If you are looking for a mattress that helps you to sleep like a baby, you have probably already come across Casper mattresses. Since its inception, Casper has been at the forefront of the mattress market and took the online mattress market by storm.
While it has a range of great options now, in this article, we are going to discuss the one that started it all; the Casper Original mattress. As your mattress guide, we shall look at all of its aspects including size, firmness, comfort, sleep quality, and price. By the end, you will know if it is a good fit for you.
The Casper Original is an all-foam mattress. The first layer of foam is soft and breathable. Then, there is a middle layer that is more supportive. Finally, a sturdy high-density foam forms the bottom layer.
The Casper mattress uses these materials to produce a medium-firm feel. Let’s dig deeper into a bit of detail:
It is made of a polyester blend and has a soft and stretchy feel to it.
This top layer is meant to provide the sleeper with soothing comfort. It consists of aerated foam. The material responds slowly to pressure and sinks in just enough to relieve pressure points such as shoulders and hips. The aerated structure promotes airflow and breathability to eliminate any heat accumulation that such contouring usually entails.
This special layer in this mattress is made of memory foam but exhibits zoned firmness. That means that it has three different firmness levels on the same mattress to suit the requirements of different body parts.
The foam under the shoulders is softer and allows a little sinking while it is firmer under the hips to prop them up. The result is a balanced feel and a neutral spinal alignment. While this is great for everybody, it is even better for individuals with back pain.
It is made of a thick and high-density polyfoam that supports and stabilizes the whole structure. It also bears most of the weight.
Here’s a breakdown of all sizes Casper Original mattress is available in, along with the dimensions for each:
- Twin: 38″ x 75″ x 11″
- Twin: XL 38″ x 80″ x 11″
- Full: 53″ x 75″ x 11″
- Queen: 60″ x 80″ x 11″
- King: 76″ x 80″ x 11″
- California King: 72″ x 84″ x 11″
Weight and Thickness
Of course, different mattress sizes weigh differently although they have similar thicknesses. Here’s how much each one weighs:
- Twin: 56 lbs
- Twin XL: 59 lbs
- Full: 73 lbs
- Queen: 85 lbs
- King: 104 lbs
- California King: 103lbs
All of them are 11 inches thick.
Quality of Material
The Casper Original mattress is made of quality materials that hold safety certifications. Its foam layers consist of an aerated foam, memory foam, and a high-density polyfoam encapsulated by a cover. Together, they create a comfort that is both relaxing and reliable. That is why it holds a 10-year warranty.
It holds CertiPUR-US certification which ensures that quantities of hazardous chemicals such as VOCs are kept at a minimum.
The Casper Original mattress is slightly firmer (7/10) than the industry standard of medium-firm (6.5/10). Then again, firmness is a subjective matter. It depends upon the type and weight of the sleeper. Side and light sleepers prefer soft surfaces while stomach and heavy sleepers enjoy firmer mattresses. As the Casper Original lies in between both of those, it is ideal for back sleepers.
It has a firmer foam zone at the level of the back, making it a good choice for people with back pain.
Casper Mattress Price
Twin XL: $591
California King: $1101
The companies offer discounts and advertise sale prices on a fairly regular basis.
Delivery and Unpacking
The Casper Original mattress is a bed-in-a-box. You can order one online through the website or Amazon. Once that is done, the mattress is delivered free of cost to your doorstep. Note that service is limited to continental states of the U.S. Customers in Alaska and Hawaii and international customers incur additional delivery charges.
The unpacking is simple. Just open the box up and take the mattress out. Place it on the bed frame as you want it and take off the plastic cover. In a few seconds, it will inflate by itself. It can, however, take a couple of days to reach its optimum shape and size.
Quality of Sleep
The Casper Original mattress leaves its users with a distinct and memorable feel. Let us judge the sleep quality based on the following factors:
It is slightly firmer (7/10) than a medium firmness. That makes it just right for back sleepers but too firm for side sleepers who prefer a little bit of sinking. Stomach sleepers may also find it uncomfortable. They usually like their mattress to be firmer and to give more support to their hip region.
