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Casper Mattress - Not For Couples?

Review by Andy David
Mattress expert Updated Dec 2019

Summary

  • Couples may not enjoy sleeping on the Casper because the mattress foam can lose comfort and develop sagging. Sleepers are drawn towards the sags at night and can experience back ache.
  • In 2019, the company introduced a Hybrid version of their original all-foam mattress, which replaced the bottom foam layer with quality steel pocketed springs. This makes the Hybrid more supportive, durable, and less prone to sagging.
  • Light and average weight people will find the Casper original comfortable and supportive. Heavy weight people should consider the Hybrid version. Back and combo sleepers benefit most from the lumbar support and responsiveness it provides.
  • Casper make their mattresses in the USA. Customers can try them out for 100 nights risk-free. They also come with a 10-year warranty and ship for free across the contiguous US. A Queen-size Casper mattress costs $895, while the same sized Hybrid costs $1,095.

Is Casper bad for couples?

The Casper is an all-foam mattress that’s made in the USA. It’s soft and comfortable, and it’s affordable for most shoppers.

But the mattress often has issues with weight distribution. Sections of the foam can sink out of alignment with other parts of the bed when slept on, creating an uneven sensation for sleepers. Sags in the mattress body become more enduring over time, making the issue harder to ignore.

This creates problems for couples sharing the Casper. Sleepers are drawn into sunken sections of the foam and can find themselves pulled towards one another at night. This causes back ache to develop for both sleepers. The issue often isn’t as noticeable when just one person uses the bed.

But like many all-foam mattresses, the Casper is great at isolating motion. Couples sharing the bed at night are unlikely to wake each other when they move. The pocketed coil layer in the Hybrid version also works to stop motion from transferring across the mattress.

Overall, the Casper Hybrid is better for couples because of the benefits its pocketed coil spring layer provides. Air can flow freely through the springs, keeping the mattress temperature down. It also has superior bounce quality and sturdier support, making it a better choice for heavy people. Edge support on the Hybrid is also an improvement on the Original.

The mattress is best for:

  • Shoppers looking for good value – At $895 for a Queen-size, the Casper isn’t necessarily the cheapest memory foam mattress on the market. But it’s made with quality materials and is still very affordable for most shoppers. The Hybrid version costs $1,095, which is good value for a mattress of its type.
  • Light and average weight people – The Casper rates 6.5 out of 10 for firmness, which is industry standard. It feels softer than you might expect, making it a good choice for light and average weight people who prefer a less firm bed.
  • Back and combo sleepers – The Casper features a zoned support system that provides a good deal of lumbar support for back sleepers. Its foam top layers are also very responsive, which is perfect for combination sleepers who change position frequently at night.
  • Sleepers who wake easily – Casper mattresses are great for motion isolation. Couples sharing a bed won’t wake each other when they move. The pocketed coil springs in the Hybrid also isolate movement effectively, balancing out its extra bounce quality.

Who should avoid the Casper:

  • People who need back pain relief – The Casper loses comfort over time and causes back aches and pains for some sleepers. People who already have back pain should try another brand with better support like the Nectar or Brooklyn Bedding Bowery. The Hybrid version of the Casper is more supportive than the Original.
  • Heavy people in need of support Heavy weight people won’t enjoy sleeping on the Casper mattress. Its foam layers don’t provide enough support for heavier sleepers, who can sink into the mattress body and experience a ‘stuck’ sensation. But the pocketed coils in the Hybrid increase its supportiveness, making it a better choice for heavier people than the Original.
  • Side and stomach sleepers – The Casper mattress isn’t the best choice for side sleepers. It provides some pressure point relief for lighter people but is too unsupportive for heavy weight side sleepers. It also doesn’t keep the spines of stomach sleepers in alignment at night, causing lower back and shoulder pain.
  • People looking for a long-term mattress – Durability with the Casper is average. Sags often appear in the mattress body after a few months of use, creating an uneven sleeping surface that causes back pain for customers.

