There we were, laying awake in bed at 1 a.m. just a couple of weeks ago. It was about the third night in a row that we just could not get to sleep at a decent hour. Now, we do live in Texas and it takes hours after the sun goes down to get our house down to a fair temperature. But these sleep problems were related to being uncomfortable as well as hot & stuffy.
This same day - either earlier in the day, or while my iPhone was entertaining my sleepless hours - I saw this article on Techcrunch which mentioned a new mattress company that received new funding. It sounded cool. But it didn't hit me until Mrs and I were laying there and she again mentioned that we should buy a new mattress. (Not to mention, our old mattress was passed on from family and about 15 years old. Yikes!!)
I nervously mentioned that "I read this article about a new company that manufactures and sells mattresses online." (You have to admit, that buying a mattress online which gets delivered in a box is kind of abnormal.) She immediately perked up and I pulled up the Casper website on my iPad. She was immediately sold. The thought of buying a new King mattress (at no risk) was a dream to her. I was not crazy about spending well over $1,000 for a new mattress, but this one I could get on board with, because it cost less than $1,000. Also, I get excited about 'disruptors' that are innovative and shaking things up in their respective industries.
We were this close to buying it at 1 a.m. from the comfort of the iPad, but we decided to wait until the morning to fully check this thing out. The next day, Mrs also came across Tuft & Needle which is a similar company that is also disrupting the mattress market. They sell online and also provide a hassle-free return policy. They were also very tempting, because their mattress was around $300 less, and there were some coupon codes floating around the web.
But then, I came across this post on Reddit and it sold me on Casper. You can read the thread, but basically it has a conversation with a rep from Casper who explains the differences between Casper and T&N.
The major points are:
* Casper uses memory foam and latex
* Casper's top layer is latex, which provides for more breathability
* Casper uses more dense foam
The breathability factor is what I kept coming back to. It's so easy to get hot at night and the thought of having a mattress that might provide even a bit of breathability was a big draw for us.
I ordered the mattress and it came about a week later. Naturally, they had an influx in orders so it took a couple of extra days to ship out. It arrived as expected in a box on our door step and we immediately unpacked it.
The whole unpacking was a breeze. They included a special cutter to cut away the tarp wrapping and then you pull rip another layer of plastic with your hands, as it gives out a nice "woooosh" sound and comes to life.
The mattress is firm, but not too firm. We can both move around on the bed and not disrupt the other. The morning after our first night on it, I had to drag myself out of bed because I was so comfortable. I had not felt like that in a long time!
When you need a new mattress, buy a Casper and you will sleep better - physically and financially. And when you are ready to buy, you can use this link to get $50 off!