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Something called a DreamCloud has got to be the single most comfortable bed in existence, right? Or at least more comfortable than a mattress named after Christina Ricci’s small ghost friend (I mean Casper).
That may or may not be correct, so allow us to break it down for you because these are both great mattresses, but they each have their own advantages over the other.
DreamCloud Mattresses are good for:
- individuals seeking an affordable hybrid mattress
- folks who like memory foam
- free shipping and returns
- 365-night trial period
- lifetime warranty
DreamCloud is better for back and stomach sleepers
The extra firmness and coils in the construction provide more of the support and bounce you’ll want if you’re one of those people. You never feel as if you’re sinking into the mattress and your lower back always receives the necessary support.
We gave the DreamCloud a 5.6–6.6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, while Casper came in more around 4.75–5.75.
DreamCloud review — edge support
One of the clear advantages DreamCloud has over Casper is edge support. It’s just much better with DreamCloud.
The coils and all the extra layers make it so when you sit or lay near the edge, there’s not much compression at all. In fact, the DreamCloud was one of the best mattresses we’ve ever tested in this department.
Here, check it out:
With the Casper mattress, it compresses a bit and you get a little bit of that roll-off feeling near the perimeter, so you end up trying to stay toward the center and that limits your bed space.
That can be a problem if you’re a couple sharing a full or a queen-sized bed, or if you just don’t like cuddling.
DreamCloud is better for those over 240 pounds
There are a few characteristics that make the DreamCloud the better mattress for anyone needing extra support. For one, it’s thicker than Casper, which is going to help prevent the mattress from bottoming out.
Also, because it’s a hybrid, the DreamCloud incorporates coils and those are going to provide some bi-directional support — the coils are able to contour to your body while also providing a little push back (i.e. give and take).
And like we mentioned before, it’s the slightly firmer bed. Considering that the softness or firmness of a mattress is felt differently depending on your weight — the more you weigh, the softer the bed feels (i.e. someone over about 240 pounds will want something more firm).
Casper Mattresses are good for:
- people who are looking for a comfortable, affordable mattress
- anyone that’s interested in a bed-in-a-box mattress
- free shipping and returns
- 100-night trial period
- 10-year warranty
- made in the USA
Casper is better for side sleepers
While the extra firmness of the DreamCloud makes it better for back and stomach sleepers, the plush feel of the Casper makes it more ideal for people who sleep on their side because it offers a bit more pressure relief.
When you’re on your side, the mattress contours to the heavier parts of your body, like your hips, trunk, and shoulders. It’s a very nice feeling.
Also, it’s worth noting that Casper recently updated their mattress to include what they call their zoned support foam. Basically, they split this layer into thirds.
The portion under your head and shoulders is made of softer foam so you sink in a little and get just the right amount of pressure relief.
The portion under your hips is slightly firmer for a little extra support and to keep your spine properly aligned. And then the portion under your legs is composed of the softer foam again — it’s pretty cool.
Casper motion transfer
This is a small win because it’s not like the DreamCloud has terrible motion transfer control. It performs pretty well, it’s just not the best we’ve ever tested.
However, the Casper mattress performed really well when we tested motion transfer. It does a really good job of deadening movement, which isn’t a huge surprise since all-foam beds typically perform better than hybrid mattresses in this department.
DreamCloud vs. Casper — pricing
This is pretty straightforward. The Casper is cheaper. You can see a breakdown of the pricing in the table below.
Prices valid as of September 24, 2020
Good news: Both companies almost always offer some sort of coupon code or promo to make their mattresses even cheaper. Here are some links to find their current discounts:
Casper has a removable cover
This is a minor point, but we actually prefer Casper’s cover over DreamCloud’s.
The Casper cover is thinner and removable, which makes it easier to clean if you happen to spill something on it since you can actually take it off.
The DreamCloud cover is a bit thicker and it’s not removable. Again though, this is kind of a minor point since you actually clean both mattresses the same way (spot clean with a mild detergent).
It’s also worth noting that DreamCloud does offer a professional cleaning on request after 1 year of ownership.
Also, I’d add that some people may not like the feel of the DreamCloud cover. It’s soft, but the puffed up squares can be a little annoying.
Jeff said he could feel the little crevasses that the squares created as he laid down on the bed. They didn’t really bother Matt though, so I guess it’s a personal preference at the end of the day.
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