Casper vs. Nectar Mattress Review

As memory foam mattresses, the Casper mattress and Nectar mattress have much in common. They’re both the flagship models from their respective brands, but how do you know which is best for you? In this Nectar vs. Caper review, we help you decide.

Casper vs. Nectar Mattress Review 

Casper and Nectar Sleep are bed-in-a-box mattress brands that were launched within just a few years of each other (2014 and 2016, respectively). Their flagship mattresses, the Nectar Mattress and the Casper Mattress are all-foam beds that rank among the most popular options on the market today.

Because these beds are similar in price, construction, and more, it can be difficult to know which might be right for you. With this mattress comparison, we hope to help. Below, we compare the beds’ construction, materials, firmness levels, and more to help you decide whether to buy the Nectar or the Casper mattress. We also share shipping and return policies, warranty coverage, and information about company reputation.

Mattress Highlights

Casper Mattress

This mattress is perfect for sleepers in search of body-conforming pressure relief with a cool, supportive feel.

Score
4.8 / 5.0
Firmness

6

Trial period

100 nights

Price class

$$

Nectar

The Nectar is ideal for sleepers who enjoy a medium-firm feel, are not lightweight, and sleep hot.

Score
4.7 / 5.0
Firmness

6

Trial period

365

Price class

$$

Casper vs. Nectar

Key Differences 

  • The Nectar is Medium Firm in firmness, while the Casper is Medium
  • They’re best for sleepers in different weight categories, with the exception of average weight sleepers 
  • Their warranty and sleep trial lengths differ
  • The Casper conforms closely to the body whereas the Nectar conforms moderately
  • The Nectar suits back and stomach sleepers who are not lightweight, whereas the Casper is suitable for side, back, and stomach sleepers who are not heavyweight

Key Similarities

  • Both are all-foam mattresses constructed with foam layers (memory foam and polyfoam)
  • The mattresses have similar price points
  • Both offer excellent motion isolation (minimal motion transfer)
  • The Casper and Nectar have similar height profiles (12” and 11”, respectively)
  • The mattresses weigh similar amounts

Casper vs Nectar Mattress Construction

Nectar Casper
Cover 100% Polyester

Removeable

Spot cleaning recommended

TENCEL Lyocell and Cotton

Removable

Washable

Comfort Layer  1” 4 PCF Gel Memory Foam

3” 3.5 PCF Memory Foam

1.5” Polyfoam

1.5” 4 PCF Memory Foam

1.5” 2 PCF Polyfoam

Transitional Layer 1.75” High-Density Memory Foam 1.5” 2.5 PCF Polyfoam
Support Layer 5.25” 2.2 PCF High-Density Polyfoam 7.5” 1.8 PCF High-Density Polyfoam
Mattress Thickness  11” 12”

Casper Construction

The Casper mattress is a mixed-foam mattress that’s made with a 100% polyester cover that has stretchy side panels for easy unzipping and cleaning. It contains two comfort foam layers: one 1.5-inch layer of standard polyfoam and a second 1.5-inch layer of 4 PCF memory foam. Together, the comfort layers give the bed a light bounce and body-contouring pressure relief. The transitional layer contains 1.5 inches of 2.5 PCF polyfoam and prevents sleepers from sinking too deeply into the base layer, which contains 7.5 inches of 1.8 PCF high-density polyfoam to stabilize the bed. Altogether the Casper measures 12 inches thick and a medium feel that is conforming yet supportive as it cushions the body.

Nectar Construction

The Nectar mattress is a mixed-foam mattress that’s made with a breathable TENCEL lyocell and cotton cover that’s removable and machine-washable for easy cleaning. It contains two comfort foam layers including a quilted gel memory foam layer that’s one inch thick and three inches of 3.5 PCF gel memory foam. Together, these layers hug but the body but do not sink deeply. The transitional layer contains 1.75 inches of high-density memory foam and enhances the slight body hug of the top layers. The support core of the Nectar Mattress contains 5.25 inches of 2.2 PCF high-density polyfoam that contributes most to the firmer feel of the mattress. Altogether, the Nectar measures 11 inches thick and has a medium-firm feel yet conforms to the body.

Things to Consider When Picking A Mattress

Firmness / Feel—The Nectar mattress is considered medium-firm, whereas the Casper mattress is considered medium on the firmness scale. The Nectar may feel a little too firm for some sleepers, especially lightweight sleepers and side sleepers who require a softer mattress for better hip and shoulder pressure point relief and alignment. 

Motion Isolation—Motion isolation is essential for those who sleep with partners and wake easily in the middle of the night. Both of these beds offer minimal motion transfer well and hardly make any noise while bearing weight. See: Best Mattresses for Couples 

Edge Support—Edge support generally refers to whether a bed sinks when sleepers sit on its edges, and most memory foam mattresses tend to sink a bit. Both the Casper and the Nectar have significant sinkage when seated at the edges, but they do perform a little better than other all-foam mattresses in this category. Edge support is most important for mattress durability and for those who have trouble getting in and out of the bed, like the elderly or the disabled.

