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Saatva vs. Nectar – Our 2020 Mattress Comparison Guide

Written by Brad Nehring

The Bottom Line.

  • The Saatva is a supportive coil-on-coil innerspring available in three firmness levels and two profiles.
  • The Nectar Mattress is constructed with three memory foam layers for a contouring, pressure-relieving feel.
  • Both models are available at affordable price-points.

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Saatva vs Nectar Mattress Overview

Saatva is an online-only “bed-in-a-box” mattress brand that has been in business since 2011. The company’s flagship mattress, known simply as the Saatva, is a luxury innerspring constructed a Euro-top cover cushioned with fiber and foam padding, along with comfort layers of polyfoam and memory foam sewn into a Euro-top layer. The bed’s transitional layer is composed of pocketed minicoils, and the support core consists of recycled-steel bonnell coils.

The coil-on-coil design creates a very responsive and supportive surface, though the comfort layers offer more conforming than those found in most competing innersprings. Saatva offers three firmness options for the mattress – medium soft (4), medium firm (6), and firm (7.5) – as well as 11.5-inch and 14.5-inch profiles.

Nectar Sleep, also known as Nectar, is another online bed-in-a-box company that first launched in 2017. The company’s flagship model is the Nectar Mattress, which features two comfort layers of gel-infused memory foam over a transitional layer of dense memory foam and a high-density polyfoam base. The Nectar Mattress is ideal for sleepers who prefer the close contouring and pressure relief of a traditional memory foam mattress. This model measures 11 inches thick, and offers a medium firm (6) feel.

In this Saatva vs. Nectar guide, we’ll compare each mattress in terms of construction, cost, and performance across different categories. We’ll also discuss pros and cons of each bed and take a look at shipping, return, and warranty policies for both brands. If you’d like to learn more about these mattresses, check out our Saatva Mattress Review and Nectar Mattress Review pages.

Saatva and Nectar offer other mattress models, as well, though this guide will exclusively look at the companies’ flagship beds. Visit our Loom & Leaf Mattress Review, Zenhaven Mattress Review, Saatva HD Mattress Review, and Solaire Mattress Review pages for more information about other Saatva models, and our Nectar Lush Mattress Review page to learn about Nectar Sleep’s most recent mattress.

Ratings Comparison

Saatva Mattress

Nectar Mattress

MATTRESS TYPE InnerspringFoam
FIRMNESS 4, 6, 7.56.5
PRICE RANGE $1,299$799
AVAILABILITY onlineonline, in-store
SLEEP TRIAL 120 nights365 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH 15 Year, Non-proratedLimited Lifetime
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  • Saatva Mattress
  • Nectar Mattress

Full Sleep Rating

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

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
  • Saatva Mattress
  • Nectar Mattress
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
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Durability

Most innerspring mattresses last between six and seven years, and Saatva mattresses seem to be on par with this lifespan.

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Durability

Most innerspring mattresses last between six and seven years, and Saatva mattresses seem to be on par with this lifespan.

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Motion Isolation

Like other innersprings, the Saatva mattress does not absorb or minimize motion to a significant extent. This may be problematic for certain sleepers, such as couples who share a bed, since minimal motion isolation can lead to sleep disruptions.

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Motion Isolation

Like other innersprings, the Saatva mattress does not absorb or minimize motion to a significant extent. This may be problematic for certain sleepers, such as couples who share a bed, since minimal motion isolation can lead to sleep disruptions.

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Off-gassing

Since the Saatva mattress is not compressed for shipping, owners should not notice any off-gassing when they recieve their mattress.

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Off-gassing

Since the Saatva mattress is not compressed for shipping, owners should not notice any off-gassing when they recieve their mattress.

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Pressure Relief

Saatva features coil-on-coil construction and memory foam in the comfort layer. This allows the mattress to conform more closely and relieve pressure to a greater extent than many competing innersprings — but all-foam and latex mattresses are considered the best option for sleepers that prefer close conforming and targeted pressure relief.

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Pressure Relief

Saatva features coil-on-coil construction and memory foam in the comfort layer. This allows the mattress to conform more closely and relieve pressure to a greater extent than many competing innersprings — but all-foam and latex mattresses are considered the best option for sleepers that prefer close conforming and targeted pressure relief.

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Temperature Neutrality

Mattresses that contain foam and memory foam tend to sleep the hottest. Saatva has a more traditional innerspring construction so our testing along with data analysis show that it's one of the cooler mattress options on the market today compared to all-foam competitors.

