Nectar Mattress Review: Our 2020 Nectar Product Line Review

The Highlights:

  • The Nectar mattress is made with premium-quality memory foam and a cooling cover to deliver a comfortable and supportive night of sleep.
  • Choose from two high-quality memory foam mattresses in 11- or 12-inch depths, both designed for cooling comfort and pressure point relief.
  • Sleep in cradled comfort, surrounded by 100% CertiPUR-US® Certified memory foam that evenly balances your frame for optimal support.

Overview of the Brand

The Nectar Sleep company was founded in 2016 by Craig Schmeizer, Eric Hutchinson, and Ran Reske. Within the first year of business, the company sold more than 50,000 beds and generated over $35 million in revenue. Nectar has won a variety of awards from Tuck, Mattress Advisor, Slumber Yard, and USA Today including “best value” and “best mattress of the year.”

According to the FAQ section, Nectar mattresses are the product of a diversified supply chain. Products are sourced and manufactured in places like China, Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the United States. The company assures customers that they follow the highest standards for safety and sanitation.

Nectar offers an 11-inch premium memory foam mattress that hugs your body while keeping you cool. With five layers including a quilted memory foam mattress cover, this mattress minimizes motion transfer and ensures non-stop airflow for comfort. Nectar also offers the 12-inch Nectar Lush mattress, also made with 4 layers including a padded, cooling cover.

In addition to their memory foam mattress, Nectar offers an assortment of other products. Shop add-ons like the Nectar pillow set, sheet set, or mattress protector. They also make their own foundations, adjustable bases, and headboards. Depending when you shop, you may even receive some of these extras included with your purchase.

Nectar offers an industry-leading 365-night sleep trial so you can try the mattress for a full year with no worries. All orders receive free shipping and mattresses are covered by a lifetime Forever Warranty.

Sleep Style Recommendations

When it comes to choosing a mattress, you have to consider your size, sleep style, and preferences. The three primary sleep styles are side sleeper, back sleeper, and stomach sleeper.

Regardless your sleeping style, it’s important to keep your spine in proper alignment while you sleep. If you sleep on your stomach or back, you’re more likely to experience back or neck pain without proper support. Sleeping on your side puts extra pressure on the hips and shoulders, so pressure point relief becomes even more important.

Memory foam mattresses generally work well for a variety of sleeping styles, but your size may determine the best firmness level for your sleeping style. A mattress that is comfortable and supportive for a lightweight sleeper may not offer the same benefits for a heavier sleeper.

Here’s what you can expect from Nectar for the following sleeping styles: 

  • Side Sleepers – A combination of support and pressure relief is required for side sleepers to be comfortable. Both Nectar models offer these features, but the Lush is a little softer.
  • Back Sleepers – Lumbar support is essential for proper spine alignment. The Nectar and Nectar Lush both offer a thick base of support foam, though the original Nectar is a little firmer.
  • Stomach Sleepers – Balanced support is the key to comfort and alignment for stomach sleepers. Heavier stomach sleepers may prefer the firmer Nectar over the Nectar Lush.
  • Combination Sleepers – Thick layers of supportive base foam make it fairly ease to reposition on either Nectar mattress, so combination sleepers can choose based on their firmness preference.
  • Couples – Both Nectar mattresses are versatile for different sleeping styles and deliver exceptional motion isolation, making them both a great choice for couples.
  • Heavy Sleepers – Sleepers who are heavier than average generally feel most comfortable on a firmer mattress, so the Nectar may be better than the Lush but still might not be firm enough.
  • Lightweight Sleepers – Both Nectar mattress models work well for lightweight sleepers, though they may prefer the softer feel of the Nectar Lush in some cases.

Overall, both Nectar mattresses work well for various sleeping styles, but they do have their strong points. The original Nectar, being slightly on the firmer side, may be a better choice for back and stomach sleepers. The Nectar Lush is a little softer, making it an option as the best mattress for side sleepers and those who prefer a softer feel.

When choosing between the Nectar and the Nectar Lush, it is important to consider your preferences, but it may be better to make the decision based on your sleeping style.

Nectar Mattress Models

Some of the best online mattress companies only offer a single model in an effort to keep their prices down. Nectar offers two different models, both of which feature a base of super core support foam and a removable Tencel cooling cover. Here they are:

  • Nectar Mattress
  • Nectar Lush Mattress

The Nectar mattress is an 11-inch mattress made up of 4 layers of foam. Built on a base of super core 5lbs. support foam, this mattress also includes layers of super-premium CertiPUR-US® Certified memory foam. The mattress is protected by a removable cover to keep you cool while the quilted design cushions you in comfort. This mattress comes in all six standard US sizes.

