Amerisleep vs Nectar Mattress
These are both online memory foam mattresses, but if you can only buy one, should you go with Amerisleep AS3 or Nectar Sleep?
Last Updated: September 3, 2020
In this review we take a deep dive into the discussion of whether Amerisleep is better than Nectar and vice versa. We touch on everything from design and price to sleeping positions and firmness levels.
Here are the main points we’ll be going over when discussing Amerisleep and Nectar Sleep:
- Price — Nectar is significantly more affordable than any of the Amerisleep mattresses.
- Feel and Materials — Amerisleep has a responsive memory foam feel with a Celliant cover, while Nectar has a dense memory foam feel.
- Options — Amerisleep offers five different models of varying firmness. Nectar has just their one model.
Now that you’ve gotten all the quick points, let’s get into the details.
Amerisleep vs Nectar Sleep: Introduction
Oh, the memory foam mattress. A classic wrapped up in the nostalgia of late ‘90s commercials with wine glasses on the bed and hand imprints in the mattress. As you probably know, Amerisleep and Nectar are both memory foam beds.
Amerisleep, as the name suggests, is an American-made brand. They offer five different mattress models that vary in firmness, construction, and price.
Nectar, on the other hand, is manufactured in China and only offers one model. However, the major trade off is that it’s one of the most inexpensive budget-tier mattresses you can get online and it’s still quite comfortable for the right types of sleepers.
Amerisleep Mattress Feel
Amerisleep is clearly defined as a memory foam mattress. Although they do offer a handful of different models, which we’ll get to in the next section, they’re all going to have just about the same feel even though they’ll vary in firmness.
Memory foam is traditionally known to hold its shape (hence, “memory” foam). However, Amerisleep’s mattresses are actually quite responsive even though they do have a fairly dense memory foam feel. While the material does conform to your body when you lay down, it will bounce back into its original shape pretty quickly when pressure is removed.
This results in a pressure relieving mattress that doesn’t make you feel like you’re being sucked back down into the top layers when you go to turn over or get up.
All 5 Mattress Models From Amerisleep
As we’ve mentioned, Amerisleep’s mattress comes in five different models—AS1, AS2, AS3, AS4, and AS5. Yes, we find their names extremely creative, as well. You can see all five models on Amerisleep’s website.
The basic construction of each model is similar, though not quite the same. Moving from AS1 to AS5, the beds get softer and more expensive. For a full description of each model’s construction, price, and firmness, as well as who each model is best for, visit our full Amerisleep review.
But for a quick overview, each model is made with two or three layers, including Bio-Core support foam, Affinity Transition poly foam, and Bio-Pur memory foam. Whether it contains just two or all three materials depends on which model you look at, as does the thickness of each layer.
The nice thing about having all those options is that Amerisleep will be able to provide a suitable mattress for any memory foam fan, regardless of sleeper type.
Celliant is a material intended to promote recovery. It contains thermoreactive minerals that convert body heat to infrared light to increase blood flow. This is marketed towards athletes, generally active folks, or anyone who needs recovery aid. You can also find a Celliant cover on the Bear mattress and Bear Hybrid mattress.
Amerisleep’s Celliant cover is also removable and machine washable, which is pretty rare. Being able to simply toss the cover in the wash if you have a morning coffee spill is super convenient and we count it as a plus.
Nectar vs Amerisleep Mattress Price
Anyone shopping for a mattress has most likely considered how much they want to spend. Pretty much every larger purchase starts with a budget.
There’s a figurative chasm between the prices of Nectar and Amerisleep. Nectar is by far the more affordable option, even when you look at Amerisleep’s cheapest model. For reference, a queen size mattress from Nectar Sleep is about $800, while the AS1 in a queen size will cost you about $1,200. You can check current prices for Nectar here and Amerisleep here.
Looking at those numbers, it’s not even a contest. Nectar lands on the very low end of average for bed-in-a-box pricing, while Amerisleep is a bit above average at its cheapest model. If you jump up to the AS5, it’ll cost you a whopping $2,100 at full price, which is on par with spendy brands, like TempurPedic. Plus, Nectar often tosses in two free pillows with each mattress purchase as well.
We’d actually go so far as to say that we think Amerisleep is a bit overpriced. Even though it’s a quality mattress made in the USA, it’s still entirely foam and we can’t say we truly feel it’s worth that full ticket price.
You can, however, get Amerisleep at a discounted price from time to time, so be sure to follow the link in the table at the top of this post to check on current pricing. We’re always on the lookout for deals and coupons codes.
Nectar Mattress Feel And Firmness
Nectar, like we said, is also a memory foam mattress, but it has a slightly different feel than Amerisleep.
Nectar has that dense memory foam feel as well, but it’s more traditional in that it isn’t so responsive. When you lay on a Nectar mattress, you won’t sink in immediately, but after a moment you’ll begin to settle down into the top layers as the material contours around you.
On our scale, Nectar lands between a medium and medium-firm. That firmness profile coupled with the overall feel makes Nectar a suitable option for all sleeper types—back, stomach, side, and combo.
While Nectar will work for all sleeper types, it won’t be the best pick for all body types. Heavier individuals will likely prefer a spring or hybrid mattress over both Nectar and Amerisleep since both of them are made entirely of various foams. That’s not to say that they won’t be durable, but as it relates to heavy people, we would prefer that you start your mattress search elsewhere. Here’s our list of the Best Mattresses For Heavy and Obese People.
What It All Comes Down
If you’ve read all the way through this comparison and you’re still not sure which way to go, consider these points:
- What’s your budget? If it’s under $1,000, Nectar is the winner.
- How firm do you want your mattress? If the answer is anything other than medium to medium-firm, an Amerisleep model will better meet your preferences.
- Are you interested in that Celliant cover? If so, go for Amerisleep.
- What specific memory foam feel are you looking for? If you like it a bit more responsive, Amerisleep is more your style. If you like it denser and more traditional, go for Nectar.