Casper and Nectar are two of the most widely recognized bed-in-a-box brands on the market. However, most people don't realize that both mattresses are quite different in terms of feel, firmness, and price. In this post, we'll break down each bed to help you narrow down which mattress is best for your particular sleeping habits.

Overview of Casper and Nectar Mattress

Both Nectar and Casper offer the convenience of ordering mattresses online and delivering them to your door. Nectar focuses on making sleep as a priority for everyone, even the most budget-conscious shoppers. Nectar is a fast-growing company aiming to please a wide audience by offering a full year trial and a forever warranty. Casper mattresses were some of the original ship-to-your home options, and they have a science-based approach to comfort. Casper prides itself on service and response to customer feedback as well as its commitment to sleep.

The primary differences between these two beds can be boiled down to two points:

  • Price — Nectar is more affordable. Plus, the company often throws in two free pillows with each purchase.
  • Feel — The Casper mattress has a soft neutral-foam feel. The Nectar mattress has a dense memory foam feel.

If you’re interested in specific details on Casper mattress vs Nectar, you can use these links to skip to a specific section:

Casper Mattress vs Nectar Mattress Video

Nectar Mattress Review

Nectar is a solid, comfortable mattress if you’re looking for a comfortable memory foam option.

Nectar Construction And Design

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.

Nectar Firmness And Feel

While Nectar feels like memory foam, it’s not your typical soft memory foam feel. It has more of a firm, dense memory foam feel. When you lay down on the bed, you slowly sink in and the top layers conform to your body.

Nectar is on the firmer side, 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.

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The Nectar mattress has a firmer memory foam feel

Is Nectar Good For Couples?

Couples should take certain features into account to make sure both people will be comfortable.

Edge Support

Nectar has 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.

Motion Isolation

The Nectar mattress deadens movement well. If your partner moves around a lot, you won’t be disturbed.

Temperature Regulation

This bed is 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.).

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Hopefully, you like memory foam because Nectar has plenty of it

Company Policies

If you’re torn between Nectar vs Casper mattress, don’t worry. Nectar has buyer-friendly policies that let you get your money back if you buy the wrong one for you:

  • Shipping — Nectar will ship to your home for free.
  • Trial period — Nectar gives you a full year to try out the bed.
  • Returns — If you find that you don’t like your mattress within that year, you can return your mattress for a full refund
  • Warranty — Nectar offers a forever warranty. For the first ten years, Nectar will replace the mattress if defects are found. After that, Nectar will repair or recover the mattress if problems are caused by manufacturing defects or material failures are discovered.

Casper vs Nectar Hybrid Mattress

Nectar’s Hybrid mattress helps eliminate the sinking sensation in the original all-foam styles of the Nectar mattress. The coils in the hybrid offer extra support and firmness, while the top layers of foam still offer soft comfort. This mattress is also a better fit for people who are in a higher weight class or who simply prefer a mattress with bounce. If you don’t like Nectar or Casper because they are all-foam, Nectar Hybrid might be a good choice.

Nectar Lush vs Casper Mattress

Nectar Lush is 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.

Nectar Lush is closer to the overall firmness of Casper, albeit with a totally different feel. 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.

Nectar Lush is more expensive than Casper, and Lush doesn’t have a hybrid option, so those things may help you pick Casper mattress vs Nectar.

Casper Mattress Review

Casper offers a number of beds (Casper Element, the Original, Casper Nova Hybrid, Casper Wave, etc.). We’re focusing on the flagship bed, the Original Casper mattress because it’s most similar to Nectar in terms of construction and pricing and is therefore the most useful in a Nectar vs Casper comparison.

Casper Mattress Construction And Design

The Original Casper is a 11″ all-foam bed with three layers:

  • Support layer — It starts with a dense layer of support foam on the bottom.
  • Transition layer — Next is what Casper calls its Zoned Support Foam, which was updated in early 2020. 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).
  • Comfort layer — Next is a layer of proprietary open-cell foam, which gives the bed a soft neutral-foam feel. You don’t feel that memory foam in the second layer.
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Inside the Zoned Support system on Casper

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 has a nice balance between comfort and support.

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The Casper mattress finds a nice balance between pressure relief and support

Casper Original Mattress Feel And 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.

Is Casper Good For Couples

like Nectar, the Casper mattress is a solid option for couples.

Edge Support

You won’t need to worry about Casper’s edge support.

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The Casper mattress provides pretty decent edge support for an all-foam bed

Motion Isolation

Casper 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.

Temperature Regulation

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.

Company Policies

See how Casper vs Nectar compares in buying policies:

  • Shipping — Casper offers free shipping.
  • Trial period — While Casper’s trial period is shorter, you still have 100 nights to test it out.
  • Returns — You can return your bed no questions asked during the trial period.
  • Warranty —Casper gives you a ten-year warranty.

Casper Element vs Nectar Mattress

While most people are interested in how the Original Casper compares to Nectar, some want to know about Casper Element vs Nectar.

Nectar is a memory foam mattress, but Casper Element has the standard soft foam feel. As a result, Nectar will be slower to respond than Casper Element.

Casper Element is also more affordable.

Nectar vs Casper Pricing

Nectar mattresses are less expensive and offer a more dense memory foam feel. Casper mattresses are more expensive and offer a softer neutral-foam feel. Here is how the prices stack up without any sales or discounts applied:

SizeCasperNectar
Twin$595$898
Twin XL$695$968
Full$995$1,098
Queen$1,095$1,198
King /Cal King$1,295$1,398

Nectar vs Casper Sleeper Analysis

Both beds shine in certain areas and not so much in others. While we use an average-sized person to make most of our recommendations, your sleeper type and weight will change how a bed feels to you.

Side Sleepers

Nectar will be comfortable for side sleepers because the top layers cradle your hips and shoulders. As the bed softens over time, it will be even more accommodating for side sleepers. Casper is also a good option.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

These beds are accommodating, making them comfortable for back and stomach sleepers.

Combo Sleepers

With Nectar, you will get that stuck-in-the-mud sensation memory foam is known for. Combo sleepers might find it requires a little extra effort to switch from their back to their stomach or vice versa. Casper has less of a problem with this.

Petite Body Types

People sleepers will find both options comfortable.

Heavy Body Types

We don’t think Casper or Nectar are good options for heavier individuals. Instead, a hybrid or innerspring mattresses, which contain coils, will give more support. Try looking into Nectar or Casper’s hybrid options if you like the companies but want an options with coils.

Casper Mattress vs Nectar Review Verdict

Nectar and Casper are similar. The 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:

  • What’s your budget? If you’re looking to spend under $800 (queen-size), go with Nectar.
  • 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.

Review team

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper