Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
guides
products
Filter by Categories
Baby Sleep Products
Bedding
Bedding FAQs
Circadian
Circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders
Diagnosis
How Sleep Works
Hypersomnias
Insomnias
Mattress 101
Mattress Accessories
Mattress Brands
Mattress Comparisons
Mattress FAQs
Mattresses
Non-Drug Therapies
PAP Therapies
Parasomnias
Pet Sleep Resources
Popular
Safety and Sleep
Safety and Sleep Products
Sales and Coupons
Sleep Aids
Sleep Disorders
Sleep Environment
Sleep Health
Sleep Medicine
Sleep Preparation
Sleep Products
Sleep Resources
Sleep-related breathing disorders
Sleep-related movement disorders
Uncategorized
This research is supported by you, our readers, through our independently chosen links, which earn us a commission. Learn More.

Nectar vs. Layla – Our 2019 Mattress Comparison Guide

Written by - Bill Fish.

The Bottom Line.

  • The Nectar is a traditional memory foam mattress, while the Layla is flippable and copper-infused.
  • Both offer good contouring and a temperature-regulated sleep.
  • The Layla is best for back sleepers while the Nectar has great support for sleepers over 230 lbs.

1,727 Verified Customer Experiences

21 Unique Review Sources

150 Hours of Lab Testing

7 Sleep Experts Consulted

Compare Offers

The Nectar

Get a Tuck Exclusive Discount on the Nectar Mattress

Check the current Nectar-Tuck promotion.

Layla mattress

Enjoy $110 off your new Layla mattress.

Use the code TUCK at checkout to save.

  • Nectar Mattress
  • Layla Mattress
Meet Our Testing Team
Jackson
Jackson
Bill
Bill
Rachel
Rachel
Isaac
Isaac
Charles
Charles
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Mari
Mari

Nectar vs. Layla Mattress Overview

Founded in 2016, Nectar Sleep sells the well-reviewed flagship Nectar Mattress. Built from a high-density polyfoam core, the Nectar also features three support layers for contouring, motion isolation, and temperature regulation: 3″ of standard memory foam, a 1″ gel foam layer, and a 1″ layer of gel foam which has been quilted into the integrated cover. Its medium firmness level (6 out of 10) appeals to a wide variety of sleepers, particularly back-sleepers below 130 lbs. or above 230 lbs.

However, as stomach sleepers below 130 lbs. were the only category to rate the mattress as less than “good”, the Nectar makes a good choice for couples who have differing sleep styles or weights. We also believe the Nectar to more durable than some other memory foam mattresses, with an estimated lifespan of 6-7 years.

Layla was launched in 2015 and sells one mattress, their flagship Layla Mattress. This flippable memory foam model features a different firmness level on each side: the first is a medium-soft (4 out of 10) option, while the second is a firmer 7 out of 10. This makes the Layla more versatile than mattresses with only one firmness option, allowing you to sleep only on one side or flip your mattress as needed.

We have found that back sleepers are the most enthusiastic about the Layla, and it garnered scores of “very good” from back-sleepers under 230 lbs. and “good” from those above 230 lbs. Side-sleepers below 230 lbs. also enjoyed the Layla, while it was appropriate only for stomach-sleepers below 130 lbs. The Layla has a polyfoam support core, as well as three comfort layers (one on the firm side, two on the soft side).

Despite both being memory foam mattresses, the Nectar and Layla differ in a number of key ways. By understanding these differences, it will be easier to pick which one is right for you.

Ratings Comparison

Nectar Mattress

Layla Mattress

MATTRESS TYPE FoamFoam
FIRMNESS 6.54, 7
PRICE RANGE $799$999
AVAILABILITY onlineonline
SLEEP TRIAL 365 nights120 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH Limited LifetimeLifetime
Tap here to see more mattress stats
  • Nectar Mattress
  • Layla Mattress

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
  • Nectar Mattress
  • Layla Mattress
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
#

Durability

Our testing showed the dense foam layers of the Nectar offer average to above-average durability, with an expected lifespan of six to seven years.

#

Durability

Our testing showed the dense foam layers of the Nectar offer average to above-average durability, with an expected lifespan of six to seven years.

#

Motion Isolation

The Nectar mattress absorbs and minimizes motion to a significant extent, and should curb nighttime sleep disruptions for most. Our tests show minimal movement across the surface of the bed.

