Advertiser Disclosure
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: October 6, 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 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 $600 (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.

Jump-To Links For This Comparison:

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 Ratings

  • BBB rating: While it is not officially recognized, Nectar gets a one-star rating from the Better Business Bureau based on 157 customer reviews.
  • Amazon reviews: 0 stars. There have been no customer rankings for any size of the Nectar mattress.

Other Nectar Products

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.

Nectar’s Gel Foam Layers:

  • 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 mattress reviews construction memory foam
We cut open Nectar to see the foam layers inside

Nectar Feel And Firmness

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 mattress review firmness and feel

Nectar ranks between a medium and medium-firm feel.

Nectar Mattress Sleeper Type Analysis

nectar mattress review side sleepers memory foam bed
The heavier you are the softer the bed will feel

Nectar is a perfectly suitable mattress for most sleeper types, because it’s firm enough to keep back and stomach sleepers’ spines aligned, but soft enough that side sleepers won’t wake up with pins and needles in their arms.

For side sleepers, Nectar provides pressure relief by cradling your hips and shoulders. For back and stomach sleepers, Nectar provides enough support under your lower back, trunk and hips.

Nectar Is Best For Petite And Average Sleepers

Nectar is best for people of petite and average weight, around 230 lbs or less.

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.

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 Mattress Ratings

  • BBB rating: A+. Tuft & Needle gets a five-star rating from the Better Business Bureau based on 215 customer reviews.
  • Amazon reviews: 4 ½ stars. With 10,506 customer rankings for the queen-size mattress, 69% were rated with five stars.

Other Tuft & Needle Products

Tuft & Needle Construction And Materials

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

Tuft & Needle Adaptive Foam Layers:

  • Comfort layer – T&N 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 and needle mattress review construction and foam layers
The two layers inside a Tuft & Needle mattress

Tuft & Needle Feel And Firmness

With its combination of neutral poly foam and T&N Adaptive Foam, the Tuft & Needle mattress feels soft and fluffy. It’s just an overall comfortable mattress.

tuft and needle mattress review firmness graphic

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.

tuft and needle mattress review stomach sleepers
Tuft & Needle works for all sleeper types (back, stomach, side, combo)

Tuft & Needle Sleeper Type Analysis

The Tuft & Needle mattress is soft enough to give side sleepers nice pressure relief, but also firm enough to give back and stomach sleepers the proper support they need. We think it works for all sleeper positions!

The T&N Bed Is Best For Petite And Lean Sleepers

The Tuft & Needle mattress 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.

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$395
Cal King$1,398$750

*Listed price before sales or promotions.

Nectar vs. Tuft & Needle Mattress Review Verdict

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 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.

Nectar Lush vs. Tuft & Needle Comparison

Nectar also offers another memory foam bed. The Nectar Lush is the next step up from the Original Nectar mattress. It has a lofty feel with dual-action cooling.

Tuft & Needle Hybrid vs. Nectar

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

Tuft & Needle Mint vs. Nectar

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. Here’s a video we produced that specifically discusses Nectar vs. Tuft & Needle Mint.

The story between T&N Mint 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.

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

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.


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. 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 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. There’s a chance 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 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. It’s a 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.

What certifications does Tuft & Needle have?

The entire T&N mattress has the UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification, which means 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.

How much is shipping?

For both Nectar and Tuft & Needle, there is no charge for shipping within the continental United States.

Is financing available?

Both companies offer financing.

What is the best size of bed for couples?

If you have enough space in your bedroom, most couples prefer King or California King beds to give each person enough space.