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Nectar vs. Puffy – Our 2019 Mattress Comparison Guide

Written by - Brad Nehring.

The Bottom Line.

  • The Puffy has a softer feel than the Nectar and a slightly lower firmness rating.
  • Both mattresses suit a variety of sleeper types, but the Nectar is better for those over 230 lbs.
  • The Nectar has a longer sleep trial at 365 nights.

1,730 Verified Customer Experiences

17 Unique Review Sources

140 Hours of Lab Testing

7 Sleep Experts Consulted

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  • Nectar Mattress
  • Puffy Mattress
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Nectar vs. Puffy Mattress Overview

Nectar Sleep was founded in 2016 and offers one mattress for sale, the flagship Nectar Mattress. This 11″-high memory foam model uses excellent materials for a durable mattress with an estimated lifetime of 6-7 years.

A high-density polyfoam support core offers a medium (6 out of 10) firmness level which appeals to most sleepers, particularly back sleepers below 130lbs or above 230lbs. The three support layers provide good motion isolation and contouring, while the quilted gel foam layer makes for a cooler sleep than some other memory foam mattresses. Overall, people of all sleep types and weights enjoy the Nectar, and stomach sleepers below 130lbs are the only group for whom it is rated less than “good”.

Puffy was launched in 2017, and their flagship Puffy Mattress is a 10″ memory foam mattress which uses three layers of softer-than-usual foam. The 6″ high-density polyfoam support core has slightly more flexibility under weight than many other memory foam mattresses, a trait which is accentuated by the two comfort layers. These layers — the first a gel foam, the second a temperature-resistant polyfoam — also allow for a much cooler sleep than traditional memory foam mattresses.

Sleepers under 230lbs will enjoy the Puffy regardless of their sleep style, but side sleepers under 130lbs may not receive enough support. On the other hand, the softer surface does not offer adequate support for people over 230lbs; across the board, the mattress is only rated as “fair” in these categories.

Note: In addition to the Puffy Mattress, Puffy also offers the premium Puffy Lux model. This page compares only the Nectar and Puffy flagship mattresses.

Although the Nectar and Puffy mattresses appear similar upon first glance — both are memory foam options with a medium firmness level — there are significant differences which will determine the mattress which is right for you.

Ratings Comparison

Nectar Mattress

Puffy

MATTRESS TYPE FoamFoam
FIRMNESS 6.55
PRICE RANGE $799$850.00
AVAILABILITY onlineonline
SLEEP TRIAL 365 nights101 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH Limited LifetimeLifetime Warranty
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  • Nectar Mattress
  • Puffy

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
  • Puffy
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Off-gassing

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

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Off-gassing

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

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Sex

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

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Sex

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Noise

The Nectar mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Noise

The Nectar mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Durability

The Puffy mattress uses slightly less dense foams which should be durable for lighter sleepers but won't last as long for heavier sleepers (230lbs+) with nightly use.

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Durability

The Puffy mattress uses slightly less dense foams which should be durable for lighter sleepers but won't last as long for heavier sleepers (230lbs+) with nightly use.

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Motion Isolation

The Puffy mattress isolates motion very well making it a good option for couples or easily disturbed sleepers

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Motion Isolation

The Puffy mattress isolates motion very well making it a good option for couples or easily disturbed sleepers

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Off-gassing

The Puffy has some potential for offgassing which should dissapate within a few days of unboxing

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Off-gassing

The Puffy has some potential for offgassing which should dissapate within a few days of unboxing

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Sex

The Puffy is a very conforming memory foam mattress making it less "bouncy" (responsive) so less ideal for sex compared to other mattress types

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Sex

The Puffy is a very conforming memory foam mattress making it less "bouncy" (responsive) so less ideal for sex compared to other mattress types

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Temperature Neutrality

The Puffy performs adequately in creating a cool sleep environment as a memory foam mattress.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Puffy performs adequately in creating a cool sleep environment as a memory foam mattress.

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Edge Support

The Puffy has decent edge support, which puts it on par with similarly constructed memory foam mattresses

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Edge Support

The Puffy has decent edge support, which puts it on par with similarly constructed memory foam mattresses

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Noise

The Puffy mattress will be silent when bearing weight so noise isn't a concern.

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Noise

The Puffy mattress will be silent when bearing weight so noise isn't a concern.

The Nectar Mattress is Good for...
  • Sleepers below 130lbs or above 230lbs who sleep on their back
  • Couples with differing weights and sleep styles
  • People of all weights and sleep styles, aside from stomach sleepers below 130lbs
  • Anyone who finds ordinary memory foam to be slightly too warm
The Puffy Mattress is Good for...
  • All sleepers under 230lbs
  • Side-sleepers below 130lbs
  • People who find ordinary memory foam to be much too warm
  • Sleepers who prefer a softer mattress

Sleep Position Ratings

The Nectar Mattress

Medium firmness mattress, particularly those which score 6 out of 10, are often in a “sweet spot” which appeals to a wide range of sleep types and weights. Nearly all reviewers found that the Nectar offers a good balance between comfort and support, particularly for back sleepers below 130lbs and above 230lbs.

