Casper and Novaform craft high-quality mattresses at competitive prices. Learn how these mattress brands and their products compare in our in-depth review.
Casper and Novaform manufacture popular mattresses for the budget-conscious consumer. Novaform’s memory foam mattresses, sold exclusively at Costco, are some of the most affordable all-foam beds on the market. Casper’s memory foam and memory foam hybrid beds are considered some of the best mattresses that you can buy, especially for the price.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at each of the Casper and Novaform mattresses and compare them to one another. By the end, you’ll be able to choose the best mattress for your needs.
Both the original Casper mattress and the Novaform Serafina Pearl are 3-layer memory foam mattresses. What sets them apart is the thickness of their comfort and transition layers along with the types of foam used.
The Casper mattress has a 1.5” plush comfort layer made from polyfoam, 2” of 3-zoned support memory foam, and 7” of firm support foam. While the feel is one of a medium-firm mattress with a soft surface, added cushion at the shoulders and stability around the trunk means this mattress works well for every sleeping position.
Novaform’s Serafina Pearl boasts a 3” gel memory foam comfort layer, 3” CustomWave transition foam, and 8” of supportive foam along the bottom layer. Because it has a thicker, more supportive base and 6” of contouring foam, it’s better for heavy sleepers than the Casper mattress. Thanks to 3 different firmness options, the Serafina Pearl also accommodates all sleep positions.
While both beds deliver exceptional pressure relief, the Casper provides superior spine alignment thanks to its zoned support foam. And with polyfoam rather than memory foam along the top layer, the Casper is easier to move around on. This also means that Serafina Pearl gives a deeper hugging sensation than the Casper, especially the soft and medium options.
The Serafina Pearl is less expensive than the Casper original, costing nearly $300 less for the queen-size bed. The Casper comes in more sizes than the Novaform, whose queen-size and larger beds don’t typically fit the needs of solo-sleepers.
|Casper Original||Novaform Serafina Pearl|
|Twin XL||$695||Not available|
|Split King||Not available||$999.99|
The Novaform ComfortGrande is an all-foam mattress, while the Casper hybrid boasts the attributes of an innerspring mattress and memory foam bed all-in-one. As such, the construction and feel of these beds is quite different.
The ComfortGrande layers 3” of gently hugging gel memory foam, 3” of air channel polyfoam, and 8” of supportive base foam. Taken together, this medium-firm mattress has a distinct memory foam feel that melts pain from pressure points and cradles the body.
In contrast, the Casper mattress has 2 layers of foam atop a layer of innerspring coils. With higher density foam along the middle of the mattress, the Casper hybrid is better at keeping the spine properly aligned, especially for side and back sleepers. It’s also bouncier and more responsive, a good thing for couples and combination sleepers.
Thanks to more generous comfort layers, we recommend the ComfortGrande for heavyweight sleepers looking for a plush feel. For those who need more support, the Casper’s innerspring coils and firm midsection are a better fit.
Finally, neither of these mattresses sleeps hot. The Novaform incorporates ample cooling technology, while the Casper has breathable coils that are naturally cool.
The Casper Hybrid is more expensive, costing over twice as much for full-size mattresses and larger. The Casper comes in twin XL, while the Novaform does not.
|Casper Hybrid||Novaform ComfortGrande|
|Twin XL||$795||Not available|
Both the Advanced Back Support and Wave Hybrid beds are thick, with generous layers ensuring proper back support. The Novaform bed is a memory foam mattress while the Casper is a hybrid that pairs layers of foam with innerspring coils.
The Casper Wave Hybrid has 5 ½” of memory foam, polyfoam, and latex before the supportive core. These plush and hugging layers create a mattress with a cloudlike surface best for side sleepers or back sleepers who like extra cushion.
In comparison, the Advanced Back Support has a very thin (2”) comfort layer above the firm support foam. The feel is ultra-supportive with minimal cushion, a balance preferred by stomach sleepers and back sleepers who like a firm feel.
The Casper mattress has a bouncier feel that makes it a bit easier to move around on, and its edges are more reliable. Both do a great job at limiting motion transfer, something critical for those who sleep with a partner, child, or pet.
The Casper Wave Hybrid is Casper’s premium mattress. As such, it’s price point is much higher than that of the Novaform Advanced Back Support mattress. The Wave Hybrid is perfect for those who want luxury at a reasonable price, and the Advanced Back Support for those who need a solid mattress at a low cost.
|Casper Wave Hybrid||Novaform Advanced Back Support|
|Twin XL||$1,695||Not available|
The primary difference between the Casper Nova Hybrid and Novaform SoFresh mattress is the construction of the support layer. The Novaform SoFresh uses high-density foam that limits motion transfer, while the Casper Nova incorporates pocketed coils for a cool, springy feel.
