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|Nectar is one of the top five most popular mattresses online for a number of reasons. Not only does the bed have a comfortable memory foam feel, but it also happens to be quite affordable.|
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|DreamCloud is a premium hybrid mattress that incorporates 8" pocketed coils, gel memory foam and a quilted euro top. Like Nectar, the DreamCloud mattress comfortably accommodates all types of sleepers.|
For anyone that’s short on time, here’s there skinny on the DreamCloud/Nectar debate. There’s a lot that goes into making a bed and we don’t want to oversimplify things, but your decision between these two mattresses really comes down to just a few items.
Now, there is more to know about these two beds, which is why we’ve put together full reviews, but for purposes of this post, that’s the big stuff. And to be honest, there is a chance that neither of these mattresses is for you. If that’s the case, make sure to check out our mattress finder quiz and mattress buying guide. Those are two resources that you should find very helpful in your mattress search.
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Nectar is easily one of the most sought after beds online—it’s right up there with Helix, Purple, and a few others. Tens of thousands of people search for it on a monthly basis. This is a 10” memory foam mattress with a 4-layer construction. It basically uses a mix of polyurethane foam and memory foam.
There’s nothing entirely special about the way that this bed is put together, but that’s also why the price is so low—all the bells and whistles just add to the cost of the bed. The person that buys Nectar is looking for a memory foam bed that won’t break the bank. In other words, price is key, so let’s talk about that first.
Nectar is a budget bed-in-a-box company that offers solid memory foam beds for affordable prices. You’re looking at about $500 for a twin size to $1,000 for a king size. The other nice thing with Nectar is that they typically toss in two free pillows with each mattress purchase. Sometimes they’ll offer discounts in the $100 range during holiday periods as well.
DreamCloud is more of a premium online mattress brand. Prices range from around $1,000 for a twin XL to $1,500 for a king. However, DreamCloud regularly offers discounts to make their beds more affordable. The typical discount is $200, which would bring a queen size down around $1,100 mark. You can check the green discount box on your screen to see if that promotion is still live.
So, if you compare the apples-to-apples prices, Nectar is more affordable by about $300-$400 (based on a queen size). That’s real money. If you’re working with a tight budget, Nectar is the clear winner.
Given that Nectar has three layers of memory foam, it has a true, dense memory foam feel. If you like memory foam, you’re in luck. If you dislike it, you’ll probably like DreamCloud more. Alternatively, if you truly hate the feel of memory foam, check out our list of the Best Latex Mattresses.
You will get some sense of resistance while sleeping on the Nectar mattress. Not as much as with some of the other memory foam beds that we’ve tried, but it still definitely hugs your body. It’s nice for pressure relief and the bed is actually pretty supportive, but again, you have to like memory foam to get Nectar.
Nectar is a mass-market, budget mattress and is therefore constructed to please the largest amount of people. As such, it’s about a medium to medium-firm on the soft-to-firm scale.
In other words, it’s fine for all sleeping positions, including back, stomach, and side. At the end of the day, the bed is supportive (great for back and stomach sleepers) but the memory foam layers offer side sleepers ample pressure relief for their hips and shoulders as well.
Nectar is an all-foam bed and, thus, is really efficient at limiting motion transfer. If you’re sleeping alone, you probably won’t care about this, but if you’re sleeping with a partner, motion isolation is key, especially if that partner is active in their sleep.
A bed that’s good in terms of motion isolation will limit how much of that movement travels across the bed. Generally, foam mattresses are best in this area, but some spring/hybrid beds are pretty dang good here, as well. In the DreamCloud vs Nectar discussion, however, Nectar wins in this department.
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DreamCloud is a hybrid mattress that combines memory foam, pocketed coils, and a quilted euro top. In total, the bed is 15” thick and made up of six different layers. While Nectar is fairly bland in terms of its exterior, DreamCloud looks great. It looks like it’s worth the extra money. It basically belongs in a different class, along with Loom & Leaf, Saatva, Zenhaven, and a few others. They call it a luxury hybrid and we have to concur.
Despite the fact that DreamCloud uses a thick layer of gel memory foam near the top the bed, it does not feel like a memory foam mattress. Instead, the bed has more of a pillow top feel thanks to its quilted euro top. You can still feel the memory foam below, it’s just not quite as distinct as the Nectar mattress.
