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Casper is a New York-based company best known for its mattresses shipped directly to your doorstep in a box. The lineup includes the Original, the Wave Hybrid, the Element, and the Nova. The Element is an all-foam model, the Wave Hybrid is a hybrid bed, and the Original and the Nova are available with either foam or hybrid designs.
Billed as Casper’s plushest mattress, the Nova was developed by Casper as a next-generation model. The Nova Hybrid features two comfort layers. The top layer consists of AirScape open-cell polyfoam. The second comfort layer, also AirScape polyfoam, is divided into three firmness zones. This ensures enhanced support for the lower back and hips, along with gentler cradling for other areas of the body. The Nova Hybrid also has a transitional memory foam layer divided into seven firmness levels for additional zoned reinforcement. The support core features pocketed coils encased in high-density foam.
The all-foam version of the Nova has a very similar design, including the same comfort and transitional layers. This model’s support core is constructed with solid high-density polyfoam, rather than coils. The all-foam Nova is available through select retailers, and cannot be purchased directly from Casper.
While other pages on this site will cover Casper’s other models, this review will focus exclusively on the Nova Hybrid. We’ll examine its construction, pricing, and performance, as well as Casper’s shipping, return, and warranty policies.
|Sleeper Type||Under 130 lbs||130-230 lbs||Above 230 lbs|
The Nova Hybrid’s plush feel makes the mattress well-suited to side sleeping. The two layers of AirScape foam cushion and cradle a side sleeper’s curves, while the zoned transition layer gives deeper contouring. This allows the sleeper’s shoulders and legs to sink in the right amount while preventing their hips from sinking in too deeply. Thanks to the strong contouring, most side sleepers are also likely to experience very good pressure relief.
Because it is on the softer end of the range sleepers tend to prefer, the AirScape may be the best match for side sleepers who weigh under 230 pounds, as they should experience an excellent balance between support and contouring. Side sleepers who weigh over 230 pounds will also probably experience good contouring and support, but their hips and shoulders may sink in slightly more than ideal. This could contribute to some pressure buildup and make it more difficult to maintain proper spinal alignment.
Zoning in the transition layer can help support a back sleeper’s spinal alignment by preventing their hips from dipping too far into the mattress. Because of its plush feel, the Nova Hybrid is best suited to back sleepers who weigh under 130 pounds.
Back sleepers who weigh between 130 pounds and 230 pounds may also enjoy the Nova Hybrid’s combination of softness and support, but they are more likely to experience some sinkage around their hips. Some individuals who weigh over 230 pounds may not find the Nova Hybrid supportive enough, and this could put a strain on their spines.
A stomach sleeper’s hips and belly frequently sink deeper into their mattress due to the extra weight many people carry around their midsections. Zoning within the second comfort and transitional layers adds extra support around the middle of the bed, so stomach sleepers might not experience as much sinkage. However, this varies by weight group.
Stomach sleepers who weigh under 230 pounds will likely experience a soft surface with good support. Their midsections may sink in slightly, but it’s unlikely to put a significant strain on their spines. Those who weigh over 230 pounds might notice more sinkage, which may make it difficult to maintain ideal spinal alignment.
Encasing the Nova Hybrid is a cover made from a blend of recycled polyester and polyester, cotton, rayon, and spandex. According to Casper, each Nova Hybrid cover is constructed using up to 70 recycled bottles.
Two layers of AirScape polyfoam make up the Nova Hybrid’s comfort system. AirScape is a proprietary polyfoam engineered for cooling. Perforations in the material allow extra airflow to reduce heat retention. The second AirScape layer is divided into three firmness zones, which ensures distinct support levels for different areas of the body. The Nova Hybrid’s memory foam transitional layer is divided into seven firmness zones for the same purpose.
The Nova Hybrid’s support core is built with pocketed coils encased in high-density polyfoam. These coils promote additional airflow, and give the mattress more bounce and support.
The Nova Hybrid consists of multiple layers. There are two layers of polyfoam in the comfort system, followed by a memory foam transitional layer. The bed’s support core features pocketed coils encased in high-density polyfoam.
Recycled Polyester/Polyester, Cotton, Rayon, and Spandex
1″ AirScape Open-Cell Polyfoam
1.5″ 3-Zone AirScape Open-Cell Polyfoam
2″ 7-Zone Transitional Memory Foam
Pocketed Coils Encased in HD Polyfoam
The Casper Nova Hybrid’s price-point is a bit on the higher end, but still within the average hybrid mattress price range. This model has a mid-range price-point compared to other mattresses that can be purchased directly from Casper. The Nova Hybrid costs more than the Element, Original, and Casper Hybrid, but less than the Wave Hybrid.
|Twin||38" x 75"||12"||60 lbs.||$1,395|
|Twin XL||38"x 80"||12"||62 lbs.||$1,795|
|Full||53" x 75"||12"||84 lbs.||$2,145|
|Queen||60" x 80"||12"||89 lbs.||$2,295|
|King||76" x 80"||12"||125 lbs.||$2,895|
|California King||72" x 84"||12"||127 lbs.||$2,895|
Casper sells mattresses through its website, through Amazon, and in brick-and-mortar Casper Sleep Shop stores across the United States. Mattresses and sleep products are also available through Casper’s retail partners, which include Target. Unlike the all-foam version of the Casper Nova, which is only available through select retailers, the Nova Hybrid can be purchased directly through Casper and from authorized retailers.
The company ships within the 50 states and select international destinations, including Canada, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Orders directly from Casper ship free within the 48 contiguous United States and most of Canada. Fees apply to shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, Northern Canada, and other international destinations.
Mattresses usually ship within one or two business days. However, there may be delays, especially during inclement weather and around the holidays. Customers get a tracking number to follow their package.
Casper mattresses ship via UPS. They arrive compressed in plastic and packaged in a maneuverable box. The customer is responsible for moving the mattress to their room of choice, unpackaging it, and setting it up.
Casper offers in-home delivery, new mattress setup, and old mattress removal for a $149 fee. This non-refundable service is available to customers in the 48 contiguous United States and parts of Canada.
Casper mattresses come with a 100-night sleep trial. During this period, customers can contact Casper’s customer service team to return their mattress for a full refund. Casper will arrange for mattress removal.
Customers receive a 10-year limited warranty when they purchase a Casper mattress. The original purchaser is eligible for this warranty provided they bought their mattress from an authorized seller, used the mattress on an appropriate foundation, and the mattress is free from abuse. This warranty covers qualifying defects, including indentations over 1 inch and cracking or splitting in the foam. It is valid in the United States. Additional terms and conditions apply.
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