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Temperature Neutrality

Mattresses that contain foam and memory foam tend to sleep the hottest. Saatva has a more traditional innerspring construction so our testing along with data analysis show that it's one of the cooler mattress options on the market today compared to all-foam competitors.

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Edge Support

Innerspring mattresses tend to have optimal edge support and the Saatva is no exception. Customers report a consistent sleep surface (no-roll off when sleeping towards the edge) as well as above-average push back when sitting on the edge of the mattress.

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Edge Support

Innerspring mattresses tend to have optimal edge support and the Saatva is no exception. Customers report a consistent sleep surface (no-roll off when sleeping towards the edge) as well as above-average push back when sitting on the edge of the mattress.

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Noise

Roughly 7% of Saatva owners cite noise as a complaint. This is on par with noise complaints from all innerspring owners.

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Noise

Roughly 7% of Saatva owners cite noise as a complaint. This is on par with noise complaints from all innerspring owners.

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Sex

The Saatva mattress is highly responsive and fairly bouncy, making it excellent for sex.

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Sex

The Saatva mattress is highly responsive and fairly bouncy, making it excellent for sex.

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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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Pressure Relief

Dual layers of memory foam offer close conforming and pressure and pain relief in the neck, shoulders, and other sensitive areas.

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Pressure Relief

Dual layers of memory foam offer close conforming and pressure and pain relief in the neck, shoulders, and other sensitive areas.

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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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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.

Saatva Highlights...
  • The Saatva offers a traditional innerspring feel ideal for sleepers who prefer a responsive, bouncy mattress.
  • A strong support system makes the mattress a good choice for back and stomach sleepers.
  • The coil layers promote steady airflow to help the mattress maintain a cool core temperature.
  • Saatva offers free White Glove delivery for all orders, which includes in-home setup and old mattress removal.
Nectar Highlights...
  • Built with three layers of memory foam, the Nectar Mattress provides deep contouring and even weight distribution for sleepers.
  • The cushioning feel and sturdy support system of this mattress are well suited to side and back sleeping.
  • The mattress isolates motion very well and does not make any noise, so it will be a good choice for couples.
  • Nectar offers a 365-night sleep trial – one of the longest in the industry – and also backs the mattress with a lifetime warranty.

Sleep Position Ratings

Saatva

The Saatva is offered with three distinct firmness levels. The medium soft feel corresponds to a 4 on the 1-10 firmness scale and provides relatively close body-conforming. Although there is still some noticeable responsiveness on the surface, this firmness level provides enough cushioning and spinal support for most side sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds. For lighter side sleepers, the Saatva will likely be too firm regardless of the selected firmness level.

A medium firm (6) Saatva conforms to a moderate extent while maintaining strong support. This feel is optimal for many side and back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds. They will experience sufficient contouring and pressure relief without sinking too deeply beneath the surface, which can leave them vulnerable to neck and shoulder pain. The firm (7.5) feel barely conforms at all, and is best suited to back and stomach sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds.

Nectar Mattress

The Nectar Mattress is available in one firmness level, medium firm (6). The Nectar Mattress is constructed with two comfort layers of gel-infused memory foam that contour very closely to the body, so this medium firm feel is much different from the responsive and supportive feel of a medium firm Saatva. As a result, the Nectar is ideal for most side sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds. The foam delivers ample cushioning for their shoulders and hips, which in turn can align the spine and reduce pressure throughout the body. Side sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds may find the mattress comfortable, as well, but some will prefer a softer model.

The Nectar Mattress also feels fairly supportive due to its dense memory foam transitional layer and high-density polyfoam base. These reinforcing materials prevent back sleepers from sinking too much around the torso and midsection. Stomach sleepers who weigh 130 to 230 pounds should also feel reasonably supported; those who weigh less than 130 pounds may find the mattress too firm and stiff, whereas stomach sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds will probably find the mattress excessively soft and prone to uncomfortable sinkage.

  • Saatva Mattress
  • Nectar 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 Saatva Mattress if...

  • You want a mattress with a medium soft, medium firm, or firm feel
  • You’d rather sleep on a mattress with a relatively thick profile
  • You prefer the support and responsiveness of a coil-on-coil bed
  • You tend to sleep hot

Choose the Nectar Mattress if...