However, stomach sleepers who are lighter than 130lbs may find the mattress does not have enough sink to be comfortable. Due to the top layer of quilted gel foam, the Nectar sleeps slightly cooler than traditional memory foam mattresses.

The Puffy Mattress

As the Puffy Mattress features softer-than-usual memory foam, it offers excellent comfort to sleepers below 230lbs but is not appropriately supportive for those above 230lbs. This is true across the board, with the mattress earning a “good” rating or higher for sleepers below this weight but only a “fair” rating for sleepers in a heavier weight category.

The only category which earned a “very good” is side sleepers below 130lbs, as the softer surface provides contouring and comfort around joints and pressure points. The Puffy is also very appealing to people who tend to sleep warm, as it features two temperature-regulating comfort layers: gel foam, and temperature-resistant polyfoam.

  • Nectar Mattress
  • Puffy
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 if...

  • You are a back sleeper above 230lbs or below 130lbs
  • You find ordinary memory foam to be slightly too warm
  • You enjoy medium-firmness memory foam
  • You are part of a couple with mixed sleep styles

Choose the Puffy Mattress if...

  • You are a side sleeper under 130lbs
  • You are under 230lbs and enjoy a soft, contouring mattress
  • You find ordinary memory foam to be very warm
  • You require shipping to Canada

Technical Details Comparison

Sizing and Pricing

  • twin-bed
    Twin $499 The Nectar $795 The Puffy
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $569 The Nectar $825 The Puffy
  • twin-bed
    Full $699 The Nectar $995 The Puffy
  • twin-bed
    Queen $799 The Nectar $1,150 The Puffy
  • twin-bed
    King $999 The Nectar $1,350 The Puffy
  • twin-bed
    Cali King $999 The Nectar $1,350 The Puffy

Mattress Construction

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

Specification Nectar Puffy
Firmness 6 (Medium) 5 (Medium)
Thickness 11″ 10″
Weight (Queen) 74 lbs. 72 lbs.
Support Core Components 1 3/4″ HD Memory Foam
5 1/4″ 2.2 PCF Polyfoam
6″ HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 1″ 4 PCF Gel Memory Foam Quilted Cover
3″ 3.5 PCF Memory Foam
2″ Gel Memory Foam
2″ Temperature-resistant Polyfoam
Cover Composition Quilted Memory Foam, Tencel® Lyocell and Cotton Polyester

How Is the Nectar Mattress Built?

Nectar uses high-quality materials which are CertiPUR-US®-Certified, a guarantee that they are non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. Due to these excellent materials, we estimate that the Nectar has a 6-7 year lifetime. The mattress’s 7” support core is made from high-density memory foam and polyfoam, which combines with the two comfort layers to offer a medium, 6 out of 10 firmness rating.

The comfort layers include 3″ of memory foam and a 1” layer of gel foam which is quilted into the integrated mattress cover. People who find ordinary memory foam to be slightly too warm will appreciate these two layers, as they counteract some of the heat from the Nectar’s contouring.

In addition to temperature regulation, the Nectar also offers good motion isolation and better-than-average edge support for a memory foam mattress. (There are some users who indicate that this edge support degrades over time.)

How Is the Puffy Mattress Built?

Customers concerned about memory foam toxins will be relieved to know that the materials in Puffy mattresses are CertiPUR-US®-Certified as non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. At 10″ the mattress has a slightly lower profile than the Nectar, partially due to its lower number of layers: one 6″ support layer made of high-density polyfoam, as well as two 2″ comfort layers made of temperature-resistant polyfoam and gel memory foam.

Because Puffy uses foams with less density and less firmness than some other models, these two layers still provide plenty of softness and contouring. On the downside, sleepers above 230lbs may find that the foam degrades more quickly than firmer materials.

Both of Puffy’s comfort layers are temperature-regulating, leading to a much cooler sleep experience when compared to most memory foam mattresses. However, as this is due to regulation rather than active cooling, it still makes for a warm and cuddly winter option. The Puffy also has an excellent rating for its motion isolation.

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.

    Nectar’s 365-night trial period does not begin until you have had the mattress in your home for 30 days. This gives the mattress a chance to regain its shapes and for you to adjust to the new surface, so returns cannot be initiated until this period is over. The following 365-day period is long enough for you to develop a real understanding of how your mattress sleeps across the seasons, as well as discovering if it provides enough support and comfort after exercise or while recovering from injuries.

