Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Review

Written by

Garen Glazier , Staff Writer, Product Testing Team

Reviewed by

Dr. Michael Breus, PhD, DABSM, FAASM , Clinical Psychologist, Sleep Medicine Expert
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Mattress Review

Casper Wave Hybrid

Details

  • Type: Hybrid

  • Firmness: Medium (5)

  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

  • Price Range: $1,795 – $3,495

  • Warranty: 10 Year, Limited

Highlights

  • High-end foams incorporate cooling tech and ergonomic features
  • Pocketed springs provide airflow and bounce
  • Significant pressure relief and motion isolation

Ideal For

  • Sleepers seeking a balance of comfort and support
  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • People sharing a bed with a partner, children, or pets

Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress: Our Verdict

With an effective mix of advanced comfort features and targeted support technology, the Casper Wave Hybrid is a versatile pick. 

In the top layers, polyfoam and latex cradle the body, helping to prevent pressure points from forming. The torso and hips receive support from zoned memory foam and a transition layer studded with ergonomically positioned gel pods. Pocketed coils in the core create a durable foundation for the Wave Hybrd’s alignment-promoting construction.

The Casper Wave uses airflow-enhancing perforations and built-in cooling technology to wick away heat from the sleep surface. For those who want even more insurance against sleeping hot, the optional Snow system upgrade adds graphite HeatDelete Bands and a cool-to-the-touch cover.

All of these premium materials create a balance of plushness and functionality that makes the Wave Hybrid a good choice for a broad range of sleepers.

Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress: An Introduction

Casper was one of the first direct-to-consumer mattress brands. The company released the Casper Original Mattress in 2014 and have since expanded its lineup to include the Original Hybrid and the value-priced Element Pro. Casper also offers high-end models like the Nova and Wave Hybrid. 

We’ll focus on the Wave Hybrid and its Snow upgrade package, covering the Wave’s performance in key sleep categories. We’ll also discuss its construction, cost, and availability. Finally, we’ll take a look at Casper’s shipping, sleep trial, and warranty policies before answering some frequently asked questions. 

How We Review 

We test the sleep products we review using a methodology based on hands-on research and years of experience in the industry. Our team represents a range of body types and sleep position preferences to ensure our evaluations are as inclusive as possible. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need to choose a mattress that best suits your needs.

What’s It Like to Sleep on the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress?

The Wave Hybrid is a good fit for sleepers seeking a balance of tech-infused comfort and support features. The upper layers of polyfoam, natural latex, and memory foam create a gently contouring sleep surface that relieves pressure while maintaining bounce. 

Ergonomic zoning, innovative gel pods, and pocketed coils deliver targeted support that prevents excessive sinkage and promotes spinal alignment for most sleepers. However, the generous cushioning in the top layers may make this mattress too soft for sleepers over 230 pounds, particularly those who sleep on their stomach. 

The Wave Hybrid is also designed to sleep cool, with heat-wicking phase change material and an AirScape 3 system of perforations intended to increase airflow. The Snow upgrade adds graphite HeatDelete bands and a QuickCool Cover for additional temperature control.

Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Offers an effective mix of comfort and support
  • Advanced sleep technology includes perforated polyfoam and ergonomic gel pods
  • Built-in cooling with optional upgrade for more temperature control features

Cons

  • May not offer enough support for sleepers over 230 pounds
  • Higher price can put it over some people’s budgets
  • Thicker comfort layer dampens some of the coil core’s responsiveness

Sleeping Positions, Body Weight, and Firmness

Multiple comfort layers give the Hybrid Wave Mattress a plush feel without sacrificing support. This puts the mattress a mid-range firmness rating of 5 on our 10-point scale. 

Mattresses with a medium firmness generally have broad appeal, but whether they’re a good fit for you will depend on a variety of factors, such as your body weight and sleep position. For example, side sleepers and those weighing under 130 pounds typically do better on a softer mattress, while back and stomach sleepers may get better support from a firmer mattress.

Casper Wave Hybrid

Under 130 lbs.130-230 lbs.Over 230 lbs.
Side Sleepers4/55/53/5
Back Sleepers5/54/53/5
Stomach Sleepers4/53/52/5

Side Sleepers

The Wave Hybrid’s pressure-relieving foams and supportive pocketed coils were a great fit for our side sleeping testers weighing less than 230 pounds. They reported that the combination promoted spinal alignment without sacrificing comfort. However, the effect was less pronounced for our side sleepers weighing over 230 pounds.

Back Sleepers

During testing, our back sleepers under 230 pounds appreciated the responsive support of the Wave Hybrid’s individually pocketed coils, as well as the strategically placed gel pods and zoned memory foam. They also noted the significant contouring from the foam and latex comfort layers. 

Our back sleepers over 230 pounds also found a lot to like with the Wave Hybrid’s balance of comfort and support. However, they felt that the mid-level firmness was a bit too soft for ideal spinal alignment.

Stomach Sleepers

Our stomach sleepers weighing less than 230 pounds reported that they felt fairly comfortable on the Wave Hybrid. However, stomach sleepers above 230 pounds felt that the mattress’ medium (5) firmness was too soft to provide the kind of support they needed to maintain good spinal alignment.

Our Performance Ratings

We evaluated the Casper Wave Hybrid on eight performance dimensions using a 5-point scale, where one is poor and five is excellent.

Pressure Relief

Rating: 4/5

The Wave Hybrid’s multilayered comfort system helps cradle the body, while its zoned support layer and bolstering gel pods provide targeted support to the hips and waist. When combined with pocketed coils in the support core, the result is good spinal alignment and relief from pressure points that can form around the neck, shoulders, and lower back. 

Temperature Neutrality

Rating: 4/5 (Wave Hybrid), 5/5 (Wave Hybrid Snow)

A gel coating in the upper layer of the Wave Hybrid wicks away heat from the sleep surface, while the comfort layer incorporates thousands of perforations to keep air circulating. 

The Wave Hybrid Snow upgrade improves on these cooling technologies with a cool-to-the-touch cover that uses phase change material to wick away heat. The Snow also includes an additional layer of polyfoam made with graphite HeatDelete Bands designed to move heat away from the body.

Motion Isolation

Rating: 4/5

The Wave Hybrid Mattress has four layers of foam and a support core of individually pocketed coils that resist motion transfer and create a quiet sleep surface. This makes the mattress a good option for those who are easily disturbed by their sleep partners, children, or pets. 

Edge Support

Rating: 3/5

The Wave Hybrid’s pocketed coils are surrounded by a foam perimeter. This perimeter is less resistant to compression than the springs, resulting in slightly less edge support compared to some other similarly priced hybrids. However, the mattress’ 13-inch profile helps offset some of this sinkage.

Durability

Rating: 4/5

Different types of mattresses have different average lifespans, depending on construction and materials. Sleepers can generally expect hybrid mattresses to last longer than their innerspring or all-foam counterparts. With proper care, the Wave Hybrid should surpass the average hybrid mattress lifespan of 6.5 to 7.5 years. 

Ease of Movement

Rating: 4/5

The responsive polyfoam and bouncy latex in the upper layers of the Wave Hybrid, along with the pocketed coils in the support core, make it easy to change positions on this mattress. Our testers reported that they felt like they were sleeping “on” the mattress rather than “in” it. This is a common strength of hybrids, as opposed to memory foam mattresses, which are generally more conforming.

Sex

Rating: 3/5

The Wave Hybrid’s multiple comfort layers provide good contouring without hampering movement. It’s a cushiony combination that works well for sex. However, the lack of significant edge support reduces the usable surface and gives partners less room to move around. 

Off-Gassing

Rating: 3/5

The distinctive smell of a new mattress most often comes from foam components that release tiny particles called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). All of the polyfoams in the Wave Hybrid Mattress have been CertiPUR-US certified free of harmful chemicals and tested for low VOC emissions. Still, the use of extra foam layers in the Wave’s construction means it’s more likely than other hybrids to produce off-gassing odors. 

What Is the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Made Of?

The Casper Wave Hybrid features a stretchy cover made from recycled polyester, upcycled cotton, rayon, and lycra. Casper’s comfort system features three layers of perforated foams for breathability. The uppermost polyfoam includes a thin layer of phase change material designed to wick away heat. This is followed by a second layer of natural latex for additional cushioning and airflow. The third layer is made of zoned memory foam, adding extra support under the hips and lower back. 

Below the comfort system, a fourth layer of polyfoam features gel pods designed to promote alignment and reduce sinkage. The support core is made up of individually pocketed coils surrounded by a durable polyfoam perimeter. 

The comfort layers of the Wave Hybrid Snow are similar but incorporate advanced cooling technology. The Snow’s QuickCool Cover is infused with phase change material that draws heat away from the sleep surface. The Snow model also adds six graphite HeatDelete Bands below the first comfort layer. These are designed to channel heat away from the sleeper.

Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Construction Layers

Cover MaterialWave Hybrid: Recycled polyester, upcycled cotton, rayon, and lycra
Wave Hybrid Snow: QuickCool Cover
Comfort LayersWave Hybrid:
AirScape polyfoam with phase change material coating
Natural latex Zoned memory foam
AirScape polyfoam with targeted gel pods

Wave Hybrid Snow:
AirScape polyfoam with phase change material coating
Natural latex with Graphite HeatDelete Bands
Zoned memory foam
Airscape polyfoam with targeted gel pods
Support CorePocketed coils with perimeter polyfoam encasement

How Much Does the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Cost?

Typically, hybrid beds cost more than innerspring or all-foam mattresses due to the mix of materials involved. The Wave Hybrid costs slightly more than the average hybrid mattress, but the advantages of its specialty foams, proprietary cooling technology, and pocketed coils may make it worth the cost for some shoppers.

For those who are particularly concerned about staying cool during the night, upgrading to the Wave Hybrid Snow package could be a worthwhile investment.

