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Novaform vs. Casper Mattress Comparison

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Novaform and Casper are both well-known mattress brands, offering innovative memory foam and hybrid mattresses in a wide range of different designs.

Launched in 2014, Casper is a relatively young company that trailblazed the field of bed-in-a-box online mattress shopping. Casper currently offers a collection of hybrid and foam mattresses for every budget.

Novaform focuses on producing affordable foam mattresses. The company sells seven mattresses with varying thickness and firmness settings that are designed to appeal to different sleeper types.

We’ll provide a head-to-head comparison of the Novaform versus Casper mattresses, examining how each mattress stacks up in terms of construction and materials, pricing and sizing, and performance. We’ll also examine each company’s policies surrounding shipping, trial periods, and warranties.

Quick Look

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Price Range (Queen)
$500-$750 $595-$2,695
Firmness Options
Medium Soft (4), Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7) Medium (5), Medium Firm (6)
Standout Features
  • Competitive pricing
  • Wide range of firmness options
  • Available online or at brick-and-mortar stores
  • Zoned support
  • Options for advanced temperature control
  • Varied mattress lineup with affordable and luxury options
Models
  • ComfortGrande Plus
  • Serafina
  • SoFresh
  • Overnight Recovery
  • Advanced Back Support
  • Advanced Support
  • Premium Cooling
Sleep Trial & Warranty
Sleep trial varies by seller
10 year warranty (Nue by Novaform models) or 20-year warranty (Novaform models)
100-night sleep trial
10-year non-prorated warranty
Customer Service
B+ A+
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Sizing Options

The ideal mattress size can depend on many different factors, including your body type, whether or not you sleep with a partner, and the available space in your bedroom. Keep in mind that larger mattress sizes are more expensive, and they also require a larger bed frame and bedding, which can all add to the cost.

It is also important to consider height and weight when picking a mattress. Together with the bed frame, the height of a mattress affects the experience of climbing in and out of bed. Beds that are lower to the ground may pose difficulties for people with joint pain, while beds that are too high may be uncomfortable for shorter individuals.

A larger mattress may also pose practical difficulties. It may be necessary to buy deep pocket sheets for extra-tall mattresses. Heavier mattresses are also harder to move. This can be an advantage if it minimizes shifting on the bed frame, but it can also be a downside if you tend to move or rearrange your furniture often.

Novaform

Casper

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All of the Casper mattresses come in the full range of standard sizes, from twin to California king. By contrast, Novaform does not sell twin XL mattresses, and some models are only available in a queen size or larger.

The Novaform and Casper mattresses have similar profiles that fall within the average range for foam and hybrid mattresses. The hybrid Casper models are heavier due to their steel coil support cores.

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Construction and Materials Comparison

The way a mattress feels and performs can be attributed to the quality of its construction and materials.

Mattresses usually have two main segments: the comfort system and the support core. The comfort system has the most immediate impact on comfort and firmness. Foam and hybrid mattresses tend to have a substantial comfort system built with layers of pressure-relieving materials such as polyfoam, memory foam, or latex.

The support core is the denser bottom layer that forms the base of the mattress. This section helps maintain spinal alignment by preventing the sleeper from sinking too deeply into the mattress. All-foam mattresses typically accomplish this by using a high-density polyfoam support core, while hybrid mattresses generally utilize an innerspring support core. Some mattresses reinforce the perimeter of the support core with tighter coils or high-density polyfoam.

Novaform

Novaform currently sells seven all-foam mattresses. These include the Novaform ComfortGrande Plus, Serafina, SoFresh, Overnight Recovery, and Advanced Back Support mattresses, as well as two Nue by Novaform mattresses: the Premium Cooling Mattress and the Advanced Support Mattress.

Novaform ComfortGrande Plus
The Novaform ComfortGrande Plus is one of Novaform’s taller mattresses, with 6 inches of pressure-relieving foams in the comfort section. It has a medium firm (6) rating and three layers in total:

  • 3 inches of EVENcor GelPlus memory foam
  • 3 inches of LURAcor Air Channel foam
  • 8 inches of high-density polyfoam

The mattress has a quilted cover that is designed to feel cool to the touch. The top comfort layer consists of gel-infused memory foam, which is engineered to minimize heat retention and provide cushioning. A second layer of convoluted polyfoam helps with airflow and reduces pressure on the hips, shoulders, and lower back. This LURAcor foam is more resilient than memory foam, designed to improve ease of movement. In the bottom layer, a high-density polyfoam support core supplies a solid foundation and helps maintain healthy spinal alignment.

