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The Nest Alexander Signature Series Mattress is one of our absolute favorite beds, but then again, Casper is pretty awesome as well. In this post, we’ll cover a few overview points and then where each bed gets the edge. If you need additional details on either bed, we’ve posted full reviews on both.
Like the rest of the brands in the mattress in a box industry, both Nest Bedding and Casper offer free shipping on all of their beds. They’ll show up to your door in a box about 4 feet tall. Once you remove all of the packaging, the beds will inflate. It’s a good idea to let them sit for about 24 hours to allow the foams to fully expand. Here’s a video from Casper on the unboxing process…it’s the same for Nest Bedding.
From there, you have 100 nights to test each bed to see if it’s the one for you. If you love it, keep it. If you aren’t 100% satisfied, call the brand they’ll issue you a full refund. In fact, they’ dispatch someone to your house to pick it up for free. Interestingly enough, they often call up charities to pick the beds up. So if you decide you don’t want a Nest or Casper bed, at least you’re helping out a charity if you get a refund.
If you do keep the bed, however, Casper comes with a 10 year warranty, which is standard for the bed in a box mattress industry. Nest Bedding, however, backs all of their beds with a lifetime warranty, which is uncommon for the industry. Only two other brands to my knowledge offer lifetime warranties—Layla Mattress and Nectar Mattress.
Here’s a video from Nest Bedding showing why shopping online for a mattress makes a lot of sense. It’s meant to be humorous, but it still gets the point across.
Nest also has what they call a Lifetime Comfort Guarantee, which offers you some flexibility after that 100 night trial period expires. Essentially, if you decided six months in that you want a softer, firmer, larger, or smaller bed, you can purchase that new Nest Bedding mattress at 50% off its current selling price. Hopefully you won’t need to use this, but nice to see that Nest Bedding is going above and beyond to make customers happy.
Now let’s move on to the areas where Nest bests Casper. Again, make sure to check out our full reviews for more details.
Nest Bedding Alexander comes in three different firmness levels
Nest has a soft, medium, and luxury firm option, while Casper has only one, which is about medium push to medium on the soft to firm scale. In fact, Casper is about a 4.75 to 5.75 on the soft/firm scale. It’s really comfortable and is great for side sleepers and combo sleepers (people that rotate positions at night). Here’s a graphic showing the firmness levels of Nest Alexander (medium) and Casper.
The medium option for Nest is about a 5 to 5.5 on the scale for an average size man. Firmness will depend on your weight though, so if you’re much lighter than 150LB you’ll experience a firmer bed in general. Likewise, if you’re heavier (250LB+) you’ll tend to think beds are softer. This is the reason that we show firmness on a spectrum.
Nest Alexander looks like a premium mattress.
That said, it’s really nice that Nest Bedding offers three different firmness levels, rather than hoping a medium bed is the right one. If you really want pressure relief, a softer bed is generally advisable. Side sleepers and combo sleepers tend to like that medium to medium firm level and back/stomach sleepers are usually happier with a medium firm to firm bed.
Nest Alexander will be preferable for heavy people
The Nest Alexander Mattress is 12.5″ thick, while Casper is 10″ thick. You can see a breakdown of their various layers below.
Nest Alexander (medium).
Since Nest Alexander is a thicker mattress it will be able to accommodate heavier folks more so than Casper. If you sit in one spot on Casper, it compresses quite a bit. If you lay down, it supports you well, but for anyone 250LB or more, Nest is simply the better option. Also, if you sit in one spot on Nest you will not bottom out the bed.
Above is a side view of Casper. You can see that, like Nest Alexander, it’s comprised of various layers of foam. Super comfortable bed…just not the best choice for heavy and overweight people. In our Nest Alexander vs Leesa comparison, we noted the same advantage for Nest Bedding. It not only has a premium look and feel, but the build quality just looks a cut above many of the other brands in the industry.
Nest Alexander has better edge support than does Casper
This is particularly important for couples sleeping on a full or queen size bed where space is limited. A lot of foam beds, including Casper, tend to compress along the edges, creating a ‘roll off’ sensation. With Nest, it has better support around the perimeter so if you’re sleeping with you’re partner and you’re near the edge, you won’t feel as if you’re going to slide off of the bed.
There’s a reason that Casper is the most widely known bed in a box brand out there. People love their beds. Here are the areas where Casper gets the edge over the Nest Alexander.
Casper wins on price
Relative to the rest of the direct to consumer beds out there, Casper isn’t cheap, but it’s still somewhat affordable. As is Nest Alexander, but Casper tends to be $50 to $150 less depending on whether you use a coupon code. Casper runs promotions here and there that will discount their beds by $50 to $100. Right now, you can use code RIZKNOWS for $100 Off the Casper Mattress. Also, here’s a breakdown of pre-discount pricing.
Casper sleeps slightly cooler
I wouldn’t consider Casper the coolest bed in a box mattress, but Nest Alexander does tend to get a little warmer as you sleep. Casper is more temperature neutral.
Easier to switch positions at night
This is a minor distinction, but because Casper’s top layer is an open-cell foam that gives the bed a little bounce, it requires less effort to switch sleeping positions. Nest Alexander, on the other hand, has more of that prototypical memory foam feel. Neither bed gives you that ‘stuck in the mud’ feeling, but Casper does make it a little easier for you to switch positions as you sleep.
Final thoughts on Casper vs Nest Alexander Mattress
It’s hard to say one is better than the other. We have been pretty ecstatic with the Nest Alexander Mattress, but there’s no way Casper would have achieved its level of success if they didn’t build a quality mattress.
If you’re a heavy individual or really want a premium mattress, Nest is the clear winner. It’s very comfortable and has a lot to offer. If you want to go with the biggest name in DTC mattresses and you want a medium plus to medium bed, Casper is a wonderful option. We really like both beds, but if you made us choose, I think we’d go with Nest Alexander, all things considered.