Nectar Sleep launched in 2017 and has grown into one of the most popular brands on the mattress scene. While the company features an adjustable frame and foundation, its flagship mattress remains its crowning jewel, combining thick layers of memory foam with a breathable base for deep pressure relief.
But just how comfortable is the bed actually? I won’t know until I put it to the test, sussing out its firmness, feel, motion transfer, and sinkage to determine if it might just be the mattress of your dreams.
Continue reading below for my full Nectar bed review. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
Since its founding, Nectar Sleep has employed a clever strategy of cheeky marketing and focused product development to evolve into one of the biggest competitors in the online bed-in-a-box market.
Considering its popularity, the brand is often compared to Purple and Casper, two giants in the Direct-to-Consumer mattress world. Though all three beds have considerably different feels (which I’ll dissect in full later on in this review), they do benefit from a similar amount of name recognition and notoriety on sites likes ours and Reddit.
It’s worth noting that at $700 for a Queen, the Nectar is less expensive than either the Casper or the Purple, both of which come in at about $1,000.
But let’s turn our attention back to the Nectar bed review. As I mentioned above, this is an all-foam bed made up of three distinct layers that stack up to an 11” profile. The most notable aspect of the Nectar’s construction is its whopping 4” of memory foam up top, which results in a considerable amount of body contouring and sinkage.
To see how all this comes together, let’s dive into the mattress!
Nectar Mattress Layers
Cover – The cover is comprised of both cotton and Tencel, an eco-friendly material known for its softness and breathability. Additionally, there’s an inch of gel memory foam quilted into the cover, which provides the sleeper with some immediate comfort. The combination of the Tencel fibers and gel infusion make for an ultra-cool layer that’ll help regulate temperatures throughout the night.
Comfort Layer – Directly below the cover, you’ll encounter 3” of memory foam. This material has an incredibly slow response to pressure, allowing the sleeper to really sink in for some satisfying pressure relief. As the foam contours to the curves of your body, you’re likely to feel as though you’re sleeping more “in” the bed than “on top” of it, which could be a pleasant feel for side sleepers in need of cushiony support at the shoulders and hips.
Transition Layer – Up next you’ll find a transitional layer of memory foam, which has a slightly quicker response to pressure than the foams above it. This section is meant to ease the sleeper into the firmer base below, helping to extend the contouring of the comfort layer even deeper into the mattress.
Foundation Layer – Rounding out the construction we’ve got 6” of high-density poly foam. This section gives the bed its stability and shape, providing a firm foundation upon which the softer foams can react.
After taking a look at the construction of the Nectar, let’s chat about the firmness and feel. I started off by applying some light hand pressure to the mattress and found that I was immediately interacting with the thick layers of memory foam up top. I could feel myself sinking into the Nectar, with the gentle foams contouring around my fingers. Pushing in further, I experienced even deeper sinkage into the bed.
Since folks of different body types and sizes are going to feel firmness differently, I decided to bring in three other testers to check out the Nectar Sleep mattress. We all took a turn lying on the mattress, gave it a personal rating, and then compiled them on the graph below.
While feel is always going to be a personal thing, our responses should provide you with a good idea of the firmness range you can expect from the bed.
Though there was a bit discrepancy with our responses, we did end on an average firmness rating of 6.5, which syncs up perfectly with the industry standard for medium firmness.
I personally gave the Nectar a 6 as I found its thick memory foam layers produced a gentle, pressure-relieving vibe. Regardless of the position I stretched out in, I could feel the material contouring to the curves of my body, resulting in some pretty intense sinkage. While this translated to a softer rating for me, some sleepers may find memory foam to produce a firmer feel as their bodies gradually acclimate to its morphing shape.
Another important component of a new bed’s feel is pressure, or more specifically where pressure points are likely to form while lying on top of it.
To help you visualize where these tension spots might crop up, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
Back – Lying on my back, I felt some great pressure relief as the soft memory foam top layers contoured to my body and filled in the space at my lumbar region. While you may find memory foam to have an initially firm feel, once you give your body a few minutes to sink through it, you’ll find that it’s actually quite giving. A trade off for this satisfying pressure relief is that I did find it a bit difficult to move around and change positions.
Edge Support – Testing out the edge support on this bed, I did detect some compression through the soft foam top layers. However, the high-density poly foam base did a good job of supporting my weight in this position, which allowed me to feel secure on the side of the Nectar.
