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Nectar Mattress Review (Memory Foam Bed)

An affordable bed in a box mattress with a dense memory foam feel

Nectar Sleep is one of the largest online mattress brands despite having only started in 2017. In fact, the company sold over 50,000 mattresses in its first year of operations. That's a pretty big accomplishment. In this post, we'll break down everything you need to know about the Nectar mattress, including what types of sleepers it's best for and the major pros and cons for this bed.

Who Is This Bed Best For?

  • Memory foam lovers
  • Budget shoppers
  • All types of sleepers (back, stomach, side, combo)
  • Couples (good motion isolation and edge support)
  • Folks that want a long trial period and warranty

Who Won't Love This Bed?

  • Individuals who dislike that stuck-in-the-mud feel
  • People who want their mattress right away (shipping can take longer than with other brands)
  • Folks who want a little bounce in their bed (no coils)
  • Anyone that wants a bed that’s made in the USA

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Nectar Shipping, Returns, Trial Period, and Warranty

Before we jump into the meat and potatoes of this review, let’s first cover the side dishes (or in this case, all the company policies). The Nectar mattress ships for free and will arrive at your door rolled up and compressed in a protective bag. It’s important to note that we have received some complaints from consumers about the Nectar mattress taking much longer to arrive than anticipated, so keep that in mind. If you do order the bed, don’t expect it to arrive the next day.

It’s likely going to take a a week or two. Once you unroll the bed, you should it let it decompress and fully inflate for about 24-48 hours before using. Here’s what that unboxing (unbagging?) experience looks like.

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Setting up the Nectar mattress

Once the mattress arrives, though, Nectar gives you a 365-night trial period to test out the bed. Yes, that is correct, a full year. That’s 265 days more than what most bed-in-a-box companies offer.

If you decide you don’t like the mattress for any reason during that time period, just contact customer service and they will arrange for someone to pick up the mattress from your home free of charge. The entire return and refund process shouldn’t take longer than one or two weeks.

Nectar also backs their mattresses with what they call their “Forever Warranty.” Basically, in years 1-10, the company will replace the mattress no questions asked if defects are found. In years 10+, the company will either repair or re-cover the bed and cover all transportation costs if manufacturing defects or material failures are discovered.

One last thing. I know this matters to some people. From what we can discern, Nectar mattresses are manufactured overseas, but the company does operate inspection facilities located in the United States and the foams are CertiPUR-US certified.

Nectar Mattress Price and Coupon Code

One of the most attractive things about the Nectar mattress is its price tag. It’s an extremely affordable mattress. It’s about $150-$250 cheaper (after discount) than what seems to be the industry average.

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin XL$594
King / Cal King$924

Plus, what’s nice about Nectar is that they are almost always running some sort of discount code, promo code, or sale to make the mattress even cheaper. In fact, they also usually throw in two free pillows when you purchase a bed. Check the company’s website to see what they’re currently offering.

How Your Weight Affects The Mattress

As you progress through this review, it’s important to understand how much your weight matters when mattress shopping. No two people are the same and thus will have various opinions on how any particular mattress feels. In our reviews, we write through the lens of an average sized person (150-250 lb), but things change slightly for people who fall outside that range.

For example, in general, heavy people (250+ lb) will feel like most mattresses are softer than what most other people think. This is because big folks place more pressure on a bed and will sink into the bed’s top layers more than the average person. On the other hand, lighter people (150 lb or less) will generally feel like most mattresses are a bit firmer than the average sized sleeper. Lighter people don’t place much stress on a bed, so they’ll sleep more on top of the mattress rather than sort of sinking into it.

Weight also plays a role in how warm or cool a mattress sleeps. As mentioned, heavier people will sink in more so there’s more of a chance the mattress will wrap or hug them and retain more heat, as opposed to lighter people who lay a little more flat on the top layers.

Keep this mind as we talk about feel, firmness, and temperature regulation.

Nectar Mattress Construction

The Nectar mattress is an all-foam bed that totals 11″ thick and is comprised of four layers. It starts with a thick base layer of support foam. As the name implies, this serves as the foundation of the bed. Next is a layer of what the company calls its “Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam.”

Don’t let the fancy name fool you, though—it’s basically just a dense layer of memory foam that pretty much acts as a transition layer from the support foam below. Next is a layer of gel-memory foam. And then on top of that is another layer of gel-memory foam that is quilted into the cover. So in total, you have two layers of gel-memory foam on top for comfort and pressure relief.

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Inside look at the construction of Nectar mattress

Wrapping the four layers of foam is a removable, tencel blend cover. It’s soft, comfortable, and sort of has a square design, which we think gives the mattress a premium look. Although the cover is technically removable, it’s recommended you do not remove it and machine wash it. Instead, if you happen to spill something on it or you have an accident (red wine, anyone?), you should just spot clean it with water and a dab of mild detergent.

Feel, Firmness, and Responsiveness

As you can imagine, having three layers of memory foam, this bed has a distinct, dense memory foam feel. However, it’s a slightly different memory foam feel than a lot of other beds in that it’s actually quite firm at first. When you lay down on the bed, you don’t immediately sink down.