Novaform Serafina
The Serafina is available in three firmness levels: medium soft (4), medium (5), and medium firm (6). The exact design of the mattress varies slightly between models:

  • 2 inches of ComfortLuxe Gel Pearl memory foam (3 inches in medium soft and medium versions)
  • 3 inches of polyfoam (convoluted in medium soft and medium versions)
  • 9 inches of high-density polyfoam (8 inches in medium soft and medium versions)

The cover is designed to regulate temperature by absorbing infrared energy from the body and using it to evaporate moisture. The memory foam is also infused with gel pearls engineered to fight heat retention.

Each firmness option features a slightly different foam in the second layer. In the medium soft and medium versions, this layer is convoluted for a plusher feel. All three versions of the mattress have a high-density polyfoam support core, which is 1 inch thicker in the firm version.

Novaform SoFresh
The Novaform SoFresh features a machine-washable cover. The top foam layer is infused with copper, which is thought to have antimicrobial properties. The mattress has three layers:

  • 2 inches of LURAcor foam with copper
  • 2 inches of memory foam
  • 6 inches of high-density polyfoam

With 4 inches of contouring comfort layers, this mattress falls at a medium (5) firmness. Rounding out the base is a high-density polyfoam support core, which helps with motion isolation and edge support.

Novaform Overnight Recovery
Novaform’s Overnight Recovery Mattress has a cover made from Celliant, a textile designed to promote muscle recovery by leveraging body heat. The mattress is medium firm (6) and it has three layers:

  • 1 inch of EVENcor GelPlus memory foam
  • 3 inches of LURAcor foam
  • 8 inches of high-density polyfoam

A thin layer of gel memory foam provides some initial cushioning, with an additional 3 inches of more resilient polyfoam beneath. As with the other Novaform mattresses, this bed has an 8-inch high-density polyfoam support core.

Novaform Advanced Back Support
At a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, the Advanced Back Support Mattress is the firmest Novaform model. This makes it suitable for back and stomach sleepers or individuals who weigh more than 230 pounds. The mattress has three layers:

  • 2 inches of LURAcor foam
  • 1 inch of EVENcor GelPlus memory foam
  • 9 inches of high-density polyfoam

With the firmer foam in the top layer and the gel memory foam below, the Advanced Back Support Mattress provides the feel of sleeping on, as opposed to in, the mattress. This makes it easier to shift sleeping positions, and it may help reduce back pain for some sleepers. The thick 9-inch base gives the bed extra stability.

Nue by Novaform Premium Cooling:
Designed for hot sleepers, the Nue by Novaform Premium Cooling Mattress has a medium (5) feel and is composed of three layers:

  • 2 inches of gel memory foam
  • 2 inches of zoned polyfoam
  • 6 inches of high-density polyfoam

The mattress has a breathable polyester, nylon, and rayon cover made with recycled materials. The first layer of the mattress is made with cooling gel memory foam, designed to cradle the body while dispersing heat. In the second layer, cut-out grooves provide additional support for the hips and lower back. The grooves also leave room for air to flow through the mattress. The high-density polyfoam layer provides a sturdy base.

Nue by Novaform Advanced Support
The Nue by Novaform Advanced Support Mattress has a medium firm (6) feel designed to provide pressure relief and lumbar support. It has three layers:

  • 2 inches of polyfoam
  • 2 inches of zoned polyfoam
  • 6 inches of high-density polyfoam

The Advanced Support Mattress has the same polyester, nylon, and rayon cover as the Premium Cooling Mattress. Resilient zoned polyfoam layers help provide focused support and cushioning to the areas that need it most, and the high-density polyfoam base adds stability.

Casper

Casper offers two foam mattresses, the Casper Original and the Casper Element. The company also sells three hybrids: the Original Hybrid, the Wave Hybrid, and the Nova Hybrid.

