Finding the best king-sized mattress for different types of sleepers
I don’t know if we should be proud of this or not, but we have never bought a brand new bed. Somehow we always inherited family members’ mattresses that were in pretty good shape. For the past 6 years, we were sleeping on my father’s old Tempurpedic mattress that honestly had nothing wrong with it until recently. After a while, memory foam mattresses can have small dips and that is totally what happened where my hips were. So the question became what new mattress is best for us? After researching and laying on a lot of beds, here is our Casper Wave Hybrid review.
What size bed did we purchase?
We upgraded to a King-sized mattress. Therefore we also needed to figure out the platform, bed frame and more. At first, we almost purchased this storage bed or even a leather headboard from Pottery Barn. We just couldn’t bring ourselves to spend that money and we still would have needed a mattress.
We ended up purchasing the Casper metal bed frame and foundation (as well as this headboard from Wayfair).
Please note, that while we write this blog we were just normal people going into furniture and mattress stores. Here is our real-life Casper Wave Hybrid bed buying experience.
FAQ can you expect to be answered in this Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress Review
- Why should you purchase you purchase a Casper foundation?
- How to set-up the metal bed frame and foundation
- What are Casper mattress made of and where are they made?
- Why did we chose this mattress?
- Details on how this mattress is shipped and images of what it looks like
- Casper discounts to consider
- Where can you purchase Casper mattresses?
- Any negative experiences we personally had
- Pros and Cons to the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress
- Are Casper mattresses worth it?
Why should you purchase the Casper foundation?
Do you hate bed skirts? One of my favorite parts of this bedding bundle or system is the foundation. It doesn’t look like your typical box spring. With our duvet cover, you don’t even need to do something else unless the metal frame really bothers you. We like the clean look of the simple foundation instead of an ugly box spring.
Obviously, if you already have a metal bed frame or platform bed there is no reason to purchase this. You can also just get the mattress and place it on a platform bed. We thought about that option, but are happy with the route we took.
How to set-up foundation and metal bed frame
It was pretty easy to set up the base before the mattresses. The bed frame was relatively easy to set-up and probably took around 20 minutes. The harder part for us was when we attached our own headboard and still had to put that together. We really weren’t sure of how these items would come in the mail. The bed frame and the foundation came in long boxes.
Be careful as each of these boxes was pretty heavy and you may want to have two people help move them around.
Set-up bed frame. No real tips are needed here. Just follow the instructions.
Open foundation box. Connect four sides together with easy clasps.
Once the foundation is on the metal frame rest wood slates on it.
It took two of us to make sure that the slates were even and ready for the mattress.
Once your base is put together, unbox the mattress and follow their guidelines to get the plastic off. Since ours was a king-sized mattress, it was pretty heavy. Read the manual that comes with the mattress. They will suggest placing it on its side off the bed. Of course, we didn’t read the manual, so we made it probably harder than it was. Soon we will have a video showing our whole process so you can learn from our mistakes.
What are Casper mattresses made of?
Casper mattresses are a mixture of memory foam, gel pods, cooling technology, and resilient springs. They have diagrams on their site about each layer for the Wave Hybrid. The original Casper mattress is only memory foam and has cooling technology but not as many layers as the hybrid models.
Why did we choose a Casper Hybrid mattress?
We are lucky enough to live near an actual Casper store. We went in and laid on the mattresses. Of course, the hybrids are what they recommend for a primary bed (and of course, they are more expensive). Since we were used to sleeping on a memory foam Temperpedic, we thought a hybrid mattress might be close enough to what we were used to while giving up more support.
After laying on the Nova and the Wave we thought the “more supported” or the firm Wave would be better. Apparently, the Nova has more cushion or is softer. We felt that when we laid on them even though it was pretty hard to tell the difference. So the more supportive Wave Hybrid is what we with instead of the “cushier” Nova.
Note: I am pretty much just summarizing what the Casper salesmen were telling us and our experience as we were shopping with our whole family. We were a little overwhelmed with trying to feel the difference between the two mattresses while comparing to other mattresses we were considered at the time.
Where are Casper mattresses made?
One of the biggest factors for us in order a mattress online was where it was made. According to the Casper FAQ section, all parts of the mattresses are made in California. With a little more research, we found that the actual manufacturing of the Casper mattress takes place in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Why did we choose a Casper Wave Hybrid mattress?
It was appealing that it would just be delivered to our home and that we would have a trial period if we did not like it. I think we may have struggled to purchase one without ever going to the store. However, with this experience, we may be more apt to do this more often. My husband also liked the idea of a ten-year warranty if you have a dip in your mattress over an inch. Seeing as that is what happened with our old bed, he thought this mattress was worth a shot.
What does a Casper mattress look like in the box?
You can see from the above images that our king-sized Capser mattress came in a box that was about 3 ft high and the mattress was rolled up inside. When you pull the mattress out you can see that the plastic is compressing it.
After the plastic is off you can see how the mattress starts to inflate. You hear it happening.
What discounts does Casper offer?
