There are a lot of cool things out there that make us wonder — do they really work? In our I Tried It series, we set out to use them in the real world and have determined that, in fact, they really do.
On Trial: Casper Original Foam Mattress
The Tester: Stefan Vazharov — a senior tech editor who’s sleep-challenged no more
The Brief: After weeks of dealing with a nagging back pain, I realized that my pricey — but overly plush — coil mattress might be a major contributing factor. Minutes into researching a potential replacement, I discovered that the Casper Original Foam Mattress is one of the most popular options out there. Numerous reviews tout this mattress for being all at once comfortable, firm, and cool.
Just at first glance, the product ticked all the boxes for features that I needed. It has a sturdy base with no springs (to halt sagging), a memory foam layer with a trio of ergonomic zones, and a top layer made from breathable foam to dissipate warm air and body heat.
I already knew that I wanted a firmer mattress with reliable cooling capabilities, so it was Casper’s memory foam middle layer that excited me the most. It is cushier around the shoulders and the upper body, but firmer around the waist and the lower back, allowing the spine to align properly. Men’s Health also recommends this Casper mattress for people with back pain, so, the moment that I had an opportunity to test one, I didn’t hesitate.
I've been sleeping on the Casper Original Foam Mattress for a month and it exceeded my expectations. Because of the drastic improvement in the quality of my sleep it brought, I now feel fresher without the need to spend more time in bed. My back feels better, too! Here's why hot sleepers and consumers with back discomfort should seriously consider the product.
The Casper Original Mattress impressed me the moment that I sat on it. Unlike my old mattress that had edges that tended to roll down, the Casper has reliable edge support, so it’s comfier to sit on. As I laid on the mattress, its firmness and pushback were just to my liking. Not sinking into this mattress brought a much-needed sense of relief — I knew that there would be nights with better sleep ahead.
Speaking of sleep, thanks to the above-mentioned three-zone middle layer, my back felt infinitely more comfortable than it did on my old mattress. I was surprised to find myself falling asleep on my back instead of on my side.
The cooling layer also works very effectively. By helping my body maintain optimal temperature, it put an end to tossing and turning. On a few occasions, I even found my cat sound asleep at my feet, no longer swatting at them as I try to get comfortable.
Casper’s contactless mattress-in-a-box delivery is also ideal for these socially-distanced times we're living in. Rather than having strangers bring it into my bedroom, I received the Casper Original Mattress via a free UPS delivery, neatly packaged in a box with the brand’s logo. Unpacking was easy and instantaneous: open the box, get the mattress out, remove the plastic wrap, plop on the bed, done. It fluffed up immediately and I didn’t need to air it out at all.
Closing Argument: It took me only a few days to discover why the Casper Original Mattress is so popular. The product greatly improved the quality of my sleep, and I recommend it to anyone in need of a bedroom upgrade.
The mattress's pricing kicks off at $595 for a twin, and it's available in sizes twin through California king. Plus, if you're curious about testing it out yourself, there’s an option to try the mattress for 100 nights risk-free. Casper also backs all of its mattresses with a 10-year warranty.
Casper offers a hybrid variant of the Original mattress, whose setup includes foam and springs. The product is a solid option for buyers who prefer a softer mattress without compromising on breathability and support.
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