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|Nectar is one of the top five most popular mattresses online for a number of reasons, including the fact that it’s highly affordable and some people seem just really like memory foam.|
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|DreamCloud is one of the best hybrid mattresses that you can buy online. It’s durable, thick, comfortable, and ideally suited for back and stomach 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 $400 for a twin size to $900 for a king size. The other nice thing with Nectar is that they typically toss in two free pillows with each mattress purchase.
DreamCloud is more of a premium online mattress brand. Prices range from around $700 for a twin to $1,400 for a king. However, DreamCloud regularly offers discounts and coupon codes to make their beds more affordable. The typical discount is $200, which would bring a queen size below the $1,000 mark. You can check DreamCloud’s website to see if that promotion is still live.
So, if you compare the apples-to-apples prices, Nectar is more affordable by about $300 (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 hate it, run away quickly.
You will get some of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling. Not as much as with some of the other 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.
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, it’s not even close—Nectar wins.
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DreamCloud is a hybrid mattress that combines memory foam, latex foam, pocketed coils, and a cashmere cover. In total, it is 15” thick and has eight 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 actually has numerous layers of memory foam, it does not feel like a memory foam bed. Rather, it feels like a innerspring mattress with a firm pillow top (basically what it is). Additionally, because of the coils and latex foam, 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. Here’s a look at the responsiveness of DreamCloud.
A good way to think about DreamCloud is that it’s a mattress you’d find at a luxury hotel. It’s durable, comfortable, and constructed to handle virtually any sleeper.
The combination of dense memory foam, durable latex foam, and support coils means DreamCloud is one of the best mattresses for heavy and overweight people sold online today. It is extra 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. Having said that, DreamCloud is about double the price of Nectar, so technically you could almost buy one Nectar, wait for a few years, and then order a replacement bed, all for the price as one DreamCloud. Who wants to do that, though?
DreamCloud is a firmer bed, but it’s not too firm. We put it at about a medium-firm on the softness/firmness scale.
It is mostly ideal for back and stomach sleepers, which tend to gravitate toward firmer beds. Combination sleepers, however, should be good too, as long as your dominant sleeping position is not on your side. It just won’t have enough pressure relief for your hips and shoulders. If you’re predominately a side sleeper, check out our list of the best mattresses 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 has exceptional edge support. It’s pretty much on par with the Beautyrest Black and Sterns & Foster Addison Grace.
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.