Nectar Mattress Overview
Nectar Sleep is a U.S. mattress and bedding company headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. The company’s flagship memory-foam bed is known as the Nectar Mattress.
The Nectar Mattress is constructed with a top layer of quilted gel memory foam, followed by a secondary layer of gel memory foam. The bed also features a high-density memory foam transitional layer and a support core made of high-density polyfoam. The removable cover is a blend of TENCEL™ lyocell and cotton. The mattress measures 11 inches thick. Its feel is considered medium-firm, which corresponds to a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale.
This review will take a closer look at the Nectar Mattress in terms of construction, pricing, and overall performance. We’ll also compare the Nectar Mattress with other leading all-foam beds and discuss Nectar Sleep’s shipping, return, and warranty policies.
Table of Contents
Meet Our Testing Team
- Side, back, and stomach sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds. The mattress has a medium-firm feel that supports sleepers in this weight group without sinking too much.
- People who usually sleep hot on all-foam beds. The Nectar does not absorb as much body heat as other all-foam models, largely due to the low- and medium-density comfort layers.
- Couples, particularly those who awaken easily due to movement or noise during the night.
- Value seekers. The Nectar offers unmatched quality at its below-average price-point.
Not Recommended for...
- Lighter weight sleepers under 130 lbs. The mattress may feel too firm for lighter people.
- Sleepers who prefer to sleep “on” versus “in” a mattress. The bed provides a deep, body-hugging sensation that some sleepers find uncomfortable.
Tuck's Video Review
Our testing team evaluated the Nectar Mattress for conforming, motion isolation, edge support, and other performance factors. Check out their findings in the video below.
Tuck’s testing team conducted an extensive evaluation of the Nectar Mattress. Our review and rating process consists of three parts: in-house evaluation, external sleep testing, and data collection of verified owner experiences. To learn more about our review process, read our methodology here.
Our performance criteria and ratings for the bed are listed in the table below.
As you can see from our findings, the Nectar Mattress excels in several areas, such as pressure relief and motion isolation. You can find a more in-depth look at our Nectar Mattress ratings below.
Sleep Position Ratings
As part of our ratings process, we evaluated the Nectar Mattress across different body types and preferred sleep positions. In addition to physical testing, we surveyed our sleep expert team and analyzed reviews from verified mattress owners and customers. Our findings are listed in the table below.
|Sleep Position||Less than 130 LBS||130 LBS - 230 LBS||Greater than 230 LBS|
Nectar Mattress Awards
Due to positive ratings from our testing team and owners in general, the Nectar Mattress has earned the following awards in Tuck Mattress Guides:
Best Memory Foam Mattresses
Best Value pick for Best Memory Foam Mattress.
Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers
Best Value pick for Best Mattress for Side Sleepers.
Best Mattresses for Back Pain
Best Value pick for Best Mattresses for Back Pain.
Best Mattresses for Larger People
Best Value for Best Mattresses for Larger People.
Best Mattresses for Couples
Best Value for Best Mattresses for Couples.
How Is the Nectar Mattress Constructed?
The Nectar Mattress has a cover made from a blend of TENCEL™ lyocell and cotton. Both of these materials are fairly breathable. The cover is also removable and machine-washable for easier cleaning.
The mattress has two comfort layers. The 1-inch top layer is made of quilted gel memory foam with a density of 4 PCF, and the 3-inch secondary layer is made of 3.5 PCF gel memory foam. These layers conform very closely to the body without sinking too deeply. The result is a noticeable body hug that can alleviate aches and pains, prevent pressure points from building, and improve spinal alignment for side sleepers.
The foam also distributes weight evenly and consistently, making the bed especially well-suited for heavier sleepers.
The mattress has a transitional layer of high-density memory foam that measures 1.75 inches. Most competing memory foam mattresses have transitional layers made of polyfoam. The Nectar’s added memory foam component enhances the body-hug sensation of its comfort layers without sagging too much.
The Nectar Mattress has a support core of 2.2 PCF high-density polyfoam measuring 5.25 inches thick. Along with the transitional layer, the polyfoam base provides a firm base for the softer comfort layers. The result is a balanced, medium-firm feel that conforms closely without compromising overall support.
