Nectar Mattress review
- Strict side sleepers, back sleepers
- Those on a budget
- Those wanting a lengthy sleep trial & warranty
- Lovers of memory foam
Type – Memory Foam
Firmness – Medium
Sleep Trial – 365 Night
Warranty – Lifetime
Shipping – Free Shipping & Returns
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If you’re in the market for a new mattress, there is no doubt you have come across Nectar at some point. Known for its 365-night home trial and Forever warranty, Nectar easily stands apart from the crowd as one of the most popular memory foam mattress brands and we can see why.
In addition to an excellent sleep trial and warranty, Nectar is one of the most affordable bed in a box brands. In fact, it’s one of our favorite cheap mattresses under $1,000. People also love the pressure-relieving, memory foam feel of the mattress which is particularly well-suited for side sleepers.
But is Nectar right for you? Join us as we dive into who this mattress is for, warranty, sleep trial, firmness and feel, and much more in our unbiased Nectar mattress review.
Inside the New Nectar Mattress
In 2021 Nectar re-vamped their product line-up. They discontinued the Nectar Lush and they introduced 2 new models, the Nectar Premier and Nectar Premier Copper. They also updated their flagship model, the original Nectar mattress. In this review we cover the updated Nectar model and discuss the changes below.
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The Nectar mattress measures 12” and is constructed entirely from foam. I just want to note for the price, Nectar has a more layers of memory foam compared to other memory foam beds in the same price range. The foams include a CertiPUR-US certification which means the foams are made without formaldehyde, heavy metals, harmful chemical flame retardants, or dangerous toxins that could escape when bringing the mattress into your home. Let’s take a look!
- Mattress Cover- This poly-blend quilted cover is both moisture-wicking and cool to the touch. You can unzip the cover but Nectar suggests spot cleaning only when needed. Since the mattress cover is not machine-washable we would suggest pairing it with a cooling mattress protector.
- 3” Nectar Smart Layer w/ActiveCool HD – The comfort layer is made with a slow response, gel-infused, phase-changing memory foam. This type of foam is great for body-contouring and pressure relief.
- 2” Dynamic Support Layer- This layer works as a transition to the supportive base layer below. It has a faster response than the top memory foam layer and is intended to provide some bounce-back.
- 7” Stay-Stable Base Layer- This dense foam layer provides a flat support surface, allowing the top layers to perform at their best.
- Shift-Resistant Lower Cover- This added touch prevents your mattress from slipping around.
As we mentioned above, The Nectar has seen some improvements this year. This includes an extra 1.75 inches of foam in the base layer and an additional quarter inch of foam in the transition layer. They’ve also updated and improved the mattress cover, giving Nectar a whole new look.
Firmness & Feel
Nectar has a plush memory foam feel. When you first lay on the bed you will feel yourself slowly sinking as you experience some nice body-contouring. On a scale from 1-10, 10 being the firmest, Nectar rates its mattress a 6.5 on the firmness scale. We think it’s a bit softer though, rating it a 5.5 – 6 on the scale.
Depending on how you sleep and your body type each person will feel this mattress differently. We think average and lightweight individuals are likely to experience the most comfort on Nectar, while heavier individuals may find that the Nectar lacks adequate support. Let’s take a look at the different styles and what we experienced.
Nectar does an excellent job of relieving pressure. This is especially beneficial for side sleepers who struggle with pressure build up throughout shoulders and hips. Not only is Nectar one of the best mattresses for side sleepers, it’s a great choice for chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis and bursitis.
Nectar offers a nice balance between comfort and support, which could make it an ideal choice for back sleepers as well. The gentle push back from the transitional layer and support layer promotes healthy spinal alignment, while the comfort layer reduces stubborn pressure points.
That being said, heavy weight sleepers weighing more than 230 lbs may not experience adequate support in this position. This can cause the hips to sink into mattress and increase the likelihood of aches and pains. For both side and back sleepers in this weight range we would recommend a hybrid mattress such as the DreamCloud or the WinkBeds (available in a plus sized option).
Nectar may be a bit too soft for stomach sleepers. Of all sleeping positions, stomach sleepers require the most support and are generally best suited to firmer mattresses.
Nectar’s medium to medium-soft feel and deep sinkage didn’t provide adequate support when lying on our stomachs. This can cause undue stress on the low back. If this is your preferred sleep position we’d recommend taking a look at a firmer mattress with zoned support, such as Level Sleep.
Nectar could be a good option for combination sleepers as well. Nectar is ideal for both side and back sleepers and could be suitable for short periods sleeping on your stomach. That being said, the top layer of memory foam does provide a slow response, which could leave sleepers feeling a bit stuck in the mud as they move from one sleep position to the next.
Does Nectar Sleep Cool?
Memory foam mattresses tend to sleep hot, Nectar tackles this common issue head on utilizing gel-infused foam for enhanced cooling. They’ve also included a phase-changing material which auto-adjusts as your body temperature rises and drops throughout the night.
We didn’t feel hot or sweaty while sleeping, rather we slept temperature neutral. If you are a particularly hot sleeper and want to experience maximum cooling you might want to consider adding a cooling accessory such as the BedJet climate system or the Pod Thermo mattress cover by Eight Sleep.