The Nectar Lush mattress is a 12-inch premium mattress made with 5 layers of memory foam. This mattress features a supportive layer of luxurious base foam topped with layers of high-density and gel-coated memory foams to provide superior pressure relief and temperature regulation. The Nectar Lush is slightly softer than the original Nectar mattress.

Both Nectar mattresses offer an ideal combination of comfort and support. To decide between the two models, you’ll need to consider your firmness preferences and sleeping style.

Construction and Feel

The Nectar mattress comes in all six standard US sizes ranging from twin to California king. Both the Nectar and the Nectar Lush are all-foam mattresses made with CertiPUR-US® Certified memory foams and cooling covers made from premium fiber materials.

The original Nectar mattress starts with a 6-inch base layer of high-density poly foam that stabilizes the layers above and reinforced support. Next comes a 1-inch transition layer of adaptive hi-core memory foam topped with a 3-inch layer of gel to distribute weight and body heat. On top is a 1-inch quilted memory foam cover made from premium fibers woven with Tencel for cooling.

The Nectar Lush mattress also starts with a 7-inch layer of supportive high-density poly foam for support. On top of that is a 2-inch layer of Energex transition foam that provides fast recovery, bounce, and mobility. This layer keeps your mattress feeling fresh and new. Third comes a 3-inch layer of premium gel-coated memory foam with Aquacool in the center to promote ultimate cooling.

Here’s an overview of the original Nectar mattress’ construction: 

  • Quilted memory foam mattress cover
  • Cooling gel memory foam
  • Adaptive Hi-Core memory foam
  • Stabilizing base foam
  • Non-slip bottom mattress cover

The original Nectar mattress is rated at a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, or medium-firm. At this level of firmness, the mattress provides the ideal level of comfort and support for a good night’s sleep. The Nectar Lush is a little softer, somewhere between a 5.5 and 6 on the firmness scale. This mattress is a great option for side sleepers and back sleepers, though back sleepers may find it a little soft. The original Nectar may be a firmer, more supportive choice for this sleeping style.

Though both Nectar mattress models are made using similar materials, the actual construction is a little different. The original Nectar has three layers of foam but also incorporates memory foam into the quilted cover. The Nectar Lush features Aquacool in the center of the gel foam layer.

Here’s an overview of the Nectar Lush mattress’ construction: 

  • Premium fiber cooling cover
  • Gel-coated memory foam with Aquacool
  • Energex high-density memory foam
  • Supportive, stabilizing base foam

The combination of high-quality materials is what makes Nectar so comfortable. Each layer of memory foam serves a specific purpose, providing support, pressure relief, or cooling comfort. These benefits make it among the best mattresses for back pain, though it works well for all sleeping styles. With two models to choose from, you can find one that suits your firmness preferences.

Durability, Support, and Pressure Relief

When purchasing a new mattress, you want to know that it will last. You spend roughly one-third of your life sleeping, so you need something that will stand up with a lot of use. Generally speaking, memory foam mattresses tend to last 7 to 8 years, though the firmness and construction will affect the durability of any given model.

Nectar mattresses are made with high-quality memory foams. The original Nectar mattress is medium-firm while the Nectar Lush is a little softer – based on that alone, you might expect the original model to be a little more durable. It depends, of course, on your bodyweight and sleeping style. Heavy sleepers are more likely to see body impressions develop over time. It’s difficult to determine the long-term durability of these mattresses, however, because the company has only been around since 2016.

When it comes to support, both Nectar mattresses perform well. The bottom two layers on both models are firmer than the top layers – these form the support system that balances your weight and aligns your spine. Heavy sleepers may struggle to find the support they need in memory foam mattresses like Nectar, but the average sleeper should find it very supportive.

Where the Nectar mattress really excels is in pressure point relief – this is what makes it a top pick as the best mattress for side sleepers.

The key to pressure relief is body conforming – the mattress should sink under pressure points, conforming to the contours of the body to “cradle” it. At a medium level of firmness, both the Nectar and Nectar Lush models offer pressure relief for most sleeping styles. It’s worth noting that this mattress (especially the Nectar Lush) tends to sink a fair degree, so it gives the feeling of sleeping “in” the bed rather than “on” the bed. This could be a benefit if that’s something you’re looking for.

