Nectar vs Purple Mattress
See how two popular online mattress measure-up in this Purple vs Nectar review
Last Updated: July 16, 2020
As two of the most well-known bed-in-a-box brands on the market, we consistently receive requests to compare these two beds. On one hand, you have an affordable memory foam bed in a box, and on the other, you have Purple, which offers four different models that are quite different from the rest of its competitors. In this post, we’ll break it all down for you, including which bed is best for which types of sleepers.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Memory Foam||$100 Off + Gift Applied In Cart||Nectar could be the most popular memory foam mattress online. It’s affordable, comfortable, and usually comes with free pillows.|
|Unique||Free Gifts w/ Mattress Purchase||Purple Hybrid is a coil mattress that features a proprietary comfort layer called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s a unique mattress thats comfortable and great for hot sleepers.|
Purple Mattress vs Nectar Quick Synopsis
For those of you that prefer the Cliff Notes story, the primary differences between these brands can be boiled down to a few points:
- Price — Nectar is more affordable than all four Purple models. Pretty straight forward.
- Feel — Nectar has a dense memory foam feel, while the Purple beds use a material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer that has a gel-like feel. This decision really comes down to personal preference.
- Sleep Temperature — If you’re a hot sleeper, the Purple beds allow for much more airflow.
As you might imagine, there’s a lot more to the Purple vs. Nectar story than we can fit into a video or a few bullet points. For example, we also have a section strictly dedicated to comparing the Nectar Lush vs Purple. You can use the link to the left to skip ahead to that specific section or keep reading for more information about the flagship Nectar mattress.
Most people familiar with the bed-in-a-box industry hear the name Nectar and automatically associate it with budget level beds. And while, Nectar is priced affordably, it’s also a solid mattress in almost all aspects.
However, there is one big factor that kind of makes or breaks the mattress and that’s whether or not you like the feel of memory foam. If you do, great, this bed is for you. If not, you may want to give Purple a try, which we will discuss in detail below.
Back to the memory foam, though, this bed has a little of that typical memory foam feel where you sort of slowly sink in and the bed starts to conform to your body’s shape. You will get a bit of that stuck-in-the-mud feel, however, Nectar is different than a lot of memory foam beds out there in that it’s on the firmer side of the spectrum. As such, we’d categorize Nectar as more of a firmer, dense memory foam bed.
We think it comes in around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. The bed provides a good amount of support for back and stomach sleepers. You don’t sink in too far to the point where your spine is no longer properly aligned. However, you do sort of nestle into the bed enough to where your hips and shoulders receive good pressure relief when you’re on your side, which is why we’d recommend this bed for all types of sleepers.
At the end of the day, we think it finds a pretty good balance between support and pressure relief. Also, since Nectar is on the firmer side of the spectrum, this is one of the few all-foam 10-11″ beds that heavier sleepers (250+ lb) may be able to get away with. However, we still recommend taking a look at our Best Mattresses For Heavy Sleepers list.
Moving on, we think Nectar is a pretty good option for couples, as well. It does a good job of limiting motion transfer. This is good news for couples with one partner who likes to toss and turn or get up a lot during the middle of the night because the other person won’t be disturbed.
Also, the Nectar mattress provides pretty solid edge support for an all-foam bed. You really don’t get that roll-off sensation as you approach the edge. This comes into play a lot with couples where one person likes to hog the middle of the mattress and push the other person towards the edge.
All in all, we think the Nectar mattress is a great value for people that like the feel of memory foam. It’s been a staple on our Best Budget Beds list for years. Plus, a lot of times, they’ll give you two free pillows with each mattress purchase, which makes the whole package an even better value.
Nectar Mattress Pros and Cons
- Limits motion transfer, so it’s a good bed for couples
- Good choice for all types of sleepers
- Priced well for budget buyers
- Has some of that “sinking into memory foam” feel
- Might not be the best choice if you like a softer mattress
- Memory foam holds more body heat
Other Nectar Products
Nectar makes a variety of items you might want to buy for your Nectar Mattress:
- The Nectar Mattress Foundation, which replaces a box spring
- Nectar Adjustable Base
- Mattress protector
Nectar Mattress Reviews
- BBB Rating: A
- Nectar Mattress Reviews Consumer Reports: Consumer Reports gives the original Nectar mattress a durability rating of “excellent.” It hasn’t reported on the durability of the Nectar Lush yet.
