Nectar Mattress Review

Written by

Garen Glazier , Staff Writer, Product Testing Team

Reviewed by

Dr. Michael Breus, PhD, DABSM, FAASM , Clinical Psychologist, Sleep Medicine Expert
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Mattress Review

Nectar Mattress

Details

  • Type: Foam

  • Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King

  • Price Range: $399 – $1,138

  • Warranty: Lifetime, Limited

Highlights

  • Combines gel-infused memory foam with a dynamic transition layer and durable support core
  • Mid-range affordability doesn't sacrifice quality
  • Generous 365-night sleep trial and limited lifetime warranty

Ideal For

  • Side sleepers
  • Value seekers
  • People who want excellent motion isolation

Nectar Mattress: Our Verdict

Among the many all-foam mattress options on the market today, the Nectar Mattress is a bestseller for a reason. Quality materials and a thoughtful, performance-driven design provide comfort and support at a reasonable price-point.

The Nectar incorporates memory foam’s signature “hug” to relieve pressure points, reduce motion transfer, and align the spine. A layer of specially shaped transition foam adds responsiveness and boosts support, while high-density polyfoam in the mattress core reduces sinkage.

Together, these layers create a sleep surface with broad appeal, spanning sleep positions and body types. The company’s lengthy sleep trial and limited lifetime warranty sweeten the deal, making the Nectar Mattress an excellent choice for those looking to maximize value.

Nectar Mattress: An Introduction

Nectar launched in 2017 with the aim of selling mattresses made with quality materials and effective construction at value pricing. It’s a strategy that has won the brand a consistent spot in our annual list of best mattresses.

The company’s current lineup includes three all-foam models with varying height profiles and built-in cooling features: the Nectar, the Nectar Premier, and the Nectar Premier Copper.

We’ve applied our testing methodology to the flagship Nectar Mattress, evaluating it across a range of performance categories. We’ll review these findings, delving into what it’s made of and what it feels like to sleep on the bed.

What's It Like to Sleep on the Nectar Mattress?

With deeper contouring in the memory foam comfort layer balanced by responsive transitional polyfoam and a sturdy polyfoam core, the Nectar Mattress is plush yet supportive.

It’s a particularly good fit for side sleepers, with its all-foam construction delivering notable pressure relief. Back and stomach sleepers under 230 pounds should also benefit from the bed’s balanced medium firm (6) feel.

Nectar Mattress Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Significant pressure relieving properties in the memory foam comfort layer
  • Premium foam in the transition layer adds responsiveness
  • High-density polyfoam provides a sturdy foundation and decreases sinkage

Cons

  • Closely conforming foams can hinder movement
  • Average edge support may not be enough for people with bigger bodies or mobility issues
  • Temperature control may be insufficient for those who tend to sleep very hot

Sleeping Positions, Body Weight, and Firmness

Our team of testers rated the Nectar Mattress a 6 on our 10-point firmness scale. This equates to a medium firm feel that is neither overly soft nor extremely hard.

In general, mid-range firmness levels have the broadest appeal. However, finding the ideal balance of firmness and support depends on the sleeper’s specific body type, sleep position, and personal preference. Our testing team represents a range of sleepers to provide a balanced assessment of mattress firmness across weight ranges and sleep positions.

Nectar Mattress Sleeper Ratings

Pros
Under 130 lbs.
130-230 lbs.
Over 230 lbs.

Side Sleepers

4/5

5/5

3/5

Back Sleepers

4/5

4/5

3/5

Stomach Sleepers

4/5

3/5

2/5

  • Side Sleepers: The mattress’ gel-infused memory foam comfort layer and underlying layers of sturdy polyfoam struck an effective balance for the side sleepers on our testing team. This mix of comfort and support was most impactful for testers weighing less than 230 pounds.
  • Back Sleepers: The back sleepers on our team weighing under 230 pounds were impressed by the Nectar Mattress. The memory foam cradled the back and neck, while the polyfoam layers worked together to reduce sinkage and improve spinal alignment. Those weighing more than 230 pounds also received balanced support, though some testers noted some sinkage around their hips.
  • Stomach Sleepers: As a group, the stomach sleepers on our team found the Nectar Mattress to be the least effective. While testers under 130 pounds felt the mattress delivered sufficient levels of support, those over 130 pounds were less likely to find the pushback they need in a mattress. The resulting sinkage and spinal misalignment was more pronounced in testers over 230 pounds.

