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Nectar Mattress Review: Budget-Friendly Option for Memory Foam Lovers

The original Nectar mattress features premium, CertiPUR-Us certified memory foam and offers enough support for most bodies -- all without costing an arm and a leg.

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McKenzie Dillon Writer
McKenzie, a Certified Sleep Science Coach and proclaimed mattress expert, has been writing sleep content in the wellness space for over four years. After earning her certification from the Spencer Institute and dedicating hundreds of hours to sleep research, she has extensive knowledge on the topic and how to improve your quality of rest. Having more experience with lying on mattresses than most, McKenzie has reviewed over 150 beds and a variety of different sleep products including pillows, mattress toppers and sheets. McKenzie has also been a guest on multiple radio shows including WGN Chicago as a sleep expert and contributed sleep advice to over 50 different websites.
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McKenzie Dillon
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A Nectar mattress is displayed in a yellow bedroom space with a bed, two night stands, a rug and more.
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Nectar Mattress

Score Breakdown

Performance 7.7Support 6Return Policy 10Pressure Relief 6Features 7
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$699 at Nectar

Like

  • Affordable for people on a budget
  • Fans of true memory foam will love the material
  • Slightly firm for a back or stomach sleeper

Don't like

  • Not quite supportive enough for people over 230 pounds in the long-term
  • May cause resistance for a combination sleeper
  • Not soft enough for a side sleeper

Product details

  • Type Memory foam mattress
  • Firmness Medium to medium-firm or 6
  • Trial 365 nights
  • Warranty Forever warranty

Nectar has really started becoming a well-known mattress company after starting in the online marketplace. Now you can even see their mattresses in stores. When looking at a Nectar mattress, you're looking at three options: the original Nectar mattress, the Nectar Premier and the Nectar Premier Copper mattress. If you're trying to find the best memory foam bed for your space, see what we have to say about the Nectar mattress to see if it fits your needs.

The Nectar mattress in a room with two nightstands

A look at the flagship Nectar mattress

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Video: Nectar mattress review

Watch CNET video producer Owen Poole review the Nectar mattress.

First impressions of the Nectar mattress

Sometimes, beds have just a tiny trace of memory foam that's hardly noticeable. This is not the case with the Nectar bed. If there was a picture under memory foam in the dictionary, it could be the picture of my handprint in the top layer of this mattress. Honestly, it reminds me of the nice Tempur-Pedic mattress my parents have in their bedroom. I also appreciate the quilt-like detail on its cover which gives it more of a luxe look. It'll end up being covered with my sheets, but at least I know how pretty it looks underneath. If you love the feel of memory foam or seek a good balance of support to pressure relief, the Nectar mattress is a good choice. 

Nectar mattress firmness and feel

What does Nectar feel like? 

The Nectar bed is a true memory foam mattress. I stayed on top of the memory foam for a few moments when I first laid on it before I slowly began to sink into it. It clings around your curves, and before long, makes a little you-shaped cocoon. It feels really cozy if you like that nestled-up feel, but it does make it a little harder to switch positions. Since this memory foam is far from bouncy, you'll have to allow a few seconds for your body to get nestled into a new position. People who love memory foam won't mind this feeling, but it's something to keep in mind if you're unfamiliar with the material. 

How firm is the Nectar mattress? 

The Nectar mattress used to have a feel that hovered around a six out of 10, but after its update last year, it's a little firmer. I rate it around a true medium-firm or seven out of 10. If you weigh over 230 pounds, however, your experience with the Nectar mattress will likely feel more soft and pressure-relieving. For lightweight sleepers under 145 pounds, it should be firmer than a seven. Generally speaking, the more you weigh, the softer a mattress is going to feel, and vice versa. 

Nectar mattress construction

There isn't anything super fancy going on with the foam model Nectar mattress. It's a simple but comfortable foam bed. It sits at 11 inches tall and is stacked in three layers:

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The Nectar mattress's layers.

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  • The base layer of the Nectar Sleep mattress is a thick slab of dense polyurethane foam. To make things less complicated, polyurethane foam is essentially just standard, basic foam. Its role is to act as a supportive base for the mattress.
  • In the middle is what the company calls the "Adaptive Response Transition Layer." It acts as a neutralizer sandwiched in between the other two layers. It softens up the bed so you don't feel the firm base, but it's firmer than the top comfort layer to keep your body more supported.
  • The top foam layer is more plush and made with gel memory foam. A gel-like substance is infused into the material to make it sleep more temperature-neutral, to combat its reputation of sleeping hot. This is the layer you can thank for Nectar's memory foam comfort.

