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We love mattresses here at the Slumber Yard. However, we understand not everyone shares the same passion for bedding products. If you don’t feel like reading 2,000+ words, here are the primary differences between these two beds.
Those are the primary points of differentiation between the two beds, but there are a few smaller points that you should be aware of, as well. Keep reading to learn more.
Buying a bed online isn’t nearly as scary as it was in 2010. Bed-in-a-box companies like Bear and Nectar have come along and completely changed how we shop for mattresses. A big reason behind their success is the customer-friendly policies both companies offer. Let’s explore further, starting with Bear.
The Bear mattress ships for free and arrives at your door rolled up in a box. Once it arrives, just move the box to your room and unroll it onto your frame, box spring, or foundation. However, once you unbox the bed, make sure to let it breathe for about 24-48 hours before using it. Once the mattress is delivered, Bear offers you a 100-night risk-free trial period. This is what makes buying a mattress online so great. Basically, Bear is giving you over three months to test the bed in the comfort of your own home and decide whether you want to keep it or not. That’s a lot better than testing beds in your local mattress store for 30 seconds at a time, right?
If, after 30 nights on the mattress, you decide the bed isn’t for you, no worries, the return process is very simple. All you have to do is contact Bear customer support and they’ll schedule a third party crew to come pick up the mattress from your home (no additional charge). Once the mattress is removed, just provide proof to Bear that the mattress is no longer in your possession and they’ll issue you a full refund. Lastly, Bear also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. You can read more about it on the company’s website.
Just so you’re aware, the polices that Bear offers are pretty standard for the industry. Most beds you buy online come with free delivery, free returns, a long trial period, and an extended warranty. However, occasionally, you will run across a brand that goes above and beyond. Nectar is one such example of that.
The Nectar mattress ships for free, as well, except it arrives rolled up in a bag instead of a box. From there, Nectar gives you a 365-night trial period. Yes, they give you a full year to test out the bed. If you decide you want to return it, the process works the same way as described in the Bear section. Next, Nectar one ups the competition by backing their mattresses with a Forever Warranty. Again, you can read more about what this entails on the company’s website.
First up, it’s important to note Bear made a slight change to its flagship mattress in early 2018. The mattress is largely the same, but Bear made it slightly softer this go-around. If you watched one of our Bear videos from 2017, you probably noticed how we said Bear is quite firm. That’s no longer the case. It’s actually on the softer side of the spectrum now (cue the next section).
Both Bear and Nectar have a memory foam feel (we discuss this in detail below), but they differ slightly. The Bear mattress is a little softer than Nectar. The top layer on Bear is very plush and comfortable from the get-go. Nectar is a little firmer and takes a few more seconds before its top layers starts to compress and wrap your body. In other terms, you sink down into the Bear mattress a little more than you do with Nectar. Overall, we think Bear comes in around a medium-soft on the firmness scale, while Nectar lands closer to a medium-firm.
Now, it’s important to note there’s no winner or loser when it comes to feel and firmness. Some people prefer a soft, memory foam feel and others prefer a firmer foam feel. It really comes down to personal preference. However, as you will find out in the next section, firmness does play a role when it comes to your primary sleeping position.
Generally speaking, primary side sleepers will want a mattress that is on the softer end of the spectrum and back and stomach sleepers will want a firmer mattress. Soft mattresses tend to provide more pressure relief, while firmer mattresses tend to provide more support. That’s not always the case, but it holds true in this particular comparison. Overall, we think Bear is a little more gentle and delicate around your pressure points than Nectar. The bed does a good job of cradling your hips and shoulders when you’re on your side.
That’s not to say Nectar is bad for side sleepers. We actually think Nectar accommodates all sleeper types, but if you pressed us hard, we’d recommend primary side sleepers go with Bear for maximum pressure relief.
One of the big standout features of the Bear mattress that the company likes to heavily promote is its Celliant cover. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Celliant, it’s actually a FDA recognized wellness material. This particular material is used in several different industries. However, in terms of the bedding industry, it’s supposed to help turn your body’s natural energy intro infrared light. This infrared light is then supposed to enhance tissue oxygen levels and improve athletic performance, sleep quality, and overall well-being (per the company’s website).
As such, we see this bed as a great option for individuals who live a very active lifestyle. In fact, we included Bear on our list of the Best Beds For Athletes.
This might be a small point, but the memory foam top layer on Bear is a bit more responsive than the top layer on Nectar. Basically, all we’re saying is that the top layer pops back to position a little quicker on the Bear mattress. This is good for active sleepers who tend to move around a lot throughout the night. These types of sleepers will generally find it easier to switch between positions on responsive beds.
As we alluded to above, the Nectar mattress is a bit firmer than the Bear mattress. As you lay down on the bed, it feels super firm at first, but after a few seconds, you start to sink down and the top layers start to conform to your body’s shape. Still, you don’t quite sink in as far as you do on the Bear mattress. In other words, you sleep more on top of the bed rather than in it. Again, this may or may not be preferable depending on what level of firmness you like.
