Nectar Mattress Review
This budget-friend memory foam mattress has it all: advanced foam engineering, sleeps cool, good edge support… plus an industry-first LIFETIME warranty.
Great Choice for: Budget foam mattress shoppers who want maximum wallet protection.
Avoid if: You're wary of startups or need something special. Otherwise, this is a great choice.
The Forever Warranty. That is the first thing that jumped out to me when I started researching the Nectar Mattress.
As most people would, I immediately thought this was a hyped statement with some big catch disguised by an asterisk.
But I discovered it is not a gimmick.
On their website, Nectar Sleep clearly states that the mattress is covered against workmanship and material defects for as long as you own it.
The second happy shocker is their return policy. They provide customers with a full year – 365 days – to test their mattress in their home.
The Nectar mattress has been featured in numerous top publications and won several awards. Many customers have a lot of positive things to say about it.
So… what is so special about this mattress – and is it worth your money?
Follow along for a full review.
Table of Contents
- What's In This Mattress Review
- About Nectar Sleep
- Social Impact
- Purchase Process
- Delivery & Unpacking
- Aesthetics and Styling
- Sleeping Experience
- Nectar Mattress Firmness
- Motion Transfer
- Hot/Cold Issues
- Nectar Mattress Warranty
- Return Policy
- Pros and Cons
- The Nectar Mattress is Perfect for You If…
- Nectar Mattress FAQs
- Other Nectar Products
- Where To Buy
- More Nectar Mattress Comparisons:
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About Nectar Sleep
Nectar Sleep is led by veterans who have been working in the mattress industry for many years. They know the bad, the good, and the best of mattresses. Through their combined experience, they have designed a memory foam mattress that outperforms many others.
Their unique 1-year trial and lifetime warranty are genuine attempts at improving the customer experience.
Their main goal is to help people buy a quality mattress easily and affordably.
Nectar Sleep has dedicated itself to creating high-quality mattresses that are safe for customers and the environment. They only use CertiPur certified foams and stick to the highest manufacturing standards.
Also, the company works with various charities to give away returned mattresses to help those less advantaged in society.
The Nectar mattress is only available online at Nectar Sleep's official website.
Make sure you buy from their website to enjoy the friendly return and warranty policies that come with the mattress. Be wary of warranties and used merchandise when buying on sites like Amazon or eBay.
The Nectar mattress engineering is top-notch, and its warranty and return policies simply cannot be beaten – which makes its bargain price so surprising.
You can't break the $1,000 mark with this one. This is an incredibly good product for the price and warranty you're getting.
Listed below is their latest price list with a discount applied (click a price to check for the latest deal):
If you'd like to finance your purchase, Nectar offers a program that doesn't involve a credit check – you just need just a source of income.
This is a great option if you want to spread your payments, instead of paying it off at once.
Nectar provides free shipping via FedEx. Delivery takes up to 5 days, depending on your location.
Currently, the company does not offer any special shipping options, such as expedited shipping. But feel free to contact their customer care if you have any special shipping requests.
You also have the option of a white glove delivery service. This means that the mattress will be delivered, set up for you, and the old mattress is taken away.
This service costs $149.
Delivery & Unpacking
Nectar makes deliveries to all states in the contiguous United States as well as Hawaii and Alaska.
Delivery to these two non-contiguous states costs $150 per mattress while shipping to the rest of the US is free.
Depending on your location, the Nectar mattress will arrive compressed to your door in 1 to 5 days but may take a bit longer if there are too many orders. Whatever the case, the company will keep you updated all through the process.
Please note that this mattress is quite heavy, with the smallest weighing 70 pounds and the heaviest 120 pounds.
Luckily, Nectar offers the option of white glove delivery, where they will remove your old mattress and set up the new one for you. So you do not have to worry about struggling with the bulky mattress on your own.
If you want to set it up yourself, get a friend to place the compressed roll on your mattress frame (any type). Then, cut the package open and let it decompress on your bed platform so you won't have to pick it up again 😉
If you have special delivery requirements, be sure to contact the company for clarification before you place an order.
Aesthetics and Styling
Like many of its competitors (Casper, Leesa, Lull, Endy, et al.), the aesthetics of the Nectar are simple and clean.
The softcover features a 2-tone color style with a white surface and gray side panels. The company’s name is stamped onto one of the shorter sides.
If you often leave your mattress uncovered, the clean aesthetics have a nice modern feel to them. For most people, however, the style doesn't matter much since the mattress is covered up most of the time.
Nectar has been compared by dozens of expert reviewers and leading publications to Tempur-Pedic and other high-end memory foam mattresses. Like those more expensive brands, the Nectar makes use of premium materials and innovative technology to create a great sleeping experience.
I have to say; the Nectar mattress construction is notably more advanced than other budget-oriented foam mattresses sold online.
