Nectar Mattress Review
A complete review of the affordable memory foam bed from Nectar Sleep.
Nectar Sleep is one of the most popular online mattress brands in the United States. The company is primarily known for its flagship memory foam bed, which is offered at a budget price point. In this review, we cover everything you need to know about this mattress, including feel, firmness and which types of sleepers the bed is best for.
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- How Much Is A Nectar Mattress?
- Mattress Sizes & Dimensions (King, Queen, etc.)
- Nectar Mattress Design, Thickness & Topper
- Our Estimates For Firmness And Feel
- Is Nectar A Bed For All Sleeping Styles?
- Nectar Mattress Review: Verdict
YouTube Review Of Nectar Sleep
We realize a lot of consumers would rather watch a video than read a lengthy written article so we put together a short video for you that discusses who might like the Nectar memory foam bed-in-a-box.
However, as with any major purchase, it’s always a good idea to conduct more research rather than less. Keep reading to learn more about this popular online bed.
How Much Is A Nectar Mattress?
Let’s start with the basics, price. Perhaps the best thing about the Nectar mattress is its price tag. It’s an affordable memory foam bed. The mattress is about $100-$200 cheaper than what seems to be the industry average. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.
|King / Cal King||$999|
What’s also nice about Nectar 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 particular promotion is still live. You can also just go to NectarSleep.com for more info on discounts and pricing.
Mattress Sizes & Dimensions (King, Queen, etc.)
Nectar is available in all the normal sizes including twin all the way up to California king. Here’s a breakdown of the dimensions for each size:
- Twin — 39″x 75″
- Twin XL — 39″x 80″
- Full — 54″ x 75″
- Queen — 60″ x 80″
- King — 76″ x 80″
- Cal King — 72″ x 84″
How Your Weight Affects The Mattress
As you progress through this review, it’s important to understand why your weight matters when mattress shopping. In short, no two people are the same and thus will have differing opinions on how particular mattresses feel. 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 Design, Thickness & Topper
The Nectar mattress is an all-foam bed that is comprised of four layers and totals 11″ thick. It starts with a thick base layer of support foam. As the name implies, this layer serves as the foundation for 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.
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.
Our Estimates For Firmness And Feel
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 4-6 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.
Since it is a somewhat unique memory foam feel, it’s difficult to grade the firmness of the bed, 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 A Bed For All Sleeping Styles?
In short, yes, we see Nectar as a suitable bed regardless of which position you favor during the night. Let’s begin by discussing side sleepers first.
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. All in all, the bed provides a good amount of pressure relief. Remember, the bed will also get softer over time, and will feel softer in warmer rooms.
The only caveat we’d add is for extra petite sleepers. People who weigh around 100 lb might not sink in enough to truly experience all the pressure relief the top memory foam layers have to offer. If you want a bed that is great for petite side sleepers, make sure to check out our guide to the Best Soft & Plush Mattresses.
We also 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 properly aligned.
Overall, we think the Nectar mattress is a great 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 definitely fits the bill. If you’re looking for an even firmer bed, however, you can check out our list of the Best Firm Mattresses.
Given all that we discussed above, you can probably guess what we’re are going to say about combination sleepers, 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 the bed does use multiple layers of memory foam, sleepers who are constantly switching positions may find it requires a little more effort to switch from their back to their stomach, for example. Overall, this really isn’t a big deal. It’s pretty common with memory foam mattresses.
Is Nectar A Bed For Small & Average Size People?
Yes. In fact, it’s probably best for average and petite sized individuals. Average sized people (like Slumber Yard team members Matt and Jeff) find the mattress very supportive and accommodating. Smaller sized folks will like the bed as well, but keep in mind, it will feel slightly firmer to people who weigh less than 150 lb.
Is It Also A Viable Option For Heavy People?
This is a tough one to answer. On one side of the coin, you could argue that Nectar is a good choice since 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 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.
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. 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.
The less movement that is transferred from one side of the bed to the other generally translates to a peaceful night of the sleep for both partners.
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.
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.
Not Hot Or Cold—Right In The Middle
Generally, we rate beds as either warm, cool, or neutral. In Nectar’s case, we’d give it a neutral designation. Histrionically, memory foam is 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.
Bottom line, we don’t think you’ll 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 and may find the mattress hugs them and retains a little more of their natural body heat.
Additionally, it’s important to realize that your mattress isn’t everything when it comes to sleeping temperature. There are a ton of other external factors that affect how warm or cool you sleep. I’m primarily referring to factors like what climate you live in, how often you run your air conditioner and whether you use an electric blanket.
Nectar Mattress Review: Verdict
Overall, we really like the Nectar mattress. 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 Lists. Obviously though, if you’re going to get this bed, you’ll have to really like the feel of memory foam.
What Makes The Nectar Mattress Special?
Shopping for a new mattress online these days can be a nightmare (pun intended). There are hundreds of choices, different types of foam and confusing advertisements. As such, you might be wondering how Nectar fits into the big picture. In our opinion, here’s what makes the Nectar mattress unique.
- Price – The Nectar mattress is one of the most affordable memory foam beds on the market. The fact that you can snag a queen size bed and two pillows for less than $800 is pretty awesome.
- Memory Foam Feel – If you like the feel of memory foam, it’s tough to beat Nectar. The bed uses three separate layers of memory foam, which makes for a soft, yet supportive sleeping surface.
- 365 Night Trial Period & Forever Warranty – The company is giving you a full year to test the bed! That’s crazy. There’s only a handful of bed-in-a-box companies that offer the same amount of time. For reference, the industry standard is a 100 night trial period and a 10 year warranty.
- Accommodates A Variety Of Sleepers – We like that the Nectar mattress works for all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you spend the majority of time on your side, back or stomach.
The Company’s Adjustable Base
The mattress is also compatible with adjustable bed frames, including the Nectar Adjustable Base. Here’s a look the mattress/adjustable base combo.
Nectar also tends to offer promotions if you get both the bed frame and mattress together. These sorts of bed frames can make watching TV and reading more enjoyable while you’re laying on your mattress.
Nectar Shipping, Returns, Unboxing & Warranty
Time to 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 a couple 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 may take a week or two to arrive.
Once you unroll the bed, you should it let it decompress and fully inflate for about 24-48 hours before using.
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. For more details on the warranty, be sure to visit the Nectar’s website.
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. Also, it’s worth noting that the foams used in the mattress are CertiPUR-US certified, meaning they are free from harmful chemicals like ozone depleters, mercury and lead.
We received the Nectar mattress for free from the company. However, we did not accept any money to say good or bad things about them. We produced this review completely independent of any and all mattress brands.
No, the Nectar mattress is compatible with most bed frames, platforms, slated frames, and box springs.
Last we checked, the Nectar mattress is only available to purchase online. That means you won’t find this particular bed at your local brick and mortar mattress store. It wouldn’t surprise us if Nectar partnered with a national retailer in the future but for now you’ll have to rely on the company’s website and the 365 night risk-free trial period you get with each bed. This should be more than enough time to figure out whether you like the memory foam feel of the Nectar mattress. If you don’t, no harm, no foul. You can easily get all your money back as long as your within one year of the purchase date.
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 expand.
Yes, but there is an additional shipping charge at checkout.
The Nectar mattresses range from 45 lb for a twin all the way up to 89 lb for a Cal king.
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!
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.
This is a memory foam mattress, so it has a dense/viscous feel that you’d normally associate with memory foam.
We think so, particularly if you are on tight budget and like a traditional memory foam feel.