The mattress measures 11 inches thick. This is slightly thicker than the average mattress, making it a good option for people who struggle getting on and off shorter beds, but the Nectar is still considered a medium-profile mattress.
|Product Name||Firmness||Thickness||Support Core Components||Comfort Layer Components||Cover Components|
|Nectar Mattress||6 (medium-firm)||11″||1 3/4″ HD Memory Foam
5 1/4″ 2.2 PCF HD Polyfoam
|1″ 4 PCF Gel Memory Foam
3″ 3.5 PCF Gel Memory Foam
|TENCEL™ Lyocell and Cotton Blend|
What Are the Firmness and Feel Like?
The Nectar Mattress is an ideal option for sleepers who enjoy surfaces with deep contouring and cradling. This is largely due to the bed’s thick, four-layer design that includes memory foam comfort and transitional layers. Most sleepers settle into the mattress for a noticeable body-hugging sensation. This can alleviate discomfort for those with chronic pain, and prevent new aches and pains from forming.
Nectar Sleep advertises the mattress as “plush but highly supportive,” rating it as a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale. Our testers agree with this assessment. This setting is optimal for many side, back, and stomach sleepers weighing 130 pounds or more. The mattress may be too firm for some lightweight sleepers, and as a result, they may not experience the same pressure relief as heavier individuals.
Next, let’s take a closer look at our performance ratings for the Nectar Mattress. These ratings are based on findings from our internal and external testing teams, as well as verified owner and customer experiences with the mattress.
Nectar Sleep has been in business since 2016. Due to how new the company is, we’re basing our durability ratings off of the materials used in the bed, quality of construction, and owner experience data over time.
Given the use of dense, high-quality foams and solid construction, we expect the bed to be quite durable based on the average mattress lifespan of 7-8 years. While we recommend the Nectar for average to heavyweight sleepers, there is always the possibility of body impressions over time, so we recommend rotating the mattress regularly. Lightweight sleepers are far less likely to notice any body impressions over the lifetime of the mattress.
The Nectar mattress performed very well in our motion isolation tests. Both our internal testing team and our overnight sleep testers found they couldn’t feel any partner movement throughout the night. This is expected of memory foam mattresses with slower response foams, so our findings are on par with initial expectations.
Given that, we believe the Nectar is a great option for sleepers who are easily disturbed by movements on the bed’s surface.
We found that the Nectar had a distinct odor for a few days after unpacking, but eventually dissipated and wasn’t an issue after the initial few days. This is quite normal for a memory foam bed, but customers should keep this in mind when purchasing a Nectar mattress.
For a bit more explanation, off-gassing often occurs with newer mattresses because unpacking them releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. VOCs are relatively harmless but they carry a distinct odor that many liken to plastic or rubber.
Body conforming is a key strength of the Nectar Mattress. Our testing found that the two memory foam comfort layers absorb and cradle the body, conforming evenly to different areas and evenly distributing weight across the surface.
Our testers noted that the experience of sleeping on a Nectar is more like sleeping “in” versus “on” a bed, especially for heavier individuals. Those who enjoy that sensation will find the Nectar Mattress comfortable and supportive. On the other hand, people who prefer sleeping on – not in – a mattress may not be as satisfied with the bed.
Our in-house and external testing found that the Nectar mattress traps some heat throughout a night of sleep. In general, low- and medium-density memory foam layers sleep a bit cooler than higher-density memory foam. Nectar has both medium- and low-density foams in its comfort layers, making it a slightly cooler option than other memory foam competitors on the market.
The Nectar does use more breathable materials in its cover, TENCEL™ lyocell and cotton. These fabrics offer better breathability than other common cover materials, such as polyester or rayon.
Ultimately the Nectar performed better with temperature neutrality than a lot of all-foam beds out there, but customers should be aware that it does have the potential to sleep a bit warm throughout the night.
The Nectar mattress performed as we expected in our edge support testing. Like other all-foam mattresses, we found significant sinkage when sitting on or sleeping close to the edge. But when compared to similarly constructed mattresses, it did perform a bit better than average, which gave the mattress a slight leg up in our rating for this criteria.
The Nectar is silent. This is a common trait of all-foam mattresses. Noise from a mattress is usually associated with a coil system in the support core or comfort layers. Since the Nectar features an all-foam design, we found absolutely no noise issues with the bed. Coupled with superior motion isolation, the lack of noise makes the Nectar a great option for sleepers who are easily disturbed during the night.
