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|The DreamCloud mattress is a thick, premium hybrid bed that has a firm memory foam feel.|
|The flagship Casper mattress is a 10" all-foam bed-in-a-box that has a soft, neutral-foam feel that all sleeper types will enjoy.|
If you just want to get down to brass tax, here are the primary points of differentiation between these two beds.
Obviously, those are just the quick hit points, though. There’s a lot more you should consider before pulling the trigger on a new mattress. Keep reading for more details.
DreamCloud and Casper both make it extremely easy for consumers to test their beds. In fact, pretty much all online mattress brands do. Buying a mattress online these days isn’t nearly as scary as it was a decade ago. Why you ask? Let’s find out.
The Casper mattress ships for free and arrives on your stoop (I know not everybody has a stoop, but I like that word) compressed in a box. From there, just move the box to your room and simply unbox and unroll the mattress onto your bed frame or foundation. Just make sure to give the mattress about 24-72 hours to fully inflate before you sleep on it. Once the mattress is delivered, Casper gives you a 100-night risk-free trial period to test out the bed.
Basically, if you decide the mattress isn’t for you in those first 99 nights, no worries, just contact customer support and they’ll take care of you. Casper will arrange for a third party to come pick up the mattress from your home free of charge. From there, just provide customer support proof that the mattress had indeed been picked up and they’ll issue you a full refund. See, I told you it wasn’t that scary. Casper also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. You can read more about it on the company’s website.
Just so you know, all these policies (free shipping, free returns, 100-night trial period, and 10-year warranty) are pretty standard for the online mattress industry. However, some companies like DreamCloud go above and beyond.
The DreamCloud mattress also ships free and arrives rolled up and compressed. However, it doesn’t arrive in a box. Rather, it just comes in a protective covering. Again, once you unroll the bed, just make sure to let it breathe for about 24-72 hours. It’s also worth mentioning that we’ve heard some grumblings about the DreamCloud mattress taking a long time to arrive. We didn’t have that issue, but regardless we’d say expect the mattress to take a couple weeks to arrive. In other words, don’t be expecting the mattress to arrive overnight. Instead of 100 nights, though, DreamCloud gives you a full year trial period. That’s not a typo. They’re literally giving you 365 nights to test the bed and decide whether you want to keep it.
If you do decide to return the mattress, the process works the same way as described above. Bottom line, you’ll be able to get a full refund. In addition to a long trial period, DreamCloud backs their mattress with a friendly Everlong Warranty. You can read more about what that entails on the company’s website.
For those of you who don’t know, DreamCloud is the sister mattress to the popular Nectar bed-in-a-box. The DreamCloud mattress was first introduced in 2017, but has quickly gained traction in the ultra-competitive online bedding industry.
The DreamCloud mattress is 15″ thick and comprised of coils, latex foam, and memory foam. However, the majority of the bed is comprised of memory foam. As such, the bed has a memory foam feel to it. However, it’s not the type of memory foam feel you’re probably accustomed to. It’s not one of those memory foam beds where you immediately sink in and feel like you’re somewhat “stuck in the mud.” Instead, it’s more of a firm memory foam feel.
You really don’t sink into the memory foam top layers all that much. It’s still soft and comfortable, just don’t expect the top layers to conform to your body’s shape as much as other memory foam beds due to the firmness level. Regardless, if you’re a memory foam fan, chances are you’ll dig the feel of the DreamCloud bed.
One big advantage that DreamCloud has over Casper is that it’s thicker and contains coils. In fact, it’s actually a whopping 5″ thicker. We generally like to point heavy folks (250+ lb) towards beds that are thick and contain coils. The DreamCloud mattress uses a five-zoned pocketed coil system for its support structure.
Beds that contain coils tend to be more durable and supportive than beds (like Casper) that simply use a dense foam for its support structure. That’s because coils provide what we call bi-directional support, meaning the coils compress, as well as push back against pressure. That’s important for heavy people who place extra weight on a bed throughout the night. Given this, we think DreamCloud is a much better option for people that weigh over 250 lb.
DreamCloud also gets the edge over Casper when it comes to edge support. Don’t get me wrong, the Casper mattress actually provides pretty decent edge support for an all-foam bed, it’s just that DreamCloud is one of the best mattresses we’ve ever tested in this department.
This is an important topic for couples who share a smaller size bed (i.e. full or queen). A bed with good edge support means there is more useful surface area for you and your partner to spread out and have your own space without feeling like you’re going to fall off the bed.