Here is a brief look at the most important technologies used in its design.
1. Gel-Infused Memory Foam
This is not exactly a new or groundbreaking technology. It has become more common, especially among companies that specialize in memory foam mattresses.
The principle behind using infused gel is pretty simple. The gel within the foam helps to quickly and effectively distribute heat throughout the mattress. This prevents the concentration of heat in areas that are in contact with your body.
Memory foam mattresses are notorious for their tendency to sleep ‘hot.’ Gel-infused foam tackles this problem quite effectively.
Unlike many other inexpensive foam mattresses, however, Nectar uses gel infused foam in two of its four layers to ensure things stay cool through the night.
2. Breathable Quilted Gel Memory Foam
Nectar adds a second, quilted gel foam layer, which boosts the breathability of the entire mattress. No other budget foam mattress uses two comfort layers, as Nectar does.
3. Semi-Open Foam Cells
The second foam layer features a semi-open cell structure. This type of design balances between airflow and foam recovery.
Fully-open cell foam tends to sink too quickly and does not recover well. The mattress can end up sagging after just a few months of use.
On the other hand, closed-cell foams often trap too much heat, causing the mattress to sleep hot and to smell stale over time.
A semi-open cell structure provides airflow to keep the mattress cool and fresh while also ensuring that the foam can recover well after being slept on.
The Nectar is an all-foam mattress made of four layers, each featuring a different type of foam designed for a specific purpose.
These four layers plus the Tencel cover work together to provide good support, maximum comfort, and a good night’s snooze.
Here is a detailed look at each layer of the Nectar mattress and what it does.
1. Tencel-cotton Cover
Nectar's cover plays an important role in the sleeping experience – as much as the other layers of the mattress do.
The Nectar mattress has a specially-milled cover consisting of Tencel and long-staple cotton.
The cover can be removed and washed with a mild detergent (or dry cleaned) as needed. If you somehow screw that up, Nectar promises to send you a replacement cover, free of charge.
Tencel is a type of fiber made with non-toxic chemicals. It is more comfortable compared to other fibers such as bamboo.
Long-staple cotton is a type of cotton often used in making fine luxury fabrics.
The quilted cover is excellent at breathability. By maintaining airflow, keeps the mattress cool and fresh all the time.
2. Quilted Gel Memory Foam (First Comfort layer)
This is the layer where most of the comfort and temperature control is provided.
According to Nectar, the quilting and use of gel improve breathability and heat movement.
Quilting creates a better airflow through the surface, which carries heat and moisture away from your body. The gel in the foam also helps to optimize the heat distribution process, ensuring the surface never gets too hot.
The foam itself is soft and very comfortable. It has that plush feeling that high-quality memory foam is known for.
3. Semi-Open Gel Memory Foam (Second Comfort layer)
The second foam layer in the Nectar mattress is also a comfort layer. This second layer makes it unique vs. similarly-priced competitors such as Leesa, Casper and Tuft and Needle.
In its second layer, Nectar uses semi-open-cell memory foam with gel-infused. The company calls it semi-open Lush Foam.
The gel and semi-open structure further improve on the breathability and heat transfer capability of the mattress.
To be honest, this is the first mattress I have encountered that devotes so much effort and innovation to combat the issue of overheating in its mattress.
The semi-open cell foam further allows the mattress to quickly regain its shape and size after you have woken up. This prevents sagging and is one of several reasons why the company has such a bold forever warranty.
4. Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam (Support Layer)
In another sign of the company’s commitment to quality, they have used a type of foam often shunned by other manufacturers due to its high costs.
This support layer uses a denser foam than the other two layers at the top. This is because it is designed to support your body without sinking in.
It features adaptive memory foam, which can contour itself around your body angles and pressure points. It also ensures a natural alignment for your spine.
5. Base (Foundation Layer)
The base layer contains one of the secrets to Nectar’s confidence behind their warranty.
The foam in the base layer is rated at 2.2 ILD (Indentation Load Deflection, a measure of the hardness or softness of foam). Most other mattresses use a 1.5 ILD or lower foam in their base.
With such a high-density foam, it is no wonder that the mattress carries a lifetime warranty.
At a time when all of us are worried about chemicals in commercial products, the issue of off-gassing has become increasingly important when buying a mattress.
Off-gassing occurs when a new mattress releases chemical fumes.
A few years back, these fumes contained trace amounts of toxic gasses called VOCs, or volatile organic compounds.
With most mattresses today, however, the smell is harmless and just a result of the foam being freshly manufactured.
Nectar has tried to minimize the new-mattress smell as much as possible, but, like most foam mattresses out there, it does emit a faint new-mattress scent for a day or two. You will most likely not notice it.
If you are extra sensitive and find the smell unpleasant, leave the mattress standing against a wall in a well-ventilated room for 24-48 hours.