Special Features

The Nectar and the Nectar Lush mattresses are made with premium-quality materials and designed for cooling comfort and support. You can’t go wrong with either model, but it’s important to consider all of the different aspects of what makes for a comfortable night’s sleep. Not only do you need to think about pressure point relief but consider other factors like edge support and temperature regulation as well.

Before making your decision on whether this is the right mattress for you, consider the following additional features:

  1. Motion Isolation – Both the Nectar and Nectar Lush mattress perform well in the area of motion isolation. This quality is important for couples, especially if one of you is sensitive to movement. Motion isolation simply means you’re less likely to feel movement – slower response foams are key here.
  2. Edge Support – Memory foam mattresses tend not to perform as well in this category as traditional spring mattresses. Lying on the edge will compress the foam and may give you the feeling that you’re going to roll off the edge. That being said, Nectar offers decent edge support for a memory foam mattress. The Nectar Lush may be a little bit stronger in this category simply because it is an inch thicker.
  3. Temperature Regulation – When it comes to keeping you cool at night, it’s all in the materials. Memory foam tends to trap heat a little more than spring mattresses and high-density foam sleeps warmer than low- and medium-density foams. Both Nectar models have a foundation of high-density poly foam which may trap some heat during the night. To make up for it, however, Nectar mattresses incorporate gel memory foam and a cooling cover. The Nectar mattress incorporates breathable materials like Tencel lyocell and cotton in the cover. An additional feature in the Nectar Lush is the incorporation of Aquacool in the center of the gel memory foam layer for extra temperature regulation.
  4. Eco-Friendly Materials – Both Nectar mattresses are made with eco-friendly materials that are CertiPUR-US® Certified free from ozone depleters, formaldehyde, and heavy metals. Though Nectar mattresses are manufactured outside the US, their materials are independently certified by CertiPUR-US®, a third-party global rating standard.
  5. Certifications – The Nectar mattress is made with 100% CertiPUR-US® Certified memory foam tested to have low levels of harmful chemicals and heavy metals. The luxury cover is Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Certified.
  6. White Glove Service – Online mattress companies typically compress their mattresses and ship them in boxes for their customers to set up themselves. Nectar goes one step further by offering White Glove Service for setup after delivery. For an added fee, they will ship the mattress to a local White Glove Service provider who will deliver and set up your new mattress in addition to taking the old one away. The fee is $149 for the mattress with an extra $45 charge for each additional item set up. 

Sizing and Pricing Information

Mattresses are expensive, but one of the benefits of buying online is that you can save a lot of money. Online mattress companies are able to reduce their own prices and yours by cutting out the middleman. They deliver directly to the customer. As a mattress in a box company, Nectar is more affordable than many brands you’d find in a mattress store but, overall, offers excellent value.

Both the Nectar and Nectar Lush area available in all six standard US sizes ranging from twin to California king. The original Nectar starts at a retail price of $898 and ranges up to $1,398 while the Nectar Lush starts at $1,099 and goes up to $1,799. Nectar frequently offers promotions, so you may receive up to $200 off or up to $400 in free accessories like bedding and pillows.

Original Nectar Mattress
Size Measurements Weight Retail Price
Twin 39” x 75” x 10” 45 lbs. $898
Twin XL 39” x 80” x 10” 48 lbs. $968
Full 54” x 75” x 10” 68 lbs. $1,098
Queen 60” x 80” x 10” 74 lbs. $1,198
King 76” x 80” x 10” 89 lbs. $1,398
Cal. King 72” x 84” x 10” 89 lbs. $1,398

The original Nectar mattress is 11 inches deep and weighs 45 pounds for the twin size up to 89 pounds for the king and California king sizes. The Nectar Lush is 12 inches deep, but the weight is the same. All mattresses are compressed and rolled for shipping – you simply need to move the mattress where you want it then remove it from the box and packaging. It will regain its shape within a few hours.

Nectar Lush Mattress
Size Measurements Weight Retail Price
Twin 39” x 75” x 12” 45 lbs. $1,099
Twin XL 39” x 80” x 12” 48 lbs. $1,149
Full 54” x 75” x 12” 68 lbs. $1,349
Queen 60” x 80” x 12” 74 lbs. $1,499
King 76” x 80” x 12” 89 lbs. $1,799
Cal. King 72” x 84” x 12” 89 lbs. $1,799

Shipping for Nectar mattresses is always free within the contiguous United States. Orders shipped to Alaska and Hawaii may be subject to an additional $150 fee. You can expect to receive your mattress within 1 to 5 business days of your order. When ordering, you have the option to add White Glove Service for an additional $149. Upon delivery, someone will come set up your new mattress and remove the old one. Additional items cost $45 each for setup.

