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|Nolah is a plush foam mattress that's ideal for side sleepers or anyone that wants maximum pressure relief.|
|Casper is the original bed-in-a-box mattress. It has a neutral feel and is suitable for all sleeping positions.|
Casper and Nolah are two of the most sought after bed-in-a-box mattresses available online. They, along with other mattresses, are ideal for side sleepers, and also have a lot in common in terms of construction.
Both Nolah and the original Casper mattress are constructed entirely of foam, and have a (mostly) neutral-foam feel. They’re both going to be best for petite to medium body types, and are very efficient at deadening cross-mattress motion (i.e. these are good beds for light sleepers).
We want to note that Casper recently released two hybrid models called Casper Hybrid and Wave Hybrid, which means the beds are constructed with a combination of foam and coils. Coils make a mattress more supportive and durable, so we think they’d be great options for those with heavier body types.
In this post, we’ll discuss what’s different about these mattresses, and which one might be better for you. For anyone that’s under a time crunch, here’s the gist of what we’ll be discussing in the sections below.
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Nolah might not be as popular as Casper, but there is a particular mattress shopper that will absolutely love this bed. In this section we’ll cover the major reasons why you’d get Nolah over Casper.
The Nolah Original 10 is a softer mattress that is going to be best for side sleepers. It’s a bit softer than Casper and feels a tad more like a memory foam mattress. That said, there’s no stuck-in-the-mud feeling the way there is with Novosbed or Zinus, and you won’t have any issues rotating between sleeping positions.
Nolah Original 10 is a nice blend between a memory foam and neutral-foam mattress, although it technically uses a proprietary foam called Nolah AirFoam. It’s soft, airy, and very comfortable.
When you lay on the bed, it contours to the shape of your body without sucking you in the way a true memory foam bed would. It sort of cradles you and provides a soft, fluffy cushion. Nolah is one of those beds that makes you say “aahhhhh I really like this.” It’s immediately comfortable, assuming that you’re not looking for a firm mattress.
As an FYI, firmness is a relative term. We rate Nolah at between a medium-soft and medium, but extra petite individuals will likely find it to feel firmer than that. The inverse is true for heavier people that weigh more than 250 lb—they’ll find that Nolah is even softer than a medium-soft. The point is that soft/firm should be considered on a spectrum, which is why in the graphic above we show Nolah’s firmness rating as a range.
Nolah also happens to be the more affordable of the two mattresses. Both Casper and Nolah actually retail for around $1,000-$1,100 (queen size) but Nolah tends to be more aggressive when it comes to sales and discounts. For example, Nolah regularly offers $100-$135 off their beds. Plus, they sometimes even toss in free pillows with each mattress purchase.
Keep in mind that this depends on the season and which mattress deals the brands are offering. For instance, Casper is known to offer discounts in the $50-$100 off range, but that doesn’t mean they won’t offer larger deals from time to time. Having said that, in many cases, Nolah ends up being the more affordable option.
Although this has nothing to do with the mattress itself, we do want to touch on Nolah’s partnership with the Defenders of Wildlife. For every Nolah mattress purchased, Nolah will donate some of their profits to the Defenders of Wildlife, and make you an honorary wild animal adopter.
At checkout, you can choose between 20 different animals that are native to the United States, and you’ll even receive a certificate in the mail with your name and your new “adopted” animal.
Casper, as a company is worth nearly $1 billion. You don’t build a company like that with subpar products. In this section we’ll discuss what’s so special about the original Casper mattress and why it’s worth your consideration over Nolah.
While Nolah is a soft mattress, Casper is basically a true medium on the soft/firm spectrum and has a neutral feel. Casper does use memory foam, but only a thin strip and it’s one of the middle layers. As such, Casper just feels like a neutral, unassuming, comfortable slab of foam.
Given the firmness rating of Casper, it is a suitable option for all sleeping positions (back, stomach, side, and any combo of the three). Therefore, if you’re a back or stomach sleeper that’s choosing between these two beds, Casper is the better option.
You still get a good amount of pressure relief with Casper, but the bed is a little firmer than Nolah. We see Casper as the safe pick—the bed you get if you don’t want to do anymore research. Maybe you’re sick of reading reviews or maybe you’re in a hurry. Either way, Casper is one of those beds that just tends to work for a lot of people. It’s a really nice, comfortable, accommodating mattress.
Even though we’ve already discussed the feel of the Casper mattress, there’s something under the hood that’s interesting and worth taking a second to explain. With the Casper Wave Hybrid, they introduced a design that puts more support under your trunk and hips and more pressure relief under your shoulders.
Apparently this Zoned Support System was a success because in early 2020 they updated the original Casper mattress to incorporated it.
The Zoned Support System is subtle, but we really appreciate that Casper added it to the mattress. If you were to tear open the bed (like we did, but you should not), you’d see three different strips of foam in the second layer. The blue strip is a little firmer and more supportive, while the grey foam is a little softer. Again, it’s subtle, but nice to have.
This comparison really comes down to personal preference on things like feel, firmness, and price.
We can’t tell you what to do or think—all we can do is try to provide both sides. It’s not that one mattress is objectively better than the other. It’s all about what you want in a bed.