When it comes to overall sleeping experience, Nectar is near the top compared to the many memory foam mattresses sold online.
Nectar's use of superior foam materials and two comfort layers does improve the memory foam experience.
The gel used in the top two layers plus the breathable top cover provides outstanding temperature control.
Support is good for this price range, too. Lots of customers report a positive sleeping experience – I agree.
So let's dive into the sleeping experience a bit deeper – we will look at include firmness, sinkage, motion transfer, and temperature control.
Nectar Mattress Firmness
Instead of creating different firmness levels to suit different preferences, Nectar has created a single mattress that works for most people.
The soft top two layers combined with the denser bottom two layers give the mattress a balanced plush-yet-supportive feel.
It's soft enough to help you relax and firm enough to support your body.
On a rate of 1 to 10, with one being soft and ten hard, I would rate the Nectar mattress at a 5 to 6 on the firmness scale. This is the sweet spot that 80% of sleepers will be comfortable with.
If you're afraid of buying a mattress sight unseen, only to find out it is not right for you, then Nectar's generous 1-year return period is there to protect you.
Many budget foam mattresses have too much sinkage. Sleeping on a bed with too much sinkage feels like you are sleeping in a swamp and can seriously affect your health because of poor support and spinal alignment.
Nectar has engineered its mattress to achieve a moderate of sinkage. This mattress hugs your body without locking it into place, and it creates a comfortable, plush feeling without compromising on support.
Another important issue is motion transfer. This happens when a couple shares a bed, and one of them moves – and the disturbance reaches the other person.
Like most memory foam mattresses, motion transfer in the Nectar is minimal. You don't have to worry about disturbing your partner at night.
With all that the company has done to improve temperature control, it's not surprising there are no hot/cold issues with the Nectar mattress.
I found this mattress to be on-par with many latex mattresses, to be honest.
There's no need for a cooling pad.
Nectar Mattress Warranty
It sounds unbelievable for a budget-priced foam mattress, but Nectar offers a lifetime warranty.
There is no catch. Standard terms do apply, however. The mattress has to be used properly, must have the original buyer, and only workmanship and material defects are covered.
Additionally, the warranty states that in the first five years, the company may replace or repair the mattress for free.
After the initial five year period, everything is still free, but you will have to cough up a $50 transportation fee each way. This fee is waived if the mattress has manufacturing defects.
Most mattress manufacturers offer a 10-year or 15-year warranty, with high-end mattresses often carrying a 20- or 25-year term.
Offering a lifetime warranty for such a low-cost mattress is quite a bold move. I don't know of another company offering this.
It appears that Nectar made their mattress with the best materials and an especially strong foundation, which may warrant that level of confidence.
Nectar's return policy is just as generous as their lifetime warranty – and equally unique among online mattresses.
For traditional in-store bought mattresses, buyers are often subjected to 30-day return policy. Returning a mattress to a store also usually involves paying a restocking fee.
Most other online mattresses offer a 60-120 day return period with a hassle-free return process.
But Nectar goes a step further – you can return your Nectar mattress hassle-free for up to a full year after you buy it.
The return process is easy and fast. You can opt to receive another mattress or get a full refund.
Returned mattresses are recycled or given to charity, depending on local codes.
Pros and Cons
- One of the best budget foam mattresses I've reviewed, with an excellent all-round sleeping experience.
- High-quality materials.
- Same price as Casper, Tuft and Needle, et al. – but with a FAR better warranty.
- This mattress is heavy. If you do not want white glove delivery, you'll need a friend to help you with setting it up.
- Only one firmness level.
The Nectar Mattress is Perfect for You If…
You are looking for a high-quality memory foam mattress at a reasonable price & you want to protect your investment – forever.
The Nectar mattress is near the top of its class in terms of product quality and sleep experience.
The best part is that you can own one for as low as $400. The most popular choice, Queen Size, costs just $699. This is far less than what you would pay at a store.
And just try getting a 1-year return and a LIFETIME WARRANTY from a retail store…
Nectar Mattress FAQs
How do I clean the Nectar mattress?
Nectar recommends that you do not remove the mattress cover. If it stains or gets dirty, spot clean it with cold water and mild detergent.
A waterproof mattress protector is the best way to prevent the cover and the mattress from getting dirty.
Do I need to flip or rotate the Nectar mattress?
Because Nectar is a single-sided mattress, you do not need to flip it.
You also don’t need to rotate it. But if you have a significant weight difference with your partner or sleep alone on one side of the bed, rotate the mattress every 3-6 months to even out wearing across the mattress.
Where is the Nectar Mattress manufactured?
The Nectar mattress is manufactured in China but has all the necessary certifications for sale in the United States.
Additionally, they use CertiPUR-US certified foam, which means the Nectar mattress doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and ozone depleters.
