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Nectar vs Tuft And Needle Mattress

Nectar vs Tuft And Needle Mattress

A helpful comparison on two affordable bed in a box mattresses: Nectar and Tuft & Needle!

Last Updated: September 13, 2020

Jeff Rizzo

Nectar and Tuft & Needle are both popular mattresses within the online mattress space, but they have a few different characteristics that’ll probably sway you towards one bed or the other. In this post we’ll go over everything from price, firmness, feel, construction, body type, sleeper type, and more so you can get a grip on deciding which bed is right for you.

Nectar Memory Foam Free Gifts w/ Mattress PurchaseNectar could be the most popular memory foam mattress online. It’s affordable, comfortable, and usually comes with free pillows.
Tuft & Needle Original Soft Foam Check Current Offers Applied in CartTuft & Needle is quite possibly the most popular budget mattress online. The bed is comfortable and accommodates all types of sleepers.

Nectar Vs Tuft & Needle Mattress Comparison Overview

Nectar and Tuft & Needle are well-known names in the bed-in-a-box mattress space, up there in popularity with Casper and Purple.

If you’re a memory foam lover, we think you might end up liking Nectar by the end of this post. They have a few company policies that go beyond the industry average, and it’s a pretty affordable mattress for how quality the memory foam is. Tuft & Needle, on the other hand, is a universally comfortable mattress with a price tag almost no one can scoff at. We think price conscious folks and people who just want a soft and comfortable mattress without all the extra bells and whistles will really like this mattress.

It gets pretty difficult to navigate through the bed-in-a-box market since there are so many brands, and it doesn’t help when every mattress website claims they have the greatest, most comfortable bed of them all. We’re here to help you narrow down your options, and match you with the right bed based on your preferences. We aren’t sleep science experts, but we do have a storage space filled to the brim with different mattresses we’ve tested…so we think we’re pretty close.

Before we get into the post, here’s an overview of the main differences we’ll be focusing on between Nectar and Tuft & Needle:

  • Price — Nectar retails for around $800 and Tuft & Needle retails for about $600 (based on queen sizes).
  • Feel and construction — Memory foam, in the case of Nectar, versus soft neutral foam, in the case of Tuft & Needle.
  • Firmness — They are close in terms of firmness, but we want to cover this anyway.
  • Company Policies — Nectar has a longer warranty and trial period, but we will go over all of their policies.

Jump-To Links For This Comparison:

Nectar Vs Tuft & Needle Video

Nectar Mattress Review

Nectar’s Memory Foam Construction

A Nectar mattress is a total of about 11” thick, which is about the average size of most bed-in-a-box mattresses made with only foam. To give our readers a better view of what’s inside Nectar, we went ahead and cut through its casing.

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We cut open Nectar to see the foam layers inside

As you can see, Nectar is composed out of four layers: a thick layer of support foam for the foundation, a second layer made out of “Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam,” or dense memory foam, a slab of gel-memory foam for comfort and pressure relief, then last is a second layer of gel-memory foam quilted in the cover for double the comfort (not shown above).

Nectar Feel & Firmness

Some people like memory foam, some people hate it, some people love it and are avid fans. If you have a positive stance on memory foam, we think you might enjoy a nectar mattress. Due to the two slabs of memory foam at the top of a Nectar mattress, it has a dense memory foam feel where you become nestled inside the foam once you lay down.

It’s a little different than other foams because you don’t immediately sink into the mattress, it actually takes about 4-6 seconds. Once it begins to soften from your body heat, it pulls you in and molds to the curves of your body.

nectar mattress review firmness and feel

On our softness to firmness scale, Nectar is leaning slightly towards the firmer side. It’s somewhere between a medium and a medium-firm. We think it’s a perfectly suitable mattress for most sleeper types, because it’s firm enough to keep back and stomach sleeper’s spines aligned, but soft enough where side sleepers won’t wake up with pins and needles in their arms.

