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Layla vs Nectar Mattress

Nectar and Layla are two bed in a box memory foam mattresses, but which one is going to be better for you?

Last Updated: June 1, 2020

In this post, we compare the flippable Layla mattress to the Nectar mattress, which offers a “forever” warranty and a year long trial period. Read this post to learn which of these memory foam mattresses has cooling features, supports all sleeper types, has better edge support and motion isolation, and more.

Layla Memory Foam $160 Off + Gift Code: RIZSLUMBERLayla is a memory foam mattress that’s flippable and features a “Soft” and “Firm” side.
Nectar Memory Foam $100 Off + Gift Applied In CartNectar could be the most popular memory foam mattress online. It’s affordable, comfortable, and usually comes with free pillows.

Before we get into the weeds, let’s quickly go over the major differences between these two beds and the key things we will be focusing on in this Nectar vs Layla review.

  • Layla vs Nectar: Difference In Price — Nectar is the more affordable mattress, but not by much. More on this below.
  • Multiple Firmness Levels — Layla’s flippable feature lets you choose between two firmness levels.
  • Difference In Memory Foam Feel — They might both use memory foam, but Nectar and Layla feel quite different.
  • Sleeper Type — All sleeper types are accommodated with Nectar. Layla is best for side sleepers.

Read through this comparison post for more details on these two beds.

Layla vs Nectar Mattress: Short Overview Section

Layla and Nectar are both foam mattresses with a memory foam feel. They’re both going to be best for petite to average sized individuals, and both sleep more in the temperature neutral range.

Company wise, they follow a very typical online mattress model, which includes free shipping, an in-home trial period, free returns, and a warranty. While they both have trial periods that are longer than the standard 100-nights, and warranties that last as long as you have the bed, Nectar’s policies are still a tad bit better.

Layla Flippable Mattress Construction And Materials

The Layla mattress has a couple of cool features, the first one being that this is a flippable mattress. One side is the “Firm” side, and the other the “Soft” side, but if we’re being honest (which we always are), we’d say the Soft side is a medium-soft, and the Firm side is a medium.

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Another cool feature that Layla has is their copper-infused memory foam. On their website, Layla claims that copper is a conductive metal that “sucks up body heat and swiftly carries it away,” which keeps this bed’s temperature neutral instead of allowing it to warm up, which memory foam tends to do.

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Take a look at Layla’s layers.

They also have Thermogel in their cover, but we don’t find this bed cool to the touch. Keep in mind that external factors, like living in Florida compared to Alaska, also have an influence on what temperature you will sleep at on this bed.

Who’s Going To Like The Layla Mattress?

Because this bed has really light and airy memory foam, combined with its firmness level, this bed is going to be best for side sleepers. Side sleepers need pressure relief for their hips and shoulders, and this bed has tons of pressure relief.

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Layla is a great bed for side sleepers.

Back and stomach sleepers will want to stick to the “Firm” side, and we indeed think most people under 230 lb will be just fine on Layla. And because Layla has a light memory foam feel, it doesn’t provide too much resistance when you go to switch positions, so we think combo sleepers should be fine on this bed as well.

This bed was built with petite to average sized individuals in mind. It’s just not going to be supportive or durable enough for large body types over time. Also, keep in mind that firmness is a relative term to weight. Petite people might find this bed to be a little firmer, as they lay more on top of the bed, instead of down in it, because of how light they are.

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Testing out the Layla mattress

Heavier people might find this bed to feel even softer, and get more of that sink-in feeling, because they put more weight onto the bed.

Do we think the Layla is a good mattress for couples? Well, that depends on how you and your partner like to sleep. If you both like memory foam and weigh under about 230 lb, we think you probably will like Layla.

Let’s Talk Price: Nectar vs Layla

Nectar is the more affordable mattress between the two, with a queen costing about $800. It’s not cheaper by much, but if you’re a college student or anyone with a budget, you know every dollar counts. Plus, Nectar often includes two free pillows with each mattress purchase as well.

Layla isn’t a budget priced mattress, but it’s definitely on the cheaper end of the spectrum. A queen typically costs about $1,000, but that’s before any discounts, which we usually have. Normally, you can find a coupon that takes off something like $100-$125. Considering you kind of get two beds here (because, ya know, it’s flippable), we think it’s a fair price. You might want to visit Layla’s website for their current deals.

