Eight Sleep Pod Pro vs Casper Wave

Sleeping too hot during the night can have serious impacts on your sleep quality and how you feel in the morning and throughout the day. People who tend to suffer from overheating during the night know how hard it is to find a solution that is long term and effective. A cooling mattress is the perfect solution to curb your night sweats and sleep restfully.

The Pod Pro and Casper Wave both claim to be high quality cooling mattresses, but have key differences in terms of cooling capabilities and smart technology.

Key Similarities:

  • Both beds claim to be cooler than a traditional mattress.

  • Both have pressure relieving materials.

  • Both have a 100 night trial.

Key Differences:

  • The Pod Pro uses Active Grid™ cooling technology. Temperature can be controlled within the app and is optimized throughout the night, and even responds to your biofeedback. The Casper Wave has no active cooling technology.

  • The Pod Pro is able to track health metrics and trends, such as respiratory rate, resting heart rate, and HRV, while the Wave has no tracking technology or companion app.

  • The Pod Pro has Gentle Rise Wake Up Technology that uses a gentle vibration at chest level to wake up each individual without any sound alarms. The Pod Pro also cools or warms the bed minutes before your set wake-up time to ease you into lighter sleep so you can start the day feeling refreshed. The Wave has no Gentle Rise Wake Up Technology.

  Eight Sleep Pod Pro Casper Wave
Price (Queen) $3,095 $3,395
Active Cooling + Heating
Room and Climate Response
Mattress Layers 5 layers 3 layers
Sleep Tracking
HRV Tracking
Smart Alarm
Smart Home Integration

Cooling Technology

Both the Pod Pro and Wave claim to be cooler than a traditional mattress, which is a positive for any hot sleeper. However, their cooling technology is drastically different.

The Casper Wave has 3 layers of perforated breathable foam  to keep you cool throughout the night. The topmost layer, the AirScape™,  is comprised of a cooling gel that draws heat away to keep the overall temperature of the mattress cool throughout the night. The second layer has tiny holes to let hot air escape. The third layer helps prevent overheating, as well, with more breathable holes that allow for heat to escape to prevent your body from overheating as you sleep.

On the other hand, with the Pod Pro, the Active Grid™ technology cools each side of the bed down to as low as 55°F and is also able to heat the bed to as high as 110°F, all controlled through the Eight Sleep app. Plus, each side of the bed can be set to different temperatures. This is a huge advantage if you’re sleeping with your partner who prefers to sleep a little bit cooler or warmer than you; there’s no need to adjust the AC or fight over the covers. In addition, the Pod Pro is able to automatically adjust temperature throughout the night to ensure you stay in a deep sleep. The Pod Pro’s 5 layers are also designed to dissipate heat away from the body, but what takes its cooling ability to the next level is the active hydro-powered cooling and heating technology.

In sum, if you’re a hot sleeper, the Pod Pro can be actively cooled down to a much lower temperature as compared to the Wave.

Smart Technology

A great advantage to the Pod Pro is that you get more optimal cooling along with insightful health analytics. The Pod Pro is able to track health metrics and trends, such as respiratory rate, sleep stages, sleep time, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability (HRV), while the Wave has no tracking technology or companion app. 

Using multiple sensors like piezo films, ballistrocardiographs, and temperature sensors, the Pod Pro is able to give you powerful insights into your health, all while you sleep. It is able to track the quality of your sleep and how long you were in each of the four sleep stages to give you an overall “Sleep Fitness Score” everyday. These scores help you understand what might be affecting your sleep so that you can adjust your sleep habits accordingly. 

When comparing the Pod Pro and Wave, the Wave does not offer any technology, so it’s truly a standard mattress and cannot be seen as a full health monitoring solution like the Pod Pro. If you are looking to track key health statistics and trends, you would have to use wearables during the night to track your sleep with Wave (and don’t forget to charge them!).


Both the Pod Pro and the Wave offer supportive materials in order to maximize comfort while you sleep.

The Wave has supportive gel pods inside of the mattress that are able to support the curves of your body better than a traditional all foam mattress. The combination of foam and gel pods give full-body relief and support for spinal alignment. This mattress offers medium firmness so is ideal for someone who does not like their mattress to be too firm or too soft.

The Pod Pro not only has medium firmness that provides the perfect spinal support, but it’s cooling technology aids in your comfort while you sleep so you do not wake up from overheating. The Pod Pro also has 5 layers that include contouring and pressure relieving materials that adjust to your body’s position while you sleep. The cool and breathable cover is designed for minimal temperature interference and maximum durability. Underneath the cover, the Active Grid with Comfort Blend™ includes an extra layer of foam for enhanced comfort. Water flows through imperceptible channels to cool and heat while embedded sensors track your sleep. Under that, there is 1″ Max Chill™ Layer of infused foam that improves heat dissipation and adds antimicrobial properties to your mattress with also a 1″ Tranquility Transition Foam layer of strong and durable foam that adds a touch of bounce to your mattress. Finally, the 4″ FlexSpring technology core has an advanced foam construction that provides a spring-like bounce while maintaining firmness and spinal support. All of the 5 layers ensure you have the most comfortable sleeping experience.

Both the Pod Pro and Wave provide a medium firmness, however, the Pod Pro also provides the ability to cool down at a much lower temperature than the Wave, adding to your comfort as you sleep. The high-quality materials of the Pod Pro combined with active cooling technology guarantee the most comfort as you sleep.


After reviewing the benefits of the Eight Sleep Pod Pro versus the Casper Wave, it is clear that the Pod Pro provides superior cooling performance and also insightful health monitoring to improve your sleep and overall wellness. Plus, it’s an extremely comfortable mattress. The Wave claims to be a cooling mattress, however,  it falls short of being able to cool as low as the Pod Pro, and it’s also more expensive than other Casper mattresses. In every category, the Pod Pro comes out to be the clear winner.

Disclaimer: This is based off of information found on casper.com and eightsleep.com as of March 2022.

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