Nectar accepts American Express, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. You can enter your payment information directly on the order page – they do not currently accept pre-paid credit cards or Paypal. If you’re looking for financing, Nectar uses Affirm. If you select this option, you can break up your purchase into 12, 18, or 24 months at 0% APR. Split it is another option to split your payment.

Trials, Shipping, and Warranty

While many online mattress companies only offer 100 nights to try out your new mattress, Nectar gives you a full year – 365 days. This is important because you can’t try the mattress in a store before you buy. This generous trial period enables you to test the mattress in all types of weather to make sure it will be comfortable for you all year-round.

If you decide the Nectar mattress isn’t right for you, you can return it for a full refund. Simply contact Customer Care and they’ll help you donate or discard the mattress locally – they won’t actually ask you to send it back. Upon confirmation of donation, you’ll receive your refund in full minus additional fees for shipping and White Glove Service. Promotional items are not eligible for return.

Unopened mattresses are eligible for return and refund immediately after delivery but will not be accepted after 90 days – mattresses not opened within this period are consider misused. Nectar encourages customers to try the mattress for a full 30 days, so opened mattresses are not eligible for returns before then. Products shipped outside the contiguous United States are not eligible for return.

In addition to a generous 365-night trial period with free shipping and returns, Nectar also offers the lifetime Forever Warranty. For the first 10 years, Nectar will replace your mattress for free if you notice flaws in workmanship or materials. After that, the mattress will be repaired and recovered.

Here’s what Nectar says about their lifetime warranty:

“The best warranty in the business. Period. No small type or confusing legal speak. If you purchased a Nectar and it breaks from normal use at any point, we will replace it at no additional charge. Doesn’t matter if it’s 100 days, 100 months, or 100 years from now. We’ve designed Nectar to outlast long term use, just like quality products should.”

Nectar is confident that you’ll love your new mattress but, if you don’t, you’re completely covered for a full year with the 365-night trial. If you decide to keep it, you’ll enjoy a lifetime warranty as well.

Summary: Pros and Cons

Online mattresses have become extremely popular, so you have many options to choose from. Before settling on the Nectar or the Nectar Lush mattress, take the time to consider the good and bad for each. No mattress will be perfect for everyone, so you have to decide what’s important to you.

Here’s a quick summary for the pros and cons of the Nectar mattress: 

Pros for the Nectar Mattress:

  • Excellent pressure relief perfect for side sleepers
  • High-quality construction for an affordable price
  • Free shipping and returns with 365-night sleep trial
  • Superior motion isolation, great choice for couples

Cons for the Nectar Mattress:

  • May not be the best mattress for stomach sleepers
  • Heavy sleepers may not find either model firm enough
  • Slow response foam may make it tricky to change positions

Take what you’ve learned here about the Nectar mattress and consider your options. If it seems like the perfect fit, there’s little risk in giving it a try – you’re covered by a generous 365-night trial with free shipping and returns. If you’re not sure yet, there are plenty of other options to think about.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the mattress made from? – Both the Nectar and Nectar Lush mattresses are made from special-grade, performance layers with a uniquely milled cooling cover. Each mattress incorporates CertiPUR-US® Certified memory foam, thoughtfully assembled to deliver the ideal combination of firm support and cradling comfort.
  2. Does the mattress require a foundation? – Yes, Nectar recommends using the mattress with some kind of supportive foundation. These mattresses work well with metal frames, adjustable frames, platforms, and slat beds. If you’re using a metal frame, just be sure to use a box spring under it for support.
  3. Can the mattress be used with an adjustable bed frame? – Yes, the Nectar mattress is a perfect choice for adjustable bed frames. In fact, Nectar offers their own adjustable bed frame with prices ranging from $849 to $1,698 for sizes twin XL to split king. 
  4. Does the mattress need to be flipped? – As an all-foam mattress, it wouldn’t be difficult to flip the Nectar mattress, but you’ll change the experience if you do. These mattresses are designed from the top town, so you won’t experience the same level of comfort and support if you sleep on it upside down. For even wear, however, you can rotate the mattress 180-degrees once a month or so.
  5. Can I try the mattress before buying? – Unfortunately, Nectar mattresses are only available online. The good news is you can purchase one risk-free because you’ll be covered by a 365-night trial period. If you decide Nectar isn’t right for you after the first 30 days, you can return it for a full refund of the purchase price.

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