The best mattresses all require you to get to know them. In my mind sleep is a privilege, not a right. Which is to say you just don’t get a great nights sleep by sleeping. You have to work at it. There’s a recipe to a good night’s rest, and one of the main ingredients is a bed.
Casper is mattress startup based out of. Nyc. They’ve raised $70 million and until recently only offered one product: a mattress. Sizes ranges from twin to king with pricing starting at $500 and topping out at $950 for a Cal King. However, they recently expanded their product line to includes pillows and sheets. It’s not exactly a complex growth strategy. But with competition mounting from all sides of the Internet, the offering can’t simply remain with one product.
Moreover, this year they expanded into pop up stores for the holiday season. I visited one in Venice, California and yes, there you can try before you buy. They’ll even let you take a nap to indoctrinate you. Mattresses are still delivered by mail though, so don’t expect to walk out of the store with one in hand.
Ordering a Casper
Ordering a Casper is about as simple and nice of an experience as it gets. You pick your size, add accessories, drop in your address, pay and you’re done. In less than 7-days times (3-4 days in California) a box standing about 4.5-feet tall and 1.5-feet wide will show up at your door. Just a box. No delivery men waiting to carry your mattress 10 flights of stairs , or remove your antiquated spring sleeper. Included in the box is a bag for you old digs, where upon you’ll need to dispose of it on your own.
Installing the Casper
Unpackaging takes minute. First remove from the box. Next, remove the plastic. Place the vaccum sealed mattress onto your bed. If you notice at this point that your queen looks like a twin, worry not, as this correct. Finally remove the final layer of plastic and watch your Casper expand in a few seconds to its full size. And now you’re ready to sleep.
What’s a Casper Built Of?
The Casper is made from a combination of latex, memory, and base foam. Casper promises that they’ve addressed heat retention concerns through a careful examination of the materials they’ve used and how they are combined together. The result is what Casper says is a “patent-pending combination of springy, breathable latex foam over supportive, pressure-relieving memory foam.”
Moreover, Casper says that their mattresses are free of harmful chemical flame retardants, and instead use a “mechanical” fire sock built from silica threads. If that doesn’t impress you, I don’t know what will.
To stick the components of the Casper together, they’ve used a Greenguard-certified, water-based adhesive and use a foam that is ultra-low VOC. In short, Casper has held themselves to an extremely high standard when designing and manufacturing a mattress. Not only have they taken into account comfort, but the health implications of foam, which can often smell toxic. Which notably I did not experience soon (or ever) after unboxing the Casper.
Sleeping With the Casper For 7 Nights: Tempur-Pedic vs Casper
My daily, or in this case, nightly sleeper is the Tempur-Pedic mattress. My mattress is what the industry traditionally calls “firm”. I selected this mattress after using an individually coiled mattress for 9 years. In retrospect that was a terrible experience. Which is to say that my Tempur-Pedic has been a blissful one, correcting long lasting back and shoulder issues that I now know were a result of my previous mattress. That being said, my queen size Tempur-Pedic cost just over $3,000. The Casper $850. So is it an apt comparison?
Ultimately, yes, because this is who Casper has to compete with. They not only have to convince the consumer to purchase a bed via the Internet – though they do have pop-up stores – but that you can get a great, supportive bed for $850. Not before I get to that last point, I want to point out my perceived differences between the Tempur-Pedic and the Casper.
The Casper for one is not true memory foam like my Tempur-Pedic. So it doesn’t so much as adhere to the shape of your body as the Tempur-Pedic. More over, and because of this, the Casper is softer than my Tempur-Pedic and provides less support in key points, such as my lower back. Arguably the Casper is less apt at supporting side sleepers, though that’s conjecture on my behalf, and only because of the memory foam quality of the Tempur-Pedic.
Also notable, is that the Casper feels more like a normal mattress. It provide support, but not at every nook and cranny like the aforementioned memory foam competitor. And while I’d like to say its feel does less to reduce pressure points, I just couldn’t find that to be the case after a night’s sleep.
Casper Review Final Thoughts
During one morning I noted how the Casper did less to feel like a high end mattress, yet, and despite this, was still comfortable. I stand at just over six feet and weigh no more than 170lbs. I’m not skinny, but nor (far from) am I obese. So with that in mind, I have to question how the Casper would hold up to a heavy set person who holds weight in one particular area of their body. But simply question, because honestly, I have no idea.
During the holiday season Casper did have a pop up store in Venice, CA, allowing potential Casper customers to try before they buy. I’m not sure if their pop up stores are still open in any other part of the US, but the Venice store has since been shut down as its past the holidays. My point here is that you’re inherently taking a gamble any time you order anything off the Internet. So why should it be any different with a bed. Fortunately, the company offers a money back guarantee and free shipping both ways.
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