It wasn’t until around four years ago that I finally traded in my beloved childhood bed for an upgraded version: a spacious and adult-friendly queen-sized bed. I didn’t know exactly what to look for in a new mattress, but I was convinced that the soft, sinking kind didn’t provide me with nearly enough support.
The mattress I landed on suited me well enough: It had a firm, pillow top covering with a bevy of internal box springs, but not much else. I wasn’t exactly unhappy with my purchase, but I definitely wasn’t thrilled about it, either. And since I’ve now been sleeping on it for over four years, it’s definitely reached its mid-life, according to the National Sleep Foundation (who recommends replacing your mattress every eight years).
Aside from the mattress itself, I happen to be a chronically hot sleeper, to the point where I frequently kick the covers off in the night, and wake up in a small pool of sweat. Even with a fan in my bedroom, I typically stir and readjust a few times each night, which always leaves me feeling extra groggy in the morning. But perhaps the worst aspect of this mattress? My bed often leaves my fiancé and I with stiff muscles and uncomfortable cricks in our necks and shoulders.
I knew there had to be something better available. So when Casper offered to let me test their Nova Hybrid Snow Mattress—a new and improved take on their original hybrid that’s been temperature tested by the company more than 150 times—I determined it was time to take my sleeping experience to the next level (again).
How I Tested
My fiancé and I have slept on the Nova Hybrid Snow for over two months since it was delivered to our doorstep in Casper’s classic blue and white striped box. Pro tip: If you decide to try this mattress yourself, don’t underestimate how heavy it is. I highly recommend having at least two people around to lug it into your home, and ultimately drag it into your bedroom. Once we slipped the mattress out of its box, unfurled it from its accompanying plastic, and hurled it onto our bed frame, we dressed the mattress up in Casper’s Breathable Mattress Protector and Hyperlite Sheets to get the full, summer-ready feeling.
Besides sleeping, we’ve also done a bunch of other stuff over the last several weeks—jumping, sitting, lounging, reading, plus some hanky panky—to test out its effectiveness.
While testing, I used criteria sourced from sleep experts and considered factors like support, comfort, temperature, motion transfer, materials, and the type of trial period offered by the mattress company—among other factors. Ultimately, selecting a mattress is highly subjective—what’s firm and supportive to me might be annoyingly rock hard for another person—but I found this mattress ticked off plenty of the boxes of what I was looking for. Here’s how this Casper mattress really stands out.
A Risk-Free Trial Period
When purchasing a new bed, our experts suggest sourcing your mattress from companies that offer risk-free trial periods, plus free deliveries and refunds. In addition to getting 100 risk-free nights to test out this Casper mattress (and a 30-night free trial on all their other products, like the linens and mattress protector the company provided), customers also receive a 10-year warranty on their mattress for added protection.