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Nectar Mattress (2020) Review

Last updated on February 17, 2020

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The Nectar mattress has been completely redesigned for 2020. Here's our in-depth look.

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Note: The Nectar mattress was initially launched in 2016, and has been redesigned and updated for 2020. You can easily tell if another reviewer is showing the old model by the cover. If quilted, its the outdated version!

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Nectar mattress video review above.

Table of Contents

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Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is Nectar a Good Mattress?

The Nectar mattress originally debuted back in 2016, and has seen some small revisions over time. But for 2020, the manufacturer has made enough significant changes to materials and construction that we've re-reviewed it here. One caution--you will see the Nectar mattress in a lot of online reviews, but many of them will be for the old version. How to tell? Check the cover. The old cover featured an inch of gel memory foam quilted into the cover, and it has a lofty, quilted look as a result. The more recent 2020 version of the Nectar mattress has a thin, stretchy cover that is not quilted.

The Nectar mattress remains an 11” all-foam mattress featuring a memory foam comfort layer on top of two layers of standard foam.

In our testing, we found the Nectar mattress to have a Medium level of softness, with good overall pressure relief for those of average weight and lower.  Overall, in terms of spinal alignment and support, we felt the Nectar mattress would be a good choice for most sleeping positions, but better for those on the lighter end of the weight scale (less than about 225 pounds) than the higher end.

The Nectar bed has some of that slow-responding “memory feel" that many enjoy.  It also has excellent motion isolation, making it a good mattress choice for couples who don’t want to feel their partner’s every movement.

Among our concerns: While our 200-pound tester felt well supported by the Nectar mattress, with good spinal alignment, heavier individuals (e.g., 250 lb.+) might get better pressure relief and spinal alignment other mattress options.  And while we were not as impressed with the company’s much-touted warranty (which includes a deeper-than-standard requirement for body impressions), their generous return policy does help mitigate the risk of ordering this mattress online.

If you plan to use the Nectar mattress on an adjustable base, we did experience some issues with conformance; while the mattress bent just fine while our tester was sitting in it, as soon as he got off, the bed popped back up. It simply did not want to remain bent in an articulated position.

You can place the mattress atop the support of your choice, including a separately purchased box spring, a bed frame, platform bed, or adjustable bed frame, and the company sells its own foundations and frames. The Nectar bed comes in just one style—there are no choices to make other than size, something that may appeal to some but not others.

Overall, the Nectar mattress performed well in our testing and evaluation for pressure relief, motion transfer, and adjustable base compatibility.  It also exhibited very good edge support relative to other memory foam mattresses we have tested.  We judged construction to be of good quality, with a nice quilted top cover, moisture-wicking properties and no more than average ‘new mattress smell.’

Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests. You can also view more pictures of the Nectar mattress on the company website.

GoodBed's Take – Who is the Best Match for a Nectar Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Are a lighter multi-position sleeper
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner's movements in bed
  • Like to feel a bit hugged or cradled by your mattress
  • Like a mattress with some bounce 

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Like a bouncy mattress
  • Want to use your bed with an adjustable base
  • Are on the heavier side (225+ lbs.), particularly if you sleep on your stomach

Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average
Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
6 Some memory feel
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
2 Very little

 

Back Support (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 9 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 9 5
Heavier >250 lb 6 8 3

 

Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 6
Heavier >250 lb 5 5

 

Other Features

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 10 Exceptional
Stays 'Cool' 4 Fair
Edge Support 7 Good
Ease of Repositioning 6 Pretty Good
Green Features 3 Fair
Adjustable Base Compatibility 6 Pretty Good
Overall Value 6 Pretty Good

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Gel Memory Foam Over Foam

Price (Queen)

$799

Delivery

Free delivery, setup, and removal of old bedding

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

Lifetime. Indentation coverage: 1.5"+

Country of Manufacture

China

Thickness

11 inches

Weight (Queen)

74 pounds


Materials & Construction

What's in a Nectar Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Nectar mattress as a "Gel Memory Foam over Foam" construction type. The Nectar mattress is an 11″ thick all-foam mattress comprised of 3 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 2" gel memory foam (2.1 lb. density)
  • 3" polyurethane foam transition layer (1.5 lb. density)
  • 6" polyurethane foam support foam core (1.8 lb. density)

The layers of the Nectar mattress are characterized by a sharp dichotomy between the very soft top layer and the much firmer bottom two layers.  The top layer is 2 inches of gel memory foam that is very soft. While memory foam, it is a fairly quick responding foam, so it doesn't have a lot of that 'melting into the bed' feel. This layer reportedly contains gel, although it lacks the familiar blue coloring commonly seen with gel foams. 

Below that is a 3” transition layer that is a much firmer foam than the top layer. The bottom layer is a very firm 6-inch foam support core. 

