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There’s no shortage of options if you’re in the market for a new mattress. In fact, at times, the abundance of choices can be downright overwhelming. For that reason, it’s a big help if you can narrow down to two brands, take a deeper look at them, and use the comparison to make an informed purchase.
If you’ve landed on Bear and Nectar for that comparison, you can take comfort in knowing that both companies have built a solid reputation for supportive mattresses at competitive prices.
Bear first launched with their original all-foam Bear Original and have since expanded their offerings to include another all-foam bed, the Bear Pro, and the Bear Hybrid. Nectar Sleep also started with just one option — the Nectar Mattress — and have more recently developed the Nectar Premier and Nectar Premier Copper. Each of Nectar’s beds is an all-foam model, so of these two brands, only Bear offers a hybrid.
Our in-depth review of Bear versus Nectar mattresses covers the critical information that you need to be a discerning customer. Ultimately, neither Bear or Nectar is best for everyone; instead, by comparing factors like sizing, pricing, performance, and customer service policies, you can make a decision that best matches with what you need to be satisfied with a new mattress.
We’ve worked hard to show you which mattresses are the best fit for you. Check out our full mattress guides listed below!
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|Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)||Medium Firm (6)|
|Sleep Trial & Warranty|
120-night sleep trial
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A logical starting point for comparing the Bear versus Nectar mattresses is their dimensions because, though straightforward, this information can factor into the process of finding the optimal mattress.
The height of a mattress affects the pocket depth that you need for your fitted sheets. It also influences how easy it is to get in and out of bed, especially when you take into account the height of the bed frame that you plan to use.
Selecting the right mattress size is important to ensure that your bed is roomy enough for you (and your bed partner if you share a bed) without taking up all the available floor space in your bedroom.
While the weight of a mattress doesn’t have as much day-to-day importance, it does impact how easy it is to move the mattress and in some cases can determine the type of bed frame that you need to make sure the mattress is properly supported.
By and large, the offerings from Bear and Nectar are similar with regard to their dimensions. All of their mattress options are available in the six standard sizes. The all-foam offerings from both companies have comparable heights and weights.
The biggest difference comes from the Bear Hybrid, which is the only model among the two product lines that includes a coil-based layer. The innerspring coils weigh considerably more than foam, which makes the Bear Hybrid the heaviest of these beds. In addition, the hybrid is taller. While standard fitted sheets should have no problem fitting on the Bear Hybrid, its 14-inch profile is noticeably taller than the 10-inch Bear Original or 12-inch Nectar.
Because of the commonalities between the dimensions of the Bear and Nectar mattresses, sizing is unlikely to be the make-or-break issue for most shoppers. That said, potential customers should carefully consider the ideal mattress size for their bedroom and whether the added height and weight of a hybrid is a positive, negative, or neutral factor in their case.
A fundamental part of comparing mattresses is looking closely at how they are constructed. The materials used in a mattress and the way its layers are organized has a tremendous effect on how it performs and ultimately on customer satisfaction.
To describe how a mattress is built, we look at both its comfort system and support core. The comfort system is made up of the topmost layer (or layers) that most directly shape how a person perceives the feel of the mattress. The support core is the base layer (or layers) upon which the comfort system rests.
In foam mattresses, the comfort system and support core are all made with either memory foam, polyfoam, latex, or other materials (like cotton or polyester). In a hybrid mattress, the support core is made with innerspring coils, and the comfort system can employ a range of materials including foam, micro-coils, latex, and/or other fibers.
Bear initially launched with just one mattress and later, building on their increasingly well-known brand identity, unveiled two other mattress options.
One common feature among all three Bear mattresses is the Celliant cover. This is a specialty textile that is able to draw heat away from the body and convert it and reflect it back as infrared energy. For sleepers, this serves two purposes. It can decrease the buildup of heat around the body, and more importantly for many sleepers, studies have demonstrated that the infrared energy may be able to help the muscles and other tissues recover overnight.
The Bear Original is the company’s first offering, and it features a solid all-foam design with a Firm (7) feel. Underneath the Celliant cover, the Bear Original has three layers:
In this design, the memory foam layer provides tailored support to pressure points, and its gel infusion aids in the fight against heat retention. The transition polyfoam layer halts excess sinkage into the bed, which can be uncomfortable and put stress on the support core. The polyfoam at the bottom of the Bear Original offers a reliable base and helps hold up the edges of the mattress.
The Bear Pro is another all-foam mattress with a Medium Firm (6) feel, but this model has four interior layers:
Copper is infused into the top layer in order to take advantage of its antimicrobial and temperature regulating properties, and gel-infused memory foam amps up the bed’s ability to conform to the body and promote spinal alignment. At the same time, the transition and base polyfoam layers give the bed a dependable design and a hedge against feeling stuck in the mattress.
A distinct design approach of the Bear Hybrid is evident in its interior construction. This mattress has five components:
The Bear Hybrid has a Medium Firm (6) feel, and its bounce from the combination of coils and responsive polyfoam helps keep sleepers from dipping too far into the mattress. A reinforced perimeter in the support core improves the Bear Hybrid’s edge support, and the gel-infused top layer along with the airflow-permitting coils facilitate solid temperature regulation.
The flagship product from Nectar Sleep is the Nectar Mattress, which has found significant popularity among online mattress shoppers. A strength of the Nectar Mattress is its ability to provide many of the benefits of memory foam without falling victim to its potential downsides. This goal is achieved in large part thanks to the build of the mattress.