Casper Wave Hybrid

SizesPriceDimensionsHeightWeight
Twin$1,79538” x 75”13”70 lbs.
Twin XL$2,39538” x 80”13”76 lbs.
Full$2,74553” x 75” 13”100 lbs.
Queen$2,89560” x 80” 13”111 lbs.
King$3,49576” x 80” 13”145 lbs.
California King$3,49572” x 84” 13”143 lbs.

Casper Wave Hybrid Snow

SizesPriceDimensionsHeightWeight
Twin$2,29538” x 75”13”70 lbs.
Twin XL$2,89538” x 80”13”76 lbs.
Full$3,24553” x 75” 13”100 lbs.
Queen$3,39560” x 80” 13”111 lbs.
King$3,99576” x 80” 13”145 lbs.
California King$3,99572” x 84” 13”143 lbs.

Which Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Is Right for You?

Casper has five mattress options. The all-foam Casper Original is their most popular model. It also exists in a hybrid version with better support for stomach and back sleepers. 

The Nova Hybrid builds on the Casper Hybrid, adding another layer of polyfoam and more targeted support. The Wave is the premium hybrid option with even more foam comfort layers and the addition of gel pods for increased lift. Finally, the Element Pro offers Casper foam construction and quality at a lower price-point. Its sturdier foams work well for side and back sleepers over 230 pounds.

Casper Mattresses at a Glance

ModelFirmnessMattress TypeHeightBase Price (Queen)
Casper OriginalMedium (5)Foam11”$1,295
Casper Original HybridMedium (5)Hybrid11”$1,695
Casper Nova HybridMedium (5)Hybrid12”$2,295
Casper Wave HybridMedium (5)Hybrid13”$2,895
Casper Element ProFirm (7)Foam10”$995

Discounts and Coupons

Casper runs frequent promotions, offering discounts during holidays and other special occasions. These sale events often include special pricing on bundles of pillows and sheet sets. The brand also offers discounts through their upgrade and referral programs and to students verified and registered with StudentBeans.

Where Can You Buy the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress?

Casper mattresses are available through the brand website and in Casper Sleep Shop showrooms in select states. Shoppers can also find Casper mattresses in some retail partner locations and via online marketplaces like Amazon. Keep in mind that discounts, sleep trials, returns, and shipping policies may vary on purchases made from third parties.

Buying Information and Customer Policies

AvailabilityShoppers can find Casper mattresses on the brand’s website and in Casper Sleep Shop showrooms. They’re also available through retail partners like Target and Amazon.
ShippingFor most Capser products, shipping is free in the contiguous United States and in many parts of Canada. Fees apply when shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and Northern Canadian territories. Casper mattresses arrive rolled and compressed in a box.
Additional ServicesFor an additional fee, Casper offers in-home delivery and setup, including removal of your old mattress. This service is available in the contiguous United States and some parts of Canada.
Sleep TrialCasper offers a 100-night sleep trial. After an initial 30-night adjustment period, shoppers are eligible for a full refund. Shipping fees for Alaska and Hawaii residents are also refundable within the sleep trial window. 
WarrantyCasper mattresses come with a 10-year limited warranty. The warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship, including indentations greater than 1 inch and flaws in the foam or zipper. Casper will repair or replace mattresses with eligible warranty claims.

Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress FAQ

Is the Casper Wave Hybrid Good for Side Sleepers?

With its responsive foam layers and durable coil foundation, the Casper Wave Hybrid offers side sleepers an effective mix of comfort and support. It’s a particularly good fit for side sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds.

Is the Casper Wave Hybrid Good for Back Pain?

While no one mattress works for everyone experiencing back pain, the Casper Wave Hybrid uses quality materials that promote spinal alignment and reduce pressure points. It’s also endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.

How Is the Casper Wave Hybrid Different from the Original Hybrid?

Compared to the Original Hybrid, the Casper Wave Hybrid has additional comfort layers and cooling technology. The Wave Hybrid also incorporates latex into its comfort system, which can provide a little more bounce and make it easier to move on a mattress. 

How Long Do Casper Wave Hybrid Mattresses Last?

While it’s impossible to precisely predict how long a mattress will last, Casper’s use of premium materials and careful construction are good indicators of quality and durability. Most mattresses last between 7 and 10 years, meaning it’s likely that the Wave Hybrid can last the full 10 years of its warranty. Using a mattress protector, investing in a solid bed frame, and reducing unnecessary wear and tear can help extend the life of a mattress.

About The Author

Garen Glazier

Staff Writer, Product Testing Team

Garen is a health and lifestyle content creator. She realized the importance of sleep when her children made getting a good night’s rest more challenging. Garen is always learning something new about the wide world of sleep and sleep products. Married with two girls, ages 7 and 11, she is a book nerd and a lover of pop music, travel, and the Pacific Northwest.

  • Position: Side Sleeper
  • Temperature: Neutral Sleeper
  • Chronotype: Wolf

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