For this comparison, we’ll be sizing up two of the most popular all-foam mattresses in the game: Nectar and Casper. Though these brands have generated a lot of buzz in recent years, I’m never one to let a mattress rest on hype alone, so I’ll be putting these beds to the test to see which one is truly the best!
Will the Nectar’s plush, pressure-relieving memory foam knock me off my feet, or will Casper’s layer of specialized zoned support steal the show? Only time — and this comparison! — will tell.
Continue reading below for our full Nectar vs. Casper mattress comparison or click this link to skip to the review summary for the quick version if you’re in a rush.
Before we get into the characteristics that set these brands apart, let’s take a minute to talk about some of the things they have in common.
- All-Foam Construction – Yes, both are all-foam beds, but the types of foam they use result in quite different feels. The Nectar is predominantly made of memory foam, which creates an extremely gentle, pressure-relieving vibe. The Casper, on the other hand, utilizes a combination of different foams (bouncy latex-like foam, plush memory foam, and firm poly foam) to produce a more balanced feel.
- Pressure Relief – Differing construction specs aside, both beds are built with pressure relief in mind. The thick layers of memory foam in the Nectar offer some deep sinkage that should alleviate tension at the hips and shoulders. Similarly, the Casper utilizes a layer of zoned support to bring targeted relief to sensitive spots along the body.
Now that we’ve talked through the mattress’ similarities, let’s chat about what makes both beds unique.
I’m going to walk you through a brief synopsis of each bed’s specific build below, but would encourage you to also check out our full reviews of the Nectar and Casper.
Let’s start with the Nectar mattress: an all-foam bed comprised of three foam layers. The top two memory foam layers offer a considerable amount of sinkage and are supported by a high-density polyfoam base.
Cover – The cover of the Nectar is made of a cotton and Tencel blend, an eco-friendly material that is both soft and breathable. An inch of gel memory foam is also quilted into the cover, which works with the Tencel fibers to provide some cooling relief to the sleeper.
Comfort Layer – Below the cover, you’ll find 3” of memory foam. This material’s got a slow response to pressure, so contours to the body for some satisfying comfort and relief. You’ll likely sink deeply into this section, which could make you feel as though you’re sleeping more “in” the mattress than on top of it.
Transition Layer – Following the comfort layer comes yet another section of memory foam. This layer extends the body contouring deeper into the mattress and helps to ease the sleeper into the firmer base layer below.
Foundation Layer – At the base of the Nectar, you’ll find 6” of high-density polyfoam, which serves as the foundation of the structure.
Next up, we have the Casper mattress. Whereas the Nectar mostly utilizes a single material (plush, body-contouring memory foam) the Casper uses three different foams with wildly different feels to create a more balanced sleeping experience.
Cover – Casper’s cover is made of a polyester blend that is removable by zipper for easy spot cleaning.
Comfort Layer – Beneath the cover, you’ll find a latex-like proprietary foam. This material responds quickly to pressure, giving the bed a bounce you won’t find in the Nectar. Bounce aside, you’re still likely to sink into this section for some pleasant pressure relief.
Contour Layer – Up next, you’ll find a section of memory foam that contours to the body and extends the pressure relief of the comfort layer further into the bed. Its placement below the latex-like foam helps to curb both the deep sinkage of memory foam (as we saw in the Nectar) and the overheating that can sometimes result from the material.
Transition Layer – A standout feature of the Casper mattress is its transitional layer of zoned support. This section is divided into thirds, with lighter poly foams located at the head and feet (for mobility and pressure relief) and a firmer center, which works to lift the hips up and out of the structure.
Foundation Layer – And finally, a layer of high-density polyfoam sits at the base of the mattress giving the bed its body, shape, and durability.
Nectar vs. Casper
These beds are noticeably different for a variety of reasons, so I’m going to highlight some of the most striking ones below:
- Comfort – What I’m guessing we’ll notice as we move through this comparison is that each bed’s comfort layer is going to set the tone for its respective feel. The thick sections of memory foam in the Nectar will likely result in a gentle, pressure-relieving mattress full of body-contouring and sinkage. Conversely, the Casper’s bouncy proprietary foam will likely create a livelier structure that’ll keep the sleeper positioned more on top of the bed.
- Support – Another big difference between these two beds comes down to how they’re going to support the sleeper. In the Nectar, we see a memory foam-on-memory foam design bolstered by a base of high-density poly foam, which will likely produce great body contouring, but maybe not the strongest overall support. In the Casper, a layer of zoned support is included to help bring targeted relief to the hips, shoulders, and lower back, endearing it to a wider range of sleepers.
Now let’s delve into how the materials in both mattresses are going to make them feel. As we know, feel is always going to be a personal thing, but I’ll do my best to demonstrate how these beds’ unique characteristics contribute to their distinct vibes.
Since everyone feels the firmness of a mattress differently (because of size and weight distribution), I decided to bring in three more testers to try out each of these beds. Below is the graph showing the average firmness rating for each of the mattresses.
I personally gave this mattress a 6 on the firmness scale, which puts it slightly below the industry average of 6.5 for medium firmness. When I pressed my hand into the Nectar, I immediately interacted with the memory foam layers up top. The deeper I pressed in, the more I could feel the layers contouring to my fingers. This made me curious about how that sinkage would translate to other parts of my body, so I decided to hop on the bed and see.
Once I climbed on, my first impression was that the bed was firm. After my body settled into the mattress, however, I experienced some pleasant body contouring from its foam layers. On my back, I could feel the layers hugging my curves, which made me feel like I was sleeping “in” the mattress as opposed to “on top” of it. While I experienced some comfortable pressure relief in this position, I did feel a bit stuck.