Both mattresses have comfort layers that feel similar to the plush cushion of a pillow top, therefore offering excellent pressure relief. Even though the SoFresh mattress is slightly firmer, registering a medium in comparison to the Nova’s medium-soft, the Nova is more supportive. Zoned foam, innerspring coils, and an extra 2” thickness mean that heavier sleepers are better supported by the Nova mattress.
The Nova Hybrid is more expensive than the SoFresh. Because the SoFresh doesn’t come in as many smaller sizes, the Nova Hybrid is better for solo sleepers.
|Casper Nova Hybrid||Novaform SoFresh Responsive Foam|
|Twin XL||$1,245||Not available|
Both the Novaform Gel Memory Foam mattress and the Casper Element are all-foam mattresses with a medium-firm feel. The Element measures 10” deep, in comparison to the Novaform’s 8”. For adults, especially those who weigh more than 130 pounds, 10” is typically the thinnest mattress with the pressure relief and support needed for a good night’s sleep. As such, the Novaform Gel Memory Foam bed is best for adolescents or lightweight college students.
Most of the additional depth is found in the Element’s comfort layer, meaning that its sleeping surface will feel more cushiony. This added cushion makes the Element better for those who spend time on their sides or prefer a mattress with plush comfort.
Both mattresses have cooling technology. The Novaform Gel Memory Foam mattress uses gel throughout the top layer to move heat from the body, while the Element uses perforated foam so airflow keeps you cooler. While neither mattress is exceptionally cool, both provide good temperature regulation for the average sleeper.
These two mattresses are the entry-level models for their respective companies. As one of the least expensive mattress brands around, the Novaform Gel Memory Foam mattress is cheaper than the Casper Element. However, only the Casper Element comes in sizes ideal for those who share their bed, as well as most adults.
|Casper Element||Novaform Gel Memory Foam|
|Twin XL||$445||Not available|
|California King||$795||Not available|
While Casper and Novaform have similar sizes and thicknesses, there are some slight differences. First, there is 1 much thinner Novaform mattress. Thin mattresses are best for lightweight adults or young kids. Additionally, Casper doesn’t sell any split king options. However, split king is simply 2 twin XL mattresses. This means you can buy that size with both companies.
|Twin||39” x 75”||39” x 75”|
|Twin XL||39” x 80”||39” x 80”|
|Full||54” x 75”||54” x 75”|
|Queen||60” x 80”||60” x 80”|
|King||76” x 80”||76” x 80”|
|Split King||Not available||76” x 80”|
|California King||72” x 84”||72” x 84”|
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As a leading bed-in-a-box mattress brand, the Casper comes with a generous trial period. Their 100-night trial ensures that you have time to adjust to your new mattress before deciding if it’s the right fit.
If you end up returning your mattress, Casper makes it simple. After you initiate a return, Casper will organize for a local charity to come to your door and pick up the mattress. The best part? You don’t need to re-box your mattress, pay for shipping costs, or lug it to a store.
Novaform is only available for purchase at Costco. Every Costco mattress purchase is backed by their 30-day return policy. However, it can take up to 30 nights of sleeping on a new mattress for it to break in and for your body to fully adjust to the new feel. As such, it can be hard to know for sure if you love your new bed in 30 days. Additionally, you must take the mattress back to Costco to receive a refund.
Casper mattresses have a 10-year warranty while Novaform mattresses come with a longer 20-year warranty. If you’re someone who’s planning to keep your mattress for over a decade, you may want to consider opting for Novaform.
However, Casper mattresses are crafted with materials that are arguably superior to those of Novaform mattresses, so there’s a chance that a Casper bed could also last more than 10 years. It just wouldn’t be covered under warranty at that time.
Casper and Novaform both have a generous selection of mattresses designed to every sleeper, no matter one’s body type or sleeping position. However, these beds do differ in a multitude of factors that make each a better fit for different situations.
Novaform’s beds are exclusively memory foam mattresses. What this means is that Novaform mattresses are only good for those who like the memory foam feel. If you’re someone who prefers the responsive feel of innersprings or requires the support they offer, you’d be better suited by one of Casper’s 3 hybrid mattresses.
What makes Novaform stand apart from its competitors is its shockingly low price point. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better mattress for a similar cost, which is why Novaform is one of our favorite mattress companies for shoppers on a budget. Read our Novaform mattress reviews to compare their different mattresses.
Casper is a leader in the competitive online mattress space. They offer 2 memory foam beds and 3 hybrids. The result is a line of mattresses that fits the needs of almost every sleeper. Casper mattresses are some of the highest performing beds that we’ve tested at our mattress lab, and they score well across the board. This means you won’t need to sacrifice one benefit for another—no matter your sleeping position, body weight, or sleeping habits, there’s a high-quality Casper mattress that will work for you. Check out our Casper mattress comparison to find your next mattress.
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