It is a measure of the transfer to your side of the bed when some movement is produced on the other side. While it is important for all people, it is vital for couples who don’t want to be thrown out of their bed whenever their partner joins them. Rest assured, love birds, the Casper Original mattress has decent motion isolation.
As a general rule, all-foam mattresses sleep hotter than spring or hybrid mattresses. The Casper Original mattress counters that problem by using an aerated, open-cell structure for its top layer that improves breathability and dissipates heat. This is important for people living in hot climates.
This refers to the relieving of pressure points such as shoulders, lower back, and hips. It is important for people with back pain issues. While the Casper Original mattress has zoned support with softer foam under shoulders and firmer foam under hips, it is still too soft for many stomach sleepers and too firm for many side sleepers. However, back sleepers love its balanced feel and slight pressure relief.
Mattresses that have poor edge support sink in when you sit on the edge. Luckily, the Casper mattress has pretty decent edge support. This is a big plus for people with mobility issues.
The Casper Original mattress is a medium-firm mattress with a zoned support system. Back sleepers tend to find it most comfortable. Its motion isolation helps you to have an undisturbed sleep. The edge support ensures that you do not blow your back out when trying to get up.
Finally, the heat dissipation technology makes it comfortable for hot sleepers too. Overall, it combines comfort with coolness and support.
The Casper mattresses are fairly durable. They are made of memory and high-density foams. These materials are usually tough and resilient and last many years. It also holds a 10-year warranty which makes it a safe investment.
Any new product taken out of a sealed box tends to give off a smell. It is the same odor that is associated with a fresh coat of paint. The Casper mattress also gives off a smell that should go away in a day or two. The important thing is that it is non-toxic and temporary.
After all, the mattress holds CertiPUR-US certification which ensures a minimum quantity of VOCs and dangerous heavy metals, among other hazardous chemicals.
With a 7/10 on the firmness scale, the Casper Original mattress is slightly firmer than medium-firm making it ideal for back sleepers. Its cooling technology also makes it a good choice for hot climates while decent motion isolation is a feature that couples crave. Finally, the zoned support system makes it a winner among people with back pain.
Comparison With Competitors
The Casper mattress matches up well with its competitors. Let’s find out how well it does:
vs. Purple Mattress
The Casper mattress depends on its zoned support memory foam while the Purple mattress depends on its signature Purple Grid structure.
While both have the same firmness (7/10), the different structures mean that Casper mattresses are more responsive and pressure relieving whereas the Purple mattress is bouncier and more breathable.
People with back issues and those looking for a balanced feel should prefer the Casper mattress while hot sleepers and those who dislike contouring should opt for the Purple mattress.
The prices, warranties (10 years), trial periods (100 nights), and delivery policies (free) are similar.
vs. Ecosa Mattress
Most importantly, it has an adjustable firmness which means that it works for different kinds of sleepers, especially side and back sleepers. It also has decent motion isolation and variable pressure relief (dependent upon the firmness).
The Casper mattress should only be preferred by back sleepers with chronic pain.
The Ecosa mattress also has a 15-year warranty as compared to Casper’s 10-year warranty. It is also much cheaper.
For more read our in-depth Ecosa Mattress review.
Pros and Cons
Now that we have looked at all of its features in details, let’s look at a summary of Casper’s pros and cons:
- It is a great option for back sleepers.
- It has decent motion isolation and good temperature regulation technology.
- People with back pain find it to be a great choice.
- It has a 100-night trial period and a 10-year warranty.
- It doesn’t have a lot of contouring.
- Stomach sleepers can find it too soft.
- Side sleepers can find it to be too firm.
Let’s look at some of the commonest queries regarding Casper mattresses.
Are Casper mattresses worth it?
