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Nectar vs Leesa Mattress

See which bed in a box mattress is best for you in this Leesa vs Nectar review.

Last Updated: May 28, 2020

The mattress-in-a-box concept has exploded in recent years due in large part to companies like Nectar and Leesa. However, sometimes the differences between all these beds gets lost among all the buzz. In today’s post, we’ll break down both Leesa and Nectar so you can gain a better understanding of which mattress is right for your particular body and sleeping habits.

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Nectar vs Leesa Bed-In-A-Box Quick Synopsis

For those of you who don’t feel like reading a lot, here’s a quick and dirty summary of the main points of differentiation between these two mattresses:

  • Price — If you’re buying strictly based on price, Nectar wins. You can snag a queen size mattress for under $800. Plus, the company often tosses in two free pillows, as well.
  • Feel — The Nectar mattress has a dense memory foam feel, while the Leesa mattress has a lighter, neutral-foam feel. This is really a personal preference decision.

Of course, there’s a lot more that goes into buying a mattress, so if you want more information about each bed, keep reading. And, if you want to know more about the Leesa Studio vs Nectar debate, we have that in this comparison as well.

Nectar was founded in early 2017 and has quickly risen to become one of the most well-known bed-in-a-box brands on earth. With that kind of growth, the bed must be pretty good, right? In short, yes, but let’s dig in.

Overview Of Nectar’s Design

The Nectar mattress is an 11″ thick all-foam bed that is comprised of four layers. It starts with a thick layer of support foam for its base and then follows with three layers of memory foam.

Given the construction, the bed has a memory foam feel to it (as you would expect). However, it’s not your typical soft, sink-in memory foam. The bed is actually on the firmer side of the spectrum and has more of a dense memory foam feel.

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The Nectar mattress has a dense memory foam feel

When you initially lay down, it feels extremely firm, but after a few seconds, you start to sink in and the bed starts to conform to your body’s shape. Even after the top layers start to contour, the bed still feels somewhat firm and provides plenty of support.

Firmness Range For The Bed

In fact, we’d rate the Nectar as a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. Don’t let the firmness designation scare you, though, this bed is still very comforting and accommodating.

Overall, we think the Nectar mattress is ideal for all kinds of sleepers. When you’re on your back or stomach, you always feel supported under your trunk and lower back. As you switch to your side, you may think it’s too firm at first, but after a couple seconds the top layers start to cradle your shoulders and hips.

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Nectar will work for all sleeping styles

It’s just a very accommodating mattress. However, you will get a bit of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling that is common among most memory foam beds. This just means that sleepers may find it requires a little extra effort to switch between positions.

We’d also like to add that we think this bed is best for small and average sized people. Generally, we steer heavy folks (250+ lb) towards hybrid and innerspring beds due to the coils. Beds that have coils tend to be more supportive and better suited to handle the extra pressure large sleepers exert on a mattress.

By the way, this isn’t a knock on Nectar. We say this about pretty much all 10-11″ all-foam beds, including Leesa.

SEE ALSO: Best Hybrid and Innerspring Mattresses

In terms of temperature regulation, we’d rate the Nectar mattress as neutral. While testing this bed, we didn’t notice that we heated up at night nor did we really notice the bed keeping us cool. Historically, memory foam has been known for trapping heat and sleeping on the warm side.

However, the Nectar mattress uses gel-memory foam and is on the firmer side of the spectrum, which means you won’t sink in as much and the mattress has less opportunity to retain your body heat.

Lastly, we think the Nectar mattress is a solid option for couples. It performs pretty well in terms of motion isolation and edge support, which are important factors for partners sharing a bed.

Leesa was one of the early entrants in the bed-in-a-box-space and really helped popularize the whole concept. Like Nectar, the flagship Leesa mattress (they also offer a hybrid mattress called Sapira) is an all-foam mattress.