We noticed an interesting characteristic in how the layers respond to each other -- or not, as we noted. In the image below, notice how we can compress the entire top layer without effecting the lower layers at all. This is unusual -- typically when we press on layers of a foam mattress, we see a more progressive compression, with the lower layers also effected.

Cover

The aforementioned layers of the Nectar mattress are wrapped in a soft and stretchy cover made with cotton and Tencel, which gives it moisture-wicking properties.  It has a sturdy feel and sharp-looking royal blue trim. Those who already own a Nectar mattress will note that this new cover isn't heavily quilted as the pre-2020 version was.

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness ( what’s this )

We class the Nectar mattress as a Medium mattress, but towards the softer end of medium. It's not quite as soft as the pre-2020 version.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

Especially compared to non-memory foam mattresses, you get more of a “sink in” feeling. Compared to other memory foam mattresses, you feel “hugged” but it isn’t super deep. The softness of that top layer of foam does compress very easily though, which allows you to sink into the bed pretty well. Overall we would call it slightly deeper than average.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average cushioning

Memory Feel ( what’s this )

Memory feel, which we also call 'responsiveness' is characterized by a 'melting' sensation as you lay on the mattress. When you get out of the bed, memory foam mattresses with a lot of 'memory feel' take several seconds to return to shape. Some people enjoy the 'melting' feel, while others don't.

The gel memory foam that's used for the top layer on the Nectar mattress is quick responding, meaning it doesn't have a lot of that memory feel. Rather, it compresses and recovers fairly quickly. So while you do notice a little of that slow sinking sensation, it's not nearly as much as some other memory foams.

Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
6 Some memory feel

 

Bounce

This is another aspect of "feel" that some people like, and some don't -- it's purely a preference characteristic of a mattress. All-foam mattress are not typically known for bounce, and the Nectar is no exception. There's almost no bounce in this mattress, at any level. The foam pretty much absorbs all movement (which plays into motion isolation discussed further below).
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
2 Very little bounce

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

Overall, we thought the Nectar mattress offered very good support, especially for back and side sleepers, and particular those on the lighter side. Because the top memory foam layer is very soft, stomach sleepers and heavier individuals (225 lb.+) may find that the spinal alignment and/or pressure relief are not as good for them.  That said, the Nectar bed does have firmer support layers underneath to prevent most people from sinking too far.

 

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Nectar mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 9 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 9 5
Heavier >250 lb 6 8 3

 

Back Sleepers:

Our 200-pound tester felt his hips sinking a tiny bit more than with other mattresses, but still well-supported overall.  Likewise, we believe that back sleepers lighter than him should also be well-supported in this position.  While do have some concern that back sleepers significantly heavier than him might find their hips sinking too much, potentially creating a hammocking effect, which could lead to back pain.

Side Sleepers:

Spinal alignment for our tester in the side position was very good.  The conforming memory foam allowed his shoulders to get deep enough into the mattress to allow the top of his spine to remain level.  Overall, we believe the Nectar mattress would provide good spinal alignment for most side sleepers.

Stomach Sleepers:

In general, mattresses with two inches of very soft memory foam don't tend to be a great fit for stomach sleepers. That’s because in this position the top priority for spinal alignment is to avoid the over-arching of your back (which can lead to back pain) by preventing your hips from sinking too far into the mattress.  For that reason, we gave the Nectar mattress a lower rating for stomach sleepers.  That said, we do think that lighter stomach sleepers (e.g., 150 lbs. or less) would probably be fine on this mattress, as would occasional stomach sleepers.

 

Pressure Relief ( what's this )

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Nectar mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 6
Heavier >250 lb 5 5

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the Nectar mattress to be good for those on the lighter end of the scale. We had concerns for heavier and/or curvier side sleepers, who might fully compress the top 2" of foam and hit the much firmer foam below, which can't offer as much conformance and pressure relief.


Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation ( what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Nectar bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester. In both drop tests, the bowling pin barely moved and never toppled over, which means that motion disturbances on one side of the mattress barely registered on the other side of the mattress. That means the Nectar bed is ideal for couples who don’t want to feel their partners movements (or don’t want to feel their dog jumping onto the bed).

Motion Isolation Rating
10 /10 Exceptional

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

Memory foam mattresses have a reputation for feeling hot, and if you know you are a “hot sleeper” then memory foam may not be the best choice in general. The Nectar bed does have a couple of features that help manage heat. First, it uses gel in its foam, which helps channel heat away from the body. Likewise, the cotton-Tencel mattress cover has moisture-wicking properties. Lastly, it uses foam that is less dense than than in many other memory foam mattresses, which allows for a bit more airflow. But overall, this is an all-foam mattress that may not be a great choice for those who have a known issue of overheating.

Stays "Cool" Rating
4/10 Fair

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

Memory foam mattresses aren’t typically very supportive along the very edge of the mattress—important if you like to sit on the edge of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. As expected, our tester did experience a substantial amount of dip when sitting on the edge of the mattress.  However, the compression was mostly in the top memory foam layer, with the bottom two layers of firmer foam providing support and stability.

