Casper vs. Casper Wave vs. Casper Essential Review

Check out Mattress Advisor's side by side comparison of the industry leader's three mattress models to determine which is best for you.

By Elizabeth Hennigan

Casper is arguably the most recognized brand name of the bed in a box industry. Now, they’ve set out to take on the brick and mortar mattress landscape with the launch of the very own retail stores. Casper now has three models available for purchase online and in-store. In this review, we are going to detail the differences between their three mattresses and discuss what types of sleepers each model serves best.


Casper Mattresses At a Glance

Customer Rating
MA Score
Summary
Firmness
Type
Trial Period
Warranty

Casper

Customer Rating
MA Score
9.1 / 10
Summary

Universal firmness mattress for the average sleeper

Firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

Type

Memory foam

Trial Period

100 days

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

Casper Wave

Customer Rating
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Summary

Higher-end Casper model with advanced pressure relief

Firmness

Medium-firm - firm: 7/10

Type

Foam combo

Trial Period

100 days

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

Casper Essential

Customer Rating
MA Score
8.4 / 10
Summary

Budget friendly Casper model

Firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

Type

Foam combo

Trial Period

100 days

Warranty

10-year limited warranty


The Casper Mattress

The flagship Casper mattress is an all-foam mattress comprised of four responsive foam layers. It was one of the first foam mattresses to be shipped in a box and remains an industry leader today. One of the most unique features of the Casper mattress is it’s Zoned Support system that cradles areas prone to high pressure, like the shoulders, while offering firmer support around the back and hips to keep your spine in alignment.

Best For:

✅ Back, stomach, and side sleepers

✅ Active sleepers – people who move around a lot

✅ People with low-back pain

✅ People looking for a quality mattress at a decent price point

Not Best For:

❌ Heavy sleepers (Wave is better—more supportive)

❌ People who prefer a traditional innerspring mattress

❌ People who sleep hot

Weight

82 lbs. for queen

Thickness

10''

Type

Memory Foam

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6 / 10


The Casper Wave

The Casper Wave is what we call the “one-step up” Casper mattress. It’s designed with five supportive foam layers that provide custom support to the areas of the body that need it most. For example, your head/neck vs. your hips require different levels of support – they’re shaped differently, carry different weight, and need varying levels of pressure relief. The Wave addresses this with 5 unique layers that work together to support body parts that require different levels of pressure relief. The Casper Wave offers a medium firm feel and is 1.5’’ thicker than the original Casper. It is also offered at a higher price point.

Best For:

✅ Heavy sleepers

✅ People looking for a more dense, durable mattress

✅ People with low-back pain

Not Best For:

❌ People on a budget

❌ Sleepers who prefer the feel of firm mattresses or innerspring beds

Weight

109 lbs. for queen

Thickness

11.5''

Type

Memory Foam

Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10


The Casper Essential

The Casper Essential was launched with the aim of attracting a different type of customer—one on a budget or looking for a transition mattress. The Casper Essential doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles that the Casper and Casper Wave do, but you still get a comfy bed that provides the essentials for a good night’s sleep.

Best For:

✅ People on a budget or in transition

✅ Kids and college students

✅ People shopping for a guest bedroom mattress

Not Best For:

❌ Heavier individuals

❌ People looking for a more durable mattress to invest in

❌ Couples

❌ People with low-back pain

Compare Mattress Advisor Scores

Take a closer look at how the Casper, Casper Wave and Casper Essential measured up in the mattress lab.

Casper Casper Wave  Casper Essential
Shipping 10 10 10
Trial Period 9 9 9
Return Policy 10 10 10
Warranty 9 9 9
Ease of Set Up 8 8 8.5
Motion Transfer 8 8 7.9
Edge Support 9.5 9 9.25
Pressure Relief 8.5 6.75 7.75
Spine Alignment 9.5 8.5 8
Responsiveness 10 8 7.5
Cooling 7 8 7
Durability 8 8.5 6.5
Customer Service 9 9 9
Social Responsibility 9 9 9
Total MA Score: 9.1 8.6 8.4
OUR REVIEW PROCESS

We personally test every mattress we review in our Mattress Lab. Our team has conducted over 1,000 hours of product testing to select the best brands for our readers. We use the same 6-point testing procedure and 8-point evaluation in our Mattress Lab for every single mattress, making our review process the most comprehensive in the industry. You can take a look at all the factors that go into our testing and help us generate our Mattress Advisor Score here:

Test/Evaluation What it measures Why it matters
Pressure relief How well the mattress relieves on the hips, shoulders and thighs You want a bed that provides even body weight distribution and supports high-pressure areas that are prone to aches and pains
Spinal alignment How well the mattress keeps your spine in its natural alignment You want to avoid unnatural or dramatic spine positions that cause back pain
Edge support How much support the mattress provides, on the end of the mattress and the sides You want a sturdy edge if you sleep on the side of the bed or use the end of the bed to put your shoes on
Responsiveness How well the mattress responds to your movement and adjusts to your body position When you move around or change positions, you want your mattress shape to recover and support your new position
Motion transfer How well the mattress performs in isolating the feeling of movement and absorbing motion If your sleeping partner gets up or moves around, you don’t want your sleep to be disturbed
Durability/lifespan Quality and durability of materials, structural support, and expected lifespan of the mattress You want to get your money’s worth and buy a mattress that will last you many years
Cooling properties How well the mattress promotes airflow and breathability, factoring in heat retention and cooling features You want your body temperature to be optimal for quality sleep
Ease of set-up How easy the mattress set-up process is, including factors like weight, mobility, the time it takes to unbox, and how many people are needed You want to know if you need help to set up your bed when it arrives
Trial period Length of time offered to decide if you like the mattress You may want to try different mattresses to find the right one
Refund policy Ease of return process including refund policy and how the mattress is removed from your home You want to get a full and hassle-free refund if you’re disappointed with your mattress
Warranty Length of warranty and what is covered You’re investing in bed you’ll have for a while, and it should last
Shipping Time and cost (if any) for shipping the mattress to your home Each bed ships differently, and it’s a big package that you’ll have to move
Customer service Response time, level of detail provided to answer questions, how helpful the support team is You want someone available to answer your questions
Social impact Social missions, charitable causes, and sustainability efforts that the mattress company engages with You know you’re buying from credible brands that abide by high environmental and sustainability standards

Each of these factors is rated on a scale from 1-10 and then weighted based on importance to generate the Mattress Advisor Score. The score is a quick and easy way for you to compare different mattresses that have been through our rigorous testing, and take a closer look at how it performs on the factors that are most important to you.


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