Casper Mattress Overview
So, if you’ve been out shopping for mattresses recently, this might be the first time you’ve heard of Casper. Casper is a new company with a mission to change the way people buy mattresses by making it an easy, transparent and enjoyable process rather than something to dread. Their mattress is primarily sold online and they ship direct to you for free. Sometimes even by bicycle if you live in the NYC area!
Check out the video below to see my full review of the Casper mattress:
This is a spring-free mattress. In place of springs they layer latex over memory foam over a 7” high density foam base layer. On the top is a 1.5” layer of zoned non-allergenic latex (styrene-butadiene or SBR). Now, not everyone in America is familiar with latex, but they’re very familiar with it in Europe. Based on my experience, latex is the single best layering material to use in a mattress. It’s breathable, keeps cool, reduces pressure points even better than memory foam and lasts longer than any other material. But latex has a bit of a natural “spring” to it, so to balance it out it’s layered over an 1.5” of 4lb density memory foam.
The memory foam helps to absorb energy and helps stabilize the bed, and this combination of layering latex over memory foam is how they achieve this unique feel. I’ve been in the mattress industry for 14 years and I’ve never seen anyone else do this. I can tell they did some extensive testing to come up with this combination, because the feel is perfect. They absolutely nailed it. Read more about the Casper design here.
Who Is This Best For?
Casper is an ideal pick for you if you like the idea of a spring-free mattress but hate that sort of slow moving, quicksand feel common with many memory foam mattresses. This bed conforms instantly.
It’s great for back, side and stomach sleepers, however, I would say that if you’re looking for something more extreme, like extremely soft or extremely firm, this might not be best for you. (At the same time, I always caution people to avoid the extremes anyway unless you have a medical condition that requires it.)
The thing I like the best about Casper (besides their transparent supply chain) is their meticulous attention to detail. I can tell that they were very conscientious about the materials they chose to use. The mattress is also 100% made in the USA.
For example, they went with a non-allergenic version of latex that is certified to the Oeko Tex 100 standard, which is a very difficult European certification that means there is nothing in the latex that is in any way harmful to humans or the environment. And both the memory foam and foam base layer are CertiPUR certified to have low VOC’s, contain no PBDE’s, prohibited phthalates, no formaldehyde and no heavy metals. (I advise people to always look for memory foam that is CertiPUR certified.)
I also really appreciate their fire barrier. That might seem like an unusual thing to point out, but most people don’t realize that memory foam mattresses are typically doused with chemical fire retardants in order to pass the federal fire tests. Casper wanted to be able to pass them without using any toxic chemicals or coatings, so they use a proprietary knit sock made with a yarn that has a silica core. So instead of the usual spray chemical fire retardants, it’s a fabric wrapping around the inner layers and it actually works by suppressing the flame by forming a barrier when burned. It’s also certified to the Oeko Tex 100 standard, which means it’s even safe for babies. This was a very thoughtful move on their part.
Another big positive to me is the unique feel they’ve been able to create. It’s very comfortable. It’s the perfect balance of comfort and support without any annoying ‘quicksand’ feel whatsoever. I think their idea of layering zoned latex over memory foam was a stroke of genius. I’ve seen the reverse done before – layering memory foam over latex – but that totally defeats the purpose of using latex in the first place. You really want to be right on top of the latex to get all of the good benefits of it because it is such a fantastic layering material.
Someone could make an argument that by only offering one model that they aren’t giving enough options. That while mattress stores offer too many options, Casper doesn’t have enough. But they’ve found, and I’ve found, that the overwhelming majority of people sleep best on this type of Goldilocks feel, so why make it more confusing than it needs to be? They’d rather keep it simple and give you 100 days to sleep on it in your own home to see if you like it.
Another minor drawback is that they don’t offer a matching foundation. So, if you don’t have a foundation you’ll have to purchase one separately or use it on the floor, a platform bed or an adjustable base. I’ve got this displayed on the Simple Life folding foundation, but you can use it with any non-yielding surface. Just depends on the look you’re trying to go for in your room.
And some people might have some hesitation with buying a mattress online without having tried it out first, which I understand. It does seem bizarre. But like all new ideas that change the way we think about things, they seem unusual at first before they’re eventually seen as “normal.” Kind of like how zappos has made buying shoes online without trying them out first seem normal. Keep in mind that there’s no return fees if it doesn’t work for you for whatever reason within 100 nights. They’ll even come and pick it up from your house, no hassle. Returns are donated to charity.
Tip#1: Because of the unique feel of the Casper, try to allow up to 4-6 weeks for your body to adjust. A slightly longer adjustment period is pretty typical with spring-free mattresses that contain either memory foam or latex. No worries, you have 100-days.
Tip#2: Latex is relatively delicate material, so I recommend protecting the mattress from the very beginning with a good quality waterproof protector. The Luna premium protector is a good choice because it’s super thin, almost like a sheet, so it feels like it’s not even there and will allow you to get all the benefits from the latex. Mattress pads are sometimes a bit too thick and can create too much of a barrier between you and the latex, so I recommend using a protector rather than a pad.
Tip#3: If using a foundation, try to use a high quality metal frame with 9-wheels. The multiple points of contact will help with the overall stability. The Stabl-Base Ultimate Bed Frame is great because its made from heavy gauge carbon rail steel and can be ordered with locking rollers or glides. Built like a tank.
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