More surprisingly, while lying down along the edge, our tester found himself to be stable and well-supported – he never felt like he was slipping off.  Compared to other memory foam mattresses, the Nectar appears to have good edge support. This will be important to you if you like to sleep right on the edge, or if you have partners or pets that tend to push you that way during the night.

Edge Support Rating
7 /10 Good

 

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

Certain people with mobility issues may have trouble repositioning in general -- for people in this camp, a memory foam mattress like this one may make things a bit more difficult. Our tester found the ease of moving / rolling around on the Nectar bed to be on par with other memory foam mattresses in this regard, but did not feel this would pose problems for most people. But for those with mobility issues, memory foam in general may not be the best choice.

Repositioning Rating
6/10 Pretty good

 

Green Features ( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe.  These types of things can be of particular concern for a mattress that is made in China.

In the case of the Nectar, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials in the mattress, however all of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, while the Tencel in the cover is certified to the OKEO-TEX standard, both of which verify that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC. You can read about the company's eco-policies on their website.

When the Nectar mattress was first unboxed, we did detect a chemical aroma that seems a bit more than average compared to other mattresses. We would expect this smell to dissipate over a few days.

Green Rating
3 /10 Fair

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

If you plan to use your mattress atop an adjustable base, the Nectar is a good choice, but maybe not the best. This mattress is made to bend so using it on an adjustable base shouldn’t put undue strain on it. In our testing, the foot of the bed didn't conform well to our adjustable base, and when our tester got out of the bed, it popped right up -- this mattress did not want to stay bent. We would expect it to break in over time and better conform to a base, but out of the box, it did have some conformance issues.

Adjustable Base Use Rating
6 /10 Pretty good

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Nectar Mattress Cost?

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.

 

What Are You Getting?

The Nectar is an 11-inch mattress with memory foam over foam construction, including 2 inches of premium comfort material (memory foam). Topping the mattress is a stretchy cover, made with moisture-wicking Tencel and cotton.

 

How Long Will the Nectar Mattress Last?

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency.  In the case of the Nectar, the foam densities are lower than some of the other online mattresses we've reviewed (especially in the top two layers).  So based on that, we wouldn't expect this to last quite as long as those.  That said, it also has a lower price than those other options (see our overall assessment of value below).

Overall Value

On balance, we feel that Nectar offers a solid product at a lower price point, part of which is due to the fact that they make this mattress in China.  Looking at what you're getting for the money, we believe it compares favorably to not only what you'd be likely to find in a local store, and generally in line with its online peers. However, for the 2020 version, Nectar has used some lower density foams than the competition in this price range. Overall, we'd say it's a pretty good value assuming it meets your other needs.

Value Rating
6 /10 Pretty good


Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door
  • White glove service available for $149

Nectar’s white-glove delivery is a full-service delivery to your bedroom, including unboxing, set-up, and packaging removal. If you’d like, it also includes removal of your old mattress as part of the same price.

 

Returns

  • 365-day trial period
  • Full refund, including free pickup within trial period

Nectar offers an outstanding return policy that includes a full-year trial period.  Should you return the mattress, the company will not only issue a full refund, but will even come pick it up from you.  That combo is well beyond the standard of other online mattress companies, and should provide a lot of additional confidence in giving this mattress a try. Read more about the Nectar 365-day trial on the company website.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: Lifetime
  • Indentation Coverage: 1.5" and above

While Nectar’s lifetime warranty certainly appears generous, it’s important to understand how warranty claims work. One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for foam mattresses is ¾”, while it’s typically 1” for other mattress types. Nectar has chosen to cover only indentations that meet or exceed 1.5”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be very deep and noticeable before the warranty would offer you protection. See: Nectar warranty.

While we applaud Nectar for offering a lifetime warranty, given the choice we would generally prefer a 10-year warranty with a ¾” dip requirement over a lifetime warranty with a 1.5” requirement. Also note that beyond 10 years, you'll be responsible for a $50 shipping charge each way, which will be refunded if your warranty claim is deemed valid.

If you see a review of the Nectar mattress that touts the warranty as a reason to buy it without explaining the indentation coverage, you will know that the reviewer is either not an expert or is simply trying to sell you that mattress (or very likely, both).

Bottom Line: Is the Nectar Mattress Right for You?

Overall, we found a lot to like about the Nectar mattress. Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for a Nectar mattress

BEST if you:

  • Are a lighter multi-position sleeper
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner's movements in bed
  • Like to feel a bit hugged or cradled by your mattress
  • Like a mattress with some bounce 

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Like a bouncy mattress
  • Want to use your bed with an adjustable base
  • Are on the heavier side (225+ lbs.), particularly if you sleep on your stomach

Is the Nectar bed right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Nectar mattress? Visit NectarSleep.com.

 

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