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Nectar Mattress Review

Last updated on June 22, 2022

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The Nectar mattress has been completely redesigned. 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 2022. You can easily tell if another reviewer is showing the old model by the side panels. If they are light gray, it's the old model. The newest version has dark gray panels.
 

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

Table of Contents

Nobody does more in-depth mattress reviews than GoodBed — which means there's a lot of information here! Use the links in this table of contents to quickly jump to the sections of this review that interest you most.

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 three major revisions over time. One caution--you will see the Nectar mattress in a lot of online reviews, but many of them will be for an old version. How to tell? Check the side panels on the cover. If they are light gray, you're looking at an old version. The current model has dark gray side panels.

The Nectar mattress is a 12” 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 very good overall pressure relief for side sleepers 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 side and back sleepers, but better for those on the lighter end of the weight scale (less than about 225 pounds) than the higher end.

Like a lot (if not most) all-foam mattresses, we did not think it would be the best choice for stomach sleepers, except perhaps the very lightest.

The Nectar bed has excellent motion isolation, making it a good mattress choice for couples who don’t want to feel their partner’s every movement. It also worked very well on our adjustable base--better than the previous version--making it a good choice for those who want to use an adjustable base with their mattress.

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.

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 side or back sleeper
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner's movements in bed
  • Like to feel a bit hugged or cradled by your mattress
  • Want to use an adjustable base

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Like a bouncy mattress
  • Like to sit or sleep on the edge
  • Are on the heavier side (225+ lbs.), particularly if you sleep on your stomach
Nectar

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)
3 Little 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' 5 Okay
Edge Support 5 Okay
Ease of Repositioning 6 Pretty Good
Green Features 3 Fair
Adjustable Base Compatibility 9 Excellent
Overall Value 6 Pretty Good

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Memory Foam Over Foam

Price

Check today's prices

Delivery

Free delivery. White-glove optional

Return Policy

365-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

Lifetime. Indentation coverage: 1.5"+

Country of Manufacture

China and other countries

Thickness

12 inches

Weight (Queen)

66 pounds


Materials & Construction

What's in a Nectar Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Nectar mattress as a "Memory Foam over Foam" construction type. The Nectar mattress is a 12″ thick all-foam mattress comprised of 3 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 3" gel memory foam (2.1 lb. density)
  • 2" polyurethane foam transition layer (1.5 lb. density)
  • 7" 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 3 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 2” transition layer that is a much firmer foam than the top layer. The bottom layer is a very firm 7-inch foam support core.

Nectar 2022 layers

Cover

The aforementioned layers of the Nectar mattress are wrapped in a soft and stretchy cover. And new for this version of the flagship mattress, the cover includes polyethylene fibers. These have a higher molecular weight than standard fibers, giving the cover a subtle coolness to the touch that might feel a bit cooler as you get into bed.

Nectar cover

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, right in the middle in terms of softness. Note that the second generation version of this mattress, sold between about 2018 and 2021, was firmer; we rated it as a Medium Firm on our scale. So this version is a bit softer.

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

Nectar 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)
3 Little 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 with the possible exception of those on the very heavy end.

Stomach Sleepers:

In general, mattresses with three 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.

Nectar back sleeping

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 average and lighter end of the scale. We had concerns for heavier and/or curvier side sleepers, who might fully compress the top 3" 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. And the mattress's cover now includes high-density polyethylene fibers, which give the cover a little coolness to the touch.

Neither of these features are going to keep you cool if you have a known issue of sleeping hot, however.

Stays "Cool" Rating
5/10 Okay

 

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. 

When laying on the edge of the mattress, he felt himself leaning off, a sensation which increased as his body warmed the memory foam layer. He didn't feel like he was in danger of falling off, but it wasn't the most comfortable sensation.

Edge Support Rating
5 /10 Okay

 Nectar laying on edge

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, and even a bit better than some. 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, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC.

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 very good choice. This is perhaps the biggest area of improvement between the last version of the mattress and this current version.

In testing the last version (sold between roughly 2018 and 2021), 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.

However, this current version performed much better, conforming very well to our adjustable base. We noticed no annoying or uncomfortable bunching of the quilt.

We think this current Nectar mattress would be an excellent choice for use on an an adjustable base.

Adjustable Base Use Rating
9 /10 Excellent

Nectar on Adjustable Base

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 a 12-inch mattress with memory foam over foam construction, including 3 inches of premium comfort material (memory foam). Topping the mattress is a stretchy cover that includes high-density fibers to give it a slight coolness to the touch.

 

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 perhaps would not 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 and other countries. 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. 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 for another $45 per item (we assume they would charge $45 for a mattress plus another $45 for an old box spring).

 

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.

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 side or back sleeper
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner's movements in bed
  • Like to feel a bit hugged or cradled by your mattress
  • Want to use an adjustable base

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Like a bouncy mattress
  • Like to sit or sleep on the edge
  • 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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