The Nectar and Casper mattresses are two of the most popular bed-in-a-box options on the market today. And while they’re both considered to be high-quality products built with serious Zzz’s in mind, they’re actually pretty dissimilar. So, which one is right for you? Well, I’m so glad you asked!
In this comparison, I’m going to analyze all the major similarities and differences between the original Nectar and Casper mattresses. From their unique builds to their distinct feels, we’re going to cover every last thing so you can figure out which of these beds was tailor-made for you.
For my full Nectar vs. Casper comparison, keep on reading below! Short on time? Then you can hop to my summary at the end of this page.
Before we get into the things that set these beds apart, let’s first discuss some of their similarities. Below, I’m going to briefly describe a few of the most important attributes these beauties share.
All-Foam – Both the Nectar and Casper are bed-in-a-box mattresses built entirely out of foam. While they use foam in different ways, their feels are going to be much gentler than a hybrid or innerspring model would be.
Pressure Relief – I’d also say that both the Nectar and Casper mattresses do an excellent job of relieving pressure at sensitive spots like the shoulders, hips, and lower back. So, if you’re someone who is looking for a mattress for shoulder pain, I’d recommend paying close attention to this comparison.
What Are These Mattresses Made Of?
Now that we’ve got the similarities out of the way, let’s take a peek under the covers to see what these mattresses are made of. I’ll be giving a brief rundown of each bed’s construction below, but would also encourage you to check out my full reviews of the Nectar and Casper mattresses.
Cover – Quilted with a bit of memory foam, the Necar cover has a plush feel intended to provide immediate comfort to the sleeper.
Comfort – Beneath the quilted cover, you’ll land on a layer of gel-infused memory foam. This material has a slow response to pressure, so you’re likely to sink into it for deep pressure relief at the shoulders, hips, and lower back. And though memory foam has a slight reputation for overheating at night, the cooling gel infusion helps to mitigate that issue.
Transition – Below the first layer of memory foam lies yet another layer of memory foam. This section has a slightly quicker response to pressure than the one above it, though mostly functions to extend the body-contouring of the first layer even deeper into the mattress. This sinky vibe could work especially well for side sleepers or those who suffer from back pain!
Base – And finally, we land on a layer of high-density poly foam. This dense material provides the bed with its stability and shape.
Cover – The Casper cover is made from a knit polyester blend, so has a soft and cozy handfeel.
Comfort – Beneath the cover, you’ll find a layer of open-cell foam, which has a pretty similar feel to latex foam in that it’s bouncy, responsive, and naturally cooling. The Casper comfort layer, then, is quite different from the one we saw in the Nectar mattress, as it works to position the sleeper more “on top” of the bed than “in” it.
Contour – As in the Nectar mattress, the second layer of the Casper is made up of memory foam. With its slow response to pressure and body-contouring effect, this material makes space for sleepers to sink in for extra relief at the shoulders and hips. However, its placement beneath the latex-like comfort layer ensures that this sinkage won’t overwhelm the sleeper.
Transition – Next up, you’ll spot a transitional layer of zoned poly foam. When we say a piece of foam has been “zoned,” we basically just mean that it’s made up of two different types of foam; in this case, there’s softer foam at the shoulders for a little give and firmer foam at the hips for a little lift. This establishes a balanced feel wherein different parts of the body are supported in exactly the ways they need to be.
Base – And finally the base, which is composed of the same high-density poly foam we saw in the Nectar.
Nectar vs. Casper
After dissecting these beds layer by layer, I think it might be useful to discuss some of the most important design differences between them.
First and foremost, the thick layers of memory foam in the Nectar mattress make it a much softer and more pressure-relieving structure than the Casper. Though both beds employ the material, the Nectar uses much more, resulting in a feel that’s plush and deeply contouring. Therefore, I think the Nectar would probably be a better mattress for side sleepers than the Casper. Additionally, folks who really want to sink into their bed could find a lot to love in the Nectar’s memory foam-centric build.
On the other hand, sleepers who like to feel more “on top” of their bed should definitely stick with the Casper mattress. The use of both latex foam and memory foam — as well as zoned poly foam — establishes a balanced feel intended to lift the sleeper up and out of the structure. This vibe could work well for combo sleepers or those who need a little more support at the hips and lower back. It also makes for a bouncier mattress with better mobility than you’ll see on the Nectar.
To expand this conversation, let’s take a closer look at some of the major feel factors to consider when deciding between these two beds!
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
In this section, I’m going to do my best to give you a sense of how these beds feel. To do this, I’m going to focus on factors like firmness, pressure relief, bounce, and sinkage.
But before we get into that, a small note to say that all of these feel factors are inherently subjective and could change depending on one’s body size, shape, and weight. Therefore, my read of these beds could very well differ from your own! For reference, I’m 5’10”, weight around 190 lbs., and prefer to sleep on my stomach.
When considering how firm the Nectar mattress is, I tend to think it’s about a 6/10 on the firmness scale (where 1 is super soft and 10 is ultra-firm). This marks it as just below the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness.