Nectar Lush vs Purple Comparison
In addition to their flagship budget mattress, the company also offers a more premium bed called the Nectar Lush. Below is a short video that outlines how the Lush mattress compares to Purple beds.
We hope you found the video above helpful. Keep reading for more details regarding Purple mattresses in particular.
Purple is one of, if not the most, unique online mattress brand on the market. And that designation is primarily due to their patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer material that they use for the top layer on each of their models. This polymer material was actually invented by the founders of Purple and has a very unique, distinct feel. You can learn more about Hyper-Elastic Polymer on Purple’s website.
It sort of feels like a gel material, but it’s not actually gel. It’s very responsive, stretchy, and soft, yet it’s oddly supportive, as well. So now that you understand a little more about Purple’s special material, let’s discuss each of their models a bit more in-depth.
Let’s first start with the original Purple mattress, which is comprised of two layers of polyurethane foam and a 2″ layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. This model is the cheapest of the four. If you’re on a budget, this is the best Purple option for you.
The Purple Hybrid, Purple Hybrid Premier 3 and Purple Hybrid Premier 4 (formerly known as the New Purple 2/3/4), on the other hand, incorporate both coils and dense polyurethane foam for their support structure, as opposed to just dense polyurethane foam like the Original Purple. In addition to added support, the coils give these beds a little bounce. Also, given coils are in general much more durable and supportive than foams, we’d recommend heavy sleepers go with one of the new models.
Because of the unique top layer, firmness may differ from a memory foam bed. Our team members rate the Purple mattress as medium and find the Purple hybrid is medium-firm, although your perception of firmness depends in part on your size and weight. In general, mattresses will feel softer if you have a larger body.
Now, you’re probably wondering what the 2, 3, and 4 numbers stand for. Well, that’s really just in reference to the thickness of the top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer (i.e. the base Purple Hybrid uses a 2″ layer, the Hybrid Premier 3 uses a 3″ layer, etc.). The base Purple Hybrid is most ideal for back and stomach sleepers. Purple says this is the firmest option of the three because you’ll feel a little more of the dense support foam and coils below.
The Purple Hybrid Premier 3 is recommended for combo sleepers. This model obviously has one extra inch of the polymer material, so sleepers will notice the bed provides a little more pressure relief than the standard Purple Hybrid. And rounding out the models is the Purple Hybrid Premier 4, which is best for side sleepers and will provide the most immersive experience with the Hyper-Elastic material.
However, although Purple likes to guide people towards certain models on their website, Slumber Yard team member Matt, who sleeps on the Purple Hybrid Premier 4 (and loves it), thinks all the Purple Hybrid models are good for all types of sleepers. He’s a combo sleeper and finds the Hybrid Premier 4 to be great when he’s on his back or stomach, as well as his side.
What’s also neat about Purple beds is that they contain dense foam side rails to ensure sleepers feel supported around the edges. That’s good news for couples who like to have their own space and not cuddle throughout the night.
In addition, the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material surprisingly does a decent job of not transferring motion. So all in all, we think the new Purple mattresses are a viable option for couples.
The last point I’d like to bring up about the Hyper-Elastic Polymer relates to temperature regulation. Even though the Purple beds are not cool to the touch, they actually sleep quite cool due to two primary reasons. First, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is just a naturally cooler material than foams since it doesn’t trap heat.
Second, Purple lays out the Hyper-Elastic material in a grid formation, creating columns and rows that allows air to flow freely near the top of the bed. As a result, we’d highly recommend this bed for sleepers who tend to heat up at night.
Overall, we are big fans of Purple, but it is worth mentioning that not everybody loves the feel of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. Slumber Yard team members Jeff and Matt happen to love it, but’s it’s a little too unique and distracting for some of our team members. They prefer the feel of more traditional mattress materials.
