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Mattress companies excel at marketing their mattresses in a way that makes every mattress sound good. As a result, comparing different mattresses can be difficult when you only look at the info provided by the companies themselves.

In this review, we compare DreamCloud vs. Nectar mattresses in a more objective way, so you can cut through the copywriting fluff and determine which mattress is the best for you. Both mattress brands are owned by direct-to-consumer company Nectar Sleep.

The DreamCloud brand includes two mattresses, the DreamCloud and DreamCloud Premier. Both are hybrid models with medium firm (6) feels. The Nectar brand sells the Nectar and Nectar Lush Mattresses, which are both all-foam beds. The Nectar measures medium-firm (6) and the Nectar Lush measures medium (5) in terms of firmness.

Each sleeper has their own individual needs, which means there is no “perfect” mattress for all people. For that reason, we take a look at the DreamCloud and Nectar Mattresses in terms of how they perform for sleepers of different body weights and sleep position preferences.

Also, we analyze how the Nectar and DreamCloud beds are constructed, what materials they’re made with, and how they tend to feel. We evaluate each mattress according to many factors, such as firmness, durability, motion isolation, temperature neutrality, and pressure relief.

This review also contains a closer look at the Nectar Sleep company policies that apply to both Nectar and DreamCloud beds. Here you can find details about the sleep trial they offer, how they handle shipping and returns, and what their mattress warranty covers.

Quick Look

Price Range (Queen)

$1,198-$1,499

Price Range (Queen)

$1,099-$1,399

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6)

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Standout Features

  • Isolates motion well
  • Excels at relieving pressure

Standout Features

  • Sleeps cool
  • Excels at relieving pressure

Models

Models

Sleep Trial & Warranty

365-night sleep trial
Lifetime limited warranty

Sleep Trial & Warranty

365-night sleep trial
Lifetime limited warranty

Customer Service

NR

Customer Service

NR

Nectar

Get $399 worth of free accessories with every mattress purchase.

Dreamcloud

SleepFoundation readers get $200 off a DreamCloud Mattress.

Sizing and Weight Options

Mattresses are sold in a variety of sizes ranging from twin to king. People tend to choose their mattress’s size based on their own personal needs. Generally, larger mattresses are more expensive and heavier than small beds.

Most people pick a size based on the amount of space they need. Those who sleep with a partner, children, or pets need more space so the bed doesn’t become crowded. People who tend to roll around during the night might also require more space.

The size of your bedroom should also be taken into consideration when choosing a mattress size. You want a bed that feels comfortable in the room and isn’t too big for the space.

Finally, the weight of a mattress is a factor to consider when shopping. If you like rearranging your bedroom or know you’re going to move in the near future, you want to make sure you purchase a mattress you can lift.

Nectar

Height Size Options
11" Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height Size Options
12" Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Dreamcloud

Height Size Options
14" Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Height Size Options
15" Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

The Nectar brand offers two all-foam mattresses for sleepers that prefer the close-conforming feel of memory foam. DreamCloud sells two hybrid mattresses, each one constructed with a memory foam comfort layer and a pocketed coil support core.

The Nectar Lush measures medium (5) in terms of firmness and tends to perform best for sleepers weighing less than 230 pounds.The Nectar Mattress rates medium-firm (6) in terms of firmness and provides adequate support for most sleepers of all weights. Like the Nectar, the DreamCloud and DreamCloud Premier both have medium firm (6) feels.

Nectar and DreamCloud offer the same six sizes for all mattresses. The DreamCloud and DreamCloud Premier measure 14 inches thick and 15 inches thick, respectively, making them both considerably taller than the Nectar models. You may need to purchase deep-pocket sheets for either DreamCloud model, but Nectar mattresses will be compatible with most bedding sets.

The DreamCloud and Nectar Lush each weigh 94 pounds in a queen size, while the queen size DreamCloud Premier is slightly heavier at 99 pounds. This weight is fairly light for a hybrid and somewhat heavy for an all-foam model – but either way, you may want to ask someone to help you lift and carry these beds. The Nectar Mattress weighs 74 pounds in a queen size, making it the lightest option from either brand.

DreamCloud and Nectar mattresses all carry reasonable price-points. The flagship Nectar Mattress is the most affordable model from these brands, followed by the DreamCloud.

Nectar

Get $399 worth of free accessories with every mattress purchase.

Dreamcloud

SleepFoundation readers get $200 off a DreamCloud Mattress.

