Thanks to its firmess level and light weight, the Element is the easiest to move around and set up. The Nova Hybrid and Wave Hybrid are the heaviest and come with handles to help make moving easier.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of set-up, it’s worth pointing out that during normal times, Casper offers in-home set-up. This service usually costs about $149 and the delivery team will unbox your mattress wherever you want, take the old packaging with them, and remove your old bed too. Unfortunately, this service has been suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.
I unboxed all of the mattresses by myself, but I’m an old pro. I recommend having a partner or friend help you since there’s heavy lifting involved. Each bed came with instructions and took about five minutes to completely unpackage and place on my test bed frame, the Zinus Callie, though you can use the Casper mattresses on any strong and level foundation.
The set up was simple. I emptied the mattress out of the box onto my bed frame, unwrapped the outer layer of plastic, unfolded the mattress so it was flat on the frame, and then removed the inner layer of plastic.
Each mattress gave off a “new bed smell” once released from the vacuum seal. This is why I always unbox mattresses in the morning — it gives them time to air out before I put sheets on them at bedtime. A full day of airing out is needed to be odor-free.
Though there weren’t any major differences in the set-up processes, there were a few minor variations with each mattress. The weight of a mattress is a big determinant in how easy it is to set-up and how difficult it will be to move and rotate down the road.
The Element is the lightest at 68 pounds for a Queen, the Original is 79, the Original Hybrid is 91, the Nova Hybrid is 89, and the Wave Hybrid is a back-breaking 111 pounds.
However, weight isn’t the only factor in the set-up process. The Nova Hybrid and Wave Hybrid have two handles sewn onto the left and right sides of the bed, which made them easier to move and position. But the handles weren’t enough to make up for the heft and floppiness of the Wave Hybrid.
The Nova Hybrid unfolded upside down after you remove the outer layer of plastic so you have to flip it. This was not an issue with the other mattresses, so hopefully it was a fluke, but something to note in case you experience a similar issue.