#

Motion Isolation

The Nectar mattress absorbs and minimizes motion to a significant extent, and should curb nighttime sleep disruptions for most. Our tests show minimal movement across the surface of the bed.

#

Off-gassing

Off-gassing odors have been reported for newer Nectar mattresses, but these smells tend to dissipate within a few days.

#

Off-gassing

Off-gassing odors have been reported for newer Nectar mattresses, but these smells tend to dissipate within a few days.

#

Sex

The Nectar mattress has some bounce, but — like many memory foam models — it may not be responsive enough for most couples.

#

Sex

The Nectar mattress has some bounce, but — like many memory foam models — it may not be responsive enough for most couples.

#

Temperature Neutrality

The Nectar mattress sleeps somewhat warm, but the lyocell cover and gel memory foam offer more breathability than many competing memory foam models

#

Temperature Neutrality

The Nectar mattress sleeps somewhat warm, but the lyocell cover and gel memory foam offer more breathability than many competing memory foam models

#

Edge Support

The Nectar mattress offers better edge support than most all-foam mattresses at this price range due to its dense foam layers, though some owners have reported sinkage after less than one year of use.

#

Edge Support

The Nectar mattress offers better edge support than most all-foam mattresses at this price range due to its dense foam layers, though some owners have reported sinkage after less than one year of use.

#

Noise

The Nectar mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

#

Noise

The Nectar mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

#

Durability

Durability appears to be on par with other high quality memory foam mattress models and should last at least 6-8 years with regular nighly use.

#

Durability

Durability appears to be on par with other high quality memory foam mattress models and should last at least 6-8 years with regular nighly use.

#

Motion Isolation

The Layla Mattress isolates motion to a significant extent, say owners, and many report fewer nighttime sleep disruptions as a result.

#

Motion Isolation

The Layla Mattress isolates motion to a significant extent, say owners, and many report fewer nighttime sleep disruptions as a result.

#

Off-gassing

Layla Mattresses really shouldn't emit much odor compared to other all-foam mattresses and our testing shows this to be the case.

#

Off-gassing

Layla Mattresses really shouldn't emit much odor compared to other all-foam mattresses and our testing shows this to be the case.

#

Sex

Like most memory foam models, the Layla Mattress is not particularly bouncy, and may not be responsive enough for some couples.

#

Sex

Like most memory foam models, the Layla Mattress is not particularly bouncy, and may not be responsive enough for some couples.

#

Temperature Neutrality

Given the higher quality foams used, the Layla mattress can trap heat but no more than your average memory foam bed

#

Temperature Neutrality

Given the higher quality foams used, the Layla mattress can trap heat but no more than your average memory foam bed

#

Edge Support

Edge support is a common issue with memory foam mattresses, buyers should expect some sinkage around the perimeter of the bed where people tend to sit.

#

Edge Support

Edge support is a common issue with memory foam mattresses, buyers should expect some sinkage around the perimeter of the bed where people tend to sit.

#

Noise

The Layla Mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

#

Noise

The Layla Mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

The Nectar Mattress is Good for...
  • Back sleepers who weigh less than 130 lbs. or more than 230 lbs.
  • All types of sleeper aside from stomach sleepers less than 130 lbs.
  • Couples with separate sleep needs or weights
  • People who find ordinary memory foam sleeps too warm
The Layla Mattress is Good for...
  • Back sleepers of any weight category
  • People whose firmness needs vary over time
  • Anyone who wants memory foam contouring with less heat retention
  • Customers who want a dual-firmness option for guest beds

Sleep Position Ratings

The Nectar Mattress

The Nectar Mattress scores a relatively neutral 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, making it appealing to many types of sleeper and a wide range of weights. In fact, we found that the Nectar is one of the most supportive memory foam mattresses for people above 230 lbs.

Back-sleepers in particular will enjoy Nectar’s balance of comfort and support, but the mattress was rated “good” or higher by all categories except stomach-sleepers below 130 lbs., for whom it was too firm. Because of this, we think the Nectar makes a good choice for couples: even if you have different sleep styles, you’re likely to both find this mattress comfortable.

The Layla Mattress

On account of its flippable nature, the Layla Mattress has both strengths and weaknesses. Overall, people who sleep on their back found this mattress the most comfortable, earning it a “very good” rating from back-sleepers below 230 lbs. and a “good” rating from those over 230 lbs.

