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: January 5, 2021McKenzie 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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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 it 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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Nectar UK Mattress Construction And Design
The mattress has just three layers:
- Base layer — A dense slab of polyurethane foam with pre-cut slats for varying support
- Transition layer — A memory foam layer with a firmer feel
- Comfort layer — A “Nectar Smart Layer” that they claim is 30x more breathable than traditional memory foam
The cover of the mattress is made of polyester. It’s not soft, but it’s still comfortable. It almost has a mesh-like exterior that’s unique—we haven’t seen a similar cover on any other mattress.
While the cover is technically removable, you can’t machine wash it, so it’s best to leave it on. If you need to get rid of a stain, use mild detergent, warm water and a regular rag or towel to spot clean the cover.
Sizes And Dimensions
- Single — 35.5″ X 75″90cm X 190cm
- Double — 53″ X 75″135cm X 190cm
- King — 59″ X 79″150cm X 200cm
- Super King — 71″ X 79″180cm X 200cm
Nectar Mattress Feel And Firmness
We were 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.
All beds (including Nectar UK) soften as you use them. So, while this bed is firm now, it will get softer. It’s better to start too firm than too soft.
On the soft-to-firm spectrum, it sits at about a medium-firm, maybe even a little firmer.
As you can see in the video above, it’s fairly responsive for a memory foam mattress 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 relative, but for the average person, the Nectar sleep UK will be firm with a slight memory foam feel.
Nectar UK Mattress Temperature Regulation
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 because 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 release 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 reminds us a bit of the top layer of the Leesa mattress, albeit with a stronger memory foam feel.
Is Nectar Mattress Good 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 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.
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.
Nectar UK Sleeper Analysis
The Nectar UK has a different feel, depending on your weight and sleep style.
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 sleep on your side 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 nice option for back and stomach 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 don’t get the pressure relief that you would from the Layla mattress, for example.
Petite And 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
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 about giving the tentative approval to heavier folks.
Nectar UK Mattress Pricing
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 more expensive than the US version for some reason. Here’s a look at the pricing before any discounts.
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.
Nectar UK Review Verdict
It’s a solid mattress, especially for the price, and it’s a good mattress in a box UK option. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re a back and/or stomach sleeper who is open to a memory foam bed, we think you’ll 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.
Comparing Nectar UK vs Original Nectar
The original Nectar mattress and Nectar UK cost 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.
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Nectar UK Company Policies
- Shipping — In England, shipping is typically free and takes about a week, but if you have the bed shipped to Northern Ireland 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.
- Trial period — Nectar’s in-home trial starts once you receive the bed, and you get 365 nights to test the bed. Nectar’s sleep trial is three times what most bed-in-a-box mattress companies offer.
- 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.
Once the bed arrives, the setup process is similar to pretty much all of the mattresses we’ve reviewed. The 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.
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.
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.
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.
It ships from a factory in central England.
According to Nectar’s website, the mattress is made in England.
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.
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.