The cover on the Nectar memory foam mattress is made with Tencel and has a thin layer of gel memory foam quilted into it. It doesn't make the mattress sleep cold, which some might expect based on the language in their website. It feels super soft and airy so it's a nice touch on top of the bed. 

For a more supportive and durable design, opt for the Nectar Hybrid. It has a similar memory foam feel with the extra reinforcements of steel coils in the base layer. 

Nectar mattress performance

Motion isolation

If you're like me and sleep with a significant other (your German shepherd counts, too), motion isolation is an important mattress characteristic. Some beds creak and wiggle when you or your partner make any kind of movement, and motion transfer is a huge buzzkill when you're trying to get a good night's sleep. 

Thanks to the Nectar bed's motion-absorbing foam construction, it's safe to say that it suppresses motion like a charm. It made no noise, and I could hardly tell when my boyfriend was switching positions during the night. 

Edge support

team member laying on the edge of the Nectar mattress

Mattress expert Owen testing out the Nectar mattress

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If you plan on sharing a full- or queen-size bed with somebody, or maybe your S.O. is a bed-hog, edge support might be an important factor to you. This addresses how supportive the bed's sides are. An extreme example of bad edge support is on an air mattress. If you're pushed to the very edge of a blow-up bed, you'll either feel like you're rolling off the side, or you actually will roll off. 

The Nectar bed doesn't have the best edge support I've ever experienced, but you don't have a falling sensation when you're near the side. This is pretty typical for a foam mattress. Hybrid mattresses with coils, on the other hand, tend to perform better in this department. 

Temperature

You might get the sense this is a cooling memory foam mattress by reading Nectar's website, but I wouldn't necessarily say it helped me sleep cool. Don't get me wrong, it's nothing like an outdated memory foam bed that retains all your body heat in the center. However, it's not like the GhostBed Luxe or the Cocoon Chill, which are two other memory foam bed-in-a-box mattresses with super-effective cooling tech. 

Durability

In reference to the all-foam Nectar mattress model, the brand's flagship bed, it's not going to be as durable as the Hybrid Nectar mattress. A base layer made with steel coils is going to stand the test of time better than dense foam. The original Nectar mattress should last around five to six years, while the Nectar Hybrid should last around eight or more. Although, the foam Nectar is a little more durable than 10-inch mattress models because it's a tad thicker. 

Off-gassing 

You'll notice a smell omitting from your mattress once you unbox it from its packaging and it expands, but not to worry. This is the norm for most bed-in-a-box mattresses unless they're natural and organic. It's similar to a new car smell in that it's left from the manufacturing and compression process, but it should dissipate in a day or two. 

Who should sleep on the Nectar mattress?

Now that I've talked about how it feels and how it's built, let me dive into the types of people the Nectar mattress is best suited for. 

Position

Considering the Nectar bed feels a bit more like a supportive and firm mattress, I think it's best for people whose predominant sleeping position is their back or stomach. The firmness was a little too much for me when I was on my side, but it felt really nice when I was lying flat. If you want a slightly softer Nectar mattress, I'd try out the Nectar Premier. 

Diagram of a person sleeping on their stomach, pointing out the need for support for the neck, shoulder and hips.

Firmer mattresses are best suited for stomach and back sleepers as they promote proper spinal alignment. 

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Body type 

I mentioned how your body weight can influence how a mattress feels, but it should also help you decide the type of mattress you should get. Most all-foam beds are around 10 to 11 inches thick and are perfectly supportive for people who weigh less than 230 pounds. However, if you have a larger body frame, I would recommend a mattress made with coils. They'll be more supportive and your money will go farther in the long-run.

Price 

Honestly, one of the best parts about the Nectar is its price. It's a quality foam mattress, up there with Casper, Layla and Puffy, but it's several hundred dollars cheaper once discounts enter the picture.

Nectar mattress pricing

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SizeMeasurements (inches)Price
Twin 38x75 inches$699
Twin XL 38x80 inches$899
Full 54x74 inches$949
Queen 60x80 inches$1,099
King 76x80 inches$1,399
Cal king 72x84 inches$1,399

Retail prices for the original Nectar mattress start at $699 for a twin and max out at $1,399 for a Cal king mattress -- but that's likely not the price you'll pay. They are usually running a promotion, and bigger ones during major holidays (for instance, discounts were up to 33% last November.)

Nectar shipping, sleep trial and warranty

The Nectar mattress will ship for free to your home and arrive in a cardboard box. If you're new to the whole bed-in-a-box thing, it's kind of fun to watch it unfold and inflate into a full-size bed. 

