If you haven't heard of Casper yet, you might actually be living under a rock. No shade, but it's one of the most popular mattress-in-a-box companies, and that's not even all that they sell. Casper has made headlines recently for everything from their pillows, to their new alarm clock light, the Casper Glow. Over the last few years the brand has been received a lot of hype. But does it live up? I recently tried the new Casper Wave mattress so I could figure out exactly that.
To get straight to the point: Yes, Casper lives up to the hype. But there's a lot you should consider before you order one for yourself. Here's what you need to know...
Why Casper Wave?
The Casper Wave, which launched in October 2018, was designed to address the two biggest issues that mess with your sleep: discomfort and overheating. To do so, the Wave features five foam layers and a humidity-fighting wool cover.
There are 33 touch points in the center of the mattress that allow your shoulders and hips to sink a little bit deeper into the mattress than the rest of your body, which makes sense because those areas are wider. All of the layers come together to help with spinal alignment, according to the company, and the wool cover helps regulate your body temperature throughout the night. Basically, you should be having the best sleep of your life on this thing.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Wave comes in six sizes (Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King) and starts at $1,250. I tried the full size, which rings in at $1,950. If you need a foundation to go with your mattress, that's an additional $225. But the good news? Shipping is free.
What Was The Delivery Process Like?
My Casper Wave arrived a few days after the order was placed. I got home and found the box in the tiny entryway of my apartment building. From there, I had to carry the ~80-pound box up three and a half flights of stairs. I decided it would be a good idea for me to do this on my own, and it took me about 10 or 15 minutes to drag it up to my apartment. My hands were raw and red by the end, even though I was wearing gloves.
Unboxing the mattress was almost as difficult as bringing it upstairs. Before I paint the scene for you, remember, I live in a small New York City apartment-there's not a lot of open space to wrestle a full-size mattress out of a cardboard box. However, I managed.
First, I took my old mattress off the existing foundation and leaned it up against a wall (so, even less room to work with now). Next, I opened the Casper box. It was so much harder to get the mattress out than I figured it would be. I tried to pull it from the box at first, but when that didn't work I ended up ripping the cardboard apart so the bed could fall out. Once it was free, I had to somehow cut the mattress out of the plastic wrap that kept it tightly rolled up. That took me a few minutes, as did pulling all of the plastic away. Finally the mattress was ready to be placed on the foundation. It was heavier than my old, spring mattress, but I was able to finish up quickly.
Moral of the story: If you can have someone else help you-or opt for Casper's free in-home set-up-you should.
What Does It Feel Like?
After working so hard to get the box up to my apartment and the mattress out of the box, I couldn't wait to actually lie down on it. I could tell it was going to be better than my old mattress just by looking at it-at 11.5 inches tall, the Wave was almost twice as thick as the spring mattress I had before. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
Sleeping in the Wave feels like what I imagine it feels like to sleep on a marshmallow. The shape of my body sinks into the foam, but not so far in that it's not still supported. The mattress is actually very firm-there's really no bounce to it at all. The plus side of this is that you won't feel someone on the other side of the bed moving around or getting up.
Also, just FYI, the Wave's humidity-fighting wool cover is as soft and cozy as you'd imagine it to be-it feels like your favorite college sweatshirt, only softer. But does it live up to the hype while you sleep? Personally, I found that it does it's job maintaining my body temperature so I don't wake up from over-heating, but I do wake up sweaty a few times a week. To be fair, though, I sleep under a weighted blanket every night and this definitely plays a role in that.
Pros vs. Cons
The price. Compared to other mattresses, this one won't break the bank and the affordable price doesn't take away from the quality.
You don't really need a mattress cover. I put an allergy protector over my Wave, and a regular mattress cover, but it's actually really comfortable even without it. If I hadn't had one already from my old mattress I wouldn't have bothered to buy one.
It's non-toxic. All foams used in Casper mattresses have environmental certifications guaranteeing that they are safe to sleep on. The Wave is both Oeko-tex and Certi-Pur certified.
You can test it before you buy it. Casper offers a 100-night free trial, so you can sleep on the Wave before you commit. Shipping and returns are free.
Setting it up. This isn't a one-man job, and if you have a small space where you're trying to set up, it's going to be even trickier. To avoid breaking a sweat, you should ask for someone to help you or contact Casper to coordinate for the brand's free in-home set up service.
It's pretty firm. If you're looking for something to really sink into, you might want to consider a different mattress. The Wave forms to the shape of your body, but you don't sink it very deeply. If you're looking for that kind of support, though, then this is a plus.
Is It Worth It?
No questions asked, the Casper Wave is worth it. Between free shipping, a free in-home set up offer, the 100-night trial, and the quality of comfort, this mattress-in-a-box is as good as it gets. Not to mention the price, which is definitely affordable compared to other models.
On top of all of that, the Casper Wave comes with a 10-year limited warranty, so you don't have to worry about not getting your money's worth.
Where Can I Buy It?
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