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Given you probably live a very hectic and busy life, here are the primary differences between these two beds.
That’s just the quick summary, though. There’s obviously a lot more information you should take into consideration. Keep reading to learn more about Brooklyn and Nectar.
First, it’s important to note that the Brooklyn Signature comes in three different comfort levels. They allow you to choose between a Soft, Medium, or Firm model. The Medium version is most popular, though. That’s the model we’ve spent the most time with, although we will reference the other versions in this comparison, as well.
The primary difference between Nectar and the Brooklyn Signature in our eyes comes down to feel. Technically, the bed uses a thin layer of memory foam in its quilted cover, but you really don’t feel much of it. Rather the true feel of the mattress comes from the two top layers of TitanFlex proprietary foam. These two layers give the bed a soft, neutral-foam feel.
What we mean by the term neutral-foam is the the top layers are soft, accommodating and comfortable, but they don’t quite conform or hug your body the way traditional memory foam does. The TitanFlex foam layers are also more responsive than memory foam. Overall, the bed is very comfortable. In our experience, we’ve found that a soft, neutral-foam feel pleases a wide variety of people. In other words, despite what your material preference may be (memory foam, latex foam, etc.), chances are you’ll enjoy the soft, comforting feel of the Brooklyn Signature mattress.
Another major difference between Nectar and the Brooklyn Signature is how each mattress is made. The Brooklyn Signature is a hybrid mattress that is comprised of five different layers and totals 12″ thick. Most notably, the bed uses 6″ ascension pocketed coils for its primary support system. Nectar, on the other hand, is made entirely of foam and totals 11″ thick. Instead of coils, the bed uses a dense layer of poly foam for its main support structure.
In terms of construction, coils are typically considered the more premium bedding material. Coils are more supportive and tend to last longer than dense support foams. As such, if you simply compare the constructions of each mattress, Brooklyn definitely gets the edge. It’s just the more premium mattress. It even made our list of the Best Hybrid Mattresses.
Piggybacking off the last section, the Brooklyn Signature is also the more ideal option for people who weigh more than 250 lb. We make that claim based on two points. First, it’s a thicker mattress. In very general terms, thicker beds tend to provide more support and are more difficult for large body types to bottom out.
More importantly, coils just provide more support than dense base foams. Coils provide what we call bi-directional support, which is something support foams cannot match. Basically, the coils compress when pressure is applied (like support foams), but also provide a little resistance as well (push back). This resistance is more ideal to support all the extra force and pressure heavy sleepers place on a mattress on a nightly basis.
With that said, if you’re a large individual, we’d recommend going with the Brooklyn Signature Firm version for the maximum support possible. Alternatively, you could also check out our list of the Best Beds For Heavy People.
This is a small point, but the Brooklyn Signature mattress is more responsive than Nectar. Between the bounce from the coils and the top layers of proprietary foam, the Signature mattress snaps back to position almost immediately after pressure is released. This is good for active sleepers. Generally speaking, active sleepers will find it effortless to switch between sleeping positions on responsive beds.
In other words, you won’t ever feel like you’re “stuck in the mud” on the Brooklyn Signature. With Nectar, you do get a slight bit of that feel due to the top layers of memory foam.
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The Nectar bed was introduced in 2017 but it has quickly become one of the most popular online mattresses. For those of who you aren’t aware, Nectar also has a sister brand called DreamCloud. The DreamCloud mattress is a thick, hybrid bed that is a little more expensive than Nectar. Enough about all that, though, let’s get back to Nectar vs Brooklyn Bedding.
The Nectar mattress uses three layers of memory foam in total. As such, the bed has a memory foam feel to it. However, it’s not your typical soft, sink to the bottom of the bed memory foam. It’s actually more of a dense, firm memory foam feel. In fact, we actually think the bed comes in around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. Don’t get me wrong, the bed is still soft and comfortable (as you would expect from memory foam), but you just don’t sink in as far as you do with other memory foam beds. In other words, you sleep a little more on top of the bed rather than in it.
Still, as you lay down on the bed, the top layers slowly start to conform to your body’s shape. When you’re on your side, you can feel the memory foam sort of cradle or hug your pressure points (hips and shoulders). Then when your on your back or stomach, you still feel supported and don’t sink in to the point where your spine is no longer properly aligned. As such, it’s safe to say the Nectar mattress strikes a nice balance between comfort and pressure relief. If you like memory foam, chances are you’ll dig Nectar.
This one is pretty simple—The Nectar mattress is just more affordable than the Brooklyn Signature. In fact, Nectar is a staple on our Best Budget Beds list every year. A queen size Nectar mattress has a MSRP of about $800, while the Brooklyn Signature comes in around $1,000.
Plus, Nectar often includes two free pillows with each mattress purchase as well. That means you can snag a new queen size mattress and two pillows for less than $800!
