On an otherwise average Tuesday, an email popped up in my inbox from Casper, asking if I’d like to test our their new Wave mattress. Duh, I wanted to try its “groundbreaking mattress” with a “patent-pending support system [that] actively mirrors the shape of your body at 36 specific points for the deepest, most restorative sleep.” I know, being an editor is a super tough job. Fast-forward a month. I’ve been sleeping on the Casper Wave for a little more than 30 days, and so. much. has. happened. Since I interview people for a living, it only made sense for me to tell this tale by interviewing . . . myself.
How did the delivery process go?
I quickly arranged for the mattress to be delivered later that week. Not just any delivery, but white-glove delivery. I’m sorry to tell you no white gloves were actually involved, however a delivery man did heft the 109-pound mattress up the four flights of stairs – 60 very rickety steps – to my apartment. He deserves a two-week vacation just for that.
I had told the Casper representative I wanted my old mattress taken away when the new one came, because apparently I have no loyalty when it comes to sleeping surfaces. (My IKEA mattress was seven years old anyways, and The Better Sleep Council says that’s exactly when it’s time for a replacement. Yes, I looked this up after the fact to make myself feel better.) But I found out that there was no mattress removal request on file after all, which turned into me needing to remove my old mattress myself, which turned into me paying the delivery man to help me drag the way-too-heavy thing down the stairs. I questioned everything in life for 20 minutes, but it all ended with me watching the Casper Wave puff up to full size on my bed frame, an admittedly very satisfying experience.
If you’re wondering, Casper was horrified and sent me a set of sheets and pillows for my trouble. (As you’ll recall, editor life is really tough.)
What’s it feel like?
I immediately tossed myself rather aggressively onto the mattress to see what happened. My first impression: rather than airy and bouncy, the Casper Wave is dense; there’s some serious sinkage. To clarify, it’s the good kind. Laying on my back, I noticed that my hips and shoulders settled deeper into the mattress than the other parts of my body, as Casper advertised they would. Same thing when I was on my side. (According to the website, “precision contouring under your shoulders relieves pressure and aids in proper spine alignment for all sleep positions. A reinforced polymer network complements the curves of your back and hips for firmer support where you need it most.”) Once I wrangled some sheets on the mattress (is there anyone who doesn’t hate making their bed?!), I fell asleep easily.
Exactly what I looked like testing the Casper Wave, without the nice apartment.