While we give Bear the edge for side sleepers, Nectar gets the edge when it comes to back and stomach sleepers. Overall, the bed just provides a greater amount of support than Bear. As we stated above, you sleep more on top of the Nectar mattress, meaning when you’re on your back or stomach, your hips stay in proper alignment with the rest of of your body.
Sometimes when the hips of back and stomach sleepers sink too far down into a mattress, it can place extra pressure on your spine and lead to soreness. Luckily, that won’t happen on the Nectar mattress.
This is perhaps Nectar’s biggest advantage over Bear. The MSRP of a queen size Nectar is around $825, while a queen size Bear goes for around $900. Before you rip me over a $75 difference, the MSRPs don’t mean much. Both companies regularly offer discount codes and promo codes to the make the mattresses even cheaper.
For example, Nectar is almost always offering $125 off plus two free pillows promotion. Check the discount box on the right hand side of the screen to see if this particular promotion is live right now. Bear regularly offers discounts, as well. You can usually expect to take an additional $50-$60 off. Check the table at the top of this post or BearMattress.com to see what they’re currently offering. After discount, you’re likely looking at $700 for a queen Nectar (plus two free pillows) and $800 for a queen size Bear.
If the prices above are out of your budget, fear not, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the Best Beds Under $500.
Above we described the relative advantages and disadvantages each bed offers. However, they have several similarities, as well.
As we referenced above, both mattresses have a memory foam feel. The Bear mattress uses a thick layer of gel memory foam for its top layer and Nectar uses three layers of memory foam in total. With both beds, the top layers conform and sort of wrap your body (as you would expect with memory foam). Overall, we think both mattresses are extremely comfortable. Bottom line, if you like the feel of memory foam, we think you’ll enjoy both of these beds.
If you’re not a big fan of memory foam, though, you may want to check out our reviews of Casper, Leesa, or GhostBed, all of which are popular bed-in-a-box mattresses that have more of a mixed, neutral-foam feel.
We like both beds, but based on their constructions, we don’t think they are the best options for heavy people (250 lb or more). We generally always steer big body types towards beds that have coils rather than beds that are comprised entirely of foam like Nectar and Bear. That’s because beds that use coils for their primary support structure tend to be more durable and provide more support than all-foam beds that use dense poly foams for their foundations. Big folks exert more force on a mattress than average sized individuals, so it’s crucial they receive maximum support.
If you’re a big person and you like the sound of Bear and Nectar so far, don’t worry there’s still hope. Bear also offers a Hybrid mattress that is a little more expensive, but it contains individually encased coils for added support. Likewise, Nectar’s sister company, DreamCloud, offers a hybrid mattress.
Overall, we think both Nectar and Bear sleep temperature neutral. In simple terms, the beds won’t actively cool you down throughout the night, but they also won’t be the primary reason why you warm up. Keep in mind temperature regulation is a touchy subject in the bedding industry. A lot of bedding companies boast their mattresses sleep “cool,” but the reality is external factors play a large role in how warm or cool you sleep, as well. Some of the factors that come to mind include where you live, how powerful of an air conditioner you have, and what type of sheets/comforter you use.
Lastly, we think both Bear and Nectar are viable options for couples. Both beds perform well in terms of motion isolation and edge support, but Nectar does have the slight edge in one department.
In terms of motion isolation, both beds do a good job of deadening movement. This is important for couples that move around a lot throughout the night. Beds that are able to limit cross-mattress motion generally prevent one person from being disturbed every time the other person gets up off the bed or rolls over to switch positions.
When it comes to edge support, though, Nectar is slightly better than Bear. It just seems like Nectar is a little more firm/solid around the perimeter of the bed. There’s very little compression and you never feel like you’re going to roll right off as you approach the side. Edge support is particularly important for couples who share a smaller size mattress, like a full or queen. A mattress with good edge support means there is more room for both partners to spread out and get comfortable while still feeling properly supported.
You made it to the end of the comparison. Thanks for staying with us the entire way. You hopefully now understand where these two beds differ and where they’re similar. With that said, there’s still a good chance you’re struggling to decide which bed to go with. In our eyes, the decision between Nectar and Bear comes down to three primary factors.
Firmness & Sleeper Type — If you’re a primary side sleeper, you’re most likely going to want to go with the softer Bear mattress. If you’re a primary back or stomach sleeper, though, you’ll want to go with the firmer Nectar mattress.
Budget — If price is your chief concern, Nectar is going to be the most affordable option. Don’t forget to take advantage of that $125 off plus two free pillows deal above.
Your Lifestyle — If you’re a serious athlete, you may want to consider the advantages that the Celliant cover on the Bear mattress provides.
That’s it for this post, but feel free to check out one of our other mattress comparisons. Thanks for choosing The Slumber Yard.