Mattresses themselves may not be sexy, but they are oh-so-important. And the founders of Casper, a Manhattan-based mattress start-up, want to make it easy for New Yorkers to get a high-end product at a competitive price, whether they live in an elevator building or a fifth-floor walk-up. We tried it out, and here's what we found:
- What’s the mattress like? The company only makes one model: a mix of memory foam and synthetic latex, which can contour to your body while still circulating air and staying bouncy. It’s available in six sizes—twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king—with prices ranging from $500 to $950.
- How they deliver: Like other foam mattresses, the Casper is compressed. But whether you order a king or a twin, the box will fit in the trunk of a taxicab or the backseat of a car. Depending on where you live, the company will get the box to you via either Uber or bike messengers, and can have it delivered to you within 90 minutes of ordering.
- So how was it? "The first thing to keep in mind is that, even though the company claims the box is the size of a golf bag, the queen-sized version I got weighed 60 pounds, and it was difficult to move solo. Second, once you get the mattress out, it won’t go back in, so if you move, your Casper will be just like any other mattress," our reviewer said. "Most importantly, sleeping on the bed was lovely. The mattress had a spring to it but also felt dense enough to be supportive. I also noticed—and perhaps this was the power of Casper’s marketing materials—that the surface was cooler than my regular spring mattress. It didn’t feel like I had extra body heat trapped between the sheets and me. I slept soundly, woke up refreshed, and didn’t feel any soreness or stiffness—which is even better considering that it usually takes 14 days to acclimate to a new bed."
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