As we discussed above, the Nectar is certainly a soft bed, thanks to the thick top layers of memory foam. Sleepers are likely to slowly sink into the structure as the material contours to the unique curves of their body, resulting in a plush vibe full of deep pressure relief. While this could be great for side or back sleepers who struggle with joint pain, it’s not likely to work for strict stomach sleepers. These folks typically prefer a firmer structure that lifts the hips in alignment with the shoulders. Combo sleepers, too, may find it difficult to move around and change positions on the Nectar.
In comparison to the Nectar mattress, the Casper gets a 7/10 on the firmness scale. Again, when compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, this marks it as quite firm.
As we discussed in the construction section, the Casper has more of a “balanced” feel than the Nectar. And this makes sense — where the Nectar is dominated by a singular material (memory foam), the Casper employs a bevy of different foams to strike a balance between pressure relief and support. This is what lands the bed on the firmer side of things, which could be a great sign for both back and stomach sleepers. Strict side sleepers, however, may find that the bed doesn’t provide the deep pressure relief they need at the shoulders and hips. See my other picks for the best mattresses for stomach sleepers.
Though we’ve been focusing exclusively on the original Nectar and Casper mattresses, they aren’t the only beds these brands sell. So, to contextualize our comparison a little bit more, let’s take a peek at some of Nectar and Casper’s other models.
- Believe it or not, the Nectar Lush is actually a softer bed than the original Nectar. Featuring five layers instead of three, this bed is built with deep, luxurious pressure relief in mind.
- For that reason, I would recommend the Lush for strict side sleepers looking for a supremely plush feel. There’s also some interesting cooling properties at play here, which could mark the bed as a solid option for hot sleepers.
- One small thing to note is that the Lush is significantly more expensive than the Nectar, so it may not be the best fit for those on a budget.
- For more on this bed, check out my full Nectar Lush mattress review.
In addition to the original all-foam Casper, the brand also sells three hybrid models: the Casper Hybrid, the Casper Nova Hybrid, and the Casper Wave Hybrid. Being hybrids, they’re all built with foams and pocketed coils, though their designs do differ slightly.
- Casper Hybrid: The Casper Hybrid is exactly like the original Casper, except it swaps out the base of high-density poly foam for one of pocketed coils. This establishes an even bouncier feel that could be well-suited to combo and back sleepers.
- Casper Nova Hybrid: The Casper Nova Hybrid is the softest bed in the Casper line and also sleeps a bit cooler than the brand’s other beds. But like the Casper and Casper Hybrid, it features a layer of zoned foam for optimized pressure relief and support.
- Casper Wave Hybrid: Billed as the brand’s luxury bed, the Casper Wave Hybrid features multiple layers of zoned support as well as plush foams for deep pressure relief. I especially like the Wave Hybrid for heavier folks and those who struggle with joint pain.
For more on how all these Casper beds compare to one another, check out my full Casper mattress comparison!
Nectar vs. Casper
Well folks, we’re almost done! After going over these beds’ unique constructions and feels, it’s time to make the final comparisons and figure out which one is right for you.
In my opinion, the Nectar mattress is going to work best for those in need of deep pressure relief, say strict side sleepers or joint pain sufferers. Why? Well, the thick top layers of memory foam produce a ton of sinkage and body-contouring, so work to actively cushion sensitive spots as you press into the structure overnight. For that reason, you’re likely to feel more “in” this bed than “on top” of it, which could be a dealbreaker for those in need of more mobility.
Speaking of which, the Casper is the better fit for combo sleepers or anyone else who needs to move around and change positions while they snooze. The top layer of latex-like foam, coupled with the internal section of zoned support, brings a lot of lift to the structure, working to position the sleeper squarely on top of the bed. I’ve mentioned this throughout the comparison, but it’s worth repeating here: The Casper has more of a balanced feel than the Nectar, so could be great for those in search of both pressure relief and support.
Of course, your decision might also come down to the price difference between these two beds. For a full price comparison, check out the table below:
To get even more specific about my recommendations, I’m going to wrap things up with some of my favorite aspects of each mattress.
- If you’re a fan of memory foam, you’re bound to love the Nectar mattress as it’s built almost exclusively with the plush material.
- I’d also say that strict side sleepers could find a lot to love in the Nectar mattress. As they press into the structure, they’re likely to experience plenty of deep pressure relief at the shoulders, hips, and lower back.
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- My personal favorite feature of the Capser mattress is its internal layer of zoned support, which helps to set the spine in a neutral line all the way from the shoulders to the hips. For this reason, I think the Casper could be a great fit for those who struggle with back pain.
- Combo sleepers may also enjoy the Capser mattress, as its bounciness makes it easy to move around and change positions.
The memory foam, latex, and heavy-duty poly foam work together to offer sleepers a beautifully balanced feel!
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Does the Nectar or Casper mattress cost less?
The Nectar models come in about $100 cheaper than the Casper models do from the twin size all the way up to the king.
What is the difference between the Nectar and Casper mattresses?
While both the Nectar and the Casper are both foam models, the type of foam they most use gives them a very different feel. The Nectar primarily uses memory foam while the Casper combines several different types of foams.
What is the cover on the Nectar mattress made of?
The cover of the Nectar is made of a cotton and Tencel blend, a material that is both soft and breathable. An inch of gel memory foam is also quilted into the cover, which works with the Tencel fibers to provide some cooling relief.
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