Brooklyn Bedding is no slouch either, though, when it comes to promotions. They too frequently run sales and discounts. We’ve seen them run a 20% off promotion before. Check BrooklynBedding.com to see what kind of discount they’re currently offering.
We also give Nectar the slight edge when it comes to motion isolation. This isn’t a huge shock considering all-foam beds generally perform better than hybrid beds in this regard. Hybrid mattresses tend to have a little bounce, which can promote motion transfer. Still, we wouldn’t say the Brooklyn Signature performs bad in this department by any means. It’s actually one of the better coil beds we’ve tested in terms of deadening movement. At the end of the day, we don’t think you’ll have any issues with either of these bed-in-a-box mattresses.
Motion isolation is an important topic for couples to take into consideration. Beds that isolate motion well mean you’ll feel less of your partner’s activity throughout the night. No one wants to be woken up every time their partner gets up to go to the bathroom.
We mentioned this above, but thought it was worth mentioning again. Nectar is one of the few mattresses out there that comes with a full-year trial period and a lifetime warranty. That’s great for consumers who want long-term protection, but aren’t exactly sure what kind of bed they want.
By now, you hopefully understand the differences between Nectar and the Brooklyn Signature. However, it’s important to note that the two beds have a couple similarities.
We sort of alluded to this above, but we may as well discuss it again. We think both of these mattresses are ideal for all different types of sleepers. That includes back, stomach, and side sleepers, as well as combination sleepers (i.e. switch between all positions during the night).
The Nectar mattress is on the firmer side of the spectrum, which is good for back and stomach sleepers, yet the top layers still provide ample pressure relief for side sleepers. As we mentioned earlier, you do get a slight bit of that stuck-in-the-mud feel on the Nectar mattress, which is not ideal for combo sleepers, but ultimately, if you like memory foam it shouldn’t be a major issue. Brooklyn is slightly different because you’ll obviously have to choose your firmness level. Overall, we think the Soft and Medium models are best for side sleepers, while back and stomach sleepers should go with the Firm version.
Lastly, we think both mattresses will sleep temperature neutral. In other words, the beds won’t actively cool you down throughout the night, but they also won’t be the main reason why you warm up. Temperature regulation is a tough topic to definitively nail down because external factors play a major role in how warm or cool you sleep. Things like what climate you live in, how much you crank your air conditioner, and what type of sheets and comforter you use are among the primary factors that matter.
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Overall, we really like both Nectar and Brooklyn Bedding so we can see why it’s such a hard decision to choose. If you’re still stuck, in our eyes, the decision really comes down to few main points.
Budget — If you’re on a tight budget and you’re strictly buying on price, Nectar most likely wins. Plus, you’ll most likely get two free pillows with your purchase.
Overall Feel — This is really a personal preference decision. You have to decide whether you like a memory foam feel (Nectar) or a neutral-foam feel (Brooklyn).
Body Type — If you’re a larger individual, the Brooklyn Signature is the way to go.
That’s all we have for you. We hope this comparison has been helpful. Thanks for choosing to spend your time with The Slumber Yard.
A lot of consumers out there don’t realize just how easy and convenient it is to order a mattress online these days. Don’t believe me? Let me explain, starting with Brooklyn Bedding.
First, the Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress ships for free and arrives at your home rolled up in a box. Once you move the box up to your room and unroll it, make sure to let the mattress breathe and fully inflate for about 24-72 hours before sleeping on it. Here’s a look at the Slumber Yard team setting up the mattress.
Once the mattress is delivered, Brooklyn Bedding offers you a 120-night risk-free trial period. This is why buying a mattress online has become so popular over the last several years. The company is basically giving you four months to test the mattress in the comfort of your own home and decide whether you like it or not. That’s a lot better than testing beds in your local mattress store, right? I concur.
If, after 30 nights, you decide the mattress isn’t for you, no worries, just contact customer support and they’ll take care of the return process. First, they’ll arrange for a third party service to come remove the mattress from your home at no additional cost. Once that happens, just provide proof (receipt) that the bed has indeed been picked up and they’ll give you a full refund. Brooklyn Bedding also backs the Signature mattress with a 10-year limited warranty. You can read more about it on the company’s website.
Just so you know, the terms we just reviewed are pretty standard for the mattress-in-a-box industry. Most online beds come with free delivery, hassle-free returns, a long trial period, and an extended warranty. However, some brands like Nectar, go above and beyond the industry standard.
The Nectar mattress comes with free shipping and arrives rolled up in a protective bag. From there, the company offers you a 365-night risk-free trial period. That’s not a typo. Yes, they give you a full year to test out the bed. If you decide you want to return the bed, the process works the same as described above. Further, Nectar backs their mattresses with a “Forever Warranty.” You can read more about what exactly the warranty entails on the company’s website.