Inside Leesa’s Foam Mattress

Specifically, the mattress is 10″ thick and comprised of three layers. It starts with a thick layer of support foam on the bottom and then transitions to a layer of memory foam. On top is a layer of what Leesa calls its LSA200 foam, which is a proprietary foam. This top layer is actually new to the Leesa mattress as of 2018. It’s supposed to be slightly softer and more durable than the previous Avena foam top layer.

Overall, the bed has more of a soft neutral-foam feel. The top layer of LSA200 foam somewhat drowns out the memory foam transition layer below. What we mean by neutral-foam is that it’s soft to the touch and feels like foam, but it doesn’t quite contour or hug your body the way memory foam does.

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A close look at the new LSA200 foam on the Leesa mattress

The nice thing about a neutral foam as opposed to memory foam, though, is that you don’t get any of that stuck-in-the-mud sensation. That means combo and restless sleepers will find it effortless to switch between positions on the Leesa mattress.

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Leesa has a very inviting, accomodating feel

In terms of firmness, we’d rate this bed around a medium, so somewhat similar to Nectar, but a bit softer. We think the Leesa mattress is ideal for all types of sleepers. It finds a nice balance between support and pressure relief.

Like Nectar, we think the Leesa mattress will sleep temperature neutral (i.e. it’s not a cooling mattress). The bed doesn’t incorporate any special cooling materials, but given that the top layer of LSA200 foam won’t really hug you, this mattress won’t heat up either.

Lastly, the Leesa mattress will work for couples, too. It deadens movement well and provides fairly solid edge support.

Leesa Mattress vs Nectar Review Verdict

Hopefully by reading through the overview of each bed you can start to see the major differences. In our eyes, the decision between these two bed-in-a-box mattresses comes down to two primary factors—price and feel.

If you’re on a tight budget, Nectar is the way to go. It’s about $100-$200 cheaper on average (after discounts). Plus, Nectar almost always throws in two free pillows with purchase.

If price isn’t a big concern, the decision comes down to feel. If you like memory foam (some people swear by it), go with Nectar. If not, go Leesa. Chances are you’ll like Leesa’s neutral-foam feel.

Leesa Studio vs Nectar

From a high level, Leesa Studio and Nectar are fairly similar beds. For instance, they’re both composed of foam, they’re both in the budget-tier, and they’re both bed-in-a-box mattresses. Beyond those two points, however, they are quite different. Here are some key areas of separation for Leesa Studio and Nectar:

  • Nectar is a gel memory foam mattress with a viscous/traditional memory foam feel while Leesa Studio has more of a classic soft foam feel.
  • Nectar is about 11” thick and Leesa Studio is about 10” thick.
  • Leesa Studio has a 100-night trial period and Nectar, a full-year trial period.
  • Based on MSRP only, Leesa Studio is a little more affordable than Nectar—by about $100.
  • We consider Leesa Studio to be a little softer than Nectar, though, both are around a “medium.”
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Studio by Leesa has a lot in common with Nectar

When comparing Leesa Studio vs Nectar, much of the debate is going to center around feel and price. Do you prefer the memory foam/viscous feel? If so, go with Nectar. If you need the more affordable mattress, more often that will be Leesa Studio.

What would we do? That’s a tough call. We like how accommodating both beds are, and for individuals with a medium/petite build we think they’d both be fine, but the “safer pick” is probably Leesa Studio given that it’s more affordable. Having said that, you get a lot longer to test Nectar and some people (about 22% of the population) will prefer the bed’s dense memory foam feel.

Review team

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    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper


What’s the difference?

Nectar is your traditional gel memory foam mattress—it has a viscous, thick feel, but it’s really comfortable if you like memory foam. Leesa has a classic soft foam feel that we believe most people will like.

Are these soft or firm mattresses?

Leesa and Nectar are both around a “medium” or 5/10, though Nectar is a little firmer at about a 6/10.

What if I want to make a return?

That shouldn’t be an issue. Nectar and Leesa offer 100% free returns during the trial period for purchases in the contiguous United States.

Do these mattresses have coils?

Actually, no. Both Nectar and Leesa are entirely made of foam. That said, Leesa does offer two other coil mattresses, which are more money.