  • You want a mattress with a medium firm feel
  • You frequently experience pressure points and/or lower back pain
  • You prefer close contouring and don’t mind sinking a bit into your mattress
  • You normally sleep hot on all-foam beds

Technical Details Comparison

Sizing and Pricing

Below, you’ll find prices for the Saatva and Nectar Mattress in all six standard mattress sizes. In addition to those listed below, the Saatva is available in a split king and split California king size (both $1,899). The Nectar Mattress is not offered in either of these additional sizes.

  • twin-bed
    Twin $799 (Saatva) $499 (Nectar)
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $949 (Saatva) $569 (Nectar)
  • twin-bed
    Full $1,199 (Saatva) $699 (Nectar)
  • twin-bed
    Queen $1,299 (Saatva) $799 (Nectar)
  • twin-bed
    King $1,699 (Saatva) $999 (Nectar)
  • twin-bed
    Cal King $1,699 (Saatva) $999 (Nectar)

Mattress Construction

Next, we’ll take a closer look at construction and material details for the Saatva and Nectar Mattress. Full specs are listed below.

Specification

Saatva

Nectar Mattress
Firmness Level Medium Soft (4)
Medium Firm (6)
Firm (7.5)
Firm (7)
Thickness 11.5″
14.5″
11″
Weight (Queen) 110 lbs. (11.5″)
120 lbs. (14.5″)
74 lbs.
Support Core Components 4″ 13-gauge Recycled Steel Bonnell Coils (11.5″)
7″ 13-gauge Recycled Steel Bonnell Coils (14.5″)
5.25″ 2.2 PCF HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 0.6″ Polyfoam
0.4″ Memory Foam
4″ 14.5-gauge Pocketed Coils
1″ 4 PCF Gel-infused Memory Foam
3″ 3.5 PCF Gel-infused Memory Foam
1.75″ Transitional HD Memory Foam
Cover Composition 100% Organic Cotton Euro-top Cover
1.25″ Soft Polyfoam
0.75″ Dacron Fiber
Cotton and Tencel Lyocell

How Is the Saatva Built?

The Saatva features a Euro-top cover padded with 2 inches of polyfoam and dacron fiber fill. Medium soft and medium firm models have softer polyfoam at the surface, resulting in a plush, cushioning feel. For firm Saatva models, the polyfoam padding layer in the Euro-top is thicker and firmer.

The mattress also contains comfort layers of polyfoam and memory foam, followed by a transitional layer of pocketed minicoils. These components give the Saatva a more contouring feel compared to other traditional innersprings, though sleepers will also notice plenty of support – especially if they choose a firm feel.

The support core consists of 13-gauge bonnell coils made from recycled steel. This layer measures 4 inches thick on 11.5-inch Saatva models, and 7 inches thick on 14.5-inch models. Due to its coil-on-coil design, the Saatva’s surface is very responsive and bouncy. The dual coil layers also promote steady airflow to help the mattress maintain a cool temperature. A cover made of 100 percent organic cotton encases the entire mattress for added breathability.

How Is the Nectar Mattress Built?

The Nectar Mattress begins with two comfort layers of gel-infused memory foam, which together measure 4 inches thick. The surface has a medium firm feel but the memory foam conforms closely and responds slowly, so sleepers will experience a deep, pressure-relieving cradle for their body. The comfort foams also have relatively low densities, making the mattress noticeably more breathable and cooler than many competing all-foam models.

A third layer of memory foam acts as the bed’s transitional layer. This foam is denser and firmer than the comfort layers. This ensures sleepers won’t sink too deeply into the mattress.

The Nectar Mattress also features a 5.25-inch support core constructed from high-density memory foam. This layer works with the transitional memory foam to reinforce and stabilize the mattress. Other all-foam mattresses sink quite a bit when sleepers sit along the edges, which can make getting in and out of bed somewhat difficult. Thanks to a sturdy support system, the Nectar Mattress provides above-average edge support.

Saatva Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 120 nights

  • Shipping Free White Glove delivery to contiguous U.S.

  • Warranty 15 years, non-prorated

  • Made In USA & Canada

  • Trial Period Details

    Saatva offers a 120-night sleep trial for the Saatva mattress.