Side-sleepers also enjoyed the Layla, particularly those between 130 and 230 lbs., though those above 230 lbs. found it missed the mark between too soft and too firm. Similarly, stomach-sleepers above 130 lbs. also reported that the mattress was not ideal for them. If the Layla suits your sleep type, it can also help relieve pain (particularly joint and pressure point) through the contouring of its copper-infused foam.

  • Nectar Mattress
  • Layla Mattress
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach

Our Recommendations

Choose the Nectar Mattress if...

  • You sleep on your back or side
  • You weigh more than 230 lbs. and want a supportive memory foam mattress
  • Your partner has different sleep needs
  • You want a long trial period

Choose the Layla Mattress if...

  • You sleep on your back (all weights) or side (less than 230 lbs.)
  • You suffer from joint or pressure point pain
  • You want a flippable, dual-firmness mattress
  • You’re curious about copper-infused memory foam

Technical Details Comparison

Sizing and Pricing

  • twin-bed
    Twin $499 The Nectar $599 The Layla
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $569 The Nectar $699 The Layla
  • twin-bed
    Full $699 The Nectar $899 The Layla
  • twin-bed
    Queen $799 The Nectar $999 The Layla
  • twin-bed
    King $999 The Nectar $1,099 The Layla
  • twin-bed
    Cali King $999 The Nectar $1,099 The Layla

Mattress Construction

Next let’s look at how the Nectar and Layla mattresses are made. The table below lists firmness, thickness, weight, and composition specs for both beds.

Specification Nectar Layla
Firmness 6 (Medium) Side 1: 4 (Medium-soft)
Side 2: 7 (Firm)
Thickness 11″ 10″
Weight (Queen) 74 lbs. 80 lbs.
Support Core Components 1 3/4″ HD Memory Foam
5 1/4″ 2.2 PCF Polyfoam
4.5″ Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 1″ 4 PCF Gel Memory Foam Quilted Cover
3″ 3.5 PCF Memory Foam
Side 1: 3″ Copper-infused HD memory foam
2″ Convoluted memory foam
Side 2: 1″ Copper-infused HD memory foam
Cover Composition Quilted Memory Foam, Tencel®, Lyocell, and Cotton Polyester Blend

How Is the Nectar Mattress Built?

The Nectar Mattress has a 7″ high-density polyfoam and memory foam support core, forming the bulk of the mattress and providing a comfortable medium-firmness sleep surface. In order to achieve the joint-cradling contouring which makes memory foam so popular, Nectar follows this with two separate comfort layers. In order from the support core, these are: 3 inches of gel-infused memory foam and 1 inch of gel memory foam which has been quilted into the Cotton/Tencel® Lyocell-blend cover.

One of the things our reviewers appreciated about the Nectar Mattress is its use of high-quality materials which are CertiPUR-US®-Certified to be free of carcinogens and toxins. These materials, in addition to the Nectar’s good build quality, give it an estimated lifespan of 6-7 years.

In addition to its durability, the Nectar is nearly silent and features good motion isolation and edge support, though there are some reviewers who found that the edge support can degrade with time.

How Is the Layla Mattress Built?

The Layla Mattress uses three types of foam, all of which are CertiPUR-US®-Certified as carcinogen and toxin-free. It has a 4.5″ support core of polyfoam, offering springy resilience to both sides regardless of firmness.

On the medium-soft side, this is next to a 2″ comfort layer of airy convoluted foam for superior airflow and a deep contour. On both sides, the top layer is copper-infused high-density memory foam: 3″ on the medium-soft side, 1″ on the firm side. The copper infusion is a luxury touch with several benefits, including temperature regulation, variable support for pressure point and joint relief, and antimicrobial properties.

The Layla’s excellent temperature regulation makes it very attractive to those who find other soft memory foam mattresses to be too warm. The way memory foam contours to the body has a tendency to trap heat, so the convoluted foam layer and copper infusion both allow for more temperature neutrality.

Nectar Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 365-night with 30-day break-in period

  • Shipping Free shipping within contiguous U.S.

  • Warranty Lifetime

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    Nectar offers a 365-night sleep trial for the Nectar Mattress.

    There are two stages to Nectar’s sleep trial. To begin with, there is a mandatory 30-day “breaking in” period, during which no returns can be made. (This is to allow the mattress to regain its normal shape, as well as giving you the chance to become accustomed to it.) Once the 30-day period is over, your 365-night trial begins in earnest.

    Nectar suggests customers take advantage of the full trial period, but returns can be made at any point during this time. If you choose to return the mattress, Nectar offers a full refund (minus white glove delivery charges) and will handle mattress collection themselves. Where possible, they work with local services to recycle or donate your mattress.

