Let’s face it – choosing a mattress online is no easy task, and it is even more difficult when trying to decide between major brands like Casper and Nectar.
Well, we’re here to make this an easy choice! In our Casper vs Nectar mattress comparison, we will discuss their similarities, differences, and who should choose each mattress.
Casper And Nectar Mattress Overview
The Casper and Nectar mattresses are two of the most popular bed in a box mattresses currently on the market and for good reason. The Casper features a proprietary Zoned Support system that offers a unique balance of comfort and support, and the Nectar features some of the most comfortable memory foam we have ever tried.
While these are both high-quality mattresses, they are a better match for different types of sleepers:
Who Should Get The Casper?
- Combination sleepers and those who switch positions during the night
- Those who prefer a balanced foam feel that makes it easy to move around
- Back sleepers who are in need of extra support, especially those who are on the heavier side
Read the full Casper mattress review.
Who Should Get The Nectar?
- Light- and medium-weight side sleepers who want to feel excellent pressure relief on their shoulders and hips
- Fans of memory foam mattresses that make it feel like they are slowly sinking in
- Couples who want sleep soundly without disturbing one another.
Read the full Nectar mattress review.
Casper Vs. Nectar Mattress Video Comparison
To really see how the Casper mattress and Nectar mattress compare when placed side-by-side, check out our in-depth video review; our reviewer, Marten, will look at their construction and discuss his experience with both.
Similarities Between The Casper And Nectar?
Let’s take a look at what makes the Casper and Nectar mattresses alike in regard to the construction, firmness, and feel.
- The Casper and Nectar are both all-foam mattresses and do not feature coils in their construction.
- Both the Casper mattress and Nectar mattress feature memory foam somewhere in their design.
- The Casper and Nectar mattresses both feature a similar support layer of high-density base foam.
- The Casper mattress and Nectar mattress are very close when it comes to their thickness and height.
Differences Between The Casper And Nectar?
While the Casper and Nectar are similar in a number of ways, there are still some very notable differences that should make it easier for customers to choose between them.
- The Casper mattress features a zoned construction that varies the firmness of the mattress, but the Nectar features no such system.
- The Casper mattress has more of a balanced foam feel, while the Nectar mattress has a slow-moving memory foam feel.
- In our experience, the Nectar mattress is softer than the Casper mattress.
- The Casper mattress is a bit more affordable than the Nectar mattress.
Firmness And Feel Differences
The Casper and Nectar mattresses are indeed different in regard to firmness and feel; let’s discuss these differences in more detail.
How Firm Are The Casper And Nectar Mattresses?
In our experience, the Casper mattress felt like a 7/10, just a bit firmer than average, and the Nectar felt like a 6.5/10, about medium in terms of firmness.
These scores might differ depending on one’s size and weight, however. Larger people might feel like the Casper and Nectar are firmer than we did, and lighter people might find them both to be softer.
Sleeping On The Casper And Nectar Mattresses
Back sleeping on the Casper, we are experiencing an excellent balance of comfort and support – our hips sink in just the right amount as the mattress provides good overall support. We can also feel the extra support of the zoned construction under our lumbar areas as well. It is actually one of the best mattresses for back sleepers currently on the market.
Side sleeping, we are getting a decent amount of pressure relief on our shoulders and hips. The mattress is actually softer under the shoulder area, so we are feeling even less pressure there.
Stomach sleeping, we did feel some support across our entire bodies, and the zoned construction is providing more support under our hips.
When we are back sleeping on the Nectar mattress, we are also feeling a solid balance of comfort and support. In addition, the memory foam is providing an excellent amount of contouring, and we can feel it taking the shape of our bodies.
Side sleeping, we are feeling better pressure relief than we experienced on the Casper. The Nectar is softer and its thick layer of memory foam is relieving the majority of pressure on our shoulders and hips.
However, when we are stomach sleeping, the Nectar mattress is too soft for us, and we can feel our hips bowing into the mattress. We did feel better support when we were stomach sleeping on the Casper mattress.
What Do The Casper And Nectar Mattresses Feel Like?
The Casper mattress has a balanced foam feel that is soft and also responsive – lying on the Casper, we sink in a bit, but we have no trouble moving around or repositioning at night.
The Nectar features a classic memory foam feel that is quite slow-moving – we slowly sink into the mattress and feel it conform to our curves.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 lbs – 230 lbs
Average weight back sleepers should get a good balance of comfort and support when they are lying on the Casper mattress, and they should feel some excellent lumbar support as well. Average weight side sleepers who are under 200 lbs should get all the pressure relief they need, but those who are closer to 230 lbs might need a softer mattress. Stomach sleeping, the majority of average weight sleepers should get enough support on the Casper mattress.
The majority of average weight back sleepers should also find the Nectar to be a good match – they will get enough support and should enjoy the way the memory foam conforms to their bodies. Side sleeping, average weight people should feel better pressure relief than they did on the Casper mattress, but those who are close to 230 lbs might still require a softer mattress. Stomach sleeping, most average weight sleepers are not going to get enough support from the Nectar mattress.
Heavyweight Sleepers – Over 230 lbs
Back sleeping, heavy people who are closer to 230 lbs should get enough support from the Casper mattress; those who are over 230 lbs and weigh upwards of 300 lbs will want to consider the Casper Hybrid or another mattress with coils. Side sleeping, heavyweight sleepers might feel too much pressure on their shoulders and hips as they press far into the mattress. Stomach sleeping, heavier sleepers will probably need to find a more supportive mattress with coils.