Is Nectar a Good Choice for Couples?
There are a few factors to consider when choosing the best mattress for couples. While some factors are obvious, such as mattress firmness, you may not realize the importance of things like motion transfer and edge support until you get your new mattress home.
Having a mattress with good motion isolation is particularly important if you or your partner are active sleepers. Memory foam mattresses, like Nectar, are inherently better at isolating motion than most other types of mattresses.
I barely felt my husband moving in bed! The thick memory foam layer works with the all-foam base layer to dampen motion transfer, meaning less sleep disturbances throughout the night.
Edge support is most important for couples sharing a smaller mattress, for example, a full or queen size bed. Good edge support allows you to utilize the full surface of the mattress without feeling like you’re rolling off the edge.
Most all foam mattresses don’t do great in this category. That being said, I didn’t feel like I was going to fall off the Nectar mattress when lying on the edge. I did, however, feel the mattress compressing a little when sitting on the edge. The new and improved Nectar definitely did better than its predecessor. It wasn’t the best edge support we’ve experienced, but better than most all-foam mattresses.
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Sleep Trial & Return Policy
As previously mentioned, Nectar offers one of the longest trial periods available in the industry. When you purchase a Nectar mattress, enjoy a 365 night sleep trial. Yes, that’s right, you have a whole year to try the Nectar mattress.
You may return your Nectar mattress during your sleep trial for a full refund. The only stipulation is you must keep it for a minimum of 30 nights before doing so, this allows sleepers the opportunity to break-in the bed and fully adjust to any changes.
Not only does Nectar offer one of the longest sleep trials, it also comes with a lifetime warranty. Known as their Forever warranty, your Nectar mattress is covered against manufacturing defects for as long as you own your mattress. This includes mattress impressions greater than 1.5 inches.
During the first 10 years of the warranty, Nectar will replace the mattress free of charge. If you have had it for longer than 10 years they will repair it, rather than replace it.
Like most bed in a box brands, Nectar offers free shipping and returns throughout the contiguous United States. Deliveries to Alaska and Hawaii will incur a $150 shipping fee, this fee is non-refundable should you choose to return or exchange.
White Glove delivery is also available for a flat fee of $149. This includes set up of your new mattress and removal of your old one. This fee is also non-refundable.
How Much Does Nectar Cost?
So now let’s get to the best part, Nectar is one of the most affordable mattresses we’ve reviewed. A queen sized Nectar mattress costs $799 and often includes $399 worth of free accessories. Current offer includes 2 free pillows, bed sheets, and a mattress protector. Check out our coupon below or visit our mattress deals and discounts for more great savings.
Nectar offers two different options for financing. They work with Affirm and Splitit to help you finance your purchase. Affirm is available with rates as low as 0% based on credit approval.
Splitit is a little different, they do not do a credit check and offer payments for 3, 6, or 12 months. The cool thing is, you can use your credit card with SplitIt and benefit from your card’s rewards points.
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Compatible Bed Frames
Nectar is designed to work on most flat surfaces. They do, however, discourage using your new mattress on the floor, or with a plastic frame, or any home-made foundation.
If you are in the market for a new bed frame, Nectar does sell a collection of foundations and bases, including the budget-friendly Nectar adjustable base.
Nectar vs Purple Mattress Comparison
Curious to see how Nectar stands up to the competition? Purple and Nectar are two of the largest brand names in the online mattress retail space. While both mattresses have plenty of benefits to boast about we did a side-by-side comparison with mattress giant Purple, to determine which mattress is right for you. Let’s have a look!
Nectar is best for...
- Budget shoppers – When it comes to shopping on a budget, Nectar is a clear winner. A queen sized Nectar mattress starts at $899, while a queen sized Purple mattress begins at $1299.
- Side Sleepers – Both mattresses offer exceptional pressure relief but we think the conforming memory foam comfort layer of the Nectar mattress lends itself just a bit better to this sleep position.
- Lovers of Memory Foam – Nectar has a classic memory foam feel that is highly conforming and cradling for a cozy “in” the bed feel.
Purple is best for…
- Combination Sleepers – Purple’s unique grid-like design responds faster than memory foam offering sleepers greater motility without that stuck in the mud feeling.
- Hot Sleepers – Purple is hands down one of the most breathable mattresses we’ve reviewed. Unlike memory foam which traps heat, Purple optimizes airflow providing a temperature neutral sleep surface.
- Heavy Individuals – Purple is available in a number of mattress models including the Purple Hybrid Premier which pairs the Purple grid with pocketed coils. The hybrid design is better suited to plus-sized individuals.
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Nectar Review Summary
We think the Nectar mattress is best suited to side sleepers and back sleepers, especially those who suffer with chronic pain, due to its deep-contouring and indulgent pressure-relieving memory foam layers. It’s also a particularly good option for lightweight sleepers, as well as couples! Combine those features with one of the longest at home sleep trials and warranties you can find online and you’ve got a cheap mattress that delivers unbeatable value!