Casper Mattress Review 2023: A Feel That’s Ideal for All Sleepers – CNET


Casper Original Mattress

While Casper isn’t credited with the creation of the mattress in a box, the mattress retailer is known for putting the concept on the map. Thanks to influencer marketing and social media ads, Casper became the trendy new way to buy a mattress

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Diagram of back, stomach and combo sleepers, depicting the pressure points of each type. Diagram of back, stomach and combo sleepers, depicting the pressure points of each type.

Size Measurements (inches) Price Twin 38×75 inches $895 Twin XL 38×80 inches $995 Full 54×74 inches $1,195 Queen 60×80 inches $1,295 King 76×80 inches $1,695 Cal king 72×84 inches $1,695

As far as bed-in-a-box memory foam mattresses go, the Casper Original is fairly budget-friendly. A twin mattress goes for $595 and the king — and California king mattress — retails for $1,295. However, that’s probably not the price you’ll pay. Casper regularly offers promotions and deals and if you time it right, you can score a new mattress for at least 10% off. For holidays like Cyber Monday you can expect even bigger discounts. Find out what Casper and other mattress brands are offering at our best mattress deals page

Trial, shipping and warranty

Regardless of your timing, shipping (and returns) are always free and you’ll get a 100-night at-home sleep trial to give your body some time to adjust before deciding if you like the mattress. If you do keep it, you get a 10-year limited warranty, but you have to make sure you’re using it on the recommended type of bed base — in this case, it’s a firm, sturdy platform base — or the warranty is void.

The final verdict

To wrap up this Casper mattress review, I’d say it’s a medium to medium-firm mattress that’s ideal for almost all sleeping positions. While you don’t get that cloud-like feel that you’d get from softer mattresses, sometimes the proper spinal alignment that you get from a firmer mattress is more important, especially if you have back pain.

You might like the Casper Original mattress if:

  • You’re a back, side, stomach or combination sleeper
  • You tend to get cold at night
  • You like a medium-firm to firm feel
  • You weigh less than 230 pounds
  • You have back pain from your current mattress

You might not like the Casper Original bed if:

  • You’re strictly a side sleeper under 150 pounds
  • You’re a hot sleeper, or you tend to get hot at night
  • You prefer a soft, plush feel
  • You weigh more than 230 pounds; if you’re sold on Casper, you may want to try the Casper hybrid instead

Other mattresses from Casper

The Casper Original is (as the name implies) the brand’s OG mattress, but there are a few models to choose from in Casper’s mattress catalog.

Casper Element: The Element mattress from Casper is the company’s entry-level model. It offers Casper’s signature AirScape foam, giving it a similar neutral and balanced feel. However, it’s only two layers thick and more affordable for budget-friendly shoppers. Casper Element is currently unavailable on Casper’s website, but you can purchase a queen-size model through Amazon for under $600. 

Casper Nova: Most of Casper’s mattresses have a balanced, medium feel that offers both pressure relief and support. The Casper Nova mattress is the brand’s soft bed model, offering a plush and pressure-relieving feel for people who like a more cushiony profile. I see it being a great mattress for side sleepers, and thanks to its strong hybrid construction, it’s great for all body types. With that being said, it’s one of Casper’s more expensive mattresses.

Casper Wave: The Casper Wave is the brand’s premium mattress offering, and endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association because of its ergonomic design. It has two zoned support layers to provide targeted pressure relief and support where your body needs it most, a strong pocketed coil layer and it utilizes multiple different foam materials for a comfortable, yet supportive feel. Like the Casper Original, it’s rated around a five out of 10 on the firmness scale, making it accommodating for all sleeping positions. 

How does the Casper compare to other mattresses? 

Casper vs. Purple

In the match-up between the Casper and Purple mattresses, two of the industry’s biggest names, there are several notable differences including feel and price. Casper has more of a traditional foam feel and it offers a zoned support feature, making it more supportive underneath the back and more pressure-relieving underneath the shoulders and hips. 

The Purple mattress, on the other hand, is made with a special Hyper-Elastic Polymer material that the brand calls the Purple Grid. This Grid sits in the comfort layer of the mattress and it feels soft and supportive at the same time. It gives the mattress a weightless, floating feel and promotes maximum airflow. The Purple mattress is also more expensive than the Casper Original. 

Nectar vs. Casper 

When looking at the differences between Casper vs. Nectar, you see they have different feel and firmness profiles. The Nectar mattress is a dense memory foam bed and it’s slow to respond to pressure. It takes a few seconds for your body to activate the foam, but once it warms under your body, it starts to morph and contour around your curves. 

Casper, on the other hand, has more of a neutral-foam feel. It bounces back much quicker after pressure is released and is easier to switch positions on. The Nectar is also a tad firmer than the Casper Original, as it’s rated around a six out of 10 on the firmness scale, and slightly more advantageous for back or stomach sleepers. 

Casper best list features

The Casper Original mattress can be found on the following best lists:


What is so special about a Casper mattress?

It’s a great mattress for a lot of people, especially if you want a foam mattress with a neutral, responsive feel. It’s accommodating for all sleeping positions under 230 pounds, and offers an ergonomic zoned support design to give you extra support and pressure relief where you need it most. 

Can you flip a Casper mattress?

No. Some mattresses in the online industry are flippable like the Layla mattress, but Casper is not one of them. The bottom layer is dense and firm, and it’s meant to provide a bulk of the bed’s support. If you flipped it over, this slab of foam would not be a cozy comfort layer. You can, however, rotate the Casper mattress to ensure it wears evenly. 

How long does a Casper mattress take to inflate?

You should give your Casper mattress a full day to fully inflate to its full capacity, but it’ll be safe to sleep on right after you unbox it.