The Nectar Mattress, like many competing memory foam beds, responds slowly and doesn’t have the bounce that is usually associated with innerspring and hybrid beds. Some sleepers find this sinkage makes switching positions difficult, which can make sex more challenging. That said, with deeper sinkage comes more traction, so if changing positions isn’t as important to you, the mattress can offer this as a benefit.
The Nectar’s construction makes it produce no noise and hence very discreet during sex. Better-than-average edge support also ensures couples can take advantage of the full surface of the mattress.
Now, let’s discuss our sleeper ratings for the Nectar Mattress.
The ideal firmness and thickness settings for a mattress largely depend on a sleeper’s body weight, shape, and preferred sleep position. In order to better inform our readers and avoid subjectivity in our review, the Tuck team evaluated the bed with sleep testers of varying body types and position preferences.
Lightweight Sleepers – Less than 130 lbs.
Our lightweight testers found the Nectar was fairly firm. While the mattress offered good overall support, these testers did not experience the same deep body-cradling and pressure relief as our heavier testers. Instead, lighter weight folks might find the Nectar has a floating feel, owing to its medium-firm build.
Lightweight sleepers typically prefer soft to medium-soft beds because they hug the body closely to alleviate aches and pains. That being said, our testers agreed that people weighing less than 130 pounds who prefer firmer beds will likely find the Nectar comfortable.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 to 230 lbs.
Our average weight testers found the Nectar very supportive. They experienced consistent body-cradling and pressure relief with little to no sagging. This was true across all sleep positions.
Sleepers who weigh 130 to 230 pounds tend to prefer medium to medium-firm mattresses because they offer a balance of cushioning and support. Our testers’ findings for the Nectar were consistent with this general trend.
Heavyweight Sleepers – More than 230 lbs.
Our heavyweight testers also found the Nectar very supportive. They noted some sagging associated with the body-hugging feel of memory foam, but the transitional and base foam layers provided strong reinforcement for the bed.
Most heavyweight sleepers tend to prefer beds with medium-firm to firm settings. Softer surfaces often sag too much on the surface, resulting in uneven support, and the beds are more vulnerable to heavy sinkage along the edges. Although there are firmer beds on the market, our testers believe the Nectar is a good option for heavier people who prefer mid-level firmness settings.
Heavier sleepers also tend to prefer mattresses with thicker comfort layers because they make getting on and off the bed easier. The Nectar has roughly 4 inches of comfort layer foam, which is reasonably thick and may be more suitable for heavier individuals.
Pricing and Discounts
- Twin $499
- Twin XL $569
- Full $699
- Queen $799
- King $999
- California King $999
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How Does the Nectar Mattress Compare to Other Beds?
Nectar vs. The Casper
The Nectar and the Casper are both designed with pressure-relieving memory foam comfort layers and a high-density support system for added stability. They also isolate motion transfer very well and sleep fairly cool compared to other all-foam beds.
However, the Casper is somewhat softer with a medium (5) feel. Lighter people may experience more body-cradling and pressure relief, but heavier individuals may find the bed sags a bit too much. The Casper is reasonably priced given its high-quality design, but also more expensive than the Nectar. For more information, check out our Nectar vs. Casper Mattress Comparison.
Nectar vs. Leesa
The all-foam Leesa is another bed that shares several similarities with the Nectar. Both mattresses have mid-level firmness, and while the Leesa is slightly softer, overall support for both beds is fairly consistent across different weight groups and sleep positions.
The Nectar and Leesa also have comparable designs, including memory foam comfort layers, high-density support systems, and TENCEL™ blend covers. The Nectar costs less than the Leesa, thus making it the higher-value option, but both beds offer high-quality construction at a reasonable price-point. Read more about these two beds in our Nectar vs. Leesa Mattress Comparison.
Nectar vs. Tuft & Needle
The T&N Mattress from Tuft & Needle is constructed differently than the Nectar. Rather than memory foam, the T&N features standard polyfoam in its 3-inch comfort layer and high-density base. Although polyfoam does not cradle the body like memory foam, the T&N Mattress alleviates pressure for most sleepers and isolates motion transfer very well.
Both beds have a similar medium-firm feel. Like the Nectar, the T&N Mattress sleeps fairly cool compared to all-foam competitors. And while the Nectar costs more than the T&N Mattress, each bed offers exceptional quality at a very low price-point. Check out our Nectar vs. Tuft & Needle Mattress Comparison to learn more.
