Nectar Mattress Review Overview
The Nectar Original is one of the best mattresses in the market. For some sleepers, there’s nothing like the feel of nestling, pressure-relieving memory foam that slowly conforms to the curves of your body, and the Nectar mattress is one of the best memory foam mattresses in the market. If that sounds like the bed you’re looking for, you might like what we have to say in our Nectar Mattress review.
Nectar has established itself as one of the most popular memory foam bed-in-a-box brands in the online market. This bed provides a dense memory foam feel that memory foam fans know and love (with a price tag you might love even more).
Overall, Nectar is a popular online bed because it has just about everything someone would want in a memory foam mattress. It’s comfortable, suitable for all sleeper types (especially for back and stomach sleepers) and maybe the most appealing thing of all, affordable.
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Nectar Design and Construction
The Nectar mattress is a 12″ thick all-foam bed with three layers:
Starting from the bottom up:
- Standard Foam Base Support – As the name implies, this 7″ layer serves as the bed’s foundation.
- Soft Support Foam – The proprietary material is a 2″ layer of memory foam that acts as a transition layer from the support foam below.
- Gel memory foam – A top layer of 3″ gel memory foam.
- Cooling Cover – This soft cover is meant to help provide temperature relief.
- Nectar Cover
Wrapping the three layers of foam is a removable, quilted polyethylene cover. The cover’s cooling technology will quickly wick away superficial heat that was transferred to it through touch.
And if this cover could get any better, it is machine-washable! This is a very important aspect, as most beds-in-a-box don’t offer this feature.
Nectar prides itself on the durability of its mattresses. They believe that their Nectar mattress should last you a long time; in particular, they state “Nectar should be the only mattress you’ll ever need.” We don’t condone that, you definitely shouldn’t sleep on one bed your entire life. But you get the jist — they are very confident in its durability.
However, if you find faults in the construction or quality of the mattress, Nectar offers a Forever Warranty. They will replace or repair the bed upon request.
Nectar Mattress Pricing
Let’s start with the basics, price. Perhaps the best thing about the Nectar bed is its price tag. It’s an affordable bed. The mattress is about $100-$200 cheaper than what seems to be the industry average. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.
What’s also nice about Nectar Sleep is that the company usually throws in two free pillows when you buy a new bed. Check the green discount box on the right-hand side of the screen to see if that promotion is still live. You can also go to NectarSleep.com for more info on discounts and Nectar mattress sales.
Nectar Mattress Feel And Firmness
Now, let’s look at how our team found the Nectar bed to feel, as well as its firmness and supportiveness.
How do we rate the firmness?
Because Nectar has a unique foam feel, it’s difficult to grade the bed’s firmness, but we’d say it’s around a medium-firm on the firmness scale. We think the mattress provides a comfy compromise between pressure-relieving and supportive.
With the three layers of memory foam, this bed has a distinct, dense memory foam feel. However, it’s a different memory foam feel in that it’s firm at first. When you lay down on the bed, you don’t immediately sink.
What does the Nectar mattress feel like?
The feel of a mattress is not the same as firmness. While firmness refers to how soft or hard a bed’s surface is, the feel refers to the way you perceive the mattress while laying on top of all the bed’s materials.
The Nectar mattress feels like traditional memory foam. It slowly contours to your body. As seen in the video below, the foam responds to touch and returns to its original state when the weight is released.
In our Nectar mattress review, we found it takes about 4-6 seconds for it to soften and the memory foam to contour around your body’s shape. We think it’s a comfortable mattress. If you like the feel of memory foam, we’d bet good money you’d enjoy this bed.
Nectar Sleeper Type Analysis
As you progress through this review, it’s important to understand why your weight and sleeping style matters when mattress shopping. No two people are the same and thus will have differing opinions on how particular mattresses feel. In our reviews, we consider an average-sized person (150-250 lbs), but things can change for people who fall outside that range.
- Side Sleepers
We think side sleepers will be fine on this mattress. Don’t let the initial firmness fool you. You slowly sink into the mattress, and the top layers do a good job of cradling your hips and shoulders. The bed provides a good amount of pressure relief. The bed will also get softer over time and will feel softer in warmer rooms.
We contend that, for a budget mattress, Nectar provides more than adequate support under your hips, trunk, and lower back. You sink into the mattress, but not to the point where your spine is no longer aligned.
- Back And Stomach Sleepers
Overall, we think the Nectar mattress is an excellent option for people who spend a lot of time on their back or stomach. Generally, these types of sleepers prefer mattresses that land on the firmer side of the spectrum, and Nectar fits the bill. If you’re looking for an even firmer bed, check out our list of the Best Firm Mattresses.
- Combination Sleeper
Given all that we discussed above, we think this mattress is ideal for all kinds of sleepers.
However, because the bed uses multiple layers of memory foam, sleepers who switch positions may require a little more effort to move. Overall, this isn’t a big deal. It’s common with memory foam mattresses.
Body Type Analysis
- Heavy Individuals
On one side of the coin, you could argue that the Nectar bed is a good choice because it’s thicker and a little firmer than the average all-foam bed-in-a-box. Generally, the thicker and firmer a mattress is, the less likely a big sleeper will sink into the point where they lose proper alignment or even bottom out the bed.
On the other side of the coin, you could easily argue that a heavy person should go with a bed that contains coils instead, which is a very valid argument. Coil/spring mattresses are more supportive than dense foams and are also just more durable over the long haul. If pressed, we’d have to agree with the coil argument.
We pretty much always recommend heavy people go with a hybrid or innerspring bed. However, if you are dead set on an all-foam bed, the Nectar mattress is one of the better options out there.
- Petite Individuals
Nectar is probably best for average-sized individuals. Average-sized people (like Slumber Yard team members Matt and Jeff) find the mattress supportive and accommodating. Smaller-sized folks may like the bed as well, but will most likely enjoy a softer mattress.
People who weigh around 100 lb might not sink in enough to experience the pressure relief the top memory foam layers have to offer and feel that the Nectar mattress is too firm. If you want a bed that is great for petite side sleepers, read our guide to the Best Soft & Plush Mattresses.
Before considering a Nectar mattress, let’s see how the bed performs in the following categories:
Generally, we rate beds as either warm, cool or neutral. In Nectar’s case, we’d give it a neutral designation. Memory foam is known for retaining heat and sleeping warm. However, because Nectar uses gel-memory foam, a cooling cover and is fairly firm, we don’t think it’s an issue.
Bottom line, we don’t think you’ll heat up at night, nor will the bed do anything special to keep you sleeping cool.
The Nectar memory foam mattress provides decent edge support despite its material. Many hybrid and innerspring beds are better in this department, but the Nectar is still pretty solid. As you approach the edge, there’s little compression, and you won’t feel as if you are going to slip off. But of course, if you want more room, you can always opt for a Nectar king mattress instead of a queen mattress.
Is Nectar a good mattress for couples?
Two factors that are important for couples to consider are motion isolation and edge support. We are happy to report that the Nectar bed performs well in both categories.
The bed does a good job of deadening movement. It passed our tests easily. This subject is important for people who share a bed with a constantly moving person, whether they’re switching sleeping positions, rolling over to turn off the light or getting up to grab a midnight snack.
Less movement means that both partners are more likely to have a peaceful night of sleep.
Nectar Mattress Alternatives
These mattresses are all similar to the Nectar Mattress, but at varying price points.
|Mattress Type||Firmness||Temp||Body Type||Thickness||Starting Price|
|Nectar||Memory Foam||Medium||Neutral||Under 230 lb||11inch||$1298* *Queen mattress|
|Cocoon by Sealy Chill||Memory Foam||Firm||Cooling||Under 230 lb||10inch||$930* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
|TempurPedic TEMPUR-Adapt||Memory Foam||Medium||Cooling||All Body Types||11inch||$2199* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
|Amerisleep AS2||Memory Foam||Firm||Neutral||Under 230 lb||12inch||$1299* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
Nectar Mattress Review Verdict
|Weight||Petite (<150 lbs)||Medium (150-230 lbs)||Heavy (>230 lbs)|
We’ve reached the end of our Nectar mattress review, which begs the question, is Nectar worth it? Overall, we like the Nectar bed for true memory foam lovers (or people open to memory foam). For the price you pay, we think it’s an excellent value. In fact, we think so highly of the bed; it even made a few of our Best Mattress List. Obviously, though, if you’re going to get this bed, you’ll have to like the bed’s slow responding feel. We also think it’s ideal for sleepers who weigh under 230 lbs, especially if you like a slightly firmer feel.
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The Review Team
- How We Test The Mattresses
The Slumber Yard has been around since the beginning of the bed-in-a-box craze. Our team has personally tested over 175 mattresses so far, and we keep more than 150 beds in our office so we can compare them (and take afternoon naps).
When testing mattresses, we evaluate the following factors:
- Construction: We cut mattresses open to see what’s inside and how it’s made.
- Feel: We check if it has a stuck-in-the-mud memory foam feel, or if it’s more of a neutral foam or a plush pillow top, etc.
- Firmness: We have our own firmness scale and evaluate how that may vary depending on your body and sleeper type.
- Pressure relief: We test what’s the sweet spot for different body and sleeper types.
- Support and how that changes by body/sleeper type
- Edge Support: This is important for couples who share a bed. Would you roll-out of the bed or can you sleep confidently close to the edges?
- Motion Isolation: We use the water glass test to see how the bed fares with motion transfer. This is another important factor for couples that don’t want to wake up one another when they move.
- Temperature Regulation: We use a temperature gun to evaluate if the bed warms up, stays neutral or actively cools while you are sleeping.
- Noise: This could be an issue in beds with coils or innerspring.
- Off-Gassing: Some beds could have a smell for a few weeks after unpacking, and we try to warn you about it.
- Company policies: We also take into account policies such as shipping, returns, trial period and warranty.
- Value: We look at a bed’s price in the context of what it offers in terms of features and quality of materials and construction.
We think so, particularly if you are a sleeper under 230 lbs on a tight budget and like a traditional memory foam feel.
Our editors rate this bed somewhere between a medium and medium-firm, about a 6/10 on the soft to firm scale. That means it should be good for all sleeping positions but ideal for back and stomach sleepers.
This is a memory foam mattress, so it has a dense/viscous feel that you’d normally associate with memory foam. It reminds us of a TempurPedic mattress, just with a lower price tag.
Shipping and returns are super easy! Shipping is free, and you get 365 nights to try out Nectar before you need to make a final decision. If you don’t like the bed inside the first year, you can return it for a full refund!
Last we checked, the Nectar mattress is available to purchase online and select stores.
Yes, you can check if there’s a store near you using Nectar’s store locator. Can’t visit a store? Our team of experts has tried this bed and can offer insights. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
It usually takes between one and three days. This is typical of memory foam. Just let it sit out by itself, and in a day or two, it will be fully expanded.
We received the Nectar mattress for free from the company. However, we did not accept any money to say good or bad things about the bed. We produced this review completely independent of any and all mattress brands.
The Nectar mattresses range from 45 lb for a twin all the way up to 89 lb for a Cal king.