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Nectar Mattress Review

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Lauren Fountain

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Ideal for:

  • Side sleepers
  • People who weigh up to 230 pounds
  • Couples
  • Value seekers

Considerations:

  • May trap too much body heat for those who tend to sleep hot
  • Too firm for some lightweight sleepers
  • Those who don’t enjoy the “hugging” feeling of memory foam likely won’t be comfortable
Price Range:
$499 - $1,099
Mattress Type:
Foam
Firmness:
Medium Firm (6)
Get $399 worth of free accessories and a free Google Nest Hub with Sleep Sensing with every Nectar Premier purchase. Use checkout code: sleepfoundation

In recent years, Nectar Sleep has become one of the country’s most popular online mattress and bedding product brands. The flagship Nectar Mattress is still the company’s most in-demand bed. This all-foam model features three individual layers, including a memory foam comfort layer that conforms closely and evenly throughout the body. The Nectar Mattress measures 12 inches thick and has a medium firm feel that corresponds to a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale.

The flagship Nectar model is a great choice for anyone who prefers the signature “body-hug” of memory foam that creates a feeling of sleeping “in” – rather than sleeping “on” – the mattress. Excellent motion isolation ensures undisturbed sleep for most couples, while the even contouring can alleviate discomfort for sleepers who experience pain or pressure points in the shoulders, lower back, and hips.

Nectar Sleep offers two other mattresses known as the Nectar Premier and Nectar Premier Copper. These models measure 13 and 14 inches, respectively, but they share the same medium firm (6) feel as the flagship model.

Our Nectar Mattress Review includes a detailed overview in terms of cost, construction, and performance to help you decide whether this mattress is right for you.

Nectar Video Review

Watch the video below to see how the Nectar Mattress performed when put to the test in the Sleep Foundation Lab.

Nectar Mattress Review Breakdown

The Nectar Mattress begins with a 3-inch comfort layer of memory foam. The medium firm (6) feel means this mattress won’t hug the body as closely as some of its softer counterparts, but most sleepers will still notice even contouring throughout the body. The foam is infused with cooling gel designed to help the mattress sleep cool.

A 2-inch transitional layer of soft polyfoam is positioned beneath the memory foam. This component is intended to provide extra reinforcement and prevent sleepers from sinking too deeply beneath the surface. The support core contains a 7-inch layer of high-density polyfoam to stabilize the entire mattress.

The Nectar Mattress is encased in a cover made from a blend of polyester, nylon, and polyethylene. A circular knit gives the fabric a soft hand-feel, while the nylon makes the material fairly durable and resistant to tearing.

Measuring 12 inches thick, the Nectar Mattress is considered a high-profile model.

Firmness

Mattress Type

Medium Firm (6)

Foam

Construction

The Nectar Mattress is an all-foam model with a memory foam comfort layer, polyfoam transitional and support layers, and a cover made from polyester, nylon, and polyethylene. These components add up to a total profile of 12 inches.

Cover Material:

Polyester, Nylon, and Polyethylene

Comfort Layer:

3” Gel-Infused Memory Foam

Transitional Layer:

2” Polyfoam

Support Core:

7” Polyfoam

Mattress Prices and Sizing

The Nectar Mattress has a price-point that falls below many competing memory foam models. The bed’s affordability coupled with strong performance across different categories make it a good option for value-seekers and shoppers on a tight budget. Current prices for the Nectar Mattress are listed below along with dimensions and weights for each available size.

Sizes Dimensions Height Weight Price
Twin 38" x 75" 12" 40 lbs. $499
Twin XL 38" x 80" 12" 42 lbs. $569
Full 54" x 75" 12" 55 lbs. $699
Queen 60" x 80" 12" 66 lbs. $799
King 76" x 80" 12" 84 lbs. $1,099
California King 72" x 84" 12" 83 lbs. $1,099
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Discounts and Deals

Nectar

Get $399 worth of free accessories and a free Google Nest Hub with Sleep Sensing with every Nectar Premier purchase. Use checkout code: sleepfoundation

Mattress Performance

Motion Isolation
Motion Isolation

Memory foam beds typically excel at motion isolation compared to other mattress types, and the Nectar Mattress is no exception. The foam layers absorb movement whenever someone adjusts their sleep position or gets in and out of bed, which reduces the amount of transfer across the surface.

