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: July 1, 2020
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.
- Free Shipping & Returns
- 365 Nights Trial Period
- Forever Warranty
- Made in UK
People that live in the UK and want a bed-in-a-box mattress
If you want a firmer bed
If you want a coil mattress
People that need a plush mattress
Overview Of Nectar 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.
In mainland 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.
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. This is completely normal, so don’t be surprised to feel a softer bed for the first day and a firmer bed thereafter. Here’s a look at the setup process.
Once the mattress arrives, Nectar’s in-home trial starts—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. Needless to say, a full year should be more than enough time to make a final decision. According to Nectar’s website, fewer than 3% of people return their mattress.
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.
Price Of Nectar UK
Given that Nectar 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.
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 relieving 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 and starts with a dense slab of polyurethane foam. It has little slats cut out, which supposedly make different zones with varying levels of support. However, it’s not like Casper Wave or the Zoned mattress, where there is noticeably more pressure relief under your shoulders and legs—it all really just feels the same.
On top of the support foam is memory foam, which is pretty standard from what we can see. That memory foam is on the firmer side, however.
The top layer is the “Nectar Smart Layer,” which they say is 30x more breathable than memory foam, but it still reacts and feels a lot like traditional memory foam, which is why we have it labeled as such in the graphic below.
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.
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 pickup any stains.
Softness/Firmness Rating For Nectar UK
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.
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 relative 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.
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 relative, but for the average person, Nectar UK will be firm with a slight memory foam feel.
Will Stomach And Back Sleepers Like This Bed?
Yes. In fact, 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.
Even if you don’t like memory foam, but still spend the majority of the night on your back or stomach, we think Nectar could be worth a try. Again, there’s no overwhelming memory foam feel. It’s just a firmer foam bed.
An Ideal Bed For Strict Side Sleepers?
No. The only way we see Nectar 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.
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 relief that you would from the Layla mattress, for example.
Can Heavy People Sleep On The Nectar UK Mattress?
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. Now, given the fact that it can manage individuals in the 250 lb range, it can easily handle medium and petite individuals.
Sleeping Temperature Isn’t Straightforward
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 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 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 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.
Typically, firm beds have solid edge support, so we’re not all that surprised that Nectar UK is good in this department. Still, this is positive news for bed hods and people that like to sleep on the edge of their mattress.
Next on your checklist is motion isolation. This is key for light sleepers, but honestly not all that important for most other people. Motion isolation is pretty straightforward, but it’s basically a measure of how well a bed absorbs movement. As you can see, Nectar UK is not great here.
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 UK a soft pass in terms of motion isolation. If you’re a really light sleeper, it should not be on your short list. For everyone else, it’s probably not worth fretting about.
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.
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.