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Nectar vs TempurPedic Mattress

Are you a big fan of memory foam? Read our comparison to see if you’re interested in the popular Nectar mattress or the premium TempurPedic mattress.

Last Updated: May 15, 2020

Do you prefer luxury or do you enjoy the simpler things in life? One thing’s for sure, you’re looking for a new memory foam mattress, but you aren’t sure which direction to go in. Take a look at our comparison of Nectar and TempurPedic where we discuss price, coupons, feel, firmness, construction, and more.

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.
TempurPedic TEMPUR-Adapt Memory Foam Check Current Offers Applied in CartThe TempurPedic TEMPUR-Adapt is an accommodating memory foam mattress that is available in both Medium and Medium Hybrid options.

Let’s preview the main differences we’ll be going over between Nectar and TempurPedic:

  • Price — Nectar is significantly more affordable than TempurPedic.
  • Firmness — Nectar lands between a medium and medium-firm, but you can get a range of firmness levels with TempurPedic.
  • Construction — Nectar is an all-foam mattress. TempurPedic has both an all-foam and a hybrid option.

Now that we’ve given you a quick briefing, let’s jump into the post.

Nectar vs TempurPedic: Intro Section

If you clicked the link to guide you to this comparison, odds are you love the deep viscous feeling of memory foam. If you don’t, we suggest you press that back arrow at the top left corner of your browser so you can check out our other Mattress Reviews because Nectar and TempurPedic are two mattresses with a distinct memory foam feel.

Nectar is one of the top rated choices for a memory foam bed-in-a-box mattress, so it’s a pretty strong contender to the industry giant TempurPedic who is arguably one of the most well-known memory foam mattress brands in the world. They created the TempurPedic Adapt Series to compete with bed-in-a-box mattress brands who keep growing in popularity on the internet. We are big fans of both Nectar and TempurPedic, but they each have their strengths, so it all depends on what kind of mattress or mattress brand you’re drawn to.

Nectar Sleep Mattress Construction

The four layers that make up a Nectar mattress are comprised of memory foam and support foam. The bottom slab is where you can find the support foam to act as the foundation for your bed. The next layer is “Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam,” which basically just means dense memory foam Nectar made themselves. It’s main objective is to provide pressure relief and act as a transition layer between the dense support foam base and memory foam above it.

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A peek at the construction of Nectar

The next two layers are made out of gel-memory foam, which is a slightly cooler material than traditional memory foam. So as you can tell, this mattress is packed with comfortable memory foam that your body will be able to gently sink into for maximum pressure relief and relaxation.

Firmness And Feel Of Nectar

If you purchase a bed that’s constructed with three layers of memory foam, you can probably bet the mattress is going to give you a traditional memory foam feel. When you first get on the mattress, it will take about 4-6 seconds for the foam to start molding to your body. In other words, you don’t get that deep viscous feeling right away. Once you sink in, it’s incredibly comfortable and it feels like a dense cloud giving you a hug.

Nectar Mattress Firmness Graphic

It lands between a medium and a medium-firm on our scale, so it’s slightly on the firm side to accommodate back and stomach sleepers. With that being said, we still think it’s soft enough for side sleepers. When you’re on your back or stomach you need a firmer mattress to make sure your hips don’t sink into the mattress.

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Nectar should work for all sleeping styles, including side sleepers

When you’re on your side, you need a softer mattress that will contour to the shape of your body. We think Nectar lands somewhere in the middle ground between supportive and pressure relieving, so it’s a good option for all sleeper types.

Nectar Is Way Cheaper Than TempurPedic

We know price is often a huge factor in someone’s decision, especially when you’re talking about a $1,000 difference, at minimum. A queen size Nectar mattress retails for around $800 and usually the company will throw in two free pillows with each Nectar mattress as well.

If you want to purchase a queen size TempurPedic mattress, it goes for about $2,200 (starting price) and they don’t as frequently run specials. That said, you can check TempurPedic.com to see if they have a deal today.