Casper Original & Casper Original Hybrid
The Casper Original rates a medium (5) on the firmness scale. It has three layers:

  • 1.5 inches of Airscape polyfoam
  • 2 inches of zoned memory foam
  • 7-inch polyfoam support core

The cover of the Casper Original is a stretchy blend of upcycled cotton, recycled polyester, standard polyester, rayon, and spandex. The top layer of the mattress is made from Airscape polyfoam, a responsive foam that is perforated for better breathability. The second layer is made from zoned memory foam, which is firmer in the midsection.

The Casper Original is also available as a hybrid model, replacing the foam base with a pocketed coil support core encased by a foam perimeter. The Casper Hybrid is also medium (5), but it is slightly bouncier than the original all-foam model. It has improved edge support due to the reinforced perimeter.

Casper Nova Hybrid
Registering as a 5, or medium, on the firmness scale, the Nova Hybrid features four layers in total:

  • 1 inch of Airscape polyfoam
  • 1.5 inches of zoned Airscape polyfoam
  • 2 inches of zoned memory foam
  • 7-inch pocketed coil support core with foam encasement

The Nova Hybrid has the same stretchy cover as the Casper Original. The comfort system is made of two layers of Airscape polyfoam, which are perforated to allow for better airflow. Grooved cut-outs in the third layer are divided into seven different zones, designed to lift the back and hips. A support core made with individually pocketed coils gives the mattress a good deal of bounce, while still dampening motion transfer to prevent disturbances to a sleeping partner.

Casper Wave Hybrid
At 13 inches tall, the Wave Hybrid is the tallest Casper mattress. The mattress has a medium (5) feel and is divided into five layers:

  •  1 inch of perforated Airscape polyfoam with phase-change material
  •  1.5 inches of latex
  •  1.5 inches of zoned memory foam
  •  1.5 inches of zoned polyfoam with targeted gel pods
  •  7-inch pocketed coil support core with foam encasement

The Airscape polyfoam is topped with a thin coating of cooling gel. Resilient latex and a layer of memory foam that is firmer in the midsection help promote spinal alignment. The transition layer contains gel pods, designed to help cool the mattress and provide added support for the hips and lower back. As with the other Casper Hybrids, the Wave has a pocketed coil support core with reinforced edges.

For an extra fee, customers can add Snow technology to the Nova Hybrid and Wave Hybrid mattresses. This option includes a cooling cover with phase change material, a laminated layer of cooling gel, and six HeatDelete Bands designed to conduct heat away from the surface of the mattress.

Casper Element
Casper’s budget-friendly model is the Element Mattress. It has a straightforward build consisting of two layers:

  • Airscape polyfoam
  • Polyfoam

Like the Casper Original, the Element’s cover is made of a stretchy cotton, polyester, rayon, and spandex blend. The polyfoam construction has a medium firm (6) feel that provides body conforming without too much sink.

Pricing Information

Mattresses are priced along a wide spectrum. Some factors that can affect the price of a mattress include the quality of the materials used, the total height and the number of layers, and the inclusion of specialty technology such as cooling features.

Prices for the Casper mattresses span a fairly large range, whereas Novaform’s mattresses are similarly priced with only minor variations. Companies may offer seasonal discounts that lower the list price.

Novaform

Novaform ComfortGrande Plus Serafina SoFresh Overnight Recovery Advanced Back Support Advanced Support Premium Cooling
Twin $400 - $400 N/A $450 $300 $300
Full $480 - $450 N/A $500 $400 $400
Queen $580 $750 $500 $700 $600 $500 $500
King $680 $900 $600 $800 $700 $600 $600
California King $680 $900 $600 $800 $700 $600 $600
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Casper

Casper Casper Original Casper Original Hybrid Casper Wave Hybrid Casper Nova Hybrid Casper Element
Twin $595 $695 $1,595 $1,195 $395
Full $995 $1,195 $2,495 $1,895 $545
Queen $1,095 $1,295 $2,695 $2,095 $595
King $1,295 $1,495 $3,095 $2,395 $795
California King $1,295 $1,495 $3,095 $2,395 $795
Twin XL $695 $795 $1,795 $1,345 $445
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Novaform collaborates with Costco, a warehouse discounter known for its low prices. As a result, Novaform’s mattresses are generally more affordable than Casper’s mattresses, with the exception of the budget-friendly Casper Element. That said, as Novaform mattresses are available through a variety of third-party retailers, prices may vary depending on where shoppers purchase the mattress.

