Nectar vs Casper - Our Mattress Comparison
- Best for side sleepers
- Classic memory foam feel
- Balanced feel
- Great motion isolation
If you’ve been looking for quality mattresses online, you probably came across the debate of Casper vs Nectar at some point. We’re going to be comparing and contrasting these two mattresses today, trying to figure out the pros and cons of each, as well as the similarities and differences in terms of construction, firmness, and a variety of other factors. We’ll also try to find out which type of sleeper should get one over the other.
Starting with the similarities, both of the mattresses have about the same thickness; they are both all-foam mattresses with a similar base layer. They both contain memory foam, and in our opinion, the firmness is about the same.
The key differences are reflected in a couple of factors. First of all, there’s the price. Depending on the discounts of the day, the Nectar is going to run you about $250 to $300 cheaper for a queen size. There are also some differences in terms of materials and construction that we’re going to cover in more detail below.
In addition to this comparison, we recommend reading our review of each brand:
Mattress Construction Comparison
When it comes to the construction of the Nectar, things are kept pretty simple. We’re not going to tell you that this is a revolutionary bed, or the most unique mattress ever, because the fact of the matter is that it is an affordable memory foam mattress.
The Nectar sports an inch of memory foam quilted into the cover, underneath which we have some gel memory foam, followed by a transition layer of responsive recovery foam and a base layer of high-density polyfoam. That makes for a total of four inches of memory foam, which means you’re going to have a distinct memory foam feel.
This construction is nothing to write home about because it’s all about value-for-money. It’s going to have that slow-reacting, sinking-in sensation, sometimes referred to as ‘quicksand feel’ that memory foam is known for. If this is what you’re looking for, there’s no reason to look elsewhere.
In the Casper, we have a soft latex-like layer, which is pretty bouncy on top. Underneath that, there’s some memory foam, then a transition layer, and a base layer on the bottom. The thing about the Casper is that it has a zoned transition layer. What that means is it is going to be a little bit firmer in the middle of the mattress, giving you more support underneath your hips when you’re one your back and stomach. It also means it is going to be softer underneath your shoulders when you sleep on your side.
In a nutshell, that means it feels a little bit softer when you’re on your side and a bit firmer when you’re on your back and stomach, which is a perfect balance for most people. That’s why we feel that Casper is a good fit for all sleeping positions and works well for combo sleepers.
Mattress Firmness Comparison
As far as firmness is concerned, both of these mattresses in the middle of the scale. There are some slight differences there; for instance, on the Nectar, you feel some initial firmness before the memory foam starts to do its thing, at which point it becomes softer, but still doesn’t get quite as soft as the Casper.
So, if you are looking for a bed that’s slightly firmer than medium, but not quite medium-firm, and you sleep mostly on your back or your stomach, Nectar probably wins over Casper, because we consider Casper to be a genuinely neutral mattress.
We think you’ll be able to get by with all sleeping positions on both beds, but if you’re looking for a mattress that’s a bit firmer, go for the Nectar. Also, keep in mind that the firmness of a memory foam bed depends a bit on the temperature of the room. If it’s warmer in your room, the bed is going to feel softer and vice versa.
We talked about how the Nectar has that initial feeling of firmness before the foam kicks in, and the Casper is different in the sense that you feel that medium firmness from the beginning. You could even use this mattress to judge all other beds in terms of firmness. It sits directly in the middle of the scale, meaning it’s suitable for all positions. It’s probably a little better than the Nectar for strict side sleepers because it’s a little softer.
All that being said, if you’re looking for a reason to go for the more expensive Casper over the Nectar, it’s probably the feel of the bed. The Casper feels like a big slab of softer foam. This is going to make most people agree that it is super-comfortable, with an accommodating soft-foam feel. Also, if you pay a bit extra, you can add coils to the bed, which is going to improve bounciness.
It’s challenging to differentiate between nectar mattress vs casper in terms of sleep experience overall. There are some factors that we will get into in more detail below, but it’s fair to say that your mileage may vary depending on your personal preferences.
We can’t say that one mattress offers a better sleeping experience than the other, because we find that there’s a lot of subjectivity involved in that decision. Hopefully, by focusing on some of the factors below, we’ll be able to help you decide which bed is best for you.
Motion Transfer and Edge Support
If you sleep with a partner, there are a couple of things you’re going to care about very much when looking at a mattress. Those things are motion transfer and edge support.
