On the forefront of the bed-in-a-box trend, Casper Sleep was founded in 2014. With an initial focus on mattresses, the company offers an extensive line of hybrid and all-foam mattress models.
Since its founding, Casper has expanded its product line to other sleep products including bed frames, bedding, and pillows. Starting with the Original Casper Pillow, the company now offers three pillow models:
The Original Casper Pillow: This flagship model, which we’ll focus on, is a down alternative pillow made with microfiber polyester fill and a 100% cotton cover. Its gusseted design helps maintain its loft and keeps the interior fill evenly distributed. The Original Casper Pillow is rated medium soft on the firmness scale and comes in standard and king sizes.
The Casper Foam Pillow: The Foam Pillow is made with a molded foam core that’s contoured for increased comfort. Its three-layer design provides an inner core of firm, supportive polyfoam sandwiched between two layers of memory foam that offer conforming comfort and pressure relief on the pillow’s surface. The Casper Foam Pillow is rated medium on the firmness scale and comes in standard and king sizes.
The Casper Down Pillow: This is Casper’s premium pillow model. The Casper Down Pillow features ethically sourced down and a chambered design that allows Casper to use a higher proportion of feathers to down on the interior of the pillow, without sacrificing comfort. The Casper Down Pillow is rated soft on the firmness scale and comes in standard and king sizes.
We’ll give you insight into the important differences between this company’s three pillows, including materials, construction, and price. Then we’ll highlight how the Original Casper Pillow stands up to our sleep testers’ evaluations before detailing relevant company policies.
If you’re on a budget but are looking for a slight upgrade from the most basic models, the Original Casper Pillow is an excellent contender. Made with a down alternative polyester microfiber fill and a breathable 100% cotton cover, this pillow performs where it counts. It holds its shape thanks to a 2-inch gusset design, sleeps impeccably cool, and is highly moldable for sleepers who enjoy cuddling with their pillow.
Side and back sleepers will appreciate the Original Casper Pillow’s ample loft that holds its shape to provide suitable head, neck, and shoulder support. Two potential drawbacks, however, are the pillow’s lack of firmness options and minimal conforming ability.
We’ll break down all the relevant specs for the Casper pillows, covering all of the company’s models with a focus on the flagship Original Casper Pillow.
All of Casper’s pillows are available in two sizes: standard and king. However, each pillow contains unique materials and construction.
The Original Casper Pillow is made with a down alternative polyester microfiber fill and a breathable 100% cotton percale outer cover. Both the standard and king sizes feature a 2-inch gusset around the sides of the pillow to help keep the fill material evenly distributed to allow for better neck support.
The Casper Foam Pillow contains a layered, solid inner foam core composed of 77% polyfoam and 23% memory foam. The pillow’s core is contoured to better cradle your head and neck. It’s also constructed with evenly spaced air channels to help promote circulation and keep you cool as you sleep. The outer cover is made with a soft, jersey-knit polyester and spandex blend cover.
The Casper Down Pillow features a blend of 100% ethically sourced down certified by the Responsible Down Standard. The pillow’s construction includes a chambered structure to promote better loft and airflow. The inner chamber of the pillow contains 60% white duck down and 40% feathers, while the outer chamber is made from 80% white duck down and 20% feathers with a polyester inner liner and a 100% cotton outer cover.
|Product||Size Options||Loft||Interior Materials||Cover Materials|
|Original Casper Pillow||Standard: 18” x 26”
King: 18” x 34”
|Crimped Polyester Microfiber Fill||Long Polyester Microfiber Fill, Cotton Cover, Polyester Lining|
|Casper Foam Pillow||Standard:16” x 24”
King: 16” x 32”
|6”||77% Polyfoam, 23% Memory Foam||Polyester, Spandex|
|Casper Down Pillow||Standard:18” x 26”
King: 18” x 34”
|6”||Inner Panel: 100% Polyester
Outer Chamber: 80% White Duck Down, 20% Feathers
Inner Chamber: 60% White Duck Down, 40% Feather Inner Chamber
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Most shoppers will be able to find a Casper pillow that suits their budget, as the company offers a broad range of price-points within its pillow selection.
The Original Casper Pillow is a quality pillow offered at an average price-point. It is on par with or less expensive than similar offerings from other bedding brands. The Casper Foam Pillow and Casper Down Pillow are a step up in terms of price, but the additional cost is fair considering the upgrade in materials.
Casper Pillow Pricing
|Original Casper Pillow||Standard: $65
|Casper Foam Pillow||Standard: $89
|Casper Down Pillow||Standard: $125
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How a pillow performs will largely depend on your own unique comfort preferences. A pillow that works for one sleeper may not work for another. Some sleepers prefer a highly moldable pillow that is soft and conforming, while others need one that is firm and supportive. Hot sleepers and those who live in warm climates will likely prioritize finding a pillow that helps keep them cool. There are several other factors to consider when shopping for a new pillow, including durability, shape retention, and odor potential.