For both brands, shoppers pay more for performance-oriented features such as advanced temperature control and pressure relief. However, if price-point is a priority, you may find more options with Novaform. If you’re willing to pay more for a complex mattress design, you may prefer a Casper mattress.

Mattress Performance Ratings

Newcomers to mattress shopping may find themselves overwhelmed by unfamiliar terms and concepts. Having a basic understanding of several key factors can help you simplify your search.

Durability
Durability refers to how well a mattress holds up over time. On average, mattresses can be expected to last for 6 to 8 years before showing signs of wear. Mattresses made with higher-quality materials tend to be more durable.

Motion Isolation
When motion on one part of a mattress can be felt on another part of the mattress, it can wake a sleeping partner. For this reason, sleepers who share the bed may prefer a mattress with strong motion isolation to help reduce disturbances. All-foam beds tend to have the best motion isolation, especially those made with close-conforming memory foam. Hybrid mattresses generally attempt to reduce motion transfer with individually pocketed coils that permit each spring to move independently.

Sex
There are a number of qualities that make a mattress more or less conducive to sex. Mattresses with more bounce tend to be better for sex, as they facilitate movement and prevent the feeling of being stuck in the bed. Some couples also prefer a certain amount of contouring to provide traction and cushioning. Edge support may be important for those who want to be able to use the whole surface of the bed, and temperature control can help reduce discomfort from overheating. Some couples favor mattresses with quiet all-foam designs.

Temperature Neutrality
Certain materials have a natural tendency to trap heat. Mattresses that allow the sleeper to sink into the sleep surface may also contribute to overheating by cutting off airflow around the body. In general, hybrid mattresses sleep cooler due to their breathable coil constructions. As memory foam mattresses have traditionally had issues with temperature neutrality, most modern foam mattresses are constructed with heat-fighting measures, such as gel infusions or perforated air holes.

Pressure Relief
A pressure-relieving mattress can help reduce tension in typical sore spots such as the  shoulders, hips, lower back, and knees. Ideally, a mattress should provide a balance of support and cushioning to support heavier body parts and maintain healthy spinal alignment.

Off-gassing
When mattresses are unboxed, they sometimes emit a distinct chemical odor, referred to as off-gassing. The odor is caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a byproduct of the mattress foam manufacturing process. Mattress VOCs are generally not believed to be harmful, but they may bother people who are sensitive to smell. Mattresses off-gas to different degrees depending on the density and types of foam they contain. However, most off-gassing should go away within a few hours to a few days.

Ease of Movement
Ease of movement refers to how well you can move around on the surface of a mattress. This quality is particularly important for combination sleepers and sleepers with limited movement. Firmer mattresses and mattresses with more bounce, such as hybrid mattresses, tend to offer better ease of movement as they don’t conform as closely around the sleeper.

Edge Support
A mattress with poor edge support may buckle or sag under pressure, reducing the usable surface area of the bed. Edge support may be especially important for co-sleepers or people who like to sit or sleep near the edge of the bed. As a rule, plusher mattresses tend to have less edge support, though reinforcing the support core with high-density polyfoam or stronger coils can improve this metric.

Novaform

Novaform ComfortGrande Plus Serafina SoFresh Overnight Recovery Advanced Back Support Advanced Support Premium Cooling
Firmness Medium Firm (6) Medium Soft (4), Medium (5), Medium Firm (6) Medium (5) Medium Firm (6) Firm (7) Medium Firm (6) Medium (5)
Durability 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
Motion Isolation 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5
Sex 2/5 2/5 2/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
Sleeps Cool 2/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
Pressure Relief 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5
Off-Gassing 2/5 2/5 2/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
Ease of Movement 2/5 2/5 2/5 3/5 4/5 3/5 3/5
Edge Support 2/5 2/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
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Casper

Casper Casper Original Casper Original Hybrid Casper Wave Hybrid Casper Nova Hybrid Casper Element
Firmness Medium (5) Medium (5) Medium (5) Medium (5) Medium Firm (6)
Durability 3/5 3/5 4/5 4/5 2/5
Motion Isolation 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5
Sex 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
Sleeps Cool 3/5 4/5 4/5 3/5 3/5
Pressure Relief 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5
Off-Gassing 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 2/5
Ease of Movement 3/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 3/5
Edge Support 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
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Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

For some shoppers, shipping, sleep trial, and warranty policies may be the deciding factor between one mattress and another. We’ll go over how these policies usually work, and compare the Casper versus Novaform policies to help you make your choice.

Warranty Shipping
20 Year, Limited Free shipping to contiguous U.S.
Warranty Shipping
10 Year, Limited Free to Contiguous U.S. and Canadian Provinces

Shipping

When you purchase a mattress online, it typically arrives in one of two ways:

  • Bed-in-a-Box Shipping: With bed-in-a-box shipping, the mattress is compressed, shrink-wrapped in plastic, packed in a box, and delivered to your home by standard ground shipping. Shoppers must set up the mattress by carefully removing the box and the plastic, and letting the mattress expand on top of the foundation. Most companies offer this option for free within the contiguous U.S.
  • White Glove Delivery: White Glove delivery is when a mattress is brought to your home and set up by a technician. Many mattress companies offer this service through a third-party provider, often for an additional fee. White Glove delivery may include old mattress removal. Usually, White Glove delivery is only available in the contiguous U.S..

Novaform Shipping Policies
Novaform mattresses are compressed and shipped as a bed in a box. The company sells its mattresses primarily through Costco, though some models may also be available through other third-party retailers. Costco provides free shipping to all 50 U.S. states. White Glove delivery is not available through Costco, but the company does offer old mattress removal for an extra fee.

Nue by Novaform mattresses are sold through Target, Walmart, and Kohl’s. Mattresses are sent as a bed in a box. White Glove delivery is not available.

Casper Shipping Policies
Casper mattresses are compressed and shipped via UPS. Orders are typically shipped out within 1 to 2 business days of ordering, after which customers receive a tracking number so they can follow the shipping progress. Shipping is free in the contiguous U.S. and Canadian provinces. Customers in Alaska, Hawaii, and Canadian territories must pay an additional fee.

In certain markets and for certain mattress models, Casper offers optional White Glove delivery. This service includes installation of the mattress and removal of your old mattress for a fee of $149.

Sleep Trial and Returns

Sleep trials allow customers to try out a mattress at home. If they decide they don’t like the mattress within the allotted time frame, they can return it for a refund or an exchange. Some mattress companies require customers to keep the mattress for a minimum number of nights before initiating a return.

If a mattress is returned during the sleep trial, most companies will arrange to pick up and either recycle or donate the mattress. Some companies may charge a small handling fee.

Novaform Sleep Trial and Return Policy
Costco accepts returns on all Costco-purchased Novaform mattresses in exchange for a full refund. Returns are accepted at brick-and-mortar Costco locations, and can also be coordinated through the website if the mattress was originally purchased online.

There may be different return policies for Nue by Novaform mattresses, or for any mattresses bought through retailers other than Costco.

Casper Sleep Trial and Return Policy
Casper offers a 100-night sleep trial with a 30-night mandatory break-in period for all of its mattresses. The company will coordinate free pickup, arrange to recycle or donate the mattress, and provide a refund of the purchase price.

Warranty

Mattress warranties are designed to protect the original purchaser against workmanship and manufacturing flaws. Warranties don’t tend to cover normal wear and tear, softening, comfort preferences, or damage arising from abuse or misuse. Every warranty has different terms, which may dictate:

  • Which defects it covers
  • Which remedy it offers (usually either repair, replacement, or refund)
  • How long the warranty lasts
  • How to make a claim under the warranty
  • Whether you are responsible for any costs

Warranties may also be prorated or non-prorated. A prorated warranty decreases in value over time, with customers responsible for paying an increasing percentage of the repair or replacement costs.

Novaform Mattress Warranty
Most Novaform mattresses come with a 20-year limited warranty, during which the company will replace defective mattresses. The Nue by Novaform models are covered by a 10-year limited warranty. The warranty extends to defects in the foams or other materials, including indentations of at least 1.5 inches.

Casper Mattress Warranty
Casper offers a 10-year non-prorated warranty, during which the company will repair or replace any defective mattress at its option. Eligible defects include visible sagging or indentations measuring 1 inch or deeper, splitting or cracking foams, and defects associated with the zipper. To qualify for warranty coverage, the mattress must always be used with a proper foundation.

During the warranty period, Casper will cover the costs of returning a defective mattress to the company. Mattress owners can also elect to pay the difference and upgrade their defective mattress to a better model.