Side – Turning onto my side, I continued to feel fantastic pressure relief from this bed. Side sleepers tend to prefer softer mattresses that contour snuggly to the shoulders and hips and the Nectar more than delivers on that front.
Stomach – Unfortunately, this comfort didn’t necessarily carry over when I rolled onto my stomach. The thick layers of memory foam caused my hips to sink out of alignment with my shoulders, which made for some tension along my spine. Overall, stomach sleepers usually opt for firmer mattresses, so I wasn’t too surprised by this result.
Now that we’ve broken down the specific, nitty-gritty details of the Nectar, let’s widen the scope and take a look at some of its biggest competition in the game. While every bed has unique features that make it a distinctive product in the space, it can be useful to contextualize these differences against other models. Plus, who doesn’t love a little cross-referencing before making a big purchase?
Comparing Purple and Nectar is like comparing apples and oranges — both are lovely in their own right, but inherently distinct goods.
- One of the most noticeable differences comes in the Purple’s hyper-elastic polymer comfort layer. Unlike memory foam, this is a bouncy material that provides pressure relief without too much body contouring.
- This hyper-elastic polymer grid also makes the Purple “temperature neutral,” resulting in a much cooler sleeping experience than the Nectar.
- And finally, where the Nectar has virtually no bounce, the Purple has a tremendous amount of buoyant support.
While both the Casper and Nectar are built entirely of foam, they actually have incredibly divergent feels, with the latter featuring much more sinkage than the former.
- Additionally, one of the standout features of the Casper is its section of Zoned Support, which brings targeted relief to the hips and shoulders.
- This also means that the Casper has a more balanced feel than the Nectar, endearing it to a wider range of sleepers.
Up next, let’s take a look at motion transfer. This test will demonstrate the amount of disturbance detectable from one side of the bed to the other, which could be especially important for those of you who share your bed with a partner.
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
FYI: Each drop is meant to symbolize a different movement you’re likely to experience in bed, from tossing and turning (4”) to getting out of bed (8”) all the way to full on jumping (12”).
These are incredible motion transfer results! The thick layers of memory foam up top work to dampen movement across the structure, ensuring that you won’t be too bothered by your bed mate’s tossing and turning in the night.
When buying a new bed, most people want to know whether they’ll feel like they’re sinking “into” the mattress or lying “on top” of it. To visualize this sinkage, I placed four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) on the mattress and measured how much they compressed the surface.
The variations in size, weight and density are meant to simulate different body parts and different sized sleepers.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 3.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6 inches of sinkage.
I honestly thought these results would be a little more extreme! As I rolled around the Nectar, I was struck by just how much my body sank into the memory foam top layers, so it’s kind of surprising to see that the actual measurements are consistent with those of other all-foam mattresses on the market. That being said, you’re still more likely to feel as though you’re sleeping “in” the Nectar as opposed to “on top” of it.
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NECTAR REVIEWS: SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION
If you’re convinced the Nectar is the right mattress for you, the size and pricing information for the mattress are below. Be sure to use the code SLEEPOPOLIS125 to save $125!
|Twin||39” x 75” x 11”||$399|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 11”||$469|
|Full||54” x 75” x 11”||$599|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 11”||$699|
|King||76” x 80” x 11”||$799|
|California King||72” x 84” 11”||$799|
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the mattress, I want to provide you with a few recommendations and some of the most common Nectar complaints:
- First and foremost, I’d recommend the Nectar for anyone who wants that classic memory foam feel, deep body contouring and all.
- More specifically, I’d say this mattress could be a real winner for side sleepers, who will benefit from its cushiony pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
- Considering its excellent motion transfer and edge support results, I’d also say the Nectar could be a solid pick for couples.
- While a lot of folks will dig the thick layers of memory foam in this bed, I would say that stomach sleepers may find it sends their hips out of alignment with their shoulders.
- Additionally, it has virtually no bounce, which could be a dealbreaker for those sleepers in search of some buoyant support.
Classic Memory Foam, Budget Friendly
Nectar’s flagship bed-in-a-box mattress uses multiple layers of memory foam to allow you to sink into the mattress. This gives the bed a soft feel that could be especially beneficial for side sleepers who tend to require more pressure relief. Overall, this model provides contouring that makes the sleeper feel slightly more “in” the bed than on top of it.