Purple Mattress Pros and Cons
- Sleeps cooler than a foam mattress
- Provides good support no matter what position you sleep in
- Available in four versions, so you’re likely to find one that meets your needs
- More expensive than a traditional memory foam mattress
- Hyper-Elastic Polymer material has an unusual feel that might not appeal to everyone
- Purple’s 100-night trial period is shorter than what Nectar offers
Other Purple Products
When you purchase a Purple Mattress, you may want to check out these products:
- Purple Harmony Pillow uses the same grid technology to provide a cooling pillow that supports your head and neck
- Purple Mattress Protector mattress cover
- Purple Power Base adjustable bed frame
Purple Mattress Reviews
- BBB Rating: A+
- Purple Mattress Reviews Consumer Reports: Consumer Reports durability testing rates all the Purple Mattress styles as “excellent.”
Nectar vs Purple: Which One Should I Buy?
Nectar is a traditional memory foam mattress with more budget-friendly pricing. Purple uses a unique polymer topping and hybrid construction, and it costs more than the regular Nectar. If budget isn’t an issue, it might come down to whether you prefer the feel of memory foam or the polymer gel, because both mattresses are suitable for all kinds of sleepers.
- *Nectar and Nectar Lush
- **Price ranges from the Purple Mattress to the Purple Hybrid Premier 4
- Check our Deals page or the brand’s website for up-to-date promotions
Purple Mattress vs Nectar Review Verdict
So now that we’ve broken down these two brands, it’s probably pretty clear how they differ. To us, the decision really comes down to three questions.
First — Are you on a budget? If so, Nectar is the clear winner. The Nectar mattress is quite a bit cheaper than even the original Purple.
Second — Do you like or prefer the feel of memory foam? Some people do, which would make Nectar the clear choice. If your answer was no or maybe, then you might want to take a look at Purple. There’s a very good chance you’ll love the feel and benefits Purple beds provide.
Last — Do you sleep hot? If so, Purple is going to be the better option given its superior airflow.
Company Policies (Shipping, Returns, Trial Periods, and Warranties)
Now that you’ve read all of the juicy information about the mattresses, it’s important we cover all the little details that often go overlooked. The industry standard when it comes to all these company policies is free shipping, free returns, a 100-night trial period, and a 10-year warranty. Below, we’ll cover how Nectar and Purple stack up against the industry and each other.
Purple, more or less, meets the industry standard. Their original Purple and standard Hybrid mattresses ships for free and arrives rolled-up and compressed in a protective bag. From there, Purple gives you 100 nights to test out the bed. If for any reason you decide you don’t like the mattress during the trial period, just give customer service a call and they will arrange for someone to come to your house or apartment to pick up the mattress and issue you a full refund. The whole return process shouldn’t take more than 10-14 days.
Purple also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. The one thing you might want to note, though, is that the company offers free white glove delivery and set-up with their Purple Hybrid Premier models. These beds are extremely heavy and can’t be rolled up, so it’s nice that someone else will do the heavy lifting for you.
Nectar, on the other hand, definitely has some of the more customer friendly policies in the industry. Their bed ships for free and it too arrives rolled-up and compressed in a protective bag. From there, Nectar gives you 365 nights to test out the bed. Yes, for a full year you can sleep on this bed and truly decide whether you want to keep it.
Nectar also backs their mattresses with what they call a ‘Forever Warranty’. Basically, in years 1-10, they’ll replace the mattress no questions asked if any defects are found. In years 10+, they’ll repair or re-cover it if any manufacturing defects or material failures are discovered.
The main difference is the “feel” of the beds. Nectar has a dense/viscous memory foam feel, while Purple has a squishy/stretchy feel that’s super unique.
Nectar is a little firmer than Purple, though, they’re both around a 5/10 in terms of firmness.
There’s no denying that Purple is the better bed for hot sleepers. It does an incredible job of circulating airflow.
Yes. Both brands offer completely free returns. Nectar has a 365-night trial period and Purple has a 100-night trial period.
They will indeed, but Nectar is a tad firmer than Purple.
Our reviewers liked it, and with a 100-night return policy, you have over three months to try it out. If you’re worried about durability, Consumer Reports says all Purple options have excellent durability.
The life of a mattress depends on many factors, but the Purple mattress comes with a 10-year warranty. Note that the warranty requires you to use the mattress on a firm, non-spring foundation, and it doesn’t cover damage from things like spills or jumping on the mattress.
Nectar has a Forever Warranty that promises to cover any failure from normal use for as long as you own it. Like Purple, Nectar has also received an excellent durability rating from Consumer Reports.