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Nectar is a well-known, but still fairly new, U.S.-based mattress and bedding brand. Launched in 2017 with their flagship mattress, the Nectar, they’ve since expanded to offer the Nectar Lush as well. Nectar mattresses are made with gel memory foam comfort layers atop a support layer of polyfoam. They are known for their exceptional pressure relief, affordable price-points, and long sleep trials.
Puffy is also a fairly new company, also launching their flagship mattress in 2017. They’ve since added two additional models, the Puffy Lux and the Puffy Royal. The Puffy is a standard memory foam and polyfoam model, while the Puffy Lux and Royal add cooling technology and more substantial layers for increased pressure relief and support.
We’ll compare the models offered by each company. We’ll cover the construction and material details, detailed sleeper ratings, and purchase and pricing information to help you determine whether one of these mattresses is the right choice for you.
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|Price Range (Queen)|
|Medium (5), Medium Firm (6)||Medium (5)|
|Sleep Trial & Warranty|
101 night sleep trial
14-night break in period; Lifetime warranty
Both Nectar and Puffy offer a full array of bed sizes, including twin, twin XL (a slightly longer twin bed), full, queen, king, and California king (a wider but shorter king bed). Queen beds are the most popular for adults, but consider whether you sleep with a partner or pets when selecting a new bed. A larger mattress, provided it fits in your space, may be more comfortable.
Selecting the proper height mattress is also important. A difference of even a few inches can influence how easy it is to get in and out of bed. Mattress height can also make a difference in the sheets you need to purchase; taller mattresses need sheets with deeper pockets, which you’ll need to purchase if you don’t already have them.
Choosing a mattress that isn’t too heavy is important if you plan to move your bed after setting it up. Although foam mattresses tend to be easier to move in general because of their flexibility, a heavier bed can be challenging for one person to handle. You’ll also need to carry your new bed (still compressed) from your door into your home. Nectar offers optional White Glove delivery and set up, but Puffy does not. That could be a key consideration when making your choice.
With the exception of the Puffy Royal, Nectar and Puffy offer a comparable selection of mattresses. All are available in all sizes from twin to California king. They range from 10 to 14 inches in height; at 14 inches, the Puffy Royal is the tallest mattress. The Puffy Royal is also the heaviest option at 100 pounds, but it only weighs 6 pounds more than the Nectar Lush. The Nectar, Puffy, and Puffy Lux all weigh within five pounds of each other, with the Puffy the lightest at 69 pounds.
On the whole, because they are all-foam mattresses, the Nectar and Puffy options should be fairly easy to move. Their multi-layered foam construction makes flipping unnecessary, so you don’t need to worry about maneuvering a heavy mattress. The similarity in weight and dimensions for these two brands means that these shouldn’t be a significant factors in choosing between them.
The materials and construction methods used in any mattress help determine its comfort, durability, performance, and price. The typical all-foam mattress is made from multiple types of foam, generally variations of memory foam and polyfoam. Memory foam is typically softer and conforms more to pressure, and might be infused with other materials (like gel or copper) engineered to provide additional benefits, such as temperature regulation. Polyfoam tends to be denser and less pliable, and gives the mattress structure and support.
What makes mattresses different from each other is the configuration of the foam layers, as well as the design and materials used for the cover. We’ll break down how the Nectar and Puffy mattresses are constructed and the materials they use.
The Nectar Mattress features three layers of foam. The quilted cover is made from long-staple Tencel fabric and 1 inch of gel-infused memory foam. The soft and stretchy fabric cover is designed to stay cool to the touch.
The next two layers are memory foam: a 1-inch layer of gel-infused memory foam and a 3-inch layer of Adaptive Hi-Core memory foam, which is designed to provide both softness and support. You’ll still sink into the Nectar as you would any other memory foam mattress, which can inhibit movement to a certain extent. The comfort layers rest atop a 6-inch layer of dense polyfoam, which adds stability and support.
The Nectar Lush is made with different types of memory foam. The Lush uses a Tencel cover quilted with memory foam, but the second layer has unique Aquacool foam in addition to a gel coating to help maintain the temperature and keep the mattress cool. Together, these layers are comfortable, but low-density, so the Nectar Lush may lack the durability offered by other types of foam mattresses. Like the original Nectar, the Lush includes an Adaptive Hi-Core foam transition layer to keep you from sinking into the 7-inch polyfoam support core.
Puffy offers three mattress models. The Puffy is a 10-inch thick mattress with three layers: two comfort layers (a 2-inch layer of gel memory foam and a 2-inch layer of transitional ClimateComfort polyfoam) and a 6-inch layer of supportive polyfoam. Puffy mattresses have the same stain-resistant, removable cover made from 100% polyester.
The Puffy Lux builds upon the Puffy, adding a layer of Body Adapting Cloud foam between the memory foam and transitional foam layers. This foam layer is 1.5 inches thick, and provides additional pressure relief. The top gel-infused memory foam layer is 1.5 inches thick, and the transitional ClimateComfort foam layer is still 2 inches thick. These layers work together to help keep the mattress cool.
