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Nectar Vs Tuft And Needle Mattress review

Nectar vs Tuft And Needle Mattress

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

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.
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Nectar is made with four different layers and has a really approachable price tag, especially with their discounts. Among the memory foam mattresses online, Nectar very well could be the most popular.
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Soft Foam Mattress

Check Current OffersTuft & Needle is constructed with two layers and has a soft neutral-foam feel. The big reason it's so popular, however, is that it's budget-friendly. It's certainly in the discussion for the best cheap and inexpensive mattress online.

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 $700 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.

Now let’s dive into the ins and outs of Nectar vs Tuft & Needle.

Nectar vs Tuft & Needle

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.

Nectar

BEST FOR:

  • Folks who love the feel of memory foam
  • Those who prefer to have a long warranty and trial period
  • Back, stomach, side, and combo sleepers

Nectar Has A 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 inside layers

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).

Feel And Responsiveness Of Nectar

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.

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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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Dillon has a medium body type and he sleeps comfortably on Nectar

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

BEST FOR:

  • People looking for a universally comfortable mattress that just feels like a big layer of softer foam
  • Budget shoppers, college students, and people buying a mattress for their guest room
  • All sleeper types (back, stomach, combo, side)

Price Difference

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.

A queen size Tuft & Needle mattress retails for around $600, while a queen size Nectar mattress goes for around $700. 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.

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.

Construction Of Tuft & Needle

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.

Feel And Firmness Of Tuft & Needle

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.

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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.

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.

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Review Team

kenzie

McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Owen

Owen Poole

Side Sleeper

Nectar And Tuft & Needle Company Policies

Since Nectar, Tuft & Needle, and the rest of the online mattress world wants you to purchase their bed before sleeping on it, they offer a few extra perks as an incentive to give their bed-in-a-box a try. Tuft & Needle has a pretty average policy, but Nectar goes above and beyond with a few of their protocols.

You’ll get free shipping and returns with both Nectar and Tuft & Needle, and both mattresses will arrive on your front porch compressed inside a box the size of a 10-year-old. You may be a little skeptical about the mattress’ quality if you’re pulling it out of a cardboard box, but trust us. They wouldn’t be so popular if people didn’t love them. Not to mention, it makes transporting a mattress to your bedroom much easier.

Remember those perks we mentioned? For one, you get a risk-free trial period to test out your mattress, so you can be sure you like your bed before you make $600+ commitment. The trial period depends on the brand you decide to go with, for example, Tuft & Needle gives you 100 night risk-free trial period and Nectar gives you a whole year. So if you have trouble making decisions, you might like Nectar’s policy a little more. Either way, If you’re not completely satisfied, both brands will let you return the bed for free.

If you decide to keep your mattress, like about 95% of people who buy Tuft & Needle and Nectar do, you’ll be covered by a lengthy warranty policy. Again, the amount of time you’re covered depends on the brand. Tuft & Needle offers an average time span of 10 years, and Nectar will cover you with their “Forever” warranty.