We thought when we were shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday that those would have been the best deals. I believe they were 15% off the hybrid bundles. I did my research and found that they always have up to 20% off for teachers, the military, and healthcare. Use this link to take you to the promo code page (it took me a minute to find it easily on their site). All you have to do is verify your status through ID.me (which a lot of stores use to look up your teaching license, etc). I was able to get the 20% off our bundle and felt pretty good about myself.
The next week or two before our mattress had even shipped, Casper ended up having a 25% off bundles. On a long shot, I kindly emailed customer service and asked about a price adjustment since I could see that our mattress hadn’t shipped yet. At first, the customer service person told me my mattress had just shipped and I thought that was the end of the price adjustment question.
However, the next day I received an email saying my credit card would be credited the 5% difference. I was super pumped that a simple email did the trick and totally kudos to Casper for their customer service on that one.
Where can you purchase Casper mattresses?
We were very happy with our direct purchase from Casper. They were quick to respond to any questions and were willing to give us a price adjustment when a new sale appeared. Not to mention, I think we were able to score the best price directly from them.
Here is a link to Amazon where you can compare the price of the Casper mattresses, foundation, and bed frame. Honestly, since we have such a great customer service experience directly, I would assume that is the better route.
Target has also now started to carry Casper Wave Hybrid Mattresses. However, they are not in stores and don’t appear to be on sale like directly from the site.
Bed, Bath and Beyond also carry the Wave Hybrid mattress.
One thing to make sure when you are shopping for a Casper mattress is to make sure you are comparing the same models. You may think you are getting a better price, but it might not be the same actual mattress.
Did we have any negative experiences when ordering our bed?
The only thing that was slightly annoying was that our mattress was shipped later than we were originally told. We bought this mattress during December 2021 when all manufacturing and shipping were having delays. I believe we were supposed to receive our mattress by December 14th. We ended up getting it on December 18th after I had emailed to inquire about the status. While 4 days isn’t that big of a deal, it was when our primary room was completely deconstructed as I was trying to paint it a nice dark blue color.
The good news is that as soon as each item did ship, we would receive a text and email. Once that happened, I was able to track the item through our original order. Since this is a review and I want to be honest, the text and emails did not always tell you what item shipped. So it was a little annoying to have to go to your main order number and monitor that way. Once I figured that out, it was easy to keep track of which item was shipped to me.
A king sized mattress is an investment and we are happy we went with this mattress.
The ten-year warranty helped ease our minds that the purchase was worthwhile.
Cheaper alternative mattress to the Capser Hybrid
If the price is concerning then the Casper original may just do the trick or check out this Sealy foam hybrid mattress we just purchased for our guest room at a fraction of the price of the Casper hybrids. This mattress does seem to provide a little less supportive, but still seems pretty good in our book. We plan to write a full review on that mattress at a later time!
Pros to the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress, Foundation and Bed Frame
1. Each part was shipped to our home
2. The foundation looks nicer than expected (honestly considering replacing other box springs in our house)
3. Shipped to our house
4. 100-day sleep trial
5. 10-year warranty
6. Customer service was amazing! Easily and quickly responded to all inquiries
7. Comfort level increased-bed has been comfortable for both my husband and I and we sleep in different positions
8. Headboard fit metal frame easily without needing a bedframe adjustor
9. We were able to install all parts of the bed ourselves relatively easily
Cons to Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress
1. King-sized mattress was pretty heavy. If you are nervous about this it would be worth it to pay Casper to set everything up for you.
2. Discrepancy on the arrival date (4 days late)
3. Chose to air out the mattress for a night before sleeping on it due to a slight odor and to have it fully “inflate”. Don’t expect your mattress to look exactly like their promo pictures. The cover is super soft but isn’t completely tight. However, we do not notice once your protector and other items are on your bed.
Other items we purchased in our bundle
King-sized Casper Pillow
How much did our Casper Hybrid Wave Bundle cost?
Remember that they were able to give me a price adjustment for the sale they were running at 25% off bundles. Remember that if you are a military member, educator or healthcare working you can always get up to 20% off through this page.
While doing research, some sites suggested that the original Casper mattress is similar enough and not worth spending the money on the hybrids. If that is true, then it may be worth trying the middle-of-the-road-priced mattress instead of the more expensive one we went with.
Are Casper hybrid mattresses worth it?
Yes! We are very happy with our hybrid wave mattress purchase. The mattress is soft enough but you feel the support. My husband and I also have not felt hot or overheated at all. We did not get the snow technology add-on and I am glad we just trusted the normal cooling technology. We were able to put all parts together: metal bed frame, foundation, our own headboard, and mattress all together in under 2 hours. The thing that took us the longest was putting our headboard together and on the new frame. As well as getting our old bed out. If you were simply going to just be using a frame you already have then it would take minutes to unpack the mattress and open it up!
What about different sleep positions?
My husband is a back or stomach sleeper and I am a side sleeper. Both of us feel very comfortable in our bed and have limited aches and pains when we wake up (and that wasn’t always the case).
In addition to being able to accommodate both of our sleeping positions, we are pleasantly surprised at how this mattress doesn’t seem to transfer motion. For once, we are not constantly waking each other up when moving around.
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