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Nectar United Kingdom Mattress Review

Nectar United Kingdom Mattress Review

This is our in-depth review of the Nectar UK mattress, which is a dense memory foam bed that ships in a box.

Last Updated: October 12, 2020

McKenzie Dillon

In this review we dissect the UK version of the Nectar mattress. We will touch on design, construction, firmness, pricing, and a lot more. Nectar is competing directly with the Eve Sleep mattress for the most popular bed in a box in the United Kingdom.

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Who Is This Best For?

People that live in the UK and want a bed-in-a-box mattress

If you want a firmer bed

Who Won’t Love It?

If you want a coil mattress

People that need a plush mattress

Nectar Mattress Review UK

Much like the Eve Sleep mattress, Nectar is an affordable memory foam bed that, as of now, is primarily purchased online. Nectar is a top 10 brand in the online mattress space, but they only recently started selling mattresses outside of the United States. In this review, we cover the United Kingdom version of the Nectar mattress.

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Honest Nectar UK Mattress Review Video

Price Of Nectar UK

Given that Nectar Mattress UK is a budget-tier mattress, you won’t be spending an arm and a leg on this bed. It’s far more affordable than your typical Beautyrest mattress, but it’s actually more expensive than the US version, for some reason. Here’s a look at pricing before any discounts.

SizePrice (MSRP)
Small Double£699
Super King£899

One thing that Nectar does that we don’t really like is they set the MSRP high and nearly always offer a discount. For example, when we’re posting this review, Nectar was running their usual promotion: £100 off plus two free pillows. You can check NectarSleep.co.uk to see current deals. Most of the time, you’ll see that same exact promotion. So, while the MSRP for king size bed is technically £799, you won’t probably ever pay that price—it will usually be £699.

You can also check our Mattress Deals page if you’re curious about coupons and discounts for other brands. We try to update that page on a daily basis.

Design: Several Layers Of Foam

All mattress companies try to play up the materials inside their respective bed. Coils aren’t just coils, they’re “quantum edge tri-blend coils.” Memory foam isn’t just memory foam, it’s “pressure ieving memory foam.” What we’re going to do is discuss the materials without getting caught up in the marketing rhetoric.

The mattress has just three layers:

  1. A dense slab of polyurethane foam with pre-cut slats for varying support
  2. A memory foam layer with a firmer feel
  3. A “Nectar Smart Layer” that they claim is 30x more breathable than traditional memory foam
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A look at the layers within the Nectar mattress

What’s The Cover Like?

As for the cover of the mattress, it’s made of polyester. It also has an interesting texture. It’s not soft, but it’s still really comfortable. It almost has a mesh-like exterior that’s pretty unique—we haven’t seen a similar cover on any other mattress.

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A closer look at the cover on the Nectar sleep UK mattress

With regard to cleaning, while the cover is technically removable, it’s not recommended that you do so. If you need to get rid of a stain, use mild detergent, warm water, and a regular rag or towel. Spot clean just like you would thinner carpet.

If you’re buying Nectar for a child, you might consider getting a mattress protector that’s 100% waterproof. You can find them at pretty much any department store and on Amazon. Mattress protectors do tend to make the bed feel firmer, but at least you’ll ensure that the mattress itself does not pick up any stains.

Nectar Mattress Firmness Rating

We were actually surprised with the overall feel of this mattress. We expected it to feel just like the US version, but it’s noticeably firmer and, as a result, feels less like a traditional memory foam bed. In fact, it feels more like Molecule or Cocoon than a bed like Zinus, which is what we expected it to feel like.

Keep in mind, though, that all beds (including Nectar UK) soften as you use them. So, while this bed is firm now, it will get softer. You’d actually rather start too firm than too soft.

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On the soft-to-firm spectrum, it sits at about a medium-firm, maybe even a little firmer. And, just so you know, softness/firmness is not an exact measure, but rather a ative one. We rate it as a medium-firm for individuals weighing between 150 lb and 250 lb. If you’re lighter than 150 lb, it will feel a lot firmer. The opposite is true for someone that’s above 250 lb.

Nectar UK Mattress Feel

As you can see in the video above, it’s actually fairly responsive for a memory foam mattress. And that’s because of the fact that it’s a firmer mattress. When you lay on the bed, you can tell that it uses memory foam, but there’s no stuck-in-the-mud feeling like there is on Novosbed or even the US Nectar mattress.

You can roll around from your side to your back to your stomach without encountering much resistance at all. Again, this is all ative, but for the average person, the Nectar sleep UK will be firm with a slight memory foam feel.

Sleeper Types

The Nectar UK has a different feel, depending on your sleep style.

Side Sleepers

The only way we see the Nectar mattress UK working out for side sleepers is (1) the company changes the firmness profile of the bed, (2) you seldom actually sleep on your side, and/or (3) you weigh over 250 lb. The bed is simply too firm for strict side sleepers.

Back and Stomach Sleepers

We think Nectar UK is best suited for back and stomach sleepers given the fact that it’s a firmer mattress. It does a great job of supporting your hips and trunk. We think it’s a really nice option for back and stomach sleepers.

Combo Sleepers

If you’re a combination sleeper that occasionally rolls onto your side, you’ll be fine, but you’re not going to want to spend all night on your side. You just don’t get the pressure ief that you would from the Layla mattress, for example.

