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|The Nectar is an affordable mattress that has a firmer, dense memory foam feel.|
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|The Leesa mattress, on the other hand, has a soft neutral-foam feel. Like Nectar, it's ideal for all kinds of sleepers.|
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:
Of course, there’s a lot more that goes into buying a mattress, so if you want more information about each bed, keep reading.
Before we begin discussing each mattress, let’s quickly discuss part of the reason why bed-in-a-box mattresses have become so popular over the last several years. In the past, most people who wanted to buy a new mattress would visit their local mattress store and spend hours upon hours laying on different beds for 60 seconds at a time.
Well, several years ago, direct-to-consumer online mattress companies started popping up and eliminating the need for brick-n-mortar retailers and annoying salespeople by offering very friendly customer service policies that allow consumers to test their beds risk-free.
The Leesa mattress ships for free and arrives at your doorstep compressed and rolled-up in a box (hence the term bed-in-a-box). Once it arrives and you get it all set up, the company offers a 100-night risk-free trial period. Basically, you can test out the bed for more than three months before deciding whether you want to keep it or not.
If you decide during the trial period that the Leesa mattress isn’t for you, no problem, just contact the company and they’ll arrange for it to be picked up free of charge. They’ll also issue you a full refund. Pretty easy, right? Leesa also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty.
Just for the record, the policies we just covered (free shipping, free returns, 100-night trial period, and 10-year warranty) are standard for the bed-in-a-box industry. That’s what most companies offer.
However, with that said, Nectar takes the industry standard polices a step further. They too offer free shipping, although the Nectar mattress arrives compressed and rolled-up in a protective covering rather than a box. From there, the company gives you a 365-night trial period. Yes, you can test out this bed for a full year before deciding whether you want to keep it. If you don’t like it, the return process works like Leesa’s.
In addition, Nectar backs their mattress with what they call a “Forever Warranty.” You can learn more about it on their website. Last thing—this might be a small point, but we have heard some grumblings about the Nectar mattress taking a long time to arrive. We’d say just to be safe, expect the Nectar mattress to arrive about a week or two after you place an order.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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-$150 cheaper on average (after discount). 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.