So if you’re on a budget or can’t justify spending over $1,500 on a mattress, then we think Nectar would be a good choice for you. If money isn’t a concern and you want to invest in a top-notch premium mattress, go ahead and spring for TempurPedic.

TempurPedic Adapt Series Construction

The specific construction of a mattress in the TempurPedic Adapt Series will vary, depending on which model you go with. You can either get the more budget friendly TEMPUR-Adapt model, their most popular model TEMPUR-ProAdapt, or the more luxury TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt. They’re pretty similar as far as construction goes, other than a coil or foam foundation, and how dense the foam is inside the mattress.

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TempurPedic Adapt mattress construction

The TEMPUR-Adapt and TEMPUR-ProAdapt model both come with a hybrid option. With that being said, the first layer of material in a Tempur-Pedic is either a dense slab of poly foam (neutral foam) or coils. Next, you’ll see a layer of transition foam that sits between the dense foam underneath it, and the soft memory foam on top of it. The slab after the transition layer will either be TEMPUR-ES memory foam, or TEMPUR-APR memory foam; again, depending on the model you choose to purchase. In a nutshell, the foam is basically a certain proprietary foam. It basically feels like dense memory foam you slowly sink into like glue — just warm, comforting, and cozy glue.

The Feel Of A TempurPedic

If you were to jump into a TempurPedic bed and lay there for a few seconds, the memory foam will soften as it retains your body heat. This is why memory foam makes you feel like you’re sinking into it, and we know there are a ton of people out there who are big fans. So if you are looking for a premium mattress with a true memory foam feel, we think you’ll enjoy a TempurPedic.

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Settling down with the TempurPedic Adapt mattress

Depending on what model you choose, you can get a Soft, Medium/Medium Hybrid, or a Firm mattress. Naturally, different companies are going to have slightly varying firmness rating systems, so we would call their Soft model a medium, their Medium model a medium-firm, and we agree their Firm model is indeed firm. That means there won’t be any sleeper types (side, back, stomach, combo) who can’t find an accommodating mattress in the TempurPedic Adapt Series. The graphic below shows the firmness ratings for the TEMPUR ProAdapt mattress.

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Split Options For Couples

If you’re sharing a bed with a significant other, we think you’ll appreciate the split king and split California king options you get with a TempurPedic. They don’t want you to argue with your loved one, and they definitely don’t want you to compromise your sleep because you let your S.O. get the mattress they preferred. With a split mattress, you can make your side of the bed as firm as you need and your partner can make theirs as soft as they want. There aren’t a ton of companies out there who manufacture their mattresses this way, so it’s one of our favorite things about TempurPedic.

Why You Should Consider Your Body Type Before You Purchase

Whether you’re petite, medium-sized, or a heavy-set individual, you’ll want to purchase a bed that will suit your body type the best. If you’re petite or medium-sized, you won’t have too many issues finding a bed you’ll feel comfortable on since you don’t put that much pressure on your sleep surface. So unless you come across an incredibly firm mattress you won’t sink into, you’re pretty much in the clear with both Nectar and TempurPedic. If you weigh 250 lb or more, you may want to consider a hybrid mattress like one in the Adapt series because it’ll be more supportive and durable in the long run.

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TempurPedic’s Adapt series offers beds that will work for heavier people.

If you’re a heavier individual and want to take a look at a few other beds we think will be a good option, head over to our post on Best Mattresses For Heavy People.


There’s no doubt in your mind you want a memory foam mattress, you just don’t know if you should go with the more budget-friendly option or if you should pull the trigger and purchase a premium memory foam bed. Here are a few key questions to ask yourself to help narrow down your options.

  • Do you want to choose between a soft or firm mattress? TempurPedic has soft, medium, and firm mattresses and couples can get a split mattress to get two different firmness levels.
  • Do you want the security of a long trial period and warranty? Nectar offers a longer risk-free trial and warranty policy than most bed-in-a-box brands out there.
  • Do you want a more supportive mattress with coils in it? TempurPedic offers a hybrid model in their Adapt Series.
  • Do you want the option for free returns? You have to pay a $99 fee to return your TempurPedic.

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Review team

  • Jon Gomez

    Side Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper