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Casper Mattress Brand Overview

Last updated on June 22, 2022

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We compare the features and characteristics of each of the mattresses in Casper's current collection.

Note: This is not a review. This is our plain-English explanation and overview of the Casper collection of mattresses. Also see our in-depth review of the original Casper all-foam mattress, and of the Casper Element, the company's least expensive mattress.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, watch our Casper Mattress Collection Overview video.

Casper Mattresses: Shared Features

There are a total of four mattress models in the Casper collection, and three of those have a variant, so we could say there are actually 7 total models depending on how you look at it.
Casper first made a name for itself with a single all-foam mattress, advertising it as one mattress that works for everyone. Clearly the company has backed off that philosophy. But the 7 mattresses do share a number of features and materials, and range in softness from medium soft to medium firm.
Only two Casper mattresses are still made entirely of foam, and we have performed in-depth reviews of both of them, the Casper Original and the Casper Element. The rest are hybrid mattresses, with a support base of pocketed coils rather than foam.
Casper overview

Foam and memory foam comfort layers

All seven of the Casper mattresses feature some memory foam. From model to model, the amount and type of memory foam differs, which means they vary in terms of 'memory feel' -- that slow, melting into the bed sensation you get from memory foam. That means that the beds all have what we would call a signature Casper feel, with soft polyurethane-based foam on the very top, with that memory foam right below.

Depending on the model, Casper treats these foams differently, manipulates or punctures them in various ways, and includes a number of cooling and air-flow features.

Cooling and "Snow" technology

All of the mattresses include features intended to keep you cooler. All include pin-core holes drilled right through the top layer or layers of foam. 
For the Nova and Wave models, both are are available with extra cooling upgrades, collectively called "Snow." Opting for the Nova Snow or Wave Snow means getting a suite of three extra features, one of which is pretty unique.

1. Phase change fibers woven into the covers.
Called "Quick Cool" technology, these fibers stay cooler to the touch until your body eventually warms them.
2. Phase-change material on the top layer of foam.
These dense beads stay cooler, longer, until your body eventually warms them, helping you stay cooler longer, especially while falling asleep.
3. "Heat Delete" graphite bands.
The most innovative of the three Snow features, these bands use a lab-created graphite as a heat conductor. The mineral graphite has some really neat qualities that channel heat. It can even melt ice all by itself. Casper has used the properties of graphite to create long bands across the central third of the mattress, arranged to draw and channel heat to the sides of the mattress, away from your body. Casper has tested the effect of the graphite bands compared to its beds without that technology, finding that the graphite helps the surface of the mattress feel 5 degrees F to 6 degrees cooler for up to 12 hours.

Alignment and support features

With the exception of the Element mattress, the Casper collection includes features intended to improve spinal alignment and support, using different types and configurations of foam in the central third of the mattress, where the heaviest part of your body - your hips - will rest. We'll talk about how each model achieves this further below.


100-night trial period and 10-year warranty

All Casper mattresses come with a 100-night trial period. The company does ask that you try the mattress for 30 nights before initiating a return, but once you do, they will arrange pickup and refund.

The 10-year warranty includes coverage for body impressions -- permanent indentations that can sometimes form under your body and fail to spring back to shape. Manufacturers vary in how deep of an impression there needs to be before the warranty kicks in. The average depth for hybrid mattresses is 1.5" and Casper has chosen to a depth of at least 1", which is better than the industry standard. Keep in mind that sagging or impressions caused by an inappropriate or insufficient foundation won't be covered, so be sure the foundation or frame you choose is supportive enough.
Now let's take a look at how the Casper mattresses differ.

Casper Element

The Element is Casper's entry-level and least expensive model, and it's a super-simple mattress made of three layers of foam: a layer of soft foam on top, a 1.5" layer of memory foam, and a block of support foam for a total mattress height of 8.5".

This basic bed has a medium soft firmness level on our scale, and the top layer of comfort foam is very soft and squishy.

The top foam is pierced with pin-core holes, intended to improve airflow, but that's about it in terms of special features.

Please see our in-depth review of the Casper Element, which includes ratings for different types of sleepers and needs.Casper Element

Casper Original

As the name implies, the 11" Casper Original -- specifically the all-foam version of the Original -- was initially the only mattress Casper sold. A hybrid version was added about a year later, so now there are two variation of the Original. In terms of feel, the two are extremely similar, and we'd call both of them a Medium Firm on our scale, perhaps a bit closer to Medium, with the hybrid version a teeny tiny bit softer.
The main difference between the two in terms of feel is bounce. The all-foam version has pretty much no bounce, while the hybrid version has lots of deep bounce for those who prefer a springier bed.
Casper Original foam cutaway
The two share the exact same configuration of comfort foams on top. First you have a 2" layer of soft polyurethane-based foam that's providing a lot of the softness and conformance. This top layer is pierced with pin-core holes at regular intervals to help promote some air flow.
Under that top layer is a 2" layer of memory foam, a relatively quick-responding memory foam that doesn't have a lot of that "melting" sensation you get from slower-responding memory foams. Rather, this memory foam springs back to shape fairly quickly.
To better support the heaviest part of your body -- your hips -- Casper has used a firmer memory foam in the central third of the mattress.
The all-foam Casper Original uses a 7" base layer of firm support foam, while the hybrid version uses a 6" pocketed-coil unit paired with an inch of foam on the bottom just to support the coils.
Both beds have nice, stretchy cover that's got a lot of texture to it. We think it feels very soft and cozy.

Casper Original front

Casper Nova Hybrid

Moving up price-wise, the Casper Nova Hybrid is a 12" mattress. You can opt for the "Snow" version, which includes a suite of cooling features discussed further below. Choosing the Snow features adds about $500 to the price for a queen-size mattress.

In our opinion, the Nova is the softest-feeling mattress in the Casper collection. We would rate it a Medium Soft on our scale. And the Nova has a more pronounced memory feel, with more of that "sinking into the bed" sensation.

Casper Nova cutaway

Compared to the Original, the Nova adds an additional layer of foam. Up to is a 1" layer of soft polyurethane foam which provides that surface softness. Under that is a 1.5" to 2" layer of transition foam, and this layer includes some denser foam in the central third of the bed to support your hip area. These top two layers have pin-core holes drilled through both layers to promote air flow.

The third layer is a 2" chunk of memory foam, and here too, Casper has manipulated the foam to give it different qualities in different parts of the bed. Here, channels have been carved into the central part of the bed, as well as parts of the top and bottom areas, where your shoulders will be. Casper has done this to improve pressure relief for those "pointier" and heavier parts of the body.

The support portion of the mattress is a 6" pocketed coil unit and a small 1" layer of base foam -- the exact same configuration used in the Casper Original Hybrid (as well as the Wave Hybrid below).

The Casper Nova mattress has a soft, stretchy cover with some stitched undulation that give it a bit of a quilted look (though there's no batting or foam stitched into it).

For those concerned about sleeping hot, the Nova can be ordered with the "Snow" suite of cooling features discussed above, adding about $500 to the price of a queen-size bed.

Casper Wave cushioning

Casper Wave Hybrid

The Casper Wave began its life as an all-foam mattress (which we review here). Since then, it's become a hybrid mattress in the current collection, while the all-foam version has limited availability. The comfort layers of the 13" mattress, however, are largely unchanged from the all-foam version.

In terms of feel, the Nova Hybrid is right in the middle of the Casper lineup: Softer than the Original but more firm than the Nova. We'd call it a Medium. It does have a little bit of that slow "melting" quality of memory foam, but in this bed, the memory foam is three layers down, so it's not a super slow-responding feel like the Nova. The inclusion of a latex layer in addition to the pocketed coils unit give this mattress the most bounce than the Original and the Nova.

Casper Wave cutaway

In terms of construction, you first get an inch of polyurethane foam that's not quite as soft as the top layer of the Nova. In contrast to the other mattresses in the collection, the Wave includes some phase-change material on top of this layer of foam. Phase-change material can be thought of as wax beads that stay firm and cool until your body eventually warms them, allowing you to stay a bit cooler while you fall asleep.

Then there's a 1.5-2" layer of synthetic latex -- this is the only mattress in the Casper collection that includes latex, which gives it a lot of surface bounce and a springy quality, along with the pressure relieving qualities of latex.

Next there's that layer of memory foam that's a hallmark of all Casper mattresses, and like the Original, this layer includes a firmer memory foam in the central third of the bed under your hips that's more firm. The first three layers of foams are glued together and drilled with those signature pin-core holes for air flow.

A 1.5" transition layer below the memory foam is where you're find the Wave's unique convolutions and gel pods. Casper has created channels as well as little 'cups' in this layer of foam, then inserted gel pods into strategically placed pods which taken together create the "wave" of support and pressure relief that Casper is going for, with the firmer gel pods working to support heavier parts of the body while the carved channels and convolutions create conformance and pressure relief.

Lastly, there's Casper's standard 6" pocketed coil unit with an inch of base foam at the bottom. The bed is wrapped in a soft knit cover that's similar in feel to the Nova's cover.

For those concerned about sleeping hot, the Wave can be ordered with the "Snow" suite of cooling features discussed above, adding about $500 to the price of a queen-size bed.

Casper Wave front view

Other Factors

Delivery and Returns

  • Free delivery to your door
  • 100-night trial with free returns
  • In-home setup included with king and California king size Casper Wave Hybrid and Casper Wave Hybrid Snow
  • In-home setup available at extra cost with other mattresses
Casper includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. What stands out more is that Casper includes in-home setup for the largest sizes of the Wave. This “white glove service” is added cost ($149) with Casper’s other mattresses.


  • 10 years
  • Indentation coverage: 1" and above
One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for mattresses is generally between ¾” and 1.5”. Casper has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection.

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