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Memory Foam Mattress
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|The Nectar mattress is an 11" all-foam bed that has a dense memory foam feel and a very affordable price tag. They now also make Nectar Lush, a softer bed with a cooling cover.|
Soft Foam Mattress
|Casper is one of the godfathers of the bed-in-a-box industry. Their flagship mattress is an 11" all-foam bed that has more of a neutral, soft foam feel. We also discuss Casper Element, the most affordable mattress from the brand.|
If you’re short on time, the primary differences between these two beds can be boiled down to two main points:
Hopefully you found the video above helpful. This review contains even more information, including about the companies’ other beds as well.
Above are a few sub-points included in this comparison. Nectar Lush is a new bed from the company, so we wanted to quickly compare that to Casper as well. Even more, Casper Element is the brand’s budget mattress, so it made sense to compare that with Nectar in particular. You can click those links to quickly jump around the comparison.
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The Nectar mattress is 11″ thick and comprised of four layers of foam. In short, it has a thick layer of polyfoam on the bottom and three layers of memory foam on top. As you might imagine given the construction, this bed has a memory foam feel.
However, it’s not your typical soft memory foam feel. It actually has more of a firm, dense memory foam feel. When you first lay down on the bed, it feels extra firm, but after a few seconds, you slowly sink in a little bit and the top layers start to conform to your body.
Still, it’s on the firmer side. We think it comes in right around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. The bed provides a good amount of support, yet you still get a little bit of pressure relief that memory foam is known for.
Overall, we think the bed is ideal for all kinds of sleepers. As I alluded to before, it strikes a nice balance between pressure relief and support. When you’re on your back or stomach, your trunk and lower back always feel supported. When you’re on your side, the top layers do a decent job of cradling your hips and shoulders. Plus, keep in mind, all beds soften, so over time you’ll start to notice the bed becomes even more accommodating for side sleepers.
However, you will get a bit of that stuck-in-the-mud sensation that memory foam is known for. That means combo sleepers who tend to switch positions a lot might find it requires a little extra effort to switch from their back to their stomach or vice versa.
Further, given it is an all-foam bed that’s on the thinner side, we don’t see this mattress as being the most ideal option for heavier individuals (250+ lb). We typically steer big folks towards hybrid or innerspring mattresses, which contain coils. As of early 2019, Casper released two hybrid mattresses called Casper Hybrid and Wave Hybrid so we recommend heavy set individuals check them out. You can see the new Casper beds on Casper.com.
In terms of temperature regulation, we’d rate this bed as temperature neutral. We don’t think you’ll heat up at night, nor will the bed actively cool you down. Rather, the temperature at which you sleep on this bed is probably going to be more dependent on external factors (i.e. living in a hot climate, running the AC, using flannel sheets, etc.).
Lastly, let’s talk about couples. We do think the Nectar mattress is a viable option for people who share a bed. It has pretty good edge support for an all-foam mattress. You never feel as if you’re going to fall off the bed as you approach the edge. That’s important when your partner decides to hog the middle of the bed, leaving you stranded near the perimeter.
SEE ALSO: Best Hybrid Mattresses
The Nectar mattress also deadens movement very well. That’s not a big surprise, though, considering memory foam is known for doing just that. So if your partner has a habit of moving around a lot or getting up for a midnight snack, don’t worry, you won’t be disturbed.
Overall, we are big fans of the Nectar mattress. We can see why the company has done so well. Bottom line, if you like the feel of memory foam, chances are you’ll like this bed. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the mattress is priced affordably and the company usually tosses in two free pillows with each mattress purchase.
Nectar Lush is only the second mattress from Nectar Sleep. It’s softer than the original and features a cooling cover. As such, when you compare it to the standard Nectar mattress, you have to give Nectar Lush the edge for side sleepers, especially if they prefer a slightly softer feel. But that’s just a brief overview of how it compares to the other Nectar bed. How does it stack up against Casper?
Nectar Lush still has a dense memory foam feel, but it’s now closer to a “medium” in terms of firmness. That means that it’s closer to the overall firmness of Casper, albeit with a totally different feel. So, when you’re debating Nectar Lush vs Casper, you have to ask yourself whether you prefer a memory foam feel or the neutral, soft foam of Casper.
Moreover, Nectar Lush is somewhat expensive for a foam mattress. The last time we checked Nectar’s website, the Lush was around $1,500 for the queen, which makes it a good deal more expensive than even Casper. Therefore, if you’re basing your decision on price, it makes more sense to get Casper over Nectar Lush.
Lastly, with Casper, you have the option to add coils and create Casper Hybrid. No such option exists with Nectar Lush, so it’s still only best for people that weigh under ~230 lbs. In other words, Nectar Lush is an all-foam bed just like the original mattress, so you probably should look elsewhere—such as the DreamCloud mattress— if you’re in a heavier weight class.
Casper actually offers a number of different beds (Casper Element, the Original, Casper Nova Hybrid, Casper Wave, etc.). In today’s post, we’ll be focusing on their flagship bed, the Original Casper mattress, since it’s most similar to Nectar in terms of construction and pricing.