Why Your Body Is Important, Too

Your body weight has an affect on how a mattress feels, and there are a few kinds of people who may not love this mattress. First, is an extra petite side sleeper, like an individual around 100 lbs for example. They might not sink into the layers enough to feel the memory foam’s pressure relieving qualities. If this is the case for you, we suggest you look into our post on the Best Soft & Plush mattresses.

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The heavier you are the softer the bed will feel

Second, is a more heavy set individual, like someone 250 lbs or more. We usually suggest heavier folks spring (get it?) for a hybrid mattress (a bed with foam and coils). They’re more durable and provide bi-directional resistance, so it’ll be more supportive than a bed constructed out of all foam. If this sounds like you, both Nectar and Tuft & Needle probably won’t be the best options and you should take a look at our post on the Best Beds For Heavy People.

Tuft & Needle Mattress Review

Tuft & Needle Vs Nectar Pricing

When it comes to mattresses, you can either go with a budget-tier mattress, luxury mattress, or somewhere in the middle. Tuft & Needle is most definitely in the budget-tier, and Nectar is an example of a mattress that sort of straddles the budget and average tiers. Here’s a pricing breakdown for the queen size beds:

  • Tuft & Needle — $600
  • Nectar — $800

It’s worth noting, though, that Nectar usually includes two free pillows with each mattress purchase, which makes the bundle a little more compelling to average consumers. T&N will run promotions on their website, from time to time, but we can’t promise anything.

The price of Tuft & Needle is one big reason we recommend this bed to college students. It’s a great mattress for somebody who’s pinching pennies, or someone who plans on moving from their current living situation. Nectar is a great choice for somebody looking for an inexpensive memory foam mattress for under $1,000 out the door. It’s fairly durable for an all foam mattress, and a good number of people really enjoy it, including us.

Tuft & Needle Design & Construction

If you were to lay on a Tuft & Needle mattress, your initial thought might be something along the lines of, “what exactly is this made out of?” Tuft & Needle has a slightly simpler construction, and only uses two layers of foam, as opposed to Nectar’s four layers. It’s also 10” thick, so it’s a little thinner than Nectar too.

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The two layers inside a Tuft & Needle mattress

The first layer is composed of dense polyurethane foam (mattress jargon for neutral foam) and it provides the base for the mattress. Then the layer you’ll feel the most at the top is called T&N adaptive Foam. It’s a proprietary foam, meaning a type of material made by the brand, for the brand. It’s also infused with graphite to allow for better temperature regulation.

Tuft & Needle Feel & Firmness

Since Tuft & Needle has a combination of neutral poly foam and T&N Adaptive Foam, it doesn’t have a distinct feeling like a coil, memory foam, or latex foam mattress does. We describe it as a soft and fluffy feel; it’s just an overall comfortable mattress. If you were to get 10 friends and family members to test out a Tuft & Needle, at least 8 or 9 of them will agree it’s a cozy mattress they’d enjoy sleeping on.

tuft and needle mattress review firmness graphic

Another reason why many people will probably enjoy Tuft & Needle is because it lands at a medium on our softness to firmness scale. What does that mean to you? It’s kind of in the sweet spot between soft and relieving, but also supportive.

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Tuft & Needle works for all sleeper types (back, stomach, side, combo)

It’s soft enough to give side sleepers nice pressure relief, and it’s firm enough to give back and stomach sleepers the proper support they need.

Nectar Vs Tuft & Needle Mattress Review Verdict

Nectar and Tuft & Needle keep popping up on your computer screen during your search for a nice new mattress, and we aren’t surprised you’re interested in them. Based on their popularity, many people looking for a new mattress are. If you ask us, here are the main questions you need to ask before you decide on one or the other.

  • Are you a fan of memory foam? We think you’ll really like Nectar. If you want a general, soft-foam feel, that’s Tuft & Needle.
  • Are you a price conscious buyer? Tuft & Needle is the more affordable option between the two.
  • Do you want the option of a longer trial period or warranty? Nectar offers a generously long trial period and warranty policy.
  • Are you an extra petite side sleeper? We think you might enjoy Tuft & Needle a little more than Nectar, but it’s really close.