Pressure Relief—Pressure relief, or a mattress’s ability to conform to areas of the body where pressure, pain, or discomfort typically occur in any sleeping position, is essential regardless of your weight, height, or preferred sleeping style. If you enjoy the sensation of sleeping “in” a mattress, you may enjoy the Casper more. However, both beds offer pressure-relieving conforming, you’ll just notice a deeper hug with the Casper. The Nectar conforms but the overall feel isn’t as soft.

Spine Alignment—Spinal alignment is essential for overall health whether you’re a side, stomach, or back sleeper. How well a bed contributes to your spine’s health will vary based on your weight, sleeping position, height, and whether the bed is tailored to offer proper support for your body type. The Nectar best supports spinal alignment in back and stomach sleepers who are average weight or heavyweight. Side sleepers may find proper spinal alignment on the Nectar if they weigh more than 230 pounds. The Casper conforms more closely and is suitable for side, back, and stomach sleepers who are lightweight or average weight. 

Durability—Both beds are relatively new to the market (2014 and 2016), so their maximum longevity is still being determined. You can expect both models to have an average lifespan of about seven years, which is standard for the mattress industry. Durability is an essential factor to consider in all-foam beds, which are generally less durable than hybrid mattresses and innerspring mattresses because they lack a responsive coil support core. Keep in mind that, with any foam mattress, you may notice body impressions forming over time. We recommend rotating both of these mattresses every six months to avoid this.  

Cooling / Temperature—All-foam mattresses tend to sleep hotter than innerspring and hybrid beds because of their support foam cores, which aren’t as breathable as pocketed coils. Solid-foam base layers don’t promote as much airflow, but the Nectar and Casper offer relatively good temperature neutrality for all-foam beds, with the Casper sleeping a little cooler than the Nectar.

Size & Price Comparisons 

Mattress Size  Casper Price  Nectar  Price 
Twin $595 $499
Twin XL $695 $569
Full $995 $699
Queen $1,095 $799
King $1,295 $999
California King $1,295 $999

 

Who is the Casper Original Mattress Best For? 

Best For…

  • Sleepers who are lightweight or average weight
  • Couples and co-sleepers, thanks to the bed’s excellent motion isolation
  • Those who tend to sleep hot in foam beds
  • Sleepers who enjoy the feeling of sleeping “in” a mattress but don’t want a hug that’s too deep

May Not be Best For…

  • Heavyweight sleepers
  • Sleepers who like bounce and responsiveness in their mattress

Read our full Casper Mattress Review to learn more! 

Who is the Nectar Mattress Best For? 

Best For…

  • All sleeping positions
  • Sleepers who are average weight or heavyweight
  • Couples and co-sleepers, thanks to the bed’s excellent motion isolation
  • Shoppers on a budget, as the Nectar has a slightly lower price point than the Casper
  • Those who sleep hot in foam beds

May Not be Best For…

  • Lightweight sleepers
  • Sleepers who want close conforming and a body-hugging sensation from a foam bed

Read our full Nectar Mattress Review to learn more! 

Shipping and Returns 

Both the Nectar and the Casper ship free to the contiguous United States, but the Casper also ships free to Canada. During the trial period, Nectar will coordinate the pickup of the mattress at no cost to the owner if they want to return it. Nectar offers exchanges as a part of their return policy.

Casper also offers a generous return policy. Shoppers can return the mattress at any point during the 100-night trial period and receive a full refund, including shipping. Casper coordinates pick up for you.

See: Best Bed in a Box

Other Models Available

Casper EssentialThe Casper Essential has a streamlined design and a lower price than other Casper models. It’s an all-foam bed that’s 11” in height. See our Casper Essential Mattress Review

Casper Wave—The Casper Wave is another mixed-foam bed from Casper. It’s a 13” all-foam mattress, making it a little thicker than the original Casper mattress. Read our full Casper Wave Mattress Review

The Nectar Lush—The Nectar Lush is slightly softer and more expensive than the original Nectar, and we recommend it for side sleepers.


Conclusion 

As we’ve seen, the Nectar Mattress and the Casper Mattress share some similarities and also differ in several ways. We think the key differences between these online mattress models are the deciding factors. Setting motion isolation and temperature control aside, as both beds excel in these areas, consider your sleeping position, weight, and sleeping circumstances. If you enjoy a medium-firm feel and moderate conforming and weigh at least 130 pounds, you’ll probably enjoy the Nectar. If you enjoy a slightly softer feel with more noticeable conforming and are lightweight or average weight, you’ll probably enjoy the Casper. 


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