The Original Casper is a 11″ all-foam bed that is comprised of three layers. It starts with a dense layer of support foam on the bottom. Next is what Casper calls its Zoned Support Foam. This layer was actually updated on the Casper mattress in early 2020.
In short, it’s a memory foam layer that is split into thirds. The top and bottom thirds are slightly softer (where you need more pressure relief) and the middle third is a bit firmer (where you need more support).
Next is a layer of proprietary open-cell foam on top that’s perforated. The open-cell foam on top gives the bed more of a soft neutral-foam feel. You don’t really feel much of that memory foam in the second layer at all.
Keep in mind, if you spring for the Casper Hybrid or Wave Hybrid, these mattresses also have coils constructed on the inside.
Overall, it’s a very comfortable mattress. It’s one of those beds where you can’t help but let out an “oh, yeah, that’s nice” as you lay down on the bed. It just has a really nice balance between comfort and support.
In terms of firmness, we think it lands smack dab in the middle of the fairway at around a medium. Like Nectar, we think it’s ideal for all kinds of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on your back, stomach, or side. Again, like Nectar, though, it’s probably just not the best option for heavier folks due to the construction of the bed.
SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Heavy People
As far as coolness, we think the Casper bed sleeps neutral. Again, you won’t wake up drenched in your own sweat, but you also won’t sleep chilly.
Lastly, like Nectar, the Casper mattress is a solid option for couples. It has pretty decent edge support and limits motion transfer well. As such, you won’t need to worry if your partner is an active sleeper or likes to keep you near the perimeter of the bed.
Overall, not to sound like a broken record, but we really like the Casper mattress, as well. It’s comfortable, accommodates all sleeper types, and performs well in almost all categories.
If you’ve made it this far, you might be a little frustrated since Nectar and Casper actually do share a lot of similarities. They original models are both all-foam beds that accommodate all sleeper types, sleep temperature neutral, and provide solid edge support and motion isolation. To make your decision easier, ask yourself two questions.
First, what’s your budget? If you’re looking to spend under $800 (queen size), it’s an easy decision, go Nectar.
If price is not a concern, it really comes down to feel. Would you rather have a memory foam type feel or more of a neutral, soft foam feel? If you want memory foam, go Nectar. If you want a neutral feel, go Casper.
UPDATE: Casper Essential has been renamed Casper Element. Most of our comments about the Essential still hold true for the Element.
While most people are interested in how the Original Casper compares to Nectar, we have had some interested in Casper Element vs Nectar. As such, in this section, we will discuss the reasons to get CE over Nectar, and Nectar over CE. Here’s a video that should help as well.
One key difference when you’re discussing Nectar vs Casper Element is the design of the two beds. For instance, Nectar is a memory foam mattress, but Casper Element has the standard soft foam feel, a bit like the Original Casper. As a result, Nectar will be slower to respond than Casper Element. You’ll notice that Casper Element snaps back into position quite rapidly, as compared to the Nectar mattress.
Casper Element is also more affordable, in many cases, when you compare it to Nectar. As an example, just looking at the queen mattress, Casper Element is around $600 and Nectar, $800. Even with discounts, you’ll find that Casper Element is a little more affordable than Nectar.
We consider those to be the main differences with Nectar and Casper Element: price, feel/firmness, and design. It really all comes down to what you want in a new foam mattress. At least both of them come with free returns.
Part of the reason why bed-in-a-box companies have achieved so much success in recent years is because they make it extremely easy for consumers to test out their beds. You no longer have to spend hours in your local mattress store being hassled by annoying salesmen.
Casper will ship their mattress compressed and rolled-up in a box directly to your home for free. After it arrives and you get it all set up, the company then gives you a 100-night trial period to test out the bed. If, for any reason, you decide you don’t want the bed during that time period, no problem, just contact Casper and they will arrange for it be picked up free of charge and they’ll issue you a full refund (pretty easy, right?). Casper also backs their mattress with a 10-year warranty.
Now, all those policies I just mentioned for Casper hold true for most bed-in-a-box companies. That’s the industry standard. However, Nectar takes it a step further in almost every regard.
They too offer free shipping. The Nectar mattress will arrive compressed and rolled-up in a protective sleeve. From there, though, the company gives you a 365-night risk-free trial period. Yes, they give you a full year to test out the bed. If you decide Nectar isn’t for you, the return process works just like I explained previously.
Nectar also backs their mattress with what they call their “Forever Warranty.” Basically, in years 1-10, the company will replace the mattress no questions asked if defects in workmanship or materials are discovered. In years 10+, the company will either repair or replace the mattress (transportation costs are covered) if manufacturing defects or material failures are found.
However, I should mention that we have heard some complaints about Nectar mattresses taking a long time to arrive. It didn’t happen to us, but if you do order a Nectar, don’t expect it to arrive the next day. It will most likely take one or two weeks to show up on your porch.