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Nectar Mattress Review 2019

Nectar Mattress Review 2019

Nectar Mattress Review 2019

My first Nectar review and sleep test was done in early 2017 right after they launched into the US.  Back then they were so good at selling a super comfortable mattress at a industry busting price.  Unfortunately, they were unprepared for their success, so shipping times were outrageous.  Mine took over a month from the time I purchased it until I received it.  This meant that I was a bit skeptical about it at first.  Since my initial tests, I have tested around 50 other mattresses and have no doubt that Nectar is the best value for a high quality mattress that you can buy.  I am so confident in that statement that I purchased one for my mother in law in 2018.  

Know Before You Read

  • You won’t find another 11 inch thick high-density memory foam mattress on the market at anywhere near this price
  • It is relatively firm, yet offers just enough sink-in for a petite side sleeper like me
  • Nectar offers Free Shipping, a 365 Night Sleep Trial, and a Forever Warranty

What’s Inside the Nectar Mattress?

The Nectar mattress is an 11 inch thick mattress that is much more dense than the competition.  It all starts with the cover which is really cool.  That’s meant to be a pun as the tencel cover is combined with a gel memory foam layer.  Put simply they put a lot of cooling tech into the cover to keep you cold at night.  They use the same concept with the Nectar Mattress Protectors if you want to protect your investment.

Once you get the cover off and cut the fire sock (don’t do this) you will find a layer of Gel Memory Foam.  This gel foam carries a trade mark of Lush Foam, which is on the expensive side so you don’t often see it in mattresses.

The cover and the first layer are all dedicated to providing a cool sleep experience.  The next layer is a recovery hi core memory foam which provides the bounce that you need so that you don’t sink into the bed.

The final layer is a supportive base layer that serves as the foundation for the entire mattress.  This layer is a 2.2 ILD rated dense foam.  I have an old video of me standing on a Nectar vs. standing on a Leesa and on a Casper.  In this video you can see that I sink far into the Leesa and Casper.  However, I want to point out that I hate this video, since it was shot so poorly and edited even worse (but it was one of my first videos.)  Furthermore, both Casper and Leesa have redesigned their mattresses.

Nectar Sleep Tests

I have slept on the three Nectars over the last 2 years and I have had great experiences on all of them, although they are all a bit different.

First, nothing has changed from the first Nectar that I got when they launched in early 2017, except the pillows.  They have moved from a free Mily pillow to their own branded shredded memory foam pillow.  What I like about the pillows that they now sell is that they are adjustable.  If you find that there is too much fluff in the pillow, simply pull a handfull out and give it another try.  

The one that we put on my mother-in-law’s boat smashes the competition.  Seriously, mattresses that come on boats are generally horrible.  Boat owners are typically forced to put skinny/foldable mattresses into the cramped cabins.  I recognized that the shape that Nectar ships in would allow me to squeeze it into a spot that should definately not be possible.  It’s really hard to explain without you seeing the video above, but trust me a typical bed-in-a-box wouldn’t squeeze into that space as they are folded and compressed differently.  To say that my MIL is impressed with the bed on the boat is a huge understatment.  I hope she doesn’t read this, because I’m pretty sure she thinks that I paid like double what I actually paid for the mattress.

I then got to try the mattress that they make and sell in the UK.  It worked for me, but I still struggle with the zoned comfort technique that they are using.  The theory is that if you cut some channels into various parts of the mattress you can allow different parts of the body to sink further into the mattress.  The idea is to achieve that perfect spinal alignment.  The problem is that people come in different sizes and shapes, and I think that it is difficult to match everyone up to the one size fits all category.

Which is why I’m more of a fan of the Nectar mattress version that they sell in the US.

In the middle of 2018, Nectar released an adjustable bed frame.  It offers a massage feature, head and foot movement, USB ports, and a chance to revolutionize your sleep.  If you haven’t tried an adjustable bed this is what I would consider your best chance at getting into one.  A Nectar mattress combined with a Nectar Adjustable Base is still going to be less expensive than many of the mattresses that you would find in store.  Think of it this way the savings that you get on the mattress alone are going to be more than enough to pay for an adjustable base.

Pros

  • 11″ Thick High-Quality Mattress at a Budget Friendly Pirce
  • 365 Night Sleep Trial Period
  • Forever Warranty
  • Financing Available Through Affirm
  • Unique Package Can be Squeezed into Tight Spaces

Cons

  • Explosive Growth in 2017, meant poor delivery times (shipping issues have been fixed)

Price Table

Twin Twin XL Full Queen King California King
$524 $594 $724 $824 $924 $924
$125 Off $125 Off $125 Off $125 Off $125 Off $125 Off
365 Day Trial 365 Day Trial 365 Day Trial 365 Day Trial 365 Day Trial 365 Day Trial

Current Specials

Nectar has what I call an evergreen promotion as they have run the same one since a few months after their launch in 2017. They give you $125 off a mattress and give you 2 free pillows. If you figure that each pillow is worth around $75 then this value ends up being a $275 discount. That combined with their already low prices make a Nectar bed the best value in the bed-in-a-box industry (although it comes in a bag).

In 2019 Nectar Launched into the UK Market

Most of you are probably US readers so it probably isn’t a video that would interest you.  What was great about the UK version is that they started using a zoned sleep concept.  I’m not saying that the US is going to get this anytime soon (or ever), but what I can see is that Nectar is still young so they are exploring all of their options to improve the sleep experience.  

Can I try them before I buy one?

Unfortunately no, however they balance that with a 365 night sleep trial as well as a forever warranty. Basically, they assume all of the risk of letting you take it home to make sure that you love it. This is an industry best offer.

Has Nectar Solved Their Shipping issues in 2019?