Nectar UK Mattress Body Type Analysis

Lean to Average Body Types

Given the fact that the Nectar mattress UK can manage individuals in the 250 lb range, it can easily handle medium and petite individuals, as long they like a mattress with a firmer feel.

Heavy Body Types

It wouldn’t be our number one mattress for heavy people, but among other all-foam beds, we actually think Nectar UK is one of the better options, as is Loom & Leaf and Nest Alexander.

The entire reason we say this is because of the firmness level of the bed. If it was a softer memory foam mattress, we’d be a lot more apprehensive with giving the tentative approval to heavier folks.

Nectar UK Mattress Temperature

Interestingly enough, we say no. While it’s not technically a cooling mattress, we do not have concerns with regard to hot sleepers. We say this for two reasons. First, it’s a firmer bed. Most firm mattresses sleep cooler than soft mattresses. This is especially true of memory foam beds. You won’t sink into the bed as far and therefore less material will come in contact with your body. This makes it easier for the bed to ease heat.

The second reason we say it sleeps more neutral is the top layer of memory foam. It is more open cell in terms of its structure. It actually reminds us a bit of the top layer of the Leesa mattress, albeit with a stronger memory foam feel.

Will It Be A Nice Bed For Couples?

Yes, although it’s not our favorite mattress for couples. For starters, you both have to agree on getting a firmer memory foam bed. If that’s fine, then we can proceed by discussing edge support and motion isolation, which are two other factors that couples should take into account when trying to find a new mattress.

Edge Support

Edge support is important to consider if you’re sharing a double size mattress or smaller—in other words, when space is restricted. Lucky for you, Nectar UK has fantastic edge support. It’s among the best foam beds in terms of edge support.

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Nectar UK holds its shape very well along the edges

Motion Isolation

Next on your checklist is motion isolation. This is key for light sleepers, but honestly not all that important for most other people. There is definitely movement that transfers through the mattress, but some of what you’re seeing is attributable to the bed frame itself shifting. As such, we’d give Nectar sleep UK a soft pass in terms of motion isolation.

Final Comments

It’s a solid mattress, especially for the price. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you’re a back and/or stomach sleeper that is open to a memory foam bed, we think you’ll really like the Nectar UK mattress.

Other Nectar Reviews And Products 

Nectar UK Mattress Reviews

  • BBB Rating: Not rated
  • Amazon Reviews: The average Nectar mattress review on Amazon is a 4.2 out of 5 stars. Customers give the mattress high marks for a firm, comfortable sleep and good customer service, although others complained the mattress was too firm.

Company Info

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Review team

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

Nectar UK Company Policies

In mainland England, shipping is typically free and takes about a week, but if you have the bed shipped to Northern Iand or the Scottish Highlands, there will be an £80 fee. If you have it shipped to certain UK isles or the Channel Islands, there’s typically a fee of £100.

Once the bed arrives, the setup process is similar to pretty much all of the mattresses we’ve reviewed. Total setup time is about 15 minutes, however, since the bed has multiple layers of memory foam, it will take about 48 hours to fully expand.

Nectar’s in-home trial starts once you receive the bed, and they allot you 365 nights to test the bed. Just in case you didn’t catch that, Nectar’s sleep trial is 3x what most bed-in-a-box mattress companies offer.

As for the warranty, similar to the US version of the Nectar mattress, the bed comes with a “Forever Warranty.” This is similar to a lifetime warranty, but the coverage is split between years 0-10 and years 10+. You essentially have more protection during the first ten years. You can read more on Nectar’s website.

Comparing Nectar UK vs Original Nectar

Let’s compare the original Nectar mattress to the Nectar UK. The costs are about the same if you compare the dollar to the pound. Both are constructed of three layers of foam, although the original Nectar mattress may have a slightly softer firmness ideal for all sleeping positions including side and combination sleepers.

Comparing Nectar UK vs Allswell

Both mattresses have a similar firmness level, with the eco-friendly hybrid Allswell being a little firmer. Both mattresses consist of three layers and a bed cover, but Allswell stands apart because of the coil layer it contains. This makes Allswell a more accommodating mattress for heavier folks over ~230 lbs. As far as cost goes, the Allswell mattress is considerably cheaper for customers on a budget.


How did the Slumber Yard get this mattress?

We were sent this bed from Nectar so that we could review it. That said, we retain 100% control over this entire review and did not accept any money to say good or bad things about the bed.

What’s the difference between the UK and US models?

There’s a slight difference in the cover and firmness. The US model has memory foam woven into the cover (UK does not). The US model sits at about a medium to medium-firm, while the UK model is definitely a solid medium-firm. Also, there are differences in price based on currency fluctuations, not to mention the fact that mattress sizes are different in the US and UK. For example, there’s no full size mattress in the UK, just like there’s no short double in the US.

Where does the mattress ship from?

It ships from a factory in central England.

Where is the Nectar UK mattress made?

According to Nectar’s website, the mattress is made in England.

Is the mattress safe to sleep on?

The mattress is apparently certified by CertiPUR, an independent company that vets a lot of the materials in a lot of mattresses, so yes, it is safe to sleep on. The bed also does not contain any mercury or lead.

What bed frames are compatible with Nectar UK?

You can put the bed on any solid surface that has very little give. These include slatted bases, divan bases, adjustable bases, platforms, and foundations.