Right out of the box, you'll probably notice a not-so-pleasant smell coming from your new mattress. It's completely typical for bed-in-a-box mattresses to omit this off-gassing smell, and it completely goes away after a couple of days. 

If you're like me, you won't buy anything online unless there's a reasonable return policy. Luckily, Nectar gives its customers an entire year to test out its bed. 

A lot of all-foam beds come with 10- or 15-year warranties, however, the Nectar is backed by a "Forever Warranty." Conditions apply, but I was still pretty impressed to see this. To me, the Nectar mattress warranty says the company is confident about its product. 

The final verdict on the Nectar mattress

After all is said and done, the Nectar is a very comfortable, basic memory foam mattress. It doesn't have the bells and whistles that might come with a TempurPedic, but it sure does offer a similar pressure-relieving feel. 

I think you'll like the Nectar if

  • You're a fan of slow-responding memory foam, or if you're at least open to the feel of it. 
  • It's also great for shoppers on a limited budget. Compared to other memory foam beds I've tested, buying a Nectar can save you hundreds of dollars. 
  • The Nectar is best for individuals who weigh under 230 pounds because it's made with foam instead of steel coils. 
  • Because it leans more toward firm than soft, I think the Nectar is best for back and stomach sleepers, or combination sleepers who don't often sleep on their side. 

You might not like the Nectar if

Other mattresses from Nectar

Nectar Hybrid

The Nectar Hybrid mattress has similar features to the all-foam mattress except it has a strong, 8-inch pocketed coil layer in the base of the mattress for extra durability and support. It also goes for a great price compared to other hybrid mattresses, especially if you catch it during a sale (which Nectar is usually running). 

Nectar Premier

The Nectar Premier mattress is the more premium mattress offering from Nectar. Available in both a foam and hybrid model, the Nectar Premier is thick (13 inches for the foam model), contains a phase-change material for temperature regulation and has a dense memory foam feel that contours around your body's curves. 

Nectar Premier Copper

This is the most luxurious mattress from Nectar. It's similar to the Premier model, but it's 14 inches thick and includes copper fibers in the cover to help absorb heat from your body. Although, the Nectar Premier Copper is only available in an all-foam model. 

How does Nectar compare to other mattresses? 

  • Purple vs. Nectar: Comparing the flagship beds of these two industry leaders is almost like comparing apples to oranges. Other than the fact they are both made without coils, they are pretty different in every other way. The Purple is a little softer than the Nectar, rated around a five out of 10. Purple has a bouncier, more responsive feel, and the material makes you feel like you're weightless. Purple also sleeps cooler than the original Nectar. On the downside, the Purple bed is the more expensive option. 
  • Nectar vs. Casper: In the battle between Nectar versus Casper, they are both traditional foam mattresses but have different firmness and feel profiles to make them stand out from one another. Casper has more of a neutral foam feel while Nectar has a prominent memory foam profile. Casper is rated around a five out of 10 on the firmness scale, making it more suitable for side sleepers. It also comes with a zoned support layer to provide targeted pressure relief and support where your body needs it most. 

Mattress best lists featuring Nectar 

Nectar mattress FAQs

Is the Nectar mattress really worth it?

The Nectar mattress is a dense memory foam bed known for its price value. Unless you're looking for a king or California king, you can snag one for under $1,000. If it's in your budget and you love the hugging, contouring feel of memory foam, it may be worth it to you.

How long does a Nectar mattress last?

An all-foam, memory foam bed around 10 inches thick like the Nectar mattress should last you around seven to nine years if you take care of it properly, That means you have to rotate the bed every three to six months, keep your bedding clean and so forth. However, all beds begin to sag and degrade over long-term use.

What are the pros and cons of a Nectar mattress?

The pros of a Nectar mattress include its medium-firm profile, which is great for back and stomach sleepers or people who suffer from back pain. It's also great for people who weigh under 230 pounds, and has a great value. Its cons include its inability to properly support heavier sleepers over the long-term; the dense memory foam can make it hard to switch positions; and it's a little too firm for strict side-sleepers under 150 pounds. 

How do I return a Nectar mattress?

Nectar offers a lengthy 365-night trial so you have a full year to test out your Nectar mattress. If you realize you don't like it, reach out to customer service, which will walk you through the return process. Once it receives your returned bed, it's donated to charity.

Is Nectar a good mattress for side sleepers?

Most side sleepers, unless you're a combination sleeper who occasionally side-sleeps, might think Nectar is a little firm. Nectar falls around a medium-firm on the firmness scale, but side sleepers typically sleep best on medium to soft beds that offer more pressure relief. 

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