The Nectar Original is one of the best mattresses in the market. It has established itself as one of the most popular memory foam bed-in-a-box brands, though you can buy a Nectar mattress in stores across the country. Nectar is owned by Resident, aka the parent company that owns DreamCloud and Awara.
We like the Nectar bed for its nestling, pressure-relieving memory foam feel that slowly conforms to the curves of your body. If that sounds like the bed you’re looking for, you might like what we have to say in our Nectar Mattress review.
Here’s what you need to know about the Nectar bed:
- The Nectar mattress has 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.
- Nectar offers multiple mattresses for you to choose from. For this review, we’re going to focus on the flagship original Purple mattress.
Honest Nectar Mattress Video Review
Nectar Mattress Feel And Firmness
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.
How firm is the Nectar mattress?
Since Nectar has a traditional memory 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. Pretty much anyone can sleep on a medium-firm mattress, so Nectar is a pretty versatile mattress.
What does the Nectar mattress feel like?
With the three layers of memory foam, the Nectar mattress has a distinct, dense memory foam feel that traditional memory foam is known for. When you lay down on it, the bed slowly contours to your body.
However, it’s a different memory foam feel than other beds. It’s actually firm at first. When you lay down on the bed, you don’t immediately sink. You won’t get that stuck-in-the-mud feeling when you sleep on it. The foam responds to touch and returns to its original state when the weight is released.
Nectar Design and Construction
The Nectar mattress is a 12″ thick all-foam bed with three layers. Take an inside look at the construction of Nectar mattress.
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: 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.
If you’re unsure if you prefer gel foam or memory foam, be sure to read our article Gel Foam vs. Memory Foam.
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 the Nectar 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. Keep in mind that the bed will also get softer over time and will feel softer in warmer rooms.
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
We think the Nectar Mattress is ideal for all kinds of sleepers. It’s one of those beds that just about anyone can sleep on.
That said, because the bed uses multiple layers of memory foam, sleepers who switch positions may require a little more effort to move. But not enough that you wake up and notice, you’ll get used to it. It’s common with memory foam mattresses.
Body Type Analysis
- Heavy Individuals
For this review, heavy individuals weigh over 250 lbs.
The Nectar bed is a good choice for heavy people 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.
But you could easily argue that a heavy person should go with a bed that contains coils instead. 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.
- Average Individuals
Nectar is probably best for average-sized individuals who weigh between 150 and 250 lbs. Average-sized people (like Slumber Yard team members Matt and Jeff) find the mattress supportive and accommodating. The average person sinks into the top layers of the Nectar’s medium-firm profile just enough to get the comfort they need, but are met with the firmer foam layers that give the bed support.
- Petite Individuals
People who weigh around 100 lb might not sink in enough to experience the pressure relief the top memory foam layers have to offer. Essentially, they won’t put enough weight on the bed, which means it will 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.
Nectar Mattress Pricing
We know what you’re wondering, how much does the Nectar bed cost? One of the best things about this bed is the price tag. Nectar is a really affordable bed. It’s around $100-$200 cheaper than what seems to be the industry average.
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.
Before considering a Nectar mattress, let’s see how the bed performs in the following categories:
The Nectar mattress has decent pressure relief, especially if you’re an average or heavy person. That 3” top layer of gel memory foam will slowly contour around your body. While you don’t sink super far into Nectar, there is plenty of pressure relief for the average person.
Petite people may find it doesn’t have enough pressure relief.
In our Nectar mattress review, we found it takes about 4-6 seconds for the bed to soften and the memory foam to contour around your body’s shape. Which is pretty slow. Ultimately, 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.
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.
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 gist — 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.
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.
The Nectar bed does a good job of deadening movement. We test a bed’s motion isolation by placing a glass of water on the mattress. Then our team rolls their body across the bed. If the glass is unmoved, then the bed has good motion isolation. Nectar passed our tests easily.
Motion isolation is important for people who share a bed with a partner who tosses and turns, switches sleeping positions, or gets up to grab a midnight snack.
Less movement means that both partners are more likely to have a peaceful night of sleep.
Is Nectar a good mattress for couples?
The 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.
Nectar Company Policies
Nectar stands out when it comes to company policies. Of course they offer free shipping and returns, honestly that’s pretty standard at this point. Where Nectar really shines is their warranty and their trial period.
You have an entire year to try your Nectar mattress –– that’s right, a whole 365 days. Many other companies offer trial periods around 100 days, some 180 days. Nectar beds also have a forever warranty. That’s how confident they are in their product.
Nectar Mattress Verdict
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. For the price you pay, we think it’s an excellent value. In fact, we think so highly of the bed; it’s even on our Best Mattress List.
Though, if you’re going to get this bed, you’ll have to like the bed’s slow responding feel. We also think Nectar is ideal for sleepers who weigh under 230 lbs, especially if you like a slightly firmer feel.
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Get the Nectar mattress if:
- You are a memory foam lover who likes the slow response and feel of traditional memory foam.
- You’re an average sized person who wants a slightly firm mattress that balances comfort and support.
- You’re on a budget. You really can’t beat this quality at this price.
Pass on the Nectar mattress if:
- You’re a heavy person who needs the support of a coil base. In that case, we recommend a hybrid or innerspring mattress.
- You’re a petite person who needs ample pressure relief. Nectar provides some, but a petite person will perceive the bed to be firmer than it actually is.
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||12 inch||$1298* *Queen mattress|
|Cocoon by Sealy Chill||Memory Foam||Firm||Cooling||Under 230 lb||10inch||$1239* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
|TempurPedic TEMPUR-Adapt||Memory Foam||Medium||Cooling||All Body Types||11inch||$2299* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
|Amerisleep AS2||Memory Foam||Firm||Neutral||Under 230 lb||12inch||$1499* *Queen mattress||Read Review|
- 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 the Nectar mattress is worth the money. It’s a solid bed that strikes a nice balance between support and comfort –– particularly if you are a sleeper under 230 lbs. If you’re on a tight budget and like a traditional memory foam feel, Nectar is the bed for you.
That said, if you’re a heavy person who is looking for a bed with exceptional support, we would suggest a hybrid or innerspring bed. The Nectar has good support, but it’s still an all foam bed.
Our team of experts rate this bed somewhere between a medium and medium-firm, about a 6/10 on the soft to firm scale. So you’ll sink in a bit and get that pressure relief, but you’ll be met with supportive layers of foam. Essentially, anyone can comfortably sleep on the Nectar bed. However, it is 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. Unfortunately, like other beds, memory foam beds do deteriorate. We expect Nectar around seven years, which is the average lifespan of a mattress.
Yes, the Nectar bed is good for side sleepers. The top layer of gel memory foam provides a pressure relief around your shoulders and hips for average to heavy side sleepers. Petite side sleepers (under 150 lbs) might find that the Nectar bed is too firm for them.
The Review Team