Overall, there are plenty of benefits to Casper’s flagship pillow model. The Original Casper offers sleepers a relatively durable pillow with limited odor potential and top-notch shape retention, moldability, and temperature regulation.
However, the Original Casper Pillow is not without its faults. The lack of firmness options and adjustability make this pillow limited in its appeal. The other area where we found the Original Casper Pillow lacking was its ability to closely conform and relieve pressure from the head, neck, and shoulders.
The Original Casper Pillow uses microfiber fill. While this is a fairly resilient material, it’s known to lose its loft over time. You can expect an average lifespan from this pillow of around two to three years.
The greatest drawback of the Original Casper Pillow is the lack of options or adjustability in terms of firmness. The pillow’s microfiber fill gives the Original Casper a medium soft feel. While this will work for many sleepers, it is not universally appealing. Some sleepers prefer a firmer surface, while others like adjustability when it comes to loft and firmness.
Casper’s design includes a 2-inch gusset around the edge of the flagship pillow. This helps keep the pillow’s interior fill evenly distributed and lofted. As a result, the Original Casper Pillow holds its shape after repeated use. Fluffing the pillow regularly is still recommended to help it maintain its loft.
The fluffy microfiber fill of the Original Casper Pillow is highly moldable, making this an excellent choice for those who like to cuddle with their pillow or use it as a bolster for additional support.
Although this pillow is fairly soft, it doesn’t offer much in the way of close contouring or pressure relief. Materials like memory foam tend to conform more closely.
An area where the Original Casper Pillow excels is its coolness. The construction is quite breathable and will work well for hot sleepers and those who live in warm climates.
You may experience some minor off-gassing after unboxing your new Original Casper Pillow, but most of the smell that our testers noticed dissipated within a few hours to a few days at most.
When evaluating different pillows, it’s important to consider how your sleep style and bodyweight may affect performance.
As the most common sleep style, sleeping on your side helps achieve the best spinal alignment when compared to back and stomach sleeping. However, side sleepers still require a fairly lofty pillow to support their neck and help keep it aligned with the rest of their back. Otherwise, they’re more likely to experience neck strain that disrupts their sleep. Our sleep testers in all body weight ranges found the Original Casper Pillow provided ample loft and neck support for side sleeping. Additionally, this highly moldable pillow worked well when used between the legs as an auxiliary cushion for leg support.
Like side sleepers, back sleepers are prone to neck pain. If their pillow doesn’t provide enough support to keep their head cradled at the right height in relation to their shoulders and back, they may experience painful neck strain, restless sleep, and blocked airways that lead to snoring. However, the Original Casper Pillow provides an excellent support system for back sleepers of all body weights. This pillow tends to keep its shape, so you won’t need to wake up and fluff it in the middle of the night.
While the Original Casper Pillow’s resilient loft was the key to comfort for our side and back sleep testers, this feature was less beneficial for our stomach sleeping testers. Stomach sleepers don’t require as much bolstering for their head and neck. As a result, they typically prefer a flatter, less lofty pillow. Unfortunately, many pillows are designed with the more common side and back sleepers in mind. While the Original Casper Pillow performed well enough, it only offered average comfort for stomach sleepers of all body weights.
Original Casper Pillow
|Under 130 lbs.||130-230 lbs.||Over 230 lbs.|
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Casper’s pillows are available online through the company’s website and Amazon.
You can also find Casper pillows in-person at Casper Sleep Shops located across the United States and Canada. If you don’t live near a Casper Sleep Shop, the company has partnered with several major retailers, making Casper products available at more than 2,000 retail locations across the U.S., including Target and Costco.
For most products, Casper offers free shipping to all 48 states in the contiguous U.S. and most of Canada. Casper will ship to Alaska, Hawaii, and Northern Canada (Yukon, Northwest, and Nunavut territories) for a fee.
Casper ships orders via UPS. Orders typically ship within one to two business days. Once your order is shipped, you’ll receive tracking information from UPS so you can follow the progress of your package. Delivery times will vary depending on your location.
Casper pillows come with a 30-night sleep trial. This allows you to try out your new pillow in the comfort of your own home risk-free.
If you decide you’re not happy with your Casper pillow, you can return it within 30 days for a full refund. Return shipping is free.
Refunds will be credited back to you within two weeks. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, you’ll get a refund for your original shipping costs as well.
Casper pillows are protected with a 1-year limited warranty. The warranty covers faulty materials and workmanship.
If you find defects in your pillow within a year of your purchase, you can contact Casper’s customer service to initiate a warranty claim. You’ll need to ship the pillow back to Casper, but the company will pay for all shipping fees. Casper will then repair or replace your pillow and ship it back to you.
Note that Casper’s warranty doesn’t cover normal wear and tear or changing comfort preferences. Additionally, it only applies to the original owner for products purchased through Casper’s website or an authorized retailer.