Heavier back sleepers who are closer to 230 lbs should get enough support from the Nectar, but those who are heavier will also need a hybrid or innerspring mattress. Side sleeping, heavier people who are not too much heavier than 230 lbs should feel nice pressure relief on the Nectar, but those who are larger might bottom out. Stomach sleeping, larger sleepers are definitely going to require a firmer, more supportive mattress.
Lightweight Sleepers – Under 130 lbs
Lying on the Casper, lightweight sleepers should get enough comfort and support for back sleeping, side sleeping, and stomach sleeping. It is actually one of our top picks for the best mattress for lightweight sleepers.
The Nectar should also be a good match for lightweight back sleepers, but they will get better lumbar support on the Casper. Side sleeping, they should feel better pressure relief on the Nectar but, stomach sleeping, they should prefer the more supportive Casper mattress.
Mattress Construction Differences
Now, let’s look inside the Casper and Nectar mattresses, talk about their materials, and how this affects their overall feel and performance.
The Casper mattress features a soft, breathable, knit cover, and the Nectar features a Tencel cover that is designed to help with cooling and breathability.
On top of the Casper, there is a layer of polyfoam that is soft and responsive – it also features AirScape technology to promote airflow through the top of the mattress.
Below that is the most notable feature of the Casper – a layer of memory foam with Zoned Support. Basically, this layer is firmer toward the center and softer towards the head and foot of the mattress. It is meant to feel firmer and more supportive when people are back sleeping and stomach sleeping and more pressure relieving when they are side sleeping.
The top layer of the Nectar mattress contains slow-moving memory foam that is infused with gel. This gel is there to keep the top of the mattress from trapping too much heat. Below that, there is a layer of Hi Core memory foam – this is firmer and of a higher density than the top layer of memory foam.
The Casper and Nectar mattresses both feature high-density base foam in their support layers.
The Casper and Nectar mattresses are both 11″ tall.
Casper And Nectar Size Options And Price
For the most up-to-date size and pricing information for the Casper and Nectar mattresses make sure to look at the following charts:
|Twin||38″ x 75″ x 11″||$595|
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 11″||$695|
|Full||53″ x 75″ x 11″||$995|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 11″||$1095|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 11″||$1295|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 11″||$1295|
|Twin||39″ x 75″ x 11″||$898|
|Twin XL||39″ x 80″ x 11″||$968|
|Full||54″ x 75″ x 11″||$1098|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 11″||$1198|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 11″||$1398|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 11″||$1398|
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Casper And Nectar Performance Differences
We ran the Casper and Nectar mattresses through a number of tests to see how they perform with regard to cooling, motion transfer, and edge support – let’s see how they did!
Sleeping Hot Or Cold
The Casper and Nectar mattresses are both all-foam mattresses so they will undoubtedly trap a bit of heat. That being said, they both feature cooling materials and designs to offset this issue. The Casper features AirScape technology which adds ventilation to the top of the mattress, and the Nectar features a cooling Tencel cover and a cooling gel infusion.
Between the two, the Casper mattress slept a tad cooler than the Nectar mattress. The AirScape ventilation and lack of memory foam on top of the mattress made for a cooler sleep.
Between the two mattresses, the Nectar handles motion transfer better than the Casper and could be the best mattress for couples. It has memory foam right on top which is fantastic at isolating motion – sleeping partners should disturb each other less when they move around on the Nectar.
Even though they are both all-foam mattresses without coils, both the Casper and Nectar feature good edge support. We feel secure sitting and lying down near the edge of each mattress.
Looking at their construction and materials, the Casper and Nectar mattresses should be about equal in terms of durability. They are both all-foam mattresses that feature high-density foams, so they should last for at least seven years.
The Casper and Nectar are online mattresses that are delivered in a cardboard box. Opening them up and taking off the plastic, we did notice an initial chemical smell, but this is totally normal with bed in a box mattresses. We left the Casper and Nectar mattresses in a well-ventilated room, and this smell completely dissipated.
When we moved around on the Casper and Nectar mattresses, we heard no significant noises. This is not surprising given that they do not feature coils in their construction.
Those who need a mattress for sex are usually going to want a more responsive mattress that does not make them feel trapped. Keeping this in mind, the Casper should be a better option for sexual partners as it is bouncy and makes it easy to move around.
The Casper comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty, and the Nectar comes with a 365-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
Casper And Nectar Mattress FAQs
Now, we would like to answer some frequently asked questions about the Casper and Nectar mattresses:
What's better, Casper or Nectar?
The Casper and Nectar are both excellent mattresses, but they are a better fit for different types of people. The Casper mattress is a better option for combination sleepers, larger back sleepers, and those who like a balanced foam feel. The Nectar is a good choice for couples, light- and medium-weight side sleepers, and those who like a memory foam feel.
Which mattress sleeps cooler, the Casper or Nectar?
Between the Casper and Nectar, the Casper sleeps a bit cooler – its AirScape foam keeps the top of the mattress ventilated breathable and just doesn’t trap so much heat.
Which mattress is better for side sleepers, Casper or Nectar?
The majority of side sleepers should prefer the Nectar mattress – its soft memory foam should relieve almost all pressure on the shoulders and hips.
Which mattress is more affordable, Casper or Nectar?
The Casper mattress is more affordable than the Nectar – the Queen size Casper costs about $100 less than the Queen size Nectar.
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.