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Our Casper vs. Nectar comparison takes a look at two all-foam bed-in-a-box brands; one with a brand new support system with zoned firmness for added versatility and another built to provide exceptional pressure relief and a Forever warranty.
Quick Comparison: Nectar vs. Casper
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- Relieves side sleepers’ pressure points
- Traditional memory foam feel
- 365-night trial period
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- For every sleeping position and weight class
- More bounce for a foam bed
- Top poly layer for quick responsiveness
Casper got its start in 2014, one of the first in the online mattress business, and has been continually working to keep their design fresh and current. Nectar’s start is a bit more recent, but they are quickly gaining ground by offering a top-notch value.
But which brand will win a place in your home? If you’d like a little more information about each before diving into this comparison, go ahead and check out our in-depth reviews here:
Comparing Construction (Materials & Quality)
Casper’s all-foam brand comes to your house ready to be unrolled from its box, or for a small upcharge, you can select White Glove Delivery in some areas and have professionals put it in place for you.
The polyester cover zips off if you want to spot clean it, and it fits neatly over the 10-inch construction that contains four foam layers.
- The top layer’s bounce and responsiveness come from the company’s 1.5-inch proprietary formulation that works to help keep the bed easy to navigate during the night while still gently cradling your body in soft, breathable foam that shouldn’t overheat.
- Its second layer contains a slightly firmer 1.5-inch memory material that should provide contouring. To help keep the surface cool, it is placed deeper because of its tendency to trap heat.
- The third layer’s Zoned Support™ delivers extra firmness under the hips and softer materials under the shoulders and legs for a more tailored 1.5-inch support experience that helps keep your body level.
- Its fourth layer stands 6 inches high and is made from dense poly foam that completes the bed’s support system and gives it a firmer foundation.
All-foam Nectar is also rolled and packed into a box for easy delivery, but professional delivery is available in some areas with this brand as well for an additional fee.
This 11-inch construction is wrapped in a cover that is made plush with quilted-in 1-inch memory materials. The fabric blends Tencel fibers with long-staple cotton, a mix that is both durable and breathable.
- The first of the three layers is made from the company’s proprietary LushFoam™, 3-inch memory materials that are prepared with gel to wick away heat while conforming to your shape.
- Its second layer has slightly more firm and is a quicker-responding material. This 1.5-inch layer of Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam helps to transition from comfort to support.
- Its base layer, the High Vegetable Base Super Core, is a 5.5-inch foam that helps keep your body aligned and level.
Comparing Firmness (Support & Feel)
Both mattresses score within a very similar firmness range on our scale that measures from soft to firm from 1 to 10. Casper comes in at a 6, and Nectar is between a 6 and a 6.5. These are versatile Medium-Firm scores that usually indicate mattress designs that can accommodate a range of different preferences and needs.
The responsive top of Casper should react quickly to pressure and spring back into place when you roll over or get out of bed. The third layer’s Zoned Support™ offers enhanced spinal alignment with firmness tailored to different parts of your body. Stomach sleepers, who sleep most comfortably when their hips are level with the rest of their body, should enjoy this recent upgrade from Casper.
Exclusive side sleepers, especially those in the market for extra pressure relief, may feel drawn to Nectar, whose slower-responding memory materials gently melt pressure away from curvier shoulders and hips that develop the most pressure when you rest on your side.
Despite their more specific and enhanced features, both beds are built to suit a variety of individual sleepers in all three positions and should both work extremely well for combination sleepers, as well.
Comparing Sinkage and Bounce
Casper’s sinkage is characterized as a gentle cradle, which will leave you softly ensconced closer to the surface of the mattress. In this position, the body should remain slightly cooler because more air can circulate. The shallower cradle paired with a small bit of bounce close to the surface makes this bed easy to move around in, a feature that appeals to combination sleepers who want to rotate their position.
Nectar, by comparison, should hold your body in a deeper hug that contours to your curves that are held more inside the mattress than on top of it. Cooling features, such as gel and a breathable cover should keep you from overheating, and the responsiveness in the second layer should help you reposition despite the bed’s minimal level of bounce.
Comparing Motion Transfer
Despite a difference in responsiveness and bounce, there is no significant difference between these two all-foam constructions in this category. Foam works exceptionally well isolating movement, so light sleeping partners shouldn’t be jostled awake by more active partners.
Comparing Edge Support
Beds in boxes made from foam do not typically shine in this category because the bed’s materials must be able to be rolled into their boxes for delivery. That said, Casper should have a surprisingly consistent edge-to-edge support that doesn’t make you feel like you’re going to roll out when sleeping close to the bed’s edge, though there is a slight amount of compression when you’re sitting.
Nectar’s performance in this category is closer to the industry standards for an all-foam bed. You can sleep securely on the mattress’ side, but you may notice compression when more weight is placed on top of the edge due to its significant amounts of comfort materials.
Casper vs. Nectar Compared Side-by-Side
|Cover||Polyester||Memory foam quilted to long-staple cotton and Tencel|
|Materials||Breathable comfort foam with dense memory and poly foams||High Vegetable Base Super Core, LushFoam™, Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam|
|Cooling||Open cell structure in surface and memory foam is deeper in bed||Gel-infused memory materials, airflow through the cover|
|Sinkage||Gentle cradling||Deep Hug|
|Trial Period||100 nights||365 nights|
|Adjustable Base Compatible||Yes||Yes|
|Shipping||White Glove Delivery in certain locations, shipping to USA, UK, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, and Germany||White Glove Delivery can be selected; ships to US and US Territories|
|Made in the USA||Designed and Assembled in USA||No|
|Size||Casper Price (w/o discount)||Nectar Price (w/o discount)|
Should I Buy Casper or Nectar?
Both mattresses have a lot to offer in different areas, and which one you choose will probably have a lot to do with your personal preferences and what features you tend to prioritize when looking at mattresses.
We Would Recommend Buying Casper if You are Looking for:
- Advanced Spine Support. Casper’s recently upgraded Zoned Support™ should provide great spine alignment, especially those who carry extra weight around their middles and need an extra boost of firmness around the bed’s center.
- A gentler cradle. If you prefer sleeping more on top of the bed than in it, Casper’s going to provide a gentler cradle that helps to keep you cool with circulating air and reposition easily with quick-responding layers.
- Exceptional Versatility. The supportive features paired with the responsive comfort materials and Medium-Firm feel make it extremely versatile across a wide population of sleepers and their specific needs. Couples who need to find a bed to suit both partners are often shopping for this kind of feel that strives to be more universal.
We Would Recommend Buying Nectar if You are Looking for:
- Extra pressure relief. Those in the market for pressure relief should love the slower-responding memory feel of Nectar that should accommodate the curve of your shoulders and hips. Side sleepers, in particular, often need additional pressure relief.
- A deeper hug that doesn’t make you feel trapped. If you favor a feel that holds you deeper inside the bed for a cozy, nestled sleep experience, Nectar’s deeper hug should fit the bill. Modernized features such as cooling technology and responsive layers should keep you from feeling stuck or overheated.
- Exceptional Value. The quality of the foams and certifications may suggest a higher price point, but Nectar is able to keep their price lower, in part, because of their online sales model. You’re getting a lot of quality for your dollar with this brand.
So what’s it to be? Are you going for the fantastically versatile Casper with the brand new spine support system? Or are you drawn to the exceptional value in Nectar’s deeper hug and extra pressure relief?
Still can’t decide? Hop over to our written reviews for some more details to help you make up your mind.
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