     

  • Warranty

    Nectar offers a lifetime warranty. 

    What Nectar calls their “Forever Warranty” is a lifetime, non-prorated warranty which covers an industry-standard list of problems and concerns. Impressions deeper than 1.5″ are covered, as are manufacturing defects or flaws in the foam itself (such as cracks or sagging) and the integrated cover (such as unraveling threads).

    Your warranty cannot be transferred, and it is made void if you do not support your mattress correctly. It does not cover damage, normal wear-and-tear, sagging or impressions less than 1.5″, misuse, or changes in your preferences. For the first ten years there are no shipping fees, but after this period the company will charge two $50 shipping fees unless they determine that the problem is due to a manufacturing defect.

  • Delivery Details

    How is the Mattress Shipped?

    Nectar ships their mattresses compressed and rolled in a carrying sleeve.

     

    Where Do They Ship?

    Customers in the contiguous U.S. are eligible for free shipping, while customers in Hawaii and Alaska must pay a $150 delivery fee. Nectar does not offer international shipping.

     

    White Glove Delivery

    For a $149 fee, Nectar will send a white glove delivery team to set up your new mattress.

     

    Full Shipping Details

    Nectar offers customers within the contiguous U.S. free shipping, as well as delivery for a subsidized $150 fee to Alaska and Hawaii. Once you have paid and they ship your mattress (via FedEx Ground), you will receive a tracking order and can expect your new mattress within 3-5 days. There are two exceptions to this: Alaskan and Hawaiian customers have a longer wait, and white glove delivery may extend the waiting period to 5-7 days.

     

    Old Mattress Removal?

    Once you purchase the white glove delivery service for $149, they will also remove your old mattress for a $45 fee. Extra recycling fees apply in California, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Nectar Coupons and Discounts

Get a Tuck Exclusive Discount on the Nectar Mattress

CLAIM DISCOUNT

Layla Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 120-night with a 2-week break-in period

  • Shipping Free in the contiguous U.S. and Canada

  • Warranty Lifetime

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period

    Layla offers a 120-night sleep trial for the Layla Mattress.

    When deciding on a new mattress, it’s important to ensure it is comfortable over longer periods. Layla offers customers 120 nights to decide whether or not they are happy with their purchase, though this includes a mandatory 14 day “break in” period to allow your mattress to return to its original shape.

    Once this period is over, you may return your mattress at any point until the end of the sleep trial. Layla refunds all mattress costs, but not delivery fees. However, they do not charge to pick up your returned mattress and will help you donate or dispose of the used mattress.

  • Warranty

    Layla offers a lifetime warranty

    The Layla Mattress has very good durability and we estimate it to have a lifespan of 6-8 years with normal use. Layla also stands behind their product with a non-transferable lifetime warranty, covering both flaws in the cover as well as foam impressions and sagging deeper than 1 inch. Depending on the nature of the defect, the company may choose to repair rather than replace your mattress. In some cases there may also be a $50 shipping charge for this service.

    It is also important to note that incorrect support for your mattress will void your warranty, as will improperly flipping your mattress, leaving it in its original packaging for longer than two weeks, or using it in a commercial facility (including Airbnb).

  • Delivery Details

    How is the Mattress Shipped?

    The Layla Mattress is shipped tightly compressed, rolled, and in a 18”x18”x9” protective box.

     

    Where Do They Ship?

    Free shipping in the contiguous U.S. states and Canada, with extra fees for Hawaii and Alaska. International shipping is unavailable.

     

    White Glove Delivery

    Layla does not offer white glove delivery.

     

    Full Shipping Details

    Each Layla Mattress is made to order, so allow for 3-5 business days post-purchase while your mattress is being made. Once complete, it will be shipped via FedEx Ground from Layla’s facility in Pacoima, California. Customers in the contiguous U.S. are likely to receive their package in 2-5 days, while those in Canada, Alaska, and Hawaii can expect a slight delay. (Layla will send a FedEx tracking number which will give you a better idea of how long you will be waiting.) FedEx only delivers curbside, so ensure you can either lift your mattress yourself or have help on hand to make the switch.

     

    Old Mattress Removal?

    Layla does not offer old mattress removal.

Layla Coupons and Discounts

Our readers get $110 off the Layla Mattress with the code TUCK.

CLAIM COUPON
A