If you are picking between the Bear and the Casper mattresses, it may be difficult to make up your mind. They are both popular mattresses with quality components.
If you need help deciding, I have the details that will help you find the right mattress for you. Is it going to be Bear or Casper? Read on for my full comparison.
- They are both all-foam mattresses.
- They have similar thicknesses.
- They both incorporate memory foam in their construction.
- They have similar base layers.
- They have similar levels of firmness.
- Casper has zoned support, while the Bear does not.
- Bear incorporates Celliant (a unique fabric that may aid sleep and athletic recovery) in its cover, while Casper does not.
- The Bear has memory foam on top, while the Casper has it in the second layer.
- The Bear has more of a classic memory foam feel, while the Casper has a balanced foam feel.
- The mattress is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft and is woven together with Celliant.
- First, there is a 1.5” layer of graphite-gel memory foam.
- This is followed by 1” of a latex-like comfort foam.
- Next, there is 1” of a transitional performance foam.
- Finally, the base layer is 6.5” of a high-density support foam.
- The mattress is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft and thin.
- The first layer is 1.5” of a breathable, latex-like foam.
- Next, there are 1.5” of a high-density memory foam.
- Then there are 1.5” of a zoned transition foam.
- Finally, there are 5” of a durable support foam.
- They both have soft and thin covers, but Bear has Celliant in its cover. This material may help with blood flow and cooling.
- While they both have memory foam in them, the Bear has it on top. This gives it more of a classic memory foam feel, so that you slowly sink into the mattress.
- The zoned support in the Casper makes it firmer in the middle of the mattress. This makes it ideal for combination sleepers, because it is softer around your shoulders and firm under your hips. This also gives it more of a balanced foam feel.
- In terms of breathability and durability, the mattresses should be about the same.
Looking at firmness, the Bear felt like a 6.5/10 and the Casper felt like a 6/10. They are very close in terms of firmness, but they do perform differently when it comes to support and pressure relief.
This is mostly because the Casper has zoned support, and the Bear does not. The zoned support system makes the center of the mattress firmer, so there is extra support for your hips. At the same time, the mattress stays soft under your shoulders.
All told, the Casper supports me when I am on my back while relieving pressure when I am on my side. However, I do need more support when I am on my stomach. I think the Casper is still too soft for me in this position.
The Bear is supportive when I am on my back. Also, when I am on my side, I really sink into the mattress and feel little pressure on my shoulders and hips. It is not supportive enough when I move to my stomach.
In terms of feel, the Bear has a bit of that classic memory foam feel. It isn’t a very thick layer of memory foam, but it is soft and lets you sink in a bit. The Casper has more of a responsive, balanced foam feel.
See the memory foam feel of the Bear in the video below.
Could zoned construction offer you the right balance of support and comfort? Check out how it works in the Casper.
In my opinion, both of these mattresses do a great job of cutting down on motion transfer. The Bear and Casper both have memory foam in them, which is known for isolating motion quite well.
See how the Bear stops motion transfer in the video below.
See how well the Casper isolates motion in this video.
Edge Support Differences
Between the two mattresses, I think the Casper does a better job with edge support. When I sit on the edge of the mattress, I feel more secure leaning over to tie my shoes.
Lying down near the edge, I feel less like I am going to roll off the Casper mattress.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these mattresses:
In terms of firmness, I said both mattresses were a 7/10.
Starting on my back on the Bear, I feel good overall support. On my side, I feel some pressure on my shoulders and my hips. On my stomach, the mattress is a bit too soft for me. I feel like I am bowing at my hips.
On my back with the Casper, I feel good support on my back. I feel the zoned support holding my hips up. On my side, I feel better on the Casper than I did on the Bear. It’s a little softer on my shoulders because of the zoned support. On my stomach, the zoned support is working and keeping me from bowing in at the hips.
If you’re a heavier back sleeper, either mattress could work for you. If you’re a heavier side sleeper, it’s going to be softer on the Casper. Finally, if you’re a heavier stomach sleeper, I would choose the Casper as well.
While Marten and I agreed that the Casper and Bear give good support for back sleepers, he had a different experience side sleeping on the Bear. He pushed through that thin comfort layer and engaged the firmer layers beneath. Because of this, he felt more pressure on his shoulders and hips. I am not surprised he thought the mattress was firmer than I did.
Pick Bear If …
- You are looking for a more affordable option. If money is a deciding factor, the Bear is the way to to go. It has a lower price point than the Casper.
- You prefer a classic memory foam feel. If you like the feeling of sinking into your mattress and being enveloped by your mattress, the Bear is the better choice. It has that slow, sinking quality because it includes memory foam in the top layer.
- You want a mattress that’s a bit firmer. While these mattresses are similar in terms of firmness, I think many people will agree that the Bear is the firmer of the two. If you like your mattress a little firmer, I would choose the Bear.
Pick Casper If …
- You are a combination sleeper. The zoned support system in this mattress gives you pressure relief when you’re on your side and support when you’re on your back and stomach. If you move around at night and sleep in numerous positions, the Casper should serve you well.
- You prefer a balanced foam feel. If you like to sleep “on” your mattress and move around easily, the Casper is the better bet. The comfort layer is quite responsive, so you get some pressure relief without feeling “stuck.”
While these two mattresses may have similar firmnesses, they really are designed for different sleeping styles and preferences. If you like a classic memory foam feel with a bit more firmness, I think the Bear is the better choice. If you are a combination sleeper and you like a balanced foam feel, the Casper should be the way to go.
Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Bear or the Casper in the comment section below.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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