Rather, it’s more of a process. It takes about 5-7 seconds for the mattress to soften and the memory foam to contour around your body’s shape. Bottom line, we think it’s a very comfortable mattress. If you like the feel of memory foam, we’d bet good money you’d enjoy this bed.

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After you sink in, though, you definitely get a bit of that stuck-in-the-mud sensation. You can feel the mattress sort of hugging you, which you may or may not like. Also, the mattress is slow to respond after pressure is released, which, combined with the stuck-in-the-mud feeling, means it requires a little extra effort to switch between sleeping positions.

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Slower responsiveness

Since it is a somewhat unique memory foam feel, it’s hard to rank the beds firmness, but if pressed, we’d say it’s around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. We think the mattress provides a pretty good balance between pressure relief and support, all things considered.

Is Nectar Suitable For Side Sleepers?

Yes, we think side sleepers will be just fine on this mattress. As discussed above, 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 only caveat we’d add is for extra petite sleepers. People who weigh less than 100 lb might not sink in enough to truly experience all the pressure relief the top memory foam layers have to offer.

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What About Back and Stomach Sleepers?

We think the mattress 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 properly aligned.

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Great for back and stomach sleepers

Nectar wouldn’t be our favorite mattress for stomach sleepers or back sleepers, but we think it will work and most people will be happy with the mattress. It’s just not a true firm mattress the way that DreamCloud is.

And Combination Sleepers?

Given our answers to the previous two questions, you can probably guess what we’re are going to say here, but I’ll save you the trouble. Yes, we think this mattress is ideal for all kinds of sleepers.

However, keep in mind that since you will feel a little “stuck” in the bed, sleepers who are constantly switching positions may find it requires a little more effort to switch from their back to their stomach, for example. As a result, it may take additional time to fall back into a deep sleep after switching positions.

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A little resistance when you switch positions

Will Nectar Work For Small/Average Sized People?

Yes. In fact, it’s probably best for these body types. Small sized sleepers will actually get less of that stuck-in-the-mud feel since they’ll sleep more on top of the mattress, yet it will still feel very comfortable. Some of our lighter team members like the Nectar mattress and find it comfortable for their body type.

Average sized people (like Slumber Yard team members Matt and Jeff) find the mattress very supportive and accommodating, as well.

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What About Heavier Individuals?

This is a tough one to answer. On one side of the coin, you could argue that it is a good choice since Nectar is 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 in to 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.

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Not ideal for heavy folks, but it’s not your worst option either

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.

What About Couples Who Share A Bed?

Two factors that are important for couples to consider are motion isolation and edge support. Well, we are happy to report that the Nectar mattress performs well in both categories.

The bed does a good job of deadening movement. It passed our tests very easily. This subject is important for people that share a bed with a person that is constantly moving, whether they’re switching sleeping positions, rolling over to turn off the light, or getting up to grab a midnight snack.

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Great motion isolation with the Nectar mattress

The less movement that is transferred from one side of the bed to the other means the more peaceful night’s sleep the other person will get.

The Nectar mattress also provides pretty decent edge support for an all-foam bed. A lot of hybrid and innerspring beds are better in this department, but the Nectar is still pretty solid, all things considered. As you approach the edge, there’s very little compression and you won’t feel as if you are going to slip right off.

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Good edge support for an all-foam mattress

This particular situation comes into play a lot when one person likes to hog the middle of the bed, leaving the other person sort of stranded in a small area near the perimeter.

Temperature Regulation

Generally, we rate beds as either warm, cool, or neutral. In Nectar’s case, we’d give it a neutral designation. In the past, memory foam has been known for retaining heat and sleeping warm. However, since Nectar uses gel-memory foam and it’s fairly firm, we don’t think it’s going to be an issue.

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Bottom line, we don’t think you’ll really heat up at night nor will the bed do anything special to keep you sleeping cool. Of course, this somewhat depends on your weight. Super heavy folks who sink in more than the average person may find the mattress hugs them and retains a little more of their natural body heat.

Nectar Mattress Review: Verdict

Overall, we really like the Nectar mattress. For the price you pay, we think it’s a good value. In fact, we think so highly of the bed, it’s even made it on to quite a few of our Best Lists. Obviously though, if you’re going to get this bed, you’ll have to really like the feel of memory foam.

Review Team


Matt Ross

Back Sleeper


JD Christison

Combo Sleeper


Owen Poole

Side Sleeper

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Carla Thrower

Back Sleeper


How did the Slumber Yard get the Nectar mattress?

We got the bed from Nectar. However, we did not accept any money to say good or bad things about it. We produced this review completely independent of any and all mattress brands.

Does The Nectar Mattress Require A Special Bed Frame?

No, the Nectar mattress is compatible with most bed frames, platforms, slated frames, and box springs.

Is The Nectar Mattress Chemically Safe?

Yes, the Nectar mattress is free from any harmful chemicals or gasses (as certified by CertiPUR, a third party rating company).

Does Nectar Ship To Alaska and Hawaii?

Yes, but there is an additional shipping charge at checkout.

How Much Do The Nectar Mattresses Weigh?

The Nectar mattresses range from 45 lb for a twin all the way up to 89 lb for a Cal king.

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