Nectar Mattress Feel And Firmness

Nectar’s main claim to fame is their awesome company policies, but let’s talk specifically about the bed itself. The Nectar mattress has a dense memory foam feel, which gives you that classic memory foam hug while you sleep. We found it to be a medium to medium-firm on our firmness scale, and accommodating for any sleeper type. We found that at first it’ll feel a bit firm, but after the foam heats up from your body a bit, it softens up and you sink into the material. While the chart below shows a medium to medium-firm, we’d classify it close to a medium+.

Nectar Mattress Firmness Graphic

While this bed is pressure relieving enough for side sleepers, yet supportive enough for back and stomach sleepers, combo sleepers may not like this bed too much because we did notice some resistance from the memory foam that can make it difficult to move around. This is a double-edged sword, however. Some combo sleepers might not like the memory foam, and others might find that it makes them feel more secure in mattress and, therefore, less inclined to want to shift around.

This bed is also going to be best for petite to average sized sleepers, much like Layla. We generally suggest heavier individuals look for a mattress that has coils for support and durability. If this applies to you, check out our list of Best Beds for Heavy People. Remember what we said about firmness being relative to weight, too.

Nectar’s Multi-Layer Foam Design

As for Nectar’s construction, it’s an all-foam mattress, five layer system. First you have the base layer of supportive poly foam, then you have a layer of supportive memory foam. After that is a layer of gel memory foam, which helps keep the temperature down. Then there’s a layer of quilted gel memory foam, which is probably the layer you’ll feel the most. And then finally, a tencel cover, which Nectar claims “helps circulate air and wick away heat while you sleep.” This mattress is 11” thick.

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The top comfort layers of Nectar are memory foam

As we stated, memory foam usually retains body heat and therefore tends to sleep warm, but we noticed the Nectar sleeps more temperature neutral. This is probably because of the gel memory foam, and cover that allows for decent airflow. Because it sleeps more temperature neutral, external factors, like what you keep your air conditioning set at or if you wear flannel pajamas, will have more of an influence over how hot you sleep.

Factors For Couples

Okay, let’s talk about couples. This bed checks both the boxes, which are edge support and motion isolation. The edge support is fairly good for an all-foam, affordable bed, so if your partner likes to starfish in the middle of the mattress, you won’t feel like you’re falling off the edge of the bed. The motion isolation is also pretty good, so your partner hopefully won’t feel it when you get up to watch Rick and Morty reruns because you can’t sleep.

Final Verdict For This Comparison

On the surface, the Layla mattress and the Nectar mattress might seem like similar beds. But if you’re a super professional mattress inspector, like us, you might notice some differences.

Layla is a lighter, airy memory foam bed that doesn’t have much resistance when you try to rotate sleeping positions. It’s also flippable with two completely different firmness levels. Layla really is a unique bed-in-a-box mattress.

The Nectar mattress has a denser, thick memory foam feel that you slowly sink into. It’s a good option for any sleeper type, except maybe combo sleepers who don’t like to feel stuck when trying to turn over. It’s a better option for couples, and it’s also the cheaper choice. The Nectar also comes with a year-long trial period, which is nice for particular sleepers.

If neither of these mattresses seems like your best fit, check out our dozens of other mattress comparisons, or take our mattress finder quiz.

Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

How They Handle Shipping, Returns And More

Starting with Layla, you will receive free shipping. Your new mattress will ship straight to your doorstep, compressed and rolled up inside a cardboard box. Try to unpackage your bed as soon as possible, as it will need time to fully inflate and air out from its plastic casing. We usually recommend about 24-48 hours.

From there, you’ll have a 120-night in-home trial to sleep on your Layla bed and truly decide if this is the best bed for you. That’s a full four months. If you decide to return your Layla within this trial period, for any reason, no worries. Just contact the company, and they’ll issue you a full refund. They’ll also send someone to retrieve the mattress from you, at no extra cost. If you keep your Layla bed, it will be covered under a lifetime warranty.

Nectar’s edge is their awesome company policies. Your Nectar mattress will ship free to you, bed-in-a-box style, and straight to your doorstep. We recommend the same unboxing process with Nectar as we do with Layla.

From the day of its delivery, you will have a 365 night trial period to test your Nectar mattress. With a full year trial, you might even forget that you have the opportunity for free returns and removal. If you keep your Nectar bed, it will be covered under a “Forever” warranty, which includes normal wear and tear.

The Nectar mattress is also available through Amazon, but the company policies on there change from time to time, so make sure you read the fine print before buying from them.