Caspervs.Bear

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Casper vs. Bear Mattress Comparison

The Casper and Bear all-foam mattresses both feature contouring memory foam layers that cushion sore muscles. But which is the best mattress for your active lifestyle? That’s the question we’ll answer in this mattress comparison

Comparing Bear & Casper Mattresses

The original Casper is an all-foam mattress with a bouncy foam top layer and a zoned memory foam layer that supports your shoulders and hips. The Bear mattress caters specifically to those with active lifestyles by including a Celliant cover and cradling top layer of memory foam.

Casper and Bear both could be considered memory foam mattresses, but the Bear has more of a traditional memory foam feel that will appeal to those who like to sink into their mattress. The Casper is more responsive, which works for combination sleepers who need a mattress that can keep up with their changes in sleeping position. Both beds support back sleepers really well, but we favor the Casper for side sleepers and the Bear for stomach sleepers.

Differences

  • Bear’s memory foam layer sits right on top of the mattress and conforms closely to your body. The memory foam layer in the Casper sits in the middle, under a buoyant, latex-like layer of foam.
  • Both mattresses are considered medium-firm, but the Casper is a fraction softer, and we think it offers better pressure relief for side sleepers.
  • The cooling technology in the Bear mattress is a bit more effective than the cooling features in the Casper, so the Bear sleeps a touch cooler.
  • Both mattresses are considered medium-firm, but we think the Bear mattress feels a touch firmer.

Similarities

  • While the Casper is exceptionally responsive, both of these mattresses adjust quickly when you move from one sleep position to another.
  • The Bear and Casper mattresses both keep you well-supported along their edges.
  • The pricing of these beds never differs by more than $100.

Casper Original

Who Should Buy this Mattress? 

  • Side sleepers
  • Combination sleepers
  • Back sleepers
Casper Original Mattress
Score
4.8 / 5.0
Firmness

6

Trial period

100 nights

Reason to buy

Affordable mattress made for all sleepers

Who is the Casper Mattress Best For… 

  • Side sleepers will get targeted support for their pressure points.
  • Combo sleepers shouldn’t have trouble changing position on top of the Casper’s responsive layers of foam.
  • Back sleepers experience a balance of support and cushioning. 

Not Best For…

  • Hot sleepers may find the breathability of the foam to be insufficient for keeping them cool.
  • Heavyweight stomach sleepers may find that their hips sink below their shoulders, which could cause lower back pain.

Read our full Casper mattress review to learn more! 

The Original Bear Mattress

Who Should Buy this Mattress? 

  • Those with back pain
  • Back sleepers
  • Stomach sleepers
bear mattress
Score
4.8 / 5.0
Firmness

7

Trial period

100 nights

Reason to buy

Promotes muscle recovery

Who is the Bear Mattress Best For… 

  • Those with back pain will benefit from the Bear’s balance of support and spinal alignment.
  • Back sleepers sink just deeply enough into the mattress for full body contouring.
  • Stomach sleepers with lightweight or average-weight body types have a good chance of getting enough hip support on the Bear’s firmer foam layers.

Not Best For…

  • Couples may not get enough motion isolation for an undisrupted night’s sleep.
  • Strict side sleepers—especially with lightweight body types—probably won’t get enough softness around their pressure points.

Read our full Bear mattress review to learn more! 

Deciding Between Bear & Casper

Firmness / Feel

An easy way to gauge how a mattress feels is to locate where it falls on the firmness scale. An extremely plush mattress has a firmness level around 2/10, while an extra firm mattress is closer to 8/10. With that said, mattress firmness is subjective to each person. A lightweight person may find a mattress to be firm, while a heavyweight person may consider the same mattress medium-firm or even soft.

The Casper and Bear mattresses are both medium-firm, which ranges from 6/10 to 7/10 on the firmness scale. We think the Bear is a bit firmer than the Casper. Specifically, we rank the Bear at 7/10 and Casper at 6/10. We recommend the Bear as the better mattress for stomach sleepers.

Motion Isolation

If you sleep alone, you may not be concerned about how well a mattress minimizes motion transfer, but it’s an important consideration for anyone who sleeps with a partner or pet. Foam beds generally do an excellent job of isolating motion at its source, and that’s true in this comparison, though the Casper has the best motion isolation. Memory foam mattresses are usually able to absorb motion in the foam layers better, but we also have recommendations on the best hybrid mattress for couples

Edge Support

If you don’t want to roll off the edge of the bed while sleeping, this category is for you. Mattresses with good edge support deploy perimeter reinforcements like high-density foams or high-caliber innerspring support systems. The Bear and Casper performed similarly on our edge support tests, thanks to dense foams and supportive base layers. Over time, as we get in and out of bed, the edges around the mattress may start to sag and lose their shape. This can make getting in and out of bed even more difficult, especially for sleepers with back pain. For more info, check out the best mattress for a bad back

Pressure Relief 

Sleepers with different body types and sleeping positions experience pressure relief on a mattress differently. Those with lightweight body types don’t sink as deeply into the mattress, and typically need a softer bed, especially if they prefer side sleeping. The Casper fits this profile, though it may be too firm for some lightweight sleepers.

Average-weight sleepers will experience sufficient pressure relief on either bed, though strict side sleepers should opt for the Casper. Heavyweight sleepers will experience pressure relief on both beds, but the Bear will provide better overall support. If you’re on the heavier side and looking for a new mattress, see our best mattresses for plus size sleepers

Spine Alignment 

The best mattresses keep your spine in a neutral position while you sleep. On your side, this looks like a straight line from the base of your head to your tailbone. It’s also important for your spine to maintain its natural “S” curve, regardless of sleeping position

The Casper accomplishes spinal alignment by dividing their transition layer into three zones that evenly distribute your body weight. The top memory foam layer on the Bear mattress closely contours to your spine without putting too much pressure on one region or another.

Durability 

Mattress durability hinges on a couple of factors, including mattress materials, construction, and the frequency of use. All-foam or memory foam mattresses are designed to last upwards of seven to 10 years, and the Casper and Bear mattresses are both covered by 10-year warranties.

Temperature 

Memory foam is notorious for trapping heat, but Casper and Bear address this issue by adding cooling features. The top layer of the Casper is perforated to enable better airflow, and the Bear’s top layer is infused with cooling gel and graphite. The Bear’s mattress cover is also woven with Celliant fibers that absorb body heat.

We think the Bear sleeps a tad bit cooler, but Casper also offers a hybrid version of the Casper original mattress that’s noticeably more breathable. If you’re a hot sleeper seeking to overhaul your sleep setup, check out our top picks for cooling sheets and cooling blankets.  

Casper Mattress Construction 

0218 CASPER 2020 MATTRESSES SideCompression R2 5 Original
Materials All-foam
Cover Recycled polyester
Comfort Layer  AirScape foam
Transitional Layer Zoned Support foam
Support Layer Base foam
Mattress Thickness  11”

The Casper mattress features AirScape foam as the top layer. It’s a polyurethane foam designed to mimic the comfort of memory foam and the bounce of latex foam. This layer is also perforated (aka hole punched), which gives your body heat a way to escape. 

The memory foam transition layer is divided into three zones that provide more support under your lower back and more cushioning under your shoulders. A layer of base foam increases support and prevents sagging.

Bear Mattress Construction

bear mattress layers
Materials  Mixed foam
Cover Celliant cover
Comfort Layer  Graphite gel memory foam
Transitional Layer Polyfoam
Support Layer High-density polyfoam
Mattress Thickness  10”

The Bear mattress is covered in a Celliant fabric that is purported to improve blood flow in your skin and muscles, which can reduce recovery time after strenuous workouts. It also works in tandem with the graphite-gel memory foam top layer to keep you cooler. A responsive transition layer keeps you suspended in the foam layers without sinking too deeply into the body of the mattress. At its base, the Bear sports durable, high-density support foam.

Sizing & Price Comparisons 

Mattress Size  Casper Mattress  Bear Mattress 
Twin $595 $595
Twin XL $695 $695
Full $995 $895
Queen $1,095 $995
King $1,295 $1,195
Cal King $1,295 $1,195

Check out our Casper Mattress Coupons or Bear Mattress Coupons for the best price on a new mattress. 

Shipping and Returns for Bear & Casper

Casper: 

Casper customers enjoy free shipping and returns in the U.S. and Canada, and can expect their mattress to ship in one to two business days. You’ll get a tracking number with an estimated delivery date. Note: Shipments to Alaska and Hawaii incur a shipping fee added at checkout.

All Casper mattresses come with a 100-night sleep trial that begins on the day you receive your mattress. If it’s not the right fit, Casper will pick up the used mattress and try to either recycle or donate it. You see a full refund back to your original form of payment once the mattress is picked up.

The original Casper mattress is covered by a 10-year warranty that protects against defects like cracks or indentations over one inch in the foam layers, as well as defective zippers on the mattress cover. You’ll receive free repairs or a new mattress to replace the old one, and can even opt to upgrade your replacement mattress by paying the difference in cost. 

Bear Sleep: 

Bear customers in the contiguous U.S. get free shipping, while Alaska and Hawaii customers are required to pay a non-refundable $100. Mattresses ship from facilities all over the country, and depending on your distance from the nearest facility, you can expect your bed to be delivered within two to seven business days.

The Bear 100-night trial period begins on the day of delivery and includes free returns. You’ll need to sleep on the mattress for at least 30 nights before requesting a return. Used mattresses are picked up and donated to charity.

The Bear mattress warranty states that you’ll receive repairs or a replacement mattress if yours is proven to have one of the following defects: indentations over one and a half inches, cracks or splits in foam, and tears or unraveled stitches on the mattress cover

More Bear Mattresses

Bear Hybrid

The Bear Hybrid mattress includes the same Celliant cover and cooling gel foam as the original, but an additional coil support system makes it cooler and more responsive.

bear hybrid mattress

See our Bear Hybrid mattress review to learn more.

Bear Pro Mattress

This all-foam mattress incorporates copper and gel infusions to keep you cool and odor-free while you sleep.

bear pro mattress

Read our Bear Pro mattress review to learn more.

More Casper Mattresses

Casper Wave Hybrid

The Wave Hybrid features Casper’s AirScape 3 foam and a Zoned Support Max layer that uses gel pods to keep your spine aligned.

Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress

See our Casper Wave Hybrid mattress review to learn more.

Casper Nova Hybrid

The Nova Hybrid is Casper’s softest mattress. It pairs AirScape 2 foam with the Zoned Support Pro transition layer that’s divided into seven ergonomic zones instead of only three.

nova hybrid plain room xl 1

See our Casper Nova Hybrid mattress review to learn more.

Casper Hybrid

The Casper hybrid mattress has the same breathable AirScape foam and Zoned Support memory foam as the original, plus encased spring coils with a durable polyurethane foam frame.

Casper Original Hybrid Mattress

See the Casper Hybrid mattress review to learn more.

Our Bear vs. Casper Final Review

Overall, the Bear and Casper mattresses have similar constructions but slightly different feels. The Casper is a notch softer on the firmness scale, which aligns better with the needs of side sleepers. If you like a firmer mattress and spend time on your stomach at night, the Bear may be your best bet. We think the Bear is cooler, and thus a better choice for hot sleepers who want an all-foam mattress. The Casper is better for combination sleepers who need a responsive bed.