Which is the best bed frame for the Nectar Mattress?
You can lay the Nectar mattress on any type of support as long as it is sturdy. This includes a slatted foundation, bed platform, or box spring.
You can order a metal frame, adjustable base, or foundation from Nectar when you buy the Nectar mattress.
Does the Nectar mattress work with an adjustable base?
Yes, it does.
How easy is it to set up the Nectar mattress?
The hardest part is getting the mattress inside and onto the bed. That’s because it’s heavy. So even though it comes rolled up in a compact box, you’ll need help carrying it to your bedroom.
But once it’s on your bed frame, unboxing and unrolling it is easy. Give it a few hours to fully expand and off-gas.
If you live alone or don’t have time to set it up, pay for White Glove delivery. Nectar charges a flat rate of $149, which includes in-home mattress setup and old mattress removal.
Other Nectar Products
Nectar Lush Mattress
Lush is the newest mattress from Nectar. It’s a luxury version of the original Nectar mattress, and the higher price tag reflects this.
The Nectar Lush mattress is 12” thick with three foam layers: gel memory foam for cooling and pressure relief, Energex foam for responsiveness and support, and a high-density base for deep compression support.
The three layers are wrapped in a cooling cover. The cover and the gel memory foam regulate temperature, especially for hot sleepers.
Shipping, trial, and warranty policies for the Nectar Lush mattresses are similar to those of the original Nectar mattress. This includes the generous 1-year in-home trial period and the lifetime warranty.
Being a luxury foam mattress, it is noticeably softer than the Nectar mattress. It hugs your body more closely and easily contours around your curves and pressure points.
It’s comfortable for most types of sleepers. But we don’t recommend it for heavier sleepers and stomach sleepers because of the increased sinkage.
If you are looking for a good quality support base for your new Nectar mattress (or any other mattress), Nectar offers three options.
Mattress foundation: A sturdy solid pine and spruce foundation that can be assembled quickly with no tools. The Nectar foundation comes with free shipping (the contiguous US only) and a 3-year warranty. A queen size costs $250.
Metal frame: If you prefer stronger and longer-lasting support, we recommend the Nectar metal frame. It is made from steel and includes a center support beam. The frame is easy to set up with no tools needed. Note that you must pair it with a foundation or box spring. The metal frame comes with a 3-year warranty.
Adjustable Frame: Nectar’s adjustable base provides multiple sleeping and reclining positions for customizable comfort. These include zero gravity, TV recline, and head up or foot up.
The base also comes with a three-zone massage system as well as a wireless remote and USB ports to recharge your devices.
A queen size costs $799. Couples can order the $1,298 split King that allows you to adjust each side of the bed separately.
By the way, for $149, Nectar can set up the adjustable frame for you and remove the old frame.
If you are buying a new mattress, you might as well get some new bedding to go with it. Here are the ones you can order on Nectar’s official website when you buy the Nectar mattress.
Nectar Sheets: Nectar’s sheet set includes one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and two standard size pillowcases. You can choose a cotton or Sateen fabric.
Nectar memory foam pillow: Nectar’s memory foam pillow easily adjusts to your sleeping style to provide the best neck and head support.
It has a pillow-in-pillow design. The inner pillow is firm to provide support while the outer pillow is plush for contouring. You can remove/add stuffing in the outer pillow to adjust thickness and firmness.
A Tencel cooling fabric keeps you cool and sweat-free, no matter which side of the pillow you sleep on.
The Nectar Pillow costs $75. Dimensions are 29” x 17” x 5.5”.
Nectar mattress protector: If you don’t already have a waterproof mattress protector, we highly recommend buying this one when you order the Nectar mattress. The Nectar mattress protector is fully waterproof and is resistant to allergens like dust and mold.
The protector is also machine washable.
It feels like a cozy cocoon weighing you down. Research has shown that weighted blankets calm people down, helping them fall asleep faster and sleep deeper.
Nectar’s weighted blanket is designed for use by a single adult. It measures 74” by 47”. So if you sleep with your partner, you’ll have to get two weighted blankets.
It weighs 20lbs, which is ideal for people weighing between 180lbs and 220lbs.
The weighted blanket comes with a quilted cover that is removable and machine washable.
The cover is made from cotton, while the blanket itself consists of a polyester velvet outer, a polyester lining, polyester filling, and silicon dioxide beads to weigh it down.
With so many bargain foam mattresses for sale online today, it is rare to find a standout deal like this.
But Nectar has set itself apart. Their product is really good, their warranty and return policy can't be beaten – and the price is right.
Even in the crowded online foam mattress segment, I wouldn't be surprised to see Nectar grow their customer base fast simply due to their unique guarantees.
The fact that their mattress is really good is just the icing on the cake.
Where To Buy
Buy direct from Nectarsleep.com to obtain the best warranty and return policy.
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