The cover of the Nectar is made from a breathable blend of polyester, polyethylene, and nylon. Beneath cover are three individual layers:
The Nectar delivers solid pressure relief and motion isolation. The transitional foam resists the deep sagging and slow rebound of traditional memory foam, allowing the mattress to have a Medium Firm (6) feel and prevent any quicksand-like feeling. The gel included in the comfort layer helps fight heat buildup, and the high-density base foam improves sturdiness and durability.
The Nectar Premier is one of Nectar’s newest mattress models. This all-foam model is very similar to the flagship mattress, apart from a couple of notable differences. The Premier has three layers.
The 13-inch Premier measures 1 inch thicker than the flagship Nectar Mattress, but both offer a medium firm feel. The Premier also features phase-change material in its comfort layer. Phase-change material is engineered to dissipate body heat and regulate temperature, so this model should sleep cooler than the Nectar Mattress.
Lastly, Nectar offers the Premier Copper, which shares a similar design with the standard Premier. This model includes three individual layers:
At 14 inches thick, the Premier Copper is Nectar’s tallest mattress – but like the other two models, this one has a medium firm feel and shouldn’t sink too much. The Premier Copper’s cover is infused with copper fibers, which have natural cooling properties. Of Nectar’s three mattresses, the Premier Copper should offer the best temperature control.
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Though there’s a host of variables to reflect on when making a mattress purchase, there’s no getting around the bottom line. Finding a mattress that fits your budget is essential, but there’s no simple formula that dictates what a mattress costs. Instead, the price tag can change based on several factors:
Remember that the sticker price for mattresses is a starting point; in most cases, discounts from promotions or sales events will bring down the retail prices listed in the following tables.
|Bear Original||Bear Pro||Bear Hybrid|
|Nectar Mattress||Nectar Premier||Nectar Premier Copper|
The lowest-priced mattress offered by these two companies is the Bear Original, which has a very competitive price-point that comes in lower than most all-foam beds with a memory foam layer. While the sticker price of the Nectar is higher, the company tends to offer significant discounts that can make its price similar to that of the Bear Original.
The Bear Pro is the next most affordable option, and it offers some extra features without a huge price jump. The Nectar Premier and Premier Copper carry higher prices, although it may be worth it for shoppers who want a thick comfort layer and above-average temperature regulation.
The Bear Hybrid has a sticker price that is slightly higher than the Nectar Premier or Premier Copper. On average, hybrids tend to cost more than all-foam beds, but the Bear Hybrid has a relatively low price-point compared to similarly built models offered by other online brands.
Overall, while Bear tends to have an advantage based on its retail, MSRP price, both of these brands provide solid value. Their products have competitive pricing especially considering some of their high-quality components like the Celliant textile or thick layers of memory foam.
In addition to finding the right mattress for your comfort and support needs, you’ll want to make sure that you have a handle on all the logistics for buying a mattress from either Bear or Nectar. Online mattress shopping can involve different policies than you’ll find in brick-and-mortar stores, and this section introduces the key topics and how they apply in the case of these two brands.
Free shipping is normally included when you buy a mattress online. Standard shipping involves compressing the mattress, sealing it in plastic, and delivering it to your front door in a cardboard box. The mattress is not damaged in any way by being compressed, and as soon as it is removed from the packaging, it begins to regain its full size. All you have to do to install the mattress is carry the box inside, take out the mattress, and carefully cut away the plastic. For safety’s sake, it’s best to have two or more people lift the box and position the mattress.
Some brands offer White-Glove delivery, which means that a team of people comes to your home to install your new mattress and haul away your old one. This service frequently comes with an extra charge and may not be available in all locations.
For all three of their mattresses, Bear provides free standard shipping to the contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada. For customers in Alaska and Hawaii, standard shipping comes with an extra charge.
White-Glove delivery for Bear mattresses is only available in the contiguous U.S. Installation of a Bear mattress alone costs $100. Installation plus haul-away of an old mattress costs $150.
Nectar includes free shipping for its mattresses to addresses in the contiguous United States. An extra charge applies to deliveries to Alaska and Hawaii.
White-Glove delivery for either Nectar mattress is offered for a charge of $149 and includes both installation of the Nectar and removal of an old mattress.
Some people worry about buying a mattress online when they don’t have a chance to first feel it out in person. To resolve this concern, online sellers almost always provide a sleep trial, which is a type of return policy that lets customers try out the mattress with the ability to return it if they don’t like it. Most sleep trials last for at least 100 nights and offer free returns and a full refund.
For all of the mattresses from Bear, customers have 120 nights to try the mattress in their own home. A full refund is available if you aren’t satisfied, though Bear requires a 30-night break-in period before refunds can be initiated.
Nectar also offers a full-year sleep trial. The company requires that you test out the mattress for 30 nights, and after those first 30 nights, the 365-night return window begins. This allows customers an extended period to try any Nectar model with the option to receive a full refund if they aren’t happy with it.
A mattress warranty provides recourse in case something goes unexpectedly wrong and the mattress breaks down prematurely. These warranties cover defects in materials and craftsmanship, but they don’t cover accidental damage (like spills or pet accidents) or normal, gradual wear-and-tear. Important aspects of a warranty include both how long it lasts (the “term”) and the company’s obligations if there is a defect (the “remedy”).
All Bear mattresses have a lifetime warranty covering defects in materials and manufacturing. These warranties provide for repair or replacement if there is a defect. Return transportation costs are free if Bear determines that a defect exists.
Nectar offers a Forever Warranty that provides coverage for defects for as long as you own the mattress. During the first 10 years, Nectar will replace a defective mattress at no cost to the customer. Nectar covers shipping costs during this period. Starting in year 11, Nectar will repair or replace the mattress, and the customer is responsible for a $50 shipping charge each way. That shipping charge is waived by the company if the mattress is confirmed to have a defect.
Sleep Trial & Returns
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