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|Tulo has neutral-foam feel with a hint of memory foam, and comes in three firmness options: Soft, Medium, and Firm.|
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|Nectar has a dense memory foam feel and comes with a year-long trial period. It is perhaps the most popular memory foam mattress sold online today.|
While we here at the Slumber Yard are fans of waxing poetic about every mattress we meet, we understand that we’re a rare breed. So if you’re looking for the highlights, here are the main points we’ll be breaking down in this post:
For a more detailed discussion of these features, read through this post. You can also find additional details on each bed in their individual reviews.
Both Tulo and Nectar are fairly straightforward bed-in-box mattresses, at least in the construction department. They’re pretty much precisely what you think of when you imagine a mattress that comes all compressed and rolled up in a box. And while they do have a lot of crossover, they each have details that will appeal to different people.
Even when we compare two mattresses that aren’t strikingly different, the goal is to point out the details that might make one or the other a better option for someone’s specific sleep needs. So when we’ve got two beds with a lot of crossover or no special stand-out features, talking about how they feel, what materials are used, how firm they are for various body types, etc., can go a long way in identifying who’s going to be sleeping soundly on which mattress.
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As we start talking about mattress feel, keep in mind that feel and firmness are not the same thing. While both go into creating your overall sleep experience, they refer to different characteristics of a the bed.
The overall feel of the Tulo mattress is what we call a “neutral-foam feel.” It does have just a hint of memory foam to it, but it’s mostly just an indistinct, comfy, foamy surface. Even though it has a memory foam top layer, it isn’t an overly soft bed and you really don’t feel as though you’re sinking in or getting stuck in the mattress.
The firmness of the mattress will depend on which firmness level you get. Tulo comes in a Soft, Medium, and Firm. On our firmness scale, they actually land around a medium-soft, medium, and medium-firm. So the range isn’t quite as wide as the labels would have you think, but having options at all is generally a plus in our book.
Because Tulo lets you choose from a range of firmness levels, we think it’s going to be a suitable mattress for any sleeper type—back, stomach, side, or combo. Back and stomach sleepers can opt for a firmer model to provide support under their hips and trunk area, and side sleepers can go for something a bit softer to allow for plenty of nice pressure relief.
When it comes to body types, Tulo is slightly more limited. Because it has an all-foam construction and isn’t particularly thick or especially firm, Tulo is really best for petite and average sized people. Heavier folks (250+ lb) will want to look for something that provides more support and durability. We generally steer them towards hybrid mattresses or thicker, firmer foam options.
SEE ALSO: Best Hybrid Mattresses
Tulo and Nectar are sometimes similar in terms of pricing, but it depends on what deals or discounts are running. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to find Tulo with a lower price tag than Nectar. As of this post, Tulo’s full retail price for a queen size mattress is $700, but we’ve seen promotions that bring it down to around $500.
Nectar’s current (again, as of this post) full retail price is listed at about $825, but we’ve also seen discounts that bring it down to around that $700 mark.
We’re fairly certain you’ll find Tulo to be cheaper than Nectar, but the only way to know for sure is to check current pricing when you’re ready to buy.
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Nectar’s feel is quite a bit more specific than Tulo’s. Where Tulo is neutral and indistinct, Nectar is clearly a memory foam mattress. It has a dense memory foam feel, so you don’t immediately sink into it when you lay down, but when you settle in for the night, you will begin to nestle down into the top layers, as if the mattress is hugging you.
Nectar only comes in one firmness option and we rate it between a medium and medium-firm (this depends on your weight). We find this firmness to be a nice balance with Nectar’s dense memory foam.
If you’re really interested in Nectar, but the firmness profile doesn’t sound quite right for you, you might consider adding a memory foam topper to keep the feel, but adjust the firmness. For most people, though, we think Nectar will be A-OK, so long as you’re aware that it has a true memory foam feel.
Based on the feel and firmness profile of Nectar, we think it’s going to be a nice mattress for back, stomach, side, and combo sleepers, just as long as they really do like memory foam.
The balance of Nectar’s feel and firmness means that back and stomach sleepers will get the support they need, while side sleepers will get the pressure relief they need. It’s important to consider your sleeper type when looking at the firmness of a mattress.
If a back or stomach sleeper gets a bed that’s too soft for them, they’ll likely wake up with lower back pain from lack of support. On the other hand, if a side sleeper were to get a bed that’s too firm for them, there’s a good chance they’ll end up with pins and needles on their sleep side or even a dead arm due to lack of pressure relief.
Like Tulo, Nectar is best suited for folks with small or average builds, but not ideal for folks over 250 lb.
SEE ALSO: Best Beds for Heavy People
Buying anything online involves shipping policies, return windows, and warranty terms. Mattresses are no exception. And just like anything else you might order, you want to be aware of those policies before you click “Complete Purchase.”
Tulo comes with free shipping, followed by a 120-night in-home trial period. The trial period allows you to sleep on the mattress consistently for a few months to ensure that you really do like it. If it turns out you’re not totally satisfied, Tulo offers free returns. If you do like the mattress and want to keep it beyond the trial, it will be backed by a 10-year warranty.
Nectar also offers free shipping, but their trial period is actually an entire year. That means you get 365 nights to sleep on your Nectar mattress and be truly 100% positive that it’s your dream bed. If you decide it’s not for you, you get free returns. If you keep the bed, it comes with a “Forever” warranty.
Now, a warranty like Nectar’s might sound too good to be true, which is why it’s always a good idea to read up on all the fine print—what sort of defects are covered for how long, what can void the warranty, how do you put the warranty to use if needed, etc. Really, you should be reading up on the warranty terms regardless of what bed you’re buying. You can read more on NectarSleep.com and Tulo.com.
In the case that the two mattresses we’re comparing aren’t all that different, we like to cover the features that you’ll get with either choice. Just because these features aren’t unique to one mattress or the other doesn’t mean they aren’t things you should know about.
In the case of Tulo and Nectar, both beds will provide you a similar sleep temperature. These are temperature neutral mattresses, which means they won’t be responsible for you overheating or sleeping cool—that’s on you, your pajama choices, and your AC settings.
In the end, we have to admit that Tulo and Nectar are not vastly different mattresses. So when deciding between the two, here are your major considerations:
How badly do you want a very extended trial period and warranty? If that’s of high importance to you, you’ll likely want the year-long trial and forever warranty offered by Nectar.