Our Performance Ratings

During testing in our sleep lab, we evaluated the Nectar Mattress across several key performance categories. Our results are based on a five-point scale, with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent.

Pressure Relief

Rating: 4/5

Two inches of gel-infused memory foam in the comfort system of the Nectar Mattress provides deep contouring for standout pressure relief. By conforming to the natural curves of the body, this foam layer helps keep the spine aligned and joints supported. 

Temperature Neutrality

Rating: 3/5

One of the common drawbacks associated with foam mattresses is their tendency to sleep hot. While the Nectar Mattress is not as temperature neutral as some hybrid or latex options, in comparison to other all-foam mattresses it does a good job of keeping sleepers cool. This is largely due to thoughtful material choices, including a cool-to-the-touch cover, a breathable transition layer, and gel infusions in the memory foam that are designed to disperse heat.

Motion Isolation

Rating: 5/5

The Nectar capitalizes on memory foam’s ability to absorb movement. The mattress does a great job of minimizing motion transfer, which helps sleepers sharing a bed with a partner, pets, or small children get a better night’s rest.

Edge Support

Rating: 3/5

Thanks to a durable support core of high-density polyfoam, the Nectar Mattress manages to dodge another common pitfall of all-foam mattresses: poor edge support. Despite not having the benefits of springs or a reinforced perimeter, the Nectar has enough pushback to keep its edges from sagging significantly when under pressure.

Durability

Rating: 3/5

Constructed from high-quality foams, the Nectar Mattress holds up well during nightly use for an all-foam mattress. Foam beds can be more susceptible to wear than other mattress types like latex and hybrids, but the Nectar accounts for this tendency by using high-density polyfoam in its base layer and adding a nonslip lower cover to reduce wear and tear. It should last for the six to seven years that is typical of an all-foam bed. 

Ease of Movement

Rating: 2/5

Sleepers may find that the deeply contouring foams in the upper layers of the Nectar Mattress impede movement. Those who enjoy the characteristic feeling of sleeping “in” a memory foam mattress may not mind the Nectar’s significant contouring. However, it may not be a good fit for active sleepers. 

Sex

Rating: 2/5

Generally, a bouncy, responsive mattress creates an excellent surface for sex. While some couples prefer greater cushioning during intimate activities, the plushness and closely conforming foams of the Nectar Mattress may be less than ideal for couples who value ease of movement during sex.

Off-Gassing

Rating: 3/5

The high synthetic content of foam mattresses means they’re often more susceptible to off-gassing odors caused by the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). All the foams used in the Nectar Mattress meet the certification standards of CertiPUR-US for low VOC emissions. Sleepers may still notice some smell, especially when they first unbox the mattress, but this should dissipate within a few days.

What Is the Nectar Mattress Made Of?

The Nectar Mattress features a quilted cover made from a blend of polyester, nylon, and cool-to-the-touch polyethylene. Below is a 2-inch comfort layer of gel-infused memory foam designed for contouring and pressure relief.

A 3-inch layer of responsive polyfoam acts as a buffer between the plusher memory foam and the dense 7-inch polyfoam support core. The bottom of the mattress is encased in a nonslip cover intended to keep the mattress from shifting.

Nectar Mattress Construction Layers

Construction Layers
Details

Cover Material

Polyester, Nylon, and Polyethylene

Comfort Layers

2″ Gel-Infused Memory Foam

3″ Polyfoam

Support Core

7″ Polyfoam

How Much Does the Nectar Mattress Cost?

Value seekers looking for a good-quality foam mattress should find a lot to like about the Nectar. It’s thoughtfully constructed, with just enough built-in sleep tech to garner above-average ratings in key performance categories, making its mid-range price tag all the more appealing.

Sizes
Dimensions
Height
Weight
Price

Twin

38″ x 75″

12″

39 lbs.

$599

Twin XL

38″ x 80″

12″

42 lbs.

$769

Full

54″ x 75″

12″

54 lbs.

$899

Queen

60″ x 80″

12″

66 lbs.

$999

King

76″ x 80″

12″

83 lbs.

$1,299

California King

72″ x 84″

12″

84 lbs.

$1,299

Split King

38″ x 80″ (2 pc.)

12″

42 lbs. each

$1,538

Which Nectar Mattress Is Right for You?

The flagship Nectar Mattress is Nectar’s most popular model, but the company also has two upgraded versions: the Nectar Premier and the Nectar Premier Copper. The Premier adds more cooling tech and another inch to the original model’s profile via a thicker memory foam layer. The 14-inch Premier Copper features 4 inches of gel-infused memory foam, a 9-inch polyfoam support core, and a quilted cover that incorporates copper fibers.

While each of Nectar’s all-foam offerings feature a medium firm (6) feel, our testing team found that the flagship mattress offers slightly superior edge support. However, they gave the Premier Copper a narrow edge in pressure relief, while the Premier fared moderately better in the sex category.

Nectar Mattresses at a Glance

Model
Nectar Mattress
Nectar Premier
Nectar Premier Copper

Firmness

Medium Firm (6)

Medium Firm (6)

Medium Firm (6)

Mattress Type

Foam

Foam

Foam

Height

12″

13″

14″

Price (Queen)

$799

$1,199

$1,599

Discounts and Coupons

Nectar often bundles other sleep products, such as pillows, sheets, and mattress protectors, into the purchase price of the mattress. While it’s possible to find Nectar’s mattresses on sale at any time of the year, the company tends to offer deeper discounts during holiday sales events like Memorial Day and Black Friday.

Where Can You Buy the Nectar Mattress?

Nectar’s mattresses can be purchased online via the brand’s website, as well as through third-party retailers and marketplaces like Amazon. They are also available in approximately 4,000 mattress stores across the United States. Keep in mind that pricing, shipping policies, and sleep trials may vary between retail outlets.

Buying Information and Customer Policies

Buying Information and Customer Policies

Availability

Shoppers can find the Nectar Mattress online via the company website and through third-party retailers and marketplaces like Amazon. It’s also available in brick-and-mortar mattress stores like Mattress Firm.

Shipping

Nectar’s mattresses are compressed and rolled in a box for shipping. Mattresses ship free to the contiguous U.S. A nonrefundable fee applies to mattresses shipped to Alaska and Hawaii. Shipping times vary depending on location.

Additional Services

For an additional fee, Nectar offers White Glove delivery, which includes  new mattress setup and removal of your old model.

Sleep Trial

Nectar has a generous 365-night sleep trial. Returns initiated within the sleep trial window are eligible for full reimbursement.

Warranty

Nectar has a generous 365-night sleep trial. Returns initiated within the sleep trial window are eligible for full reimbursement.

Nectar Mattress FAQ

Are Nectar Mattresses Good?

Nectar’s mattresses offer solid construction and carefully selected materials at a reasonable cost. The company’s bestselling Nectar Mattress comes with a limited lifetime warranty and has thousands of reviews from satisfied customers.

Are Nectar Mattresses Easy to Return?

Nectar’s mattresses come with a 365-night sleep trial. Returns are free for customers in the contiguous U.S. when made within the 365-night window. Owners can call a Nectar customer service representative to initiate their return.

Where Are Nectar Mattresses Made?

Nectar has an international supply chain with materials sourced and manufactured around the world, including Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Mexico, and the United States. Mattresses ship from distribution centers inside the U.S.

How Long Does the Nectar Mattress Take to Expand?

It can take up to 72 hours for the Nectar Mattress to fully expand after it’s been unboxed. Sleepers can use the mattress before then, but the experience may not be optimal until the foams reach their full height.

Does the Nectar Mattress Need a Box Spring?

A box spring is not required for the Nectar Mattress, but the company does recommend using a bed frame to provide a sturdy foundation and improve its overall performance.

About The Author

Garen Glazier

Staff Writer, Product Testing Team

Garen is a health and lifestyle content creator. She realized the importance of sleep when her children made getting a good night’s rest more challenging. Garen is always learning something new about the wide world of sleep and sleep products. Married with two girls, ages 7 and 11, she is a book nerd and a lover of pop music, travel, and the Pacific Northwest.

  • Position: Side Sleeper
  • Temperature: Neutral Sleeper
  • Chronotype: Wolf

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