Additionally, because of the coils and euro top, the bed is highly responsive, which makes switching sleeping positions at night effortless. Nectar, on the other hand, is slower to respond and therefore, relatively speaking, is less ideal for combination sleepers.
A good way to think about DreamCloud is that it’s a mattress you’d find at a high-end hotel. It’s durable, comfortable, and constructed to handle virtually any sleeper.
The combination of dense foams and support coils means DreamCloud is a viable mattress for heavy people. The bed is supportive, resilient, and built to last.
If you’re over 250 lb and you’re considering these two beds, really there is no comparison—DreamCloud is the clear winner. Over the long haul, the coils in the DreamCloud mattress are going to be more supportive and durable compared to the dense foundation foam found in the Nectar mattress.
In our opinion, the DreamCloud mattress is a just a hair softer than the Nectar mattress. Like Nectar though, we think DreamCloud is comfortable for sleepers in all positions. The coils and transition foams ensure back and stomach sleepers keep proper alignment, yet the memory foam and euro top offer a forgiving and pressure relieving surface for side sleepers.
One element that’s often overlooked with a mattress is the strength of its perimeter. This is particularly important for couples that share a queen or full size mattress. You need to be able to use the entire sleeping surface, but if the edges give out on you, well, that’s not a good thing. DreamCloud provides solid edge support.
Nectar technically does not have poor edge support, but since it’s a memory foam mattress, once you get to the edges it’s somewhat difficult to wiggle your way back into the center. In other words, the foam compresses and there’s really nowhere for you to go but off. It’s not that dramatic, but DreamCloud does win handily when it comes to edge support.
Congratulations, you made it to the end of this comparison. Hopefully by now you understand some of the main differences between these two bed-in-a-box mattresses. In our opinion, the decision between the two beds comes down to a few primary factors.
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Given that both of these beds are sold primarily online, there’s some natural overlap in policies. For example, both beds come with free shipping, just like Casper, GhostBed, and pretty much every other mattress that we’ve reviewed. You can also opt for white glove delivery with DreamCloud, but that costs extra. White glove delivery essentially means that a regional distributor will bring the mattress to your house, as opposed to FedEx. It takes longer, but you don’t need to lift a finger. Movers will bring the mattress to your house and situate it in whichever room you’d like. As with anything, there are pros and cons with opting for white glove delivery.
Both mattresses are compressed, rolled up, and shipped inside a large bag. The un-bagging process is pretty straightforward and only takes a few minutes, although you’ll probably want to have a friend help you with DreamCloud since it’s a heavier mattress.
Both DreamCloud and Nectar give you 365 nights (that’s right, an entire year) to evaluate the bed. This is clearly more than enough time to make your mind up about your new mattress. And, for the record, this is the longest trial period of any of the mattresses that we’ve compared or reviewed. Having said that, during this period you should make sure to do a few things.
First, you should break in the mattress by walking on it for about a minute each night. This will ensure that the bed wears evenly. All mattresses soften over time, and you should try to speed this process up so that you have a true idea of what it will feel like for you over the long run. Second, you should not rush to judgement until your body has fully adjusted to the bed. This usually takes about a week, if not longer. Third, you should absolutely return the bed if you’re not thrilled with it after a month or so of use.
Both brands actually offer completely free returns inside that one-year trial period. If you’re not 100% satisfied, you can give them a call and request a full refund. It might take a few weeks, but they should dispatch someone to your home to pick up the bed, free of charge.
If you decide to keep your new bed, Nectar comes with a “Forever” warranty and DreamCloud has an “Everlong” warranty. Different names, but they mean basically the same thing. During the first 10 years, they will completely replace your bed at no extra charge to you, if there is a defect in the construction or materials of the bed. After year 10, they will replace or re-cover the bed if a defect arises. So, it’s not quite a true lifetime warranty, but they do give you more coverage than the average online mattress company. You can read the full DreamCloud warranty here and the full Nectar warranty here. Also, just so you know, both of these beds are made in China and are imported to the US. However, they both have the CertiPUR-US certification and have to meet rigorous health standards in order to be sold in the US.