My mother in law received hers in 3 days! So, clearly they have learned from their earlier mistakes and they now have an idea of how many they need to supply the market with great sleep at an affordable price.

Best Memory Foam Mattress

Best Memory Foam Mattress

Best Memory Foam Mattress as of 2018

My testing schedule was complete for 2017 I knew I had a few weeks before the next batch of mattresses would show up on my doorstep.  So I went to storage and picked out the mattress that I most wanted to spend time with.  I chose the Purple mattress.  What is amazing about my choice is that:

  • I purchased my purple mattress, for $999


It forced me to reevaluate the way that I was scoring all of the mattresses.  Previously, I had given Purple lower marks for shipping in a bag rather than in a box.  Again, Purple had lower marks because when it ships it smells “like a birthday cake”.  That smell goes away in like a day, does that mean I don’t enjoy sleeping on it?  Of course not!

I put every mattress that I tested in 2017 on an adjustable frame.  Guess which one worked best?  The purple mattress.  My next adjustable bed purchase will likely be the Purple powerbase, as I want a massage feature that is a bit more powerful than what I currently have on my adjustable base.

From my perspective, there simply wasn’t a choice.  I knew that the all foam mattress that I wanted to sleep on was the Purple, so it had to be my number one choice for this category.  Who cares if I never make a dime from Purple?  By the way to date, I have had one purple seat cover sale through my amazon Purple clicks.  This means I am still in the hole by like $990 on my Purple mattress purchase.  Am I upset?  No, I’m getting my value out of it by sleeping on it when I’m not busy sleeping on other mattresses.

Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Series #2

I have tested out 21 mattresses so far this year, and after you have been through that many you start to know if you are going to like them almost immediately.  The Alexander Signature Series was an instant hit for me.  No noticeable off gassing, handles on the box, handles on the sides of the mattress, a cool design on a soft cover, cooling tech inside the mattress, 3 levels of firmness to choose from.  Well, I think you get the idea, I love it!

 

rana on a nest bedding alexander signature series mattress

The Leesa mattress:

Built with high quality materials to ensure better night sleep the three foam layers deliver cooling bounce, contouring pressure relief and core support, here’s real quick what makes the Leesa so special, layer by layer.

Cooling Avena Foam Layer

1. Cooling Avena® Foam

The two inch top layer allows air-flow for a cooler night’s sleep. The Avena foam also provides enough bounce for freedom of movement.

Pressure Relieving Memory Foam

2. Pressure Relieving Memory Foam

The 2” memory foam layer provides the body contouring and pressure relief you’ve come to expect from memory foam.

Dense Core Support

3. Dense Core Support

The 6” dense core support foam adds strength, durability and structure to support sleepers of all sizes, without feeling too firm on top

Layla

So why Layla is ranked #4?

Besides the fact that the Layla is the only mattress that has two different firmness levels built in, where the sleeper can have the option of flipping the mattress to either a firm or soft side, Layla’s foam is infused with copper cells to keep you cool and keeping cool helps you sleep better and longer without tossing and turning.

We don’t want to forget about the cover, the closest thing to your body, infused with Thermo- Gel to keep you even cooler.

Layla mattress cross section

A lot of layers, don’t forget you can flip them

Layla also offers a lifetime warranty on its products, and most importantly it is made here in the USA with Top Quality foam and fabric.

All those features and much more make the Layla a high end mattress, you just have to try it to believe it. You’re just a click away- Keep in mind you can try the Layla up to 4 months after purchase, and in case you don’t like it, which is doubtful, you can return it without hassle.

 5th place comes the Nectar

What makes the Nectar different than other foam mattresses, is the touch of bounce it offers that you don’t typically find in other premium foam mattresses, with soft rest feel and firmness that is just right providing you with support that your body needs. The Nectar mattress is comfortable.

Nectar’s top layer of quilted memory foam stimulates air flow beneath the body, while the Tencel fabric keeps the heat away.

The layers and fabric combination allows the Nectar to contour and support your body making it the perfect Medium Firm mattress delivering balanced weight distribution and pressure relief.

Nectar layers

The Nectar mattress is well known for its adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam that helps you support the body while providing rebound and bounce simultaneously.

In addition to its Free Shipping and Free return, you can take Nectar home for a 365 night trial. That alone is something you should consider if you decide to go with them!

 

Top Foam Mattresses 2018

Brand Type Score See Reviews Price Coupons
Purple logo on white Foam 95 Purple Review $999 Shop Purple
Foam 93 Leesa Review $995 $130 Off
Alexander Foam 93 Alexander Signature $1199 OMG 150
Foam 92 Layla Review $899 $100 Off


Foam 92 Nectar Review $795 $125 Off & 2 Free Pillows
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Foam 91 Brooklyn Bedding Review $950 10% Off Code Nonbiased10

Casper
Foam 87 Casper Review $950 Free Shipping
Tulo Tag Foam 87 tulo Review $750 20% Off
Foam 83 Eve Review $649 Nonbiased50
 Tuft & Needle  Foam 80 Tuft & Needle Review $675 Free Shipping
 Bear Mattress Logo Foam 78 Bear Review $940  $50 off

Casper Essential
Foam 78 Casper Wave Review $600 Free Shipping

Casper Wave
Foam 66 Casper Wave Review $1,850 Free Shipping

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Mattress Firmness Scale

Mattress firmness scale 2018I have slept on each of these beds for around 2 weeks so I have a good feel for how firm they are in relation to each other.  Your preferences may be a bit different, or you may have your scale shifted a bit one way or the other.  On the extremes there isn’t really a debate, I know that Eve and Matsleep are far softer than the Casper Wave or The Bear mattress.  Of course it is going to get a little more complicated where you see all of the companies stacked together around 6-7.