Motion transfer refers to those situations when your partner’s moving on the other side of the bed. Whether or not a bed has good motion transfer depends on how isolated those movements are, and whether they get transferred to the other side of the bed, potentially waking you up.
Edge support refers to your ability to sit at the edge of the bed or sleep close to it without feeling like your going to fall off. We’d say Nectar has the advantage when it comes to motion transfer due to its top memory foam layer, which does a great job isolating motion. In terms of edge support, neither of these mattresses does a brilliant job, but we’d say that Casper is slightly better.
Thanks to the top two layers of the Nectar having a heat-absorbing function, it does quite well in terms of cooling. It would be fair to say that it does better than most mattresses made of memory foam, at least. The Tencel cover is capable of providing some ventilation, and there are air channels in the base that allow your body heat to escape. Since the intermediate and base layers are a bit stiffer as well, you’re not going to be as cradled in this mattress as you would be in some other foam beds out there. This means that you will be feeling less trapped in the bed, and air will flow more freely around your body while sleeping.
All that being said, the Casper manages to do slightly better than the Nectar in this category, which is quite astonishing. This is because the Casper has an upper layer made of open-cell foam, which turns out to be more effective at dissipating heat than all the features from the Nectar combined.
Sinkage and Bounce
The medium to medium-firm feel of both of these mattresses comes as a combination of the high-density polyurethane, which gives you a stiffer and quicker reaction, as well as the plushness and contouring of the memory foam. The result is an even balance between support and pressure relief in both of these beds, so you’ll neither be sinking in too deep nor feeling like you’re lying on the floor.
Thanks to Nectar’s Adaptive Hi-Core transition layer, it is a little more supportive and firmer than most other products in this category. This means it can reduce some of the sinking feel we’ve come to expect from foam beds. However, thanks to Casper’s open-celled structure, it is again able to show a more responsive nature, so the Nectar still comes out as a more viscoelastic bed when comparing the two.
Off-gassing and Smell
Just like with any bed-in-a-box mattress, you can expect some smell and off-gassing from both of these products. After your delivery guy brings either of these mattresses to your doorstep, all you have to do is rip open the packaging and let them sit on the frame for some time.
During that time, the beds will emit a somewhat chemical odor, which is perfectly safe for most people to breathe in, but we’d still recommend keeping the room ventilated and spending some time elsewhere until the bed is entirely ready to go. The mattresses will ‘inflate themselves’ for about a day or two, with the Casper going through the process a bit quicker because it has less memory foam.
There are a few benefits to having a more responsive bed. A mattress with high responsiveness usually offers better edge support as well as more firmness and bounce. The edge support is generally considered an absolute benefit, while the bounciness and stiffness both depend on your preferences. While this is the case with most beds, there are some exceptions, where less responsive beds offer excellent edge support or tend to be a bit softer.
Neither of these beds is particularly bouncy and responsive, but they are not entirely devoid of this attribute either. The Casper is a bit softer overall but does have relatively stable edges and a decent degree of bounce. While the Nectar is firmer on the whole, it has a more viscoelastic feel, with less bounciness. It still has good edge support compared to other foam beds however.
Mattress Shipping and Trial Period
Both of these companies ship their mattresses for free to all 50 US states. However, it should be noted that Nectar will add a freight charge to your order if you’re ordering from Alaska or Hawaii, while Casper ships for free to those two states as well. The free delivery option brings the mattress to your doorstep in a conveniently shaped box, and you’ll have to take it from there. It’s pretty easy to set up, but be aware that it’s a two-person job. If you pay a little extra, however, both companies offer to set the mattress up for you, as well as have your old one taken away and disposed of.
When it comes to the warranty and returns, there are some substantial differences. Casper’s trial period is 100 nights, and they offer a ten-year warranty, which is somewhat of a standard in the industry. The Nectar, on the other hand, offers a 365-night trial – the best in the business, as well as a lifetime warranty.
When you’re trying to decide between Nectar vs Casper, we think what it comes down to, and what you should take most seriously is what type of feel you want. The Casper is going to provide a bit more bounce with that polyfoam on the top, while with the Nectar’s memory foam as the top layer, you’re going to have less bounce, but more pressure relief.
If you’re somebody that has trouble getting in and out of bed, to begin with, the Casper might be a better option for you, and if you’re somebody that’s seeking better pressure relief for your joints, you might want to go with the Nectar. With that said, they are both high-quality mattresses and it does come down to your preference in terms of feel.