Before we get into the post, here are some major stand out differences between the two mattresses.
Those are just the headline differences, though. There’s a lot more you’ll want to know about each mattress. Keep reading for more details.
Nectar and Loom & Leaf (owned by Saatva) take very different approaches when it comes to policies. Let’s start with Nectar. The Nectar bed ships for free and arrives at your door compressed and rolled up in a cardboard box. It’s worth noting that we’ve previously received complaints from consumers about Nectar mattresses taking much longer than expected to arrive, so keep that in mind. In other words, just don’t expect the mattress to arrive the day after you click purchase. Once you receive your mattress, just follow the lead of the Slumber Yard team below. Be sure to allow 24-48 hours for your new mattress to fully inflate and air out before sleeping on it, though.
From date of delivery, you will have 365 nights to test out the bed and decide if you love it. Yep, a full year. If you decide you don’t like the mattress for any reason during that time period, just contact customer service and they will arrange for someone to pick up the mattress from your home free of charge. The entire return and refund process shouldn’t take longer than one or two weeks. Nectar also offers all their customers a “forever warranty.” If you look into the fine print on this, it explains that in the first 1-10 years of ownership, in the event of a defect, Nectar will completely replace your mattress for you. After 10+ years, Nectar will either repair or re-cover the mattress and cover all transportation costs if there are any manufacturing defects or material failures (deemed by Nectar).
Let’s switch gears to Loom & Leaf. Because this is a more luxury tier company and because this is a big, thick mattress, Loom & Leaf offers free white glove delivery with their beds. This means they will send someone to personally deliver your mattress to you, set it up how you’d like in your home, and then remove your old mattress for you, again— all for free. From there, you’ll have 120 nights to test your mattress, so about four months. If you want to return your Loom & Leaf bed, you will be charged a $99 fee, whereas a lot of other brands offer free returns. If you decide to keep your mattress, it will be covered under a 15-year warranty.
Nectar is an all-foam bed that has a dense memory foam feel. Overall, it lands around medium to medium-firm on our firmness scale. We think the mattress offers a nice balance between support and pressure relief. In other words, we think the mattress accomodates all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you sleep primarily on your back, stomach, or side.
However, because this is a memory foam mattress, you do get a little bit of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling, which some combo sleepers might not appreciate while trying to switch positions. Still, if you like memory foam, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Regarding cost, Nectar is the cheaper option of the two. A queen size Nectar mattress has a MSRP of around $825. However, the MSRP price doesn’t mean much. Typically, the company offers $125 off to make their beds even more affordable. Be sure to check the company’s website to see if that promotion is still live. They also offer gifts sometimes, such as pillows or sheets, so that’s a nice bonus.
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Let’s get into construction next. The Nectar mattress is an all-foam bed that totals 11” thick and is comprised of four layers, three of which are memory foam. However, because the bed is made entirely of foam, it’s just not going to be the best option for heavy individuals over the long haul. Yes, it probably is one of the better all-foam mattresses for big folks out there given its firmness level and thickness, but usually we recommend bigger body types go with a bed that contains coils instead.
Mattresses that use coils for their foundations tend to be more durable and offer more support than all-foam mattresses. If you’re reading this and you’re a large individual, you’d probably be better off going with Nectar’s sister mattress, DreamCloud, which uses microcoils and totals 15″ thick.
When it comes to couples, the Nectar mattress definitely receives passing grades. It provides good edge support, which is important if your partner likes to steal the middle of the bed and push you off to the side. And like most all-foam beds, the Nectar mattress isolates motion well, meaning you’re less likely to feel your partner (or vice versa) toss and turn all night long.
Overall, Nectar is a solid memory foam mattress that is offered at an extremely approachable price point. We can see why the bed has quickly become of the most popular bed-in-a-box mattresses on the internet.
The Loom & Leaf mattress by Saatva is offered in two different firmness options: Relaxed Firm and Firm. We personally tested the Relaxed Firm option here at the Slumber Yard (it’s their best seller), and found it to be around a medium-firm on the firmness scale. The bed has a dense memory foam feel, similar to Nectar, but it’s slightly more responsive, so you only get a slight bit of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling that we mentioned earlier.
Plus, because they offer two different firmness levels, we think all types of sleepers will be able to find a model that best suits their particular habits. We recommend the Relaxed Firm model for side sleepers who need a little more pressure relief and the Firm model for back and stomach sleepers who need more support under their lower back and trunk. Additionally, we think combo sleepers who switch between positions should be fine on this mattress (Relaxed Firm version), as well.
Although Loom & Leaf is considered a premium, luxury brand, their beds are actually fairly affordable all things considered. A queen size mattress costs around $1,300. Compare that price tag to a similar bed you’d find in your local mattress store and you can start to see why we think Loom & Leaf beds are actually a solid value.
Like Nectar, the Loom & Leaf mattress is made entirely of foam and contains multiple layers of memory foam. However, one thing that separates the L&L mattress from Nectar is its special cooling gel center panel that is laminated onto the top layer. This special gel is actually used in hospitals to help treat burn victims. Given this, we think Loom & Leaf is one of the better memory foam beds on the market for hot sleepers. Also, encasing the bed is a nice, organic cotton cover. Overall, our team loves how soft the cover is and how nice it smells.
In addition, even though this bed is a little bit thicker than the standard bed-in-a-box, it’s still an all-foam mattress. We would choose it over the Nectar mattress for heavier people, but, again, we usually recommend large individuals choose a bed that contains coils. If you really think this is the best mattress for you, we’d say just go for the Firm option. It’ll provide the most support given its firmness level.
Concerning couples, this bed deadens movement well, as memory foam beds usually do, meaning you hopefully won’t be disturbed every time your partner gets up to go to the bathroom. Lastly, the edge support on the L&L mattress is pretty decent. We don’t think you’ll have any major issues at the end of the day if you and your partner like to spread out.
Overall, in our opinion, the decision between the two beds comes down to three primary factors. First, if price is your chief concern, Nectar is the clear winner. Next is the decision between firmness options. The Relaxed Firm Loom & Leaf and Nectar mattresses are similar in this department, but if you’re a primary back or stomach sleeper and need/want extra lumbar support, the Firm L&L option is best choice. Lastly, if you’re a warm/hot sleeper, we think Loom & Leaf is the better option thanks to its special cooling center panel. That’s all we have for you. We hope you found this comparison helpful.