Nectar vs. DreamCloud
The DreamCloud is a mattress with a hybrid construction, rather than an all-foam model. It has multiple layers of memory foam over a bed of pocketed coils. Both mattresses have similar firmness ratings, although the Nectar is slightly softer and better suited to lightweight and average sleepers. The DreamCloud’s firmer feel and coil system gives it a stronger degree of support for averageweight and heavyweight sleepers.
Both mattresses use memory foam layers and perform similarly in a few respects, but their constructions give each distinct advantages. As a foam bed, the Nectar is better at relieving pressure, isolating motion, and absorbing noise. The DreamCloud’s hybrid build boosts its durability, as well as providing more edge support, and helping it to sleep cooler. The Nectar costs less than the DreamCloud, although both beds provide a great value for their price-points. Learn more about how these two beds stack up in our Nectar vs. DreamCloud Mattress Comparison.
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|AVAILABILITY||online, in-store||online, in-store||online, in-store||online||Online|
|SLEEP TRIAL||365 nights||100 nights||100 nights||100 nights||365 nights|
|WARRANTY LENGTH||Limited Lifetime||10 Year, Limited||10 Year, Limited||10 Year, Non-prorated||Lifetime|
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Nectar Mattress FAQ
Sleep Trial 365 nights
Shipping Free to contiguous U.S.
Made In China
Where Can I Buy the Nectar Mattress?
The Nectar Mattress is available on the Nectar website. It is also sold through multiple retailers, including Amazon.com.
Where Do They Ship?
Nectar ships mattresses to all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
White Glove Delivery?
White Glove delivery is available for a flat fee of $149. This service includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal upon request.
Old Mattress Removal?
Old mattress removal is included in the base fee for White Glove delivery, but this service is not available with standard deliveries.
Full Delivery Policy
The delivery policy for Nectar mattresses is as follows:
- Nectar deliveries are coordinated through FedEx Ground. Most customers will receive their mattress within one to five business days. In the event of a shipping delay, Nectar will contact the customer and provide a delivery date estimate; the company will also modify the delivery upon request.
- Those who request White Glove delivery should plan to receive their mattress within three to seven business days.
Trial Period and Warranty Details
Trial Period and Guarantee
Nectar offers a 365-night sleep trial for all mattresses.
- There is a mandatory 30-day break-in period. Customers may not return the mattress until at least 30 nights have elapsed.
- Nectar will cover all shipping and handling costs related to the mattress return.
- Nectar will coordinate pickup services for all mattress returns at no cost to the owner. Customers do not need to keep the original mattress packaging.
- Mattress exchanges are available as part of Nectar’s return policy. Those who wish to exchange their current mattress for a different model must purchase the replacement before receiving a refund for the original model.
Nectar offers a lifetime warranty (also known as the ‘Forever Warranty’) for all mattresses:
- Warranty coverage will begin on the date of original purchase, and is divided into two periods. For the first 10 years, Nectar will replace defective mattresses at no cost to the owner, including shipping and transportation fees. Nectar still replaces defective mattresses after 10 years, but owners must pay a flat charge of $50 each way for shipping and transportation.
- The Nectar mattress is designed for use on a ‘firm, solid-surface, on a bed base that is structurally capable of supporting the weight of the Mattress and user(s)’. These include platform beds, box springs, flat bases, and other types of ‘suitable bed frame or dedicated clean and flat flooring area’. Use of an improper foundation will result in the warranty being voided.
- The warranty will cover surface indentations of 1.5 inches or more. Other covered defects include physical flaws that cause foams to deteriorate and manufacturing flaws associated with the cover.
- The warranty will not cover indentations less than 1.5 inches. This is considered normal wear and tear. The warranty also does not cover issues related to changes in the owner’s comfort preferences or burns, cuts, stains, and other types of physical damage.
- Replacing a mattress will not result in a new warranty. All replacements fall under the same lifetime warranty as the original model.
- The warranty is non-transferable, and only applies to original owners who purchase their mattress directly from Nectar or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or an unauthorized Nectar retailer will not receive warranty coverage.
6 out of 10 customers have had a positive experience with Nectar Sleep
Nectar was launched in 2017.
Nectar currently holds a ‘B+’ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Nectar does not operate any brick-and-mortar locations.
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