When I rolled onto my side, I could really feel my weight pushing through the Nectar, which allowed me to sink comfortably into its layers. If you’re a side sleeper, you’ll likely enjoy how the top sections of memory foam contour to the hips and shoulders. However, those stomach sleepers in the bunch may find that this deep body contouring produces some discomfort as it sends the hips out of alignment with the shoulders.
All-in-all, I’d say this mattress offered some satisfying sinkage, especially when lying on my back and side. I also enjoyed the mattress’ ability to conform to my body and provide pressure relief to my hips and shoulders.
I gave this bed a 7 on the firmness scale, putting it a touch above the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness. Unlike the Nectar, the Casper mattress has a quicker response to pressure, making it the bouncier of the two. My guess is that I’ll be able to change positions on the mattress with ease, but I won’t know for sure until I stretch out on it.
Hopping onto the Casper, I was welcomed by some comfortable pressure relief at my shoulders and hips, which I’d attribute to the section of zoned support. As I settled in, I noticed how the comfort layer filled in the space at my lower back and lifted my lumbar region up and out of the structure. I definitely sank deeper into the Nectar than I did into the Casper, which could be an important factor to consider when deciding between the two.
Wondering if the support I felt at my back would carry over to other positions, I rolled onto my side and found that the zoned support layer continued to work its magic as it alleviated pressure at my shoulders and hips. Just as it had on my back, the mattress did a fantastic job of lifting my hips up and out of the mattress when I switched onto my stomach. That being said, I think the Casper could be a much better fit for strict stomach sleepers than the Nectar.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the Casper’s ability to lift, support, and relieve pressure no matter the position, so would say it could make a solid choice for a wide range of sleeping styles and preferences.
Sinkage & Bounce
In order to find the mattress that’ll best meet your sleeping needs, we’ll need to compare their varying rates of sinkage (which is basically the amount you’re likely to sink into the bed). To visualize this, I’ve placed balls of different sizes and weights (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball and a 100 lb medicine ball) on the surface of each mattress and measured how far into the structure they sank.
This is honestly less sinkage than I was expecting across the board! Though I definitely felt like I was sinking more into the Nectar than into the Casper, I’d still say both beds feature a pretty decent amount of sinkage. However, the lift of the Casper’s proprietary foam does position the sleeper more “on top” of the bed than in it, whereas the Nectar’s thick layers of memory foam produce more of a “stuck-in-the-bed” feeling.
I wrapped up this section of the review with a little motion transfer test—or basically, the amount of disturbance you’re likely to experience from one side of the bed to the other. While this test will be important for all sleepers, it’ll be especially useful to those who need to know if their partner’s tossing and turning in the night is going to drive them up the wall (or in this case, out of the mattress).
The Nectar’s thick layer of memory foam up top does an excellent job of dampening motion, which could be great for couples with different sleeping styles. Casper, on the other hand, proved to be a tad more buoyant due to its latex-like comfort layer, resulting in more motion transferred across the surface. If you’re looking for bounce, neither of these mattresses has what you might expect out of an innerspring or hybrid mattress, but between these two the Casper offers a bit more mobility.
Nectar vs. Casper
Now that we’ve thoroughly sized up both mattresses, I’m going to wrap up with some of my biggest takeaways. For one, both mattresses are made entirely of foam, but the different types of foam they use give them totally distinct feels.
The Nectar is comprised of three foam layers that create a classic memory foam feel. The body contouring effect of this material extends from the comfort layer to the transition layer, providing a comfortable and deeply supportive sleeping experience. Side and back sleepers may reap the most benefits from the Nectar as its plush layers offer pressure relief and sinkage.
The Casper alternatively features a latex-like proprietary foam followed by memory and polyfoam layers to create a balanced foam feel. The uppermost layer is both buoyant and supportive, allowing you to change positions easily while supporting your body as you do. The zoned support layer that follows offers pressure relief and sinkage, making this bed a wonderful choice for combo sleepers seeking support in multiple positions.
If you still can’t decide between the two, let’s bring it down to the price. The Casper mattress is more expensive at $995 for a Queen while the Nectar goes for $699.
When deciding which of these fantastic mattresses to go with, there are a few factors to consider that will practically make the choice for you.
The first thing to figure out is what kind of sleeper you are. If you’re a stomach sleeper, you’ll likely enjoy Casper’s buoyant lift as it’ll keep you positioned more on top of the mattress. However if you’re a side sleeper, you’ll probably benefit most from the Nectar’s satisfying sinkage and pressure relief.
The second comes down to feel. Don’t let their all-foam constructions fool you—Nectar gives you more of that classic memory foam feel, while Casper’s going to give you a balanced foam one. If you’re looking for a little bounce, then I’d lean toward the Casper, but if you’re looking for that snug hug, the Nectar could be your best bet.
And finally, let’s talk about price. Of the two mattresses, the Nectar is the value buy with its full and queen sizes coming in at $100 less than the Casper.
To get even more specific about my recommendations, I’m going to list the great aspects of both models as well as some of their biggest complaints.
- If you’re looking for a classic memory foam feel, you might enjoy the satisfying sinkage and body contouring of the Nectar mattress.
- The thick layers of memory foam work together to dampen motion transfer across the Nectar, making it a great choice for couples.
- Side sleepers might enjoy the cushiony pressure relief produced by Nectar’s foam layers.
- Casper features a zoned support layer in its interior designed to target and support sensitive spots along the body.
- The combination of memory foam, latex, and polyfoam layers offer a balanced foam feel that caters to a wide range of sleeping styles.
- Stomach sleepers may benefit from the buoyant lift of Casper’s zoned support layer.
Well that does it for this Nectar vs. Casper comparison! If you have any more questions or comments, please feel free to leave a message on the video.