.

casper firmness comparison
* The recent addition of extra firmness / support in the center third of mattress may cause firmness to be evaluated as slightly to somewhat more firm than indicated.

Casper's firmness level suits most owners but not all. Beyond break in about 10% of owners find it too firm and about 5% find it too soft. About an additional 15% find the firmness to be acceptable but not ideal.

casper mattress firmness breakdown

Those with a body mass index of 20 or lower appear most likely to report excessive firmness.

Compared to its main competitors, the Casper mattress currently appears to have a firmness / support level that is at least slightly better suited for the average person. Of course, your own individual evaluation may differ.

The Essential

On a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being very soft and 10 being very firm, the Essential appears to on average be regarded as about a 4.5 to 5.

essential firmness comparison

The Essential's firmness level suits a majority of owners but not all. Beyond break in about 14% of owners find it too soft, especially large people. About an additional 20% find the firmness to be acceptable but not ideal.

essential  mattress firmness breakdown
* partial estimate due to model newness.

The Wave

On a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being very soft and 10 being very firm, the Wave appears to on average be regarded as a 7.5 or 8.

wave firmness comparison

The Wave's firmness level suits most owners but not all. Beyond break in about 17% of owners find it too firm and about 3% find it too soft. About an additional 15% find the firmness to be acceptable but not ideal.

wave mattress firmness breakdown
* partial estimate due to model newness.

Person Size & Sleep Position Suitability For Casper Models

The table below evaluates the Casper mattress models for person size and sleep position. It shows what tends to be true for Casper owners; your own personal evaluation may differ.

See the mattress firmness guide for details based on your body type. And people of below- and above-average weight, see the mattress guide for large and small people.

  Average-Sized People
(130-230 lbs)
Heavy People
(230+ lbs)
Light People
(under 130 lbs)
The Casper Back Sleep Friendly B B- B
Side Sleep Friendly B B* B-*
Stomach Sleep Friendly B C+* B-
The Essential Back Sleep Friendly* C+ D+ B
Side Sleep Friendly* C+ D+ B-
Stomach Sleep Friendly* C D+ B-
The Wave Back Sleep Friendly* B B+ B-
Side Sleep Friendly* B- B C+
Stomach Sleep Friendly* B- B C+

* partial estimate due to model newness or recent design changes.

The Casper

Average-Sized People
The Casper model is often well suited for people of average size (130-230 pounds). Nevertheless, about 7% of average-sized side sleepers report excessive firmness (beyond break-in) resulting in hip and or shoulder pain. Those with a body mass index of 20 or lower appear most likely to report excessive firmness.

Heavy People
Most Casper model owners 230+ pounds report that the mattress is adequate. The comfort layer is thick enough to mostly prevent one's shoulder or hip from reaching the firmer layer(s) underneath. However, the support provided by Casper's main competitors may be superior for large people. And overall thickness may be inadequate to prevent bottoming out when sitting.

Light People
At least 12% of Casper model owners under 130 pounds – especially side sleepers – report excessive firmness. According to them, this is likely due to not weighing enough to exert the pressure needed for the bed to conform to their bodies. Those with a body mass index of 21 or lower appear most likely to report excessive firmness.

The Essential

Average-Sized People
The Essential does not appear to be ideally suited for people of average size (130-230 pounds) at least for everyday, regular use. As many as 20% of average-sized owners report excessive softness / lack of support as well as inadequate thickness.

Heavy People
People over 230+ pounds should likely avoid the Essential as it tends to lack the firmness / support and thickness that larger people often require.

Light People
Given the model's relative softness and thinness, the Essential is potentially well suited for children or adults of below-average size (under 130 pounds).

The Wave

Average-Sized People
The Wave is often well suited for people of average size (130-230 pounds) that seek above-average firmness and support.

Heavy People
The Wave appears to be best suited for people 230+ pounds due to its above-average firmness, support, and thickness.

Light People
The Wave does not appear to be ideally suited for people under 130 pounds – especially side sleepers. Such people tend to prefer a softer mattress.

 


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