Casper Essential and Nectar are both budget, all-foam mattresses that are sold online. These models both have relatively simple construction and use quality materials, but they differ in feel. We’ll compare their features in this post to help you decide which better meets your needs.
- Both are all-foam mattresses and are both budget options.
- Both incorporate memory foam somewhere in the construction.
- Both use materials of certified quality.
- Both offer long-term trials and offer free shipping.
- Nectar costs a little more ($500 to $900 for Nectar; $350 to $725 for Casper Essential).
- Nectar is thicker at 11″, while the Casper Essential is only 8.5″ thick.
- Nectar has more of a memory foam feel, where sleepers will sink into the mattress.
- Casper Essential will be softer overall for most sleepers.
- Casper Essential’s foams are Certi-Pur certified, which means they are considered more eco-friendly than typical mattress materials.
- Nectar’s cover fabric is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, Class 1 certified. OEKO-TEX® is a respected independent environmental testing and certification system that tests to ensure textiles do not use harmful substances.
- Nectar offers a 365-day trial, while Casper Essential’s trial is 100 days.
Casper Essential Construction
- The removable cover is made of a soft, poly-knit material.
- A 2″ layer of an open-celled, springy, breathable polyfoam makes the top layer. Casper calls this material “Fusion Foam.”
- In the middle is 1.5″ of responsive memory foam.
- The bottom layer is 4.5″ of durable support foam.
- The cover uses fabric of long staple cotton and Tencel. It is OEKO-TEX® certified, which means it does not contain harmful substances.
- Quilted gel memory foam forms the top layer, providing comfort and breathability.
- Another gel memory foam comprises the second layer. Nectar describes this foam as a “semi-open LUSH foam” typically manufactured for medical uses. The purpose of this layer is to absorb and redistribute heat.
- A 3″ layer of Hi Core Adaptive foam gives extra support. This foam both lends the mattress bounce and helps it relieve pressure via contouring support.
- A roughly 6″ thick base layer uses breathable, but especially dense, foam designed to draw fresh air in through special channels.
- Both are all-foam mattresses with relatively few layers.
- Both use memory foam.
- Nectar has more of a memory foam feel, where sleeper will sink more into the mattress.
- Casper Essential uses materials certified for environmental friendliness.
- Nectar uses a cover material certified for its use of materials that are not harmful to people.
- Nectar is firmer.
- Nectar’s quilted top gives it a different feel.
- Both have some bounce but not a significant amount.
Both have bouncy, responsive top layers, but Casper Essential is a little softer. Nectar offers more support. The Nectar mattress has more of a slow-moving, memory foam feel, while the Essential has a more responsive sleeping surface.
Motion Transfer Differences
Both models prevent motion transfer well, and either would be a good option for couples. That said, I would give a slight advantage to the Nectar.
Pick Casper Essential If …
- You sleep on your side. Casper Essential is a little softer and will conform better to the precise curves of the body.
- You want a more responsive sleeping surface. While both mattresses are responsive, Casper Essential is even more so thanks to its greater softness.
Pick Nectar If …
- You like memory foam. While both mattresses incorporate memory foam, Nectar has thick memory foam on top. This gives the mattress more of a standard memory foam feel.
- You sleep on your stomach or back. Nectar is firmer and will give people better support in these sleeping positions.
These mattresses are comparable in terms of price and quality, but they have some notable differences when it comes to feel. Hopefully this comparison helped you determine which you might prefer. Please leave any specific questions about either model in the comments.
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.