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 vs. Tuft & Needle Mattress Overview

Nectar and Tuft & Needle are well-known names in the bed-in-a-box mattress space, ranking in popularity with Casper and Purple. In the comparison of the Nectar mattress vs. Tuft & Needle, the primary differences include:

  • Price — Before sales or promotions, Nectar retails for around $1,100 and Tuft & Needle retails for about $700 (based on queen sizes).
  • Feel and construction — Nectar features memory foam, while Tuft & Needle is made of soft neutral foam.
  • Company policies — Nectar has a longer warranty and trial period.

Nectar has become a popular memory foam choice in the online mattress industry, a more affordable option to the luxury TempurPedic memory foam mattress. Tuft & Needle, on the other hand, has gained notoriety for their budget-friendly, neutral-foam feeling mattresses. You may have even seen them in a commercial on TV, discussing their great customer reviews. In this Nectar vs. Tuft and Needle comparison, we’ll discuss the major differences between these two beds, and make recommendations based on body type, sleeper positions, price, and more.

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Nectar vs. Tuft & Needle Mattress Review Video

Nectar Mattress Review

If you’re a memory foam lover, we think you might like Nectar. It’s an affordable mattress for the quality of its memory foam, and we like to compare the feel to TempurPedic. It’s viscous, dense, but comes without the luxury mattress price tag.

Nectar Mattress Construction And Materials

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

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We cut open Nectar to see the foam layers inside
  • Comfort layer – Gel memory foam quilted into the mattress’s cover
  • Comfort layer – Gel memory foam for comfort and pressure relief
  • Transition layer – “Adaptive Response Transition Layer” or dense memory foam
  • Base layer – Foundation made of a thick layer of support foam

Nectar Feel And Firmness

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The memory foam Nectar Mattress

Due to the two layers of memory foam at the top of a Nectar mattress, it has a dense memory foam feel, in which you become nestled inside the foam once you lay down.

But you don’t immediately sink into the mattress. It takes about 4-6 seconds for the mattress to soften from your body heat and, not only pull you in but also mold you to the curves of your body.

Nectar ranks between a medium and medium-firm feel.

Nectar Lush vs. Tuft And Needle

Nectar also offers another memory foam bed called Nectar Lush. The Nectar Lush is the next step up from the Original Nectar mattress. It’s thicker than Tuft & Needle, comes with a cooling cover for temperature regulation, and is a touch softer. Though, it’s also more expensive, as a queen Nectar Lush bed retails around $1,499.

Tuft & Needle Mattress Review

Tuft & Needle is a universally comfortable mattress with a price tag almost no one can scoff at. We think price-conscious folks and people who want a soft and comfortable mattress without all the extra bells and whistles will like this mattress.

Tuft & Needle Construction And Materials

Tuft & Needle has a simple construction made of only two layers of foam. It’s also only 10” thick.

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The two layers inside a Tuft & Needle mattress
  • Comfort layer – Tuft & Needle Adaptive Foam, a proprietary foam infused with graphite to allow for better temperature regulation.
  • Base layer – Dense polyurethane foam (neutral foam) that provides the mattress’s base.

Tuft & Needle Feel And Firmness

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Tuft & Needle’s flagship mattress

With its combination of neutral polyfoam and Tuft & Needle Adaptive Foam, the Tuft & Needle mattress feels soft and fluffy. It’s just an overall comfortable mattress.

It lands as a medium on our softness to firmness scale. It fits in the sweet spot between soft and relieving, while also being supportive.

Nectar vs. Tuft & Needle Mint

The story between Nectar vs. Tuft & Needle Mint (one of the brand’s more premium bed models) and Nectar 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? Those questions will help you decide which is a better fit for you. Tuft & Needle Mint has a neutral feel, but it is a soft mattress. Our team rates it a medium-soft, so it is the better option for strict side sleepers. Nectar, on the other hand, will be best for back or stomach sleepers.

Nectar vs. Tuft & Needle Mattress 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 definitely in the budget-tier, while Nectar is an example of a mattress that straddles the budget and average tiers. Here’s a pricing breakdown for queen size beds in the comparison of Tuft & Needle vs. Nectar:

SizeNectarTuft & Needle
Twin XL$868$495
Cal King$1,398$850

*Listed price before sales or promotions.

Sleeper Type Analysis

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The heavier you are the softer the bed will feel

Nectar and Tuft & Needle are both perfectly suitable mattresses for most sleeper types thanks to their middle-of-the-road firmnesses. However, we don’t recommend them to folks with heavier body types.

Side Sleepers

For side sleepers, Nectar provides pressure relief by cradling your hips and shoulders with its dense memory foam top layer. Tuft and Needle, however, also provides a nice balance between support and pressure relief. Though, if you twisted our arms, we’d say Tuft and Needle is the slightly more plush offering, which is something many side sleepers come to prefer.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

For back and stomach sleepers, Nectar provides enough support under your lower back, trunk and hips. Tuft & Needle is also supportive enough for back and stomach sleepers under 250 lbs. With that said, since Nectar is a hair firmer, we think it’s a touch better for folks who stick to their back or stomach.

Combo Sleepers

Either mattress will work for sleepers who flip positions during the night because they both sit in the middle of supportive, yet also pressure receiving.

Petite To Average Individuals

The Tuft & Needle and Nectar mattresses will provide both comfort and support for petite and lean sleepers. However, people weighing more than ~230 pounds may not get the amount of support they need, and may be best served with a hybrid or innerspring mattress.

Heavy Individuals

People who weigh more than 250 pounds may prefer a hybrid mattress (a bed with foam and coils) that’s more durable and provides bi-directional resistance. In this case, we suggest the Tuft & Needle Hybrid instead.

Nectar vs. Tuft & Needle Mattress Review Verdict

Here are the main questions you need to ask before you decide on Nectar vs. Tuft & Needle:

  • Are you a fan of memory foam? We think you’ll 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.

Shipping, Returns, Trial Periods And Warranties

The online mattress industry has fairly standard policies for shipping, returns, trial periods and warranties. Here are the details for these two brands:

  • Shipping: Both companies offer free shipping
  • Returns: Returns with Nectar can be requested after 30 days but before 365 days. A third-party service removes the mattress. Tuft & Needle also uses a third-party return service
  • Trial period length: Tuft & Needle offers 100 nights, while Nectar offers a full year.
  • Warranty policy: Nectar offers a forever warranty for as long as you own the mattress. Tuft & Needle has a 10-year warranty.

Review team

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    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 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 in June 2017, however, they did not pay us to write or say good or bad things about their bed.

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 usual, 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.

What sleeping surfaces can you place Nectar on?

Nectar is compatible with any solid surface that has next to no flex, such as slatted frames and box springs. They even say 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, blanket, a mattress protector, a mattress topper and a pillow. Even more, they have an entire furniture section on their website, where they sell bed frames and mattress foundations. We were surprised to see that they don’t offer an adjustable bed frame.

Is the Tuft & Needle mattress good?

Yes, we think it is. It’s a simple, 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, which is pretty amazing considering it sells for well under $1,000.

Does Nectar Mattress have coils?

The Nectar Mattress is not a hybrid, but an all-foam mattress.