Nectar Lush vs Tuft & Needle Comparison

The Company also offers another memory foam bed called the Nectar Lush, which is the next step up from the Original Nectar mattress. Here’s a short video that outlines how the Lush compares to the Tuft & Needle mattress.

We hope you found the video above helpful. Keep reading for more information about the Tuft & Needle mattress in particular.

Tuft & Needle Hybrid vs Nectar

In addition to their flagship all-foam mattress, Tuft & Needle also offers a hybrid model as well. Below is a quick video that runs you through how the Tuft & Needle Hybrid compares to the Nectar memory foam mattress.

We hope the video above was helpful. Below you’ll find additional information regarding the customer policies both companies offer. You’ll notice that Nectar and Tuft & Needle both have consumer friendly policies, though, there are differences between what they offer.

Tuft and Needle Mint vs Nectar

Some people might be interested in how the Tuft and Needle vs Nectar story goes. Turns out, many of the points we had above still apply to these two beds. For instance, Tuft and Needle Mint has a neutral feel, but it is a really soft mattress. Our team rates it a “medium-soft” so it is the better option for strict side sleepers. Here’s a video we produced that specifically discusses Nectar vs Tuft and Needle Mint:

Hopefully you enjoyed that video. The story between T&N Mint and Nectar really comes down to feel and firmness. Do you prefer a softer feel or one that’s slightly firmer? Do you want a neutral foam feel or a memory foam feel? Up to you!

Review team

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper


How did the Slumber Yard get the Tuft & Needle bed?We purchased this mattress via Amazon with our own funds. In fact, in a one-year span, we actually purchased two Tuft & Needle mattresses so that we could test them, review them, and share our thoughts with the public. Tuft & Needle also sent us a twin size mattress for our initial tests back in June 2017, however, they did not pay us to write or say good or bad things about their bed. Our reviews are produced independently by our full-time staff members.
Tuft & Needle was bought out by Serta Simmons, what’s that all about?Truthfully, we don’t really know much about why Serta Simmons bought Tuft & Needle or what they plan to do with the brand. Our best guess is that the company will continue to operate as usually only Serta Simmons will take over manufacturing since that is one of their core competencies. If anything, we actually see the acquisition as a good thing since it means Tuft & Needle isn’t going anywhere for a long time. There’s a chance that we might see new T&N branded mattresses and other products, but for the most part it’s probably going to be business as usual for Tuft & Needle and Serta Simmons.
What sleeping surfaces can you place Tuft & Needle on?Tuft & Needle is compatible with any solid surface that has next to no flex such as slatted frames and box springs. They even say that the bed is compatible with adjustable bed frames, although we didn’t put this to the test.
What other products does Tuft & Needle sell?Tuft & Needle has plenty of other products in addition to their two mattresses. They have sheet sets, duvets, a mattress protector, a mattress topper, and a pillow. Even more, they have an entire furniture section of their website where they sell bed frames, mattress foundations, and pouches (i.e. nicer bean bags). We were surprised to see that they don’t offer an adjustable bed frame.
Is the Tuft & Needle mattress good?Yes. It’s comfortable foam mattress that’s highly affordable.
What is this mattress made of?Tuft & Needle is made of two layers of foam and measures 10″ thick.
Where is Tuft & Needle made?It’s made in the United States. If you think about it, that’s pretty amazing considering this mattress sells for well under $1,000.
What certifications does Tuft & Needle have?The entire T&N mattress has the UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification, which means that it helps to create a healthier indoor environment, among other things. Additionally, the foams are CertiPUR-US certified, which means they’re made without o-zone depleters and certain harmful metals. The cover of the mattress is certified by OEKO-TEX and therefore does not contain any harmful chemicals.
Does Tuft & Needle have coils?The Original Tuft & Needle mattress does not, however, the company does sell Tuft & Needle Hybrid, which is a coil mattress.