This is a tough subject. There are many factors that play in a role in how cool or warm you sleep throughout the night, but if pressed, we’d say you’d have a better shot of sleeping cool on the DreamCloud mattress than on Casper.
Really, this is based on one simple fact. The DreamCloud mattress is just firmer than Casper. We think DreamCloud comes in around a medium-firm on the firmness scale, while Casper comes in right around a medium. As such, you’ll sleep more on top of the DreamCloud mattress. With Casper, it’s quite a bit softer, so you tend to sink down into the top layers a little more.
Again though, there are a lot of external factors (e.g. what climate you live in, how often you run your air conditioner, whether you use flannel sheets) that make a big difference when it comes to temperature regulation. If you’re a hot sleeper, you should check out our list of the Best Cooling Mattresses for more information on this subject.
As we stated above, DreamCloud comes with a 365-night trial period. This is great for consumers who don’t necessarily know what kind of mattress they like. With DreamCloud, you’ll have plenty of time to figure it out.
In this comparison, we are primarily focusing on the Original Casper mattress. If you want more information about how DreamCloud compares to the Casper Wave mattress, be sure to check out our full comparison of those two beds.
While Casper technically uses a layer of memory foam, it actually sits just below the top layer of the bed, which is made of an open-cell proprietary foam. As such, you really don’t feel much of the memory foam second layer. Instead, the top layer gives the bed more of a soft, neutral-foam feel. What we mean by neutral-foam is that it doesn’t feel quite like memory foam and it doesn’t really conform to your body the way memory foam does.
Still, the bed is very soft and accommodating and we’ve found that the majority of people out there really enjoy the feel of the flagship Casper mattress. It even made our list of the Most Comfortable Mattresses.
Price is perhaps Casper’s biggest advantage. It’s just a lot more affordable than DreamCloud. For example, based on MSRPs, a queen size Casper is about $400 less than a queen size DreamCloud.
Both companies are pretty aggressive when it comes to discounts, though. You can almost always find some sort of Casper coupon code or promo code. Check the box on the right hand side of the screen to see what kind of discount you can currently get. DreamCloud doesn’t offer many coupon codes, but they’re almost always running a big sale. Last we checked, they were running a $200 off sale. You check the company’s website to see if it’s still live.
As we mentioned above, the Casper mattress is much softer than DreamCloud. It just provides more pressure relief for your hips and shoulders when you’re on your side.
Bottom line, if you’re a primary side sleeper, go with Casper. It even made our list of the Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers.
While DreamCloud gets the win in terms of edge support, Casper gets the win when it comes to motion isolation. This isn’t a huge shock as all-foam beds tend to outperform their hybrid counterparts in this department. Hybrid beds just have a little more bounce due to the coils.
The Casper mattress does a great job of deadening movement. The bed easily passed our tests. This is another important subject for couples. Sleeping on a bed that isolates motion well means you won’t be disturbed as much by your partner’s movements. No one wants to be jarred awake every time their partner gets up to grab a glass of water or go to the bathroom. That can lead to nightmarish night of sleep.
If you’ve read this far, you now know how these two beds differ. However, they do have a couple similarities, as well.
Both beds are solid choices for back and stomach sleepers. Both Casper and DreamCloud provide a good amount of support under your lower back and trunk to keep your spine properly aligned. However, again, if you’re a heavier back or stomach sleeper, we’d recommend going with DreamCloud, which will provide more support.
Lastly, both beds are also fairly responsive, meaning they both snap back to position after pressure is released. This is great for active sleepers who move around a lot. Generally, these types of sleepers will find it much easier to switch between positions on responsive mattresses.
You made it to the end of the post! It’s been a long ride, but hopefully you’ve learned some stuff on the way. If you’re still struggling with the decision between these two beds, ask yourself a few questions.
First, what’s your budget? If you’re short on cash, Casper is the clear choice. Even after discounts, it’s still considerably more affordable than DreamCloud.
Next, what sort of feel do you like? If you like memory foam, DreamCloud is the better choice (although it is a bit firm). If not, go with Casper.
Then, how much do you weigh? If it’s over 250 lb, DreamCloud is the obvious choice.
Lastly, how much do you sleep on your side? If you spend a lot of time on your side, go Casper.
We hope this comparison has been helpful. Thanks for choosing the Slumber Yard.