Puffy’s top-end mattress is the Puffy Royal, a 14-inch thick model. The Puffy Royal replaces the top layer of gel-infused foam with 1.5 inches of foam infused with cooling beads. The second layer is a 2-inch layer of conforming memory foam, which rests atop a layer of the same ClimateComfort foam as the Puffy Lux. These memory foam layers provide extra support by using SMT technology, which separates the foam into five zones. These zones provide extra support where it’s needed most (the back and midsection) with softer support for the upper body and feet. The support core is made from polyfoam.
A mattress is a big investment — after all, we spend one-third of our lives asleep — but spending more doesn’t always mean you get a better mattress. With prices ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, there is a mattress option for every budget. How much you pay is determined by the size of the mattress (larger king and California king mattresses cost more than twin size beds) as well as the materials and technology used. Purchasing a bed online directly from the manufacturer, rather than from a mattress or furniture store, also reduces the cost, since overhead costs are trimmed significantly.
Nectar and Puffy mattresses are all-foam models, which tend to have lower price tags than innerspring and hybrid mattresses. However, even among foam models, variation in the type of foam used can influence the price. Both Nectar and Puffy use gel-infused memory foam in their comfort layers, and their similar price points reflect that. The Puffy Royal adds additional layers of memory foam for extra support and airflow, driving up the price of that particular model.
|Nectar Mattress||Nectar Lush|
|Puffy Mattress||Lux Mattress||Royal|
Overall, Nectar and Puffy mattresses are comparable pricewise. The major exception is the Puffy Royal mattress, which costs significantly more than any of the other Puffy and Nectar models. The Puffy Royal is thicker than the others (14 inches high compared to 10 to 12 inches) and has several additional layers of polyfoam for extra comfort and support. These extra layers contribute to the higher price for the Puffy Royal, but the extra pressure relief may make it a worthwhile investment for some.
The base-level Nectar and Puffy mattresses are quite similar, though, as reflected in their price-points. Both have gel-infused memory foam comfort layers; the Nectar uses 3 inches of memory foam for a transition layer, while the Puffy’s transition layer is 2 inches of polyfoam. Ultimately, though, both mattresses have similar performance ratings.
The most expensive of these mattress options is the Puffy Royal. A full 2 inches thicker than the Puffy Lux, the Royal adds two additional layers of foam, including one zoned for more comfort and support and one for extra airflow. This option is ideal for people who like the feeling of memory foam, but tend to sleep hot, as it includes more features to help keep the bed from getting too warm.
Sleep Trial & Returns
|Lifetime, Limited||Free to contiguous U.S.|
Sleep Trial & Returns
|Lifetime||Free to contiguous U.S.|
Nectar mattresses can be shipped to U.S. addresses only, excluding Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. Residents of Alaska and Hawaii must pay a $150 shipping charge. You can opt to have your old mattress removed and new mattress set up for an additional White Glove delivery fee of $149 dollars; if you are getting more than one mattress delivered or have additional items to remove (like a box spring) you’ll pay an additional $45 per item.
Nectar ships mattresses from U.S.-based distribution centers. They are compressed and folded in a box directly to your door.
If you decide that the Nectar mattress isn’t for you within the first year, you can return it for free. All you need to do is email [email protected] or call 1-888-425-4854 within 365 days of purchase. They will work with you to have the mattress disposed of or donated to a local charity. You’ll receive a full refund, and no additional charges for the return. White Glove shipping charges are not refundable, and Alaska and Hawaii residents who pay for shipping will not receive a refund on shipping charges.
If you want to exchange a Nectar mattress, you’ll need to initiate a return, and make a second purchase.
Nectar Mattresses come with an included lifetime warranty. The warranty covers defects in the materials of manufacturing that causes an indentation of 1.5 inches or greater with normal usage (assuming you use an appropriate foundation), cracking, or splitting. Any defects in the mattress cover are also covered under the warranty. Nectar’s warranty is non transferable, meaning only the original owner can make a claim.
During the first 10 years that you own the Nectar, the warranty guarantees a replacement mattress at no charge. After 10 years, Nectar will cover a repair or replacement of the mattress at their discretion. You’ll have to pay a $50 shipping fee each way, unless Nectar determines there is a defect in the mattress.
Puffy mattresses are shipped via FedEx anywhere in the contiguous U.S. for free. Residents of Alaska and Hawaii must pay a shipping charge. White Glove shipping is not offered. All mattresses are shipped compressed and rolled in a 42″ x 19″ x 19″ box.
Puffy offers a 101-night sleep trial. You can return it for a full refund within that period; the company doesn’t charge for returns, but you will not be refunded for any shipping fees. To make a return, you need to call Puffy at 1 800-430-8380 or email [email protected] with your order number. They will work with you to pick up the mattress and donate it to charity. You do not need to put the mattress back in the packaging.
Puffy mattresses have a lifetime warranty covering materials and manufacturing defects. If, despite proper usage, your mattress develops an indentation of 1.5 inches, has a defect in the mattress cover’s zipper, or a defect in the cover itself, the company will replace it free of charge. The non transferable warranty does not cover wear and tear or misuse (which includes burns, infestations, and stains) The warranty provides a free replacement with a mattress of equal value, regardless of age, without any fees.
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