    Customers who choose not to keep their mattress are offered a full refund (minus any white glove delivery charges), and Nectar will collect your mattress for free before delivering it to be recycled, disposed of, or donated locally. There is no need for you to keep any packing materials in case of a return.

  • Warranty

    Nectar offers a lifetime warranty. 

    Customers who desire a strong warranty for their mattress will be pleased to know that Nectar offers lifetime support. They call this their “Forever Warranty”, and it covers a limited, industry-standard range of manufacturing defects (for the foam itself and the integrated cover), as well as any impressions which are 1.5″ or deeper. For the first ten years, the company will replace your defective mattress with no fees. Beyond that, they charge two $50 fees unless the problem is purely a manufacturing defect.

    As we estimate this durable mattress to have a lifetime of 6-7 years, the 10-year free period will be more than adequate for most people. Supporting your mattress incorrectly will void the warranty, and it does not cover normal wear-and-tear, damage, normal foam softening, misuse, or changes in your comfort preference. The warranty cannot be transferred and any replacement mattress will fall within the original warranty.

  • Delivery Details

    How is the Mattress Shipped?

    The Nectar Mattress is shipped compressed, rolled, and in a protective sleeve.

     

    Where Do They Ship?

    Free shipping is available for customers in the contiguous U.S., but Alaskan and Hawaiian customers must pay a $150 delivery fee. International shipping is not available.

     

    White Glove Delivery

    Nectar offers white glove delivery for a non-refundable $149 fee. Aside from your mattress, additional items have a fee of $45 each.

     

    Full Shipping Details

    Customers within the contiguous U.S. are eligible for free shipping, while Alaskan and Hawaiian customers must pay a $150 delivery fee. (International shipping is unavailable.) Shipping is done through FedEx Ground within 1-2 days of payment; you will receive a tracking number and can expect your new mattress within 3-5 days in most cases. However, customers in Alaska and Hawaii may have a slightly longer wait, and people who choose the white glove delivery option may wait 5-7 days for their mattress to arrive. As the mattress itself ranges from 45lbs (Twin) to 105lbs (California King), consider what you can comfortably move when deciding whether to purchase white glove delivery.

     

    Old Mattress Removal?

    If you purchase the white glove delivery service for $149, you may pay an extra $45 to have your previous mattress removed. Extra recycling fees apply in California, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

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Puffy Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 101-night

  • Shipping USA and Canada

  • Warranty Lifetime

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period

    Puffy offers a 101-night sleep trial for the Puffy Mattress.

    Considering the importance (and cost) of finding the right mattress, customers should appreciate Puffy’s 101-night sleep trial. It’s commonly thought to take 30 days to become accustomed to a new mattress (as well as for your mattress to regain its shape post-shipping), which allows you 71 nights to decide whether or not the Puffy Mattress works for you. (Puffy does not have a mandatory break-in period, and returns are available from the start of the sleep trial.)

    Customers who return their mattress will receive a full refund, and the company does not charge pick-up fees. In fact, Puffy will work with your local facilities to donate your used mattress where possible.

  • Warranty

    Puffy offers a lifetime warranty

    As the Puffy Mattress features less-dense foam than some options, it may not be as durable as other memory foam mattresses. This makes the company’s lifetime warranty even more important, as they offer exchanges (with no fees) on common manufacturing and physical defects like indentations over 1.5″, sagging of more than 1.5″, and material/cover flaws like cracked zippers and unraveling seams.

    For the first ten years, Puffy will replace the defective model with a new mattress. After ten years, Puffy will still repair or replace your mattress, but you can also choose the Quick Sleep option to save 50% on a new mattress while still keeping your old model. The warranty is non-transferrable, void if your mattress does not have adequate support, and does not cover ordinary wear-and-tear, damage, or normal changes to the foam.

  • Delivery Details

    How is the Mattress Shipped?

    The Puffy Mattress is compressed and vacuum-sealed before shipping, then packed in a protective box.

     

    Where Do They Ship?

    Puffy offers free shipping in the contiguous U.S. and Canada, and shipping for an additional fee to Hawaii and Alaska. Shipping to international locations other than Canada is not available.

     

    White Glove Delivery

    There is currently no white glove delivery/set-up option.

     

    Full Shipping Details

    Puffy will ship your mattress via FedEx (including a FedEx tracking number) within two days of receiving your payment. Customers in most locations will receive their mattress within 3-5 business days, while those some remote locations (including Hawaii and Alaska) may have a slightly longer wait. Shipping is free with Canada and the contiguous U.S., available with a fee to Hawaii and Alaska, and unavailable elsewhere. Expedited shipping is also unavailable. As Puffy does not offer white glove delivery, it’s important to ensure you can either carry your mattress yourself (a Queen weighs approximately 72lbs) or have help to do so.

     

    Old Mattress Removal?

    As Puffy does not offer white glove delivery, you are responsible for disposing of your previous mattress.

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