As a result, those who share the bed with someone should experience few – if any – disruptions from their sleep partner’s movements. The mattress is also completely silent.

Pressure Relief
Pressure Relief

The Nectar Mattress should provide very good pressure relief for most sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less. The memory foam conforms evenly to cushion the shoulders and hips, align the spine, and decrease pressure for side sleepers. The transitional and support layers also help to maintain a flat, even surface for back and stomach sleepers in this weight range.

Side sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds may also find the Nectar Mattress comfortable. However, back and stomach sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds will probably find the mattress too soft and may sink excessively around the midsection. This can lead to added pressure in sensitive areas.

Temperature Control
Temperature Control

The foam layers may absorb and trap body heat, causing the Nectar Mattress to feel uncomfortably warm. This is especially true for people who run exceptionally hot in bed, as well as back and stomach sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds because they will likely sink into the mattress more than other sleepers.

That said, the mattress offers better temperature regulation than many competing memory foam models. The comfort layer is infused with cooling gel intended to draw heat away from the body, and the cover is fairly breathable. People who typically find foam mattresses too warm may find this model more comfortable.

Edge Support
Edge Support

Edge support is another area where the Nectar Mattress slightly outperforms against similarly constructed competitors. Owners will likely notice some sinkage when they sleep near the edges of the mattress or get in and out of bed, but the medium firm feel prevents the excessive loss of support you may notice on a softer foam mattress.

Couples will probably notice less reinforcement during sex, which can confine them to the middle of the mattress, and people who weigh more than 230 pounds are most likely to sink too much when sitting along the perimeter. Other sleepers should experience fewer issues related to edge support.

Ease of Movement

Ease of movement is fair at best for the Nectar Mattress. The memory foam responds slowly, and this can make it harder to change positions or move across the surface without sinking too deeply

People who weigh less than 130 pounds will have a relatively easy time moving on the mattress, but anyone who weighs more will probably struggle a bit. This is a common issue with all-foam beds, so the Nectar Mattress has earned an average rating for the category.

Sex

Every couple has different preferences regarding the best mattress for sex. The Nectar Mattress provides cushioning and even conforming to ensure decent traction, which can make sex more comfortable for people who enjoy maintaining the same position for prolonged periods. Low noise potential also makes the mattress more discreet compared to beds with coils that squeak and creak.

However, the mattress will not be particularly comfortable for couples who prefer springier, more responsive surfaces. The foam layers may sink and make changing positions difficult. A lack of strong edge support may also force couples into the middle of the mattress. Comparatively, beds with sturdier perimeters allow couples to use more of the surface.

Off-Gassing

Mattresses with foam layers often emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), tiny particles that carry a noticeable chemical smell. VOCs are considered relatively harmless but the odors can be quite strong and unpleasant. While all-foam beds are usually the strongest offenders, the Nectar Mattress produces less off-gassing odor. The smells should completely dissipate within 24 to 72 hours after the mattress is removed from its shipping box.

Sleeping Style and Body Weight

Side Sleepers:
The Nectar Mattress has an all-foam design and a medium firm feel, meaning it will accommodate side sleepers across most weight groups. The 3-inch memory foam layer provides even contouring from head to toe, ensuring good spinal support and cushioning for the shoulders and hips. Uneven alignment is a common issue for the side position, so these sleepers should feel less pressure along the spine as a result.

Our testing shows side sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds will be most comfortable. These individuals sink more deeply beneath the surface for more cradling and fewer pressure points. Those who weigh less than 130 pounds may find the Nectar Mattress too firm, since side sleepers in this weight group often prefer a soft to medium feel.

Back Sleepers:
Back sleeping promotes even alignment, so people who favor this position don’t need as much softness or contouring from their mattress as side sleepers. This makes the medium firm feel of this mattress best suited to back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds. The transitional and support layers should maintain an even surface with minimal sinkage around the torso, hips, and other areas where people typically carry a disproportionate amount of weight.

Back sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds are less likely to receive adequate support from the Nectar Mattress. This means less reinforcement and deeper sinkage between the shoulders and hips, which can lead to added aches and pains in pressure-sensitive areas. These back sleepers may want to consider a firmer mattress that keeps them upright.

Stomach Sleepers:
Like back sleepers, stomach sleepers typically need less contouring and more support from their mattress. Extra reinforcement prevents deep sinkage around the chest and stomach. The Nectar Mattress has a fairly firm feel, and the polyfoam transitional and base layers should provide adequate support for stomach sleepers weighing 230 pounds or less.

Stomach sleepers who weigh more will probably sink to an excessive degree. Over time, this can lead to aches and pains around the shoulders, neck, and hips. Like their back-sleeping counterparts, stomach sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or more may need a firmer mattress to feel comfortable.

Nectar

Under 130 lbs. 130-230 lbs. Above 230 lbs.
Side Sleepers Good Good Good
Back Sleepers Good Good Fair
Stomach Sleepers Good Good Fair
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Awards for the Nectar Mattress

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Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

  • Availability

    In addition to the Nectar Sleep website, the Nectar Mattress is available through online retailers and marketplaces such as Amazon.com. The mattress is also sold in more than 1,000 brick-and-mortar stores across the United States.

  • Shipping

    Nectar Sleep ships the mattress and other products to all 50 states. Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free ground shipping, but those in Alaska and Hawaii must pay an additional delivery charge of $150 per item. Deliveries are not available for U.S. territories or international destinations.

    For ground deliveries, the mattress is compressed, wrapped in plastic, and shipped in a box. The package will be placed on your doorstep. After the mattress is delivered, carry it to the room where you plan to use it, open the box, and carefully cut away the plastic using a knife. The mattress will immediately begin to expand, though full shape recovery may take up to 72 hours.

  • Additional Services

    In addition to standard ground shipping, Nectar offers White Glove delivery for a flat fee of $149. This service includes full assembly in a room of your choice and removal of one old mattress. You’ll pay $49 for each additional item you’d like to have removed, such as a box spring. Additional charges apply to customers in California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island due to recycling laws in those states.

    The company offers mattress financing options through Affirm. More information can be found on Nectar’s website.

  • Sleep Trial

    Nectar Sleep offers a 365-night sleep trial, which is much longer than the trial periods for most competing brands. You need to test out the mattress for at least 30 nights in order to break it in properly. Once 30 nights have elapsed, you may return the mattress for a full refund. Return shipping is always free for customers in the contiguous U.S.

    Nectar Sleep also allows exchanges during the trial period. To initiate an exchange, first complete the return process for the original mattress and then purchase the replacement model.

  • Warranty

    Nectar Sleep offers a lifetime warranty for the mattress. This warranty is not prorated. During the first 10 years, Nectar Sleep will replace any defective mattress at no extra cost to the owner. After 10 years, the company will either replace or repair and re-cover any mattress for a charge of $100 that covers round-trip transportation expenses. This $100 fee will be waived if the mattress is considered defective.

    Under this warranty, sagging or body impressions measuring at least 1.5 inches beneath the surface are considered defects. Additional covered defects include physical flaws that cause the foam layers to prematurely deteriorate, and defects associated with the cover assembly. Other issues – such as physical damage or normal wear and tear – are not covered and will not warrant repairs or replacements from Nectar Sleep.

    The warranty is non-transferable, so only original owners who buy their mattress from Nectar Sleep or an authorized retailer are eligible for coverage.

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About Our Editorial Team

author
Lauren Fountain

Certified Sleep Coach

Lauren is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with extensive experience researching and testing a wide variety of sleep products.

About Our Editorial Team

author
Lauren Fountain

Certified Sleep Coach

Lauren is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with extensive experience researching and testing a wide variety of sleep products.

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