Memory Foam Construction

  • The Casper Original mattress is all-foam, made up of four layers. It has a soft, removable cover made from a polyester blend and it stands 12 inches tall. It’s a good all-round bed.
  • The mattress has a neutral foam feel. It doesn’t feel like a traditional memory foam bed – its responsiveness gives it a latex-like feel that combination sleepers benefit from most.
  • The Casper also features zoned support. The top and bottom thirds of the transition layer are softer, with better pressure point relief. The middle third is firmer to better support your hips and keep your shoulders lower than your spine for natural alignment. Casper aim the mattress at a more general audience rather than focus on just people with a soft or firm mattress preference.
  • The Hybrid version swaps out the heavy-duty poly foam base layer for 7-inch pocketed coils. This gives the mattress more supportiveness and bounce. It also improves airflow to keep the bed cooler at night.
  • Off-gassing can be an issue with the Casper. Chemical smells linger for days or even weeks after expansion, which can bother customers who are sensitive to smell.

Value

  • The Casper Original costs $895 (Queen), which is affordable for most shoppers. It’s not the cheapest memory foam bed available, but for a tried and trusted brand that’s extremely popular, it’s good value. Cheaper alternatives like the Nectar ($699) and Tuft & Needle ($595) are available.
  • The Hybrid version costs more at $1,095 for a Queen-size, but it’s still more affordable than many of its hybrid competitors. The addition of pocketed coil springs make it more durable than the Casper Original, and even better value overall.
  • Customers can try out the Casper mattress for 100 nights risk-free, and it comes with a 10-year warranty. Casper pick up returned mattresses for free and donate them to charity or recycle them.

Couples

  • The Casper mattress is a good choice for couples who don’t want to disturb each other. Sleepers who easily wake during the night will like the mattress because it has great motion isolation. The memory foam deadens movement effectively, while the pocketed coils in the Hybrid version also stop motion transferring across the bed.
  • But the mattress isn’t ideal for couples who enjoy intimacy. Bounce quality on the Casper Original is low, as is the case for many memory foam beds. The Casper Hybrid is better for couples because it’s more supportive and sleeps cooler, with more bounce.
  • Heavy couples won’t enjoy the Casper mattress. It’s too unsupportive and doesn’t keep heavy people ‘on top’ of the bed at night. Weight distribution in the mattress body is a real issue, causing sags to develop which lead to back pain. The Hybrid version provides more support and has better durability.

Side Sleepers

  • The Casper mattress is comfortable and supportive for some side sleepers. Light and average weight side sleepers will benefit most from the pressure point relief it provides. The upper zoned support area allows more sinkage for shoulders.
  • But heavy weight side sleepers will sink through the foam layers of the Casper to the firm base layer. This often leads to aches and pains in the hips, elbows and shoulders of heavier people.
  • The Casper Hybrid provides more support for heavier side sleepers. But other hybrid brands like the Plushbeds Luxury Bliss or Winkbed are better choices for heavy side sleepers.

Heavy People

  • The Casper mattress isn’t the best choice for heavy weight people. Its foam layers don’t provide enough support to stop heavy people from sinking into the mattress body. Heavy weight sleepers can feel trapped in the memory foam of the Casper mattress.
  • Overheating can also be an issue for heavy weight people sleeping on the Casper. Like many memory foam beds, the mattress doesn’t have much airflow and can sleep hot for some people. Heavy weight people are more likely to overheat on a foam bed than lighter people.
  • The Casper Hybrid is a better choice for heavy people. Its pocketed coil layer provides added buoyancy, support and cooling for heavy weight sleepers.

Cooling

  • Memory foam mattresses tend to sleep hot for most people because heat becomes trapped within their construction. They also have average airflow compared to hybrid or innerspring brands, and retain more heat than latex beds, which are naturally temperature-neutral. Many customers will find that the Casper mattress sleeps hot for them.
  • But the Casper also tackles overheating using open-cell foam, which disperses heat better. Pores in the foam allow warm air to escape from the mattress to cool sleepers down.
  • The Hybrid version of the Casper sleeps cooler than the Original because air flows freely through its pocketed coil layer. It also benefits from the same open-cell foam construction.

Comparisons

Purple is one of Casper’s main competitors in the industry. Like Casper, they’re extremely popular with online mattress shoppers. But the Purple mattress is made from very different materials which have different benefits for sleepers.

Different feel from the Purple’s grid design – The Purple mattress features a two-inch top layer of hyper-elastic polymer. It provides plenty of support and airflow for temperature regulation. But it can have a ‘water bed’ feel to it that some customers don’t enjoy. 