Construction and Materials Comparison

Both Nectar mattresses are all-foam beds, while the DreamCloud is a foam and pocketed coil hybrid. As a result of the differences in materials, the beds have different feels and sell for different prices.

All-foam mattresses contain foam in both the comfort layers and support core. Comfort layers often contain conforming memory foam. Generally, the support core is made of higher density polyfoam.

Hybrid mattresses use coils for their support core, which tends to make them sleep cooler than all-foam beds. Though they often have memory foam in their comfort layers, hybrid mattresses aren’t usually as conforming as all-foam beds.

Now, let’s take a deeper look at the specific construction used to make the Nectar and DreamCloud beds.

Nectar

The Nectar brand sells two mattresses, and both are all-foam beds. This section contains details about the materials and construction of both Nectar beds.

The Nectar Mattress is made with:

  • 1″ gel-infused memory foam comfort layer
  • 3″ gel-infused memory foam comfort layer
  • 1.75″ high density memory foam comfort layer
  • 5.25″ polyfoam support layer

The Nectar Mattress is Nectar’s most affordable and popular mattress. It’s the brand’s flagship mattress and was once called the Nectar Sleep. This mattress rates medium-firm, or 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale.

The Nectar Mattress is an all-foam bed measuring 11 inches thick. Memory foam in the Nectar gives it a conforming feel, though it isn’t quite as conforming as the Nectar Lush.

The Nectar Lush Mattress is made with:

  • 3″ gel-infused memory foam comfort layer
  • 2″ polyfoam comfort layer
  • 7″ polyfoam support layer

The Nectar Lush is the second all-foam bed created by the Nectar brand. It measures 12 inches thick and rates medium, or 5 out of 10, on the firmness scale.

Sleepers who prefer a softer, more conforming mattress tend to enjoy the Nectar Lush more than the Nectar. Because the Lush is a softer mattress, it doesn’t provide adequate support to most sleepers weighing over 230 pounds, however.

DreamCloud

DreamCloud also sells two mattress models, both of which are hybrids.

The DreamCloud is made with:

  • Cashmere-blend cover
  • Euro-top padded with 1.5″ of memory foam
  • Gel-infused memory foam comfort layer
  • Polyfoam transitional layer
  • Pocketed coil support core
  • High-density base polyfoam

The DreamCloud measures 14 inches thick, making it a high-profile mattress. Customers who purchase this mattress may need to buy deep-pocket sheets, as many standard bedding sets won’t provide enough pocket depth.

Rating medium firm, or 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, the DreamCloud provides adequate support to sleepers of all weights.

Because of its multiple memory foam comfort layers, the DreamCloud mattress conforms to the body somewhat. It doesn’t conform as much as most all-foam beds, such as the Nectar Mattresses, however. The DreamCloud’s pocket coil layer brings a bounciness to the bed, making it a bit easier to move around on.

The DreamCloud’s pocket coil layer also helps the mattress remain more temperature neutral than all-foam beds. Air flows more easily through coil layers than it can through polyfoam support cores. This airflow helps prevent heat from becoming trapped.

The DreamCloud Premier is made with:

  • Cashmere-blend cover
  • Euro-top padded with 2.5″ of memory foam
  • Gel-infused memory foam comfort layer
  • Polyfoam transitional layer
  • Pocketed coil support core
  • High-density base polyfoam

As you can see, the DreamCloud Premier’s design is quite similar to the DreamCloud’s. Both beds also offer medium firm (6) feels and above-average profiles. As a result, they’ve earned comparable ratings for temperature neutrality, pressure relief, and other performance categories.

One key difference between these beds is the Euro-top layer. The DreamCloud Premier’s Euro-top is cushioned with 2.5 inches of memory foam, creating an even plusher feel for its surface. Sleepers will notice more padding and contouring as the foam adapts to their body. That said, the DreamCloud contains 1.5 inches of memory foam in the Euro-top and its surface is still quite plush.

Due to this additional padding, the DreamCloud Premier measures 15 inches thick, making it slightly taller than the DreamCloud.

Average Customer Ratings

Unbiased mattress testing tends to provide the most useful information about mattress performance, but customers ratings are also a useful tool. We recommend visiting the Nectar and DreamCloud sites to sift through customer reviews.

Customers likely sleep on a mattress several nights or even weeks prior to writing a review. Also, they’ve had direct experience with the company’s customer service team. Customers often share what drew them to a particular mattress and if the mattress met their needs.

When reading customer reviews, pay attention to any details the customers share about themselves. Try to find reviews from people similar to you.  If you weigh over 230 pounds and sleep with a partner and young child, a review written by a 100-pound person who sleeps alone isn’t very relevant.

Finally, keep in mind that reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. Unhappy customers are more likely to write reviews. Also, companies have the ability to delete reviews that appear on their own sites. Reviews are useful, but don’t always present the entire picture.

Model Average Rating
Nectar Mattress 4.4/5
Nectar Lush -
Model Average Rating
DreamCloud Mattress 4.6/5
DreamCloud Premier 4.6/5

In-Depth Ratings

Many factors determine whether or not a mattress works well for you. When shopping, look beyond firmness level and price. A mattress might fit your budget and be the correct firmness for your body, but still not meet your needs.

As you mattress shop, take into consideration each mattress’s durability, motion isolation, temperature neutrality, pressure relieving capabilities, and more. In this section, we explore the many factors to keep in mind as you search for a mattress that works for you.

Durability
Durability refers to how long a mattress remains usable and how long it retains its original look and feel. The average mattress lasts about 6 years. Generally, innerspring and hybrid mattresses last the longest and all-foam beds last for the shortest length of time. Durable mattresses tend to cost more, but they can save you money over time since you don’t have to replace them as frequently.

Motion Isolation
Motion isolation is especially important to sleepers who share a bed. When a bed isolates motion well, you won’t feel much movement travel across the surface of the mattress when someone moves around on the other side of the bed. Memory foam tends to absorb motion, isolating it well. Mattresses that contain innersprings or pocket coils don’t always isolate motion as well.

Sex
Responsive, quiet mattresses with strong edge support are generally the best for sex. Memory foam isn’t always ideal for sex because it’s highly conforming and molds to the body. This conforming property can make movement difficult. Innerspring, hybrid, and latex mattresses are generally the most responsive and likely to facilitate rather than inhibit movement.

Temperature Neutrality
With a temperature neutral mattress, sleepers feel comfortable throughout the night and don’t wake up in a hot sweat. Innerspring mattresses tend to be the most temperature neutral because air flows through the spring layer. Hybrid beds are usually the second best at staying cool. All-foam beds tend to trap the most heat, though manufacturers often add aeration, cooling gel, or other elements to the top comfort layers to counteract this tendency.

Pressure Relief
A mattress excels at relieving pressure when it evenly distributes weight, allowing heavier parts of the body to sink into the bed more deeply than lighter parts. Pressure points tend to develop in people lying on mattresses that are too firm, too soft, or not constructed in a way that supports the body well. Pressure points can lead to discomfort or even pain.

Off-gassing
Newly manufactured products often release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, and this process is called off-gassing. Off-gassing tends to have a chemical smell. Most mattresses off-gas upon being opened, but the smell usually dissipates anywhere from within a few hours to a few days. Most people aren’t terribly bothered by off-gassing, but those who are sensitive to smells might prefer a mattress that doesn’t off-gas as much.

Ease of Movement
Responsive mattresses tend to facilitate movement, while highly conforming mattresses tend to inhibit it. Movement is more difficult on conforming mattresses because once a mattress conforms to the body, it takes a few moments to “bounce back.” Memory foam is generally the most conforming mattress material, while innersprings are the most responsive. Ease of movement affects how quickly sleepers can move on the surface of the mattress or get out of bed.

Edge Support
A bed with strong edges can withstand weight on the edges of the mattress without putting sleepers at risk of rolling off the bed. For this reason, strong edges allow sleepers to use the full surface of the bed. Mattresses that contain innersprings or pocketed coils tend to have stronger edges than all-foam beds.

Nectar

Nectar Nectar Mattress Nectar Lush
Firmness Medium Firm (6) Medium (5)
Durability 3/5 3/5
Motion Isolation 5/5 5/5
Sex 2/5 2/5
Sleeps Cool 3/5 3/5
Pressure Relief 4/5 4/5
Off-Gassing 3/5 4/5
Ease of Movement 5/5 4/5
Edge Support 3/5 2/5
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Dreamcloud

Dreamcloud DreamCloud Mattress DreamCloud Premier
Firmness Medium Firm (6) Medium Firm (6)
Durability 3/5 3/5
Motion Isolation 3/5 3/5
Sex 4/5 4/5
Sleeps Cool 4/5 4/5
Pressure Relief 4/5 5/5
Off-Gassing 3/5 3/5
Ease of Movement 4/5 4/5
Edge Support 3/5 3/5
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In-Depth Pricing

Mattress prices vary widely, which can cause confusion in customers. Some cost as low as a few hundred dollars, while others sell for several thousand. Price differences are largely due to the costs associated with materials and construction, although other factors also have an effect.

