Nectar vs. Cocoon Mattress Overview
Both Nectar and Cocoon are among the major players in the bed-in-a-box industry. Cocoon’s parent company, Sealy, also owns Tempur-Pedic, and its beginnings stretch back to the late 1800s. Nectar is a new company, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the more popular mattress brands on the market. In the first year of business alone, the company sold $55 million worth of mattresses and bedding products. The company continues to grow rapidly and competes directly with the likes of Cocoon, Leesa and Casper.
Because there’s a lot to cover in this comparison, here’s a quick synopsis of the main points that we’ll be covering:
- Pricing — Cocoon and Nectar are both borderline budget mattresses, but Cocoon is typically a little more affordable.
- Temperature — Cocoon Chill is made with a phase change cooling material that makes the bed cool to the touch.
- Firmness and Feel — While Nectar and Cocoon are both memory foam beds, Cocoon is a hair softer.
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Cocoon vs. Nectar Mattress Construction
We cut open the Nectar (and Cocoon) mattress to see what’s inside (though we caution you not to do the same). Nectar is an all-foam bed with several layers. Here’s a look at what’s inside the bed:
- Standard Foam Base Support – As the name implies, this 7″ layer serves as the bed’s foundation.
- Soft Support Foam – The proprietary material is basically a 2″ layer of memory foam that acts as a transition layer from the support foam below.
- Gel memory foam – A top layer of 3″ gel memory foam.
- Cooling Cover – This soft cover provides a cooling sensation upon direct contact.
Cocoon has a basic construction that includes three layers of foam.
- Support layer – A thick layer of polyurethane foam (a.k.a. neutral-foam) to provide support.
- Transition layer – A transition layer to help soften up the feel of the dense foam below.
- Comfort layer – A memory foam top layer named “Perfect Fit Memory Foam” that contours to the curves of your body.
- Cooling cover – The cover includes phase change material which makes it cooling and temperature-regulating.
Cocoon vs. Nectar Feel And Firmness
Cocoon and Nectar both have dense memory foam feels, so when you lay down, you’ll feel the foam slowly morph to the curves of your body. However, Cocoon is slightly softer than Nectar is. We rated Cocoon in between medium and medium-firm, while Nectar is a medium-firm.
Cocoon And Nectar Sleeper Analysis
- Side Sleepers
Sitting between a medium and medium-firm on our firmness scale, Nectar is able to accommodate almost any sleep style. We consider the soft Cocoon model to be okay for back, stomach and combination sleepers
- Back And Stomach Sleepers
We think it’s safe to say that back, stomach and combination sleepers will fall in love with the Nectar mattress. On the Cocoon, the firm model is better for most back and stomach sleepers.
Cocoon And Nectar Body Type Analysis
- Heavy Individuals
If you weigh over 230 lbs, we recommend a different mattress because neither Nectar nor Cocoon will be supportive enough. Cocoon offers a hybrid mattress that offers pocketed coils, so it’s more durable, long-lasting and supportive.
- Petite to Average Individuals
Folks under 230 pounds will be just fine on either Cocoon or Nectar. Just keep in mind that the less you way, the firmer a bed will be. If you’re really petite, you should keep in mind that these beds will be more suitable for back or stomach sleepers.
Cocoon vs. Nectar Pricing
One of the biggest selling points with Cocoon and Nectar is the pricing.
Nectar, for example, is about $1,300 for a queen-size bed, but it is usually discounted for $900. In addition, you often get two free pillows with your purchase. Cocoon also plays around with pricing. As of this article, the queen-size Chill mattress has an MSRP between $1,200 and 1,250. After-discount, however, Cocoon Chill drops to around the $800 price point and sometimes includes a free pillow and sheet set.
The bottom line is that Nectar and Cocoon should be under $1,000 for the queen size, both pre- and post-discount. Historically speaking, that makes them both highly affordable, if not safely in the budget category.
Other Considerations For Nectar vs. Cocoon
If you both like the way Cocoon and Nectar feel, you should be fine sharing these beds. Here’s how they stack up with edge support and motion isolation.
Cocoon and Nectar both do a good job with motion isolation, which means you won’t feel your partner’s movements as much.
The edge support in both Cocoon vs. Nectar is fine. It’s not the best we’ve ever tested, but you won’t feel like you’re going to roll off the side.
If you’re a hot sleeper who loves memory foam, Cocoon Chill is a nice option. It’s not as cool as GhostBed Luxe, but it’s also a lot more affordable. Nectar is a temperature-regulating mattress, but it doesn’t sleep as cool as Cocoon Chill.
Nectar vs. Cocoon Review Verdict
Here are the major questions that you should be asking yourself when considering Nectar vs. Cocoon:
- What’s your budget? Both beds are affordable, but Nectar is often a little less expensive.
- What’s your dominant sleep style? If you said back or stomach, Cocoon has the firmer models; though, we consider Nectar to be a nice option as well. For side sleepers, we would give Nectar a slight edge.
- Are you fine with a three-month trial window? We consider it to be more than long enough, but if you need more time, Nectar has the longer trial period.
- What’s your weight? If you’re over 230 lbs, you should check out our list of the Best Mattresses For Heavy and Obese People.
- Do you want to try a cooling mattress? Cocoon Chill is a nice place to start because it has the phase change cover.
If you need more details, read our full reviews of the two beds.
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Cocoon mattresses are only available for online purchase, not in any retail locations. However, Nectar mattresses are available in nearly 1,500 brick-and-mortar locations nationwide for those who prefer to test drive before making a purchase. Both companies offer a risk-free trial period, however, to help customers avoid getting stuck with a mattress that doesn’t suit their sleeping needs.
It depends on your personal preference. If you prefer a firmer-feeling mattress, we recommend going with the Cocoon. However, if a softer mattress is more your style, Nectar is probably the way to go. It all comes down to what you like best!
Both Nectar and Cocoon offer a risk-free trial period. During this time, if you find that your mattress doesn’t suit your comfort needs, you can return your mattress for a full refund — free of charge.
Cocoon Chill is a good mattress for hot sleeping memory foam lovers who weigh under 230 pounds, especially if you’re on a tighter budget.
Nectar is a good mattress if you like dense memory foam and sleep on your back or stomach. Though, if you weigh over 230 pounds, you may want to look into a hybrid mattress.