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|The Casper Nova is the latest addition to the company's mattress lineup. The bed is softer than the Original Casper mattress and comes in both foam and hybrid designs.|
|The Original Casper is an affordable mattress that accommodates a wide range of sleepers. Like the Nova, the flagship Casper bed also comes in foam and hybrid options.|
Before we dive into the core details regarding each bed, allow us first to give you some context about how the Original Casper and Nova mattresses compare. Below are the key points of differentiation between the two.
Those are the main points to keep in mind as you progress through this comparison. Now, let’s discuss the new Casper Nova mattress in more detail.
The Casper Nova Hybrid mattress incorporates four different layers that total 12″ thick. Below is a quick summary of each layer.
We should mention that Casper does offer an all-foam version of the Nova mattress, however, these models are only available to purchase in select retail locations. You can check the Casper website for more details regarding where to find the foam version of the Nova bed.
As we mentioned above, the top layer on the Nova mattress is made of a proprietary material Casper calls AirScape foam. It’s essentially a perforated poly foam that is more breathable than many of the foams you’ve tried in the past, including a lot of memory foams.
Overall, this special AirScape foam gives the Nova Hybrid mattress a neutral-foam feel. This just means Nova Hybrid feels like a comfy foam bed, plain and simple. It doesn’t conform to your body like a traditional memory foam mattress, nor does it feel have that spongy, bouncy feel like a latex bed.
It’s no secret the Nova Hybrid is the softest bed that Casper makes. We are calling this a medium-soft on our firmness scale, which makes Casper Nova Hybrid a noticeably softer than the Original Casper mattress.
Given the plush firmness profile of the mattress, we think the Nova Hybrid is best suited for side sleepers. The comfort layers for the mattress form a soft and forgiving sleeping surface that is satisfying for your hips and shoulders.
Just to be clear, we think the Original Casper mattress will work for side sleepers as well, but it’s just not quite as ideal as the Nova Hybrid. Bottom line, if you spend the lion’s share of the night sleeping on your side, we’d urge you to strongly consider the Nova as long it matches up with your budget.
There are two options of the Original Casper mattress available on Casper.com. The default model is the all-foam, but you can opt for Casper Hybrid if you prefer having the coils for support. Let’s look inside the foam version because that’s what most people will end up with. Also, Casper Hybrid just swaps the foam support core for pocketed coils that are foam-encased.
As you can see, the Original Casper bed is comprised of three layers. The first layer is either dense foam or pocketed coils (depending on the model). The center layer is memory foam that is split in thirds to create a “zoned support” design.
One thing that’s different with Casper Original is that you can’t feel the difference in the center third and top/bottom third as much as you can with Casper Nova. Put differently, we’d say the zoned support system is more apparent on Casper Nova, but we still think in the long run you’ll appreciate having the system on the Original bed.
On top of the zoned support memory foam is an open-cell foam that’s perforated to allow for more airflow circulation. This is what Casper is calling “AirScape” and you’ll see a similar setup (albeit more advanced) on the Nova as well.
As for the cover, it’s similar to that of the Nova, though it’s not exactly the same. Both of them, however, are really soft and have a fun, textured design.
As you read above, the Original Casper mattress uses the same comfort layer as the Nova mattress. Unsurprisingly, the bed has a very similar feel.
Just in case you missed what we said above about the Nova mattress, we’d describe it as having a comfortable neutral-foam feel. For the record, we view beds that have this sort of feel as being a safe pick. In our experience, it just seems like most consumers find neutral-foam beds accommodating.
The Original Casper is the company’s mass-market mattress. It’s designed to please a wide variety of sleepers. As such, it’s no surprise the bed lands near the middle of the firmness scale. This makes the Original Casper a couple notches firmer than the Nova.
Overall, we think the mattress rates out right around medium. The bed is not overly soft or excessively firm. Remember though, firmness is a subjective topic. How a particular mattress feels to you really depends on your height, weight and body type. For example, heavy people will likely think the Original Casper belongs on the soft end of the firmness scale, while smaller people may think it belongs on the firm side of the scale.
Considering the Original Casper is a bit firmer than the Nova mattress, we think it’s more ideal for people who spend the majority of the night on their back or stomach. Typically, these types of sleepers prefer slightly firmer mattresses.
Although we may not regard the Original Casper as one of the best mattresses for back or stomach sleepers on the market, it definitely skews more towards these types of sleepers compared to the Nova Hybrid.
The headline says it all. For people who are working with a limited budget, the Original Casper will be the more wallet-friendly choice.
Comparing queen sizes, the Original Casper is about $800-900 cheaper than the Nova Hybrid. If you compare the Original Casper Hybrid against the Nova Hybrid, that price difference comes out to be around $600-$700.
Keep in mind, Casper likes to play the discount game so the prices mentioned above are not likely what you’ll end up paying come checkout. In most cases, you can expect to receive around $100 off your purchase. Be sure to check Casper.com for current pricing and promotions.
Thanks for sticking with us this far. Hopefully, we’ve been able to drive a distinct wedge between the Original Casper and Nova Hybrid mattresses. If you’re still undecided as to which mattress is best for you, let’s quickly review the primary decision points between these two beds.
Price – This point is fairly straightforward. If money is tight, you can save around $600-$900 by opting for the Original Casper mattress.
Firmness Preference – If you tend to favor soft beds over firm ones, then the Nova Hybrid is likely the way to go. If the opposite is true, then you’ll likely want to stick with the Original Casper mattress.
Primary Sleeping Position – For side sleepers, we’d recommend the Nova Hybrid mattress. For back and stomach sleepers, we’d suggest sticking with the Original Casper mattress since it’s slightly firmer.
Those are really the big three factors to keep in mind when considering these two mattresses. We hope you found this comparison helpful. Thanks for choosing The Slumber Yard.