All-foam beds tend to cost the least of all mattress types. Foam is the least expensive to manufacture, but all-foam beds also have the shortest lifespan. For that reason, customers should take into consideration how long they want their mattress to last when making a purchasing decision.

Innerspring mattresses and hybrid beds containing pocketed coils are often, but not always, pricier than all-foam beds. Latex beds are the most expensive mattresses on the market. Organic latex is the costliest because of how time-consuming it is to harvest the latex. Organic latex mattresses can cost thousands of dollars.

Online, direct-to-consumer mattress companies, like Nectar and DreamCloud, often sell comparable mattresses at lower prices than those sold by traditional mattress companies. Since they don’t have to spend as much on brick and mortar stores and sales people, direct-to-consumer companies can pass the savings onto their customers.

Nectar

Nectar Nectar Mattress Nectar Lush
Twin $499 $1099
Twin XL $569 $1149
Full $699 $1349
Queen $799 $1499
King $999 $1799
California King $999 $1799
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Nectar

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Dreamcloud

Dreamcloud DreamCloud Mattress DreamCloud Premier
Twin $799 $899
Twin XL $899 $1,099
Full $999 $1,299
Queen $1099 $1,399
King $1299 $1,599
California King $1299 $1,599
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Dreamcloud

SleepFoundation readers get $200 off a DreamCloud Mattress.

Both Nectar mattresses are all-foam beds, and their prices vary due to materials and construction. With a 12-inch profile, the Nectar Lush is one inch thicker than the Nectar. That means it contains more materials, and as a result, costs at least $200 more at each size.

The increased price of the Nectar Lush is most worth it to sleepers weighing under 130 pounds, especially those that favor sleeping on their sides. The Nectar Lush is softer than the Nectar, and many lighter weight sleepers find the Nectar feels too firm.

The DreamCloud’s price-points are on par with the Nectar’s. Both are considered high-value models due to their affordability and strong overall performance. The DreamCloud Premier is slightly more expensive with a price-point that is slightly more expensive than the Nectar Lush’s. However, the DreamCloud Premier is reasonably priced compared to the average hybrid.

People comparing the Nectar vs. DreamCloud Mattresses should consider the way they want their mattress to feel as they make a decision. Although the beds have similar price tags and identical firmness levels, the DreamCloud feels more responsive and the Nectar conforms to the body more.

Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

Warranty Shipping
Limited Lifetime Free
Warranty Shipping
Lifetime warranty Free shipping to contiguous US

Since Nectar and DreamCloud Mattresses are manufactured by the same company, they come with nearly identical shipping, trial, return, and warranty policies.

Shipping

Nectar and DreamCloud mattresses ship for free within the contiguous U.S. For $150, the company will ship beds to Alaska or Hawaii. They do not ship internationally.

Customers may opt for white glove delivery, which comes with a fee of $149. With white glove delivery service, professionals come inside your home and set up your mattress for you.

Old mattress removal is available with the purchase of white glove delivery, but not with standard shipping. The DreamCloud website notes that old mattress removal costs an additional $20 per mattress. The Nectar website does not mention any additional fee for old mattress removal.

Returns

Both Nectar and DreamCloud allow free returns within their sleep trial. Customers do not have to pay return shipping when returning or exchanging a bed. The sleep trial lasts 365 nights, and it begins after a mandatory 30-night break-in period.

Customers may not return their mattresses within the first 30 nights of delivery. The mandatory break-in period gives both the sleeper and the mattress time to adjust. Often, a mattress feels different after a few weeks of sleeping on it.

Warranties

Nectar and DreamCloud offer a limited lifetime warranty. Only the original purchaser may use the warranty. The warranty becomes void if the mattress is given away or resold.

The Nectar and DreamCloud websites contain details about what voids the warranty. Putting the mattress on an inappropriate base can void the warranty. Also, the warranty is void if the mattress is burned, soiled, or otherwise damaged by the customer.

In the first 10 years after purchase, Nectar and DreamCloud will replace a defective mattress with a brand new one under the warranty. After 10 years, Nectar and DreamCloud repair or recover defective mattresses as they deem necessary.

Body impressions are not considered defects unless they measure more than 1.5 inches deep. Nectar and DreamCloud will repair or replace mattresses that develop body impressions measuring more than 1.5 inches deep but not those measuring less than 1.5 inches deep.