    1. This sleep trial does not require a break-in period of any kind; customers may return their mattress for a refund at any point of the 120-night trial.
    2. In the event of a return, customers will be issued a full refund minus a flat transportation fee of $99.
    3. Size, firmness, and thickness exchanges are also offered during the 120-night trial. Customers may exchange their bed for a flat shipping fee of $99.
  • Warranty

    Saatva offers a 15-year warranty for the Saatva:

    1. The warranty is completely non-prorated. During the first two years, Saatva will replace a mattress at no extra charge if it is deemed defective. For the remaining warranty period, Saatva will repair and re-cover a Saatva mattress for a flat fee of $198 ($99 shipping fees for both ways).
    2. Saatva also offers the ‘Fairness Replacement Option’ in lieu of standard warranty coverage. Owners may purchase a new bed at a discounted rate, rather than having their current mattress repaired. Saatva does not charge a delivery fee and owners may keep their old mattress at no extra cost.
    3. The ‘Fairness Replacement Option’ follows a prorated schedule. During years 3-5, owners pay 30 percent of the original mattress price. During years 6-10, owners pay 50 percent of the original price. And during years 11-15, owners pay 75 percent of the original price.
    4. The warranty is contingent on the use of a proper support system. The warranty will be voided if a Queen or King mattress is used with a metal bed frame that does not have a five- or six-legged support structure. The warranty will also be voided if a Twin or Full mattress is used with a metal bed frame that does not have four legs.
    5. The warranty covers sagging or indentations in the sleep surface that measure 1 inch or deeper.
    6. The warranty does not cover sagging or indentations that measure less than 1 inch deep. Additionally, the warranty will not cover physical damage to the mattress, including burns, cuts, or stains.
    7. Customers must notify Saatva in writing regarding any claims.
    8. The warranty is exclusively available for original owners that purchase their mattress from Saatva or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not be eligible for warranty coverage.
  • Delivery Details

    Saatva’s delivery policy for Saatva mattresses is as follows:

    1. Saatva does not charge a cancellation fee prior to the day of delivery.
    2. Saatva mattresses are made to order, and delivery times vary by location. Customers can input their zip code on Saatva’s delivery information page to see the expected wait time for their location.
    3. Customers will be given a four-hour window for the time of delivery on the predetermined day. An adult (18 years or older) must be on the premises at the time of delivery. Couriers will wait 20 minutes if the customer is running late to meet them, after which point the delivery can be rescheduled at no extra charge.
    4. If the wrong mattress is delivered, then the customer may arrange a new delivery time at no additional cost. In the meantime, they will be allowed to use the incorrect mattress; once the correct delivery has been made, the original mattress will be donated to charity.
    5. If couriers cannot fit the mattress into the customer’s bedroom due to stairs or other obstacles, they will reschedule delivery for a mattress with a smaller size. Customers won’t need to pay any extra fees apart from an additional $99 transportation fee.

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Nectar Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 365 nights

  • Shipping Free to contiguous U.S.

  • Warranty Lifetime, non-prorated

  • Made In China

  • Trial Period

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

    1. There is a mandatory 30-day break-in period. Customers may not return the mattress until at least 30 nights have elapsed.
    2. Nectar will cover all shipping and handling costs related to the mattress return for customers in the contiguous U.S. Those in Alaska and Hawaii are not eligible for mattress returns. Additionally, White Glove delivery charges are non-refundable.
    3. Nectar will coordinate pickup services for all mattress returns in the contiguous U.S. at no cost to the owner. Customers do not need to keep the original mattress packaging.
    4. 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.
    5. The mattress must be removed from its shipping box within 90 nights of the delivery date. Otherwise, the sleep trial will be voided.
  • Warranty

    Nectar offers a lifetime warranty (also known as the ‘Forever Warranty’) for all mattresses:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. The warranty will cover surface indentations of 1.5 inches or deeper. Other covered defects include physical flaws that cause foams to deteriorate and manufacturing flaws associated with the cover.
    4. 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.
    5. Replacing a mattress will not result in a new warranty. All replacements fall under the same lifetime warranty as the original model.
    6. 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.
  • Delivery Details

    The delivery policy for Nectar is as follows:

    1. Ground shipping is free within the contiguous U.S. Those who reside in Alaska or Hawaii must pay an additional delivery charge of $150. Shipping is not available outside the 50 states.
    2. Nectar’s free ground shipping is 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.
    3. Nectar also offers White Glove delivery for a flat fee of $149 per mattress, plus an additional $25 for other items included in the order. This service includes scheduled delivery date and time, in-home assembly, and old mattress removal upon request. Those who request White Glove delivery should plan to receive their mattress within three to seven business days.

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