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|Saatva is a premium online mattress that comes in multiple firmness profiles. The bed accommodates a variety of sleeper and body types and is actually fairly affordable given its high-quality construction.|
Memory Foam Mattress
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|Nectar is an extremely popular mattress that has a comfortable memory foam feel and an attractive price tag. The bed accommodates all types of sleepers, including side sleepers.|
Before we get too far down the Nectar vs Saatva road and begin talking intricate details, let’s take a step back and quickly cover the primary differences between these two beds.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s start getting into the nitty gritty details. There’s a lot more to learn about each bed.
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Saatva is a popular bedding company that is positioned in the more premium or luxury segment of the growing online mattress industry. Besides the Saatva Luxury Classic mattress, the company also offers a latex foam bed (called Zenhaven) and a premium memory foam bed (called Loom & Leaf). For more information abut how Loom and Leaf compares to Nectar (since they’re both memory foam mattresses), be sure to check out our full review here. For now though, let’s get back to how Saatva compares to Nectar.
Saatva is a high-quality mattress that is made with premium materials. In total, the bed uses two different layers of coils in addition to a layer of memory foam and a euro pillow top. Here’s a quick rundown of the construction from bottom to top.
In addition to the layers described above, the bed also uses a dense foam encased system around the perimeter for edge support purposes. All in all, you can see why Saatva is known as a premium mattress brand. This is one heck of a mattress from a construction standpoint. Not many beds on the market contain dual layers of coils. As you will find out later in this review, the Nectar mattress is comprised entirely of foam.
The Saatva mattress has a comfortable pillow top type feel. The dual layers of coils give the bed a little bit of bounce as well. So all in all, it feels like like a traditional innerspring mattress but with a nice, comfortable foam pillow top.
What’s also nice about Saatva is that the bed is available in multiple firmness options. You can choose between Plush Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm options. As you will find out below, this means every type of sleeper will be able to find a model that suits their particular preferences and habits.
As we alluded to above, the Saatva mattress is accommodating for all types of sleepers. It really just depends on your primary sleeping position.
Side sleepers will likely want to opt for the Plush Soft model as it offers the most pressure relief out of the three. Back and stomach sleepers will likely want to go with the Luxury Firm option. This model provides ample support yet it’s still comfortable. Lastly, heavy back and stomach sleepers or people who just need/want extra lumbar support will want to go with the Firm model. You can learn more about the firmness levels on Saatva’s website.
To cut to the chase here, your body type and weight are very important factors when it comes to your mattress. In general, heavier folks (250+ pounds) tend to think most mattresses are quite soft, while more petite folks (150 pounds or less) typically feel like most beds are a bit firmer. This has to do with how much pressure and force different size people place on a bed. Heavy people sink further into beds compared to smaller people who sleep more on top of the surface.
As such, heavy people require beds that provide ample support. This usually means large body types should stick with hybrid and innerspring beds since coils are more durable and supportive than the dense foam foundations all-foam beds (like Nectar) utilize. Luckily, as we mentioned above, the Saatva mattress uses two layers of coils, which means it’s an excellent option for heavy folks. The bed provides a ton of support, plain and simple. In fact, we think it’s one of the Best Mattresses For Heavy People on the market.
Bottom line, if you weigh over 250 pounds, go Saatva over Nectar. However, if you’re a memory foam fan, you may want to check out DreamCloud, which is Nectar’s sister brand. DreamCloud is a high-quality, hybrid mattress that contains coils in addition to several layers of memory foam.
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Nectar is a fairly new mattress brand in the grand scheme of things but the company has quickly made a name for themselves. Their flagship mattress is comfortable, accommodating and budget-friendly. Here’s how it compares to the Saatva mattress.
This is by far the biggest advantage Nectar has over Saatva. For someone on a tight budget, Nectar is the clear winner. Comparing the MSRPs for a queen size, you’re looking at about $800 for Nectar and $1,200 for Saatva.
But wait, the price discrepancy doesn’t stop there. Nectar also typically throws in two free pillows as well. You can check NectarSleep.com to see if that promotion is still live.
Saatva, on the other hand, doesn’t usually offer discounts or promotions. However, around major holidays, they’ll occasionally offer a bundle deal where they give you a free gift card with purchase. If you’re reading this around a holiday, it might be a good idea to double check their website.
Nectar is an all-foam bed that is made up of four different layers and totals 11″ thick. Here’s a look at the different layers within the bed starting from bottom to top.
Wrapping the four layers of foam is a tencel cover that is soft and removable. However, even though the cover is removable, you should refrain from throwing it in the washer. Instead, if it gets dirty, you should spot clean the cover with water and a mild detergent.
As you might guess given the top three layers of the bed, the Nectar mattress has a memory foam feel. We’d consider it a slightly firmer, dense memory foam feel though. When you first lay down on the bed, it feels quite firm but after about three to five seconds, the top layers soften up and slowly conform to your body’s shape.
It’s a very comfortable sensation overall. Bottom line, if you like the feel of memory foam, there’s a high likelihood you’ll end up as a big fan of Nectar.
Although we think the Nectar mattress lands on the firmer side of the spectrum (between medium and medium-firm), we actually think the bed is a good choice for all types of sleepers. We say this because the bed provides a good amount of support for back and stomach sleepers yet the top layers are still soft and do a good job of cradling the hips and shoulders of side sleepers (after the initial 3-5 seconds of firmness).
So to answer the question of this section, we think all types of sleepers (side, back and stomach) who enjoy the feel of memory foam will like this bed.
You made it to the end of this comparison. By now, you hopefully have a better understanding of how these two mattresses differ. Just to recap though, here are what we see as the primary decision points.
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Like most online mattress companies, Saatva and Nectar make it very easy and enticing for consumers to purchase and test their beds. Let’s take a deeper dive into what this actually means, first starting with Saatva.
The Saatva mattress comes with free white glove delivery. That means the mattress will not arrive compressed in a box. Instead a delivery crew will personally bring the mattress to your house and set it up for you. You don’t need to do a thing. The delivery crew will even haul away your old mattress for free if you’d like. That saves you the hassle of hauling away your old mattress to the dump or a local charity.
From there, Saatva gives you 120 nights (four months) to test the mattress. If you end up liking the Saatva mattress, fantastic, the company backs the bed with a 15 year warranty. You can read more about what the warranty entails on the Saatva website. However, if you decide the bed isn’t for you during the trial period, you can get your money back sans a $99 return fee. All you have to do is contact Saatva customer support and they’ll take care of everything for you.
Nectar offers free shipping as well except their bed arrives at your door compressed and rolled up in a protective bag. Once the bed is delivered, Nectar one ups Saatva by offering a 365 night risk-free trial period. Yes, Nectar actually allows you sleep on the mattress for a full year before making a final yes/no decision. If you decide to return the bed, you’ll get a full refund (i.e. there is no return fee). If you decide to keep the bed though, it comes backed by a Forever Warranty. You can read more about the warranty on the Nectar website.