If you are a back sleeper or have chronic back pain and are not on a tight budget, the Casper mattress is one of the best mattresses on the market and totally worth it.
Do you need a boxspring with a Casper mattress?
According to the company, you do not need a boxspring with your Casper mattress.
Is a Casper mattress memory foam?
The Casper Original mattress is an all-foam mattress that comes with three layers: perforated foam layer zoned memory foam layer and a polyfoam support base. It is, in part, memory foam.
Is Casper or Purple better?
That depends on your requirements. Casper is great for back sleepers with back pain who want pressure relief combined with support. Purple works best for individuals who sleep hot and like a bouncy mattress.
Do Casper mattresses smell?
Yes, Casper mattresses do smell initially. However, it is the same odor that is associated with a fresh coat of paint. It is non-toxic and goes away in a couple of days. Casper mattress holds CertiPUR-US certification restricts the use of hazardous chemicals.
Is Casper better than Tempurpedic?
That depends on your preference. If you want the classic memory foam feel and contouring and have some cash to burn, opt for Tempurpedic. However, if you want a bouncier and more resilient mattress, check out Casper.
What is the softest Casper mattress?
While all Casper mattresses are advertised as medium-firm by the company, there are slight differences among them. Other significant elements include the type and weight of the sleeper. Nevertheless, the Casper Nova Hybrid is considered to be the softest (6/10) of the lot.
What is the firmest Casper mattress?
While the company advertises all Casper mattresses to have medium firmness, the Casper Original mattress is considered to be the firmest (7/10) among them.
Why are Casper mattresses so expensive?
Being a category original, Casper commands slightly higher prices than most of its comparable counterparts. However, it is still very much affordable. It is also worth the extra buck if you can get a good night’s sleep out of it.
Where to buy a Casper mattress?
Casper is one of the brands that kicked off the online mattress buying boom. It can be bought through the company website and at Amazon. Some company-related stores also sell this product at their establishment.
Where to try the Casper mattress?
Casper is one of the pioneers of online mattress buying. You don’t need to try it in some store. All you need to do is to order it online and it’ll be delivered to your doorstep (if you live in the continental U.S).
It comes with a 100-night trial period so; you can sleep on it for over 3 months without any risk. If you still don’t feel at home on it, just contact the company to activate their solid return policy.
How to clean a Casper mattress?
Begin by stripping the bed of its cover. Next, vacuum it thoroughly. Now, spot cleans the stain or any area that you’d like to focus on. Sprinkle baking soda all over the mattress and let it sit awhile. After that, vacuum it all up. Flip the mattress and repeat the same steps.
How to move a Casper mattress?
Moving a mattress can be an exhausting process. However, we are here to help you with that.
Always begin by enlisting a friend or a partner for help (and pay for the pizza, too). Put the mattress flat on the ground or stand it up against a wall. Then, pull the mattress bag (which can easily be bought at a store) over it and seal it once you’re done.
Now, take the mattress out to the transporting vehicle using a predetermined, already cleared, path. Lift the mattress up and put on a dolly to place it in the vehicle. You can also use cardboard to slide the mattress.
Closed vehicles such as the back of a van or a truck should be preferred. Be sure to secure the mattress in place with a nylon rope or a ratchet strap. Drive carefully to your destination and unload it.
Self-inflicted damage to the mattress, such as due to faulty transport, may not be covered by the warranty.
How long to let Casper mattress expand?
Once you take the plastic cover off, the mattress immediately begins expanding. It can take 4-6 hours to expand to 90% of its advertised dimensions and a few hours more to completely reach them. You are advised to wait 24 hours to allow for complete expansion (however, that is not a rule).
What is the weight limit on a Casper mattress?
According to the company, there is no weight limit for Casper mattresses. They are designed for people of all shapes and sizes.
Casper is a great choice for a range of mattress customers. It is especially good for back sleepers with back pain and a bigger budget. Sleep tight!