Better airflow for cooler sleep – People who sleep hot may prefer the Purple mattress over the Casper. Its comfort grid contains thousands of open air channels that encourage airflow to keep the bed cooler at night. But the Casper Hybrid has similar airflow to the Purple mattress because of its pocketed coil spring layer.

Firm support for heavy people – The Purple mattress is a better choice for heavy weight sleepers. It’s more supportive with a firmer feel that heavier people benefit from.

Similar price and policies – Both the Purple and Casper mattress have a 100 night trial period and 10-year warranty. They’re also both priced around or below $1,000, making them affordable for most shoppers.

Purple Review: See Review

Leesa is another very popular online mattress brand that’s also made entirely from foam. It feels slightly softer than the Casper mattress and is much better for side sleepers. But the Casper is better for people who sleep on their back.

Better for side sleepers – The Leesa mattress has a slightly softer feel than the Casper. It provides good pressure point relief for people who sleep on their side. Back sleepers who need more lumbar support prefer the Casper.

More bounce – Bounce quality on the Leesa is better than the Casper. The Casper Hybrid has improved bounce and support over the Original. Both the Leesa and Casper are responsive to position changes.

Less support than the Casper Hybrid – Customers who need extra support from their mattress can try the Casper Hybrid. Its pocketed coil spring layer makes it a better choice for heavier people than the Leesa.

Similar pricing – The Casper and Leesa have very similar price points. They each have 10-year warranties and can be tried out risk-free for 100 nights.

Leesa Review: See Review

The Tuft & Needle is another all-foam online mattress brand. It’s a better choice for heavy weight people and stomach sleepers than the Casper. It’s also more affordable.

More affordable – Shoppers can pick up a Tuft & Needle Original for just $595, making it one of the best-value foam mattresses on the market.

Best for heavy weight people – Heavy weight sleepers find the Tuft & Needle more supportive than the Casper mattress. But the Casper Hybrid provides improved support for heavy people through its pocketed coil layer.

More support for stomach sleepers – The Tuft & Needle is better for stomach sleepers than the Casper. But it’s too firm for light weight stomach sleepers.

Great motion isolation for couples – Both the Casper and Tuft & Needle provide a good level of motion isolation to help couples avoid disturbing each other at night.

Tuft & Needle Review: See Review

FAQs

People with back pain should consider a brand other than the Casper. It can lose comfort quickly and become unsupportive, causing back pain.

Side sleepers won’t find the Casper mattress comfortable. It’s too firm to allow hips and shoulders to sink into the mattress body. But the zoned support does provide some pressure point relief.

The Casper is a medium-firm mattress rating 6.5 out of 10. It feels softer when slept on, so light and average weight people find it comfortable. It’s too soft for most heavy weight sleepers. The hybrid version is better for heavy people.

The Casper mattress is 12 inches thick. It’s made up of four layers of foam with a zoned support system. The Casper Hybrid replaces the high-density poly foam base layer with pocketed coil springs.

The Casper mattress can sleep hot for some people, but its open-cell foam allows some excess heat to escape. The Casper Hybrid sleeps cooler because air can flow more easily through its pocketed coil spring layer.

Summary

Overall rating
3.4 out of 5
Rated & Review by
Andy David

Light and average weight people will find the Casper supportive enough to keep them comfortable. It works best for back and combo sleepers who need a bed with good lumbar support and responsiveness. Heavy weight side and stomach sleepers should try another brand with firmer support.

Foam in the Casper can develop sags over time and cause back ache. This is particularly problematic for couples, who can find themselves drawn towards each other at night. Heavy weight people should try the Hybrid version, which is more durable and supportive because of its pocketed coil layer.

At $895 for a Queen size, the Casper Original is good value. The Casper Hybrid costs more but provides improved supportiveness and cooling, which heavy people will benefit from most.

Key reasons to buy and not buy: 

  • Good value – Shoppers on a budget should consider the Casper mattress. It’s competitively priced and works well for several different sleeper styles and weights.
  • Zoned support – The zoned support aspect of the mattress design provides pressure point relief for the shoulders and lower body. It’s firmer around the middle to help keep your spine aligned at night.
  • Back pain for couples – The mattress can lose comfort after a few months and develop sagging in the body. This can lead to aches and pains for couples, who are drawn towards each other into uncomfortable positions.
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